Monday January 28, 2018


East Branch of Fishing Creek Looking North—Gerri Miller


Sunday’s high, 48; Overnight low, 17; no precipitation







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Wellsboro man accused of lying while trying to buy a gun…Port Allegany home damaged by accidental fire Saturday..Pick up truck and tractor trailer collide in Tioga County…..Cyber thieves use Emporium woman’s identity to buy computer….safe stolen from Potter County  home…..drug paraphernalia found at women’s rehab center….Tioga County probation officers find suspected drugs on suspect….Are fire and ambulance departments awarded grants

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Rep. Martin Causer and Rep. Matt Baker have  announced that area fire and ambulance companies located in the region will  receive more than $646, 000  in state grants under the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program.

Funding from the program can be used for construction or renovation of a company’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.

 All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not taxpayer money.


Since its inception, the program has provided nearly $5.4 million in funding to fire and ambulance companies in the three-county area. Every emergency service organization that completes the application process receives funding, as long as they comply with PENNFIRS reporting requirements.

Grants were awarded to the following fire and EMS companies:

  • Big Elm Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc.: $11,543.23
  • Blossburg Fireman’s Ambulance Association: $7,037.40.
  • Blossburg Volunteer Fire Department: $11,543.23.
  • Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Company: $12,096.11.
  • Crary Hose Company; $12,464.70.
  • Elkland Borough Volunteer Fire Department: $12,096.11.
  • Knoxville-Deerfield Volunteer Fire Company: $11,911.82.
  • Lawrenceville Fire Department: $12,280.41
  • Lawrenceville Firemans Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,037.40.
  • Mansfield Hose Company: $13,017.40.
  • Middlebury Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,037.40.
  • Middlebury Township Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $12,280.41.
  • Millerton Volunteer Fire Department: $14,123.37.
  • Morris Township Fire Company: $11,543.23.
  • Osceola Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $12,096.11.
  • Tioga Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $11,543.23.
  • Tioga Volunteer Firemen’s Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,037.40.
  • Valley Community Ambulance Association: $7,037.40.
  • Wellsboro Volunteer Fire Department: $12,833.30.

Cameron County

Cameron County Ambulance Service, Emporium – $7,037.40.

  • Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $11,543.23.
  • Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $6,394.

McKean County 

  • Bradford City Fire Department, Bradford – $7,037.40 for EMS operations; $12,380 for fire company operations.
  • Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $14,676.26.
  • Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $12,096.11.
  • Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $11,911.82.
  • Eldred Borough Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Eldred – 4,573.40 for EMS operations; $11,543.23 for fire company operations.
  • Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $11,727.52.
  • Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department, Hazlehurst – $11,543.23.
  • Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, Cyclone – $11,727.52.
  • Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $11,911.82.
  • Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,543.23.
  • Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,911.82.
  • Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association, Mount Jewett – $7,037.40.
  • Mount Jewett Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $11,727.52.
  • Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $7,037.40 for EMS operations; $11,911.82 for fire company operations.
  • Port Allegany Fire Department, Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $14,676.26.
  • Port Area Ambulance Service Inc., Port Allegany – $7,037.40.
  • Rew Volunteer Fire Department, Rew – $12,096.11.
  • Smethport Fire Department Inc., Smethport – $12,096.11.

Potter County 

  • Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $7,037.40 for EMS operations; $13,386.18 for fire company operations.
  • Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, Coudersport – $7,037.40.
  • Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $13,939.07.
  • Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $7,037.40.
  • Genesee Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Genesee – $7,037.40 for EMS operations; $11,727.52 for fire company operations.
  • Germania Fire Company, Galeton – $11,150.
  • Goodyear Hose Company No. 1, Galeton – $12,096.11.
  • Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Harrison Valley – $13,570.48.
  • Kettle Creek Ambulance Association, Cross Fork – $7,037.40.
  • Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $11,543.23.
  • Roulette Chemical Engine No. 1 Inc., Roulette – $7,037.40 for EMS operations; $11,911.82 for fire company operations.
  • Tri-town Fire Company, Ulysses – $13,570.48.


A Wellsboro man has been arrested for violating gun laws. State police at Mansfield allege 49 year old Steven Whittle lied on ATF Form 4473 while trying to buy a gun at the Mansfield Walmart on October 17, 2017.

Both drivers escaped injury Friday afternoon when a pick up truck and tractor trailer collided in Blossburg.  Troopers report the collision occurred when Rocky King of Eldred failed to stop after using the Southbound exit ramp on Route 15 and pulled his Peterbilt Hauler onto Boone Road in front of a Ford F350 driven by Lyle Jones of Wellsboro. The impact shoved the pick up off the road and into an embankment.

Minor injuries were reported for a passenger after a collision last Wednesday afternoon on Route 6 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, the accident happened when Ryan Martin of Mansfield, distracted by two children, a 6 year old boy and a3 year old girl riding in his Dodge Caravan and did not notice failed notice that Ryan Ritter of Williamsport had stopped his Chevrolet Silverado to wait for a vehicle ahead which was waiting for traffic to make a left turn. When he realized Ritter had stopped, Martin steered to the right but his van clipped the pickup truck on the right rear corner.

Cyber thieves used ID information for Dorothy Hastings of Emporium to buy a laptop computer on January 18. The computer was shipped to a California address.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks investigated a tangible theft last week. Burglars stole a safe from the home of Amie Whitesell on Hydes Road, Shinglehouse between January 22 and 27.

State police at Coudersport are investigating a case of contraband at the Potter County’s Rehabilitation Center in Harrison Township. Drug paraphernalia was reportedly found at the Center on January 4. If the owner is located, she would be expelled and returned to jail as per county policy.

Troopers at Mansfield allege Tioga County Probation officers found a male suspect with suspected drugs and paraphernalia last Thursday afternoon. Police did not release man’s  name while awaiting analysis of the suspect items.


Leah N. Lewis May, 93, of Laurel Lane, Port Allegany passed away Thursday (Jan. 25, 2018) in Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, NY.
Born August 17, 1924, in Wrights, PA, she was a daughter of Milford L. and Pearl Robbins Nelson.  On Oct. 20, 1947, in Erie, PA, she married Lawrence O. Lewis, who died May 11, 2002. In May 2005, in Port Allegany, PA, she married Joseph May, who died Feb. 14, 2017.
Leah was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1942.
She was employed with North Penn Gas Co. of Port Allegany, and later with the Port Allegany School District as secretary for both the superintendent, and school board for many years, before retiring in 1984.
Leah was a member of the Port Allegany Senior Center.
She enjoyed sewing and doing seamstress work for many local residents. In recent years, she loved crocheting.
Surviving are a daughter, Barbara J. Major and a son, James L. Lewis both of Port Allegany; two grandchildren, Mick (Jodee) Caulkins of Port Allegany, and Krystal Wilcox of Gettysburg, PA; four great-grandchildren: Gage. Shaylee, and Brier Caulkins, and Scarlett Willcox.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, George M. Nelson, Ralph L. Nelson; and three sisters, Olive A. Nelson, Alice R. Nelson, and Edith L. Nelson.
Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. Sunday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany,  where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Jan. 29, 2018) with Dan Helenek and Brad Wilson, co-officiating. Burial will be in Portage Valley Cemetery, Wrights.
Memorials can be made to the Port Allegany Senior Center.

Condolences can be made to:  Barbara J. Major
31 Laurel Lane
Port Allegany, PA. 16743