Sunday, November 29, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

1 dead, 1 shot in dispute over bear hunting

SUMMERVILLE — Police say a landowner was shot and killed and a member of a bear hunting party wounded after an argument over trespassing in rural northern Pennsylvania.
State Trooper Bruce Morris said Tuesday that investigators are trying to sort out who fired first and other details related to the confrontation that broke out around 11 a.m.
The scene of the shooting is Summerville, about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
Morris says a co-owner of the property, 63-year-old Frank Shaffer of Red Lion, is dead from a gunshot wound.
The injured man is identified as 23-year-old Paul Plyler of Summerville, a member of the hunting party. He was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital but Morris says his wounds aren’t considered life-threatening.
Morris says he expects charges to be filed in the case.Read more:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mountain Lines by Nelson Haas

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Marcellus shale drilling is biggest threat to Pennsylvania wilds

By Patriot-News Op-Ed
November 14, 2009, 8:00AM
by Robert Pennell
They call it the “Pennsylvania Wilds,” more than 6 million acres of relatively unspoiled forests and mountains in 12 northern Pennsylvania counties. Logo for the Pennsylvania WildsThe area has long been known for its remnants of virgin forests, pristine mountain streams, abundant wildlife and magnificent vistas. More than 2 million of those acres are public land, an area equivalent to the acreage occupied by Yellowstone National Park.
Today, however, if you were to visit this part of our commonwealth, you would be greeted by a different environment. You would find a proliferation of new roads being cut into the forests, with semis and tanker trucks hauling tons of heavy equipment and water to remote destinations.
Not since the heyday of heavy timbering has there been such an assault on our northern forests.
This is all about the natural gas being extracted from a widespread geological formation known as Marcellus Shale. .......................
"This year, DEP made the decision to dismiss the county conservation districts as the watchdogs over local construction activities, and then instituted a fast-track permitting rule whereby construction plans would no longer be subjected to scrutiny by DEP, as long as the plans are certified by a registered engineer. " MORE

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Malarie Campbell to set sail on historic Navy vessel

An Emporium native and servicewoman in the United States Navy has
a unique experience with her next duty station — the honor of being
among the first crew to serve on the warship built as a tribute to those
who survived the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Malarie Campbell, the daughter of Annette and the late Mark Campbell
of Emporium and a 2005 graduate of Cameron County High School, is a
medical technician on the USS New York. The USS New York, which
contains seven-and-a-half tons of steel salvaged from Ground Zero
of the World Trade Center, was commissioned Nov. 7 at the Intrepid
Museum Pier in New York City. More...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

GE Transportation workers won't be eligible for trade assistance

Those laid off won't get money
Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance helped soften the blow for many of the 700-plus local International Paper Co. workers who lost their jobs in 2002.

Early indications suggest, however, that those government benefits won't be available to 1,480 GE Transportation workers expected to lose their jobs in November as part of one of the biggest layoffs in recent memory.
TAA, available to workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition, extends unemployment benefits and provides money for retraining and relocation. The program has been used locally by workers from Bush Industries, Van de Kamp's, Steris Corp., American Meter, EMI, and Owens-Illinois Closure, among others.
Stephan Koller, a spokesman for GE Transportation, said the U.S. Department of Labor approached the company to collect information for the TAA application....READ MORE

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Causer Hosting Town Meetings

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area residents to two upcoming town hall meetings in Emporium and Smethport.
The Emporium Town Hall Meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Emporium Fire Hall, 418 North Broad Street.
The Smethport Town Hall Meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the McKean County 911 Building, 17175 Route 6."Town hall meetings are a great way to share information about what's happening in Harrisburg and learn more about how that is impacting the people in Cameron, Potter and McKean counties," Causer said. "While I get constant feedback from people stopping by or calling the office, through e-mail, and at various community events, I always appreciate the conversation generated at town hall meetings."Causer said the meetings are open to anyone in the 67th Legislative District, and no reservations are necessary.People who cannot attend one of the town hall meetings may want to mark their calendars for Thursday, Dec. 10, when Causer will host an open house at his new Coudersport Office location, 107 S. Main St., Room 1. The open house is scheduled for 3-6 p.m.For additional information, visit or contact Causer's offices in Bradford at 814-362-4400, or in Coudersport at 814-274-9769. The toll-free number is 1-866-437-8181.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fenelton, PA Man Caught After Hit & Run Crash That Injured Two Pedestrians In Sinnemahoning

A Fenelton, PA man was apprehended by troopers on Interstate 80 after striking 2 pedestrians, the front door of a Sinnemahoning Restaurant, and two parked vehicles in the parking lot, before fleeing the scene on Saturday at 5:30 PM.
The restaurant is located along Route 12o in Grove Township, Cameron County.Darin Robert Shay, 39, of 106 Irwin Road, Fenelton, PA, drove a 2001 Ford Focus onto the sidewalk of the Willows Restaurant and Bar, striking Adam Motchenbaugh, 27, of Noddingham, MD and Joel Papcunik, 26, of Mineral Point, PA, who were standing on the sidewalk. Both men suffered minor injuries and were transported to Elk Regional Medical Center for treatment by Sinnemahoning ambulance.
Shay then continued along the sidewalk and struck a 2009 Ford F-150 owned by John Zimath of Coatesville, PA, which was parked in the parking lot, the front door of the Willows Restaurant, and a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado owned by David Sheaffer of Ford City, PA, also parked in the parking lot. The vehicles sustained minor damages.Shay then fled the scene on Route 120. He was subsequently located on Interstate 80 traveling to his residence. Fenelton is located between Butler and Kittaning.He faces charges in District Court of: Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injury (M1); Accidents Involving Damage to Unattended Property (M3); Reckless Driving; Careless Driving; Accidents Involving Damage to Unattended Vehicle (S); and Failure to Notify Police.
Emporium troopers were assisted by Sinnemahoning Ambulance, Emporium Ambulance, and PSP Ridgway.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Bill Moscato (right)celebrated his retirement from GE Transportation/ Motor Coils last week. Bill worked there for 31 years. IUE-CWA Local 88607 President Harry Mansfield presented Bill with a watch acknowledging his years of service to the company and the union.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

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