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Eleni Interiors, Olean, NY

Eleni  Interiors, Olean, NY

Blake Dentistry

Street Machines Auto Care

Stoltz of Coudersport

Solomon's Auction & Yard Sale Page

Howard's Inc.

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CIMINO AUTO PARTS

DINGMAN'S "CALL OF THE NORTH" GIFT SHOP, 1 MILE EAST OF GAINES, PA ON ROUTE 6. STOP IN AND SEE OUR CHRISTMAS DISPLAYS & BEAUTIFUL GIFTS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING NEEDS. OPEN 10 TO 5 THURSDAY THRU MONDAY.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Coudersport Dispatched To MVA on Dingman Run Road

Coudersport Dispatched To MVA 
At 10:27 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Rescue and Ambulance have been dispatched to the Dingman Run Road, near the intersection with Fishing Creek Road for a motor vehicle accident. One person is reported self-extricated. Unknown injuries. Vehicle over embankment.
10:58 PM--COUDERSPORT AMBULANCE & MEDIC 6 ENROUTE TO COLE MEMORIAL

11:06 PM--COUDERSPORT UNITS RETURNING & AVAILABLE 

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/INJURIES

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/INJURIES
Address: BENNETTS VALLEY HWY and TYLER RD
City: HUSTON
Cross Streets: FIVE POINT RD * TYLER RD
REPORTED TO BE TRUCK/DEER CRASH
Agency: BENNETTS VALLEY AMBULANCE; ELK COMPANY 5 FD
8/24/2013 9:06:40 PM

Transported to DuBois Hospital

Motorcycle Accident In Horton Township

Motorcycle Accident/Not Alert
Address: WHETSTONE RD and KEYSTONE RD
City: HORTON Township
Cross Streets: ORCHARD RD * WHETSTONE RD

Agency: ELK COMPANY 7 FD
8/24/2013 8:57:32 PM

REPORT PATIENT WITH HEAD INJURIES 
Transported to DuBois Hospital

Youth football is underway!

Youth football is underway!


 

DEP eNOTICE - Regulation Update


The following proposed regulation was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on 8/24/2013:
Regulated Medical and Chemotherapeutic Waste - This proposed regulation is accessible at http://www.pabulletin.com. The public comment period closes on 9/23/2013.

Comments may be submitted to the Environmental Quality Board at any one of the following addresses:

  • U.S. Mail: EQB, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477;
  • Electronically: RegComments@state.pa.us;
  • Street Address: 16th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301.

Coudersport Dispatched For Land Rescue At ATV Crash

Coudersport Dispatched For Land Rescue 
At 4:20 PM on Saturday, A land rescue has been dispatched to the ATV Trail head on Denton Hill for a little girl with a possible broken leg on a trail. Coudersport Fire, ambulance & Medic due to respond.
4:34 PM--COUDERSPORT ENGINE SET UP LZ AT PSP BARRACKS ON DENTON HILL FOR MERCY FLIGHT REQUESTED AIRBORNE

Coudersport Fire Dept. photo
 

Fresh Tar & Chips on Rt. 44 In Lycoming County

Fresh Tar & Chips 
Claire Palmer Costposted to
·Just in case any of Solomons readers are heading to rte 44 in Lycoming county, they have just tarred and chipped the road and there have been some problems near the area of Cooney Flats. Sounded like there were excess chips there. Be careful, please.

Coudersport Ambulance To Lodge Road

At 3:15 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Lodge Road for a diabetic emergency.

Motorcycle Crash South of Kane on James City Hill

Motorcycle Crash South of Kane on James City Hill
At 2:57 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire & Ambulance dispatched to motor cycle wreck on Rt. 66 South just , .past cemetery. Report male & female patients.
3:15 PM--MT. JEWETT AMBULANCE DISPATCHED

Port Allegany Ambulance Dispatched To Main St.

At 1:53 on Saturday Port Ambulance and Police were dispatched to Main St. for an assault victim.  

Scene is secure.

I-80 EB closed at crash scene in Clinton County; Detour in effect

I-80 EB closed at crash scene in Clinton County; Detour in effect

August 24, 2013 @ 12:45 p.m.

Motorists traveling Interstate 80 eastbound (EB) in north central Pennsylvania are advised that the EB lanes are closed at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on I-80 eastbound in Clinton County east of Exit 178 (Route 220 North in Lamar Township).

EB traffic is being detoured onto Route 220 NB to I-180 EB. Motorists continuing east are advised to remain on I-180 until reaching I-80 near Milton. Avoid Route 15 due to Little League World Series traffic unless heading to South Williamsport.

Emergency responders anticipate reopening I-80 EB sometime this evening.

Visit 511PA.com or call 5-1-1 for updates.

Man Taken Into Custody For Alleged Threats Against The President

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Thank You All So Very Much

Thank You

What a wonderful feeling knowing how many wonderful friends, neighbors,
and family we have.

We thank you all for making our 50th anniversary party so special.

Extra thanks to Lisa, Lois, and Nichole for all the time they invested,
Kathy and the girls (Sandy, Cindy and Amy) for the great food, Jody for
the delicious cake, and Patty for the lovely flowers.

