Tuesday May 1, 2018


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Causer’s oil and gas bill moves forward….Cameron County announces historical scavenger hunt..PA Route6Annual meeting will be held later this month in Warren….

Obituaries: Donald “Don” Tarabori, Roulette and Garvin Dille, Smethport
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Citing its 160-year history of supplying valuable energy resources and practicing good environmental stewardship, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today praised committee approval of his bill to ensure fair and reasonable oversight of the conventional oil and gas industry.

“This bill strikes an appropriate balance by removing the weight of unreasonable and unnecessary regulations from the backs of our conventional producers while still ensuring the environment is protected,” Causer said. “Without this bill, the industry and all it contributes to our local and state economy, not to mention the thousands of jobs it supports across the northern tier, will remain at risk.”


The bill comes as a follow-up to the years-long fight to stop the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from applying regulations intended to address unconventional, deep-well drilling in the Marcellus Shale to the very different process of conventional, shallow well drilling. Those changes have threatened to drive many conventional operations out of business.

“Many of the regulations developed in response to Act 13 of 2012 were not reasonable or relevant for the conventional oil and gas industry. The conventional operators aren’t asking for zero regulation – they just want fair regulation, and that’s what this bill aims to do,” Causer said. “The people who operate our conventional oil and gas wells live in the communities where the wells are located. They and their families breathe the same air and drink the same water as everyone else. They pride themselves on environmental stewardship while still running their businesses and providing quality jobs to their employees.”

House Bill 2154 would enact an updated Oil and Gas Act similar to one that governed the conventional oil and gas industry prior to the passage of Act 13 of 2012 and remains in effect today. The bill includes several regulatory updates and would serve as the framework for future changes to rules impacting the conventional industry. It would not change any of the regulations currently in place for unconventional drilling.

Other key elements of the bill would boost the plugging of orphan wells and grant DEP the authority to issue permits to allow municipalities to use brine for dust control, road stabilization, anti-icing and de-icing.

Causer expressed disappointment in the DEP’s opposition to the bill, and particularly the claims by DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell that the agency had “very little input” in developing the legislation. In fact, the legislation was drafted in large part by members of the Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council (CDAC), which was created by Act 52 of 2016 to advise and assist DEP with regulatory changes impacting the conventional industry. Several DEP representatives serve on the board.

“As a member of CDAC, DEP had ample opportunity to weigh in on the legislation as it was being developed, and in fact, a number of suggestions made by DEP members were incorporated into the bill we voted on today,” Causer said. “It’s outrageous for the secretary to claim DEP had limited input.”

He also noted no one at the agency has spoken with him directly about any specific concerns or suggested solutions.

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.


The PA Route 6 Alliance has announced the theme of its two day annual event will be “The Wheels Are Turning”.To learn more about these exciting projects and programs, the PA Route 6 Alliance is inviting all businesses, organizations, community leaders and the public to its 2 day event on May 16 and 17 in Warren, the winner of the 2017 Heritage Community of the Year Award.

The activities kick off on Wednesday, May 16th with an educational workshop, Woods, Water, Wheels: Strategies for Connecting Outdoor Recreation and Our Communities. Designed for Chambers of Commerce, economic development groups and businesses, the workshop will feature a discussion on how communities can use their natural assets and outdoor recreation to create an unforgettable experience for their visitors and build a better economy for their towns. The workshop will be held at the Days Inn, Warren from 10 AM – 2 PM. Registration cost is $20 and includes lunch.

On Wednesday afternoon, a guided walking tour of Historic Warren will be offered followed by a tour and program at the newly renovated Struthers Library Theatre.

On Thursday, May 17, the Annual Meeting and “Do 6” Awards will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Days Inn The Annual Meeting includes a period of networking and viewing of sponsor displays, followed by the PA Route 6 Annual Business Meeting and a presentation on the accomplishments in 2017. Fabric Artist Nancy Asmus of Meadville will present her DO 6 throw. The Keynote speaker for this year’s meeting is Roy Gothie, Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, PA Department of Transportation. Registration fee is $30 and includes lunch.

The annual “Do 6” Award Ceremony will follow. The “Do 6” Award ceremony, honors individuals, organizations, and events in the categories of: Heritage Partnership Award; Leadership Award; Heritage Community of the Year Award; Heritage Tourism Award; Artisan of the Year Award; and Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Cameron County Historical Society is going to have a Historical Scavenger Hunt throughout the entire county and anyone can join in the fun. Participants will get the chance to explore the county in a whole new way.

It’s seriously fun and surprisingly tricky especially for budding detectives, just bring your razor-sharp intellect for some historical sleuthing.

You can do it as an individual, a team of two, or as a family. All participants will receive one free membershipfor a year. Individual memberships are valued at $12 and family at $20.

The hunt will last for the entire month of June giving participants plenty of time to take part.

First Prize: $30 and a deck of historical playing cards
Second Prize: $20 and a deck of historical playing cards
Third Prize: $10 and a deck of historical playing cards

Announcement of the winners will be announced at a hot dog roast in July at “The Little Museum” in Sterling Run.

All participants will register at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce during the month of May, last day to register is May 31. No late registers will be accepted! At this time you will receive the hunt guidelines and details so you can begin the hunt.

This hunt is designed so that very little walking would be necessary just grab your camera or cell phone w/camera and get ready to snap some historical photos. While along the way you will have to pick up a few historical cards at local businesses just to add a little edge to the game.

Most of the hunt you’re not hunting for objects to collect, but for answers to the 20 witty questions about historical places and objects for you to discover. As mentioned before the hunt will last the entire month of June so that you have enough time to plan and customize your needs while discovering the strengths of everyone on your team.

Starting the first week of June (5) clues will be reveled weekly, with 5 more each week thereafter. Weekly the clues will be available at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and will be advertised with the local news media to give others a chance to play along just for the fun of it.


Donald LeRoy Tarabori, 80, of Roulette, formerly of Galeton and Coudersport, passed away with his loving family by his side on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.Born on July 27, 1937 in Coudersport, he was a son of Marshall A. and Eleanor Doud Tarabori. On September 2, 1967 in Gaines, he married Cora Mae Northrop, who survives.Don graduated from Galeton High School, Class of 1955. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a supplies clerk.He was employed at Corning Glass Works and later was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Lastly he was a Pennsylvania State Liquor Store manager, managing stores in Galeton, Austin and Coudersport, retiring after 32 years of service. He served as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for the local district.Don’s parents operated West Pike Sales and Service where Don got his love for Hudsons and “fast cars”. He was noted throughout his younger years as “the guy with the neatest and fastest cars”. He owned and raced a drag car and a dirt track racecar. He was a member of the Hudson Essex Terraplane Club. He was an avid NASCAR fan and had been interviewed for a position with the NASCAR truck circuit before his illness. He loved traveling, remote control carsandremote control planes. His greatest love was family.Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Scot Tarabori of Roulette and Michael (Paula Phelps) Tarabori of Coudersport; five grandchildren, Lauren, Brandon, Mason, Clayton and Taylor; two step-grandsons, Dylan (Erin) Clark and Brandon Lee Clark; four great-grandchildren, Hadynn, Nevaeh, Elaina, and Aria; a brother, Ronald Tarabori of Galeton; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; his two dogs, Sadie Mae and Bella; and his cat, Chester.In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by a daughter, Tammy Lynne Tarabori. There will be no public visitation. A private family celebration of Don’s life will be held at the convenience of the family.
Don’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roulette Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 172, Roulette, PA 16746 or to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Don, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com


Garvin A. Dille, 91, of Smethport, passed away Wednesday (April 25, 2018) in the Lakeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Smethport.He was born March 5, 1927 in Canton, OH, a son of Donald and Ruth McDonald Dille. On April 19, 1974, in the United Methodist Church of Smethport, he married Carolyn Kay Wright, who survives.Garvin attended Emlenton, PA schools. He quit school to join the U.S. Navy and fight in WWII. He was stationed in the Leyte Gulf, Philippines, site of the amphibious invasion of American forces and Filipino guerrillas who took on the Japanese in October of 1944. Garvin was discharged honorably from the Navy in 1946. He was then called back to service from reserve duty when the Korean Conflict broke out. Garvin was discharged honorably again from the Navy in 1952, attaining the rank of 3rd Class Petty Officer.Mr. Dille worked for the Sterling Division of Quaker State as a tanker driver for 39 years before retiring in 1987.Garvin was a former member of the Odd Fellows and was a member of the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport. He had been a member there for over 60 years and held various offices with the Post, including Commander in 1969.In addition to his wife, he is survived by:four daughters: Cynthia (Rod) Hartman of Elyria, OH, Bonnie (Steve) Faes of Crosby, Chris (Greg) Thomas of Butte, MT and Deana (Bill) Bickford of East Smethportone son: Gary (Silvia) Dille of Corpus Christi, TX,stepsons: Michael (Tina) Burford of Crosby and Jim (Ron Sperry) Burford of San Diego, CA.,ten grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two young daughters, Karen and Donna Dille, an infant brother, and one stepson, Scott Burford.Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 8th, from 10-11 AM, followed by a celebration of Garvin’s life at 11 A.M. in the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.