Causer Says Budget Strikes Proper Balance Between Funding Essential Services and Reducing State Spending

HARRISBURG – Recognizing the significant economic challenges facing Pennsylvania and its citizens, the state House today approved a $27.15 billion state budget that reduces spending by more than $1 billion while continuing support for essential services, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

It is just the third time in the last 40 years that the Legislature has adopted a budget that spends less than the prior fiscal year, and it is the first time in eight years that it will be done on time.

“This was an extremely difficult budget year, but I believe we negotiated a responsible plan that meets the needs of the taxpayers by bringing state spending under control,” said Causer, who, as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, played a significant role in crafting the plan. “We worked hard to restore some of the deep cuts the governor proposed for our schools, higher education institutions and hospitals, and we worked just as hard to make cuts to his proposed welfare budget.

“We came into the year with a $4 billion structural deficit, due in large part to the loss of federal stimulus funds and years of overspending by the Rendell administration,” he continued. “This budget will help turn things around and move our Commonwealth’s economy in a positive direction.”

Lawmakers made education a priority, recognizing it as an important investment in the state’s future:
For K-12 public education, the final budget restores more than $230 million originally cut in the budget put forth by Gov. Tom Corbett. This includes more than $100 million for the Basic Education Funding line item, as well as $100 million for the highly valued Accountability Block Grant program. The grant program provides flexible funds school districts often use for initiatives such as all-day kindergarten or pre-kindergarten.

Funding for the State System of Higher Education and state-related institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh was also increased in comparison to the administration’s budget proposal. While the schools were initially slated to be funded at less than 50 percent of the current year’s level, House and Senate negotiators pushed to have the funding restored to more than 80 percent of the current year’s level.
The total investment in education exceeds $9.5 billion and represents more than a third of the entire state budget.

Recognizing the importance of access to quality health care, lawmakers worked to partially restore funding for the state’s hospitals, including money for critical access hospitals which will be funded at 75 percent of the current year’s level. The line item had been eliminated in the governor’s proposal.

Just as high on Causer’s priority list was reducing the proposed welfare budget for the coming fiscal year. Lawmakers trimmed more than $400 million from Corbett’s proposal and, as part of the budget process, will implement a number of reforms aimed at reducing waste, fraud and abuse.

“I firmly believe this welfare budget preserves assistance for those who truly need it,” Causer said. “The cuts we are making are based on the significant evidence of waste, fraud and abuse within the welfare department.

“This budget marks an important first step toward ensuring the welfare system is accountable to the taxpayers who fund it, and I look forward to being able to make additional spending reductions in the future,” he added.

While Causer believes the 2011-12 fiscal year budget is the type of budget that is needed during these challenging economic times, he also acknowledged that cutting $1 billion in spending will have an impact on those programs and services that are receiving reduced funding.

“Families across Pennsylvania are doing more with less, and government must do the same. It isn’t easy for anyone,” he said. “However, I believe we are doing the right thing for the taxpayers by finally bringing spending under control.”

The governor is expected to sign the budget bill soon.


Casey, Brown Introduce Stand-Alone TAA Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today introduced legislation to extend Trade Adjustment Assistance for five years to allow U.S. companies to remain competitive and create jobs in the face of unfair competition from foreign manufacturers.

“In light of recent news that the Administration and Senate Leaders have struck a deal to offer an insufficient version of worker assistance legislation and link it to a costly agreement with South Korea, it is imperative that we offer another path.” said Senator Casey. “Since 2001, Pennsylvania has lost almost 300,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector and many of those jobs have been lost because of one-way NAFTA-style trade agreements. More robust TAA help for workers should be passed before debate begins on the trade agreements. If not, Pennsylvanians will be the losers here.”

