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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lafayette Dispatched For One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 219

At 8:41 PM on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Rescue & Bradford Ambulance were dispatched to Rt. 219, 3 miles south of Custer City, for a one vehicle crash. 

8:54 PM--All occupants refusing medical transport.

Let's Go Fly a Kite Day at Lyman Run

The wind would come and go, but when it was there, the kites were up in the air and flying high! About 65 people participated in the Let's Fly A Kite Day sponsored by the Friends of Lyman Run today at Lyman Run dam. Kites were donated to the event by Galeton Drug with the Friends group thanks and quite a few kids brought their own kites to fly. Some of the great big demonstration kites needed more wind to get aloft, but eventually, the giant biplane and hydrofoil sailed above the dam. Thanks also to event organizer Paul and Sue Miller and to members Maxine Harrison, Beth Lounsbury and to John and Leslie Kelly for volunteering their time.

A reminder that there is a Friends of Lyman Run membership meeting on Monday, August 24th at 6:30 pm at the park maintenance building. Progress on the Stars in the Arts event will be discussed. So far over 25 vendors have signed up (there is still time to send in an application) and the Friends group is now looking for some business participation to help fund this event. 

Stars in the Arts will be held from 10 - 6 on Saturday, September 12 to coincide with the Public Viewing Night at Cherry Springs during the Black Forest Star Party. Donations are needed to help pay for musical entertainment ($600 is needed), 2 banner flags ($300) , a Table cover ($160) and Stars in the Arts souvenirs ( $500). All of the participating artisans are either PA Wilds, Rt. 6 or any other artisan trail artists. They will have items on display as well as for sale. 

Over 600 astronomers will be participating in the Black Forest Star Party at Cherry Springs that weekend and they are also invited to visit Lyman Run and see the arts and crafts. After the event at Lyman Run, the public is invited to visit at Cherry Springs from 7 - 11 pm where 30 - 40 astronomers will be volunteering their telescopes for the public to look through.

Food vendors will also be at Lyman Run as well as area musicians including a concert by well know folk musician Van Wagner, but we need help to pay for the these items. If any business is interested in helping out, please contact Maxine Harrison at 814-435-2518. The Friends of Lyman Run is a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and is a 501 (c) 3 charity. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Stars in the Arts vendor applications are available at the PAWilds artisan center in Coudersport, the Rt. 6 Tourism office in Galeton or for pick up at the Lyman Run State Park office. This will be the first year of the event but it is hoped that it will become an annual event every fall at Lyman Run.

  Photos Courtesy Of M. Harrison

Middlebury & Chatham Dispatched To Vehicle Crash

At 6:39 PM on Saturday, Middlebury & Chatham Township Fire Dept. & Medic 2 dispatched to the intersection of Locey Creek Road & Rt 249 for a motor vehicle crash.

Coudersport Dispatched To Explosion with Injuries On Troupe Road

At 6:00 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Dept. 48, Medic 6, and Mercy Flight dispatched to 141 Troupe Road for an explosion with injuries. 
Chief reports incident is at Gaberseck gravel pit. A landing zone will be set up in a field.

Smethport Dispatched For Accident On Rt. 59

At 4:27 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Rescue & Smethport Ambulance dispatched to Rt. 59 in front of the Golf Course for a one vehicle accident. 

Occupant refused medical transport.

Kirklyn M. Tronetti, 26, of Brownstown, PA, formerly of Smethport, PA

Kirklyn M. Tronetti,
National Guard
Kirklyn M. Tronetti, 26, of Brownstown, PA, formerly of Smethport, PA died Friday (August 21, 2015) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

She was born March 18, 1989 in Bradford, a daughter of Kirk and Linda Buchholz Tronetti.

Miss Tronetti was a 2007 graduate of Smethport Area High School and attended Edinboro University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Kirklyn had just started employment with Kunzler & Co. of Lancaster, PA, and also was a member of the National Guard of Johnstown, PA, where she worked in Military Police.

While in college, she was a member of the Edinboro University Fighting Scots Band, where she played drums.

In addition to her parents of Smethport, she is survived by:
one sister: Lisa (Wayne) Foltz of Smethport
Paternal Grandfather: Robert Tronetti of Smethport
Four Uncles: Chris Tronetti and John Buchholz, both of Smethport, Rob Tronetti of Gibsonia, PA, and Brad Buchholz of Shinglehouse
One Aunt: Stephanie Herzog of Smethport, and many cousins.

Kirklyn was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Charlotte Tronetti, and her maternal grandparents, Richard and Patricia Buchholz, Sr., and one uncle, Richard Buchholz, Jr.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 9 A.M. To 10 A.M. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Main St., Smethport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am following visitation with the Rev. Vincent Cieslewicz, pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, as Celebrant, and the Rev. Thomas Brown, pastor of St. Marys Sartwell, as Concelebrant. Burial will be in the St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

BOLO Issued For Man MIssing In Allegheny National Forest

At 3:00 PM on Saturday, Warren, PA authorities have issued a BOLO for Jack H. Chambers who was last seen in the Allegheny National Forest at Jakes Rocks.

Ulysses Dispatched For Search

At 3:03 PM on Saturday, Tri Town Fire Department 47 & Harrison Valley have been dispatched to their station to assemble for a search. ATV's will be needed.
At 4:30 PM--Knoxville & Clymer Hose Co. dispatched with manpower & ATV's to command post at Westfield Elementary School to assist in a search. 

Angelica, Almond Dispatched For Brush Fire Off I-86

At 2:35 PM on Saturday, Angelica & Almond Fire Departments have been dispatched to a brush fire off I-86 Eastbound near milemarker 116 on the south side of the roadway.

Potter County Habitat for Humanity is looking for items to sell

Potter County Habitat for Humanity is looking for items to sell at their yard sale on September 5, 2015 in Coudersport. 

If you are cleaning out your home, garage, basement, etc. we would love to have any items that you would like to donate. We do not accept clothes or tires. We pick up items on Monday and Friday.

Please call: Eldon Price (814) 933-8513 if you have items to donate.

PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Xto Energy Inc in Fairfield Twp, Westmoreland County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2015-08-12 to Xto Energy Inc in Fairfield Twp, Westmoreland county. OGA 3217(A) - Failure to control and dispose of brines produced from the drilling, alteration or operation of a well consistent with the Clean Streams Law.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Cabot Oil &Amp; Gas Corp in Brooklyn Twp, Susquehanna County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2015-08-20 to Cabot Oil &Amp; Gas Corp in Brooklyn Twp, Susquehanna county. SWMA301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chief Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Overton Twp, Bradford County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2015-08-20 to Chief Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Overton Twp, Bradford county. CSL 402(b) - POTENTIAL POLLUTION - Conducting an activity regulated by a permit issued pursuant to Section 402 of The Clean Streams Law to prevent the potential of pollution to waters of the Commonwealth without a permit or contrary to a permit issued under that authority by the Department.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Vendor Day / Flea Market At Roulette Chamber Park Saturday From 10 to 4

Ottolini Public Auction August 22nd In Harrison Valley, Potter County, PA

Care Unlimited Seeking RN's, LPN's, CNA's & HHA's For Smethport / Coudersport Area

Previous Phone Number was wrong, Please call again, this is the right number.

Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Needed For Port Allegany Health Care Center

Sterling Brass Performs This Sunday At Music On The Lawn At Ulysses Library

Online Auction: Genesee Wood Working Shop Bidding Ends 9-9-2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Just a Beautiful Sunrise

I took this picture as I left Pennsylvania.  It was between Shinglehouse and Whitesville on 08/04/15 and I just snapped this picture with my cell phone.  This was a gift from God to me as I left that morning to return to Florida.

Sally Tall, Venice, Florida (formerly of Coudersport, PA)

Austin Volunteer Fire Department Gets Federal Grant For Hydraulic Rescue Tools

Port Allegany Dispatched For Spilled Hay Bales on Route 6

At 8:38 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. was dispatched to Route 6 West of Port Allegany for traffic Control for hay bales in the roadway. 
At 8:45 PM--Recalled as the owner of the hay bales has removed them from the roadway. Use caution if driving in that area.

You are invited to my open house Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 2 to 4 P.M.

Norma Cobb Nichols
651 Brookland Road
Coudersport, Pa. 16915 814-320-0369

You are invited to my open house Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 2 to 4 P.M.

Come and take a tour!

A great big thank you for all the wonderful people who helped in any way to get my domain up and running again.

You were a real blessing and Habitat was there through it all.
Hope to see you Saturday.

Norma Cobb Nichols

Thompson To Introduce Bill To Give Drillers Free Reign On Private Leases In US National Forests

Thompson to Introduce Bill Protecting Private Mineral Rights in Allegheny National Forest

Titusville, PA –Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) today announced plans to introduce the “Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act.” The legislation pertains to the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) and private ownership of mineral rights in national forests across the nation. 

 It would repeal existing statute which allows the U.S. Forest Service to create rules relating to the leasing and permitting of privately-held mineral rights in the ANF. 

Plans for the legislation were announced at a press conference today near the Drake Well Museum, site of the nation’s first commercial oil well.

"I will be introducing the Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act in the House in the coming weeks,” said Thompson, chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, and a member of the House Natural Resources Committee. “Federal courts have ruled that the U.S. Forest Service lacks regulatory authority over privately held mineral rights. This legislation corrects existing law and is consistent with the findings of the courts, which ruled against new federal regulations and further attempts to shut down activity in the Allegheny National Forest," added Thompson.

Thompson was joined at today’s press conference by Kevin Moody, general counsel for the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association.

“I commend Congressman Thompson for authoring this legislation,” Moody said. “Our national forests are not national parks. The oil and gas industry has been an essential part of northwestern Pennsylvania since the drilling of the first oil well in 1859. This legislation would make sure the use of private mineral rights is a cornerstone of our region’s economic future. Workers for close to 100 oil and gas companies depend on drilling in the Allegheny National Forest for their livelihoods. This legislation would give them the security of knowing new regulations could not limit expansion or put them out of work.”

The Allegheny National Forest covers more than 500,000 acres and is located in Elk, Forest, McKean and Warren counties.

Roulette Ambulance To Laninger Creek Road

At 7:59 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Laninger Creek Road for a medical emergency.

Bernard Thomas Caldwell, 84, of Smethport, PA

Army Vet
Bernard Thomas Caldwell, 84, of Smethport, PA died Friday (August 21, 2015) at his residence.

He was born Jan. 28, 1931 in East Smethport, a son of Irvin and Mary Cooney Caldwell. On May 24, 1952, in St. Bibiana Church of Galeton, PA, he married Dolores Ann Walters, who survives.

Mr. Caldwell was a graduate of Smethport High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Caldwell was employed by Pure Carbon, now Morgan AM & T, first in Roulette, then in Coudersport when it was relocated.

