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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Potter-Tioga County Call Log For 2-5-2011

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2011 - 30732/5/201111:34 PMFIRE / STRUCTURE 5 KLINE RD PIKE TWP
2011 - 30522/5/20116:28 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 1482 ROUTE 549 SULLIVAN TWP

EMS Dispatched For Assault Victim In Port Allegany

At 9:50 pm on Saturday, Port Allegany Police, on scene of a fight, have called for an ambulance for an assault victim at a bar on Pearl Street in Port Allegany.

Miller Jailed For Contempt Of Court For Failing To Appear

Miller jailed for contempt

Refuses to sign paper to cease litigation

February 4, 2011 - By JIM RUNKLE - jrunkle@lockhavencom


"I will not sign that ... Ever!"

With those words, local, self-styled real estate activist George Miller punctuated an order of the court yesterday, one that sends him to the Clinton County Correctional Facility for the next 30 days.

Miller, 84, of Lock Haven, a frequent plaintiff in legal actions involving his various properties over the past 11 years, appeared in Clinton County Court yesterday - this time as a defendant - after being found in contempt for failure to appear as ordered for a court hearing in January.

When Miller failed to show up Jan. 21 for a hearing on Poorman's request, Senior Judge John Leete from Potter County ordered the sheriff's office to bring the defendant into the courtroom. (The local judges have long since excused themselves from the Miller litigations.)

Yesterday afternoon, Judge Leete was called from his temporary duties in Snyder County to return to Clinton County.

Judge Leete then ordered Miller committed to prison for 30 days "or until such time as he executes an appropriate affidavit, which has been provided to him, indicating that he will cease and desist from further litigation against Stephen P. Poorman."

Miller can be immediately released - as soon as he executes the affidavit in question.

So it came to pass that Miller was spotted yesterday by sheriff's deputies walking in the area of Lock Haven University, and he was taken into custody 13 days after the contempt order was signed. Read the whole story......


California Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

California Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

Elva Wolfanger, 96, Emporium, PA

Elva Wolfanger, 96, passed away on February 4, 2011 at Elk Regional Medical Center, St. Marys.

She was a resident of Grove House, Emporium, for seven years, and most recently had been a resident of Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Emporium.

She is survived by three sons; Dale (Carolyn), Emporium; LaVerne (Kathleen), Chatham NJ; and James (Pamela), Marion NY.

In addition she is survived by five grandchildren, Derek Wolfanger, St. Marys; David Wolfanger, Lakeland TN; Douglas Wolfanger, Jersey Shore; Paige Wolfanger, Crystal Lake, IL; and Gretchen Wise, Las Vegas, NV; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LaVerne Wolfanger, Sr.

A former resident of Austin, she was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church. She was the last surviving member of the Skeff-Gamen Card Club.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday morning from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM with Rev. Gary Atkinson, Pastor of First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin.

The family will provide the flowers and has asked that any memorial donations be made to the Austin United Methodist Church, Austin, PA or the Grove House, 436 Old West Creek Road, Emporium or a charity of the donor's choice.

Oil & Gas Drillers Must Follow New Rules Starting Today

New Drilling Rules Go Into Effect Today
Rules designed to prevent gas migration, pollution of fresh water, and blowout protection, insure proper casing, etc. 

The Environmental Quality Board (Board) amends Chapter 78 (relating to oil and gas wells) to read as set forth in Annex A.

Properly constructed and operated oil and gas wells are critical to protecting water supplies and public safety. If a well is not properly cased and cemented, natural gas in subsurface formations may potentially migrate from the wellbore through bedrock and soil. This stray gas may adversely affect water supplies, as well as accumulate in or adjacent to structures such as residences and water wells. Under certain conditions, stray gas has the potential to cause a fire or explosion. These situations present a serious threat to public health and safety as well as the environment. The purpose of this final-form rulemaking is to improve drilling, casing, cement, testing, monitoring and plugging requirements for oil and gas wells to minimize gas migration and protect water supplies.

The final-form rulemaking differs from the proposed rulemaking in several important respects. The differences reflect the concerns raised by the regulated community and the public, resulting in improved regulations. The changes to the final-form rulemaking strengthen well design requirements to prevent gas migration incidents.

The significant revisions to the final-form rulemaking include the following: the addition of a provision that requires operators to have a pressure barriers plan to minimize well control events; the addition of a provision that requires operators to keep a list of emergency contact phone numbers at the well site; amended provisions that clarify how and when blow-out prevention equipment is to be installed and operated; the addition of a provision that requires operators to condition the wellbore to ensure an adequate bond between the cement, casing and the formation; the addition of provisions that require the use of centralizers to ensure that casings are properly positioned in the wellbore; the addition of a provision that improves the quality of the cement placed in the casing that protects fresh groundwater; the addition of provisions that specify the actions an operator shall take in the event of a gas migration incident; and revisions to the reporting requirements for chemicals used to hydraulically fracture a well.

This order was adopted by the Board at its meeting of October 12, 2010.

A. Effective Date

This final-form rulemaking will go into effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

***The text of the entire regulation was published today in the Pennsylvania Bulletin

You can read the complete regulation in it's entirety HERE.

