Early Morning Fire
Destroys Smethport Landmark
The Cottage House Lost to Fire
Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller
A historic landmark
was lost today in Smethport. The Cottage House, built in
1899, burned to the ground in the early morning hours.
As yet, no cause for the fire has been offered by the
Smethport Fire Department or local police.
The building was not
occupied at the time of the blaze. Renters on the upper
floor had been given notice a week ago to vacate the
building in preparation for a change of ownership that
would have reopened the business next spring after
extensive renovations and expansion.
Mick Caulkins of Port
Allegany was the owner of record at the time of the
fire. He was about to sign a sales contract later in the
day with Smethport resident Brian Gustafson who had
agreed to buy The Cottage House. Property adjacent to
the restaurant owned by Gustafson was being cleared in
anticipation of the sale to make room for expansion.
Gustafson is the owner of the Priority One ambulance
service and other properties in Smethport. He is also a
Borough Council member.
Smethport Mayor Ross
Porter said, “The loss of The Cottage House is a tragic
and sad body blow to Smethport. We are just stunned.
Just Wednesday we learned that it was to receive massive
restoration and expansion for a proud, new grand opening
this next spring.”
Porter noted that The
Cottage House was included in the first ten buildings
placed on the Smethport Historic Registry, a local
program that began in 2007.
[For more historical
information about the Cottage House,
Fire Marshals from the
region will investigate the cause of the fire, which
some believe may have occurred under suspicious
circumstances. According to Mick Caulkins, The Cottage
House was insured for about $280,000, but this may not
be enough to rebuild the structure.
Borough leaders had
been enthusiastic about the sale of The Cottage House,
which had closed down in June. Reopening and improving
the building was expected to have a ripple effect in
Smethport by attracting more investment to the area.
Multiple sirens sounded in Smethport
around 2:00 a.m. Friday morning as the
Smethport Fire Department was dispatched
to a fire at the Cottage House
Restaurant on Fulton Street.
the firefighters arrived a few minutes
later, fire and smoke were showing out
of the back of the building and quickly
spread out of control into a full
brisk wind pushed the fire deep into the
structure, one of Smethport’s landmarks,
which was once a popular destination as
the Fulton House years ago.
According to fire policeman and
Smethport council President, Greg
Rounsville, smoke was already showing
from the building when he looked out of
a window at his home a few seconds after
the siren sounded.
only took about a half an hour for the
building to be fully engulfed, explained
Several area fire departments responded
with mutual aid on the scene. They
included: Port Allegany; Eldred Borough,
Roulette for stand-by at Smethport,
Norwich Twp., and aerial trucks from
Kane and Emporium.
popular restaurant had sat idle for
several months. According to Rounsville,
the Pennsylvania State Fire Marshall was
in route to the scene to investigate the
cause of the fire.
Problems: 76,000 Rams Recalled By Chrysler
Chrysler Group LLC
is recalling about 76,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks to fix a
power-steering problem that could make brake pedals return slowly
after the driver applies them, according to a recall notice issued
by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The recall affects
certain 2010-2011 model year Dodge Ram trucks built from March 2009
through October 2010.
The Michigan auto
maker said some trucks with diesel engines and a hydroboost brake
system could be equipped with a power-steering reservoir cap with
excessive vent pressure levels. The excessive levels could lead to
brake pedals that are slow to return and cause the brake lights to
remain on, potentially causing a crash.
spokesman said no crashes or injuries have been reported. He said
the problem was first noticed by dealers and a modified cap will
relieve some of the pressure causing the problem.
Chrysler said it
will notify owners. Dealers will replace the steering reservoir cap
free of charge.
Owners can contact
Chrysler at 800-853-1403.
PUC Approves Splitting 814 Area
Code to Avoid Running Out of Phone Numbers
HARRISBURG – The
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today approved a plan
to split the 814 area code along geographic boundaries to avoid
running out of phone numbers, creating a new area code for customers
in portions of northwestern Pennsylvania.
voted 5-0 to split the area code along rate center boundaries. The
new area code will be applied to Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties
and west. The boundary runs in a north/south direction east of the
rate centers Shinglehouse, Wilcox, Kersey, Dubois and Sykesville.
Maps showing the
county split and the
rate center split are available on the Commission’s website.
On June 9, 2009,
Neustar petitioned the PUC for area code relief. Because of concerns
over the disruptions changes to area codes can cause, the PUC held a
comment period, followed by public input hearings. During that
process, the PUC received significant input from the public
supporting a geographic split.
In light of that
public feedback, the Commission said the geographic split for the
814 area code created less inconveniences than an overlay. Because
of the geographic size of the 814 area code and the location of
population centers, the Commission said the geographic split was
more practical for the 814 area code.
geographic split, consumers may continue to dial seven digits for
local calling. The other option available to the Commission – an
overlay – would have covered the entire 814 area code with a new
area code and required 10-digit dialing throughout a large
geographic area in Pennsylvania.
The 814 area
code is projected to run out of telephone numbers in the first
quarter of 2013. New area codes are needed when existing area codes
exhaust their supply of “NXX” codes (which is the second set of
three digits in a 10-digit telephone number, NPA-NXX-XXXX). Of the
original four Pennsylvania area codes, the 814 area code was only
one to remain unchanged. With the split, Pennsylvania now will have
11 area codes – 412/878, 570, 610/484, 814, 724/878, 717 and
The actual new
number for the new area code will be determined in the coming weeks
by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), which is
the neutral third party area code relief planner for Pennsylvania.
The new area
code will be implemented Feb. 1, 2012. The Commission will continue
to closely monitor phone number demand in the 814 area code to
determine whether the implementation timeline meets the needs within
the area code.
a new area code, a permissive dialing period of about six months is
allowed while customers adjust to the change. During this time,
customers may reach numbers in the new area code by either dialing
814 or the new area code. Even with permissive dialing, customers
are encouraged to use the correct dialing. Once the permissive
dialing period has ended, customers will receive a recorded message
telling them to hang up and redial the numbers using the new area
Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and
utilities to ensure safe and reliable utility service at reasonable
rates; protect the public interest; educate consumers to make
independent and informed utility choices; further economic
development; and foster new technologies and competitive markets in
an environmentally sound manner.
For recent news
releases, audio of select Commission proceedings or more information
about the PUC, visit our website at
PennDOT Reminds Motorists That Winter Safety Is Only A Click Away
Harrisburg – The
recent stranding of motorists in Indiana and New York due to severe
winter storms carry a reminder that all motorists are responsible
for their own safety when they choose to ignore weather forecasts
and travel warnings, PennDOT said today.
“Each winter, we see what happens when motorists choose to ignore
the weather forecast, potentially endangering their own lives and
the lives of first responders whose job it is to keep citizens
safe,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “The bottom
line is that safety should be the only consideration when deciding
whether to take a gamble with a bad forecast – because the life you
save could be your own.”
Motorists are reminded that during winter weather events, the
department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely
free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways
throughout the storm until after precipitation stops and roads are
clear. Stranded vehicles only slow those efforts.
“Today’s reports of storm-stranded motorists in Indiana are a prime
example of what can happen when drivers ignore their own better
judgment and take unnecessary risks,” Biehler said. “We cannot clear
roads if motorists are stuck on them – it’s really just that
PennDOT suggests the following tips to prepare for safe winter
• Pay attention to the weather forecast and postpone travel as
• Heed all travel warnings and road closures.
• Be prepared for rapidly changing weather and road conditions.
• Be sure your vehicle’s tires are rated for mud and snow. In areas
prone to heavy snow, consider using tire chains or snow tires.
• Make certain the heater, defroster and wipers work properly.
