House Sends Responsible $27.3 Billion Budget to Senate

HARRISBURG – The House today passed a state budget that spends more state dollars for the state’s Basic Education Funding appropriation than ever before, Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) announced.

The House budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year spends $27.3 billion and has no tax increases. It represents a 3 percent reduction in spending compared to the current budget, which was supplemented by nearly $3 billion in federal stimulus dollars. The House budget restores more than a half-billion dollars to basic and higher education which was reduced in Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget plan.
“It is prioritized spending, it is responsible spending, and it does not increase taxes, it does not borrow and it will be done on time,” Turzai said. “This budget spends $27.3 billion... that is billions of dollars to help Pennsylvanians who need it and billions to help students.”
The state budget had to deal with the loss of the following federal stimulus dollars: welfare, $1.7 billion; education, $1.1 billion; and corrections, $180 million.

Under the House budget, K-12 education would receive a $210 million net funding increase when compared to the governor’s budget. The proposal would allot $100 million for the highly successful Accountability Block Grant program that provides school districts with flexible funding often used for pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten, and tutoring programs. The House budget also gives an historic investment of state dollars to the Basic Education Funding (BEF) line item, as it redirects an additional $100 million back into the fund. BEF is the primary funding stream for all 500 school districts in Pennsylvania.

The House budget also restores substantial funding for higher education – an additional $387 million. The 14 state-owned universities that make up the State System of Higher Education will have $195.2 million more funding than Corbett proposed – 85 percent of the current year’s funding levels.

State-related universities (Penn State, Temple, University of Pittsburgh and Lincoln University) will receive an additional $184 million, which is75 percent of the current year’s funding levels.

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) will receive $10.7 billion, or 40 percent of the General Fund budget, representing an increase of $136 million over the current year’s budget. The current budget (2010-2011) includes $1.7 billion in federal stimulus funds making adjustments clearly necessary.

The House budget invests $4.2 billion for medical assistance benefits, $1.3 billion for programs serving children and $2.1 billion for mental health and mental retardation services.

The House budget identifies savings within DPW by instituting co-pays for transportation programs and adjusting child care program co-payments, increased use of generic drugs, and the implementation of new welfare reform legislation that will reduce fraud and abuse in medical assistance programs. Projected growth estimates in some DPW programs were also revaluated and adjusted.

All general administrative department lines were initially reduced by 10 percent to more equitably distribute the fiscal impact caused by the loss of federal stimulus dollars. The House budget also eliminates unfilled vacancies across all departments.

The Legislature’s allocation is reduced by $15.3 million, or 5.1 percent over the current budget.

“Some people in the Capitol have called for higher and higher spending. They seem to forget, it’s not their money,” Turzai said. “We are stewards of those hard-earned dollars and we can't take it lightly. The House Budget reflects it.”


Casey Calls on Judiciary Committee to Address Heroin Link in Prescription Drug Abuse Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today called on the Chairmen of the Senate Committee and Subcommittee overseeing drug crime to “act quickly” to pass legislation addressing the abuse of prescription drugs and the link between prescription drugs and heroin abuse.

“Drug addiction and abuse have impacted nearly every region of my home state of Pennsylvania, and police report that drug-related crime is on the rise,” wrote Senator Casey in a letter to Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). “As Chairmen of the Committee and Subcommittee with jurisdiction over drug crime in the Senate, I urge you to act quickly to write and pass legislation to stem the cycle of addiction where it often begins: the abuse of prescription drugs.”

“Over the past decade, doctors have increasingly prescribed powerful painkillers like OxyContin, a drug with characteristics similar to heroin, to help patients with severe pain,” Senator Casey continued. “Because these opioid drugs are very powerful, those who use them both for legitimate and illegitimate purposes often become addicted. Prescription painkillers are easily obtained through friends, family, so-called ‘doctor shopping’, and over the Internet.”

