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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Commercial Fire Alarm In St. Marys

9/22/2012 10:57:44 PM

Dog Lost on Brookland Road in Sweden Township

Dog Lost on Brookland Road in Sweden Township--REWARD OFFERED
Some visitors to Potter County have lost their pet Keeshond in the area of Brookland Road and Irish Farm Road. It is black and gray, about 45 lbs, afraid of the rain and darkness. The owner is out looking for him. He is friendly and if he should come to your door, please call Michael Wolfe at his cell phone at 410-598-4778. Photo is from Google of a Keeshond which looks like this one.

PA Unemployment Rate Rising Under Corbett Administration

Stunning & Bad Fact: PA Unemployment Rate No Longer Less Than US After Rising To 8.1%

For nearly a decade, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate had been below, and often considerably below, the national unemployment rate.  That was the case for nearly every month of Governor Rendell's two terms, and Pennsylvania was a national leader in creating jobs in 2010.  Those days are sadly gone.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose again in August from 7.9% to 8.1% and now matches the US rate of 8.1%. The consequences of devastating education cuts, mistaken budget priorities, and backwards economic development policies  enacted over the last two years are now crippling Pennsylvania's economy.

Relying on the natural gas industry alone to bring prosperity to Pennsylvania is unfair to the industry and a colossal misunderstanding of the size and diversity of Pennsylvania's economy.  Pennsylvania's unemployment situation is worsening, despite the real boost from gas production, because state policies are undermining education, health care, transportation, and clean energy industries among many.  Pennsylvania is no longer making adequate investments in infrastructure and other strategic assets that create short-term employment and long-term competitiveness.

Next door in New Jersey, austerity economics is working just as it is Pennsylvania, with New Jersey's unemployment rate rising to 9.9%.  Though it has fervent supporters, austerity economics undermines job creation and weakens the middle class.  It has failed in New Jersey and in Pennsylvania.

As President Clinton says: "But the problems with any ideology is that it gives the answer before you look at the evidence.  So you've got to mold the evidence to get the answer that you've already decided you've got to have.  It doesn't work that way.  Building an economy; rebuilding the economy is hard, practical nuts and bolts work."

The enormous cuts to public education in Pennsylvania were an ideological choice and fully avoidable. Those cuts put tens of thousands of teachers directly out of work. And when a teacher loses a job, a waitress or a store clerk will too as the loss of purchasing power in communities kills thousands of non-education jobs.

The education cuts are one reason, among many mistakes in the last two years, that the days, when Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was always below the national average, ended in August.  But education cuts and the failure to make strategic investments in transportation and infrastructure are a double whammy.  They hurt now and damage the future by undermining our children's and state's readiness and productivity.
John Hanger was DEP Secretary under Governor Ed Rendell


Statement as of 8:25 PM EDT on September 22, 2012

... Showers with strong wind gusts will affect Cameron... eastern
Elk... southeastern McKean and southwestern Potter counties...

At 823 PM EDT... showers with strong wind gusts were located from
Coryville to Grampian to Ligonier... moving east at 45 mph.

Wind gusts to 50 mph are possible with these showers. These showers will affect Benezette... Roulette and Austin.

This will impact the following major roads... Route 6... Route 219...
State Road 120... State Road 255.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Rt. 44 South

At 8:28 pm on Saturday, Shinglehouse ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Rt. 44 South for a medical emergency.

Tipton Estate Auction, Saturday, September 29, Coudersport, PA

Click on photos above to see photos of all auction items.

The Potential Health Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing,

Published on Sep 22, 2012 by SaveOurStreamsPA

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Sept,21, 2012,
Part 1
The Potential Health Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing,
Opening remarks and Introduction by Walter H. Tsou, MD,MPH,FCPP
Speakers Michelle Bamberger, MS, DVM and Robert E. Oswald, PHD

 Part 2

 The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Sept,21, 2012,
Part 3
The Potential Health Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing,

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Sept,21, 2012,
Part 4, Panel Discussion, The Potential Health Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing,
David J. Carey, PHD
Associate Cheif Research Officer & Director of the Weis Center for Research, Geisinger Clinic

Raina I. Rippel,
Director, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project

Diane Schrauth.Schrauth Consulting LLC, Panel Moderator
David J. Carey, PHD (Panel Moderator)

Part 5,

Whitesville Woman Cited By State Police

Motor Vehicle Crash Near 18789 Rt. 6 In Richmond Township

Mansfield Fire Rescue and Ambulance along with Medic 1 and a medical helicopter have been dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Route 6 between Mansfield & Mainesburg. Caller reported possible ejection. Helicopter was airborne  from the scene at  6:33 pm.

Land Rescue For A Victim Of A 4 Wheeler Accident

Land Rescue In Allegany Township
At 5:37 pm on Saturday, Ulysses Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched with Medic 6 to a land rescue in Allegany Township off the Miles Road near the pond for a 4 wheeler accident for a 17 year old female patient with a neck injury.  The victim is reported to be located on the back side of the pond in the area marked in red.  The area is where the Rigas Golf Course was started.

Two Injured In Rt. 16 Crash In Yorkshire

No Injuries In Norton Summit Crash Friday

Troopers Charge Woman With Petil Larceny

Bolivar Woman Arrested For DWI

Bolivar Teens Arrested For Drugs

NYSP Amity And Southern Tier Drug Regional Task Force Report Arrests

NYSP Amity and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force members report the arrest of Brittany M. Main, 18, Bolivar and Joshua M. Smith, who were found to be in possession of multiple hydrocodone pills while at the Belmont BOCES Campus located at 5536 CR 48 T/Amity. 

Further investigation lead to the arrest of Heidi M. Ellis, 16, of Bolivar who allegedly provided Main and Smith with this medication. 

Main and Smith were charged with CPCS 5th while Ellis was charged with 2 counts each of CPCS 5th, CPCS 4th, & Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance on School Grounds. 

All 3 subjects were arraigned in the T/Friendship Court and released into the custody of their parents. 

Vehicle into creek in Oscela

Vehicle into creek in Oscela near the intersection of Rt. 49 and Locey Creek Road. Vehicle operator is refusing transport. Medic 1 has been recalled.

Family & Senior Portraits For Fall From Tim Walck Photography

Fatal shooting in Great Valley

Fatal shooting in Great Valley

Luke Smith 

TOWN OF GREAT VALLEY, N.Y. - Authorities are investigating a deadly shooting at a home in Cattaraugus County. State police and sheriff's deputies responded to Route 417 in the town of Great Valley early Saturday morning.

News 4 has learned one person suffered a fatal gunshot wound just before midnight. No other information about the victim is being released by authorities. More...

Important Changes For Medical Assistance Recipients

Important Changes For Medical Assistance Recipients

September 21st, 2012
accessChanges in federal and state laws will affect how Medical Assistance recipients are able to access health care services and providers. Effective Oct. 1, “Access Plus” will no longer operate in Potter, McKean, Cameron, Elk and several other northwestern Pennsylvania counties. Those enrolled in that program are being switcged to a managed care plan. Officials are concerned that consumers, family members, providers or advocates may become confused about the changes. Recipients and caregivers need to understand how coverage will change effective Oct. 1 and what options exist if a plan is not meeting a client’s needs. More information on Access Plus is available at the website, There’s also a 24/7 toll-free Access Plus help line at 1-800-543-7633.

Next ShaleNET Gas Job Training Class To Begin

Next ShaleNET Gas Job Training Class To Begin

September 21st, 2012
shalenetlogoA three-week training class for people interested in landing jobs in the natural gas industry gets underway on Monday, Sept. 24. ShaleNet is designed to prepare workers for jobs on gas rigs. Sessions will be held at the Potter County Education Council (PCEC) office in Coudersport and the Career and Technical Center (formerly vo-tech) in Port Allegany. Energy companies are looking to fill jobs with local recruits, if they have the basic qualifications. “ShaleNet is a great program,” said Dan Weaver, a representative of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association. “Service companies want local people because of their connection to the land.”

“A person who has taken the initiative to become familiar with the 12 skill sets that are emphasized in the ShaleNet program is going to have an obvious advantage when it comes to landing a job with us,” said a spokesman for an active oil and gas field services company servicing northcentral Pennsylvania. Virtually all of the individuals who completed the initial local ShaleNet training course were offered jobs in the gas industry.

Curriculum is a combination of classroom and hands-on training. Topics include employability skills; basics of natural gas; rig components and electrical systems; hydraulics, pressures and forces; basic rigging; well production; basic well control; spill prevention and reporting; safety; driving; aerial work platform basics and rough-terrain forklift. Typically, those who join the gas industry in entry-level jobs are able to steadily progress to more responsible and higher-paying positions.

While a new session is opening, the organizers are also accepting applications for ShaleNET classes later this year. There is no tuition, but participants are responsible for pre-admission clearances, physical examinations, and drug testing. More details are available from Bob Veilleux at PCEC, telephone 814-545-1333.

DuBois Improvement Project to Close Portion of Beaver Drive Next Week

Clearfield County
DuBois Improvement Project to Close Portion of Beaver Drive Next Week

DuBois – A DuBois project to will improve traffic flow near the DuBois Mall continues next week with work closing a portion of Beaver Drive in the evening and early morning hours.

Starting Monday night, Beaver Drive will be closed to traffic between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Closures will continue through the rest of the week, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., ending Friday morning.

The official detour for the closure directs motorists to take Shaffer Road to Route 255 (East DuBois Avenue) to Division Street.

Overall work on the project will include roadway widening on Shaffer Road and Beaver Drive, the addition of turn lanes for the Shaffer Road/Beaver Drive intersection, latex deck overlay for the Sandy Lick Creek Bridge on Shaffer Road, and signal upgrades.

PennDOT expects roadwork to be finished late this year, with signal upgrades scheduled for spring of 2013. The contractor on this $1.2 million project is Francis J. Palo Construction Co. of Clarion.

Drivers are reminded to proceed with caution, remain patient during travel delays, and be alert for crews working along the roadway. All work is weather and schedule dependent.


Hello from Pittsburgh, family and friends. As I sat by my son’s side yesterday, I thought of the hundreds of people who have impacted Nathan’s and my life in just a few short weeks - people that deserve a hug, a handshake, a personal, heartfelt “ThankYou”. As much as I'd love to fulfill that, I know it’s impossible. So, for starters, I will extend my thanks to each of you. Within hours, Nathans name was in prayer chains across the nation, and in personal prayers in your home. Offers for places to stay, rides, company, taking care of business for me at home, all came out of the wood work. Cards began arriving to his hospital room. An outpouring of phone calls, text messages and Facebook posts and visits from friends. Benefits and fundraisers from hometown Port Allegany family and from Valdosta, GA, United States Air Force family were put together quickly and efficiently. Thank you, all of you, for the roll you have played in this difficult journey. You cannot imagine how you have helped. A big thank you to Shooters, Moe's Bar and Grill and The Two Mile Inn for the time and effort for each benefit you had. A special Thank-You to the TMI for expediting the funds to me that you raised as travel, hotel, food, and legal fees have piled up quickly. Those funds have allowed me to be with my son and still come home from time to time to tend to Lizzie and Sam and "life”. God bless each one of you!

