Friday February 2, 2018

                                                East Branch of Fishing Creek, looking north

Thursday’s high , 33; Overnight low, 5; 1.5” new snow







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Obituary: Michael Young, West Bingham


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It’s official.; The world famous “Punxsutawney Phil” saw his shadow when he came out of his burrow at 7:20 am today. Legend has it that If the groundhog sees its shadow when it emerges from its burrow, there will be six more weeks of winter.If he does not see its shadow, spring will arrive soon.

(Usually he’s on the other end of a camera)

Local Photographer Curt Weinhold attended yesterday’s meeting of the Potter County Commissioners to enlist their support in naming the southern portion of Route 44 “Highway to the Stars” because it goes past Cherry Springs State Park which is the only dark skies park east of the Mississippi. The commissioners said they would send a letter of support to PennDot and will encourage the township supervisors in the area to sign on, if needed.

This tradition started in Europe as Candlemas Day. Germans who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s brought the custom to America. February 2, 1886 – The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper proclaims this date as Pennsylvania’s first official Groundhog Day celebration. Phil has been right about 39%of the time, but if you look at the calendar, no matter how you cut it Spring is 6 weeks away.

This is horse country and a number of 4-H members raise and show horses and some may want to help state police.The Pennsylvania State Police is once again looking for a few good horses. The force’s 26-horse mounted patrol unit is seeking donations of horses to be used statewide for searches, crowd control, security, and patrol operations of remote areas. As a secondary function, the animals participate in parades, demonstrations, and other community events.Horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 years old. The horse must stand at least 16 hands tall (5 foot 4 inches at the shoulder) and less than 18 hands tall. Drafts and draft-crosses are preferred. Thoroughbreds and other “hot bloods” are less desirable.

The animals must have quiet, sound dispositions and be free of serious stable vices. Horses will be accepted on a 120-day trial basis to determine their suitability. A veterinary examination will also be performed.

The Pennsylvania State Police maintains a stable at the Academy in Hershey and relies on donations for animals.

To arrange a donation or get more information, please contact Corporal Carrie Neidigh at 717-533-3463 or

Construction for a West Branch Road (Route 2002) bridge spanning Lyman Run in West Branch Township, Potter County, is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge is located about two miles southwest of the village of Germania Station. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient bridge list.

Construction is expected to begin during the week of February 12 and be complete in mid-July. During this time, an alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.

This bridge is referred to as JV-87 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be

A Kane driver escaped injury Thursday afternoon when his SUV hit a de on E. Center Street in Johnsonburg. State police report Jason Woodin was head north when the whitetail came onto the road and he was unable to avoid the collision.

Out of the area but of interest. A Clearfield County woman died in a house fire Thursday afternoon. The state police fire marshal determined that the blaze at te home of 63 year old Donna Petty was caused by smoking while on oxygen.


Michael M. YOUNG, 61, of Bingham Center, PA, died Thursday, February 1, 2018 in his home. Born February 13, 1956, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Byron M. and Marion D. Barrett Young. On August 24, 1974, in Genesee, PA, he married the former Cheryl A. Blair, who survives. He was employed by Morgan Advanced Materials in Coudersport. Mike was a member of the Mills Union Church and served as Bingham Township Supervisor. Surviving besides his wife, Cheryl, are: two daughters, Jaime (Robert) Stiles of Eldred, PA and Pamela (David) Seifert of Fredericksburg, VA; four grandchildren, Zachary Seifert, Caleb Seifert, Riley Stiles, and Ethan Stiles; his mother-in-law, LaVonne Blair of Genesee; and many cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Alice Fay Young in 1954; a brother, Lawrence Young in 1987; and his father-in-law, Robert E. Blair in Friends may call Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Allyn R. Baker and the Rev. Todd Lamer will co-officiate. Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

Thursday February 1, 2018

Wednesday’s high, 40: Overnight low, 32, trace of snow






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Route 6 Alliance looking for nominations….Hamilton Gibson Players accepting applications for summer internships….Fuel tank with 5 gallons of gas stolen in Emporium last weekend….McKean County bar fined for failing to keep public records….Weather related crashes cause injuries in Tioga County….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm on

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The PA Route 6 Alliance wants to recognize six innovators, movers, and initiatives along the Heritage Corridor that made a difference in 2017 and is now taking nominations for the “Do 6” Awards to be presented at the Annual Meeting in May.

The awards are presented to individuals, businesses or organizations that have undertaken outstanding efforts that give new meaning to “DO 6” by supporting and implementing sustainable tourism development along the PA.Route 6 Heritage Corridor. The award winners exemplify the mission of the PA.Route 6 Alliance to protect, preserve and promote the scenic, cultural,historical and recreational resources in the northern tier.

The awards are presented in the areas of Heritage Partnerships, Leadership,Heritage Community of the Year, Heritage Tourism (projects or events),Artisan of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.

Last year’s award winners included the Local History Past-Port, Thomas H.Kennedy Local History Roundtable, Wayne County (Heritage Partnership Award);Downtown Edinboro Art & Music Festival, Edinboro (Heritage Tourism Award);Chip Harrison, DCNR Park Ranger, Galeton (Heritage Leadership Award); City of Warren (Heritage Community of the Year Award); Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock (Artisan of the Year Award); and Helene Nawrocki, Potter County Education Council & Bear Mountain Herbs (Lifetime Achievement Award).

Nominations can be submitted by anyone along the PA Route 6 Corridor and are due by Friday, March 9th, 2018. Nomination forms and category descriptions are available on the website at: Winners will be notified prior to the meeting. For more information, please contact the PA Route 6 Alliance in Galeton  at 814-435-7706

Hamilton-Gibson Productions, the Wellsboro-based community theater arts group, is
accepting applications now through Wednesday, March 14 for two summer intern positions. The three-month internships begin in mid-May and continue into mid-August. Stipends will be provided. Sponsor of the HG summer intern program is Eugene Seelye.

“Applicants must be at least 18 years old, planning to study or already be involved with some aspect of the performing arts or working or planning to work with a not-for-profit group,” said Thomas Putnam, artistic director. “Since the interns will be participating in all aspects of H-G community theatre programming, they must be willing and able to pass the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check. These are required by Pennsylvania for anyone working with children,” he said. H-G pays for the clearances.

“To give our interns a true feel for what is involved in community theater, they will plan and staff our

‘Wizard of Oz’ summer theatre arts camp, assist with ‘James and the Giant Peach,’ our major summer musical production in July, either performing, stage managing or house managing as well as set building and strike, and planning and assisting with our HG radio festival,” said Putnam.

The interns will spend a fair amount of time working in the H-G office at 29 Water Street in Wellsboro. “They will help with social media marketing and the ongoing coordination and organizing of our costume inventory,” Putnam said. “There is mundane work that needs to be done as well but it’s all part of the flurry of activities in a performing arts group.”

To apply to be a summer intern, write to Hamilton-Gibson Productions at 29 Water Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901, call 570-724-2079 or email

State police at Emporium are looking for a thief who stole a fuel tank containing five gallons of gasoline from an Emporium residence last weekend. The theft occurred Saturday night or Sunday at the home of 85 year old Floyd Pyle on Meadow Road.

An administrative law judge has fined a McKean County bar for failing to maintain records for a two year period preceding May 16, 2017 and failing to adhere to conditions of agreement with the state liquor control board placing additional restrictions between January 23,, 2017 and August 14, 2017. The judge ordered the Buckhorn Hotel in Kane to pay a fine of $1,250.00.

Weather conditions were factors in some Tioga County crashes recently investigated by state police at Mansfield. Troopers report 19 old Hadassa  Rubanowitz’s Acura TL slid off the icy ramp  at  the Blossburg exit on Route 15 Sunday morning.While she was trying to regain control, she became confused and hit the accelerator instead of the brake. The car hit a ditch and became airborne, flying across both lanes of Bloss Mountain Road before landing on the entrance ramp and colliding with a guardrail. Rubanowitz was taken to Williamsport General Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Shelly Smith of Mansfield was hurt Tuesday afternoon in an accident on Newtown Hill in Richmond Township. According to state police, Smith lost control of her Dodge Journey while passing a snow plow which had moved to the right to let her pass. The SUV went off the left side of the highway, hit a tree and a snowy embankment before stopping. Smith was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital with unknown injuries. Minor injuries were reported for a Blossburg woman and her teenage passenger after a collision Tuesday morning on Route 660 in Covington Township. Authorities explained the collision occurred Sherry Morley was going too fast for condicitons when her Dodge Grand Caravan crossed the snow-covered road and struck a Dodge Ram driven by Clarence Everitt of Mansfield. The impact sent the pick up into a section of guardrails where it came to rest. Morley and a 15 year old were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital. Morley was cited for speeding.