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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Coudersport Man Charged By State Police

 A Coudersport man was remanded to the Potter County Jail on Thursday after he was arrested by State Police for incidents on October 27, 2012 in Genesee Township.

 Christopher Eugene Crippen, 22, of Coudersport, PA, was arrested by Trooper Bryan Uhl on the following charges:
Crippen was arraigned on Thursday before District Judge Kari A. Stubbs who set bail at $10,000. Straight. Crippen was unable to post bail and was committed to the Potter County Jail to await a Preliminary Hearing set for November 21 in Stubbs courtroom.

DUI Checkpoints/Roving Patrols In Potter County Thanksgiving Weekend

Corporal Steven M. Schmit, of the Coudersport PSP barracks, has announced that troopers will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint and implementing increased roving enforcement patrols on roadways throughout Potter County during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend from November 21 thru Sunday, November 25.

Motorists are reminded to refrain from aggressive driving habits and driving while impaired by alcohol or controlled substances in an effort to ensure a safe holiday for all Commonwealth motorists.

Man Jailed For Striking 4 Year Old Child

State Police arrested a man Friday after they were notified by Potter County Children & Youth Services that a known 4 year old juvenile had visible injuries to his leg and buttocks, caused by being struck by the man at a private residence at 6 Ash Lane in Roulette Township on November 11, 2012.

Michael Lynn Roberts, 43, of Roulette, PA, was taken into custody by Trooper David A. Surra on Friday and arraigned before on-call District Judge Annette Easton at 10:15 PM on the following charges:

Roberts was unable to post $5,000. straight bail and was remanded to the Potter County Jail to await a Preliminary Hearing before  District Judge Kari A. Stubbs tentatively scheduled for November 21, 2012.

Trooper Surra said the investigation is ongoing by PSP and Potter County Children & Youth Services.

Money Taken In Burglary On Meadow Road In Shippen Township

A burglary on Meadow Lane in Shippen Township between 11-5 and 11-17, 2012 is the subject of a continuing investigation by State Police at Emporium.

Cpl. Charles J. Nicklas said the incident occurred at the residence of Mary E. Stuckey at 391 Meadow Road, Emporium, PA, when unknown actor(s) arrived at the residence and removed money from within the house.

MVA On Icy Denton Hill Saturday Morning

‎10:30am..responded to a one vehicle accident on Denton hill West side@ Struggle Ln. A 1/2 mile stretch was severely ice covered, causing operators to lose control. The Eastbound operator lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the South embankment causing disabling damage. 
The Smethport man was unhurt, due to highway conditions will not be cited. 
Assisted by Kightlinger motors, Penn Dot

Ceglia's Facebook Suit Comes Down To Battle Of Forensic Experts

Facebook's revenge in court

Vowing to sue the lawyers of the man who has claimed 50% ownership of the company, Facebook will cite an alleged smoking-gun document from April 2011. Paul Ceglia's lawyers maintain their good-faith belief in their own bank of forensic experts.

By Roger Parloff, senior editor
CNN Money

FORTUNE -- On March 30, 2011 -- 19 months before federal authorities finally arrested and charged Paul Ceglia with pressing a fraudulent suit against Facebook based on a forged contract that purported to give him a 50% interest in the company -- Ceglia's lawyers learned of the existence of strong forensic evidence of fraud, according to a key document that was quietly unsealed and filed in court last week. 

In the document, a letter written April 13, 2011, a lawyer at the high-powered litigation firm of Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, which had been evaluating whether to represent Ceglia, explained to Ceglia's other lawyers that his firm's forensic analysis of Ceglia's computer hard-drives showed that Ceglia's contract was "fabricated," that his firm would make its experts available to them, that Kasowitz was dropping all involvement, and warning the lawyers of their ethical obligations, including a possible duty to report "the misconduct that has occurred" to the presiding judge.  Read the entire story here

Attention Hunters...We want your Prize Game Pics!

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Northern Potter Players Presents 12 Angry Jurors Friday & Saturday

Gators Victorious Over Elk County In D9 Semi-Finals

Port Allegany over Elk County Catholic, 48-7 in the Semi-Finals held at Bradford Stadium.
Ben Cortina (10) catches the elusive Matt Bodamer

ECC Dan Singer (11) and Brock McCullough (22) try and deny Tyce Miller

Photos by Leo Szczesny of

Galeton Teen and Youth Group had their first meeting

Galeton Teen and Youth Group had their first meeting on 11-16-2013 at the Lighthouse Community Church in Galeton. There were 19 adults present who shared ideas, showed concern, discussed town issues and offered a hand is helping.

Stacy Wilson who has initiated the group opened the meeting at 6:50 by sharing some thoughts and ideas about the group. Stating that the main goal in starting this group is to help the youth in Galeton, get them involved in projects that are beneficial to not only the town but to themselves, have a tutoring program for students who are struggling and make events and places for young adults to gather giving them a positive outlook.

Some things that will be happening soon are:
-logo contest for the teens
-getting DARE and MADD back in Galeton

Some questions were raised about where community leaders were and why they weren’t at this meeting. Question was asked if local law enforcement officers were invited. They were and unfortunately had other obligations to take care of however they have been contacted and will be at future meetings. It was stated that we need to get school and police together to join in these efforts to have total success. It was pointed out the school has been made aware of this group and would like to have a representative at these meetings to see how we can all be working together.

