Wednesday January 31, 2018










East Branch of Fishing Creek Looking North–Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 30; Overnight low, 5; ½” new snow







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Obituary: Fordyce Reese, Jr.  Coudersport

Unemployment goes up and down in region…..death of Elk County woman under investigation…woman accused of lying to police about stolen car….camp burns to the ground undetected….TV and other items stolen from Sinnemahoning home… taken from Johnsonburg residence….runaway truck wheel causes damage in Shinglehouse….Fed prisoner sentenced for throwing urine on FCI guard

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The unemployment rate went up and down in the region between November and December. Potter County’s jobless rate west down from 6.3% to 6.1%; McKean’s went up slightly from 5.7% to 5.9%; and Tioga County saw an increase from 5.9% to 6.2%. Cameron County held steady at 6.4% and Elk County was static at 4.5%. Adams County had the best percentage in the state at 3.6% and Forest was at the bottom at 7.4%. The unemployment figure in Pennsylvania was 4.7% for the period while the national percentage was 4.1%.

State police at Ridgway are investigating the death of a Wilcox woman. The body of 65 year old Olivia Biel was found just before 8:00 am Tuesday on the Glen Hazel Road near her home.

Troopers at Kane have arrested 32 year old Elise Feroce, no address given, for unsworn falsification. Officers  report when they discovered an abandoned vehicle which  had crashed along Route 66 south of the Jo Jo Road they determined Feroce was the owner. When questioned, she lied to investigators claiming the car had been stolen but their investigation found she was actually driving it at the time of the crash.

The state police fire marshal investigated a pile of ashes on Wismer Lane in Jones Township, Elk County Tuesday. When 89 year old Louis Maroda returned to his camp yesterday, he found it had been completely destroyed by fire. He was at the camp last on December 27. The blaze went undetected so the Wilcox Fire Department was not summoned. The uninsured loss is estimated to be $35,000. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

Burglars broke into a camp on Maple Street in Sinnemahoning earlier this month and removed several items including a TV, 22mm ammunition and a wooden swing from the camp owned by Larry Pentz of DuBois. The crime occurred between January 6 and 26.

A substantial amount of money was stolen from a home on the Wilcox Road in Johnsonburg yesterday. Anyone with information is encouraged to call state police at Ridgway.

Shinglehouse man for unlawful activities after the front left wheel on his 1996 Chevrolet 1500 fell off and damaged some property Monday morning in that town. Troopers explained tha Austin was going west on East Honeoye Street when the wheel came off, rolled through private property and crossed over to Maple Street. The wheel continued on, and collided with a plastic lattice fence. The truck continued headed west for about 25 feet before the hub contacted the pavement. The truck went another 50 feet before stopping in the center of the westbound lane. Authorities claim Austin failed to ensure that the left front wheel was properly connected to the hub after performing maintenance.

 A federal prisoner at McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Bradford, Pennsylvania has been sentenced in federal court to 12 months and 1 day in jail on his conviction of assaulting a federal officer, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The sentence imposed will be consecutive to the sentence the defendant is presently serving.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence Wednesday on Rogelio Muniz-Valdez, 42.

According to information presented to the court, on March 15, 2017, while incarcerated at FCI-McKean, Muniz-Valdez threw urine at a federal officer who was engaged in her official duties.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended officers of the McKean Federal Correctional Institution for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Muniz-Valdez.

Fordyce Allen Reese, Jr., 44 of Coudersport, PA passed away Monday, January 29, 2018 at his residence.

Born March 9, 1973 in Coudersport he was the son of Fordyce Allen and Rosemarie Greitl Reese, Sr.

Allen was a graduate of Coudersport High School. He had been employed with Seals Lumber, Wending Creek Farms, Adelphia and Magic Valley Skateland for many years.  He was a volunteer for 25 years with the Coudersport Fire Department, enjoyed woodworking, and built crafts for Reesecreation. He was an avid Steelers fan, supported Matt Kerseth in NASCAR, enjoyed fishing, working with model trains and roller skating. He was an accomplished Christmas light decorator.

Allen is survived by his mother, Rosemarie Reese, of Coudersport, PA, children, Ayden and Alyssa Reese of Coudersport, PA, lifelong love Angela Reese, of Coudersport, PA, brothers, Erhard Reese (Wanda Long), Ulysses, PA and David (Susan) Reese of Coudersport, PA., sisters, Rosie (Donny) Wilson, of York, PA, Loretta Battaglia,  ( late Frank) of Florida, Ellen (Larry) Goodwin, of Coudersport, PA and Marie (Donny) Arrowood, of Coudersport, PA and many nieces , nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, and brother in-law, Frank Battaglia.

Friends and family are invited to Allen’s Life Celebration Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA with a visitation from 12pm-2pm, funeral service to follow at 2pm, Pastor Scott Ogden officiating. Please feel free to wear your Steelers apparel. Burial will be in the Reeseville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Assn. 122 E. 2nd St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements held by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

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Tuesday January 30, 2018

East Branch of Fishing Creek, looking north–Gerri Miller

Obituary: James Baker, Smethport

Monday’s high, 40; Overnight low 18, 1” new snow





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Causer’s bill to help ambulance companies advances in House…..Deadline approaching for Leadership Potter County 2018…..Theft of trail cameras in Elk County investigated….Tools stolen this weekend in Tioga County……

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The House Appropriations Committee last week unanimously approved Rep. Causer’s  legislation to help struggling ambulance services by providing a desperately needed increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates. The vote puts the bill in place for a vote by the full House in the near future.

House Bill 699 would increase reimbursements for Advanced Life Support (ALS) services from $200 to not less than $300, and for Basic Life Support (BLS) services from $120 to $180. The rates were last adjusted in 2004. Causer says”This is an important step toward addressing some of the most pressing financial challenges facing our emergency medical services. “


The Potter County Ed Council is reminding residents that the deadline to apply for Leadership Potter County is quickly approaching.

The course will help participants expand personal leadership skills, introduce them to key issues currently facing the region, and provide them with an understanding of future trends that may impact their community.

As LPC celebrates its tenth year in 2018, an updated program will be rolled out. The program will cover important topics that teach participants about their own leadership styles and connect them to valuable resources in the county. New to the program are a customized learning environment, additional small group work, and “walk and talk” activities.

Leadership Potter County 2018 is scheduled to begin in February. For more information or to request an application, call the Education Council at 814-274-4877.


The theft of some trail cameras over the weekend in Elk County is being probed by state police at Ridgway. Thieves took the equipment Sunday from along Robin Road in fox Township between 3:30 pm Friday and 4:30 pm. The cameras were owned by St. Marys resident Douglas Kline.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks are looking for a burglar or burglars who stole some tools from a Tioga Township home Criminals took a Dewalt 20 volt drill, 20 volt Dewalt Sawzall and Dewalt drill bit set from the home of Randy Swain on Mitchell Creek Road between 3:00 pm last Wednesday and 3:00 pm Friday.The tools are valued at a total of $200.00.

DUI charges have been filed against 45 year old Scott Keaton of Galeton by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Troopers claim when they pulled Keaton over for  a traffic violation on the night of December 29 on Sherman Street in that town, they found he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.


James A. Baker, 99, formerly of W. King St., Smethport,  passed away Friday (Jan. 26, 2018) in Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport.
     Born January 7, 1919, in Bradford, PA, he was a son of Cecil J. And Gertrude M. Murry Baker.  On June 15, 1946, in Smethport, he married Carolyn L. Hallstrom, who died Dec. 21, 2008.  They were married 62 years.
Mr. Baker was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Smethport High School, class of 1938.
He was a veteran of WWII, having served with the US Army Air Corp.
James was employed in research & development and management with Airco-Speer Co., Bradford, for 20 years, Case Cutlery Co., Bradford for 7 years, and Intermediate IU9, Smethport, for 7 years before his retirement.
He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Port Allegany, where he was a past deacon, trustee, and usher.  He was also a member of the Enchanted Mountain Weavers’ Guild and the McKean County Historical Society.
Surviving are two sons, Timothy J. (Julie) Baker of Wrights, Phillip H. (Esther) Baker of Edmonton Alberta, Canada; 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Carolyn, and a sister, Pauline R. Reese.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Jan, 31, 2018) in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Port Allegany, with Rev. J.T. Madison, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Farmers Valley.
Memorials can be made to the Evangelical Covenant Church Memorial Fund or McKean County Historical Society.  Condolences can be made to:  Tim J. Baker
139 Upper Portage Rd.
Port Allegany, PA. 16743



Monday January 28, 2018


East Branch of Fishing Creek Looking North—Gerri Miller


Sunday’s high, 48; Overnight low, 17; no precipitation







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Wellsboro man accused of lying while trying to buy a gun…Port Allegany home damaged by accidental fire Saturday..Pick up truck and tractor trailer collide in Tioga County…..Cyber thieves use Emporium woman’s identity to buy computer….safe stolen from Potter County  home…..drug paraphernalia found at women’s rehab center….Tioga County probation officers find suspected drugs on suspect….Are fire and ambulance departments awarded grants

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Rep. Martin Causer and Rep. Matt Baker have  announced that area fire and ambulance companies located in the region will  receive more than $646, 000  in state grants under the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program.

Funding from the program can be used for construction or renovation of a company’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.

 All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not taxpayer money.


Since its inception, the program has provided nearly $5.4 million in funding to fire and ambulance companies in the three-county area. Every emergency service organization that completes the application process receives funding, as long as they comply with PENNFIRS reporting requirements.

Grants were awarded to the following fire and EMS companies:

  • Big Elm Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc.: $11,543.23
  • Blossburg Fireman’s Ambulance Association: $7,037.40.
  • Blossburg Volunteer Fire Department: $11,543.23.
  • Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Company: $12,096.11.
  • Crary Hose Company; $12,464.70.
  • Elkland Borough Volunteer Fire Department: $12,096.11.
  • Knoxville-Deerfield Volunteer Fire Company: $11,911.82.
  • Lawrenceville Fire Department: $12,280.41
  • Lawrenceville Firemans Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,037.40.
  • Mansfield Hose Company: $13,017.40.
  • Middlebury Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,037.40.
  • Middlebury Township Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $12,280.41.
  • Millerton Volunteer Fire Department: $14,123.37.
  • Morris Township Fire Company: $11,543.23.
  • Osceola Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $12,096.11.
  • Tioga Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $11,543.23.
  • Tioga Volunteer Firemen’s Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,037.40.
  • Valley Community Ambulance Association: $7,037.40.
  • Wellsboro Volunteer Fire Department: $12,833.30.

Cameron County

Cameron County Ambulance Service, Emporium – $7,037.40.

  • Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $11,543.23.
  • Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $6,394.

McKean County 

  • Bradford City Fire Department, Bradford – $7,037.40 for EMS operations; $12,380 for fire company operations.
  • Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $14,676.26.
  • Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $12,096.11.
  • Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $11,911.82.
  • Eldred Borough Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Eldred – 4,573.40 for EMS operations; $11,543.23 for fire company operations.
  • Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $11,727.52.
  • Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department, Hazlehurst – $11,543.23.
  • Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, Cyclone – $11,727.52.
  • Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $11,911.82.
  • Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,543.23.
  • Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,911.82.
  • Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association, Mount Jewett – $7,037.40.
  • Mount Jewett Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $11,727.52.
  • Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $7,037.40 for EMS operations; $11,911.82 for fire company operations.
  • Port Allegany Fire Department, Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $14,676.26.
  • Port Area Ambulance Service Inc., Port Allegany – $7,037.40.
  • Rew Volunteer Fire Department, Rew – $12,096.11.
  • Smethport Fire Department Inc., Smethport – $12,096.11.

Potter County 

  • Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $7,037.40 for EMS operations; $13,386.18 for fire company operations.
  • Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, Coudersport – $7,037.40.
  • Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $13,939.07.
  • Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $7,037.40.
  • Genesee Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Genesee – $7,037.40 for EMS operations; $11,727.52 for fire company operations.
  • Germania Fire Company, Galeton – $11,150.
  • Goodyear Hose Company No. 1, Galeton – $12,096.11.
  • Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Harrison Valley – $13,570.48.
  • Kettle Creek Ambulance Association, Cross Fork – $7,037.40.
  • Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $11,543.23.
  • Roulette Chemical Engine No. 1 Inc., Roulette – $7,037.40 for EMS operations; $11,911.82 for fire company operations.
  • Tri-town Fire Company, Ulysses – $13,570.48.


A Wellsboro man has been arrested for violating gun laws. State police at Mansfield allege 49 year old Steven Whittle lied on ATF Form 4473 while trying to buy a gun at the Mansfield Walmart on October 17, 2017.

Both drivers escaped injury Friday afternoon when a pick up truck and tractor trailer collided in Blossburg.  Troopers report the collision occurred when Rocky King of Eldred failed to stop after using the Southbound exit ramp on Route 15 and pulled his Peterbilt Hauler onto Boone Road in front of a Ford F350 driven by Lyle Jones of Wellsboro. The impact shoved the pick up off the road and into an embankment.

Minor injuries were reported for a passenger after a collision last Wednesday afternoon on Route 6 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, the accident happened when Ryan Martin of Mansfield, distracted by two children, a 6 year old boy and a3 year old girl riding in his Dodge Caravan and did not notice failed notice that Ryan Ritter of Williamsport had stopped his Chevrolet Silverado to wait for a vehicle ahead which was waiting for traffic to make a left turn. When he realized Ritter had stopped, Martin steered to the right but his van clipped the pickup truck on the right rear corner.

Cyber thieves used ID information for Dorothy Hastings of Emporium to buy a laptop computer on January 18. The computer was shipped to a California address.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks investigated a tangible theft last week. Burglars stole a safe from the home of Amie Whitesell on Hydes Road, Shinglehouse between January 22 and 27.

State police at Coudersport are investigating a case of contraband at the Potter County’s Rehabilitation Center in Harrison Township. Drug paraphernalia was reportedly found at the Center on January 4. If the owner is located, she would be expelled and returned to jail as per county policy.

Troopers at Mansfield allege Tioga County Probation officers found a male suspect with suspected drugs and paraphernalia last Thursday afternoon. Police did not release man’s  name while awaiting analysis of the suspect items.


Leah N. Lewis May, 93, of Laurel Lane, Port Allegany passed away Thursday (Jan. 25, 2018) in Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, NY.
Born August 17, 1924, in Wrights, PA, she was a daughter of Milford L. and Pearl Robbins Nelson.  On Oct. 20, 1947, in Erie, PA, she married Lawrence O. Lewis, who died May 11, 2002. In May 2005, in Port Allegany, PA, she married Joseph May, who died Feb. 14, 2017.
Leah was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1942.
She was employed with North Penn Gas Co. of Port Allegany, and later with the Port Allegany School District as secretary for both the superintendent, and school board for many years, before retiring in 1984.
Leah was a member of the Port Allegany Senior Center.
She enjoyed sewing and doing seamstress work for many local residents. In recent years, she loved crocheting.
Surviving are a daughter, Barbara J. Major and a son, James L. Lewis both of Port Allegany; two grandchildren, Mick (Jodee) Caulkins of Port Allegany, and Krystal Wilcox of Gettysburg, PA; four great-grandchildren: Gage. Shaylee, and Brier Caulkins, and Scarlett Willcox.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, George M. Nelson, Ralph L. Nelson; and three sisters, Olive A. Nelson, Alice R. Nelson, and Edith L. Nelson.
Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. Sunday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany,  where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Jan. 29, 2018) with Dan Helenek and Brad Wilson, co-officiating. Burial will be in Portage Valley Cemetery, Wrights.
Memorials can be made to the Port Allegany Senior Center.

Condolences can be made to:  Barbara J. Major
31 Laurel Lane
Port Allegany, PA. 16743