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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Police, Fire, EMS Dispatched To Golf Cart Accident At Smethport Country Club

At 10:29 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Dept., Police, and EMS have been dispatched to the Golf Course off Rt. 59 for a golf cart accident. The location is possibly off Hamlin Street. Report a 22 year old female with a head injury.
Smethport Fire Department Inc.
9 hrs ·
SFD dispatched for an accident at the Smethport Country Club involving a Golf Cart. Engine 24 responded with 4, Chief 220 had the seat. Chief 210 arrived on scene and established command confirming 1 patient with moderate injuries. Mercy Flight was stood-down per Medic 16, Priority Care Ambulance transported the patient. Smethport PD was also on scene. All responders did a great job of packaging and moving the patient to the transporting unit.

Port Allegany Police On Scene Of Unconscious Person In Road

At 10:05 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Police are on scene of a report of a person unconscious in the roadway near 107 South Main Street. Port Allegany Fire Dept. is responding for traffic control. Ambulance was dispatched but recalled. Police say this is not a medical problem.

Amanda Asks For Help For Dad With Emergency Dental Expense


My dad has been sick and is in hospital. The doctors say he needs 8 teeth pulled. Please share this on Solomon's words (my dad reads this everyday) and please share on your Facebook. I would love to be able to ha for this medical expense for him myself but I am unable. My dad means the world to me please share


Bill Pekarski: Day 382, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:
Day 382, Living life on my terms.

I know that I have missed a few days again, but I have a great excuse; I have been living life!

It is so much more than just the title of my column, it is a realization that I am getting healthy and less things are holding me back. I also decided that I will keep the counter going, even on my off days, as it marks the point in time where I knew that God had decided I have a greater purpose and I had better stick around for a while.

So Beth and I had some pretty outstanding food on Saturday. We started off this afternoon with some pulled pork sandwiches from Tadd Ostroski's Bones 'n Banter food trailer as well as a couple of pork rolls. Let me tell you something, those pork rolls with his dipping sauce are just about a little of heaven.

I also got a peek at Tadd's newest creation--The Heart Attack. It is an overstuffed sandwich with brisket, pulled pork, a kielbasa, cheese, and coleslaw. I didn't have the guts to try it today, but I think I can definitely see one coming in the near future.

Later in the evening, we headed down to the Consistory for the Surf and Turf dinner to support the Coudersport Mason's scholarship fund. We got to see many people from the community and it was nice to hear many compliments about my stories. Beth even wore her "Living life on my terms" t-shirt. I think she is a pretty nice model if I may say so myself.

Also this morning, I got an instant message from Nancy Lent wondering if I wanted any more tomatoes. They had a pretty large yield this year in their garden, but her husband Jack isn't able to eat tomatoes at this time. Since she didn't think they would need them, she contacted me. I gleefully met her downtown and took them off her hands.

Jack and Nancy are some pretty great people. Their youngest son, Toby, was a classmate of mine back in high school. The thing I always remember about Toby is he was always friendly to everyone and always displayed amazing self confidence. Those traits have served him well in life as he is very successful and enjoys a great life out in California. I have to admit, every time I look at his photos that he posts, I am extremely jealous.

A number of years ago, Toby called me out of the blue to see if I was available to DJ a surprise birthday party for his dad. I was more than happy to provide music for the event. It was held at the Potter County Golf Club and let me tell you, it was the best dinner party I have ever attended.

There was so many varieties of wonderful food. I know I stuffed myself that night, There was prime rib, shrimp, a pasta bar, and all other sorts of amazing dishes. He also had coffee mugs made for the occasion. It was my favorite coffee mug and I used it all of the time until it broke in the dishwasher. What I wouldn't give to have another one just like it.

Anyways, now I have another bushel of tomatoes and I am thinking spaghetti sauce. It is going to be a hard winter and the less I have to buy off the shef at the store.

All in all, it was a pretty good Saturday.

Today I am dedicating my progress to Tadd and Ellen Ostroski for their Bones 'n Banter delicacies, to the Masons for a great dinner; and to Nancy, Jack, and Toby Lent for all being great people.

Wellsboro Dispatched To Crash On Mt. Zion Road

At 8:33 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire & EMS dispatched to a one vehicle crash at the intersection of Mt. Zion Road and Skyline Drive. One possible injury.

