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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Helicopters Responding To ATV Crash

ATV Rollover Accident
EMS & 2 helicopters are en route to 525 Austinburg Road in Brookfield Township, Tioga County for an ATV rollover with 2 patients.

Life Net 77 has landed on scene. Guthrie Air is 13 minutes out. Clymer Ambulance is en route.

Life Net 77 en route to Robert Packer.

Swain Mountain Motocross At Swain Ski Center

Swain Mountain Motocross takes place today and Sunday, June 25-26 and Aug. 14 at Swain Ski Center.

Sponsored by Arkport Cycles, MotoOption of Ontario and the Western New York Motocross Association.

Practices take place June 30 and July 14, 28.

Mad Mike Jones, professional motocross rider, will be racing and signing autographs the race this weekend. Jones is an X-Games gold and silver medalist, has claimed multiple international titles including FIM International World Supercross Champion, and has received various awards including Motoworld Castrol’s Rider of the Week.

Each race is open to all riders for a fee of $20-$25, based on bike size. Classes range from 4 years old and up, with thirty different classes available. Spectators are encouraged to attend and the gate fee is $10.

For rider information call Joe Ellington at (607) 382-2223 and for spectator information call Swain Resort at (607) 545-6511.

Find Swain Mountain Motocross at and on Facebook.

Minor injuries In Coudersport Boro Crash

Minor injuries In Coudersport Boro Crash
A Coudersport man received minor injuries in a collision Thursday morning at the intersection of Main and East Second Street in Coudersport.

Borough Police Chief Lee Gross told Black Forest Broadcasting that the collision occurred when a pick up driven by Nolan Johnson of Pioche, NV which was headed west and while making a left turn, struck the drivers side door of a pick up driven by Robert Smith, of Route 6 West.

Smith was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport volunteer ambulance and was released after being treated for neck and back pain. Johnson and his five passengers escaped injury.
More local/regional news...

It's Not Their Fault The Water's Contaminated

Rep. Frankel Wants Legislation To Protect Invironment

Rep. Vitali Calls For Enacting Legislation To Protect Citizens From Drilling Problems

Rep. Sturla Admonishes Administration For Wanting To Low Ball Marcellus Gas Tax

Rep. Mundy Expresses Concern About Contaminated Wells

Rep. Hanna Calls For Severance Taxes On Drilling

Rep. Dermody Wants To Protect PA Environment

Rep. George Calls To Put PA First

Driver Unhurt In Rt. 449 Truck Crash

Mack Truck Crashes in Potter County


A Mack truck went over an embankment Thursday in Potter County, but the driver was not hurt.

State police say 31-year-old Steven James of Eldred was driving the truck around a curve on Route 449 just north of Route 6 when he noticed a vehicle stopped in his lane. James was not able to stop in time, veered to the right and hit a guiderail before going over the embankment.

The truck was disabled and was removed from the scene by Portville Trucking.

Drumtrail show on the square in Port Allegany

Drumtrail show on the square

On Saturday June 25 from 6 - 7 p.m. Bill Pate will Present Drumtrail on the Port Allegany Town Square. The S W Smith Library and Bookmobile's summer reading club invites the public to join them for Drumtrail; an hour of free fun family entertainment.

This show is a combination of music, storytelling and comedy with a little audience participation. It's fun for the whole family. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. The show will go on rain or shine. In case of rain the performance will be moved to the Moose Club.

Festival Of Choirs USA Registration Deadline Is August 1, 2011

Coudersport Ambulance To Route 6 West

At 9:57 am on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Route 6 West for a medical emergency.

Dino Pastor is coming to the Gold Church Sunday

Dino Pastor is coming to the Gold Church on June 26th.

Mark your calendar and invite your friends.

Services will be: Sun. He will be speaking at the morning service followed by a church wide Q. & A. session during S.S.

A free will offering will be taken during each service for the speaker.

Use this web address for more info:

The 57th Annual Rummage Sale At St. Eulalia's Continues Today


The 57th Annual Rummage Sale, sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, will be held June 24th and 25th and June 27th through July 2nd at St. Eulalia's Parish Center in Coudersport.

Hours are from 10AM to 6PM each day.

Racing & Fireworks At Woodhull Raceway Tonight

Sartwell Creek Hymn Sing Sunday At 3 PM

Sartwell Creek Hymn Sing Sunday At 3 PM

Friday, June 24, 2011

Motor Home Broken Into In Driftwood

A theft from a motor home in the Borough
of Driftwood is under investigation by State Police.

Unknown suspect(s) forcibly entered a 1975 Dodge motor home owned by Jeffrey Smeal of Driftwood, PA, between June 12 and June 21 and removed miscellaneous tools from it. The value of the tools was estimated at $115. and damage to the motor home at $75.00.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Emporium at 814-486-3321. Trooper David A. Surra is the investigator.

Renovo Finally Gets Wireless Service

Finally .... Renovo gets wireless service
June 24, 2011
The Express

RENOVO -After years of up-and-down negotiating, several abortive attempts, and much urging and effort on the part of local officials and businessmen, wireless services are now available in Renovo

The activation, announced Wednesday by state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven, will certainly lower the frustration of local residents in western Clinton County, many of whom saw the lack of service as a cutting abandonment by telecommunications firms, one that placed Renovo and its municipal neighbors at a disadvantage in the marketplace. More...

Imported Ham Products Recalled

New Jersey Firm Recalls Imported Ham Products Due To Potential Listeria Contamination
Fri, 24 Jun 2011 19:47:54 -0500

Specialities Agro Alimentation, a Millington, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,700 pounds of imported boneless Serrano ham products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Summer Beer Sampling & Small Plate Tasting Menu Tonight At Olga In Coudersport

This evening:
Summer Beer Sampling & Small Plate Tasting Menu

Tomorrow Night:
Fieldstone peforming at Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro

Theodore T. McCracken, 82, of Limestone, NY

Theodore T. McCracken, 82, of Limestone, NY passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011 at his residence.