What a Day!!
Hugs and Kisses,
Joe and Mae

Chicken BBQ Today At Coudersport Fire Department

---$6.00 half and $8.00 for dinners which consists of half a chicken, macaroni salad, & amazinggg baked beans!!!---

Estates Auction Saturday, August 24th At Pine Creek Inn In Galeton, PA


Come & Watch 2nd Annual Mike Hemphill Coed Softball Tournament This Weekend


Kinney Farm Sweet Corn Available Now At Port Allegany Car Wash

Kinney sweet corn will also be sold at Ben's Garage in Coudersport next week

Public Auction: Real Estate & Contents 8-24 Shinglehouse, PA

Friday, August 23, 2013

Recalls

California Firm Recalls Cured Pork Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergen (Aug 23, 2013)
Westlake Foods, a Santa Ana, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 47,419 pounds of cured pork products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen

Emporium Woman Unhurt In Rt. 120 Crash


Criminal Mischeif At Residence In Driftwood


8/23/2013 9:23 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 6 W PIKE TWP


8/23/20139:23 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 6 W PIKE TWP
Galeton Fire, Ambulance, Medic 1, and State Police dispatched.
Caller reports vehicle hit bear. 5 persons in vehicle. Medic 1 recalled. Medic 6 dispatched.
Medic 6 responded to scene & Returned available.
Galeton Ambulance transported to Cole Memorial.

Community Outreach Day At Penn State DuBois

New Students 'Reach Out' to Community

DuBois – As part of New Student Orientation, nearly 200 freshmen, and faculty and staff group leaders participated in the Penn State DuBois Community Outreach Day on Friday. The day began in the campus gymnasium where students were broken into groups and assigned a service site. Each group was led by a campus faculty or staff member, serving as an orientation leader, who then took students to their work site for the day. In all, the groups visited more than a dozen charitable and community-centered organizations. They performed landscaping, cleaning, litter pick up, and other duties in order to give back to their local communities around DuBois, Clearfield, Falls Creek, and beyond.

Sites visited included Bilger's Rocks in Grampian, Goodwill Industries in Falls Creek, Gateway Humane Society in Falls Creek, Big Brothers Big Sisters in Clearfield, Central PA Community Action in Clearfield, Downtown DuBois Revitalization, the DuBois Historical Society, DuBois Nursing Home, the Freed Medical Clinic in DuBois, Paint and Play of DuBois, Rumbarger Cemetery in DuBois, Adopt-A-Highway on Route 219 near DuBois, the Reitz Theater in DuBois, the Bucktail Council of the Boy Scouts of America in DuBois, and the Tri County Church in DuBois.

At Goodwill Industries in Falls Creek, students worked on landscaping around the warehouse where donations are processed before being sent to Goodwill stores. Tom Glasl, Goodwill's chief financial officer, said the students where a great help, and exemplified the very mission of his organization. "Community service is at the core of our business, without community service, Goodwill would not exist in DuBois," he said. "Having the Penn State students here is the kind of thing we need for the younger generations to learn about Goodwill, and maybe become future donors. It's also a great chance for them to learn about service."

Glasl said what students learn about service by participating in outreach activities such as this are lessons that will stick with them. He said, "Working with any nonprofit, it's just invaluable to the kids. I think every college should do this and start their year off with some community service work."

Those sentiments were certainly shared by the students, who didn't take long to realize the reach of their impact once they arrived at their sites and started to put faces with the organizations.

"This is great. It's good to be out here," said freshman Kevin Hale, of Curwensville, who volunteered at Goodwill. "It makes you feel good as a person to help other people."

"I just think it's awesome that Penn State DuBois is doing this," agreed fellow Goodwill volunteer Alpha Longoria of Clearfield. "It shows that we're not just about learning, we're about helping, too."

Students serving at each site had similar attitudes. Over at the office for the Bucktail Council of the Boy Scouts of America, students worked inside and out to help with building maintenance. Outdoors they took on landscaping projects, trimming bushes and pulling weeds from flower beds. Inside, they cleaned display cases containing Boy Scouts memorabilia, washed windows, and more.

Freshman Molly Stoltz, of DuBois, said that she not only felt good about helping a community organization, but working alongside her new classmates allowed her the chance to develop new relationships. "I think it's a really good idea to do this. We're working together. It helps us get to know each other and get to know people around the community," said Stoltz. "If every university did this, you would have tons of good stuff going on around the country."

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

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

Photo: From left, students James Best, Crystal Foster, and Molly Stoltz work cleaning up the landscaping around the Boy Scouts of America's Bucktail Council Office in DuBois


Chautauqua County has authorized spraying of mosquitoes in your area on Sunday August 25 beginning at 7pm and lasting for approximately 2 hours.

Chautauqua County
Mosquito spraying happens on Sunday 8/25 from 7-9 pm. Pets and people must be inside during spraying and for 1 hour after, doors and windows closed.

Chautauqua County has authorized spraying of mosquitoes in your area on Sunday
August 25 beginning at 7pm and lasting for approximately 2 hours.

To avoid inhaling or ingesting the spray:

People and pets must stay indoors with doors and windows closed for at least an hour
after spraying.

Close vents on window air conditioners

Move outdoor toys, furniture inside, remove clothing from clothesline.

All items left outdoors during spraying must be thoroughly washed with soap and water
before using.

Cover vegetable gardens and wash homegrown fruits and vegetables thoroughly before
eating.

More information:
http://www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/departments/health/Web%20Pages/EES.aspx

Sandra V. Chandler, 72, of 876 West Washington St., Bradford, PA

Sandra V. Chandler
Sandra V. Chandler, 72, of 876 West Washington St., Bradford, PA,  passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013 at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Born August 17, 1941 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Lorraine (Anderson) Peterson.

On July 8, 1961 at Bradford she married Edward C. Chandler, who preceded her in death on August 14, 2012.

She was a 1960 graduate of Bradford High School.

Mrs. Chandler worked for Corning Glass Works and later, Bradford Electronics until her retirement in 2001.

She was a member of the Bradford American Legion Post # 108 Ladies Auxiliary as well as the Marche Club. Sandra was an avid gardener and an active member of the Bradford High Class of 1960 Reunion Committee for 50 years.