Highland Township Dispatched For Couple Stranded In Woods After ATV Breaks Down

At 6:22 PM on Saturday, Highland Township Fire Department has been dispatched for a land rescue of a couple of people whose ATV has broken down on a trail in the Allegheny National Forest off Route 339. The couple is not reported injured, just stranded.

State Police Investigating Terroristic Threats made through Text Messages to a Roulette Woman

Juvenile Threatened Another on School Bus

Unkown Actors Scattered Rubbish on Ulysses Property

Passenger Life Flighted after Ejection from Classic Pickup Truck

Paint 'n' Party BYOB

Join local artist Theresa Welsh this Tuesday, September 26 at the Potter County Artisan Center from 7 until 9 for a special Autumn Paint 'n Party. 

Enjoy a relaxing evening and learn a few easy brush techniques in this beginners-level class, and leave with a large 16"x20" painted canvas. Class materials will be provided. BYOB is allowed with ID and sales receipt.

The cost is $35 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Coudersport Aboretum. Reservations are appreciated but not required. Please contact the Potter County Artisan Center at 814-274-8165 or via Facebook.

Request for Public Hearing on Frack Waste Facility at the Allegheny River Headwaters

Petitioning Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and 1 other

Request for Public Hearing on Frack Waste Facility at the Allegheny River Headwaters

 Frack Waste Processing and Discharge Planned for the Headwaters of the Allegheny River

In April of 2016 a representative of JKLM Energy approached Coudersport Borough manager with a proposal for a “water remediation strategy” involving the Coudersport Area Municipal Authority (CAMA) sewage treatment plant.

JKLM’s idea was to situate a frack waste processing facility near CAMA's sewage plant so the facility can pre-treat the waste from JKLM's unconventional wells and then discharge it to CAMA's sewage plant for further treatment and discharge into the Allegheny River under CAMA’s existing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

A month later, on May 23, 2016, CAMA & Thomas Joseph, the owner of Epiphany Water Solutions, a company contacted by JKLM, annealed the arrangement by signing a Letter of Intent (LOI), which outlines their responsibilities. CAMA agreed to provide land/building for Epiphany’s equipment, natural gas, electrical and plumbing (per Epiphany specs) etc. Epiphany agreed to pump the pre-treated frack waste to CAMA’s sewage plant for further treatment & disposal for a per barrel (.50- $1.00) fee. Since then CAMA & Epiphany have collaborated, while only a handful of area residents were aware of the plans to transport frack waste to the sewage plant for storage, processing and discharge into the headwaters of the Allegheny River were ongoing.

(Approximately 6 months earlier JKLM injected products used in the drilling process into an uncased wellbore. You can read Public Herald’s in-depth reporting on the contamination of the Coudersport area water supplies here.)

The Beans Were Spilled

In June of 2017, Coudersport Borough councilman Bryan Welsh learned of the plans and then passed what he learned onto his acquaintances, explaining CAMA may be planning to vote on whether or not to lease property to Epiphany; during their June 28, 2017 meeting.

Meeting minutes, link here.

About a dozen obviously displeased residents attended the June meeting, asked questions and expressed their concerns. Residents were blindsided when they learned the plans for the regional frack waste facility were in the works since the spring of 2016. They asked the board to slow things down. They requested CAMA notify the public of their intentions, share the lease agreement publicly and allow a reasonable amount of time for public review and comments before voting.

And more importantly they asked the board to uphold Article 1 Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the environmental rights amendment which provides:

The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.

A week earlier the PA Supreme Court affirmed Article 1 Section 27 in a landmark ruling. State Impact covered it here.

Financial Risk Concerns

In addition to concerns over regional air and downstream water quality, residents also raised concerns over the identifiable financial risks that engaging in a scheme with Thomas Joseph, Epiphany’s owner may present. Google searches revealed several hundred complaints related to another one of Thomas Joseph’s business ventures. They recommended due diligence. The board postponed the vote. They agreed to hold a special meeting on July 12, 2017 to discuss “real estate negotiations.”

All is fair in love and CAMA business

During the July 12, 2017 meeting the board did not accept questions and limited public comments to two minutes. “Safety of the community, environmental issues, economic issues and what is best for the community have been taken into account.” The CAMA board voted unanimously, agreeing to lease to Epiphany. The board successfully kept the details of their secret plan from being sabotaged by the underlings.

