Saturday, May 28, 2011

1911: The Austin Flood

Knox Books

407 Mill Street, Coudersport PA 16915
Advance orders are now being taken for our latest title:
1911: The Austin Flood
(publication date: June 2011)
Advance-sale orders being accepted for the
Limited-Edition Collectors Item

(300 only!).stamped,and signed by author Paul W. Heimel
(see ordering information below)
1911: The Austin Flood
the dam at Austin, Pennsylvania. More than 200 million gallons of water swept through
the town, killing an estimated 80 people and causing incredible destruction.
• More than 250 pages of thoroughly researched historical narrative and analysis.
• More than 200 photographs, most of them never seen by the public.
• Special Sections:is the authoritative story of the September 30, 1911, failure ofWho’s To Blame? and Those Who Died
• Bonus Section,They Were There, eyewitness accounts in survivors’ own words.
See sample photos and chapter excerpts and more information at
6% state sales tax. Discounted shipping for multiple orders (2 books, $3.75; 3 books, $4.50; 4
books, $5.00; 5 or more books, $5.50)for Limited-Edition Collector’s Items: $16.95 plus $2.75 for shipping. Pa. residents add
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

GKN Sinter Metals won a grand prize

Powder Metal Parts Cut Costs
2011 design winners are announced at PowderMet2011 conference in San Francisco.
Doug Smock, Contributing Editor, Materials & Assembly -- Design News, May 20, 2011

GKN Sinter Metals of Auburn Hills, MI won a grand prize in an annual powder metal design competition for a carrier and one-way rocker clutch assembly made for Ford Motor. Designed for powder metal (PM), the assembly uses fewer components compared to alternate designs and manufacturing methods, reducing the mass of the assembly, improving fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance.
Photo shows the 2011 MPIF grand prize winners. The carrier and rocker assembly are in the third row. Source: MPIF Used in the new Ford Super Duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission, the hybrid assembly contains five powder steel parts weighing a total of 17 lb. The sinter-brazed subassembly consists of four multi-level PM parts, of which three parts (cage, spider, and carrier plate) are made to a density of 6.8 g/cm3. The rocker plate is sinter-hardened during the sinter- brazing phase and has a density of 7.0 g/cm3. The assembly also has a doubled-pressed and double-sintered cam plate made to 7.3 g/cm3 density with an ultimate tensile strength of 170,000 psi and a mean tempered hardness exceeding 40 HRC. To form the parts and maintain precision tolerances, special tooling was developed and used with unconventional press motions. Ford subjected the assembly to ultimate torsional torque loading at a minimum of 8,000 ft-lb and fatigue testing at a minimum of 299,000 cycles at 1,730 ft-lb. "The application provided an estimated 20 percent cost savings over competitive processes," according to a statement from the MPIF.GKN Sinter Metals won another grand prize in the automotive chassis category for a differential bearing adjuster made for American Axle & Manufacturing and used in the GMT 900 rear differential on GM Tahoe and Yukon models. ....MORE

GE negotiations set to begin this week

By JIM MARTIN, Erie Times-News

The General Electric Co. and its unions have something in common.
They both know what they want.
But they also know what they're up against as they sit down this week in New York City to begin negotiating a national labor agreement.
Lawrence Park-based GE Transportation wants to make the most of a locomotive market that's on the rebound.
This division turned a $157 million profit in the first quarter of 2011 and booked $938 million in new orders.
For their part, union members want to hold on to what they have, while improving wages and benefits.
For more coverage, turn to and Sunday's Erie Times-News.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sinnemahoning State Park Staff Chosen For Team Excellence Award

Shown in photo from left to right: DCNR Secretary Richard Allan; Jimmy Risley (park maintenance supervisor); Robert Shook (maintenance repairman); Jackie Flynn (park naturalist); Steve Bajor (semi-skilled laborer); Linda Cobb (secretary); Brian Long (maintenance repairman); Lisa Bainey (park manager); Merle Sherry (semi skilled laborer) and Deputy Secretary of Administration, John Giordano

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resource (DCNR) Recognition Program and the Governor's Awards for Excellence Program are designed to recognize exemplary performance among the Department's dedicated employees.

This year, the staff of Sinnemahoning State Park located in Cameron and Potter County, was chosen for the Team Excellence Award, highlighting their dedication to the resource and the public.

In 2010, in the spirit of teamwork and a get-er-done attitude, this group of individuals assisted in the development and implementation of an Emergency Action Plan for the George B. Stevenson dam, supported the transition of programs and volunteers to the Elk Country Visitor Center, and maintained a quality outdoor recreation program, all with reduced staff. Due to the reality of the George B. Stevenson flood control dam, flood control is the first priority at the park and recreation often has to take a back seat. As a result, the entire staff is regularly impacted by high water events and just the very existence of the dam itself.

That “recreation is second” is an area that this staff believes makes connections with our visitors and brings them back to the park again and again – and that’s why their efforts differ from their regular jobs as they consistently work hard to keep recreation at the forefront of their efforts. From camping to environmental education for special outdoor recreation programs like “Women in the Wilds” and “Birds n Brunch,” this staff understands and lives teamwork, dedication to the resource, and embodies the DCNR spirit and mission.

For more information on other award recipients go to: and lick on Discover DCNR/News and Information/ Resource.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Some CC Election Results in

District Justice: Barry Brown
D&RCommissioner: Fiebig & Narby. Rep.
Jones & Thomas. Dem.
School Board: Harrier, Shields, Horning, Beldin on both Rep & Dem

Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities

Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities

Kids from Cameron County enjoyed a day at Sinnamahoning State Park, on Saturday, with Park Naturalist Jackie Flynn and CCOYA Director Don Bickford. The kids learned about the habitatas and nabits of owls, observed many species of native and migratory birds, hiked to the dam spillway to see the cliff swallows, and made crafts. The weather cooperated and the kids had a great time.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Photo of the Day

A Ruffed Grouse seemed determined not to let us pass on the road!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Photo of the Day

Congratulation to Chelsea Riggle and Andrew Sestina, 2011 CCHS Prom Royalty

Photo of the Day

Emporium from the lookout on South Mountain 9:00pm under the storm

Friday, May 13, 2011

GE Transportation to build plant in Texas, add 250 jobs in Erie

Lawrence Park Township will remain the home of GE Transportation locomotives. But it won't be the only home.
The company, an Erie mainstay for more than a century, announced Thursday that it plans to build a new $96 million locomotive plant in Fort Worth, Texas.
About $4.3 million in tax incentives and the promise of a lower pay scale may have been two attractions for GE, which has about 4,500 employees in Lawrence Park and another 800 at its engine plant in Grove City.
The company said it expects to hire about 500 people for its new plant.
The local workforce will also grow.
Erie County's largest employer, which has added about 1,000 employees so far this year through a combination of employee recalls and new hires, said it expects to hire an additional 250 workers in Erie.
Thursday's announcement was not completely unexpected.
The company has acknowledged for more than a month that it hoped to add another manufacturing site.....READ MORE

Project Stream Grants available for arts activities

Project Stream Grants available for arts activities
Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 1:37 PM EDT
RIDGWAY – The Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Project Stream.PPA Project Stream grants for amounts up to $3,000 are available to support arts activities in Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties that take place between Sept. 1, 2011, and August 31, 2012.To learn more about this funding opportunity join ECCOTA at these free informational grant webinars & workshops.Wednesday Webinars will be held on May 11 and May 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, located at 34 E. 4th St., Emporium.
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A Saturday Workshop will be held on May 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hamlin Memorial Library, located at 123 S. Mechanic St., Smethport.A Saturday Workshop will also be held on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Clarion area at a location to be determined.The workshops will cover the grant cycle, eligibility, restrictions and overall grant writing suggestions. Participants may attend any workshop, regardless of the county in which the individual or organization is located. Attendance of a workshop is not required to apply. Links to the official guidelines and online grant applications are available at Organizations or individuals undertaking arts projects in Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties that are interested in applying for grants through the PPA program are encouraged to contact ECCOTA by calling 814-772-7051, emailing mail to or visiting

IN LIKE A LYON...Kent State's David Lyon continues to lead his team

Junior catcher David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.) ranks first on the team in triples (5) second in batting average (.322), third in slugging percentage (.533), hits (58) and RBIs (39), fourth in doubles (10) and fifth in on base percentage (.380). He also calls the signals for a pitching staff that is sixth in the nation in team ERA (2.48) and 17th in team strikeouts per nine innings (8.3) as well as for a defense that ranks 22nd in the nation and first in the Mid-American Conference (.976 fielding percentage). Lyon was named MAC East Division Player of the Week after a huge week at the plate last week. He collected 10 hits in four games – including three doubles, a triple and a home run and six RBIs. He was a double shy of hitting for the cycle while totaling a career-high five hits in Kent State's 11-3 win at Ohio last Friday (April 29). He also called the pitching and defensive signals as Kent State limited Cleveland State and Ohio to a combined eight runs in four games -- including a 4-0 shutoutof the Bobcats last Saturday (April 30) in game one of a doubleheader, which was the team's seventh shutout of the season.Lyon has hit safely in 16 of the last 18 games and is hitting .420 with 10 extra-base hits – in cluding four home runs -- and a .710 slugging percentage......READ MORE

16th annual Road Scholars Tour visits GKN

After two nights in Ohio Hall, a residence hall at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, participants in this year's edition of the Road Scholars Tour packed their things and boarded a bus headed back toward central Pennsylvania on May 11. The three-day Road Scholars Tour is an annual event designed to introduce new and newly tenured Penn State faculty members to the University's Commonwealth Campuses and to the breadth and depth of Penn State's impact across Pennsylvania.
The final day of the tour began with a visit to the ......READ MORE

Workers, retirees rally outside gates of GE Transportation in Lawrence Park

Retirees and union members at GE Transportation vowed Wednesday to stand together during a noon rally outside the company's gates on Water Street.
More than 200 people, many of them members of Local 506 of the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, and of the Retirees Association of General Electric, offered a display of unity less than two weeks before union workers at the General Electric Co. are set to begin contract negotiations.
Those negotiations are expected to focus in large part on health care, pension benefits and the possibility of establishing a two-tier pay structure that would provide lower wages to new employees....READ MORE

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

As weather warms, warnings about Lyme

May 9, 2011, 6:37 a.m. EDT
West Chester Daily Local News 1 JRC 20091109
In retrospect, Jennifer Mankoff, now 37, believes she was infected with Lyme disease either during a trip to Ligonier in 2005 or while hiking in Frick Park in the fall of 2006.
She got a rash, one whose cause was never diagnosed, after the Ligonier trip, and she actually picked a tick off her leg after the hike in Frick Park.
Either way, the Shadyside woman, an associate professor in Carnegie Mellon's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, got sick later in 2006.
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria carried by ticks most commonly referred to as deer ticks, although entomologists now identify them as blacklegged ticks. They have been infected as larvae and nymphs, which feed on birds or small mammals. Adult ticks prefer deer. Any stage can feed on humans, potentially passing on the disease. It is the most common tick-borne illness in North America and Europe, and, said Lyme disease researcher Dr. Andrew J. Nowalk of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, it is a "devastating disease for patients who have it."
According to a county-by-county report from the Department of Health, Cameron County in the north-central part of the state had an incidence rate of 267.0 cases per 100,000 residents in 2006-08. To the west, Elk County had an incidence rate of 171.3, while to the south, Clearfield County's rate was 81.4.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Photo of the Day

While out in the woods today, this American Coot was determined to get his photo taken