Casey, Gillibrand Introduce
Bill to Encourage Job Creation
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Bob Casey
(D-PA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
today introduced legislation to create
jobs and spur economic growth. The
Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit
Act would encourage businesses to
add jobs and to reverse cuts in salaries
and worker hours.
have taken important strides toward an
economic recovery, but far too many
Americans remain unemployed or
underemployed,” said Senator Casey.
“This legislation would help businesses
hire workers, the most effective way to
quicken the recovery and return
prosperity to our communities that have
suffered through the recession.”
best way to cut the deficit is to put
people back to work,” Senator Gillibrand
said. “We can’t afford tax breaks for
the wealthiest few Americans who are
doing just fine in this tough economy.
We need to put the middle class first
with smart tax policy that can actually
benefit this country – by creating jobs
and putting Americans back to work.”
legislation creates a one-year,
quarterly payroll tax credit for small
businesses that is equal to 20 percent
of the total increase in employee wages,
either from new employment or an
increase in payroll.
Because a firm’s benefit is based on its
increased payroll, businesses will have
an incentive not only to hire new
workers, but also to increase the hours
of workers whose hours were cut or who
were asked to take reduced pay as their
company navigated difficult economic
Studies conducted by the nonpartisan
Congressional Budget Office and the
Economic Policy Institute confirm that
among all payroll tax proposals, a tax
credit linked to an overall increase in
payroll offers the greatest economic
impact and will create the most jobs for
our nation’s economy.
Casey Calls High Unemployment
Rate Among Post-9/11 Veterans Deplorable
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA),
Chairman of the
U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee,
today released updated statistics on the
employment situation for Post-9/11
veterans. Currently, 232,000 veterans
who served in the aftermath of September
11, 2001 are unemployed with Post-9/11
veterans now facing an unemployment rate
of 12.1 percent.
high unemployment rate among recent
veterans is deplorable. These men and
women have made innumerable sacrifices
in defense of our country, yet many are
struggling to find employment in today’s
labor market, despite their training and
experience,” said Chairman Casey.
“Making investments to ensure that
existing federal programs are helping
our veterans succeed in today’s labor
market will strengthen the economic
security of veterans, their families,
and the nation.”
2.5 million veterans have separated from
active-duty service since September
2001, and many more will follow in the
immediate future. The JEC recently
released a report,
Meeting the Needs of Veterans in Today’s
Labor Force, that examines the
challenging labor market facing these
veterans and underscores the need for
effective job search and training
programs that will help servicemembers
transition to the civilian workforce
once they have separated from the
JEC report highlights the unacceptably
high jobless rate among men and women
who have served our country since
September 2001,” said Senator
Casey. “These courageous
servicemembers who have served in Iraq
and Afghanistan are still feeling the
effects of the Great Recession. This
report shows that current federal
efforts to help veterans shift from
military life to civilian employment are
falling short, and Washington needs to
do more to educate and train our
returning military so they can fully
participate in the workforce and help
strengthen our economy.”
the first time, the Joint Economic
Committee’s monthly publication,
Understanding the Economy:
State-by-State Economic Snapshots
(most recently released in June),
includes a table of the
unemployment rates in 2010 for the total
veteran population in each state, and
for Post-9/11 veterans in each state.
The table also includes data on the
number of Post-9/11 veterans in the
labor force in each state, as well as
the number of those veterans who are
year, Post-9/11 veterans faced higher
unemployment rates than the overall
veteran population in 35 states and the
District of Columbia, with Post-9/11
veterans in Michigan experiencing the
highest unemployment rate (29.4%).
Nationally, Post-9/11 veterans had an
average unemployment rate in 2010 almost
3 percentage points higher than the
overall veteran unemployment rate, 11.5%
versus 8.7%. In addition, the JEC has
chart that showcases the most recent
data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
on veterans’ unemployment.
Casey, “As we observe
Independence Day, we must keep in mind
those who have fought for the security
of our country and we must ensure that
we are doing everything possible to help
veterans finds jobs when they return
home and begin the next chapter of their
Casey Honors Service Members
Senator Bob Casey released the following statement in
recognition of service members and veterans:
“As we celebrate the 4th
of July, I want to recognize the brave men and women who
have continued to fight for our freedoms. We are grateful
for the safe homecoming of every single man and woman who
has served in harm’s way. Our joy at their return should be
reflected in our commitment to helping those who have
served, especially those who are coping with devastating
physical and psychological injuries and illnesses as a
result of their service.
