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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mansfield Fire Under Control At 10:00 PM


The fire is in a storage building behind the shopping plaza and Greco's Market. Parts of North Main are without power due to the fire.

A two-alarm structure fire in Mansfield Boro has been declared under control at 10:00 PM
Mansfield, Wellsboro, Blossburg are on scene. Liberty is at station 4, Galeton is at station 1, and Tioga is at station 2

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1:27 am--Mansfield Command just reported fire out and power is back on


An armed standoff in the Ormsby area of McKean County has closed roads into the area since the middle of Saturday afternoon, when several Fire Departments were called out to send Fire Police to enforce that closure.

Olean radio WVTT posted a confirmation about a half-hour ago that State Police and multiple police agencies, including a State Police SERT team, are on scene. One man is reported to have barricaded himself in a home. At 7:30 pm, police reported that there have been no injuries.

More information is promised by State Police at Kane as the situation develops.

Dorothy R. Webster, 77, of 11 Nelson Avenue, Bradford, PA

Dorothy R. Webster, 77, of 11 Nelson Avenue, Bradford, PA, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the Bradford Manor.

She was born on March 28, 1934 in Corning, NY, a daughter of the late Herschel and Florence VanGorder Farrell.

On October 20, 1956 in Corning, she married Roswell “Ross” Webster, who preceded her in death on February 24, 2003.

She was a 1953 graduate of the Corning Free Academy, Corning.

She was employed in the customer service department with the former Integra Bank, Bradford; where she retired from in 1995.

She is survived by two sons, Jim (Kathy) Webster, Duke Center, PA, Bill (Sabrina) Webster, Bradford, one daughter, Laurie (Chris) Patmore, Bradford, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by one brother, Donald Farrell and one sister, Geraldine Kennedy.

At the family’s request there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be announced in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701 or the Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 179, Bradford, PA 16701.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Structure Fire In Gibson Township

Address: 411 GROVE ST
Cross Streets: GROVE RUN RD

12/10/2011 5:39:34 PM

4-H Winter Coat/Clothing Collection Dec. 14/15/16


A SEARCH DETAIL, dispatched at 3:54 pm on Saturday, for some hunters lost in Wetmore Township near the Colonial has been RECALLED at 4:15 pm.

A family member has contacted authorities and reported the hunters are out of the woods.

RN's, LPN's, & CNA's Needed For Work In Local Communities

Johanna A. Korb, 67, of Cyclone, PA

Johanna A. Korb, 67, of Cyclone, died Friday (December 9, 2011) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

She was born June 27, 1944 in Kane, a daughter of Alex and Anna Acierno Cunningham. On August 31, 1963 in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, she married Russell K. Korb, who survives.

Mrs. Korb was a graduate of Smethport High School and attended the Continental School of Beauty in Olean, NY. She had worked as a clerk for Sal’s and Sons, the Market Basket, and Lindgren’s Store.

She was a member of the Hilltop Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by
one son: Todd M. Korb of Coudersport, PA
Granddaughters: Shannon and Kayla Korb, both of Coudersport
one sister: Ruth Hair of Fayetteville, NC
three brothers: Glenn (Evelyn) Cunningham and Gary (Cathy) Cunningham, both of Smethport, John (Nancy) Cunningham of Rochester, NY, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great- great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 1 brother and 1 sister.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am, in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport. A Christian Wake service will be held on Monday at 3:30 in the funeral home.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Hilltop Fire Dept. Ladies Auxillary, St. Elizabeth Church, or the American Cancer Society, McKean County. Online condolences can be left at

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

St. Eulalia Catholic Church Will Host Its 6th annual Advent Luncheon

St. Eulalia Catholic Church Will Host Its 6th annual Advent Luncheon

St. Eulalia Catholic Church will host its 6th annual Advent luncheon on Wednesday, December 14th at noon in the Parish Center.

This is an interdenominational community event that benefits the Coudersport Ministerium Relief Fund.

A variety of soups, sandwiches and desserts will be served. Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and Sweden Valley Manor will again join us and add their specialties to the luncheon menu.

A free will offering will be accepted. In the true spirit of the holiday season, let us come together, be merry and enjoy the fellowship of friends and neighbors while supporting the Ministerium as they continue to aid those in need in our community. All are welcome.

Olga Presents Josh Wolf Tonight At 8:30 PM

Lunar Halo In Knoxville, PA

Taken in Knoxville PA
Lunar Halo 12/8/2011

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Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Coudersport Elementary 6th Grade Musical “The Ever After, A Musical”

“The Ever After, A Musical”

This year’s musical, “The Ever After, A Musical” will be presented in the High School Auditorium on December 10--Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. Adults $ 7.00, Students/Children $5.00.

Chances on gift baskets will also be available @ $5.00 for 25 chances. Over 20 Baskets!

Please come out and show your support and help the 6th graders out to raise money for the 6th grade trip!

Potter County's Natural Gas Round Up Newsletter Ready Now

Latest Natural Gas ‘Roundup’ Available

shalejobsThe county’s latest Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Roundup newsletter remains available. The November/December 2011 edition can be accessed on the county website: (Click on “Marcellus Shale/Natural Gas” tab and then on “Monthly Newsletter”). Copies can be printed directly from the website. The 10-page newsletter is also available on request from Cheri Potter at 814-274-8290, Ext. 207; email Among the highlights of this edition:
  • Local Job Training Opportunities
  • Resource Center To Launch Shale Gas Website
  • ‘Citizens Committee’ Sends Report To Governor
  • Potter County Water Group Hailed As State Model
  • Study Pinpoints Positives, Negatives Of Gas Industry
  • Another Major Pipeline Planned For Potter County

