Casey on Killing of Bin Laden

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces:

"On September 11, 2001, the United States was viciously attacked in a cowardly terrorist plot masterminded by Osama bin Laden.  Today, U.S. forces have killed bin Laden and exacted justice for his terrible crimes which killed thousands.  I thank our troops, the intelligence community and diplomats who have worked today and since September 11th to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.

"On September 11th, Pennsylvania was directly impacted by Al Qaeda when Flight 93 was downed over Shanksville.  In the nearly ten years after September 11th, Pennsylvania has lost 68 troops in Afghanistan and hundreds have been injured.  The sacrifice of those families who lost loved ones on September 11th and in the following years can never be made whole, but I hope that the death of bin Laden can help to bring some closure.

"While today's development does not mean an end to terrorism or the need to remain relentlessly vigilant, the death of Bin Laden has enormous significance in American and world history."


Updated Passport Application Requirements Information Available at

In conjunction with the U.S. Department of State and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) would like to inform residents of important changes to passport application requirements. 

The U.S. Department of State has made it mandatory for the full names of an applicant’s parent or parents to be listed on ALL certified birth certificates for passport applicants, regardless of age.  This is commonly referred to as the long-form birth certificate.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering a grace period for free reissuance of long-form birth certificates from April 1 through June 30 for anyone who was issued a certificate after Jan. 14 that does not reflect the new requirements.  After June 30, those requesting a reissued certificate must pay a $10 per copy fee in the form of check, money order, or veteran’s information.

For all other reasons why a certified copy of a birth certificate is needed (school, Social Security, housing, employment, etc.), the short-form birth certificate is still acceptable and a legitimate document.  The long-form birth certificate is ONLY needed for passports/travel.

The Department of Health also indicated that the waiting period for birth certificates is now longer.   Residents should allow up to three weeks for processing.

For more information on how to obtain a certified copy of a birth record, visit


Casey Awarded ‘BIO Legislator of the Year’ For Commitment to Life Sciences

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today was named Legislator of the Year for 2010-2011 by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

“Investments in biosciences are critically important for Pennsylvania and the nation because they improve people’s lives and are an engine of economic growth,” said Senator Casey. “I am honored to receive BIO’s Legislator of the Year award and look forward to continuing to support biosciences for the sake of America’s economic health as well as the health of its citizens.”

“The Senator’s service on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has been tremendously important to this nation’s healthcare industry and the patients we serve,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. “Furthermore, we are grateful for his leadership on other issues critical to our nation’s biotech industry such as his sponsorship of the Life Sciences Jobs and Investment Act.”

“The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is among the most bio-intensive regions in the United States. Senator Casey has been an invaluable resource for the bioscience community within Pennsylvania and the industry at large,” said Pennsylvania Bio President Christopher Molineaux. “His leadership on numerous issues of importance to the industry and commitment to meeting with and understanding the needs of individual bioscience companies should serve as a model to all his colleagues in the Senate. On behalf of Pennsylvania’s bioscience industry, we congratulate Senator Casey on receiving this award. It is well deserved.”

Senator Casey has been a strong supporter of funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), fighting to prevent cuts to the agency to prevent the country from falling behind on research that stimulates the economy and promotes advances in treatments and cures for diseases. He also continues to champion a robust biodefense and countermeasure program to protect Americans.

Last year, Senator Casey introduced the Life Sciences Jobs and Investment Act (S. 4018) to promote innovation and job creation by providing targeted tax incentives for small and mid-sized businesses to invest in life sciences research and development. Senator Casey will reintroduce the legislation soon.    

In March, Senator Casey introduced the Creating Hope Act (S. 606) to encourage greater investment in development of new treatments and cures for rare and neglected diseases affecting children.


Pennsylvania DOT Work For Week Of May 9, 2012

Route 1017 sec A01 / Otto Township / McKean Co. (May 08, 2011-May 14, 2011) Dolamite Products Co. Inc. (A.L. Blades & Sons Inc.) KNAPP CREEK BRIDGE

This contractor will be working under road closed conditions with a detour in place. No changes in traffic will be caused by the construction operations scheduled for next week.

The contractor will be forming and placing concrete for abutment 1 stem next week

SR 155 / West of Port Allegany (May 09 2011-May 13, 2011) L.C. Whitford Company, Inc.

The contractor will start construction on the temporary road.

SR 219 / Westline to Lantz Corners (May 09, 2011 – May 13, 2011) IA Construction

IA Construction of Franklin PA. will continue paving Route 219 Westline to Lantz Corners, eliminating the RR crossing on 219 in Lantz Corners-weather permitting. They will be milling on Main Street, West Center Street and Clarion Road in Johnsonburg. In St. Marys milling and patching has been scheduled on Route 120, Theresia Street to Trout Run Road.

Please be advised traffic delays are expected in these areas to complete the required road repairs. Schedule additional time when travel is planned through these areas. Be aware of signs, flaggers, stopped vehicles and workers in the construction zone. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

All work weather permitting.

Motorists can visit the PENNDOT website at and by clicking on the Statewide
Construction Map for updates concerning ongoing projects.

Citizens who want to report road concerns can call PENNDOT Maintenance at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).


Liberty Supervisors Insist Finances Are OK
By Martha Knight

LIBERTY VILLA—Two of Liberty Township’s supervisors took exception to what they heard and read had been said about current township affairs at last week’s meet-the-candidates forum in Port Allegany. They called a press conference to set the record straight.

The two are Gary Turner, who chairs the Liberty Township Board of Supervisors, and Charles “Chuck” Safford, vice-chairman.

Neither is running for office this year; their terms are not up. Like U.S. Senators, township supervisors have six-year terms.

The third member of the board, Fred Ernst III, is running in the May 17 primary, seeking the Republican nomination for election to a full term.  Currently he is serving a partial term which will end in December. His opponent is James “Jim” Boorum, who served as roadmaster until recently.  Boorum is also a former township supervisor.  He is also running for auditor and for constable.

Ernst had been invited to last week’s candidates’ forum, but did not attend. He was not part of the press conference, either.

Safford said he and Turner wanted to correct “misinformation” stemming from remarks made by Boorum at the forum, especially those concerning tax increases contemplated or enacted by the supervisors, and financial management by the current supervisors.

Turner was disturbed about Boorum’s charge that he and Safford, both longtime employees of Saint-Gobain/Verallia, had appointed or hired fellow employees for township positions.

“Every year I ask them who you want for auditors.  Jim has no answer.  Others are not interested…We appoint the only ones that want the job…If someone else is interested, we want to know that—we always ask who would like to do it.”

The auditor jobs are scarcely plums, the supervisors pointed out, what with the fee for their one meeting, several hour job being $10.  Anyone interested in running may do so; if no one does, auditors must be appointed, so as to certify wages.

Another appointee is the vacancy board member who serves with remaining supervisors in case of the loss of one of the three.  This past year Cliff Fredericks was appointed during the reorganization meeting in January, because he was asked and was willing.  Supervisors would have appointed Sandra Kinney but for the fact that her tax collector position made her ineligible, by law.  Serving both as an auditor and vacancy board member, as Fredericks does, is not prohibited.

Turner and Safford have worked for Saint-Gobain for years, Turner now retired and Safford planning to retire.  But both say there is no way the company can influence township decisions.

They point out that a good number of township residents are employed at Saint-Gobain, so it is not strange that they would participate in some way in township service, some as volunteers and some in minor appointive roles, and some by election.  “Co-workers do know each other, and we know each other’s abilities,” the supervisors agreed.  “But where you work is not why anyone would be chosen for some appointed position.”