“Trade Adjustment Assistance should move through Congress on its own merit, along with the several bipartisan trade enforcement initiatives introduced in the Senate,” said Senator Brown. “It’s no surprise Americans are cynical over empty promises about jobs created through free trade agreements like Korea—particularly when these agreements are coupled with assistance for workers who lose their jobs to trade. If there was ever any doubt that free trade agreements cost American jobs, the Korea/TAA deal provides clarity. It’s time to put American jobs and American workers first by assisting laid-off workers and standing up to currency manipulation and other predatory trade practices.”

The bill would extend Trade Adjustment Assistance at 2009 levels for five years until December 31, 2016.

Casey is the Chair of the Joint Economic Committee which began a series of hearings on June 22 with a hearing entitled "Manufacturing in the USA: Why We Need a National Manufacturing Strategy."

Casey and Brown have led the effort to extend TAA. They have worked to extend TAA for Workers and the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), introducing legislation and seeking multiple unanimous consent agreements on the Senate floor. The Senators have pushed the Administration and Congressional leaders to address TAA before consideration of the Free Trade Agreements.

Brown has held a series of hearings as Chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy to examine ways to revitalize American manufacturing. These hearings included: (1)"Manufacturing and the Credit Crisis," (2)"The U.S. as Global Competitor: What Are the Elements of a National Manufacturing Strategy;" (3)"Restoring Credit to Manufacturers," and (6)“The Obama Administration Manufacturing Agenda.”


Casey Pushes for Immediate Action on Prescription Drug Shortages

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a leading voice in the Senate for action to address ongoing prescription drug shortages, today joined a bipartisan effort to urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to hold a public hearing on the dangerous issue of prescription drug shortages as soon as possible. In a letter HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Corker (R-TN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John McCain (R-AZ) joined Senator Casey in expressing a growing urgency to deal with shortages that are adversely affecting patient care.

“Given the growing severity of this problem, we strongly urge you to hold a public hearing on this issue as soon as possible in order to help facilitate a meaningful discussion of potential solutions to address these shortages,” the Senators wrote.

Senator Casey requested a public hearing on the issue in letters to the FDA in December 2010 and April 2011. The FDA has a public meeting scheduled in September, but the Senators today expressed the need to quicken the pace of action.

“While we appreciate this progress, the Department’s actions must reflect the urgency of this matter and we believe that a hearing in September falls short of this objective,” the Senators wrote. “Therefore, we strongly urge you to work with the FDA and other relevant operating divisions within the Department to convene this public meeting at the earliest possible date.”

Senators Casey and Klobuchar have introduced the Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act, which will require prescription drug manufacturers to give early notification to the FDA of any incident that would likely result in a drug shortage.

Senator Casey's Letter Can Be Found Here


Lawsuit Abuse Reform Heads To Governor... Again

HARRISBURG – Leading the charge, for the third time, to curb lawsuit abuse on behalf of the Commonwealth’s residents, health care providers and job creators, Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) announced today that legislation reenacting a landmark lawsuit abuse reform measure, the Fair Share Act, is heading to the governor to be signed into law. Senate Bill 1131, “The Fair Share Act” passed by a vote of 116-83.

“The Fair Share Act is commonsense legislation aimed at saving jobs,” Turzai said. “Our intent was and is to protect every citizen’s access to the legal system and his or her right to sue, while preserving the concept of ‘responsibility matches fault.’ Pennsylvania’s courts must protect the rights of those who can be dragged into court by lawyers searching for ‘deep pockets’ and bring lawsuits against those minimally responsible, or not responsible at all. These lawsuits cost jobs by making employers afraid to expand or introduce new products for fear of being sued.”

The Fair Share Act eliminates joint liability for defendants in civil cases found to be less than 60 percent liable and implements a system of comparative responsibility in which a defendant is responsible for paying only his or her fair share of the damages. That means if a party is responsible for 10 percent of the fault, that party would be accountable for paying only 10 percent of the total award. Under current law, the doctrine of joint and several liability establishes that a defendant in a multi-defendant civil case may be required to pay damages associated with the actions of their co-defendants.

Each year, according to the acting attorney general, the Commonwealth is sued several hundred times; currently, more than 1,300 tort cases are pending against the state. The majority of these cases involve the Pennsylvania Department (PennDOT) where an uninsured, or under-insured, driver caused death or bodily injury. The plaintiffs are just looking for someone to pay, regardless of fault.

The current system of joint and several liability has a direct impact on Pennsylvania taxpayers who are left paying the share of others who are at fault.

Senate Bill 1131, the Fair Share Act, uses the same compromise language as Act 57 of 2002, which passed and was signed into law by Gov. Mark Schweiker. It was challenged in court by House Democrat leaders on procedural, not substantive, grounds. They wanted to stop the reform – and succeeded. Subsequently the Fair Share Act was again passed in 2006, but it was vetoed by Gov. Ed Rendell who actually promised support.

“I hope and expect the governor to sign this commonsense lawsuit abuse reform soon, so all Pennsylvanians will have the legal protection they so desperately need,” Turzai said. “The Fair Share Act will help our hospitals and employers who have been unfairly impacted by lawsuits because of their ‘deep pockets.’”


Causer Applauds Castle Doctrine Being Signed into Law

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said today legislation reinforcing a person’s right to defend himself or herself in the face of an intruder has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett.

“I am pleased Gov. Corbett acted quickly to sign this bill into law,” Causer said. “Law-abiding people under attack should not have to retreat before taking action to protect themselves. This law reaffirms our right to protect ourselves, not only in our homes but in our vehicles or any other place we have a legal right be.”

The law, also known as the Castle Doctrine, 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.

The law will take effect in 60 days.


Home Depot To Supply Blinds, Commissioners Decide

By Martha Knight

SMETHPORT—The Olean, N.Y. Home Depot store was identified as the low bidder on, and will be the probable supplier of, 178 sets of venetian blinds for the Court House windows, according to action at the McKean County Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday morning.

Home Depot’s quotation of $22,576.76 was accepted by the commissioners, subject to review by solicitor Dan Hartle, who had not had an opportunity to examine all the documentation before the meeting. There were two other bids, ranging up to $28,515.

Maintenance director Ken Bush reported on the bids and explained what was being offered. His department will handle installation.

In recent months the commissioners had advertised for bids on furnishing and installing the blinds, but the bids came in substantially higher than estimates, and were refused. The commissioners and Bush decided that handling installation in-house was feasible and would result in cost savings.

After the meeting, Bush and commissioners discussed which of three color samples would be the best to order.

Bush said a manufacturer’s representative will spend some time on site to provide advice concerning installation.

Replacing the blinds will be a final decorative project related to a general upgrade of county facilities carried out over the past two years. Improved energy efficiency, lighting and wiring were among the goals, as well as redecorating and renovating designed to be true to the historic period of the older structures. The Court House and the Route 6 facilities were included. An upgrade and enlargement of the jail was a separate project.

However, some additional roof replacements may be in the offing, at one of the former County Home buildings, the county farm barn now used in part of the recently expanded Community Service program, and part of the 1989 “original” jail. Commissioner Al Pingie introduced that topic for discussion, and it was decided that those projects will be explored.

Also, Pingie mentioned that on some of the concrete exterior steps there is scaling, and contractor Cummins Construction is being contacted about that.

Under public comments, Brad Mangel of Bradford thanked the commissioners for “having patience, and…Mr. Pingie for pointing me in the right direction” in his quest for a change back to allowing Bradford City taxpayers to pay their county taxes in quarterly installments.

Mangel said that when he had discussed the matter with county treasurer Nancy Evans, he had received “good news for the citizens and taxpayers of the City of Bradford; and she explained to me the savings that the county had realized” (by collecting those taxes directly rather than having them collected by a Bradford official and remitted to the county).

Commissioner Chairman Joe DeMott said, “We’ll be able to take installment payments next year” because of new software being acquired by the tax collection department, “and payments can be made online” under the new system.

Commissioners approved four delegate agreements, 17 letters of agreement/understanding, 13 resource family (foster care) designations, six early intervention contractors, and 10 purchase of service agreements, all at the request of the Human Services Department.

