Casey on The Ethanol Tax Reform and Deficit Reduction Plan

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement on the Ethanol Tax Reform and Deficit Plan:

“Government spending and waste must be cut and ethanol tax reform is a good place to start. The Ethanol Tax Reform and Deficit Reduction Plan introduced by Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and Thune (R-SD) is bipartisan legislation that would end the existing subsidy for ethanol within a month and use the savings to reduce the deficit and to invest in more diversified renewable fuel production. The existing subsidy is costly and in the current fiscal environment something we can no longer afford. While I believe it is important to support the next generation of biofuels, this expensive subsidy simply isn’t getting us enough bang for the buck.”


Casey, Pittsburgh Area Manufacturers Discuss Growth Strategies

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), today met with local manufacturers to discuss strategies to strengthen the manufacturing industry and help Pennsylvania recover jobs lost to foreign competition and unfair trade practices. At the meeting, Senator Casey announced a JEC hearing on manufacturing to occur later this month.

“Pennsylvania has added 15,000 manufacturing jobs since the end of 2009. That is a good start, but we have a long way to go to recover the jobs lost to foreign competition in the past ten years,” said Senator Casey. “We need a comprehensive manufacturing strategy to help businesses expand, innovate and create jobs. My meeting today with small manufacturers from the Pittsburgh region gave me valuable insight that I will take to Washington to develop a strategy to revitalize our manufacturing industry.”

At the meeting at Universal Electric Corporation in Canonsburg, Senator Casey discussed several of his priorities aimed at strengthening the manufacturing industry, including cracking down on China’s currency manipulation, making the research and development tax credit permanent, investing in students and workforce training, and supporting workers who have lost their jobs to foreign competition.

Senator Casey heard from representatives from several local manufacturers, including All-Clad Metalcrafters and Accutrex in Canonsburg, Sima Products in Pittsburgh, Ace Wire and Spring Form Company in McKees Rocks, Industrial Scientific in Oakdale and Nokomis in Charleroi.

Representatives from the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Washington Greene County Job Training Agency were also present to discuss the importance of an educated workforce and the need to combat unfair trade practices that cost Pennsylvania jobs.

At the meeting, Senator Casey announced a JEC hearing entitled “Manufacturing in the USA: Why We Need a National Manufacturing Strategy” to be held on Wednesday, June 22.

Senator Casey strongly supports the Workforce Investment Act to make job training programs more efficient across the country. He has also urged President Obama to halt free trade agreements for Colombia, Panama and South Korea until Congress agrees to a long-term extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance.


Causer Bill to Study Lottery Fund Earns House Approval
Lawmaker works to ensure sustainable funding for key senior citizen programs

HARRISBURG – A resolution sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) calling for a comprehensive assessment of the state’s lottery fund and the senior citizen programs it supports has been unanimously approved by the state House.

“The Pennsylvania Lottery pays for some very important programs to help senior citizens with housing, transportation and health care,” Causer said. “My goal with this study is to make sure we have sustainable revenue in place to continue supporting these services.”

Causer noted there has been no comprehensive study of the lottery fund since expanded gaming was legalized in Pennsylvania in 2004. In fact, no such study has been done since 1994.

“We need to know how expanded gaming is affecting the purchase of lottery tickets today and how that is impacting the fund,” Causer said. “We also need to know what to expect in the future as far as lottery fund proceeds and demand for the programs the fund supports.”

House Resolution 106 directs the nonpartisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct the assessment and indicate whether any changes to law, regulation or policy may be necessary to maintain the future solvency of the fund. The committee is directed to report back to the General Assembly within six months.

The Pennsylvania Lottery was established in 1971 with the specific purpose of funding benefit programs for senior citizens. To date, the lottery has contributed more than $20.6 billion to the following programs:
Property Tax/Rent Rebate.
Free transit and reduced fare shared-ride services.
PACE, PACENET and PACE Plus Medicare.
Long-term living services.
Area Agencies on Aging.


Environmental Day

Kindergarten spent the day at Community Park where they took in a variety of activities such as exploring the creek, finding and learning about bugs, worms and the like, taking a nature walk and enjoying their lunch at the picnic pavilion.  Several Kindergarten students are pictured in the creek with "Miss Mindy" (Milford) during their fun/educational day at the park.  More photos from this day will be featured on an upcoming picture page.  Pam Fischer Photo



Board adopts budget, hold tax line

By Martha Knight

In their last scheduled meeting before August 8, the Port Allegany Board of School Directors Monday night adopted a general fund budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year totaling $13,201,319.

Wave after wave of cuts had been accomplished since the March draft of the budget, and there had been some recalculations of revenues. The remaining budget gap of $598,436 was closed by means of using $200,ooo from the designated health insurance fund balance and the rest from the undesignated fund balance.

Companion measures also adopted with unanimous votes of the six board members present were the real estate tax levy setting millage in the McKean County part of the district at $15.48, and $35.75 in Potter County; and the homestead-farmstead exclusion reduction at $203.38.

Also approved were the 2011-12 contracts with IU9 to provide the district’s enrichment program at a cost of $40,298, and special educational services for $826,700. Board member Gary A. Hardes voted No on both.

Hardes also voted against renewal of a contract with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for provision of the services of an athletic trainer, in the coming school term, at a cost of $25,500 for not more than 1,000 hours. Hardes objected to contract language that he said gave too much authority to the hospital.

A new contract with CARE for Children to continue providing occupational and physical therapy was approved unanimously.

Sixth grade teachers Kim Ball, Jason Luther and Nate Zitnik presented a video of a performance by the sixth grade class which represented a collaborative approach to the requirement that all sixth graders complete service projects.

The class, numbering more than 60 students, planned and then carried out a “lip dub,” involving all class members in making props and lip sync-ing to a song, expressing hopes and aspirations in a long, continuous routine. By dint of intense preparation and 12 takes, with much encouragement and support from the teachers, the student produced the final lip dub, which was not edited.

The board and administrators present were visibly impressed, applauding heartily and praising the effort and its results. Elementary principal Terri Kriner said she is seeking grant funds based on the project’s scope and success, so that more equipment and materials could be provided for future such efforts.

In personnel matters, the board accepted resignations by custodian Henry Fallenstein after 28.5 years of service, and Patricia Payne as head cook after 22 years of food service work for the district. The board later voted to allow the administration to fill vacancies during the board’s summer hiatus, subject to later confirmation by the board.

The administration will also approve bill lists and payrolls in July.

Lisa Schwenk was hired to fill a five-hour instructional aide vacancy effective may 23. She had exercised recall rights under the support staff agreement, to claim the position when it became available.

Supplemental positions filled for the coming term were vocal and dramatics director and also show choir director, Ken Myers; National Honor Society advisor, Aaron Clark; assistant football coach, Dan Eskesen and Robert Rankin; assistant girls’ soccer coach, Anthony Edgell; and cheerleader advisors, Deborah Bachman and Patricia Babcock.

Negotiations with the Port Allegany Education Association continue, with the board holding another contract discussion in a closed session after the public meeting was adjourned. Meanwhile, in a resolution adopted by the board, the teachers are being asked to continue serving under the terms of the contract which will expire June 30, until such time as a new contract has been approved or until they notify the district that they will no longer work under the extension.

The board approved the insurance package for the coming fiscal term, at a total maximum cost of $74,913.

Superintendent Tony Flint and business manager Judy Bodamer mentioned that the premium for student accident coverage had been increased by the carrier because of the past three years’ claims history. Bodamer will discuss that cost further with the broker.


Airport Loans

McKean County Commissioners adopted a debt ordinance Tuesday to provide funds for the Bradford Regional Airport Authority's multi-tenant facility construction.  Shown from left are chief clerk Audrey Irons; maintenance director Ken Bush; elections director Judy Ordiway; commissioners Judy Church (partially visible), Joe DeMott and Al Pingie; county solicitor Dan Hartle; and airport manager Tom Frungillo.  Martha Knight Photo


Rail Siding

Rolling stock sits on the Pennsylvania General Energy siding on the company's compound north of Port Allegany, off Route 155, in the Two Mile area. Not yet extended to the PGE site are Port Allegany Borough water and sewer lines, although there had been talk of that a while back.  Martha Knight Photo

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Talking Point - Star Hose Co. president Mark Errick points out the funding shortfall to Port Allegany Borough Council president Judy Taylor, after last Thursday night's discussion with council about the funding needs of the fire department.  Martha Knight Photo




Township Supervisors Take Liberties In Good Way

By Martha Knight

LIBERTY VILLA—Liberty Township supervisors worked through a short agenda, fielded questions and comments and fairly basked in the approval of township residents in attendance, at their monthly business meeting Tuesday night. Good natured bantering livened the discussion and decisions.

It was clear that changes in road maintenance policies have brought good results, and township residents and highway users have been noticing. The hard winter and wet spring have taken a toll, but the highway crew, coordinated by Fred Ernst III, has accomplished an impressive amount of work thus far in the road work season, those present agreed.

Also, supervisors and the secretary said, there have been numerous phone calls expressing appreciation for the road improvements.

“We’ve got more praise this year than in past 10 to 12 years,” supervisor chair Gary Turner said.

A major project undertaken this year is an end to end rehabilitation of the Upper Portage and Lower Portage Roads. Long a source of complaints, the road has been targeted for concentrated effort. Ditches are being cleared, overhanging and encroaching trees cut or trimmed back, and surfaces renewed.

When a resident asked that an urgent matter on Bemus Road be looked at soon, Ernst agreed to interrupt the Portage Road project long enough to attend to it. Also, he agreed that Freer Road would get some attention in two or three weeks.

Ernst said that the road has been signed up again for inclusion in the country road program, and it is Number 2 on the list.

“They will provide sluices; we have to provide machinery and labor,” Ernst said. “We will try to dry it out some.”

Also receiving attention is a sluice in Skinner Creek Road.

Resident Duane Gregg expressed concerns about the “road down by the bridge, that keeps going down,”, referring to a stretch along Brooklynside. Turner summarized efforts by contractor Brad Greenman, Port Allegany crew and others to determine whether there was a water line leak contributing to the unstable conditions there. It was found that several hillside springs had sent water cascading down a roadway. Corrective measures have included digging a ditch and a pool, and application of cold patch.

Ernst reported that there is no water leak. He said, “I am not 100 percent sure (of the cause), but it had more water than it had in the last 30 years. The frost patterns were different. When the frost thawed, that pulled it apart.” installation of a french drain, on a bed of gravel, will help correct the situation, it is believed.

The supervisors voted to advertise for bids for supply of sand, and sand and salt mix, to replenish supplies stored in the township barn.

A letter from a couple who own a camp on Scaffold Lick Road will be answered, informing them that this is not a township or public road, and the township has no involvement in maintaining it.

Those present were asked whether they use and like the zero sort recycling dumpsters at the township compound. The response was an enthusiastic affirmative. Casella Waste Services provides and services the dumpsters, charging around $60 a month.

Supervisors agreed to hold their July meeting a week later than usual because secretary Lucinda Speeth will be away. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the township building.



