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Friday August 18, 2017

                                                   Thursday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 69; .08” rain

Friday August 18, 2017

FRI-CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 80

FRI NIGHT- LOW 65

SAT-POSSIBLE SHOWERS, HIGH 80

SAT NIGHT-LOW 63

SUN-PARTLY  SUNNY, HIGH 79

 

Authorities begin “Drive Sober” campaign….Several drivers arrested for DUI in Tioga County and New York State residents arrested for having pot and paraphernalia while being stopped in Potter County…game commission says two deer found in Elk County did not have CWD….Cherry Spring State Park offers solar eclipse viewing……ID thieves use elderly Genesee man’s debit card

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will join in the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving enforcement campaign from August 16 through September 4, 2017.

Although DUI-related fatalities have fallen by a third over the last three decades, recent statistics show a frightening trend. According to the NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2011 to 2015, which equals one person killed every 51 minutes in 2015.

 During the three-day Labor Day holiday enforcement period in 2016, PSP investigated 704 crashes statewide, including 61 crashes involving alcohol, and four alcohol-related fatal crashes.

 Penalties for a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania vary based on several factors, including an individual’s criminal history, blood alcohol content (BAC) level, and whether or not there were injuries or property damage in the event of a crash. Potential consequences include thousands of dollars in fines, a license suspension, and even prison time.

The NHTSA developed the SaferRide smartphone app as part of its effort to curb impaired driving. The app can be used to quickly pinpoint the user’s location and call a taxi or trusted friend for a safe ride home. The app is free and available for Android and Apple devices.

 For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.

 

 

Mansfield based state police have been doing their part this summer. Troopers arrested at least five drivers for DUI in June: 30 year old Justin Plank of Wellsboro on June 16;26 yar old Johan Oliver of Wellsboro on June 17; Dennis McCurdy, no age provided, from Tioga, PA also n June 17;51 year old Violent Buckley of Wellsboro on June 22; and 32 year old Michele Terboss of Lawrenceville on June 27. All were arrested after traffic stops at various locations around Tioga County .Meanwhile, Troopers in Coudersport have charged two New York State residents with drug violations after a traffic stop back in February. Details were just released late yesterday. Police say when they pulled Krstena Wesche of Wellsville over for a traffic violation on Honeoye Road in Sharon Township on the afternoon of February 16, they found she was driving under the influence and discovered marijuana ad drug paraphernalia in the car. Her passenger, 20 year old Chance Mullen of Bolivar was also arrested.

A Coudersport teen driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday night on Maple Ridge  in Hebron Township. Authorities report 19 year old Jeri Houghtaling lost control  of her northbound Chevrolet Cavalier on the dirt road while making a right curve. Houghtaling over steered causing the car to rotate across the road, hit an embankment and roll over an undetermined amount of times before coming to rest right side up. She was cited for speeding.

Another teen driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night in West Branch Township, Potter County. According to Coudersport based state police a 17 yr old Galeton girl was headed north on the Mitchell Road  when she swerved to avoid a deer. Her Ford Escape went off the road and collided with a utility pole.

No injuries were reported for Galeton woman  after a car/deer collision Thursday morning in Ulysses Township. Troopers said Betty Grover was going north on the Loucks Mills Road  near Bailey Hill Road when a deer ran from the sideof the road and the path of her Jeep Latitude.

Coudersport based state police are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a parked pick pick up truck Wednesday evening. The unknown unit went off of the Crippen Run Road in West Branch Township and collided with a Ford F-150 which was legally parked facing west. Damage occurred to the tailgate and the driver left the scene without notifying the truck owner or police.

Unknown ID thieves used a debit card belonging to 84 year old Douglas Collins of Genesee to make make purchases earlier this week. Thieves also stole cash from the victim.

The Game Commission says the two, ear-tagged deer euthanized July 26 in Ridgway Township, Elk County tested negative for chronic wasting diseaseMeanwhile, the investigation continues to determine whether the deer escaped from a captive facility or were intentionally released.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is always-fatal to deer and elk. Where CWD exists in Pennsylvania, measures are taken to reduce its potential spread.

The two ear-tagged deer were discovered about 20 miles north of Disease Management Area 3, within the Commonwealth’s Elk Management Area.

The ear tags raise concerns that the deer were at one time part of a captive-deer herd. The Department of Agriculture manages deer farming operations in the Commonwealth.

The discovery of deer from a captive herd in the wild always raises concerns due to the potential for CWD spreading to wild deer in a new area.

 Anyone with information about where these deer might have originated is asked to contact the Game Commission’s Northcentral Office at 570-398-4744, or 570-398-4745.

If you'd like to enjoy the upcoming eclipse, but don’t want to drive too far, join staff and volunteers at Cherry Springs to view the partial eclipse. Stop by anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 PM to enjoy family friendly activities, and take a look through the park’s specially filtered solar telescope.  The peak of the eclipse will occur around 2:30PM. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the park while learning a bit about what causes this unique event. Pre-registration is required to attend this Program and spaces are limited. A pair of eclipse glasses or a specially-filtered telescope will be available for each family/group that registers.

 

The Roulette Parks and Recreation Committee still has tickets available for the Duck Race to be held on August 19th at 4pm.  $5.00 will get you a ticket that contains numbers for two ducks.  Please call the Roulette Township during normal business hours at (814) 544-7549 to get yours.  You could be the lucky winner if your Quacker shows up first, second or third at the finish line at the Pomeroy Bridge.

 

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                                                                              Thursday August 17, 2017

Wednesday’s  high, 77; Overnight low, 53; no rain

 

Panel hears Chesapeake Bay issues at Ag Progress Days....Westfield man arrested for knocking teen to the ground...Tioga County man arrested after dogs attack car....vandalism in Emporium investigated...details released about serious one-vehicle crash in Tioga County last week....

 

Wednesday’s  high, 77; Overnight low, 53; no rain

 

THU-PARTLY SUNNY, THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 80

THU NIGHT-CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AND SHOWERS MAYBE HEAVY RAIN, LOW 65

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY AM SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, THE PARTLY SUNNY,   HIGH 83

FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF SHOWERS & ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS, LOW  64

SAT-PARTLY SUNNY, CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 77

 

State leaders and stakeholders involved in efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay appeared before the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees Wednesday at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days to discuss phase three of the bay watershed implementation plan.

As chairman of the House Ag Committee, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said it is important to monitor bay cleanup efforts because of their impact on the agriculture industry. The Federal Clean Water Act requires reductions of pollutants, including nitrogen, entering the Chesapeake Bay, and Pennsylvania is only about 10 percent of the way to meeting its 2025 nitrogen goal. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) estimates the industry will be responsible for more than 80 percent of

Causer has long emphasized the importance of tracking Best Management Practices (BMPs) already in place on farms across the state to ensure they are getting the credit they deserve for their efforts.

To that end, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding offered lawmakers an update on their work to improve that effort through

More than 1,500 farm inspections have been conducted by county conservation districts across the state.

 A key concern raised throughout the meeting is the funding needed to support, develop and implement plans necessary to help farmers, as well as municipalities, to achieve the necessary reductions to meet the EPA requirements. In 2014, a Penn State study indicated it would cost at least $240 million per year to meet EPA’s goals by the 2025 deadline.

Despite these concerns, several participants in the meeting indicated improved relations with EPA and a recognition by the agency of the unique challenges facing the Commonwealth and its farmers.

More information about the state’s Chesapeake Bay efforts can be found at www.dep.pa.gov/chesapeakebay/phase3. Video of the entire meeting will be available at www.RepCauser.com by Thursday afternoon, Aug. 17.

Coudersport based state police have arrested a Westfield man for domestic violence harassment in connection to an assault taking place last Thursday afternoon on the Wintergreen Road in  Genesee Township. Troopers allege37 year old  Christopher Cary pushed an 18 year old Genesee boy in the back causing the victim to fall onto the roadway shoulder and suffer minor injuries.

 

Troopers at Mansfield have charged 50 year old Donald Brooks of that town with disorderly conduct after his dogs allegedly left his house and went onto the Bryant Road in Richmond Township attacking a car driven by John Folcarelli also of Mansfield on the afternoon of August 5 causing minor damage.

Vandalism to a vehicle in Shippen Township, Cameron County this week is being investigated by state police at Emporium. Vandals damaged a vehicle owned by Rodman Thompson between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm Tuesday while it was parked on the Sizerville Road.

Details were released overnight by state police at Mansfield regarding a one-vehicle crash last Friday morning in Union Township. Troopers say Brandon Adams of Roaring Branch was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of injuries he suffered when his Chevrolet Cavalier went off the Ogdensburg Road and collided with a group of trees where it came to rest.   

Obituaries

Donald Romaine “Don” Chappell, 83, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on December 1, 1933 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of William and Geraldine Chappell Koblinger.  On September 1, 1962 in Millport, he married Bonita Ann “Bonnie” Hemphill, who survives.

Don attended Olean High School, leaving during his senior year to enlist in the U.S. Navy in 1951 to serve in the Korean War on the 38th parallel as a hospital corpsman on the front lines.  He received many medals and citations including the Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Nation Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with three bronze star appurtenances, United Nations Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, Marksman Rifle Badge and two Purple Heart Medals with one gold star appurtenance.  He received his Purple Hearts in action on August 21, 1952 and on October 1, 1952.  He never spoke of his medals or requested any benefits for his injuries or service as his corpsman group sacrificed their lives during the War and he chose to honor their service in that way.

Don was employed from 1954 until his retirement in 1991 serving as a supervisor of test stands at Dresser Rand in Olean.

Don loved hunting and fishing, but his greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Jeff D. Chappell of Turtlepoint, Jim D. Chappell of Shinglehouse, and Daniel L. “Dan” Chappell of Shinglehouse; and two daughters, Donna M. Kelley of Olean, N.Y. and Peggy A. (Kenneth Austin) Chappell of Eldred; eight adored grandchildren, Chelsea, Geoff, Tyler (Taylar), Amanda, Taylor, Colton (Nina), Lindsey and Kaci; and many close friends, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by a brother, Ronald; a daughter-in-law, Tracy Chappell; a son-in-law, Dale Saulter; and a brother-in-law, William “Bill” Hemphill.

In keeping with Donald’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials in Don’s name may be made to the L.E.E.K. Hunting and Mountain Preserve (for disabled veterans), c/o Col. Ed Fisher, 740 Ridge Road, Lewisberry, PA 17339.

Donald’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Donald, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Patricia L. Austin, 63, of Hinsdale, formerly of Shinglehouse, Pa., passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, after a courageous three year battle with cancer.

Born on March 17, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, she was a daughter of Howard L. Sr. and Grace H. Simons Aumiller.  On October 10, 1987 in the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, she married Victor E. Austin, who survives.

Patricia was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1972, in Shinglehouse. She was employed for 40 years at the former A.V.X. Corporation in Olean, retiring due to ill health.

Patricia loved music and enjoyed playing poker.  She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Surviving besides her husband are three brothers, Dale E. Aumiller and Donald G. (Mindi) Aumiller, both of Shinglehouse, and Howard L. “Jack” Aumiller, Jr. of Campbellsville, KY; three sisters, Susan K. Aumiller of Bolivar, Melody L. “Sam” (Jeff) Dunkleman of Vine Grove, KY, and Stacy L. (Joseph Reagle) Johnston of Ceres; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Patricia was predeceased by a nephew, Howard Lewis Aumiller III.

Family and friends are invited to call from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where a celebration of Patricia’s life will follow at 3pm with Pastor Stan Scoville, spiritual care coordinator of Homecare and Hospice of Olean, officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials in Patricia’s name may be made to Homecare and Hospice, 1225 West State Street, Olean, NY 14760 or to Roswell Park Cancer Alliance Foundation, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Patricia, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com    

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Wednesday August 16, 2017

TUESDAY’S HIGH, 85; Overnight low, 54; no rain

Emporium man jailed on rape charges….downstate man arrested in Coudersport on drug charges…drug suspect nabbed in Port Allegany…..ATV stolen in Austin last week recovered….Vandalism probed by state police in Potter and Tioga Counties……

An Emporium man has been jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail on rape charges stemming from incidents allegedly taking  place in late April at a  home on East 4th Street in that town. State police in Cameron County claim 21 year old Norman Petit was babysitting three young children between 10:00 pm April 22 and 6:00 am April 23 when three other juveniles arrived at the house. Pettit is accused of giving them marijuana which he had purchased and then allegedly had forced intercourse with one of the girls and touched another inappropriately. Following arraignment, Pettit was committed to the Potter County Jail. A male juvenile was apparently in the home at the time according to the news release f rom state troopers.

State police at Coudersport arrested a Reading, OH man Saturday morning in Coudersport on drug charges. Authorities claim when they responded to a call on Upper Lane in the borough about possible drug paraphernalia , they allegedly found drugs and drug paraphernalia inside a large black Icon laptop case linked to prescription drugs also in the case. Charges have been filed with District Judge Annette Easton and are pending further action.

Troopers in Kane arrested a 23 year old man, no  address provided for violating drug laws after a traffic stop Tuesday night at the intersection of Route 6 and 155 n Port Allegany. Authorities say Michael Trembley, Jr. a passenger in the car,  was found in possession of marijuana. Charges will be filed in District Court.

A vehicle stolen in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County was recovered Tuesday morning in Ridgway. Troopers say the vehicle owned by Chad Dull was found partially in the roadway at the West End Market in Ridgway Township  and was towed to the Ridgway barracks for processing.

Coudersport based state police report an ATV which was stolen from a Costello Avenue Austin late last week was recovered  and returned to the owner. The machine is owned by Bucky Blaniar of Costello and was stolen last Tuesday evening, August 8.

Troopers in Coudersport and Mansfield have recently investigated several criminal mischiefs. Vandals broke a window in a camper owned by Scott Hostetlar of Austin this past weekend while it was parked at his home on Summit Street.

Culprits using a pellet or airsoft gun shot windows in an outbuilding in Richmond Township owned by Galen Elder on the afternoon of  July 25.Someon stole two valve caps from front tires  and let the air out on a vehicle owned by Cheryl Antes of Liberty Saturday while the vehicle was parked at the Tioga County fair in Whitneyville . And criminals opened the drain plug on a radiator in a vehicle owned by DavidKohler of Tioga, PA while it was parked on the Mitchel Creek Road in late June. A foreign substance was dumped  into the gas tank, as well. Anyone with information about the Tioga County crimes  is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

Reps. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) and Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) are reminding area loggers of a sales tax exemption now available to them for business-related equipment, supplies and services. The law providing the exemption was adopted last year as part of the state budget process, and it took effect on July 1.

According to the Department of Revenue, those eligible for the exemption would include purchasers engaged in timbering as a business enterprise. Timbering involves producing or harvesting trees for commercial production; it does not include harvesting trees for the purpose of clearing land for access roads .The exemption would apply to the purchase of machinery and equipment and their associated parts and foundations, as well as supplies or services which are necessary to perform operations prior to the transport of the harvested products, such as in-field processing of trees into logs or chips, loading forest products onto highway vehicles for transport to storage or processing facilities, or postharvest site reclamation.

The timbering exclusion does not apply to the following:

    Vehicles required to be registered under the Vehicle Code, regardless of how they are used.

    Materials, supplies, or equipment used to construct, reconstruct, alter, remodel, service, repair, or maintain real estate or real estate structures.

    Tools, equipment, and supplies used in performing maintenance work.

    Property or services used in managerial, sales, or other nonoperational activities,

    Property or services used after the harvested product is loaded onto highway vehicles for transport from the timbering site.

    Property or services used for the purpose of clearing land for access roads.

Purchasers who wish to claim the exemption should use the Pennsylvania Exemption Certificate (REV-1220), available at revenue.pa.gov.

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                               Monday August 14, 2017

                                                                                      Sunday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 52, No rain

 

 Mansfield woman killed in one-vehicle crash…..Minor injuries reported in McKean County collision…Bradford drug suspect arrested at Coudersport business….Elk County woman accused of shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart….Police investigate burglaries in Elk and Tioga Counties……Homeless man arrested for creating a disturbance last week in Ulysses and, despite Main Street renovation, town wide yard sales will be held Sept. 2 in Coudersport…..

A 24 year old Mansfield woman died in a one-vehicle crash last Thursday afternoon in Rutland Township, Tioga County. Troopers just released the details this weekend reporting Satiecka Walker was ejected from her car when became airborne and rolled over several times after going of the road on a right hand curve on the Dunkleberger Road. The car slid down and hill and came to rest on its roof.

Minor injuries were reported for an Eldred couple and a child involved in a collision Friday morning  in Eldred Township, McKean County. According to Kane based state police, the collision occurred when Chad Reed of Bradford was going south on the Barnum Road and failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection with the Prentisvale Road. Reed’s Ford Mustang hit a Ford Ranger driven by Thomas Hazzard in the passenger side causing the pick up to spin off the road and roll over. Hazzard and his wife Keri and a two year old boy were taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center. Reed was not hurt.

A Genesee teen driver and her passenger were hurt in a one-vehicle accident last Tuesday in Genesee Township. Troopers at the Coudersport barracks report the 17 year old driver lost control of her Chrysler PT Cruiser on a slight right hand curve while going east on the Ellisburg Road. The car slid across the highway and collided with an embankment on the north side before rolling over onto its roof. She and an 8 year old boy were taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

State police at Coudersport are looking for a  hit and run vehicle which caused some damage last Thursday on the Germania Road in West Branch Township. The unknown vehicle left the scene after colliding with a mailbox.

An Emporium driver escaped injury last Thursday morning in a car/deer encounter in Lumber Township, Cameron County. Authorities said Brady Lovett was headed west on the CCC  Memorial Highway when he swerved his Dodge Durango to avoid a deer in his path. The SUV went off the road and hit a utility pole with the front end.

One driver was hurt in collision Friday afternoon in Jones Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police the collision occurred when Deborah Giselman of Chambersburg made a left turn from Marvin Street in front of a VW Jetta driven by Raimi Akers of Johnsonburg going north on Route 219. The Akers auto hit Giselman’s Ford Fusion on the driver’s side. Akers did not require treatment at a medical facility for her slight injuries. Her passenger, Calvin Moore of Wilcox and Giselman escaped injury.

 

DUI  and related charges are pending against a Genesee woman who was stopped by state police on Route 449 in Ulysses Township on July 29. Troopers allege when they pulled 35 year old Sarah Bennett over for a host of traffic violations, they found drug related paraphernalia in her car. Charges may also be filed against a 51 year old man who was in the car at the time.

A Roulette man has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. State police claim when they stopped 44 year old Thomas Bennett on Maple Street in the village just before midnight July 31 for impaired driving, they found he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance and was allegedly in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Kane based state police nabbed two drivers for DUI during a DUI checkpoint Saturday night on Route 219 in Bradford Township. Police said 105 vehicles were stopped. Three citations and one warning were issued.

A Bradford woman has been jailed after being arrested last Monday morning at the Dollar General on East Second Street in Coudersport. Authorities say while  they were holding 30 year old Charmain Tyler while awaiting confirmation of an active warrant in McKean County, they found her in possession of marijuana, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. She was arraigned before District Judge Annette Easton and committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Retail theft charges have been lodged against  Elk County resident, 22 year old Alyssa Mader. Troopers claim Mader stole nine items from the St.Marys Walmart Saturday evening.

A theft on the Hideaway Road in Brockport was investigated late last week by state police at Ridgway. Thieves stole a five gallon gas can, containing some gas, from a garage owned by Dennis Young and took a carton of cigarettes from an enclosed porch.

Mansfield based state police are investigating a couple of recent burglaries in Tioga County. Criminals entered the home of Lydia Cleveland on Moore Road in Richmond Township between Tuesday and Thursday of last week and made off with several items. Thieves took several items from the home of Donald Wilcox on Burrell Road in Westfield between June 24 and July 27 while he was away from home.

A homeless man was arrested last Thursday morning on School Street in Ulysses for disorderly conduct. Troopers say 74 year old Gary Marvel, whose last known address was in Texas, was yelling loudly and swearing for no apparent reason when they were called to investigate.

Despite the Main Street Renovation project, the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce announce Town Wide Yard Sales  will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Bargain hunters and shoppers can plan to visit residential yard sales guided by two maps: 1. A printed map available no later than Aug. 26 at the chamber office at 227 N Main St., and 2. a Google “My Map” available at www.coudersport.us/townwide. A nominal fee $5.00 fee is charged for those who wish to place their sale on the maps; the money supports printing and development of the maps. Those hosting a sale additionally receive a highly visible sign for their yard, garage, or porch sale available at the chamber office. Coudersport’s courthouse square will be filled with sellers and vendors. Spaces are still available for $10.00 per 10-foot by 10-foot space. Two 10 x 10 spaces are $15.00 — $10.00 for additional adjacent spaces. The square will be equipped with an accessible portable toilet rental and hand wash station. To sign up for residential or courthouse sales, or with questions about the sales, contact Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce & Potter County Artisan Center at 814-274-8165, email chamber@coudersport.org, or Facebook @COUDERSPORTAREACHAMBEROFCOMMERCE. Deadline for print map registration is Thursday, August 17.

Obituaries

Janice Ann Nobles Lippman, 75, of Dade City, Florida, formerly of Bolivar, NY and Wellsville, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Born on October 4, 1941 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Leonard D. and Lucille B. Henderson Nobles.  In 1965 in the Bolivar United Methodist Church, she married Robert Clark Lippman, who passed away in 1993.

Janice was a 1958 graduate of Bolivar Central High School and attended the University of Buffalo, College of Nursing, where she obtained her licensure as a registered nurse.  Janice’s love for nursing carried her through many different disciplines over a career of nearly 50 years.  She began as a nurse at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, before teaming up with Drs. Akman, Harkness and Sale in their private practice.   Upon moving to Florida in 1980, Janice found her passion as the assistant director of nursing at Zephyr Haven Nursing Home.  She assisted in the creation of the Alzheimer and dementia unit before moving to Asheville, NC in 1992 to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.  In 1994, the family returned to Dade City.  Janice then joined the staff of Hernando-Pasco Hospice, a career that gave her great joy.  She was touched by every patient she served and was certainly the nurse the Lord created her to be. 

Surviving are a daughter, Kim Marie (Jeffrey) Patterson of Dade City; five grandchildren, Sarah Walden, Marcus Walden, Michelle James, Alyssa Walden, and Kristen Patterson; eight great-grandchildren, Cody, Jr., Savannah, Jahaira, Gianna, Scarlett, Harris, Aubree, and Joshua Marcus; two sisters, Mary Clark of Bolivar and Barbara White of Landrum, S.C.; two special nieces, Bobbi Jo Baldwin and Kelly Kozlowski; three nephews, Greg Fancher, Scott Fancher, and Kevin Dennis; a stepson, Robert C. (Judy) Lippman, Jr. of Houston, Texas; a sister-in-law, Kay Dennis; an aunt, Guinevere Nobles; numerous cousins; a precious friend, Judy Regan; many exceptional friends; and her faithful companion for the last seven years, her dear Morkie “Abby” Abigail, who misses her mommy dearly.In addition to her parents and former husband, Janice was predeceased by a grandson, Joshua Michael Walden, who passed away in 2016 and a nephew, Daniel Patrick Clark.Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside burial service at 11am on Friday, October 6, 2017 in the Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar,with Pastor Marlin M. Miller of the Kossuth Community Chapel, officiating.Janice’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.Memorials may be made in Janice’s name to any local hospice organization and would be most appreciated by the family.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Janice, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

Doris G. DIBBLE, 86, formerly of Harrison Valley, PA, died Thursday, August 10, 2017 in Wheaton’s Personal Care Home, Westfield, PA. 

Born November 30, 1930, in North Fork, PA, she was the daughter of Robert and Ruth Paddock Gill. 

She attended the country school in North Fork and was a graduate of Harrison Valley High School. 

On June 13, 1950, in Harrison Valley, she married Glen S. Dibble, Jr., who predeceased her on March 17, 2000. 

Doris and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Harrison Township for over 50 years.  She was also employed by the PA Department of Forestry and was the first woman hired by Consolidated, now Dominion, as an engineer at the Harrison station. 

She attended the West Union Mennonite Church, where she was active in the quilt guild and ladies group.  She was a member of the North Fork Grange, Harrison Valley Alumni Association, various motorcycle clubs, and served as Harrison Township Tax Assessor. 

Surviving are:  two sons, Hal (Sandra) Dibble of Westfield, PA and Neal (Trudi) Dibble of Middlebury Center, PA;  a daughter, Denise (Alvin) Swan of Westfield, PA;  five grandchildren;  eight great-grandchildren;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Joshua Dibble, in 1999;  two sisters, Eilene Hurler and Myrtle Steadman;  and a brother, Elwood Gill. 

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 7:00 PM.  The Rev. Trevor Price will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to UPMC Susquehanna Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901 or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Janice Ann NoblesLippman            CAPTION “former Bolivar, N.Y. resident”

DADE CITY, Fla.----Janice Ann NoblesLippman, 75, of Dade City, Florida, formerly of Bolivar, NY and Wellsville, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Born on October 4, 1941 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Leonard D. and Lucille B. Henderson Nobles.  In 1965 in the Bolivar United Methodist Church, she married Robert Clark Lippman, who passed away in 1993.

Janice was a 1958 graduate of Bolivar Central High School and attended the University of Buffalo, College of Nursing, where she obtained her licensure as a registered nurse.  Janice’s love for nursing carried her through many different disciplines over a career of nearly 50 years.  She began as a nurse at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, before teaming up with Drs. Akman, Harkness and Sale in their private practice.   Upon moving to Florida in 1980, Janice found her passion as the assistant director of nursing at Zephyr Haven Nursing Home.  She assisted in the creation of the Alzheimer and dementia unit before moving to Asheville, NC in 1992 to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.  In 1994, the family returned to Dade City.  Janice then joined the staff of Hernando-Pasco Hospice, a career that gave her great joy.  She was touched by every patient she served and was certainly the nurse the Lord created her to be. 

Surviving are a daughter, Kim Marie (Jeffrey) Patterson of Dade City; five grandchildren, Sarah Walden, Marcus Walden, Michelle James, Alyssa Walden, and Kristen Patterson; eight great-grandchildren, Cody, Jr., Savannah, Jahaira, Gianna, Scarlett, Harris, Aubree, and Joshua Marcus; two sisters, Mary Clark of Bolivar and Barbara White of Landrum, S.C.; two special nieces, Bobbi Jo Baldwin and Kelly Kozlowski; three nephews, Greg Fancher, Scott Fancher, and Kevin Dennis; a stepson, Robert C. (Judy) Lippman, Jr. of Houston, Texas; a sister-in-law, Kay Dennis; an aunt, Guinevere Nobles; numerous cousins; a precious friend, Judy Regan; many exceptional friends; and her faithful companion for the last seven years, her dear Morkie “Abby” Abigail, who misses her mommy dearly.

In addition to her parents and former husband, Janice was predeceased by a grandson, Joshua Michael Walden, who passed away in 2016 and a nephew, Daniel Patrick Clark.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside burial service at 11am on Friday, October 6, 2017 in the Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar,with Pastor Marlin M. Miller of the Kossuth Community Chapel, officiating.

Janice’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

Memorials may be made in Janice’s name to any local hospice organization and would be most appreciated by the family.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Janice, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com  

 

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Thursday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 59; no rain

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 78

FRI NIGHT-CLOUDY, SHOWERS POSSIBLE, LOW 60

SAT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS, HIGH 76

SUN- MIX OF CLOUDS & Sun, SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS HIGH IN THE LOW TO MID 70s

 

Registration Underway for Rural Regional College of Northern PA’s Fall Semester

Starting this fall, the Rural Regional College of Northern PA (RRC) is offering classes in partnership with Gannon University, transitioning students from a successful pilot program, the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA). The RRC will provide affordable, accessible education and training that is linked to jobs in the region.

 

Nine courses are being offered for the fall semester including: First-Year Seminar; College Algebra; Business Technology I; Public Speaking;Business and Professional Communication; Philosophy of Knowledge; Psychological Statistics; College Composition; and Principles of Accounting I. These courses are part of two associate degrees – Business Management or Interdisciplinary Studies. However, if a student is not interested in an associate degree at this time, they can choose the course or courses they need for personal or professional development or take courses to transfer towards a degree program at another regional college or university. 

 

This program is perfect for recent high school graduates, mid-career adults seeking to advance in their career or begin a new one, and current high school juniors and seniors who meet eligibility requirements and want to earn college credits while still in high school. The RRC is designed to be affordable, with state funding helping to keep tuition costs low. Students with a high school diploma or GED pay just $180 per credit. Current high school students pay just $60 per credit. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available.

 

All of the courses are offered in the evenings and are available at the Coudersport and Port Allegany offices of the Education Council, as well as 15 additional locations throughout northwest and north central Pennsylvania. RRC instructors teach classes live (real-time), and interactive television (ITV) allows all students to simultaneously view and interact with each other.

 

The registration deadline for fall semester is August 18, 2017, and classes start August 21st.  For more information or to register, contact Janine Morley at (814) 274-4877 or janine@pottercountyedcouncil.org or Jocelyn Hamilton.Bash at (814) 603-1229 or jhamilton.bash@ecuapa.org.

It’s almost back to school time and Rep. Martin Causer is advising parents of a new state regulation regarding immunizations.Children from kindergarten to 12th frade must now be fully immunized on the first day of school or they can be prohibited from attending. Previously parents had several weeks in which to gave the immunizations completed. If a child is in the process of receiving shots but has not finished, the health care provider must provide written information to the school nurse.

Ridgway based state police say charges are pending against a Ridgway man for allegedly failing to return a borrowed vehicle. Authorities say a 49 year old man borrowed a vehicle from a 51 yea rold Sigel woman on August 8 and has not returned the vehicle as promised.

State police there are also investigating an ID theft. Cyber criminals used bank account information belonging to a 39 year old Benezette Township woman yesterday to purchase items online totaling $132.75 in value.

Vandalism at a drilling site in Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Someone drilled holes into a water line owned by Shell Appalachia between July 5 and 19. The line was being installed on an unnamed service road in Connelly Mountain Road in Sullivan Township at the time. Unknown culprits cut an internet coax cable leading to an apartment on Junction Lane in Delmar Township between noon August 1 and 10:30 pm August 2.

 

Galeton Rotary Woodsmen Show

2017 Results

 

Wood Cutting Activity*

1st Place Jason Lentz

2nd Place Matt Cogar

3rd Place Mike Sullivan

4th Place Dave Jewett

 

*Includes Single Buck, 2 Man X Cut,

Open Chain, Horizontal Log, Spring Board

2 Man Log, Tree Felling, Axe Throw

 

 

Heavy Weight Horse Pulling

1st Place Casey Harriman

2nd Place Calab Armison

3rd Place Dwight Shoemaker

4th Place Rick Stanton

5th Scott Armsion

 

Light Weight Horse Pulling

1st Place Ray Long

 

Master Piece Winners

1st Place Andrew Kinsinger

2nd Place Kevin Treat

3rd Place Kevin Black

4th Place Alaskan Spawn

5th Scott Daniel Burnside

 

 

Wood Carving Auction Winners

August 4

1st Place Andrew Kinsinger

2nd Place Daniel Burnside

3rd Place Kevin Treat

 

August 5

1st Place Kevin Black

2nd Place Daniel Burnside

3rd Place Kevin Treat

August 6

1st Place Daniel Burnside

2nd Place Elaine Foy

3rd Place John Stoltzfus

COUDERSPORT, Pa.---Garry W. Hemphill, 70, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

Born April 12, 1947 in Coudersport, he was a son of William “Bob” and Wanda I. Matzinger Hemphill.  On July 13, 1968 in Olean, NY, he married Lorraine M. Lovell, who survives.

Garry was a graduate of Coudersport High School.  He was employed as a general foreman at the former Pittsburgh Corning Glass Corporation in Port Allegany.  He was also a self-employed farmer and carpenter.

Garry loved fishing, camping, hunting and boating.  His greatest love was his family.

Surviving besides his wife are two children, Michelle M. (Curt) Long and Dana A. (Shari) Hemphill, both of Coudersport; five grandchildren, Levi, Ciarra, Christopher, Kaden, and Colton; a great-granddaughter, Kinslee; a brother, Richard “Dick” (Judy) Hemphill of Coudersport; three sisters, Karen Robinson, Mary (Jeff) Freeman, and Lori (Steve) Watson, all of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Garry was predeceased by a brother, Michael Hemphill.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Garry’s life at 1pm on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Garry and Lorraine’s home, 41 Old Route 49, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers That Care, c/o the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Garry’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Garry, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

Joanna Mae S. HAMILTON, 87, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in her home. 

Born September 7, 1929, in Edinboro, PA, she was the daughter of Frank and Edna Flynn Scheidemantel. 

She was a graduate of Edinboro High School, class of 1947, and Erie Commercial College. 

On October 21, 1950, in Edinboro, she married H. Clair Hamilton, moving to Potter County, giving up her city life to become a farm wife.  He predeceased her on August 11, 2004. 

Mrs. Hamilton and her husband owned and operated Clair-Jo Farms in Ulysses for many years.  She was employed as a secretary at the Northern Potter High School in the 1960’s. 

She was a member of the Ulysses United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and Order of the Eastern Star #95 in Ulysses.  Joanna was well-known for her green thumb, growing flowers and a large garden.  An excellent cook, her famous dishes were part of every church and fire company dinner. 

Surviving are:  eight children, Laurel (Kurt) Kosa of Ulysses, Larry (Phyllis) Hamilton of Ulysses, Gary (Tina) Hamilton of Ulysses, Lynette Richardson of Columbia Cross Roads, Gay (Karl) Torrey of Coneville, Todd (Wendy) Hamilton of Ulysses, Heidi (Bill) Bodnovich of Chesapeake, VA, and Holly (Andy) Hyde of Ulysses;  24 grandchildren;  17 great-grandchildren;  three sisters,  Jane Lloyd of Edinboro, Joyce Dunkle of Corry, PA, and Laura Lee (Rich) Freer of Olean, NY;  a brother, David (Marilyn) Scheidemantel of Flushing, MI;  nieces and nephews;  and many wonderful caregivers. 

Friends may call Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  An Eastern Star Service will be held 8:30 PM Saturday in the funeral home.  Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday in the Ulysses United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Donald N. Miller and the Rev. Jason K. Reed will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the Ulysses United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 294, Ulysses, PA 16948, Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 277, Ulysses, PA 16948, Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948, or the Ulysses Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 153, Ulysses, PA 16948. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

Wells STEADMAN, 82, of Rexville, NY, died Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY. 

Born October 3, 1934, in Blossburg, PA, he was the son of Vernon and Mildred Harvey Steadman and the step-son of Ally Cramer. 

On September 3, 1960, in Whitesville, NY, he married the former Carol Jean Waite, who survives. 

A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1957 – 1959. 

He was employed by General Motors in Tonawanda, NY for 26 years, retiring in 1980 and returning to the Whitesville area, where he owned and operated Steadman Motors. 

Wells enjoyed hunting, working on cars, working with his tractors, bulldozers and backhoe, sawing logs with his portable sawmill, woodworking, and visiting with anyone with similar interests. 

Surviving besides his wife, Carol Jean, are:  three children, Dan (Alicia Gee) Steadman of Whitesville, Tawny McCullough of Wellsville, and Dusty (Cecile) Steadman of Whitesville;  eight grandchildren, Amanda Steadman, Joey Schultz, Lyndsay Shultz, Jason Steadman, Randi Elliott, Heather Steadman, Melissa Steadman, and Connor McCullough;  seven great-grandchildren;  a brother, Wayne Stedman of Oswayo, PA;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey D. Steadman;  a sister, Lois E. Miller;  and a brother, Harold Steadman. 

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM with Funeral Services following at 6:00 PM.  The Rev. Timothy Armstrong will officiate.  Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the Independence Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 309, Whitesville, NY 14897 or the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 256, Whitesville, NY 14897. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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                                                           Thursday August 10, 2017

Wednesday’s high, 76; Overnight low, 50 (41 on Fishing Creek)

 

State police warn parents and guardians about suicidal social media challenge….To Fill A Backpack getting ready to distribute before school starts….Two  people hurt in Tioga County rear-end collision….vandalism at Cameron County Fair investigated….

