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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Reporter Questions PSU Response To Allegations

Sandusky case, PSU's response a sad story

There's a question college football coaches are asked every autumn, even though the answer is never terribly revealing or important: Is this a good time for an off week?

Yesterday, Nov. 5, 2011, was a very good time for the open date at Penn State.

It was so much better than having the 84-year-old living-legend of a head coach marched into a postgame media room for some kind of question that, right here, I can only try to approximate.

"Joe, in light of the lurid details in the grand jury report on Jerry Sandusky, do you expect that you or any allegedly involved chain-of-command university officials up to and including president Graham Spanier can keep your jobs?" More...

Fall Back” to Standard Time on Sunday, November 6, 2011.



“Fall Back” to Standard Time on

Sunday, November 6, 2011.

When you “Change Your Clock”, remember to
“Change Your Battery”.

Change the batteries in your home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Woman Reported Problems Before Gas Compressor Station Fire

Gas blaze probed:
Neighbor says she had reported problems at site

Kathy Mellott
Tribune Democrat
ARTEMAS — A resident living about five miles from Thursday’s natural gas compressor station fire said she contacted Columbia Gas Transmission Co. two hours before the blaze broke out to report vibrations and a strong odor.

Chaneysville resident Mary McConnell said she telephoned the emergency number at Columbia at 10:32 p.m. Wednesday. She reported that her house was vibrating and she could smell a strong chemical odor.

“Wednesday night the house was vibrating,” she said.

The fire at the station was reported at 12:30 a.m. after what some local residents said was an explosion. Columbia, however, has yet to confirm any type of explosion. More...

Missing Boy Found/Search Terminated in St. Marys

Address: 158 N MICHAEL ST
Agency: ELKLAND SEARCH AND RESCUE & St. Marys Fire Dept.
11/5/2011 7:26:33 PM

St. Marys Fire Dept. and Elkland Search & Rescue were preparing to launch a search for a missing child on North Michael Street in that city when they were notified at 7:45 pm that the boy has been found.

Coudersport Ambulance To Trout Brook Road

At 7:31 pm on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance and Medic 6 have been dispatched to Trout Brook Road for a possible allergic reaction to medication.

Med 6 Dispatched to Cole Manor For a Medical Call

At 6:21 PM on Sat. Nov.5th Medic 6 and Dept 48 were dispatched to Cole Manor for a medical call.

Grand Jury Investigation Into Child Sex Allegations Results In 3 Arrests

Child sex charges filed against Jerry Sandusky; two top Penn State University officials charged with perjury & failure to report suspected child abuse

Gerald A. "Jerry" Sandusky

Timothy M. Curley

Gary C. Schultz

HARRISBURG-- Attorney General Linda Kelly and Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan today announced that criminal charges have been filed against three Centre County men as the result of an extensive and wide-reaching grand jury investigation into reports of the sexual abuse of children.

The defendants include:

  • Gerald Arthur "Jerry" Sandusky, age 67, of 130 Grandview Road, State College, former Defensive Coordinator for the Penn State University football team and founder of The Second Mile, a charitable organization that operates programs for young people.
  • Timothy Mark Curley, age 57, of 201 Meadowlark Lane, Boalsburg, the Director of Athletics for Penn State University.
  • Gary Charles Schultz, age 62, of 636 Rosslyn Road, Boalsburg, Senior Vice President for Finance and Business at Penn State University, a position that includes oversight of the Penn State University Police Department.

"This is a case about a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys," Kelly said. "It is also a case about high-ranking university officials who allegedly failed to report the sexual assault of a young boy after the information was brought to their attention, and later made false statements to a grand jury that was investigating a series of assaults on young boys."

"I hope people will understand that any suspicion of sexual abuse should be reported to the police," Commissioner Noonan said. "Sexual abuse is a serious issue and children are often scared to tell anyone about the abuse, many cases are hidden for years, but by informing the police they can stop it."

Kelly and Noonan said that evidence was presented to an investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges that were filed today. Testimony was heard from numerous victims and others who observed or reported suspicious activities, along with the submission of local and state records from the University Police, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and Children and Youth Services offices.

Kelly said the investigation by Pennsylvania State Police and the Attorney General's Office was initiated by a referral from then Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira. Originally, the case focused on the claims of "Victim 1," a young boy who reported that Sandusky had indecently assaulted him and engaged in various sex acts while the boy was a house guest at Sandusky's home in College Township, Centre County.

Kelly said the victim first encountered Sandusky through the Second Mile program, when he was 11 or 12 years old, attending a Second Mile camp on the Penn State University campus. Sandusky also allegedly used expensive gifts to maintain contact with the boy, including trips to professional and college sporting events, golf clubs, a computer, clothing and money.

According to the grand jury, Sandusky used overnight visits at his home to make physical contact with the boy, typically at bed time. The victim testified that Sandusky's advances began with "back cracking" and rubbing, later progressing to Sandusky performing sex acts on the boy and having the boy engage in similar activity with him.

Kelly said that Sandusky also allegedly used his position as a volunteer coach at a high school in Clinton County in order to continue contacting the victim, often calling the boy from study hall to have unsupervised "meetings" with Sandusky.

The grand jury also heard testimony from a wrestling coach at the high school about an unusual evening encounter at the school, where Sandusky was discovered lying face-to-face with the boy in a secluded weight room. Other high school officials testified that Sandusky was "clingy" and "needy" in his reaction to situations where boys he was supposedly mentoring would break-off their relationships, describing the behavior as "suspicious."

The grand jury noted that Sandusky was barred from the school district attended by the victim in 2009, after the boy's mother reported allegations of sexual assault to the school. That matter was promptly reported to authorities, as required by Pennsylvania law, a report that marked the start of an extensive investigation by Pennsylvania State Police and the Attorney General's Office.

The quick action by high school staff members in Clinton County in response to reports of a possible sexual assault by Sandusky is in marked contrast to the reaction of top officials at Penn State University, who had actually received a first-hand report of a sexual attack by Sandusky seven years earlier.

