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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Potter County Education Council Seeking Executive Director

LPN Position Opening At Sweden Valley Manor In Coudersport, PA

Free Candidate Announcements Available Until April 30th

Roulette Township Seeking Full Time Licensed Water/Wastewater Operator; Part Time Office Assistant

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Port Allegany Dispatched To Vehicle Crash On North Brooklynside

At 11:18 PM on Monday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. & Ambulance has been dispatched to the area in front of 137 North Brooklynside for a vehicle in the ditch. Driver is reported self-extricated.

Coudersport Ambulance To Angel Lane

At 10:37 PM on Monday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Angel Lane for a medical emergency.

Coudersport Log Truck Driver OK After Fatal Head On Crash On Rt. 219 In Cattaraugus County

ASHFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) – A two car collision along Route 219 southbound left one driver injured and another dead.

Police who investigated the accident say George E. Peterson, 44, the driver of a 2014 Chevrolet vehicle crossed the yellow line while driving south on Route 219. 

The driver drifted into the path of Scott Timothy, 43, the driver of a 2004 log truck from Coudersport, Pa.

Officials say the vehicles collided in a deadly head-on crash. Officials say the collision killed Peterson — who was pronounced dead on the scene — and injured Timothy — who was treated on the scene and released. They say Timothy’s log truck crashed into a ditch while Peterson’s vehicle crashed into a guardrail.

Peterson was from East Otto, New York. No charges have been filed in the crash.

The accident closed down a portion of Route 219 Monday morning.

Smethport Women Hurt In School Bus Crash; No Injuries On The Bus

Extra Troopers Patroling To Help Keep Easter Holiday Safe On The Roads

Prepare For 3 to 5 inches of Snow Tuesday In North Central PA

Judge Leete issues split rulings in Paterno lawsuit vs. NCAA, Penn State

Senior Judge John Leete
By Lori Falce   March 30, 2015

Both sides walked away with something after the judge filed a ruling in the Paterno estate’s lawsuit Monday

The family of Joe Paterno, as well as former Penn State trustee Al Clemens and former football coaches Bill Kenney and Jay Paterno, are suing the NCAA, President Mark Emmert, former executive committee chairman Ed Ray and Penn State for breach of contract. The NCAA is also accused of conspiracy, contractual interference, defamation and disparagement. The charges all rise from actions taken in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Read more here:

Roulette Ambulance To Pine Lane

At 6:55 PM on Monday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Pine Lane for an allergic reaction to medication.

Cynthia A. Ludwig “Cindy” LAWTON, 56, of Tioga, PA

Cynthia A. Ludwig “Cindy” LAWTON
Cynthia A. Ludwig “Cindy” LAWTON, 56, of Tioga, PA, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY. 

Born February 22, 1959, in Blossburg, PA, she was the daughter of Henry S. and Leona M. “Toni” Duell Ludwig. 

Cindy was employed by Kwik Fill in Lawrenceville. 

Surviving are: her fiancĂ©, Bradley Fritton; two children, Jason Potter and wife Kimberly of Campbell, NY and Stephanie Potter Becker and husband Jeffrey of Corning; four grandchildren, Keirstyn Edwards, Jordan Potter, Aurorah Becker, and Isadorah Becker; two sisters, Leona “Lee” (Dan) Nichols of Ft. Walton Beach, FL and Connie (Michael) Schoener of Nelson, PA; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

 In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Henry G. Ludwig, in 2001. 

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, April 3, 2015 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, with Memorial Services following at 3:00 PM. The Rev. Marty Zdrojewski will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be expressed at

Floyd Lamont Mack, 66, of Cyclone, PA

Floyd Lamont Mack, 66, of Cyclone, PA died Friday (March 27, 2015) in Select Specialty Hospital of Erie, PA.

He was born June 7, 1948 in Bradford, a son of Floyd V. and Beatrice G'Danitz Mack. On Oct. 16, 1971, in Smethport, he married Marlene K. Johnson, who died on November 2, 2012.

Mr. Mack was a graduate of Bradford High School and worked for Georgia-Pacific in Bradford for 43 years before retiring.

Floyd enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cutting firewood, and being outdoors in general.

In addition to his long time companion, Janet Eimer of Cyclone, he is survived by:
one daughter: Amy J. (Jimmy) Meyers of Concord, NC
one son: Chad M. (Michelle Jacobson) Mack of Smethport
five grandchildren: Abigail and Nicolas Mack, Carson, Samantha and Kaylee Meyers
two sisters: Beverly (Rodney) Hauck of Smethport and Sandra Mack of Sheffield, PA
and several nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 1, from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. Funeral and committal services will be held on Thursday, April 2, at 11 A.M. in the funeral home with the Rev. Max Simms, Pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

For Olga Snyder of Coudersport, Egg Decorating Workshops Help Heal Her Native Ukraine

Coudersport, Pa.: Area residents have a rare opportunity to learn how to create lovely Ukrainian eggs with Olga Snyder and help heal the people of Ukraine at the same time.
Ukrainian eggs are not as difficult to create as they appear. It is an easy-to-learn traditional folk art. Since emigrating from Ukraine 18 years ago, Snyder has taught hundreds of Americans this ancient craft. People of all ages including children are invited to decorate eggs with Olga Snyder at Olga Gallery, Café, & Bistro, 4 East Second Street, Coudersport, Pa.

Snyder will be conducting Egg Decorating Workshops every Thursday from 11 am to 2 pm and on Saturdays 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm during April. Please call (814) 260-9966 or email to schedule a workshop. If these times do not fit your schedule, please call to schedule a workshop at your convenience.

All materials are included in the workshop fee except a nominal charge for a pre-blown egg (you can also bring one of your own eggs. Farm-fresh eggs are preferred). 
Snyder is donating 50 percent of proceeds of all her Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshops to benefit war victims and their families in her native Ukraine. The special cost for these three-hour workshops is $60 per person. For people who want to learn even more about creating Ukrainian eggs, Snyder is also offering two advanced workshops (total 6 hours) $100 per person.