 

State police are advising parents and guardians  that social media challenges and pranks have emerged that encouraging  Internet users to replicate viral trends by posting videos and photos online. Users have also utilized live streaming functions of social media platforms to broadcast to an audience in real time. While some social media challenges have promoted charity or educational awareness, a variety of challenges and pranks have also inspired users to participate in activities that can result in serious injuries or even death. Adolescents are often the most vulnerable to partake in dangerous online games to seek the approval of friends, associates, and general Internet users from around the world. Individuals who participate in unsafe challenges or pranks often fail to measure risk appropriately and focus on the recognition and attention obtained from completing each challenge successfully. The posting of videos or photos on social media platforms, such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook, often encourages additional individuals to participate in the activities.1 THE BLUE WHALE CHALLENGE Recently, a suicidal game, the “Blue Whale Challenge” or “Blue Whale,” that originated in Russia in 2015, made its way to the United States. The game involves an administrator manipulating the player through social media to complete 50 challenges, including self-mutilation and setting a date that the player must commit suicide. Some challenges include drawing a whale on a piece of paper, waking up at 0420 hours to watch a horror film, carving a whale into your body, etching a phrase on your arm or hand, cutting your lip, and ultimately, the final challenge is for the player to jump to their death from a rooftop or in front of a train on the 50th day. The player must send the administrator photos or videos as proof of completing each step in the game. Players in the late stages of the game are instructed to delete evidence of communication from their social media account. The game was rumored to be an Internet hoax; however, it was linked to over 100 deaths in Russia. At least two deaths in the United States have been identified as being associated with the game.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS Though the Blue Whale is just one dangerous challenge, other alarming viral trends are evolving. Parents and guardians should be aware of popular online challenges and pranks that adolescents can partake in on social media. The following are possible indicators of adolescents engaging in risky online behavior.

 ·Adolescents may become secretive about their online activities and obsess about using the devices

   with Internet access.

 · Individuals may receive odd phone calls or messages through text messaging applications

·  Withdrawing behavior from activities and interaction with family and friends.

·  Evidence of self-mutilation or unexplained cuts, bruises, or burns appearing on their body.

·  The oversharing of personal information and explicit photos to someone online

·Befriending unknown individuals through social media platforms.

·  Receiving gifts, mail, or packages from an unknown person.

 

The To Fill A Backpack program is still accepting requests for backpack’s for the 2017-2018 school year.  They  are currently distributing in Bradford, Cameron, Lycoming, McKean, Potter and Tioga counties.  Please click on the link below and fill in the request form.  There is information required  to be sure that backpacks can be delivered to the right people.   If you request backpack’s please be sure that you are able to make arrangements to pick them up because with as many requests as received they are not able to deliver them.  You can arrange with family or friends to pick them up if you are unable to do it yourself.  Last year volunteers drove from Roulette all the way through Westfield and around to Mansfield and back through Wellsboro, etc. and were only able to connect with approximately 20 of the 100’s of backpacks that hadn’t been picked up  If you do not have internet access you can call (814) 544-2612 between 9am and 8pm and leave a message if nobody answers.  The group  prefers that everyone use the request form because it feeds all the requests in to a spreadsheet that will be used e when filling the backpacks on August 12th at the Roulette Fire Hall.  If you would like to pick up your backpack(s) that day you can stop in anytime between 11am and 1pm. 

 

Click here to be directed to our request form

 

To Fill A Backpack

81 Burleson Avenue

Roulette, PA  16746

Phone: (814) 544-2612

Email: info@tofillabackpack.org

 

Two people were hurt in a rear-end collision Tuesday afternoon in Charleston Township, tioga County. Mansfield based state police report the collision occurred when 21 year old Erica Barrett of Mainsburg failed to notice that Keith Pickup of Westfield had slowed down on Route 6to make a left turn, and allowed her Subaru Impreza to run into the back of Pickup’s Ford F-450. Barrett and a passenger in Pickup’s vehicle, Chyrl Bloom  were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Pickup and two of his passengers Dustin Post and Matthew Henry, of Wellsboro were not hurt.  

A New York state driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident early Monday morning also in Charleston Township. Troopers said Rachel Houghtaling of Jasper, NY was goin west on the Charleston Road when her Ford Focus drifted off the road and struck a drainage culvert.

State police at Emporium investigated a criminal mischief at the Cameron County Fairgrounds o the Rich Valley Road yesterday. Culprits spilled several trash cans throughout the fairgrounds. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at  814.486.331.

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                                                         Wednesday August 9, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 72; Overnight low, 46; no rain

Causer honored by Conservation Districts…It’s fair season in the region….Providing it’s not cloudy we should experience about 70% of the solar eclipse later this month….Burglary at Smethport home this week being probed….

 

The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Inc. recently named Rep. Martin Causer recipient of its annual Legislator Leadership Award, citing his work as a strong voice for rural Pennsylvania and his support for the important role conservation districts play in their communities. He has been a leader in the effort to ensure the state’s farmers receive credit for implementing responsible practices to reduce pollutants entering the Commonwealth’s waterways and sponsored legislation to support the state’s Clean and Green program and improve implementation of the Dirt, Gravel and Low-Volume Roads Program. On behalf of the statewide organization, members of the McKean County Conservation District recently presented Causer with the award. Pictured, from left, are McKean County Commissioner Cliff Lane, who serves as a director on both the statewide and local districts; Kerry Fetter, McKean County Conservation District chairman; Causer; and Sandy Thompson, McKean County Conservation District manager.

A total solar eclipse will occur later this month and will be partially visible in the Black Forst Broadcasting Service Area.On August 21, 2017 the moon will move in between the Earth and the sun to create a total solar eclipse. The phenomenon occurs when the sun, the moon, and the Earth line up in a row, causing the moon to cast a shadow over the planet. Although total solar eclipses occur every 18 months on average, this event marks the first total solar eclipse to occur in the continental U.S. since February  1979.

According to NASA, only fourteen states are in the path of totality and will be able to experience a total solar eclipse. The total solar eclipse will move from west to east starting with Oregon at 10:15am PDT and ending with South Carolina at 2:36pm EDT. The twelve states in between are Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. However, everyone else in the U.S. will get to see at least a partial eclipse.

 

S. W. Smith Memorial Library in Port Allegany hosted   a  Solar Eclipse presentation  Monday evening by  with UPB Academic Technology Integrator Bernie Picklo. Those attending were given a free pair of sunglasses safe for looking at the sun. Picklo also said there are ways to “see” the eclipse if you don’t have the special glasses. You can make a pinhole camera, like the one photographer icon Ansel Adams used. Punch a hole in a piece of cardboard. The, tape a piece of aluminum foil over the hole and put a small hole in the foil. Hold the “camera” toward the sun with your back to it. Project the shadow onto another piece of cardboard or other background material. You can also hold a common kitchen calendar toward the sun 9with your back to it) and project the multi images onto a background in front of you. Picklo said we will have about a 70% experience in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. It will begin here a few minutes before 2:00 pm and end a few minutes after 3:00 pm. You can find out more by visiting the website for the Franklin Institute located in Philadelphia at www.fi.edu.

On Wednesday, August 16, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin a bridge replacement project on Route 246 in Otto Township, McKean County.

The bridge spans a branch of Baker Run, near the village of Rixford. The existing 12-foot bridge dates from 1927 and carries an average of almost 1,500 vehicles each day. It will be replaced with a new box culvert,

Starting August 16, the bridge will be closed and an official detour using Routes 246, 346, and 646will be in place. Drivers familiar with the area may choose to use alternate routes. The detour will be in place through the September 8 project completion date.

Once school begins on August 28, school buses will be able to move through the work zone and avoid the detour. Should work progress allow, PennDOT will open the new box culvert and remove the detour prior to the September 8 completion date.

This project is a cooperative effort between PennDOT McKean County Maintenance and contractor L.C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York. PennDOT McKean County Maintenance will perform erosion and sedimentation control, excavation of the old box culvert, and back-filling of the new box culvert. The contractor will deliver and set the new box, perform paving and guiderail installation, and line painting. 

Beginning August 17, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(PennDOT) will be working to replace a bridge in Sweden Township, Potter County. Replacement of the bridge will remove its “functionally obsolete” designation.

The existing 12-foot bridge spans Lyman Creek on Faith Street (Route 4031), near the village of Sweden Valley. It dates from 1946 and carries an average of 130 vehicles each day.PennDOT will replace the bridge with a new box culvert.

Replacement work will require closing the bridge, with an official detour in place for the duration of the project, which is expected to last until September 15. Detour signing will direct drivers to use Faith Street (Route 4031), Route 6, and Sweden Hill Road(Route 1001). Drivers familiar with the area may choose alternate routes.

 PennDOT will open the new box culvert ahead of schedule if work progress allows. Local residents on either side of Lyman Creek will be able to access their homes during the replacement work. There will be no access across Lyman Creek during the closure.

 This project is a cooperative effort between PennDOT Potter County Maintenance and contractor L.C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York. PennDOT Potter County Maintenance will perform erosion and sedimentation control, excavation of the old bridge, and back-filling of the new box culvert. The contractor will deliver and set the new box, perform paving and guiderail installation. Faith Street will also be paved during this project.  All work is weather dependent,

A burglary at a Smethport area home earlier this week is being investigated by state police at Kane. Burglars removed an air conditioner to enter a  home located on Route 46 and made off with a small gun box. The crime took place between noon and 10:00 pm Monday. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.                                                                   ________________________________________________________________________

 

                                                                Tuesday August 8, 2017

                                                             Monday’s HIGH, 66; Overnight low, 54; no rain

 

 We reported yesterday that The Lake Day Use Area of the George B. Stevenson Dam  which had been closed to the public since July of 2016, when the large-scale dredging or sediment removal project began has re-opened. Over the course of the project, the contractors removed approximately 160,000 cubic yards, or over 8800 dump truck loads, of sediment from the north end of the lake and spread it on reclaimed strip mines in the Sproul State Forest.

This removal of sediment from the reservoir increased the flood control capacity of the  dam while improving fishing and boating in the upper reaches of the lake.

Other 2016-2017 lake improvement projects at Sinnemahoning State Park included stream realignment, shoreline stabilization, and boat launch and mooring area upgrades.

 

Now that the gas re-opened,  kayaks and canoes at Sinnemahoning State Park are available for visitor use through the Get Outdoors Loaner program.  

Once again this year, Sinnemahoning State Park is pleased to offer kayaks, canoes, bicycles, GPS units, and kids DiscoverE kits for visitors to use while enjoying the park. Life vests, paddles, and helmets, are provided.

 

There is no fee for the loaner program, but donations are requested.  A photo ID and a valid credit card are required.  At least one member of the party must be 18 years or older to sign out equipment. 

 

Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with a 2½ hour time limit per use.  All equipment is for in-park use only.  Boats are for use only on the George B. Stevenson reservoir.

 

For more information about the Get Outdoors Loaner Program, please stop by the Park Office & Wildlife Center or call 814-647-8401, ext. 101.

 

The Lake Day Use Area of the George B. Stevenson Dam has been closed to the public since July of 2016, when the large-scale dredging or sediment removal project began.  Over the course of the project, the contractors removed approximately 160,000 cubic yards, or over 8800 dump truck loads, of sediment from the north end of the lake and spread it on reclaimed strip mines in the Sproul State Forest.

This removal of sediment from the reservoir increased the flood control capacity of the George B. Stevenson dam while improving fishing and boating in the upper reaches of the lake.

Other 2016-2017 lake improvement projects at Sinnemahoning State Park included stream realignment, shoreline stabilization, and boat launch and mooring area upgrades.

The Brooks Run stream was realigned and returned to its original, pre-1950s pathway. This stream realignment greatly decreases the amount of silt accumulated in the boating areas of the lake while improving trout habitat in this section of stream.

A shoreline stabilization project added rip-rap stones and saw-tooth extensions of the shoreline to provide better access for anglers and to decrease erosion at fishing access points and during high water events.

Mansfield-based state police have arrested 51 year old Shari Spaulding for aggravated assault and related offenses in connection to an incident allegedly taking place last Thursday morning. Authorities claim Spaulding threatened two employees of Tioga County Children and Youth services with a gun when they tried to perform a welfare check on a minor child. The employees, Candice Ann Chase of Blossburg and Zachary Loudenslager of Mansfield were not hurt. Spaulding was also charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment.

A Ulysses woman has been cited for harassment in connection to an incident reportedly taking place Sunday afternoon on Academy Street in that town. State police at Coudersport claim 25 year old Rachel Preston assaulted a male victim during an argument on Academy Street.

Troopers at Kane did not release the names of the victim and suspect in a harassment Monday afternoon in Keating Township. Authorities claim a 31 year old Smethport  woman pushed a 31 year old Port Allegany man into the front storm door and out the front of a home on Route 46.

A criminal warrant has been issued for 29 year old Jonathan Aikens of Emporium and state police are asking anyone with information as to his whereabouts to contact them at 814.86.3321. Police claim when they executed a search warrant at a building on S. Mountain Road adjoining  the Cameron County ASPCA Saturday afternoon, they found Aikens in the building with a 32 year old woman form Kersey and a 32 year old woman from St.Marys , numerous items of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine which were confiscated. Aikens is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to deliver. Police did not release the women’s names and said other arrests are pending.

A Mainsburg man was seriously hurt in a one-vehicle crash late last Saturday night in  Richmond Township. Authorities say Clint Smith was gain south on Route 549 when his Chevrolet Blazer went off the road, slid sideways through a field and returned to the highway where it overturned. Smith, who was not using a seatbelt was thrown out of the SUV and suffered serious head injuries. He was flown by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Hi passenger Daniel Winiavski of Troy was wsearing a seatbelt and suffered a minor cut but declined treatment.

State police at Coudersport are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged property in Portage Township late last Friday night. The unknown unit went off of the road at the intersection of Sate Street and TR526,hit a yellow concrete pole and metal sign  owned by Portage Township.

The theft of a large sum of money from a Lawrenceville home between may 13 and July 31 is being probed by state police at Mansfield. Thieves made off with $12,000 in cash from Anthony Carlin’s home .A 2011 Honda ATV owned by Jessica Dressel of Westfield was stolen from her home on Doan Hill Road between July 24 and 26. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570.662.2151.

Thieves cut five  copper ground wires from three circuit breakers at a Penelec building on Route 155 in Liberty Township, McKean County between July 12 and 17. The wire is valued at about $250. Anyone with information about that theft is encouraged to call troopers at 814.778.5555.

Troopers at Coudersport are looking for the person who left drug paraphernalia on the western shoulder of Dutch Hill Road in Eulalia Township. A hypodermic needle was found about50 feet from the edge of the road on July 25.      

 

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Monday August 7, 2017

                                                                        Sunday’s high, 71; Overnight low, 53; no rain (.75” Saturday on Fishing Creek)

 Two York men arrested on drug and other charges after  Potter County scuffle….Galeton man arrested for stealing from employer…..Theft charges filed against Coudersport man…..teen charged for shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart…camp burglary in Potter County investigated…money stolen from parked vehicles at Cameron County Fairgrounds….Stevenson Dam re-opened to public…

 Two York PA men have been arrested on various charges in connection to a scuffle taking place between 3:00 and 5:00 am July 16 on the Ole Bull Road in Stewardson Township.  According to state police at Coudersport, 26 year old Evan Shuler threw a knife at 30 yar old Matthew Thompson  and hit him with a shovel. Thompson was able to get out of the house and went to a friend’s home and was taken to Charles Cole Hospital. When troopers investigated they found Shuler was wanted by a warrant issued in York County. After being arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and harassment, he was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail awaiting extradition to York County. Police also arrested Thompson for possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, terroristic threats, simple assault and  harassment.

Troopers at Coudersport have arrested 23 year old Craig Legerlotz of Galeton for theft. Authorities claim he soled a Milwaukee brand folding spotlight and two rechargeable lithium batteries from the SMC Metallurgy warehouse on Route 6 in West Pike Township on July 13 while being employed there.

State police have also arrested 46 year old Randall Duell of Coudersport for theft. Duell is suspected of steal $276 in US currency from Olga’s Gallery Café and Bistro on East Second Street in Coudersport between July 8 and 14.

Ridgway based state police  have arrested McKean County resident 18 year old Malysa Horton for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart Saturday afternoon. Horton is accused of stealing 8 items valued at a total of $66.74.

Burglary charges have been filed against an Erie juvenile in connection to an incident taking place between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm July 28. Police allege the youth  removed various pieces of fruit and vegetables from  a garage on Sunset Drive Ridgway; throwing them around; starting a fire outside the building and shooting a fire extinguisher  throughout the property between 6:00 and 10 pm on July 28.

A camp burglary on Pigeon Hill Road in Galeton between July 9 and 28 is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Criminals entered the camp through a rear window and made off with several items including three gray plastic totes, gray cordless drill, Harbor Freight tool box, yellow handled splitting maul, 430-$40 in cash, a red five gallon gas can, and three boxes of 12-2 wire. A five gallon gas  can was also stolen from a shed on the property which is owned by Rick Fahanestock and Russell Grove III both of Gardners, PA and David Hells of Carlisle, PA.

A Stihl FS46 String Trimmer and a Stihl handheld leaf blower were taken from a Penn Dot Storage building on  at the Gaines Roadside Rest on Route 6  sometime last week. Burglars cut off padlocks and kicked in a door to gain entry.at Ridgway. Someone used a bank card belonging to Raymond  Nearing of Wilcox to withdraw approximately $1562.00 from his account between July 17 and 21.

State police at Emporium are probing a theft at the Cameron County Fairgrounds between 5:00 pm July 15 and 12:30 am July 15. Thieves helped themselves to about $163.00 in US currency from vehicles owned by Jennie Lamont of Emporium.

A Coudersport driver escaped injury last Thursday morning when he fell asleep at the wheel of his Dodge Ram pick up. Authorities said 19 year old Dylan Dubots was going east on Route 6 in Ulysses Township when he nodded off and his truck crossed to the other side and hit some guardrails, continued for a short distance and finally stopped on top of another set of guardrails.

State police at Mansfield say Benjamin Duda, 32 of Liberty, PA driver “was fatigued” when he allowed his Subaru Legacy to go off the north side of  Bogar Run Road in Liberty Township last Wednesday night.

No injuries were reported for an Altoona man following a one-vehicle weather-related accident last Thursday afternoon on Route 46 in Norwich Township, McKean County. Troopers said James Lamer’s Mazda 3 hydroplaned off the pavement, shot to the other side and collided with some guardrails, traveled back across both lanes and collided with another section of guard rails.

A 56 year old Genesee woman has been arrested for DUI and other offenses after being stopped by troopers on the afternoon of June 24 at the intersection of Academy and School Streets in Genesee. Norma Schneider has been charged with four counts of driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance; endangering the welfare of children, failing to obey stop and yield signs and using a turn signal and  careless driving. Authorities claim a young girl was riding in the car at the time.

Troopers at Mansfield have arrested 28 year old Benjamin Adams, no address given, for possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities assert when they were called to 48 Crooked Creek Estates on the afternoon of July 29, they found Adams in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kane-based state police arrest 47 year old Kevin Dinger of that town for public drunkenness. According to                  police, Dinger created a disturbance and appeared to be intoxicated while trying to buy eggs at the Nittany Minit Mart on Route 6 in Kane Saturday afternoon.

A Mansfield woman was arrested by state police at Coudersport on drug charges. Troopers say the charges were the result of them being called to check on the welfare of 27 year old Lorenna Pierce  Friday night when she was on East Second Street in Coudersport. When they arrived at that location, officers allegedly found drug paraphernalia.

Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, and  Sinnemahoning State Park announce  that the dredging and other lake improvement projects have been completed and that the George B. Stevenson is once again open to the public, as of 8:00 AM on Friday, August 4th.

 The Lake Day Use Area of the George B. Stevenson Dam has been closed to the public since July of 2016, when the large-scale dredging or sediment removal project began.  Over the course of the project, the contractors removed approximately 160,000 cubic yards, or over 8800 dump truck loads, of sediment from the north end of the lake and spread it on reclaimed strip mines in the Sproul State Forest.

This removal of sediment from the reservoir increased the flood control capacity of the George B. Stevenson dam while improving fishing and boating in the upper reaches of the lake.

Other 2016-2017 lake improvement projects at Sinnemahoning State Park included stream realignment, shoreline stabilization, and boat launch and mooring area upgrades.

The Brooks Run stream was realigned and returned to its original, pre-1950s pathway. This stream realignment greatly decreases the amount of silt accumulated in the boating areas of the lake while improving trout habitat in this section of stream.

A shoreline stabilization project added rip-rap stones and saw-tooth extensions of the shoreline to provide better access for anglers and to decrease erosion at fishing access points and during high water events.

The boat launch and mooring areas have also been upgraded to enhance boating and fishing opportunities on the George B. Stevenson dam.  Upgrade projects included paving of the parking lot and boat launch pad, installing three courtesy docks, and enhancing the mooring area to make launching easier for mooring patrons. 

For more information about Sinnemahoning State Park and the George B. Stevenson Dam, visit the park website atwww.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ or contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov.

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Agnes M. Dembicki, 95, formerly of Port Allegany and Roulette, passed away Friday (Aug. 4, 2017) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport. 
     Born December 12, 1921, in New York City, she was a daughter of August J. and Roseann Corcoran Hock.  She married Nicholas J. Dembicki, who died Nov. 3, 1993. 
     Agnes grew up and went to school in New York City, where she attended the Yost Business College, New York City, in 1940. Agnes was in the business world for 35 years, as a secretary and executive secretary. 
     She was a resident of this area since 1975, coming from New York City, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. 
     Mrs. Dembicki was a member of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church of Port Allegany, where she was a member of the Catholic Women’s Club, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary, Olney Unit 388, Philadelphia, past member of the African Violet Society, Knoxville, TN, and the Beaumont Texas American Violet Society,  and enjoyed fishing in both fresh & saltwater. 
     Surviving are a son, David M. (M. Elaine) Dembicki of Chesapeake, VA; 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grand-children; 1 great-great grandchild; and two son-in-laws, James DiDio of Springfield, PA, and James Quinn of Franklinville, NJ. 
     She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Nicholas, and three daughters, Joanne K. DiDio, Christine Quinn, Teresa Cooper; and a brother, Gerald Hock. 
     Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. Sunday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Aug. 7, 2017) in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church with Rev. James Campbell and  as celebrant.  Burial will be in Hill Cemetery, Roulette, PA.     A scriptural wake service will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. 
    Memorials can be made to St. Gabriel’s Memorial Fund.      Condolences can be made to:  David M. Dembicki 
 

Margaret E. Spade, 94, of, Coudersport, formerly of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (August  2, 2017) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. She was born May 15, 1923 in New York , a daughter of William and Rose Vyshard Jones, On Sept. 10, 1945 in Glendville, NY, she married Wallace D. Spade, who died Jan. 29, 1990. Mrs. Spade was a graduate of Drapers High School in Schenectady NY and work for General Electric Co. retiring to take care of her family. She is survived by two daughters: Margie Greenwalt of Ellenton, FL and Susan (Frank) Baker of Coudersport, PA 3 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter due in November2 Sisters Beverly and Beatrice of Schenectady, NYShe was predeceased in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, Alice Mahood, 2 grandsons Wallace Mahood in 1986 and Franklin Wallace Baker in 1991 and 2 sisters.Visitation will be held on Monday August 7, 2017 from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 105 N. Main St., Port Allegany, PA where funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon with Rev Roger Laktash, officiating. Burial will be in the Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany. Memorials may be made to Coudersport Ambulance AssociationOnline Condolence may be made at, www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

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Friday August 4, 2017

Thursday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 61; trace of rain (evening sprinkles)

 

 Federally endangered birds return to Lake Erie….Work will begin Monday to replace bridge in Norwich Township, McKean County…..One Day closure Monday on Pitt Trail…..Potter County Department of Aging still has Farmers Market certificates for qualified seniors….T

 

 

The Game commission has some exciting news for bird watchers. Absent as a Pennsylvania breeding bird since the mid-1950s, two pairs of federally endangered Great Lakes piping plovers returned this year to nest in the Gull Point Natural Area at Presque Isle State Park in Erie County.

 

 The two nests point to piping plovers recolonizing Lake Erie, as well as a positive response to ongoing specialized habitat management and improved environmental health within the Great Lakes ecosystem. The last recorded piping plover nest in the Erie basin was in 1977 at Long Point on Lake Erie’s north shore in Ontario.


Watch the short video of these piping plovers.

 

On Monday, August 7, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin replacement work on a Route 146 bridge in Norwich Township, McKean County.The bridge spans Potato Creek, about a mile south of the village of Colegrove. The existing single-lane bridge is weight-limit posted for 23-tons for single vehicle and 27-tons for combination vehicles. It carries an average of more than 200 vehicles each day. Starting Monday, the bridge will be closed and an official detour using Routes 146, 46, and 6will be in place. Drivers familiar with the area may choose to use alternate routes. The detour will be in place through the completion of the project.Project work will include replacement of the old bridge with a two-lane pre-stressed concrete bridge, approach paving, guide-rail upgrades, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Rylind Construction Company, Inc. of Lewisberry, PA is the contractor on this $1.2 million project. PennDOT expects the bridge to be complete and open to traffic in early December.

A one-day trail closure will be in place Monday as replacement work continues on a bridge project near the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

PennDot also says the Richard E. McDowell Community Trail at Dorothy Lane (Route 4004) will be closed Monday . The closure is necessary for beam setting to take place on the project. For safety reasons, there will be no access at the trail crossing on Monday. Signs alerting pedestrians to this one-day closure will be in place. Through August 14, Dorothy Lane remains closed from Route 346 to Campus Drive The Pitt Bradford campus remains accessible from Campus Drive or Campus Road.

PennDOT reminds drivers that an official detour around the project remains in place. The detour makes use of Route 346, Mechanic Street/South Avenue, Corydon Street, and Dorothy Lane. The detour will be in place through the completion of the project.

This state-owned bridge spans the west branch of Tunungwant Creek on Dorothy Lane at Pitt Bradford. The existing bridge is weight-limit posted for 27-tons for single vehicle and 32-tons for combination vehicles. It carries an average of almost 1,200 vehicles each day. Replacing the bridge will eliminate the weight posting and allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient list.

Overall project work will include replacement of the old bridge, approach paving, guide-rail upgrades, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.   

All work is weather and schedule dependent. The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $3 million project. PennDOT expects the bridge to be complete and open to traffic in early November.

The harvest season is quickly approaching as many fruits and vegetables reach maturity.

Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging is still distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for Potter County senior citizens.  These checks are through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.   Each senior citizen receives one set of (4) $5 checks per year.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible senior citizens with checks to use at approved farmers markets to purchase qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables through November 30, 2017.  The checks will be issued through September 30, 2017, at Potter County Senior Centers and the Potter County Human Services AAA.

Select fruits and vegetables approved for purchase must be grown or growable in Pennsylvania.  Some of the produce that qualifies under the program includes beans, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini. No citrus fruits or tropical fruits are eligible under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Processed foods, such as jam, honey, cider and baked goods are also ineligible to be purchased through this program.

Potter County senior citizens, age sixty or older, whose income is $22,311 or less for a single person or $30,044 or less for a couple, or $37,777 or less for 3 people or $45,510 or less for four people are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Income is based on the total income for 2016.  These guidelines are subject to change.  The federal guidelines that are in place the day of distribution will be those that are used.    Proof of income is not required. However, the senior citizen must sign a register verifying that their income meets the income guidelines.  You must show proof of age and address.  Driver’s license will work for proof of both.  They will be issued four (4), $5.00 checks. 

IN ORDER FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO PICK UP CHECKS FOR ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL, YOU MUST PICK UP A PROXY FORM THAT IS TO BE COMPLETED BY BOTH INDIVIDUALS AND THEN RETURNED TO THE DISTRIBUTION SPOT.  THIS IS ALSO THE PROCEDURE FOR HUSBAND/WIFE AND WIFE/HUSBAND.  ALL DISTRIBUTION SITES HAVE THESE FORMS AVAILABLE NOW.

Seniors who reside in nursing homes, personal care homes or other residential facilities where meals are provided are not eligible for this program.

Vendors that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for this program display a sign indicating that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted.  A list of local farmers markets can be obtained at check distribution sites.

Hamilton-Gibson Productions, Tioga County’s community theatre arts group, is recruiting volunteers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race this Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York. 

 

Watkins Glen International contributes money to Hamilton-Gibson based on the time volunteers contribute. 

 

Anyone 18 and older who is willing to help is welcome to volunteer They need 20 people this Sunday for four- to six-hour shifts with start times from 10 a.m. until noon.Positions are ushering and checking tickets. Also needed are two greeters to give directions. 

 

Carpooling is available. For more information or to sign up, call Bev at 570-724-2079 or email her at hamgib@gmail.com by 1 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 4. 

 

Meanwhile, the region’s traffic and accident scene has been reported quiet according to our checks earlier today with state police at Coudersport, Emporium, Kane, Mansfield and Ridgway. There were no other incidents to report.

 

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 Thursday August 3, 2017 

Wednesday’s high, 82; Overnight low, 53; 2.25 “ rain on Route 872, .12” on Fishing Creek

Sporadic flooding reported

Starting this fall, the Rural Regional College of Northern PA (RRC) is offering classes in partnership with Gannon University, transitioning students from a successful pilot program, the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA). The RRC will provide affordable, accessible education and training that is linked to jobs in the region.

 Nine courses are being offered for the fall semester including: First-Year Seminar; College Algebra; Business Technology I; Public Speaking; Business and Professional Communication; Philosophy of Knowledge; Psychological Statistics; College Composition; and Principles of Accounting I. These courses are part of two associate degrees – Business Management or Interdisciplinary Studies. However, if a student is not interested in an associate degree at this time, they can choose the course or courses they need for personal or professional development or take courses to transfer towards a degree program at another regional college or university. 

 This program is perfect for recent high school graduates, mid-career adults seeking to advance in their career or begin a new one, and current high school juniors and seniors who meet eligibility requirements and want to earn college credits while still in high school. The RRC is designed to be affordable, with state funding helping to keep tuition costs low. Students with a high school diploma or GED pay just $180 per credit. Current high school students pay just $60 per credit. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available.

 All of the courses are offered in the evenings and are available at the Coudersport and Port Allegany offices of the Education Council, as well as 15 additional locations throughout northwest and north central Pennsylvania. RRC instructors teach classes live (real-time), and interactive television (ITV) allows all students to simultaneously view and interact with each other.  The registration deadline for fall semester is August 18, 2017, and classes start August 21st.  For more information or to register, contact Janine Morley at (814) 274-4877 or janine@pottercountyedcouncil.org or Jocelyn Hamilton.Bash at (814) 603-1229 or jhamilton.bash@ecuapa.org.


Step into an 1890's logging camp! Watch blacksmithing, log hewing, and fence-building demonstrations or learn about period logging tools. Sit back on one of the log benches and listen to some acoustic tunes telling of days long ago. Something different every day Friday - Sunday. Friday, August 4 at 10:00am to 5:00pm Woodsmen Show which celebrates the rich lumber history of Potter County.

Come see the top lumberjacks in the country come to Cherry Springs State Park to compete in events like cross cut saw, springboard, axe throwing and tree felling - the same events featured in the popular outdoor games on TV. $7 - $12 at the Gate (no advance sales)

Witness ordinary people test their own skills while rubbing elbows with the pros.
Watch talented chainsaw artists create works of beauty.

Discover exhibits, vendors and historical re-enactments all commemorating our great forest and the life of the woodhick. After soaking in all the activities, sit down with a hearty meal and enjoy traditional music.

Friday, August 4 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm Amatuer Competition - Woodhick Skills
Grab a partner and try your hand at log rolling, axe throwing and the crosscut saw. No experience necessary and you can practice your skills at noon in the arena with competition beginning at 2PM. Stop at the DCNR trailer to register as early as possible as spaces are limited. Single participants will be paired with others and must be at least 13 years old. Open practice at Noon in the arena. Requires admission to the event (cost).

Mansfield based state police have arrested 26 year old Courtney Medina of Westfield on a harassment charge. Authorities claim Medina slapped  a male victim during an argument early last Saturday morning in that town.

State police at Ridgway say they have a suspect in a theft taking place late last week in Ridgway Township. Marybeth Elias of the Portland Mills Road told police several of her personal checks were stolen and cashed without her knowledge. They are also looking for a thief who may have picked up a lost wallet. Cynthia Kronenwetter told officers she remembers using her wallet and may have dropped it in the parking lot at Elk County Foods in Johnsonburg on the afternoon of July 25. It has not been returned or turned over to police by anyone who finds it is asked to call troopers at the Ridgway Barracks 814.772.2399.

Troopers at Mansfield are continuing their investigation into the alleged theft of a cell phone earlier this month. A female suspect “borrowed” a cell phone belonging to Kimberly Parsons of Wellsboro on July 4 and failed to return it, claiming it had been lost. Another woman is suspected of stealing a pool cue from the  Middlebury Township home of Timothy Elwood.

Obituary

Genevieve Ann Walsh Johnson, 89, of Odin, PA passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at her home. Born February 9, 1928 in Queens, NY, she was the daughter of J. Edward and Dora Berktold Walsh. On January 7, 1950 she married Ormal R. Johnson who preceded her in death June 7, 2010.

Genevieve graduated from Queens College in New York, with a Masters Degree in nursing and worked for many years at Kings County Hospital in New York. She was a member of the St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Austin, PA. She was also a member of The Get Together Club of Austin and Wharton, PA and  Kings County Hospital Alumni Association.  She knitted and crocheted for many years. She traveled the world with her husband, Ormal after retirement. She loved spending time with her family and friends and acted as family anchor, keeping extended family in touch.

Genevieve is survived by her children; Carl R. Johnson, Coudersport, PA, Paul J. Johnson and his wife Theresa of Warwick, NY, Stephen G. Johnson and his wife Luz of Kansas City, KS and Ellen Chancia and her husband Richard of Marcy, NY;  grandchildren, Patricia Johnson, Elizabeth Black and husband Jason Reczkowski , Caroline Chancia,  Thomas Johnson, Christopher Black, Robert Chancia, Daniel Johnson and Marissa Johnson;  great grandchild, Benjamin Reczkowski; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ormal; daughters, Patricia Johnson and Christine Black;  brother,  E. Joseph Walsh; sisters, Sr. Dorothy Walsh, Ellen Gregory and Rita Gregory.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11am at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Austin, PA, with Rev. Joseph Dougherty officiating. Family and friends are invited to call one hour prior to service from 10-11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 271, Austin, PA 16720

Arrangements held by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

To share your fondest memories of Genevieve visit www.thomasfickinger.com

 

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                                    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

 

                                                                Tuesday’s high, 82; Overnight low 56; trace of rain

 

The unemployment pictured improved four  counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting between May and June according to figures just released by the state department of labor and Industry. Potter County’s went down from 6.8% to 6.2%; McKean’s went down from 6.5 to 6.0%; Tioga County saw a drop from 6.2 to 5.6%; Elk saws a decrease from 5.1 to 4.9% and Cameron, though #67 out of 67 counties saw a slight increase from 7.4% to 7.5%. Pennsylvania’s jobless rate was steady at 5.0% and the national rate went up slight from 4.3 to4.4%.

 

 

Construction for a state-owned bridge on West Main Street in Roulette Township is expected to beginning in mid-August as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The start date had previously been announced for week of August 1. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient bridge list.

 

The 68-foot bridge spans Fishing Creek near the village of Roulette. It dates from 1918 and carries an average of 360 vehicles each day.

 

Construction is expected to begin the week of August 14 and be complete in October.During construction, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Main Street (Township Road 404), US Route 6, and West Branch Street (Township Road 406).

 

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change. 

 

This bridge is referred to as JV-88 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

 

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

 

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov.

Media contact: Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: Andrew Dressler 312-756-9119.  

  

 

This bridge is referred to as JV-88 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

 

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

 

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov.

Media contact: Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: Andrew Dressler 312-756-9119.

 

A Mt. Jewett driver was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center after a one-vehicle accident Monday afternoon in Norwich Township. State police said 21 year old Tyler Tucker overcompensated on a left curve while going north on Route 46 just south of the Frye Road. His Mercury Sable skidded on the gravel berm, went off the road, hit a plastic gas pipeline marker and continued northwest on the grassy roadside, crossed a privae drive and hit a large bush before finally stopping.

 

 Minor injuries were reported for a Tioga, PA driver after the brakes failed on his 2006 Pontiac Montana causing it to go off of Route 287 in Tioga Township Monday afternoon and collide with a “no parking sign.” The SUV continued for about 60 feet  before going into a ditch and coming to rest against an embankment. Robert Police said Robert Weeks didn’t require treatment for his injuries.

 

Both Lawrenceville  drivers escaped injury when their vehicles collided Tuesday morning on Cummings Creek Road in Farmington Township, Tioga County. State police say the collision occurred when 72 year old Bette Spitzer was going north when her Chevrolet Equinox traveled into the southbound lane  and sideswiped a Dodge Ram pickup driven by Timothy Gee.

 

An elderly Lindly NY couple were unhurt in a one-vehicle mishap on Main Street in Richmond Township Sunday afternoon. State police said 75 year old Darrell Wilson was trying to park in the KFC parking lot when his foot became caught between the brake and gas pedal causing the accelerator to be pressed on his Dodge Avenger. The car went over a dividing space in the parking lot then entered the Butter’s Car Wash parking lot next door and struck a sign. The car circled the building before stopping. Both Wilson and his wife, Dianne were using seatbelts.

