Friday March 30 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

A photo shoot was held in Thursday’s rain in front of the Coudersport Theatre to promote the Eliot Ness Fest which will be held July 2-22 in Coudersport. Andy Zappone of Phoenixville  brought his Model A and a couple models for the shoot. To hear one of the committee members, Bill Pekarski, talk about the event, click on “Black Forest Trails” on our home page. Zappone, not being politically correct said the caption should read, Happy Valentine’s Day Italian Style.”

Thursday’s high, 55; Overnight low, 36; .92” rain






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SUN NIGHT- LOW 23  State police urge caution while traveling this Easter Weekend….local governments and recreation and conservation groups encouraged to apply for grants before April 11….State police in Coudersport ask Crimestoppers to help find shooter who wounded a camp owner last fall in Austin…..Mansfield state police arrest two suspects for DUI….

Obituary: Richard “Dick Sawyer”, Shinglehouse

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Captain Bernard J. Petrovsky, commanding officer, Troop C, Pennsylvania State Police, Punxsutawney, is asking drivers to be extra cautious while traveling throughout the Commonwealth over the Easter holiday weekend.With Easter being the first major holiday of the spring, many people will take the opportunity to gather with friends and relatives.  Please remember to obey the posted speed limit and buckle up while traveling to and from any events, he said.Easter signals the end of winter, and the beginning of spring.  With the warmer weather, more people are working and playing in close proximity to roadways so motorists should exercise extreme care when traveling.“Warmer weather also increases the number of motorcycles utilizing our roadways, please be vigilant as to their presence in traffic as their smaller size can often be overlooked by fellow motorists,” Petrovsky added.With the increase in vehicular traffic over the holiday weekend, troopers will be patrolling roadways placing special emphasis on Aggressive Driving and controlling the speed of traffic to help make highways safer for those travelling throughout the commonwealth.“Drive carefully and as always, buckle up. It saves lives,” Petrovsky said.

Department of Conservationa nd Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn reminds local governments and recreation and conservation organizations that grant applications now are being accepted through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

The grants are administered across the state by DCNR through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program. Funding comes from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the ATV/Snowmobile Fund generated through fees for licenses; and federal monies.

Grants benefit:

Planning, acquisition, and development of public parks

Recreation areas

Motorized and non-motorized trails

River conservation and access

Stream buffers

Conservation of open space

Regional and statewide partnerships to better develop and manage resources

The 2018 grant application round opened January 22 and will close April 11. Funds will be awarded for applications that meet priorities established in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.

Primary source of grant funding is the Keystone Fund, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Since 1993 through the Keystone Fund:

More than 300 trail projects have been built and improved

More than 2,400 community park development projects were completed

117,400 acres have been conserved

Late last year, Governor Tom Wolf announced an investment of $44 million for 266 projects across Pennsylvania that create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources, and help revitalize local communities.

Those 2017 investments are benefitting a variety of proposals, including:

49 trail projects

Protecting almost 8,000 acres of open space

Nine projects for planting riparian buffers along streams

14 projects for rivers conservation

More than 100 projects to develop or rehabilitate recreation, park, and conservation areas and facilities

For details on DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, visit DCNR’s grants web page. For more information on the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, visit the plan’s website.

The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop F, Coudersport, continue their investigation of a shooting that occurred at a two-story hunting camp/seasonal residence located at 13 Deerfield Road, Austin, Potter County, Pa. The camp is located approximately 200 yards east of State Route 872 over a small embankment.

Police said that an unknown suspect came to the camp and fired two gunshots for unknown reasons on Oct. 21, 2017, at approximately 2:30 a.m. One of the rounds traveled through a first-story window of the camp and struck the victim, a 74-year-old male from Dover, York County, Pa., in the chest/abdomen area as he was sitting upright in his bed. The unknown suspect then fled the area in an unknown direction.

Police say the victim sustained minor injuries and has now recovered from the incident. They also go on to say that as of the incident, they have gotten no information about the assailant.

Police are urging anyone who may have information pertaining to this shooting, any other serious crime or wanted person to call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. All callers remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks  arrested two Tioga County residents this week  but have not released their names. A 36 year old Tioga man was charged when police after police responded to a report of a disturbance at a home on Thank You Mom Lane in Tioga Township. When they arrived, officers discovered the man was the subject of an active Tioga County bench want. He was allegedly found  possession of a small amount of drugs and paraphernalia. DUI charges are pending against a 44 year old Middlebury Center woman after a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning at the intersection of N. Main Street and Fish Street in Tioga Township. Authorities claim when they investigated they found the woman had been driving her 2015 Hyundai Elantra under the influence of alcohol.

Coudersport state police are advising motorists they will be conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout Potter County this spring.


 Richard E. “Dick” Sawyer Jr., 65, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving wife by his side Tuesday (March 27, 2018) in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, after a short illness.

Born Jan. 7, 1953 in Allentown, he was a son of Richard E. Sr. and Gladys Mengel Sawyer. On Aug. 24, 1985 in Hinsdale, N.Y., he married Twila M. Dunham, who survives.

Dick was a graduate of Brandywine High School in Topton. He was employed at Caloric in Topton and was later employed by Potter Pak in Coudersport.

Dick was a member of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, and a proud lifetime member of the NRA. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to garden and he loved animals, especially his yellow lab, Jake. He enjoyed woodworking and word search puzzles.

Surviving besides his wife are a sister, Patricia (Arlan) Christ; two brothers, Dennis (Sue) Sawyer and Thomas (Stacy) Sawyer; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dick was predeceased by a sister, Linda Pauley; and a brother, Gary Sawyer.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (March 30, 2018) and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday (March 31, 2018) at Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coons Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Thomas J. Isaacson, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coons Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, Pa. 16748.

Dick’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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