Port Allegany Resident, Joins The Ranks Of The PSP
Corbett announced that 131 men and women joined the ranks of the
Pennsylvania State Police following their
graduation today from the State Police Academy in
"In years to
come, you will look back on this day as the moment you became something
bigger than yourselves," Corbett said. "You join a force with more than a
century of history. I salute your willingness to take on this calling. You
are that part of government we want."
at the ceremony, which was held at Central Dauphin High School.
Pennsylvania Superior Court President Judge
Correale F. Stevens was the principal speaker and Commissioner
Frank Noonan offered remarks. Cadet
Mark J. Hydock, of
Beaver Meadows, Carbon County, spoke
on behalf of the cadet class.
Robert D. Richter Jr., of
County, was named the outstanding cadet by his classmates and
instructors, receiving the American Legion Award.
Also receiving awards were:
Jeffrey A. Vitek
Venango County – Daniel F. Dunn High
Gregory A. Murphy
Erie County – Charles B. Gesford High
Aaron A. Davis
Dauphin County – Col.
Paul J. Chylak Memorial Driver
Salvatore M. Alaimo Jr. of
Luzerne County –
John K. Schafer Memorial Physical Fitness
Major John W. Laufer
III, director of the state
police Bureau of Training and Education, supervised the training of the
class, which was the 131st class to graduate from the State
Police Academy in Hershey since it opened
The graduates have been
assigned to stations within nine troop areas across the state and will
report to their stations on April 11.
A list of graduates and
their home towns, arranged by the location of their troop assignment,
Erie, Erie County
Edwin J. Machacek
Elijah L. Pardee
of Erie, Erie
Gregory A. Murphy
of Corry, Erie
Jason L. Domenick
of New Castle,
Joshua G. White
of Ridgway, Elk
Justin R. Carman
Mark D. Olowin
Noelle K. Schad
of Port Allegany,
Robert V. Gambone Jr.
Scott C. McClain
Stephen L. Shurgott
of New Eagle,
Tate M. Allison
Timothy J. McConnell
Vaughn R. Norbert
Aaron M. Messner
of Munch, Lycoming County
Bryan T. Uhl
of Kersey, Elk
Christine M. Fye
of Mill Hall,
Daniel J. DeNucci
of East Stroudsburg,
Daniel J. Spath
Johnathan B. Buynak
Jonathan W. Houseknecht
Michael G. Meko
Michael J. Zulkowski
Travis M. Trimbur
Trevor D. Danko
Bradley C. Poole
James D. Gority Jr.
of Altoona, Blair
Jason I. Claar
Ryan C. Bickel
Scott J. Wagner
Adam M. Fairchild
Anthony L. Vaccaro
Anthony S. Chomiszewski III
Audra L. Schmidt
Brent L. Boggess
Brian M. Hupe
Chad B. Ehresman
Clint R. Long
David A. Taylor II
of Natrona Heights,
David W. Shero Jr.
Donald J. Hoffman
of New Baltimore,
Eric W. Stuby
Glen W. Knudsen
of Mount Gretna,
Gregory M. Bacher Jr.
Jeffrey A. Baney
Jeffrey A. Vitek
Jerry W. Zundel
of West Mifflin,
Jon J. Paone
Jonathan J. Simmons
Jonathan R. Confer
Jordan A. Starliper
Joseph M. Lauricia
Justin W. Handlin
Keith A. Rudy
Keith J. Sobecki
of New Kensington,
Kory A. Wardrop
Marc D. Packrall
Mateo E. Herrera
Matthew D. Long
Matthew R. Gray
of West Decatur,
Michael D. App
Michael F. Brooks
of Red Lion, York
Michael J. Trotta
Mitchell R. Penrose
of Hanover, York
Noah D. Bungard
Quincy T. Heller-Dutrow
Ronald A. Jarvie
Ruben D. DeLosSantos
of Red Lion, York
Sean M. Polcha
of Allison Park,
Shawn D. Panchik
of Lower Burrell,
Thomas J. Kapolka
Thomas J. Karlo
Tobi M. Odom
of Erie, Erie
Travis S. Kauffman
Trisha A. Campbell
of Newport, Perry
Ty C. Ammerman
of Snow Shoe,
William R. Petras
of North Huntingdon,
Aaron A. Davis
Alan J. Zulick
of Saint Clair,
Andi I. Avdulla
Andrew F. Helms
of Drexel Hill,
Anthony M. Reppert
Brian A. Olszewski
Brian B. Kundick
Brian D. Borowicz
Chad T. Burgwald
Curtis L. Matthews
Dennis M. Harding
Elizabeth R. Clatch of Drums,
Gregory D. Butler
James J. Hoban Jr.