• Pack an emergency kit that includes items such as non-perishable
food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket and small
About 5,400 PennDOT employees work hard to keep Pennsylvania roads
passable during winter weather. PennDOT reminds motorists that
roadways such as interstates and expressways will be its primary
focus and at times, the department may redirect equipment to these
routes during significant winter events. During these heavier
storms, motorists may encounter deeper accumulations on
less-traveled routes and they should adjust their driving for those
PennDOT has agreements with more than 700 municipalities for them to
clear state roads within their jurisdictions. The department also
rents approximately 400 trucks and operators to assist with snow
removal as needed.
When preparing for snowy travel, motorists can check road conditions
on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or visiting
www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a
day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average
traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 500
traffic cameras. The 511 site also provides easy-to-use, color-coded
winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered
in the 511 reporting network.
New this winter, PennDOT has added a 511 Twitter feed so users can
subscribe to any or all of the 511 regions or choose to receive 511
Follow PennDOT on Twitter at
Deck, Walkway Should Rebuild Tourism At Kinzua Viaduct
MOUNT JEWETT --
Visitors will get a look into the past from a new $4.5 million
observation deck and walkway at the Kinzua Viaduct in McKean County
businesses in the region, the new skywalk could also mean a brighter
The deck and
walkway are being built atop six of the viaduct support towers left
standing after the railroad bridge -- once the world's tallest and
longest -- was wrenched into rubble by a tornado in 2003. From the
octagonal observation deck, visitors who have largely bypassed the
area since the viaduct fell will be able to look out over the Kinzua
Gorge at three more viaduct towers still standing, or look down --
through a window in the deck floor -- at twisted remains of the
bridge scattered up to 300 feet below.
The towering deck
will help new visitors understand the onetime scope of the bridge
and the forces that brought it down, said Linda Devlin, executive
director of the Bradford-based Allegheny National Forest Visitors
"The center towers
of the viaduct were as high as the Statue of Liberty. When you see
them on the valley floor, you really get the perspective of how
huge, how massive, and how much of a marvel they are. The fact that
wind could shear those off and twist them like dishrags is
absolutely amazing," she said.
The deck will also
offer visitors a view of the environmental damage caused by the
tornado that struck the park on July 21, 2003.
the valley from where this observation deck will be, there's a whole
mountainside where, like dominoes, every tree went down in the same
way. It's an impressive sight," said Terry Brady, spokesman for the
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which
is overseeing the skywalk project.
tourism was ultimately toppled by the same storm.
initially flooded the area to see the fallen bridge, tourism has
since plummeted, Devlin said.
When the viaduct
was intact, it was the region's No. 1 attraction, bringing in
between 160,000 and 180,000 visitors from around the world each
year. Since the bridge collapse, that number has plunged to about
20,000, Devlin said.
With tourists went
the money that they once spent in the region. The Allegheny National
Forest Visitors Bureau calculates tourist dollars lost since the
viaduct went down at about $3 million annually.
And that's meant
economic disaster for small businesses in the sparsely populated
"Pennsylvania Wilds" region, Devlin said.
"The effect on
local businesses has been dramatic," Devlin said. "America's First
Christmas Store (in Smethport) closed, a variety of small
bed-and-breakfasts closed, and a lot of retail shops that depended
on the bus tours that came through also closed. It's been a very big
blow to towns like Mount Jewett."
Mount Jewett is
about four miles from the viaduct on Route 6.
owns the Kaffe Sol in Mount Jewett. The shop, at 3 W. Main St.,
specializes in homemade soups, sandwiches, and Swedish baked goods
and maintains a guest book that visitors are asked to sign. Since
the bridge went down, the signatures have been significantly fewer,
"People that used
to come up from the Pittsburgh area and down from New York state to
spend the day don't do that anymore," Carlson said. "In summer,
there's just nowhere near as much traffic. People still come through
traveling Route 6, but now they don't stop at the bridge and just
continue on through."
the new skywalk and observation deck is the first phase of a larger
project to attract visitors back to the Kinzua Viaduct. A new
visitors center and a trail down into the gorge to the fallen bridge
are also planned, but the time frame, for the visitors center
especially, is fuzzy, the DCNR's Brady said.
