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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Anna M. Conway, 93, of 146 Friendship St., Bolivar, NY

Born May 14, 1917, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Theodore L. and Mae Cohoon Oliver. She married Ralph D. Conway on Oct. 10, 1935, in Allentown. Mr. Conway preceded her in death in 1965.

Surviving are one son, Dale (Linda) Conway of Painted Post; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

There will be no public visitation. Private family memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Portville.

Memorials to Bolivar Free Library, 390 Main St., Bolivar, NY 14715 or Bolivar Fire Department Ambulance would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar.

Winifred Virginia Murphy, Age 79 of Nashville, TN

Winifred Virginia Murphy, Age 79 of Nashville, TN, passed away January 18, 2011.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Thomas Murphy; sons, Chip Murphy (Joy), Tim Murphy, Dan Murphy and Greg Murphy (Dawn); daughter, Bonnie Shunk (Jeff); grandchildren, Tyra Murphy, Justin Murphy, Nick Murphy, Hunter Shunk, Bailey Shunk, Megan Murphy and Peyton Murphy; brother, Kenny Anderson (Jean) and sister, Phyllis Baker.

A Funeral service was held Friday, January 21, 2011 at Hermitage Funeral Home, with a private burial.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fortress Ministries, PO Box 718, Greenbrier, TN 37073; 615-859-4722. HERMITAGE FUNERAL HOME & MEMORIAL GARDENS, (615) 889-0361.

Judge Leete Reportedly Accused Of "Threatening" Lock Haven Defendant

Editor's note: I found this story in the Lock Haven Express, that a defendant had allegedly reported to the state Attorney General's office that Senior Judge John Leete of Coudersport of Potter County had threatened him from the bench. Having known Judge Leete for the 30 years I have resided in Potter County, and observed him in his courtroom, I've heard him make similar THREATS many times, and at least once to me. I think his THREATS could be characterized more in the category of a PROMISE, as many who didn't pay attention have found out over the years. At any rate, Wendy Stiver's story is worth the time to click on the link and read in it's entirety.

Where is George Miller?
Property activist fails to appear for court
January 22, 2011 - By WENDY STIVER -
LOCK HAVEN Express- Five lawsuits, 20 hearings and 11 years later, George Miller almost had his day in court. Again. More.....

When Miller failed to show up, Judge John Leete from Potter County, who was to preside, ordered the sheriff's office to bring the defendant into the courtroom.

Deputies went across the street and up one block to escort Miller from his residence at The Fallon Hotel, but he did not answer his room door. (The deputies reportedly knocked loudly, as Miller is known to be somewhat hard of hearing.)

They then looked for him in his local haunts like McDonald's and the law library at Lock Haven University. He was not to be found that morning.

Leete is the fourth senior judge to have been involved in the case Miller continually refers to, which dates from the year 2000. The two Clinton County judges stepped aside long ago, Court Administrator Miles Kessinger reported.

On Friday, the missing Miller kept the Potter County judge and court staff, as well as Poorman, waiting in and near the small courtroom. Judge Leete returned to Coudersport the same day without having held the hearing.

Miller has been known for decades for his arguments, some couched in legal terms, about government, particularly the City of Lock Haven and Clinton County. He characterizes himself as a businessman who has become a target of local politics and politicians, and who has inadvertently made enemies with his frank criticisms of how local governments operate. More...

He also reportedly informed the Attorney General's Office that Judge Leete had "threatened" him at a hearing May 4, 2010. According to Miller, who apparently quotes a transcript of the hearing, Leete told him: "You have litigated the cases for years and years and years. You are out of court. You are done, finished, and completed."

Judge Leete also allegedly said, "If you violate court orders in this case and that is proven, there will be certain and difficult and unpleasant consequences... very serious consequences." More...

Propane Tanker Crashed Just Outside Trout Run Today

A tank truck carrying propane crashed this morning about 10:40 am near 3457 Route 184 in Cogan House Township, just outside Trout Run.

The road was closed and persons evacuated for a half mile in both directions from the crash scene as a precaution while a fuel spill was cleaned up and the the vehicle towed according to news reports in that area.

Morris Fire Dept. 15-68 was on scene until 3:49 pm. It is unknown what Lycoming County units responded.

Soup Sale At Gauld's Corner Store Raises $2,300.00 For Accident Victims

Community Response Overwhelming

Wendy Gauld writes......


Just wanted to give you a final tally from yesterdays benefit. We are so proud and excited to tell everyone that we raised $2300.00 for Donna and Rebecca Thomas.

We could have never done it without the help of all the people who donated not just the soup and desserts but everyone that took time to come eat and donate... a special thanks to all my crew that worked so hard all day...

we were all humbled but rewarded helping them.......thats what we would like to be remembered for here at the Corner Store......GIVING.....

Thanks again..

Wendy Gauld

Meeting For Volunteer Monitors For Drilling Related Environmental Effects Set For January 26th

Meeting for Volunteer Environmental Monitors

There will be a meeting on 26 January from 6-8pm at Erways Restaurant
in Coudersport for volunteer environmental monitors in Potter County.

Anyone interested in monitoring drilling-related environmental effects is
encouraged to attend.

Representatives from the God's Country chapter of

Trout Unlimited and local watershed organizations will review efforts to

The group will discuss areas and issues requiring monitoring and tasks

will be assigned.

Hazmat Call On Route 349 In Westfield Township

Natural Gas Leak
At 6:40 pm on Saturday, Westfield and Clymer Fire Departments have been dispatched to a natural gas leak near the Button Residence at 5914 Route 349 in Westfield Township.

Further investigation determined the smell of natural gas resulted from venting of a natural gas compressor station in the area.

Hulbert Splits From Shaner Partnership At "Rex Energy", Starts "Eclipse Resources"

Ex-Rex Energy president launches new firm

by Cliff White
Centre Daily Times

The number of oil and gas companies headquartered in State College doubled Friday with the announcement of the founding of Eclipse Resources by former Rex Energy executive Ben Hulburt.

“We’ll be the second one,” Hulburt said.

Hulburt co-founded Rex Energy in 2001 and served as its president and CEO from 2007 until October. He oversaw that company’s initial public stock offering in 2007. Rex Energy is now listed on the Nasdaq exchange with a market cap of $536 million.

Eclipse will seek to capitalize on perceived undervaluations of certain areas of the Appalachian Basin, including the Marcellus Shale, Hulburt said.

“We’re looking at areas that have not been hit as hard by the larger companies, for whatever reasons. Places where we feel we can still add value,” Hulburt said.

The fledgling company, located at 912 S. Atherton St., found a major backer in Houston-based EnCap Investments, one of the largest private investors

in the oil and gas industry, with $4.5 billion worth of investments over its history.

According to Hulburt, EnCap and Eclipse principals have committed $150 million in total equity to the company.

Hulburt, who will serve as president and CEO of the new corporation, said that’s enough to get started in the business. More...

Denzil Axel Austin, 72, formerly of Bradford, PA

DENVER, Colo. — Denzil Axel Austin, 72, formerly of Bradford, Pa., passed away Thursday (Jan. 13, 2011) in Denver. Peterson Blick Funeral Home, Warren, Pa., is in charge of arrangements.

Wellsville Fire Victims Identified

Victim identified from fatal fire in Wellsville

By John Anderson
Daily Reporter

WELLSVILLE —Wellsville Village Police and the Allegany County Fire Service identified Richard Dinger, 70, of 262 E. Dyke St., Apt. 3, as the man who was killed in Friday’s fire.

The fire started in Apartment 3. Another resident of that apartment, Georganna Payne, 68, was rescued. She was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit. More...

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Motor Vehicle Accident South Of Mansfield

State Police and Mansfield Fire Rescue have arrived on scene of a 3:38 pm motor vehicle accident in Richmond Township on Westgate Road, south of Mansfield Boro.

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Westfield/Clymer Respond To Accident On Rt. 249

Two ambulances from Clymer transported victims of a vehicle accident this morning at 6:51 am on Route 249.

Westfield Fire Rescue responded along with Medic 1. Send information or photos/video to

Volunteers Called To 3 Structure Fires Today In Elk & Cameron

Firefighters from Cameron and Elk County
responded to 3 structure fires today.

At 10:19 am, Elk Company 3, Elk Company 16, and Elk Company 5, along with Bennetts Valley Ambulance responded to 9441 Rt. 555 in Benezette Township for a report of a structure fire.

At 11:28 am, Emporium (Cameron Company 14) responded to s structure fire at 20611 Quehanna Highway in Benezette Township.

At 12:33 pm, Cameron Co. 14, Cameron Co. 16, Elk Co. 5 & Sinnemahoning Ambulance responded to a chimney fire at 107 Floyd Road in Grove Township.

We've received no further information on these fires as of 3:48 pm. Send info or photos/video to

2 Vehicle Accident On Million Dollar Highway In Fox Township.

2 Vehicle Accident
Elk Company 3 and St. Marys Ambulance are on scene of a 3:02 pm accident at 1102 Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township where the dispatch indicated entrapment.

Annabel E. Crandall, 91, of 32 Scott Field Road, Bradford, PA

Annabel E. Crandall, 91, of 32 Scott Field Road, Bradford, passed away Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 at The Pavilion at BRMC. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Slippin' & Slidin' At The Lyman Run Dam Downhill Sledding Area

Photo left– this is McKahlia Schott; Photo on right– younger sister Mckenna Schott , Photo below – Dad Ryan assisting with the uphill climb

Downhill sledding with the Schott Family (Ryan, Stephanie and daughters McKahlia and McKenna) on the newly opened downhill sledding area on the backside of Lyman Run Dam.

Other winter time activities at the park include ice fishing, skating, cross country skiing and snow shoeing.

Ryan Schott is the owner of Galeton Drug, a business member of the Friends of Lyman Run, the group that was instrumental in getting the sledding area opened at the park.

There will be a meeting of the Friends of Lyman Run on Sunday, Jan. 23 at 2:00 pm at the Park Maintenance building located at the upper end of the lake. All persons interested in the park are invited to attend. Plans for future winter and springs programs and projects at the park are on the agenda.

Denton Hill Race Team Fundraiser Today At Coudersport Legion

Acting PennDOT Secretary Temporarily Waives Certain Restrictions on Commercial Drivers Hauling Heating Oil, Propane Gas

Acting PennDOT Secretary Temporarily Waives Certain Restrictions on Commercial Drivers Hauling Heating Oil, Propane Gas

Harrisburg – Acting State Transportation Secretary Scott Christie has temporarily waived certain restrictions on commercial drivers to allow for the smooth delivery of heating oil and propane gas to homes and businesses for heating purposes.

This step was taken to ensure that supplies of these products are quickly replenished following the below-normal temperatures and extreme weather Pennsylvania experienced during December.

Governor Tom Corbett today issued a related disaster emergency proclamation, which is required for driver restrictions to be waived.

Christie’s action temporarily waives the normal federal hours of service requirements for drivers of trucks carrying these goods. Drivers usually must take a mandatory rest period after 11 hours behind the wheel. Under the declaration, the limit for driving hours is extended to 14 hours.

Exemption is also granted from the requirements of the 60/70-hour limits rule. The 60/70-hour limits rule requires drivers to stop driving upon accumulating 60 or 70 on-duty hours (including all on-duty and driving time) over a period of 7 or 8 consecutive days, respectively. Any period of 7 or 8 consecutive days may end with the beginning of any off-duty period of 34 or more consecutive hours.

The waiver will remain in place through Feb. 7.

Angels In Heaven

My Way of Thinking

By Shirlee Leete
Her mother used to tell her that God needed more angels in Heaven. So when her son, Jerry, died in 1993, she grieved, but accepted it as God’s will. Five years later, her daughter Sheri died in a car crash, leaving three little boys without a mother. Another angel in Heaven.

Janet Taylor is one of my unsung heros. She and her husband, Dick, took on the task of raising the boys themselves. Their house was small and humble by many standards, but the love and devotion they showed the little boys was unending.

Two of the boys are still with Janet, even though her hubby of 52 years died two years ago, a third angel in Heaven.

Janet came from humble beginnings. One of 14 children - seven brothers and seven sisters, she was the second oldest and helped raise the little ones in a farmhouse on he West Branch Road near Galeton.

The family was poor. More...

Elvira R. Minor, 82, of Coudersport, PA

Elvira R. Minor, 82, of Coudersport, died on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

She was born on Feb. 27, 1928, in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of Luigi and Giovanna Decaro Rinaldi. On Dec. 26, 1945, in Yonkers, she married James W. Minor Sr. who survives.

Mrs. Minor attended Girls Commercial High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. During World War II, she worked for A.T. & T. on Canal Street in New York City. During the Vietnam War, she worked in the quality control department for Fairchild in Long Island, N.Y. Mrs. Minor moved to Coudersport in 1969, and worked for many years in the billing department at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Elizabeth Ortiz of Clearwater, Fla. and Linda (Kevin) Donnelly of Sarasota, Fla.; one son, James W. (Margaret) Minor Jr. of Sarasota, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and one brother.

Private services were held Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle, 420 Route 6 West, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Chimney Fire In Bingham Township

Chimney Fire In Bingham Township
At 2:23 am on Saturday, Ulysses, Genesee, and Harrison Valley are responding to a chimney fire with smoke in the structure at 167 Cinder Road in Bingham Township.
Most units returned at 3:00 am.

Structure Fire On Sherwood Hollow in Liberty Township

Structure Fire With Burn Victim
At 2:20 am on Saturday, Port Allegany, Roulette, Smethport have responded to a structure fire at 109 West Sherwood Hollow in Liberty Township.

Two ambulances have been dispatched to Rt. 6 & Open Brook Road for 2 patients, one a burn victim from this fire, the other for smoke inhalation. At least one of the patients was transported to CCMH.

Coudersport has been dispatched for standby for Roulette. Eldred Boro ambulance and Eldred QRS for fire standby at this fire.

This is Jim Russell, with an update on our home fire. Our house was a total loss. I and my son had on only underwear, and the other three had on pjs when we ran out of the house to the car. I suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on my back, and Carrie had some smoke inhalation. The kids had no physical hurts other than being really cold, but were okay once the car warmed up.

Though it's only been a short time, the response to our loss has been truly overwhelming. Our heartfelt thanks are extended to everyone who responded, called, or even thought about us, especially to the heroes of this world who call themselves volunteers.

We lost everything we owned, but we are absolutely the luckiest people on the face of this earth. We have everyone together at the Lawtons' in Port for now, and we are blessed with having the greatest friends and family anyone could ever wish for. We have good insurance and will rebuild our home and our life with the help of our community.

Thank you all for being there and your continued support and prayers. God had an angel there with us.

Jim Russell

Potter-Tioga County Call Log For 1-21-2011

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2011 - 16661/21/20114:18 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 2259 ROUTE 328 JACKSON TWP
2011 - 16361/21/20119:58 AMFIRE / STRUCTURE 396 NEEFE RD ALLEGANY TWP

Coudersport 75, Port Allegany 52

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Wellsboro Hornets vs Galeton Tigers

JV - Galeton won, 37-31
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Friday, January 21, 2011

State Finally Pays Potter County

State Finally Pays Potter County Portion Of 2009 DA Salary

January 21st, 2011

scalesThe Potter County Commissioners will be receiving a payment from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of about $40,000, covering a portion of the state’s long-overdue reimbursement of the District Attorney’s 2009 salary. The state owes Potter County $104,550 for 2009, representing 65 percent of the DA salary of $160,850, and an equal amount for 2010.

Act 57 of 2005 obligates the state to pay 65 percent. Because the state has failed to pay its share, the county has been covering the entire salary, a situation that does not sit well with the Potter County Board of Commissioners. Other counties with full-time districts attorney face a similar shortfall.

According to a spokesman for the Office of Attorney General, “The Criminal Justice Enhancement Account does not currently have enough funds to reimburse the full amount . . . As the funds continue to accumulate in the account, we will continue to make partial payments for calendar year 2009.”

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Bells Run Road

At 11:12 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse ambulance and Medic 6 have been dispatched to Bells Run for a transport to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Structure Fire Reported In St. Marys on Flagstone Road

St. Marys Responding To Structure Fire
At 10:30 pm on Friday, St. Marys Fire Company 1 is responding to a report of flames showing thru the roof on a double wide mobile home across from 115 Flagstone Road in St. Marys. The building is reported to be unoccupied.

Communications from the scene indicate the flames were coming from the furnace and chimney area, possibly from a furnace malfunction.

Cool Jazz Trio Saturday Nite At Cafe Olga

Dickinson Volunteers Recognized For Help With Arboretum

Members of Dickinson Inc. posed with Coudersport Arboretum committee members and staff after a Pizza party provided by Dick Buchanan. Ron Angood , Connie Brown, Lou Karija and Buchanan stopped by to say Thank You and show their appreciation for all the work the group had done in the Arboretum last summer. During the Summer months the group helps Mr. Brown pull weeds, rake stones, plant flowers, pick up trash and whatever needs done. They enjoy the work and are looking forward to another season.

Photo by Karija

Roulette Ambulance To W. Lyman Road

At 9:03 pm on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to W. Lyman Road for a medical call.

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 8:47 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a medical call.

Elk Co. 8 On Scene Of A Possible Chimney Fire

Chimney Fire In Highland Township
At 7:47 pm on Friday--Elk Company 8 is on scene of a possible chimney fire at 113 New Jersey Avenue in Highland Township, Elk County.

Kane Fire & Ambulance were dispatched to assist, but have been RECALLED.

7:50 pm--Elk Co. 8 Returning & Available.

One Dead, One Injured In Wellsville Apartment House Fire

One dead in house fire in Wellsville
By John Anderson

WELLSVILLE —Wellsville Volunteer Fire Dpeartment Chief Brent Cobin confirmed to the Daily Reporter one person died at the scene of a house fire at 262 East Dyke Street today in Wellsville.

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Coudersport Ambulance To Meet Truck

At 6:05 pm, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to meet a truck with 4 way flashers on coming towards Coudersport with a possible stroke victim.

Kane Responding To Rollover Crash On Rt. 6

Rollover Crash
At 5:48 pm, Kane Fire & Ambulance are responding to a rollover crash on Rt. 6 near Kane Road. No other information was given with the dispatch.

Barbara A. Tassone, 70, of 154 Constitution Ave., Bradford, PA

Barbara A. Tassone, 70, of 154 Constitution Ave. passed away, Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born August 26, 1940, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late James and Margaret E (Petruney) Varatta.

On October 24, 1959 in St. Bernard Church she married Robert D. Tassone who survives.

Mrs. Tassone was a 1958 graduate of St. Bernard High School. She worked and had been known as "The Beer Lady" at Zega Beer Distributor for many years and she also worked at J. C. Penneys. After her retirement she devoted many years to taking care of her family members.

