Friday December 1, 2017


2017 Thanksgiving sunset

Thursday’s high, 44; overnight low, 34; no precipitation

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Dickens of a Christmas in Wellsboro this weekend…Christmas in the Wilds next Saturday in Emporium…..Concurrent deer season begins Monday…Bear harvest low…..Police look for man accused of child sexual assault…..Knoxville woman tricked out of $400 and shot gun stolen from Tioga County home…

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With the arrival of December, several Christmas events are planned.Wellsboro’s downtown will become an early Victorian marketplace with delectablefare for eating and drinking and delightful wares for holiday gift giving this weekend for the 34th Annual Dickens of a Christmas.
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.
More than 75 artists, craftsmen and food vendors will be found at three Indoor craft shows. Open on The craft shows at the United Methodist Church and Wellsboro Senior Center will be open Friday and Saturday and at the Wellsboro Firemen’s Annex on Saturday only.
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. Local churches will host a variety of indoor events Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2
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.

A complete schedule of events is posted on our Calendar and we have a Dickens Scrapbook page as well.

Across the region, Christmas in the Wilds will be held on Saturday December 9 will feature a Yuletide Caroling Contest at 1:00pm in downtown Emporium. Individuals and groups encouraged to take the stage and sing carols. A panel of judges will select the winners. This event is just one of several additions to the holiday celebrations in Cameron County.
Starting this weekend and continuing through December 16 Santa and his elves will set up shop in downtown Emporium at the Pennsylvania North Pole location. Elves will be available each Saturday to wrap presents from 10-noon. Santa will visit the shop from 1-3. On Friday December 8, the North Pole will be one of the stops at the Holiday House Tour which will feature Squares for Charity. The squares created by members of the Cameron County Quilters will be showcased at Guy and Mary Felt Manor. The quilts are ready to hang or used as a table topper. Proceeds from the silent bids will go to the quilters’ charity of choice. Paws & Claus Pet Supply is the stop for the coloring contest. Santa will select the winners and prizes will come from the North Pole.
Tickets for the Holiday House Tour on Friday December 8 are limited. They are $15 each and include a stop at Flowers N Things Open House, the North Pole, Guy and Mary Felt Manor, two homes and conclude at Aroma Café for appetizers, dessert and samples from Bearded Brewing.

Voting on the house decorating contest sponsored by L&M Lumber begins Friday December 8 and continues through Saturday December 16. Ballots will be available in the local newspapers, Facebook and at both the chamber office and L&M Lumber.
Santa will start Saturday with breakfast at the Emporium Fire Hall with the Auxiliary. Adults can eat for $5 and children $3. Downtown vendors will set up with Santa’s reindeer. Saturday night the event continues with the Emporium Community Dance at the Cameron County Vets at 8pm.
Information on any of the activities can be obtained from the chamber office at 34 East Fourth Street Emporium.

The first week of Pennsylvania’s rifle deer season ends Saturday.In most areas, hunters may take only antlered deer during the first five days of the season. Antlerless and antlered seasons then run concurrently from the to the season’s close next Saturday, December 9
Hunters killed about 30 percent fewer bears in Pennsylvania’s recent, four-day, firearms hunting season for bears. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the 2017 firearms season harvest was 1,796, down from 2,579 in the four-day season in 2016.
Driving rains, with fog and sleet in some areas, thwarted hunters on the first day of the firearms season, Saturday, November 18, and held down the overall harvest to the lowest in recent years.
As of a result, the overall bear kill for all of 2017 most likely will not be among the state’s highest. However, it also won’t be the lowest of the 21st century. That position is held firmly by 2007, when hunters took 2,362 bears.
This year’s overall bear tally is already above 2007’s mark, when the 480 bears killed in the regional early season and the archery season, and 170 bears already harvested in the extended season are added to the total.
In some parts of the state hunters may shoot bears through part or all of the firearms season for deer, which continues through Saturday, December 9.

Kane based state police are looking for 24 year old Kruze Jordan Carpenter Stewart who is wanted by warrant for child sexual assault offenses. He is accused of aggravated indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age, and corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person less than 16, The crimes allegedly took place this past September in Mt. Jewett. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.

Troopers in Mansfield are investigating an electronic theft and a tangible theft. both taking place on Wednesday of this week. Knoxville resident 62 year oild Jeryl Abbott received a phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent and was informed that her arrest was imminent for back taxes she owed unless she purchased gift cards or wired $400 to stop the arrest. Abbott purchased Apple iTunes gift cards for $400 and then provided the caller with the redemption codes. Afterwards, she contacted her tax preparer who told her she did not owe any back taxes and the she had been the victim of a scam. Authorities caution citizens that the IRS does not call taxpayers by telephone—only by letter through the US Mail and to be safe, check with their tax preparer before taking any action.

Burglars stole a gun from the unlocked home of Koren Brown on Main Street in Antrim between 4:00 and 11:00 pm Wednesday and took a Charles Daly 20 gauge shotgun. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact state police at 570.662.2151.