John P. Marsteller
Joseph B. Dunsmore
of Reading, Berks
Justin M. Heisler
Marc S. Hunsberger
Nicholas J. Cortese III
of Hazle Township,
Samantha L. Minnucci
of Ridley Park,
Suzanne E. Creelman
of Honey Brook,
Thomas C. Keegan
Timothy J. O'Connor Jr.
of West Chester,
Travis K. Hill
Christian M. Keller
Derik W. Frymire
of Yardley, Bucks
Edmund R. Homa Jr.
George A. Near
Jonathan C. Meister
Justin D. Serratore
Michele L. Naab
Saimir Shehu of Philadelphia,
Sergio L. Colon
Trenton Q. Odhner
of Huntingdon Valley,
William J. Crowley III
Vincent A. LaSelva
Pottsville, Schuylkill County
Brandon J. Horlacher
Christopher C. Smith Jr. of Allentown,
Christopher J. Bohenek
Mark J. Hydock
of Beaver Meadows,
Matthew J. Thom
Matthew T. Villano
Michael C. Felsman
Robert D. Richter Jr.
of Holland, Bucks
Robert E. Eck
Salvatore M. Alaimo Jr.
of Pittston Township,
Scott D. Cabets
Thomas D. Geerlof
Thomas J. Zarcufsky
Pitt-Bradford Professors Receive Grant To
Study State Wine Industry
BRADFORD, PA - Two University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
professors have received a $47,400 grant to study the Pennsylvania Wine
James Dombrosky, assistant professor of
hospitality management, and Dr. Shailendra Gajanan, associate professor of
economics, received the grant from The Center for Rural Pennsylvania.
The center works with various government
groups and organizations to maximize resources for Pennsylvania's 3.4
million rural residents. In part, it sponsors research projects, collects
data on trends in rural Pennsylvania and publishes information and research
results about diverse people and communities in rural Pennsylvania.
Unlike other grant-giving organizations,
the center does not put out an open call for proposals. Instead, the center
chooses topics of importance to the state, then solicits proposals from
faculty members at the states' rural universities. This was the first-time
Pitt-Bradford was eligible to submit a proposal.
Dombrosky and Gajanan's proposal was
chosen from among seven applicants to conduct an assessment of the state's
For Dombrosky, the proposal was a natural
extension of the doctoral thesis he is writing: "Distribution of
Pennsylvania Wine through Restaurants: Barriers and Opportunities."
But to determine the industry's current
capacity and growth potential, Dombrosky turned to Gajanan.
Both thought that their cross-discipline
proposal gave them an edge over other applicants.
"It was a logical partnership," Dombrosky
The pair has just begun its research,
which will last a year with the help of an undergraduate research assistant.
The project will result in not only an analysis of the wine industry in
Pennsylvania, but also identify strategies to grow the industry further, and
make policy recommendations to the state government.
"Winemaking is a big industry in
Pennsylvania," said Gajanan, citing a statistic that ranks the state seventh
nationally in the production of wine. "The question is, can it get bigger
and can the government do something to help it get bigger?"
Dombrosky said that the role of the study
in potentially shaping public policy sets it apart from a lot of academic
Far from being an excuse to go
winery-hopping, Dombrosky's portion of the research will involve conducting
one-on-one and focus group interviews with industry experts, winery
operators, grape growers and other stakeholders.
As part of the study, the two professors
will compare practices and results in Pennsylvania with those in New York,
Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, Arizona and Colorado.
Gajanan will look at existing data that
can inform policy on production and expansion.
"Are Pennsylvania wineries efficient right
now?" he asked. "Is it possible for them to increase production without
incurring too much additional cost? Right now nobody knows if there are
advantages to greater production."
Casey Calls for Federal
Help With Gas Explosions in NW PA
After McKean County house explosions, Casey sends letter to
Department of Energy asking for help and coordination with local and state
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S.
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today wrote U.S. Energy
Secretary Steven Chu concerning gas migration-related
incidents in Northwestern Pennsylvania. After the most
recent house explosions in McKean County, Senator Casey
called for federal help investigating the explosions and
in coordinating with local and state officials to
protect public health and safety.
“I am deeply alarmed
to learn of yet another gas-migration-related explosion
in Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “According to the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA
DEP) Emergency Response Program, there have been dozens
of gas migration incidents in northwestern Pennsylvania
continued, “I urge you to coordinate with local, state,
and other federal entities to ensure that appropriate
actions to protect public health are implemented.”
for a letter to The Honorable Steven Chu, Secretary, United States
Department of Energy)
Workers Making Minimum Wage Or Less
Up In PA
Of Pennsylvania’s nearly 3.3 million hourly-paid workers last year, 206,000
earned at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to
data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Thursday.
Statewide, hourly-paid workers made up 62
percent of Pennsylvanian’s wage and salary workers last year. Those earning
minimum wage or less accounted for 6.3 percent of all hourly-paid workers in
the state, up from 4.7 percent in 2009. Last year, 91,000 earned exactly the
minimum wage in the state and 115,000 earned less.
New Jersey had about 1.6 million
hourly-paid workers last year, 31,000 of whom earned the minimum wage and
115,000 of whom earned less. Delaware had 203,000 workers who were paid by
the hour last year, 6,000 of whom earned the minimum wage and 8,000 of whom
The sizable number of workers with
reported wages below the minimum does not necessarily indicate violations of
the Fair Labor Standards Act, because there are exemptions to the minimum
wage provisions of the law, the department noted.
Drilling, Production Impact Eyed
By Martha Knight
Marcellus Shale drilling pads are
large and impressive, David Sewak told a group of about 60 area residents
Wednesday night, at a talk sponsored by the Seneca Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Sewak is the Pennsylvania TU Marcellus Shale field organizer.
The well pad area itself may be
about five acres in size, Sewak said, but there is also a containment or lined
pond for water storage, eight or nine acres in size, and another cleared area
four to ten acres in size for parking.
Several gas wells may be drilled
at a particular site, and each may include numerous horizontal shafts of great
length, extending out from the deep vertical shaft, which will create clusters
of channels for the freed natural gas to come to the surface.
Estimates of the number of
Marcellus Shale wells to be drilled in Pennsylvania range from 50,000 to 80,000,
Sewak said, and each will impact far more than five acres of land surface. Not
only land surface, the landscape and habitat for land dwellers (including the
human population), but also air and water will be affected.
Land under lease for drilling
includes some 700,000 acres of state forest and park land, Sewak said. He used a
slide presentation and an industry video to show the horizontal drilling,
“perfing” (perforating of horizontal shafts to admit gas) and “fracking”
(hydraulic fracturing) processes.
Hydrofracking uses vast amounts of
water, when employed in horizontal drilling, Sewak explained. Whereas drilling a
vertical well might use from 20,000 to 80,000 gallons of water, a well with
several horizontal channels would require 2 million to 8 million, depending on
the lengths of the shafts.
Much of the blow-back water from
wells is recycled for further hydrofracking use, Sewak said, but eventually it
must be disposed of. Some from western Pennsylvania has been trucked to Ohio,
and there some has been injected into very deep wells for disposal.
Disposal is a continuing challenge
in drilling operations, Sewak pointed out. The only way to remove all
contaminants would be by distillation, with solids collected and disposed of in
landfills. But Pennsylvania has not required that process, so much of the “used”
frack water is treated “by dilution” and discharged into waterways.
Sewak used some photo slides to
show how land, disturbed and scraped bare to create pads and access roads,
becomes subject to erosion and sediment washing, unless care has been taken to
provide barriers and protect terrain and streams.
The ultimate Pennsylvania
destination for some of the pollution will be Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and
Harrisburg, Sewak suggested. However, local streams would be degraded for years
Although the Coldwater
Conservation Corps and its volunteers are concerned with protecting local
streams which are home to coldwater fish species, Sewak pointed out that the
clubs and volunteers are also interested in protecting other streams, including
those used by “our warmwater brethren” who fish for bass, muskellunge and other
types, Sewak said.
Also of concern are deer, turkey,
grouse and other wildlife, which were depicted in some slides. He showed ducks
visiting streams and marshes, possibly en route to other areas, where some may
be “harvested” by sportspersons.
If cattle exposed to spills of
hydrofracking brines are deemed unfit for human consumption, what about the game
that are affected by drilling chemicals and other content of blow-back fluid?
The volunteers use kits obtained
through the CCC and undergo training. They can pick the streams they will
monitor, but the goal is to cover all area streams.
Also involved is the McKean County
Conservation District. Watershed conservationist Heather McKean is a point
person in that agency.
Local naturalist, retired science
teacher and wildlife protector Rick Smith pointed to the harmful effects of
shale drilling elsewhere, particularly in Texas, as detailed in a recent
Pittsburgh Press story. “We haven’t learned from it,” Smith declared, expressing
concern about lack of awareness and lax regulations or enforcement.
“You will not believe the scope of
what is going on unless you visit one of these drilling sites,” Smith said.
Smith also likened shale drilling
to strip mining. “It’s another money grab,” he said.
A number of others in the audience
expressed similar concern.
Refreshments were provided by the
culinary arts program at the Career and Technology Center, and instructor Paul
Farmelo and a student were on hand to host and serve the buffet.
Turner Part Of Clinical Trial
When supervisor chairman Gary Turner was not at the March meeting
of the Liberty Township Board of Supervisors, vice-chairman Chuck Safford
explained Turner’s absence by saying that Turner was in Maryland for medical
Later the local official’s wife, Kim Turner, explained, “He was at
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. As far as I know he is the only one in the
area receiving stem cells for the heart. He has completed the first phase.”
More recently Kim Turner supplied this update: “We got an answer
from Johns Hopkins regarding the Poseidon Study Gary is a part of. From the
research study perspective, Gary is participating in a stem cell trial to
determine whether stem cells derived from bone marrow can decrease relative scar
size and improve heart muscle function in patients who have heart damage
resulting from a heart attack.
“This study requires frequent trips to Johns Hopkins Hospital for
evaluation before and after the administration of the stem cells. Gary had the
bone marrow aspiration performed on March 10. The stem cells’ growth will be
monitored and when they are ready, (four to six weeks), Johns Hopkins will call
Gary, and he will go back to the hospital for the procedure to administer his
own stem cells. This has been done in Miami, and Johns Hopkins is working with
them regarding the Poseidon Study.”
The Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering (ICE) is one of
the top places in the world for cell engineering and embryonic cell research. It
is headed by Gregg Semenza, M.D., Ph. D., who got a big award and grant last
year from Canada’s only international science award program.
According to its website, Johns Hopkins’ Vascular Biology Program’s
mission is “to foster research in the areas of angiogenesis and vascular biology
with the ultimate goal of translating basic science discoveries into clinical
applications. A specific focus of investigation is the use of bone
marrow-derived vascular progenitor cells for the treatment of ischemic
There is some cross-pollination between Johns Hopkins ICE and the
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Interdisciplinary Stem Cell
Just weeks ago ISCI’s director, Joshua M. Hare, M.D. received
approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to begin the
nation’s first clinical trial in which autologous (patient derived) stem cells
will be compared with donor stem cells for patients with dilated cardiomyopathy.
Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition that causes congestive heart
failure. People with the condition are at risk of serious disability; and the
condition is life threatening.