This was ethical barbarism. The public has fundamental rights; to have their interests considered and more importantly protected. CAMA’s refusal to address the concerns members of the community raised, before strengthening their unusual commitment to JKLM by signing the lease with Epiphany; calls into question the board’s ability to ethically handle the public’s affairs.

According to CAMA's meeting minutes, they invested significantly to cover engineering costs associated with the project. And the lease agreement requires the authority to purchase the gravel and pay to have it spread and compacted and fund "all required engineering and permitting for the successful completion of the project."

According to the Department of Environmental Protection, north central regional office, the fledgling company’s central waste facility calls for technology that is “unproven” to treat frack waste, if authorized it would be “the first of its kind.” Investing in something with no guarantees for re-payment is called a game of chance, a lottery, a sweepstakes, not a sewage authority.

CAMA’s willingness to go out on a limb by investing heavily in Joseph’s project, in response to JKLM’s request seems extraordinary and it seems judicious to question this. Two days after the lease was signed, on July 14, 2017, Epiphany Allegheny LLC., applied for an Industrial Wastewater Facility permit and also an Air Quality permit “exemption.”

Raise Sewage Rates?

On September 6, 2017 an “Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Plan" prepared by Uni-tec Consulting Engineers Inc. for CAMA (cha-ching), was filed with the Potter County Conservation District. The filing fee was $320.00 and CAMA covered the filng fee (cha-ching) also. Days earlier during CAMA's August meeting, the solicitor explained to those who attended the authority was having financial difficulties and the board needs to find new ways to raise funds or raise user’s sewage bills.

Air Quality Concerns

Back in June, after learning Epiphany may evaporate frack waste near Coudersport’s western border; area residents began releasing helium balloon from the road near CAMA’s sewage plant. Balloons drifted from the site, downwind; over Katy’s restaurant, Fox’s Pizza, Empereon Marketing which is one of Potter County’s largest employers and Coudersport Elementary School.

Threat on the Allegheny Watershed

Processing and discharging waste into the headwaters of the Allegheny River needlessly threatens the water source hundreds of thousands of citizens residing in downstream communities, including Pittsburgh, PA rely upon because currently frack waste from the area's unconventional wells is hauled to zero discharge facilities in McKean County, PA where it is recycled and sent to well pads for reuse.

Citizens deserve to bring their comments and concerns surrounding this project to those who are willing and qualified to respond.

We the undersigned request,

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection hold a public hearing in Potter County, to explain the permitting process to the area residents and answer their questions surrounding air & water quality, health, safety, and environment followed by a formal (at least) 30 day publicized public comment period before permits associated with the project are authorized.

I just started the petition Save The Allegheny Watershed and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name. My goal is to reach 100 signatures and I need more support.  

You can read more and sign the petition here: 

Thanks! Laurie

This petition will be delivered to:

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf

Millerton & Daggett Dispatched To Fire On Main Street

At 1:17 PM on Saturday, Millerton & Daggett Fire Departments have been dispatched to a report of a possible structure fire next door to 5533 Main Street in Jackson Township.
Report a small wildfire. Additional units not on scene recalled.

Welcome home, Cpl. Sadewasser

Paul W. Heimel 

William Sadewasser, a World War II veteran who volunteered to serve in the Korean War, can finally rest in peace.

After more than 65 years, the U.S. Army corporal and Ulysses High School graduate is no longer missing. Military forensic analysts recently identified his remains, which were discovered on the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea during a joint recovery operation, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Interment with full military honors will be held at Ulysses Cemetery at 11:30 am Saturday, Sept. 23. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will perform military rites, including a rifle salute, and present the U.S. flag to Sadewasser’s surviving family members.

A separate private ceremony for the family took place earlier this week in Rochester, N.Y.

More than 20 family members are expected to make the trip to Ulysses, according to the serviceman’s niece Kim Huffer.

"We're having the ceremony in Rochester because that's the area where most of the remaining family is located and some of the family members aren't able to make the long trip to Pennsylvania," she explained. "My brothers and sisters and I, as well as a number of second cousins, will be there to honor him."
Sadewasser was a private first-class with the 180th Infantry Regiment during World 

War II before returning to the family farm. He later had a change of heart and re-enlisted in the Army.

