Thursday March 8, 2018

Photo provided by Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department


Wednesday’s high, 35;  Overnight low, 25; trace of snow







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Coudersport business heavily damaged by fire(see story below)…..Three Emporium residents arrested for drug manufacturing and related charges…..Eastern PA affected by second nor’easter and there’s a possibility of another….Penn State offers diabetes cooking class…..

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A Coudersport business was heavily damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon. Coudersport volunteers were dispatched a couple of minutes before 5 o’clock to Twin Tier Linen on North East Street for a working commercial fire. Enroute to the call only a few blocks away  a few blocks away, Chief Bryan Phelps  saw flames shooting into the air asked for a second alarm which brought in volunteers from Roulette, Shinglehouse, Galeton , Austin, and Port Allegany. Most remained on the scene for several hours  and were able to keep damage to about 25% of the building.  However, customers,  linens and rugs suffered smoke damage and will have to be re-cleaned. A Roulette firemen suffered a minor injury and was treated at Charles Cole Hospital. No one else was hurt. A nearby house was evacuated as a precaution but firefighters were able to keep flames from spreading to the house .A detour was established and remained in place until just before 9:00 pm The state police fire marshal  and the local fire department are investigating the fire but so far the cause is undetermined.

The business is Insured and the fire has displaced their  20 some employees. No other residents or businesses were displaced and were able to return to their homes. Coudersport 48 crews remained on scene til 23:45 and placed all of their  apparatus in service at 00:25 this morning.

Chief Phelps thanked  the following businesses and individuals that provided food/drinks to all of the Fireman:

Port and Cdspt FOXES, Cdspt SUBWAY, Mosch’s Country Tavern, and Donnell Ayers…It was and is GREATLY Appreciaed.

He also expressed gratitude  to local members, and mutual aid companies for their aggressive hard work in controlling and extinguishing this blaze. Thank you….”For it always saddens myself and our members of ANY loss of property within our community, Please keep Alex.Johnson and his family as well as his employees in your thoughts.”

Three Emporium residents have been jailed on charges relating to drug manufacturing. State police in that town report that when they went to a house at 60 Sycamore Street4 just after 9:00 am Wednesday trying to locate 26 year old Darren David Donovan who had multiple bench warrants. He was found hiding in an upstairs bedroom. While looking for Donovan, police used a search warrant and allegedly found items related to the manufacture of methamphetamines and a large amount of drug paraphernalia, suspected pot and meth. Donovan, 32 year old Gregory Guy Burdick and 60 year old Trisha Dawn Wilkins were arraigned before District Judge James Martin. Bail for Donovan and Burdick was set at $100,000 cash. Wilkins is charged with illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste and related offenses. Her bail was set at $50,000. Unable to post bond, all three were committed to the McKean County Jail.

The immediate Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area dodged the bullet Wednesday when a second nor’easter within a week dumped copious snow on the eastern part of Pennsylvania. The storm moved  quickly off the coast allowing PennDot and the Turnpike Commission to lift speed restrictions on the turnpike and several interstates before nightfall. Commercial traffic was banned in northeastern, PA.    But, residents are keeping a watchful eye on a potential third nor’easter which may move up the East Coast next week. It is too early to tell if the storm will move inland or stay out over the ocean.

We’ve been hearing a lot about the opioid epidemic but there is another deadly epidemic—diatebets especially among “Baby Boomers.”

Penn State Extension is offering a Dining with Diabetes program that for diabetes patients and their families.  Classes will be held for five weeks beginning on April 3 from  5:30 – 8:00 PM at the Ambulance Shed, 2227 US Route 6, Port Allegany, The series includes information on diabetes self-management including healthier eating, the five important numbers all diabetics should know, and how small lifestyle changes including physical activity can have a huge impact on health.

 Those attending  will learn how to prepare healthy meals that have less fat, sugar, and salt without cutting out taste with samples included as part of the program. The classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:00 PM on April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1 with a follow-up class in early July.  Register online at or call 1-877-345-0691. Funded in part by a grant from USDA, registration is just $5 per person or $10 for 2 people from the same household. This fee covers the five weekly classes with a three-month follow-up class. Scholarships are available. Space is limited so register today.

Dining with Diabetes is an approved research project conducted by Penn State University.  Participation in research is voluntary.

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