BUILDING FUND GROWS
Chairman of the S.W. Smith Library
Fund, accepts $3,795.34 from representatives of the PAHS class of 1960,
Marylou Erway, Joel Anderson and Eileen Smith. That amount is the net
proceeds from the musical revue, "Moments to Remember" performed in Port
Allegany on September 23, 2010. A DVD of the revue is in the works and
will be advertised for sale when it is ready.
DISHING IT OUT -
Assemblyman Marty Causer served hundreds of his constituents hot dogs at
an Expo he sponsored in Roulette Friday. In addition to the main course
there were chili and potato salad, snack food and ice cream. Those who
attended were able to discuss issues with Causer
and staffers, get pneumonia and tetanus shots, and pick up information
on topics from health insurance to home safety to health care to
emergency preparedness to services available through Causer's offices.
There were vendors on hand too, lending a fall bazaar atmosphere to the
event in the Roulette fire hall.
Martha Knight photo/story
BEWARE! - Port
Allegany residents Beware! Ghosts and Goblins (a.k.a. area Girl Scouts
dressed in their Halloween costumes) will be going door to door to
gather goodies (non-perishable food items) for PACS (Port Allegany
Community Services) on Sunday, October 24 from 2-4 p.m.
BAND ROCKS - Drum Major Jacob Stehle is pictured during the
Marching Gator Band's half-time show during the Port Allegany-Smethport
football game. The 2010 marching band show features the music of
Journey. The band is the under the direction of Brad Stewart and band
front advisor Sara Bishel. Pam Fischer
GATOR CHEERLEADERS WOW THE
- Port Allegany High School Gator Cheer-leaders wowed the crowd Saturday
afternoon as the Gators hosted the Smethport Hubbers. The Gators
defeated the Hubbers with a score of 20-12. The cheerleaders are
coached by Deb Bachman, Patty Babcock and volunteer coach Lora Rankin.
ROTARY DICTIONARY PROJECT
Local Rotary Club representatives, led by Charlie Cox,
distributed personalized Webster dictionaries to
Level students at the Port Allegany Elementary School. Several
Rotarians had family members in the class including (pictured, left to
right) Tori Campbell with her grandmother, Debby Campbell; Madison
Preston with grandpa, Norm Preston; Dave Fair with grandsons Eli
Petruzzi and Robert Landry; and Sue Barnett with nephew Gavin Gustin and
granddaughter Cailey Barnett. Other Rotarians making presentations were
Joe DeMott and Christa Schott. Also on hand to meet with the students
was Rotary Exchange Student Fer Spallanzani. A distribution of
dictionaries is also made by the Port Allegany Rotary Club to Third
Level students in the Otto-Eldred School District.
SOCCER SENIOR DAY -
The Port Allegany Gators will celebrate Senior Day 2010 Saturday morning
when the local team hosts Johnsonburg.
include (front row) Ryan Michelitsch, Franklin Austin, Tyler Smith, Cole
Caulkins; Sam Shaffer, Ken Kysor, David Hurd, Max Morris and Ben Osani.
Game time is 11 a.m. Pam Fischer
LADY GATOR SOCCER SENIOR DAY
- Five Lady Gator Soccer players and their parents will
recognized Friday at their soccer game with DuBois CC. The players are
pictured (front) Nicole Lovell, Colleen Hardes; (back) Julia Collver,
Carli Johnston and Bryanna Evens. The team will travel to Genesee
Valley Saturday morning and will host Elk County on October 19 to end
regular season play. Pam Fischer
HOMECOMING ROYALTY - Prince and
winners were announced at the Junior High Homecoming Dance. They
included McKaila Daniels and Jordan Seefeldt (left) from 7th grade;
Rikki Rennells and Chris Lashway from 8th grade (right); and Monica
Crawford and Tyler Shaffer, from 9th grade (middle). Music for the JH
Dance was provided by KARIZMA. More photos from the dance will appear
on this week's picture page. Pam Fischer photo/story
Landfill Bought By Casella
by Martha Knight
deadline for bids came and went last week, as Rustick LLC, operator of
the former McKean County Landfill near Mt. Jewett, sought to dispose of
its assets in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
multiple bids had been received by last Wednesday’s deadline, an auction
would have been conducted by the Bankruptcy Court (part of the U.S.
District Court for Western Pennsylvania). But the sole bid was from
Vermont-based solid waste giant, Casella Waste Systems.
were to have qualified to court-defined standards, and submitted earnest
payments, and parties of interest were to have had opportunities to
examine bidder qualifications and register objections, prior to the
there were no competitors in the bidding and because Casella had been
found qualified to bid, it was not necessary for the court to conduct an
Rustick’s major asset appears to have been disposed of for about $3.8
million, some creditors will receive a portion of what Rustick owed them
when it filed a voluntary bankruptcy petition under Chapter 11 in May.
