Friday October 13, 2017


Thursday’s high, 58; Overnight low, 51; .05” rain







Roadway project to begin next week in Cameron County…..Visit Potter-Tioga PA members can buy ads for visitors guide before next Friday…..First Fork Festival to be held Saturday @ Sinnemahoning State Park….Elderly Tioga County man bilked out of $2000 by cyber criminals…Emporium man arrested for Face Book posts about business in that town….Learner’s permit stolen from parked car….

 PennDot has  announced that a much-needed improvement project featuring paving, bridge preservation and drainage upgrades will get started next week in Cameron County.

The project will address almost 7 miles of roadway along Route 155 in Shippen and Portage townships, stretching from Emporium to the Potter County line. The work occurring this year and next year will allow a 10-ton weight limit along Route 155 to be removed, and rehabilitate five structurally deficient bridges.

Governor Wolf noted  the  area attracts many visitors for elk viewing, star-gazing, outdoor activities, and special events, so these improvements will improve travel and support regional tourism and also upgraded upgrade the affected road and bridges, which helps ease regional goods movement.”

Through November, project work will focus on drainage improvements and drivers should expect daytime lane restrictions and alternating traffic patterns controlled by flaggers in the roadway.

Road improvements, structure repairs, super structure replacements, a box culvert installation, and shoulder widening will take place in 2018. PennDOT will issue a project update as 2018 work gets underway.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College will be the contractor on this $8.8 million project.

Last month, all current members of the new tourist promoation agency, Visit Potter-Tioga PA  were mailed a packet of information for advertising in the 2018 Visit Potter Tioga Visitors Guide. Those who did not receive a packet can request a replacement.:

The new 2018 Visitors Guide is underway and it will be a new larger size. It will be 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″ (magazine size) with larger ads, more content, and easier-to-read charts and listings! We will print 60,000 guides to start. The visitor  guides will be distributed to all of the PA State Welcome Centers, all mid-Atlantic AAA offices, motorcoach operators, industry travel shows, local businesses, and important direct mailings to potential visitors asking for more information.about the region.

Every member will receive a free listing in the guide. But  dining or lodging member MUST fill out the colored form sent with  letter and return it by October 20. This is the information that will appear in your free listing.)

All members have the option of purchasing a full-color ad in the visitors guide. The organization also backs up the printed guide with over $250,000.00 in online, print, and cable tv advertising.

The sizes and prices of available ads may be in the packet for more information  call Colleen Hanson at (570) 724-0635 or email her

One of the bigger events going on this fall in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area is the First Fork Festival being held from noon to 5:00 pm at Sinnemahoning State Park.

Van Wagner, songwriter, musician and Pennsylvania historian will present “Soft Coal, Hard Times”, at 2:00 PM, Front Stage during the festival. Wagner’s “Soft Coal, Hard Times” program celebrates the history of the Pennsylvania backyard coal industry. A little bit of music, a little bit of laughter, and lot of culture make this unique educational program a reminder of why we should be proud to be from Pennsylvania.


Van Wagner, a native of the Danville area, has performed musical storytelling all over the world and

has been featured in several film productions. Wagner’s entertaining program takes listeners on a

journey through Pennsylvania’s bituminous coal mining heritage and covers how bituminous coal was

mined over the past several centuries and most importantly the life of the miners who mined the

coal. Wagner demonstrates dozens of tools spanning over 100 years of coal history.

Following the presentation, sit back, relax and enjoy a 1-hour music concert by Van Wagner,including favorite originals like: North of 80, Crosscut Saw, Woolrich Coat, Where the Bears Dance, and more. Van Wagner’s engaging presentation is designed  to delight audiences of all ages.

An elderly Tioga County man was bilked out of a large sum of money online earlier this month. State police report 86 year old Bravo Button of Elk Township was contacted by cyber thieves who deceived him into sending a $2000 Ebay gift card after leading him to believe family members were in need of financial assistance. Police say this is a fairly common scam in which the crooks have enough information to sound convincing but authorities advise citizens to refrain from sending money in any manner until the need can be confirmed by independent sources.

Emporium based state police are accusing 50 year old Daniel Ward of that town with harassment through social media. Troopers contend Ward made Facebook posts regarding Mack’s Rhythm and Brews in Emporium after he  had been advised to stop such posts by the victim’s legal counsel.

State police at Mansfield are looking for a thief who stole a learner’s permit from a vehicle parked on Youman’s Road in Charleston Township between 6:30 pm October 4 and 5:45 am October 5. The document belonged to a Tioga County juvenile and was taken out of his wallet which was inside the center console o his parent’s vehicle