Also approved was a five-year renewal of the county’s program management agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for the six food banks in the county.

Chief clerk Audrey Irons explained that the county supplies administrative services through her office, and is reimbursed about $5,000 a year for that.

One county aid application was approved: that of Lafayette Township, for $5,548 for a 2011 seal coat project.

A $1,961.82 real estate tax refund was approved, for Flickerwood Wine Cellars in Wetmore Township.


Power Outage Planned This Evening

Customers of First Energy in portions of Port Allegany and Smethport are reminded a scheduled outage is planned for this evening.  According to First Energy officials, portions of both municipalities will experience an interruption of service between the hours of 7:00pm and 12:00am.  In the event of inclement weather or an emergency, the interruption of service will be between the same hours of July 7th.  The scheduled interruption of service is necessary to upgrade First Energy facilities. 


CCMH Earns Joint Commission Accreditation

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for accreditation for its critical access hospital, Medicare/Medicaid certification-based long term care, and home care programs.

CCMH achieved its most recent accreditation following rigorous on site surveys for each of the programs in March in which the hospital again demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for quality and safety. CCMH has sought Joint Commission accreditation for more than 20 years. Accreditation is earned following an unannounced, on site survey in which a team of expert surveyors evaluate the hospital, long term care unit and home care to determine standards of care for patients including safety, infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“This is another validation of the high quality of healthcare that Charles Cole Memorial Hospital provides to our community,” said Cindi Hardesty, CCMH vice president and chief nurse executive. “We can be very proud to work here where quality and safety are the priorities.”

“It is an honor to once again be accredited by The Joint Commission, an internationally recognized leader in the development of standards to assess the quality and safety of healthcare delivery,” said Lucy Lajcsak, CCMH patient safety officer. “Attainment of accreditation for all of our programs not only demonstrates the hospital’s compliance with rigorous accrediting standards and its commitment to excellence, but also the dedication of the entire workforce and medical staff to a common purpose - to provide safe, high quality care to those we serve.”

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the U.S. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards setting and accrediting body in healthcare. Learn more at


Pitt-Bradford Campus Closed For Independence Day

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will close its administrative offices, and there will be no classes Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.  Offices will reopen and classes will resume Tuesday, July 5.

BRADFORD, Pa. – Joe and Heidi Colosimo of Warren have established a scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in honor of members of the Colosimo family.
Joe Colosimo is a 1994 graduate of Pitt-Bradford.

“We always are supportive of our alma maters,” Colosimo said of himself and his wife, who have previously donated to the Sigma Lambda Chi Alumni Scholarship.

Although he was raised in Warren, Colosimo’s family has its roots in Bradford, where his fraternal grandfather, the late John Colosimo, was on the police force and his maternal grandfather, the late James Sargent, was a member of the postal service. His father, Anthony Colosimo, and grandmother Josephine Colosimo both still live in Bradford. Colosimo’s mother, JoAnn Sargent, died in 1995.

Colosimo said that he and his wife started the Colosimo Family Scholarship in part to be supportive of the region and provide an opportunity for students.

“I had to finance a great deal of my education through student loans,” he said. “We’d like to help others graduate with less of a burden.”

The Colosimos’ gift of $6,000 was matched by the Agnes L. and Lewis Lyle Thomas Scholarship Challenge.

For more information on establishing a scholarship at Pitt-Bradford, contact Jill Ballard, executive director of institutional advancement, at or (814) 362-5091.


Swimming Lesson At Community Park - Swim Instructor Tony Edgell is pictured working with one of the beginning students during the first session of swimming lessons held at Community Park.  Swimmers are entitled to one free session per pass.  Individual sessions for those students without a pass are $20, not to exceed $40 per family.  Session one will end July 1.  Session two begins on July 11.  To enroll in second session swim lessons, stop by the pool office.  Lesson times are from 9:45-10:15; 10:30-11:00 and 11:15-11:45.  Pam Fischer Photo



Canoe Place Historical Society Slates Re-enactment Talk

PORT ALLEGANY—McKean County Historical Society member Judy Church will be guest speaker at the Canoe Place Historical Society’s July meeting.

Church will tell the Port Allegany group about the county group’s re-enactments and the process of developing re-enactments of events from local history.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, in the Fellowship Wing of the Free Methodist Church, off Smith Avenue. The public is invited to attend.  Martha Knight Photo


Newest Cat's Meow Piece - Pierce Glass Co. is the newest piece in the Cats Meow collection sponsored by the S. W. Smith Memorial Public Library.  In the second photo, several of the Herger children including Sue Ann, Jackie, Amy, Tommy, Mikie, Dee Dee, Nancy and Joanie are posing for a photo that was used as an advertisement in a trade magazine in 1959.  Youngest sister, Mimi, was too young to be in the photo and youngest brother, Steve, was not born until the following year.  The H. Michael and Recie Herger children sponsored the "Pierce Glass Company" Cats Meow piece.  Proceeds from the Cats Meow fundraiser go to the S. W. Smith Memorial Public Library.  The pieces are on sale at the library and at Port Pharmacy.  Pam Fischer Photo


Honored By PDG - Three Past District Governors were on hand to present Port Allegany Rotary Club President with a Paul Harris Fellow Award.  Donors of $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.  Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin.  Rotary International Foundation Bequest Society awards were presented to Jason and Kari Stake and to Scott and Paula Bayline.  Membership occurs when an individual or a couple place The Rotary Foundation in their estate plan for a minimum of $10,000.  Members receive a Bequest Society crystal and a pin recognizing membership level.  The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International honors the Rotary vision to create a better world by doing is utmost to alleviate the ravages of illness, poverty and illiteracy.  For more information on the Bequest Society, contact Scott Bayline or go to  Pictured are Scott Bayline, PDG Lee Ahlum, Zone 29 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Kari Stake, PDG Ron Errett, District Foundation Chairman, Jason Stake, and  PDG Hank Anna, Coordinator, Paul Harris Society District 7280.  Pam Fischer Photo


Pitt-Bradford Professor Directs Play For Manbites Dog Theater

BRADFORD, Pa. – Dr. Kevin Ewert, associate professor of theater at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, directed his third show for the critically acclaimed Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, N.C.

“Buddy Cop 2,” written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, ran from June 16 to 25.

Ewert said that directing the comedy/action/mystery stretched his abilities as a director.

“It was one of the most challenging pieces I’ve ever worked on,” he said, “not only for its story (edgy comedy that ends in emotional devastation), but also for its style. I’ve never done anything with so much stillness and silence.”

Previously, Ewert directed “Age of Arousal,” a comedy about Victorian suffragists, in 2009, and “The Pillowman,” about a writer brought in for questioning about the disturbing similarities between his stories and some crimes recently committed, in 2007.

Manbites Dog is a professional theater company. “Buddy Cop 2” was part of its 24th season.


Rotary Hears About Health Center Expansion - Program Chair of the day, Randy Headley, who also serves as First Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at CCMH,  introduced Kari Karpinski (pictured left) Director of Fund Development and Community Outreach and Patrice Levavasseur, Executive Director, Patient and Community Relations.

ROTARY REPORT - There were 18 Rotarians present for a reportable attendance of 65 percent at the June 23 meeting of the Port Allegany Rotary Club.  Guests included Troy Herzog from the Smethport Rotary Club; Kari Stake, guest of Jason Stake; PDG Ron Errett, PDG Lee Ahlum; PDG Hank Anna, Patrice Levavasseur and Kari Karpinski, all guests of the club.  Levavesseur gave the club an update on the expansion project at the Port Allegany Health Center.

Past District Governors were on hand to present Club President Jason Stake with a Paul Harris Fellow Award.  Donors of $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.  Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin.

