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Potter County Family Fun Fair

Potter County Family Fun Fair

Stoltz Of Coudersport

J & J

J&J Auto Coudersport
J&J Auto Coudersport

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Howard's Inc.

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Solomon's Auction & Yard Sale Page

CIMINO AUTO PARTS

PETE AND JEAN FOLK ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES ARE SELLING HOWARD FURNITURE PRODUCTS AND SIMICHROME POLISH AT THE CALL OF THE NORTH GIFT SHOP....2367 Route 6, Gaines, PA 16922. 814-433-4111 and THE RIGHT STUFF at 364 East Second St., Coudersport PA. 814-274-4200.......These products are no longer available on Main Street in Galeton due to the closing of the Heart’s Desire store.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Remote Car Starter Is A Warm & Loving Christmas Gift For Your Loved One

Antiques & Estates Purchasing--Free Appraisals by Carter Auctions

www.carterauctions.com
www.carterauctions.com

Sagewood Seeking Candidates For Therapeutic Staff Support In Potter & McKean Counties

sagewoodcounseling@hotmail.com

Super Public Christmas Auction Today (Sunday) At Eldred Boro Fire Department

Charges Filed After Verbal Argument With House Guest


Millerton Fire Company Asks...........

PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL UNLESS IT IS A TRUE EMERGENCY.
 
PLEASE DO NOT CALL AMBULANCE FOR NON EMERGENCY TRANSPORT TO HOSPITALS. 
 
EMERGENCY ROOMS ARE INUNDATED AND IT IS VERY RISKY FOR AMBULANCES TO TRAVEL (THEY ARE NOT 4 WHEEL DRIVE MOST OF THE TIME) 
 
ALSO DO NOT CALL THE 911/DISPATCH CENTER FOR ROAD CONDITIONS. 
 
PLEASE STAY HOME, REMAIN SAFE AND WARM.

New Ridgway Volunteer Fire Dept. Chiefs


12/14/2013 9:43 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 49 DEERFIELD TWP

12/14/20139:43 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTROUTE 49DEERFIELD TWP
Dept. 6, 25, and Medic 1 due to respond. 2 vehicles, one into a pole.

Car In Ditch South of Port Allegany

Car In Ditch South of Port Allegany
At 9:50 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Rescue and Ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 155 South, 3 miles from Port Allegany for a car in the ditch. Unknown if injuries.
RECALLED BY CHIEF 3

DUE TO THE WEATHER, THE COUDERSPORT FREE METHODIST CHURCH WILL HAVE JUST 1 SERVICE SUN. DEC. 15TH AT 10:30AM.

DUE TO THE WEATHER, 
THE COUDERSPORT FREE METHODIST CHURCH 
WILL HAVE JUST 1 SERVICE SUN. DEC. 15TH
AT 10:30AM

We will begin our time change this week due to the weather.
Again! We will have just one worship service at 10:30am.
The Coudersport Free Methodist Church worships at 1237 E 2nd St. Coudersport, Pa. (3 miles East of Coudersport on Rt. 6)

THIS TIME CHANGE WILL BE PERMANENT.

Be Blessed,
Pastor Pete

Stray Dog On Toles Hollow Road

Dog is back home with owner

ROUTE 322 WESTBOUND RE-OPENED FROM MILROY IN MIFFLIN COUNTY TO CENTRE COUNTY

ROUTE 322 WESTBOUND RE-OPENED FROM MILROY IN MIFFLIN COUNTY TO CENTRE COUNTY

12/14/2013

Mifflin County

Route 322 Westbound Re-opened from Milroy in Mifflin County to Centre
County

Clearfield – PennDOT advises drivers that Route 322 westbound from Milroy
in
Mifflin County to the top of Seven Mountains in Centre County has
re-opened.

The roadway was closed earlier today due to extreme weather conditions.

PennDOT cautions motorists that if driving is not necessary tonight, they
should stay inside and avoid traveling until this weather event has passed.

All state roads in north central PA currently open

All state roads in north central PA currently open

9 p.m. Saturday: All state roads in north central Pennsylvania are currently open.

However, during the current snow storm,

 PennDOT strongly advises against unnecessary travel.

12/14/2013 9:08 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT E MAIN ST KNOXVILLE BORO

12/14/20139:08 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTE MAIN STKNOXVILLE BORO
Report vehicle into a building at Water Street & E. Main Street in Knoxville Boro. Report 2 vehicles. Dept. 6, 5 & 25 due to respond. Chief 6 advises come in easy.
RECALLED

Winter Storm Warning issued December 14 at 8: 57PM EST until December 15 at 4:00AM EST by NWS


...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST SUNDAY...

* LOCATIONS...NORTH-CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...STORM TOTALS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW.

* TIMING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO END IN MOST AREAS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

* IMPACTS...DANGEROUS TRAVEL DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS. UNNECESSARY
TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

2014 Brockway Volunteer Hose Company Officers Announced


Vehicle On Roof West Of Smethport

8:23 PM--Vehicle on Roof west of Smethport on Rt. 59. Fire Police requested.

Vehicle Over Embankment In Eldred Boro

Vehicle Over Embankment In Eldred Boro
At 7:55 PM on Saturday, Eldred Boro Fire Dept. & ambulance with Eldred Township QRS and Medic 1 have been dispatched to South Main Street near Oak Hill Cemetery for a vehicle over the embankment.

EAS Child Abduction Emergency Has Been Cancelled

THIS CHILD HAS BEEN RECOVERED

On December 14, 2013, at approximately 6:30 p.m. Kyleigh SIMCSUK, a 4 yr old white female was abducted from Delaware Avenue in Palmerton PA. 

The child was abducted by Timothy SIMCSUK a 25 yr old white male, 5 ft 8 inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes. The abduction occurred after he assaulted the child's caregiver. 

He fled the scene with the child in a dark green minivan with either a Pennsylvania of California registration Direction of travel is unknown at this time.

PA Amber Laptop Zirpoli

Carbon County,Luzerne County,Lehigh County,Monroe County,Northampton County,Schuylkill County

Roulette Ambulance To North Street

At 6:42 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to North Street for a medical emergency.