"One of the most compelling and disturbing pieces of testimony in this investigation came from an eyewitness to a late-night sexual assault that allegedly occurred in March of 2002, in the locker room of the Lasch Football Building on the University Park Campus," Kelly said. "Hearing what sounded like sexual activity in the showers of a building that was supposed to be empty, a graduate assistant reportedly observed Sandusky sexually assaulting a naked boy who appeared to be about 10 years old."

According to the grand jury, the graduate assistant had returned to the football building that evening to put a new pair of sneakers in his locker and to retrieve some recruiting films, only to be surprised that the lights were on in the locker room and showers were running. The assistant immediately recognized Sandusky.

Kelly said the assistant, who was extremely upset about what he had seen, immediately called his father to relate what he had discovered. Together, the two decided that the assistant should promptly report the incident to head football coach Joe Paterno.

The next morning, the assistant telephoned Paterno and then went to Paterno's home to explain what he had seen. Paterno testified that he then called Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and met with Curley the following day, explaining that a graduate assistant had reported seeing Sandusky involved in sexual activity with a young boy in the showers at the Lasch Building.

Kelly said that approximately one and a half weeks later, the graduate assistant was called to a meeting with Curley and Gary Schultz, who was Senior Vice President for Finance and Business at the University. At that time, the assistant again recounted what he had witnessed Sandusky doing to a young boy in the showers of the football locker room.

"Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency, as required by Pennsylvania law," Kelly said. "Additionally, there is no indication that anyone from the university ever attempted to learn the identity of the child who was sexually assaulted on their campus or made any follow-up effort to obtain more information from the person who witnessed the attack first-hand."

Kelly said that rather than reporting the matter to law enforcement, Curley and Schultz agreed that Sandusky would be told he could not bring any Second Mile children into the football building. That message was also reportedly related to Dr. John Raykovitz at the Second Mile (Past Executive Director and Executive Vice-President and currently the President and CEO of the Second Mile).

"Despite this so-called "ban", which was reviewed and approved by University President Graham Spanier without any further inquiry on his part, there was no effective change in Sandusky's status with the school and no limits on his access to the campus," Kelly said. "Sandusky's "emeritus" position, alleged negotiated as part of his 1999 retirement, provided him with an office in the Lasch Football Building; unlimited access to all football facilities, including the locker room; access to all recreational facilities; a parking pass; a university Internet account; listing in the faculty directory and numerous other privileges, he had remained a regular presence on campus."

During testimony before the grand jury, Schultz acknowledged that he was aware of a 1998 University Police investigation that also involved allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior involving Sandusky and young boys in the football showers, but did not pursue the matter further and did not seek any additional review in light of the new report in 2002.

The grand jury also noted that the 1998 report involving Sandusky and boys in the showers was reviewed by University Police and Child Protective Services, with the blessing of Wendell Courtney, who at the time served as University Counsel and was (and remains) counsel to The Second Mile, though no criminal charges were ever pursued.

Kelly said the grand jury determined that Curley and Schultz had provided false testimony while discussing their response to the 2002 report of a child sexual assault in the football showers.

Specifically, the grand jury found that Curley committed perjury in repeatedly denying that he had ever been told that Sandusky had engaged in sexual misconduct with a child.

Additionally, assertions by Schultz that the allegations concerning Sandusky were "not that serious" and that he and Curley "had no indication that a crime had occurred" were in direct contradiction to other testimony and constituted perjury.

The grand jury found that portions of the testimony provided by both Curley and Schultz were not credible.

"The failure of top university officials to act on reports of Sandusky?s alleged sexual misconduct, even after it was reported to them in graphic detail by an eyewitness, allowed a predator to walk free for years - continuing to target new victims," Kelly said. "Equally disturbing is the lack of action and apparent lack of concern among those same officials, and others who received information about this case, who either avoided asking difficult questions or chose to look the other way."

Kelly said that despite the false testimony and "uncooperative atmosphere" encompassing some Penn State University and Second Mile officials, investigators from the Attorney General?s Office and State Police gradually uncovered a pattern of other potential sexual assaults by Sandusky.

The grand jury eventually identified a total of eight young men who were the targets of similar sexual advances or assaults by Sandusky, starting in 1994 and continuing through 2009. All of the victims first encountered Sandusky through Second Mile activities.

Kelly and Noonan explained that the search continues for additional victims and this case remains an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators from the Office of Attorney General at 814-863-1053 or Pennsylvania State Police at 814-470-2238.

Sandusky is charged with the following offenses:

  • Seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, all first-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
  • One count of aggravated indecent assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
  • Four counts of unlawful contact with a minor, all first-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
  • Four counts of unlawful contact with a minor, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
  • Four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
  • Four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all first-degree misdemeanors which are each punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
  • Eight counts of corruption of minors, all first-degree misdemeanors which are each punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
  • One count of indecent assault, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
  • Four counts of indecent assault, all second-degree misdemeanors which are each punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
  • Two counts of indecent assault, all first-degree misdemeanors which are each punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
  • One count of attempt to commit indecent assault, a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Sandusky was taken into custody today in Centre County and preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Leslie A. Dutchcot, who released him on $100,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 9th.

Curley and Schultz are each charged with one count of perjury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine, along with one count each of failure to report (under the Child Protective Services Law), a summary offense punishable by up to 90 days in prison and a $200 fine.

Curley and Schultz are scheduled to surrender on Monday, November 7th, before Harrisburg Magisterial District Judge Marsha Stewart.

Sandusky will be prosecuted in Centre County, while Curley and Schultz will be prosecuted in Dauphin County, all by Senior Deputy Attorney General Jonelle Harter Eshbach of the Attorney General's Criminal Prosecutions Section.

Kelly thanked the Pennsylvania State Police for their extensive assistance with this joint investigation.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

EMS Responding To Man Injured In ATV Rollover at Majestic Trails

Man Injured In ATV Rollover Crash
At 3:50 pm on Saturday, Otto Township Fire Department for rescue, Ambulance, and Medic 1 have been dispatched to Majestic Trails for a 30 year old male who is the victim of a rollover ATV accident with a possible broken leg.

A Mercyflight helicopter is landing at the Rew Fire Station to transport the man to a trauma center.

Extra Hoagies At Riverside Church Sale

Riverside Church in Roulette Called and they have extra
Hoagies discounted to $3.50
at their annual Craft Bazaar that continues
until 2 PM today!!