She was and avid baker, canned goods and candy maker and enjoyed selling her goods at the Farmers Market in town. She enjoyed playing bingo, and going to the Seneca Casino.

In addition to her husband she is survived by a daughter, Kelley (Bob) Barmer of Bradford, a brother, Joseph (Marge) Varatta of Cincinnati, Ohio, two nephews, Jim Varatta and Chris Varatta, two nieces Jenny Belesi, and Katie Varatta. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Theresa "Terry" Varatta.

There will be no public vistiation, private funeral service will be held for the family in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-1942, or the charity of the donors choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Jean E. Holcomb, 89, of Butler, formerly a resident of Port Allegany and Bradford, PA

PORT ALLEGANY-Jean E. Holcomb, 89, of Butler, PA, formerly a resident of Port Allegany and Bradford, died Wednesday (Jan. 19, 2011) in the Evergreen Nursing Center, Harmony, PA.

Born December 14, 1921, in Pittsburgh, PA, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Selden Lemoyne Rice. On Dec. 24, 1960, she married Percy Holcomb, who died July 12, 1971.

She was a graduate of Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute, Eastern Nazarene College, and Pennsylvania State University.

Mrs. Holcomb had been a pastor with the Church of the Nazarene in Bunola and Port Allegany. Later she taught in the Otto-Eldred School District for 28 years. After retirement, she became active in the Bradford Senior Activities Center. She was a former member of the Church of the Nazarene, Bradford, and later the Butler Church of the Nazarene, Butler, PA.

Surviving is a stepson, Reggie L. Holcomb of Fredonia, KS, and longtime friend Rev. Barry Mohney, of Butler, PA.

Friends will be received from 1-2 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 22, 2011) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, at which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Barry Mohney, officiating. Burial will be in Annin Creek Cemetery, Turtlepoint, PA.

Memorials can be made to the Butler Church of the Nazarene, 4410 Oakdale Rd., Butler, PA 16001, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Helen L. Strait, 92, of Harrison Street, Port Allegany, PA

PORT ALLEGANY, PA- Helen L. Strait, 92, of Harrison St., passed away Wednesday (Jan.19, 2011) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born Aug. 20, 1918, in Wrights, PA, she was a daughter of Charles and Ione Nelson Caskey. On Jan. 20, 1946, in Port Allegany, she married Harland W. Strait, who died Nov. 26, 1966.

Mrs. Strait was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1936, and Philadelphia Beauty School.

She had been employed by Sylvania Co. of Emporium, Bell Telephone Co., Port Allegany office-as an operator, was a bus driver for several years for the Bowen Bus Service; and most recently a nurse’s aide for Sena Kean Manor, Smethport, before her retirement.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Port Allegany, Royal Neighbors of America, and had volunteered with Meals on Wheels in Port Allegany.

She is survived by two daughters, Julie R. (James) Lent of Smethport, Debbie K. (Stan) Weiss of Syracuse, NY; four grandchildren, James (Shannon) Lent, Jason (Jen) Lent, Joel (Karla) Lent all of Smethport, and Nicole Caskey-Weiss of Syracuse, NY; 7 great-grandchildren; special niece, Penny (Ed) Stewart, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harland, three brothers, Kenneth Caskey, Clair Caskey and Ray Caskey; and a sister, Doris Hudak.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Jan. 24, 2011) in the United Methodist Church, with Rev. Randall Headley, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Annin Creek Cemetery, Turtlepoint.

Memorials can be made to the S.W. Smith Library.

Tennesee To Build New Compressor Station In McKean County

Compressor Station to be Built in County
The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. will be increasing the capacity of it's 300 line to accommodate the natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale deposits.

Pipeline officials say the expansion features the construction of two new compressor stations, with one of them to be located in Sergeant Township in McKean County.

Each compressor station will employ 15 to 30 workers.

Three Plead Guilty to Drug Charges

Three Plead Guilty to Drug Charges
Three people arrested in last July's drug raid in McKean County have pleaded guilty in their cases. 36 year-old Jennifer Sisson of East Smethport and 48 year-old Robin Gordon of Austin pleaded to delivering morphine tablets to undercover agents. 33 year-old Wendy Manning of Port Allegany pleaded to delivering oxycodone. All three will be sentenced on March 3.


At 4:46 pm on Friday, Angelica Fire Rescue and Ambulance are responding to a two vehicle accident on I-86 in the Westbound Lane between Alfred and Belmont. Both west lanes are completely blocked.

Almond Fire is on scene......RECALL Angelica units.

Bradford Woman Charged

Bradford Woman Charged With Forgery
A Bradford woman is facing several charges, including identity theft.

Court records accuse 46 year-old Deborah Rose of obtaining several loans and credit cards by forging her husband and two son's names. Rose allegedly secured over $76,000 in the scheme. She's free on $30,000 bail.

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Working Structure Fire On E. Dyke Street In Wellsville

Two Reported Trapped In House Fire
At 3:22 pm on Friday, Wellsville Fire Dept. is responding to a working structure fire at 262 East Dyke Street in the Village of Wellsville, NY.

On scene report indicates 2 people entrapped in this apartment building.

At 3:29 pm--One person is reported being transported to Jones Memorial Hospital. Mask men have been requested from several departments along with fire investigators.

At 3:56 pm--Fire Police requested from Scio & Andover, and Willing.

Several Companies have been dispatched for standby assignments.

At 4:00 pm--Radio reports indicate a fire truck/car collision on the bypass at State Street with airbag deployment. Reports were scratchy. Not sure if any injuries.

At 4:28--District 2 Fast Team dispatched to scene of fire. Fire Police from Belmont.

Photo & Update from Wellsville Daily Reporter

Daily Reporter : One Dead In House Fire

James R. Stewart, 65, of 826 Interstate Parkway, Bradford, PA

James R. Stewart, 65, of 826 Interstate Parkway, passed away Friday, January 21st, 2011 at his residence.

Born January 14, 1946, in Oakridge, TN, he was a son of the late Claude Lamar and Margaret (Evans) Stewart.

On July 12, 1975 in Washington, DC he married Jamie L. (Bullock) Stewart who survives.

Mr. Stewart was a 1964 graduate of Bradford Area High School and a 1969 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering. He had been employed at Kendall-Witco Refining and Sun Oil Company for forty years. He was currently employed full-time at Kane Liquid Fuels as a salesman and also full-time at Walmart.