DEP Bid Opportunity--Plug Abandoned Oil Wells

Bid Opportunity
[41 Pa.B. 792]
[Saturday, February 5, 2011]

 BOGM 10-4, Cleaning Out and Plugging Four Abandoned Oil Wells (Troy Raup, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Matthews, Jr. and James E. Nelms properties), Sugarcreek Township, Venango County. The principle items of work include cleaning out and plugging four abandoned oil wells, estimated to be 1,000 feet in depth, to Department of Environmental Protection specifications, preparing and restoring well site and mobilizing and demobilizing plugging equipment. This project issues on February 4, 2011, and bids will be opened on March 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. Bid documents cost $10 per set and will not be mailed until payment has been received. A prebid conference is planned for this project but a date has not been set. Contact the Construction Contracts Section at (717) 787-7820 or for more information on the prebid and this bid.

Acting Secretary

Coudersport Ambulance To Lodge Road

At 5:00 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Lodge Road for a medical alarm call.


Austin Bingo Cancelled Tonight (Feb. 5, 2011)

Regular Saturday night bingo is cancelled at Austin Fire Dept. tonight due to the weather. Bingo will resume next week at regular time.

Austin Ambulance Responding To Med Alarm Activation

At 4:40 pm on Saturday, Austin Ambulance is responding to a medical alarm activation.

Suspended PA State Trooper Found Dead After Search

Missing trooper dead

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— NATALIE — A state trooper with a history of suicidal threats and alcohol abuse was found dead Wednesday in a wooded area of Columbia County, less than a week before he was scheduled to appear in court on drunken driving and other charges.

David Allan Lynch, 34, who had been suspended without pay following a June 2009 DUI arrest, was missing for the six days since his truck was discovered Friday by those living near Weiser State Park in southeastern Northumberland County. More....

2 Car Traffic Accident On Rt. 646

Injuries-Traffic Control
At 4:00 PM on Saturday, Rew Fire Dept has been dispatched to a 2 vehicle traffic accident near 1278 Summit Road (Rt. 646). Caller reported no injuries, but cars still in the roadway.

4:06 pm--Bradford Ambulance now summoned for one victim with head pain

Big Game Party Sunday At Open Arms Church In Bradford

Austin Dispatched For Traffic Control On Rt. 607

Non-Emergency Response
At 3:22 pm on Saturday, Austin Fire Dept. has been dispatched for traffic control on Rt. 607 for two vehicles off the road.

Arriving Flights Delayed Over 1 1/2 hours At Philly Airport

PHL (Philadelphia International Airport)
A Ground Delay Program has been issued affecting flights arriving between 05/14:11 and 05/20:59 due to WEATHER / LOW VISIBILITY. Flights are being delayed an average of 102.0 minutes.

I-99 Northbound Closed After Crashes

Travel Alert
Feb. 5, 2011

I-99 northbound closed from Bald Eagle to Port Matilda; Blair to Centre counties Red detour in effect--
Re-Opening projected for 6:00 PM

Clearfield – Both northbound lanes of I-99 are closed at this hour between exit 52 at Bald Eagle in Blair County and exit 62 at Port Matilda in Centre County. The closure is due to weather-related crashes.

Northbound motorists are being detoured from I-99 at the 52 exit, using the red detour. The detour uses Route 350 north to Route 4027 to Route 3042 and back to I-99 north.

Information on the closure and detour is available on the Highway Advisory Radio System at 1640 on the AM dial.

Motorists should be alert for slowed or stopped traffic along I-80 and along the detour route. PennDOT does not expect to re-open to one-lane of traffic until after 6pm today.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out.

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Vehicle Hit House In Bradford City

Vehicle Into House On Euclid Avenue
At 3:00 pm on Saturday, Bradford City EMS is responding to a vehicle into a house crash at 97 Euclid Avenue in the city. Ambulance returned at 3:03. There were apparently no injuries.

Southern PA Businesses Benefit From Potter County Drilling Boom

Marcellus Shale gives some small economies a big boost
By JIM HOOK Senior writer
Chambersburg Public Opinion

The boom in northern and western Pennsylvania isn't coming just from drilling for natural gas.

Businesses across the board are benefiting from the exploration of Marcellus Shale, according to Timothy Kelsey, Penn State professor of agricultural economics.

Kelsey spoke to two packed houses at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

"My sense is people aren't paying a whole lot of attention (outside the Marcellus Shale region,)" he said.

The fracking for natural gas has changed lackluster county economies almost overnight. People have been spending money. State sales tax revenue increased by 11 percent in counties with more than 150 wells during the recession, between June 2007 and June 2010. Sales tax revenue declined in the rest of Pennsylvania.

Bradford County banks had too much money at one point during the national banking crisis, and were uncertain where to invest it outside the county, Kelsey said. Property owners earning money from the drilling companies had paid off their loans and mortgages.

Some people are getting rich. Some aren't.

Land owners are paid about $2 million per well. Royalties paid to property owners are subject to state income tax, but not local income tax.

Rents have doubled and tripled in Bradford County.

"They price gouge," said Susan Hockenberry, office manager of Valley Directional Drilling Inc., Shade Gap. "There are no motel rooms in Galeton."

She attended Kelsey's talk to find out a little more about the economies of Marcellus Shale. All seven crew members of Valley Directional Drilling are in Potter County. They work six days a week boring horizontal holes under roads and streams for gas distribution lines up to 60 inches in diameter. Three stay in motels. Four have slots in a modular housing complex known as a "man camps." More...

More Pain As State To Short PA School Districts $387.8 Million

Pennsylvania school districts to lose state funds

By BRIAN HALL Staff writer
Public Opinion--Chambersburg

A surprise e-mail to superintendents across the state has Chambersburg bracing for a larger 2011-12 budget shortfall than previously expected.

In fact, it could be about double.

"The Federal (Education Jobs or EdJobs) money to us is around $2 million," CASD superintendent Joe Padasak said. "Our state aid is around $20 million and we planned on that (EdJobs money) for the next school year, and we're not going to get it. The state is going to keep it.

"Instead of a budget next year being $2 million unbalanced, it's going to be $4 million unbalanced."

Acting secretary of Education Ronald J. Tomalis sent a message out to school districts late Thursday, detailing the state's plans for upcoming federal Education Jobs Fund Program allocations.

In 2009-10, CASD received $2.305 million in stimulus supplement and $2.363 million in the current budget. That money drops to $0 this coming fiscal year. The EdJobs legislation signed in August was expected to restore a part of the budget formerly provided by the stimulus.

Gov. Tom Corbett ordered a freeze of $364.3 million in state spending. Of that amount, $337 million affects state funding to school districts. The state is anticipated to face a $4 billion budget gap for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Tomalis' e-mail painted a dark picture. Pennsylvania's EdJobs allocation is $387.8 million and will be appropriated by the General Assembly in the coming weeks. Tomalis announced the money will be used to replace existing state money allocated to districts for basic funding. The plan is the basic education funding will be modified to save the state $387.8 million by using EdJobs to take its place. More....

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 05 at 1: 23PM EST expiring February 06 at 1:00AM EST by NWS State College http://www

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Potter County.

Watch for icy conditions at temperatures drop

Sat., Feb. 5, 2011 @ 1:15 p.m.

Motorists throughout north central Pennsylvania are advised to be alert for
icy road conditions, if not now, as the day progresses and temperatures fall
into the night.

A mixed bag of snow, sleet and freezing rain has hit the region

While PennDOT is out dealing with the storm, as warranted, motorists

must do their part to drive according to the conditions they encounter in their




Travel conditions in the area are being compromised by rain & sleet. Those who must travel are advised to exercise extreme caution while operating vehicles due to icy highway conditions.

Drivers should carefully consider postponing unnecessary travel until weather and highway conditions improve.

1:26 PM--Saturday--A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 1 am EST Sunday.

* Location... northern mountains.

* Precipitation type... freezing rain... changing to snow late.

* Accumulations... up to one tenth of an inch of ice. Snow
accumulation 1 to 3 inches.

* Timing... spotty light freezing rain will continue this afternoon
before changing back to snow early tonight.

* Impacts... untreated roads and sidewalks will be hazardous.


Fire Police are closing RT. 59 between Smethport & Ormsby due to a 2 vehicle head-on crash on the hill.

Responders are reporting roads extremely slippery.

Numerous other accidents have been reported throughout Cameron & Elk County.

Just had a call from Galeton area reporting slippery roads in that area.

Head On Crash On Rt. 59 On Ormsby Hill

2 Vehicle Head-On Crash
At 12:41 pm on Saturday, Smethport Fire Rescue and Medic 16 are responding to a 2 vehicle MVA on Rt. 59 on the hill between Smethport ans Ormsby. One person is reported entrapped. Other victims self extricated.

Motor Vehicle Crash On Rt. 120 Near Roadside Rest

MVA On Rt. 120
Emporium Fire Department and Ambulance are on scene of a motor vehicle accident on Route 120 near the roadside rest.

... Winter Weather Advisory in effect from noon today to 1 am EST Sunday...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a
Weather Advisory for snow... which is in effect from noon today to 1 am EST Sunday.

* Location... northern mountains.

* Precipitation type... snow.

* Accumulations... 2 to 4 inches.

* Timing... snow will overspread the area around mid day. Steady
light to moderate snow is expected from late this afternoon
through early tonight.

* Impacts... untreated roads and sidewalks will be hazardous.

4-County Oil-Gas Lease Group Meeting Today At 1 PM In Shinglehouse



In our region what affects our lives almost as much as the weather? Would you believe drilling rigs, specifically those set up to reach down into the Marcellus. Five or six years ago most people would “What …?” Now we know! But what you learned last month, last week, gets tweaked almost daily. Technology expands, rig counts go up, and the market for natural gas continues to grow.

Reported by RigZone, shale developments continue to push the US rig counts. We’ve learned that Marcellus is definitely not the only shale play in our country, but it is the biggest. Companies that have long been invested in TX shale, Bakkan in ND, Haynesville in LA have banked heavily on Marcellus as well. Some have reduced their involvement in the other states to focus on Marcellus for several reasons. We have grown in infrastructure, a local workforce exists and more is in development, our close proximity to major markets, and the abundance of our natural gas in various shale layers are all reasons for growth.

It is not surprising that the biggest jump in active rigs is in PA. The number of Marcellus rigs in our state in January is listed @ 108. All are seeking or have found natural gas, & not unusual …oil is often included in production. Horizontal drilling is a part of the process for 88% of these rigs. Baker Hughes is the source for this “info”.

Will it affect you? Most definitely. This has become the elephant in the room everyone is talking about! If you have mineral rights to lease, wonderful! If you don’t … look for ways to involve yourself and/or your business by creatively tying in to current happenings. Making the most of nature’s bounty AND maintaining our environment go hand in hand when we are guided by more than the dollar.

We get smarter, better choices are made and rig counts go up when we seek to improve our entire region. This must be a series of steps that follows through several generations if the bar is to be raised responsibly.

Rig counts and you? They are what you make of it.

