Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Coaching changes highlight Pa. District 9 football

Three of four District 9 Class A semifinal teams have new coaches in 2010; Coudersport, Brockway, Clearfield preseason faves to win District 9; Five QBs appear among top WPIAL players; PCN TV Schedule released.

Sunday, August 29, 2010By: Chris RossettiMaxPreps.com
CLARION – The biggest question facing Pennsylvania's District 9 Class A football group this season comes in the form of how some of the top teams will adjust to new coaches.Of the four semifinal teams from a year ago – champion Clarion Area, runner-up Coudersport, Cameron County (Emporium) and Curwensville – three of them have new coaches including the title-winning Bobcats who said goodbye to 22-year head man Larry Wiser after the season.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Keystone Elk Country Alliance to Partner with DCNR to Operate the Elk Country Visitor Center

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug 23, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Flagship Destination in Pennsylvania Wilds Set to Open this Fall The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is partnering with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance to operate the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette Township, Elk County, DCNR Secretary John Quigley said today. The center, a key part of the Pennsylvania Wilds initiative, is slated to open this fall.
"The Keystone Elk Country Alliance is a dynamic new organization that will operate the new Elk Country Visitor Center, the largest elk watching and conservation education facility in the eastern United States," Quigley said.
As a non-profit wildlife conservation organization, the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, or KECA, will focus its resources on Pennsylvania's elk herd in the north central region of the state. Many of the board, staff and volunteers have numerous years of experience raising private dollars to enhance elk country.
The 8,420-square-foot center will attempt Gold LEED certification, and includes interpretive exhibits, wildlife trails and viewing blinds, year-round restrooms and parking for cars and buses.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Blogger beware: Postings can lead to lawsuits

Reporting from Washington —
The Internet has allowed tens of millions of Americans to be published writers. But it also has led to a surge in lawsuits from those who say they were hurt, defamed or threatened by what they read, according to groups that track media lawsuits.
"It was probably inevitable, but we have seen a steady growth in litigation over content on the Internet," said Sandra Baron, executive director of the Media Law Resource Center in New York.

Although bloggers may have a free-speech right to say what they want online, courts have found that they are not protected from being sued for their comments, even if they are posted anonymously.
Some postings have even led to criminal charges.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Photo of the Day

This Kingfisher was quite cooperative for a photo....most of the time, for me, they are not

Bucktail reunion planned next weekend

Members of the public are welcome to attend as descendants of the famous Pa. Bucktails Civil War regiment and history buffs converge at the Cameron County Fairgrounds over the Aug. 27-29 weekend. Dozens of people from as far away as Maryland and Virginia will be coming for the annual Bucktails Reunion.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Photo of the Day

Shale gas drillers injected diesel fuel into the ground

August 18th, 2010 7:45 am

Tap water catching fire due to natural gas migration from hydraulic fracking operations.Photo: Source: Gasland
In February of this year, the House Energy and Commerce Committee revealed Halliburton and BJ Services, two oil and gas currently operating in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation, had used diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing operations in at least 15 states in from 2005 to 2007. The gas companies would not reveal to the committee where these injections occurred and may have broken the Safe Water Drinking Act laws.
Hydraulic drilling fracking operations inject millions of gallons of water combined with toxic chemical laden compounds to create intense high pressure to break and keep open underground shale rock formations which allows natural gas to be captured....MORE

Pa. DEP fines Marcellus driller $97,000 for spill

The state's Department of Environmental Protection has fined a natural gas drilling company nearly $100,000 for a wastewater spill that contaminated a southwestern Pennsylvania watershed.
The DEP on Tuesday announced the $97,350 fine against Atlas Resources. Environmental officials say Atlas allowed hydraulic fracturing fluids used to drill in the Marcellus Shale to overfill a wastewater pit and contaminate a tributary of Dunkle Run in Washington County.
DEP officials say the spill happened in early December 2009. Environmental officials say Atlas corrected the problem but failed to report it to the DEP.
A call to Atlas Tuesday afternoon was not immediately returned.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mountain Lines by Nelson Haas

Photo of the Day

Bob "Dylan" Spaeth entertaining the Bobbys Run Hunting Club crew

Cameron Co. schools meet state education benchmarks

EMPORIUM - More than enough Cameron County School District students passed the state standardized testing for the 2009-10 school year, but what the future holds is questionable.At least at the high school.High school Principal Patricia Schwer said the state's percentage goal will increase for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment in 2010-11. Reading will jump to 72 percent from 63 percent, whereas mathematics will move from 56 percent to 67 percent.Schwer said worry will always be there as goals are boosted. She said the target was not raised for the 2009-10 school year.Woodland Elementary school Principal Lynn Newcomer said he expects the elementary school students to continue doing well on the testing.....MORE

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Expanded to 43 Counties including CAMERON

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Expanded to 43 Counties; Tree-Killing Pest Found in Cumberland, Union Counties

PR Newswire
HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 10
HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Forty-three counties are now under a quarantine that is intended to prevent the spread of the invasive, tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today while reminding travelers not to haul firewood between counties.
Redding also said that the pest has been found in two additional counties. Beetles were found in Cumberland County at the Pennsylvania Turnpike mile marker 226 near Carlisle, and in Union County at the intersection of State Gameland and Matthew Brown roads in Gregg Township.
The Emerald Ash Borer has now been found in 17 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Centre, Cumberland, Fulton, Indiana, Juniata, Lawrence, Mercer, Mifflin, Somerset, Union, Washington and Westmoreland.
The Agriculture Department has expanded its quarantine to include 31 counties, including the six where the beetle has been found this year and others that are contiguous. Those counties are: Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Tioga, Union, Venango and Warren.
"The considerable quarantine expansion was based on the new detections, coupled with new detections and quarantines in neighboring states," said Redding. "As we head into the final months of summer travel, we remind campers and travelers to follow the quarantine within the 43 counties and across the state to help limit the further spread of the beetle."...MORE

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Photo of the Day

Mama and young cubs. I guess this bear to be about 275-300 lbs?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Photo of the Day

The Pennsylvania monument, Gettysburg battlefield

Monday, August 2, 2010

Photo of the Day

A wax figure of Simon Cameron, as he appeared while he was Abe Lincoln's Secretary of War

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Photo of the Day

Some high flying antics observed at the Carlisle Bike Show