Senator Casey's Letter can be found here


School Board Holds Closed Meeting About Negotiations

By Martha Knight

The general fund budget for 2011-12 is on track for adoption at the June 13 board meeting, superintendent Tony Flint reported to the Port Allegany School Board Monday night at its committee-of-the-whole meeting. He predicted that it will be in much the same form as the proposed budget approved by the board earlier this month.

Definitive word on possible extra funding from the state will not be available before June 13, Flint said, in answer to a question from board member Ed Babcock. The state legislature is expected to make some changes before June 30, its deadline and the school district’s deadline for adopting their budgets for the coming fiscal year. But the school board will have acted on its new budget before then, according to present plans.

If the legislature does restore some of the public education funding Governor Tom Corbett’s budget did not provide, the board could re-open the 2011-12 budget if it had been adopted in its present form. The proposed budget calls for spending $13,266,648, some $2,000 more than the current year’s total appropriations.

Flint reviewed recent projections from Harrisburg, including possible increases in accountability allocations and in basic education.

Business manager Judy Bodamer confirmed that if necessary to close a deficit, the administration could find about $60,000 in “savings.” Flint indicated that this could come from deferred purchases.

Another source of funds, to enable the budget to be balanced without a millage increase or program cuts, would be using about $200,000 from $1.6 million accumulated by annual amounts set aside to build a retirement fund cushion.

Although not discussed in the public meeting, the fact that the school district and the teachers’ union are still in negotiations would indicate that teacher salaries and benefits are another cost that is not fully known. The board held an executive session after the open one, for the announced purpose of discussing “professional staff negotiations.”

The board approved the following supplemental staff appointments for the 2011-12 school term: yearbook advisor, Kimberley Bowser; Student Council advisor and prom advisor, Erin Moran; senior class advisor, Nicholas LaBella; athletic director, Daniel Stavisky;

also, department chairs for social studies, George Riley; science, Wallace Finn; English, Matthew Lawton; and mathematics, LaBella.

Supplemental salaries are pegged to Schedule B in the professional agreement which is being negotiated.

The board authorized the administration to “make necessary transfers in the 2010-2011 budget to comply with actual expenditures to be approved by the Board at a later date.”

The auditing firm of Buffamante Whipple & Buttafaro was re-appointed independent auditor for the district, to perform all necessary federal, state and local audits for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Their “not to exceed” fee was set at $16,300, a 2.9 percent increase from the previous contract. Bodamer said the firm did not reach the maximum fee last time.

Bonds were renewed for school personnel with fund handling responsibilities. They are $50,000 for treasurer Dan Lane, $25,000 for Bodamer; $15,000 for the payroll clerk and $15,000 for the custodian of athletic and activities funds.

Board member Gary A. Hardes asked whether funds would be available to deal with potholes in the junior-senior high school parking lot. Flint said the capital projects fund can be tapped for such uses.

Flint said that he will recommend that the board renew the contract with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for the services of an athletic trainer. The hourly rate is under discussion. Currently it is $25, but Flint expects that CCMH will request a slight increase. That decision could be made at the June meeting.


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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 2 will be doing the following work around McKean County through tomorrow.  Sign repairs throughout the district will be performed, Route 155 bridge work in Annin Township will continue, various road patching will be performed county-wide and ditching will be done along Route 155 near Port Allegany.


Allegheny Headwaters Draft Plan Aired

By Martha Knight

PORT ALLEGANY—The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has announced that it is actively seeking public input concerning its draft Allegheny River Headwaters Conservation Plan.

Thursday afternoon it received a lot of input, although attendance at its Port Allegany input session drew only three persons, all of who had heard of the event the previous day, through the Bradford Era.

The input came primarily from Bill Belitskus, who heads the Allegheny Defense Project, and Port Allegany resident and conservation writer Howard Gustafson, of Trout Unlimited and the Upper Allegheny Watershed Association.

They were seeing the draft plan, hundreds of pages in length, in a hefty three-ring binder, for the first time. It was also made available on an optical disk.

Presiding at the input session was Kylie Maland, conservancy watershed manager. She said that the conservancy was developing the watershed plan  to present a regional perspective on watershed management.

Belitskus paged through it rapidly, then gave close attention to several sections. He also asked whether a list of organizations, particularly non-governmental ones, and the Seneca Nation had been included in the groups asked to collaborate. Most of those he named had not been included, but Maland said they would be contacted.

The round of public input sessions going on now will help make sure all known issues are covered.

The plan covers McKean and Potter Counties and their communities. A number of included municipalities will be expected to sign off on or  endorse the plan in its final form.

During the public review period, the public is being asked to help prioritize the concerns relating to the watershed area, as well as the best recreational uses of its public areas.

The Allegheny River watershed area examined in the plan and its underlying studies includes Oswayo, Potato and Tunungwant Creeks, major tributaries of the Allegheny.

Involved municipalities and communities are asked to identify possible future projects they consider feasible and desirable. Inclusion could be a plus in seeking funding for such projects.

Maland stressed that the plan is not a regulatory document, but a planning document.

Belitskus spoke about various concerns of the Allegheny Defense Project concerning protection of the water quality of streams and aquifer, as well as soil.

Marcellus Shale gas drilling and production operations are a major threat to water quality and public safety, Belitskus said. One concern is that radioactive materials are present in recovered brines from fracking, and that those cannot be treated effectively nor safely injected for disposal in this area.

Belitskus and Gustafson noted that withdrawal of water from area streams for use in fracking has been improperly authorized and has a serious potential for harm to stream quality and aquatic life.

Belitskus questioned numbers in the report used to quantify the amount of water used in fracking operations, and asserted that they are grossly inaccurate.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued permits it has no statutory authority to issue, Belitskus said, in that the riparian landowner had the right to use of water on and under his land, and municipal authorities can develop water resources to use for municipal water users, but not for other kinds of utilization involving transferring of water outside the authority service area.

Gustafson noted his concerns over the incompatibility of good forest management and shale drilling operations. Also, he is concerned about stream damage even from the construction of access roads for drilling operations.

The next local public input session will be held at 5 p.m. today in the Bradford Area Public Library. 

Creation of the conservation plan is being 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.

The plan applies to 885 square miles of the watershed.


Charles Cole Memorial Hospital celebrated Hospital Week with events for staff and the community

High school students from Coudersport, Shinglehouse, Otto-Eldred, Austin, Galeton and Northern Potter visited CCMH to learn about a variety of clinical and non-clinical healthcare careers, education requirements, interviewing skills and future job outlook.

The Heart of Cole Community Connections employee giving club presented checks for $200 each to 12 area volunteer EMS companies during an educational breakfast. The HOC Community Connections group chooses a community project every year as a way to give back. Last year, the group donated to area senior centers. During the breakfast the EMS groups also learned from hospital staff about emergency preparedness, medical command, and ventilation/CPAP.

Children from Alliance Daycare visited the hospital during Hospital Week. While touring the hospital, they learned about various healthcare services and departments.

Hospital Week also featured a variety of educational events for the public including presentations on medication safety, end of life/living wills, oxygen safety in the home, understanding hospital bills and falls prevention.

Staff celebrated with an employee health and wellness fair and related vendors, educational sessions on falls prevention, medication, transfers, ambulation and simulation training, and an ice cream social.

National Hospital Week began in 1921 and is now the nations largest health care event, as a celebration of the history, technology and dedicated professionals.

Childrens tour: Children from Alliance Daycare view an x-ray during a tour of Charles Cole.



Gary Malacarne, Pharm.D., pharmacy director at CCMH, explains career options to high school students during a career fair at CCMH.


From left, Kari Karpinksi, Anna Fair, and Michelle Filer talk to EMS representatives before presenting checks from the Heart of Cole Community Connections employee giving fund during an education breakfast for volunteer EMS companies.

CCMH staff to celebrate anniversaries
Charles Cole also recognized staff who reached milestone years of services in 2011 during Hospital Week.

