Tuesday September 18, 2018


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Monday’s high, 72; Overnight low, 63; 1.54” rain







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Obituary: Cheryl Hotaling, Coudersport

Rixford Water system receives federal funding….First in a series of Potter County meetings about CBDG grants will be held tonight…..Coudersport based state police at last have finally released details about a serious collision occurring September 8 in Hebron Township…Mansfield state police have asked PA Crime Stoppers to help find armed robber…

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U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson has announced $250,000 in federal funding that will replace aging water tanks in Rixford to ensure the community has access to safe drinking water.

The project is made possible thanks to a $125,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and a $125,000 loan from USDA Rural Development. Two existing water tanks that are beyond repair will be replaced with a 43,000-gallon glass fused steel tank that will benefit more than 230 people.

There are currently two tanks – one 10,000-gallon tank and one 20,000-gallon tank. These will be replaced with a new, 43,000-gallon water storage tank. The existing tanks are more than 70 years-old and have visible signs of deterioration as evidenced by holes in the tops of the tanks.

After more than 70 years of use these water tanks will be replaced in a timely manner before they fail. The project was a collaborative effort:

It was spearheaded by Jeff Anderson, President, of the Rixford Waterworks Association;

Gay DeGolier of the McKean County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Linda Thomas of USDA assisted with the USDA loan application;

The ARC grant was prepared by Bob Rusiewski of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.


Rixford Waterworks Association (RWA) is a community water system located in Otto Township in McKean County. The system, which is metered at the well, serves a population of about 234 individuals at approximately 100 service connections.

Replacing the aging tanks will result in a system that is sustainable and can reliably provide safe drinking water to the residents of Rixford at a reasonable rate.


The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia and help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.


USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas.

This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care, and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

Potter County Commissioners will hold the first in a series of public meetings for input on how to expend the county’s annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at 7 pm tonight  at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. These meetings typically attract borough and township officials seeking to develop public works projects that comply with the strict standards covering this federal grant program. The county’s allotment for fiscal year 2018 is about $214,000. Among recent local CDBG success stories are a water system upgrade in Genesee Township and wastewater treatment system improvements in Shinglehouse Borough and Roulette Township. The county contracts with SEDA-Council of Governments for assistance in administering the CDBG program. Local administrator is Community Development Director Jennifer Rossman. Recommendations will be presented to Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover, who will select the recipient on Oct. 11, subject to a fi

Coudersport based state police at 8:23 this morning FINALLY released details about a serious collision taking place a few minutes before noon on Saturday September 8 in Hebron Township. According to the report, the collision occurred when 18 year old Meredith Redcay turned  south off of the Tennessee Road in front of a Mercury Milan driven by Ron Cornelius also of Coudersport which was going north on Route 44. Police said Cornelius didn’t have enough time to brake and his sedan  hit the Redcay Dodge Neon.  Both drivers and their passengers were taken to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.  Makayla Currier of Coudersport was riding in the Cornelius car. Five children were in the Redcay vehicle. One of them, 6 year old Ayden DeCarlo was flown by medical helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Buffalo for treatment of a serious head injury. He has since returned home, and according to his mother, Georgeanna DeCarlo he is doing well.

State police at Mansfield have “upped the ante” by asking Pennsylvania Crimestoppers to help them solve an armed that occurred at Acorn Gas Station, located in Lawrenceville Township, Tioga County.

On September 7, 2018, at approximately 12:40 a.m., an unknown white male suspect entered the Acorn Gas Station wearing a black ski mask with skull design, black long sleeve shirt, camouflage pants with an army style bag, carrying an AR 15 style rifle, and stated “this is a robbery.”  The suspect demanded an employee to give him all the money from the cash register and fled the scene on foot with $120 from the register.  There were two employees working at the time, of the incident and the suspect did not point the weapon at the employees.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  If you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.



Cheryl Ann HOTALING, 69, of Coudersport, PA, died Sunday, September 16, 2018 in her home.Born July 21, 1949, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Arnold Eugene and Shirley June Chase Powell.She was married to James L. Hotaling, who survives.  Cheryl was his best friend and they shared many great times traveling and fishing.She was employed by Bell South, MCI, and Level 3 Communications.Surviving besides her husband, Jim, are:  a son, Jon Thomas (Alma) Domaleski of Dallas, TX;  two grandchildren; and cousins.  She was predeceased by her parents; and a brother, Thomas E. Powell.Honoring her wishes, there will be no visitation or service.Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.