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Monday, July 28, 2014

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Potter County Fair Starts Sunday In Millport, PA

MONDAY, July 28~
9 am to 9 pm- Check in of Beef and Dairy animals, 
10 am-Market Goat show immediately followed by Dairy Goat Show, 
1 to 7 pm-Entry of 4-H exhibits, flowers, baked goods, canned goods, hay and grain, vegetables, fruits and nuts, needlecraft, art, photo, craft, maple and apiary, 

1-5 pm-All rides are one price, 

6-8 pm Mississippi Breeze

The 62nd annual Woodsmen's Show will be held on Friday, August 1st, Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd at Cherry Springs State Park.

The 62nd annual Woodsmen's Show will be held on Friday, August 1st, Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd at Cherry Springs State Park.




On Friday 15 wood carvers will be featured in a carving competition. After the contest the carvings will be auctioned off.

Saturday the lumberjacks will compete in the arena. These world class competitors will compete most all afternoon.

Sunday afternoon the popular horse pulling competitors will perform.

Saturday there will be live entertainment. Everyday there will be food vendors and interesting displays and shops.

The Woodsmen's Show is sponsored by the Galeton Rotary Club. The profits from this annual fund raiser has allowed the club to contribute over $500,000. to Galeton projects for the benefit of the community, including school scholarships, various schools needs, tennis courts, new town library and park and help in attracting businesses for the town and area.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued July 27 at 6:55PM EDT until July 28 at 2: 00AM EDT by NWS

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

7/27/2014 11:14 PM FIRE / VEHICLE KIDNEY RD&ROUTE 49 W ALLEGANY TWP

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AMBULANCE & MEDIC 6 ALSO DISPATCHED FOR PERSON WITH BURNS.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued July 27 at 6:55PM EDT until July 28 at 2: 00AM EDT by NWS

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Margaret A. “Peg” Dennis, 96, formerly of Canfield Hollow Rd., Eldred, PA

Margaret A. “Peg” Dennis, 96, formerly of Canfield Hollow Rd., Eldred, PA, passed away on Sunday July 27, 2014 at the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport following a brief illness.

Friends may call on Tuesday [July 29, 2014] at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, from 2-4 and 7-9. The funeral service will be held at the Eldred United Methodist Church on Wednesday [ July 30, 2014] at 11:00 A.M. A complete obituary will follow.

Sandra L. Barnish, 71, formerly of Eldred, PA

Sandra Barnish 
loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother

Sandra L. Barnish, 71, formerly of Eldred, PA, passed away Saturday (July 26th, 2014) at the VA Western New York Healthcare System.

Born November 26th, 1942 in Bradford, PA she was the daughter of the late Roy and Katheryn Beightol Nuhfer. On Febuary 27th, 1963 she married Al Barnish Jr. who survives.

US Navy

Mrs. Barnish was a 1960 graduate of Otto–Eldred High School and served with the U.S. Navy from January 1960 to January 1963. She had been employed at the Olean General Hospital as a nurse assistant from 1981 to 2005, and later as a cashier at Wal-Mart from 2004 until her retirement in 2005.

When living in Eldred she was a member of the Eldred United Methodist Church. She enjoyed filing and organizing and going to yard sales. 

Surviving in addition to her husband, and her stepmother, Jeanne Nuhfer of Mansfield, OH; are 1 son, Tony (Billie) Barnish of Smethport, 2 daughters, Shirley (JoLynne Leet) Wolf of Smethport, and Donna (Matt) Morris of Smethport, PA; 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Robert (Margaret) Nuhfer of Virginia, Frank (Cheryl) Nuhfer of Maryland, and Ronald (Linda) Nuhfer of Bradford; 3 sisters, Patricia (Bob) Pratt of Eldred, Carol (Chuck Flagg) Jordan of Olean and Katheryn (John) Wojtanik of Olean.

She was preceded in death by a son, Al Barnish III in 1993; a granddaughter, Savannah Barnish in 1987 and a sister, Darlene Nuhfer in 2005.

Friends may call Wednesday (July 30th, 2014) at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred from 2 to 4 pm, at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Jay Tennies officiating. Burial will be in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.framefuneralhome.com

Deborah A. BARCHET, 47, of Coudersport, PA

Deborah A. BARCHET, 47, of Coudersport, PA, died Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. 

Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Our female beagle is missing from Katherine St. in Port Allegany.

Our female beagle is missing from Katherine St. in Port Allegany. 

 She has returned! Thank you

Aftershock Softball takes 1st Place in Stonersville Pig Pit Annual Tournament in Reading

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Aftershock Softball takes 1st Place in Stonersville Pig Pit Annual Tournament in Reading. Team players include: Kaylee Ernst, McKaila Daniels, Samantha Metzger, Makenzie Burr, Kaylee Brooks, Ashley Stoltz, Kylee Schaumleffel, Joslynn Veilleux, Rylee Hoffman, Torey Cassidy. Coached by Will Daniels, Matt Burr, Bruce Brooks, Larry Cassidy, and Roger Veilleux. A-Shock went 5-0 for the weekend

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued July 27 at 6:55PM EDT until July 28 at 2: 00AM EDT by NWS

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7/27/2014 4:42 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 9 BACON ST WELLSBORO BORO

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7/27/2014 3:38 PM FIRE / VEHICLE 1791 BUTTER CREEK RD OSWAYO TWP

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Ethel R. Fox, 102, of 156 Big Shanty Road, Lewis Run, PA

Ethel R. Fox, 102, of 156 Big Shanty Road, Lewis Run, PA, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born September 23, 1911 in Brookville she was a daughter of the late Cash A. and Clara M. (White) Benninger. She attended Brookville area schools.

On January 17, 1934 in Bradford, she married Wendall L. Fox, who died on July 23, 1963.

She was a member of Evans Memorial United Methodist Church.

She was employed as a housekeeper for area families including the families of Dr. McDowell, Dr. Still and Dr. Medden.

Surviving is one daughter, Patricia A. (Tom) Torrey, of Big Shanty, one son, Gerald F. (Sara) Fox, of Erie, one sister, Irene Stromberg, of San Antonio, TX, four brothers, Clarence Benninger, of Big Shanty; twins Burrell Benninger, of Big Shanty and Darrell Benninger, of Henderson, NV, and Chuck Benninger, of Big Shanty, 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters, Helen Yeaney and Katherine Ray and two brothers James and Harry Benninger.

Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday July 30, 2014 from Noon to 2:00pm in Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St. Bradford, at which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Larry Corner, pastor of the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church 1447 South Avenue Bradford, PA 16701, or the Pavilion @ BRMC.

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

Juveniles Escaped From Vision Quest in Venango County

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Western PA Under Tornado Watch; Western NY Under Flood Watch



Keith E. Baker, 74, of Coudersport,PA, formerly of Horseheads, NY

Keith E. Baker
“beloved brother and uncle”

Keith E. Baker, 74, of Coudersport,PA, formerly of Horseheads, NY, passed away in his home with his loving family by his side on Saturday, July 26, 2014, after a long illness.

Born November 17, 1939 in Port Allegany, he was a son of Russell L. and Virginia L. Brewer Baker.

US Army

He was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1958. Following high school, Keith enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in Germany. He was discharged in June of 1960 and was called back up to serve from 1961 to 1962.

Keith was employed by Emporium Specialties in Austin, PA as a machinist. He later was employed as a machinist at the A & P Plant in Horseheads, NY for over 10 years. He retired as a machinist/tool and die maker from Purolator Products in Elmira, NY after 24 ½ years of service.

He was a member of Coudersport American Legion Post 192 and a member of the Moose in Port Allegany. He enjoyed golfing, especially with his cousin Gene and his wife Sandy of Olean, NY. He volunteered as a driver for Meals on Wheels in Elmira and Horseheads. Keith enjoyed life to its fullest.

Surviving are a sister, Shirley L. (William) Gleason of Coudersport; nieces and nephews, Chuck (Brenda) Gleason of Dreumore, PA, and Kaye Gleason-Breitinstien, Terry Gleason and Jeff (Sally) Gleason, all of Coudersport; and several cousins.