Dilated cardiomyopathy causes weakness of the heart muscle. Causes
include viral infections, inflammation, genetic disorders and “unknown.” Common
treatments have included medication to stimulate or improve heart function.
Patients whose hearts continue to deteriorate may need heart transplantation.
But some are not candidates for that, and for those who are, there can be
perilously long waits for donor hearts, and sometimes no suitable one can be
Patients taking part in the current clinical trial include persons
with damaged heart muscle from myocardial infarction (heart attack). The study
also aims to examine whether stem cell use may also prove beneficial for other
forms of heart muscle damage or weakness.
Effects of autologous cells will be compared with effects of
allogenic ones (stem cells from donors). In this program, no fetus or placenta
stem cells are used; donors are adults.
Hare says success in treatment of cardiomyopathy could be
transformative of the prospects of many patients. “Cell therapy for this
condition could reduce the need for heart transplantation and other advanced
therapies by providing a viable alternative. Also, using donor cells could make
this potential new therapy highly practical and easy to deliver.”
One thing the study is expected to clarify is whether stem cells
taken from a patient who is seriously ill might be compromised, and thus not
capable of bringing about heart muscle regeneration to the extent needed. But if
that were to prove to be the case, use of stem cells from a healthy donor could
still be an option.
The process involves extracting some of the patient’s bone marrow
containing mesenchymal stem cells. The cells are separated from other material
and cultivated in a lab for up to six weeks.
When donor cells are used, immune suppressive drugs are not
required, although the lay public might suppose that would be necessary.
Mesenchymal stem cells are immunoprivileged, and there is no need for matching
between donors and recipients.
Turner’s inclusion in the Poseidon trial has the potential of
improving his health, if his stem cells trigger improvement of the condition of
his heart muscle. In addition, the results of the Poseidon trial promise to
yield valuable new information concerning the use of stem cells in treating
heart disease, and could show the way to life saving or extending treatment
methodologies that will benefit untold numbers of patients.
Maker Demolishes, Making Room For Green Space
Port Allegany Online
Those of you traveling through Port Allegany may
have noticed activity centered near the intersection of Routes 155 and 6. Those
of you not out and about over the past several days will be surprised at what
you do see.
In an effort to streamline their Port Allegany
facility, Pittsburgh Corning Corporation is demolishing what was once known as
Plant 5. Plant 5 once held a fabricated assembly line along with warehouse
space. The space previously used as warehouse space has been relocated to other
space within the P-C campus in the north end of the borough.
Andrea Veilleux from the Port Allegany plant
provided PAO with a release stating the removal of Plant 5, a 48,000 square
foot branch of the Port Allegany campus of P-C, will leave room for "green
space", including trees, grass, shrubs and other plant material.
Demo was done due to the fact that Plant 5 was in need of
repairs/upgrades “to preserves its’ integrity”. The removal of this section of
Pittsburgh-Corning’s Port Allegany facility did not affect current staffing
positions according to those within the organization.
Pittsburgh-Corning was started in 1935 as Corning GlassWorks, a forerunner to
what we know today as Pittsburgh Corning. 1938 saw the first product in the
DÉCOR® and ARGUS®
lines roll off the assembly line in Port Allegany. Fast-forward fifteen years,
the Sedalia operations are consolidated into the facility on North Main Street,
Port Allegany, bringing with it the glass block making once done in both
facilities. The year nineteen sixty saw space added at 701 North Main Street,
Port Allegany. The nineteen nineties saw the demand for glass block continue to
grow, resulting in new patterns, accessories and finishing pieces being
developed. The most recent information on their website mentions P-C’s
affiliate Fresno Manufacturing LLC’s purchase of Cell-U-Foam Corporation of
Fresno, TX in 2005.
Charles Cole Expands: Nurse Practitioner
Joins Eldred Health Center
Amy Sorg, CRNP,
has joined the staff at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and will care for
patients at the Eldred Health Center. Appointments can be made by calling (814)
Sorg earned associate’s and bachelor’s degrees at the University of Pittsburgh
at Bradford and Pennsylvania State University. She earned a master’s degree in
the family nurse practitioner program at the University of South Alabama. Most
recently, she worked as an emergency room nurse at Elk Regional Health Center.
