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Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's Ladies Night At Cimino's Hardware On Saturday, November 26th

New Location For God's New Beginnings Church

Soup & Sandwich Buffet Next Week Kristy Kamper

Burglar(s) Steal 3 ATV's, Shotgun & More

Genesee Township Burglary
It looks like if you live in the Genesee area, you should lock everything up securely because thieves are doing their Christmas shopping over that way.

Between November 5 and 16th, someone broke into 1235 Dogtown Road in Genesee Township and once inside, the actor(s) took items including 2 Polaris Sportsman ATV's, 1 Kawasaki Prairie 300 ATV, a 20 gauge single barrel shotgun, a 16 inch Craftsman chain saw and various other items belonging to Thomas Brynes of Windgap, PA.

Any information to PSP Coudersport. Trooper Timothy Mix is the investigator.

Thieves Steal Man's Cainsaw & Weed Trimmer

Unknown actor(s) stole a Stihl chainsaw and a weed trimmer from outside an Allegany Township man's residence on Thursday night or Friday.

Wallace J. Copley of 359 Scoville Hill Road, Genesee, PA, told troopers someone stole his Stihl model 044 chainsaw and a Stihl weed trimmer.

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

Sobriety Checkpoint Nets 2 DUI's In Roulette Township Friday Night

Two Arrested For DUI
Troopers from Coudersport, Emporium and Mansfield set up shop in Roulette Township, 1 mile east of the McKean/Potter county line at 11 PM on Friday night and proceeded to conduct a DUI Sobriety Checkpoint until 3 AM Saturday.

The Sobriety Checkpoint resulted in 2 subjects being arrested for DUI. Additionally, 7 summary traffic violations were charged and 15 written warnings were issued.

Addison Man Pleads Not Guilty/Woman Was A Victim

Addison man pleads not guilty in alleged shooting at New York State troopers
By Andrew Poole

Bath, N.Y. — Clad in a green jail jump-suit with his hands cuffed in front of him, Richard Vangorden stayed silent for most of his initial arraignment in Steuben County court Thursday morning.

The former Addison resident answered only “yes sir” to Justice Joseph Latham after the judge asked Vangorden whether he understood his right to have an attorney.

Vangorden, 38, is indicted on two counts of first-degree attempted murder, class A-1 felonies, for allegedly firing several rounds at two state troopers during a high-speed chase in the Town of Hornellsville on Sept. 27.

He’s also facing two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, class D felonies, two counts of tampering with evidence, class E felonies, second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, a class B felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor.

An additional count of second-degree reckless endangerment was filed against Vangorden for having a passenger in his truck during the alleged incident. The passenger, Christine Stevens, 19, is not facing charges related to the incident. More...

Former Governor Candidate Going To Work For Highmark As Lobbyist

Police: Who Let The Dogs Out At Gifford Residence?

State Police are investigating a Criminal Trespass incident at 44 Spring Street in Gifford, Keating Township, McKean County.

Kinberly J. Young told troopers that unknown actor(s) entered her residence on Wednesday between 5:30 am and 3:45 pm through either the locked front or rear door. Nothing was taken, but the back door was left open and her dogs got loose.

Anyone that has information regarding this incident, please call PSP Kane at 814-778-5555. Trooper Gausman is the investigator.

Eleanor (Chapin) Robbins, Age 89 of 5993 Route #49, Knoxville, Pa

ROBBINS, Eleanor (Chapin), Age 89 of 5993 Route #49, Knoxville, Pa. passed away peacefully at the Carleton Care Center, Wellsboro, Pa. on Wednesday November 16, 2011 at 7:30 am. surrounded by her family and caring staff.

Eleanor was born in Whitesville, NY. April 29, 1922 the daughter of David and Jennie Carroll Chapin. She married Burr Wood Robbins in September of 1951. She graduated Whitesville High School, Alfred University where she earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Art and English.

During World War II Eleanor lived and worked in New York City where she worked as a draftsman for an engineering firm that designed and built Landing Ship Carriers (LST). LST was the military designation for navel vessels created during the war to support amphibious operations by carrying quantities of vehicles, cargo, and troops directly onto an unimproved shore.

She taught for many years in the Northern Potter School District and Northern Tioga School District as a Art and English teacher. She was a lifelong member of the Knoxville Yoked Church and the Shakespeare Club and a member of the National Rifle Assn., the DAR and the Wellsboro Community Concert Assn. Eleanor had traveled the world and visited China, Russia, New Zealand,Australia and most of South America.

She is survived by:
Sons – David E. (Jackie) Robbins, Whitesville, NY.
Earle D. (Eileen) Robbins, Knoxville, Pa.
Daughter – Barbara C. Cobb, Ulysses, Pa.
Grandchildren – Adam (Jackie) Robbins, Sabinsville, Pa.
Meredith Cobb, Wellsville, Pa.
David Cobb, Ulysses, Pa.
Shawn (Peggie) Moore,Knoxville, Pa.
Stacey (Stephanie) Moore, Houston, Tx.
Michael and Erin Hixson, Whitesville, NY.
11 Great Grandchildren
Brother – Hugh A. Chapin, New London, NH.
Several nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years Burr Wood Robbins in Dec. 1982 and her brother Carrroll H. Chapin

Friends called at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, Pa. Saturday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. where a memorial service was conducted at 3:00 pm., Pastor Sherry Good, offc. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Knoxville, Pa.

Memorial donations may be made to the Valley Community Ambulance Assn., P.O. Box 280, Osceola, Pa. 16942 or a charity of the donors choice.

Arrangements are in care of the Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield, Pa.

Karson Riley Hopkins, age 3, of Rome, PA

Karson Riley Hopkins, age 3, of Rome, Pa. passed away after a 2 year battle with cancer on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 at the Geisinger Hospital in Danville, Pa. with his loving family at his side.

Karson was born in Towanda, Pa., on Nov. 7, 2008, the son of Brian D. and Atisha E. (Gerhart) Hopkins of Rome, Pa.

Also surviving, are brothers; Brady and Daylan Hopkins of Rome, Pa.; maternal grandmother Ruth Novisher of Coudersport, Pa.; maternal grandfather, Butch Gerhart of Coudersport, Pa.; paternal grandparents, David and Judy Hopkins of Wyalusing, Pa.; maternal great grandmother, Ruth Gerhart of Coudersport, Pa.; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Karson always had a smile on his face and brought others joy. He loved to throw and kick any ball he could find, play with his trucks and cars, and watch movies. He was a whiz on the I-pad and loved to spend time with his two older brothers.