Fire Protection Support Changes Urged

By Martha Knight

 “Is the (Star Hose) company going to close down next year? No. Is it going to close down two years from now? No. But we need to plan now to make sure that it does not close down 10 or 15 years from now.”

The company of which Mark Errick, its president, was speaking is Star Hose, also known as the Port Allegany Fire Department. He was addressing members of the Port Allegany Borough Council, at a discussion meeting last Thursday late afternoon, intended to advance the planning process both entities have committed to, in hopes of putting fire protection service on a better financial footing.

As Errick had said at a borough council meeting in February, the fiscal and operational approaches that once worked well for the volunteer fire department and the community can no longer be expected to sustain the department and its services indefinitely.

Traditional fundraising is less effective than it used to be. Costs are higher. There are fewer volunteers, and it becomes harder and harder to retain them and to fill the ranks longtime members must leave eventually.

Errick pointed out that the department had not always done long-range planning in a formal way, but the group has come to realize that it is essential to do so, so as to schedule major purchases (rescue vehicles and fire truck replacements). It is necessary to meet current funding needs every year, and also to save toward future needs in a more systematic way.

The linchpin of Errick’s proposed solution is an increase in millage from the present .4 mills to 1 mill—a taxation levy two and a half times the present one, borough manager Richard Kallenborn pointed out. Star Hose treasurer Tom Johnson pointed out that this would still be less than a fifth of the borough’s current millage. As for a 1-mill total, Errick mentioned that the state Borough Code includes authorization of dedicated millage up to a 3-mill limit, specifically for fire protection.

In 2004, with the opening of Native American run casinos in Salamanca, New York, income from the traditional mainstay of fire department fundraising, bingo, dropped precipitously, from nearly $80,000 to around $26,000 a year, for Star Hose. Since then, with increasing interest in casino gambling on the part of community members, bingo income has declined to almost nothing.

An annual direct mail appeal brings in about $17,000, at a low cost in volunteer time and expenses. The annual Firemen’s Old Home Week is mostly a tradition rather than a source of significant income, Errick said.

Meanwhile costs have escalated, Errick said, using a printout from a PowerPoint presentation to provide detail. “Rolling stock” (fire trucks) is up to five time as costly as when some present fleet items were acquired. More and more training is required, and it is expensive.

Instead of using ever scarcer volunteer time in fundraising activities, “I’d like to see it used in service,” meaning training and fire fighting, Errick stressed.

The annual shortfall of about $74,000 in government and non-government revenues to Star Hose, and what is needed to maintain the department in stable financial condition, could be met by the millage increase and a commensurate incline in support from the other municipalities served by Star Hose: Liberty and Annin townships.

A different approach to whittling down the shortfall would be “to decrease expenses to meet revenues,” Errick pointed out. “If the manpower declines continue, we will start decreasing service.” And not halting the shortfalls would mean “we are going to eventually become insolvent.”

Another cost containment measure would be not to maintain and heat the present fire hall. It is in need of renovation, he and Johnson explained, but renting it for about 10 events a year, for $500 a time, no longer covers costs.

Concerning fire protection options the borough could fall back on, Errick did not see a realistic prospect of a paid department being established, or contracted with from outside the community. He estimated that purchasing fire protection on such a basis would cost the borough’s taxpayers three mills of added taxation, while inserting distance and delay factors into response.

Having all residents bear part of the cost of fire protection is a fair and reasonable approach,, Errick said, with the additional millage costing between $30 and $45 per residence, or an average of $16 per capita.

Leading off the question and comment period because he had to leave for another event, Kallenborn said, “I disagree with a lot of the premises” contained in Erricks’s proposed solution. He said the millage increase was not appropriate, and “I don’t think the public would accept it.”

Agreeing that the fire department is in need of additional financial support, Kallenborn suggested that a Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction fee could prove to be the solution. Several extraction fee proposals are under consideration in the state legislature, he said.

“I have met with the (McKean County) Commissioners. They are willing to make sure that the fire department in Port Allegany gets a share of these returns,” the borough manager said.

Kallenborn predicted that the local economy will benefit from Marcellus Shale development “for the next 30 to 40 years” and that related operations would require good fire protection services.

Directing this remark at a reporter present, Kallenborn declared that he did not want to see anything in the newspaper indicating he had “said anything derogatory” about the fire department. He told Errick, “I will be glad to discuss this with you without the press.”

Kallenborn is a former fire department leader, and was instrumental in the creation of a fire police unit.

Errick said inflation-adjusted revenues have been decreasing about three percent a year for twenty years.

Council member Dave Fair asked about some of the numbers used in the charts in the presentation. Council member Kate Kysor also wanted more information, as did council president Judy Taylor and council member Lynn Farber.

Taylor said she has had conversations with Errick and also with other Star Hose members since Errick’s earlier presentation. “Some firemen (told me) that a certain group rules the roost.” She also mentioned a need for a board of directors or similar body to help coordinate planning, presumably in collaboration with the borough.

Errick said that very few of the volunteers are interested in the somewhat tedious administrative aspects of the fire department. Attendance at meetings is sparse, with many members being more interested in actual fire protection activities, and in training and being certified. But it was well understood that some organizational changes are needed. In fact, those are in process, Errick said, partly in connection with efforts to gain IRS 501(c)3 status.

Johnson said that there are people in every organization who are critical of how things are being run.

Farber stated that all organizations in the community have experienced a decline in membership and contributions of volunteer time. At that, numerous organizations are sharing the same small cadre of dedicated members, and those are getting “burned out.”

