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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
tour: Children from Alliance Daycare view an x-ray during a tour of
Malacarne, Pharm.D., pharmacy director at CCMH, explains career options
to high school students during a career fair at CCMH.
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.
staff to celebrate anniversaries
Charles Cole also recognized staff who reached milestone
years of services in 2011 during Hospital Week.
Cherlyn Burdick, Sandra Fry, Kathleen Wilson, Kristine Zitnik
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.
Big City Quality.
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
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
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
Vocalists included Julie Baker, Anna Margaret Binder, Jared
Empson, Anna Fair, David Fair, Nancy Lamb, Tom Lamb, Kerrie Pessia, Sallade and
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.
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
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
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.
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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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
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
- 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
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
- of Potter - McKean Performers men perform a doo-wop medley at the
dinner theater. Martha Knight
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,
Don Vought, and sax wizard Howard Foster get ready to rock, before the
concert-dinner theater last Saturday night.
Martha Knight Photo
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
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! - 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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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