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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Vehicle Fire Near Cuba

Vehicle Fire Near Cuba
At 9:53 PM on Saturday, Cuba Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a vehicle fire on Rt. 305 near the VFW.

8/17/2013 9:34 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 2673 BAILEY CREEK RD JACKSON TWP

8/17/20139:34 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 2673 BAILEY CREEK RD JACKSON TWP
One vehicle rollover crash in front of this residence. Unknown injuries. Fire 2/12/13 dispatched with Ambulance from Mansfield and Medic 1.
Driver refused transport on scene. 

Corning Residents Advised To Lock Doors


8/17/2013 8:06 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT GREEN MOUNTAIN RD COGAN HOUSE TWP

8/17/20138:06 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT GREEN MOUNTAIN RD COGAN HOUSE TWP
Morris Fire Dept. is responding to a vehicle over the embankment. Caller reports no injuries.

Elsie M. Orlowski, 82 of Coudersport, PA

Elsie M. Orlowski, 82 of Coudersport, PA, died Thursday, August 15, 2013 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born October 10, 1930 in Gaines, PA, she was the daughter of Herman and Anna Vida Torrence Hurd. On December 1, 1951 she married Henry W. Orlowski., who preceded her in death, March 20, 2010.

Mrs. Orlowski had worked for many years at T C Specialties in Coudersport. She had attended the Coudersport Alliance Church for many years. She enjoyed sewing, spending time with family and friends, and taking walks.

Surviving are sons, Herman, Greg and John Orlowski all of Coudersport and David Orlowski and his wife Sheryl of Austin, PA, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son Stephen, ten brothers and sisters.

Friends and family are invited to Elsie’s Life Celebration Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the American Legion in Coudersport at 6pm, with Pastor Robert Kaple officiating. Burial will be in Sabinsville Cemetery. 

 Memorial Contributions in her name may be made to the American Legion Potter Post 192, 2 Buffalo St. Coudersport, PA 16915 . To share your fondest memories of Elsie please visit www.lifecelebration.com.

Working Structure Fire In St. Marys

Working Structure Fire In St. Marys
At 7:16 PM on Saturday, St. Marys Fire Dept. is responding to a working structure fire on the first and second floor at 642 South Michael Street in St. Marys. 

It is unknown if anyone is entrapped.

STRUCTURE FIRE-RESIDENT SINGLE
Address: 642 S MICHAEL ST
City: ST_MARYS
Cross Streets: BEECH RD * LARCH RD

Agency: ST MARYS AMB; ELK COMPANY 1 FD; ELK COMPANY 3 FD
8/17/2013 7:15:08 PM


LIVE SCANNER

Coudersport Ambulance To Thunder On The Mountain

At 6:51 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Teuscher Mountain at the Thunder On The Mountain event for a person suffering a seizure.

MANHUNT IN PROGRESS IN CORNING AREA--SUSPECT CONSIDERED ARMED & DANGEROUS

 CORNING MANHUNT DETAILS DISCLOSED TO CORNING LEADER

Robert Rouille mug shot


The man police are searching for on Corning’s Southside has been identified as Robert Rouille, 33, of Elmira, according to New York State Police.

He is wanted in connection with an attempted armed robbery Thursday on Laurentian Place in Southport.


Rouille should be considered armed and dangerous, according to state police. He has a lengthy criminal record, including a manslaughter conviction at age 15. 


Rouille is described as a light-skinned black male, about 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and camouflage shorts. 


He fled into the Southside Hill neighborhood on Saturday afternoon after a vehicle stop on State Route 352 near the Patterson Bridge.


Another person was taken into custody during the traffic stop. State police declined to release that person’s name.


State troopers, Steuben County sheriff’s deputies, and Corning city police are all involved in the search. Canine units and a state police helicopter have been called in. 


For a time, the search was focused in the neighborhood between McKinney Park and Carder Elementary School, but Rouille may have fled into the woods on Higman Hill.


Residents are being advised to lock their doors and use caution.


 Information courtesy Corning Leader
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4 Port Allegany Firefighters Earn Certifications As Rope Rescue Technicians

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George R. YOUNG, 75, of Bingham Center, Genesee, PA

George R. YOUNG, 75, of Bingham Center, Genesee, PA, died Friday, August 16, 2013 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY.

 Born February 21, 1938, in Bingham Center, PA, he was the son of Charles J. and Hazel Abbey Young. On July 9, 1966, in Coudersport, PA, he married the former Marie Knauer White, who survives. 

George and his wife owned and operated a dairy farm in Bingham Center for many years. 

He was a member of the Bingham Center Bible Church. 

Surviving besides his wife, Marie, are: four sons, Raymond (Tisha) Young of Genesee, Robert (Brenda) White of Genesee, Benny (Nichole) White of Port Allegany, PA and Bruce (Denise) White of Lebanon, PA; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Emma Jaynes of NC; nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Etta Chambers. 

Friends may call Monday, August 19, 2013 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 PM. Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate. Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bingham Center Bible Church, Genesee, PA 16923. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Regional Landlord Assn. to Meet

Regional Landlord Assn. to Meet
The North Central PA Landlord Association will be holding its annual dinner and membership drive @ 6:00pm on August 22 at Scottish Heights Restaurant located at 287 Scottish Heights Drive; Brockport; featuring Clarion Co. Housing Authority. The group is dedicated to the education of landlords in the region. 

We are accepting new membership at this time.

Please call Amy @ 814-389-4440 with questions on this meeting or on the organization.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To East Academy Street

At 3:04 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 10 have been dispatched to East Academy Street for a medical emergency.

Local Animal Assistance Group Hits Its Stride

Local Animal Assistance Group Hits Its Stride

August 16th, 2013
adopt-a-dogAn organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for unwanted, abused or neglected pets is scheduling a unique fundraiser in conjunction with Coudersport’s Townwide Yard Sale on Saturday, Aug. 31. Potter County Animal Assistance Project has arranged to have local photographer Ron Haskins on hand at the courthouse square gazebo to take pictures of owners with their pets or related poses from 9 to noon and 1 to 3. A $10 fee will support PCAAP and pet owners can choose from professional photo packages starting at $12. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 814-558-8922. Also at the courthouse square, PCAAP will set up several sales tables and welcomes donations of new or quality used items, other than clothing. T-shirts promoting the organization will be available for $10. Anyone with a yard sale item to donate is asked to call 814-203-7475.

64333-210x314-rabiesvaccineforcatsAfter many months of groundwork, PCAAP has hit the ground running on its mission to advance the cause of animal welfare and to prevent animal cruelty. It was formed by volunteers and is governed by an elected board of seven members. Four advisors provide support and other volunteers pitch in. The organization works in close cooperation with Teacher’s Pet Rescue, the only organization in the county taking in stray and unwanted dogs and finding them homes. 

Seed money came from the Helen Fath Greene Memorial Fund. A former resident of Potter County, Greene left money in her will to care for animals. Initial projects by PCAAP include assisting low-income individuals to get their pets spayed or neutered, and the capture of free-roaming cats for spaying or neutering. All pets get a rabies vaccine and some additional care may be provided. PCAAP has also introduced an animal cruelty hotline at 814-203-4504. Additional projects under consideration include a pet food bank, a network of foster homes, an adoption program and temporary housing for starved, neglected and abused horses.

Over the past year, upwards of 400 free-roaming cats have been humanely trapped and transported to a veterinarian to be neutered or spayed and vaccinated for rabies and ear tipped. Although many of these cats cannot be tamed, more than 50 have been placed in homes. Dozens of family pets have been spayed or neutered at a reduced cost. Potter County residents may request an application for services from Coudersport Animal Health Center, 814-274-0857. Those who want to report a free-roaming cat problem should send an email to pcaap2012@gmail.com. PCAAP meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at the Coudersport Elementary School library. To arrange for a financial donation, contact Kim Mitchell at 274-0847.

What’s The Latest On Shale Gas? Read On!

What’s The Latest On Shale Gas? Read On!

August 16th, 2013
pipeline1Latest edition of the local Shale Gas Roundup newsletter brings a local perspective to a number of major developments that are sure to affect Potter County for many years to come. A publication of the Potter County Natural Gas Resource Center, Shale Gas Roundup is now available on the county website, at pottercountypa.net (click on the Natural Gas tab to access the latest edition as well as all past editions). Copies can be printed directly from the website or are available at the Commissioners Office in the Gunzburger Building. Contact Sharon Costa at 814-274-8290, Ext. 207, to arrange for pickup.
This August/September edition includes:
  • More shale gas wells are coming in Potter County once the pipelines are in place and the prices have risen enough to give producers the incentive. So far, 40-plus wells have been drilled, producing 21.5 billion cubic feet of gas and bringing more than $9 million in royalties.
  • A preview of the next Natural Gas Resource Center public meeting, to be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Featured program is a fascinating look at the far-reaching topic of “All About Pipelines,” which has many implications for Potter County. Learn about environmental impacts, regulation, negotiation issues and the Conservation District’s role.
  • Updates on the activities of local organizations — Potter County Water Quality Work Group, Triple Divide Watershed Coalition, Potter County Water Dogs (volunteers monitoring local streams for signs of impacts).
  • New air quality regulations affect wells, rigs, compressor stations and other gas facilities/equipment.
  • Area schools expand educational offerings for gas industry jobs.
  • Should townships/boroughs have the authority to regulate gas/oil drilling? Pennsylvania Supreme Court to decide.
  • Companies looking at shale layers other than the Marcellus.
  • DEP releases documents revealing issues with water contamination linked to drilling.
  • Pro/Con debate: Jobs & Economic Development vs. Climate Change & Well Casing Failure.

County Retirement Fund Continues Recovery

County Retirement Fund Continues Recovery

August 12th, 2013
pension-fundPotter County Employees’ Retirement Fund has been steadily recovering from the deep recession of 2008 and early 2009. Last week’s quarterly report on the fund is good news for county taxpayers since, under state law, they’re on the hook to bolster the account if it plunges too far.

An advisor from C. S. McKee, the company that manages the plan, gave an optimistic report to the county’s Retirement Board. Jeff Davidek said the fund has grown by an annual rate of 10.88 percent over the past three years. 

Generally, when the fund earns 7.5 percent or more over a period of five years, the county does not have to draw from taxpayers to support it, Davidek said. If the goals are consistently exceeded, the Retirement Board may consider increasing the fixed benefits contained in the plan for retirees. 

The fund is still subject to market volatility, which is why Potter and 40 other counties have retained C. S. McKee to manage it. Balance is at an all-time high of $12.8 million as of July 31, Davidek told the board. Retirement Board members are Commissioners Susan Kefover, Paul Heimel, and Doug Morley, Treasurer Krista Miller, Chief Clerk Kathleen Majot.

Sustainable Agriculture Tour Wednesday In Genesee

Sustainable Agriculture Tour Wednesday In Genesee

August 9th, 2013
pasafarmtourAn organization that’s committed to promoting a new approach to agriculture is planning an outreach event in Potter County this month. Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) welcomes producers, policy-makers and others with an interest in farming to attend an information session at Blue Marble Farm in Genesee Township from 1-4 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Owners Lisa and Jeff Werner, who are PASA members, will demonstrate their growing techniques and discuss their involvement with community-supported agriculture. Information will also be presented on growing heirloom tomatoes in Potter County’s short season. Those planning to attend are asked to register by calling Michele Gauger at 814-349-9856, extension 17.

PASA’s mission is to bring farmers together to learn from each other, and to build relationships with consumers looking for fresh, wholesome, locally and sustainably produced food. “We seek to improve the economic viability, environmental soundness and social responsibility of food and farming systems,” Gauger explained. “We place great value on efforts to build bridges between broadly diverse participants in the agricultural industry.” PASA grew out of the need to bring together those interested in non-traditional agricultural practices, such as organic, biodynamic and grass-based farming, as well as the desire to create local markets.