“I wanted to highlight a
few issues I’m working on to help veterans across
Pennsylvania. As Chair of the Joint Economic Committee I
recently released a report that examines the employment
situation of our veterans. Currently, veterans have a
significantly higher rate of unemployment than the national
average. This is frankly unacceptable. As we continue to
grow and build the economy we must continue to take into
consideration the brave men and women that fought for our
county. This is why I became an original cosponsor of S.
951, the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, which was introduced by
Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Senate Committee on
Veterans Affairs. This bill provides reimbursement to
employers that provide on the job training to veterans.
This is the first bill of its kind that provides extensive
job training for all returning service members.
“To help veterans
returning to civilian life, I introduced S. 1104, the
Transition Assistance Program Audit Act of 2011. This bill
ensures that our veterans are getting the assistance they
need under the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). My
legislation calls for an independent third party to audit
the program’s effectiveness every three years to ensure that
it is providing up-to-date, effective services that are
helping match veterans to employers. TAP helps veterans
navigate the transition between military service and
civilian employment. The courageous men and women who have
sacrificed so much for our country, living in towns and
cities across the Commonwealth and in every corner of our
nation, deserve first-rate employment services to help them
transition back to civilian life.
“We also must continue to
improve healthcare for all veterans. I look forward to
working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure
that all of our men and women who served our country have
the services they need. We must guarantee that these
services remain available and affordable to all veterans and
“I look forward to
continuing to hear from you about how I can help veterans
Boro Enforcing Rules
By Martha Knight
A Chestnut Street property owner will
be warned one more, then taken to court if necessary, to effect compliance with
the local sewer ordinance, borough manager Richard Kallenborn told the Port
Allegany Borough Council Tuesday night. The group met one night later than usual
because of the holiday.
“He is refusing to put his lateral in,” Kallenborn told council
members, referring to the local measure that requires property owners to install
their connection to the borough sewer line after a major upgrade to the
collector system. The Chestnut Street sewer line was replaced over a year ago as
part of the borough’s ongoing sewer system replacement.
Kallenborn noted that a Church Street property owner who had been
recalcitrant about putting in a new hook-on had been cited for violation of the
same measure, last year, and had been ordered to comply. “It cost them a lot
more because of legal and court costs,” Kallenborn commented.
In other code enforcement matters, Kallenborn said that several
noncompliant owners are absentee landlords, some of whom “we can’t even find.”
The borough crew has replaced storm sewer lines along Mill Street,
Catlin Avenue and Benton Avenue; and is patching blacktop and repairing
highways, and grading berms, Kallenborn said.
Some crosswalks have been painted, and others will be, Kallenborn
said. When council member Dave Fair reported having noticed street crossing
lines being more visible in Smethport and Eldred, due to having a hatching
painted within the crossing area, Kallenborn did not reply.
Ronald Bittner, a CPA with Trollinger Consulting Group, Allentown,
presented a report on the investment performance of the two employee pension
plans. He said returns have far exceeded expectations in the past two years,
with an over-all return of 30 percent—12.7 percent in 2010 and 18 percent in
As of March 31, the police pension fund had a market value of
$697,581.87, up from $658,939.19 a year previous. Some $68,110.62 was paid out
in retirement benefits in that period.
The non-uniformed employee pension plan showed an asset total of
$1,024,118.57, up from $905,685.06, with $51,113.40.
Council members decided to meet later this month to plan for
upcoming negotiations with non-uniform, non-office employees.
Kallenborn said that the borough has received permits for stream
bank stabilization work to be undertaken along Lillibridge Creek, where there
has been erosion. Also, the borough and school district will work together to
find a solution to the bank being undercut by the same stream, near the high
school parking lot.
The manager’s report also contained words of praise for the
community groups who have cared for flower beds in public areas. The flowers in
hanging baskets, Main Street planters and around the gazebo have been mentioned
in many positive comments, Kallenborn said, adding that the gazebo flower beds
will need one more good weeding before Old Home Week, set to begin July 18.
Council vice-president Kate Kysor presided at the meeting, in the
absence of president Judy Taylor.
Woman Flown To Hamot Medical Center Following Tuesday Mishap
Dahlke, 21, of Port Allegany received moderate injuries following a Tuesday
afternoon accident, which also sent 78-year-old Eldred resident Frank Albney to
Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
state police who investigated tell Port Allegany Online Route 446 was closed do
to the accident in which Dahlke was traveling south when her 2000 Nissan Sentra
left the roadway, at which time the driver attempted re-entry only to spin
counter-clockwise before crossing the center line and strike an embankment and
come to rest.
