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Saturday, November 16, 2013

I need help finding my grandfathers flag

I need help finding my grandfathers flag and case. 

My mother had lost her storage unit here in Smethport last year and with the unit she lost everything including the flag. I could care less about anything else in the unit. But I would LOVE to have the flag back. It has a few of his medals in it. His name should still be on it Bernard B Smith. 

Please if you know of anyone that may have it please let me know. 814-331-7758. 


Veda "Dian" Lewis, 75, of Broad Street, Port Allegany, PA

Veda "Dian" Lewis
Veda "Dian" Lewis, 75, of Broad Street, Port Allegany, PA, passed away Friday (Nov. 15, 2013) in the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre while surrounded by loving family.

Born December 12, 1937 in Evanston, IL, she was the daughter of Charles and Helen Boddy. On February 10, 1973, she married Richard P. Lewis who survives. 

Veda was a graduate of Amundsen High School in Chicago, IL. She ran Dian’s What Knots and then the Blessing Room. She attended the First Baptist Church of Port Allegany, PA and was a member of the Port Allegany Fire Department’s auxiliary. 

She enjoyed playing Bingo and playing games on her laptop. When she was not helping members of her community she adored spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Veda was always there for anyone who needed her. 

Surviving besides her husband are seven children, Kathleen D. LaGrange of Deltonia, FL, Gary A. (Judy) Leschner of Port Allegany, PA, Paul J. (Kathy) Leschner of Coolidge, AZ, Robert J. (Pam) Lewis of Baltimore, MD, Randall T. Lewis of Bellingham, WA, John C. (Penny) Leschner of Denver, PA, Emery C. (Patti) Lewis of Bradford, PA; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Charles and Helen Boddy and a daughter, Melinda S. Lewis.

Family and friends will be received from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday (Nov. 18, 2013) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2013. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany. 

Condolences can be made to: 
Richard P. Lewis
402 1/2 Broad St.
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Joseph C. Scaccia, 67, Town of Allen, formerly of Lockport

Joseph C. Scaccia
Together in life and together in death, Joseph C. Scaccia and his son, Joseph B. Scaccia passed away accidentally while working together on their racecar.

Joseph C. Scaccia, 67, formerly of Lockport, passed away on Wednesday (Nov. 13, 2013) at home. He was born on Oct. 3, 1946 in Lockport to Joseph A. and Bobbie L. (Curry) Scott. He was a 1964 graduate of Lockport Senior High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force Special Forces during Vietnam from 1966 to 1970.

Joe was a master mechanic for General Motors in Lockport from 1971 until his retirement in 1991.

Joe is survived by three sons, Stephen M. (Tracie) Scott of Lockport, Joel McClure of Texas and Robert T. Scaccia of Wellsville; one daughter, Tanya M. Scaccia of Buffalo; the mother of four of his children, Jane Scott of Lockport; a daughter-in-law, Audrey M. Scaccia of Wellsville; two sisters, Linda (Pete) Tolhurst of East Springfield, Pa. and Kim Scott of Lebanon, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren, Nicholas Scott, Matthew Scott, Tamara McClure, Keonna Scaccia, Joslynn Scaccia, Kiara Scaccia, Sonya Scaccia, Sabre Scaccia, Reno Scaccia, Felena Scaccia, Roman Scaccia and Carmen Scaccia; one great granddaughter, Nevaeh Scaccia and soon to be a second great grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joe’s passion was anything associated with racing. He worked on, built, raced and watched racing cars. He was a member of the New York International Drag Strip Association. Additionally, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. Though racing was his passion, the true love of his life was his family, especially his grandchildren.

Friends may call on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville and on Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church, 200 Beattie Ave. in Lockport. The memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the church immediately following the visitation with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions to help with expenses may be sent C/O Stephen Scott, P.O. Box 375, East Amherst, NY 14051.

Joseph B. Scaccia, 41, Wellsville, NY

Joseph B. Scaccia
Together in life and together in death, Joseph B. Scaccia and his father, Joseph C. Scaccia passed away accidentally while working together on their racecar.

Joseph B. Scaccia, 41, passed away on Wednesday (Nov. 13, 2013) at his father’s home. He was born on Dec. 1, 1971 in Lockport to Joseph C. and Jane (Lewis) Scaccia. He was a 1990 graduate of Royalton-Hartland High School. On Dec. 31, 2001, in Wellsville, he married the love of his life, Audrey, who survives.

Joey worked for Gerald Peet Concrete in Wellsville before becoming disabled.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Sonya Scaccia, Sabre Scaccia, Felena Scaccia all of Wellsville and Carmen Scaccia of Olcott; two sons, Reno Scaccia and Roman Scaccia, both of Wellsville; his mother, Jane Scott of Lockport; three brothers, Stephen M. (Tracie) Scott of Lockport, Joel McClure of Texas and Robert T. Scaccia of Wellsville; one sister, Tanya M. Scaccia of Buffalo; one granddaughter, Nevaeh Scaccia and another grandchild soon to arrive; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joey was an avid Buffalo Sabres fan. He enjoyed hunting and camping. He was a devoted husband and father who deeply loved his children.

Friends may call on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville and on Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church, 200 Beattie Ave. in Lockport. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the church immediately following the visitation with Rev. Daniel Kenyon of the Wellsville Bible Church, officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Joey’s wife and children to help with expenses may be sent C/O Wellsville Bible Church, PO Box 155, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Coudersport Dispatched For Search

Coudersport Dispatched For Search
At 6:33 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to station for a possible land rescue/search in the Denton Hill area.

Marvin H. LOONEY, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Monrovia, MD

US Army Veteran
Marvin H. LOONEY, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Monrovia, MD, died Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

Born in Grundy, VA, he was the son of Gallie A. and Edna Thomas Looney. He was married to the former Mary C. Roberts, who survives. 

A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1953 – 1955.

 He worked as a meat cutter, self-employed building contractor, and was employed by the National Park Service. 

Marvin was a member of the NRA. 

