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Saturday, February 23, 2013


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2/23/2013 10:50:55 PM

Transformer Fire In Mt. Jewett

 Transformer Fire In Mt. Jewett
At 9:45 PM on Saturday, Mt. Jewett Firefighters have been called to a location behind 1 center Street for a transformer fire.

Margaret V. Anzinger, 83, of Elk Haven Nursing Home., St. Marys, and formerly of Elk Towers and Weedville, PA

Margaret V. Anzinger, 83, of Elk Haven Nursing Home., St. Marys, and formerly of Elk Towers and Weedville, PA died at Elk Haven on Saturday (February 23, 2013) afternoon.

She was born June 25, 1929 in Johnsonburg a daughter of the late Herbert and Marie Lukehart Fox.

On May 31, 1958 in Tyler she married John Anzinger, who Survives.

Mrs. Anzinger was a member of Sacred Heart Church.

In addition to her husband John Anzinger
Daughter: Donna Aloi and her husband Chuck, St. Marys
1 Granddaughter: Jami Aloi, Pittsburgh

Preceded in Death By:
 Parents: Herbert and Marie Lukehart Fox
Daughter: Darlene who died Oct. 7, 2003
5 Brothers and 4 Sisters

There will be No Visitation.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 323 Center Street, St. Marys on Monday (February 25, 2013) at 10:00 AM with Rev. Eric Vogt, O.S.B., as Celebrant.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Elk Haven, Memorial Fund, 785 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Ruth E. Russell, 92, of 410 E. 4th St., Emporium formerly of Sinnamahoning, PA

Ruth E. Russell, 92, of 410 E. 4th St., Emporium formerly of Sinnamahoning died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium on Friday (February 22, 2013) night.

She was born July 23, 1920 in Milton, PA a daughter of the late William and Martha Renninger Johnson.

On June 18, 1938 in Elton, Maryland she married the late George R. Russell.

Mrs. Russell had worked as a cook at Swarthmore, PA Schooll, Sinnamahoning Sportsman Club and the Willows. She was a member of the Sinnamahoning United Methodist Church and was a known as the Easter egg lady. She enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.

Daughter: Patricia, Mrs. Joseph Twardowski, Sr., St. Peters, MO Daughter: Linda, Mrs. Harry Grimes, Woodlyn, PA
4 Grandchildren: Kim Snipes, Joeseph Twardowski, Jr., Steven & Philip Grimes
6 Great Grandchildren: Nicole, Joseph, Alexandria, Kayla, Jeremy & Erin
Brother: Lawrence Johnson and his wife Thelma, Chester, PA
Brother: Robert Johnson, Little River, SC
Brother: Fay Pepperman, Camp Hill, PA

Preceded in Death By:
Husband: George R. Russell
Parents: William and Martha Renninger Johnson
Son: in infancy
3 Brothers: Harold, Kenneth and William Johnson
2 Sisters: Carrie Bastain and Donna Marshall

Private Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
There will be No Visitation.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

City To Fire Cop After Appeal Fails In Superior Court

With conviction upheld, city to fire suspended cop

Williamsport Sun-Gazette

A former city police officer suspended without pay since 2007 won't get his job back now that the state Superior Court affirmed his conviction Thursday on charges of tampering with public records and obstruction of justice.

Thomas H. Ungard Jr. may not return to the department because of the rules required under the Confidence in Law Enforcement Act, which prevent him from being a police officer now that the court affirmed his conviction. City Police Chief Gregory A. Foresman deferred comment on specifics of the ruling to assistant solicitor J. David Smith, but confirmed that Ungard will be terminated under the state law regulating law enforcement officers.

Ungard, who was charged along with former police Cpl. Dustin Kreitz by the state attorney general's office in June 2007, was lieutenant and in charge of the Lycoming County Drug Task Force. He and a former city police chief used a pickup truck in June 2006, a vehicle forfeited by a drug dealer, for a fishing trip in Canada. Read more...

Family Says Thanks To All

Dear Friends- 

Our family wants to thank all of you for your prayers, phone calls and letters during in recent weeks. 

Tom did so well at Sweden Valley Manor for three weeks and was able to come home for more than a week. Last Wednesday he began to show symptoms that something was going wrong. I took him to the doctor on Thursday but by Friday he could no longer walk and Coudersport ambulance took him to the Emergency Room. 

By Friday night he was in Hamot Medical Center and they discovered fluid on the brain. They had to wait several days until his blood thinner was out of his system and Thursday morning the neurosurgeon removed a quart of fluid from his brain. 

He's now responding well and we hope to transfer him back to Sweden Valley Manor early this week. It's been a nightmare but with all your prayers, he pulled through and we are so grateful. Please continue your prayers and someday he'll return home- we're sure of it.

Again- Thanks to all of you- and God Bless each and every one of you who cared.

The family of Tom Leete

One Vehicle Crash W/Injuries In Jones Township

Cross Streets: MERCER ST * OLD KANE RD
2/23/2013 4:21:48 PM

ROUTE 219--Open thru accident scene. Controlled by fire police at scene. Caution advised.

