Monday, February 4, 2019


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Obituary: Leon Reed, Coudersport

PA Route 6 Alliance plans workshops on enhancing biking experiences….weather delays work on Route 46 bridge in McKean County….Smethport residential garage destroyed in Friday….Troopers at Coudersport investigate Megan’s law violation….Austin woman arrested for grabbing victim….One driver hurt in collision last week in Eulalia Township….Bradford bar cited for violating liquor law…


Travelers pedaling across the country and on rail-trails have the potential of helping the local economy in a sustainable, “green” way. That’s the message that PA Route 6 Alliance would like to see businesses and communities embrace.Since being designated as a US Bike Route last spring, the PA Route 6 Alliance has been working to enhance the touring bicyclists experience across the scenic and historic highway in the northern tier of Pennsylvania,according to Executive Director Terri Dennison.”We know touring cyclists are already using Route 6,” Dennison said. “Not only do we hope to improve their journeys, but we also want to create loopsoff of Route 6 using existing trails and gravel roads. These loops will give the bicyclist a reason to stay longer in our communities, eat at our local restaurants and diners and stay overnight.” Dennison cites the success of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) in southwestern Pennsylvania as a good example. The PA Route 6 Alliance hopes to help businesses and communities understand their part in this emerging travel trend. The Alliance is hosting a series of workshops on the why’s and how’s to develop bike tourism in four locations across PA Route 6 in March. Russ Roca from A Path Less Pedaled, an expert in bike tourism, will present how his organization has assisted other states and regions in developing their bike tourism programs. Roca will provide attendees with clear strategies that can be implemented in a short period.

The workshops will be held in four different locations, starting with a breakfast workshop at Table 105 in Kane on Wednesday, March 13 followed by an afternoon workshop the same day at the Corry Higher Ed Building. On Thursday, March 14, a luncheon workshop will be held at the Dean Center in Wellsboro and in the morning of Friday, March 15, the final workshop will be held at the Tuscarora Wayne Community Room in Wyalusing.

The workshops are free and open to the public. To register for a workshop or for more information, call the PA Route 6 Alliance at 814-435-7706 or see their website at workshops are being presented through funding from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to the PA Route 6 Alliance. The workshops are co-sponsored by the PA Wilds Planning Team, Headwaters Charitable Trust, the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, Visit Erie, the Crawford County Visitor Bureau, Endless Mountains Heritage Region and the Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency.

Construction of a McKean County bridge replacement has been postponed until late spring 2019. The bridge spans Havens Run on Route 46 (Emporium Road) about three miles southeast of the village of Betula in Norwich Township.

Completion of the bridge was previously expected this winter. However, weather-related delays at the bridge site have adversely affected the construction schedule. In addition, since Havens Run is a stocked trout stream, environmental restrictions prohibit in-stream construction activity during the spring. Construction work will resume at the end of spring and the bridge is now scheduled to be restored to two lanes of traffic this summer.

For motorists, this means traffic will continue to be limited to a single lane through the work zone, controlled by temporary traffic signals, until the bridge work is completed.

This bridge is referred to as JV-59 and is one of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years.

A two stall garage at 16360 Route 6 in Keating Township McKean County was  damaged by an accidental fire Friday morning. An investigation by the state police fire marshal and Smethport Volunteer Fire Department found that the blaze began in the area of a wood  burning stove. The garage is owned by Mitchell Scott and Samuel Dibble, both of Smethport. There were no injuries.

Coudersport based state police say they are continuing to investigate a possible violation of Megan’s Law at 394 W. Main Street on January 16. Authorities say the suspect is know but did not release his name.

Both people involved in a scuffle on January 23 on Corvette Lane in Jackson Township have been charged with harassment. Troopers at Mansfield report a 49 year old Millerton man and a 35 year old Painted Post, NY woman are now facing charges in district court.

An Austin woman has been arrested for harassment with physical contact for an assault allegedly taking place on January 9 at a home on Route 155 in Keating Township, Potter County. State   police claim 50 year old Bobbi-jo Obrien grabbed a 34 year old woman during an argument.