 

Both men involved in a scuffle on July 2 in Delmar Township, Tioga County have been arrested for harassment. Troopers say Ivan Hunter, Jr. and Larry Cozad, no addresses provided,  pushed each other during a disagreement.

 

Zachary Geist, 31 and Barbara Watkins, 51, both of Westfield were also arrested for harassment. State police claim each hit the other during a domestic violence argument on July 4 on North Road in Brookfield Township, July 4.

 

Louise F. Bess, 89, of Silver Creek, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 in Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, after a short illness.

Born on June 26, 1928 in Millport, Pa., she was a daughter of John R. and Pauline M. Presher West.  In Bradford, Pa., she married James E. Bess, who preceded her in death.

Louise was employed as a dietary aide by Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo for many years.  She was also employed as a housekeeper for several families in the Buffalo area.

She was a member of the New York State Family Care Providers Association.  Louise loved to make beaded banners and she loved to sew, but her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are two daughters, Marlene K. Bess of Buffalo and Genny F. Stone of Stockton; Jill Hyman of Derby, who Louise raised and considered a daughter; two brothers, Groves E. West of Shinglehouse, Pa. and Lee S. (June) West of Cuba; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Louise was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia A. Petruzzi; a grandson, Ronnie B. Barksdale; fourbrothers, Lynn West, Loyd West, John West Jr. and Burdett West; and three sisters, Lucille Harmon, Mary Stonemetz and Virginia Kennemuth.

Friends may call from 12 noon to 1pm on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will follow at 1pm, with the Revs. Robert M. and Sandra D. Howles, pastors of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in the Pauline M. West Cemetery, Millport, Pa. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Louise, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

Glenn L. TOMB, 88, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Friday, July 28, 2017 in his home. Born January 17, 1929, in Jasper, NY, he was the son of Francis R. and Lucy J. Garner Tomb. On March 14, 1950, in Harrison Valley, he married the former Beverly Andrews, who predeceased him in 1997. A Korean and Vietnam War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army from 1948 – 1968. A dairy farmer and logger, he was also a school bus contractor for the Northern Potter School District from 1972 – 1995. 

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Westfield, life member of Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses, Howard S. Lines VFW Post #6753 in Knoxville, National Association for Uniformed Services, Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, and the Penn York Pony Pull Association. 

Surviving are:  five children, Carolyn (Rusty) Van Etten of Ulysses, Christine (Larry) Walters of Westfield, Glenna (Dean) Riel of Hope Mills, NC, Ann (Wayne) Bundy of Newbern, NC, and Gordon G. (Joan) Tomb of Belton, TX;  ten grandchildren;  21 great-grandchildren;  two great-great-grandchildren;  a brother, Alfred (Eleanor) Tomb of Mills;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Gwendolen D. Tomb in 1993;  a grandson, Leo J. Cornell in 2007;  and five brothers, William, Eugene, Paul, Michael, and Ervin. 

Friends may call Friday, August 4, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate.  Burial will be in Tioga County Memorial Gardens, Wellsboro.  Military Rites will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. 

Memorials may be made to the Tomb Family Scholarship, c/o Northern Potter School District, 745 Northern Potter Road, Ulysses, PA 16948. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday’s high,80; Overnight low, 55 (.06” rain on Fishing Creek)

 

TUE-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH, 84

TUE NIGHT-PARTLY CLEAR, LOW IN THE LOW 60s

WED-HAZY, HOT & HUMID, HIGH IN THE LOW TO MID 80s        

THU- HAZY, HOT & HUMID, HIGH IN THE LOW TO MID 80s

 

Tuesday August 1, 2017

 

One person was treated at Charles Cole Hospital following a minor blaze Monday morning at Sweden Valley home. According to Coudersport Fire Chief Bryan Phelps, the fire at 1308 E. Second Street was caused by discarded cigarettes in a plastic cup on the front porch ignited the siding and front porch at the house owned by Cabin Investments. When Assistant Chief Tim Haskins arrived on scene a minute after being dispatched, he found one occupant getting out of the house through a window and helped move an elderly woman in a wheel chair exit through the  back door as the house filled with toxic smoke from the siding/chipboard. Five adults and four children were alerted by a neighbor.

Coudersport based state police are looking for vandals who destroyed part of an agricultural crop near the intersection of Haskell and Bowers Road in Allegany Township. Sometime between 6:00 pm Wednesday July 19 and 8:00 o’clock the next morning, culprits drove a vehicle through an oat field belonging to Michael Saulter of Coudersport destroying part of the crop.

An Emporium woman is being charged with harassment and criminal mischief for a scuffle which took place Sunday morning at a home on East Allegheny Avenue in that town. State police say Courtney Beck hit a victim, whose name was not released, and damaged a door belonging to Laura Hoffman- Williamson during the dispute.

A St. Marys man is being charged under a relatively new state law in connection to a crash on the night of July 21 in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police allege 40 year old Mark Schaberl was texting on his cell phone while trying to make a left hand curve on Route 120. His Chevrolet Silverado went off the road, struck a ditch with the under carriage and continued for about 270 feet before stopping under a tree.

State police at Mansfield are investigating an ID theft taking place earlier this month. Cyber criminals opened two credit card accounts in the name of Chatham Township resident Deborah Page without her authorization.

Prescription medications were stolen from a Tioga Township home late last week or over the past weekend. The medicine was taken from the home of Jonathan  Donald and Brandie Bartlett pm on Coleman Street between last Thursday and Sunday.

A burglary in Sharon Township, Potter County earlier this month is being probed by troopers at the Coudersport barracks. An acetylene torch with hose and gauges, a hydraulic pump, and electric fuel pump belonging to 76 year old Donald Riegner of Shinglehouse were stolen between July 21 and 23 from along  Route 44.

Troopers at Coudersport are also looking for vandals who damaged a vehicle parked on the Phoenix Road in Pike Township July 22 or 23. The truck , owned by Craig Ferguson of Sabinsville was damaged from the front driver’s side panel all the way to the tailgate.

A downstate has been arrested for disorderly conduct for setting off fireworks late Sunday night on the Lewis Road in Abbott Township, Potter County. State police claim 53 year old Donald Riedel of Emigsville, PA ignored warnings to cease.

 

 

 

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunday’s high, 79; Overnight low 53; no rain

 

Coudersport based state police over the weekend, released details about an ATV collision taking place last Saturday afternoon, July 22, 2017. Troopers say Anthony McCandless was thrown off his Sportsman 500 when it was bumped in the rear by a red 1980s era pick up truck headed north on The Schoolhouse Road in Bingham Township at about 2:45 pm. McCandless was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital for treatment of neck, back and head injuries. The truck driver did not stop and kept going north on the dirt road.

A juvenile passenger was hurt in a rear -end collision late Friday night on the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys. State police said the collision occurred when Michael Penalvert of St. Marys failed to stop and allowed his Jeep Wrangler to run into the back of a Ford Taurus driven by Roy Krise of Ridgway which had stopped for a solid red light. Both drivers were unhurt but a young child in the Krise auto suffered slight injuries but did not require treatment at a medical facility. Penalvert was cited for speeding in connection to the collision.

State police at the Coudersport barracks are investigating several drug cases. Troopers claim, while investigating a report of marijuana plants growing at a home on Rocky Lane in Ulysses Township. Authorities say a search of the property occupied by a Coudersport couple yielded 9 pot plants and drug paraphernalia. When state police responded to a complaint of an erratic driver on the evening of July 12, they searched a home at 102 Pine Street  in Galeton and allegedly found drug paraphernalia. David Smythe, Jr. 22, of Coudersport was arrested late Friday night on Route 44 North in Hebron Township with possession of drug paraphernalia when patrol officers allegedly found him with a pot pipe. A 16 year old Austin girl was found with a pot pipe on the night of June 27 while at 108 Allegany Avenue in Coudersport. She is being prosecuted through juvenile probation.

The theft of a 500 pound propane tank from a camp on Route 153 in Horton Township is being investigated by state police in Ridgway. The tank, owned by Franklin Fosbrink of Mt. Pleasant was taken between July 8 and this past Saturday.

An attempted burglary at an Austin home last week is being probed by state police at Coudersport. Unknown burglars tried unsuccessfully to enter the home of Kathleen Parsons, on Foster Street between last Wednesday and Friday.

Mansfield based state police have charged Sky King Fireworks on Route 287 in Tioga Township with violating alarm laws. Authorities say the company’s security system made three calls within a 12 month period in violation of state law.

Elvernon, E. “Vern” Crain, 84, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017, in Bradford Manor, Bradford, after a long illness.Born August 28, 1932 in Towanda, he was a son of John and Viola Crain.  On December 18, 1964 in Sweden Valley, he married Evelyn Snyder, who passed away on July 25, 2000.Vern was employed by the former North Penn Supply in Coudersport and was employed for many years as a dump truck driver for Wayne Paving Company in Shinglehouse.He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and stock car races.  Vern enjoyed digging leeks and had a knack of finding them in the winter. He was also an avid gardener. Surviving are four children, Kimberly A. (Robert) Hanes of Waterloo, NY, Brenda L. (Henry Watson) Crain of Sweden Valley, Kevin L. Crain of Rochester, NY, and Terry W. (Paula) Crain of Coudersport; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.In addition to his parents and wife, Vern was predeceased by a son, Todd A. Crain.Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with Pastor Michael Reeves of the North Eulalia Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Raymond Corners Cemetery, Gold. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the L.E.E.K. Hunting and Mountain Preserve, 497 SR 244 East, Oswayo, PA 16915.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Vern, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

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Friday July 29,   2017

Thursday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 61; no precipitation

It’s getting even closer. We recently reported that Chronic Wasting Disease was found in white-tailed deer earlier this month in Clearfield County and now, the Game Commission says two free-ranging deer were euthanized on the evening of July 26 in Ridgway Township, Elk County. The deer were discovered about 20 miles north of Disease Management Area 3, within the Commonwealth’s Elk Management Area.

Both deer had identification tags in their ears, indicating they were at one time part of a captive-deer herd. The Department of Agriculture manages deer farming operations in the Commonwealth.

The Commission has launched an investigation and will work with the state Department of Agriculture to determine ownership of these deer and to ascertain whether they escaped a facility or were intentionally released into the wild.

When the infected deer were found in Clearfield County,. Rep.Martin Causer told Black Forest Broadcasting he was especially concerned about the proximity to the state’s elk herd……

The deer  discovered in Elk County are currently being examined by the Commission’s wildlife veterinarian, who will conduct an initial test to determine whether either deer was infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD). The discovery of deer from a captive herd in the wild raises significant concerns as the Commission attempts to combat the expansion of CWD.

The Game Commission has created a new executive-level position to direct its ongoing and intensifying efforts to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild white-tailed deer and neutralize its threat to wild elk.

Wayne A. Laroche, who has served as the agency’s Bureau of Wildlife Management director for the past two years, will be appointed Aug. 1 to Special Assistant for CWD Response, a new position. In his new capacity, Laroche will lead the Game Commission’s efforts to slow CWD’s spread and minimize its impacts on whitetails and elk.

Efforts will begin immediately to hire a new director for the Bureau of Wildlife Management, which is responsible for managing the state’s 480 species of wild birds and mammals, including 60 game animals and furbearers.

Laroche, over the past two years, has taken the lead on managing Pennsylvania’s sporadic and smoldering CWD problem in wild deer populations, deploying a variety of measures designed to assess CWD’s prevalence and limit its spread in areas where it has been found.

On July 13, the Game Commission announced a free-ranging whitetail buck in Bell Township, Clearfield County, had tested positive for CWD. It was found in Disease Management Area 3, which includes parts of Clearfield, Indiana and Jefferson counties. It marked the first time the disease was documented in free-ranging deer in an area of the state where it previously had been detected in only captive deer.

CWD also exists among wild deer in the area of southcentral Pennsylvania defined as Disease Management Area 2. Twenty-five free-ranging deer tested positive for CWD during 2016. And an additional four CWD-positive deer have been detected since, raising to 51 the total of CWD-positives detected within the DMA 2 since 2012.

Although the Game Commission has worked aggressively to limit CWD’s spread by establishing DMAs in central Pennsylvania, the disease continues to advance within these DMAs.

Widespread loss of whitetails could cripple conservation and greatly reduce the millions of dollars hunters spend in Pennsylvania annually.

Laroche directed the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife from 2003 to 2011 and has served on many state, regional and international committees that manage wildlife collaboratively. He earned his bachelor’s in wildlife management from the University of Maine, School of Forestry, and received his master’s in natural resources, from the Humboldt State University School of Natural Resources in Arcata, Calif.

Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover recently attended the Keystone County Commissioner Conference at the White House. She reported at a recent board meeting that following a presentation by US Department of Energy, a Clearfield County told the federal official there is a valuable  element in Pennsylvania Coal and Natural Gas used in the manufacturing of electronics but the extraction process is not known in Clearfield County. The Federal official promised the send a team to the Dubois area to demonstrate the process which could lead to more jobs and exportation of the element.

The 8st Annual Potter County Fair opens Sunday at the Millport Fairgrounds with a ceremony at 6:00pm. The fair will continue all week long featuring a variety of exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment and food. Parking, admission and entertainment are free. It is one of the last remaining agricultural fairs in Pennsylvania.

State police at Emporium are investigating the theft of two bicycles from an Emporium residence last week. The bikes were taken from the front porch of Lisa Brown’s house on the Sizerville Road between July 20 and 27. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at  814.486-3321.

 

 

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                Thursday, July 27, 2017     

                              Wednesday's high, 73; Overnight low, 58; No rain              

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson has  announced a $115,000 federal grant to study recreational opportunities in the Galeton Berger Lake and Centertown Park Area.

 

The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded the grant to the Galeton Development Corporation. It prepared the application with assistance from North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.

 

ABOUT THE STUDY

The Galeton Development Corporation will assess the feasibility of developing recreational opportunities associated with the area around Berger Lake in Potter County, its dam structure, the John J. Collins Centertown Park and the surrounding trail system.

 

Specifically, the study will explore:

-          Recreation potential for the area upstream and downstream of the dam with consideration of a trail along the streams/lake, a paddle craft launch, white water park, public access areas.

 

-          Potential of the aforementioned trail to connect to a larger system of trails therefore boosting recreational activity in the area.

 

-          The aesthetics of the dam and lake area. The positive benefits to the creek and lake ecosystems including whether or not there could be a flooding impact.

 

-          Public use potential, especially in the sense of economic development and tourism. Project cost and funding strategies particularly regarding long-term sustainability and maintenance.

 

 

ABOUT THE ARC

The Appalachian Regional Commission awards grants and contracts from funds appropriated to the Commission annually by Congress. Program grants are awarded to state and local agencies and governmental entities (such as economic development authorities), local governing boards (such as county councils), and nonprofit organizations (such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing). Contracts are awarded for research on topics that directly impact economic development in the Appalachian Region.

 

During last week’s board meeting, Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley and Susan Kefover vote in favor of a motion to hire a Criminal Justice Resources Coodrinator. Commissioner Paul Heimel was out of town on county business. The new county employee will  serve as a liaison between The Judge, District Attorney, and other in the criminal justice system and  will report directly to the commissioners. No legal experience is required and the base salary is $32,000 per year plus benefits.

The state police fire marshal investigated two fires in Elk County this week—one an arson and the other accidental. Flames damaged a two story abandoned house on the Glen Mayor Road in Johnsonburg at around 11:30 Tuesday night. The investigation found that the fire had been deliberately set and while damage was significant, monetary loss was minimal. Previous deliberate fires have occurred at the house. Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Greg Agosti at 814.776.6136. A 1995 Ford F-150 pick up owned by Robert Geiser of St. Marys incurred an estimated $8,000 in damage due to an accidental blaze late Monday night on the Bucktail Road.  Agosti discovered that fire originated in the engine compartment at the speed control deactivation switch located on the master cylinder. He said a recall was issued by Ford in 2005 for a problem with the switch indicating the switch might over heat, smoke or burn even if the vehicle is parked with the ignition off.

A Painted Post, NY driver escaped injury late last Saturday night when his car hit a deer on Ropute 15 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. According to Manfield state police, Lu Yi was going north and was unable to stop before colliding with the deer.

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THU-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 79

FRI-CLOUDS BUILD, HIGH 84

FRI NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS,

SAT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 74

 

 

 

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson has  announced a $115,000 federal grant to study recreational opportunities in the Galeton Berger Lake and Centertown Park Area.

 

The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded the grant to the Galeton Development Corporation. It prepared the application with assistance from North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.

 

ABOUT THE STUDY

The Galeton Development Corporation will assess the feasibility of developing recreational opportunities associated with the area around Berger Lake in Potter County, its dam structure, the John J. Collins Centertown Park and the surrounding trail system.

 

Specifically, the study will explore:

-          Recreation potential for the area upstream and downstream of the dam with consideration of a trail along the streams/lake, a paddle craft launch, white water park, public access areas.

 

-          Potential of the aforementioned trail to connect to a larger system of trails therefore boosting recreational activity in the area.

 

-          The aesthetics of the dam and lake area. The positive benefits to the creek and lake ecosystems including whether or not there could be a flooding impact.

 

-          Public use potential, especially in the sense of economic development and tourism. Project cost and funding strategies particularly regarding long-term sustainability and maintenance.

 

 

ABOUT THE ARC

The Appalachian Regional Commission awards grants and contracts from funds appropriated to the Commission annually by Congress. Program grants are awarded to state and local agencies and governmental entities (such as economic development authorities), local governing boards (such as county councils), and nonprofit organizations (such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing). Contracts are awarded for research on topics that directly impact economic development in the Appalachian Region.

 

During last week’s board meeting, Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley and Susan Kefover vote in favor of a motion to hire a Criminal Justice Resources Coodrinator. Commissioner Paul Heimel was out of town on county business. The new county employee will  serve as a liaison between The Judge, District Attorney, and other in the criminal justice system and  will report directly to the commissioners. No legal experience is required and the base salary is $32,000 per year plus benefits.

The state police fire marshal investigated two fires in Elk County this week—one an arson and the other accidental. Flames damaged a two story abandoned house on the Glen Mayor Road in Johnsonburg at around 11:30 Tuesday night. The investigation found that the fire had been deliberately set and while damage was significant, monetary loss was minimal. Previous deliberate fires have occurred at the house. Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Greg Agosti at 814.776.6136. A 1995 Ford F-150 pick up owned by Robert Geiser of St. Marys incurred an estimated $8,000 in damage due to an accidental blaze late Monday night on the Bucktail Road.  Agosti discovered that fire originated in the engine compartment at the speed control deactivation switch located on the master cylinder. He said a recall was issued by Ford in 2005 for a problem with the switch indicating the switch might over heat, smoke or burn even if the vehicle is parked with the ignition off.

A Painted Post, NY driver escaped injury late last Saturday night when his car hit a deer on Ropute 15 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. According to Manfield state police, Lu Yi was going north and was unable to stop before colliding with the deer.

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                                                             Wednesday July 26, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 48; trace of rain

 

Area residents are being advised about the latest phone scam in which criminals use software impersonating local phone numbers to trick victims into answering their phones. We have experienced two such calls here at Black Forest Broadcasting within the past week. Two numbers showed up as Roulette numbers, the 544 exchange. One appeared to be from a private individual while the other showed up as a Roulette business. However, when answered, the caller identified herself as being from a credit card service which could reduce rates.  Authorities say the best thing to do is to immediately hang up as we did.

Several volunteer firefighters responded to a call just before noon Tuesday to a  two story wood frame home on Route 46 in Keating Township, near Smethport. Arriving firefighters quickly extinguished a dryer fire. Occupants had safely evacuated the house before volunteers arrived.

Both men involved in a domestic violence scuffle Sunday night in Summit Township, Potter County are being charged with harassment in District Court. a 51 year old man told police a 43 year old man shoved him to the ground duringa argunet at around 9:30 pm, at a  house on Deeering Run Road but the  43 year old told troopers the older m,an ran into him and fell to the ground. Both men are from Coudersport and will answer charges before district judge Annette Easton.

A NY state truck driver escaped injury Sunday night in a one-vehicle accident on Route 15 in Tioga Township. State police said the driver lost control of his southbound truck when the front tire blew and sent the vehicle onto the median on the four land divided highway.

Potter and surrounding counties may benefit from a transition to the Utica Shale for natural gas. The newly revitalized “Shale Gas Roundup” reports while most shale gas drillers with holdings in Potter County have been idle, JKLM Energy continues to move forward with an ambitious plan to deliver natural gas found in Utica Shale formations far underground to the national pipeline network. JKLM is unique, in that all of its operations are in Potter County, where the company has about 120,000 acres under lease. At the midpoint of 2017, JKLM officials report, the plan to drill approximately a dozen more wells this year is on course. Six of those have been drilled and three have been completed as of mid-June. That brings the company’s total activity in Potter County to 14 wells drilled, six completed, and four now producing gas. The company plans on drilling seven more wells by the end of the year, completing 10 and putting two into sales. Potter County Commissioners Paul Heimel and Chairman Doug Morley said at a recent board meeting, that gas from the Utica Shale is of a higher quality than that from the Marcellus Shale. Pennsylvania currently is the 2nd largest exporter of natural gas.

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                                              Tuesday July 5, 2017

Monday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 51 no rain

 

Out of the area, somewhat but some local residents may have been affected by this. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has announced that Floyd Benko, age 62, of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty today before United States District Court Judge Yvette Kane to false statement charges in connection with his performance of flawed genetic diagnostic tests for 124 cancer patients.

 According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Benko, a former Research Technologist at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, performed gene mutation tests (known as Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR), KRAS gene mutation (KRAS), and BRAF gene mutation (BRAF) assays) for 124 advanced stage cancer patients at the Hershey Medical Center in 2013 and 2014. These genetic tests help physicians diagnose a patient’s particular type of cancer so specifically tailored treatments can be administered to the patient.

Benko failed to perform the assays in the manner called for by Hershey’s standard operating procedures. Subsequent retesting of the patients revealed that 60 of the 124 patients had results discordant with results obtained by two outside laboratories.

Benko admitted to making a false statement to administrators at the Hershey Medical Center on April 11, 2014, about the manner by which he performed the genetic assays. Benko admitted he lied and concealed the fact that he did not follow standard Hershey operating procedures by failing to use a device known as a NanoDrop 2000 photo spectrometer in performing the assays and by failing to preserve the patients’ leftover tissue and DNA samples.

 The Hershey Medical Center incurred out of pocket expenses totaling $69,906 for outside laboratory re-testing of all of the affected patients. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Benko agreed to make full restitution to the Medical Center in his amount. No date has yet been scheduled for Benko’s sentencing pending preparation of a pre-sentence report.

The maximum penalty for False Statements in Health Care Matters is five years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Injuries were reported for a Mansfield couple involved in a collision last Tuesday night in Rutland Township, Tioga County. Sate police report Travis Scott was going south when his Subaru Forester ran into a farm tractor on Route 549 being driven by a 14 year old boy. Scott was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of serious injuries. His wife, Melanie was treated for minor injuries. The teenage tractor operator was not hurt in the 9:30 pm accident. 

 

The 9th Annual Endless Mountain Music Festival Charity Golf Tournament will be on Monday, July 31 at the Tyoga Country Club in Delmar Township, near Wellsboro.

Among the golfers in the four-person scramble tournament will be festival musicians who love to play, according to Tom Rudy chairman. The tournament is limited to 120 players. “We are asking golfers to register by Friday, July 28," he said. 

Registration on July 31 is at 10 a.m. There is an optional chipping contest with three mulligans for $10. The shotgun start will be at 11 a.m.  

At 4:30 p.m., there will be a cash bar, entertainment, a picnic dinner and a reception and award presentations with prizes to be given to the top three teams and to individuals for closest to the pin, long drives and putting excellence. Entertainment will be provided by some of the world-renowned musicians who are performing during the July 21-Aug. 5 Endless Mountain Music Festival.

The tournament fee of $100 per golfer includes: a goodies bag, box lunch, on-course beverages, green fee, cart fee, event prizes, reception and awards and musical entertainment. 

Golfers can choose to enter their own foursome or can be placed in a group. Also available are $125 hole sponsorship. 

All proceeds raised through this tournament will benefit Endless Mountain Music Festival student activities. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the festival is a regional event, made possible through the efforts of countless community volunteers, sponsors and festival partners.

Golf tournament checks must be made payable to: Endless Mountain Music Festival. For a registration form or more information, call Tom Rudy at 1-717-364-4748, email 
tom1rud2@icloud.com or visit www.endlessmountain.net.

 

 

The Coudersport Chamber board of directors has cancelled today’s membership meeting. Since there is usually no meeting in August, the next membership meeting will be Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at noon at Kaytee's Family Restaurant, Rt. 6 West in Coudersport.

 

In the meantime, members will be updated through email in the near future according to a spokesperson.

 

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                                                                  Monday July 24, 2017

Sunday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 63; 1.53” rain (3.32” weekend total on Fishing Creek)

Downstate man accused of choking Ulysses resident now faces witness intimidation charges….Troopers arrest Shinglehouse man for threatening another with gun and ball bat…..Port Allegany man accused of leading police on chase….camp burglaries in West Branch Township apparently solved….

 

The state police trooper investigating a strangulation and assault  on Rocky Lane in Ulysses Township earlier this month, has once again refused to name the suspect who is now charged with witness intimidation. Nicholas Sanderson,35, allegedly  failed to leave the property of a 63 year old Ulysses resident when a disagreement escalated on July 2   and is is accused of choking the victim during the physical altercation which ensued. Trooper Brandon Henne now claims Sanderson sent messages to the victim asking him if he would take $1,000 to drop the previous charges of criminal trespass, harassment and strangulation.

 

Coudersport-based state police have arrested 66 year old John Cyran of Shinglehouse on charges of terroristic threats and illegal possession of a firearm. Troopers say they went to a home on Butter Creek Road in Oswayo township on July 4 when 44 year old Josh Howard of Shinglehouse told them Cyran had threatened him three separate times that day and then threatened him with an aluminum baseball bat. Police claim when they arrived, Cyran was not home but they allegedly saw a gun on his property. Upon further investigation, they claim they found as a convicted felon  Cyran is  therefore prohibited from having a gun and they claim they found several other firearms on the property.

 

A Port Allegany man has been arrested in connection to a police chase last Thursday night in Roulette Township in Potter County and Liberty Township, Kane based state police claim 53 year old Patrick Chastain took off when they tried to stop him on Route 6 but his vehicle came to a quick stop. Chastain was released on $5,000 unsecured bail after being arraigned on charges of fleeing or attempting to eluded police, DUI and a host of traffic violations.

 

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision last Friday afternoon in Keating Township, McKean County. According to Kane-based state police Dixie Gay of Port Allegany swerved her Chevrolet Cruze while going east was going east to avoid  a Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Nicole Tanner legally stopped while turning north onto the Pierce Brook Road. Gay’s car went off the road and collided with a guardrail and then hit the Tanner SUV before stopping. Christian Eaton, 13, of Smethport riding in the Tanner vehicle also was not hurt.

 

Injuries were reported for a passenger following a car/deer collision early Saturday morning in Richmond Township. Marcinah Carter of Windsor Mill, MD was unable to avoid hitting the deer on Route 15 while going south. Carter was not hurt but her passenger, Nikea Haynie of Gwynn Oak, MD was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

 

An elderly Canton, PA woman was hurt in a one-vehicle accident last Friday night. Troopers say 72 year old Mary Spencer was going  east on Route 414 when she became distracted and allowed her Cadillac Deville to go off the road, collided with an embankment and roll over onto its roof. Spencer was treated at Troy Community Hospital for unknown injuries.

 

DUI charges have been filed against 36 year old Randy Ciminio of Lanninger Creek  Road, Roulette. State police allege when they pulled Cimino over at the intersection of Kim Hill Road and Route 6 in Roulette Township last Wednesday night, they discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia in  his vehicle. They also claim they determined Cimino was driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

 

Nevan Reed, 31, of Shinglehouse has also been charged with DUI. The arrest came after patrol officers stopped in on the Horse Run Road in Sharon Township during the early morning on July 9. Police claim he was under the influence of alcohol

 

A 17 year old .Potter County teen has been arrested for  DUI. Troopers say the youth was driving under the influence of a controlled substance when they stopped in during the early morning, July 4 at the intersection of W. Main Street and Route 6 in Pike township.

 

Burglary charges have been filed against 57 year old Ray Shreiner of Leola, PA Troopers at Coudersport assert Shreiner burglarized eight sheds at camps on the W. Branch road and Sugar Bush Lane in West Branch Township between March 5 and 2 of this year.

 

A theft on Putnam Township, Tioga County is being probed by state police at Mansfield. Four batteries were taken from a fenced in parking lot on the North Williamson Road owned by John Pino III of Covington. The crime occurred between July 6 and 10.

 

Unknown vandals moved two road signs from the Bark Shanty Road between 6:00 pm last Wednesday and &;00 am Thursday.

 

Police are seeking a trespasser who was on land owned by Bradley Prentice along Main Street in Genesee last Tuesday.

 

The Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous will be held this weekend at Denton Hill Sate Park and Sinnemahoning State park is inviting those who “get the bug” to attend an introductory archery program on Sunday, July 30, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, at Sinnemahoning State Park. The introductory course, led by a certified USA Archery Level 1 instructor, will cover the basics of archery including safety and use of Genesis compound bows.For adults and teens, ages 13 and up.  Program is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please visit the online DCNR Calendar of Events at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/ or call Sinnemahoning State Park at 814-647-8401.

 Carol A. HURLER, 75, formerly of Westfield, PA, died Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born October 1, 1941, in North Fork, PA, she was the daughter of Fred and Hava Saxton Hart. A graduate of Harrison Valley High School, Carol was a homemaker and a lifelong area resident.  She was a member of the Red Hat Society. Surviving are:  three children, Diane Hurler of Westfield, Russell (Laura) Hurler of Chicopee, MA, and Heather (Keith) Chase of Ulysses, PA;  eight grandchildren;  and four great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Hurler, Jr. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in the Hallsport Christian Church, Hallsport, NY. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service,Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.                                                      

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                                                                                           Friday July 21, 2017

                                                                              THURSDAY’S high, 83; Overnight low, 63; .06” rain

              

 Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover & Human Services Executive Director Jim Kockler @ 2009 news conference about government regulations

 

Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover carried her message of obsessive government regulations to the White House last week. Kefover was among a group of County Commissioners from all over Pennsylvania attending the Keystone County Commissioner Convention in Washington, DC. Kefover said the conference was very effective and bi-partisan. She said fellow commissioners did not stick to the agenda provided by the national organization, but rather brought up issues they are facing back home. Kefover  said she tried several times to address the speakers but was largely ignored until Kelly Ann Conway, Counselor to the President,  asked her for her comments. Kefover presented Conway with a large print of a picture taken of her and Potter County Human Services Executive Director in 2009 with copies of the state and federal regulations for the department. Kefover told Conway, “these are just for the human services department alone, no others.” She was enthusiastically applauded by those attending and added it was the only presentation to be applauded. Conway said “this is what we want. It fits the president’s chart of how long it takes to get something through the government.

 

Coudersport borough council tabled action on the  arboretum question at Wednesday’s meeting. Solicitor Dan Glassmire reported he had received information about a lawsuit and needed to review it before making a recommendation to members.

 

The Upper Tioga River Regional Authority was awarded a grant/loan combination for the construction of a new regional community water system in Convington, Putman and Richmond townships.  The new system will include 56,000 feet of water main and a 400,000-gallon concrete finish water storage tank.

 

“Funding will help ensure residents and businesses have access to clean water,” said Baker. “Currently, a significant number of private wells in the vicinity of the Business Route 15 corridor have tested positive for contaminants. The new regional water system will purchase bulk water from Blossburg Municipal Authority.”

 

The grant portion of the award is $2,455,336.  The loan portion is in the amount of $6,463,664 with a term of 360 months and an interest rate of 1 percent. 

A guide rail project on multiple routes in Tioga County is set to begin Monday, July 24.

 

This project includes guide rail upgrades on Route 4035 (Catlin Hollow Road) in Middlebury Township and Route 4017 (Holden Road) in Osceola Township. 

 

There will be single lane closures under daylight flagging. Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zones.

 

Penn Line Services, Inc. is the prime contractor on this $360,000 project.

 

Two Buffalo area men escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning in Summit Township, Potter County. State police report Dengxin Ji  of Buffalo was going north on the Cherry Springs Road when he over compensated while going downhill on a right hand curve. theCar skidded of the road and collided with a tree. He and his passenger, Qincgchuan Lai of Williamasville were using seatbelts.

DUI charges are pending against a teen driver from Ulysses in connection to a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Harrison Township. Troopers claim the 17 year old boy was driving an RZRS 800 in the middle of the Harrison Fox Hill Road when it spun off the road and struck a ditch and mailbox with the rear passenger side tire while continuing westbound. The ATV rolled over onto the passenger side. Neither the operator nor his 14 year old female passenger from Wellsville were using seatbelts or helmet. The girl was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital by a friend for treatment of an arm injury. Police claim the teenager was operating the machine while impaired due to a controlled substance.  

 

Troopers at Coudersport are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged property on Route 6 in Eulalia Township Monday morning. The unknown unit went off the pavement and collided  with a pole holding three mailboxes and continued on the berm for about 20 feet before hitting a white reflective pole. The vehicle continue for another 40 feet before re-entering the  highway and continuing west. The driver failed to stop and notify the property owner of the collision which happened at about 7:45 am. The pole and three mail boxes will have to be replaced. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at 814.274.8690.

A Smethport man was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail following arraignment on drug charges. Kane Based state police allege 27year old Robert Pearsall was found in possession of a controlled substance while being under the influence of the drug on Skunk Lane in Keating Township Wednesday afternoon.

Coudersport -based state police have arrested 28 year old Cody Kibbe of Mansfield  for harassment in connection to a domestic violence incident last Friday afternoon. A 28year old Wellsville woman told troopers Kibbe touched her nose with his nose during a heated argument at a home on River Road  somewhere in Potter County although the name of the community was not released by the investigating officer.

Troopers at Mansfield are investigating a criminal mischief taking place recently in Clymer Township, Tioga County. Vandals damaged a window, satellite dish and post on the porch of a camp on Stiles Road. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570.662.2151.

                                                              

Thirteen children participated in the Rock Painting Party at the Roulette Library July 18. The library will have a rock painting table at Family Fun Day at the Roulette park on August 19.

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                                               Thursday July 20, 2017

          Wednesday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 59

Elderly Brookville driver hurt while avoiding bear on highway…..Elkland woman nabbed for shoplifting…..Theft of $5500 worth of equipment and rifle investigated by trooper in Kane…Trespassers damage land in Cameron County….Endless Mountain Music Festival begins this weekend as music interns attend two week academy……

An elderly Brookville driver suffered a minor injury Tuesday afternoon when he swerved to avoid a black bear on Route 66 in Highland Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police report 68 year old Robert Allegeier was going north when the bruin crossed the road near the Route 948 intersection. Police said Allgeier slowed down to avoid contact and then tried to accelerate but his  Mercury Cyclone went out of control because of a flat rear tire. The car went off the road and overturned before stopping. The driver did not require treatment at a medical facility for his slight injury.

An Elkland woman was nabbed by Walmart security personnel Tueday afternoon when she allegedly tried to steal $123 worth of merchandise. Brittany Boles, 21 will now answer retrial theft charges in district court.

Kane based state police are continuing their investigation into a couple of recent burglaries. An unknown thief was observed stealing about $5500 worth of equipment from a location at 242 Pithole Road in Cyclone Sunday morning at around 10:30 am. The suspect was seen leaving the area in a colg Buick Century with PA Registration KCH3454.  A Marlin .22  cal. lever action rifle was stolen from the home of 79 year old Martin Howard on Route 46 n Keating Township between July 3 and this past Tuesday. The gun has a gold trigger, gray barrel wood stock and a broken butt plate. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call troopers at 814.778.5555.

Thieves helped themselves to three landscape lights on Meadow Road in Emporium between 9:30 Tuesday night and 7:30 Wednesday morning. The lights are owned by Cheryl Ann Malize and anyone with information that theft is asked to call troopers at the Emporium barracks. 814.486.3321

State police at Emporium are also looking for trespassers who damaged property on the Sizer Run Road in Shippen Township sometime since the first of this month. Vandals drove an ATV onto land owned by James Alderson III of Cannonsburg, PA and had a campfire on the property.

The Endless Mountain Music Festival opens this Friday and Saturday with performances by the 62-member Festival Symphony Orchestra and on Sunday, the first chamber concert.

 

The first orchestra concert will be Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Steadman Theater at Mansfield University with the MU Concert Choir, Festival Chorus and Choral Academy students and violin soloist Diana Seitz. Peggy Dettwiler, MU director of Choral Activities, and Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser will each conduct the orchestra.

 

The second will be Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium in Corning, New York with the maestro conducting the orchestra and Israeli pianist Yevgeny Yontov as the featured soloist.

 

This Sunday at 7:30 p.m., the four members of the Endless Mountain Music Festival Percussion Ensemble will perform a musical concert in Steadman Theater on the Mansfield University campus.

 

Xueqing Wu, principal percussionist with the Festival Symphony Orchestra will open with a snare drum solo titled “The Whimsical Nature of Small Particle Physics” by Ben Wahlund. Musically, this 2006 composition was inspired by the contributions of Askell Masson and Jacques Delécluse while respecting John S. Pratt and Charles Wilcoxon,” Wu said. “All four are great percussionists and snare drum composers. The piece incorporates classical music snare drumming to marching band drumming,” she added.

 

“Stop Speaking” by Andy Akihol, commissioned in 2011 for the Modern Snare Drum Competition, will feature Brian Smith as snare drum soloist.

 

Wu and Smith will then perform “2300 Degrees” by Ivan Trevino on marimbas and small tuned cymbals called crotales. “In the glassblowing art world, 2300 degrees is the temperature at which glass gets interesting,” Wu said. “The composer learned this at the Corning Museum of Glass where he participated in a music and glass event.” The museum is one of the two places where the Festival Symphony Orchestra is performing this summer and also where the composer was inspired to write “2300 Degrees.” “Quite a coincidence,” Wu said.

 

Two ragtime pieces, “Rainbow Ripples” and “Triplets,” both written by George Hamilton Green and arranged by Bob Becker, will follow. For “Rainbow Ripples,” Wu will solo on the xylophone with Smith, Joe Turner and Simon Bjarning on marimbas. For “Triplets,” Smith will be the xylophone soloist with Wu, Turner and Bjarning on marimbas. “Ragtimes are fun music that make everyone want to dance,” Wu said.

 

Marimba soloist Nancy Zeltsman arranged “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber into a marimba duo, which Smith and Wu will perform.

 

The exciting “Dance of the Drums” by Gene Koshinski has rhythms and grooves and loud primal drumming. Two percussionists will play a bass drum, five tom-toms, two China cymbals, a pair of bongos, a pair of congas, a conch shell (used as a single-pitch melodic instrument), a gong and two pairs of claves (hardwood sticks).

 

Available is a $150 flex pass to attend any six of the Endless Mountain Music Festival concerts, including the six symphony orchestra concerts on Fridays and Saturdays, the chamber concerts Sundays through Thursdays or a mix of both for a $30 to $84 savings.  

 

Also available is a $225 season pass to see 14 concerts for a $249 savings. 

 

Youth 20 and under are admitted free to all concerts. 

 

For a flex or season pass or $39 symphony orchestra tickets or $30 chamber concert tickets, call the box office at 570-787-7800 or visit www.endlessmountain.net.

 

 

In a related note,the Endless Mountain Music Festival’s two-week Internship Program began Monday, July 17 and will end on Sunday, Aug. 6.

 

This year, 15 music performance students who are in college or in a master's degree program, are festival interns. An intern is accepted into this program based on his or her teacher’s recommendation and submission of an audition video. 

 

The Endless Mountain Music Chamber Academy offers the opportunity for interns to perform and study with world-renowned musicians in violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, horn, trumpet, percussion, and piano.

 

Students take two private lessons per week for two weeks with principal players from the Festival Orchestra, participate in coached chamber music ensembles for strings, woodwinds or brass and perform with professional musicians as members of the Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser.

 

As part of their internship, the students collaborate on producing and performing five free Inspiration Concerts for children and senior citizens.

 

The Free Inspiration Concerts will be presented as follows:

  1. Monday, July 24, at 10 a.m. at Memorial Library, 307 Main Street in Blossburg
  2. Monday, July 24, at 1 p.m. at the Tioga County Branch of the YMCA at 40-42 Besanceney Drive in Mansfield
  3.  Sunday, July 30, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. during brunch at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street in Wellsboro. For brunch reservations call the hotel at 570-724-2111. 
  4. Monday, July 31, 11 a.m. at the Knoxville Public Library at 112 East Main Street in Knoxville
  5. Monday, July 31 at 2 p.m. in the Southeast Steuben County Library at 300 Center Way #101 in Corning, New York. 

 For more information about the July 21-Aug. 5 Endless Mountain Music Festival, flex and season passes and tickets, call 1-570-787-7800 or visit www.endlessmountain.net.

 

Lindsay Michael LOWE, 25, of Ulysses, PA, died Monday, July 17, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born March 25, 1992, in Coudersport, he was the son of Michael Lowe and Gwen D. Schmidt. A graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, he was employed by Forest View Evergreen Tree Farm in Germania. Surviving are:  a son, Zavier Lowe;  his father, Michael Lowe of Ulysses;  his mother, Gwen Schmidt of Rochester, NY;  paternal grandparents, Charlene (Gordon) Surdam of Ulysses and James (Kathy) Lowe of Sabinsville;  maternal grandmother, Marian Connolly of Wyoming;  six siblings, Ryan Guthrie, Marcia Grapevine, Brandi Hildebrandt, Trisha Lowe, Desirae Lowe, and Cheyanne Lowe;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  The Rev. David Brelo will officiate.  Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com. 

G. Roy ACKLEY, 87, of Westfield, PA, died Monday, July 17, 2017. Born March 6, 1930, in Westfield, he was the son of Wallace M. and Nellie King Ackley. On June 7, 1952, in Wellsboro, PA, he married the former June Roby, who survives. A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Air Force from 1950 -- 1953. He and his wife owned and operated Beech Lake Farm for 45 years. Surviving besides his wife, June, of 65 years, are:  three sons, Michael Ackley of Westfield, Phillip (Melanie) Ackley of Sabinsville, and Steven (Marie) Ackley of Wellsville, NY;  seven grandchildren;  and nine great-grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Wallace Ackley, Jr.;  and a sister, Elizabeth Hollenbaugh. Friends may call Friday, July 21, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  A graveside service will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday in Ackley Cemetery.  The Rev. Kyle Horton will officiate.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Tioga County Honor Guard. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 82; Overnight low, 54; no rain

Two Potter County communities were spruced up this summer by young adults serving with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). Eight NCCC members and a team leader were in the area June 10- 24.

In Ulysses, working under the supervision of a committee headed by Pastor Marty Zdrojewski, corps members worked at the former fire hall, cleaned cemetery monuments, painted welcome signs, stained benches, and worked on landscaping at Northern Potter schools. 

In Austin, the team painted the gazebo on the town square and helped borough employees with several small projects. They worked at the Austin Dam Memorial Park, inventorying and restoring more than 20 campsites, preparing the Welcome Center/Gift Shop for the summer season, sprucing up the pavilion and grounds, and planting landscaping. Crew members also traveled to the Odin Cemetery to clean grave markers.

Businesses, community organizations, churches and individuals supported the NCCC team through financial donations and other contributions. Obtaining the AmeriCorps NCCC services was a project of downtown revitalization consultant John Bry, who was retained by the Potter County Board of Commissioners  and worked with local governments and community leaders.

NCCC is a community service program for 18- to 24-year-olds. College students and other volunteers receive modest compensation as well as help with college expenses and/or student loan relief. Drawn from the models of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the U.S. military, NCCC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens.

The 18.9 mile trail connecting St Marys and Emporium will be officially opened by the West Creek Recreational Trail Association on Monday August 7 at 11am.  The 13 year project provides four seasons of recreational opportunities.  Walking, cycling, cross country skiing and snowmobiling permitted on the trail which was funded by public and private funds. 

Users obtain a glimpse of the PA Wilds through animals and plants found along the span.  Recently an electronic counter installed measuring the usage.  Since June 17 a daily average of 130 people has enjoyed the flat level surface.  Bird houses serve as mileage posts, signs designate amenities like restaurants and shopping areas, while benches provide a respite for users.

 The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting which will take place near the Cameron/Elk County line at the Rathburn Trailhead.

 Free clinical breast exams, mammograms and follow-up exams for qualifying women are available through the state’s HealthyWoman Program, according to  Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter).

 The HealthyWoman Program provides services to women between the ages of 40 and 64 who do not have health insurance, have limited health insurance or have a gross family household income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level. 

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.

 “When breast cancer is found at its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is reported to be more than 98 percent,” said Baker. “Simply put, early detection saves lives, so don’t wait to get your exam.”

 To learn more about the HealthyWoman Program, visit Baker’s website at www.RepBaker.com or call 1-800-215-7494. 

A St. Marys couple have been arrested for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart o the night of June 29.Ridgway based state police alle 29 year old Craig Holterback and 26 year old Lyn Holterback stole multiple pieces of baby clothing and hid them in a baby car seat while Craig Holterback fled the store and his wife went through the checkout line with other items.

A New York State driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on the Four Mile Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County. Troopers at Emporium report Bryan Smith of East Auroa was going east when he went into shock after being stung by a bee. His Ford F-150XLT went off the road and crashed into a nearby pole.  He was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment related to the bee sting.

State police at the Mansfield barracks cited two out of the area drivers with DUI this past spring. Jessica Plankenhorn was arrested on the night of April 15 while driving on R287 in Middlebury Center. Zachary Dennis of Avoca, NY was arrested on the night of May 26 along Route 249 inI Knoxville. Both arrests were made following traffic stops.

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Tuesday July 18, 2017

  Monday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 55; no rain

CWD  found in wild deer in nearby Clearfield County…..One bridge on Route 155 in McKean County re-opens and another closes…..Wellsboro man jailed for harassment….State police arrest Austin resident for following another while arguing….Two Johnstown woman suspected of ID theft in Tioga County….Bradford bar fined for not cleaning draft system…..Elderly Galeton woman hurt in antique car accident……

Hunting licenses are now on sale….and it’s getting closer. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has announced a free-ranging whitetail buck in Bell Township, Clearfield County, has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).Previously, the disease had been detected only in captive deer in that area. The CWD-positive buck was shot by a wildlife conservation officer June 7 on State Game Lands 87 because it showed signs of being diseased. Preliminary tests indicated the buck was CWD-positive, and the final results confirm the buck was infected with CWD, which always is fatal to deer and elk.

The buck was within Disease Management Area 3 (DMA 3), which was established in 2014 after surveillance by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture detected CWD at two captive deer facilities in Jefferson County.

Because this buck was located near the center of the 350-square-mile DMA 3, the DMA will not need to expand.

However, the Game Commission says it is  immediately taking steps to increase CWD surveillance within DMA 3.

The Game Commission will be allocating Deer Management Assistance Program permits within DMA 3. Each hunter can purchase up to two of the 2,800 DMAP permits anywhere hunting licenses are sold by requesting permits for Unit 3045.

The permits will become available very soon, likely by July 13.

These DMAP permits can be used to take antlerless deer on public and private lands within DMA 3 during any established deer season. Hunters must acquire permission from private landowners prior to hunting.

Harvest data from DMAP permits will augment CWD surveillance.

All known road-killed deer within DMA 3, and a portion of the deer harvested by hunters, already are tested each year for the disease. The Game Commission is looking to increase this sampling effort and obtain more-precise harvest-location information. Cooperation from hunters will be an important first step to make this happen.

The Game Commission also plans to use sharpshooters in DMA 3, in a small, focal area where the CWD-positive deer was found, in hopes of stopping the disease before it has a chance to grow and spread.

In Pennsylvania, CWD has been an increasing threat. The disease also exists among wild deer in the area of southcentral Pennsylvania defined as Disease Management Area 2. Twenty-five free-ranging deer tested positive for CWD during 2016. And an additional four CWD-positive deer have been detected since, raising to 51 the total of CWD-positives detected within the DMA 2 since 2012.

While the spread of CWD within Pennsylvania is a concern statewide and a threat to the state’s deer and its deer-hunting tradition, this latest CWD-positive within DMA 3 is a concern also because of its proximity to Pennsylvania’s elk range, which abuts DMA 3. More than 100 elk are tested for CWD each year and, thus far, the disease has not been detected among the state’s elk.

There is no vaccine to prevent deer or elk from contracting CWD, and there’s no treatment to cure infected animals according to biologists. However, if  infected animals can be removed from the  area so they are no longer coming in contact with healthy deer or shedding the prion that causes the disease, it may be possible to slow its spread and minimize its effects on deer and elk, and the people who enjoy them.

While CWD poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s deer and elk, there is no strong evidence it can be transmitted to humans. As a precaution, however, hunters are advised not to eat the meat from animals known to be infected with CWD, or believed to be diseased.

There already is a prohibition on removing the high-risk parts of harvested deer from any DMA. Hunters who harvest deer and take it to a meat processor or taxidermist within a DMA are making certain that deer are available to the Game Commission for CWD surveillance.

Officials say cooperating deer hunters within DMA 3 will play a key role in the CWD surveillance to take place there. If the harvest locations of sampled deer are known, it will be possible to more precisely target management actions.It doesn’t cost anything to drop deer heads off for sampling, and if a sample tests positive, the hunter will be notified.

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting News the discovery is particularly worrisome due to the proximity of the state’s elk herd.

 The first of two bridges being replaced on Route 155 (Turtle Point-Larabee Road) bridge in Eldred Township, McKean County, has  reopened to traffic The bridge spans Newell Creek, about two miles southeast of the Village of Larabee, and was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Project.

 The second bridge on Route 155 (Turtle Point-Larabee Road) in Annin Township (JV-63) is now closed to traffic after the opening of the first one. Motorist will utilize the same detour of Route 6, Route 46 and Route 446 until construction is complete in August.

 With the bridge reopened, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.

 The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. An alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by flaggers when the PPC overlay is applied in August 2017. 

 To find out when the overlay will be applied to this structure, visitwww.parapidbridges.com/polyesterpolymerconcreteoverlay.html. In the event of unfavorable weather, this schedule may change. Any such changes will be posted on the website.   

 his bridge is referred to as JV-64 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project. Replacement work for this bridge was performed by Walsh Construction II.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP finances, designs, replaces, and maintains the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists. To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or emailinfo@parapidbridges.com

 Mansfield based state police have arrested 28 year old Sean Parker of Wellsboro for assault and reckless endangerment for an incident allegedly taking place last Saturday afternoon on the New Road in Charleston Township. Troopers claim park intentionally rammed, multiple times  a van owned by Rachel Preble also of Wellsboro while a 26 year old woman was seated inside. She was not hurt but damage to the van is reported to be extensive. Preble was committed to the Tioga County prison after arraignment in lieu of $7500 bail….

An Austin man has been arrested for harassment after allegedly “stalking” another Austin resident last Friday afternoon. Coudersport based state police assert 44 year old Herbert Watson III followed 55 year old David Allman into a public place while engaged in an argument.

Troopers at Mansfield have two suspects in an ID theft. Two Johnstown women, ages 23 and 27 are suspected of using an account belonging to Amy and David Cooper of Wellsboro between July 4 and 7 to make several on-line purchases.

DUI charges have been filed against a Coudersport woman. State police allege 37 year old Crystal Taylor of 213 W. Chestnut Street was found to be in possession and  a suspected controlled substance after being encountered at the Laurelwood Inn during the afternoon of March 4.

The state liquor control board has fined Kabob’s at the Option House on Main Street in Bradford $200. Authorities report the bar failed bo clean its malt or brewed dispensing system at least once a week between September 9, 2016 and April 27, 2017.

An elderly Galeton woman was hurt in a mechanical related accident last Saturday afternoon on Route 6 in Pike Township. State police say 70 year old Michael Callahan was going east when the left rear wheel on his 1954 MG TF came off and cause the car to become uncontrollable. The antique auto crossed the road, and came to rest in a ditch after rolling onto the passenger side. Callahan was not hurt but his wife, Karen, 69 was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of a  hand injury and head lacerations. 

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                                             Monday July 17,  2017

Sunday’s high, 77; Overnight low, 57; No rain

 

Accidental fire causes $50,000 in damage to St. Marys plant…..Kersey man cited for dangerous burning…. ….19 year old Clearfield resident accused of harassment …Tioga PA man charged with harassment and public drunkenness…. NY state driver killed in Tioga County collision early today….Troopers at Ridgway investigate two check thefts……..Legislation to increase penalties for child endangerment signed by governor….

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The local band, RSVP provided music at the Arboretum Rally Sunday in Coudersport. Those attending also enjoyed free hot dogs, lemonade and a warm sunny afternoon.

The state police fire marshal has determined  that a fire which caused $50,000 in damage at the St. Marys Carbon Company  on Eberly St. Sunday morning was caused by a furnace stack malfunction. Flames were discovered just after 10:00 am by a passing motorist who called 911. Arriving firefighters discovered flames were burring across the roof but were able to keep the fire contained to the roof. However, the interior of the building sustained some water damage. There were no injuries.

A Kekrsey man has been cited for dangerous burning. The state police fire marshal claims when he responded to a complaint on the Badeau Road in Fox township Sunday afternoon, he found a smolder but contained fire on the property of Robert Harvey Sr. His neighbors, Anujuit Siong and Jaspreet Singh told authorities the smoke has been an on-going problem and has caused medical issues for them.

Troopers at Ridgway have charged 19 year old Reilly Brown of Houtzdale, PA with harassment for an alleged assault on the afternoon of July 7 on Mefferets Run Road in  Johnsonburg. Officers claim Brown bit 21 year old Thomas Roberts, scratched his arm, destroyed some of the victim’s property and admitted to underage drinking.

Mansfield-based state police have arrested 35 year old Michael Cragg Jr. of Tioga for harassment and public drunkenness. Authorities assert Cragg assaulted a  37 year old female companion on Church Street in that town last Thursday evening and ran around the area, screaming and knocking on doors while under the influence of a controlled substance.

A New York State man died in collision early today in Tioga County. According to Mansfield-based state police, 65 year old James Vitale drove  his Chevrolet Aveo off the road and onto the right shoulder of Route 15 N near the Welcome Center in Tioga Township and collided with a flatbed trailer attached to a Peterbilt tractor which was parked on the shoulder. Vitale was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, Norbert Rodriguez, Jr. of Vienna, VA was not hurt.

Injuries were reported for one driver after a collision last Friday afternoon. Troopers in Mansfield say Beverly Stocum of Mansfield, while going north on S. Schodac Road tried to cross Route 6 in front of a Lincoln Town Car driven by Alan Stefani of Kane. Stefani was taken to Soldiers and Sailors hospital while his wife, Dawn, and Stocum were not hurt.

DUI charges are pending against a Smethport man involved in a collision last Wednesday night on East Main Street in Mt. Jewett. Kane-based state police claim 32 year old Joseph Irons was driving his Chevrolet Blazer under the influence of a controlled substance when the SUV left the road and collided with a  legally parked Dodge Stratus driven by Samantha Allegretto of Kane. After impact, the Irons unit continued on for about a half mile before stopping tin the Shur Save parking lot. Both drivers escaped injury as did two children, a 6 year old Mt. Jewett girl and a 7 year old Smethport girl riding in the backseat of the Irons vehicle.

A Reynoldsville motorist escaped injury last Thursday morning when his GMC Sierra burst into flames after hitting a tractor trailer on Main Street in Fox Township. Authorities said Bradley Thompson was speeding when is pick up slid through a stop sign on the Irish Town road and hit a  Freightliner on Route 948 operated by Troy Ehrensberger  of St. Mary. The rig operator also was unhurt.

Troopers at Ridgway also report an Arlington, Va driver and his passenger escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on the Ridgway-Johnsonburg Road in Ridgway Township. Venkata Akula was going north when he swerved his Toyota Camry to avoid and unknown animal on the highway. The qr went off the pavement and struck a road sign. He and his passenger, Priyanka Kavali were using seatbelts.

Coudersport-based state police have charged a 15 year old Galeton boy with drug prossession. Cops say they found the youth to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the Nittany Mart on Bridge Street in that  town on the afternoon of July 4th. The defendant is being prosecuted through Juvenile Court.

Elk County authorities are continuing to probe two thefts at the CNB Bank last week involving checks. Police say a known suspect had a friend cash a checklast Monday  from a Kane woman which was not theirs to cash. And, a known suspect reportedly  cashed checks from a cane man and a Ridgway man at the same bank the next day. Troopers did not say if the two crimes are related.

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting News that will place stronger penalties on individuals who endanger children in their care, has been signed into law by the governor. The legislation was drafted following the tragic death of 11-month-old Heath Ryder in Franklin County. Heath was killed by a 9-year-old girl while in the care of an adult caregiver. The girl was left unsupervised with the infant when the incident occurred. Although the girl was charged and went through the juvenile court system, the adult faced lesser charges, due to limitations in the law at that time. Causer says the new law makes the crime a misdemeanor rather than a summary offense.

 

 Obituary

Barry L. WENTZELL, 67, of Mills, PA, formerly of Wind Gap, PA, died Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA after being stricken at home on his tractor. Born September 20, 1949, in Wind Gap, PA, he was the son of Paul and Emma Irene Schoeneberger Wentzell. On September 21, 1985, in Wind Gap, he married the former Marlana A. Gerhart, who survives. He was employed by PennDOT for 17 years, retiring in 2012.   Barry was a lifelong farmer and resided in Potter County for the last 30 years. Surviving besides his wife, Marlana, are:  three children, Robin Lynn Fagan of Philadelphia, PA, Kathy Ann Wentzell of Bethlehem, PA, and Irene Emma (Mark Strawbridge) Wentzell of Whitehall, PA;  two grandchildren, Rose Catherine Fagan and Jake James Williams;  six siblings, Stanley (Eleanor) Wentzell, Carol (Edward, Sr.) Reid, Sandra (Agidio “Pat”) Poloni, Helen (Ronald) Fox, Linfort (Judi) Wentzell, and Alvin (Barbara) Wentzell; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins;  best friends, Terry and Sue Plumstead;  canine companion, Mitzi.  He was predeceased by his parents;  and a sister, Dorothey Schreck. Friends and family may call Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Dennis Munro will officiate.  Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.    

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Friday, July 14, 2017

 

Thursday’s high , 75; Overnight low, 63; .63” rain (1.32” on Fishing Creek)

 

FRI-SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HUMID, HIGH 77

FRI NIGHT-PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 57

SAT-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, LESS HUMID HIGH 78

SAT NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY LOW IN THE MID 50s

SUN-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN HIGH 80

 

Friday July 14, 2017

Causer says work is progressing on budget without governor’s help…,Local group plans rally for arboretum Sunday…..Detours in placement week for bridge Replacement near Pitt-Bradford…Coudersport man arrested for failing to comply with Megan’s law……Teen driver unhurt in Cameron County crash….details finally  released about motorcycle accident in Potter County….16 year old arrested for shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart.

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting  the $32 billion budget passed by the General Assembly in late June became law earlier this week, again without the signature of Gov. Tom Wolf. This is the third consecutive fiscal year budget to become law without the governor’s signature. 

With the governor largely absent from negotiations, House and Senate Republicans have been working in good faith with his staff to reach an agreement on revenues to support the spending plan. 

Presented with a variety of options, including proposed reforms to our state’s liquor sales system and gaming expansion, the administration has rejected each proposal, instead calling for new and increased taxes on hard-working Pennsylvania families or small employers. 

The Lawmaker says yalks will continue until an agreement is reached. 

 

Local citizens calling themselves “Friends of the Coudersport Arboretum” are rallying the troops in an effort to save the park. They’ll be holding their inaugural event on Sunday, July 16, at 2 pm.

It’s billed as a community get-together titled Gala in the Garden. There will be live music as well as free hot dogs and lemonade.

 

Purpose of the gathering is to galvanize support for the arboretum as Coudersport Borough Council moves forward on a proposal to sell a portion of the park to allow the adjacent Sheetz convenience store to expand.

 

At its May meeting, Borough Council voted not to sell. However, with one member missing and another changing his vote, that action was reversed at Council’s June meeting.

Arboretum supporters are now asking Council members to reconsider when they convene for their next public meeting at6:30 pm Wednesday, July 19, at the borough maintenance building on Damascus Street.

 

They cite petitions circulated last year that garnered hundreds of signatures urging Council to keep the arboretum where it is.

 

Coudersport Area Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Zito Media American Legion Post 192 and Sons of the American Legion, and the Arboretum Committee, as well as many volunteers, have worked together over the years to establish the park as an aesthetically pleasing venue that’s also a heritage area recalling the Coudersport & Port Allegany Railroad.

 

Among the historical elements are the C&PA Railroad Depot, now the Coudersport Borough Office; the restored C&PA caboose; and a Pullman rail car similar to those that carried passengers on the local railway.

 

Replacement work has started on a bridge near the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

 

Starting the week of July 17, Route 4004 (Dorothy Lane) from Route 346 to Campus Drive will be closed, which will limit access to the Pitt Bradford campus During the road closure the Pitt Bradford campus will remain accessible from Campus Drive or Campus Road. This closure will be in effect until August 14.

 

The state-owned bridge spans the west branch of Tunungwant Creek on Dorothy Lane at Pitt Bradford. The existing bridge is weight-limit posted for 27-tons for single vehicle and 32-tons for combination vehicles. It carries an average of almost 1,200 vehicles each day. Replacing the bridge will eliminate the weight posting and allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient list.

 

Overall project work will include replacement of the old bridge, approach paving, guide-rail upgrades, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

 

All work is weather and schedule dependent. The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $3 million project. PennDOT expects the bridge to be complete and open to traffic in early November.

 

A Coudersport man has been arrested for violating Megan’s Law. State police claim 25 year old Duane John Williams of 5 Carpenter Hill Road failed to update vehicle information  and phone number as required of convicted sex offenders.  Authorities say Williams owned a vehicle for nearly seven months and has been using it as his primary vehicle and has a new phone number which has been active for two weeks but failed to report the changes to state police. He is now facing charges in District Court.

 

A Sinnemahoning teenager escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Gibson Township, Cameron County. State police say 18 year old Javen Martin lost control of his Toyota Corolla while making a left curve. The car went off of Route 120, struck a utility pole and slide down an embankment before stopping. Martin was cited for speeding.

 

Coudersport based state police overnight released details about a motorcycle accident taking place in Southern Potter County last month. Louis Laguna of Palmyra, PA lost control of his DRZ400 while  headed north on Pine Hill road  on June 24 after he went onto the gravel berm to avoid an oncoming vehicle. The bike collided with an adjacent embankment before stopping. Laguna was transported from the scene for treatment of an ankle injury.

 

DUI charges are pending against An Emporium man after he was pulled over last Saturday night on the  Sizerville Road in Portage Township. State police said 45 year old Edwin Welch was observed making several traffic violations.

 

Additional charges have been filed against a Genesee driver who was cited for DUI back on June 3 after being stopped early June 3 on Route 49 in Harrison Township.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks have since charged 25 year old Justin Outman with DUI from a controlled substance, DUI from a controlled substance with impaired ability, driving with suspended or revoked license, and various summary offenses.

 

A 16 year old St. Marys boy has been arrested for shoplifting at the Walmart in that town on Thursday afternoon. State police claim the boy tried to remove multiple items from the store without paying for the merchandise.

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                                             Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday’s high, 79; Overnight low, 66; .06” rain

 

 Four people arrested after drug overdose Monday in Coudersport…..Underage drinking party in Ulysses investigated…Two Emporium motorcyclists were  hurt in separate accidents earlier this month…..Criminal mischief at gas company building in Mt. Jewett investigated….opioid epidemic adds to Potter County expenses….Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers announces competitive grant applications….. 

 

Four people have been arrested on drug charges after a raid at a Coudersport area home earlier this week. Coudersport based state police say they were called to 208 S. Main Street in Coudersport Tuesday morning for an unresponsive 25 year old Cyclone man. Narcan was administered and the man was transported for medical treatment. Volunteer emergency services personnel assisted state police. A search warrant was executed and police claim they found drugs and drug paraphernalia at that location. Tyree Littlejohn, 23 of Buffalo, 29 year old Matthew Jordan of Bradford, 25 year old Dominique Waterman of Dutch Hill Road and 25 year old Chase Rice of Cyclone were all taken into custody and are facing charges in district court. Police did not reveal if Rice was the “victim” but he is reported to be 25 years old from Cyclone.

State police say they are also continuing their investigation into an underage drinking party taking place last month in  Ulysses. Troopers responded to a call at 191 Emmel Road just after 10:00 pm June 11.

Troopers at the Emporium barracks are getting caught up on their paperwork, releasing details last night about two motorcycle accidents last week. Gifford Carns of Emporium hit a deer with his Honda CBR on the Rich Valley Road late July 5. Carns lost control of the bike and flipped over the handlebars. He was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment. Nathanial Williams also of Emporium was hurt on the night of July 6 when he tried to do a “Wheelie” on the Rich Valley Road and lost control of his Honda XR 650L.

A criminal mischief occurring on 5th Street in Mt. Jewett between June 30 and this past Tuesday is being investigated by state police at Kane. Vandals spray painted graffiti on the back of a gas regulator building owned by a utility pipeline.

Earlier today, we reported on a drug overdose near Coudersport.  Lest you think the epidemic is not happening here, Potter County Commissioner Chairman Doug Morley explained two “over runs” at last week’s board meeting. Morley said that twice within the previous two weeks, additional expenses were incurred to make sure law enforcement and emergency services personnel  had enough Narcan to counteract overdoses because of the high incidence of “bad” heroine coming from Williamsport. He said 26 overdoses occurred in Lycoming County alone. Meanwhile, the state house has adopted legislation designed to help slow down the epidemic. Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer/Butler), author of the measure explained, “Under current state law, opioids must be prescribed by hand, which lends itself to fraudulent use and theft,” said Nesbit. Opioid abuse crisis led to more than 5,000 deaths in 2016 Nesbit’s House Bill 353 would require opioids to be prescribed electronically, allowing doctors to send their orders directly to the patient’s pharmacy and preventing handwritten prescriptions from being used fraudulently or stolen.

Nesbit emphasized this would not have any adverse impact upon prescriptions for legitimate purposes and may even provide greater convenience for patients, who would not have to pick up a prescription, deliver it to the pharmacy and wait for it to be filled. It can be prescribed and transmitted like all other prescriptions. House Bill 353 would dramatically update a state law from the 1990s that required opioids prescriptions to be written out by hand – then the most secure means. Another benefit of e-prescribing is that the tracking of the prescription can go directly to the prescription drug monitoring database, implemented last year, to ensure that only those who have a legitimate medical need for these prescriptions can access them.The measure now moves to the state Senate for its review.

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, through its Northeastern Potter Economic Development Association (NEPEDA) Fund, seeks proposals from non-profit 501 ( c )3 organizations or charitable programs in the Northeastern region of Potter County. This includes Allegany Township; Bingham Township; Harrison Township; Hector Township; Genesee Township; and Ulysses Borough and Township.Applications will be judged for enhancing the quality of life in Northeast Potter County. The total amount available to grant is $1,200.For more information about NEPEDA, please visit www.NEPEDA.org.

To apply for this competitive grant you can pick up an application from:

            Northern Potter School District Administrative Office

            Genesee Library

            Ulysses Library

            Post Offices in Genesee, Harrison Valley, and Ulysses

            First Citizens Community Bank in Ulysses and Genesee

 

Applications are due Thursday, August 10, 2016. Please email your application to info@twintierscf.org or mail them (postmarked August 10th) to Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, 104 W. Lockhart Street, Sayre, PA 18840.

For more information, contact Suzanne Lee at 570.888.4759.

And, the foundation announces the addition of two new board members to the Board of Directors: Frank Comfort and Tom Shoemaker. The Board provides leadership for carrying out the Foundation’s mission to promote philanthropy across Bradford, Sullivan Potter and Tioga PA counties and Tioga County NY. Benjamin R. Olney will serve as Chairman of the 2018 Board of Directors, Frank Comfort as Vice Chair, Marty Borko as Treasurer and Wanda Shirk as Secretary.

Founded in 2003, the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers serves 5 counties, Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga Counties, PA and Tioga County, New York. The Foundation is committed to building philanthropic resources that will sustain healthy and vital communities now and into the future. The Foundation currently manages over 90 funds valued at over $5 million dollars and has awarded over $850,000 in grants and scholarships since inception, positively impacting hundreds of lives in the region. For more information on its work in the community contact Suzanne Lee at 570.888.4759.

   

Motorists traveling through Genesee Township, Potter County will be reminded to obey the posted speed limit on Route 449 (Main Street). The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently placed a radar-controlled speed display sign along the northbound lane of Route 449 between Ellisburg Road and Cemetery Road. The speed display board is to aid in curbing speeding, a common type of aggressive driving.                           

The sign faces northbound traffic and utilizes radar to determine the speeds of oncoming traffic.  Vehicle speeds are then posted on the lighted section of the sign. The posted speed limit in this area of Route 449 is 35 miles per hour. 

The speed display sign was placed on Friday, July 7 and will remain on location for up to four weeks. The sign was placed in response to a request from Genesee Township Supervisors.Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of crashes and fatalities in Pennsylvania. Other aggressive driving behaviors include running stop signs or red lights, passing illegally and tailgating. Aggressive driving behaviors were listed as a crash cause in 54 percent of Potter County crashes in 2016.

 

Obituaries

  

Beverly J. “Bev” Phillips, 84, of Lockport, formerly of Bolivar, passed away with her loving family by her side on Monday, July 10, 2017, in Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, after a short illness.Born on December 28, 1932 in Little Genesee, she was a daughter of Malon L. and Alta L. Torrey Wilson. Bev was a graduate of Bolivar High School.  She was employed for over 30 years at Harrison Radiator in Lockport,retiring as a floor inspector.She was an avid golfer, a member of the Harrison Chorus group, and loved to play Bingo. She enjoyed her cats.  Bev’s greatest love was her family to whom she devoted her life.Surviving are four children, Brad A. Phillips of Buffalo, Lorrie R. Rigby of Cottage Grove, Oregon, Karen J. (Shannon) Vineyard of Whiteville, NC, and Rodney S. (Karen DiNatale) Phillips of North Tonawanda; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Bev was predeceased by two brothers, Raymond Wilson and Richard L. “Dick” Wilson; and a sister, Marie L. Kellogg.Friends are invited to attend a graveside burial service at 2:30pm on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in the East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse.  The Rev. Thomas E. Brown, pastor of St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.Bev’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Bev, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Donald Richard “Dick” HASKINS, 83, of Cordes Junction, AZ, formerly of Wellsville, NY, died Thursday, June 1, 2017. Born July 14, 1933, in Genesee, PA, he was the son of George A. and H. Ione Easton Haskins. He attended Genesee High School and achieved his G.E.D. in Phoenix, AZ in 1953.  He enlisted in the US Air Force on September 7, 1951 and served honorably at Luke AFB, AZ, Elmendorf AFB, AK, King Salmon AFB, AK, and Charleston AFB, SC. In October of 1952, he married Annie Gertrude Pelham, who predeceased him.  In October of 1990, he married Christina Griffin Rombough, who predeceased him.  In February of 2004, he married Betty Jean Kemp, who predeceased him. Surviving are:  a daughter, Debra Ann Gomez of Cordes Junction, AZ, four grandchildren, Richard Eugene Beeson of Anchorage, AK, Roxanna Leighann Wynn of El Mirage, AZ, April Mills of Springfield, CO, and John Harris of Monroe, MI;  eleven great grandchildren;  a sister Daisy M. Elliott of Genesee, PA;  two brothers, James A. (Pauline) Haskins of Parker FL, William I. (Mary Jane) Haskins of Ulysses, PA;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents and wives, he was predeceased by his stepmother, Rosetta Haskins;  a daughter Bridgett Lynn Harris;  and a brother, George Lee Haskins. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in the church that he attended, Spring Valley Community Church, Spring Valley, AZ. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.      

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Wednesday July 12, 2017

 

 Tuesday’s high, 75; low 67; .35” rain (.15 on Fishing Creek)

 

The Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA) invites all legally constituted snowmobile clubs in Pennsylvania to submit applications for available mini-grants. Applications can be downloaded from PSSA's website (www.pasnow.org) or requested by emailing grants@pasnow.org or by calling 717-236-2050, ext. 127.

 

Applications will be accepted until August 11, 2017

 

Projects are to be used for grooming, trail maintenance and construction, and trailheads, on any trail considered open for public use.  Clubs should apply to DCNR for groomers. Funded projects that meet these eligibility requirementsmust be completed by June 15, 2018.

 

Eligible activities include:

Before making application for a mini-grant, all expenditures and volunteer labor hours from all previous PSSA mini-grant awards (except current mini-grants that have not yet ended) must be documented and final reports must be submitted and approved by PSSA.  If a club needs assistance in the application process, the club's regional director or the PSSA Grants Administrator may be contacted for assistance.   

 

This project was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Snowmobile/ATV Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and through the efforts of the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association.