Olga has also created an attractive new line of Ukrainian themed artwork and jewelry which she is calling her “Ukrainian Collection.” Twenty percent of the sales from this collection will be donated as well to help Ukrainian people in need. Shoppers are invited to check out Snyder’s “Ukrainian Collection” at her gallery. Learn more about Snyder and her artwork at

What are Ukrainian Eggs?

Ukrainian eggs a.k.a. Pysanky are the original Easter egg and are recognized throughout the world as symbols of rebirth, love, joy and hope. Ukrainian eggs are typically decorated with traditional symbols and bright colors. It is a misconception that Ukrainian eggs are painted; they are created with a wax resist technique applying melted wax to the eggs and then dyeing them. The result is a one-of-a-kind colorful jewel-like mini masterpiece. Olga Snyder also sees Ukrainian eggs as symbols of freedom as the Soviets tried to wipe out Pysanky as an art form because of their ties to Ukrainian culture and Christianity. Ukrainians who immigrated to North America during the 20th Century are largely responsible for keeping this astonishing ancient craft alive.

War in Ukraine

Ukraine is in a brutal fight for its freedom, independence and very survival against the Russian government and its proxies. More than 5,000 people have been killed and over 1 million people have been displaced & have lost all normalcy in their lives. Olga Snyder yearns for the day when people recognize Ukraine as the birthplace of Ukrainian eggs as they once did early in her career in the United States and not as they do now as the war-torn nation that Ukraine has become. Olga hopes her effort to preserve the art of Ukrainian eggs can help heal Ukraine by easing some of the suffering of victims of this devastating war

Althea Eloise Appleby, 87, of 312 W. Academy St., Shinglehouse PA

Althea Eloise Appleby
Althea Eloise Appleby Loving Mother And Grandmother

Althea Eloise Appleby, 87, of 312 W. Academy St., Shinglehouse PA passed away in the early morning hours on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in her home surrounded by her family.

Althea was born, Norma Jean Carpenter on November 18, 1927 in Olean, NY . Soon after she was adopted by loving parents, Victor and Lela Jackson Jones. She then married the love of her life, Kenneth G. Appleby, on June 8, 1944. 

She is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Appleby, her eldest son Terrance Appleby, as well as her brother LeVerne Jones. 

She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Kenneth V. & Eva Appleby and grandchildren, Aimee L. Bailey, Billie Jo Garrity, and Dawnn Honan. Daughter Carolyn Delong and grandchildren Eric and Nathan Delong. Also surviving is her son Steven C. Appleby and children of Terrance, Jodi Easton and Lance and Terrance Appleby II. Althea has a large family and left behind 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. She was always delighted to have her family visit so she was able to play with the children.

Althea graduated from Honeoye and was employed at Packers Cleaning Service. She enjoyed listening to her police scanner, country music, chatting on the telephone, playing cards, and spending time with her son, Steven. She loved to bake, go to yard sales, and was one of the best practical jokers in the family. She loved to make people laugh, and did so up until her last breath.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 12 noon at the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse with the Reverend Russell J. Horning, pastor, officiating.

Contributions in memory of Althea can be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Althea, please visit

The Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament Celebrating 25th year!!!

The Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament was started 25 years ago by some local business owners.  After several years, it was turned over to the Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club.

So what is the tournament and how does it work?  Trout are tagged and float stocked on a 13 mile stretch of Pine Creek, starting in Galeton  and ending at the bridge in Ansonia.  The fish are randomly assigned a prize, ranging from $25 cash, gift, or gift certificate.  To help celebrate our 25th season, we will have a top prize of a $2,000 fish and two $500. fish!  

You must be registered prior to fishing, to participate in the tournament.  You must have a valid PA fishing license.  If you are under 16 you must still be registered to participate in the tournament.  You may pick up a badge at the clubhouse on these dates:

...  Starting April 17, 2015 every Friday from 5-7 PM and Saturdays from 10AM-2PM until the Trout Tournament...

All fish must be brought to the clubhouse in live condition.  Hours for the tournament are Saturday, May 16, 6AM-7PM and Sunday, May 17, 6AM-3PM.  Fish must be brought to the clubhouse no later than 30 minutes after the end of the tournament.

The clubhouse raises money to help defray the costs of operating the club.  Monies raised also go to sponsor 3 local high school scholarships. Local food banks and other charities also benefit from the tournament.

As always, please respect the property owners and the other participants.  Come out and help us celebrate 25 years.  For more information, call 570-724-2888 or check our Facebook page or our website.

Bradford Era: Martin Found Guilty of First Degree Murder In Stabbing Death of Alyssa Forsyth


James R. Daley
James R. Daley, of Butler County, says he’ll focus on hunter recruitment, retention.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today met at a working group meeting, and the next time the board convenes, it will be at its full, eight-member complement.

James R. Daley, of Cranberry Township in Butler County, has been appointed to fill the position left vacant when former commissioner Ralph Martone’s term on the board expired.

Daley represents Region 1, which includes Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence, Warren, Venango, Butler, Forest and Clarion counties.

Like many Pennsylvanians, Daley got his first hunting license at age 12. Few of them, however, have dedicated as much time to sustaining and expanding Pennsylvania’s rich hunting heritage.

Daley has volunteered as a Hunter-Trapper Education instructor since 1978, teaching about seven or eight courses a year since then. With his classes averaging about 55 students each, he figures to have helped more than 14,000 youth begin their hunting careers.

Daley is the recipient of several district-level Outstanding Instructor awards. Twice he was named Outstanding Instructor in the Northwest Region, and in 2009, he was selected as Pennsylvania’s Instructor of the Year.

In addition to basic Hunter-Trapper Education, Daley actively has taught the remedial hunter-education course and the Successful Turkey Hunting course.

Speaking about his appointment, Daley said his desire to represent the Game Commission runs deep. In college, he said, he dreamed about becoming a Wildlife Conservation Officer (then called a Game Protector), but his eyesight was too poor. He chose instead to serve as a volunteer instructor, by working for the Butler County Conservation District and, later, through a career in environmental and engineering consulting.