Kane Dispatched For Traffic Control On 66 South

Kane Dispatched For Traffic Control On 66 South
At 6:40 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire Police have been dispatched to Rt. 66 South just before Elk County line for vehicles in the roadway. Traffic Control is needed. PennDOT is on scene.
RECALLED

PennDOT Reduces Speed Limits on I-80 and I-99 and I-180

PennDOT Reduces Speed Limits on I-80 and I-99 and I-180

Clearfield – Due to the winter storm gripping the region, PennDOT District 2 is temporarily reducing the speed limit on I-80 in Clearfield, Centre and Clinton counties and on I-99 in Centre County.

I-180 added to 45 MPH speed limit tonight

6:15 p.m. update: The 45 MPH speed limit is now also in effect along the entire length of Interstate 180, which travels through portions of Northumberland and Lycoming counties.


Although PennDOT has crews treating roadways around the clock, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

Although PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 670 traffic cameras. The 511 site also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website.

The department also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.

Wellsville Dispatched To Crash

Wellsville Dispatched To Crash
At 6:15 PM on Saturday, Wellsville Ambulance has been dispatched to Rt. 417 across from the Faith Bible Church for a motor vehicle accident. Reporting 4 persons in the vehicle, requesting evaluation by EMS.

Winter Storm Warning issued December 14 at 5: 59PM EST until December 15 at 4:00AM EST by NWS


...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST SUNDAY...

* LOCATIONS...NORTH-CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW.

* TIMING...MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WITH SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO
LOCALLY 2 INCHES PER HOUR WILL CONTINUE THIS EVENING. THE SNOW
WILL START TO TAPER OFF AFTER MIDNIGHT.

* IMPACTS...WIDESPREAD DANGEROUS TRAVEL DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS
AND REDUCED VISIBILITY. INTENSE SNOWFALL RATES COULD OVERWHELM
ROAD CREW EFFORTS TO KEEP REGIONAL ROADS AND HIGHWAYS CLEAR.

* VISIBILITIES...HEAVY SNOW WILL REDUCE THE VISIBILITY BELOW ONE
QUARTER OF A MILE AT TIMES THROUGH THIS EVENING.

View From Inside Township Plow Truck


Mifflin County
Route 322 Westbound Closed from Milroy in Mifflin County to Centre County

Clearfield – PennDOT advises drivers that winter weather conditions have closed Route 322 westbound at this time from Milroy in Mifflin County to the top of Seven Mountains in Centre County.

PennDOT expects the westbound lanes to re-open around 8 tonight.

PennDOT cautions motorists that if driving is not necessary, they should stay inside and avoid traveling until this weather event has passed.

PennDOT reminds motorists that they can monitor weather forecasts and check road conditions before beginning any travel. Visit www.511PA.com or call 511 from any telephone for access to current conditions on more than 2,900 miles of roadway.

When traveling during a winter storm, drivers should adjust their speed to accommodate for changing weather conditions, including visibility. Winter driving conditions require that motorists allow for a greater following distance between vehicles. Motorists are reminded to always buckle up.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL.

Route 15 SB closed at Foy Avenue Exit crash scene at Williamsport

Route 15 SB closed at Foy Avenue Exit crash scene at Williamsport

Route 15 southbound is currently closed between the Hepburnville Exit and Foy Avenue in Williamsport at the scene of a truck crash. Route 15 southbound will remain closed for some time for crash cleanup operations. The southbound detour will remain in effect.

Southbound Route 15 is being detoured off at the Hepburnville Exit to Lycoming Creek Road.

Motorists are advised to avoid any unnecessary travel during today's snow storm. If you are traveling, please plan plenty of extra time and slow down.

DEP eNOTICE - Regulation Update


The following proposed regulation was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on 12/14/2013:
Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites (25 Pa Code Ch 78) - This proposed regulation is accessible at http://www.pabulletin.com. The public comment period closes on 2/12/2014.

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.



The following final regulation was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on 12/14/2013:
Air Quality Title V Fee Amendment.

Please access the Pennsylvania Bulletin for copies of the final regulation. The Pennsylvania Bulletin is the official version of the final regulation until the regulation is codified in Title 25 of the Pennsylvania Code.


The DEP e-NOTICE Application is a service provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Car Into Tree On East Main Street

Car Into Tree On East Main Street
At 3:30 PM on Saturday, Bradford has responded to the area of 280 East Main Street for a car into a tree.
REPORT 1 PATIENT--SELF EXTRICATED

Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department has cancelled bingo for tonight

Michelle Ratzel

  • Could you post that the Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department has cancelled bingo for tonight 12/14/2013 due to weather concerns. Thank you.

Tractor-Trailer Crash, Fuel Spill Shuts Down Portion of I-80 in Clarion County

Tractor-Trailer Crash, Fuel Spill Shuts Down Portion of I-80 in Clarion County
Saturday, December 14, 2013 @ 02:12 PM

Posted by Jake Bauer
Explore Clarion
STRATTANVILLE, Pa. (EYT) - A tractor-trailer crash resulting in a fuel spill has shut down a portion of Interstate 80 in Clarion County.

Officials from PennDot say Interstate 80 West is closed between Exit 70 (Strattanville) and Exit 64 (Clarion/New Bethlehem) due to a tractor trailer crash and fuel spill.

The Blue Detour is in place using SR 322 to SR 1007 to I-80 West at Exit 64.

Details on the crash are not yet available.

Alfred Responding To Structure Fire On County Road 11

Alfred Responding To Structure Fire On County Road 11
At 2:50 PM on Saturday, Alfred and Alfred Station Fire Departments responding to a fire in an oil furnace in the basement at 6335 County Road 11.
3:03 PM--CHIEF REPORTS FIRE OUT--RESPOND WITH REDUCED SPEED

Traffic Detoured At Limestoneville Exit On Interstate 80

12/14/2013
I-80 EB crash at Exit 215, EB traffic using ramps

 Dec. 14, 2013 @ 2:15 p.m.

Montoursville – Motorists traveling Interstate 80 eastbound in Northumberland County are advised to be alert to a traffic shift at Limestoneville Exit 215.

A crash on the bridge over Route 254 at the interchange is blocking the mainline, but eastbound traffic is being directed around the crash via the off- and on-ramps.

Emergency responders anticipate having the scene cleared by late afternoon.

In the meantime, eastbound I-80 motorists are advised to be alert to slow-moving or stopped traffic well in advance of Exit 215 this afternoon.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check interstate traffic conditions before heading out.