Beth Brookens

Nathan Brookens
Mercy Hospital
1400 Locust Street
Room 6018
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Coudersport Golf Club Auction Saturday

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Supper Saturday At Sartwell Creek Union Church

Old Fashioned Revival Meetings Start Sunday At Hilltop Baptist Church

Friday, September 21, 2012


09/21/2012 09:47 PM EDT
Makowski’s Real Sausage Co., a Chicago, Ill., establishment is recalling approximately 1,305 pounds of cooked bratwurst sausage products because of misbranding and the undeclared allergen, milk, that is not declared on the label.

Accident On Madison Street In St. Marys

Address: 163 MADISON ST
Cross Streets: BANK ST * RYLEE LN
9/21/2012 10:51:07 PM

Galeton Library Fall Fest

Fall Fest! 
Saturday, September 29th, 9:00am-4:00pm.

The Galeton Library will be selling mums again this year, they will be $8.00 each or 2 for $15.00 (the increase in price is due to the increased delivery cost which is due to increased gas prices!!). 

We will also have pumpkins for sale. They will be $1.00 for smalls; $2.00 for mediums; $3.00 for larges; and $4.00 for heirlooms.

Gourds will be 5 for $1.00. 

We will have our candy corn guessing game again; guesses will be 4 for $1.00 (small bags of candy corn will be available for $0.50 each) and we will have prizes for the winner (plus you get to take home all of the candy corn!). 

We will have our book sale set up also, books will be sold by donation so you get to decide how much you want to pay! 

We will also be selling baked goods and hot cider or coffee (drinks will be $1.50 for a cup). 
We do not know yet whether or not we will be selling apples and cider this year. Due to the increased prices for both, we may not be able to sell these (sorry!). 

We hope to see you there!!

Football--Port Allegany Tops Coudersport

Final Score

Leo has photos tomorrow.

No Injury As Tractor Trailer Carrying Wood Chips Rolls Over On Curve

A Tionesta truck driver was unhurt Friday morning at 8:42 when the 2006 Peterbilt 379 rolled over as he was navigating a sharp left hand curve on Route 66, 1181 feet north of T 319.

Larry R. Stromyer, 40, of Tionesta, PA, was wearing a seat belt and was able to extricate himself from the truck without injury.

Trooper Daniel Moore of the Kane PSP Barracks, said the accident occurred as Stromyer was traveling south on Rt. 66, when the vehicle overturned as his load of wood chips shifter ans he negotiated a sharp left hand curve. A witness to the crash told PSP that the truck was going slowly uphill and "just tipped over on the curve".

Kane Fire Department and Ambulance assisted at the scene. Highland Fire Dept. diverted traffic at the top of James City Hill.

Galeton Rotary Club News

The Galeton Rotary Club met at the Ox Yoke Inn on Thursday, September 20, with President Beth Hoff presiding.

Ed Pitchford, CEO of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital was the speaker. Mr. Pitchford spoke about the many changes coming in the health care field, especially as the changes relate to rural health care. Smaller hospitals will probably have to merge with larger institutions in order to expand services to comply with new federal health care regulations. Charles Cole has been active on a state level to be engaged with these changes.

Rural health clinics are a top priority nationally and with Charles Cole. Primary care and preventive care is a major part of future health care.

Charles Cole is making a major expansion and upgrade to the emergency department.

Express Care is a service of the hospital available Monday- Friday, 4-8 pm to care for non major emergency patients. No appointment is necessary.

This summer new physicians have been brought on board in ob-gyn and at the Patterson Cancer Treatment Center.

On September 13, Rotary was hosted at the home of John Ryan. Guests were also invited to this annual social event.

By Henry Lush

Military to Campus Program

New Program Will Help Veterans Make Transition to College

DuBOIS – Penn State DuBois, in conjunction with Service Access and Management, Inc., will offer a new program on campus that is designed to help veterans adapt from military life, to life as a college student.

From Military to College: A Transition to Campus Lifeis a free program, funded by Community Connections of Clearfield and Jefferson Counties. It is open to any veteran who is interested in attending college, or to veterans who are already in college. It is also open to family members or friends of veterans who want to support their loved one's transition into higher education.

The program will help to prepare those with a service background for life in the classroom. Additionally, it will offer assistance in transitioning from service life, to life back home. From Military to College also covers strategies for dealing with issues such as stress and trauma related to military service, and behavioral changes due to combat exposure. It will teach veterans tactics for reconnecting with family after their tour of duty, and how to deal with cultural issues here at home.

Veterans interested in attending From Military to College: A Transition to Campus Lifecan choose from two program times to best accommodate their own schedule. The program will be offered from 12:15 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on October 1, 3, and 5, and again from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on October 15, 17, and 18. All classes will be held in room 209 of the DEF Building at Penn State DuBois.

To register, or for more information, contact the Penn State DuBois Office of Adult Student and Veteran Services at 814-375-4772, or rjm32@psu.ed

I-80 Columbia County work zone weekly update

Travel Advisory

I-80 Columbia County work zone weekly update

Here is an update for the I-80 work zone around Mifflinville in Columbia County.

There will be no lane closures on I-80 (or any other road on this project) next week in order to accommodate traffic for the Bloomsburg Fair.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check interstate traffic conditions before heading out.

I-80 bridge preservation work in North Central PA continues

Travel Advisory

I-80 bridge preservation work in North Central PA continues

Here’s an update on the bridge preservation work scheduled along Interstate 80 in north central Pennsylvania next week.

The contractor’s schedule for the week of Sept. 24 includes placing rubberized plugs in deck joints, cleaning of bridge decks and epoxy painting the permanent pavement markings.

The bridges getting the deck joint plug work are located on I-80 eastbound and westbound in Northumberland County. These bridges are located at mile marker 211.5 over the railroad tracks. The work will be done in half-width construction and traffic will be restricted through the work day and unrestricted by the end of the work day. The rubberized plug work should be done by Friday at noon.

The cleaning of bridge decks and epoxy pavement markings will take place throughout the project.

The project ranges on I-80 westbound in Union County from mile marker 207 to Columbia County mile marker 231 and I-80 eastbound from Northumberland County mile marker 211.5 to Columbia County mile marker 231. The work should take approximately 2 to 3 hours on each side of a bridge. The work will be done in half-width construction and traffic will be restricted throughout the work day and unrestricted by the end of the work day.

Due to the Bloomsburg Fair traffic, the contractor may not work on the Fishing Creek Bridge structures located at mile marker 231 in Columbia County until the following week.

Motorists are advised to be alert to work-zone traffic conditions and the likelihood that traffic will be slowed or stopped well in advance of these interstate work zones next week. Plan extra time for your travels.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check interstate traffic conditions before heading out.

Wellsboro vs Northern Potter soccer match.

Last night I photographed the Wellsboro vs Northern Potter soccer match.  Attached are a few photos.  The whole gallery can be found on

Annual Township Convention Slated Saturday

Annual Township Convention Slated Saturday
September 20th, 2012
sept22pottertwpconvthompsonA U.S. Congressman is among the speakers who will address township officials and guests on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Coudersport. 

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Centre County) is among those scheduled to provide legislative updates and comments at the 83rd annual convention of the Potter County Association of Township Officials, to be held at the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department Training Center. 

The program convenes at 9, breaks for lunch at noon, and continues with breakout sessions at 1.

 Also scheduled to speak are State Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean County) and other state officials responsible for flood plain management, environmental protection and other issues; an officer from the Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors; Judge Stephen Minor, Chief Assessor Jake Ostrom, Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover, and others.

PennDOT Maintenance Work Schedule for Potter & Cameron County

Potter/Cameron County PennDOT Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of September 22 – September 28, weather permitting.

Motorists should travel with extra caution in these and all work areas. Motorists should be aware that due to the nature of highway maintenance and emergency work, crews could be working on any highway at any time of the day or night.

Potter County 0260:

Sign Crew: 04

• State Route: Sign Work and Daylight Signs on various state routes

Bridge Crew: 06

• State Route: 1003 (Loucks Mills to SR 6) Bridge Replacement-Road Closed-

Detour In Place

• State Route: 3001 (East Fork) Thurs-Fri, Bridge Replacement-Detour In


Pipe Crew: 41

● State Route: 0006 (SR 449 to Nine Mile Road), Crack Sealing

Tail Ditching: 34

● State Route: 1010 (North Bingham) Tue – Pipe Replacement – Road Closed-

Detour In Place

● State Route: 1010 (Genesee to N Bingham) Mon, Wed-Fri, Ditching

East Patching: 42

● State Route: 4013 (North Hollow Road), Pipe Trench Patching

West Patching: 44

• State Route: 4023 (Eleven Mile), Patching

General Maintenance: 31

● State Route: 4023 (Eleven Mile), Mon, Pipe Extension

● State Route: 4008 (Ford Hill), Tue-Wed, Pipe Flushing

• State Route: 0044 (Sweden Valley), Thurs-Fri, Shoulder Stabilization

Side Dozing: 33

● State Route: 0006 (Burtville), Mon, Side Dozing

● State Route: 4021 (Honeoye Road), Tue-Fri, Patching

Mowing Crew: 30

● State Route: 0044 (Cherry Springs), Mon, Mowing

● State Route: 3001 (East Fork Road), Tues-Fri, Mowing

Cameron County 0240:

• State Route: 0046 Cracksealing

• State Route: 0120 Patching

The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:

• Dolomite: State Route 44 (Shinglehouse) Bridge Repair (approx. end


• Dolomite: State Route 1016 (North Fork) Bridge Repair-Detour Will Begin On June 1st (approx end 10/08/2012)

• L.C.Whitford: State Route 49 (Harrison TWP) Bridge Deck Replacement, One

Lane Restriction, Temporary Signals in Place

• L.C.Whitford: State Route 49 (Mills Village) Bridge Replacement (June-Nov)

• Dolomite: State Route 0006 (Denton Hill Area) Drainage Improvements

• Hawbaker: State Route 0006 Roulette (Fishing Creek) Deck Repair-Signals

In Place

For more information on PennDOT’s roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit the PennDOT website at

PennDOT reminds motorists they can also log on to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out.

Second Route 187 permanent bridge replacement project begins

Travel Advisory

Second Route 187 permanent bridge replacement project begins

The second of two state bridges on Route 187 lost during last September’s flooding in Bradford County is being replaced under a $2,619,000 contract that started this week.

The existing bridge over Wappasening Creek in Windham Township is a temporary crossing that was built after the flood.

The new three-span bridge, 222 feet long, will be built on the alignment of the previous bridge.

Only minor delays should be expected during delivery of the bridge beams later in the project. Motorists are advised to watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting the work area.

Prime contractor Susquehanna Valley Corporation is scheduled to have the permanent bridge replacement in service by October 2013.

Police Looking for Sex Offender

Police Looking for Sex Offender

Police are looking for a man who left a controversial homeless shelter for ex-cons in Jefferson County back in August.
  51-year-old Jeffrey Lorenz was staying at the Just for Jesus shelter near Brockway, but left on August 15 and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. 

Lorenz is a convicted sex offender and has not registered a new address with police. He was convicted in 2000 of aggravated indecent assault in Indiana County. The victim was younger than 13.
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Walter W. Blythe, 70, of Austin, PA

Walter W. Blythe

Walter W. Blythe, 70, of Austin, PA,  passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, September 21, 2012.

Born June 10, 1942 in Austin, he was a son of Walter W. and Julia E. Watkins Blythe, Sr.
Mr. Blythe was a graduate of Austin High School, class of 1960, where he was valedictorian. He was a longtime employee of PennDot, having over 40 years of service.

He was a social member of VFW Post 7810 in Austin. In his earlier years, Mr. Blythe loved to hunt. He enjoyed using his computer and loved to read. He was a lifelong resident of Austin.

Surviving are a sister, Julia E. Satterlee of Bradford; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Paul and Pat Perry of Austin and John and Annette Simms of Austin.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Blythe was predeceased by a brother, Harold Blythe; and a sister, Sarah Seagram.

Friends are invited to attend graveside funeral services at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2012 in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin. The Rev. Steven D. Small, pastor of the Southern Potter United Methodist Charge, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Austin Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Fund, PO Box 328, Austin, PA 16720.

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

A fond memory of Walter may be made at

Smoke Alarm Sounding In Emporium Apartment

Address: 511 POPLAR ST
Cross Streets: W 5TH ST * W GARDEN ST
Agency: CAMERON CO 14 FD
9/21/2012 8:14:40 PM


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Nurse Manager Needed At Charles Cole Hospital In Coudersport, PA

PA General Energy Chief Executive To Speak At Pitt-Bradford


Douglas E. Kuntz, president and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania General Energy Co. of Warren

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will combine two popular events, its Executive Speaker Series and its Career Networking Luncheon, for Alumni and Family Weekend.

Douglas E. Kuntz, president and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania General Energy Co. of Warren, will speak at the annual luncheon, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The cost for adults is $10, and the public is welcome to attend. Reservations can be made at through Wednesday.

Kuntz, a 1988 graduate of Pitt-Bradford in the geology and petroleum engineering programs, began as a petroleum geologist at PGE in 1987. In 1997, he became development manager for PGE and was promoted to vice president of development and operations in 2001.

Kuntz served as executive vice president from 2003 until 2006, when he was named president and CEO.

PGE has a 30-year history of successfully producing indigenous oil and natural gas in the Appalachian Basin. The company uses the best available technologies and management practices to develop wells in both conventional and unconventional formations, with a focus on safety, partnerships and the protection of the environment. PGE currently operates nearly 1,400 oil and natural gas wells in Pennsylvania.

Kuntz has served as a member of the board of directors of PGE since 2003 and also sits on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Biodiversity Partnership and the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board.

He is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the American Petroleum Institute.

The Executive Speaker Series brings top business leaders from companies throughout the region to Pitt-Bradford. These seasoned professionals speak about relevant business issues and provide important career inspiration and advice for students.

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

Coudersport Man Sentenced To Prison For 20 to 40 Years For Raping 10 Year Old Girl

 A 20 year old Coudersport man has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years incarceration in the state prison system for raping a 10 year old female from Albion, NY, visiting at his residence in Coudersport in July of 2010.

Matthew Allen Lawton, formerly of 177 Long Road, Coudersport, PA, was found guilty of multiple felony counts of Rape of a Child, Involuntary Deviate Sexual intercourse, and Aggravated Indecent Assault.

The sentence, imposed by Potter County President Judge Stephen P. B. Minor, consisted of a 10 to 20 year sentence for Rape of A Child, several identical concurrent sentences for other counts, and a consecutive sentence of 10 to 20 years for the Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse charge. 

Lawton was also assessed $2,500.00 in fines and $3,721.00 in court costs and restitution. Lawton has been jailed in lieu of $85,000. bail since July 5, 2010. He will be credited for the time he has been incarcerated.

Trooper Glen C. Drake II, in his affidavit of probable cause filed on July 5, 2010,  said Lawton, penetrated the girl's vagina with his fingers, and raped her both vaginally and anally with his penis. The girl was a visitor in his home, along with her parents who had gone on a bike ride when the incidents occurred. Police said the girl's 8 year old brother witnessed some of the acts at the time.

Geoffrey J. " Jack" Meabon, 91, of 49 Edgewood Rd. , Bradford, PA

Geoffrey J. " Jack" Meabon, 91, of 49 Edgewood Rd. passed away Friday, September 21, at Bradford Ecumenical Home. 

Born on November 10, 1920 in Gerry, NY, he was a son of the late Jay Nathan and Lillian (Wilson) Meabon.

On March 21, 1947 in Jamestown, NY he married Shirley R. Hallock who passed away October 27,2001. 

He was a 1938 graduate of Bradford High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on April 10, 1942 and was honorably discharged on December 10, 1945.

After his military service, he worked as a truck driver for Leo Zandi and then worked as a machinist for Dresser Manufacturing, retiring in 1982.

He was an avid bowler, hunter and fisherman. 

He is survived by two sons Jay (Jo Anne Bigley) Meabon and Jon (Dorie) Meabon, both of Bradford; a son in law, Carl W. Clark of Bradford; a sister, Geraldine Bryan of Ontario, Canada; a brother, Charles Meabon, of Wilmington, NC. two granddaughters, Jodi Meabon, Jacki (Matthew) Carinci, one grandson, Jace Meabon, five great grandchildren, Nicholas and Tyler Carinci, Gage and Chelsea Brien and Carly Jo Evers and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter Jan Clark; one sister Marie Stroyer and one brother, Jay Marion Meabon in infancy.

Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM, Monday, September 24, 2012 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, September 25, 2012 with Rev. Tom Verner, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Committal services, military honors and burial will follow in WIllow Dale Cemetery 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to American Cancer Society , McKean Co. Unit 95 Main Street Bradford, the American Heart Association 823 Filmore Ave. Erie, PA 16505, Kids and Cancer, PO Box 1299, Bradford or the charity of the donor's choice. 

Online condolences my be made at

Pennsylvania is Tops in Registrants for 2012 Cabela’s “Wanna Go Fish For Millions?”