"It's all going to
depend on finances," he said.
The total cost for
the new skywalk and observation deck could exceed the $4.5 million
originally anticipated, Brady said.
Work by Chester
County-based contractor J.D. Eckman to shore up viaduct towers to
support the new deck began in summer 2009 and was only recently
completed. The project was delayed by weather, materials deliveries
and more extensive repairs than originally anticipated, Brady said.
contractor got in and started work on the towers, he found major
rust and cross pieces that had deteriorated. And the weather, in
that kind of work, can also cause delays, and did cause delays. You
can't work on those towers in the wind or sleet or snow.
"It took a lot
more time than expected to repair and repaint the towers before work
could begin on the observation deck," Brady said.
the skywalk itself is just under way and could continue through
winter, weather permitting. The deck and walkway could open to the
public as early as spring if dry weather holds in the area.
But that's not
likely, Brady said.
being what it generally is there, it's more likely that the new
overlook will open by fall," he said.
Devlin hopes that
the new skywalk will be open in time for the Kinzua Bridge Fall
Festival in September, or earlier.
"We receive a
minimum of three phone calls every day about when the skywalk will
open. We literally had 50-plus calls per day during Fall Festival
this year," Devlin said.
like Devlin and area business owners, is also looking forward to the
observation deck opening. Auriemmo just opened his Kinzua Country
Restaurant, at 6 W. Main St. in Mount Jewett, on Dec. 3.
"What brought me
to this area is family, and that it's so peaceful and quiet. But I'm
certainly hoping that the viaduct will bring customers in," he said.
first lobbied the state to rebuild the viaduct but later focused on
a $7 million project to build the skywalk and proposed visitors
center and trails.
The cost to
rebuild the devastated bridge was estimated at $47 million.
Boro To Hold Line On Spending, Taxes
by Martha Knight
Port Allegany borough taxpayers do not need to brace for a millage
increase in 2011, according to the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.
The proposed budget package totals $2,007,541, down from the
current year’s $2,618,989 total.
The included funds are listed here, with the 2010 numbers in
General Fund—$602,024 ($634,612); Street Lighting—$23,931
($22,460); Fire Protection—$48,005 ($43,781); Library—$90,878 ($85,416); also
Water Department—$506,600 ($478,450); Sewer System—$675,100
($1,193,168); and State Aid—$61,003 ($161,102).
Borough secretary Susan Roboski said no millage increase is
planned. The present tax rate for all borough purposes is 5.43 mills. The total
millage is allocated as follows: 4.295 for general borough purposes, .37 for
street lighting, .4 for fire protection, and .365 for the Samuel W. Smith
Memorial Public Library and Bookmobile.
Available - "Moments to Remember" DVD's will be available beginning
Friday, December 17 at a cost of $12 which includes tax. Dotty Anderson and
Howard Foster, members of the Port Performers, show off the finished product
which can be found at S. W. Smith Memorial Public Library, Port Pharmacy and
Joel Anderson's office located at 114 Smith Avenue.
Competition Benefits PACS -
The Port Allegany Peer Helpers
a school-wide competition among the homerooms to collect non-perishable food
items for PACS (Port Allegany Community Services). Peer Helper advisor, Linda
Lane reported, "there was a cut-throat competition to beat Mrs. Daniel's
homeroom, but Mrs. Lane's homeroom prevailed winning the highly prized donut
party." Pictured are (front row, left to right) Kaelee Lindsay, Ashley
Woodruff, Merinda Lawrence, Scott Brookens, Bill Downey, Cody Buchenauer; (back
row) Mrs. Lane, Rachel Taylor, Sara Borro, Colleen Hardes, Franklin Austin and
Logan Hults with some of the items they collected for PACS.
