Wednesday November 7, 2018


Dreary Saturday afternoon at Barnum Road Wetlands-Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 57; Overnight low, 43

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Democrats win statewide, but Republicans win locally…..Snow Plow contest winners announced…Wellsboro man cited for assault and harassment….House fire in Elk County ruled accidental…Westfield man escapes unharmed from car fire…

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Turnout was heavy across Pennsylvania for yesterday’s Mid-Term election with an estimated 59% of Potter County voters showing up at the poles. Roulette Township had more than 50% by early evening.
The statewide results were expected with Democrats being victorious. The party outnumbers Republicans here in Pennsylvania and is driven by large populations in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. While Democrats won statewide, Republican won in rural Pennsylvania.
US Senator
Bob Casey(incumbent)Democrat 2,682,343 55.6%
Lou Barletta Republican 2,064,105 42.8%

Tom Wolf(incumbent) Democrat , 282,9902 57.6%
Scott Wagner, Republican 2,005,439 40.8%

Republicans Tom Marino in the news 12th District which now includes Potter and Tioga Counties was victorious  over Marc Friedenburg.R ep. Glenn Thompson, who formerly represented the 5th congressional district including all of the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area was successful in the new 15th district which includes Cameron, Elk and McKean Counties.

Republicans retained a solid majority in the state House of Representatives, although several seats are still undecided.The House Republican Caucus will be at least 108 members for the 2019-20 legislative session that begins Jan. 1. It will be the fifth consecutive session with Republicans in control of the House. Members re-elected yesterday include Rep. Martin Causer, a Republican over Democrat Maryann Cole,. Causer represents Cameron and McKean Counties and mostof Potter in the state legislature.

Clint Owlett from Wellsboro ,who represents Tioga and Bradford Counties and Pike Township and Galeton in the general assembly was re-elected beating Democrat Challenger Carrie Heath.

U.S. Senator: Bob Casey Jr. (D) 1,542, Lou Barletta (R) 4,551, Neal Gale (Green) 38, Dale R. Kerns Jr. (Lib.) 61.
Governor/Lt. Governor: Tom Wolf and John Fetterman (D) 1,450; Scott Wagner & Jeff Bartow (R) 4,723; Paul Glover and Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick (Green) 42; Ken V. Krawchuk and Kathleen S. Smith (Lib.) 66.
Representative in Congress (Pa. 12th District): Marc Friedenberg (D) 1,414; Tom Marino (R) 4,841
Representative in Pa. General Assembly (67th District): Maryanne Cole (D) 974, Martin T. Causer (R) 4,853.
Representative in Pa. General Assembly (68th District): Carrie Heath (D) 122, Clint Owlett (R) 332.
All returns are unofficial until they are certified through the official count of the Potter County Canvassing and Computing Board.

Political representation wasn’t the only contest going on this week.
PennDOT has announced the winners of District 2’s “Paint the Plow” contest for 2018. Voting ended on November 2, resulting in four “Fan Favorite” winners. The judged portion of the competition was completed Monday, November 5, resulting in four “Judged” winners. From those results, District 2 also named Overall winners for “Fan Favorite” and “Judged” categories.
Facebook users selected the “Fan Favorites” in each area by “liking” their favorites via the PennDOT Facebook page. The results are as follows:

Northern area (Elk, McKean and Potter counties): Austin High School with 485 likes.
• Southern area (Mifflin and Juniata counties): East Juniata High School with 266 likes
• Central area (Centre and Clinton counties): Penns Valley High School with 304 likes
• Western area (Clearfield County): DuBois Central Catholic High School with 715 likes
Almost 4,500 “likes” were cast across the 16 competing schools, with DuBois Central Catholic named the overall “Fan Favorite” in District 2.
A panel of judges selected Bellefonte High School as the overall winner of the contest. The overall winners in the “Judged” category for the four specific areas are as follows:
• Northern area: Coudersport High School
• Southern area: East Juniata High School
• Central area: Bellefonte High School
• Western area: DuBois Central Catholic High School

For the first time since the program’s initial offering in 2016, all high schools across District 2’s nine counties were invited to participate. The sixteen schools that participated in this year’s competition include Austin, Bellefonte, Central Mountain, Clearfield, Coudersport, DuBois, DuBois Central Catholic, East Juniata, Elk County Catholic, Galeton, Harmony, Juniata County, Mifflin County, Penns Valley, Smethport, and St. Joseph Catholic Academy. Each school painted a winter safety message on a Department snow plow. The theme for this year’s message was “Know Before You Go”, which is the slogan of 511PA.

The plows will be mounted to a truck that services the area of the respective school district during the upcoming winter season. The Central Mountain plow will remain on display.

More information on the program can be obtained by contacting Marla Fannin at or 814-765-0423 or Tim Nebgen at or 814-765-0598.

A 37 year old Wellsboro man has been cited for harassment by Mansfield based state police. Troopers claim when they responded to a domestic violence call on Route 6 in Delmar Township early Sunday morning they found that the suspect had pushed and shoved a 21 year old woman in an attempt to confront a 20 year old man and then hit him several times in the head. Police did not release his name but said he is also being charged with simple assault.

The State police fire marshal reports a fire which caused $150,000 in damage to a Ridgway home Tuesday afternoon was accidental. The Pleasant Avenue home is owned by Christine Woodford. There were no injuries.

A Westfield man was unhurt when his car caught fire Saturday morning on Route 248 in Chatham Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police David Clark was going east when fire erupted under the hood of his
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Kathryn “Kate” Nichols, 96, of Shinglehouse, passed away with her loving family by her side on Sunday, November 4, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born on January 30, 1922 on the family homestead in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Wayne M. and Sarah Stannard Nichols.
Kate was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1940. She was first employed by the former First National Bank (now Northwest) in Shinglehouse for 15 years and was then employed by the former Exchange National Bank (now Community Bank) in Olean for 23 years until her retirement.
Kate was an avid golfer. She was a member of the Bolivar Golf Club in Bolivar, N.Y. and was involved in several golfing associations in Pennsylvania and New York. She enjoyed gardening and bowling. Kate was well known in the area for her delicious blueberries.
Surviving are many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Kate was predeceased by two brothers, Hollis W. Nichols and his wife, Nettie Sue, and George “Mike” Nichols; and a sister, Ann L. Nichols.
Family and friends may call from 9am to 11am on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11am with the Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr., pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Kate’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Obituary of LeRoy WHITE
LeRoy C. WHITE, 82, of Coudersport, PA, died Monday, October 1, 2018 in his home.


**********A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, November 11, 2018 in the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church.**********


Born November 11, 1935, in Coudersport, he was the son of Clifford Thompson and Virgie Elizabeth Denson White.


He was married to the former Eileen E. Watson, who survives.


A graduate of Coudersport High School, he attended Bucknell University and served honorably with the US Army Reserves.


He was employed by L.H. Lincoln, Agway, Pure Carbon, and owned and operated a farm for many years. LeRoy was a member of the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, Eulalia Lodge #342 F & AM, Central Grange, Potter County Historical Society, Conservation District, and Farm Credit Bureau. He was an outdoorsman and loved taking his collies for rides.


Surviving besides his wife, Eileen, are: two children, Rebecca J. (Dennis) Campbell of Duke Center and Jeannine (Dan) Drummond, both of Duke Center; two step-children, Gwen Hankins of Altoona and Melody Hankins of Coudersport; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Allen C. (Barbara) White and James R. (Laurie) White, both of Coudersport; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and a nephew, Theodore White.


**********A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, November 11, 2018 in the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church.**********


Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport, PA.


Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.


Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.


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