Castle Doctrine Self-Defense Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature, Causer Says

HARRISBURG – Legislation reinforcing a person’s right to defend himself or herself in the face of an intruder is set to become law, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said today.

House Bill 40, which passed the House back in April by a vote of 164-37, was approved by the Senate Monday. It will become law when Gov. Tom Corbett signs it.

“Law-abiding citizens have a right to defend themselves, and this new law protects and reaffirms that right,” Causer said. “A person under attack should not have to retreat before taking action to protect himself or herself. It could mean the difference between life and death.”

The measure previously was passed by the House and Senate last October but was vetoed by then-Gov. Ed Rendell. Corbett has indicated he supports the measure.

House Bill 40 creates a presumption in law that an attacker or intruder intends to do great bodily harm and therefore force, including deadly force, may be used to protect oneself, one’s family and others in the face of an attack while at home or in an occupied vehicle. The presumption also applies if a person is trying to unlawfully remove an occupant, against the occupant’s will, from a home or vehicle.

The presumption would not apply if the person entering a home was:
    •Another resident of the home.
    •A law enforcement officer.
    •A parent, grandparent or other guardian removing a child from the home or vehicle.

In addition, the presumption would not apply if a person was using their home or vehicle to further criminal activity. The bill also offers specific protection against civil liability for the lawful use of force in self-defense.

Legislation Cosponsored By Sen. Toomey To End Ethanol Subsidies Passes By Wide Bipartisan Margin

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to end ethanol subsidies passed the U.S. Senate this afternoon by a wide bipartisan margin, 73-27.

The Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act (S. 871) will repeal the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit, a subsidy companies receive to blend ethanol with gasoline. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) offered this bipartisan legislation as an amendment to the Economic Development Revitalization Act (S. 782) currently being considered in the Senate.

"Today's vote is a victory for American taxpayers, and I am pleased to have joined this bipartisan effort," Sen. Toomey said. "Ethanol subsidies are another example of government overreach and excess. They unfairly drive up the cost of corn at a time when many families, farmers and small businesses are struggling to make ends meet. I am proud that many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle joined together today to put taxpayers first."

in Pennsylvania, many companies and consumers support the repeal of ethanol subsidies. The subsidy unfairly drives up the cost of corn, which in turn, drives up the costs of many end products, from sausages and cheese steaks to dairy products. The subsidy also harms many of Pennsylvania's farmers who have to pay more for livestock feed.

"Ethanol subsidies cost the federal government more than $6 billion dollars a year. Our costs at Herr's have risen dramatically over the past two years. Pennsylvania employs thousands of people in the snack food industry. I applaud Sen. Toomey for standing up for these jobs and our company," said Jim Herr, chief executive officer and chairman of Herr's Food Inc. in Lancaster.

"I thank Sen. Toomey for his leadership on this issue," said Sergei Szortyka, president of Quaker Maid Meats in Reading. "Raw material costs at our facility in Berks County have risen 39 percent, and that entire increase I can attribute to the feed costs of the cattle which in turn is directly related to the ethanol subsidies. Ethanol subsidies are putting severe constraints on our ability to expand and hire. It is time for this misguided policy to end."

"Lebanon bologna is a staple of Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Unfortunately, ethanol subsidies are driving up the costs of production here at our facility in Palmyra. I thank Sen. Toomey for co-sponsoring this important measure," said Ron Fouche, spokesman for Palmyra Bologna Company in Lebanon County.

"The Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit is a failed and wasteful policy that unnecessarily causes price inflation in food. The policy has strained consumers who now must balance economic choices between purchasing fuel to drive to work or purchasing food to feed their families. For those reasons, we at the Philadelphia Cooked Steak Company support Sen. Toomey in the full and clean repeal of this policy," said Andreas Kalisperis, chief operating officer for Philadelphia Cooked Steak Company.


Following Casey Efforts Senate Armed Services Approves Abrams Tanks

WASHINGTON, DC — Following Senator Bob Casey’s (D-PA) urging, the Senate Armed Services committee today approved the Abrams Tank.

“This is the right thing to do. Suspending production of the Abrams tank would not be in the best interest of our national security, industrial base or local economy,” said Senator Casey. “We have a specialized workforce that manufactures this tank. The Army’s supply of this essential piece of equipment would be threatened if production is shut down.”

“General Dynamics appreciates the support that Senator Casey and the entire Pennsylvania delegation have demonstrated for the Abrams modernization program,” said Frank Fata, General Dynamics Plant Manager for Scranton Operations. “Maintaining steady production of the most technologically advanced and survivable tank in the U.S. arsenal is good for the workers of Pennsylvania, good for the Army and good for national security.”

Senator Casey has written a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) urging the committee to reconsider plans to halt production of the tanks.

In the letter, he wrote: “I am concerned that this proposal will deny our Army the equipment necessary to prepare for and win our nation’s wars,” Senator Casey wrote in his letter. “Additionally, ceasing procurement of the Abrams tank is not in the best interests of the taxpayer and will significantly impact a key segment of our industrial base at a time when our economy is in recovery.”

Senator Casey also toured the facility in Eynon, PA this week to see firsthand the specialized work that goes in to tank production. The plant currently employs about 250 people, and the majority of the work at the plant is connected to the production of the Abrams tank.


Two Arrested For Murder Of Eldred Teen


COUDERSPORT – Two men accused of murdering Samuel E. Miller, of Eldred, PA, have been arraigned in District Judge Annette Easton’s courtroom.

Nineteen-year-old Jonothan ‘Jeep’ Prather, of Coudersport, and 25-year-old Avery ‘Bud’ Buckingham, of Austin, have been arraigned on first-degree murder charges and remanded to the Potter County Jail without bail.

Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson said Miller, who was found dead in the Prouty Run River two days ago, had been shot 8 times.

Authorities believe Miller may have been killed because Prather and Buckingham thought he was a ‘snitch’. 
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Can You Text Me Now?

By the time you read this one of the country’s largest mobile communication providers will have expanded.  Verizon’s 4G service is set to cover 19 new “markets” with high-speed mobile internet access.

70+ “markets” will be covered with the 4G service, as stated in the latest from officials within the company.  The number is a bit misleading as a “market” such as NY, NY may consist of other states in that area, including CT and NJ.  More accurate counts set the total coverage area at in excess of half the country.  Several dozen large cities are included in the planned expansion.

Among affected states are AL, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, NV, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, KY, TN, TX, UT, WA and WI.

A standard, known as Long Term Evolution is being utilized by Verizon.  LTE is becoming the industry standard, encouraging many mobile companies now offering 4G to switching over to LTE.


High Profile Prison Resident To Continue Residency In FCI-McKean

LEWIS RUN – Actor Wesley Snipes will remain in the McKean County Federal Correctional Institution, after the Supreme Court yesterday denied Snipe’s motion to appeal on misdemeanor charges of tax evasion.

The actor was sentenced for never filing tax returns during the years of 1999, 2000, and 2001, after being acquitted on felony charges.

Snipes surrendered himself on December 9, 2010 to FCI-McKean.


Power Outage Planned For End Of Month

According to officials with First Energy Corporation, known in this area as Penelec, a power outage is scheduled for Thursday, June 30 for parts of Port Allegany.  Linda Routzahn, First Energy External Affairs Manager, tells Port Allegany Online First Energy has scheduled the outage from 7:00pm until 12:00am.  Should inclement weather occur, the outage will be rescheduled for July 7 during the same hours, and an announcement will be made by an automated message to those customers’ phone numbers First Energy has on file.  In excess of 1,800 customers are expected to be affected by this event.  A release send to PAO by Routzahn, states that the outage is necessary to upgrade facilities for enhanced circuit reliability for First Energy customers.


CCMH Joins National Partnership For Patients Program

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for its patients and community members.

The patient safety partnership is a new national initiative expected to help hospitals, employers, health plans, medical providers and patient advocates save lives and healthcare costs associated with preventable injuries and complications.

