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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Roulette Town Wide Yard Sales May 12 From 9 to 5

The Roulette Chamber of Commerce will hold town wide yard sales Saturday, May 12th from 9-5.

The flat fee is $5.00 for everyone this year. You can get on the map by calling Jan at 544 7359, Lorraine at 544 9926 or Linda at 544 9967.

Please come out and show your support to help maintain the park on Rt. 6. A lot of people surely enjoy it but there are things to do to keep it nice.

We will also have membership tickets to join for $2.00 at sites.

Man Sentenced for Sports Club Burglary

Man Sentenced for Sports Club Burglary
A Mount Jewett man has been sentenced to three months to two years in jail on a burglary charge. 

21 year-old Cody Rainey had been charged with burglarizing the Mount Jewett Sportsman's Club in 2011. Rainey was also charged with criminal mischief in the burglary.

Young man gets big bird

Young man gets big bird

Mac Tanner, 14 from Port Allegany, shot this big gobbler from 40 yards at 7:30 Saturday morning. He weighed in at 22 pounds with a 10 inch beard and 1 inch spurs. He shot this bird with a 12 gauge sportsman pump. He is going to get a full mount done by Mt. Jewett Taxidermy. Thanks to Bob Rankin and his friend for taking him out and calling in his first bird.

To The Editor

OUR  DEMOCRACY AT WORK.//////////////




DANIEL CAUSER,  903 BARDEN BROOK,  ELDRED,PA 16731     PHONE: 814-225-3681

Chimney Fire On Slate Run Road

Galeton Dept. 10 has been requested to send a tanker to a chimney fire in Tioga County. Galeton RECALLED.
Germania Tanker has been dispatched.

Opening Day on a Class A stream

Opening Day on a Class A stream

By David Orlowski

It was a cold start to the day, frost on the the ground with the temperature in the twenties. Regardless of the weather I was going to be out for the opening day. After a quick bowl of cereal I made sure my gear was in order and then I was off in search of trout.

My first stop was at a bridge where the stream gets stocked well. After visiting and watching the anglers for a short period of time there was very little action. The cooler night time temperature had made the stocked trout some what lethargic. Knowing this I knew the trout wouldn't feed 'till the temperature warmed up later in the morning.

Thinking about it for a few minutes I knew what my game plan was going to be. I decided to head upstream a few miles to the headwaters where it's classified as a Class A stream. Knowing the weather doesn't affect the native trout like it does stocked fish I knew I'd find plenty of action. Once stream side, I found the water to be crystal clear and very low for this time of year. The first pool I came to had a undercut bank with a log across it.

After assessing the situation for the best approach due to the water clarity, I worked my way from the lower end of the pool upstream. In the next half hour, I caught seven bright colored brookies that measured between six to eight inches. Definitely some exciting action on and ultralight rod using four pound test. After fishing the entire pool I took a brief break and thought about the many fish I'd just caught and released.

After a quick can of soda it was time to move upstream to a section of stream hidden beneath the forest canopy. I came up on a big boulder in the stream on the opposite bank that the flow drifts back underneath. Casting a wax worm baited hook into the upper current the line barely drifted three feet before the line jerked tight. After a short battle a beautiful brown trout came to net. He was at least ten to eleven inches long and surely was a wild fish. His fins were sharp and perfect, no flaws at all like stockies. His coloration was beautiful being a dark brown with brilliant red spots, along with a golden brown belly.

Over the next twenty minutes the action continued with four more brown trout similar in size being landed. After all the excitement, I completed my fishing for the morning by ten o'clock. As I headed home I thought that's enough action for the day as I knew I 'd be back again soon. Since this stream doesn't get stocked it provides a special sort of getaway that I return to several times each year. It's not about the size of the fish, but the fight they provide and a way to get away from the crowds.

Dr. Pete Ryan Gets Award For Conservation Work

Ryan Honored for Commitment to Conservation

On Saturday, April 21st, Dr. Pete Ryan of Coudersport was given the “Howie Gustafson Conservation Award” from the Seneca Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the McKean County Conservation District. The award was presented to Pete by Howie Gustafson, the award’s original recipient in 2010. Upon presenting the award to Dr. Ryan, Howie stated “I cannot think of a more deserving person to pass this award onto.”

Dr. Ryan has been an active conservationist for over 30 years. He currently serves as President of the God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited and was instrumental in the design and implementation of a local stream monitoring program. Volunteers participating in the monitoring program have been referred to as the “waterdogs.” Rightfully so, as Pete and the others are out to gather important baseline data on pristine trout streams in light of all the increased drilling activity in Pennsylvania. In the mid 1980’s he also recognized the threat of sedimentation from dirt roads, worked with Penn State to create a list of threatened spots, and lobbied in Harrisburg. His efforts were successful by getting a portion of the gas tax committed for funding dirt and gravel road improvement projects. Both of these programs are commonly utilized across the state.

Pete is also credited with the success of the God’s Country Chapter of TU Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program. This program is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled veterans and active duty military personnel through fly fishing, fly tying and outings.

Dr. Ryan was honored to receive the award named after one of his conservation mentors. As he thanked the group he said “Howie has been a great help to me and my involvement in conservation. I have received several awards in the past, but this one is the best.”

Two Coudersport Men Jailed For Burglary

State Police have announced the arrest of two Coudersport men in relation to a burglary last July on a property at 142 Summit Road in Hebron Township owned by Clare Johnson of 70 Bryant Hollow Road, Coudersport.

Christopher Allen Bailey, 20, of 18 1/2 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA, was taken into custody at his residence Thursday without incident. Bailey was charged with Burglary (F1) 2 counts; Criminal Trespass (F2) 2 counts; and Criminal Mischief (M3) 2 counts. He was arraigned before District Judge Kari Stubbs who committed Bailey to the Potter County Jail in lieu of bail.

Joshua Stuart Silsby, 20, of 469 Tennessee Road, Coudersport, PA, was arrested on a felony warrant at his residence on Friday without incident. He was charged with Burglary (F1) 2 counts, Criminal Trespass (F2), and Criminal Mischief (M3) 2 counts. Silsby was arraigned befor District Judge Kari Stubbs and was unable to post bail.  He was committed to the Potter County Jail.

