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Wooly Willy Wonderdaze to Host Fishing Derby

Wooly Willy Wonderdaze to Host Fishing Derby 

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The 2012 National Wooly Willy Wonderdaze festival in Smethport, Pennsylvania will include a Fishing Derby at Hamlin Lake Park on June 16th.

The First Place winner will receive a $25 cash prize, plus fishing supplies. Those finishing in 2nd and 3rd place will receive fishing supplies.

Registration will be from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the Washington St. entrance by the foot bridge going over the lake. Fishing hours for the event will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. More...

Kids Bikes Found In Ditch On Christian Hollow Road Near Crosby

Two Children's bicycles were discovered on Saturday at 11:45 AM in the eastbound ditch of Christian Hollow Road in front of residences located at 87 and 57 Christian Hollow Road in Norwich Township, McKean County.

Anyone who has any information pertaining to owner(s) of these bicycles is requested to contact Trooper Brothers at PSP, Kane at 814-778-5555.

Animal Care Sanctuary is holding Volunteer Orientation Training June 23rd

Animal Care Sanctuary is holding 
Volunteer Orientation Training
June 23rd
10am to 12 am
at Purrfect Treasures store located in the house in front of the shelter across from Weis
The orientation educates about the mission of the sanctuary, shelter life, animal safety, how to care for and advocate for the animals who do not have a voice.
For further information contact ACS at 570-724-3687 to reserve your spot, or contact Wendy Reber at
Thank you

Lawrence T. “Larry” McGeehan, 60, of Lewis Run, formerly of Brownsville

Lawrence T. “Larry” McGeehan, 60, of Lewis Run, formerly of Brownsville, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2012 at his home.

He was born on August 7, 1951 in Bethlehem, a son of the late John and Elizabeth Durnin McGeehan.

He was a graduate of the St. Marys High School. He received his undergraduate degree and his Master’s degree from John Carroll University, University Heights, OH and he received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed spending time outdoors; he also loved to spend time in the kitchen and cook.

He is survived by two sons, Brian (Ann) McGeehan, Miles (Katherine) McGeehan, all of Bozeman, MT, three brothers, Jack McGeehan, Philadelphia, Dennis (Debra) McGeehan, Kersey, Paul (Roseanne) McGeehan, Erie, three sisters, Frances Hack, Mary Beth (Don) Callahan, Ann (Lisa) McGeehan, all of Millville, five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

At the family’s request there will be no visitation. Private memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Robert W. “Bob” RANSOM, 72, of Whitesville, NY

Robert W. “Bob” RANSOM, 72, of Whitesville, NY, died Saturday, June 9, 2012 in his home. 

 Born May 2, 1940, in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Howard E. and Elnora Johnson Ransom. On November 15, 1958, in Whitesville, NY, he married the former Paula Nesbit, who survives. 

He was employed by ABB Air Preheater in Wellsville for over 35 years. Bob was a member of the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department, the Whitesville Rod & Gun Club, and the Independence Ambulance Squad.

 Surviving besides his wife, Paula, are: five children, Judy (Steve) Linza of Whitesville, Vaughn (Dana) Ransom of Moyock, NC, Vernon (Carla) Ransom of Churchville, NY, Janet (Joe) Foth of Newport, WA, and Fawn (Jim) Waters of Whitesville; two brothers, Eugene (Patricia) Ransom of Conesus, NY and Dale (Georgia) Ransom of Genesee, PA; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his step-father, George Knauer, Sr.; and a sister-in-law, Carol Ransom. 

Friends may call Monday, June 11, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM. Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 256, Whitesville, NY 14897 or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Galeton Rotary: Folk To Be Assistant District Governor For 2012-13

Lyle (Pete) Folk is wrapping up 
an outstanding year as president of the Galeton Rotary Club. Pete's yearlong term started in July 2011. During the year Pete took an active part in reconnecting the club in to the activities of The Rotary district. He will be the assistant district governor for this district in 2012-13. Over Pete's year as president Galeton Rotary celebrated it's 80th year of serving Galeton with a banquet celebration in November. As usual the Rotary Christmas star once again shown over the town as it has for 56 years.

Rotary had a disappointing year at the annual Woodsman's Show (60 years) because of a hard rain, however, plans are well underway for this years show on August 3-4-5.

Rotary continues serving Galeton in many ways with supporting financially the library, John Collins Memorial Park, school scholarships, just to name a few of the many projects the club takes on. In the past 55 years the Galeton Rotary Club has contributed over $325,000. to the community. These funds came from the Woodsman's Show profits.

Pete is and has been an active contributor to many community service projects and organizations. Presently he is active with the Lumberman's Museum and for many years Pete and Jean have planted and maintained the flower boxes on the Rotary benches around centertown lake.

Investigation Continuing In Wilcox Death

Troopers are continuing an investigation into the death of a Wilcox woman who was found at a pulloff along Lockes Hill Road in Jones Township, Elk County.

Marcy M. Hogdon, 39, of 213 Faries Street, Wilcox, PA, was discovered Thursday at 4:40 pm with a single gunshot wound to the head by a passerby who called 911.

Trooper Mary Gausman said Hogdon was transported to Elk County Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased. Her death is listed as a suicide by police.

Trooper Gausman was assisted at the scene by Johnsonburg Fire Dept., Ridgway Ambulance, and PSP from Kane barracks.

Church Yard In Costello Damaged By Vehicle

Unknown actor(s) drove a vehicle through the western yard of the Costello Methodist Church on Stiner Street in Costello on Friday between 11:00 pm and 8:30 am on Saturday and caused damage. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Trooper Gerg at PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

Police are investigating a theft

Police are investigating a theft that has been occurring fromMarch 5 to June 5.

Trooper Roger L. McCloskey said a company called Utell Inc. has been debiting Jacob Turner's checking account each month for $38.99 for services he did not purchase. Turner lives at 195 North Brooklynside Road in Port Allegany, PA

Shed Tampered With In Shippen Township

Troopers were called to 211 Weownit Road in Shippen Township for an incident in which an unknown actor tampered with  a storage shed owned by Clearance Swank fo Emporium, PA, between June 4 and June 6, 2012. There was no damage to the shed. Trooper Heim is the investigator.

Burglar(s) Awaken Sleeping Victim In Sylvan Heights

A Burglary at 1:17 am on Tuesday at a residence in Sylvan Heights in Shippen Township, is under investigation by State Police.

Trooper Barnes said a known victim was awakened from sleep by unknown actor(s) who entered his bedroom. The actor(s) then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Man Suffers Minor Injuries In Pike Township Crash

Troopers cited a man for Careless Driving in a May 24th crash in Pike Township. The crash occurred at 3:03 am on US Route 6.