It was mentioned that it was so nice to see that for the first time, community members/parent are standing up to do something, to make a change for the good of the children in our community.

A suggestion was made to have contacts for AA available to those who may already be involved in Drugs and Alcohol . To have younger generations who have had addictions and fought their battle getting away from them come together and help the youth.

An idea was expressed about having sex related topics available as well, teenage pregnancy is a problem. This being for prevention and education.

There was a 4-H representative at the meeting. She talked about strengthening the family unit being very beneficial and how to pull from.

A suggestion was made about writing a letter to the Gale Foundation about using money to fix up the Community building as a possible place to meet. Teri Batterson was asked to write a letter, and it will be accompanied by a petition that will be signed by community members, in attempt to keep the Community Building available for the community.

A question was raised: How can we as parents know what more about the different drugs are and how teen s are ‘using’? Pastor John Knudson said that the week after thanksgiving there is going to be a seminar held at the school for the teachers, about this same topic. He will find out if this representative would be willing to come and do a presentation for members of the community as well.

Other conversation took place during the meeting and some very good ideas were shared. Remember, we are starting out and can’t do everything all at once. But, if we all work together, we will see our community changed!

Overall, it was a great meeting and lots of positive input was offered. We invited and encourage any and everyone to join us as we make plans in helping create a better, brighter future for the youth in the Galeton Community.

Our next meeting will be held on Friday, November 30 at 6:30pm at the Lighthouse Community Church on Sherman Street. We all hope to see you there.

Port Allegany defeated Elk County Catholic

Port Allegany defeated Elk County Catholic 
48 to 7 Friday night in the 
District IX Class A Semifinal.

Photo - Port Allegany running back Trent Neil carries the ball.

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False Alarm In Emporium

Address: 267 GRIMMS RD
Cross Streets: MOORE HILL RD
11/17/2012 10:48:53 AM


11/16/2012 07:14 PM EST
San Diego - November 16, 2012 – Tri-Union Seafoods LLC is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Chicken of the Sea Brand 7-ounce cans of solid white albacore tuna in water. Due to a labeling error, the product label does not state the product "contains soy," a recognized allergen, in the ingredients listing.


Address: 239 BRUSSELLES ST
Cross Streets: S MICHAEL ST * ASH ST

11/17/2012 10:56:20 AM

Open House At Abundant Blessings Flowers & Gifts In Coudersport

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swepi Lp

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swepi Lp in Union Twp, Tioga County

Administrative violation issued on 2012-11-07 to Swepi Lp in Union Twp, Tioga county. 78.56(1) - Pit and tanks not constructed with sufficient capacity to contain pollutional substances.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Betty L. Moate, 90, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys formerly of 179 Lyons Run Rd., Emporium

Betty L. Moate
Betty L. Moate, 90, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys formerly of 179 Lyons Run Rd., Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, on Thursday (November 15, 2012) night.

She was born July 14, 1922 in Buffalo, New York a daughter of the late Edward and Martha Schimmer Wishman.

She married the late Albert Moate.

Mrs. Moate worked for Northern Tier for many years. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church and enjoyed people especially family gatherings & spending time with her grandchildren.

Son: Gerald "Jerry" Moate, Emporium
Daughter: Susan Swasnick, St. Marys
Daughter: Tina, Mrs. Rick Mix, Weedville
Daughter: Barbara, Mr. Ralph McKimm, Emporium
Daughter: Virginia "Peachie", Mrs. George Singer, Newton, NC
20 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Alice Buncy, Tonawanda, NY
Brother: Bob Wishman, Buffalo, NY

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Edward and Martha Schimmer Wishman
Husband: Albert Moate
Son: Thomas Moate
2 Step Daughters: Caroline Fruitiger and Patricia Moate

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday (November 19, 2012) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday from 6-8 PM.

Burial will be in the Mix Run Cemetery in Mix Run

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Grove House, 436 Old West Creek Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 or to Pinecrest Manor, Memorial Fund, 763 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857

Online Condolences may be placed at

Coudersport Ambulance To South Main Street

At 11:20 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to South Main Street for a victim of an assault.

Final Gators 48 to 7

Congratulations to the Gators on the D9 football semi-finals victory!
Final Gators 48 to 7

Smoke Investigation In Coudersport

Fire Dept.--Smoke Investigation
At 9:16 pm on Friday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 7 Woodlawn  Avenue for smoke in the structure.

Leonid Meteor Shower tonight

Leonid Meteor Shower tonight, between 2300 and 0600 hours. The skies will be clear, so set up the camera and the tripod for some spectacular night shots!

Bear Weigh In Station At Coudersport Fire Station

Coudersport Vol Fire Department will be having a Bear weigh in station at our hall... SAT. 11/17 from 10a.m.- 9P.M., SUN. 11/18 from 10a.m.-2p.m., MON 11/19 from, TUE 11/20 from 10a.m.-8p.m. and WED 11/21 from 10.a.m.-6p.m.... FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THOSE HRS... So bring the family down to check out the bears and have dinner, A Great way to help support your local Fire Dept...

Dept 48 Dispatched To Assist With a Landing Zone

At 7:32 PM on Friday Dept 48 was dispatched to Coudersport Hospital to assist with a landing zone.