Disabled Tractor Trailer on Bush Hill

Disabled Tractor Trailer on Bush Hill
At 4:00 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Bush Hill on Route 6 for traffic control for a disabled tractor trailer.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Rells Run Road

At 4:00 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Bells Run for a medical emergency.

Homewood Snowboards: Turning a passion into a living


Homewood Snowboards: Turning a passion into a living

By Tataboline Enos
News from the PA Wilds

It started simple. Ryan Williamson and his buddies, Clint Kline and Johnny Mancu, liked to snowboard.

Ryan and Clint were both 26 and from the Pennsylvania Wilds; Johnny, 25, was from Pittsburgh. The three met a few years ago while living in Clarion, playing music, skateboarding and snowboarding.

On New Year’s Eve 2010, Ryan got a call from his step-dad back in Bradford: a bunch of used snowboard manufacturing equipment was for sale in Vermont. Was he interested?

Ryan’s mom and step-dad owned and operated Allegheny Store Fixtures, a manufacturing business in Bradford. Ryan worked at the plant during high school and also took carpentry classes. He liked working with his hands and was passionate about snowboarding. Clint and Johnny were the same way. They decided to take the plunge. Ryan and his folks bought the equipment and Clint and Johnny came on board to help build the boards.

They set up their equipment in a large warehouse next to Allegheny Store Fixtures and began incubating the business. They named it Homewood Snowboards, a nod to the National Forest that surrounded them and the fact their products were locally made. Ryan’s step-dad helped them get the plant set up; a snowboard industry veteran trained them on the equipment; and Ryan’s mom showed them the ropes on the office side of things. “My mom’s been a real big help with that,” Ryan said one day recently while giving a tour of the plant.

Colorful, designed snowboards lined several walls. A small retail area was set up near the
Colorful, designed snowboards lined several walls. A small retail area was set up near the entrance. Behind it, visible to visitors, was the manufacturing area where several stations of tools and machines were set up to create each snowboard, one by one. A massive Fathead sticker of a granny with curlers in her hair, holding a shotgun, was stuck to a wall at the far end of the room. “That’s our security system,” Ryan smiled.

A lot of work and care goes into making each Homewood snowboard. “Making a board is like making a sandwich,” Clint told an online industry reviewer recently. “The bread would be the sublimated topsheet and the sintered base (with edges attached), your meat would be fiberglass, woodcore with ABS sidewalls attached, and one final layer of fiberglass/carbon fiber atop the woodcore, in that order! The mayo is the glue, which is a 2-part epoxy that goes between each layer. You press all that together at about 60psi and 180f for about 45 minutes, then cut it out, clean it up, and BAM! Your sandwich is ready to ride!" He went on to say that his favorite aspect of making a Homewood snowboard "is that we’ve made them, and that someday someone will ride them and forget about some negative crap in their life and have pure, genuine fun."

Homewood's first year in business was a sharp learning curve, Ryan said. “Our main focus was always the product. We did a ton of R&D, having our friends ride the boards and beat the hell out of them.”

Last year, confident in their product, they took it to a few industry shows. They set up a tent with demo boards and people took them out on the slopes. “Everywhere we went last year was really good responses,” Ryan said.

Four retail outlets have picked up the boards so far – The Boardroom in Ellicottville, NY; Erie Sports Store; Eastern H2O in Pittsburgh; and Suburban Blend in Jamestown, NY. Ryan said he’s hoping to bring a few other outfitters, into the fold soon, including some in the Wilds. He said the goal for now is to just keep growing organically and to stay focused on putting out a product they’re proud of.

“We want to do this forever,” Ryan said. “If we make a good product we’ll get a reputation and it will grow from there.”

In the meantime, the guys are learning as they go and living the life of young entrepreneurs. “Last night I slept on the floor,” Ryan confessed during the tour, pointing to a spot in the corner of the factory.

They find ways to relieve the stress though: snowboarding, of course, and also by being creative. Not too long ago a major snowboard company in the US came out with a snowboard emblazoned with a big American flag, Ryan said; in small print it read “Made in China.”

“So to stick it to ‘em we did this,” Ryan laughed, picking up a Homewood board from this year’s line. It was red with a panda on it and the Chinese flag. In big letters across the bottom it says “Made in America.”

Asked if he’d someday take his operation overseas, Ryan smiled.

“We’re always joking about it … ‘Oh, I can’t wait until we get to China.” He grabs an unfinished board and points to a row of tiny metal inserts used to connect boot bindings to the board. “Everything but these small inserts come from the USA,” he said. “And that’s only because we couldn’t find them anywhere in the US.”

Find Homewood Snowboards at or at 57 Holley Avenue, Bradford, PA.

PA Wilds Planning Team seeks nominations for ‘Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds’ Awards

PA Wilds Planning Team seeks nominations for ‘Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds’ Awards

Program recognizes outstanding work at local level to grow region’s outdoor recreation economy

The Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team wants to recognize individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that have done outstanding work in the last year to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Americans spend more than 600 billion each year on outdoor gear or on trips and travel to get outdoors and the Pennsylvania Wilds region is in a good position to grow this industry given its natural landscape and its manufacturing and product development background. The 12 1/2 -county region, which covers about a quarter of the Commonwealth, boasts 29 state parks, 8 state forests, 50 state game lands, two National Wild & Scenic Rivers, some of the darkest skies in the world, the largest wild elk herd in the northeast and a National Forest.

