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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Vehicle / Pedestrian Accident In North Olean

At 11:55 PM on Saturday, Olean Area Fire & EMS have been dispatched to a vehicle / pedestrian accident between the Chuck Wagon & the City Line. Report a female has been struck by a vehicle.

9 Point Buck Harvested In WMU 3 A On Saturday

My Husband Carl Kimble shot this 9 point Buck with 18 inch spread Taken in WMU 3 A today!
— with Steven Kimble and Mike Wood.

5th Day Of Christmas Raffle Winner is Brenda Milliron

On the fifth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me....a group of Hand Crocheted Item’s including a towel, dish cloths and coasters...this prize was donated by Judy Eckert of Roulette and the winner is Brenda Milliron of Roulette.

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Roulette, PA 16746
Phone: (814) 544-2612

UPDATE: Tony Roddy To Reach Pacific Ocean In 7 Days

Tony Roddy Walking About America For Make A Wish New Mexico

Readers have called to our attention a man walking on Route 6 through the Tioga-Potter County area. Here's some information about him:

My Name is Anthony “Tony” Roddy and I am 55 years old. At this age I am very proud to be apart an exclusive generation called, the “Baby Boomers”. I made a recent promise to myself which was twofold; the first was when I retire from the work force and still have great health, I would walk across America. Secondly to stay in alignment with empathy and be as unselfish /selfless as I can when it comes to serving others. 

The retirement happened for me on my birthday last April. In conjunction with my birthday this year April 2, 2015 I began my historical “Walk about America”. I have found what helped me with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Iraq, is walking. So why not walk, help myself, and help someone else at the same time. My word of today is Legacy; anything handed down from the past, as from ancestor or predecessor. 

The baby boomers generation is making a mass exodus into the retirement rim (me included) that wants to show to the rest of the world that we still got it. As a future predecessor I must leave something that is positively worthwhile (not any debt) for my family to remember me by. I am leaving a remembrance of compassion to help people, and kids are people too. I can’t think of a better way to help with the kid’s dreams and wishes by simply walking. 

This is something that really fills natural to me. All money donated will go directly to Make-A-Wish® New Mexico. I’ll start the “Walk about America” in Portland, Maine April 2, 2015, and finish in Monterey, California. I have an attitude of great admiration and thankfulness for any and all donations with every single dollar going directly to Make-A-Wish® New Mexico. 

Thank you.

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

You can make a donation for the cause here

Anthony "Tony" Roddy said...
The days are short and the nights are cold this magnificent journey is something to be told.
I sweat, I cry, and ache some nights,
but with friends and family like you I continue to fight.
To have your cake and eat it too, you must understand that there is greatness in all of you.
Never say I'm going to TRY, because that's usually an easy out. Use the words I AM, and you'll have no doubts.
Life is hard, life is good, but it makes us stronger because God knew it would. Remember this
" No God, No peace
I have another 7 days on this journey and I should have my feet into the Pacific Ocean. Thank you all for your support.

St. Marys Nun Criticized After Posting Picture Of 10 Point Buck She Harvested On Facebook

Sister John Paul Bauer, of St. Mary's, says her hunting hobby is about conservation, not thrills
Hunting Nuns Pennsylvania Facebook
By Michael Tanenbaum
PhillyVoice Staff

A Pennsylvania nun eager to make the most of the 2015 deer hunting season is facing a major backlash this week after posting a photo on Facebook of the prize 10-point buck she shot from her tree stand on opening day.

Following her habit, Sister John Paul Bauer, of St. Mary's, prayed the rosary for the appearance of deer, and when a herd arrived, she took down the buck and got a photo displaying the 16-inch spread.

Bauer shared the since deleted photo on the Facebook page of the Erie Catholic Diocese. In short order, she drew more than a million views and a slew of comments sharply critical of her apparent violation of God's creation, according to the Independent Journal. Read more....


At 5:52 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Department has been requested to close a portion of Route 6 between Port Allegany and Smethport due to an active police incident. 


Police have not released any information on the incident. The road was closed as a precaution to protect the motoring public. Police from Smethport, Port Allegany and Pennsylvania State Police were able to resolve the situation.


December 3, 2015
(By Mike Leone)


(Pulaski, PA)...In an effort to begin to curb the rising costs in Crate Late Model racing, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series powered by Pace Performance has announced that only Sunoco Standard Race Fuel (110 octane) and Sunoco "RUSH" Pump Gas (91 octane) will be legal for RUSH-sanctioned competition in 2016.

Fuel was one of the topics discussed at the promoters meeting held in September. Promoters in attendance, as well as those unable to attend that were personally contacted after the meeting, were unanimous in the mindset that the elimination of oxygenated fuels is in the best interest of the future of Crate Late Model racing throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The new rule will ban all oxygenated fuels as well as E85 from competition and require the well-known Sunoco Standard 110 Racing Fuel as the RUSH spec fuel along with Sunoco RUSH Pump Gas to accommodate competitors that prefer that option. Both will be readily available throughout the entire network of RUSH-sanctioned speedways and specified Sunoco Race Fuels dealers.

Throughout the past several years, one of the most talked about downfalls of Crate Late Model racing has been the high cost of oxygenated fuels that had unfortunately crept into the system. This problem drew front and center this summer when some were being sold at the cost of $752-$800 per drum, or over $15 per gallon in many cases; a situation that in the end was the catalyst that prompted Series officials to immediately address the situation once and for all.

