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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Structure Fire Reported In Elkland Apartment

Fire In Ceiling
At 9:30 pm on Saturday, Elkland Firefighters are responding to a structure fire in the ceiling at 203 2nd Street, Apartment A, in Elkland.

Possible Structure Fire West of Bolivar On Rt. 417

Report of Fire On Back Porch
At 9:06 pm on Saturday, Bolivar & Richburg Firefighters have been dispatched to the Norman Mesler residence near the Refinery Road on Rt. 417 west of Bolivar for a structure fire on the back porch.

RG&E electric dispatched to scene. West Clarksville to Richburg, Allentown to Bolivar for mutual aid standby.

FIRE INVESTIGATORS have been dispatched to the scene.

Ulysses Man Victim Of Fatal Crash On Route 6

Ulysses Man Killed In Crash
Police have released information on a fatal 2 vehicle crash that occurred on Route 6 on Denton Hill in Sweden Township Saturday morning at 9:37 am.

Clarence W. Dubs, Jr., 46, of Ulysses, PA died at the scene.

Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps said, Roger Smith, 56, of Erma, NJ was operating a 2006 Chevy truck west bound on Rt 6, Sweden Twp., when he lost control of his vehicle.

The truck traveled across the passing lane and into the east bound lane and collided head-on with a 2001 Chevy Blazer operated by Clarence W. Dubs, Jr., 46, of Ulysses. Mr. Dubs was pronounced dead at the scene by Potter County Deputy Coroner Ken Wingo.

Mr. Smith was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and listed in stable condition.

Two of the tree lanes of traffic were shut down for a period of time for accident investigation.

Sweden Township Police were assisted at the scene by Coudersport State police, Galeton Fire Dept., Coudersport Fire Dept., ambulance's from Coudersport/Galeton, Medic 6, Penn Dot, Potter County Coroner and Deputy.

Both vehicles were removed from the scene by Gaines Garage. Investigation into this accident continues.

The crash was one of several Saturday morning when snow squalls quickly made roads treacherous. State Police reported several accidents and reports of cars in the ditch through out the morning hours, before roads could be treated.

Route 220 closed in Albany Twp., Bradford County, following crash

Route 220 closed in Albany Twp., Bradford County, following crash

Feb. 12, 2011 @ 5:25 p.m.

Following a vehicle crash, Route 220 is closed between Harney Road and
Line Road in Albany Township, Bradford County at this hour.

Route 220 traffic is being detoured via Route 220 to Marsh Road to Dushore.

The road may be closed for a few more hours.

McKean Court Sentences Man To State Prison For Timber Theft

Man Sentenced on Timber Theft
A Lucinda, Pennsylvania man was sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court to one to seven years in state prison on timber theft. 62 year-old Glenn Pierce was charged with taking the wrong kind and size of trees on the property of Carl Nelson in Keating Township. Pierce was also also ordered to pay restitution of over $7,800 dollars.

Overlay Of 570 Area Code May Not Happen

Area code plan stalled

Sun Gazette

Plans to implement a different three-digit area code for new telephone customers of the region are on hold, according to state Public Utility Commission officials.

Last year, PUC held a series of public hearings, including in Williamsport, to discuss an overlay plan involving the assigning of new area codes once all seven-digit telephone numbers are exhausted.

Telephone customers with 570 area codes would keep that number.

However, all telephone calls to the area would require the dialing of either 570 or the new assigned area code prior to the seven-digit phone number.

Last July, PUC voted 5-0 to approve the overlay plan, which would have meant the assigning of 272 to new telephone users in the 570 area code.

However, PUC spokeswoman Erika Dominick said this week that the overlay plan, considered from among a number of alternatives, may not be implemented. More..

Irma V. Dempsey, 100, formerly of Moody Hollow Road, Coryville, PA

ELDRED — Irma V. Dempsey, 100, formerly of Moody Hollow Road, Coryville, died Thursday (Feb. 10, 2011) at The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

Beatrice Brodis, 88, formerly of Bradford, PA

Mrs. Beatrice Brodis, 88, formerly of Bradford, Pennsylvania, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Born Beatrice Cohen on June 28, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Morris and Rose Cohen, Beatrice moved from Bradford in the mid nineteen eighties to Florida with her husband Dr. Leon Brodis. Her life was her family, first and foremost. She enjoyed her role as wife, mother, grand and great grandmother.

She is survived by her children; sons Dr. Andrew Brodis, Dr. Walter (wife Donna) Brodis, and David (and Significant Life Partner Ron Mana) Brodis; daughters Dena (husband Dr. Mark) Callman, and Ruth Brodis; thirteen grandchildren, Adria (Donnie) Stitt, Zachary (Jessica) Brodis, Greg Callman & Matthew Callman, Stacey (Matthew) Catanzarite, Rachel Callman, Rahcel, Jeremy, Joshua, Joseph and Jeffrey Brodis, Amber Morales and Jessica (Justin) Lauer; 10 great grandchildren, Isaac, Ian and Leo Paterniti, Lewis, Peter and Sarah Stitt, Aliyah Osaka, Brody and Riley Catanzarite, and Jayna Lauer; a brother, Herbert (Sima) Cohen, and two sisters, Violet Baron and Diana (Fred) Podolsky. Beatrice was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Leon in 1994.

Visitation: A private family viewing was held at Roberson Fuernal Homes Port Charlotte Chapel.

Services: Funeral services and burial were held in Port Charlotte, Florida, at Roberson Funeral Homes on Thursday, February 10, 2011. Committal and burial followed at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, also in Port Charlotte. Rabbi Solomon Agin of Temple Shalom in Port Charlotte, officiated.

Lawrenceville Assists At Addison Concrete Plant Fire

Addison Concrete Plant Fire
02/11/11 0426hrs
Lawrenceville, Tioga County Station 8, was dispatched early Friday morning for a mutual aid structure fire at Wades Concrete on Front Street in Addison.

The request was for engines and manpower to the scene. Engine 8-2 with 3, Engine 8-3 with 5, and Squad 8-18 responded.

Multiple companies from Steuben were operating on scene as well as Tioga County Station 14 (Osceola) with T14-5.

Upon arrival, both engines were given orders to operated as tankers. The manpower from both engines was sent to a staging area and later used to establish a second tanker dump site. Two separate dump areas were established in the large open area adjacent to the fire building.

Due to cold temperatures, the engine supplying at the second dump site was placed out of service and Engine 8-3 was requested to take its place as a pumper. E8-3 was drawing off 2 drop tanks and supplying Gang Mills Tower.

The fire was placed under control and E8-3 and E8-2 were released from the scene at 0636 hours. MORE PICS HERE

Photo & information courtesy Lawrenceville Fire Dept. Website

Structure Fire On Academy Street In Ulyssses

House Fire On Academy Street
At 2:22 pm on Saturday, A working structure fire has been reported at the Easterling residence at 690 Academy Street in Ulysses. Smoke is visible from Main Street in Ulysses.