Janice L. Hancharick
4-County Group Coordinator

Potter-Tioga County Call Log For 2-4-2011

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2011 - 29622/4/201111:46 PMTEST CALL N
2011 - 29262/4/20116:15 PMFIRE / VEHICLE ROUTE 49 ULYSSES BORO
2011 - 29162/4/20114:34 PMHAZMAT 5242 LOCEY CREEK RD OSCEOLA TWP
2011 - 29142/4/20114:03 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 3000 ROUTE 284 PINE TWP
2011 - 28742/4/20117:58 AMFIRE / VEHICLE 134 OLD STATE RD COVINGTON TWP

Building Material Auction Saturday (TODAY) At 10:01 AM

(On exit ramp 24-off INT 86)
2383 W. 5 Mile Road
Allegany, N.Y.

We have scheduled several large semi tractor trailers chucked full
arriving for this auction. The inventory will be large and vary—included
is the following:


TERMS: cash/check-credit cards-ten percent buyer’s premium.

Bring your trailers and trucks and help.

All sales final!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

DEP Fines Ephrata Area Joint Authority $10,000 for Poorly Filtered Drinking Water

DEP Fines Ephrata Area Joint Authority $10,000 for Poorly Filtered Drinking Water

The Department of Environmental Protection announced today the Ephrata Area Joint Authority has paid a $10,000 fine for providing improperly filtered drinking water to residents of Ephrata Borough, Ephrata Township and Clay Township last September. “Water suppliers must meet drinking ...More...

Applicants Sought for Copp Scholarship

Applicants Sought for Copp Scholarship

WELLSBORO, PA. – High school seniors pursuing studies in agriculture are invited to apply for a scholarship offered through the William Bowen Copp and Graydon S. Copp Agriculture Education Trust.

Applicants are sought for the 2011 fall semester. The application deadline is April 15, 2011. An applicant must be a high school senior accepted to an accredited college or university in a program leading to a degree in a curriculum directly related to agriculture, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0, demonstrate financial need, be a Tioga County, PA resident for at least six months and graduate from a Tioga County, PA High School.

Students interested in more information may contact Citizens & Northern Bank’s Trust and Financial Management Group at 800-487-8784 or their high school guidance counselors.

The $1.4 million William Bowen Copp and Graydon S. Copp Agriculture Education Trust will distribute scholarships annually. The trust was created under the Last Will and Testament of Graydon S. Copp, who died July 7, 2002. Graydon and his brother, William Bowen Copp, operated a farm located in Charleston and Covington townships in Tioga County, PA. The brothers lived and operated the same farm as their grandparents and parents until 1982 when William died. Neither brother ever married, but they were well known by their neighbors, friends and relatives as accomplished farmers and generous individuals.

The Copps were known for sharing their food, money, machinery and time with friends and neighbors. Graydon, who loved cats and was very active in hunting, flying, motorcycling and maintaining the family cemetery, always considered education very important. During World War II he dropped out of school to help his family on the farm. Following the war, he returned to school and graduated from the Charleston High School.

Graydon’s generosity will continue for years to come as his intent for this trust is to provide scholarships to well deserving Tioga County, PA high school seniors who pursue higher education in an agricultural field. This field has a broad spectrum of possibilities and might include education in the field of animal sciences, agricultural business management, bioresource, crop and soil science, fisheries and wildlife, food science and technology and general agriculture, to name a few.

The scholarship recipients will be determined each year by the Scholarship Committee, which consists of the trustee – Citizens & Northern Bank’s Trust and Financial Management Group – and the superintendents from Northern and Southern Tioga School Districts and the Wellsboro Area School District. The committee will decide the number of recipients and amounts awarded annually. The scholarship award may be used to help pay for tuition, books, and room and board.

Fern E. Perkins, 86, of Millport, PA

Fern E. Perkins

Millport, PA---Fern E. Perkins, 86, of Millport, died Friday, February 4, 2011 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born May 4, 1924 in Belmont, NY, she was a daughter of Rex A. and Jennie I. Sprague Ball. On February 14, 1942 in Belmont, she married Howard P. Perkins, who died on March 23, 1994.

Mrs. Perkins attended Wellsville (NY) High School. She was employed by Sylvania Corporation in Warren as a machine operator/inspector. She was later employed at the former Hewitt Manor Nursing Home in Shinglehouse as a nurse’s aide, retiring in 1960.

She was a member and organist of the Chrystal United Methodist Church for over 50 years where she was also a member of the former Lady’s Missionary group of the church. Mrs. Perkins played the piano at the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse.

She enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, and flowers. She had a great love of music.

Surviving are five sons and three daughters, Roger W. (Rose Anne) Perkins of Olean, NY, Joan K. (the Rev. Edward) Phillips of Mt. Morris, NY, Nancy C. (Charles) Barth of Oviedo, Florida, Kenneth P. (Kathy) Perkins of Lewis Run, Randy L. (Cindy) Perkins of Allegany, NY, Timothy A. (Judy) Perkins of Amesbury, Massachusetts, Barbara S. (the Rev. Randall) Headley of Port Allegany, and Mark D. (Tammy) Perkins of New Wilmington; nineteen grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Perkins was predeceased by three brothers, Victor Ball, Frank Ball, and Robert Ball.

Friends may call on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA and on Monday, February 7, 2011, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Chrystal United Methodist Church at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Edward Phillips, the Rev. Randall W. Headley, pastor of Port Allegany United Methodist Church, Mrs. Perkins’ sons-in-law, and the Rev. Becky Edwards, pastor of the Chrystal United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Chrystal Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Chrystal United Methodist Church, 1989 Eleven Mile Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

William F. White 84, of 4 Chris Drive Bradford, PA

William F. White 84, of 4 Chris Drive Bradford, passed away Thursday February 3, 2011 in Gloucester VA where he had been residing the last few years.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be made at



BRADFORD, Pa. -- For the 21st consecutive year, accounting students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer free income tax preparation for low- to moderate-income individuals and families.