Minor injuries were reported for an elderly Shinglehouse man after a collision last Wednesday morning in Eulalia Township. According to Coudersport based stae police, the collision occurred when 79 year old Dorwin Taylor who was traveling south on Steer Brook Road and applied the brakes on his Cadillac Escapade. The SUV slid through the stop sign at the intersection of Route 49 due to poor road conditions  and hit a Jeep Patriot driven by Cassandra Nowakowski of Genesee.  Taylor was taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole and has been cited for speeding. Nowakowski was not hurt.

A Westfield driver and his passenger escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident last Thursday on the in Allegany Township, Potter County. Authorities claim Geoffrey Russell was also speeding when his Dodge Grand Caravan slid off the north side of the North Hollow Road at the intersection with the Long Road and came to rest in a ditch. Both the driver and his passenger, 18 yearold Geoffrey Russell also of Westfield were using seatbelts.

Kane based state police made several  DUI arrests recently. Mark Aultman, 37, of Franklinville, NY was arrested after being  pulled over  at the intersection Route 219 and Bolivar Drive in Bradford for multiple traffic violations Saturday evening. Warrren Mackey, of Smethport was cited after he was stopped for traffic violations early Sunday morning on Pearl Street in Bradford. Police did not release the name of a 32 year old  Smethport woman also suspected of DUI. She was cited when police investigated a one-vehicle crash in Keating Township Sunday afternoon . The woman’s car went off of Route 46 and hit a fence. And, a  48 year old Bradford woman was arrested when she was stopped for a series of traffic violations on Davis Street in Bradford early this morning. Formal charges against all four drivers are pending blood test results.

A Bradford bar has been cited for violating liquor law violations. The bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement claim the Lighter Side on Mechanic Street failed to have its board approved manager complete RAMP training within 180 days after  receiving the Board’s approval. The charges will be brought before an Administrative Law Judge who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses up to $5,000 for more serious offenses.  The judge can also impose license suspension or revocation for the licensee based on the severity  of the charge brought . The judge can also mandate training for the licensee in an effort to educate them about the requirements of being a licensee.


Leon Baxter REED, 82, of Coudersport, PA, died Thursday, January 31, 2019 in his home.  Born April 12, 1936, in Ridgway, he was the son of Lester and Iola Alice Baxter Noragon.  He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Devere and Josie Newton Baxter until age 9, when he went to live with his mother and Henry Reed, who adopted him.  On September 13, 1956, in Akron, NY, he married the former Betty McGuire, who predeceased him on April 27, 1997.  On December 27, 1997, in Falconer, NY, he married the former Shirley Kay Brownell, who survives.  A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1959 – 1961.  A graduate of Coudersport High School, he was employed as a millwright and electrical engineer by Blackstone Corp./Valeo for over 40 years.  Leon was an active member of Levant Wesleyan Church in Falconer, where served as a board member and CYC leader, Falconer Kiwanas, Cub Scout and Boy Scout Scoutmaster for Troop #123 in Falconer, Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport, and served as President of the Potter County Historical Society for several years.  Surviving besides his wife, Kay, are:  a son, Leon B. (Kimberly) Reed, Jr. of Jamestown, NY;  a grandson, Leon B. Reed, III of Jamestown; four step-children, Debra (Joseph) Borer of Friendship, NY, David (Mary) Szczudlik, Jr. of Alden, NY, Michael (Daisey) Szczudlik of Ellenville, NY, Dennis Szczudlik of Alden, NY;  three step-grandchildren, Elizabeth (Metta) Crouse, Megan Szczudlik, and Shirley Szczudlik;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Elaine Setzer.  A Memorial Service will be announced on a later date.  Burial will be in Reed Cemetery, Borie, PA.  Memorials may be made to the Potter County Historical Society, P.O. Box 605, Coudersport, PA 16915 or Levant Wesleyan Church, 1670 Lindquist Dr., Falconer, NY 14733.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at