New Business Opens in Coudersport
- A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
on December 3, 2010 at Serenity Massage’s
Open House with the Coudersport Area
Chamber of Commerce. In photo shown
left to right: Jane Metzger, Carol Jackson, Stan Swank (Chamber President)
Jennifer McCleary, Clay Gooch and Nancy Grupp.
Serenity Massage offers: Massage, Personal Training with Clay Gooch in
Private Studio, Magnetic Bracelets, Therapy Supplies such as BioFreeze and Cozy
Pillows along with special packages. Massage has been shown to have many
benefits and is accepted as a part of many physical rehabilitation programs.
Some benefits help relieve low back pain, fatigue, depression and more.
Serenity Massage is located at 200 North West St., Coudersport, PA 16915 (814)
Performers, Players Join Forces
By Martha Knight
PORT ALLEGANY—The Potter Players and Port Performers felt an urge
to merge, following the well received “Moments to Remember” production in Port
Allegany this past fall. Re-organizational details were worked out at a meeting
Sunday afternoon in Gethsemane Lutheran Hall in Port Allegany. The group’s
slogan is “Quality Stage and Musical Productions.”
For the “Moments to Remember” production the Port Performers troupe
included a number of performers and support persons who are part of the Potter
Players. “Moments” was directed by the Potter Players’ veteran director, Paul
Herzig. Others were drawn from elsewhere in McKean County. By including both
counties the combined group hopes that more people will participate, adding to
the enjoyment of all and making for even more flexibility in assignments.
As Herzig explained, participation includes many kinds of
involvement, not limited to singing and playing. Lighting, sound, staging,
costumes, makeup, rehearsal accompanying, promotion, set design and creation,
ticket sales, writing, arranging and many other tasks must be performed.
Among kinds of productions the group may undertake in coming months
are dinner theater, serious drama, musical revues and groups of ten-minute
plays. A tentative plan is to present a revue featuring music from
Broadway—possibly coinciding with alumni events in Port Allegany and in
Coudersport, in the fall of 2011. There may also be a different kind of
production in late winter or early spring.
leaders of the newly combined Potter-McKean Players worked on plans
Sunday afternoon, in the Port Allegany Lutheran hall. Director Paul
Herzig is in the center. Others, clockwise from him, are secretary Ruth
Sallade, McKean County vice presidents Anna and David Fair, and board
members Joel and Dotty Anderson. The group is restructuring as a
performing arts group with membership drawn from both counties, and
performances to be presented in both. Membership is open to adults and
students interested in any aspect of stage and musical productions.
Martha Knight photo
Because of the growing interest in acting, in the area, Herzig
plans to teach an acting class under the auspices of the Potter County
Education Council, at a location in Port Allegany.
The class will be held one night a week for six weeks, with each
class lasting three hours. There will be a $50 fee for the course, but
members of the Potter-McKean Players will receive a $25 scholarship,
effectively halving the tuition.
Membership in the group itself is open to adults in the area, who
have an interest in the organization and its activities, and fill out a
questionnaire stating their interests, and previous experience if any.
Students may join too, with those under 18 needing the consent of a
parent or guardian.
In addition to some hold-over members from the Coudersport area,
the combined organization has added Port Allegany area vice-presidents
Dave and Anna Fair. Newly added board members are Paula Moses, Ursula
Rosenswie and Joel and Dotty Anderson.
Other officers include Herzig, president/director; Jared Empson,
vice-president/director; and Ruth Sallade, secretary/director.
New bylaws have been drafted and the incorporation is being updated
to reflect the enlarged territory.
Board meetings will be held approximately four times a year,
officers said. There will also be meetings for the membership at large.
All meetings will be open to the public.
The group plans to meet in January, probably in Roulette, at a time
and place to be.
Santa—Closer Than You Think
By Martha Knight
On a recent interview with Santa Claus I had lots of questions.
Sitting on a red chair in the lobby of the Crittenden, he answered patiently.
Q: Were you always Santa Claus?
A: No, I had to be trained before I
could be Santa.
Q: Trained? Where?
