Casey: Natural Gas Vehicles Can Create PA Jobs and Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) met with Pittsburgh residents Murry and Cindy Gerber as they stopped in Washington as part of their coast-to-coast tour to highlight capabilities of natural gas vehicles. Senator Casey supports the development of new industries that can boost the Pennsylvania economy and reduce reliance on foreign oil.  Senator Casey released the following statement:  

“The Gerbers show that Pennsylvania ingenuity and advocacy can create new solutions to meet our challenges.  Increased use of natural gas-powered vehicles can create jobs in Pennsylvania and decrease our dependence on foreign oil.  Especially as oil and gasoline prices have risen, reducing the demand for foreign oil can be a win-win for the Pennsylvania economy and for consumers.  Natural gas is cleaner burning than gasoline and is a Pennsylvania resource. Converting vehicles, especially commercial vehicles, to run on natural gas could create new industry and new jobs in Pennsylvania. 

“The federal government should encourage public-private partnerships to spur growth in industries that use natural gas to create jobs and reduce the demand for foreign oil. 

“At the same time, natural gas extraction must be done in a way that protects Pennsylvania drinking water and local communities.” 

The Gerbers are driving a natural gas-fueled Hummer from coast-to-coast.  The tour began in Santa Monica and traced a route from there to Palm Springs, California; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Midland and Fort Worth, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri; Indianapolis, Indiana; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and, Washington, DC. The tour wraps up in New York City.  Along the way, the Gerbers visited middle schools in cities across the country to give a short presentation on the subject of natural gas and Natural Gas Vehicles. To encourage American ingenuity in our effort to attain energy independence, the Gerbers will donate $2,500 to help each school’s science and engineering programs.


Casey Applauds Funding for High Speed Rail in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to fund high speed rail projects affecting Pennsylvania. The Keystone Corridor will receive $40 million for improvements to increase speed and reliability between Harrisburg and Philadelphia. The Northeast Corridor will receive approximately $450 million for improvements to reduce delays and improve reliability for trains to and from Philadelphia.

“Investing in high speed rail is critical to the long term competitiveness of the region,” said Senator Casey. “These funds will create jobs and provide residents and businesses with a more reliable transportation network.”

Senator Casey recently spoke with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood about funds for the Keystone Corridor and sent a letter to the DOT urging the approval of funds last month. The $40 million for the Keystone Corridor will create approximately 400 construction jobs.

Last month, Senator Casey joined senators from neighboring states in sending a letter to Secretary LaHood in support of funds for the Northeast Corridor, citing the corridor’s large passenger rail ridership and the prospect of high speed rail projects stimulating economic development.

The funding announced today is available due to Florida declining previously awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for high speed rail development.


House Moving Forward With Fair, Responsible State Budget, Causer Says

HARRISBURG – Working to pass an on-time, fiscally responsible budget, the state House is preparing to amend Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposal by cutting welfare spending and restoring some funding to public schools and higher education institutions, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said today.

Causer, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, said the committee is scheduled to vote on the proposal on Wednesday. The full House could vote on the bill the week of May 23.

“There is no question that we need to bring state spending under control, and we are working to do that. At the same, we need to prioritize our investments to ensure proper funding of core government functions,” Causer said. “I believe that taking some money out of the governor’s welfare proposal and adding some dollars back to education initiatives are major steps in the right direction.”

The budget amendment unveiled Tuesday would increase funding to public schools by more than $200 million over the Corbett proposal. While it does not bring school district funding back to the level it is in the current budget, it would ensure all districts receive the same level of state funding they received in 2008-09, prior to the addition of federal stimulus funds. The plan designates $100 million to continue the Accountability Block Grant program, flexible funds school districts can use on programs identified as being most important to their students, such as all-day kindergarten or pre-kindergarten programs. The State System of Higher Education and state-related institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh would also receive additional funds in the House budget plan.