Happy Birthday Rosie Chapell

Galeton Development Corp Meeting

Galeton Development Corp Meeting
The Galeton Development Corporation met on Thursday November 15th at the
Brick House with president Joe Pagano presiding. Secretary , treasurer Paul
Pritchard reported 31 new corporate members have joined since last months
meeting. This is very encouraging news. One of the substantial benefits of
this organization is the reporting and updating of various important
community activities.

Andrew Lychalk reported for the chamber of commerce. The town Christmas
decorations are now being installed and the chamber is preparing for Santa's
arrival on 24 November. There will be a parade, Santa in the Collins Park
and fireworks.

Henry Lush reported for the Rotary Club and noted that Jeff Bliemeister,
joined the club. Jeff is the new managing director of the Pennsylvania
Lumberman's Museum.

Mike Plummer gave an update on the progress of the Wetmore Run water
purification system. Final documents have been executed and a trout
protection program is underway as well.

Dave Wishard, Galeton school superintendent gave his usual informative talk
about the school. He noted that the school is sponsoring The Angel Tree
Project This will be held at the West Street Plaza. The school play will
be held this weekend. Preferred contracting ABM has been engaged to give an
overview and recommendations of the tennis courts, signs and other
infrastructure considerations. All of this work takes place with
guaranteed savings. A drug informational speaker is being scheduled to
speak at the school in the near future.

Potter County Commissioner, Susan Kefover reported that she is working on a
transportation program to help train veterans for jobs. Susan's brother.
General Frank Sullivan has suggested this program. Delta Development Group
will be helping with a feasibility study. She reported that Pastor Knudson
of the Lighthouse Church and she will be working on a teen challenge,
Saving One Life At A Time".

Terri Dennison Pennsylvania Route Six Association Chair gave an extensive
report on the Pa. Wilds workshop recently held in St. Marys. Hopefully the
community will get behind this worthwhile program. Galeton may become the
Gateway to Cherry Springs Dark Skies" and the wilds program. The Dark Skies
activities are now receiving national attention and is expanding rapidly.
Terri will be moving her office back to Galeton and looks forward to hiring
additional staff. She announced that the new historical plaques are now
installed on the Main Street overlook. These are of great historical
importance to Galeton. The plaque show what the Collins Park looked like
when the Gale tannery was there in 1900 and the second plaque is an early
1900 photo of main street. There is a narrative on both plaques. This is
of great historical importance to the community. These were installed
through Terri's work on the Route 6 association.

President Joe Pagano reported the West Main Street project is now mostly
complete. He hopes that the sidewalk will be completed to West Street. The
Collins Park project is moving right along with new roofs on the buildings
and a complete rebuilding of the toilet facilities. The next phase will be
the electrical and the band house restoration.

It was noted that the borough offices and police department will be moving to West Street. The community building will be inspected to see what must be done to bring the building up to code. When that is completed, hopefully the building can be maintained as a part of the community..

PA Senator Says DEP Reversed Course On Gas Pipeline

Dear Friend,
You may have read about my ongoing efforts to ensure that natural gas pipelines that have to be installed in our area are done so safely and in a way that ensures the least possible risk to our environment, waterways and drinking water.

Of particular concern is the Williams Gas Pipeline’s plan to install a 42-inch natural-gas pipeline across the east branch of the Brandywine Creek and the nearby Ludwigs Run.

I want to let you know that this week the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection unfortunately approved Williams’ use of the open-trench construction method for this project.

I and a coalition of local environmental organizations, land conservancies and officials interested in the long-term protection of the Brandywine Creek have consistently raised concerns with how this construction method would affect the creek. And in 2009, the DEP agreed to not permit the open-trench method for this particular crossing. At that time DEP officials rightfully suggested that a far better alternative was to install the pipeline far beneath the creek’s surface using the directional drilling technique.

Now, three years later, the DEP has reversed course 180 degrees and said yes to Williams’ request to install the pipeline just below the creek’s bed, and the only thing that has really changed is the administration in Harrisburg.

Despite today’s news, I still believe Williams should be required to install its new pipeline far below the creek’s bed. I still believe that is the only way to protect businesses like Victory Brewing – which depend on the purity of the Brandywine – and to uphold the words of the Pennsylvania Constitution, which require us to preserve our natural resources for ‘generations yet to come.’

From a broader perspective, what is occurring along the Brandywine Creek here in Chester County is really the first battle in Philadelphia’s suburbs involving Pennsylvania’s growing Marcellus Shale industry. In order for natural gas to have value, it has to travel east and get to market. And that requires the installation of additional pipelines across our rivers and creeks, through our agricultural easements, and across our steep slopes, which are already sensitive to development and prone to water run-off and flooding.

Rest assured, I will continue the fight to make sure that Pennsylvania utilizes its natural resources in a way that benefits, not harms, the very people it is supposed to help.

When the legislature reconvenes in January, I will draft and introduce legislation that will address the following issues:
  • Increase the transparency of gas pipeline company proposals to the DEP and ensure that access to such information, documents and studies are made readily available to public via the Internet.
  • Ensure that as gas pipelines are built and pipeline companies remove trees and vegetation, they have a responsibility to mitigate water runoff concerns and replace easements acre per acre.
As I mentioned above, the production and transportation of natural gas as a major source of energy in our Commonwealth and our nation is a reality. However, we should not and we will not sacrifice the health, safety and well-being of our communities and our environment in order to secure billion dollar profits for massive natural gas pipeline corporations.

Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District

Book Signing This Evening & Saturday At Abundant Blessings

Author Michelle Lazurek
Michelle Lazurek, author of “Becoming the Disciple Whom Jesus Loved,” will be signing her book at the Abundant Blessings Tea Room and Cafe on Friday, November 16, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm; and on Saturday, November 17, from 9:00am to 11:00am. 

Michelle is married to Rev.  Joe Lazurek, pastor of the Coudersport Alliance Church. Pastor Joe and Michelle, and their children, Caleb and Leah, have recently moved to Coudersport from CT. 

For more information on Michelle’s works, go to

Galeton Rotary Club News

Galeton Rotary Club News

By Henry Lush 
On November 1 the Galeton Rotary Club met at the Ed Leslie camp in the
Meeker. For over thirty years the Leslies' have entertained the club with a
Philly's cheese steak dinner with all of the trimmings. It was excellent, as
usual. Several guests also enjoyed the evening.

On November 8, President Beth Hoff presided at the Ox Yoke Inn. The club
welcomed our newest member. Jeff Bliemeister. Jeff is the new managing
director of the Pennsylvania Lumberman's Museum.

On November 15 The club met at the Ox Yoke Inn with President Beth once
again presiding. Assistant District Governor Pete Folk presented the program

Pete brought the club up to date on Rotary district news. He then spoke about the noted historical writing by E.N. Woodcock, " Fifty Years A Hunter and Trapper". Mr. Woodcock was born at Lymansville, Pa. which is the present location of the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. He was the grandson of Major Lyman, one of the early settlers of Potter Co. Pete gave many interesting insights about the book.

Family Fitness Challenge Going Strong at Cole Memorial’s Wellness Center

Family Fitness Challenge Going Strong at Cole Memorial’s Wellness Center

COUDERSPORT, PA-- The Family Fitness Challenge at Cole Memorial is now in its fifth year at the Hospital’s Wellness Center in Coudersport. The program meets twice weekly after school and continues through the summer months. School-aged children and youth come to learn about nutrition and exercise and participate in a variety of fun and physically challenging activities. This program is taught by Donna Thomas, a certified personal trainer at the Wellness Center.

The Family Fitness Challenge begins at 3:15 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday when Donna meets the kids at the bus stop by the Hospital. They hike to the Wellness Center where everyone enjoys a healthy snack. Donna leads a brief interactive session on nutrition where children learn tips such as the importance of eating breakfast and understanding serving sizes. They spend the rest of the hour exercising. The session ends when parents arrive at 4:15 p.m.

“Each day we do different activities during the vigorous exercise game time,” says Donna Thomas. “The children use free weights, treadmills, bikes, rowing machines, and stability balls. They also spend time playing a variety of games inside and outside. Some of their favorites are dodge ball, steal the bacon, octopus, kickball and musical mats. During the year we have special outings to Lyman Lake where we kayak and hike, and to Cherry Springs where we geo-cache. In the winter we go sled riding and snowshoeing.”

The cost for a 10-week session of the Family Fitness Challenge is $50 for the first child and $25 for each additional child from the same family. This cost includes educational materials and snacks. Because Cole Memorial is committed to the health and fitness of all children and youth in the community, partial and full scholarships are available to any family in need.

For additional information about the Family Fitness Challenge program, please contact Donna Thomas at (814) 274-5353.

Leroy F. "Lee" Dewyer, 58, of 2961 West Washington St., Bradford, PA

Leroy F. "Lee" Dewyer, 58, of 2961 West Washington St., passed away Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Bradford Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Born September 8, 1954 in Bradford, he was a son of Edith M. (Holsinger) Dewyer, with whom he resided and his father, the late Phillip R. Dewyer, Sr.

He was a 1972 graduate of Bradford High School and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

He worked at Snap Tite in Meadville making tools.

He returned to Bradford, and was employed by Valu Home Center.

He was a member of the Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Nancy Dewyer of Willow Creek and Linda (Rudy) Luce, of Marshburg; a brother, Phillip (Ann) Dewyer, Jr., of Willow Creek and several nieces and nephews.

Family will be receiving friends Monday, November 19, 2012 from 12:00 Noon to 2 PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St. where funeral services will be held at 2 PM with Rev. Robert Brest, pastor of the First Free Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Corydon-Riverview Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donors choice.

On line condolences may be made at

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, November 16, 2012
 The latest news from the State Capitol
Hunters Encouraged to Share Their Harvest Share the Harvest This Hunting Season

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is once again offering the “Hunters Sharing the Harvest” (HSH) program, which provides donations of venison to help people in need.

Pennsylvania’s HSH program is recognized as one of the most successful among similar programs in about 40 states. It helps to deliver almost 200,000 meals to food banks, churches and other assistance programs in the Commonwealth.

To donate venison, hunters are encouraged to take a deer to a participating meat processor and identify how much of their deer meat to donate to HSH. There are a limited number of participating processors in our area; visit for a list.
Attention Sportsmen!

Please visit my website to sign up for periodic updates about issues and legislation of interest to sportsmen and sportswomen. And good luck in the upcoming hunting season!
Thank You Otto-Eldred Fourth-Graders! 
I had a great time speaking to fourth-grade students at Otto-Eldred Elementary School on Thursday. Thank you to the students and their teachers for making me feel so welcome! 
Investing in Our Rail Infrastructure

The Commonwealth recently announced a $1.9 million investment in freight-rail infrastructure in McKean County that will help retain more than 300 jobs in the area. The funding was awarded to American Refining Group Inc. to rehabilitate 3,700 feet of track and to add new loading racks for the refinery. The total project cost is more than $6 million.

According to ARG officials, the project will allow the company to safely handle an estimated 10,000 rail cars and will help remove 40,000 trucks from state and local highways. The grant is part of a state investment of more than $18 million in freight-rail infrastructure projects across the Commonwealth. 

New Oswayo Creek Bridge in Shinglehouse to Open Monday

New Oswayo Creek Bridge in Shinglehouse to Open Monday

Potter County –Work to replace a structurally deficient bridge on Route 44 in Shinglehouse will end late Monday. Once the new bridge is open to traffic, PennDOT will close and remove the temporary bridge that has been in place since June. With the new bridge open, the list of structurally deficient bridges in Potter County will shrink by one.

The bridge spans Oswayo Creek on Route 44 in the borough of Shinglehouse.
Crews are working to place base paving, binder and guide rail in order to get traffic on the bridge by late afternoon, Monday, Nov. 19. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

Crews will return in spring of 2013 to perform final paving, grading and seeding.
Dolomite Products Group of Rochester, New York, is the contractor on this $3.3 million project.

Public Encouraged To Support Holiday Drive

Public Encouraged To Support Holiday Drive

November 16th, 2012
holidayfooddriveCollection bins have been placed in the lobbies at the Gunzburger Building and the Courthouse in Coudersport for a holiday charity drive being conducted by the Potter County employees’ union. Non-perishable foods can be placed in the bins up until the week before Christmas, when items will be delivered to the local food bank to be distributed to the needy. Donors are asked to check expiration dates on the merchandise to assure that no outdated items are included.

The committee is also collecting needed items for Teachers Pet Rescue, an animal shelter serving much of Potter County. Items that are needed include: leashes, canned dog food, stainless feeding dishes (no plastic), paper towels, bleach, dog biscuits (Milk Bone brand only), dish soap (Dawn only), disinfectant wipes and Pedigree dog food (small breed or regular/dry). County employees are also designating proceeds from this year’s Christmas party to benefit Christmas House and the Potter County Human Services home-delivered meals program.

John Hudock, 95, a resident of the Rouse Warren County Home and formerly of Warren, PA

John Hudock
John Hudock, 95, a resident of the Rouse Warren County Home and formerly of Warren, PA, died Thursday afternoon, November 15, 2012 at his residence. 

He was born January24, 1917 in Warren, PA. to the late George and Suzanne Dzwina Hudock. 

He has resided in Warren his entire life and was employed as a pipefitter with the United Refinery Company retiring after many years service. 

He was a former member of St. Michael’s Byzantine Church, Sheffield, PA., the former Warren V.F.W., American Legion Post 135, Warren Eagles Club. He had served in the U.S. Army Airforce during World War II as a staff sergeant and received the good conduct medal, Distinguished Flying Cross Air medal with 11 oak leaf clusters.

He is survived by 1 Nephew – Douglas Hudock and his wife, Karan of N. Augusta, S.C., 2 Nieces – Barbara Rose of Pasadena, CA., Patricia Schultz and husband, Bill of Bethel Park, PA., several great nieces and great nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 Brothers – George Hudock, Jr., Michael and Joseph Hudock, 1 Sister – Mary Mitchell, 1 Nephew –David Hudock.

Friends may call at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA. on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM.

Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, officiating. Full military honors will be conducted at St. Joseph R. C. Cemetery by members of the U.S. Army and the Sheffield/Clarendon V.F.W. Funeral Detail. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Holy Redeemer Church Building Fund or St. Michaels Byzantine Church.

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting
The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Ann Patricia Foley, 85, of Warren, PA

Ann Patricia Foley
Ann Patricia Foley, 85, of Warren, PA, died at her residence Wednesday, November 14, 2012. She was born May 31, 1927 in Warren, PA. to the late John W. and Mary Elizabeth Costello Eagan. 

She was a lifelong Warren resident and was employed with Blair Corporation as a clerk in the mailing dept. where she retired from after 10 years employment.

Ann was a member of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed her winter stays in Florida. 

She is survived by her 3 Children – Molly Tegeler and husband, David of Winter Park, FL., Monty Foley of Warren, PA., Michelle Campbell and husband, Scott of Deltona, FL., 1 Brother – Thomas Eagan of Port Charlotte, FL., 1 Sister – Madeline Shanshala of Warren, PA., 4 Grandchildren – Drew Tegeler, Andrea Walker and husband, Seth all of Winter Park, FL., Jenna Campbell of Jacksonville, FL., Cristy Campbell of Deltona, FL., several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 5 Brothers - James, Richard, Eugene, Edward, Joseph Eagan, 2 Sisters – Ellen Carr, Mary Wilcox. 

Friends may call at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA. on Monday, November 19, 2012 from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. when a Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted by Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers those wishing to place memorials may do so through Holy Redeemer Church Building Fund. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting
The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of funeral arrangements.

House Passes Bill Authorizing Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia

House Passes Bill Authorizing Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia
Legislation Opens Significant New Trade Opportunities for American
Companies, Promotes WTO Compliance
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson today voted to support H.R. 6156, the “Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act of 2012,” legislation authorizing the President to grant both countries permanent normal trade relations (PNTR).  H.R. 6156 passed the U.S. House with bipartisan support by a vote of 365-43.
"We must promote every opportunity for economic expansion and job growth, including finding new market opportunities for American businesses and U.S. products,” said Rep. Thompson. “Passage of H.R. 6156 will ensure that the U.S. benefits from Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization, which offers significant trade opportunities for American companies.”

Russia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) on August 22, 2012, and Moldova — a former Soviet republic — gained accession in 2001.  As a result, both countries are required to open up their markets and comply with the WTO’s rules.

The United States cannot receive any of these benefits until Congress grants PNTR.  Without granting normal trade relations, all WTO benefits for the United States will go to foreign competitors.

“If trade relations with Russia are not normalized, American companies will continue to be disadvantaged in Russian markets,” Rep. Thompson added. “This authorization will ensure that U.S. workers and businesses, including our farming community, have an even playing field when competing for business in both countries.”  

H.R. 6156 also contains provisions to address concerns about Russia’s compliance with its WTO obligations and address bilateral trade issues between the United States and Russia, particularly those dealing with food safety, intellectual property and human rights.  

Additional information from the U.S. Department of Commerce:
"Pennsylvania: Opportunities from Russia’s Accession to WTO"


11/16/2012 12:01 PM EST
Out of an abundance of caution, Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for forty-five (45) various cake products due to the fact that they may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. Publix received notification of the contamination from our supplier, Maplehurst.

11/16/2012 01:18 PM EST
November 15, 2012 - Berres Brothers, Inc. of Watertown, Wisconsin is recalling: Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters, Chocolate & Peanut Butter and Berres Brother Coffee Roasters, Monkey Mocha and Berres Brothers Lunch with Elvis regular and decaffeinated whole bean and ground coffees. The reason for this recall/alert is because these products may contain an undeclared nut allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

11/16/2012 03:01 PM EST
Magnolia Bird Farm, Incorporated, of Anaheim, California, is recalling Raw and Roasted In-shell Peanuts and Magnolia Bird Farm Bird seed mixes that contain peanuts, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The peanuts contained in the mixes are being recalled by Sunland, Incorporated, of Portola, New Mexico.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To South Stevens Street

At 12:59 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to South Stevens Street for a man who has fallen with a back injury.

Water Taste Changed After Marcellus Well Drilled Nearby In Roulette

Triple Divide: The Judys

A Look at Drill Waste Pits and Groundwater

by Melissa Troutman, Laurel Dammann, and Joshua Pribanic
“It was 2007, and my water well was fine. I mean, I didn’t have any problem with it. I was cooking, drinking, bathing with it and everything else. Well, then after they drilled I thought it was kind of…it didn’t taste like it did before.” – Judy

During the filming of Triple Divide, journalists, filmmakers, and Public Herald founders Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic met Judy, a Pennsylvania resident and neighbor to a Marcellus shale natural gas well pad.

Judy standing with contaminated water drawn from her well. © J.B.Pribanic
In 2007, Guardian Exploration, LLC drilled for natural gas 450 feet from Judy’s home.
The process of drilling for natural gas produces waste materials brought up from the subsurface mixed with drilling and hydraulic fracturing fluids. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes these wastes as “radioactive”:
Radioactive wastes from oil and gas drilling take the form of produced water, drilling mud, sludge, slimes, or evaporation ponds and pits. It can also concentrate in the mineral scales that form in pipes (pipe scale), storage tanks, or other extraction equipment. Radionuclides in these wastes are primarily radium-226, radium-228, and radon gas. The radon is released to the atmosphere, while the produced water and mud containing radium are placed in ponds or pits for evaporation, re-use, or recovery.
Some drilling companies, like Guardian Exploration, have collected and stored its waste in what’s known as a waste pit or drill pit, constructed with a liner meant to create an impermeable barrier between the waste and soil or groundwater.
In Pennsylvania, companies can obtain permission to bury their waste onsite from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which governs oil and gas operations while charged with preserving the natural environment. In August 2007, Guardian applied to bury their waste pit about 450 feet from Judy’s home, but DEP denied the application that same month because the pit would be “too close to water supply” — a.k.a. Judy’s. Read the rest of the story on the Kaple Well..

Headwaters Conservation Partnership Distributes Nearly $15K

Headwaters Conservation Partnership Distributes Nearly $15K

DUBOIS – The Headwaters Conservation Partnership has announced the distribution of a total of $14,875 in funding for six conservation projects located in five counties in the Headwaters region.

“This program was initiated in the spring of 2012, and we are so pleased to provide this funding to local high-value conservation projects. Thanks to our initial corporate partners, we anticipate a great response in 2013. It’s fun to be a part of, and it works,” said Dale Fox, executive director of the Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D).

The first round of funding was made possible by contributions from Northwest Savings Bank, CNB Bank, EQT, Dominion, Domtar, Atlas and Pennsylvania General Energy.

The Headwaters Conservation Partnership accepts corporate, small business and individual partners in the Headwaters eight-county region, which consists of Cameron, Clearfield, Centre, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Potter and McKean counties. Partners designate which county or counties they wish to put their funding to work for conservation and community development projects. The RC&D has three board members from each county representing the County Commissioners, Planning Commissions and Conservation Districts. Those members provide recommendations on how to allocate the funds available to projects in their county. Companies also have the opportunity to choose specific projects to provide funding for.

The following projects were approved for funding:

Driftwood Branch Nature Trail, Cameron County, $1,237.50
Haz-mat Absorbent Materials, Jefferson County, $562.50
Monthly Calibration of Water Monitoring Equipment, Elk County, $1,600
American Chestnut Tree Reforestation at Bennett’s Branch, Elk County, $4,500
Education Materials and Envirothon Support, McKean County, $1912.50
Karthaus Park Restroom Facility, Clearfield County, $562.50

The total value of all supported projects in this first round of funding is $222,589.50. The Headwaters Conservation partnership is hoping to have enough partnership funding to conduct four grant rounds per year in the future.

Please see for information on how to become a partner.

Round & Square Dance At Odin Grange Saturday From 7 to 10 PM



DALLAS, Luzerne County – A cat may not have nine lives, but a young bobcat in the Poconos received a second one recently, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials.

A female bobcat kitten was discovered in a wooded area of Luzerne County this past spring by a couple hiking in the woods. The seven-week old cat was found weak and unable to walk, and without any adult female seen in the vicinity. The situation remained unchanged the following day, and arrangements were made to deliver the bobcat the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Saylorsburg, Monroe County for medical care and rehabilitation. The Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is licensed for wildlife care through permitting by the Game Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture. MORE

Route 15 safety project wrapping up for winter shutdown

Route 15 safety project wrapping up for winter shutdown

Here’s an update on the safety improvement project wrapping up its first year of construction on the Montgomery Pike section of Route 15 near South Williamsport.

The contractor is placing temporary concrete barrier in the area of the rock cut today. After this is completed, the southbound lanes will be reopened to two lanes and there should be no scheduled work for the winter.

Because it is still a construction project, routine inspections and maintenance of the project will be done as needed for the winter.

The contractor will resume work in the spring to complete the project late next year.


TOYS FOR TOTS FUNDRAISER - Independent Thirty-one Consultant Alexis Reed and Toys for Tots Co-ordinator Rae Ann Preston are pictured with two of the items that will be available for the Toys for Tots Fundraiser 

Thirty-One Open House to be held on November 18 from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Port Allegany United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The church is located at 307 North Main Street. 

Are you are looking for Christmas gifts for the whole family?...birthday, wedding, anniversary or all-occasion gifts? Please come and support Toys for Tots in the Port Allegany, Roulette and Turtlepoint areas this holiday season. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to Toys for Tots. 

Orders may be placed online for the Toys for Tots fundraiser by going to For every $100 spent, earn $10 in free Thirty-One products. Find out how to get a Medium Utility Tote for only $5; how to get one gift and give another to Operation Homefront to assist military families in need; and see the exclusive style available now through November 26. Toys for Tots helps make the holiday season a little merrier for children in need in the Port Allegany School District area.

Phillip Distrola, 84, of Center Point, IA formerly of Bradford, and Salamanca

Philip Distrola
Phillip Distrola, 84, of Center Point, IA formerly of Bradford, and Salamanca, passed away Thursday November 8, 2012, at the home of his daughter Virginia, surrounded by family.

Born January 23, 1928 in Bradford, he was the son of the late Phillip Distrola and Mary (DeAugistino) Distrola.

Mr. Distrola attended Bradford Area Schools. He was employed for 43 years as a Maintenance Away Worker for the Railroads. He retired in 1991 after working for the B & O, Chessie Systems, CX and BP Railroads.

Mr. Distrola was a former member of Moose Lodge # 124.

Surviving are four daughters: Virginia Lewis of Center Point, IA. Ann Distrola of Bradford, Sharon King of Bradford, Susan (Tony) Grumet of Arkansas, one son Daniel (Debbie) Distrola of California. He also had three step-children Lareen (Fritz) Wolfe, Jeanne (Russell) Kenyon, and Carl (Sue) Agnelli, 20 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Elizabeth who died in 2002, two brothers Steven and Nicholas, three sisters Patricia, Madelyn, and Louise.

There will be no public visitation. Friends are welcome to join the family for a graveside services on Saturday November 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Wildwood Cemetery in Salamanca. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to McKean County American Cancer Society at 94 Main Street, Bradford, PA.

On line condolences may be made at

Danzyg Ingyn-Kruce Burnside who was born on November 14th at Cole Memorial. Welcoming

It’s a Boy!!

Sabrina and Daniel Burnside of Ulysses, Pa are pleased to announce the arrival of Danzyg Ingyn-Kruce Burnside who was born on November 14th at Cole Memorial. Danzyg weighted 7lbs. 1.6 ounces.   He joins his brothers Dreysen, Karvyr, Xyvyn along with his sister Alyrya.

Maternal Grandparents: Walter and Susan Campbell of Harrison Valley, Pa.

Maternal Great-Grandparent: Phyllis McCaslin of Ulysses, Pa.  

Paternal Grandparents: Joe and Bari Burnside of Ulysses, Pa.

Welcoming Austyn Patrick Matteson who was born on November 13th at Cole Memorial.

It’s a Boy!!

Ashley McGinley and James Matteson of Coudersport, Pa are pleased to announce the arrival of Austyn Patrick Matteson who was born on November 13th at Cole Memorial. Austyn weighted 7lbs. 7.2 ounces.   He joins his brother Connor.

Maternal Grandparents: Janet Setzer of Coudersport, Pa; Robert McGinley of Spring City, Pa.  

Paternal Grandparents: Patrick and Vickie Matteson of Coudersport, PA.

Marvin W. Scrimshaw, 91, of Emporium, a former Renovo Resident

Marvin W. Scrimshaw, 91, of Emporium and a former Renovo resident passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

He was born in Renovo on Oct. 11, 1921 he was the son of Ruben and Edna (Steckenfinger) Scrimshaw.

He retired from Ford Motor Company and he also worked for the Lansdale School District as a custodian.

He was Methodist by faith. He was a member of the American Legion and the V.F.W. of Lansdale. He served in the Navy during WWII.

Surviving are one daughter Rosemary (Theodore) Mroz of Lansdale; two sisters Dessie Lininger of Emporium and Twila Welsh of Ridgeway, also several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at North Bend Cemetery.

Maxwell Funeral Home, 205 Fifth Street, Renovo has charge of arrangements.

Send condolences at

Route 147 lane closure at fuel spill in Point Township

Route 147 lane closure at fuel spill in Point Township

Motorists in Northumberland County are advised of a lane closure this hour along Route 147 between Fryling Road and Lahrs Road in Point Township.

A tractor trailer wrecked and spilled fuel along several thousand feet of the northbound lane. This is in the three-lane section of Route 147. Traffic is moving slowly in both directions, with northbound traffic directed into the center lane.

Initial cleanup operations are likely to keep the lane closed for the next several hours.

Motorists may wish to avoid that area, if possible, for the time being.

Open House At Abundant Blessings Flowers & Gifts In Coudersport

Northern Potter Players Paresents 12 Angry Jurors Friday & Saturday

Nice Selection Of Used Vehicles At Hazel's On Rt. 44 North Of Coudersport

  Winter Hours Starting 11-19 open Noon to 5 PM.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Galeton Presbyterian Church News

Galeton Presbyterian Church News, 11/11/12
By Martha Pennell,

The Gospel of Mark 12: 38-44 was the basis for Pastor Karl’s sermon on 11-11-12. 

While in the temple Jesus noted how those who were rich cast much money into the treasury. A poor widow came and gave two pennies. Jesus told his disciples that the widow gave more than all the rest because they gave of their abundance and she gave all that she had to live on. The widow is not an example of good stewardship in the usual sense, not our shining example for giving, according to Pastor Karl. 

 In the Old Testament the people of God are charged with taking care of the poor people in their midst—aliens, orphans, and widows were to be protected and fed. The woman who gave two coins should not have had to. The religious leaders allowing her to do it were not doing as they should. God cares for the widows, orphans, and strangers and calls us and institutions of faith to do the same. We have already been given more than we need. Pastor Karl stated that in Jesus Christ God has already gone to the most powerless place—to death itself—where humanity is at its least. Through Christ he gives us all we have to live in our very life and has given those same things to the church. 

Freya Miller was lay leader. Marge Rawson and Julie Jeffries were ushers. Ginny and Shelly Mainus are the prayer family for the week. The Worship Committee met on 11-7-12 to prepare for Advent season. Youth group will meet on Friday, October 16, 2012, in the Christian Education building from 6 to 8 pm. Stewardship deals with three T’s: time, treasure, and talent. Please consider them as you consider your Stewardship Commitment for 2013; please return pledge cards on Commitment Sunday, November 18th. The Nominating Committee will meet immediately after church on November 18th to nominate church leaders for 2013.


Cross Streets: MAURUS ST * SHERRY RD


 11/16/2012 11:04:37 AM

Judge Rules Against Gas Giants On Lease Extensions

Gas companies lose battle to extend leases in Broome, Tioga

 Star Gazette
ALBANY — Attempts by energy companies to extend oil-and-gas leases because of New York’s inaction on hydraulic fracturing were invalid, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

In separate but similar decisions, U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd ruled against natural-gas giant Chesapeake Energy and Denver-based Inflection Energy, which had claimed that the state’s de facto moratorium on fracking was reason to extend leases with landowners.

The rulings will immediately end the gas leases for at least 65 landowners in Tioga and Broome counties when they file the decision with their county clerks. The companies have 30 days to appeal. Read more...

Coudersport Man Arrested On Gun Possession/Theft Charges

Sweden Township Police Department executed a search warrant on an individual and his residence today, found him to be in possession of weapons that he was not allowed to have due to a prior felony conviction.

 Roy C. Warner, 52, 382 N. Hollow Rd., Coudersport, PA, was taken into custody and arraigned on theft and persons not to own or posses weapons and released on bail by Judge Easton on $25,000 unsecured bond
Warner is scheduled for a Preliminary Hearing on November 21 before Judge Easton.
Sweden Township Police was as assisted at the scene by Coudersport Borough, Coudersport PSP.