Turner said the supervisors have stuck to their spending plan and worked hard to hold spending down, but “that insurance kills us.”  He referred to benefit packages for employees, but quickly added that he feels the coverage is appropriate and deserved, and that help from one insurance professional not part of the current carrier, and diligent efforts by township secretary Lucinda Speeth have helped the township save some premium dollars.

Turner said he had insisted on keeping Boorum’s insurance coverage in place, not wanting him and his wife to lose health insurance under any circumstances.  “I was advised not to keep him on (the list of insureds), and I guess that would be one thing to cut, but I would not agree to it.”

Turning to a topic that has been the basis of much discussion at monthly supervisor meetings, Turner said, “Road conditions could have been a lot better.  I’m guilty of some of this—I have always let the roadmaster do what he wanted to do.  But [some time ago] we took charge.  Last summer he [Boorum] went off on compensation…He has put in for his retirement, March 25.”  The retirement would take effect later but notice is made in advance of the effective date.

Boorum’s absence last summer had been attributed to a back injury, apparently suffered on the job. “In the second week of October, the doctor had him a full release,” Turner said.  Boorum came back to work.

Last December the supervisors voted to lay Boorum off as roadmaster, as of January 1, as a cost cutting measure.  “We were looking for ways to cut our spending, and cutting the highest paying job saved the most,” Safford explained.  Laborers are paid about $15.55, and the roadmaster’s hourly wage is $17.55.

Before his lay-off could take effect, Boorum went back on compensation; his status is still disabled.

The supervisors said they have been pursuing a different approach to maintaining and improving the townships sprawling highway system.  Repairing individual trouble spots and parts of roads, without a long-range or even single construction season plan, has left some roads with little attention or maintenance for years at a time, Turner said.  He and Safford described a “do the whole road, finish it” approach they have been pursuing.

Some work is preventive, Turner and Safford said.  Brush hogging and removing overhang allows sunlight in and helps eliminate puddles and swampy areas beside roads. Ditching and berming is essential, too.

Their hope is to have each road cared for comprehensively, and brought to the best condition the township can afford and accomplish.  Projects will be prioritized and scheduled.  Emergency repairs may interrupt the plan from time to time, but “we will have a plan and try to be fair to the residents.”

“Somebody is going to be happy that their road is getting done; somebody is going to be last,” Safford said, wryly. “But we believe they appreciate what we are up against (in a tight budget situation) and know we are doing as much as we can. Some have been waiting for years!”

Stretching township funds has been a major preoccupation of the supervisors, including their protracted budget drafting late last year.  As the year drew to a close and it seemed to be a race between paying bills and finishing fiscal 2010 inside its spending limits, supervisors waived their monthly meeting attendance fees and prioritized payments.

“But we have not overspent,” Turner insists. “We did discuss various options, including a millage increase, depending on how insurance costs would turn out and some other spending issues. We were trying everything we knew, to avoid increasing taxes.”

Safford flipped through a hefty binder containing years of minutes.  “December 14, 2010, Boorum said ‘You have to raise taxes,’” he read.

Both consider it misleading to speak of “doubling the per capita tax,” without pointing out that since per capita taxes were $5 a year before, doubling them costs an extra $5 a year, “and no one has complained about that.”

The 2011 general fund budget adopted in the final days of 2010 caps spending at $335,393.  Millage has been virtually unchanged for years, hovering around 2.  Town and county taxes are billed and collected together.  The township also has about $30,000 in a CD, for emergency use.  Some road work is funded through liquid fuels tax revenues the county shares with municipalities.

“We have balanced our budgets and we have stretched our funds to do as much as possible,”  Turner said.  The township got back only $290,000 from the bonding company after a former township secretary made off with a great deal more over a period of several years —the full amount of the loss is not known.

Some township records, taken by the state police when irregularities came to light, have never been returned.  The current secretary had to reconstruct the accounting system from the material available. Bank balances took a hit from which they still are recovering.