A substantial portion of the education funding increase comes from a $470 million cut in Corbett’s proposed spending in the Department of Public Welfare. Even the Rendell administration acknowledged a 4 percent error rate in the distribution of welfare benefits. Eliminating those errors will save the taxpayers money while ensuring the welfare safety net is there for the people who truly need it.

Causer said lawmakers are encouraged by the fact that revenues for the fiscal year thus far are approximately $500 million ahead of projections but they are proceeding with caution until the final numbers are available.

“If revenues continue to move in a positive direction, we may be able to make some further restorations to education or other initiatives,” Causer said. “We need to be mindful of meeting today’s needs but also of planning for the future.”

Budget negotiations among the administration, the Senate and the House are ongoing.


Frack Waste Going To Casella Landfill

By Martha Knight

MT. JEWETT—The Casella Landfill is receiving up to 300 tons of gas drilling waste per day, according to Larry Shilling, a Casella vice president and information officer.

In a telephone interview Tuesday, Shilling said the additional amount of waste by volume might sound like a lot, but the material is very heavy, compared with other kinds of waste coming into the facility, also between 200 and 300 tons a day.

Whereas the “regular” waste coming into the former McKean County Landfill contains a wide variety of materials and shapes, and must be covered every day, the drilling waste can be used as cover, and fills in crannies in the mass of assorted waste.

Receiving the waste now coming to the Mt. Jewett facility from drilling sites will not appreciably shorten the life of the current landfill cells, Shilling said, because it does not add much to space consumption.

The “cuttings” or suspensions of rock chips and sediment that are recovered from the well during the drilling process arrive at the surface in fracturing fluid, but are allowed to settle out, or the fluid is removed by centrifuges. As much of the liquid as possible is recovered and reused in the hydro-fracturing process. The cuttings are mixed with absorbent materials such as sawdust before being trucked to the landfill.

Asked how the drilling waste affects Casella’s revenues at the company’s McKean County facility, Shilling said that there is income, but Casella discounts the tipping charges because of the volume and because “we can use the material.”

Shilling said, “We are seeing hauling companies out of Oklahoma and Texas,” with companies that haul drilling waste in various places serving some of the same drilling companies at Pennsylvania locations. Some do hire local drivers, though.

The drilling activity seems to be centered around Bradford County now, but as more wells are drilled in McKean and Potter Counties, Shilling says, they expect that more waste will be disposed of here.

The Mt. Jewett facility’s Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection permit limits volume to 1,000 tons a day.

Shilling says the drilling waste accepted at Casella’s McKean County landfill is not hazardous, and they do not process liquid waste. The landfill’s permit is for non-hazardous, solid waste only.

As to the future of Casella, Shilling predicts that the company, with its multi-state reach, will not always concentrate on landfills, which have a finite useful life. New technologies are emerging, new materials, along with greater awareness of environmental issues, the executive observes.

“Reduce and reuse” are watchwords of current and forward-looking planning, Shilling says. “In time we will innovate ourselves out of the landfill business.”

Meanwhile, he sees exploitation of the Marcellus Shale gas field as “a good thing,” one that will benefit the local economy in a number of ways. He believes landfills have an important supporting role in the process.


Older Americans Month Party May 22 At Senior Center

Community members 60 years old or older are invited to an Older Americans Month celebration, set for noon until 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the Senior Center, 116 North Main Street.

There will be beef on ’weck, baked beans, salads, cake and beverages. along with music by Bruce Inglehart of Buffalo, N.Y.

Those planning to attend are asked to call 642-2101 by Friday, May 20, to reserve.

Center director Angie Culver has announced that Wee bowling is being resumed daily except for Wednesday. A new card club meets Wednesday afternoons.

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Gourmet weight-wise class is held. Mondays and Fridays at 11 Healthy Steps in Motion meets.

Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Pat Bosworth teaches water colors.

May 12 and 23 musicians Carl and Joanne will entertain at 10:30; the May birthday party will follow on May 23.


Zito Media Gets McKean County Contract

By Martha Knight

SMETHPORT—Coudersport communications company Zito Media was the sole bidder for provision of voice and data services to McKean County buildings, when the bid opening was held Tuesday morning at the McKean County Commissioners’ meeting.

Commissioners voted to contract with Zito Media as per the bid, subject to review by the county’s IT department and solicitor Dan Hartle.

Zito Media’s bid offered to provide the specified services for $7,429 per month, for a 60-month contract period, and to perform installation for $7,500.

Reporting on the bond sales for refinancing purposes, authorized last month, commissioner chairman Joe DeMott said that the bonds had been sold Monday to PNC Bank, which will market them to investors. The county will realize $100,400 in savings.

Commissioners awarded contracts for stream bank stabilization projects based on a bid tally report by Conservation District manager Sandy Thompson. Projects identified as Yohe, Brown, Ross, Godding Copeland and O’Leary will be performed by Solveson Contracting of Emporium.

Stream bank projects called Williams and Baldwin will be done by Emporium Contracting. Lowest bids on the eight projects total $40,955.28.

Commissioners adopted interlocking resolutions reallocating $41,923 in 2008 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from an Eldred Borough basketball/skate park project to help fund a 2010 Sergeant Township project. The funds will help upgrade the Clermont Volunteer Fire Department rescue truck chassis and bed.

Resolutions authorizing the transfer note that CDBG funds are required to be spent in a timely manner, and that the basketball and skate park project was not ready to be undertaken.

Marcia Flickinger of Hazel Hurst will receive refunds of $60.24 and $24.64 based on assessment revisions concerning Hamlin Township properties, commissioners agreed. Erik and Tiffany Taylor of Bradford will get refunds of $86.12 and $52.18 based on an appeal of their assessments on Foster Township properties.

James M. and Selene A. Machuga will be refunded $98.87 and $54.79 relating to a Foster Township assessment change after two properties were combined.

Lakeshore Community Services, Inc. of Kane was granted tax-exempt status.

An invoice from the Bradford YWCA in the amount of $3,668was approved for payment. It represents May costs for the Homeless Assistance Program they administer for the county. Funding comes from a Public Welfare Fund grant.

Martin L. Moses of Port Allegany and Francis DeLancey of Smethport, along with director of election Judy Ordiway, attended the session to present a list of 24 persons to serve as machine inspectors in the May 17 primary.

The inspectors are needed in districts that have more than one voting machine. Moses and DeLancey are two members of the three-member Board of Elections who serve in years when commissioners are running. Third member James “Boo” Coder could not attend.

Among machine inspectors appointed were Cathy Causer in Annin Township, Gertrude Whipkey in Liberty Township, and Patricia Thompson in Port Allegany District I.


Construction Work Slated To Begin At Port Allegany Community Health Center

Work will begin next week on the Port Allegany Community Health Center expansion and renovation project.

A temporary parking area will be established as contractors begin work near the health center’s main entrance on Pine Street. Patients should use the Chestnut Street entrance near pediatrics or the Broad Street entrance by the Wellness Center and physical therapy. The main Pine Street entrance will not be accessible.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and UPMC Hamot, who have joined forces for this project, held a groundbreaking ceremony in April that marked the beginning of the project which has been two years in the making.

The $2.2 million project will last approximately nine months and will not interrupt daily operations at the health center. The project will add 4,584 square feet and renovate 7,901 square feet to the current space.

The Port Allegany Community Health Center provides family and pediatric primary care services, laboratory, radiology and physical therapy and occupational therapy services, and a wellness center. In addition, the facility is occupied by Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services, Inc and the Asbestos Screening program.

Upon completion, the center will include a total of 22 exam and treatment rooms. Primary care providers at the health center currently see 14,000 patients annually. This project is expected to allow for an increase of more than 4,000 visits per year. Specialists will increase patient visits by an additional 5,000.

The healthcare facility will offer expanded primary care and specialty services including diagnostic testing, behavioral counseling and telemedicine, in an updated patient-centered environment. The center also will include various specialty clinics including podiatric services by Dr. Michael Tarbox, chiropractic care by Dr. Michael Kavounas, and women’s health services by Dr. Celso Backes and Dr. Max Laurore.