Surviving besides his wife, Mary, are: three children, Patricia Ann (Jeff) Cohen of Alexandria, VA, Cheryl Lynne (Robert) Justis of Germantown, MD, and Marvin Randall (Monica Mintz) Roberts of Coudersport, PA; a brother, Henry (Judy) Looney of WV; three sisters, Fawn (David) Weed, Loretta (Mike) Murphy, and Evelyn “Carol” (Terry) James, all of Maryland. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Larry Looney and Bobby Gene Looney.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, November 16, 2013 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Rev. Paul M. Karges officiated. Burial was in Ulysses Cemetery. Military Rites were accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. 

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Penn State high jumper, 20, falls to his death

Penn State high jumper, 20, falls to his death from ninth-floor balcony just eight months after his 15-year-old brother died

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NWS Alerting For Possible Damaging Wind/Heavy Showers As Front Passes Area


High Wind Warning for Chautauqua and southern Erie

From Jen Stanonis- High Wind Warning for Chautauqua and southern Erie counties from 4pm Sunday to 1pm Monday, and for Niagara, Orleans, northern Erie, and Genesee counties from 7pm Sunday to 1pm Monday.

Wind gusts up to 60mph could bring down some trees and power lines.

The rest of Western New York is under a High Wind Watch.

Also a lakeshore Flood Watch in effect for Erie and Chautauqua counties from Sunday evening through Monday morning.

Can Pennsylvania's Threatened and Endangered Species Survive House Bill 1576?

SurviveCan Pennsylvania's Threatened and Endangered Species Survive House Bill 1576?
Controversial legislation to change the designation process for threatened and endangered species in Pennsylvania moved forward this week when the members of the House Game and Fisheries Committee voted 16-8 to approve House Bill 1576, also known as the Endangered Species Coordination Act. Republican Representative Garth Everett of Lycoming County made the motion for the bill and voted for its approval. According to Rep. Everett, (as quoted by Democratic Representative Greg Vitali of Delaware County), "Every group and industry I know that moves dirt wants this done."
Vitali: Bill Weakens Wildlife Protections
 Rep. Greg Vitali explains the problems of HB 1576 at last week's press conference.
Opposition is fierce between supporters who claim the bill provides better transparency, consistency and needed oversight through the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC), while those opposed insist that the bill adds politics to a scientific process and lessens the authority of the agencies charged to protect Pennsylvania's wildlife.
Supporters of the legislation predictably include those who would benefit from relaxed regulations concerning the protection of sensitive species--commerce groups, home builders, and mineral extraction companies. Last August, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association sent a joint letter of support for the bill, commending its Republican sponsor Representative Jeff Pyle of Armstrong County for his legislation.
Mirabito: Don't Weaken Endangered Species Protections
Rep. Mirabito: Don't Weaken
Endangered Species Protections
That comes as little surprise, as it is clear from his comments where wildlife stands with Rep. Pyle. According to a WITF article, Pyle indicated after Wednesday's committee hearing that "conservationists shouldn't get carte blanche if the result is stifled industry." He referred to the charters of the Game Commission
and Fish and Boat Commission, pointing out that "they're not allowed to make any decisions based on economic reasons." Pyle opined that "in today's economy, and with jobless figures the way they are, it [the economy] has to be considered. There's a balance to everything."  Pyle expressed his sentiment more clearly on conservation last May in reference to the possible listing of three bat species by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. He was quoted in a Lancaster news publication as saying, "I'm not willing to sacrifice tens of thousands of jobs to save their little bats."

Harry Otis Malone, 77, of 241 Minard Run, Bradford, PA

Harry Otis Malone
Harry Otis Malone, 77, of 241 Minard Run, Bradford, PA,  passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013, at UPMC Montefiore in Pittsburgh.
Air Force veteran

Born January 20, 1936, in Paden City, WV, he was a son of the late Ralph "Red" and Virginia (Long) Malone.

On February 9, 1963, in New Martinsville, WV, he married Linda (Headlee) Malone who survives.

Mr. Malone was a graduate of Paden City High School, Paden City, WV, and received his Associates Degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford Campus in 1989. He served in the United States Air Force.

He worked as an engineer at Corning Glass Works and later at Bradford Electronics for 38 years.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and was a member of the choir. He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club and a founding member of Bradford chapter of the SPEBSQA and the Jamestown Harmony Express Barber Shoppers. He had been active in the Kiwanis Kapers since 1981.

In addition to his wife Linda of 50 years, he is survived by three daughters, Michelle Malone of Oklahoma City, OK, Lisa (David) Williams of Pittsburgh, PA and Pamela (John) Anderson of Smethport, PA; his brother Patrick (Marilyn) Malone of Friendly, WV; t four grandchildren Mackenzie, Otis, Marin, and Piper and two nephews, Michael (Juanita) Malone and Bradley (Melissa) Malone.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc, 33 South Ave. and again on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 10:00 to 11:00 am in the First Presbyterian Church, 54 East Corydon St., Bradford, where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00 am with Rev. Katherine Randall, co-pastor officiating. Military honors will be accorded in the sanctuary following the service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the First Presbyterian Church or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Dale L. Hadden, 74, of Crystal River, Fla., formerly of Port Allegany, PA

Army veteran
Dale L. Hadden, 74, of Crystal River, Fla., formerly of Port Allegany, PA, passed away Nov. 9, 2013, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was born May 17, 1939, in Olean, N.Y., to Fred and Lila (Palmatier) Hadden. 

Dale moved to Citrus County 17 years ago from Port Allegany Pa. He was a retired maintenance worker for a glass plant and an Army Veteran. 

After retiring Dale and his wife Joella traveled full time in their pop-up camper for a year and a half, settling in Crystal River 17 years ago. Dale loved travelling, meeting people and life. He was dearly loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by his two brothers, Richard and David. 

Survived by his wife, Joella Hadden of Crystal River; five children, Michael Hadden of Port Allegany, Pa., Adrian Wagner of Erie, Pa., Christopher (Samantha) Wagner of Wellsville, N.Y., Mathew (Menchie) Wagner of Farmington, N.Y., and Bethany Wagner of Bradford, Pa.; six grandchildren; two nephews.