Born March 16, 1929, in Wellsville, he was a son of the late George and Winifred (Trainner) McCracken.

On March 13, 1948 in Olean he married Jule Marie (Greek) McCracken who died on October 11, 1998.

He worked as a Driver and Dock Worker for Yellow Freight Company for 20 years, retiring in 1996.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #1278 in Honoye, NY and the Hemlock Gun Club.

He is survived by a daughter, Catherine (Earl 'Rusty') Richardson; a son, Theodore "Tom" (Kathleen) McCracken, both of Rochester, NY, six grandchildren; Jule (Jamie) Richardson, Cathy Jo Richardson, Kelly (Gege) McCracken, Jeff Dillenbeck, Val O'Hara and Kevin Bishop, nine great grandchildren; one great great grandson and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a son Harry "Butch" McCracken who died on January 29, 1974 and a daughter Christine Dillenbeck who died on March 21, 1999.

Friends are invited to attend a graveside service at 1 PM, Monday, June 27, 2011 at Limestone Cemetery, with Rev. Leo J. Gallina, Pastor of St. Bernard Church, officiating, followed by committal services and military honors. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to American Diabetes Association 1660 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314, the American Heart Association or charity of the donor's choice .

Online condolences may be made at

Potter County Honor Guard's annual fund raiser

The Potter County Honor Guard's annual fund raiser will be held at the Galeton VFW on 13 August from 1 to 4 PM.

This is a raffle of 20 cash prizes that includes food and beverages. You need not be present to win. Tickets are available at any American Legion or VFW post in Potter county for a $10 donation.

Please support this worthy cause.

Any questions, please call Don Skutski at 814-435-2347 or Max Gaberseck at 814-274-8994.

Route 6 bridge at East Troy remains closed

Route 6 bridge at East Troy remains closed;
Detours in effect while repair plans are developed

June 24, 2011 @ 4:30 p.m.

Motorists in western Bradford County are advised that Route 6 remains closed at the truss bridge over Sugar Creek at East Troy.

The detour for larger trucks follows Routes 14, 414 and 220. Passenger vehicles may use the local detour on Route 14, SR 4014 (Springfield Road) and SR 4017 (Leona Road).

The bridge was damaged last evening when a paving roller fell off the trailer transporting it.

A PennDOT bridge inspection team assessed the damage to the structure this morning; providing information needed to develop repair plans.

PennDOT anticipates beginning repairs this weekend in order to reopen the bridge to traffic as quickly as possible. Repairs may be completed within a week.

I-80 Columbia County work-zone lane restrictions for week of June 27

Travel Advisory
I-80 Columbia County work-zone lane restrictions for week of June 27

Following are the planned work-zone lane closures for Interstate 80 in Columbia County for the week of June 27.

No lane restrictions planned for Monday through Wednesday, June 27 – 29.

On Thursday, June 30 in the morning hours along I-80 westbound between mile 235 and mile 236 (Lightstreet), the contractor will alternate a lane closure to remove temporary concrete barrier. In the afternoon, the lane closure will take place on I-80 eastbound from mile 241 (Lime Ridge/Berwick) to mile 242 (Mifflinville), also to remove temporary barrier. Late afternoon Thursday, from mile 242 to mile 241 westbound, a lane closure will allow the contractor to set temporary concrete barrier.

No lane closures are planned for Friday, July 1.

Helen V. “Jinny” Wondrack, 88, of Shinglehouse,PA

Helen V. “Jinny” Wondrack, 88, of Shinglehouse, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in her home surrounded by her loving family after a lengthy illness.

Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a complete obituary.

Transformer Fire On Minard Run Road

Transformer Fire On Minard Run Road
At 1:31 pm on Friday, Bradford Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Minard Run Road across from the Jehovah Witness Church for a transformer fire.

Morgan AM&T Seeks Shift Supervisor For Coudersport Facility

2 Vehicle Accident On Rt. 219 Near Elk County Line

Address: 2592 BURNING WELL RD

One minor injury reported. Reports NO entrapment

Opening For Manufacturing Engineer At Coudersport AM &T Facility

GAS LEASING: What's Wrong Here?

GAS LEASING: What's Wrong Here?
What's wrong can easily be identified in the types of leases the unwary public is still signing. A few years ago companies or their agents(landmen) came amongst us and offered money per acre for underground resources. What was in the public's view ... forestland and open fields, lakes and rivers, are all that concerned the majority. Money for the sub-surface? What a fine idea! ... especially in light of the area's economy.

How many folks concerned themselves with "how that sub-surface was to be accessed" more than they thought about the "new camper, nicer fishing boat, or that charge card that could be paid off." ?

In reality the situation is a Monday-morning quarterback "take" on what those early leases did for the rights holders.

1. Gave them much less money per acre than it was worth.

2. Provided a royalty percentage that was the state's minimum, or if higher had company costs subtracted from the owner's royalty payment BEFORE the final check was written.

3. Failed to specify the shale layers (Marcellus & Utica) the company was confined to drill in. (This in effect tied the "rights" up down to China.)

4.Gave unlimited access to the owner's land NOT ONLY for drilling, but also for the placement of telephone lines, electric power lines, pipelines for water and gas, building construction, plants, drips, , gates, meters, generators, compressor stations, transportaion roads for oil and gas and all other products whether taken from that property or a neighbor's. Use of water, oil and gas on the premises.

5. Included oft times was a lease expiration date that was made meaningless by fine print clauses in legal-ese that tied the land up till the sun no longer shines.

Print space prohibits further listing of all that exists in leases like this.

All of the above is history, or it was until a new wave of various company agents began making the rounds. Who do they target? ... Rights holders that turned them down on the first go-round ... Newly identified rights holders ... Rights holders who signed earlier leases that actually expire. What's different? Very little in terminolgy has changed, but the money offers HAVE gone up. Five dollar offers have gone as high as $2500 now, and if one is on the verge of bankruptcy ... leasing away the future and that of future family members may be the price that must be paid. At some later point if selling off the acreage to make ends meet (taxes go up don't they?) then having such an industry-friendly lease makes the land of little value.