Dahlke or Albany were using seatbelts at the time of the incident. As a result,
both were flown to Erie by Mercy Flight and Stat Medivac helicopters from a
landing zone set up at the Eldred Park. Assisting Eldred Ambulance was
personnel from Port Allegany Ambulance Service.
controlled by fire police at the New York/Pennsylvania state line and the
intersection of Routes 346 and 446 at Fox’s Pizza.
Causer Announces Ninth Annual Senior Citizens Expo
– Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) will host the Ninth Annual Senior Citizens
Expo on Friday, Aug. 5, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sports and
Fitness Building gymnasium.
The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and lunch will be provided.
“This is a great opportunity for senior citizens and their families to learn
about the many programs and services available to them,” Causer said. “I
encourage people to come check it out.”
State, county and local vendors will be on hand to distribute information and
answer questions. Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and
exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government
services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available. Health
screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded.
A second expo will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Roulette Fire Hall in
For more information about the senior expo in Bradford, contact Causer’s
Bradford district office at (814) 362-4400. For the expo in Roulette, contact
Causer’s Coudersport office at (814) 274-9769. Information is also available at
RepCauser.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/RepCauser.
Fetterly Killed By Bandit Shot During A Scuffle After An Attempted Holdup
Here’s a cold case (86.5 years old) the Canoe Place
Historical Society may revisit, if not solve, beginning this Thursday night at
the group’s meeting in the Free Methodist Church social room. A McKean County
Historical Society speaker will discuss historical event re-enactment research
The most terrible crime ever recorded in the history of Port
Allegany took place at 12:30 o'clock this morning, when Earl J. Fetterly,
prominent businessman, was murdered by a robber at Maple Shade Inn. He was shot
through the heart and died instantly.
W.J. Barrho, Cashier of the First National Bank, was also injured,
receiving a painful cut on the forehead from the outlaw's gun.
The murderer escaped, leaving no clues as to his identity, and no
trace of him has since been found, though the local police and county detective
Allison have been very active in their investigation.
The terrible crime, which has stirred Port Allegany to its depths,
was the result of an attempt by a bandit to rob six local men at the Maple Shade
Inn. These men, consisting of I.B. Bernstein, A.L. Duhart, William J. Barrho,
Walter H. Barrho and Dr. D.C. Hanna had been invited by Mr. Fetterly to spend
the evening with him at the Inn.
About midnight they had partaken of a lunch. While still seated at
the table, but about to leave for their homes, the robber entered the dining
room. They were engrossed in their conversation and did not notice his approach
until they heard his stern command to hold up their hands.
Upon looking up they saw a man dressed in blue overalls, somewhat
faded, dark coat and his face masked by a red bandanna handkerchief, pointing
his gun at them. When they hesitated, he commanded them to hurry as he meant
All six then placed their hands as commanded. His next command was
for them to place their right hand on the table and to get their wallets and
money from their pockets with the left hand. The men instantly complied, some of
them bringing out silver money.
He then said he wanted no silver money just bills. When each man
had placed money in front of himself up on the table, the bandit commanded Mr.
Fetterly, who was seated nearest him, to gather up the money and hand it over.
Mr. Fetterly hesitated and was advised by his companions to do as he was
Earl gathered up some of the money, arose from his chair and turned
to face the robber. As he arose he tried to seize the criminal. The bandit
backed away and toward the door at the front end of the dining room and Earl
Near the door they scuffled, the bandit still trying to escape. By
this time W. J. Barrho had also rushed up and started to grapple with the man
with Dr. D.C. Hanna coming up directly behind him. As they reached the doorway,
the robber fired his revolver at Fetterly, the bullet entering the heart and
killing him instantly. Barrho still had hold of the murderer, however, and his
escape was barred unless he could break loose. He fired a second shot, but was
held so close by Barrho that he could not hit him, the bullet going beneath
Barrho's arm. He then swung the gun and hit Barrho on the forehead, causing a
gash about two inches long which penetrated to the bone.
Partly dazed, and his eyes filled with blood, Barrho had to release
the bandit, who either jumped or fell over the porch railing, ran behind two
automobiles that were standing on the lawn, and ran across the lawn to the north
side where he disappeared.
Mr. Fetterly fell upon the porch when shot, and only breathed a few
times afterward. His body was picked up and brought into the hallway, where it
was found when life was extinct.
In spite of the terrible nature of the crime, the bandit was forced
to flee without securing any of the money he sought.
County Detective Allison was summoned
from Smethport, and was on the job within an hour after the crime had been
committed. A number of clues are being followed up and it is hoped to have the
murder apprehended within a short time.
