Thursday, July 5, 2018

                      Photo by Gerri Miller

                         Something to help you cool down. Remember last winter? ( Homer Township March 2018.) 

Wednesday’s high, 91; Overnight low, 65; .75” rain (most during AM TST)


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Obituary: Clarence “Rip” Francis, Coudersport

Game Commissions advises hunters to make sure they have the correct pocket guide….Governor Wolf has signed bill to help at-risk youth….Information still being taken for Potter County’s CodeRed program…Two Emporium residents arrested on drug charges….Details released about one vehicle accident last week in West Branch Township….Police decline releasing names of drivers involved in three vehicle collision in McKean County…..

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The Game Commission is advising hunters to make sure they have the right pocket guide. To ensure they’re informed before heading afield, those purchasing Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker licenses receive a complimentary pocket guide that summarizes seasons, bag limits, hunting hours and other basic requirements. Whether buying licenses for 2017-18 or 2018-19, license buyers should make certain they’re receiving the pocket guide for the correct license year. Through most of June, sales for the current 2017-18 license year and upcoming 2018-19 license year occur simultaneously, and it’s possible some license buyers are issued the wrong pocket guide. The 2018-19 pocket guide is available online on the 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Digest homepage, which can be accessed under Quick Clicks at The pocket guide can be printed at home on 8 1/2- by 14-inch legal paper.
Pocket guides also are available at the Game Commission’s headquarters and region offices.The 2017-18 license year ends June 30 and the 2018-19 license year begins July 1

An initiative designed to help at-risk youth in the Commonwealth is now law House Bill 824, now Act 51 of 2018, creates the National Guard Youth Challenge Program in Pennsylvania. This dropout recovery program helps at-risk youth earn a high school diploma or its equivalent, preparing them to move on to higher education, employment or military service. The program, which currently operates in more than two dozen states, will operate under the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). The National Guard established the National Guard Youth Challenge Program in 1933 to help young men and women who may struggle to complete an educational program in a traditional high school. To that end, the program seeks to improve participants’ life skills and employment potential by providing military-based training and supervised work experience, together with the core program components of assisting participants to receive a high school diploma or its equivalent, leadership development, promoting fellowship and community service, developing life coping skills and job skills, and improving physical fitness, health and hygiene. The program currently operates in 27 states and in Puerto Rico.

Potter County Emergency Management Agency says there still is time to sign up for a new community notification system to provide important alerts and time-sensitive messages using phone calls, email, social media sites and text messaging. It’s a “reverse-911” concept that can help people prepare for imminent weather emergencies or other risks to public safety. Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover approved a contract with OnSolve, the company that provides the service, referred to as CodeRED.This system can deliver critical information to thousands of individuals within minutes,” explained Glenn Dunn, the county’s emergency management coordinator. “Alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods, or regions.” OnSolve has provided the Potter County DES an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers. However, all residents living within Potter County limits are encouraged to visit and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. No one should automatically he is in the emergency contact database. Additional information is also available at 274-8900, extension 501.
Two Emporium residents have been arrested on drug charges. State police there report they received a tip and executed a search warrant at 7:30 am June 29 at a home on Dexter Street and E. Allegheny Avenue. Authorities allege they found methamphetamine, other narcotics and paraphernalia in the home of 40 year old Donald Osti and 31 year old Michele Osti . Charges are pending in district court.

Minor injuries were reported for a Galeton woman involved in a one-vehicle accident last Wednesday night on Branch Road in West Branch Township, Potter County. State police at Coudersport just released details explaining that Amber Hoyles was going north on Route 144 a few minutes before 10:00 pm when her Chevrolet Cruze went off the road on a left hand curve, returned to the pavement after going into some gravel, crossed the road, went down an embankment and collided with a tree. Hoyles was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro.
For some reason, state police at Kane did not release the names of the drivers involved in a three-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon. According to a sketchy report, a 2016General Motors Terrain while going south on Route 46 near the Columbia Hill intersection, crossed over into the opposite lane and collided with a 2012 Chevrolet K1500 and a 2006 Ford F-150. The driver of the Terrain was taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.


Clarence H. “Rip” Francis, 91, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.Born on August 22, 1926 in Coudersport, he was a son of Harold D. and Irene Rastu Francis. On May 21, 1949 in Coudersport, he married Madelyn J. McNulty, who survives.Rip was a graduate of Coudersport High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Pacific Theatre, special troops, 8th Army, during World War II.He retired from Joyce Western Pipeline Construction Company in Andover, N.Y., where he was employed as an accountant. For years, Rip prepared income taxes for many area residents.Rip was a member of Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport where he long served as treasurer. He was a member of the Coudersport American Legion Post 192, a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association where he served as treasurer for many years, a member of Eulalia Lodge No. 342 F. & A.M., Coudersport, a member of the Coudersport Consistory where he participated in the Reunions, and a member of the Coudersport Golf Club. He was an avid golfer, who excelled at the game of golf. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He was the third generation to live in the family home in Coudersport. His greatest love was his family.Surviving besides his beloved wife of 69 years are four children, Kay (Michael) Bender of Sanford, Maine, Lynn Klimek of Newfield, N.Y., Gary (Russina) Francis of Coudersport, and Lori (Norman) King of New Tripoli; ten grandchildren, Chad, Tina, Erin, Neal, Leslie, Joshua, Danielle, Angela, Brenna, and Lindsey; seven great-grandchildren, Dakota, Callan, Torin, Wyatt, Waylon, Cody and Verity; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Rip was predeceased by two brothers, John and Sherman; and two sisters, Katharine and Marjorie.Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Scott Ogden, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery, Gold.Members of Eulalia Lodge No. 342 will conduct a Masonic service at 12:45pm on Saturday at the church.Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Saturday at the church.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Rip’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences or share a fond memory of Rip, please visit