In the past year an aggressive effort to perpetuate a lease that has been stated verbatim in the above paragraphs has reaped wonderful rewards for the company marketing it. Individuals believing the "stories of glory" this lease will bring them have signed ... signed away their chance for a fair deal ... signed away any control over they had of their own property. The little addendums the company agreed upon to make it a better-sounding lease were often no more than EPA and DEP regulations that would be followed anyways.

The seed this story plants is one of caution for the rights owning individual. To help level the scales of justice (fairness) when making the most of natural resources, it takes a collective effort by many to level the playing field. Smart leasing as a large group endeavor can make the development and production of natural gas in our region a positive experience for all.

Our gas-rich shales already have the "attention of the world". This article should have yours.

Janice L. Hancharick
126 N. 8th St.
Olean, NY 14760
2012 Mallard Ln.
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919.876.2917



The Colton Point State Park Turkey Path is now open. Trail work has been completed subsequent to storm damage.

Paul J. Stoner, 88, of Smethport, PA

Paul J. Stoner, 88, of Smethport, died Thursday (June 23, 2011) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

He was born Sept. 15, 1922 in Muhlenberg, a son of Albert and Katie Strump Weidman. On March 13, 1942, in Fleetwood, PA, he married Pauline May Barlet, who died September 23, 1972.

Mr. Stoner was a graduate of Fleetwood High School and served during World War II as a Pvt. in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Stoner worked at Deka Batteries of Reading, PA as a security guard for many years.

He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 10 of Reading, PA.

He is survived by

one daughter: June Marie Krape of Williamsport, PA

step daughter, Jodie M. Barlet of Blardon, PA

2 step sisters: Anna M. Kaucher and Kathryn Hoffman Weatherly

Special Friends: Larry and Laura Vandermark of Smethport, with whom he had resided,and 5 special grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

There will be no visitation or services. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Union Cemetery in Fleetwood, PA.

Memorials, if desired, can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences can be left at

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

Dickinson 5 K Run/Walk In Ridgway July 23rd--Registration Open Now

Dino Pastor is coming to the Gold Church on Jun 25 & 26th.

Dino Pastor is coming to the Gold Church on Jun 25 & 26th.

Mark your calendar and invite your friends.

Services will be: Sat. @ 10:00 A.M. for the kids (or young at hearts) / 6:30 P.M. for everyone / Sun. He will be speaking at the morning service followed by a church wide Q. & A. session during S.S.

A free will offering will be taken during each service for the speaker.

Use this web address for more info:

The 57th Annual Rummage Sale At St. Eulalia's Starts Today


The 57th Annual Rummage Sale, sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, will be held June 24th and 25th and June 27th through July 2nd at St. Eulalia's Parish Center in Coudersport.

Hours are from 10AM to 6PM each day.

A raffle for an L.L.Bean cooler bag containing over 40 items for a gourmet picnic is also being held.

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and may be purchased at the sale. The winning ticket will be drawn
on July 2nd at 4PM.

A variety of homemade breads will be available for purchase.

The amount of merchandise this year is larger than ever with clothing of all types for all ages, many articles brand new, others gently worn plus housewares, electronics, decorative pieces, books, toys, furniture and Christmas items to name a few.

Especially during these uncertain economic times, this sale provides good quality merchandise at minimal cost. Shoppers will find an abundance of "treasures" and bargains galore at this very popular sale.



DA says stores should do the right thing and remove synthetic drugs from shelves now

HARRISBURG – Potter County District Attorney Andy J. Watson today praised the General Assembly and Governor Tom Corbett for enacting a new law to ban the possession, use and sale of so-called bath salts, synthetic marijuana, 2C-E and salvia divinorum.

The bill was signed by Governor Corbett on Thursday, June 23, 2011.

The bill quickly moved through the General Assembly and to the governor’s desk after prosecutors and law enforcement reported an alarming number of bizarre and dangerous incidents involving new, dangerous drugs that fell outside of the law related to controlled substances.

The problem and dangers of synthetic drugs has become so prevalent throughout Pennsylvania and Potter County is beginning to see the use, sale, and impact of these substances in our community.

"Synthetic drugs have the potential to create a devastating impact, especially on teenagers and young adults. “This bill will quite literally save lives, and I am grateful for our state’s leadership and willingness to work with us to respond quickly and decisively to the emerging threat of synthetic drugs.”

The new law goes into effect in 60 days. However, District Attorney Watson is respectfully requesting that any store which currently sell synthetic drugs voluntarily take the substances off their shelves immediately, especially with schools on summer break.

Store owners may have 60 days until the law goes into effect. However, I would like to see them do the right thing, for the right reasons and take these drugs off their shelves immediately, before anyone else gets hurt.

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association identified synthetic drugs as one of its top legislative priorities in March after law enforcement around the state reported dangerous and bizarre behaviors by people high on the legal, but highly potent substances.

Copp Scholarship’s 2011 recipients were honored at a luncheon at the Penn Wells Hotel

Copp Scholarship’s 2011 recipients were honored at a luncheon at the Penn Wells Hotel.

Pictured are the recipients, front, from left, Lisa Shultz, Lyndsey King, Ashley Hanes, Charles Moyer and Kasey Baker. In back, from left, Angie Adams, Cowanesque Valley High School guidance counselor; Brian Tevlin, AVP and trust officer with the C&N Trust and Financial Management Group; Chris Morral, Wellsboro Area School District superintendent; Keith Yarger, Southern Tioga School District superintendent and Michael Charles, CPA, VP and tax officer with C&NTFMG. Absent from photo are Dr. Timothy Bowers, Northern Tioga School District superintendent, Danielle Strange and Richard Lee, both Copp Scholarship recipients.
WELLSBORO, PA – Seven Tioga County students have been named recipients of scholarships from the William Bowen Copp and Graydon S. Copp Agriculture Education Trust. The 2011 awards totaled $70,000.00.