Private cremation will take place under the direction of Brown Funeral Home and Crematory in Lecanto. Family will be receiving friends Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home in Lecanto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prune Belly Syndrome Network P.O. Box 16071 Philadelphia PA 19154.

There will be a service at the Port Allegany Veterans Memorial Hall on Nov. 30 at 11:00 followed by a luncheon and burial at Annin Creek Cemetery.

Brown Funeral Home and Crematory, Lecanto,


Wellsboro and Galeton due to respond.
1:13 PM--Middlebury Engine & Patrol dispatched mutual aid 

Emporium Responding To Structure Fire

Address: 359 S MOUNTAIN RD

11/16/2013 12:12:40 PM


Cowanesque Riding Club Back in the Saddle Again

Cowanesque Riding Club Back in the Saddle Again

The directors of the Keystone Rangerbred Association have successfully regained ownership of the club grounds (formerly Cowanesque Valley Saddle Club) located in Westfield on Rt. 249 adjacent to the River Valley Country Club. The group has reorganized as the Cowanesque Riding Club. The club met for its first annual meeting on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at the Methodist Center, Westfield, PA. A dish to pass dinner along with a Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle were the highlights.
Congratulations to the following elected officers and directors:

President ~ Ron Moss
Vice President ~ Diane Simmons
Treasurer ~ Patti Drew Reiche
Secretary ~ Kay Hill
Directors ~ George Alles
John Hill
Lee Drew
Lee Simmons

The new club will be promoting a safe family friendly environment providing good riding experiences and open shows in a safe local facility.
The Cowanesque Riding Club is in need of members, riders, volunteers, sponsors, spectators and suggestions. If you have a horse (or horses) or are just a horse lover and would like to be a part of the Cowanesque Riding Club, lets hear from you. Call Kay Hill for more information at 814-367-5504 or e-mail .

Clearfield and Elk County Streams to See Increased Stocking after Water Quality Improves

Clearfield and Elk County Streams to See
Increased Stocking after Water Quality Improves

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Nov. 15) – The health of three streams in northcentral Pennsylvania has improved to the point that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will increase stocking of adult trout in two of them and has upgraded a third to Class A Wild Trout status.

Beginning with the 2014 season, the PFBC will stock adult trout in the West Branch Susquehanna River from the confluence with Anderson Creek in Curwensville downstream to the SR 2024 crossing at Porters Bridge in Clearfield County. The 2.8 mile section will receive trout during a preseason stocking in late March or early April. The stocking will be in addition to the reach between Hyde and Clearfield that is already stocked.

The PFBC will also stock adult trout in the Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek from the Jay/Benezette Township line downstream to approximately 985 feet downstream of the T-434 (Station Road) Bridge in Benezette, Elk County. This will be a preseason stocking and will be in addition to the reach between the confluence with South Branch Bennett Branch and the confluence with Wilson Run in Penfield that is already stocked.

“This is great news for anglers in this area,” said PFBC Commissioner Bill Sabatose, who represents Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter counties. “Both of these waters had been affected historically by acid mine drainage, but through remediation efforts and habitat improvements, the water quality has improved to the point that they can be stocked with trout.”

“We couldn’t have reached this point without the help of all of our partners, including the Bennett Branch Watershed Association and the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation,” he added. “This will definitely add more excitement and opportunities to the opening day of trout season.”

PFBC cooperative nurseries and local groups will also stock the West Branch and Bennett Branch after trout season opens.

A third stream, Rattlesnake Creek, has two popular sections which run through Elk and Jefferson counties. During surveys this year, PFBC biologists documented that a Class A wild brook trout population exists in Section 01, which stretches approximately 4.28 miles from the headwaters downstream to approximately one-third mile upstream of the T-574 Bridge. The downstream section which extends for a distance of 3.97 miles from approximately one-third mile upstream of the T-574 Bridge downstream to the mouth will continue to be stocked with adult brook and brown trout.

“Class A streams represent the best of the Commonwealth’s naturally reproducing wild trout populations,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “This means that the water quality and stream conditions are optimal for supporting a long-term and rewarding sport fishery.”

The Fish and Boat Board of Commissioners approved the Class A designation for Section 01 of Rattlesnake Creek at its Oct. 1 quarterly business meeting in Erie and the change became effective Oct. 26. Because Class A streams support a self-sustaining trout population, the PFBC does not stock these waters.

“This is the only stream in Jefferson County to obtain a Class A designation,” added Commissioner Sabatose. “It’s a remarkable achievement for a waterway in our county.”

Tractor Trailer Crash with Entrapment On I-86

Tractor Trailer Crash with Entrapment On I-86
At 9:30 AM on Saturday, Cuba and Friendship have been dispatched to I-86 between MM96 & MM95 for a tractor trailer accident in the westbound lane. On scene report tractor trailer into embankment , 1 injury with entrapment.

I-80 WB single lane at crash scene west of Route 15 in Union County this morning

I-80 WB single lane at crash scene west of Route 15 in Union County this morning

Montoursville – Motorists traveling Interstate 80 westbound in Union County are advised to be alert to a lane closure around mile 203 at the scene of a tractor-trailer crash. The left lane is closed about seven miles west of Exit 210 (Route 15) in White Deer Township. Due to unusually heavy traffic volumes this morning motorists may encounter slow-moving or stopped traffic well ahead of the crash scene. Stay alert and plan extra time for your travels over into this afternoon if heading west on I-80 through Union County.

Cleanup operations are expected to take at least several more hours to complete.

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

Christmas Open House Firday & Saturday At Ulysses Main Street Shoppes

Information On How To Help Family Displaced In Smethport Fire

The tenant that rented the home destroyed recently by fire was Laura Stewart. The rental property was owned by Pete Rizzotti. Everything was lost in the fire.
Laura Stewart hi everyone and thanks so much for your kindness and concern my daughters wear size 4/5 and 24 months and i wear a medium to large anything would help at this point thank you 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Austin Firefighter Cody Reisinger successfully completed the Pro Board Fire Fighter 1 certification

Austin Volunteer Fire Department

Austin Fire Dept. photo

Today AVFD received notification through Bucks County that FF Cody Reisinger successfully completed the Pro Board Fire Fighter 1 certification. With this certification FF Reisinger becomes the 3rd active member to be FF1 certified on the AVFD Roster.

