Wellsboro celebrates connection to “Shiney Bright” Christmas ornaments with weekend festival. See Story below.

Theft of riding lawnmower in Eldred Township investigated….Bradford man accused of vandalizing McKean County Jail…..Vandals punctured two tires in vehicle owned by Hazel Hurst man…NY state driver arrested for drug possession in McKean County….Weekend event in Wellsboro celebrates “Shiney Brite” Christmas ornaments made there in the 40’s and 50’s……

Thursday’s high, 31; Overnight “low” 33







McKean County

The theft of a lawn mower on Fowler Brook Road in Eldred Township last Friday is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. An orange 2019 Husqvarna riding lawn mower owned by a 65 year old Eldred man from an unlocked garage late at night or early the next morning. The machine is valued at $2,000.

State police at Lewis Run have charged 31 year old Christian Clark of Bradford for institutional criminal mischief. The charge stems from an incident allegedly taking place on the morning of November 15 at the McKean County Jail. A criminal mischief taking place last weekend on Main Street in Hamlin Township McKean County is also being probed by state police. Vandals punctured two tires on a vehicle owned by a 55 year old Hazel Hurst man.

Drug possession charges are being filed against a 41 year old Hinsdale woman whose 2014 Chevrolet Sonic was stopped by police on Route 219 in Hamlin Township early Monday morning. Troopers claim Nicole Hauck was found in possession of a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia.

Elk County

A St. Marys driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon in St. Marys. According to state police, a Nissan Altima driven by  Alyssa Straitiff went off of Route 120 and hit a tree.

Tioga County

Photos by John Eaton


Shown at the Wellsboro Glass Association Pop Up Museum at 80 Main Street in Wellsboro is Tracy Fox (left) holding a Shiny Brite glass ornament. Attached to it is a circular piece of paper with a hole in the center used to hang the ornament on a tree. In her other hand, Fox has a paper ornament cap. Paper was used as there was no metal available during World War II.

In his right hand, Skip Cavanaugh has a ribbon machine mold that contains a plain 2.5-inch bell glass ornament as it would have come out of the mold before being trimmed and finished with color. In his left hand, Skip holds the ribbon machine mold for the most popular ornament made, a 3-inch round. Shown in the mold is a gold Shiny Brite finished 3-inch round ornament. The museum will be open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 and 12 during Christmas On Main Street.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 and 12, Christmas on Main Street will honor and celebrate the rich history of Wellsboro’s production of Christmas ornaments made from the late 1930s to the late 1950s and beyond when the town was known as “The Glass Ornament Capital of the World.”

Historic Christmas ornaments will be on display in 34 Wellsboro area businesses this Friday and Saturday and at some locations on Sunday. In the Wellsboro Glass Association Pop Up Museum at 80 Main Street is a growing collection of artifacts, photos and other memorabilia from Wellsboro’s glass making era.

Among the other highlights are a Magical Lights Parade with Santa Claus starting at 6 p.m. at the high school on Nichols Street and continuing on Main Street and Saturday; free rides on a horse drawn wagon between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. beginning at the Sherwood Motel at 2 Main Street with a stop at Charles Street on The Green and then back to 2 Main and between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. an opportunity to visit live reindeer and take photos near Sherwin-Williams at 40 Main Street.

The Town that Saved Christmas: The People Behind The Glass” is this year’s theme and the title of this year’s guidebook, which focuses on the hard-working, adaptable people employed at the Wellsboro Corning Glass Works plant that met challenges and tackled them with ingenuity and teamwork. Their story continues to inspire new generations of entrepreneurs, inventors, workers, and community advocates.

(More information and schedule of events available on our Calendar).


The state Department of Health is changing the way it is providing a Covid-19 update. The department will be providing weekly instead of daily stats. The department has  provided a weekly COVID-19 update as of Monday, Dec. 6.

“The Department of Health continues to adapt as the COVID-19 global pandemic approaches the two-year mark,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. “We are continuing to provide daily updates on vaccinations, cases, hospitalizations and deaths online in a variety of interactive dashboards to help residents understand how this virus is affecting people around them.

“One of the things we have learned over the past 21 months is that following trends over a week or longer provides a clearer picture of what is happening. To help people better understand, our team will continue to update the various dashboards on a daily basis and we will shift from a daily news release of numbers, to a seven-day reporting of important trends.”

According to the CDC, as of Monday, Dec. 6, 69.8% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. This percentage reflects all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

This week, the Department of Health analyzed the following vaccine data within its 66-county vaccine jurisdiction; Philadelphia is a separate vaccine jurisdiction:

421,893 vaccine doses were administered in the past week, including:

207,909 booster doses administered in the past week.

75,825 pediatric doses administered in the past week.

47.2% increase in vaccines administered from previous week.

Here is a statewide summary of COVID-19 trends over the past 7 days Monday, Nov. 29 – Sunday, Dec. 5:

The daily average number of cases was 7,338.

The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, Dec. 6 was 9% higher than on Nov. 29. The percent of available adult and pediatric ICU beds in the state fell to 15.5% and 11%, respectively.

There have been 654 deaths attributed to COVID-19 identified in the Pennsylvania death registry in the past 7 days, with 66% occurring in people 70 years and older.

Confirmed cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area: