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Saturday, January 28, 2012

New Pennsylvania Regulations for Commercial Drivers to Take Effect Jan. 30

New Pennsylvania Regulations for Commercial Drivers to Take Effect Jan. 30

HARRISBURG-- With the signing of House Bill 1458, Governor Tom Corbett today made sure Pennsylvania is in compliance with new rules from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, dealing with commercial driver's license (CDL) holders.

FMCSA amended the federal regulations to require CDL holders to provide a current copy of their Medical Examiner's Certificate to their state driver licensing agency, if their type of commercial driving requires a physical exam.

"The main issue is ensuring our highways are safe," said PennDOT Safety Administration Deputy Secretary, Kurt J. Myers. "The Medical Examiner's Certificate is being linked to the CDL to ensure that only medically qualified drivers are operating commercial vehicles."

The federal agency recently amended regulations to require CDL-holders or applicants to self-certify the type of driving they do, or expect to do, with their state's licensing agency.

Current CDL permit holders, out-of-state CDL transferees, and people seeking a CDL on or after Jan. 30 will be required to meet the provisions of the new law when testing, applying for a permit or transferring a CDL from another state. Their driving record will be updated to indicate that they have met the requirements.

PennDOT will begin notifying existing CDL holders of the new requirements by mail in March.

Information on the new law and certification forms can be found by clicking on the button titled "New CDL Law" at

2004 Pontiac Vibe Stolen From Smethport Man's Driveway Tuesday

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Smethport man who is accused by Pennsylvania State Police of stealing a white 2004 Pontiac Vibe from an elderly East Valley Road man's driveway on Tuesday at 12:30 pm.

According to a news release from Trooper Kramer of the Kane barracks of the PSP, Kristopher Michael Wilson, 31, of Smethport, PA, stole the 2004 Pontiac Vibe from the driveway of 89 year old William Harold Sobczak of East Valley Road, Smethport, PA.

Police issued a BOLO for the Pontiac which is white in color and has a PA registration plate GFS5270.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555.

Automatic Alarm At Shinglehouse Legion Recalled

Recalled by Chief

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MVA South Of Port Allegany On Rt. 155

MVA South Of Port Allegany On Rt. 155
At 4:22 pm on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Rescue and Ambulance along with Medics have been dispatched to a report of a 2003 Chevrolet Tracker on it's roof on Rt. 155 South at Wilson Avenue.


Alissa R. Peterson, 18, of Port Allegany, PA, was transported by Port Allegany Ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries according to a news release from Trooper Daniel J. Woods of the Kane PSP barracks who investigated.

Trooper Woods wrote that the collision occurred as Peterson was traveling north on Route 155. She was talking on her cell phone and lost control of her vehicle on the slippery road. The vehicle left the roadway and impacted a culvert, then rolling over onto it's roof.

Peterson was cited for Careless Driving and Failure To Wear A Safety Belt.

State Police were assisted at the scene by Port Allegany Fire Dept., Fire Police, Port Allegany Ambulance, and McKeirnan's Towing.

Traffic Control Dispatched Top Of Dutch Hill Road

Traffic Control
At 4:11 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the top of Dutch Hill Road for traffic control.

MVA On West Warren Road

MVA On West Warren Road
At 3:50 pm on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Dept. and Bradford City Ambulance have been dispatched to West Warren Road in Lafayette Township near the Pine Acres Golf Course for a report of a vehicle into a tree accident. Unknown injuries or entrapment.
SECOND CALLER REPORTS--No injuries or entrapment. Utility pole broken in half. Not believed to be electrified.

Guns, Banjo, Guitar & Chainsaw Stolen In Cyclone Burglary

A Burglary at 4337 Route 646 in Cyclone, PA, that occurred between December 1 and January 24, 2012 is under investigation by State Police at Kane.

Actor(s) entered the property of Douglas Smith of Gifford, PA, and took a Remington 12 Gauge Shotgun, a Remington 243 Model 788 rifle, a banjo with case, a guitar with case, and a Husqvarna chainsaw model 282.

Trooper Leslie E. Barr is the investigator. She can be reached at PSP Kane at 814-778-5555.

2 Vehicle Crash South Of Tacks Inn

2 Vehicle Crash South Of Tacks Inn
At 3:20 pm on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Dept. and Bradford City Ambulance have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle MVA on Rt. 219 South of Tacks Inn. Unknown if any injuries.

Firefighter reports roads are slippery.

Crash near Westfield

Crash near Westfield
At 3:15 pm on Saturday, Westfield Fire Dept has been dispatched tot the California Road for a car into a pole with wires down. No injuries reported.

Headwaters Conservation Group Welcomes New Director

Headwaters Conservation Group Welcomes New Director

jan28headwatersrcdHeadwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council recently welcomed Dale E. Fox as its new executive director. Chairman Matt Marusiak said her diverse background and experience will help RC&D in its mission to address conservation needs in Potter, Cameron, McKean, Elk, Clinton, Centre, Clearfield and Jefferson counties.

She has served on the Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council and the Pennsylvania Downtown Center. In addition to supporting ongoing projects, Fox will be responsible for fundraising and new initiatives to support environmental conservation in the areas of agriculture, forest resources, community development, environmental education, water resources and recreation.

“I am particularly interested in exploring how Headwaters can play a role related to the development of the shale gas industry,” she said. “We have a responsibility to help monitor and protect sensitive natural resources and to pursue research opportunities for cooperative conservation and community projects with industry partners.”