Gordon L. Bowen, 23, of Galeton, PA, was transported from the scene by Galeton Ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Trooper Justin M. Lemaire said Bowen was driving a 2006 Subaru WRX westbound on Rt. 6 when he went off the westbound shoulder and then crossed over the double yellow line into the eastbound travel lane. The Subaru spun around, traveling sideways, until it hit a tree.  The vehicle then spun again, continuing until it struck a ditch and flipped over, landing on all 4 wheels, facing southbound off the eastbound side of the roadway. Bowen was not wearing a seatbelt.

No Injury In Wykoff Run Road Crash Last Monday

A Mohnton man was not hurt when his 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer left the roadway and impacted an embankment on Wykoff Run Road, a little over a mile west of Apple Lane in Gibson Township on June 4th at 6:30 am.

Thomas J. Ross III, 20, of Mohnton, PA, was driving north when his vehicle drifted off the roadway while negotiating a curve in the road. Ross attempted to steer the vehicle back onto the roadway and started to spin counter-clockwise. The vehicle impacted an embankment on the west side of the road with the front end, continuing north and coming to rest in the roadway, partially on the embankment.

Trooper Eric M. Farabaugh who investigated, cited Ross for Roadways Laned For Traffic. Ross was wearing his seat belt. Troopers were assisted by Sinnemahoning Fire Department.

Lafayette Township Man Found Dead

An accidental death that occurred between June 7 at 9:20 pm and June 8 at 3:00 PM on Lamont Road, a private drive off Roberts Road in Lafayette Township, McKean County, was investigated by State Police at Kane.

Lawrence T. McGeehan, 60, of Lewis Run, PA, was found deceased.

Trooper Kramer, who investigated, said McGeehan fell from outdoor steps, sustaining a head injury. McKean County Coroner Michael Cahill pronounced Mc Geehan dead at the scene.

State Police were assisted by Lafayette Township Fire Department, Bradford City EMS, and the McKean County SPCA.

Man Fell From Horse

Man Fell From Horse
At 10:47 am on Saturday, Bradford City Ambulance & Bradford Township have been dispatched to Glendorn for a man who fell off a horse and is unresponsive.

Gov. Tom Corbett nominates 6 as judges, ignoring request for delay

Gov. Tom Corbett nominates 6 as judges, ignoring request for delay

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By JAN MURPHY, The Patriot-News

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille had asked Corbett to delay the nominations until the next judicial election cycle in 2013 to save money, saying the courts are facing an $8.7 million budgetary shortfall next year that he hopes to fill in part by imposing a $13.50 filing fee on moving-traffic violations. Full story »

Marjorie A. Ryder, 85, of Burrows Rd., Eldred, PA

Marjorie A. Ryder 

Eldred- Marjorie A. Ryder, 85, of Burrows Rd., passed away Friday (June 8th) at home following a long illness.

Friends may call Monday (June 11th) from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at the First Church of God in Eldred at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are incomplete and a full obituary will be in Sunday’s Edition.

Florence T. Burgie, 96, of Waterport, formerly of Smethport, Pa

Florence T. Burgie

WATERPORT — Florence T. Burgie, 96, of Waterport, formerly of Smethport, Pa., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday (June 5, 2012) following a brief illness.

Florence was born on June 11, 1915, in Coryville, Pa., to the late Zetto and Nettie (Rees) Tyler.

She was a devoted wife and mother as well as a good friend to many. Florence was a stay-at-home mom and later worked as a dietary manager at Stone’s Manor health care facility in Smethport. Florence was a dedicated, faithful Christian with a strong prayer life. Her consistent walk with the Lord impacted many. She enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, cooking and being with family and friends. In recent years, her loss of sight and mobility limited her independence but never weakened her faith.

She was predeceased by her husband, John H. Burgie, in 1973. She also was predeceased by Esther Tanner (stepsister), Wilfred and Blanche Burgie (parents-in-law), Regena (Clark) Love (sister-in-law), Wilfred C. Burgie (brother-in-law), and Gary Love (nephew), as well as many friends.

Florence is survived by her two daughters, Sandra L. Burgie of Philadelphia, Pa., and Bonnie B. (Rev. Lawrence A. ) Malakie of Waterport, with whom she lived since 1997. She also is survived by Jeanne Burgie (sister-in-law), nephews Jeffrey (Linda) Love and Darryl (Patricia) Love, and nieces Dawn (Steven) Wilkinson and Carol Love. Also surviving are numerous great-nephews and great-nieces and their children as well as special friend/caregiver, Jeanne Mekelburg.

Many years ago, Florence decided to donate her body to the University at Buffalo Medical School for research purposes. There will be no prior visitation. A celebration of her life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Carlton United Methodist Church, corner of Archbald Road and Roosevelt Highway (Route 18), Waterport, where Florence had been a beloved member in recent years. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church. Interment will be held privately in Smethport.

Benefit Dinner Sunday For Erin VanHorn

Roulette Ambulance To Laninger Creek Road

At 12:01 am on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Laninger Creek Road for a medical emergency.

Friday, June 8, 2012

JoAnn Copley Sherry, 64, of Sartwell Rd., Eldred, PA

JoAnn Copley Sherry 
Loving Mother, Grandmother and Sister

Eldred- JoAnn Copley Sherry, 64, of Sartwell Rd., passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family and friends on the morning of June 8th, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born in Bradford Pa. November 17, 1947 to William and Josephine Sica Copley. On September 28th 1968 at St Bernard’s in Bradford she was married to John Joseph “Jack” Sherry who passed away on March 19th, 1996.

She was a graduate of Bradford High school in 1965, and later she graduated from Olean Business Institute.

She worked several jobs in her adult life but in her later years she worked at the Hamlin Bank in Smethport, the Eldred Borough Water Authority and was currently employed by C&S Lumber Company in Roulette.

JoAnn’s greatest pride and sense of purpose was her family. As of late, JoAnn thoroughly enjoyed spending time at her cottage on Rushford Lake with her sons, grandchildren, extended family and friends, with whom she enjoyed playing cards.

She is survived by her sons Jonathon (Michelle Ellis) Sherry and Joseph (Christie) Sherry both of Eldred, her grandchildren Kearstin Sherry, Joseph “Jack” Sherry, her brother David Copley, and extended family.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a sister, Billie Jean Copley – Peabody and three infant sons Steven, William and Jeffery.

Friends may call Sunday (June 10th) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sartwell, with the Rev. Thomas E. Brown as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sartwell.

The Rosary will be recited Sunday at 8:30 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Bradford Dispatched To Structure Fire

 Bradford Dispatched To Structure Fire
At 10:36 pm on Friday, Bradford Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a structure fire on Rochester Street, possibly near Grove Street. Smoke is reported showing.


Best Maid Cookie Company Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Walnut In Product

Gorgeous, 3 story spacious 5,000 plus square foot home For Sale By Owner

This Gorgeous, 3 story spacious 5,000 plus square foot home, with a lovely modern studio Apartment over large 2 car garage is 

The Coudersport , PA, house has a wonderful Huge full finished basement for a game room or business...
The First floor entrance opens up to a spacious foyer with a lovely open cherry staircase with cherry raised panel trim. Large living room with double French doors, French doors to the dining room all done in Cherry Wood & Trim, has a lovely 1/2 bath Powder room between Kitchen and Living room, lovely spacious kitchen with May Tag appliances, Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator, Microwave & Glass top Double Oven, Oak cabinets and counter tops with dining area. 

The 2nd floor has a large Master Bedroom,walk in closet, and a spacious bathroom with a large whirlpool tub/corner curved glass shower. The 2nd floor has a laundry room,1 full bath, and 3 more nice full bedrooms...

This home features 3 zones of heating-2 zones of a.c. elaborate drainage system on approx. 1 acre lot .

Property is zoned residential/commercial. Turn Key Ready. Tile and Carpet Floors. 

This is for Sale by Owner ...Please call for appointment 814-274-7479.  Price is $ 250,000.

MVA On Route 6

Requesting HAZMAT

Liquor Privatization, Putting People Back to Work on House Agenda Next Week

Liquor Privatization, Putting People Back to Work on House Agenda Next Week

The House returns to session on Monday, June 11. All of House session and most committee meetings will stream live on Many events also may be viewed on

Bringing PA’s Alcohol Sales System into the 21st Century
When it was created nearly 80 years ago during the administration of Gov. Gifford Pinchot, the goal of the state store system was to make liquor sales “as inconvenient and expensive as possible.” Lawmakers will work to change that this week when they take up amendments to House Bill 11 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County) to privatize alcohol sales.

Gov. Tom Corbett this week endorsed the proposal to privatize sales of both wine and spirits, and editorial writers in newspapers across the Commonwealth have also declared support of the concept. Recent polls show a majority of Pennsylvania citizens also are in favor of privatization.

Currently only two states, Pennsylvania and Utah, have complete control over wholesale and retail operations.

Keystone Works...Getting People Back on the Job
Working to improve the state’s employment picture and get people back to work is also on this week’s agenda. House Bill 1539 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York County), creates the Keystone Works program to help match unemployed workers with employers looking to hire.

Job candidates would receive up to eight weeks of training by the participating employer. At the end of the training period, the employer must consider the candidate for the job opening but is not required to hire the worker. Keystone Works is modeled after the successful Georgia Works program.

The Weekly Schedule
Bill numbers will be used to identify the legislation being considered either in committee or on the House floor. Bills may be researched by bill number or topic on under the “Research Bills” tab. The bills, sponsors and summaries are posted HERE.

Roulette Ambulance To Main Street

At 5:08 pm on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Main Street for a woman ill call.

Penn State DuBois Alumni Society is seeking nominations for 2012

Alumni Society Seeking Award Nominations

DuBois - The Penn State DuBois Alumni Society is seeking nominations for the 2012 Alumni Society Awards, to be held in October. Anyone can nominate a friend or family member who is an alumnus of Penn State DuBois and fits the criteria for one of the three Awards.

The Dave Shaffer Outstanding Young Alumni Award is granted to a Penn State DuBois alumnus who graduated from or attended campus less than 10 years ago and has achieved significant professional accomplishments, is an active community leader, and is engaged with a campus or alumni group.

The Outstanding Alumni Award is awarded to a Penn State DuBois alumnus who graduated from or attended campus 11 to 40 years ago and demonstrates professional leadership with an impact on society, leadership within their professional field, citizenship in their community, and engagement with a campus or alumni group.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most significant and prestigious award given by Penn State DuBois. It shall be awarded to a Penn State DuBois alumnus who graduated from or attended campus 41 years ago or more and demonstrates professional leadership with a significant impact on society, considerable leadership within their professional field, significant citizenship in their community, and engagement with a campus or alumni group.

For a nomination form, or more information, go to

The Office of Alumni Relations can be reached at (814) 375-4775, or

Shareholders shake up Chesapeake Energy board

Shareholders shake up Chesapeake Energy board

By Erich Schwartzel / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Chesapeake Energy chief executive officer Aubrey McClendon presided over his last annual meeting of shareholders as chairman of the board this morning, and judging from how some of the shareholder elections went, it could be his last meeting with the company at all. More...

 A resolution to reincorporate the firm in Delaware, where director elections are held annually, received the support of 53 percent of votes cast. It was presented by Denver shareholder Gerald Armstrong.

Public Real Estate Auction Friday, June 8th At 5:00 PM

Penn State Extension To Conduct Summer Programs At Libraries

Rollover Crash On Interstate 86 Near Cuba

Rollover Crash On Interstate 86 Near Cuba
At 4:03 PM on Friday, Cuba Fire & EMS are responding to a rollover crash on Interstate 86 between the county line and exit 28. Callers report it is a pickup truck hauling a trailer with a tractor on it.

Shirley L. Frazier, 77, of Rew, PA

Shirley L. Frazier, 77, of Rew, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

She was born on February 18, 1935 in Johnstown, PA, a daughter of the late William and Louella Ressler Stiles.

On March 2, 1953 in Winchester, WV, she married Harry Frazier, Jr., who survives.

She was a member of the Rew United Methodist Church, a former member of the Thursday Night Ladies bowling league and a former member of the Rew Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fan. She loved to watch stock car racing and to root for her grandson if he was in the race. She was skilled in making various ceramic items and then selling them locally.

She was employed by the former Airco Speer Electronics, Bradford, the former Viko Furniture Corp., Eldred and Community Links, Bradford.

In addition to her husband of fifty nine years, Harry Frazier, Jr., Rew, she is also survived by one son, Harry “JR” Frazier, III, Rew, three daughters, Deb (Kenny) Toothman, Jinny (David) Robinson and Darlene (Dick) Patrick, all of Rew, two brothers, Clarence “Buck” (Vivian) Stiles, Charles (Gloria) Stiles, both of Armagh, PA, one sister Nancy (Lyle) Lindsey, Armagh, three grandsons, Jason Dupont, Reggie Toothman, Cody Robinson, four granddaughters, Carthy Patrick, Brandy Patrick, Alyshia Toothman, Brittney Wood, two great grandsons, Drake and Dyson Dupont and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by one daughter, Cynthia Frazier and one great grandson, Devon Dupont.

At her request there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family and announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the Rew United Methodist Church, Attn: Pat Hitchcock, 117 Lafferty Hollow, Bradford, PA 16701 or the Rew Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 188, Rew, PA 16744.

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

Online Condolences can be expressed at

LaVerta M."Bootsie" Rose, 85, formerly of 3 Southgate Road, Bradford, PA

LaVerta M."Bootsie" Rose, 85, formerly of 3 Southgate Road, passed away Friday, June 8th, at the Bradford Manor.

Born in Russell City on August 23, 1926 she was a daughter of the late Emanuel and Reba (Clawges) Cunningham.

On Feburary 24, 1949 in Kane, she married Francis G. Rose, who died on February 23, 2010.

Mrs. Rose attended Bradford Schools. She had worked form many years as a waitress at the Emery Hotel and DeSoto Holiday House. She later worked at AirCo. Speers and and pior to her retirement at Top's Market's in the deli department.

Surviving are four children; two daughters, Jody L. (Jim) Copeland, of Bradford and Jeannine L. Schroeder, of Verona, two sons James H. (Michele) Rose, of Dansville, NY, and Francis G. (Rosie) Rose, of Lyonsville, a sister, Ardith Mosher of Florida and a brother Basil Cunningham of Kane, ten grandchldren, one great grandson and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters and one brother.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, June 11, 2012 from noon to 1:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 1:00pm with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Callistus Cemetery.

Memorial, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA PO Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at

North Rome Road closed at crash scene in Rome Township

North Rome Road closed at crash scene in Rome Township

Motorists in Bradford County are advised that a section of Route 1022 (North Rome Road) in Rome Township is currently closed at the scene of a crash reportedly near the intersection with Percil Road at Rome Springs.
WETM UPDATE--Two people are dead after a fatal crash Friday afternoon in Bradford County.

Pennsylvania State Troopers say a vehicle driven by 49 year old Mac Cranmer Junior of Wysox, was traveling in the wrong lane on State Route 1022 in Rome Township.

Authorities say the driver of a dump truck, 51 year old Michael Johnson was heading west around 12:45 pm.

Troopers say both drivers tried to swerve to avoid the crash, but they both swerved in the same direction and collided.

The Bradford County Coroner says 69 year old Mac Cranmer Senior and 68 year old Linda Lee Cranmer of Wysox both died in the accident.

Cranmer Junior was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for non life threatening injuries.

The driver of the dump truck was unharmed.

S. W. Smith Library Building Fund presents “An Evening with Bob Stromberg”

The S. W. Smith Library Building Fund proudly presents “An Evening with Bob Stromberg” on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM in the Port Allegany High School.

For over thirty years Bob has been delighting audiences of all ages with his perfect blend of standup, story and shtick. He provides hilarious and tender stories from his own experience and audiences leave amazed, refreshed and different than when they came.

He is the co-author and an original star of the megahit theatrical comedy, Triple Espresso (A Highly Caffeinated Comedy), which has been seen by nearly two million people from San Diego to the West End of London.

The Chicago Sun Times called Bob, “…a mesmerizing physical comedian.”
The London Times called him, “…a genuinely funny man.”

Tickets are $15 presale, $20 at the door and are available at the library, Buchanan’s Pharmacies, First National Bank, Hamlin Bank in Bradford, Port Pharmacy and J&J Citgo. A limited number of VIP tickets are available only at the library for $50 each and include a meet and greet with the comedian and reserved seating. Mr. Stromberg’s previous appearance in the area sold out, get your tickets today!

Penn State DuBois Golf Outing

Graphing Jane Austen

Professor's New Book Explores Psychology of Literature

DuBOIS – Penn State DuBois Professor of Psychology John Johnson has coauthored a newly published book that examines the psychological impact that literature has on the mind, and how it can influence the behavior of the reader.

Graphing Jane Austen: The Evolutionary Basis of Literary Meaning (Palgrave Macmillan) was written by a group authors, including Johnson and fellow psychologist Dan Kruger from the University of Michigan, and English professors Joe Carroll from the University of Missouri and John Gottschall from Washington and Jefferson College.

"The book is meant for both professionals and ordinary lovers of literature who are curious about how and why literature affects us psychologically," Johnson said. "I and my coauthors believe that the human mind evolved both to tell stories and to be receptive to stories."

Johnson explained that people can often relate most with the classic "good guys" versus "bad guys" stories.

"Our research indicates that one of the most important features of stories, both oral and written, is what literary experts call antagonistic structure, or the presence of "good guys" and "bad guys." Most readers are naturally inclined to become imaginatively involved in stories, experiencing specific emotions toward the good and bad characters as if they were real people, and these emotional reactions carry over when we put a book down, motivating moral behaviors in everyday life."

Johnson and the rest of his coauthors first published an article on their research into the psychology of literature in 2009, titled Hierarchy in the Library: Egalitarian Dynamics in Victorian Novels. In conducting the initial research for the article, Johnson said the team discovered that reading good guy/bad guy stories may help to keep one's moral compass pointed in the right direction. In fact, they theorized that some Victorian era authors may have written their works with that in mind.

"We found that protagonists evoked feelings of fondness and admiration, while antagonists aroused feelings of anger and contempt," Johnson said. "We believe that the purpose of this kind of literature is to activate emotions that encourage people to engage in ethical behavior in real life."

Graphing Jane Austen: The Evolutionary Basis of Literary Meaning is available for purchase through at -1

PCVA to Celebrate 50th Year at Annual Dinner

PCVA to Celebrate 50th Year at Annual Dinner

The annual meeting of the Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA) will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve in Oswayo. Doors open at 6:30 pm with dinner starting at 7:00 pm. The business meeting will highlight recent news, events and services being provided by PCVA, as well as a celebration of the organization’s 50th year of promoting tourism in God’s Country. The cost of the dinner is $20.

Board member elections will begin after dinner for the four open seats on the PCVA Board of Directors. To be eligible for the Board, members must have been a member in good standing for the previous membership year. A nomination form is available in the “Membership” section of the PCVA website at or by contacting PCVA at 814-274-3365 or

After the meeting, guests will be able to tour the LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, which provides outdoor recreational experiences to disabled veterans.

Those wishing to attend should RSVP by Friday, June 15, 2012 to PCVA by calling 814-274-3365 or emailing Members are encouraged to bring brochures and business cards to swap and to display at the PCVA Office.

The Potter County Visitors Association is the official tourist promotion agency of Potter County, PA. A membership-based, 501(c)6 non-profit organization, PCVA’s mission is to enhance local economic development and quality of life by promoting tourism and recreational opportunities in Potter County. Originally incorporated in 1962 as the Denton Hill Recreation Association, PCVA currently serves 185 business members.

Zippo Produced 500 Millionth Lighter Tuesday


Iconic Pennsylvania Company Celebrates Manufacturing Milestone 

BRADFORD, PA — June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Zippo celebrated manufacturing excellence with the production of its 500 Millionth windproof pocket lighter. A historic milestone for the renowned Pennsylvania company, the celebration was made even more meaningful as it also fell on the birthday of the company’s late founder, George G. Blaisdell. George Duke, Blaisdell’s grandson and current Zippo owner and chairman of the board, presented the 500 Millionth lighter to employees at an exclusive ceremony and placed it in a new exhibit at the company’s museum, where it joined other historical lighters, including the first Zippo lighter ever made.

“Eighty years ago, my grandfather made sparks fly when he created the first Zippo lighter – 500 million later, I know he would be proud and amazed at just how much the company he dedicated his life to has grown and thrived,” said Duke. “This is an extraordinary achievement and a true testament to his dream and vision. Today would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of our employees – both past and present – our distributors worldwide, and of course the millions of Zippo fans who carry on this legacy.”

The actual 500 Millionth Zippo lighter boasts a classic brushed chrome finish with two-tone engraving, a distinctive bottom stamp indicating June 5, 2012 as the date of manufacture and a time stamp and individual serial number of “1” on the front of the case.

In celebration of the milestone, Zippo closed its manufacturing plant at 10:45 AM, allowing all 620 Zippo employees to take part in the ceremony. Following the final engraving of the 500 Millionth lighter, employees formed a human chain between the manufacturing plant and the company’s nearby museum. The 500 Millionth lighter was passed down the chain, from employee to employee, and finally presented to Duke when it reached the museum.

To further commemorate the achievement, Zippo is dedicating nearly all production today to the manufacture of two highly collectible commemorative lighters: a 500 Millionth replica and a deluxe limited edition model. All lighters made today will feature a custom bottom stamp used only once, making them one-of-a-kind and enhancing their collectability even further.

Both the 500 Millionth replica and deluxe limited edition model will be offered worldwide in August via the 2012/2013 Zippo Choice Catalog. Additional information regarding the 500 Millionth collectible commemorative lighters can be found at

About Zippo
One of the most recognized brands in the world, Zippo was founded in the fall of 1932 by George G. Blaisdell in Bradford, PA, where it has manufactured over 500 million windproof lighters. With the exception of improvements to the flint wheel and modifications in case finishes, the product remains unchanged and is backed by the company’s famous lifetime guarantee – "It works, or we fix it free.™" Zippo’s diverse product line includes lighter accessories; butane candle lighters; watches, fragrance, and lifestyle accessories for men; and a robust line of heat and flame products for outdoor enthusiasts. Zippo markets in over 160 countries and also owns the Ronson brand of lighters and fuel and W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company, both based in Bradford, PA. For more information, visit



ST. MARYS, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will introduce its new plan to offer its associate of arts degree in liberal studies in St. Marys at an open house June 20.

The open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties, 4 Erie Ave., St. Marys, for those who are interested in a two-year degree.

Students in the program will have the option to pursue either a course of general studies or include a series of criminal justice courses. The courses will be delivered either in person, online or through interactive television instruction.

All of the courses scheduled for the fall semester take place after 4 p.m., with most starting at 6 p.m., noted Bob Dilks Jr., director of transfer and nontraditional student recruitment, making them more available to students who work during the day.

The criminal justice course sequence will cover a broad range of topics that can apply to a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice offered on the Bradford campus or toward another degree.

The program is designed to be completed in two years, although students with previous college experience could potentially transfer those college credits into the program.

Criminal justice topics during the two-year series will include causes of crime, drug trafficking, police use of force, terrorism, ethics, incarceration and recidivism, juvenile justice, search and seizure, racial profiling and community-based corrections.

Students who do not wish to pursue the criminal justice courses can substitute other online courses.

Courses planned on site for the fall semester are Introduction to Criminal Justice, English Composition I and Fundamentals of Mathematics. Violence and Crime and American Political Process will be delivered by interactive television.

Dilks and a member of the faculty will be available at the open house to answer questions about the program, transferability and financial aid.

For more information, contact Dilks at 1-800-872-1787 or More information is also available on the Pitt-Bradford website at

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

Update for Kylertown/I- 80 Night Work --Expect delays next week on Route 53

Clearfield County
Update for Kylertown/I- 80 Night Work
Expect delays next week on Route 53

Clearfield –Bridge replacement work on eastbound Interstate 80 near the Kylertown/133 interchange will feature night work the week of June 11. The two eastbound Kylertown bridges, which date from the original build of I-80, are being replaced this year. PennDOT replaced the westbound bridges in 2011.

On Monday, June 11, crews will begin demolition of the passing lane portion of the eastbound bridge over Route 53. This will be overnight work from 6 6 a.m. each day through Friday morning. This work will delay traffic on Route 53, where flaggers will enforce an alternating traffic pattern. Drivers on Route 53 can expect delays of up to 15 minutes while demolition is in progress.

Updated information on the project is available on message boards and through the Highway Advisory Radio System at 1640 on the am dial. Eastbound traffic is reduced to a single lane through the work area. The lane width through the I-80 eastbound work zone is 12-feet.

Work to replace the I-80 eastbound bridges at the Kylertown interchange will continue through the end of the year. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. is the contractor on this $10 million project.

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Rep. Causer Updates From Harrisburg

Capitol Update
June 8, 2012
 The latest news from the State Capitol
Unemployment Compensation Reforms Aim to Boost Job Creation

1. House Approves Pro-Jobs Unemployment Compensation ReformPennsylvania currently has the ninth most costly unemployment compensation (UC) system in the country, and that works against our efforts to maintain existing jobs and create new ones. The General Assembly is working to change that and on Wednesday sent a significant unemployment compensation reform bill to the governor’s desk for his signature.

The state is currently in debt by nearly $4 billion to the federal government for money we borrowed to pay UC claims during the economic downturn. Under Senate Bill 1310, we will issue bonds to pay off the loan from the federal government, and employers will instead repay the bonds which carry a lower interest rate and “flatten” the cost to employers over the next seven years.

The bill also makes some changes in UC eligibility to restore solvency to the state’s UC Trust Fund. Those changes include freezing the maximum benefit rate and changing financial eligibility requirements in base year earnings. This is in addition to reforms adopted last year requiring UC claimants to actively search for a job to continue receiving benefits and creating an offset for severance pay.

The measure is expected to garner $2.345 billion in savings between 2013 and 2019, the year the trust fund is expected to achieve total solvency. The governor has said he will sign the bill.
Update on my Stream Obstruction Removal Bill

Update on my Stream Obstruction Removal Bill My bill to streamline the process for removal of stream obstructions saw some action on the House floor this week. A lawmaker from the city of Lancaster attempted to amend it to essentially maintain the existing onerous process that has resulted in communities across the state being forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars at the direction of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on “solutions” that aren’t truly addressing these public safety hazards.

I am pleased to say those amendments were defeated. It is my hope that the bill will be called up for a final vote in the House next week.

House Bill 2359 aims to create a clear, efficient and effective process to better manage stream obstruction problems without an unnecessary, complicated and expensive permitting process. The bill also includes measures to further expedite stream clearings when such activities are deemed to be an emergency by local, county or state authorities.
Application Deadline Extended for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

4. Deadline to Apply for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program ExtendedThe deadline to apply for the state’s 2011 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended until Dec. 31. If you are age 65 or older, a widow or widower age 50 or older, or a person with disabilities age 18 or older, you may qualify for the program, which helps make your housing costs more affordable.

Eligibility income limits are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

$0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
$8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
$15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).
$18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).

If you are eligible but have not yet filed an application for the 2011 program year, or if you think you may be eligible, please call my office in Bradford (814-362-4400) or Coudersport (814-274-9769) for information and assistance. Do NOT pay a fee to a private company to file this application; we will help you at no cost.

If you already filed an application, the Department of Revenue will begin sending rebate checks on July 1. Additional information about the program is also available at my website.

Blood Drive 6-19 Sweden Valley Manor

Save a Life – Donate Blood on Tuesday, June 19th at Sweden Valley Manor

The residents of Sweden Valley Manor are excited to host their second blood drive in coordination with the Community Blood Bank. The drive will occur on Tuesday, June 19th in the Activities Room of Sweden Valley Manor from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. “This is an important event to our residents and they are excited to open their home to this cause. 

Many of them have been blood product recipients and it means a lot for them to be able to give back,” commented Samantha Cossman, Director of Customer Relations at Sweden Valley Manor. Each unit of blood donated can positively impact 3 lives. Through the blood collected during their first drive in March, Sweden Valley Manor was able to impact 36 lives. A new goal has been set for this upcoming blood drive - impacting 50 lives which would require 17 donors. Sweden Valley Manor hopes the local community will join them in reaching this goal. If you are interested in donating blood on June 19th, please contact Samantha by phone at (814) 274-7610, or via email at Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are warmly welcomed.

Create Special Memories with Dad in the Allegheny National Forest Region

Create Special Memories with Dad in the Allegheny National Forest Region

By Sandra Rhodes
Visitor & Member Services
Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau

It’s been 40 years since Father’s Day was named a federal holiday so it’s the perfect time to explore the Allegheny National Forest Region, located in northwestern Pennsylvania with dad. Surprise dad by building an adventure that will allow the both of you to share the forest by air, on land, or by water.

Vintage Biplane Rides, operated by experienced pilot Bruce Klein, allows you to soar over the amazing Kinzua Sky Walk and the Allegheny National Forest in a beautifully restored 1943 Boeing Stearman. Featuring an open cockpit, a biplane offers a safe, enjoyable and memorable opportunity to fly with some wind in your hair, a little sun warming your face and a lot of joy in your heart.

Flights take off from the Bradford Regional Airport, 212 Airport Road, Lewis Run, Pa., located along Route 59 just southeast of the City of Bradford. Rides are $80 per person; group rates and gift certificates are available. Reservations, which need to be made in advance, may be made by calling 814-642-9486 or 814-558-5376.

If dad’s more of a water guy, then contact Brian Pfister at B’s Canoeing Guide Service for a guided canoe journey on the Tunungwant Creek. Flowing north into the Allegheny River, the “Tuna” as locals call the Tunungwant, is a seven mile scenic water trail that is always smooth and floatable. There’s no need to walk this trail. Adults and children, at least 8 years of age, are welcome. Groups from 2 to 10 can be accommodated per trip. Your canoe trip will include a lunch of sandwiches, potato chips and a white cake made with homemade maple syrup. Guests are asked to bring their own beverages; alcohol is prohibited. To book your trip at $50 per person, call B’s Canoeing Guide Service at 814-598-7348 or e-mail

The Gateway Lodge in Cooksburg is brewing up something special for dad – or anyone who likes a little beer. The Bed & Brew Weekend will be held June 15-17 this year. The package includes two nights in a luxury suite with breakfasts, a home brewing workshop by Porterhouse Brewshop on Friday; an amazing five-course dinner on Saturday with live music and optional Great Lakes beer pairings. The cost is $499 per couple plus $20 per person for beer pairings. Call 814-744-8017 or visit for more details.

There are plenty of things to spark dad’s interest at the Zippo/Case Museum, located at 1932 Zippo Drive, Bradford, including a newly expanded line of outdoor items. Besides Zippo lighters and Case knives, emergency fire starter kits, flex neck utility lighters, water resistant flashlights and a variety of campfire starters are offered in the newly remodeled gift store located within the museum. The museum and store are open seven days a week; admission is free. To create a customized Zippo windproof lighter for dad, go online at You simply upload your own photo or use an image from the Zippo Image Library, add your own text and then in just three easy steps have a one-of-a-kind Zippo lighter made just for your dad.

Sportsman’s Outlet located at 500 Chestnut Street, Bradford, is the place to shop for outdoor gear for dad at discounted prices. Surprise dad, with a stop at the store to purchase an Old Town Canoe or kayak in just the right size and color, and then drive just eight miles to the Allegheny Reservoir to launch your vessel on its maiden voyage. Willow Bay, along the Allegheny Reservoir, offers both cabins and campsites for rent. Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or online at If you don’t have a tent, Sportsman’s Outlet sells those, too!

If dad likes to stay on land, we have him covered there, too, as he can enjoy playing the links on the golf courses on the FORE! Golf Cattaraugus-McKean County Golf Trail. A dozen golf courses within a two- county area in northwestern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York have joined together to provide a visiting golfer with a wide variety of 18-hole and nine-hole golf experiences.

One you will want to try for sure is the Kane Country Club, located at 6654 Route 6, Kane. On Wednesday’s, this course offers the “Steak Special”, where you get 18 holes of golf, a cart and a steak dinner for just $35. Call to reserve your tee time at 814-837-9491 or check out the website at If you want to bring the family or enjoy a guy’s getaway group, Pennhills Country Club offers a package deal that includes golf, dinner and overnight at Heritage Suites in Bradford. Reservations may be made by calling 814-368-6159 or e-mailing For a full range of courses offered, visit

To see the area by foot, plan a day or weekend trek on one of the trails within the Allegheny National Forest Region. Downloadable maps of the trails are available at You may also request a free travel guide and map, full of other ideas of things to do, food and beverage stops and overnight accommodations at 800-473-9370.

Update for Route 255 Project in St Marys, Week of June 11

Elk County
Update for Route 255 Project in St Marys, Week of June 11

St Marys – Work to improve Route 255 in Fox Township and St Marys is underway. The work zone stretches from the Route 948 intersection in Fox Township to the intersection for Tractor Supply.

Once the project completes in late summer 2013, travel along this section of Route 255 will be smoother and more efficient. PennDOT will issue regular updates on this project as necessary.

Activity the week of June 11 will include:

• The contractor will begin surveying the project.

• The contractor will begin saw cutting the existing concrete joints. Work will be performed from Greenbriar Drive (T-593) to the intersection at Tractor Supply. This work will take place during daylight hours. One lane northbound and one lane southbound will be closed to perform the work and one lane in each direction will remain open to traffic. All lanes of traffic will re-open at the end of each work day.

• Motorists are advised to watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone.