“That, and not receiving the reimbursement we were promised for an expensive planning project, set back a small government like this.  We don’t know where the fire protection cost is going to end up.  But we will look for grants and savings, and make every dollar work for us,” Turner stated.  “We have a budget and we live with it. Double taxes?  Never considered it, never would.”



Massive Sewer Plant Rebuild Not Needed

By Martha Knight

A clearly jubilant Richard Kallenborn told a clearly relieved Port Allegany Borough Council Monday night that the community is out from under the gun, when it comes to an extensive, and expensive, sewage treatment plant expansion.

The borough manager’s announcement was based on an April 27 letter from the Meadville office of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, received at the borough office last Friday.

John A. Holden, the Regional Manager of DEP’s Water Management division, wrote that the agency approves the borough’s 2011 Act 537 Plan Update, which had been submitted March 30.

The plan had been prepared by the EADS Group, with engineer David Neill heading up the project. It was predicated on a strategy of eliminating bypass incidents at the treatment plant, so that there would be no discharges of untreated waste into the Allegheny River. This in turn would eliminate the need for added treatment capacity at the plant.

The treatment plant expansion that DEP had called for in earlier plans and in a consent agreement virtually forced on the borough in 2005 would have cost from $5 million to $7 million, and saddled the borough with massive debt even if the municipality and sewer authority had lined up some grants.

The plan most recently submitted, and now approved, shows that a large source of non-contact cooling water has been removed. This refers to the fact that local glass container manufacturer, Verallia (formerly called Saint-Gobain) has implemented a process whereby it re-circulates large quantities of cooling water.

Holden’s letter continues, “The systematic replacement of sanitary sewers, bypass manhole modification, and existing drying bed rehabilitation remain as outstanding milestones. The Department holds Port Allegany responsible for the timely implementation of these remaining items.”

Holden also notes, “Furthermore, the Department continues to monitor the Borough’s obligation to eliminate overflows for a minimum of 12 consecutive months as per Section 24 of the July 20, 2005 Consent Order and Agreement.”

The borough has carried out a series of major sewer line replacement projects, and also replaced large amounts of water service piping, using a blend of bonds, grants and current revenues from rate payers. More sections of the community will undergo the major construction projects as remaining phases are accomplished.

Kallenborn also reported that the borough had begun spring clean-up tasks such as street sweeping. Also, winter ravages of pavement are being repaired as potholes are filled. Catch basins and sluices are being cleaned.

A water line leak survey has been conducted, and found some leaks that will be corrected. One leak that has just been eliminated was at the base of Laurel Lane, where footings had settled and broken a water pipe dating back to the 1940s or 1950s. Ending that water supply loss will eliminate considerable fruitless pumping, according to Kallenborn’s report.

A question raised last month as to the feasibility of a borough sponsored clean-up day, similar to those conducted in other area communities, was answered in a section of the manager’s report. He stated that waste collection contractor SDS-Casella had provided figures indicating that costs would total $2,025, including a roll-off, tonnage charges and labor.

Kallenborn reported that he spoke with Governor Tom Corbett while attending the recent state association of boroughs meeting in Hershey, and “was encouraged by the fact that he did not say no” concerning the borough’s hope for funding for a dike project. Enlarging the flood protection works has had state funds allocated, but the governor must act to release such funds.

Kallenborn presented the code enforcement officer’s report, noting that there had been two building permits, one certificate of compliance and three demolition permits issued. The demolition permits included one for Pittsburgh Corning’s Plant 5, he said.

The resignation of Fran Williams from the Port Allegany Planning Commission was accepted.

Work sessions with representatives of Star Hose Company, the local volunteer fire department, will begin in June, council decided, because of crowded schedules in May.


Setting Record Straight - Gary Turner (left) and Chuck Safford, Liberty Township supervisors, called a press conference Monday to "reassure the public" concerning matters mentioned at last week's pre-primary forum in Port Allegany.  They pointed out they had not contemplated "doubling taxes" and have not done deficit financing or overspent the budget. Turner's and Safford's terms are not up and they are not candidates this year.  Martha Knight Photo


Rotary Cleans Up - The Port Allegany Rotary Club did the first of two road clean ups Thursday evening on Route 6.  Rotarians Christa Schott and Debby Campbell are pictured doing their part.  Following the clean up, the club enjoyed their evening meal at the Moose Family Center.  Club assembly will be held Thursday, May 5 at the Moose Family Center.  Pam Fischer Photo



Building Fun(d) Run - The Building Fun(d) 5K Run/Walk will be held May 7 beginning promptly at 9 a.m.  Registration will be held from 8 - 8:45 a.m. on the Port Allegany Town Square.  Registration fee is $20.  Participants can pick up and drop off registration forms at the library or register online at  Race day registration is available.  Free t-shirts will be given to all who pre-register.  Proceeds will go to the Building Fund for the new library.  Leigha Nelson and Mikya Stake pose for the R-A camera to remind readers of Saturday's event.  Pam Fischer Photo



Sons Clean Up - Sons of Legion #258 are pictured prior to their April 30th clean up of Route 6.  Participating in Saturday's activity were (left to right) Bob Schaffer, Sam Triplett, Tyler Triplett, Roy Kio, Dax Hobbs, Dave Hobbs, Eric Dunkle, Wayne Thomas, Brian Bells, Jordan Bells and Brianna Bells.  The group has a two-mile stretch of road side to clean up through the Adopt-A-Highway Litter Control Program.  They do this service in memory of long-time member of the Sons of the Legion, Fran Fabish.  Photo submitted


Into The Woods Crew - The Port Allegany High School Music Department and Drama Club will present Into the Woods with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at the school.  Tickets are on sale now at the PASD Office and will be available at the door at a general admission price of $5 and $4 for students.  Curtain time is 8 p.m. Pictured working on the sets are James Coxen, Jefferson Stehle and Tyler Smith.  Pam Fischer Photo


Mystery Victim - Who is this woman? Is she dead, or has she collapsed? Is she the victim of a particularly ruthless rehearsal conducted by Jared Empson? Did the camera capture her slayer or--? Find out when you attend the Potter-McKean Players' upcoming dinner theater, where diners will enjoy a delicious dinner, about a dozen musical numbers and a one-act mystery farce, "Who Murdered Who?" Performances will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Coudersport Consistory and May 21 at the Veterans Memorial Hall south of Port Allegany on Route 155. Proceeds will benefit Meals On Wheels. Players members and local businesses have tickets available.  Martha Knight Photo

New Business - Port Allegany's newest business is Michele's Beauty Salon, located at 70 Two Mile Road.  Owner, Michele Rittberg has 23 years of experience including the past 16 years at Holiday Hair in Bradford.  Her clients include men, women and children and she offers haircuts, perms, colors, highlights, waxing and tanning.  Michele's Beauty Salon is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Call 642-7040 for an appointment.  Walk-ins are welcome.  First customer in the new salon was Gary Caulkins, pictured here getting a haircut.  Pam Fischer Photo


Disney Bound - Ninety-three students and 11 chaperones headed to Orlando, Florida for the PASD Music Department spring trip to Disney World.  The Port Allegany Marching Gator Band participated in the parade down Main Street USA.  The Senior High Concert Choir and Senior High Show Choir performed at the Waterside Stage in Downtown Disney.  The performances were held in the Magic Kingdom on Thursday.  Friday, the students took in Animal Kingdom and Epcot.  Hollywood Studios was on the itinerary for Saturday.  It was reported that the travelers enjoyed "fantastic" weather, the students performed to enthusiastic audiences, and that the fireworks and light parade were "great"!  Seth Lowery, Garrett Kio (kneeling); Charlie Buchanan, Garret Homell and Bradley Goodreau (back) pose for the R-A camera after loading up the bus.  Pictured on the bus are Rachel Taylor and Ashley Woodruff.  Pam Fischer Photos