A: I got my degree in Santaclausology
from the International University of Santa Claus, at the Torrington, Connecticut
Q: Is there that much to it, that you have to get a degree?
A: It’s a lot more than wearing a red
suit and sitting in a red chair. There are safety issues. You need to know all
about today’s protocols for working with children. There are many details to be
Q: Is there continuing education?
A: Yes. I am a member of the
university’s alumni association, The Red Suit Society. We keep up with all the
new rules and the art of Santaclausology.
Q: When you encounter children with special needs, can you and they
communicate enough for them to express wishes and for you to respond?
A: Oh yes. Children are children.
Part of what the University courses teach us is how to talk with all kinds of
children. We must know how to hold them and how not to, what to say and what not
to say, how to answer the difficult questions.
Q: Some people dress up in outfits and wear wigs and artificial
beards to do “Santa” appearances. What is different about being a degreed Santa?
A: This is not a costume. Santa has a
wardrobe. Mine includes this white shirt and red vest, black pants and boots,
this red robe and big belt, this red hat. I do not wear a “disguise.” My glasses
have prescription lenses in them. I did not buy my hair and beard—I grew them. I
keep them groomed properly—I go to Robert Joseph Family Haircare, where Carrie
is my talented operator.
Q: Where did you get the satin shirt with the fancy trim?
A: Marcia Heinzelman made it. She
also made my vest, cloak and hat. I sent away for the special faux fur she used
for the trim.
Q: So is being Santa Claus a business or a calling?
A: It is both. I am a member of the
Coudersport Chamber of Commerce.
Q: I thought there would be some soot on your suit, but it is clean
as can be, and even the “fur” is snowy. How do you manage that? Is it a trade
A: Not a secret—everyone should know:
it’s magic! Santa Claus has magical powers, after all.
Q: So is that how your hair and beard stay so wonderfully white?
A: No, that’s Carrie. Approximately
every four weeks.
I wanted to ask Santa many more questions, but a trio of little
girls came in, with their mom and grandmother. Two of the children had
business with Santa; the smallest one was an onlooker.
Shyly at first, the two older girls approached the jolly fellow
whose picture they had seen so often. The other little girl was taken
with his walking stick and its lights and bells, which he let her
examine to her heart’s content.
The conversations between Santa Claus and his little clients were
private, but I overheard enough
to know there were
mentions of stockings, and a visit, and cookies.
Santa told me that he can be reached through “agent” Pete Wyatt at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 814.274.7445.
He'll Check It Twice
Martha Knight Photo
Studer, left, seems to be making a case that she has been good all year.
Her sister Camerynn Stambaugh looks as if she could fill Santa in on
that. Santa chatted with them in the Crittenden recently.
Add Imagination - Remember the joys of wooden
toys? From toddlers on up, children still these. This
special edition Holgate log truck is available from members
of the Allegheny Mountain Carver Club for $14 including
sales tax. This one is held by club secretary Jim Petzold.
The trucks are made in the U.S. and are safe and sturdy.
Martha Knight Story/Photo
Party? - The Port Allegany Garden Club held its
annual Christmas party Sunday night, at the Senior Center.
Enjoying some appetizers are, from left, Dee Jones, Marianne
Madhavan and Virginia Cherrington.
Martha Knight Story/Photo
Tribute To The Voice Of The Gators
– By our calculations, Al Lacher
began his radio sports-casting
career on or about August 31, 1990. Over the
past 20 years, 2 decades, 1,040 weeks, the “Voice of the Gators” has logged
countless miles, nearly lost his voice a time or two and entertained us through
many, many, exciting, edge of your recliner football and basketball games.
He braved the elements, day or night through fall and winter. Al Lacher is
one-of-a-kind. May not be the type that wants this tribute and the attention it
brings. Sorry friend, it’s well-deserved and needs to be said.
Over the years he’s done an average of 180 regular season Gator Football games
and a mere 640 regular season boys and girls basketball games as voice of the
Gators. In the early years, additional miles were driven, other games were
covered and others were fortunate to sit on the edge of their recliner as Al
screamed across the airwaves about the latest “home” touchdown or 3-point shot.