He was a member of Bolivar Drive Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters, Heidi Stewart (Bob) Bile of Buffalo, NY, Kristie Stewart (Bill) McWilliams of Bradford, and Gabrielle Stewart at home, a son, David Allan Stewart of Olean, a sister, Suzanne Walker of Ocala, FL, and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Amie Joyce Mitchell, January 1, 1997 and an infant son.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, January 24, 2010 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave. where funeral and committal services will be held at 8:00pm with Rev. Duke Brown, pastor of the Bolivar Drive Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials if desired may be made to the McKean County SPCA, or the charity of the donors choice.

Online condolences may be made at

No Injury In Rt. 46 Crash Wednesday Near Emporium

An Emporium man was not injured Wednesday at 5:55 am when his pickup hit guide rails on Route 46 in Shippen Township, Cameron County.

Cody A. Andrus, 22, of Emporium, PA was driving a 1983 Ford Ranger north on Rt. 46, 3/4 mile north of Rich Valley Road, when he lost control of the vehicle on a small hill. Andrus reported that he was traveling too fast for the snowy conditions. His pickup struck the guide rails to the right side of the roadway and rotated clockwise, sliding uphill about 50 feet.

Andrus was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. He will be cited for (not) Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed.

Winterfest & Vintage Snowmobile Show January 29 In Roulette

The 9th Annual Winterfest and Vintage Snowmobile show is being hosted by the West End Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club, Saturday, January 29th from 10 AM – 4 PM at Kaples farm on Main Street in Roulette PA.

Admission is free so come on down and have fun.

There is something to do for all ages. Drive on in or ride your snowmobile. It looks like we will have snow, but even if we don’t the Winterfest & Show will go on!

There will be free games for the children, hayrides, a clown, music with a DJ in the barn, hot food & drinks, a Chinese Auction with lots of goodies, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, and more. Warming stations will be set up throughout the area.

The Vintage Snowmobile Show registration is from 10AM – 12N with judging and presentation of the trophies to follow. A radar run will be set up at 1 PM for any sled (modern or vintage). We will have a blast! Don’t miss out!

For more information:
Telephone: 814-544-7302

Antonio (Tony) Pollutro, 96, Staten Island, NY, Gaines, PA Native

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Longtime West Brighton resident Antonio (Tony) Pollutro, 96, a loving family man, died Wednesday in Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton.

Born in Gaines, Pa., as a boy he worked on local farms, milking cows and caring for horses, and graduated from Gaines High School in 1931, during the Depression.

He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, and after three years, moved to Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Mr. Pollutro then headed to San Francisco, beginning his 30-plus-year career in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He became a chief engineer and worked for several shipping companies.

During World War II, he served aboard ships traveling through enemy-controlled seas and narrowly missed being torpedoed by German ships on several occasions.

He met his future wife, Irene Kaes, in 1946, when visiting a friend on Staten Island. The couple married two years later, then settled in West Brighton.

After retiring in 1970, he worked for 10 years as a stationary engineer at the former St. Vincent’s Hospital, West Brighton.

Mr. Pollutro was a member of Cespino-Russo Post, American Legion, and the former Klopstock Lodge in Great Kills.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife to Spain, Greece, Italy and the former Yugoslavia, and driving his 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider.

He was affectionately know as “Chief” to family and friends.

“My father had a great memory and could recall where he was and what he did on any given date, including the day of the week,” said his daughter, Deanne Frew. “We always enjoyed listening to his stories of faraway places and the adventures and good times he had.”

Along with Irene, his wife of 62 years, and his daughter, Deanne, surviving is his daughter, Christine Naltove.

The funeral will be tomorrow from the Harmon Home for Funerals, with a mass at 9:45 a.m. in Sacred Heart R.C. Church, both West Brighton. Arrangements include private cremation.

Strengthing Families PROSPER Program To Start January 27th

Registration Open For Strengthening Families Program

Potter County Today

strengthenfamiliesFamilies in Potter County can learn skills and attitudes that improve family life and communication through Penn State Cooperative Extension’s PROSPER program, short for “Promoting School, Community and University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience.” It is designed to help parents of fifth- and sixth-graders more effectively encourage positive behavior and goal-setting with their children while discouraging risk-taking, including alcohol and drug use.

Topics range from dealing with stress and peer pressure to strengthening family relations. Programs are held each Thursday evening from 5:30 to 8, from Jan. 27 through March 10, at the Coudersport Elementary School. Dinner will be provided and child care is available.

The program uses role playing, discussions and learning games to improve parenting skills, build life skills in youth and strengthen family bonds. It has been shown to reduce the use of drugs, improve emotional management skills and increase a willingness to follow rules. Parents gain a better understanding of youth development, a greater willingness to get help and a broader comprehension of risk and protective factors for youth.

Registration is now open. More information is available from Carrie Bowman at Penn State Cooperative Extension, 814-274-8540 or

An enrollment form and more information can be found on the red sidebar of Solomon's words.

Vernon J. Cizek, 89, of Germania, PA

Vernon J. Cizek, 89, of Germania, PA, passed away Friday, January 21, 2011 in The Green Home, Wellsboro, PA.

Born April 20, 1921, in Germania, he was a son of the late John J. and Anna (Sykora) Cizek. Vern was a Veteran having served in the United States Army Air Force during WWII.

On April 20, 1947 he married the former Marguerite Wood who preceded him in death on February 9, 2008.

Vern, along with his wife, owned and operated the Germania Well Drilling Company for many years and was associated with drilling for 69 years.

He was a member of St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church in Galeton, the Coudersport American Legion, the Galeton VFW, and a life member of the Germania Fire Company. He was a former member of the Galeton Masonic Lodge #602, the So. Wmspt-Zafar Ghrotto, and the Coudersport Consistory.

Surviving are a son, Duane (Gwen) Cizek of Germania; four daughters, Bonnie (Bill) Rawson of Germania, Sandra (Krish Krishnan) Cizek-Wood of Indiana, PA, Barbara (Bill) Green of Galeton, PA, and Diana Cizek of Williamsport, PA; seven grandchildren, Michael Rawson, Mark (Crystal) Rawson, Brad (Bev) Cizek, Ryan (Amy) Leach, Scott (Jessica) Cizek, Eric (Megan) Green, and Alishia (Charlie) Sullivan; six great-grandchildren, Tyler and Zach Rawson, Kaden and Karson Green, Sophia Cizek, and Brody Sullivan; a brother, Paul Cizek; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Vern was predeceased by a great-grandson, Carter Sullivan, a brother, Norman Cizek, and a sister, Helen Wagner.

Friends may call at St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church, Galeton, on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 from 10:00-11:00AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00AM, with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant. Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. Interment will be in Germania Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church, Galeton.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.

New Lt. Governor To Take Icy Plunge Saturday At Chapman State Park In Warren County

Whining About Winter?
Not in Warren County!

The Annual Warren County Winterfest starts Friday at Chapman State Park and runs through Sunday.

One of the highlights of the event is the Polar Bear Plunge, when hundreds of people take a dip in the icy cold waters of the West Branch of the Tionesta Creek. This year's plunge is being held at 1 p.m. Saturday and includes a special guest -- Lt. Governor Jim Cawley.

Cawley made a promise during his campaign to do the plunge if he got elected, and he's making good on it. Governor Tom Corbett is expected to attend Winterfest next year, but will not be doing the plunge.

"Grizzly" Gary Wert, who is the master of ceremonies for the plunge (and has done it himself several times), tells us to get to the park well before 1 p.m. if you're plunging, or watching. Shuttle buses are available to take people from the parking areas to the event areas for free.

Other events include sled dog races, cardboard box derby, geocaching, ice skating, snow sculpting and sleigh rides.

For more about the Winterfest you can go to Warren County or listen to my LiveLine with Grizzly Gary here.

Major Injuries For 3 In Near Head-On Crash On Rt. 59

Three people were seriously hurt Thursday afternoon at 3:45 pm when their vehicles collided nearly head-on on Route 59 in Corydon Township, near the Ranger Station.

Harry J. Hick, 67, of Smethport, PA, Linda S. Baker, 60, of Franklin, PA, and Nicole A. Baker, 27, of Franklin, PA were all transported by Bradford City Ambulances to Bradford Regional Medical Center suffering from major injuries. Medics on scene had called for 3 medical helicopters, but none was available due to the weather conditions.

Troopers said Hick was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado east on Rt. 59. Linda Baker was driving a 2002 Ford Windstar west on Rt. 59. Hick's pickup crossed the centerline and the vehicles struck almost head-on. After impact, the pickup truck spun in a clockwise manner and came to rest in the westbound lane facing north. The van spun in a clockwise manner and came to rest along the south berm facing south.

Hick will be cited for Driving On Roadways Laned For Traffic. Troopers said their investigation is continuing.

Fire rescue units from Corydon and Lafayette were summoned to the scene along with medics and ambulance units from Bradford City.

Wellsite Emergency Training In Cross Fork

Wellsite Emergency First Responder Training March 2

gaswellfire1A free training program to prepare first responders and community leaders for emergency and public safety incidents at natural gas wells is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, at the Kettle Creek Hose Company firehall in Cross Fork from 6-10 pm. Registrations are being taken until Feb. 15. Similar training sessions that have been held in other area communities have attracted more than 100 emergency responders and public officials.

Pennsylvania State Fire Academy is bringing the program to the area. The natural gas industry is supporting the initiative, which features new components targeted specifically at public safety issues associated with shale gas production. It will cover a host of topics, from the basics of well construction and production, to what to expect upon arriving at a well site and how to coordinate with on-site industry personnel. The training will give responders the tools needed to effectively react to the broad range of scenarios at a gas well.

More information is available from Barry Fritzinger of Kettle Creek Hose Company at 570-923-6029 (days), 570-923-0462 (evenings) or

Rep. Martin Causer On New Governor/Goals For 2011

Appropriations Committee Appointment Will Give Region a Stronger Voice in State Budget Process

I am pleased to announce I have been appointed to the state House Appropriations Committee, the panel charged with the development of the annual state budget.

My number one priority is to adopt an on-time, fiscally responsible state budget. Many of you have told me enough is enough when it comes to government spending, and I could not agree more. I will make sure your voice is heard loud and clear in this year’s budget negotiations.

Make no mistake, this budget year will be a challenging one. With an estimated revenue shortfall of at least $4 billion, we have a lot of work to do to make up for the overspending of the Rendell administration.

In addition to helping craft the state budget, the Appropriations Committee is responsible for keeping tabs on spending by state agencies and reviewing all legislation that comes before the House to analyze its fiscal impact on the Commonwealth.

Another new appointment is to the House Health Committee. I am very happy to have the opportunity to serve on this committee and advocate for our rural hospitals and health care system. It is vital for us to have access to affordable, quality health care without having to travel to Pittsburgh, Erie or New York to get it.

This session, I also will continue my service on the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. I also serve as chairman of the Legislative Timber Caucus and vice chairman of the Firefighter and Emergency Services Caucus.

I-80 Closed At DuBois

Facility: I-80
Last Updated: 1/21/2011 9:51:43 AM
PennDOT: multi vehicle accident on I-80 westbound between West Exit 111 - PA 153 (Pine) and West Exit 101 - PA 255 (Sandy) all lanes closed detour is in effect

Facility: I-80
Last Updated: 1/21/2011 10:59:54 AM
PennDOT: accident on I-80 eastbound between East Exit 90 - PA 830 East/Dubois Regional Airport (Washington) and East Exit 97 - US 219 (Sandy) all lanes closed detour is in effect

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any

phone to check interstate traffic conditions before heading out.

Coudersport Responds To Fire Call

An alarm for a structure fire on Neffe Road in Allegany Township brought out Coudersport Dept. 48 units just before 10 am this morning before being cancelled. A faulty furnace was cited as the cause. Units returned at 10:30.

Important Information for Betaseron® (interferon beta 1-b) Consumers Regarding Triad Group's Alcohol Prep Products

Important Information for Betaseron® (interferon beta 1-b) Consumers Regarding Triad Group's Alcohol Prep Products

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals has become aware of a broad United States market recall of alcohol prep pads, swabs and swabsticks manufactured by the Triad Group and marketed under various brand names. In the interest of patient safety, Bayer wants to ensure that U.S. patients and physicians using Bayer’s Betaseron are aware of the Triad recall.

Mama Rose's Gourmet Foods Recalls

Mama Rose's Gourmet Foods Recalls Cilantro Con Queso, Garlic Con Queso, Viper Venom Con Queso and Hopi Corn Salsa Because of Possible Health Risk

Mama Rose's Gourmet Foods of Phoenix, AZ is voluntarily recalling Cilantro Con Queso, Garlic Con Queso, Viper Venom Con Queso and Hopi Corn Salsa, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Hawaii Business Group Incorporated, Barb's Favorite Recipes, and Ohana Seafoods Recall Barb's Local Style Black Bean Sauce and Ohana Flavors Black Bea

Hawaii Business Group Incorporated, Barb's Favorite Recipes, and Ohana Seafoods Recall

Hawaii Business Group Incorporated, Barb's Favorite Recipes, and Ohana Seafoods Recall Barb's Local Style Black Bean Sauce and Ohana Flavors Black Bean Sauce Because of Possible Health Risk

Hawaii Business Group Incorporated, Barb’s Favorite Recipes, and Ohana Seafoods are recalling Barb’s Local Style Black Bean Sauce and Ohana Flavors Black Bean Sauce because of possible health risks due to the potential growth of Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. The sauce was manufactured by First Commercial Kitchen LLC.

Auto Alarm For Structure Fire At Potter County DES

Smoke Alarm Activated At Potter County DES
At 12:28 am on Friday, Coudersport Fire Dept has been dispatched to 20 Mockingbird Lane at the Potter County Dept. of Emergency Services for a structure fire alarm. Reporting smoke detector activation.

Units returned at 12:51 am.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Potter-Tioga County Call Log For 1-20-2011

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2011 - 15681/20/201112:27 PMAMBER ALERT 118 MAIN ST WELLSBORO BORO
2011 - 15501/20/20118:42 AMTEST CALL 37 WEST AVE WELLSBORO BORO
2011 - 15431/20/20114:50 AMFIRE / STRUCTURE ADDISON NY


Diana Irene Carpenter, 65, of Millport, PA

Diana I. Carpenter
“beloved wife, mother and grandmother”

Millport, PA---Diana Irene Carpenter, 65, of Millport, went to be with our Lord surrounded by her loving family and friends at home on Thursday, January 20, 2011 after battling a lengthy illness.

Born March 17, 1945 in Cheektowaga, NY, she was a daughter of Victor C. and Freda R. Bolduc Weimer. On July 29, 1967 in Oswayo, she married Harold “Junior” Carpenter, who survives.

During the 1960’s and 1970’s, she was employed by AVX in Olean, NY.

Mrs. Carpenter enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, and playing cards. She loved to dance, listen to country music, and her dog, Chipper. But most of all, she loved being with her family.

She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Surviving besides her husband are eight children, Carmen Kontz of Pittsburgh, Victor (Victoria) Wackwitz of Shinglehouse, Melvin “Todd” (Angie) Wackwitz of Shinglehouse, Jeffrey (Donna) Wackwitz of Olean, NY, William (Brenda) Carpenter of Olean, NY, Harold (Lydia) Carpenter of Shinglehouse, Mary (Jeff) Prescott of Portville, NY, and Jeanette (Mike Corwin) Carpenter of Eldred; twenty-nine grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; a sister Doris (Donald) Stives of Bolivar, NY; a brother, Meril (Marilyn) Weimer, Sr. of Randallstown, MD; several nieces and nephews, as well as many who knew her as Mom, Gram, and friend.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Carpenter was predeceased by three brothers, Victor Weimer, Steve “Chuck” Stevens, and Richard Stevens; a sister, Ida Stevens; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA on Sunday, January 23, 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m. at which time funeral services will follow. The Rev. Jonathan Kaushal, pastor of Hebron Union Church and the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emetrius of Hebron Union Church, will officiate. Graveside committal services will be held on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 10 a.m. in the Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville, PA.

Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family. Memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to Austin Emergency Services, PO Box 341, Austin, PA 16720; or to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Winter Weather Advisory issued January 20 at 9: 43PM EST expiring January 21 at 9:00AM EST by NWS State College http://www.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory.


Accident Reported On Rt. 155 North Of Port Allegany

Accident On Rt. 155
At 9:18 pm on Thursday, Port Allegany Fire Rescue and Ambulance along with Medic 6 have been dispatched to a MVA on Route 155 North near 2876 RT. 155 N, located between Birch Run & Carlson Lane.
9:22--Chief 320 on scene.

Agenda & Minutes From Recent Potter County Commissioner's Meetings

~ Agenda ~
January 13, 2011

APPROVED MINUTES –From December 30, 2010 Meeting

Resolution NO # 1- 2011 – Supporting the Redevelopment a assistance Capital Program Grant of One Million Dollars for the purpose of renovating the Emergency Department an Upgrading the HVAC and Mechanical Systems at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Bohn Catering – Cost of lunches provided by Bohn Catering has increased from $3.50 to $4.50 per meal prepared for lunches. Lunches and dinners will reflect the same cost per meal.

Student Representative for PCHS Advisory Board – Cameron P. Kockler has been recommended to fulfill the student requirement of the Potter County Human Services Advisory Board. This will be for a two year term ending July 2013.

North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission - Re-appointment to serve as a member for the term of 2011-2012 – Charlotte Dietrich, Douglas Morley, and Joseph Pagano. Mitch DeLong does not wish to serve an additional term.

Transport Fees – Potter County Sheriff transport personal pay for jail will raise from $7.25 to $9.00 per hour.

Service for Generator Maintenance – The maintenance will be performed by John Rotello at an annual contracted price of $7,215.00 for the maintenance of the 911 stand-by generators.

Architectural Service – Donald N. Reitz will provide architectural services for re-reroofing the Potter County Human Services building in Roulette.

Service Contract Agreement – 3 D Facility Services will provide maintenance on the following Gunzburger Building, County Courthouse, Human Services, and EMA Offices/911.


MENTAL HEALTH 09/10 10/11
Helpmates, Inc.
Medication Monitoring Services
Telephone Medication Monitoring, per ¼ hr. $6.25 No Change
On-Site Medication Monitoring, per ¼ hr. $4.38 No Change
On-Site Medication Check Services (LPN), ¼ hr. $6.25 No Change
On-Site Medication Check Services (RN), 1hr. $65.00 No Change
7/1/10 to 6/30/11

MENTAL HEALTH 09/10 10/11
Beacon Light Behavioral Health
Emergency Shelter Services for Respite
7/1/10 to 6/30/11 N/A $187.42/day

Philip Seeley and Benn Troutman – Basic Training for Corrections Officers in Elizabethtown PA, from Feb 7, through Mar 4, 2011 – cost will be $800.00 each, request for meals, mileage. Basic training is certification required within one year of full-time hire.

Retirement – Timothy Schaub will be retiring with the effective date of January 21, 2011. Tim has worked for the County since February 2003 as a MR County Caseworker 2.

County Caseworker 2 with Potter County Human Services – Temporary full-time position based on the time period of grant at $11.64 – 13.38 per hour.


Request for Proposal – Potter County Commissioners will be accepting bids for providing meals for the County Jail. Bids will be received until 4:30 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2011, with the opening of the bids on the regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting held on February 10, 2011.

Confidential Executive Secretary Position - Potter County Commissioner will be accepting application through PA CareerLink until 4:00 pm January 21, 2011.


Speed LImit Reduced To 45 On PA Turnpike

Pittsburgh TV Stations are reporting that the speed limit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike From the Ohio Line to Somerset has been reduced to 45 MPH because of snowy road conditions.

One Car MVA On Rt. 248 In Town Of Independence

One Car MVA
At 8:55 pm on Thursday, Whitesville Fire and Independence Rescue have been dispatched to Route 248 between the Stout Road and Forsythe Road for a one vehicle MVA. The accident is in the Town of Independence.

Eugene R. “Babe” Staiger, 90, of Coudersport, PA

Eugene R. “Babe” Staiger, 90, of Coudersport, PA died Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Born on December 5, 1920 in Coudersport, he was the son of Henry W. and Ruth Blair Staiger. On May 9, 1946 in Olean, NY he married Dorothy Schaub, who died on April 13, 2001.

Mr. Staiger was a lifelong resident of Coudersport and a graduate of Coudersport High School. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the U. S. Army from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1945. He was employed for 14 years with the Brownhill and Kramer Hosiery Mill. In 1959 he began his employment with the Coudersport Post Office, retiring in 1982. He was a life member of American Legion Potter Post 192 and a former member of the Coudersport Golf Club. He also had been a member of area bowling teams.

Surviving are one son, Eugene R. (Nadine) Staiger, Jr. of Mt. Jewett, PA, one daughter, Mary (Alan) Vanderhoef of Saint Johns, FL, three grandchildren, Devin (Jill) Staiger, Chad Vanderhoef and Kristen Vanderhoef and her husband Nick Dudney, two great-grandchildren, Madison Staiger and Noah Vanderhoef, two brothers, Larry D. (Paula) Staiger of Fairport, NY, and Charles V. Staiger of Sewickley, PA, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a daughter, Dorothy Dawn Staiger, who died on May 4, 1951, one grandson, Ian McCloskey, two brothers, Henry W. Staiger, Jr., and Jack B. Staiger, and two sisters, Rosemary J. Johnson and Donna Welsh.

Friends may call at the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport on Sunday, January 23, 2011 from 1:30pm until 2:30pm at which time funeral and committal services will be held with the Reverend Evon McJunkin, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Coudersport, officiating. Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Potter Unit, PO Box 106, Coudersport, PA 16915, or to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, 122 E. Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Fire/EMS Responding To 1 Car Crash In Kushequa

MVA In Kushequa
At 7:25 pm on Thursday, Mount Jewett EMS and Fire Rescue is responding to the Turkey Track Road in Kushequa for a victim of a motor vehicle accident. One person is reported self extricated with injuries when the vehicle hit a tree.

2 Car Crash In Emporium With Injuries

2 Vehicle Crash In Emporium
At 7:08 pm on Thursday, Emporium Company 14 Fire Rescue and Emporium EMS are responding to a 2 vehicle accident on 2nd Street in front of the Health Center for a 2 vehicle crash with one reported injury.

3 people are now reported to be transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Medic enroute reports very slippery road conditions.

At 7:39 pm--3 patients are enroute to Elk Regional Health Center in 2 Emporium Ambulances BLS.

Tom Fox, 60, of 118 Tidioute/Enterprise Road, Tidioute, PA

Thomas Fox

Tom Fox, 60, of 118 Tidioute/Enterprise Road, Tidioute, died Wednesday morning, January 19th at his home after a six month battle with cancer.

He was born in Coudersport, PA, October 11, 1950, a son of the late Raymond and Dorothy Duke Fox and was a graduate of Austin High School, class of 1968. For the past 30 years, he had been a machine operator with McLaughlin Construction of Tidioute. He was an avid hunter, a great Cider Maker and loved to play golf. He was also a life member of the North American Gun Club.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Troy McFarland.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Shannon Fox, two sons, Tom Fox and his wife Mindy, of Tidioute, and Tim Fox and his wife Robin, of Clarion, PA. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Matthew Fox, Austin Holz, Chad Durstein, Taylor Durstein, Austin McFarland, Logan Moorehouse, a sister, Jackie Fox Toombs, Tionesta, PA, a brother, Harry Fox Sr., Coudersport, PA and many nieces and nephews.

At Tom's request, there will be no visitation or service. Cremation will take place at the R.V. Burns Crematorium in Clarion, PA.

Memorial Contributions may be made to either the Cancer Care Center, Warren, PA, or the Hospice of Warren County, PA.

Arrangements by the James M. Higgins Funeral Home, 3 Elm Street, Tidioute,

Genesee Ambulance To Whitesville PD

At 6:56 pm on Thursday, Genesee Ambulance has been dispatched to Whitesville at the Police Dept. for a possible Assault victim.

Glenn V. Jennings, 50, of 36 Poplin Ave., Bradford, PA

Glenn V. Jennings, 50, of 36 Poplin Ave., passed away, Monday, January 17th, 2011 at his residence.

Born April 10, 1960, in Bradford, PA, he was a son of the late Vernon Lee Jennings and Bernice E. (Reed) Jennings who survives.

On July 20, 1979 in Bradford he married Marci (Distrola) Jennings who survives.

Mr. Jennings attended Bradford Area Schools. He had worked in maintenance at BRMC and then at Bradford Forest Products.

In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by three sons Jason Jennings, Nicholas Jennings, and Eric Jennings all of Bradford, two sisters, Jacquelyn Hall of Bradford, and Debra Jennings of Buffalo NY, one brother, William Jennings of Bradford, three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Friend are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday February 12, 2011 at 1:00pm in the Sawyer Evangelical Church with the Rev. Brad Preston, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

On line condolences may be made at