Residents can receive assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, also known as VITA, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, in Room 158 of the Pitt-Bradford Sport and Fitness Center. There will also be sessions from noon to 5 p.m. on Feb.26 and March 19.

The first session will be held on a Sunday this year instead of a Saturday due to a basketball game at the Sport and Fitness Center on Feb. 12. The session will be limited to the first 50 taxpayers who sign up that day. Those who cannot be accommodated will be put on a list for the second session on Feb. 26.

Students from the Pitt-Bradford Students in Free Enterprise club who have been certified by the IRS will prepare 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and Pennsylvania state returns for individuals.

Families and individuals interested in participating in the program are asked to bring the 2010 tax package and label (if mailed to them), proof of identity, Social Security cards for themselves and any dependents, their 2009 tax return, hard copies of 2010 W-2 and 1099 forms, and proof of account (such as a voided check) for direct deposit of refunds if desired.

Residents who have significant income and expenses from their own businesses or people with a lot of investment activity should seek the assistance of a professional tax preparer.

Also, as part of an ongoing food drive, Students in Free Enterprise will collect nonperishable food at the VITA tax preparation site. Contributing to the food drive is not a requirement for the free tax preparation.

Roulette Fire Dept. To Coudersport For Standby

At 7:44 pm on Friday, Roulette Dept. 46 transfer assignment--One engine company to Coudersport Dept. 48 for standby.

Structure Fire In Wellsboro

Shed Fire Reported With Exposures
At 7:16 pm on Friday, Wellsboro Fire Dept. is responding to a shed fire with exposures at 102 Greenwood Street in Wellsboro.

Command Terminated at 9:04 pm

House Fire On Rt. 144 In West Branch Township

Flames & Smoke Showing
At 6:44 pm on Friday, Galeton, Germania, Clymer and Coudersport Fire Departments are responding to a structure fire on Route 144, across from 239 Germania Road, it is the Linda Beaker Residence.

The house in West Branch Township has flames & smoke showing.

Cameron County Man Named To Gaming Control Board

Senate Republicans name Cameron County commissioner Tony Moscato to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

KARI ANDREN, The Patriot-News By KARI ANDREN, The Patriot-News

State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, named Tony Moscato as the Senate Republican appointee on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Moscato, a four-term Cameron County commissioner and former staffer in the lieutenant governor's office, will begin his two-year term on Feb. 14.

The Gaming Control Board is composed of seven members: one appointed by each legislative caucus (House and Senate Republicans and Democrats) and three appointed by the governor. The post carries a salary of $145,000. More...

Donald E. Cutler, 67, of Canandaigua, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA

Canandaigua----Donald E. Cutler, 67, of Canandaigua, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA, died unexpectedly in his home on Thursday, February 3, 2011.

Born November 30, 1943 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of Edd W. and Rocelia E. Lawton Cutler.

Mr. Cutler was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse and was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War in Vietnam.

During high school he was employed at the former Linda Lanes in Shinglehouse as a pin setter. After graduation he was employed by Stroehmann Brothers in Olean, NY and Williamsport, PA. After serving in the Army, he was employed by Ingersoll Rand in Painted Post, NY.

Mr. Cutler was a former member of Tioga County Early Days Association in Cherry Springs. He enjoyed bowling, camping, and playing cards.

Surviving are three brothers, Newton F. (Theresa Viele) Cutler of Port Allegany, PA, David E. Cutler of Allentown, NY, and Joel E. Cutler of Shinglehouse; three sisters, Bess O. (John) Cooper of Apple Valley, California, Helen E. Cutler of Olean, and Nellie I. (Gordon) Stone of Bradford, PA; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Cutler was predeceased by a brother, Edd W. Cutler, Jr.; and two sisters, Nancy R. Cutler and Edra L. Umbaugh.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA on Monday, February 7, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Wesley Gilbert, retired pastor of Rock of Revelation Church, Olean, NY will officiate. Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Monday.

Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Vehicle Fire In Ulysses Boro

Vehicle Fire With Exposures
At 6:15 pm on Friday, Tri-Town Fire Dept. was dispatched to a vehicle fire with exposures on Rt. 49 in Ulysses Boro.

6:46--FIRE OUT

Rev. Doris Howard, 95, of Eldred, PA

ELDRED, PA - Rev. Doris Howard, 95, of Eldred was promoted to glory Sunday (Jan. 30, 2011) at the Bradford Nursing Pavilion.

Born Oct. 26, 1915, in Eldred, she was a daughter of the late Verner and May Letson Smith, On Aug. 3, 1938, in Portville, she married the Rev. Elton Howard, who predeceased her Aug. 19, 2002.

Mrs. Howard was a graduate of Eldred High School, Chesborough Seminary and Houghton College and was ordained in 1950. She was a member of the Evangelical Wesleyan Church.
For many years, she taught school and assisted her husband in various church parishes. She had been active in supervising girls' 4-H Clubs, Junior Garden Club and was a den mother for the Cub Scouts. She was a two Silver Star mother of the Order of the Salvation Army.

Surviving are a son, Rev. Delbert (Eunice) Howard of Mansfield, Pa.; two daughters, Capt. Luva Blakely, retired of Eldred, and Major Anita (Major Bradley) Caldwell of the Salvation Army, regional commanders of the country of Georgia; five grandsons; three granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by four brothers and two sisters.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 51 S. Main St., Portville, N.Y.

