Friday June 8, 2018




Photo by Gerri Miller

Mountain Laurel off of Route 6 in Ulysses Township

                                               Thursday’s high,73; Overnight low, 42







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Obituaries: Philip Redmond, Roulette & Mitchell Phillips, Smethport

Week-long state Laurel Festival opens Saturday in Wellsboro…..Reservations due today for Women in the Wilds to be held June 22-24 @ Sinnemahoning State Park….Tioga County teen driver hurt when deer struck by another car  travels through her car windshield….Police investigate $$1000 worth of vandalism to car In Norwich Township….Driftwood man arrested for public drunkenness….

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The 77th Annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival gets underway with activities for all ages beginning this Saturday, June 9 and continuing through Sunday, June 17 in downtown Wellsboro.

Kicking off the festival on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is Family Day and the Children’s Health Fair on The Green, rain or shine. More than 30 organizations will have booths with information, activities for youngsters and giveaways from helium balloons to free bike helmets in sizes toddler to large. A bounce house, a 15-foot inflatable slide and slack lines will all be part of the fun. Each youngster at Family Day can choose to take home a free playground ball, foam football or skip ball.


This Sunday, June 10 is the Pet Parade. Children with decorated bicycles and pets of all types from dogs to ducks will gather for judging at 12:25 p.m. in the Packer Park picnic area behind the Wellsboro Senior Center parking lot on Queen Street. At 1:30 p.m., the parade will leave the park, travel up Main Street to The Green where awards will be presented.

Every night, Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15, will be a concert by different entertainers. Callanish, a Celtic band will play lively dance reels and jigs, love songs and spirited Irish drinking tunes on June 11 at 7 p.m. in the Deane Center. Drowsy Maggie will perform a mix of traditional and new bluegrass, folk, folk rock, old-time, Irish, Scottish and country on June 12 at 7 p.m. in the Deane Center. The “Almost World Famous” Wellsboro Town Band will give an outdoor concert on The Green on June 13 at 7 p.m. The Wellsboro Men and Women’s Choruses will sing songs from movies, Broadway shows and rock and roll at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Wellsboro. The last concert will be part of the Queen’s Preview at 5 p.m. on June 15. A $5 donation is recommended for the Callanish and Drowsy Maggie concerts. The other concerts are free.

For the annual Arts & Crafts Fair more than 90 artisans, 21 of them new, will be on The Green with unique, handcrafted items on Friday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The International Street of Foods with 27 vendors on Pearl Street along The Green will offer delectable delights from strawberry shortcake to crepes and Greek gyros.

Friday at noon is the welcome for the Laurel Queen candidates on the Tioga County Courthouse steps.

At 5 p.m. Friday night, the free Queen’s Preview will be on the Deane Center’s outdoor stage. Following the introduction of the 27 Laurel Queen candidates will be a free concert by Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants performing electric blues and R&B tunes.

The Laurel Festival 10K at 9 a.m. and Two-Mile Fun Run at 9:05 a.m. will start Saturday’s events. Both will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street. Packet pick-up and registration for both the 10K and Fun Run will be from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on race day. The 10K entry fee is $25 and Fun Run, $5.

At 2 p.m., the Laurel Festival Parade, themed  “It’s Magical” will reach Main Street. Waving to the crowd will be 2017 Laurel Queen Abbey Carleton and the 27 Laurel Queen candidates from floats crafted by community organizations in keeping with the theme “It’s Magical” Top-notch drum and bugle corps, bagpipers, high school marching bands and special units, such as the Bucktails and the Jaffa Shrine Lil Vettes will perform during the parade.

Downbeat Percussion, the official drumline of the Buffalo Bills, will play at 4 p.m. on The Green followed at 5 p.m. by the Mansfield University SaxAlums” concert.

Capping off Saturday will be the 6:30 p.m. coronation ceremonies during which the 2018 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen will be crowned.

On Sunday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m., the festival will end with the Union Church Service on The Green.

(The Laurel Festival Schedule is on our Calendar of Events Page.)

For more information about festival events, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce by stopping in at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro, by calling 570-724-1926, emailing or visiting

Sinnemahoning State Park is still accepting registrations for the Women In The Wilds Weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park. Friday June 22 through Sunday June 24, 2018, Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a ladies-only weekend filled with outdoor recreation and environmental education, a perfect opportunity to break out of your routine and try something new!

Programs will include biking, archery, kayaking, bird-banding, fly-fishing, camp cooking, outdoor survival, and many others.  Program fee of $100 includes your choice of eight different sessions over the three days of the event, an event t-shirt, and all meals.