The Scholarship Committee hosted a luncheon
for scholarship recipients and their parents at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro.

The 2011 recipients include:

Lisa Jean Shultz, daughter of David and Jean Shultz of Wellsboro. A graduate of Wellsboro Area High School, Lisa plans to attend Lock Haven University majoring in pre-veterinarian.

Danielle Strange, daughter of David Strange and Audrey Williams of Wellsboro. A graduate of Wellsboro Area High School, she plans to attend Alfred University majoring in pre veterinarian.

Kasey Baker, daughter of Damon and Kendra Baker of Osceola. A graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, Kasey plans to attend Penn State Altoona majoring in animal science.

Lyndsey Renee King, daughter of Randy and Marlene King of Westfield. A graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, she plans to attend Coastal Carolina University majoring in marine science.

Richard Lee, son of Christopher Lee and Wendy Briggs of Westfield. A graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, he plans to attend Unity College in Maine majoring in wildlife biology.

Ashley Jean Hanes, daughter of Ronald and Deborah Hanes of Tioga. A graduate of Elkland High School, Ashley plans to attend Mansfield University majoring in biology.

Charles Moyer, son of Paul and Carolyn Moyer of Roaring Branch. A graduate of Liberty Junior Senior High School, he plans to attend Penn State Altoona majoring in animal science.

The Copp trust was created under the Last Will and Testament of Graydon S. Copp, who died July 7, 2002. He and his brother, William Bowen Copp, operated a farm in Charleston and Covington Townships in Tioga County.

“Graydon’s generosity will continue for a long time, as Graydon’s intent for this trust is to provide scholarships to well-deserving Tioga County, PA high school seniors who pursue higher education in an agricultural field,” said Deborah Scott, Citizens & Northern Bank Executive Vice President and Trust Officer.

Scott said the field has a broad spectrum of possibilities and might include education in the field of animal sciences, agricultural business management, bioresource, crop and soil science, fisheries and wildlife, food science and technology and general agriculture to name a few.

The scholarship recipients were chosen by the trust’s Scholarship Committee, which consists of the Trustee, Citizens & Northern Bank’s Trust and Financial Management Group, and the superintendents from each school district in Tioga County. The Committee determines the number of recipients and amounts awarded annually. The scholarship awards may be used to help pay tuition, books and room and board charges.

Applicants for the scholarship are sought each year, with the deadline being April 15th annually. Applicants must be high school seniors accepted to accredited colleges or universities in programs leading to degrees in curriculums directly related to agriculture. In addition, applicants must have grade point averages of at least 2.0, have financial need and must have been Tioga County, PA residents for at least six months.

For more information on this scholarship or to obtain an application, interested students should contact Citizens & Northern Bank’s Trust and Financial Management Group at 1-800-487-8784 or their high school guidance counselor.

The C&N Trust and Financial Management Group, a division of Citizens & Northern Bank, maintains offices in Wellsboro, Sayre, Towanda, Williamsport, Coudersport and Emporium, in Pennsylvania and Canisteo in New York. The division, founded in 1960, provides a wide range of investment, trust and retirement plan services to individuals and organizations.

Memorial Service for Kirk Joseph Gridley Saturday In Westfield

A Memorial Service for Kirk Joseph Gridley will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 25, 2011 in St. John's Episcopal Church, Westfield, PA. The Rev. Joseph F. McNamara, Rector, will preside.

Mr. Gridley, 54, of Hollywood, CA, formerly of Westfield, PA, died on Friday, November 5, 2010.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church Window Fund, Westfield, PA 16950. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Shaytown Road

At 9:26 am on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Shaytown Road for a medical transport.

Port Allegany Moose F.C. #460 will hold dedication of the Flag Memorial

Port Allegany Moose F.C. #460 will hold dedication of the Flag Memorial, at the Moose Park, Rte 155 South, on July 30, 2011, at 2PM.

The Monument will honor the retirement and disposal of American Flags. This memorial can by used by the Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, American Legions, VFW and other organizations that wish to have a ceremony to properly dispose of American Flags.

Guest MC will be Bruce Berger, President of Moose International Membership.

Invitation is extended to the public. Come join us to honor Old Glory.

Route 6 bridge at East Troy remains closed following crash; detour in effect

Travel Advisory
Route 6 bridge at East Troy remains closed following crash; detour in effect

Motorists in western Bradford County are advised that Route 6 remains closed at the through truss at East Troy this morning.

The bridge was damaged last evening when a paving roller fell off the trailer transporting it.

A detour, using Route 14 at Columbia Cross Roads, SR 4014 (Springfield Road) and SR 4017 (Leona Road), is currently in effect.

A PennDOT bridge inspection team is heading to the scene to assess the damage to the structure.

EPA Shares Results Of Water Well Tests With Homeowners

Potter County Beverage Now Open Sunday

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Public Auction Of Time Warner Surplus Items Friday In Coudersport

Morgan AM &T Seeks Manufacturing Engineer At St. Marys, PA Facility

Sartwell Creek Hymn Sing Sunday At 3 PM

Contaminated Gas Well Brine Dumped By Vandals

State police at DuBois
Progress News--Clearfield
On Friday, someone damaged a gas well belonging to Exco Resources at Well and London roads in Brady Township. Those responsible drove around the gate, opened a brine tank and spilled contaminated water on the ground, and damaged a meter on the tank. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 371-4652.


Route 6 truss bridge closed at East Troy following crash

June 23, 2011 @ 10:15 p.m.

The Route 6 truss bridge at East Troy in Bradford County is closed tonight as a safety precaution.

The bridge was damaged in a crash earlier tonight.

A detour is being set up between Mud Creek Road and Leona Road in Troy Township.

PennDOT will have a bridge inspection team on-site at daybreak Friday to assess the damage.