CCMH has operated the facility for more than 25 years and while improvements have been made during that time, the most recent project was over a decade ago. Increased demand and limited space for primary care, specialists and ancillary services have created the need for this project.

In March 2010, CCMH and UPMC Hamot entered into a clinical affiliation agreement through which the two health systems collaborate to improve the access and quality of health services to the residents of the area.

About Charles Cole Memorial Hospital
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital is a full service, comprehensive health system based in Coudersport with service throughout north central Pennsylvania. In addition to the hospital’s main campus in Coudersport, CCMH provides primary health care, including wellness and physical therapy, to surrounding communities in four counties at rural health centers in Galeton, Ulysses, Westfield, Shinglehouse, Port Allegany, Eldred, Smethport, and Emporium. For additional information on the hospital’s services and medical providers, visit

About UPMC Hamot
UPMC Hamot is a 412-bed, tertiary care facility, located in Erie. UPMC Hamot has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report- America’s Best Hospitals, Top 50 for Pulmonary Medicine, Most Wired, and Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals for overall performance, as well as Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals for outstanding outcomes in heart care, neurological services, urology, orthopaedics, gerontology and critical care medicine. UPMC and Hamot affiliated on February 1. For more information, visit



School Board Rejects IU9 Special Ed Contract

By Martha Knight

The Port Allegany School Board, with three members absent, Monday night voted 4 to 1, with 1 abstention, not to approve the proposed contract with IU9 for 2011-12 school year special education services.

The $914,700 compact was up from the current year’s $789,700 total. Rikiya Tanaka, whose No vote helped sink the agreement in its present form, had questioned the per-pupil cost in the Emotional Support program, which is about $15,000 per school year, compared with about $13,000 per pupil for other special needs students, and $8,500 per regular education student.

Superintendent Tony Flint noted that an additional learning support class has been added, bringing the number to eight in that category.

School director Ron Caskey abstained on the measure, leaving four affirmative votes on a measure that would need a minimum of five for approval. Rod Howard, Ed Babcock and board president Melynda Budd were absent. Voting Yes were Dave Mensch (who is also president of the IU9 board), vice-president Daniel F. Kysor, Denise Buchanan and Gary A. Hardes.

The board did adopt, in tentative form, the local district’s general fund budget for 2011-12, calling for spending of $13,266,648, which is about $2,000 more than the current year’s budget. Flint went over additional cuts made since the April meeting. Present revenue projections indicate a gap of nearly $500,000 between spending and revenues, but Flint said he is fairly sure the legislature will restore some of Governor Tom Corbett’s cuts for basic education, and the district could expect about $250,000 more in state reimbursement than currently shown.

The remaining deficit of about $248,459 would be eliminated by use of money from the district’s fund balance and by not including a budgetary reserve allocation in the budget.

Changes can be made in the budget before a final form is adopted next month.

The board also approved the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center (formerly Vocational-Technical School) general operating budget for 2011-12, totaling $1,704,233, with the district’s share set at $347,968.

Longtime treasurer Dan Lane was elected to another term as treasurer, with his salary unchanged at $5,251. Also re-upped was solicitor Christian T. Mattie III, to be paid a retainer of $4,500 and receive an hourly rate of $140 for services not included in the retainer. Mattie’s compensation terms also are the same as for the current year.

Supplemental positions filled for next year were girls’ varsity basketball coach, Kristina Francis; boys’ varsity basketball coach, Jason Luther; girls’ JV basketball coach, Tracy Kio; boys’ JV basketball coach, Justin Bienkowsky; girls’  junior high basketball coach, Michael Nasto;

also, head football coach, Michael Bodamer; assistant football coaches, Robert Haskins, Bienkowski and Nathan Zitnik; head wrestling coach, B.J. Greenman; assistant wrestling coach, Ryan Johnson; girls’ soccer coach, Travis Cowburn; and magazine campaign advisor, George Riley. All will be paid according to the amounts specified in the next professional agreement.