Sandra is survived by a son, Edward (Stephanie) Chandler, of Kane; a daughter Tracey (Dan) Byers, of Erie; a sister, Marilyn (Charles) Lockwood of Zelienople; one grandson, Matthew Chandler of Kane; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, including Allena and Victoria Swanson of Kane, of whom she thought dearly.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Peterson and two brothers, Axel 'Bub' Peterson and Walter 'Trapper' Peterson.

Family will be receiving friends from 3-5 & 7-9 PM on Monday, August 26, 2013 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Avenue, where funeral and committal services will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 with Rev. Tom Pierotti, Pastor of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to CORE (Center for Organ Recovery), 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238; Tabor Lutheran Church Youth Group, 200 Dawson St., Kane, PA 16735 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

8/23/2013 6:11 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 249 DEERFIELD TWP


8/23/20136:11 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 249 DEERFIELD TWP
Traffic Control needed.

Austin Dam Show Returns to Two Days

Austin Dam Show Returns to Two Days


On August 23 – 24, 2013, the small town of Austin in scenic Potter County welcomes festival fans to the Dam Show, held at the Austin Dam. The dam ruins and surrounding mountains create a fantastic natural amphitheater, and when the sun goes down, the dam ruins become a canvas for a beautiful, colorful, animated lightshow. It's a sight you won't see anywhere but the Austin Dam.
From bluegrass to country rock to classic rock and roll, there’s something for everyone at this year’s show.

“People are going to be really impressed with the all-around quality of the music this year,” said David Brooks, Executive Director of the Potter County Visitors Association. “This is probably the best lineup of bands we’ve ever hosted.”

The gate opens at Noon on Friday. Campers can get their sites set up before Mystery Fyre kicks off the show at 5 PM. Hailing from Bloomsburg, PA, Mystery Fyre was a big hit at last year’s Dam Show.

“They’re incredibly talented, especially for their ages, and they’re really great people as well,” said Brooks. “The crowd just loved them last year, and we’re so excited to have them back at the Dam Show.”

If you missed Mystery Fyre last year, you’ll have a couple of opportunities to see them this year - they’ll play both Friday and Saturday nights at the show. The band of three brothers, all in their early 20’s, will knock your socks off and take you back to the revolutionary rock of the 1960’s.
“Their music bridges generations,” said Brooks. “No matter what your age, you’ll have a blast with Mystery Fyre.”

Following Mystery Fyre, the nationally touring bluegrass sensation, Cabinet, will complete the evening, playing from 8 PM to Midnight. Cabinet will bring soul, simplicity, and serious musicianship to the show. An inclusive and engaging energy is the uniting through-line as Cabinet weaves bluegrass, country and folk influences in powerful effect.

“Cabinet has been one of the most requested bands at the Dam Show over the past few years,” Brooks said. “Folks will be amazed by them. They are outstanding musicians and we’re really looking forward to having them at our show.”

Music kicks off Saturday at Noon with the bluesy rockin’ sound of Vinyl Orange Ottoman followed by the groove/rock of Aqueous, recently featured in Relix Magazine as one of “five artists you should know about.” Following Aqueous will be the “countrifried” rock of Citizens Band Radio who over the years has shared the stage with bands including .38 Special, Charlie Daniels Band, and Marshall Tucker.

Regional favorites, Willie Jack & The Northern Light, take the stage at 6 PM. Mystery Fyre will follow with their second showing of the weekend, opening for Saturday night’s headliner, Roots of Creation, who will close out the show with their unique reggae/rock sound. Roots of Creation was a 2007 nominee for Outstanding World Music Act at the Boston Music Awards. Most recently, they were named the best band in New Hampshire at the 2012 New England Music Awards.

Food and craft vendors will be on site all weekend long. Come discover your new favorite band and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and more at the Austin Dam. Visit www.damshow.com for tickets, schedule, information, and to check out this year’s bands. The Dam Show is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Ed. Note: Sorry this story is a little late, but no one sent us any information on this. We found this news release on the internet. 

EMS Dispatched For Motorcycle Accident In Driftwood

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT/NOT ALERT
Address: 5233 BUCKTAIL TRAIL HWY
City: GIBSON
Cross Streets: HELRUE DR * 3RD ST

Agency: EMPORIUM AMBULANCE; SINNEMAHONING AMBULANCE; SINNEMAHONING FIRE DEPT
8/23/2013 5:00:27 PM

At 4:59 PM on Friday, EMS has been dispatched for a motorcycle accident on the Driftwood Hill Route 120, a half mile from Driftwood.
A HELICOPTER HAS BEEN REQUESTED 
REPORTING 2 PATIENTS
CAMERON COMPANY 14 DISPATCHED TO SET LZ AT GOLF COURSE FOR HELICOPTER 
5:43 pm--AMBULANCE WITH PATIENT ON SCENE AT LZ--STAT 4 MINUTES OUT 
6:09 PM--HELICOPTER IS AIRBORNE--UNITS RETURNING 

UPDATE::
George M. Molnar, Sr., 65, of Benezette, PA and his passenger Yvonne M. Baird, 60, of Driftwood, PA, were both injured when their 1962 Honda Goldwing struck a guide rail on 3rd Street in Diftwood Boro.

Trooper Gary Barnes said the crash occurred as the motorcycle was traveling east in the eastbound lane of Route 120. Molnar was attempting to negotiate a left hand curve in the roadway and lost control and struck a guide rail on the south berm.

Trooper Barnes said both victims suffered moderate injuries. Molnar will be cited for (not) Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed.


Wlikes-Barre Man Reported Missing By Wife

http://wnep.com/2013/08/23/luzerne-county-councilman-missing/

EMS Dispatched For Motorcycle Crash

EMS Dispatched For Motorcycle Crash
At 4:18 PM on Friday, Allegany EMS has been dispatched to a motorcycle crash on the Chapel Hill road off the 5 mile road. One person is reported injured.

