Monday, January 22, 2018


Sunday’s high: 45; Overnight low, 35, light rain





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 Rep. Causer says Ag committee is going to look into expansion of broadband in rural areas….Woman hurt in hit and run collision in Elk County….Troopers at Mansfield probe hit and run damaging parked vehicle….NY state man accused of writing bad check to Tioga County business…24 year old woman arrested for shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart….Westfield resident accused of vandalism in Knoxville…..

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Obituaries: Beatrice “Tootie” Clark, Coudesport & Carolyn Graves, Shinglehouse


During the 102nd annual Farm Show the Pennsylvania State Grange held a presentation and discussion about the need to expand broadband service in rural areas like ours. In an increasingly connected world, the lack of broadband access puts both students and businesses in rural areas at a disadvantage, and further limits our health care options.

Among those participating in the session were representatives of the governor’s Rural Development Council, both the state and national Grange organizations, the Public Utility Commission and Pennsylvania Telephone Association. A state representative from York County was also on hand to talk about her legislation to further assess the current situation and create a legislative commission to recommend improvements to the deployment of broadband in unserved and underserved areas.

Rural broadband was also a topic of discussion at the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meeting last week. Rep. Martin Causer says the committee intends to take a closer look at it and what can be done  legislatively to advance the availability of broadband services in areas like ours.

State police in two counties are investigating hit and run collisions, one with injuries. Troopers at Ridgway report Dawn Anderson, of St. Marys was hurt early Saturday morning when her 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was “T-boned” by a Chevrolet Cavalier at the intersection of Dagus Mines Road and Route 948 in Fox Township. Anderson was traveling east on Route 948 when the offending car while going north on Dagus Mines Road ran a stop sign. The driver jumped out and got into a vehicle which was following him and left the scene. Police claim the 1999 white Chevrolet Cavalier is registered to 24 year old Seth Duttrey and has PA registration ZHC6671. Anyone with information about the owner or driver is asked to call the Ridgway barracks at 814.776.6136.

An unknown vehicle went off of Benson Avenue in Rutland Township in Tioga County last Thursday night and collided with  2011Dodge 1500 legally parked in the owner’s driveway.

A Rochester, NY man is accused of writing a bad check to a Tioga Count business a couple of months ago. State police allege 57yearold Gerald Mulley used a check on a closed account to pay his bill at Blaise Alexander Ford in Richmond Township in the amount of $183.41.

Retail theft charges have been lodged against 24 year old Brittany Glatt, no address given). State police at Ridgway assert the Glatt stole several items from the St. Marys Walmart Friday evening.

A Westfield resident has been cited for criminal mischief in connection to vandalism at the Knoxville, PA Community Century. Authorities related that 21 year old Jonathan Altman and a juvenile drove a vehicle through the fields behind the center, tearing up the grass. Restitution is being requested.


Beatrice Minnie “Tootie” Tucker Clark, 98, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away with her loving family at her side on Friday, January 19, 2018, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after suffering a stroke on January 13, 2018.

Born on September 1, 1919, she was a daughter of Edgar Harvey “EH” and Katherine “Katie” Mosch Tucker and granddaughter of Emil and Wilhelmina KortzMosch.  On May 16, 1942 in Colesburg, she married the love of her life, Milford L. Clark, who survives.

Tootie was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1937.  She was employed at the former Hamlin’s 5 & 10 in Coudersport.  She and her husband were the owners and operators of the Milbea Guernsey Dairy Farm in Coudersport.

She was a member of the former Hebron Grange 1251. Tootie was a devoted wife, and was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandma.  She was a friend and neighbor to all and was always tending to others.  Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving besides her devoted husband of over 75 years are a daughter, Linda Lee Clark (Terry) Sturdevant of Coudersport; four grandchildren, Christopher Clark of Germany, Jay (Christy) Baird of Franklin, NC, and Krista Sturdevant (Rodney) Doran and Kimberly Sturdevant (John) Dailey, both of Coudersport; seven great-grandchildren, Noah Baird, Myah Baird, Sarah Baird, Gabby Doran, Rodney Doran, Jr., Emilee Dailey, and Jacob Dailey; a sister, Ruth Tucker Thompson of Colesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Tootie was predeceased by a son, James L. Clark; a daughter, Catherine Marie “Cathy” Clark Baird; two brothers, Franklin “Bub” Tucker and Edgar “Sonny” Tucker; and a sister, Marjory “Sis” Tucker Butz.

Friends may call from noon to 4pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a celebration of Tootie’s life will follow at 4pm with the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus of Hebron Union Church, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Potter County Historical Society, 308 North Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Showstoppers 4H Club, c/o Sheila Gabreski, 7 Water Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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Carolyn C. Graves, 89, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born on May 14, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee, she was a daughter of John B. and Evie Grisham Crain.  On September 21, 1957 in the Frayser Baptist Church in Memphis, she married the love of her life, Merle A. Graves, who passed away on December 4, 2017.

Carolyn was a graduate of Millington High School in Memphis.  Prior to her marriage, Carolyn was employed by International Harvester in Memphis.  She was later employed as a secretary for the Pennsylvania Fish Commission in Oswayo.  She was also a self-employed furniture upholsterer.

Carolyn was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church and its women’s group.  She formerly served as a Sunday school teacher and as a scout leader. She and her husband enjoyed square dancing with the Grand Squares.  She was a wonderful seamstress, cake decorator, and enjoyed quilting, being a member of the Piecemaker Quilting Club in Shinglehouse. She also enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends. In her younger years, Carolyn was an avid water skier.

She was a loving wife and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her greatest love was having her family together.

Surviving are five children, Sharon Elaine (Richard) Simon of Portville, N.Y., Donna (Leo) Higley of Eldred, John (Catherine) Graves of Warren, Gary (Patricia) Graves of West Point, Va., and Richard (Leah) Graves of Olean, N.Y.; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Nell (Norman) Newman of Memphis, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Carolyn was predeceased by a brother, John Crain, Jr.; and four sisters, Jesse Arquitt, Jamie Ward, Elizabeth Tummins, and Peggy Forsythe.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse.  Funeral services will be held at 10am on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Robert M. and Sandra D. Howles, pastors, and the Rev. Randall W. Headley of Port Allegany, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to Explosive Ordinance Device Warrior Foundation at

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