Strategic planning, marketing, stewardship and infrastructure work are being done at the local, regional and state level by a variety of public and private sector partners to grow the region’s outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism industry in order to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve quality of life. The ‘Champion’ awards celebrate this work.

“Every time a local project ties in some way to the larger regional effort, it makes our region that much stronger,” said Planning Team Chair Dan Glotz. “It makes our region that much more of a destination or raises our collective awareness of how to help this industry thrive. Some of the projects and business efforts we’ve seen spring up at the local level are just incredible – and we want to make sure they get recognized. We invite the public to nominate champions from their areas.”

Categories for the 4rd Annual Champion of the PA Wilds Awards include: outstanding leader; tourism asset development and marketing; community character stewardship; conservation of natural assets; business development; youth outreach; artisan of the year; and outstanding event.

Awards will be presented at the Planning Team’s Annual Dinner on May 2, 2013 at the Red Fern in St. Marys.

Nominations are due March 22. More details on the categories and application process are available at or by contacting Candi Hand at (814) 545-1333 or

Midred L. Sylawa, 89, of Austin, PA

Midred L. Sylawa, 89, of Austin, PA, died Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA.

Born on February 22, 1924 in Marion Heights, PA, she was the daughter of Anthony and Kathryn Ignatovich. On June 3, 1973 in Norristown, PA, she married Francis J. Sylawa who survives.

Mrs. Sylawa was a member of the St. Augustine Catholic Church of Austin, PA. She had worked for many years as a waitress before retiring to Potter County.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Phyllis Delia of New Jersey, Jane Byers of Philadelphia, PA, Christine DeMarco of Arizona and step-daughter Sharon Parsons of Delaware. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Jennifer, brother, Alfred and granddaughter, Jennifer Delia.

Friends are invited to Mildreds’s Life Celebration beginning on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 with visitation from 1-3pm at the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Wednesday at the St. Augustine Catholic Church of Austin, PA with Reverend Joseph Dougherty, officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society,1001 E, Second St. Coudersport, PA 16915. To share your fondest memories of Mildred, please visit

EMS Responding To Huston Township

Address: 1 BERKEY RD
2/23/2013 12:26:43 PM


Esquestrienne Awards

Esquestrienne Awards 
Troy Area Horseman's Association(TAHA) held it's annual awards banquet on Saturday, February 16th at the Troy fire hall.Exhibitors accumulate points for their placings in a series of horse shows held throughout the show season.

 Local horse enthusiasts received awards. Lori Andruchowsky of Ulysses won Grand Champion in Adult Showmanship. Kimmy Andruchowsky, daughter of Greg and Lori Andruchowsky of Ulysses received a participation award in Leadline. Sabrina Williams, daughter of Tom and Patsy Williams of Genesee and a member of Silver Bits 4-H Horse and Pony Club received two Reserve Grand Champion awards. One in 4-H Western Pleasure and the other in Western Pleasure Sr. Horse.
Lori Andruchowsky of Ulysses won Grand Champion in Adult Showmanship.

Sabrina Williams, daughter of Tom and Patsy Williams of Genesee and a member of Silver Bits 4-H Horse and Pony Club received two Reserve Grand Champion awards. One in 4-H Western Pleasure and the other in Western Pleasure Sr. Horse.

Kimmy Andruchowsky, daughter of Greg and Lori Andruchowsky of Ulysses received a participation award in Leadline.

Nora E. LYDIC, 90, of Andrews Settlement, PA

Nora E. LYDIC, 90, of Andrews Settlement, PA, died Saturday, February 23, 2013 in the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. 

Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Happy Birthday Chris Dates

First birthday
Chris Dates at 50th Birthday dinner


Shinglehouse Ambulance To Champlin Hollow Road

At 10:58 AM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 have been dispatched to Champlin Hollow Road in Ceres Township for a medical emergency.

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 23 at 8: 04AM EST until February 23 at 12:00PM EST by NWS


Winter Weather Advisory issued February 23 at 6: 26AM EST until February 23 at 12:00PM EST by NWS


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

Friday, February 22, 2013

Actor Attempted To Enter Rich Valley Home

A Criminal Mischief/Attempted Burglary is under investigation by State Police at Emporium.

Trooper Heim said a known victim reported an attempted burglary in which the actor used force in an attempt to gain entry to a residence at 3783 Rich Valley Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County on February 20 between 6:00 AM and 4:30 PM. $5. damage was estimated done to the residence.

Help Austin Fire Dept. Win New Fire Helmets

The Austin Volunteer Fire Department has entered the Phenix Fire Helmet Contest which will give us a chance to win 40 new fire helmets. All we need to do is remain in the top 10 by way of votes to enter the finals for a chance to win. So we are asking for your help. Its a quick vote and will only take a minute. Just follow the link and click vote on the photo of our members. We appreciate everyone's help. Thank You!

Firefighter--Know Your Smoke

This is a MUST WATCH video for all fire service personnel!

Seven homeless after fire in Johnsonburg

Click on player to see video from WJAC TV

Northern Potter High School Recipient of Senior Project Scrapbooks

Northern Potter High School Recipient of Senior Project Scrapbooks

The Northern Potter High School library was honored with the gift of Alex Smith's Senior Project scrapbooks which chronicle the history of the Northern Potter High School over the years. She focused on the changes in the infrastructure, technology, clubs, sports, events, faculty, and even completed several interviews. She completed lovely scrapbooks that can be viewed by the students and staff for years to come. Thank you, Alex Smith.

The Road To Hershey (Round 2)

The Road To Hershey (Round 2)
Smethport 56 – Cameron County 36
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Winter Weather Advisory issued February 22 at 10: 04PM EST until February 23 at 11:00AM EST by NWS


Twenty People Arrested After “Operation Penalty Stroke”

Twenty People Arrested After “Operation Penalty Stroke”
 WNEP-TV--

Writer Opposes Hatchery Closing

Greetings Men & Women and children of the Pennsylvania Fishing State, now is the time to stand up and fight for our fishing hatcheries and water ways. 

I suppose some have heard about hatcheries going to be shut down. To me it seems like giving water to gas and oil industries, with the amount of money involved, there should be a plenty of money to keep our hatcheries operating, the same way with our hunting area. 

If the ground is not posted it’s polluted with the leaching of gas fumes, and oil. I am a disabled veteran and if this doesn't stop in the near future, yours and my grandchildren will not have a place to fish and hunt. 

I have helped the fish commission for the last 50 years. It's time to make a stand! Martin Causer is only one man. He needs our help. I love my fishing and hunting at 70 years old. I hope this will get the ball rolling.

Thank you for your time

Bunk McKervey
in McKean County

Colton Gietler takes 1st at Corry Pa. Wrestling tournament

Colton Gietler takes 1st at Corry Pa. Wrestling tournament
Colton Gietler of Oswayo Valley at 9&10 75# took 1st place last weekend at a tough tournament in Corry pa. In the picture with colton is Jeff Prescott his coach and a 2 time NCAA Pennstate wrestler. Colton has been going to PRESCOTT WRESTLING School for the last year and a half, and has been making big improvements. Jeff also gave colton the honor of outstanding wrestler for that week. Colton had 22 kids in his bracket and if everything goes alright, he has set a goal to try to making it to states in March. Also colton wants to thank Jeff and Dean in helping him reach his goal.

The Austin Borough Police is asking for the public's help

The Austin Borough Police 
is asking for the public's help

Sometime Thursday, February 21st. 2013 from 6pm-8pm an unknown actor or actors had used electrical tape to tie a young dogs mouth shut. Also in the act the person had also tied the dogs back legs. The young dog was located at the Austin School this morning just before the arrival of the students. The dog is ok. He is a little scared and cold from being out all night. He has been to the vet and checked out and is currently being housed at Teacher's Pet Rescue until such interviews are conducted. We would like to close this case quickly as possible as to return the dog to its owners and prosecute the ones that are involved in this han-us act. The Austin Police are being assisted by the Pennsylvania Humane Officer and the Potter County DA's office.

This is the basic information concerning this case.

I am asking the public for any information that would be pertinent to this case to please contact the Austin Borough Police 647-8613

Chief Kyle B.Day
Austin Borough Police

Growing Greener Grants Awarded for Environmental Projects

Growing Greener Grants Awarded for Environmental Projects

Six organizations in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded a total of $972,997 in state Growing Greener grants to reduce pollution and improve water quality, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Scarnati said these grants are made available through the Growing Greener Program, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Environmental Stewardship Fund. Across the commonwealth, Growing Greener has awarded over $13.2 million to fund 78 water protection projects through this round of funding.

Grants were awarded to reduce causes of nonpoint source pollution, reclaim abandoned mine lands and restore aquatic life to streams that were polluted as a result of acid mine drainage.

“The Growing Greener funds provided for these projects will play a significant role in helping local groups to complete important plans to clean up mine drainage, improve agricultural practices and restore wetlands and to improve stormwater systems,” Scarnati said. “Each of these projects not only protects our environment but also contributes to economic development and helps to create local jobs.”

The grants are being provided to non-profit organizations, watershed groups and county and municipal governments to address local and regional water quality issues. Conservation districts were targeted for a large portion of the funding, and will be responsible for three of the six projects in the 25th Senatorial District.

“These are worthwhile projects that will improve the quality of life for area residents,” Scarnati said. “Investing in our natural resources and protecting the waters across Pennsylvania is a vital investment in our future.”

The following projects in the 25th Senatorial District received funding:

Bucktail Watershed Association – $14,485 to treat and control Japanese Knotweed on 6-7 miles of Sinnemahoning Creek. This project continues previous control work that has been done in the headwaters.

McKean County Conservation District – $280,155 to continue implementation of agricultural best management practices within two agriculturally-impaired tributaries to the Allegheny River. Two operations will have BMPs installed on the Lillibridge Creek and Rock Run Watersheds in McKean County.

Potter County Conservation District – $99,000 to stabilize streambanks by installing in-stream structures, bankgrading and riparian planting at 9 locations on the East Fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek and the Pine Creek watersheds.

Tioga County Conservation District – $166,350 to design and implement dirt and gravel road improvements on two roads totaling 2.1 miles in this sediment impaired watershed.

