Casey Calls On The FTC To Investigate Summer-Blend Gas Shortage In Southwestern PA

WASHINGTON, DC – In light of increasing gas prices and concerns about a summer-blend gas shortage on the already high price of fuel, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today called on the Federal Trade Commission to immediately investigate the situation in order to identify the specific cause of the problem.

“I request that the Federal Trade Commission investigate the activities surrounding the summer-blend shortage and report on the specific cause or causes of this occurrence.  Additionally, it is important to know if any questionable business practices contributed to the shortage,” Senator Casey stated in the letter.  “The people in southwestern Pennsylvania should not be placed in a situation that causes them to pay more at the pump so that others can acquire greater profits.  I would appreciate an update on the status of FTC’s assessment.”

The letter continues: “The United States Congress and the FTC have an obligation to provide consumers with the assurance that whatever price they pay at the pump, they can be certain they aren't being taken for a ride.”

For the letter, click here


Casey Calls on Agencies to Coordinate Investigation of Disease Clusters

WASHINGTON, DC— In response to concerns about confirmed and unconfirmed disease clusters linked to environmental contaminants in Pennsylvania, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter to state and federal agencies urging greater coordination and sharing of information to help shed light on what causes abnormally high rates of diseases like cancer in some localized areas.

“I am very concerned about the four confirmed disease clusters linked to environmental contaminants in Pennsylvania,” wrote Senator Casey. “A more systematic, collaborative and integrated approach to investigating potential disease clusters is needed. There is a wealth of data being collected by each of your institutions; please enable it to be used to enhance our understanding and improve our ability to prevent and respond to environmental carcinogens.”

In his letter, Senator Casey called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to integrate various databases and registries currently in use to prevent the loss of information valuable to determining environmental factors that contribute to disease.

In addition to the four confirmed disease clusters in Pennsylvania, Senator Casey stated in his letter that he regularly hears from Pennsylvanians with concerns about other suspected sites, including a site possibly linked to the Butler Mine Tunnel Superfund site in Luzerne County and sites in Washington County where residents are concerned about a link between natural gas drilling and illness.

Casey's letter can be found here


OSRAM SYLVANIA Unveils LED Replacement for 100-watt Incandescent Lamp

PHILADELPHIA, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OSRAM SYLVANIA today unveiled a 14-watt LED lamp designed to replace a 100-watt incandescent lamp. Producing 1,500 lumens, the dimmable SYLVANIA ULTRA A19 prototype provides up to 86 percent energy savings, when compared to traditional incandescent technology.


"We are delighted at this breakthrough achievement to develop a replacement for the 100-watt incandescent light bulb with incredibly high efficiency, high color quality and dimmability," said Phil Rioux, general manager of Consumer Lighting LED Retrofits at OSRAM SYLVANIA. "This accomplishment sets the stage for the new line of SYLVANIA omni-directional LED lamps."  

The SYLVANIA ULTRA A19 prototype has a rated life that is 25 times longer than an incandescent lamp, with a color temperature of 2700K and a color rendering index (CRI) that exceeds 80. The lamp is suitable for use in common household fixtures, such as table lamps, wall sconces and ceiling pendant lighting.

In addition to the 100-watt replacement LED prototype, the company has also introduced the SYLVANIA ULTRA High Performance omni-directional LED A-Line Series, a fully commercialized line of LED replacements for 75, 60 and 40-watt incandescent lamps that will be available to retailers starting in July.

Producing an equivalent lumen output and a similar light distribution pattern as traditional incandescent lamps, the new SYLVANIA omni-directional LED lamps provide up to 82 percent energy savings and have a rated life of 25,000 hours, 25 times longer than incandescent technology.

For more information about SYLVANIA LED lighting and other sustainable innovations from OSRAM SYLVANIA, please go to or visit booth #833 at LIGHTFAIR International 2011, May 17-19, 2011 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.


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JEC Report Shows Repealing Tax Breaks for Major Oil Companies Will Reduce the Deficit, Won’t Impact Prices at Pump

WASHINGTON, DC— A new report by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) finds that eliminating or modifying several tax breaks currently benefiting the major integrated oil companies will reduce the deficit by $21 billion over ten years and encourage investments in alternative energy and energy efficiency.

The report, End Tax Breaks For Big Oil: Reduce the Federal Deficit Without Increasing Prices at the Pump,” further shows that the repeal of the tax breaks will not affect oil and gas production decisions in the near term and will have little or no impact on consumer energy prices in the immediate future.  

