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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Baker Creek Woman Lost Purse On Way To Work

Lost Purse
State Police have issued a news release in an attempt to help a Baker Creek woman find her purse.

Amanda Risser, of Baker Creek Road, set her purse on the trunk of her car when she was getting ready for work on Thursday. The report says that she traveled down Baker Creek Road and into Coudersport. Attempts at locating the purse were met with negative results.

Anyone who has found or finds a purse in the area of Baker Creek Road into Coudersport is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

Olean Police/Fire Search For Woman Who Left Olean Hospital

Olean Police Search For
Barefoot Woman In Hospital Gown

Olean Police and Fire Department diligently searched for nearly 3 hours for a woman who left the Olean General Hospital in only a hospital gown and no shoes at about 8:00 pm on Saturday night.

Personnel searched the entire area including the roadways, dikes and parking lots and looked inside cars in the area. A search dog was being brought to the area when the search units were suddenly told to return to the station without explanation just before 11:00 pm.

Radio communications didn't reveal if the woman had been found or not.

Vehicle Fire On Bowers Road In Alegany Township

2011 - 70103/19/20117:15 PMFIRE / VEHICLE 119 BOWERS RD ALLEGANY TWP

Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched to the Greeley Residence on Bowers Road in Allegany Township for a vehicle fire.

Ruth Y. Chalmers, 93, of Galeton, PA

Ruth Y. Chalmers, 93, of Galeton, PA, passed away Friday, March 18, 2011 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.

Born June 17, 1917, in Galeton, she was the daughter of the late Erwin and Ethel (Larrison) Yahn.

She was a 1935 graduate of Galeton High School and graduated from Mansfield State College with a state standard limited certificate in 1937 and earned her B.S. degree in 1963.

She was married to Robert L. Chalmers, who preceded her in death on January 5, 1972.

Ruth taught for six years at the West Pike School, three years at the Marsh Creek School in Wellsboro, and 16 years at the Galeton Joint School.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton, where she was a choir member, the assistant superintendent in the Primary Department of the Sunday School, a lay minister, an elder, a deacon, a Sunday School teacher, a summer Bible School teacher, and a member of Friend X.

Ruth was also a past president and member of the Galeton Parent-Teachers Association, a past president of the Galeton Alumni Association, a member of the National Education Association, and a member of the Pennsylvania School Retirees.

She enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening, embroidering, traveling with her family, and painting. The greatest joy of her life was her two granddaughters, and a much anticipated great grandchild to be born in September.

Ruth’s life philosophy was, “I shall pass thru this world but once. Any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show any human being, let me do it now and not defer it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

Surviving are a son, Thomas R. (Nellie) Chalmers, Galeton; two daughters, Carol R. Chalmers, Williamsport, PA and Brenda (Terry) VanBuskirk, Kunkletown, PA; two granddaughters, Kassie (Jason) Irwin, Galeton and Callie (Rich Proctor) Chalmers, Montoursville, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ruth was predeceased by a brother, Richard Yahn and three sisters, Yetta Hulbert, Doris Yahn and Elizabeth Raymer.

Friends may call at the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton, on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 10:00 – 11:00am with Funeral Services following at 11:00am. The Rev. Karl W. O. Runser, III will officiate. Interment will be made in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Galeton.

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

Man Dead, Others Injured, 14 Residents Homeless In Ridgway Fire

Fire engulfs 3-story building

Ridgway Record

A fire destroyed a 3-story building at 205 Main St. in Ridgway early Saturday morning.

Timothy Keyser, age 45, of Ridgway, died in the fire. Everett Fowler, age 62, also of Ridgway, was transported to Elk Regional Medical Center and later transported via helicopter to Pittsburgh for more medical treatment; 13 additional victims' status ranged from minor injuries to no injuries and were left homeless. More with photo....

County Considering Specialty Courts

Judge Minor At Coudersport Chamber Meeting


Potter County is considering adopting a “specialty court” system
according to President Judge Stephen Minor who spoke at the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce this past Tuesday.

The judge said officials are looking at ways to reduce recidivism, and ultimately court costs and specialty courts might help to do that. Because a large proportion of criminal defendants coming before the court are suffering from mental health issues, substance abuse histories, or both, there’s a growing awareness that punishment fails to address those factors frequently results in costly recidivism.

Judge Minor said officials are looking at a drug and alcohol court and a mental health court and the defendants would not be violent criminals. He said the defendants would actually have more interaction with the court, perhaps reporting in as often as once a week.

The Judge said ultimately the court “wants to help people.” District Attorney Andy Watson is heading up a committee that is looking into some of the options. Other members of the county’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board are also involved. More local & regional news.....

Midred M. Nicolo, 94, of Pine Crest Manor, St. Marys, formerly of Meadow Rd., Emporium, PA

Midred M. Nicolo, 94, of Pine Crest Manor, St. Marys, formerly of Meadow Rd., Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, on Saturday (March 19, 2011) morning.

She was born November 17, 1916 in St. Marys a daughter of the late Jesse and Louise Cortise Bologna. In 1932 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church she married the late Dominic Nicolo.

Mrs. Nicolo had worked at Sylvania for many years. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church and enjoyed playing bingo and also enjoyed her poodles.

Son: Francis J. Nicolo and his wife Brenda, Emporium
Daughter: Pauline Housler, Emporium
Daughter: Catherine Caroccia and her husband Lou, Linden, PA
7 Grandchildren: Donald Housler, Paula Hall, Wayne Klinestiver, Lori Hetrick, Lisa Nicolo, Deborah Young & Daniel Belk
19 Great Grandchildren
12 Great Great Grandchildren
Sister: Mary Knepp, St. Marys

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Jesse and Louise Cortise Bologna
Husband: Dominic Nicolo who died in 1995
Granddaughter: Linda Mae Housler
Sisters: Louise Mattiuz, Betty Salvatore, Josephine Allison and Jessie Balogna

There will be No Visitation.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Leo E. Osburn former Shinglehouse, PA resident

Leo E. Osburn, 91, of Suffolk, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA, died Friday, March 18, 2011 in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born December 7, 1919 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of Carl E. and Helen K. “Nellie” Cuneo Osburn.

On August 13, 1940 in Portville, NY, he married Ruth A. Ball, who died on January 3, 1998.

