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Rabies Clinic

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

2nd Annual Chili, Cheese and Chocolate At Moon's Farm Yard In Ulysses

Hallucinating Man Asks Jail For Help

A known 40 year old male from Mt. Jewett, PA, drove himself to the McKean County Jail last Monday at 7:09 AM where he requested help.

Deputy Sheriffs interaction with the known male determined he was hallucinating and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Further investigation revealed that the \male was intoxicated and subsequent charges will be forth coming pending results of a blood test according to Trooper Andrew Brothers who investigated.

Summit Road Property Entered

Pennsylvania State Police investigated a burglary/criminal mischief at 142 Summit Road, Coudersport, PA.

Trooper Brian Ladick said Tara Lee Maynard, 39, of Bonifay, Florida reported that the basement door was found opened. The incident occurred between 1-10-and 2-15-2013.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

LifeFlight helicopter clips construction crane

Photo shared On Facebook by Stephen Marcus shows helicopter being removed from roof of  Geisinger Building.

LifeFlight helicopter clips construction crane
Posted by Mark Lawrence
DANVILLE — A medical helicopter ran into a problem Thursday. According to Geisinger Health System’s Public Relations Specialist, Mike Ferlazzo, a LifeFlight helicopter clipped a flag on top of a construction crane during its flight back to Danville today. The crane was being used for construction on the campus of Geisinger Medical Center.

The incident happened around 12:20p.m Thursday. The pilot landed safely on the helipad at GMC and the patient on board was transported into the hospital as planned. No injuries were reported due to the flag clipping. There was minimal damage to the helicopter. Geisinger is conducting an internal investigation.

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NOTICE: Republican and Democratic Municipal Primary Elections are Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Nominating petitions will be available at the office (Gunzburger Building). First day petitions may be circulated for signatures is Tuesday, Feb. 19. Final day to file petitions is March 21

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Deborah J. Fisher, 41, of Emporium, PA

Deborah J. Fisher, 41, of Emporium, Pa., died Feb. 13, 2013, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center in Williamsport, Pa.

Deb was born in Rochester, N.Y., on April 26, 1971, the daughter of Gary J. and Paula M. (Nitsche) Fisher. Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her siblings, Deanna High, Barbara Fisher and Gary P. Fisher; and niece and nephew, Morgan and Derrick High, all residing in the Williamsport, Pa., area.

Despite Deb's many medical problems throughout her lifetime, when you would see her on the street, she was always smiling. She was always willing to help others and spent many hours volunteering at the Emporium Senior Center. She also organized many events at the Emporium Arms Apartment Building where she resided.

She graduated from Montoursville High School, Montoursville, Pa. She also graduated from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pa., with a degree in business administration and a Pennsylvania certification in elementary education.

Deb was also very active with many activities at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Emporium. She was past Grand Regent and an officer in the CD of A. She taught CCD classes for many years and was a former substitute teacher for several elementary schools in the Emporium area.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Feb. 16, 2013, at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Emporium, Pa., with Father Paul officiating. There will be no visitation. A private burial will be in St. Leo's Catholic Cemetery in Ridgway, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be made to St. Mark's Catholic Church and the Senior Center in Emporium, Pa., or Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville

James A. Gavlock, 81, of West Allegany Avenue, Emporium, PA

James A. Gavlock
James A. Gavlock, 81, of West Allegany Avenue, Emporium, PA, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 in Elk Regional HealthCenter, St Marys.

Born November 19, 1931 in Drifting, Pa. he was the son of the late Martin and Mary Zezoney Gavlock. On January 22, 1955 in Renovo, he married Verla P. Marshall who survives.

Mr. Gavlock was a veteran of the United States army having served during the Korean War.

A longtime resident of Emporium, he was a graduate of Renovo High Schooland after his discharge from the army in 1952 was employed by the PA Railroad in Renovo, Sun Oil Co. in New Jersey, and General Motors in Buffalo, New York. In 1957 he relocated to Emporium and was employed by Laborer’s Union 836 until retiring in 1997.

He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium, Local 836 of Bradford, and for 20 years was a Boy Scout leader with Troop #555 in Emporium. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper and a member of the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club.

Surviving in addition to his wife Verla are: two sons, Tom A. Gavlock and Eric A. Gavlock both of Emporium; two grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Nancy) Gavlock of Emporium; one sister, Elizabeth Lawless of Lock Haven; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by two brothers, Walter Gavlock and Arthur Gavlock, and one sister, Mary Ann Gavlock.

Visitations will be held Sunday, February 17 from 4-7 p.m. in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Mark Church with Fr. Paul Siebert, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Mark Cemetery, Emporium.

A Wake service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Sunday the Funeral Home.

Military honors will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service
Posted by Cameron CountyPA News

2013 Potter County Vintage Snowfest Raw Video

David Brooks
The 1st Annual Potter County Vintage Snowfest was awesome! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the club today. Hundreds turned out to watch the vintage snowmobile races.

Fully Involved Vehicle Fire On South Avenue

Fully Involved Vehicle Fire
At 7:06 PM on Saturday, Bradford Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Singer's Country Store on South Avenue for a vehicle fire.

Roulette Fire Department is celebrating 100 years this July

The Roulette Fire Department is celebrating 100 years this July
We are having a celebration on July 12, 13, and 14. 

Friday evening we will be having an open house and board bingo along with a Bounce House, Dunk Tank, and Cotton Candy (which has been graciously donated by Burleson's True Value). We will also be serving food Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Drabee's will also be there with their Italian Ice and willing to serve food from their store. 

We are planning on having a parade on Saturday with fire apparatus and giving out trophies and on Sunday we are hoping to have a car show. 

We would like to include, in this weekend, some carnival rides for kids and some games but we are having trouble locating people who do this. If there is anyone out there that can put us in contact with people who do this on a percentage basis could you please contact me, Nita Spencer, at 558-3946 after 4 p.m. 

Thank you.

4 Cited For Bad Checks From 2011

4 area residents were cited for bad checks recently by State Police for bad checks at Missy's Market in Harrison Township.

Elizabeth Russell, 53, of Westfield, PA, Sarah Moore, 47, of Sabinsville, PA, April Van Fleet, 37, of Coudersport, and Joshua Earle, 25, of Westfield, PA, were cited by Trooper Kyle Butler for bad checks presented for purchases at the store in 2011. 