Daley currently works as director of environmental services for Novel Geo-Environmental LLC, an environmental and geotechnical consulting firm. He has worked at multiple firms that are members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, and he was instrumental in developing recommended practices for project site planning, development and restoration, with a focus on minimizing impacts and employing restoration practices that benefit wildlife.

As commissioner, Daley said he will focus on hunter recruitment and retention as a way to ensure Pennsylvania’s hunting heritage endures. In doing so, there is a need to adapt, he said.

For instance, Daley said that over the many years he’s taught Hunter-Trapper Education, there’s been a significant increase in the number of female students in each class.

“Most classes today are about 25 percent female, but I’ve seen classes with 50 percent,” Daley said. “Meanwhile, the percentage of female instructors who would serve as good role models for these students is low.

“It’s something I will work to improve,” he said.

PNC hosting talk on endangered species at Portville library

PORTVILLE, N.Y. - Saving the fastest animal on the planet is no flight of fancy, but a topic of discussion at the Pfeiffer Nature Center.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, PNC will host
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Biologist Connie Adams as she takes participants on a learning journey about the Peregrine Falcon and Common Tern.
The talk will take place at the Portville Free Library.

Discover the astounding efforts underway to save these two very special bird species of Western New York."Ms. Adams will have breathtaking photographs and amazing firsthand stories the information about threatened and endangered species will bring the plight of these birds to life," said Chris Walden, executive director at PNC. "Explore the factors that lead to the decline of both birds and the current commitment in equipment, finances and personnel dedicated to the recovery of these magnificent flyers."

This activity is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Reservations are required and space is limited.
Registrations must be made by 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9, online at or calling (716) 933-0187!.


On Thursday, April 16, at 6 p.m., the Williamson Road District of the Five Rivers Boy Scout Council will hold its annual Leaders Recognition Dinner at the Penn Wells Hotel, 62 Main Street, Wellsboro. Tickets are $22.

At this dinner, awards will be presented to volunteers for their outstanding service to Boy Scout troops for youth in grades 6-12; to Cub Scout packs for youth in grades 1-5; to Venturers who lead crews of young men and women ages 14-20; and to posts for their work in 2014. Among those awards will be the Commissioner and Trailblazer awards, and the Cub Scout, Scoutmaster and Venturing Advisor of the Year awards.

The District Award of Merit, the highest award given to a volunteer, will be presented to several outstanding individuals.

The Williamson Road District is comprised of Boy Scout organizations within the three school districts in Tioga County, Pa. including Southern Tioga, Wellsboro Area and Northern Tioga and within the three school districts in Steuben County, New York, including Addison Central, Campbell-Savona, and Corning-Painted Post.

Public Encouraged to Participate in Online Transportation Planning Meeting

Harrisburg, PA – As part of the update to the commonwealth’s Twelve Year Transportation Program, Pennsylvanians are invited to visit to provide input on their transportation priorities and to register for an interactive online public meeting on April 16.

The program, which serves as a blueprint of prioritized transportation projects, is updated every two years through a cooperative effort among the State Transportation Commission (STC), PennDOT and its 24 regional planning partners. The goal is to enable all Pennsylvanians to contribute their priorities and suggestions.

“In the past, we gathered feedback for our long-term planning through public meetings that our customers couldn’t always attend,” acting PennDOT Secretary and STC Chairwoman Leslie S. Richards said. “The modernized process we started a few years ago lets the public share their priorities and comments with us at their convenience, which ensures we have more comprehensive feedback as we begin developing our plan.”

The online public meeting will be held from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 16. During the live Webcast, Richards will provide an update on the state’s recently released Transportation Performance Report and the public comment period. Richards and other PennDOT staff will also answer questions submitted before and during the meeting.

Pennsylvanians must register to participate and can do so at Questions may be submitted in advance to and participants may also submit questions during the meeting through the Webcast tool.

Through May 29, the public can also submit feedback at their convenience:

By emailing or calling 717-787-2913 to request a printed survey copy; and
By taking the public survey once it is posted on the website on April 16.

The STC evaluates and assesses the resources needed to maintain and expand the state’s transportation system. The 15-member commission includes Richards, 10 private citizens appointed by the governor, and the majority and minority chairs of the state Senate and House Transportation Committees.

Gary L. Tarbox, Sr., 57, of, Port Allegany, PA,

Gary L. Tarbox, Sr., 57, of, Port Allegany, PA, died Sunday (March 29, 2015) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

He was born Aug 2, 1957 in Port Allegany, a son of Herbert and Hazel Carl Tarbox.

Mr. Tarbox attended Port Allegany High School and was a self employed carpenter.

Mr. Tarbox enjoyed listening to music, gardening and spending time with his family.

He is survived by

four sons: John Farnsworth of Warren, PA, Gary Lee Tarbox of Port Allegany, PA, William Malone of TN, and Justin Tarbox of St. Mary’s , GA

one daughter: Alyssa Gardner of Warren, PA

8 Grandchildren

one sister: Jean A. Seth of Port Allegany, PA

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard Tarbox, and a sister, Donna Boob.

There will be no visitation.\ or funeral service.

Memorials may be made to the funeral home in Gary’s name. Online condolence may be made at

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

Mary B. Kline, 88, formerly of Cyclone and Nelsondale Ave., Bradford and 350 Front St., Olean NY

Mary B. Kline, 88, formerly of Cyclone and Nelsondale Ave., Bradford and 350 Front St., Olean, NY, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Olean Pines in Olean NY.

Born September 26, 1926 in Vancouver, WA, she was a daughter of the late Earl and Lillian (Fishburn) Edwards. She attended Bradford schools.

On October 1, 1949 in Bradford, she married Lawrence Kline, who died on May 21, 1996.

She was a homemaker and former member of Abundant Life Assembly of God Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Colleen (Bob) Farr, of Olean, and Sherry Farmham, of Bradford, one son, Patrick Kline, of Bradford, 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Family will be receiving friends Thursday April 2, 2015 from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. 33 South Ave., at 11:00am funeral and committal services will be held with Rev. Matt Blake pastor of the Bradford Area Parish, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to SPCA of Bradford or Olean.