 

Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover and McKean County Commissioner Carol Duffy are among those attending the County Commissioners’ White House conference in Washington, DC this week. Commissioner Kefover who has long advocated sending  block grants to counties to allow them to decide how to spend  Human Services funds rather than sending with strings attached and into specific programs, said at last week’s meeting, that is one of the issues she will bring up. Kefover, a Democrat, who opposes strangling regulations also said she will bring that subject as well. She said the regulations  “are out of control” and beyond the comprehension of state and federal lawmakers.             

 

 

 Beginning July 17, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be working to replace a bridge in Clara Township, Potter County. The state-owned bridge spans Bradley Run on Clara Road (Township Road 531), about a mile south of the village of Clara. The current 27-foot bridge dates from 1952 and carries an average of 200 vehicles daily. Replacement will allow PennDOT to remove the bridge from Potter County’s structurally deficient list.

 

Replacement work will require closing the bridge, with an official detour in place for the duration of the project, which is expected to last until August 25. Detour signing will direct drivers to use  Township Road 336, Township Road 306, Township Road 343, and Township Road 531. Drivers familiar with the area may choose alternate routes.

 

PennDOT will open the new box culvert and roadway ahead of schedule if work progress allows. Local residents will be able to access their homes during the replacement work.

 

PennDOT Potter County Maintenance will perform all the work, including excavation of the old box culvert, back-filling of the new box culvert, installing the new box, paving of approaches and roadway, and installation of guide rail. All work is weather dependent,

 

DUI charges are pending against a driver following a one-vehicle crash early this morning in Eldred Township, McKean County. State police at Kane say William Heaven, 59, no address provided fled the scene on foot after his vehicle went into a ditch on Route 446 just after 2:30 am. He was apprehended following a foot chase and was taken into custody.

A Maryland driver has been arrested for DUI  in connection to a crash on the afternoon of June 23 in Joes Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police claim 47 year old Gordon Maginnis of Bethesda was DUI when  his vehicle went off of Route 219 south of the Johnsonburg School and collided with a guard rail.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks have charged 25 year old Michael Wheeler of Morris for  criminal mischief. Authorities claim Wheeler deliberately ran his vehicle into units owned by Aliary Blackwell and Paul Karns on the night of June 11 while they were parked on the Bob Road in Morris.

Vandals bent the steel gate hinge on a fence leading to a hunting camp Chatham Township, Tioga County. sometime over the past two months The camp is owned by David Smith of Collingdale, PA.

Unknown  criminals used a pellet gun to cause $2,000 in damage to the .windows and siding on a camp located on Johnson Avenue in Westline McKean County since April 1. That camp is owned by Chad Kilmer of Rockbridge, Ohio.

Obituary

Michael D. “Mike” Gerhart, 64, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, July 3, 2017, at the Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle, Washington, after a long illness.

Born on August 7, 1952 in Sellersville, he was a son of Paul A. and Emma R. Buehrle Gerhart.  On December 15, 1990 in Rew, he married Margaret J. “Peg” Burkhouse, who survives.

Mike was a graduate of Quakertown High School, Class of 1970.  A U.S. Air Force veteran, Mike proudly served during the Vietnam War.

He was employed by the former Pure Carbon Company in Coudersport as a machinist for 27 years prior to retiring due to ill health.

Mike was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church.  He was a member and past master of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M., Shinglehouse, where he was especially involved with the fish fry fundraiser, a member of the Coudersport Consistory, a member of the Potter Commandery #69 in Coudersport, a member of Royal Arch Chapter #227 in Port Allegany, a member of the McKean County Shrine Club in Bradford, a member of the Orak Grotto in Bradford, and a member of the Zem Zem Shrine in Erie.  He was a teacher for the school of instruction for the Masonic work.  He was also a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530 and a member of the Potter County Honor Guard.  He loved woodworking, and along with his father, rebuilt and remodeled his home.  In his younger years, he enjoyed playing softball and hunting.

Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Karolyn (Victor) Lee of Rushville, Missouri and Patricia R. “Patty” Gerhart of Shinglehouse; a son, Michael D. (Sara) Gerhart, Jr. of Gower, Missouri; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; ten siblings, Robert (Peg) Gerhart of Quakertown, Nancy Trumbauer of Ft. Meyers, FL, Albert “Butch” (Cathy Flook) Gerhart of Coudersport, Alice Sames of Birdsboro, Pamela (Ron) Andruss of Wharton, Jeff (Judy) Gerhart of Coopersburg, Melody (Dennis) Moses of Port Allegany, Debra (Kevin) Cline of Coudersport, James (Laura) Gerhart of Coudersport, and Tina (Bob) Rees of Roulette; a former sister-in-law, Ruth Novisher of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mike was predeceased by a son, Jason Gerhart; and two brothers-in-law, Jesse Trumbauer and Michael Sames, Sr.

Friends may call from 4 to 8pm on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 8pm with the Rev. Cecelia Dickerson, of Shinglehouse, officiating. 

Members of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. will conduct a memorial service at 7:45pm on Friday in the funeral home.

Family and friends are invited to attend military graveside honors and burial at 10:30am on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in the Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1645 W 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mike, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

                                          Tuesday July 10, 2017

Monday’s high, 73; Overnight low, 62 .11” rain (.14 on Fishing Creek   

 

Federal  grant awarded to Lewis Run Borough….First of Causer’s Senior Expos will be held next month in Bradford….Minor accidents investigated in Tioga County…..DUI  check points scheduled for August throughout McKean County……Money stolen from Tioga County bar and large amount of fuel oil taken from camp…..

   

 U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson has  announced a $500,000 federal grant for the Lewis Run Main Street project, which will strengthen the existing infrastructure and accommodate additional heavy truck traffic.

 

The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded the grant to the Lewis Run Borough. The application was prepared by North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission and McKean County Economic Development.

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Lewis Run Main Street project will focus on improving the road, installing new sidewalks, rehabilitating the drainage structure and replacing the storm sewer on Main Street in the Lewis Run Borough. The project area covers Main Street from the bridge over the E. Branch of Tuna Creek to Hanley Street as well as the area between Hanley and High streets.

 

The project aims to strengthen existing infrastructure to accommodate additional heavy truck traffic related to the Keystone Powdered Metals plan expansion. The proposed expansion includes the construction of a more than 20,000 square-foot facility on the Keystone Powdered Metals property. Expanding manufacturing will bring increased traffic to Main Street, which is the main thoroughfare in and out of the borough.

 

ABOUT THE ARC

The Appalachian Regional Commission awards grants and contracts from funds appropriated to the Commission annually by Congress. Program grants are awarded to state and local agencies and governmental entities (such as economic development authorities), local governing boards (such as county councils), and nonprofit organizations (such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing). Contracts are awarded for research on topics that directly impact economic development in the Appalachian Region.

 

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) will host the 15th Annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Aug. 4, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sports and Fitness Building gymnasium. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be provided.  

 State, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded. Additional expos are scheduled on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Kane Community Center, and on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Roulette Fire Hall.For more information about the senior expos, contact Causer’s Bradford office at (814) 362-4400. Information is also available at RepCauser.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/RepCauser.

 

Two minor accidents were investigated by state police at Mansfield late last week. Erin Ackerman of Orangeville, PA was going west on Wellsboro Street in Mansfield Friday afternoon when she swerved her Chevrolet Sonic to avoid two cars ahead of her which had slowed down. The compact went off the road but was not damaged and could be driven from the scene. A 53 year old woman, whose name and town were not released also escaped injury Saturday evening at the intersection of Route 6 and Gas Company Road  in Charleston Township,  Tioga County. The driver also swerved to avoid impact with a unit ahead of hers and the car crashed into an embankment of Gas Company road but could be driven from that location.

 

State police at Coudersport have charged Robert Hallock of Genesee with DUI after pulling him over on the night of June 19 on Genesee Township. Troopers claim they pulled Hallock over when he failed to stop at a stop sign in the village and found he was driving under the influence.

 

Troopers in Kane area advising motorists that they will be conducting DUI Checkpoints o McKean County roads during August where there have been high incidences of alcohol related crashes.

 

A theft occurring between May 16 and June 30 on Forest Road in Elk township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Thieves made off with 400 gallons of fuel oil from a tank at a camp owned by James Kneasel of Lebanon, PA.

 

Thieves stole a large amount of money from a register and safe at “That Damn Bar” on Route 287 in Tioga Township at around 4:30 am November 16. Anyone with new information is asked to call state police at the Mansfield Barracks 570.66.2151.

                           


 

 

                                                            July 10, 2017

 

 Anterless Deer licenses went on sale this morning for Pennsylvania residents. Applications must be mailed to county treasurers in the official pink envelope, available at any issuing agent. The schedule appears below:

By Mail Only:

Antlerless License (residents)

Monday, July 10

Antlerless License (nonresidents)

Monday, July 17

Unsold License, 1st Round

Monday, August 7

Unsold License, 2nd Round

Monday, August 21

 Over-the-Counter sales

WMUs 2B, 5C, and 5D

Monday, August 28

All other WMUs

Monday, October 2

Doe license allocations for Wild Life Management Units in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service are as follows:

2F (includes Western McKean & Elk County) -24,000

2G Parts of Potter, McKean, Elk, Cameron, & Tioga 25,5000

2H (Eastern Elk, To Lycoming)-7,000

3A (Northern McKean, Potter & Tioga) 20,000

 

Kane based state police are looking for a Rixford man accused of domestic violence and terroristic threats. Troopers claim 51 year old Robert Albney assaulted his 37 year old wife early Saturday morning at the home on the Looker Mountain Trail and then fled the scene on foot. Despite a search of the surrounding area, Albney has not been located and anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call state police at 778-5555.

A Reinholds, PA couple was hurt in an accident Saturday afternoon   in Tioga County. State police at Mansfield report Robert Ludwig lost control of his pickup truck while going east on Route 6 when his dog became ill and jumped onto his lap. The truck spun off the road, traveled down an embankment and rolled over before coming to rest on the driver’s side. Ludwig and his wife, Danette, were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of undetermined injuries.

An elderly Austin  motorist escaped injury in a car/deer collision early Saturday morning. Troopers in Emporium  say 74 year old Gerald Jacobson was unable to avoid hitting the whitetail which came onto Route 872 in front of his northouthbound Chrysler Town and Country.

Several suspects have been charged with shoplifting at Walmart stores in two counties. Troopers at the Ridgeway barracks claim 29 year old Amanda Nussbaum of St. Marys stole $12 worth of merchandise from the St. Marys store last Thursday night. Treavus Seawright of Ridgway is accused of trying to leave the the building Saturday afternoon with two items valued at nearly $43 without paying for them. State police did not release the name, but also say theft and trespass charges are pending against a 28 year old St. Marys woman who is believed to have stolen $77 worth of products Friday afternoon and the name of a 24 year old Erie woman was also withheld but authorizes claim she took $132 worth of merchandise last evening.

State police at Mansfield claim 28year old Nicole Auer of Tioga concealed $39 worth of items in her person while trying to leave the Mansfield Walmart Friday afternoon.

A burglary in Keating Township McKean County is being probed by troopers at Kane. Sometime between June 15 and this past weekend, burglar’s forced their way into a shed on Route 6 near Smethport and stole a set of Zane Gray Books, a bullet loading machine and various dies for different calibers. The shed is owned by a 46 year old Girard, PA resident.

And, a criminal mischief Sunday afternoon in St. Marys is under investigation by state police  at Ridgway. Vandals damaged a 2014 GMC Terrain owned by Barbara Johnson of St. Marys while it was parked on the Million Dollar Highway.

Richard W. “Steve” Chapell, 93, a lifelong resident of Sweden Valley, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, July 6, 2017, after a period of declining health.

Obituaries

Debra A. “Deb” Lentz, 61, of Roulette, formerly of Austin, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.Born on April 9, 1956 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Clayton P. and Naomi F. Johnson DeLill.  Deb was graduate of Coudersport High School.  She was employed for several years as a caregiver at Cole Manor in Coudersport, retiring due to ill health.She enjoyed reading, playing Bingo, and going to many home games of the Buffalo Bills.Surviving are a son, Alan L. (April Green) Lentz of Roulette; a brother, Don P. (Jan) DeLill of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Deb was predeceased by a brother, Ron DeLill.In keeping with Deb’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alan L. Lentz, 42 Railroad Avenue, Roulette, PA 16746.Deb’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Deb, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com 

Richard W. “Steve” Chapell, 93, a lifelong resident of Sweden Valley, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, July 6, 2017, after a period of declining health.Born on September 1, 1923 in Blackwell, he was a son of Claytey and Bertha Brown Chapell.  In 1947 in Sweden Valley, he married Gloria J. Osborne, who passed away on August 29, 2010.Richard attended Coudersport High School.  He was a U.S. Army veteran,having proudly served during World War II, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.  He was a long time employee of the former Pittsburgh-Corning Corporation in Port Allegany, retiring after 40 years of service.Richard was a life member of Potter Post 192 American Legion in Coudersport.  He loved to fish.  His greatest love was his family and enjoying a few beers.Surviving are three children, Richard E. “Dick” (Georgeanna) Chapell, Jean C. (Ron “Fezz”) Linden, and Roger W. (Jessie) Chapell, all of Sweden Valley; fifteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild to be born soon; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents and wife, Richard was predeceased by a son, Ronald E. Chapell; two brothers; and a sister.In keeping with Richard’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 beginning at 3pm at “the Flats” in Sweden Valley.  Friends are invited to bring a dish to pass. Meat will be provided.Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Potter Post 192 American Legion, 3 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Richard’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Richard, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

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 Friday July 7, 2017

                                                                                                   Thursday’s high, 70: Overnight low, 62; no rain

 

 A man wanted in New York State was nabbed in Potter County and jailed awaiting extraditions. State police at Coudersport say when they were called to a home at 620 Center Street in Ulysses late  last Sunday night to check on the welfare of an individual, they found that 36 year old Thomas Walsh II is a fugitive from New York. Following arraignment, Walsh was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

The state police fire marshal reports a blaze which heavily damaged a Bradford business Wednesday night was caused by an electrical short. Flames broke out just  before 9:00 pm at Amanda’s Car Care on Seward Avenue when the business was closed and the building, owned by Christopher Magee of Bradford, was unoccupied. Damage is estimated to be $100,000. There were no injuries.

A Wellsboro man escaped injury in a car/deer collision early Thursday in Charleston Township, Tioga County. Mansfield-based state police say Mark Copp was going east on Route 6 and was unable le to avoid hitting the whitetail.

Coudersport-based state police have belatedly released details about a couple of accidents. Almost two weeks later, troopers report a Coudersport woman was slightly hurt in a collision on the Port Allegany Road  in Coudersport on the morning of June 24. Authorities say the collision occurred when 18 year old Garret Morey, also of Coudersport, while going west, made a left turn in front of a Chevrolet Colorado driven by Elizabeth Dyer which was headed east. After impact, Dyer’s SUV and Morey’s Cadillac Deville came to rest in the CarQuest parking lot. Dyer was treated at the scene for a minor hand injury.  Morey was not hurt.

A Ulysses truck driver  escaped injury in an accident occurring more than a week a go in Eulalia Township. Troopers report Jason Greiss was driving towing a car trailer and car southbound on the Steer Brook road when the brakes on his Chevrolet Silverado failed. Greiss  tried to downshift to slow the vehicle but the clutch failed and the truck went onto the berm where it collided with a stop sign then continued through the intersection with Route 44 for about 400 feet before s topping in yard at 23 Jims Drive.  Greiss told police  the property owner gave him permission to park his truck in the driveway until he could arrange a tow. But, allegedly hitched a ride with a friend and failed to notify authorities of damage to the traffic sign.

Troopers in Mansfield arrested Philip Brooks, no address or age provided, for violating drug and gun laws.  Authorities claim Brooks was found in possession of a stolen firearm and numerous d rugs and drug paraphernalia at the Liberty Festival Grounds on Tyler Run Road in Liberty Sunday mornig.

DUI charges have been filed against 53 year old Michael Hugic, no address given and 57 year old Tina Roe, also no address given, by state police at Mansfield. The arrests were made recently following traffic stops in Tioga County

The theft of some medicine and money from a home on Route 6 West in Ulysses Township is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. The prescription medication and about $62 in cash and change were taken between May 25 and June 8.

Police did not report if anything was taken from a camp on the Loucks Mills Road during a  recent break-in Burglars forced their way into the camp owned by a 47 year old Galeton man between June 14 and July 1

An unknown thief took a yellow umbrellas from porch furniture on a pool deck at the home of Jeanne Hickey on Gibbs Hill Road in Kane early Thursday.

Vandalism taking place between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm June   29 was investigated by state police at the Ridgway barracks. Vandals damaged a vehile owned by a St. Marys woman while it was parked along the Million Dollar Highway.

Criminals smashed the windows in a Delmar Township over the past few months. Entry was made3 sometime since the first of the year and walls and light fixtures in the camp owned by 83 year old Robert Beckett  of Harleysville were also damaged.

  

We’ve heard it said, Pennsylvania has two seasons—winter and PennDot. We are clearing in the PennDot season.

Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris tells Black Forest Braodcasting as of yesterday  all side streets off Main in the construction zone (Maple, Oak, Alleg., & First will be closed as company is preparing to pave the east side of Main and will remain closed until paving on that side is complete. After paving the east side work will begin on the west side. All current detours will remain the same.

On Monday, July 10, (PennDOT)will begin a mill and fill roadwayimprovement projecton Dingman Run Road(Route 4007) in Potter County.

Work will take place along the roadway outside of Coudersportin Eulalia Township and into Hebron Township. Activity will include roadway milling and fill work to widen and repair the edges of the road.PennDOT Potter County Maintenance will perform the work, with all work weatherdependent.

An alternating traffic pattern will be in effect with flaggersin the roadway to control an alternating traffic pattern. Drivers should expect short delays. PennDOT expects this work to last through July 21, with work taking place during daylight hours.

An approximately 3.5-mile resurfacing project on Route 6 in Tioga County is set to begin Monday, July 10.

 This project extends from the Potter County line to about one mile east of Route 349 in Gaines Township.

 Work will be from 7 AM to 7 PM each day and includes resurfacing, base repairs, pavement markings, guide rail and rumble strip installation and preservation work on bridges spanning Phoenix Run and Long Run.

 There will be alternating lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

 Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., of State College is the prime contractor on this $1.3 million project.

 Weather permitting, work is expected to be completed by the end of August.

  

Speaking of roads..eheyr’e everywahere. Motorcyclists from throughout the commonwealth are invited to attend the free Live Free Ride Alive Safety Day at the Farm Show Complex on Cameron Street on Saturday, July 8 from 1 – 5 PM to help spread awareness of the importance of motorcycle safety to riders and motorists alike.The first of its kind, the Live Free Ride Alive Safety Day features an afternoon of activities designed to challenge riders’ skills on and off the motorcycle with a focus on safety.  Riders will be invited to test their motorcycle operating skills through four challenges.

For riders and riding enthusiasts not interested in head-to-head competition, personnel from the PAMSP will present a series of motorcycle safety seminars and local merchants will echo the safety theme with mini education clinics. The Pennsylvania State Police and PAMSP will provide riding and braking demonstrations, as well as a demonstration of the capabilities of one of PAMSP’s valued training tools – the SKIDBIKE™.

    

 


 

Wednesday’s high, 77; Overnight ,low 63; no rain

 

Thursday July 6, 2017

BFB Headlines (Thursday, July 6, 2017) Governor signs bill to combat stolen valor…Construction to begin week of July 17 in McKean and Cameron counties….Wellsboro  accused of woman harassment…guns stolen from camp near Coudersport….Theft of Ulysses dog under investigation…one driver hurt in Tioga County rear-end collision

Legislation that will prohibit anyone to economically benefit from lying about military service or receiving decorations without merit bill was passed unanimously in the House and Senate has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. Rep. Martin Causer told Black Forest Broadcasting  the legislation will become law in 60 days.

House Bill 168 bans anyone from economically benefiting when lying about their service or decorations. Those convicted of violating this law could be charged with a third-degree misdemeanor.

In 2013 the Federal Stolen Valor Act was passed by Congress. This legislation only addressed those who might lie about having military decorations and not those who benefit economically.

Construction for a second bridge on Route 155 (Turtle Point-Larabee Road) in McKean County is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

The bridge spans Rock Run, about three miles southeast of the village of Larabee on Route 155. The existing 33-foot bridge dates from 1924 and carries an average of almost 2,400 vehicles each day.

Construction is expected to begin during the week of July 17 and be complete in mid-August. The contractor will finish another bridge (JV-64) at the intersection of Sartwell Road on Route 155 prior to moving operations to the southern bridge. During replacement of the second bridge, drivers will continue to follow a detour along Route 6, Route 46(Smethport-Farmers Valley Road), and Route 446 (Farmers Valley-Eldred Road).

This bridge is referred to as JV-63 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

Construction for a Route 120 (St. Marys/Emporium Road) bridge, spanning Big Run near the village of Truman, Cameron County, is scheduled to begin later this month as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

The existing 21-foot bridge dates from 1925 and carries an average of       almost 2,100 vehicles each day.

Construction is expected to begin during the week of July 17and be complete in mid-October. During this time, an alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.

This bridge is referred to as JV-25. The bridges are two out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com.

A Wellsboro woman has been arrested for harassment and making false reports to law enforcement for crimes allegedly taking place in early June. Mansfield based state police claim 40 year old Nicole Nichols lied to police on June 9 and during their investigation, authorities discovered Nichols had been harassing 48 year old Loren Walbridge, also of Wellsboro by calling and texting him numerous times at all hours of the day.

State police in Coudersport investigated two Fourth of July thefts. Troopers were summoned just after 3:00 am to a camp on Route 6 in Sweden Township  for a reported burglary in progress. Burglars entered the occupied house and stole five guns: a  Ruger Blackhawk 44 Magnum revolver, a Winchester Model 12 16 gauge shotgun, Mosin Nagant 1943 rifle, Bucklwacka 50 cal. Inline Muzzleloader and a Remington Model 788 243 cal. bolt action rifle. The guns belonged to a 75 year old Annville, PA man.

A dog was stolen from a home in Ulysses between 8:30 and midnight Tuesday. The canine is described as being a light brown boxer was wearing a pink collar. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

One driver was hurt in a  rear  end collision Wednesday morning in Middlebury  Township, Tioga County. State police report the collision occurred when David Hartman of Wellsboro was trying to turn left off of Route 287 onto Hills Creek Road and his Chevrolet Silverado was struck in the rear by another Silverado driven by Joshua Unrue of Lawrenceville. Hartman was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of undetermined injuries. Unrue was not hurt.

No one was a hurt in a collision Monday afternoon in Middlebury Township, Tioga County Involving three vehicles.  Police said the collision occurred when Angela Keyser of Wellsboro, while traveling south on Route 287 turned her Toyota Rav 4 across the opposite lane in front of a Toyota Camry driven by Tyler Evans of Tioga. Evans swerved his car to avoid impact but it veered off the road and struck a Dodge Ram pickup located in a parking area along the eastern berm, driven by Kristina Thomas of Holland, PA All drivers were using seatbelts and I year old Kennedy Thomas was riding in a child safety seat and also escaped injury.

Troopers at Mansfield also investigated a car/bear collision Monday night in Tioga Township. A Kia Optima while headed north on Route 15 hit a  bear crossing the road. The driver was unable to avoid the collision but escaped injury. Since there were no injuries and  the car could be driven from the scene, the accident is considered non-reportable and the driver’s name was not released. Police did not indicate the fate of the bruin.

Obituary

Kenneth A. Rinamon, 54, of Smethport, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday (July 4, 2017) after a four month battle with cancer.He was born April 15, 1963 in Olean, NY, a son of James A. Rinamon and Dorothy A. Haynes Shunk. On Aug. 11, 1984 in Lickingville, PA, he married Margie J. Nicewonger, who survives.Ken was a 1981 graduate of Smethport Area High School and then went to work for Pittsburgh Corning in Port Allegany for 34 and one half years. While employed at PC, he ran his own business as a very talented wood carver for over 25 years.Ken was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed spending time outdoors with his family and serving the Lord. He was a devoted member of the Regular Baptist Church of Smethport, where he was the AWANA Club Commander for 20 years.In addition to his wife, he is survived by:one daughter: Kari R. (Clinton) Compton of Smethport,two sons: Karl A. (Jordan) Rinamon and Kurt D. Rinamon, both of Smethport;two grandchildren: Russell and Opal Compton, along with 2 others on the way,two sisters: Janet (Jerry) Russell of Smethport and Laurie (Kevin) Burford of Port Allegany,one brother: Henry W. Rinamon of Smethport,stepfather: Donald "Gene" Shunk of Smethport,and several nieces and nephews.Ken was preceded in death by his parents.Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 7, at 11 AM in the Regular Baptist Church of Smethport, with the Rev. Jack Gregg, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Moody Hollow Cemetery.In keeping with Ken's wishes, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Regular Baptist Church AWANA program. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

 


 

                                                      Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

 Tuesday’s High, 77; Overnight low, 57; no rain

NY State man killed in collision with milk truck……minor injuries reported for two Emporium motorcyclists….Downstate man jailed in Potter County after allegedly strangling another during argument…..Both men involved in a fight last week in Oswayo cited…..Merger of Potter and Tioga County tourist promotion agencies now complete…

A New York State man died in a collision Sunday night in Deerfield Township, Tioga County. Mansfield based state police report the accident happened when Tommy Causer of Osceola was backing a milk truck into a farm and Timothy Rollins, 62,  of Canisteo was going west on Route 49 and failed to notice the milk truck, and his Dodge Ram 1500 struck the side of the rig and continued underneath  the trailer and came to rest in a field on the other side. Rollins was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma.

A sleepy teen driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap early Monday morning in Liberty Township, Tioga County. Edward McGowan, 19, of Towanda  was going west on Route 414 just before 7:00 am when he nodded off causing his Honda Civic to go off the road and collide with two road signs.

Minor injuries were reported for two  Emporium motorcyclists following a  three-vehicle collision in Cameron County Sunday afternoon. Troopers said the collision occurred when a Honda 850 XL ridden  by Joshua Summers went out of control after hitting an unknown object o the CCC highway. Jeffrey Lane  who was following, was unable to avoid hitting the other bike’s rear tie and lost control of his Honda CRF250L. Glen Doud, also from Emporium,  who was third in line was able to avoid the Summers motorcycle but struck Doud’s machine with his Ford Expedition.

One driver was hurt in  a collision last Thursday on Route 49  in Allegany Township, Potter County. Troopers at the Coudersport barracks have just released details saying the collision occurred when Melissa Tracy of Harrison Valley tried to pass a Ford Fusion driven by Anthony Herring of Genesee even though he had activated the left turn signal on his Ford Fusion. Tracy’s Buick Century struck the rear bumper of Herring’s car causing it to spin off the road. Herring was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of a head injury. Tracy was cited for passing in a no-passig zone and careless driving.

A Seven Springs man has been jailed $3,000 percentage bail on charges of strangulation, criminal trespass and harassment in connection to a scuffle last Tuesday night on Rocky Lane in Ulysses Township. State police did not release the suspect’s name for some unknown reason but court records indicate 35 year old Nicholas Sanderson failed to leave the property of a 63 year old Ulysses resident when a disagreement escalated. Sanderson is accused of choking the victim during the physical altercation which ensued.

Both Oswayo  men involved in a fight o Main Street in Oswayo back on June 21 have been charged with various crimes. Coudersport based state police say during the fight, Daniel Johnson, 39, inflicted multiple injuries on 41 Christopher Theurer requiring hospital treatment. He was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault reckless endangerment, harassment and disorderly conduct while Theurer was charged with one count of harassment.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks charged two Tioga, PA men with harassment for a melee taking place early Sunday morning at that “Damn Bar” on Route 287.authorities claim 27 year old Douglas Silvernail  and 50 year old Robert Silvernail hit 50 year old Chad Potter in the face during an argument.

A celebration was held  Thursday, June 29 to thank those who played a key role in the successful start-up of Visit Potter-Tioga to promote Pennsylvania's newest tourism region as a destination. About 60 people attended.

The event began at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Ulysses with remarks by five speakers: Visit Potter Tioga Executive Director Lori Copp; Tioga County Commissioner Mark Hamilton, Potter County Commissioner Doug Morley; Chuck Dillon, spokesman for Senator Joe Scarnati; and Carrie Fischer-Lepore, deputy secretary of Marketing, Tourism & Film, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Tim McBride was master of ceremonies.

 

Copp welcomed those to the "celebration of our new joint visitors bureau: Visit Potter-Tioga. We're excited to move forward with this partnership starting July 1 and for the opportunities it will provide for visitors and members," she said.

 

During her talk, Copp unveiled the bureau’s new marketing campaign: Night and Day. Visit Potter-Tioga By Night, includes the dark skies at Cherry Springs State Park & By Day, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and Pine Creek Rail Trail and all other attractions. The message is on the new Potter-Tioga website that went live on June 29 and in a marketing and advertising campaign that will be rolled out in phases between now and June 30, 2018. 

 

The campaign will begin on backpacker.com and target people in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Ohio, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Copp explained. "All portions of the campaign, whether digital, print or television will direct visitors to our new website," she said. In addition, visitors bureau staff will attend a variety of trade shows in Harrisburg, Buffalo and Toronto to promote the region and the Potter-Tioga website. She then introduced members of her staff.

 

Copp thanked the merger committee, including Chairman Kevin Abrams, Ken VanSant, Curt Schramm, Mark Hamilton, Doug Morley, Gail Ayers, Josh Roth, Joe Ayers and Carol Jackson for their efforts since Sept. 5, 2016, the first time they met to discuss the proposed merger.

 

Commissioner Hamilton structured his remarks around three different quotes to show how and why combining the two counties’ assets and resources could guarantee success for both.

 

Following a brief history about the merger, Commissioner Morley said, "This has been a 50/50 partnership from day one. It’s been a good process. I'm hoping that anybody who is or has ever been a part of the Potter County Visitors Association as well as Tioga County's gets behind this and supports it. The strength that has come out of this merger is going to change Potter County.”

 

The deputy secretary pointed out that a new tourist promotion region like Potter-Tioga has not been established in Pennsylvania since she was named to her current post two years ago. “That’s what makes this so exciting,” Fischer-Lepore said. “This is a wonderful day for everyone in this room and for the state in general. This (merger) makes sense. The timing is right, the synergy is right and the partnership is right. She noted that (Chuck) Dillon was correct when he said, “County lines do not factor into whether visitors choose a particular destination." "Visitors travel for experiences, memories and connections," she said. "The experiences in this region are truly world-class and second to none.”

 

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At the end of the program at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Visit Potter Tioga Executive Director Lori Copp (left) is shown with Michael Chapaloney, executive director of the State Tourism Office, and Carrie Fischer-Lepore, deputy secretary of Marketing, Tourism & Film, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

 

The celebration ended with lunch at the Old Antlers Inn in Gaines and an opportunity for attendees to view the new website. Currently, it can only be viewed at https://www.visitpottertioga.com. On Monday, July 10, the new website will be accessible via online search engines. That also means that visitors who connect to the original Potter or Tioga websites will be electronically transferred to the new website.

It is expected that Visit Potter Tioga will soon announce the names of new board of directors and between the end of July and early August will schedule a celebration during which the membership will witness the signing of the official agreement by the Tioga and Potter County Commissioners to create the Potter-Tioga Visitors Bureau. During the celebration, the membership will also have an opportunity to learn more about the marketing campaign and see the new promotional video developed for the region.

Visit Potter Tioga is partnering with the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum to provide a point-of-contact in Potter County where visitors can obtain area information.  All office operations will flow from the office located on Route 660 west of Wellsboro.

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in becoming members are welcome to call 570-724-0635 or toll-free 1-888-846-4228. There are two membership fees, one for-profits and the other for nonprofits.  A multitude of benefits are available for members to market their businesses.

Obituary

Neil Roy Austin, 61, of Coudersport, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Beloved husband of Marcia (Gates) Austin, they married October 13, 1979.

Neil was born on September 10, 1955, in Kane, PA, he was the son of the late Neil G. and Eunice (Brown) Austin.

Neil worked as a dispatcher with Arvos for nearly 30 years, retiring in February of 2017. He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved trapping, fly fishing, and appreciated the natural beauty around him.  He was an excellent fly tyer.  He was also a charter member of the Coudersport Trout Unlimited.  Neil will be remembered conversing, joking, and laughing with family and friends. He also enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. 

In addition to his parents, Neil was preceded in death by his brother, John Austin.

Left to cherish his memory are, his loving wife, Marcia Austin of Coudersport; sons, Ben Austin of Newark, DE and Brad (Sarah) Austin of Camp Hill, PA; one granddaughter on the way; a brother, Peter Austin of Illinois;  sisters, Deb Bussard of North Rose, NY and Chris (Andy) Conway of Farmington, NY; several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either, the Alliance Church of Coudersport, 7 Alliance Ave. Coudersport, PA 16915 or the Genesis Bible Church, 4193 State Route 19 South, Belmont, NY 14813.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Local arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd., Coudersport. To share your fondest memories of Neil, visit www.thomasfickinger.com.


 

 

 


                                                  Monday July 3, 2017

Sunday’s high 77, Overnight low, 52; 1.29” rain weekend total

 

Wilcox man killed in crash early Saturday….Employees credited with safely evacuating everyone during weekend fire at Westfield Dollar General….Kane woman accused of shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart….suspected fireworks residue found in Tioga County……

 

The state House overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan budget agreement, based on the original House Republican “smart budget,” which answers the challenge to deal with a potential $3 billion shortfall and begins the process of reinventing Pennsylvania government. Without raising the income or sales taxes, the budget provides additional funding for key education and public safety programs. House Bill 218 passed the House today by a vote of 173-27, House Republican leaders said.

 

According to the leaders, the bipartisan budget supports additional funding for schools, pension obligations and services for the intellectually disabled, but demands additional savings across state government agencies and programs, including Medicaid. The budget also shows savings from the shrinking prison population.

 

 

The spending plan in House Bill 218 is based on the original House Republican budget  passed in April, but is the result of tough negotiations with the Senate Republicans, House and Senate Democrats, and Gov. Tom Wolf.

 

Total General Fund spending is $31.996 billion. The April 4 House Republican budget totaled approximately $31.8 billion and the governor’s proposal would have spent $32.6 billion.

 

While acknowledging more needs to be done, this budget, the leaders said, begins the process of eliminating duplicative services and reducing overall costs to encourage reform and innovation, while ensuring funds are available for core government services.

 

 

The bipartisan budget agreement reflects the merger of the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health into a combined Department of Health and Human Services. The merger of the Department of Corrections with the Board of Probation and Parole is also included in House Bill 218. Legislation to officially combine these agencies will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

 

 

Reaffirming the House Republican commitment to education at all levels, House Bill 218 would help provide Pennsylvania’s students with a quality education from the youngest ages through college:

  

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) was among those voting  in support of a $32 billion state budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The proposal includes no new or increased taxes and represents a spending increase of less than 1 percent over the current fiscal year.

 

“In another challenging budget year, we were able to find common ground in our efforts to fund the core functions of government, including education and public safety, while also keeping spending in check,” Causer said. “While there are always things I might do differently, this plan includes a number of things that are positive for our region and the Commonwealth as a whole.

 

House Bill 218 increases funding for basic and special education, as well as for early childhood education programs, such as Pre-K Counts and Head Start. While higher education institutions are primarily funded at the same level as the 2016-17 budget, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will see a 7.8 percent increase in its direct appropriation to $2.76 million.

 

The measure also provides continued support of nearly $7 million for Critical Access Hospitals, which supports access to health care in rural areas.

 

Another important element of the budget is that it includes funding for increased payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) on Department of Conservation and Natural Resources forest land. The increase from $3.60 per acre to $6 per acre was approved as part of last year’s budget negotiations but was not scheduled to take effect until July 1.

 

“The funding to support the PILT increase is vital to ensuring more appropriate compensation to our municipalities, school district and counties for state-owned lands, which are not subject to property taxes,” Causer said. “This is very good for our rural communities and the taxpayers who live here.”

 

The bill adopted by the House and Senate on Friday is a key component of the annual budget process, but work remains on a number of budget-related bills that lawmakers hope to take up next week.

 

 

A Wilcox man died in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Jones Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police report  a 2004 Chevrolet truck driven by 21 year old Marshall Northrop went off the Rasselas Road, s truck a pole and camp to rest in a swampy area. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Assistant Elk County Coroner Frank Ferragine

It’s too early to tell if Dollar General will rebuild the store in Westfield, PA which was destroyed by fire over the weekend. The Crary Hose fire department is crediting store personnel for safely evacuating  about a dozen customers and employees when flames broke out. There were no injuries. Mutual aid was provided by the Clymer Hose, Knoxville-Deerfield, Harrison Valley, Goodyear Hose, Chatham, Osceola, Middlebury, Troupsburg, fire departments, Valley Ambulance and Sabinsville Ambulance. Blossburg Fire Dept. providing the rehab unit.

Retail theft charges are pending against a 33 year old Kane woman. Troopers at the Ridgway barracks allege the suspect stole $187.03 worth of merchandise from the St.Marys Walmart Friday afternoon.

Vandalism occurring Friday night or Saturday morning on the Robbins Road in Sullivan Township is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. About a quarter inch of yellow ribbon was found in mailboxes owned by 70 year old Elizabeth Baker and 67 year old Robert Curasco. Police suspect the substance is residue from smoke bomb fireworks.

Mansfield-based state police are reporting the results of a sobriety checkpoint conducted between June 19 and July 1 on Route 287 near the intersection with Bradshaw Road in Lawrence Township. No motorists were found to be DUI, but officers issued 11 summary traffic violations and gave 34 warning notices.

                                                                              Obituary

Leonard J. FERGUSON, 90, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Born July 25, 1926, in Osawatomie, KS, he was the son of Leonard and Dessie Bell Hadsall Ferguson. A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army in the Pacific Theatre. On March 4, 1950, in Bentonville, AR, he married the former Geraldine Marie Kline, who predeceased him on October 19, 1980. On April 7, 1984, in West Pike, PA, he married the former Joanne “Joni” Herbert, who predeceased him on April 9, 2006. He was employed by H.E. Salzberg Co., Inc. as a machinist and later as general superintendent for the Wellsville Addison Galeton railroad. Leonard served as president of the Galeton School Board.  He attended the West Pike Baptist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Osawatomie, KS, the VFW, and Galeton Rotary. Surviving are:  a son, Randy (Tammi) Ferguson of Gaines, PA;  two grandchildren, Craig Ferguson and Amanda Golec;  three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Erika, and Aiden;  a step-daughter, Lorraine “Lorrie” Sharp;  two step-grandchildren, Christopher Misechok and Kathryn Misechok;  a sister, Thelma Landers of Osawatomie, KS;  nieces and nephews;  and a host of friends.  In addition to his first wife and his second wife, he was predeceased by three brothers, William, Thomas, and Donald. Friends may call Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the West Pike Baptist Church, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. John Prouty will officiate. A graveside service with military rites will be held in Osawatomie Cemetery, Osawatomie, KS. Memorials may be made to Honor Flight, Inc., Attn: Diane Gresse, 175 South Tuttle Road, Springfield, OH 45505 or online at www.honorflight.org. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expresses at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

  


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Friday June 30, 2017

 

Thursday’ high, 78; low 63; .08” rain (.12” on Fishing Creek)

Game commission says last hunting season was one of the safest ever….Potter County DA Watson is warning residents of extremely dangerous drug being distributed in the area… 3 Medical marijuana dispensaries will be located in district….Semi pulls down electric wire in McKean County…..Gaines man accused of disorderly conduct……

 

Pennsylvania hunters had one of their safest years on record in 2016 , according to a newly released report from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

 

The number of hunting related shooting incidents statewide was the second-lowest ever, and for only the second time on record, a year passed without a single fatality related to gun handling while hunting or trapping in Pennsylvania There were 25 hunting-related shooting incidents statewide during 2016. Only 2015 had a lower number of incidents with 23. And the only other year without a hunting-related fatality in Pennsylvania was 2012. Decades ago, hundreds of incidents occurred annually, year after year in Pennsylvania.

 

 Potter County District Attorney, Andy J. Watson, advises the public that a potentially lethal batch of Fentanyl laced Heroin has entered into our area from Williamsport, PA.  So far, there have been twenty (20) overdoses from this batch in Williamsport and eight  (8) in Tioga County.  The unmarked baggies are blue in color and the substance is tan in color.  There is also another type of bag that is being circulated.  It is a white bag with a black scorpion. The public is cautioned and reminded to not come in contact with this substance.  Please immediately report to Law Enforcement any knowledge concerning illicit drug activity. 

 

 

The Dubois Wellness Center has been awarded a medical marijuana dispensary permit by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, to operate at three locations in the 25th Senatorial District, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).        Scarnati. a supporter of medical marijuana, explained that last year legislation was signed into law as Act 16 of 2016 and established a program for use of medical marijuana by patients with serious medical conditions. Under the law, patients can take the medicine by pill, oil, vapor, ointment or liquid, but not in the form that can be smoked.  In addition to providing needed medical treatment, the program is expected to create local processing and dispensing jobs.  

Dubois Wellness Center will operate dispensaries at the following locations:

 

This permit was issued after a competitive and thorough process in which the Department received hundreds of applications.The Dubois Wellness Center was one of 27 dispensary permits granted by the Department of Health out of 280 dispensary permit applications.  The permittees will now have six months in which to become operational, before they can begin dispensing medical marijuana.

Motorists traveling near Wilcox, Elk County, will be reminded to obey the posted speed limit on Route 219. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently placed a radar-controlled speed display sign along the northbound lane between Route 321 and Jarrett Street, near Finn’s Family Restaurant. The speed display board is to aid in curbing speeding, a common type of aggressive driving. The sign faces northbound traffic and utilizes radar to determine the speeds of oncoming traffic.  Vehicle speeds are then posted on the lighted section of the sign. The posted speed limit in this area of Route 219 is 35 miles per hour.The speed display sign was placed on June 27 and will remain on location, facing northbound traffic for up to four weeks. The sign was placed in response to a request from State Representative Matt Gabler.  Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of crashes and fatalities in Pennsylvania. Other aggressive driving behaviors include running stop signs or red lights, passing illegally and tailgating.  Aggressive driving behaviors were listed as a crash cause in 58 percent of Elk County crashes in 2016.Learn more about aggressive driving at PennDOT’s highway safety website, www.penndot.gov/safety.

A New York State truck driver was not hurt Thursday afternoon in a minor mishap in Otto Township, McKean County.  According to Kane-based state police, Benjamin Pennington was trying to turn his Peterbilt around in a poll off just off  of Route 246 when the rig pulled down a low hanging electrical wire. The wire got caught between the cxab and trailer and had to be freed by Penelec workers.

No injuries were reported for a Mansfield motorist in a car/deer encounter Wednesday night. Troopers report Anthony Davis was headed east on the Balsam Road when he swerved his Nissan Murano to avoid a deer which came onto the highway into his path. The SUV went off the pavement and hit a tree.

Disorderly conduct charges have been filed against a Gaines man for an incident allegedly taking place Sunday on Beach Lane in Gaines Township. Authorities claim 48 year old Russell Young made indirect verbal threats to a wedding party after being asked to leave several times. 

Elaine S. POLEN, 87, of Genesee, PA, died Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in her home. Born March 31, 1930, in Trenton, NJ, she was the daughter of Michael John and Myrtle Vickers Schwab. A registered nurse, she earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing and Nursing Education in Psychology from Georgetown University.  Elaine was a member of the Georgetown Alumni Association. Surviving are:  a son, John T. (Pam) Polen of Harrison Valley, PA;  a daughter, Linda Ann (Richard) Hahn of Hamilton, NJ;  three grandsons, Karl Kunz, Justin Kunz, and John T. Polen;  and one great-grandson, Justin D. Kunz. There will be no visitation or service.  Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com. 

Leonard J. FERGUSON, 90, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.  A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army in the Pacific Theatre. Friends may call Wednesday, July 6, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the West Pike Baptist Church, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 PM.  The Rev. John Prouty will officiate. A graveside service with military rites will be held in Osawatomie, KS. Memorials may be made to Honor Flight, Inc., Attn: Diane Gresse, 175 South Tuttle Road, Springfield, OH 45505 or online at www.honorflight.org. A complete obituary will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expresses at www.olneyfuneralhome.com. 

Lefa L. Hennigh, 94, of Palmyra, formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away with her daughter by her side on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Spang Crest Nursing Home, Lebanon, Born January 7, 1923 in Spring Mills, she was a daughter of Samuel H. and Gladys D. Leister Bitner.  On March 18, 1944 in Mazeppa, she married Spurgeon W. Hennigh, who passed away on May 21, 2005.Lefa was a graduate of Centre Hall Potter High School, Class of 1940, in Centre Hall.  During World War II, Lefa was employed by Sylvania in Mill Hall and later worked at Titan Metal in Bellefonte.  After moving to Shinglehouse, Mrs. Hennigh owned and operated Lefa’s Shoppe, a ladies clothing store, from 1962 to 1968. She, along with her husband, owned and operated Hennigh’s Trailer Sales until 2004.Lefa was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church and was a member of the Mary Martha’s group of the church, serving as secretary of the group for many years.  She was a 50 year plus life member and a past matron of Eureka Chapter #52 Order of the Eastern Star in Shinglehouse, also having served as treasurer for 21 years. She was also a member of the formerMonitor Roamers Trailer Club in Shinglehouse and was a charter member of the former Oswayo Valley Lion’s Club in Shinglehouse.Surviving are a daughter, Yvonne A. (Greg) Bump of Annville; a son, Gary L. (Debbie) Hennigh of Wasilla, Alaska; two granddaughters, Babette A. “Babs” (Jack) Rudick of Middletown and Crysta (Charlie Camp)Svendsen-Camp of Anchorage, Alaska; and twogreat-grandchildren, Kaitlyn M. Kellogg of Middletownand Ezekiel “Zeke” Camp of Anchorage, Alaska.Mrs. Hennigh was predeceased by her parents and her husband.  Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse. A memorial service will be held on a date and place to be announced.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Mrs. Hennigh’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Lefa, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

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Thursday June 29, 2017

 

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn yesterday announced that a strategic plan for Pennsylvania’s state parks of the future will kick off this holiday weekend with surveys being made available to park visitors and other interested parties

 

Beginning with the Fourth of July weekend, DCNR will launch its initiative, “Penn’s Parks for All – Planning for the State Parks of Tomorrow.” Input from these surveys, offered at all 121 state parks across the state,. The public also can take the survey online at www.PennsParksForAll.com. Pennsylvania’s national award-winning system of 121 state parks is now well into its second century of service. There is a state park within 25 miles of nearly every Pennsylvanian, there are a variety of types and sizes of parks located throughout the commonwealth. During the last 25 years, DCNR has made improvements in most state parks such as modernizing facilities, adding comfortable cabins, and expanding recreation opportunities. The department also has worked to better conserve and manage the parks’ natural resources, and expand the number of education staff and programs Survey questions will include:

 • Should current outdoor recreation opportunities or experiences be changed?

• Should park overnight accommodations be changed?

• How should state parks be financed?

• How can state parks best be protected?

• Should state parks offer modern conveniences?

• Are you satisfied with park services, facilities and activities? “

 

Bureau of State Parks officials say their goal will be to have a preliminary report, influenced by the information gathered this year, available in the fall of 2018, with a final report in 2019. Public opportunities to offer input will include:

• A paper survey and an accompanying state park information booklet to distributed to park visitors this summer and fall;

• The online survey, being conducted by the Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. This survey, available to everyone, will include a PDF version of the information booklet and also will be offered in Spanish.

• A phone survey of a statistically-significant sampling of Pennsylvanians that can be extrapolated to represent the state’s population;

• A targeted, on-line survey for minority and young adult audiences; and a series of stakeholder input meetings to focus on specific selected topics. Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks total almost 300,000 acres. Together with DCNR’s state forest system, they are one of the largest expanses of public lands in the eastern United States. DCNR manages state parks for sound ecosystems; retaining wild character; maintaining biological diversity; providing clean water and healthy habitats for plants and animals; and emphasizing outdoor recreational opportunities. For details on Pennsylvania’s state parks, visit www.dcnr.pa.gov.

 

We are just two days away from the completion of the merger of Potter and Tioga Counties Tourist Promotion Agencies.  Potter County Commissioner  chairman Doug Morley who has been a proponent of the consolidation has often said the combination of State Parks within the two counties is a big calling card for visitors. Tioga has three state parks: Lenard Harrison, Hills Creek and Colton Point. Potter hs five: Cherry Springs, Patterson, Ole Bull, Lyman Run, Denton Hill, Sizerville and Sinnemahoning.

 

The Roulette Township supervisors report  the recycle dumpsters have had a lot of stuff dumped in them lately that does not belong in there. If the issue continues then you may be asked to put your items in one by one instead of just dumping them in. Residents are reminded of acceptable items:

 

Cardboard almost any cardboard but pizza boxes must be clean.

Paper includes newspapers, junk mail, envelopes, magazines, egg cartons (not foam egg cartons), soft covered books (no hard back books), etc.

Plastics containers #1 - #7 anything with a triangle, i.e., milk jugs, detergent bottles, shampoo , etc. It does not include anything like PVC pipe is made of, including kayaks cut in half. All plastics must have a recycle triangle on them or they do not go in.

Glass is bottles and containers such as pickle jars, mayonnaise jars, etc. It does not include window glass, mirrors, dishes of any sorts, pyrex, ceramics, foam packaging, any kind of kind of Styrofoam, pots and pans of any sorts.

There is to be no plastic bags with the exception of shredded paper and that must be in a clear bag. All recycles must be dumped of food waste and rinsed.

 

Mansfield based state police report an at-risk Tioga County senior citizens has been safely located. Charles Holzwarth, 65, of Wellsboro was reported missing by his wife when she returned home after Tuesday afternoon and he was not at home. Since Holzwarth has a breathing difficulty, he was entered into NCIC as a missing person.

A Coudersport woman is accused of harassment for an assault allegedly taking place Sunday afternoon at a  home on Route 44 in Hebron Township. State police claim 42 year old  Patricia Jones shoved a chair and a 55 year old man and then slapped him in the face during an heated argument.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks have charged 36 year old Joshua Young of Middlebury Center with simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment for an incident reportedly occurring last Friday evening on Old Tioga Street in Tioga County. Authorities claim Young assaulted 35 year old Eli Sanderlin of Wellsboro with a wooden club, causing minor injuries.

Emporium-based state police did not release the name of a thirsty suspect but say they know who took two bottles of Ocean Spray juice out of a refrigerator at the Fuel On store on W.4th Street in that town early Sunday morning. Troopers say the suspect took the beverage into the restroom where it was consumed and then left the store without paying for the merchandise.

A Ulysses woman escaped injury in a car/deer collision Monday morning in Hector Township. Troopers said Robin Freeman was going south on the Loucks Mills Road when the whitetail entered her path from the west. Freeman was unable to avoid the collision but was able to pull her Dodge Caliber off the road safely after impact. Freeman was using a seatbelt.

  


 

Wednesday June 28, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 41; .11’ rain (.06 on Fishing Creek)

 

Unemployment goes up and down in region….West Penn announces it’s offering training for potential employees…..Natural Gas Resource Center is being revitalized….Police look for at risk  Wellsboro man……5 year old Kersey bicyclist hurt when hit by car…Texas man suspected deceiving Tioga County business out of thousands of dollars….

 

The unemployment rate went up and down in the region between April and May according to figures just released by the state department of Labor and Industry. The jobless rate in Potter County sent down from 7.1 to 6.8%. Cameron County saw a decrease from 8.1-7.3%. The rate in two counties held steady—McKean, 6.5 and Elk at 5.1%. Unemployment went up in Tioga County from 5.9%. Adams County had the best rate in the commonwealth, 3.9% while Forest had the worst at 7.5%. Meanwhile the  jobless figure in Pennsylvania was 5.0% for the period and the national rate was 4.3%

 

The Trump Administration recently announced plans to encourage vocational training and there are some developments in the region which could help  reverse unemployment over the next few years. West Penn Power a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE),  says with it’s industry continues to “gray” and more and more power crews in the field reach retirement age, it is looking to mint new linemen and substation electricians. New linemen earn about $25 an hour after two years training, and some earn well over $100,000 per year as they gain more experience.  Plus, for those who make the cut, West Penn Power pays tuition and books to attend PSI…and, those who graduate are assured a job with the utility.   

 

West Penn hired 29 new line and substation employees from the Power Systems Institute (PSI) training program as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance service reliability for customers in Pennsylvania.The new employees include 19 line workers who are recent graduates of the company's Power Systems

Institute (PSI), a utility training partnership established with Westmoreland County CommunityCollege in Youngwood, Pa. in 2012.  Three additional new line workers graduated from a partnering college outside the state.

 

The seven new substation electricians graduated from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College in

Johnstown, Pa., and another partnering college outside the state.

 

"The PSI program is an effective pipeline for adding well-trained, highly skilled employees to our workforce," said David W. McDonald, president of West Penn Power. "By teaming with our veteranlinemen and substation personnel, these new employees will help ensure reliable service for our

customers, now and in the future."

 

Since the program was developed in 2000, FirstEnergy has hired nearly 1,500 line and substation personnel who completed PSI programs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia.For information about how to enroll in the PSI program, call 1-800-829-6801, or go to

www.firstenergycorp.com/psi.West Penn Power serves about 720,000 customers in 24 Pennsylvania counties.  Connect with West Penn

Power on Twitter @W_Penn_Power and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WestPennPower.

 

There also appears to be an uptick in natural gas well drilling in the region. The Potter County Commissioners announced last week that the Resource Center (NGRC) is being revitalized, primarily because of an increase in permits.  The Center will be jointly administered by the county’s Planning and Community Development departments and supported by the Potter County Board of Commissioners. An advisory committee comprised of environmental, educational, energy industry and government representatives has been reassembled. Members are Will Hunt, Potter County Planning Director; Jason Childs, manager of the Potter County Conservation District and chairman of the Potter County Water Quality Work Group; Kim Rees, executive director of the Potter County Education Council; Bryan Phelps, police/emergency services; Commissioners Susan Kefover, Doug Morley and Paul Heimel; Jennifer Rossman, Potter County Community Development Director; Terry Cole, Pennsylvania CareerLink; Curt Weinhold, Potter County Planning Commission; and industry representatives Scott Blauvelt from JKLM Energy and Al Haney from Gas Field Specialists Inc. A seat on the committee is also being held open for the new water resources educator to be hired soon by Penn State Extension.

The NGRC leadership will confer with the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection, the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition, Penn State University Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, and other resources. A new website, recently launched atnaturalgasresourcecenter.com, is being built  incrementally.

Potter County Education Council oversaw the NGRC for several years. It was recognized as a model by the County Commissioners Assn. of Pa. and the National Assn. of Counties. The center is designed as a one-stop shop for all kinds of information about the region’s gas industry. At its peak, NGRC had about 560 businesses and agencies signed on to be listed on the center’s website. Public education, as well as development of business liaisons, will remain high priorities. The advisory committee will be reviewing possible topics to be covered when NGRC resumes its public meetings about gas drilling issues, opportunities and concerns later this year.

Mansfield based state police are looking for an elderly at-risk Wellsboro resident. Charles Holzwarth of Goldfinch Lane was last seen by his wife at 12:30 pm Tuesday when she left the house. Holzwarth has a breathing difficulty and as a result has been entered as a “Missing Person” in NCIC. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call state police at 570.66.2151.

 

A 5 year old Kersey girl was hurt last night when she was struck by a car on Main Street in Fox Township. State police said the youngster failed to yield to on-coming traffic while crossing in a non-desginated cross walk area and rode into the pth of a car driven by a 17 year old male driver also from Kersey. The victim was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries. Troopers say charges may be filed pending further investigation.

A couple of more  Tioga County thefts are being investigated by state police. A man with an alias of “John Iverson” of Texas ssent two vehicles to Stager Vehicle Sales in  Covington Township in early May without titles. He also received a wire transfer in the amount of $14,200 for two vehicles which he never delivered but for which he kept the money.

Thieves stole two chainsaws from the front deck at the home of 79 year old Elaine Mosher of Tioga on Route 287 between June 8 and 12.

   


 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

                                              Monday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 43; .15” rain (.11” on Fishing Creek)

Causer is hopeful  budget will be in place by Friday’s deadline…Rural Community College is “up and running”…..Another  animal cruelty investigated in Tioga County…..Another internet scam investigated by state police at Mansfield…..vandalism in Elk County probed…

 

Potter County Commissioner Chairman Doug Morley reported at the June 22 meeting that that the Rural Regional Community College is “up and running.” Morley said the headquarters are in Warren and a president has been hired. He added that the college will probably be able to offer accredited two-year associate degrees in about a year. In 2012, the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA) began delivering Associate Degree programs throughout an 11-county region in North Central and Northwest Pennsylvania. The courses are delivered to up to 14 different communities, simultaneously, using live interactive distance education technology.  Gannon University provides the coursework and curriculum, and awards credits and degrees. ECUA partners with Community Education Councils, school districts, libraries, Career and Technical Centers and other community agencies to facilitate the delivery of courses at a community college rate. 

 After several years of planning with the input of educators and industry leaders across the northern tier of Pennsylvania, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21) worked with the House of Representatives, particularly Representatives Martin Causer and Kathy Rapp who introduced legislation which sought to establish this rural community college. With passage of Act 126 of the 2014 PA Fiscal Code, the Rural, Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania was created and funding was appropriated. ECUA will continue to provide these affordable associate degrees through Gannon University until the new Rural, Regional College opens.

Throughout the fall of 2014, ECUA and the PA Department of Education designated the counties within Pennsylvania to be served by the new college. Those counties are: Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren. In December of 2014, a Board of Trustees for the RRC was sworn in by the acting Secretary of the PA Department of Education.

It is almost June 30 and Rep. Martin Causer reports the legislature continues to work on a 2017-2018 budget. The deadline is this coming Friday and the lawmaker told Black Forest Broadcasting he is hopeful the spending plan can be adopted on time.

The Roulette Township Supervisors would like to inform the Roulette Township residents that the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is now available for you to view. You may go to www.goh2o.net/roulettetownship/ccr , email the office, call the office, or come to the office at 80 Railroad Ave., Roulette, PA 16746 to obtain a copy.

Mansfield based state police are investigating yet another animal cruelty case. A dead male reddish/brown Boxer/Dull dog was found Saturday along the Ogedensburg Road. The dog had a collar but no identifying tags. Police said the nature of the dog’s injuries did not readily reveal how it had died. Last week we reported two  dogs, after being stolen were returned to the owner, deceased.

And troopers there are investigating another internet crime. Mellany King of Farmington Township fell victim to an online scam between early February and yesterday. State police remind residents that online scams are rampant and warn about giving out personal information to unknown individuals online or over the phone.

A Nelson motorist escaped injury in a car/deer accident Monday afternoon on Lakeview Drive. Charles Stone was going west when he swerved to avoid a deer on the road and his Hyundai went off the pavement and crashed into a ditch where it became disabled.

A Wellsboro driver has been cited for DUI after being pulled over   on Waln Street in Wellsboro May 28 for a traffic violation. State police allege when they interviewed 28 year old Zachary Brown they found he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

Without releasing his name, State police in Ridgway say they are charging a 23 year old Ridgway man with DUI after a one-vehicle crash early last Friday morning. Troopers say when they investigated a crash on the Ridgway-St. Marys Road just before 1:30 am, they found the suspect had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

A criminal mischief on the Jojo Road in Wetmore Township Monday was investigated by state police at Kane. Vandals deliberately knocked a mailbox loose from its post and dented the mailbox owned by a 41 year old Kane man.

 


 

Monday June 26, 2017

Sunday’s high, 76; Overnight low, 46; .08” rain

  A McKean County defendant has been jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail after being arraigned on charges of Aggravated Assault/Strangulation. State police claim 41 yearold Steven Holley struck a 39 year old woman in the eye, pushed her to the ground and strangled her rendering her unable to breathe during an assault on June 17 and 19 at a home on Lang Maid Lane in Lewis Run. Holly could face prosecution under a new state law which makes strangulation a stand alone crime.

No one was hurt in a car/bus collision early Sunday morning in Jay Township, Elk County. Troopers say Beth Cameron was speeding when her Hyundai Elantra collided  with a Ford Bus driven by Faith McGuire of Phillipsburg as the  bus was turning north onto Route 255. There were 13 passengers from the Clearfield area  in the bus at the time of impact.

Minor injuries were reported for a St. Marys driver and his passenger after a one-vehicle crash in Fox Township, Elk County Friday night. A Jeep Wrangler driven by Tyler Anzinger went off of the Dagus Mines Road whelk making a right hand curve, struck a mailbox, utility pole and a second mailbox before rolling over onto the drivers side. Anzinger and his passenger Luke Schieber of Kersey were seat belted at the time. The driver is facing a variety of summary traffic violations including speeding.

Mansfield based state police have charged Sarah Davis of Mount Morris, NY with speeding for a one-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Richmond Township. Sate police said Davis was going north on Route 15 when her Mazda 5 hydroplaned and slid across the road where it collided with a guard rail. The car continued for about 50 feet before stopping.

A Wellsboro woman avoided injury Saturday night when her car hit a parked unit on the Williamson Road in Blossburg, Monika Moser’s south bound Ford Fusion ran into a For F Series truck legally parked on the shoulder.

A hit and run last Thursday morning  in Middlebury Township was investigated by state police at Mansfield. The unknown unit caused minor damage when the driver backed out of a parking lot in Middlebury Township.

Troopers at the Kane barracks arrested James  Clyde Jr., no address given, for DUI in connection to a one-vehicle mishap Friday afternoon on Route 6 miles east of Mt. Jewett.. Authorities say when they interviewed James Clyde Jr. after finding his Jeep Patriot in a ditch. Clyde was not hurt.

A hit and run in Austin last Thursday afternoon is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. An unknown vehicle went off of Rukgaber Avenue. The offending unit struck a set of stairs at a house owned by Michael Majot and the driver did not stop to provide required information.

State police at Mansfield are investigating a couple  of internet scams and an ID theft. Amber Carson, 70 of Wellsboro, told authorities that she purchased a “lifetime protection against everything” on line for $3000 on April 14, 2017.But while accessing Face Book last Thursday, a red screen came up on her computer and instructed her to call a telephone number. A man answering her call claimed to be a Microsoft Technician and informed her that her computer had been hacked and he could fix it for $500. She provide her bank with information for payment over the phone. A similar crime occurred last Tuesday victimizing a Millerton resident. John Knapp III, 68 was using Face Book when an orange screen popped up on his computer alleging his computer was infected and  screen was locked.  He was told he  would need to buy virus protection software to correct the problem and was given several options. Knapp purchased a $300 option and his choice was installed remotely. Later it was discovered that it was not Microsoft or the real anti-virus software company for the program Knapp thought he had bought that was installed. Unknown thieves used credit cards belonging to Max Johnson, 63,  of Wellsboro to rack up $73 in purchases from various Tioga County businesses between June 3 and 8.

Kane-based state police recently investigated a couple of tangible thefts in McKean County. Burglars forced their way into a camp on Hutchins Drive in Sergeant Township between June 11 and 22 and stole numerous items belonging to a Monroeville man. A Cannon downrigger was taken off a boat owned by Joseph Hooper while it was parked at his home on the Big Shanty Road in Lafayette Township sometime last Thursday.

The theft of a solar panel is being probed by state police at Coudersport. The property was taken from a camp on the Southwoods Road in Sylvania Township between May 31 and last Monday. The camp is owned by Samuel Wian of Greensburg.

The investigation into a criminal trespass is continuing by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Roy Kunkle of Mohnton told troopers known individuals set up a camp on his property on Mothers Lane in West Branch Township on the weekend of June 17.

 Oswayo Valley Memorial Library offersSTEM Backpacksthat offer hands-on learning for young children and their families. Oswayo Valley Memorial Library received four backpacks from The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Librariest o provide STEMmaterials and books for young children and their adultsto enjoy.  The funds that provided the backpacks were made available through the Cruise into Kindergarten initiative.  Each backpack focuses on a STEM topic—measuring, nighttime, nature and simple machines.

 The simple machines backpack includes three books, materials such as a balance, balls and some foam shapes that can be used in reconstructing some of the scenes in the book, try other activities in the accompanying guide and those that the children think up on their own.  The adults not only read the books, but act as co-players and help the children think about and articulate what they are

 Playing is no idle pastime for children. In fact, research shows that play helps children develop many skills: social-emotional (cooperation, self-confidence, initiative, perseverance); physical development (eye-hand coordination, hand manipulation); mathematics (shape, measurement, classification, size, space); science (weight, balance, trial and error, observation); language arts (writing and telling  stories about what they are doing); and art (patterns, symmetry, drawing).

                                                                                               Obituaries

James L. “Jim” Pratt, Sr., 64, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Bolivar, NY, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Noyes Hospital, Dansville, NY, after suffering an apparent heart attack while returning  home with his wife  from a family gathering.

Born on May 28, 1953 in Olean, NY, he was a son of Charles and Lorena Ford Pratt, Sr.  On November 6, 1981 in Coudersport, he married Teresa L. “Terry” Miller, who survives.

Jim was a graduate of Eldred High School.  He was employed at the former Faulkner Fruit Market in Ceres, NY, by Blue Bird Bus Lines in Olean, and for 29 years Jim was the director of the Portville Central School bus system.  He was also the owner/operator of the former Ceres Auto Repair.

Jim was a social member of the Brockton (NY) American Legion.  He loved to fish and cherished his yearly trip to Black Lake, NY.  His greatest love was his family and his beloved dog, Rascal.

Surviving besides his wife are six children, Sheila L. Spears of Olean, NY, Tami R. (Matthew) Peters of Olean,NY, Wendy (Jeff Baldwin) Gilliland of Bolivar, NY, Douglas A. Hardes of Portville, NY, Carla A. Pratt of Rochester, NY, and James L. “Jimbo” (Tina) Pratt, Jr. of Bolivar, NY; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Linda (Mike) Lewis of Smethport, Judy (Jerry) Walters of Hope Mills, NC, and Debra Moyer of Olean, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his second mother, Agnes Pratt, Jim was predeceased by a son, Kenneth Smith, Jr.; a daughter, Laurie Beth Pratt; and two brothers, Charles Pratt, Jr. and Joseph Pratt.

Friends may call from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm on Wednesday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, June 29, 2017 with the Revs. Robert M. and Sandra D. Howles, pastors of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, 219 Bryant Street, Buffalo, NY 14222.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

Helen M. ABBOTT, 91, formerly of Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA, died Friday, June 23, 2017 in Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, PA. Born May 2, 1926, in Westfield, PA, she was the daughter of Llewellyn and Rose Bollock Witter. She was married to Lewis B. Abbott, who predeceased her in 2005. Helen was a member of the Potter Brook Happy Hour Club and the Harrison Valley Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Surviving are:  two daughters, Kathryn Ann Abbott of Rochester, NY and Margot Abbott of Bradford, PA;  two sisters, Joann Clark of Knoxville, PA and Jane Bianchi of San Jose, CA;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Ochsenhirt;  and three brothers, Richard G. Witter, Donald Witter, and Lee Witter. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, June 26, 2017 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA. Memorials may be made to Riverview Cemetery Association, c/o Garry Abbott, 134 Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA 16950. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com. 

 

Kathryn L. “Kay” Stuckey, 94, of Odin, passed away with her loving family by her side on Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.Born December 25, 1922 in DuBois, she was a daughter of Lee and Cordie English Neff. On April 2, 1941 in Emporium, she married Clifford S. Stuckey, who passed away on March 27, 1985.Kay was a graduate of Renovo High School.  She, along with her husband, owned and operated the former Stuckey’s General Store and Gas Station in Keating Summit, then ran Stuckey’s Tavern in Austin, and later they owned Stuckey’s Store in Austin.  For many years she was a driver for the IU9 program.  Kay was a lifetime member of the Austin United Methodist Church, a member of the former Mecca Chapter #217 Order of the Eastern Star in Austin, and a member of the Birthday Club. She was an avid bowler.  Her greatest love was being a loving wife, mother and grandmother.Surviving are three daughters, Donna D. Campbell of Eldred, Thelma L. (Jim) Emigh of Morrisdale, and Sandra K. (John) Fowler of Austin; two sons, Clifford S. (Jeannie) Stuckey, Jr. of Costello and Ron L. (Robin) Stuckey, Sr. of Austin; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Kay was predeceased by a daughter, Dixie L. Ripple; two grandsons, Todd M. Stuckey and Tony J.Emigh; two sons-in-law, Michael Campbell and William Ripple; and five sisters.Friends may call from 11am to 12 noon on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the Austin United Methodist Church, Turner Street, Austin, where funeral services will follow at noon with the Rev. Steven D. Small, pastor of the Southern Potter United Methodist Charge, officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Activity Fund of Cole Manor, 101 East Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Kathryn’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Kay, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 


 

Friday June 23, 2017

Thursday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 65; .02” rain

State police warn of kidnapping scam…..Authorities look for 17 year old McKean County runaway..stolen dogs returned deceased  to Tioga County man …DUI charges pending against Ridgway driver after early morning crash…..Police Chief and Potter County DA address opioid epidemic at public meeting…

State police are advising residents that they have received multiple reports of citizens getting phone calls from an unknown male informing them that he has abducted a loved  one  (son or daughter) and will harm them unless that person wires money. A “child” can be heard screaming/crying in the background. Police say DO NOT send money as it is a SCAM. The numbers that appear on the victim’s caller ID are not legitimate numbers. The criminals are using some type of spoofing soft war to generate false numbers. Authorities day if you receive such a call, hang up immediately and notify state police in your area. Anyone with more information is asked to contact their local state police barracks.

Kane based state police are looking for a 17 year old runaway, Tyler Jamal Newsman is described as being a black male but no further details were provided. However, anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Kane barracks at 814.778.5555.

Troopers at Mansfield are investigating a cruelty to animals crime taking place between June 14 and21 in Tioga Township. Someone stole dogs belonging to a 42 year old Tioga man and then returned them, deceased to his home of Sunset Circle.

A Mansfield woman has been arrested for shoplifting at the Mansfield Walmart. Authorities claim 31 year old Samantha Strange tried to leave the store on the night of June 10 with concealed items for which she did not pay.

DUI charges are pending against a Ridgway driver following a one-vehicle crash early this morning in Ridgway Township. State police report 23 year old Shawn Shakle was going west on Route 120 when his Buick LeSabre crossed the road and traveled in the opposite lane for about 158 feet before hitting some guardrails where it continued for another 15 feet before re-entering the highway. The sedan continued again crossed both lanes of the highway and hit another section of guardrails before finally coming to rest partially in the eastbound lane. Shankle was not hurt but was taken to Penn Highland Elk for a blood draw and is facing numerous related charges.

Area state police have made several DUI arrests recently. Coudersport based sate police charged 55 year old Raymond Legerlotz of Galeton after stopping him on 4Th Street in Galeton early June 8. State police at Mansfield have charged several drivers who were allegedly found driving under the influence this past April. Collin Roe 22, of Elkland; Randy Pearson of Pennsburg, PA ; 25 year old Amanda Maloney of Blossburg and 70 year old Linda Erb of Wellsboro will all now answer charges in District Court.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has announced that United States District Judge A. Richard Caputo sentenced Jared S. Miller, age 28, of Sayre, Pennsylvania, to 84 months of imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty to transporting47 stolen firearms and to conspiring to distribute heroin. According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Miller admitted to conspiring with Aaron Vanderpool to transport 47 firearms from Pennsylvania to New York, after Vanderpool burglarized Fulmer’s Sporting Goods, a federally licensed firearms dealer in Wysox, Pennsylvania, on May 24, 2015. Miller admitted that he and Vanderpool traded the firearms in New York for heroin and cash, and distributed the heroin in Pennsylvania. Only three of the 48 total firearms stolen from Fulmer’s Sporting Goods have been recovered by law enforcement. Miller also admitted to trafficking heroin in Pennsylvania from June 2012 through June 2015. In his plea agreement, he stipulated to trafficking between 400 and 700 grams of heroin, which is the equivalent of 16,000 to 28,000 potentially fatal doses of heroin. As part of his sentence, Miller was ordered to pay $27,383.75 to the victims of his crimes. Miller’s co-conspirator, Vanderpool, previously was sentenced to 77 months of incarceration for his role in the offenses. Two other individuals have been charged in relation to the Fulmer’s Sporting Goods burglary. Luis Mercado was charged in April 2017 and has entered a plea agreement to firearms and heroin trafficking offenses. Jose Espinosa was charged in April 2017 with firearms and heroin trafficking offenses, and awaits arraignment. The matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and by the Pennsylvania State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo. This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VCRP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VCRP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes with firearms. This case also was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin Initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses.

 

Police Chief Bryan Phelps(L) and DA Andy Watson(r) address meeting in Roulette about opioid epidemic

Potter County DA Andy Watson and Sweden/Roulette Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps hosted a meeting last Friday at the Roulette fire hall plaguing the region. The presenters told those attending about the number of drug overdoses occurring in the area and explained that they are concerned about the societal problems associated with addiction.

The DA explained the C.L.E.A.N. program he initiated in Potter County to increase cooperation between drug and alcohol abusers to obtain professional help in addressing addiction. Watson says the program is designed for addicts to get help without fear of criminal prosecution. Individuals who approach a law enforcement officer or official requesting professional  rehabilitative drug and alcohol services will be given information on how to get that help without being arrested, providing they are not already charged with criminal activity related to drug addiction. Watson explained that addicts become “drug dealers to support their habit—which was discussed by State Trooper Michael Delp at a recent meeting of the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce…..Trooper
Delp works closely with DA Watson in handling the epidemic and explained it all began innocently with doctor’s prescribing pain killers….

                                                               

 

 The Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is pleased to announce it has joined Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Penn Wells Hotel is one of more than 295 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture, and ambiance.

“We are delighted to induct the Penn Wells Hotel, a Victorian style hotel built in 1869 to Historic Hotels of America.” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We welcome the Penn Wells Hotel, Shawn and Ellen Bryant, and the Penn Wells staff into Historic Hotels of America.”

To be selected for membership in Historic Hotels of America, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance.

“We view the inclusion of the Penn Wells Hotel in the Historic Hotels of America as a wonderful tribute to generations of individuals who have maintained the Hotel’s historic value,” said Shawn Bryant, CEO of the Wellsboro Hotel Company. “We like to say that the Hotel is ‘a step back in time’ and preservation of that history is central to our mission. We are grateful to be included with other fine hotels that similarly represent and respect America’s history while actively meeting the current needs of travelers and communities.”

The Penn Wells Hotel is rich in history and architectural integrity, sitting as the centerpiece of activity and events  in Tioga County.


 

                                 Thursday June 22, 2017

                                                   Wednesday’s high, 73; Overnight low, 46;,10” rain (.04” on Fishing Creek)

Lane changes coming next week in downtown Coudersport….Box culvert work delayed in Oswayo Township delayed….both drivers escape injury in Rear-end collision….Troopers in Tioga and Cameron counties investigate hit and runs….$400 in cash stolen from Tioga County home…. 

Late June will bring a traffic change on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Route 6 project in Coudersport. Begun in 2016, this two-year project will result in an improved roadway surface through downtown Coudersport as well as sidewalk improvements and bridge repairs.

On Thursday, June 29, PennDOT will implement a new phase of traffic control on the project, with traffic switching to the completed lanes of Main Street and Chestnut Street. Construction will then begin on the remaining lanes.

 

Traffic control will consist of one direction/one lane of travel maintained on Route 6, with local detours used for the opposite direction of traffic. Availability of parking in the downtown area will be reduced. Drivers should also be prepared for travel delays in and around Coudersport.  

This stage of construction is expected to be completed in early September at which time construction will be started on Second Street. All work is weather dependent.

 The work zone stretches along Route 6 from West Street to Ludwig Lane. Overall work includes roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, bridge rehabilitation, traffic signal upgrades, water line relocation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $4.8 million project, which will continue through November.

This spring’s weather  has caused a delay in the completion of a road project in Oswayo Township. On June 15 PennDot)began replacement work for a box culvert on Eleven Mile Road (Route 4023) PennDOT closed the road and removed the culvert but wet, rainy weather has since hampered progress on the project according to officials.

 An official detour using Routes 4023 (Eleven Mile Creek Road), 4025 (Brizzie Hollow Road), 244, and 44will now be in place through July 14—one week later than originally announced.

PennDOT  says it will re-open the box culvert and roadway before July 14 if work progress allows.

 The box culvert spans Eleven Mile Creek near the village of Chrystal. Replacement will allow PennDOT to remove the bridge from Potter County’s structurally deficient list and remove the weight postings of 27-tons for single vehicles and 28-tons for combination vehicles. An average of 250 vehicles moves through this area daily.

 The project is a cooperative effort between PennDOT Potter County Maintenance and contractor L. C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York. Work items include excavation, removal of the existing box culvert, placement of the new box culvert, back-filling for the new box culvert, concrete work, and paving.  All work is weather dependent.

 Both drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision Tuesday afternoon in Bloss Townsihp. Mansfield based state police say the fender bender occurred when Gordan Kinat of Blossburg stopped his 1972 Chevrolet Nova in the Southbound land on Bloss Mountain Road and was struck by a Subaru Impreza driven by Kevin Foulkrod of Trout Run. Police said both men were using seatbelts.

 Troopers at Mansfield are looking for a hit and run driver whose vehicle sideswiped another Tuesday morning in Delmar Township. A Dodge 1500 hit the driver’s side mirror on a Dodge Heavy Duty truck driven by Justin Spangler of Landisvlle, PA  and kept going north on the Balsam Road. Both Spangler and his passenger Kevin Stough of Seven Valleys PA were seat belted..

 State police at Emporium are investigating a hit and run occurring last Saturday in Shippen Township. An unknown vehicle went off Nicklar Road and collided with a vehicle owned by Ruth Crisp of Austin between 2:00 and 10:30 pm.

 A burglary at an Elkland home earlier this month remains under investigation by state police at Mansfield. $400 in cash was stolen from an upstairs bedroom at the home of Phillip Egleston on Route 49 between June 7 and 13.

 State police also investigated a criminal mischief taking place between noon and 4:45 pm June 1 in a parking area by Routes 549 and Route 6. Vandals egged a truck owned by Logan Adams of Covington while it was parked at that location.

  


 

                                       Wednesday June 21, 2017

                                                                                           Tuesday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 51; .15” rain

 PennDot announces updated driver’s license….public/private partnership will repair two Potter County roads this summer…Two companies in senatorial district selected to grow medical marijuana…..Medical condition causes Eldred accident….Minor injuries reported for teen driver and passengers in Elk County…Phony $100 bill passed at St. Marys business…Vandals damage tractor tire in Shinglehouse…

 

  

As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver license and identification card products.

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PennDOT entered a new contract with MorphoTrust USA in August of 2015 for the design and issuance of Driver License (DL) and Identification (ID) cards. Over the last 22 months, PennDOT has worked with MorphoTrust USA on planning, design and deployment of this major new security enhancement initiative.

 

PennDOT began a pilot of the new products this Monday  in Harrisburg. All Driver and Photo centers will transition to the new products by the end of October 2017. The new products will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle and will replace existing products. Both current and new card designs will be in circulation during the transition period.

 

The new cards are not related to the federal REAL ID Act and are not  REAL ID-compliant. System, building infrastructure and process changes will be necessary for Pennsylvania to issue REAL ID-compliant products. PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at customer’s option in 2019.

 

 

The cards look very different, but they also have additional enhanced security features, which improve fraud prevention and protect from counterfeiting and alteration.

 

Some of the enhanced features include:

·         For more information and to see an image of the new card design, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

 

In addition to the above changes, the magnetic strip has been eliminated on the back of the newly designed driver’s license and identification cards.

 

 

The Wolf Administration has announced that a new public-private partnership will rehabilitate 9.2 miles of weight restricted roadway in Potter County and include drainage improvements and full-depth reclamation of Route 1001 (Brookland Road/South Main Street/Fox Hill Road) and Route 4013 (North Hollow Road).

JKLM Energy, LLC of Sewickley, PA, has financed $3.2 million of the $6.75 million needed for the work on both routes with the balance of the work to be completed utilizing Act 89 funding dedicated to upgrading weight restricted highways.

The work zone on Route 1001 stretches from the village of Brookland to Ulysses. As of yesterday, that section of the road will be closed for full-depth reclamation work. A detour utilizing Route 449 and Route 49 will be in place until mid-September.

The work zone on Route 4013 stretches from the borough of Coudersport towards Seven Bridges. Starting July 24, this section of the road will be closed for full-depth reclamation work.   A detour using  Route 6 and Route 49 will be in place until early October.I n both cases,  Drivers familiar with the area can use alternate routes

PennDot reminds motorists a Tioga County Maintenance crew will be replace a cross pipe today on Route 549 in Rutland Township. The pipe is located between Roseville Borough and Route 1012 (Sopertown Road).Work will take up to two days to complete, weather permitting. 

The road will be closed during thie project. A detour will be in place using Route 1011 (Bailey Creek Road).

 

Two businesses in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded medical marijuana grower/processor permits by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, according to Senator Joe Scarnati.

 Scarnati, a supporter of medical marijuana, says  legislation was signed into law last year as Act 16 of 2016 establishing  a program for use of medical marijuana by patients with serious medical conditions.  Under the law, patients can take the medicine by pill, oil, vapor, ointment or liquid, but not in a form that can be smoked.

 

Two area  businesses, Terrapin Investment Fund 1, LLC, in Jersey Shore, Clinton County, and Cresco Yeltrah, LLC, Brookville, Jefferson County, will be receiving permits.   Across the state, a total of 12 firms are being awarded permits.  The Department of Health received 457 applications, including 177 prospective grower/processors and 280 for dispensaries.  Dispensary permits are expected to be announced later this month.  In addition to providing needed medical treatment, the program is expected to create local processing and dispensing jobs. 

 

Those with grower/processor permits will have six months to meet standards that show they are operational, after which they can begin growing.

 

A pre-existing medical condition is blamed for a one-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Eldred. Kane Based state police say Heidi Ray of Eldred was going east on Cris drive when her Jeep Compass went over a curb and struck a utility pole, then re-entered the street and continued for about 70 feet before turning rig hint a private driveway where it came to rest. Ray was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and her previous medical condition.

Minor injuries were also reported for a Ridgway teen driver and some of his passengers after a one-vehicle crash Monday night in Ridgway Township. Troopers report the 17 year old boy was speeding when his northbound Nissan Maxima failed  to make a right hand curve and traveled into the  opposite lane. When he tried to regain control, the vehicle slid sideways off the road, became airborne and rolled over three or four times before stopping on the right side of the Portland Mills Road. Police said the driver and his passengers a 17ytear old boy and a 14 year old boy along with 18year old Lars Johnstone, all of Ridgway declined treatment.

Troopers in Ridgway are still looking for a man who passed a phony $100 bill at a St. Marys business. Between 8:00 and 9:00 pm on June 14, the unknown male requested change for a $100 bill at the Get Go Gas Station but it wasn’t until he left the store, that employees realized the bill was a fake.

A criminal mischief in Shinglehouse was investigated by state police at Coudersport. Vandals used an unknown object to flatten the  front right side tire on a tractor owned by Rodney Aikey while it was parked on the Trails End Road Monday afternoon.


 

                                                                      Tuesday June 20, 2017

Monday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 56; 1.21” rain, (.61” on Fishing Creek)

Re-opening of Sinnemahoning State Park delayed….chain saw, cash, prescription medication, delivered packages and stored property stolen in Tioga County…..Both drivers hurt in Elk County collision…three drivers escape injury in Tioga County collision…Emporium man arrested for littering….Laurel Festival Queen and parade awards announced….

Sinnemahoning State Park has announced that sediment removal from the George B. Stevenson reservoir has been completed but weather conditions have slowed progress of paving and modifications being made to mooring and launch area.

Park officials have extended the opening of the lake from July 4th to August 4th, 2017. The project has been hampered by heavy rains, muddy conditions and limited access. This was a large earth moving project and delays are likely when grading, seeding and paving are dependent upon the weather.

“If the weather cooperates and we are able to stay on track, we are hoping to open sooner than the projected date of August 4th’ stated Bainey.

The lower portion of the lake will remain open for fishing near the dam breast on the north side of the trash booms and Short Bend Run along the eastern lake shoreline.  Fishing will not be permitted near the mooring/boat launch area.

The boat launch area will remain closed to vehicles and pedestrian traffic until all upgrades have been completed.

More information will be posted as it becomes available. For more details or to be put on the Sinnemahoning State Park’s email list for current updates, please call the Park Office & Wildlife Center at 814-647-8401, email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov or Like Us on FaceBook at Sinnemahoning-State-Park.

Mansfield based state police are investigating several thefts and burglaries occurring in Tioga County over the past couple of weeks. Burglars helped themselves to a Stihl 310 Chain saw from a garage on Bear Creek Road in Tioga Township between June 8 and 10. The saw belongs to William Mosher. Property belonging to Heather Brown of Greensburg, PA and Eric Abernathy of Wellsboro was stolen between 2:00 pm June 10 and 8:00 pm June 13 from  Butters Storage Units in Charleston Township. Several packages delivered to the home of Lacey Cole on Route 328 in Millerton were stolen between June 1 and 3. The items had been left on the front door step. Criminals took $200 in cash and a bottle of prescription medication from an unlocked  vehicle owned by Garret Fairbanks of Wellsboro between 4:00 and 5:00 pm last Thursday, June 15,  while it was parked in a pull off area on the Stony Fork Road in Delmar Township.

 

Both drivers and an adult passenger were hurt in a collision Monday morning in Jay Township, Elk County. Troopers said the collision occurred when Mandi Catlin of Force, PA pulled her GMC Yukon  out from a stop sign at the intersection of Pine Avenue and The Bennetts Valley Highway in front of a Toyota Corolla driven by John Deutsch of Weedville. Both drivers and Denise Deutsch were taken to the DuBois Hospital. A young girl riding tin Catlin’s SUV escaped injury.

 

A Reynoldsville driver was not hurt Sunday night in a car/deer collision  also  on the Bennetts Valley Highway in Jay Township. Matthew Fassnacht was headed north when the whitetail entered the highway in front of Fassnacht’s Dodge Journey.

 

No injuries were reported for a North Bergen, NJ motorist involved in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning in Middlebury Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, Glenn Betancourt’s Jeep Compass rolled over several times on the Hills Creek Road when he overcompensated when the vehicle went off the pavement and onto  a grass berm  while headed west.

 

All three drivers avoided injuries in a collision Sunday afternoon on Route 6 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Troopers said Michael Alexander of Ulster, PA was speeding when his Honda Civic went into the opposite lane on curve and hit a Jeep Wrangler driven by Connie West of Granville Summit, PA. When Matthew Smith of Onalaska, TX who was following West, swerved to avoid a collision, his Dodge Ram went off the road and struck an embankment.

 

Emporium-based state police have arrested 29 year old Keith Nadji of that town for littering. Troopers claim Nadji threw a small bag of trash on Route 120- in Shippen Township last Saturday.

 

Miss Williamson Abbey Carleton was crowned the 2017 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen during the Saturday, June 17 coronation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. She was presented with a $1,500 scholarship to the college of her choice.

 

Named first runner-up was Miss Montoursville Caroline Hernandez who received a $750 scholarship and also a $250 scholarship for being named Miss Congeniality by the other queen candidates. Second runner-up was Miss Athens Sarah Montrose who was awarded a $500 scholarship.

 

“We were unanimous on the top three,” said Oliver Richard Bartlett of Hughesville, a former Tioga County Commissioner who serves as Laurel Queen judge coordinator. “Each candidate’s answer to her question always plays a role in our final decision,” Bartlett added. Other judges included: Renata Stiehl, news director and anchor with WENY-TV, Horseheads, N.Y.; Jacob Michaels with 93.3 WBZD-FM, Muncy; and David Cohick, director of Tioga County Emergency Services in Charleston Township. All four have served as judges for over five years. Lisa Mazzarella with 89.9 WVIA-FM, Pittston, Pa. was a first-time judge.  

 

There was a larger crowd than last year,” commented Bartlett about the Saturday afternoon Laurel Parade. “People were sitting six or seven deep in some places.”

 

“I was completely shocked and very humbled by the entire experience,” said the newly crowned Laurel Queen. “I am proud that I was able to represent my school in such a good way.”

 

The 10 semi-finalists were each asked one question during the coronation ceremony. “I was asked about spending cuts in education and what programs should be kept and which high school programs helped me, said Miss Carleton. She pointed to two areas of study that helped her, shop and art. “When you start cutting out shop classes for students that learn that way, you are taking away their quality of education. Once you take out art classes, you are trying to put students in the same box and that’s not how education works,” she noted.  

 

“What I enjoyed most about the weekend was definitely meeting all of the other Laurel Queen candidates. Two of the girls, Miss Warrior Run Lanie Urbanski and Miss Millville Ariana Bish are also going to Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. Move-in day is Aug. 24,” Miss Carleton said. She is planning to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology secondary education and become an elementary guidance counselor.

 

At 4 a.m. Sunday morning, the newly crowned Laurel Queen and her family left for vacation in North Carolina. She will go back to work upon her return.

 

The 2017 Laurel Queen is the daughter of Raquel and Mark Gee of Tioga Township and Carrie and James Carleton Jr. of Charleston Township.

 

She was on honor roll all four years at Williamson Junior-Senior High School in Tioga Junction, was secretary of the Williamson Chapter of the National Honor Society, served as Class of 2017 president as a sophomore, junior and senior and was a member of the Williamson Environmental Service Organization as a freshman and an executive committee member as a sophomore, junior and senior.

 

Representing Montoursville Area High School was Miss Caroline Hernandez, a daughter of Marta and Carlos Hernandez of Montoursville. "I was shocked and proud to be named Miss Congeniality by my peers," she said. "I wasn't expecting it. All of the girls were so sweet. Extreme happiness was my first reaction and then lots of tears. I was even more shocked when I was named first runner-up. I was acknowledged by my peers and by the judges. It was amazing. I can't even put it into words," she added. "All of us (Laurel Queen candidates) became really close in a short time. The activity I enjoyed the most was the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. That was the first time I had ever seen it. My experience as a Laurel Queen candidate will always be something I cherish," she added. 

 

Miss Hernandez will attend classes at American University in Washington, D.C. beginning on Aug. 21. She is majoring in international affairs with a minor in Spanish. Her goal is to enroll in law school and eventually work for the U.S. federal government. As a high school junior and senior, she was secretary of the Class of 2017 and recorded running event times and finishes for the track and field team coach and announcers. As a senior, she was secretary of the National Art Honor Society and a member of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. Miss Hernandez was a three-year member of the National Spanish Honor Society (vice president as a junior; president as a senior) and a two-year member of the National English Honor Society as a sophomore and senior.

 

Her question as a Laurel Queen semi-finalist was which is better, year-round schooling with shorter breaks as is done in European countries or a shorter school year with a longer break in the summer as is done in America and why. Miss Hernandez said she favors year-round schooling because students going on to college would be better prepared for rigorous course work and their futures. She noted that year-round schooling may not work for students who have to work in the summertime to earn money to go to college.

 

"It was such a great feeling to be named third runner-up,” said Sarah Montrose, daughter of Deborah and Vincent Montrose of Columbia Cross Roads. She represented Athens Area High School as a Laurel Queen candidate. I was honestly surprised that the judges thought so highly of me and that I made that much of an impact. I wasn't shocked to learn Caroline was first runner-up and Miss Congeniality and Abbey was queen. Both of them deserved it," she said. 

 

"I enjoyed everything, from walking around to see the different vendors to every little kid who asked me if I was a real princess and wanted to have their picture taken with me, to the queen candidates I met and connections I made…It's all so wonderful. When I was a little girl, I visited the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon but appreciated it much more now. Being in the Laurel Parade was a new experience for me. Every single person you drive by cheers for you," said Miss Montrose.

 

She has been invited by Lockheed Martin to shadow someone working with computers. There is also the possibility of a future internship with the company. "Within the last 24 hours, I have also been offered a part-time job as an interviewer at a new radio station that is opening in New York, near where I live," Miss Montrose said. 

 

As a semi-finalist, Miss Montrose was asked what she was passionate about in terms of world culture and how she would use it. In response, she said in terms of world culture she was passionate about art and would use it in her community to paint children’s faces and do paintings for people.

 

Miss Montrose was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America all four years of high school; was a three-year member of the National Honor Society as a sophomore, junior and senior and of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society as a junior and senior. 

 

Aug. 14, will be her first day at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. She plans to earn a bachelor's degree in computer science and then work before earning her master's in computer science. "My dream job is still to be on an analytical team at a major company such as Google or Amazon," Miss Montrose said.    

 

The 10 semi-finalists included the 2017 Laurel Queen and her court plus Miss Bucktail Emalea Jo Mills, Miss Central Mountain McCartney Register, Miss Millville Ariana Bish, Miss Montgomery Mackenzie Day, Miss South Williamsport Rebecca Nash, Miss St. John Neumann Sarah Harbach and Miss Troy Rebecca Case.

 

The weeklong Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival began Saturday, June 10 with Family Day and the Children's Health Fair ended Sunday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. with the outdoor Union Church Service.

 

For information about the 2018 festival scheduled for Saturday, June 9 through Sunday, June 16, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926.

 

LAUREL PARADE WINNERS:

Parade Marshal Award:

This was earned by Skip and Carol Cavanaugh of Wellsboro and Blake Maxson of Northwest Bank of Wellsboro.  "They graciously gave up their time to help out," said Julie VanNess, executive director of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce. "Skip and Carol were going to drive an official in their convertible during the Laurel Parade. When we realized we had an extra convertible, the Cavanaughs decided to participate in the parade and throw candy to parade watchers along the route." Blake Maxson had volunteered to use his vehicle to haul a float but the group involved brought their own truck. He then "saved the day" for the queen candidate judges who were stranded at the Deane Center with no transportation to get them to their next stop.  

 

High School Bands (60 musicians and under):

First, Wellsboro Area High School Band of Wellsboro, Pa.

Second, Canaseraga High School Marching Band, Canaseraga, New York

Third, Wellsville Marching Lions, Wellsville, N.Y.

 

High School Bands (61 musicians and over):

First, Corning-Painted Post High School Marching Band of Corning, N.Y.

 

Professional Bands:

First, Penn York Highlanders, a Scottish pipe band of Athens, Pa.

Second, Blue Eagles Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps of Wind Gap, Pa.

Third, Edward P. Maloney Memorial Pipe Band of Vestal, N.Y.

 

Community Float Division:

First, Broad Acres Health & Rehabilitation Center & Country Terrace in Charleston Township with their float "Fairy Tale Land."

Second, the Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital Auxiliary of Wellsboro with their float.

 

Special Unit Award:

Pennsylvania Bucktails Civil War Living History Unit of Mansfield, Pa. 

 

Specialty Music Unit Award:

The Hit Men Brass Band of Rochester, N.Y.

 

Antique/Classic Car Award

1937 Oldsmobile originally bought in Wellsboro at a garage where the Warehouse Theatre is located. Owned by Bob Dunham of Wellsboro, it was driven by Bud Boyce.

 

 


Monday June 19, 2017

Sunday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 64; .58” rain (1.00” on Fishing Creek

 

PA Hunting licenses went on sale today and Causer reminds first time hunters they must take a course…..One driver hurt in a rear-end work zone collision……..Kersey motorcyclist charged with DUI following weekend crash….. Three NY  state residents arrested for stealing multiple times from Mansfield Walmart….Coudersport woman accused of stealing dog…..$1900 worth of tools and equipment stolen from house near Coudersport……prescription medication and cash taken from Ulysses Township home….

Saturday June 17, 2017 was "|Sock Puppet Day" during story hour at the Roulette Library. Stephanie Prindle, Alaynna McKervy & Maddy Andreano (seated) made their own puppets after learning more from Volutneer Pat Miller (Standing)

 

Pennsylvania Hunting licenses for 2017-18 went on sale earlier today. The licenses become valid July 1 and, after that date, all who hunt, trap or who want to apply for an antlerless deer license must have an up-to-date 2017-18 license to do so. As we reported last week, the Game Commission says there is one noticeable change for 2017-18 license buyers is that the full regulations digest typically given out when licenses are purchased is not being provided for free this year. Instead, all license buyers will receive a complimentary “pocket-guide” that contains general hunting regulations, hunting hours, fluorescent orange requirements, a map of the Wildlife Management Units, and season dates and bag limits.License buyers who wish to view the full digest can do so online at the www.pgc.pa.gov, or they can opt to purchase a printed digest for $6. Digests will be sold over-the-counter at Game Commission Region Offices and Harrisburg Headquarters. When purchased elsewhere, the digests will be mailed directly to license buyers.

By no longer giving free digests to all license buyers, the Game Commission says it  will save significantly on the cost of printing and mailing hundreds of thousands of digests.

 

Meanwhile, Representative Martin Causer reminds hunters of an important requirement. All first time hunters and trappers, regardless of a age must successfully complete a hunter/trapper Education Course before buying a license. The lawmaker says a list of courses is available on the Game Commission’s website www.pgc.pa.gov

 

One driver was slightly hurt in a rear-end work zone collision Friday morning in Charleston Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, the chain reaction pile-up occurred at 8:20 on Route 6 near Gas Company Road when Dustin Price of Gaines failed to brake soon enough and allowed his Jeep Grand Cherokee to run into the back of a Ford Escape driven by Linda Blasz of Blossburg which was shoved into the back of a second Je4ep Grand Cherokee driven by Ann Marie Crowley of Wellsboro. Blasz did not require treatment at a medical facility for her minor injury. Both Price and Crowley were unhurt but Price has been cited for following too closely.

 

Both drivers and a young passenger escaped injury in another rear-end  collision last Thursday afternoon in Delmar Township, Tioga County. Troopers said that collision occurred when Bradley Dunham of Wellsboro had stopped on Route 287 to enter the Acorn Market Parking lot and Amber Shoemaker of Trout Run failed to notice the stopped unit allowing her Chevrolet Trailblazer to hit the back of Dunham’s Chevrolet Silverado. A young child riding ti Shoemaker’s vehicle was properly restrained in a child safety seat.

State police in Ridgway are looking for a hit and run vehicle which caused minor damage last Monday morning in the St. Marys Walmart parking lot. Authorities say an unknown vehicle hit the left side of the back bumper on a Dodge Durang0 owned by Heather Vargas of Ridgway. The driver was observed getting out of her car, and then getting back in before leaving without giving notification.

DUI charges are pending against a Kersey man after a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. Troopers at Ridgway report 40 year old Brian Viglione was going west when his motorcycle went off the Toby Road and collided with a mailbox. Police said when they investigated, they determined Viglione had been operating the bike while under the influence.

A Coudersport woman is being charged for stealing a dog. State police allege 62 year old Susan Ann Pernick took a dog belonging to William Fish III from his home  on the Toles Hollow Road late last week after becoming aware the dog belonged to the victim. The canine has been returned to Fish.

Troopers at Coudersport are probing several recent thefts and burglaries. Sometime since May 25, burglars entered a house on Vader Hill Road in Eulalia Township owned by Barry Bradley of Mansfield and made off with a gray Holbart mig welder and tank, cutting torches  with tanks, miscellaneous tolls and tool box valued at a total of $1900.  Thieves stole a prescription medication and $62.75 cents in cash and change from a home on Route 6 West in Ulysses Township on the morning of  Friday June 9. Criminals caused $50 in damage when breaking into a camp on the Notch Road in West Branch township last week. The camp is owned by William Blaney of Orangeville, Oho. Police did not indicate if anything was stolen. A theft at Sweden Valley Manor between last week  is being investigated by state police. $50 in cash belonging to Carol Whitesell was taken between last Tuesday and Friday. And an alleged theft turned out to be lawful at the Black Forest Trading Post on Route 6 in Ulysses Township. A woman used a gift certificate to buy a pair of moccasins and at first it was believed to be a phony certificate but was later found to be valid.

Three New York State residents have been arrested for stealing merchandise from the Mansfield Walmart. Authorities claim 38 year old Candy Horton of Cohocton, 38 year old Beth Ann Meade of Woodhull and 35 year old Roger Watson of Addison were caught taking items from the store three different times during a one-week period and  uave also been charged in two other incidents.

Burglars damaged a door while trying to break into a home in Fox Township between 1:00 am and midnight Saturday night. Gouge marks were left on an exterior door at the home of Nicole Snyder on Ruffner Lane. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

Vandals damaged six windshields on vehicles parked behind Matt’s Auto on Bloss Mountain Road in Liberty, PA sometime June 10 or 11 and state police are continuing to look for those responsible.

Obituary

Sandra Jeanne Majot, 83, of Ceres, NY, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Wellsville, NY..Born on February 10, 1934 in Olean, she was a daughter of Paul and Jean Schmidt Miller.  On September 28, 1957 in Sacred Heart Church in Portville, she married Michael D. Majot, who survives.Sandy was a graduate of Bolivar High School, Class of 1952.  For a short period of time, she was employed by the former Clark Brothers in Olean.  Her most cherished time was being a wife, mother, and raising their six children.  Sandy enjoyed cooking, gardening, music, her beloved pets, a dish of ice cream at night, and in her earlier years, doing pottery. Along with her husband, she enjoyed going to yard sales. Together, they also took great pleasure in experiencing the outdoors and nature.  Her greatest love was spending time with her expanding family.

Surviving besides her husband are six children, Sophia J. Majot of Ballston Spa, Sarah A. Majot of Burnt Hills, Edward E. (Betty) Majot of Little Genesee, Douglas A. Majot of Wellsville, Paul D. (Shari) Majot of Ceres, and Kevin M. (Kimberly) Majot of Little Genesee; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Rebecca (Clark) Jacques of Little Genesee; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Sandy was predeceased by two sisters, Marilyn Cradduck and Paula Faulkner.Friends may call from 10am to noon on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA, where funeral services will follow at noon with Pastor Ben Ramirez of the Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bolivar.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Sandy, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

  


                                                Friday June 16, 2017

Thursday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 63; 1.68” rain (1.36” on Fishing Creek)

 

PA Hunting licenses go on sale Monday and Game Commission advises of changes…..Program tonight in Roulette on opiod epidemic….Williamsport drug dealer sentenced….details about ATV accident finally released by troopers @ Coudersport…Theft of money and property marker investigated by state police locally…Mansfield police look for thieves who took money from a donation jar…wallet, cash and credit cards …

 

HUNTING LICENSES TO GO ON SALE JUNE 19 and the Game Commission is  

advising Pennsylvania hunters and trappers soon of some important changes implemented since this time last year.

 

Hunting licenses for 2017-18 go on sale June 19. The licenses become valid July 1 and, after that date, all who hunt, trap or who want to apply for an antlerless deer license must have an up-to-date 2017-18 license to do so.

 

One noticeable change for 2017-18 license buyers is that the full regulations digest typically given out when licenses are purchased is not being provided for free this year.

 

Instead, all license buyers will receive a complimentary “pocket-guide” that contains general hunting regulations, hunting hours, fluorescent orange requirements, a map of the Wildlife Management Units, and season dates and bag limits.

 

License buyers who wish to view the full digest can do so online at thewww.pgc.pa.gov, or they can opt to purchase a printed digest for $6. Digests will be sold over-the-counter at Game Commission Region Offices and Harrisburg Headquarters. When purchased elsewhere, the digests will be mailed directly to license buyers.

 

By no longer giving free digests to all license buyers, the Game Commission will save significantly on the cost of printing and mailing hundreds of thousands of digests.

 

Officials say the  decision is motivated by the agency’s financial situation, which already has caused the Game Commission to eliminate programs and reduce personnel.

 

Unlike most state agencies, the Game Commission doesn’t get a share of tax money from the state’s general fund. Instead, funding comes primarily from the sale of licenses, the fees for which are set by the General Assembly.

 

A challenging fiscal climate also is behind another significant change in 2017-18 – the requirement for all adult and senior pheasant hunters to purchase a permit.

 

In recent decades, pheasant hunting in Pennsylvania has been possible only through the release of farm-raised pheasants, and the Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program annually has raised and released about 200,000 pheasants or more for hunting statewide. While the program is a popular one, it doesn’t come cheap, costing about $4.7 million annually in recent years.

 

Steps have been taken to curtail the cost of the program. The Game Commission last year closed two of its four pheasant farms, and the statewide pheasant allocation for 2017-18 has been reduced to 170,000.

By creating a pheasant permit, the Game Commission has established a mechanism to help fund the pheasant program – giving hunters a chance to help sustain the program rather than see it vanish.

 

Pheasant permits are required for all adult and senior hunters, including senior lifetime license buyers, who pursue or harvest pheasants. Junior hunters do not need a pheasant permit to hunt or harvest pheasants. Each pheasant permit costs $26.90, and the permit is required in addition to a general hunting license.

 

General hunting licenses and furtaker licenses each continue to cost $20.90 for Pennsylvania residents and $101.90 for nonresidents.

 

Resident senior hunters and furtakers, ages 65 and older, can purchase one-year licenses for $13.90, or lifetime licenses for $51.90. For $101.90, resident seniors can purchase lifetime combination licenses that afford them hunting and furtaking privileges. Like other hunters and trappers, seniors still need to purchase archery licenses before participating in the archery deer season, bear licenses to pursue bruins, and permits to harvest pheasants, bobcats, fishers or river otters.

 

A complete list of licensing requirements can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov.

Burhans thanked hunters and trappers for their enduring support of Pennsylvania wildlife through their annual license purchases.

 

The Sweden Township Police Department, Potter County District Attorney, Potter County Drug Task Force, and Potter County Drug & Alcohol will be sponsoring a Town Hall Meeting regarding Heroin and the Opioid Epidemic.  This meeting is being held to educate the public on this epidemic that is plaguing Potter County.  6:00 pm Roulette Fire Hall.

 

In a related note, The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Troy Brown, age 40 of Williamsport was sentenced on June 12, 2017 by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann to serve 17 years’ imprisonment for his leadership role in a large-scale heroin distribution network operating between Williamsport and Bloomsburg. According to United States Attorney, Bruce D. Brandler, Brown was responsible for the distribution of between 700 and 1,000 grams of heroin, or between 28,000 and 40,000 individual doses of heroin. In sentencing Brown, Judge Brann considered his multiple prior convictions for drug distribution felonies, his possession of firearms during the commission of the offense, and his position as a manager of criminal activity involving five or more participants. Brown and 26 co-conspirators have been charged in connection with this drug trafficking organization. This case was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin Initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to AUSA George Rocktashel for prosecution.

Next week, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County will replace a cross pipe on Route 549 in Rutland Township.The pipe is located between Roseville Borough and Route 1012 (Sopertown Road).Work will begin Wednesday, June 21, and take up to two days to complete, weather permitting.The road will be closed during this project. A detour will be in place using Route 1011 (Bailey Creek Road).511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. 

 

 An Emporium man escaped injury in a car/deer collision Thursday afternoon on the Keating Summit Road in Portage Township, Cameron County. State police said Davide Hockey ws going north about a mile and half north oft Sizerville State plark when the white tail bounded onto the highway in front of his Buick LeSabre. The car had to be towed from the scene.

 

Coudersport based state police last night released details about an at ATV accident taking place Sunday afternoon in Allegany Township. Troopers report the mishap ocoured when a 13 year old Coudersport girl moved her Yamaha YFM45 to the right to avoid a truck towing a trailer headed in the opposite direction. The machine went into a ditch and continued for nearly 150 feet before going out of control and hitting the right shoulder of the ditch before rolling over. The gril was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment o fminor injuries.

Troopers at Coudersport apparently have adopted a policy of withholding names for various incidents. They say they are continuing to investigate the interference with custody of children alleging that a caregiver failed to return a child to a 64 year old Coudersport woman on the evening of May 24 claiming abuse took place at the Route 6 residence. A known suspect whose name also has not been released allegedly became belligerent and refused to leave E & G Auto on Route 6 in Coudersport on May 19. State police are also investigating a theft by deception victimizing an 83 year old Coudersport resident earlier this week.

An unknown thief took an amount of cash from Sweden Valley Manor sometime last weekend. Police did, however, reported that a property marker owned by Bradley Prentice from Main Street Genesee between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm May 22.

 

Troopers in Mansfield are investigating a theft taking place between 10:30 pm last Sunday and 6:30 am Monday in Sullivan Township. A wallet containing $127 in cash, two debit cards and two credit cards were taken from an unlocked vehicle owned by Kassandra Mitchell of Mainsburg while it was parked on Roaring Branch Road. Criminals also threw papers around inside the vehicle.

State police there are also seeking help from the public in locating those responsible for stealing money out of a donation jar at Eddie’s Restaurant on S. Main Street in Richmond Township. The money, which was being collected for the Bump family who lost their home to a fire, was stolen sometime this past Sunday. One suspect has been identified but police say their may be more and any additional information will be appreciated.

 


 

Thursday June 15, 2017

Wednesday’s high, 81; Overnight low 58; no rain

Ridgway state police investigate two ID thefts…..Lawrenceville man accused of deceiving Mansfield Walmart…Theft of mounted tires from Tioga County dealership investigated…Kersey resident charged with writing bad checks to drug store….monitoring of public water systems will begin soon in Potter County..

 State police in Ridgway are investigating two recent ID thefts…An unknown criminal used a credit card made from a Kersey woman’s debit card to charge $413.90 at a Giant Eagle store in  Pittsburgh Tuesday night. And, someone used the identity of 57 year old Harrison Markert of Wilcox to open a JC Penney account and purchase $483.56 worth of merchandise online from the  store yesterday.

A theft taking place June 3 or 4 in Richmond Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Thieves stole four wheels and tires from the bed of Wellsboro resident Steve Worden’s pick up truck while it was at the Cole and Burd dealership.

Christopher Deboy, 40 of Lawrenceville  has been arrested for retail theft after deceiving the Walmart Super Center in Mansfield Tuesday evening. Sate police claim Deboy found a discarded receipt for a futon on the ground or in an outside trash can at the store. He entered the store, according to authorities, grabbed a futon and then returned it with the receipt to obtain a cash refund.

