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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Kansas Gets Fracked

Safety concerns rise as ‘fracking’ grows in Kansas

As oil, gas ‘fracking’ gains popularity in Kansas, so does safety debate

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The national debate over fracking has darkened a good-news story for the country: horizontal multistage hydrofracking has reversed the growth of imported oil and natural gas, created hundreds of thousands of American jobs and, in the case of natural gas, dramatically cut prices. More....

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Immediate Support Needed For Critical Lyme Disease Treatment Bill In PA House Now

Good Morning Jim,

Would you please share this.

My son, Grant Hilfiger was born here in Coudersport and graduated from Coudersport Jr. / Sr. High. Married his wonderful wife Nicole and has a beautiful little girl Madison. A lot of people know Grant.

Please help. My son suffers with chronic Lyme disease.

Grant has only been diagnosed for about a year and a half now. He is having heart trouble (high BP and 2 leaky valves), joint pain, and short term memory loss among other symptoms. (He is 28) On the medicine he does ok. As soon as anyone messes with it he gets worse again.

Until the CDC acknowledges that Lyme is a serious disease and not something "cured" by 4 weeks of antibiotics then they can start working on reliable testing and better treatments.

It has also been proven that it can pass from mother to unborn child so it seems possible that ticks aren't the only way to spread the disease.

He has to see a specialist in VERMONT because doctors in PA are in fear of losing their license for appropriately treating patients!

Please go and support PA HB 272!

This is the guide lines for Lymes disease that is currently not covered properly under the CDC's regulations.

Currently our insurance companies are only covering up to four weeks of antibiotics when it is a known fact that most people that suffer from Lyme's need up to four YEARS! Right now, in PA our doctors will not treat Lyme's disease the way it needs to be treated for fear of losing their license.

Lyme Action

Lyme Action PA is the online 'go to spot' for updates on legislation, awareness, and activism in the state of Pennsylvania regarding lyme disease and related infections.

Thank You,
Sheila Foust


PA House Bill #272 was laid on the table in the house this week and will be brought out for a vote soon (most likely March). This is the time to CALL YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE, and follow-up with a SHORT personalized email.

House Bill 272 has made that trip to the HOUSE FLOOR!
Vote Expected in

VOTE YES on House Bill 272!!!
CLICK HERE to see the page on HB 272, and
to Find your State Representative!

This bill has included in it 2 very important parts: SEE CURRENT LANGUAGE OF BILL at
  • mandatory insurance coverage for longer-term antibiotics in line with the ILADS standard of care if that is what the doctor prescribes
  • surveillance and a task force responsible for implementing a broad education/awareness program address both schools of thought and the broad spectrum of science
1) call your representative and tell them this is the time - VOTE YES.


Senate Bill 210 will be considered in committee on Wed, 3/7- they will decide whether to pass the bill out of committee and onto the Senate floor. If they vote to move it out of committee on 3/7 we could get a Senate vote soon. This is what we have been waiting for.


If YOU want action on LYME in PA, this bill must move out of committee.

We want Parents/Lyme Youth there if possible- we are working on Press. If you can help get press there, email us

WHEN/LOCATION: Wed, 3/7, 9:30am, Capitol Building, East Wing, Rm 8E-B,
The new version of the bill will be posted on on Monday, 3/5.

PLEASE SHOW UP IF YOU CAN - Let us know you're coming: Facebook LymeActionPA. or email

Fracking Debate

Uploaded by on Feb 15, 2012

Two economist from both sides of the franking debate duke it out. Jannette Barth, former chief MTA economist goes head-to-head with Energy In Depth's Campaign Director, Tom Shepstone.

Also, please continue to share my email address with people so that they can send me their thoughts on fracking. We are measuring the success of this series on the number of comments and feedback that we receive. The response was good but we'd like to have more.

Kimberly Lengle



HARRISBURG –Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that 525 students from 24 schools throughout the state will compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) 2012 State Tournament

SNOW GEESE MAKE MIDDLE CREEK SPARKLE EVERY SPRING - But many are missing this adventure and the magic of myriad geese
KLEINFELTERSVILLE – A sudden rising chatter signals the greater snow geese on Middle Creek’s calm, icy waters are synchronizing for their morning departure.

Northcentral Field Officer Report - March 2, 2012

Centre County WCO Dan Murray cited an individual for hunting and killing a bobcat with a rifle during the bobcat trapping season, and another individual was cited for late spotlighting.

Clearfield County WCO David L. Stewart said the relatively mild winter has not impeded turkey trapping efforts. “To date, the team has baited and trapped turkeys on two locations, successfully processing 16 hens, of which three now sport telemetry monitoring devices,” he said. “The biggest obstacle we have had to overcome, thus far, has been too many turkeys occupying the trapping areas. Both locations had flocks of more than 80 birds frequenting the bait sites.”

Tioga County WCO Robert F. Minnich reports that the hunting season was, once again, safe in his county. “Fortunately, we did not have any hunting-related injuries reported,” he said. “This always makes for a good hunting season no matter what.”

Tioga County WCO Robert F. Minnich noted that furtakers and late-season hunters are having a hard time due to the lack of snow cover. “Furtakers cannot pattern wildlife and trails, and hunters cannot see sign of where wildlife has been located and congregating,” he said. “Trail camera watchers are seeing signs of wildlife moving and some antlered deer are still showing up on cameras. Several nice bucks have been seen meaning they have made it through another hunting season and will be nicer for next year. Shed hunters are out looking for sheds and areas to watch for next year.”