Babb Creek Watershed Association, Inc. – $163,007 to construct the second phase of a passive treatment system to treat mine discharges impacting Rock Run. Upon completion of the second phase water quality will be restored to 2,100 ft. of Smallpox Creek and its tributary and 2.1 miles of Rock Run.

Headwaters Charitable Trust – $250,000 to construct an aerobic limestone basin and a vertical flow wetland alkalinity addition treatment system in the Smith Run Watershed in McKean County. The watershed is degraded from seasonal and episodic acid precipitation impacts, and benefits will be realized not only in Smith Run but East Branch Lake.

Natural Gas Odor In Basement In Mt. Jewett

Odor of Natural Gas In Basement
At 5:58 PM, Mount Jewett Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 56 E. Main Street for odor of natural gas in the basement.

2 Vehicle Crash With Injuries In Portville

2 Vehicle Crash With Injuries In Portville
At 5:55 PM on Friday, Portville was dispatched to a 2 vehicle accident on Main Street & Maple Street in Portville with injuries.



Reps. Thompson, Green, Reed, Costa Re-Launch Congressional Natural Gas Caucus with Four-Member Bipartisan Leadership Team

Reps. Thompson, Green, Reed, Costa Re-Launch Congressional Natural Gas Caucus with Four-Member Bipartisan Leadership Team
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), Gene Green (D-TX), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Jim Costa (D-CA) today announced an expanded, four-member leadership team for the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus, a bipartisan effort to educate Members of Congress and the American people about the importance of natural gas as a domestic energy resource, its role in meeting the nation's energy demand and in attaining energy security.

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA): “The United States is witnessing an energy revolution through which natural gas development and production is offering economic growth, lower energy costs, and a vastly expanded energy resource base. The Congressional Natural Gas Caucus will serve as a forum to educate Members of Congress and the public on the growing importance of natural gas in meeting the nation’s energy needs and explore the policy challenges that must be leveraged for American consumers and domestic industries to continue benefiting from this abundant, low-cost energy source.”  

U.S. Representative Gene Green (D-TX): “I look forward to working with my fellow co-chairs on expanding the Caucus’ membership and using it as a forum to educate, discuss and unite around policies that we can agree on.”  

U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY): “Our country has been blessed with plentiful reserves of natural gas – reserves that will supply America with long-term, low-cost energy. The opportunities are endless for economic growth through the direct and indirect jobs created by natural gas development and its importance in New York’s 23rd District, and across the country, cannot be overstated. Along with my co-chairmanship of the House Manufacturing Caucus, I expect to be able to highlight the importance of development through the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus and the way it intertwines on both fronts. The development of domestic natural gas has already proven to be a game-changer for U.S. manufacturing and the Natural Gas Caucus will highlight ways to generate quality, good-paying American jobs.” 

U.S. Representative Jim Costa (D-CA): “Natural gas is American-made and critical to winning our energy future. Voters want to see Congress lead and build bipartisan agreement to deal with the problems of our day. Over 70 members from both sides of the aisle have come together to say that we must keep pushing forward to meet our energy challenges. This is about smart policies, not partisan politics.” 

Sweden Valley Manor Resident Council Asking for Help

Sweden Valley Manor Resident Council Asking for Help

Canned food drive at Sweden Valley Manor
With just one week left in our canned food drive to benefit the six food banks in Potter County, we are asking everyone to try to bring in donations. 

Even one item helps. It may not seem like a lot, but when added together it makes a big difference in the lives of those who depend on the food pantries. We are currently at 20% of our goal. Please help us reach 100%. 

You can drop donations off in the soda shop of Sweden Valley Manor through February 28th.

Public Program On Drug Abuse Trends

Public Program On Drug Abuse Trends

February 22nd, 2013
drugsPennsylvania CareerLink in Coudersport will be presenting a program on trends and issues with drug abuse in rural Pennsylvania on Tuesday, April 16. Parents, community leaders, students and all others interested in the topic are encouraged to attend. Elaine Surma, senior supervisory special agent for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, will be featured speaker. She is knowledgeable on drug abuse trends, particularly among teenagers and young adults, and will offer practical advice on detecting drug abuse and responding in ways that could save young lives.

The 75-minute program will be presented at two separate times, 3 pm and 6 pm. Video/audio links will bring the program to CareerLink offices in Coudersport, Bradford, St. Marys, Clearfield and DuBois from its live site at Northcentral Pa. Regional Planning and Development Commission in Ridgway.

Clifford W. Clark, 99, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium formerly of 961 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA

Clifford W. Clark
Clifford W. Clark, 99, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium formerly of 961 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA,  died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, on Thursday (February 21, 2013) afternoon.

He was born August 25, 1913 in Emporium a son of the late Walter and Hulda Walleen Clark.
On June 30, 1934 in Austin he married Bernice Owens Clark, who survives.

Mr. Clark was lifelong resident of Cameron County. He and his wife Bernice had celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary this past June. He graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1932. 

Cliff retired from Sylvania where he had worked for many years. Years ago he worked, in Emporium, at the former Whitman Ford dealership. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and Ruling Elder. He was a past member of the American Society of Tool Manufacturing Engineers. 

