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Saturday, December 4, 2010

God's Country Beauty Captured By Curt Weinhold

Several friends old me that Reed Run was spectacular. So Friday afternoon I went to see for myself. Beauty in the midst of the flooding.

Edward Rogers Outman, Sr. of Wellsville, NY

Edward Rogers Outman, Sr. of Wellsville, NY, passed away Thursday (Dec. 2, 2010) at home, surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Outman was born on March 6, 1937, in Tioga, Pa., to Herbert and Nettie (Button) Outman.

Edward worked much of his career as an auto body paint specialist for Ford Motor Company in Texas.

Ed is survived by a son, Edward R. (Teresa) Outman Jr. of Rushford; three daughters, Teresa Thomas and Cindy (Wayne) Becker, both of Wellsville, and Rebecca (Michael) Briggs of Whitesville; three sisters, Alberta (Merle) Grover of Genesee, Pa., Pauline (Jim) Haskins of Florida, and Anna Crance of Geneva; two brothers, Urvil (Ethel) Outman and Harold Outman Sr., both of Genesee, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by five sisters, Geneve Outman, Helen Outman, Ava Hawks, Gladys Jeffers and Mary Jean Stone, and two brothers, Raymond Outman Sr. and Jesse Outman Sr.
Ed was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing and woodworking. But more than these, he cherished the time spent with his family.

Friends called Saturday at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home immediately following the visitation, with Rev. Michael Reeves of North Eulalia Baptist Church officiating. Burial followed in Yorks Corners Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial contributions in Ed’s name may be made to SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Irene M. NORTH, 73, of Harrison Valley, PA

Irene M. NORTH, 73, of Harrison Valley, PA, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 3, 2010 in her home.

Born July 28, 1937, in White Hall, MD, she was the daughter of Ralph Robert and Irene Mae Brown Dill. On November 4, 1954, in Parkton, MD, she married Jerrold L. North, who survives.

She was employed by the Northern Potter School District for many years, retiring in 1999. She was a member of the Harrison Valley Federated Church, where she served as organist, and the PA Association of School Retirees, holding many offices. Irene served as Harrison Township Board of Election Majority Inspector and as a field technician and Potter County coordinator for the West Nile Virus Project.

Surviving besides her husband, Jerry, are: two sons, Jerrold L. (Monica) North, Jr. and Benjamin Scott (Cindy) North, both of Harrison Valley; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Joyce Sites of Edgewood, MD, Deborah (James) Hackler of Felton, PA, April (John) Shimkanin of Ulysses, PA; a brother, William B. (Mildred) Dill of Stewartstown, PA; a sister-in-law, Esther Dill of New Freedom, PA; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Megan North; and a brother Robert Jerry Dill.

Friends may call Sunday, December 5, 2010 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM. Pastor Ed Collins will officiate. Burial will be in Whites Corners Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Federated Church, Harrison Valley, PA 16927.

Heavy Damage In Last Night's Fire At Two Mile

Cleaning up the mess from fire at Robinson's business.

Photos shared by Bud Hoover

Current Information On State Roads In McKean County


At 4:30 PM on Saturday, McKean County 911 Center gave us the following update on State roads closed by flooding.

As of 4:30 PM--
December 4, 2010

Route 346 between the intersection of Barnum Road and West Eldred Road in Eldred Township to the end of Route 346 at the Kendall Bridge in Eldred Borough remains CLOSED.

Route 446 from the on-ramp at Route 446 north to the end of Route 446 at the PA/NY State Line--NOW OPEN--No information for Rt.305 in NY

Route 446 from the intersection of West Eldred Road in Eldred Township to the intersection of Route 155 in Eldred Township-NOW OPEN

Prescription Meds Stolen In Roulette

State Police are investigating a theft of prescribed medication belonging to Shane Snyder of Main Street in Roulette that occurred between 11-15 and 11-28-2010 in the area of 48 Main Street.

Two Cited For Harassment

Two Coudersport residents were cited by State Police for Harassment (S) after a verbal altercation turned physical at 1006 South Main in Coudersport Boro at 2:10 am on Saturday morning.

Sheila L. Filius, 46, of 193 North Hollow Road, and Gene W. Glasgow, 39, of 795 N. Main, will answer the citation in District Court 55-3-01.

Roll Over Crash Reported On Rt. 120 Near Emporium

At 3:36 pm on Saturday, Emporium and Sinnemahoning Fire Depts. and Emporium Ambulance are responding to a one vehicle roll over accident on Route 120, 1 1/2 miles from Emporium toward Driftwood, in the area of Memorial Springs, in Portage Township.