After 20 years of 16 regular season boys’/girls’ basketball games and 20 years
worth of 9-game regular football seasons, we take this time to wish Al the best
of luck. We know he and his voice will be missed by many in future seasons as
the Gators take to the field or the court.
PAO Webmaster, Brandon Abbott
- Coach Bob Raudenbush has six returning
for the 2010-2011 season. They are Brock Bricker, Chad Barnard, Matt Bodamer,
Kody Taylor, Seth Lowery and Camrin Stuckey. Pam Fischer
Honored - Members of the Class of 2011 who
in football cheerleading were honored at the 2010 Football Banquet. They are
(front row, left to right) Laura Haggard, Jennifer Swick, Cora Bova; (back row)
Renee Edgell, Breanna Foster, Caryne Healy and Carli Johnston. The banquet was
sponsored by the Football Boosters. More photos from this event will appear on
this week's picture page. Pam Fischer
Old Spice Selection
- PAHS Gator Quarterback Matthew Bodamer has
nominated as an Old Spice®
Player of the Year. As a result of this achievement, Matthew Bodamer is among a
select group of players who are eligible to be selected as a national Old Spice
Player of the Year and be honored in a full-page feature in a national print
publication. For the tenth straight year, Old Spice® is recognizing high school
football players who go above and beyond the call of duty. The program honors
athletes who are able to elevate their play and step up when the heat is really
on. These athletes embody leadership, performance and desire, and serve as
examples to their teammates on and off the field. High school coaches across
the country are naming one player from their team as they Player of the Year.
Each team's Player of the Year will receive a certificate to acknowledge his
accomplishment. He is also eligible to be named one of the 50 national Players
of the Year. The top 50 players nationwide will be named Old Spice Players of
the Year and will receive a plaque and other awards. The Old Spice Player of
the Year program is nationally sponsored by Procter & Gamble, the makers of
Old Spice® Deodorant. The program is created ad managed by 360 Youth, LLC,
an Alloy company. Matthew is a sophomore at PAHS and the son of Mike and Judy
Bodamer. Pam Fischer Photo/Story
Seth Lowery and Matt Bodamer joined the 1,000 yard club in
PAHS Gator Record Book. Lowery, a senior, had 1,011 yards rushing this season
while Bodamer, a sophomore, had 1,992 yards passing on the 2010 season. They
are pictured with head coach Mike Bodamer. They were presented with custom
designed footballs commemorating their achievements during the annual football
Guests of Honor
- The Gator Football Banquet was held December 8 at
Port Allegany High School. Sponsored by the Football Boosters, recognized the
players, coaches, managers and cheerleaders who participated in the 2010 season.
Senior players posed for the R-A camera following the banquet. They are, left
to right, Camrin Stuckey, Zach Manning, Seth Lowery, Ryan Kio, Zach Ramadhan,
Garrett Kio, Ken Kysor and Benn Baxter. Master of Ceremonies for the event was
Letterman - The Port Allegany Gator Wrestling Team returning
(front row, left to right) Lucas Manning, Bryan Lacher, Thomas Caden, Troy
Halle, Logan Warnick; (row 2) Alex Gular, Marcus Borowsky, Trent Neal,
Chester Tanner, Brad Goodreau, Benn Baxter, Todd Bigley; (row 3) Cole
Caulkins, Dalton Warnick, Ryan Kio, Zach Manning, Nick Budd, Wes Caulkins
and Troy Bonser. The Gators are coached by Sean Lathrop. The team will
host Sheffield on December 16.
Lady Gator Returning
Letter Winners - Head Coach Kristina Francis has five returning letter
winners for the 2010 - 2011 girls basketball season. They are Cora Bova, Renee Edgell, Rachel
Taylor, Kyley Mickle and Bryanna Evens. The Lady Gators will host Bradford on
Friday, December 10.