"I believe we now have the best opportunity we have ever had in pulling back and correcting some of the serious cost issues that we are facing and will in the end determine the future of Crate Late Model racing throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic," stated Series Director Vicki Emig. "Overall the majority of RUSH-sanctioned speedways are privately owned, these promoters all have a long-term vested interest in the health and well-being of this class, and the overall consensus was to immediately begin making steps to eliminate the oxygenated fuels. This decision alone will save our racers tens of thousands of dollars overall throughout our region in just one season. We can keep talking about it or we can fix it. I have the upmost confidence in Sunoco Race Fuels and the knowledge and assistance they will bring to the table in helping us and our sanctioned speedways properly tech and control this program."

Sunoco Standard is one of the most popular race fuels in the market. Because it is such a common fuel there will be no "gouging" or manipulating the price of the fuel to take advantage of the racers. It helps level the playing field because it's a basic fuel sold at a reasonable price; the less well-funded teams can now afford to run a fuel that will compete with the entire field, and as with the Crate Racin USA RUSH spec tire, there will be no deals on the RUSH spec fuels. The average cost of $7.50-$8 per gallon is less than half the cost of some of the exotic fuels being used by some teams. There are no exotic components in the fuel, which make up many of the more costly "boutique" fuels. The RUSH pump gas, sold at $3.50 during 2016, is comparable to a 91 octane ethanol free fuel, but will be made specific for the ease of inspection by both RUSH and track officials, pricing will be set and reviewed on a specified date each year giving racers advance notice on pricing and determining their budget.

The Sunoco "RUSH" Pump Gas will only be available for teams in 55-gallon drums, which is another step to maintain the integrity of the specified fuel process. Both fuels will be easily inspected and contain specific markers that cannot be duplicated which Sunoco can test for, however, blending of the fuels with each other or any other product will not be permitted, to maintain the integrity of the inspection process and determination of each fuel when inspected. Sunoco will provide field testing kits for RUSH and each of its sanctioned speedways. Both fuels are very simple and straight forward and are easily tuned to the engines. A two completed event burn-off period of other previously permitted fuels will be permitted at each weekly-sanctioned speedway.

"We have worked very hard over the last several months to come up with a solution that is correct for the overall well-being of our Series, speedways and racers" continued Emig. "The elimination of the more popular, but drastically more expensive oxygenated fuels alone is a huge step in the right direction in controlling fuel cost for our racers. Although the RUSH pump gas option is a bit more expensive at approximately $3.50 for the smaller percentage of racers who still choose the pump gas option and purchase it at their local gas stations, this fuel also offer a very stable techable product to them. Overall I think we have come up with a great solution to one of the most problematic situations that Crate Late Model racing faces today."

The $3.50 per gallon RUSH Pump Gas will be the only permitted fuel in the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Series for 2016.

Sunoco is not only the largest manufacturer of racing gasoline in the world but they are a fortune 500 company with over 6,000 convenient stores in the U.S. and they have grown by over 10% in the past year. They are recognized worldwide for their 50 plus years of supporting motorsports, particularly the top tier series of virtually every bracket of racing including NASCAR and The NHRA.

Racers should contact the RUSH office with any questions they may have concerning the 2016 RUSH Dirt Late Model fuel rule.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop,, B.R.A.K.E.S.,, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is Like our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Wellsville Man in BOLO Has Been Taken Into Custody

New York State Police report that the Wellsville man they have been searching for all morning has been taken into custody on River Road in Olean. 

The man who was reported to be suicidal and possibly armed is wanted on a warrant out of Wellsville, NY.

Happy 50th Birthday Dixie!


Dave's Dog Food Recall of December 2015
 Dave's Pet Food of Agawam, Massachusetts, has confirmed it is voluntarily recalling one production lot of its Dave's Simply the Best dry dog food due to the presence of an "off odor".
To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link:

Osceola Dispatched To One Vehicle Crash

At 12:41 PM on Saturday, Osceola Fire Dept. & Valley Ambulance along with Wellsboro ALS have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash at the intersection of Losey Creek Road and the Tubbs Road.

Olean Man Arrested For Selling Cocaine

Rushford Dispatched To Working Structure Fire On West Branch Road

Working Structure Fire
At 11:25 AM on Saturday, Rushford Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a structure fire at 9070 West Branch Road.
11:27 AM--Request Full Response from Centerville. 
11:30 AM--Smoke Showing--Request tankers from Belfast & Oramel. Houghton Ambulance to scene.

Scott Philip Waclawik, 28, formerly of Wellsboro, PA

Scott Philip Waclawik

Scott Philip Waclawik, 28, formerly of Wellsboro, PA, died on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ. 

US Air Force
He was the husband of Jamie (Sloan)Waclawik, who survives. Scott was born, December 28, 1986 in Wellsboro, the son of Dr. Ronald and Celeste (Dalbey) Waclawik.

He was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force, stationed at McGuire AFB in NJ. Scott was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church of Wellsboro.

Scott was an enthusiastic glider pilot. In the martial arts he held a black belt in karate. Scott also was an “aspiring Rubik’s Cube competitor”, a hobby he truly enjoyed.

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are his sisters, Stephanie Waclawik, Du Bois and Angela Waclawik, Wellsboro; father-in-law, Douglas Sloan (Stacey) and mother-in-law, Yasmine Fuleihan(Gene); brother-in-law, Douglass Sloan, Bangor, PA; sister-in-law, Sarah Sloan, Wellsboro.