On line condolences may be made at

Bonnie A. Covert, 61, formerly of 2 Bushnell St., Bradford, PA

Bonnie A. Covert, 61, formerly of 2 Bushnell St., Bradford, PA, passed away, Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Bradford Manor, surrounded by her loving family.

Born October 1, 1953 in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Edward F. and Phyllis (Crouse) Smith. She was a 1971 graduate of Bradford High School.

On May 19, 1979 at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, she married Archie W. Covert, who died on November 4, 2006.

Bonnie worked at KOA Speer, later as a cook at Perkins and for many years at the DeSoto Motel.

She enjoyed canvas crafts, reading, baking with her grandchildren and nieces and most especially spending time with her family.

Surviving are two daughters, Molly (Ken) Scanlon, of Bradford, and Amy Goddard, of Philadelphia, one son, William (Kim) Smith, of Bradford, one sister, Lisa (Michael) McLaughlin, of Bradford, one brother, Clint (Judy) Smith, of Custer City, 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers Gregory Alan Smith and Lesley Smith.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday April 4, 2015 from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Asbury United Methodist Church, at 11:00am funeral and committal services will be held with Rev. Matt Blake, Pastor officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Lisa McLaughlin at 21 Rochester St., Bradford PA 16701

Online condolences may be made at


Address: 1305 RICH VALLEY RD
3/30/2015 2:54:36 PM


Coudersport Ambulance To Post Office For Fall Victim

At 2:52 PM on Monday, Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to the Post Office  on Main Street for a man who has fallen outside with a leg injury.


Address: ROUTE 219 and SHAWMUT RD
Cross Streets: CASTINA RD * ROUTE 219
Agency: ELK COMPANY 7 FD; Ridgway Ambulance
3/30/2015 1:34:53 PM

RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cogan House Twp

RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cogan House Twp Township

RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC reports drilling started on 2015-03-30 00:00:00 at site RED BEND B UNIT 9H in Cogan House Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

Pa. ramping up fight against Lyme disease


Two midstate residents are playing a role in a state-wide conference intended to help doctors understand the newest and best ways to treat Lyme disease.

Eric Huck of Cumberland County and Gail Sheffer of York County are on the board of PA Lyme Resource Network and are helping to organize the conference. Both experienced long-term medical problem after coming down with Lyme disease and receiving the standard treatments.

The Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases conference will be held at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia on April 10-11.

Organizers say it is "the first time that clinical teams that treat Lyme disease and front-line researchers who are studying chronic disease will meet and discuss current and future treatment protocols and investigational research. The hope is that this will catalyze more options for patients in preventing and treating these sometimes debilitating diseases." Read more...

DEP to Hold Question-and-Answer Session and Public Hearing on the First Environmental Permit for Proposed Shell Cracker Plant

PITTSBURGH, PA -- To provide information to the public, answer questions and take formal testimony on Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC’s Air Quality Plan Approval request, the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a question-and-answer session followed by a public hearing on May 5, 2015. The hearing will begin at 6 Central Valley High School Auditorium, 160 Baker Road Extension, Monaca, PA 15061.

This is the first permit application from Shell to be considered by DEP for the proposed construction of a petrochemicals complex that will, when complete, crack ethane and manufacture polyethylene pellets for use in the plastics industry. The proposed Shell complex would be located on the site formerly occupied by Horsehead Corporation’s Monaca Zinc Smelter in Potter Township, Beaver County.

The Plan Approval application was submitted to DEP on May 1, 2014, and has undergone a thorough technical review by DEP’s Bureau of Air Quality.

Representatives from Shell and the DEP will make presentations explaining the permit application and review process. The presentations will be followed by an open question-and- answer session. At the conclusion of the question-and-answer portion, a formal public hearing will be held. Attendees can present testimony in the form of comments, statements or questions. All testimony presented will be part of the administrative record. DEP will respond in a written comment and response document.

Those wishing to provide testimony at the public hearing should register in advance by calling DEP Community Relations Coordinator John Poister at 412-442-4203 before noon on May 5. There will be an opportunity to register at the door before the hearing. There is no need to register for the question-and-answer portion which precedes the hearing.

For more information on DEP’s Air Quality Program, visit

CLEARED: Rte 219 NB / SB is OPEN between Peters Rd. and Edies Rd. in the Town of Ashford


CLEARED: Rte 219 NB / SB is OPEN

Issued By: NYS - DOT
Affected Jurisdictions: Cattaraugus County

CLOSED: Rte 219 NB / SB is closed between Peters Rd. and Edies Rd. in the Town of Ashford due to an accident at 7:30am for up to 8 hrs. Cattaraugus County.

Business Owner Gives Students a Look at Local Business Landscape

Student Tige Woodson, right, interviews entrepreneur Dave Hoar about his experiences as a small business owner.

DuBOIS – Business students at Penn State DuBois heard first-hand accounts of the hard work, and the rewards, involved in running a small business from a local business owner recently. Dave Hoar, owner of Lucky Leaf Property Services of DuBois, was the final speaker to visit the classroom in a series this semester aimed at exposing students to small business operations by interacting with real business owners. Hoar visited the Business 250 class, Problems of Small Business, which requires each student to invite a small business owner to campus and interview that that person about their experiences. Tige Woodson, a member of the campus wrestling team, interviewed Hoar, who is also the head coach of the wrestling team.

Hoar told the students he started Lucky Leaf three years ago, after gaining experience and saving money for his start-up for several years. He last worked as a surveyor for another company. Hoar said, "When you work for someone else, you often can only go so far, and advance only so much. I wanted to go further. I knew what kind of money my work was bringing in for the company, so I figured I could make that money for myself."

Among the positives Hoar has enjoyed while running his own business, is making his own schedule. He said, "My family is my biggest drive. I got into this to have more free time. I have three young boys, and I wanted to have the freedom to be with them. And, hopefully, I'll be able to leave them something if they want to go into this business."

