…Both drivers escaped injury in a collision with a deer….Downstate man arrested for defiant criminal trespass in Tioga County….Pennsylvania’s newest Peregrine Falcons were banded this week in Harrisburg….

Thursday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 52







Both drivers escaped injury in a car/deer collision Tuesday morning in Ridgway Township Elk Township. State police explained Thomas Peles of Ridgway was north bound on the Montmorenci Road and state trooper Frank Milliard was going south when a deer came onto the road from the western berm and ran into the driver’s side door on the Jeep Wrangler driven by Peles.  After  bouncing off the Jeep, the deer tried to run back across the road and through the southbound lane and was struck by the state police Ford Interceptor. Both drivers were able to pull into a private driveway on Johnson Road and the vehicles could be driven from the scene.

State police at Mansfield  have cited a 54 year old Red Lion, PA man for defiant criminal trespass in Richmond Township on the morning of April 15. Troopers claim the suspect, whose name they withheld, went onto property along Route 6 owned by a 47 year old Mansfield man.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Game Commission banded Harrisburg’s newest peregrine falcons earlier this week, A recording of the banding is available on DEP’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDEP/.

Game Commission biologist Patti Barber led a team in bringing the nestlings in from the 15th floor ledge. Barber weighed the birds, inspected their health, and banded them.

Banding the falcons allows biologists and birdwatchers from all over the continent to track the birds and help us learn more about where they travel, how long they’ve lived, and whether they’ll establish new nests in other places. Falcons born on the ledge at the Rachel Carson building have been tracked to locations from Florida all the way to Canada.

The peregrine falcon was removed from the federal Endangered Species List in 1999 and the Pennsylvania Threatened List in 2021 but remains federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the state Game and Wildlife Code.

Eighty-three falcons have now hatched since reproduction began in 2000. This makes the Rachel Carson State Office Building nest site the most prolific in the commonwealth.

The public watched a livestream of the event online; the video recording may be viewed on the DEP Facebook page www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDEP/.

DEP also has a live falcon cam on the ledge to see the falcon nestlings and the adult birds.

Everett R. “Sonny” Blass, Jr., 87, of Coudersport, PA passed peacefully in his home on Monday, May 9, 2022.


Born December 15, 1934, in Coudersport, he was the son of Everett R. and Marian E. Neefe Blass.  A 1953 graduate of Coudersport High School, he played football while also earning the Keystone Farmer Award.  On June 29, 1958, in Coudersport, he married the former Rita M. Fisher, who survives.  Sonny was an active leader in many agriculture, community, Masonic and Church organizations.  Amongst the many were Potter County Conservation District, PA Cooperative of Potato Growers, Eulalia Lodge #342, Free & Accepted Masons (received 33rd degree in 1985), Coudersport Consistory, Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, Coudersport Golf Club and Potter County Snowmobile Club serving both as a director and president for the latter two organizations.  A farmer from the time that he could walk, Sonny was fortunate to live his dream as the 3rd generation Blass operating Coolridge Potato Farms for over 60 years.  Sonny balanced life on the farm with raising a beautiful family.  He was an avid, and at times, very passionate sports fan and a longtime supporter of the Coudersport Falcons, as well as his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.  Sonny enjoyed golfing, snowmobiling, and playing cards with friends and family.


Surviving besides his wife, Rita, are:  four children, Jeffrey (Tom Muraski) Blass of Phoenix, AZ, Joni (Tim) Montroy of Palmyra, NY, Joseph (Nancy) Blass of Richland, MI, and Jonathan (Debra Dehn) Blass of Coudersport;  four grandchildren, Brittany Blass, Bethany Blass, Rachel (Emmett) Ozminkowski, and Lance Blass;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two sisters, Charlotte I. Freeman and Marjory L. Hawkins.


Friends may call at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, with a Masonic service following at 5:00 PM.  A Memorial Service will be held in the church on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM.  Rev. Gregory Rapp and Rev. Scott Ogden will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.


Memorials may be made to the Coudersport Consistory, P.O. Box 69, Coudersport, PA 16915 or Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third St., Coudersport, PA 16915.


Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.


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