Monday January 15, 2018

Sunday’s high, 19; Overnight low,-6; no new snow







BFB Headlines (Monday January 15, 2018) A Weedville man died from exposure and a medical problem while on a Side by Side ride over the weekend…Austin woman and teen passenger unhurt in weather related crash lst week….injuries reported for a Coudersport woman in head-on collision a few minutes later…Coudersport teen driver and passenger unhurt in one-vehicle mishap Saturday….Elk County driver cited for failing to yield to another vehicle after crash Friday…..Coudersport man cited for driving too closely after rear-end collision Friday near Port Allegany…Blossoburg woman arrested for speeding after her car crashed when it ran into a large pothole….Ulysses man accused of illegally buying $3400 in fuel……Cyber criminals make illegal purchases using Shinglehouse woman’s bank account information…Homer Township man arrested for plugging township culvert to divert flood waters….,Election law violation in Bingham Township this past November investigated by troopers in Coudersport…Next on-air report after 12:06p today on

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A Weedville man died accidentally over the weekend according to state police at Ridgeway. When 54 year old Scot Winslow failed to return to his home on Saturday after a Side by Side ride, a search was initiated. Winslow’s body was found Sunday in a wooded area off of Apple Street in Jay Township. Authorities report Winslow died from hypothermia and a medical condition while riding the machine.

An Austin woman and her passenger escaped injury in a weather-related accident Monday afternoon on Route 872 in Homer Township. Troopers reported Brenda Siebert was going south when her Jeep Liberty a patch of slush and snow and struck  an embankment before rolling over onto the driver’s side. Siebert and a 15 year old male passenger were not using seatbelts but were not hurt.

A Coudersport woman was hurt a few minutes later  in a collision on Route 6 in Eulalia Township. Troopers just released details reporting Kayla Hardesty was going when her Pontiac Grand Prix went out of control on a right hand curve. The car continued to slide after Hardesty applied the brakes, hit a section of guardrails and bounced into the opposite lane where it collided head-on with a Dodge Ram driven by Thomas Scott of Johnstown, PA. Volunteer firefighters extricated Hardesty from the wreckage. She was taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital by ambulance. A one yeas old girl  riding in a child safety seat was unhurt as was Scott.

Two Coudersport teens escaped injury Saturday morning when a Hyundai Accent driven by 18 year old Ryan Brown slid through the intersection of Empson Road and Route 49 in Ulysses Township and collided with some guardrails. Brown and his passenger, 18 year old Paige Tilley were seat belted when Brown braked as  he approached the intersection.

The names of a Sigel, PA driver and his passenger have not yet been released by state police at Ridgway. The 29 year old driver was life flighted  to UPMC in Altoona with serious injuries. The 27 year passenger from Kersey was treated at Penn Highlands Elk for minor injuries. Police said due to the extent of the injuries, they are awating notification to next of kin before releasing names.

State police at Ridgway have charged a Kersey man for failing to obey stop and yield signs after a collision Friday afternoon at the intersection of Toby Road, Dagus Mine road and  in Fox Township, Elk County. Authorities related  Timothy Nelson failed to yield to a Honda Accord driven by  William Hillebrand also of Kersey causing his Kia Rio to slam into the driver’s side of Willebrand’s Honda Accord. Nelson was arrested for suspicion of DUI.

About an hour later, a Ford Escape driven by James Tucker of Coudersport slid into the back of a Ford E-350 driven by Jason Luce of Kennedy, NY which had slowed down to almost a stop for a school bus with flashing lights. Tucker was cited for following too closely for the 3:45 pm collision.

Mansfield based state police allege Andrew Derenzo was going too fast for conditions when his Toyota Corolla slid across the median on ice covered Route 15 in Lawrence Township Friday night. The car impacted a ditch before stopping. Derenzo was not charged.

A Blossburg woman was cited for speeding after her car wrecked last Thursday night in Bloss Township, Tioga County. According to state police at Mansfield, Kimberly Root’s Chevrolet Trail Blazer spun off the S. Williamson Road after hitting a large pothole at intersection with an unnamed street. The SUV became airborne and traveled over a four foot embankment before hitting a tree with the passenger side. The unit spun clockwise about 180 degrees before  stopping.

Mansfield based state police have arrested 31 year old Patrick Tomb of Ulysses for an ID theft. Authorities claim Tomb used a co-worker’s PIN to obtain gas for his personal vehicle totaling $3400 between March and December 2017.

Unknown cyber thieves used Shinglehouse resident Kristen Clower’s bank account  to make several unlawful purchases January 3 or 4. The investigation is continuing.

A Byrnedale man was committed to the Elk County Prison last Friday afternoon after arraigned for simple assault. Troopers explained 32 year old Jeffrey Gray and a 46 year old man and a 66 year old man were arguing when Gray allegedly punched the 46 year old man in the face and subjected the 66 year old man to physical contact when he tried to break up the fight.

Coudersport based state police have charged 69  year old John Charles Miller of Coudersport with disorderly conduct for an incident allegedly taking place Friday morning. Authorities assert Miller intentionally plugged a Homer Township culvert pipe with mud and rocks to prevent water from running into his yard causing flooding on nearby roadways creating a hazard  for drivers.

Troopers at Coudersport are continuing to investigate a reported election violation. Two Bingham Township women and a Bingham township man campaign inside of and within 10 feet of the Bingham Township Building during the November 7, 2017 election in violation of state law.

Friday January 12, 2018

The National Weather Service in State College PA has issued a

* Flood Warning for Urban Areas and Small Streams in…
Eastern McKean County in north central Pennsylvania…
Potter County in north central Pennsylvania…

* Until 1000 PM EST

* At 718 PM EST, local law enforcement reported flooding in
Shinglehouse Borough in the area of Horse Run and Low Street and
in Galeton Borough with ice jams on Pine Creek near Telescope

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Cross Fork, Galeton, Harrison Valley, Cherry Springs State Park,
Roulette, Genesee, Keating Summit, Denton Hill State Park,
Shinglehouse and Wharton.


Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the
dangers of flooding.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
creeks and streams, country roads, farmland, and other low lying

Photo by Gerri Miller

Roulette Twp. workers removed flood debris and ice jam from around new bridge on Atkins Road Friday morning.

The West Branch of Fishing Creek is closed due to flooding.

The East Branch and Atkins Road are open  although the creek is over its bank and there are places with water over the  the road.

Wiemer Baseball field  and the park at the intersection of Route 6 and Fishing Creek Road were under water.

2.9 ” of rain fell overnight on Fishing Creek. Another .25″ between 7::00 AM and 8:30 am.

Thursday’s high, 54; overnight low, 49; 2.90 ” of rain overnight’ .25″ this morning


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Flooding reported throughout the region…
Red Mill Bridge in McKean County closed due to high water…Floodwatch remains in effect..and a winter storm warning has been posted….Heavy snow predicted….Stay inside and enoy Eagle Cam this weekend….DEP schedules public hearing in Coudersport next week for water treatment facility. …PA Farm Show concludes Saturday….Bradford man accused of driving without ignition interlock device….Two Tioga County residents arrested for harassment…..

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Motorists are advised that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has temporarily closed a Route 146 (Red Mill Road) bridge in McKean County. The bridge spans Red Mill Brook near the intersection of Creekside Drive in Norwich Township.

PennDOT closed the bridge earlier today after flood waters crested the bridge surface. It will remain closed until waters recede and an inspection crew can access the bridge for potential damage. PennDOT does not expect the bridge to open any earlier than late Tuesday, January 16. Motorists are advised to choose alternate routes until the closure has been lifted.

The bridge was originally constructed in 1934. It is 28 feet long and carries an average of more than 200 vehicles daily.


Classes were cancelled at some area schools today because of flooding or potential flooding. Oswayo Valley students were released st noon. Several volunteer fire departments were kept busy responding to Due to the impending flooding and ice this afternoon, the students of the Oswayo Valley School District were dismissed at noon. There will be no CTC, no afternoon pre-kindergarten, and all evening activities are canceled for Friday and Saturday. The book swap, movie night, and potato dinner at the elementary school have been rescheduled for January 19, 2018.flooded basements. Star Hose volunteers were recalled after being dispatched mid-morning to help a family evacute a mobile home on Coleman Mills Road.

The Flood Watch continues for

* A portion of central Pennsylvania, including the following
counties, Cameron, Clearfield, Columbia, Elk, McKean, Montour,
Northern Centre, Northern Clinton, Northern Lycoming,
Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Southern Centre, Southern
Clinton, Southern Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, and Warren.

* Through Saturday evening

* Periods of rain will continue to fall over the area today, some
of which could be heavy this morning. 1 to 3 inches of rain are
expected across the watch area by early this evening. The rain
is expected to change to a wintry mix by late this evening and
eventually snow overnight.

* Area waterways are covered with ice due to our recent arctic
outbreak. Rapidly rising stream and river levels may lead to a
break up of the ice, leading to localized ice jam flooding, as
the ice collects at constrictions. The most susceptible areas
are at bridges or bends in the river, where ice jams could clog
the flow, causing water to back up onto land.

Keep an eye on area waterways and be alert for sudden rises.

Review flood safety and preparedness information at

The National Weather Service in State College issued a
* Flash Flood Warning for…
Rain and Snowmelt in…
Western Elk County in north central Pennsylvania…
McKean County in north central Pennsylvania…

* Until 7:30 pm
* At 629 AM EST, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated
heavy rain falling across the warned area. Rapid snowmelt is also
occurring and will add to the flooding. Flooding is reported
across McKean County and portions of Route 770 and 346 are closed.
An Ice Jam is reported on Minard Run.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Bradford, Ridgway, Kane, Johnsonburg, St. Marys, Crosby, Rew,
Ludlow, Marshburg and East Branch Dam.
Recommended actions
Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Area fire departments were kept busy pumping out basements across the region. Star Hose Volunteers in Port Allegany were recalled after being dispatched to help a family evacuate a mobile home near near Coleman Creek.

Meanwhile a Winter Storm Warning is in effect from7p this evening to 10a EST Sturday.

Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Plan on difficult
travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches
and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch are
expected in otter, Elk and Cameron Counties.
Rain will change to a wintry mix after dusk this evening,
then snow by around midnight. Expect the snow to taper off by
late Saturday morning.

Be prepared for significant reductions in
visibility late tonight.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission strongly encourage motorists to heed all
travel restrictions and delay unnecessary travel. Visit for the latest travel, roadway and traffic
conditions on major highways.

PennDOTDistrict 2 is alerting drivers that heavy rainfall, falling temperatures, and expected snow in the northcentral region could impact travel through Saturday. Rainfall overnight could cause roadway flooding and falling temperatures could then bring flash freezing and sleet. Snowfall will follow the rain, bringing added challenges for drivers. District 2 includes Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties.
Through much of the region, snow accumulations of up to 6 inches are possible, with as much as a foot of snow possible in northwest areas of the region. While accumulation could be slight in southern counties, winds and low temperatures could combine with the snowfall to make conditions slippery and challenging.
PennDOT recommends avoiding travel during winter storms if possible, but motorists who must be on the road are urged to use caution while driving and offers this advice:
Don’t drive through standing water.
⦁ Slow down and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
⦁ Turn on your headlights.
⦁ Increase your following distance.
⦁ Reduce in-car distractions.
⦁ Use defroster and wipers.
⦁ Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.
⦁ Use four-way flashers when traveling slowly.
⦁ Always buckle up and never drink and drive.

