Casey Targets Unfair Trade Hurting Local
CHARLEROI, PA –
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today toured American
toy, game and puzzle manufacturer Channel Craft to highlight
the need to take tough action on China’s violation of
intellectual property rights to protect Pennsylvania jobs.
“Unfair Chinese trade
practices harm Pennsylvania businesses like Channel Craft
and reduce their ability to create jobs,” said Senator
Casey. “Tough action is needed on the part of Congress and
the Administration to make sure China plays fair and halts
the sale of counterfeit, low-quality merchandise that hurts
Pennsylvania companies and workers.”
Channel Craft’s products,
which are sold at historic sites across the U.S. including
the Statue of Liberty and the National Archives, have been
reproduced in China at a cheaper price, placing an adverse
affect on Channel Craft’s revenue and negatively impacting
intellectual property protections are well documented,
Senator Casey wrote in a letter to President Obama earlier
this year urging him to crack down on China’s unfair trade
practices. Last year, the Office of the United States Trade
Representative placed China on its Priority Watch List,
citing China’s poor level of intellectual property rights
protection and enforcement.
It is estimated that 2.4
million jobs have been lost in the U.S. since China joined
the WTO in 2001; 95,700 of which were in Pennsylvania.
Senator Casey has been a
vocal opponent of Chinese currency manipulation and other
practices that put Pennsylvania workers and manufacturers at
a disadvantage. He has repeatedly called on the Obama
Administration to more aggressively confront China and he is
pushing legislation that would make it harder for the
Administration to avoid taking action against China.
Senator Casey is a
supporter of the Trade Enforcement Priorities Act
of 2011, legislation that would give the federal
government more authority to address trade barriers that
undermine American workers and domestic manufacturing by
reinstating “Super 301” authority.
Senator Casey is a also
cosponsor of the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform
Act, legislation that would provide less flexibility to
the Treasury Department when it comes to citing countries
for currency manipulation. It would also impose stiff new
penalties on designated countries, including duties on the
countries' exports and a ban on any companies from those
countries receiving U.S. government contracts.
A manufacturing strategy
that helps Pennsylvania businesses create jobs is essential
to moving the economic recovery forward, Senator Casey said.
In addition to cracking
down on China, Senator Casey outlined key components of a
manufacturing strategy, including:
Make permanent the
research and development tax credit to give companies
the certainty they need to make long-term research
investments in the United States.
Adjustment Assistance (TAA) to help those workers who
have lost their jobs to overseas competition to build
new skills and find new employment.
Invest in science,
technology, engineering and math education.
As Chairman of the Joint
Economic Committee, Senator Casey has held a roundtable in
Southwestern Pennsylvania to gain input from Pennsylvania
manufacturers. He has also begun a series of hearings on
U.S. manufacturing policy.
Casey Column: Time for Action on Jobs
Friday, we learned that
the economy added 117,000 jobs in July. Better than many
forecasters predicted, but not enough to bring down the
national unemployment rate below 9 percent. Unfortunately,
the modest job growth is consistent with the GDP data
released at the end of July, which showed the economy grew
at an annual rate of less than one percent during the first
half of 2011.
The recovery has slowed
and we need to ensure it regains momentum. It’s critical
that we focus on jump-starting job creation and reducing the
unemployment rate. Nearly 14 million Americans, including
479,000 in Pennsylvania, remain out of work and more than
six million of these workers have been jobless for six
months or more.
As Chairman of the Joint
Economic Committee, I held a hearing on Friday to better
understand our country’s employment challenges. We heard
from Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner Keith Hall, who
oversees the federal government’s jobs data.
Although Congress is not
in session, I thought it was important to go ahead with this
hearing because job creation is such a critical issue for
Pennsylvanians. I’m optimistic that Friday’s hearing
helped shine a spotlight on the need for additional action
to bolster our economy.
It’s imperative that we
move quickly to enact common-sense measures to create jobs.
I have four proposals that can help move us forward. While
none of them is a panacea, each of them would strengthen our
economy and boost job creation.