Friends and family may call from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Ln., Wyalusing, Pa.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at the funeral home with a 10 a.m. viewing. Pastor David Dewing is officiating. Interment will follow at the Rome Cemetery, Rome, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in memory of Karson to: Give Kids the World, 210 South Bass Rd., Kissimmee, FL. 34746 or Make-A-Wish, 1327 Pittston Ave., Scranton, PA. 18505

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), introduced the People’s Rights Amendment

This morning, for the first time, a member of the U.S. Congress is officially introducing our People’s Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This is a breakthrough we’ve been working toward since launching our campaign nearly two years ago. Congratulations!

Now is the time to drum up some serious support for it. Please sign on now, then spread the word as widely as you can:

Here’s the language of the Amendment, which is virtually identical to the version chosen by more than 90% of respondents in a survey we conducted here at Free Speech For People in May:

Section 1. We the people who ordain and establish this Constitution intend the rights protected by this Constitution to be the rights of natural persons.

Section 2. The words people, person, or citizen as used in this Constitution do not include corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state, and such corporate entities are subject to such regulation as the people, through their elected State and Federal representatives, deem reasonable and are otherwise consistent with the powers of Congress and the States under this Constitution.

Section 3. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the people's rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association and all such other rights of the people, which rights are inalienable.

Our hero on Capitol Hill, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), who introduced the People’s Rights Amendment this morning, is a longtime advocate for social justice and fundamental human rights. He’s also very influential in Washington, where he holds leadership roles, including the second-ranking Democratic slot on the powerful House Rules Committee, the panel that decides which items will be considered for debate in the House. In short, we could hardly have found a stronger champion.

There’s no question that the Occupy Wall Street movement that’s swept the country in the past several weeks has played a huge role in getting us to this point. People are in the streets almost everywhere, calling, among other things, for an end to corporate personhood and to corporate control over our democracy.

Rep. McGovern isn’t the only one in Washington who’s responding to our call. 15 U.S. Senators have co-sponsored another Amendment that would reverse the Citizens United ruling (which held that corporations may spend their general treasury funds, without limit, on election campaigns). And Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) previously introduced a similar Amendment in the House, as we reported a few weeks ago. While these other Amendment bills do not challenge the fabricated claim of corporate rights, they are important steps forward in the fight to restore democracy to the people.

Of course, the real heroes in all of this are you, your friends, and your family -- and everyone else who’s been speaking out tirelessly, demanding a real solution to this problem, a solution that can breathe new life into the basic promise of American self-government: of, for, and by the people.

Please sign on and spread the word right away.


- John

John Bonifaz, Director
Free Speech For People

DEP Effort Encourages Oil and Gas Industry to Use Mine Drainage Water

DEP Effort Encourages Oil and Gas Industry to Use Mine Drainage Water

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today the preliminary process it will use for authorizing the use of acid mine drainage water for oil and gas operations, including Marcellus Shale wells.

“Acid mine drainage impairs more than 5,000 miles of streams in our state, making it ideal for operators to take the drainage out of our waterways and put it to use for hydraulic fracturing,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “As natural gas extraction does not require drinking quality water, this represents a real win-win that can address two water challenges at once.”

Each day, more than 300 million gallons of acid mine drainage discharges into state waterways from sites in the anthracite and bituminous coal regions. The drainage impairs more miles of rivers and streams than any other source of pollution.

Hydraulic fracturing is a process that injects a mixture of sand and water into the cracks of rock formations to create fissures that allow more oil and gas to be extracted. Hydro-fracturing a typical Marcellus Shale well requires between five million and eight million gallons of water. As freshwater is not required for fracturing operations, acid mine drainage can present a safe and viable alternative.

The hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale wells takes place deep underground, 5,000 to 8,000 feet below groundwater tables. This use of acid mine drainage presents minimal risk to groundwater, as there is no evidence that groundwater in Pennsylvania has been impacted by hydraulic fracturing.

DEP completed a preliminary position paper that outlines how requests to use acid mine drainage water for hydraulic fracturing will be reviewed. Operators making such requests will work with DEP program staff to identify potential sources of water from acid mine drainage sites. DEP will then determine the necessary permits and storage and treatment requirements on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, oil and gas companies may provide financial support to acid mine drainage trust funds, ensuring that treatment continues long after there is a need for the water in hydraulic fracturing.

Over the next several months, DEP will host input sessions to gather comments from members of environmental groups and industry. The process will be revised and improved as needed until the department publishes a final position paper on the issue in February 2012. For more information and to view the position paper, visit or call 717-787-5015.

Yellow Lab Missing Austin Area

Our yellow lab has been missing since early last evening 11-18-11.
Her name is "Midgie" she is very friendly and weighs around 75 - 80 lbs. We live on
Lower Bark Shanty Road in Austin. If anyone has seen her please contact us at 814-647-9949

Barb Jarmoska of Responsible Drilling Alliance speaks in State College, PA at the "Marcellus Protest 2011"

Barb Jarmoska of Responsible Drilling Alliance speaks in State College, PA at the "Marcellus Protest 2011"

Jeff Schmidt Calls To Vote The Frackers Out Of Office

Jeff Schmidt Speaks at State College Protest

Nathan Sooy Says Obama As Clueless As Old Ed Rendell

Nathan Sooy A member of the clean water action speaks at the
Marcellus Protest 2011 Rally in front of Old Main on Friday, November 18, 2011

PA Residents Gather In State College To Protest Gas Industry Takeover Of PA Government

Doug Shields, Pittsburgh city councilman speaking at the Marcellus Protest 2011: "Power To The People, Not The Corporations" rally.
Old Main, Penn State campus,State College, PA, 11/18/2011

Letter: Pennsylvania Resident Politically Insignificant In Gas War On PA

At 7 p.m. on Nov. 14, 2011, in spite of 22,094 comments objecting to this project, 35 bi-partisan Pa. state representatives, 2 state senators, the EPA, the Sierra Club, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, and many other organizations across Pa., the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved and granted a certificate to Inergy/CNYOG to begin construction on the MARC-1 Pipeline Project.

With this certificate, FERC has granted them the power to exercise eminent domain on private property owners who can not agree to their terms, or simply chose to say, no to having a 30" pipeline run across their property, even if it means the loss of use of that property by the property owner for agriculture, farming, recreation, or simply to have a safe quite property where we can raise our families, or pass on to future generations.

To add insult to injury, the environmental protections, set-backs from residential areas, upgraded materials and safety standards have apparently been removed from their application. They will primarily be using "class one" safety standards, which means minimum safety precautions and materials, minimum noise control [if any], and emission/pollution controls.

It will also be the enabler for virtually hundreds of unregulated gathering lines, an unknown number of compressor stations, and turn: New Albany, Monroeton, Dushore, Laporte, Lake Mokoma, Sonestown, Muncy Valley, Beech Glen, Glenn Mawr, Picture Rocks, and Hughesville into a drilling corridor for the gas industry.

This signals the end of agriculture, tourism, fishing, hunting, new home building, small businesses, as well as our way of life in the Endless Mountains. It will also have a devastating effect on property values, quality of life, public health and safety, while ultimately increasing property taxes to offset the damage to our already fragile infrastructure. Corporate profits that will socialize the cost to those who live in the most heavily impacted areas.

This permit, along with HB 1950 and SB 1100 that will remove, and prompt the right of municipalities to enact their own regulations, ordinances, laws, protections, and safety standards regarding oil and gas development in and around our communities.

In short, life as we've known it is now over for Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties, and life across rural Pa. This change will not be for the better. A 7- to 10-year "boom/bust" cycle, of which we are already 3.5 years into, will leave rural Pa. a toxic and unlivable industrial and economic waste land when all those "industry jobs" move on.

We owe our children, and our children's children yet to be born, an apology for leaving this world in far worse shape than we received it, and for the burdensome financial responsibility for it they will inherit.

I'd like to remind everyone to take the opportunity to appropriately thank our obtuse local (Sullivan County Commissioners; Darla Bortz, Betty Reibson, and Bob Getz,) (Bradford County Commissioners John Sullivan and Doug McLinko) and state/federal lawmakers (Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Tom Marino), who went out of their way to "urge FERC to overlook the concerns and interests of local citizens and approve the MARC-1."

At this point, considering the FERC approval, and the horrific legislation poised to be passed, I no longer see a political solution, legislative remedies, or effective legal recourse to what is being forced upon us by the gas and oil industry with the consent of our elected leaders. Beyond an environmental problem, and a health and public safety problem, the bigger issue is that we have a democracy problem and a leadership problem in Pennsylvania that is bi-partisan.

Our system of government has morphed into a corrupt "corpocracy" whose goal is to control us by taking control of the essential ingredients of our existence: affordable and sustainable energy, pure water, clean air, and our sense of place.

This morning, I awoke in the security of my "home." Tonight, I will lay down in just a "house" that I happen own that has not had safe potable water for two months, and may never have again. I no longer have a "sense of place," or a feeling of "home" here, knowing that I have no voice, no rights as a PA citizen/property owner, and am of no concern to political/corporate the powers that be. I am, as we all are now in Pennsylvania, politically insignificant, and simply "in the way" of the gas industry's corporate special interests.
John Trallo

Krancer To EPA On Fracking Regulation/No Help Needed

PA DEP Secretary Defends States’ Ability to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing

Congressional Hearing Explores Federal Oversight Options

HARRISBURG -- States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place are properly overseeing the activity and do not need federal interference, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Krancer told members of Congress on Nov. 16.

Krancer testified yesterday before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, of which Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Jason Altmire (D-PA) are members. The group is part of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and called the hearing to focus on states’ wastewater handling and regulations.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracing, is a process used in oil and natural gas drilling that injects a mixture of sand and water into the cracks of rock formations to create fissures that allow more oil and gas to be extracted.

“It is total fiction that sewage treatment plants are discharging these ‘terrible’ waste products into the waterways,” Krancer said. “The question here is whether the states are capable, and the states are doing a good job.”

Because each state has unique geography, topography and geology, a federal “one-size-fits-all” approach to regulation would be “unwise, duplicative and unnecessary,” Krancer testified.

“We have to be guided by facts and science -- not fiction and emotion,” Krancer said, adding that the latter guide much of the criticism of natural gas drilling.

He reminded the committee that there have been more than 1.2 million wells fraced across the nation over the last 60 years, and that neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor state regulatory agencies have seen any documented cases of fracing causing contamination of drinking water supplies.

Krancer credited Pennsylvania’s aggressive, robust regulatory program and oversight of natural gas activities, including the administration’s April 2011 call to drillers to stop delivering shale gas production wastewater to exempted treatment facilities, with protecting Pennsylvania’s surface and groundwater.

“The shale gas here is abundant, available, domestic, clean and cheap, and is already transforming our economy by creating tens of thousands of jobs and lower energy prices,” Krancer said. “And that is just the beginning.”

For more information and to view Krancer’s testimony, visit

It's Not Over Yet, Final Legislation Pending!!

Posted below is the letter I sent to all PA Senators before consideration of Senate Bill 1100. The House and Senate will have to meet and merge their two bills into a single piece of legislation. Contact your Senators and Representatives now and tell them what you think. Don't wait until it's too late.

Dear Senators,

I am extremely concerned about the passage of any legislation to usurp from local townships and boroughs in Pennsylvania, the control of drilling activities by zoning.

Local citizens of this Commonwealth must maintain these controls in their own neighborhoods.

Pennsylvania citizens should not have to depend on legislation from Harrisburg to protect them from risks and hazards to their health & welfare with no recourse but to move to another state.

Pennsylvania is not Texas, If that's what the Governor wants for Pennsylvania, he should move, not
the rest of us.

The residents are in an uproar over this proposed legislation. Taxing this industry is a must, but giving away the farm in the process is not in our best interests.

PA reacted to the midnight pay raises by booting out most of the perpetrators of that legislation. This legislation will create an uproar larger than the raises, with your jobs at risk.

Voters elect you, not corporations, and even if they have funds for fancy tv ads and the like, I doubt that the populace who actually have to cast votes for your representation will be influenced.

Please do your job and protect Pennsylvania residents from having this industrialization crammed into out side yards.

James Jones
Roulette, PA

Group Sends Articles On Gas Bills Passed By House & Senate

Well, both the Senate and House have passed impact fee bills. If you want to see how your rep voted, click here:

Here's an article talking about how pleased municipalities were with the amended House Bill. The article cites state associations of township supervisors, boroughs, and others who were already supporting the bill.

There will be a huge effort to put pressure on legislators until a final version of the bill is voted on. We need to keep contacting local officials who may not know what's coming. Many still don't know about the bills, the issues behind them, or that the organizations that are supposed to represent them have turned their backs on their membership.

Passive Student Protesters Pepper Sprayed

Video: Police pepper-spray passive students

CBS--University Of California, Davis.

State Senator Daylin Leach Calls Senate Bill 1100 "An Abomination"

State Senator Daylin Leach Calls
Senate Bill 1100 "An Abomination"
Thank you for your E-mail. Please know that I did in fact vote against SB 1100. To me, this bill was an abomination. It would set an effective tax rate of 2.2%, which would not only make Pennsylvania's return on the extraction of our resources the lowest in the nation, it would actually be below what the drilling industry itself proposed.

What is truly obscene is the fact that even this paltry rate is too high for Governor Corbett, who supports an even worse bill moving in the House which would set the effective rate at about 1%. To give you some perspective, Governor Rick Perry in Texas signed an energy tax of 7.5%.

We are literally leaving hundreds of millions of dollars on the table every year. We are doing this at the same time we are drastically cutting education, health care, our social safety net and other basic services. I will continue to do all I can to make the case for a more reasonable approach. But to be honest with you, the only way the policy will ultimately change is if the people making the policy in Harrisburg change.

Daylin Leach

State Senator Vincent J. Hughes Calls Senate Bill 1100 "A Missed Opportunity"

I strongly opposed the Republican Marcellus Shale plan that was approved by the Senate on November 15. The shale tax plan will make Pennsylvania’s rate the 5th lowest effective rate in the country. Pennsylvania has one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the country and as a result of the Senate’s actions today, it will have one of the lowest extraction tax rates in the nation.

This is a missed opportunity that we may never happen again.

This Republican plan for Marcellus Shale falls woefully short. It is short on generating revenues, providing environmental protections and protecting local communities. It gives a pass to the most lucrative industry in the world and fails to live up to our expectations of what a reasonable plan should look like. During floor debate, I offered an amendment that would have generated more than $560 million in additional revenues from shale drillers and the amendment was voted down by a 24-25 vote.

While we should do what we can to help this promising industry flourish, the economic boost that comes from shale should not mean that we relinquish our responsibility to our citizens, environment, local communities and future generations. If we fail to do our jobs now and protect the environment, we run the risk of future generations experiencing the same type of mess that we inherited from the coal industry.

Democrats offered amendments to provide more funding for environmental protection and remove provisions that preempt local zoning. These were rejected by Senate Republicans. We must ensure that this economic opportunity – this Pennsylvania resource – is managed safely and responsibly. We must generate real dollars and generate real protections for our citizens and our environment.

Senate Republicans also rejected amendments that would have:

• Provided a higher impact fee of $75,000 per well in the first year, raising to $150 million in 2011, $260 million in 2012, $380 million in 2013 and $491 million in 2014;

• Improved setback requirements to measure distances from the edge of the well pad, rather than from the well head;

• Totally preserved local zoning power as it relates to natural gas drilling so that no state agency could override the power to provide for appropriate placement of wells.

The Marcellus Shale plan should do three things: protect Pennsylvania’s environment and its people; generate adequate revenue; and give local government the ability to protect their communities. Anything less than that is unacceptable.

Thank you,

Vincent J. Hughes
State Senator - 7th District
Senate Democratic Appropriations Chair

Senator Jay Costa, Jr. Opposed Final Passage Of Scarnati Bill 1100

Senator Jay Costa, Jr. Comments On Senate Bill 1100

As you are likely aware, Senate Bill 1100 was considered for final passage on November 15, 2011. I opposed this bill on final passage, because I believe it does not sufficiently protect our Commonwealth from the impact of drilling.

In addition, I share concerns about the proposals that would impact the ability of communities to determine whether drilling happens within their borders, and about the importance of provisions intended to protect drinking water supplies in the Commonwealth.

Without question, these are key provisions and it is important that legislation on this issue addresses them thoroughly.

I believe that SB1100 fails us on these issues.

Sincerely yours,

Senator Jay Costa, Jr.
43rd District

Rep. Causer Says House Bill Preserves All Local Zoning Rights

Final House Bill Passed Preserves Zoning Rights

Causer Issues Statement on Marcellus/Utica Shale Impact Bill

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) issued the following statement regarding his “yes” vote on House Bill 1950, the Marcellus/Utica Shale Impact bill.

“My top priority with any impact fee bill has always been to ensure that the bulk of the money stays local. Under House Bill 1950, a full 75 percent of money generated by any impact fees enacted by a county stay in that county and its municipalities to maintain local roads and bridges, preserve and protect water supplies, and enhance emergency preparedness and public safety.

“The remaining 25 percent of impact fee revenue will be sent to the Commonwealth, but it is primarily set aside for infrastructure, environmental protection and public safety initiatives in regions where drilling is taking place. I believe this is an appropriate way to invest impact fee dollars.

“It was also important that any impact fee measure adopted by the House not put the state at a competitive disadvantage with other Marcellus Shale gas-producing states. The fee established by this legislation, along with our existing tax structure, ensures the drilling industry can continue to grow and create jobs in our region.

“To strike the right balance between environmental protection and economic development, the bill also boosts regulation to ensure the protection of our water supply. Specifically, it increases setback requirements to keep gas wells a safe distance from streams, water wells and public water supplies.

“While the proposal initially sought to preempt all local zoning laws relative to drilling, the bill that ultimately passed the House preserves those local zoning rights. This initiative earned the support of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

“The bill that passed the House is still a work in progress and differs significantly from what is contained in Senate Bill 1100, which was adopted by the state Senate earlier this week. We must now work to address these differences before a final bill can be sent to the governor’s desk.”

Gas Drilling Vote Was Cancelled

Gas Drilling Vote Cancelled
Delaware Governor to Vote No

Trenton, NJ: The November 21, 2011 vote to be held at the Trenton War Memorial by the Delaware River Basin Commission has been cancelled according to sources.

The vote was to seek approval of
regulations that would have allowed shale gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin by the beginning of 2012. The last minute cancellation is the second time this vote has been put off. And this time is believed
to be in response to an announcement by the Governor of Delaware that he would vote against the regulatory/drilling proposal.

Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum praised Governor Markell. “Governor Markell has listened to the will of the people, to the science and to the tremendous environmental and community harm being caused by gas drilling where it is happening. The issue of shale gas drilling has finally moved out of the political arena and is now being treated as an issue of genuine public policy concern,” said Delaware Riverkeeper van Rossum.

“The residents of this region stood firm and demanded protection from the ravages of gas drilling; forcing the politicians to listen or risk their political ambitions,” van Rossum added.

“This is a big win for our communities,” said Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. “For the past month citizens have been writing letters, sending emails, and leaving phone messages for their elected officials – while at first they didn’t want to hear us, enough people reached
out that they have been forced to.” “This is a big win for the River and the region” concluded van Rossum, “Now we just need to put the nail in the coffin and make sure gas drilling in the Delaware River watershed stays down and out of our

Chili Cook-Off Sunday At Legion Post

Chili Cook-Off Sunday At Legion Post

The Coudersport Youth Wrestling Club will be holding a Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at American Legion Post 192.