The burglary was originally investigated in July 2011 by members of the Coudersport PSP, where it was found that two structures on the property at 142 Summit Road in Hebron Township had been damaged and entered. Trooper David A. Surra was the arresting officer.

Coudersport Ambulance To Elk Street

At 9:08 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Elk Street for a medical emergency.

Roulette Ambulance To Fishing Creek Road

At 9:03 pm on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Fishing Creek Road for an unknown medical.

Shinglwhouse Dept. 39 To Station

At 8:45 pm on Saturday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 has been dispatched to their station .

Lapp Takes Checkered Flag Again At Allegany Memorial Speedway

Holden Lapp cruised into Victory Lane for the third week in a row at Allegany Memorial Speedway.

It's dirt track kart racing on Thursday & Friday nights at Allegany Memorial Speedway in Wellsville. They have several divisions of racing based on restrictor plates, engines, age, weight and so on.  For more information, Click HERE to see Allegany Memorial Speedway's website.

Brooks Recognized For Austin Dam Park Project Work

David Brooks Named "Outstanding Leader" By Pennsylvania Wilds 
David Brooks, Director, Potter County Visitors Association 

Many people know David Brooks through his work as director of the Potter County Visitors Association, where he is a skilled promoter of the many experiences residents and visitors can have in his part of the PA Wilds, from the Dark Skies at Cherry Springs State Park to the God’s Country Marathon to local festivals and events. 

But it is David’s work in tourism asset development that has wowed folks around the region this year. In addition to his work at PCVA, David has helped revitalize a local group, the Austin Dam Memorial Association, and led a unique public-private, local-state partnership to capitalize on the presence of a massive broken concrete dam in the valley just north of the Borough of Austin in Potter County. If you want to know the whole dam story, which dates back to 1911, you’ll have to ask David but safe to say the area has a compelling one – about human resolve and overcoming loss in the face of enormous tragedy – and it is set amid the beautiful backdrop that is God’s Country.

David understood the area’s potential and set out to develop a comprehensive plan that preserved the historical essence of the dam site while developing its potential as a tourist draw in an economically depressed area. He first cemented a strong bond between the PCVA and the Austin Dam Memorial Association and then tied in two state agencies, Austin Borough, the Potter County Board of Commissioners, a private landowner with a stake in the area, and a heritage-based consulting firm. 

The idea got traction and DCED and DCNR provided financial support to help develop a plan for the area that emphasizes small business development, local history and recreation, and links the Austin Dam Memorial Park with Austin Borough through hiking and biking trails, interpretive historic markers, nature areas, commemorative features and other attractions. 

Here, here to David for the many hours he’s put into this project and for taking so much pride in the place he grew up. Thanks to his leadership we are no doubt looking at one of the region’s future Great Places.

David Brooks is one of four individuals recognized for outstanding leadership this year in the 12 1/2 county Pennsylvania Wilds area.

Pennsylvania Wilds Region Meets For Awards & Updates


Val Shelley
PENNSYLVANIA WILDS -- More than 160 business and community leaders from across the Pennsylvania Wilds region gathered Wednesday evening at the Red Fern in St. Marys for an update on the PA Wilds Initiative and to honor 14 local organizations and individuals for outstanding work in sustainable tourism development.

The PA Wilds Initiative is a public-private effort that aims to grow the nature and heritage tourism industry across 12 ½ counties of rural PA as a way to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve quality of life. Dozens of federal, state and local partners from the public and private sectors are involved in the effort.

Keynote speaker Ted Eubanks, whose Texas-based Fermata Inc firm has worked on sustainable tourism development issues around the globe and was involved in early studies that helped launch and guide the PA Wilds, said he was blown away by how far the PA Wilds had come. He told the audience it couldn’t have happened without local ownership and involvement. “You should be very proud.”

The event also included comments by Rick Allan, Secretary of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and Carolyn Newhouse, Dep. Sec. for Innovation & Investment at the Department of Community & Economic Development. The effort to grow the region’s nature and heritage tourism industry has spanned three governors; DCNR and DCED are the two main state partners involved in the effort.

“Our Conservation Landscape Initiatives, such as the one in the Pennsylvania Wilds, focus DCNR efforts on the highest value natural areas in Pennsylvania, help reconnect communities to rivers, trails, and open space and strengthen economies through strategic public-private partnerships,”  Allan said.  “We are proud to receive the PA Wilds Great Places Award for the new glass-bottom observation deck at Kinzua Bridge State Park, which is a great example of one of the key investments DCNR has made in our many facilities in the region.”

The Annual Update is hosted by the PA Wilds Planning Team, which is comprised of the region’s 12 county governments and other local, state and federal stakeholders.
Planning Team officials said major accomplishments over the last year included the opening of two key destination conservation facilities in the region – the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park and the Sky Walk at Kinzua Bridge State Park – and small business growth around these and other nature tourism assets.

Also in the last year, the PA Wilds Planning Team was able to leverage its regional partnership to secure a $100,000 Preserve America grant from the National Park Service – monies that were then pushed out into communities in the form of grants to businesses, local governments and non-profits for community welcome signage, business signage and design assistance. All three grant programs promote use of the PA Wilds Design Guide, a voluntary planning document to help communities be good stewards of their rural characteristics as they grow, officials said. 

Other work completed by the PA Wilds Planning Team in 2011 included compiling and publishing a Marcellus Shale Resource Guide for Municipal officials (available at; and partnering with Lumber Heritage Region to pool grant monies and fund $30,000 in local projects that promote heritage and nature-based tourism. The projects included everything from a geocaching trail along the West Branch to interpretive signage in several counties to new kiosks with trail maps in McKean County. 

The PA Wilds Artisan Trail, which aims to raise the visibility and profitability of artisans and arts-related businesses in the region, created new interior and exterior signage for its retail partners last year, and nearly doubled the size of the region’s Artisan Trail. Regional marketing efforts over the last year included a public photo contest, trade shows and a major redesign of to make it more user-friendly and better able to highlight each county’s assets. The website gets about 7,000 unique hits a month. The redesign is slated to launch this spring.
Projects in the works include outreach to high school and college students that includes a scholarship program; a community welcome signage grant program in July; and an online store and trail app to promote the Artisan Trail and the sale of locally-made artisan products.

Among the night’s highlights, commissioners or designates from the 12 county governments at the core of the Planning Team were presented with a copy of the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence – which was bestowed on the Planning Team last week by the Corbett administration.

“Without the support of our county governments the work of the Planning Team, and certainly this award, would not have been possible,” said PA Wilds Planning Team Chairman Dan Glotz, of Warren County Planning.

The evening ended with 14 individuals, businesses and organizations being named 2012 Champions of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The winners were given plaques, citations by their state senators and certificates of recognition by Congressman Glenn Thompson, a longtime supporter of the PA Wilds. 

The winners included Artisan of the Year Doug Firestone of Potter County and Business of the Year Benezette Hotel of Elk County.

Four awards went to McKean County: Jerry Clark of Sign Design of Westline snagged a Great Design Award; Kinzua Bridge State Park garnered a Great Places Award; the Inspiring Youth Award went to Dr. William Schumann and his students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; and McKean County Commissioners and Smethport Borough brought home a Government Leadership Award. 

Outstanding Leader Awards went to Wes Ramsey of Warren County; David Brooks of Potter County; Tionesta Valley Snowmobile Club of Warren/Forest counties; and Ron Steffey for his work in Clarion County. Matt Quesenberry of Elk County Planning, who has served as the Planning Team’s chairman for the last three years, was named Member of the Year. Conservation Stewardship Awards went to the Allegheny River Clean-Up in Warren County; Trout Unlimited’s Eastern Abandoned Mine Program in Clinton County; and to Ken Rowe of the Bennett Branch Watershed Association.

 “The PA Wilds Planning Team is proud to recognize the incredible work being done by so many local residents, businesses and organizations to grow our region’s nature and heritage tourism industry,” Glotz said.

Full write-ups on the award winners are available at Attached photos are courtesy Sheila Singer/North Central PA RPDC

For more information on the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative visit or YouTube at

2012 Champions of the PA Wilds Awards

2012 Champions of the PA Wilds Awards
By Sandra Rhodes

BRADFORD, Pa. – Great Places, Great Design, Inspiring Youth and Government Leadership Awards were presented to McKean County entities Wednesday evening at the Pennsylvania Wilds Annual Update hosted by the PA Wilds Planning Team on Wednesday, April 26.

Rick Allan, Secretary of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and Carolyn Newhouse, Dep. Sec. for Innovation & Investment at the Department of Community & Economic Development, Tourism & Film both presented on current efforts of their agencies in support of the great work being done in our region in developing heritage and nature tourism.

Keynote speaker was Ted Eubanks of Fermata Inc. who has assisted Pennsylvania in planning for long term sustainable tourism development, first with the development of the Elk Scenic Drive and then the creation of the Pennsylvania Wilds marketing brand which is based on the footprint of the Lumber Heritage Region’s 12 counties.

 “I was very pleased to be a part of the award ceremony” stated Linda Devlin, Exec. Director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau “our agency has worked to promote heritage and geotourism development within the region and it was very exciting to see four of our local entities receive statewide recognition for their outstanding achievements.”

The Great Places Award was presented to Kinzua Bridge State Park-Jason Heasley, Park Manager and Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources staff for their innovative reinvention of the remaining towers of the historic Kinzua Viaduct as the Kinzua Sky Walk. Opened to the public in 2011, visitation at the park skyrocketed to over 160,000 visitors last year. This increase in visitation has had an economic impact to the region of over 5 million dollars in new net revenue from visitors in the first year.

“Our Conservation Landscape Initiatives, such as the one in the Pennsylvania Wilds, focus DCNR efforts on the highest value natural areas in Pennsylvania, connecting communities to rivers, trails, and open space and strengthen economies through strategic public-private partnerships,”  Allan said.  “We are proud to receive the PA Wilds Great Places Award for the Kinzua Bridge State Park, which is a great example of one of the key investments DCNR has made in our many facilities in the region.”

Accepting the Inspiring Youth Award was Dr. William Schumann, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and his students. Dr. Schuman with a group of eight students undertook a research project of gauging public interest in “Trail Central” the tourism development and marketing brand for McKean County. This project consisted of conducting Town Hall meeting in four towns and research on the best practices in successful Trail Towns in America. His students presented their research to the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, D.C.

In addition, students, under his direction worked with the Tuna Valley Trail Association and the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau to develop trail apps and a tutorial on how to develop future trail apps.  Students involved in the project were Ernest Benkovski, Jennifer Crowley, Ryan Crowley, Mara Kloss, Desiree Lamer, Lauren Marshall, Michael Morrison, Jenna Oyler and Elizabeth Tillman.

Jerry Clark of Sign Design of Westline received the Great Design Award. His hand carved and conventional signs for business are located throughout the region. A juried artisan of the Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail, Jerry’s sign designs incorporate wood, stone, and a sense of place with each creation unique to the business it promotes.

McKean County Commissioners and the Smethport Borough were awarded the Government Leadership Award for their integrated planning to preserve and improve several historic buildings on county land and the McKean County Fairgrounds. The “Smethport Trail Study and County Park Master Plan” outlines a plan to link these entities to Smethport and beyond with the development of a community trail system. This planning document provides a strong vision for preservation, interpretation and recreational development that will benefit both visitors and residents.

The Annual Update was hosted by the PA Wilds Planning Team, which is comprised of the region’s 12 county governments and other local, state and federal stakeholders. The awards are given to recognize individuals, groups, organizations, communities and businesses that have done outstanding work related to the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative of growing the region’s nature and heritage tourism industry as a way to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve the quality of life.

Planning Team officials said major accomplishments over the last year included the opening of two key destination conservation facilities in the region – the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park and the skywalk at Kinzua Bridge State Park – with the resulting growth of small business around these and other nature tourism assets.

Also in the last year, the PA Wilds Planning Team was able to leverage its regional partnership to secure a $100,000 Preserve America grant from the National Park Service – monies that were then pushed out into communities in the form of grants to businesses, local governments and non-profits for community welcome signage, business signage and design assistance. All three grant programs promote use of the PA Wilds Design Guide, a voluntary planning document to help communities be good stewards of their rural characteristics as they grow, officials said.

Matt Quesenberry, Elk County Planning received the Member of the Year Award. Outstanding Leader Awards were presented to: Ron Steffy, Exec. Director, Allegheny Valley Land Trust, Wes Ramsey, Exec. Director Penn Soil RC & D, David Brooks, Director Potter County Visitors Association and the Tionesta Valley Snowmobile Club.

Other award winners included: Business of the Year-Benezette Hotel, Brian Kunes and Matt Castle, Artisan of the Year and Doug Firestone of Firestone Forge. Conservation Stewardship Awards were presented to: Ken Rowe, President-Bennett Branch Watershed Association, Allegheny River Clean-up-John Beard, Nate Welker and Piper VanOrd, and to Trout Unlimited-Eastern Abandoned Mine Program.

For additional information on Pennsylvania Wilds and the 2012 award winners please visit

Black Lab Found On Lower Portage Road Friday Night

We found a black lab in the lower Portage Road (Port Allegany) area last nite, and they can contact me at 814-203-8394

2 Vehicle MVA In Port Allegany

 2 Vehicle MVA In Port Allegany
At 12:35 pm on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle motor vehicle accident near 820 North Main Street in Port Allegany.

Coudersport Man Charged With DUI After Crash

Coudersport Man Charged With DUI After Crash
 North Central
DUI Crash in Leidy Township - PSP Lamar say a Coudersport driver was arrested for the suspicion of DUI following a one-vehicle accident in Clinton County. 

Trooper Christopher Wilson said shortly after 9:30 p.m. on April 25, Randy Lee Lane, 32, was operating a 1994 Chevy Blazer, traveling south on Route 144 approximately three miles north of Route 120. Lane lost control of the Blazer while negotiating a right hand turn and traveled off of the east side of the roadway, which caused the vehicle to flip over and strike a tree. 

Upon further investigation, Lane was arrested for alleged DUI. Two passengers, Michele Lynn Walsh, 33, of Genessee, and Justin Allen Buttons, 24, of Galeton, were drinking alcohol at the time of the crash.

Beagle found downtown Port Allegany

Beagle found downtown Port Allegany

Could you please post on your site that a beagle was found downtown in Port Allegany.  My daughter picked her up and brought her home after she wandered into the street and almost got hit.  She is a very small, tri-colored beagle.  She is very friendly.  She has no tags.    I am going to call Teacher's Pet Rescue and see if she can take her until she is claimed.

Mercyflight Called For Accident Victim In Genesee

A patient has been transported by Genesee Ambulance and Wellsville Medic 700 to a landing zone to meet Mercyflight after a report of a MVA on Main Street in Genesee. State Police are on scene. We have no further information at this time.

Freeze Watch issued April 28 at 9:34AM EDT until April 29 at 9: 00AM EDT by NWS

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for Northern PA.

Tune to your local weather station for additional information, or visit

Benefit For Mike Ayers At The Seneca Inn Saturday Night

Clair William “Bill” Densmore, 60, of Campbellsburg, Ky

Clair William “Bill” Densmore, 60, of Campbellsburg, Ky., passed away Monday (April 23, 2012) at the Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, Ky.

 He was born Feb. 1, 1952, the son of the late Carl Franklin and Lois Elaine Robbins Densmore. Bill had retired from the Ford Motor Co., after 30 years of service. He was a Navy veteran and a member of the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. 

Surviving are his wife, Sherry L. Rednour Densmore of Campbellsburg, Ky.; daughter, Marsha Jean (Ray) Lance of Lorain, Ohio; son, Christopher William Densmore of Lorain, Ohio; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; sisters, Janice Coleburn of Wellsville, Judy Cole of Wellsville, and Jeanette Stonemetz of Hallsport; and brothers, Danny Densmore of Friendship, Carl Densmore Jr. of Olean, Calvin Densmore of England, Charlie Densmore of Wellsville, Claude Burton Densmore of Bolivar, Cabot Densmore of Shinglehouse, Pa., Cleon Densmore of Wellsville, and Cameron Densmore of Wellsville. 

He was predeceased by a son, Beadley Hugh Densmore. Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville on Saturday (April 28, 2012) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., when services will be held. Rev. Calvin Densmore, his brother, will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Hallsport Cemetery in the Town of Willing. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Bfd Man Sentenced in Stabbings

Bfd Man Sentenced in Stabbings
A Bradford man has been sentenced for stabbing two Pitt Bradford students and an unrelated assault of a Bradford woman. 

33 year-old Joseph Henton gets a 16 to 60 day sentence in the McKean County Jail to be served on weekends. Henton pleaded guilty earlier this year to stabbing two men on Main Street in Bradford on October 7. He also pleaded to assaulting a woman in Bradford on February 26.

Man Gets 60 to 120 Years In Prison For Raping Girls

Man Sentenced for Raping Two Girls
A Custer City man was sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court to 60 to 120 years in state prison. 

52 year-old Glenn Vincent had been found guilty last July of raping two girls over a period of several years in Bradford Township. He had been found guilty of sexually assaulting one girl starting when she was 12 and the other girl when she was 10. 

Vincent had also been charged with illegal possession of firearms.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Cassie Frey and Kamme Guisto place at the Western Pa Gymnastics Championships

Cassie Frey (left) and Kamme Guisto placed at the Western Pa Gymnastics Championships on April 14. The event was hosted by the Brookville Revolution Gymnastic Team and featured over 200 gymnasts from western Pa.

Cassie took 2nd Place over all at IPO level with 8.40 on beam (4th), 8.60 on floor (2nd), 9.40 on vault (1st), 6.50 on bars (2nd) for a total of 33.25.

 Kamme also placed 2nd overall at Level 5 with 8.10 on beam, 8.15 on floor (4th), 8.60 on vault (1st), 8.40 on bars (2nd) and 33.25 overall.

 Cassie will be traveling to Rochester, NY on Saturday to compete in the New York Gymnastics Championships. Kamme and Cassie are members of the Bradford Flames YMCA Gymnastics team.

Welcoming Miles Matthew Reiner, born 4/24/12 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

James and Melissa (Rowley) Reiner are proud to announce the arrival of  
Miles Matthew Reiner who was born on 4/24/12 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Miles weighed 11lbs. and 1.5oz. He joins his brother Landon and sister Sophia. 

Maternal Grandparents: David and LouAnn Rowley of Wellsville, NY.

Maternal Great-Grandparent: Joan Townsend of Savannah, NY.  

Paternal Grandparents: Steve and Tonya Reiner of Shinglehouse, Pa.

Paternal Great-Grandparents: James and Donna Petzen of Shinglehouse, Pa; James and Dolores Reiner of Arcade, NY.

Praise for Withdrawal of Family Farm Rule

Praise for Withdrawal of Family Farm Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today praised the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw its proposed labor rule that would prevent youth from working on their families’ farms.

To put this rule in context, 99 percent of Pennsylvania’s farms are family owned and operated, and this new rule would impede their ability to operate. Sen. Toomey highlighted the impact this onerous rule would have on families during a press conference at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January and in an Ag Day op-ed in the Patriot-News.

“We can all agree to disagree on the degree to which the federal government chooses to regulate our roads and waterways, but the federal government has no business dictating to parents how to raise their children. It belies an ideology that not only believes in an ever larger government, but an ideology that says government always knows best – even when it comes to our own families. I am glad the agency is withdrawing its proposed regulation amid this bipartisan uproar,” Sen. Toomey said.

Last year, U.S. Labor Department Secretary Hilda Solis proposed a rule that would restrict family farm operations by prohibiting children and teens younger than 18 from participating in common livestock practices such as vaccinating, branding and shoeing. It would also ban children and teens from handling most animals more than six months old, which would severely limit participation in 4-H and FFA activities and restrict their youth farm safety classes. 

Sen. Toomey is a co-sponsor of S. 2221, the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, which would prevent this onerous rule from being implemented. The Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), has 43 additional co-sponsors, including five Democrats.

Guilty Plea to Child Sex Charges

Guilty Plea to Child Sex Charges

A former Rixford man pleaded guilty Thursday in Federal court in Erie to the sexual exploitation of children.

45-year-old Jack Lee Johnson is charged with receiving and distributing computer images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Police found a laptop computer and 16 discs with child porn on them at Johnson's home.

Johnson will be sentenced on September 10.

Route 255 Bridge Job north of Penfield Starts Next Week

Clearfield County

Route 255 Bridge Job north of Penfield Starts Next Week
Preservation work will prolong life of bridge

Clearfield – Work to repair and preserve a bridge on Route 255 north of Penfield will get underway next week. The twelve-foot bridge spans Bennett Run on Route 255 in Huston Township, about one and a half miles north of Penfield. The preservation work will help to prolong the serviceable life of the bridge. Work will include curb and shoulder replacements and wing replacements. Work is expected to be complete by the end of June.

Temporary traffic signals will be used to control an alternating traffic pattern through the work zone. The signals will be placed in flash mode on Monday, April 30 and made operational on Thursday, May 3.

This work is part of a contract to repair and preserve 21 bridges in Potter, Cameron, and Clearfield counties. Work on 17 of the bridges is complete. The remaining four will be finished in 2012.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $4.4 million project.

Open Letter To Pennsylvanians

 Pennsylvanians are in a battle. 
The outcome will ultimately shape democracy in our state. It's a battle
 between we the people and a Governor that  has aligned his administration with the gas industry. Together, they are the propellant that has ignited a full scale assault  on our democracy. Our voices are being systematically denied.  From local townships stripped of their zoning authority, to doctors
 being muzzled, to regulations written by lobbyists favorable to  industry under cover of darkness.....all  this and more threatens our way of life and the democratic process.

 The stakes cannot be higher. And all Pennsylvanians should understand that rights are being usurped by  a rapacious industry aided and abetted by a compliant administration.  How can a state known for its "liberty bell" stand by and watch the Corbett administration tear up the constitution and hand over control  to the gas interests? They tell us that allowing this industry to operate freely, with minimal regulation, will create vast employment opportunities and economic well being. That is a  smokescreen.

 Studies show the economic benefits accrue to the few, and are  temporary at best. Huge dollar flows are no doubt occurring, but benefit a narrow band of industry "insiders" and downstream operators  who do the industry's heavy work like trucking, hauling, excavation,  land filling and waste disposal. Most of the top tier workers  are imports from other states.

 What is not temporary is the devastation to air,  water, health and property values. No one in Corbett's
 administration speaks to the fact that as more land is seized by  the industry, more of our environment is degraded. And no one in his  administration speaks to the enormous economic consequences of
 diminished wildlife habitat, polluted streams and rivers and toxic air  on our tourist, hunting, fishing and farming industries.

And clearly, the threat to public health and the associated costs have yet to be determined.  The fact is Corbett and his administration believe they have no need to speak to anyone but the industry they have partnered with and to their own inner circle of industry insiders. Together, they are attacking the most essential rights in our democracy.....the right to a voice in matters  affecting our lives.This administration must be held to account for  violating this basic human right.

Ben Roter
Kingsley, Pa.
Susquehanna County

Potter McKean Little League baseball

Potter McKean Little League baseball

Gage Babcock, Ryan Graves and Garren Black combined to strike out 10 and walk four while allowing just two hits for Shinglehouse (1-0) as they notched 10-2 season opening victory over Coudersport Blue.

Theo Henry went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs for the winners coached by Jason Babcock and Roy Graves.

Jared Green and Elliot Hite were on the hill for Coudy Blue (0-1), striking out nine and walking three.

Members of Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited

Members of Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited (PWHU) recently made their annual contribution to the organization's scholarship fund at Penn State DuBois. Established in 2001, the Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited Scholarship provides financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate students enrolled in the Wildlife Technology program at Penn State DuBois. Each year, PWHU contributes $3,000 to the fund. Three Wildlife Technology students befitted from the scholarship this year. They are Theresa Ciavarella of Altoona, Kelen Fierst of Mayport, and Nicholas Moore of Brockway. "I'm very grateful for this scholarship," said Ciavarella. "Any money we can get to help pay tuition is a big help; I live on my own, so it can be tough." PWHU is a non-profit, volunteer organization based in DuBois. They are made up of local outdoors enthusiasts, environmentalists, and sportsmen and sportswomen. According to PWHU members, the organization was created in 1985 with the sole purpose of improving and creating wildlife habitat. They create environmental awareness through education and club sponsored projects, working to help sustain all forms of wildlife.

Photo: Linda Hepfner of Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited recently presented a check to Chancellor Anita McDonald for the PWHU Scholarship at Penn State DuBois. From left to right are Theresa Ciavarella, scholarship recipient; Hepfner; McDonald, and Nicholas Moore, scholarship recipient.

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Spring Poker Run set

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Spring Poker Run set

The Allegheny River Riders will be hosting the 6th annual Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Spring Poker Run on June 9.

Registration will be at The Northwoods Tavern in Coudersport from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $15 per bike and $5 per passenger.

The run will end at the American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport. There will be a Chicken BBQ, Chinese Auction and door prizes at the end of the run. There will also be 50/50s and raffles throughout the ride.
100 percent of the proceeds go to the Yellow Ribbon of Potter County Suicide Prevention Program.
All road legal vehicles are welcome.

The Yellow Ribbon ride is also currently looking for sponsors. Any business, person or organization wishing to sponsor the ride may do so by contacting Dave Vossler. For more information, contact Dave Vossler at 814-558-9153. Checks may be made out to Allegany River Riders/A.B.A.T.E. of PA, P.O. Box 637, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To East Academy Street

At.6:30 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to E. Academy Street for an illness call

What A Wonderful Gift From A Beautiful Girl

Locks Of Love

Claudia Miller is a 4th grader at Coudy Elementary. She has been growing her hair for almost 2 years. She is donating 11 inches. She said she is doing it to "help those with cancer feel pretty again". Special thanks to Tammy Tubbs at Classic Design in Coudersport. 

Structure Fire On Willow Road Near Rushford Lake

Structure Fire
At 4:20 PM on Friday, Rushford, NY Firefighters and other area Fire Departments are responding to a structure fire near 8365 Willow Road near Rushford Lake.


Work Starts Tuesday on Route 219 Tally Ho Bridge

Work Starts Tuesday on Route 219 
Tally Ho Bridge
Two-way traffic will be maintained

Bradford – Work will begin Tuesday, May 1 on a Route 219 bridge in Lafayette Township, McKean County.  Since Route 219 is wide in this area, no lane restrictions will be necessary. Barriers will be in place on the bridge but two-way traffic will be maintained as crews work to replace the expansion dams of the bridge. The bridge spans Kinzua Creek at Tally Ho, about two miles south of the Route 59 intersection. The expansion dam work should be complete in early August.

Work on the Tally Ho Bridge is part of a contract to preserve three bridges in Elk and McKean counties. Along with the Tally Ho Bridge, the contract includes:

•    A bridge on Route 949 over Toby Creek near Portland Mills in Elk County
•    A bridge on Route 949 over the railroad near Portland Mills in Elk County

Deck replacements are underway on both Elk County bridges. The bridges are about 500 feet apart and traffic is controlled by signals at each end.

Work on all three bridges is weather and schedule dependent. The  L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor for this $2.4 million job. All work should be complete before November of this year.

Country Estate Auction--Thursday, May 10th--Clermont, PA

There will be no Babe Ruth practice.

There will be no Babe Ruth practice.
Practice will be at 5 at CARP on Saturday. 

Also for anyone that hasn't turned in sweatshirt forms,
coach will be at little league field today at 5:30. 
Forms must get to me by noon tomorrow. 
My number Chris 814-331-2727

Commission Looking for Diverse Applicants to Perform Duties of Waterways Conservation Officer

Commission Looking for Diverse Applicants
to Perform Duties of Waterways Conservation Officer

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is looking for individuals interested in a career as a waterways conservation officer (WCO).

Applications for WCO Trainee positions must be sent to the state Civil Service Commission and must be received or postmarked by June 23, 2012. All written testing must be completed with the Civil Service Commission by July 28, 2012.

“WCOs perform specialized work in fish conservation and watercraft safety under the jurisdiction of the PFBC, blending law enforcement and public relations duties,” said Jeff Bridi, assistant director in the PFBC Bureau of Law Enforcement. “Our officers represent the face of the agency, since they are always in the field and are always interacting with anglers, boaters and the general public.”

Typical duties include patrolling by foot, car and boat to detect violations of fishing and boating laws; apprehending violators; issuing warnings and or citations; serving warrants; presenting evidence at hearings and court proceedings; investigating water pollution incidents; investigating boating accidents; and stocking fish. Appearing in public to conduct classes or provide information to groups are also highlights of the WCOs duties. WCOs work demanding schedules, including holidays and weekends, to perform their vital public safety and conservation duties.

All WCOs begin their career as a WCO Trainee. Before candidates are assigned the highly independent duties of waterways conservation officer, they must complete an extensive 52-week specialized training program beginning with approximately 21 weeks of instruction in law enforcement principles and practices that meet the standards of the Municipal Police Training Act.

An additional 31-week period follows with 19 weeks of classroom training by the Commission at the H. R. Stackhouse School of Fisheries Conservation and Watercraft Safety in Centre County, Pa., and 12 weeks of supervised field training. The program is conducted under close supervision, according to stringent rules. Those who successfully complete the training program will be promoted to a waterways conservation officer position.

Applicants must be Pennsylvania residents, at least 21 years of age at date of hire, and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. Successful candidates must pass written, oral, and physical evaluations. Waterways conservation officers are required to wear a uniform and carry a firearm while on duty.

Additional information about a career as a WCO is available on the PFBC’s Careers web page at: or by calling the Human Resources Office at 717-705-7820.

Application forms and further information on the process can be obtained from the State Civil Service Commission website at Information may also be obtained from State Civil Service Commission offices in Harrisburg at 717-783-3058 (Text Telephone for deaf and hard-of-hearing callers: 717-772-2685); Philadelphia at 215-560-2253 (Text Telephone: 215-560-4367); or Pittsburgh at 412-565-7666 (Text Telephone: 412-565-2484.) Information may also be obtained by contacting the PFBC’s Human Resource Office at 717-705-7820 or by visiting the website at

Limited Recall Of DuMOR® Poultry Grower/Finisher Bags

04/27/2012 12:17 PM EDT

Feed Solutions is voluntarily recalling a single lot of DuMOR® Poultry Layer 16% Crumbles, which was incorrectly packaged and shipped in DuMOR® Poultry Grower/Finisher bags. The incorrectly packaged feed, while appropriate for layers, can be potentially harmful if fed to young chicks as a grower/finisher.


At 1:00 pm on Friday, Otto Township, Eldred, Boro, and Eldred Township Emergency Personnel have been dispatched to Switzer Drive near the Otto-Eldred High School for a DRILL.


Man Who Killed Partner/Stole $2.3 Million Is In Custody In Florida

 Investigators looking for people who met Konias while he was on the run
By Bobby Kerlik and Chris Togneri

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 12:14 p.m.
Updated 35 minutes ago

Police are retracing Ken Konias' footsteps in Florida to pin down with whom he talked to determine his ultimate plans and answer a $900,000 question.

"I'm more concerned with knowing where the money went," Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said on Thursday when asked whether detectives plan to interview the fugitive from Dravosburg.
Police say Konias, 22, took $2.3 million from Garda Cash Logistics when he killed co-worker Michael Haines and left his body and their armored car in the Strip District on Feb. 28.

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

Capitol Update
April 27, 2012
 The latest news from the State Capitol
PUC Dismisses Planned Area Code Split

We got great news this week when the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced it had dismissed its plan to split the existing 814 area code region to address a projected shortage of phone numbers.

Responding to overwhelming objections from citizens and business owners, I brought the PUC to Bradford for a hearing last summer where the commission got an earful about the negative impact the change would have had on our region. I’m pleased the commission heard our concerns and dismissed its planned geographic split, which would have seen Cameron and most of Potter counties retaining the 814 area code and McKean County and points west receiving a new area code.

It has now been determined that 814 numbers aren’t expected to be exhausted until the second quarter of 2018, so there is no immediate need to develop an alternative to the split.
Outreach Office Hours Set for May 3

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, May 3:

• Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
• Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon
• McKean County Courthouse, commissioner’s conference room – 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Please stop by!

Route 44 upgrade resumes next week

Travel Advisory 
Route 44 upgrade resumes next week

Motorists in Lycoming County are advised that highway construction contractors working for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation will resume an upgrade project on Route 44 beginning next week, April 30.

The repairs located within a 5.4-mile section of Route 44 in Cummings and McHenry townships will be upgraded from Route 414 to Route 664.

All traffic access will be maintained, however slight delays are possible. The work is expected to be completed by June 29.

Anadarko has an excess maintenance agreement with PennDOT on this road that state the company’s responsibility for repairing any excess roadway damage as a result of its trucking operations. The company determined it would be more cost-effective to upgrade this road to support heavy-truck traffic rather than continue to make repairs.

Coudersport Ambulance To Gospel Tabernacle Apartments

At 10:21 am on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to the Gospel Tabernacle Apartments for a medical emergency.









To Fill A Backpack Troyer Farms Potato Chips

To Fill A Backpack Troyer Farms Potato Chips

The To Fill A Backpack program is still taking orders for Troyer Farms potato chips. Orders will be taken until April 30th and be available for pickup around May 26th. All orders must be paid in advance or they will not be ordered.

You can place your order by emailing with the item # and # of cases you would like to order along with your name, address and contact phone #. Payments can be made by mailing a check, money order or cash to the address shown below. You can also make your payment via PayPal with your credit card...please email your order and let us know that you would like to use PayPal to make your payment.

We will process an invoice and email it to you to process your payment. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via email or phone. Thank you for the continued support.

4-27 Recalls

Café-Tasse Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Café-Tasse 45 gr. Noir (Dark) Chocolate Bar.

  Alfa Sprouts Inc. (Springwater Sprouts) Recalls Alfalfa Sprouts And Clover Sprouts Due To Possible Health Risk

PCEC Courses Offered Floor Hand

Floor Hand
This course will help prepare students for careers working as floor hands in the natural gas industry. This program is a combination of classroom and hands-on training. Topics include: Natural Gas Employability Skills, Natural Gas 101, Rig Components & Electrical Systems, Hydraulics, Pressures & Forces, Basic Rigging, Well Production, Basic Well Control, Spill Prevention & Reporting, Fall Protection, Safe Land USA, Basic First Aid/CPR, Defensive Driving, Aerial Work Platform, and Rough Terrain Forklift.

This course is being held Monday through Friday, June 18 through July 13, 2012 (excluding the week of July 2) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PCEC’s Port Allegany location.  Tuition is free but participants are responsible for pre-admissions clearances, physical, and drug testing and must register with ShaleNET and with their local CareerLink.

Freeze Watch issued April 27 at 4:26AM EDT until April 28 at 8: 00AM EDT by NWS

“W. D. Fish: A Newsman and His Times,” Friday Night At Historical Society Museum In Coudersport

 Pictured are Paul Heimel and his mom, Barbara Heimel at presentation Friday

Program On Local Newspapering History Friday Night

twoFrom a historical perspective, the local newspaper editor wields considerable power, in that he or she has the last word – literally defining reality for future generations. Potter County was blessed to have one such man who approached that responsibility with intelligence, integrity and a sincere commitment to serve not only his readers and advertisers, but also his community.

On Friday, April 27, descendants of William Delos Fish, affectionately known to many as “Golly,” will spotlight his life and his career at the same time they trace the evolution of local newspapering and the dramatic times in which he lived. The program, “W. D. Fish: A Newsman and His Times,” will be held at 7:30 in the Potter County Historical Society Museum on North Main Street in Coudersport and is open to the public.

Fish (1876-1969) was born close enough to the end of the Civil War to appreciate its incredible impact on our nation – his father fought in it — and he remained long enough to see man’s landing on the moon. After serving as a printer, reporter, and editor in several area communities, Fish settled in at the Potter Enterprise in Coudersport in the early part of the 20th century and remained involved for more than six decades. He set the standard for weekly newspapers in Pennsylvania by developing a faithful cadre of local news correspondents around the county and covering both hard news and community developments thoroughly and professionally.

Publication of his newspaper each Wednesday morning was once referred to as “the shot heard ‘round Potter County.” He’s shown here at age 93 in the newspaper print shop with his son, William D. Fish Jr., who succeeded him as publisher. Friday’s program will include a summary of local newspapering through the years, complete with colorful anecdotes, and samples of Fish’s insightful and folksy opinion columns.

Ambulance Called For Victim Of MVA On Back Road

2012 - 103104/27/201212:13 AMMVA - MAJOR INCIDENT 316 BACK RD CLARA TWP
Shinglehouse Ambulance and Medic 6 have been dispatched to 316 Back Road in Clara Township for a victim of a motor vehicle accident.

State Police are on scene requesting an ambulance.

Benefit For Mike Ayers At The Seneca Inn Saturday Night

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sale Prices On Some Great Garden Tools At BG's Engine Clinic

Sagewood Has Immediate Opening For Therapeutic Staff Support In Coudersport and Austin

Hazel's Auto Sales Offers Buy Here, Pay Here On Selected Vehicles

House Fire In Shippen Township Went Unnoticed

A loss of over $200,000.00 was estimated by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and Emporium Fire Chiefs as a result of a fire that destroyed a seasonal home at 591 Homestead Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County on Monday.

John Alan Johnson, 40, who was occupying the home owned by his father, Richard Steven Johnson, 70, of 108 Flamingo Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA, had left the property at 7:00 am and returned at 10:45 pm to find only smouldering remains of the house he was living in. 

Emporium Fire Department was summoned to the remote location off Moore Hill Road, but there was little they could as the structure had been consumed. Apparently, no one had noticed that the house had burned to the ground sometime in the hours that Johnson had been gone.

Fire Marshal David A. Surra said there were no injuries and the origin and cause of the fire was undetermined because the dwelling was completely consumed. The Red Cross was called to assist the younger Johnson with a place to stay.

Emily Laurore Picked For 2012 State Distinguished Student Award

Coudersport Sixth Grader Wins State Award from Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education

Emily Laurore, 10, daughter of Dr. Max Laurore and Attorney Guerline L. Laurore of Coudersport, has been named by the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) as the 2012 state recipient of the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award.  

This award is designed to recognize student achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts in children in grades 3-6.  It will be presented to Emily at the PAGE State Conference taking place May 3-4 at the Wyndham Garden Exton Valley Forge Hotel, Exton, PA.

Named after Nicholas Green, a seven-year-old student who was killed in a drive-by shooting while visiting Italy in 1994, the award is co-sponsored by the parents of Nicholas and the National Association for Gifted Education (NAGC).  The winner in each state receives a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and an NAGC Certificate of Excellence.

A sixth grader at Coudersport Elementary School, Emily has participated in gifted and talented programming since kindergarten and has skipped a grade.  She has won first place in the school science fair, health division; first place in the school spelling bee; has participated for two years in the Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee, finishing sixth in 2011 and third in 2012; and has achieved top scores in the Accelerated Reading Program for her school.  She is a member of the Sixth Grade Choir and Show Choir and has organized school dances to benefit St. Jude’s Hospital.

Emily takes additional courses online through the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and studies French.  She is a pianist and gymnast who placed third in the floor exercise at the USAG Pennsylvania Level 4 States competition.  She is also on her church flag team and volunteers at a local nursing home assisting patients with dementia.

Emily, who says that she and her family are “grateful to PAGE and NAGC for the award and to God from Whom every blessing comes,” wants to become a neurosurgeon and is eager to continue her accelerated studies so that she can “start saving lives sooner. “

She was nominated for the award by Mrs. Alanna Huck, Superintendent of Schools in Coudersport, and further recommended by Mr. Sean Reams, principal; Mrs. Theresa Daniels, teacher of gifted and talented; and Mrs. Nicole Frame, homeroom teacher.

National Drug Take Back Day

The Pennsylvania Police would like to remind the public that this Saturday, April 28th, is the 4th National Drug Take Back Day. The national take-back day will give the public the opportunity to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. 

PSP Coudersport is designated as a collection site. Drop off hours will be Saturday, April 28th from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Thank you and please remove any identifying information before arriving at the State Police Barracks.

Gas Driller Fined For Illegal Potter County Operations

DEP Fines Ultra Resources Inc. $40,000 for Operating Illegal 
Potter County Transfer Station 

Company Was Illegally Storing 
Raw Flowback Fluid at Fowler Well Pad 

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Ultra Resources Inc. of Wellsboro, Tioga County, $40,000 for operating an illegal transfer station at a well pad in West Branch Township, Potter County.

DEP staff inspected the site in late February 2011 and found 47 wheelie storage tanks on-site that were holding more than 760,000 gallons of raw flowback fluid that Ultra was using for hydraulic fracturing at other area sites.

“This kind of activity requires a residual waste transfer station permit from the department,” DEP East Region Oil and Gas Program Manager Jennifer Means said. “Because no wells were ever drilled at this site, and because the well permits actually expired while this activity was taking place, we determined that Ultra never intended to use the stored fluid for drilling at this site.”

Department inspections conducted in March and July 2011 documented additional violations of the Oil and Gas Act, including the failure to post well permit numbers at the site.

DEP issued a notice of violation to Ultra in late July 2011, and then discovered additional violations during an inspection the following month. Those violations included flowback fluids around the wheelie tanks and on the containment liner; failure to properly stabilize several areas of the well pad and access road; and improper construction of a sediment basin.

Ultra submitted a report to DEP in early October 2011 that documented the corrective actions it took at the Fowler well site to address the violations. A DEP inspection in November 2011 confirmed that all violations had been corrected.

Two Injured In Eldred Boro Crash Wednesday

Two Injured In Eldred Boro Crash Wednesday

Photos courtesy Eldred Borough Fire Dept. Facebook Site

Both drivers were transported to Bradford Regional Medical Center by Eldred Fire Dept. Ambulances for treatment of injuries received in a violent two car crash Wednesday night at 9:10 pm on South Main Street at it's intersection with Cris Drive in Eldred Borough.

Jessica L. Green, 27, of Eldred, PA, and Craig L. Switzer, 60, of Rixford, PA, suffered injuries described by police as minor. Both were wearing seat belts.

Trooper Roger L. McCloskey said the crash occurred as a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Green stopped on Cris Drive at the intersection with South Main Street. Green did not see a 1997 Dodge Stratus driven by Switzer that was traveling northbound on Main Street and attempted to turn right/northbound onto Main Street. Green's Grand Am was then struck by Switzer's Stratus on the left front side of the vehicle, resulting in heavy damage to both vehicles. The vehicles were removed by McKeirnan's Garage.

Green was cited by State Police for a stop sign violation.

Eldred Borough Ambulance and Fire Dept, and Eldred Township Fire Dept. assisted at the scene and diverted traffic to the West Eldred Road while the incident was in progress and the roadway was blocked.  More photos are available on the Eldred Boro Fire Dept. Facebook Site.