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Rabies Clinic

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Schnauzer dog found in Mitchell Hollow area.

Schnauzer dog found in Mitchell Hollow area. Call Teacher's Pet Rescue 274-0383.

Roulette Ambulance To Allegheny River Campground

At 7:42 pm on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Allegheny River Campground for a medical call on the other side of the river. State Police have been notified. EMT's have been advised to await State Police before going to the scene.

MVA With Injury In Bradford Township

2 Car MVA At High Street & Minard Run Road
At 6:28 pm on Saturday, Bradford Township Fire Rescue and Bradford City Ambulance have been dispatched to Minard Run & High Street for a 2 car motor vehicle accident.

Reporting 5 occupants, one minor injury.

Eldred Uses Jaws To Extricate Two From Crashed Pickup

Eldred Boro Fire Department extricated two people from this pickup truck that rolled over on it's side Friday morning at 12:20 am on the Barnum Road just before Smith's Fire Service. One person was flown to an out of town hospital. Another was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. More photos and video are available on Eldred Boro Fire Dept. Facebook Site.

Fire Dept. Responding To Rupture

Natural Gas Line Rupture
At 1:47 on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a natural gas line rupture on Rt. 155.

Shirley A. Inshetski, 77, formerly of East Main Street

Shirley A. Inshetski, 77, formerly of East Main Street, passed away, Friday, July 1st, 2011, at the Bradford Manor.

Born June 10, 1934, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Clayton H. and Lucy (Chiodo) Troutman.

On January 27, 1962 in Buffalo New York she married Gerald Inshetski who died March 23, 2008.

Mrs. Inshetski was a 1953 graduate of Bradford High School. She attended the Buffalo Bible Institute. She had been employed at Zippo Mfg. in the accounting department for many years retiring in 1996. She loved spending time with her nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church

Surviving is a sister, Donna (Bruce) Kinney, two brothers, Clayton Troutman and Joseph Troutman all of Bradford, several nieces, nephews and special friend Agnes Moyer. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother Donald Troutman.

Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 from 11:00 to 1:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave. where funeral and committal services will be held at 1:00pm with Rev. Leon Canfield, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in McKean Memorial Park.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Woman's SS # Used To Obtain Unemployment Benefits / Was A Mistake

Troopers investigated a possible Identity Theft involving a Ulysses woman.

Someone used the woman's social security number to obtain unemployment benefits during the winter months of 2010/2011.

Investigation determined that the incident was likely as the result of a mistake by the Department of Labor & Industry.

Man Ejected In Genesee Township Crash

A Ulysses man and his passenger were injured last Tuesday in a one vehicle crash on Route 449 south of Perry Road in Genesee Township.

Jason R. Becker Sr., 27, of Genesee, PA and his passenger, Jillian R. Sawyer, 23, of Whitesville, NY, were transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital by Genesee Ambulance.

The 8:40 pm crash occurred as Becker's 1987 Toyota 4 Runner was traveling north on Rt. 449, about 1/2 mile south of the intersection with Rag Hill Road. His vehicle traveled off the roadway for unknown reasons and subsequently struck a culvert on the eastern shoulder area. After striking the culvert, the Toyota became airborne and subsequently rolled over on the eastern shoulder, comning to rest over a small embankment on the east side of Rt. 449.

Becker and Sawyer were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Becker was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, and both sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash.

Becker was charged with (not)Driving vehicle at Safe Speed. Genesee Fire Department and Ambulance assisted troopers at the scene.

Randy E. Stuckey, 56, of Newell Creek Road, Eldred., PA

ELDRED, PA -Randy E. Stuckey, 56, of Newell Creek Road passed away Thursday (June 30, 2011) at the Bradford Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.

Born March 18, 1955 in Port Allegany, he was a son of Truman and Treva Butner Stuckey.

Mr. Stuckley had resided in Manassas, Va., for several years before moving back to Newell Creek.

He attended Port Allegany Schools and was employed as a construction laborer. He loved being in the woods and enjoyed hiking, hunting, fishing, and being in the nature.

Surviving besides his mother are a brother, Larry Stuckey of Eldred; for sisters, Peggy (Paul) Maynard of Eldred, Janet Stuckey of Lewis Run, Lisa Hannahs of Eldred and Vicki (Gary) Butler of Roulette; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Stanley Stuckey in 1991.

Friends may call at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred on Saturday (July 2, 2011) from noon to 2 p.m., at which time funeral and committal services will be held, with the Rev. Glenn Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville, N.Y.

MVA Bingham TWP

At 10:56 AM on Sat Station 37 and Medic 6 were dispatched to the scene of a MVA at 2162 Bingham Center Rd. One vehicle a motorcycle and one injury.
Genesee and Medic 6 were recalled at 11:14

Another Family Experiencing Methane In Water Well From Drilling

Tioga County family struggles with methane in its well water

July 2, 2011
By CHERYL R. CLARKE - , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

WELLSBORO - A Charleston Township family's experience with natural gas drilling has become the latest story of contaminated well water associated with nearby drilling, in the ongoing Marcellus Shale saga, according to family member Jeremiah Gee. More...

Mader artwork on display at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Mader artwork on display at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Julie Mader of Smethport has a variety of artwork on display at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Irwin Medical Arts Center as part of the hospital’s Community Art Showcase.

Mader loves capturing the beauty of the area’s streams, hillsides, landmarks and people; she will paint or draw to fulfill a specific commission as well as create pieces for the pure joy that it brings to her. Inspiration for her artwork can come from something as simple as the sunlight on a meadow or the music she’s listening to.

To share her enthusiasm for art, she teaches several workshops in the area for aspiring artists of all ages. “I have always had a passion for art and have been drawing for my circle of family and friends since I could handle a crayon. Now that circle is rippling outward and I consider myself quite fortunate to be able to share my view of the world with others.”