PennDOTsays it is prepared d, with plow trucks and other equipment ready. Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep roads safe and passable.

Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths — when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.
To help make decisions as to whether to travel during winter weather, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should consider special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.
PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA. Citizens can find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the Web site or the toll-free line.
For more information on winter driving and PennDOT operations, visit
For regional updates on Twitter, follow\511PAStateCOLL

With severe winter weather predicted for this weekend, it might be a good time to stay in side and take advantage of the roun-the-clock opportunity to view bald eagles at close range. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Eagle Cam is back online, offering viewers worldwide 24-7 access to live video and audio captured at a bald-eagle nest in Hanover, Pa.

The Eagle Cam is provided through a partnership among the Game Commission, HDOnTap, Comcast Business and Codorus State Park.

Once again this year, the Eagle Cam features two cameras, each equipped with a microphone, placed 75 feet high in a tree adjacent to Codorus State Park. Eagles have nested at the tree for more than a decade, and have successfully fledged young there many times.

While the 2017 run of the Eagle Cam at the same tree was successful, with two eaglets hatching in March and taking their first flights in June, there was some question whether the Eagle Cam would be back at the same tree in 2018.

The nest, which had partially collapsed and was rebuilt ahead of the 2017 nesting season, collapsed further since the Eagle Cam last was online. But once again, the adult eagles using the nest tree have rebuilt the nest, and appear to have it ready for another go in the coming months.

Game Commission Executive Director Bryan J. Burhans said the uncertainty of what will happen next is part of why so many Eagle Cam viewers regularly tune in. As many as 1.5 million viewers have watched the Eagle Cam during a single nesting season.

View the eagle cam.

Twitter and Facebook users also can share the Eagle Cam with friends by tweeting #PGCEagleCam.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting, followed by a public hearing, to discuss permitting for the proposed Epiphany Allegheny LLC water treatment facility, located in Eulalia Township, Potter County.
Both events will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the Gunzburger Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport, PA. The public meeting will begin at 5:30 PM, when DEP and the applicant will discuss the proposed project and permit requirements. The public hearing will begin at 7:00 PM, during which time citizens may present oral testimony regarding the proposed project and application process.
Those wishing to speak should register onsite prior to 7:00 PM. Comments are limited to five minutes per person.
Written comments of any length may also be provided to Thomas Randis, Environmental Program Manager, at 208 West Third Street, Suite 101, Williamsport, PA 17701, or via email, no later than January 29, 2018.
Questions about the permitting process should be directed to Thomas Randis at 570-327-0530.
Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Megan Lehman at 570-327-3659, or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD users), or 1-800-654-5988 (Voice Users), to discuss how DEP may accommodate your needs.

The 102nd PA Farm Show will conclude Saturday afternon. Today is Resource Conservation farmland preservation and best management practices for conservation are being highlighted.The nations largest indoor agricultural event features 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors.
Friday’s schedule:
8 a.m.           Breeding Sheep Judging (SA)
Dairy Cattle Judging (EA)
Open Dairy Goat Judging (NW)
10 a.m.         Maple Production Demonstration by the PA Maple Syrup Producers (CCS)
Tractor Square Dancing (LA)
PA Mohair Demonstration by T. Kunst (GFS)
11 a.m.         Todd Lewis, Chef Instructor, PA Department of Corrections (CCS)
Draft Horse Hitch and Drive (LA)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)
12 p.m.         Maureen Fowler, Sous Chef at Devon Seafood Grill (CCS)
Make It and Take It: Cookie Mix, Sponsored by Golden Barrel (EL)
Fiber Works Resource Center Demonstration (GFS)
1 p.m.           The Best Rib and Beer Competition presented by the PA Pork Producers Council (CCS)
Tractor Square Dancing (LA)
Fiber Art Demonstration by E. Anderson (GFS)
2 p.m.           Bill Collier, Executive Chef at Bricco (CCS)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)
2:30 p.m.      Celebrity Cow Milking Contest (EA)
3 p.m.           Thomas J. Long, Director of Campus Dining at HACC’s The Chef’s Apprentice (CCS)
3:30 p.m.      Junior Dairy Cattle Showmanship (EA)
4 p.m.           Chef Instructor David T. Mills III and HACC, Central PA’s Community College, Students (CCS)
5 p.m.           School Cooking Challenge with HACC, Central PA’s Community College, Students (CCS)
Golden Barrel Sticky Bun Contest (GFS)
6 p.m.           Honey Extraction Demonstration by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (CCS)
PA Equine Showcase (EA)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Experience Milking a Cow (SA)
7 p.m.           PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo (LA)
A Bradford man has been arrested for an ignition int4erlock violation. Kane based state police explained when they pulled 62 yearold Anthony Giordano over for an equipment violation on Main Street in the city last Saturday night they found he was driving a vehicle witout ignition Interlock equipment as is required for those convicted of DUI.
Two Tioga County residents have been cited for harassment for separate incidents. Trooers sai Keith Monroe, 38 of Tioga, PA made threatening statements to 31 year old Jordan Butler of Troupsburg when argued over a woman at the Pump and Pantry in Tioga Borough. Brenda Mattis of Millerton was arrested after she allegedly twisted and pinched Loree Lisk at Bakercrest Home in Rutland Township Thursday.
Robert C. HOWELL, III, 42, of Genesee, PA, formerly Waycross, GA, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.

Born September 11, 1975, in Waycross, GA, he was the son of Robert C. and Faye Mobley Howell, Jr.

Surviving are:  his wife, Candace M. Brower of Genesee;  three children, Robert H. Howell, Katerina Howell, and Amelia Howell;  two step-children, Gabrielle Thompson-Brower and Harley Thompson-Brower;  four sisters, Barbara Hauser, Brenda McClellen, Genia Leggett, and Becky Jones;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents.

Services will be private.

Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

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Thursday January 11, 2018

Wednesday’s High, 42; Overnight low, 36; no precipitation






Photo by Gerri Miller

Chuck Dillon, Assistant to Sen. Joe Scarnati see story below

Obituaries: Ferd Irish (Coudersport) & Robert Ballway (Port Allegany)

Veterans and their families are being honored today at the PA Farm Show….Potter County Commissioners thank Senator Scarnati’s representative for the senator’s help in getting an increase in the Payment in lieu of taxes and curbing n Coudersport. Deer and Slippery roads blamed for recent crashes….State police in Emporium arrest driver for having pot and paraphernalia…

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Today is is Veterans, Military & Their Families Day at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Farmers are the 2% of our nation that feeds us. Veterans are the 2% that protects us. those who feed, those who serve, and those are being recognized  at the Farm Show.

The DMVA Mobile Veterans Outreach Van will be set up in the Expo Hall all week and staffed by Accredited Veteran Service Officers to provide information and assistance to veterans and family members who may be eligible for programs and benefits. Services include service-connected disability compensation, pensions, and health care benefits through the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, burial benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation, active service bonuses, state nursing home care, and much more.

Visitors can meet with representatives of Veteran Service Organizations at the Department of Agriculture booth in the Main Hall, and at the DMVA booth #255 in the Expo Hall.

Thursday’s schedule

8 a.m.             Junior Dairy Goat Showmanship, following by Judging (NW)
Junior Breeding Sheep Showmanship, followed by Judging (SA)

8:30 a.m.        Draft Horse Pleasure Show and Stick Horse Race (EA)

10 a.m.           Honey Extraction Demonstration by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (CCS)
PA Mohair Demonstration by T. Kunst (GFS)

11 a.m.           Chef Instructor Brian Peffley and Lebanon County Career and Technology Center Students (CCS)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

12 p.m.           Wes Trout, Sales Manager and Culinary Trainer for BOSCH and Thermador Appliances (CCS)
Make It and Take It: Nest Box Building, Sponsored by the Bluebird Society of PA (EL)

1 p.m.             Army vs. Navy Cook-Off (CCS)
Exceptional Rodeo (LA)

2 p.m.             Homegrown By Heroes™ Award Presentation (CCS)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

3 p.m.             John Moeller, former White House Chef and Author (CCS)
Carving Spurtles and Spoons Demonstration (GFS)

3:30 p.m.        Junior Meat Breeding Goat Showmanship, followed by Judging (NW)

4 p.m.             Cher Harris, Executive Pastry Chef at The Hotel Hershey (CCS)
Fiber Works Resource Center Demonstration (GFS)

5 p.m.             Jen Moyer Murphy, Corporate Chef at Clemens Food Group (CCS)
Rabbit Hopping Demonstration (E)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

6 p.m.             Maple Production Demonstration by the PA Maple Syrup Producers (CCS)
Angora Palooza (SA)
PA Equine Showcase (EA)

7 p.m.             PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo (LA)


Friday is Resource Conservation Day at the Farm Show in Harrisburg.Farmers are the original stewards of our land. the work of the industry to provide for the future of our state, and our nation, through farmland preservation and best management practices for conservation will be highlighted through out the day.

Friday’s Schedule:

8 a.m.           Breeding Sheep Judging (SA)
Dairy Cattle Judging (EA)
Open Dairy Goat Judging (NW)

10 a.m.         Maple Production Demonstration by the PA Maple Syrup Producers (CCS)
Tractor Square Dancing (LA)
PA Mohair Demonstration by T. Kunst (GFS)

11 a.m.         Todd Lewis, Chef Instructor, PA Department of Corrections (CCS)
Draft Horse Hitch and Drive (LA)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

12 p.m.         Maureen Fowler, Sous Chef at Devon Seafood Grill (CCS)
Make It and Take It: Cookie Mix, Sponsored by Golden Barrel (EL)
Fiber Works Resource Center Demonstration (GFS)

1 p.m.           The Best Rib and Beer Competition presented by the PA Pork Producers Council (CCS)
Tractor Square Dancing (LA)
Fiber Art Demonstration by E. Anderson (GFS)

2 p.m.           Bill Collier, Executive Chef at Bricco (CCS)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

2:30 p.m.      Celebrity Cow Milking Contest (EA)

3 p.m.           Thomas J. Long, Director of Campus Dining at HACC’s The Chef’s Apprentice (CCS)

3:30 p.m.      Junior Dairy Cattle Showmanship (EA)

4 p.m.           Chef Instructor David T. Mills III and HACC, Central PA’s Community College, Students (CCS)

5 p.m.           School Cooking Challenge with HACC, Central PA’s Community College, Students (CCS)
Golden Barrel Sticky Bun Contest (GFS)

6 p.m.           Honey Extraction Demonstration by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (CCS)
PA Equine Showcase (EA)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Experience Milking a Cow (SA)

7 p.m.           PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo (LA)

Chuck Dillon pictured above,  an aide to State Senator Joe Scarnati, attended last week’s meeting of the Potter County Board of Commissioners to seek input on state government issues and related matters. Funding for 911 emergency communications and for state-mandated programs provided by Potter County Human Services were among the priorities the board asked Dillon to share with the senator. The commissioners also asked Dillon to convey their appreciation for his support of higher payments-in-lieu-of-taxes for state-owned forest and park land, and his advocacy to include new curbs as part of PennDOT’s Rt. 6 reconstruction project through downtown Coudersport. The original plan did not call for curbing.

Deer and slippery roads continue to plague drivers across the region. Nicole Skinner of Roulette escaped  injury Wednesday morning  when her Jeep Patriot hit a deer on Route 155 near the Larabee “Y” in Eldred Township. State police report Skinner was going north and was unable to avoid hitting the white tail. Raymond Stebbins of Williamsport was not hurt Tuesday evening when his Hyundai Accent hit aq deer in Richmond Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, Raymond Stebbins was headed north on Route 15 when the deer came onto the road and into his path. Slippery roads are blamed for an accident Sunday afternoon in Gaines Township, Tioga County. Troopers explained Iftiacue Hossain lost control of his Dodge Durango slid off ot the snow and ice packed Deer Lick Road and collided with a tree. Hossain did not require medical attention for his injuries.

Emporium based state police have arrested a man for allegedly violating drug laws. James Wesley Miller (no address provided) was charged after patrol officers pulled him over on Route 120 a mile from the Clinton County line Tuesday afternoon. Police claim the found a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia in this vehicle.


Ferd W. Irish, 82, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away in his home with his loving wife by his side on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, after a long illness.

Born on July 29, 1935 in Caribou, Maine, he was a son of John E. and Evelyn Anderson Irish.  On October 15, 1960 in Norwalk, Connecticut, he married Leonora C. “Lee” Pennington, who survives.

Ferd was a graduate of Caribou High School and was a graduate of the University of Maine in Orno, Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics.  In 1960, Ferd and his wife moved to Coudersport establishing the family potato farm, Irish Farms, on Denton Hill, which he worked until ill health forced his retirement.

Ferd was a member of St. Bibiana Catholic Church in Galeton, a member of Eulalia Lodge #342 F. & A.M. in Coudersport, a member of the Coudersport Consistory, a member of the ZemZem Shrine in Erie, and a member and past president of the Pennsylvania Potato Growers Co-op.  He also served as vice president of the National Potato Council and was a member and past president of the Board of Directors of the Tri-County Electric Company Co-op in Mansfield. One of Ferd’s proudest accomplishments was being named Master Farmer.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Wayne J. Irish of Coudersport; a sister, Elaine (Richard) Rife of The Dalls, Oregon; a brother-in-law, Charles R. (Mae) Pennington of Norwalk, Connecticut; and three nieces.

Friends may call from 10am to noon on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at St. Bibiana Catholic Church, 111 Germania Street, Galeton, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty, pastor, as celebrant.  Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ferd’s name may be made to World Vision, a charity that supports children and families providing animals and basic agricultural necessities for needy African communities, at or World Vision, PO Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ferd’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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Robert J. Ballway, 65, of E.Arnold Ave., passed away Monday (Jan. 8, 2018) in his home, after a lengthy illness.

Born December 17, 1952, in Syracuse, NY, he was a son of Robert C. and Marjorie Ventura Ballway.
Robert was a longtime resident of the area coming from Syracuse, NY.  He was a graduate of Jamesville-Dewitt High School, graduate of University of Dayton, with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, and also a graduate of Syracuse University, with a MBA in Accounting and Information Systems.
Mr. Ballway worked as an accountant, a sales and design manager with Barden Homes, and most recently a teacher.
Robert was an avid home remodeler and accomplished musician. He could often be found singing or playing the Blues on his guitar, harmonica, trumpet, or keyboard and was always ready to teach others how to play a few bars.
He attended the Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Port Allegany.
Surviving are two sons, Christopher R. Ballway and Dennis G. Ballway both of Port Allegany; a daughter, Leslie M. Ballway (Matthew Herrmann) of Philadelphia; three sisters, Marjorie (Dr. David) Yeager of South Carolina, Lynn Loomis of Nevada, and Ginny (Robert) Quinn of Syracuse, NY; former wife, Eileen S. Ballway of Connecticut, Uncle James Ventura and Aunt Janet Early of Poughkeepsie, NY; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Janet, and niece Jessica.
There will be no visitation.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date and time to be announced.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to:  Christopher R. Ballway
208 E. Arnold Ave.
Port Allegany, PA 16743