Mr. Osburn was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School and a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was employed by Dresser Rand Industries in Olean, NY as a turret lathe operator retiring after 45 years.

He was a former member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Shinglehouse and Sacred Heart Church in Portville, NY. He was a member of St. Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church in Suffolk where he served as a special Eucharistic minister. He was a life member of the B.M.W. Motorcycle Club of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Leo loved to play his keyboard. He was a tinker, always working on mechanical projects.

Surviving are two daughters, Sherry O. Orrel of Suffolk, and Lee O. Hendrix of San Diego, CA; a son, Stephen E. (Terry) Osburn of Shinglehouse; fourteen grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Osburn was predeceased by a daughter, Colleen Osburn Rowe Sicard.

Friends are invited to attend graveside burial and committal services at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in the Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville, PA. Father Casimir A. Bogniak, pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church, will officiate.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Wednesday at the cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to St. Theresa Catholic Church, PO Box 277, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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

Multiple Alarm Structure Fire On Ridgway Main Street Overnight

A structure fire in Ridgway, PA, overnight brought firefighters and equipment from several Elk and McKean County fire companies to the scene at 203 Main Street at 2:10 am.

Elk County Fire Company 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, Kane Dept. 5 and ambulances from Ridgway and St. Marys were called in according to records of the Elk County call dispatch.

Radio calls monitored shortly after 10 am Saturday morning indicated firefighters were still on scene and Main Street in the Boro was still shut down. A radio call at 11:45 am indicated that Main Street would be re-opened in about 5 minutes.

Unofficial reports indicated the fire was first reported in an apartment over the Chinese Restaurant.

Main Street Command was terminated at 12:00 pm. All units returning.

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Coudersport Ambulance To Ice Mine Road

At 1:14 am on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 was dispatched to the Ice Mine Road for a medical call.

3 Injured In Crash On Rt. 46 Thursday Afternoon

One adult and 2 juveniles were transported to area hospitals after a student transport van collided with the rear of a tractor trailer on Route 46 at 3:08 pm, on Thursday afternoon, just south of Colegrove Brook Road in Norwich Township.

James L. Baldwin, 52, of Bradford, PA, driver of the 2001 Chevrolet Astro School Van, was transported to Bradford Regional Medical Center by ambulance for a minor injury.

The two juvenile students, 10 year old and a 16 year old boys, were transported by Emporium ambulance to Elk Regional Medical Center in St. Marys. State Police reported their injuries were of unknown severity, however a parent sent a comment to our earlier story stating that the boys suffered no broken bones.

The crash occurred as the school transport van was traveling south on Rt. 46, and had just negotiated a slight right curve, when it came up on a 2000 International tractor trailer driven by Justin J. Lorch, 31, of Avella, PA, that had just pulled out onto Rt. 46 from the Colegrove Brook Road.

Baldwin failed to realize the slow speed of the tractor trailer and was unable to slow the van in time to avoid a collision. The van impacted the right rear corner of the semi-trailer with it's driver side front end. The van came to rest in the middle of the road facing in a westerly direction. The tractor trailer came to rest in it's traffic lane facing south.

Lorch was not injured in the crash.

Baldwin's van suffered disabling damage to it's front end. The tractor trailer was not damaged.

Baldwin will be cited for (not) Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed.

Norwich Township and Smethport Fire Departments assisted at the scene. Fire Police closed the road for a time at intersections north and south of the crash scene.

Furnished House For Rent In Roulette

For Rent--Furnished 2 bedroom house on Main Street in Roulette. Recent remodeling. $500. plus security. Available April 1, 2011. One year lease required. Suitable for older single or couple. Call 274-8738 for details.

4 County Leasing Meeting March. 24, 2011 At Shinglehouse Fire Hall

Spectacular Estate Auction Saturday, April 2, 2011 In Coudersport, PA


Friday, March 18, 2011

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 11:40 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a transport to CCMH Emergency Room.

Dorothy R. Barlet, 95, formerly of Eldred and Port Allegany

ELDRED, PA - Dorothy R. Barlet, 95, formerly of Eldred and Port Allegany, was called to our Lord's kingdom on Monday (March 14, 2011) at Sena-Kean Manor in Smethport.

Born Feb. 14, 1916, in Warren, she was a daughter of John J. and Ruth J. Traub Casses. On Nov. 9, 1934, in Warren, she married J. Tod Barlet, who passed away Dec. 25, 1997, after 63 years of marriage.

Mrs. Barlet was a 1934 graduate of Warren High School. In 1939, she moved to Eldred where she lived for 41 years. In 1980, she and her husband retired to DeBary, FL. She moved to Port Allegany in 1999.

Mrs. Barlet was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Eldred, where she was a past president of the Altar Rosary Society and a member of Catholic Daughters of America. She was also a past president of the VFW Post 2092 Ladies Auxiliary of Eldred.

During her years in Florida, she was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church and an officer of St. Anne's Guild.

Surviving are a son, James (Martha) Barlet of Eldred; a daughter, Diane (Pete) Haskins of Turtlepoint; a granddaughter, Aimee (Lance) Horta; a grandson, Shane Haskins; and five great-grandchildren, Garrett Horta, Tod Chaffee, Serah Chaffee-Parr, Kaden and Melody Haskins.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, John Casses Jr. and Norbert Casses; a nephew, Douglas Casses; and two grandsons, Scott Chaffee, and James "Jaime" Haskins.

At Mrs. Barlet's request there will be no visitation. Private services will be held in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Raphael Church or Port Allegany Ambulance Service.

Arrangements are under direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

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Six New Members Inducted Into National Honor Society


Front: Cassie Fowler, Kal Logue, Cheyenne Kio
Back: Tye Dynda, Liz Cain, Calvin Pifer, Advisor Ray Cope

By Kathy Brooks

The Austin Area School National Honor Society held their annual Induction Ceremony on Thursday, March 17th in the school gymnasium.

Six students were inducted in to the National Honor Society including Elizabeth Cain, Cassie Fowler, Kal Logue, Tye Dynda, Cheyenne Kio, and Calvin Pifer.

Current member Bryan Brooks opened the Ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Welcome by NHS President Emily Purdy. Emily Johns introducted present members Bryan Brooks, Chelsea Plant, Andriana Ramadhan, William Ripple, Skylar Werstler, Emily Johns, Emily Purdy, Chelsey Ray and Katelyn Valenti.