BG's Engine Clinic Has Briggs & Stratton Master Certified Technician

BG's Engine Clinic is pleased to announce one of the area's first Briggs & Stratton Master Certified Technicians on staff to service your power equipment needs.

The Briggs & Stratton Master Certification coursework and testing is some of the most rigorous in the industry, and achieving Master Certification status is quite an accomplishment- Even the Plaque is hand-delivered by a company representative, and photos taken for the company's website. In order to maintain the MST Status, an MST technician must complete 8 educational credits each and every year, complete all required certification testing, and keep up on the latest in modern small engine technology as used on generators, water pumps, lawn & Garden Equipment, Diesels, and more. When you have your equipment serviced by a Master Service Technician, you can rest assured that the job will be done right!

BG's Engine Clinic is an Authorized Servicing Dealer for all Briggs & Stratton Outdoor Power Equipment and Engines, with a fully equipped repair facility and the latest technology available, at a very affordable price. For More information about BG's Engine Clinic, just visit , and to see a selection of many of our popular parts and products, visit our online store at

Fireworks Night At Woodhull Raceway June 25th

Tractor Trailer Blocking Roadway On Rt. 219

Traffic Control-Road Hazard
At 9:00 pm on Thursday, Lafayette Fire Dept. has been dispatched to RT. 219 , just north of Tacks Inn for a tractor-trailer blocking the roadway.

Trying to locate our Paint Mare

Help Wanted: Trying to locate our Paint Mare, Millie, born -millenium.

This April, we gave 2 horses away, "free to a good home", on condition my daughter could visit them. Were told they "would love to come and get your horses and give them a good home; connected to the Allegeny National Trails, ...going to be giving trail rides". Everything sounded great.

Soon as they left -no returned calls, nasty emails - "you need to teach your daughter they are just horses".

Found Moe by divine intervention; went to my father's grave near there and happened by the day people were getting ready to take him, unbeknownst to us- have since been able to visit him in a great home with nice people. Millie however,is gone.

Been lied to repeatedly, out riding, 'at the Amish, come in two weeks.. Finally he called us back, drunk and very vulgar last night and told us he hasn't had her since 2 weeks after he took her. Found out today she may be in this area (Potter/McKean) he was delivering other horses and told the fellow he 'just sold a paint he got a few weeks before and had to deliver her too'

Don't want to cause problems, we understand if you bought Millie you did so because you are a horse lover. My daughter's heart is broken and she just wants to be able to visit her. If that isn't to work out, at least to know where she is and that she is in a good home.

Coudersport Ambulance To Town Line Road

At 7:47 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Town Line Road for a medical emergency.

One Vehicle Crash On Jackson Road in Lindley


One Vehicle Crash over an embankment. Lawrenceville & Lindley Dispatched. One injury reported.

Structure Fire Reported At Johnsonburg Hotel

Address: 617 E CENTER ST
Cross Streets: GRANT ST * MARKET ST
Smoke showing in structure--coming from basement
6/23/2011 5:58:14 PM
Elk Company 1--One Engine To Johnsonburg
Elk Company 6--One engine to Johnsonburg


EMS Responding To Vehicle Into Pole Report In Covington Township


Vehicle into a telephone pole--unknown injuries
Mansfield RECALLED

Phyllis L. Coyne, 86, of 316 Congress St.,, Bradford, PA

Phyllis L. Coyne, 86, loving mother and wife of 316 Congress St., passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie after a long and courageous battle.

Born March 8, 1925 in Warren, she was a daughter of the late Arthur S. and Reba (Hurd) King.
On April 20, 1949 in St. Bernard's Rectory, she married Joseph G. Camas, who passed away in November of 1969. On October 18,1981 in the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Olean, NY she married Thomas E. Coyne, who passed away on September 29, 1995.

She was a 1944 graduate of Bradford High School. She was a homemaker, and held several part- time jobs but her favorite was working for the U.S. Forest Service. She enjoyed shopping, dining out, and spending time with her beloved grandpuppy "LB"

She is survived by a son, Joseph (Linda) Camas of Warren; a step daughter, Margaret Ann (Tom) Bates of FL, a sister, Bette Carney of Bradford; several step grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Arthur King.

Family will be receiving friends from 10-11 AM, Saturday, June 25, 2011 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Avenue, where funeral services will be held at 11 AM with Rev. Robert Brest, Pastor of the First Free Methodist Church, officiating. Committal services and burial will follow in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to The Kathleen Hogan Gotta Kick Cancer Goodbye Foundation, PO Box 515, Ellicottville, NY 14731 or to charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Phyllis R. Snyder, 82, of 139 Clarence Street, Bradford, PA

Phyllis R. Snyder, 82, of 139 Clarence Street, passed away Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 at Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born July 10, 1928, in Butler, she was a daughter of the late Spurgeon and Rudelle (Young) Minich.

On September 4, 1944 in the First Baptist Parsonage she married Melvin Preston Snyder, Jr. who died on May 20, 1996.

Mrs. Snyder was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School. She had worked as a buyer in the purchasing department at Dresser Mfg. for 33 years, retiring in 1990. She volunteered for the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary, and for many years for the Bradford Township Fire Department Auxiliary. She was a Board Member at Futures Rehabilitation Center, and a member of Sigma Alpha Sorority where she held all local and regional offices, and for 3 years she was the National Recording Secretary for the Sorority. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and a member of the Wimodosis and served on various church committees.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandra (Jerry) Green of Bradford; two grandsons, Stephen (Dana) Green of Bradford, and Eric Green of Rochester, NY; three great grandchildren, Lexis Green, Logan Green, and Rachael Huff; three sisters, Shirlie Keenan of Bradford, Marcella (Larry) Smith of Austin, TX, and Judy Peer of Sarasota, FL; a brother, Spurgeon Minich of Bradenton, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son Duane "Butch" Snyder on June 30, 1990 and one sister Wanda Yonker.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, June 24, 2011 from 3 to 5 & 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St.