Tioga County WCO Robert F. Minnich said bald eagles stayed in the area all winter due to the lack of ice so far and fishing being easier for them. “Some nesting activity has been seen taking place, as mating rituals and nest refurbishing and building has been observed,” he said.

Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole noted that WCOs are in the process of changing gears. “Most of the hunting and trapping seasons are done, and now the other season starts, training season,” he said. “Officers get their yearly update training in firearms, defense and control tactics, communications, first aid and CPR, as well as legal updates. Also, our volunteer HTE instructors get their update training.”

Potter/Tioga County LMGS Denise H. Mitcheltree said that the mild winter temperatures and conditions have Food and Cover Corps crews dealing with ankle-deep mud rather than hip-high snow and ice while cleaning out nesting structures.

Lycoming/Union Counties LMGS Thomas M. Smith said that the Lycoming County Food and Cover Corps crew started cutting a 44-acre project on SGL 134 to benefit grouse, golden-winged warblers and other species that rely on early successional habitats. “We teamed up with the Ruffed Grouse Society and Range Resources to accomplish the project,” he said. “This past fall, the area received an herbicide treatment to kill the undesirable understory, mainly birch and beech brush. Now working together are two tracked skid steers with shears, one belonging to the Ruffed Grouse Society and the other to the Game Commission, to open up the canopy and allow daylight to reach the ground. Next summer, a deer exclosure will be erected around the project.”

Help support Childrens Miracle Network

I'm Fundraising for Miracle Makers Radiothon
that will be on March 7,8,9, 2012 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center

Dear Friends,

I hope you will consider supporting my participation in the Miracle Makers event. All contributions will benefit my local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Any contribution will help, and all donations are tax deductible.

This is helping the NICU and the Pediatric unit Arnot Ogden Medical Center which is where Natalie was for 5 weeks. They helped us out and now we would like to give back. I'm asking you to help other children that need our help also. If you would like to donate that would be wonderful and God will bless you because every penny will help the little ones that need help, like Natalie did.

Just a little about Natalie she was born at Arnot Ogden in Elmira on July 19th 2011. She came 7 weeks early weighing only 4lbs 0.6 oz. She was on oxygen and a feeding tube for a little while.

When she had been there 4 weeks we thought she could come home then that morning she had internal bleeding. She was on just IV fluids for a few days before she could start eating again, once she was eating and taking full feeding she was able to come home. She was in the NICU a total of 5 weeks and when she did come home she came home on a apnea monitor. She was able to get off the apnea monitor just after Christmas. She is now 7 months old and weighs about 13lbs and is doing great.

So please donate and Help make Miracles Happen.

here is the link to the donation site

God Bless and Thanks
Kirsten, TJ, and Natalie

Would You Like to Win a Free Portrait Session?

Would You Like to Win a Free Portrait Session?
Yes! How do I enter?

1. Visit our page: and hit Like.
2. Post 1 photograph of you and/or the persons you want to have in your photo session. Do not post more than one.
3. Get family/friends to vote for your photo! To vote, they must first Like our page, and then Like your photo. Votes only count if they meet these two requirements.
4. The person who gets the most votes wins!

Winner may choose from any photo session on this page:

Contest runs from 3/1/12 to 4/1/12

Thank you and Good Luck!

-Tim Walck Photography

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Tree Down on East Fork Road


Single Vehicle Crash On Route 15

Single Vehicle Crash On Route 15

02/29/12 10:23am--Lawrenceville, Tioga County Station 8, was dispatched this morning for a non-emergency response for a vehicle crash on Route 15.

A few minutes later, Station 8 was redispatched and upgraded to an emergency response with an injury on scene. Squad 8-18 (Capt 8-10) & Ambulance 8-6 responded.

Upon arrival, crews packaged the patient for transport and the squad set up traffic control. Squad 8-18 cleared the scene at 11:11 am.

Photo & information courtesy Lawrenceville Fire Dept. website.

A God’s Country Waterdog training session will be held Saturday, March 24th


A God’s Country Waterdog training session will be held
Saturday, March 24th, from 9:00 am-3:30 pm at the Gunzburger
Building in Coudersport.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer monitor is
welcome to attend. This training will cover how to monitor streams,
how to record and document important observation information,
and how to report incidents of environmental harm or concerns for public
safety. The training is free.

Ms. Julie Vastine, Director of Dickinson College’s Alliance for Aquatic
Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), will instruct the six-hour course.

To register for the training session or to request more information,
please contact Jim Clark of the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office
at 814-887-5613 or email

Crash With Possible Entrapment On Buena Vista Highway Near Twin Lakes Road

Address: 3223 BUENA VISTA HWY
Cross Streets: TWIN LAKES RD
Reporting vehicle on it's side in the grass
ROLLOVER CRASH--POSSIBLE ENTRAPMENT--22 YR OLD MALE, NOW REPORTING 2 PATIENTS--Both patients transported by ambulance to Kane Community Hospital
3/3/2012 1:09:06 PM

Fern Curcio, 83, of Bradford, PA

Fern Curcio, 83, of Bradford, passed away Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born June 9, 1928, in Knox, PA, she was a daughter of the late Donald R. and Jennie M. (Hanold) Clark.

Mrs. Curcio was a 1946 graduate of Knox High School.

On July 26, 1946 in Allegany, New York she married Anthony Curcio, who died September 26, 1989.

Mrs. Curcio loved spending time with her family and her cats.

Surviving are three children; a daughter, Catherine Curcio Jobe of Bradford, PA, and two sons Anthony Curcio and John L. Curcio both of St. Augustine, FL, a sister, Jean Mikula of Jamestown, NY; a step sister, Laureen Clark of Buffalo, NY, three step brothers, Donald Clark of Rochester, NY, Carl Clark of Arcade, NY, and Dennis Clark of Arcade, NY, 14 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, Mary F. Orris, a brother Clarence L. Clark and her step mother Nell Clark.

At the families 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 McKean County Unit of the American Cancer Society, 95 Main Street, Bradford , PA 16701 or the McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701

Online condolences may be made at

Hiking Trails and Marcellus Shale

Hiking Trails and Marcellus Shale
By David Orlowski

You've just decided to take a ride through some Pennsylvania state forest land and hike some of the many trails available during this mild winter. You know you won't see many cars as most people only hike during warmer weather.

But winter can be a beautiful season with awesome views.

The crisp cool air creates a deep blue sky and long clear vistas. Then a coating of light fresh snow enhances the dull forest gray and disguises the imperfections under a pristine cover. Then as the sunlight breaks the horizon the whole scene comes to life because the sky is so unbelievably crystal clear.

You've decided to hike a trail just off the edge of a deep hollow to view a winter waterfall. It's a small spring that drops over a stone ledge on it's path to the valley floor below. It forms a beautiful solid ice waterfall with icicles that are exceedingly pretty that take on a character of their own.

Then you hear a strange rumble off in the distance that you've never noticed on previous hikes to this wilderness area. As you listen it nears closer and you recognize it's a large truck making it's way across the ridge. Of course you decide to investigate when it roars to a halt just around the point of the hill from you. Cresting the ridge you find a newly built roadway and close by you see a gas company truck and you know the answer which is Marcellus gas drilling activity.

So before you plan any hikes on state forests be sure to read the DCNR road advisories as there is a lot of activity taking place due to Marcellus shale gas. In years to come there will be continued activity in state forests throughout north central Pennsylvania due to gas leases. Visitor experiences and road usages will be impacted by this activity. So check the details before heading off into forests such as Loyalsock, Moshannon, Sproul along with Susquehannock, Tiadaghton and Tioga.

In many areas you can expect heavy gas activity which will include traffic delays, one way roads along with increased berm heights and soft shoulders. Also drive with caution as some roads are narrow and have established pull offs with limited parking. Visitors should be prepared and properly dressed when accessing these areas . Expect the unexpected as these roads aren't winter maintained and are located on mountain tops. The steep hillsides make them susceptible to rough conditions and unsuitable to low clearance vehicles.

Even though the gas activity isn't going away anytime soon don't let it hinder your adventures. With a bit of planning you can still enjoy the winter landscape and take in the views of wildlife. A beautiful photo of an elk or bald eagle can definitely make it all worth it. The winter landscape isn't as dormant as many people think.

Drinking Water Supply Testing Workshops Being Held

Drinking Water Supply Testing Workshops Being Held

Gant Daily

DUBOIS – The Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council announced that $150,000 has been secured through the Colcom Foundation’s grant program “Marcellus Environmental Fund” for the Headwaters Quality Drinking Water Project to provide low income families in Jefferson, Elk, Potter, Cameron, Clinton, Centre and McKean Counties with funding to secure chain of custody water sample analyses of their private water supplies prior to Marcellus Shale Gas Well Drilling activities.

The council is providing mandatory educational workshops and material explaining how to interpret the water quality results, when do things become toxic and what the homeowner should do in case something does happen to their water supply. RC&D will partner with various organizations and agencies including PA-DEP, Penn State Extension and the local school districts and conservation districts.

Testing has been conducted recently in Centre, Elk and Jefferson counties. In Centre County, the mandatory workshop for testing participants will be held on Wednesday, March 7 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., at the Bald Eagle Area High School at 751 Eagle Valley Rd.

The educational workshop will explain how to interpret the water quality results and what you should do if something does happen to your water supply. The workshop for participants from Elk and Jefferson counties is scheduled for Thursday, March 8 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at The Royal Inn located on 17089 Route 219, Ridgway.

Participants are asked to confirm the number of people in their party that will be attending the workshop by calling the Headwaters RC&D office at 814-503-8653 or emailing

The next counties to be tested are Clinton and Cameron counties. For more information contact Kelly Williams, Clearfield County Conservation District’s Watershed Conservationist at 814-765-2629

Applications can be obtained at the Clearfield County Conservation District located at 511 Spruce St. in Clearfield or online at

Crash On Big Shanty Road

Crash On Big Shanty Road
At about 2:15 am on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Dept. was dispatched to the 2500 block of Big Shanty Road for a vehicle over the embankment entangled in wires.

90th Birthday Open House & Card Shower For Edward Kosa Saturday

Man Was DUI After Traffic Stop In Bradford

Troopers pulled over a Bradford man on Elm Street in Bradford at 8:39 pm on Thursday after they noted a non-functioning right headlight.

Duane A. Gonzalez, 34, of Bradford, PA, was stopped by Trooper Andrew Brothers at Elm Street and Congress, who determined that Gonzalez was intoxicated and in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Gonzalez was arrested for DUI and related drug offenses.

Diabetes Kit Missing From Vehicle In Roulette

A diabetes testing kit was removed from a vehicle parked at 153 Main Street in Roulette sometime before 8:00 pm on Friday.

Kathleen Wild of Roulette told PSP investigator Mark A. VanVolkenburg that unknown actor(s) gained access to her vehicle and took a black case containing a diabetes testing kit. The kit had a testing meter and testing strips.

Anyone with information on the location of the testing kit or anyone involved is encouraged to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

Coroner Called To Crash On Bennett's Valley Highway

Vehicle into a tree--Confirmed Entrapment--Near Gravel Pit
3/3/2012 2:28:01 AM

Coroner & PSP called to scene at 1:38 am.

Two fatalites Saturday in Clearfield Co.

Courier Express

DuBOIS - Two Clearfield County men were killed in separate traffic accidents Saturday.

DuBois-based state police responded to a fatal one-vehicle accident that killed David A. Longo, 58, Penfield, on Route 255 north of Penfield, Huston Township, at 1:20 a.m. Saturday.

Longo, who was driving a 1989 Chevrolet 1500 pick-up truck north on Route 255, went off the east berm and hit a tree head-on.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clearfield County Coroner Mike Morris. He was not wearing a seatbelt. His vehicle sustained severe damage.

Police were assisted by Penfield Volunteer Fire Department and Bennetts Valley Ambulance.

Later in the morning, Clearfield-based state police responded to a fatal one-vehicle accident that killed Edward L. Montini, 72, Clearfield, on Goshen Road, Goshen Township, at 11:25 a.m. Saturday. More..

Cash Mob Coming To Coudersport

Hydrofracking and the Frackonomy

Hydrofracking and the Frackonomy

Uploaded by on Feb 15, 2012

For decades, Williamsport, a small city in Lycoming County in Northern PA has been known as the home of the Little League World Series. In good years, it's well-manicured Little League diamonds attracted thousands, but today city officials admit, iconic charm only goes so far in an economic downturn.

In the three short years that drilling rigs, franking sites and gas well pads have been popping up in the lush countryside...the gas rush propelled the city from stagnant to the seventh fastest growing economy in the nation.

Rep. Causer reminds: Texting While Driving Ban Goes into Effect March 8

Texting While Driving Ban Goes into Effect March 8

Texting Ban takes effect March 8A state law that bans texting while driving will take effect Thursday, March 8. The new law prohibits drivers of all ages from using interactive wireless communication devices for the purposes of reading, writing or sending a text message or email while operating a motor vehicle.

Texting while driving is classified as a primary offense, allowing a law enforcement officer to pull over a driver solely for that offense. Anyone who is found texting while driving will face a $50 fine.

Any driver who reads, selects or enters a phone number or name in an interactive wireless communication device for the purpose of making a phone call will not be in violation of the texting ban.

Aspiring Teacher Takes Valuable Lessons from Internship

Aspiring Teacher Takes Valuable Lessons from Internship

DuBOIS – Penn State DuBois sophomore Chris Albert, of Clearfield, has just completed an internship that provided lessons he'll carry with him throughout his career. The returning adult student and Secondary Education major interned with New Story, a specialized school that provides support for children with autism and other developmental or emotional challenges. New Story has locations throughout Pennsylvania, including one in DuBois where Albert completed his internship.

Albert spent his internship helping students with their in-class reading, math, social studies or computer work, as well as actively assisting the teacher with supervising the students. Though he aspires to teach Social Studies at a middle school or high school, he said some of the skills he honed at New Story are universal to any educational setting. Albert said, "I gained useful hands-on experience in conducting the day-to-day operations of a classroom as well as how to supervise, engage and motivate students who may have challenges. The most important thing I learned was to have patience."

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of New Story's West Region Dana Monroe agreed that interns like Albert benefit from their experience in a variety of ways, while providing helping hands to teachers and staff members at the school.

"Incorporating interns and pre-service learners into our school environments is an opportunity for New Story to offer students practical experiences to their coursework at Penn State DuBois. Our environments offer unique experiences to college students that are studying for a myriad of future prospects whether it is in education, speech and language, occupational therapy, counseling, psychology, nursing and others," Monroe said. She continued, "New Story benefits from having these students in our facilities because it offers us fresh perspectives, additional mentoring and learning opportunities for our staff, and continued collaboration with a local university. We value and appreciate the partnership with Penn State DuBois and look forward to having many additional students in our buildings."

"Not only do the interns provide a fresh new face within our school setting to help our students continually adjust and practice their social skills with new people, but they also enrich our environment by bringing new ideas, resources and practices to our classrooms," added Lacey Rosman, Education Director at New Story's DuBois School.
"Although I was only there for a short time, I gained a great deal of experience that I hope to use in furthering my career as an educator," Albert said. "It’s nice to know that the students have a dedicated and caring staff that is able to give each student individual attention. I’m glad that I got to work with students and help them with their school work or in resolving problems."
That dedicated staff Albert mentions, could just make it possible for him to teach some of the same students again, in his own Social Studies classroom. The Goal of New Story, after all, is to provide their students with the skills they need to return to a conventional classroom.

"At our schools, our goal is for our students to return to their home school district," said Heather Dehnel, a marketing specialist with New Story. "We are committed to working individually with each child until their educational and behavioral goals are met, and the child has the skills and motivation needed to return to their home school."

Albert returned to college at Penn State DuBois to retrain for a new career in teaching, after being laid off from his job as a sales manager with AT&T in Clearfield and DuBois.

"I was vacationing in Florida when I got the call that I was laid off. Within a day or two I decided that Penn State DuBois was where I wanted to go," Albert said. "To anyone thinking about going back to school I would say, 'Go for it,' you'll never regret it."

Photo of Chris Albert was provided.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Bernal P. “Buzz” Olivett, 94, of Pinecrest Manor, St.Marys, formerly of Emporium, PA

Bernal P. “Buzz” Olivett, 94, of Pinecrest Manor, St.Marys, formerly of Emporium, died Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Elk RegionalHealth Center,St. Marys.

Born February 26, 1918 in Emporium, he was the son of the late Samuel and Marie Comley Olivett. On December 7, 1940 in Emporium he married Eva Ann Sarokon who died September 12, 2008.

A lifelong Emporium resident, Buzz he attended Emporium schools and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Emporium. From 1930 until 1961 he worked with his father in the family business, Sam Olivett & Son grocery store. He was then employed by IDS Investors Diversified Services until retiring at the age of 70.

Buzz was very active in the community being one of the founders of the Emporium Kiwanis Club and the Cameron County Ambulance Service and was a charter member of Emporium Country Club. He was a longtime member and past president of the Emporium Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of Emporium Men’s Club, Bucktail Rod & Gun Club,and the Emporium Fire Department for over 60 years. He served on the Emporium Borough Council for 24 years, 12 as president, was past chairman of the local Republican Party, and for over 40 years he was a member of the sideline crew, moving the chains at the high school football games, where countless times he voluntarily provided food &/or beverages for the team.

Mr. Olivett is survived by: one son, Donald E. (Anne) Olivett of Emporium; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by one son, Burnal Olivett in 1954.

Visitations with video tribute will be held in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, Sunday, March 4 from 1-3 p.m. at which time Funeral & Committal Services will follow with the Rev. R. Scott Melott, pastor ofthe First Baptist Church, officiating.

Interment will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice

Posted by Cameron County

Wind Advisory issued March 02 at 9:24PM EST until March 03 at 7: 00PM EST by NWS

... Wind Advisory remains in effect from 4 am to 7 PM EST Saturday...

* winds... west 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* Timing... late tonight into late Saturday afternoon.

* Impacts... branches will break which could cause isolated power
outages. Outdoor furniture and other loose objects may be
blown around if not secured.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph or
gusts of 46 and 57 mph are expected. Winds this strong may cause
minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in
high profile vehicles should use caution until the wind subsides.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio for further details or updates.

EPA Provides $15 Million to Help Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems Across the Countr

EPA Provides $15 Million to Help Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems Across the Country

Funding will help small systems better serve local communities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will provide up to $15 million in funding for training and technical assistance to small drinking and wastewater systems, defined as systems that serve fewer than 10,000 people, and private well owners. The funding will help provide water system staff with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and supports EPA’s continuing efforts to protect public health, restore watersheds and promote sustainability in small communities.

Most of the funding, up to $14.5 million, will provide training and technical assistance to small public water systems to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and to small publicly-owned wastewater systems, communities served by on-site systems, and private well owners to improve water quality.

More than 97 percent of the nation’s 157,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and more than 80 percent of these systems serve fewer than 500 people. Many small systems face unique challenges in providing reliable drinking water and wastewater services that meet federal and state regulations. These challenges can include a lack of financial resources, aging infrastructure, management limitations and high staff turnover.

EPA expects to make available up to $500,000 to provide training and technical assistance to tribally-owned and operated public water systems.

Applications must be received by EPA by April 9, 2012. EPA expects to award these cooperative agreements by Summer 2012. For more information about these competitive announcements, visit:

For more information on EPA’s programs and tools to help small water systems, visit:

Public Notice From Potter County Solid Waste

Roulette Ambulance To Ash Lane

At 6:38 PM on Friday Roulette Ambulance was dispatched for a woman ill on Ash Lane.

Introducing The Sharing Health Ministry

90th Birthday Open House & Card Shower For Edward Kosa Saturday

Natural Gas Leak In Shinglehouse

Natural Gas Leak Reported
At 2:46 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the Donovan residence at 254 S. Stevens Street in Shinglehouse for a natural gas leak.



BRADFORD, Pa. – John Schlimm, internationally award-winning author of 11 books on cooking/entertaining, history, how-to and fiction, will speak to the graduating class of 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Schlimm, whose most recent books are “The Tipsy Vegan,” which was featured in The New York Times, and the upcoming “Grilling Vegan Style,” will deliver the keynote address during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, in the KOA Arena of the Sport and Fitness Center at Pitt-Bradford.

Schlimm was a hit with the students he spoke to during the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association’s Backpack to Briefcase program in January when he delivered his “There Are No Limits” address.

Joshua Gray, a senior broadcast communications major from St. Charles, Ill., was one of the students at the program.

“The spirit and drive that John brought to Backpack to Briefcase was amazing,” Gray said. “I have never listened to a speaker and wished he had more time to speak. I hope he brings that to Commencement.”

Gray also noted that Schlimm is a Pitt-Bradford alumnus, having earned dual teaching certifications in English and speech communications from 1999 to 2001 and that he’s done much more than be a vegan cookbook author.

His venture into cookbook writing began with two books related to his family’s business, Straub Brewery Inc., which was founded in the 1870s by his great-great-grandfather Peter Straub. He began with “The Straub Beer Cookbook” and “The Straub Beer Party Drinks Handbook” before writing “The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook,” which is the largest beer cookbook ever published and went on to be named both “Best Beer Book in the U.S.” and “Best Beer Book in the World” by the international Gourmand Awards.

Schlimm’s other books include “The Seven Stars Cookbook: Recipes from World-Class Casino Restaurants,” “The Pennsylvania Celebrities Cookbook,” “Corresponding with History” and “Twang,” his debut novel that draws from his former work as a celebrity publicist in the country music industry.

Schlimm’s efforts as an activist and advocate include work and fundraising on behalf of such issues as domestic violence and sexual abuse, animal safety and welfare, literacy and education, healthy lifestyle choices, cancer prevention and treatment, volunteerism and many others. He works with such local and national organizations as the Humane Society, CAPSEA Inc., the American Red Cross’s Swimming and Water Safety Program, and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. He is also the founding co-director of Team Straub, the fundraising arm of Straub Brewery.

In recent years, he has traveled the country doing appearances and speaking to a wide variety of groups. He has appeared on such national media outlets as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” QVC, NPR, “Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food,” and cable’s No. 1 morning show, “Fox & Friends.”

During his early career, Schlimm served in the vice presidential communications office at the White House where he worked with second lady Tipper Gore, worked in production and scriptwriting for the national radio series “Enterprising Women,” was a fundraiser for various national and local nonprofits, and served as a celebrity publicist at FrontPage Publicity in Nashville.

In 2003, he joined the faculty at Pitt-Bradford as an adjunct professor in the Division of Communication and the Arts, where he was also the host of the radio program “Campus Crossfire” for five seasons. During the 2006-07 academic year, he served as the visiting assistant professor for broadcast communications.

Schlimm has also been a promotional writer for various entities, including Caesars Entertainment, the country’s preeminent literary PR firm, and a leading publisher, where he wrote on behalf of Hollywood and literary superstars as well as some of the country’s most respected brand names. His articles and writings have also appeared in various anthologies, including the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, magazines, newspapers, and online news sources.

In addition to a bachelor’s degrees from Marymount University and dual education certifications from Pitt-Bradford, Schlimm holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

Robert Irwin Fiscus, Taft, CA, Sinnemahoning Native

Taft, Calif. —Robert Irwin Fiscus was born May 2, 1920 to James and Edna (Logue) Fiscus in Sinnamehoning, PA and passed away on February 28, 2012 in Bakersfield, CA.

He was one of nine children, seven having survived.

Upon leaving high school, after the start of WW II, Robert showed great prowess in mechanics, scholastics and particularly engineering. High AGCT scores landed him the opportunity to attend Yale University, specializing in aircraft engineering and he graduated in the top percentile of his class.

He worked his way up the ranks to Second Lt. in charge of B-29 Bomber Service Operations and hundreds of servicemen. After being honorably discharged in 1944, he hitch-hiked his way to California settling in Taft in the late '40s.

In 1949, Bob took a job at a Mobil Gas Station in Maricopa where he not only became owner/proprietor but met the love of his life, the former Aileen Rowe. The two were married in 1950 and enjoyed 61 years together raising two children and making their home in Maricopa, CA.

Bob took employment with Standard Oil Co. of California (now Chevron USA) in 1951, retiring in 1983 as a construction technologist in engineering. Bob was a founding member of Sovale Credit Union (now Chevron Valley.) He was a Maricopa City Councilman from 1968 – 1972. He served on the board of the Local Agency Formation Commission (L.A.F.C.O.) and was a founding member of Kern Co. Council of Governments. Mr. Fiscus also served as Board President of the First Congregational Church of Maricopa from 1975 to the mid '90s. He was also responsible for much of the remodeling of that historic building.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Edna Fiscus; his brothers, Jay, Ray and Tracy Fiscus; sisters, Lola Jordan, Celesta Dempsey, Reva Johnson and Verlyn and Charlotte Fiscus. He is survived by his wife, Aileen Fiscus of Maricopa; son, Gary (Eileen) Fiscus of Prospect, VA, son, Michael Fiscus of Emporium, PA, Daughter, Suzy (L.D. Armstrong) Jackson of Taft, and son, Jim Fiscus of Taft; grandchildren, Kevin, David and Mark Fiscus, Emily Maze, Christina Lindsay and Lacy, Kenny and Derik Casparis; 10 loving great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 5, 2012 , at 1:00 p.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel, 501 Lucard St., Taft, CA. Interment will follow at the West Side District Cemetery. Viewing will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, the West Kern Oil Museum or The Fort Preservation Society. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit

Bingo Night Monday At Coudersport High School Cafeteria

The Coudersport High School Student Council will be hosting a Bingo night this Monday evening, March 5, from 6:30 - 8:30 at the high school cafeteria.

All proceeds will benefit Cystic Fibrosis. We will be running rounds of bingo, $1.00 per board per game (3 games per board), with a 25% payout for the winner of each round.

Please join us for a fun night for a great cause!

Shawn A. Prencipe, 53, of East Main Street, Bradford, PA

Bradford--Shawn A. Prencipe, 53, of East Main Street, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday (Feb. 29, 2012) at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born Dec. 5, 1958, in Ridgway, he was a son of Anthony and Marilyn Harps Prencipe. On Nov. 3, 1990, he married Carol Astle, who survives.

Mr. Prencipe was a longtime resident of the area and a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1977.

He was employed as a machine operator for Bradford Forest Products before having to retire.

He was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the Wesleyan Church of Bradford.