He was a member of the American Legion; Potter Post #192 of Coudersport, PA and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Smethport.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by:

one daughter: Linda M. (Steven) Hendrickson of Smethport
two sons: Clark I. (Debora Domonkos) Caldwell of Eldred and Mark W. Caldwell of Rew
seven grandchildren: Jennifer (Ronnie) Hollowell, Cory (Jennifer) Hendrickson, Katie (Matt) Fitzsimmons, Christopher (Nikki) Caldwell, Nicholas (Desirae) Caldwell, Jamy Caldwell and Mathew Caldwell twelve great grandchildren: Hannah, Nathan and Aidan Hollowell, Deacon and Beccah Hendrickson, Piper and Owen Fitzsimmons, Braxton, Tein, Summerlynn, Vania and Brazen Allen Caldwell
one brother: Paul (Ruth) Caldwell of Buzzards Bay, MA and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kelly Ann Caldwell, three brothers and one sister.

There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 10 A.M., in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor, as Celebrant. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

New Penn State DuBois Students Reach Out to Serve Community

Freshman Morgan Young, of Clearfield, cleans and labels items for sale in Goodwill stores during her service experience at Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania.
DuBOIS – More than 140 freshman, plus faculty and staff group leaders, participated in the annual Penn State DuBois Outreach Day on Friday. Each year, as part of New Student Orientation, new students volunteer at various charitable and community oriented organizations throughout the area, giving students a look at the importance of service, while lending a hand to local charities. This year, students served with a total of 18 organizations, including The American Red Cross, Bilger's Rocks, Boy Scouts of America, Brockway Depot, Central PA Community Action, Children's Aid Society, Downtown DuBois Revitalization, DuBois Area Historical Society, DuBois Chamber of Commerce, DuBois Continuum of Care, DuBois Senior and Community Center, DuBois Free Medical Clinic, Goodwill Industries, Paint and Play School, Rumbarger Cemetery, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, and the Tri-County Church.

Each group was led by a campus faculty or staff member, as well as a student orientation leader, who then took students to their work site for the day. In all, the groups visited more than a dozen charitable and community-centered organizations. They performed landscaping, cleaning, litter pick up, and other duties in order to give back to their local communities around DuBois, Clearfield, Brockway, and beyond.

Freshman Morgan Young, of Clearfield, spent Outreach Day at Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania in Falls Creek, where she sorted donated items, folded and hung clothing, and labeled items for sale.

"I like it because it's an opportunity to do something different and help make a difference," Young said. "I hope hearing about what we did today makes others want to do the same."

Fellow student Anthony Caruso, of South Williamsport, was inspired to help others even more after Outreach Day. He said, "It feels nice to help people, and I think I might want to go back and help again."

Caruso also said that Outreach Day can have other added benefits for the many students attending Penn State DuBois who are from outside the area. He said, "It's a good way to help everyone in the community, especially when it's one I've never been to before. Meeting people here by helping them is a good way to start, and it gives a lot of insight as to what people around here are like and what the area is like."

In addition to leaning more about his new community, Caruso got to learn specifically about Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania, as well, as all students take time to learn some background about the organizations their volunteering with during Outreach Day.

Students at Goodwill learned that the organization serves 13 counties in Pennsylvania. At the Falls Creek plant, they process 4,300 donated items each week, which range from clothing, to toys, to furniture, appliances and other household items. Items are then shipped to Goodwill stores in the area. Goodwill of North Central Pennsylvania employs a total of 550 people, a large number of them with disabilities, providing them with opportunities to make a living in a welcoming environment. But like any workplace, a little extra help is always appreciated.

"The Penn State students definitely helped pick up the flow," said Goodwill Assistant Plant Supervisor Kayla Gordon. "Summer is our busiest time with our stores getting a big rush for back to school shopping, so having help preparing for back to school is really helpful."

Gordon said the employees at the plant enjoy the help, as well as the interaction they have with students. "The people that work here with disabilities are so excited to have others come and teach them their jobs and the things they do each day."

Penn State DuBois Assistant Director of Student Affairs Marly Doty said she was happy to hear how students and organizational representatives felt about Community Outreach Day. She said instilling in students a passion for service, early on, can add meaning and value to their education, and even to their future careers.

"It's important that students engage in community service right off the bat. It teaches them about social responsibility and places where they can get involved," Doty said. "That blossoms into future projects, community service trips, and even jobs. They're making connections, meeting people, and giving back. It increases their odds for success and builds a stronger community all at the same time."

Doty added that some new students have already expressed interest in continuing their service through campus after participating in Outreach Day, by stepping up to lead next years' freshmen. She said, "The new students are excited and determined to be orientation leaders next year. This builds a strong foundation for our involvement on campus this upcoming year."

June Marie Hand, 89, of 35 Bon Air Road, Derrick City, PA

June Marie Hand, 89, of 35 Bon Air Road, Derrick City, PA passed away, Thursday, August 20, 2015, at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born March 30, 1926, in Bradford she was a daughter of the late Louis E. and Freda B. (Smith) Gardner.

On December 15, 1961 in Bradford at she married James D. Hand, who died on May 28, 1989.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and a former member of the Derrick Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

She had been employed as a waitress at the Congress Street Diner and at Johnson Restaurant and later at Rea& Derrick Drug Store from where she retired.

She is survived by a son, James B. (Dorthy Henderson) Gardner, of Bradford, three sisters, Betty Jean Austin, and Joanne VanOrden, both of Bradford, and Norma Walters, of Tioga, four grandchildren, Michael Ramsey, Lorianne Riley, Veronica Washy and Jennifer Gardner.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters Joy Henderson, and Jackie Rhoades and one brother, Robert J. Gardner.

At the family's request there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials if desired may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

Cora Randine Matthews, 81, of 80 Gates Hollow ,Bradford, PA

Cora Randine Matthews
Cora Randine Matthews, 81, of 80 Gates Hollow ,Bradford, PA passed away, Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

Born February 12, 1934, in Hazelton, she was a daughter of the late Rollin A. and Cora R. (Tvedt) Schaeffer.

On September 24, 1955 at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Bradford she married William H. Matthews who survives.