Taylor and Kysor wanted to know how volunteers are recruited. Errick said that anyone interested in becoming a member can contact the fire chief, Fred Roys, or visit, or come to the fire hall. Women as well as men are welcomed as members.

Joining costs $20, of which $10 is used for the required background check.

 “People are trying to support their families,” Johnson commented. He, Errick and Fair quickly summed up the community’s job losses, in just a few years, with one major employer going from around 800 workers to about 400, while another dropped from 400 or so to around 125. Many people who are employed have out-of-town jobs.

The “social club” aspect of volunteer fire departments has disappeared, what with the increased responsibilities for training and certification and records keeping, the Star Hose officers said.

Errick noted that there is no expectation that the borough will increase its financial support in the course of a fiscal year, or that the fire department’s financial stress will be relieved quickly.

“We need to develop the collaboration and do the planning” to achieve stability, Errick said. He said some sort of fire protection authority or board could be created, with members drawn from the community, the borough council and the fire department.


Team Teachers

Sixth grade teachers coached 60-some students through a collaborative project in which they created a "lip dub." They presented the video for the school board Monday night. Shown are, from left, Kim Ball, Jason Luther and Nate Zitnik. 
Martha Knight Photo


Incentive Award Winners

Several students were winners in the Incentive Awards Program at the Seneca Highlands Are Career Technical Center.  They are (row 1, left to right) Bridgett Clingan, Wifi Blueray Player; Brandi LaCoss, 8G Ipod Nano; Jeremy Adams, Kodak Digital Camera with card; Jorden Austin, RCA 8 portable DVD player; (back) Derek Lyman, Acer laptop; Rick Baney, car from Bidwells; Mike Adams, JVC video camera with card; Mike Houghtaling, Sony Playstation 3; Kale Postlewait, 22 LCD HDTV; Travis Haupt, car from Kightlingers; Dan Richner, Nintendo Wii; and Kory Majot, portable CD player.  Pam Fischer Photo


Career Technical Center SOM

The Seneca Highlands Career Technical Center announced Students of the Month for the A.M. and P.M. sessions as follows:  Photo #1 - A.M. Students (front row) Kate Bosworth, Becky Andrus, Cole Afionis; (back) Nicole Andrus, Stacey Strait, Emileigh Carlson, Chad Austin and Mark Schweikart.  In photo #2 are the P.M. students.  (front row) Allan Lawrence, Nicole Wilson, Kayla Ayers, Joe Ayers; (back) Damian Lucas, Casey Shonts, Spencer Easton and Todd Morrison.  Presentations were made to the students during the annual Awards Assembly held recently at the school.  Making the presentation was Don Raydo.  Pam Fischer Photos


PASD Banquet

The Port Allegany School District Banquet was held recently at the Moose Family Center.  Some of the evening's honorees are pictured with School District Superintendent Tony Flint.  They are Cyndee Smith who retired following the 2010-2011 school year;  Denise Dibble with 10 years; Latisha Howard with 10 years; and Annamaria Myers with 25 years of service.

Others honored include Kathy Jeselnick who also retired this year, Nathan Zitnik and Dan Eskesen with five years of service; Cristal Hepfner with 5.81 years; Kristina Francis and Judy Bodamer with 10 years; Scott Flexman with 15 years; Timothy Dynda with 15.75 years; and Judy Howard with 20 years.  Serving as Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Mike Nasto.  Pam Fischer Photo


Most Improved - The two Sixth Level Students who throughout the year displayed the desire to achieve at a higher level and to become a better student and person despite adversity were recognized at the Sixth Level Promotion Night held recently at the Port Allegany Elementary School.  They are Ali Taylor and Kennedy Dates.  Pam Fischer Photo



Academic Excellence - Mira Terette scored Proficient/Advanced in Reading and Math on the 4-Sight exams that are given four times a year and received no checks all year.  The checks are the classroom management system used in Sixth Level.  Mira was recognized at the Sixth Level Promotion Night at Port Allegany Elementary School.  Pam Fischer Photo


Year-end Awards Assembly Held At PAHS

Top Winners - Taking top honors at the PAHS Awards Assembly were (front row) Ken Kysor, Jennifer Swick, Ricky Warnick, Julia Collver, Carli Johnston; (back row) Brad Goodreau, Brock Bricker and Benn Baxter.  Following the Awards Assembly, Fun Day/Yearbook Day was held, sponsored by the Student Council.

Annual Awards Assembly - Port Allegany High School held their Annual Awards Assembly May 27 at the school.  The assembly began with a power point presentation created by the yearbook staff showing highlights from the 2010-2011 school year.

Underclassmen Awards were presented first beginning with the Certificates of Perfect Attendance:  Grade 7 - Josiah Ramadhan, Benen Smith; Grade 8 - Alex Dynda, Dylan Evens, Tibor Smith; Grade 9 - Logan Hutton, MaKayla Ramadhan, Logan Stuckey; Grade 10 - Mitchell Baker, James Carr, Cameron Causer, Samuel Kysor, Merinda Lawrence, Ashley Woodruff; and Grade 11 - Samuel Carr, Brady Major, Daniel Richner and William Carr.

Certificate of Excellence for attaining Honor Roll status during each grading period of the school year.  Students in Grade 7 earning this award are Ashley Ahearn, Ashley Anderson, Hunter Carpenter, Laura Fox, Tre' Garzel, Kaitlyn Goodreau, Sara Hardes, Cullen McDowell, Andrew Rosenswie, Jordan Seefeldt, Cynthia Setzer, Bryan Stahlman, Hunter Strawderman, Garrett Talkington and Micailum Tanner; Grade 8 - Shelley Albney, Matthew Causer Adam Koehler, Christian Moses, Brooke Roys, Benjamin Setzer, Jefferson Stehle and Casey Vollmer; Grade 9 - Christopher Blankenship, Michael Ernst, McKenna Johnson, Krista Miller, Barbara Pinchock, Bryce Stahlman, and Jena Young; Grade 10 - Cody Buchenauer, Rachel Causer, Brittani Dickinson, William Downey, Gabrielle Drabert, Kayla Ford, Shelby Heffner, Cheyenne Helo, Conor Kyser, Samuel Kysor, Merinda Lawrence, Aaron Majot, Rachel Taylor, Jacob Undercofler and Ashley Woodruff; and Grade 11 - Michelle Armendariz, Jacob Baxter, Megan Bishel, Sierra Blake, Charles Buchanan, Harley Hobbs, Abbegaile Lowman, Dominick Magoon, Kelsey Payne, Rhiannon Riley and Beau Shively.

Certificates of Superior Achievement for attaining High Honor status during each grading period of the school year went to Grade 7 - Nicole Borro, Steven Bressan, Gage Caulkins, McKaila Daniels, Dylan Kio, Joyanna Landes, and Nathan Lowery; Grade 8 - Alex Dynda, Hannah Ernst, Malari Lapp, Christopher Lashway and Chloe Sinclair; Grade 9 - Logan Hutton and MaKayla Ramadhan; Grade 10 - Matthew Bodamer, Sara Borro, Alexander Bowser, Scott Brookens, Nicholas Conway, Logan Hults, Jennifer Shelley and Kira Nolder; Grade 11 - Rebecca Andrus, Elliott Binder, Wesley Caulkings, ReBecca Culver, Jordan Edgell, Sarah Gordon, Alissa Peterson, kale Postlewait, Angela Redmond, Jacob Stehle and Cheyanna Sullivan.

The Reading Competition Team Spring Member Awards went to Middle School members Linea Kelley, Captain and cynthia Setzer; high School members Bambi Barber, Benjamin Edgell, Shelby Heffner, conor Kyser, Alissa Peterson, MaKayla Ramadhan, Kristen Sallade, jacob Seelbinder, Alesha Shatley, Captain, and Ricky Warnick.

Accelerated Reader Awards went to Ashley Anderson in Grade 7; Chevy Smith in Grade 8; Stephen Blankenship in Grade 9; Paul Green in Grade 10 and Jacob Seelbinder in Grade 11.

The 7th Grade Geography Award went to Nathan Lowery; Biology Award went to Logan Hutton; Student handbook cover Design 2011-2012 went to Steven Bressan; The Science Award went to Wes Caulkins; and the Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Sciences from the he University of Rochester went to Jordan Edgell.

SADD Service Officer Awards were presented to Nicole Andrus, President; Lindsay Delacour, Vice-President; Breanna Foster, Secretary; Caryne Healy, Treasurer, and Renee Edgell, Parliamentarian.

Student Council Senior Awards went to Ashley Bandish, Renee Edgell, President, Bryanna Evens, Vice-President, Laura Haggard, Carli Johnston, Secretary, Ryan Michelitsch, parliamentarian, Brittany Reinard, Alesha Shatley, Jennifer Swick and Shane Whitney, Treasurer.

Peer Helper Officer Awards went to Colleen Hardes, President; Sara Borro, Vice-president; Brittany Reinard, Secretary;Jacob Stehle, Treasurer; Scott Brookens, Parliamentarian.  Special recognition went to Sara Borro who had the most Community Service Hours.

Senior Awards were then presented to the following:  National Honor Society members received a membership certificate and diploma seal.  Officers received appropriate pendants for their Honor Society pins.  NHS members are Franklin Austin, Brock Bricker, Julia Collver, Renee Edgell, Bryanna Evens, Vice-President; Breanna Foster, Colleen Hardes, Laura haggard, Caryne Healy, Carli Johnston, Kenneth Kysor, president; Seth Lowery, Kyley Mickle, Treasurer; Alesha Shatley, Secretary; and Tyler Smith.

Senior Honor Awards Certificates of Excellence for attaining Honor Roll status for each grading period of the school year went to Brock Bricker, Julia Collver, Breanna Foster, Travis Green, Colleen Hardes, Carli Johnston, Kyley Mickle, Tyler Smith and Jennifer Swick.  Certificate of Superior Achievement for attaining High Honor Roll status during each marking period of the school year went to Bryanna Evens and Kenneth Kysor.  Certificates of Distinguished Excellence for attaining Honor Roll status every marking period for six years of school went to Brock Bricker, Julia Collver, Breanna Foster, Kyley Mickle, Tyler Smith and Carli Johnston.  Superior Academic Achievement Awards for attaining High Honor Roll status every marking period for six years of school went to Bryanna Evens and Kenneth Kysor who both received a $100 savings bond from the First National Bank.

Individualized Senior Awards were presented to the following:  Grade 12 Accelerated Reader Award went to Ricky Lee Warnick; Bob Davies-Lou Foy Student Athlete Awards went to Bryanna Evens and Kenneth Kysor; the David Lacher Memorial Award for the Female Athlete of the Year went to Kyley Mickle; the Thomas Taylor Memorial Award/Male Athlete of the Year went to Seth Lowery; the Art Award went to Julia Collver and Anna McJunkin; the John Phillip Sousa Band Award went to Tyler Smith; the Band Award/Marine "Semper Fidelis" Award went to Alesha Shatley; the Senior Band Award went to Kenneth Kysor; the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award went to Ryan Michelitsch; the National School Choral Award given by the Robert M. Sides Corporation went to Anna McJunkin; the Chorus Award went to Renee Edgell and Shane Whitney; the Senior Drama Awards went to Julia Collver and Renee Edgell; the Drama Service Award went to Tyler Smith.

The Varsity Club Plaques for earning eight varsity letters during grades nine through twelve went to Cora Bova, Caryne Healy, Seth Lowery, Renee Edgell, Kyle Hildebrandt, Camrin Stuckey, Bryanna Evens, Kyley Mickle, Breanna Foster and Carli Johnston.

The Technology Education Award, $100 Bond given by the Citizens Trust Company went to Brad Goodreau; and the Family and Consumer Science Award, $100 Bond given by the Port Allegany Women's Club went to Jen Swick.

The English Award, $200 Bond, given by St. Gobain containers went to Brock Bricker; The DuBois Business Scholarship of $4,800 was awarded to Jen Swick; the Science Award, $200 check given by the Port Allegany Rotary Club went to ken Kysor; the Mathematics Award, $200 check given by the Port Allegany Rotary Club went to Benn Baxter; and the Social Studies Award, $200 check given by the Port Allegany Rotary Club went to Brock Bricker; the Spanish Award, $200 Bond given by St. Gobain Containers, went to Carli Johnston and The French Award, $100 Bond given  by Pittsburgh Corning Corporation, went to Julia Collver.

Special Senior Awards went to the following:  Bernard Freeman/Kathleen Sallade Scholarship, $250, went to Breanna Foster and Frank Austin; the Gerald Stayer Memorial Scholarship of $400 went to Benn Baxter, The Gilbert and Billie Allen Award of $500 went to Bryanna Evens, the Horatio Alger Pennsylvania Scholar went to Nicole Andrus, Alesha Shatley, and Tyler Smith; the John Thrash Memorial Scholarship of $300 per year for four years, went to Chad Barnard; the Knights of Columbus Council 8018, $200 went to Bryanna Evens; the PAEA Higher Education Award, given by the Port Allegany Education Association, $300 went to Renee Edgell; The Raymond Charles Varney Scholarship going to a Roulette Resident, $1200, went to Jennifer Swick; The Richard K. Taylor Scholarship of $500 went to Ken Kysor; The Lt. William E. Daisley, Jr. Mathematics Award of $100 went to Bryanna Evens as did the WACOPSE Federal Credit Union Scholarship of $500.


Festival of Choirs President Speaks To Rotary

Rotarian Marty Moses served as Program Chair for the day, filling in for John Mallery,  and welcomed former PAHS Grad, Class of 1972, Jerry Goochee.  Goochee is the president of Festival of Choirs USA.  He presented a program on the upcoming Festival scheduled for August 19 and 20.

Rotary Hears About Festival Of Choirs - The Port Allegany Rotary Club held their regular weekly meeting Thursday at the Moose Family Center.  Guest speaker for the day was Jerry Goochee who spoke about the upcoming, third annual, Festival of Choirs USA to be held August 19 and 20 at 807 Skinner Creek Road in Port Allegany.  This is a free event which features Competing Church Choirs, Comedian Bob Stromberg, PAHS, Class of 1970 and Professor Nancy Borowski Recker, PAHS Class of 1972.

The Festival of Choirs USA is a choir competition.  The festival is meant to renew and restore the choirs in the churches.  The Festival is meant for all churches that have been established for more than three years and view the Bible as authoritative.  The Festival is a free event open to the public.

Participating church choirs from around the region will be divided into groups according to their size.  Group sizes will be 7-11, 12-16, and 17-21.  These numbers are comprised of the choir members from the churches that are actually singing.  If a larger group size is needed it will be considered.  Each church will have a minimum of one soprano, one alto, one tenor and one bass in their choir.  An electronic piano will be a the Festival for the choirs to use.  Churches can pick a song choice between traditional hymns and contemporary Christian.  Song choice must be submitted with the church's registration by August 1.  Upon receiving the churches registration and song choice, the committee will respond within a week to let them know if their song selection has been accepted.  If it is not accepted, the church is able to submit another song.  On the second night of the festival, the winners of the different categories will be announced and recognized.

Registration has begun and will end on August 1.  A registration fee of $100 will be charged to all participating churches and the fee will be returned back to them once they have competed in the Festival.  Register online at or mail to Festival of Choirs USA, 952 Copper Stone Circle, Chesapeake, Virginia, 23320.

In addition to the competing choirs, the festival will feature comedian Bob Stromberg on Friday night and Professor Nancy Borowski Recker who will speak on "Value of Laughter" during the afternoon on the 20th.

There were 20 Rotarians present for a reportable attendance of 67 percent.  Guests included Troy Herzog, visiting Rotarian from Smethport and guest speaker Jerry Goochee.

Ki Bayline announced the Group Study Exchange Team from Pakistan will be in Port Allegany from June 12 - 15.

The club held their regular weekly meeting on Tuesday, June 15 to host the GSE team.  The club picnic will be held tonight (June 16) at the home of Charlie and Lynn Cox.  The picnic will honor "Fer" the 2010-2011 Rotary Exchange Student from Argentina.

Rotarians celebrating birthdays in June include Bob Hartle, Howie Johnson and Rich Kunkel.  The lone Rotarian with a June Club Anniversary is Dick Kallenborn with 23 years of service.  Rotarians celebrating wedding anniversaries this month include George Baxter and wife, Dawn; Lloyd Eastman and wife, Dolores; Bob Hartle and wife, Donna; Merle Johnson and wife, Elaine; Dick Kallenborn and wife, Peggy, Rich Kunkel and wife, Sue; Marty Moses and wife, Paula; and Norm Preston and wife, Phyllis.

Winner of the 50/50 raffle was Marty Moses.  Pam Fischer Photo


Award-winning Rotary Club

Rotarians Charlie Cox, Jason Stake, Debby Campbell and Frank Rackish pose for the R-A camera with the District Awards won by the local club for their work in 2010-2011.  Presented at the District Conference, the Port Allegany Rotary Club received the Presidential Citation With Distinction 2010-11, International, Vocational and Community Club Awards and a Special International Service Award for 2010-11.  Cox gave a report on the District 7280 Conference, presenting the award ribbons and certificates to the club.  Pam Fischer Photo


Rotary Programs - Rotarian Jim Plotts, program chair for the day on May 19, is pictured with fellow Rotarian Rich Kunkel and guest speaker Dr. Bill Waltman.  Dr. Waltman presented "Protecting Pollinators and Pollinator Gardens".  The following week, Bob Veilleux was introduced to the club by Debby Campbell, Program Chair for the day.  Veilleux gave a talk about the Leadership in McKean County program.  Club Assembly was held June 2 followed by a program featuring Jerry Goochee of Festival of Choirs USA.  The GSE Team from Pakistan were featured at the June 14 meeting and a club picnic/farewell party for exchange student, "Fer", will be held tonight (June 16).  Randy Headley will be the program chair at the June 23 meeting.  The Rotary year and presidency of Jason Stake will end June 30 with the "Changing of the Guard" picnic to be held at the residence of Charlie and Lynn Cox.  Pam Fischer Photo


64th Wedding Anniversary

Lloyd and Dolores (Botera) Eastman celebrated their 64th Wedding Anniversary with a family dinner at the Hostegah Restaurant.  The couple was married June 8, 1947.  They have four children - Lance Eastman of Allegany, NY; Pam Fischer of Port Allegany; Kevin Eastman of Statesboro, GA; and Alan Eastman of Indiana, PA; eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Eastman was primarily a homemaker and later worked for the Port Allegany School District.  Mr. Eastman retired after 64 years of service to the First National Bank of Port Allegany.  He is a member of the Port Allegany Rotary Club.  The couple are active members of the Port Allegany United Methodist Church.  Pam Fischer Photo


Pet Blessing At UMC

Pet owners like JoAnn and Chuck Boller are invited to bring their pets to the parking lot of the Port Allegany United Methodist Church for the annual Pet Blessing to be held from 9 a.m. until noon on June 18.  Bring your pet (on a leash or in a crate).  The Pet Blessing is free and open to the public.  Donations will be accepted for the McKean County SPCA.  Items that can be used include animal beds, animal carriers, bleach, dish soap (no citrus), dog and cat treats, laundry soap, leashes or collars, new or used, newspapers (no colored pages, please) old towels, paper towels, Purina Dog Food (dry), Toys (tennis balls are a favorite), and aluminum cans.  The SPCA recycles them and uses the funds for their spaying and neutering programs.  Cash is also a great donation.  Pam Fischer Photo


COTS - Concerts on the Town Square 2011 series has begun.  The first concert featured the Port Allegany High School Jazz Band under the direction of Brad Stewart.  Pictured is Ryan Michelitsch on the saxophone.  The second concert featured the music of John Meade.  Tonight's performance will feature Mike Roche followed by the Twin Tiers Band on June 23 and the Guitar Choir on June 30.  COTS are sponsored by the Port Allegany Women's Club.  Pam Fischer Photos




Softball All-star

Kyley Mickle was selected as a 2011 District IX Northern Allegany Small School Division North Softball All-star as a shortstop.  Kyley is a two-time Allegheny Mountain League All-Star for third base and shortstop.  She was selected to the 2011 Bolivar-Richburg Tournament All-Tourney team.  Kyley is the daughter of Ron and Amy Mickle.  Pam Fischer Photo


Second Annual Alumni Game Coming Soon - Several members of the 2011 Alumni Football Team are pictured while working out at the football practice field located on Edison Bates Drive.  They are (front, left to right) Troy Glasgow, Kyle Bachman and Alan Lovell (back) Jamie Moses, Chad Saltsman, Rob Page and Cliff Fillhart.  The second annual competition will be held on July 9 at 1:30 p.m.  The Gator Alumni will take on the Falcon Alumni from Coudersport.  Proceeds from this year's event will go to PACS (Port Allegany Community Services).  The Masons will run the concession stand with proceeds also going to PACS.  More details will be announced as they become available.  Pam Fischer Photo


Student Athletes Of The Year

It was announced that Bryanna Evens and Kenneth Kysor were selected as the Bob Davies-Lou Foy Student Athlete Award winners during the Annual Awards Assembly held May 27 at the school.  Bryanna played soccer for four years, lettering all four years and was a two-year captain.  She was the team MVP and made the District 5 All-Star team in her freshman and senior years.  She is a four-year letterman and two-year captain for the Lady Gator track team where she qualified for districts in grades nine through twelve  and placed at districts in grades nine through eleven.  Bryanna played basketball for four years, lettered for two years and served as captain during her senior year.  On the student side of the award, Bryanna is a member of the National Honors Society.  She started taking college prep courses as a freshman and then honors courses in grades ten through twelve.  She was on the high honor roll throughout all six years of high school.  She served as Vice-President of the Student Council and French Club.  She was a member of the Gator News Team, SADD, the Varsity Club and Chorus and served as the Treasurer of the Class of 2011.  She won the Gilbert and Billie Allen Award, the Knights of Columbus Council 8018 Scholarship, the Patricia Lloyd Memorial Award, the Lt. William E. Daisley, Jr. Mathematics Award and the WACOPSE Federal Credit Union Scholarship.  Bryanna has been a lifeguard and swim instructor at the pool during the past three summers.  Bryanna is the daughter of Carl Evens and Tammy Conway.

Kenneth Kysor played four years of Varsity Soccer, lettering three years, served as captain and has the school record of 19 goals and twelve assists in one season.  He was also selected to UAVSL All-Star Team.  He participated in track for three years and lettered for three years.  Kenneth played one year of Varsity Football where he was selected as Special Teams Player of the Year; selected by PA Sports Writers to the first team Class A All-state Placekicker; has the school record of 40-yard field goal during a game vs. Otto-Eldred; had 19 touchbacks on 64 kickoffs and was 37 for 44 on PATs.  He was recruited by Saint Francis University, a Division I University that competes in the North East Conference, to be the place kicker for football.  Kenneth, like Bryanna, was on the high honor roll throughout all is years of high school.  He won the University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Science Award, the Richard Taylor Scholarship, and earned the Science Department Award at PAHS.  He is a member of the National Honor Society where he served as President.  He is a four-year member of the Senior Show Choir and Chamber Singers, a six-year member of Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Concert Choir and a three-year member of the Marching Gator Band.  He was selected for District Band for three years and one year as a Regional Band member.  He received the Senior Band Award.  Kenneth also participated in three musicals.  Kenneth is an EMT-B for the Port Area Ambulance Service and the Port Allegany Fire Department; he earned the rank of Eagle Scout for Boy Scouts of America Troop 530; is a Session Member for the First Presbyterian Church of Port Allegany where he is also a member of the Mission Possible Youth group.  He is also a volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels. Kenneth is the son of Dan and Kate Kysor.  Pam Fischer Photo


Baseball All-stars - Three Port Allegany High School Gator Baseball players were selected as North Tier League All-Stars.  They are Zach Sigafoes, Camrin Stuckey and Sam Kysor.  Zach was voted as a NTL All-Star as catcer.  Zach's offensive production earned him the All-Star honors.  He batted .500 on the year with 12 RBI.  Sigafoes hit two homeruns, one of which was a grand slam in a narrow 9-8 victory over Oswayo Valley.  Stuckey was voted as an NTL Al-Star for his outfield play and offensive production.  Throughout the year Stuckey made several game changing defensive plays in center.  A true ball hawk, his defense will be tough to replace.  Camrin complimented his gold glove defense by batting .455, having more doubles and home runs than singles.  Kysor was voted as a league All-Star as the At-Large player.  He finished the year being the most efficient hitter on the team and among the very top in the entire North Tier League.  Sam hit a team high .455 and also led the team in RBI.  His most impressive stat, however, was his .642 on base percentage.  Along with 16 hits, Kysor also walked 16 times.  Roughly 24% of the entire team's walk.  His outstanding OBP led to his team-high 19 runs scored.  "We are extremely proud of all three all-star selections.  Camrin was a true 5-tool player, and played this season to his full potential.  Zach was clutch throughout the regular season and delivered some huge hits in key situations.  Sam was one of the few sophomores selected, but his numbers were undeniable.  His work ethic and dedication to the game are second to none.  Hopefully, his talent and leadership will be the cornerstone in play-off success in the years to come," said Gator head coach, Nate Zitnik.  Pam Fischer Photo


PAHS Athlete Of The Year  - Kyley Mickle was named as the David Lacher Memorial Award/Female Athlete of the Year and Seth Lowery was named the Thomas Taylor Memorial Award/Male Athlete of the Year.  Presentation of the awards was made during the annual Awards Assembly held at the Port Allegany High School.

Kyley participated in volleyball for four years, lettering three years and captain for one year.  She is a four-year member of the Lady Gator Basketball team, lettering three years and captain for one year.  She made the North Tier 2009-2010 Honorable Mention Team and the 2010-2011 North Tier League Second Team.  She was also selected as a Kozel All-star and was named to the Port Allegany High School Holiday Basketball Tournament All-Star Team.  She was a two-time Cow Valley Tournament All-Tourney Team member.  She played softball for four years, lettering all four years and served as captain for two years.  Kyley is a two-time Allegheny Mountain League All-Star for third base and shortstop.  She was selected to the 2011 Bolivar-Richburg Tournament All-Tourney team and also to the District IX Northern Allegany Small School Division North All-star for short stop.  Her other school activities include being a member of the National Honor Society for two years; Spanish Club for four years, Varsity Club for four years; Band for five years, and Chorus for six years.  She plans to attend Penn State DuBois majoring in Athletic Training and playing basketball.  Kyley is the daughter of Ron and Amy Mickle.

Seth is a four year letterman in football, was named District IX Rookie of the Year for football, was a 2008, 2009, and 2010 Allegheny Mountain League Football All-Star, was selected to the 2009 and 2010 Big Thirty All-Star team and is participating in the 2011 Don Raabe Charity Classic.  He is a four-year letterman in baseball, three-year letterman for basketball, three year letterman for track and was a district qualifier in 2010 and 2011.  He earned a fifth place finish at the district level in 2011.   He served as captain of the 2010 football team, the 2010-2011 basketball team and the 2010 baseball team.  Seth is a member of the Varsity Club, National Honor Society, has participated in Chorus for six years and was selected by his peers as a member of the Homecoming, Snowball and Prom Courts.  Seth plans to attend Slippery Rock University and major in Physical Education and Health.  He is the son of Scott and Kathy Lowery.  Pam Fischer Photo