Car Fire At Hospital ER Parking Area

Car Fire At Hospital ER Parking Area
At 12:52 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a report of a car fire at the ER parking lot at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Drillers Stopped Dumping Flowback In Rivers; Or Did They???

Four treatment plants accused of raising bromide levels in Allegheny

By Bob Bauder and Timothy Puko,

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority on Friday accused four industrial wastewater treatment plants on the Allegheny River and its tributaries of increasing bromide levels in the river that supplies drinking water to nearly 500,000 people.

Stanley States, PWSA's water quality director, said he suspects the privately owned plants are processing wastewater from Marcellus shale gas drilling operations, which contains bromide, a naturally occurring salty compound that can form cancer-causing agents when it combines with the chlorine in drinking water.

He would not identify the plants, citing liability concerns.

"We can pretty much tell where the bromide is coming from and these (wastewater) plants are primary contributors," States said. "We've called them and given them our data. They have as much as told us that unless there's a real mandate, a legal requirement that they no longer dispose of this stuff, that they're going to do it. There's a lot of money involved." More...

Steve Bernard Entertains Tonight At Olga In Coudersport

Please join us for dinner this evening.
Besides our regular dinner menu

featuring Filet Mignon, Marinated Sirloin Steaks, Shrimp & Chicken
Alfredo, Gourmet Pizzas, & Salads we'll also have Prime Rib & Yuengling
Beer Battered Haddock.
Also Guy with a Tie will be performing this

evening. There's no cover charge, but gratuities for the musician are
graciously accepted!!!!

Happy "40th" Birthday to Gene Freelove

Happy "40th" Birthday
to Gene Freelove


Your wife, kids, and friends & family

Crash Overnight In Ceres Township

11/5/2011, 3:44 AM-- MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT,

Overnight, Shinglehouse Fire Rescue and Ambulance, along with Olean 10 medic, responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 44 in Ceres Township. Call log records indicate a patient was lifeflighted from that crash by a Mercyflight helicopter.

Bradford Kwik Fill Robbed

Bradford Kwik Fill Robbed

The Kwik Fill on East Main Street in Bradford was robbed Friday night.

At just before 9 o’clock two young white males entered the store and told the cashier to give them all the money in the register, and threatened her with what is believed to be a knife.

They got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Bradford City Police or use the confidential tipline at City of Bradford

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Hall

At 9:46 am on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to the hall for a transport to Charles Cole Hospital.

Robert A. Steinmetz, 88, Genesee, PA, formerly of Shillington

Robert A. Steinmetz, 88, formerly of Shillington, died on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, in Potter County, PA, where he resided with this daughter.

He was the widower of Dorris M. (Dinkle) Stein-metz, who died on Sept. 18, 2005.

Born in Reading, PA, he was a son of the late Arthur W. and Helen M. (Althouse) Steinmetz.

He was a 1942 graduate of the former Birdsboro High School. He was employed for many years as a plast-erer, mostly in the Allentown area, and lastly at Maier's Bakery from March 1977 through June 1989 in the Sanitation Department.

He was a lifetime member of the Mohnton Fish and Game Protective Assoc., the National Rifle Assoc., Goodwill Fire Company, the Adamstown V.F.W., Reading Lodge 549 F. & A.M. and the Scottish Rite Consistory. He was a member of PCMIA Local Union 233 of Allentown, and 105 of Reading.

Surviving is his daughter, Sherry A. (Steinmetz), wife of Frank Corneby of Genesee, PA.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his graveside service on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Laureldale Cemetery, 4631 Pottsville Pike, Reading, PA.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Giles & Yeckley Funeral Home and Crematorium, Inc., of Mohnton. To offer the family on line condolences, please visit us at

Holiday Shopping Kickoff Saturday At Cinco C Alpacas


RN & LPN Opportunities Available In Port Allegany, Galeton & Ulysses

On November 8th please elect Barry D. Brown for Cameron County’s Magisterial District Judge.

The Magisterial District Court and the “Common Man”

By Barry D. Brown

The Commonwealth of PA has determined that the position of Magisterial District Judge (MDJ) is intended to be filled by a person close to the “common man”. According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) website, ( the website of the PA judicial system, “Minor courts, also called special courts or courts of limited jurisdiction, constitute the "grass roots" level of Pennsylvania’s court system”, “For many Pennsylvanians these are the first, and often the only, courts they will ever encounter. These minor courts include the Magisterial District Judge Courts, Philadelphia Municipal Court and Philadelphia Traffic Court”. These courts “will hear less serious, non-jury criminal, civil and all traffic cases.”

The majority of persons entering the MDJ’s court will not have legal counsel. The AOPC website shows that between the years 2000 and 2010 in Cameron County, an average of 82% (183 per year) of the hearings held in MDJ court were summary offenses, an additional 10% (27 per year) were civil hearings and 7% (16 per year) were Preliminary Hearings. Ultimately, of the 92% of hearings our MDJ held over that 10-year period, approximately 1 out of 50 had legal counsel (generally those facing possible jail time or civil cases dealing with large dollar amounts).

A summary offense is punishable up to $300 in fines, and/or 90 days in jail. Very few people can justify paying an attorney $250 to $300 to aid them in court for a $175 summary speeding ticket. (I surveyed the area to see what an attorney would charge to represent someone for a summary offense.) When most persons appear before the MDJ court, they will be representing themselves, the “common man”. Persons entering MDJ court will not have the same understanding of PA law an attorney should have, and must be treated as such.

The court must be held in a professional and judicial manner but is more about the facts at hand, not legal bickering or objections. The MDJ is to control the court and “filter” the testimony as necessary; the “common man” passing judgment upon his/her fellow “common man.”I have been trained in the Laws of Evidence, Criminal Law, Traffic Law, Civil Law (Including Landlord-Tenant, Contract Law, and Trespass Law), Search and Seizure, Controlled Substance Laws, the PA Constitution, Bail procedures, along with Courtroom procedures and PA Rules of Court, Vehicle Code, PA Game Code, PA Dog Code, Oversized Vehicles and Permitting, Sales Tax Collection and Compliance, MDJ Office Audit, Insurance Fraud, Truancy Law and Procedural Fairness in the Courts.

