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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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
Lakeshore Community Services, Inc. of Kane was granted tax-exempt
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
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
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
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
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 www.UPMCHamot.com.
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
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.
board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, in the Elementary
School “Blue Room.
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
Pam Fischer Photo
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Cole Memorial Hospital Celebrated National Nurses Week This Week
recognition is held annually May 6-12, concluding on
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
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
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