It is not thought that he had any automobile to get away with. For
this reason, many think that it might have been the work of a local person.
Feeling runs high in Port Allegany, as Mr. Fetterly was deservedly
one of the most popular men in town, always friendly and agreeable, public
spirited, generous and a friend to everyone, he will be very greatly missed.
[[Excerpts from the story in the December 18, 1924 edition of the Reporter
Level Academic Achievement - PAES Sixth Level students who scored
Proficient/Advanced in Reading or Math and had less than three checks all year
were awarded Academic Achievement certificates. They are (front row, left to
right) Evie Russell, Calvin Burleson, Morgan Greeley, Kayla Sprankle; (back row)
Jourdan Robbins, Gabriella Goodwill and Daniel Fernstrom. Missing from the
photo are Derick Butler and Ty-Del Green.
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|Chicken BBQ To
Benefit Missions Trip - A Chicken BBQ Dinner will be held Saturday,
July 23 at the Jubilee Parking Lot beginning at 11 a.m. until sold out,
Proceeds from the BBQ will go to sponsor International Volunteer, Cathy
Mulcahey, on a missions trip to Cartago, Costa Rica from August 21 to August 28.
The dinner will include half chicken, baked beans, potato salad, roll/butter at
a cost of $8. For more information about the mission trip, go to
Level students who scored Proficient/ Advanced in Reading or Math on the
exams that are given four times a year and who received no
checks all year, were given certificates of Distinguished
Achievement at the Sixth Level Promotion held recently at Port Allegany
Elementary School. They are pictured (front row, left to right) Teddi Kaple,
Lorelei Smith, Autumn Buchenschutz, Emily Stepp, Marianna Seefeldt; (back)
Makayla Hults, Ryan McNeil, Jorden Bell, Recchi Specht and Hayley Bayline.
Missing from the photo are Morgan Causer and Ethan Edgreen.
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Memorial Award Winners
Memorial Awards presented to seniors at the Annual Awards Assembly went to the
following: The Bernard Freeman/Kathleen Sallade Scholarship went to Breanna
Foster and Franklin 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 Awards went to Nicole Andrus,
Alesha Shatley and Tyler Smith; the John Thrash Memorial Scholarship of $300 per
year for four years of college went to Chad Barnard; The Knights of Columbus
Council 8018 Scholarship of $200 went to Bryanna Evens; The PAEA Higher
Education Award went to Renee Edgell; the Patricia Lloyd Memorial Award of $200
went to Bryanna Evens. The Raymond Charles Varney Scholarship of $1200 went to
Jennifer Swick and The Lt. William E. Daisley, Jr., Mathematics Award as well ad
the WACOPSE Federal Credit Union Scholarship of $500 both went to Bryanna Evens.
The Richard K. Taylor Scholarship Award of $500 went to Ken Kysor. Pictured
(front row, left to right) Chad Barnard, Benn Baxter, Bryanna Evens; (back) Ken
Kysor, Franklin Austin, Jennifer Swick and Breanna Foster.
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To Hold Class On Intellectual Property
BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Division of Continuing
Education and Regional Development will hold a seminar on protecting
The class will meet 6 to 8 p.m. August 11 in Room 200 of the Seneca Building in
downtown Bradford, with registration and refreshments beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Attorney Jonathan D’Silva will cover how to protect the intellectual property
assets of small businesses and start-up companies through the use of copyrights,
patents and trade secrets and tell you why they are an integral part of any
D’Silva is a graduate of the State University of New York Law School practicing
with MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton, LLP, of Erie.
He practices various aspects of intellectual property law, including science,
engineering and technology, and business.
Cost is $24 per participant.
This class is co-sponsored by Clarion University Small Business Development
To register, contact Continuing Education at (814)362-5078 or email@example.com.
For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at
(814) 362-7609 or
Awards - Port Allegany High School students who received arts awards
at the annual Awards Assembly are pictured (front row, left to right) Renee
Edgell, Ryan Michelitsch, Alesha Shatley, Anna McJunkin, Ken Kysor; (back) Julia
Collver, Shane Whitney and Tyler Smith. The Art Award was shared by Julia
Collver and Anna McJunkin; McJunkin was also awarded the National School Choral
Award; Kenneth Kysor received the Senior Band Award; The John Philip Sousa Band
Award went to Tyler Smith who also received the Drama Service Club Award; and
the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award went to Ryan Michelitsch. Chorus Awards went to
Renee Edgell and Shane Whitney; Edgell and Collver received the Drama Awards.