Pennsylvania is Tops in Registrants
for 2012 Cabela’s “Wanna Go Fish For Millions?”
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Cabela’s has announced that Pennsylvania anglers were the top state registrants in its second year of the national fish-tagging, prize-winning fishing contest. At 10,000 contest registrants, the Commonwealth again ranks number one. The contest started on Saturday, May 5, and continued through July 8.
As the saying goes, “You’ve got to play to win.” Well, those that wanted to participate in the contest only needed to pre-register, buy a fishing license and grab a rod and reel to have a chance at winning the grand prize of $2 million, multiple cash prizes, bass boats and other prizes. While purchasing a fishing license guarantees you a gateway into the contest, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) underscores that regardless of the contest, a Pennsylvania fishing license is always a winner. In fact, it affords anglers the opportunity to unlock a year's worth of fishing opportunities in all the Commonwealth's fishing waters.
Of the 12 Pennsylvania fishing waters that contained tagged fish this year, here’s the listing of the waters where tagged fish were caught for prizes, with how many and what species:
  • Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – 2 largemouth bass
  • Lake Arthur – 2 largemouth bass, 2 walleye
  • Lake Luxembourg – 1 largemouth bass
  • Lake Nockamixon – 1 largemouth bass
  • Lake Wallenpaupack – 1 largemouth bass
  • Pine Creek – 2 rainbow trout
  • Presque Isle Bay – 1 largemouth bass
  • Raystown Lake – 1 walleye
To see the national listing of winners, visit Cabela’s website at Cabela’s has announced that the contest will continue for a third year for 2013, and the PFBC will once again be the state partner.
As PFBC Executive Director John Arway states, "The partnership that we have formed with Cabela's with this contest has been exciting for us and the anglers of our Commonwealth. The interest shows that Pennsylvania continues to be one of the nation's top fishing states, and we look forward to continuing the contest next year."

Emmaline R. Raybuck, 86, of Coudersport, PA

Emmaline R. Raybuck, 86, of Coudersport, PA died unexpectedly Friday, September 21, 2012 at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY.

Born on September 2, 1926 in Chickasaw, PA she was the daughter of George W. and Florence Ida Sanford Smith. On June 3, 1946 in Shannondale, PA she married George J. Raybuck, who died on November 24, 1984.

Mrs. Raybuck was a graduate of Brookville (PA) High School. She was formerly employed as a nurse at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1992. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and a member of Eulalia Chapter #148 Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are two children, Helen Coffman and her husband, Roger, of Columbia, SC and Robert Raybuck of Dubois, PA, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, Tom Smith, Henry Smith, Clyde Smith and Rev. Herbert Smith and three sisters, Dorothy Williams, Bessie Smith and Lottie Palmer.

Friends may call at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coudersport on Monday, September 24, 2012 from 10:00am until 12:00pm at which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Evon Lloyd, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3 Borie Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the American Cancer Society, Potter Unit, Post Office Box 106, Coudersport, PA 16915. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home, a Life Celebration Home, of Coudersport.

Krancer to Address Great Lakes Wind Cooperative

DEP Chief to Address Great Lakes Wind Cooperative on Sept. 25

MEADVILLE -- Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Krancer will discuss wind energy opportunities as the keynote speaker on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the fifth annual meeting of the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative at the Sheraton Bayfront in Erie.

The Great Lakes Wind Collaborative (GLWC) is the leading source of information on wind power in the bi-national Great Lakes region. It brings together representatives from federal government agencies in the United States and Canada; state/provincial and local governments; the wind industry; electric utilities; non-profit organizations; members of academia; and other interested stakeholders to discuss the sustainable development of wind energy in the region.

This year’s program includes sessions about the connection between wind, wildlife, birds and fisheries; public education and outreach; and a special session on the wind economy and supply chain, among others.

In addition to Secretary Krancer, Eric Thumma of Iberdrola Renewables, Ed DeMeo of Renewable Energy Consulting Services and Christy Omohundro of the American Wind Energy Assoc. are featured speakers.

For more information and to register to attend, visit For more information about Pennsylvania’s involvement in the Collaborative, visit or call 814-332-6681.

Sentenced In McKean County Court

Sentenced In McKean County Court

 Robert K. Pierce, 21, of Eldred, will serve 45 days to 18 months in McKean County Jail and complete 60 hours of community service. He is charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

 Kenneth R. Distrola Jr., 35, of Bradford, was sentenced to 90 days to five years in state prison, and he will complete 220 hours of community service. He is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Assistant District Attorney Philip Clabaugh said this is the fourth DUI Distrola’s had. “(Distrola) does have a clear history with alcohol,” he said, adding that the most recent DUI occurred two days after he finished serving his sentence for the previous DUI.

Austinburg Road drainage improvements scheduled

Austinburg Road drainage improvements scheduled

A PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County will replace a series of seven cross pipes to improve drainage along a section of Route 4009 (Austinburg Road) in Brookfield Township starting Oct. 1 and continuing for approximately two weeks.

The road will be closed at 7 a.m. and reopened at 2 p.m. daily, weekdays, barring any unforeseen issues. During this construction period the road will be opened for emergency traffic and school buses.

The pipe replacements will be from just south of the Purple Brook Road intersection, heading north, and ending at the Rose Valley Road intersection.

Traffic may use the red-arrow detour route which will follow Routes 49 and 249.

Sept 21 UPDATE re: Ogdensburg Road in Tioga County to get a new, modern bridge

Sept 21 UPDATE re: Ogdensburg Road in Tioga County to get a new, modern bridge

Sept. 21 update: The new bridge under construction on Ogdensburg Road in Tioga County is scheduled to be opened to traffic by next Thursday morning, Sept. 27.

Once the new bridge is opened, the detour will be lifted.

Any finishing work remaining on the project will be done under traffic with daylight signing.

Original Advisory:
A bridge carrying Route 2017 (Ogdensburg Road) over Mill Creek in Union Township, Tioga County will be replaced starting April 23.

The existing 34’-long structure was built in 1929 and is classified as structurally deficient.

This $898,969 bridge replacement project will include removal of the existing bridge and construction of a new structure including paved approaches and upgraded guiderail and drainage.

The bridge will be closed while improvements are made by The Velotta Company and a signed detour will be in effect. Traffic will be detoured for approximately five months using Route 14, Route 3014 (Spencer Road), Route 2006(Spencer Road continued) and Route 414. The detour is planned go in effect on April 23 and motorists should plan to use the signed detour route until work is completed.

The modernized bridge is expected to be opened to traffic by the end of September.

When the work is completed, the bridge should not have to be closed for at least 50 years. Although routine bridge maintenance will take place in that time period, any bridge closure or restriction would be minimal, barring any unforeseen events.

Friendship Teen Arrested In Connection With Portville Burglary

SP Olean Investigation Results In Arrest

On September 20, 2012 Olean based State Police arrested JACOB COOK, age 19, of Friendship NY in connection with the June 2012 burglary of Pete-Za-Ria in Portville NY. 
COOK was charged with 1 count of Grand Larceny 2nd and arraigned in front of Portville Town Justice David Porter. COOK was released and is to reappear at the Village of Portville Court on a later date .

Fall Photo Field Trip

Fall Photo Field Trip

This six-hour field trip will provide hands on instruction using your photography equipment. We will travel to the sweeping vistas of the Pa. Grand Canyon in Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks. Instructor Curt Weinhold will show you where to point your camera to bring back stunning photographs of landscapes and waterscapes. View sample pictures at or .

Suggested gear to bring: your camera (DSLR preferred), tripod, polarizing filter, suitable clothing for the weather, bag lunch and water.

This class is being held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks. Cost is $75 per person. To register, call 814-274-4877 or visit our website at

Puppy Found Genesse

Attached is a puppy that was found on Academy St in Genesee, PA this morning. 

In talking with some people around town, it seems this puppy has been wandering since MONDAY or before! She looks like a red coon hound (female), and she is wearing a flea collar and a silver dog collar with NO tags. We are eager to find her owners! 

She is a very nice dog, and if someone didnt want her, it would be good to know. Maybe she could find a better home (maybe here)! 

She is located at 146 Academy St, Genesee. and we will keep her here and feed her until we find her owners. 814-320-1276 with any information.

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 6 West

At 11:27 am on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to the Gospel Tabernacle apartments for a lifeline call.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Honeoye Road

At 11:21 am on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been called to transport a person to the hospital from Honeoye Road.

Happy Birthday Josh

If you see Josh McNeil today...make sure you wish him a Happy 30th Birthday!  Go Steelers!

Coudersport Rotary Club performs roadside clean-up

Coudersport Rotary Club performs roadside clean-up

Members of the Coudersport Rotary Club performed their roadside clean-up of US Rt 6 on Thursday Sept. 20.

Club members Melissa Gee, Mark Benson, Steve Minor and John Leete, along with Gene Meredith, Michael Fuller and Anthony Duell spent 1.5 hours beatifying the stretch of highway from the Laurelwood Inn to the Motessori Children’s House.

The Club removed several bags of trash from the highway, in an effort the beautify the community. The roadside clean-up is one of the many projects Rotary performs to better the community, holding true to the club motto of “Service Above Self.”

Whitesville Woman Injured In Ulysses Crash

A Whitesville woman suffered injuries of unknown severity in a crash in Bingham Township on Wednesday, September 19.

Liza N. Pastore, 19, of Whitesville, NY, was transported to Jones Memorial Hospital for treatment by Tri-Town Ambulance. She was a passenger in a v2005 GMC Envoy, driven by Christopher J. Healy, 18, of Wellsville, NY. Healy was not injured. Both were using seat belts.

Trooper Timothy Mix, who investigated, said Healy was driving north on Burt Street in Bingham Township, when he lost control of the vehicle and struck an embankment on the west side of the roadway. Healy will be cited for Driving Too Fast For Conditions in District Court 55-4-03.

Tri-Town Fire Dept. & EMS assisted at the scene. Kightlinger's towed the vehicle.

Coudersport Adults Arrested In DuBois

Two Coudersport adults allegedly stole items Wednesday from Sheetz located on North Brady Street in DuBois. When police conducted a search, they located a small amount of marijuana, used hypodermic needles and items stolen from the store. Both were arrested for retail theft and drug charges. Police in DuBois didn't identify the persons charged.

Shinglehouse Ambulance to Nichols Street

At 9:58 am on Friday, Shinglehouse ambulance & Medic 10 have been dispatched to Nichols Street for a medical emergency.

Tractor Trailer Crash On Rt. 66 At Bottom Of James City Hill

Tractor Trailer On It's Side On Rt. 66
At 8:43 am on Friday, Kane Fire Rescue and Ambulance have been called to a tractor trailer crash at the bottom of James City Hill. The tractor trailer hauling wood chips is reported on it's side. The operator is self extricated according to caller.

Snyder Brothers Cited For Violations In Corydon Township

PA Permit Violation Issued to Snyder Bros Inc in Corydon Twp, McKean County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2012-09-18 to Snyder Bros Inc in Corydon Twp, McKean county. 401CSL - Discharge of pollultional material to waters of Commonwealth.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Big Selection Of Used Vehicles At Hazel's Auto Sales In Hebron Center

Farmers' Market Every Friday In Coudersport

Fitzgeralds Family Farm: Jam, jellies, relishes, pickles, maple syrup products, seasonal produce, hand painted maple sap bucket and lids.

Wooleylot Farm: Organic garlic bulbs, shallots, fingerling potatoes, Delicata winter squash and Japanese pumpkins (new this week!); alpaca yarn.

Metzger Heritage Organic Farm: Potatoes - many colors, tastes and textures; beets; hot and sweet peppers; shallots; onions; cabbage; spaghetti squash.

Coudersport Golf Club Auction Saturday

Old Fashioned Revival Meetings Start Sunday At Hilltop Baptist Church

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Supper Saturday At Sartwell Creek Union Church


09/20/2012 09:54 PM EDT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing a Public Health Alert for raw boneless beef trim products imported from Canada that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

09/20/2012 05:45 PM EDT
Forever Cheese has decided to stop importing and selling all products produced by Fattorie Chiarappa Srl. Ricotta Salata Frescolina, Marte brand Roasted Ricotta and Hard Ricotta Salata will be discontinued immediately.

09/20/2012 06:51 PM EDT
In cooperation with the FDA's warning to not consume mangoes from Agricola Daniella in Mexico, Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc, is initiating a voluntary recall of 1,600 bowls of fresh-cut mangoes distributed to retail outlets due to the potential risk that the mangoes may contain Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

09/21/2012 10:29 AM EDT
Evol Nutrition Associates, Inc./Red Dawn (“Evol Nutrition”) announced today that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of all lots of two dietary supplement products distributed by the company under the names Mojo Nights and Mojo Nights for Her to the consumer level. The products are manufactured by and are products of Mojo Health of Lauderhill, FL.

Corbett/Krancer Tout Gas Drilling Success & Safety At Marcellus Conference

'Pennsylvania is getting it right' with Marcellus Shale, Corbett says 

Click headline above to read Associated Press story

Structure Fire Report At Charles Cole Hospital

Structure Fire Report At Charles Cole Hospital
At 10:17 PM on Thursday, Coudersport Fire Dept. dispatched to a structure fire report at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Report by automatic alarm. This is the second alarm activation tonight.

Blogger Questions: Is Binghamton’s Water at Risk?

Is Binghamton’s Water at Risk?

Eleven bridges span the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers in Binghamton, NY, carrying cars, trains, and pedestrians back and forth. The city of 47,000 grew in the valley at the confluence of these two rivers, and the population there depends on the Susquehanna for its public water supply.

Is the drinking water these New Yorkers depend on at risk of contamination from high-volume, horizontal fracking accidents—even though the practice is still under moratorium in New York State?

The short answer is “yes.”

Shinglehouse Ambulance To North Stevens Street

At 9:50 pm on Thursday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to N. Stevens Street.

Seven Silver Bits Members Qualify For Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show

Seven Silver Bits Members Qualify For Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show

The 2012 District VIII (North Central Region) 4-H Horse Show was held August 19th at Potter County Fairgrounds, Millport, PA. The District VIII Region includes Potter, McKean, Jefferson, Clearfield, Elk and Cameron.

Seven Silver Bits members qualified for the 2012 Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show to be held October 26th through the 28th at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
Catherin Bokan

Mackensie Dokmanovich
Catherin Bokan, daughter of Lori and Robert Bokan of Genesee, qualified her project horse, Jasmine by winning the District VIII Championship in both Pony Trail and Working Hunter Ponies.

Mackenzie Dokmanovich, daughter of Michael and Patrice Dokmanovich of Bethel Park, qualified her AQHA gelding, “Zippos Watchout “in Western Pleasure Horses, Junior Rider by winning the District VIII Championship in the class.

Kourtnee Kosa
Kourtnee Kosa, Daughter of Darla and Joel Kosa of Ulysses qualified AQHA mare, “Canadian Leaguer” by placing third in Western Grooming and Showmanship (Jr. Division) and winning a Reserve Championship in Western Pleasure Horses, Junior Rider.
Alexis Morse

Alexis Morse, daughter of Kim and Fred Emmel of Ulysses qualified “Stone Ridge Serendipity by winning a Reserve Championship in Hunter Under Saddle Ponies (13 hands and under).

Noell Nichols
Noell Nichols, Daughter of Lori and Greg Andruchowsky and the late Ronnie Nichols of Ulysses qualified her AMHR gelding, “Stone Ridge Dust Me with Diamonds” by winning a Championship in Miniature Horse Yearling Gelding Class.

Sylvia Rutkowski
Sylvia Rutkowski, daughter of Michelle Rutkowski of Wildwood, NJ and niece of Deborah Jo Rutkowski of Genesee qualified “Stone Ridge Blue Eyed Boyfriend” by winning the District VIII Reserve Championship in the Miniature Horse Driving, Junior Driver class.

Sabrina Williams, daughter of Patsy and Tom Williams of Genesee qualified her AQHA project horse, ”Huntin For Paradise” by winning the Championship in Western Grooming and Showmanship Senior Division, a Reserve Championship in Western Horsemanship, Senior Rider and an alternate spot in Western Pleasure Horses, Sr. Rider. Sabrina also qualified AMHA, AMHR,”Raders Irsul the Third” by winning the District Championship in Miniature Horse Driving, Senior Driver and earned an alternate spot in Miniature Horse Trail. Sabrina also qualified AMHR, “Stone Ride Dust Me With Fire” in Miniature Horse Yearling Gelding by capturing a District Championship.
Sabrina Williams
Sabrina Williams
Sabrina Williams

Several members also captured alternate positions to the State Horse Show.
Gunner Stuart

Danielle Flint
Danielle Flint, daughter of Kim and Fred Emmel of Ulysses showed AQPA, “Zips Fire N Ice” placing third in Western Pleasure Ponies and Western Riding.

Gunner Stuart, son of Samantha Gay and grandson of Roy and Pat Gay of Standards, NY rode” Dakota” to a third place win in Classic Hunter Under Saddle, Jr. Rider.