Funeral and committal services will be held Saturday (Feb. 5, 2011) at 10 a.m. at the Church of God in Eldred, with Pastor James Kazimer, Major Bradley Caldwell, Rev. Delbert Howard and family members officiating. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville.

Memorials may be made to the Church of God, 142 S. Main St., Eldred, PA 16731; or to the Salvation Army, 310 E. State St., Olean, NY 14760.

Cecelia V. Davis, formerly of 230 N. 24th St., Olean, NY

OLEAN, NY - Cecelia V. Davis, formerly of 230 N. 24th St. passed away Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2011) at The Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Olean after a long illness.

Born Feb. 22, 1921, in Olean, she was a daughter of Frank and Victoria Kulkulka Wojcik. She was married to Raymond J. Davis, who predeceased her Nov. 7, 1966.

Mrs. Davis was employed by the city of Olean and later St. Bonaventure University.

She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons, Francis (Hillary) Wojcik of Concord, Calif., and Michael (Jill) Davis of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four daughters, Mary Vesotski of Olean, Roxanne Burgess of Eldred, Pa., Marcie (Jeff) Wallen and Reenie (Joey) Batesky, both of Allegany; 25 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sons, Gerald Davis and Joseph Davis; a daughter, Patricia Berical; three sisters, Helen Stavish, Rose Tumidanski and Martha Padlo; four brothers, Adolph Ukasinski, Albert Ukasinski, John Ukasinski and Walter Wojcik; a special friend, Donald Osborne; and two sons-in-law, Robert Vesotski and Louis Burgess.

There will be no public visitation.

Funeral services will be held Saturday (Feb. 5, 2011) beginning with a prayer service at 10:30 a.m. in the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, Olean, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Mary of the Angels Church. Father Gregory Dobson, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Home Care & Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, NY 14760.

Beverly J. Brown of 408 1/2 S. Union St., Olean, NY

OLEAN, NY - Beverly J. Brown of 408 1/2 S. Union St. passed away Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2011) at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo after a brief illness.

Born May 19, 1934, in Cuba, she was a daughter of the late William and Margaret Lamb Butts. She was married to Charles H. Brown, who predeceased her.

Beverly enjoyed her flower garden, bird watching, puzzles and spending time with her friends.

Surviving are four daughters, Karen (Richard) Ours of Eldred, Pa., Carolyn Brown of Olean, Connie (Marcie) Brown of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Brenda (Tonya) Brown of Eldred; three grandsons, Keith Goodell, Kevin Goodell and Kurt Goodell; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her special friends, Joyce, Ruth and Norma.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Ted Butts and Edgar Butts; and two sisters, Jackie Jackson and Shirley Horn.

Memorial visitation well be held at the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 51 S. Main St., Portville, on Saturday (Feb. 5, 2011) from 1 to 3 p.m., at which time a memorial service will be held. Pastor Les Chambers of the West Clarksville Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of WNY, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221-7380.


American Regent Initiates Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Sodium Thiosulfate Injection, USP 10% (100 mg/mL) 10 mL Single Dose Vials Lot# 0056 Due to Translucent Visible Particles

Shaping Beauty, Inc. Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Weight Loss Pills Found to Contain an Undeclared Drug Ingredient

American Spoon Foods brand Apple Chipotle Salsa, Maple BBQ Grilling Sauce, and Pumpkin Chipotle Roasting Sauce may contain undeclared wheat flour and may put certain consumers at risk for wheat or gluten sensitivities or allergies.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Station 39 for Standby

At 3:44 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Station 39 for standby.

Sevinsky Family Says Thanks...........

All For You Flowers & Gifts In Ulysses Has Everything For Your Valentine

Coudersport Ambulance To Woodlawn Avenue

At 2:20 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Woodlawn Avenue for a medical call.

Ebert C Hartman, 73, formerly of Bradford, PA

Ebert C Hartman, 73, formerly of Bradford, passed away Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Born June 16, 1937, in Bradford he was a son of the late Ebert G. Hartman and Luwanna (Pire) Hartman-Spack.

He attended Bradford Schools and was employed by Case Cutlery.

He attended the First Church of the Nazarene.

He is survived by two daughters, Debra Kay (Jim Brisson) Hartman of Olean, NY and Clarissa (Jim) Tolbert of Kansas City, MO, a brother William (Peg) Hartman of Ceres, NY, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by one son, Andrew Leon Hartman and one sister.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, February 7, 2011, in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. South Ave. from noon to 1:00pm at which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Mick McMahon, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating. Burial will be in Bowler Memorial Cemetery, Little Gennesse, NY.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the Church of the Nazenene.

Online condolences may be made at

Man Injured By Ice Chunk Through Windshield

Man Injured By Ice Chunk
At 11:10 am on Friday, Port Allegany EMS is responding to Route 6 near the Seneca Inn East of Port Allegany where a man has been struck by a piece of ice that came off another vehicle and went through the windshield of his pickup truck, striking him in the head.

Fire & EMS personnel have arrived on scene of this incident, but the operator has left the scene with the truck. Police have been advised to be on the lookout for a brown Chevrolet Silverado with a large hole in the windshield.

Book & Bake Sale At Coudersport Library Friday & Saturday

The Coudersport Public Library is holding a Book & Bake Sale today Friday, February 4, from 8am-6pm, and tomorrow, February 5, from 8am-3pm.