Time Running Out For Those Who Owe 2011 Taxes

Time Running Out For Those Who Owe 2011 Taxes

August 9th, 2013
taxsalePotter County Tax Claim Bureau (TCB) has been working with property owners who have failed to pay their real estate taxes, while preparing for the annual “upset sale.” That’s an auction to sell those properties on which taxes for 2011 or earlier have not been paid. 

It will be held at 10 am on Monday, Sept. 9, in the Gunzburger Building auditorium. A list of the properties that are subject to sale by auction can be found on the Potter County website, pottercountypa,net (click on Departments/Tax Claim).

TCB has implemented a series of changes to make things easier for those who have fallen behind on their taxes, including a monthly installment option (owner-occupied properties only) and a credit card payment system. Those payments are accepted online only, through the Tax Claim Bureau website at pottercountypa.net

The credit card payment option is limited to overdue taxes (2012 and earlier). Deadline to pay by credit card is Aug. 31. Tax Claim Bureau office is located in Suite 111 of the Gunzburger Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport PA 16915; telephone (814) 274-0488, Option 1.

Potter County’s Shale Gas Efforts Applauded

Potter County’s Shale Gas Efforts Applauded

August 8th, 2013
ngrc2Potter County’s efforts to inform the public and bring divergent interests to the table to deal with issues arising from shale gas development were recently applauded. The county’s Natural Gas Resource Center was cited for excellence during a National Association of Counties energy forum in Fort Worth, Texas, last month. More recently, details on the formation and missions of the Resource Center, Water Quality Work Group and Triple Divide Watershed Coalition were shared with a broad audience at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania summer conference in Erie. Potter County’s activities were recognized as statewide “best practices.” A recording of that forum has been airing on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (Zito Media channel 22 locally).

Marie Miles Celebrating 80th Birthday Today


Recalls

08/16/2013 08:44 PM EDT
Justin's has initiated a voluntary recall of certain lots of its Maple Almond Butter 16oz jars and its Chocolate Hazelnut Butter 16oz jars due to the presence of foreign metallic fragments in unpackaged nut butter. While no metal has been found in any individual jars, out of an abundance of caution, Justin’s initiated this voluntary recall.

Donald McGowan Herzog, 88, of Naples, FL, A Smethport, PA Native

Donald McGowan Herzog
Donald McGowan Herzog, 88, of Naples, FL, and summer residence at Chautauqua, NY, a Smethport, PA, native, entered Heaven on Aug. 13, 2013, after loving home Hospice care.

He was the son of the late Ralph W. and Emogene Herzog of Smethport, Pa. It is said that his father was so pleased to have his first son that he gave the doctor a bonus.

During the period of World War II, Don matriculated early from high school and completed Pennsylvania State College (now University), graduating in less than three years in mechanical engineering. He was president of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, of which he had many fond memories. He served as an engineer for Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, Charlotte and Philadelphia before being promoted to branch manager of the Florida office during the introduction of home air conditioning. Within three years his office was the No.1 sales office for Carrier USA.

Don said jokingly that the best sales job of his life was meeting and marrying his bride of 63 years while working in Florida. He married Kathryn (Kitty) Arnold Herzog of Groveland, Fla., in 1950. Later that year, Don joined his father at the R.W. Herzog Company in Smethport, manufacturing mica insulators for vacuum tubes. Soon they transitioned into the family business of more than 35 years, Smethport Specialty Company. It became a leading private manufacturer of magnetic toys and games sold throughout the USA and five continents.

Don felt very strongly about community leadership. He was a founding member and president of the Smethport Lions Club, president of the Smethport School Board, active in the United Methodist Church, and 50-year member of the Smethport Country Club.

He regularly enjoyed bridge, motor boating, hiking, skiing, bicycling, golfing and the Wellness Center. Don was known as a tall, handsome, personable and decisive gentleman. His lifelong fitness habits and positive attitude helped him overcome a series of health challenges in his later years.

The Herzogs traveled often to Florida to visit his wife's family. In middle age they bought a condo at Wilderness Country Club in Naples. Don thought the view was the most lovely he had ever seen and he wanted to remain there until the end of his life. He and Kitty vacationed at Chautauqua Institution for more than 50 years, spending many summers at their daughter's family home.

Don and Kitty celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2000 with a family pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Don is survived by his devoted Christian wife of 63 years, Kathryn; and three daughters: Emogene Bedrosian, Md. (Gary, Ph.D.) of Chautauqua, N.Y., Frances Lucille Herzog of Smethport, Pa., and Kathryn Ann Probst, R.N. (Andrew) of State College, Pa. In addition he leaves his brother, James R. Herzog of Smethport, Pa.; five grandsons; one grand-daughter; and four great-grand-children.

The family would like to thank the staff of Avow Hospice, First Baptist Church of Naples, Dr. Ronald Garry, Dr. Daniel Morris, Nurse Manager Anne Lashenka, their entire medical team and household helpers for their devoted care over the past several years.

Memorial donations may be sent to First Baptist Church of Naples designated for the Community Outreach Evangelism (CORE) program, at 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, FL 34109.

Arrangements are with Hodges Funeral Home in Naples. Visitation will be on Aug. 23 from 4-6 p.m. at Hodges on Immokolee Road. Funeral services and a gathering for refreshments will occur at First Baptist Church of Naples at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

For online condolences please visit www.hodgesfhatnaplesmg.com.

Festival of Choirs starts Today at 10 AM at 807 Skinner Creek Road, Port Allegany

Festival of Choirs starts Today at 10 AM and continues until evening at 807 Skinner Creek Road in Port Allegany, PA Everyone is welcome to attend!! Come and enjoy the day!!