Friends and family are invited to Scott’s Life Celebration on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM, at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro, PA. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM, with Rev. David Bechtel officiating. Interment in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

To share your fondest memories and sign the guest book, visit

2015 Roulette Family Christmas Dinner Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 Sponsored By Roulette Girl Scouts

12th Annual Craft & Vendor Show Is Saturday & Sunday At Foster Township Building

Anthony & Lisa Arkus Hosting 3rd Annual Holiday Sale Saturday & Sunday

Public Auction Sunday December 6th At Lloyd Burkhouse Auction House, Bradford, PA

Christmas Open House Thursday Thru Sunday At Potter County Wilds Gift Shop

Online Auction--Gas Field Specialists, Gas & Oil Field Supplies & Equipment

Hamilton's Maple Products and Pancake House Has Breakfast, Christmas Trees & Wreaths Saturday & Sunday

Sweden Valley Manor Seeking LPN's At Coudersport Facility

Pictures With Santa On December 2, 9 &15 In Coudersport

Psychiatrist Wanted For Bradford, PA Outpatient Mental Health Center

Friday, December 4, 2015

Livestock and People Falling Ill In Fracking Regions

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Enervest Opr Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2015-12-01 to Enervest Opr Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean county. 78.54 - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS - Operator failed to control and dispose of fluids, residual waste and drill cuttings, including tophole water, brines, drilling fluids, drilling muds, stimulation fluids, well servicing fluids, oil, and production fluids in a manner that prevents pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Roulette Ambulance Dispatched To Lanninger Creek Road

At 11:32 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Lanninger Creek Road for a medical emergency.

Esther G. Smith, 72, of Little Genesee, NY, formerly of Portville, NY and Shinglehouse, PA

Esther G. Smith

LITTLE GENESEE, NY---Esther G. Smith, 72, of Little Genesee, NY, formerly of Portville, NY and Shinglehouse, PA, passed away in her home with her loving family by her side on Friday, December 4, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

Roulette Dispatched For Carbon Monoxide Detector Activation

At 10:13 PM on Friday, Roulette Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to 61 Lanninger Creek Road for a carbon monoxide detector activation with symptoms.
No patients were transported.

4th Day Of Christmas Raffle Winner is Mike Northrop

On the fourth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me....a Friendly Inn Gift Basket including a $25 gift certificate and goodies to make his own pizza at home...this prize was donated by the Friendly Inn of Roulette and the winner is Mike Northrop of Coudersport.

Richard T. Steinhauser, 78, of 849 South Ave., Bradford, PA

Richard T. Steinhauser
Richard T. Steinhauser

Richard T. Steinhauser, 78, of 849 South Ave., Bradford, PA, passed away Thursday, December 3, 2015, at The Pavilion at BRMC surrounded by his loving family.

Born October 22, 1937, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Leo and Marion A. (Steck) Steinhauser. He attended Bradford Area Schools.

US Marines
On March 22, 1956, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. serving as a Tank Crewman and Tractor Operator. He was honorably discharged from active duty on March 22, 1959.

On March 15, 1960, in DeGolia EUB Church, he married Lynda A. (Fowler) Steinhauser who survives him.

Dick was employed at the Susquehanna Chemical Works and later as a Supervisor in the Boiler House at Kendall-Witco Corporation, retiring after 32 years at the refinery.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR and football, hunting, fishing, golfing and was a former member of the Birch Run Country Club. He was an antique car and hot rod truck enthusiast, and was particularly good at rebuilding engines.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Lynda of 55 years, is one granddaughter, Hallie Steinhauser, three great-grandchildren, Bella Parsons, Lilly Nazario and Miles Nazario, one sister, Sally, one brother, Daryl and his wife Lee, and several nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Daryl Steinhauser, who died in June of 1983, and Thomas L. Steinhauser, who died in February of 2015, and one brother Dale.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, December 7, 2015, from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave., Bradford, at 1:00pm funeral and committal services will be held with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, retired Presbyterian minister officiating. Following the service members of the United States Marines will conduct Military Honors at the funeral home. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at

Kersey Dispatched To Fatal Vehicle Crash On Hayes Road

At 7:30 PM on Friday, Fox Township Fire & EMS have been dispatched to a vehicle into a tree on Hayes Road, about 1/4 mile from West Main Street in Kersey. A 19-year-old from Kersey was killed in the crash.

Nicole S. Hanes, of Kersey, was driving south on Hayes Road around 7:25 p.m. when her Chevrolet Cruze left the roadway just south of Route 948 and struck a tree. Hanes was pronounced dead at the scene by Elk County Coroner Michelle Muccio.

Farm Credit to Honor Rural Visionaries Nominations Accepted Through December 18

MECHANICSBURG - Rural America is constantly evolving to meet the needs of a changing global agriculture economy, and a new effort is underway to champion the women, men and youth whose insights and influence are ensuring thriving rural communities for years to come. As part of its centennial celebration, Farm Credit has launched a nationwide initiative called Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives through which it will recognize and honor 100 leaders and innovators from across the country.

“As active participants in the agricultural industry ourselves, we know how important individual commitment and vision is to our long-term success,” says Darrell Curtis, AgChoice Farm Credit president and CEO. “We applaud Farm Credit for undertaking a program to recognize these leaders, and we’re excited to see who is selected next year.”

