Monday, February 19 2018


Sunday’s high, 36; Overnight low, 27, no precipitation







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OLbituaries: Lillian McPhail, Harrison Valley and Darreyll Connolly, Roulette

Westfield man jailed in connection to bank robbery…Suspect accused of trying to buy gun illegally….Johnsonburg woman charged with multiple traffic offenses after crash in Elk County…Medical problem causes Tioga County accident…..Weedville camp burglary probed….store cited for selling tobacco to underage customer….. Area students invited to enter art contest…..

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A Westfield resident is sitting in the Tioga County Prison in lieu of bail after being nabbed in connection to a bank robbery last week. Jared S. Pierce, 29, was charged with two  counts of Robbery, Theft, and Receiving Stolen property. During an ongoing investigation the Westfield Borough Police Department identified Pierce as the primary suspect. Following a tip that Pierce was at a residence in Cowanesque with a large amount of cash, a search warrant was obtained and served by the officers of the Westfield Borough Police Department, Galeton Police Department and Coudersport PSP. Pierce was located and taken into custody without incident. Pierce was arraigned and is currently incarcerated at the Tioga County Prison pending bail.

Coudersport based state police have not released the name of a suspect who is accused of lying on an application to buy a gun last fall. Troopers claim the Coudersport man lied while trying to buy a weapon on October 27 on Route 607 in Austin on October 27. The purchase was denied by the seller.

An Austin driver escaped injury Friday morning when his vehicle sideswiped a legally parked truck in that town. Troopers claim 68 year old James Hooftallen was traveling east on Thorn Street when his vehicle crossed to the other side of the road and collided with a 2014 Ford causing minor  damage to the  driver side front door and mirror. Police allege Hooftallen left the scene without reporting the damage.

Numerous traffic offenses have been filed against a Johnsonburg woman after a collision early Sunday morning in Jones Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police say Kirsten Cowan-McGill was headed east when her Kia Forte went off the right side of the road, hit a mailbox and a tree before stopping. Troopers claim Cowan-McGill fled the scene with her SUV partially parked  in the roadway. After her identification was determined, she was charged with multiple traffic violations including failing to change name and/or address.

A medical emergency is blamed for an accident  last Wednesday morning in Tioga Township., Tioga County. Mark Stevens, 62, of Wellsboro was going north when his northbound Nissan Murano went off the road, and sheared off a utility pole before stopping. Stevens was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

A Westfield man escaped injury Friday morning in a minor collision in Brookfield Township. A Chevrolet Impala driven by Delbert Houghtaling came to rest after colliding with a stone mailbox off of the North Fork Road.

Ridgway based state police investigated a camp burglary discovered Sunday morning on the Mt. Zion Road in Weedville. Apparently burglars did not take anything the camp owned by Michael Civils  of Duncansville, PA after forcing  their way inside sometime since February 4. The glass int the main door was broken by the crooks who then reached inside to unlock thedoor.

A St. Marys store has been cited for selling tobacco to a minor. Troopers in Ridgway claim the youth bought a pack of Newport cigarettes Saturday afternoon at the Get Go on the Million Dollar Highway.

Seventh through twelfth graders who live in Bradford, Potter and Tioga counties and attend public or private schools or are home-schooled are invited to submit three entries for the 2018 Gmeiner Youth Art Exhibit. “Students can submit any type of artwork they want,” said Gmeiner Director Anna Wales.

The deadline to enter is Tuesday, Feb. 20. Students who are home-schooled or not currently enrolled in an art class at a public or private school must photograph each piece they plan to enter and email each photograph separately to along with a three to five-sentence artist’s statement describing how and why they created that particular piece.

Art teachers for students in public or private schools are asked to create a slideshow of their students’ entries and artist statements and email the slideshow to

For the show, accepted videos have to be looped and have a pixel aspect ratio of 720 by 480 or higher and two-dimensional works, such as sculptures, ceramics and glass have to be 48 inches in any direction, weigh less than 70 pounds and fit through a six by eight-foot doorway. The accepted videos will be shown on a flat-screen monitor provided by the Gmeiner. Artists are encouraged but not required to mat or frame accepted artwork, such as photographs, paintings, drawings and mixed media,

“All art submitted must be original not a copy of someone else’s work

Submitted entries will be juried and selected for the exhibit based on quality, presentation and correctly following the required application process by a committee of artists from the Gmeiner.