The benefits to being his own boss don't come without sacrifices, however, Hoar explained. "It's a lot of fun, but it's a lot of work," he said. "I get to the shop an hour before my guys show up, we put in a 10 hour day, and in the evening, its paperwork."

Hoar advised the students to be prepared for things like record keeping and other clerical work when entering business, as those are parts of the job many people don't initially think about. He said, "There's a lot of paperwork. There's a lot to record and it takes a lot of time to work on things like taxes. I took it for granted. I thought it would be easier, but I'm getting my feet under me with it."

Like other business owners in this program, Hoar also advised students to accept help and learn from others if they decide to start out on their own as entrepreneurs.

"I go to other contractors when I have a problem or a question," Hoar said. "I try to pick their brains, and form relationships through work where we can help each other."

He also advised passing on that positive relationship building to employees. He said, "Make an employee feel like they're making a difference and they will. You want to make them feel good and help them succeed."

Happy 90th Birthday Dorothy Winkelman

Causer to Host Firearms Safety, Rights Seminar in Lewis Run

Rep. Martin Causer
HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is reminding area residents of a Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar set for Tuesday, April 7, at the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, 46-48 Main St., Lewis Run.

The seminar will be held from 6-8 p.m. McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn and Deputy Sheriff and Firearms Instructor Roger Sager will lead a discussion about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws.

“We have held several of these seminars over the last few months, and I have gotten a great deal of positive feedback on the presentations,” Causer said. “I encourage people who have not yet had the opportunity to attend a seminar to join us in Lewis Run. This is a great opportunity for everyone, from longtime gun owners to those just thinking about purchasing a gun, to learn more about the rights and responsibilities that go along with gun ownership in Pennsylvania.”

People who wish to attend the seminar are encouraged to register in advance by visiting or calling 1-866-437-8181. Seating is limited.

Administrative Assistant Day Luncheon

April 22, 2015 is Administrative Assistant Day and the Education Council is making it easy for employers. We are sponsoring a catered luncheon from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the newly designed, magnificent, Pennsylvania Lumber Museum which will include a presentation – “Quilting as a Metaphor of our Lives” by Helene Nawrocki and a small gift for each participant. Just go to to register and pay the per person fee of $15.

Welcoming Raelynn Annette Cady Born March 26, 2015 At Cole Memorial


03/27/2015 07:23 PM EDT
Aurora Products, Inc. is expanding its voluntary nationwide recall of certain lots of NATURAL WALNUTS and TRAIL MIXES CONTAINING WALNUTS, because they have the potential to contain Salmonella which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
03/27/2015 04:58 PM EDT
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All lots of Silver Lake brand Easter Egg Cookies, NET WT. 8 OZ (226g), have been voluntarily recalled due to undeclared egg (Allergen) in the ingredients. For people who have an allergy or a severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these cookies.

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Amanda Lyn Burdick, 40, of 3048 Route 305, West Clarksville, NY

Amanda Lyn Burdick, 40, of 3048 Route 305, West Clarksville, NY, passed away Saturday March 28, 2015 at home following a lengthy illness. 

Born March 2, 1975 in Cuba she was the daughter of Donna Burdick Bowman.

Amanda was a graduate of Richburg Central School, class of 1993. While living in Tennessee she was employed by DHS and Bay Global Shipping Co. 

Surviving are two daughters, Natalie Caravello & Kylee Dewald both of Murfreesboro TN. Also surviving are her mother and stepfather Donna (Dave) Bowman of Niagara Falls, Ontario and one brother, Timothy (Joellen) Sisson of Friendship, NY.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in the Little Genesee First Seventh Day Baptist Church at 11 am. with Pastor Kevin Palmitier officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar, NY.

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Northern Potter Athletics for the week of March 30, 2015

 Monday, March, 30 \
 6:00PM Boys 7th/8th Basketball Home Smethport Area Junior/Senior High School \
6:00PM Girls 7th/8th Basketball Home Smethport Area Junior/Senior High School
Tuesday, March, 31
4:00PM Boys/Girls Varsity Track Away Kane Area High School Departs: 1:15PM
4:30PM Boys Varsity Baseball Away Cowanesque Valley Jr/Sr HS Depart at 3:15 PM

Thursday, April, 02
4:15PM Boys Varsity Baseball Away North Penn-Mansfield Jr/Sr High School Departs: 2:30PM
5:00PM Girls Varsity Softball Away Bolivar-Richburg High School Departs: 3:30PM

Saturday, April, 04
9:00AM Boys/Girls Varsity Track Home Selinsgrove Classic (Van) 11:00AM

Boys Varsity Baseball Home POSTPONED to 4/27/2015 - Oswayo Valley High School
Girls Varsity Softball Home POSTPONED to 4/27/2015 - Oswayo Valley High

Sunday, March 29, 2015


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Repentance and the Great Awakening

by Andrew Bennett 

Announcement - May 6, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, I'll be singing Scripture with the harp on the steps of the US Capitol for the 25th annual Bible Reading marathon.

Dear Ones;

In 1983, the Lord revealed to me there would be one last "great wave" of the Holy Spirit, and then the Lord Jesus would appear in the clouds. A Pastor friend, deep in the Lord, said it would come as one last revival, but not like any other. it would be a revival of God's Holiness among us, but I know now, not a "revival," but an "awakening," when many will yearn to see Jesus, and be taken up into the clouds to be with forever as it says in I Thess 4:15-17.

A couple weeks ago, on the day of the elections in Israel, I began to pray, and a peace that passes understanding from the Lord descended upon me. I knew that Benjamin Netinyahu would be re-elected and with that revelation,I knew why, that his words be rejected among the nations.

In 2007, the Lord revealed something will happen in the Mideast that will stun the whole world, like what happened on 9/11. When I said to the Lord, this must surely be my imagination, and not a revelation from him, the room was filled with His Presence in All His Holiness, and I knew I was not permitted to doubt what he revealed to me. Please keep your eyes on Israel and pray.

