Casey Bill Would Target Sexual Harassment
at Organizations Receiving Federal Funds
WASHINGTON, DC— U.S.
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today joined Philadelphia Housing
Authority (PHA) Administrative Receiver Michael P. Kelly to
discuss his legislation to require full disclosure of
instances of sexual harassment within organizations
receiving federal funds. The legislation would require that
organizations receiving federal funds terminate individuals
found to have engaged in sexual misconduct and require
organizations to disclose any settlement payments, fees or
fines arising from incidents of sexual harassment.
“Over the past year, the
work that PHA has done for Philadelphia and the 80,000
residents PHA serves has been overshadowed by revelations of
misconduct,” said Senator Casey. “What has happened is
unacceptable. We must learn from the past and make changes
to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. That is why I
have introduced legislation to stop sexual harassment from
being swept under the rug. When an agency like PHA is
working hard to serve its community, it should not have its
name tarnished by personal scandals.”
In 2010, it was revealed
that the Philadelphia Housing Authority had settled sexual
harassment claims filed by four women since 2004.
According to a Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Inspector General audit report, the Authority
failed to obtain required approval from the Department for
most of its legal settlements. Furthermore, the settlements
were never disclosed.
In order to prevent a
similar situation where agencies or organizations that
receive federal funds cover up sexual harassment by their
employees, allowing the conduct to recur and public funds to
be jeopardized, Senator Casey has introduced the Public
Agency Accountability for Sexual Harassment Act. This good
government legislation would:
individuals who are agents of organizations that receive
federal funds from engaging in sexual
2. Require that
organizations receiving federal funds terminate individuals
found to have engaged in sexual harassment;
3. Require organizations
to disclose any settlement payments or other related fees
or fines arising from that conduct to the federal agency
from which they receive funds and to the Members of Congress
representing the state in which the organization operates.
The Act empowers each
Federal department and agency to promulgate rules and
regulations to carry out the provisions of the statute and
includes significant due process protections for individuals
and agencies. Before it terminates or refuses to grant or
continue assistance because of failure to comply with the
requirements of the Act, the Federal department or agency
must file a full written report with the committees of
jurisdiction in the House of Representatives and the
Senate. The report must detail the circumstances and the
grounds for termination.
The bill language cites to
the definition of “sexual harassment” in Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act and provides that nothing in its provisions
shall affect any right, obligation, or liability under Title
VII. It excludes education and training programs that are
covered by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Casey Announces Rail Improvement Funds to
Create Jobs, Improve Support for Shale
WASHINGTON, DC— U.S.
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today applauded the $6.8 million in
funding announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation
for regional rail improvements related to natural gas
development. The funding for the Lycoming County government
and the SEDA-Council of Governments Joint Rail Authority
would allow upgrades to expand the capacity, efficiency and
safety of Pennsylvania’s short line rail network in
Lycoming, Centre, Blair and Northumberland counties.
improvements will pay dividends through job creation and
increased economic development,” said Senator Casey. “The
construction of new tracks and rehabilitation of old ones
will position the railroads to accommodate increases in rail
freight traffic associated with natural gas exploration and
production in the Marcellus Shale formation.”
The project – which
includes 200 miles of track improvements and bridge
rehabilitation – is expected to create more than 300
construction jobs in Pennsylvania and will build
infrastructure to support Marcellus Shale natural gas
deposits. The grant, a part of the U.S. Department of
Transportation’s TIGER II (Transportation Investment
Generating Economic Recovery) program, will be matched by
$4.6 million from the Susquehanna Economic Development
Association – Council of Governments Joint Rail Authority.
Senator Casey supported
this project during the application process last year and
fought efforts to eliminate funding for the project. He
sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
along with other members of the Pennsylvania delegation
expressing support for this initiative. Last month, Senator
Casey wrote to the Senate Appropriations Committee
expressing his opposition to efforts in the House to rescind
a previously appropriated $10 million TIGER II competitive
Senator Casey noted the
importance of improving rail projects in the region to
accommodate increased traffic associated with natural gas
exploration and production in the Marcellus Shale formation.