Mandatory 10 Digit Dialing Starts Sept. 21 in 570 Area Code

REMINDER: PUC mandatory 10-digit dialing in 570 area code is set to begin Sept. 21 for residential and business customers within the existing 570 area code. Important facts for businesses and residents to remember during the transition:
• Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
• You will need to dial area code plus telephone number for all local calls.
• You will continue to dial 1 plus area code plus telephone number for all long-distance calls.
• What is a local call now will remain a local call.
• The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay.
• You can still dial just three digits to reach 911.
• If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 or 811 are currently available in your community, you will still dial these codes with just three digits.
PUC Announces Mandatory Ten-Digit Dialing in 570 Area Code
www.puc.pa.gov

2 Vehicle Crash In Kane

2 Vehicle Crash In Kane
At 4:07 PM on Friday, Kane Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched to the area of 343 State Street for a 2 vehicle crash. Unknown if injured.
KANE POLICE REPORTING ALL OCCUPANTS OUT OF THE VEHICLES--REPORTING NO INJURIES.

PennDOT to remove weight restrictions on three roads in the northern tier

PennDOT to remove weight restrictions on three roads in the northern tier

PennDOT advises motorists in Bradford and Tioga counties that the weight restrictions will soon be removed from three state routes in the northern tier because of gas-company upgrades to the roads.

The current 10-ton postings will be removed from the following:

Bradford County

• Route 1007 (Spring Hill Road) in Stevens Township from its intersection with Clapper Road to the intersection with Route 706;

• Route 1010 (C C Allis Road) in Orwell, Herrick and Pike townships between both of its intersections with Route 467;

Tioga County

• Route 4027 (Cummings Creek Road) in Middlebury, Farmington and Nelson townships from its intersection with Route 249 to its intersection with Route 49.

The postings will be lifted as soon as the road-posted signs are removed.

Motorists Urged to Watch for Students, School Buses as School Year Begins

Motorists Urged to Watch for Students, School Buses as School Year Begins
Violations of School-Bus Stopping Law Carry Strong Penalties

With a new school year beginning in Pennsylvania, motorists are urged to watch for students and school buses to prevent potentially tragic crashes and avoid strong penalties under the state’s school-bus stopping law.

“As students return to the classroom, drivers who haven’t had to drive around buses or students for months must be alert for bus stops and school zones,” PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said. “The consequences of just a moment of distraction could prove to be tragic.”

Under the state’s school bus stopping law, motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended are required to stop in all directions at least 10 feet from the bus. The only exception to the law is when a school bus is stopped on the opposite side of a highway clearly separated by a divider, such as concrete barriers or grass medians. Even in this situation, motorists should remain watchful of students trying to cross the road to catch the bus.

If convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, drivers face a $250 fine, five points on their driving record and a 60-day license suspension.

Students are also exposed to traffic while waiting for buses or walking to the bus stop or school. Motorists are reminded to be cautious and alert when approaching a school bus stop and to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

In addition to watching for school buses, motorists should be alert in school zones, which become hubs of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Motorists are required to slow down to the posted speed limit of 15 mph in school zones. Violators face a fine and three points on their driving record.

Jane F. Thompson, 94, formerly of 287 Congress St., Bradford, PA

Jane F. Thompson, 94, formerly of 287 Congress St., Bradford, PA passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013, at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born August 24, 1918, in Bradford, she was a daughter of H.K. "Kirby" and Veronica (Cummiskey) Dougherty.

On June 5, 1947 in Bradford, she married Charles P. Thompson, Jr. who died, September 14, 2007.

Mrs. Thompson was a 1936 graduate of St. Bernard High School and a 1940 graduate of D'Youville College in Buffalo. She had worked at Corning Glass.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church. a member of the Catholic Women's Club, a member of the Bible Class at Church and the Rosary Confraternity. She was also a member of the N.A.R.F.E. and A.A R.P. She was an accomplished artist, enjoyed painting with oils and writing poetry.

Surviving are two daughters, Maria (Joseph) Montaruli of Irvington, NY and Aimee (Richard) Mack, of Bristol, RI; three sons Joseph Thompson, of Bradford, Michael Thompson, of Washington, DC, and John (Mary) Thompson, of Peterborough, NH; a daughter in law, Beth Thompson of Bradford; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by one son Patrick Thompson and a brother William Dougherty.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, August 25, 2013, from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St., where a prayer service will be held on Monday, August, 26, 2013, at 9:30am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Bernard Elementary School 450 West Washington St Bradford, PA 16701 or charity of the donor's choice .

On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Healing Garden Dedicated at Patterson Cancer Care Center

Healing Garden Dedicated at Patterson Cancer Care Center

On August 19, Cole Memorial and the Cole Foundation dedicated their new healing garden at the Patterson Cancer Care Center in honor of, long time American Cancer Society volunteer, June Buckler. The healing garden was made possible through donations from David and Annette Buckler and Buckler Transport.

“When I had a breast cancer patient in the hospital, my first call was always to June Buckler for the Reach to Recovery program,” said Patrice Levavasseur, executive director of the Cole Foundation. “June would work with the patient at Cole or in their homes because she understood the patient’s needs being a breast cancer survivor herself.”

In addition to coordinating Cole Memorial’s monthly Cancer Support Group, June leads a monthly Grief Support Group and works as a volunteer at the Hospital. She serves on the Volunteer Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society and is part of the newly formed “Volunteers that Care” program to help cancer patients in the community.

Also honored during the program was Maggie Kinney, the Coudersport girls’ volleyball team plus, Cole Memorial's “Think Pink” employee team. Through their combined efforts a waterfall was able to be placed by the chemotherapy area windows of the Patterson Cancer Care Center for patients to enjoy during their treatments.