The cost will be $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 4-12, and children under 3 are free. Admission includes a sampling bowl for chili, a beverage, a dessert, and a ticket to vote for your favorite chili.

All proceeds from the chili cook-off will be used to purchase new, safer wrestling mats for these young athletes. Please come out and enjoy good food, fellowship, and fun while supporting these young wrestlers.

For more information, please visit

Penn Future Asseses Legislation Passed This Week In House & Senate

A bad week of sausage making for drilling legislation
Penn Future
When Mark Twain (or maybe Otto Von Bismarck, we always get them confused) said that if you like laws and sausage you should watch neither one being made, he had this week's Marcellus debates in mind. The House and Senate both passed drilling bills that favor the gas drillers over Pennsylvania taxpayers. And in the case of the House, watching the process turned stomachs.

Senate passes flawed drilling bill
The Senate passed Senate Bill 1100 by a 29-20 vote. A series of improvements were made to the bill, but the Senate rejected amendments by Senator Jim Ferlo, D-Allegheny, and Senator Vince Hughes, D-Philadelphia, that would have substantially improved the local zoning provisions and the funding for the statewide impact fee. SB 1100 imposes a statewide impact fee with an effective tax rate of 2.2 percent, well below the rate of most states that impose a drilling tax or fee. The bill dedicates fifty-five percent of the revenue to host communities, while 45 percent goes to statewide uses including water projects, bridge repairs, and conservation and recreational projects. Country conservation districts and the Fish & Boat Commission also receive funding in the bill. The fiscal note for SB 1100 has a good summary of the bill.

SB 1100 also changes many requirements of the Oil and Gas Act. There are some good provisions here, but others need strengthening especially the section on bonding.

House passes terrible drilling bill
Yesterday the House delivered an early holiday gift to the multinational drilling companies by a 107-76 vote. House Bill 1950 contains an embarrassingly low impact fee with an effective tax rate of one percent—a pittance compared to other gas producing states. So the drillers dance away without paying their fair share while families struggle with cuts to education, human services and other programs.

To make matters worse, unlike the Senate's statewide impact fee, this pittance of an impact fee is optional for counties to adopt. And if counties do adopt it, the minimal fee levels are not required; in fact, they are a ceiling. Deep-pocketed drilling companies could lobby counties not to adopt the fee or play neighboring counties off each other. Counties do not have the administrative capacity right now to impose a fee. If all the counties in the shale region assess the fee it will create 40 more bureaucracies that currently do not exist.

Hardball for the drillers
There was strong, bipartisan support for amendments from both Republicans and Democrats that would have significantly improved HB 1950. Leadership used parliamentary tricks to prevent members from voting on them. Then late Wednesday the House Republican leadership used a parliamentary nuclear option to cut off all consideration of further amendments Representative Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, noted that this strong-armed tactic had only been used in the House 30 times between 1961 and 2010, but has now been used nine times this session.

Local municipalities will have their hands tied
Both SB 1100 and HB 1950 would sharply restrict the limited powers that local governments can use to manage the impact of drilling in their communities. Under both bills, local ordinances cannot regulate or "conflict with" oil and gas operations. This provision could be the basis for invalidating even the most light-handed zoning ordinance. Gas wells and huge wastewater impoundments would be allowed in residential areas if they were at least 300 feet from a building, and local governments could not place stronger restrictions on gas operations near schools, hospitals, etc.

Next steps
The end game for the drilling legislation will likely involve closed-door negotiations between Governor Corbett, the Senate and House Republican leadership, and the gas drillers. The resulting deal will likely be amended into a bill in one chamber (probably the Senate), then sent back to the other chamber (probably the House) for an up or down vote on concurrence.

Citizens need to tell their legislators not vote for this deal unless it significantly improves.

Corbett Pats Legislators On The Back For Passing Legislation On Drilling

Governor Corbett Praises General Assembly for Action on Marcellus Shale Legislation

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today thanked members of the House for
passing House Bill 1950. This strong Marcellus Shale package, which promotes job
growth, protects the environment and includes a responsible impact fee,
incorporates many of the recommendations of the Marcellus Shale Advisory

The package now moves to the Senate for their consideration.

In addition, Corbett commended the Senate for passing Senate Bill 1100 this week
which also enhances environmental standards and includes an impact fee.
In October, Corbett outlined his Marcellus Shale proposal, which followed the work of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission and includes a plan to move
Pennsylvania toward energy independence.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the members of the General Assembly to enact a fair and comprehensive Marcellus Shale package this session,” Corbett said.

Both the Senate bill and the House bill severely restrict the ability of local governments to control drilling activities or locations by local zoning regulations.

Governor Corbett Disappointed by Cancelation of Delaware River Basin Commission Meeting

Governor Corbett Disappointed by Cancelation of Delaware River Basin Commission Meeting

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett expressed his disappointment in the decision to cancel the Nov. 21 meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission, or DRBC.

The cancelation came after members of the DRBC failed to agree on a final regulatory package to oversee the responsible development of natural gas within the Delaware River basin.

"Pennsylvania is ready to move forward now," Corbett said. "The final regulatory package would ensure that natural gas is developed in a manner that protects our water resources and holds operators to the highest standards in the nation. It is the result of a nearly two-year regulatory process, which has previously been delayed to allow sufficient time to address remaining issues raised by members of the DRBC.

"Pennsylvania's citizens have been extraordinarily patient. We have demonstrated a willingness to compromise and to address issues brought forth by other members of the commission," Corbett said. "We have worked with our commission partners in good faith, and it is disappointing to not have these efforts reciprocated."

Corbett noted that the regulatory requirements of the DRBC would be in addition to those already required by Pennsylvania state law. These state standards include stringent requirements governing the location, construction and operation of natural gas wells; water use and wastewater treatment requirements; and vigorous permitting, inspection and enforcement efforts.

"Today's delay – driven more by politics than sound science – is a decision to put off the creation of much-needed jobs, to put off securing our energy independence, and to infringe upon the property rights of thousands of Pennsylvanians," Corbett said.

Working House Fire On Pratt Hollow Road

Structure Fire On Pratt Hollow
At 10:10 am on Saturday, Rew, Otto Township and Derrick City Fire Depts. have been dispatched to a structure fire at 23 Pratt Hollow. Caller reports heavy smoke coming from windows.

SECOND ALARM--Hilltop with engine & tanker to scene, Otto Township with Tanker to scene.

Police Seeking Two Who Harassed Man At Gun Range In Annin Township

Pennsylvania State Police are seeking the identity of two white males who allegedly harassed a 67 year old Turtlepoint man at the Eldred Conservation Club rifle range at 125 Whitetail Road in Annin Township on Friday at 3:00 pm.

Police said the Turtlepoint man was harassed by the two males that utilized obscenities while threatening to do physical harm at the gun range.

The first male is described as white, approximately 6 foot 2 inches tall with dark gray hair, slender build, with an estimated weight of 180 lbs and in his late 50's or 60's.

The second male is described as white, approximately 5 foot 6 inches tall, with dark hair, short stocky build, with an estimated weight of 200 pounds and in his 20's.

The males were operating a gray colored SUV. Anyone with any information relating to this incident is asked to contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555. Attention Trooper Brothers.

Coudersport Ambulance To Lower Lane

At 9:35 am on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Lower Lane for an unknown medical.

Check Out Frosty Hollow Country Mercantile's Open House Today From 9 to 5

It's Ladies Night At Cimino's Hardware On Saturday, November 26th

New Location For God's New Beginnings Church

Jenny Invites You To A Holiday Open House Friday & Saturday

Friday, November 18, 2011

Isola M. Roberts, 77, of Weimer Ave., Roulette, PA

ROULETTE-Isola M. Roberts, 77, of Weimer Ave., passed away Friday (Nov. 18, 2011) in the Charles Cole Mem. Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born December 15, 1933, in Roulette, she was a daughter of William and Ida Leiman Stewart. On Jan. 27, 1950, in Roulette, she married Laurence G. Roberts, who died April 27, 1987.

Mrs. Roberts worked several years for Ethan Allen Furniture Co. of Eldred, before retiring in 1991.

She was a lifetime resident of the area and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 460, Port Allegany.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandra (William) Probst of Mercer, PA; three grandsons, Larry (Deborah) Roberts, Jr. of Colorado Springs, CO, Scott Probst of San Francisco, CA, and Kent Probst of Washington, DC; a brother, William Stewart of Roulette; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Laurence Roberts, a daughter, Patricia Roberts, a son, Larry G. Roberts, Sr., a brother, George Stewart, and a sister, Florence Stewart.

There will be no visitation. Funeral and committal services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Hill Cemetery, Roulette.

Memorials can be made to the Roulette Ambulance or Roulette Fire Department.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Violet L. Esch, 90, a long-time resident of the Bradford Ecumenical Home and former resident of Derrick City, PA

Violet L. Esch, 90, a long-time resident of the Bradford Ecumenical Home and former resident of Derrick City, passed away Thursday, November 17th, 2011.

Born February 4, 1921, in Yates Center, KS, she was a daughter of the late George Franklin and Lillie Belle (Turner) Withers.

Mrs. Esch graduated in 1939 as the salutatorian of her class at Yates Center High School.

On February 20, 1942 she married Charles Esch who preceded her in death.

She had worked in the accounting office for MacMillan Bloedel Containers Incorporated in Fernwood, MS and also along with her with her husband Charles, owned and operated a dairy farm in Magnolia, MS.

In 1965 she moved to Bradford and was employed as a bookkeeper for City Motors Lincoln Mercury for several years. Violet also owned and operated Pembrooke Kennels and Groomery in Derrick City for more than 30 years.

She is survived by five sons; Donald (Carol) Esch of Pittstown, NJ, Robert (Ann) Esch of Bradford, Larry (Linda) Esch of Charlottesville, VA, David (Christine) Esch of Lewes, DE, and Richard (Lisa) Esch of Bradford, one daughter Connie Alford of Magnolia, MS., seventeen grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren and one nephew Marvin (Sarah) Withers of Burlington, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother Clarence Withers and two sisters Wanda E. Withers and Roma R. Withers.

At the family's request there will be no public visitation. A private funeral service will be held at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. for family. Graveside services and burial will be in Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, KS.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bradford Educational Foundation, Violet Esch, Memorial Scholarship Endowment for Pre-Veterinary, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA 16701 or Tuna Valley Trail Association P.O. Box 1003 Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at

Gilliland's Prison Report Wins A Schnader

Potter County Native Wins One Of Top Awards

Former Leader-Enterprise Editor, Donald Gilliland, now an investigative reporter for the Harrisburg Patriot-News, has captured second place in a state wide competition for his report on the Pennsylvania prison system.

The annual William A. Schnader Print Media Awards Competition was established more than 20 years ago by the Pennsylvania Bar Association to honor journalistic excellence in news or feature reporting of the legal system and its operations. Named after a former state attorney general and PBA president, the Schnader Awards Competition is designed to recognize journalists who through their writing:

* foster greater public understanding of our legal system;
* inform and educate citizens as to the roles of society and the law, the courts, law enforcement agencies, and the legal profession; and
* disclose practices or procedures needing correction or improvement so as to encourage and promote efforts to improve and modernize our laws, courts or law enforcement agencies statewide.

The competition is funded by the national law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.


Special Report/Series

1st Place: Laurie Mason Schroeder, Bucks County Courier Times, “Unlocking the Children and Youth Agency”

2nd Place: Donald Gilliland, Patriot-News, “Hard Time for Taxpayers”

Schnader website:
Full list:

Ham and Turkey Raffle Saturday, November 19

Ham and Turkey Raffle
Sponsored by the Little Nippers

Saturday, November 19, 2011
Eldred Township VFD
Windfall Road, Eldred, PA


Come Support Youth Sports in the Otto-Eldred Area

Benjamin R. Defibaugh, 63, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Benjamin R. Defibaugh, 63, of Smethport, died Friday (November 18, 2011) in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.

He was born July 1, 1948 in Smethport, a son of Benjamin F. and Clara I. Shick Defibaugh. On October 1, 1977 in St. Joseph Church, Mt. Jewett, PA, he married Debbie A. Boyland, who survives.

Mr. Defibaugh was a graduate of Smethport High School and served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.

Mr. Defibaugh was the Director of Veteran's Affairs for McKean County for 25 years, retiring in December, 2008.

He was a member of St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by
one son: John Defibaugh of Smethport, PA
five sisters: Margaret Lemon of Rochester, NY; Donna (John) Hordubay of Smethport; Patricia (Tom) McCord of Farmington, NY; Beverly Defibaugh of Rochester, NY; Elizabeth (Richard) Brown of Wildwood, FL
one brother: Howard F. (Anne) Defibaugh of Ridgway, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Cunningham and Reta Eaton, and one brother, Robert J. Defibaugh.

Visitation will be held privately with the family. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 am Monday in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Smethport with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Handicap Accessibility Fund at St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport. Online condolences can be made at

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

GT Thompson Calls For Balanced Budget As Measure Fails To Get Enough Support

Despite Bipartisan Support, Balanced Budget Amendment Fails to Pass House

Thompson Continues Call For Fiscal Restraint, End to Washington’s ‘Spending Addiction’

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today voted to support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States. During general debate, Representative Thompson delivered remarks in support of the resolution. The measure, H. J. Res. 2, received the support of 236 Republicans and 25 Democrats, falling short of a two-thirds majority needed for passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mailbox Damaged In Sharon Township

A criminal mischief incident overnight on Wednesday into Thursday at the intersection of Wildcat Road and Plank Road in Sharon Township in Potter Conty is under investigation by State Police at Coudersport.

Michael W. Blanchard's mailbox was damaged at that location. Anyone with information is asked to call trooper James Culvey at 814-274-8690.

Breaking News: JoePA has lung cancer

Breaking News: JoePA has lung cancer

Wellsville Daily Reporter Updates Plane Crash Story

Plane crashes into garage and fire starts: ‘I couldn’t believe they were alive’

By John Anderson and Brian Quinn
Posted Nov 18, 2011 @ 11:48 AM


60th Wedding Anniversary

60th Wedding Anniversary

The family of Charles and Ruth Gerner would like you to join them at a 60TH Wedding Anniversary Dessert Open House tomorrow, November 19th at the Coudersport Fire Department Training Center from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. No gifts please.

C&N To Reopen Athens Office

C&N Athens Office Will Reopen In Same Location

ATHENS, PA – Citizens & Northern Bank’s Athens office, severely damaged by flood waters in September, will be renovated and will re-open in the same location – 428 South Main Street.

The C&N Board of Directors made the announcement at their board meeting Thursday. The office and most of its

contents were destroyed in this disaster, which impacted hundreds of families and businesses in the community. It is anticipated that renovations will take approximately three to four months, said Charles H. Updegraff, Jr., C&N chairman, president and CEO.

“Citizens & Northern has been committed to the valley since C&N merged with Farmers National Bank in 1984. We are well aware that the bank has been a fixture in the Athens community since Farmers opened there in 1893,” Updegraff said. “We look forward to once again serving our customers from the Athens location.”

Until the Athens office re-opens, the Athens staff is working from the Sayre office at 1827 Elmira Street. Customers can check on progress at the Athens office on the bank’s Facebook page:

2 Vehicles/Multiple Injuries Reported In Rt. 15 Crash


Fire Rescue and EMS Units are responding
to a two vehicle accident on Route 15 near the Sebring Exit in Liberty Township, Tioga County.

Multiple injuries and possible confinement is reported.

Liberty, Morris, Blossburg, and a Helicopter have been dispatched.

Cabin Fire In Gaines Township

Cabin Fire In Gaines Township
At 2:30 pm on Friday, Galeton Dept. 10 has been dispatched to a cabin fire on Route 6 near the Kline Road in Gaines Township.

Traffic Accident In Jones Township


11/18/2011 1:49:41 PM


Mary Louise Scrocco, formerly of East State Street, Olean, NY

OLEAN, NY - Mary Louise Scrocco, formerly of East State Street, passed away Thursday (Nov. 10, 2011) at the home of her sister, Joanne, in Grasonville, Md.

Born Aug. 12, 1931, in Crosby, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Peter C. and Bernice Pettenati Rossi. On Aug. 10, 1968, in Smethport, Pa., she married Francis M. Scrocco, who passed away Sept. 14, 2009.

Mary Lou was a graduate of Smethport High School class of 1948 and Westbrook Academy in 1949.

She worked for Whelan Wholesale as a clerk and later was a bookkeeper for 16 years at Sylvania (GTE), retiring in 1968.

Mary Lou was a member of St. Mary of the Angels Church.

Surviving are two sisters, Joanne Marinik of Grasonville and Carol Conn of Silver Spring, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends at St. Mary of the Angels Church, Olean, on Monday (Nov. 14, 2011) at which time a Mass of Christian Burial was held, with Father Gregory Dobson, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.

Memorials may be made to HomeCare & Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, NY 14760; or to St. Mary of the Angels Church, 202 S. Union St., Olean, NY 14760.

Arrangements are under direction of the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., Olean.

Alice N. Barr of 552 King St., Olean, NY

OLEAN, NY - Alice N. Barr of 552 King St. died Thursday (Nov. 10, 2011) in Olean General Hospital.

Born July 18, 1924, in Olean she was the daughter of Addison and Gladys Hicks Smith. On Nov. 20, 1965, in Roulette, Pa., she married Richard A. Barr who predeceased her on Jan. 27, 1982.

She worked for a time for the former Trans O Gram Toy Company in Roulette. She was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Roulette and the Calvary Baptist Church in Olean. Mrs. Barr was a homemaker most of her life and spent years caring for her mother, brother and husband in their illnesses. She enjoyed sewing, watching television and other home activities.

Surviving are five children, Barbara Ann (Wayne) Manis of Hayden Lake, Idaho; Donald (Donna) Jordan of Clearfield, Pa.; Donna May (William) Baker of Roulette, Pa.; Leslie G. (Jonathan) Wallace of Cantonment, Fla.; Michael P. Hunter of Olean; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by one grandson, Matthew D. Baker in 2008; one brother, Robert Smith; and two sisters, Lela White and Frances Bartholomay.

Burial services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday (Nov. 14, 2011) at Lyman Cemetery in Roulette, Pa. Rev. Marty Montgomery officiated. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, Olean.


Kane Woman Found Dead Behind Arlington Hotel Thursday

Body of former Colonial Radio Group intern found
Police are continuing to investigate Thursday’s discovery of a body behind the Arlington Hotel on Fraley Street in Kane.

WVTT McKean County news Director Jeff Andrulonis said the body was identified as 25-year Natasha Mattis of Kane. Mattis was a Pitt-Bradford student and was a former intern at Colonial Radio Group.

Deputy Coroner Sam Cummings says the cause of death has not yet been determined. Authorities aren’t releasing further information as their investigation continues.

Chinese Auction to benefit Rita Erway

Chinese Auction to benefit Rita Erway

There will be a Chinese Auction to benefit Rita Erway, who has bladder cancer, at the Ulysses Community Building on Saturday Nov 19 starting at 11 A.M.

We have lots of wonderful donations and also a huge bake sale. We will start to draw tickets at 5 P.M. We will be doing raffles for an Amish rocker, a quilt, a beautiful Ski-Doo jacket, and several other nice items.
Please come and join us.

Thanks, Marylou Erway

Galeton Water Authority Proposes To Remove Dams

Pennsylvania Bulletin
D53-029EA and D53-030EA. Galeton Borough Authority, 4 Sherman Street, Galeton, PA 16922. West Branch Township, Potter County, ACOE Baltimore District. Project proposes to breach and remove Wetmore Run Dam across Wetmore Run and Right Br Dam across Right Branch Wetmore Run (HQ-CWF) for the purpose of eliminating a threat to public safety and restoring the stream to a free flowing condition.

The dams are located approximately one-half mile Northwest of the intersection of West Branch Road (SR200) and Crippen Run Road (T536) (Galeton, PA Quadrangle; Latitude: 41° 43` 11", Longitude: -77° 42` 29"; Galeton, PA Quadrangle; Latitude: 41° 42` 58", Longitude: -77° 42` 51").



As part of the curriculum for a senior at Cameron County High School every senior must complete a senior project in order to graduate next June. A senior project can be anything that is beneficial to the local community or the general public.

My name is Rachel Harris, a senior at CCHS. For my senior project I have been raising money for a foundation known as Heifer International. What Heifer does is provide live animals, seedlings and knowledge to poor countries so that the villages within these countries can learn how to produce goods for themselves. My goal is to raise $5,000 within the next two months.

Heifer International is an organization that is helping to sustain and develop the life of livestock and material goods, training and extension work, and organizational development. This organization has been around since 1944 helping 51 countries throughout the world and 23 states with in the United States. The simple belief that Heifer was founded on is that ‘ending hunger begins with giving people the means to feed themselves. “Heifer has changed the lives 10.5 million of hungry families in the U.S and other countries all over the world.”
Since this is my senior project, I feel as though it is my duty to contribute to my project. I have donated many of my paychecks from Olivetts Market, to the fund, all my loose change goes to the fund, and I have also been redeeming cans and bottles at an area redemption center. Along with a few donations from friends and family I have raised almost $1,200, but I have a long way to go.

The reason I am asking for your help is because I know that this $5,000 is something that could really, truly change the world. I think it would be wonderful to say that we helped control world hunger, and helped teach millions of people to be self-sustaining. This $5,000 will buy a “living Gift Ark”. This Ark includes 15 productive sets of 15 different animals to be distributed around the world, including the United States of America.

I am very passionate about this project because I believe everyone should have a chance to live, not worry where their food supply is coming from or when they will eat next. The saying ‘Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man how to fish, feed him for a lifetime.’ holds so very true here. I want to help teach them to work for what they need, show them it is possible. When Heifer International goes into an impoverished country, not only does it provide animals, trees, and seeds, most importantly it provides knowledge. Most often Heifer will teach the women of the “village” to read and write, this is done so that they may then learn about the proper care of the animals and the crops. When this education is provided to the women, in empowers them and affords them respect. Many times women and the young girls in these countries are abused and sold into slavery. By educating the women about the care and breeding of the animals, it also teaches them about the proper care for themselves and about human population growth.

Heifer is well known in many churches in our community, and I know that many people enjoy contributing to it over the holidays. The question I have for you is: Will you help me reach this goal? Please help me support my senior project in anyway you seem fit. I still have a long road to go until I reach my goal of $5,000, but I know that we can be the change this world needs. Please visit my website at on this website you can make a personal donation.

Or if you would like to give a gift of hope, a gift of compassion, how about instead of giving, INVEST. Invest in controlling world hunger. Give a life-changing gift to Heifer International in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one. It’s a gift that brings promise to hungry families and the opportunity for a better life to the less fortunate. Giving a Heifer gift takes the stress out of shopping while putting the meaning back into giving. If you would like to give a gift and would like a “gift card acknowledgment” sent to the recipient, please send me their name and address and the occasion, “Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas” etc and I will send a card directly to the recipient and notify them of your gift.

If you would like to donate, please use my website location, or mail a check directly to me. This is the only way for me to gather the funds to purchase the Ark and fulfill my senior project goal. Or donate through your local church and ask them to earmark that donation for Heifer for this Live Ark project. I would appreciate your help with reaching this goal.

Our community, our “village”, is so fortunate to have so many leaders and so many people willing to help anyone in need. I have seen it most recently with so many local illnesses and tragedies. We are fortunate to have so many citizens willing to help and be heroes to others. I am asking all of you who are willing to help others, to help now. Not many of us can take the time to travel to these countries personally in order to provide aide. Heifer International is our ambassador of goodwill.

Next fall, 2012. I will be attending Mt Aloysius College. The most important reason I chose this college is because of their devotion to outreach in the form of Missionary work. Their primary focus is Missions work right here within the USA. I can’t think of anything more important that I could do with my life, then to help others.

My email address is and my address is 1758 Old West Creek Road, Emporium, PA 15834. Please make your checks or money orders payable to Rachel Harris, I will then send my certified check to Heifer International, in the amount of $5,000. I am determined to reach this goal. This Christmas your gift donation will begin to change so many lives.

Thank you,

Rachel Harris
Senior at Cameron County High School



BRADFORD, Pa. – Dr. Larry “Rock ’n’ Roll” Schardt, who contributed a chapter to the most recent book in the popular “Chicken Soup” series, will give a talk on “The Magic in Every Moment” Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The talk, subtitled “The Seven Simple Actions you can Take to Achieve a Lifetime of Happiness and Success,” will take place at 7 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater. It is free and open to the public. He will share principles that will help audience members make and keep those upcoming New Year’s resolutions.

Schardt is a Pitt-Bradford alumnus, adjunct instructor and nationally known speaker who has motivated audiences of all ages from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Schardt has taught and lectured on such topics as life and professional success, the power of humor, teaching, conservation and sustainability, relationships and motivation.

On his most recent tour with U.S. Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, Schardt spoke to nearly 700 students, encouraging them to live out their dreams.

“Your presentation was certainly one of the highlights of our program,” Thompson told him. “You have a remarkable gift and rapport, and I’m glad you shared your powerful message.”

The most recent book in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, “101 Stories about Finding Your Purpose, Passion and Joy,” features an entry by Schardt: “Career Magic.”

The segment deals with lessons Schardt learned during his first supervisory role as a district conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service in Mifflin County, according to the Lewistown Sentinel, which interviewed Schardt about the book.

“It’s about how I learned to deal with being a supervisor, how excited I was, the challenges, and how to find your happiness,” he told the paper.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and Schardt will be signing them.

The presentation is being sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association.

Photo of Dr. Larry ‘Rock ’n’ Roll’ Schardt holding “Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories about Finding Your Purpose, Passion and Joy,” which features an essay by him. Schardt will speak at Pitt-Bradford Nov. 30 and sign books. Books are available for purchase in advance at The Panther Shop on campus or at the event.