Dept. 37, 47, 20, and 48 have been dispatched.

On scene report--Fully involved mobile home.

2:35 pm--Whitesville to Genesee Firehall--Mutual Aid Standby
2:43 pm--Roulette Fire Co. To Coudersport Fire Hall--Mutual Aid Standby
3:21 pm--Fire out

One Vehicle Accident On Kings Run Road In Ceres Township

One Vehicle MVA On Kings Run
At 2:02 pm on Saturday, Shinglehouse Fire Rescue and Ambulance has been dispatched to Kings Run Road in Ceres Township for a one vehicle accident by Wilder's Farm at the bridge. One occupant is reported unresponsive.
Medic 10 has been dispatched.

On scene report--Significant damage to vehicle with airbag deployment. Extrication in progress. Patient conscious & alert.

2:41 pm---Shinglehouse ambulance & Medic 10 transporting patient to Olean General Hospital

Traffic signal pole replacement on Rt. 6 near Wyalusing Feb. 14

Traffic signal pole replacement near Wyalusing Feb. 14

On Monday, Feb. 14 starting at approximately 9 a.m., work will begin on the replacement of the traffic signal pole at the intersection of Route 6 and SR 2010 (Wyalusing-New Albany Road) near Wyalusing.

During the pole replacement traffic flow at the intersection will be controlled by flaggers.

All work should be completed in one day.

The existing signal pole is being replaced because it was damaged during a November vehicle crash.

Marie Claire Kearney, SSJ, 87, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania

Sister Marie Claire Kearney

Marie Claire Kearney, SSJ, 87, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on Friday (Feb. 11, 2011).

She was in her 69th year of religious life. Born in Bradford on Jan. 15, 1924, the daughter of the late Genevieve and William Kearney, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Bernard Parish, Bradford on Feb. 2, 1943 and professed her final vows on Aug. 15, 1948.

As she celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2002, Sister Marie Claire attributed the powerful influence of the Sisters of St. Joseph when they taught her at St. Bernard School in Bradford, PA as what led her to join the Congregation. Sister Marie Claire had strong loyalties to family, her Irish heritage, Saint Vincent Health Center and her congregation. She traveled four times to Ireland and especially loved visiting Kate Kearney’s cottage. Her wit was well known and much appreciated.

Sister earned a diploma in nursing from Saint Vincent School of Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Villa Maria College, Erie. She studied at the Medical Ethics Institute at St. John University, New York, N.Y. She also studied and received certification in purchasing and materials management at St. Louis University; hospital logistic management and central service management from the American Hospital Association; cardiovascular management and inhalation therapy management and techniques at The Cleveland Clinic; operating room management and techniques at St. Mary’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, N.Y., and studied at the Psychiatric Nursing Institute at Seton Institute, Baltimore, Md.

Sister Marie Claire served at Saint Vincent Health Center, Erie, for 52 years in various capacities: senior vice-president, assistant administrator and director of the operating room and central supply/inhalation therapy. While in charge of the operating room physicians knew ‘she ruled’ and were compliant rather than disagreeing with her.

She served the congregation as councilor for personnel; a past member of the formation team; a councilor for community life and was active in several Chapters of Affairs. In addition, she spent 10 years teaching at Villa Maria College, Erie. Sister Marie Claire retired from active ministry in 1996 and most recently resided at the Villa Maria Community Living Center in Erie.

She is survived by a brother Tom Schillinger and nieces Mary (Monte) Behan, Julie Tsepelis, Kate DeFazio, Jill (Andy) Pecora, Marie (Mitch) Malecki, Kathy (Tom) Haight, Ann (Blaze Wick) Kearney; and nephews, John (Kim) Pokey, Steve Kearney, Dick (Barbara) Kearney, Dan (Becky) Kearney, Dave (Ann) Kearney, John (Tammy) Kearney and Bill (Sheri) Kearney. She is also survived by the Sisters of St. Joseph.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Kearney, a sister, Patricia Pokey and a niece, Mary Kearney.

Friends may call at the Villa Maria Community Living Center, 5031 West Ridge Road, Erie, on Sunday from 2 until 7 p.m., when a prayer service will be held. Calling hours continue on Monday from 2 until 4 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Community Support Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 5031 West Ridge Road, Erie, PA 16506-1249.

The Quinn Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Coudersport Fire Dept.. For Traffic Control

Traffic Control
At 12:08 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched for traffic control at Rt. 44 & Black Hole Road for a disabled vehicle in the roadway.

Well Site Visit Postponed

Well Site Visit Postponed

Unfortunately, due to unsavory road conditions, I am postponing the Well Site Walk for today. Route 6 on Denton Hill and Route 44 to Cherry Springs are both very slick.

Melissa Troutman

Weather Advisory Issued For Snow Squalls

... Snow squalls will affect Cameron... Clearfield... Elk... McKean...northwestern Centre... Warren... western Clinton and western Potter counties...

An area of snow squalls was moving through portions of Cameron...
centre... Clearfield... Clinton... Elk... McKean... Potter and Warren
counties at 1024 am EST. The snow squalls were generally moving
southeast at 40 mph... and will continue through the midday hours.

Wind gusts to 40 mph will combine with the snow squalls to rapidly
drop visibilities below one quarter mile in some areas. In
addition... the snow will fall onto warm Road surfaces... which will
cause it to quickly melt and then re-freeze. This could create very
icy and hazardous conditions if the Road surface is untreated. Use
extreme caution if you must travel... and consider waiting for the
squalls to pass before venturing out.

This will impact I-80 between mile markers 97 and 149.

This will also impact the following major roads... Route 6... Route
62... Route 119... Route 219... Route 322... State Road 46... State Road
59... State Road 66... State Road 120... State Road 153... State Road
255... State Road 350... State Road 446.

Route 6 Reported Open After Fatal Crash

2 Vehicle Fatal Crash On Denton Hill
Police and Emergency services are on scene of a 9:35 am fatal accident on Denton Hill. The accident is being handled by Sweden Valley Police, but a check with State Police indicated that traffic is being controlled through the accident scene and Route 6 is open.

Troopers also reported very slippery roads throughout the area with many cars reported off the road in the ditches. They said PennDOT is out, but advised caution if you have to travel.

Fire Dept. Responding To 2 Vehicle MVA Near Denton HIll

2 Vehicle MVA Reported East Of Ski Denton
At 9:49 am on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Sept. is responding to a 2 vehicle motor vehicle accident on Route 6 toward Galeton.

Traffic Control Needed At Cemetery Curve

Traffic Control
At 9:40 am on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched for traffic control on the Cemetery Curve west of Coudersport.

One Car MVA On Rt. 6 Near Erways

One Car MVA
At 9:18 am on Saturday, one car MVA with entrapment on Rt 6 West of Coudersport near the Erway farm.

On scene units reporting patient extricated. Minor injuries. Car is on it's roof.

Roulette Ambulance To Sartwell Creek Road

At 6:50 am on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Sartwell Creek Road.

Friday, February 11, 2011

4-County Gas Lease Meeting Sat. 1 to 3 pm at Shinglehouse Fire Hall

Potter-Tioga County Call Log For 2-11-2011

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2011 - 35202/11/201111:03 AMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 7095 ROUTE 287 DELMAR TWP
2011 - 35182/11/201110:41 AMHAZMAT 179 FISCHLER ST WELLSBORO BORO
2011 - 35102/11/20119:43 AMHAZMAT WALNUT&CRAFTON ST
2011 - 34932/11/20114:14 AMFIRE / STRUCTURE RT 119 ADDISON

Oswayo Valley Gets $460,000. To Support Walking, Biking To School

Oswayo Valley Chosen For ‘Safe Routes To Schools’ Grant

February 11th, 2011

saferouteOswayo Valley School District has been awarded a grant of more than $460,000 to support walking and bicycling to school. Funds are provided through the Federal Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program. Oswayo Valley will use the money to develop safe, handicapped-accessible, and well-lighted options for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The federal government began SRTS in response to a study showing that just 15 percent of students walk or ride bikes to school, compared to 50 percent in 1970. This has had an adverse effect on traffic congestion and air quality, as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety. In addition, a growing body of evidence has shown that children who lead sedentary lifestyles are at risk for a variety of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Parents consistently cite traffic danger as a reason why their children do not bicycle or walk to school.

Cameron County SPCA Needs Homes For These Dogs

Cameron County SPCA is looking for good
Homes for both of these dogs.

Black and White dog is part border collie
Not Neutered
Name is Spotty
If interested Call (814)486-0101
Cameron County SPCA

Brown/black dog is
part Rot. mix with Lab
Is Spayed
Name is Darce
If interested Call (814)486-0101
Cameron County SPCA

CCMH residents receive Valentine's Day cards

A representative from Emporium's Emmanuel Episcopal Church visited Charles Cole Memorial Hospital's Skilled Nursing and Rehab residents to deliver Valentine's Day cards this week. Program organizer Sissy Miller delivers the "sunshine cards" throughout the year and also visit residents at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Grove House, and Elk Regional Medical Center.

Pictured, from left, are Harold Lias and Sissy Miller.

Concrete Plant Burns In Addison, New York

Video courtesy WENY-TV

One Vehicle Rollover Accident On Ridgway-Johnsonburg Road

One Vehicle Rollover Crash
UPDATED--At 12:10 pm on Friday, Elk Company 2 and Ridgway and Johnsonburg ambulances and St. Marys Medics responded to a one vehicle rollover accident at 3719 Ridgway- Johnsonburg Road (Rt. 219).

Two occupants were reported entrapped but conscious.

Fire Rescue personnel on scene removed the roof of the vehicle and extricated Joseph Dellulo, Jr. 37, of Johnsonburg, PA, and his passenger, Josephine Dellulo, 60, also of Johnsonburg, PA.

Both Dellulos were moderately injured and transported to Elk Regional Medical Center in St. Marys by ambulance for treatment.

State Police said a truck driven by Joseph Dellulo, Jr., went out of control while going around a curve near Redmund's in Ridgway Township, hit guiderails, spun around, and turned onto it's driver's side.

Police say charges will be filed after they receive results of a BAC test.

Anne Holliday at WESB contributed information for this update.


f'real® foods Issues Voluntary Recall of Strawberry Banana Smoothies Due to Potential Peanut Content

Congressman Thompson Takes Farmers Message To The House Of Representatives

Thompson Votes to Support Review of Burdensome Federal Regulations

Condemns Devastating Impact of EPA Regulations on Rural Farms

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today voted in support of H. Res. 72, a resolution directing House committees to inventory and review existing, pending, and proposed regulations and orders from agencies of the Federal Government, with respect to their effect on jobs and economic growth. The resolution passed the full House of Representatives by a vote of 391-28. Thompson issued the following statement upon final passage:

“The EPA’s onerous regulatory burdens will have devastating economic impacts on the 5th District and rural communities across America. Small towns, rural farms and ranches will be forced to meet arbitrary requirements and be punished for the federal government’s unwillingness to recognize the environmental gains from voluntary conservation practices at the state and local levels. We must build on the practices and knowledge of local communities to strengthen American agriculture, and passage of H. Res. 72 is a positive step towards removing the cloud of uncertainty this Administration’s burdensome regulatory requirements have cast over rural America.”
As Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry, during today’s debate Thompson spoke on behalf of the House Agriculture Committee regarding federal regulations under the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the economic impact on the agriculture industry and rural economies.

Nick J. Ricci, 87, Of Bradford, PA

Nick J. Ricci, 87, of 492 West Washington Street, passed away Friday, February 11th, 2011 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center

Born October 24, 1923, in Bradford he was a son of the late Olindo and Tresa (Riccaridi) Ricci.

On November 18, 1950 in St. Bernard Church he married Helen E. (Tomines) Ricci who died on February 14, 2005.

Mr. Ricci was a 1941 graduate of Bradford High School. After high school he worked at NuWay Market and then Dresser Mfg. On February 23, 1943 he enlisted in the United States Army served with the 322nd Combat Engineers During WW II. He had been stationed in Europe and then Japan, he was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, EAMET Ribbon with one bronze star and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, he was honorably discharged on February 20, 1946. He returned home and worked at Dresser Manufacturing for a total of 47 years retiring in 1988,

He was a member of St. Bernard Church and served as an usher as well as God's Housekeepers, the Knights of Columbus, a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Lifetime member of the Italian Club, and a member of the John F. Kennedy Machinist Union.

Surviving is one daughter, Denise Ricci of East Springfield, two sisters: Rita (Nick) Carducci of East Chester, NY, and Joanne Eger of Bradford and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two sisters: Katherine Taylor and Mary Folts.

There will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am on Monday February 14th in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Leo Gallina pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made to St. Bernard Church or St. Bernard School.

Online condolences maybe made at

Birth Announcements For Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Birth Announcements For Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Maleah May Slater born on 2-9-11 weight 7 lbs 5 ozs to Sheri Kibbe and Matthew Slater of Harrison Valley PA. She joins her brothers Dakota 9, Benjamin 15 and Zack 19.

Maternal Grandparents Don and Deb Kibbe of Harrison Valley, PA.

Paternal Grandparents Clifford and Mary Slater of Mansfield PA.

Maternal Great-Grandparents Edwin and Betty Kibbe of Harrison Valley, PA and Paul and Donna Lewis of Westfield, PA.



Bradford, Pa. -- Four students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford have been selected to receive a $5,000 study-abroad scholarship and participate in the Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Program for Women in Global Leadership.

Morgan Emery, Stephanie Makin, Elizabeth Tillman, and Rebecca Zipay will each receive a stipend to support a summer study-abroad program of their choice and a follow-up community engagement experience after their return.

Morgan Emery, a sophomore from Eldred majoring in English, will spend a month in Viña del Mar, Chile. There, she will take an intensive Spanish course to improve her second language skills. Additionally, she will focus on literacy and reading education. Speaking a second language is important to Emery, who said her future plans may include, “teaching English as a second language or working for the United Nations as an employee of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization).”

Makin, a sophomore criminal justice major from Colver, plans to spend six weeks in Cusco, Peru. Makin also hopes to improve her Spanish language skills, as well as learn about the challenges faced by disadvantaged families there. She hopes these experiences will help her launch a career with the FBI. When she returns, she plans to “take the experiences and lessons I learn from Peru and help disadvantaged families locally.”

Tillman, a human relations major in her sophomore year, is from Appleton, N.Y. She will spend a month at Veritas University in San José, Costa Rica, where she will immerse herself in the culture and work to improve her language skills. Tillman, who hopes one day to become a lawyer, said, “I hope to share what I’ve learned about Costa Rican culture and inspire students of all ages to study abroad.”

Zipay, also a sophomore criminal justice major, is from South Park. She will spend a month in Amman, Jordan, where she hopes to develop a proficiency in the Arabic language. While living and studying among Muslims, she will deepen her understanding of this different culture. Zipay said her goal is to help “bridge the gap between Western and Middle Eastern peoples,” and “help dispel misconceptions that have continued to spread since 9/11.”

Prior to leaving for their summer study experiences, the women will attend a leadership workshop in Pittsburgh with Vira I. Heinz recipients from 14 other colleges. A follow-up workshop will be held in the fall after their return, at which time each woman will learn how to design and implement their community engagement experiences.

“The Community Engagement Experience is a way for each young woman to translate what they learned in their host country into a relevant experience for the people in their home communities,” explained Isabelle Champlin, assistant professor of anthropology and director of the international studies program. “It’s a way for the women to give back while enhancing their leadership skills.” In the past, engagement projects have been conducted at George G. Blaisdell Elementary School and Federal Correctional Institution, McKean, for example.

Fifteen colleges in Pennsylvania and West Virginia participate in the Vira I. Heinz scholarship program. Each school is funded for three scholarships.

“The opportunity to network with 40 or more incredibly talented and motivated young women is a tremendous bonus each woman will carry into her future career,” Champlin said. “We are very fortunate this year to have our alternate candidate selected in addition to the three names we recommended to Vira Heinz. All four women are well-qualified for this program, and we are very excited to see what kinds of lessons they bring back to us.”

The Heinz Endowments support efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

While the majority of its giving is concentrated within southwestern Pennsylvania, the Heinz Endowments work wherever necessary, including statewide and nationally, to fulfill its mission.

Earl M. Kuhn, 75, of Bradford PA.

Earl M. Kuhn, 75, of 337 Harrisburg Run, passed away, Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 at 237 Jackson Ave.

Born September 5, 1935, in Sweden Hill, he was a son of the late Dan and Clara (Sutton) Kuhn.

Mr. Kuhn was a 1943 graduate of Genesee High School. He worked at Herbert-Cooper from 1958 to 1995. He was a member of the Bradford Greater Senior Center.

Surviving are two sisters, Marian Cramer of Casgrande, AZ., and Sharon Shreve of Eldred, two brothers, Aaron Kuhn of Whitesville, NY, and Alan Kuhn of Mechanicsburg, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Harry Shutt, two sisters, Hazel Gray and Ruth Kuhn.

Family will receive friends on Monday February 14th, from noon to 1:00pm at the Derrick City Vol. Fire Dept. at which time funeral and committal services will be held with Rev. Glenn A. Hamilton Pastor Emeritus of the Lighthouse Community Free Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

On line condolences may be made at

Bolivar Man Charged In Franklinville Incident

Two Arrested for Endangering Child

Two people are facing charges for endangering the welfare of a child in connection to an incident on January 20 in Franklinville.

Sheriff’s deputies say 49-year-old Ernest Clark of Bolivar and 26-year-old Brenda Forrester acted “in a manner likely to be injurious to the mental, physical and moral welfare” of a 5-year-old girl.

The alleged incident happened at Forrester’s home. No further details were provided.

Clark and Forrester will appear in Franklinville Town Court at a later date.

Roulette Ambulance To Hester Avenue

At 3:39 pm on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Hester Avenue in Roulette for a medical call.

McKean Inmates Complain To Dept. Of Corrections

Inmates at County Jail Upset With Conditions
Inmates at the McKean County Jail are complaining of health, food and sanitary issues at the prison.

In a letter to Department of Corrections, McKean County County and State Representative Marty Causer the inmates detail problems with health care, nutritional value of meals and the threat of infectious diseases.

County commissioner Joe DeMott says that the county jail got a 100 percent rating from the Department of Corrections in May of 2010.

Eldred Arsonist Sentenced to State Prison

Eldred Arsonist Sentenced to State Prison
The man that police call a serial arsonist was sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court.

39 year-old Scott McClain was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison Thursday. McClain was also put on five years probation and ordered to pay over $250,000 dollars restitution to the Eldred Borough and Eldred Township volunteer fire departments. He was charged with setting fires at the Eldred Township and Eldred Borough fire halls in 2009.

4-County Oil Gas Lease Meeting Saturday At Shinglehouse Fire Hall

Second Oil/Gas Leasing Meeting Saturday In Shinglehouse

Judge Cleland About "Kids For Cash" At Pitt-Bradford


BRADFORD, Pa. -- McKean County’s former President Judge John Cleland will speak about his role in leading an investigation of the Luzerne County “kids for cash” judicial scandal, called by some the biggest judicial corruption case in American legal history.

Cleland was named chairman of the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice, which investigated what Cleland called “the breathtaking collapse of the juvenile justice system in Luzerne County.”

Cleland’s talk will take place at 7 p.m. February 16 in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall on the Pitt-Bradford campus.

The Interbranch Commission was organized in August 2009 and held months of hearings before issuing its final report in May 2010.

The Commission made more than 40 recommendations, including suggesting changes in juvenile court rules of procedure, reforms in the ways judges and attorneys are disciplined for professional misconduct, elimination of school “zero tolerance” policies, and enhanced training for prosecutors and public defenders.

One of the judges involved in the scandal, Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr., is currently on trial in federal court in Scranton.

In a 39-count indictment, Ciavarella has been charged with a variety of federal crimes involving $2.8 million in kickbacks in connection with the development of two privately owned Pennsylvania juvenile detention facilities to which he then sentenced delinquent children.

A second judge, Michael T. Conahan, has already pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges arising from his role in the scheme.

In October 2009 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed more than 4,000 adjudications of delinquency entered in Luzerne County -- every case heard by Ciavarella between 2003 and 2008.

Following Cleland’s talk, a group of criminal justice students will ask a series of questions. The student panel includes Scott Burton of Ellwood City, Ryan Hunter of Harleysville, Gino Macioce of Verona, Stephanie Makin of Colver, Kyle Yeager of Bear Lake and Rebecca Zipay of South Park.

Cleland, of Kane, served on the Pennsylvania Superior Court from 2008 to 2010. He currently serves as a senior judge. He was the president judge of the McKean County Court of Common Pleas from 1984 to 2008.

Cleland has serves on the advisory board of Pitt-Bradford and was its chairman from 1995 to 2005.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and his law degree from The George Washington University.

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Linda J. Weaver Rankin, 65, of 93 State Street, Bradford, PA

Linda J. Weaver Rankin, 65, of 93 State Street, Bradford, passed away Friday, February 11th, 2011 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Born February 26, 1945, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Otto and Velma (Cook) Weaver.

On May 7, 1965 in Bradford she married Philip G. Rankin who survives.

Mrs. Rankin attended Otto Eldred Schools and graduated in 1963 from Bradford High School. She enlisted in the United States Army on February 21, 1964, serving during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged on March 1, 1965.

She had been employed locally at Bradford Meat and Provisions and later as a sales associate in the womens retail clothing industry working in several states along the east coast.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons: David (Beth) Rankin of Greer, SC, Matthew (Christina) Rankin of Syracuse, NY, and John E. Rankin of Torrington, CT, three grandchildren: Trevor Rankin, Shane Rankin and Nicole Yanock and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters: Jane Loop and Jean Beck and one brother Rick Weaver.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, February 13, 2011, from 1:00 to 4:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave. where funeral and committal services will be held at 4:00pm with Rev. J. Gallina, pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating. Committal services and burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery on Monday at 10:00am.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701 or Community Nurses Hospice Program.

Online condolences may be made at



BRADFORD, Pa. – Dr. Om V. Singh, an assistant professor of biology, has been spending his time outside the classroom in the lab studying the tiniest building blocks of life and hoping to shed light on possible applications for cystic fibrosis patients, cancer research, microbial toxicity and biofuels.

One area of his research focuses on proteomics, the study of proteins that make up living structures. Much of Singh’s work in this area was done when he was a visiting professor and visiting scientist at The Johns Hopkins University, where he has spent the last two summers in the lab conducting cystic fibrosis research.

Cystic fibrosis, Singh explained, is caused by a protein that is created in a way that does not allow it to carry out its regular biological function. Since genes write the blueprint for how proteins are created, researchers have explored the option of trying to replace the defective code gene through gene therapy, but with little success so far.

“Genes are like the root of a tree, but proteins are the stem and leaves,” Singh explained. With little success on the genetic side, researchers like Singh are now attacking the problem from the protein side. One of the first steps is identifying the proteins that should be targeted by drug therapy for the most effective results. Identifying the proteins is a high-tech operation that is very labor intensive, Singh explains. It can take months to identify functional protein, and there are thousands to identify.

Singh has been working as part of a research team advising graduate and undergraduate students who are working to identify the proteins that will best respond to drug therapy. As part of his work at Johns Hopkins this summer, Singh also served as guest editor of the journal Expert Review of Proteomics.

Cystic fibrosis research is just one of many areas using proteomics; another is cancer research, in which Singh has also been involved in collaboration with Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. The work was conducted in graduate settings because the equipment necessary for the work is not found at the undergraduate level.

That’s not so for one of Singh’s other areas of specialty, extremophiles or extreme microbes, which he’s studying at Pitt-Bradford with the help of post-baccalaureate student Erin Copeland and Prashant Gabani, a biology major from Bridgeville.

Singh has focused some of his research in this area on the production of biofuels, where microbes can be used instead of chemicals for certain steps in the process.

“Biofuels is the area where we are all looking ahead,” he said, but there are not many labs exploring the use of microbes to make biofuel production more efficient.

Some microbes that can help in that process have been identified, but Singh is looking for microbes that can perform under extreme temperatures.

“That’s the place that my research starts,” he said. Some of his views were published in 2010 in a book he edited with Dr. Steven P. Harvey, “Sustainable Biotechnology: Sources of Renewable Energy.”

Cold-resistant microbes could also have anti-freeze applications for industry or military units working in cold or high-altitude situations.

A second group of extremophiles that intrigue Singh are those that are resistant to ultraviolet radiation.

Having identified microbes that are resistant to ultraviolet radiation with the help of Gabani, he and Copeland will now take on the task of determining what is different in the protein profile of the UV-resistant microbes.

Singh said finding the UV-resistant protein profile could help prevent skin cancer.

Singh has also been concerned with foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic micro-organisms in the food that produce a variety of toxins.

It is extremely difficult to detect specific microbes and the toxins microbes produce in contaminated food, he explained.

Singh said, “Industries and regulatory agencies rely on conventional methods to detect microbes and their toxins, which cannot always distinguish whether microbes are viable or non-viable.”

In a book chapter recently published in the “Handbook of Systems Toxicology,” Singh argued that new systems biology-based approaches are the best fit to detect foodborne microbial toxins. Gabani is listed as a co-author of the chapter.

In the midst of his intense microbe and proteomics research, Singh has also taken on the larger issues of regulation and ethics, publishing articles on patent infringement and pharmaceutical drug development and genetically engineered food in RAJ Pharma, Pharmaceutical Technology and Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology journals.

This summer, Singh will take his research to Brazil, where he will promote biofuel research as a visiting professor at the Universidad de São Paulo, and to Germany, where he will serve as a visiting scholar. He is also intending to deliver invited guest lectures at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences in New Delhi, India.

Genevieve N. Farrell, 89, of 897 Songbird Road, Bradford, PA

Genevieve N. Farrell, 89, of 897 Songbird Road, passed away Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 surrounded by her loving family at her residence.

Born March 20, 1921, in Allegany, NY, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Katherine (O'Meara) Nenno.

On August 8, 1938 in St. Bonaventure Church in Allegany, NY she married Jacob L. Farrell who died on May 2, 2004.

Mrs. Farrell was a 1938 graduate of St. Elizabeth Academy in Allegany.

She and her family owned & operated the Custer City Taste Freeze.

She was a former member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, a former member and past president of the Catholic Women's Club, and a member of St. Bernard Church. She also was former member and past president of the Custer City PTA.

Surviving are six daughters, Kathleen (Bruce Hasse) Larnard of Hammondsport, NY, Margaret Pyle of Bradford, Marian (Gary) Bush of Smethport, Christina (James) Moyer of Bradford, Patricia (Robert) Long of Mars, and Theresa (Dan DeFrank) Fair of Baradford, one daughter-in-law Linda R. Farrell of Derrick City, three sons Thomas (Joan) Farrell of Bradford, Joseph (Nadine) Farrell of Beaver Dams, NY and Mark (Donna) Farrell of Crosby, 38 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Roger G. Farrell, and two grandsons, two sisters Theresa Pounds and Beatrice Nenno and two brothers, John & Joseph Nenno.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday February 14, 2011, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., where a prayer service will be held at 9:30am on Tuesday, February 15th, in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bernard Church with Rev. Leo Gallina as celebrant. Committal Services and burial will follow in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Bernard School or the Twin Tiers Pregnancy Center, 84 Boylston Street, Bradford, PA 16701

On line condolences may be made at

Found Large Black Lab Campbell Hollow

Found Large Black Lab Campbell Hollow

FOUND (Campbell Hollow Area) Port Allegany
I have a large black lab with a red collar without tags and broken cable tie hanging around my property. He is friendly. I was only able to catch him once to check his collar. He is still loose, but seems to like my dog's company. Call me if you think he is yours 642-7813.

One Vehicle Rollover Accident On Ridgway-Johnsonburg Road

One Vehicle Rollover Crash
UPDATED--At 12:10 pm on Friday, Elk Company 2 and Ridgway and Johnsonburg ambulances and St. Marys Medics responded to a one vehicle rollover accident at 3719 Ridgway- Johnsonburg Road (Rt. 219).

Two occupants were reported entrapped but conscious.

Fire Rescue personnel on scene removed the roof of the vehicle and extricated Joseph Dellulo, Jr. 37, of Johnsonburg, PA, and his passenger, Josephine Dellulo, 60, also of Johnsonburg, PA.

Both Dellulos were moderately injured and transported to Elk Regional Medical Center in St. Marys by ambulance for treatment.

State Police said a truck driven by Joseph Dellulo, Jr., went out of control while going around a curve near Redmund's in Ridgway Township, hit guiderails, spun around, and turned onto it's driver's side.

Police say charges will be filed after they receive results of a BAC test.

Anne Holliday at WESB contributed information for this update.

Route 287 Closed South Of Wellsboro Due To Crash Cleanup

Route 287 closed at Wellsboro following multi-vehicle crash

Route 287 is closed at this time between Shumway Hill Road in Delmar Township and Route 660 in Wellsboro, Tioga County, following a multi-vehicle crash.

A detour is being set up using Routes 414, 15, 6 and 660.

Route 287 may be closed for several hours at the crash site while cleanup takes place.

Motorists are advised to plan extra time for their travels.

PA House Action for the Week of Feb. 14, 2011

PA House Action for the Week of Feb. 14, 2011

Gaming Reform, Restaurant Inspections, and Vet Representation
The state House returns to session on Monday, Feb. 14, to tackle problems with the state’s gaming law, delineate state office building restaurant inspection authority, and ensure veteran representation on the state Civil Service Commission, as well as several other issues.
Gaming it Right -- Background Investigations and Commissioner Integrity

Continuing the fight to restore the public’s trust in state government, the House will debate and vote two bills aimed at fixing two clearly identified problems with the state’s Race Horse Development and Gaming Act (the law legalizing casino gambling). Over the previous two sessions, House Republicans have shown the need for clarifying and fixing the 6-year-old gaming law – through numerous investigative Policy Committee hearings, meetings and evidence uncovered through the media regarding the Gaming Control Board’s investigatory process. While the previous governor, current governor (former attorney general), auditor general, district attorneys, law enforcement and numerous editorial writers have supported efforts to remove the Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement (BIE) from the Gaming Control Board, others have simply ignored the problem. House Bill 262 transfers BIE to the Office of Attorney General.

The Gaming Control Board Membership Restriction Act, House Bill 391, limits the appointment of legislators to the Gaming Control Board. The bill would disallow a legislator or executive-level public employee from being appointed to the board during their term or time of employment and for a period of one year after.

Capitol Standards, No More Mouse Poopy At The Cafe
The House will consider a bill to establish, once and for all, the licensing and inspection authority for restaurants in the state Capitol and other state office buildings. For years, the Capitol cafeteria served thousands of patrons daily, yet apparently went uninspected. In 2009, during a courtesy inspection by the state Department of Agriculture, 54 violations were discovered, including numerous instances of mouse droppings. House Bill 303 ensures restaurants operating in state facilities are complying with the same standards as other restaurants.
Veteran Perspective

Past court cases and an auditor general report have shown a need for a veterans’ advocate within the Civil Service system. House Bill 378 requires at least one member of the three-member Civil Service Commission be a veteran.

The Weekly Schedule
Bill numbers will be used to identify the legislation being considered either in committee or on the House Floor. The bills, sponsors and summaries are posted below.

Monday, Feb. 14
Committee meetings/hearings:

* HEALTH, 11:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
o HB 87 (Rep. Bob Godshall, R-Montgomery County): Requires unannounced inspections of certain facilities and persons that provide child day care.
o HB 272 (Rep. Dick Hess, R-Fulton County): Establishes a task force on Lyme Disease.
o HR 42 (Rep. Dick Hess, R-Fulton County): A resolution urging the Department of Health to revise its disease monitoring practices.

On Monday, the House will convene at 1 p.m. for legislative business. The members will vote the uncontested calendar and Rule 35 resolutions.

Votes on Second Consideration:
* HB 38 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks County): Makes technical corrections to a law addressing filing fees for cases before Magisterial District Judges and the Philadelphia Municipal Court.
* HB 143 (Rep. Sandra Major, R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming counties): Changes the state’s Clean and Green initiative by rolling back preferential assessments on small non-coal surface mines.
* HB 262 (Rep. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery County): Moves the Gaming Control Board’s Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement to the Attorney General’s office.
* HB 303 (Rep. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Lawrence/Mercer counties): Clarifies licensing and inspection authority for restaurants in state office buildings. This issue was brought to light due to the mouse droppings at the Capitol cafeteria last year.
* HB 345 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks County): Provides for Honor Guard burial details at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery.
* HB 378 (Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin County): Requires at least one member of the Civil Service Commission to be a veteran.
* HB 391 (Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Cumberland/Franklin counties): Restricts the appointment of legislators and executive level public employees to the Gaming Control Board during their term of office/employment and one year thereafter.

Tuesday, Feb. 15
Committee meetings

* STATE GOVERNMENT, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
o Presentation by Independent Regulatory Review Commission.

* LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 9:15 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
o HB 197 (Rep. Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon): Review of intergovernmental cooperation agreements.
o HB 372 (Rep. Chris Ross, R-Chester County): Deals with the sale of township property and other powers in the First Class Township Code.
o HB 373 (Rep. Chris Ross, R-Chester County): Deals with the sale of borough property and other powers in the Borough Code.
o HB 374 (Rep. Dave Millard, R-Columbia County): Deals with the sale of incorporated towns’ property. The bill discusses advertising, contracting, auctions and penalties.

* GAMING OVERSIGHT, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
o HB 497 (Rep. Curt Schroder, R-Chester County): Defining the powers and duties of ex officio members of the Gaming Control Board.

* JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
o HB 162 (Rep. John Bear, R-Lancaster County): Increases the grading of the criminal offense of invasion of privacy if the victim is a minor.
o HB 165 (Rep John Evans, R-Erie/Crawford counties): Adds penalties to the animal cruelty law for the owner or co-owner of a dog that kills, maims or disfigures a service dog without provocation.
o HB 201 (Rep. Tom Killion, R-Chester/Delaware counties): Adds private residential rehabilitative institution (PRRI) employees to the protected class under the state’s aggravated assault statute and expands the definition of “school grounds” in the criminal trespass statute to include PRRIs.
o HB 270 (Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware County): Deems a person to have been convicted of a prior offense under the child pornography statute whether or not he or she has been sentenced on the previous conviction.
o HB 395 (Rep. Bernie O’Neill, R-Bucks County): Provides immunity from prosecution for underage drinking when a minor calls 911 to summon medical assistance.

* AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
o HB 144 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R- Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna Counties): Clean and Green/roll-back taxes when well is drilled – Marcellus Shale-related bill.
o HB 562 (Rep. Mark Gillen, R-Berks County): Agricultural Area Security Law, specifically providing definitions dealing with contiguous acreage.

* LABOR AND INDUSTRY, 10 a.m., Room 39, East Wing
o A meeting to hear a briefing by the PA Compensation Rating Bureau on proposed workers compensation loss/cost rates.

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.

Votes on Third Consideration:

* HB 38
* House Bill 67 (Rep. Curt Schroder, R-Chester County): Prohibits simulcasting of greyhound races.
* HB 143
* HB 262
* HB 303
* HB 345
* HB 378
* HB 391

Wednesday, Feb. 16
Session begins at 11 a.m. No votes will be taken, but committee reports will be read across the desk and bills will be referred to committees or placed on the calendar.

Committee meetings/hearings:

* CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
o Meeting to hear a presentation from the natural gas industry.
* URBAN AFFAIRS, 9 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
o HB 442 (Rep. Sue Helm, R-Dauphin County): Prohibits the imposition of private transfer fees and requires disclosure of existing private transfer fees.
* TRANSPORTATION , 9:15 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
o Several bridge and road designation bills

Thursday, Feb. 17
Committee Meetings/Hearings:

* HUMAN SERVICES, 10 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
o Informational meeting on the new Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Truck Accident On Rt. 287 South Of Wellsboro

Truck Accident On Rt. 287
At 11:08 am on Friday, Wellsboro Fire Rescue & EMS have responded to a tri-axle truck vs pickup truck accident on Rt. 287 in Delmar Township. A tri-axle truck is reported on it's side with the roadway blocked.

At 11:10--Middlebury and Morris have been requested to send ambulances to the scene.

At 11:18--A Hazmat team is dispatched to the scene. RECALL Morris & Middlebury.

At 11:35--Helicopter coming for trauma patient.

Coudersport Fire To Assist Galeton At Accident

Assist Galeton
At 9:58 am on Friday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to assist Galeton and Life Net 7-7 in Ulysses Township near the Sylvania Restaurant for a snowmobile accident.

RECALLED at 10:04

Happy 18th Birthday

Happy 18th Birthday

Brandi Kio

We love you,

Dad & Mom

Route 15 temporarily blocked by tractor trailer at Days Inn in South Williamsport

Route 15 temporarily blocked by tractor trailer at Days Inn in South

Route 15 is temporarily blocked by a tractor trailer that got hung up while
entering the driveway at the Days Inn in South Williamsport.
Borough police are directing cars around the scene via local roads.
The scene is expected to be cleared within the hour.

Coudersport Ambulance To Truck Lite On Market Street

At 1:02 am on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Truck Lite at 100 Market Street for a fall victim.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To East Academy Street

At 1:00 am on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to East Academy Street for a medical call.

Thursday, February 10, 2011



Due to our focus on the Art of Marriage Seminar being held at The Coudersport Free Methodist Church

507 S. Main St. The Coffee House will be closed at the SPOT for this Friday Feb. 11th only.




Pastor Dan Fuller will be filling in for Pastor Pete!

· Casual Worship!

· A Little-Bit-Country!

· Coffee's on!

· Jesus in Number One!

Please let your friends know on these changes!

Pastor Pete

Coudersport vs Smethport wrestling action

Coudersport vs Smethport wrestling actionCreighton Hayes (Coudy)

Kyle Bova (Coudy) Karl Lightner (Smethport)

Nick Ayers (Coudy) Damien Kreckel (Smethport)

Creighton Hayes (Coudy) Garrett Hoy (Smethport)

Paul Burdick Sports Images

Robert H. Higgins, 84, formerly of 136 Mill St., Richburg, NY

Born Nov. 30, 1926, in Warren, Ohio, he was the son of Lawrence and Emma Morris Higgins. He married the former Opal Worden, who preceded him in death on Sept. 16, 2004.

Mr. Higgins was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. Robert was employed by Acme Electric Co. in Cuba for 25 years prior to his retirement. He enjoyed being with family, traveling, camping, jigsaw puzzles and woodworking.

Surviving are two sisters, Helen (Ernest) Matteson of Genesee, Pa., and Betty Augustine of Wellsville, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Luanne Higgins, in 2008.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 12, 2011) in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar. Rev. David Herne of the Heritage AFlame Ministries in Bolivar will officiate. Memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home.

Merida Maria Orlandi, 88, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Merida Maria Orlandi, 88, of Smethport, died Wednesday (February 9, 2011) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

She was born July 19, 1922 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Merida Maria Figueroa. She was raised by her sister, Gertrude Torres.

Mrs. Orlandi was employed by the United States War Department in Puerto Rico. She worked as a telephone operator with the military signal office for 5 years prior to her marriage. She met Mark Orlandi when he served in the U.S. Army in Puerto Rico prior to WWII. After WWII, she resigned her position and traveled to Smethport, PA, where she and Mark were united in marriage on July 24, 1945, in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Smethport, PA. Father Urban Barrett performed the ceremony. She was extremely devoted to her husband Mark.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Smethport and the American Legion Auxiliary; Post #138 of Smethport.

She is survived by two sons: R. Joseph Orlandi of Smethport, PA and Roger S. Orlandi of Sayre, PA, 6 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Mark on March 29, 1999, four sisters, and two brothers.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 5-8 pm at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10 A.M. Monday, in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Charles Schmitt as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport. A Christian Wake service will be conducted in the funeral home Sunday at 7:30 P.M.

Memorials in Merida’s name may be made to Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 307 Franklin St., Smethport, PA 16749 or the American Legion Auxiliary; Post #138 of Smethport. Online condolences can be made at

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

Ducks Unlimited Winter Banquet Saturday March 5th

Genevieve N. Farrell, 89 of 897 Songbird Road, Bradford, PA

Genevieve N. Farrell, 89 of 897 Songbird Road, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete, and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. with a full obituary. Online condolences can be expressed at

Cookie Sale to benefit CCMH residents

Sale to benefit CCMH residents

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing and Rehab will be selling cookies from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., February 11 in the Irwin Medical Arts Center. In addition, chances for a 50/50 will be sold and Ginny Mainus, reflexologist, will be available. All proceeds go to Skilled Nursing and Rehab residents.

Corbett Tells Reporter Adult Basic Won't Be Funded

Gov. Tom Corbett maintains his plan to let adultBasic health insurance program end this month

By KARI ANDREN, The Patriot-News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said today he does not plan to seek new avenues to find money to keep afloat adultBasic, a state-subsidized health insurance program for low-income working adults. More...

Governor Corbett Says He's Goin' Fishin Now That He's Governor

Gov. Tom Corbett buys fishing license during tour of Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

By KARI ANDREN, The Patriot-News

Gov. Tom Corbett bought his first fishing license this morning during an hour-long tour of the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show in Harrisburg.

Corbett paid the $38.40 for the license in cash pulled from his suit pants pocket during one of many stops at booths throughout the show, held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center.

"My family was never much into, unfortunately, fishing or hunting, and this is going to be something I’m going to be able to learn as governor," Corbett said. He didn't name any specific locations he intends to fish, but said "there are some great places around Pennsylvania." More...


St James Smokehouse, Inc, Announces Voluntary Recall of Scotch Reserve Whiskey & Honey Smoked Salmon 4oz Retail Packs Due To Possible Health Risk

Neuro Resource Group, Inc. Informs Customers of Important Information about Triad Group's Alcohol Prep Pads

Susan A. Bear-Fourness, 67, of Coudersport, PA

Susan A. Bear-Fourness
“former Coudersport business owner”

Coudersport, PA---Susan A. Bear-Fourness, 67, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, after a short illness.

Born July 13, 1943 in Quakertown, she was a daughter of Douglas E. and Adele P. Sutryn Mode.
Susan was a graduate of Quakertown High School and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia with her bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

Susan, along with her former husband, Ted Bear, owned and operated the former Old Hickory Hotel, Bar & Restaurant in Coudersport for many years.

She was also a journalist and photographer for the Leader Enterprise for a number of years during the late 1980’s. After leaving the Leader Enterprise, she embarked on a new venture, as co-owner of a print shop. During this time she created a monthly magazine circulated in Potter County called “The Howling Moon”, which was produced at her business, Just Printing, in Sweden Valley. Susan moved to the New England area where she lived for several years until returning to Potter County in September of 2010.

An accomplished artist, Susan sold her paintings, many of which were portraits of pets. She had a great love of animals and enjoyed horseback riding. She also enjoyed fly fishing. She played the piano and the guitar. She took part in local plays and musicals, including performances with the Potter Players of Coudersport. She and her beloved brother, Michael, had an on going Scrabble match for over 30 years. Suzi won the last game.

Surviving are two sons, Peter D. Miller of Holly Springs, NC and Andrew K. (Laurie) Miller of Hollis, NH; a granddaughter, Nora E. Miller; a grandson, Elliott B. Miller; a brother, Michael D. (Lynn) Mode of New Haven, VT; and two nieces.

Susan was predeceased by her parents.

There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held in the spring at a date and location to be announced.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the U.S., 2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037 or to the Coudersport Library, Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

Causer Votes to Close Loopholes in PA’s Megan’s Law

Causer Votes to Close Loopholes in PA’s Megan’s Law

HARRISBURG – Working to protect the safety of Pennsylvania’s children, the state House this week adopted several reforms to Megan’s Law, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said today.

“Having loopholes in a law designed to help keep children safe by notifying parents and community members if a convicted sex offender moves into their neighborhood is absolutely unacceptable,” Causer said. “The sooner these bills get signed into law the better.”

The problems with the law were brought to light by a trio of recent court cases.
The measures address the problems identified by the courts by outlining a process for homeless offenders (transients) to register every 30 days with the Pennsylvania State Police. They must be photographed and provide information about where they may be located, such as parks, public buildings, restaurants or libraries.

The measure also corrects a technical error in the original Megan’s Law bill by ensuring the criminal penalties for failure to register apply to all registered sex offenders. It specifically addresses penalties for sex offenders required to register in their home states who subsequently move to Pennsylvania and are required to register for a lifetime.

House Bills 68 and 75 now go to the Senate for consideration.

John J. Webster of 445 Babytown Road, Limestone, NY

LIMESTONE, NY- John J. Webster of 445 Babytown Road passed away Monday (Feb. 7, 2011) at Olean General Hospital after a long illness.

Born Dec. 8, 1923, in Eldred, Pa., he was a son of the late Rev. William and Maude Smith Webster. On Oct. 26, 1946, in Port Allegany, Pa., he married the former Ila M. Clark, who survives.

A resident of Limestone for the past 60 years, Mr. Webster was a veteran of World War, II, serving with the U.S. Navy on a repair ship in the South Pacific Theater.

He was employed at the Kendall Refinery in Bradford, Pa., for 41 years until his retirement.
John was a member of the Knapp Creek Methodist Church and during winter months was a member of Grace Lower Stone Church in Rockwell, N.C. A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of Olean Lodge 242 F&AM and the VFW of Bradford. He enjoyed hunting, gardening and was a champion horseshoe player. He was a jack-of-all-trades and reached out to help many people.

Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Sharyn Emmett of Amherst, Rhonda (Mike) MacWilliams of Limestone and Debby Swift of Franklinville; five grandchildren, Scott MacWilliams of Limestone, Kara Fortuna of Allegany, Kristopher Emmett of Lake Anna, Va., Tawnya Martino of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Stanley Swift of Littleton, Colo.; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by five sisters, infant Ruth Webster, Zelma Timlin, Phyllis Wagner, Vera Fitzsimmons and Helen Seymour; and four brothers, Willis Webster, Asher Webster,, Francis Webster and Harold Webster.

Memorial visitation was held at the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean, on Wednesday (Feb. 9, 2011) from 2 to 4 p.m., at which time a memorial service was held. The Rev. Jerry Piper, pastor of the Knapp Creek Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette, Pa.

Memorials may be made to the Knapp Creek United Methodist Church, 131 N. Ninth St., Olean, NY 14760.