Ten of the 100 honorees will receive a $10,000 award to help further their leadership contributions, along with a trip for themselves and a guest to Washington, D.C., in 2016 to participate in a special recognition event.

Individuals, couples and groups are eligible for nomination in ten categories, listed below. A panel of experts on rural matters will evaluate the entrants and select the top 100 honorees. Nominations can be submitted by anyone, and are being accepted now through December 18, 2015 at Winners will be announced in March, 2016.

As a Farm Credit national contributions partner, we encourage our members to participate in Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives with these three easy steps.

1. Consider: Identify the category or categories (see below) that best represent your nominee’s area of influence.

2. Visit: Go to for entry materials.

3. Complete: Submit the nomination form and brief essay. Nominations accepted until December 18, 2015.

Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives categories include:

Leadership (over 21)
Youth Leadership (21 and younger)
Rural Policy Influence
Beginning Farmer or Rancher Achievement
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Sustainability and Natural Resource Conservation
Financial Stewardship
Mentoring and Volunteerism
Agriculture Education and Community Impact
Rural and Urban Connection

Visit to learn more about Farm Credit’s centennial and Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives.

Help Available to Assess Older Drivers’ Safety

Family, Close Friends Urged to Get Involved, Talk with Older Drivers

Harrisburg – With the number of older Pennsylvanians steadily increasing, the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Aging, and Insurance remind citizens that striking the right balance between safety on our roadways and the mobility of older drives is very important.
“Driving is a privilege; however, losing the independence of mobility can be particularly devastating for a driver with years behind the wheel,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “It’s essential for older drivers and their family members to speak openly about what they’ll do when it is time to hang up the keys for safety’s sake.”

“While driving means freedom and independence, it must be balanced with attention to personal and public safety,” commented Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “Understanding that health conditions in later life can pose challenges when it comes to driving, we are committed to ensuring that older Pennsylvanians and their families have access to resources that help them continue to drive safely for a lifetime and to supports that guide their transportation options.”

The three departments are calling attention to these issues as part of recognizing Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, December 7 -11, 2015. The goal is to call attention to physical and cognitive changes that can affect driving abilities, promote commonwealth programs and services that support the importance of safe mobility and transportation for older adults, and offer guidance to keep older Pennsylvanians mobile and active in their communities.

PennDOT has a number of programs that assess drivers’ abilities and offers drivers who wish to voluntarily turn in their licenses for medical reasons a one-time free identification card. The normal fee of $28.50 is waived the first time the identification card is issued to a person turning in their license for medical reasons. Drivers wishing to use this option can fill out a DL-54A form, Application for Initial Identification Card, and bring it with their license to a driver license center. Both the form and a list of driver license centers are available at the Driver and Vehicle Services website,

Every person ages differently, but with increasing age come changes in physical, mental and sensory abilities that can challenge a person’s ability to drive safely. Just as there are ways to determine how good a driver a person is today, there are also ways to determine if the time has come when a person really needs to stop driving. Many times, rather than concentrating on possible solutions, the focus becomes ‘at what age should an older driver stop driving?’

PennDOT continually seeks to balance the safety of our roadways with the impact of loss of independence, autonomy and mobility of the older driver by offering resources and programs designed to help strike the balance between safety and mobility. Under the Medical Reporting Program, the law requires medical professionals to report to PennDOT any person age 15 or older who has been diagnosed with a condition that may impair their ability to drive safely, which could lead to a restricted license or a recall of the driving privilege. In addition, each month PennDOT randomly selects 1,900 drivers over the age of 45 to undergo physical and vision exams at the time of license renewal, and if the results suggest a need, the individual may be required to complete a driver’s exam.

PennDOT also receives reports from law enforcement, and concerned family members and friends, which trigger a review process and possible further exams.

Additional resources are also available to help older drivers and their loved ones assess driving skills. Several free online tools are available to measure functional driving abilities shown to identify collision risks among older drivers. Approved driver improvement courses are also available for older drivers who may only need to sharpen their driving skills. Courses are offered statewide and fees vary. Information about a variety of organizations that offer driver assessment tools and safe driver courses is available at, at the Older Driver link under Traffic Safety Information. Also available at this site are warning signs, safety tips and guidance for how family members or close friends can initiate the conversation, which is often an emotional topic for all involved. To download the “Talking with Older Drivers” publication, developed by PennDOT and the Department of Aging, select the Older Driver link under Traffic Safety Information.

“Pennsylvania law requires insurance companies to provide at least a five percent premium discount when policyholders 55 or older successfully complete an approved driver improvement course,” Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said. “Having attended several of these courses over the past year, I can personally say they provide great information to make senior drivers, and our roads, safer.”

Individuals must take an approved driver improvement course every three years to remain eligible for the discount and may be disqualified if involved in a chargeable crash, convicted of a moving violation or convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, which may include prescribed medications.

Age does not determine whether a person will have to stop driving. Safe driving is about health and ability. For many, while the transition from longtime motorist is a major life change, alternative means of transportation are available through the commonwealth’s Lottery Funded Shared-Ride and Reduced Fair Transit Programs, available in every county, along with free public transportation for senior citizens.

More information is available at

Computer Programing Enriches Education, Job Prospects for Earth Science Students

Instructor in Earth Sciences Patrick Applegate guides student James Greenawalt in an exercise using the computer programming language, R, to chart ground water supplies.
DuBOIS – A degree in Earth Science can prepare individuals for careers in a variety of fields, including environmental conservation, energy resources, wildlife conservation, environmental consulting, and more. But students in the Earth Science degree program at Penn State are getting a leg up in the competition to land jobs by gaining computer programming language experience as part of their curriculum.

Specifically, the students are learning to use a computer programming language called R. R is popular with statisticians and scientists, and is used to create models that can predict outcomes and quantify data once a set of data has been entered.

Instructor in Earth Sciences Patrick Applegate is teaching students how to use R in his hydrology class. He explains, "R is a key tool in my classroom because we take equations that describe how groundwater flows and use R to turn those equations into graphs. These graphs help students gain a more intuitive feel for the material we're covering. Most people can remember pictures and graphs more easily than they can equations. R makes it easy to turn equations into pictures.

Applegate said R can also make processing this information easier, and provide more accurate results.

"Hydrogeology is the science of taking water out of the ground. It has to do with estimating how much water can be obtained from different geologic layers and protecting groundwater resources from contamination. Hydrogeology is a quantitative science; there are equations that describe how groundwater moves. R makes it easy to do some calculations that would be very difficult to do with pencil and paper. One equation used to be solved by matching curves on two pieces of graph paper, which is hard to do in a precise way. In R, though, we can do this matching easily."

The end result of this work in hydrology can benefit home owners looking to drill wells, local governments exploring options for municipal water supplies, and industries that utilize ground water. Studies like this are done frequently by Earth Science professionals, and Applegate said those working professionals also use R to quantify their data. The experience his students are getting in the classroom with R will better prepare them to enter such careers.

"I think my students benefit from learning to use R in that they learn the class material better and because it improves their job prospects," Applegate said. "Many companies out in the real world use R, meaning that our Earth Science students here at Penn State DuBois will have a wider pool of potential employers to apply to when they're done. Also, most people who get an Earth Science degree don't know how to write computer programs. So, our Earth Sciences graduates will stand out from other people with the same degree from other institutions."

Senior Howard Hartzfeld of DuBois completed an internship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture this year, and has a job waiting for him there after graduation. He said having experience with R helped to make that possible.

"My focus for that internship was soil and water, which this work encompasses. This is right on with the work I did there," Hartzfeld said.

Student James Greenawalt, of Clarion, appreciates the chance to diversify his education by delving into areas he was otherwise unfamiliar with. He said, "I'm not computer savvy, so this is really beneficial.

Applegate and University Park Campus colleague Klaus Keller authored a book on the use of R as it relates to geosciences, statistics, ethics, and economics. The book was recently published and is available for free at

Fall Commencement At Penn State DuBois Set for December 17; Micks to Speak

Nancy Micks
DuBOIS – Fall Commencement at Penn State DuBois is planned for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, at DuBois Country Club. Area business leader Nancy Micks will provide the commencement address.

Micks most recently served as director for the Greater DuBois Area Chamber Of Commerce. She retired in June after 17 years with the chamber. 

She has served as director or officer with numerous area organizations, including the DuBois Free Clinic, Penn Highlands DuBois, PA Chamber of Commerce Executives, DuBois Renaissance, Inc., DuBois Rotary Club, DuBois Area United Way, North Central Regional Planning & Development, the Bucktail Council of the Boy Scouts of America, NW PA Great Outdoors, Clearfield County Tourism, DuBois Village, Clearfield County Collaboration and Prevention Board, Clearfield County Industrial Development Authority, and the Winkler Gallery of Art & Education. Nancy also served as a member of the DuBois City Council and became state certified for Planning and Economic Growth in Pennsylvania.

Richard “Dick” Sowa, 83, of Warren, PA

Richard “Dick” Sowa
Richard Sowa

Richard “Dick” Sowa, 83, of Warren, PA, loving husband, father and grandfather died peacefully with his wife at his side, Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Cambridge Warren. 

US Army Veteran
He was born August 23, 1932 in Torpedo, PA. He was a 1950 graduate of Youngsville High School and had served with the U.S. Army from October 21, 1953 until October 20, 1955. 

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Rochester while working for 30 years with Eastman Kodak as a manager/supervisor. He retired from Sherwin-Williams after 4 years employment in 1990.

Dick had resided in Rochester, N.Y. for 14 years and in Loveland, Colorado for 23 years. 

He enjoyed hiking and was an avid fisherman. He adored and loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a man of very strong faith and conviction.

He is survived by his loving wife of 12 years, Mary Yarzabek Sowa whom he married May 24, 2003 at St. Joseph R.C. Church, Warren, PA., 5 Children – Kathy Birdsall and husband, Mark of Topeka, Kansas, Rick Sowa of Midvale, Utah, William Sowa and wife, Cindy of Simsbury, Connecticut, Ellen Smith and husband, Eric of West Jordan, Utah, Adam Sowa and wife, Amy of Springfield, VA, 1 Brother – Donald Sowa of Youngsville, PA., 25 Grandchildren, several Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive. 

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, John and Suzanne Paylo Sowa, 1st wife, Cordelia Dunkle Sowa, 1 Brother – Joseph Sowa.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 5:45 P.M.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Monday, December 7, 2015 at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA., at 10:00 A.M., with Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum of the Ascension in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

 Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA., 16365 or the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA., 17110-9378.

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Highland, Kane Dispatched To Motor Vehicle Crash

At Highland Fire Department & Kane Ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 948 just inside the Elk County line for a one vehicle crash with one person reported injured.


12/04/2015 11:03 AM EST
Lipo Escultura Corp. of Brooklyn, NY dba JAT Productos Naturales Corp., and JAT Natural Products Corp. are voluntarily recalling all Lipo Escultura within expiry to the consumer level. The Lipo Escultura capsules were tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have been found to contain two potentially harmful ingredients--sibutramine and diclofenac.

PA Lawmakers support pension reform provided it doesn't affect them

Proposed Severance Tax Clarified; Drillers Could Deduct Impact Fees Paid

Psychiatrist Wanted For Bradford, PA Outpatient Mental Health Center

Elk State Forest Rangers Thank Searchers For Help Finding Lost Hunters

The Bureau of Forestry would like to thank all those who aided in the search efforts of lost hunters this past week. With several searches occurring at the same time across Cameron County, agencies and volunteers from across the area, ignoring political boundaries, worked exceptionally well together to locate the lost individuals. 

The rugged terrain, wet and cold temperatures and long hours made searching challenging but your efforts resulted in locating the lost individuals. Thank you again for your dedication to others.

If you would like to contact us, please call the District Office at 814-486-3353. You can visit us online at Also check us out on Facebook at

Seneca takes on financial backer for local shale drilling

Bradford Era Associate Editor

After losing about $650 million in the last six months, Seneca Resources has taken on a financial backer to continue its Marcellus Shale drilling operations in McKean, Elk and Cameron counties.

“With the price of natural gas dropping, and not really improving, our company has taken a write-down on the side of the assets,” explained Rob Boulware, Seneca spokesman. “We had a loss as a company mainly due to the write-down on the price of natural gas.  Read more...

Federal Regulations, Law Changes Affect Commercial Drivers

Harrisburg, PA – With an eye toward improving the safe operation of commercial vehicles in Pennsylvania and meeting federal guidelines, Governor Tom Wolf recently signed a law that made significant changes to the issuance and renewal of commercial driver’s licenses.

Act 49, signed into law October 22, 2015, with an effective date of December 21, 2015, makes numerous changes to the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code regarding Commercial Driver’s Licenses, affecting both license and permit holders. The majority of these changes are in response to changes to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules.

“Act 49 significantly changes our processes for issuing commercial driver’s licenses in Pennsylvania,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “These changes are designed to have a positive impact on the operation of commercial vehicles in the Commonwealth, making our highways safer not only for commercial vehicle operators, but for all drivers.”

The more significant changes highlighted in Act 49 include:

- The time period for school bus drivers to have their annual physical and vision examinations completed has been extended from every 12 months to every 13 months. Additionally, Training Permits - a precursor to the learner’s permit - will no longer be issued to school bus drivers as of December 21, 2015.

- Codes used to describe CDL classifications, endorsements and restrictions will change beginning December 21, 2015. A listing of the new codes has been added to our website at

- Beginning December 21, 2015, all new CDL applicants and current holders required to renew or make any changes or upgrades to their CDL will need to do so in person one time. License holders must present proof of citizenship or legal presence in the form of a birth certificate, passport, naturalization documents or current immigration documents in person. Also, residency documents will be required initially, at renewal and anytime an address change occurs. Proof of residency can be accomplished by providing: tax records, lease agreements, mortgage documents, a W-2 Form, current weapons permit, current utility bills (water, gas, electric, cable, etc), a letter from the department or current Pennsylvania license. After presenting proof of residency and citizenship in person once, subsequent CDL applications may be submitted through the mail.

- If a driver applicant wants to remove any of the restrictions on their current license, the applicant may not have to retake the complete skills tests. The state may administer a modified test that will include a knowledge test and skills test depending on the restriction to be removed. 

- Any Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) issued on or after December 21, 2015, will be valid for no more than 180 days and a CLP will not be issued to anyone who does not hold a current and valid driver’s license as of December 21, 2015. If a permit expires or was renewed once and needs to be renewed again, all knowledge tests must be retaken. Additionally, any time an endorsement or restriction removal is added to a permit as of December 21, 2015, including existing CDL holders, the 15-day training period will be reset.

More information on the changes to CDL requirements is available by clicking on Driver Licensing at, then clicking on the Commercial Driver tab, then the Act 49 CDL Changes/New CDL Skills Testing tab.

Upper Allegheny Watershed Association Receives Grant From Dominion Foundation

Jim Mesloh, (L) of the Dominion Foundation, awards Frank Weeks of the Upper Allegheny Watershed Association a grant for Organizational Promotion and Outreach.
The grant of $1200.00 will be used to print and mail newsletters, brochures and calendars to our members and the general public. 

The UAWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection, improvement and preservation of a healthy watershed for present and future generations.

The funds were provided by the Dominion Foundation and administered by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy under the Dominion/WPC Mini-Grant Program. This program offers funding to watershed organizations in central and western Pennsylvania for general operating expenses, organizational promotion and outreach, and restoration projects. 

The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to the economic, physical and social health of the communities served by Dominion companies. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s core mission is conserving Pennsylvania’s diverse ecosystems through science-based strategy, leadership and collaboration. For more information contact:

PO Box 146
Coudersport, PA 16915

Celebration Of LIfe Service For William H. (Bill) Cabisca Saturday In Clarendon, PA

William H. “Bill” Cabisca
“celebration of life service”

WARREN, PA--- A celebration of life for Mr. William H. “Bill” Cabisca will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the First Assembly of God, 13393 Route 6, Clarendon, PA with Pastor Frank Lanza and Michael Miles of Smethport, officiating. 

Military rites will be accorded by members of the Sheffield and Clarendon VFW Honor Guard at the church. 

A gathering will follow the service at the Eagles Club, Pennsylvania Avenue, Warren.

For further information, to express condolences or share a fond memory of Bill, please visit

The First National Bank of Port Allegany is now Juniata Valley Bank (JVB)


Dr. Jean Truman
BRADFORD, Pa. -- Dr. Jean Truman has been promoted to associate professor of nursing and granted tenure at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

She is the coordinator of the associate of science in nursing program and also teaches in the RN-BSN program.

Truman joined the faculty at Pitt-Bradford in 2003 and has worked as a critical care nurse, coordinator of staff education and nursing supervisor. She holds a BSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a MSN from Gannon University with a concentration as a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Educational Leadership from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

A Bradford native, she continues to work as a nursing supervisor at Bradford Regional Medical Center and is an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society. This fall, she was honored by the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association with its Teaching Excellence Award.


The free Deane Little Beans' Gingerbread House Decorating program will be at the Deane Center on Saturday, December 12. Photo by Heather Mee Fotografee & Design
The Deane Center for the Performing Arts is hosting the Deane Little Beans’ Gingerbread House Decorating on Saturday, December 12 at 10 a.m. in the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. This free program is for children and their parents. In addition to decorating gingerbread houses, this program has been expanded to include storytelling, games, two movies and refreshments.

Chandra Weigle, story time facilitator at the Green Free Library, will kick off the event by reading "Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett.

Brad Goodwin and Kelly Carson of the Red Skillet will demonstrate how to make and decorate a gingerbread house and each youngster will then make and decorate a gingerbread house to take home. All supplies needed to create the gingerbread houses and decorate them will be provided.

Once finished, each youngster will have a photo taken with his or her gingerbread house. All of the photos will be posted on the Fifth Season’s Facebook page. People will have a week to vote for their favorite gingerbread house in four different age categories – 2-4, 5-7, 8-10 and 11 and older. The winner in each category will be announced Saturday, December 19 and receive a prize worth at least $25. Among the prizes will be books and games, stuffed animals and gift certificates for movies and candy. Donating the gifts are the Arcadia Theatre, From My Shelf Books & Gifts, Peggy's Candies & Gifts and Pop's Culture Shoppe.

The youngsters will enjoy snacks and play reindeer games in the lobby and then return to the Coolidge Theatre to watch two movies, “Frosty the Snowman” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

Sponsors of this Deane Little Beans program are: the Deane Center, the Fifth Season, Red Skillet, Dominion, Tops Friendly Markets and the Green Free Library.

This program is limited to the first 200 children. Reserve your seat now. Parents are asked to register their children by calling the Fifth Season at 570-724-6910 or emailing


MEMBERS PRESENT: Tony Adami - Chairman; Tony Cimino, George Bowen, Joe Cimino
NOT PRESENT: Ben Hoppe - Vice Chairman
OTHERS PRESENT: Mike Plummer - Solicitor/Citizen, Trixie Blass - Secretary

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Pledge to the flag.

Minutes of the November meeting were presented for approval. Tony C. motioned to approve the minutes as presented. George seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried.


Joe reported that Martz Technologies is preparing the equipment to install to get the remainder of the water plant and tank online with the SCADA system.

He also reported that water in the Wetmore is doing well and that there have been no issues to date with trespassing with the hunting season. He did state however, that he has received no new information regarding the theft and trespass that took place in early September.

Joe reported that a new ph meter is needed for the WWTP and will be ordered after the first of the year.

Tony questioned if Tom is still interested in holding workshops regarding upgrades/maintenance needed at the treatment plant.

Letters regarding the Wetmore are in progress and will be emailed for review as soon as complete.

Brief discussion regarding need to replace Ben as board member as his term is up at the end of the year.

Joe motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m. George seconded the motion. All voted aye and the meeting was adjourned until the next regular/re-organizational meeting scheduled for Tuesday,
January 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Borough office.

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Senior Pennsylvanians….
have a short time to enroll in or change their Medicare plan as the Medicare open enrollment period ends this Monday, Dec. 7.

More than 670 trained APPRISE counselors work through the local Area Agency on Aging and can answer questions about Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and long-term care insurance, and they help older adults to compare plans and determine which one best meets their needs. To learn more about the APPRISE Program, call 1-800-783-7067 or visit

Medicare beneficiaries can also complete their own plan comparisons by accessing the plan finder tool on the Medicare website at or call 1-800-MEDICARE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Keystone Exams -
The state House has advanced legislation to delay the implementation of the Keystone Exam as a graduation requirement until the 2018-19 school year. Currently, the class of 2017 must take and pass the Keystone Exam in Algebra I, literature and biology in order to graduate.

This delay would allow time for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to re-evaluate the policy and recommend potential changes, while granting school districts, students and their families more preparation time.

The delay is also being sought to ensure that exams are not prohibiting students from seeking vocational and technical education opportunities in the trades, since one of the major concerns of job creators is a shortage of skilled workers.

In addition to the delay, Senate Bill 880 would require the department to investigate alternatives to the exam and issue its findings and recommendations within six months.

The legislation was sent back to the Senate for concurrence.

Recognizing Our Future Leaders -
 PennDOT has awarded two Clearfield Area School District students with certificates for writing winning PSAs in conjunction with the Operation Safe Holiday initiative. The winners are Benjamin Leighow (elementary school winner) and Josh Serena (high school winner).

The contest was open members of the district’s gifted class from first to 12th grade. The students were tasked with writing a PSA to persuade radio listeners to not drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs during this holiday season. There was one winning PSA chosen from the first- to seventh-grade group and another chosen from the eighth- to 12th-grade group. Benjamin and Josh both received a certificate signed by Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards, and also had the opportunity to record the PSA they wrote.

The PSAs will be aired through Sunday, Jan. 3, on radio stations throughout PennDOT District 2, which includes Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties. 

Kayak Raffle Tickets Available

2016 Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic will include a raffle for a 10 foot Pelican Kayak, paddle and life vest valued at more than $600.00 donated by Linda and Mike Songer from L&M Lumber in Emporium. The 52 pound kayak includes a 23 inch cockpit.

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce will benefit from the drawing to be held Saturday April 2. The PA 3 digit evening lottery number will be used to determine the winner. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 and can be purchased at L&M Lumber, from any Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Member or the chamber office. Other locations will be added through the end of the year.

The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce organizes or promotes events throughout the year that bring visitors to the county. Those events include but are not limited to Christmas in the Wilds, Weekend in the Wilds, Sinnemahone 50k, 25k, 10k Trail Run, Cameron County fireworks display in July, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, All Fired Up & Kickin Ash BBQ Contest, Shop Small Saturday, Hike Cameron County, Straub Beer Lovers Dinner, and new this year a winter festival planned for January. The chamber also is responsible for replacement bulbs for the Emporium Christmas decorations each year, maintaining the community calendar on its website and the operation of the artisan center.

Organizing seminars and offering chamber member’s benefits like free web page design and set ups on social media also carried out by the staff which includes a director administrative assistant and two high school workers. The entire staff is part-time, limited to up to 30 hours a week for each. Non-profit members receive access to a new program which sends out text alerts for upcoming events. Anyone can sign up for the alert by texting @cameroncou to 81010.

Thomas to Lead Softball Program at Penn State DuBois

Meagan Thomas
DuBOIS - A young, local talent has been selected to head up the newest athletic team to be added to the Penn State DuBois athletics program. Meagan Thomas, a DuBois Central Catholic graduate, will be the head softball coach. The team set to start play in September, 2016. Thomas will start her work in January to recruit prospective student-athletes to campus and build relationships with the current students at Penn State DuBois who may want to play on the team.

Ken Nellis, campus director of athletics is pleased with the selection of Meagan Thomas as the head softball coach. He said, "Meagan will bring energy and passion for the game as we build a program from scratch. She will be responsible for recruiting and building relationships with the high school softball coaches in the region; providing the finest players in the area and an opportunity to play college softball and get a world class education from Penn State DuBois."

Thomas will be busy recruiting, purchasing equipment, uniforms, and setting a non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. The season will kick off in September, 2016, with the majority of the schedule played in April and May 2017.

Thomas said, "I am excited for the opportunity and look forward to the challenge of building a team from the ground up. The community has a strong passion for softball and many of the surrounding high schools have talent that will make PSU DuBois a destination for them to play and earn their college degree."

To contact Coach Thomas email your information to or Ken Nellis

Community Invited to Campus Christmas Concert

DuBOIS – Members of the Penn State DuBois Campus Choir will present their annual Christmas Concert on at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7, in the Hiller Auditorium at Penn State DuBois. The program is free and is open to the public.

Under the direction of Senior Instructor of Music Paul Fehrenbach, the campus choir is made up of students, faculty and staff. Included in this year's Christmas concert will be a number of violin and piano compositions performed by Dr. Fehrenbach and retired faculty member Sally Vavala. The show will also feature popular holiday songs with accompaniment on violin, piano and guitar.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at 814-375-4764.

WBLF 970-AM’s Jerry Fisher to Host Radio Town Hall with Thompson

December 4, 2015
WBLF 970-AM’s Jerry Fisher to Host Radio Town Hall with Thompson
Live Broadcast from Days Inn, State College Open to the Public

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) today announced his participation in a live radio broadcast with WBLF 970-AM’s Jerry Fisher. The event, entitled, “Coffee with the Congressman:  A Radio Town Hall with WBLF 970-AM’s Jerry Fisher,” will be a question and answer session, planned for Monday, Dec. 14, from 8-9 a.m. at the Days Inn Penn State, located at 240 S. Pugh St., State College.

The hour-long event is open to the public and press and will also be broadcast live on WBLF 970-AM’s “Centre County This Morning.” Questions from the public should be submitted in advance to the host, WBLF’s Jerry Fisher, via email at Questions will be selected at random by Fisher and will not be provided to Thompson in advance. Questions should be submitted to Fisher no later than December 12 at 5 p.m.

“People have busy lives and busy schedules, and I’m thankful that WBLF 970-AM can broadcast this town hall to maximize the audience reach,” Thompson said.  “I look forward to the opportunity to hear what is on people’s minds, answer questions and share some of my thoughts and offer some solutions to the issues facing our nation and Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District.”

An agenda for the program is as follows:

8:00 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks from Congressman Glenn Thompson
8:03-8:56 a.m. – Question and Answer Session with WBLF-AM’s Jerry Fisher
8:56 a.m. – Closing Remarks from Fisher and Congressman Thompson