Headwaters RC&D Council, which was formed in 1975, has most recently been engaged in free water quality testing for private wells and springs, acid mine remediation, grazing conferences, no-till workshops, a weed wildlife program, and alternative energy initiatives.

Shown from left are Headwaters officers Todd Deluccia (Cameron County), Matt Marusiak and Dale Fox.

Bolivar Store One Of 26 Up For Sale By Lehigh Gas Corp.

Lehigh Gas Looking to Redeploy Capital
Seeking buyers for 26 nonstrategic sites in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio

CSP Daily News

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Saying that the locations no longer fit with its strategic growth plans, Lehigh Gas Corp. said that its is putting 26 of its gas stations and convenience stores and one truckstop on the auction block.

The Bethlehem, Pa.-based company added that it wants to sell these assets in order to redeploy the capital in other areas of its business.

As reported in a Morgan Keegan/CSP Daily News Flash on Friday, the offering includes 16 stations in New Jersey, one in New York, one in Ohio and nine in Pennsylvania (including the truckstop).

The locations are Stratford, Trenton (3), Lebanon, Mount Holly, Merchantville, Cherry Hill, Pennsauken (2), Turnersville, Ocean City, Mount Laurel, Long Branch, Randolph and Hazlet, NJ.; Bolivar, N.Y.; Shaker Heights, Ohio; Norristown, Malvern, Pittsburgh, Milesburg, Levittown, Chambersburg, Hollidaysburg, Bellefonte and Derry, Pa. More...

Rebert Gets Life in Prison

Rebert Gets Life in Prison

Steven Rebert will spend the rest of his life in prison instead of being put to death for killing Wayne and Vicky Shugar in their Brockway home in April of 2010.

A jury deliberated until about 9 o’clock Friday night and could not come up with a unanimous decision, which is necessary for the death penalty to be imposed. Eight jurors voted for the death sentence; four voted against it.

The 46-year-old Emporium man is still a person of interest in the murders of Kevin Smith and Bill Fickel in Western New York. Rebert, at one time, lived near the men.

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Ohio Fracking Protest Video

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Open House Today At New Corry Potato Chip Plant

Potato chip plant to host open house Saturday in Corry

Potato chip manufacturing has returned to Erie County.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is being held Saturday in Corry at the new site of The Brothers Wood Co. at 1524 Enterprise Road in the Corry Industrial Incubator.

The company has been making chips for about a year, at first through a skeleton crew that remained at the former Troyer plant in Waterford.

The chips are now being made in Corry. Those attending the open house, which begins at 10 a.m., will be able to get a tour of the production process, including the frying and bagging of the chips. There will be plenty of samples on hand.

New CDL Law Requires Medical Certificate Be Filed

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs New Commercial Driver Safety Law

HARRISBURG-- Governor Tom Corbett today signed House Bill 1458, which brings Pennsylvania into compliance with new federal rules for driver's licenses and permits issued to commercial drivers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently amended federal regulations to require holders of interstate commercial driver's licenses, or CDLs, to provide a current copy of their Medical Examiner's Certificate to their state driver licensing agency, if their type of commercial driving requires a physical exam.

Pennsylvania would have risked losing more than $32 million a year in federal highway funding if it did not update its law to comply with the changes.

To read the full text of the bill, visit the General Assembly's website at

Information on the new law and certification forms can be found online by clicking on the button titled "New CDL Law" at

Friday, January 27, 2012

Injured Genesee Teenager At Erie Trauma Center After Crash

A Genesee, PA teenager suffered major injuries in a one vehicle crash on the Eleven Mile Road Thursday morning at 7:45 am.

Maranda J. Coyle, 18, of Genesee, PA, was extricated from the crashed vehicle and transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital by Shinglehouse Ambulance and Medic 6, where she was later transported to Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Weather did not allow medical helicopters to fly to the scene.

An update from a family member on her injuries at 11:00 pm on Friday night said:

"We were able to see Maranda today at Hamot Trauma Center in Erie She is sedated and not awake yet. We all hope she will wake up soon but it could be several days due to the sedation and healing processes. Her left hip and and leg were shattered and they put a metal rod & pins in and that surgery went very well. She has two fractures in her neck. Her shoulder & arm are not broken. She is not allowed flowers but cards & prayers are welcome."

Trooper James R. Culvey, who investigated the crash, said in a news release tonight, that the crash occurred as Coyle was traveling westward on Eleven Mile Road, 265 feet west of Kibbeville Road, when she lost control of the 1997 Dodge Ram while negotiating a left curve in the roadway.

The right side tires of the pickup exited the northern edge of the roadway causing the operator to correct to the left. She then over-corrected back to the right, causing the pickup to exit the northern edge of the roadway where it struck a tree with it's left side. The truck then came to rest on it's passenger side, facing southward on the northern roadside.

A family member said the tree hit directly in Coyle's driver side door and the damage to the pickup is really bad. Dave's Auto of Shinglehouse removed the truck from the scene.

Shinglehouse Fire Dept. assisted State Police at the scene.

Hit & Run Vehicle Struck Mailboxes In Bingham Township

State Police investigated a hit & run crash that occurred between 4:30 pm on Januaru 23, 2012 and January 24 th at 9:30 am on SR 1011 in Bingham Township.

The unknown vehicle was traveling north on Hickox-Ulysses Road when it crossed the southbound lane and struck two mailboxes. The cause of the collision as well as any vehicle description is unknown.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Roger L. McCloskey is the investigator.

Structure Fire Dispatched On Portville-Olean Road

A Structure Fire has been dispatched at 1390 Portville-Olean Road.


WESTON’S MILLS — The Red Cross is assisting residents of two apartments at 1390 Olean-Portville Road in Weston’s Mills after a fire there late Friday causes an estimated $10,000 in damages. There were no injuries.

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Weston’s Mills Fire Chief William Smith said the fire was traced to a malfunction in a ceiling light fixture on the second floor of the multiple-dwelling residence owned by Jason Whitehead.

The fire, which may have been smoldering for some time was discovered by residents of the second-floor apartment, who called 911 about 11:30 p.m. Friday, said Chief Smith, who described the damage as minor. More...

Burglar(s) Break Into East Fork Road Residence

A residential burglary at the Wagon Wheel Lodge at 3176 East Fork Road in Wharton, PA, is under investigation by State Police.

Unknown actor(s) forced their way into the residence owned by Matthew D. McKnight of Connellsville, PA between December 7, 2011 and January 26, 2012, and removed a DVD Player, DVD's, and VHS Tapes.

Trooper Uhl has asked anyone with information to please contact him at PSP Coudersport. Phone 814-274-8690.

Corrections secretary offers details on governor's new prison reform effort

Corrections secretary offers details on governor's new prison reform effort


January 27, 2012, 4:15PM
Corrections Secretary John Wetzel didn’t have an explanation for why the public and media were not invited to Thursday’s organizational meeting of Gov. Tom Corbett’s panel looking into reducing the cost of prisons, but he said he expects future meetings will be open to the public. Wetzel co-chairs the Justice Reinvestment Working Group that is charged with looking into... Full story »

Man Charged For Burning 2 Mobile Homes In Betula

Man Charged with Dangerous Burning

A Mount Jewett man has been charged with dangerous burning for setting fire to two mobile homes after being hired to demolish them.

State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti says 39-year-old Christopher Johnson was hired to demolish the mobile homes on Route 46, about a quarter of a mile north of Route 146 in Norwich Township. At around 11:23 a.m. on Saturday he allegedly set the fire.

A passing motorist reported the fire to McKean County 911. The Norwich Township, Smethport and Port Allegany fire departments responded to the scene. No one was hurt.

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Tim Walck Pictures Winter In Potter County

I just finished processing a few more photos from the last snow storm. These are all from the Lyman Run area on 1/20/12. I'll be writing a post for my blog today on the techniques I used to create these as well. Here are links:

Tim Walck Photography
Coudersport PA 16915
(814) 260-0323

Faculty Member Puts Beard, Hair on the Line for THON

Faculty Member Puts Beard, Hair on the Line for THON

DuBois – For those who haven't taken his classes, mathematics Instructor John Tolle is known around the Penn State DuBois Campus as "the guy with the beard". The beard hangs well below his chest, and is matched by the long hair on his head, that is usually worn in a ponytail.

Now, after years of letting it all grow out, Tolle has agreed to put all of his hair on the line in support of THON, the Penn State dance marathon that benefits pediatric cancer research. He has volunteered to participate in the annual THON Hair Auction at Penn State DuBois. Those who attend the auction can place bids for the opportunity to cut the hair of those who volunteer. Knowing his beard and locks would could bring big money, Tolle offered them up, under the agreement that $1,000 must be raised for the hair cut event before he consents to going under the shears.

"If they meet their goal, they can do whatever they want to me, from the neck up. It's going to be fun," Tolle said, explaining that once the $1,000 mark is reached, he's willing to let the amateur barbers do anything they please.

Tolle said the decision to allow his many years-worth of beard and hair to be removed was easy when he considered the cause, and the students who are the driving force behind it. He said, "Penn State DuBois students are an inspiring group, committed to the kind of personal improvement and character development that makes our world a better place, one person at a time.

THON, in particular, is a cause near and dear to their hearts. This year I thought I'd offer more than just a round of applause for all their hard work."

The DuBois THON Committee supports the efforts of THON that reach throughout all of Penn State. Money raised by THON is donated, each year, to the Four Diamonds Fund, a leader in the support of childhood cancer research. University-wide, THON raised over $9.5 million last year. Penn State DuBois contributed a campus record of nearly $14,000 to that total.

The Hair Auction to Benefit THON is scheduled for noon, on Friday, February 10, in the Student Union at Penn State DuBois. All members of the public are welcome to join students at the event.

M. Joyce DuShaw, 76, of 304 Olean Road, Derrick City, PA

M. Joyce DuShaw, 76, of 304 Olean Road, Derrick City, went to be with her Lord, Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born August 13, 1935, in Connellsville PA, she was a daughter of the late William R. and Ella (Walk) Soisson. She was a 1953 graduate of Connellsville High School and in 1957 graduated from the California State Teachers College in California, PA.

On September 10, 1955 in Connellsville PA she married James H. DuShaw who survives.

Mrs. DuShaw taught in the Bellfonte school system for a short time.

She was a member of Hill Memorial United Methodist Church and the Westley Circle at the church.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, sewing, quilting, and playing cards with her family.

Surviving in addition to her husband of 56 years are four daughters, Janis DuShaw of Bradford, Julia (Patrick) Cici of Middleburg Heights, OH, Jeann (Thomas) Cengeri of Kutztown, Jacquelyn Marthinsen of Pittsford, NY, four sons, Jonathan (Helene) DuShaw of Warren, Jeffrey (Sherry) DuShaw of Forest, VA, Joseph (Cindy) DuShaw of Portville NY, and Dr. Jerrold DuShaw of Buffalo, NY, 14 grandchildren; Andrew, Amy, and Elaina Cengeri, Grant and Adam Marthinsen, Jillena DuShaw, Matthew, Samuel, Timothy, Rebeckah Josiah and Elizabeth DuShaw and Michael and Mitchell (Scotlyn) Dodge two great grandchildren; Ayden Lee Dodge and Elijah James Dodge, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son James Alan DuShaw who died December 15, 2003, one half sister Movita Ware, and one half brother William R. Soisson Jr.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday January 29, 2012 from 2pm to 5pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc, 372. East Main St. and again on Monday January 30th, from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church at which time funeral services will be held at 11:00am with Rev. David Bunnell pastor, officiating. Committal service and burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, 44 Kennedy Street Bradford, PA 16701, the American Diabetes Association, or the charity of the donor's choice.

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Shinglehouse Ambulance To Honeoye Haven

At 2:30 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to a medical emergency at Honeoye Haven.

Statement of Majority Leader Turzai Regarding 2012 Reapportionment

Statement of Majority Leader Turzai Regarding 2012 Reapportionment

Turzai ready to work as soon as Supreme Court opines

BRADFORD WOODS, Allegheny County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Continental United States of America -- House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Bradford Woods) released the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to remand the approved General Assembly redistricting maps back to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission to fix the as of yet unspecified concerns. The court has indicated it will release its opinion sometime in the future:

“As a member of the Legislative Reapportionment Commission, my staff and I are ready to roll up our sleeves and immediately begin working together to address any concerns the Pennsylvania Supreme Court may have.

“It should not be anyone’s goal for this year’s elections to be held in the 2001 lines which clearly disenfranchise voters throughout the state and do not proportionately represent the population shifts.

“The commission, however, needs clarity and certainty from the court in an expeditious manner to modify the plan as may be necessary.

“Simply, we need the court’s opinion immediately in order to accomplish our task.

“We need clear and timely guidance from the Supreme Court so we can move forward. The commission can meet as early as next week in order to avoid what could be a problem of constitutional proportions.

“We are anxiously awaiting the opinion of the Supreme Court so we can understand its concerns and respond accordingly.”

No Snow For 10th Annual Winterfest At Kaple Farm In Roulette But Lots Of Fun Things Scheduled

West End Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club is holding it's 10th Annual Winterfest &Vintage Snowmobile Show on Saturday January 28, 2012 from 10AM - 4PM. The event is held at the Kaple Farm at 242 Main Street in Roulette, Potter County, PA.

The event will be held snow or no snow.

Join the fun! It is a wonderful community event and admission is free!

There will be games for children and adults, music, a Chinese auction, warm food & beverages, door prizes, warming stations and much more. Bring your old snowmobile to display - no show fee and you could win a trophy! Catch up with friends and neighbors. A great way to spend the day.

Volunteer Update for Galeton Habitat House

Volunteer Update for Galeton Habitat House

Dear Volunteers: We need to say a big "thank you" to the wives of our Sweden Valley Methodist Church volunteers for providing lunch for us yesterday. It was really good! Yesterday was a highlight in our work in Galeton - we had 16 Volunteers on the site at one time.

Our next Volunteer Work Day will be on Saturday, February 4th, 2012, beginning at 8:00 a.m. We will need to complete the rough electrical work and weather permitting, finish the siding. We can also begin to install the heating system and install the rough plumbing. There is very little rough framing work to be completed. Once the rough electric is done, we will have it inspected by Code Inspections.

If you are skilled in these areas and can help, please come on Saturday. If someone would like to provide lunch, please let us know.

Thank you so much - we really appreciate our Volunteers!
Jim and Charlotte Blain

Register By Feb. 14th For North Central Landowners Association Program At Port Allegany Legion

Found Dog in Coudersport Mobile home park past Mosch's

Found Dog in Coudersport Mobile home park past Mosch's

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1-27 Recalls

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Michigan Firm Recalls Salad Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

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Training Available For HAM Radio Operator License

Training Available For HAM Radio Operator License

hamradioHeadwaters Amateur Radio Club of Potter County will hold weekly classes for the technician and general class amateur radio (HAM) FCC license beginning in February. Schedule will be determined in the coming days.

Classes will be held from 6-9 pm at the Potter County Emergency Operations Center at 24 Maple View Lane, off Rt. 872 in Coudersport until the FCC exam is administered in May. There is no longer a Morse code requirement for the HAM license. There is no charge for the instruction, but attendees may wish to purchase a manual for a small charge. More information is available from Jim Centanni at (814) 274-9508 or

Downtown Revitalization Program Coming In March

Downtown Revitalization Program Coming In March

jan28mainstreetcommjohnbryBusiness districts in Potter County communities are struggling and community leaders are looking for help in bringing them back to life.

The Potter County Commissioners are hosting a program by a specialist in downtown revitalization, John Bry, in the Gunzburger Building auditorium at 7 pm on Thursday, March 29. Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce and the Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA) are among organizations supporting the program.

Bry, a resident of Albion, Indiana, is founder and president of the Madden Company. He has provided consulting for historic community resources such as downtowns, heritage tourism, neighborhoods, and historic cemeteries. For a decade, Bry was employed as a Main Street Manager in the Midwest. He is also one of the few nationally certified downtown revitalization professionals in the country. In 2005, he was named a program coordinator with the Pennsylvania Downtown Center in Harrisburg. Commissioner Susan Kefover is spearheading the March 29 program and reports that more details will be announced.

Thompson Reacts to Forest Service Planning Rule

Thompson Reacts to Forest Service Planning Rule

Advocates management, timber harvesting and multiple-use

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Forest Service’s announcement of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule:

“Unlike national parks, our national forests are intended for multiple uses. This means our national forests are actively managed, and include activities such as timber harvesting, energy production and recreation,” said Thompson. “I remain committed to seeing that this goal of multiple uses is a central tenet of the nationally spanning planning rule.”

The National Forest Management Act of 1976 mandated that each of the country’s 155 national forests, with public input, establish individual management plans. The Forest Service’s planning rule provides the outline for establishing these forest plans. Despite ongoing efforts over decades to rewrite the current planning rule, the Forest Service still operates under a rule that was established in 1982.

Thompson, the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation, Energy, & Forestry Subcommittee, has actively engaged the Forest Service since the agency first released a proposed rule on February 14, 2011. Thompson’s subcommittee held a hearing on this proposed rule in May. The hearing featured testimonies by U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary of Natural Resources Harris Sherman, Warren County Commissioner John Bortz, and several other stakeholders.

“I appreciate the work of the Forest Service in finally moving towards a new planning rule, but we still have a number of issues to work through,” added Thompson. “I have made it abundantly clear to Forest Service Chief Tidwell and Under Secretary Sherman that I continue to have concerns with some provisions of this new rule. Specifically, I’m concerned about the lack of adequate emphasis on timber harvesting and not enough action to help prevent unnecessary, wasteful litigation. Therefore, I look forward to continuing to work with the Service on improving the rule and seeing that the Service succeeds in its core mission of multiple uses,” Thompson concluded.

The final planning rule will be selected within 30 days of the publication of the PEIS. The U.S. Forest Service Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, can be found by clicking here.

Veronica M. Anderson, of Chestnut St., Port Allegany, PA

PORT ALLEGANY- Veronica M. Anderson, of Chestnut St. passed away Friday (Jan. 27, 2012) in the Bradford Nursing Pavilion.

Born October 1, 1918, in Blossburg, PA, she was a daughter of Stanley and Margaret Plocinski Pawlak. On July 14, 1945, in Blossburg, PA, she married J. Gordon Anderson, who died May 10, 2005.

Mrs. Anderson was a resident of the area for over 46 years coming from Blossburg, PA.

She was a graduate of Blossburg High School, Class 1936.

She had been employed as a receptionist with the former Blossburg State Hospital and as a teacher’s aide with the Port Allegany School District, Arnold Ave. Elementary School, for several years, retiring in 1981.

She was a member of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Port Allegany, and Catholic Women. She was also a member of the Republican Women, Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 460 of Port Allegany, and former member of the Smethport Country Club and its Couples League. She was an avid bridge player and was a member of several local clubs. She also enjoyed reading and golfing.

Surviving is a daughter, Ruth M. (Thomas) Calkins of Bradford; a grandson, Tyler John Calkins of State College, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, J. Gordon, two brothers, Walter Pawlak and Ray Pawlak; and two sisters, Catherine Manikowski and Helen Boyce.

A private visitation will be held in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Jan. 30, 2012) in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, with Rev. James Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be in Arnot Cemetery, Blossburg.

Memorials can be made to the St. Gabriel’s Church Memorial Fund or the Port Area Ambulance Service.

James H. "Gator" Gatewood III, Age 71, of Oxford, PA

James H. "Gator" Gatewood III, Age 71, of Oxford, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday January 25, 2012.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Georgianna E. Edwards Gatewood. He was born in Upland, PA the son of the late James H. Jr and Emma Frances Hill Gatewood. Jim was a devoted member of the Community Bible Fellowship, Broad Street Oxford, PA, donating much of his love and time to the church and his Lord as a strong Christian. Jim is a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard serving in the early 60's, a member of Masonic Lodge # 477 of Westfield, PA and a Journeyman Plumber for 45 years, retiring from Breeding and Day Mechanical in 2008. He was a dedicated father and gave much of his time for his children participating in scouts and also serving as scoutmaster for many years for Troop 50 Of Westfield, PA and also as a football coach at Cowanesque Valley, Westfield, PA.

Jim loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He was an original member of the Hoop 'n Hollow hunting camp in Potter County, PA. He loved football and was a die hard Green Bay Packers Fan, liking to joke that "he has been a follower of Green Bay since they were just cottage cheese". He loved to read novels, especially westerns.

In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his 2 sons, Jim Gatewood and wife Michele of Lincoln University, PA and Doug Gatewood and wife Sherri of Knoxville, PA, grandsons, Brandon, Dustin, Andrew and Devin and great grandsons, Carter, Lennon and Braydon, brother, Albert Gatewood and wife Bonnie of Leland, NC and sisters, Frances Hampshire Gore and husband Donald of Sicklerville, NJ and Mary Lou Gatewood of Somers Point, NJ.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday January 28, from 10-11 am, at the Ruffenach Family Funeral Home 224 Penn Avenue Oxford, PA 19363, followed by his Life Celebration Service at 11 am. Interment will be in the New London Methodist Church Cemetery 1010 State Road New London, PA 19360.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim's name to John Hopkins Hospital, Pancreatic Center, Department of Radiation, Oncology & Molecular Radiation Science, 401 North Broadway, Suite 1440 Baltmore, MD 21231-2410.

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Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 9:58 am on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a medical emergency.

The Eagles Nest Is Filling Fast

The Eagles Nest

The Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center, located at 219 Edison Bates Drive in Port Allegany, is proud to announce the opening of the “Eagle’s Nest” Restaurant to the public on a limited basis. Under the tutelage of their instructor, Chef Paul Farmelo, students will prepare and serve international cuisine on the dates listed below. This buffet-style lunch will include regional fare with varietal salads, meats, and farinaceous dishes, including fresh baked pastries, breads, and beverages.

Because of limited seating, reservations will be required a week in advance by calling 642-2573 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., and asking for the Eagles Nest. The cost is anticipated to be $7.00, cash only. Gratuities are not necessary, but compliments to the students and constructive criticism to the instructor are welcomed.

Our student enrollees represent nine sending school districts within Cameron, McKean, and Potter Counties. They are excited about this opportunity to serve the public, and to demonstrate what they are learning in the Culinary Arts Program. We hope that you will support us in this endeavor.

One seating will begin at 12:30 pm on the following dates:

February 2, 2012 Italian Buffet “FULL”

February 9, 2012 Spanish Buffet “FULL”

February 16, 2012 Asian Buffet

February 23, 2012 French Buffet

March 1, 2012 Student Choice

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Video Tribute To Joe Paterno

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lance Shaner Wants His Money Back

Former board member Lance Shaner sues Second Mile over donation

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Link Lance Shaner, the president and owner of State College-based Shaner Corp, and his wife have sued The Second Mile to recover a $250,000 donation they made to help build a proposed learning center.

The charity put its 45,000-square-foot Center For Excellence project, planned for a site at Bernel and Fox Hollow roads near University Park Airport, on hold after the state froze a $3 million matching grant in November, in response to child sexual abuse allegations made against The Second Mile founder Jerry Sandusky.

According to the lawsuit, filed this week, the Shaners say they understand The Second Mile will not go forward with the project, and because their gift was given expressly for that cause, they are demanding the return of their money. More...

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Leader-Enterprise Reports County Solicitor Bruce Cahilly Has Been Terminated

Commissioners terminate Cahilly

By Kimberley Hoak Staff Reporter
Potter Leader-Enterprise

"I was shocked. Shocked," Potter County Solicitor D. Bruce Cahilly told the Leader-Enterprise Monday when asked if he knew his appointment as County Solicitor had come to an end.

Cahilly has been terminated after having served as Potter County Solicitor for approximately 35 of the last 40 years.

D. Bruce Cahilly, who has served as solicitor for Potter County for decades was informed late last week he will no longer be serving in the position by Potter County Commissioner Doug Morley. The Commissioners were expected to take action during Thursday's meeting.

Missing Dogs In Mills Area Are Home

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Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program

Charles J. Armbruster, 85, of 332 N. Shore Road, Cuba, NY

CUBA, NY - Charles J. Armbruster, 85, of 332 N. Shore Road, Cuba, passed away Wednesday (Jan. 25, 2012) at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on April 6, 1926, in Buffalo, he was the younger son of Joseph L. and Pauline Geotz Armbruster. On Oct. 5, 1957, in St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Cheektowaga, he married the former Joan A. Golibersuch, who survives.

Mr. Armbruster attended Bennett High School in Buffalo. He also served in the U.S. Army until he was honorably discharged.

Charles and his wife moved to Friendship in 1957 and purchased the Friendship Red and White, renaming it Armbruster's Red and White. He owned and operated that store for the next 21 years, retiring in 1978.

Community involvement was always important to Mr. Armbruster. He was a former member and past president of the Friendship Chamber of Commerce; was a member of the Friendship School Board for more than 10 years, also serving as president; helped organize and was a past president of the Friendship Little League; was secretary for the Friendship Planning Board; and at one time, was a member of the local Boy Scouts committee.

Along with other businessmen, he helped to revitalize and improve areas of the town that needed beautifying.

He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, skiing and sailing. But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed winters in Florida with his wife.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Charles J. (Dawn) Armbruster of Fairport, Paul J. (Willa) Armbruster of Brooklyn; three grandchildren, Nichole (Chris) Dooling, Kelly Armbruster and Jack Armbruster; a great-granddaughter, Lucy Kay Dooling; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Armbruster; and two sisters, Ruth Sharp and Lois Poggie.

At Mr. Armbruster's request, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to HomeCare & Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, NY 14760. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service Inc., Cuba.

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 6 West

At 9:05 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Rt. 6 west for a medical emergency.

Cattle killed, trapped when trailer hits low bridge

Cattle killed, trapped after transport truck gets stuck under bridge

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Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A tractor trailer transporting cattle is stuck under a railroad bridge at West Genesee Street in Syracuse. Police say some of the cattle have been killed and others are trapped.

The truck, which was en route to a slaughterhouse, measured 13'-1" tall. The height restriction at the bridge is 11'-6".

Both lanes of West Genesee Street are closed from State Fair Boulevard to Erie Boulevard West. Police say it could be hours before the road is open again.

Syracuse Police Sgt. Tom Connellan says the truck was carrying 34 cattle, and was a double-decker. The truck was coming from Sennett, NY and heading to somewhere in Pennsylvania, Connellan said. More...

Icy spots over the high terrain this evening.

Statement as of 7:57 PM EST on January 26, 2012

... Icy spots over the high terrain this evening...

Temperatures will remain near the freezing mark over the higher
elevations this evening... causing slippery conditions on untreated
roads. If traveling over the ridge tops... slow down and be alert
for icy spots. The threat of icing should diminish by around 10
PM... as temperatures creep up.

No Meals On Wheels Friday In Port Allegany/ Service Expected To Return To Normal Monday

Port A Meals on Wheels service to resume Monday

PORT ALLEGANY—Port Allegany area Meals on Wheels deliveries are expected to resume Monday.

Emergency repairs at the Senior Center, which is the staging depot for the delivered meal program, are taking longer than had been anticipated, and the Center will remain closed Friday.

Word Thursday afternoon was that things should be back to normal Monday.

Andarko Plans 12 New Gas Wells In Clinton County In 2012

Anadarko alerts Clinton County leaders to its future plans

By JIM RUNKLE For the Sun-Gazette ,

LOCK HAVEN - Anadarko brought 20 wells online in Clinton County in 2011 and the company plans to add a dozen more this year.

From drilling, to well pad construction compressor station building, laying of water lines, creation of pumping stations and road improvements, the company is moving away from exploration and into development of its holdings in the Marcellus Shale.

That's the report offered to the Clinton County commissioners Tuesday by representatives of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. More...

It's A Water Testing Triple Header In Dimock

Dimock Water Testing Triple Header On Tap: Shale Wars Continue

Since no one trusts anyone in the Dimock case, just about everyone wants to do their own testing of well water, and some families are just saying no to water testing, according to Laura Legere of the Scranton Times. See

The EPA, DEP, Cabot Oil and Gas all seem to be taking samples and doing there own testing. It is a water testing triple header.

Perhaps this is a good thing in these polarized times. Possibly the industry will believe the Cabot results, and the anti-drilling groups will believe the EPA results. Others may believe the DEP results. That may add up to everyone accepting the test results.

Of course, if not already a three ring circus, this multiple testing at the same time will be a circus, if the results differ.

Not surprisingly to me, Legere reports that a "significant" number of the 61 families that EPA had identified for further testing are refusing the offer. The community in Dimock area is divided, with bitter opponents of drilling and many families supportive of gas drilling, though those families do not get much media coverage.

Of course a huge amount of water testing and action is water under the bridge in the Dimock case. Here is a brief recap.

DEP has done an extensive investigation that included significant gas testing. DEP found that at 18 water wells had been impacted by gas migrating as a result of poor gas drilling. DEP also found that there was no contamination of the aquifer or water wells by hydraulic fracturing. A subsequent Duke University study confirmed this point.

Based on its findings, DEP issued Cabot cumulative fines in excess of $1.3 million. DEP required the plugging of several gas wells and the repair of other gas wells to remove gas from water wells. The plugging and repair of gas wells cost Cabot tens of millions of dollars of direct expense and lost revenues.

DEP required Cabot to establish individual escrow accounts totaling $4.1 million and that averaged more than $200,000 each for the 18 families where DEP found gas migration had polluted their water wells. Seven of the 18 families reportedly took the escrow account payments, while 11 have not.

By December 2010, gas had been reduced to safe levels in as many as 14 of the water wells. But more testing was needed to confirm the improvement in those wells.

We are certainly going to get more testing.

Posted by John Hanger at "Facts Of The Day"

Penn State-DuBois Bingo Night will Benefit THON

Bingo Night will Benefit THON

DuBOIS – The Penn State DuBois THON Committee has organized Bingo Night, to raise money for THON, the Penn State Dance Marathon that benefits childhood cancer research. Members of the community are welcome to come out to play Bingo for their chance at cash prizes, and prize baskets. A door prize will also be available, and a raffle will be held that evening.

Tickets are $15 per person, which includes 20 games, a strip of raffle tickets, and a chance at the door prize. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

Bingo Night will take place on Friday, February 3, in the Student Union. Doors open at 4:30p.m. and Bingo begins at 6:00 p.m. You must be 18 years of age or older to play.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Harvey Golubock, president of ARG Resources Inc., will speak on Feb. 6 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as part of its Executive Speaker Series.

Golubock will speak from 11 a.m. to noon in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

A year ago, Golubock retired as president and chief operating officer of American Refining Group in Bradford, but he continues his relationship with the company as president of ARG Resources Inc. and as vice chairman of the board of directors at ARG.

American Refining Group Inc. purchased the Bradford refinery in 1997 from Witco Corp. The transition was led by Golubock, who was an executive with Witco before becoming president at ARG.

Golubock will speak about how he was able to turn around the company while at the same time convince employees that the new owner could be trusted and lead them to greater days.

Golubock was with Witco Corp. for 28 years, having started in 1969. At that time, he made the first of many subsequent trips to Bradford. His last position at Witco was as group vice president of lubricants. In 1997, he presided over the sale of the Bradford refinery to ARG, at which time owner Harry Halloran recruited him to run his new purchase.

Golubock is a member of the National Petrochemical and Refiner’s Association and a former chairman of its Lubricants and Wax Committee, and is a member of the Independent Lubricants Manufacturers Association, the Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Association and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from City College of New York and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University.

He and his wife, Barbara, live in Bradford and Suffern, N.Y.

Mabel M. Williams, memorial service slated Saturday

Mabel M. Williams, memorial service slated

Smethport – Friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Mabel M. Williams, 86, of Smethport, PA, on Saturday, Jan 28, 2012, at 11:00 am in the United Methodist Church of Smethport. The Rev. Rob Hernan, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport.

Mrs. Williams died Jan 20, 2012, and a full obituary is available HERE.

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

Possible Chimney Fire In Coudersport RECALLED

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McKean County Strengthing Families Program For 5th & 6th Grade Youth & Parents

For Port Allegany the location has been changed from the
Port Allegany Family Center to the Port Allegany High School

Low Natural Gas Prices Force Cutback In Consol Marcellus Drilling Plans

Consol to dial back gas-drilling plans

LinkLucrative joint ventures in its gas division and strong overseas sales in its coal division helped Consol Energy post record fourth-quarter profits, but low natural gas prices have forced the Cecil-based energy firm to scale back 2012 drilling plans, the company announced today.

The firm trimmed its 2012 spending outlook by $200 million to $1.5 billion, with $130 million of the cuts coming from the company's Marcellus division. Consol and Noble Energy will defer drilling on 23 Marcellus wells. More....

Pennsylvania Launches Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Governor Corbett Meets with Judicial, Legislative and Criminal Justice Leaders

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today encouraged members of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a newly-formed panel of judges, lawmakers, state cabinet members and other officials, as they begin studying ways to increase public safety in Pennsylvania and reduce spending on corrections.

"The justice reinvestment working group is here to look at the numbers, the costs, the projections and the system,'' Corbett told the gathering at the Governor's Residence this morning. "We look to you to come up with solutions to make our system better. I expect this initiative will help reduce further our crime rate, decrease recidivism and manage corrections spending more efficiently.''

Led by Mark Zimmer, chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, the group will meet regularly during the next several months to review data analysis, hear from local government representatives, prosecutors and public defenders, victim advocates, treatment providers and others, before crafting policy proposals.

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative is a comprehensive, research-based approach that identifies factors driving the growth and costs in prison and jail populations. The data-driven model is designed to:

  • Develop and implement policy options to control and lower the costs of the state's corrections system;
  • Improve offender accountability;
  • Reinvest a portion of the savings into the justice system to further reduce corrections spending;
  • Reinvest a portion of the savings into the community to prevent crime;
  • Measure the impact of policy changes.

Contributing to the project is the Council of State Governments Justice Center in partnership with the Pew Center on the States and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The CSG Justice Center, which has helped policymakers in 15 other states using a justice reinvestment approach, reported the following about Pennsylvania at today's meeting:

  • Between 2000 and 2010, the number of people admitted to prison climbed 46 percent, with much of this growth driven by increases in the number of people convicted of property and drug offenses serving relatively short minimum sentences.
  • Over this same period, the number of people in prison grew 40 percent, from 36,602 to 51,312, and annual Department of Corrections spending increased 76 percent, from $1.1 billion to $1.9 billion.
  • Despite significant state investments in resident programs for people on parole supervision, a 2011 study showed that recidivism has declined but remains high: nearly half of people (44 percent) released from prison were re-incarcerated within three years.

"Today's meeting identifies issues that need to be addressed, and I am confident this group will work hard to use the data and other information gathered to make legislative proposals which will try to strike the delicate balance between public safety and reducing costs through improved efficiencies and prison population reduction,'' Zimmer said.

"The scale of this effort is exactly what Pennsylvania needs to see the complete connections that take place from the time someone is arrested all the way through discharge to parole supervision,'' Wetzel said. "With the extensive data analysis and stakeholder input in this process, policy makers from across the political spectrum will develop strategies that answer a fundamental question we all ask ourselves: What more can we be doing to increase safety in our communities while getting a better return on taxpayers' investment?''

"This is an excellent example of officials working together, across systems, levels of government and parties toward the common goal of improving the safety of our state,'' Corbett said.

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Editor's Note: Here's what stakeholders have to say about Pennsylvania's Justice Reinvestment Initiative:

"In order to keep Pennsylvanians safe, the Commonwealth has in the past years invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build additional prisons, expand parole supervision, and increase community-based treatment. Nevertheless, recidivism rates have not decreased significantly," said Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson). "This welcomed initiative will aid Pennsylvania policy-makers by identifying concrete methods to reduce correctional costs as well as proposing ways to limit once-incarcerated individuals from returning to prison.''

"The commonwealth judicial system has been innovative in its establishment of problem-solving courts with specialized dockets focusing on mental health, substance abuse, veterans, and community re-entry offenders," said Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille. "I welcome the opportunity for the judiciary to play a key role in this statewide project examining how best to use our criminal justice system's resources. We simply have to think smarter.''

"Thirty years ago, criminal justice policymakers knew very little about how to stop the cycle of recidivism. Now we know a lot, and state leaders across the country are putting these research-based strategies into action," said Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project as the Pew Center on the States. "This partnership gives Pennsylvania an excellent chance to take advantage of the new knowledge and craft policies that will make communities safer and save taxpayer dollars.''

"We are pleased to make available federal resources through our Justice Reinvestment initiative to assist state officials in Pennsylvania who have demonstrated a bi-partisan commitment to using data to identify and address challenges facing their state's criminal justice system," said Denise O'Donnell, Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Wellsville Police may have found two meth labs

Wellsville Police may have found two meth labs

By John Anderson

WELLSVILLE--The Wellsville Village Police, the State Police and the Allegany County Sheriff's Department checked two apartments today, one on Main Street near the A-Plus and one at 25 Madison Street for possible meth labs and drug distribution.

Police confirmed to the Daily Reporter that several people are in custody but no charges have been filed yet. A press conference will be held at 2 p.m. More...