Mrs. Matthews was a 1952 graduate of Bradford High School. She had been employed at McCory's 5 & 10 Store and later at Bell Telephone for over 30 years and worked in Bradford and Warren.

She was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church, the DORCAS at church, the Women's Literacy Club and the Bell Telephone Pioneers. She enjoyed cooking and appeared twice on the cooking segment of WPSX TV.

Surviving in addition to her husband of 60 years, is one daughter, Randine M. (Alfred) Ruiz, of Alhambra, CA, and one son, John (Anna Marie Chirillo) Matthews, of Bradford, one sister, Marian (Richard) Hendee, of Fairport, NY, two grandchildren, Andrew Reap and Joey Reap, and several nieces and nephews.

At the family's request there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church 152 Seaward Ave Bradford, PA 16701 or McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701.

On line condolences may be made at

Wellsboro Dispatched For Wires Down

At 3:05 PM on Friday, Wellsboro Fire Department has been dispatched for wires down on West Avenue. Several cable wires are down and at least one electric wire. The roadway is partially blocked.

Horton Township Fire Police Dispatched For Rocks On Route 219

At 2:57 PM on Friday, Horton Township Fire Police have been dispatched to Rt. 219 & Bogey Run Road for traffic control where a large amount of rocks & debris on roadway at request of State Police.

Gene P. VAN GORDEN, 80, of Ulysses, PA

Gene P. VAN GORDEN, 80, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, August 20, 2015 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY. 

Born September 23, 1934, in Lawrenceville, PA, he was the son of Thomas and Beatrice Stone Van Gorden. On December 17, 1960, in St. John’s Episcopal Church, Westfield, PA, he married the former Anne L. Coover, who survives. 
US Army Veteran

 A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1957 – 1958. 

He was employed by Dominion, Inc. for 42 years. 

Gene was a member of Bob’s Sunoco Team for over 50 years in the Westfield Bowling League and a life member of the NRA. 

Surviving besides his wife, Anne, are: four children, Gene (Debra) Van Gorden, II of Middlebury Center, PA, Charles (Linda) Van Gorden of Westfield, MA, Brian (Lisa) Van Gorden of Port Allegany, and Julie (Richard) Vandecar of Solvang, CA; six grandchildren, Timothy Van Gorden, Abby (Wayne) Boka, Justin (Melissa) Van Gorden, Erika Van Gorden, Shannon (Brad) Stone, and David Stewart; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Fulginiti of Tucson, AZ and Sharon (Thomas) Smith of Lafayette Hill, PA; nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Sunday at 3:00 PM. The Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. 

Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. 

Memorials may be made to Cross Fork Sportsmen’s Club, c/o Chuck Cross, 12 Summerson Lane, Renovo, PA 17764 or Trout Unlimited (for Healing Waters), P.O. Box 72, Coudersport, PA 16915. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Coudersport Dispatched To ATV Accident

At 1:39 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Rescue & Ambulance was dispatched to the Ranger Station where a person will take them to the scene of an ATV accident in West Branch Township.  The accident is reported on the Lyman Run Trail near the Sunken Branch Road entrance.

Eldred Man Suffers Head Injuries In Altercation With Female

State Police and Emergency medical services were called to a trailer park on Canfield Hollow Road in Eldred a few minutes after midnight this morning for a report of an aggravated assault.

Police reported a known white female and a known male engaged in a physical altercation. 

The female struck the 21 year old victim in the head with a pipe multiple times causing a moderate injury. The victim was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

State Police ask anyone with information contact PSP in Kane at 814-778-5555.

Ayers Promoted to Brigadier General

Brigadier General Ayers

Thomas L. Ayers, son of the late Lowell W. Ayers and Virginia E. Ayers, Coudersport, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate and promoted to the grade of Brigadier General. 

Brigadier General Ayers currently serves as the Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Operations, Strategic Deterrence, and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. 

In this position he develops and implements policy, obtains resources, and develops concepts of operation in order to ensure U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa are properly organized, trained and equipped.

Brigadier General Ayers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program at West Virginia University in 1986. He also received a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX in 1988 and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, Fort Leslie McNair, Washington D.C. in 2011.

Brigadier General Ayers spent 14 years on active duty in a variety of assignments to include working as a design engineer, as an airlift and tanker Instructor and Evaluator Pilot, Assistant Director of Operations, and deployed Director of Operations. In May 2000, he entered the Air Force Reserves and served as an Assistant Director of Operations, on four deployments as Director of Operations, as a Squadron Commander, Deputy Operations Group Commander, and as a deployed Operations Group Commander. 

As a staff officer, Ayers additionally served as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commander, USAF Expeditionary Center, as a Political-Military Strategist to the Deputy Director for Partnership Strategy, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, the Pentagon, and as the Individual Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Programs and Requirements, Office of the Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.

Brigadier General Ayers is a command pilot with more than 5,000 military flying hours and has deployed numerous times in leadership and flying roles supporting contingencies worldwide.

Veggie Noodles & How to Make Them

Pasta is definitely a crowd favorite, but it’s loaded with carbs and can be easy to overeat. Vegetables, on the other hand, contain fiber and nutrients we don’t always get enough of. With harvest time here at last, think about substituting vegetables for your pasta fix. It’s fun, easy, and you won’t really miss the pasta since these veggie versions can be served the same way. 

Zucchini is pretty plentiful in our area, and we’re all looking for new ways to use it. Here are a few ways to dress it up so it can pose as pasta. Use a mandolin slicer to slice zucchini lengthways- this will create thin ‘noodles’ that can replace those you would use in lasagna. You could also julienne (cut into long matchstick-like pieces) those slices for spaghetti or fettuccini type ‘noodles’- many mandolins come with julienne attachments. Some other kitchen tools can work just as well. Use the large side of a box grater to grate veggie strips or a vegetable peeler to cut ribbon-like slices from carrots, cucumbers, squash or thick asparagus. Spiral slicers can be purchased for as little as $10, and are also pretty handy for making long ‘noodles’ out of smaller veggies.

Cooking these veggie noodles is pretty easy, too. Sautee your veggie strips in a pan with oil and whatever herbs or spices you want for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the vegetable and thickness. Your freshly cooked veggies can be served in the same ways you would serve pasta. Enjoy!

Provided by Penn State Cooperative Extension of McKean County. For more information or healthy tips, contact Kyle Lightner, Family and Consumer Science Program Assistant at or (814)887-5613 ext. 203

Zucchini Noodle Alfredo

1Tbsp Olive Oil
1 lb Zucchini
3 Tbsp Cream Cheese
1 Tbsp Sour Cream
¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
1/8 tsp Garlic powder

Slice zucchini into noodles using a spiral slicer, vegetable peeler, or mandolin. Press noodles with paper towels to remove some moisture. Sautee zucchini noodles in oil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add to serving dish. Add remaining ingredients to pan and stir over low heat until smooth. Pour sauce over noodles and toss. Salt, pepper, or spices can be added to taste. Enjoy!

(recipe adapted from

Bolivar Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash On Rt. 417

At 1:07 PM on Friday, Bolivar Fire Rescue & Ambulance have been dispatched to Route 417 near Bob's Auto Body for a 2 vehicle crash. Richburg Ambulance is responding.
1:22PM--Shinglehouse Ambulance dispatched to assist at accident scene. 5 injuries reported, some possibly minor.

Experience Irish Splendor Next Spring!

Have you always dreamed of visiting Ireland? Here is your opportunity! Experience a true taste of “Irish Splendor” on a trip that combines historic locations, fabulous accommodations, stunning scenery and sumptuous food at an affordable price!

You’re in for an unforgettable tour of the amazing Emerald Isle from Collette. Highlights of this 8-day excursion include: Dublin, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Whiskey Distillery, an overnight stay in Dromoland Castle, and much more. A Traditional Irish Night is also an available option. You will be able to explore this beautiful country while having the time of your life!

This tour leaves on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 and returns on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Registrations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations after September 16, 2015 are based on availability. A deposit of $250 per person is due upon reservation, and final payment is due by January 15, 2016. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, join us for a special travel presentation at the Potter County Education Council’s Coudersport office on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Please pre-register for the travel presentation by calling (814) 274-4877 or go to . For more information or to book the trip, go to

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Friday, August 21, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

Emergency Facing Area Ambulance Services

With area ambulance services struggling with limited personnel and limited finances, I am inviting ambulance service personnel, county and local officials, and members of the community to a public meeting to discuss the problem and possible solutions.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the Port Allegany Fire Department, 65 West Maple St.

Our ambulance services provide vital, life-saving care to people in need, and we cannot afford to lose them. But there is a very real chance that could happen if we don’t take steps to address these challenges. The organizations we rely upon to help us in the case of an emergency are facing an emergency of their own. It’s our turn to respond to their call for help.

Read more here.

Legislative Republicans Offer Budget Compromise

In an effort to move budget negotiations forward, House and Senate Republican leaders offered a compromise to Gov. Tom Wolf this week.

Specifically, they offered to agree to the governor’s desired $400 million increase in basic education funding if he would agree to pension reform and liquor privatization as the means to finance the increase. Privatizing the liquor store system is estimated to generate at least $200 million, while pension reform would save the state and school districts an estimated $12 billion over the long term.

As the governor considers the compromise, House Republicans remain dedicated to a responsible and sustainable state budget that funds core government services without passing the burden onto working families and senior citizens.

State Ag Leaders Continue Preparations for Avian Influenza

Poultry farming is a vital part of the state’s agriculture industry, with more than 11,000 flocks of birds, $1 billion in sales, billions more in related economic activity and wages, and more than 53,000 jobs. That’s why it is so important to take every possible step to prevent an outbreak of high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) here.

As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I joined my Senate counterpart, Sen. Elder Vogel, in hosting an informational meeting at Ag Progress Days in Centre County this week to receive an update on the state’s preparedness efforts to address the threat of HPAI.

It is encouraging to know we are “ahead of the curve,” according to Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, but he acknowledges the threat remains, especially as birds begin migrating again in the fall.

As part of its outreach efforts, the Department of Agriculture is urging the registration of poultry flocks, especially those smaller in size. Knowing where poultry is located throughout the state will assist in response and recovery in the event of an outbreak. Click here to register or call 717-836-3235.

To read my press release about the meeting, click here

For additional information about HPAI, as well as a link to video of the hearing, click here.

Back to School Bus Safety

As students head back to school, it’s a good time to refresh our memories about school bus safety.

Pennsylvania law requires that motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.

Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension.

Parents are reminded to ensure that their children are at the bus stop early to avoid rushing. Students should stay where the bus driver can see them while boarding or exiting the bus.

Click here for more information and tips for school bus safety

Update on Mifflinville River Bridge Project in Columbia County

Montoursville – This is the latest update on the Interstate 80 Mifflinville River Bridge Project in Columbia County.

From Monday, Aug. 24, through Thursday, Aug. 27, a daylight signing pattern will be used to close the westbound right shoulder of I-80 from mile 242 to mile 241 so the contactor can perform punch list repair operations.

Work will be performed from 6AM to 6 PM each day.

No travel lanes will be closed, but some backups are possible.