She is a member of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses and American
Causer Hosts ‘Coffee and Conversation’ in
Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area residents to join him for
“Coffee and Conversation” to discuss the proposed state budget and other issues
facing the state and the region.
The first session will be held at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N.
Broad St., at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 14. The second is planned at the Charles
Cole Memorial Hospital Wellness Center, 1001 E. Second St. in Coudersport, at 8
a.m. Friday, April 15.
“This is a great opportunity for people to get an update on the latest news from
Harrisburg, as well as for me to hear their concerns about state and local
issues,” Causer said.
Seating for the meetings is limited. People who wish to attend should RSVP no
later than April 12 by calling 814-362-4400, 814-274-9769 or e-mailing
NEW CCC - These days CCC stands
for Coldwater Conservation Corps, a cadre
of volunteers who
will monitor stream conditions in regions affected by Marcellus Shale drilling and production activities. Shown conferring with David Sewak after a sizable gathering at the Seneca Highlands Career and Technology
Center Wednesday night are, from left, Seneca Trout Unlimited president Dave
Mensch, TU field organizer for shale issues David Sewak, and other chapter
members Tim Bizzaro, Buck Daisley and Rick Smith.
Martha Knight Photo
Players Plan Productions - The following dates have been chosen for the next two productions
by the Potter-McKean Players:
A dinner-theater will be presented on Saturday, May 14 at the
Coudersport Consistory and on Saturday, May 21 at the Veterans Memorial facility
near Port Allegany.
A revue called “Broadway on the Allegheny” will be presented Friday
evening, September 16 in the Coudersport Consistory and Friday evening,
September 23 in the Port Allegany Junior-Senior High School auditorium.
Court Announced - The Junior Class Prom Committee
of Port Allegany High School has announced the 2011 Prom Court as follows:
(front row, left to right) Breanna Foster, Cora Bova, Bryanna Evens, Caryne
Healy; (middle) Ryan Kio, Seth Lowery, Renee Edgell; (back) Chad Barnard, Camrin
Stuckey and Brock Bricker. The prom, a gift from the junior class to the
seniors, is scheduled for April 9 with pictures and appetizers beginning at 6
p.m. Crowning will be at 9:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend the
crowning and may begin arriving at 8:45 and are asked to leave following the
King and Queen dance. Theme for the event is Black Tie Affair and music
will be provided by Shon J the DJ. The 2011 prom advisor is Erin Moran.
and Java - The Port Allegany Music Department will present their Jazz
and Java Concert on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:30 P.M. in the Port Allegany
Elementary School Cafeteria. General admission tickets are $3.00 and are
available at the high school business office or at the door. The concert will
feature the junior high and senior high jazz bands. Pictured are members of the
Senior High Jazz Band. Pam Fischer
Regional Band Representatives - Jacob Stehle,
Mary Rosenswie and Kenneth Kysor
represented Port Allegany at the PMEA Region
II Band Festival at North East High School March 23-26, 2011. The ensemble was
under the direction of retired Air Force conductor and George Mason University
Professor, Dennis M. Layendecker. The ensemble presented a public performance
on Saturday, March 26 at 11:30 A.M.
Pam Fischer Photo
- Game night provided hours of
family fun at the Gethsemane
Lutheran Church Friday night. Kids and adults played familiar board games,
enjoyed snacks and had lots of fun. In this photo are Hannah Moses, Abby Lutz,
Caleb Lutz, AJ Edgell, Taro Tanaka and Emi Tanaka.
Pam Fischer Photo
For All-Eastern -
Shane Whitney and Renee Edgell will represent Port Allegany High
at the 2011 All-Eastern Honors Choir in Baltimore, Maryland from March 31 -
April 3. The honors ensemble is sponsored by the Music Educators National
Conference (MENC) and is comprised of the finest student musicians from 12
eastern states. The selection process actually began in th fall of
2009 when these students were selected for Pennsylvania Music Educators
Association's District Chorus festival, and continued once the students
qualified for the Region Chorus in 2010. Both Shane and Renee qualified for
the 2010 Pennsylvania All-State Chorus, thus making them eligible for
consideration for the MENC All-East chorus. The MENC selection committee
met in the fall of 2010 and notified PAHS that both students had been
selected to participate in the All-East Honors Choir.
