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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Driver Lifeflighted/House Destroyed When Hit By Loaded Log Truck

A Kane truck driver was injured Saturday morning when the fully loaded log truck he was operating went off the road south of Kane and struck an electric pole, a parked car, and a porch before striking a 2 story home occupied by 4 residents, traveling through the residence, coming to rest inside the residence. The residence had to be demolished in order to retrieve the log truck.

Thomas L. Jashurek, 39, of Kane, PA, operator of the log truck, was extricated from the truck and transported by Emergycare ambulance to a landing zone at the Kane Community Hospital where he was lifeflighted to a trauma center. Troopers described his injuries as moderate. It took fire rescue personnel an hour to extricate Jashurek from the wreckage.

Four individuals were inside the residence owned by Bruce Peterson of Kane when the crash occurred at 9:30 am. They had to be rescued by Kane firefighters who were the first responders to the scene. Two of the individuals were taken to Kane Community Hospital by ambulance where they were treated and released. The Red Cross arranged temporary housing for these individuals at a local motel.

Trooper Douglas P. Wolbert, in a news release from Kane PSP, said the log truck was traveling south on Route 66, about 6/10 mile south of Old Mill Road, in Wetmore Township, when for unknown reasons, the fully loaded log truck traveled across the northbound lane and exited the east side of the roadway.

It traveled 81 feet off the roadway and struck and sheared off a utility pole, continued another 38 feet where it struck a parked and unattended 2008 Chevrolet Impala, which was spun into a neighbor's driveway, 22 feet from the point of impact.

The log truck continued another 32 feet and struck the front porch of a residence owned by James Morgan, of Kane. The truck continued in the same direction another 38 feet where it struck a two-story residence owned by Bruce Peterson of Kane. The truck traveled through the residence and came to final rest inside the house.

The Peterson residence had to be demolished in order to retrieve the log truck from the house. The Red Cross was called to assist the residents.

Route 66 was completely closed to traffic for an extended period of time Saturday due to power lines on the ground. Natural gas lines were severed and leaking when firefighters arrived.

Troopers were assisted on scene by Kane Fire Dept., Kane Boro Police, PennDOT, West Penn Power Company, and Knox Energy. Ambulances from Kane and Sheffield responded and transported the victims.

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Gloria P. Langianese, 81, of Bradford, PA

Gloria P. Langianese, 81, of Bradford, PA, passed away following a brief illness on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

She was born on May 22, 1930 to King and Florence Wylam Douthit.

On March 17, 1951, Gloria married Michael J. Langianese, Jr. who survives.

Gloria lived in Bradford throughout her life, and was a graduate of the Bradford Area High School.

Gloria co-owned and operated her family business; Bradford City Beers in Bradford, with her husband Michael J. Langianese, Jr.

Gloria was an avid golfer and organ player. Gloria was a member of the Pine Acres Ladies Golf League and a volunteer at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Gloria was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family dearly and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her loving husband of sixty years, Michael J. Langianese, Jr., Bradford, she is survived by her five children, Joseph “Butch” Langianese, Bradford, Mollyjo Langianese-Colestro, Ellicottville, NY, Tina Slaven, Bradford, Toni Ann (Tom) Vickery, Bradford, Michael “Pink” (Karen) Langianese, III, Bradford, twelve grandchildren, Dennis (Linda) Hannon, Ransomville, NY, Jamie (Jarod) Kemper, Cranberry, PA, Joe Colestro, Olean, NY, Kara Vickery, Saint Marys, PA, Taylor and Tate Slaven, Emilee, Heather, and Holly Vickery, Sammi, Ryleigh and Mikiah “Mikey” Langianese, all of Bradford and three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Wes and Grace Hannon of Ransomville, NY.

She was preceded in death by her parents, King and Florence Douthit.

At the family’s request there will be no visitation, there will be a private funeral service conducted at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. on Sunday, February 19, 2012, with the Rev. W. Leroy Beckes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Entombment will be in the St. Bernard Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania, 1158 Dutilh Road, Mars, PA 16046 or

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

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Coudersport Ambulance to Fisher Drive

At 2:04 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Fisher Drive in Sweden Township for a medical emergency.

One Vehicle Crash In Ludlow

Crash In Ludlow
At 12:54 pm on Saturday, Ludlow Fire Rescue and Kane Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash on Rt. 6 near Wildcat park.

Report on scene is that driver is not at scene.

Lucile J. Langner, 97, formerly of Sullivan Road, Bradford, PA

Lucile J. Langner, 97, formerly of Sullivan Road, Bradford, passed away, Friday, February 17th, 2012, at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport.

Born May 15, 1914, in Venango Township, Erie County, PA, she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Martha (Marts) Petitt. Mrs. Langner was a 1934 graduate of Bradford High School.

On November 25, 1939 she married Joseph A..Langner who preceded her in death.

In 1960 she and her children moved to Ras Tanura Saudi Arabia to join her husband. She and her husband returned to Bradford and operated the Texas Hot Restaurant for many years in Bradford.

Lucile was a skilled artist who specialized in Portrait paintings and won countless awards in the United States, Canada and Overseas. She loved to cook, hosting parties, dancing and teaching painting classes.

She had volunteered for the American Red Cross. She was a member of the American Artist Association, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Surviving are two children; a daughter, Linda Langner McLaughlin of Ft. Washington, MD, and a son, Karl J. Langner, two grandchildren; Cassie (John) Wollen and Joseph (Rhanda) McLaughlin, and several nieces and nephews including Martha Cawley of Bradford.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by an infant daughter Catherine Langner, two sisters; Helen P. Kelley and Madalein Monti and two brothers Raymond Petitt and Russell Petitt.

At the family's request there will be no visitation. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the University of Pittsburgh @ Bradford Art Program, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA 16701.

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MVA On Rt. 219 In Lafayette Township

MVA On Rt. 219 In Lafayette Township
At 11:50 am on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Dept. & Bradford City Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle MVA on Route 219, 1 1/2 mile north of Tacks Inn. Vehicle is reported off roadway. Unknown if injuries.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Honeoye Road

At 10:04 am on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance and Olean 10 have been dispatched to Honeoye Road for a medical emergency.


At 9:32 am on Saturday, Kane Fire Dept. & Ambulance are responding to a report of a commercial vehicle into a house. 5980 Rt. 66. Log Truck driver entrapped in a house with a natural gas leak and a pole snapped off with electric wires down.

Red Cross has made arrangements for family who lived in damaged house.

10:35 am--Reporting patient has been extricated.
10:42 am--Emergy 4 Ambulance transporting patient to LZ at Kane Hospital.
10:46 am--Stat Helicopter has landed at KCH LZ.


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Pickup Truck Crash On West Kane Road

Pickup Over Embankment On W. Kane Road
At 12:58 am on Saturday, Kane Fire Rescue and Ambulance are responding to a one vehicle crash on the West Kane Road east of Reagle Road. A pickup truck is reported over the embankment into a tree. Responders report no entrapment. One occupant with injuries.

Woman Cited For Scattering Rubbish

Sometime on February 13 or 14th, a bag of garbage was dumped on property owned by Roger Crippen, Jr, of Ulysses, PA located on the Northern Potter Road in Bingham township.

State Police investigated and filed a summary charge of Scattering Rubbish against Marci Ahearn of Westfield, PA, with District Judge Delores G. Bristol of Galeton, PA.

Trooper Jenary of PSP Coudsersport said the investigation is continuing.

4-County Leasing Group Meetings Set In Coudersport And Angelica

Friday, February 17, 2012

Kane Woman Charged with Theft

Kane Woman Charged with Theft

A Kane woman is facing charges for allegedly stealing more than $13,000 from a pre-school program. 26-year-old Ashley Wilson is accused of taking the money while serving as the treasurer of the Kane Day School at Tabor Lutheran Church starting in July of 2010. Wilson is charged with a total of 84 counts of theft and forgery, all felonies.

She's free on $10,000 bail and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 1 in Central Court.

Undefeated Lady Owls To Get Police Escort / Welcome

Lady Owls Go Undefeated!
The Bradford Lady Owls basketball team beat Punxsutawney 53-26 to finish the season at 22-0.

Ali Rinfrette had 14 points; Emily Marshall scored 12 points; Kaserra Owens and Alex Vinelli each had 10 points.

The first playoff is next Friday.

If you're reading this before 11 p.m. -- The Lady Owls will be getting a police escort into town and down Main Street at around 11. Welcome them home!!

Roulette Ambulance To Fishing Creek Extension

At 8:11 pm on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Fishing Creek Extension for an illness call.

Bradford Man Allegedly Pointed Loaded Gun

Bradford Man Allegedly Pointed Loaded
Gun at Other People This Afternoon

A Bradford man is accused of pointing a loaded gun at people during a domestic incident on East Main Street this afternoon.

City Police say 59-year-old Robert Rogowski had a .22-caliber rifle with one round in the chamber and 6 more in the clip. Witnesses told police he pointed the weapon at them, and they had to jump back into a room to take cover.

The incident happened in the apartments above The New Keystone. Police arrested Rogowski without incident on the scene and charged him with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats. He was arraigned by District Judge Dominic Cercone and sent to McKean County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
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No Snow For Winterfest, But Trailblazers Had A good Time Anyway

The West End Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club held their 10th Annual Winterfest & Vintage Snowmobile Show on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Old man winter did not cooperate for snow, but everyone had a good time anyway. It was snowing like crazy by afternoon which was great to see!

2011 show had lots of snow---2012 had none

A special attraction this year was a huge TV screen right behind the food stand. A slide show made up of pictures from the club's past 10 years of events. Many folks stopped & watched for quite a while, smiles forming on their faces every so often. What a great trip down memory lane.

The Chinese Auction was a big hit this year with new tickets and lots of fantastic items donated by many great sponsors throughout our community.

Children had a blast digging through the sawdust to find lots of coins in the money pit. Mr Dale brought his tractor & hay wagon and gave the kids hayrides through the fields.

Everyone had a chance at door prizes donated by many local businesses. The warming stations were natural gathering places for neighbors and new friends to catch up on the latest happenings. Hot cocoa, steaming coffee, mouthwatering chili and yummy hotdogs were popular at the food table.

Glen Mallory, who helps us with our vintage snowmobile show, raised $101.50 in a special pink raffle for breast cancer.

The Vintage Snowmobile Show brought in exhibitors from all over PA and NY. The sleds were restored and were real beauties. Trophies were donated by Southern Tier Polasis, Jim Coast Sales & Service, Howards, Inc., Larry's Sports Center, and Canyon Motorsports. There were winners for each class:

Best of Show - Mark Elwell was the crowd's favorite with his 1972 AMF SkiDaddler XX400. This beauty was originally owned by Lynn Paxton, the head of the AMF SkiDaddler race team. It was a prototype and Mark was able to purchase it from him.

The 1966 and older Class was taken by Vic Corneliussen of Coudersport with his Redde Fredde. He has owned this unusual snowmobile for over 25 years! A guy in a pickup had it in the bed of his truck after getting it from an estate. He asked Vic if he wanted it and that's where the story starts. Vic cleaned it up and it works great!

1967-1971 Class went to Shane Winsor of Allegany, NY. Shane's 1971 Arctic Cat Panther 399 was purchased at a yard sale in Bradford. The original owner kept it in a heated garage for 28 years, so it was in great shape!

1972 - 1976 class was taken by Brian Moyer of Bangor, PA with his Alouete Brute. This gorgeous vintage sled has been in Brian's family, passed from dad to uncle to brother to son. The last time it was ridden was here in God's Country in 1988. Now it returns back here for the first time after being restored, buffed, and shined up.

1977-1981 class went to Vic Corneliussen for his 1979 Arctic Cat Pantera. He purchased it in Williamsport and has spent the past few years restoring it.

Some of the vintage sleds ran the Radar Run. The winner was Kyle Warner with his 1979 SRX440. Top speed. with no snow on the run. was 64 mph!

A big thank you to everyone who came out and supported this event. Please visit our website at

Photos by Dean Truitt



The McKean County Conservation District will hold its Third Annual specialized course on Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance of Dirt and Gravel Roads on March 6, 2012 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Courtyard Restaurant in Smethport, PA.

This unique, one-day event is open to the general public and everyone who maintains unpaved roads, including: municipalities oil and gas operators, timber operators, private and commercial landowners, and employees of state and national forests are invited and encouraged to attend. Sponsors for the event include the State Conservation Commission and the Penn State Center for Dirt & Gravel Road Studies.

With an emphasis on promoting practices which reduce maintenance costs while reducing sediment pollution, the experienced staff of the Pennsylvania Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Program will openly share their valuable insights and proven methods. A small sampling of what the course covers includes; the affect of natural systems on roads, the influences of right-of-ways, the management of roadside vegetation, ditch outlets, road and stream interfaces, and effective use of driving surface aggregates. The course qualifies PA , continuing education credits and professional development hours for forestry and engineering.

A nominal fee of $15 per participant covers course materials, morning snacks, refreshments and lunch. In addition, each participant attending the entire program will receive a certificate of attendance. For more information or registration, please contact the McKean County Conservation District at 814-887-4001 or email at by February 28, 2012.

DEP Announces March 14 Public Meeting, Hearing on Homer City Power Plant Pollution Control Proposal

DEP Announces March 14 Public Meeting, Hearing on Homer City Power Plant Pollution Control Proposal

PITTSBURGH -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting and hearing on Wednesday, March 14, to take testimony about EME Homer City Generation’s proposed plan to install two dry scrubber systems on Units 1 and 2 of the plant.

The 5 p.m. meeting and hearing will be at Homer-Center High School on Wildcat Lane in Homer City, Indiana County.

“This forum will provide a valuable opportunity for residents to ask questions about this project,” DEP Southwest Regional Director Susan Malone said. “The testimony we receive is studied closely and is an important part of our review process.”

The company is proposing to install environmental controls that are intended to reduce the plant’s sulfur dioxide emissions by 90 percent. The installation of scrubbers on Units 1 and 2 would complement a scrubber system that has been in operation on Unit 3 for about 10 years.

During the one-hour meeting, DEP Air Quality staff will explain the agency’s role in approving such plans, and company representatives will describe the proposal. A question-and-answer session will follow.

At 6 p.m., the public will have an opportunity to present up to five minutes of oral testimony. Written testimony of any length will also be accepted. The testimony will be recorded by a court reporter and transcribed into a written document. At the end of the 30-day public comment period, DEP will create a written response to all relevant testimony provided during the public hearing. The final plan approval, if issued, will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Those who wish to present oral testimony should contact DEP Community Relations Coordinator John Poister at 412-442-4203 or register that evening prior to the hearing.

For anyone unable to attend the public hearing, written comment should be submitted to Mark Gorog, PA DEP Bureau of Air Quality, Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. The public comment period will close on March 28.

Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact John Poister or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD).

For more information, call 412-442-4000 or visit



BRADFORD, Pa. – Members of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s writing faculty will give a lunchtime reading Feb. 23 in the Studio Theater in Blaisdell Hall.

The reading, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., will feature Judy Hopkins, Dr. Nancy McCabe, Carol Newman, Helen Ruggieri and Dani Weber.

Hopkins teaches news writing at Pitt-Bradford and has published poetry in California Quarterly and Timber Creek Review. In the 1990s, she co-wrote with writer Dennis Hensley and recorded a light piece for BBC Radio based on Hensley’s book “Screening Party,” to which she also contributed.

McCabe, who is director of the writing program, is currently on a national radio tour to promote her third book, “Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter’s Birthplace in China.” She is the author of two other books, “Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption” and “After the Flashlight Man: A Memoir of Awakening.”

Newman, who teaches beginning poetry and fiction, writes poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. She received an honorable mention in the Chautauqua Poetry Contest at the Chautauqua Institution in 2010.

Ruggieri is retired from teaching a variety of writing courses at Pitt-Bradford. Her new book, which is her fourth, is “Butterflies Under a Japanese Moon,” which her publisher has nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Weber, who teaches technical writing and is director of the Writing Center at Pitt-Bradford, has dabbled in various genres, from children’s literature to historical romance. She has published creative nonfiction and been a member of various writing and critique groups for nearly 20 years.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at (814)362-7609.


02/17/2012 02:46 PM EST

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. (McNeil), is voluntarily recalling, at the wholesale and retail levels, seven lots, approximately 574,000 bottles, of Infants TYLENOL Oral Suspension, 1 oz. Grape distributed nationwide in the United States (see full product list below). Infants TYLENOL is an over-the-counter (OTC) product indicated as a pain reliever/fever reducer.

James S. Prentiss, 68, of 22 Hillside Drive, Limestone, NY

James S. Prentiss, 68, of 22 Hillside Drive, Limestone, passed away Friday, February 17, 2012 at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born September 2, 1943, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Claude S. Prentiss and Viola E. (Caputo) Prentiss Bosworth.

On June 28, 1980 in Olean, he married Rhonda L. Weigartz who survives.

He was a 1963 graduate of Bradford High School.

He had been employed at the Crosby Dairy Farm, Miles Bradford Company, Bonny Brook Group Home, Corning Glass, Bradford Area School District and most recently at Evergreen Elm.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and digging leeks and ginseng.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, Matthew (Kristen) Prentiss of Bradford, Shawn (Lisa) Prentiss, Sr. of Gifford, Steven Prentiss of Canaan, NH, Michael Prentiss of Limestone, NY and James Prentiss, Jr. and Denise Prentiss, both of Florida; three grandchildren, Shawn Prentiss, Jr., Anthony Prentiss and Courtney Prentiss; a sister, Claudia Ingram of Kane; two brothers, Jerry Prentiss of Bradford; William Prentiss of Bradford and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Prentiss.

Friends are invited to call Monday, February 20, 2011 from 11:00 to 1:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street, where funeral and committal services will be held at 1:00pm, with Rev. Patrick Cox, Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Rixford Man Pleads to Child Pornogrpahy

Rixford Man Pleads to Child Pornogrpahy

A Rixford man pleaded guilty in McKean County Court Thursday to child pornography charges. 29 year-old Kenneth Spencer was accused of possessing a video in April of 2010 which depicted children under the age of 18 engaging in a sexual act. Spencer will be sentenced on May 24.

Man Charged With Threatening Ex-girlfriend

Man Charged With Threatening Ex-girlfriend

A Roulette man was arrested Wednesday after he threatened to harm a former girl friend and kill her present boyfriend.

State Police charged 42 year-old Robert Cornelius with terroristic threats, assault, and harassment.

Police say that since July of last year Cornelius allegedly assaulted the lady twice forcing her and her child to change residences for their security. Cornelius was jailed on $25,000 bail.

1 Vehicle Crash Reported On Blauvelt Hollow Road

One Vehicle Crash On Blauvelt Hollow Road
At 2:30 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 , Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at 269 Blauvelt Hollow Road in Sharon Township. Reported to be a one vehicle crash with a possible head injury.




Leasing as a contact sport has never been so widely discussed or read about in modern times, but that is certainly what it has become. It can be compared in many ways to most of the sports we follow through-out the week and on week-ends.

CONSIDER: The contract is a PLAYER'S lease that spells out the $$ and %'s that will be paid the player during a specific Time Frame. It spells out the rules and expectations by which both sides must abide.

Federal and State Regulations are the REFEREES, but what affects the players (landowners) immediately is the leasing agreement they signed. Some of these documents favor the Team owners more than the players, while some provide well for the players too. Big numbers attract lots of attention ! What needs to be focused on as well are the "holds" the agreements place on the individuals involved.

Doesn't this sound like big-time sports?
It surely sounds like leasing too!!

Professional players don't draw up and negotiate their own contracts. That's not what they are "professional" at. Instead they look for and listen to savvy negotiators who have made a solid reputation for themselves. Marketing what their "player clients" have to offer to the broadest field possible, these agents have the job of bringing together team owners and players who want to be out front. In a "let's make everyone happy" world this isn't an easy job, but done well ... everyone does come out a winner.

As in any game excitement grows and the stress level goes up when extra innings and overtimes enter the picture. On the other hand while game delays can be disappointing, they serve to whet the appetite for upcoming action when it occurs. In leasing this can happen @ 4 stages ... marketing, negotiations, drilling, and production.

"Who wants to take their eggs to a poor market?"

Patience is the ultimate power that allows us to make the right move at the right time.

Players and on-lookers alike don't like "unnecessary roughness and/or unsportsman-like conduct", yet a poorly developed lease allows such to happen to our environment. Groups with professional representation on the same level that "pro" players have don't make that mistake. They take care of what they have ... surface and sub-surface.

The Wild Card in all this when it comes to the "Game of Leasing" is something we have no control over, i.e. the natural resources Mother Nature gave us ... their accessibility and marketability at any given time. We play the hand we have to the best of our ability, and like the teams we so like to watch, we become a strong team through joint effort.

It puts the Contact Sport of Leasing on a level playing field.

Janice L. Hancharick
4-County Leasing Group Coordinator

Rep. Causer's Legislative Report:

Rep. Causer's Legislative Report:
The Governor's Budget Proposal

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will take part in a series of hearings starting next week to study Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget. Here are my thoughts on his initial plan and what lies ahead.

Map Spotlights Travelers’ Attractions On Rt. 6

Map Spotlights Travelers’ Attractions On Rt. 6

do6A new map of U.S. Route 6 in Pennsylvania is now available to help guide travelers to attractions along the highway. It’s a product of the Pa. Rt. 6 Alliance.

A mile marker system was placed along Rt. 6 in 2008. The new map uses this system to direct travelers to sites, accommodations, and services.

The map also highlights historical sites, outdoor recreational activities, scenic vistas and events. Maps are available at PennDOT welcome centers, visitor centers along Rt. 6, AAA offices and through the website,

Rep. Thompson Promotes Skilled Technical Work Force

ICYMI: Thompson Recognizes February as Career and Technical Education Month; Emphasizes Need for a High Skilled Work Force

“Career and Technical Education, while historically undervalued, helps tackle critical work force shortages and provides an opportunity for America to remain globally competitive, while also engaging students in practical, real world applications of academics, coupled with hands on work experiences.” – Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson

Causer Says Lottery Fund Study Shows Slow Growth, But Senior Programs Solvent For Now

Lottery Fund Study Shows Slow Growth, But Senior Programs Solvent For Now, Causer Says

HARRISBURG – The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee has released its comprehensive assessment of the Pennsylvania Lottery Fund. The study was conducted under the direction of House Resolution 106, sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

“Senior citizens in our area and across the state rely on a number of programs funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery, including the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program,” Causer said. “With the legalization of slots and table games in Pennsylvania, it is important to know the status of the lottery fund both now and in the future to ensure the sustainability of these vital programs.”

According to the report, officials are projecting little annual growth over the next five years in lottery sales. In fact, sales have been stagnating since fiscal year 2005-06, likely due to the weak economy and slower growth in the lottery’s retail sales network.

However, the study shows that the lottery-funded senior citizen benefit programs will remain solvent for the next five years as long as sales do not plummet and as long as lawmakers don’t expand existing lottery-funded programs or add new ones.

Currently, the lottery fund supports a variety of programs, such as Property Tax/Rent Rebate; PACE, PACENET and PACE Plus Medicare prescription benefit programs; free transit and reduced fare shared-ride services; long-term living services; and Area Agencies on Aging.

“I am pleased that there appears to be no immediate danger of senior citizens losing benefits that help with their housing, transportation and health care costs,” Causer said. “However, our population is aging, and if lottery sales continue to stagnate, we could be faced with some difficult decisions in the next decade.”

Pennsylvania currently has one of the oldest populations in the country, with 15.4 percent of citizens age 65 or older. By 2030, it is expected that senior citizens will represent 22.5 percent of the total population.

To improve the long-term solvency of the lottery fund, the report made the following recommendations:

The Pennsylvania Lottery should pursue expanding its retail network to facilitate an increase in ticket sales and continue to analyze approaches being used in other states to stimulate sales.

The General Assembly should limit the use of lottery funds to those programs and services currently funded in that manner.

Greater effort should be made to improve the accuracy of projections made by various state agencies that receive lottery funds for programs under their jurisdiction.

To read the full report, visit

EAS 9-1-1 Telephone Outage Emergency

Telephone outage
affecting the following areas in Clarion County,
Sligo, Rimersburg, Callensburg Boroughs, Piney, Toby, and Perry Townships.

Residences in these area are unable to call 911 from landline.

Cell phone service is still able to call 911.

Windstream phone company is working on resolving the problem.

Help Wanted In Coudersport & Galeton Areas

Registration Closing Soon for School Community Relations from ESU

Registration Closing Soon for School Community Relations from ESU

Live in Coudersport ESU needs a few more students to run this 3-graduate credit course. It is offered through the Professional and Secondary Education department of East Stroudsburg University, and presents public relations as a comprehensive concept of interpretation for the public schools. Tenets, means, agents, and agencies to produce increased social understanding and appreciation of the educational function among school personnel and the general public are discussed.

This course is being held at the Coudersport office of the Potter County Education Council on Fridays 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 2, 3, 30, 31, May 4, and May 5, 2012. Registration is still open but will close soon. For more information or to register, call (570) 422-2859 or email Jennifer Serowick at

I-80 EB lane closure at Mile 236 in Columbia County for crash cleanup

Travel Advisory
I-80 EB lane closure at Mile 236 in Columbia County for crash cleanup

Motorist traveling Interstate 80 eastbound in Columbia County are advised to be alert for a left-lane restriction around mile 236, east of the Lightstreet Exit.

Cleanup operations from an earlier truck crash are under way.

With foggy current conditions, stay alert to the potential for slow-moving or stopped traffic ahead of the lane closure.

The lane restriction may be in effect until late morning today.

Hazels Auto Sales On Rt. 44 In Hebron Center, PA

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Open House At Moon's Farm Yard In Ulysses, PA This Saturday, February 18th

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Police Seeking Arrest Of Alleged Dirt Bike Thieves

Criminal Arrest Warrants are being issued for two young Roulette men who are accused of stealing two Honda Dirt Bikes from Andy Joe Matteson of 4th Street in the Village of Roulette on November 3, 2011.

Nikki Lee Rushmore, 21, of 52 Second Street, Roulette, PA
, and
Cody James Thomas, 18, formerly of Oak Lane, Roulette, PA,
were both charged with 2 counts of Theft By Unlawful Taking (F3) and one count of Receiving Stolen Property (F3).

Trooper Andrew Mincer, who filed the charges on Wednesday in District Court 55-4-01, said warrants will be issued for the two men who are accused of stealing the Honda XR-70 and XR-80 dirt bike motorcycles. The motorcycles were subsequently recovered.

The arrest warrants will be served when the men are located.

Ladies Cited In Fracas At Gold Eagle

State Police had quite a time sorting out who were the victims and who were the perpetrators after they were called to a fracas at the Gold Eagle Hotel in Eldred Borough on Valentine's night shortly after 11:30 pm.

Trooper Dale T. Vukovich, Jr. listed the following ladies who were involved:

Accused/Victim--Sandra Kimble, 39, of 513 Valley Crossroad, Smethport, PA

Accused/Victim--Roxanne Gotshall, 36, of 34 Canfield Hollow, Lot 2, Eldred, PA.

Accused--Angela Cummings, 33, of 17 Main Street, Eldred, PA.

Victim--Kristi Billyard, 40, of 508 Harding Avenue, Jamestown, PA

In a news release, Trooper Vukovich said that the aforementioned accused did allegedly cause a public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly created a risk thereof by engaging in fighting or threatening, or violent or tumultuous behavior at the above location.

Kimble and Cummings were cited for one count of Disorderly Conduct.
Roxanne Gotshall was cited for two counts of Disorderly Conduct.
The charges were filed in District Court 48-3-02.

Billyard was allegedly a victim and nonparticipant of the tumultuous behavior committed by Gotshall.

Lewis Run Woman Charged With False Reports To Police

A Lewis Run woman has been charged by State Police with Unsworn Falsifications To Authorities (M2), and 2 counts of False Reports To Law Enforcement (M2) & (M3).

Ashley Hughes, 25, of 52 Lafayette Avenue, Lewis Run, PA, was charged relative to an incident on December 27, 2011 at 63 South Center Street, Bradford, PA, in which she made a false verbal and written statement to law enforcement authorities regarding domestic violence allegations against her boyfriend.

Trooper Dale T. Vukovich, Jr., of the Kane PSP barracks filed the charges in District Court 48-1-01.



This event was to be held at Lyman Run State Park on Saturday, February 18 and sponsored by the Friends of Lyman Run, but due to the lack of snow and ice, the event is cancelled for this year.

We will see every one for next year’s event.

Coming up in April will be the spring membership meeting of the Friends of Lyman Run as well as an Earth Day Park Clean Up Day, then the Kid’s Fishing Derby which will be held the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend.

FOLR Director Maxine Harrison, would like to thanks all the Friends members who attended the meetings to plan this event and also to all those members who volunteered to come out and help with the day.

See you at next year’s NICE ON THE ICE DAY.

Free Testing Of Wells, Springs In Potter County

Free Testing Of Wells, Springs In Potter County

watertest-236x3001Help is available for property owners across the region who are concerned about possible contamination of their wells and springs. A 2009 report by the Penn State Extension showed that about 40 percent of area wells contain at least one contaminant. Grants total about $150,000 are being used to pay for hundreds of private water source tests in a region that includes Potter and Cameron counties.

At this point, samples will be analyzed for pH, total dissolved solids, bacteria, barium, chloride, nitrogen, arsenic and corrosivity. If demand for the tests exceeds the amount of available funds, applicants will be accepted based on income. Testing will be conducted in March and April in Cameron and Clinton counties, and in May through June in Potter and McKean counties.

Applications are available at the Potter County Commissioners office (274-8290, Ext. 207), or by contacting Kelly Williams at 765-2629. The sponsors are also providing educational workshops and materials to help owners of wells and springs interpret water quality results and learn about their options if something does happen to their water supply.

Penn State Extension water specialist Bryan Swistock advises property owners to get a baseline test. “Sometimes people are surprised by what they see, because they have no symptoms in the water,” he said. “Many get tests only when they notice an odor or a change in the water’s color or taste.” Substances that cause those problems — iron, manganese and hydrogen sulfide – often do not pose health issues. But dangerous contaminants, such as coliform, E. coli bacteria and arsenic, can go unnoticed without testing.

Elliott F. “Dutch” Knight, 34, of Coudersport, PA

Elliott F. “Dutch” Knight, 34, of Coudersport, PA died unexpectedly Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

Born on January 21, 1978 in Coudersport, he was the son of Rodney F. and Paula M. Livingston Knight. On September 7, 2005 he married Mary Morrow who survives.

Dutch was employed as a cook at The Northwoods Tavern in Coudersport. He enjoyed spending time with his daughters and liked fishing.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his mother, Paula Livingston, of Renovo, PA, two daughters, Kayla Wagner of Bath, NY and Skye Knight of Coudersport, PA, two sisters, Chandra Livingston and her husband, Rich Hadfield, of Coudersport, PA and Theresa Welsh and her husband, Bryan, of Coudersport, PA, two nieces, five nephews, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rodney F. Knight, on June 25, 2001, and his grandmother, Lois Knight, who died on September 23, 2008.

A private viewing will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 2:00pm Sunday, February 19, 2012 at the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

Used Equipment At Howard's Inc. In Coudersport

Marsha A. Fish, 64, of Bradford, PA

Marsha A. Fish, 64, of Bradford, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at her residence.

Born February 12, 1948, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Paul F. and Althea J. (Jones) Hale.

On November 11, 1967, she married James L. Fish who passed away January 16, 2001.

She was a 1966 graduate of Bradford High School.

Mrs. Fish worked for McKean County C.A.R.E. for Children for 28 years, and most recently worked for Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems as a Transcriptionist.

She is survived by a daughter, Jessica E. Fish-Long of Washington, a son, Gregory J. Fish of Bradford; a step son, James L. Coldren of Lewis Run; a sister, Nancy (Charles) Tingley of Bradford; six grandchildren, Natalie Fish, Benjamin Fish, Lucas Fish, Chelsea Coldren, Jada Coldren and Hunter Martin and one niece.

Friends will be received on Monday February 20th from noon to 1:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. South Ave at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired can be made to the American Kidney Association or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

Dixie J. Wise, 69, of, Coudersport formerly of Port Allegany, PA

Port Allegany - Dixie J. Wise, 69, of, Coudersport formerly of Port Allegany, died Wed. Feb. 15, 2012 in the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born Feb 22, 1942 in Windsor, PA a daughter of James P. and Mary V. Lake Matthews, On Oct. 19, 1957 in Bel Air, MD; she married David H. Wise, Sr., who survives.

Mrs. Wise was attended school in Windsor, PA

She devoted her early life to raising her family After her family grew up she worked for Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in their Wellness Centers.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by:

three daughters: Stephanie (Ron) McGarvey of Port Allegany, PA, Reletta (Lester) Lapp of Cyclone, PA, Elizabeth (Jose) Rodriguez of Reamstown, PA

three sons: David H. (Kathy) Wise of Port Allegany, PA, Blaine L. Wise of Port Allegany, PA, Daniel J. (Ekaterina) Wise of Pittsburgh, PA

19 Grandchildren; Shannell, Hannah, Jacob and Caroline Wise

Jason, Reletta and Ronnie McGarvey and Autumn (Brian) Roche

Bradley (Brandy) Scott, Benjamin (Halley) Scott and Susan Scott

Shaianna, Uriah, Ceili, Rionnah, Devany, and José Jr. Rodriguez

Keira and Evelyn Wise

7 great grandchildren

One brother: Dean L. Lake of Red Lion, PA

She was preceded in death by her parents and 13 brothers and sisters

Friends will be receiver on Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 10 am to 12 noon in the Birch Grove Mennonite Church, Two Mile Road, Port Allegany, at which time funeral services will begin at noon, with the Rev John Lapp officiating. Burial will be in Annin Creek Cemetery, Annin Twp.

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

Memorials may be made to the Birch Grove Mennonite Church, Port Allegany or the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Coudersport, PA

Online condolence may be made at

8 Citizens & Northern Bank Employees Recognized

C&N Presents Service AwardsCharles H. Updegraff, Jr., C&N chairman, president and CEO, third from left, presented service awards to, from left, Kelly Ingerick, Melissa Dunn, Debra Topf, Terry Depew, Mary Wood, Eileen Ranck, Robert Miller and Thomas Brown.

WELLSBORO, PA - Eight Citizens & Northern Bank employees have been recognized for a combined 190 years of service to the financial institution.

Recognized during the February service awards luncheon were:

Thomas E. Brown, courier in the Wellsboro office, 10 years.

Terry Depew, business development sales officer in the Commercial Loan Division at the Athens office, 40 years.

Melissa Dunn, commercial loan support specialist in the Coudersport office, 10 years.

Kelly L. Ingerick, mortgage specialist in the Mansfield office, 20 years.

Robert S. Miller, courier in the Wellsboro office, 15 years.

Eileen Ranck, BankCard operations manager in the Wellsboro office, 40 years.

Debra Topf, loan processor in Wellsboro, 25 years.

Mary Wood, Trust administrator in Wellsboro, 30 years.

Service awards luncheons are held regularly and hosted by C&N Chairman, President and CEO Charles H. Updegraff, Jr. In 2012, C&N will recognize 27 employees for a total of 515 years of service to Citizens & Northern Bank.

Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices throughout Cameron, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania and in Canisteo and Hornell, NY in Steuben County. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at The Company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

Unnecessary Flirting

Unnecessary Flirting

Anonymous Says:

I need some advice. My mom has this new boyfriend, and I do not get along with him. He's always in our business and I feel that he flirts with me while my mom isn't looking. I have tried to tell my mom about this situation but, she thinks I am lying.

What can I do to make her see the truth?


US Rep. Glenn GT Thompson To Make Campaign Stops In Coudersport And Port Allegany Next Wednesday

Congressman Thompson will be making a campaign stop in Port Allegany on Wednesday, February 22. He will be present at the Port Allegany Family Moose club on Pearl Street. The time for this stop is 6:30-7:00 pm. All are welcome to stop by and talk with our congressman.

Photography Workshop with Curt Weinhold

Photography Workshop with Curt Weinhold

Missed the February 7th class? Due to the strong response, a second class has been scheduled. Are you perplexed by nomenclature in the owner’s manual? Learn how to properly use your new or not so new digital camera at this class. From exposing an image to loading it to the computer, we will learn the basics in this two-hour course.

Lens choices, memory cards and that oftentimes confusing menu system built into your camera - Curt explains how to set up your camera for several conditions, such as action (kids or sports), landscapes and close-ups. Please bring a camera and appropriate memory card. We ask that you have some familiarity with your particular camera controls.

This class is being held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coudersport office of PCEC. Cost is $35 per person. To register, call 814-274-4877 or visit our website at

Video Game Day March 3; 'BYOC'

Video Game Day March 3; 'BYOC'

DuBois - The Penn State DuBois Information Sciences and Technology (IST) Department and the Information Technology Club will hold their 17th Video Game Day in March. Video Game Day is open to anyone interested in playing computer games, and offers participants the opportunity to try the latest games and game systems available. This time Video Game Day has gone 'BYOC', or 'Bring Your Own Console', which means gamers will be able to bring their own game systems to the event for the first time.

"The biggest reason we do this is to offer a fun, safe environment for students and gamers of all ages to get together and play some video games and enjoy themselves," said event organizer and IST program leader Jason Long. He noted that Video Game Day is held twice each year, once in the spring, and once in the fall.

Video Game day is planned for 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, in the DEF Building at Penn State DuBois. A $5.00 admission fee covers all gaming, pizza, snacks, and a drink for each participant. Online registrations are required. Log onto to register.

FCC Crackdown On Robocalls

The FCC Cracks Down on Those F*$%#! Robocallers

Here is today's installment of "Government Bureaucrats Working To Make Your Life Better." Seriously. Behold the latest rule from the FCC:

After receiving thousands of complaints from consumers, the Federal Communications Commission clamped down Wednesday on unwanted robo-calling by approving sweeping changes to its telemarketing rules for wireline and mobile phones.

....Under the new FCC rules, telemarketers are required to obtain written consent, which can be in the form of an online approval, before placing autodialed or prerecorded calls to a consumer. Telemarketers also must provide an automated opt-out mechanism during each robo-call so that consumers can immediately tell the telemarketer to stop calling.

The FCC also eliminated the "established business relationship" exception, which had allowed robo-calls to be placed to the land-line home phones of consumers with "prior or existing" associations with companies represented by telemarketers. More...

Mercer County Welfare Fraud Scheme Netted $750,000. In Benefits

Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General Announces January 2012 Welfare Fraud Adjudications, Including Mercer County Fraud Ring

HARRISBURG-- Fifteen Pennsylvania residents pleaded guilty to welfare fraud and/or were sentenced for their crimes during January, including 11 current and former Mercer County residents who schemed to fraudulently claim more than $750,000 in benefits, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced today.

"These filings and adjudications should send a strong message to all the citizens of Pennsylvania," Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner said. "We will not tolerate welfare fraud and are working hard to eradicate it."

The following 11 individuals were prosecuted and sentenced for fraudulently receiving public assistance benefits. Their fraud scheme netted more than $750,000 for the co-defendants who obtained public assistance, SNAP, child care and other benefits illegally:

  • Katrina Y. Cain, 38, of Farrell, Mercer County, received more than $14,200 in SNAP and subsidized child care benefits. Cain was sentenced to 18 months probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
  • Elizabeth E. Carnathan, 30, of Youngstown, Ohio, formerly of Farrell, Mercer County, received more than $14,350 in cash assistance, SNAP, and subsidized child care benefits. Carnathan was sentenced to 10 years probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
  • Felicia M. Coxson, 42, of Gainesville, Florida, formerly of Sharon, Mercer County, received more than $23,300 in cash assistance and SNAP benefits. Coxson was sentenced to 120 months probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
  • Kelley M. Culp, 48, of Hermitage, Mercer County, received more than $570,700 in public assistance benefits. Culp was sentenced to 16-48 months incarceration, 120 months probation and was ordered to pay full restitution.
  • Joani L. Harris, 40, of Sharon, Mercer County, formerly of Hermitage, Mercer County, received more than $111,250 in cash assistance and SNAP benefits. Harris was sentenced to 10 years probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
  • Charlotte T. Jackson, 39, of Sharon, Mercer County, was sentenced to 24 months probation and was ordered to pay costs.
  • Earnest J. Lawson, III, 25, of Farrell, Mercer County, received more than $6,550 in LIHEAP, SNAP and subsidized child care benefits. Lawson was sentenced to 60 months probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
  • Samantha L. Maxwell, 34, of Sharon, Mercer County, received $1,500 in subsidized child care benefits. Maxwell was sentenced to 24 months probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
  • Stacey L. Rasberry, 40, of Hermitage, Mercer County, was sentenced to 24 months probation and was ordered to pay costs.
  • Tawona J. Thompson, 31, of Sharon, Mercer County, received more than $6,350 in cash assistance, SNAP and subsidized child care benefits. Thompson was sentenced to 60 months probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
  • Bashie Williams, 53, of Farrell, Mercer County, received $6,100 in cash assistance and SNAP benefits. Williams was sentenced to 5 years probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.

In separate cases, the following individuals were prosecuted and sentenced for fraudulently receiving public assistance benefits during January:

  • Tammy Basham, 34, of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, received more than $4,400 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Basham was sentenced to 36 months probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and fines.
  • Kristine M. Gonzales, 49, of Erie, Erie County, formerly of Lake City, Erie County, received more than $3,200 in SNAP benefits. Gonzales was sentenced to 36 months probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
  • Tina M. Rudy-Stutzman, 47, of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, received more than $2,200 in SNAP benefits. Rudy-Stutzman was sentenced to 36 months probation and was ordered to pay full restitution, costs, and fines.
  • Dawn R. Spaulding, 40, of Fredonia, Mercer County, received more than $14,100 in SNAP benefits. Spaulding was sentenced to 2 years probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.

The Office of Inspector General's Bureau of Fraud Prevention and Prosecution is responsible for investigating welfare fraud and conducting collection activities for programs administered by, or contracted through, the Department of Public Welfare.

The Office of Inspector General works with county assistance offices statewide to identify suspected cases of public assistance fraud and with local district attorneys to bring the cases to prosecution.

Anyone found guilty of welfare fraud could face a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, fines up to $15,000, mandatory restitution, and program disqualification.

The Office of Inspector General also relies on tips from concerned citizens. To report suspected fraud, call the Welfare Fraud Tipline at 1-800-932-0582. Callers may remain anonymous.

Visit the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General online at

PA Troopers Charge NY Father/Son In Potter County Burglaries

Burglary charges were filed today in Potter County District Court 55-4-01 against a father/son burglary team who were responsible for burglaries in NY & PA that netted $12,000.00 worth of stolen property.

Ronnie Lee Farrow, Sr., 52, of 1412 State Route 417, Andover, NY
, was charged with 2 counts of Burglary, Theft By Unlawful Taking, and Receiving Stolen Property.

Ronnie Lee Farrow, Jr., 26, of 607 State Route 19, Wellsville, NY
, was charged with1 count of Burglary, Theft by Unlawful Taking, and Receiving Stolen Property.

The pair are charged with burglaries that occurred in Potter County, Pennsylvania at 1235 Dogtown Road in Genesee Township and at 1696 Andrews Settlement Road in Allegany Township between November 5, 2011 and November 16, 2011.

Trooper John G. Whitcomb said this is an update on the string of burglaries. The pair was previously arrested in New York when New York State Police at Amity was able to implicate them in multiple burglaries there. The pair are accused of stealing $12,000.00 worth of goods including four ATV's, miscellaneous tools and household goods.