08/21/2015 09:38 AM EDT
Chetak New York L.L.C. of Edison, NJ is recalling 300 jars of 14.1oz "Deep Coriander Powder", Lot# LE15152, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Pavement Restoration Work on I-80 WB in Montour County Next Week

Montoursville – At 9 PM Monday, Aug. 24, contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., will begin a concrete patching operation on Interstate 80 westbound in Montour County.

This work will be performed from mile 223 just west of the Danville/Route 54 Interchange to mile 221.

There will be single lane closures each day from 9 PM to 7 AM Monday night through Friday morning.

This work is part of a project involving multiple routes in the area, including Route 15 and Interstate 80. The project is expected to be completed in mid-October.

Intelligent Transportation System Project Update

Montoursville – This is an update on the $4.2 million Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, and Union counties in central Pennsylvania.

On Monday, Aug. 24, the contractor will begin work to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) at the Interstate 80 and Route 11 Interchange in Columbia County.

This work includes trenching operations to bring power to the CCTV system. Work will continue through the week,

No traffic impacts are expected.

Firefighters Snuff Out Barn Fire In Clymer Township

Great stop again tonight, 2nd fire at this location in 2 days. Job well done by Dept's 16, 5, 10, 20, 6, 14, 17. Way to work together and do what we do best.

Wellsboro Dispatched To Motorcycle Crash

At 12:02 PM on Friday, Wellsboro Fire Rescue & EMS have been dispatched to a car versus motorcycle accident near 1560 Stony Fork Road in Delmar Township. One patient is reported lying in the roadway. A helicopter has been requested.
12:41 PM--Lifeflight landed at Nesmuk.



Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging (PCAAA) currently has some openings in the Caregiver Support Program and is seeking individuals who may be interested in this service.

The Caregiver Support Program exists to assist those who are caring for relatives over the age of 60 in their homes or in the homes of their older relatives.

It is recognized that caring for older family members at home is difficult and stressful. This is especially true when caregivers are working and/or raising families of their own.

The Caregiver Support Program provides monthly reimbursement for personal care, home support, and respite services, so that caregivers can take a break, let someone else prepare some meals, help with bathing, or assist with house cleaning. Reimbursement is also available for assistive devices (bedside commode, walkers, lift chairs, etc.) and for minor home modifications (ramps, grab bars, stair lifts, etc.).

Reimbursement rates for services and supplies vary, based upon household income, to a maximum of $300 per month, and program eligibility. An additional funding stream covers home modifications and assistive devices, to a maximum lifetime amount up to $2,000.

For more information, contact the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging by calling Rhoda or Susanne at 814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

Elk Company 7 Dispatched For Possible Tractor Trailer Fire

At 10:49 AM on Friday, Elk Company 7 Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the area of 13064 Route 219 in Horton Township where a caller reports smoke coming from a moving tractor trailer.
State Police report truck engine has blown. There is no fire but there is oil on the ground. Fire Company to respond at reduced rate. 
11:28 AM--Company 7 available.

St. Marys Dispatched For Waterflow Alarm At Metaldyne

At 10:26 AM on Friday, St. Marys Fire Company dispatched to 197 West Creek Road at Metaldyne for an activated waterflow alarm.
Chief reports false alarm. All units available.

Fire In Kane Industrial Complex Gives Firefighters A Five Hour Fight

See the Coudersport Ice MIne & Take Home An Item From Potter County At The Potter County Wilds Gift Shop

Think About It

by Pastor B.J. Knefley

A lot can be said about choices. They’re happening all the time. Some are good, and some are not. Many affect not just the person who’s making them, but others as well. We don’t often think about how our choices affect the life of others, but they do.

Taking responsibility for choices is another thing. Many don’t want to do that. Instead they blame others for what’s happening rather than taking responsibility for their choices. Consequences are the result of choices and sometimes they’re not pleasant. They’re normal things that happen when we make choices. Consequences teach us to make better choices. Have you ever noticed how selfish people can be in their choices? Like they’re the only people that matter?

I got up this morning and told my wife I wanted to take today as a vacation day. I know, how can a retired person take a vacation day, isn’t everyday a vacation? Well no, not really. There are always things to do, places to go and people to see. I have at least two appointments in my schedule today that, although not unpleasant appointments, obligations none the less. I guess my wife didn’t hear me or take me seriously as she’s gone into town to shop. So I decided to write. I guess the vacation day is out the window, at least for now.

Maybe you’re wondering why I’m writing about choices. Simply because I’m tired this morning, tired of having to deal emotionally, physically, and spiritually with the choices of others. Choices that I have no control over, yet affect me anyway. And in these, more than I would like. To make matters worse, they don’t seem to want to take responsibility and accept the consequences that come with their choices. It’s almost as if they think that their choice was no big deal. Sadly, if they don’t get a handle on things they’ll probably make the same poor choices again.

For me, and you if you’re in the same place, is to seek solitude and comfort in his presence. Hence my reason for a vacation day. Sometimes we just need to quiet our surroundings. Think about it.

Care Unlimited Seeking RN's, LPN's, CNA's & HHA's For Smethport / Coudersport Area

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Farmer's Market In Coudersport Today Loaded With Garden Goodies & More

Potter County Farmers' Market opens Friday at 1:00 p.m. Market location is downtown Coudersport at the corner of East Second and North East Streets in downtown Coudersport.

Vendors planning to attend this week include:

Mckeone Orchard & Nursery with cucumbers, yellow squash, pattypan squash, zucchini, plums, saturn peaches, blackberries, strawberries, etc.

Card Creek Trading Post with assorted breads, scones, biscotti and baked goods, and jelly, honey and pickles.

Miles Farm Produce with zucchini, cucumbers, garlic, tomatoes and blackberries.

Alpaca Creations with socks, yarns (especially sock yarn); hand knit apparel including scarves, cowls, mitts and mittens for both men and women; dryer balls; shawls; insoles for boots. Taking credit cards.

Wooleylot Farm will be bringing garlic, fingerling potatoes, shallots and cucumbers.

Barbara Houwer will be bringing her felted woolen items along with hand-crafted wooden toys.

Metzger Heritage Organic Farm with Swiss chard, carrots, leaf lettuce, beet greens, green beans, fresh-cut herbs including red, Thai and Italian basil, dill, flat-leaf parsley, cilantro; hot peppers - jalapeno, Czech black, Portuguese hot, cayenne, Hungarian wax; sweet peppers; organic heirloom tomatoes and green tomatoes.

LPN Or STNA? Sweden Valley Manor Has Opportunities Available

Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Needed For Port Allegany Health Care Center

Ottolini Public Auction August 22nd In Harrison Valley, Potter County, PA

9-2 Online Auction Ends / Bid Now, Genesee, PA

Eldred EMS Dispatched For Assault Victim On Canfield Hollow Road

At 12:03 AM on Friday, Eldred Ambulance, Medic 16 and QRS 18 have been dispatched to Canfield Hollow for an assault victim. Police are en route.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Oswayo

At 11:59 PM on Thursday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Oswayo for a medical emergency.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Smethport Dispatched to Grease Fire In Apartment Kitchen

At 11:19 PM on Thursday, Smethport Fire Dept. Dispatched to 420 E. Water Street, Apartment 9,  for a small grease fire that now appears to be out.

Northern Potter School District Has An Opening For A Long-Term Substitute 3rd Grade Elementary Teacher

Austin Resident Suffers Major Injuries In ATV Crash On Gardeau Road

Troopers Find Known Suspect Under Influence Of Drugs

Sterling Brass Performs This Sunday At Music On The Lawn At Ulysses Library


August 20, 2015
(By Mike Leone)

(East Smethport, PA)...Occasional rain showers throughout the day washed out the annual McKean County Fair race on Thursday night at McKean County Raceway for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series' Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Tour race. 

The event was to be the first race held at McKean County Raceway this season. McKean will host the final scheduled Northern Tour race of the season on Saturday, October 10 for the annual "Fall Classic". The next Tour event for the Series will be a Bazell/Sunoco Southern Tour event on Sunday, September 6 at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio.

Several Fire Depts. Dispatched To Barn Fire In Clymer Township

At 9:51 PM on Thursday, Knoxville, Harrison Valley and Chatham Fire Depts. have been dispatched to a barn fire at 1408 Mixtown Road.

Clymer Township, Box 16-04, 1400 Block of the Mixtown Road. Structure Fire, Reported Barn. Department 5(Westfield), Department 16(Clymer), Department 10(Galeton) First Due.
Chief 16, Chief 5, Engine 5-2 Responding.
Tanker 5-5 Responding. Engine 10-3 Standing By.
Chief 16 On-Scene, Requesting Tankers from Department 20(Harrison Valley), Department 6(Knoxville), and Department 17(Chatham)
Tanker 17-5 Responding, Tanker 20-25 Standing By.
Tanker 20-25 Responding

Gene P. VAN GORDEN, 80, of Ulysses, PA

Gene P. VAN GORDEN, 80, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, August 20, 2015 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY. 

Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Should Coudersport Move It's Arboretum So Sheetz Can Expand?

Coudersport Borough Council Meeting photo by Elaine Russell for Solomon's words

Todd Brown  Photo by Elaine Russell
At last night's meeting, Coudersport Borough Council heard a new proposal involving Sheetz's desire to expand onto the part of the Arboretum adjacent to the current Sheetz location. 

The proposal, presented by Potter Lands LLC, would involve the real estate group buying 107 S Main St., where Rep. Martin Causer's office now rents space, and moving a section of the Arboretum to that corner lot. 

Potter Lands would then turn that property
over to the borough, in a trade for the section of the Arboretum that Sheetz is interested in.  Read more...

Seeking a part-time caregiver, male or female

Person should be able to assist me in performing daily tasks, some cooking as needed, housekeeping, must have car to run errands as needed, assist with leisure activities, and perform other duties around the house as needed. 

Occasionally there may be times when caregiver will have to take me to the doctor appointments and must have a valid drivers license. There may be heavy lifting involved at times. Hours will primarily be on Saturdays and Sundays, but may include a weekday from time to time. This position will range from 20-30 per week. 

The position is located between Coudersport and Austin.

Must be comfortable with working in a family setting around children and pets. Experienced Required. Starting at $10/hour. Background checks required. 

Please email your references and resume to

4 Arrested In Thefts From Vehicles In Olean

The Olean Police Departments Criminal Investigation Unit have arrested four people for the recent string Larcenies from vehicles, A.K.A. car shopping. Two adults and two juveniles were arrested for Pettit Larcenies involving thefts from unlocked vehicles in the East and North sides of the City of Olean over this past week. One person was arrested also for Criminal Mischief. These people were working together with one or two acting as a look out while the others opened up the vehicles and stole items such as loose change, GPS, items related to Car audio, a Kindle ect.. The trunks of these vehicles were also ransacked because the vehicles were unlocked giving them access to push the trunk release. A Pine Street family had their swimming pool punctured by one of the persons arrested as well as their vehicle ransacked. All persons arrested were given Court dates to appear in City and Family Court. Police were unable to make arrests for every victim of these crimes. A few of the stolen items were recovered and will eventually be returned to its owner. Please call the Olean Police if you were a victim of theft from your vehicle and you have not reported it yet. There are more arrests pending.