Thomas P. Agresti of the Bankruptcy Court in Erie, who has been assigned
responsibility for the case, said his acceptance of the Casella bid was
tentative, “subject to final conditions that may be imposed at
Landfill purchase continued)
purchase agreement is being readied.
bought the landfill from the McKean County Solid Waste Authority in
2005, for $17 million.
for a rail line and for expansion, still in the future, will go with the
landfill to its new owner, according to statements made when the
bankruptcy filing was announced.
has a transfer station in Olean, N.Y., and considerable activity in the
area. Casella is the garbage collection contractor for Port Allegany
Borough and provides service to customers in Liberty Township. It also
has a landfill in Allegany County, N.Y., and a single-stream recycling
compound in Western New York.
remains to be seen which Rustick creditors will receive how much of what
is owed them. One creditor thought to be low in the list is McKean
County, particularly as to the unsecured loan of $500,000 made to
Rustick at the time it bought the facility.
McKean County Commissioner Joe DeMott said, “I’m glad that somebody
bought it. I hope they intend to operate it. We’re familiar with the
company, and it provides some services in our area.”
said it was “good news, that there is going to be a resolution to the
situation” surrounding the landfill. He expressed hope that this would
mean that there would continue to be appropriate solid waste services
Commissioners’ solicitor Dan Hartle was in discussions with the Solid
Waste Authority attorney, Tony Alfieri, concerning various matters
relating to the landfill that affect the county. One is the status of a
loan the county made to $500,000 loan., and its guarantee by Richard
Welch, himself a major Rustick investor and one of its creditors.
Delinquent taxes owed to the county were $31,303.57 as of this past
local government entity which was owed some money was the host
municipality, Sergeant Township. Also, Smethport School District has
relied on receiving some revenues from the landfill.
LIBRARY DINNER AUCTION DISPLAYS
Peggy Majot and Nancy Hardes pose for the R-A camera with the display of
items in the lobby of Citizen's Bank located on Maple Street. Other
displays can be seen in the windows of Port Pharmacy and Bill Lake Real
Estate. "Find Your Treasure" is the theme for the annual dinner auction
to be held at the Star Hose Banquet Room. Doors open at 4 p.m. Dinner
will be served at 6 p.m. with the live auction beginning at 7:30.
Auctioneer will be Dan Carter. Donations are still being accepted.
Tickets are on sale now at the library, Port Pharmacy or from board
members. Enjoy a night out while raising funds for the operating
expenses of the S. W. Smith Memorial Public Library and Bookmobile.
HUBBERS - The Port
High School Gator football team defeated the Smethport Hubbers in
Allegany Mountain League play Saturday afternoon at Gator Field with a
score of 20 - 12. Pictured are Charlie Buchanan
down Kevin Lord. Tyce Miller (#20) caught a 19-yard
pass from Matt Bodamer
which led to a Ken Kysor field goal. In the third
photo, Matt Bodamer intercepts the ball.
Pam Fischer photos/stories
LADY GATORS WIN -
The Lady Gators defeated the Northern Potter Lady Panthers 3-0 at
competition. The team defeated Austin with scores of 25-10, 25-18, and
25-18 during Thursday's match. Leading the Gators were Rachel Taylor
with 12 kills, one block and four points; Kyley Mickle with 11 assists,
five kills and 12 points; Jenn Shelley (pictured sending the ball over
the net) with 20 assists, three kills, one block, six digs and seven
kills; and Renee Edgell with six kills and seven digs. After Thursday's
contest, the Lady Gators are 5-4. They will host the Lady Hubbers
Thursday evening. Pam Fischer
ROTARY REPORT - Debby
Cambell is pictured with the first senior guests of the 2010-2011 school
year. They are Tyler Corneilus and Kyle Hunt. Club Assembly was held.
Following the meeting, several Rotarians traveled to the Port Allegany
Elementary School to distribute dictionaries to Third Level Students.
WELCOMES SENIOR GUESTS - The local Rotary Club welcomed the first of
their senior guests for new school year. They were Tyler Cornelius
and Kyle Hunt. Also visiting was Rotary Exchange Student, Fer
The meeting was called to order by President Jason
Stake. Joe Lashway gave the attendance and fellowship report
stating there were 21 Rotarians present for a reportable attendance
of 70 percent.
Club anniversaries will be celebrated in October by
Marty Moses with 28 years of service; Joe Lashway with 12 years of
service and Bob Hartle with 23 years of service. Celebrating
birthdays this month are George Baxter, Merle Johnson, Norm Preston
and Ki Bayline.
The Club will meet at 5 p.m. on Route 6, Thursday, October 14 for
their second road cleanup of the year. There will be no noon
meeting that day. Following the cleanup, the club will gather at
the Moose Family Center for food and fellowship.
program schedule is as follows: October 21 - Keith Kelley;
October 28 - Ron Mickle; November 4 - Club Assembly; November 11 -
Merle Johnson; and November 18 - Randy Headley. There will be no
meeting on November 25 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.