Wednesday November 29, 2017


2017 Thanksgiving sunset

Tuesday’s high, 50; Overnight low, 47; no precipitation

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BFB Headlines (Wednesday November 29, 2017) Four acres blackened in Hebron Township wildfire…..Warrant issued for Eldred man accused of threatening another resident of that town….62 year old Tioga County man accused of forgery….Dickens of a Christmas this weekend in Wellsboro….New online program helps students learn about county government… air report after 12:06 pm on

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Here it is almost December and area fire departments have been called out to douse wildfires. Sunday afternoon one threatened an adjacent house on Pithole Road in Keating Township, McKean County. Firefighters were able to keep the flames from damaging the home. Yesterday, Coudesport volunteers were dispatched to a wildfire at 1348 Route 44 North in Hebron Township a couple of minutes before 2:00 pm. When first responders arrived, the fire The fire was spreading fast into a wooded area, near some buildings. A second alarm was requested at 2:20 pm bringing in Roulette, Austin, Port Allegany and DCNR personnel. About an hour later, the fire was reported under control and at it was reported ou just before 4:30 pm.t The fire was caused by a downed electric line which sparked dry vegetation and was fanned by strong winds. Fast moving flames spread rapidly up the hillside and endangered structures, there was no injuries.
In all approximately 30 Fire Fighters responded and brought the 4 acre fire under control.

Kane-based state police are looking for an Eldred man accused of terroristic threats and simple assault. Troopers claim Richard Lee Gould III threatened 31 year old Justin Schwartz with a knife Sunday evening at a house located at 50 Main Street Eldred. Gould left the house prior to state police arrival and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. He is described as being Caucasian with hazel eyes and brown hair. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.

Tioga County authorities have not released the name of a 62 year old Tioga County man suspected of forgery. Troopers allege the defendant took a blank check belonging to Nelson Township resident 58 year old Janet Fausel in late August and forged her name to buy $280.00 worth of meat.

No injuries were reported following a car/deer collision last Friday evening in Liberty Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, a whitetail was hit by an eastbound Subaru Impreza when it came onto the road at around 6:30 pm. After impact, the deer ran into the woods. The driver was unhurt and the car could be driven from the scene so the accident was technically a non-reportable.

For the 34th Annual Dickens of a Christmas, Dec. 1-3, Wellsboro’s downtown will become an early Victorian marketplace with delectable fare for eating and drinking and delightful wares for holiday gift giving or to keep for oneself.
Saturday, Dec. 2 beginning at 9 a.m., the town crier will greet everyone with the ringing of his bell and announcements of the day.
As visitors meander through the outdoor marketplace among more than 160 artists, craftsmen and food vendors, they will enjoy performances by the Fezziwig entourage and Victorian Strolls at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and can register for the Dickens Best Dressed Contest with a chance to win prizes valued at $1,000.
Dickens streets will be closed to motorized vehicles on Saturday only. Performers and vendors dressed Victorian style will get everyone in the spirit. Adding to the festivities are holiday-bedecked stores and the community boulevards decorated with fresh Christmas trees covered with lights and ornaments and the gaslights with evergreen wreaths and bows.
Outdoor art and craft vendors will be offering hand carved Christmas trees, homemade jams, jellies, cheeses and meats, hand-painted, wood and hand blown glass Christmas ornaments, handmade pottery, furniture, jewelry, specialty candles, hats and scarves, pet treats, birdhouses and bird feeders, heirloom Santa clauses, stuffed animals and dolls, wrought iron and hand-turned wooden pieces and much, much more. Also available will be Christmas wreaths, garlands, swags, centerpieces and greens.
More than 75 artists, craftsmen and food vendors will be found at three Indoor craft shows. Open on Friday and Saturday will be the craft shows at the United Methodist Church and Wellsboro Senior Center and at the Wellsboro Firemen’s Annex on Saturday only.
Restaurants and outdoor food vendors will tickle the taste buds and warm tummies with hot chocolate, chili, homemade soups and chowders, bread pudding, homemade cookies, pies and candies, hot roast beef sandwiches, crab cakes, fresh roasted peanuts, deep fried dill pickles, hot cider and coffee, sausage sandwiches, whoopie pies, peanut brittle, kettle corn and apple dumplings.
Hamilton-Gibson will present A Dickens of a Concert Friday night and six performances of “A Christmas Carol” at the Deane Center’s two theatres on Saturday and one performance on Sunday. The Arcadia Theatre is showing the film “A Miracle on 34th Street” all three days.

At the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center on Friday night, Dec. 1 will be a holiday open house to celebrate the opening of two new art exhibits, one featuring work by artists from Bloomsburg, Williamsport, Bradford and Tioga County communities and Elmira, New York. The other is a display of woodblock self-portrait and woodcut “My Space” prints by Bloomsburg University printmaking students. On Friday night and Saturday and Sunday only,, there will also be a pop-up gallery with yarn, patterns, kits and a book for knitters and an art quilt made to be raffled off by Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild members.
Local churches will host a variety of indoor events Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2. Among them are a Dickens of a Dinner, lunches, concerts, a display of model trains, a cookie sale and in the spirit of helping others, an Alternative Christmas Fair with entertainment and refreshments.
At 5 p.m. Saturday, the Candlelight Walk for Peace will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street and at 5:30 p.m. the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony with Santa and a carol sing will be on The Green.
For a schedule of events or more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 Main Street, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, call 570-724-1926, email or visit (Or check our calendar of events for the complete schedule).
During last week’s meeting, Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover reported on a presentation by the National Association of Counties at the County Commissioners’ Association meeting. Kefover said “The Counties Work” interactive online game and class curriculum educate students about county government. The state standards–aligned curriculum includes middle and high school instruction. Available free of charge, the curriculum guides students through the basics of county government and encourages them to engage in local solutions to the challenges they identify. Students also learn and practice research, analysis and advocacy skills as they develop a plan to “move the needle” on their chosen issues. More information is available at the website,