Thursday September 28, 2017


                    Wednesday’s high, 86; Overnight low, 52; some evening sprinkles







House approves Baker Health Care legislation…..Volunteers needed for “Spooktacular”at Lyman Run…..Historic football game to be re-enacted Saturday in Mansfield…Missing McKean County man, located…..York resident arrested for stiffing motel in Southern Potter County…..Wellsboro teen nabbed for shoplifting at Walmart…Police release details about recent crashes….Vandalism to military graves probed by state police at Mansfield…..

 The Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week approved legislation sponsored by Rep Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) that aims to improve health care payments options in the Commonwealth.

House Bill 1739 would add Pennsylvania to the list of 23 states that allow the use of a new Direct Primary Care (DPC) payment model embraced by patients, physicians, employers and payers.

It essentially would create a new law which would allow for the use of a medical service agreement, under which patients and doctors may contract for primary care services directly rather than using health insurance for the same services.

House Bill 1739 would allow the physician to provide the services and bill the individual directly, or through a third party, for a set scope of services without requiring the physician to register with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department as a health insurer or health maintenance organization.

Baker says the  legislation is not intended to encourage the use of the DPC model, but rather simply remove the entrance barriers for those providers who seek to offer these services to their patients.

“This legislation can be of benefit to those individuals with a high deductible on their health insurance plan,” said Baker. “Patients could also use their Health Savings Accounts to cover the costs of their care.”

This legislation is strongly supported by the Pennsylvania Family Physician Association consisting of approximately 5,000 family physicians.

House Bill 1739 now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

The Friends of Lyman Run are looking for volunteers to help with the Halloween event “Spooktacular” The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Saturday October 20. Rain date for this event will be Saturday, Oct. 21.This year kids will be able to visit the Haunted Picnic Grove…decorated for Halloween and candy will be handed out by spooks and witches and goblins.

Volunteers will be setting up the picnic grove at 3:30 pm and also setting up the luminary bags which will light the way to all the spooky treats.  Anyone wishing to help is asked to contact Maxine Harrison at

This is a great event for families and those will small children. The group  try to make it more fun than scary…so dress up the kids and take your trick or treat bags and come on out to the park for some Halloween fun!

A football game was played in Mansfield, PA Von the night of September 28, 1892. The game, between Mansfield State Normal School and Wyoming Seminary, was the first one in the U.S. to be played at night. The inaugural game was called at halftime and resulted in a scoreless tie.” The lighting was so poor that the teams were often unaware of which squad had the ball, and anyone in uniform was likely to be tackled,” Mansfield historian Stan Heaps said. The game will be re-enacted this Saturday night during  Mansfield’s Heritage Weekend .

A Cyclone man reported missing last week was located in Ebensburg, PA according to Kane based state police who have closed the case. Donald Andrews, 40, was reported missing last Thursday by family members and an all out search was conducted.

Coudersport based state police have arrested 57 year old David McFadden of York with retail theft and scattering rubbish. Troopers explained that McFaddent left the Cross Fork Motyel on September 17 without paying for the room in which he stayed three days. The room was allegedly found to be in extremely poor condition and while McFadden was fleeing the area, a wheel chair fell off the back of his vehicle. He retrieved the chair but it fell off a second time and became caught on the vehicle and was dragged about thre miles before it finally dislodged and landed on the road where McFadden left it

Retail theft charges have been lodged against a 17 year old girl by state police at the Mansfield barracks. Authorities claim the Wellsobor  teen was nabbed by store security when she tried to walk out without paying for some $25 in merchandise.

Three other Tioga County teens escaped injury in a one-vehicle roll over Tuesday morning in Richmond Township. Troopers report a 17 year old Blossburg boy was making a left hand curve on the Brooklyn Road when his Chevrolet Cobalt went off the road and into a ditch. He and two other Blossburg teens were using seatbelts and were not hurt.

An elderly Emporium man escaped injury in a car/deer encounter Tuesday afternoon in Allegany Township, Potter County. According to state police, 70 year old Erwin Murray was going north on Baker Creek Road when he swerved his Toyota Tacoma to avoid a deer. The truck went off the road; collided with a utility pole and continued for another 75 yards before stopping.

Troopers at Coudersport, this morning, released details about a couple of crashes last week. A Ulysses woman was hurt early last Friday morning when her Suzuki XL-7 went off the West Branch Road in West Branch Township hit an embankment and went into a ditch before rolling over onto the driver’s side. Police suspect 23 year old Sarah Monroe was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the 1:00 am crash. She was taken by Galeton Volunteer Ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

Details were also released regarding a one-vehicle mishap just after midnight on Sunday, September 17 in Bingham Township. Katie Reisinger, 20, of Harrison Valley was headed west on the Jackson Road when she fell asleep at the wheel. The car went off the road and hit a utility pole. Authorities say Reisinger got out of the car, placed the front bumper on the back seat of the car, put it in reverse and left the scene headed west on the Northern Potter Road.

A criminal mischief at a Tioga County cemetery is under investigation by state police. Vandals damaged flags and poles on the graves of US Military veterans between September 14 and 16. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.