Ambulance Dispatched For Assault Victim

Ambulance Dispatched For Assault Victim
At 12:51 AM on Saturday, Bradford City Ambulance has been dispatched to 174 Elm Street for an assault victim. Police are on scene.

Bradford County Commissioners Meet With Corbett Over Royalty Payments

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PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Mccool John E in Corydon Twp, McKean County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-08-13 to Mccool John E in Corydon Twp, McKean county. 102.11 - Failure to design, implement or maintain BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Friday, August 16, 2013

Church in the Square

Join us Sunday August 18 at 11AM
in the Town Square* in Port Allegany for our second Celebration Service

We'll have live music from the Open Arms Port Allegany Worship Team, and an inspirational talk from Pastor Chris Stavish about what it means to have FAITH.

PLUS! Activities for the kids - FREE HOT DOGS - and more!

It's a great opportunity to get to know Open Arms better, and for us to get to know YOU better!



*In case of rain, we'll meet at the church at 105 Smith Street!

Chief Brackman Issues Warning To Galeton Community

To the Galeton residents and surrounding community, remind your children not to talk to or stop for anyone that they do not know. 
 
Be on the look out for a newer 4 door sedan gray/silver in color, being operated by a 60ish year old male with white beard. 
 
Chief Brackman

St. Marys Police/Ambulance Dispatched to Assault

ASSAULT
Address: 233 MARKET ST
City: ST_MARYS
Cross Streets: LAFAYETTE ST * E MILL ST

Agency: ST MARYS AMB
8/16/2013 10:10:37 PM

REPORT 46 YEAR OLD MALE IS INJURED

Duke Center Man Jailed On Child Rape Charges


Port Allegany Man Guilty Of Driving Getaway Car In Thefts


8/16/2013 6:29 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 256 CEMETARY RD GENESEE TWP

8/16/20136:29 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 256 CEMETARY RD GENESEE TWP
Genesee and Wellsville dispatched.

Happy Birthday Jackie Tilley

Wishing You A Very Happy Birthday Jackie Tilley


NEW GAME COMMISSIONER WELCOMED TO BOARD

NEW GAME COMMISSIONER WELCOMED TO BOARD

Timothy S. Layton, of Somerset County, takes his place alongside colleagues.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners this week extended an official welcome to its newest member.

Timothy S. Layton, of Windber, Somerset County, took his seat on the board at Monday’s working group session at the Game Commission’s headquarters in Harrisburg.

“I am excited to be here and I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners, and all Pennsylvania hunters and wildlife enthusiasts, to achieve our mutual goals.”

Layton represents Region 4, an area made up of Cambria, Somerset, Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon and Fulton counties. He replaces David Schreffler, who bid farewell to the board in June, after his eight-year term expired.

While Monday’s working group meeting was Layton’s first official appearance as part of the board, he had about a two-month lead-in to that inaugural session. Gov. Tom Corbett nominated Layton to the Board of Game Commissioners on June 17, and Layton unanimously was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on June 29.

Layton also spent two days in Harrisburg in July, touring the Game Commission’s headquarters and meeting staff there.

A lifelong Pennsylvanian who has hunted and fished nearly his entire life, Layton is a U.S. Army veteran, a graduate of Greater Johnstown High School, Mount Aloysius College and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

He resides in Windber with his wife Susan and their three children.

Layton is a member of Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and the National Rifle Association.

He said he intends to bring his passion for hunting and the Pennsylvania outdoors to the board in his role as commissioner.

“Pennsylvania boasts one of the greatest hunting heritages of any state, and I want to make sure that heritage not only stays strong, but grows,” Layton said.

Department of Health Reports First West Nile Virus Human Cases of 2013

Department of Health Reports First West Nile Virus Human Cases of 2013
Pennsylvanians Reminded to Take Steps to Avoid Infection

Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s first probable human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in 2013 have been detected. A Montgomery County man was hospitalized due to WNV. A York County man has also tested positive for the infection, but was not hospitalized.

The departments of Health and Environmental Protection strongly urge residents to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes.

“Our first positive human case of West Nile Virus serves as a reminder of the importance of prevention and education,” Secretary of Health Michael Wolf said. “There are a few simple steps we can all take to help prevent the spread of this virus among our families and in our communities.”

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducts regular surveillance and control to manage mosquito populations around the state. So far, DEP has detected WNV-infected mosquitoes in 36 counties. However, it is likely that WNV is present in other areas as well.

The results of statewide sampling of more than one million mosquitoes have indicated relatively low amounts of WNV in that population. This year, Pennsylvania is seeing localized outbreaks of WNV, as opposed to the statewide outbreak experienced last year.

“DEP has worked diligently all summer long to monitor and control the mosquito population,” Acting DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “We are committed to continuing this effort until West Nile Virus no longer poses a threat to our health.”

The mosquitoes that transmit WNV breed in areas with standing and stagnant water. These areas can include urban catch basins, clogged gutters, discarded tires, poorly maintained swimming pools, flower pots and other types of plastic containers.

Simple steps to eliminate standing water around the home include:

Remove tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, discarded tires or any object that could collect standing water. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.

Have roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the drains.

Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

Do not let water stagnate in birdbaths.

Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with fish.

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and remove standing water from pool covers.

Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

Treat standing water that cannot be eliminated with Bti products which are sold at outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. Bti is a natural product that kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

Although mosquitoes can bite at any time of day or night, they are most active at dawn and dusk. When outdoors, people can avoid mosquito bites by properly and consistently using DEET-containing insect repellants and covering exposed skin with lightweight clothing. To keep mosquitoes from entering a home, make sure window and door screens are in place and are in good condition.

DEP will continue to survey affected communities to monitor the size and scope of the WNV. When necessary, DEP will conduct larval and adult control activities in order to lessen the threat to human health. These efforts will continue through October.

For a fact sheet on WNV, including symptoms, please visit the Department of Health’s webpage, www.health.state.pa.us, and click on “West Nile Virus Fact Sheet” under “What’s Hot.”

For more information, including current test results for mosquitoes, birds and horses, visit www.westnile.state.pa.us and click on the Pennsylvania map, or call 1-877-PA HEALTH.

Interstate 80 WB rest area project update

Interstate 80 WB rest area project update

Here are the traffic impacts for the reconstruction project at the Interstate 80 westbound rest area at mile 246 near Mifflinville in Columbia County for next week.

Thursday and Friday, August 22-23, the contractor will set up a 1,000-foot daytime lane closure in the I-80 westbound passing lane at mile 247 for a stone-hauling operation starting at 6:30 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. on Thursday and from 6:30 a.m. until 12 noon on Friday.

The truck parking area is closed and message boards are in place along I-80 westbound in advance of the work to inform truckers that the rest area is closed to truck traffic.

The project completion date is Oct. 31.

Students to Host Safe Driving Event for Senior Citizens

Students to Host Safe Driving Event for Senior Citizens

DuBOIS - Students and faculty in the Penn State DuBois Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program will host a safe driving event for senior citizens on Friday, September 27, at DuBois Village Assisted Living Facility on South Eight Street in DuBois. The event is the result of collaboration between Penn State DuBois OTA, Brant's Driving School of Johnstown, PA, and DuBois Village. It will feature three unique segments, each led by driving or occupational therapy experts, and all aimed at keeping drivers safe as they advance in age.

The "We Need to Talk" seminar is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. until Noon. The program will present tactics for broaching the sensitive topic of a loved one's ability to continue driving.

Car Fit Technicians will offer the "Does Your Car Fit You" program from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Drivers are required to bring their own cars, and technicians will assess their driving position and offer suggestions on how their car could better fit them. Small adjustments could be made to parts of the vehicle such as the steering wheel, seat, seat belt, and mirrors to achieve optimum safety and comfort.

A driving rehabilitation specialist will also be available during the event, form 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to provide more detailed information on driving assessments and vehicle modifications.

Penn State DuBois OTA Students have hosted three other Car Fit events in DuBois over the last three years, helping dozens of seniors remain safe behind the wheel. Students are required to be certified by AAA and the AARP to participate in the Car Fit program.

Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. For more information, call LuAnn Demi at 814-375-4748 or Amy Fatula 814-375-4801.


Photo: During last year's Car Fit event, students Colleen Prechtl, at the rear of the car, and Anita Johnston work with a driver to assure their mirrors are properly adjusted and provide maximum visibility.


Update for Route 255 Betterment Work near I-80/DuBois, Week of Aug. 19

Update for Route 255 Betterment Work near I-80/DuBois, Week of Aug. 19

DuBois - Work to improve Route 255 near the I-80 DuBois/101 interchange is continuing. When work completes in mid-October, a smoother roadway surface and new traffic signals at the I-80 ramps will provide area drivers with more efficient travel and improved traffic flow.

The week of Aug. 19 will feature the following activity:

• The contractor will be working on drainage along Route 255 in the three-lane area. The three lanes will be flagged but the center lane and one outside travel lane will be used for northbound and southbound traffic. No major travel delays are expected but short delays may be possible during times of high-volume traffic.

PennDOT reminds drivers to remain alert and proceed through the work zone with caution. Normal work hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday.

Overall work on Route 255 will include milling and paving, bridge deck repair, cleaning and upgrading of pipe culverts and inlets, water-line extension, and installation of new traffic signals at the I-80 ramps.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Work is scheduled to end by mid-October of this year. New Enterprise Stone and Lime Inc. is the contractor on this $3.4 million project.

Potter County Bowhunters Festival 2013



Potter County Bowhunters Festival 2013Runs Through Sunday At Denton Hill State Park

PENNSYLVANIA WATERFOWL SEASONS ANNOUNCED

PENNSYLVANIA WATERFOWL SEASONS ANNOUNCED

Annual brochure available at Game Commission’s website.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has made its selections for the 2013-14 migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits.

Annual waterfowl seasons are selected by states from a framework established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Game Commission selections were made after reviewing last year’s season results, waterfowl survey data, and input gathered from waterfowl hunters and the public. Final approval from the USFWS is expected by late September. 

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Galeton Superintendent resigns; principal to retire this year

Galeton Superintendent resigns; principal to retire this year

By Morgan Petrencsik--Galeton junior photojournalism student
Potter Leader-Enterprise
 
Galeton School Board President Marlene Parsell read a letter at the August 12 meeting submitted by Superintendent Dave Wishard asking the board to approve his resignation, effective January 1, 2014. However, he will be absent after November 8, using accumulated sick time from that date forward. The board voted on and approved his request and has begun the process of advertising the position for a new superintendent.

Asked if there is any truth to the rumors that Principal Larry Smith is retiring, Smith said he has already informed the board of his plans to retire this year. He added that he will have a retirement date by the September board meeting.

For the rest of the story, see the August 21 issue of the Leader-Enterprise.

2013 SPLASH RUN Race Guide

2013 SPLASH RUN Race Guide

The Splash Run is almost here. We’re very excited about this event and hope that you are too. There are a few things we want you to know before the run takes place.

• The Splash Run is taking place on September 7th at the Northern Potter School in Ulysses. The event will be taking place rain or shine
• Registration will begin at 9 am and the run will begin at 10 am
• You will receive your Splash Run t-shirt at the time of registration and you are more than welcome to wear it for the race. If you do not want to wear your Splash Run shirt, we encourage you to wear something white so that the color shows up.
• Wear shoes/shirts/shorts that you do not mind getting covered in color
• This is not a timed event. EVERYONE IS A WINNER. You may run or walk
• A suggested list of things to bring with you on the day of the event is as follows:
o Sunscreen
o Change of clothes/shoes
o Towels for your vehicles (Unless you don’t mind having a rainbow of colors on your car seats!)
o Sunglasses
o Baby wipes for clean up

• We will have a photographer at the event and all photos will be posted on Facebook for viewing. There will be a photo booth set up at the end of the run so make sure you get in on the fun and get your colorful photos taken!