Dr. Philip Carlson will continue as school dentist and will be paid $5 per examination for 100 or more, or $7 each for fewer than 100.

Mike Nasto was reappointed park and pool supervisor at an hourly rate of $9.75, with his hours capped at 550 for the season.

The graduation list of 86 was given the usual pro forma approval by the board. Caskey, a former teacher, asked high school principal Marc Budd whether any of the listed seniors are “in trouble,” meaning in jeopardy of not meeting graduation requirements in the time remaining.

Budd said that five are. When asked whether those five are in “real trouble,” Budd acknowledged that such is the case, and that those students have been made aware of the situation.

The First National Bank of Port Allegany and Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLGIT) will be depositories for district funds in the fiscal period that will begin July 1.

Gary Hardes noted that in the most recent NetRider competition, sponsored by Cisco, two students from the Career and Technical Center, one of them Port Alleganian Josh Shatley, are tops in the state.

Under public comments, Kate Kysor asked that the handicapped parking spaces be marked more clearly, that a parking space be kept open at the end of the sidewalk near the creek so that an ambulance would have access to the gym area if needed, and that there be plenty of signage to inform people that no smoking is permitted anywhere on school property, including in parked cars. 

Also under public comments, Joyce Stehle inquired about opportunities for students to take honors and advanced placement courses, and advocated that additional AP courses be offered in sciences, and that more lab use opportunities be provided.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, in the Elementary School “Blue Room.


Players Four Redux? - No, there isn't a guy singing group by that name, so far as we know, but these four Potter-McKean Players, shown rehearsing for last September's hit revue might just make another appearance at the Dinner Theater event, at 7 p.m. Saturday night, May 14, at the Coudersport Consistory, and same time Saturday night, May 21 at the Port Allegany Veterans' Memorial Hall.  Attendees will enjoy a sumptuous meal, and help Meals on Wheels consumers enjoy many meals as well.  Entertainment will include hit songs from past decades, and a one-act mystery farce, "Who Murdered Who?" Get tickets right away, from Players, such as Dave Fair in Port Allegany.  Martha Knight Photo


Fund Established - A fund has been established at Citizen’s and Northern Bank in Port Allegany to assist Nate and Cassie Howard with the expenses related to his lengthy hospital stay and loss of income during this period.  Nate has been a patient at UPMC for the past four weeks and will be there at least another two weeks.  He recently underwent open heart surgery and is anticipating another surgery this week.  If you cannot get to the bank, you may mail in your donations payable to Citizen’s & Northern, 100 Maple Street, Port Allegany, PA  16743.  Please attach a note, or write on the check that it is for Nate Howard.  Please contact Mary Burr at (814) 642-7397 with any questions.


Receives Metals - Larry Siebert, Commander of the American Legion (left) and Chuck Smith, Commander of the VFW and Service Officer (right) are pictured presenting John Borowski with medals for his service  with the U.S. Army.  Mr. Borowski recently received a Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign WWII Battle Stars, WWII Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Conduct Medal, and Markmanship Medal.  He hadn't received these medals following his service and recently talked with Commander Smith who filled out the necessary paperwork to obtain the medals.  Mr. Borowski said, " it took a while, but I finally got them after 65 years or so."  The photo was taken at the Veterans Memorial in front of the wall of honor.  Pam Fischer Photo


Pitt-Corning Landscape -  Brown space now, but green space later, according to plans for the project taking place at the Pittsburgh Corning site, as work progresses on creating a "green space" where Plant 8, a gate house and the main parking lot were until recently. At the intersection of Route 6 with North Main Street there will be grass, trees, shrubs, flowers, and "permeable surfaces" to retain precipitation water and prevent rapid run-off problems. Company spokespersons note that the company wants to keep the property attractive and valuable. In the background parts of PC's remaining manufacturing facility are seen.  Martha Knight Photo


