Schad, Port Allegany Resident, Joins The Ranks Of The PSP

Governor Tom 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 Hershey.

"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."

Corbett spoke 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.

Cadet Robert D. Richter Jr., of Holland, Bucks County, was named the outstanding cadet by his classmates and instructors, receiving the American Legion Award.

Also receiving awards were:

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 in 1960.

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, follows:


Troop E, Erie, Erie County

Edwin J. Machacek of Waterford, Erie County

Elijah L. Pardee of Erie, Erie County

Gregory A. Murphy of Corry, Erie County

Jason L. Domenick of New Castle, Lawrence County

Joshua G. White of Ridgway, Elk County

Justin R. Carman of Tarentum, Allegheny County

Mark D. Olowin of Harborcreek, Erie County

Noelle K. Schad of Port Allegany, McKean County

Robert V. Gambone Jr. of Meadville, Crawford County

Scott C. McClain of Cochranton, Crawford County

Stephen L. Shurgott of New Eagle, Washington County

Tate M. Allison of Limestone, Clarion County

Timothy J. McConnell of Hermitage, Mercer County

Vaughn R. Norbert of Rimersburg, Clarion County


Troop F, Montoursville, Lycoming County

Aaron M. Messner of Munch, Lycoming County

Bryan T. Uhl of Kersey, Elk County

Christine M. Fye of Mill Hall, Clinton County

Daniel J. DeNucci of East Stroudsburg, Monroe County

Daniel J. Spath of Kingston, Luzerne County

Johnathan B. Buynak of Muncy, Lycoming County

Jonathan W. Houseknecht of Montoursville, Lycoming County

Michael G. Meko of Punxsutawney, Jefferson County

Michael J. Zulkowski of Shenandoah, Schuylkill County

Robert Evanchick of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County

Travis M. Trimbur of Chicora, Butler County

Trevor D. Danko of Philipsburg, Centre County


Troop G, Hollidaysburg, Blair County

Bradley C. Poole of Greensburg, Westmoreland County

James D. Gority Jr. of Altoona, Blair County

Jason I. Claar of Ebensburg, Cambria County

Ryan C. Bickel of Morrisdale, Clearfield County

Scott J. Wagner of Westover, Clearfield County


Troop H, Harrisburg, Dauphin County

Adam M. Fairchild of Berwick, Columbia County

Anthony L. Vaccaro of Gibsonia, Allegheny County

Anthony S. Chomiszewski III of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Audra L. Schmidt of Sheppton, Schuylkill County

Brent L. Boggess of Carlisle, Cumberland County

Brian M. Hupe of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Chad B. Ehresman of Belleville, Mifflin County

Clint R. Long of Middletown, Dauphin County

David A. Taylor II of Natrona Heights, Allegheny County

David W. Shero Jr. of Export, Westmoreland County

Donald J. Hoffman of New Baltimore, Somerset County

Eric W. Stuby of Reynoldsville, Jefferson County

Glen W. Knudsen of Mount Gretna, Lebanon County

Gregory M. Bacher Jr. of Houtzdale, Clearfield County

Jeffrey A. Baney of Gettysburg, Adams County

Jeffrey A. Vitek of Franklin, Venango County

Jerry W. Zundel of West Mifflin, Allegheny County

Jon J. Paone of Throop, Lackawanna County

Jonathan J. Simmons of Carnegie, Allegheny County

Jonathan R. Confer of Danville, Montour County

Jordan A. Starliper of Harrisburg, Dauphin County

Joseph M. Lauricia of Jeannette, Westmoreland County

Justin W. Handlin of Greensburg, Westmoreland County

Keith A. Rudy of Jonestown, Lebanon County

Keith J. Sobecki of New Kensington, Westmoreland County

Kory A. Wardrop of Carlisle, Cumberland County

Marc D. Packrall of Fredericktown, Washington County

Mateo E. Herrera of Finleyville, Washington County

Matthew D. Long of Osterburg, Bedford County

Matthew R. Gray of West Decatur, Clearfield County

Michael D. App of Kreamer, Snyder County

Michael F. Brooks of Red Lion, York County

Michael J. Trotta of Exeter, Luzerne County

Mitchell R. Penrose of Hanover, York County

Noah D. Bungard of Shippensburg, Cumberland County

Quincy T. Heller-Dutrow of Chambersburg, Franklin County

Ronald A. Jarvie of Elmora, Cambria County

Ruben D. DeLosSantos of Red Lion, York County

Sean M. Polcha of Allison Park, Allegheny County

Shawn D. Panchik of Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County

Thomas J. Kapolka of Perryopolis, Fayette County

Thomas J. Karlo of Tarentum, Allegheny County

Tobi M. Odom of Erie, Erie County

Travis S. Kauffman of Lebanon, Lebanon County

Trisha A. Campbell of Newport, Perry County

Ty C. Ammerman of Snow Shoe, Centre County

William R. Petras of North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County


Troop J, Lancaster, Lancaster County

Aaron A. Davis of Hershey, Dauphin County

Alan J. Zulick of Saint Clair, Schuylkill County

Andi I. Avdulla of Lansdowne, Delaware County

Andrew F. Helms of Drexel Hill, Delaware County

Anthony M. Reppert of Easton, Northampton County

Brian A. Olszewski of Millersville, Lancaster County

Brian B. Kundick of Hawthorn, Clarion County

Brian D. Borowicz of Olyphant, Lackawanna County

Chad T. Burgwald of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Curtis L. Matthews of Canonsburg, Washington County

Dennis M. Harding of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Elizabeth R. Clatch of Drums, Luzerne County

Gregory D. Butler of Broomall, Delaware County

James J. Hoban Jr. of Auburn, Schuylkill County

John P. Marsteller of Orefield, Lehigh County

Joseph B. Dunsmore of Reading, Berks County

Justin M. Heisler of Walnutport, Northampton County

Marc S. Hunsberger of Wyomissing, Berks County

Nicholas J. Cortese III of Hazle Township, Luzerne County

Samantha L. Minnucci of Ridley Park, Delaware County

Suzanne E. Creelman of Honey Brook, Chester County

Thomas C. Keegan of Mayfield, Lackawanna County

Timothy J. O'Connor Jr. of West Chester, Chester County

Travis K. Hill of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Waleska Gonzalez of Norristown, Montgomery County


Troop K, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Christian M. Keller of Bethlehem, Northampton County

Derik W. Frymire of Yardley, Bucks County

Edmund R. Homa Jr. of Media, Delaware County

George A. Near of Bethlehem, Lehigh County

Jonathan C. Meister of Aldan, Delaware County

Justin D. Serratore of Folcroft, Delaware County

Michele L. Naab of Schwenksville, Montgomery County

Saimir Shehu of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Sergio L. Colon of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Trenton Q. Odhner of Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County

William J. Crowley III of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County


Troop L, Reading, Berks County

Vincent A. LaSelva Jr. of Pottsville, Schuylkill County


Troop M, Bethlehem, Northampton County

Brandon J. Horlacher of Hazleton, Luzerne County

Christopher C.  Smith Jr. of Allentown, Lehigh County

Christopher J. Bohenek of Jessup, Lackawanna County

Daniel Domanski of Easton, Northampton County

Mark J. Hydock of Beaver Meadows, Carbon County

Matthew J. Thom of Media, Delaware County

Matthew T. Villano of Easton, Northampton County

Michael C. Felsman of Prompton, Wayne County

Robert D. Richter Jr. of Holland, Bucks County

Robert E. Eck of Easton, Northampton County

Salvatore M. Alaimo Jr. of Pittston Township, Luzerne County

Scott D. Cabets of Archbald, Lackawanna County

Thomas D. Geerlof of Portland, Northampton County

Thomas J. Zarcufsky of Shenandoah, Schuylkill County

Thomas Rummerfield of Dunmore, Lackawanna County

Troop N, Hazleton, Luzerne County

Sean Munley of Dalton, Lackawanna County



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 Industry.

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 wine industry.

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 said.

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 research.

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 officials

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 recently.” 

Senator Casey continued, “I urge you to coordinate with local, state, and other federal entities to ensure that appropriate actions to protect public health are implemented.”


(Click here 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 earned less.

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.


Marcellus 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 to come.

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? Sewak asked.

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.


Gary Turner Part Of Clinical Trial

By Martha Knight

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 treatment.

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 cardiovascular disease.”

There is some cross-pollination between Johns Hopkins ICE and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI).

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 found.

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.


Glass Block 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. 

About Pittsburgh-Corning:  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) 225-4241.

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 Nurses Association.


Causer Hosts ‘Coffee and Conversation’ in Emporium, Coudersport

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.


Prom 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.  Pam Fischer Photo


Jazz 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 Photo


PAHS 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 - 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




Selected For All-Eastern - Shane Whitney and Renee Edgell will represent Port Allegany High School 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.

The 2011 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 Baltimore, Maryland.  Pam Fischer Photo


Happy 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.

ROTARY 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 time, 12:15.

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.


PAHS 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


AMWL All-Stars - The Allegheny Mountain Wrestling League All-Star team was announced as follows:  (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 Nolan, 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, Smethport.

Honorable Mention team members are Joe Holjencin, Cameron County; Andrew Morgan, Northern Potter; Noah Colebert, Otto-Eldred; and Jory Okerlund Smethport.

North Tier League All-Stars - Six young ladies were named to the NTL All-star first team.  They are (pictured 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 Valley.

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


PAHS 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 Willie Daniels.


Congratulations! - Pictured are the  Junior 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