Huffer, who never met her uncle, said economics may have played a part in his decision.

"I have letters he sent to my father where he writes about wanting to start a logging business on the farm," Huffer recounted. "I think he wanted to earn money for the business and he thought the military was the best way to go about doing that."
Cpl. Sadewasser was reported missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950. In early November 1953, family members were notified that he had been confirmed as being killed in action.

Sadewasser was a member of Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. Approximately 2,500 U.S. and 700 South Korean soldiers assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team were deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, when it was engaged by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces.

Mack's Rhythm and Brews, Emporium, Pa was victim of Burglary

Driver loses control after going too fast for road conditions

Thieves make off with $ and Fraudulent Credit Card Purchases

Physical Altercation on Pickle Hill Rd, Richmond Township leads to Charges

PSP Mansfield Investigating Theft and Criminal Mischief

PFBC Confirms Virus Caused Carp Deaths at Crawford County Reservoir

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Sept. 23) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has announced that laboratory tests have confirmed that the Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) is responsible for the deaths of thousands of carp in Crawford County’s Pymatuning Reservoir, located in Pymatuning State Park.

The virus does not affect humans, and should not be considered a risk to human health.

The deaths were first discovered late last month, primarily on the Ohio side of the reservoir. No sick or dead carp were observed by PFBC staff in the eastern portion of the reservoir commonly referred to as the Pymatuning Sanctuary. The sanctuary is separated from the main waterbody by a narrow dam and small spillway.

Live carp were collected by PFBC staff on September 12 and shipped to the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center for testing. This marks the first time that the virus has been confirmed in Pennsylvania waters.

The lab confirmed on September 21 that the fish had tested positive for the Koi Herpesvirus. The virus is known to affect only carp and koi, and there is no known way to eliminate it.

The source of the virus is unknown. It could have been carried by infected fish or present in bilge water, or could have been in backyard pond or aquarium fish someone may have released into the lake.

The PFBC urges anglers and boaters to protect the Commonwealth’s waterways by not transporting live fish between waters and by always cleaning their gear.

“We want to remind anglers and boaters that it’s imperative to clean their gear after each fishing or boating trip, particularly if they are moving between waterways,” said Brian Niewinski, Chief of the PFBC’s Fish Production Services. “This is the best way to prevent the spread of viruses and aquatic invasive species.”

PFBC biologists believe the deaths have peaked, but they caution that there is evidence that fish which survive KHV may retain the virus for long periods of time, resulting in fish becoming carriers of the pathogen. As such, it should be expected that the Pymatuning reservoir will experience similar periodic outbreaks over the next several years.

Visit the PFBC website for more information on how to “Clean Your Gear” and stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Northern Potter School Homecoming Festivities

The 2017 Northern Potter Homecoming King and Queen are Jenna Hyde and Brandon Buck. 

The Northern Potter 2017 Favorite Fall Athletes are Dawson Coates and Kalie Cowburn.

Nice Assortment of Quality Items At Burkhouse Auction House Sunday, Sept. 24th In Bradford, PA

Potter County Democratic Picnic At Austin Dam Sunday

Come join us tomorrow, Sunday, September 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Austin Dam. Please being a chair and a dish to pass. It will be an afternoon of live music, good food, fun and games. Family friendly, bring the kids. Re-connect with your friends and neighbors and learn more about our local and statewide candidates for office. Hope to see you there.

"A Way Out" Hosting Candlelight Vigil Friday, Oct. 6th At Falling Leaves Outdoor Show In Coudersport

PA House Proposal Would Raid Already Committed Funds To Balance Budget

Budget Update
Last week, the House voted to take millions of dollars from Pennsylvania agriculture, including $2.5 million in funding committed to county conservation districts and another $26 million from the state’s equine racing industry. 

Diverting these dollars to balance the budget is not only unsustainable, it represents an abandonment of commitments the commonwealth has made to partners who are working to ensure clean water, viable farms and thousands of jobs. 

The Senate is now reviewing the House proposal, and the department is working to ensure legislators understand the consequences of this action.