The initial report indicated entrapment.

Emporium Fire Responds To Gas Odor

Emporium Firefighters have responded to a report of a GAS LEAK-ODOR- at an apartment building at 36 W 4TH ST. in EMPORIUM.

12/4/2010 3:01:49 PM

EMS Responds To Report Of Gunshot Wound In Town Of Willing

EMS and State Police have responded to a report of a male with a gunshot wound to the abdomen in the area of the County Road 39 and Fortner Road in the NY Town of Willing a little after 2 pm.

Jamie Blauvelt, 38, of Bolivar, NY, was accidentally shot by his hunting partner David A. Roulo II, 22, of Bolivar, NY, during a deer drive. One 45/70 caliber round entered the victim on his left hip area and exited through the left buttocks.

Blauvelt was brought out of the woods along a pipeline that intersects the Fortner Road and transported to Jones Memorial Hospital by the Wellsville Rescue Squad where he is reported in stable condition.

State Police were assisted at the scene by NY DEC. The investigation is continuing.

14 Vehicle Crash On I-99 Ramp Injures 12

12 injured in 14-vehicle crash near Pleasant Gap

Centre Daily Times

Twelve people were taken to area hospitals following a crash on the Pleasant Gap exit ramp from Interstate 99 that involved 14 vehicles. More...

Clearfield Alliance Tops Hebron Center In Basketball Friday

Clearfield Alliance girls kick off season with win over Hebron Center

Saturday, December 04, 2010
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
Clearfield Progress

The season kicked off on the right foot for the Clearfield Alliance Christian School girls basketball team, as the Lady Crusaders toppled visiting Hebron Center, 57-22, Friday evening at Owens Recreational Hall.

Hebron Center got a 3-pointer from Elizabeta Irvine and put back from Hannah Donneally for their points. More...

Habitat Hoping To Pour Footers For Galeton House On Monday


We have had some weather delays; however, this coming week on Monday, December 6th we will try to pour the footers for the house. Once the footers are poured, we will be building a temporary shelter (plastic) over the site so that we can put some heat in the shelter and lay the block for the piers.

If we get the footers poured and the shelter built on Monday, we will begin laying the block for the piers on Tuesday, December 7th.

We really do need all the Volunteer help we can get to acomp-lish this work. Our window of opportunity before the freezing weather arrives is getting very short. Since the weather is a very important factor in our work, it is imperative that you let us know if you are going to be able to help on Monday and/or Tuesday – so that if we need to call the work days off, we can let you know. So please – give us an e-mail at if you can help!!!!

We will be starting at 8:00 a.m. each day. It is suggested that you bring a lunch with you.

Thank you for your interest and help with Potter County Habitat For Humanity.

Jim and Charlotte Blain, Volunteer Coordinators
Potter County Habitat For Humanity

Hit & Run Friday Night In Lafayette Townshiip

State Police are looking for a red sedan with minor damage to it's driver's side, that sideswiped a car traveling in the opposite direction Friday night at 10:15 pm on Droney Road in Lafayette Township.

The crash occurred as Dawn M. Kozminski, 41, of Lewis Run, PA, was driving a 2001 Buick LeSabre south on Droney Road, when the northbound red sedan sideswiped her vehicle and continued traveling north after impact without exchanging information.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555.

Update On Road Closures In Clara Twp

There seems to be some confusion about road closings. West Fishing Creek is open. Clara Road is open from State Bridge 190/Bradley Run to Rt 44 in one direction and from the bridge up over Clara Hill to West Fishing Creek in the other direction.
The bridge is closed so there is no through traffic and all non essential vehicles should detour around Clara Road until bridge is fixed next week. Hope this clears some things up.

Happy Birthday Darren VanWhy

" Lordy , Lordy Our Dad's ALMOST 40 "

Water Rescue & Flood Photos At Wellsville Daily Reporter

On the Web Wellsville Daily Reporter posts Video and Slide Show

Allene M. Mowery, 95, of Route 155N, Port Allegany, PA

PORT ALLEGANY — Allene M. Mowery, 95, of Route 155N, passed away peacefully Friday (Dec. 3, 2010) with her family by her side, in Sena-Kean Manor, Smethport. Switzer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Car Ran Over Man's Foot In Emporium

A Monroeville man was injured when a vehicle backed over his foot on November 25th at 2:45 am in Emporium Borough.

Scott J. Aikens, 26, of Monroeville, PA, a pedestrian, was transported to Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys by Emporium Ambulance after a vehicle ran over his foot.