You don't have to travel too far to beat the winter blahs to pick up a few good books and some delicious homemade treats!

We have received a lot of nice donations of books and movies since summer and are eager to help them find a home with you! We have hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for adults, young adults, and children, VHS movies, largeprint books, and even some audiobooks and DVDs.

Our wonderful volunteers are also baking an assortment of delectable treats that will be available for sale both days. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Man in roadway near level 3

At 10:30 AM Dept 48 was dispatched for a man fallen in the roadway possible leg injury behind Kightlingers near Level 3.

Coudersport Baseball and Girls Softball Registration

Coudersport Baseball and Girls Softball Registration

The Coudersport Service Club will be holding registration for T-Ball, Inner City Baseball, Little League Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, and all of the Girls Softball programs on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 8 and 9 from 6-8pm at the elementary school cafeteria.

T-Ball is open to all girls and boys grades K-2, Inner City and Little League baseball is open to players ages 9-12 (age as of April 30, 2011), Babe Ruth is open to players ages 13-15 (age as of April 30, 2011), and the Girls Softball Programs are open to girls ages 8-16 (age as of December 31, 2010).

The fees to register are as follows: Single T-Ball player $15, Two or more T-Ball players $25, All other programs $25/child and $40/family. Registration fees after February 28 are $35/child and $50/family.

Registration forms were sent home with all of the elementary school children, but they can also be picked up at the high school office. If you have any questions contact Shawn Wolfinger at 274-8249

Potter County Advisory Board To Meet Friday

County Criminal Justice Panel To Convene On Friday

February 3rd, 2011

crimjusticeMembers of the Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) will meet on Friday afternoon to continue work on a strategic plan and hear more information about Teen Challenge. The board consists of many of those who are involved in criminal justice, including the judge, district attorney, public defender, magisterial district judges, commissioners, sheriff/jail warden, probation department, human services, law enforcement and others.

During a workshop in October, CJAB members identified three priority issues that should be addressed by a comprehensive action plan: drug abuse, mental health issues and recidivism. Findings from the October session will be discussed at Friday’s meeting.

Board members will also hear from Kurt Tarkington, director of the Teen Challenge induction center in Western New York. Teen Challenge is an alternative rehabilitation program. Its mission is: “to provide youth, adults and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol problems in order to become productive members of society. By applying biblical principles, Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive.”

Dominion To Upgrade Line From Potter County To Rochester

New compressor station proposed for Castile

By Matt Surtel

CASTILE -- A natural gas company has proposed a new compressor station near Oak Hill Road.

The facility would include two gas turbines generating 10,800 horsepower. It's among a series of planned upgrades to an existing transmission line.

"It will be done in 2012," said Dan Donovan, media relations director for Dominion Transmission Inc. "It's a long process before we get it approved."

The company plans to upgrade its line from Potter County, Pa. north to Monroe County. The new facility would encompass six acres, compared to 1.55 acres at the existing Castile site. More...

Prisoners Medical Fees Can Devastate Counties Budget

Elk County takes proactive approach to inmate medical fees

By Becky Polaski
St. Marys Daily Press

Each year Elk County budgets a set amount to cover medical fees incurred by inmates. Greg Gebauer, warden at the Elk County Prison, explained that once a person is admitted to the county prison, their care, custody and control is the responsibility of the county, and the same is true for states and the country for inmates in the state and federal prison systems.

The issue recently became a hot topic in Meadville when the Meadville Tribune published an article on Jan. 26 highlighting how the suicide of an inmate in the Crawford County jail in December 2010 may end up costing that county over $290,000 in medical bills. According to reports, the Crawford County Commissioners indicated that they do not have enough money in their general fund to pay the fees and will have to utilize money in the county's capital improvements fund.

Both Gebauer and Elk County Commissioner June Sorg indicated that the scenario is one that could play out in any county throughout the state. More...

Part Time Call In Help Wanted At Mosch's Tavern In Coudersport

Gas Leasors Offered Mom $5.00 An Acre For Gas & Oil Lease

"Let’s Make a Deal"

We’ve all heard those words before, but who have you heard them from and what has been offered?

That question occurred to Mother in 2007, an educated lady in her 90’s, when she was approached over the phone by a gas company representative, and later when a gas company lease came in the mail. This happened “out of the blue” and surprised the whole family. The biggest surprise however was the whopping $5 per AC the company was willing to send her. Of course the offer also included the “standard” royalty of 12.5% as mandated by the state of PA. (Why wasn’t it mentioned 12.5% is the state MINIMUM?) All she had to do was sign, and she’d be a few hundred dollars richer. Impressive? No. It sounded more like “let’s make a steal” even back in ’07.

By Mother’s employing a down-state law firm for the next few weeks, the company raised its offer to (“Get ready readers…”) $13 per AC, but the royalty stayed the same!

That scenario marks the beginning of the 4-County Leasing Group. Is there any company needing to make a profit so badly as to offer up such ridiculous deals to rights owners regardless of their age, their education, or their knowledge of oil and gas drilling? I didn’t think so, and neither did Mother. With her blessing and backing, many professionals familiar with the new shale play were contacted for information. I learned that what nearly happened to Mom had already happened to countless others across the state. Early on many poor leases were signed. Poor not simply because of the $$ amount, but also because few environmental protections and beneficial clauses existed in these documents. Once understood … many early leases were enough to make a preacher swear!