“This new JEC report makes clear that there are ways to bring down the deficit without harming our economic recovery,” said JEC Chairman Bob Casey (D-PA).   “By repealing unnecessary tax breaks to the major integrated oil companies, we can reduce the deficit by more than $20 billion and speed the move to a clean energy economy without impacting prices at the pump.”

The price for crude oil, which is the key driver of gasoline prices, is determined in a global market based on global supply and demand.   While the United States consumes nearly a quarter of all oil consumed worldwide, it has only 2 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves.  The report finds, therefore, that increases in U.S. oil production are unlikely to lead to lower crude oil prices or gasoline prices.

The report also notes that the profits of oil companies are highly correlated with crude oil prices.  In 2010, as the economy recovered, the price of oil rose and the five major integrated oil companies increased their profits by an average of 21 percent.    

“With the price of oil near $100 a barrel, it makes no sense to continue tax breaks to these profit-making machines.  Our country can’t afford it and the giant oil companies don’t need it,” Casey continued.  “While families face $4 a gallon gas prices, oil companies are raking in massive profits, boosted by tax incentives paid for by taxpayers.  That’s wrong and we need to fix it.”

Casey also emphasized the need to continue to pursue cleaner energy production, saying, “The JEC report reminds us yet again of the need to diversify our energy resources, developing cleaner alternatives such as the natural gas available through the development of the Marcellus Shale.”

The report concludes that eliminating the tax provisions is unlikely to have any impact on natural gas prices, as more and more natural gas is produced through continued exploration and development of shale gas resources, such as the Marcellus Shale.  Shale gas is expected to increase from 16 percent of total U.S. gas production in 2009 to nearly half by 2035. 

The tax provisions discussed in the report include: (1) eliminating the ability to claim the domestic manufacturing deduction (Section 199) against income derived from the production of oil and gas; (2) repealing expensing of intangible drilling costs; (3) repealing expensing of costs of tertiary injectants used as part of a tertiary recovery method; and (4) modifying the foreign tax credit rules for dual capacity earners.

The report was prepared by the staff of the Chairman of the JEC.


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McKean County Courthouse.jpgCommunity service program grows, and veggies too

By Martha Knight

SMETHPORT—Several existing programs, new ideas and old resources have been combined in what McKean County Court of Common Pleas President Judge John Pavlock sees as a partial solution to several problems.

The problems include chronic jail overcrowding, with the McKean County Jail seemingly always, and increasingly, so full that some inmates have to be “boarded out” in other counties, at considerable cost to taxpayers.

There’s the cost to the county and its residents of supporting persons sentenced to local time. There’s room and board, medical care, and maintaining and staffing the jail. And what does the community get back, other than the hope that incarceration will have the “correction” effect that is supposed to result from such loss of liberty?

Then there’s the sizable roster of persons who are not incarcerated, who were sentenced to “community service,” in keeping with the principle that those who have broken the law have “offended,” and it is the public they have offended—the law-abiding members of the community, including taxpayers.

With judges often including community service in sentences, there is a need for service opportunities for sentenced offenders. But how many eligible organizations and programs in the community can provide service opportunities, and how are offenders matched with the various settings and jobs?

For years, McKean County Adult Probation was tasked with tracking the performance of community service by those who were sentenced to do so. Probation staffer Jodi Tanner was coordinator, but the list of those who “owed” service kept growing, and Tanner had other duties as well.

A seemingly unrelated need has been a supply of fruit and vegetables for the jail food service, which was brought in-house about two years ago. The in-house idea has been to save the county money while supplying meals that do not have to be transported to the facility. Expanding the food service area was one reason for building and renovation program at the jail. Although Sheriff Brad Mason has been highly enthusiastic about the cost savings and other successes of the jail’s in-house food service, its  purchasing arm has seen rising food costs, just as the community at large has.

Meanwhile, the county has assets in the form of land and structures at its Route 6 complex. In fact, a common name for the large, historic brick structures there is “The Old County Home.” Its spaces have been repurposed, and now house a number of county agencies.

The “county home” idea was in use by county governments for generations, beginning well before nursing home, public or private, were common. County homes were where people went to live when they could not afford to own or rent living quarters. Time was, the poor went “over the hill to the poor house,” often but not always in old age.

And associated with the county home was the county farm. The verdant acreage surrounding McKean County’s jail, Sena-Kean Manor, the 911 Center, the Children and Youth Services building and the new Domestic Relations building used to grow crops and pasture cattle for the county home. Sales of milk, extra crops and produce also helped fund the county home operation. Residents who were able helped with farm work. The McKean County Farm dairy operation was a good one, and, weather cooperating, crops were abundant.

Why couldn’t jail inmates be involved with some form of horticulture? Why couldn’t people with community service to perform get some of that done right there, at the former county farm? Why couldn’t the county be among the governmental entities receiving the value of community service, along with boroughs and townships and agencies? Those ideas have been “cultivated” by Pavlock and some county officials for some time.

Not long ago there was a garden near the jail, at the end toward Sena-Kean, where inmates grew produce. Ordinarily it was not used in the jail, according to former assistant warden Debbie Morlock; it was sold to the general public at a stand near the highway, where payment was on the honor system. Proceeds benefitted jail programs.

The idea of an expanded horticulture program, to be called Great Growing Gardens, has taken root in McKean County beginning last fall. Unlike winter wheat, the planting was not followed by dormancy, as the planners or idea planters kept the process going.

Pavlock says the planning and preparations involved the county commissioners. Use of county resources requires their approval and cooperation, and they provided it.

Pavlock says, “The Court is constantly looking for new ways to impose appropriate sanctions for violating the law at less cost to our citizens.”

 Pavlock has been an advocate of the use of Intermediate Punishment as one way to restrict the freedom of some offenders while allowing them to work and earn money to support their families and pay any court-ordered restitution, costs and fines. With some elements of house arrest, IP includes monitoring and supervision; the Adult Probation department has expanded somewhat as this program has been implemented. While he was District Attorney, Pavlock helped initiate IP.

Judge Pavlock declares, “Incarceration is absolutely appropriate as a sanction for criminal activity.” He does not see it as providing all the desirable elements of appropriate punishment, because it takes from the community and the taxpayer, in costs, without giving anything back.

Community service is a mechanism for repaying society, Pavlock says. “It is a way of providing an option to a defendant who is willing to work hard.” An example would be someone who had falsified an application for welfare benefits, performing 80 hours of clean-up at the McKean County Fairgrounds.

Other appropriate service performed by non-violent offenders might augment regular crews’ labor on roads and sidewalks, in parks and at other public facilities.

Sometimes community service is imposed by the Court in lieu of jail time, sometimes in addition to time inside.

As for the benefit to the offender, Pavlock says the individual “hopefully, is walking away from the experience with a sense of pride for helping others.” Also, some assignments will help participants learn new skills and gain valuable work experience.

Not that community service is new, in McKean County, as evidenced by “hundreds of miles across McKean County that has been cleaned” by community service labor over the past 25 years.

What’s new is the expansion of community service to benefit more kinds of assignments in more places for more local governments, agencies and community programs.

For this, a full-time coordinator was needed. Mike Barnard of Port Allegany was appointed to the new, full-time position of Community Service Coordinator. Barnard’s recent related experience, helping deploy and supervise area youth in a summer employment activity involved working with many of the same labor recipients, including local governments and nonprofits. Pavlock notes that technically, Barnard is a probation officer. His salary is $27,885.

The state partially reimburses the costs of supervision of offenders, through the probation system. Another cost offset has been a $15,000 grant obtained from the McKean County Driving Under the Influence Fund. Community service is a common component of many DUI defendants. Costs assessed to them are used for the DUI Fund.

Pavlock notes that start-up costs will not occur every year. “You only have to build a fence once.”

With more community service being included in sentences for more individuals, and with an expanded program concentrating on matching workers with assignments, Pavlock foresees a possible tripling of community service in the next several years. Currently there are about 5,000 hours of community service awaiting specific assignments.

Beginning a few weeks ago, the program has assisted with projects in Bradford City, Bradford and Foster Townships, Port Allegany and Smethport Boroughs, and at agencies including the Eldred Township Fire Department, the SPCA and YWCA and YWCA in Bradford and the McKean County Historical Society.

Tasks included cleaning indoors and out, yard pickup and brush removal, painting and moving machinery and other items.

And—the Good Growing Gardens programs, possibly the centerpiece of the expanded community service program. Under Barnard’s direction, it is seen as using work from non-offenders as well, other volunteers from the community, but not on a fully “integrated” basis: “regular” volunteers are not expected to work at the same time and place or on the same teams.