All-East Honors Choir will be under the direction of Dr. Constantina
Tsolainou from Columbia State University in Columbia, Georgia. The ensemble
will rehearse for three days at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore and
subsequently present a concert on Sunday, April 3rd at 3PM at the Carl J.
Murphy Fine Arts Center on the campus of Morgan State University in
Pam Fischer Photo
90th Howie! - Four generations of family members
joined Howard Gustafson at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall after
the morning worship service. A luncheon was held in honor of "Howie's" 90th
birthday. Pictured (front row, left to right) are Ty Nelson, Mr. Gustafson,
Kaileigha Gustafson, Brooke Nelson; (row 2) Brendan Nelson, Patty Gustafson,
Nancy Gustafson Nelson, Deana Nelson; (row 3) Mark Gustafson, Maggie Gustafson,
Bill Gustafson, Brian Nelson, and Drew Nelson.
Celebrates 90 Years - Howard "Howie"
Gustafson was the guest of honor at a luncheon held at the Gethsemane
Lutheran Church on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Mr. Gustafson is a
life-long resident of Port Allegany who had a varied work resume including
being an independent contractor. He served in the second World War in
Germany and was awarded a bronze star.
Mr. Gustafson was working at the local
glass factory (Pierce Glass when he was hired, now known as St. Gobain/Veraillia)
when he retired in 1983.
In 1963, he began writing a weekly column
for the Reporter Argus and continues to do so today. For 19 years, he has
worked with the Boon Docks Program supervising juveniles as they work on
stream improvement for six weeks each summer.
Mr. Gustafson is known for his fly-ting
skills and his hand-crafted fishing rods. He is also well known for sharing
his skills by teaching fly-tying classes and his generosity in donating
fishing rods to various groups when they raise funds for community projects.
He is very proud of the work done through
Trout Unlimited. He is a member of the local group, has been President of
the Pennsylvania Council, Vice-President of the National Council and has
served as National Director.
He and his late wife, Muriel, were married
for 64 years. They have four children - Nancy, Jim, Bill and Mark. Mr.
Gustafson also has eight grandkids and eight great-grandchildren with
another great-grandchild due in July.
Mr. Gustafson is a member of the
Gethsemane Lutheran Church.
Pam Fischer Photo
Exchange Student From India Visits - Zoya Rana, a
Rotary Exchange Student from India, was the guest speaker at the weekly Rotary
meeting held Thursday at the Moose Family Center. The Bradford Rotary Club is
Zoya's host club. Pictured with Zoya is program chair of the day, Charlie Cox.
REPORT - The Port Allegany Rotary Club held their weekly meeting at the
Moose Family Center on Thursday, March 24. There were 24 members present
for a reportable attendance of 78 percent.
Program chair for the day, Charlie Cox, introduced Zoya Rana,
a Rotary Exchange Student from India. She is currently residing in
Bradford with the Bradford Rotary Club as her host club.
The club will meet at the Moose Family Center on March 31.
Their April 7 meeting will be held at the Career Technical Center (Seneca
Highlands Vocational-Technical School). Meeting will be held at the same
Program Chairs for April will be Ki
Bayline, 14th; Joe Lashway, 21st; and Road Clean up, 28th.
The Group Study Exchange Team from Pakistan will visit in
Port Allegany from June 12 - 15th.
Marty Moses announced that Jordan Edgell and Jacob Stehle
were selected to attend RYLA Camp to be held at Westminster College from
June 12 - 17.
Winner of the 50/50 raffle was Christa Schott.
Athletes Named To NTL All-Star Teams - Four Port
Allegany High School basketball players were
selected as North Tier League
All-Star Team members. They are Matt Bodamer, second team; Renee Edgell,
honorable mention; Rachel Taylor, first team; and Kyley Mickle, second team.