• The run will take place on a cross country trail. If you are planning to push a stroller, please take this into consideration. It could become difficult to push the stroller on the path at times.

• For those running with children/strollers- your stroller will be covered in color and may not come completely clean. Kids should wear sunglasses to prevent getting color in their eyes. Kids should also wear clothes that can be covered in color.

• We will have color throwing stations set up along the course. Running on the outside of the group will get you the most color. If you prefer less color, run in the middle of the group.

The color is non-toxic and is made of corn starch. You can visit www.purcolour.com for more information about the color we will be using. The ingredient list taken directly from the website is: Ingredients: Corn Starch and FD&C colorants: Blue #1 Lake, Blue #2 Lake, Red #40, Yellow #5 Lake, and Yellow #6 Lake.
Color clean-up

• If you wish to keep the color on your shirt you can spray it with vinegar and iron it before washing.
• Use a towel in your car to prevent getting color on your seats
• Cover any electronics (phones/cameras/iPods) with plastic bags to prevent getting colored powder on them
• Bring a change of clothes/shoes and change out of color splashed clothing before entering your car or house.

• Pre-run tips to help with color removal
o Use leave in conditioner or coconut or olive oil in your hair
o Wear sunscreen and lip balm
o Wear sunglasses or goggles
o Only wear/bring items that you don’t mind having colored in case all of the color does not wash out. This includes strollers
• Post run tips
o Brush all excess powder off before using water
o Rinse conditioner/oil out of hair with cold water, then wash as you normally would
o Oxy Clean should help get the color out of any clothing.
o As stated above, spraying vinegar on the color and ironing before washing will help keep the color on your clothing permanently.
• Please do not bring pets

RULES AND SAFETY:
We want this to be a fun, enjoyable event for all. In order to make this happen, we need everyone participating to follow some rules to keep things moving smoothly.
• No alcohol allowed
• It is recommended that people with children or strollers line up at the end of the group
• Be aware of the runners/walkers around you
• NO LITTERING. There will be garbage cans available, please use them.

If you have any further questions about the event, please call Debbie Hamilton at 814-274-8651.

Coudersport Dispatched To TC Specialties

Photo by Al Lacher courtesy of Potter Leader-Enterprise
Coudersport Dispatched To TC Specialties
At 2:25 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been called to T C Specialties at 17 South Main Street for a possible electrical fire. Caller reports smell of electrical smoke, unable to locate.
Firefighter on scene almost immediately establishing command. Nothing showing. 
2:48 PM--COMMAND REPORTS FIRE UNDER CONTROL 
3:10 PM--FIRE OUT--UNITS RETURNING

1 Robber Jailed/Other Still Loose After Attempted Armed Robbery

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Night Work Next Week on Route 255 Project South of St Marys

Night Work Next Week on Route 255 Project South of St Marys

Saint Marys – As work to improve Route 255, south of Saint Marys is winding down, the project will feature night work next week. The work zone stretches from north of Greenbriar Drive (Township Road 593) to just south of the Route 948 intersection in Fox Township. When the project is finished next month, travel along this section of Route 255 will be smoother and more efficient.

Activity the week of Aug. 19 will include:
• Starting Tuesday evening, Aug. 20, night-time paving will take place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Paving work is expected to run through 6 a.m. Friday morning, Aug. 23. One northbound and one southbound lane will remain open during the majority of this work. Flaggers will be utilized when paving near side-roads, including the intersection with Route 948.At locations with flaggers, traffic will be controlled in an alternating traffic pattern.

Overall work includes concrete repair, paving, installation of overhead signage, drainage improvements, concrete curbing, guide rail updates and pavement markings. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company Inc. is the contractor on this $6.3 million project. Work is expected to finish in early September.

Motorists should allow for additional commute time. Drivers are advised to watch for slow-moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone. Traffic congestion may be heavy at times and motorists should use caution and remain patient.

This project overlaps with PennDOT’s other Route 255 project that stretches from the Tractor Supply intersection to Route 120/State Street in St Marys.

Bradford Dispatched For Possible Structure Fire

Bradford Dispatched For Possible Structure Fire
At 12:58 PM on Friday, Bradford City Firefighters have been dispatched to 107 Rochester Street for a possible structure fire. Second call reports fire extinguished by resident. Pollice & Fire personnel checking residence.
Police report fire out. Children were playing with a lighter in a closet.

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer



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Friday, August 16, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

McKean County Fair Volunteer Honored


 
Congratulations to Bill Kohler, fair director and member of the executive board for the McKean County Fair, who was honored Monday night as a fair ambassador by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. I was honored to join Boots Hetherington, administrator of the state’s fair fund, in making the presentation to Bill in recognition of his hard work and dedication.
               
Practice School Bus Safety

 
With kids heading back to school soon, it’s important to remember how to safely share the road with school buses. When you meet or overtake a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and a “stop” arm extended, you must stop. When you approach an intersection where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights and stop arm extended, you must stop.

Be sure to stop at least 10 feet from the school bus, and watch the children exiting the bus. Do not move until they have reached a place of safety, and be sure to wait until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving on. For more information about school bus safety, click here.
 
Committees to Hold Hearing on Endangered Species Designations

 
The House Game and Fisheries Committee, which I chair, along with the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will conduct a public hearing on legislation to establish a uniform and transparent process for evaluating, designating and protecting threatened and endangered species and their critical habitats in the Commonwealth.

The measure also would place the decisions of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Pennsylvania Game Commission (excluding seasons and bag limits) under the review of the Independent Regulatory Review Commission to ensure due process and public input.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in the auditorium of the Empire Beauty School in Pottsville. For more information about House Bill 1576, click here.   
 