Student speeches were given by Chelsea Plant; Knowledge, Andriana Ramadhan; Scholarship, Katelyn Valenti; Service, WilliamRipple; Leadership, and Skylar Werstler; Character. Member Chelsey Ray presented the new inductees. Escorts were William Ripple and Emily Johns. Emily Purdy led the National Honor Society Pledge followed by presentation of certificates by

Dr. Matthew Hutcheson; Superintendent. NHS Advisor Ray Cope presented pins to the new inductees. Dr. Matthew Hutcheson presented remarks to the NHS followed by Guest Speaker Patrice Levavasseur of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital who presented a special speech based on the Wizard of Oz movie. Mrs. Levavasseur told the students she had ten rules for them to follow through life

1) Allow Yourself to Dream and look over the rainbow 2) Running away is never the answer 3) Follow your own yellow brick road; set goals for yourself and believe in yourself 4) Accept your friends for who they are 5) Don’t hide your true self behind a curtain 6) Deal with what comes at you but don’t lose faith 7) Believe in the good and good things will happen; be positive 8) Look within yourself for all your powers 9) Don’t give up on your principles 10) Always remember there’s no place like home.

Bryan Brooks closed the ceremony by thanking those who attended and invited everyone for refreshments following the ceremony. Ushers for the evening were Madison Daisley, William Johns, Hannah Glover and Matthew Rodich. Members of the NHS Faculty Advisors are Jody Bailey, Ryan Johnson, Megan Wiltrout, Angela Brewer and Susan Markum.

2011 Maple Syrup Ready Now At Culvers

Police/ Fire Responding To Unexplained Explosions In Rich Valley

Address: 3573 RICH VALLEY RD

Agency: CAMERON CO 14 FD
3/18/2011 7:54:11 PM

Emporium Fire Dept. and State Police are en route to Rich Valley Road where residents are reporting gunshots and a series of unexplained explosions.


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Corbett Doesn't Give A Damn About Voters' Opinions/ It's My Way Or The Highway

Corbett ignores opinion polls on taxes and budget cuts
'This job isn't one where people will be cheering for you all the time.'

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Gov. Tom Corbett says he's not deterred in his budget-balancing plans by a new poll showing strong opposition to his proposed cuts and support for raising certain taxes.

"We didn't campaign based on polls, and we're not going to govern based on a poll," Mr. Corbett told reporters Thursday at an event in Scranton. More...

Meeting Monday In Galeton To Highlight Community Development Funding

County Outreach Focus Is Community Development In New Era

Potter County Today
News releases from the
Potter County Commissioners

partnershipPotter County Redevelopment Authority and the Potter County Board of Commissioners are making a renewed effort to partner with various funding entities for increased participation in community development programs. With federal and state priorities changing and funding sources diminishing, county officials believe this is a good time to reach out to community leaders with an offer to help them adapt.

One of the surviving initiatives, the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), will be the focus of a public program at 9:30 am on Monday, March 21, at the Galeton Community Building. The session will be of particular interest to township and borough officials from across Potter County who are interested in community development.

HOME is a fitting example of the partnership opportunities. Its goals are to provide decent, affordable housing to low/moderate income households, and to leverage private-sector investment while addressing issues of community blight. The program may be used for a down-payment to a financial institution, thereby reducing mortgage payments; for the purchase or construction of housing units for the low-income; for rehabilitation of substandard housing; or for projects that provide housing for the impoverished and/or homeless.

Potter County Redevelopment Authority has been working with Galeton Borough to qualify for a residential rehabilitation project under the HOME program. Its purpose is to improve the appearance and safety of neighborhoods, help preserve the housing stock, and maintain a supply of affordable housing.

More information on the HOME program is available from Joe Pagano at the Potter County Redevelopment Authority; telephone 274-7031. Information on Galeton’s program, including qualification requirements, is available from the Borough Office at 435-2275.

Genesee Township Nominated For State Award

Genesee Township In Running For Statewide Award Program

cemeteryroadGenesee Township in Potter County is a finalist for a Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Award, presented annually by the State Association of Township Supervisors, PennDOT, and the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association. Statewide winners will be announced in the coming weeks. Genesee Township was nominated by the Potter County Commissioners and the regional PennDOT office.

Through innovative management, hands-on participation and forward thinking, the Genesee Township Board of Supervisors spearheaded a unique public/private partnership that resulted in the replacement of two bridges at considerable savings to taxpayers. Inspections had revealed structural deficiencies with the aging bridges on Cemetery Road and Rag Hill Road.

Faced with several expensive options to restore or replace the bridges, Supervisors Butch Calcote, Bill Elliott and Dick Cornell worked out a plan to build state-approved boxed culverts to carry traffic over two stream sections. Part of the team is shown here at work on the new Cemetery Road bridge.

Genesee Township was fortunate, in that the supervisors themselves possessed the skills to perform much of the work. If the township would have been required to contract for this work, the cost to the taxpayers would have been much higher. The township conferred with a design engineer, PennDOT, the Potter County Conservation District and other agencies to assure that the construction plans would conform with all construction specifications, as well as environmental regulations.

In nominating the township for the statewide award, the Potter County Commissioners said, “Genesee Township is rural in nature and the challenges of addressing transportation and other infrastructure needs with a relatively small tax base and limited resources require the type of innovative thinking and multi-agency cooperation that these bridge projects clearly demonstrate.”

Kane Man Fled Cops In Allegany

Kane Man Allegedly Took Cops on Chase

A Kane man is accused of leading Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase along Route 417 in Allegany this morning.

Deputies say they tried to stop 24-year-old Jerome Hays for speeding, but he drove away. He was picked up after a brief car chase, and a foot chase through the parking lot at the Country Inn and Suites.

Hays is facing charges of DWI and fleeing from police.

Coudersport Ambulance To Route 6 Near Sweden Valley

At 6:15 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Rt. 6 West of Sweden Valley to assist a person in a vehicle with a possible medical emergency.

Here's what' happening at Open Arms!

Hey everyone! The weather is beautiful isn't it? I hope you are enjoying it!

Here's what' happening at Open Arms!

Baptism Service: 1pm March 27th at the YMCA. Bring shorts and non-see-through t-shirt. Ladies wear a swimsuit underneath.

Prayer & Fasting Week: March 21-25. Join us in abstaining from something in order to make a special time and effort of prayer on behalf of our church family, ministry, community, military, etc.

Last Friday Prayer & Praise Service: March 25, 7pm-9pm. Join us for a time of song, prayer, communion, and conversation.

The Revolution Youth Ministry: Ages: 6th Grade – 12th Grade. 6:30pm at Open Arms! Come experience fun, friendships, and grow in God! Any adults interested in helping with the youth see Justin Willoughby.

We hope you are enjoying the "Proof of Life" Series, continuing on through March! Before a ransom is paid the captors must give proof of life. What does God’s word say is the “proof/evidence” that we are alive in Christ?

Have a great weekend! See you Sunday @ 9:15 or 11:00am! God Bless!

Pitt-Bradford to host interactive discussion with award-winning children's and young adult literature author


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s education program will host a videoconference with award-winning children’s author Jane Yolen at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Room 162 of Swarts Hall.

Known as the “Hans Christian Andersen” of America and the Aesop of the 20th century, Yolen is an author and editor of more than 300 books, including folklore, fantasy, science fiction and children’s books. Her most popular titles include the “How Do Dinosaurs …” series, “Owl Moon” and “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” the story of a girl who is transported back to the Holocaust.

“Ms. Yolen will be discussing her books, especially ‘The Devil’s Arithmetic,’ her approach to writing and special thoughts for teachers. This is special event for everyone of all ages,” said Dr. Wayne Brinda, assistant professor of secondary education.

Yolen grew up in New York City and Connecticut, went to Smith College and sold her first story at age 22. Her books have won numerous awards.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, contact Jody Randolph at

For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814) 362-7609 or

Happy 72nd birthday and retirement to Bob "Butch" Welsh.

Happy 72nd birthday and retirement

Happy 72nd birthday and retirement to Bob "Butch" Welsh.

Your daughters Tricia and Stephanie

Sinnemahoning Fire Dept. Dispatched For Animal Water Rescue

Cross Streets: FIRST FORK RD

Agency: CAMERON CO 16 FD
3/18/2011 3:52:50 PM

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PennDOT Driver License Centers to Offer Limited Services on March 26

PennDOT Driver License Centers to Offer Limited Services on March 26

Harrisburg – Some driver’s license services will not be available at PennDOT driver license centers on Saturday, March 26 due to a scheduled upgrade of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Problem Driver Pointer System, or PDPS.

The federal government requires states to use the system to determine if applicants have outstanding driver sanctions in other states. All outstanding sanctions must be reconciled before individuals can obtain a driver’s license or learner’s permit in another state.

“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this required upgrade may cause our customers,” said acting PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch, P.E.

Due to the PDPS upgrade, the following services will not be available at the centers on March 26:

• Initial issuance of learner’s permits and driver’s licenses
• Extensions/replacements of learner’s permits
• Driver’s license replacements (duplicates)
• Commercial driver’s license renewals
• Out-of-state driver’s license transfers

The following services will be available as usual on Saturday, March 26:

• Initial issuance and replacement of photo identification cards

• Non-commercial driver’s license renewals (Note: The renewal can be completed provided the customer has not received a notice from PennDOT stating they have an outstanding out-of-state driver sanction.)

• Knowledge (learner’s permit) testing (Note: While knowledge testing will still be conducted at the centers, due to the system enhancement, a learner’s permit cannot be issued upon successful completion of the test on March 26.)

• On-the-road skills testing (Note: While on-the-road skills testing will still be conducted at the centers, a driver’s license cannot be issued upon successful completion of the test on March 26.)

Customers who pass the knowledge or on-the-road skills tests will need to return to the driver license center on or after the next business day to obtain their product.

Visit the Locations Information Center on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,, for driver license center hours of operation.

Certain driver’s license services are also available on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, including non-commercial driver’s license renewals (provided the customer has not received a notice from PennDOT stating they have an outstanding out-of-state driver sanction); photo ID card renewals; driver-history services; driver’s license change of address; and exam scheduling.

In addition, vehicle registration renewals and changes of address may also be completed online. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week; there are no additional fees for using PennDOT’s online services.

PennDOT posting additional roads in Bradford County

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PennDOT posting additional roads in Bradford County

PennDOT is advising motorists in Bradford County that another two roads will soon be posted with permanent, year-round, 10-ton weight restrictions.

The following state highways will get the weight restrictions along their entire lengths:

State Route 4030 (Doty Hill Road) in South Creek and Ridgebury townships, from Route 14 to the New York state line;

State Route 4041 (Bird Creek Road) in Wells Township, from Roaring Run Road to the New York state line.

The postings are being made on the basis of traffic and engineering studies indicating that these highways may be damaged by the use of vehicles that exceed the restriction.

School buses and local-delivery trucks are exempted from the postings.

The postings will take effect as soon as the required signing is erected. A PennDOT maintenance crew will begin placing the road posting signs on March 31.

Route 15 safety improvement project starts March 21

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Route 15 safety improvement project starts March 21

A major Route 15 safety improvement project along the Montgomery Pike in Lycoming County is scheduled to begin next week.

Work under this contract will take place from B&C Auto Wreckers to the PennDOT stockpile near the summit of Bald Eagle Mountain.

Starting Monday, work will begin with the installation of new drainage pipes. Preliminary traffic pattern changes will be directed by traffic cones.

Next month long-term work zone traffic pattern switches will be done using concrete barrier.

The project includes widening, installation of permanent concrete median barrier, new drainage and resurfacing.

The $2,692,000 project is scheduled to be completed in October of this year. Prime contractor is Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.

This is the first of three separate projects that will take place over the next several years to improve safety in the Route 15 corridor between Route 54 and South Williamsport.


Players Plan Open Auditions

The Potter-McKean Players will hold open auditions for their May dinner theater production from 7:30 to 9 p.m. March 21 at the Gethsemane Lutheran Hall in Port Allegany and from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 28 at the Laurelwood Inn in Coudersport.

Vocalists are needed for musical selections, and actors are needed for the play, “Who Murdered Who?” Actors will be asked to read from the script. Prepared material is welcome.

Dinner theater performances are scheduled for May 14 at the Masonic Consistory in Coudersport and May 21 in the Veterans Memorial building near Port Allegany.

Rehearsals will run three nights a week, beginning April 4 and continuing through the performance dates.

The group will also hold a board and general meeting at 3 p.m. March 20, at the Laurelwood Inn in Coudersport.

Register now for Cover Crop Field Day

Register now for Cover Crop Field Day

The McKean County Conservation District and the Penn State Cooperative Extension are sponsoring a Cover Crop Field Day being held on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at the 911 Center in Smethport. The session will start at 1:00 PM and is targeted toward those individuals needing hands-on information on Cover Crops and No-Till Systems.

Topics of discussion will include Potential of No-Till Systems in McKean and Potter Counties with No-Till Consultant Joel Myers and Cover Crops and Alternative Crops in Cold Climates by Penn State Cooperative Extension Educator Bill Waltman. The day will also include a field discussion on No-Till, Planters, Cover Crops and Soils. There is a $5.00 fee, which includes refreshments and materials. Participants are asked register by contacting the McKean County Conservation District at 814-887-4001 or by March 31, 2011.

Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

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Roulette Ambulance To Route 6 East of Roulette

At 11:38 am on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to a location east of Roulette on Route 6 for a person in a vehicle with a medical emergency.

Bodies Of Missing Men Found In Forest

Two Bodies Found on ANF

The bodies of two Warren men who had been missing for two weeks were recovered Thursday afternoon in the Allegheny National Forest.

The cause of death of 29-year-old Troy Johnson and 28-year-old Terry Sumrow has not been determined yet, but officials say initial reports indicate foul play was not a factor.

On Thursday afternoon, a Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer located a vehicle on Forest Road 262 near the upper reservoir of the Kinzua Dam that they were looking for in connection with a missing person investigation in Warren.

A search of the area by law enforcement officers and volunteer firefighters led to the discovery of the two bodies, according to a news release sent to WESB and The HERO by the Forest Service.

The incident remains under investigation by the Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, Warren-based state police, the Warren County District Attorney and the Warren County Coroner.

The search was led by the Warren County Sheriff's Department, Assisting were the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Warren County Emergency Management Agency, volunteer firefighters from Clarendon, Cherry Grove, Glade and Pleasant volunteer fire departments and the airboat unit from the Celeron, N.Y., Volunteer Fire Department.

The American Red Cross was also on the scene.

Bath Salts Found in Vehicle of Dead Men

The synthetic drug “bath salts” was found in the vehicle of two Warren men whose bodies were discovered Thursday in the Allegheny National Forest.

Police say along with empty containers of bath salts, they found a partially filled container, hypodermic needles, spoons and a marijuana pipe.

Earlier today, Warren County Coroner Jeremiah Borden said 29-year-old Troy Johnson and 28-year-old Terry Sumrow died of exposure-hypothermia.

Ham and Turkey Raffle




Clinton County

Repair Work will close Trout Run Bridge next week
Detour will be in place

Clearfield – Repair work will close the Trout Run Bridge on Route 4001
(Kettle Creek Road) next week in Leidy Township, Clinton County. The Trout Run
Bridge is located about a half mile south of the village of Hammersley Fork.
Repair work will begin on Monday, March 21 at 7am.

The bridge will be closed each day next week from 7am to 5pm, with a detour
in place. The detour will make use of Route 120, Route 144 and Route 4001.
Emergency vehicles will be accommodated at the work zone as necessary and
the work zone closure will be lifted each night. All work is weather dependent.

PennDOT expects to re-open the bridge by 5pm, Friday, March 25.

Crews from PennDOT Clinton County maintenance will be making structural
steel repairs to the bridge. The bridge is currently posted for a 12-ton weight
limit for single vehicles and a 17-ton weight limit for combination vehicles.
Making the repairs will improve the load capacity of the bridge and should allow
PennDOT to remove or improve the current posting.

Drivers are reminded to obey posted speed limits, follow detour signs, and
always buckle up.

Potter County To Hire Cook For County Jail

Potter County Looking For Jail Cook

During The March 10 meeting, the Potter County Commissioners voted unanimously to return to the concept of having a jail cook.

The jail lost its cook last fall, no explanation was ever provided, and the county quickly contracted with Joe Bohn Catering to provide lunches and dinners on an emergency basis.

A few weeks ago, the commissioners requested bids for providing jail meals and received two bids, one from Bohn and the other from the Baker Boyz.

But, as chairman Doug Morley explained after reviewing the bids and talking with others including Sheriff Ken Sauley they decided to return to the old system.

The county is currently looking for a cook through the usual hiring process and the commissioners said the hiring will be a first step and they will look to ways of providing meals when the cook is off due to illness or vacation, but filling the position will come first. More local & regional news....

Regional Drug Task Force Charges Two

NY Pair Jailed on Drug Charges

An Olean man and a Wellsville woman are facing charges following an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force in and around Wellsville.

19-year-old Christopher White is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He is in Allegany County Jail, and police say additional charges may be filed.

19-year-old Jennifer Elliott is charged with criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance, as well as petit larceny. Police say she supplied narcotics to another person on several occasions in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties.

She is also in Allegany County Jail.

Rooks Road Fire Remains Under Investigation

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Unit and Tri-Town Fire Department Chief investigated a structure fire on 3-14-2011 that occurred at a garage on the property at 645 Rooks Road in Ulysses Township, Potter County.

The structure and all contents owned by William D. Tweedie and Ralph S. Tweedie of Rooks Road, Genesee, PA, sustained extensive damage from the fire and the collapse of the structure.

Estimated damages exceed $75,000. There were no injuries.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information can contact PSP Emporium at 814-486-3321. Trooper David A. Surra is the investigator


California Firm Recalls Kashi Southwest Style Chicken Products Due to Mislabeling and Undeclared Allergen

Harassment Charge Placed After Argument Turns Physical

Troopers issued a citation for Harassment after investigating a verbal argument that turned physical at 27 Lanninger Creek Road in Roulette Township last Saturday at 10:00 pm.

David Peer, 60, of Olean, NY, is accused of grabbing and pushing a known 54 year old female victim causing bruises on her arm. He will answer the charge in District Court 55-4-01

Sign Stolen In Bingham Township

State Police are investigating a theft of a ROAD CLOSED sign and the removal of another Road Closed sign that was placed in a nearby field.

The incident took place between 3-11 and 3-14 on Bunnell Road in Bingham Township and the victim is Bingham Township.

Anyone with any information in this incident is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Kocher is the investigator.