Home Building Mandate Repeal First Bill of
Session to Governor
– The first bill to be passed by both chambers of the
General Assembly during the current session, and the first
bill sent to Gov. Tom Corbett, will relieve residents of a
costly new construction mandate, Majority Leader Mike Turzai
(R-Allegheny County) said today.
The measure, which passed
the House by a vote of 129-68, repeals a requirement that
automatic sprinkler systems must be installed in new home
“These additional costs
discouraged many families from building and stalled the
homebuilding industry right when our housing market was
trying to recover from the recession,” Turzai said. “The
sprinkler mandate is another example of government
over-stepping its bounds and taking away personal choices of
homeowners to keep things affordable.”
House Bill 377 removes the
residential sprinkler requirement for new one- and
two-family residential homes. Further, the bill requires the
state’s Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory
Council to hold public hearings to determine the impact new
provisions may have, including financial impact, and vote,
with a two-thirds majority, before implementing the
requirements in Pennsylvania.
In Major Upgrade
By Martha Knight
Pittsburgh Corning Corporation is giving its remaining Port
Allegany manufacturing facility an extensive upgrade,
following a number of demolition projects over the past
According to information released by the company, the recent
demolition of Plant 5 marked the beginning of Phase 2 of “a
site consolidation that will increase process efficiencies
and reduce operating costs at the facility without
The PCC facility at 701 North Main Street is the company’s glass
block production and assembly site, occupying a location
which is also the birthplace of Pittsburgh Corning.
Plant 1 was the first manufacturing and administration
building of the company, and dates back to 1937.
Plant 5 needed costly repairs, and its location required
inefficient and time-consuming movement of materials across
the manufacturing site, according to Don Tanner, vice
president of global human resources.
Plant 5 is gone, but a large parking area is still being torn up
and removed, to make way for a green space, complete with
various plantings. In recent years Plant 2 (formerly
used for foam glass production), the former Products
Building and a Pearl Street storage building have been
removed, and shipping and warehousing have been relocated.
Far less inventory is maintained under current rapid
response and just-in-time manufacturing approaches.
PCC is consolidating Port Allegany manufacturing operations into
one location, Plant 1A, where an extensive upgrade is being
accomplished, to prepare the facility for glass pressing and
The improvements involve steam cleaning, painting, applying epoxy
coating to the floor, modernizing heating systems and
installing manufacturing equipment which had been located in
Already in place in Plant 1A is the more modern of the two glass
Once completed, the renovation will combine the most modern
production equipment into a cohesive operation and
centralize the manufacturing process.
That process “will flow in one straight line from glass melting to
fabricating of glass block panels,” according to Tanner.
The company is striving for maximum efficiencies “prompted in part
by the decline in the construction market, the primary
market for architectural glass block,” the company
Tanner went on to explain that the global recession, high
unemployment and the collapse of the residential mortgage
market have adversely affected the glass block industry.
“In 2010, North American glass block production fell approximately
72 percent below production rates in 2005, reflecting
declines in the housing market,” Tanner pointed out.
“The recession and global competition have increased the pressure
on a hotly-competitive industry, and we designed the process
consolidation to help maintain competitiveness during a very
A new entrance to the property will be created. It will still
be in North Main Street, which is also U.S. Route 6 and
Pennsylvania Route 155, but will be relocated away from the
traffic light that marks the intersection where Route 6
The new entrance is intended to increase traffic safety for
employees, visitors and North Main Street motorists.
There will be new signage as well. The new green space will
cover the 150,000 square-foot former footprint of Plant 5.
It utilizes design principles set forth in the Pennsylvania
Wilds Conservation Landscape Initiative.
The company is investing about $2 million in the site
consolidation, which it expects to complete this year.
Phase 1, accomplished in 2008-09, also cost $2 million, and
included construction of a company parking lot, along with
break areas and restrooms.
PCC is seeking efficiency enhancements and cuts in operating costs,
“while increasing our environmental and aesthetic profile in
the community,” Tanner stated. “Equally important, despite
our decline in production volume, we are supporting our
employees, keeping high-paying manufacturing jobs in McKean
Pittsburgh Corning awaits federal bankruptcy court action on its
latest reorganization plan. It has been in Chapter 11
Coudersport Rotary and Hospital Team Up
To Offer Testing
The Coudersport Rotary Club and Charles Cole
Memorial Hospital will hold a comprehensive blood analysis from 6 to 9 a.m., May
21 at the St. Eulalia Parish Center.