New Law Boosts Rural Health Care

 
Legislation to support the creation or expansion of community-based health care clinics that serve low-income clients was ceremonially signed into law this week. The bill allots $4 million in the state budget to improve access to care in rural and underserved areas of the state.

Health care facilities must apply for the grants from the Department of Health and must have matching funds available. The grants may be used for the creation or expansion of an existing clinic; for improvements in prenatal, obstetric, postpartum and newborn care; for improved access to services; or for the establishment of collaborative relationships among community-based health clinics, hospitals and other health care providers.

Additional information is available at the Department of Health’s website.

DEP Announces Decreased Permit Backlog, Provides Third Update on Permit Improvement Policies

DEP Announces Decreased Permit Backlog, Provides Third Update on Permit Improvement Policies

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection today released the third of fourth quarterly reports on its revised permitting policies. The report shows that since July 2012, DEP cleared 66 percent of all permit applications that were backlogged.

The 66 percent reflects a decrease from 9,982 applications awaiting decision at various stages in DEP’s review process to 3,377 in a little more than a year. Omitting pending authorizations that cannot be cleared due to factors beyond DEP’s control, DEP staff has actually cleared 93 percent of the applications awaiting a decision.

“Governor Corbett challenged state agencies to be efficient as possible when he took office in 2011. For DEP, our goal was to streamline the permit review process without sacrificing the quality of our review,” DEP Acting Secretary Chris Abruzzo said.

“The DEP team has been outstanding. We’ve proven that when provided technically complete permit applications, we can accomplish our core mission of protecting the environment and still meet acceptable permit review timeframes,” Abruzzo said.

In addition to disposing of all possible permits in the queue, DEP continued to ensure that all new permit applications met their guaranteed and target timeframes.

In response to Corbett’s Executive Order 2012-11, signed on July 24, 2012, DEP developed the Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee policy and the Permit Coordination policy.

Permit Decision Guarantee established guaranteed target timeframes in which DEP will make a decision on 278 types of permits and authorizations, provided the application is complete and technically adequate in the first submission. To date, DEP staff members are meeting these timeframes 96 percent of the time.

Since the policy was implemented, DEP has increased permit review efficiency by 44 percent in the Mining program; 31 percent in the Water programs; 18 percent in the Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation programs; and 4 percent in the Oil and Gas program.

The third quarterly report provides a cumulative update on the agency’s progress since the policies took effect on Nov. 14, 2012. DEP will announce a subsequent review of the permitting policies in the fourth, and final, quarter.

For more information or to view the quarterly report, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click the “Permit Decision Guarantee” button on the homepage.

8/16/2013 12:22 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT S MAIN ST RICHMOND TWP

8/16/201312:22 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT S MAIN ST RICHMOND TWP

Two Vehicle Crash with injuries. Mansfield Fire & Ambulance dispatched along with Medic 1.
MANSFIELD AMBULANCES HAVE TRANSPORTED 2 INJURED PERSONS TO SOLDIERS & SAILORS HOSPITAL.

Coudersport Dispatched For ATV Accident w/Trauma Arrest

8/16/201312:17 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT TEUSCHER HILL RD ALLEGANY TWP 

Dispatch at 12:29 PM reports an ATV accident with the victim in trauma arrest. Respond priority 2, non-emergency.

CORONER DISPATCHED

Albert J. Holcomb, Jr., 102, of Warren, PA

Albert J. Holcomb, Jr., 102, of Warren, PA, died Friday morning, August 16, 2013 at the Warren Manor Nursing Home after an extended illness. 

He was born October 6, 1910 in Warren, PA, to the late Albert J. and Gracy Kelly Holcomb, Sr.

 He was a lifelong Warren area resident. Graduate of Warren High School, where he played football. He had served with the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Al had been employed as a truck driver with the former Smith Horton and Emmis George Trucking Companies. He had also worked with the Pennsylvania Railroad retiring as an engineer after 35 years employment.

He was a member of the former Warren Marconi Club.

Albert is survived by 3 children – Gary Holcomb and wife, Meredith of Warren, PA., Barb Black and husband, Fred of Sugar Grove, PA., Sue Shoemaker and husband, Adam of Tarpen Springs, FL.
6 Grandchildren, several Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Lillian Merski Holcomb whom he married August 11, 1946 in Lawrence Park, PA. who died March 3, 2010, 2 Brothers – Ray and Harold Holcomb, 1 Sister – Doris Clickinoid.

Private funeral services will be conducted at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to submit e-mail condolences may do so by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3) Kickoff August 28th


Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3) Kickoff August 28th

We all want to know we have made a difference in the life of another. This year our community has a unique opportunity to make an impact on the lives of many. This is the first study of its kind to come to our area. Please join the American Cancer Society for the kickoff of this momentous study on August 28th, 2013 at 6:00PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Bradford, PA.

The third Cancer Prevention Study of the American Cancer Society will be enrolling participants at the First Presbyterian Church on October 22nd and 23rd. As part of enrollment, individuals who choose to participate will simply fill out a comprehensive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measure. Enrollment will take approximately 20-30 minutes at your local event. From that point forward, study participants will be followed over time to update information via periodic, mailed surveys. Your involvement in CPS-3 will help American Cancer Society researchers understand the causes of, and ultimately determine ways to prevent cancer.

If you are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer, then you will want to participate in this study.

If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements, your significant participation comes from telling everyone you know about the opportunity to help prevent cancer.

Visit www.mckeancps3.org, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org to learn more about the difference you can personally make in the fight against cancer. Research Today for a Cancer Free Tomorrow!

Potter County Farmers' Market opens today at 1:00 p.m. in downtown Coudersport

Potter County Farmers' Market opens today at 1:00 p.m. in downtown Coudersport. 

Vendors set up adjacent to the courthouse square at the corner of East Second (Rt. 6 E) and North East Streets.

This week several growers will be bringing a nice selection of fresh locally-grown produce.
You will find baked goods including Artisan and yeast breads, fresh blueberry cobbler, biscotti, scones and more.