She has artwork for sale in shops throughout the area and has been a featured artist in recent fine art events including Art in the Wilds in Kane and Routes to Art in Olean, NY. Her artwork has been reproduced as both limited and open edition prints, notecards, postage cancellations and even as a collector’s plate. A sampling of Mader’s artwork can be seen on her website

The Community Art Showcase features artists for about six to eight weeks. The project has featured Jessie Vaughn, Karen Wolf , Pat Bosworth, Alyson Leach, Leslie Kelley, Suzan Richar, Curt Weinhold, Naomi Keller, Heather Chilson, Lindsey Francis, Maxine Shear, Mercedes Schwartz, Jody Osburn, Elizabeth Coyle, Megan Mesler, Jenna Maxson, Joan Stromberg, Elaine Russell, Mel Graber, Dom Basile, Tyler Beacker, Chris Cizek, Billie Jackson, Rachel Seeley, Shelly Mainus, Logan Smith, Chris Kirby, and Shiann Snyder

Photo: Julie Mader shows a sample of her art at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

CCMH Will Offer Heel Screenings

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will offer heel screenings from 1 to 3 p.m., July 15 at the Women’s Health Center in hospital’s Irwin Medical Arts Center. The cost is $10. Call 274-8200 for an appointment.

Heel screenings give patients a preliminary bone density score (T score) in a matter of minutes. Low scores typically call for a more thorough exam. Those who should receive a heel screening include women over 65 or who have had an early menopause or hysterectomy or other hormonal depletion, men over 70, men and women taking certain medications or certain cancer treatments, those with risk factors or a disease or condition that can cause bone loss, and men and women who eat a low calcium diet or have had significant height loss.

MVA On Main Street In Coudersport


Coudersport Fire & Ambulance are on scene of a reported two vehicle accident near McDonalds on Main Street in Coudersport. A dump truck & a pickup truck are reported involved with no injuries and one vehicle into the WFRM Studio building. All Dept. 48 Units returning & Available at 8:47.

Gerri Miller, formerly of WFRM, has posted a photo on her website. The office area destroyed in the crash was her former office.

Summer Estates & Consignments Auction Saturday, July 2, In Allegany, NY

Lg. quantity nursery stock-Household goods- estates-Antiques-Tools-Collectibles-Griswold collection-consignments accepted.


Morgan AM&T Seeks Shift Supervisor For Coudersport Facility

Opening For Manufacturing Engineer At Coudersport AM&T Facility

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

Friday, July 1, 2011



Roulette Ambulance To Route 6 For Medical

At 11:51 pm on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Route 6 for a medical call.

Scam Report

Scam Report
My grandmother has received 2 calls stating she owes the IRS $17,ooo.oo. they wanted her to send them half of the payment and I ask them to give me the number they were calling from and they hung up on me both times. I knew it was a scam, my gramma is 92 and NO way does she owe the IRS!! I did report it to the State police.

Franklin J. “Pete” Peterson, Jr., 79, of 20 Cornen Street, Bradford, PA

Franklin J. “Pete” Peterson, Jr., 79, of 20 Cornen Street, Bradford, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the Pavilion at BRMC.

He was born on December 18, 1931 in Bradford, the son of the late Franklin J. and Lillian I. Haven Peterson, Sr.

He was a graduate of the Bradford Area High School.

He was employed by Dresser, Inc. for many years.

He was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church, he was a former member of the Zem Zem Shriners and he was a former board member for the North Central Pennsylvania Office of Human Services. He was very involved with the Bradford Area Senior Center.

He is survived by two sons, Dennis (Sandra) Peterson, Easton, PA, Daniel (Laura) Peterson, San Diego, CA, one daughter, Diane (Gregory) Clark, Bradford, one sister, Phyllis (Richard) Daggett, Haines City, FL, six grandchildren, Ambi, Nicole, Brianna, Eric, Melanie, Ava, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 4, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Emanuel Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held at the church at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 with the Rev. Mary Houck officiating.

Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 152 Seaward Avenue, Bradford.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Geraldine L. Anderson, 76, of Creek Side Dr., Roulette, PA

ROULETTE- Geraldine L. Anderson, 76, of Creek Side Dr., passed away Friday (July 1, 2011) unexpectedly, in Port Allegany.

Born April 22, 1935, in Coneville, PA, she was a daughter of Roland and Lucille Lloyd Roberts. On Nov. 25, 1951, in Roulette, she married F. David Norton, who died May 20, 1993. In December 1976, in Coudersport, she married William Anderson, who died Oct. 10, 1977.

Mrs. Anderson was employed as a nurse with Hewitt Manor in Shinglehouse, and later with Bradford Pavilion. She also did private nursing care, before her retirement.

She was a longtime resident of the area and a graduate of the Erlanger Hospital School of Nursing, Chattanooga, TN, Class of 1985.

She was a member of the Chestnut Street Baptist Church of Port Allegany, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and member of the church choir.

Surviving are two sons, Michael R. (Karen) Norton of Ninevah, IN, and Patrick D. (Jane) Norton of Fairland, IN; two daughters, Michelle A. (Henry “Yogi”) Hatcher of Roulette, PA, Tammy L. Turnage of Seven Springs, NC; 12 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; two brothers, William (Kathy) Roberts of Rixford, and Darwin (Donna) Roberts of Roulette; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband William, three brothers, Lawrence Roberts, Marvin Roberts, Joseph Roberts; and two sisters, Arlene Stewart and Pauline Roberts.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday (July 5, 2011) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. with Rev. H.D. Youngblood, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Hebron.

Memorials can be made to the Chestnut Street Baptist Church or Roulette Ambulance.

My yellow lab pup is missing

My yellow lab pup is missing.

Shes 1 year old and fixed, and microchipped.

She is very friendly, her name is Sandie!!!!!!!!

She has an orange collar with 2 tags on it.

