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
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,
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
“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
OSRAM SYLVANIA Unveils LED
Replacement for 100-watt Incandescent Lamp
May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
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
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
www.sylvania.com or visit booth #833 at LIGHTFAIR
International 2011, May 17-19, 2011
at the Pennsylvania
Convention Center in Philadelphia.
About OSRAM SYLVANIA:
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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
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
“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.
- Port Allegany Online - -
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
- Wednesday, May 18, 7 p.m. at the Coudersport
Public Library, 502 Park Avenue
Thursday, May 19, 5 p.m. at the Port Allegany High School auditorium, 20 Oak
- Friday, May 20, 5 p.m. at the Bradford Area
Public Library, 67 West Washington Street
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
Defeated In Annin Voting
By Martha Knight
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
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.
- 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
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.
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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.
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
- 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
email@example.com with your
It's the hope of the alumni association to
honor that undefeated squad during the 2nd Annual Alumni Football Game, to be
held in Port Allegany when the Gators take on the Coudersport Falcons at the
About The Season Of '86:
The 1986 Gators finished
10-0, and won the Allegheny Mountain League Title defeating Johnsonburg 23-14.
They totaled 298 points on the year, for an average of 29.8 per game. This
ranked them 8th in the state. Their defense gave up a total of 28
points, averaging 2.8 per game. This ranked them 3rd in the state.
Their point differential of 27 points per contest, ranked them 2nd in