1) Provide new incentives
for small firms to hire. My Small Business Job Creation Tax
Credit Act creates a one-year quarterly tax credit equal to
20 percent of the total increase in employee wages. Firms
can benefit from the credit by increasing their hiring,
increasing the hours of employees, or increasing employee
2) Encourage small and
medium-sized businesses to invest in life sciences R&D
through the bipartisan Life Sciences Jobs and Investment Act
– which I introduced last month – that doubles the R&D tax
credit on the first $150 million of R&D in life sciences.
3) Make the R&D Tax Credit
permanent to give companies the certainty they need to make
long-term research investments in the United States.
4) Strengthen U.S.
manufacturing by creating a national manufacturing strategy
that supports manufacturing companies and workers in our
country and cracks down on China’s currency manipulation and
other unfair trade practices.
The labor market is
recovering. After all, we’ve recorded 17 consecutive months
of private-sector job gains. But, the recovery isn’t
happening as fast as we would like and it has yet to touch
millions of Americans.
People in our state and
across the country are hurting – struggling to get back to
work, put food on the table, pay the mortgage or just make
ends meet. I hear the stress in the voices of people I talk
with and see it in the letters I receive from folks across
the Commonwealth. We need to help people get back on their
feet. And to do that, we need to get back to work on
creating private sector jobs and strengthening the economy.
Can You Hear Me Now?: The Age Of
Members of the CWA and IBEW headed for the
picket lines Sunday, as thousands of Verizon workers set out to preserve
benefits and pensions.
The age of going wireless is affecting the
American workforce as over 40,000 Verizon employees walked the lines, beginning
as early as 6:00am Sunday. On the line are issues relating to pensions,
healthcare and rules.
CEO Lowell McAdams, at the top since the
beginning of August, is now the head boss of thousands of employees, retirees
and management, trained to replace those walking picket line. Employees
stretching from the nations capitol to Vermont.
The nations largest wireless provider offers
landline service in 13 states, with all but Texas and California being on the
east coast. Nearly 200,000 are employed by Verizon, with 135,000 being
On the corporate side, the company is asking
for contract changes as more people go wireless, affecting Verizon's business.
Declining over the past decade, the wired business lost customers to wireless to
the tune of 1 million over a 6 month period in 2010. Other reasons for the
decline in landline customers is that Verizon has sold off some clients to other
Port A Fire Department Seeks Fire
By Martha Knight
LIBERTY VILLA—D. Mark Errick took his quest for area-wide tax
support for the local fire department to the governing body of the Liberty
Township part of that area, in a presentation at the Liberty Township
Supervisors meeting Tuesday night.
The pitch by the president of the Port Allegany Fire Department to
one of the three municipalities in its service area coincides with the
organization’s poster and flier campaign to tell the public about the changing
financial picture affecting the company.
The private organization, also known as Star Hose Company No. 1
(dating back to its early history), is the sole fire protection provider to Port
Allegany Borough and Annin and Liberty Township. It is seeking to have all
three municipalities provide financial support for this protection area on the
basis of a one-mill fire protection tax. Errick said the Fire Department
estimates that this would result in an annual cost of about $24 per residence.
For years the townships have had a support agreement with the
borough instead of a direct or independent agreement with the fire department.
The borough has a .4 mill tax dedicated to fire protection.
Errick makes the case for the real estate tax on the basis of
additional revenue needed to keep up with the department’s increased costs, and
less time needed for fund raising activities, including the annual Old Home Week
event with its carnival and parades.
A drop in volunteer numbers in recent years means their times
should be devoted to training, practices and actual fire and other emergency
calls. The department has EMTs and equipment to backstop first responder Port
Allegany Ambulance Service.
Supervisor chairman Gary Turner said he would like to see the
public included in discussions and enabled to ask questions and state their
views. Errick concurred, stating that the company wants to hold a large public
meeting for people from the whole district.
Errick also said that the company is open to the concept of having
a fire protection authority or similar body with representatives from the three
municipalities, governing the organization. Also, he is of the opinion that the
department’s books should be open to the public, inasmuch as it receives public
As for a timetable for a shift from partially voluntary support to
tax support, Errick said the company had hoped that 2012 would see at least a
“step” in that direction. As it is, each year can produce a shortfall of about
$90,000 between revenues and needed income.
The traditional fund raising mainstay, bingo, has ceased to work at
the local level, Errick pointed out, because of the casinos, especially the ones
A policy to codify the relationship between the township and its
employees was discussed at some length. Openly in favor of having a policy in
place were Turner and Chuck Safford. Not in favor of adopting the one under
consideration was Fred Ernst III, who is not only a supervisor but also a member
of the highway crew. He predicted that current laborers would share his
Turner and Safford urged Ernst to discuss his objections with them,
and include the other laborers in the discussions, with an eye to arriving at a
policy that would meet the township’s needs. Then the policy would be reviewed
by their solicitor, Ray Bulson, and would be advertised and the public would
have a chance to weigh in.
A new ordinance pertaining to tank-based on-site sanitation,
proposed by PGE Corp., was met with unanimous disfavor by the supervisors. They
stated that it seemed excessive and that it could be applied too broadly.
The supervisors decided that they would apply for county
distributed aid or reimbursement for highway projects, including a number of
sluices that had been installed.
The supervisors voted to buy a quantity of sand and salt mixture,
with a seven to one ration, at $25.75 a ton delivered, from the sole bidder,
Buffalo Crushed Stone, Inc. The regular sand will be rebid.
At the beginning of the meeting, after the flag salute, chairman
Turner called for a moment of silence in memory of longtime reporter on Liberty
Township matters for the local press. Petrisek died this past Friday.
Agrees To Refinance Bonds
By Martha Knight
Allegany Board of School Directors ended its summer hiatus Monday night by
working through a lengthy agenda, affirming some actions taken by the
administration since the June meeting, and agreeing that one of the district’s
two bond issues should be refunded in December from proceeds of a new bond
2007 bond issue would save the school district around $72,000, according to
Public Financial Management, Inc. senior managing consultant Gregg McLanahan. It
would save the state even more, because it participates in the bond payments
according to the reimbursement rate established for the major upgrade of the
elementary school. Another bond issue was refinanced in a similar move about a
described the method that will be used to sell the bonds, auctioning them on the
Internet. He said this method has stimulated more competition among purchasers,
resulting in better interest rates, and savings to clients such as school
would be $4,555, but payments would total around $5,800 over the 15-year term of
the bond issue.
and IU9 board member and president Dave Mensch briefed fellow school directors
on IU9’s decision relocate some of its offices and its Early Intervention
program to space being renovated for them in the former North Penn Building, on
West Mill Street in Port Allegany.
Mensch said the
arrangement is “win-win-win,” easing the crowding in the IU9 administration
building in Smethport, providing good space for the offices and class, and
bringing 35 jobs to Port Allegany.
matters, Betty Niles was transferred to the head cook position in the high
school cafeteria, at a wage of $15.42. Patricia Babcock’s resignation as
cheerleader advisor was accepted, effective immediately.
was hired for the supplemental position of junior high volleyball coach. Lora
Rankin was approved as cheerleader advisor for the fall season at a pro-rated
salary of $1,013.22, subject to adjustment when a new contract with the
teachers’ union is ratified.
John Kriner Jr.
was approved as a summer school science teacher, retroactive to July 5. Board
member Gary Hardes expressed some surprise that summer school was held, because
there had been talk that it would be dropped.
high school principal Marc Budd said there had not been enough elementary
students to offer summer school at that level, but there are around 20 students
who have been in summer school. Instruction has been offered in four subject
coaches and advisors were approved, as follows: Jason Luther, football; Tracy
Smith and Scott Bowser, volleyball; Lora Rankin, winter season cheerleader
advisor and Olivia Riley, another cheerleader advisor; and Christopher Ernst,
Willie Bova and
Josh Saltsman were approved as football coaches; Ron Daniels and Kaci Daniels
will be volunteer volleyball coaches, and Ryan Sabolcik will be boys’ soccer
coach, also on a volunteer basis.
textbooks were adopted by the board on the recommendation of Budd. He said the
teaching groups in the relevant subject areas had selected them after examining
various possible choices. The textbook purchases are in keeping with the
ongoing program of keeping textbooks current.
The board voted
to continue affiliation agreements with Edinboro University and with Indiana
University of Pennsylvania, whereby some student teachers are placed in the
observed a moment of silence at the beginning of the meeting, in respect for
George Petrisek, a retired English teacher for the district who died this past
Friday at his Ulysses area home.