Kain R. Miglicio, 31, of Erie, PA, was backing out of a parking stall and rolled over the Aiken's foot. Aikens had been standing near the right front fender of a 1998 Dodge 330 Series driven by Miglicio, when he was run over by the front tire.

Neither Miglicio nor his passenger, Richard A. Olivett, 31, of Emporium, PA, was injured.

Miglicio was charged with Limitations On Backing by State Police who investigated. Emporium Fire Dept assisted troopers.

Disaster Assistance Center Opens For Cattaraugus County

Disaster Assistance Center Opens in Olean

The Cattaraugus County Office of Emergency Services, along with representatives of the county departments of Social Services, Aging, Health and Community Services, will be available at the newly opened Disaster Assistance Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the county office building in Olean (1 Leo Moss Drive).

In order to assist the Office of Emergency Services with damage assessments, residents affected by flooding are encouraged to send photographs, documentation and any other materials related to expenses associated with the repair of damages to or to 303 Court Street, Little Valley, New York, 14655. Materials will be accepted at the Disaster Assistance Center as well.

For shelter assistance, contact the American Red Cross at 716-372-5800.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Automatic Alarm Sends Firefighters To Courthouse

12/3/2010 -9:45 PM

Emporium Firefighters were called out again Friday night at 9:45 PM to the Cameron County Courthouse for an automatic alarm.

Potter/Tioga Call Log For 12-3-2010

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2010 - 2678212/3/20108:45 PMFIRE / STRUCTURE ROUTE 155 & 2 MILE RD MCKEAN CO

Current Allegheny River Levels At Eldred, Olean, and Salamanca

Allegheny River Levels In Area

Allegheny River at Eldred Crested at 20.67 feet. Presently 17.87

River gauge at Olean, NY, Crested at 15.8 feet. Presently 13.31

River gauge at Salamanca , NY, high of a little over 14 feet. Present 13.13

You can click on the links to the river gauges above to update river height.

Vehicle Crash Reported In The Area Of Marilla Reservoir

MVA Near Marilla Reservoir
At 10:56 pm on Friday, Bradford Township Fire Dept. and Bradford City ambulance are responding to the area of the Marilla Reservoir for a one vehicle motor vehicle accident.

11:12 pm--Additional Dept. 15 units not on scene RECALLED

Gerardus A. Backhaus, 68, New Braunfels, TX, Formerly Eldred, PA & Allegany, NY

Gerardus A. Backhaus, age 68, died Dec. 1, 2010, peacefully at his home in New Braunfels, with his wife and family by his side after a brief battle with cancer.

Mr. Backhaus is survived by a wife, Patricia, four children, John (Kay) Backhaus of Allegany, NY, Patrick (Kara) Benca of Little Rock, AR, Michael (Sue) Benca of Ocean Springs, MS, Kristina Benca of San Antonio and nine grandchildren.

He also leaves behind one brother Joseph (Karlet) Backhaus of Chaffee, NY and two sisters, Regina Freeman of Bradford, PA and Elizabeth (Michael) Wilch of Fernandina Beach, FL and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by parents, Johan Peter and Catharina (Nettie) Backhaus, sister, Maria Marasco, and niece, Christina Giordano.

Gerardus was born in Merkelbeek, Netherlands and immigrated with his family to Eldred, PA in 1957. He served three years in the Army, to include Vietnam, where he piloted the “bird dog” and flew numerous combat missions in support of his country. His service resulted in him being awarded several medals to include the Distinguished Flying Cross. Gerry spent the majority of his years in Allegany, NY with friends and family.

He was a law partner in Hornburg, Diggs, Backhaus & Simon before retiring in 2008 and moving to New Braunfels. Much of his working years were spent working on behalf of children as an advocate for them during trying times.

He was a member of the American Legion in New Braunfels and the VFW of Sattler, TX.

Gerry will be remembered as a father, a husband, an Opa, an inspiration to children and a decorated military aviator. He will be missed by the numerous people he impacted.

A service will be held Dec. 28, 2010, at 6 p.m. at his home at 240 Arendes Drive, New Braunfels, TX 78132.

Coudersport Standby At Coudy Station For Roulette

Standby For Roulette
At 8:58 on Friday, Coudersport Dept. 48 dispatched to standby at Coudersport hall for Roulette.

At 9:20 pm--Coudersport transfer engine company to Roulette Hall For Standby.

Roulette Responding To Assist At Port Allegany Fire

Mutual Aid To Structure Fire
At 8:49 pm on Friday, Roulette Dept. 46 with Engine 46-2 and Tanker 46-5 dispatched to assist Port Allegany at a structure fire at 2 mile and Rt. 155, North of Port Allegany.

CAUTION:Fishing Creek Extension is very slippery.

9:20 pm--Engine 46-4 to the scene of the fire.

Structure Fire North Of Port Allegany

Working Structure Fire at 2 Mile & 155
At 8:37 pm on Friday, Dept. 2, 3, 4, have been dispatched to a structure fire at the intersection of Two Mile Road and Rt. 155. Chief on scene reports smoke showing.

The fire is reported to be in the former gas station, now used by Bill Robinson's stone business.

Main Street Flooding In Eldred, PA On Friday, December 3, 2010

This video posted on you tube by Paul 16731 shows flooding on South Main Street in Eldred, PA on December 3, 2010. The flood water in Eldred crested last night and is receding today.

Video Of Eldred, PA Flooding Posted On You Tube

This video posted by Paul 16731 on You Tube shows flooding on Route 346 on the flats between the Kendall Bridge and the Devil's Elbow intersection just outside the Borough of Eldred, PA on December 3, 2010.

Donna L. Austin, 74, of Laurel, Formerly Of Eldred, PA

Donna L. Austin, 74, of Laurel, Formerly Of Eldred, PA, died Saturday, November 27, 2010 at Comfort Care Nursing Home in Laurel, Mississippi.

Services were held at Faith Chapel Church, Hwy 84 East, Laurel, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Middleton officiated.

She was retired from Ethan Allen Furniture and was of the Methodist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilson Schollard and Grace Emerson Schollard; sister, Sherry Godding; brother, Richard H. Schollard; daughter, Patricia Marie Carrier Butler; first husband, Emory Albert Carrier, granddaughter, Deborah Lee Vercruysse and great grandchild, Sharon Nicole Bhe.

She is survived by her husband, Lowell Austin of Eldred, Pa.; three sons, Brian Emory Carrier of Illinois, Terry Lee Carrier of Dallas, Texas and Joel Andrew Carrier of Salamanca, New York; three daughters, Vanessa Ann Vercruysse of Goose Creek, South Carolina, Rebecca Lynn Carrier of Laurel and Tina Elizabeth Ellsworth of Summerville, South Carolina; 17 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two sisters, Kathlen Patricia Kahle of Eldred, Penn. and Gail Elizabeth Newman of Des Plaines, Ill.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers Brian Carrier, Terry Carrier, Joel Carrier, Joseph Bhe, Richard Bhe, and Dale Bhe.

To view and sign the family guest book, visit

Eldred Ambulance Dispatched For Assault Victim

Assault Victim In Eldred
At 7:39 pm on Friday, Eldred Ambulance and Medic 16 have been dispatched to 3 Chris Drive for a male assault victim. Police are on scene.

Olga's Holiday Open House & MORE/Music Saturday/Santa Sunday

Olga Logo 8.23

Olga's Holiday Open House
Larry Herbstritt Live
Santa Claus is Coming to Olga's
Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro
2 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915
(814) 260-9966

Upcoming Events
Olga's Holiday Open House--Now through Sunday, December 5
Larry Herbstritt--Saturday, December 4
Santa Claus is Coming to Olga's--Sunday, December 5
AMEX Shop Small--Now through December 31
More Great Music in December
Find Olga's on Facebook
Happy Hour at Olga's--Monday through Friday 5 PM through 7 PM
Open Mic--Every Tuesday

There's 2 more days left of Olga's Holiday Open House concluding with a visit by Santa Claus this Sunday. Please join us this week in celebrating 10 years in business & our first year anniversary in our new location.

A concert you won't want to miss will take place this Saturday evening as Larry Herbstritt will perform a concert of his own original music. We cannot think of a better way to kick off a great December of music than with a concert by Larry & some of his friends.

American Express has extended its Shop Small promotion, so if you have an
Olga's Holly Collection
Olga's Holly Collection
AMEX card register it today, use it to spend $25 or more at Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro before 12/31 & receive a $25 credit from AMEX on your next statement.

We have a number of great shopping deals during our Holiday Open House, a number of great concerts lined up for December that you can read all about in this newsletter or on our Facebook Page.

We hope to see you at Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro soon & wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah!

Olga & John
Olga's Holiday Open House
celebrating 10 years in business
& our 1st Year Anniversary in our New Location

Christmas Tree at Olga Gallery
We have a lot of great specials during our Holiday Open House:

Buy 2 Yarn Cocktail Scarves & Get 1 Free
Buy 2 Christmas Ornaments & Get 1 Free
Over 25 Door Prizes Totaling Over $700 in Value
Buy a Scarf for $40 or more & get a complimentary set of $23 earrings
Buy 2 Crystal Bracelets or Crystal Necklaces & get 1 Free
3 Gourmet Christmas Cookies for $1.89,

& much more... now through Sunday, December 5 when Santa Claus visits Olga's. Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah!

Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro
2 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915
Now through Sunday, December 5
Larry Herbstritt Live
a special concert of his original music
joined by Christin Dubots & Gabe Trimbur
Larry Herbstritt
Larry Herbstritt

Although Larry Herbstritt has spent most of his broad professional music career working in L.A. & Nashville, we think he's done much of his finest work right here in Potter County. Whether leading Ollie & the Go Gos, playing with the Rockaholics & Every Tom, Jeff, & Larry, or his fantastic concert of his own original pieces last Winter at Cafe Olga, we've felt very fortunate to be part of the audience.

Due to many requests of fans & friends, once again Larry will perform a concert of his original music for Cafe Olga patrons. Two of Larry's proteges, Christin Dubots & Gabe Trimbur will be joining him for a few numbers.

We cannot wait for this Saturday evening & cannot think of a better way to 'musically' conclude celebrating 10 years of being in business & our first year anniversary in our new location & to kick off a lot of great music in the month of December than with a concert by Larry Herbstritt. We're extremely blessed to have Larry as a friend & to have him as part of our community. We hope you can join us for this special concert.

Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro
2 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915
Satruday, December 4
7:30 PM
$5 Cover Charge

Santa Claus is Coming to Olga's
photo op with Santa, lunch, & more
Santa Claus
Santa Claus is Coming to Olga's--Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 5 because Santa Claus & Curt Weinhold are coming to Olga's for a great photo op with Santa. Photos will be $5. We're having special Sunday hours from 11 AM to 2 PM for this holiday treat.

You can have lunch in the Cafe & we're even opening the Roost for a special lunch for kids (hamburgers & hot dogs for $1.50, hot chocolate, & more)!

This Miracle on East 2nd Street will only happen once this year, so we hope to see you here.
Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro
2 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915
Sunday, December 5
11 AM to 2 PM
$5 for photo with Santa

Birth Announcements For Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Birth Announcements

Cedryck Richard Walaski a son born on 11-30-10 weight 8 lbs 8.6 oz to Nicole Lynne (Hurd) and Gary Joseph Walaski of Mills Pa. joins his brother Dawson 3. Maternal Grandparents Clayton and Patty Hurd of Mills Pa. Maternal Great-Grandparents Roxie Sharp and the late Richard Sharp of Mills Pa. and Fred Hoppe and the late Theressa Hoppe of Saloinsville Pa. Paternal Grandparents Gary and Sue Walaski of Coudersport Pa. Paternal Great-Grandparents Betty Northrop and the late Ben Northrop of Coudersport Pa. and the late Joe and Gladys Walaski .

Cat Missing In Academy Hill Area Of Coudersport

I have lost my cat and I was wondering if you could post something for me? It would be much appreciated.


Thanks you in advance,

Resources Available to Gauge Older Drivers’ Safety

Resources Available to Gauge Older Drivers’ Safety
Family, Close Friends Urged to Get Involved, Pay Attention, Talk with Older Drivers

Harrisburg – With the number of crashes involving older drivers on the rise in Pennsylvania, the departments of Transportation and Insurance remind residents that it’s essential for older drivers and their family members to speak openly about what they’ll do when it is time to hang up the keys for safety’s sake.

“It’s a conversation that most people are not anxious to have, but striking the right balance between safety on our roadways and the mobility of older drivers is a very important subject,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Driving is a privilege; however, the loss of that privilege can be devastating for an older driver who is not prepared to accept the change.”

To highlight National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, Dec. 5-11, the departments urge motorists of all ages to assess and sharpen their driving skills.

Approximately 16-percent of Pennsylvania’s 8.7 million licensed drivers are 65 and older; state data center statistics indicate the number will increase 21 percent by 2020. In 2009, there were more than 16,700 crashes involving a driver 65 and older, resulting in 276 fatalities. This represents 14-percent of the total crashes in Pennsylvania and 22-percent of the fatalities, an increase from previous years.

Although every person ages differently, aging typically brings certain physical, visual and cognitive changes – sometimes subtle – that could impair an older person’s ability to drive safely. Older drivers and their families need to work together to identify potential issues that may affect driving, outline courses of action to assist the older driver, and plan for when it’s time to hang up the keys.

Signs that can indicate it may be time to limit or stop driving altogether include:

• Feeling uncomfortable, fearful or nervous when driving;
• Unexplained dents/scrapes on the car, fences, mailboxes or garage doors;
• Frequently getting lost and frequent “close calls” (i.e. almost crashing);
• Slower response times, particularly to unexpected situations;
• Difficulty paying attention to signs or staying in the lane of traffic; and
• Trouble judging gaps at intersections or highway entrance/exit ramps.

For additional warning signs, safety tips and to download the “Talking with Older Drivers” publication, developed by PennDOT and the Department of Aging, visit PennDOT’s highway safety website,, and select the “Mature Driver” link under the Traffic Safety Information Center.

To help older residents assess their ability to drive safely, several free online tools, such as “Roadwise Review,” are available to measure functional driving abilities shown to identify collision risks among older drivers. These self-assessment tools and other resources for older drivers are available at

Older drivers can sharpen their driving skills by taking an approved driver improvement course, which may also qualify them for insurance savings.

“Insurance companies recognize that drivers face unique challenges as they get older, and reward those who take the initiative to minimize risk by enrolling in approved driver training courses,” said acting Insurance Commissioner Robert L. Pratter. “Pennsylvania law requires insurance companies to provide at least a five-percent premium discount when policyholders 55 or older have successfully completed an approved driver improvement course.”

Courses are offered statewide and fees vary. A list of organizations offering courses is available at, under the “Mature Driver” link. Individuals must take an approved driver improvement course every three years to remain eligible for the discount and may be disqualified if involved in a chargeable crash, convicted of a moving violation or convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, which may include prescribed medications.

PennDOT has two programs to help strike the balance between safety and mobility. Under the Medical Reporting Program, the law requires medical professionals to report to PennDOT any person age 15 or older who has been diagnosed with a condition that may impair their ability to drive safely, which could lead to a restricted license or a recall of the driving privilege. In addition, each month PennDOT randomly selects 1,900 drivers over the age of 45 to undergo physical and vision exams at the time of license renewal, and if the results suggest a need, the individual may be required to complete a driver’s exam.

PennDOT also receives reports from law enforcement, and concerned family members and friends, which triggers a review process and possible further exams.

Whether through necessity or mutual agreement with family members, the transition from longtime motorist is a major life change for older Pennsylvanians. PennDOT offers assistance through the Shared-Ride Program, available in every county, and free public transportation for senior citizens. More information is available at

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at

Terri Cooney To Start Fibromyalgia Support Group At CCMH

A new support group is expected to start at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in January.

Terri Cooney hopes to offer a fibromyalgia support group, based on interest, that would provide support and education to patients and caregivers. She also hopes the group will provide coping strategies and moral support as well as boost awareness about the illness. Since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2005, she has researched the illness extensively, including various treatment options.

Cooney is a retired high school English teacher with 16 years of experience. She is also a Reiki master and teacher and is experienced in a number of mind/body therapies such as meditation, biofeedback, yoga and hypnosis.

To express interest in the group or for more information, contact Cooney at or 814/225-4400.

Roulette-Port Allegany, PA Flood Photos--12/1/2010

Weimer Ball Field in Roulette, PA
Port Allegany, PA Legion Post on Rt. 155 South
Rt 155 and Rt 6 Ball Field in Roulette, PA
Fishing Creek and Potter Game Road in Roulette Township
Drain on Potter Game Rd.
Bridge behind Glass Plant in Port Allegany, PA
Atkins Road off Fishing Creek in Roulette Township

Photos shared by Barbara Truitt

Eldred Fire Dept. Posts Flood Photos On Facebook Page

Eldred Borough Volunteer Fire Department Up to 3 inches of rain in the area and then heavy snow has caused the Allegheny River to overflow and isolate Eldred. All roads into town have been closed as the wait for the waters to lower begins.

Rt. 446 From Larabee Y to West Eldred Road Closed Until At Least Monday


3:00 PM--Route 446 from West Eldred Road in Eldred Township to the intersection of Route 155 in Eldred Township will remain closed at least until Monday at noon.

Benefit Fish Fry Today For Wendy Holland & Family In Shinglehouse

Flooding Chases Pipeline Workers Out Of Montgomery Campground

Dear Jim,

These pictures were taken in Montgomery, Pa. on December 2nd.

This is a photo of a campground that several of us are staying at while working on the pipeline.

We were all able to get out and get all of our travel trailers and belongings out.

The campground itself is between the Susquehanna river and Lycoming creek.

The river crested this afternoon at and estimated 24 feet.

Amber Vetter

Shinglehouse Dispatched To American Legion For Fire Alarm

Automatic Alarm At American Legion
At 2:14 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 dispatched to Shinglehouse American Legion for a structure fire. Automatic alarm.

39-20--On scene report--nothing showing


Angel Food Announcement

IF YOU EAT YOU'RE ELIGIBLE to save 50% on Groceries!

*ANGEL FOOD ORDERS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY (Dec. 10) 4PM. to the Coudersport Free Methodist Church, 507 S. Main St.;

The Church Office is open Thur. & Fri. Noon-4pm. for EBT orders.

(Menus are outside office door)

Place prepaid orders in Mail Slot!


For more info call 814-274-7350. (Pickup Day Dec. 18, 9-10am. @ The SPOT 3 miles East of Coudy on Route 6).

A Ministry of Coudersport Free Methodist Church.

Keating Township (Potter County) Road Report

Keating Township (Potter County) Road Report
All roads are open, including the Upper Bark Shanty Road. It is rough at the intersection with Gaswell Road.

We will be repairing both bark Shanty Roads starting Monday. Please watch for the “Men Working” or “Road Closed” signs and obey them.

All roads were anti-skidded this morning but ice remains.


Mike Tumas

Portville EMS Responding To Butternut Brook Road Crash

MVA On Butternut Brook Road In Portville
At 1:44 pm on Friday, Portville EMS has been dispatched to 367 Butternut Brook Road in Portville.

Butternut Brook Road is a seasonal road that some travelers have been using to avoid the flooding at the underpass in Portville.

Current Allegheny River Levels At Eldred, Olean, and Salamanca

Allegheny River Levels In Area

Allegheny River at Eldred Crested at 20.67 feet. Presently 19.18

River gauge at Olean, NY, Crested at 15.8 feet. Presently 14.6

River gauge at Salamanca , NY, high of a little over 14 feet. Present 13.71

You can click on the links to the river gauges above to update river height.

USDA tips that ensure holly, jolly pathogen-free festivities

Serve Up Food Safety This Holiday Season
USDA tips that ensure holly, jolly pathogen-free festivities

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2010 —
As Americans gather for an array of year-end celebrations this festive season, often the centerpiece of those events is the dining table or buffet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is serving up tips to ensure that wholesome, nutritious foods—and the good times they foster—are the only things on the menu.

"Don't let a foodborne illness be the Grinch that ruins your holiday season," said Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety. "We're here to prepare consumers—hosts and revelers alike—with the information they need to prevent foodborne illness as they create memories that last a lifetime." More...

Inez M. Finland, 77, of 86 Main St. Bradford, PA

Inez M. Finland, 77, of 86 Main St. Bradford, passed away Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at The Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born April 30, 1933, in Bradford she was a daughter of the late Emerson and Emma (McLaughlin) Cramer. She attended Bradford Area Schools.

On September 8, 1960 in Bradford she married James B. Finland who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters: Cora (George Swangler) Roupe of Aiken, and Patricia (Judy Eaton) Haynoski of Bradford, four sons: James (Lois) Finland, Bert (Donna) Finland Jim (Connie) Cramer, and Larry Kirch all of Bradford, two sisters: Florence Hopkins of Falconer NY, and Helen Burfield of Bradford, 13 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers and one sister.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday December 7, 2010 from Noon to 2:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave, at which time funeral and committal will be held at 2:00pm with the Rev. David Stains pastor of the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the any local Volunteer Fire Department.

Online condolences may be made at


The following state roads are closed as of 1:15 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2010.


Route 346 between the intersection of Barnum Road and West Eldred Road in Eldred Township to the end of Route 346. Currently due to open by 6 p.m. today.

Route 446 from the on-ramp at Route 446 north to the end of Route 446;

UPDATED 2:59 PM--Route 446 from the intersection of West Eldred Road in Eldred Township to the intersection of Route 155 in Eldred Township will remain closed until at least Monday at noon.


Route 4003 (West Fishing Creek Road/Clara Road) from the intersection of West Branch of Fishing Creek Road in Roulette to the intersection of Clara Road in Clara Township. This closure is due to a bridge outage . The roadway is closed until further notice and will be reopened as soon as possible after repairs have been made.

MVA on Rt. 6 At Boyer Crossing Near Port Allegany

MVA on Rt. 6
At about 9:05 am on Friday, Port Allegany Emergency personnel responded to a report of an MVA on Route 6 at Boyer Crossing, east of Port Allegany. Some units response was cancelled by command and Port Allegany Ambulance returned after transport was refused.