Captain Robert Blovsky

3 Jailed After Bradford Area Burglaries

Two men are accused of breaking into two homes early this morning, one in the city and one in Foster Township, and a third man is accused of being their getaway driver.
Papers filed in District Judge Rich Luther’s office say a Bolivar Drive resident heard a noise in her home after 3 a.m. and when she went to check on it she saw Zachary Hixon and another man. She knows Hixon, so told him to go, but then when she went to check on her children she noticed that the bathroom window was open, several items were spilled inside and outside the window, and that her TV cable line and plug to the power cord were unplugged. Read more...

Four Missing Cats in Salamanca

All four of these cats are missing in Salamanca

Medical molder MedPlast to open fourth plant in China

By Michael Lauzon
Plastic News
MedPlast Inc. MedPlast Inc.'s new plant in Suzhou will be its fourth in China and 11th globally.

MedPlast Inc. plans to build its fourth plant in China, which also will be its 11th globally.

Medplast announced Aug. 20 that it will open a new 20,000-square-foot health care products plant in Suzhou in the fourth quarter of 2015.

“We’re expanding for an existing customer, as they expand we expand with them,” stated MedPlast vice president of marketing Barbara Glenn, in a phone interview.

The company has ordered 12 Chen Hsong all-electric injection presses with clamping forces from 50 to 200 tons for installation in an existing facility that MedPlast owns but has not been using. The firm also will install custom-designed blow molding machines relocated from the undisclosed customer, according to Glenn.

Workers in the new unit will mold, assemble and package medical goods that Glenn would not identify due to confidentiality agreements.

MedPlast’s other three China facilities include one in Suzhou that molds and assembles health care products. That 115,000-square-foot plant contains 22 all-electric injection presses up to 610 tons and three Class 100,000 clean rooms. Other China operations are a medical mold manufacturing plant, and a custom non-medical molding operation which is part of its UPG custom-molding business based in Houston, which also runs a plant in Wales.

Glenn estimated MedPlast, based in Tempe, Ariz., will chalk up about $300 million in global sales this year. Its other manufacturing locations are in Chicopee, Mass.; Elkhorn, Wis.; Fremont, Calif.; Monticello, Iowa; Tijuana, Mexico; West Berlin, N.J.; Westfield, Pa., and Bacup, England.

MedPlast’s in-house capabilities include mold design and building, silicone resin extrusion, blow/fill/seal systems and compression molding of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene into sheet for further machining into healthcare products.

Baird Capital Partners is majority owner of MedPlast.

Genesee Dispatched For Traffic Control At 2 Vehicle crash On Andrews Settlement Road

At 5:24 PM on Thursday, Genesee has been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash near 1585 Andrews Settlement Road. No injuries are being reported but roadway is blocked.

Madewell Recalls Women̢۪s Sandals Due to Fall Hazard

Madewell Recalls Women’s Sandals Due to Fall Hazard The metal shank can dislodge and break through bottom of the outsole, posing a fall hazard.

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Hatch Welcomes New Students to Penn State DuBois

Chancellor Melanie Hatch Welcomed new students to Penn State DuBois during convocation ceremonies on Thursday in the campus gymnasium, officially kicking off the new academic year.

DuBOIS – Over 230 students from across the country and around the globe officially became part of the DuBois community on Thursday at Convocation Ceremonies and New Student Orientation at Penn State DuBois.

Director of Enrollment Melissa Duttry passed on a list of names of new students to Chancellor Melanie Hatch, signifying the steps students have taken to move through the admissions process, to full student status. Duttry remarked that the population of the incoming class is very diverse in the places they've traveled from to attend Penn State DuBois.

"This group of students comes from 10 states, including Pennsylvania. You are from 25 different PA counties and 80 high schools," Duttry said. "This year’s class includes students from as close as Main Street in Brockway and as far away as Kealakekua, Hawaii, and China."

Hatch offered the official welcome to the university, saying, "During your time here, I sincerely hope that you will discover what a special place our campus is. Over the course of the day, you will meet many of our faculty and staff who will be your mentors, your cheerleaders, your guides and your counselors. They will challenge you, they will coach you, and they will inspire you. One day you will look back and realize how much influence they had on shaping you as an individual."

Throughout her address, Hatch urged students to embrace every opportunity to grow, be involved, and excel through personal growth both in the classroom and beyond.

"On Friday, we will be participating in the annual Community Outreach Day as part of a day of service to our local friends and neighbors. We will be sending 18 teams of students accompanied by faculty and staff members to various organizations in the community. It is our hope that after this experience, you will continue to volunteer your time and talents in the future," Hatch said. "You will see the power that we have to make a difference in the lives of others, especially when we come together as a team to get the work done."
Hatch also reminded students that a well-rounded education means following one's own interests and passion, and that now could even be a time to find out what some of those passions might be. She said, "This is your time to try new things, join one of our amazing student clubs, say hello to someone you don’t know, or run for a position in student government. You don’t know what you might find fun until you try it for the first time. Stretch yourself."

Through it all, the chancellor advised students to remain true to themselves. Taking a quote from Dr. Seuss, she said, "'Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.' I suppose this quote really speaks for itself but I think the important part here is not to lose sight of that. While you will meet many people you want to emulate and who will be great role models for you, no one else can live your life for you. Don’t be afraid to bring your 'you-ness' to everything you do and let nothing hold you back."

In order to fuel the community spirit on campus, new students spent the morning following convocation ceremonies participating in icebreaker exercises as part of their orientation. They worked in groups to accomplish tasks, such as moving plastic cups using only string, without directly touching the cups, and passed hula-hoops down a line of people standing, hand-and-hand, without breaking the human chain. The exercises are designed to demonstrate the importance of team work and critical thinking; concepts that educators at Penn State DuBois believe are paramount to a well-rounded education.