He loved to work on automobiles, enjoyed wood-working and remodeling, and was an avid traveler. He also enjoyed time with his extended family.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Carol, are a twin brother, John W. (Jeanette) Prencipe of Johnsonburg; a brother, Paul M. (Leanne) Prencipe of Ridgway; a sister, Victoria A. Prencipe of Lakeland, Fla.; six grandchildren; a stepson, Charles M. (Charlene) Fischer Jr. of Port Allegany; and a stepsister, Cathleen Y. (Jerry) Bosworth of Port Allegany; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Randall Headley, pastor of the United Methodist Church, Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor's choice .

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Bernal P. "Buzz" Olivett of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, formerly of Emporium, PA

EMPORIUM - Bernal P. "Buzz" Olivett of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, formerly of Emporium, died Thursday (March 1, 2012) in Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced along with a complete obituary by the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Margaret W. Niles, 97, formerly of Duke Center, PA

STAFFORD, Texas - Margaret W. Niles, 97, formerly of Duke Center, Pa., passed away Wednesday (Feb. 29, 2012) at her daughter's residence following a brief illness.

Born Dec. 21, 1914, in Duke Center, she was a daughter of George and Ada Elizabeth Fish Wilcox. On July 3, 1936, in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., she married Herbert A. Niles, who passed away Jan. 10, 1984.

Margaret was a 1932 graduate of Kane (Pa.) High School. She attended Otterbein (Ohio) College. She was employed as a cook at the Duke Center Elementary School. She retired after spending many years at the Kendall Refinery working in the insurance office and sales department sample room.

Mrs. Niles was a member of the Duke Center United Methodist Church and their Bible study group. She was also a member of the Duke Center Garden Club, the Red Hat Society and a long-time poll worker for the McKean County Election Board. She was an expert seamstress and cake maker known for making wedding dresses and creative wedding cakes. She was an avid school and church volunteer and loved reading.

Surviving are two sons, Fred (Mary Marshall) Niles of Dayton, Ohio, and Herb (Karen) Niles of Huntington Beach, Calif., and his children, Stacy (Scott) Fitzpatrick of Huntington Beach and Hilary (Rick Agran) Niles of Columbia, Mo.; one daughter, Kay (Larry Sr.) Ewing of Stafford and her children Larry Jr. (Anne Marie Stephenson) Ewing of Mount Pleasant, Ill., Craig (Kim Parson) Ewing with their children Zach and Noah of Louisville, Ky., Jeff (Janice) Ewing with their children Jayle and Cory of Richmond, Brian (Nancy) Ewing of Sugarland, Clifford (Kathryn) Ewing of Smyrna, Tenn., and Anita (Mike) Furgison and her children Aaron, Conner, Cameron of Stafford.

Also surviving are four sisters, Annabelle Sue of Allegany, Dorothy Baker of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Hazel Ewings of Jamestown; as well as many loved nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, Art, George, Harold, Ronald, Jack, Kenneth and Robert; as well as two sisters, Gertrude Stratford and Esther Eakin.

Friends may call March 9 at the Duke Center United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at which time funeral and committal services will be held with the Rev. Gary Sheesely officiating. Burial will follow in Duke Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dogs for the Deaf at; or the Duke Center United Methodist Church.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

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United Refining Owner Thinking About Buying Sunoco Refinery in Philly

United Refining Owner Thinking About Buying Sunoco Refinery in Philly
The owner of United Refining in Warren says he is thinking about bidding on Sunoco's refinery in South Philadelphia.

United Refining Energy Corp. chairman and billionaire John Catsimatidis tells The Philadelphia Inquirer his company is deciding this month if it will make an offer for the refinery, which Sunoco plans to shut down on July 1 if they don't find a buyer.

He is the first potential buyer to publicly acknowledge an interest in the refinery, which is the largest on the East Coast. It is one of three in the Philadelphia area threatened with permanent closure because their owners say they are unprofitable.

Posted by Anne Holliday

In addition to the Philadelphia facility, Sunoco already shut down its Marcus Hook refinery. ConocoPhillips has shut down operations at its refinery in Trainer.

Proposed Pipeline Would Bring Marcellus Gas To PA, MD, & DC

$1B Marcellus pipeline proposed


Since the Marcellus Shale boom took off, much of the natural gas produced in Pennsylvania has been shipped through existing pipelines to northeastern markets such as New York City.

But a partnership of three companies on Thursday proposed building a $1 billion pipeline that would transport fuel from northern Pennsylvania to markets in central and eastern Pennsylvania, as well as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington.

"We think it would be beneficial to Pennsylvania to have gas produced in the state consumed in the state," said Hugh J. Gallagher, a spokesman for UGI Corp. of Valley Forge, one of the partners in the project. More...

Residents Protest After Rex Energy Stops Water Deliveries

Butler County residents protest after state tests of their wells absolve driller

By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette

Sue Morrow of Butler joins protesters gathered Thursday in downtown Butler to oppose Rex Energy Marcellus Shale drilling and demand that clean water be restored in their Connoquenessing Township community.

Janet McIntyre of The Woodlands, a rural community in southern Butler County, said her well water foams and turns purple when it comes out of her faucet.

"When I bathe in it, I get rashes, so I'm thinking I shouldn't be drinking it, either," she said Thursday afternoon at a rally and march by more than 75 people to the downtown Butler office of Rex Energy Inc. to protest the company's decision to stop providing replacement water to the McIntyres and 10 other families in the Connoquenessing Township community, 30 miles north of Pittsburgh.

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PSP: Man Started Fire, Then OD'd

PSP: Man Started Fire, Then OD'd

A state police fire marshal says a Ridgway man set a house on fire then died of a drug overdose at the house.

Police say 41-year-old John Darnell III set the fire using a pile of papers on the first floor of the house. The fire almost burned itself out, but firefighters went to the house when smoke could be seen coming from it. That’s when they discovered Darnell’s body. They say he previously shared the house with his girlfriend.

Police say they are waiting for toxicology reports to determine what kind of drugs Darnell took.

Damage to the house is estimated at $7,500.

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Cash Mob Coming To Coudersport

PCEC Classes Offered Picasa for Photographers

Picasa for Photographers

Picasa is a free, downloadable photo-editing software from Google. In this class, you will learn how to improve your photographs using Picasa adjustments on laptops provided in the classroom. Afterward you may download the software to your home computer; however, you are welcome to bring your personal laptop to class (WiFi available). Please bring images along on a memory card, thumb drive or CD.

This class is taught by Curt Weinhold and is being held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at PCEC’s Port Allegany location. The cost is $35 per person. To register, call 814-545-1333 or go to .

Welcoming Trevor Emerson Seely, born 2-29-12, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Welcoming Trevor Emerson Seely, born 2-29-12, weighing 7lbs. and 12.8oz., to Natalie (Hendershot) and Philip Seely of Shinglehouse, Pa. He joins his two brothers Russell and Austin.

Maternal Grandparents: Theron & Carlene Hendershot of Shinglehouse, Pa.

Maternal Great-Grandparent: Carl & Evelyn Hughes of Trout Run, Pa.

Paternal Grandparents: Hugh & Joan Seely of Osceola, Pa.

3-18 Soup And Sandwich Luncheon Benefits Relay For Life

Soup And Sandwich Luncheon

On Sunday, March 18th, 2012 the Coudersport American Legion, and the Post 192 auxiliary have graciously offered to host the 2012 Soup and Sandwich Luncheon.

The proceeds from this fund raiser will go to support the 2012 Potter County Chapter of the Relay For Life Event, to be held at CARP Park this summer.

The proceeds will be divided equally between all relay groups that assist with the fund raiser.

There will also be a bake sale at this luncheon, which will benefit the individual teams that bring in goods to sell.

The luncheon will take place at the Coudersport American Legion, on Rte. 872, just south of Route 6 in Coudersport, PA from 11:00AM until 2:00PM.

Cost to attend will be $5.00 per person, with a choice of several sandwiches/wraps and soups.

This event is open to anyone with an appetite that wishes to attend and help support this very worthwhile cause.

We hope to see you all there. Let’s make this the best Soup & Sandwich Luncheon Yet…

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Peggy J. Wood “memorial service slated”

Peggy J. Wood “memorial service slated”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---A memorial service for Peggy J. Wood, of Shinglehouse, will be held Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 1 p.m., in the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 121 South Puritan Street, Shinglehouse.

The Rev. Clint Pearsall, pastor of Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, NY, will officiate. A luncheon will follow the memorial. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

Genesee Man Charged With Aggravated Assault

A domestic altercation in Genesee Township has resulted in serious charges for a Genesee Resident.

Mark Buffington, 43, of 366 Hickox Road, Genesee, PA, is accused of injuring a white female in the altercation in his home on February 21, 2012 at about 9:00 pm.

Trooper Derek Weaver said Buffington was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault; Simple Assault, Harassment and Unlawful Restraint.

Buffington was arraigned before District Judge Kari A. Stubbs in District Court 55-4-01 who released him on $20,000. unsecured bail.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Police Detail Rollover Crash On West Side of Denton Hill

Sweden Township Police Department
2/29/2012 at 9:50 am was dispatched to a one vehicle rollover accident on the West side of Denton Hill. Upon arrival found that the operator was the only occupant and was self extricated w/no injuries. The vehicle was a 2007 Mazda sedan, on it's roof on the N. side of the the W bound lane and on the berm.

The operator was Katelyn McKosky of Galeton, and she escaped injuries by wearing her seatbelt. Sweden Twp Police were assisted at the scene by Cdspt Fire/Rescue & Kightlinger Motors.

The investigation is complete and McKosky will not be cited.

Nationwide Search For Man In Pittsburgh Homicide/Robbery

Police seeking newer vehicle in armored-car robbery, killing
Thursday, March 01, 2012

Pittsburgh police continue to search for a Dravosburg man who they say killed a fellow armed security guard in a heist on Tuesday, and this morning they sought the public's help in finding an SUV they believe the fugitive is driving.

Kenneth John Konias Jr., 22, who faces charges of homicide, robbery and theft, is likely driving a tan or champagne-colored 2006 Ford Explorer, police said today. The license plate is Pennsylvania GZW-4572. Police at first believed Mr. Konias was driving a 2002 model of the same vehicle.

Detectives have told law enforcement agencies nationwide to be on the hunt for Mr. Konias, who they said killed 31-year-old Michael Haines while the two were operating an armored truck for Garda Cash Logistics. Employees found Mr. Haines, of East McKeesport, dead of a single gunshot wound to the back of the head inside the cargo area of the truck, which had been abandoned underneath the 31st Street Bridge in the Strip District.

Police urged anyone with information on Mr. Konias' whereabouts to call 911 or city homicide detectives at 412-323-7161.

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