Lewis Run state police investigate assault….Kane teen driver seriously hurt in one-car crash…Sinnemahoning woman scammed out of $250…Millerton driver and child passenger unhurt in rollover…Pennsylvania to receive additional funds to help low-income seniors….

McKean County

State police at Lewis Run investigated an assault taking place just before midnight last Friday in Hamlin Township. Troopers say they were called to 9750 Route 6 on a report of threatening texts and found two members of the household  with  injuries. Beau Azzato, 18, of Ridgway was charged for physical harassment. Jason Ryan, 41 and 18 year old Layton Ryan both of Kersey were listed as both suspects and victims.

 A Kane teenager was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning in Keating Township. State police said 19 year old Angel Williams was speeding when her Ford Escape went off of Route 6, struck a utility pole, shearing it off and colliding with a tree before stopping. Williams was ejected out the driver’s side door and was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

Cameron County

A Sinnemahoning woman was scammed out of $250 by an unknown crook. State police at Emporium report 67 year old Jane May purchased items advertised on Facebook which had been posted under a false profile.

Tioga County

One driver was slightly injured in a collision last Friday morning in Richmond Township. According to state police, the collision occurred when  a Jeep Wrangler driven by Sarah Frost of Mansfield, while headed east failed to make a right curve and traveled into the opposite lane where it hit a Ford Transit driven by Craig Knerr of Troy head on. Frost declined treatment. Knerr was not  hurt.

A Millerton driver and his young passenger escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday in Jackson Township. Troopers report Dennis Hartwell became distracted and allowed his 2017 Jeep Patriot to go off of Route 328 where it struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its roof. Hartwell was using a seatbelt and a one-year old girl was in a child safety seat.


The Shapiro Administration announced yesterday  that the department received a more than $8.8 million increase in federal funding for food access for low-State of Maine Chicken Pieincome seniors through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Pennsylvania will receive more than 17.6% of $50 million in American Rescue Plan grants the USDA awarded to 47 states to boost each state’s program in 2023 and 2024.

Based on the department’s recent performance, the USDA also increased the number of low-income senior Pennsylvanians the department can serve with Senior Food Boxes. The department will be able to provide an additional 4,000-plus seniors with nutritious food staples through the federally funded program. Pennsylvania received the largest increase among only 11 states receiving performance-based caseload bumps, raising the number of seniors to be served statewide from 36,218 to 40,225.

This boost in funding for the Department of Agriculture comes at a critical time, with more than 1.9 million Pennsylvanians – many of them seniors – facing imminent changes to their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility prompted by federal government and Congressional action. Those changes will cause an immediate and significant reduction in monthly food assistance funds beginning March 1, 2023.

According to Feeding America’s most recent report on The State of Senior Hunger in America, five percent of Pennsylvanians age 60 and older were food-insecure, not knowing the source of their next meal. The department’s Bureau of Food Assistance administers federal and state programs and fosters partnerships aimed at increasing food security across Pennsylvania.

The American Rescue Plan funds will allow the department to increase the dollar amount from $24 to $50 for vouchers offered to eligible seniors to redeem for fresh, local foods through the Senior Farmers Market Program. Funding will also enable added convenience for many farm market vendors who accept the vouchers, through embedded QR codes that make deposit easier.

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers are issued from June through the end of September each year by Area Agencies on Aging. Seniors with household incomes below 185% of the federal poverty level are eligible. Specific income levels for 2023 have not yet been established. Vouchers can be redeemed for fresh, healthy, locally produced foods at farm markets statewide, boosting senior health through improved nutrition and the social interaction a farm market outing provides.

Find more information about Senior Food Boxes and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers on the department’s website, agriculture.pa.gov. Seniors can search for participating farm markets on the free PA FMNP Market Locator App, available through android and Apple app stores.

Learn more about Pennsylvania’s work to increase food security in Pennsylvania at agriculture.pa.gov/foodsecurity.

Upcoming events:

February 4 & 6—Auditions—Wellsboro

Auditions for “The Moons of Jupiter” Hamilton Gibson’sWomen’s Project will hold auditions at 6:30 in the Warehouse Theatre Gallery on Central Avenue.FMI:ilacmellin@gmail.com or call 570.724.2079.

 February 4: Farmers Market—Coudersport

The Potter County Farmers Winter Market will be indoors at the Riley Gallery, next to the Crittenden, the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Here is a list of who plans to be there and what they plan on bringing to the Market:

ME AND MY BOYS SOAP will be there on Saturday. We will have a selection of goat milk soap bars, shampoo bars, lotions, and bath bombs. We have many scents back in stock. For more information contact us at meandmyboyssoap@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

BLUE MARBLE FARM will be at the market with local, organically grown beautiful produce.  We will have sweet winter carrots, spaghetti squash, butternut squash and more. Stop by and learn more about our CSA Shares. We accept cash, credit cards, and SNAP. For more information, contact Lisa at bluemarblefarm@outlook.com, 814-320-1308 or bluemarblefarm.weebly.com

CARD CREEK BAKERY will be at the February 4th Farmers Market with artisan breads, requested breads, take out soup, cookies, jams from local fruit, and sweet treats.  Taking requests for during the month delivery or for next months market.

BLACK CATS AND PAPERCRAFTS is planning on being there with charms, quilled paper light boxes, wall hangings, hair accessories, paper and resin jewelry and other assorted paper crafts. We also have some Valentines cards and gifts. For more information, or to make a custom order contact Leon at blackcatsandpapercrafts@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page to see sneak peeks of the new things we’re making at https://facebook.com/blackcatsandpapercrafts

 February 5: Ice skating—Emporium

The ice rink in downtown Emporium will have its grand opening Sunday . The rink was installed and filled over the past week.  Representatives from the Cameron County chamber of Commerce and Smoker Logging hope the sub-freezing temperatures will create the perfect conditions for skating. Those with skates to swap, loan or sell are invited to be at the downtown rink Sunday at noon. Fire rings will be stacked with wood, and grills will be available for those wishing to bring hot dogs.  Rich Valley Wines will have their downtown location open for warm drinks.

The rink located in the center of Emporium is a skate at your own risk facility.

February 5: Winter Adventure Hike 1-3P-Lyman Run State Park

Take this great opportunity to get outside in the colder months and see the winter beauty at Lyman Run.

Be prepared with good hiking boots, hiking poles/sticks, and water. No pre-registration required.