In addition to his parents, Keith was predeceased by a nephew, Rick E. Gleason in 1986.

In keeping with Keith’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Potter County Hospice, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Keith, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Shinglehouse Ambuolance To Rt. 44 South

At 2:18 PM on Sunday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Rt. 44 South for a possible diabetic emergency.

Margaret L. "Peg" Chrisley, 84, 595 West Washington St., Bradford, PA

Margaret L. "Peg" Chrisley, 84, a loving mother and grandmother, of 595 West Washington St., Bradford, PA, passed away, Saturday July 26, 2014 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born September 8, 1929 in Bradford she was a daughter of the late Egbert F. "Ebbie" and Marie (Gillen) Bell.

On December 18, 1948 in Olean she married Edward W. Chrisley who died February 9, 1982.

She attended Bradford schools and graduated from East High School in Rochester NY.

Peg worked at AirCo Speer for 20 years and later for 13 years at Zippo Manufacturing.

Surviving is one daughter, Linda (Jay Plyler) Meabon, of Bradford, one son, Cory Chrisley, of Pittsburgh, 5 grandchildren, Jodi Meabon, Jacki (Matt) Carinci, Jace Meabon, Jami (Steve) Fowler and Matthew Johnston, 9 great grandchildren and several cousins. She was preceded in death by one daughter Jill Ann Johnston who died June 14, 2001.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday July 29, 2014 from Noon to 1:00pm at the People's Christian Fellowship Church 10 Harding Ave., at 1:00pm funeral and committal services will be held with Rev. Robert Gorton officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Another Win For Aftershock; Championship Game Starts at 4:00 PM


Sweden Township Police Department getting close to obtaining new K-9 Drug Dog.

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7/27/2014 11:35 AM FIRE / VEHICLE STEAM MILL RD CHARLESTON TWP

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WELLSBORO FIRE & AMBULANCE DISPATCHED.

Perfectly Posh Night Out

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Potter County Fair Starts Sunday In Millport, PA

Schedule is in red sidebar on lower right side of page.

The 62nd annual Woodsmen's Show will be held on Friday, August 1st, Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd at Cherry Springs State Park.

The 62nd annual Woodsmen's Show will be held on Friday, August 1st, Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd at Cherry Springs State Park.



On Friday 15 wood carvers will be featured in a carving competition. After the contest the carvings will be auctioned off.

Saturday the lumberjacks will compete in the arena. These world class competitors will compete most all afternoon.

Sunday afternoon the popular horse pulling competitors will perform.

Saturday there will be live entertainment. Everyday there will be food vendors and interesting displays and shops.

The Woodsmen's Show is sponsored by the Galeton Rotary Club. The profits from this annual fund raiser has allowed the club to contribute over $500,000. to Galeton projects for the benefit of the community, including school scholarships, various schools needs, tennis courts, new town library and park and help in attracting businesses for the town and area.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Prospect Park Playground Updated


Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 9:52 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a medical emergency.

Mr. Bear Visited The Bucktail Campground in Mansfield

Meet Mr. Bear, this was taken this past Sunday in Mansfield @ Bucktail Campground. Photo shared by Lisa Button.

Willow Creek Triathlon story

Willow Creek Triathlon story


By SANDY RHODES

The life of a soldier is marked by being a part of something bigger than himself – his division, platoon, battalion or crew. The life of a veteran, however, can be a lot more isolating and lonely. That is where events like the Willow Creek Triathlon help – by providing funding to help local disabled.

This year’s triathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 2. In its ninth year, the sprint triathlon has donated more than $100,000 towards the transportation funds for the Disabled American Veterans of McKean and Warren counties.
A participant in last year's Willow Creek Triathlon 
is greeted by a veteran as the two exchange thank yous.
 This year's triathlon will take place on Saturday, Aug. 2.
Every dollar donated stays in those two counties and goes a long way – literally – in helping veterans get the help they need.
“Warren County has a population of less than 40,000, but we are No. 1 in the country for transporting veterans to appointments,” said Walt Simpson, who is this year’s guest speaker.

“We send vans to Erie, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo.”