Bodamer and Taylor are sophomores while Edgell and Mickle are seniors.
Pam Fischer Photo
All-Stars - The Allegheny Mountain Wrestling
League All-Star team was announced as
(front row, left to right) Trent Neely, 103, Smethport; Nate Schwab, 112,
Smethport; Karl Lightner, 119, Smethport; Jesse Wolfe, 125, Johnsonburg; Chet
Tanner, 130, Port Allegany; Max Zimmerman, 135, Johnsonburg; Evan DeLong, 140,
Kane; (middle) Brandon Ryan, 145, Sheffield; Mark Havers, 152, Bradford, also
named Outstanding Wrestler; Ryan Kio, 160, Port Allegany; Mike Swartwood, 171,
Kane; Nick Budd, 189, Port Allegany; Luke Wilson, 215, Oswayo Valley; (back)
Zach Manning, heavyweight, Port Allegany; Zach Britton, at-large, Bradford; Matt
Ostrander, at-large, Bradford; Alex Gular, at-large, Port Allegany; Andrew
Fragale, at-large, Cameron County; andn Mike Swartwood, Kane, Coach of the Year.
Kyle Bova, at-large, Coudersport, is missing from the photo.
North Tier League All-Stars - Named
to the NTL All-star team were Camden
Oswayo Valley; Zach Smith, Smethport; Jason Blose, Cameron County; Ryan
Grimm, MVP, Cameron County; Tim McCusker, Coudersport; Jason Gilson,
Coudersport; and Brian McCusker, Coudersport, Coach of the Year.
Second Team members are Patrick Valenti,
Austin; Andrew Sestina, Cameron County; Jared McCutcheon, Northern Potter;
Nick Goss, Oswayo Valley; Matt Bodamer, Port Allegany; and Kevin Lord,
Honorable Mention team members are Joe Holjencin, Cameron
County; Andrew Morgan, Northern Potter; Noah Colebert, Otto-Eldred; and Jory
North Tier League All-Stars - Six young ladies
were named to the NTL All-star first team. They are
front, left to right) Hannah Fink, Coudersport; Jenna Matzinger,
Coudersport; D.J. Cowburn, Coudersport; (back) Brooke Dunsmore, Cameron
County, Stacey Herzog, Smethport; and Brian Green, Coudersport, who was
named Coach of the Year. Also named to the first team, but not
pictured is Rachel Taylor, Port Allegany. Selected as co-MVPs were
Matzinger and Cowburn.
Second team members include Kayla Zoschg,
Cameron County; Kayla Woods, Smethport; Katelyn Valenti, Austin; Kyley
Mickle, Port Allegany; Tori Brown, Coudersport; and Krystina George, Oswayo
Honorable Mention team members were Olivia
Martin, Northern Potter; Taryn Bennett, Northern Potter; Spryce York,
Otto-Eldred; Stacie Cole, Oswayo Valley; Kiley Lewis, Cameron County; Brandi
Kio, Austin; Renee Edgell, Port Allegany; and Lauren Stratton, Smethport.
Pam Fischer Photos
Softball Returning Letter-winners - First-year Head Coach Dave Morey
has seven returning letter-winners for the 2011 softball season. They are
(front row) Becky Andrus, Cora Bova, Kris Ann Raymo, Jenny Shelley; (back) Sarah
Brodhun, Rachel Taylor and Kyley Mickle. Assistant Coach for the Lady Gators is
- Pictured are the
High Lady Gators posing for
an outstanding undefeated season photo op. Pictured Back Row:
Coach Edgell, Brittany Stoddard,
Rikki Rennells, Monica Johnson, Allison Lathrop, Caitlyn Harvey, Brianna Bell,
Brooke Roys, Coach Nasto, Coach Schultz. Front Row: McKaila Daniels, Lizzie
Moses, Somer Buchsenschutz, Shania Jones, Lynae Delacour, Farrah Fischer, Hannah
Ernst. Photo Submitted