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Seniors Celebrated At
Kyle Hunt, Max Morris, Seth Lowery and Cora Bova are pictured with Father Chuck
Schmitt and Father James Campbell following the St. Gabriel 2011 Senior Banquet.
Lowery and Bova received Scholarships from the Knights of Columbus and Bova
received the Catholic Women's Club Scholarship. The four students are 2011
graduates of Port Allegany High School. Pam Fischer Photo
Pitt-Bradford To Hold Seminar On
BRADFORD, Pa. --
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold a seminar for anyone
interested in learning more about Pennsylvania’s whitetail deer.
seminar will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in Swarts Hall, Room 162 on the
Over the last 125
years, the white-tailed deer has been pushed to the brink of extinction only to
be brought back to now inhabit every county in Pennsylvania. The program is
presented by Wildlife Conservation Land Management Officer John P. Dzemyan, who
will talk about deer, deer management programs and how they came about.
will receive handouts and participate in hands-on educational activities about
deer aging, antlers, food and the biological conditions that must be maintained
to keep the whitetail deer population strong.
Youth 12 and
older may register with an adult. Cost is $25 per participant.
contact the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development at
(814)362-5078 or firstname.lastname@example.org
disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at
Communion At St. Gabriels - The First Communion Class at St.
Gabriel the Archangel Church is pictured with Father James Campbell.
They are Eli Petruzzi, DJ Michelitsch, Angela Smith and Olivia
Postlewait. Photo Submitted
Reader Awards - AR (Accelerated Reader) Awards were presented at the
Annual Awards Assembly. The students are (pictured left to right) Ashley
Anderson, grade 7; Chevy Smith, grade 8; Stephen Blankenship, grade 9; and Jacob
Seelbinder, grade 11. Paul Green, grade 10, is not pictured.
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Of The Guard - Past-president Jason Stake is pictured with incoming
President Dave Fair and President-Elect Christa Schott at the Changing of the
Guard Picnic held at the home of Charlie and Lynn Cox. Serving as Chef for the
evening was Marty Moses. There were 16 Rotarians present for a reportable
attendance of sixty percent. The next Rotary meeting will be held July 7 at
noon at the Moose Family Center. Club Assembly will be held. More photos from
this event will appear on this week's picture page.
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for PMLL - Potter-McKean Little League 11-year old all-stars defeated
the Wellsboro team 20-0 in play-off action Tuesday evening in Port Allegany.
Ryan Graves and Garren Black were on the mound for the winners. Alex
Kosuhowski took the loss for Wellsboro. Isaac Yoder had three hits, a double
and two RBIs along with Graves' two hits and two RBIs, David Talkington's two
hits, a double and four RBIs and Chase Whitman who had a double. In this photo,
Jake Tarr (Shinglehouse) slides into third base. The PMLL will see action
tonight (July 7) at Susquehanna.
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Defeats Smethport - The Port Allegany Community Swim Team defeated
Smethport 261-260 at Tuesday evening's swim meet which was hosted by Port
Allegany. In this photo, McKenna Johnson is pictured during the butterfly
competition. The team is coached by Lauren Delacour and Brandon Homell.
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Alumni Game Saturday - The Port Allegany Gator Alumni Football Team
will take on the Coudersport Falcon Alumni Football Team Saturday afternoon at
the SWAMP (Gator Field). Introduction of players will take place at 1:30
p.m. and kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. This event will also feature the
Gator Alumni Band under the direction of Brad Stewart. Members of the Gator
team posed for the R-A camera prior to Tuesday's practice. (Front row, left to
right) Wade Barber, Tommy Nasto, Mark McNeil, Nate Zitnik, Cliff Fillhart,
Jessie Cimino, Adam Rohrer, Alan Lovell, BJ Greenman, Brandon Bliss; (row 2)
Josh Saltsman, Casey Petteys, Jason Stake, Chad Saltsman, Jamie Moses, Todd
Moses, Levi Perry, Derick Morey, Cole Petteys; (back row) Scott Taylor, Kerry
Hawver, Pat Warnick, Chad Moses, Rob Page, Jamie Kisko, Shawn Bidwell and Coach
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Camp - Sixty-five campers spent the week on the soccer field behind
the Alliance Church. The camp, under the direction of Angela Hults, allows
athletes age 3 and up to learn, improve and advance their soccer skills.
Pictured are some of the youngest campers letting their coaches know they are
ready to play. More photos from the Challenger British Soccer Camp will be
featured on this week's picture page.
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