How does such a sad situation get rectified? As retired teachers with over 62 years experience between us, small wonder Mother and I believed the answer was education. Putting materials related to the Marcellus Play in front of audiences was key then, and remains so today. Knowledgeable speakers have always given informative presentations to the group and public, and fielded questions when asked.

4-County members believe those who take the time to understand what is going on around them, seldom make foolish decisions. We are willing to commit our thousands of AC across Potter, McKean, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties to a Group deal, because we realize our strength in numbers gives us an edge that individuals and small groups don’t have. Whether one has 3 AC or 1,000’s, adding them into a common pot only makes more, and “more” increases clout. We have our own group lease that contains clauses allowing each rights owner to include “specifics” for his/her AC. Our own team of professional negotiators has a history and reputation for securing the best market price available. 4-County has brought together quantity and quality to level the playing field.

We have affiliated ourselves with Co-expriseMarketplace because it does have a record for garnering solid bids with companies holding A+ ratings . It’s 4-County’s turn to say “Let’s Make a Deal”.

Remember: This all started with one little old lady some company thought it would take advantage of, and therein lies the lesson.

Hope to see you @ Shinglehouse Fire Hall, 1-3PM, Feb. 5th … repeat meeting on Feb.12th , same time and location.

Janice Lanphere Hancharick


4-County Oil & Gas Leasing Group To Meet Saturday In Shinglehouse

Potter-Tioga County Call Log For 2-3-2011

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2011 - 28292/3/20113:11 PMFIRE / VEHICLE 1097 HARVARD ST CHARLESTON TWP
2011 - 27912/3/20117:41 AMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 8187 ROUTE 549 JACKSON TWP

Thursday, February 3, 2011

UGI Gas Wants 17% Increase In Natural Gas Rates

Natural Gas Customers In Region To See Rate Hikes


UGI Central Penn Gas is proposing a hike of near $15 a month to pay for system upgrades according to an which accompanied recent customer gas bills.

If state regulators approve the plan, a monthly bill for a typical customer would rise $14.69 — or 16.9 percent — from $87.03 to $101.72 a month. Bills for commercial customers would increase about 19 percent under the proposal. The utility’s total rate increase amounts to $16.5 million annually, or 15.4 percent of its annual revenue.

In addition to system improvements Central Penn said it is seeking to raise the delivery part of a bill to fund rebates and provide incentives for customers to install energy-efficient equipment. The state Public Utility Commission is reviewing the rate hike request. Company officials say by the time new base rates go into effect, it will have been about two years since Central Penn had a rate increase. Customers may all Central Penn at 800-652-0550 for more information on the proposed rate hike.

And, National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. announced on Monday.....More...

Man Who Perished In Williamsport House Fire Identified

Worker At Gas Well Site Pinned By Dozer Died

Worker killed at W.Va. gas well site

An employee of a Washington County company was killed today in an accident at a gas well rig in West Virginia, officials said.

The employee, who was not identified, worked for 18 Karat Inc., of Eighty Four, according to a spokeswoman for Consol Energy, the owner of the mine site.

No Consol employees were injured.

Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, said the victim was attaching a chain between a bulldozer and a water truck at the site when the dozer rolled backward, pinning him. He died after being transported to a hospital. More...

Roulette Ambulance To Laninger Creek Road

At 10:15 pm on Thursday, Roulette Ambulance and Medic 6 have been dispatched to Laninger Creek Road for a medical call.

Spring Special At Penny -Cures Nail Salon, Roulette, PA

Thompson Calls For Comprehensive Energy Plan After President's Remarks at Penn State University

Thompson Calls For Comprehensive Energy Plan After President's Remarks at Penn State University

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Obama traveled to the 5th District of Pennsylvania to deliver remarks on America’s energy policy and the work being done at Penn State University through the Energy Innovation Hub. After greeting the President on the tarmac at the University Park Airport and attending his remarks, Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) issued the following statement:

“It was an honor to have President Obama visit the Commonwealth to highlight Pennsylvania’s Energy Innovation Hub and the tremendous research being done at Penn State University on energy efficiency. Unfortunately, without a comprehensive plan that also includes making better use of existing resources and expanding our domestic production, situations like that in Egypt will continue to underscore the need to cease America’s reliance on foreign energy. Our prosperity as a nation is dependent upon access to sustainable, low-cost energy, and l will continue to push for a comprehensive energy plan that meets these demands, promotes American energy, and builds a foundation for long-term economic growth and security.”

Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson

Thompson currently serves on the House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Education & Workforce Committees. In addition to these committee assignments, Thompson was recently appointed Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry, with jurisdiction over soil, water, and resource conservation, energy and bio-based energy production, rural electrification and forestry

Donald E. Cutler, 67, of Canandaigua, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA

Donald E. Cutler

Canandaigua----Donald E. Cutler, 67, of Canandaigua, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA, died unexpectedly in his home on Thursday, February 3, 2011.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA are incomplete and will be announced.

Roll Over Crash On Rutherford Run In Bradford Township

Roll Over Crash In Bradford Township
At 9:45 pm on Thursday, Bradford Township Fire Rescue and Bradford City Ambulance have been dispatched to the dead end on Rutherford Run for a one car rollover motor vehicle accident.


UPDATE:WESB NEWS--Bfd Man Charged After Police Chase

A Bradford man was arrested Thursday night on DUI and other charges after a police chase ended with an crash on Rutherford Run Road in Bradford. Bradford Township Police say the car, operated by 39 year-old Richard Trojan, went off the road during the pursuit struck an embankment and rolled on to it's roof. Trojan was charged with DUI, fleeing from police and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was jailed on $30,000 bail.