Senior Center Celebrates Mothers - A Mother's Day Celebration was held Monday afternoon at the Port Allegany Senior Center with a tea and some fancy hats.  Sweden Valley Inn made scones for the tea which were reported to be "delicious".  Those participating in the hat contest are pictured (front row, left to right) Ethlyn Ford, Betty Bells, JoAnn Boller, Euretta Amell; (back row) Senior Center Director Angie Culver, Hilda Schroll, Donna VanSickles, Ann Thomas, Ellen Buchenauer, Barb VanSickles, Jackie Songer, Sue Daugherty and Betty Hobbs.  Winners were announced as follows:  Most Original - Sue Daugherty; Prettiest - Hilda Schroll; Most Creative - Ann Thomas; Unusual - "Queen" Betty Bells; and Silliest - Barb VanSickles.  Pam Fischer Photo


Kindergarten Visits Port Freeze - During May, Port Allegany Elementary School Kindergarten students will visit local businesses including Port Freeze, Fox's Pizza, Jubilee, First National Bank and Denmark Farm.  The first of their field trips found students from Mrs. (Rae Ann) Preston's room at the Port Freeze.  Several of those students, Mckensy Mitchell, Ebony Ford, Makayla Alcorn, Makenzie Pinchock, Kylie McKiernan and Justin Sherwood are pictured with Mrs. Preston and Ed Vicic from Port Freeze.  More photos of all of the Kindergarten classes and their spring visits will be featured on a future picture page.  Pam Fischer Photo


Thanks, Mom! - Children of all ages celebrated with their mothers, grandmothers, Godmothers...and the other special women in their lives on Mother's Day 2011.  Ian Dynda is pictured with his mother, Heather, as he presents her with the custom flower pot he created just for his mom for Mother's Day.  Pam Fischer Photo

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FUN(D) Run Winners - The top three winners of the S. W. Smith Race for the Library 5K Walk/Run are pictured after crossing the finish line.  They are Eric Peterson, John Caden and Sean Conklin.  The event, with 84 participants, raised almost $3,400.  The committee would like to thank all who participated, their sponsors and all who supported the Fun(d) Run and give a special thanks to Fox's, Airhead Graphix, Canoe Place Shirt Shack and Burleson's True Value.  More photos from this event will appear on a future picture page.

FUN(D) RUN A SUCCESS - Chairperson Kari Stake reported that $3,385 was raised for the S. W. Smith Memorial Public Library Building Fund through the Race for the Library 5K Walk/Run held Saturday in Port Allegany.  Top three winners were Eric Peterson, John Caden and Sean Conklin.  In addition to the walk/run, there was a Bake Sale, Bounce House Fun, and rides in Mike Farber's Model T.  The Port Allegany Police Department and Star Hose Fire Police provided traffic control and assistance with the route and the Port Allegany Ambulance Service was on standby at the Town Square.  Music was provided by DJ Bob Emerson.

Sponsors included Tanaka Enterprises, Carlson Dental Associates, Everyday Happynings, Munchies, Tracy's Photo Memories, Bayline Insurance Agency, John R. Scherer Insurance Agency, Marti's ruff-Cut-n-Clip-purr, Shaffer Chiropractics, J and J Service, Burleson's True Value, Port Freeze, Schott Associate Eye Care, Christa K. Schott , Attorney at Law, Canoe Place Shirt Shack, Airhead Grafix, Olson and Tenglund, Inc., Moe's Bar and Grill, Pine Valley Nursery, Fink Law Office, Citizen and Northern Bank, Jubilee Port Allegany, Fox's, Independent Associates Insurance, C. Moses Excavating, Cutting Edge Gymnastics, Johnston Tools, J & B Furniture, Sud City Depot, Stakes Splash-N-Go, Seneca Inn, H and R Block of Eldred, Rite Aid, Costas of Eldred, Buchanan Brothers of Eldred, Duke Center Superette, Versaille, Time Warner, Beacon Light, Carlson's General Store, Pittsburgh Corning, Walmart of Olean and Sheetz.



SWAMP Group Holds First Dance

By Martha Knight

There were dozens of teens, a few adult chaperones, and a deejay (Joel Schroll) at the Moose Family Center ball room Friday night. They gave every appearance of having a great time, in the first such event arranged by the group known as SWAMP. And they even managed to get home before curfew.