In 2010, in dark night, words from the Lord came into my mind, "worldwide financial collapse." I asked the Lord, "Was that you that spoke this to me?"

Recently the Lord has shown me, the last great wave of the Holy Spirit shall at least slightly proceed a great storm of tribulations to come upon the world. Pre, mid, post trib rapture? We'll take care of each other. We'll be OK.

The revivals that spawned the belief systems of the Pentecostals of the early 1900s and the charimatics of the 1960s were riddled with error.

In the Bible College I graduated from, a student once asked if he was caught by the Lord going to a movie when the raptured happened, would he go up? The Pentecostal's belief, salvation could be lost was in reaction to seeing the laziness of faith among evangelicals of their time. I'm not part of the eternal security debate, pro or con. From Gal 2:20 & I Cor 6:16b,17, I simply know my spirit has been joined to Jesus. Mk 4:3-8 gives much more of a detailed account on how the Holy Spirit brings us into salvation. The seed of the Word of God must germinate in us, before the confession of Jesus being Lord comes, which is evidence of salvation - I Cor 12:3 & Rom 10:9,10.

At 11, I accepted Jesus. At 17, I began to read the Bible daily. Reading first the gospels, I became a disciple of Jesus. Then reading Acts, I asked the Lord for what I saw there, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, never having heard of this. I became very convicted of sin in my life. Then I heard that with the Baptism in the Spirit comes the prayer language of tongues. I saw this in His Word and I prayed and received this from the Lord, but my experience shows there's more to this than has been commonly known. See Jer 31:33-35 & Acts 10:34-48.

About that that time, a lady, a guest on a Kathryn Coleman TV program, said when she came into the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, she had an insatiable hunger for the Scriptures, to know the Lord in His Word. There was also a retreat I went to, where everyone was worshipping the Lord together singing in tongues. If you've never heard that, you couldn't know. It was like the sound of rushing waters, the sound of heaven and most beautiful music I've ever heard!

At that time, people were coming out of their "dead" churches to experience personal salvation and being filled with the Holy Spirit, but they knew very little of the Word of God. It had never been taught to them, and when it had been, it was very condemning and legalistic. So why would they want to read the Bible for themselves? Even just a couple years ago, when I spoke to Charismatic Christians about daily Bible reading, more than once the same thing was said to me, "But brother, you must be led by the Spirit, not the letter of the law," pitting the voice of hearing the Holy Spirit in their minds against the voice of the Holy Spirit coming through the Bible, in fact when only the Word of God can separate soulishness - Heb 4:12 -from Godly spirituality, and what they've heard in their own minds, could simply be from their own minds.

In those early days, many charismatics were branded by their own as being "mavericks without coverings," because nobody wanted to be told what to do. "Being led by the Spirit" became to mean "The Lord says and leads me to do what I want to do." Charismatic churches arose, where the authority of the pastorate was amplified, using Heb 13:7 to try to keep things in order. That power was too much for the pastors, and also for those who reached superstar status as Christian leaders, who often became victims of their own sexual passions and lusts for money, power, and fame, as it is to this day!

In those early days, Scriptures began to be used to "back up" a belief, and to try to manipulate reality, rather than for one to be subjected to the Scripture, that it transform a life. As I remember, it all started with the belief one could actually "claim" the salvation of a loved one according to Acts 16:13. When that was found not to work, "naming and claiming" had already really taken off, to grow into a primary doctrine of the Charismatic religion, the "authority of the believer," according to Mt 16:19, Mt 18:18 & Jn 20:22,23. When I know these verses have been misinterpreted, even for the putting of popes into power, I've recently asked the Lord, "What do these verses really mean?"

What the Lord has revealed to me, is the tremendous access to himself he gives to those who abide in him Jn 15:7 . If we are truly FILLED with His Spirit (the Lord's person, energy, and attitude of holy sequestration to the Lord), our spirits will then be brought into such synchronization with the Lord, that we will speak what He speaks and it will happen. We will function according to the will of His Spirit, and He will work the miraculous through us, because we are subject to him, and in "sympathetic vibration" (agreement) with what he wants to do. We will say, "Be healed!" to someone, and they shall be healed, as I see the authority for such things rests entirely upon the Lordship of Jesus, not any supposed "authority of the believer," and must be led by the Lord and not thought of as being possessed by human willfulness, which is always fleshly, soulish, and carnal. The distinction - Is the source, the power of the Holy Spirit, or the will of the human mind? Many now are into "declaring," thinking they can speak in Christ's authority and it will happen, but if it does, it might just be by the power of the soul in agreement with the demonic, which is witchcraft, if what is "declared" is not the Word of God, according to the interpretation of the Holy Spirit and applied in the way the Lord himself directs.

I spoke recently how the Lord does not give us authority over the Devil, and someone chimed in with Lk 10:19 according to their Charismatic belief system. I spoke to them on Jude 8-10, how not even the Archangel Michael would argue with, nor accuse, the Devil, but simply said, "the Lord rebuke you," leaving the Devil's judgment in God's hands Everywhere I go, I now beg Christians to stop speaking to the Devil, to stop saying, "Devil, get your hands off such and so," that this is very very dangerous! The Lord has winked at such things, but it may be no more. We are now, even now, in times of greater spiritual warfare, of greater demonic activity in the world, than has ever been known before. Please read Psalms 2 and see the times we now live in.

Lastly, The last great wave of the Holy Spirit, the last "revival," the beginning of "The Great Awakening of the Bride of Christ," is soon to descend upon the world. All great revivals have seemed to come when the Holy Spirit has sent forth a call for prayer and repentance. Now let us do so, with open Bibles, learning the Lord Jesus. And look to Israel. And pray for the Jewish people, that they come to know their Messiah. This is the right interpretation of 24:30 -33. Charismatic Christians and all others, we need to come back to the Bible as the Primary source from which the Holy Spirit reveals to us, and sifts in us, what we are to hear from and know about our Lord Jesus. Jesus said in the Last Days there would be false Christs (in the greek, pseudochristos) saviors, who are not Him, and false prophets. In a recent email, I said to a sister in Christ, that she needs to stop being caught up in every wind of doctrine Eph 4:11-14, to stop following her Charismatic idols "false prophets, schmucks, scheisters and snake oil salesmen. For the love of the Lord Jesus, let this stuff go!" Do I take that back? Did I speak too strongly? No.