The vision for the water feature came from Maggie Kinney during a school senior project to raise funds for this project in honor of her mother, Brenda Kinney, a breast cancer survivor.

The Coudersport Girls Volleyball team held a “Dig Pink” event to raise funds for the project in memory of Melissa Merrick. Melissa’s husband, John Merrick was the girls’ former teacher and athletic director at the school. Finally, the Cole Memorial staffs’ “Think Pink” team raised funds by holding a basket raffle and bake sale, in honor of all cancer patients.

“The goal of the healing garden is to offer cancer patients, family members and visitors a chance to be surrounded by nature and reduce stress,” said Mrs. Levavasseur. “Thank you to all of our honorees for their generous donations and caring for our patients during one of their hardest times.”

A blessing of the garden was presented by Pastor Pete Tremblay of the Coudersport Free Memorial Church and closing remarks were made by Kari Karpinski, director of Community Outreach & Fund Development.

For more information or to make a donation to the Cole Foundation, please call 814-274-5520 or visit www.colememorial.org.

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Minutes For August 8, 2013





LIVE VIDEO STREAM OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AT BINGHAMTON

LIVE VIDEO STREAM OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AT BINGHAMTON

Agenda Potter County Commissioners Meeting For August 22, 2013




PITT-BRADFORD ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TO HONOR KELLEY, COLOSIMO AT ALUMNI WEEKEND

Joe Colosimo
PITT-BRADFORD ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TO HONOR KELLEY, COLOSIMO AT ALUMNI WEEKEND

BRADFORD, Pa. – Dr. Mark Kelley, assistant professor of sports medicine, and alumnus Joe Colosimo ’94 will be honored by the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association during Alumni and Family Weekend at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Kelley, director of the sports medicine program, will accept the PBAA Teaching Excellence Award.

Kelley has taught at Pitt-Bradford for nine years, directing the sports medicine program and serving as director of freshman seminar for several years.

Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, he was a graduate teaching assistant in the anatomy lab at Slippery Rock University. He has worked with the Bradford Family YMCA developing a diabetes program through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Kelley holds a doctoral degree from Capella University in leadership for higher education, a master’s degree in exercise and wellness promotion from Slippery Rock University and a Bachelor of Science in sports medicine from Pitt-Bradford, which he earned in 2003.

His research interests include physiological responses to endurance athletes, high altitude and body composition.

Dr. Mark Kelley
A Bradford native, Kelley is active in the community, serving as the head girls’ cross-country coach for Bradford Area high School, where he is also the assistant boys’ track coach, and working as a physical activity instructor with KidShape obesity prevention and wellness program for children.

A runner in his own right, Kelley has six marathons under his own belt.

“Mark is an extremely qualified and inspirational individual,” wrote Kate Hetherington ’08, one of the alumni who nominated Kelley. “When teaching, he makes sure that everyone is involved and fully understands the subject matter. Outside of the classroom, Mark is a professor who is easy to talk to and is more than willing to help guide a student through his or her academic journey.”

Past recipients of the PBAA Teaching Excellence Award are Dr. Vincent Kohler, Dr. Marvin Thomas, Dr. Michael Stuckart, Dr. Patricia Bianco, David Blackmore, Dr. Richard E. McDowell, Dr. Richard Frederick, Jeffrey Guterman, Lizbeth Matz, Isabelle Champlin, Dr. Gautam Mukerjee, Dr. Warren Fass, Don Lewicki, Dr. Helene Lawson, Dr. Stephen Robar, Dr. Shailendra Gajanan and Dr. Tony Gaskew.

Colosimo, who was nominated by Robar, will receive the PBAA Distinguished Volunteer Award for his career work with students for the more than 15 years. Most recently, through his leadership with Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways, he has created learning opportunities for Pitt-Bradford students.

Colosimo participates in alumni career programming such as the annual Backpack to Briefcase program and mock job interviews. He also volunteers his time to deliver financial planning education to students and meet with students individually about career planning.

Colosimo, who lives in Warren, is active with PKP, a group working to construct mountain biking trails in the area of Jakes Rocks in the Allegheny National Forest.

Last fall, Colosimo worked with Robar, who directs the environmental studies program at Pitt-Bradford, to have students prepare an environmental survey of the area, cataloguing wildlife and plants. The survey took place this summer.

“Joe consistently puts the interests of his alma mater and its students first and foremost whenever and however he can,” Robar wrote in his nomination.

Former recipients are Dennis Lowery ’63-’65, Susan Silvestri ’72-’74, Gregory Silvestri ’73-’75, Bill Krieg ’64-’66, David Higie ’74-’76, Sharon Knouse ’88, Sandra Macfarlane ’80-’82, Anita Dolan ’88, Tim Fannin ’78, Ward Garner ’89, Craig Hartburg ’73-’75, Ryan Race ’07, and Danielle Munksgard.

Other notable events that will be a part of Alumni and Family Weekend are the Annual Block Party Saturday, Oct. 5, and a Welcome Back reception.

Also at the awards brunch, the newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted.

The PBAA Awards Brunch will be held in the Frame-Westerberg Commons in the Mukaiyama University Room at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. The cost is $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and free for children less than 5. The public is welcome to attend. For registration, visit www.upbalumni.org/afw.


Earl S. McDowell, 85, of North St. Roulette,PA

Earl S. McDowell, 85, of North St. Roulette,PA passed away Wednesday (Aug. 21, 2013), in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

Born August 1, 1928, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Earl S. and Mae Boyer McDowell. On Jun. 12, 1954, in Roulette, he married Barbara J. Barr, who survives. They were married 59 years.

Mr. McDowell was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of, 1946.
Earl was employed with Ball-Incon, Port Allegany, retiring in 1990, after 30 years of service.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the US Army.

Earl was a member of the Riverside United Methodist Church, where he was a former Church trustee. He was also a life member of the Roulette Fire Department, member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 460, Port Allegany, and the American Legion Post 192, Coudersport.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Barbara, are two sons, Kevin S. (Donna) McDowell and Steven E. (Beverly) McDowell both of Roulette; two daughters, Cathy J. (Roger) Nelson and Nadine L. (Matthew) Burr both of Port Allegany; 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Lewellyn H. “Pick” McDowell, and a sister, Othella Mae McDowell.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 Sunday (Aug. 25, 2013) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Aug. 26, 2013) with Rev. Donald Busch, pastor of the Riverside Methodist Church and Rev. H.D. Youngblood, Jr., co-officiating. Burial will be in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette.

A military service will be conducted by the Port Allegany Honor Guard, immediately following the funeral service.

Memorials can be made to the Riverside Methodist Church or the Roulette Ambulance.

Condolences can be made to: Barbara J. McDowell
2 North St.
Roulette, PA 16746

Scranton Preparing For President Obama's Visit


Don't forget to visit our Coudersport office today for Electronic Banking Lobby Day

Don't forget to visit our Coudersport office today for Electronic Banking Lobby Day. There will be demonstrations from 10 until 3:30, free refreshments, giveaways and a drawing. Anyone can enter our drawing - no purchase is required.

Handmade Truck By Dave Herr For PYC Auction

Handmade Truck By Dave Herr

83 year old Dave Herr has donated a wooden truck that he hand crafted to the PYC auction. Come out to Penn-York Camp on 8/31 to see it first hand and you will appreciate the incredible workmanship and labor of love. For more details visit http://pennyork.com/#/community-events/32nd-annual-pyc-auction

New test system identifies 193 different yeasts and bacteria known to cause illness

New test system identifies 193 different yeasts and bacteria known to cause illness

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing in the U.S. of the first mass spectrometer system for automated identification of bacteria and yeasts that are known to cause serious illness in humans. The VITEK MS can identify 193 different microorganisms and can perform up to 192 different tests in a single automated series of testing, with each test taking about one minute.

The VITEK MS can identify yeasts such as those from the Candida, Cryptococcus and Malassezia groups, and bacteria from the Staphylococcaceae, Streptococcaceae, Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonadaceae, and Bacteroidaceaefamilies, which are associated with skin infections, pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections. People with immune systems that are compromised or weakened by HIV/AIDS, cancer treatment, or anti-rejection therapy following an organ transplant are particularly vulnerable to these infections.

“The ability for laboratories to use one device to identify almost 200 different microorganisms is a significant advance in the timely identification of pathogenic microorganisms,” said Alberto Gutierrez, Ph.D., director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Rapid identification of harmful microorganisms can improve the care of critically ill patients.”

The VITEK MS incorporates a technology called matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization–time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). The technology uses a laser to break yeast and bacteria specimens into small particles that form a pattern unique to the microorganism. The VITEK MS automatically compares the microorganism pattern to 193 known yeasts and bacteria in the test system’s database to identify the microorganism.

Compared to other identification methods that require abundant organism growth for testing, mass spectrometry requires only a small amount of yeast or bacterial growth, so testing can start as soon as growth is visible, generally within 18 to 24 hours. Traditional methods can take up to five days to produce the same identification results.

The FDA reviewed the VITEK MS through its de novo classification process, a regulatory pathway for some novel low-to-moderate risk medical devices that are not substantially equivalent to an already legally marketed device.


For the de novo petition, the FDA based its decision on the results of a study of 7,068 microorganisms. When compared to sequencing and biochemical testing, the VITEK MS correctly identified the scientific group or family 93.6 percent of the time (with 87.5 percent of microorganisms identified to species level). The VITEK MS provided a `‘no identification’` result for 3.2 percent of the microorganisms in the study. Of all test results, only 0.8 percent were incorrect and 2.4 percent were low discrimination with no correct result.

The VITEK MS is for clinical use for the identification of microorganisms cultured from human specimens. It is indicated for use in conjunction with other clinical and laboratory findings to aid in the diagnosis of bacterial and fungal infections.

The VITEK MS is manufactured by bioMerieux, Inc. in Durham, N.C.

Come & Watch 2nd Annual Mike Hemphill Coed Softball Tournament This Weekend



Public Auction: Real Estate & Contents 8-24 Shinglehouse, PA

Largest Sale Of The Summer At Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes

Kinney Farm Sweet Corn Available Now At Port Allegany Car Wash

Kinney sweet corn will also be sold at Ben's Garage in Coudersport today and next week

Think About It

One Thing

Sometimes, when we’re trying to do that one thing right, we miss it. Such is the case with Mary and Martha. As the story goes, (Luke 10:41-42), Martha has filled her day with things. Rushing around to get everything done, and to make sure that everything is just right, she missed the one thing that was needed. She even got frustrated with her sister Mary for not helping. Jesus calmly pointed out to Martha that Mary had indeed got this one thing right, and that was to be quiet for a moment and to sit at his feet.

It has been said that what Mary choose was only reserved for men. Sitting at the feet of the teacher was not the place for a woman in that society. Perhaps that was where Martha was coming from. Being so accustom to playing on the role of society, she missed the essential truth that the presence of Jesus brought. Sadly we can do the same.

In Luke 4:18 Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. 
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, 
that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free.” Do you realize that we can be held captive and be oppressed by the traditions and culture of our society? We can also be blind because of the same traditions and culture. We can so easily miss the one thing that is of the most importance because we just can’t see it. Religion does that to us also. The traditions, rituals, and doctrines of religion can keep us focused on doing things, but we can miss the one thing that is the most important. As Mary demonstrated, it was entering into the personal space of Jesus.

