Thursday January 11, 2018

Wednesday’s High, 42; Overnight low, 36; no precipitation






Photo by Gerri Miller

Chuck Dillon, Assistant to Sen. Joe Scarnati see story below

Obituaries: Ferd Irish (Coudersport) & Robert Ballway (Port Allegany)

Veterans and their families are being honored today at the PA Farm Show….Potter County Commissioners thank Senator Scarnati’s representative for the senator’s help in getting an increase in the Payment in lieu of taxes and curbing n Coudersport. Deer and Slippery roads blamed for recent crashes….State police in Emporium arrest driver for having pot and paraphernalia…

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Today is is Veterans, Military & Their Families Day at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Farmers are the 2% of our nation that feeds us. Veterans are the 2% that protects us. those who feed, those who serve, and those are being recognized  at the Farm Show.

The DMVA Mobile Veterans Outreach Van will be set up in the Expo Hall all week and staffed by Accredited Veteran Service Officers to provide information and assistance to veterans and family members who may be eligible for programs and benefits. Services include service-connected disability compensation, pensions, and health care benefits through the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, burial benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation, active service bonuses, state nursing home care, and much more.

Visitors can meet with representatives of Veteran Service Organizations at the Department of Agriculture booth in the Main Hall, and at the DMVA booth #255 in the Expo Hall.

Thursday’s schedule

8 a.m.             Junior Dairy Goat Showmanship, following by Judging (NW)
Junior Breeding Sheep Showmanship, followed by Judging (SA)

8:30 a.m.        Draft Horse Pleasure Show and Stick Horse Race (EA)

10 a.m.           Honey Extraction Demonstration by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (CCS)
PA Mohair Demonstration by T. Kunst (GFS)

11 a.m.           Chef Instructor Brian Peffley and Lebanon County Career and Technology Center Students (CCS)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

12 p.m.           Wes Trout, Sales Manager and Culinary Trainer for BOSCH and Thermador Appliances (CCS)
Make It and Take It: Nest Box Building, Sponsored by the Bluebird Society of PA (EL)

1 p.m.             Army vs. Navy Cook-Off (CCS)
Exceptional Rodeo (LA)

2 p.m.             Homegrown By Heroes™ Award Presentation (CCS)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

3 p.m.             John Moeller, former White House Chef and Author (CCS)
Carving Spurtles and Spoons Demonstration (GFS)

3:30 p.m.        Junior Meat Breeding Goat Showmanship, followed by Judging (NW)

4 p.m.             Cher Harris, Executive Pastry Chef at The Hotel Hershey (CCS)
Fiber Works Resource Center Demonstration (GFS)

5 p.m.             Jen Moyer Murphy, Corporate Chef at Clemens Food Group (CCS)
Rabbit Hopping Demonstration (E)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

6 p.m.             Maple Production Demonstration by the PA Maple Syrup Producers (CCS)
Angora Palooza (SA)
PA Equine Showcase (EA)

7 p.m.             PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo (LA)


Friday is Resource Conservation Day at the Farm Show in Harrisburg.Farmers are the original stewards of our land. the work of the industry to provide for the future of our state, and our nation, through farmland preservation and best management practices for conservation will be highlighted through out the day.

Friday’s Schedule:

8 a.m.           Breeding Sheep Judging (SA)
Dairy Cattle Judging (EA)
Open Dairy Goat Judging (NW)

10 a.m.         Maple Production Demonstration by the PA Maple Syrup Producers (CCS)
Tractor Square Dancing (LA)
PA Mohair Demonstration by T. Kunst (GFS)

11 a.m.         Todd Lewis, Chef Instructor, PA Department of Corrections (CCS)
Draft Horse Hitch and Drive (LA)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

12 p.m.         Maureen Fowler, Sous Chef at Devon Seafood Grill (CCS)
Make It and Take It: Cookie Mix, Sponsored by Golden Barrel (EL)
Fiber Works Resource Center Demonstration (GFS)

1 p.m.           The Best Rib and Beer Competition presented by the PA Pork Producers Council (CCS)
Tractor Square Dancing (LA)
Fiber Art Demonstration by E. Anderson (GFS)

2 p.m.           Bill Collier, Executive Chef at Bricco (CCS)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

2:30 p.m.      Celebrity Cow Milking Contest (EA)

3 p.m.           Thomas J. Long, Director of Campus Dining at HACC’s The Chef’s Apprentice (CCS)

3:30 p.m.      Junior Dairy Cattle Showmanship (EA)

4 p.m.           Chef Instructor David T. Mills III and HACC, Central PA’s Community College, Students (CCS)

5 p.m.           School Cooking Challenge with HACC, Central PA’s Community College, Students (CCS)
Golden Barrel Sticky Bun Contest (GFS)

6 p.m.           Honey Extraction Demonstration by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (CCS)
PA Equine Showcase (EA)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Experience Milking a Cow (SA)

7 p.m.           PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo (LA)

Chuck Dillon pictured above,  an aide to State Senator Joe Scarnati, attended last week’s meeting of the Potter County Board of Commissioners to seek input on state government issues and related matters. Funding for 911 emergency communications and for state-mandated programs provided by Potter County Human Services were among the priorities the board asked Dillon to share with the senator. The commissioners also asked Dillon to convey their appreciation for his support of higher payments-in-lieu-of-taxes for state-owned forest and park land, and his advocacy to include new curbs as part of PennDOT’s Rt. 6 reconstruction project through downtown Coudersport. The original plan did not call for curbing.

Deer and slippery roads continue to plague drivers across the region. Nicole Skinner of Roulette escaped  injury Wednesday morning  when her Jeep Patriot hit a deer on Route 155 near the Larabee “Y” in Eldred Township. State police report Skinner was going north and was unable to avoid hitting the white tail. Raymond Stebbins of Williamsport was not hurt Tuesday evening when his Hyundai Accent hit aq deer in Richmond Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, Raymond Stebbins was headed north on Route 15 when the deer came onto the road and into his path. Slippery roads are blamed for an accident Sunday afternoon in Gaines Township, Tioga County. Troopers explained Iftiacue Hossain lost control of his Dodge Durango slid off ot the snow and ice packed Deer Lick Road and collided with a tree. Hossain did not require medical attention for his injuries.

Emporium based state police have arrested a man for allegedly violating drug laws. James Wesley Miller (no address provided) was charged after patrol officers pulled him over on Route 120 a mile from the Clinton County line Tuesday afternoon. Police claim the found a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia in this vehicle.


Ferd W. Irish, 82, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away in his home with his loving wife by his side on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, after a long illness.

Born on July 29, 1935 in Caribou, Maine, he was a son of John E. and Evelyn Anderson Irish.  On October 15, 1960 in Norwalk, Connecticut, he married Leonora C. “Lee” Pennington, who survives.

Ferd was a graduate of Caribou High School and was a graduate of the University of Maine in Orno, Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics.  In 1960, Ferd and his wife moved to Coudersport establishing the family potato farm, Irish Farms, on Denton Hill, which he worked until ill health forced his retirement.

Ferd was a member of St. Bibiana Catholic Church in Galeton, a member of Eulalia Lodge #342 F. & A.M. in Coudersport, a member of the Coudersport Consistory, a member of the ZemZem Shrine in Erie, and a member and past president of the Pennsylvania Potato Growers Co-op.  He also served as vice president of the National Potato Council and was a member and past president of the Board of Directors of the Tri-County Electric Company Co-op in Mansfield. One of Ferd’s proudest accomplishments was being named Master Farmer.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Wayne J. Irish of Coudersport; a sister, Elaine (Richard) Rife of The Dalls, Oregon; a brother-in-law, Charles R. (Mae) Pennington of Norwalk, Connecticut; and three nieces.

Friends may call from 10am to noon on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at St. Bibiana Catholic Church, 111 Germania Street, Galeton, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty, pastor, as celebrant.  Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ferd’s name may be made to World Vision, a charity that supports children and families providing animals and basic agricultural necessities for needy African communities, at or World Vision, PO Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ferd, please visit

Robert J. Ballway, 65, of E.Arnold Ave., passed away Monday (Jan. 8, 2018) in his home, after a lengthy illness.

Born December 17, 1952, in Syracuse, NY, he was a son of Robert C. and Marjorie Ventura Ballway.
Robert was a longtime resident of the area coming from Syracuse, NY.  He was a graduate of Jamesville-Dewitt High School, graduate of University of Dayton, with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, and also a graduate of Syracuse University, with a MBA in Accounting and Information Systems.
Mr. Ballway worked as an accountant, a sales and design manager with Barden Homes, and most recently a teacher.
Robert was an avid home remodeler and accomplished musician. He could often be found singing or playing the Blues on his guitar, harmonica, trumpet, or keyboard and was always ready to teach others how to play a few bars.
He attended the Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Port Allegany.
Surviving are two sons, Christopher R. Ballway and Dennis G. Ballway both of Port Allegany; a daughter, Leslie M. Ballway (Matthew Herrmann) of Philadelphia; three sisters, Marjorie (Dr. David) Yeager of South Carolina, Lynn Loomis of Nevada, and Ginny (Robert) Quinn of Syracuse, NY; former wife, Eileen S. Ballway of Connecticut, Uncle James Ventura and Aunt Janet Early of Poughkeepsie, NY; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Janet, and niece Jessica.
There will be no visitation.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date and time to be announced.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to:  Christopher R. Ballway
208 E. Arnold Ave.
Port Allegany, PA 16743