The group dances got many of the attendees out on the floor, and there were even a few couples slow dancing when the music set the mood.

There were prizes for hats, and a door prize. The group’s new tee shirts helped set the fashion tone of the informal affair.

When leaders were asked how to “join” the teen center SWAMP plans to open shortly, they explained that it will not be a membership thing but a place, with programs and activities. Junior-senior high school students are eligible, and are needed to help with activities, events and ideas.

Besides a successful event, SWAMP had more encouragement in the form of a donation of computers, keyboards, desks and chairs for use at the center (6 North Main Street, former barber shop location). They are looking for monitors, preferably flat screen ones.

Sponsors of the event included Port Freeze, Team Minard Productions, Port Allegany Jubilee, Harry Fleck Trucking and the Moose Family Center.


Into The Woods At PAHS

The Port Allegany High School Music Department and Drama Club will present Into the Woods Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at the school.  Curtain time is 8 p.m.  With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the story begins when a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door.   They embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later.  The presence of a Giant in their land brings disastrous results.  Crystal Geneaux as Jack's Mother, Zachary Sigafoes as Jack and MaKayla Ramadhan as Little Red Riding Hood are pictured during a recent rehearsal.  Tickets are on sale in the Port Allegany School District Office and will be available at the door for the General Admission price of $5 and $4 for Students. 

Spring Musical This Weekend - Into the Woods will be presented by the Port Allegany High School Music Department and Drama Club Friday and Saturday nights, May 13 and 14 at the school with the show beginning at 8:00 p.m.

The production is under the direction of Kenneth Myers and Lynn Farber with costumer Cheryl Brown.  Members of the cast include Jacob Stehle as The Baker; Megan Bishel as The Baker's Wife; Renee Edgell as The Witch; Zachary Sigafoes as Jack; Crystal Geneaux, as Jack's Mother; Julia Collver as Cinderella; MaKayla Ramadhan as Little Red Riding Hood; Sarah Gordon as Rapunzel; Wesley Caulkins as Cinderella's Prince/Wolf; Ben Edgell as Rapunzel's Prince; Narrator is Ricky Lee Warnick; Logan Hutton as Mysterious Man; Anna McJunkin as Cinderella's Stepmother; McKenna Johnson as Florinda; Jena Young as Lucinda; Bryana Baer as Cinderella's Mother; Michelle Armendariz as Granny/Giantess; Adam Johnson as Steward; Emily Gordon as Snow White; and Tori Miles as Sleeping Beauty.  Pam Fischer Photo


Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Celebrated National Nurses Week This Week

The recognition is held annually May 6-12, concluding on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year’s theme was “Nurses Trusted to Care.” The purpose of the week long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of the public. CCMH events included the traditional wear white day and blessing of the hands. CCMH chief nurse executive Cindi Hardesty thanked all CCMH nurses “for making a difference in our communities.”  Photos Submitted


Gators Defeat Panthers - The Port Allegany Lady Gator Softball team defeated the Austin Lady Panthers during Thursday's doubleheader held in Port Allegany.  Score of the first game was 20-0 and the second game score was 14-2.  Pictured is senior catcher, Sarah Brodhun.  Pam Fischer Photo



Undefeated Season For Gator Guys - The Port Allegany High School Gator Track Team completed their fourth straight unbeaten season after defeating Otto-Eldred with a score of 122-28.  The Gator Guys also earned their fourth straight North Tier League title.  Tyce Miller quadrupled (400, 800, high jump, 1600 relay) and Nick Conway took the 110 and 300 hurdles.  The Lady Gators also defeated Otto-Eldred with a score of 121 - 29.  Bryanna Evens (pictured) also quadrupled (100, 200, 400, 1600 relay) as did Kelsey Payne (100, hurdles, triple jump, high jump and 400 relay).  Also pictured is Camrin Stuckey who took first place in the javelin, the long jump and 1600 relay.  Pam Fischer Photo