Potter County’s New Veterans Affairs Director Introduced

County’s New Veterans Affairs Director Introduced
Potter County Today

Byron Sutton Jr., who recently joined the county as director of veterans affairs, addressed several issues of interest to veterans and their families during last week’s meeting of the Potter County Board of Commissioners. He emphasized that benefit programs are frequently changing, including a new initiative that benefits those veterans who may have been exposed to radiation as part of their service. Sutton said he is eager to share information about veterans’ benefits, particularly health care, pensions and disability compensation. He is working on a field visit schedule with local veterans’ service organizations

Sutton, a Galeton native, succeeded Leonard Kalkbrenner Jr., who retired in September. Both of the men were commended by the commissioners. His office is in the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building at 1 North Main Street in Coudersport and is open Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 am to 3 pm, and other days by appointment. He can be reached at 814-274-8290, Ext. 210, or

Six-Alarm Fire Destroys Punxsutawney Hotel, Smuggler's Inn

UPDATE: Six-Alarm Fire Destroys Punxsutawney Hotel, Smuggler's Inn

By Brittany Boyer and Bill Wadell


Dozens of firefighters were called to Jefferson County to battle fast-moving flames in downtown Punxsutawney early Saturday morning.

Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief, Paul Hense told 6 News crews were dispatched at 2:57 a.m after reports of a fire along North Findley Street. More...

Basketball: Galeton vs Austin

Basketball: Galeton vs Austin
Basketball: Galeton vs Austin
Austin JV won, 16-22.
Galeton Varsity won, 39-28
Howard Young (25), Kris Brumbach (33)
Devin Skithmyer (20), Kal Logue (21)
Tye Dynda (23), Nate Jeffries (10)
Ben Clark (30), Dakota Shadle (14)

This Christmas Gift Can Last Forever..........

Andover Man Arrested In Rash Of Burglaries

New York State Police Amity arrest 3rd defendant in a recent rash of burglaries

On 12/09/11 the New York State Police in Amity arrested Ronnie L. Farrow Sr.. Farrow is the third defendant charged in a recent rash of burglaries in the southeast portion of Allegany County and Northern Pennsylvania.

Numerous thefts of ATV’s and other property have been occurring since September of 2011.

Farrow, 52 of Andover NY has been charged with two counts of burglary in the Town of Wellsville, one count of burglary, two counts of criminal possession of stolen property 3rd, one count of criminal possession of stolen property 4th, two counts of criminal possession of stolen property 5th, one count of grand larceny 4th and one count of petit larceny, all in the Town of Andover.

Several ATV’s, two snowmobiles and approximately 200 additional items have been recovered to date. Farrow was arraigned in the Town of Scio Court and remanded to the Allegany County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Treat Yourself To The Luxury Of A Remote Car Starter

Whispering Evergreens Christmas Trees

Catalytic Converter Cut From Truck For Sale Along Rt. 6

Troopers at the Kane Station investigated a Theft From A Motor Vehicle at 89 Mountain Road in Liberty Township, McKean County.

Eric Johnston, of Port Allegany, PA, told troopers that individual(s) had removed a catalytic converter from the undercarriage portion of a white 1999 Ford F-350 pickup truck that was for sale by owner and parked along US Highway 6.

The individual(s) cut the catalytic converter from the truck sometime over the last year.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Outlook For Winter Weather 2011-2012
What’s in store for the U.S. this winter? Expect it to be cooler, wetter than average in the north and west, and warmer and drier than average in the south.

Giovanni “John” M. Lombardi, 85, 78 Rochester Street, Bradford, PA

Giovanni “John” M. Lombardi, 85, 78 Rochester Street, Bradford, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

He was born on June 7, 1926 in Pannarano, Italy (BN), a son of Antonio and Immacolata Franco Lombardi.

On August 10, 1952 in Pannarano, Italy, he married Sabatina Borreca, who survives, at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church.

He attended schools in Italy.

He served in the Italian Airborne Regiment from 1946 until 1948.

Mr. Lombardi had immigrated to the United States onboard the S.S. Vulcania in June 1956. He left Naples, Italy on June 13 (St. Anthony) and arrived at Ellis Island on June 24 (St. John). He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1962.

He was employed by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery from 1956 until his retirement in 1991.

He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church; where he had been a Eucharistic minister, Head usher and an Acolyte. He was a 50+ year member of the La Stella lodge; where he had served as President for eight years. He was a member of the Catholic Men’s Society at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Pannarano, Italy and St. Bernard Catholic Church. He was an avid Bocce player and a member of the IAPC Bocce League. He enjoyed gardening, was an amateur vintner, all around craftsman, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, Sabatina Lombardi, Bradford, he is also survived by one daughter, Susan (René J.) Al, Pittsburgh, PA, one son, Anthony M. Lombardi, Bradford, one step sister, Angie Petino, Bradford, one step brother, John DeBiase, Erie, one grandson, John Al, Pittsburgh, three step grandchildren, Antoinette Al, Cincinnati, OH, René Al, Jr., St. Petersburg, FL, Andre Al, Billings, MT as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Antonio Lombardi, his mother Immacolata Lombardi DeBiase, twin sons, Anthony and Mario Lombardi, two brothers, Gennaro (Adrianna) Lombardi, Cesare Lombardi and his step father, Anthony DeBiase.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc., where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 AM Monday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Bernard Catholic Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, as celebrant. A Christian wake service will be held at 3:45 PM Sunday in the funeral home. Members of the LaStella Lodge will call as a group at 7:00 PM Sunday in the funeral home.

Entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Main Street, Bradford.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Senator Vincent Hughes Updates Issues In PA Senate

State Senator Vincent Hughes: On the Issues Facebook Twitter

Senator Hughes An informational update for you!

This publication is your opportunity to receive regular updates on the work and the issues that I have been involved with, both in Harrisburg and throughout our community.

Please visit my website, where you will find a comprehensive overview of our work, various phone numbers and contact information to assist you in solving problems, opportunities to volunteer and assist us in our programs and opportunities to give your feedback.

Marcellus Shale Plan Must Hold Industry Accountable

Marcellus ShaleFor years, the General Assembly has struggled to pass a much needed natural gas drilling impact fee. We have discussed and debated an impact fee combined with critical environmental regulations for Marcellus Shale only to come up short. The recently approved impact fee legislative plans that were passed in the state Senate and the House also fall woefully short, amounting to a missed opportunity, likely never to be seen again.

The overall product of the separate pieces of legislation (Senate Bill 1100 and House Bill 1950) approved in the Senate and the House were disappointing, to say the least.

Senator Hughes Says Republican Marcellus Shale Plan Gives Industry a Pass

Senator Hughes debates on Senate Floor about the Republican Marcellus Shale plan that was approved by the Senate.
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The proposal my Senate Democratic colleagues and I recommended was far better than either bill approved in the Republican-controlled House and Senate. The Senate Democratic plan would have raised significantly more revenue and implemented stronger environmental protections while protecting local zoning authority. Unfortunately, this proposal was voted down.

The Republican legislation squanders our best chance to create new job opportunities for infrastructure, energy and economic investments and instead adopts an embarrassingly low tax rate that falls far short of our needs.

While there are concepts in SB 1100 that are worthy of support, there are also many areas where the legislation is deficient. Senate Bill 1100 provides a paltry $14 million in the first year for environmental programs -- well short of the minimum $75 million goal that was suggested by respected environmental groups. I fought to bolster funding by amending SB 1100, but was once again blocked by Senate Republicans.

Statewide Comparison of Natural Gas TaxesUnfortunately, the minimal fee stipulated by SB 1100 and the totally inadequate fee proposal contained in the House plan (HB 1950) would leave us far short of the funding needed to make a real difference. In stark contrast by 2014 our Senate Democratic alternative would have supported $750 million in additional infrastructure investment compared to the meager Republican plans.

House Bill 1950 would impose the third lowest effective tax rate among all 31 shale producing states. Senate Bill 1100 would be the 5th lowest tax rate. The Senate Democrats proposal would put Pennsylvania at 7th lowest among all states.

The Republicans argued that levying a more robust fee on the industry would cause them to drill elsewhere. However, states frequently referenced as alternatives to Pennsylvania for drilling -- Texas and West Virginia -- have much higher effective rates on natural gas production than the rate proposed by Senate Democrats. Moreover, New York has a drilling moratorium in place until environmental studies are performed while the Ohio legislature has two bills pending that would do likewise.

Senate Democrats had high hopes for a plan that would responsibly regulate and tax the shale industry. We were reasonable and open minded in our negotiations and tried to be balanced in our approach. Our efforts were rebuffed by Senate Republicans.

However, this fight is not over. We will have other opportunities to improve the bill before it reaches the governor’s desk. The bottom line is that we must ask more from this industry.

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.

I urge you all to contact your local state representative, senator and the governor to voice your concerns and displeasure regarding this industry-driven half measure.

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ALERT! EPA Announces Fracking May Cause Groundwater Pollution

You can find out more specifics about the Marcellus Shale Plan and provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Heather Rowan from Emporium Is A Winner

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my truelove gave to me...

a $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card

with a tag on it that said

"Heather Rowan from Emporium, PA" won me!!!!!!


12/09/2011 05:42 PM EST

House of Raeford Farms, a Raeford, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,140 pounds of cooked chicken breasts that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Today's Stories From WESB Radio News

Bfd Man Sentenced for High Speed Chase
A Bradford man was sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court to four to eight years in state prison for leading police on a high speed chase on July 20. 43 year-old Jeffery Frampton pleaded guilty in November to fleeing from a police officer, reckless endangerment, DUI and numerous traffic violations. Frampton was also accused of attempting to hit Bradford City Police Chief Chris Lucco with his SUV and then leading police on a chase, where speeds reached 70 MPH in the city. He also was sentenced for another DUI case from May 22.

Case of Whooping Cough in Smethport
The Smethport Area School District has informed parents, in a letter, that children in the school system may have been exposed to whooping cough. The school district's nurses believe that most students have been vaccinated against whooping cough. The highly contagious disease begins with cold symptoms and a cough and worsens over a couple of weeks.

Bfd Man Gets Three to Six in Prison
A Bradford man has been sentenced to three to six years in state prison on theft and gun charges. 26 year-old Cotton Winston had pleaded guilty to three seperate cases earlier this month. Visiting Senior Judge William Morgan told the court that Winston probably committed the thefts because of his addiction to pills.

Bfd man Convicted of Sexual Assault
A Bradford man has been found guilty in three sexual assault cases in McKean County Court. 47 year-old Randy Waid was convicted of rape, incest, indecent assault and involuntary sexual intercourse with a person under 16. State Police had charged Waid with incidents that happened over several years in Bradford, Foster Township and Turtlepoint.

Former Coudersport Trooper Sentenced For Sending Naked Video


I-80 Columbia County bridges work-zone lane restrictions

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

Following are the planned work-zone lane restrictions for the Interstate 80 river bridges project in Columbia County in the next two weeks.

On Monday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastbound I-80 from miles 236 (Lightstreet) to 242 (Mifflinville), both lanes will be periodically slowed down by rolling roadblocks in order to set beams for the new westbound river bridge over the Susquehanna River.

PennDOT reminds motorists to stay alert for possible slow-moving or stopped traffic ahead of the work zone.

