Thursday November 8, 2018

                                                                     Wednesday’s high, 55; Overnight low, 28


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Game Commission is optimistic about this fall’s bear harvest….Milton man accused of assault with a weapon and related crimes….More than $500 worth of items stolen during a brief period of time from a Sharon Township home last Friday night…Thieves take trail cameras from a Smethport home….

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The Game Commission says the potential for Pennsylvania black-bear hunters to set a new state record remains for a third consecutive year as hunters head afield Nov. 17 for the opening day of Pennsylvania’s four-day statewide firearms bear season.

Penn’s Woods has maintained a bear population of around 20,000 the past three years, but inclement opening-day hunting weather and other autumn oddities have helped bears elude the record numbers of hunters pursuing them the past two years. Fantastic mast crops have spread bears out, making them harder to find. Late leaf-drop – occurring this year, too – also has provided bears plenty of cover to sneak about the Commonwealth.

Still, with cooperative weather, particularly on the opening day, Pennsylvania has a chance to overtake the state’s record 4,350 bear harvest set in 2011.

Even with one of the worst starts in history, bear hunters in 2017-18 managed a bear harvest of 3,438, which ranks ninth all-time. There were also some big bears in the harvest: 48 weighed more than 500 pounds.
The bear population has reached unprecedented size and bears are now found in most counties.
The number of hunters buying bear licenses this year is on pace to reach 170,000 to 175,000, which is where license sales have topped out the past few years. The record for bear license sales occurred in 2015, when 175,314 were sold.

Two bears harvested in 2017 exceeded 700 pounds. Since 1986, there have been 32 bears recorded in the 700-pound weight class at Game Commission check stations.

But Mark Ternent, Game Commission bear biologist, believes Penn’s Woods hold bigger bears, at least 800-pounders.
But make no mistake, bears are a hard species to hunt. Their densities rarely exceed one bear per-square-mile, and bear-hunter success rates typically fall between 2 and 3 percent, Ternent noted.

Bears were taken in 57 of the state’s 67 counties in 2017. The counties with the largest bear harvests were: Lycoming, 252 bears; Tioga, 214; Pike, 193; Potter, 161; Sullivan, 156; Wayne, 156; Clinton, 153; Bradford, 112; Warren, 109; and Luzerne, 108.
Hunters who harvest a bear during the four-day general season must take it to one of the Game Commission’s check stations within 24 hours.

A complete list of requirements, check stations and their dates and hours of operation can be found on in the 2018-19 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which can be viewed online at or purchased with a hunting license.
To bear hunt in Pennsylvania, a hunter needs a general hunting license, as well as a bear license.

Hunting licenses can be purchased online from The Outdoor Shop at the Game Commission’s website, but buyers should be advised that because bear licenses contain harvest ear tags, they are sent by mail rather than printed at home.
Buyers waiting until the last minute to purchase a bear license likely are better off making a trip to an authorized licensing agent and picking up a license there.

Licensing agents can be searched by county at the Game Commission’s website,, under the Hunt/Trap tab.
Bear hunters must wear a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined at all times during the four-day season. The orange must be visible from 360 degrees.
Hunters are required to carry photo identification while hunting.

Plan your hunt and hunt your plan; it ensures someone knows where you are.
Carry a cellphone in case of emergencies.
Make sure you’ve thought about how you’d remove a bear from the woods if
you take one.
Use of baits and lures is illegal. If you find bait while scouting or hunting, report
it to the Game Commission.
Always carry a compass and map in the big woods.

State police at Mansfield arrested a 23 year old Milton man for assault with a weapon in connection to an incident allegedly taking place early Tuesday morning on Erway Road in Covington Township. Troopers report the incident began when a 27 year old Mansfield resident returned home from work early at around 1:15 and heard a male voice inside his residence with his ex-girlfriend. The victim knocked on the door and when it became unlocked, he kicked it in and was greeted allegedly with pistol in his face. A struggle followed and the victim was able to grab the gun and throw it into the front yard. The defendant, whose name was not released, left the property and went to a nearby home where he was taken into custody. Charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and simple assault charges are pending in district court.

A burglary at a Sharon Township home is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Criminals entered the home of Michael and Robin Furman on Canada Hollow Road between 8:00 pm last Friday and 1:10 am Saturday and made off with several items totaling more than $500 in value. The stolen property included a black electric heater, Sony 32” flat screen TV, Xbox 360 with wireless controllers and various games, LG Smartphone, miscellaneous pieces of clothing and Gabapentin pills.
Troopers at Coudersport are also probing a theft by deception victimizing 66 year old Elry Dunshie of Shinglehouse. Authorities did not release any more details but have confirmed the crime.

Three trail cameras valued at a total of $450 were taken from a home on South Marvin Street in Smethport between 1:00 am and 11:59 pm October 25. State police at Kane are looking for the thief.

Ridgway based state police investigated a criminal mischief taking place last Friday afternoon on Block Commons Lane in Ridgway. Vandals slashed a tire on a 2004 Toyocar van container trailer owned by a 41 year old Ridgway woman.


Tuesday November 6, 2018



Monday’s high, 48; Overnight low, 41; .32” rain

It’s finallyhere! No, not Christmas the election. Polls are open here in Pennsylvannia until 8:00 pm tonight.Topping the ballot is the Pennsylvania governor’s race. Candidates include Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf with running mate John Fetterman for lieutenant governor; Republicans Scott R. Wagner and Jeff Bartos; Green Party candidates Paul Glover and Jocyln Bowser-Bostick; and Libertarians Ken B. Krawchuk and Kathleen S. Smith.
Running for U.S. Senate are incumbent Bob Casey Jr., Democrat; Lou Barletta, Republican; Neal Gale, Green; and Dale R. Kerns Jr., Libertarian. Following a Supreme Court Ruling, Potter County was moved from the 5th Congressional District to the 12th District.Candidates for the Pa. 12th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives are Democrat Marc Friedenberg and Republican incumbent Tom Marino . Glenn Thompson, the incumbent representiven the 5th contressional District, a Republican is opposed by Demmocrat nominee Barbara Boser. Most of Potter County is in the 67th Legislative District, where the candidates for a two-year term in the Pa. House of Representatives are Democrat Maryann Cole and Republican incumbent Martin T. Causer. For Galeton Borough and Pike Township in Potter County and Tioga and Bradford Counties, the choices are Democrat Carrie Heath or Republican Clint Owlett for the 68th District seat.
McKean County DA Stephanie Vettenburg Shaffer is holding an Elder Law Days event Wedneday in at the Bradford Senior Center Wednesday and another at the Kane Senior Center on November 19.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018
4:00-6:00 PM 4:00-600 PM
Bradford Senior Center Kane Senior Center
4:00- Opening Remarks- Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer, McKean County District Attorney
4:00-5:00- Elder Scam: The speaker will walk you through how to become “Scam Smart”, protect yourself from fraud, and understand con’s and other crimes related to charitable contributions, sweepstakes, lottery, checks and money orders, home improvements, and identity theft.
Alan McGill – Senior Supervisory Special Agent, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
5:00-5:45-Legal Issues: The speaker will walk you through the importance of planning ahead with Wills, Power of Attorney and Advanced Directives.
Tony Clarke-Attorney, The Clarke Firm. Speaking on November 7.
Erik Ross-Attorney, Woods Baker & Ross.Speaking on November 19.
5:45-6:00-Leaving a Legacy- The speaker will give an overview of the McKean County Community Foundation.
Paula Fritz Eddy-Executive Director of the McKean County Community Foundation.
Paula Fritz Eddy is the Executive Director of the newly formed McKean County Community Foundation. Having worked for Penn Lakes Girl Scout Council and the McKean County Unit of the American Cancer Society, she has had over 35 years of experience in the nonprofit world and for the past 15 she has worked with individuals, businesses and organizations to create a legacy that can make our communities a better place to live. The Community Foundations tries to connect people who care with causes that matter.
Sponsored by the McKean County District Attorney’s Office, McKean County Collaborative Board, PA Office of Attorney General and the LINK to Aging and Disabilities.
o RSVP is required.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting area drivers that emergency work to repair a slide condition will require a short-term closure of Wykoff Run (Route 2001). The closure may continue through daylight hours on Tuesday, November 6.
The work area is located about a mile north of the intersection of Wykoff Run and the Quehanna Highway (Route 2006) in Cameron County. All work will be done by a PennDOT Cameron County Maintenance crew.
The 38-mile detour will direct drivers to use Route 2001, Route 2006 (Quehanna Highway), Route 555, and Route 120. Motorists heading to camps along Wykoff Run will be able to access those locations from the Sinnemahoning end of the roadway.
Drivers are reminded to obey official detour signs and posted speed limits and to always buckle up.
PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.


PennDot is alerting area drivers that road work is scheduled in the Bradford area next week. Currently, PennDOT expects work to take place on Wednesday and Thursday, November 7 and 8.
Crews will be scratching trouble spots at the following locations:
• Route 46, just outside of the city limits;
• South Avenue from Race Street to West Corydon Street;
• West Corydon Street also near the city limits.
Scratching along these routes will help seal up the roadway surface and ensure ride quality through the winter months. As soon as weather allows, crews will return to these sites in April to perform milling and paving.

Next week, crews will also perform finish paving on the Owens Way bridge (from the northbound off-ramp to the railroad tracks).
Traffic in these work zones will be controlled by flaggers in the roadway enforcing an alternating traffic pattern. Drivers should expect delays as work takes place. Drivers familiar with the area may want to take alternate routes.
This work is part of a contract to improve several roads in McKean and Potter counties. Overall work includes milling, roadway repair, ADA ramps, paving, and some drainage.
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, PA is the contractor on this $5.1 million job. All work is weather and schedule dependent.


Motorists in McKean County should prepare for daytime lane closures next week on three different bridges. Work will take place Monday, November 5 through Friday, November 9.
Routine bridge and roadway maintenance work will take place from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the following locations:
• JV-57: A bridge on Route 6 over Marvin Creek in Hazel Hurst, Hamlin Township;
• JV-64: A bridge on Route 155 over Newell Creek in Eldred Township, 2 miles southeast of Larabee;
• JV-70: A bridge on Columbia Hill Road (Route 1015) over the north branch of Cole Creek in Keating Township, north of Wrights Corners;
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
These bridges were replaced in 2017 as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT’s) Rapid Bridge Replacement program, which is replacing a total of 558 bridges across Pennsylvania.
Both Kane drivers escaped injury in a collision Monday in Hamiton Township, McKean County. The collision occurred when Darlene Haly was going east at fell asleep at the wheel around 10 am. Her Chevrolet Cruz crossed over into the opposite lane where it hit a Toyota driven by Brandon Meeker . Ste police at Ridgway have released details about an accident involving two tractor trailers last Tuesday, October 30. A tractor trailer headed south on Route 219 hit a deer causing it to fly overhead andn into another tractor trailer which was operated by Dennis Snyder. He was taken to PennHIghland Elk for treatment of minor injuries. The other driver did not stop.
Sweden Townshp police advise motorists that deer are now in the rut and there is increased movement on area highways. They don’t always go onto the pavement where there is a “deer crossing” sign as they can jump into a vehicle’s path from any location.


Wednesday November 7, 2018


Dreary Saturday afternoon at Barnum Road Wetlands-Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 57; Overnight low, 43

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Democrats win statewide, but Republicans win locally…..Snow Plow contest winners announced…Wellsboro man cited for assault and harassment….House fire in Elk County ruled accidental…Westfield man escapes unharmed from car fire…

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Turnout was heavy across Pennsylvania for yesterday’s Mid-Term election with an estimated 59% of Potter County voters showing up at the poles. Roulette Township had more than 50% by early evening.
The statewide results were expected with Democrats being victorious. The party outnumbers Republicans here in Pennsylvania and is driven by large populations in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. While Democrats won statewide, Republican won in rural Pennsylvania.
US Senator
Bob Casey(incumbent)Democrat 2,682,343 55.6%
Lou Barletta Republican 2,064,105 42.8%

Tom Wolf(incumbent) Democrat , 282,9902 57.6%
Scott Wagner, Republican 2,005,439 40.8%

Republicans Tom Marino in the news 12th District which now includes Potter and Tioga Counties was victorious  over Marc Friedenburg.R ep. Glenn Thompson, who formerly represented the 5th congressional district including all of the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area was successful in the new 15th district which includes Cameron, Elk and McKean Counties.

Republicans retained a solid majority in the state House of Representatives, although several seats are still undecided.The House Republican Caucus will be at least 108 members for the 2019-20 legislative session that begins Jan. 1. It will be the fifth consecutive session with Republicans in control of the House. Members re-elected yesterday include Rep. Martin Causer, a Republican over Democrat Maryann Cole,. Causer represents Cameron and McKean Counties and mostof Potter in the state legislature.

Clint Owlett from Wellsboro ,who represents Tioga and Bradford Counties and Pike Township and Galeton in the general assembly was re-elected beating Democrat Challenger Carrie Heath.

U.S. Senator: Bob Casey Jr. (D) 1,542, Lou Barletta (R) 4,551, Neal Gale (Green) 38, Dale R. Kerns Jr. (Lib.) 61.
Governor/Lt. Governor: Tom Wolf and John Fetterman (D) 1,450; Scott Wagner & Jeff Bartow (R) 4,723; Paul Glover and Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick (Green) 42; Ken V. Krawchuk and Kathleen S. Smith (Lib.) 66.
Representative in Congress (Pa. 12th District): Marc Friedenberg (D) 1,414; Tom Marino (R) 4,841
Representative in Pa. General Assembly (67th District): Maryanne Cole (D) 974, Martin T. Causer (R) 4,853.
Representative in Pa. General Assembly (68th District): Carrie Heath (D) 122, Clint Owlett (R) 332.
All returns are unofficial until they are certified through the official count of the Potter County Canvassing and Computing Board.

Political representation wasn’t the only contest going on this week.
PennDOT has announced the winners of District 2’s “Paint the Plow” contest for 2018. Voting ended on November 2, resulting in four “Fan Favorite” winners. The judged portion of the competition was completed Monday, November 5, resulting in four “Judged” winners. From those results, District 2 also named Overall winners for “Fan Favorite” and “Judged” categories.
Facebook users selected the “Fan Favorites” in each area by “liking” their favorites via the PennDOT Facebook page. The results are as follows:

Northern area (Elk, McKean and Potter counties): Austin High School with 485 likes.
• Southern area (Mifflin and Juniata counties): East Juniata High School with 266 likes
• Central area (Centre and Clinton counties): Penns Valley High School with 304 likes
• Western area (Clearfield County): DuBois Central Catholic High School with 715 likes
Almost 4,500 “likes” were cast across the 16 competing schools, with DuBois Central Catholic named the overall “Fan Favorite” in District 2.
A panel of judges selected Bellefonte High School as the overall winner of the contest. The overall winners in the “Judged” category for the four specific areas are as follows:
• Northern area: Coudersport High School
• Southern area: East Juniata High School
• Central area: Bellefonte High School
• Western area: DuBois Central Catholic High School

For the first time since the program’s initial offering in 2016, all high schools across District 2’s nine counties were invited to participate. The sixteen schools that participated in this year’s competition include Austin, Bellefonte, Central Mountain, Clearfield, Coudersport, DuBois, DuBois Central Catholic, East Juniata, Elk County Catholic, Galeton, Harmony, Juniata County, Mifflin County, Penns Valley, Smethport, and St. Joseph Catholic Academy. Each school painted a winter safety message on a Department snow plow. The theme for this year’s message was “Know Before You Go”, which is the slogan of 511PA.

The plows will be mounted to a truck that services the area of the respective school district during the upcoming winter season. The Central Mountain plow will remain on display.

More information on the program can be obtained by contacting Marla Fannin at or 814-765-0423 or Tim Nebgen at or 814-765-0598.

A 37 year old Wellsboro man has been cited for harassment by Mansfield based state police. Troopers claim when they responded to a domestic violence call on Route 6 in Delmar Township early Sunday morning they found that the suspect had pushed and shoved a 21 year old woman in an attempt to confront a 20 year old man and then hit him several times in the head. Police did not release his name but said he is also being charged with simple assault.

The State police fire marshal reports a fire which caused $150,000 in damage to a Ridgway home Tuesday afternoon was accidental. The Pleasant Avenue home is owned by Christine Woodford. There were no injuries.

A Westfield man was unhurt when his car caught fire Saturday morning on Route 248 in Chatham Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police David Clark was going east when fire erupted under the hood of his
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Kathryn “Kate” Nichols, 96, of Shinglehouse, passed away with her loving family by her side on Sunday, November 4, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born on January 30, 1922 on the family homestead in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Wayne M. and Sarah Stannard Nichols.
Kate was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1940. She was first employed by the former First National Bank (now Northwest) in Shinglehouse for 15 years and was then employed by the former Exchange National Bank (now Community Bank) in Olean for 23 years until her retirement.
Kate was an avid golfer. She was a member of the Bolivar Golf Club in Bolivar, N.Y. and was involved in several golfing associations in Pennsylvania and New York. She enjoyed gardening and bowling. Kate was well known in the area for her delicious blueberries.
Surviving are many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Kate was predeceased by two brothers, Hollis W. Nichols and his wife, Nettie Sue, and George “Mike” Nichols; and a sister, Ann L. Nichols.
Family and friends may call from 9am to 11am on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11am with the Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr., pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Kate’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Obituary of LeRoy WHITE
LeRoy C. WHITE, 82, of Coudersport, PA, died Monday, October 1, 2018 in his home.


**********A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, November 11, 2018 in the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church.**********


Born November 11, 1935, in Coudersport, he was the son of Clifford Thompson and Virgie Elizabeth Denson White.


He was married to the former Eileen E. Watson, who survives.


A graduate of Coudersport High School, he attended Bucknell University and served honorably with the US Army Reserves.


He was employed by L.H. Lincoln, Agway, Pure Carbon, and owned and operated a farm for many years. LeRoy was a member of the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, Eulalia Lodge #342 F & AM, Central Grange, Potter County Historical Society, Conservation District, and Farm Credit Bureau. He was an outdoorsman and loved taking his collies for rides.


Surviving besides his wife, Eileen, are: two children, Rebecca J. (Dennis) Campbell of Duke Center and Jeannine (Dan) Drummond, both of Duke Center; two step-children, Gwen Hankins of Altoona and Melody Hankins of Coudersport; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Allen C. (Barbara) White and James R. (Laurie) White, both of Coudersport; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and a nephew, Theodore White.


**********A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, November 11, 2018 in the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church.**********


Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport, PA.


Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.


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


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