Wednesday February 14, 2018


Photo by Gerri Miller

Do you know where this is/was?

Tuesday’s high, 41; Overnight, low 34







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Two St. Marys women held for drug death…Tractor trailer wrecks on icy Elk County road….DCNR workshop next week in Coudersport about 2018 grants….Tourism agency warns members of misrepresentation…Public invited to comment on statewide bicycling and walking plan….

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Elk County District Attorney and Ridgway based state police will have a news conference at 2:00 o’clock this afternoon in the Elk County Courthouse Annex regarding the arrest of two St. Marys women accused of delivering drugs which resulted in a death. Teresa Lynn Sample, 27, and 29 year old Allison Louise Miller were picked up on a warrant Tuesday and committed to the Elk County prison in lieu of bail after being arraigned before District Judge James Martin. Both women are accused of drug delivery resulting in death, Act 64 violations and criminal use of a communications facility. More details will be released at today’s news conference.

A Wisconsin tractor-trailer operator escaped injury early this morning when his West Star 5700XE wrecked on the Burning Well Road in Jones Township. According to Ridgway based state police, James Weber of Kieler, WI was going south when his rig went out of control after encountering ice at around 2:00 am. The semi slid across the road and became disabled when it collided with an embankment.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC) 2018 grant program for statewide, regional and local recreation and conservation are open until  April 11, 2018.

To assist potential applicants in the PA Wilds region, DCNR is offering a free, one-hour grants workshop in Coudersport on February 22, 2018, at the Gunzburger Building, 1 Main St., Coudersport, PA. 16915.

The workshop will provide technical assistance to potential applicants on DCNR grants available for recreation, conservation, riparian buffer, trail, and community based projects. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with staff and receive information on grant program selection criteria, eligible applicants and projects, and documents required for various types of applications.

Community leaders, municipal officials, consultants, board members, trail managers, land conservation professionals and park and recreation professionals are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in applying to this grant program, attending this grant workshop is strongly encouraged.

For information or to register for this workshop, contact Janine at the Potter County Education Council at 814-274-4877 or

Visit Potter Tioga PA is advising members that it has been brought to the group’s attention that its members are being approached regarding purchasing an ad in a new “Route 6 Travel Guide.” Thie publication is NOT being created in affiliation with the PA Route 6 Alliance, Visit Potter Tioga, or any other tourism-related organization.

Any correspondence sent by the PA Route 6 Alliance or Visit Potter Tioga will contain either the PA Route 6 Alliance or Visit Potter Tioga logos shown in a letter to members. Anyone with questions regarding this (or any other matters should call the organization’s office  us at (570) 724-0635.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, (PennDOT) has announced that it has begun the process of updating the Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and is inviting the public to weigh in through an online survey.

The plan, last updated in 2007, will outline a vision and framework for improving conditions for walking and bicycling across Pennsylvania, especially for those Pennsylvanians who walk and bicycle out of necessity rather than for leisure and recreation.

Over the next 18 months, PennDOT will use the project website to provide information on the department’s progress. The community survey also will be accessible on the site and will play a critical role in understanding the current issues and challenges facing people who walk and bike across Pennsylvania.

Once completed, the Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will be a resource for Municipal Planning Organizations (MPOs), Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs), and municipalities throughout Pennsylvania, providing guidance to local governments on best practices for developing and implementing regional and local bicycle and pedestrian plans.

The plan also will develop a set of goals, objectives and performance measures to guide PennDOT’s efforts to support a complete multimodal network.

More information on traffic safety, including walking and biking, is available at under “Travel In PA.”

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Tuesday February 13, 2018

Do you Know where this is/was?  —         Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 36; Overnight low 3, no precipitation






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Coudersport woman cited for speeding after collision last week in Pike Township….St. Marys driver’s car collides with guard rail after swerving to avoid a deer….Wellsboro DUI defendant arrested for numerous traffic violations…Austin man cited for harassment after allegedly shoving victim….Ulysses woman thwarts cyber criminals…Area students participate in archery competition…

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A St. Marys couple escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident last Thursday morning in Gibson Township, Cameron County. State police at Emporium report Dustin Goss swerved his Chevrolet Impala while going east on Route 120 to avoid a deer. The car went off the snow-covered road, struck a guardrail and spun across both lanes before stopping on the east berm. Both Goss and his passenger, Kimberly Etinger were using seatbelts.

Troopers at Mansfield claim Jared Pierce of Harrisburg left on foot Sunday afternoon  after his Chevrolet Malibu got stuck in snow when the car impacted a speed limit sign on Route 49 in Deerfield Township. Police noted the car was involved in another crash prior to becoming stuck. Numerous traffic charges are pending against a Wellsboro driver after a one-vehicle crash on February 5 in Ward Township. Authorities claim Michael Gower was driving with a suspended license due to a DUI conviction when his Chevrolet Cavalier went off of the Gleason Road and received cosmetic damage. Gower allegedly left the scene but was later identified. Police say Gower’s car was not insured, registered or inspected and that he had put plates from another vehicle on that car.

State police at the Coudersport barracks arrested 56 year old John Ambrose of Austin for harassment after a dust-up Sunday afternoon on Barnett Lane in that town. Officers claim Ambrose shoved David Dehart and continuum to make other threats of assault toward the victim.

A Ulysses woman thwarted attempts by cyber criminals to steal money from her credit card account last week. According to state police, 65 year old Bessie  McPherson received a phone call last Wednesday, February 7 requesting credit card information.  After hanging up, McPherson realized the call was a scam and promptly cancelled the card before any purchases could be made.

The 2018 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament is set to be held Friday, March 9 in State College. It’s shaping up to be the biggest student archery tournament ever in Pennsylvania. And the Pennsylvania Game Commission is encouraging all schools participating in the program, commonly referred to as NASP, to attend a state qualifier competition.


Individuals and teams alike will need to shoot a qualifying score at one of the many state qualifying matches being held through February. The top-scoring teams and individuals then will earn an invite to the state championships.


The NASP state tournament has been growing since its inception in 2011, and the March 9 tournament to be held at the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility figures to field close to 1,000 participants. Students from more than 45 schools across Pennsylvania are expected to participate. The increase is representative of growth in the program statewide.


NASP, which started in Kentucky in 2002 and has since gained participants around the globe, came to Pennsylvania in 2005. The Game Commission began coordinating the program in 2010 and, to present, the program has expanded to 253 schools.


The tournament should be a sight to see. Ninety-five lanes, each with two archers, will be operating at once. About 9,000 arrows will fly each hour. And somewhere near 46,000 arrows will be fired on the day.


Scholarships and prizes will be handed out to the top-performing archers in the state to help pay for continued education.


Schools are reminded that they must shoot a qualifying score at a sanctioned state qualifier shoot. Students can find state qualifiers listed on the following NASP Tournament website, To use the Game Commission’s website to register, place your cursor over the “Education” tab, then click “National Archery in the Schools Program.” Registration is just a few more clicks away.


Sanuel L. Hickerson, Austin died January 31, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Centner, Danville, PA.Born December 18, 1942 in Patterson, NJ he was the son of Samuel and Eleanor Hickerson.Samuel is survived by his wife Bernadine of Austin; PA, sons, Samuel L. Hickerson, Jr. of FL., Theodore Hickerson, of Austin, PA; daughters, Dawn Pagget, of NJ, Cheryl Hernandez, of Easton, PA and Robin Grala,  of Easton, PA; brothers Gary, Chuck and Patrick Hickerson; and sisters Nancy Smyth and Sandy Hickerson.At the request of the family there will be no viewing or funeral services.Arrangements by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915.To share your fondest memories of Samuel, visit

Monday February 12, 2018


Sunday’s high, 48; Overnight low, 28; rain







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Obituary: Alfred “Dennis: Hathaway, Salamanca (Shinglehouse)

Cause of Port Allegany house fire remains a mystery….Kane police arrest man for hitting pushing teen… into stove…Millerton resident accused of grabbing and shoving woman….icy roads blamed for Tioga County accidents…Troopers looking for NY man suspected of stealing car in Tioga County…Gun and money stolen from Westfield residence….Smethport burglary investigated…

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Star Hose Volunteer Fire Company Chief Kevin Ernst is asking for help to solve a fire which destroyed a Port Allegany home  Saturday morning. The chief explained tht a fire was believed tohave been extinguished at around 6:00 am at the home of Lloyd Fink Jr. on Chestnut Street but the department was dispatched agin minutes before 7:00 am and found the 24 x 24 two story home fully engulfed. The loss is estimated to be $75,000. There were no injuries and the investigation is continuing.

Troopers at the Kane barracks have arrested 23 year old William Sirline (on address given) for harassment. Police claim Sirline pushed an 18 year old female victim into a stove on Route 46 during an argument lat Thursday evening.

A Millerton resident was arrested by state police at Mansfield for harassment in connection to a domestic violence incident on Church Street in Jackson township during the early morning of December 20.  Troopers allege 25 year old Bryan Talada grabbed and shoved a 51 year old Gillett, PA woman but police did not see any injuries.

Icy roads continue to cause accidents in Tioga County. State police report Reinaldo Rodriguez of Wellsboro escaped injury last Wednesday afternoon when his Ford Sport Trac slid off the slush covered Route 660 near the Route 362 intersection went into a ditch, collided with a drainage pipe and rolled over onto its side causing the roof to hit a tree.

A tractor trailer operator has been cited for hit and run after damaging property at the Mansfield Walmart Friday morning. According to Mansfield-based state police Joseph Rechart’s Freightliner hit a light pole and concrete base in the parking lot but he did not stop to report the damage.  However, the rig was located a couple of miles from the scene after becoming disabled.

