Tuesday November 27, 2018

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Monday’s high, 41; overnight low, 31; .75” of snow


State opens more territory for hunters….Thieves steal almost $600 worth of items from Tioga County camp…..Ulysses couple scammed out of money by cyber thieves….Road conditions blamed for traffic accidents…..Game Commission officers tip of state police about hunter under the influence of pot….

Pennsylvania’s deer season entered its second day today and the Department of Conservation and Natural says new hunting grounds are available to hunters, if they take advantage of additional state forest road access in 18 of the 20 state forest districts.

“Hunters will find more than 90 percent of all state forestland is now within one-half mile of an open road,” said Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Since the start of archery season in late September, the state has opened more than 540 miles of state forest roads that normally are gated.”

More than 3,000 miles of roadway in state forestlands will be open to deer hunters into January 2019, with the increase accounting for a roughly 20 percent increase.

DCNR teamed up with the Pa. Game Commission to offer an improved interactive map of state forest and game lands across the state. The online map supplies information on opened roads, timber harvesting activity, forestry office contact numbers, and more.
Some roads will be open only during deer season and at the discretion of district foresters. Others will be opened for the second week of the traditional rifle season because of likely heavy traffic damage the first week. Two- or three-month long openings will be in effect where there is minimal threat of damage or deterioration to road surfaces or forest surroundings.

Many state parks, especially those in the 12-county Pennsylvania Wilds region in northcentral Pennsylvania, offer inexpensive camping and access to top-quality hunting in nearby public forestlands.

Primitive camping on state forestlands gives hunters a backcountry camping or hunting experience. Forest district managers issue required camping permits.

Many of these campsites are near state parks and forestlands enrolled in the Pa. Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program, permitting hunters to take one antlerless deer or more when properly licensed. Hunters should check availability.
State park and forest camping details and other information on Pennsylvania’s 20 state forest districts and 121 state parks can be found at DCNR’s website.

Thieves took almost $600 worth of items from a camp on the Short Run Road in Abbott Township between October 24 and last Friday. Stolen items include a Dish Network 500 satellite antenna, Dish receiver, stove kettle, four foot portable baseboard heater, miscellaneous hinting gear, double ox yoke, miscellaneous photographs and a mounted fish. The camp is owned by a 57 year old Landenberg, PA man.

A Ulysses couple were scammed out of an undisclosed amount of money by cyber criminals last week. According to state police at Coudersport, hackers called the home on Bunnell Road last Wednesday afternoon advising the victims they were refunding money for their computer virus repairs. Police did not release the details but said the crooks stole money from the victims, apparently after gaining personal financial information.

A tangible theft is being probed by state police in Ridgway. A Camo Herters Ground Blind was stolen from a wooded area along Coder Road in Horton Township between Thanksgiving and Monday. The blind, valued at $99.99 was owned by a 39 year old Brockport man.

Icy road conditions are blamed for a one-vehicle accident Saturday evening in Charleston Township, Tioga County. Mansfield based state police report Christopher O’Connor of Wellsboro was trying to go up a hill on the Shumway Road when his GMC Yukon slid off the road, hit a mailbox, then went down an embankment and collided with some trees and shrubbery before stopping. O’Connor’s adult passenger, Lisa Kinney of Wellsboro was treated at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for minor injuries. A three year old girl riding in a front facing child safety seat was not hurt. After the accident, PennDot arrived to salt that section of the highway.

Another Wellsboro resident escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap Sunday afternoon in Delmar Township. Chad Daugherty was headed north on Route 287 when his Dodge Ram 1500 went off the east side of the road, hit a mailbox and continued on before colliding with a ditch. The pick-up spurn off the road and rolled onto its side along the berm.

Kane-based state police were tipped off by Game Commission officers about two hunters under the influence of pot along the Big Shanty Road in Lafayette Township Monday morning. The 20 year old Eldred driver was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a blood draw. Charges are pending lab results.

Vandals damaged some porch items at the home of Cheyanne McLaughlin at 2604 S. Main Street Mansfield early Monday morning. A ceramic turtle, ceramic snail and a rock with Philadelphia Eagle “paint” were damaged to the tune of $15.

Monday November 26, 2018


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Sunday’s high, 41; Overnight low, 36; .75” of mixed  precipitation over weekend







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Obituary: Rev. Randy Headley, Port Allegany

Pennsylvania’s deer season is underway…..Hunters encouraged to “share the harvest”….Sayre driver was allegedly speeding before his car landed in a creek….St. Marys man unhurt in car/deer collision….DUI charges pending against Cyclone motorist…..

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Pennsylvania’s statewide general firearms  deer season runs today  to Dec. 8. In most areas, hunters may take only antlered deer during the season’s first five days, with the antlerless and antlered seasons then running concurrently from the first Saturday, Dec. 1, to the season’s close. In WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, however, properly licensed hunters may take either antlered or antlerless deer at any time during the season.

Rules regarding the number of points a legal buck must have on one antler also vary in different parts of the state, and young hunters statewide follow separate guidelines.

For a complete breakdown of antler restrictions, WMU boundaries and other regulations, consult the 2018-19 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which is available online at the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov.

Hunters statewide must wear at all times a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on their head, chest and back combined. An orange hat and vest will satisfy the requirement. Nonhunters who might be afield during the deer season and other hunting seasons are asked to consider wearing orange, as well.

Pennsylvania’s deer season began today and once again successful  hunters are encouraged to  share the harvest. Each year, the generosity of Pennsylvania’s hunters results in about 200,000 meals for the state’s hungry.

By donating venison through Hunters Sharing the Harvest – a program that works through a network of meat processors to channel venison donations to local food banks, soup kitchens and hungry families – hunters extend their helping hands to those in need.

And, once again this year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other partners are making it easy for hunters to help out. The Game Commission again donated $20,000 to the program – money that enables Hunters Sharing the Harvest to accept venison donations without charging hunters. In prior years, hunters who donated venison needed also to pay a $15 tax-deductible fee to cover deer-processing costs.

This partnership helped Hunters Sharing the Harvest in the 2017-18 deer seasons set a record for donations, when hunters donated 3,337 deer yielding 130,930 pounds of venison that provided 667,400 meals for people in need. Through Hunters Sharing the Harvest, hunters have donated more than 1.3 million pounds of venison to the state’s hungry since 1991.

All deer donated through Hunters Sharing the Harvest must be processed professionally by a participating butcher. For information on where to take deer to be donated, or to learn more about the program generally, visit Hunters Sharing the Harvest’s website, www.sharedeer.org.

Mansfield based state police have charged a Sayre, PA man with driving too fast for conditions  when  Ford Freestyle  off of Route 14 in Union Township, Saturday afternoon and rolled over onto the drivers side in  nearby creek.  Kyle Grady, 21, was not hurt in the crash.

A St. Marys driver escaped injury Saturday afternoon when his Ford Freestyle hit a deer on the Boot Jack Road in Ridgway Township. State police report Timothy Pesce was going south could not avoid hitting the deer.

DUI charges are pending against a Cyclone resident following a one vehicle crash just after 3:00 am Saturday. According to Kane-state police a southbound  Ford Fusion driven by Javan Lapp crossed the road, hit a mailbox and street sign before stopping. Lapp was not hurt but his car was disabled and had to be towed away. Police claim when they investigated, they determined Lapp had been driving under the influence. Charges are pending blood test results.

Several DUI arrests in McKean County  are pending lab work.  A 35 year old Rixford man is suspected of driving his 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe under the influence when he was pulled over by patrol officers on East Main Street in Bradford  last Friday night. A few minutes later,   when state police stopped a vehicle for a  traffic violation in Eldred Township, they suspected the 22 year old Port Allegany driver was under the  influence of a controlled substance and was allegedly in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. An 18 year old Bradford resident is suspected DUI after troopers  reportedly found her in possession of a small amount of marijuana when they stopped her on Mechanic Street. Another Bradford woman is facing DUI charges after being stopped Early Saturday morning on South Avenue in the city. Authorities claim when they interviewed the 53 year old driver of a 2017 Jeep, they detected a strong order of booze coming from the SUV’s interior and on the woman’s breath. Police claim she failed the standardized field sobriety test and was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a blood draw. Police promise the suspects’ names will be released when charges are filed.



Randall Walter Headley, 70, of Port Allegany, died Saturday (Nov. 24, 2018) at UPMC-Cole, Coudersport.

He was born March 9, 1948, in Tarentum, a son of Rev. William N. and Lois M. McLaughlin Headley. On Aug. 31, 2002, in Shinglehouse, PA, he married Barbara S. Perkins, who survives.

Randy was a 1966 graduate of Kiski Area Senior High School, Vandergrift. He attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and The Divinity School at Duke University’s Course of Study.

Randy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968-1972, obtaining the rank of sergeant.

Before becoming a pastor, Rev. Headley was employed in sales, both retail and direct, for many years.

Rev. Headley was a member of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1991. He served the following United Methodist Churches: Shinglehouse, Ceres, Port Allegany (formerly Trinity UMC), Port Allegany Evangelical (now closed), Crosby, Riverside and Fishing Creek, all in the Kane District of the UMC.

Randy enjoyed sports, hunting and reading. He especially enjoyed being with people.

He was a member of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church, past member of the Kane District Council, Kane District Building and Grounds Committee, the Board of Directors of the Kane District Union, the Port Allegany Ministerium (serving as president for many years), and the American Legion, serving as chaplain and on the board of directors of the Veterans Memorial Home Inc. of Port Allegany, the NRA and AARP. He was a past member of the Port Allegany Rotary Club (past president and a Paul Harris Fellow), and had served on the Cole Memorial Health Systems board of directors (including serving as chairperson of the board, member of the Executive Committee, the Patient Safety Committee, the Public Relations Committee, Community Advisory Health Council), and served as a past volunteer chaplain at the hospital. He was named an honorary director of the board at the Cole Memorial annual meeting on Oct. 3, 2016. He had also been a past member of the Port Allegany Ambulance Service board of directors, a past member of the Port Allegany Borough Council, a past member of the Port Allegany Asbestos Advisory Committee and a past member of the Port Allegany Economic Development Committee.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Nicole (Steve) Fowler, Jaclyn (Aaron) Pearsall and Jennie (Dave) Norton; two sons, Howard Wheeler and Justin (Jessica) Wheeler; grandsons, Christian Amidon, Anderson Fowler, Grayson Pearsall and Jonathon Amidon; granddaughters, Sidney Fowler, Hannah Wheeler, Erika Wheeler, Cali Wheeler, Sophia Komenda, Alessia Norton, Kinley Pearsall, Maddeline Norton and Crailynn Norton; brother-in-law: Richard Nelson; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Nelson.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Port Allegany United Methodist Church, 307 N. Main St., Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Benjamin T. Zimmerman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany. Military Honors will be accorded by the Port Allegany Honor Guard.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Port Allegany.



















































































Friday November 23, 2018


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Thursday’s high, 20; Overnight low, -2







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                  Mtr. Janice  Yskamp of Christ Episcopal Church  in Coudersport serves up some traditional Thanksgiving food to local resident Rick Lytle during the church’s community Thanksgiving dinner.

Hunters during the third day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season(Tuesday) harvested 211 bears, raising the three-day total to 1,833 – a 12 percent increase over the 1,628 bears taken during the 2017 season’s first three days.

Bears have been harvested in 54 counties so far during the statewide season, which closes today.

The top 10 bears processed at check stations by Wednesday were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 600 pounds or more.

A hefty 780-pound male was taken with a rifle Nov. 19 by Michael J. Rubeo, of Mercer, in Howe Township, Forest County.

A day later, a 708-pound male was taken by Timothy J. Weaver, of Dallas, Pa., with a rifle in Harvey’s Lake Borough, Luzerne County.

Other large bears taken over the season’s first two days – all but one taken with a rifle – include: a 704-pound male taken Nov. 17 in Goshen Township, Clearfield County, by Mickey L. Moore, of Clearfield; a 697-pound male taken Nov. 19 in Chapman Township, Clinton County, by Scott Yorty, of Bloomsburg; a 681-pounder taken Nov. 17 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, by Robert L. Britton III, of Coal Township; a 680-pounder taken Nov. 19 in Chest Township, Clearfield County, by Douglas D. Routch, of Curwensville; a 679-pound male taken with a handgun Nov. 17 in Farmington Township, Warren County, by Jordan Tutmaher, of Warren; a 666-pound male taken Nov. 20 in Snyder Township, Jefferson County, by Earl F. Timothy, of Brockway; a 627-pound male taken Nov. 19 in Snyder Township, Jefferson County, by Wayne C. Kline, of Reynoldsville; and a 623-pound male taken Nov. 17 in Newport Township, Luzerne County, by Corrina M. Kishbaugh, of Nanticoke.

The preliminary three-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 17 (14 in 2017); WMU 1B, 100 (53); WMU 2A, 5 (1); WMU 2C, 115 (75); WMU 2D, 114 (91); WMU 2E, 56 (25); WMU 2F, 198 (182); WMU 2G, 344 (356); WMU 2H, 59 (70); WMU 3A, 99 (103); WMU 3B, 117 (167); WMU 3C, 45 (80); WMU 3D, 141 (173); WMU 4A, 123 (59); WMU 4B, 53 (30); WMU 4C, 83 (42); WMU 4D, 112 (79); WMU 4E, 48 (26); and WMU 5A, 4 (2).

Archery and other early-bear season harvest data is not included in this report.

Three-day harvests by county and region are:

Northwest (366): Venango, 68 (41); Jefferson, 64 (47); Forest, 52 (28); Warren, 52 (79); Crawford, 49 (20); Clarion, 37 (29); Butler, 17 (9); Erie, 15 (6); and Mercer, 12 (6).

Southwest (168): Somerset, 57 (34); Fayette, 32 (23); Indiana, 30 (8); Armstrong, 25 (30); Cambria, 13 (6); and Westmoreland, 11 (9).

Southcentral (245): Huntingdon, 76 (39); Bedford, 51 (26); Fulton, 33 (16); Blair, 21 (6); Juniata, 15 (9); Franklin, 14 (7); Perry, 14 (9); Mifflin, 10 (9); Adams, 4 (2); Cumberland, 4 (3); and Snyder, 3 (2).

Northeast (355): Luzerne, 50 (35); Bradford, 46 (28); Monroe, 46 (33); Pike, 46 (89); Sullivan, 30 (60); Wayne, 29 (54); Wyoming, 24 (29); Carbon, 25 (23); Lackawanna, 15 (25); Columbia, 17 (9); Northumberland, 17 (3); Susquehanna, 10 (19); and Montour 0 (1).

Southeast (56): Dauphin, 25 (13); Schuylkill, 17 (6); Lebanon, 7 (2); Lehigh, 3 (0); Northampton, 3 (2); and Berks 1 (4).

The overall 2017 bear harvest was 3,438 was the ninth-largest in state history. In 2016, hunters took 3,529 bears, for the fifth best all-time harvest. The largest harvest – 4,350 bears – happened in 2011, when preliminary three-day totals numbered 2,709.

The top bear-hunting county in the state after three days of season was Clinton County with 119. It was followed by Lycoming County with 103.

Northcentral (643): Clinton, 119 (106); Lycoming, 103 (120); Tioga, 86 (113); Clearfield, 72 (49); Cameron, 61 (40); Potter, 54 (108); Centre, 46 (31); Elk, 46 (59); McKean, 43 (54); and Union, 13 (10).

Northwest (366): Venango, 68 (41); Jefferson, 64 (47); Forest, 52 (28); Warren, 52 (79); Crawford, 49 (20); Clarion, 37 (29); Butler, 17 (9); Erie, 15 (6); and Mercer, 12 (6).

Southwest (168): Somerset, 57 (34); Fayette, 32 (23); Indiana, 30 (8); Armstrong, 25 (30); Cambria, 13 (6); and Westmoreland, 11 (9).

Southcentral (245): Huntingdon, 76 (39); Bedford, 51 (26); Fulton, 33 (16); Blair, 21 (6); Juniata, 15 (9); Franklin, 14 (7); Perry, 14 (9); Mifflin, 10 (9); Adams, 4 (2); Cumberland, 4 (3); and Snyder, 3 (2).

Northeast (355): Luzerne, 50 (35); Bradford, 46 (28); Monroe, 46 (33); Pike, 46 (89); Sullivan, 30 (60); Wayne, 29 (54); Wyoming, 24 (29); Carbon, 25 (23); Lackawanna, 15 (25); Columbia, 17 (9); Northumberland, 17 (3); Susquehanna, 10 (19); and Montour 0 (1).

Southeast (56): Dauphin, 25 (13); Schuylkill, 17 (6); Lebanon, 7 (2); Lehigh, 3 (0); Northampton, 3 (2); and Berks 1 (4).

Nearly 100 lucky participants in Pennsylvania’s 2018 elk hunt have taken home a trophy.

Ninety-nine elk were taken by 125 hunters during the regular one-week elk season that ended Nov. 10. And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 96 percent, with 25

The 2018 harvest included some large elk. Thirteen bulls each were estimated to weigh 700 pounds or more, with two of them going more than 800 pounds. The heaviest bull taken in this year’s hunt was estimated at 894 pounds. That bull, which sported an 7-by-8-point rack, was taken in Gibson Township, Cameron County by Richard L. Reicherter I, of Wynnewood, Pa.

Meanwhile, an 806-pounder with a 10-by-7 rack was taken in Goshen Township, Clearfield County by Mark D. Copp, of Wellsboro.

Official measurements of bull racks taken in the hunt cannot be recorded until the antlers have air dried for at least 60 days after the animal was harvested.

There also were some large antlerless elk taken in the harvest. Eight of the 74 cows taken by hunters during the one-week season weighed over 500 pounds.

Thirty-nine elk – nine bulls and 30 cows – were taken on the opening day of the elk season Nov. 5.

Successful hunters within 24 hours of harvest are required to take  their elk to a check station, where tissue samples are collected to test for chronic wasting disease, brucellosis, and tuberculosis. To date none of these diseases have been detected in Pennsylvania elk.

To participate in the elk hunt, hunters must submit an application, then must be selected through a random drawing and purchase a license. The drawing annually attracts more than 30,000 applicants.

Kane based state police are accusing a 35 year old East Smethport woman with furnishing alcohol to minors. Authorities claim the woman has been providing booze to two 15 year old Smethport girls over the past several month. The investigation is continuing and the woman’s identity will likely be revealed when charges are actually filed.

Recently we reported on two men accused of impersonating police officers . The suspects arrived at property on Route 46 in Keating Township. One of the men claimed to be from the Otto-Eldred Regional Police Department and the other said he was from the Foster Township Police Department. They were clothes similar to police uniforms. Since that time, we have learned of an instance in Tioga County where two heavily tattooed men went to a residence claiming to be from a utility company. Area police advise residents to be vigilant about people coming onto their property. If in doubt, contact the agency or utility the “visitors” claim to represent.

A Turtlepoint woman was seriously injured in a three-vehicle rear-end collision Tuesday afternoon. According to Kane based state police, The collision occurred  on Route 6 near the Grimes Road intersection in Liberty Township when Jodi Stull failed to slow her Cadillac down for a Ford F-150 driven by Terry Isadore of Smethport which was stopped for a vehicle ahead which was making a left turn. The force of the impact4 shoved the Isadore pick-up into the rear of a GMC Sierra driven by David Carr of Coudersport. Stull was taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole. Isadore and Carr  were not hurt and a passenger in Carr’s truck, Annette Simms of Coudersport also escaped injury.

No injuries occurred in a one-vehicle accident in Morris Township Wednesday morning. Mansfield based state police report Patti Davis of Morris was headed south when her Subaru Forester went off the of Route 287 on a left hand curve, got into some snow and collided with a guard rail. The car continued on for about 30 feet and then spun off the road and landed in a 5 foot ditch.

Troopers at the Kane barracks have cited a Port Allegany teenager  for speeding in connection to a crash Wednesday morning in Hamlin township.  Dylan Birosh, 18, lost control of his eastbound Toyota Tacoma on the icy road. The truck fish-tailed and hit the guard rail causing the right front tire to go flat. Birosh was not hurt.

You’ve no doubt seen commercial on TV with thieves stealing mail from mailboxes. Well it happened to an Eldred woman this week. Mail was removed from Lisa Benjamin’s mailbox on the Barunum Road Tuesday morning.





AUSTIN, Pa.—David W. “Dave” House, 58, a longtime resident of Austin, formerly of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, November 19, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after suffering an apparent heart attack at home.

Born on April 21, 1960 in Coudersport, he was a son of Harold and Alice Ayers House.  On April 30, 1983 in Coudersport, he married Hope D. Hopkins, who survives.

David was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1979.  He was employed by Austin Borough for over 21 years.

David’s greatest love was his family.  He so enjoyed the time he spent with his granddaughter, Brooklynn, who he lovingly nicknamed “Trout”.  He loved to work in his garage with his son.

Surviving besides his wife are three children, William F. “Fred” (Nicole Cremeans) House and Deonna M. (Dennis) Snyder, both of Austin, and Jerry S. Springer of Bellefonte; three granddaughters, Brooklynn Rose House, Sabrina A. (Michael) Bacon, and Jessica M. Wilson; four great-grandchildren, Pierce M. Bacon, Nikole A. Wilson, Peyton D. Bacon, and Shaunna R. Wilson; two sisters, Barbara (Donald) Cowburn of Howard and Fern Davis of Holly Grove, Arkansas; a brother, Douglas H. House of Austin; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by a daughter LisaSue Springer.

Currently there are no services planned.  Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

Flowers are respectfully declined.  Memorials may be made to the family to establish a college fund for his beloved granddaughter, Brooklynn, c/o PO Box 353, Austin, PA 16720.

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

To express condolences or share a fond memory of David, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com