Specialty food items include honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, pickles, fresh powdered garlic and more.
In addition, there will be alpaca products including hand-spun yarn, hand knit mittens, shawls, scarves, fingerless mitts, hats, insoles and socks.

Watch for more information about a special Farmers' Market event coming on August 30.

8-16 Recalls

08/15/2013 08:47 PM EDT

Specialty Compounding, LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of sterile medications within expiry. Note: an earlier version of this news release indicated that the recall applied to all unexpired sterile compounded products dispensed since May 9, 2013; however, the recall applies to any sterile medication that has not reached its expiration date, including all strengths and dosage forms.
 
 
08/15/2013 08:13 PM EDT

Whole Foods Market’s Northern California region is recalling its sour cherry and blueberry crostatas due to use of an egg wash that was undeclared on the product label. People who have allergies to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

Man and His Mother Accused of Kidnapping Schuylkill County Girl

Coudersport Dispatched To Automatic Fire Alarm

Coudersport Dispatched To Automatic Fire Alarm
At 10:14 AM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at 3306 Alabama Trail in Summit Township.

ALARM COMPANY REQUESTED RESPONSE EVEN AFTER RESIDENCE REPORTED 
BURNED FOOD. RESIDENT COULD NOT GIVE PROPER PASSWORD TO CANCEL.

10:39 AM--RECALLED BY CHIEF 48-30 

McKean County Fair Schedule of Events

McKean County Fair
Todays Schedule of Events
Farm and Vehicle Safety Day
10AM - Farm Safety Presentation and Activities
12PM - Pepsi Family Day Events
All Day - Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab
All Day - Eagle Dream Rehabilitation Center
TBA - UPB Campus Police
1PM - Benner's Sunshine Amusements Opens
1PM - PENNDOT - Distracted Driving Simulator
3PM - Pony Rides by McKean County 4-H
5PM - Monster Truck Pit Party - w/paid gate and grandstand
6PM - Goat/Sheep Obstacle Course
6PM - Farm Animal Dress Up Contest
7PM - Gaming Show by PM Saddle Club
7PM - Beautiful Baby Contest
7PM - Monster Truck Show and Quad Wars Comp. Autograph session to follow this event.
8PM - American Idol - Aaron Kelly

Bureau of Forestry Announces Funding for Rural Firefighters

Bureau of Forestry Announces Funding for Rural Firefighters

Harrisburg - More than $505,000 in grants were recently awarded to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.

“A total of 130 volunteer fire companies, all serving rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common, will benefit from these funds,” DCNR Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti said. “One only has to look outside Pennsylvania earlier this summer to the horrific fires in Arizona and other states to appreciate the value of well-equipped and highly trained wildfire fighters.”

Local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualified to apply for the aid. Last year, the grant program awarded $540,000 to 141 fire companies across the state.

“The readiness of these men and women is demonstrated every spring and summer when they answer assistance calls coming from other states, while also responding regularly to local woodland and brush fires,” Ferretti said. “These grants allow firefighters from smaller companies to direct more funding toward public safety and training.”

Grants and other assistance were provided through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry, with funding supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. The maximum grant awarded was $7,500.

The grants will be used to purchase wildfire-suppression equipment and protective clothing.
Grants also were awarded for mobile or portable radios, water supply installations, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire fighting training, and to convert and maintain federal excess vehicles the bureau receives and uses for fire suppression.

Grant information can be obtained from the Bureau of Forestry’s Division of Forest Fire Protection in Harrisburg. Call 717-787-2925 or visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us and click on “State Forests.”

Area Fire Companies Receiving Grants are:
 
 Cameron: Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium, $5,000;

McKean: Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Rescue Department Inc., Lewis Run, $1,500; Ludlow Volunteer Fire Department, Ludlow, $3,500; Otto Township Volunteer, Duke Center, $1,585; 

Potter: Coudersport Volunteer Fire Co., Coudersport, $7,500; Genesee Township Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Genesee, $7,500; Kettle Creek Hose Co. No. 1, Cross Fork, $7,500; Roulette Chemical, Roulette, $1,175;

Tioga: Blossburg Volunteer Fire Department, Blossburg, $1,285;

Warren: Russell Volunteer Fire Department, Russell, $3,000; Sheffield Township Volunteer Fire Department, Sheffield, $1,385;

Think About It

Making God Happy

I recently saw a book entitled, “Making God Happy”. Although curious, I didn’t pick it up. It’s not that I didn’t want to know how to make God happy, it’s that I struggle with a performance-based relationship with God.

I, like many others, have children and even grandchildren. Their performance isn’t what makes me happy, I’m happy because of who they are. As I have watched them mature into adults I am impressed who they have turned out to be. Sure they’ve failed along the way, but that didn’t make me unhappy. I have been more frustrated or disappointed when one of them have attempted to do something to gain my approval when they had it all along and didn’t know it.

For several years I worked with families where the child was at risk of being removed from the home. I’m sad to say that many of these families based their acceptance of their children on performance, be it school or behavior. Instead of giving them praise, they would belittle and scold for even the littlest of things. It was no wonder the kids were at risk of being removed from the home. When we live in a system that our value and worth is solely dependent upon what we do, we will quickly learn that performance is our ticket to praise and acceptance. Some become so adapt knowing what will make others happy that they go through life pleasing others. Perhaps that’s why many approach God in the same way.

The writer of Romans said that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, (Romans 5:8). In other words, God didn’t wait for us to become better so that we could have a relationship with him. He took on the responsibility and by his very act demonstrates that he accepts us just as we are. When the God of the universes says that he wants us just as we are with all of our baggage and stuff, that’s pretty amazing. If there is anything that pleases God it is when someone believes. And though they many stumble and fall in this belief, they continually pick themselves up again and go on. That pleases God. Think about it.

(bjknef@yahoo.com)

Largest Sale Of The Summer At Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes