Friday March 23, 2018


Thursday’s high, 42; Overnight low, 25, no precipitation







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Rep. Causer reports nearly 100 farmers and others attended this week’s farmer breakfast….Work will soon be underway to repair mudslides on Route 120 in Cameron County…Burns supper raised $500 for Wellsboro food pantry….Westfield man arrested on numerous charges including DUI and illegal racing…Galeton Borough police issue warrant for downstate man accused of forgery, theft and receiving stolen property..Coudersport  troopers arrest three people on drug charges…

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Rep. Martin Causer (L) Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding (R)

Rep. Martin Causer reports nearly 100 farmers and others in the industry were on hand for an update about ag-related issues being worked on in Harrisburg during a Farmers Breakfast this past Wednesday at Hamilton’s Maple Products near Ulysses. The event included a question and answser session with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. Causer says the challenges facing the state’s dairy farmers was a primary topic of discussion, along with permitting issues with the Department of Environmental Protection and progress of a new law to boost agriculture education in our schools. The diversity of the industry was well represented, with dairy farmers, from both large operations and small; livestock farmers, including a veal farmer; crop farmers, including a potato grower; local FFA students; and more.

Causer said he appreciated  everyone who took time out of their day to attend, and especially Secretary Redding who traveled from Harrisburg to attend . He also issued  an extra special thank you to Larry and Phyllis Hamilton of Hamilton’s Maple Products for welcoming those attending  and serving a delicious breakfast, and to Penn Ag Industries, which hosted the event.

The lawmaker added It was especially nice to have officers from Headwaters FFA at the Farmer Breakfast. Pictured, from left, are Wyatt Kosa, secretary; Trevor Frey, president; Lynn Bartas, parliamentarian; and Clifton Erway, chaplain. They  are joined in the photo by Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advising motorists that temporary traffic signals will be in place soon on a section of Route 120 in Cameron County.

Due to slide issues, PennDOT is restricting the eastbound lane on a section of Route 120 between the village of Driftwood and the Route 120/Route 872 intersection. Drivers moving through this area will encounter an alternating traffic pattern, enforced by temporary traffic signals. The signals will be placed on Friday, March 23 and be fully operation on Wednesday, March 28.

Drivers will also encounter advance signage and message boards alerting them of “Traffic signal ahead” and “Be prepared to stop”.

This traffic pattern will be in effect until a construction project to resolve the slide issue can take place. PennDOT reminds drivers to always buckle up and obey posted speed limits.

Galeton Borough Police have made several recent arrests, J acob Houghtaling, 24, of Westfield, Pa; was arrested and charged for an incident that took place in the Galeton Borough in late February .He was charged with DUI incapable safe driving, DUI high rate of alcohol, illegal racing, careless driving , driving without a license and driving while license suspended.

Lowell Taft, also of West filed was arrested and charged for an incident that took place in the Galeton Borough. He was charged with DUI incapable safe driving, DUI high Rate and other summery offenses. No further information was released.

And, Galeton police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Ramon A Myrick Sr,of Harrisburg was charged for an incident that tookalso  place in the Galeton Borough.(No date given) He was charged with Forgery, theft, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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Burns Supper organizers present a $500 check to Wellsboro Area Food Pantry President Bill Yacovissi (second from left). Shown are organizers (from left) Jim Tutak, Charlie Messina and Pat Davis. Messina also donated $100 to the food pantry on behalf of his business Corner Self Storage in Gaines.

“We donated $500 to President Bill Yacovissi for the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry,” said Jim Tutak, who with Charlie Messina, Pat Davis, Larry Biddison, Ciro Lo Pinto and Jerry Tutak organized the 2018 Robert Burns Supper. “This is the largest donation we have made to the food pantry since holding the first Burns Supper in Wellsboro in 2011,” he said. The Burns Supper is celebrated around the world on the Sunday closest to Jan. 25, 1759, the date that Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, was born. The local Burns Supper got its start in 2010 when Jim Tutak “emigrated” from New Jersey to Wellsboro. My brother was involved with an annual Burns Supper in New Jersey and I usually attended. It was an excuse to smoke cigars, drink single-malt whiskies, eat a traditional Scottish meal including haggis and recite poetry,” Tutak said.

“When I came to Wellsboro my only regret was the lack of ethnic food. As you can’t get much more ethnic than haggis, Charlie Messina and I put together a group of like-minded locals to run a Burns Supper here and we’re still doing it today,” Tutak said.

Those interested in attending should mark their calendars for Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Timeless Destination in Wellsboro.


The $500 donation from the Burns Supper will provide food for four to seven days for 45 people.

One hundred percent of all donated funds are used to purchase food from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Williamsport. The  largest group of clients are elderly and the  second largest group are single mothers and their children.

The Wellsboro Area Food Pantry is open on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  at the Wellsboro United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Queen streets. The organization also provides food on an emergency basis if those who need it call 570-998-4018 or email

To make a cash donation, write a check payable to the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry, PO Box 547 Wellsboro, PA 16901 or use PayPal on the pantry’s website at

Those who have food to donate should email or call 570-998-4018.

State Police at Mansfield have announced they will be conducting security checks at schools throughout Tioga County. Troopers may be seen on school grounds and may be observed conducting walk through in school buildings. The security checks are intended to establish a positive police presence at the schools as well as familiarize officers with the schools and staff. The checks will conducted  throughout the school day as well as throughout the evening and night. The presence of the Pennsylvania State Police at the schools is not intended to cause alarm, should an emergency or critical incident take place, a public information release report will be issued as soon as practical, according to officials.

Galeton Borough Police have made several recent arrests, J acob Houghtaling, 24, of Westfield, Pa; was arrested and charged for an incident that took place in the Galeton Borough in late February .He was charged with DUI incapable safe driving, DUI high rate of alcohol, illegal racing, careless driving , driving without a license and driving while license suspended.

Lowell Taft, also of West filed was arrested and charged for an incident that took place in the Galeton Borough. He was charged with DUI incapable safe driving, DUI high Rate and other summery offenses. No further information was released.

And, Galeton police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Ramon A Myrick Sr,of Harrisburg was charged for an incident that took also  place in the Galeton Borough.(No date given) He was charged with Forgery, theft, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Coudersport based state police have arrested three people on drug charges. A 46 year old West Chester, PA man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a patrol officer found him passed out in the driver’s seat of his car along the Pusher Siding Road in  Ulysses Township. Police say they discovered he had been driving under the influence and probable cause search warrant allegedly turned up a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Another suspect was cited after being pulled for a moving violation over on Costello Avenue in Austin Tuesday night Authorities claim both the driver and passenger were found to have suspended driver’s licenses and were allegedly found in possession of suspected drug paraphernalia. Police promise to release all of the suspects’ names once charges are formally filed. Troopers were assisted by Chief Bryan Phelps and K-9 Jay.

Thursday March 22, 2018

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DEP continues checking retail outlets for lead solder….Causer reports state moving towards complying with “Real ID” law…..Vietnam Veterans recognition event next September near Coudersport  will include program for high school students…More than $2200 worth  of plumbing equipment stolen from wrecked truck in Elk County….

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has completed routine surveillance of hardware stores and other retail facilities in 13 counties to verify that leaded solder is not being sold for plumbing purposes. This surveillance is conducted in accordance with the 1989 Lead Ban Act.

Throughout the summer of 2017, DEP staff investigated 430 stores to make sure that lead solder is not being sold and that restricted solder types that are allowed to be sold commercially are not being displayed in plumbing supply sections of those stores.

The investigation found 281 stores that sell solder. Of those stores:

57 percent sell only lead-free solder

8 percent of stores (22) were selling solder in violation of the Lead Ban Act

7 percent selling banned solder (20)

Less than 1% selling restricted solder in plumbing section (2)

Compliance notices were issued for the violations. DEP can also issue fines of up to $1,000 for each violation. The majority of the stores in violation were first time offenders. Store ownership often changes in the years between surveillance periods, and new owners may not be aware of the specific provisions of the Lead Ban Act. Additionally, since 2005, surveillance activities have included auto parts, electronics, and craft stores which may not be aware of the Lead Ban Act.


DEP staff will continue routine and follow-up activities throughout 2018 to continue educating stores and ensure that they remain in compliance.

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Rep. Martin Causer  tells Black Forest Broadcasting News that Pennsylvania is working to become compliant with the Federal Real ID Act before this coming October.

Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law was declared unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court but the Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 20015 to make fraudulent identification harder to obtain and use.  The Act came about from the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations regarding homeland security.  The ACT stipulates what U.S. states and territories need to do in order to meet the Act’s minimum standards when it comes to the issuance and production of ID cards; principally, driver licenses.  The jurisdictions covered by the Act include: Accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.

After October 10th, 2018, according to the Real ID Act, residents of these states/territories won’t be able to use their driver’s licenses as ID when flying within the US:

Starting October 1, 2020, every domestic air traveler will need to present a Real ID driver’s license, a Real ID identification card or a passport in order to board a domestic flight. A Real ID-compliant license or card is one that meets, and is issued by a state or territory that complies with the Real ID Act. A passport, along with domestic flights, also affords you cross-border access.

Residents of the Real ID-compliant states/territories as well as some of those on the extension list, like California and Oregon, are now able to obtain Real ID cards and driver’s licenses from their local DMV office. Pennsylvania is 1 of 31 in non-compliance.

Those states or territories that have received an extension and are on a clear path to becoming compliant by the final deadline of October 1, 2020. Driver’s licenses from these states will fail to meet the federal government’s minimum security standards under the Real ID Act after October 10, 2018, though as in previous years, these states will more than likely receive deadline extensions to the final date as stated above by that time.

As of January 22, 2018, airline passengers with a state-issued driver’s license in a state not yet compliant (specifically American Samoa, the only non-compliant territory without an extension at this time) with the Real ID act will need to show an alternative form of identification to fly domestically. If you do not an alternative form of identification to go along with your state-issued driver’s license, you will not be permitted though the security checkpoint.

What You Need to Do:

Birth Certificate:  To make sure you can travel after October 10th, 2018, if you are in one of the affected states listed above, you’ll need to get your passport or Real ID driver’s license.  In order to do so, you’ll need to present a certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate.  No need to take time off of work and wait in government lines for this.  You can get this now, online, at

Passport:  Similar to obtaining your birth certificate, one of the easiest ways to do this is online.  One great service for this is RushMyPassport.

For more information on the Real ID Act, please contact the federal DHS Office of State-Issued Identification Support at

As we reported previously, Potter County has been awarded an $11,250 state grant to support a Vietnam War veterans recognition weekend and outreach activities later this year. Money comes from the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), which is funded by Pennsylvanians who voluntarily make a $3.00 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo ID or renewing a motor vehicle registration. Additionally, proceeds come from the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plate and private donations.

Members of the Potter County Veterans Service Committee are Bill Simpson, Paul Heimel and Dawn Wooster. Their Vietnam Veterans Recognition Weekend, Sept, 13-17, will include an appreciation dinner, a memorial service for Potter County soldiers killed in the war, outreach activities to apprise veterans of benefits and services, public education events, a veterans gravestone restoration demonstration, and a visit from the Moving Wall, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel reported at last week’s board meeting a ceremony will be held when the wall arrives at Maple View on Friday, September 13. It will be guarded 24/7 throughout the weekend and people can visit anytime but are asked to be quiet and respectful. A program for area high school students will close out the visit on Monday September 17.

Ridgway based state police are looking for thieves who stole more than $2200 worth of plumbing tools from a wrecked truck last weekend. The tools belonged to a 46 year old Wilcox man and were taken between 8:00 pm Friday and 3:30 pm Saturday while the truck was parked on Rocky Run in Jones Township. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.3136.

Wednesday March 21, 2018

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Tuesday’s high, 42; overnight low, no precipitation







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Obituary: Thomas Nichols, Sr. Coudersport

Game Commission says the 2017-18 deer harvests overall were up 10%…Causer introduces bill to help oil and gas production …..Regional College is gearing up for Middle States accreditation….

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Pennsylvania’s buck harvest increased 10 percent, and the overall deer harvest also was up 10 percent, in the state’s 2017-18 hunting seasons, which closed in January according to the state Game Commission.Hunters harvested an estimated 367,159 deer in the 2017-18 seasons, which easily topped the overall deer harvest of 333,254 in the 2016-17 seasons. Across the 23 Wildlife Management Units (WMU) used by the Game Commission to manage whitetails, the deer harvest decreased in only three units.

The 2017-18 buck harvest totaled 163,750, representing a 10 percent increase over the 2016-17 buck harvest of 149,460. It is the second largest harvest of bucks since antler restrictions were put in place in 2002. The largest harvest – 165,416 – occurred in the first year of antler restrictions.

The 2017-18 buck harvest also compares well with big buck harvests in Pennsylvania since the Game Commission began using calculated harvests in 1986. From that perspective, the 2017-18 buck harvest ranks as the 10th best.

But when comparing deer harvests over time, it’s important to remember that deer and hunter numbers have changed from decade to decade.

In the 1987-88 deer seasons, 16 percent of deer hunters took a legal buck. Ten years later, that rate increased to 19 percent. In the 2007-08 seasons, which were five years into antler restrictions, 15 percent of deer hunters took an antlered deer. In the 2017-18 seasons, more than 20 percent of deer hunters took an antlered deer.


The antlerless deer portion of the 2017-18 harvest also increased. Totaling 203,409, the antlerless harvest was up 11 percent over the 2016-17 antlerless harvest of 183,794. But that was by design. The 2017 antlerless license allocation increased about 7 percent over 2016’s allocation.

About 64 percent of the antlerless deer harvest was adult females; button-bucks comprised 19 percent and doe fawns made up 17 percent.

In what is becoming an annual occurrence, bowhunters accounted for about a third of Pennsylvania’s 2017-18 overall deer harvest, taking 118,110 deer (62,830 bucks and 55,280 antlerless deer) with either bows or crossbows. The archery harvest also increased 10 percent over 2016-17’s total harvest of 109,250.

Good fortune also came to muzzleloader hunters, who took 23,490 deer (1,310 bucks) in the 2017-18 seasons. This harvest also represented an about 10 percent increase in overall muzzleloader harvest.

The percentage of older bucks in the 2017-18 deer harvest remained high. About 57 percent of the bucks taken by hunters were at least 2½ years old. The remainder were 1½ years old.

Agency staff currently is working to develop its 2018 antlerless deer license recommendations, which will be considered at the April 24 meeting of the Board of Game Commissioners.

In addition to harvest data, staff will be looking at deer health measures, forest regeneration and deer-human conflicts for each WMU as it assembles antlerless allocations, according to Matthew Schnupp, agency Bureau of Wildlife Management director.

Total deer harvest estimates by WMU for 2017-18 (with 2016-17 figures in parentheses) are as follows:

WMU 1A: 6,300 (6,500) antlered, 12,600 (10,400) antlerless;

WMU 1B: 8,300 (7,900) antlered, 13,000 (8,200) antlerless;

WMU 2A: 6,100 (7,000) antlered, 10,900 (9,200) antlerless;

WMU 2B: 4,500 (5,800) antlered, 14,000 (14,000) antlerless;

WMU 2C: 9,800 (8,300) antlered, 7,972 (8,335) antlerless;

WMU 2D: 14,700 (12,800) antlered, 17,391 (16,400) antlerless;

WMU 2E: 6,900 (5,200) antlered, 6,669 (5,341) antlerless;

WMU 2F: 9,500 (7,700) antlered, 7,202 (6,700) antlerless;

WMU 2G: 8,200 (6,200) antlered, 5,501 (4,000) antlerless;

WMU 2H: 1,700 (1,900) antlered, 1,900 (1,900) antlerless;

WMU 3A: 5,400 (5,400) antlered, 5,000 (3,800) antlerless;


WMU 3B: 8,900 (7,500) antlered, 7,000 (7,300) antlerless;

WMU 3C: 8,700 (8,600) antlered, 11,900 (11,000) antlerless;

WMU 3D: 4,700 (4,300) antlered, 4,200 (4,200) antlerless;


WMU 4A: 4,800 (4,400) antlered, 7,672 (7,913) antlerless;

WMU 4B: 5,600 (5,200) antlered, 7,108 (6,200) antlerless;

WMU 4C: 6,800 (6,400) antlered, 6,500 (5,300) antlerless;

WMU 4D: 10,600 (7,900) antlered, 8,417 (7,533) antlerless;

WMU 4E: 8,200 (7,300) antlered, 8,700 (7,500) antlerless;

WMU 5A: 2,900 (3,000) antlered, 3,801 (4,000) antlerless;

WMU 5B: 9,000 (8,900) antlered, 12,800 (12,400) antlerless;

WMU 5C: 8,800 (8,300) antlered, 15,600 (15,600) antlerless;

WMU 5D: 3,300 (2,900) antlered, 7,500 (6,500) antlerless; and

Unknown WMU: 50 (60) antlered, 76 (70) antlerless.


Season-specific 2017-18 deer harvest estimates (with 2016-17 harvest estimates in parentheses) are as follows:

WMU 1A: archery, 2,710 (3,030) antlered, 3,320 (2,950) antlerless; and muzzleloader, 90 (70) antlered, 1,480 (1,250) antlerless.

WMU 1B: archery, 3,370 (3,230) antlered, 2,730 (1,820) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (70) antlered, 970 (1,080) antlerless.

WMU 2A: archery, 2,040 (2,440) antlered, 2,030 (1,900) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (60) antlered, 1,170 (1,100) antlerless.

WMU 2B: archery, 3,060 (4,260) antlered, 6,490 (6,750) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (40) antlered, 1,010 (750) antlerless.

WMU 2C: archery, 3,400 (3,320) antlered, 1,500 (1,789) antlerless; muzzleloader, 100 (80) antlered, 1,000 (1,006) antlerless.

WMU 2D: archery, 5,720 (5,350) antlered, 2,800 (2,590) antlerless; muzzleloader, 80 (150) antlered, 2,100 (1,910) antlerless.

WMU 2E: archery, 2,040 (1,760) antlered, 1,120 (908) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (40) antlered, 880 (626) antlerless.

WMU 2F: archery, 3,110 (2,530) antlered, 1,340 (1,100) antlerless; muzzleloader, 90 (70) antlered, 1,060 (800) antlerless.

WMU 2G: archery, 2,050 (1,620) antlered, 1,110 (830) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (80) antlered, 990 (670) antlerless.

WMU 2H: archery, 390 (480) antlered, 320 (310­) antlerless; muzzleloader, 10 (20) antlered, 280 (290) antlerless.

WMU 3A: archery, 1,670 (1,470) antlered, 1,110 (700) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (30) antlered, 690 (500) antlerless.


WMU 3B: archery, 3,030 (2,440) antlered, 1,560 (1,380) antlerless; muzzleloader, 70 (60) antlered, 1,040 (1,020) antlerless.

WMU 3C: archery, 2,530 (2,340) antlered, 2,200 (1,880) antlerless; muzzleloader, 70 (60) antlered, 1,400 (1,220) antlerless.

WMU 3D: archery, 1,550 (1,470) antlered, 1,230 (1,060) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (30) antlered, 570 (440) antlerless.

WMU 4A: archery, 960 (940) antlered, 1,250 (1,374) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (60) antlered, 950 (1,031) antlerless.

WMU 4B: archery, 2,060 (1,850) antlered, 1,760 (1,400) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (50) antlered, 740 (600) antlerless.

WMU 4C: archery, 2,770 (2,570) antlered, 1,800 (1,380) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (30) antlered, 700 (620) antlerless.

WMU 4D: archery, 3,020 (2,420) antlered, 1,920 (1,629) antlerless; muzzleloader, 80 (80) antlered, 1,080 (876) antlerless.

WMU 4E: archery, 3,040 (2,750) antlered, 1,870 (1,570) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (50) antlered, 1,030 (730) antlerless.

WMU 5A: archery, 870 (970) antlered, 1,060 (870) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (30) antlered, 440 (330) antlerless.

WMU 5B: archery, 4,830 (4,730) antlered, 4,920 (4,330) antlerless; muzzleloader, 70 (70) antlered, 1,180 (970) antlerless.

WMU 5C: archery, 5,800 (5,300) antlered, 6,890 (6,990) antlerless; muzzleloader, 100 (100) antlered, 1,210 (1,010) antlerless.

WMU 5D: archery, 2,770 (2,280) antlered, 4,890 (4,180) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (20) antlered, 210 (220) antlerless.

Unknown WMU: archery, 40 (0) antlered, 60 (10) antlerless; muzzleloader, 0 (0) antlered, 0 (10) antlerless.

For additional information on Pennsylvania’s 2017-18 deer harvest, please go to the agency’s website – – and go to the “White-Tailed Deer” page, then select 2017-18 Deer Harvest Estimates.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has introduced legislation to ensure fair and reasonable oversight of the industry.

The bill comes as a follow-up to the years-long fight to stop the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from applying regulations necessary to address unconventional, deep-well drilling in Marcellus shale to the very different process of conventional, shallow well drilling. Those changes threatened to drive many conventional operations out of business.

“The conventional oil and gas industry employs thousands of people and is a vital contributor, not only to our local economy but to our statewide economy as well,” Causer said. “The goal of this legislation is to ensure fair regulation of the industry that will effectively protect the environment while also protecting this valuable industry and the jobs it provides.”

Specifically, the legislation would re-enact an updated version of the Oil and Gas Act of 1984. That law had governed the industry until the Marcellus Shale boom and proliferation of advanced drilling methods prompted development and passage of new regulations included in Act 13 of 2012.

“Although Act 13 was intended to address new issues with the unconventional industry, it also placed an unbearable burden on the much smaller conventional producers,” Causer said. “The operations are very different, and the regulations must be as well.”

The proposal to re-enact the Oil and Gas Act includes several regulatory updates and clarifications, and would serve as the framework for any future changes to rules impacting the conventional oil and gas industry. The legislation has been developed in large part by members of the Penn Grade Crude Advisory Council, which was created by Act 52 of 2016 to advise and assist DEP with regulatory changes impacting the conventional industry.

The council is also directed to develop a plan to increase production of Pennsylvania grade crude oil to more adequately supply refineries, such as American Refining Group, and look at ways to promote the long-term viability of the conventional oil and gas industry. Causer is one of 17 members of the commission.

House Bill 2154 was introduced with bipartisan support from across the state and has been referred to the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee for consideration. A companion bill, Senate Bill 1088, has been introduced by Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren) and was referred to the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Potter County Commissioner Chairman Doug Morley presented an  update on the Regional College of Rural Pennsylvania at last week’s board meeting.

Rather than being organized around a “main campus,” the college  operates  through a network of 14 community-based centers and satellite delivery sites. Morley said the college, which has been a long time coming,  is moving north to the Potter  County  Ed Council in Coudersport as one of the  locations.

The college has  open admissions, enrollment and entrance policies (i.e., no criteria beyond a high school diploma or GED). Tuition is  much lower than at traditional colleges and universities. Enrollees are able to participate in or near their home communities. Some students are  able to enroll for classes while they’re still in high school….

In the past, the regional college has  partnered with Gannon University  to provide credits but Morley said the college is moving toward accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and offers high school students a head start on college……………………..

Morley added that the curriculum will offer technical education  to fit the region’s needs as well as academics.

The college is not an on-line college but rather uses interactive instructional technology that is real-time, synchronous delivery. The interactive television allows students to be “together” in a classroom setting even thought the  instructor is teaching a group of students miles away.


Thomas E. Nichols, Sr., 76, of North Hollow Road, Coudersport, formerly of Tonawanda, NY, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 at UPMC Hamot, Erie. Tom was born on June 28, 1941 in Bath, NY, the son of the late Ervin and Iona (Young) Nichols. Tom worked for the Town of North Tonawanda, NY as a mechanic retiring in 1997 after 17 years of service.  Previously he owned and operated his own body shop in Tonawanda. Tom was a social member of the American Legion Potter Post 192, Coudersport and a member of the Eulalia Lodge #342 of the Free and Accepted Masons, Coudersport. Surviving are two sons, Thomas E. Nichols, Jr. of Lockport, NY and Andrew Nichols of Alamogordo, NM; a brother, Larry Nichols of Tonawanda, NY; two granddaughters, Alexis and Brittany Nichols., numerous nieces and nephews including his caregiver, James Nichols of Austin and his cat, Buddy.

In addition to his parents Tom was preceded in death by a step-son Randy, six brothers; Edward, Russell, Ervin Jr., Charles, Robert “Bill”  and Harold “Pete” Nichols and five sisters; Leonore Haight, Ethel Daggett, Alice Kopplinger, Gladys Brent and Phyllis “Cookie” Tackaberry.

A committal service will be held March 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Hill Cemetery, Roulette with a celebration of Tom’s life to follow at the American Legion Potter Post 192, 2 Buffalo St, Coudersport, from 2-4:00 pm.  Family suggest contributions in Tom’s name be made to The American Legion Potter Post 192, 2 Buffalo St, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements being handled by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport.