Monday September 17, 2018



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State police warn of Disaster-related scams…..Two area motorcyclists hurt in weekend accidents….Three chainsaws stolen from truck parked in Eldred Township…

Obituaries: Lawrence Grigsby, Coudersport and Susan Barclay Derrick City

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Americans are generous and want to help those affected by disasters. In the wake of Hurricane Florence State Police are warning of related scams.

If you’re considering a request for a donation to a charity, do some research before you give. By finding out as much as you can about the charity, you can avoid fraudsters who try to take advantage of your generosity. Here are tips to help make sure your charitable contributions are put to good use. For more information, visit

These days, charities and fundraisers (groups that solicit funds on behalf of organizations) use the phone, face-to-face contact, email, the internet (including social networking sites), and mobile devices to solicit and obtain donations. Naturally, scammers use these same methods to take advantage of your goodwill. Regardless of how they reach you, avoid any charity or fundraiser that:

Refuses to provide detailed information about its identity, mission, costs, and how the donation will be used.

Won’t provide proof that a contribution is tax deductible.

Uses a name that closely resembles that of a better-known, reputable organization.

Thanks you for a pledge you don’t remember making.

Uses high-pressure tactics like trying to get you to donate immediately, without giving you time to think about it and do your research.

Asks for donations in cash or asks you to wire money.

Offers to send a courier or overnight delivery service to collect the donation immediately.

Guarantees sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a contribution. By law, you never have to give a donation to be eligible to win a sweepstakes.

Charity Checklist

Take the following precautions to make sure your donation benefits the people and organizations you want to help.

Ask for detailed information about the charity, including name, address, and telephone number.

Get the exact name of the organization and do some research. Searching the name of the organization online — especially with the word “complaint(s)” or “scam”— is one way to learn about its reputation.

Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. The organization’s development staff should be able to help you.

Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state by contacting the National Association of State Charity Officials.

Check if the charity is trustworthy by contacting the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.

Ask if the caller is a paid fundraiser. If so, ask:

The name of the charity they represent

The percentage of your donation that will go to the charity

How much will go to the actual cause to which you’re donating

How much will go to the fundraiser

Keep a record of your donations.

Make an annual donation plan. That way, you can decide which causes to support and which reputable charities should receive your donations.

Visit this Internal Revenue Service (IRS) webpage to find out which organizations are eligible to receive tax deductible contributions.

Know the difference between “tax exempt” and “tax deductible.” Tax exempt means the organization doesn’t have to pay taxes. Tax deductible means you can deduct your contribution on your federal income tax return.

Never send cash donations. For security and tax purposes, it’s best to pay by check — made payable to the charity — or by credit card.

A Port Allegany woman was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday evening. Kane-based state police report Jodee Caulkins was traveling east on Route 346 in Corydon Township when her Ducati Scrambler overturned in the east bound lane throwing her off. Caulkins was taken by ambulance to a landing zone and was flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie for treatment of her injuries. Police noted she was wearing a helmet and eye protection at the time of the crash.

For some reason, troopers at the Kane barracks did not release the name of a Roulette man who was hurt Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle went off of the Scaffold Lick Road in Liberty Township, McKean County. The victim was thrown off of his bike when it hit a rock a few minutes 4:00 pm,He was flown by helicopter to a Buffalo hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

No injuries were reported following a rear-end collision last Thursday morning in Delmar Township, Tioga County, According to state police at Mansfield, the collision occurred when Nicole Bell of Galeton stopped on Route 287 to make a left turn onto Dean Hill Road and Richard Fry, who was traveling behind, failed to stop and his  Hyundai ran into the back of Bell’s Chevrolet Impala.

A 19 year old Pleasant Gap, PA man is facing drug charges in McKean County. State police at Kane say the suspect was pulled over on Route 219 in Hamlin Township Friday afternoon and was allegedly found to be driving under the influence and that a small amount of pot and a glass smoking pipe were found in his 20-10 Nissan Altima.

A Lewis Run man is also facing drug charges after being stopped by Kane Patrol officers at the intersection of Browntown Road and South Avenue early Saturday morning. Authorities claim when they pulled the driver over for a traffic violation, they found drug paraphernalia in his 2010 Chrysler.  Police did not release the suspect’s name.