Postnote - I've been sick for the last month, with much down time, for which I worship the Lord. I needed for such rest to be forced upon me, that my mind be healed from so much information thrust upon me experienced in ministry lately, that I could process it all and be able to write this. For those in the DC area, it would help right now, to be able to tune some pianos and have ministry opportunities, with the grace of love offerings, to replenish my way so I can walk forward with the Lord in ministry. The van is running. I have harps in the van. I'm raring and ready to sing from the Scriptures with harp everywhere!

As you feel led, you can send a donation to this ministry. Checks can be written to Andrew Bennett, and mailed to Andrew Bennett, PO Box 35, Dayton MD 21036. (24/7 cell - 202-573-6015). Thank you for all your prayers, love, and support!

Penn State-DuBois Students Learn Life Lessons, Help Others on Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans

Student Jessica Metzger, of Brookville, in front, works with her classmates to construct the flooring system for a Habitat for Humanity Home in the 7th Ward of New Orleans. The area was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and, a decade later, the storm's impact on the landscape remains overwhelming.
DuBOIS – Often, the term "spring break" conjures images of far-away beaches, parties, or other exotic vacations. A group of 19 Penn State DuBois students, however, had a much different idea in mind for spring break this year. They spent the week on an Alternative Spring Break Service Trip, in New Orleans, Louisiana, volunteering with three different charitable organizations, and helping to improve the lives of others.
Evan Aravich of Brockway.

The students served with Stop Hunger Now, volunteered at the Ozanam Inn Homeless Shelter in New Orleans, and worked to build houses with Habitat for Humanity in neighborhoods still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina a full decade after the storm.

Service Trips provide a variety of opportunities for students to learn more about themselves, others, and the world around them through service. The program is designed to encourage personal growth, promote civic engagement, and enrich the lives of participants.

Each trip involves group discussion and reflection sessions that are intended to allow students to explore various social, political, and environmental issues that arise during their service. Through individual and group reflection and activities, students are encouraged to compare and contrast their personal experiences with those of others as a means of exploring the topics of difference, power and privilege, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination, and social inequity and injustice. Students also explore cultural, historical, and recreational aspects of the environment in which they serve through excursions and educational programs.

"It is imperative for students to develop a sense of civic engagement and social responsibility," said Penn State DuBois Assistant Director of Student Affairs Marly Doty, who organized the trip, and led students through their service in New Orleans. She explained some of the benefits that such trips provide for students in terms of personal growth and out-of-the-classroom education. "Through the alternative spring break trip, students are immersed in a different community and culture, devote the week to serving that area, and discuss the complex social issues that exist there, at home, and in our country. The students that have participated in these experiences over the years have developed a strong sense of community and higher self-esteem. Their actions speak a great deal considering these students fundraise, complete assignments and reflection before and after the alternative spring break trip, and give an entire week to learn about someone else’s story and how they can help. Many of them have gone on to be a part of AmeriCorps, Teach for America, or received jobs because how strongly this demonstrates their character to an employer."

The first service opportunity students took part in after arriving in New Orleans was with Stop Hunger Now (SHN). The Jackson, Mississippi based organization boasts 19 warehouses across the U.S. that supply nutritional meals to people in 65 countries around the globe, helping to sustain underprivileged people wherever there is a need. SHN staged a mass meal preparation operation in the gymnasium of the Aurora United Methodist Church, where the students happened to be staying in the church bunkhouses for the week of the trip. There, the students joined nearly 200 other volunteers who were assigned various jobs along an assembly line-style operation in order to prepare an astonishing 50,000 meals in just two hours. Some volunteers weighed the dehydrated rice and other ingredients, some mixed, some packaged and sealed, and still others loaded the meals into boxes, preparing them to ship. The meals will be distributed to any location where the organization determines there is a need throughout the world.

"Our mission is to stop hunger in our lifetime by providing food and other necessities," said SHN Assistant Program Manager Pat Ware. "This is that global movement. The people. We could mechanize this system, but that won't end hunger. These people will; fostering this attitude to end hunger, will end hunger."

Penn State DuBois students, like Kristy Hanes, could not believe the 50,000 meal goal was met in just two hours. Hanes said, "I didn't think it was going to happen. When they said we were going to get to that goal, I was amazed."

Fellow students Jacob Skubisz and Alicia Vargas were impressed with the accomplishments of the team-oriented operation. "It shows you how much you can accomplish as a group," Skubisz said.
Here’s Rachel Schreiber at left, and Sadie Viglione, both of St. Marys.

Vargas added, "It gave perspective on how doing just a little can help so many people."

The following day, the students arrived at Ozanam Homeless Shelter in downtown New Orleans. The 96 person capacity shelter provides three meals a day, beds, showers, clean clothing, plus dental and medical services to those in need throughout the Crescent City. Beds for the night are for men only, as other area shelters do provide for women and children. Meals, however, are available for everyone, and the shelter serves between 500 and 600 of those meals each day, seven days a week. All services are free of charge, with the shelter relying on donations and volunteers to sustain operations. Here, the students sorted and folded laundry and linens, made beds, and prepared and served meals to the shelter's clients.

Shanda Smith, the volunteer coordinator at Ozanam, said volunteers' efforts like those put forth by the students make it possible for the organization to accomplish its mission. She said, "The volunteers are such a great help. They're an inspiration, and they make the clients feel like they're human begins. They love to see someone showing that they care."

Smith pointed out to the volunteers that those who benefit from the shelter's services are always referred to as clients, and shown the proper respect that all individuals deserve. She asks that volunteers adhere to that rule, and refrain from terms or labels that could dehumanize those seeking assistance.

Katie Armagost of Penfield is on the left end of the line, and Sadie Viglione of St Marys is on the right end.  This is at Ozanam Homeless Shelter.
Student Courtney Mullins observed, "What you call a person can change perception. Everyone here is called a client. It makes them a person, not an object."