A stop condition remains in effect at the top of the ramp entering westbound I-80 from Route 339 south.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Two students at Pitt-Bradford have been awarded a total of $1,350 in NEXT STEP Business Grants to start their own businesses.

Winners were Steven L. Hurd, a psychology major from Bradford, who received an $850 grant to develop Runk Pock, a feasibility study to identify artists in McKean County who want to be involved in a community art center to sell and promote art and teach artists.

Matthew Covert, a hospitality management major from Bradford, received a $500 grant for Royalty Clothing Couture. With the grant, Covert plans to test ideas for a T-shirt design company.

The NEXT STEP competition is sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford entrepreneurship program to help student entrepreneurs move their businesses forward.

The next round of grants for students will be awarded in the spring. For more information, visit the Pitt-Bradford entrepreneurship program website at

Sandra M. O'Connell, 72, of 155 Pleasant St.,, Bradford, PA

Sandra M. O'Connell, 72, of 155 Pleasant St., passed away on Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born November 1, 1939, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Antoinette (Piscitelli) Caputo. She was a graduate of St Bernard High School.

On May 14, 1960 in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church she married Robert W. "Bob" O'Connell who died on September 19, 2007.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church.

She worked as a secretary - receptionist at Beacon Light for 38 years.

Surviving are two daughters: Kelly (Bill) Gleason and Karen (Norm) Strotman, all of Bradford, one brother, Thomas (Margaret) Caputo of Boardman OH, one grandson, Kyle Burgess of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two nephews.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 3:00 to 6:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street, where a prayer service will be held at 11:30am on Monday, December 12th, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00am in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

A Christian wake service will be held at 3:30 on Sunday in the funeral home.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County Unit of the American Cancer Society , Beacon Light Behavioral Systems 800 Main Street Bradford, PA 16701.

On line condolences may be made at

Salamance Native Takes Junior Sailor Of The Year Award

Former Salamanca resident, BM2 Alexander Hiller, age 25, US Navy, accepts the East Coast Junior Sailor of the Year award from Admiral Breckinridge at the Navy Sub Base New London, Groton, Connecticut.

Hiller will continue on to the next step in the competition to National level that will be held in Norfolk, Virginia in January 2012.

A member of the US Navy since 2003, BM2 Hiller is a veteran of Iraq, Bahrain and most recently Afghanistan.

Currently on shore duty at the Navy Sub Support Facility, Alexander grew up in Salamanca and attended Salamanca High School before enlisting in 2003. His parents, Philip and Lori Hiller, still reside in Salamanca.

Posted by WVTT

Rehabilitated Historic Silver Bridge near Jersey Shore opens to traffic

Travel Advisory
Rehabilitated Historic Silver Bridge near Jersey Shore opens to traffic

Following a three-year restoration project, the historic Silver Bridge carrying River Road over Pine Creek near Jersey Shore is reopened to traffic.

Prior to its closure in 2007 and subsequent removal for rehabilitation, the bridge was weight-restricted with a 7-ton limit. The rehabilitated lenticular truss is capable of carrying legal-sized loads.

This past July, prime contractor J. D. Eckman, Inc. used several large cranes to maneuver the two rehabilitated truss halves as they were returned to their original places on refurbished abutments.

Construction of this $5.5 million project began in late 2008. The truss was completely disassembled. The restoration included repairs to some structural members or fabrication of replacement sections for members beyond repair. The decorative castings and latticework that had been removed or damaged over the years were replaced. The bridge was repainted its original silver color. The roadway approaches have been eased to provide better sight distance at each end.

The Silver Bridge was originally made from wrought iron and built in 1890 at a cost of $14,480. Two predecessors built on this site were covered wooden bridges.

The term lenticular refers to the lens-shaped truss that was patented by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company’s forerunner in 1878.

This is one of only five bridges of this design remaining in Pennsylvania.

Susan A. Otto, 56, of 7546 Rt. 59, Lafayette, PA

Susan A. Otto, 56, loving wife, mother and grandmother of 7546 Rt. 59, Lafayette, passed away, Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born July 8, 1955, in Kane, she was a daughter of the late Carolyn (Anderson) Hoop and Jack Hoop who survives her of Fairplay, SC.

On December 31, 1980 in Lafayette she married Theodore E. Otto who survives.

Mrs. Otto attended M. J. Ryan school and was a 1973 graduate of Bradford Area High School. She had been employed at Jaguar Manufacturing in Smethport and then worked as a teacher's aide at M.J.. Ryan School. She had an extreme love for gardening and ran Otto's Gardens out of her home, making dried flower arrangements. She loved animals, but above all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and being the Godmother of Cayla.

In addition to her husband Ted of 31 years, she is survived by two daughters, Jennifer L. Otto of Lafayette, and Janelle C. (David) Gingerich of Grantville, one son, Michael (Christine) Otto of Bradford, two sisters, Jane (Wade) Robertson of Bradford, and Linda (Rick) Jones of Lakeside, CA, 2 grandchildren, Devan Otto and Cayla Otto and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and one brother James Hoop.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 1:30pm on Monday, December 12th, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA PO Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701 or American Heart Association 823 Filmore Ave. Erie, PA 16505.

Online condolences may be made at

Firefighters Dispatched To Canfield Hollow For Possible Electrical Fire

Possible Electrical Fire In Eldred Township
At 2:03 pm on Friday, Eldred Township, Eldred Boro Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to 538 Canfield Hollow in Eldred Township for a report of a possible electrical fire.

Reporting a power surge caused appliances in house to smoke. Shut off breakers, but concerned if there could be fire in walls.

Rear End Crash On South Kendall Ave.

Rear End Crash On South Kendall Ave.
At 1:23 pm on Friday, Bradford City Fire Rescue and Ambulance are responding to a 2 car MVA in front of 21 South Kendall Avenue. Reported to be a rear end crash, both vehicles still in roadway.

Coudersport Ambulance To Cole Manor

At 1:15 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Cole Manor for a medical emergency.

No Openings For Potter County Homeless

Homeless Assistance Program

has exhausted funding for

Potter & Cameron Counties

Two Seriously Hurt In Crash

Kane Man Hurt in Allegany Crash

Two men were seriously injured, and one of them is facing charges, following an accident late Monday night in Allegany.

Sheriff’s deputies say 26-year-old Zachary Harter of Kane lost control of his vehicle on South Nine Mile Road, then hit a tree and a house. Harter and his passenger, 21-year-old Ronald Baer, were taken to Olean General Hospital, then transferred to ECMC for treatment of serious injuries.

Harter is charged with driving while intoxicated and will appear in Town of Allegany Court at a later date.

Posted by Anne at 1490 NewsBlog

Rep. GT Thompson Will Be Keynote Speaker At Gathering Of Eagles

Eagle Scout Dinner To Be Held At St. Bonaventure
December 8, 2011

The Allegheny Highlands Council Boy Scouts of America will honor its Eagle Scouts on Jan. 15 by holding its inaugural Eagle Scout Dinner at 1 p.m. Doyle Hall at St. Bonaventure University.

Around 40 scouts in the council's service area become Eagle Scouts each year. They are part of the four percent of scouts nationwide who earn the coveted Eagle Scout award by earning 21 merit badges, 11 which are required; serving in various troop leadership positions and learning skills necessary to be a responsible outdoorsman, a good neighbor and one who leads by example. Since its inception as the highest rank in scouting in 1912, more than 1 million American boy scouts have been named Eagle Scouts.

Every Eagle Scout, along with his parents and scoutmaster, have been invited to the Jan. 15 recognition dinner. More...

Karen A. Purdy, of East Fork Rd., Austin, PA, formerly of Curriers

Karen A. Purdy, of East Fork Rd., Austin, PA, formerly of Curriers, died Wednesday December 7, 2011 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA at the age of 73.

She was born October 8, 1938 in Warsaw, New York a daughters of the late D. Lynn and Beatrice E. Torrey Woolley.

She owned and operated the Marvin Run Campground in Austin, PA and prior to moving to PA worked for Central Duplicating at Pioneer High School. She was a past member of the Strykersville Rescue Squad, was a current EMT for the Austin Fire Department and was a former president of the Pioneer Auxiliary Assoc.

Her husband Paul Eugene Purdy whom she married December 29, 1956 in Curriers died September 12, 1994.

She is survived by two daughters: Lorraine (David) Osgood of Geneva, NY and Lisa (Randy) Dziedzic of East Arcade, NY; a son: Jeffrey (Shelly) Purdy of Alden, NY; a daughter-in-law: Jody Purdy of Dansville, NY; a sister: Eleanor Spielvogel of Arcade, NY; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son: David Purdy; two brothers: David (late Shirley) Woolley and Phillip Woolley; a granddaughter: Amber Osgood and a brother-in-law: Donald Spielvogel.

Memorials may be made to the Strykesville Fire Department & Rescue Squad or Austin Rescue Squad.

Corbetts Start The Holiday Season

Governor Corbett, along with the First Lady, and 14-year-old Colin Vengen, lit the Capitol Christmas tree during a ceremony honoring Pennsylvania's heroes who helped residents survive this year's storms and floods. In September, Vengen, of Pottsville, Schuylkill County, was flown in a State Police helicopter to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to receive a liver transplant after flooding from Tropical Storm Lee made travel by vehicle impossible.

Roulette Ambulance To West Branch Fishing Creek

At 11:26 am on Friday, Roulette Ambulance and Medic 6 have been dispatched to the West Branch of Fishing Creek for a medical emergency.

Welcoming Bentley Robert Hackett born 12-8-11 At Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Welcoming Bentley Robert Hackett born 12-8-11 weighting 7lbs .03oz to Lacey (Connelly) and Allan Hackett of Coudersport, Pa. He joins his sister Chessalyne, age 2 ½.

Maternal Grandparents: Joe and Deborah Duca of Coudersport, Pa; Drexel Connelly of Midland, N.C.

Maternal Great-Grandparents: Donna Klimek of Coudersport, Pa; Dale Connelly of Roulette, Pa.

Paternal Grandparents: Allan and Cyndi Hackett of Coudersport, Pa.

Paternal Great-Grandparents: Chessaline Davis of Ulysses, Pa; Elizabeth Davis of Coudersport, Pa; Linda and Iva Bevan of Coudersport, Pa; John and Jen Hackett of Roulette, Pa.

Lost Shepherd/Jack Russell Mix Port Allegany Area

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Welcoming Chase Allen Boyd born 12-6-11 At Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Welcoming Chase Allen Boyd born 12-6-11 weighting 7lbs 7oz to Christine (Creed) and Glenn Boyd. He joins his brother Tyler, age 6.

Maternal Grandparent: Elizabeth Creed, FL.

Paternal Grandparents: Joe and Kathy Boyd.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Coudersport Contractor Stole Nearly $400,000. From Customer

A Coudersport contractor was jailed Wednesday in lieu of $250,000. straight bail after he was arrested by State Police on felony Theft/Fraud charges.

Jim Ronald Mills Jr., 38, of 3343 Alabama Trail, Coudersport, PA, owner and operator of M & M Mechanical, is accused of stealing nearly $400,000.00 over the course of over 2 years from a 75 year old woman who hired him to work on her home on Meeker Hollow Road in Pike Township, Potter County..

Approximately $363,000.00 in cash, and $32,110.00 in other property that included three motor vehicles was taken from Margaret Ann Andrews of Galeton, PA.

In a news release Thursday night, Trooper Glenn C. Drake II, of the PSP Coudersport Station, said the accused Mills was hired as a contractor by Andrews. Over the course of two years working for the victim, Mills prepared work order estimates for jobs to be done at the victim's home.

He started jobs and took payment of advances on the work and did not complete the work.

Mills convinced Andrews to invest in properties in Tioga County that had mineral rights. He bought these properties in his name and did not repay Andrews.

Mills took three motor vehicles from the victim, a 1998 Dodge Truck with a snowplow, a John Deere backhoe, and a Cub Cadet lawnmower. Mills took possession of numerous other items of Andrews' that included a door, a window, a generator, a portable wood saw mill, 2 refrigerators, gas in gas cans, and items not used in her home repairs, but already paid for, such as a 200 amp electrical service with fuses.

Mills was arrested Wednesday on a warrant issued by Magisterial District Judge Delores G. Bristol in District Court 55-4-03. He was arraigned by on-call District Judge Barbara Easton who set bail at $250,000. straight. Mills was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Potter County Jail.

A Search Warrant was issued by Judge Bristol, and served on Mills' home in the Cherry Springs area on Thursday.

Trooper Drake filed the following charges: 5 counts of (F3) Theft; 3 counts of (F3) Theft By Deception; 4 counts (F3) Receiving Stolen Property; 1 count (F3) Deceptive of Fraudulent Business Practices; and 1 count (M2) Criminal Mischief.


New Jersey Firm Recalls Frozen Stuffed Pasta Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

D’Orazio Foods, Inc., a Bellmawr, N.J., establishment, is recalling approximately 161,000 pounds of frozen stuffed pasta products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection.

Theft By Deception Investigated In Roulette

Pennsylvania state Police investigated a possible Theft by Deception incident on November 29, 2011 that occurred between 8-28-11 and 11-29-2011 at 44 Burleson Avenue in Roulette, PA.

Troopers said an actor sold a vehicle to James Nichols Sr. of Austin, PA, that he did not have a title to and Nichols was not able to register or operate the vehicle.

Trooper Meko is continuing to investigate.

Assault Hearing Tomorrow
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for tomorrow
for a Smethport man accused of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment for an attack allegedly occurring early Sunday morning outside the Seneca Inn located just east of Port Allegany.

Authorities claim Diane Carpenter and Steven Miller went outside to talk and while in Carpenter’s car, Miller reportedly grabbed the victim’s right eye, causing serious injury. After being arraigned, Miller was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. More local & Regional news...

Bradford News Items

Man found Dead in Bradford Hotel

A Lewis Run man was found dead Wednesday morning at a Bradford hotel. 46 year-old Daryll Wallace was pronounced dead by McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill. Bradford City Police do not suspect foul play. A toxicology report has been ordered for the body.

Fire Damages Bradford Home

Bradford City firemen responded to a fire Wednesday evening at 233 Jackson Avenue. Firefighters say the blaze started as a grease fire and damaged the kitchen of the home. Damage to the home was listed at $15,000 dollars. A family of six was forced to seek temporary shelter.

Roulette Ambulance To Cow Hollow Road

At 8:41 pm on Thursday, Roulette Ambulance had been called to Cow Hollow Road for an unknown medical call.

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J W Operating Co Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Township 2011-12-08

J W Operating Co Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Township 2011-12-08

Permit Issued: 2011-12-08 00:00:00
Township: Shippen
County: Cameron
Marcellus Shale: Y
Horizontal: Y
Well API Number: 37-023-20153-00-00
OGO Number: 38922.0
Well Number: C-20H

Polish Protesters Invade Shale Gas Conference

Polish Protesters To Drillers: FRACK YOU!!

Polska Delta Nigru - zablokowana konferencja "Shale Gas World Europe 2011"

Just before the opening keynote speech, planned for 9 am on Tuesday,
November 29th, a flash mob congregated in the downstairs lobby. While
a group of drummers beat rhythms to the distract hotel security, a
passerby dropped a suitcase full of golf balls that scattered all
around the hall. In the meantime, a large banner was dropped from the
upstairs banister displaying a raised middle finger resembling a
drilling derrick complete with lighted gas flame on top.

The banner
read, "Frack You!" and listed over two dozen towns and regions around the world where fracking is being protested or has already been
banned. Amidst this commotion, another group entered the main
conference ballroom on the second floor. Linking arms and sitting down
on the stage, they blocked the keynote, forcing the conference
participants to leave and wait outside. During this time, the group
organized an alternative conference in solidarity with the residents
of Poland on whose land fracking is underway in spite of protests.

From Pomerania to Philadelphia, from Syracuse to Sulęczyno, from
Lewino to Lancashire, residents of drilling towns have experienced the
consequences of hydraulic fracturing and are demanding the same thing:
an end to their dispossession and a halt to the tragic degradation of
the environment.

Carrie Dickerson from Shinglehouse Is A Winner

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my truelove gave to me...
a $100 Gas Card from Sheetz
with a tag on it that said
"Carrie Dickerson from Shinglehouse, PA" won me!!!!!!

Sandra M. O'Connell 72 of 155 Pleasant St., Bradford, PA

Sandra M. O'Connell 72 of 155 Pleasant St., Bradford, passed away on Thursday December 8, 2011 in the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangments are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

House Sends Two More Regulatory Reform Measures to Senate

House Sends Two More Regulatory Reform Measures to Senate

Measures Protect Farmers from Duplicative Mandates, Ensure Accountability in Regulatory Process

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today voted to support H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives vote of 268-150. H.R. 1633, which prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust that is already regulated at the state or local level, is the fourth federal regulatory reform measure that has passed the House in the last two weeks.

“Farmers already comply with similar regulations on state and local levels, additional mandates to comply with Federal regulations are duplicative and will only add administrative costs and detract from the real business at hand - farming,” said Rep. Thompson. "Passage of H.R. 1633 gives our family farmers the certainty they need to invest in the future without having to comply with an additional bureaucratic process. In this economy, we need to promote economic growth not subvert it with a web of costly mandates on farmers and small businesses.”

The House yesterday passed H.R. 10, the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, by a vote of 241-184, which amends the Congressional Review Act. H.R. 10 would require congressional approval of every new major rule or regulation proposed by the executive branch with an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, before it can be enforced.

“The recently enacted healthcare and financial reform laws have offered countless new rulemaking opportunities for federal regulators, and with it we’ve encountered a gross increase in burdensome mandates that are undermining small business expansion,” said Rep. Thompson. “Passage of the REINS Act places a needed check on the Administration’s regulatory agenda and will dramatically improve transparency and accountability in the regulatory process, so we can expand opportunities for businesses to grow and hire more workers.”

Last week, the House passed H.R. 527, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvement Act of 2011, by a vote of 263-159, and H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act, by a vote of 253-167. Both measures ensure more rigorous cost estimates of the potential impacts of federal agency rules and regulations on smaller businesses. With approval of these four proposals, the House has now passed 27 jobs bills that are awaiting a vote in the Senate.

Effects Of Marcellus Shale On Housing Topic Of Study

Lycoming College professors conduct first
Marcellus Shale housing study

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Two Lycoming College professors have completed the first comprehensive study on the effects of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry boom on housing markets across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bonita Kolb, associate professor of business, and Dr. Jonathan Williamson, chair of the political science department, worked through the College’s Center for the Study of Community and the Economy to co-author the study, which received funding from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. Anne Landon, assistant director of Lycoming’s Institute for Management Studies, assisted with the project.

CSCE conducted interviews with more than 70 stakeholders across six counties: Bradford, Greene, Lycoming, Sullivan, Washington and Westmoreland. Participants included elected officials, planners, housing officials, social service agency representatives, landlords, developers, realtors, gas company representatives and new residents. They were questioned on four broad issues: rental housing, owner-occupied housing, housing affordability and availability, and the capacity of the development community to meet demand for housing.

According to the study, several themes emerged from the interviews. First, the severity of the housing problem attributable to Marcellus Shale development depends on the nature and scale of the growth of the natural gas industry in a given county or community and on the existing pre-Marcellus capacity of that county or community to absorb the increased demand for housing.

Second, the effects of increased housing demand are broad-based, but the negative impacts are felt heaviest by those living at the economic margins. While rents and home prices are increasing at nearly all price points, the impacts of the housing shortage are falling heaviest on those whose housing situation was most at risk prior to the Marcellus industry growth, namely the non-working poor, seniors, the disabled and the working poor. The study shows that there is interconnectedness to the housing market.

“If there is relief in any sector of the housing market, that will have a spill down effect,” said Williamson. “For example, seniors are staying in their homes longer because there is not enough senior housing available when they want to downsize. That means there are no houses coming on the market for people to buy, which means they are staying in the rental market longer, causing even more of a shortage of rental housing. So people at the low end of the market are being forced into substandard housing. If you provide senior housing, or housing along any of those lines of thought, it provides relief.”

Additionally, the natural gas industry has a wide variety of housing needs with varying time frames. Two waves of gas industry employment correspond to the evolving housing needs of industry employees. For the first transitory wave of gas workers, housing needs are being met with hotels, gas-company sponsored temporary residential facilities, campgrounds and a community’s rental housing stock. The second, more permanent, wave of gas employees are more diverse in background and have a more diverse set of housing needs. They will take advantage of a full-range of long-term housing options including rentals and owner-occupied housing.

“Even if the long-term gas employees leave their job, someone else will be hired in their place,” said Kolb. “Right now, drilling is backed up 15 to 20 years. Industries that rely on cheap energy are looking to come into this area. The growth of the gas industry won’t always continue at the same level. The rate of growth may slow down, but it will continue to grow.”

Finally, the capacity of the development community varies considerably from county to county in its ability to meet the need for additional housing. Counties with little pre-Marcellus development are struggling to attract new development to meet the changing circumstances. Barriers to development include the lack of local developers, a tight financing market, inadequate utility-served land availability, regulatory hurdles and lingering doubts about the Marcellus Shale gas industry.

“In some counties, they don’t have available land, especially level land,” said Williamson. “They don’t have the infrastructure, such as enough water and sewer lines, to be able to absorb the new capacity of additional housing. Many developers don’t have the experience in developing whole residential communities. In Lycoming County, we are seeing development beginning to occur, but it takes a two to three year set of steps, which includes identifying the land, developing the plans, coming up with the financing, getting everything approved, and then completing the project.”

Scott E. Smith, 45, of Pine St., Port Allegany, PA

Scott E. Smith, 45, of Pine St., Port Allegany, PA, passed away Thursday (Dec. 8. 2011) in his home, with his family by his side.

Born December 26, 1965, in Erie, PA, he was a son of Welner and Patricia McFadden Smith. On Oct. 2, 1995, in Humphrey, NY, he married Mara P. McAuley, who survives.

Mr. Smith was a correction officer at FCI McKean, Bradford, for 13 years, before having to retire.

He was a veteran having served in the US Navy.

He graduated from Salamanca High School, Class of 1984, and later graduated from Houghton College, Houghton, NY, with a Bachelor’s of Art in Business.

He was a resident of the area for 13 years and a member of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church of Port Allegany; and the Council of Prison Locals 3974, which he was a active member since 1995.

He was a full time father of five and enjoyed hiking and camping with his family. He enjoyed restoring vintage cars and motorcycles.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Mara and parents, Welner Smith of Salamanca and Patricia Smith of Cleveland, OH, are three sons, Max P. McAuley of Hohhot, China, Tibor J. Smith and Benen P. Smith both of Port Allegany; two daughters, Lorelei S. Smith and AngelaSkye M. Smith both of Port Allegany; three brothers, Shawn Smith of Cleveland, OH, Brian (Kathy) Smith of Roanoke, VA, Kevin (Gretchen) Smith of Scottsdale, AZ; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, Monday (Dec. 12, 2011) in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, with Rev. James Campbell, as celebrant.

Memorials can be made to the S.W. Smith Library building fund.

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

Penn State-DuBois Students Connect with Local Business for 'Real World' Lessons

Toby Lenkerd, a quality technician at Atlas Pressed Metals, tests the capability of powder metal parts in the Quality Lab and records his results in a statistical database.

Students Connect with Local Business for
'Real World' Lessons

DuBOIS – Penn State DuBois students studying statistics now regularly have the chance to see their lessons applied to the real world in one of their local industries. Assistant Professor of Economics Evelyn Wamboye has partnered with Atlas Pressed Metals, of DuBois, to show students how statistics are used in the Powder Metal industry. It's a practical method for teaching students how their lessons can be applied outside of the classroom.

"The focus of this class is to teach students the relevance and importance of statistics in everyday life, especially its critical significance to business enterprise, and government, as well as nonprofit organizations," said Wamboye.

At Atlas, the students tour the facility, and get a first-hand look at how the business operates. The company produces powder metal components used in the automotive, lawn and garden, appliance, and other such industries. David Laubacker, a quality technician with Atlas, said mathematics is used throughout their production process, but statistics really come into play during their quality assurance procedures. In the company's Quality Lab, technicians statistically track the strength and quality of their products by running a battery of tests on them, and recording fail rates, or the resistance to failure, that the parts exhibit.

"Maybe the biggest lesson that students can learn from us is how valuable statistics are when it comes to providing a customer with a sense of confidence that you are able to process and deliver a quality product," Laubacker said.

Wamboye agreed that the local company provides valuable lessons for her students. She said, "Taking students to Atlas is a way to give them hands-on experience of how statistics is applied in a business setting. Showing them the relevance of statistics at a neighborhood company gives them a powerful understanding as to why they should take statistics seriously, as it permeates every function and decision that affects our lives."

Wamboye went on to explain more benefits of partnering with a local company, rather than one from out of the area. "I want them to see that their knowledge can be useful to our local economy, to our local businesses," she said. For example, nontraditional students who have returned to college after having worked at our local powdered metal companies realize that they can go back to the company with new skills and increased earning potentials."

Laubacker said having the students in the shop can help Atlas employees, as well, since the students come to them with fresh knowledge and the latest training.

"This brings out the similarities and differences, between the classroom and textbook theory, to the working application and real world use of statistics," Laubacker said.

Illegally Harvested Buck Was Record-Book Buck

Credit: Lori Neely/PGC Photo. Caption: Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty holds the antlers of an illegally taken buck from Londonderry Township, Dauphin County, that green-score it in the top 25 of Pennsylvania's All-Time Big Game Records.


HARRISBURG – A Lancaster County resident was cited for poaching a record-book class buck, according to charges filed by Pennsylvania Game Commission in the court of District Justice William Wenner, in Harrisburg, on Dec. 7.

Wildlife Conservation Officers Mike Doherty of Dauphin County, and John Veylupek, of Lancaster County, filed the charges against Scott M. Garner, 33, of Bainbridge, Lancaster County, who was charged for exceeding the bag limit for antlered deer in a license year by killing a second buck. Under long-standing bag limits, Pennsylvania hunters are limited to one antlered deer per license year.

On Dec. 1, Garner killed a 14-point buck in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County, during the two-week firearms deer season after having killed a five-point buck in archery season on Oct. 31. He re-used and altered his buck tag, originally used on the buck taken on Oct. 31, to tag the second buck illegally harvested on Dec. 1.

For killing the 14-point buck, Garner faces penalties of up to 90 days in jail and an enhanced fine of $6,500 since the size of the deer’s antlers are considered trophy class under Game Commission regulations. He also faces up to three years revocation of his hunting and trapping privileges in Pennsylvania.

Had the 14-point buck been lawfully taken by a hunter, with a Boone & Crockett green-score of 172.5 inches, it would have placed it in the top 25 for typical deer taken with a firearm in Pennsylvania’s All-Time Big Game Records.

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Senate Hoping For Shale Bill In 2011 Session

Some legislators hopeful shale bill will be hammered out soon

HARRISBURG -- State senators prepped a bill Wednesday so that Marcellus Shale oversight legislation could be approved quickly if negotiators hammer out a compromise within the next week.

But large question marks still loom regarding whether that measure will find its way to the governor's desk by the end of the year as Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers have been aiming.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, whose caucus has been working with the majority Republicans since spring to craft a Marcellus Shale impact fee and regulatory measure, is not hopeful.

"Our legislative work, for all intents and purposes, is done for this year. Next week, we'll do congressional reapportionment, a few other matters and then we're likely to be done," said Mr. Costa, D-Forest Hills.

As he made that prediction, House Democrats and environmental advocates were holding a news conference elsewhere in the state Capitol, both decrying the fact that significant natural gas drilling legislation has not been approved as well as condemning the House and Senate proposals as flimsy.

"There's more ideology driving these bills than evaluation of the needs of this state," said John Quigley, who led the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources under former Gov. Ed Rendell. "Some are going overboard to genuflect to the industry."

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