Tuesday, December 29, 2009

randy stuff - 2009 Red Raiders 2

Some shots from the 2009 Red Raider football season. Turn up
your speakers and enjoy

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas...and THANK YOU

I just wanted to take a moment to thank our local PennDot, Emporium Borough, and Township road crews. As everyone knows, the roads were very slippery on Christmas day, and these guys gave up their precious time to go out and make the roads safer for all of us Christmas travelers. Things would be a lot tougher without these guys on the job!

Mountain Lines by Nelson Haas

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Megans Law Violation

An Emporium man was jailed Friday for failing to register his employment within the Megan's Law requirements.Ralph Edward Bennett, 56, of 404 West Allegany Avenue, Apt. 2B, Emporium, PA, was charges with Failure To Comply with Registration of Sexual Offenders Requirements by Emporium State Police.Bennett was arraigned in District Court and committed to the Potter County Jail after he was unable to post bail.

Legislators object to 'sweetheart deal' for PMI

RIDGWAY - Local legislators are speaking out about a "sweetheart deal" the North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission is proposing to offer PMI to lease its ITEC training center.A meeting was held at state Sen. and Lt. Gov. Joe Scarnati's office in December with North Central board Chairman and Jefferson County Commissioner Paul Corbin and Executive Director Eric Bridges. All the state House members in the six-county area - Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, Cameron, McKean and Potter - were invited, and Reps. Martin Causer, Sam Smith and Matt Gabler attended."The issue at hand was that North Central has been moving forward with a plan to broker with PMI to go into a lease agreement with them in their ITEC building for a technical training school," Scarnati said Thursday. "After about a year and a half of my requesting the financials" and other information, "sometime back in July, I finally received what they deemed the financial plan. I just finally had a meeting with the executive director and several things troubled me in the whole process.".............MORE

Friday, December 11, 2009

Governor Rendell Announces $24.5 Million Rail Investment in 31 Counties

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thirty-nine freight rail companies and users can make upgrades and expand capacity with a $24.5 million state investment from PennDOT's Rail Freight Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance and Rail Freight Assistance Programs, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today.
"Upgrading and expanding our freight rail lines helps maintain service and also opens the door to greater business opportunities," Governor Rendell said. "These investments will help meet growing demand for freight rail service and also help ease highway congestion by reducing the number of trucks on our roadways."
The state will invest $15 million from the capital budget program and an additional $9.5 million from the Rail Freight Assistance Program.
The capital budget program is funded through state capital bond dollars repaid through General Fund revenues. The Rail Freight Assistance Program is provided through the state's General Fund. The grants, which are authorized by the General Assembly, are administered by PennDOT's Bureau of Rail Freight.
For more information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us or call (717) 783-8800.

Cameron, Luzerne, McKean, Tioga counties: D & I Silica -- $700,000 to construct two new transloading facilities and improve the functionality of two existing facilities for transloading of silica sand from rail cars to trucks for local gas-well production......MORE

local pizzeria conducts OFFICIAL PIZZA business in china

David Smith of Smith's Pizza Palace Plus returns from food show in Shanghai .
Oxford, Miss. (December 4, 2009) - David Smith II, owner of Smith's Pizza Palace Plus (pizzapalaceplus.com) in Emporium, Pennsylvania, just returned from participating in the PMQ Pizza Pavilion at the FHC Food Show (fhcchina.com), home to China's first National Pizza Championship in Shanghai. PMQ China sponsored the Pizza Pavilion in order to bring recognition to pizza related products while building information bridges between China and the rest of the world. Joining Smith was Steve Green, publisher of PMQ Pizza Magazine, and Stephen Millar, senior consultant in the industry from Australia.
While at the FHC Food Show, Smith exhibited his dough-making and tossing skills, acted as lead judge for the Chinese culinary pizza and acrobatic contests, and delighted the crowds with his Cajun pizza.
Green says, "As a member of the United States Pizza Team, Dave was the ideal candidate to perform dough-making demonstrations and showcase his dough tossing skills."
Smith was able to tour Shanghai when he was not working the PMQ Pizza Pavilion. Once home, several employees and customers asked Smith about his trip. "That's a hard question to answer," says Smith, "I had a fantastic time even though talking to my family in Emporium was a little hard. There is a 13-hour time difference between Shanghai and Pennsylvania so they were often asleep when I was awake and vice-versa."
The city of Shanghai houses over 20 million people and is the largest city in China. Smith tells others how incredible traffic can be in a city that size. "For starters, the traffic in China would push a New York taxi driver's skills to the breaking point. You have so many pedestrians, bicyclists, and scooters competing for the right of way, horns sounding almost nonstop, and red lights frequently ignored. I had to admire how close an automobile could squeeze between two other autos. I searched for crumpled bumpers and fenders, but was surprised when I couldn't find any."
Of course, to someone in the restaurant industry the most important thing about visiting a new area is the food. It took a few days, but Smith finally learned how to use chopsticks. With those chopsticks, Smith ate some exotic food. "I had never had frog legs before, but once I got over the sight, I had to laugh when they actually did taste like chicken. We also got to eat the hoofs and spine of a goat. Sounds gross, but the food was really good. For the taste of home, we once ate breakfast at a McDonald's," recalled Smith.
Smith will not be bringing food quite that exotic to Smith's Pizza Palace Plus, but he is working on learning how to make the hand stretched noodles he enjoyed at a small restaurant in Shanghai and experimenting with forming the extra dough on top of calzones into shapes like dragons and crabs like the FHC featured chef, Francesco Sanna.
For interview requests, contact Dave Smith directly at (814) 486-1819 or mhtml:%7B318F3060-5205-4465-85E5-448061B5521C%7Dmid://00000065/!x-usc:mailto:pizzapalace@zitomedia.net. For more information about the U.S. Pizza Team, visit USPizzaTeam.com.

About PMQ Pizza Magazine
In publication for 12 years, PMQ Pizza Magazine reaches 40,000 owner/operators of America's 70,000 pizzerias. In the 36 billion dollar pizza industry, PMQ is the business monthly with the busiest website, hosting 5,000 Web visitors each day at www.pmq.com, and 10,000 newsletter subscribers each week. PMQ Pizza Magazine also has publications in China and Australia.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pennsylvania Wilds Tourism Appoints BCA Marketing Communications

BROOKVILLE, Pa., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The PA Wilds Tourism Marketing Corp., a tourism coalition of twelve counties in North-Central Pennsylvania, has hired top tourism marketing agency BCA to create an innovative strategy for promoting the vast visitor experiences available in this sizable region of over two million acres.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091210/NY23925LOGO )
The scope of BCA's assignment, which is across creative and media, includes social media and the development of an online marketing strategy to build traffic to the tourism authority's website..
Dave Morris, PA Wilds president, said: "The appointment of BCA is the next stage in the young life of this growing tourism region. BCA's tourism experience will be a big asset in the selling of one of the country's finest outdoor adventure recreation areas."
Jim Cronin, agency president, said: "BCA is thrilled to land the opportunity to promote the PA Wilds. We look forward to launching a comprehensive plan that will introduce potential visitors to the destination's unknown wonders and countless retreats from the daily grind."
PENNSYLVANIA WILDS TOURISM MARKETING CORPORATIONThe Pennsylvania Wilds Tourism Marketing Corporation was created in 2003 to promote the growth of tourism and related-businesses in the 12-counties located in north central Pennsylvania. The corporation is comprised of eight Tourist Promotion Agencies (TPAs) responsible for marketing the Pennsylvania Wilds and their respective regions. The Pennsylvania Wilds Tourism Marketing Corporation was established through a regional marketing grant from the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. The primary goal of the Pennsylvania Wilds Tourism Marketing Corporation is to establish a strong coalition of public and private partners with the goal of branding the Pennsylvania Wilds as the premier destination for outdoor experiences in the eastern United States. http://www.pawilds.com
BCA MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS INC.BCA is a New York-based marketing communications firm established in 1984. The agency offers creative, media and interactive services to clients primarily in the tourism (including South African Airways, Half Moon resort, bmi, Fitzpatrick Hotel Group) and b-t-b (including IDA Ireland) marketplaces. http://www.bcany.com
Erin Leitten
Graphic Designer
BCA Marketing Communications
50 East 42nd St., Suite 702
New York, NY 10017
P: 212.286.9300
F: 212.286.9736

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas funny

I received this in my e-mail today.


"Good news is that I truly out did myself this year with my Christmas decorations. The bad news is that I had to take him down after 2 days. I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever.

Great stories. But two things made me take it down. First, the cops advised me that it would cause traffic accidents as they almost wrecked when they drove by. Second, a 55 year old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn't realize it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). By the way, she was one of many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn't take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard."



Local Girls compete at Johnstown

The Donachy Gymnatics girls team recently competed at the TNT Gymnastics in Johnstown. The girls did an amazing job for their first competition. Emporium girls competing on the team were Kacie Aversa and Cassie Frey. Kacie, a level 5 gymnast, placed 3rd in the all around as well as 3rd on the vault in the 11-13 age group.
Team members front row: Olivia Kinney, Angelina Steffan, Madelyn Kinney
back row, Coach Micki Steffan, Brianna Blankenship, Morgan Lorenzo, Cassie Frey, Jenna Minard, Mackenzie Kinney, Shyanne Blankenship, Lindsey Meyer, Kacie Aversa, and Coach Toni Williamson

Top bear areas show not necessarily biggest producers

We all have our favorite place to hunt and fish. For some it is because of an abundance of game. For others it may be a place of convenience or nostalgia.
None of the various reasons are wrong and a case can be made for each. With all of that in mind three of us sat in Orndoff's Sporting Goods Store in Graysville discussing the merits of various bear hunting hot spots.
Looking at the harvest figures compiled by the Pennsylvania Game Commission gives one an idea of what place is best. But taking things a step further helps a bit....................................

I haven't mentioned the Eastern counties for they have longer bear seasons than we do here in the west. Also note I didn't forget Cameron County, which is the heart of bear country.
The reason I left it out until now is that it comes out way on top of the list with its kill of 217 bears. While that doesn't top the state in total numbers one has to remember it is a small county and its harvest comes out to one bear for every 1.9 square miles of land. Compared to the other counties, it is far and away the best and the numbers show this to be true.
If I could identify the townships in each county the bear harvest could be pinned down a bit more. If I were a betting man I would bet, for example, that many of Elk County's bears were taken near Benezette or near the border of Cameron County.
Again, I would bet if one placed a point at Emporium and drew a circle of say 20 miles around the town you would encircle the state's best bear country. ........................
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New Head For Hardwood Mills

New Head For Hardwood Mills:Private equity firm H.I.G. Capital, Miami, Fl., has partnered with management to acquire Rossi American Hardwoods, Cromwell, Ct., and Hardwood Lumber Manufacturing, Charlotte,
N.C.H.I.G. has formed American Hardwood Industries Inc., Cromwell, Ct., to parent the two vertically integrated suppliers.Rossi American consists of milling complexes Blue Triangle Hardwoods, Everett, Pa.; Scotland Hardwoods, Scotland, Ct.; Graham Lumber Co., West Linden, Tn., and Emory River, Oak Ridge, Tn.; sales offices Cross Creek Sales, Augusta, Ga., and Legacy Lumber, Erie, Pa., and dry kilns in Shelby, N.C., and Edgefield and Saluda, S.C. The company is led by Ted Rossi, who will serve as chairman and c.e.o. of AHI.Hardwood Lumber Manufacturing, including offices in Charlotte and mills Emporium Hardwoods, Emporium, Pa., and Northern Hardwoods, South Range, Mi., is headed by David Marshall, who will be president and c.o.o. of AHI.GÇ£We are very excited about partnering with one of the top management teams in the sector,GÇ¥ said H.I.G. managing director Brian Schwartz. GÇ£Rossi American Hardwoods has developed a reputation as a top quality supplier in international markets. HLM offers a sophisticated, metrics-oriented and disciplined management approach that is unique in the industry.GÇ¥H.I.G. first invested in the forest products sector 11 months ago with Augusta Lumber, Waynesboro, Va.