They will answer the charges in District Court 55-4-0

Troopers Make Shoplifting Arrest

SP Olean- 
Troopers Make Shoplifting Arrest
Following a complaint at Wal Mart 1869 Plaza Dr. Town of Allegany Troopers arrested 
Jeramy Carney age 27 and Darold Jones age 62 both of Salamanca NY. Both the men were charged with Petit Larceny and released on appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Allegany Court on 02-25-13.

Troopers Arrest Drunk Driver Following Collision

NYSP Olean- 
Troopers Arrest Drunk Driver Following Collision
Following an investigation into a two car property damage collision at the intersection of Constitution Ave and State Route 417 in the Town of Allegany. Troopers arrested Lawrence Commons III age 31 of Allegany for DWI. Commons was released on traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Allegany Court on 02-25-13. No injuries were reported.

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Analysis of Marcellus flowback finds high levels of ancient brines

Analysis of Marcellus flowback finds high levels of ancient brines

December 17, 2012
PennState News
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Brine water that flows back from gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region after hydraulic fracturing is many times more salty than seawater, with high contents of various elements, including radium and barium. The chemistry is consistent with brines formed during the Paleozoic era, a study by an undergraduate student and two professors in Penn State’s Department of Geosciences found.

The study indicates that the brine flowback elements found in high levels in the late stages of hydraulic fracturing come from the ancient brines rather than from salts dissolved by the water and chemicals used as part of the fracking process. The paper by Lara O. Haluszczak, a Penn State student who has since graduated; professor emeritus Arthur W. Rose; and Lee R. Kump, professor and head of the Department of Geosciences; detailing those findings has been accepted for publication in Applied Geochemistry, the journal of the International Association of Geochemistry, and is available online. Read more.....

From the abstract:

"For total Ra (combined 226Ra and 228Ra) in flowback, the highest level reported is 6540 pCi/L...these waters (saline brine flow from gas wells in the Marcellus Formation after hydraulic stimulation) contain concentrations of Ra and Ba that are commonly hundreds of times the US drinking water standards."

Potter County Retirement Fund At All-Time High

Potter County Retirement Fund At All-Time High

davidekPotter County Employees’ Retirement Fund has been steadily recovering from the deep recession of 2008 and early 2009. Last week’s quarterly report on the fund is good news for county taxpayers since, under state law, they’re on the hook to bolster the account if it plunges too far.

An advisor from C. S. McKee, the company that manages the plan, gave an optimistic report to the county’s Retirement Board. Jeff Davidek said the fund has grown by an annual rate of 7.18 percent over the past three years, and went up by 10.32 percent in 2012. These figures are in line with actuarial goals. Generally, when the fund earns 7.5 percent or more over a period of five years, the county does not have to draw from taxpayers to support it, Davidek said. If the goals are consistently exceeded, the Retirement Board may consider increasing the fixed benefits contained in the plan for retirees.

The fund is still subject to market volatility, which is why Potter and 40 other counties have retained C. S. McKee to manage it. Balance is at an all-time high of $11.96 million as of Jan. 31. The year is forecasted to be a good one for stocks, with earnings that could exceed 10 percent, Davidek told the board. Retirement Board members are Commissioners Susan Kefover, Paul Heimel, and Doug Morley, Treasurer Krista Miller, Chief Clerk Kathleen Majot.

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 1:02 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a medical emergency.

NRDC Launches Community Fracking Defense Project

Kate Sinding’s Blog
NRDC Launches Community Fracking Defense Project

I am very excited to be able to announce the official launch today of NRDC’s new Community Fracking Defense Project.

For too long, communities around the country have had little defense against the oil and gas companies that sweep into their neighborhoods and start fracking—a natural gas extraction technique linked to a range of air and water pollution issues across the country —without regard for the impact it has on the people who live there. If a city or town decides it doesn’t want fracking, or wants to restrict it, their voice should be heard and respected. The Community Fracking Defense Project is intended to start giving communities the opportunity to do so.

The new project, which is launching in five states—New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and North Carolina—will provide assistance to towns and other local governments that want added control over the siting of and/or protections against the harms of fracking in their communities. Read more...

Mansfield lawmaker fights against injection well drilling

Friday, February 15, 2013

2nd Annual Chili, Cheese and Chocolate At Moon's Farm Yard In Ulysses

Westfield Boro Police To Provide Primary Coverage To Schools

Great news, The Westfield Boro council passed an agreement with Northern Tioga school district & Westfield Twp, with a 3-3 vote, Mayor Vargeson broke the tie with a yes vote. 

With this agreement Westfield PD will provide primary police coverage for the Cowanesque Valley High School, Westfield Area Elementary School, and the Westfield Child Development Center. 

This will mean quicker response for all Emergency calls big or small, and foot patrols in and around the schools.

Genesee Teen Unhurt In Crash In Bingham Township

A Genesee driver was unhurt when his 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer  crashed on the Hickox-Ulysses Road  in Bingham Township on Monday at 3:06 PM.

Kyle M. Messatzzia, 19, of Genesee, PA,  was wearing  a seat belt.  Trooper Matthew Montag said the vehicle was traveling west on the Hickox-Ulysses Road, negotiating a left curve when the rear of the vehicle lost traction. The operator attempted to correct the slide, but slid off the north side of the roadway and struck a culvert. The vehicle became airborne and came to ground about 100 feet west of the culvert and 20 feet north of the roadway.

The operator arranged to have the vehicle towed from the scene. PennDOT assisted at the scene.

Messatzzia was cited for (not) Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Faculty from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford spent the fall semester not only teaching, but also conducting and presenting research.

Dr. Wayne Brinda, assistant professor of education, presented a session titled “Teasing Your Students to Read: Create Teasers to Engage and Motivate Students to Read” at the 2012 Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English in Las Vegas.

The presentation discussed the use of a “teaser” like those given on the nightly news to present students with a context for a story and get them interested before they began reading.

Brinda also had a paper, “Engaging Students in Inquiry through Field Trips in Your Classroom,” accepted for publication by the Middle School Journal.

Dr. Donna Dombek, associate professor of education, participated in a panel discussion titled “Building Bridges between Theory and Practice: Strategies to Forge Connections between Foundations Courses and Clinical Experience” at the Pennsylvania Association of College and Teacher Educators in Grantville.

Dr. Michaela-Christina Drignei, associate professor of mathematics, made a presentation titled “Numerical Reconstruction for the Potential of an Inverse Sturm-Liouville Problem with Mixed Boundary Conditions” at the American Mathematical Society Eastern Sectional Meeting in Rochester, N.Y.