Overall work includes concrete repair, paving, installation of overhead signage, drainage improvements, concrete curbing, guide rail updates, and pavement markings.

This project is expected to overlap with PennDOT’s other Route 255 project that will begin in 2013. That project will stretch from the Tractor Supply intersection to Route 120 in downtown St Marys. All work is weather and schedule dependent. New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company, Inc. is the contractor on this $6.3 million project.

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Safety improvements in the Route 220 corridor in Woodward and Piatt townships take effect today

Travel Advisory
Safety improvements in the Route 220 corridor in Woodward and Piatt townships take effect today.

Traffic changes designed to improve safety along the Route 220 corridor between Jersey Shore and Williamsport in Lycoming County go into effect tomorrow.

PennDOT has just completed constructing a left-turn deceleration lane for Route 220 southbound traffic at the Wagner Road/Young’s Road median opening. This is one of the traffic adjustments designed to accommodate traffic pattern changes at the Pine Run Road intersection.

Effective Friday, June 8, all straight-through crossovers and left turns from either leg of Pine Run Road onto Route 220 are prohibited.

Traffic will be directed to make right turns only from either leg of Pine Run Road onto Route 220.

To complete a left turn or straight-through maneuver from Pine Run Road, drivers must first turn right onto Route 220 and proceed to a median crossover or other acceptable point and make a U-turn when it is safe to do so.

Vehicles over 22 feet in length must use a turnaround point that enables them to safely complete the maneuver. Acceptable turnaround points for large vehicles currently exist at the Route 44/Main Street interchange on Route 220 south or at the Fourth Street interchange on Route 220 north.

Left turns from Route 220 onto either leg of Pine Run Road are still allowed.

These safety changes were developed by a corridor focus group that included representatives from the local townships, emergency responders, county transportation planners, chamber of commerce, traffic engineers, PA State Police, local legislators and regional safety partners.

Motorists are advised to be alert to the new traffic patterns on Route 220 at and near Pine Run Road.

Detour for Lewis Run Bridge Job Pushed Back to June 18

Detour for Lewis Run Bridge Job Pushed Back to June 18

Bradford – Work to replace a structurally deficient bridge in Lewis Run has been underway since early May. The bridge spans Lewis Run on Route 4001 (Lafayette Avenue/Big Shanty Road) in the borough of Lewis Run. Replacing the bridge with a new concrete arch structure will shorten the list of structurally deficient bridges in McKean County by one.

A detour is part of the project, so that the current bridge can be removed and the new one built. The detour was expected to begin June 11 but has now been delayed until June 18, so preliminary work on the project can be completed. The detour is expected to last through late August. The detour route will use Route 4001, Route 59, and Route 219.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. L.C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $1.3 million project. All work on this project is scheduled to be finished in late September.

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Garden Specials At BG's Engine Clinic In Roulette

Check Out This Selection At Hazel's Auto Sales On Rt. 44 North

Public Real Estate Auction Friday, June 8th At 5:00 PM

Teens Arrested For Prescription Drugs In Wellsville School

7 teens arrested for drugs at school

One of the students is son of police officer

WELLSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Police say the son of a law enforcer and his friends were dealing prescription drugs inside a southern tier high school.

Four teenagers in Wellsville are facing charges of illegally selling and possessing prescription drugs. Unlike some cases, this was not a prolonged investigation. Someone witnessed a drug sale in a school hallway Wednesday afternoon, and within a couple hours, four teens were arrested. More with Video....

Coudersport Ambulance To Brookland Road

At 12:00 AM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Brookland Road for a medical emergency.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Porch Fire On Mill Street In Port Allegany

Structure Fire On Mill Street In Port Allegany
At 11:56 PM on Thursday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a porch fire at 209 Mill Street.


The Potter County Farmers' Market every Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The Potter County Farmers' Market is held every Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the courthouse square in Coudersport.

Here's a partial list of the items available this week: Bibb and Butterhead lettuce, leafy salad greens, spinach, scallions, rhubarb, fresh herbs, strawberries, brown farm eggs, potted basil, parsley, chives and broccoli, pansy plants, jams, jellies and preserves, fruit trees, bushes and grape vines, painted antique sap buckets.

A group of local farmers met during the winter to put together a set of guidelines to provide some structure for the way the market will function this summer. Participation in the Farmers' Market is open to all local farmers or others who wish to market handmade crafts or homemade baked goods. Each participant is asked to sign an application form and comply with the guidelines.

Make it a point to visit the market often as the selection expands and changes with the seasons.

House Passes Health Care Cost Reduction Act

House Passes Health Care Cost Reduction Act
Bill Repeals Impending Tax Hike on U.S. Medical Device Manufacturers, Expands Health Care Choices & Coverage Options 
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today voted to support H.R. 436, the Health Care Cost Reduction Act, legislation to repeal the medical device tax authorized under the President’s health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.  The measure passed the full U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 270-146.

The ACA institutes a 2.3 percent excise tax on the manufacture or import of certain “medical devices,” which is scheduled to take place in 2013. The tax applies to U.S. sales, not profits, of medical device manufacturers, forcing companies, including many smaller start-ups that specialize in research and development, to pay it regardless of whether they’re profitable or not.  

“U.S. manufacturers lead the world in medical technologies that enhance the quality of care, improve the lives of patients and reduce the cost of health care,” stated Rep. Thompson. “The medical device tax included in the President’s Affordable Care Act will substantially harm the American consumer, our domestic medical device manufacturers, and workers in the industry. The impact will be felt hardest in states that have a large employment base in medical devices, such as Pennsylvania.”

The Joint Tax Committee estimates that the tax will cost device companies and the American consumer $20 billion between the years of 2013-2019, with the economic impact of the tax on wages and output significantly higher.  Industry based estimates show that implementation of the device tax could result in a loss of more than 1,900 jobs in Pennsylvania alone.

“Passage of H.R. 436 will stop an overly burdensome tax on these life-saving medical tools and technologies that, if implemented, would stifle innovation, undermine economic growth, and end up raising consumer health care costs,” Rep. Thompson added.  The Chief Medicare actuary predicts the excise tax will generally be passed through to consumers in the form of higher device prices and higher insurance premiums.

In addition to the repeal of the medical device tax, H.R. 436 would repeal limitations on the purchase of over-the-counter medications under the ACA, as well as make improvements to the use of health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs).  Currently, more than 33 million Americans are enrolled in FSAs and over 13.5 million are enrolled in HSAs.

CBO has estimated that H.R. 436 will reduce the deficit by $6.7 billion over 10 years.

Ceglia Expert: Contract is Authentic

Ceglia Expert: Contract is Authentic

Paul Ceglia has received some of the news he’s been waiting for.

The Wellsville man claims he owns part of Facebook, but lawyers for the multi-billion company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg claim Ceglia doctored a contract he and Zuckerberg signed in 2003.

Earlier this week a forensic document examiner filed a 99-page declaration in federal court in Buffalo saying the contract is authentic.

James Blanco says experts for Facebook were wrong when they said evidence proves Ceglia forged the contract.

Facebook attorney Orin Snyder still contends Ceglia is a fraud.

Zuckerberg has said that he and Ceglia did sign a contract, but it was to work on another project that had nothing to do with Facebook.

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Lost Puppy is back home

Bailey has been returned home.

She has been spotted in Austin by several people in the last 2

She is a 7 month old longhair Havanese puppy and her name is

 Bailey was found this morning and returned to us.  She is fine except for
needing a bath.  Thanks to everyone who tried to help.  

As for the dog who was spotted on Cowley Hill Road, we found him  Saturday morning.  He had
been hit by a car and we brought him back here and buried him. He was an intact male black terrier mix if anyone out there is missing him.

Old Bank Shop & the Ulysses Mercantile To Open In Ulysses

The Old Bank Shop & the Ulysses Mercantile will open for business this weekend in conjunction with the Ulysses, Pa. Strawberry Festival. 

Both shops will be open from 10 to 4 on Friday and Saturday, and keep the same hours in the future. 

The Old Bank Shop, "investing in simples pleasures for the home" will feature quilts, antiques and furniture, hand crafted local candles, linens, wall and window decor, photo painting services, and much more. 

The Ulysses Mercantile (former Wagner Ace Hardware building) will feature a wide variety of items from antiques to all sorts of collectibles. Be sure to stop in!

PCEC Offering Classes For Floor Hands

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, August 6 through 24, 2012 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.

6-14 Kreppes Estate Auction In Port Allegany 4:00 PM

Wine & Whiskers Fund Raiser Set For July 21 By Animal Care Sanctuary In Wellsboro

Wine & Whiskers Fund Raiser
Tickets Available Now
Wellsboro, PA – The Animal Care Sanctuary is hosting a summer event, “Wine & Whiskers,” being held July 21, 2012 in Wellsboro, across from Weis Markets. There will be wine tasting from the award winning Seven Mountains Wine Cellars out of Spring Mills, PA; fabulous food offerings from Wellsboro & Mansfield local restaurants; an art auction featuring signature pieces from local artists, and the Mansfield High School’s ceramics classes; and live music performed by talented local musicians. Capture the evenings’ fun with a PurrPix photo, then find your way to winning terrific prizes as you discover your knowledge of both cat and dog breeds. The night will finish with a parade of pooches on the catwalk.

“It’s important for our shelter animals to gain visibility and exposure as we complete our first year as residents at the new sanctuary. ACS gives these animals a voice, oversees their well-being, and assures they have a good quality of life while waiting to find their forever homes. Each animal is one of our own that we love, and we want to extend that feeling through community outreach to all local animal lovers, “said Joan Smith-Reese, executive director for ACS.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the Wine & Whiskers Summer Event, July 21st from 5 pm to 9 pm at 11765 Route 6 in Wellsboro, PA. Please see to be a sponsor, purchase your tickets, or make a donation for the animals. Tickets are on sale at United Country Realty Pioneers, 107 Main St., Wellsboro, 570-723-1600, by The Wellsboro Rotary Club’s members who meet every Thursday at the Penn Wells Hotel, 62 Main St., Wellsboro, 570-724-2111, and in the ACS lobby at the shelter 11765 Route 6 across from Weis. Adults only please.

“We are delighted so many area businesses express such an interest in helping to care for, and love our furry, four-legged residents. With huge hearts, they are donating sponsorship monies, and want to learn more about animal care, animal safety, shelter animal well-being, and being part of a center of excellence for all animals. We thank them from the bottoms of our hearts,” says Wendy Reber, ACS Community Liaison for Tioga County. Call her at 570-724-3687 or 570-439-0452 for further information about this important event.

Animal Care Sanctuary is a dedicated, nurturing stepping stone for animals of all kinds. We have been a sanctuary for 45 years, and three years ago started the successful adoption program to find forever homes, NOT just “quick homes” for our animals.

In Wellsboro- Adoption Hours: Thurs – Mon. 10am to 4pm; Tues & Wed. 10am to 6pm
In East Smithfield – open Tues – Fri 8:30am to 4:30 pm; Sat & Sun 10am to 4pm

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 11:22 am on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a medical emergency.



BRADFORD, Pa.— Over the past year, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students have contributed 7,771 community service hours and $10,337 in donations to various causes locally and globally.

The hours and donations were compiled by Tonya Ackley, coordinator of community engagement, a position created a year ago at Pitt-Bradford to match Pitt-Bradford students with opportunities for service in the Bradford community and beyond.

Alpha Phi Omega, a co-educational service fraternity, provided the most hours of service with 1,444. APO worked with Red Cross and Community Blood Bank Blood Drives, Adopt-a-Highway, Empty Bowls project to benefit the Friendship Table, Bradford Ecumenical Home, Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Friendship Table, George G. Blaisdell Elementary School and Special Olympics.

Students in Free Enterprise provided 827 hours of service teaching at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean, assisting local entrepreneurs, helping out with a Future Business Leaders of America high school and at the every Woman Opportunity Center as well as encouraging environmental awareness on campus.

Kappa Sigma fraternity provided 548 hours of service with the Adopt-a-Highway program, Bradford Gun Club, Bradford Ecumenical Home, Masonic Temple and SPCA.

Several student groups also received recognition for their community service efforts at the annual Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony. In addition to Alpha Phi Omega, those included the African American Student Union, Asian Student Alliance, Christ In Action, Habitat for Humanity, LGBTS Alliance, Panthers Against Tobacco, Pitt Improvers, SIFE, Men’s Soccer Team, and Theta Sigma Delta. Individual students who received recognition for their community service efforts were Danielle Erdley, Samantha McGriff, Vanessa Olivio, James Segee, Courtney Shroyer, Antony Summers and Natalie Weiss.

The Student Nurse Organization received special recognition for its commitment to service for projects such as Grandparent’s Day, Pumpkin Festival, the Annual SNO Food Drive, and the Valentine’s Day SNO-ball. SNO also had given the most in charitable donations from a student organization, having raised $1,375 and donated to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, a health mission in Africa and a clean water project and the Mental Health Awareness Walk.

In addition to matching those in need of help with those who can provide it, Ackley helps students gain real-world experience through service-learning in their courses. Her first such endeavor involved helping Dr. Reece Wilson, assistant professor of education, by connecting 14 students in his Family and Community Relations class with organizations in the community. Pairs of students volunteered with various community partners such as CARE for Children, the Compassion Project, Head Start, the Bradford Family YMCA and the Bradford Area Public Library. Each student performed approximately ten hours of service, resulting in 170 total hours of service.

Ackley said many of the organizations and events that the campus contributes to, such as Relay for Life, have been university staples for years.