Friday February 9, 2018


 Photo by Gerri Miller

Do you know where this is (was)?

Thursday’s high, 24; Overnight low -5; no snow prior to 7:00 am







Potter County Special Olympics needs coaches….Rep. Baker retiring…..Lots of snow related activities planned in Potter and Tioga Counties this weekend….Woman suspected of stealing PlayStation and DVD player….Bradford Club fined for liquor law violations…Police release details on several traffic accidents

Part A




Photo by Paul Heimel

Potter County’s Special Olympics Ambassador Denise Mindelerer (R) and Shawn Pritt

The Olympics are now underway in South Korea, with the opening ceremony taking place early this morning, US Eastern Standard time. As athletes gather from around the world to compete in a variety of sports, there is an effort here in Potter County to revive Special Olympics. Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover reported at the February 1 board meeting that the organization is looking for coaches for the three sports in which athletes will participate—bowling, bocce and softball. A training for bowling coaches will be held from 5:30-8:00pm February 20 at OV Lanes in Shinglehouse. Potter County Special Olympics will pick up the $10 coaching fee.  For more information, contact Commissioner Kefover at 274-8290 or  cut and paste into your browser:  Kefover said that when  Kefover said that Penn Coup from Pennsylvania Special Olympics advised local officials when she visited the county a few weeks ago, estimates there are more than 500 residents in the county who could participate. Under the “Eligibility” section of the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules, it states that people are eligible for Special Olympics provided they meet the following criteria:

  1. People age eight and above who are considered to have intellectual disability* as determined by their local¬ities.
  2. People with closely related developmental disabilities** such as those who have functional limitations, both in general learning and in adaptive skills, such as recreation, work, independent living, self-direc¬tion, or self-care.

Note: People with functional limitations based solely on a physical, behavioral, emotional, specific learning disability, or sensory disability are not eligible.

* Any person eight (8) years of age or older who is identified as having intellectual disability by an agency or a pro¬fessional in any given local area is considered eligible for Special Olympics. Other terms that may be used synonymously with intellectual disability include: cognitive disabilities, mental handicaps, or mentally challenged.

Several years ago Potter County athletes successfully competed on a statewide level. Denise Mindereler (pictured above)  from the Shinglehouse area  brought home a number of medals as was recognized by Senator Robert  Casey, Jr.  a couple of years ago for her achievements.

You know th4e expression, “When handed lemons, make lemonade.” Well to many, this winter has been a lemon but you can make lemonade this weekend with “Snowmobility at The PA Lumber Museum.

Photo provided

On Saturday, Feb. 10, at 9 a.m., Curt Weinhold will lead a cross-country ski excursion on mostly downhill cross-country ski trails on Denton Hill to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum at 5660 Route 6 in Ulysses Township. Shown are cross-country skiers on museum property.

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is  hosting Snow-Mobility Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9, 10 and 11 from 9 .m. to 5 p.m. each day.  The museum is 10 miles west of Galeton and 10 miles east of Coudersport at 5660 Route 6 in Ulysses Township.

For this weekend only, the museum will work with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to create a special 5-mile route for snowmobilers that starts at Thompson Road, south of Route 6 in the Susquehannock State Forest and ends on museum property. Way-finding signs and instructions will be placed along the route. Snowmobilers are urged to use extreme caution and watch for oncoming traffic when crossing Route 6 to get to the museum.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, a free cross-country skiing excursion led by Curt Weinhold, a museum board member, will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at the DCNR Bureau of Forestry District 15 Office at 3150 2nd Street, Coudersport. Interested skiers should meet at the District 15 trailhead on top of Denton Hill by 8:45 a.m. The mostly downhill 4.5-mile route includes Denton Hill cross-country ski trails. The excursion will end at the museum.

Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Feb. 9, 10 and 11, the museum will show a variety of documentary films on a continuous basis for free. Among the documentaries are: “The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), A Peaceful Revolution;” “The Last Raft, a Story of Courage and Tragedy on the Susquehanna;” “Gifford Pinchot’s Conservation Legacy;” “Mira Lloyd Dock: A Beautiful Crusade;” “Straight Talk: the Ralph Abele Story;” “Voices of Pine Creek: An Oral History (Vols. 1 & 2)” and “America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment.”

All visitors, including snowmobilers and cross-country skiers, are welcome to warm up in the museum with free hot beverages available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. On Saturday only between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. will be an all-you-can-eat pancake brunch for $8 per person with all proceeds to benefit the museum and its educational programs. The brunch also includes two sausage patties and a choice of coffee, tea or cocoa.

Regular admission rates apply for entry into museum exhibits but there is no cost to enter for food purchases or to see the documentaries. Admission rates are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older and $5 for youth ages 3 to 11.

For more information or to verify snow conditions, call the museum at 1-814-435-2652.

Kane based state police say they have a suspect in a theft taking place last night at a home on Plunkett Driver in Annin Township.  A 32 year old woman reportedly sole a Play Stazation 4 and DVD play from the home of a 25 year old man .

An administrative law judge has ordered the Bradford Club on Boylston Street to pa a $900 for three violations between June 2016 and June 2017. Enforcement officers found the club had failed to adhere to its constitution and/or by-laws; failed to maintain cleaning records for a dispensing system and failed to maintain required PALCB records.

State police are catching up on sending news releases about several traffic accidents occurring recently.  A Port Allegany woman and  her young passenger were not hurt when her car rolled over on Route 6 west of Coudersport Borough last Friday morning. Suzanne Payne was going west on Route 6 whn heer Ford Taurus went off the pavement on a right curve, struck an embankment and rolled over. Payne was using a seatbelt and the three year old girl was riding in a child safety seat located in the rear. Police charged Payne with speeding. Troopers investigated a hit and run occurring last Saturday night on the Jackson Road in Bingham Township. An unknown vehicle went off the road while headed west and collided with a fenc and mailbox. The driver took off without notifying the property owner or police. Both drivers were hurt in a collision Monday morning on Route 49 in Ulysses Township. According to state police impact occurred when a Chevrolet Equinox driven by Lynn Harmon of Ulysses crossed into the opposite lane and struck a Dodge Caravan SXT., The female driver, whose name was not released probably due to age, and Harmon were taken to Charles Cole Hospital. A state police trooper was not hurt last night when his patrol unit hit a deer on Route 49 in Osceola Township,  Trooper Timothy Burke was headed east when the whitetail bounded onto the highway in front of the Police Interceptor Tioga County. Damage was minor and the vehicle was driven from the scene. One passenger was hurt in a collision Sunday morning on Route 6 in Richmond Township. Cassina Valentine of Liberty was traveling east on Route 6, making a left hand curve when her Chrysler Town and Country  began to slide. Valentine tried to correct the path but the sedan went off the left side of the road and hit a tree. A 10 year old boy was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Valentine and her passengers, Cheynne Clark of Morris and a 13 year old boy were not hurt.