I have no preconceived ideas about prosecution or defense; I know the judicial process as being only neutral and detached. I am confident in my knowledge of PA Law; the very level of knowledge the Commonwealth of PA has determined to be appropriate to be your MDJ. If the Commonwealth of PA feels I am ready to take the bench from day one, so can you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. My home number is 486-3347.

I ask for your support in the upcoming General Election. I humbly request that you consider my integrity, honesty, ethics, morals, initiative, and common sense when you cast your vote.

On November 8th please elect Barry D. Brown for Cameron County’s Magisterial District Judge.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

William C. Johnson, 90, of 502 Singer Way, Red Hill, PA, and formerly of Emporium, PA

William C. Johnson, 90, of 502 Singer Way, Red Hill, PA 18076 and formerly of Emporium, PA, died November 2, 2011 at St. Lukes Quakertown Hospital.

He was the beloved husband of Ruth E. (Worrell) Johnson for 67 years. Born in Varmland, Sweden he was a son of the late Carl O. and Bertha (Erickson) Johnson.

He retired in 1980 from Sylvania. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and Little League umpiring. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Emporium, the Bucktail Rod & Gun Club as well as the Men's Club in Cameron County.

Surviving with his wife are his sons, Gary M. and his wife Carole A. Johnson of Westport, MA and Roger W. and his wife Ginny A. Johnson of East Greenville, PA; his grandchildren: Scott Boan, Jill Brill, Brian Johnson and Robin Giuliano and his brother Donald Johnson of Smethport.

He is preceded in death by his siblings Lawrence and Ingrid Johnson.

Services will be held privately at the family's convenience.

Contributions may be made in his honor to Cameron County Little League Association, c/o Glen Feibig, 20 E. Fifth St., Emporium PA 15834 or to Bucktail Rod & Gun Club, c/o Carl Carlson, 125 E. Fifth St., Emporium PA 15834.

To offer online condolences visit

Shinglehouse Ambulance To South Stevens Street

At 11:15 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance and Olean Medic 10 has been dispatched to South Stevens Street for a medical emergency.

P. Jane Johnston, 92, formerly of N. Brooklynside, Port Allegany, PA

PORT ALLEGANY- P. Jane Johnston, 92, formerly of N. Brooklynside Rd., passed away Friday (Nov. 4, 2011) in Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport, after a lengthy illness.

Born October 8, 1919, in Port Allegany, a daughter of Charles and Lena Cabisca Black. On Mar. 16, 1957, in Port Allegany, she married Gordon E. Johnston, who passed away Apr. 17, 2010.

Mrs. Johnston was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1938.

She was employed by the North Penn Gas Co. as a steno-grapher/secretary for 16 years.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Port Allegany, where she was the oldest living member. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, former Myrtle Chapter, Port Allegany, where she was a past matron. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of several local bridge clubs.

Surviving are a son, Eric P. (Lisa) Johnston of Port Allegany; a daughter, Jan C. Birchall of Indian Trail, NC; two granddaughters, Carli Johnston of Port Allegany, Joanne Nimec of Elmira, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gordon, a granddaughter, Debbie Nimec, and two brothers, Sheridan and Clifford Black.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Nov. 7, 2011) in the First Presbyterian Church, Port Allegany, with Rev. Garin Smith, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Port Allegany.

Felixe Is Missing From Cartee Street In Coudersport/Reward Offered

Missing Cat
Her name is "Felixe" She is a very shy, sweet house-cat. She was lost near Cartee Street in Coudersport.

We are offering $100 if anyone finds her and can return her.

What distinguishes her from other cats is that she has a notch in her ear and (not that anyone may get this close she is missing her left canine from a dental surgery). She also loves lunch meat!

If anyone has information they can reach me at (724) 372-3173 or

Canisteo Restaurant Badly Damaged By Fire Thursday Night

Fire at the Valley Grill in Canisteo leaves building standing but with extensive damage

By Angela Sutfin

Crowds of people lined Main Street watching firefighters put the fire out of a Canisteo restaurant Thursday night.

Smoke billowing out of the upper windows of the Canisteo Valley Grill at about 9 p.m. was the aftermath of a fire within the building that began earlier that night. Officials do not yet know what caused the fire and investigation is ongoing. No people were inside the building at the time of the fire and there were no injuries throughout the night at the scene. More...

Chesapeake Energy demonstrates a new training drill rig.

Chesapeake Energy demonstrates a new training drill rig.

One Vehicle Accident Between Smethport & Coryville

One Car Crash With Possible Entrapment
At 8:26 pm on Friday, Smethport Fire Dept. and Priority Care Ambulance have been dispatched to a one car motor vehicle accident on Route 46 north of Smethport in front of 5892 Rt. 46.

Reporting two patients, one still possibly entrapped in the vehicle.

9:05 pm--Priority Care transporting to Bradford Hospital
Port Allegany ambulance dispatched to transport a patient from this crash.

9:12 pm--Port Allegany Ambulance on scene. Transporting patient to Bradford Hospital.

Person driving by reports vehicle upside down in driveway.

Brownies To Help Animal Care Sanctuary

Brownies To Help Animal Care Sanctuary

Normally whenever you hear of the Girl Scouts anymore it usually has to do with cookies. But NOT this time.

The Galeton Brownie Girl Scout troop will be holding their 1st annual blanket drive to benefit the Animal Care Sanctuary located in Wellsboro.

November 12th from 10 AM til 2 PM at the Galeton Public Library.

The brownie troop will be collecting donations of CLEAN unwanted/old blankets (of any size) towels, wash cloths, cat/dog food, cat/dog toys.

The Galeton Brownie Troop will be volunteering at the Animal Care Sanctuary & would love to see the animals have blankets to help stay warm as winter approaches. So please show your support to these amazing young ladies trying to make a difference, and donate what you are able.

Thank you!!! The Galeton Girl Scout Brownie Troop

Wellsville Daily Publisher Horored By NY Outdoor Writers Assocaition

Oak Duke honored for "In the Outdoors" columns

Wellsville Daily Reporter publisher Oak Duke has been honored by the New York State Outdoor Writers Association for his outdoors columns on the newspaper’s website.