Jurists are Carol Ann Simon Cillo of Lycoming County, Steve Getz of Clinton County and Gmeiner Director Anna Wales. They will judge the submitted works between Feb. 21 and 27.

Approximately 50 pieces will be included in the exhibit. On Feb. 27, teachers, public and private school students not currently enrolled in an art class and home-schooled students will receive an email notifying them that their entries have or have not been accepted.

Accepted artwork has to be delivered to the Gmeiner between Wednesday, March 14 and Sunday, March 18.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be on Tuesday, March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. a total of $500 in cash scholarships for the continuation of their artistic endeavors will be presented to students who created the 10 pieces of artwork selected by the jurists.

With the exception of the opening reception on March 27, the exhibit will be open from 2-5 p.m. seven days a week beginning Monday, March 26 and ending at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4. “This is a special show with special hours,” Wales said.

Complete details and applications for this event are available on the Gmeiner website and on the Gmeiner Facebook page by clicking on 2018-youth-art-exhibit-pdf


Lillian Pauline McPHAIL, 101, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Thursday, February 15, 2018 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. Born July 25, 1916, in Westfield, PA, she was the daughter of G. Gordon and Cleva Luce Walters. On June 13, 1945, in Detroit, MI, she married Charles McPhail, who predeceased her on September 24, 1984. She was employed by Sears in Detroit, MI for 18 years.  Pauline attended the Federated Church in Harrison Valley. Surviving are nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four brothers, Merritt L. “Pete” Walters, Harold Walters, Clyde Walters, and Robert F. Walters;  and three sisters, Bernice Clark, Arlene Steadman, and Doris Van Pelt. Friends may call Monday, February 19, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM.  Her nephew, the Rev. Robert Walters, will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Federated Church, Harrison Valley, PA 16927.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Darryell D. Connelly, 56, of Second St.,Roulette,  passed away Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2018) in UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.

Born October 5, 1961, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Dale C. and Judy Day Connelly.
Darryell was a lifetime resident of the area and attended Port Allegany High School.
He had been employed with John Brown, Gary Fessenden, Pave-N-Save, and most recently worked in local stone quarries.
He was avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, but most of all, he loved his dogs. He was also a car show enthusiast.
He is survived by his longtime companion and former wife, Sandra Pekarski, five brothers, Donald D. (Kimberly) Connelly of Eldred, Drexel T. Connelly of Coudersport, Dale C. “Rusty” (Cindy) Connelly, Jr. of Olean, NY, Darren L. Connelly of Port Allegany, and Dana A. Connelly of Pageland, SC; a sister, Darlene F. Connelly of Erie, PA; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Stacie L. Connelly.
A memorial service will be held at a later date, time and place to be announced by his family.
In lieu of memorials, donations can be made in memory of Darryell and sent to: Sandra Pekarski, P.O. Box 79, Roulette, PA 16746.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to:  Sandra Pekarski
P.O. Box 79
Roulette, PA. 16746



Friday February 16, 2018

February Lines--photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 59; Overnight low, 44; light rain








Causer to host property tax/rent rebates appointments…..PA’s Route 6 Corridor has presidential connections Two Elk County trailers torched this morning….Ulysses woman accused of unwanted physical contact….Elk County man arrested for throwing onion at wife…..State police cite Roulette man for DUI with underage person in car……next on air report after 10:06 pm on Or click on link located on our home page.

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Obituary: Edna Perkins, Westfield (Ulysses)

Rep. Martin Causer announces several events designed to help eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities file for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program will get underway next week. There is no fee to participate, and no appointments are required. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 21:

Eldred Senior Center, 169 Main St., Eldred – 9:30-11 a.m.

Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 106 S. Oswayo St., Shinglehouse – 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Smethport Senior Center, 119 W. Main St., Smethport – 1-2:30 p.m.

Coudersport Senior Center, 171 Route 6 West, Coudersport – 1-3 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 22

Harrison Valley Community Building, 205 E. Main St., Harrison Valley – 9-10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Kane Senior Center, 100 S. Fraley St., Kane – 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Emporium Senior Center, 213 ½ S. Maple St., Emporium – 9:30-11 a.m.

Port Allegany Senior Center, 216 N. Main St., Port Allegany – 1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6

Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Dr., Bradford – 9:30-11 a.m.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate 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. Eligibility income limits are set at $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

Free assistance with filing the forms is also available at Causer’s  offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor, phone 814-362-4400); Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1, phone 814-274-9769); or Kane (55 Fraley St., phone 814-837-0880). Forms and additional information are available at

Monday is “Presidents’ Day” a legal holiday for many.