Reward offered


Head On Crash Of 4 Wheeler & Car in Tioga County


This crash is reported between a 4 wheeler and a motor vehicle head-on. The operator of the 4 wheeler is injured.

MVA In Emporium Area

Rollover Crash
At 7:18 pm on Friday, Emporium Fire & Ambulance personnel are on scene of a pickup truck rollover accident west of Emporium. One patient is not entrapped.

Fireworks Saturday Night At Galeton

Fired Arkansas Worker Accused Of Damaging Gas Pipeline

Man Indicted for Allegedly Damaging a

Marcellus Shale Pipeline
United States Attorney Peter J. Smith today announced the return of a two-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg against Henry Virgil Benton charging him with damaging a Marcellus Shale natural gas pipeline in Cogan House Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania in June 2011.

The indictment alleges that after being fired from the company which constructed the pipeline, Benton, of Bradford, Arkansas, used a track hoe to excavate the pipeline and then damage, dent and open holes in it. According to the indictment the pipeline is owned by Chief Oil and Gas, LLC, a Dallas, Texas company. The construction contractor was Holloman Corporation, Houston, Texas.

If convicted on all the charges against him, Benton, age 44, faces a maximum imprisonment term of 40 years, a five-year period of supervised release, a fine of up to $500,000, and a special assessment of $200. More...

Fatal Crash Closes Rt. 219 North Of Salamanca

Driver of rental van killed in crash,
Rt. 219 closed North of Salamanca

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) - The driver of a rental van is dead after State Police say it appears he swerved into the path of a semi on Route 219 Friday afternoon. More...

DEP Seeks Applications for Watershed Protection, Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Project Funding

DEP Seeks Applications for Watershed Protection, Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Project Funding
Application Deadline is Aug. 26

The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that grant applications are now being accepted for watershed protection and restoration and Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) projects under the Growing Greener Plus program, which allows applicants to seek funding for a variety of projects through a single application process.

“We are glad to provide whatever support we can to local communities and watershed groups to fund projects that enhance and protect Pennsylvania’s water quality,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “That includes projects that address mining land reclamation and acid mine drainage treatment systems, stream bank improvements and agricultural best-management practices.”

In this round of grants, DEP will invest in projects that protect watersheds from impairment due to nonpoint source pollution or that will restore damaged waterways. Examples of priority areas include restoration activities to reduce pollutant load in impaired watersheds for which Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) have been developed, projects located in “priority” watersheds to reduce the source of impairment and “priority” activities that lead to water quality restoration and protection.

Eligible projects should be aimed at reducing nonpoint source pollution in watersheds where streams are impaired, implementing agricultural and stormwater best management practices, developing a hydrologic unit plan or qualified hydrologic unit for mining-related projects in watersheds and supporting the establishment of riparian buffers, among other goals.

Through the same process, applicants can also apply for funding through the department’s SMCRA grant program and Section 319 nonpoint source grant program. Section 319 grants focus on funding projects similar to Growing Greener but with special emphasis on targeted watersheds.

Eligible applicants for watershed protection and 319 grants are counties, authorities and other municipalities; county conservation districts; councils of governments; DEP-recognized watershed organizations that promote local watershed conservation efforts; and other authorized organizations involved in restoring and protecting the environment.

Municipalities, municipal authorities and incorporated non-profit organizations are eligible for SMCRA grants.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Aug. 26. If hand-delivered, DEP’s Grants Center must receive application packages by 4 p.m. that day. Late submissions will not be considered.

The Environmental Stewardship Fund, which supports the Growing Greener Watershed Protection Grant Program, is funded through municipal waste disposal fees.

For more information on Growing Greener or to request an application package, email, call 717-705-4500 or visit DEP’s website at, keyword: Growing Greener.

Tempory Signals Placed For Betula Bridge Rehab In Norwich Township

McKean County
McKean County Bridge Job on Route 2002 Will Feature Temporary Signals
Work gets underway Tuesday, July 5

Clearfield – Area drivers will encounter temporary signals as rehabilitation work gets underway July 5 on the Potato Creek Bridge on Route 2002 in McKean County.

The bridge is located near the village of Betula in Norwich Township.

The temporary signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern as crews perform rehabilitation work on the bridge. Concrete barrier will be in place through the work zone. The lane closure will remain in effect until work is completed in October.

Work includes rehab of abutments and piers, new bridge beams and concrete deck, and new barriers and guide rail. This work is part of a $2.3 million rehabilitation project for the repair of five bridges in Cameron, Clearfield, McKean and Potter counties. The contractor for all five bridges is Swank Associated Companies, Inc. of New Kensington, PA.

For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at
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Cat Found By McDonalds In Coudersport

This cat was found by McDonalds in Coudersport and followed us home. Unsure of the gender but pretty sure its a boy. He/She is very friendly and clean so we don't think its a stray. If anyone knows who's cat this is call or text 585-694-6518 or 814-558-2854.

37th Annual Bark Peeler's Convention July 2 & 3, 2011

  • Refuge Keeper Skit
  • Music by Sadie Green Sales
  • Food Available on Grounds
  • Handcrafted Products available at Craft Tent
  • Rich Pawling's History Alive
10:00 AM

Admission 12 and up $10.00
Children 3-11 $3.00
Under 3 FREE

Log Birling Contest

Cross Cut Competition

Chain Saw Carving

Greased Pole Competition

Frog Jumping Contest

This advertisement sponsored by Curt Weinhold Photography

MVA on Minard Run Road

MVA on Minard Run Road
At 1:39 pm on Friday, Bradford City Ambulance has been dispatched to a MVA at 240 Minard Run Road.

Man Hurt in Minard Run Road Wreck

One person was hurt in an accident at about 1:30 Friday afternoon on Minard Run Road.

Bradford Township police say a Jeep driven by 79-year-old Thomas Keane and a pickup truck driven by 59-year-old Fred Waldeck were both traveling east when the truck stopped to pick up a passenger, and the Jeep hit the back of the truck.

Waldeck was taken to BRMC for treatment of arm and neck pain.

MVA Reported At Rt. 66 & Rt. 948 South Of Kane

Address: ROUTE 948 and ROUTE 66
Cross Streets: ROUTES 66 948
7/1/2011 1:23:04 PM


Potter County Commissioners Meeting Agenda June 30, 2011

A Walk to End Alzheimer’s Community Kick-Off Meeting

A Walk to End Alzheimer’s Community Kick-Off Meeting

Thursday, July 14th 5pm – 6pm

at Sweden Valley Manor (outside if weather permits)

RSVP to Samantha Cossman by July 11th –

(814) 274-7610 or

Join us for a picnic dinner and learn about the importance of A Walk to End Alzheimer’s (formerly known as Memory Walk).

Find out about our summer fundraising efforts and how to participate in the walk on October 1, 2011.

Hope to see you there!

Potter County VA Clinic To Expand Hours

Potter County VA Clinic To Expand Hours Starting Sept. 1

June 30th, 2011

us-deptofveteransaffairs-seal-largeAn update on the Potter County Veterans Clinic was presented during today’s meeting of the Potter County Commissioners. Brandon Gardner, a representative from the Bath (N.Y.) VA Medical Center, which operates the local clinic, announced that effective Sept. 1 the clinic will offer expanded operating hours. It will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Gardner said the VA also plans to periodically bring medical specialists to Potter County facility through the use of a mobile clinic, complete with examination/treatment rooms.

Potter County Veterans’ Primary Care Office and Outreach Center opened last July at the county’s Maple View property (24 Buffalo Street), just off Rt. 872, south of the Rt. 6 intersection in east Coudersport. The center is staffed by personnel trained to process new enrollments, update patient information, conduct screenings and deliver primary care and/or referrals, depending on each individual veteran’s needs. More information is available at (814) 260-9342. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling that number. Anyone with general inquiries about VA services can call 1-877-845-3247.

Gardner said the VA was very pleased with the clinic’s first year of operation. More than 300 military veterans from Potter County have enrolled for care and more are being added to the rolls each week, he noted. The VA has launched a concerted effort to reach out to veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. Potter County’s total veteran population is about 1,700, Gardner said, adding that approximately 800 of them are eligible for the most VA services based on income and other criteria. He expressed his appreciation to the commissioners and Veterans Affairs Director Lenny Kalkbrenner for partnering with the VA to expand local veterans’ services and establish the clinic.

Fastrak Results At McKean County Raceway


By Mike Leone

“Starting up front is so important,” explained the 25-year-old Cranberry Township, Pa. racer. “The track is in really nice shape, but it’s still sometimes a hard track to pass on. Max (Blair) wants to win more than anyone, but he jumped the start and we got the lead back. I have to thank everyone that helps out on the crew and car owner Lynn Geisler for making this possible.” Pegher was able to muscle his way to the lead over Blair, John Lacki, Robbie Marhefka, and Bob Kish on the opening lap. Andrew Wylie spun to bring out the first caution with two laps completed. When racing resumed, Marhefka raced past Lacki to steal third. Kish, who had a great run going slowed to bring out the second caution with four laps completed. More...

Coudersport Swimming Pool Swim Lessons

Coudersport Swimming Pool Swim Lessons

Session Three
July 4 through July 8, 2011

Level One, - 11 A.M.
Drew Tomak, David Tomak, Gabriella Salmone, Lorenzo Salmone, William Boscia, Justin White

Level Two - 10 A.M.
Morgan Rapp, Gavyn Ayers, Maddison Goodrick, Gideon Morley, Silas Morley, Drew Kelner, Sophia Snowman, Dylan Foster, Shannon Curfman

Level Three - 10 A.M.
Erik Keiner, Lindsay White,

Level Six - 9 A.M.
Justin Andrus

2 Car MVA West of Lantz Corners

2 Car MVA West of Lantz Corners
At 11:17 am on Friday, Mount Jewett Fire Rescue and Ambulance along with Medic 5 (Kane) have been dispatched to Route 6, a mile west of Lantz Corners for a 2 car MVA. On scene report indicated no injuries.

Roxie G. Meyers, 78, of Bolivar, NY

Roxie G. Meyers
“retired NYS trooper”

BOLIVAR, NY---Roxie G. Meyers, 78, of Bolivar, NY, died in his home after a lengthy illness on Thursday, June 30, 2011, with his loving wife by his side.

Born January 17, 1933 in York, PA, he was a son of Edward and Marie Meyers. On August 8, 1953 in Washington, D.C., he married Elaine R. Visseau, who survives.

Mr. Meyers graduated from high school in Buffalo, NY. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy having served during the Korean War attaining the rank of Leading Seaman for the Ceremonial Guard, a duty of which he was extremely proud. Following his time in the Navy, Mr. Meyers joined the New York State Police, where he was served in several stations throughout the state. He retired on January 17, 1982 with his last duty station being in Wellsville.

He was a member of Macedonia Lodge #258 F. & A.M. in Bolivar; a member of the Coudersport Consistory; a member of the Association of Former New York State Troopers, Allegheny Mountains Chapter; a member of the American Association of State Troopers; and a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530.

Surviving besides his wife of 57 years are a son, Robert E. (Dawn) Meyers of Attica, NY; and two grandsons.

Mr. Meyers was predeceased by his daughter, Lynn M. Roshia, who died on July 5, 2004.

In keeping with Roxie’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

Flowers are gratefully declined.

Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Western New York, 112 Park Ave, Wellsville, NY 14895.

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

Dennis A. Colwell Jr., 17, of Coleville, formerly of Bradford, PA

COLEVILLE, PA- Dennis A. Colwell Jr., 17, of Coleville, formerly of Bradford, passed away Monday (June 27, 2011) following a brief illness.

Born Nov. 23, 1993, in Libertyville, Ill., he was the son of Dennis A. Colwell Sr. and Susan E. Hiertz.

Dennis was a junior at Smethport Area High School. He had resided in Bradford for many years before moving to Coleville.

He attended the Smethport Christian & Missionary Alliance Church. Dennis was ambassador to the Muscular Dystrophy Association firefighters' boot drive and he always attended the annual MDA Camp in Pittsburgh. He also received services and participated in the activities at Care for Children in Bradford.

Dennis loved drawing, video games, radio-controlled monster trucks and animals. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends and making them laugh.

Surviving besides his mother, Susan (Frederick Strait Jr.) Hiertz of Bradford, are his maternal grandparents, Charles and Catherine Hiertz of Salem, Wis.; an aunt, Laural (Don) Villiard of Riverview, Mich.; two cousins, Wyatt and Lillian; special friends, Ozzy, Rhonda, Derick, Ashlie and Kiel, Howard, Rose, Rosie, Beth, Johnny and Freddie; and additional special friends, Brian and Colette Henry.

He was predeceased by an uncle, Patrick Hiertz.

Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred, where funeral and committal services will be held Friday (July 1, 2011) at 1 p.m. The Rev. Jerry Hunter, pastor of the Smethport Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, will officiate. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Kenosha, Wis.

Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Erie, Pa., or the McKean County SPCA.

Accident Reported On Barnum Road In Eldred Township

MVA On Barnum Road
At 12:20 am on Friday, Eldred Township Fire Dept., Eldred Boro Ambulance and Priority Care Medic have been dispatched to a one car accident on the Barnum Road in Eldred Township, just past Smith's Fire Service. The car is reported on it's side.
Two occupants are reported still in the vehicle. Unknown if entrapment.

Otto Township Ambulance 9 has been added to this dispatch.

A Mercy Flight helicopter is airborne to a LZ at Eldred township Fire Hall.

Station 4 Dispatched for rescue at 12:46 am. Extended extrication time reported.

85th Birthday Open House Celebration For Vernice Irons Saturday

Everyday Specials At Potter County Beverage

Morgan AM&T Seeks Shift Supervisor For Coudersport Facility

Opening For Manufacturing Engineer At Coudersport AM&T Facility

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Estates & Consignments Auction Saturday, July 2, In Allegany, NY

Lg. quantity nursery stock-Household goods- estates-Antiques-Tools-Collectibles-Griswold collection-consignments accepted.


It’s Summer…Is Your Car Safe to Drive?

It’s Summer…Is Your Car Safe to Drive?
By Adam Johnson
State Farm® Agent

Summer is here and that means it’s time for vacations, cookouts and summer road trips. Before you jump into the family vehicle, have you done everything you could to ensure safe travels? If not, you may want to think twice about driving “Old Faithful” across the country or across town to a BBQ.

We all know with summer comes extreme heat, which can wreak havoc on a car. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure you keep your car in its best operating condition. Get your oil changed. Every 3,000 miles, or every three to six months, is usually the amount of time between oil changes. (It’s also not a bad idea to rotate your tires every other oil change to ensure equal wear.) Oil is critical to the function of an engine. Not changing the oil can lead to increased wear and tear on the engine, which could decrease performance.

An underperforming engine can lead to many other problems. Check all engine fluid levels (along with coolant, transmission and brake fluids). Have your vehicle inspected. Before going on long road trips, it is highly suggested you have your vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic. They will be able to diagnose and assess any issues your vehicle may have. Check your tire pressure (including the spare). For the most part, vehicles can lose about one pound of pressure per month. Driving on underinflated tires can lead to increased gas consumption, and more wear and tear on the tires among other things. Above all, it just isn’t safe.

Not only do you want to make sure your vehicle is mechanically sound, but you also want to make sure you keep the proper necessities available in your car. If you were to become stranded somewhere, do you have items that would make your wait a little less painful?

Here are just a few items you’ll want to make sure you keep in your car, not only in the summer months, but year round. Flashlight, flares, and a first-aid kit Jumper cables A mat or blanket Extra clothes and gloves (you never know when you may have to go under the hood or the car) Paper towels Extra washer fluid Nonperishable food Water Basic tools (1)

Now that you’ve had your car inspected and you’ve stocked your trunk with the proper necessities, you should be ready to go. Remember to get plenty of rest before you drive long distances. Safe, happy travels to you!

Causer Praises Welfare Reform Measures In New Budget

Causer Praises Reforms in Welfare Budget

HARRISBURG Working to protect taxpayers and put a stop to fraud in the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), the state House has adopted a series of welfare reform measures as part of the 2011-12 state budget, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

“Welfare spending skyrocketed 62 percent during the Rendell administration, due in large part to their unwillingness to take action despite significant evidence of waste, fraud and abuse in the system,” Causer said. “The welfare system must be accountable to the taxpayers who fund it, and these reforms represent an important step toward that goal.”

House Bill 960 requires DPW to use an electronic cross-reference system to provide a 19-point check on an applicant’s eligibility and create a standard fraud detection system to stop fraud before it starts. It also requires the department to subject drug felons who are applying for benefits or already receiving benefits to random drug testing. This will ensure welfare benefits are not being used to subsidize drug abuse.

The measure clarifies that people are only eligible for benefits based on the levels allowed in their county of residence, regardless of where they apply. This is important because cash benefit levels different from count to county, which has prompted some to “shop around” for the highest benefit rates.

Finally, House Bill 960 requires an overhaul of the fraud-laden Special Allowance Program.

“The welfare system is meant to help those who truly need it, and every dollar wasted or spent fraudulently takes support away from people in need, and from every single taxpayer in the Commonwealth,” Causer said. “It’s time to put a stop to it.”

While Causer is pleased to see these four reforms incorporated into the budget, he said lawmakers will continue their efforts to enact additional reforms outlined earlier this year in the House Republican WelFAIR (Fairness, Accountability, Integrity and Responsibility) proposal:

  • Using photo identification to make sure benefits aren’t misused.
  • Strengthening legal penalties for those who commit welfare fraud.
  • Reducing abuse in a welfare program that helps people truly in need get to and from doctor appointments, pharmacy visits, methadone clinics, dialyses treatments, physical therapy and other medical appointments.
  • Prohibiting the purchase of tobacco with welfare benefit cards.

For more information about the WelFAIR initiative, visit

Ceglia Changes Lawyers In Facebook Case

Man Threatens To Kill State Trooper

Man Threatens To Kill State Trooper
An Osceola, PA man has been jailed after allegedly threatening to kill a state police corporal during an altercation Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Wal-Mart.

State police were called to the store at about 5:30 pm on a report of a customer being loud and disorderly. When Cpl. Douglas Smith tried to speak to 41 year old Garon Russell in the parking lot, he continued yelling and screaming. When Officer Jamie Jones of the Mansfield Borough Police Department arrived to help Russell allegedly threatened to kill Cpl. Smith and said the officers were “Mafia Trash.”

When Cpl. Smith advised Russell he was under arrest, Smith allegedly threatened again to kill him. Russell reportedly resisted both officers’ attempts to take him into custody and pulled away, then swung at Cpl. Smith who then used a taser, striking Russell in the chest. Russell then bent over and was able to pull one of the probes out and started to run from the parking lot, chased by both officers.

Cpl. Smith fired another taser shot, which brought Russell to the ground. Russell reportedly continued to resist but was finally handcuffed by the officers. Trp. Thomas Wool from the Criminal Investigation Unit arrived and completed the arrest, charging Russell with two counts each of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and one of criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

Police said Russell was determined to be “unfit for arraignment” by District Judge Philip Sweet and was committed to the Tioga County Prison. More local & Regional news...

Ann The Scammer Joins Up With Rachel The Scammer

Rachel the scammer, who rings your phone and wants to lower your credit card rates even if you don't have any, has a new associate. Her name is Ann and she spouts the same scam as Rachel, so if you don't know already, it's as scam. Just hang up.

Vehicle Fire On Rt. 120 Reported Out

Address: 13852 ROUTE 120
Agency: CAMERON CO 14 FD
6/30/2011 8:52:56 PM

Roulette Fire To Port Allegany For Standby Assignment

Roulette Fire Dept. Dispatched To Port Allegany
At 8:49 pm on Thursday, Roulette Fire Dept. has been dispatched to send one engine company to Port Allegany.

Fire Reported In Tractor-Trailer On Rt. 155 South of Port Alllegany

Trailer Fire South Of Port Allegany
At 8:12 pm on Thursday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a fire in a tractor-trailer trailer on a property south of Port Allegany on Rt. 155. Sparks from a burning barrel have set the vehicle on fire.

Sean Theodore Peet Memorial Service Saturday

Sean Theodore Peet

Born May 23, 1968, Coudersport, PA to Robert Theodore and Shelley Deborah
(Heymann) Peet

Died January 29, 2011, San Pedro, CA

Survived by son Aiden Zane, father Robert Theodore Peet of San Pedro, CA,
step-father Donald Betz of Towson, MD, brothers Ross Peet of New York City
and Jeffrey Betz of Austin, TX.

Predeceased by his mother Shelley Deborah Betz.

Graduate of Delaney Valley High School, Towson, MD. Worked at Oregon Grill,
Cockeysville, MD.

Memorial Service was held Feb. 27, 2011, St. Luke's Presbyterian Church,
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA.

A celebration of Sean's life will be held at 10 am July 2, 2011 at the Coudersport First United Presbyterian Church, 402 North Main St. Dress will be summer casual. Reception to be announced immediately following the service.

Olga's Italian Night Menu For Thursday

Corbett Signs Bill To Rob 3 % From Elderly Property Tax Relief

Older Adults Robbed In Bill Signed Today

Editor note: Buried in the body of a news release today is a new bill signed into law today by Governor Corbett that robs 3% from the Lottery account that provides property tax relief and reduced-fare transit service for older adults. This is just one of the shell games of robbing Peter to pay Paul to give the illusion that they have cut the budget. It's simply a matter of taking your money from a different pocket. They probably hoped nobody would notice what they did.

House Bill 986:
The bill amends the Act of August 26, 1971 (P.L. 351, No. 91), known as the State Lottery Law, so that in fiscal years beginning before July 1, 2015, no less than 27 percent of the total revenues accruing from the sale of lottery tickets or shares shall be dedicated to property tax relief or reduced-fare transit service for older adults.

After June 30, 2015, the percentage of revenues dedicated for these purposes shall return to the rate of 30 percent as provided in the 1996 amendment to the law.

The bill also requires the Department of Revenue to submit annual public reports detailing lottery profits and plans for increasing future profits.

To read the full text of the bills signed into law today, visit the General Assembly's website at

Corbett Signs Bill To Extend Workmen's Comp To Small Business Owners

Governor Corbett Signs Workers' Compensation Reform Bill to Aid Small Businesses

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today signed into law House Bill 440, a measure that expands the availability of workers' compensation coverage to small businesses.

The new law authorizes insurers, including the State Workers' Insurance Fund, or SWIF, to voluntarily provide workers' compensation coverage to sole proprietors, partners in partnerships and members of limited liability companies.

"The small-business community has waited too long for this reform. I am pleased that we are finally able to provide a crucial segment of our economy with this deserved protection," Corbett said. "This law is important progress toward making Pennsylvania the preferred state in which to start or run a business."

Specifically, Gov. Corbett said the new law will:

Extend the availability of workers' compensation coverage to sole proprietors, partners in partnerships and members of a limited liability company;
Transfer $4 million from the Workers' Compensation Administration Fund to the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund to ensure the latter's solvency; and
Have no adverse effect on the state's General Fund or SWIF, and place no burden on the Department of Labor & Industry's Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

"Sole proprietors and other small businesses need access to the peace of mind afforded by workers' compensation coverage," said Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway. "This legislation makes that protection possible, ensuring that more Pennsylvanians injured on the job can make ends meet while they recover."

Find the Department of Labor & Industry online at

Robert W. Hunsinger, Sr., 89, of East Fork Road, Austin, PA

Robert W. Hunsinger, Sr., 89, of East Fork Road, Austin, died Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

Born on March 10, 1922 in Sweden Valley, he was the son of Ernest and Ivy May Fischer Hunsinger. On September 25, 1944 in Austin he married Shirley M. Purdy, who died on December 15, 2002.

Mr. Hunsinger was a lifelong resident of the Austin area. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the U. S. Army and had been stationed in Hawaii during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was formerly employed with Pierce Glass in Port Allegany. He attended the Austin Free Methodist Church, was an honorary member of the East Fork Sportsman’s Club, a lifetime member of the Austin Vets Club, and a member of Merrill’s Marauders.

Surviving are three daughters, Betty Foster and Ivy Lantzy, both of Austin, Shirley (Donald) Yates of Clayton, NC, one son, Robert W. (Gladys) Hunsinger, Jr. of Austin, 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three sisters, Virginia Purdy, Ola Maxine Mancuso, and June Adaresta Betts, and two brothers, Milton Ernest “Buck” Hunsinger and Irvin Jennings Hunsinger.

Friends may call at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport, on Saturday, July 2, 2011 from Noon until 2pm at which time funeral services will be held with the Reverend Roger Laktash officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin. Military rites will be accorded at the cemetery by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions maybe made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Hospice clinic to meet

Hospice clinic to meet

A Hospice Clinic will meet July 6 and 20 (every other Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital's Home Health and Hospice office. The meeting provides a variety of information for doctors, nurses, families, personal caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about area hospice services. Call 814/274-0384 for more information.

Administrative assistant Jackie Streb retires after 24 years at Pitt-Bradford


BRADFORD, Pa. – Jackie Streb, administrative assistant in the Division of Management and Education, is retiring this June after 24 years at Pitt-Bradford.

“I’m going to miss the people,” she said. “I loved working with everyone here, especially the students. They keep you young.”

Streb has held two secretarial positions throughout her tenure at the university, beginning in the Natural Science Division in 1987. After an academic restructuring in 2005, she was moved to her current position, where she has since been working with Division Chairwoman Betsy Matz, associate professor of business management.

“She’s great to work with; I see her as my partner here,” Matz said. “There are almost 60 people in this division, and it’s a lot to keep track of. From their schedules to syllabi to book orders – she is on top of everything.”

With her new-found spare time, Streb is looking forward to volunteering more through her church, but also finding time to do things for herself, such as enjoying her hobbies of cooking and sewing.

“Everything I have been doing has been for others, so now I think it’s my time to do a little more for me.”

Charles A. Traub, 89, of Germania, PA

Charles A. Traub, 89, of Germania, PA, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.

Born June 7, 1922 in Charleston Twp., PA, he was a son of the late Ervin W. and Jane E. (Smith) Traub. He attended the Abbott Twp. School.

On March 8, 1946, in Galeton, he married the former Marie Chamberlain, who survives.

Charlie owned and operated the Woodynook Farm in Germania until he retired in 2005. He raised prize winning Registered Holsteins and was a member of the PA State Holstein Association. Charlie was a member and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton, a 74 year member of the Pennsylvania State Grange, a former member of the West Branch Grange, a member of the Galeton Moose, a member of the Galeton VFW, a member of the Germania Fire Company, and he was an avid bowler.

Surviving besides his wife of 65 years, Marie Traub, are, a son, Dean Traub, Germania; a daughter, Carol Smith, Galeton; and a granddaughter, Heather Smith, Galeton. A Graveside Service will be held at the Germania Cemetery on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 11:00am with a luncheon following at the family’s home at 11:30am. The Rev. Karl W. O. Runser will officiate.

Flowers gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 19 Germania St., Galeton, PA 16922.

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

Fibromyalgia support group to meet

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a fibromyalgia support group at 6 p.m. July 11 (the second Monday of each month) in the hospital conference room.

Terri Cooney leads the group to provide support and education to patients, family, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about fibromyalgia. The group provides coping strategies and moral support as well as boost awareness about the illness. Since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2005, she has researched the illness extensively, including various treatment options.

Cooney is a retired high school English teacher with 16 years of experience. She is also a Reiki master and teacher and is experienced in a number of mind/body therapies such as meditation, biofeedback, yoga and hypnosis.

For more information, contact Cooney at or 814/225-4400.

Crowd Of 100 Hear Success Stories From Teen Challenge Participants

Potter County Committee Explores Teen Challenge
In an effort to introduce more resources to help with the growing number of problems of drug and alcohol addictions, the Potter County Area Committee for Teen Challenge hosted a presentation by Teen Challenge of Western New York on June 23rd at 7pm at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle.

Teen Challenge is a faith-based, residential treatment program for adults suffering with a drug or alcohol addiction.

The crowd of over 100 listened as participants in the program described their journey on the destructive path of addiction and their subsequent turn toward a “new life.”

The Teen Challenge choir sang and then spent time talking to those in attendance while enjoying assorted desserts.

One man from an upper middle class background stressed that addictions are not discriminatory. “No one is immune, rich or poor, young or old, those from good families, those from dysfunctional homes.” He watched a quarter of a million dollars go through his hands, spent a few years in prison, and then returned to drugs. Now he is experiencing and learning God's love through this program, and it is making the defining difference.

Teen Challenge of WNY is located in Buffalo, NY. Kurt Tarkington is the Director of this region that offers: residential care in a safe environment, individual and group counseling, work projects, structure and discipline, change in lifestye, multi-phased discipleship training, prevention programs, individual or group studies, and a caring staff and volunteers. (see

Dr. Joe Batluck, President and Executive Director of Teen Challenge Training Center, Inc. of Rehrersburg, PA described the program in detail. He is a retired Colonel and Chaplain in the U.S. Army.

Dr. Batluck gave the mission statement of Teen Challenge:
To help individuals with life-controlling issues have a life-changing experience through the application of biblical principles preparing them for sevice in the local church and community.

Teen Challenge is resource for those needing long-term, affordable, residential help with an addiction.

Members of the Teen Challenge Committee are working toward a treatment center in Potter County.

Members include Fern Burdick (Northern Tier Children's Home), Philip Vaughn (First Citizens National Bank), Sue Williams (Genesee Township Secretary), Bonnie French (Harrison Valley Township Secretary), Andy Watson (District Attorney), Susan Kefover (Commissioner), Melissa Gee (Director of Mental Health), Kevin Dusenbury (Coroner), Judy Sullivan (Tioga County Jail Ministry), Patti Bowman (Former Aide to Senator Rick Santorum), Rev. Connie Hubbard (Myrtle Gospel Tablernacle), Rev. Don Busch (Riverside Methodist Church Roulette and Fishing Creek), Julie Chitester (Secretary Gospel Taberacle), and Bill Orzechowski.

Breastfeeding support group to meet

Breastfeeding support group to meet

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a breastfeeding support group at 5:30 p.m., July 7 at the hospital’s obstetric unit. Moms and babies are invited for an evening of fellowship, sharing, and a time to ask questions. Expectant mothers can tour the OB unit prior to the meeting at 5 p.m. For more information, call 274-9301, ext. 1243.

Rep. Thompson Announces $2.4 Million Award For Tiny Troutville Boro For Sewers

Thompson Brings Home The Bacon For 300 Clearfield County Residents

$2,415,300. Awarded to Troutville Borough for Wastewater Collection System

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $2,415,300 to Troutville Borough, Clearfield County, for a wastewater collection system. The funding, a loan in the amount of $896,000 and grant in the amount of $1,519,300, was awarded through USDA’s Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

“Ensuring safe, clean water with environmentally sound collection and disposal is absolutely critical,” said Thompson. “This is a long-needed investment for the borough and the residents of Clearfield County will benefit greatly for years to come.”

USDA’s Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program provides financing for water, sanitary sewage, solid waste disposal and storm wastewater facilities for rural residents in communities of 10,000 population or less.

Troutville Borough, with a population less than 300, does not currently have a wastewater collection system. The proposed collection system will send all wastewater to the neighboring Sykesville Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“With Troutville having been unable to obtain the financing for this critical project, federal assistance and leverage is what was needed. Efficient management of the loan to grant ratio has afforded the maximum level of assistance with limited resources,” added Thompson. “Times are tight, but this is a wise investment and will be of great benefit to Troutville and the surrounding communities.”

USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loans are made based on the applicant's authority and the life expectancy of the system's project, which may be up to the maximum of 40 years. Troutville Borough will receive a 38 year loan.

The proposed wastewater collection system will cost a total of $2,500,300. Local public funds in the amount $85,000, for water connection and tap fees, will be contributed to the project.


BALD EAGLE NESTS SURPASS 200 MARK Game Commission to offer bald eagle viewing guides
HARRISBURG – America’s symbol of freedom and strength, the bald eagle, has surpassed a milestone of 200 active nests this year in the Commonwealth, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Coudersport Ambulance To Bank Street

At 3:24 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Bank Street for a medical emergency.

Thompson Announces Funding Availability

Thompson Announces Funding Availability for USDA Value-Added Producer Grants

Grants Help Agriculture Producers Develop Marketing Opportunities, Business Plans

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) this week announced the availability of approximately $37 million in Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) for Fiscal Year 2011, according to Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard. The VAPG Program, which provides economic assistance to help independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives and agricultural producer groups enter into value-added activities, began accepting grant applications on June 28, 2011.

The VAPG Program will assist independent agriculture producers in developing business plans for viable marketing opportunities. Cooperative Programs will competitively award funds for Planning Grants and Working Capital Grants directly related to the processing and marketing of value-added products. Value-added products are created when a producer increases the consumer value of an agricultural commodity in the production or processing stage.

Eligible applicants must meet eligibility requirements and receive USDA approval on the financial feasibility of the project or business venture. The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $100,000 and the maximum grant amount for a working capital grant is $300,000. Completed applications must be received no later than August 29, 2011.

Additional information on USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grant Program:

· Matching Funds: Grant funds may be used to pay up to 50 percent of the total eligible project costs, subject to the limitations established for maximum total grant amount.

· Preliminary Review: Applicants may submit drafts of their applications to their State Offices for a preliminary review no later than 30 days prior to the application deadline. The preliminary review is an informal assessment of grant eligibility.

· Simplified Applications: All applicants requesting less than $50,000 working capital grant funds may submit a simplified application. These applicants are not required to provide feasibility studies or business plans, but must demonstrate the expected increases in customer base and revenues.

For application assistance, please contact USDA. The representatives responsible for assisting in the preparation and receipt of grant applications originating in Northwest and Northeast Pennsylvania are as follows:

Northwest Pennsylvania Representative

Name: Mr. Barry Miller

Phone: 814-336-6155 EXT 110


Counties of jurisdiction: Warren, McKean, Potter, Venango, Forest, Elk, Cameron, Clinton, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield, and Centre.

Northeast Pennsylvania Representative

Name: Mr. Jack Kauffman

Phone: 610-791-9810 EXT 123


Counties of jurisdiction: Tioga and Lycoming.

For general questions regarding the USDA’s VAPG Program eligibility rules and application procedures, please visit the Federal Registry by clicking here.