Cliff was a life member of the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club and a outdoor enthusiast. He enjoyed woodworking, clock making, working and spending time at his camp.

In addition to his wife Bernice Owens Clark
Son: Gary L. Clark and his wife Barbara, Emporium
1 Granddaughter Christine, Mrs. Brian Slusarick, Emporium
1 Grandson Clifford M. Clark and his wife Eugenia, Emporium
3 Great Grandchildren Molly & Chloe Slusarick & Clara Clark

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Walter and Hulda Walleen Clark
Sister: Cecil Lincoln
Brother: Walter Clark
Sister: Phyllis Sassenroth
Sister: Zita Schilling Sister: Freddie Meisel

Funeral Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 205 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday (February 27, 2013) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Philip W. Sanders, Pastor, officiating.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth St., Emporium on Tuesday from 5-8 PM.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

In lieu of flowers memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Food Pantry, P.O. BOX 389, Attn David Malizia, Emporium, PA 15834 or memorials to First Presbyterian Church, 205 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

As Another Governor Decides to Expand Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act, Governor Corbett Continues to Stall

Hughes questions Budget Sec. Charles Zogby on Medicaid expansion :: February 19, 2013
Hughes questions Budget Sec. Charles Zogby on Medicaid expansion :: February 19, 2013

As Another Governor Decides to Expand Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act, Governor Corbett Continues to Stall

More Than 500,000 Uninsured Pennsylvanians Continue to Suffer
On February 20, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican and staunch critic of President Barack Obama’s health care law, announced that he will expand Florida’s Medicaid program. This was a complete about face for the governor who was a strong opponent of ObamaCare.
This announcement marks the 7th Republican governor to participate in the expansion of Medicaid. Half of all states have decided to or are leaning towards Medicaid expansion.
Status of State Medicaid Expansion for 2014
Unfortunately for the more than 500,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians hoping for some relief, Gov. Tom Corbett remains opposed to expanding at this time, citing the need to do further analysis on costs and rules associated with Medicaid expansion.
Pennsylvania’s Economy Will Benefit from
Expanding Medicaid - Families USA
Corbett continues to assert that Pennsylvania taxpayers will incur substantial costs related to expanding Medicaid, but what isn’t told is that these costs that he speaks of will occur regardless of Medicaid expansion based on the insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act. These costs are NOT related to Medicaid expansion and should not be used as a reason for Pennsylvania not to participate.
The facts are:
  • For the first three years, Medicaid expansion is completely covered by the federal government at NO cost to Pennsylvania
  • More than 500,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians would get coverage
  • Pennsylvania would see savings and growth related to Medicaid expansion to the tune of an estimated $670 million
  • Pennsylvania would receive $4 billion a year in federal funds
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BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will name its sport and fitness center in honor of President Emeritus Dr. Richard McDowell and his wife, Ruth.

The University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Dr. Richard and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness Center at its meeting today in Pittsburgh.

The sport and fitness center opened in the fall of 2002 and includes the KOA Arena, the Kenneth M. Jadlowiec Fitness Center, an exercise studio, the Tom L. McDowell Fieldhouse (named in honor of McDowell’s father), the Paul C. Duke III Aquatic Center, offices, classrooms and athletic training facilities.

“I am tremendously pleased that one of the most vibrant buildings on campus will carry the name of a vibrant leader,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford’s president. “Dr. McDowell’s unrelenting enthusiasm, optimism and dedication carried Pitt-Bradford into the 21st century, well poised for the national recognition we’re seeing today.”

McDowell served as president of Pitt-Bradford from 1973 to 2002, leading it through the process to gain baccalaureate degree-granting status in 1979 and expanding the physical campus and the student body to 1,200.

The Hon. John Cleland, who served as chairman of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board from 1995 to 2005, said, “It is more than fitting that Dick receive this honor. The campus is largely his vision, and his legacy is being duly recognized. And certainly, Ruth has been Dick’s partner for many years, and it’s appropriate that they are recognized together for the team they are.”

When McDowell became president at age 29, he was the youngest college president in the nation. Prior to becoming president, he served the university in several capacities, including assistant to the president for academic affairs, director of admissions and as a faculty member.

William Higie became chairman of the advisory board a year after McDowell became president.

“It certainly is well-deserved,” Higie said. “We struggled through twenty years together. We needed somebody like Dick McDowell who could just get things done well.”

Following his retirement as president, McDowell taught courses in leadership and fundraising at Pitt-Bradford. He holds a bachelor’s degree from High Point University and a master’s and doctor of philosophy degree from St. Louis University. In 1996 High Point University awarded Dr. McDowell an Honorary Doctorate. In 2001 he was awarded the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2002, he was recognized for his support of athletics by induction into Pitt-Bradford’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Over the years, the McDowells have supported a wide range of important initiatives at the Bradford campus. They established the Pitt-Bradford Athletics Endowment; joined with other donors and relatives of Dr. McDowell to create the Zelda N. Hyatt Undergraduate Student Research Fund; and gave generously to the Bradford Education Foundation at Pitt-Bradford, specifically for grants to expand and revolutionize the availability and use of technology throughout the curriculum for all majors across the Bradford Campus.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Rumsey Street In Oswayo

At 3:43 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been called to Rumsey Street in Oswayo for a medical call.

