Wednesday May 15, 2019


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Tuesday’s high, 50; Overnight low, 36; .04” RAIN; DENSE FOG







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 Obituary: Arnold,”Arnie” Haskins ,LCSW, Coudersport

Potter County Veterans programs recognized by national organization…..Commissioners  warn citizens about scams being done in the names of veterans groups….Truck driver arrested for DUI Hit and Run in Keating Township, Potter County….. Coudersport woman hurt in car/deer encounter…Ridgway based state police looking for vandals who criminally trespassed in Kersey home during the workday Tuesday…

 Potter County was recently notified that it has received a National Excellence Award for the activities of its Veterans Services Committee in 2018. Committee members Paul Heimel, Bill Simpson, Dawn Wooster and Danielle Gietler were cited for pursuing multiple initiatives to serve and honor the county’s military veterans. Judges from the National Association of Counties chose Potter County under the theme, “Our Military Veterans: NEVER FORGET,” according to NACo Public Affairs Coordinator Lindsey Maggard. The award will be presented an NACO’s Annual Conference in July.


Potter County set out to address the gaps in the safety net for the county’s military veterans, while deepening the community’s appreciation of its veterans. It was borne out of a realization that a high proportion of the county’s veterans were not receiving the benefits and services to which they are entitled. Additionally, members of the general populace had not been afforded convenient opportunities to express their appreciation to veterans.

Primary goals were:

  • improved veterans’ health care, financial standing and living conditions;
  • greater public support and understanding of veterans’ needs;
  • restoration of hundreds of veterans’ gravestones;
  • a more educated and actively engaged youth population;
  • a boost to the economy of Potter County;
  • generating support for state/federal policy changes that directly benefit veterans, military service personnel, and their respective families.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Paul Heimel has been invited to address NACO’s conference o the subject of scams being done in the name of veterans’ organizations. n March, the Federal Trade Commission exposed the bogus “Veterans of America” for running an alleged series of sham charities that falsely claimed to collect taxdeductible donations of cars, boats, and other items of value. Scoundrels have also added a new twist to “the grandparent scam.” They’re plucking information from social media and contacting grandparents,disguising themselves as grandchild in military service desperately needing help. Ifyou’ve been targeted, report it to your local police.

A Buffalo, NY truck driver has been charged with drug possession following a hit and run Tuesday morning in Keating Township, Potter County. State police say a witness told them a 2015 International box truck struck a section of guardrails while headed north on Route 155 and kept going north. However, the operator stopped due to mechanical failure. While investigating, state police claim they found the driver was under the influence of a controlled substance and allegedly found him in possession of LSD, marijuana and paraphernalia.

A Coudersport woman was taken to UPMC Cole for treatment of unknown injuries after a car/deer encounter on The Dingman Run Road In Hebron Township Monday evening. Christy Harmon was going south when a whitetail ran onto the road. Harmon swerved her Buick LeSabre causing the car to go off the road.

State police at Ridgway are looking for trespassers who left a calling card at a home on Main Street in  Kersey Tuesday between 7:00 am and 3:45 pm. While the 52 year old woman was out of the house, someone entered without her permission and placed feces on her bed.


Arnold G. HASKINS, LCSW, 67, of Coudersport, PA, died Monday, May 13, 2019 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born April 24, 1952, in Coudersport, he was the son of Arnold J. and Jane Ernst Haskins.  On June 24, 1978, in Mt. Jewett, he married the former Billie Ann Sluga, who survives. A graduate of Coudersport High School, he earned a Bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University and a Master’s degree of Social Work from Marywood University in Scranton.

He was employed by Northern Tier Community Action, Potter County Children and Youth Services, and worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Bradford Children’s Home, Beacon Light, Port Psychological Services, and started his own practice in 2009, Arnie Haskins Counseling Services, in Port Allegany and Coudersport.  He was also employed as an inmate counselor in McKean and Potter counties.  Arnie served as Chairman of the Potter County Democratic Committee and was a member of the Coudersport Lions Club.  Surviving in addition to his wife, Billie, are:  his mother, Jane Haskins of Coudersport;  two sons, Joshua C. (Jessica) Haskins and Kelby G. Haskins, both of Pittsburgh;  a grandson, Cade Haskins;  two sisters, Debra (Edward) Ayers of Coudersport and Jacqueline (Jeffrey) Austin of Port Allegany;  and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his father.  A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Hotel Crittenden, Coudersport from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, with remembrances shared at 3:30 PM.  Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Environmental Defense Fund at, the Coudersport Lions Club, P.O. Box 55, Coudersport, PA 16915, or the Potter County Democratic Party, c/o Linda Klingaman, 2155 Dividing Ridge Road, Coudersport, PA 16915. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at