Emporium-based state police related that both drivers escaped injury in a collision Friday afternoon at the intersection of Wycoff Run Road and Route 120. Elkland resident Calvin Wright’s Pontiac Grand Prix fishtailed after hitting a patch of ice on Route 49 in Nelson Township  Friday night, spun off the road; went down an embankment of came to rest against a tree.

Addresses were not given for the drivers but authorities explained that a collision occurred Friday afternoon when Cynthia Setzer failed to yield to a vehicle driven by Marion Swank which was headed east as she turned west onto Route 120.

A 73 year old man is accused of hit and run. State police in Kane provided information that the man pulled out of his driveway on Route 446 near  the McCrea Brook Road and failed to stop after his car struck the left quarter panel on a vehicle driven by a 51 year old woman.

Two drivers have been cited for DUI /drugs recently in McKean County. Authorities allege when they stopped 38 year old Almalik Todd of Columbia, SC for a traffic violation one Route 219 in Kane on the afternoon of February 3, they found him in possession  of marijuana. Donovan Austin, 25, of Bolivar, NY was arrested following a traffic stop early Saturday morning on Route 155 in Annin Township. He was also found in possession of a small amount of pot.

Tioga County authorities are looking for 32 year old William Wagner III of Watkins Glen, NY who is suspected of stealing a vehicle in Tioga County on December 23. Troopers report Wagner took a vehicle belonging to 61 year old Timothy Price from his Lawrenceville home for a “test” drive without Price’s permission .The vehicle was located in Corning, NY with the help of NY State Police. A warrant for Wagner’s arrest has been issued. He faces charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, both felonies, and a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is encouraged to call state police at 570.662.2151.

Burglars stole a pistol and cash from the home of 71 year old Frank Gunn on Howland Hill Road in Westfield during a short span of time on December 6. The revolver is described as being a Stern Blackhawk Ruger .357 Mag  valued at $750. The stolen currency is estimated to be about $712.

State police at Kane say they are looking at a number of “people of interest” in connection to a burglary last Thursday evening  on Route 46 Smethport. Authorities did not say if anything was stolen or not from the home of Daniel Hannashs.

Arwen Kuhn, 38 of St. Marys has been cited for criminal trespass. State police at Ridgway claim Kuhn entered the St. Marys Walmart last Thursday evening  even after being warned in writing on two separate occasions that she is prohibited from being on the store’s property.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have been honored with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) 2018 State Agency Partner Awards for their partnership on the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania in 2017. The statewide campaign organized over 132,000 volunteers who participated in over 7,200 local cleanup events in every county of the commonwealth.

The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania is coordinated by KAB affiliate Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful with state agency support from DEP and PennDOT. Last year the campaign brought thousands of Pennsylvanians together in the spring to collect millions of pounds of trash and plant trees, shrubs, and flowers.

In 2017, through PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program, agency district coordinators partnered with over 4,800 volunteer groups adopting 10,733 miles, collectively saving the commonwealth in excess of $5 million, allowing scarce commonwealth resources to be re-directed to areas needing critical attention.

DEP funding covered the cost of supplies for the participating volunteers, who collected more than 5 million pounds of trash from an estimated 11,168 miles of roads, railroad tracks, trails, waterways, and shorelines and planted 16,437 trees, bulbs, and plants in Pennsylvania.

DEP and PennDOT partner on statewide public outreach to raise public awareness of cleanup events.

The Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, and numerous companies also support the communities’ cleanup projects.


Alfred “Dennis” Hathaway, 69, of Salamanca, formerly of Eldred, Pa., passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in Olean General Hospital, Olean, after a long illness.

Born on January7, 1949 in Olean, he was a son of Alfred Lewis and Theo G. Schoonover Hathaway.

Dennis attended Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse, Pa. and was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War as a radio technician. Dennis received a Purple Heart for injuries received during the war.

He was employed as a truck driver for most of his life and had previously been employed at the former Nicholas Radio and TV Repair in Westons Mills. He worked lastly at the Gowanda Hospital in the maintenance department until being forced to retire from injuries sustained in a work related accident.

Dennis enjoyed collecting old coins and currency. He enjoyed buying old riding mowers, repairing and then selling the mowers. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Surviving are his longtime companion, Bonnie Hess of Salamanca; eight children, Dennis S. Hathaway of Portville, Patty (Jeff) Jimerson of Salamanca, Jacqueline “Jackie” (Dave) Jones of Clarksville, Tennessee, Lori Hathaway of Salamanca, Patty Hathaway of Kentucky, and Alfred Lewis Hathaway, Hazel Hathaway, and Patrick Hathaway, all of Salamanca; twenty two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Allen “Squirt” (Calla) Hathaway and Steven P. (Linda Clayton) Hathaway, both of Shinglehouse, Pa.; a sister, Jane (Ted) Pangburn of Richburg; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dennis was predeceased by a sister Jacqueline Thompson; and a niece, Nicole Pangburn.