Across the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, several sites can be found that

have a link to a few US Presidents. As we say on the PA Route 6 Heritage

Corridor – “DO 6” to discover the following places:


  1. George Washington Trail: Celebrating its 265th Anniversary, theWashington’s Trail 1753 is a driving route through western PA (Crawford andErie Counties) commemorating George Washington’s first military anddiplomatic mission in the fall and winter of 1753-1754.  One key site is thestatue of George Washington, wearing the uniform of an officer in theVirginia Militia in Waterford, Erie County.


  1. Lincoln House Door: In Wellsboro’s downtown Historic District, the 1850

Italianate residence at 140 Main Street is known as the “Lincoln Door

House”. When Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Shearer purchased the house in 1858, the

front door was given to the Shearers by close friends from Springfield,

Illinois, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. This door has become a popular stop

for history buffs traveling along Pennsylvania Route 6.


  1. Lake Winola: In Wyoming County, this popular destination for boating,

fishing, and seasonal events was the summer residence of the Rodham family.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of the family’s most known members, served not

only as a First Lady during the 1990’s but also has the distinction of being

the first woman to head the ticket for a political party as the 2016

Democratic candidate for President.


  1. Dorflinger Glass Museum: In White Mills, Wayne County, the Dorflinger

Glass Museum features one display case dedicated to examples of Presidential

glass and also items made on order to the Tiffany silver company for the

wedding of William Vanderbilt to Virginia Fair. The first Dorflinger glass

for the White House was ordered by Mary Todd Lincoln. In 1891, a new

Dorflinger design was selected by Caroline Harrison, wife of President

Benjamin Harrison. Dorflinger glass was ordered for the White House through

the presidency of Woodrow Wilson


  1. Lincoln Flag: The Column’s Museum in Milford, Pike County, is home to the

bloodstained, 36 star, American flag which played an important role in the

events at Ford’s Theatre on the night President Lincoln was assassinated in



  1. Hotel Fauchere: The historic hotel, also in Milford, has hosted or fed a

number of presidents, including both Roosevelts, JFK and Warren Harding.

Gifford Pinchot and Teddy Roosevelt sketched out the plan for the National

Park Service (as part of the Interior Department) and US Forest Service (as

part of the Agriculture Department) on a linen napkin at the hotel.  A few

days later, Pinchot’s chauffeur returned the napkin, freshly-cleaned and


The state police fire marshal tells Black Forest Broadcasting News that two Sandy Township  mobile homes were torched early this morning . Volunteer fire fighters were dispatched just before 1:30 am to trailers located on the Timetobid Road. One of the mobile homes was owned by 71 year old Joan Cameroni  of Dubois and sustained $15,000 in damage. The second trailer was abandoned. Damage there estimated to be $5,000. The units were not adjacent to each other and the investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Russell Stewart at 814.776.6136 or the Sandy Township police department.

Coudersport based state police have arrested 59 year old Belinda Empson of Ulysses for harassment. Troopers claim during an argument Tuesday afternoon,  Empson subjected Sabrina Burnside, 30 also of Ulysses to unwanted physical contact by putting her hand on Burnside’s shoulder.

A Weedville man has been charged with simple assault and harassment for a domestic violence attack recently on Spring Run Road in Jay Township. Daniel Hanes, 51, is accused of throwing a large onion at his wife, Christine, 50 causing a visible injury to the back of her leg.

DUI and child endangerment charges have been lodged against 48 year old Bryan Knauer of Roulette by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Troopers claim when they stopped Knauer on Route 6 in Roulette Township on January 31, they detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle and upon investigation determined he was driving under the influence. A 17 year old girl was a passenger in Kanuer’s car.

State police at Mansfield have recently arrested two drivers for DUI. Jaycob Myers of Blossburg was charged after an investigation into a vehicle  crash on Route 414 in Union Township on November 24.Shaun Kappel, 33, of Wellsboro was arrested when he was stopped on Route 6 in Richmond Township, New Years Eve.

No injuries were reported for an Emporium  driver after his car wrecked on the Dividing Ridge Road in Homer Township, Potter County Tuesday afternoon. Frank Costanzo, 66, was going north on Route 872 just past the Grom Hill Road when his Chrysler 200 crossed the road and collided with a snow embankment and went into a ditch before stopping.

Coudersport based state police  are investigating an ID theft occurring earlier this month. Cyber thieves accessed a 35 year old Mills man’s account to have a new card sent to an address unknown by the victim.


Edna M. PERKINS, 85, of Westfield, PA, formerly of Ulysses, PA, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in her home. Born November 16, 1932, in Ulysses, she was the daughter of Kenneth “Pete” and Sarah F. Hilfiger Empson. She was married to Dorr A. “Bud” Perkins, who survives. Edna and her husband owned and operated a potato and dairy farm in Ulysses for many years.

Surviving besides her husband, Bud, are:  four children, Terry (Diane) Perkins of Coudersport, Gary (Teresa) Perkins of Coudersport, Kenneth J. (Tammy) Perkins of Ulysses, and Carla Baumgarner of Wellsboro;  nine grandchildren;  12 great-grandchildren;  a brother, Joe (Mae) Empson of Ulysses;  three sisters, Ann Hemphill of Minot, ND, Marie (Dave) Cline of Wellsville, NY, and Maxine (William) Updyke of Genesee;  several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Melody Perkins;  a sister, Jane A. Empson;  and two brothers, John Hilfiger and Phillip K. Empson.

Friends may call Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Sunday at 2:00 PM.  The Rev. Frank Mickle will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gold Church, 2402 SR 49 W, Ulysses, PA 16948, Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948, or Ulysses Cemetery, P.O. Box 153, Ulysses, PA 16948.

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Thursday February 15, 2018

Wednesday’s high, 46; Overnight low, 34; drizzzle







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Peregrine falcons return to Harrisburg…..Charles Cole Hospital is temporarily restricting some visits because of widespread flu….Details revealed about last year’s drug death in Elk County….uninsured Ridgway home destroyed by fire….$15,000 worth of copper wire stolen from gas supplier in  McKean County …..Ulysses accused of imitation Goldilocks…..

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Just in time for Valentines Day, the Harrisburg falcons18th courtship season has just begun, with a couple of newcomers and the elder resident pair vying for affections and eyeing the nest site on the 15th-floor ledge at the Rachel Carson State Office Building. The nest is the most productive peregrine nest in Pennsylvania.

The return of healthy peregrine falcon populations after their dramatic decline in the mid-20th century is one of the great environmental comeback stories, and Pennsylvania plays an important role, said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

By 1960, when DDT was in wide use, there were almost no peregrine nests in the eastern United States, said Secretary McDonnell. Biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson, a Pennsylvania native, detailed DDTs insidious effects on wildlife in her ground-breaking book, Silent Spring, and helped bring about a ban on this pesticide in the 1970s. Reintroduction work since then, including efforts by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Peregrine Fund, have returned the number of Pennsylvania peregrine nests to greater than pre-DDT levels of historic known nest sites.

For students, teachers, citizen scientists, and other Harrisburg falcon fans worldwide, the DEP Environmental Education and Information Center provides many learning resources, including a falcon educators workshop ( on March 29; lesson plans; a timeline of falcon history in Pennsylvania; a chart showing the stages of falcon life; Falcon Wire news updates; and the popular FalconCam, which livestreams the nesting site, with infrared night viewing and new microphones for improved audio. In 2017, over 55,000 viewers around the world watched the FalconCam over 300,000 times.

In addition, falcon updates will be shared in Teaching Green, the centers new quarterly e-newsletter, and a new online tool at Harrisburg falcons enables FalconCam viewers to log the varieties of prey they see the falcons bringing to the ledge, contributing citizen science to DEPs educational. A new DEP video recaps in a few minutes the entire 2017 season, from courtship to the growth of young falcons, preparing to fly.

The wide ledge at the Rachel Carson building is virtually a #peregrinepenthouse, ideal for courtship and nesting because it provides a high perch, shelter from severe weather, and space for young falcons to strengthen their wings. In addition, its urban location offers some protection from predators such as great horned owls and golden eagles.

The longtime resident female is nearly nine years old and originally from the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge in Bucks County. The longtime resident male is 15 years old and originally from Walt Whitman Bridge in Philadelphia. They’ve nested and raised young at the Rachel Carson building for the last five years.

But if anything can spark competition, its love and real estate, and two newcomers have appeared at the ledge in recent weeks: an 8-year-old male, banded in Clinton County, and almost 2-year-old female banded in Logan Township, NJ.

To impress their potential mate during courtship, male peregrines engage in spectacular displays of flight, and demonstrate their hunting skills by bringing gifts of food back to the female. They also bow to their mate, and the pair engage in vocalizations.

For the last 18 consecutive years, 64 young falcons have successfully hatched at the nest at the Rachel Carson building. Thirty-five have been female, 27 have been male, and the sex of two hatchlings (2008 and 2017) was undetermined. All were banded by biologists from the Pennsylvanian Game Commission.

Which pair will mate and claim the nesting site this year? The question is on the minds of the many fans who share their sightings of and speculations about the #Hbgfalcons on Twitter @Falconchatter.

Once the falcons work it out, their dedicated fans hope to be on to #eggwatch in Marc


Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has announced a temporary change in visitation. A recent Pennsylvania Department of Health Advisory has determined that this influenza (flu) season has seen the highest number of flu cases reported per week since the 2009 pandemic. As a result, Cole Memorial Hospital will be temporarily restricting visitations. The restrictions will protect patients, visitors and staff from unnecessary exposure to the highly contagious flu virus.

Effective immediately, Cole Memorial is requesting that visitors postpone any visits to a hospitalized patient if they are experiencing signs or symptoms such as:

  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Vomiting, nausea or diarrhea.

In addition, visitors must be at least 18 years old during this temporary restriction (except siblings who are not exhibiting flu symptoms will be allowed to visit new babies in the Maternity Department).

As a reminder, Cole Memorial encourages these strategies to prevent spreading the flu:

  • Avoid close contact.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Clean your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and practice other good health habits.
  • Get a flu shot—it’s not too late.

Cole Memorial employees are required to receive an annual flu vaccine to protect patients and staff. Anyone who has not received a flu vaccine can still benefit from its protection. Flu shots are still accessible. To locate a Cole Memorial Medical Group primary care provider, visit

Two Elk County  women are in jail awaiting further court action after allegedly supplying a relative with lethal doses of fentanyl last March . Details about the death of 24 year old Kaitlyn Buerk last March 29 were revealed during a news conferenced yesterday in the Elk County Courthouse Annex. Allison Louise Miller, 29, of Brynedale,the dead woman’s sister and 27 year old Theresa Lynn Sample of Johnsonburg, her cousin are accused of providing the victim with straight fentanyl  which Miller purchased, as heroin  in Pittsburgh on March 29., Fentanyl is often used to” lace” heroin and can be deadly to the touch—often putting rescue personnel in peril.  The suspects were arrested by warrant on Tuesday and committed to the Elk County prison in lieu of bail after being arraigned before r District Judge James Martin. Miller”s bail was set at $100,000 and Sample’s $75.000. Preliminary hearings for both women have been tentatively scheduled for February 89 before Judge Martin.

Trooper Bruce Morris of the Ridgeway barracks, Elk County DA Shawn McMahon and Capt. Bernard Petrosvsky provided details and answered  reporters ‘ questions.

The state police fire marshal has found that a fire which caused $100,000 in damage to a  two story Ridgway home Monday night was accidental. The occupants, Heidi Wildnauer, Barbra Russell  and a two month old boy got out of the house safely and there were no firefighter injuries. The loss was not covered by insurance.

State police at kane are looking for clues in a theft taking place last month on a private lot on the Clermont/ Wilcox Road in Wetmore Township. Thieves stole  approximately 60000 feet of red and black insulated copper wire owned by Dominion Energy  between January 19 and 31. The wire is valued at $15,400. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kane barracks at 814.778.5555.

Did she think she was Goldilocks?  Troopers in Mansfield have charged 26 year old Skyler Williams of Ulysses with criminal trespass. Authorities claim Williams used a back doo to enter the home of 77 year old Walter Bowers on KrusenStreet in Westfield at around 3:00 am last Wednesday in a drunken state. She removed her jacket, long sleeve T-shirt, cell phone an d boots and began cooking breakfast on the wrong burner, cooking a wooden cutting  board instead. She then crawled into bed with an elderly couple who called police. Williams the reportedly left the house without her belongings  but was later found and placed under arrest.



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Peregrine falcons return to Harrisburg…..Charles Cole Hospital is temporarily restricting some visits because of widespread flu..Details revealed about last year’s drug death in Elk County….Uninsured Ridgway home destroyed by fire…..$15,000 worth of copper wire stolen from gas supplier in  McKean County ….Ulysses accused of imitating Goldilocks….

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