They include:

Cherlyn Burdick, Sandra Fry, Kathleen Wilson, Kristine Zitnik

Harold Page

Michelle Burdick, Vivian Carvell, Anna Fair, Gail Faulstick, Patricia Galeotti, Linda Jones, Deneen Lyons, Nancy Rudolph, Dianne Russell, Betty Wilson;

Ronald Billings, Linda Coates, Stephanie Gerhart, Cecelia Howard, Mark Jackson, Patricia Kio, Tammy Peterson, Jill Rinehults, Tamara Ruman, Shannon Snyder, Judith Ziegler;

Lynn Anderson, Roger Arbogast, Kim Ferry, Cynthia Gitchell, Marcie Gutgsell, Debbie Jack, Donna Kelley, Sherri Kinney, Tracy Leet, Theresa Long, Steva Miller, Shawn Moore, Ronald Morey, Leah Potter, Jeanette Smith, Laurie Wahl;

Christina Avilez, Susan Bailey, Maureen Bartoo, Janet Busshaus, Tamara Cummings, Cheryl Danielewicz, Diane Gerner, Vida Glover, Susan Hooftallen, Philip Jensen, Catherine Larson, Kelly Miller, Emily Myers, Karen Parker, Yvette Piaquadio, Darlene Plank, Faith Raudenbush, Betty Reigel, Judy Smoker, Mary Solveson, Doris Stahli, Carmella Toombs, Sherry Unger, Debra Uplinger, April Worth;

Brenda Baer, Merranda Baker, Mackenna Bechelli, Hillary Beichner, Jill Benjamin, April Blimline, Kara Bowers, Marilyn Bryant, Colleen Cloak, Brenda Crowell, Rose Davis, Leslie Downey, Tonya Gail, Kevin George, Tina Graham, Amy Greene, Mary Alice Gurnsey, Cynthia Hardesty, Edmond Hardesty, Carol Hartman, Eryn Haynes, Pauline Housler, Krystal Howard, Thomas Hurrle, Todd Husson, Lorrie Jandrew, Jennifer Kelly, Debra Lentz, Wendy Leonard, Emily Lynch, Leslie Miles, Judith Mottershead, Mary Newton, Amanda Paul, Edward Pitchford, Jackie Plummer-Sprow, Lisa Pratt, Colleen Ramsey, Katrina Rimel, Mandy Sillick, Susan Surh, Pamela Swanson, Eleanor Tomb, Jodi Vossler, Elaine Wagner, Kiley Walker.


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Dinner Theater Pleases Patrons

By Martha Knight


They were friends and neighbors, business owners and executives, rank and file and office staff and retirees, but they all performed like pro’s Saturday night when the Potter-McKean Players presented its first production since the group re-constituted itself early this year.

The production had been presented two weeks earlier at the Coudersport Consistory—in a sense, its “out-of-town” opening, after which more rehearsal time worked out a few bugs. Some 70 attenders at the Port Allegany Veterans Memorial hall found the entertainment as delicious as the meal.

Coudersport innkeeper and impresario Paul Herzig brought back some of the local singers and best numbers from last September’s “Moments to Remember” revue, with doo-wop and pop-rock hits.

The “girl singers” performed “In the Still of the Night,” “One Fine Day,” “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “Mr. Postman.

Outstanding in “Day” and “Postman” was Peggy Majot. Even though her voice was not as strong as in earlier performances, due to some lingering throat problems from a respiratory illness, Majot put her solos over with her convincing style.

Paula Moses’s boyfriend did put in his reappearance, true to her boast, and he was none other than Marty Moses, local banker, menacing in leather and dark glasses.

Gerald “Jerry” Bailey Jr., a Cameron County High School English teacher with roots in Port Allegany, used his powerful bass to good effect in “Come Go With me,” then growled and swaggered his way through “Soul Man.”

Popular local soloist Dennis Bloss explained the effects Chantilly lace, a pretty face and a pony tail have on him, with falsetto yips and expressive gestures.