State police are investigating a theft taking place between 5:30 pm Saturday and 7:00 am Sunday. Two Husqvarna 550 XP chainsaws and one  Husqvarna 372 XP chainsaw were stolen from the bed of a pick up truck owned by Asplundh of Willow Grove while it was parked on Route 446 in Eldred.

Thieves apparently left empty handed after breaking into a Tioga Township home between noon and 6:00 pm last Thursday. Criminals caused $20 in damage to the door frame at the home of Lynn Taft on Route 287.


Lawrence Newton Grigsby, 80, of Clarence Drive, Coudersport, passed away Thursday, September 13, 2018 at UPMC Hamot, Erie.

Larry was born on January 18, 1938 in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Lawrence O. Grigsby and Helen (Voss) Van Geuns.

Larry served his country in the Air Force from 1956 to 1960.  He worked for the former Texas International Air Lines, now part of Continental Air Lines from 1961 to 1978.  He moved to Coudersport in 1978 and retired from Morgan Advanced Materials, Coudersport, after 25 years as a Lathe Operator.   In the 1980’s, during his free time, Larry worked as a skate guard at the Magic Valley Skateland.  He loved skating and was so smooth on wheels.  In the 1990’s he also worked at Ski Denton in the repair shop.  He also enjoyed downhill skiing at that time.

Larry was a very active member of the Cole Fitness Center and volunteered at the Blue Marble Co-Op Farm, Genesee.  He loved working in his yard and also loved and looked after the wildlife and ‘little critters” that roamed his property.  Larry also had been a long time supporter of the Teacher’s Pet Rescue, Coudersport.

Surviving are three children, Angela F. Howard of Coudersport; Larry E. and his wife Susan Grigsby of Olean, NY; and Trish L. Grigsby-Connell and her husband Dennis of Townsend, DE; five grandchildren, Gabrielle Howard, Eric Grigsby, Elizabeth Grigsby, Mark Grigsby and Michael Perise, a brother, Roger and his wife Rosalie Grigsby of Caton, NY; a sister, Jeanette and her husband Fred Svirbly of Gardners; and his former wife and close friend, Janice Freeman of Coudersport.

In keeping with Larry’s wishes there will be no viewing or service but family and friends are welcome to a visitation with family  from 2- 4:00 pm and 6-8:00 pm, Friday, September 21, 2018 for at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport.

Family suggests contributions in Larry’s name be made to the Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA.



Susan C. Barclay, 57, of Derrick City, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018, in the Bradford Pavilion, Bradford, after a long illness.

Born on January 3, 1961 in Wellsville, N.Y., she was a daughter of Floyd and Doris Snyder Gordon.  On July 18, 1982 in Amarillo, Texas, she married Roy L. Barclay, who survives.

Susan attended Richburg (N.Y.) High School and later earned her GED.  She studied art at Brazosport College in Brazoria, Texas and later also attended Colorado Technical University.

Susan was a residential program worker for 16 years at Evergreen Elm in Bradford.  A creative person, Susan had four inventions, which were in the process of being patented at the time of her death.  She enjoyed painting, sculpting, doing crafts, and gardening.  Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving besides her husband are three daughters, Tasha D. Davis of Henderson, Texas, Patricia Jo Cooper-Nurse of San Antonio, Texas, and Vicki Jo (Brad) Hayes of St. James, Missouri; two sons, Roy L. (Danielle) Barclay II of Katy, Texas and Lee A. (Tera) Barclay of McKeesport; eight grandchildren, Sebastian, Alexander, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Monica, Gabriel, Krista, and Ricky; two great-grandchildren, Khloe and Samuel; two sisters, Mary Fahrenfeld of Scio, N.Y., and Tammy Willover of Bolivar, N.Y.; two brothers, Douglas (Linda) Gordon of Port Allegany and Tom “Skip” (Linda) Lamb of Bolivar, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Susan was predeceased by two brothers, Bobby and Donnie; and three sisters, Judy Tompkins, Ann Nikerson, and Robin Gordon.

Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, September 17, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a celebration of Susan’s life will follow at noon with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Susan’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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