Assistance Program service provision letters of agreement with Alcohol & Drug
Abuse Services and with The Guidance Center were approved for the 2011-12 school
Bus routes and
a list of bus drivers were approved, as recommended by the district’s
transportation contractor, Culver Bus Garage.
information item, it was announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Education
has set the permanent reimbursement rate at 68.52 percent, for the elementary
school upgrade project.
Tony Edgell of
Turtlepoint and Port Allegany resident Joyce Stehle spoke in the public comments
portion at the end of the meeting, expressing concerns about students who will
be taking advanced placement courses which are scheduled for the eighth period.
Stehle said she
has two sons who are student athletes whose practices will cause them to miss
some eighth period classes. Edgell has a daughter with the same conflict.
Budd said most
of the students who are taking the classes in question find eighth period the
best one for them. For those who will have to miss some class time, there will
be podcasts of the class.
that will help, but the students will not have an opportunity for interaction.
scheduling is “one hundred percent student driven.”
Rikaya Tanaka asked why the student speakers at local graduation exercises do
not include someone identified as valedictorian. He said gaining the rank of
valedictorian is an important achievement, and one that impresses colleges.
It was pointed
out by business manager Judy Bodamer, Budd and others that class rank is the
important consideration. The traditional valedictorian title denotes having the
highest average or the Number One rank.
Denise Buchanan recalled a situation from her high school days in which the
highest average had been held by a commercial student, but it was felt that
grades represented more effort and achievement when based on sciences, languages
and the more rigorous academic courses.
observed a moment of silence in remembrance of George Petrisek, a retired
English teacher and journalist who had died this past Friday.
County Contracts Awarded On 3 Projects
By Martha Knight
McKean County Commissioners chose three contractors from among five
bidders, at their “second Tuesday” meeting Tuesday morning. Chairman Joe DeMott
and vice-chairman Al Pingie handled business between them, with commissioner
Judy Church away on vacation.
Sole bidder M J Painting of Olean, N.Y. was awarded a contract for
painting the court house fascia, at a bid sum of $24,980.
Blair Roofing, Inc. of Holidaysburg, was approved for the jail
re-roofing project, for $48,900, also on the basis of the lone bid presented.
The project entails removing and replacing about 6,000 square feet of roof on
the front portion of the McKean County Jail. The new roof will be elastomeric
Kinley Corporation of Allegany, N.Y. will replace the concrete
patio outside the rear doors of the court house, for $10,141. That was the
lowest of three bids.
In all cases, county buildings and grounds supervisor Ken Bush said
the bids satisfied specifications and were within estimates for the projects.
The contracts were awarded based contingent of the contractors’ supplying all
required bonds. Chief clerk Audrey Irons, wielding the letter opener and
checking contents of each bid packet, confirmed that the bid bonds were in
Bush noted that all three contractors have carried out projects for
The projects are to be completed during the current construction
Invoices approved included one for $13,826,75 from the Area
Transportation Authority, for a portion of their budget allotment for the
current quarter; and one for $3,686 from the YWCA representing the July payment
for the homeless assistance program they administer for the county. Irons said
funds for the latter come from a Public Welfare Fund grant, and the finds are in
The commissioners declared their support for child passenger safety
through a proclamation of the week of September 18-24 as Child Passenger Safety
Week, and Saturday, September 24 as National Seat Check Saturday.
DeMott read the operant portion of the proclamation aloud,
including the language that the board of commissioners “urges everyone to help
reduce injuries and the tragic loss of life by buckling up themselves and every
child on every trip, every time.”
DeMott announced that the jail expansion and renovation project is
complete, except for some minor finishing work in one cell, and that about 18
inmates have been brought back to the McKean County Jail from nearby counties’
prison facilities. This will save considerable costs for their incarceration,
DeMott said. Still, there is not enough space to house all inmates locally, he
noted—courts still have to sentence offenders to jail time, and their number
exceeds jail capacity to some degree.