Santa arrived by Fire Truck this morning at the Roulette Chemical Engine Company


Santa arrived by Fire Truck this morning at the Roulette Chemical Engine Company in Potter County, PA. The fire department took 67 photos of kids with Santa at their Brunch with Santa in the Bingo Hall. You can see the photos at https://www.facebook.com/RouletteChemicalEngine1?ref=stream  While you are there take a minute and like their page.

Holiday Open House at Sinnemahoning State Park

Holiday Open House at Sinnemahoning State Park

On Saturday, December 21, 2013 Sinnemahoning State Park will host a Holiday Open House from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Park Office and Wildlife Center located at 4843 Park Drive, just off Route 872.

The Holiday Open House presents an opportunity for the community to view the Wildlife Center all decked out in its winter splendor. Visitors can enjoy the eye-catching holiday displays created by volunteer, Pat Martin of Emporium, Grandpa Hank’s winter village donated by Debbie Calkins of Mansfield, and of course, the wildlife exhibits, completed this year. In addition, park staff will offer guided tours of the entire ground floor to highlight the energy-saving features that earned the Wildlife Center a Silver LEED rating.

Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or mulled cider while chatting with friends by the cozy fire. Light refreshments will be offered throughout the afternoon. The gift shop will be open for your last-minute gift buying needs.

All ages are welcome to attend this free event. Please join us for the festivities!

For more information about programs and events at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact Kim Lott, Environmental Education Specialist, at 814-647-8401 ext. 106 or by email at SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov. Online, visit Sinnemahoning-State-Park on Facebook or view the PA State Park calendar of events at www.visitPAparks.com .

If you need an accommodation to participate in PA State Park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

Park volunteer, Pat Martin of Emporium, adds a finishing touch to the 9 foot holiday tree in the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center.  (Photo by Sinnemahoning State Park staff)

The Wildlife Center holiday d├ęcor features a nature theme with just a touch glitter and shine, a perfect complement to the state-of-the-art wildlife exhibits.  (Photo by Sinnemahoning State Park staff)

The Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center celebrates the official start of winter with a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 21, from 1-4 p.m.  (Photo by Sinnemahoning State Park staff)


Coudersport Ambulance To Niles Hill Road

At 2:03 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance and Medic 6  dispatched to Niles Hill Road for a medical emergency.

Heavier snow will move into central PA this afternoon


Heavier snow will move into central PA this afternoon. How much snow have you seen so far? Send us your reports and pics!

12/14/2013 1:15 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT MARSH CREEK RD BINGHAM TWP

12/14/20131:15 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTMARSH CREEK RDBINGHAM TWP

Friendship Dispatched To MVA On I-86 Westbound

Friendship Dispatched To MVA On I-86 Westbound
At 1:13 PM on Saturday, Friendship Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to I-86 Westbound between Friendship & Cuba for a one car MVA. Car reported over embankment.

Belmont Dispatched To Report of a Structure Fire

Belmont Dispatched To Report of a Structure Fire
At 1:02 PM on Saturday, Belmont Fire Dept. and Amity Rescue have been dispatched to 4204 Rt. 244 for a possible structure fire. Caller reports fire in the area of chimney, attic filling with smoke.

Tonight's Coudersport Girls Tip Off Tournament Schedule Change

Tonight's Coudersport Girls Tip Off Tournament Schedule Change

The Kane and Johnsonburg game has been cancelled this evening due to weather concerns.  The St. Marys vs. Coudersport JV game will now be played at 4:00PM.  The St. Marys vs. Coudersport Varsity Championship game will be played at 5:15 this evening.

Paul Burdick
Photographer
Paul Burdick Sports Images
http://pburdick.smugmug.com          Phone (H) - 814-274-8772
www.maxpreps.com                                             (C)  - 814-598-7915

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Cuba Dispatched To MVA

Cuba Dispatched To MVA
At 12:27 PM on Saturday, Cuba has been dispatched to North Branch Road and Jackson Hill Road for a motor vehicle accident.

MVA On Bennett's Valley Highway

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/UNKNOWN STATUS
Address: 9000 BENNETTS VALLEY HWY
City: HUSTON
Cross Streets: HICKORY RD * BAUM RD

Agency: BENNETTS VALLEY AMBULANCE
12/14/2013 12:13:33 PM

Vehicle Over Embankment On Dutch Hill Road

Vehicle Over Embankment On Dutch Hill Road
At 12:19 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Rescue and Ambulance have been called to the Dutch Hill Road for a vehicle reported over the embankment.
CHIEF 48 REPORTS NO INJURIES 
1:16 PM--COMMAND TERMINATED, UNITS RETURNING 

 Coudersport Vol FireDept

Box 48-03 Eulalia Twp..Dutch Hill RD. Reported one vehicle over the embankment.
Upon arrival found that a Cdspt FF had removed the Child(infant-car seat) then the mother, neither were injured, vehicle was drivable just needed pulled back up over the bank. Cdspt FP handled the scene, until the hazard was cleared and roadway opened.
Investigated by Tpr .Weaver - PSP Cdspt.
Kightlingers assisted

Winter Storm Warning issued December 14 at 12: 05PM EST until December 15 at 4:00AM EST by NWS


...A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST SUNDAY...

* LOCATIONS...ALL OF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW. SOME FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED NEAR THE
MARYLAND BORDER AND INTO THE LOWER AND MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY
LATER THIS EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW IN MOST LOCATIONS...WITH
LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN
MOUNTAINS. A THIN COATING OF ICE IS POSSIBLE LATE IN THE FAR
SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST...WHERE SNOWFALL TOTALS WILL BE A FEW INCHES
LESS DUE TO A MIX WITH OR CHANGE TO SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN THIS
EVENING.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVIER THIS AFTERNOON. THE SNOWFALL
INTENSITY WILL INCREASE TO WHERE THE SNOWFALL RATE COULD BE UP
TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR AT TIMES LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY
TONIGHT. THE PRECIPITATION WILL BE IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGING TO
FREEZING RAIN ALONG THE MARYLAND BORDER AND IN THE SUSQUEHANNA
RIVER VALLEY AS THE PRECIPITATION BECOMES LIGHTER AND MORE
INTERMITTENT EARLY TONIGHT. ELSEWHERE...THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF
TO PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW OR SNOW SHOWERS BY MIDNIGHT.

MVA on West Warren Road

MVA on West Warren Road
At 11:00 AM on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Deptt., Bradford Ambulance to West Warren Road near Pine Drive for an MVA. Report 1 patient with minor injury.

MVA On Jackson Avenue In Bradford

MVA On Jackson Avenue In Bradford
At 10:24 AM on Saturday, Bradford Fire Dept & Bradford Ambulance have been dispatched to Jackson &Seward for a report of a vehicle over the embankment with 1 occupant self-extricated.

John Hanger intervenes – gas drillers back down

John Hanger intervenes – gas drillers back down

Families with contaminated wells get to keep water tanks

New York City – After John Hanger took action to directly intervene, a gas driller reversed course and cancelled plans to remove water tanks from Susquehanna County families whose wells are contaminated by methane. Hanger wrote to the governor and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and called on DEP to demand that WPX Energy cancel plans to remove the water tanks, the only source of water for the families.

“WPX’s cold-hearted plan to remove the only source of water from these families whose wells were contaminated shortly after the company began drilling nearby was unconscionable,” said Hanger. “WPX’s plan to remove the tanks at Christmas time would make the Grinch smile. And to justify its actions the company ‘thought up a lie and thought it up quick’.”

“The company’s claim that they were planning to allow the tanks to remain is simply contradicted by the facts,” said Hanger. “Not only had the company spent tens of thousands of dollars in court fighting for legal cover to take the tanks, it had already ripped out a tank of one of the affected families.”

Hanger also called for DEP to reopen its investigation of the cause of the methane and heavy metal contamination that renders the families’ water unfit to use for anything. DEP initially concluded that a connection between drilling and the subsequent water well contamination could not be proven. But new data gathered and analyzed by Professor Tom Darrah, a bio-geologist from Ohio State University, indicates that the contamination is the result of nearby gas drilling.

“I received a call from a DEP official who told me that the agency will reopen its investigation,” said Hanger. “I am happy that the Franklin Fork families will now be able to enjoy the holidays in their homes. And I hope that the facts will compel WPX to treat these families fairly and permanently replace the water that it ruined.”

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Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania John Hanger is widely regarded as one of the most insightful and best informed progressive public policy experts in the state. Formerly a public-interest lawyer advocating on behalf of low-income families, John is nationally recognized as a leading authority on clean energy development and environmental protection. He served both Governors Casey and Rendell in key positions: first for Bob Casey as Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission, where he successfully fought to cap electric rates to save Pennsylvania ratepayers billions and for two years as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection in the Rendell Administration. Throughout his career in public service, John has embodied the essence of his campaign slogan "Policy first, politics second."

Winter Storm Warning issued December 14 at 2: 46AM EST until December 15 at 4:00AM EST by NWS

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST SUNDAY...

* LOCATIONS...ALL OF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW. SOME FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED ALONG
THE MARYLAND BORDER AND INTO THE LOWER AND MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA
VALLEY LATER THIS EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS...4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW. A THIN COATING OF ICE IS
ALSO POSSIBLE LATE IN THE FAR SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS MORNING AND BECOME HEAVY
BY EARLY AFTERNOON. SNOW FALL INTENSITIES WILL INCREASE TO WHERE
SNOWFALL RATES COULD EXCEED 2 INCHES PER HOUR FOR A BRIEF TIME.
THE PRECIPITATION WILL BE IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGING TO FREEZING
RAIN ALONG THE MARYLAND BORDER AND IN THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER
VALLEY AS THE PRECIPITATION ENDS EARLY TONIGHT. ELSEWHERE...THE
SNOW WILL TAPER OFF TO SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS BY MIDNIGHT OVER
MOST OF THE AREA.

Happy Birthday Shelby Witt!!


4 Big Christmas Auctions Starting Saturday In Shinglehouse, Sunday In Eldred

Sagewood Seeking Candidates For Therapeutic Staff Support In Potter & McKean Counties

sagewoodcounseling@hotmail.com

Breakfast With Santa Saturday At Hamilton's On Gee Hill Road In Ulysses

Bwana Jim's Wildlife Shows Every Saturday Thru December At Old Red Schoolhouse

Antiques & Estates Purchasing--Free Appraisals by Carter Auctions

www.carterauctions.com
www.carterauctions.com

Friday, December 13, 2013

Potter County Establishes New GIS Division

Potter County Establishes New GIS Division

emborsky1The Potter County Commissioners announce that, effective Jan. 1, 2014, a GIS/Mapping Department will be established and will be located in the Gunzburger Building, within the Planning Office. 

Rudin Emborsky (left), who has served as a GIS/Mapping employee with the Potter County Department of Emergency Services, has been appointed as the GIS/Mapping Director.

GIS/Mapping Coordinator Jake Ostrom will also be involved in the new department, as well as continuing to serve as Chief Assessor.

They’ll be coordinating GIS functions with several county department heads, including Information Technology Director Bill Solomon. A portion of Emborsky’s time will be contracted for a fee to the Department of Emergency Services/911, reducing the county’s expense in establishing the service.

GIS (Geographic Information Service) has become a critical part of government operations in recent years. The new technology, combined with longitude/latitude data and other traditional records, improves accuracy and efficiencies in emergency services, planning, tax assessment, deed recording, public works, as well as coordination with private-sector entities and state/federal government initiatives. Many county and local governments across Pennsylvania have established GIS divisions.

Winter Storm Warning issued December 13 at 9: 40PM EST until December 15 at 4:00AM EST by NWS

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Potter County.

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Van Rolls After Woman Falls Asleep


Woman Seriously Hurt In November 3 Incident


Backpack Announces 4 Consolation Winners

The Backpack program decided to show their 

thanks to all the people that have supported them every year with the 12 Days of Christmas raffle so we drew 4 consolation prizes tonight. 

The winners of $25 cash are as follows….winner #1 - Craig Unger from Gaines, PA / winner #2 - Tyler Cornelius from Turtlepoint, PA (didn't know he bought a ticket...thank you Gramma Card) / winner #3 - Linda Sturdevant from Coudersport, PA / winner #4 - Dawn Spencer from Port Allegany, PA. 

Thank you again to all who have supported us through the years…you are the reason that we are able to keep the program going and helping send children to school with the supplies that they need!

Andy Kulp Jr.
81 Burleson Avenue
Roulette, PA 16746
Phone: (814) 544-2612

State Police: Commissioner Frank Noonan Announces Sergeant, Corporal Promotions

State Police: Commissioner Frank Noonan Announces Sergeant, Corporal Promotions

Harrisburg – Eighteen members of the Pennsylvania State Police have been promoted to the rank of sergeant and 31 others have been promoted to the rank of corporal, Commissioner Frank Noonan announced.

Following are the newly promoted sergeants, their previous assignments, new assignments and their year of enlistment:

• William D. Baker, Jr. of Needmore, Fulton County; Troop G, McConnellsburg; the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement; 1990;

• Jason A. Brobst of Blandon, Berks County; will remain in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; 2005;

• Dale J. Brown of Avella, Washington County; Troop B, Washington; will remain in Troop B, Washington; 2003;

• Raymond E. Collins of Conneaut Lake, Crawford County; the Bureau of Training and Education, Northwest Training Center; Troop E, Meadville; 1991;

• James Curto of Sugarloaf, Luzerne County; will remain in the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards; 2000;

• James S. Cuttitta of Marlin, Schuylkill County; will remain in the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards; 1999;

• Svin P. Donaldson of Harrisburg, Dauphin County; will remain in the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards; 1998;

• Jim Donnini of Wapwallopen, Luzerne County; Troop N, Hazleton; Troop C, Punxsutawney; 2003;

• Patrick J. Dougherty of Nanticoke, Luzerne County; Troop P, Shickshinny; Troop B, Uniontown; 2004;

• Steven C. Dowlin of Waynesburg, Greene County; Troop B, Waynesburg; Troop B, Uniontown; 2002;

• Stephen P. Driscoll of Jefferson Hills, Allegheny County; the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards; Troop D, New Castle; 1994;

• James J. Hennigan of Yardley, Bucks County; will remain in the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards; 1999;

• Peter W. Kandianis of Bethlehem, Northampton County; Troop M, Bethlehem; Troop D, Butler; 1994;

• Patrick Kane of Exeter, Luzerne County; Troop P, Wyoming; Troop K, Media; 1994

• Michael J. Koval of Palmyra, Lebanon County; will remain in the Bureau of Training and Education; 1993;

• Christopher V. Manetta of Carlisle, Cumberland County; will remain in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; 1995;

• Kreg S. Rodrigues of Palmerton, Carbon County; the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards; Troop K, Philadelphia; 1993; and

• Todd R. Witalec of Harrisburg, Dauphin County; Troop H, Harrisburg; Troop C, Punxsutawney; 1994.

Following are the newly promoted corporals, their previous assignments, new assignments and year of enlistment:

• Jeremy M. Barni of Washington, Washington County; Troop B, Waynesburg; Troop B, Uniontown; 2004;

• John A. Biever of Annville, Lebanon County; Troop L, Reading; Troop J, Embreeville; 2002;

• Matthew B. Bly of Harborcreek, Erie County; Troop E, Erie; Troop B, Uniontown; 2005;

• Bradford J. Codd of Hollidaysburg, Blair County; Troop G, Bedford; will remain in Troop G, Bedford; 2001;

• Christopher J. Cole of Moscow, Lackawanna County; Troop R, Honesdale; Troop F, Mansfield; 2004;

• Eric Fetterman of Mountain Top, Luzerne County; Troop N, Hazleton; Troop L, Reading; 2002;

• Steven R. Heidel of Etters, York County; will remain in the Executive and Administrative Offices; 1991;

• William D. Hotham of Carlisle, Cumberland County; Troop H, Carlisle; Troop G, McConnellsburg; 1994;

• Shandra P. Keeler of Moosic, Lackawanna County; the Executive and Administrative Offices; Troop P, Towanda; 2007;

• Brian E. Kunes of Loganton, Clinton County; will remain in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; 2005;

• Michael D. Lang of Middletown, Dauphin County; Troop H, Harrisburg; Troop J, Avondale; 2002;

• David M. Leonard of Bethel Park, Allegheny County; Troop B, Washington; will remain at Troop B, Washington; 2000;

• John A. Litchko of Doylestown, Bucks County; the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; Troop K, Philadelphia; 1992;

• Robert J. Lombardo of Pittston, Luzerne County; the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; Troop L, Jonestown; 2003;

• Phillip T. Matson of Lititz, Lancaster County; Troop J, Lancaster; will remain at Troop J, Lancaster; 2000;

• Robert C. Means, III of Brookville, Jefferson County; Troop C, Punxsutawney; Troop A, Greensburg; 2003;

• Brian K. Neely of West Grove, Chester County; will remain in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; 1995;

• John R. O’Day, Jr. of Linesville, Crawford County; Troop E, Meadville; Troop B, Uniontown; 2006;

• Edward O’Haire of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County; Troop P, Laporte; Troop F, Montoursville; 2005;

• Charles S. Phelps of Pocono Lake, Monroe County; Troop N, Fern Ridge; Troop M, Bethlehem; 1999;

• Hardeep S. Rai of Doylestown, Bucks County; Troop M, Dublin; Troop M, Trevose; 2008;

• John Sleboda, Jr. of Kempton, Berks County; Troop L, Schuylkill Haven; Troop K, Skippack; 2002;

• Steven Stigliano of Lansdale, Montgomery County; the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement; Troop M, Dublin; 2002;

• William F. Stuckey of Erie, Erie County; the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement; Troop F, Mansfield; 1999;

• Joshua M. Thompson of Athens, Bradford County; Troop P, Laporte; Troop B, Uniontown; 2007;

• Todd M. Tolan of Bear Creek, Luzerne County; Troop N, Swiftwater; will remain at Troop N, Swiftwater; 2004;

• Michael T. Venango of Abington, Montgomery County; the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; Troop K, Philadelphia; 2004;

• Thad J. Warnick of Delmont, Westmoreland County; Troop A, Greensburg; will remain at Troop A, Greensburg; 2005;

• Ryan P. Wietry of West Chester, Chester County; Troop J, Avondale; Troop K, Media; 2005;

• Kenneth B. Wilson, Jr. of Lansdowne, Delaware County; Troop K, Philadelphia; will remain at Troop K, Philadelphia; 1994; and

• James P. Yoder of Rimersburg, Clarion County; Troop C, Clarion; Troop C, DuBois; 2005.

State Police ranks are cadet, trooper, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel and colonel. For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us.

Bill to Reduce the Size of Legislature on the House Agenda Next Week

Bill to Reduce the Size of Legislature on the House Agenda Next Week

Continuing efforts to decrease the size and cost of state government, legislation to reduce the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to 153 members, from the current 203 members, is scheduled to be voted next week.

At 203 members, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is the second largest, and second most expensive, legislature in the country.

House Bill 1234 (Rep. Sam Smith, R-Jefferson County) would create 153 House districts as part of the 2021 redistricting process (following the 2020 federal census). With a current population of 12.7 million (according to the 2010 federal census), the 153 districts would represent approximately 83,022 people per district, which is not considered a significant change from the current 62,573 with 203 districts.

Some concerns regarding to the representation of rural areas have been raised, but in reality, the gradual loss of rural representation has been caused by two factors:

· The U.S. Supreme Court decision of “one man, one vote,” which requires equal population in all legislative districts. Prior to this ruling, each Pennsylvania county had at least one representative, and larger counties received additional seats based on population. Thanks to the Supreme Court, larger geographic districts were created to equal the population of smaller geographic districts.

· The growth of suburban communities which were once rich farmland – Butler County, Harrisburg/Lancaster and along the Pennsylvania Turnpike for example. As the areas grew, gains in representation occurred.

While the overall number of legislators would be reduced under House Bill 1234, the ratio of representation between the urban and rural areas would remain equivalent. All areas would lose representatives, but not representation.

Changing the size of the legislature requires an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, which means the same bill must be debated and passed in two consecutive sessions, and subsequently be approved by referendum vote of the people of Pennsylvania.

A live web stream of House session and the majority of committee meetings is available at PAHouseGOP.com. Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP.

The Weekly Schedule

Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below. More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab. click here for schedule

ServSafe Food Safety Course

ServSafe Food Safety Course

ServSafe is a 15-hour certification program developed by the Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The course meets certification requirements for individuals who are responsible for the safe handling of food in restaurants, schools, elder care facilities, lodges, bed & breakfasts, community centers, and other food concessions (organizations or businesses that sell or prepare food on a regular basis.)

This 2-day class is being held on Tuesdays, January 14 and 21, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the PCEC’s Coudersport office. The cost is $175 and includes book, study guide and exam. For more information or to register, call 877-489-7398 or go to www.extension.psu.edu.

PennDOT Urges Drivers to Use Extra Caution During Winter Storm

PennDOT Urges Drivers to Use Extra Caution During Winter Storm

Harrisburg – With a winter storm predicted to impact a large part of Pennsylvania, PennDOT is urging motorists to use extra caution and if possible, delay traveling until after the storm has passed.

Though PennDOT crews will aggressively treat roadways throughout the storm, motorists should expect that roadways will not be completely free from snow and ice, particularly with some forecasts calling for snowfall rates of 1 inch or greater per hour at times. PennDOT recommends suspending unnecessary travel until after the storm has passed.

As with all storms, PennDOT will focus on clearing interstates and expressways first which could lead to plow trucks being redirected to these routes if conditions warrant. Drivers are cautioned that redirecting equipment could lead to deeper accumulations of snow on less-traveled routes.

If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Drivers also need to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment.

PennDOT recommends that motorists carry an emergency kit including items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Additionally, motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have. Travelers should consider adding such items as baby supplies, extra medication, pet supplies, or even children's games.

Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 650 traffic cameras. 511PA also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network. Access to 511PA is also available by calling 5-1-1.



For more information on PennDOT’s winter operations, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.

WORKING GROUP MEETING SCHEDULED

WORKING GROUP MEETING SCHEDULED

Dec. 16 meeting to be streamed live online.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners is scheduled to meet at a public, working group meeting on Monday, Dec. 16 at the Game Commission’s headquarters in Harrisburg.

The meeting is slated to begin at 8 a.m., but will start in closed session. The meeting is expected to open to the public at about 9:15 a.m.

Presentations to the commissioners by the Game Commission’s Bureaus of Wildlife Protection, Wildlife Management and Information and Education are listed on the agenda.

The working group meeting also will be streamed live on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) when the public session begins.

Working group meetings allow for an exchange between the Board of Game Commissioners and Game Commission staff, but no votes are taken at the meetings. While the meetings are open to the public, public comments are not accepted.

Those attending, however, are permitted to submit questions in writing to the board.

The Game Commission’s headquarters is at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81.

The Board of Game Commissioners’ next quarterly meeting is scheduled to be held Jan. 26 to 28 at the commission’s headquarters. Details on those meetings will be available at a later date.

Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup Improves 25 Miles of Shoreline

Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup Improves 25 Miles of Shoreline

Erie – The numbers are in for the September Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup. On Saturday, Sept. 21, volunteers picked up 2,484 pounds of trash along 24.75 miles of Lake Erie shoreline and waterways within the county.

As those 676 volunteers cleaned 13 different locations around Lake Erie, they also documented the collection of 36,270 pieces of trash. Among the most unusual items found were a full set of clothing and a toilet. The top five categories of collected trash were:

Cigarette butts – 16,276
Food wrappers – 3,161
Plastic pieces – 2,754
Fishing line – 1,756 feet
Plastic beverage bottles – 1,574

“Our 11th cleanup along the Lake Erie shoreline and its tributaries was another success, in spite of this year’s inclement weather,” DEP Northwest Regional Director Kelly Burch said. “As a result of the continued success of this event, we are working to increase volunteer numbers and cleanup locations down the road.”

Information gathered in past cleanups has been used as educational material for environmental programs in local schools and highlighted in the Erie Times-News, Newspapers in Education section. During the school year, the Erie Times-News publishes a page dedicated to environmental issues every Tuesday.

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the oldest and largest volunteer project of its kind and this year celebrated its 27th anniversary. From its beginnings in 1986 with 12 sites on the Texas coastline, the ICC has transformed to more than 6,000 sites in about 100 countries with more than 500,000 volunteers. It is the largest volunteer-driven, beach cleanup effort of its kind in the world.

DEP’s Coastal Resources Management program has been the main sponsor of the PA-Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup since 2003. For more information, to volunteer for next year’s cleanup, or check the Erie ICC statistics, visit www.goerie.com/coastalcleanup.

For more information on the Ocean Conservancy, International Coastal Cleanup, visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup.

For more information on watersheds, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Water Management.

watch the travel tv channel tonight at 10PM..

Jim, tell people to watch the travel tv channel tonight at 10PM...it's doing a story about a devil tormenting a house in Williamsport, PA

PITT-BRADFORD TRIPLES INTERNET CAPACITY THROUGH STATE-WIDE TECH CONSORTIUM

PITT-BRADFORD TRIPLES INTERNET CAPACITY THROUGH STATE-WIDE TECH CONSORTIUM

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has tripled its Internet capacity through the efforts of a technology consortium of universities called the Keystone Initiative for Network Education and Research.

The University of Pittsburgh is a member of KINBER, which built the $99.6 million Pennsylvania Research and Educational Network, known as PennREN, which connects 70 locations across the state with 1,600 miles of fiber-optic cable.

Funding for the PennREN project was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The network is available for all Pennsylvania nonprofit agencies.

“There’s been a significant improvement for students using the Internet,” said Greg Miller, coordinator of residential network services at Pitt-Bradford.

Bill Kline, director of desktop/user services, said, “It places us in a good position for any future faculty research that professors want to conduct with faculty at other institutions on the network,” explaining that the capacity of the network would allow for the easy transmission of large amounts of data.

The improved network is also an advantage for the university’s new regional campus video learning initiative, which will transmit live feeds of unique classes between campuses.

I-80 Columbia County Work-Zone Lane Restrictions Next Week

I-80 Columbia County Work-Zone Lane Restrictions Next Week

Here are the scheduled traffic restrictions for Interstate 80 at the Mifflinville River Bridge Project in Columbia County next week.

From Monday through Thursday, Dec. 16-19, there will be rolling roadblocks in the eastbound lanes from Exit 236 (Lightstreet) to Exit 241 (Lime Ridge/Berwick) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day to facilitate the setting of the new beams on the eastbound river bridge. The bridge beams will be lifted from the transport vehicles along the eastbound lanes.

Dorothy M. “Dot” Kavinski Wykoff, 85, of Warren, PA

Dorothy M. “Dot” Kavinski Wykoff
Dorothy M. “Dot” Kavinski Wykoff, 85, of Warren, PA, died Thursday evening, December 12, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born February 17, 1928 in Warren, PA, the daughter of the late Andrew and Theresa Kopko Kavinski.

Dot grew up in Clarendon, PA and was a lifelong Warren area resident. She graduated in 1945 from Warren High School where she was her class Valedictorian. She was employed with the former New Process Company. 

Dorothy was a member of St. Joseph R. C. Church and former member of the former St. Clara’s R.C. Church of Clarendon, PA. 

She is fondly remembered as a fun loving mom, grandmother, great grandmother. A woman with a strong Catholic devotion, her family was everything to her. She was very witty and proud of her family heritage. She always said she was “No Rockefeller” and “I know this information, I don’t ask for it” most of which she took with her to the grave.

She is survived by her 3 Daughters – Cheryl Rondinelli and husband, Mark of Bowling Springs, PA., Cathy Olsen and husband, Mike of Irvine, PA., Terri Bevevino and husband, Randy of Clarendon, PA., 10 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren, Best friend, Mary Walker of Clarendon, PA., several nieces and nephews. 

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, John E. “Jack” Wykoff who died September 10, 2009 whom she married September 30, 1950 at St. Clara’s R.C. Church, Clarendon, PA.,1 Daughter - Cindy L. Zavinski, her son-in-law, James Zavinski, 6 Brothers – Joseph, John, Stephen, Michael, Charles and Patrick Kavinski, 4 Sisters – Katherine Kavinski, Anna Rossi, Mary D. Bevevino, Julia Albaugh.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA on Monday, December 16, 2013 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 PM where a vigil service will be conducted at 5:45 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA with Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the James Zavinski Scholarship Fund, % any PNC Bank; Hospice of Warren County or the Warren Cancer Center both located at 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365. Those wishing to submit e-mail condolences may do so by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Coudersport Ambulance To North Main Street

At 6:53 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to North Main Street for transport to hospital.

Smethport Dispatched To Pole Fire

Smethport Dispatched To Pole Fire
At 6:23 PM on Friday, Smethport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 1180 Hilton Avenue in Smethport for a pole fire.

12/13/2013 3:20 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT RT 46 1 MILE N OF SMETHPORT

12/13/20133:20 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTRT 46 1 MILE N OF SMETHPORT

12/13/2013 2:08 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 155 MCKEAN CTY

12/13/20132:08 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTROUTE 155MCKEAN CTY

Faye M. MEISE, 77, of Westfield, PA

Faye M. MEISE, 77, of Westfield, PA, died Thursday, December 12, 2013 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. 

Born January 28, 1936, in Harrison Valley, she was the daughter of Derward and Gladys Garner Hand. On February 20, 1965, in Whitesville, NY, she married Harry L. Meise, who predeceased her in 1992. 

She was employed by the Northern Tier Children’s Home in Harrison Valley. Faye volunteered with the foster grandparent program with Head Start in Knoxville. 

Surviving are: three sons, Charles (Joanne) Wright of Knoxville, Terry (Cindy) Wright of Galeton, and Jason (Lisa) Meise of Westfield; four daughters, Joanie Caane of Duke Center, Lisa K. Wright of Westfield, Tina (Reuben) Manny of Mills, and Kelly (Dave) Erhard of Ulysses; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two brothers, William Hervey (Patricia) Hand of Harrison Valley and Frank (Evelyne) Hand of Ulysses; a sister, Kay (Sam) Whitsell of Wellsville, NY; and nieces and nephews. 

 In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Sarah Shutt; three sisters, Linda Mae Lewis, Onalee VanTreese, and Audrey L. Lampman. 

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, December 16, 2013 from 12:00 –2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM. Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate. Burial will be in Mills Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Driver killed when car crashes into creek

 Driver killed when car crashes into creek 

By: WJAC Web Staff 

SNYDER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A man was killed after crashing his vehicle into a creek in Jefferson County Thursday morning, state police said. 

State police at DuBois said Joshua L. Smith, 33, was killed when the car he was driving crashed through a guiderail on Scottish Heights Drive in Snyder Township. Police said after striking the guiderail, Smith’s vehicle rolled down an embankment and into Rattlesnake Creek. Police said Smith died at the scene.

Read More at: http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/driver-killed-car-crashes-into-creek-1114.shtml?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

Winter Storm Warning issued December 13 at 11: 32AM EST until December 15 at 1:00AM EST by NWS


...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM SATURDAY TO 4 AM EST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM SATURDAY
TO 4 AM EST SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...ALL OF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA AND THE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW...POSSIBLY CHANGING TO SLEET OR
FREEZING RAIN SATURDAY NIGHT ACROSS THE LOWER SUSQUEHANNA
VALLEY.

* ACCUMULATIONS...5 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN ACROSS THE REGION NEAR SUNRISE
SATURDAY. SNOW FALL INTENSITIES WILL INCREASE SATURDAY AFTERNOON
AND EVENING.

* IMPACTS...WIDESPREAD HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS
AND REDUCED VISIBILITY CAN BE EXPECTED.

* WINDS...EAST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE 20S...TO NEAR 30 IN THE SOUTHEAST.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE TO TWO MILES SATURDAY MORNING DECREASING TO
UNDER ONE MILE SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND SATURDAY NIGHT.

Three Hurt In Ridgway Township Crash

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Limestone Man Jailed For Stabbing

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Emergency Bridge Repairs on I-81 North – Major Delays Expected

Emergency Bridge Repairs on I-81 North – Major Delays Expected

Beginning at 11:15 this morning, PennDOT crews will perform emergency bridge repairs on Interstate 81 North at Exit 190 (Dickson City/Main Ave). This bridge is in the process of being replaced, but a large hole has opened up on the portion that has not yet been replaced. The area is scheduled to be down to a single lane until 5 p.m. Unfortunately, because this is a Friday, two weeks before Christmas, – MAJOR DELAYS ARE EXPECTED AND MOTORISTS SHOULD AVOID THE AREA IF POSSIBLE.

This portion of the bridge is scheduled to undergo repairs as soon as traffic can be switched over to the section of the bridge that has already been replaced. However, in order to do that, temperatures need to be above 25 degrees with no precipitation in order for the paint to dry.

To avoid the area, motorists can take Interstate 476 (PA Turnpike/toll) between Clarks Summit and Keyser Ave or Wyoming Valley.

12/13/2013 11:10 AM FIRE / STRUCTURE 200 GRAVES RD HARRISON TWP

12/13/201311:10 AMFIRE / STRUCTURE200 GRAVES RDHARRISON TWP
Harrison Township and Ulysses and Westfield due to respond to a structure fire at the Kibbe residence on Graves Road.
RECALLED EXCEPT FOR ENGINE 5-2

Winter Ball Cancelled at Northern Potter School District

Winter Ball Cancelled
The Winter Ball that is scheduled for Saturday, December 14th at 7:30 PM has been cancelled due to the high potential for bad weather. This dance will be rescheduled for a later time, which will be announced early next week.

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 44 North

At 10:18 AM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Rt. 44 North in Hebron Township for a fall victim.

Hanger Demands Corbett Stop Franklin Forks Water Tank Removals

Hanger Demands Corbett Stop Franklin Forks Water Tank Removals

Wants DEP To Reopen Investigation of Contamination Source

John Hanger, the Democratic candidate for Governor, today wrote to Gov. Corbett and Environmental Protection Secretary Chris Abruzzo demanding they intervene to stop the imminent removal of water tanks supplying up to three families in Franklin Forks whose regular water supply was contaminated with methane.

In a letter sent to the Governor and Abruzzo, Hanger also demanded the Department of Environmental Protection reopen the investigation of the source of the contamination in light of newer data indicating that the methane is not naturally occurring.

The families in the Susquehanna County community have been using the tanks since their water supplies became contaminated, not long after gas drilling commenced within a mile of their homes. The driller, WPX Energy, supplied the tanks, but has since gone to court to be permitted entry to the properties in order to remove them. WPX informed the Franklin Forks homeowners that it intends to remove the tanks this Monday.

“Please call WPX and ensure that it will not remove these water tanks. Decency demands this outcome,” Hanger said in his letter, faxed to Abruzzo’s office this morning. “Even were this not the Christmas season, WPX, which makes millions in this state, should be glad to donate the tanks to the affected families. The tanks cost about $1800 apiece. Yet WPX has gone into court…to remove them – undoubtedly incurring legal fees far exceeding the cost of the tanks themselves. “

The drilling company took these steps after a DEP investigation – details of which have not been publicly released – concluded that the source of the contamination was indeterminate. But Hanger said that he has been informed that new, sophisticated testing of the wells by an Ohio State University bio-geologist indicates that the contamination source is likely the nearby gas wells.

“The water tanks of the Franklin Forks families must not be allowed to be removed before DEP has completed a full, fair and transparent re-investigation in light of these new data,” Hanger said. “This must be done to restore public confidence that DEP retains the integrity and capability to protect our citizens’ health and environment. And it must be done to protect the Franklin Forks families from this outrageous threat by WPX.”

Hanger said he will be with the Franklin Forks families at their homes this Monday to do everything possible to prevent what he described as an “unconscionable and unfathomable” action that would render these families homeless.

Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania John Hanger is widely regarded as one of the most thoughtful and best informed progressive public policy experts in the state. Formerly a public-interest lawyer advocating on behalf of poor families, John is nationally recognized as a leading authority on clean energy development and environmental protection. He served both Governors Casey and Rendell in key positions: first for Bob Casey as Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission, where he successfully fought to cap electric rates to save Pennsylvania ratepayers millions; and for two years as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection in the Rendell Administration. Throughout his career in public service, John has embodied the essence of his campaign slogan "Policy first, politics second."

12/13/2013 9:58 AM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 2700 COGAN HOUSE RD COGAN HOUSE TWP

12/13/20139:58 AMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT2700 COGAN HOUSE RDCOGAN HOUSE TWP
Morris is responding to this crash. Vehicle reported over embankment, possibly one injury.
RECALLED BY LYCOMING COUNTY