Friends are invited to attend funeral services at 11:00am on Saturday, June 25th, in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Verner pastor officiating. Committal services and burial will follow in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 23-25 Chambers Street, Bradford, PA 16701 or Bradford Ecumenical Home, 100 St. Francis Drive, Bradford, PA 16701.

On line condolences may be made at


For western Pennsylvania has expired...A front is continuing across McKean County, Elk County, Cameron County, Potter County and Tioga County. There has been no warning issued for these counties, but we're going to get wet. Keep an eye out for warnings if they are issued.



LEFT TO RIGHT: Bev Morris, mother, Rachel Morris, Senior, Judge John Leete, Rotary Foreign Exchange Committee Chairman

The Coudersport Rotary Club announced today that Rachel Morris, daughter of David and Beverly Morris, was accepted into the short-term foreign exchange program to be held this summer.

The Coudersport Rotary Club sponsors both long-term and short-term foreign exchange students. The long-term exchange extends an entire high school year of studies while short-term exchange students, like Rachel, spend only a summer abroad. Rachel will be spending ½ of her summer in Austria , while her family will host a female foreign exchange student from Austria for the other ½ of the summer.

Rachel Morris is a Senior at the Coudersport Jr/Sr High School who plans on attending PSU Behrend where she will major in Behavioral Health. This summer, Rachel will participate in the Rotary Foreign Exchange program as a exchange student to Austria. She has 3 years experience in the Mock Trial, as well as Model UN and has participated in the school musicals for 5 years. She has been a member of the school’s marching band for 6 years and is a National Honor Society student. Rachel is the daughter of David and Beverly Morris of Coudersport.

Those families wanting to learn more about the process of becoming a foreign exchange host family are asked to contact JOHN LEETE at 274-9720 Ext. 4.

Governor Corbett Signs Bill Banning ‘Bath Salts,’ Other New Drugs

Governor Corbett Signs Bill Banning ‘Bath Salts,’ Other New Drugs

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today signed into law Senate Bill 1006,
legislation that bans the possession, use and sale of synthetic designer drugs
including the dangerous substance known as “bath salts.’’

The General Assembly last week unanimously approved the measure to expand the state’s list of controlled substances. The new law prohibits all chemical substances contained in bath salts, as well as synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs, including 2C-E, which is similar to LSD or Ecstasy, and salvia, which causes hallucinations.

Bath salts, which have nothing to do with baths or spas, are designer drugs with an effect on users comparable to cocaine or methamphetamine. The substance had been legally sold in some tobacco shops and other specialty stores. Users
sometimes experience agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and often commit violent acts.

“Sadly, we have had far too many tragic examples in Pennsylvania of just what kind of impact this drug can have,’’ Corbett said. “In Blair County, two friends stabbed each other in a dispute over a bath salt container. In Carbon County, a man held police at bay with an assault rifle for hours. In Lackawanna County, a man broke into a monastery and stabbed a priest. Police said all of them had been using bath salts.’’

“If left unchecked, synthetic drugs could have developed into the most dangerous
drug crisis since methamphetamine labs found their way into our state,’’ Corbett
said. “This ban on synthetic drugs sends a strong message that Pennsylvania will
not tolerate the use of these chemicals.

“I want to commend the Pennsylvania State Police and the District Attorneys
Association for helping craft the language for this legislation and working to see this ban on bath salts become law,’’ Corbett added.

Poison control centers nationwide received nearly 300 calls about bath salts in
2010. Already this year, that number has quadrupled. The Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia has received more than 55 calls regarding bath salts so far this year,
up from just 10 last year.

“We have seen the devastating impact these unregulated, dangerous and deadly
drugs have had in our communities,’’ said Dauphin County District Attorney Edward M. Marsico Jr., who is also president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. “S.B. 1006 will quite literally save lives, and we are grateful that Governor Corbett and the General Assembly worked with us to respond quickly and decisively to the emerging threat of synthetic drugs.’’

Under the new law, conviction for a first offense for delivery or possession with the
intent to deliver carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $15,000
fine. Conviction of simple possession of the substance carries a maximum penalty
of one year in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Soles4Souls Shoe Drive


Potter County residents are invited to recycle their 'gently worn' shoes in an effort to help distribute shoes to people in need

Nashville, TN – June 23, 2011 – Soles4Souls Inc. has committed to collect and distribute shoes to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters. The shoe charity provides one pair of shoes to a person in need every 7 seconds. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 13 million pairs of shoes because of the generosity and commitment of people and organizations like the Episcopal Congregations of Potter County, Christ Church Coudersport and All Saints Brookland.

Soles4Souls believes partners like the Episcopal Congregations of Potter County will challenge others to become a force of change by helping the charity cater to the evolving needs of the global community. The shoe charity recognizes its success is the result of individuals and industry partners such as Episcopal Congregations of Potter County who clean out closets and warehouses so that individuals around the world can have a better life through American’s excess.

Soles4Souls and the Episcopal Congregations of Potter County will be collecting your new or gently worn footwear and/or donations to make a tangible difference through the gift of shoes. Every donation will support the charity’s initiative to distribute shoes to those in need.

“With tragedies such as the earthquakes in countries like Haiti and Japan, on top of the enormous needs elsewhere, we can use the estimated 1.5 billion shoes taking up space in the closets of ordinary people to change the world one pair at a time,” said Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls, Wayne Elsey.

Elsey added, “We need partners like the Episcopal Congregations of Potter County to get behind Soles4Souls. Donating shoes is one of the most simple yet profound acts you can do, because it will greatly improve someone’s life in the most difficult of times.”

During the month of July your gently worn shoes or your financial donation can be taken to Christ Church in Coudersport or All Saints Church in Brookland. At Christ Church, the donation box will be located in the entrance to Parish Hall, the doors will be open at all times for your convenience. At All Saints, the donation box will be located in the Church which is open on Sundays for services. Your financial support will help defray the costs of shipping the donated shoes to Soles4Souls for distribution. You may mail financial donations for this purpose to Church Offices at P O Box 52, Coudersport, PA 16915.

People and companies interested in donating directly can visit the organization’s website at

Habitat For Humanity Steak Bake 6-24

Relay For Life

It has come to my attention this morning that there are relay teams that are attending the Relay For Life this Friday and Saturday that are short members to walk due to circumstances beyond their control. As you are all aware of, Karen and I participate in this life changing event every year as the non-stop entertainment for the entire 24 hours, as well as participating in the activities through the night. It came to me that there may be people out there that would like to participate, but do not have the time to commit to being part of a team. I think that if we could establish a local “fill in volunteer” base, it would allow those people the opportunity to still be involved, even if it is for a limited time.

What we would like to determine is, are there any people out there that would have an hour or two to spend between 12PM, Friday June 24th and 12PM on Saturday, June 25th. We could utilize these people to fill in on teams that are short for the relay, help with the activities, help get the wheelchair bound survivors around the track for the “Survivors Walk”, and a host of other possibilities.

Here is a link to the ACS website page dedicated to the Potter County Relay For Life

Here you will be able to see the calendar of events, what it is about, and who it benefits. 100% of the proceeds from this event stay in Potter County to help those that have and are battling all forms of cancer. Even if you are not a cancer survivor yourself, the chances are great that you at least know someone who is. Cancer touches every life in some form or another, and getting involved with this event will give you the opportunity to help.

If anyone is interested in signing up to help, please come to the relay and see us in the big white tent located on the track at CARP Park. We will be happy to place you, and your gracious assistance where it is needed. Who knows, you may enjoy yourself so much that you will decide to stay and become a permanent part of the event.

Help us to make this the best Relay For Life event yet.

Jonathan Huff & Karen Dubots
Coyote Nites Entertainment

Austin FD Dispatched For Traffic Control

Traffic Control
At 2:10 pm on Thursday, Austin Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Rt. 607 near the PennDOT shed for a low hanging tree.



Four decades of Falcon Pride Alumni will renew the team’s historic rival with the Port Allegany Gators, at the “BLAST FROM THE PAST” Alumni Football Game to be held at the Port Allegany High School football field at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9th!

According to Rick Angood, organizer of the Coudersport Alumni Team, “Forty-five Falcon Alumni including John Dubots, Tom Storey, and Craig Moshier will compete in July 9th’s football game with several area cheerleading alumni rooting the “old timers” toward victory!”

Money raised by the event will benefit the Coudersport area “SOAP” project (“Save Our Area Pool”). Tickets are $5/person (or) $4/person with a canned food donation for the local food bank, to be collected at the gates. Falcon Alumni memorabilia will also be available at the event!

Special thanks go to Lagrua Printing (Game Day Programs), Paul Burdick (Event Photography), Bollhorst Bussing (Team Transport) and Serenity Massage (Half-Time Massages).

Other Coudersport Alumni Football Players Include:

A card shower for our Mother - Helen Grant

A card shower for our Mother

Helen Grant will be celebrating her 95th birthday
July 1st....she loves receiving cards and puts them in albums
to enjoy many times...if you would send her a card to
980 Route 6 W, Galeton, PA 16922
we would greatly appreciate it....

Benefit Being Held for Family of Murdered Eldred Teenager

Benefit Being Held for
Family of Murdered Eldred Teenager

A benefit for the family of the Eldred teenager who was shot to death earlier this month will be held July 2 at the Eldred Borough Fire department.

Sam Miller was 18 years old and had just graduated from high school three days before the shooting. The benefit will help with the costs that have occurred since then.

The benefit includes a yard sale, bake sale, raffles, auctions and dance featuring music by DJs Brian and Paul. The fire department building is on Platt Street in Eldred.

Sam was the son of Deana Brown Miller at the late Mark Miller. He wasthe grandson of Fred and Linda Brown of Eldred and the brother of Ashton and Zach Miller.

The three people charged with murdering Miller are jailed without bail.

Coudersport Ambulance To Maple View Lane

At 1:32 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Maple View Lane for a medical emergency.

Birth Announcements For Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Birth Announcements For Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Welcoming Tanner Scott Cizek born on 6-21-11 weight 8lbs 3.4oz to Jessica (Flory) and Scott Cizek of Germania, PA He joins his sister Sophia Grace 22 months.

Maternal Grandparents Ruth Flory and Tim Flory of Austin, PA.

Paternal Grandparents Duane and Gwen Cizek of Germania, PA.

Josh Hatcher--Johnny and the Sparkplug


Johnny and the Sparkplug

There’s a man in Roulette. A large, round man that dresses the same most every day. Faded blue jeans, pulled up to his belly button, with a tight fitting white t-shirt. In the cool air of spring and fall – he wears a faded orange or red hooded sweatshirt, and a faded red baseball cap.

Johnny is often mocked. It should not be this way -but it is. He’s mentally disabled, perhaps autistic – his speech has a cadence and a rhythm that is unique – and indicative of a completely different thought process than the people around him. My father always taught us to respect Johnny, and to treat him like we would anyone else.

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A memorial graveside service for Ralph Haught and Beulah Haught will be held Monday

Ralph Haught and Beulah Haught

Memorial Graveside Service Slated

LITTLE GENESEE - A memorial graveside service for Ralph Haught and Beulah Haught will be held Monday (June 27, 2011) at 2 p.m. in Wells Cemetery, Little Genesee.

Mr. Haught, a past councilman for the town of Genesee, passed away in 2010. Mrs. Haught was a retired town clerk and tax collector who passed away in 2005.

Structure Fire Reported In Crosby

Structure Fire In Crosby
At 12:27 pm on Thursday, Smethport, Port Allegany, and Norwich Township, along with Ambulance from Priority Care have been dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 9557 Rt. 46 in Crosby.

12:37 pm--ON SCENE REPORT--Fire in upstairs bedroom, smoke coming from eaves.

12:54 pm--Station 20 to Smethport for STANDBY
12:59--Eldred Station 4--One engine & Crew to Standby at Smethport

Civil Emergency Message

Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station
is presently conducting a coordinated five-county siren test.
NOTE: This Is Only A Test. There is NO emergency at Three Mile Island. Repeating: there is NO emergency at Three Mile Island.

The sirens that you are hearing are part of a coordinated five-county test of the Three Mile Island Siren Warning System. This Is Only A Test!

This has been the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

Dole Recalls Some Italian Blend Salads

06/23/2011 10:24 AM EDT

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,880 cases of DOLE® Italian Blend salad with Use-by Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 7143000819 and Product Codes 0049A157201A, 0049A157201B, 0049A157202A, 0049A157202B, 0686A157202A, 0686A157202B and 442 cases of Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend salad with Use-by-Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 1111091045 and Product Codes A157201A & A157201B, due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials.

Rollover Crash On I-86 In Allegany County

MVA on I-86
At 10:35 am on Thursday, Friendship & Amity have been dispatched to a one vehicle rollover crash on I-86 near the Friendship/Amity town line.

Route 220 resurfacing project in Albany Township starts June 27

Travel Advisory
Route 220 resurfacing project in Albany Township starts June 27

A 3.6-mile resurfacing project on Route 220 in Bradford County is scheduled to start on Monday, June 27.

The work will take place in Albany Township, from approximately one-half mile north of Laddsburg Hill Road, through New Albany Borough, to the intersection with Stevenson Hill Road.

Traffic will be restricted to a single lane through the work zone during daylight hours, with traffic flow directed by flag persons.

The project includes roadway base repairs and resurfacing, drainage improvements, membrane waterproofing of the bridge decks, concrete curb ramps, shoulder repairs, along with guiderail upgrades.

This $1.6 million contract by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. is scheduled for completion in early October.

Galeton Public Library Is Looking For Volunteer's

The Galeton Public Library is looking for Volunteer’s Saturday, July 2nd..

This is 4th of July weekend.. We need help at Center Town Park in Galeton, scooping ice cream.

We do this every year but unfortunately we are very short with help this year...

We would need at least 1 person for the 3 to 6 shift, who would be working with a board member from the Library and then we need at least 3 more people for the 6 to closing shift, who would be working with myself and the Librarian, which we are normally done selling ice cream around 9:30..

It get’s very busy and we really need volunteer’s to help us.... It’s great for anyone who need’s community service hours for school as well..

e-mail is:

Two Vehicle Accident With Injury In Coudersport

Two vehicle accident with injuries. Coudersport Fire & Ambulance with Medic 6 dispatched.

Austin D. "Augie" Kowell, 78, of 84 Valley View Rd., Emporium PA formerly of Monessen

Austin D. "Augie" Kowell, 78, of 84 Valley View Rd., Emporium formerly of Monessen died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys Wednesday, (June 22, 2011) afternoon.

He was born February 23, 1933 in Monessen a son of the late Paul and Mary Watovich Kowell.

On January 3, 1960 in Emporium he married Janice Broker Kowell, who Survives. He and his wife were married over 51 years.

He graduated from Monessen High School and served with the US Army reserve. Augie had worked at Sylvania, for over 38 years, where he was a tool and die maker. He later worked at Caldwell Corporation for 10 years. He was a member of the American Society of Tool Engineers (ASTE). He was the owner of the former Kowell Family Restaurant in Emporium and also the caretaker of Newton Cemetery for over 21 years.

He had been a member of St. Johns Russian Orthodox Church in Monessen. He was a avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan.

In addition to his wife Janice Broker Kowell
Son: Daniel Kowell, Emporium
Daughter: Kim, Mrs. Dave Hallowell, Emporium
Daughter: Jackie, Mrs. George Sams, Emporium
4 Grandchildren
Sister: Anna Mae Kerr, Monessen, PA

Preceded in Death By:
Parents: Paul and Mary Watovich Kowell
2 Brothers: Paul and Joseph Kowell

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, Emporium on Friday from 6-8 PM followed by the Funeral Service at 8:00 PM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Abundant Life Tabernacle, officiating. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail following the funeral.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

CCMH joins national Partnership for Patients program

CCMH joins national Partnership for Patients program

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for its patients and community members.

The patient safety partnership is a new national initiative expected to help hospitals, employers, health plans, medical providers and patient advocates save lives and healthcare costs associated with preventable injuries and complications.

“We’re proud to be the first hospital in our region to participate in this important initiative,” said Cindi Hardesty, vice president and chief nurse executive. “Not only is this important for the safety of our patients but it complements our strategic planning goal to provide error free and coordinated care that is patient-centered, reliable and accessible.”

The partnership strives to decrease preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and decrease preventable complications during care transitions from one setting to another, thereby reducing readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. Over the next three years, these achievements are expected to impact millions of Americans by saving lives and preventing injuries while saving the healthcare system some $35 billion, including $10 billion in Medicare savings.

Ten areas of focus have been identified although reducing all forms of harm will be addressed. They are: adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated blood stream infections, injuries from falls and immobility, obstetrical adverse events, pressure ulcers, surgical site infections, venous thromboembolism, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and other hospital-acquired conditions.

CCMH has started participating in a series of educational webinars and plans to educate staff, board members, corporate advisors, wellness committee and the public about the partnership. In addition, the hospital has started to reach out to partner agencies to discuss how they can improve care together. Hardesty noted that this partnership also promotes the sharing of ideas. If an organization is excelling in one of the focus areas, they can share success stories with others so everyone can improve, she said.

The success of this initiative will reveal a joint effort by everyone across the healthcare system including hospitals, health plans, physicians, nurses, employers, unions, patients and families, patient advocates, and federal and state government. To join the partnership or to review a list of existing participants, visit

“It’s about a commitment from everyone in the community and we’re encouraging everyone to sign on and take the pledge,” Hardesty said.