The ensemble convincingly channeled ABBA in “Dancin’ Queen,” and the Mamas and Papas in “California Dreamin’.”

The theater part of the evening’s fun came in the form of a one-act mystery, “Who Killed Who,” full of broad comedy, pratfalls and sight gags. Brian Empson’s Willie Trippitt, the officious but inept detective, was comical even standing still, in a loud suit of mismatched plaids. His reference to “plain clothes service” got the expected laugh.

The send-up of a country gentry murder mystery featured the necessary plot twists, star-crossed lovers, a previous fiancée, a nosy reporter, a would-be socialite and a no-nonsense medical examiner.

An especially uninhibited performance by retired teacher Ruth Sallade, as the snoopy but jittery housemaid, elicited hearty laughter from the audience. Jared Empson directed the play with a presentational effect in mind, knowing that an added dimension of each role was the local audience’s appreciation of the real-life persona of each actor.

Herzig’s dramatic reading of “The Cremation of Sam McGee” blended irony with humor, with a reference or two to Port Allegany not found in the original.

Also nicely presented was the meal, with the facility’s dining room and kitchen living up to their reputation as a good setting for events. Directors Empson and Herzig praised the acoustics of the hall, which allowed singers, actors and the four-piece orchestra to be heard clearly and without distortion.

Vocalists included Julie Baker, Anna Margaret Binder, Jared Empson, Anna Fair, David Fair, Nancy Lamb, Tom Lamb, Kerrie Pessia, Sallade and Jamie Trask.

The orchestra consisted of keyboardist Gloria Richardson, sax man Howard Foster, bassist Don Vought and Bryan Neff on drums.

Rhonda Empson, Peter Wright, Sarah Wright, Binder, Allison Wright and David Fair rounded out the cast of the play.

The proceeds will benefit local Meals on Wheels organizations.

Herzig said there will be auditions soon, as the Players look toward their next production, a revue to be called “Broadway on the Allegheny,” slated for this fall.


Memorial Day Ceremonies Announced - Memorial Day Services will be held Monday, May 30.  The first ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on the Brooklynside Bridge.  At 11 a.m., there will be a ceremony on the Town Square.  A luncheon will follow at the Veterans Memorial Building.  Remember the fallen Veterans by attending the services.  Veterans who are able to participate in the ceremonies are asked to call Harry Niece at 642-2819 or Joe Knell at 642-9328.  Pictured are Honor Guards from the 2010 Memorial Day Service.


Teen Center To Open June 2

The new “SWAMP” teen center at 6 North Main Street will open its doors to area junior-senior high school students at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 2.

There will be a dedication at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the opening and dedication, and see the results of the renovations.

With a local group called SWAMP, for Success With Achievement, Motivation and Preparedness planning and organizing, and with in-kind and other support from the McKean County Redevelopment Authority, Rotary, Moose and other local organizations, the project has taken shape in the past several months. The original impetus came from a Girl Scout project.

Plans are for the center’s summer hours to be 1-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

There will be refreshments, door prizes and fun items for sale, along with SWAMP tee-shirts.

The SWAMP acronym was chosen partly because of the Port Allegany school system’s and community’s traditional claim of being “gator” habitat.

Players Issue Casting Call

A Broadway musical revue to be performed this September is soon to be cast, according to the Potter-McKean Players.

Those interested in participating in “Broadway on the Allegheny” are invited to audition at 7 p.m. Monday, June 6, at the United Methodist Church at 307 North Main Street, Port Allegany.

Vocalists including soloists are being sought, as are actors for scenes from Broadway shows. An accompanist will be available.

The combined Potter-McKean Players group was formed earlier this year because of the response to last fall’s “Moments to Remember” production.

The proceeds from the upcoming production will benefit the swimming pool rehabilitation.

Call Joel Anderson at 642-9900 with questions.

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Checking The Plan - Howard Gustafson of Trout Unlimited and the Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, left, and Bill Belitskus of Allegheny Defense Project discuss the draft Allegheny River Headwaters Conservation Plan with Western Pennsylvania Conservancy watershed manager Kylie Maland at a public comment session in Port Allegany.  Martha Knight Photo

Plant Sale - Jim Petzold, president of the Port Allegany Garden Club, packs up some begonias for a customer at the club's plant sale on the Square, part of Saturday's town-wide yard sale.  Martha Knight Photo


CCMH Prom - National Honor Society students from Coudersport Hospital spent a Saturday evening with the residents at Charles Cole Hospital's Long Term Care.  Three teams of students worked to create a memorable evening for prom-goers.  The first group of students set up and decorated, the second set spent time with the residents and saw that things ran smoothly and the third group of students were on clean-up/tear-down duty.  Pictured with Mildred Richner, formerly of Port Allegany, are CHS students (kneeling) Alex Hutcheson; (back row) Alex Furman, Heather Supplee and Jennifer Kene.  Music for the evening was provided by Ron Tusing, Howard Foster and Ben Smith.  Pam Fischer Photo


Sexy Sextet - of Potter - McKean Performers men perform a doo-wop medley at the dinner theater.  Martha Knight Photo

Come Go With Me - Jerry Bailey is persuasive as he solos during the men's medley at the dinner theater. Jane and Joey take it all in.  Martha Knight Photo


Tuning Up - Paul Herzig has some discussion with keyboardist Gloria Richardson while drummer Bryan Neff, Bassist Don Vought, and sax wizard Howard Foster get ready to rock, before the concert-dinner theater last Saturday night.  Martha Knight Photo

Plain Clothes - Detective Trippitt (Brian Empson) ponders the evidence while socialite Mrs. Kit Stropp (Rhonda Empson) recalls Ouija Board revelations, in the Players' "Who Murdered Who" dinner theater performance.  Martha Knight Photo

LOVING THE SONG and singing along, this couple remembers "young love" as captured by the Performers vocalists at Saturday night's dinner theater.  Martha Knight Photo

Murder! Murder! Murder! - Ruth Sallade is sure that's what she heard, while Rhonda Empson's Ouija board info tells her it is a new hobby. But "Who Murdered Who?" was revealed by the Players at the end of the one-act farce at Saturday night's dinner theater event.  Martha Knight Photo


Citizenship Awards Presented - Port Allegany Elementary School Sixth Level Students who were presented with Citizenship Awards at the 2011 Promotion Ceremony are pictured (front row, left to right) Gabriella Goodwill, Dax Hobbs, Mira Terette, Morgan Nelson, Lorelei Smith, Calvin Burleson, Bladen Yeager, Evelyn Russell, Emily Stepp, Kennedy Dates, Savannah Heysham; (row 2) Jordan Bell, Recchi Specht, Kayla Sprankle, Teddi Kaple, Marianna Seefeldt, Lynzie Turner, Autumn Buchsenschutz, Taylor Chaney, Madison Barker, Ryan McNeil; (back row) Jesse Rush, Daniel Fernstrom, Myah Seeley, Morgan Greeley, Kacie Appleby, Makayla Hults, Haley Bayline, Destiny Robuck and Kelsie Fuller.  Missing from the photo are Derick Butler, Robert Gamet, Daulton Helo, Morgan Causer, Ethan Edgreen, and Ty-Del Green.  Pam Fischer Photo


Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center Awards Day - Rick Baney of Austin (pictured left) and Travis Haupt of Eldred are pictured receiving keys to the vehicles they won at the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center Assembly held Friday at the school.  Baney will be driving a '96 Chevy Beretta from Bidwell Auto and is pictured with Tom Bidwell who donated the car.  Scot Miller was on hand to present Haupt with the keys to his 2001 Ford Taurus donated by Kightlinger Motors, Inc., in Coudersport.

AWARDS ASSEMBLY HELD - The Annual Awards Assembly was held Friday, May 20 at the Seneca highlands Career and Technical Center located in Port Allegany.

