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                                                      NEWS          Saturday, May 28 - Friday, June 3, 2011
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                                                                                                                                Coudersport attorney, others
                                                                                                                                charged in plot to buy newborn
                                                                                                                                  A bizarre criminal case in Potter County
                                                                                                                                has finally been made public. It involves
                                                                                                                                a conspiracy to purchase two local babies
                                                                                                                                from their expectant mothers.
                                                                                                                                  According to the Attorney General’s
                                                                                                                                office, five suspects have been arrested and
                                                                                                                                charged with participating in a plot to buy
                                                                                                                                a baby and adopt the child out to family
                                                                                                                                members.
                                                                                                                                  Central figure in the case is a Coud-
                                                                                                                                ersport attorney Jarett R. Smith, who            Jarrett Smith
                                                                                                                                coincidentally was just disciplined by the
                                                                                                                                Pennsylvania Supreme Court for unrelated
                                                                                                                                professional conduct.
                                                                                                                                  Also facing charges are Smith’s ex-wife,
                                                                                                                                Donna Albright-Smith, 38, also an attorney
                                                                                                                                who once practiced in Coudersport; as well
                                                                                                                                as his brother and wife, Jerome and Eileen
Nearly 100 children 12 and under took                                                                                           Smith, both 44, of Overland Park, Kansas.
part in the second First Fork Fishing Club                                                                                        Acting Attorney General Bill Ryan said
fishing derby held at the Austin Dam Me-                                                                                         that Albright-Smith and her ex-husband            Donna Smith
morial Park. Dawson Hooftallen, the son                                                                                         Jarrett Smith allegedly solicited Krista
of Terry and Rhoda Hooftallen of Austin,                                                                                        Eveland to sell them her unborn child so
was among the lucky anglers who land-                                                                                           that Jarrett Smith’s brother and sister-in-
ed a lunker. The event once again turned                                                                                        law could adopt the baby.
out to be a huge success with all children                                                                                        According to the criminal complaint
going home with prizes donated by doz-                                                                                          Jerome Smith and his wife Eileen were
ens of sponsors. To learn more about the
First Fork Fishing Club, visit their website,                                                                                   hoping to adopt a child when they were
                                                               Tom Glasl (right), chief financial officer for Good-               approached by Donna Albright-Smith
firstforkfishingclub.org or find them on                          will Industries of Northcentral Pennsylvania, was
FaceBook.                                                      on hand for an informal opening of the Good-
                                                                                                                                who told them she knew of a mother who
                                                               will collection shed in Coudersport Monday. Also                 wanted to put her child up for adoption.
                                                               attending were Ben Fye (middle), organizational                    Charges state that Jerome and Eileen           Krista Eveland
                                                               trainer; Sue Whitney, employment specialist; and                 Smith paid for Eveland’s pregnancy plac-
                                                               local part-time staffers David Knowlton (left),                  ing several thousand dollars into a trust

SUMMERTIME!                                                    Charles Shafer and Nathan Marble.                                fund to reimburse her for “necessary expenses.” The Smiths
                                                                                                                                also allegedly gave Eveland cash at least once a week for
                                                                                                                                gas and groceries, and also paid her rent, car insurance, car
Memorial Day events                                                                                                             repairs and electric bills.


kick off the season                                             Goodwill comes                                                    According to the criminal complaint, in addition to taking
                                                                                                                                care of her expenses, Jerome and Eileen Smith agreed to pay
                                                                                                                                the Eveland a final cash payment of $4,000 to $6,000 after

   Communities around the region will hold
traditional Memorial Day observances on
Monday.
                                                                to Coudersport                                                                                       See ARRESTED Pg. 3


   Memorial Day, formerly known as Decora-                       Goodwill Industries has come to Coudersport, giving
tion Day, commemorates U.S. soldiers who                       area residents an easy means of donating items to help
died while in the military service. First en-                  the less fortunate.
acted following the Civil War, it was extended                   Spokesman Tom Glasl assisted with the opening day
after World War I to honor Americans who                       of the Goodwill donation shed which is positioned in
have died in all wars.                                         the parking lot behind the Coudersport Post Office,
   By the middle of the 20th century, Memo-                    bordering North West and West Third streets.
rial Day was an occasion for more general                        Owners Todd and Micki Brown have donated use of
expressions of memory, as ordinary people                      the lot until a Goodwill store can be opened downtown,
visited the graves of their deceased loved                     possibly before year’s end.
ones, whether they had served in the military                    Donations of clothing, furniture, kitchen utensils and
or not.                                                        other items are welcome. Initially, three part-time atten-
   Memorial Day often marks the start of the                   dants have been hired to accept donations at the shed
summer vacation season and Labor Day its                       each day from 11 am to 7 pm.
end.                                                             Glasl said the goal is to gather, over time, enough
   Here’s a summary of each community’s                        stock to start a local store. Goodwill will cover costs of
Memorial Day observance schedule:                              utilities and site maintenance.
   Coudersport: Lineup for the parade is                         Glasl emphasized that Goodwill will complement
at 10:30 am on Oak Street. Veterans, youth                     the impressive efforts of the all-volunteer Christmas
groups and other marching units are invited.                   House, which provides Christmas gifts and year-‘round
The parade steps off at 11 and will proceed to                 assistance for families in need.
the courthouse square, where the ceremony                        Donors with questions can call Jason Marshall at
will follow with Norma Cobb Nichols, long-                     Goodwill, 814-371-2821.
time leader of the Post 192 American Legion
Auxiliary and community volunteer, as the
speaker.
                                                                                                                                Fascination with the Austin flood of 1911 extends far
   Emporium: Cameron County Memorial                                                                                            beyond the region’s borders. Country music stars Willie
Detail will be heading up the Memorial Day                                                                                      Nelson and Charlie Daniels have both taken an inter-
parade. Formation starts at 9 am at the Vets
Club and Olivett’s. Veterans who would pre-
fer to ride on the float, rather than marching,
should be at the formation no later than 9:30.
                                                       CLOSE TO HOME                                                            est in the story, thanks to the efforts of two local au-
                                                                                                                                thors whose complementary books on the topic are
                                                                                                                                about to be released. Gale Largey (inset with Nelson)
                                                                                                                                recruited Nelson as narrator of his 1999 documentary
Anyone who would like to be in the parade
should call Barry Sarick at 486-7954. Speaker          Gas wells in Coudersport                                                 of the flood and has followed that with a book that
                                                                                                                                spotlights newspaper coverage of the disaster from
                                                                                                                                around the world. Paul Heimel (top, left) discussed
will be Gary Kamats, an Army veteran of the
Vietnam War. There will be a luncheon for
participants after the parade at the Vets Club.
                                                       Borough causing concern                                                  with Daniels the possibility of writing a song based on
                                                                                                                                the flood and the musician has since asked for back-
                                                                                                                                ground material to assess. Heimel’s new book, “1911:
   Austin: Marchers and parade units will                 After witnessing a bright          vironmental impact of another      The Austin Flood,” is being billed as the authoritative
assemble at the school for lineup no later than        natural gas drilling rig lighting     natural gas drilling plan slated   account of the tragedy.
10:15. The parade will step off at 10:30. A            up the night sky over Couder-         for a forested hilltop area near
service will begin at 11 am at the Veterans’           sport Borough, some residents         the northern ridge overlooking
Memorial on the town square. Guest speaker             took their concerns to this           East Second Street in Coud-


                                                                                                                                DAM BOOKS
will be State Representative Martin Causer. A          month’s Borough Council               ersport.
luncheon will follow at the firehall.                   meeting.                                 Penn Virginia Corporation
                                                          Citing the close proximity         received state permits to drill
                                                       of Marcellus Shale natural gas        the two wells in the Niles Hill

GOOD AND BAD                                           drilling on Niles Hill to one
                                                       of the borough’s public water
                                                       supplies, they inquired as to
                                                                                             area. The Pa. Dept. of Envi-
                                                                                             ronmental Protection (DEP),
                                                                                             which issued the drilling
                                                                                                                                Two authors set to release
Turnover of county                                     whether the borough had com-
                                                       missioned a thorough testing
                                                                                             permits, refers to the sites as
                                                                                             Northeast Timberlands A 1H         books on Austin Dam disaster
employees sign of times                                of water quality to serve as a
                                                       baseline in case contamina-
                                                                                             and A 2H.
                                                                                                Penn Virginia has also
                                                                                                                                  A pair of notable books that capture the history of the
                                                                                                                                Austin flood are heading to the press – just in time for the
                                                       tion occurred that could be           drilled three wells in Allegany    centennial observance marking the tragic dam failure of
  Private-sector employers connected with the          attributed to the drilling.           Township, north of Couders-
growing natural gas industry have been pluck-                                                                                   Sept. 30, 1911.
                                                          The response was “no.”             port, two on the Risser farm         Advance orders are now being taken for local author Paul
ing employees from the Potter County govern-              Borough officials have since        and a third on the Dunn farm.
ment with offers of higher pay.                                                                                                 W. Heimel’s latest title, “1911: The Austin Flood” (Knox
                                                       arranged for a battery of tests          Penn Virginia is one of the     Books), which is being billed as the authoritative story of
  The situation was acknowledged at last               to establish the water qual-          bigger players in the region,
week’s meeting of the Board of Commission-                                                                                      the flood, complete with a series of eyewitness accounts in a
                                                       ity baseline prior to the next        with ambitious plans for           section titled, “They Were There.” See ordering information
ers, as two more workers jumped ship.                  stage of the drilling process,        gas production in townships
  Board Chairman Doug Morley said the                                                                                           below.
                                                       which is hydraulic fractur-           surrounding Coudersport,             Also on press is historian Gale Largey’s work, “The Austin
county had been anticipating the situation             ing. That technique entails           including a major lease of
since signs of the gas rush began to appear in                                                                                  Disaster, 1911: As Reported in the Media Before Radio,
                                                       the high-pressure injection of        state forest land. The com-        Television and the Internet.” Largey, who produced a popular
2008, and officials have been grooming suc-             millions of gallons of wa-            pany submitted the high bid
cessors as part of an effort to “promote from                                                                                   video focused on the 1911 flood in 1999, has produced a cof-
                                                       ter, combined with sand and           of $13.9 million on 3,640          fee-table style hardback that’s heavy on quality photographs,
within and develop a succession plan for some          chemicals, to create fissures in       acres in Eulalia and Roulette
departments.”                                                                                                                   spotlighting newspaper coverage of the disaster from around
                                                       shale formations roughly one          townships. The state will also     the world.
  “We’ve been focused on building inter-               mile underground and release          receive 18 percent of produc-
nally,” Morley said. “And it has paid dividends                                                                                   The books are complementary – Heimel’s as a history
                                                       natural gas.                          tion royalties. During the         volume that tells the story as thoroughly as it has ever been
because we have good people underneath who                Some residents believe the         same round of state forest land
step up to the challenge.”                                                                                                      told, and Largey’s as a limited-edition collector’s item heavy
                                                       testing should have taken             leasing, Seneca Resources          on graphics.
  Letters of resignation were accepted from            place prior to the initial drill-     of Houston, Texas, was high
David Knowles, director of buildings and                                                                                          That’s no coincidence, as the two authors collaborated to
                                                       ing. There is also concern            bidder on 7,440 acres between      make sure their works were in sync, rather than competing
grounds, and Joe Gerhart, geographic informa-          being expressed by some               Denton Hill and Fox Hill, of-
                                                       citizens about the possible en-       fering $23.3 million.
                       See TURNOVER Pg. 3                                                                                                                                See BOOKS | Pg. 3

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