Rollover Crash On Rt. 44 South In Summit Township

Rollover Crash On Rt. 44 South 
At 3:16 PM on Friday, Coudersport  Fire Rescue, Ambulance &  Medic 6 have been dispatched to a one vehicle rollover crash on Rt. 44 in Summit Township.

Coudersport Fire Chief on scene reporting vehicle on it's roof in roadway. Occupant reports no injury.

St. Marys man is charged with more than 300 counts of child pornography

A St. Marys man is charged with more than 300 counts of child pornography, and related felony offenses for allegedly sharing computer files online with members of the state police computer crimes unit.

Donald Blessel, who turns 35 tomorrow, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 9 in front of District Judge Mark Jacob.

Besides the 311 counts of child pornography, Blessel is charged with five counts of disseminating photographs or film of child sex acts, five counts of displaying obscene and/or sexual materials and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He is also charges with several misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy.

Second Annual Wine And Whiskers Summer Event

Dear Friends

The Animal Care Sanctuary is planning its 2nd Annual Wine & Whiskers Summer Event in Wellsboro. We hope you will join us for wine tasting, fine food, live music, silent auction and an animal sponsorship auction featuring our unique shelter animals on the catwalk, plus much more! This will be Animal Care Sanctuary’s largest event of the year at 11765 Route 6 - across from Weis Markets!

We are showcasing wine offerings from Keuka Lake Vineyards, of Hammondsport, NY,
and also Shade Mountain Winery, of Middleburg, PA.

• We invite you to sponsor or contribute a prize to this extravaganza!
Featured entertainment for the evening is provided by Brandon Lusk-- With a very diverse collection of covers and original music, Brandon has been one of the most sought out performers in the area.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 in support of our Mission to promote the welfare of companion animals in the community through programs and strategies aimed at improving responsible pet ownership and reducing the pet population. The Animal Care Sanctuary depends on funds raised in order to conduct its operations – it does not receive subsidies of any kind. We ask for your help so we can sustain the facility in Wellsboro.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 5pm-8pm at the Animal Care Sanctuary. Thank you for your consideration for support. Please purchase tickets or donate at

Wendy Reber, Wellsboro Director

Register now for Winter Pesticide Update Meeting

Register now for 
Winter Pesticide Update Meeting

The Penn State Extension and the McKean County Conservation District are sponsoring a Winter Pesticide Update Meeting being held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at the 911 Center in Smethport. The session will start at 1:00 PM and is targeted toward those individuals needing pesticide credits. This afternoon class will offer 2 category and 2 core pesticide credits.

Topics of discussion will include Water Quality effects on Pesticides, Interactive Weed ID and Control, and IPM for Turfgrass. There is a $10.00 fee, which includes refreshments and materials. Participants are asked register by contacting the Penn State Extension at 814-274-8540.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

2-26/27/28/3-1 Country Blessings Emporium

Country Blessings, 
located at 240 E. 4th Street in Emporium. 
This week, $5.00 bag sale, winter clearance! 
Now open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rep. Causer Digs In As Chairman Of House Game & Fisheries Committee

Heads of Game, Fish and Boat Commissions Offer Annual Reports

Click to view my remarks.
The House Game and Fisheries Committee, which I chair, met this week to accept annual reports from the heads of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The meetings also provided the opportunity to question Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe and Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway about a number of issues of concern to the sportsman community.

Follow these links for footage of some of the questions I posed during the meetings:
John Arway re: proposed closing of hatcheries in Oswayo and Bellefonte.

Carl Roe re: deer management.

Carl Roe re: game lands acquisition.

Carl Roe re: Game Commission reserve funds.

For the Fish and Boat Commission’s annual report, click here , and for the Game Commission’s annual report, click here

Trout Stocking Schedules Available

Pennsylvania trout stocking schedules are now available online in preparation for opening day of trout season in April. A total of 733 streams and 124 lakes will be stocked as a part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s 2013 adult trout stocking program. Check out the schedule here.


Address: 4401 ROUTE 219
Cross Streets: COUNTY LINE RD

2/22/2013 1:10:30 PM


02/22/2013 10:46 AM EST
Bruce Foods Corporation of New Iberia, LA is recalling mislabeled cans of 10 oz Food Club Red Enchilada Sauce with code GES 462449, Best Before Date: 12/3/2016 that could contain Green Enchilada Sauce instead of Red Enchilada Sauce. Only the Food Club Green Enchilada contains wheat and soy. 