St. Marys Responding To Vehicle Crash

11/15/2013 11:22:32 PM


PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Cameron Energy Co in Sheffield Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2013-11-13 to Cameron Energy Co in Sheffield Twp, Warren county. SWMA301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Atlas Resources Llc in West Wheatfield Twp, Indiana County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2013-11-14 to Atlas Resources Llc in West Wheatfield Twp, Indiana county. 208A - Failure to restore a water supply affected by pollution or diminution
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Roulette Fire Dept. Announces New Officers For 2013-2014

Roulette Fire Dept. Announces New Officers For 2013-2014

Roulette Chemical Engine #1
2013-2014 Executive and Line Officers

President: Kent Dates
Vice President: Brad Tucker
2nd Vice President: Larry Commino
Secretary: Nita Spencer
Corresponding Secretary: Dawn Kent
Treasurer: Frank Kaziska
Board of Directors: Ron Dates, Justin Fillhart, Karen Johnson, Rich Dugan, Tim Spencer, Dave Lacher
Tri County Delegates: Rich Dugan, Josh Morey

2013-2014 Line Officers
Chief 46: Mikey Ingalls
Chief 46-10: Brad Tucker
Chief 46-20: Wade Sprankle
Chief 46-30: Tim Spencer
Captain 46: Justin Fillhart
Lieutenant 46-81: Dave Lacher
Lieutenant 46-82: Al Lacher
Safety Officer 46: Kent Dates

Ambulance Officers
Chief 46-60: Dawn Kent
Chief 46-70: Dan Reilly

Fire Police Officers
Captain 46-90: Rich Curfman
Lieutenant 46-91: Larry Commino
Lieutenant 46-92: Jon Huff


Commissioner Lane Takes on NW Region Director Post for State Conservation Association

(Smethport, PA) – Commissioner Cliff Lane of Turtlepoint, McKean County, recently added the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) to his resume. Lane joined the group as the Northwest Region Director of the statewide association earlier this month.

Lane has been a director for the McKean County Conservation District since 2004. He has also served as McKean County Commissioner for six of those 10 years. During his term in office, Lane was instrumental in transitioning the district from a part-time, one-person district in 2006 to the current full-time, four-person district it is now.

As a member of the PACD executive board, Lane is tasked with administering the affairs of the Association in accordance with its bylaws, programs and policies.

“With Cliff coming on, the PACD board is now at full capacity,” said PACD Executive Director Robert Maiden. “We are extremely excited about this next phase with our leadership and know that Cliff’s expertise will help guide work of conservation districts across the commonwealth. He is a true advocate for the environment and will be an asset as we all work to conserve natural resources for our future.”

Lane is very active in conservation education and outreach and is also a volunteer water monitor for the county. His professional interests focus on improving county government to provide services in a cost-effective streamlined manner. In addition to the conservation district board, he serves as the lead commissioner for the McKean County Human Services, Fiscal and IT Departments.

“I look forward to the work I’ll be able to embark on as a member of PACD’s board,” said Lane of his appointment. “I am proud to represent McKean County and know that my experiences here have positioned me to enact change on a statewide level with this association.”

PACD is a non-profit organization that supports, enhances and promotes the state’s 66 conservation districts and their local programs. As the collective voice for conservation districts throughout the commonwealth, the association enhances conservation district efforts (on the local level) which support the wise use of the state’s natural resources.

For more information about the McKean County Conservation District, visit For more information about the work of PACD, visit

Anne Hallock-Wetzel, 70, of Shinglehouse, PA

Anne Hallock-Wetzel
“beloved wife, mother and grandmother”

Anne Hallock-Wetzel, 70, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 14, 2013 in Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

Born April 19, 1943 in Wellsville, NY, she was a daughter of Raymond and Alberta Dickerson Lunn. She was married to Kenneth W. Hallock, who passed away on November 6, 1991. On May 31, 1994 in Wilmington, NC, she married David L. “Dave” Wetzel, who survives.

Anne was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. She was employed for many years at Wagner Ace Hardware in Coudersport until her retirement.

She attended the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse and was a social member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530.

She loved to read and play cards on her Kindle. Anne and Dave raised Border Collies. She adored her dogs. Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren. Anne was always there for everyone.

Surviving besides her husband are four children, Tracy L. (Susie) Smith of Benson, NC, Sally A. (Jeff) Gleason of Coudersport, Kenneth W. (Deanna) Hallock, Jr., of Oswayo, and Nicole L. (Eric) Dame of Montoursville; five grandchildren, Zachary J. Good, Dustin R. (Kristy) Good, Taylor L. Graham-Hallock, Kennedy S. Hallock, and Kenneth J. “Buster” Hallock; two great-grandchildren, Makenzie Good and Mason Good; a sister, Patty Gard of Forestville, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and first husband, Anne was predeceased by a sister Nancy Phillips.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013 at the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor, officiating.
Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family. Memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 Building Fund, PO Box 25, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

To express condolences or to share a fond memory of Anne, please visit

Coudersport Library Dinner

 Coudersport Library Dinner

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, the Coudersport Public Library hosted the 28th annual "Boks Unlimited" Gala Charity Auction ( otherwise known as the Library Dinner). Although ticket sales were down this year, only reaching 179, the attendees were very generous with their bidding. 

As of today the unofficial total profit is in the neighborhood of 16,500. As noted before, this annual event is the basis of funds for the actual running of the Library. The item bringing the most money on the Verbal Auction was an unusual Secretary donated by the Library Trustees which brought $500.00. The most excitement of the evening occurred with the bidding competition for the giant, plush Panda donated by Lawson Wetzel. 

Thank yous go out to everyone who helped in any way possible to make this event successful and enjoyable including: those who donated items and cash, those who bought tickets and spent money at the auction, the committee members and families who worked hard to get everything ready, those who decorated tables the Coudersport Consistory for the proper venue, all the staff who made things go smoothly, Appalachian Basin Land Resources for display space, Daniel Carter for another fine job as auctioneer and a very special thank-you to Terri Shaffer for once again handling the job of Emcee in such a superb manner.