Simpson, who served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in the 1980s, is currently the senior vice commander for the state’s Disabled American Veterans. He stressed what events like the triathlon mean to local veterans.
“We have four vehicles on the ground and two set to retire in the next eight months,” he said. “This funding is very important for our transportation needs. We appreciate it … without our sponsors, we wouldn’t be where we are – the most active chapter in the country.”

The Willow Creek Triathlon is made up of three events, starting with a 300-yard swim in Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park in New York State. Then, bicyclist ride 15 miles to the Corydon Hotel followed by a three-mile run to the Willows Restaurant.

A new element was added this year – a duathlon, which is comprised of just the bicycling and running components.

Registration starts at 7 a.m. Aug. 2 at Quaker Lake. A rules meeting is held at 9 a.m.; swimmers take to the lake at 9:30 a.m. Registration packets can be picked up Friday, Aug. 1 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Bradford Family YMCA.

Registration is capped at 400 participants and can include individuals and teams. The cost is $50 for individual; $90 for a team.

One of those teams spans the ages of one family, who has already received an A for all-out effort.
Team GPA is comprised of a grandmother, Ann Gannon of Bradford, and her two grandsons, Patrick Weitekamp and Aidan Weitekamp.

Gannon, who is in the 70 and older age group, will swim. Twelve-year-old Patrick will do the bicycling event while 10-year-old Aiden will run.

Gannon said the boys’ parents, Ray and Colleen, did the triathlon last year and have competed in triathlon in several states. Their home is in Southbury, Conn.

A young runner finishes strong during
 last year's Willow Creek Triathlon.
“It was such a great event and I hope a real fundraiser for the veterans that we talked about more family involvement this year,” Gannon said.

Earlier this summer, the boys were in a modified triathlon, “Race for Chase,” in memory of a student victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The Willow Creek Triathlon holds special meaning, too. Gannon’s husband, John, was in the 1st Cavalry Division and saw action in Japan.
 
“We hope for a great turnout and appreciate this opportunity to express our gratitude to the veterans,” Gannon said. And that gratitude goes both ways.

“One of the most gratifying parts of the event is seeing participants cross the finish line and are greeted by veterans,” said one committee member. “The veteran thanks the triathlete and in return, the triathlete thanks the veteran for his service. It is a great moment we all share.”
And the athletes couldn’t agree more.

“It's the best part of the finish. It's awesome,” said Marty Gregoire from Buffalo, N.Y., who competed in last year’s event and is set to return this year.

The top male and female triathletes receive the Thom Maholic Memorial Award, which is a specially made W.R. Case & Sons knife emblazoned with the year’s triathlon logo. The award is given in memory of Maholic who lost his life in 2006 in Afghanistan.

Other winners receive a wooden medallion fashioned after the triathlon logo, which is updated each year. In addition to age categories, medallions are also given to top individuals and teams in the Clydesdale and Athena Divisions. The weight requirements for these divisions are 200 lbs. for men and 150 lbs for women.

Braveheart Awards are given to those who have endured some obstacle or hardship to compete in the event.

“There are plenty of winners in our triathlon, but no one as special as the veterans,” the committee member said. “We do this all for our veterans who have done so much for us. This is the least we can do.”

The Mobile Vet Center from the Department of Veterans Affairs will be on site again this year to distribute information or to help any veteran seeking it.

As is the case with many Bradford-based events, local companies and individuals have helped make the event as successful as it has become. This includes this year’s title sponsors – American Legion Post 108, GE – Dresser Pipeline Solutions, Just Riding Along, Zippo Manufacturing Co. and Highmark.

For more information on the event, or to register, log onto www.willowcreektriathlon.org. More information is also available on the triathlon's Facebook page.

Andy's Mustang Takes A Trophy At Otto Car Show


DEP Responds To Auditor General's Report

Auditor General Performance Report Validates DEP’s Work Regarding Unconventional Gas Drilling Activities
DEP has already implemented many of the AG’s recommendations

HARRISBURG -- The Auditor General’s Office today released the Special Audit of DEP’s Performance in Monitoring Potential Impact to Water Quality from Shale Gas Development for the period 2009 through 2012, finding no instances where DEP failed to protect public health, safety or the environment with respect to unconventional gas drilling activities.