DeMott also expressed the commissioners’ condolences to the family
of George Petrisek, who had covered various aspects of county government for
many years. DeMott also mentioned Petrisek’s service in the Port Allegany area,
where he had lived during most of his adult life. Petrisek, who was also a
retired English teacher, died this past Friday at his home near Ulysses.
families and retirees were invited to attend the fifth annual SGC Family Safety
Fair held Saturday at the plant in the soccer field area. Events included
picnic food and beverages catered by Fox's Pizza, horse and wagon rides, kids
jumper and obstacle course, safety related booths, face painting, crafts for the
kids, horseshoe tournament and more. Karizma provided the music and the Port
Allegany Ambulance was on hand along with a truck from the Star Hose Fire
Company #1. In the above photo, Gracee Donovan, daughter of Tammy Donovan,
works on a sand art creation. Adult giveaway drawings were held for active
employees and retirees. More photos from this event will appear on next week's
picture page. Pam Fischer Photo
Performers To Entertain Twice In September
The Potter-McKean Players are presenting a Broadway musical show
this year to benefit the Port Allegany and Coudersport swimming pools. The
show, entitled “Broadway on the Allegheny”, is a revue featuring twenty-four
songs from major Broadway productions. The revue will be performed in
Coudersport on September 16 and in Port Allegany on September 23 at 7:30pm and has
a cast of more than 22 talented local singers and dancers accompanied by eight
Ticket prices are $10 and may be purchased by sending a check
payable to ‘Potter-McKean Players’, Dotty Anderson, 82
Volney Street, Port Allegany, PA 16743.
Please identify the location and date you are requesting. Any
remaining tickets will be sold at the door the evening of the performance.
1911: The Austin Flood,
by Paul W. Heimel
By Martha Knight
A Book Review
How does it go? It’s news today, but it’s on its way to being
And today’s history was current events, at the time?
Nearly 100 years ago a cataclysmic event changed bustling,
prosperous Austin, Pennsylvania, forever. Nearby Costello was included in the
At least 80 lives were lost. Buildings, businesses, infrastructure,
power, heat and communications were swept away by the force of millions of
gallons of water, suddenly freed from its forced confinement and service to an
Dozens of bodies were recovered, but some of those were mutilated.
Austin itself recovered only in part. To this day, it and Costello are living
monuments to what once was, but is no more. Yet the community and its people
maintain a tiny but effective school system and a certain vigor, even a “make
lemonade” opportunism that has managed to squeeze some benefit from its famous
catastrophe, all these years later.
An active Austin Dam Memorial Association pulls off an annual
festival, complete with live music, vendors, arts, crafts, food, light show, and
more. This year’s, held in July, was more extensive than usual. Author Paul W.
Heimel’s dramatic reading, “Echoes from the Past,” was a highlight.
Author Heimel’s powerful grip on amassed facts, including those
bitter lemons often used before, has yielded meaning, significance and even
amazement. And as always in his books, there is zest.
Looking at that event from every perspective and multiple
timeframes and viewpoints, through the eyes of a news man, author and government
figure, brings the Austin Flood into sharp focus. By the time the reader
finishes “1911: The Austin Flood,” he has begun to imagine that he was there,
witnessing the horrific scenes.
This is the latest book by former reporter and editor Paul Heimel,
currently a member of the Potter County Board of Commissioners, who has written
extensively about significant personages and events from this area’s history.
Where Truman Capote would spice up events with embellishments such as imagined
dialog and convincing conjectures, Heimel prefers the realities, as many as he
can find and present in their actual context.
Every bit the “news hawk,” as TIME magazine used to style his
former profession as a reporter, Heimel applies a keen and persistent gaze. This
fact, that contemporary news account, another record, each photo, every
eye-witness recollection, some additional piece of correspondence—the entire
collection of material is mined for its relevancy and meaning. The classical
“lead paragraph” interrogatories, who, what, where, when, why, run through the
book, those broad questions being applied and prizing out answers, chapter after
chapter. Photos, many of them never before published, are put into their order
and relationship and captioned so as to present their meaning.
There’s an attention to detail, an almost prosecutorial approach to
presenting detailed facts as evidence, that persuades the reader of a core
truth: there was cause and effect at work, there were unworthy motives behind
certain key decisions, there were watershed moments and points of no return. The
flood did not have to happen. The dam did not have to fail, if only—
The main characters are presented largely in their own words,
without speculation, identified by role and activities. The science is made
available to the extent it assists understanding of what happened and how.
The issues as they were perceived at that time are set forth in a
straight-reporting style: Here are the facts, unvarnished. Draw your own
conclusions. But those conclusions are riveting. They pack an emotional punch,
100 years later. They still can shock. The angst is palpable. The indignation is
Heimel has called this work, the latest in his masterful
presentations of certain aspects of local history, a labor of love. It was timed
to coincide with the centennial of the Austin flood, and was released close to
the annual Austin flood festival, and barely two months before the September 30
date marking the 100-year anniversary.
Heimel credits numerous sources, and offers special homage to Marie
Kathern Nuschke, whose book “The Dam That Could Not Break” he cites as a
“foundation” and praises as “very thoroughly documented and well written.” His
new book has been in the works for ten years, off and on and give or take.
This reviewer is not giving away the plot in mentioning that the
Bayless Pulp and Paper company had the concrete dam built in 1909, to impound
modest Freeman Run within a deep, narrow gorge upstream of the paper mill, the
community’s major employer. Also generally understood is that the dam failed,
not because of a freak attack by nature which could not have been
foreseen(though one did happen), but because of weaknesses in design, and
flawed, even irresponsible suppositions about applicable and critical details of
Concrete dam design and construction were in their infancy. The
design team approached its task by applying engineering principles in a project
that had no actual “track record” or existing model. Formulae were based on laws
of physics, some never before applied to such a project. Weight. Impermeability
indices. Anchoring. Gravity. Controls. Probabilities.
There were no government agencies with regulatory authority in such
projects, back then. Who was to decide what the safety margin should be? Who
would weigh the probabilities against the consequences of a wrong assumption
coming into play? Where was the value of human life factored in?
“1911: The Austin Flood” presents the solution to the mystery in a
comprehensive fashion that removes “reasonable doubt.” It does not identify an
individual villain who is guilty of causing the tragedy, with collaborators who
connived or knowingly acquiesced, caring nothing for the potential for death and
destruction; nor does it absolve the other “suspect” altogether. That would be a
Charles Dickens approach, in a moralizing novel, or an Erin Brokovich account of
a deliberate conspiracy to pollute and cover up.
Heimel presents some good guys, letting us hear their voices raised
in wilderness cries. Then there are there are the ones who not only failed, but
refused, to heed cogent warnings, applying budgetary considerations, again and
Did designers consent, or even collude? Yes, sometimes, up to a
point. Would the dam’s base be sturdy and stable enough, beyond applicable
questions? Or was the company’s bottom line factored in where engineering
considerations should have been what counted? Heimel satisfies readers’ longing
to resolve those issues, even in distant retrospect.
It is a cautionary story, shorn of rumor and fable. It tells us,
undeniable conclusion on incontrovertible fact, that it’s not nice to fool with
Mother Nature, and not safe, and not acceptable. The consequences are too great.
With the Austin dam, it was not whether the 50-foot-high monolith
might fail, but when it would. But those driving the decisions and those
resisting the owner’s tendency to shave costs unsafely had no conscious desire
to harm, merely an ability to discount one set of facts and considerations in
favor of another, more financially advantageous set. Heimel resists a tempting
potential for black-and-white, good vs. evil presentation. His chapter, “Who’s
to Blame,” is even handed.
Major players George Bayless, owner, and T. Chalkley Hatton, his
chief engineer, dueled in their correspondence. The company and Bayless suffered
devastating flood losses along with the community, though, and were at great
pains to temper the blame directed toward them, and the financial consequences.
In the aftermath to the flood, Hatton came in for considerable ire,
some due to being used as a scapegoat by Bayliss, some due to a certain,
understandable inability to have the last word in certain crucial disagreements.
After all, Bayless was his most important client. Bayless paid the fees.
As for the community at large, we might marvel at the population’s
collective intrepidity, following a recent scare, and in the face of highly
visible danger signs—cracks, leaks, changes in curvature, testifying to
something less than the impervious quality needed in the dam. But then, Austin
had a reputation for dogged determination to survive, snatching prosperity from
the jaws of destruction, as had happened after two major fire calamities. The
local businessman, William Nelson, who harped about the danger signs, seems to
have been given all the credence Cassandra received in ancient Troy.
As for the inevitability of the flood, in anything like the near
term, Heimel points out that no one could have foreseen the concentrated
rainfall incident that swelled the manmade lake and total impoundment well
This reviewer would have bought the book just for the photos.
However, the text proved so satisfactory, the two generous photo sections could
be seen as a nice bonus. Yet they are used with canny journalistic effect,
pictures that together could be valued at many thousands of words, explaining,
proving points, reinforcing impressions, augmenting the text.
Another bonus is the “They Were There” section at the end. It
consists of the statements of 38 eyewitnesses or contemporaries using
recollections and family knowledge. There is something mesmerizing about the
matter-of-fact accounts, some sounding stoical, many conveying something of the
continuing struggle to accept the enormity of what they had experienced and
witnessed, even much later.
There is an In Memoriam listing of those who perished, with such
information as is known concerning their identities, connections or place in the
“1911: The Austin Flood” is available online from Knox Books (www.knoxbooks.net;
814-558-7107), as a soft cover book. Other outlets include the Potter
Leader-Enterprise office, Olga’s Café, and the Potter County Historical Society
Museum in Coudersport; Big Mike’s Dairy-Dine, E.O. Austin Historical Museum and
Perry’s Country Store in Austin; Copy Katz/Endeavor Media in Emporium; From My
Shelf Books and Tioga Publishing/Wellsboro Gazette in Wellsboro; and Otto
Bookstore in Williamsport. More distribution points are being added.
Auction Coming Soon
annual Library Dinner Auction will be held on September 17 at the Star Hose
Banquet Room. Doors will open at 4 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the
live auction at 7:30. Tickets are available for a $25 donation. This
year's theme is Happy Days and the committee is urging people to dress in 50's
garb. Ed Vicic and the Port Freeze will be catering the event with Dan Carter
as auctioneer and Music by Karizma. Other new features include prize drawings
from our Juke "prize" Box and a Big Balloon Bonanza where you can pop a balloon
for a chance to win cash. Madden Nelson and his sister, Leigha, are pictured
here with Kaitlin Kallenborn. Leigha pulled out her poodle skirt to remind R-A
readers to begin searching for their best 50's outfits. The committee is also
looking for donations for the live auction, silent auction and bucket auction.
Pam Fischer Photo
Allegany Car Show Held
and downpours weren't enough to keep Port Allegany Car Show fans away during the
annual event held Saturday on the Town Square. In this photo, Nate Carlson,
Mark Carlson, Perry Carlson and Bob Kinney socialize by Kinney's car.
Winners will be announced in a future issue of the Reporter Argus. For more
photos from this event, turn to this week's picture page.
Pam Fischer Photo
Port Allegany - Homecoming Queen, Renee Edgell was recognized
along with other PA/NY Homecoming Queens at the 38th Annual Don Raabe
Charities Classic held Saturday evening in Bradford. Miss Edgell
is the niece of Tony and Dawne Edgell of Turtlepoint. She was selected
as Queen of the 2010 PAHS Homecoming by the student body. More photos
from the Big 30 game will appear on next week's picture page.
Pam Fischer Photo
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McKean County Fair Representative
Port Allegany, Hannah Wise, is pictured following her introduction at the Don
Raabe Charities Classic held Saturday evening in Bradford. Miss Wise will
represent Port Allegany and PAHS during the Queen's Parade, Talent Show and
Coronation. That event will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 15. The
106th Annual McKean County Fair will be held from August 13 - 20 at the
fairgrounds located in Smethport. To save $2 off the general admission price of
$8, advance sale tickets can be found at the Fair Office, Costa's Supermarket,
Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy, Country Porch Cafe, Northwest Savings Bank and
Hamlin Bank in Smethport; Costa's Supermarket, Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy and
Hamlin Bank in Eldred; Bradford Era, Hamlin Bank and Northwest Savings Bank
locations in Bradford; Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy in Coudersport; Hamlin Bank in
Mt. Jewett; Hamlin Bank in Kane; and Port Pharmacy and Pierce Federal Credit
Union in Port Allegany. Pam Fischer Photo