DCED Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP): Charitable Food Program Tax Credits

DCED Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP): Charitable Food Program Tax Credits
The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) – offered though the PA Department Community and Economic Development – is a tax credit program to encourage businesses to invest in projects which improve distressed areas. Among the five components of NAP is the Charitable Food Program (CFP), which is designed to help regional food banks or emergency food providers, such as soup kitchens, and any program that provides food to a target population in a distressed area. Funding to CFP is supplied through tax credits given to businesses making contributions to an approved provider. A tax credit of up to 55% can be awarded.

Deadline to apply is Friday, September 29, 2017.

Learn More

The Winkler Gallery of Fine Art and Education Center Hosts The October First Friday Event

The Winkler Gallery of downtown DuBois invites community members to attend the "October First Friday” event on Friday October 6, 2017 at the Winkler Gallery of Fine Art located at 36 N. Brady Street, DuBois, PA.

The "October First Friday Event” is free and open to all and will begin at 5:30pm. This will continue the fine art events held on the first Fridays of each month at The Winkler Gallery. The October 6 event will highlight local gallery artists and their wide array of work, including a meet and greet with award-winning Artist of the Month Rev. Kyle Yates.

There will also be a live performance by local folk band Genever who will be performing their self-titled debut album.

Refreshments will be provided for attendees from Aegis Coffee Roasters and The Depot At Doolittle's. A chairlift is available for handicap accessibility.

All donations and proceeds from art purchases will further fund The Winkler Gallery of Fine Art & Education Center, a leading nonprofit provider of art education and enrichment in the area. Those interested in signing up for art classes will have the ability to do so at the October First Friday event as well.

For more information or to donate online, please visit

Regular Gallery Hours:

Tuesday - Thursday, 11AM - 6PM
Friday - Saturday, 11AM - 8PM

September Fawn

September Fawn. Shared by David Saulter

9/22/17 Oswayo Valley vs Archbishop Walsh Eagles Volleyball Photos

9/22/17 Oswayo Valley vs Archbishop Walsh Eagles Volleyball
Link to photos to enjoy and purchase

Statewide Helpline for Addiction Assistance Helps Many

1-800-662-HELP Statewide Hotline

 (WBRE/WYOU) (WBRE/WYOU) September is National Recovery Month. On Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvanians seeking help for drug and alcohol problems are increasingly turning to the statewide toll-free helpline, a program under the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP).

The helpline was introduced ten months ago. Since then the helpline has received more than 15,500 calls.

According to DDAP the helpline is providing personal help to individuals suffering from addiction – and to their families and friends – by directing them to immediate help.

In a prepared release the Governor said “The helpline is another tool Pennsylvania offers to help those with an opioid or another substance use disorder into treatment and on the road to recovery,”

“The success of the helpline reinforces the need for at-the-ready help for those suffering, and is a part of our ongoing effort to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic head on.” added Governor Wolf.

“Anyone with a drug or alcohol problem can call our toll-free statewide helpline at 1-800-662-HELP, to talk to a person and get immediate assistance to enter treatment,” said DDAP Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith. “During National Recovery Month in September, we want to spread the word that Pennsylvanians with a substance use disorder can find help through a phone call. Individuals can also use an online chat service to connect to the helpline, which offers a way to get anonymous help.”

Genesee Township Seeking Experienced CDL Operators For Seasonal / On Call Work

James Young Can Help You Save On Insurance, Call Today For a Free Quote

Mountain Laurel Recovery Center In Westfield, PA, Has Openings For RN's & LPN's

Mountain Laurel Recovery Center Seeking Full Time Admissions Coordinator


Man walks across America to fight Addiction - Big Jim's Walk

Out on my afternoon walk, I ran into this man - Jim Downs, who is walking across America to bring awareness to addiction, and tell people about Jesus. I had ...

Estate Auction Saturday, September 23, 2017 In Westfield, PA

REV Hoopes Trucking, LLC is Hiring Class A CDL Drivers & Diesel & Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Dedicated CDL Driver Needed In Bradford, PA For Dry Van Operation

Nursing Supervisor Needed At Mountain Laurel Recovery Center In Westfield, PA

Zito Media Has An Opening For A Customer Service Manager For Inbound Call Center

Vendors Wanted For Sweden Valley Manor's Holiday Bazaar On Noverber 18th

Zito Media Has An Opening For A Residential Project & Outage Management Director

Potter County Is Seeking Applications For A Part-Time Security Guard At The Potter County Courthouse

"The Mather Homestead" Antique Estate Auction on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Wellsville, NY.