02/22/2013 10:19 AM EST
Heartland® Brands is voluntarily recalling two varieties of its granola cereals in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Israel and Trinidad, as a precaution due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh in an ingredient. The ingredient is a grain blend, and the problem was discovered and reported by the ingredient supplier, Dakota Specialty Milling. 
02/21/2013 04:30 PM EST
February 19, 2013 - Kaytee Products is recalling several bird treats and greens items due to possible contamination of Salmonella from parsley flake ingredients supplied to Kaytee by Specialty Commodities, Inc., an outside supplier to Kaytee. No human or pet illnesses have been reported to-date.
02/21/2013 07:31 PM EST
GoldCoast Salads, a Naples Florida firm, is voluntarily recalling Blue Crab Spread, Maine Lobster Spread, Lobster and Shrimp Spread, and Smoked Salmon Spread that may be contaminated with Listeria. The Blue Crab Spread being recalled is coded EXP 2/14/13 B. 
02/21/2013 06:51 PM EST
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today alerted consumers that Mandy Star Trading Inc. located at 351 Maujer Street in Brooklyn, NY, is recalling "Good Taste" brand preserved fruits due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. 
02/21/2013 05:32 PM EST
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Kasel Associates Industries Inc. is recalling all pet treats it manufactured from April 20 through Sept. 19, 2012 due to potential contamination with Salmonella. Kasel has issued three previous recall notices for specific products manufactured during this time period. 
02/21/2013 08:49 PM EST
The Honest Kitchen today announced that it is voluntarily recalling five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive pet food products produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No other Honest Kitchen batches, production dates or products are affected.
02/21/2013 09:33 PM EST
Mondel─ôz Global LLC announced today a nationwide voluntary recall in the United States, including Puerto Rico, of the belVita Breakfast Biscuit product, Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate varieties, following notification from a third-party supplier, due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh caused by a faulty screen at their facility.

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 22 at 12: 30PM EST until February 23 at 11:00AM EST by NWS


Route 350 Closed Between Philipsburg Borough, Centre County, and Snyder Township, Blair County

Centre County
Route 350 Closed Between Philipsburg Borough, Centre County, and Snyder Township, Blair County

Clearfield – PennDOT advises drivers that a portion of Route 350 is closed in both directions due to a house fire. The closure begins at the Route 53 (Presqueisle Street) intersection in Philipsburg Borough, Centre County, and ends at the Route 4027 intersection in Snyder Township, Blair County.

Motorists are advised to find an alternate route. The road is expected to be open by 2 p.m. today.

Structure Fire In Johnsonburg

Structure Fire In Johnsonburg
At 11:45 AM on Friday, Johnsonburg Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 503 PennStreet Apartment A for a working structure fire.

Address: 503 PENN ST
Cross Streets: SPRUCE ST * BRIDGE ST

2/22/2013 11:42:21 AM

Think About It

For Such A Time As This

The Book of Esther is a fascinating book of the Bible for it records God’s deliverance of his people. But even more than that, it records how the actions of one individual changed the course of history. We often don’t see how our decision today can have much impact on those around us but in fact they do. Such was the case with Queen Esther.

A quick background of the story finds Esther, a young Jewish woman, elevated to the position of Queen. Another person in the story was Haman who despised the Jews and set a plan in motion whereby all of the Jews, both young and old, would be annihilated on a single day. The only way to stop this was by an order of the King. Esther was the only person available that could get an audience with the King but she knew that if she went in without an invitation, it could mean certain death for no one came to the King unless they were summoned, not even the Queen. We pick up the story in Esther 4:12-14, When Hathach told Mordecai what Esther had said, Mordecai sent her this message: “Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.”

Clearly, Esther had a choice, and she was reminded that there could be a bigger plan then just her own life. Perhaps she was placed in this position just for such a time as this and to this she must decide. The end of the story is that she went to the King and she was received and her people the Jews were not destroyed.

My point in all of this is that we often don’t realize that our life can have a greater purpose than just our own little world. We may not realize that the events that intersect our lives on a daily basis may in reality be the design of God who is trying to get us to move in a certain direction. Perhaps what you are going through today was created for such a time as this. Think about it.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Dingman's Celebrating 60 Wonderful Years Together

Ormonde Ray Dingman and JoAnne Dingman from Gaines, PA will celebrate their 60th wedding Anniversary on February 23rd 2013.

Big Selection At Hazel's Auto Sales In Hebron Center

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

Coudersport High Mock Trial Team Takes First Today At District Competition

Coudersport High Mock Trial Team

The Coudersport High School Mock Trial team competed in the district competition in Smethport today. I am proud to announce that they took first place and will be advancing to the regional playoffs in Williamsport on February 27th. These students along with their teacher, Theresa Daniels, and their attorney adviser, Rebecca Ross, worked extremely hard, and we should be proud of them and wish them the best of luck in Williamsport.

The team is made up of the following students: "Attorneys" Jason Bertrand, Sarah Doyle, John Michael Rigas, Joel Pepper, Tommy Heller, and Ethan Hite; "Witnesses" Nicole Fink, Victoria Robinson, GabeTrimbur, Andrew Rigas, Daniel Kane, and Phillip Andrus; Alternate: Branson Elliott; Timekeeper: Emily Laurore.

Virginia Firm Recalls Pork Sausage Product That May Contain Foreign Materials

02/21/2013 08:38 PM EST
Smithfield Packing Company, a Smithfield, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves

Lady Gators win 45 to 35.......move on in finals

Lynae Delcore Pictured In Above Photo By Dana Todd
McKenna Johnson pictured in this photo by Dana Todd

Lady Gators win .......move on in finals

Structure Fire On South Brookland Road

Structure Fire On South Brookland Road
At 10:30 PM on Thursday, Galeton, Ulysses and Genesee Fire Depts. have been dispatched to 650 South Brookland Road for a structure fire. Reported to be a chimney fire.

NY State Police Blotter