Sadly, we can be busy like Martha doing all of the service stuff that we feel needs to be done. We fret and stew about things, and can get very frustrated with those who don’t seem to be holding up their fair share. In all of our doing, we miss the one thing that God has said was important, a relationship with him. Perhaps, just perhaps, if we claim to be a Christian, we should look at the one thing we are doing. Is it related to service or relationship? Think about it.
(bjknef@yahoo.com)

Estates Auction Saturday, August 24th At Pine Creek Inn In Galeton, PA


Potter County Farmers' Market Opens Friday, August 23 At 1:00 PM

Potter County Farmers' Market opens Friday, August 23 at 1:00 p.m. on the corner of North East and East Second Streets in downtown Coudersport. 

Vendors include the following:

Miles Farm Produce: Potatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatoes.

Wooleylot Farm: Garlic, fingerling potatoes, heirloom zucchini.

Card Creek Trading Post: Preserves, pickles, raw honey, freshly ground garlic, biscotti, scones, artisan and yeast breads, and baked goods

Alpaca Creations: Alpaca products of hand knit mittens, shawls, scarves, fingerless mitts, hats, insoles and socks. yarns, hand spun, dyed and natural colors by Teresa Genaux, Juried Artisan on the Pa Wilds Artisan Trail.

Fitzgerald Family Farm: Jams, jellies, pickles, preserves, honey, maple syrup.

Metzger Heritage Organic Farm: Heirloom tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, beets with tops; fresh herbs including basil, Thai basil, Italian flat leaf parsley, dill; organic new potatoes - many colors, flavors and textures.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Free Program Aug. 27 On Alternative ‘Fracking’

Free Program Aug. 27 On Alternative ‘Fracking’

August 21st, 2013
shale_gas_illustration_tcm4-527807McKean County Natural Gas Task Force is hosting a free program titled “Alternative Fracturing Technologies” at 7 pm on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. 

Speaker Russell Marold will examine the use of liquid nitrogen, liquid carbon dioxide and compact crystallized natural gas for the fracturing process in shale production. These and other technologies are being studied as alternatives to using water injected under high pressure to fracture shale and release natural gas. The public is welcome.

John Hanger Visits Bradford


Cameron County May Stop Paramedic Service



Shooters Bar Cited By Liquor Control


PENELEC PLANNED POWER OUTAGE THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY

PENELEC PLANNED POWER OUTAGE THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY


Mary Trebilcock March, 82, formerly of Port Allegany, PA

Mary Trebilcock March
Mary Trebilcock March, 82, formerly of Port Allegany, PA, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2013 at the home of her son, Michael in Iron Mountain, MI. She was born Mary Eleanore Trebilcock on June 28, 1931 in Madison, WI, to Arthur F. and Madelyn Stanchfield Trebilcock.

Mary grew up in Madison. She graduated from Madison West High School in Madison in 1949. After high school she attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1953.

Mary married Frederic Clifton March in 1954 in Madison. Together they fulfilled their dream of building a large, supportive and loving family: a household full of activity, friends, laughter and chaos. From Woodland Avenue to Elm Street to Quail Hill Drive, Mary and Fred welcomed a growing herd who raided the fridge, wore out the board games and whiled the nights away. They were happily married for 33 years. 

Upon Fred’s death, Mary relocated to Weaverville, NC, and forged a new life of social clubs, church and charities. A seasoned seamstress, she sewed hundreds of blankets for the Linus Project. In Weaverville she also pursued her artistic passion, dollhouses and miniatures, and her love of good books. Her commitment to literature—and the kindness of spirit it engenders—is among her most enduring legacies to her children and grandchildren. (However, kindness was optional at the bridge table and Scrabble board.) She will be remembered equally for her laughter in the midst of a noisy family, and for the quieter joys of reading and needlepoint by the fireplace, a trusting dog curled at her feet.

Mary was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC and an active and loyal member of the Ruth Davidson chapter of DAR. She was also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and served as a docent for the Biltmore House.

Mary was preceded in death by her father, Arthur F. Trebilcock, mother Madelyn Stanchfield Trebilcock, her sister Madelyn Trebilcock Knopf, and husband, Frederic Clifton March.

Mary is survived by her six children, Madelyn (Michael) Farber of Port Allegany, PA, Michael (Lorna) March of Iron Mountain, MI, Lauren (Martin Scott) March of Raleigh, NC, Bruce (Melissa Haack) March, of Iowa City, IA, John (Cynda Lamb) March of Ithaca, NY and David (Amy Danielson) March of Minneapolis, MN; her sister, Georgia Trebilcock Garner of Cleveland Heights, OH; and her six grandchildren Paige Williams, Brian (Roxanne) Williams, Libby March, Catherine March, Joshua March and Lauren March.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept 22 at 2:00 PM, in the First Presbyterian Church, Church Street, Port Allegany, with the Rev. Garen Smith, Pastor officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to The S.W. Smith Library Building Fund or the Port Allegany Presbyterian Church. Online condolence may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Port Allegany.

Alvin E. Shutters Jr., 52, of Caledonia Road, Weedville, PA

Alvin E. Shutters Jr., 52, of Caledonia Road, Weedville, PA, died early Tuesday morning (Aug. 20, 2013) as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Born May 18, 1961, in Ridgway, he was a son of Freda Alice Thacher Shutters, who survives, and the late Alvin E. Shutters Sr. In 1979, he married Carrie Aul Shutters, who survives.

In addition to his mother and wife, both of Weedville, he is survived by two children, Kenneth (Irene) Shutters of Pittsburgh and Amanda (fiance Eric Lattin) Shutters of Tacoma, Wash.; one brother, Marvin (Linda) Shutters of Dayton, Wash.; and one sister, Karen (Chris) Launer of Eagle River, Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Shutters was a graduate of St. Marys High School and attended Penn State University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1983 to 1987. He was a pipefitter, working with numerous companies.

Mr. Shutters was an active member of the Patriot Guard Riders, a member of the Bennett's Valley Legion Post 978, the "2 Bees and a C" Beekeepers and past active member of the Letters from Home program.
He lived most of his life in Bennett's Valley.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, Penfield, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Brian Aul officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Bennett's Valley Legion Post 978 Burial Detail. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery, Weedville.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR-PA), 789 Washington Pike, Avella, PA 15312.

Earl S. McDowell, 85, of North Street, Roulette, PA

Earl S. McDowell, 85, of North Street, Roulette, PA, passed away Wednesday (Aug. 21, 2013) at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary by the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Clara Township Road Work Notice

The Clara Road bridge is open to local traffic. However at some point it will be closed for short periods to install drain pipe and build road up to put down blacktop. If traveling that way expect delays and/or closures for the next few days.

Camp Road will be closed during the day on Monday the 26th for pipe replacement and

Canada Hollow will be closed on Tuesday the 27th during the day for pipe replacement.

Thank You
Clara Township Supervisors

Margaret J. “Peg” GRABER, 72, of Sunderlinville, formerly of Philadelphia, PA

Margaret J. “Peg” GRABER, 72, of Sunderlinville, formerly of Philadelphia, PA, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. 

Born March 26, 1941, in Oakford, PA, she was the daughter of Frank and Catherine Kelly Roberts. On August 22, 1958, in Oakford, PA, she married George Graber, who survives. 

Surviving besides her husband, George, are: seven children, James (Karen) Roberts of Mt. Laurel, NJ, George Graeber of Cherry Hill, NJ, Debra Ann (Julio Rodriguez) Graber of Wellsboro, PA, Jacqueline (James) Hernandez of Gaines, PA, William Graber of Ft. Washington, PA, Frank (Annette) Graber of Bensalem, PA, and Gerald (Teresa) Graber of Philadelphia, PA; 22 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Anne Roberts of Quakertown, PA; nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters. 

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery, Sunderlinville. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carl E. Hyde American Legion Auxiliary, P.O. Box 125, Ulysses, PA 16948 to assist with sending care packages for soldiers overseas. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Welcome, Freshmen: New Students, New Year at Penn State DuBois

Welcome, Freshmen
New students and their family members filled the gymnasium during Convocation 2013



DuBois – Nearly 250 people officially became Penn State DuBois students at the campus' annual Fall Convocation Ceremonies and New Student Orientation on Thursday. Chancellor Melanie Hatch welcomed the students, as well as their parents and other family members, during the convocation ceremony. It was also Hatch's first campus convocation since becoming chancellor in January.

"I congratulate you on your decision to attend this campus; a place where you will receive a world-class, big university education, in a small, comfortable atmosphere," Hatch said. "As I have already learned, and you will discover quickly, Penn State DuBois and this community have a great deal to offer, inside and outside of the classroom."

Hatch went on to encourage students to embrace their community and the individuals who support them in their education. She said, "The concept of community is very important to me, personally, and to those who make up our dedicated faculty and staff. In fact, it’s the people you will meet here that represent one of our many strengths at this campus. I encourage you to get to know them because they embody a wealth of knowledge and experience. They will serve as your guides, your mentors and, occasionally, even your cheerleaders. We want you to succeed; and every single person in this room, and that includes your friends and family members sitting next to you, are willing to go the extra mile to make that happen."

Chancellor Melanie Hatch welcomed nearly 250 new Penn State DuBois Students during Convocation Ceremonies Thursday in the campus gymnasium.
Members of the new Penn State DuBois class make up a diverse community in their own right. The group is a mix of recent high school graduates, as well as returning adult students. They come from as far away as China, and from as close as the immediate DuBois area. They also represent eight states, including California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Virginia, as well as 25 Pennsylvania counties and 82 different high schools.
In order to fuel the community spirit on campus, new students spent the morning before convocation ceremonies participating in icebreaker exercises as part of their orientation. They worked in groups to accomplish tasks, such as moving plastic cups using only string, without directly touching the cups, and passed hula-hoops down a line of people standing, hand-and-hand, without breaking the human chain. The exercises are designed to demonstrate the importance of team work and critical thinking; concepts that educators at Penn State DuBois believe are paramount to a well-rounded education.


Student Government Association President Conner Park recommended to this new community of students that they come together through the activities offered at the campus, much the way they did during the morning exercise, in order to form new relationships and get the most from their college experience. He said, "I can offer three pieces of advice: Stay active, be dedicated to your studies, and have fun with it. When you are more active and part of something, your experience here at Penn State DuBois will be that much sweeter. College will be the best time of your life. Embrace it."

During her address to the crowded gymnasium, Hatch also asked students to embrace college, and every opportunity that it provides both in and out of the classroom. "I challenge you to get involved in our community as there are many alternatives to choose from. We have a wide variety of student clubs and organizations, service learning opportunities, and cultural events," Hatch said, indicating that extra circular involvement strengthens an already valuable education.

"Lately, there has been a great deal of public debate over the value of a college degree," Hatch continued. "As the daughter of a school superintendent, education has been a big part of my life for many years. I have no doubt that my colleagues here today will agree with me when I tell you that it is never a bad decision to further your education. A college degree opens many new career doors for you. But it’s a college education; the first step of which you are embarking on today, that opens your mind to all the possibilities of who you are and what you can be."