Dr. Tony Gaskew, associate professor of criminal justice, presented “Police Officers, Free Speech and the Social Media: Misconduct in the 21st Century” at the American Society of Criminology annual conference in Chicago.

Dr. Tammy Haley, assistant professor of nursing, was co-author of the study “Condom use Among Sexually Active Rural High-School Adolescents: Personal and Environmental, and Behavioral Predictors” published in the Journal of School Nursing.

The study looked at the predictive value of selected personal, environmental and behavioral factors for condom use among rural adolescents in grades 9 through 12.

Haley and her colleagues surveyed more than 1,100 students in three school districts in northwestern Pennsylvania in 2011 and found that the strongest predictor for condom use was whether or not teens thought they should use them.

Dr. Tracee L. Howell, instructor of American literature and composition made two presentations during the fall semester.

She was chairperson of a session, “Writers in Hollywood: The Migration to Screenplay,” at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association 2012 Conference at Seattle University. Howell designed the session, which explored the work of 20th century American writers such as Raymond Chandler, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker who wrote in Hollywood.

She also presented “Thicker than Water: Jewish Identity in Vera Caspary’s Early Fiction” at the 2012 Association for Jewish Studies Conference held in Chicago. The paper explored the presentation of Jewish identity in the first four novels of Vera L. Caspary, a 20th century writer known primarily for her 1942 detective novel “Laura,” upon which the 1944 film noir classic “Laura” was based.

Dr. Om Singh, assistant professor of biology, performed research on campus titled “Electromagnetic Field Mediated Bio-Stimulation and Characterization of Indigenous Extremophiles.” One of Singh’s research specialties is examining organisms that exist under extreme conditions to determine how their survival tricks could benefit on biological, chemical or industrial processes.

Dr. David Soriano, associate professor of chemistry, performed research on campus titled “Semiochmicicals: A Chemical Ecology Research Project.” Currently, he is developing biodegradable citric acid polymers that will release bird anti-feedants and the German Cockroach female sex pheromone. This activity is within the domain of Chemical Ecology. Soriano is also writing a book manuscript under contract with Nova Science in Long island, N.Y., on introductory chemical ecology.

Dr. Jean Truman, assistant professor of nursing, presented a workshop, “Assessing Basics: Standardized Patients,” at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Human Patient Simulation Network 2012 Conference in Charlottesville, Va.

Truman told an audience of physicians, pharmacists, anesthesiologists and nursing educators how simulations allow nursing faculty the opportunity to assess the competency of student nurses in a controlled environment.

Finally, Dr. D. Reece Wilson, assistant professor of education made a poster presentation on the effects of text genre on students’ ability to understand scientific content. The presentation was made at the Hawaii international Conference on Education in Honolulu last month.

Eldred Man Injured In Coleville Crash

An Eldred man was moderately injured on Wednesday when his 2007 Toyota Camry went off Rt. 46 in the Coleville area and rolled over.

Ryan P. Tripp, 24, of Eldred, PA, was transported to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.

Trooper Andy Dalton, who investigated the 6:33 AM crash, said Tripp was traveling west on Rt. 46 near Coleville Road when he failed to negotiate a right curve in the roadway and traveled off the south berm. The vehicle struck a guard rail, traveled down an embankment, and then rolled over, coming to rest on it's driver's side.

Tripp was transported by Bradford Ambulance. His vehicle sustained disabling damages and was towed by Mc Keirnan's Towing. Rew Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Potter County Structure Fire Was Arson

The arson of a two story building along Miles Road in Allegany Township owned by Wending Creek Farms discovered Tuesday at 9:00 AM is under investigation by the State Police Fire Marshal Unit.

Trooper David A. Surra and the Tri-Town Fire Chiefs said the unoccupied building in the area of the proposed Rigas Golf Course had no electricity to it and had been vandalized in the past. Damages are estimated to exceed $70,000. The building was reported to have burned to the ground before it was discovered. Tri-Town and Coudersport Firefighters extinguished the remains.

The building was located on the west side of MIles Road, about 2 miles off of Rt. 49.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PSP in Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

Red Honda Rancher ATV Stolen In Corydon Township

The theft of a red Honda Rancher ATV with a toolbox containing various tools from a shed located on Forestry Road 370 in Corydon Township is under investigation by State Police at Kane.

Trooper Roger McCloskey said the theft which occurred between February 6 at 2:20 PM and February 11 at 8:31 AM, took place at a shed owned by US Energy Development of Getzville, NY.  The unknown actor(s) entered the shed and once inside, removed the ATV and it's toolbox. The estimated value of the stolen goods is $6170.00.

Anyone with any information is asked to please contact PSP Kane at 814-274-8690.

Basketball Fan Cited By Police After Admonishing Officials Over Bad Call

A Port Allegany man got upset over a call by officials at a basketball game at the Austin Area School Gymnasium on Wednesday at 9:25 PM and followed the officials into the locker room and gave them a piece of his mind.

State Police was called and Trooper Timothy Mix responded and cited James Frederick Gotshall, 79, of 47 Green Hollow, Port Allegany, PA, with Disorderly Conduct for allegedly shouting at and threatening the officials.  Gotshall will answer the charge in District Court 55-3-01.

Minor Injuries In Southern Potter County Crash

A Williamsport man and his passenger from Bradford suffered minor injuries in a rollover crash on Rt. 44 in Stewardson Township at 2:20 AM on Valentine's day.

Joseph A. Weaver, 22, of Williamsport, PA, and his passenger, Emily B. McLaughlin, 21, of Bradford, PA, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Troopers said they were not wearing seatbelts.Kettle Creek Ambulance transported McLaughlin to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Weaver did not require medical transport.

Trooper Kyle Butler said the pair was traveling northbound in a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt when Weaver failed to maintain control of the vehicle and upon negotiating a left curve in the roadway, the rear end of the vehicle began to rotate counterclockwise and struck a nearby embankment. The investigation is continuing.

Weaver will be cited for Driving Too Fast For Conditions.

 Kettle Creek Hose Company # 1 from Cross Fork assisted at the scene with traffic control.

Liesa Joy Lentz, 53, of Olean, NY

Liesa Joy Lentz, 53, of Olean, NY died Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Olean General Hospital.

Born on April 3, 1959 in Coudersport, PA she was the daughter of Lawrence and Erika Frank Lentz.

Liesa attended St. Mary of the Angels Roman Catholic Church in Olean. She enjoyed spending time with her family and going to the movies.

Surviving are her mother, Erika Lentz of Coudersport, PA, one daughter, Tara Tucker of Olean, NY, one granddaughter, Kyra Balcerzak of Olean, NY, four sisters, Katherine (Irv) Saler of Coudersport, PA, Vera Pesock of Austin, PA, Brenda (Steve) Erway of Coudersport, PA, and Melinda (Mike) Monroe of Coudersport, two brothers, Lawrence Lentz and Mark Lentz, both of Coudersport, PA, several aunts, uncles, cousins and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Lentz, who died on October 29, 1999 and her brother in law, Paul Pesock, who died on February 11, 2004.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 1:00pm Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of the Angels Roman Catholic Church, 202 S. Union Street, Olean, NY 14760, or to a local chapter of Special Olympics.

Woman Struck, Dies/Man Charged For Leaving Scene

Medic 1 Called For Injury At Allegany State Park

Medic 1 Called For Injury At Allegany State Park
At 4:09 PM on Friday, Medic 1 has been dispatched to Quaker Lake Area of Allegany State Park for a male with a traumatic injury to his leg. The incident is across from the toll booth.
4:28 PM--Bradford Ambulance dispatched to this location

Chainsaw Rendezvous Starts Saturday In Ridgway, PA

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Sweden Valley Manor Resident Council Canned Food Drive - Update

Sweden Valley Manor Resident Council
Canned Food Drive - Update

Donations have started to come in and we want to express our sincerest gratitude. We are already close to 10% of our goal! It is so exciting to see our idea come to life and to have the support of our local community. We really appreciate you joining us in supporting Potter County’s six food banks. We want to remind everyone to please check the expiration date on the items they plan to donate as expired items cannot be accepted. Again, thank you for your support. We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Signs of Spring?--Wildfire In Tioga County

Tioga County firefighters have responded to a wildfire Friday afternoon in Wells Township


St. Marys Man Died Of Natural Causes/Not As Result Of Crash

Two men killed in Elk County accidents

Police say two men died in separate traffic incidents in Jones and Fox Townships Thursday.
The first incident occurred at 4:20 p.m. when Ridgway-based state police say 71-year-old Jerome J. Cavalline of St. Marys experienced a medical emergency while driving south on Route 255 at Greenbriar Road in Fox Township. He died of natural causes while behind the wheel. His vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a parked car and sign.

The Fox Township Fire Department, Fox Township Ambulance, St. Marys Ambulance, PennDOT, National Fuel Gas and the Elk County Coroner Michelle Muccio assisted police.

State police responded to a second crash just before 6:30 p.m. Police say 78-year-old Harry E. Bills of Marienville was driving a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup south on Route 948 in Jones Township when he lost control of the truck on the slippery, snow-covered highway and it traveled onto the berm. The truck then went back onto the roadway, crossed into the northbound lane and struck the left side of a 2004 Dodge Dakota, driven by 22-year-old Michael R. Lawson of Youngsville.

Bills was pronounced dead at the scene by Muccio. He had not been wearing a seatbelt.

Lawson and a passenger, 20-year-old Kodee R. Jeritza, also of Youngsville, were wearing seatbelts and were not injured.

Campus Instructor Works to Improve Lives in South America

Campus Instructor Works to Improve Lives in South America

DuBOIS – As part of the Penn State DuBois Cultural Luncheon Series, Wildlife Technology Instructor Ed Vorisek made a presentation Wednesday on his 2011 service trip to Paraguay. While in the South American Nation, Vorisek helped to construct a building that would serve as a community training center where locals learn how to sew to earn an income.

Hosted by the campus' Student Affairs office, the Cultural Luncheon Series features speakers who share their experiences in other cultures and countries around the world. To complement the program, food from the culture that the presentation focuses on is served.

As guests experienced the tastes of Paraguay, Vorisek ran an extensive slide show of photos, and shared stories about the work he did on his faith-based service trip, and how it helped a community.

Vorisek traveled to Paraguay's capitol city of Asuncion with a group of other volunteers from his home-town Methodist church in Conneautville, PA. A couple who organized the service project had been working with the Methodist Bishop in Asuncion for several years to improve the lives of people in the Paraguayan community, and helped to establish the Bible Institute there, where locals have access to ministry and other faith-based services. Their latest project at the Bible Institute was the building of the Dorcas Sewing Center.

"They had been working for the last several years to build a small training center to teach local women to sew, as a supplement to their income," Vorisek said. He explained that, upon hearing about the project, the timing was right for him to join the effort. "They needed an extra worker to help with the building. I had just been laid off from a teaching job, had always wanted to see South America, and really enjoy working with my hands; especially for a good cause. So, there was really no hesitation about going."

The group spent two weeks working tirelessly to build the brick walls that would house the training center and second-floor dormitories. It was an on-going project that had started before Vorisek got there, and was not completed until after he got back state side. His participation in the building of the center, however, will always be a part of its history, and its legacy of improving the lives of those who are trained there.

Photo: Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology Instructor Ed Vorisek lays brick while constructing a training center in Paraguay in 2011.

Valentine’s Honors For Retired County Mapper


Valentine’s Honors For Retired County Mapper

Staffers at the Potter County Planning Office, Tax Assessment and Tax Claim Bureau welcomed back an old friend for a Valentine’s Day pizza party. Tom Leete, who retired in December after serving as county mapper, has been recovering at home from a back injury. 

Over the years, he has served on the Potter County Planning Commission, Coudersport Borough Council, Coudersport Shade Tree Commission and other civic organizations. His mapping skills and historical knowledge have helped the county to integrate approved subdivision and land development plans into the tax assessment database and keep records updated and accurate.

 Welcoming him back on Valentine’s Day were (from left): kneeling/front — Gayle Potocek and Charlotte Dietrich; back — Karin Karr, Debbie Ostrom, Linda Gambino and Deanna Johnston.

Amish Mafia: Alan Lee Beiler to stand trial on charges of eluding police, drug possession

Amish Mafia: Alan Lee Beiler to stand trial on charges of eluding police, drug possession

By Joe Elias |

NEW BLOOMFIELD - Looking anything but Amish, Alan Lee Beiler, character on the Discovery Channel show "Amish Mafia," appeared in Perry County Court early Friday morning. Read more...

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Coudersport Ambulance To Maple Street

At 12:44 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Maple Street for a medical emergency.

Benefit Set For Dick Sherwood For Kidney Transplant

Pitt Day at the Capitol!

Pitt Day at the Capitol!
Rep. Marty Causer: I had the pleasure of welcoming a group from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to the state Capitol for the annual Pitt Day this week. It’s always great to see young people involved in the democratic process! Pictured with me are (front row) Sara Bova, Rachel Diehl, Liz Tillman, Jay Leipheimer, and Cassandra Konopko, and (back row) Kyle Meserole, Patrick Glass and Eli Marugoski.

First Annual Vintage Snow Fest Saturday In Coudersport

First Annual Vintage Snow Fest 
Set for Saturday, February 16
Photo--Club members would like to thank Hershey's Market, Stanley Goodwin, Max Greeley & Sons, and Patrick Hoopes for donating trucks and drivers to haul in snow to cover the race track.

After over a year of planning and waiting for the weather to cooperate, the Potter County Snowmobile Club is excited to announce that the first annual Vintage Snow Fest will be held on February 16 at the clubhouse at 949 North Hollow Road in Coudersport.

The highlight will be the competitive snow track races around the club’s quarter mile oval snow-track beginning at 11 AM. Snowmobiles built in 1983 or earlier are considered vintage. There will be 16 race classes, including a “mini” class for children ages 5 to 10 years old. Organizers hope the retro races revive the ‘70’s spirit of snowmobiling.

The clubhouse kitchen will be open serving hot foods and beverages. Organizers welcome attendees, whether they are snowmobile enthusiasts or not, to join in the winter fun. Admission is $5 per person (12 and older).

More information is available at or by calling Jon Blass at 814-260-1467. For information on racing, contact Scott Boucher at

Applications for 2013 Pennsylvania House Scholarships Now Available, Says Causer

Applications for 2013 Pennsylvania House Scholarships Now Available, Says Causer

HARRISBURG – High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships. The program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors. No tax or other public funds are used.

The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration.

The scholarship program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. To apply, interested students should visit and click on House Scholarship Information. The application deadline is March 1.

Scholarships are awarded through an independent panel of judges chosen by the foundation.


02/14/2013 06:29 PM EST
Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) of New Ulm, Minn., in cooperation with Gordon Food Service (GFS), is recalling pudding labeled as GFS Lemon Pudding but contains vanilla pudding. Milk is an ingredient in this vanilla pudding. 
02/14/2013 08:42 PM EST
JS Pelmini OK, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY is recalling Potato Dumplings and Potato and Mushroom Dumplings, because they contain undeclared Milk and Soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Cake Decorating 101

Cake Decorating 101

Have you always wanted to learn how to decorate cakes for those special occasions? In this 4-session course, instructor Sharron Gustin, who has been decorating cakes for over 30 years, will show you how! Week one will focus on the basics involved in making a beautifully decorated cake. In the second session participants will practice frosting a cake and making cake borders. In week three, participants will learn how to make roses and leaves and how to use them in different decorating styles. During the final session, participants will frost and decorate a cake from start to finish and will leave with a beautifully decorated cake. Participants will need to bring a basic cake decorating set (available for under $10 at Walmart), and will also need to bring an un-iced cake to the final three classes.

This class is being held Tuesdays, March 19, 26, April 2 and April 9, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Coudersport office of the Potter County Education Council. The cost is $25 per session or $89 for all four sessions. To register, call (814) 274- 4877 or visit our website at

PA Permit Violation Issued to Catalyst Energy Inc

PA Permit Violation Issued to Catalyst Energy Inc in Hamilton Twp, McKean County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2013-02-05 to Catalyst Energy Inc in Hamilton Twp, McKean county. SWMA301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

[BREAKING] Russian Meteorite Explosion (12-15-2013)

[BREAKING] Russian Meteorite Explosion (12-15-2013)

Think About It!

Brrrrr It’s Cold!

I’m sitting at the dinning room table looking out the window on one of those bitterly cold northeast days. It’s snowing lightly and the wind is blowing. Although I’d like to go out with the dog for a walk, I’m thinking that it isn’t a good idea. They say that the wind chill factor is a bombing -15 below zero. It’s not my welfare I’m concerned about, but rather the dog. Seeing that I looked like a man with a lot of energy with no place to spend it, my wife graciously produced a honey-do-list, which further deterred the idea of a long walk.

While contemplating where to start on my wife’s list I couldn’t help notice the birds at the feeder. Undeterred by the weather, the birds were busy gathering their food. Even the resident squirrel showed up to get his share. Inside the house the cat and dog were watching the activity outside with much desire. Fortunately there is a large sliding glass door that separates everyone from trouble. All of this activity and nobody seems to be concerned about the cold temperature outside except me, and I’m beginning to wonder what I’m so concerned about too.

It seems that we all allow external influences to affect our choices. For example we look at the long range forecast to determine what we’re going to do next weekend. We listen to the news, be it the weather or not, and make many choices as to how we’re going to live. Often the reason people lock their doors is not because they’ve ever experienced anything but they’ve heard on the news that there are bad people out there that are looking for unlocked homes to break in to. It’s not surprising that people don’t trust others anymore.

When I was a kid we didn’t have much news to influence us. We got up and did what needed to be done without concern of what the weather was going to be and if a boogieman showed up we dealt with it and moved on. Jesus said to focus on the Kingdom of God and don’t worry about all the other stuff, (Mt 6:33). Sounds like good advice in light of the world’s problems. Think about it.


Big Selection At Hazel's Auto Sales In Hebron Center

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Blauvelt Hollow

At 10:15 PM on Thursday, Shinglehouse Ambulance and Medic 6 have been dispatched to Blauvelt Hollow for a medical emergency.

MVA Dispatched On Red Rock Hill

MVA On Red Rock Hill
At 10:14 PM on Thursday, Derrick City Fire Rescue and Bradford City Ambulance have been dispatched to Red Rock Hill, half way up the Otto Township side for a one vehicle crash. One patient  self extricated WITH INJURIES.


A.G. Puts Governor’s Lottery Plan On Hold

Read more about it at WNEP TV

Bradford Regional Airport awarded a $1.1 million state grant

The Bradford Regional Airport was awarded a $1.1 million state grant to construct and expand its multi-tenant facilities. The grant comes from the Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program and is aimed at boosting the state's multi-modal transportation system.


Perfect Pasta Inc., an Addison, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 315 pounds of ready-to-eat roast beef products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Water Quality Work Group: Busy Agenda

Water Quality Work Group: Busy Agenda

waterMembers of the Potter County Water Quality Work Group met this week to continue coordinating efforts geared toward protection of the county’s water resources. They heard that the Upper Allegheny Watershed Association has qualified for a grant to develop a conservation plan through the Coldwater Heritage Program. Association spokesman Frank Weeks said about 80 miles of Mill Creek and the headwaters of the Allegheny River will be included. Partners in the project include Trout Unlimited, the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission.

In other business, Commissioner Paul Heimel reported that the next public meeting of the Natural Gas Resource Center is tentatively scheduled for March 19 at the Gunzburger Building. Tentative plans call for a panel discussion on disposal and treatment options for gas and oil drilling wastewater. Speakers who have been invited to participate are Karen Johnson from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, David Yoxtheimer from the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, and a representative from a company that operates injection wells in Ohio.

Arthur Metzger reported on plans for a “Bioblitz” at Sinnemahoning State Park, tentatively scheduled for May 20-21. Local high schools will be involved. Professors/scientists from Duquesne University and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History are among those committed to participate and other professionals are being sought. Details will be announced.

Mary Anne Heston distributed literature and provided a detailed summary of the issues involved in application of brine for dust suppression on township roads. She has conferred with the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) and others to determine what regulations are in place and which issues are unresolved, as well as pending regulatory changes at the state level. Heston specified that wastewater from conventional gas wells may be used on municipal roads, under certain conditions, but water from unconventional wells (i.e., deep wells horizontally drilled and hydrofractured to harvest shale gas) may not be applied to roads. Townships are required to report the application activities to DEP.

Next Water Quality Work Group meeting is tentatively scheduled for 8 am on Tuesday, April 9. Organizations represented at this month’s meeting were Potter County Conservation District, Potter County Commissioners, Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, Potter County Water Dogs, Penn State Extension, Potter County Planning Commission and the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition.

DEP Announces Regional International Energy Conservation Code Workshop in Bethlehem

DEP Announces Regional International Energy Conservation Code Workshop in Bethlehem

WILKES-BARRE -- The Department of Environmental Protection invites code enforcement officials, builders, contractors and designers to a Thursday, February 21st training workshop in Bethlehem, Northampton County on the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sands Casino Resort at 77 Sands Boulevard. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of the $40 registration fee.

The IECC is updated every three years by the International Code Council. In Pennsylvania, it is considered part of the Uniform Construction Code (UCC), according to Act 49.

The workshop will focus on energy code compliance for commercial building. Participants will learn about the commercial provisions and basic requirements of the IECC, data input into COMcheck software, and proper review of COMcheck compliance certificates. The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center is leading the course.

Attendees will receive six UCC continuing education hours for completing the training.

Funding for the workshop is provided by the state through a U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program grant.

For more information or to register, visit or, or call 717-763-0930.

House Passes Bill to Keep Penn State Fine Money in PA

House Passes Bill to Keep Penn State Fine Money in PA

HARRISBURG -- The House overwhelmingly approved legislation to ensure all proceeds from the $60 million fine imposed on the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are used to fund child protection programs in Pennsylvania, Speaker Sam Smith (R- Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) said today.

The NCAA imposed a number of sanctions against the university based on a report and driven by media stories. The fine, as imposed, goes into an endowment for programs to prevent child sex abuse or help abuse victims across the nation.

“What Jerry Sandusky did was a tragedy, specifically to the Pennsylvania victims, and any endowment created through a Pennsylvania institution with Pennsylvania dollars should be spent in Pennsylvania, helping Pennsylvanians,” Smith said. “I don’t believe the NCAA is the appropriate forum to deal with child sexual abuse victims; however, now that the money is being collected for a specific purpose, we need to help victims in the Commonwealth.”

Penn State already paid its first $12 million installment into an escrow fund in December, but the NCAA has agreed not to disperse the money while a lawsuit filed by Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) is pending.

The legislation, Senate Bill 187, applies to Penn State and any other institution of higher education that, in accordance to an agreement with a governing body, pays a penalty of at least $10 million in installments over more than a year and is to be used for a specific purpose. The bill would require these funds to be deposited into an endowment.

The endowment would be established as a separate trust fund in the State Treasury and funds from the endowment would be appropriated to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) on a continuing basis. The endowment would also be allowed to accept funds from any source.

Under the legislation, PCCD would use the endowment funds as stipulated in the agreement within the Commonwealth for the benefit of its residents on any of the following programs:

· Child sexual abuse prevention programs.

· Service organizations for victims of sexual abuse and child sexual abuse programs.

· Multidisciplinary investigative teams.

· Child advocacy centers.

· Training of mandated reporters.

“Penn State is considered a public university, significantly funded with Pennsylvania dollars. It is wrong for an outside agency to take what many consider to be our money to dole out for its own benefit,” Smith said. “We strongly support the helping of victims; in fact, we just passed the first of a series of bills based on the recommendations of the Task Force on Child Protection.

“The point is, Pennsylvania money should stay in Pennsylvania and help Pennsylvania’s children and victims.”

The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature.

DEP Turns on New High-Definition Falcon Cam in Time for Mating Season

DEP Turns on New High-Definition Falcon Cam in Time for Mating Season

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection today launched its annual live, 24-hour webcast of a nesting pair of peregrine falcons who live on a ledge on the Market Street side of the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg.

For the first time, three high-definition cameras will chronicle the falcons’ activities while streaming the footage live on the internet to viewers around the world.

“The falcon cam has become synonymous with the Rachel Carson State Office Building and our agency,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “We are delighted to host these unique birds of prey and look forward to presenting them in a way that more vividly shows their daily activities.”

The new high-definition (HD) cameras include a personal-computer-operated zoom and pan and light/color balance capabilities. This new technology creates a crisper, more detailed image that enhances wildlife viewing opportunities. Around the time the first egg is laid, an additional HD camera will be set up for an intimate view into the nest.

In recent weeks, another male peregrine has challenged the resident male, who has been at the ledge since 2005. Despite that, the resident male has defended the ledge and started mating with the resident female, who has been at the ledge since 2012. Breeding activity typically takes place this time of year, so territorial battles can be fierce.

“The popularity of the streaming video has made the falcon page one of DEP’s most visited webpages,” DEP Environmental Education Director Jack Farster said. “By watching the young peregrines grow and develop, we can appreciate how our actions can have a direct and positive impact on endangered wildlife and their habitats.”

In the 13 years falcons have been nesting at the building, the nest has produced 48 eggs and 40 hatchlings. Of these, 29 falcons survived—13 males and 16 females. The gender of one of the nestlings who hatched in 2008 could not be determined. That bird was the runt of the clutch, or set of offspring.

Last year, the female falcon laid a clutch of four eggs and only one hatched. The first egg of the 2013 breeding season should be laid the first week in March. The eggs should begin to hatch around mid-May and the young falcons, also called eyases, will begin to take their first flights, or fledge, in mid-June.

While their numbers are increasing, the Pennsylvania Game Commission still lists peregrine falcons as an endangered species at the state level. Nationally, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bird from its list of endangered and threatened species in 1999.

The birds’ population in Pennsylvania has increased since the early 1990s as a direct result of conservation efforts like this one. According to the Game Commission, there are now 32 pairs of peregrine falcons nesting at various locations across the state.

For more information, to sign up to receive the Falcon Wire e-newsletter or to watch the falcons live, visit and click on the Falcon Cam button on the homepage.

State Rte. 948 now open from the intersection of Montmorenci & Long Level Rd. to the intersection with Rte. 66,

Fatal 2 Vehicle Crash On Montmorenci Road

Address: 8189 MONTMORENCI RD
Cross Streets: JUD DR * BEN HUR CAMP RD


 2/14/2013 6:33:02 PM




Shinglehouse Ambulance to Oswayo Boro

At 5:56 PM on Thursday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 have been dispatched to Oswayo Boro for a medical emergency.

Warriner C. "Rebel" Lewis, 82, of 4145 Rt. 646 Cyclone, PA

Warriner C. "Rebel" Lewis, 82, of 4145 Rt. 646 Cyclone, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013, at his residence.

Born on August 7, 1930, Crewe, VA, he was a son of the late Thorton and Lois (Harper) Lewis.

On February 2, 1962 at Limestone, he married Ardis M (Niver) Lewis who survives.

He was a 1948 graduate of Crewe High School. He was a member of the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred American Legion and loved hunting, fishing, gardening and partying in his pavilion with his family, friends and neighbors.

After serving in the U.S. Army, he began painting in Crewe, came to Cyclone in 1963 and worked as a union painter for Mike Anderson, Ira Smades and Ken Schaming. He was also a past Game Warden for the Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission.

Surviving are, his wife, two sons Joe Blair, of Wellsville, Jeff (Trudi) Blair, of Smethport, a sister, Marie Dunavant, of Virginia, a brother, Thorton Lewis, Jr., of California, seven grandchildren, Rob (Amanda) Blair, Dan Blair, Allie Blair, Chris (Victoria) Blair, Kelly Williams, Jennifer Blair, Tim Blair, two great grandchildren, Gavin Blair, Mason Blair, several nieces and nephews, including Bobby Zava. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Edward H. Lewis, who died August 3, 2002 one sister, Elsie Pennington, one brother Edward Lewis.

Family will be receiving friends Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon in the Hilltop Baptist Church, at noon funeral and committal services will be held with Rev. Max Simms, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements are under the direction Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Hilltop Baptist Church or the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Dept.

On line condolences may be made at

German Shepard Missing After House Fire On Fishing Creek Road

We had a fire at West Branch Fishing Creek Rd. yesterday in Roulette. 
We got both dogs today. Thanks to everyone for their concern, and help. The Kerrs
My German Shepard is missing. 

She was staying with my Huskey but we do not know where she is. She is scared. If you see her ask for Sandy Kerr.

My husband and I are here. She will not come to anyone but me. The weather is getting bad and my girls have never lived outside in the snow. They are house dogs. She weighs about 65lbs, the picture is of Lady when she was a puppy. She is saddle back. She is with my Huskey. Please if you see her please let us know. Thank you.

Raymond M. PRESTON, II, 62, of Emporium, PA

Raymond M. PRESTON, II, 62, of Emporium, PA, died Wednesday, February 13, 2013 in the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA.

He was born October 7, 1950, in Elmira, NY. A graduate of Southside High School in Elmira, NY, he served honorably with the US Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was employed by GKN Sinter Metals in Emporium and was a member of ABATE. 

Surviving are: his mother, Ethel Jane Preston of Canandaigua, NY; aunts, uncles, and cousins; and close friends, Walt Sipe of Sinnamahoning, PA and Gary (Sheila) Foust of Coudersport, PA. 

He was predeceased by his father, Raymond M. Preston. 

There will be no visitation. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

I-80 Columbia County work zone restrictions for tomorrow

Travel Advisory
I-80 Columbia County work zone restrictions for tomorrow

Here is a scheduled lane restriction/closure in the I-80 work zone near Mifflinville in Columbia County for tomorrow.

The contractor will restrict Route 1004 (Old Berwick Road) near the interstate between Market Street and Low Road to a single-lane traffic pattern controlled by flaggers on Friday, Feb. 15. This pattern will be set up between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. in order to facilitate the removal of steel beams from the old westbound river bridge.

As a reminder, the I-80 westbound Mifflinville on-ramp remains closed. This is due to merging-traffic safety concerns in the narrowed two-lane area. The ramp detour remains in effect.

Welcoming Aubree Lee Elmadollar Born At Cole Memorial

It’s a Girl!!

Rhonda (Hilfiger) and Josh Elmadollar from Ulysses, Pa are pleased to announce the arrival of Aubree Lee Elmadollar who was born on February 14th at Cole Memorial. Aubree weighed 6lbs. 11 ounces.  She joins her brothers Gavin and Rees.

Maternal Grandparents: Lynda Goerner & Fred Ramsey; Melvin and Pat Hilfiger.

Paternal Grandparents: Joel and Cindy Elmadollar

Paternal Great-Grandparent: Alda Elmadollar

Route 15 crack-sealing operations scheduled in Snyder County next week

Travel Advisory
Route 15 crack-sealing operations scheduled in Snyder County next week

Motorists traveling Route 15 in Snyder County are advised to be alert for maintenance activities scheduled to start next Tuesday (Feb. 19), weather permitting.

Crack-sealing operations will reduce traffic to a single lane, northbound or southbound, in the active work zone in Monroe Township between the traffic signal near K-Mart and County Line Road to the north.

Pending favorable weather, these maintenance activities may be wrapped up in about two days.

Motorists are reminded to stay alert to the possibility of slow-moving or stopped traffic ahead of the work zone.

Executive Director to Present Annual Report to House Game and Fisheries Committee

Executive Director to Present Annual Report
to House Game and Fisheries Committee
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 14) – Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway will present the agency’s annual report to the House Game and Fisheries Committee on Tuesday, February 19, at 1 p.m. in Room 60 of the East Wing of the Capitol Building.
Room 60 is the meeting room adjacent to the Capitol cafeteria.
During his testimony, Director Arway will highlight the agency’s accomplishments during 2012 and will discuss various current issues, including the health of the Susquehanna River; the need for infrastructure funding to repair high-hazard, unsafe dams across the Commonwealth; changes to the stocking program; and the agency’s need for a long-term, alternative funding source.
The meeting is open to the public.

Karol M. Cokely, 73, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, formerly of Emporium, PA

Karol M. Cokely
Karol M. Cokely, 73, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, formerly of Emporium, PA, died at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys on Wednesday (February 13, 2013) evening.

She was born February 20, 1939 in Montrose, PA a daughter of the late William and Minnie Shimer MacGeorge.

Mrs. Cokely graduated from Montrose High School and from Mansfield State Teachers College. She was retired from Cameron County School District where she was a school teacher for many years.

Daughter: Ellen Chapman and her husband Thomas, Brookneal, VA
Son: William "Will" Cokely and his wife Roxanne, Emporium
Four Grandchildren: Courney and Alison Zac and Scott
Brother: Karl MacGeorge and his wife Carol, Hallstead, PA
Brother: Shelley MacGeorge, Florida

Preceded in Death By
Parents: William and Minnie Shimer MacGeorge
Sister: Bonnie McHale
Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (February 16, 2013) at 1:00 PM with Rev. Rock Pifer, Pastor, Free Metholist Church, officiating.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Saturday from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, followed by the Funeral & Committal Services at 1:00 PM

Burial will be in the Franklin Forks Cemetery, Franklin Forks, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

My Year at ACS By Wendy Reber

Wendy Reber
My Year at Animal Care Sanctuary

I have been with Animal Care Sanctuary one year now. I was hired as Community Liaison to offer public education about our sanctuary, adoption, spay/neuter, and wellness programs. In September, I was made director of the Wellsboro facility that we rent, and ultimately 8/23/13, will be fully owned by ACS. I work closely with the development staff on specific venues for donor opportunities, and seek out ways to continue to bring the Wellsboro facility to the forefront in recognition and reputation for exceptional animal care. 

What I learn here daily is overwhelming and extraordinary. The avenues inside the animal world are endless, vast paths that contour themselves around one’s passion and compassion. I have learned the most from the animals; big, small, chunky, starving, fearful, alone, and humble. The common thread is trust. The shelter animals just want to be able to trust one human once more—and love follows close behind. Unconditional love, that is, regardless of the human’s bad mood, bad hair, bad breath, or bad sense of humor.

I have learned people want immediate satisfaction, and demonstrate a variety of rapid fire emotions such as frustration, panic, anger, coping, sadness, reason, and thankfulness…particularly when faced with surrendering a pet here at the sanctuary. We serve families who are faced with tragedy like death; illness; house fire or flood; a circumstance that rips the pet away from its family. We are a resource for animal cruelty and abandonment victims. It is up to ACS to find these deserving animals their next loving home.

The shelter should be the very last resort for a pet, a family member. Stories of a seven year old golden retriever who sheds so the man wants to shoot him now, or the ten year old yellow lab who’s become too aged to play, or the miniature schnauzer who’s nails click too loudly on the hardwood floor are just a couple of the thousands of stories we hear on a daily basis. It is hard to accept irrational behavior from pet owners. Some believe their time is too important to be strapped with such a burden as a four-legged friend. 

Why are they pet owners in the first place? This is the 10,000 dollar question. 

We listen to countless stories, ask a lot of questions, and document everything we can about the pet being surrendered to us, or waiting on our list for a spot to open up within our intake protocol for medical and behavioral assessment. You see, being a “sanctuary” means no-kill, which means we run out of roof real fast. We offer suggestions and guidance to do what we can to retain the pet within the household. We have a behaviorist hotline (570)596-2200 x 118 to help with specific problems; but sometimes the reality is , there is a much better home out there from wince they came; just to find it, and find it quickly. 

That’s where I come in; discovering more ways to gain our beloved animals’ visibility to the public. If your friend or neighbor is entertaining the idea of adding a new member to the family, please urge them to try their local animal shelter first. There are thousands of thrown away animals just craving a new, loving home. All ACS animals undergo excellent medical care to get them in tip top shape for the next chapter in their lives. No animal is placed or adopted without being spayed/neutered, up to date on their shots, and micro chipped.

It was a rewarding year. ACS Wellsboro adopted 147 pets in 2012, and 15 so far this year. Since the inception of our Community Care Clinic-West, we have performed spay/neuter surgery on 272 cats and administered 418 rabies vaccines. Our low cost spay &/or neuter surgery prices for cats is $40, and we often have specials running depending on the month. Starting March 14th, we will be offering low cost spay/neuter surgery for dogs, too! (Excluding super giant breeds.) On Valentine’s Day we are offering $5 Rabies vaccines from 2 pm to 5pm. First come, first served. March 23rd, we are offering a micro chip clinic at Tractor Supply in Mansfield. $25 per chip; cats or dogs. 10 am to 2 pm. And please save the date for Wine & Whiskers, July 20th from 5pm to 8pm…an adult wine tasting, auction bidding, fun way to spend a summer’s eve. The Callahan Brothers Band will be performing as you taste offerings from both Keuka Lake Vineyards of Hammondsport, NY and Shade Mountain Winery of Middleburg, PA. Tickets are on sale now $35.00 pp at

A sanctuary is just that; a kind, loving, caring place that is a safe haven for the discarded, the stricken, and the unfortunate. Many times the “unfortunate” are actually very fortunate to be safe with us, and loved by us. It is a place where caring people gather to share a passion in giving back to a cause they believe in. It is a place that is typically full, requires a lot of funding, does without, or puts bandages on elderly equipment to get by. It is a place that relies on and receives many, many donations from extraordinarily generous people; animal-loving people who see the big picture for the greater good of all animals; animals, who by no fault of their own, end up here.

 It is a place where the animals hold all the power, and where they are given a voice. 

We invite you all to come to Animal Care Sanctuary. Meet all our residents. Look around. Talk to the staff, the volunteers, the visiting school groups, scouting troops, our clinical harpist who plays for our post-op patients, the disabled man who is holding his first kitten, the high school senior completing her outreach project. Learn what goes on here…it is truly eye-opening, and it is my privilege to be part of ACS.

Wendy Reber
Wellsboro Director