The association announced its annual writing and photography award winners, all of whom were recognized at a banquet on Oct. 15 at Nick Stoner Inn (Caroga Lake).

Duke’s column “Rut Prediction for 2010 Deer Season in th Northeast and Midwest,” published to on Jan. 21, 2010, was awarded second place in the Online Publication category. More...

Albert A. "Al' Campbell, 79, of 295 East Main St., Bradford, PA

Albert A. "Al' Campbell, 79, of 295 East Main St., Bradford, passed away Friday November 4, 2011 at the Bradford Manor. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

Bfd Man Facing Robbery Charges

Bfd Man Facing Robbery Charges
A Bradford man is facing numerous charges, including taking money from a woman's pocket.

27 year-old Lee Gourley is facing robbery, harassment and disorderly conduct charges too after a fight between him, a woman and her boyfriend on October 5 near Mechanic and Barbour Streets in Bradford.

Bradford City Police say that Gourley forcibly removed $82 from the lady's jacket pocket during an altercation. He was jailed on $5,000 bail.

Bfd Man Sentenced to State Prison

Bfd Man Sentenced to State Prison
A Bradford man has been sentenced to two to five years in state prison for three different cases, including the Save-A-Lot burglary.

22 year-old Axle Tankersley was charged with another burglary and assault in two other cases. Tankersley was also ordered to pay restitution to Save-A-Lot, along with a co-defendant.

McKean County visiting Senior Judge William Morgan noted to the court that Tankersley has been through several drug and alcohol programs and didn't have a good work record.

Marjory L. Butz, 95, of Coudersport, PA

Marjory L. Butz, 95, of Coudersport, PA died Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Born on June 7, 1916 in Colesburg, PA she was the daughter of Edgar Harvey and Katherine Anna Mosch Tucker. On December 14, 1940 in the All Saints Church at Brookland she married Wilson C. "Will" Butz, who died on January 13, 2000.

Mrs. Butz was a graduate of Coudersport High School and was valedictorian of her class. She had been employed at Coudersport Insuring Co. and was later employed as a secretary for the Pennsylvania State Soil and Conservation Service. She was a member of Park United Methodist Church and a former member of Eulalia Chapter #148 Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a volunteer in the office for the American Cancer Society.

Surviving are her three children, Wilson E. Butz and his wife, Sarah, of Monument, CO, Roberta A. Ulkins and her husband, Dennis, of Rochester, NY, Roger C. Butz and his wife, Rae of Chandler, AZ, six grandsons, one granddaughter, seven great-grandsons, seven great-granddaughters, two sisters, Beatrice "Tootie" Clark and her husband, Milford, of Coudersport, Ruth Thompson of Colesburg, PA, one brother, Edgar "Sonny" Tucker and his wife, Dorla, of Coudersport, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother, Franklin "Bub" Tucker.

Friends are invited to Marjory's Life Celebration beginning on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Coudersport Alliance Church with a memorial service beginning at 2:00pm. The family will receive friends following the service for a time of fellowship. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Woodland Cemetery at Five Corners.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Marjory's name may be made to Potter County Hospice, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915, or to the American Cancer Society, or to Woodland Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. John Peet, 407 W. Hebron Road, Coudersport, PA 16915. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

To share your fondest memories of Marjory, please visit

I-80 Columbia County bridges work-zone lane restrictions for next week

Travel Advisory
I-80 Columbia County bridges work-zone lane restrictions for next week

Following are the planned work-zone lane closures for the Interstate 80 river bridges project in Columbia County next week.

Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 7 – 8, from miles 236 to 237 eastbound and westbound alternating lanes will be closed with a daylight signing pattern for the placement of guiderail from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 9 – 10, from miles 242 to 243 eastbound and westbound alternating lanes will be closed with a daylight signing pattern for the placement of guiderail from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A stop condition remains in effect at the top of the ramps entering westbound I-80 from Route 339 south and eastbound I-80 from Route 11 north.

MVA At Devil's Elbow In Eldred Township

MVA At Devil's Elbow In Eldred Township
At 3:43 pm on Friday, Eldred Township Fire Rescue and EMS from Eldred & Port Allegany have been dispatched to Route 346 at Devil's Elbow for an MVA.

Reporting 4 occupants, possibly no injuries.

Ultra Report Shows Good Results From Potter & Tioga Wells

Ultra Petroleum Provides Third Quarter 2011 Financial and Operating Results
MarketWatch (press release)

The solid black line illustrates well performance in the company's Clinton and Lycoming counties area. The black dotted line charts well performance results in Potter and Tioga counties' activity area. There is production data from 110 wells plotted on ...More...

Childbirth Class Scheduled for December 3

Childbirth Class Scheduled for December 3

Jennifer Middaugh, Certified Nurse Midwife at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, will conduct a one-day childbirth class at the Coudersport Wellness Center on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please bring a pillow and blanket for you and your partner. Cost for the class is $40. To register, call 814-274-7101.

“Fall Back” to Standard Time on Sunday, November 6, 2011.


“Fall Back” to Standard Time on

Sunday, November 6, 2011.

When you “Change Your Clock”, remember to
“Change Your Battery”.

Change the batteries in your home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Route 15 rehabilitation project at Williamsport updated

Travel Advisory
Route 15 rehabilitation project at Williamsport updated

Here’s a brief update on some of the work remaining at the Route 15 rehabilitation project just north of the I-180 interchange at Exit 29 in Williamsport.

Line painting work is scheduled for today, with rumble strip installations scheduled for Nov. 8.

Installation of the overhead light poles was just completed, and the lights are energized and are in the middle of the steady-burn test period, with other testing to complete that will require access to a closed lane for inspection and adjustment, if necessary.

The closed traffic lanes will be reopened as soon as can be safely done so that the lanes can be left open.

Most of the work under this $7 million project is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving.

Route 328 bridge replacement in service

Travel Advisory
Route 328 bridge replacement in service

A new bridge on Route 328 in Wells Township, Bradford County is now in service.

The previous bridge over Seeley Creek was replaced with a new two-span concrete bridge on the same alignment, with new roadway approaches and guiderail.

Prime contractor A. L. Blades & Sons, Inc. is removing the temporary roadway that was used to handle traffic during replacement of the previous, deteriorated bridge.

All work under this $2,268,100 project is to be completed by spring 2012.

Route 349 traffic pattern change near Davis Station

Travel Advisory
Route 349 traffic pattern change near Davis Station

Motorists in northwestern Tioga County are advised to be alert for a changing traffic pattern along a short section of Route 349 in Clymer Township.

Weather permitting on Monday PennDOT will be delineating and line-painting a shift in the roadway where a maintenance crew has moved the roadway away from a slide area just north of Davis Station.

Be alert for the work-zone activities on Monday and pay full attention to your driving in the area.

M. Jeanette Wasson, 94, formerly of Rixford, PA

Rixford, PA – M. Jeanette Wasson, 94, formerly of Rixford, passed away Thursday (Oct. 27, 2011) at the Emeritus of Lakewood, N.Y., nursing home following a brief illness.

Born Oct. 23, 1917, in Wila, she was a daughter of Curtis Austin and Ruth Leinaweaver Scott. On June 12, 1939, in Newport, she married Albert D. Wasson Jr., who passed away March 16, 1992.

Jeanette was a 1934 graduate of Newport High School and graduated from Indiana (Pa.) Teachers College in 1938 with a Bachelor of Science in education.

She had resided in Rixford from 1938 until she moved to Bemus Point, N.Y., in 2005.
She was employed in the reading and English department of Otto-Eldred School District for 20 years until her retirement in 1971. Along with her husband, she owned and assisted in operating Wasson Motor Sales in Rixford for 45 years.

Jeanette was a member of the Duke Center United Methodist Church, Keystone Chapter #2 Order of the Eastern Star of Duke Center, was a former member of the Duke Center Garden Club and was a member of the Otto Township Red Hat Ladies and McKean County Retired Teachers Association. She also volunteered for the Eldred WWII Museum and Eldred Elementary School.

Jeanette was a voracious reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles and board games.

Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Foster of Duke Center and Kathye (Alfred) Unglaub of Bemus Point; five grandchildren, Kim (Randy) Shay, Barry (James Locke) Foster, Cara (Heath) Daniell, Jonathan (Naoko) Unglaub and Suzann (Roger) Trevisan; and five great-grandchildren, Ryan Shay, Cory (Caty) Shay, Macy Daniell, Madeline Trevisan and Nicholas Trevisan.

She was predeceased by a brother, Luther Scott; and a son-in-law, Jack Foster, in 2010.

Private visitation and funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Glenn Hamilton, pastor emeritus of the Lighthouse Community Free Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Bemus Point Library, P.O. Box 428, Bemus Point, NY 14712; Duke Center United Methodist Church; or the Otto Township Fire Department.

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

Additional Flu Clinics Scheduled Saturday & Next Week

In addition to the Flu Clinic scheduled for Saturday morning at Oswayo Valley Elementary School,
Additional Flu Clinics Are Now Scheduled at
Coudersport Wellness Center on:
Monday, November 7th and Wednesday, November 9th from 4-7 p.m.

11-4 Recalls

Foremost Foods International, Inc. Issues Recall On Certain Pangasinan Smoked Seafood Products Due To Possible Health Risk

PCEC Marketing Strategies for Start-Up Businesses

Marketing Strategies for Start-Up Businesses

So, you’ve started a new business and you need some support in marketing your company and its products and services. This seminar will address some of the basics in marketing, including: brand development; stationery system; brochures and flyers; website; advertising/media planning and placement; and print/newspaper/radio/outdoor advertising.

This seminar is being held at the Coudersport office of PCEC on Tuesday, November 8; from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Registration is required. To register, visit or call

(877) 292-1843.

Roulette Library needs your support

Roulette Library needs your support

This week the library received a very generous donation of a new computer system. The computer will store our card catalog, borrower information and create documents. We need to upgrade our card catalog and circulation programing from the current 2002 version. The program fee is $450. Any monetary donations toward the programing fee would be sincerely appreciated. Please contact the library at (814) 544-4033 to contribute. We appreciate your support. Thank you.

Vote For Harry Fox Sr. For NAHC Mentor of the year

Please check out this link - Potter County has a nominee for north
American hunting club mentor of the year - Harry Fox Sr!!

If you click on "view full bio" you can then select "vote now"

Todd Husson Seeks Your Vote November 8th

Advertisement paid for by the candidate.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

You're Invited To a "Taste of Coudersport Jubilee" Saturday From 11 to 3

Holiday Shopping Kickoff Saturday At Cinco C Alpacas

RN & LPN Opportunities Available In Port Allegany, Galeton & Ulysses

Annual Turkey Biscuit Dinner, Bazaar & Bake Sale At Crandall Hill Community Building

Vote Kathy Schroeder Potter County Prothonotary On November 8th

Burglar Gets Antique Glassware In Roulette Township

Antique Glassware was stolen in a burglary of a Roulette Township residence between 10-27 and 10-31.

Mary Ellen Cornelius of 1101 Fishing Creek Road, Roulette, PA, told troopers that unknown actor(s) gained entry to her residence and removed about 20 pieces of antique glassware.

Anyone with information, Call PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Uhl is the investigator.

Rifles And Shotgun Stolen In Burglary of Keating Township Residence

Unknown burglars entered the residence of Lou Ann McNally of 186 Bush Hill Road, Austin, PA and removed two rifles and a shotgun.

The thefts occurred between September 30 and October 28, 2011. Anyone with any information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper James Culvey is the investigator.

Burglary On Cowley Hill Nets Handgun & Medicine

Burglar(s) stole a handgun and prescription medication from a residence on Cowley Hill in Keating Township on October 29/October 30, 2011.

Unknown actor(s) entered the residence of Linda E. Yaras at 967 Cowley Hill Road, Austin, PA, through an unlocked window and stole the items.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper James Culvey is the investigator.

17 Year Olds Fight At Ulysses School

A 17 year old juvenile was issued a citation by State Police for summary Harassment after an altercation with another 17 year old juvenile at the Northern Potter High School in Ulysses, PA on October 13 at 12:30 pm.

Identity Theft Under Investigation By State Police

Coudersport State Police are investigating an identity theft from an account at the First National Bank of Port Allegany.

Unknown actors were apparently able to access the account of Mary Ellen Cornelius and Randy Cornelius of 1110 Fishing Creek Road, Roulette, PA, between 9-6 and 10-31-2011.

Troopers said the investigation is continuing.

Minor Injury When Pickup Trucks Sideswipe In Coudersport

One driver suffered a minor injury in a two vehicle crash Wednesday on Route 6, 3/10 mile east of Park Avenue in Coudersport Boro.

Nicholas C. Camburn, 21, of Coudersport, PA, suffered a minor injury but refused treatment at the scene of the 7:15 am accident.

Troopers said Camburn was traveling west on Rt. 6 in a 2010 Dodge Ram when he fell asleep causing his vehicle to drift into the oncoming lane where it's lwft side struck the left side of a 2001 Ford F-250 driven by Jeffrey J. Davis, 49, of Coudersport. Davis was not injured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Both vehicles sustained moderate left side damage and remained operable.

Summary charges of Careless Driving and Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic will be filed against Camburn in District Court 55-3-01 in Coudersport.

Lost on November 1st, around 10am in Turtlepoint, PA area

Bentley Has Returned Home

Potter County Native Focuses on God's Country in New Film

Potter County Native
Focuses on God's Country in New Film

Video by Melissa Troutman & Joshua Pribanic:

Investigative journalists Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic, of The Public Herald, launched a trailer this month about a documentary film called GOD’S COUNTRY: A Marcellus Shale Discovery. The film investigates natural gas development in Potter County, also called God's Country, by recording the creation of "energy sacrifice zones." The phrase refers to zones where energy is produced for the benefit of private markets while sacrificing a public interest, such as health, environment, and/or civil liberties.

The filmmakers center on Potter County because it boasts a major Triple Divide point of the North American continent. This is where freshwater aquifers release natural springs that meet surface water and feed three major water basins: the Allegheny, Genesee and Pine Creek watersheds. These watersheds provide drinking water for millions of people, and it all starts at the Triple Divide in Potter County.

So far, their investigation has revealed highly controversial, unjust, and even dangerous scenarios. Land taken without permission, water contamination, air pollution, exemptions for the gas industry from hazardous waste and other regulations, and the use of voluntary compliance in lieu of regulatory enforcement by the state. They say their most shocking reports are left untold, to be revealed in the films release — expected for March 2012.

Hotels, restaurants, and bars are doing very well. But prices are rising, making it harder for low-income families to afford housing. Individual landowners get rich, but neighbors have the added cost of additional water filtration systems and lower property values, in addition to a compromised standard of living. Already, environmental advocacy group PennFuture filed a lawsuit against gas operator Ultra Resources regarding air pollution problems in Potter County.

Together, Troutman and Pribanic look at the positive and negative impacts of the new gas drilling boom, examine the controversial methods of drilling and processing of shale gas, investigate the state and federal regulatory frameworks in place to protect public health and civil rights, talk with experts and leaders on all sides of the issue, and ask the greater question: do you know what is sacrificed for your natural gas?

The filmmakers are asking for financial support from the public and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $22,000 they’ll need for the last pieces of this story’s puzzle: to complete the final months of production, days and hours of post-production work, obtain archive footage to fill out the film, hire an additional editor, create marketing collateral, and move the film throughout festivals and into the international marketplace. Their Kickstarter campaign is at

Melissa Troutman was born and raised in Potter, you can find a synopsis of her experiences in a recent editorial » Future Unknown: Praying for the Health and Safety of My Family — published in this November.

Approved Minutes For The Oct. 20th 2011 Commissioners Meeting

Potter County Commissioners Agenda For Nov 3rd 2011

Dog's Owner has Been Found

Dog, lab mix,

found in


Very nice dog.

Owner has been found.

"Captain Jack" Saturday At Seneca Inn In Port Allegany

1990 Ford F-350 w/460 Engine/5 Speed Tranny For Sale

Click any photo to enlarge

1990 Ford F-350 w/460 Engine and 5 speed Transmission, Excellent Condition

PHONE 814-544-7400

Lincoln SA 200 Welder For Sale With or Without Trailer

Click any photo to enlarge.

FOR SALE--Lincoln SA 200 Welder
With or Without Trailer
Excellent Condition.
PHONE 814-544-7400

Robert Bruce Clark, 88, a 78-year resident of Bradford, and the last ten years a resident of Dacula, Ga

Robert Bruce Clark, 88, a 78-year resident of Bradford, and the last ten years a resident of Dacula, Ga., went home to his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in the Gwinnett Medical Center after heart failure.

He also suffered from prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. He was loved and respected by his family and will be greatly missed by his many devoted friends.

He was born on June 14, 1923, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943-1945 where he was awarded the Purple Heart ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation ribbon, the American Campaign medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal, the World War II Victory medal, the Marine Corps Sharpshooter Rifle badge, the honorable service lapel button and the Marine Corps Honorable Discharge button.

His many organizations include Veterans of Foreign Wars, life member; American Legion Post #108, life member and past commander; Disabled American Veterans, McKean County Chapter #72, life member; Forty & Eight, past Chef-De-Gar, American Legion Bi-County (McKean & Cameron Counties), past commander; Fourth Marine Division Association, life member; Union Lodge #334 F&A.M, life, Blue Lodge, fifty-year member; Valley of Coudersport, PA Consistory, fifty-year member; Zem Zem Shrine of Erie, life member McKean County Shrine Club, fifty-year member, past president; Allegheny Shrine Club; McKean County Road Runners, charter member; Zem Zem Temple Motorized Units; Zem Zem Legion of Honor; Royal Order of Jesters, Court #58; Kachina Billiken Club; and Orak Grotto, fifty-year member, past monarch.

Surviving are his brother, Jack Clark of Calabash, N.C.; his daughter, Carol Lynn Clark Hall of Dacula, Ga.; his son, Thomas Clark of Snellville, Ga.; his niece, Sherry Barnes of Blue Ridge, Ga.; his nephew, John Clark of Shallotte, N.C.; his grandchildren, Steve Miller, Robbie Clark, Jimmy Clark and Michelle Clark Mullins; his seven great-grandchildren; his second wife, Louise Fugett Clark of Bradford; and his third wife, Carol Milliron Clark, who resides in Easton.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Pauline Bairunas Clark; his mother, Edna Gilbert Clark; his father, William Bruce Clark; his brother, Howard Clark; and his sister, Donna Clark Zandi.

A service celebrating Robert’s life will be held at 7 p.m. today (Friday) in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. South Ave with the Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating.

Committal services and military honors will be accorded at 10 a.m. Saturday in McKean Memorial Park, where he will be laid to rest beside his first wife, Helen, who is the mother of his two children, Carol Hall and Thomas Clark.

All arrangements have been made by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at

Man Accused of Pointing Loaded Gun, Threatening to Kill Another Man

Man Accused of Pointing Loaded Gun,
Threatening to Kill Another Man

A 71-year-old Bradford Township man accused of threatening to kill another man with a shotgun at his home and outside Marsh’s Bar Wednesday night is in jail.

Paul Smead is accused of going to the Gates Hollow home of Donald Stoddard at around 8 p.m., pointing a loaded shotgun out of the window of his pickup truck and yelling, “I’ll kill you.”

According to papers filed in District Judge Rich Luther’s office, Smead then backed out of the driveway and drove to the parking lot of Marsh’s Bar, and Stoddard followed him. In the parking lot, Stoddard got out of his truck and crouched beside it so Smead couldn’t see him. As Smead continued along the side of Stoddard’s truck with his shotgun, Stoddard was able to tackle him and knock the gun out of his hands.

Stoddard held Smead to the ground and secured the gun with his foot. Smead kept yelling that Stoddard was a coward and he would kill him. He also yelled at witnesses, telling them to “shut the **** up” while they attempted to calm him down.

Bradford City Police took Smead to BRMC, where a lab test showed his blood alcohol content was .23 percent. While he was at the hospital he allegedly told police several times that when he got out of jail he would kill Stoddard.

According to the court papers Smead told officers that he knew he was drunk and shouldn’t have driven but that Stoddard has been harassing and stalking his daughter for a long time and something had to be done about it. Officers asked what he intended to do Wednesday and he said, “I was going to kill him.”

Smead is charged with aggravated assault, a felony, as well as misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and DUI.

Smead’s bail is set at $100,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 10 in Luther’s office.

Congratulations Steve: Mom, Dad And Wes Are Very Proud

Congratulations Steve: Mom, Dad And Wes Are Very Proud

Photo left to right Steve Bernard, Steven John Bernard, Wes Bernard and Carol Bernard

Steven John Bernard, the son of Steve and Carol Bernard graduated from Liberty university, Lynchburg, VA in December 2010, with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Nine months later Steve achieved his dream by commissioning as a Second Lieutenant of the Marines.

Since graduating high school in 2006, Steve knew he wanted to be a United States Marine. Shortly after arriving to Liberty University his freshman year, he decided he would pursue a career as a Marine after finishing his degree. However he couldn't not wait four years to become a Marine, so he quickly met with a recruiter and enlisted in the reserves. Two weeks after finishing his first year at school, Steven left for Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, to attend boot camp. Three long months later he stood proud, and so did his parents as he graduated with the prestigious Leatherneck Award as an Honor Graduate of his platoon.

Steven returned to Lynchburg to continue his college education. During his Sophomore year at school, he was accepted into the Platoon Leaders Class program where he would attend Office Candidate School for the next two summers. Steve graduated with honors both summers of OCS in 2008 and 2009, and returned one last time to college to earn his degree.

His next challenge will be a 6 month course called the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. Where he will train in basic infantry tactic and leadership. Steven is determined to attend Infantry Officers course after the Basic School, where he will train to become part of the Corp's greatest warriors. The "Marine Grunt"

We are Proud of You Steve!

Shinglehouse Ambulance To RT. 44

At 2:45 PM on Thurs. -- Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 700 were dispatched to Ceres Twp. Rt 44 for a medical call.

11-4 Fall Bazaar and Craft Fair Bradford

DEP to Issue Technical Guidance on Wastewater Treatment Permitting

DEP to Issue Technical Guidance on Wastewater Treatment Permitting

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection will soon offer new technical guidance designed to ensure compliance with updated wastewater treatment regulations.

The guidance explains revisions to Title 25 Chapter 95 of the Pennsylvania Code that require new or expanded sources of natural gas wastewater to treat the wastewater to the federal drinking water standard of less than 500 milligrams per liter of total dissolved solids prior to discharge.

“This technical guidance is another step in this administration’s continuing efforts to protect Pennsylvania’s water resources,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “This document clearly communicates to any facility seeking to increase its discharge of treated wastewater or to any facility seeking to start accepting wastewater that they must meet certain obligations.”
Krancer also said the guidance will ensure consistency in the department’s decision making process in issuing these permits.

In April 2011, Krancer called on the natural gas industry to stop sending unconventional gas production wastewater to facilities that were permitted prior to revisions to the Chapter 95 regulations, which took effect in August 2010. The industry quickly complied. To ensure the continued protection of state waterways, the department is now issuing this guidance to explain the regulations governing new and expanded sources of discharged wastewater.

The technical guidance document, to be published in the Nov. 12 Pennsylvania Bulletin, will assist DEP’s permitting staff in implementing the new total dissolved solids effluent standard for discharges of treated natural gas wastewater. The revised Chapter 95 regulations ensure that drinking water, waterways, and watersheds in the state are not impacted by high levels of total dissolved solids. The most common total dissolved solids in Pennsylvania are chlorides and sulfates.

The guidance also clarifies that all facilities that accept shale gas extraction wastewater that has not been fully pre-treated to meet the discharge requirements must develop and implement a radiation protection plan. Such facilities must also monitor for radium-226, radium-228, uranium and gross alpha radiation in their effluent.

The department will host web-based trainings in the coming weeks to explain the implementation of the guidance document to treatment plants and their customers.

DEP regulates the treatment and discharge of industrial wastewater in the state as part of its administration of the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

For more information, visit, keyword: TDS, or call 717-783-4693.