The audit report encompasses the period of January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2012 and focuses largely on DEP’s management of electronic data with respect to water supply complaint investigations.

“For the past 16 months, we’ve cooperated fully with the Auditor General’s Office and we appreciate the professionalism shown by their staff,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “As we’ve explained to the auditors, because the report focused on the time period up until the end of 2012, most of this audit reflects how our Oil and Gas Program formerly operated, not how the program currently functions.

Throughout the audit period until the present, DEP’s Oil and Gas Program has made great strides improving the effectiveness of its regulatory efforts and its transparency to the public. Also, it’s important to recognize that Act 13 of 2012, the first significant amendment to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas laws in over 30 years, was enacted during the audit period, introducing sweeping changes to DEP’s regulatory authority over the unconventional natural gas industry.

“We’re not surprised by the results of this audit; we’ve volunteered to have our Oil and Gas program audited numerous times in the past by a nonprofit, multi-stakeholder organization called State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, Inc. (STRONGER),” Abruzzo said. “The most recent STRONGER audit was in March of 2013, and they found our program to be proficient and ready to address the increase of oil and gas operations in Pennsylvania, specifically praising our hydraulic fracturing and well construction regulations that are designed to protect fresh groundwater.”

“We also agree with many of the helpful recommendations in the Auditor General’s report. In fact, thanks to the leadership of Governor Corbett, the emphasis he puts on protecting the environment, and the increased protections in Act 13, many of these recommendations have already been implemented, or are in the process of being implemented,” Abruzzo said.

Findings that DEP disagrees with include that “DEP did not routinely and consistently issue orders requiring oil and gas operators to restore or replace adversely impacted water supplies as required by law.” In these instances, orders were not necessary. The operators in those instances had already remediated the affected water supplies without an order.

“DEP’s goals are to determine if oil and gas activities contaminated a water supply and to ensure restoration of that water supply if it is warranted,” Abruzzo said. “If an operator voluntarily replaces or restores an impacted water supply prior to DEP’s determination, negating the need for an order, our goals are still achieved.”

Further, several of the 15 cases highlighted by the Auditor General were not related to unconventional drilling activities and while some of the cases are still pending, the operators in question have been fined more than $848,000 to date.

Also, DEP does not agree with the Auditor General’s finding that “DEP utilizes an ineffective complaint tracking system that does not provide management with timely and accurate complaint information related to oil and gas activities.”

DEP’s Complaint Tracking System (CTS) is an internal case management tool developed for and utilized by the entire Department, rather than just the Oil and Gas Program. However, with the recent expansion of unconventional oil and gas activities, DEP realized that CTS lacked some functionality with respect to tracking data specific to the Oil and Gas Program. Due to this, DEP’s Bureau of Information Technology made numerous adjustments to CTS in July 2011 and July 2012 to allow for more precise tracking of information related to water supply complaints. Consequently, many of the criticisms contained in this finding have already been addressed.

DEP does not agree with the Auditor General’s finding that “it could not provide reliable assurance that all active shale gas wells were inspected timely.” In fact, the audit staff acknowledged that they did not conduct a comprehensive review of the information necessary to make this conclusion.

DEP is committed to inspecting all unconventional gas wells during “critical stages” of the well construction process and DEP has significantly increased unconventional well site inspections over the past five years. In 2008, DEP conducted 1,262 unconventional well inspections. By 2012, the number of inspections increased to 12,680 and remained steady through 2013.

DEP concurs with many of the Auditor General’s recommendations regarding this finding – many of which are currently being implemented, including some enacted through Act 13.

Also, in June, a fee increase on unconventional well permits went into effect, which is projected to result in additional annual revenue of approximately $4.7 million, supporting new information technology projects related to oil and gas, including streamlining electronic review, mobile digital inspections, upgrades to reporting systems and modernization of forms and databases. The new revenue will also be used to hire additional Office of Oil and Gas Management staff for inspections, policy and program writing, and permitting.

For a full finding by finding response to the Auditor General’s report visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the DEP Audit Response button.

