Casey: Job Training Must Be A Priority
DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint
Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement
calling for faster action on job training after President
Obama’s speech today on job training and manufacturing:
“Pennsylvania has a long
history of innovation and rebuilding in manufacturing. A
lasting economic recovery will rely on an evolving and
revitalized manufacturing sector. Workers must be able to
acquire the skills necessary to advance in their jobs, find
new jobs and meet the needs of employers.
“The Senate should move
quickly to debate and pass an extension of the Workforce
Investment Act to make job training programs more efficient
across the country. Let's get rid of the programs that don't
work or are duplicative and put our resources behind proven
efforts that build skills and lead to jobs. We must train
workers with the skills that are in greatest demand and
concentrate on the sectors where growth prospects are
“I have also called for an
extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance to provide job
training to workers who have lost their jobs because of
foreign trade. I will continue to try to overcome the
roadblocks that have prevented this bill from being passed
by the Senate.”
Council Audit: Stable
By Martha Knight
fund is basically holding its own. There are no outstanding
loans. There has been progress without taking any debt on.”
That was how Melanie Meyer, of Howell and Company, Inc., Saint
Marys, summed up the findings of the firm’s audit of Port
Allegany Borough’s 2010 financial accounting. She presented
the audit report at the Port Allegany Borough Council’s
regular monthly meeting Monday night.
The written report noted that the borough’s financial records and
accounting procedures comply with the requirements of the
Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), except that
“management has not recorded certain general infrastructure
assets in governmental activities, and, accordingly, has not
recorded depreciation expense on those assets…The amount by
which this departure would increase the assets, net assets,
and expenses of the governmental activities is not
There was some good-natured “questioning,” launched by borough
manager Richard Kallenborn’s questions of Meyer, including a
straight-faced query as to whether he had “absconded” any
funds—later repeated., also, council member Lynn Farber
probed for a summary.
“You are stable,” Meyer replied.
Borough council authorized Kallenborn to arrange for purchase of a
new leaf machine, for the state bid price of $22,500. The
replacement machine will be the same model as the one which
has served the borough for a number of years.
The funds will be taken from a reserve account used for equipment
or vehicle replacement. The current machine will be offered
for sale by public bid.
Kallenborn announced that water lines will be flushed section by
section in the next couple of weeks. Some accumulated
sediment will be noticed in the water, he said, and water
pressure may be low, temporarily. The “cloudiness” in the
water is harmless.. The state Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) recommends the flushing.
Also, DEP now requires four log reports on the water system each
year. Compliance will be “quite expensive,” according to
The manager said that there had been no bypasses of the sewage
treatment plant, even during the recent heavy rains. This
indicates a major overall improvement in the sewer collector
system and successful exclusion of stormwater and gray water
from the sewers.
For many years there had been periodic incidents in which hydraulic
loads had exceeded the treatment plant’s capacity, causing
the excess to bypass the plant and flow, untreated, into the
Allegheny River. The borough was fined for each such
The borough’s application for H2O Program funding for additional sewer line improvements has been
rejected, but it will be resubmitted in hopes of securing
funding next year, Kallenborn reported.
There is concern about erosion of the north wall of the existing
flood protection dike, in the area where the dike was
breached during 1972 Hurricane Agnes flooding, according to
another update by Kallenborn.
“We are waiting for Governor Corbett’s decision on releasing the
budget funds for the new dike construction,” Kallenborn told
council members. “If we get a new dike, that would be a no
brainer. But they are making us jump through a lot of
hoops.” This means that the existing dike must be kept in
The McKean County Conservation District and the state Department of
Waterways engineers have been consulted on the need and
design for at least temporary reinforcement in the damaged
Kallenborn said that several property owners have been laggardly in
installing new sewer hook-on systems following the sewer
line upgrades in their neighborhoods. They are required by
law to do so.
One such sewer customer has been taken to court for enforcement of
the ordinance. Court and legal costs were as much as the
cost of putting in the hookup, Kallenborn remarked, and the
customer will have the expense of completing the hookup as
“We have sent letters to those who have not complied,” Kallenborn
said. They must carry out the hookup projects or face
similar legal action.
Farber, who is one of the council’s delegates to the Samuel W.
Smith Memorial Public Library board, said that the
bookmobile is back on the road, after extensive repairs were
accomplished with the help of Buttons’ Garage. Four new
tires have been acquired as well; but two more will be
needed before long.
Farber and the other library board delegate, council member Kate
Kysor, said that library users in the outlying areas have
really missed the bookmobile while it was out of service.
There have been some contributions from users recently, to
help make sure the library outreach service could resume and
then continue with its mission. The bookmobile serves Eldred
Borough, and Eldred, Otto and Annin townships. Liberty
Township is served primarily through the library building.
Farber said the bookmobile service is heavily used, not only in the
summer when school is out, but year round.
Farber said the annual library dinner auction will be held on
September 17. The theme will be “Happy Days,” a look back at
the 1950s and 1960s.
It was announced that borough crew’s union, Local 1319 of the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, has
requested that negotiations be commenced for “improvements
in wages, fringe benefits, working conditions.” The union
represents non-professional borough workers, but not office
staff or police officers.
The council’s “first Monday” meeting time is also the regular time
for a test of the siren system, which is supposed to alert
the community of an imminent disaster situation or risk.
When the five-minute, steady warning signal did not occur,
Kallenborn phoned the 911 emergency center and was told, “We
have been very busy.” Thereafter the siren was activated for
the usual test, bringing council proceedings to a halt for
- The newest PAHS alumni are pictured as they celebrate outside the school
following commencement exercises held Sunday afternoon.
More photos from
Graduation 2011 will appear on this week's picture page.
Top Students Speak - Four students from the Port
Allegany Class of 2011 gave the Commencement Address Sunday afternoon at the
school. The theme of the talks were "T-I-M-E". Carli Johnston spoke of Traveling
through our school memories. She also, as class president, gave the Welcome
Address. Imagination for the future was the topic of Brock Bricker's
speech. What Motivates you? was presented by Kenneth Kysor and the
Pursuit of Excellence by Bryanna Evens.
Speakers were introduced by High School
Principal Marc Budd. Bricker began with Imagination for the future - "It
seems like yesterday that we were finishing our first year of school. Who could
have imagined what each and every one of us would grow up to be? Not even our
parents could fully envision who we would be today. They could only hope we
would fulfill our potential. I personally think every person on this stage has
grown into a mature, young adult. However, in the end, how important is my
opinion? It’s what “you” think that matters. It is more important than what
your peers, teachers, coaches, family members, or anybody else thinks. The most
important thing is whether you are happy and content with your accomplishments.
As we prepare to move on to our next stage in
life—college, military, entering the work force, or whatever that next step may
be, no one should tell us what we can and cannot be in life. Imagine the
future that awaits this class, it is endless. The potential is limitless. If we
believe in ourselves, and act upon these dreams, no one can hold us back. Some
may say this is just a cliché, but with this class I truly believe it. We all
have very vivid imaginations and it’s even a little unnerving trying to imagine
where the future will take us.
It is true today, that we think we will remain
close friends forever but with each reunion we attend less and less of us will
make an appearance, and naturally we will grow apart. However, we will always
carry the memories from elementary and high school with us, the good and the
bad, the funny and the sad. Nobody can take those memories away from us. As our
social connections change, so will our life goals. Those of us who feel very
confident in the college they are attending, or the career they may want, could
easily find themselves in a much better situation than what they can imagine
today. It is that part deep inside of us that will determine our future.
In summary attempting to imagine where each and
every one of us will go in life or who we will become is nearly impossible. But
regardless of how exciting, successful or rewarding one’s life can be imagined
by others, in the end, it is what we imagine for ourselves that truly matters.
Remember, a successful life is what YOU imagine it to be."
Following Bricker, was Kysor who offered the
following, " What motivates you? Perhaps it’s the idea of moving on to something
greater in life? Or it may be the realization that for some, graduation is the
first day of the rest of their life. Regardless of what motivates you, it is
essential that each one of us is motivated by something.
All through high school, I was
motivated by the thought of being accepted to a highly regarded university and
then eventually to a medical school. This ultimate goal motivated me to achieve
the best grades possible and develop a strong work ethic. With the support of
teachers, family, and my peers, I was able to attain excellent grades and
develop a strong desire to learn.
All of the students on this stage
today have also been motivated to achieve something that is important to them.
For some it may be acceptance to a 4 year university, for others it may be a
trade school they wish to attend. Becoming a service-person in the United States
Armed Forces may be the motivating factor that drove them to accomplish specific
tasks in their education. Others may be motivated to join the many hardworking
American citizens that are part of today’s workforce. Any single factor that
motivates an individual is an essential and integral part of what makes that
person a unique individual.
Everyone has their own motivation,
and it is up to that individual to define a specific idea, goal, or reason and
make it their own. Motivation is what drives someone to achieve continued
success. So as I stand here today, I wish
my classmates continued success in each of their educational pathways be it
college, trade school, the military, or the workforce. Life is a continuous
learning experience and it is up to you to find motivation to reach your
ultimate goal and fulfill the potential that each of you possess. I wish you
the best of luck in reaching your full potential and in all of your future
Evens was next with Pursuit of Excellence
- "Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not
an act, but a habit.”
Think about excellence in “your” life.
Do you have a positive habit?
Are you good at it?
Do you EXCEL at it?
Maybe you practiced every night shooting the
basketball, made 8 of 10 foul shots consistently and was your high school
Maybe you have a gift of friendliness, offering
encouragement and strength, making everyone feel loved and comfortable in your
Maybe you are a mother or father that reads a
book to their child each night, takes them to summer library and later that same
child becomes a reading teacher.
Or you might be that family practitioner that
listens to their patients, keeps up on the newest treatments and prescribes the
medicine that prolongs the life of your cancer patient.
My excellence is my health. As many of you may
know, I am a Type One Juvenile Diabetic and need insulin injections to survive.
Do I repeatedly give myself
insulin when I eat carbohydrates? Yes
I do. After I eat, I immediately need to manually give myself insulin.
Is this a habit?
It sure is,it is a lifestyle that is part of me.
Do I excel in keeping myself
healthy?Yes, because I have a plan
and a goal in mind which is living a long, fulfilling life.
Do I see a glimpse of
Excellence? Of course, I am alive
and standing here!
Excellence is different for everyone, but I
believe there are common characteristics that help us reach excellence.
Excellence is achieved through…
1. Believing– Knowing that you can
make a difference and you hold the tools to your own glimpse of personal
excellence. You have it within yourself to change your corner of the world. We
all have gifts that we just need to recognize and share.
2. Drive – Do you want it? Can you
taste it? Drive is all the sweat and not much glory! You push yourself beyond
the limits and nobody, except you, knows how hard you tried.
3. Adaptability –Always be willing to
change for the common good. Sometimes you may have to say, “I don’t know, but I
will help you find the answer”. Arm yourself with other strong, talented
individuals so you can prosper from their strengths and ask for help when you
are weak. Teamwork is essential.
And lastly but perhaps the most important…
4. Passion – Do you feel it in your
heart? In my heart, I have a passion to help other diabetic children feel like
they are not alone and help them live a normal, healthy life. This passion has
made me decide to specialize in helping other Juvenile Diabetics. This career
will enable me to reach out, help and touch the lives of others.
I would like to leave you with the idea that the
true beauty of Excellence is the diversity of it. What is excellence to one
person may not be to another. What touches you and helps you may not help your
neighbor, but you need to be the true person that God has intended you to be.
Know your strengths, make them a habit, and excel. Go out into the world and do
what you do best."
Johnston gave the final speech, Traveling
through our school memories, saying,
"Life is a journey made from a series of
memories. Our school journey began on the exciting first day of kindergarten.
Looking back on this journey, we remember all the crayons shared, snowy days on
the playground, and of course traveling far away for field trips. What seemed
like a long journey then now seems very short. The time through elementary
school seemed to fly by and we were suddenly on the next leg of our journey.
The first day of high school is frightening and nerve wracking. We will
probably all remember the butterflies we felt walking into a new school, fear of
the upperclassmen, and of course getting lost multiple times throughout the
day. What seemed like a huge feat of bravery then doesn’t seem too frightening
or nerve wracking anymore. The time through high school seemed to fly by and we
are now standing at a cross roads for the next leg of our journey. Although
some of us may be traveling far away, we will keep our memories of Port High
close. Just as in middle school, along this journey of memories we may get
lost, but we always have a home to return to, here. Just as in kindergarten,
sometimes what may seem like a long time or a long distance is actually very
Chances are you won’t remember
every word of my speech. You may not even remember the topic, but you will
remember the graduation parties, the family members who are here to support you,
and all the hard work it took to reach this place. You will remember everything
you did, everything you felt, and everything you achieved from the end of this
part of your journey to the beginning of the new road before you.
May you always hold the memories
of Port Allegany dear as you make new memories in your future and take the time
to remember those who have helped you along this journey of life. I encourage
you to continue learning. Seek out opportunities to continue your education, and
take the time to learn from your past mistakes.
As quoted from Ferris Bueller’s
Day Off, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in
a while, you could miss it”. So now I challenge you to make new memories
but don’t forget to travel through the old ones in your journey of life."
Presentation of the graduating class was done by
Mr. Budd. Superintendent of Schools, Tony Flint, awarded diplomas. The 2011
Graduating Class included Nicole Jean Andrus, Franklin Perry Austin,
John-Michael R. Austin, Jorden Melissa Austin, Ashley Lynn Bandish, Tiffany
Marie Barber, Chad Vincent Barnard, Benn F. Baxter, Ashley Marie Bernardi, Todd
Allen Bigley, Marcus Allen Borowsky, Cora Ruth Bova, Cody Kenneth Bowser, Brock
Harry Bricker, Sarah Anne Brodhun, Brian Allen Carr, Cole J. Caulkins, Kenneth
P. Causer, Julia A. Collver, Denna Jean Copenhaver, Robert Tyler Cornelius,
Heather E. Crowley, Renee Larissa Edgell, Bryanna Elizabeth Evens, Amber Rose
Fischer, Breanna Lynn Foster, Mathew Bryan Fryer, Crystal Lynn Genaux, Alexis
Ann Goodrich, Travis Ryan
Green, Laura Anne Haggard, Colleen Aiden Hardes, Carl
Michael Haring, Jr., Caryne Elizabeth Healy, Kyle Aaron Hildebrandt, Kellie J.
Hinchey, Ralph Emerson Hoffman, Jr., Kyle Dimitry Trotsenko Hunt, Dave J. Hurd,
Carli Marie Johnston, Milez C. Kelly, Garrett S. Kio, Ryan T. Kio, Tammy Lea
Knauer, Kenneth Jon Kysor, Bryan M. Lacher, Scott Michael Larson, Stacie L.
Lentz, Jackie Rae Lewis, Nicole D. Lovell, Seth Thomas Lowery, Zachariah David
Kahualualani Manning, Haleigh R. McClelland, Anna Maria McJunking, Ryan M.
Michelitsch, Kyley Jo Mickle, Maxim A. Morris, Shane M. Mullen, Karissa Anne
Neal, Ryan J. Orner, Benjamin Wayne Osani, Luther James Perkins, Shagahra
Zachary Ramadhan, Mark Robert Rees, Brittany Lynn Reinard, Dana Reynolds,
Brittni Kay Saltsman, Cody Jonathan James Saltsman, Adrian A. Schroll, Justin
Michael Schultz, Samuel R. Shaffer, Alesha S. Shatley, Tyler J. Smith, Camrin J.
Stuckey, Chelsea Louise Surra, Jennifer Michelle Swick, Chester John Tanner IV,
Kody K. Taylor, Derek Scot Terwilliger, Caleb A. Turner, Lucas Temple Turner,
Daltson B. Warnick, Rickylee Warnick, Shane A. Whitney and Amber A. Yentzer.
Music for the ceremony was provided by the
Junior/Senior High School Concert Band under the direction of Brad Stewart.
Refreshments were served by Tracy, Vicky and Kaylee Kio and were provided by
the Port Allegany Youth Counselors.
Donates - Sons of the American Legion presented
a check for $652, the proceeds of their recent Cookout Raffle and Chicken and
Biscuit Dinner to Healing Waters. Pictured are Gene Johnson, David Saulter, Dr.
President of God's Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Wayne Thomas,
Commander, Sons of the American Legion, Roy Kio, Treasurer, Sons of the American
Legion, Dave Hobbs, Adjutant, Wade Elliott, Brian Bell and Scott Hobbs.
SAL Helps Healing Waters - The Sons of the
American Legion presented a donation to representatives from Healing Waters
during their regular monthly meeting. Accepting the donation were Dr.
Pete Ryan, President of the God's Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited and
Dave Salter. A fly fishing adventure for disabled Veterans and Active Duty
military personnel were guests for three days in Potter County. The
guests learned skills of fly fishing and fly tying. Events like these have
been shown to be beneficial to both the physical and emotional
rehabilitation for our Veterans. For further information, go to
Tee For You?
- Last Thursday afternoon marked the grand opening of the new teen center in the
former barber shop location on North Main Street. Spearheaded by
Success With Achievement, Motivation
and Preparedness (SWAMP). In
quarters provided by
the McKean County
Redevelopment Authority, the center will be open several afternoons a week and
on some additional occasions for games, computer use
(but not online social networking), music, TV and other fun and worthwhile
activities. Standing, from left, are center leaders Tammy
Lindsay and Jeana Fleck and Redevelopment director Dusti Dennis. Seated are
teen leaders Shelby Vidonish, Caitlin Lindsay and Cynthia Setzer. Swamp tee-shirts, beading and other items are
for sale at the center. Martha
Teen Center Opens
By Martha Knight
Not so long ago a visit to 6 North
Main Street involved getting a haircut. The former proprietor and his customers
would not know the place now.
Last Thursday the storefront at that
address was abuzz with activity. Visitors found that it had been transformed
from the pleasant but low key barbershop interior to a bright, light space.
This is the new teen center for
secondary school age youth. Clearly, it was designed for fun and socializing.
The place has new vinyl tile flooring,
with carpet in one corner, where there is a big couch. The focal point there is
a large TV screen, along with a game system.
Along one long wall there are desks
topped with keyboards, mouses and monitors, flanked by desktop computers. One
bears a sign saying that the computers are not for social networking.
All surfaces have had a makeover. The
ceiling has a full array of surface-mounted fluorescent fixtures. Those and the
sunny colors of the floor and walls make the place seem cheerful and bright.
The teen center is a project of SWAMP,
which is an acronym for Success With Achievement, Motivation and Preparedness.
In turn, SWAMP was developed initially through a grant-supported program,
Challenge and Change, in which three local Girl Scout Troop 22116 members
received training in developing meaningful programs and serving their
communities. More recently, other youth have become active in planning and
As the goal of establishing a teen
center took form, a major sticking point was the need for an affordable
location. Then key support came from the McKean County Redevelopment Authority
(whose other face is the McKean County Housing Authority). The authority had
acquired the building at 6 North Main Street after the barber retired and the
barbershop was vacated.
At one time the authority had planned
to renovate the space for use by an education program. The program changed its
plans, and the space became available for other use.
Among entities that have helped SWAMP
and been supportive of the teen center, organizers list the
Redevelopment/Housing Authority, the Moose Family Center, Port Allegany
Junior-Senior High School, the local Fox’s Pizza and Jubilee and Sheetz stores,
Port Freeze, Team Minard Productions, Olean Copy Connection, MBS Temporary
Services, Smethport Electronics, and Moneysaver.
The authority is covering utilities
costs, for now. SWAMP has done some fundraising and plans to do more, has held
one dance (at the Moose), and has tee-shirts and other items for sale.
Rev. Mr. Randall Headley of the Port
Allegany United Methodist Church presided at the dedication of the center at 7
For more information, e-mail
Coudersport Wellness Center
Receives Bikes, Snowshoes To Encourage Exercise
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Coudersport
Wellness Center recently received two bikes, helmets and snowshoes with poles
through the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Center for Rural Health
equipment can be rented free of charge by community members and was purchased
with funds from the Get Active grant as part of the Governor’s Council on
Physical Fitness to promote an active lifestyle, according to Claudia Caminite,
Get Active project coordinator at UPB’s Center for Rural Health Practice.
Equipment is also available at the Bradford YMCA and Costa’s Ace Hardware store
Caminite noted the equipment is to be used in conjunction with other forms of
exercise such as walking, jogging, or running with the goal to reduce chronic
disease and promote healthy physical activity.
To utilize the equipment, residents must complete a rental application form at
any of the locations; some restrictions apply. For more information on the
program, contact Caminite at email@example.com.
From left, Claudia Caminite, Get Active project coordinator at the University of
Pittsburgh at Bradford; Theresa Long, Coudersport Wellness Center manager; and
Brenda Brandon of UPB’s Center for Rural Health Practice display bikes and
snowshoes that were donated to the Wellness Center.
- The family of Barry and Carey Boyer hosted a celebration for their silver
wedding anniversary at the Port Allegany United Methodist Church, the same
church where they married on May 9, 1986. The couple are the parents of
Jennifer Tucker of Fayetteville, NC; Melissa Tucker of Bradford; and Brooke
Boyer of Port Allegany. They have three grandchildren. Mr. Boyer is
employed by Pittsburgh Corning. Mrs. Boyer is a musician and employed by the
Port Allegany School District. Pam Fischer
Senior Day - Five PAHS baseball seniors were honored during Baseball
Senior Day 2011. They are Ryan Orner, Chad Barnard, Seth Lowery, Camrin Stuckey
and Kyle Hildebrandt. More photos from this event will appear on a future
picture page. Pam Fischer Photo