Register for the Women in the Wilds weekend online through DCNR Calendar of Events at  If you need assistance with online registration or if you would like more information about the programs offered, please contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or

A Tioga County  teen driver was hurt in an unusual car/deer encounter Wednesday morning in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Troopers at the Mansfield barracks report 18 year old Morgan White of Corning, NY was traveling east on Route 6 just before 7:00 am when her Honda Civic struck a deer head-on. The deer became airborne toward the opposite lane and crashed through the left side of the windshield on a Pontiac G driven  by 19 year old Rebecca Case of Troy. Half of the carcass was found on the rear floor passenger side of the car. Cases was able to pull to the side of the road and called her father who took her to the Troy Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. White called her father because the car was smoking after impact. She was not hurt.

State police at Kane are looking for the vandal or vandals who heavily damaged an SUV on Rout 46 in Norwich Township on May 27. The rear window on a 2015 Ford Explorer was smashed to allow criminals to enter the vehicle. Multiple interior parts and accessories were damaged. Total damage is estimated to be more than $1,000. The SUV is owned  by Kayla Berlin of Port Allegany.

A charge of public drunkenness has been filed against 41 year old John Kennedy if Driftwood. State police at Emporium claim Kennedy was observed tripping on the sidewalk along E. Allegheny Avenue in that town just after 1:00am May 27 and falling to the ground.


Philp Redmond, 76, of, Roulette, died Thursday (June 7, 2018) in the UPMC Cole, Coudersport. He was born Sep 6, 1941 in Coudersport, a son of Fredrick W. and Mildred A. Swartout Redmond, On February 11, 1967 in Roulette, PA, he married Gloria J. Bloomer, who survives. Mr. Redmond was a 1960 graduate of Port Allegany High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1962 to 1968. He was aboard the USS Ticonderoga CVA-14 and a member of Fighter Squadron 51 which saw action in August of 1964 in the Gulf Of Tonkin He was a member of the Domain of The Golden Dragon Ruler of the 180th Meridian He enjoyed spending time in the Finger Lakes on Lake Lamoka. Mr. Redmond was a Machinist, employed by Pure Carbon and cared for the elderly along with his wife for many years. He was a Lifetime member Roulette Fire Dept., Roulette, PA and was a member of Port Allegany Moose Lodge #460 and VFW Post 6391, both Port Allegany, PA 43 In addition to his wife, he is survived by Two daughters: Thrisa (Michael) Borro of Roulette, PA and April (Tim) Quimby of Manchester, PA, Four grandchildren; Sara and Nicole Borro, J.T. Speed and Ariel Quimby One sister: Judy (Ron) Dates of Roulette, PA One brother: Fred (Shirley) Redmond of Roulette, PA He was preceded in death by his parent’s one brother Robert and two sisters Florence Joseph and Ruth Boyer At Philip’s request there will be no visitation. A celebration of Philip’s life will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018 ay 2 PM in the Riverside Methodist Church, Roulette, PA., With the Rev. Randall Headley, officiating. Burial will be in the Hill Cemetery, Roulette. Memorials may be made to Roulette Ambulance Association, Roulette, PA 16746 Online Condolence May Be Made At, Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

 Mitchell Donovan Phillips, 62, of Smethport, passed away Saturday (June 2, 2018) in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.He was born June 10, 1955 in Olean, a son of Richard and Erma Higley Phillips.Mr. Phillips was a 1973 graduate of Smethport Area High School.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1976.Mitch worked as maintenance director at Intermediate Unit #9 of Smethport for 20 years before retiring in 2017.  He also was employed at Costa’s Hardware Store in Smethport for 17 years.Mitch loved fishing and hunting.  He especially enjoyed spending time at the family camp in Potter County.  He was an avid reader and loved spending time with his grandchildren.In addition to his parents Richard and Erma, he is survived by:one son: Donovan D. (Amber) Phillips of Smethport, PA;one step-daughter: Heather (Jon) Coscia of Eldred, PA;Grandchildren: Colin, Cody, Kolby, Adrianna, Nevaeh, Annabell and Tracy:one sister: Barbara (Lloyd) Burkhouse of Bradford, PAone brother: Douglas (Christina) Phillips of Olean, NY and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard W. Phillips.Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 12, from 10 -11AM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where memorial services will begin at 11AM with the Rev. Les Leet, officiating.Memorials may be made to Eldred WWII museum, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the Hamlin Memorial Library, Smethport, PA.  Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.comArrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.