Audit faults DEP response to gas drilling water complaints

Audit faults DEP response to gas drilling water complaints


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Protesters outside the DEP's Harrisburg headquarters in April 2013.
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Protesters outside the DEP's Harrisburg headquarters in April 2013. Auditors criticize the department for communicating poorly with citizens who complained about water issues related to gas development.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection failed to adequately track and respond to public complaints about water quality related to natural gas development, according to a report released today by the state Auditor General’s Office.

Auditors found the department lacking in eight key areas — citing it for sloppy record-keeping, lax oversight of drilling waste and gas well inspections, and poor communication with people who complained gas drilling contaminated their water. In some cases, auditors say it took months or even years for the DEP to log complaints into its internal tracking system.

The report covers DEP operations in the first few years of the gas boom — from January 2009 through December 2012. It’s the result of a campaign pledge by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat and former DEP staffer, who vowed to look into how the department handles water complaints related to gas drilling.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the state wasn't prepared for the gas boom.
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Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the state wasn't prepared for the gas boom.
“DEP is underfunded, understaffed and inconsistent in how it approaches shale gas development,” DePasquale said at a press conference, “It’s like firefighters trying to put out a five-alarm fire with a 20 foot garden hose.”

The DEP disputes all of the audit’s eight findings, but does agree with most of the report’s 29 recommendations for improvement. In a lengthy response, the agency says the audit findings are outdated because it has improved and updated many of its procedures.

“Most of this audit reflects how our Oil and Gas program formerly operated, not how the program currently functions,” said DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo in a statement. ”We also agree with many of the helpful recommendations in the Auditor General’s report.”

As to the accuracy of its record-keeping, the DEP says auditors tried to use its electronic databases to ask questions they were never designed to answer and in some cases the auditing staff failed to understand how those databases work.

The auditors disagree and say early on in the process, the agency blocked access to records and in some cases took months to provide basic data-sets.

Environmental groups praised the audit and say the DEP needs more funding.

“When our citizens have greater access to information about kennel inspections and restaurant inspections than they do natural gas well inspections, we have a problem.” said John Norbeck, Vice President of PennFuture.

Former DEP Secretary John Hanger, who served in the Rendell administration and ran the department during part of the time period under audit, says he has no quarrel with DePasquale’s findings and recommendations, but he’d like to see more changes– including a 50 percent staff increase in DEP’s oil and gas bureau, stronger regulations, and an independent office to handle public complaints related to the gas industry.

“Quite a lot of the audit findings have to do with handling the complaints,” he says. “You’re not going to fix those problems without creating a new office.”

Hanger’s successor, former DEP Secretary Mike Krancer, who served in the Corbett administration, took a number of issues with the audit on his blog– including questioning whether the report correctly examined issues actually related to natural gas development.

“The report is a shot at the dedication and efficaciousness of hard working DEP personnel, especially inspectors,” Krancer wrote.

The gas industry trade group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, says its member companies are willing to pay higher well permit fees so DEP can hire more inspectors.

“It’s clear that Pennsylvania’s regulatory regime is effectively meeting its objectives of protecting our environment and making certain that shale’s broad benefits are fully realized,” said MSC spokesman Patrick Creighton in an email.

Patrick Henderson, who serves as Governor Corbett’s Energy Secretary, says the DEP has been a national leader in regulating shale gas, and believes DePasquale’s findings raise questions about whether the audit was politically motivated.

“The Auditor General went to great pains to say he’s not maligning the work ethic, character, and integrity of the employees of DEP, yet in his findings I don’t see anything that reflects positively on the work they’re doing,” Henderson said.

For the first time today, the DEP released its accounting of how many water supplies in the state have been adversely impacted by oil and gas operations– a total of 209 since the end of 2007.

Emporium Woman Crashed Car On Moore Hill Road


Susan M. Moate, 67, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA

Susan M. Moate
Susan M. Moate, 67, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA formerly of Mix Run died at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA on Friday (July 25, 2014) afternoon.

She was born February 20, 1947 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Albert and Betty Wishman Moate.

