Friday July 6, 2018


                                                                                                       Photo by Gerri Miller

 Thursday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 67; ,25” rain







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Legislation requiring PA Students to take a civics assessment before graduating signed by governor….PennDot and police will kick off aggressive driving enforcement next week in St. Marys….Troopers update news release about 3-vehicle collision in McKean County….Pellet gun used to damage window in Elk County home…..

Obituaries: Ruth Gorda, Wellsboro and Gloria Dawn McManus Coudersport

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Legislation requiring Pennsylvania students to take a civics assessment before they graduate was approved by the PA House and Senate in June and has recently been signed into law by the governor. Bill sponsor Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) said she feels this effort is essential to ensuring the next generation of citizens will have a working knowledge of both the structure and function of our governmental institutions.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania State Police and law enforcement from Elk County will hold a media event in the Boulevard Area of St. Marys Monday, July 9, to kick off the third wave of aggressive driving enforcement. The wave runs through August 26 and is part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program (PAADEEP).

Law enforcement will highlight the aggressive driving behaviors being focused on during this high visibility enforcement mobilization and discuss the penalties for drivers caught engaging in those behaviors.

Kane-based state police have either reversed their “no name” policy or have corrected their news release regarding a three-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon on Route 46 near  the Columbia Hill Road intersection in Keating Township. Earlier this week, troopers reported a southbound car crossed over into the northbound lane and collided with two other vehicles. There were no names given for the drivers nor addresses. Now police report Albert Glover of Austin was seriously hurt when his  GMC Terrain crossed into the opposite lane and hit aChevrolet K1500 driven by Stephen Frederick of Bradford and a Ford F-150 driven by Todd Weaver of Smethport. Glover was taken by ambulance to Olean General Hospital., Frederick and Weaver were not hurt.

A criminal mischief on New Jersey Avenue in Highland Township Elk County earlier this week is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Vandals used a pellet gun to damage a front window in a house owned by Linda Swanson of James City, PA between 11:00 pm Tuesday and noon Wednesday. Damage to the window is estimated to be about $300.


Ruth A. GODRA, 78, of Wellsboro, PA, died Sunday, July 1, 2018 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.   Born September 2, 1939, in Parkesburg, she was the daughter of George and Gertrude Esh Hall. On August 29, 1959, in Parkesburg, she married Martin W. Godra, who survives. She worked as a private duty nurse for several years.  Ruth lived a life of adventure with her husband and sons, backpacking in the west, white water canoeing, hunting with bow and rifle, and cross country motorcycle trips. She and Marty owned and operated a hunting lodge in Maine for four years.  They owned and operated the Oleona Country Store for 16 years and the Susquehannock Forest Cabins nearby for four years.  She was an active member of the Galeton First Baptist Church.  Ruth was especially known for being an excellent cook.  Her talents also included craft works, quilting, counter cross stitch, and basket weaving.  She was devoted to her cat, Buttons.  Surviving besides her husband, Martin, are:  three sons, Brad (Laurie) Godra of New Providence, Michael (Lisa) Godra of Paradise, and Jeffrey (Carol) Godra of Willow Street;  nine grandchildren; two brothers, John (Doris) Hall of Christiana and George (Ann) Hall of Parkesburg; a sister, Jill (Chris) Rice of Parkesburg;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Howard Hall.  A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 14, 2018 in the First Baptist Church, Galeton, PA.  The Rev. Richard Tintle, Pastor, will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 234 W. Main St., Galeton, PA 16922. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Gloria Dawn Boyd McMANUS, 81, of Coudersport, PA, went to be with her heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in her home.  Born December 23, 1936 in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Casper “Cap” and Beatrice Kio Boyd.  On September 20, 1955, in Wellsville, NY, she married Bernard “Mac” McManus, who predeceased her on December 13, 1996.  She was a 1954 graduate of Coudersport High School.  Dawn and her husband owned and operated Coudersport TV Cable Co., Roulette TV Cable Co., and Austin TV Cable Co. for 35 years.  She was employed by Galeton Production for five years and by Cole Memorial Hospital for 17 years in the pharmacy department.  After her retirement, she volunteered at the hospital. Dawn was a member of Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport, and previously was active in the New Century Club, Potter County Snowmobile Club, Susquehannock Trail Club, and the Potter County Bird Club. Walking with friends, gardening, shopping, and going on bus trips brought her much enjoyment.  Dawn and her husband had three children, J. Todd (Lucia) McManus, Penny (John) Catalone, and Corry McManus.  Penny died September 29, 1993 at age 30, leaving a daughter, Kami, age 8, who was then raised by Dawn and Mac.  Corry passed away at age 21 in a car accident on January 24, 1992 while attending school in Middletown, PA.  She is also survived by four granddaughters;  a grandson;  two brothers, Bill Boyd and John (Mary Kay) Boyd;  nieces and nephews.




A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, July 13, 2018 in Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, PA.  The Rev. Scott R. Ogden will officiate.  Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Sweden Hill Cemetery, c/o Don Kirby, 175 North Hollow Heights, Coudersport, PA 16915 or Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third St., Coudersport, PA 16915.