“We’re proud to be the first hospital in our region to participate in this important initiative,” said Cindi Hardesty, vice president and chief nurse executive. “Not only is this important for the safety of our patients but it complements our strategic planning goal to provide error free and coordinated care that is patient-centered, reliable and accessible.”

The partnership strives to decrease preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and decrease preventable complications during care transitions from one setting to another, thereby reducing readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. Over the next three years, these achievements are expected to impact millions of Americans by saving lives and preventing injuries while saving the healthcare system some $35 billion, including $10 billion in Medicare savings.

Ten areas of focus have been identified although reducing all forms of harm will be addressed. They are: adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated blood stream infections, injuries from falls and immobility, obstetrical adverse events, pressure ulcers, surgical site infections, venous thromboembolism, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and other hospital-acquired conditions.

CCMH has started participating in a series of educational webinars and plans to educate staff, board members, corporate advisors, wellness committee and the public about the partnership. In addition, the hospital has started to reach out to partner agencies to discuss how they can improve care together. Hardesty noted that this partnership also promotes the sharing of ideas. If an organization is excelling in one of the focus areas, they can share success stories with others so everyone can improve, she said.

The success of this initiative will reveal a joint effort by everyone across the healthcare system including hospitals, health plans, physicians, nurses, employers, unions, patients and families, patient advocates, and federal and state government. To join the partnership or to review a list of existing participants, visit

“It’s about a commitment from everyone in the community and we’re encouraging everyone to sign on and take the pledge,” Hardesty said.


Goochee Promises Another Exciting Event During Annual Festival

What began as a dream some 17 years ago became a reality for a former Port Allegany resident in 2009 as the first Festival of Choirs was held.

Jerry Goochee was raised among the hills surrounding Port Allegany.  Now married to Bonnie-Jean Goochee, a parent of four and grandfather of two, Jerry spends some of his time spreading his vision of restoring the choirs in churches.

His day job is as a general contractor.  His passion is music.

Now living in Virginia, Goochee tells Port Allegany Online this year looks to be bigger and better than ever.

According to Goochee, registration runs until August 1st.  Groups can register for a $100 refundable registration fee, with your group consisting of a minimum of 7 members.  Groups will be divided into 7-11, 12-16, and 17-21 members, with a minimum of 1 soprano, 1 alto, 1 tenor and 1 bass in their choir.  Churches are asked to provide the festival with their song selection by August 1st, as to not have the same song sung by another group.  Groups larger than 21 members can be accommodated, with notice given to the Festival prior to August 1st.

Added to this year’s event are Comedian Bob Stromberg Friday evening and Professor Nancy Borowski Recker Saturday afternoon.  Both are Port Allegany graduates.  There will be barbeques, games and a lot of fun for all ages.  The Festival of Choirs is free and open to the public.

Volunteers for this year’s event are also being accepted.  For information on how you can help, go to and click on the Uncategorized link under the countdown on the right side of the main page.


Laurel Queen Finalist Already Hard At Work

By Martha Knight

SMETHPORT—Just weeks ago Tracy Woodring of Smethport was in high school. Then the honor student received her diploma, and she has since started her summer job as a PennDOT flag person at highway construction sites, earning money toward her first semester at Penn State University, beginning in August.

Meanwhile she was “this close” to being Laurel Festival Queen.

The Smethport High School contestant finished right behind Miss Mount Carmel, Brigid Demko, at the 70th annual Laurel festival at Wellsboro.

She wasn’t upset not to win, on June 18 when the week-long festival’s queen contest results were announced, and she still has no sense of disappointment.

Woodring says that during the festival and the contestants’ activities she had a chance to become “very close with a lot of the girls.” The contestants were friendly and enjoyed the event together, with no indications of fierce competition or jockeying for position.

As for Queen Demko, Woodring says, “I was very happy for her. She was a very sweet and genuine girl.”

Being first runner up is fine with Woodring, and the $500 scholarship will come in handy.

This summer Woodring helps control traffic at construction sites in one of the better summer work opportunities around, starting at 7 a.m. every day there is construction. So far she has worked at several sites in McKean County. She is acquainted with quite a few members of the regular PennDOT staff and has found them and other summer workers to be very helpful.

Woodring finished high school with a 3.85 GPA, and also participated in sports, music and organizations.

Track and running have been a main focus of the young athlete since her dad, Smethport teacher and track coach Richard Woodring, started her on that path at age 8 or so. Tracy also participated in cheerleading, soccer, basketball and softball.

Musically, Woodring was in the marching band beginning in junior high, and also participated in concert band, show choir and concert choir.

In academically connected activities, Woodring was on the Student Council, and in the National Honor Society and the Spanish Club.

Woodring plans to prepare for a career in optometry. One reason for that interest is that she has had some degree of visual challenge since primary school, when she began wearing corrective lenses. Her athletic activities led to her start wearing contacts to correct her severe myopia.

Achieving her goal of being an optometrist is likely to take eight years of studies, Woodring says. Then she would hope to start practicing in that profession.

And later, quite possibly, she would become an ophthalmologist, after some additional study.

As to how she earned her high ranking at the Laurel Queen pageant, Woodring says that after the other activities had identified the finalists, those contestants were put through individual interviews, and then each was asked to answer a randomly selected question.

Woodring was asked to state and explain her opinion as to whether there should be year-round school in the United States, as there is in many other countries.

Her reply was that this would be a good idea. Students would have longer breaks at holiday times than now, instead of long summer breaks during which some academic progress fades and needs to be renewed when school resumes. Woodring says the farming-related purpose of freeing school-age children to help with crops no longer applies.

Asked whether she had been involved in pageant competitions before, Woodring recalls with a laugh that, as a matter of fact, she did enter and win a Little Miss Santa Claus Lane contest in Olean. N.Y., when she was about eight.


June Birthdays - There must have been a baby boom in a June several decades ago.  Or maybe these Senior Center attenders were born in different Junes.  They all showed up for noon dinner and June birthday cake Monday.  They are, from left, Ethlyn Ford, Sylvia Davenport, Bev Burford, Euretta Amell, Felicia Culver, Hilda Schroll, Donna VanSickles, Jane Hultz and Nancy Daugherty.  Chuck Boller and Bob Thomas are standing in back.  Martha Knight Photo




Turn, Turn, Turn - Mahlon Davenport, president of the Allegheny Mountain Carvers, demonstrates one of the woodworking skills that were in evidence at the club's annual Woodworking Wonders festival on the Port Allegany Square Saturday.  Martha Knight Photo







For The Birds - Gary and Kathy Buck of Rustic Birdhouses & More, Eldred, tend their display of bird real estate offerings, at the Woodworking Wonders festival on the Port Allegany Square Saturday.  Martha Knight Photo





Married 149 Years - The Senior Center's June birthday party also served as an anniversary party Monday when it was discovered that three couples present were celebrating anniversaries. Shown from left are Carl and JoAnne Campbell, 52 years; Chuck and JoAnn Boller, 42 years; and Ann and Bob Thomas, 55 years.  Martha Knight Photo




Those Chapeaux - Rightfully proud of their winning millinery are, from left, Darrel VanSickels, whose hat was judged most creative; Dean Burford, most original; Roy Williams, most authentic; and Ron Amell, dressiest. They were among an impressive field of hat-wearing males at the Senior Center's Father's Day observance Monday. If VanSickles loses an eat-my-hat wager, it will not be too unpleasant for him.  Martha Knight Photo



My Grocer Scholarship - Port Allegany Jubilee has awarded its annual My Grocer Scholarship to Bryanna Evens of Port Allegany.  Through this scholarship program, participating independent grocery stores recognize the commitment of high school students to their education and communities.  The My Grocer Scholarship Program enables deserving high school seniors in our retail markets to receive a $1000 scholarship to help defray the cost of their post-secondary education.

The program is managed by My Grocer's Scholarship Committee, which selected the winners.  The applicants represented a broad cross section of outstanding seniors from all the markets served by participating stores, making final scholarship recipient selections difficult.  Selections were made based on a variety of considerations, including academic standing, grade-point averages, extra-curricular activities and individual student life challenges.

The independently owned and operated My Grocer Scholarship stores actively support this program as a means to strengthen commitments to the communities they serve.  Our stores are supplied by SUPERVALU, the nation's largest food wholesale distributor.  SUPERVALU's Eastern Region is headquartered in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Bryanna Evens is pictured with Jubilee Representative Dave Hobbs.  Hobbs presented her with the 2011 My Grocer Scholarship of $1,000.  Evens graduated from Port Allegany High School on June 5, 2011.  She is the daughter of Carl Evens and Tammy Conway.  Pam Fischer Photo


PAHS Art Show Winners - Three top winners at the annual PAHS Art Show are pictured (left to right) Anna McJunkin, Julia Collver and Bryana Baer with some of their winning art work.  Port Allegany High School Art Instructor is Meg Hutton.  Pam Fischer Photo


Put A Lid On It - These Senior Center attenders accepted the challenge to a hat contest and showed up wearing theirs for the Fathers Day celebration.  They are, from left, Darrel VanSickles, Mahlon Davenport, Roy Smith Sr., Dean Burford, Ron "Satch" Amell, Chuck Boller, Denny Daugherty, Roy Williams and Bob Thomas.  Martha Knight Photo


Annual PAB - The annual Performing Arts Banquet sponsored by the Port Allegany Music Boosters was held recently at the high school.  Senior Concert Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Show Choir, Jazz Band and Drama Club members and their parents were guests of honor at the event.  Awards were presented by directors Brad Stewart and Kenneth Myers to students for each activity in which they participated.  Parents were recognized and received carnations from their children.  In the above photo, Frank Austin is receiving his band award from Brad Stewart.  This event was featured on last week's picture page.  Pam Fischer Photo


PAES Art Show Winners - Seven students received first place ribbons at the Port Allegany Elementary School Annual Art Show.  They are (front row, left to right) Kindergarten, Olivia Schott; First Grade, Blake Taylor; Second Grade, Mallory Causer; (back row) Third Grade, Devon Smoker; Fourth Grade, Jenna Sprankle; Fifth Grade, Brianna Roys; and Sixth Grade, Mira Terrette.  Earning Best of Show went to Gabriella Goodwill who was missing from the photo.  Pam Fischer Photo


Masonic Scholarship Awarded - The 2011 Masonic Scholarship, sponsored by Liberty Lodge 505, was presented by Ron Caskey PM, scholarship fund coordinator, to recipient Carli Johnston.  She is pictured here with her parents, Lisa and Eric Johnston.  Photo Submitted



GSE Teams Visit Port Allegany - The Rotary GSE Team from District 3271 in Pakistan, visited with the local Rotary Club in a special luncheon held Tuesday at the Moose Family Center.  Pictured are Group Leader Ifram Quresi, Rotarian, Dr. Farah Khan, OB/GYN; Dr. M. Javed Akhtar, visiting Rotarian from Bradford; Sehar Baloch, journalist; Rotarian Ki Bayline, Dr. Nadia Ayub, Psychology Professor; Fatima Ajmal, IT Consultant; and Rotary President Jason Stake.  Visitors included Phyllis Preston, Kari Stake, Sue McCullen and Troy Herzog, visiting Rotarians from Smethport and Sue DeMott.  There were 21 Rotarians present for a reportable attendance of 70 percent.  The GSE team was introduced by Ki Bayline who also introduced Dr. Akhtar who, at conference, was announced the recipient of the International Service Award.  Winner of the 5050 raffle was Randy Headley.  Pam Fischer Photo


Community Soccer Sign-ups Scheduled - Registration for the fall soccer season for players 4 - 14 will be on Wednesday, June 29th from 9 - 4 at the Alliance Church soccer fields during British Soccer Camp.  Any questions can be directed to Matt Lawton at 642-2993.  In this photo, Adam Koehler goes after the ball during the spring soccer season.  Pam Fischer Photo