Ms. Moate graduated from Cameron County High School. She raised four children and was a homemaker most of her life.

Surviving
Son: Cliff Morton, Myrtle Beach, SC
Daughter: Pieczynski and her husband Ed, Emporium
Son: Duane Morton, Emporium
Daughter: Rhonda Peters and her husband Jim, Bradford
5 Grandchildren
Sister: Barbara, Mrs. Ralph McKimm, Sr., Emporium
Brother: Jerry Moate, Emporium
Sister: Virginia "Peachy", Mrs. George Singer, Newton, NC
Sister: Tina, Mrs. Rick Mix, Weedville

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Albert and Betty Wishman Moate
Brother: Tommy Moate

Private Service Mix Run Cemetery, Driftwood, Pennsylvania on Monday, July 28, 2014.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday from 5-8 PM.

Burial will be in the Mix Run Cemetery, Driftwood, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Potter County Fair Camping Rules


Ernest N. MATTESON, 91, of Rose Lake, Andrews Settlement, PA

Ernest N. MATTESON
Ernest N. MATTESON, 91, of Rose Lake, Andrews Settlement, PA, died Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. 

Born June 4, 1923, in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Mart and Helen Pelchy Matteson. 
WWII Veteran

A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army in the Pacific Theatre. 

In 1949, in Scio, NY, he married the former Helen Higgins, who survives. 

He worked for various construction contractors and was last employed by Ford and Peckham in Andover, NY for 20 years. 

Mr. Matteson was a member of American Legion Potter Post Post #192 in Coudersport. 

Surviving besides his wife, Helen, are: six children, David (Carol) Matteson of Andrews Settlement, Elaine Shelley of Dover, DE, Brenda (Floyd Geiger) Harmon of Andrews Settlement, Donna (Doug) Crum of Roulette, Kevin (Kathy) Matteson of Stanley, VA, and Tim (Luann) Matteson of Andrews Settlement; 16 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Marion (Mary) Matteson of Wellsville, NY; and three sisters, Iva Austin of Coudersport, Agnes Currier and Phyllis Denhoff, both of Wellsville, NY. 

He was predeceased by a son-in-law, Robert Shelley; two brothers, Orville Matteson and Alva Matteson; and a sister, Mildred Watson. 

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM. Rev. Marty Zdrojewski will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery at Five Corners, Hebron Township, PA. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. 

Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, Genesee, PA 16923. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 5:13 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a medical emergency.

Man accused of stealing $330,000

Man accused of stealing $330,000

Free Press Courier

After breaking into a Middlebury Township man's home twice in October, state police say Thomas James Ray, 51, Tioga, met with an undercover officer this month and planned to burglarize the same home.

On Oct. 25, 2013, a Middlebury Township man reported a burglary had occurred at his home between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15, 2013. The burglar allegedly stole $30,000 in cash, an unknown quantity in stock shares and a $400 one-carat diamond ring. Police say Ray admitted to the crime. Ray is charged with one count each of burglary and receiving stolen property; and three counts of theft in this case. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 5 before Wellsboro Magisterial District Judge Rob Repard.

On Oct. 28, 2013, the same victim reported a burglary in his garage. Police say Ray worked with a 26-year-old man to commit this crime and they removed a safe with $300,000 inside from the victim's car. Read more....

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Abbott Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2014-07-21 00:00:00 to TENASKA RES LLC for site TRAUB PAD A A 9H in Abbott Twp township, Potter county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gamble Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2014-07-21 00:00:00 to ATLAS RESOURCES LLC for site STUBLER PAD B 4H in Gamble Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gamble Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2014-07-21 00:00:00 to ATLAS RESOURCES LLC for site STUBLER PAD B 3H in Gamble Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gamble Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2014-07-21 00:00:00 to ATLAS RESOURCES LLC for site STUBLER PAD B 2H in Gamble Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gamble Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2014-07-21 00:00:00 to ATLAS RESOURCES LLC for site STUBLER PAD B 1H in Gamble Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Bernie L. Bliss, 53, of McIntosh, South Dakota

Bernie L. Bliss, 53, of McIntosh, South Dakota passed away on Wednesday July 23 at Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD

Bernie L. Bliss was born on April 26, 1961 in Corning, NY, he was a son of the late Bernard Bliss and Mildred V. (Cornelius) Bliss. 