A Kersey resident has been charged with writing three bad checks to the Bennetts Valley Pharmacy in late April. State police say the checks, totaling $169.49 were all returned due to insufficient funds and 20 year old Aaron Johnson has failed to make them good.

Water monitoring projects continue to move forward. Potter County’s official website , Potter County Today is reporting that monitoring equipment will be installed on nearly every source of public drinking water in Potter County no later than mid-July. At Wednesday’s meeting of the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition, chair Charlie Tuttle announced that equipment will be arriving no later than June 19. A representative of Campbell Scientific, the company that supplied the monitors, will be available at 9 am Wednesday, June 21, at the county planning office to meet with operators and discuss the equipment. Shinglehouse Borough is the only TDWC affiliate not participating. Sixteen monitors are available for installation on wells, springs and surface water sources feeding the other 10 public water systems in the county. The monitors will capture and archive data on water temperature, flow, and contents to create a baseline and sound an early warning in the event of contamination. The state’s settlement with JKLM Energy for its 2015 environmental violation at a shale gas drilling site off North Hollow Road has yielded $100,000 for the monitoring systems.

On a related note, coalition members discussed the need to update each system’s certified Sourcewater Protection Zone Plan. Mark Stephens, geologist with the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) regional office in Williamsport, said most of the elements in the current plans will not change and updating them should not pose a stiff challenge. 

Yesterday we reported that a state grant has been approved to cover the bulk of expenses in a detailed study that will document where much of the county’s groundwater comes from, its characteristics, and its movement patterns. The information will be invaluable for public policy-makers, industries, regulatory agencies and many others. Through the testing of between 45 and 50 private  wells in strategic locations, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will be able to amass and share detailed data. with the identity of individual well owners protected. Confidential findings from the analysis will be provided to each owner.

And, despite a reorganization of Penn State Co-operative Extension services in the region, officials say  the university does plan to hire a new water resources educator/assistant to succeed recent retiree, Jim Clark, who was active with several Potter County organizations, including the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition, Water Quality Work Group and Natural Gas Resource Center. Under the  re-organization plan, taking place later this summer, two administrators will be responsible for the new nine-county PSU Extension Area 2. Counties of Cameron, McKean, Elk, Clearfield, Jefferson, Clarion, Warren and Elk are also in the new region.

 

Evalee K. Ostrom, 73, of Langmaid Lane, Bradford, formerly of Port Allegany, passed away Monday (June 12, 2017) in Bradford Manor.   Born December 14, 1943, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Andrew and Lora B. Carlson Pinchock.  She married Robert H. Ostrom.   Evalee was a longtime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1961.  She worked as a nurse’s aide at Sweden Valley Manor and later with Cole Manor, both of Coudersport, before she retired.  She attended Sartwell Creek Union Church, Port Allegany, where she enjoyed singing in the choir.  Evalee enjoyed gardening, home crafts, and drawing. Surviving are two sons, Robert J. Ostrom of Emporium, Michael N. Ostrom of Greensburg, PA, and a granddaughter, Jessica Perkins of Atlanta, GA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Edward and Richard Pinchock.      Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.   
Condolences can be made to:  Robert J. Ostrom 
                                                       751 Old West Creek Rd. 
                                                       Emporium, PA  15834
  
 


                                                   Wednesday June 14, 2017

Tuesday’s high 86; low 61; no rain

 

An Eldred man has been jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail after being arraigned on charges of simple assault and burglary. Kane-based state police claim 29 year old Zachary Johnston pushed his vehicle into one owned by a 28 year old woman parked at 37 Beers Hollow Road  and then into a  house owned by a 36 year old male victim before forcing his way into the home of a 50 year old man  where a shouting match erupted. The altercation made its way outside into the driveway where Johnston allegedly hit the home owner in the face with a closed fist.

Equipment failure has been found to be the cause of a fire Monday night which destroyed a log skidder in the woods near Route 46 in Norwich Township, McKean County. The investigation revealed a starter wire was damaged by the vehicle’s steering pistons, apparently over time  and arced welding itself to the frame of the machine. The master switch was found to be inoperable and was bypassed allowing constant power to the starter wire. The fire was discovered by a forester checking on logging operations. Norwich volunteers answered the 9-1-1 call. No injuries were reported. The skidder was owned by Matthew Gustafson.

No one was hurt in a fender bender Monday afternoon in Keating Township, McKean County. Troopers at Kane say the minor collision occurred when Hope McCracken of Smethport while headed east on Route 6, entered the wrong side of  the road planning on turning left into her driveway failed to yield to a westbound Chevrolet Silverado driven by Eric Ditzler of Coudersport. Both drivers swerved into the eastbound lane where McCracken’s Nissan Pathfinder hit the pick up truck’s bumper. Both drivers and a passenger in the truck, Eric Culver of Port Allegany were using seatbelts. Summer Hewitt, 3, was in a child safety seat.

A burglary taking place over the past few months on the Jemison Road in Clymer Township in Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Sometime between October 21 and late May, thieves stole a Toro Weedwacker, assorted automotive tools and a car battery from a shed owned by Robin Schmale. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.Potter County’s official website is  reporting a research project of historic proportions is now underway in Potter County. Details were reported at Monday’s meeting of the county’s Water Quality Work Group. A state grant has been approved to cover the bulk of expenses in a detailed study that will document where much of the county’s groundwater comes from, its characteristics, and its movement patterns. The information will be invaluable for public policy-makers, industries, regulatory agencies and many others. Through the testing of between 45 and 50 wells in strategic locations, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will be able to amass and share detailed data. This will be a valuable tool for protecting water when sites are chosen for certain types of development. Well data will be assembled and analyzed in a cumulative fashion, with the identity of individual well owners protected. Confidential findings from the analysis will be provided to each owner. Groundwater can contain a variety of suspended and dissolved substances such as bacteria, minerals and gases. These substances are often naturally occurring, but can also be influenced by activities occurring on the land surface. A comprehensive list of water quality parameters will be analyzed for each well.

 Starting Monday, June 19, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will perform pipe replacement work in Pike Township, Potter County.Through June 23, crews from PennDOT Potter County Maintenance will be working to replace three pipes along Phoenix Run Road (Route 1005) and a daylight closure will be in effect from 7 A.M. to 4 P.M. each work day.PennDOT will accommodate emergency vehicles as necessary. All other drivers should use alternate routes during the day. The pipe work is being done in preparation for roadway surface improvement work, which is expected to take place during the 2017 construction season. PennDOT will issue an update prior to the resurfacing work. PennDOT says it will lift the daylight closure before June 23 if work progress allows.  


                                                      Tuesday June 13, 2017

 

Monday’s high, 86; Overnight low, 54; no rain

 

Identity of fatal crash victim released….teen  driver cited for speeding after Sweden Township  crash ….Westfield man arrested for Walmart theft…..Troopers investigate theft of a saw blade and young trees in Potter County….car vandalized in Ulysses…bag of clothes dumped on Tioga County property…..

 

Mansfield-based state police have released the name of the victim in a fatal collision Sunday night. Amber Wood, 28 of Mansfield was going west on Route 6 in Richmond Township when her Ford Taurus crossed the center line and hit a Kenworth driven by Scott Tobin of Unityville, PA. Wood was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tioga County Coroner. Tobin was treated at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for minor injuries.

 

A teen driver has been cited for speeding for a one-vehicle crash Sunday night on the Mitchell Hollow Road in Sweden Township. Troopers said the female driver was going north when her Toyota Yaris went off the road on a left hand curve, hit an embankment , spun around and hit the embankment a second time before traveling across the road and stopping on the left berm.

 

DUI charges have been filed against 21 year old William Johns of Port Allegany. Coudersport based state police say when they stopped Johns on the Gardeau Road in Keating Township just after 2:00 am May 29, they found he was driving under the influence. He has also been cited for resisting arrest.

 

State police at Mansfield have arrested 23 year old Lawrenceville woman for violating drug laws. Authorities claim Jenna Boykin was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia when she was pulled over while driving on Route 15 North in Lawrence Township on the evening of May 30.

 

A Westfield man has been arrested for retail theft. Troopers at Mansfield assert 26 year old John Campbell, Jr. from the Mansfield Walmart Sunday evening.

 

Two thefts and a criminal mischief are being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Thieves took seven newly planted Norway Spruce trees from Stephen Piaquadio’s property line in West Branch Township between June 1 and 7. A 36” saw blade was stolen from the front yard at the home of Gary Foust on Rose Lake Road in Allegany Township last Wednesday afternoon. Vandals damaged a vehicle owned by Bessie McPherson and Shirley Beam while it was parked on Academy Street in Ulysses between April 4 and this past Sunday.

 

State police at Emporium investigated vandalism at the home of Heather Nellis in ShippenTownship between 4:00 pm and 11:45 am Monday. Culprits damaged a mailbox located along Old West Creek Road.

 

Unknown persons threw a bag of assorted clothing onto property owned by Ernest Waltz of Mansfield between May 19 and24.

 

Rep. Martin Causer announces the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously approved legislation yesterday designed to enhance forest management and maximize the benefits of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF

 

House Bill 1494 authorizes the Commonwealth to enter into a Good Neighbor Agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow the state to help manage the forest through timber harvesting, promoting forest regeneration, and restoring or improving habitats. The bill is jointly sponsored by Reps. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest), Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) and Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest).

 

 Good Neighbor Agreements were first used in Colorado and Utah and were authorized nationwide as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. Recognizing the potential benefits offered by such agreements, the members of the Governor’s Green Ribbon Task Force on Forest Products, Conservation and Jobs listed the agreement among its top recommendations.

 

“The ANF is a valuable asset to our region, and I look forward to having the state play a greater role in the management of the forest,” Rapp said. “We all stand to benefit by working together to maximize the opportunities it offers.”

 

Causer, who serves as chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, agreed. “Many of our communities rely on the financial support that comes from harvesting timber on the ANF, as well as the jobs the industry supports. That’s why it is important to properly manage these resources to ensure the long-term health and productivity of the forest.”

 

“The task force spent eight months looking at ways to grow more good jobs in the forest products industry while also working to conserve and improve our forests,” Gabler said. “This recommendation was right on the mark, and I am happy to see the bill advancing in the House.”

 

Oberlander added, “Proper forest management is important from both economic and environmental standpoints. Entering into an agreement like this is a win-win for the Commonwealth and our communities.”

 

 

 

 

The ANF is approximately 517,000 acres in size and includes land in Elk, Forest, McKean and Warren counties.

 

House Bill 1494 now goes to the full House for consideration.

 

 Beginning June 15, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(PennDOT) will be working to replace a box culvert on Eleven Mile Road (Route 4023) inOswayo Township, Potter County. The box culvert spans Eleven Mile Creek near the village of Chrystal. Replacement work will require closing the bridge and a detour will be in effect for the duration of the project, June 15 through July 7.

Official detour signing will direct drivers to use Routes 4023 (Eleven Mile Creek Road), 4025 (Brizzie Hollow Road), 244, and 44.PennDOT will re-open the box culvert and roadway before July 7  if work progress allows.

Replacement will allow PennDOT to remove the bridge from Potter County’s structurally deficient list and remove the weight postings of 27-tons for single vehicles and 28-tons for combination vehicles. The current 25-foot box culvertdates from 1931 and carries an average of 250 vehicles daily.

The project will be a cooperative effort between PennDOT Potter County Maintenance and contractor L. C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York. Work items will include excavation, removal of the existing box culvert, placement of the new box culvert, back-filling for the new box culvert, concrete work, and paving.  All work is weather dependent.

Obituaries

 Gary L. Chilson, 72, of Coudersport, PA passed away in his home on Sunday, June 11, 2017 after a lengthy illness. At the request of Gary and his family there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements held by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915 To share your fondest memories of Gary, visit www.thomasfickinger.com

 


Gloria J. Puller, 86, of Smethport, formerly of Rew, passed away Sunday (June 11, 2017) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.She was born Jan. 1, 1931 in Rew, a daughter of Ralph and Almena Woodring Means. She married Francis R. Puller in Olean, NY, who survives. Fran and Gloria were married 68 years.Mrs. Puller was a 1949 graduate of Bradford High School and first worked in the cafeteria and as a custodian at the Cyclone School. She then worked at the Bradford Hospital in the medical records department for eight years. After her employment there, she went to work as receptionist for Dr. Danny in Bradford. Her final employment was at Corning in Bradford, where she was a line loader, retiring in 1986.She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star; Phoenix Chapter No. 15 and was a former member of North East Harley-Davidson Dresser & Touring Association with her husband for many years. She enjoyed riding motorcycle, traveling, cooking and dining out.In addition to her husband, she is survived by:three sons: Blaine (Donna) Puller of Smethport, Raymond (Gail) Puller of Brookville, and Roy (Jodi) Puller of Williamsport;five grandchildren: Jessica Ward, Justin Puller, Brent Puller, Ethan and Kaycee Puller: six great-grandchildren: Wynn Puller, Eva Ward, Alanna Puller, Ainsley Puller, Rachel Ward and Silas Puller and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: two grandsons: Kurt Puller in 1980 and Clint Puller in 2006, and one sister: Geraldine Means in 1986.Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 13, in the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, from 11 AM to 1 PM, where funeral and committal services will begin at 1 PM with the Rev. Max Simms, Pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Hinsdale Cemetery, Hinsdale, NY. A service will be conducted at 1 PM by the Order of the Eastern Star Phoenix Chapter No. 15.Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Clint Puller Memorial Scholarship, S&T Bank, Rt. 36, Brookville, PA 15825. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.int   


                                               Monday June 12, 2017

 Sunday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 58; no rain

  

There were two fatal crashes in the region over the weekend. Corry Gaberseck, 24 of Coudersport died Saturday night in a motorcycle accident on the First Fork Road in Sylvania Township. Sate po9lice said Gaberseck’s northbound 2009 KTM 454 went off the road on a curve and slid off the road after  laying  down on its left side, Gaberseck and the bike collided with the guard rail. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Potter County Coroner  Kevin Dusenbury.

 

Troopers at Mansfield have not released the name yet of a 28 year old Mansfield resident who died in a collision  crash last night on Route 6 in Richmond Township. Authorities report the man’s westbound  vehicle crossed into the opposite lane at about 8:00 pm and collided head on with a vehicle driven by a 52 year old man from Unityville, PA. The first driver was pronounced dead at the scene while the second motorist was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro.

 

No injuries were reported for a Coudersport man following a one-vehicle crash last Wednesday evening on Buffalo Street in Eulalia Township. Sate police report Richard Snyder’s Honda CRC went off of the road on a left hand curve and traveled down an embankment before stopping.

 

A car/deer collision in Lawrence Township early last Wednesday morning was investigated by state police at Mansfield. Troopers said Donald Darrin of Pulteney, N was going south on Route 287 when the whitetail entered the highway in front of of Darrin’s Nissan Altima. The driver was not hurt.

 

Troopers in Ridgway investigated several mishaps Saturday in Elk County. Authorities say charges are pending against Rian Nklas of Kane for a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning on Route 66 in Highland Township. His Ford F50 went off the wet pavement while speeding, almost collided with another unit, then struck an embankment on the western berm before rolling over onto its roof.  According to police, Niklas and his passenger left the scene of the 4:13 am crash before officers arrived. Minor injuries were reported for a Ridgway motorist after his Ford F-150 wrecked on Evergreen Drive in Ridgway Township Saturday evening. John Miller was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment. Charges are also pending against Miller. Authorities claim he tried  unsuccessfully to leave the scene after his truck hit a driveway culvert. Police say he appeared to be intoxicated. A few hours later, Russell Transue of Hazel Hurst was transported to Kane Community hospital for treatment of minor injuries after his Chevrolet Silverado jumped a curb on the left side of Marvin Street in  Jones Township, traveled through a yard and ran into a house.

 

Coudersport-based state police have arrested two drivers for DUI. David Brobst, 61, of Quakertown was cited after being pulled over early May 28 on the West Branch Road in West Branch Township. Robert Yentzer of Port Allegany was arrested after being stopped by patrol officers on North Street in the village of Roulette on the night of May 26.

 

Jimmy Whittle of Lawrenceville was charged with DUI after Mansfield-based state police conducted a traffic stop on Route 287 in Lawrenceville during the early moring, Sunday June 5, 2017.

 

Andrew Miller, no address given, has been arrested for violating a standing PFA order. Troopers in Mansfield allege he  illegally entered the home of Nicole Butler on Mystic Lane in Lawrencew Township on the afternoon of May 30.

 

A criminal trespass and vandalism on Raven Hill Road in Clara Township is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Criminals destroyed some of a hay crop belonging to Blaise Alackness and Tnni Scigliano of Roulette on the night of May 27, 2017.

 

 

Members of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), will consider the following bills:

The bills are the subject of a hearing this afternoon in Harrisburg.

Obituaries

Rayola A. “Ray” Appleby, 69, of Shinglehouse, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, June 10, 2017, after a long illness.

Born on January 18, 1948 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Keith “Whitey” and Essie Newton Washburn.  She was married to Paul G. Appleby, who passed away on May 12, 1989.

Ray was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse and then received an associate’s degree from Jamestown Community College in Olean.  She earned her Master’s degree in Library Science from Clarion University.  She was employed as a librarian at St. Bonaventure University for many years and had also been employed as a librarian at Jamestown Community College in Olean.

Ray was a lifetime member of the former Shinglehouse Volunteer Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary.  She was a volunteer at the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse, where she made many crocheted and knitted items for fundraising events and also did their bookkeeping.  She loved going on trips with the Senior Center.  She enjoyed doing crafts, including quilting, cross stitching, and sewing.  She very much enjoyed teaching others to do crafts.  Each of her children “were required” to knit their own Christmas stockings.  Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are four children, Pamela G. Lamb of Shinglehouse, Catrina M. (John) Powley of Hinsdale, NY, Mark J. Appleby of Fabius, NY, and Loren K. Appleby of Freedom, NY; seven grandchildren, Tory Appleby, Nathanial Appleby, Thomas Lamb, Alex Lamb, Keith Lamb, Seth Appleby, and Leesa Appleby; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl Washburn of Hornell, NY; a half-brother, Neil Washburn of Olean, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ray was predeceased by a sister, Sherril Stubbs; and a son-in-law, Jerry Lamb.

Friends may call from 10am to 12 noon on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at noon with Mr. Howard Wheeler of Ashville, NY, Ray’s cousin, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Potter County Hospice, North Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ray, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

Corry W. Gaberseck, 24, of Coudersport, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017, after injuries sustained in an Enduro accident in Sylvania Township.

Born on November 12, 1992, he was a son of Larry D. and Mona F. Wright Gaberseck.

Corry was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 2011.  A hard worker, Corry was employed in the family business, Gaberseck Brothers.  Hewas also employed by Glenn O. Hawbaker Construction, Wood Group Pipeline Company and at the time of his passing, he was employed by H & P Drilling Company.

Since a young boy, Corry had a passion for dirt bike riding.  He was a member of the Black Forest Conservation Club and a lifetime member of the NRA. He was an avid hunter. His greatest love was spending time with his family.  Corry always had a smile and would give you the shirt off his back. 

Surviving besides his parents of Coudersport are two brothers, Timothy L. Gaberseck and L. Ryan (Jacey) Gaberseck, both of Coudersport; his beloved girlfriend, Erika K. Easton of Coudersport; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Corry was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Bill and Phyllis Gaberseck; and his maternal grandmother, Donita Empson.

There will be no public visitation.  Burial will be in Odin Cemetery. 

Friends are invited to attend a memorial visitationon Friday, June 16, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm at the Coudersport American Legion Post 192,where a celebration of Corry’s life will follow at 7pm with Pastor Joe Gerhart of the Coudersport Alliance Church, officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials, in Corry’s name, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Corry’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Corry, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

“Keep calm and chive on”.

 

 

 


 

Friday June 9, 2017

Thursday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 45; no rain 

 

Property Tax/rent rebate deadline extended….Potter County Commissioners approve reapplying for Shinglehouse sewer project….State police probe animal cruelty in Genesee Township…..Troopers in three counties investigate burglaries and thefts….Juvenile accused of burglar y and criminal mischief at Genesee ball field…Vandals damage another ball field in Cameron County….


Rep. Martin Causer reports the deadline to apply for the state’s 2016 Property Tax/Rent
Rebate program is being extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. As always, assistance with filing the necessary forms is available from my local offices at no charge. 

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2016. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. 
Complete eligibility information is available here. 

Rebate checks will begin to be mailed on July 3. Claimants who already applied for their rebates may check the status of claims online at
www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES. 

For more information, copies of the application forms or assistance, please visit
www.RepCauser.com or contact one of my offices: 

Upon the recommendation of Bill Siegel from the SEDA Cog block grant program, the Potter County Commissioners voted yesterday to re-apply for funds to upgrade the Shinglehouse Sewer System. Siegel took the blame for the application being turned down by the Department of Community and Economic Development because he said he focused the application on the plant’s discharge into public waters while the permitting process was underway. The federal agency said that since the permitting was underway or may have already been approved, the plant was cleared for another three years. Siegel said instead he should have applied based on the outdated headworks which cannot be retrofitted and must be replaced to function properly. The equipment must be flushed every day to keep flushable materials out of the system while similar plants need only flush once a year. Siegel also reported on the progress of the Genesee Water Project which was approved in a competitive grant process is moving ahead and bids are currently being solicited for the near $1 million project. Bid opening should take place in fa few days according to Siegel.

 

Coudersport-based state police are seeking the public's  help in solving a cruelty to animals incident discovered Monday morning near the intersection of Route 449 and the Whitney Hill Road in Genesee Township. Three dead kittens,one gray and two calico,were found in a box. The kittens appeared to have died from exposure to the elements about two days prior.Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call State Police at 814.274.8690.

 

A Nichols, NY driver was not hurt Monday morning when his Cheverole Silverado wrecked on Route 6 in Ulysses Township, Potter County. Troopers said Richard Smith was going east when the pick up travled off the road on a right hand curve, crossed to the other side, struck a guardrail and continued for about 225 feet before  stopping. Smith was reportedly using a seatbelt.

 

A Coudersport teenager escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident early Saturday morning on Route 6 in Eulalia Township. Troopers at Coudersport say 18 year old Garret Morey fell asleep at the wheel of his Cadillac Deville while going east. The sedan cross the road and hit an embankment and PennDot sign before coming to an uncontrolled stop. Details about the crash were just rleased overnight.

   

Car/deer encounters continue to plague area drivers. Noel Beck of Emporium and her young passenger escaped injury Tuesday morning when    her Mercury Sable became disabled after she swerved to avoid two deer entering the CCC Highway while she was going west.  The car went off the northern edge of the road and collided with an embankment. Beck was using a seatbelt and one  year old Ema-Lynn Beck was in a child safety seat.

 

According to Mansfield based state police,  Samer Domat of Pittsburgh, PA also escaped injury when his westbound Ford F-150 hit a deer on Route 6 in Richmond Township early Sunday morning. \\

 

Burlgary charges are being filed with Potter County juvenile probation against a known suspect who  police say,  stole two 50 count boxes of Doritos and two bottles of Gatorade and damaged a storage shed at the  baseball field located on the north side of the Grover Hollow Road in Genesee Township. Authorities claim the youth also  damaged two sets of bleachers, a plywood serving window cover, a doorknob and Gatorade machine. The crimes allegedly took place last weekend.

 

Troopers at Coudersport are investigating a burglary occurring between May 6 and 10 at 528 Grove Street in Ulysses. Burglars stole a cutting  torch  head and 100 feet of connecting hose from a garage owned by Terrance Mills of Ulysses.

 

And, a 15 year old student at Northern Potter told police someone stole her cell phone while she was returning home on a schoool bus last Thursday afternoon.

 

Thieves stole numerous items from property owned by Edward Ward Jr. on the Whetstone Road in St. Marys Wednesday afternoon.

 

State police in Mansfield investigated an on-going burglary and criminal mischief at a Charleston Township home. a 72 year old woman reported that a "peeping tom" gas been shining lights in her windows since early October and she found items moved inside her house and a drawing on her carpet.

 

A criminal mischief at the Cameron County Little League field in Shippen Township is being investigated by troopers at Emporium Vandals spray painted a trash can and the concession building Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. Yesterday we reported similar vandalism was reported that the Sizerville softball field.

 

Obituary

 

Tucker James Dodd, infant son of Kandice Mae Drake and Ryan James Dodd of Shinglehouse, passed away shortly after birth on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Sophie Mae Wilson, at home; a brother, Caine Timothy Dodd, at home; his paternal grandparents, Dawn (Dan) Palmer of Olean, NY and James Dodd of Falls Creek; his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Phoebe Drake of Shinglehouse; seven great-grandparents; five aunts; three uncles; and fourteen cousins.Private graveside services will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, with Pastor Dale Argot of McCrea Brook Wesleyan Church, Eldred, officiating.The Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, has been entrusted to care for Tucker.

To express condolences, visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com   

 


 

                                              Thursday June 8, 2017 

Wednesday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 41; no rain (.02” on Fishing Creek)

 

Week-long Laurel Festival begins Saturday in Wellsboro…..five people hurt in Tioga County crash….teen driver’s car hits parked police unit…..Deer collisions on uptick….Gillett man faces theft charges for separate Tioga County incidents….Criminal mischief at Sizerville softball field investigated……….

 

Wellsboro’s 76th Annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival gets underway with activities for all ages beginning this Saturday, June 10 and continuing through Sunday, June 18.
 
Kicking off the festival this Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is Family Day and the Children's Health Fair on The Green, a park located in the heart of downtown Wellsboro. Over 30 businesses and organizations will have booths with information, activities for youngsters and giveaways from pinwheels to gift cards and free bike helmets in sizes toddler to large. Sadie Green Sales and Stitches the Clown will provide entertainment and there will be a bounce house, a 15-foot inflatable slide and slack lines to try. 

 
Those interested in seeing the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and mountain laurel (the state flower and the festival’s namesake) are invited to meet at 2 p.m. this Saturday in front of the Penn Wells Hotel for a Laurel Festival Hike.  After a 10-minute drive, hikers will walk along the Bear Run and West Rim trails to Barbour Rock and see awesome views. The path is level. No climbing is required. Bring a camera. 
 
This Sunday, June 11 is the Pet Parade. Children with decorated bicycles and pets of all types from dogs to ducks will gather at 12:25 p.m. at Packer Park behind the Wellsboro Senior Center parking lot on Queen Street for judging. At 1:30 p.m., they will parade from the park up Main Street to the Green where awards will be presented. 
 
Every night, Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16, will be a free concert with different entertainers.
 
For the annual Arts & Crafts Fair 98 artisans will be on The Green Friday, June 16 with unique, handcrafted items. The International Street of Foods along Pearl Street will offer a host of delectable delights from strawberry shortcake to Greek gyros.

 

At noon, the official welcome for the Laurel Queen candidates will be on the steps at the Tioga County Courthouse on Main Street. 
 
Friday night at 5 p.m., the Queen's Preview & Concert will be on the Deane Center's outdoor stage. The 27 Laurel Queen candidates will be introduced with a free concert by Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants performing electric blues and R&B tunes. 
 
The Laurel Festival 10K at 9 a.m. and Two-Mile Fun Run at 9:05 a.m. will start Saturday's events. Both will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street. 
 
At 2 p.m., the Laurel Festival Parade, themed “Through the Eyes of a Child” will reach Main Street.  Waving to the crowd will be the Laurel Queen candidates from floats crafted by community organizations. Top-notch drum and bugle corps, bagpipers and high school marching bands, the Bucktails Civil War Living History Unit and the Jaffa Shrine Lil Vettes will perform.
 
Immediately following the parade, Downbeat Percussion, the official drumline of  the Buffalo Bills, will give a free concert on The Green.
 
Jerry Brown and his monkey will do magic and animal tricks free on The Green.
 
Capping off the day will be the coronation ceremonies during which the 2017 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen will be crowned.
 
On Sunday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m., the festival will end with the Union Church Service on The Green.
 
For more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce by stopping in at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro, by calling 570-724-1926, emailing info@wellsboropa.com or visiting wellsboropa.com.
 
Five people, including two young children, were seriously  hurt in a grinding collision last Saturday afternoon in Liberty Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, the impact occurred when a southbound Volkswagen Jetta driven by Danielle page  of Liberty drifted into the opposite lane and hit a Jeep Wrangler driven by Drake Schmouder of Roaring Branch head on. The VW’s rear end became airborne and spun off the road. The jeep was rammed off the roa and came to rest in a grassy area. Page and a three year old girl were taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. A 7 year old girl in the Jeep was not using a seatbelt and was thrown out of the vehicle. She unconscious and unresponsive at the scene and was life lighted to Geisinger. Scmouder and a 17 year old female passenger were using seatbelts but were also taken to Geisinger.

A Mansfield teenager has been cited for careless driving for a fender bender at the state police barracks Monday afternoon. Troopers say 18 year old  Patricia Weddleton while leaving a parking space backed her Ford Focus  into a parked Ford Police Interceptor.

Deer collisions are on the uptick across the region. Christian Schmidt,74, of St. Marys unable to avoid hitting a deer while headed north on Route 255 Sunday night. Kelvin Flynn of Westfield was treated  Soldiers and Sailors Hospital after his  Triumph Tiger 800 motorcycle went off the road and hit a boulder when he swerved to avoid a deer while going north on the Davis Hill Road. Flynn’s wife took him to the hospital A couple of hours later, Michael Basinski of Lancaster, NY was going north on Route 15 in Jackson Township when a whitetail ran onto the road and into his path. Both Baskinski and his passenger Mary Obrien also of Lancaster, were using seatbelts and were not hurt.

State police at Mansfield have charged a Wellsboro woman for violating gun laws. Troopers claim 45 year old Susan West lied when filling out an ATF form at the Mansfield Walmart on November 25, 2016.

Theft charges have been filed against 39 year old Shane Burdick of Gillett, PA by troopers at the Mansfield barracks. Authorities allege Burdick was hired by Jim Conoscenti of Wellsboro to do construction work; cashed the victim’s check but did not perform any services and has failed to return the money and they also claim Burdick took out an ad in the Penny Saver and failed to give them any sort of payment plan. Police say the publication gave him ample time to make payment.

An Emporium woman has been arrested for disorderly conduct for an incident allegedly occurring last night on Old West Creek Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County. Troopers claim Nancy Umbenhauer used obscene language in the presence of Kiley Morton.

State police at Emporium are investigating a criminal mischief at the Sizerville soft ball field. Vandals used white spray paint to write graffiti inside a dugout between last Friday and this past Tuesday.

Obituary

Rev. Glenn A. Hamilton, 97, formerly of Duke Center, Pa., went to be with the Lord on Sunday (June 4, 2017) at the Arbor Manor Rehab Center, following a brief illness. 
Born Jan. 20, 1920, in Bradford, Pa., he was a son of Arthur T. and Mabel Barkas Hamilton. On March 3, 1942, in the home of the bride, he married Helen M. Null, who preceded him in death on June 21, 2015. 
He was a 1938 graduate of Bradford High School and later attended Houghton (N.Y.) College and Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y. He completed a four-year course of study, as prescribed by the Free Methodist Church, was ordained a deacon of the Oil City (Pa.) Conference of the Free Methodist Church in 1943 and was ordained as an elder in 1945.   
Rev. Hamilton served as a pastor in the Free Methodist Church since 1940, beginning in Ridgeway, then Ulysses, Sheffield and Cherry Grove, Renovo, Penfield, Mill Run, Gardner Hill, Galeton, Coudersport, Duke Center and Cyclone, all in Pennsylvania. Most recently he had been pastor emeritus at the Lighthouse Community Free Methodist Church in Prentisvale, Pa., prior to its closing. 
As a teenager, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 47 in Sawyer City, Pa. He was a past Sunday School teacher, treasurer of the conference Board of Christian Education, a trustee of the Highlander Christian Camp in Kane, Pa., and, along with his wife, served on the Otto-Eldred (Pa.) Food Mission for many years. He was a past Bradford District Director of Christian Education. He served faithfully as a chaplain in area hospitals and officiated at hundreds of funerals in the community. 
Surviving are two daughters, Ruth (Burt) Jones of North Chili, N.Y., and Darlene (Mel) O’Connor of Rogers, Ark.; a son, David (Carolee) Hamilton of Concord, Mich.; three grandchildren, Mark (Amy) Hamilton, Laura (Pete) Wagner and Kevin O’Connor; and seven great-grandchildren, Ian, Elena, Skylar, Justin, Oscar, Owen and Lucas. In 1965, Glenn and Helen added five more children to their family, surviving are Gary Lohiser of Duke Center, Pa., Bryan and Linda Lohiser of Spring Arbor, and Loretta (Don) Christopherson of Chelsea, Mich. He is also survived by four “adopted” granddaughters, Mariela (Ivan) Rodriguez Cordero and their children Eric, Adam and Javier; Jeri-Ann (John) Simora and their children Justin, Jacob, Josie and Jonas; Tracey (David) Schrems and their son Cody; and Linda Wasson. 
In addition to his wife of 73 years, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Lohiser in 2012; a grandson, Matthew Jones in 2005; a brother, Thomas Hamilton in 2010; and a sister, Hazel Newton in 2006. 
Friends may call Friday at the First Church of God, Eldred, Pa., from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday (June 10, 2017) from 10  to 11 a.m., after which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Chris Hill officiating. Other ministers participating are Rev. Beth Rosler, Rev. Robert Brest and Rev. Jim Kazimer, pastor of the First Church of God, Eldred.  Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery in Eldred. 
A memorial service will also be held in the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor, with visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (June 20, 2017.) 
Those who wish to contribute to memorials should direct their gifts to Highlander Christian Camp, Kane, PA. or Hope Africa University in Burundi, Africa.


 

Wednesday June 7, 2017

Causer supports strengthening DUI laws….Volunteers coming to Potter County to “spruce up” two communities…..Former Port Allegany man sentenced to jail time for violating federal gun laws… 

The Roulette Public Library is having a  free summer reading program for children, Saturdays at 1:00 pm during June. Author Dawn Bacon(l)  provided the program on June 3, 2017 and inspired Stephanie Prindle (r) who will be writing her own book this summer.For information about the program, call the library at 814.544.4033.

Area residents, businesses, churches, or organizations  are encouraged to show Potter County hospitality to a group of young people who will be here later this month to spruce up two communities. . Nine volunteers from the Americorpos national Civilityll community corps..NCCC members and a supervisor will be in Potter County June 10-24. Week one will be spent working on projects identified by a local community task force in Ulysses. In their second week, the NCCC laborers will work in areas of Austin Borough and the Austin Dam Memorial Park. Each community has in place volunteers to supervise the crew and provide materials.The students had originally been slotted for a two-week stint last fall, but were reassigned to emergency disaster relief in Louisiana. NCCC is a community service program for 18- to 24-year-olds. College students and other volunteers receive modest compensation as well as help with college expenses and/or student loan relief. Each team member gets a small living allowance. But the contributions from area residents will  help.

 

Donations of  bottled water or other beverages; gift certificates to local grocery stores and restaurants; sunscreen and bug repellant; access to activities for off-work times such as movie tickets or attraction tours; and sponsored/hosted meals will be appreciated and can be taken to the borough offices in Ulysses and Austin, or the Potter County Community Development Office in the Gunzburger Building.

The program is modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) of the 1930s and the US military.

 

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting News   Legislation authored by state Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Bushkill Township) that would strengthen penalties for DUI offenders now sits with the state Senate after a near unanimous vote of support today in the House.

“Anyone convicted of a DUI who then operates a vehicle despite their license being suspended currently faces the same penalty no matter how many times they get behind the wheel,” Hahn said. “House Bill 1049 would create a tiered system that increases the fines and sentences with each subsequent offense.”

Under current law, anyone who operates a vehicle on a suspended license resulting from a DUI faces a $500 fine and 60-90 day jail sentence. Hahn’s legislation grades subsequent offenses as follows:

•Second offense - $1,000 fine and a minimum 90-day jail sentence.

•Third offense - $2,500 fine and no less than three months in jail. The penalty also graduates from a summary offense to a misdemeanor.

•Fourth offense – Misdemeanor with a $5,000 fine and no less than two years in jail.

The bill was amended in committee  to allow a judge to impose a maximum five-year jail sentence if the offender is also convicted of homicide by vehicle.

A former resident of Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 21 months in jail, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, according to  Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song. United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on James William McMichael, 72.According to information presented to the court, McMichael possessed a machinegun not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. McMichael, who was a former federally licensed firearms dealer, ordered various firearm parts which were then fully assembled into a functioning machinegun. The machinegun was then hidden in the ceiling of McMichael’s Port Allegany home.Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Song commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Port Allegany Police Department for the investigation leading to the s