Corbett Blasts Penn State Complaints On Cutting Funds In Half

Corbett blasts PSU president’s complaints about funding cuts


SCRANTON – The hair seemed to bristle on the back of Gov. Tom Corbett’s neck when the question was asked.

In a brief press conference after his address Thursday to the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Corbett glared when asked about his proposed budget cuts to state colleges and universities.

He was asked to respond to Penn State University President Graham Spanier’s comment that some, not all, of the budget cuts would be placed on the backs of students in the form of tuition hikes. More...

“If people don’t agree with me, then they will vote me out in three years,” he said.

He took several minutes to address his opposition to a severance tax on natural gas drilling.

“Everybody says the gas companies won’t go anywhere because the gas is here,” Corbett said.

“Let me tell you – capital is mobile and equipment is mobile. We are in competition with several other states that have natural gas reserves. I want to keep those jobs here; I want those companies to commit to Pennsylvania.” More...

PA Residents Call For Impeachment/Resignation Of Governor Corbett

PA Residents Call For Impeachment/Resignation Of Governor Corbett

Residents Start Online Petition
To Impeach Corbett

Read or Sign petition

Read what signers had to say

US EPA Steps In On Possible Drilling Pollution In Pennsylvania

EPA sends letter to PA regarding drinking water.
PA has 30-days notice about waste treatment / records:

Damascus Citizens an environmental group, has made us aware of a letter from the Federal EPA to Pennsylvania DEP informing them that they are stepping in to use their authority to monitor and regulate drilling wastewater that might affect drinking water in Pennsylvania.
You can read the letter from US EPA to PA DEP by clicking on the link above.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


The doggies are home safe and sound.

Could you please post on your site, that I am missing my 2 dogs. 1 is a Rotweiller(Diesel) and the other is a Pug(Puggy), The rotweiller slipped his collar and they both took off.

I have been searching with no luck. Neither dog is aggressive.If anyone see's them and whistles, usually Diesel will come.

Ashley Siebert

Spectacular Estate Auction Saturday, April 2, 2011 In Coudersport, PA



BRADFORD, Pa. – For Dr. Fumio Kobayashi, visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, being away from his home in Japan in the wake of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami is difficult.

He is comforted by the knowledge that his family, city and school, Pitt-Bradford’s sister school in Japan, Yokohama College of Commerce, made it through the crisis relatively unscathed.

Yokohama, where YCC is located, is part of the Tokyo metropolitan area, a half-hour train ride from the capital. It’s about 200 miles from the areas of Japan that have been dealing with the effects of a 34-foot-high tsunami and problems with nuclear reactors.

Friday morning’s quake, however, did hit Yokohama and continues to. Kobayashi said there has been little damage in the city because most buildings were constructed after the destruction of World War II to withstand an earthquake, but aftershocks continue to hit at a rate of about two per hour, according to his wife and daughter.

At the time of the quake last Friday, YCC, which is primarily a commuter school, was on break.

There were, however, about 40 students, faculty and staff who were on campus at the time of the quake, according to Dr. Masato Kobayashi (no relation), dean of the commercial department at YCC.

The dean reported that those there at the time were not injured and that there was no damage to school buildings.

Because of quake damage, trains stopped running for the evening, and about 10 students stranded at YCC for the night spent it in the guest house used by Pitt-Bradford students when they visit YCC.

Fumio Kobayashi said he continues to get reports from his family by phone and e-mail. He said that some stores in Yokohama have sold out of essential items such as rice, water, bread and milk.

“This is because of problems with transportation,” he said, “because such items are usually supplied by northern Japan.”

Rolling blackouts have begun in the metro area to help the country deal with the lack of power caused by the triple disaster. The blackouts have also caused some railroad lines to cancel services.

Despite the obstacles, YCC will open for its new term April 1 as previously scheduled, he said.

“I am very appreciative of the very warm encouragement from many Pitt-Bradford faculty, staff and students (who have started collecting donations for the victims of the Tohoku Pacific Offshore Earthquake),” he said. “We YCC members will not forget your kindness.”

Students from the Anthropology and International Studies Club, Asian Student Alliance and Japanese Arts and Media Club have been collecting donations this week to be sent to the Real Medicine Foundation, which specializes in tsunami relief efforts.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Mezzo-soprano Lorraine Sullivan, an internationally recognized soloist and professor will perform Friday, March 25, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

She and pianist Kirk Severtson will take to the stage of Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall at 7 p.m. The concert is free and is an offering of the university’s Spectrum Series.

Sullivan’s program includes songs by Georges Bizet, Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, and Richard Strauss, as well as Benjamin Britten’s “A Charm of Lullabies” and “Cabaret.”

“I’ve seen Dr. Sullivan perform on several occasions, and she’s captivating,” said Dr. John Levey, assistant professor of music at Pitt-Bradford. “She’s selected some fantastic repertoire for her recital, and it will be a treat to hear her with a pianist as accomplished as Dr. Severtson.

“It’s also fitting that she’ll be here just a few weeks before Marilyn Horne returns to campus as commencement speaker,” Levey said. Bradford native Marilyn Horne is a world-renowned operatic mezzo-soprano.

Sullivan has appeared as Dorabella in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” as Ottavia in Monteverdi’s “L’Incoronazione di Poppea,” and as soloist in Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire.” This past summer, she sang throughout Taiwan, with a culminating recital at the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center. She has also performed at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre. Sullivan is assistant professor of Voice at the Crane School of Music.

Severtson is music director of the Crane Opera Ensemble and chair of the music performance division at the Crane School of Music.

More information about the Spectrum Series is available by contacting Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming, at (814) 362-5155.

For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Service at (814)-362-7609 or

Sweden Valley Manor: The Second Sweetest Place on Earth!

Sweden Valley Manor:
The Second Sweetest Place on Earth!

While in the Coudersport area promoting the Milton Hershey School, Mark Brezitski generously stopped by Sweden Valley Manor twice to share the eye-catching Hershey’s KISSMOBILE with the seniors and staff.

At the end of a very long winter, everyone jumped at the chance to get outside and have their picture taken with the larger-than-life “Hugs”, “Almonds” and “Original” Hershey Kisses.

George Sterner, Sweden Valley Manor senior, spoke on behalf of his peers, thanking Mark for bringing a little piece of the sweetest place on earth to the second sweetest place on earth.

County Outreach Focus Is Community Development

County Outreach Focus Is Community Development

Potter County Redevelopment Authority and the Potter County Board of Commissioners are making a renewed effort to partner with various funding entities for increased participation in community development programs.

With federal and state priorities changing and funding sources diminishing, county officials believe this is a good time to reach out to community leaders with an offer to help them adapt.

One of the surviving initiatives, the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), will be the focus of a public program at 9:30 am on Monday, March 21, at the Galeton Community Building. The session will be of particular interest to township and borough officials from across Potter County who are interested in community development.

HOME is a fitting example of the partnership opportunities. Its goals are to provide decent, affordable housing to low/moderate income households, and to leverage private-sector investment while addressing issues of community blight.

The program may be used for a down-payment to a financial institution, thereby reducing mortgage payments; for the purchase or construction of housing units for the low-income; for rehabilitation of substandard housing; or for projects that provide housing for the impoverished and/or homeless.

Potter County Redevelopment Authority has been working with Galeton Borough to qualify for a residential rehabilitation project under the HOME program. Its purpose is to improve the appearance and safety of neighborhoods, help preserve the housing stock, and maintain a supply of affordable housing.

More information on the HOME program is available from Joe Pagano at the Potter County Redevelopment Authority; telephone 274-7031. Information on Galeton’s program, including qualification requirements, is available from Joe Pagano or from the Borough Office at 435-2275.

Millions Of Gallons Of Wastewater Illegally Dumped In Streams

Greene County business owner charged with illegally dumping millions of gallons of gas drilling waste water and sewage sludge

HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section have filed criminal charges against a Greene County business owner and his company, who are accused of illegally dumping millions of gallons of waste water across southwestern Pennsylvania - including production water from gas drilling operations, sludge from sewage treatment plants and grease water from restaurants that cannot enter normal sewage systems.

Acting Attorney General Bill Ryan identified the defendant as Robert Allan Shipman, 50, of 1487 Toms Run Road, Holbrook. Criminal charges were also filed against Shipman's business, Allan's Waste Water Service, Inc., also of Holbrook.

"This was a calculated and long-running scheme to personally profit by illegally dumping waste water, regardless of the potential for environmental damage," Ryan said. "Shipman is accused of orchestrating a scheme to dump waste products into streams, mine shafts and business properties across Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties."

Ryan said evidence and testimony about the alleged dumping scheme was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges that were filed today.

According to the grand jury, Shipman and his company were hired by numerous businesses in the region to haul and dispose of various waste water products. Between 2003 and 2009, Shipman allegedly instructed drivers to mix various wastes together, in what was often referred to as a "cocktail," and then dump that mixture at locations across the region.

Ryan said the purpose of the "cocktail" mixture was to allegedly conceal the true nature of the waste water, allowing it to be disposed of in an improper manner, as well as to increase the volume of disposals that were billed to various customers.

According to the grand jury, Shipman directed drivers to falsify manifests so he could bill customers for the full capacity of their trucks, regardless of how much waste was actually being transported and disposed. He is also accused of instructing other employees to shred and discard actual manifests in order to generate new fraudulent invoices which would be sent to customers, forging drivers' signatures and other information on those bogus manifests.

During the course of the investigation, agents identified forged manifests for numerous businesses operating in southwestern Pennsylvania, including: Washington Penn Plastics, Penneco Oil Company, American Oil and Gas, DynaTec Energy, PA Land Service, All Clad Metal Crafters, CNX, Coal Gas Recovery, Precision Marshall Steel Company, Morgantown Technical Services, Targe Energy, Nemacolin Inc., Greene Resources, Jes-Mar Energy, Luzerne Township Sewage Authority, Mountain View Oil and Gas, Allegheny Power, Cracker Barrel, Menallen Township Sewer Authority, and Unit-Marts Inc.

Additionally, Ryan said that Shipman allegedly instructed drivers to leave water valves open at gas wells, in order to allow production water to flow onto the ground and into nearby waterways - typically after dark or during heavy rains, in order to conceal the illegal discharge. At other times, drivers were instructed to park their trucks in the garage at Shipman's business and dump the water into a floor drain, which leads directly to a nearby stream.

Ryan said that over the course of the alleged scheme, Shipman is accused of stealing in excess of $250,000 from clients as a result of the overbilling scheme, and improperly disposing of millions of gallons of waste water.

Shipman is charged with a total of 98 criminal counts, including participating in a corrupt organization, criminal conspiracy, theft, forgery, receiving stolen property, pollution of waters, dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activity (money laundering), tampering with public records, and violations of Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Law, Solid Waste Management Act and Fish and Boat Codes.

Allan's Waste Water Service is charged with 77 criminal counts for similar offenses.

The criminal charges filed today carry substantial prison terms along with fines in excess of $1.5 million for Shipman and $1.2 million for his company.

Shipman and Allan's Waste Water Service were both preliminarily arraigned today before Waynesburg Magisterial District Judge D. Glenn Bates. Bail was set at $500,000 apiece.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 25th before Magisterial District Judge D. Glenn Bates.

The case will be prosecuted in Greene County by Deputy Attorney General Amy J. Carnicella of the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section.

Ryan thanked the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for their cooperation and assistance with this investigation.

2 Vehicle Accident South Of Crosby

MVA South Of Crosby
At 3:03 pm on Thursday, Fire Rescue from Norwich Township and Port Allegany Ambulance are responding to a motor vehicle accident 2 miles south of Crosby on Route 46. Reporting injuries.

Smethport Fire Rescue has been dispatched. Emporium ambulance is transporting two juveniles to Elk Regional Health Center. One driver is being transported to Bradford Regional Medical Center. A helicopter placed on standby has been released.

Fire Police have been dispatched to close Route 46 at Betula on the south and Crosby Crossroads on the north.

Birth Announcements For Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Birth Announcements For Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Elizabeth Grace Gerhart born on 3-15-11 weight 9 lbs .2 oz to Amy (Morrison) and Joe Gerhart of Coudersport, PA.

Maternal Grandparents Elisa and Ron Nickel of Ephrata, PA and Sumner and Lynda Morrison of Wellsboro, PA.

Paternal Grandparents Terry and Stephanie Gerhart of Coudersport, PA and Maureen and Brian Martin of Doylestown, OH.

Maternal Great-Grandparents Sumner and Elinore Morrison of Centralia, IL and Richard and Phyllis Schenk of Parksburg, PA

Paternal Great-Grandparents Lorraine Gerhart of Coudersport, PA, Sally Duffee of Austin, PA and Helen and Galen Snowman at Coudersport, PA.

Support Groups At Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

A cancer support group will meet at 7 p.m. March 21 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Patterson Cancer Care Center.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host Grief Connection, a bereavement support group, at 7 p.m. March 22 at the Patterson Cancer Care Center.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s oncology and medical staff will provide free skin and oral cancer screenings from 7:30-9:30 a.m., March 26 at CCMH’s Patterson Cancer Care Center. Light refreshments will be served. Call 877/274-8200 for an appointment.

Therapeutic touch course to be held

A therapeutic touch basic course will be held in March at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

The course will meet at CCMH’s Wellness Center from 6 to 9 p.m., March 25 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 26. The cost includes lunch and beverages and is $105, or half price for those retaking the course.

The course will be taught by Judy Custer, a nurse practitioner who has practiced and taught TT for 30 years. Participants will learn the history of TT, how to be an effective healer, centering techniques, and phases and scientific basis for TT.

TT is an intentionally directed process of energy exchange during which the practitioner uses the hands as a focus to facilitate the healing process. For more information or to register, call 814/274-9301, ext. 1487 or 814/356-3314 or e-mail

Annual Open House at Linesville Fish Hatchery Set for April 2

Annual Open House at Linesville Fish Hatchery Set for April 2

Meadville, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold its annual Open House at the Linesville State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, April 2, from 11a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

What to do and see:

* Watch the walleye spawning process including fish sorting, removing/fertilizing eggs.
* See native fish species in the 10,000 gallon viewing tank.
* Learn how to: tell the age of fish; tie knots; tie flies and cast; rig a rod; fillet/cook fish.
* Buy a $3 t-shirt and put a fish print on it.
* Buy your PA fishing license, posters, patches, and books.
* Practice your casting skills in the Kids Casting Area.
* Visit the boating safety tent to stay current on boating regulations.
* Talk to staff from the PFBC and other partner agencies at their booths.

Shuttle service from the parking areas to the Visitor Center will be provided.

There’s something for everyone, so follow the crowd to the hatchery.

Directions:Turn off of State Route 6 at the only light in downtown Linesville and go ½ mile to the entrance. The address is 13300 Hartstown Road, Linesville, PA 16424.

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at

PCEC Classes Offered

Grant Writing and Budget Issues

In this course you will learn in a hands-on style the fundamentals of searching for grants, writing grant proposals and understanding the administration that is associated with grants.

You will have the opportunity to work with Linda Delaney, CRA, from Pitt-Bradford, an experienced grant writer who will answer your questions.

Who should attend this offering? Anyone who has responsibility for developing funding streams for organizations; Non-profit organization administrators; Those who administer public programs; Community members who wish to work toward the betterment of the area.

The course will be held at PCEC’s Coudersport location on April 12, 19 and 26 from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. Course cost is $99 per participant. Pre-registration is required, contact Laurie Dennis at 814-362-5078 or email her at


American Regent Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Concentrated Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 23.4% 30 mL Single Dose Vials and 100 mL Pharmacy Bulk Packs

American Regent Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Bacteriostatic Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9% 30 mL Multiple Dose Vials

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner being held

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner !

A traditional St. Patrick’s Day (Irish dinner) of Corned
Beef and Cabbage will be held on today, March 17th from 5 until 7
PM with takeouts available after 3 PM by calling 647-8740.

The dinner will be in the Social Room of the Austin
Methodist Church, Turner St. and is sponsored by Costello
Methodist Church.

Cost of dinner is Adults: $7 and Children (6-12): $5 and
Under 6: free. Again you can buy your ticket at the door or call
647-8740 (March 17th afternoon) to order your takeouts!!

According to a spokesperson, if you don’t care for corned
beef they will have another choice.

Hope to see you and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Blood analysis to be held in Galeton

Blood analysis to be held in Galeton

The Galeton Rotary Club and Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will hold a comprehensive blood analysis from 7 to 10 a.m., March 26 at the Galeton Presbyterian Church.

The screening will include over 30 commonly requested blood tests including CBC, comprehensive, coronary risk, and liver function profiles. The cost for the screening is $45. A 12-hour fast is recommended. Optional tests include prostate specific antigen (PSA), $25, and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), $15.

Appointments are required and can be made at or by calling CCMH’s centralized scheduling at 260-5474 or toll free at 877/364-7905 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Thursday

Route 414 guiderail work set in early April; daylight detours planned

Travel Advisory


Route 414 guiderail work set in early April; daylight detours planned

A PennDOT contractor is scheduled to make guiderail repairs at the Cedar Run Narrows in northwestern Lycoming County in early April.

Work is planned along a steep, narrow section of Route 414, about two miles east of Cedar Run in Brown Township on April 5, 6 and 7, pending favorable weather.

Prime contractor, Green Acres Contracting Co., will close Route 414 in the work zone from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each of those days.

Most traffic will be rerouted onto the DCNR Pine Creek Trail, with the use of flaggers. Vehicles 22 feet in length and less (passenger cars and pickup trucks) will be permitted on the DCNR trail. All larger vehicles will be directed to follow a signed detour route that follows Routes 44, 973 and 287.

Route 414 will be reopened daily after 5 p.m.

The project will involve removing approximately 500 linear feet of existing guiderail and upgrading to new guiderail.

Fort Cherry Rolls Over Coudersport 61 to 42 At Clarion

Merckle Magical; Fort Cherry rolls

By Mike Kovak, Staff writer

CLARION - Midway through the second quarter of Fort Cherry's PIAA Class A second-round game Wednesday night against Coudersport, Rangers point guard Jessie Merckle headed toward the bench for a timeout.

Waiting for Merckle was Fort Cherry coach Bob Miles, who greeted Merckle with a high-five. A smile as wide as Clarion University's Tippin Gymnasium lit up Merckle's face.

The junior had plenty of reasons to be happy. Her jump shot had just put Fort Cherry ahead by 14 points and the junior almost outscored Coudersport - one of the state's most potent offenses - by herself.

Merckle's explosive performance led Fort Cherry to the PIAA quarterfinals for the first time following a 61-42 victory over the District 9 champion Wednesday evening. More...