He is survived by one daughter: Susan M. (Jan) Widnikiewicz of Galeton, PA; three sons: Bernie J. Bliss of Galeton, PA, Justin A. Button of Galeton, PA, Gregory Bliss of McIntosh, SD; twelve grandchildren; three sisters: Sharon Hanson of Bradford, PA, Tina M. Krouse of Bradford, PA, Midge Brewer of Tennessee; three brothers, Ronald T. Bliss of Bradford, PA, Daniel Bliss of Bradford, PA, James L. Bliss of North Bingham, PA; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bernie was predeceased by two brothers, Gary Bliss and Guy C. Bliss.

There will be a memorial service to announced at a later date.

GAS ODOR-OUTSIDE-UNK SOURCE Address: 621 E ALLEGANY AVE City: EMPORIUM

GAS ODOR-OUTSIDE-UNK SOURCE
Address: 621 E ALLEGANY AVE
City: EMPORIUM
Cross Streets: E 2ND ST * ROUTE 120

Agency: CAMERON CO 14 FD
7/26/2014 11:09:12 AM

August 1st is the last day for your church choir to register online for the 2014 Festival of choirs USA

2014 Festival of Choirs USA

Can you believe how fast the time goes by!! This is our sixth year for the 2014 Festival of Choirs USA! The Festival is a free public event. Please spread the word around about the Festival.

The date and schedule for this year’s Festival is August 16th from noon until 7:00pm. The Festival is located at 807 Skinner Creek road, Port Allegany, Pa. 16743

August 1st is the last day for your church choir to register online for the 2014 Festival of choirs USA. Please go to www.festivalofchoirsusa.com to visit our website and to register a church choir online. If your church has any questions please email or call me.

This is going to be another exciting year at the Festival. A full schedule after the registration cut off will be published for you to look at on the same website listed above.

We will be having groups like Simple Faith, C.R.O.W.N and others this year also.

There will be lots of refreshments to choose from of all kinds.

Be Blessed and I am looking forward to seeing you all there. 

Jerry J. Goochee
807 Skinner Creek Road
Port Allegany, Pa 16743
(757)-630-1490
J.goochee@gmail.com

Rabies Clinic Saturday, July 26 At Galeton Park Gazebo From 1 to 4 PM



Potter County Fair Starts Sunday In Millport, PA

FAIR SCHEDULE IS POSTED IN THE RED SIDEBAR ON LOWER RIGHT SIDE OF PAGE

Vehicle Takes Out Power Pole In St. Marys Closing Road/Woman Injured


http://ridgwayrecord.com/content/car-sheers-utility-pole-crash

Sweden Valley Manor Seeking Experienced RN or LPN To Join Our Team

http://www.swedenvalleymanor.com/careers

Missing Woman Found In Southern PA

http://tiogafreedomist.com/missing-woman-found/

PSA Healthcare Seeking CNA's, LPN's and RN's In McKean, Potter, Warren, Elk,Cameron & Tioga Counties

www.psahealthcare.com

Sagewood Seeking Candidates For Therapeutic Staff Support in McKean & Potter County

sagewoodcounseling@hotmail.com

The 62nd annual Woodsmen's Show will be held on Friday, August 1st, Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd at Cherry Springs State Park.

The 62nd annual Woodsmen's Show will be held on Friday, August 1st, Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd at Cherry Springs State Park.




On Friday 15 wood carvers will be featured in a carving competition. After the contest the carvings will be auctioned off.



Saturday the lumberjacks will compete in the arena. These world class competitors will compete most all afternoon.



Sunday afternoon the popular horse pulling competitors will perform.



Saturday there will be live entertainment. Everyday there will be food vendors and interesting displays and shops.



The Woodsmen's Show is sponsored by the Galeton Rotary Club. The profits from this annual fund raiser has allowed the club to contribute over $500,000. to Galeton projects for the benefit of the community, including school scholarships, various schools needs, tennis courts, new town library and park and help in attracting businesses for the town and area.