Update From One Of Our Readers

After driving in from Duke Center around 8 am today, I am happy to report that Champlin Hill Road is open. I did not have to detour all the way to Smethport. Yay! However, Barnum Road and Larrabee Y are still closed.

Hope this is helpful for those trying to get north. :)

UPDATE re: State road closures in North Central PA


4:20 p.m. UPDATE re: State road closures in North Central PA

The following state highways are closed in north central PA at this time due to flooding or flooding impacts:

Lycoming County
SR 4001 (Little Pine Creek Road) in Pine and Cummings townships, from Route
44 to Route 287;

Union County
SR 1005 (River Road) from Route 15 to Saint Anthony St. in Kelly Township;

Bradford County
SR 4014 (Springfield Road) in Springfield Township, between Kuhnlee Road
Little York Road, about a mile west of Berwick Turnpike (longer-term

Reminder Serenity Massage Open House Today!!!!

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.

Man Charged With Harrassment After Assaulting Girlfriend

A Coudersport man was charged with Harassment after a verbal argument with his live-in girlfriend escalated into a physical altercation on November 18, 2010 in Keating Township.

Christopher R. Wiley, 25, of 4059 Rt. 872, Coudersport, PA, subjected an 18 year old female to unwanted physical contact. There was no injury as a result.

Anyone with information in this continuing investigation is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. TFC David A. Burd is the investigator.

Man Unhurt After Hitting Large Tree In The Roadway

A large fallen tree blocking both lanes of the Eleven Mile Road was the cause of a crash last Saturday morning at 6:00 am in Oswayo Township.

Donald W. Sechrist, 51, of Windsor, PA, was driving a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck east on Eleven Mile Road, about 1,1 miles east of Kibbeville Road in Oswayo Township. While negotiating a left hand turn in the roadway, Sechrist encountered a large tree blocking both lanes of the road.

He was unable to avoid the tree and hit it and traveled over the top of the tree, coming to rest in the westbound lane of travel. He was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Blacks Auto, Shinglehouse, PA.

Car Hits Tree In Roulette Last Friday

A Shinglehouse woman was slightly injured last Friday at 5:07 pm in Roulette Township when her car hit a tree.

Denise A. Morris, 38, of Shinglehouse, PA, was driving a 1997 Oldsmobile Achieva south on Pomeroy Street, when about 20 feet from it's intersection with Main Street, her vehicle left it's lane and impacted a tree head on, 66 feet south of Main Street.

Allegheny River Levels Dropping At Eldred

The Allegheny River at Eldred crested late Thursday night at 20.67 feet, leveling off and dropping to 20.42 feet near midnight.

Levels at Olean appear to have leveled off at 15.6 feet and Salamanca is holding at 13.59 feet.

Advent Luncheon Wednesday At Ste. Eulalia Parish Center

Kaleb Bags A Nice 7 Point Buck In Oswayo

Kaleb Johnston shot this 7 point Dec. 2, around 10:30 a.m. hunting with his grandpa in Oswayo. Shared by Ang Johnston

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Potter/Tioga Call Log For 12-2-2010

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2010 - 2663712/2/201010:13 AMHAZMAT 133 TIOGA ST WELLSBORO BORO

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner Sunday At Open Arms

The Revolution Youth Ministry at Open Arms Community Church in Bradford is hosting a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner this Sunday, from 12:30PM to 6:30PM.

Each take-out chicken dinner sold will go to purchase chickens in Senegal, West Africa. The chickens will help to create a sustainable food source by providing fresh eggs for a group of refugees there.

Deliveries can be scheduled by contacting Justin Willoughby at 814-331-2651.

The teens from the youth group will help prepare and serve the meals.

Meals can be purchased for $6 at Open Arms Community Church, 1289 East Main Street, Bradford.

Santa Comes To Olga This Sunday/Pictures With Santa By Curt Weinhold

Santa Claus is Coming to Olga's
photo op with Santa, lunch, & moreSanta Claus is Coming to Olga's--Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 5 because Santa Claus & Curt Weinhold are coming to Olga's for a great photo op with Santa. Photos will be $5. We're having special Sunday hours from 11 AM to 2 PM for this holiday treat.

You can have lunch in the Cafe & we're even opening the Roost for a special lunch for kids (hamburgers & hot dogs for $1.50, hot chocolate, & more)!

This Miracle on East 2nd Street will only happen once this year, so we hope to see you here.

Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro

2 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915
Sunday, December 5
11 AM to 2 PM
$5 for photo with Santa