Monday November 29, 2021) Several volunteer fire departments battle Eulalia Township fire…icy roads blamed for accidents in two counties….Elk County sexual predator on the lam…..DEP offering webinar this week grant funding….

Sunday’s high, 33; Overnight low, 28; 3” of snow






Potter County

Several area volunteer fire departments battled a house fire in Eulalia Township, Potter County Saturday night. Coudersport volunteers were dispatched at 8:14 pm and upon arrival called for a second alarm which brought in firefighters from Austin, Roulette, Port Allegany and Galeton. Route 872 in the vicinity was closed due to  icy road conditions for an extended amount of time. No further details were available but all units were back in service at 11:01 pm.

Slippery roads are blamed for a couple of recent accidents. An Essex, VT driver escaped injury Saturday morning when her SUV hit a patch of ice on the North Hollow Road in Allegany Township Potter County, went off the road, traveled down a ten foot embankment, and rolled over onto the driver’s side before coming to rest. Myra Horak was cited for speeding in connection to the crash.

Elk County

No injuries were reported for a  Strassburg, VA woman Friday afternoon whose her Ford Edge slid off of Boot Jack Road in Ridgway Township while going north. The SUV went off the east shoulder, hit a camera pole and traveled through a field before stopping.

State police at Ridgway have charged 42 year old Russell Mason of Wilcox for violating Megan’s Law. Authorities claim Mason left his home at 3187 Rasselas Road on November 8 and has not returned.

DUI charges are pending against an unidentified driver after a one-vehicle crash on Shelvey Summit Road in Fox Township, Elk County. Troopers say they are continuing to investigate the crash of a 2019 Jeep Cherokee early Friday morning.

Tioga County

Both people involved in a scuffle Friday evening in Charleston Township, Tioga County have been charged with physical harassment. State police allege a 36 year old Charleston Township man and a 29 year old Wellsboro woman shoved each other during an argument on Round Top Road.



The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a live public webinar, “DEP Grants 101,” on December 2 to introduce nonprofit organizations, small businesses, farmers, and municipal offices in communities around the state to the array of DEP grant funding available and how to apply for it.

“Our grant programs help many entities across the state carry out environmental improvement projects,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Grants 101 is designed especially for those that have never applied for a grant and may not know that DEP grant funding can help them accomplish a variety of goals, such as being more energy efficient, improving local air and water quality, preparing for climate change impacts, switching to clean fuel transportation, or engaging kids and adults in solutions to environmental challenges.”

DEP Grants 101: Basics for First-Time Applicants Who Want to Make an Environmental Improvement Project Happen will be held 11:00 am–12:30 pm on Thursday, December 2. Registration is required.

“DEP Grants 101” is open to the public. DEP hopes to reach a diverse range of community groups, businesses, farmers, and municipal offices, particularly those in Environmental Justice areasOpens In A New Window.

Michele Devaney, Director of the DEP Grants Center, and John Brakeall, Regional Coordinator in the DEP Environmental Justice Office, will discuss:

  • Who can apply for environmental grants, and types of projects supported,
  • The essential basics of applying for grant funding,
  • Misconceptions that can needlessly hold back potential applicants,
  • Common application pitfalls and how to avoid them, and
  • Best practices of successful applicants.

They’ll also introduce participants to seven DEP grant programs: Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant, Coastal Zone Management Grants, Driving PA Forward, Environmental Education Grants, Growing Greener Grants, Section 319 Watershed Grants, and Small Business Advantage Grants.

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday which lasted two days for state employees, the Department of Health did not provide a Covid-19 update and say one will be done later today.