The screening will include over 30 commonly
requested blood tests including CBC, comprehensive, coronary risk, and liver
function profiles. The cost for the screening is $45. A 12-hour fast is
recommended. Optional tests include prostate specific antigen (PSA), $25, and
thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), $15.
Appointments are required and can be made at
by calling CCMH’s centralized scheduling at (814) 274-8200 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Monday through Thursday.
Spring Sale To Benefit CCMH
Residents - Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Skilled
Nursing and Rehabilitation will hold a spring sale from 9:00am - 3:30pm, April
19 in the Irwin Medical Arts Center. All proceeds benefit the residents. The
sale will feature Avon, Ginny Reflexologies and Hyde-A-Way Gardens with assorted
flowers including azaleas, daffodils, mums, Easter lilies, tulips, perennial
creeping phlox, pansies, baskets, bowls, and hanging baskets.
Benefits PCCC - Bill Sallade presents a check to Marcia Austin,
Theresa Robinson and Kari Karpinski at Charles Cole Memorial
Patterson Cancer Care Center. The funds will benefit patients at the PCCC
and were raised during the fourth annual Kathy Sallade Memorial 9-ball Pool
Tournament in February. Mrs. Sallade loved pool and always thought of
others before herself, even while undergoing cancer treatment. The annual
tournament will continue to benefit PCCC patients. To donate toward the
fund, contact CCMH’s fund development at 274-5204.
Performance, Or--? – The Potter-McKean Players' upcoming dinner
theater event will include the one-act mystery-farce "Who Murdered Who?"
Shown rehearsing are, from left, Peter Wright, Anna Margaret Binder, Alison
Wright, Brian Empson and Sarah Wright. An evening of good food and great
entertainment is promised, Saturday, May 14 at the Coudersport Consistory, and
Saturday, May 21 at the Veterans Memorial Hall just south of Port Allegany.
There will be musical numbers as well. Net proceeds will benefit Meals on
Wheels. Martha Knight Photo
Sunday At First Baptist Church –
The First Baptist Church of Port
Allegany is having a Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 24,
with a breakfast to follow. In celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, the
First Baptist Church Choir will present a spiritual drama and song during the
morning worship service which begins promptly at 10:45 a.m. The church is
located at the corner of Main Street and Grace Avenue. All are welcome!
Pictured are Adah Meacham as Mary and Dylan Sutton as Jesus. Pam
Easter! - A representative from Emporium’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church
visited Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation
residents to deliver Easter cards this week. Program organizer Sissy
Miller delivers the “sunshine cards” throughout the year and also visits
residents at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor and Grove House. Pictured, from
left, are Eva Connors and Sissy Miller.
From Lions Club - Members of the Lions
Club spent Sunday afternoon making repairs on the S. W. Smith Memorial Library
handicap access ramp. The ramp was severely damaged by a large sheet of ice
falling from the library roof this past winter. The Port Allegany Lions
Club stepped in to repair the ramp at no cost to the library. Pictured (from
left to right) are Joe "Dan" Dzubek, Ed Schott, George Riley (right rear) and
Terry Daniels (right front). As part of Earth Day activities, the Lions Club
did their semi-annual cleanup of their portion of Route 6 from Port Allegany to
headed toward Smethport on Monday, April 18. Earth Day is Friday, April 22.
Port Family Center, Others Face $$
By Martha Knight
Staff in the five Family Centers in McKean County (Port Allegany,
Smethport, Eldred, Kane and Bradford) have begin to share some worrisome news
with the parents who have come to rely on the centers and their services.
Tee Sizemore, of the Guidance Center, which is McKean County’s
contractor for coordinating and administering the Family Center program, says,
“We are quite concerned. And of course the parents we serve are too, as we have
just started informing them.
“Our fiscal year is July 1 to June 30, so the proposed cuts would
affect us beginning July 1, 2011. The Family Centers have been here for 15 years
and some of the other Family Centers in the state have been around even longer.
Ours started in 1996, so we hate to lose ground with our efforts to help the
As grim as Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed budget looks for public
schools, colleges and libraries, spending for those services has been cut, but
not eliminated. However, Corbett’s fiscal plan calls for the elimination of
state funds for Community Based Family Centers
“These cuts would be a severe blow to our network of five Family
Centers in McKean County. The Family Centers are a critical resource in our
efforts to support struggling families,” according to the Guidance Center.
Not only is the state finding for Family Centers eliminated, but
the federal funding for family center programming has been shifted to the
Department of Public Welfare’s line item for county child welfare.
Will the state Welfare Department designate those funds for Family
Center use? “Officials in this Department have not been able to provide us any
assurances,” Family Center administrators say.
Another source of Family Centers funding in McKean County has been
Human Services Development Funds (HSDF). But there’s more bad news: the HSDF
state line item has been eliminated too!
The state budget ax would chop 63 percent from the McKean County
Family Centers’ support.
In human terms, that represents a loss of services to 422 children
and 433 parents.
Present indications are that the total loss of funding for the
Family Centers would be $395,072. That includes $159,696 in state funding
formerly designated for Family Centers, $180,711 in federal monies formerly used
for Family Centers, another $30,600 for the Fatherhood program, and $24,065 for
Human Service Development funds that were available to Family Centers in the
Last year the Family Centers were able to serve 687 parents and 670
children, in programs designed to help parents raise their children in safe and
healthy family environments.
The Family Centers utilize the services of family development
specialists who provide parenting education, school readiness help, economic
self-sufficiency resources and child abuse prevention services. One useful
program has been Parents as Teachers. Home visits by staff extend the reach of
the on-site programs.
In McKean County 52 percent of Family Center referrals come from
Children and Youth Services (CYS). “The Family Centers are the front line
services called upon to help families with young children reorganize and focus
on the needs of their children,” a program spokesperson explains.
Long-term effects of Family Centers’ diminished ability to respond
to needs can be severe, program leaders believe. Prevention services, which are
aimed at helping parents enhance their understanding of child development and
effective parenting, are seen as cost effective in that they help head off or
shorten placements of children out of their homes.
Placement costs can reach $60,000 a year for children removed from
their homes. Keeping children safe at home is the goal for their well-being and
also for saving the costs associated with interventions done for child
While services to parents are a big part of what Family Centers do,
educating young children is another part of the centers’ program. But here again
parents are involved in many of the educational or developmental activities
carried out at the centers.
Regular developmental screenings are carried out through the
centers, to help identify children and families where special needs are present.
When needs are found, family development specialists refer families to health
and educational resource providers.
School readiness has been a goal and a result of the Family
Centers, and the Parents as Teachers program has been found to pay dividends as
PAT families’ children enter kindergarten.
As the potential impact of the proposed state budget’s drastic
defunding of Family Centers is studied, the program’s administration and staff
are bracing for a crisis.
“It isn’t just about money. The real cost is—children could fall
through the cracks,” a worried program planner says.
McEnteer Named April Unsung Hero
Port Allegany United Methodist Church Sunday School named the April 2011
Unsung Hero during the morning worship service. Making the presentation was
Cheryl Brown who read the following, "Our April Unsung Hero has been
nominated for a lifetime of volunteer work and the special things she does
instrumental in getting the ambulance service started in Port Allegany and
helping with the local hospital's transition after we lost it; she has
served on the board of the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital; she served as a
nurse at the Port Allegany Community Hospital and created the nurse's aide
program there. She was also a nurse at Sena-Kean Manor.
recipient helps the Catholic Women's Club make ornaments for their bazaar
every year and also donates quilts to organizations to help them earn money
for various groups and benefits.
been married to her husband, Bill, for 56 years, has three children, eight
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Our April Unsung Hero is Mary
McEnteer, my mother and my best friend."
the Unsung Hero in your life, e-mail Pam Fischer at
Pam Fischer Photo
Sale To Benefit Cancer Center - From left, Marcia
Austin, Tammy Huey, and Theresa Robinson display photography by Elaine
Appleby Russell that is for sale at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s
Patterson Cancer Care Center. All proceeds will be donated to the PCCC.
As a cancer survivor, as well as having several friends and family have
cancer, this is an issue close to her heart. Russell grew up in
Coudersport, retired from nursing in 2003, and has been focusing on her art
career since then. She graduated from the New York Institute of Photography
in 1990 and has been selling her work since 1986. Her work has been
featured in several galleries, magazines, and publications throughout the
US. Most recently, she was published in the book “365,” was featured
in a show at the Charming Wall Gallery in New York City, and had a
photograph featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Artful Blogging magazine.
You can read more about her at
2007 PAHS Grad
Makes Dean's List - Christopher Sabolcik has been on Dean's list
every semester of his college career. He graduated from Port Allegany in
2007. He started at Wake Forest University in North Carolina in the Fall
2007 and is graduating this May 2011. He will be graduating Magna
Cum-Laude and also was just inducted to Phi Beta Kapa Academic Honor Society.
He was also awarded a Master Teacher Fellowship which includes a full
scholarship. Sabolcik is majoring in English, with a minor in Philosophy.
Honored - Barbara Headley, was one of more than 40 students at the
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford who were recognized at the university's
annual Honors Convocation for their academic achievements and contributions to
campus life. Mrs. Headley, a senior, received an Outstanding Achievement Award,
given by each academic division to the senior with the best academic
performance, for Human Relations. She also received the Human Relations Award.
Pam Fischer Photo
Speaks At Rotary - Ki Bayline was the
program chair of the day at the weekly Rotary luncheon held Thursday at the
Moose Family Center. He gave a vocational talk about Bayline Insurance
Company. There were 24 Rotarians present for a reportable attendance of 70
percent. Winner of the 50/50 raffle was Mick Caulkins. Rotarians John Mallery
and Lloyd Eastman stopped to chat with the speaker following his presentation. Pam
Baseball Action - Camrin Stuckey is pictured during the Coudersport
Falcon - Port Allegany Gator game held April 12 in Port Allegany. The Gators
were defeated 10-4. Stuckey had three walks and two strikeouts. Also
pitching were Kyle Hildebradt (3 innings, 5 walks, 3 strike-outs and Garrett
Drabers (one walk). Pam Fischer Photo
Track - Max Morris quadrupled (100, 200, 400, 1600 relay) to help the
Gators defeat the Northern Potter Panthers in track action at PAHS. Nick Conway
also quadrupled (high jump, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and pole vault). In
addition, Conway, a sophomore, set a school record with his 6'3" high jump.
Gators defeated the Panthers 83-67.
Pam Fischer Photo
Gator Track Action
- Senior Bryanna Evens is pictured during the home opener track meet for the
PAHS Lady Gators. The Lady Gators hosted the Northern Potter Lady Panthers.
The Panthers defeated the Gators 88 - 62.
Pam Fischer Photo
Gators Softball Action - Debbie Andrus is pictured during the Lady
Gator's season opener with Coudersport on April 12. The Lady Gators lost 8-2.
The team defeated Bradford High School with a score of 5-0. Andrus earned the
complete game shutout, allowing four hits, five walks, and two hit batsmen while
striking out three. Leading the offensive attack was Kris-Ann Raymo with two
doubles and Kyley Mickle added two hits and a run scored.
Pam Fischer Photo
- Were you a member of the Undefeated 1986 PAHS Football Squad? If so, the
Alumni Association is looking for YOU! This year's Alumni game, scheduled
for July 9th is honoring the undefeated team of '86. Those who were part
of the undefeated team in 1986 are asked to contact the PAAFA at
firstname.lastname@example.org with your
It's the hope of the alumni association to
honor that undefeated squad during the 2nd Annual Alumni Football Game, to be
held in Port Allegany when the Gators take on the Coudersport Falcons at the
About The Season Of '86:
The 1986 Gators finished
10-0, and won the Allegheny Mountain League Title defeating Johnsonburg 23-14.
They totaled 298 points on the year, for an average of 29.8 per game. This
ranked them 8th in the state. Their defense gave up a total of 28
points, averaging 2.8 per game. This ranked them 3rd in the state.
Their point differential of 27 points per contest, ranked them 2nd in