Transportation Funding – On the House Agenda Next Week

Transportation Funding – On the House Agenda Next Week

A live web stream of House session and the majority of committee meetings is available at Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting

The problem and the solution…?

Maintaining the highways, bridges and roads in our communities is a key factor in ensuring the safety of residents, which is why transportation funding is a priority to legislators. Equally important is ensuring Pennsylvanians are provided accessible, reliable and affordable public transportation.

Pennsylvania currently spends nearly $7 billion on transportation, of which approximately $4 billion is spent on roads and bridges.

Pennsylvania has 31,717 bridges, of which 25,321 are state and 6,396 are local bridges. Of those bridges, 6,536 are considered “structurally deficient,” 4,293 state and 2,243 local. There are 2,528 bridges which are weight restricted and 256 closed bridges.

Members of the House have been working on the transportation funding issue for quite some time, but finding consensus has been and continues to be difficult. As the members debate and discuss transportation funding, they will be mindful the money they are talking about comes from hard-working Pennsylvanians.

House Bill 106 (Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne and Monroe counties) to allow biennial vehicle registration renewals for passenger vehicles and light trucks is scheduled for a vote next week. Transportation funding amendments are attached to this bill as well.

The Weekly Schedule

Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below. More information regarding these bills can be found at by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab. Click here for more

CHS Interact Club’s Annual Soup Lunch

CHS Interact Club’s Annual Soup Lunch

The Coudersport High School Interact Club is in its third year and they are currently planning a Harvest Soup Lunch on Saturday, November 23rd from 12-2pm at Coudersport High School. This is right before the 2pm performance of the high school musical Grease. Lunch will include your choice of a soup/stew/chili, roll/crackers, beverage and a dessert. The cost is a donation and the proceeds from this year’s soup lunch will go to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

What is an Interact Club? Interact stands for INTERnational ACTions. Interact Clubs around the world are sponsored by their local Rotary. The first Interact Club was formed at Melbourne High School in Melbourne, FL in 1962. Today there are Interact Clubs in over 120 countries. The mission of each Interact Club is to carry out a minimum of two community service projects a year, including one that furthers international understanding and goodwill.

At Coudersport High School, the Interact Club has undertaken many service projects since its inception. Last year the club sponsored blood drives by the Community Blood Bank and collaborated with A Way Out to promote Teen Dating Violence Awareness during the month of February. They have raised money to support two previous international service projects, one in India and one in the Philippines. The club also works together with Rotary on projects. Currently, the Interact Club has three major fundraisers during the year: the annual soup lunch, selling baked goods at the Maple Festival and selling bags of coffee.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Students in the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s hospitality management program will hold a tasting event fundraiser next week featuring recipes from alumnus John Schlimm’s critically acclaimed new cookbook, “The Cheesy Vegan.”

The event, “The Big Cheese” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall. Tickets are $25 and include a copy of the cookbook. Proceeds benefit the hospitality management program.

Students from classes in Food Preparation, Professionalism in Hospitality and Food Management planned and organized the event in conjunction with Schlimm, a prolific author with nine food- and drink-related books to his name, including “Grilling Vegan Style” and “The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook.”

The Food Preparation class chose and prepared hors d’oevres for the event. The Food Service Management class marketed, designed invitations and determined the evening’s schedule, timeline and budget. Members of the Professionalism in Hospitality class also helped with invitations and will act as hosts of the event.

“The learning process for the students has been a series of successes and challenges,” said Jennifer Forney, instructor of hospitality management. “The students have had real-life, hands-on experience applying skills like planning, leadership, marketing, time management, creativity, problem-solving and teamwork.”

Schlimm, named one of the “Vegan Men We Love” by VegNews magazine, is an activist, educator, artist, and an international award-winning author. He is a member of one of the oldest brewing families in the United States (Straub Brewery) and the son of a former butcher and meat-processing business owner.

Schlimm’s cookbooks and appearances have been heralded by the vegan and mainstream media and readers alike, including The New York Times, NPR’s “The Splendid Table,” Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food and Publishers Weekly. Most recently, he delivered the keynote address at the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Caucus on Capitol Hill.

“It has been such a thrill for me to work with these talented Pitt-Bradford students, who built this great tasting event from the ground up,” Schlimm said. Any time we can bring real-world experience into the classroom through partnerships like this, the world moves ahead in a positive and fun direction.”

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Charlotte Maine-Howard Bundy, 72, of Hazel Hurst, PA, formerly of Austin, PA

Charlotte Maine-Howard Bundy
“former longtime resident of Austin, PA”

Charlotte Maine-Howard Bundy, 72, of Hazel Hurst, formerly of Austin,PA, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Kane Community Hospital, Kane, PA after a short illness.

Born January 12, 1941 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Milford L. and Erma B. Wheeler Howard.

Charlotte was a graduate of Port Allegany High School. She had been employed as a nurse’s aide at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport and had later been employed by Emporium Specialties in Austin.

She loved to play bingo and fish. Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are eight children, Roberta B. Loveless of Port Allegany, Donald N. Kontz of Pennsylvania, Robert L. (Sharon) Kontz of Eldred, Eugene A. Kontz of Hazel Hurst, Patricia F. (Ronald) Falk of Port Allegany, Charles E. Kontz of Clarion, Anne M. Free of Hinsdale, NY, and Sandra L. (Mickey) Majot of Millport; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several brothers and sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Charlotte was predeceased by a son, Christopher F. Kontz.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. The Rev. Jerry L. Stauffer, pastor of Grace Chapel Fellowship, Farmers Valley, will officiate. Burial will be in Odin Cemetery. 

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, PO Box 97, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 to assist with expenses.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Charlotte, please visit

Leadership Potter County 2014 Now Accepting Applications

Leadership Potter County 2014 Now Accepting Applications

Every day we are presented with opportunities to have an impact on the communities where we live and work. Whether it’s coaching Little League, serving on a non-profit board, or being part of an organization or committee, one of the most critical needs in the county is strong leadership. Leadership Potter County 2014 (LPC) will help you expand your personal leadership skills, introduce you to key issues currently facing your region, and provide you with an understanding of future trends that may impact your community. 

