Tuesday December 31, 2019

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Monday’s high, 47; Overnight low, 33; light snow







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Obituary: Mary Mitchell, Coudersport

Weather-related accident investigated in McKean County….Gifford man facing DUI charges….Vandals damage Tioga County house….First Day hikes planned for Wednesday throughout the region….

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A Shinglehouse resident escaped injury in a weather-related accident Saturday afternoon in Ceres Township, McKean County  Dustin Bean, 21, was going south on the Barden Brook Road when his For Ranger hit a patch of ice on the unmaintained road, slide backwards down over an embankment and hit a tree. The continued for about 20 more feet before s topping.

DUI charges are pending against 50 year old Jason Abrams oi Gifford who was pulled over by patrol officers on Woodard Road in Keating Township on the evening of November 29.

State police at Mansfield are looking for vandals who caused $200 in damage, with a pellet gun  to siding  on a house on Old State Road in Sullivan Township Tioga County last Friday morning.

The 2020 Step Outdoors Winter Outings Series will begin on New Year’s Day, Wednesday Jan. 1 with First Day Hikes at three state parks, according to organizer Tim Morey, a natural resource specialist with the Hills Creek State Park Complex.

“With the merger of the Tioga County Visitors Bureau and the Potter County Visitors Association on July 1, 2017, Step Outdoors expanded from being a Tioga County-based program to including activities from both counties,” said Pete Herres, a member of the Step Outdoors Network. “For the first time in 2019, we offered activities not only in January and February but in March, too” Herres noted.

“More than 30 activities will be offered in Tioga and Potter counties in January, February and March of 2020,” Morey said. “Included are lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Several programs combine indoor and outdoor activities and others are offered indoors only,” he said. “The majority of them are free and open to adults and children under adult supervision, from beginners to the experienced,” Morey added.

First Day Hike or Snowshoe & 5K will be at Hills Creek on Jan. 1

Start 2020 on the right foot by participating in the free First Day Guided Hike or 5K at Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road in Charleston Township, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Tioga County. On Wednesday, Jan. 1, participants will meet at the park’s beach parking area to participate in either the hike or 5K. Runners should arrive between 12 and 12:30 p.m. to register for the 5K and pick up course information before the 1 p.m. start. The 5K is a free, no frills event. There are no aid stations and no awards. Runners write down their own times. The goal is for 5K participants to challenge themselves on a course around Hills Creek Lake. The short, family oriented, slow-paced guided hike of less than 1.5 miles will be on Tauscher’s Trail. If conditions allow, it will become a guided snowshoe hike. Hikers are encouraged to bring their own snowshoes or traction devices. A limited supply of both will be available to use free. Leader is Tim Morey. Hikers will cheer on 5K runners at 1 p.m. and then leave on their own adventure. Come early and stay late. If there is enough snow, families are welcome to bring sleds, tubes or toboggans and give the park’s Sledding Hill a try or cross-country ski, snowshoe or hike on the park’s trails and campground roads. For information, call the park at 570-724-4246.

First Day Hike is Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Lyman Run State Park

A free, First Day Guided Family Nature Hike will be on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Lyman Run State Park at 454 Lyman Run Road in Galeton, Potter County. Bring cameras. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Lower Campground/Trail Head parking lot to go on this easy walk of less than a mile along the Lower Lyman Trail. Leader Maxine Harrison will identify different trees; encourage hikers to search for tracks and other signs of winter animal activity along with stream ecology and exploring the beaver pond. The hike is suitable for adults and children. Dogs must be on leash and under control at all times. Due to conditions, traction devices may be required and hiking poles are recommended. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call the park at (814) 435-5010.

First Day Hike is Jan. 1 at Sinnemahoning State Park

At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, meet at the Sinnemahoning State Park Wildlife Center at 4843 Park Drive in Austin, Potter County for a free, easy, family-friendly 2.5-mile First Day Guided Hike along the fairly level Lowlands Trail. See dens, nests and other animal traces and enjoy the beauty of First Fork Valley. Recommended for adults and children eight and up. Dress for the weather. Bring water. Preregistration is not required. FMI: Call the park office at 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk or email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov.

Register by Jan. 2 for Jan. 4 Snowshoeing Basics at Sinnemahoning

Thursday, Jan. 2 is the deadline to register for Snowshoeing Basics. It’ s free. Some snowshoes and trekking poles will be provided for youth and adults or participants can bring their own. Join experienced snowshoer Kimberly Lott on Saturday, Jan. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sinnemahoning State Park Wildlife Center at 4843 Park Drive in Austin, Potter County. The program will begin indoors in the Wildlife Center classroom with an introduction to snowshoeing equipment and styles, followed by a guided practice instruction on level ground and then a short excursion on the trail. If snow depth is insufficient for snowshoeing, the indoor program will be held followed by a two- to three-mile nature hike. Register online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/sinnemahoning_state_park. FMI: Call the park office at 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk or email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov.

Eagle Watch is Sunday, Jan. 5 at Tioga-Hammond Dam Spillway

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 a free, one-hour Eagle Watch led by local expert Matt West will be at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Tioga-Hammond Dam spillway at 94-98 South Main Street in Tioga Borough. This is one of the best spots in the area to see bald eagles. Bring a camera and binoculars. A limited number of spotting scopes and binoculars will be available. West will talk about the life of the bald eagle, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s reintroduction program, how to identify this raptor and areas in Tioga County where people can go to see them. To get to the spillway from Wellsboro, take Route 287 north for 17 miles, turn right at the stop sign onto South Main Street in Tioga Borough, drive to the end of the street, wind past the park entrance gate and drive past the spillway to the parking area. For information, call the Ives Run Visitor Information Center at 570-835-5281.


Mary Y. MITCHELL, 96, of Coudersport, PA, died Sunday, December 29, 2019 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport. 

Born January 4, 1923, in Limestone, NY, she was the daughter of Joseph and Antoinette Naples Yannie.She was employed as a nurse’s aide by Cole Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1985.  She then was employed by the Coudersport Chamber of Commerce and Career Link.Mary attended Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport. She was an accomplished seamstress, avid reader, enjoyed playing cards and traveling.Surviving are: two sons: Dale Mitchell of Eagle, WI and David (Sharon) Mitchell of Franklin, MA; three daughters: Nadine (Joel) Shade of Coudersport, Lana Foust of Coudersport, and Gloria (John) Kaeselau of Elma, NY; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence “Larry” (Beth) Yannie of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Josephine (Paul) Corey of Coudersport; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a grandson, Benjamin Mitchell; a daughter-in-law, Jackie Mitchell; a son-in-law, John Foust; four sisters, Louise Camp, Lucy White, Ann Long, and Lena Shaver; and three brothers, John Yannie, Alexander Yannie, and Paul Yannie. A memorial service will be held in Spring 2020 at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.Memorials may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or the Cole Foundation, Attn: Andrea Streich, (for Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Patient Activity Fund), 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.To send flowers to Mary’s family, please visit our floral section.