Tuesday January 2, 2018


New Year’s Moon 2018

  –Gerri Miller

Sweden Valley family loses home and belongings in fire Saturday night…..Clearfield log truck driver fatally injured in Tioga County wreck….slippery roads contribute to several accidents….Both men involved in Shinglehouse area scuffle…..Tioga County woman loses more than $25,000 in electronic scam….Wellsboro resident accused of Potter County burglary….Elk county authorities look for missing teen…….

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Monday’s high, 17; Overnight low, 8; .25” snow







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Obituaries: Miriam “Mim” Powell, Shinglehouse & Bernice, “Bunny” Bertron, Sweden Valley Manor (Roulette)

A Sweden Valley family lost their home and all of their belongings in a fire Saturday night. According to Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bryan Phelps, the Chappell family was awakened just after 9:00 pm byhering something and  smelling smoke coming from from the basement. They called 9-1-1 and everybody safely evacuated before firefighters arrived.  The blaze was well out of control upon volunteers’ arrival and the flames were fanned by stiff winds in the frigid weather.  Chief Phelps said 1200’ of 5 inch hose was laid up the steep snow covered driveway but frozen lines caused a shortage in water for awhile until a tanker shuttle could be established. Firefighters from Roulette, Port Allegany, Austin, Galeton, Tri-Town (Ulysses) and the Coudersport ambulance were on scene. Smethport stood by at the Coudrsport station Chief Phelps thanked all of the mutual aid companies for their response in the extreme cold. There were no injuries and the family is in touch with the Red Cross and is staying with family members. The chief reports due to the extent of the fire the cause remains undetermined.


A log truck driver from Clearfield was fatally hurt in a crash last Thursday morning in Delmar Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police 46 year old Jason Kane ws headed east on Route 6 when his Volvo crossed the fog line and hit an embankment. The impact caused the cab tojerk to the left which resulted ion the cab and trailer both to flip onto the passenger side. The semi continued on colliding with a group of trees. The cab came to rest after hitting a grassy mound in a front yard while the trailed stopped on the road, blocking both lanes. Kane was flown to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre were he succumbed to his injuries. Police noted he was not using a seatbelt and a medical condition may have caused the accident. Results are pending an autopsy. Both lanes of the highway were closed for about four hours. American Truck sto was able to tow both the tractor and log-filled trailer from the location.

Speeding charges have been filed against 22 year old Ayla Markell of Wellsboro after her Saturn  Ion crashed last Friday morning in Delmar Township. Troopers explained Markell’s car spunoff Route 6 after encountered ice and snow She escaped injury.

Troopers at Coudersport also claim a Henrietta, NY woman was speeding when her Honda Civic went up a small embankment on the Ellisburg Road last Thursday night. Janice Tripi told police she was going west when she swerved for a small animal. causing her Honda Civic to go off the pavement. Tripi declined medical treatment and was able to drive her car  after it was pulled off the embankment by Kightlinger Motors.

A speeding charge has also been filed against a Philadelphia driver after a crash Sunday afternoon on Route 44 in Hebron Township. According to Coudersport based state police., Fsrren Ishman was driving south when his Saturday LS went off the road on a left hand curve,  and traveled down an embankment.

Authorities also claim Kelsey Palmer of Coudersport was going too fast when her Ford Escape spun off of Route 6 in Eulalia Township Sunday afternoon. Palmer was trapped inside the wreckage but was removed without mechanical means. She wasa taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 A Coudersport man escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap Friday morning in Genesee Township. Troopers related that 67 year old David Lydic lost control of his GMC Sierra when he bent down to retrieve a dropped item while going East on the Whitney Hill Road.

Four people avoided injuries   Saturday afternoon when a Dodge Caliber driven by Dawn Giovannelli of Ridgway slid off of snow covered Keystone Road in Horton Township and collided with an embankment. Police said Dawn Giovannelli and her  adult passengers were using seatbelts and a one-year old infant was riding in a child safet4y seat.

Slippery road conditions are blamed for a one-vehicle accident later that day in Jones Township, Elk County. According to troopers at Ridgway, Thomas price was traveling north when his GMC 3500 slid off of snow covered Pumpkin Hill Road ona right curve and rolled over onto its side before sliding into a tree.

Elizabeth Trunzo of Kersey also escaped injury in a weather-related crash Saturday in Fox Township. According to police. Trunzo’s Subaru Outback slid out of control on a slight right hand curve while going south on Skyline drive. Trunzo overcorrected causing the car to slid  off the western shoulder and impact an embankment.

A vehicle driven  by Russell Roads Jr. (no address given) rolled onto the passenger side when it slid across both lanes on Straight Creek Road last Thursday night and hit an embankment. No further details were released.

No injuries were reported for an elderly East Smethport driver whose compact car collided with a guardrail in Keating Township Sunday morning. Troopers explained 87 year old Leroy Beeson’s Ford Focus slid off of the snow-covered Farmers Valley-Eldred Road while going south.

Both men involved in a scuffle last Thursday afternoon at a house on Kellytown Rod, Shinglehouse have been cited for harassment. State police allege 37yearold Michael Newand and 25 yer old Darren Blauvelt were arguing when each hit and struck the other.

An electronic theft has been investigated by troopers at Mansfield. Ruby Bentley, 46 of Mann Hill Road told authorities she received a phone call stating that she needed to contact a phone number or her computer would be permanently locked out. While speaking with the criminal, who claimed to work for Microsoft, Bentley gave him her bank account information. As a result, hers savings account and checking account were wiped out and her credit card was maxed out amounting to a loss of $21,575.68 between September 7 and December 22, 2017.

A 27 year old man has been arrested for shoplifting at the Mansfield Walmart last Thursday afternoon. According to state police at the Mansfield barracks, Cody Gross, no address given, stole $168 worth of merchandise.

State police at Coudersport have charged 25 year old Drew Crawford of Wellsboro with burglar claiming he stole $4,596.50 from 48 year old Tracey Crawford of Galeton between October 17 and December 11. Following arraignment  the burglary charge, theft, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property and unsworn falsification to authorities., he was released ib $5,000 unsecured bail. State police did not indicate the relationship between the accused and the victim.

The theft of several survey markers from land along the Shale Road in Sharon Township, Potter County was investigated by trooper st Coudersport. The stakes, owned by Frank Fabrizio of Shinglehouse were taken between December 13 and Christmas Day.

State police in  Ridgway are trying to locate a runaway teenager. Alexa Farabaugh, 17 of Weedville has not been seen since last Friday. She is driving a silver 2007Ford Focus with license plate # KJH6790. She is 5’2”and has long straight black hair.

Troopers in Kane are looking for litterbugs who dumped various items including a mattress in a field off of Hutchings Drive in Sergeant Township sometime last week.




Miriam M. “Mim” Powell, 89, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a brief illness.Born on October 5, 1928 in Collingdale, she was a daughter of William and Miriam Paul Oldham.  On June 22, 1973 in Broomall, she married Richard A. “Rich” Powell, who survives. Mim received her Bachelors of Nursing degree from Philadelphia General Hospital. Mim was employed as a registered nurse, retiring as Director of Nursing at Rosemont Manor Nursing Facility in Bryn Mawr, PA.Mim was a member and past matron of Eureka Chapter #52 Order of Eastern Star in Shinglehouse and a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 Ladies Auxiliary where she was very active in legion fundraising and events.

Surviving besides her husband are a son, George “Larry” (Cathy) Miksit of Bristolville, Ohio; a daughter, Karen M. Gauna of Woods Cross, Utah; two stepchildren, Richard A. “Rick” Powell of Covington and Penny Powell of McEwensville; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mim was predeceased by three brothers, William “Bill” Oldham, Richard “Dick” Oldham, and Harry Oldham.In keeping with Mim’s wishes, there will be no public visitation.  A celebration of her life will be held on a date and time to be announced.Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials in Mim’s name may be made to any organization that supports U.S. military veterans.Mim’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com


Vernice “Bunny” Bertron of Sweden Valley Manor passed away Saturday December 30 at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, PA.  She was born to Chester and Ethel (Pelchy) Haynes in Keating Summit, PA.   On April 22, 1955 she married Francis Bertron, who preceded her in death.

She worked for Sylvania in Emporium early in life, and always enjoyed gardening.  She was accomplished enough as a gardener that people would commonly stop and photograph her flowers.

Bunny is survived by 2 daughters:  Wanda Randall (Harold) of Coudersport, and Penny Bosworth (Ron) of Pittsfield; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great great-grandchild; 1 brother:   Harry Haynes of State College; and 2 sisters:  Florence Rossman of Coudersport and Eleanor Sebring of Colorado.  Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; 1 son:  Steven Bertron; 3 brothers:  Walter, Norman, and Lester Haynes; and 4 sisters:  Jenny Ludwig, Rachael Boyer, Fanny Weaver, and Dorothy Shunk.


Friends and family are invited to Vernices’s Life Tribute service on Thursday January 4, 2017 from noon to 1pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street, Coudersport, PA with a funeral to follow at 1pm with Pastor Douglas Cameron officiating, burial in the Card Creek Cemetery.  Those wishing to make a donation in her name are encouraged to support the Teacher’s Pet Rescue at 19 Blackberry Lane Coudersport, PA 16916.  To share fond memories of Bunny, or to sign her guestbook, visit:  www.thomasfickinger.com.