Students from Austin, Bradford, Cameron County, Coudersport, Galeton, northern Potter, Oswayo Valley, Otto-Eldred, Port Allegany and Smethport attend the Career Technical Center led by CTC Director Donald Raydo and Chief School Administrator Mary K. Colf.

Recognition Awards were presented to the following:  Advanced Office Practice, Rebecca Andrus, Port Allegany and Kayla Ayers, Coudersport;  Automotive Mechanics, Clifton Lunn, Otto-Eldred and Andrew Marvin, Smethport; Building Construction Occupations, Justin Schultz, Port Allegany and Corry Gabersck, Coudersport; Computer Repair Technology, Shane Mullen, Port Allegany and Damian Lucas, Austin; Cosmetology, Katelynne Bosworth, Otto-Eldred and Nichole Wilson, Oswayo Valley; Culinary Arts, Codey Yurkewicz, Bradford and Brandi LaCoss, Smethport; Health Assistant, Bridget Clingan, Cameron County and Teri Bean, Oswayo Valley; Heavy Equipment Maintenance, Chad Austin, Otto-Eldred and Clayton Hurd, Northern Potter; Metalworking Occupations, Nathan Bair, and Allan Lawrence, Oswayo Valley; Networking Technology, Colton Popovich, Galeton and Jeremy Adams, Northern Potter.

E&G Scholarship Award went to Mark Schweikart, Heavy Equipment from Cameron County; Northwest Savings Bank Good Citizen Award went to Bryan Pritt, Health Assistant, Port Allegany and Joe Ayers, Culinary Arts from Coudersport; Kades-Margolis Award went to Mark Schweikart, heavy Equipment from Cameron County and James McConnell from Northern Potter; Port Allegany Women's Club Award to Kimberly Roach, Health Assistant from Otto-Eldred and Brittany Fuller, Health Assistant, from Oswayo Valley; Education ASsociation Award went to Jarrod Pire, Advanced Office Practice from Oswayo Valley; Directors Award, sponsored by hamlin Bank and Gas Field Specilists, Inc. went to Nicole Andrus, Advanced Office Practice,  from Port Allegany; Joe Ayers, Culinary Arts from Coudersport; Emileigh Carlson, Advanced Office Practice, from Cameron County; and Nichole Wilson, Cosmetology, from Oswayo Valley.

The Abbott Welding Award went to Gavin Dynda, Metalworking Occupations from Austin; Mathematics Awards went to Andrew Teclaw, Auto Mechanics, from Port Allegany and Elizabeth Cain, Health Assistant, from Austin; Cosmetology Teacher Scholarship Award went to Amber Fischer, Cosmetology, Port Allegany; Port Allegany Rotary Service Award went to Travis Green, Heavy Equipment from Port Allegany; Brian Cary, Building Construction, from Northern Potter; DuBois Business College Award was presented to Courtney Scutt, Advanced Office Practice from Oswayo Valley; and the Rotary Outstanding Vocational Award went to Bridget Clingan, Health Assistant, Cameron County; Daniel Richner, metalworking, Port Allegany; Amber Thwing, Health Assistant from Cameron County and Cody Taylor, Culinary Arts, from Smethport.

Perfect Attendance awards were presented to Allan Lawrence, Oswayo Valley; Andrew Miller, Smethport; Bryan Pritt, Port Allegany; Daniel Richner, Port Allegany and Courtney Scutt, Oswayo Valley.

Student Committee Awards were presented to representatives and alternates Nicole Andrus, Karissa Neal, Kayla Ayers, Brandy Mesler, Dakota Lee, Paul Griffith, Andrew Marvin, Brian Swanson, Justin Schultz, Jaret Martin, Ricky Colon, Dylan Setzer, Ryan Orner, Jacob Wise, Martin Peterson, Damien Lucas, Shyanne McInroy, Amber Fischer, Chelsea Gehman, Katie Kelly, Sarah Brodhun, Katelyn Cramer, Kory Majot, Joe Ayers, Bridget Clingan, Stacey Strait, James McConnell, Teri Bean, Mark Schweikart, Mark Rees, Andrew Bean, Joe Boden, Nathan Bair, Tyler Carlson, Allan Lawrence, Todd Morrison, Cole Alionis, Colton Popovish, Jeremy Adamn, and Serena Unser.  Officer Awards went to A.M. students - President Sarah Brodhun, Vice-President Mark Schweikart, Secretary Amber Fischer, and Treasurer Nicole Andrus; and P.M. students President Dylan Setzer, Vice-President Jeremy Adams, Secretary Chelsea Gehman, and Treasurer Katie Kelly.

Student of the Month Awards went to Rebecca Andrus and Damian Lucas in September; Chad Austin and Casey Shonts in October; Stacey Strait and Kayla Ayers in November; Cole Afionis and Todd Morrison in December; Nicole Andrus and Spencer Easton in January; Katelynne Bosworth and Allan Lawrence in February; Emileigh Carlson and Joseph Ayers in March and Mark Schweikart and Nichole Wilson in April.

Selected as Students of the Year were Chad Austin and Todd Morrison.  They received $100 Savings Bonds from Hermit Tax Inc., William Gummo and Kades-Margolis, Scott Newton.

Taking the Grand Prizes, jackets from Larry's Sports Center, were Allan Lawrence, for Attendance; James McConnell, for Most Improved; and Rebecca Andrus, for Highest GPA.

Winners of the cars were Travis Haupt from Otto-Eldred and Rick Baney from Austin.  Haupt selected the Ford Taurus donated by Kightlinger Motors.  Baney received the Beretta donated by Bidwells.

Captstone Education Program Participants for 2010 - 2011 were Dillon McLeod, Cox Machining; Benjamin Simms, Cox Machining; Joe Ayers, Frosty Hollow B&B; Kayla Ayers, GFS, Inc.; Dalton Burdick, Moon's Farm Yard; Brenton Tubbs, E&G Auto Plus; Brandy Mesler, GFS, Inc.; Todd Bigley, Cox Machining; Daniel Richner, Cox Machining; Nicole Andrus, PC Credit Union; and Tieler Raymo, Duffy, Inc.

The Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center Staff, in addition to Mrs. Colf and Mr. Raydo, includes Earleen Postlewait, School Secretary; Risha Johnson, Vocational Facilitator; Abby Ayers, Advanced Office Practice; Mike Russell, Automotive Mechanics; Thomas Geer, Building Construction Occupations;  Nancy Burdick, Computer Maintenance Technology; Nancy Nichols, Cosmetology; Paul Farmelo, Culinary Arts; Michele Jack, Health Assistant; Joe Naylor, Heavy Equipment Maintenance; Mike Williams, Metalworking Occupations; Donna Giannattasio, Networking Systems Technology; Jeff Stuckey, Math; Jim Russell, Learning Support, Cris Kio, Dick Bryant, Bret Phillips, Jodee Caulkins, and Lisa Eaton, Teacher Aides and Scott Hobbs, Bill Robinson and Gary Barnard, Maintenance.  Pam Fischer Photo


District Track Place Winners - Members of the Port Allegany High School Track team who placed at Districts are pictured (front row, left to right):  Tyce Miller, 5th in High Jump; Camrin Stuckey, 6th in Long Jump; Nick Conway, 3rd in 300 Hurdles; Kelsey Payne, 4th in High Jump; (back) Seth Lowery, 5th in Shot Put; and Max Morris, 4th in Long Jump.  Also placing, but not pictured, is Brock Taylor who took 3rd in discus and 4th in shot put. Head Coach for the Gators is George Riley.  Pam Fischer Photo



Headed For States - District Champion, Nick Conway (pictured right) took first place with a time of 15.53 seconds in the 110 hurdles.  He and team-mate Camrin Stuckey are headed for States.  Stuckey qualified in the Javelin with a throw of 176'2".  That competition will be held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University.  Pam Fischer Photo