Rotary International Foundation Bequest Society awards were presented to Jason and Kari Stake and to Scott and Paula Bayline.  Membership occurs when an individual or a couple place The Rotary Foundation in their estate plan for a minimum of $10,000.  Members receive a Bequest Society crystal and a pin recognizing membership level.  The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International honors the Rotary vision to create a better world by doing is utmost to alleviate the ravages of illness, poverty and illiteracy.  For more information on the Bequest Society, contact Scott Bayline or go to

There will be no noon meeting on June 30.  Changing of the Guard will take place Thursday evening at the home of Charlie and Lynn Cox at 6 p.m.

It was the last meeting for President Jason Stake.  Following Stake in that office will be Dave Fair.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Kari Stake.


Port Allegany Alumni Football

The second annual Port Allegany Alumni Football game will be held July 9 at Gator Field when the Gator Alumni take on the Falcon Alumni.  Game time is 2 p.m., player introductions will be made at 1:30.  Admission fee is $5.  Bring 2 non-perishable food items and receive $1 off the admission price.  The food collected will benefit the local food pantry.  Needed items include soup, crackers, beef stew, spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, elbow noodles, mac and cheese, oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish...any canned vegetables or fruit, cake mixes, etc.  Food with expired dates will not be accepted.  Proceeds from the event will go to the local food panty (PACS), the S. W. Smith Memorial Public Library, the Port Allegany Recreational Authority and the Youth Football Program.  Pictured (complete with raindrops) are organizers of the event, Kerry Hawver (left) and Brandon Bliss (right),  Judy Taylor from PACS and Food drive chairperson, Kari Stake.  All current and alumni band members are invited to participate in a band for the Alumni Football Game.  Rehearsals will be held in the high school band room on Friday, July 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. and Saturday morning from 10 - 12 p.m.  Those interested should contact Brad Stewart at to reserve a spot.  Include your name and instrument in the e-mail to reserve a spot in the band.  Pam Fischer Photo


Swim Meets Begin Tonight

The Port Allegany Swim Team (pictured above) will begin competition tonight when they travel to Emporium and compete with Emporium and Coudersport.  Brandon Homell and Lauren Delacour are beginning their third year as coaches.  The team will be on the road on July 5 and the first home meet will be July 7.  The Port Allegany team has been the Tri-County Swim Team Champions for the past two seasons and is hoping to repeat that success in 2011.  A complete schedule will be published as soon as it becomes available.  Pam Fischer Photo


Camp Scholarships Awarded - Camp directors Aaron Rendos (left), Sean Lathrop (middle) and Isaac Greeley (right) are pictured with 2011 wrestling scholarship winners Jon-Marc Burdick and Adam Greenman.  The week-long Port Allegany Wrestling Camp was established in 2004 to allow wrestlers to attend a quality camp without having to leave the area.  The camp was later named in memory of Bruno Iorfido, a standout wrestler and camp counselor.  More photos from the camp will be featured on this week's picture page.  Pam Fischer Photo


Alumni Practice - Standout PAHS and Thiel football player, Willie Bova, is preparing to pass the ball at Saturday morning's practice.  The Gator Alumni will take on the Coudersport Alumni on July 9.  Pre-game activities will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Gator Field.  Kick-off is at 2 p.m.  This year, the Gator Alumni will have an Alumni Band to cheer them on.  The band will be comprised of current and Alumni musicians and will be under the direction of Brad Stewart.  Pam Fischer Photo


Playoffs Underway

The Potter/McKean 11-year old all stars began play Monday night with a game at home against Athens.  The team is scheduled to play at Wellsboro on Wednesday and then back home on Friday vs. Susquehanna County.  The following week, the all-stars will play Athens away on July 3, Wellsboro at home on the 5th and Thursday away vs. Susquehanna County.  Game time is 6 p.m.  Pictured during a recent league game is...Jesse Rush sliding into third base...Dylan Kio (Port Allegany) and David Rigas as they look to the umpire for the call...pitcher David Talkington.  Pam Fischer Photos