The students saw the impact they could have on clients at the shelter, just by having conversations and getting to know the stories of some of the people they encountered there. They also discovered inaccuracies in many of the societal stereotypes that are all too familiar.

Student Josh Sanko said, "I was surprised. I never met a person who is homeless before this. You don't expect them to be so upbeat. But, once you talk to them you learn that they're just people who want to have a conversation. They have lives and dreams and want something better for themselves."

Sanko's sentiments illustrate the reasons Ozanam's mission does not end at feeding and providing shelter. The mission extends far beyond charitable giving, into the realm of rehabilitation. Ultimately, the staff members at the organization strive to help their clients become independent citizens again. Many who start out as regular clients are brought on as live-in team members, where they make a wage for working at the shelter. Eventually, after they're given help saving and budgeting, they are provided with assistance in finding a job outside of the shelter, and their own place to live.

"You'll go through trial and tribulations, but you have got to keep yourself right; you can't keep going the wrong way until you're under a bridge somewhere," said Maurice Prince, a team member at Ozanam who lost his job, and subsequently his home, in Denver, Colorado. Looking to start over, he made it to New Orleans just as his savings ran out. He found his way to the front door of the Ozanam shelter with nothing left but the clothes on his back, and just enough hope. Ever optimistic in the wake of his life's upset, Prince plans to seek work on off-shore oil rigs in the gulf. First, however, he recognizes the need to take the steps Ozanam is helping him to take in order to rebuild his life.

"I'm regrouping. I had to stop the bleeding in this life, that's why I'm here," Prince explained. "Being able to bounce back is important, and that's what this place gives me; a chance to regroup and rebuild in a structured environment. I'll be back in the game again. I'm scoring now, and I'm going to win."

Other experiences the students had during their interaction with clients also depended upon the level of assistance and rehabilitation the client had received at the time. For some, their journey out of the darkest times in their life had just begun, but the students were happy to cast some light on their path, no matter how far along that person may have been.
Justina Powers of Brockway is at left with the yellow shirt.

Student Kara Wheaton emotionally recalled, "One guy, named Michael, told me my smile stopped him from killing himself today. That made me feel amazing."

Classmate Justina Powers pointed out how humbling the experience at the shelter was as a whole. She said, "It makes you think about everything you have and take for granted, because here are these people just thankful to get a warm meal."

For the remainder of the week, the 19 student volunteers from rural Pennsylvania spent their days helping to build houses in a city over 1,000 miles away from home, for people they would never meet. For inspiration to serve, one needed not to look far. Neighborhoods that were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina a decade ago are still a patchwork of abandoned, derelict structures and empty lots.

"Habitat for Humanity has been here since Katrina, and there are still so many empty lots," said Audrey Fish, an AmeriCorps worker on contract with Habitat who serves as a volunteer organizer. "I doubt there is an end in sight; we are building whole communities in some places. Without volunteers, we really would not be able to do this. Volunteers essentially put up all the effort for this."

Most students were amazed at the level of devastation still present after so many years, and remarked that family and friends back home would not believe so much work still needed to be done in parts of the city. For those who have seen scars left by Katrina on this landscape, the decision to help in the continued efforts to rebuild is an easy one. It is driven not by personal connections to family, or friends, or this far-away city, but by a basic desire to lift up those who have fallen. Strangers or not, those who volunteer here believe that human beings who can help to bear the burden of their fellow man are working dutifully toward a more perfect world.

Student volunteer Evan Aravich explained, saying, "I think service is so important to others who need it and are less fortunate than you. We are very fortunate to have a bed, a shower, and a home to go back to. Here, 10 years ago, people left and never had that to come back to. Being able to provide that foundation for them to have that again is so important."

Foundations, literally, is what students provided for homes while working with Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps. At two home construction sites in New Orleans' 7th Ward, the students worked to build foundations for new homes by laying cement blocks, and building walls and columns that would support new family homes. They also helped to build flooring systems, installing floor joists and structural supports. It's the portion of home construction that most Habitat chapters around the country hire professional contractors to do at an average price of about $8,000. Here in New Orleans, the students alleviated that much more financial burden by volunteering to do the work.

"When I heard it was $8,000 between the foundation and floor, and that's what we were saving the homeowner, I was amazed," said student Dorothy Schaadt.

The experience not only provided students with the satisfaction of helping others in such a significant way, but also exposed them to learning new skills in masonry and carpentry, areas that most of them were not familiar with before.

"We've learned new things here. We've learned skills and how to use different resources working here, and we can take that knowledge and use it to also help people back home," said Kristy Hanes.

Students recalled how each experience on the trip, in service, and in learning about the local culture, helped them to take new perspectives on volunteerism, education, and the world around them.

"The food, the culture, the service to others, everything we experienced in New Orleans was just awesome," said student Greg Myers. "The whole trip was incredible, and we really touched people's lives. I think people should try to do this type of service. You don't get the meaning until you do. Until you do it, you can't understand the feeling."
Kristy Hanes of Kersey is seen here at left in the green cutoff shirt.

Marly Doty was confident the students would return from New Orleans with such attitudes. She's seen before the influence service trips can have on those who participate. She said, "A lot of times for students, it doesn’t sink in until they get home and are overwhelmed with the day-to-day liberties we take for granted. It is difficult to complain when you interact with and get to know someone that hasn’t slept with a roof over their head for months or years, but has a better attitude and outlook on life than most of us. It pushes us to reconsider a great deal about what we believe and work toward on a daily basis. Service doesn’t end with this experience, it forms roots and begins to take hold through the rest of our lives."

Doty is proud of the students who chose to take the alternative spring break trip, even for making the choice to go in the first place, and especially for the personal growth they found along the way. She said, "Each one of these students selflessly gave up their spring break in hopes of making a complete stranger’s life a little better. How many of us can honestly look back at our college experience at 18,19, 20, or 21 years old and say we would do the same? They reinforce my faith in humanity each year.