Tuesday March 6, 2018

        Black Forest Express


Monday’s high, 37; Overnight low 20; no precipitation







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Westfield woman accused of burglarizing home in that town…Theft of items stolen from parked vehicle investigated by state police…….Emporium man facing hit and run charges….Millerton woman hurt in weather-related accident…..Hamilton Gibson lowers admission prices to main stage events……

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Westfield woman is facing a host of charges in connection to a burglary at a home on the Gilbert Road in that town on the morning of February 16. State police allege 54 year old Patricia Belanger stole items from a shed owned by 67 year old Freeman Haning and after being confronted by Haning, went into his house and stole more items before getting into another altercation. She was allegedly found by troopers with drugs and paraphernalia in her possession.

A theft of items from a vehicle is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Sometime between 11:00 pm last Wednesday and  9:00 am Thursday  a thief reached into a 1999 Jeep Cherokee owned by Frank Badmone of Westfield and stole a couple of items valued at a total of $45. The crime was committed while Badmone’s  Jeep was parked at his home on Route 49 and netted the crook a brownish black wallet, post office keys and a license.

Hit and run charges are pending against a 57 year old Emporium man, State police there claim a vehicle driven by the Rich Valley Road resident bumped the rear end of a vehicle driven by a 40 year old Emporium woman who had stopped for a pedestrian at the intersection of West 4th and South Wood Street. Police assert the drive left the scene but was discovered later at his home and they claim he admitted to being involved in the collision. According  to policy at some state police barracks, the name of a suspect is not released until charges have actually been filed.

A Millerton woman was hurt in a one-vehicle accident last Friday morning in Liberty Township, Tioga County. Troopers at the Mansfield barracks explained Sherri  Anastasio was going south on snow covered Route 15 at around 8:30 am when her Ford Escape failed to make a left downhill curve, spun off the road and went onto the median where it collided with a guide wire sustaining severe front end damage before skidding back onto the highway and coming to rest in the southbound lane. Anastasio was taken to Williamsport General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Her three passengers, Sherri Stickler, Ashley Tong, Carrie Able and a 9year old girl all from Lindley, NY were not hurt. Police said the driver and all of the passengers were using seatbelts.

DUI charges have been lodged against 37 year old Christina Vanorder of Tioga, PA. State police claim when they talked to Vanorder during a traffic stop on Walnut Street in Tioga early New Years Day, they found she was driving under the influence.

Samuewl  Croskey, 30 of Tarentum, has also been arrested for DUI. Kane based state police claim they found Croskey had been driving under the influence when they stopped him at the intersecteion of Main Street and Marilyn Horne Way in Bradford city early February 18.


Here is some good news for those who enjoy attending plays and musicals in Wellsboro..Hamilton-Gibson Productions is significantly reducing the price of admission to its six main-stage productions, including “Ring of Fire” in March, “Blithe Spirit” in April, “Calendar Girls” in May, “The Giant Peach” in July, “Driving Miss Daisy” in September and “The Crucible” in November.


“We are taking a leap of faith in slashing our main-stage production admission prices,” said Thomas Putnam, HG artistic director. “Since we first started in 1991, our purpose has been to make community performing arts accessible to everyone,” he explained. “Even though the cost of these productions continues to rise, we are trusting that more people will be able to attend these shows, thus making up the loss in revenue we’ll incur by cutting admission prices.”


During the past decade, Hamilton-Gibson has increased admission twice to help cover the rising production costs of plays and musicals, such as royalty and venue fees and materials for sets, costumes, programs and posters.


In 2007 and 2008, admission was $14 for adults and $6 for students and children and pay-what-you-can for Sunday matinees.


In 2009, admission for adults was increased by $1 to $15. The $6 price for students and children and the pay-what-you-can for Sunday matinees stayed the same. Added was a First Saturday Special admission, $10 for an adult and free for a child or student.  All of these prices remained the same from 2009 to 2013.


In 2014, Hamilton-Gibson continued to offer three admission options for the five performance dates for its main-stage productions. The regular admission price was increased by $3 to $18 for adults and by $1 to $7 for children and full-time students for the two Fridays and the second Saturday. The First Saturday Special was increased by $2 to $12 for adults and remained free for children and full-time students. The Sunday matinee admission continued as pay-what-you-can. The FlexPass was increased to $75 for adults 65 and older and $90 for adults, 64 and younger. These prices stayed the same from 2014 through 2017.


“This year, there will only be one admission fee for all five performances of our main-stage productions,” said Putnam. For adults of all ages the admission fee will be $12. For youth, 18 and under, admission will be $6. We are also offering a $60 FlexPass for adults. That FlexPass price represents a $30 savings from the $90 price for adults 64 and younger and a $15 savings from the $75 price for adults 65 and older,” Putnam said.


“With this step, we are re-committing ourselves to our mission statement to provide opportunities for people to enrich and empower their lives through community theatre and the performing arts,” said Putnam. “To us, there is an understood ‘all’ before the word ‘people.’ It means we are embracing everyone in our community, including those who have lost their jobs through plant closings, people on fixed incomes and young families just starting out. It is tough to become enriched and empowered if a person can’t afford to attend a live community theatre production in the first place,” he said


“Many people told us that they were comfortable paying the $18 admission price for adults because they felt it was inexpensive based on the high caliber of live theatre we offer. We are counting on these folks to reflect their support by increasing their yearly patron gift,” Putnam said


To find out how to become a patron or to reserve seats, contact the HG office at 570-724-2079 or hamgib@gmail.com. Tickets can also be purchased online at the HG website at hamiltongibson.org or via links to Ticketleap on HG’s Facebook page.

he winners of the To Fill A Backpack TV raffle drawn on March 3rd are:


Ticket #1 – Kenny Pierce of RouletteÂ

Ticket #2 – Julie Schroll of Port Allegany


Congratulations to the winners…and thanks to everyone that purchased tickets.