Tuesday April 24. 2018


Photo by Gerri Miller

Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

 Monday’s high, 71; Overnight low, 42; no precipitation







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Coudy Bridge named in honor of “Mud” Moore…Potter County’s Criminal Board receives award….New District Forester named for Tioga Forest….St. Marys woman faces DUI charges and possible loss of license…

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Mike Moore (son)                                                Marlin “Mud” Moore                            Wife, June

Some 60 people gathered at an impromptu bridge dedication Tuesday in Coudersport to honor the ailing former Borough Manager, Marlin,”Mud” Moore. The Fourth Street foot bridge will now be called The Mud Moore Bridge.  Many of those attending told Mud how they feel  about him and heard him reflect on his life and service to the community. Moore, who is battling cancer, served as borough manager from 1986-2013 and before that,  on Borough Council.

Yesterday we reported that the Potter County Conservation District has won a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award , we have news from Potter County’s website POTTER COUNTY TODAY, that the county’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) has been chosen for a Best in State award for its forward-looking strategies being implemented through a partnership consisting of the court system, law enforcement, county administration and the county’s human services agency. In taking top honors in the annual Criminal Justice Best Practices Awards Program, Potter County CJAB was chosen among a field of finalists that also included Bucks and Mercer counties. A panel of judges cited a long list of criminal justice reforms and partnerships that have been pursued in Potter County. The judges concluded, “Potter County CJAB has been diligent in its efforts to create efficiencies that improve the administration of criminal justice within the county. The level of motivation and collaboration among the CJAB members and stakeholders is evidence that Potter County is committed to providing services to the citizens of the county that are efficient, effective and enhance public safety.”

Legislation  to bring about the elimination of school property taxes in the commonwealth was unveiled at a state capitol news conference Monday..

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn HAS   announced the appointment of Jim Hyland as manager of the Tioga State Forest District, based in Tioga County.

Hyland began s his new post Saturday, April 14, overseeing a district headquartered in Wellsboro, Tioga County, that includes Tioga and Bradford counties. Its state forest totals almost 162,000 acres and, along with seven other forest districts, it anchors the Pennsylvania Wilds region.

With its panoramic views, miles of pristine streams, and Pine Creek Gorge adventures, Tioga draws legions of outdoors enthusiasts through all seasons. The state forest is among the 2.1 million acres of public land, including 29 state parks, within the Wilds area.

A native of Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, Hyland started his career with the Bureau of Forestry as a Penn State University intern in the Rothrock State Forest District, Centre County. After college, he began working as a forester in Tiadaghton State Forest District, Lycoming County. He was later promoted to Tiadaghton Assistant District Manager and spent two years directing state forest maintenance and recreational programs in the district.

For the past 11 years, Hyland has served as a Forest Program Specialist with the Bureau’s Division of Operations and Recreation, with emphasis on the Pennsylvania Wilds Region. He has been active with the Bureau’s History Committee, and with a love of writing has penned many articles for local newspapers and DCNR publications documenting the lore of north central Pennsylvania and his native coal region, among other topics. Also, he has served as a firefighter and public information officer on many firefighting assignments in the Western U.S.

Heading one of 20 state forest districts across the state, Hyland will oversee forest-growth management, personnel coordination, infrastructure maintenance, recreation, and fire prevention and suppression. He also will manage service foresters who provide support, direction and technical assistance to private forest landowners. He succeeds Christopher S. Gastrock as district forester.

Hyland, 54, holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from The Pennsylvania State University. An avid outdoorsman, Hyland enjoys nature writing, woodworking, history, backcountry travel, and any type of adventure. Parents of three grown children, he and his wife, Sherry, reside in rural Lycoming County.

Find more information about Tioga State Forest District and Pennsylvania’s 19 other state forest districts from DCNR’s website.

A St. Marys woman has been cited for speeding and is facing DUI charges after a one-vehicle crash Sunday night in Fox Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, Colleen White was going south on the Irishtown at around 9:30 pm when her Jeep Grand Cherokee failed to tmake a left curve, went off the right side of the road, struck a utility pole, shearing it off, then crossed the highway before coming to rest in a ditch. Authorities allege White and her passenger  Sebastian Wheeler, also of St. Marys fled the scene on foot but were located just east of the scene. White was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw but refused the test and therefore automatically faces DUI charges and the possible loss of her driver’s license.

Emporium, based state police report an Austin woman escaped injury in a car/deer encounter Monday morning on the  Gardeau Road in Shippen Township. Marsha Banks was headed north when a deer ran onto the highway. Banks overcompensated  when she swerved to avoid the whiteail.  Her Kia Sorrento became stuck over an embankment but continued in the ditch for about 60 feet.

Potter County Penn Dot Crews are making

Sign Repairs/Upgrades:

  • Various State Routes throughout the County


Bridge Flushing/Sweeping:

  • State Route: 0872 (Austin area)
  • State Route: 3002 (Cowley Hill)
  • State Route: 0144 (Cross Fork)
  • State Route: 0044 (Oleona)



  • State Route: 4025 (Brizzie Hollow Road)


Pipe Replacement:

  • State Route: 0049 (near Gold)


Ditch/Pipe Flushing:

  • State Route: 1008 (Empson Road)


Brushing/Inlet Cleaning:

  • State Route: 2002 (West Branch)


Crack Sealing:

  • State Route: 0049 (Ulysses Borough)
  • State Route: 0006 (Coudersport Borough to Sweden Valley)




Cameron County 0240


Crack Sealing/Sweeping:

  • State Route: 0120






The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:



  • Glenn O Hawbaker: roadway improvement work on State Route 44 from Shinglehouse Borough to Coneville.  Alternating traffic patterns with short delays possible.


  • Glenn O Hawbaker: upgrade existing drainage on State Route 155 in Shippen and Portage Townships, from Emporium to Potter County line. Temporary run around at Crooked Run around Sizerville with alternating patterns.


  • Rylind Construction Company: bridge replacement on Moore Hill Road (SR 3001). Temporary traffic signals and lane closures will be in place.


  • Public-Private Partnership with Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: bridge replacement on State Route 44 (Pine Hill Road) near village of Carter Camp in Abbott Township. Alternating traffic pattern with temporary traffic signals will be in place.


Hundreds of people are directly affected by programs offered by Potter County Human Services (PCHS), but few take the opportunity to provide input on how those services are delivered. An Advisory Board that’s in place to accommodate public comments and suggestions will hold its next meeting on Thursday, April 26, at 5:30 pm in the PCHS building at Roulette. PCHS operates programs for victims of alcoholism and other drug abuse, older citizens, the mentally ill, children who are at risk, and the intellectually disabled. Advisory board members are appointed by the Potter County Board of Commissioners. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment to the board should contact the Commissioners Office at 274-8290, extension 207.