Thursday June 13, 2019

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                                            Wednesday’s high, 70; overnight low, 53







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Obituary: Kurvin Hershey III, Coudersport

Property Tax/Rent rebate deadline extended…..Work to replace bridge in Oswayo Township begins next week….Minor injuries reported in one-vehicle accident in Homer Township…..Coudersport man arrested for hitting woman…Troopers probe threatening text message….Theft of power washer from Allegany Township investigated….ATV vandalized in Tioga County…..

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The deadline to apply for the state’s 2018 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended to Dec. 31, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2018. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

Income eligibility limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50% of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

$0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).

$8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).

$15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).

$18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).

Residents are reminded that they need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at Causer’s offices at no cost. Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

For additional information or assistance, visit or contact one of Causer’s offices:

78 Main St., First Floor, Bradford – 814-362-4400.

107 S. Main St., Room 1, Coudersport – 814-274-9769.

55 Fraley St., Kane – 814-837-0880.

Claimants who already applied for their rebates may check the status of claims online at or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES. Rebates will be issued starting July 1.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, approximately $6.9 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)has  announced that work to replace a bridge on a Route 4025 (Brizzie Hollow) in Oswayo Township, Potter County is scheduled to begin Monday, June 17. Replacing it will allow PennDOT to remove the bridge from Potter County’s list of bridges in poor condition.

The existing prestressed box beam bridge spans Hemlock Hollow Run near Oswayo Borough. It will be replaced with a concrete channel beam bridge. A detour making use of Route 244 to Route 44 to Route 4023 (Eleven Mile Road) will be implemented during the replacement. Drivers familiar with the area may consider taking alternate routes.

This project is a joint effort between Pro-Cut Concrete of Mechanicsburg and PennDOT Potter County Maintenance. Pro-Cut will saw the abutments and PennDOT will complete demolition of the existing structure, prep for the new structure, placement of the new channel beams, pouring the concrete for the new deck surface, mulching, seeding, approach paving, and guiderail installation. The beams for the new structure were fabricated by PennDOT Bradford County Maintenance.

PennDOT anticipates opening the bridge to traffic by August. Should work progress allow, PennDOT will reopen the bridge earlier. All work is weather and scheduled dependent

The existing 26-foot bridge was originally constructed in 1960 and carries an average of 52 vehicles a day. PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 950 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Subscribe to PennDOT news in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties at For regional updates on Twitter, follow\511PAStateCOLL

Minor injuries were reported for an Emporium couple after a one-vehicle accident on the Dividing Ridge Road in Homer Township late Sunday night. Joseph Short was going north when his 2007 Toyota Yaris went off the road and struck an embankment. He and his wife Jennifer, were using seatbelts and refused treatment. The car was disabled and had to be towed from the scene.

Troopers at Coudersport are continuing to investigate a terroristic threat via text messaging in Harrison Township. Rachel Thompson of Westfield notified police when she received text messages on May 21 from someone threatening to kill her.

Donald Rees, 48 of Coudersport has been arrested for assault causing bodily injury after a domestic violence incident  last Wednesday night in Coudersport.  State police claim Rees slapped a 47 year old woman several times causing injuries. The victim was treated at UPMC Cole and Rees was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of bail after being arraigned for simple assault and harassment.

Another Coudersport man has been arrested for drug possession. According to state police, when they contacted James Rhinehart, 30, during an official investigation, they found him in possession of a small amount of marijuana and related paraphernalia.

The theft of a power washer on Rose Lake Lane in Allegany Township Potter County is under investigation by state police. The washer belonged to Luann Matteson of Genesee and was taken sometime last weekend. A garden hose was also damaged.

A criminal mischief on Button Hill Road in Jackson Township, Tioga County was investigated by state police at Mansfield. Sometime between 4:00 and 7:00 pm last Friday, vandals damaged an ATV owned by Stefanie Button while it was parked at her residence.

DUI charges are being filed against 28 year old Kendall Perry of Canton  after his 2015 Audi Q3 was stopped for a traffic violation on East Maple and Cartee Streets in Coudersport just after 2:00 am May 24. State police claim they determined Perry had been driving under the influence and the allege he resisted arrest when being taken into custody. He faces numerous traffic charges.


Kurvin P. Hershey III, 70, of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019, at UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehab, Coudersport, after an extended illness. He was surrounded by his loving family when heard the train whistle blow to be received by God.

Born on Saturday, April 9, 1949, in York, he was a son of Kurvin P. Jr. and Helen M. Darone Hershey. On August 16, 1986 in York, he married Roseann L. “Rose” Kuria Hershey, who survives.

Kurvin graduated from York Suburban High School in York, Class of 1967. After graduation, he went right into the work force at the family owned business, J.S. Hershey Bakery in York, maintaining the delivery vehicles and delivering baked goods. He was employed at Kightlinger Motors in Coudersport as an automotive service technician, retiring due to ill health.

Kurvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, guns, reloading ammo, building/rebuilding computers and RC Cars, Oreos, bacon, and Crown Royal. He also enjoyed recreational mechanicing, but when it came to blenders, he lost the battle, blender 1, Kurvin 0.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 32 years, Rose; his beloved therapy dog, Kallie; four children, Brandon (Valerie) Hershey and Danielle (Rob Heiss) Hershey, both of York, Aleisha (David) Greeley and Amanda (Erich Petsch) Hershey, both of Coudersport; ten grandchildren, Melissa (Joseph Olivero) O’Leary, Brandon Hershey, Jr., Bella Hershey, Eric Heiss, Nicholas Heiss, Elijah Heiss, Jocelyn Heiss, Kevin Greeley, Blake Greeley, and Marlhy Greeley; two great-grandchildren, Piper Olivero and Joseph Olivero, Jr.; a brother Steve Hershey of York; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Kurvin was predeceased by two brothers, Jeffery and Michael Hershey; his father-in-law, Albert Swords, Jr.; and two dogs, Bear Puppy and Baby Dog.

There will be no public visitation. A celebration of Kurvin’s life will be held at place, date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cole Foundation, earmarked for UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehab, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Kurvin’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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