An ambitious raised bed garden project will provide food for the county jail in season, and also year-round if harvests are bountiful enough to have some blanched and frozen.

In season, produce will be made available to food banks and senior citizens.

Barnard met with the cook at the jail, and with Master Gardener William Waltman of Coudersport. The latter walked the target area, near the barn on the former county farm. Waltman recommended that the area near the recycling bins be utilized. Proximity to the barn is a plus. Even the barn is receiving some repairs and refurbishing, since it contains an area used as a work center for Good Growing Gardens.

As Pavlock explains it, community volunteers interested in helping with the Good Growing Gardens program might work in the garden several days a week, youth volunteers would have their special days, and there would be certain days when community service and jail inmate labor would be used.

Another feature of the garden program is a new fence. Some materials for the raised beds, fence and barn repairs were salvaged or contributed.



Liberty Township Needs Workers, Rejects Community Service

By Martha Knight

LIBERTY VILLA—Liberty Township Supervisors are looking for part-time workers to help with the highway department’s ambitious summer road repair program. But an offer from the McKean County Adult Probation Department of free labor by sentenced offenders was rejected unanimously.

At the supervisors’ meeting Thursday afternoon, supervisor chairman Gary Turner described the offer and fellow supervisors Fred Ernst III and Chuck Safford checked its terms as well, before deciding that they could not provide the required supervision.

The offer, as set forth in a form letter from Adult Probation, contained a proposed agreement whereby the local government, agency or non-profit would be responsible for supervising and reporting on the community service to be performed by adults who have been sentenced to perform a certain number of hours of work, as partial recompense to the community for their violations of law.

The undated letter and form appeared to have been used in prior years, in securing utilization of community service. The Community Service Coordinator named in it was Jodi Tanner, and the letterhead referenced John H. Yoder, Judge. Yoder retired from the bench in 2009.

It was not known whether the letter was related to a program recently announced by current McKean County Court of Common Pleas President Judge John Pavlock.

As for the part-time labor the supervisors do want, they said that interested adults should call the township office or any of the supervisors to indicate their interest and availability.

Hiring would be for part-time “day labor,” somewhat dependent on weather, and would pay “entry level” hourly wages, varying according to the skills each worker might possess. Having a CDL license would be worth a higher rate, for instance, as would experience in operating a backhoe or other equipment.

Another offer supervisors announced is “free dirt” removed from ditches as the road crew restores proper drainage along highways. What the department cannot use for fill will be trucked to nearby township residents who request it. It may contain some debris or trash, Ernst pointed out, but may be suitable for fill. “We can’t sort it,” Ernst said.

Supervisors agreed to collaborate with PennDOT, as has been done previously, obtaining use of some PennDOT equipment in exchange for services the township can provide.

This summer’s road projects will include pothole repair in a number of areas, but the major undertaking will be an end-to-end upgrade of Upper Portage and Lower Portage roads, including brush clearing, ditch restoration and other drainage improvement, overhang removals, surface repairs and berm replacement where necessary.

Some of the work may include reclaiming of areas that property owners have incorporated into their landscaping, supervisors warned, but only where necessary to restore ditches, berm or other required highway components, on highway right-of-way.

At least one unnamed sewer customer is facing having the sewer line blocked, at his expense, by a township contractor, in keeping with the new policy of cutting off sewer service as a last resort when other sewer bill collection efforts have failed.

“Then the board of health will be notified and the home will not be habitable,” Turner said. “There would be a charge and probably a deposit to get service restored.” Safford said all possible efforts had been made to collect, “but the customer has been defiant.”

Two other recalcitrant customers are on the list for similar shut-off action, unless they make the payments they have promised.

Township resident Bruce Klein questioned the supervisors’ decision to pay the full cost of health insurance coverage for recently retired, but still on disability, former roadmaster James Boorum and his wife.

Told that the insurance premium totals about $1,600 a month, Klein said he believes this is asking a lot from the taxpayers.

Turner said that he had been prepared for some taxpayers and even fellow supervisors to disagree with his insistence that it was the right thing to do. Ernst agreed that it was appropriate. Turner said that after Boorum’s more than 20 years of service, the township should provide the insurance until the end of the year. He said the solicitor has said this is lawful and it does not set a precedent.


Grandparents Tea - The Kindergarten Classes at Port Allegany Elementary School entertained their grandparents at the annual Grandparent's Tea held Friday at the school.  The program began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by the students.  Following that, several songs about grandparents were presented following by refreshments.  Grandparents were also able to visit their grandchild's classroom.  Directing the program were Kindergarten teachers Miltra Bressan, Sally Claypool, Tabitha Dart and Rae Ann Preston.  In the first photo, the students are pictured during their performance.  The second photo has Evin Stauffer with one of her two sets of grandparents who attended, Grandpa (Reggie) and Grandma (Noreen) Coneys.  She is the daughter of Eric and Beth Stauffer.  More photos from this event will appear on a future picture page.  Pam Fischer Photos


Hauser Wins Both, DeMott, Church, Pingie, Lane Look To Nov.

By Martha Knight

SMETHPORT—Attorney Chris Hauser of Bradford appears to have locked up the position of second judge of McKean County Court of Common Pleas, as the winner of both the Republican and Democratic nominations, in Tuesday’s primary.

Hauser got 2,226 Republican votes and 717 Democratic ones to second place finisher Michele Alfieri-Causer’s 1,192 and 651.

Speculation was that with the apparent certainty of becoming elected later this year, Hauser might be appointed to the position earlier, by gubernatorial nomination and confirmation by the state senate.

The Common Pleas judge term is ten years. Then such judges face retention, or a yes-no consent to continue for another term, unless they choose to waive the retention privilege and allow other candidates to file.

In county commissioner balloting, Republicans Joe DeMott of Port Allegany and Al Pingie of Bradford were chosen to face Democrats Judy Church of Smethport and Cliff Lane of Annin Township, in November, when the top three vote getters will be elected from the field of four.

Port Allegany Borough Republicans nominated Republicans Kate Kysor and Lynn Farber, both incumbents, and Eric L. Button, and Democrats endorsed incumbent Lewis Duell, all unopposed in the primary but facing a run-off in the November municipal election.

Liberty Township’s race for supervisor saw Republican James Boorum the apparent winner. In Annin Township, Brian P. Causer defeated incumbent supervisor 76 to 53.

The five candidates for the five school board seats up for election this year are assumed to be nominated. Incumbents Gary A. Hardes and Daniel F. Kysor, and election newcomers Ingrid Lapp, Scott Moses and Sean Lathrop. All but Lapp cross-filed.

Magisterial District Judge William Todd received nominations from both parties. He was unopposed.

Judicial and school board candidates may seek nominations from both parties, in Pennsylvania.


Chinese Auction During TWYS - The annual Town Wide Yard Sales will be held Saturday, May 21st beginning at 8 a.m.  There will be a Chinese Auction on the square during the TWYS to benefit ReBecca Culver's Rotarian Short Term Exchange trip to Spain.  On June 28, the Spanish Exchange Student named Marta will arrive in the United States to stay with the Culvers.  ReBecca will travel to Spain with Marta on July 21 where she will stay until August 18.  The auction will be on the square from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Tickets are 4 for $1.  Purchase 5 envelopes and receive one free.  Pam Fischer Photo


WPC Seeks Public Input on a Draft Watershed Plan for the McKean and Potter County Region

Ridgway, Pa. – May 16, 2011 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will hold public meetings to present its draft watershed conservation plan for the McKean and Potter County communities along the Allegheny River and its tributaries – Oswayo, Potato and Tunungwant creeks. At these events, community residents may review the draft Allegheny River Headwaters Conservation Plan and provide comments.

The Conservancy is encouraging individuals who live or work in the area, own a business or land in the region, enjoy outdoor recreation, or are interested in natural resources, historic preservation, tourism, or community enhancement, to attend these meetings.

Comments on the plan will be received through June 20, 2011.

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

For more information, contact Kylie Maland at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Allegheny Regional Office at (814) 776-1114 or


Barr Defeated In Annin Voting

By Martha Knight

TURTLEPOINT—Longtime Annin Township supervisor and roadmaster John Barr went down to defeat in the Republican primary Tuesday, when his partymates gave him 53 votes to first-time candidate Brian P. Causer’s 76.

Local election board member and political observer Bob Strait Jr. said Tuesday night that the “word on the street” is that many township residents spoke of being dissatisfied with the condition of township roads, and some do not think the roadmaster should be a supervisor too (although that is a common practice in rural townships).

The position of roadmaster is not an elective one; the supervisors appoint the roadmaster.

Barr’s current term as supervisor will end this year. Supervisors serve six-year terms.

The turn-out, 178, was considered good in Annin Township. Interest in the district attorney and commissioner races was high, with lifelong Annin resident, Cliff Lane seeking a return to the county board of commissioners in the Democratic primary.


Awards Sunday At UMC - Students at the Port Allegany United Methodist Sunday School celebrated Awards Sunday on May 15.  Following a morning snack of breakfast burritos, students were awarded attendance trophies.  Students also participated in a Chinese Auction.  Currency was based on attendance, participation in other Sunday School and church activities as well as memory work.  Pictured (front row, left to right) are Ian Dynda, Henry Kisler, Gavin Burgess, Makayla Alcorn, Kelvin Burgess; (row 2) Justin Young, Corbin Hamilton, Madison Mahon, Wayne Shelley, Kierra Keck; (row 3) Jena Young, Julia Young and MiKayla Burgess.  Also earning trophies but not pictured are Addie Burr, Zoe Burr, Isaac Burr and Shaylei Burr.  Pam Fischer Photo


Missing Name Mystery Solved

By Martha Knight

LIBERTY VILLA—The name of incumbent supervisor Fred Ernst III was not on the Liberty Township ballot, according to local election official Gib Irons. It did not appear among the choices on the machines used in Tuesday’s primary election voting. It is not on the sample ballots that were on display.

But Fred Ernst III’s name was on the ballot displayed on the McKean County website, and Ernst was invited to the meet-the-Republican-candidate forum held last month. Both he and opponent James Boorum had filed for the Republican nomination.

The mysterious disappearance of Ernst’s name from voters’ selection of choices turned out to have a fairly straightforward explanation. According to county elections director Judy Ordiway, reached at her office Wednesday morning, Ernst withdrew his candidacy on the last day to do so.

She explained that Ernst’s decision was not made public because “it is their choice” whether to do so or not. That he had filed a nominating petition was public knowledge, and had been reported by area news media, but his withdrawal from the race was not announced.

Also, indications at press time were that Ernst’s fellow township supervisors, Gary Turner and Chuck Safford, had not been clued in.

Voters apparently expected to find Ernst listed as a candidate, and there were some write-ins for him on both parties’ voting areas.

Boorum, a Hamilton Run Road resident, is the apparent winner of the six-year supervisor term. He is a former supervisor and recently retired as township roadmaster. His was the only name showing on the ballot. He also was the sole candidate for one of two auditor positions, and for constable, receiving 74 votes for the former and 68 for the latter, and appears to have won election to both.

Applicable laws indicate that someone can serve as constable while being a member of the board of supervisors, but cannot serve as auditor at the same time he is a supervisor.


Curtain Call - The Port Allegany High School Music Department and Drama Club presented Into the Woods Friday and Saturday nights at the school.  Members of the cast are pictured taking their final bow.  More photos from the production will appear on a future picture page.

Into The Woods - From the production notes found in the program, " "A cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, a slipper as pure as gold...the Port Allegany High School Music Department and Drama Club proudly present Into the Woods, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sounheim and book by James Lapine.  Into the Woods weaves various familiar fairy tales through a twisting journey on the road to "Happily Ever After."  The original Broadway production of Into the Woods opened on November 5, 1987 and ran for 764 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre.  It was nominated for nine Tony Awards in 1988 and received three; Stephen Sondheim won for Best Score, James Lapine won for Best Book, and Joanna Gleason, who played the role of the Baker's Wife, won for Best Actress in a Musical.

Filled with humor, mystery, music and dance, the production showcases characters who ultimately discover that actions have consequences, and that by working together they find the path to greatest strength.  In the first half of this musical journey, Sondheim and Lapine take familiar characters from traditional fairy tales and intertwine their stories through chance encounters in the forest.  The second half follows these characters beyond "happily ever after."  There, united on a common quest, they re-enter the woods where they must either work together or perish apart.  Using children's stories, Sondheim and Lapine have crafted an intricate and delicate parable for grown-ups.  As wry and whimsical as it is tragic, Into the Woods explores the complexities of love, loss, self-discovery and parenting."

Cast members included Narrator, Ricky Lee Warnick; Cinderell, Julia Collver; Jack, Zachary Sigafoes; Jack's Mother, Crystal Genaux; Baker, Jacob Stehle; Cinderella's Stepmother, Anna McJunkin; Florinda, McKenna Johnson; Lucinda, Jena Young; Cinderella's Father, Dustin Hoffman; Little Red Ridinghood, McKayla Ramadhan, Witch, Renee Edgell; Mysterious Man, Logan Hutton; Wolf, Wesley Caulking; Granny, Michelle Armendariz; Rapunzel, Sarah Gordon; Rapunzel's Prince, Benjamin Edgell; Cinderella's Prince, Wesley Caulkins; Steward, Adam Johnson; Giant, Michelle Armendariz; Snow White, Emily Gordon; and Sleeping Beauty, Tori Miles.

Members of the Orchestra were Conductor/Piano, Kenneth Myers; Keyboards, Sara Bishel, Annamaria Myers and Brad Stewart; Drums/Percussion, Ben Smith; Trumpet, Matthew Bailey; French Horn, Lovina Cornish and Abby Weaver; Flute/Piccolo, Diane Smith; and Clarinet, Amber Webster.

The Production Staff included Director, Lynn Farber; Musical Director, Kenneth Myers; Set Design/Construction, Michael Farber and Kelly Healy; Stage Crew, Jefferson Stehle, Tyler Smith, James Coxen and Tori Miles; Costumes, Cheryl Brown; Lighting, Jordan Stehle and Kelly Hinchey; Sound, Kale Postlewait; Programs, Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit; Posters, Brad Stewart, Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit; and Ticket Sales, Mary Anne Mantz.  Pam Fischer Photo


Portage Valley Cemetery Association To Meet

The Portage Valley Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the home of Joe and Leah May, 34 Laurel Lane, Port Allegany.

Annual contributors toward the care of the cemetery may send them to treasurer Mahlon Davenport, at 104 Dennis Avenue, Port Allegany.


Studies In Concentration - Local teachers Sharon Daniels and David Roae make their choices and prepare to cast their ballots in the Port Allegany District I polling place in the borough building.  Martha Knight Photo Port Allegany Online

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Goodrich Speaks - Rotarian Jerry Goodrich presented the program at the May 12 Rotary meeting.  Goodrich gave a vocational talk on POSI - Programmable Orienting Systems, Inc. POAI has been producing programmable parts feeding systems since 1984.  For more information on POSI, go to

ROTARY REPORT - There were 19 Rotarians present for a reportable attendance of 65%.  Visiting the club was Smethport Rotarian Troy Herzog.  The Rotary Club is planning to have a food stand during the Town Wide Yard Sales.  The stand will be located at Hartle's on Main Street.

Program Chair for May 19 will be Jim Plotts.  Winner of the 50/50 raffle was Tony Flint.

At the May 5 meeting, the lone visitor was Chris Hauser.  There were 20 Rotarians present for a reportable attendance of 67 percent.  Club assembly was held.  Two Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in May.  Ron Mickle turned 52 on May 8 and Lloyd Eastman will be 88 on May 31.  Three Rotarians will celebrate wedding anniversaries this month.  They are Tony Flint and his wife Susan - 35 years; Scott Bayline and his wife, Paula - 15 years and Joe Lashway and his wife, Mary - 17 years.  Winner of the 50/50 raffle was Bob Hartle.  Pam Fischer Photo


Gator Baseball - Rickie Bova is pictured on first place when the Gators took on the Bradford Owls during Senior Day 2011.  The Owls defeated the Gators 4-2.  More photos from Senior Day will appear on an upcoming picture page.  Pam Fischer Photo

PAHS Big 30 Representatives - Seven PAHS members of the Class of 2011 will represent their school and community at the Don Raabe Big 30 Charity Classic in August.  They are (front row, left to right) Breanna Foster, Cora Bova, Renee Edgell, Caryne Healy; (back row) Seth Lowery, Camrin Stuckey, and Ken Kysor.  Press Day was held Sunday, May 15 at Pitt-Bradford.  Pam Fischer Photo

Lady Gator Softball - Senior Kyley Mickle is pictured at bat during the Lady Gators game with the Lady Terrors Becky Andrus pitched a complete game and led PAHS to a 9-4 win.  Offensively, the Lady Gators were led by Cora Bova with two singles and a double; Andrus with a single and a double and KrisAnn Raymo with a double.  The Lady Gators also celebrated Senior Day 2011 honoring Sarah Brodhun, Cora Bova and Kyley Mickle.  More photos from this event will appear on an upcoming picture page.  Pam Fischer Photo

Un-defeated! - 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 with your contact information.

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 swamp.

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 the state.