North Branch of Susquehanna chosen as “River of the Year”

Middlebury Center residents scammed for Facebook purchase…no one hurt in Charleston Township rear-end collision…Theft of X-Ray film in Elk County investigated…. Jay Township resident victim of ID theft….

Tioga County

Mansfield  state police investigated a theft of funds victimizing a couple of Middlebury Center residents Sunday. Troopers report a 17 year old girl and a 41 year old man paid $180 to Grace Boar Goats via PayPal and never received the item purchased. State police warn of scam accounts on Facebook asking for electronic payments to be suspicious PayPal emails/accounts.

No one was hurt in a rear-end collision Tuesday afternoon in Charleston Township. State police said Elizabeth Barnes of Mansfield was following too closely behind a slow moving Honda Touring driven by Jennifer Dresser of Wellsboro and ran into the back of the SUV. Both drivers were using seatbelts and one-year old girl  was riding in a child safety seat.

Elk County

A theft in Horton Township in early December is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. A used x-ray film was taken from the Archives Management Warehouse on Route 219 on the morning of December 5. The film is valued at $2209.80.

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating an ID theft victimizing a Jay Township resident Tuesday. Police say the victim’s ID was stolen and there was a $300 loss in gift cards.

McKean County

State police at Lewis Run arrested a 21 year old Buffalo man for DUI from drugs. Troopers did not release the name of the suspect but said when they pulled over his 2014 Honda on Forman Street in Bradford early last Thursday morning they found him in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.


The North Branch of the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania has been selected by a public vote as the state’s 2023 River of the Year according to the  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Flowing from the New York state line to Sunbury near Shikellamy State Park at the confluence with the Susquehanna River West Branch, the Susquehanna River North Branch meanders through eight Pennsylvania counties, including Susquehanna, Bradford, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland.

A water trail, the Susquehanna River North Branch is widely used by paddlers, anglers, recreational boaters, and wildlife enthusiasts.

Recreationalists enjoy the calm, class-I waters which serve as both a playground for experienced boaters to explore the area’s natural and historic offerings, as well as a learning ground for new paddlers to develop their skills.

In addition to the paddling opportunities, visitors are surrounded by abundant history.

These historic connections earned the water trail a “National Recreation Trail” designation by the National Park Service in 2009 as part of the larger Captain John Smith National Historic Trail system — a recreation trail that celebrates the exchange of goods and cultures between the early, famed explorer of the Chesapeake Bay and the native peoples of the Susquehanna River basin.The public was invited to vote online for the River of the Year, choosing from among four waterways nominated.A total of 11,438 votes were cast, with Susquehanna River North Branch receiving 4,098; the Perkiomen Creek 3,110; Conestoga River 2,490; and Schuylkill River 1,740.

The Endless Mountains Heritage Region, which nominated the North Branch of the Susquehanna River, will receive a $10,000 Leadership Grant to help fund a slate of year-long 2023 River of the Year activities.

DCNR and the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers will work with the region to create a free, commemorative poster celebrating the North Branch as the 2023 Pennsylvania River of the Year. A commemorative River of the Year sojourn is among many paddling trips supported by DCNR and the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers each year.

An independent program, the Pennsylvania Sojourn Program, is a unique series of a dozen such trips on the state’s rivers.These water-based journeys for canoeists, kayakers, and others raise awareness of the environmental, recreational, tourism, and heritage values of rivers.

The Allegheny River which flows through the Black Forest was the 2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year.