Here’s how LPC graduate Michelle Filer (’08), described her experience in the program: “It was an eye opening experience for me. I have lived in Potter County all my life, and this class gave me a better appreciation of what we have here! I often wondered why we couldn’t keep jobs in our area. LPC helped me understand the necessary factors to improve jobs in our area, how to retain young workers and how to do a small business plan. I now have the resources needed to reach out confidently to a visitor or new business owner moving to this area. The business contacts I have made - from my classmates, presenters and local government officials - have been invaluable. If I ever have a question they are just a phone call or email away. LPC gave me the leadership skills I needed to communicate these things with others.”

The deadline to submit applications for Leadership Potter County 2014 is January 15, 2014. Applications are available online at To have an application mailed to you and for more information, call 814-274-4877.

Smethport's Getting Ready For The Christmas Season

Smethport Borough employees installed decorative wreathes on downtown street lamps on Friday to remind everyone that the Christmas Holiday Season is upon us.Borough Decorates for Christmas (4 photos)

House Passes Bipartisan “Keep Your Health Plan Act”

House Passes Bipartisan “Keep Your Health Plan Act” 

Thompson communicates additional stories from constituents about  cancelled insurance plans and health care law’s economic impact 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) today voted to support H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013, which allows health plans currently available on the individual market to continue next year, providing Americans the opportunity to continue to enroll in those plans without the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate penalty.  The measure passed by a vote of 261-157.

“President Obama repeatedly stated that if the American people liked their current health plans, they could keep them,” stated Thompson. “The lackluster roll out and website crashes will probably disappear over time, but the insurance cancellations and unbearable cost increases are substantial, long lasting and adversely impacting people’s lives.”  

“Hundreds of constituents from across the Fifth District have received notices that their current policies have become more expensive or, worse, are now cancelled entirely as a result of this law,” added Thompson. “The President has offered little assurance that he can save the plans that he promised would not be cancelled; his administration appears incapable of correcting the law’s growing number of flaws.”

“We have a responsibility to prevent even more economic harm from being imposed upon hard working Americans,” Thompson said. “Today’s vote was a strong step forward in this effort. I commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who joined in passing the Keep Your Health Plan Act.”

o   Thompson discusses the impact of the ACA on a small business employer from Central Pennsylvania (11/15/2013, click here).

o   Thompson discusses the impact of the ACA on a self-employed family from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (11/14/2013, click here).  

o   Thompson discusses the impact of the ACA on an individual from Erie County, Pennsylvania (11/13/2013, click here).

o   Thompson discusses the impact of the ACA on a small business owner from Clearfield, Pennsylvania (11/13/2013, click here).

o   Thompson discusses the impact of the ACA on a mother from Northeast, Pennsylvania (11/13/2013, click here).

Brooklyn James Alias Bobbie Brooklyn Duell-McBride Releases New Video

Brooklyn James Alias Bobbie Brooklyn Duell-McBride Releases New Video
Jolie Blonde, is the title track off the album Jolie Blonde, which serves as the original music soundtrack to the novel by the same name. Jolie Blonde - the novel - releases December 2013. It's another one of those The Boots My Mother Gave Me-type book and music soundtrack compilations.

The song is a remake of the Cajun National Anthem, Jole Blon, made famous by Jo-El Sonnier, Doug Kershaw and Bruce Springsteen (my personal fave rendition). The novel is grounded in New Orleans, so this was the perfect song and title for the book. Jolie Blonde, the novel, is actually the Vigilare prequel and stand alone romantic suspense/coming of age.

Teaming up with I Am Mike Danger Productions (videographer and Mansfield University graduate) once again, we filmed the video in Sabinsville and Westfield, PA, using local talent. The lead female (Jolie Blonde) is Stephanie Painter. Steph is a graduate of Cowanesque Valley HS and attends college in Selinsgrove currently. Ethan Mead, the male lead, is a student at Cowanesque Valley HS and is no stranger to acting, as he has starred in many class plays. Steph and Ethan did a fantastic job in making the young love story and the inspiration behind the song come alive on screen. Not only are they gorgeous and talented, they're both extremely personable and just all around great individuals with bright and promising futures.

The accordion player is Amy Hess Mead of Sabinsville (and Ethan's mom). She jumped in at a moment's notice and did a great job with her part as well as helping throughout the day with the filming. Cowanesque Valley HS bodes two more individuals in the video. Kim Bonham, Westfield resident and CVHS Home Economics teacher, plays Jolie Blonde's 'mom.' We caught her coming in from 80s day at school. Wish we could have worked her hair and outfit into the video! And rounding out the cast is Connor Calaman, who doubled as burglar and Jolie Blonde's mom's 'choice boyfriend.'

Last but not least, the silver-haired couple walking away into the sunset was played by Gloria Duell (my mom) and Dick Mead (my uncle...who turns 80 this month...Happy Birthday Uncle Dick). Their part was pivotal in relaying the true message of eternal love behind the song -- "When your hair turns to silver, I'll still call you Delta Flower. Jolie Blonde, my Cajun baby, I wanna grow old with you."

According to legend, the song was originally written by a prisoner in a Louisiana jail cell who was pining over his 'pretty blonde' lover who left him for another. That doesn't sound like a very good ending, so our version, and many others, have turned the tune into a love song. Hope you all enjoy!

To download Jolie Blonde or other songs off the album, got to iTunes: or Amazon:

For signed copies, they are available at under the Music tab.

To get the novel Jolie Blonde or others by Brooklyn, you can visit her Amazon Author Central Page:

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Tree Down On Rt. 6

Tree Down On Rt. 6
At 2:54 PM on Friday--Port Allegany Fire Dept. dispatched to tree down on Rt. 6 West of town.



11/15/2013 2:27:21 PM

2 Vehicle Crash On Bolivar Drive

2 Vehicle Crash On Bolivar Drive
At 2:29 PM on Friday, Derrick City Fire Sept. and Bradford Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 469 Bolivar Drive for a 2 vehicle crash.

Police Investigating Car/Pedestrian Accident

Police Investigating Car/Pedestrian Accident
  Coudersport Borough Police Chief Lee Gross tells Black Forest Broadcasting News his department is continuing to investigate a car/pedestrian accident last night at the intersection of Main and Second Streets. 

Authorities report Michael Osborne of Coudersport, who was traveling north on North Main Street, did not see fellow residents Katrina Kern and her 12 year old son when he turned left onto West Second Street and struck both pedestrians who were in the cross walk. Read more....

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 1:07 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been called to Sweden Valley Manor for a transport to Cole Memorial.

Rushford Dispatched To Farm Equipment Fire

Rushford Dispatched To A Combine Fire
At 12:57 PM on Friday, Rushford Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a farm equipment fire at 9020 Taylor Hill Road.

EPA Recognizes Ahold USA and GIANT Food Stores for Hunger Relief and Food Recovery Accomplishments

EPA Recognizes Ahold USA and GIANT Food Stores for Hunger Relief and Food Recovery Accomplishments

Harrisburg, Pa., (November 15, 2013) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Ahold USA the parent company of GIANT Food Stores and three other grocery banners for outstanding contributions to EPA's s Food Recovery Challenge. The Food Recovery Challenge encourages organizations to donate and divert as much of their excess food as possible. Organizations that join EPA's challenge find that they not only save money, but they also feed the needy, and help protect the environment at the same time.

"The Food Recovery Challenge benefits families in need, helps grocers reduce costs, supplies badly needed donations to organizations like the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and helps to create green jobs," said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. "Today is America Recycles Day, and with Thanksgiving just a week away, this is an excellent time to raise awareness of this important issue."

Food is the largest waste category in the U.S. going into municipal landfills. In 2011, 36 million tons of food waste was generated. When excess food, leftover food, and food scraps are disposed of in a landfill, they decompose rapidly and become a significant source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.

During 2012, Ahold USA provided food donations equivalent to more than12 million meals served based on conversion factors used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Food not suitable for donation in the amount of 19,000 tons was diverted into composting instead of being sent to landfills. That represents approximately 3,820 tons of greenhouse gas emission reductions.

"Ahold USA and our retail divisions like GIANT are committed to reducing waste and minimizing our impact on the environment while at the same time maximizing food donations to regional food banks," said Tracy Pawelski, vice president, external communications and community relations, Ahold USA. "The EPA Food Recovery Challenge not only makes good business sense by lowering costs, but can be a game changer for local hunger relief efforts, especially during these times of need."

“The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is proud to play a part in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge,” said Joe Arthur, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank executive director. “The number of people needing food assistance is at an all-time high, so by proactively searching for new methods to conserve food and resources everyone can play a pivotal role in furthering the Food Bank’s mission of fighting hunger, improving lives and strengthening communities.”

Founded in 1981, the The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has been dedicated to ending hunger for more than 30 years. Serving 27 counties, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is the largest non-profit food distribution organization in central Pa. The Food Bank partners with 800 agencies to directly serve people struggling with hunger. The Food Banks distributes the equivalent of 2.5 tractor-trailer loads of food distributed every day of the year.

For more information on the Food Recovery Challenge go to:

For more information on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank go to:

For more information on Ahold USA go to:

For more information about Ahold USA's waste reduction efforts, go to:

Highlights of Senator Pat Toomey's Newsletter

Pat Toomey | U.S. Senator For Pennsylvania
"The whole law is unworkable."
This week, the Obama Administration announced enrollment numbers for the President's health care law. Just 106,185 Americans have been able to sign up. As NBC News reporter Luke Russert tweeted, Penn State's Beaver Stadium can comfortably seat all of those enrollees.

These enrollment numbers are further evidence that the President's health care law is a train wreck. Even more troubling, millions are losing health coverage they like because the President deemed those plans inadequate and failed to make good on his promise that "if you like your plan, you can keep it."

Even the President recognized this was a problem. Yesterday, he announced what is, at best, a temporary fix to postpone this disaster until after the next election. This is little comfort to the millions of Americans who will now lose their insurance coverage next year. 

The faulty website is only the tip of the iceberg. It is not technical glitches that will doom this system; it is the fact that the President's health care law forces people to buy overpriced health plans they don't want, hikes taxes, and puts important, personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats instead of patients and their doctors. The whole law is unworkable.
Listen to my discussion of Obamacare's enrollment numbers with WPHT's Chris Stigall. 

Supporting Erie's Groundbreaking Cancer Research
It was great to meet this week with Mark Neidig, executive director of the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation in Erie. Mark updated me on the success of the GenV machine which killed 100 percent of liver cancer in pigs, without side effects. The next step is to submit findings to the Food and Drug Administration. It is an amazing story of innovation and hope, and I am anxious to hear about the results of the clinical trials.

Heart’s Desire Steps Up for Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries

Heart’s Desire Steps Up for Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries

Heart’s Desire is partnering with Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries this Christmas Season to raise awareness of this dual purpose facility designed for cats and dogs needing care on their return journey to loving homes.

While maintaining a high level of compassion, Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries has been molded by the needs it supports. Several programs have evolved in direct response to listening, watching and resolving to find answers. Grandpaws assists the elderly with limited resources with expenses to help keep their pets healthy and at home. H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Pets Eat) provides food and emergency care for pets in emergency situations. S.N.A.P. (Spay/Neuter Assistance Program) provides assistance and education to stabilize pet populations in homes and throughout our area. Compassion Fund, the broadest and most used program, provides assistance when accidents happen that put pets at risk. Perfect Match helps to find homes for pets through active networking, matching pets needing loving families to families needing loving pets. Tears of Hope reunites, even if only for a few hours, when life’s journey separates pet lovers from the animals that for years have given them love, laughter and companionship. Humane Education (Careworks) teaches, guides and motivates children and adults about pet care, and about developing an appreciation for life…domestic or wild. Guardian Homes assists people caring for homeless cats through pet food donations and donations for veterinary care where pet numbers have overwhelmed individuals compassionate about caring for larger numbers of cats. 

Heart’s Desire has placed a “Paws For Life” Christmas tree decorated with paw garland and brightly colored lights in our front window. You can place a Paws for Life Holiday Memories ornament on the tree with a monetary donation of any amount (no amount is too small!) in memory, or in honor, of a loved pet. Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries is especially in need of donations of dry cat food at this time. We encourage you to drop off your food donations, or your monetary donations, at Heart’s Desire on Main Street in Galeton during this Christmas season. 

Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries welcomes volunteers to step closer and understand their project, your joining as a volunteer, and would also be honored to have you as an individual or corporate sponsor by contacting them at, emailing them at, or by calling 1-888-724-6188.

At Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries it is all about pets, all about families, all about love and giving both pets and pet lovers every chance…any way…to keep them together.

Order Your Tree Now For Coudersport Annual Festival Of Lights

Coudersport will be celebrating its annual Festival of Lights December 6th  
and is now taking orders for trees to be decorated on the court house square. The cost is $18.00 per tree. There will be 3 categories Family, Group and Business and each category will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.

Trees will be ready for decorating Nov. 25th and must be decorated by Dec. 2 for judging BEFORE light up night with Santa Dec. 6th.

To order call the Chamber office 274-8165 or Carol Jackson at 274-0219. If you prefer you can stop by the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 227 North Main St in Coudersport place your order. The office is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 PM.

Decorations must be removed from trees no later than January 4th.

DEP Reminds Residents to Do Their Part on Recycling Awareness Day

DEP Reminds Residents to Do Their Part on Recycling Awareness Day
Acting Secretary Abruzzo Speaks at Unveiling of New Recycling Exhibit

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection is reminding residents that today, Friday, Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day.

On Thursday, during The State Museum’s unveiling of Recycling Works! – an exhibit sponsored by the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC) – Acting DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo stressed the importance of recycling as a small way that we can all make a big environmental impact.

“Every year, more than 12 million Pennsylvanians recycle six million tons of materials that would have otherwise been landfilled or incinerated. I encourage everyone to take the next step to close the recycling loop by searching out and purchasing products made from recycled materials,” Abruzzo said.

On Recycling Awareness Day, and every day, DEP encourages citizens to:
• Purchase products made with recycled content
• Recycle plastic and glass containers, cans and cartons
• Compost lawn clippings and other yard waste
• Recycle cardboard boxes, newspaper and other household paper
• Take household hazardous waste such as paint, batteries and antifreeze to a municipal collection events
• Recycle unwanted electronic devices

Statewide recycling in Pennsylvania began in 1988 with the Municipal Waste Planning Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, which requires larger municipalities to recycle. Today, at least 94 percent of Pennsylvanians have access to recycling.

Recycling is a significant part of Pennsylvania’s economy. There are more than 3,800 recycling and reuse businesses that employ more than 52,300 people in the state. The annual payroll for those positions amounts to $2.2 billion. The recycling business generates $20.6 billion in annual sales receipts in Pennsylvania.

RMC is a nonprofit organization that develops and expands the use of recycled materials and recycled content product markets in Pennsylvania. Its exhibit will be on display at the museum through early January 2014. The exhibit showcases Pennsylvania’s economic development achievements through recycling, includes Pennsylvania-manufactured recycled-content products and much more.

America Recycles Day is a national program of Keep America Beautiful. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on Nov. 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship and encourage action.

For more information about the exhibit, visit To learn more about America Recycles Day, visit

For more information about recycling in Pennsylvania, visit, keyword: Recycling.

Fiery Crash Closes Route 6

JESSUP — A fiery crash closed a busy highway Friday morning in Lackawanna County.

Police said a car smashed into the back of a tractor-trailer on the Casey Highway (Route 6) near Jessup around 6 a.m. Read more...

Robbery Reported At Auto Dealer In DuBois

Police Investigating Reported Robbery at Kurt Johnson Auto Sales

by Gant Team ·
Gant News
DUBOIS – DuBois City police responded to a reported robbery in progress at 8:21 p.m. Wednesday at Kurt Johnson Auto Sales.

Upon arrival police cleared the business to meet with the victim. She told police that three males pushed her back inside the business when she was getting ready to leave. At that point, she ran and locked herself in the bathroom.

The victim described the males as wearing hooded sweatshirts, adding she couldn’t see their faces. Some officers stayed at the scene, while others searched the area for the males. Sandy Township police assisted with the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the DuBois City police.

Harry O. Malone, 77, of 241 Minard Run Road, Bradford, PA

Harry O. Malone, 77, of 241 Minard Run Road, Bradford, PA, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013 at UPMC-Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh. 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete, and will be announced with a full obituary. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. Online condolences can be expressed at

EPA Announces Grant to Science and Arts Center to Teach Students about Science and Chesapeake Bay Watershed

EPA Announces Grant to Science and Arts Center to Teach Students about Science and Chesapeake Bay Watershed

HARRISBURG (Nov. 15, 2013) -- Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Harrisburg's Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is the recipient of a $205,305 environmental education grant.

The funding will be used to train middle and high school science teachers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to conduct hands-on scientific investigations with their students in the Susquehanna River, the bay's largest river. The Susquehanna River provides nearly 50 percent of the fresh water coming into the bay.

The Expedition Chesapeake Educational Project has already attracted applications from more than 800 science teachers from schools located in the Chesapeake Watershed which includes Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

"Expedition Chesapeake is taking science to the classroom in a mindful way where students will learn about scientific research, field work and data collection, right in their own backyard," said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. "These students are today's environmental stewards and getting out of the classroom for fieldwork is a far more effective and fun way to learn about science and the environment."

The primary goal of the Expedition Chesapeake Educational Project is to engage middle school and high school students in exploring and analyzing the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, its ecosystem and inhabitants. In addition to gaining scientific knowledge, the students will also learn about the local civic decision-making process. This learning experience will provide them with a personal connection to restoring the overall health of the bay.

“Today’s financial and symbolic endorsement from EPA is the catalyst necessary to advance the Expedition Chesapeake watershed education program beyond Central Pennsylvania and beyond the watershed itself,” said Steve Bishop, project manager and vice president of science and IMAX programs at Whitaker Center. “It also increases awareness of Whitaker Center as a source for cutting-edge educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.”

For more information about environmental education grants, go to:

For more information about Whitaker Center, go to: