Monday’s high, 68; low 44, a few sprinkles
TUE-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 64
TUE NIGHT- LOW 34
WED-PARTLY SUNNY, THEN SHOWERS & ISOLATED THUNDERSTORM, HIGH 70
WED NIGHT-LOW 56
THU-SHOWERS THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 79
THU NIGHT- CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 57
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Today is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania….Polls are open until 8:00 pm…..Disabled Military vets arrive for Healing Waters Event in Potter County…..Suspected drug dealer nabbed in McKean County….Tioga County driver unhurt when pick up hits mailbox and tree….Lewis Run State police look for ATV operators trespassing on Knox Kane Rail Trail……
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Today is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania and a Special Congressional election in the 12th District . Polls are open until 8:00 pm. Registered Republicans and Democrats will be selecting their party’s nominees for local and county offices and statewide judicial positions. Meanwhile, voters will choose one of two candidates to fill a congressional vacancy in a special election. All registered voters can cast a ballot for either Democrat Marc Friedenberg or Republican Fred Keller. Voters in the special election will not be bound by party affiliation. Republican Tom Marino won the seat last November but resigned soon after taking office due to serious health problems. Governor Wolf decided to hold the special election today to fill the vacancy on the same day as the Primary Election to make it more convenient for voters and less costly for the state and local municipalities. President Trump was in Montoursville last night campaigning for Keller who was nominated by Republican Committee members. Friedenberg ran for the seat last November but was defeated by Marino. Potter and Tioga Counties are now in the 12th Congressional District, having been moved out of the 5th when the congressional map was re-drawn by the state legislature. Cameron, Elk and McKean remain in the 5th Congressional District.
Disabled military veterans participating in this year’s Trout Unlimited Project Healing Waters arrived in Potter County earlier today. The vets stopped first at the Oswayo Valley School in Shinglehouse, traveled through downtown Coudersport cheered by citizens along the walks; stopped at the American Legion on Route 872 at Ladona before going to the Moore’s Run Fish and Game Preserve where they will spend the next three days. County Commissioners Paul Heimel, Doug Morley and Susan Kefover invite members of the public to borrow an American flag from county offices and line the streets of town to greet these special guests.
Project Healing Waters, now in its 12th year locally, is sponsored by the God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. Goal is to aid in the veterans’ physical and emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly fishing and fly tying, and by supporting these skills as lifelong recreation. All activities, services and equipment are provided at no cost, including equipment that accommodates special needs. Participants came to Potter County from VA hospitals and will be headquartered at Moore’s Run Fish and Game Preserve.
Alex Ita–Photo submitted
McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, on May 20, 2019, following an investigation into the illegal delivery of crack cocaine within the City, detectives with the McKean County Drug Task Force arrested Alex Ita of Langmaid Lane, Bradford. The Detectives charged the defendant with delivering 7.4 grams and 4.7 grams of crack cocaine, respectively, on two separate dates between May 8, 2019 and May 20, 2019 within the City. The Detectives charged the defendant with 2 Counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver/Delivery of crack cocaine – a Scheduled II controlled substance – Felony; 2 counts of Possession of crack cocaine – Misdemeanor; and 2 counts of Criminal Use of a Communication Facility – Felony 3. The McKean County Drug Task Force was assisted in the investigation by officers from Bradford City Police and Bradford Township Police. The defendant was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Dominic Cercone who set bail at $50,000. Illegal drug activity remains a primary focus of law enforcement across the county. If you suspect illegal drug activity, please contact the McKean County Drug Task Force at the District Attorney’s Office at (814) 887-3312 or MCDTFtip@gmail.com.
A Columbia Cross Roads driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident late last month. State police at Mansfield have just released details about the April 27 crash in the borough of Roseville. Jeremy Spencer, after backing out of his brother’s driveway headed east on Benson Avenue and lost control of his 2002 Chevrolet Silverado which went off the road and hit a mailbox and then a tree on the north side of the road. The pick up had to be towed from the scene.
State police at Lewis Run are looking for trespassers on Lindholm Road in Hamlin Township between May 5 and yesterday. Photographs of possible suspects operating ATV’s on the Knox Kane Rail Trail have been obtained and the investigation is continuing.
Troopers there have charged 52 year old Kip Carpenter for allegedly trespassing at 10 Phillips Street in Mt. Jewett between 5:15 pm and 6:00 pm Monday.
DUI charges are pending against 20 year old Makena Carleton of Wellsboro, pending lab results. State police at Mansfield say Carleton was found in a field at 85 Canada Road in Covington Township at around 6:20 pm April 20. Authorities claim they determined she had been driving a 2016 VW Jetta while under the influence of alcohol.
MON-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, CHANCE OF ISOLATED SHOWER OR TST, HIGH 73
MON NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 43
TUE-SUNNY, LESS HUMID, HIGH 66
TUE NIGHT-MOSTLY CLEAR, LOW 42
WED-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 71
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Disabled vets coming to Potter County Tuesday for Healing Waters event…..PA’s Primary Election and special Congressional election will be held tomorrow…Pilot and passenger unhurt in plane accident at Bradford airport…Emporium woman accused of hitting another during argument last Friday….St. Marys woman arrested for stealing $421 worth of merchandise from Walmart earlier this month…..Theft of inspection items probed by troopers at Coudersport….attempted burglary probed in Tioga County…
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Disabled military veterans participating in this year’s Trout Unlimited Project Healing Waters will be passing through downtown Coudersport on Tuesday, May 21. County Commissioners Paul Heimel, Doug Morley and Susan Kefover invite members of the public to borrow an American flag from county offices and line the streets of town to greet these special guests. As in past years, they’ll be arriving southbound on Rts. 44/49 (North Main Street), coming from Shinglehouse and reaching Coudersport at approximately 2 pm. Those planning to greet them are advised to arrive early. Flags can be borrowed at the Main Street entrance of the Gunzburger Building or the Security Guard Station in the courthouse.
Project Healing Waters, now in its 12th year locally, is sponsored by the God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. Goal is to aid in the veterans’ physical and emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly fishing and fly tying, and by supporting these skills as lifelong recreation. All activities, services and equipment are provided at no cost, including equipment that accommodates special needs. Participants will be coming to Potter County from VA hospitals and be headquartered at Moore’s Run Fish and Game Preserve.
Tomorrow is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. Registered Republicans and Democrats will be selecting their party’s nominees for local and county offices and statewide judicial positions. Meanwhile, voters will choose one of two candidates to fill a congressional vacancy in a special election. All registered votes can cast a ballot for either Democrat Marc Friedenberg or Republican Fred Keller. Voters in the special election will not be bound by party affiliation. Republican Tom Marino won the seat last November but resigned soon after taking office due to serious health problems. Governor Wolf decided to hold the special election tomorrow to fill the vacancy on the same day as the Primary Election to make it more convenient for voters and less costly for the state and local municipalities. President Trump will be in Montoursville tonight campaigning for Keller who was nominated by Republican Committee members. Fredienberg ran for the seat last November but was defeated by Marino. Potter and Tioga Counties are now in the 12th Congressional District, having been moved out of the 5th when the congressional map was re-drawn by the state legislature. Cameron, Elk and McKean remain in the 5th Congressional District.
Two people escaped injury Saturday morning when a small plane overturned while landing on a runway at the Bradford Regional Airport. State police at the Lewis Run barracks, a short distance away, assisted other agencies at the scene. Both the pilot and passenger were wearing 5 point harness and seatbelt . Authorities said the plane’s wheels locked up when making contact with the ground. After the plane was turned right side up, it was taken to a hangar where it will be inspected by the FAA.
A 28 year old Emporium woman has been cited after allegedly hitting a 26 year old Emporium woman during a disagreement Friday afternoon on W. Allegany Avenue in that town. Police did not identify the suspect.
Lewis Run State Police say DUI charges are pending blood test results for a 59 year old Bradford man who was stopped last Thursday afternoon on Route 19 at Bolivar Drive when his 2015 Dodge Ram was allegedly observed committing multiple traffic violations. The suspect’s name was not released.
Both Ridgway residents, ages 35 and 52 riding in a 2005 Honda Pilot are facing drug charges . State police claim the driver is suspected of driving under the influence of a controlled substance while the passenger was allegedly found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and related paraphernalia.
State police at Mansfield claim 36 year old Patricia Carpenter of Westfield fled the scene after her Kia Sedona hit a utility pole on Case Street in Knoxville last Thursday afternoon.
A St. Marys woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing al, most $421 in merchandise from Chastity Nicklas is accused of illegally taking a variety of groceries, a potted fern, fabric softener, cat litter and litter scooper Walmart between May 1 and 13.
An attempted burglary in Richmond Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Criminals tried to gain entry through a living room window on a house located at 952 Wood Road between 7:00 am April 10 and6:30 pm April 11. The house is owned by Roasalie Hauswirth of Amityville. NY.
A criminal mischief in Austin remains under investigation by state police at Coudersport. Someone fired a .22 caliber between 1:00 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at a house located at 22 Church Street. No one was hurt but state police are asking anyone who has information about the incident to contact them at 814.274.8690.
Lorraine J. (Mitchell) Russell, 91, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family, after a brief illness on Friday, May 17, 2019. She celebrated 56 years of marriage with the late Dale “Bill” W. Russell, who preceded her in death in 2003. She was born on December 25, 1927, in Coudersport, the daughter of the late Carl and Etta Belle (Thompson) Mitchell.
Throughout her life, Lorraine was employed with the Hosiery Mill, her family Dairy Farm with her husband, and the Coudersport School District, as head baker of the cafeteria. In addition to cooking and baking, she also enjoyed working around the house, gardening, traveling with family and friends and simply being outdoors. Her greatest times were those spent with her family, who will dearly miss her for her strong-willed and strong-minded personality right up to her final days.Left to cherish her memory are her three daughters, Connie Wykoff (Larry), Christie Marshall (Frank Granata), and Sandra Whitman (Barry), all of Coudersport; 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; especially close sister-in-law, Beverly Mitchell, of Coudersport; several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.In addition to her parents, Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; great granddaughter, Evin Lee Whitman; two brothers, Carl and Lloyd; and three sisters, Luva, Gustava and Luella.Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, from 4 – 7 p.m., at Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd., 210 N. East St., Coudersport. Lorraine’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 11:00 a.m., following one hour of visitation from 10 – 11 a.m., at the Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third St., Coudersport. Pastor Scott Ogden will officiate and burial will take place in Homer Cemetery, Homer Twp. Memorial donations can be made in Lorraine’s name to the Cole Foundation, ATTN: Home Health & Hospice, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915. To share your fondest memories of Lorraine, visit www.thomasfickinger.com.
May 21 11:00 am Kaytees
. Feeding for cats: Patti/Randi/Kris Arbogast (Food Chairperson)
Low Income Services, Trap/Spay/Neuter/Release: updates Patti/Randi
Social Media Update (Lori) and website update
AmazonSmile, Donation button on Facebook page, Raffle, SGC License
Marketing/Promotions – Any ideas?
Feeding of colony cats – ideas to raise funds
Contact from Linda Swift that she misses the public meetings
White Lilacs are doing well this spring–not so for Purple Lilacs.
Thursday’s high 68; Overnight low, 51
FRI-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, HIGH 68
FRI NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 46
SAT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, HIGH 65
SAT NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 76
SUN-SHOWERS, CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 76
SUN NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 50
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Obituaries: Paul Woodard, Shinglehouse & Thomas Arthur Bean, Sr., Shinglehouse
Scarnati pushing for open primaries in PA…. Lots of .Activities fat Hills Creek State Park Spring Fest Saturday….$5,000 in cash stolen from Wellsboro home….state police investigate possible road rage….
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Kenneth J. Serfass presented a program on his childhood hero, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant Wednesday night at the S. W. Smith Library in Port Allegany. His presentation began with Grant’s teenage years and ended in 1866 when he was the highest ranking General in the Army, prior to his two terms as president. Serfass is a retired gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and a former Civil War re-enactor. The program was made possible by the Port Allegany VFW. Serfass also presented a program at the Hamlin Library in Smethport Tuesday night. That program was made possible by a donation from the Smethport American Legion.
–Photo by Gerri Miller
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) announced Thursday that there are plans to advance language to allow for open primaries in Pennsylvania when the Senate returns to session in June. Scarnati began to push for open primaries last year and renewed his efforts earlier this year with the introduction of Senate Bill 300. He explained that the motive behind this legislation is to allow more people to have a voice and moderate primaries from extremism.“In February I was pleased to introduce Senate Bill 300 to allow for open primaries in Pennsylvania,” Scarnati said. “This bill is a bi-partisan piece of legislation introduced with the goal of giving over 740,000 registered unaffiliated Pennsylvania voters the right to participate in the primary election process.”Senate Bill 300 was referred to the Senate State Government Committee and last month the Committee held a hearing to discuss election law legislation, including open primaries.“Allowing more people the opportunity to have a voice in their representation is an important step toward ensuring democracy. In June, I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on this important legislation,” Scarnati concluded.
Tuesday’s election may be confusing to some voters because while only registered Republicans and Democrats can vote, there will be a special election to decide who will represent the 12th Congressional District in Congress. Republican Tom Marino won last November but resigned soon after taking office due to serious health problems. Governor Wolf decided to hold the special election to fill the vacancy on the same day as the Primary Election to make it more convenient for voters and less costly for the state and local municipalities. All registered voters will choose either Democrat Marc Friedenberg or Republican Fred Keller to fill the vacancy. Potter and Tioga Counties are now in the 12th Congressional District, having been moved out of the 5th when the congressional map was re-drawn by the state legislature. Cameron, Elk and McKean remain in the 5th Congressional District.
During Springfest 2019, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards will be available for children and adults to try for free. Shown here, a mother and child try a two-person kayak on Hills Creek Lake at last year’s event. Photo by John Eaton
Free, family-friendly outdoor activities for all ages will be available at Springfest 2019, from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at Hills Creek State Park, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township.One of the most famous protectors of our forests, Smokey Bear, will stop in for a visit and have some great giveaways. There will be stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing for people of all ages at Hills Creek, with Mansfield University Kayak Club members, other volunteers and park staff assisting.
All equipment is provided free to either paddle with a parent or solo if the child is capable and wants to try it even for just a minute.
Youth will have the opportunity to experience fishing on Hills Creek Lake with help provided by Jim Mucci of Hills Creek State Park. Fishing poles, bait, and lures will be provided free to those who want to learn basic fishing skills. Fishing licenses are required for anyone 16 and older.
Anglers of all ages can learn how to tie a fly with Trout Unlimited Tiadaghton Chapter #688 volunteers. Fly tying materials and equipment will be provided free. Also available will be fly rods to practice casting at different distances and targets. Free T-shirts for kids will be given away on a first come, first served basis.
There will be an opportunity to meet the dogs of Laurel Mountain K9 Search & Rescue. This non-profit search team is comprised entirely of volunteers dedicated to assisting fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies with incidents involving lost or missing individuals. Currently, there are 10 team members, five of whom are certified by the National Academy of Search and Rescue. One dog is certified in trailing and as a cadaver dog. Six other dogs are in various stages of training. Presentations will be given at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.
Mandy Marconi, environmental education specialist at the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s station all about elk. See what an elk calf (mount) looks like when it is just a few days old and feel a real velvet lk antler. Color a plaster cast elk track to take home. Supplies are limited.
Community Health Nurse Kara Gochnauer with the Northcentral District of the Pennsylvania Department of Health will have free pamphlets and handouts with information on Lyme disease and how to prevent it and also be available to answer questions about this tick-borne disease.
At the Tiadaghton Audubon Society station will be information on creating a backyard habitat for birds and Wellsboro being designated a Bird Town community. Available will be a free bird sleuth explorer’s guidebook for kids that includes scavenger hunt activitiesTAS volunteers will conduct short bird walks at 11:00 am., noon, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Those who don’t have binoculars can borrow a pair.
The Bureau of Forestry station will provide information on why landowners need to remove non-native plants and how to do it. Landowners will see live samples of invasive plants found in this area and get hands-on advice on how to control them from Steve Hoover, service forester. Also on display will be native plants that landowners can use on their properties along with free handouts on invasive and native plants.
Members of the Mountain Modelaires R/C Airplane Club of Wellsboro will have a display of radio controlled airplanes, helicopters, and quadcopters, and adults and children both can try out a radio-controlled airplane flight simulator. Children, eight and older, along with their parents, can assemble and decorate a foam model glider to take home. All materials will be provided free.
At the craft station, Grand Canyon FFA members will assist youngsters with a plant-related activity.
Visitors can go on a self-led hike using park maps as a guide. Or, at 1:00 pm there will be a 45-minute slow-paced easy hike led by Bureau of Forestry staff. Children and adults are welcome to take their bikes and wear helmets, as required by law, and bike at the park.To learn more about Springfest or for directions, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-724-4246.
A burglary occurring at a home on S. Elk Run Road in Charleston Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Criminals broke into the home of 47 year old Benjamin Sayers between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm April 5 and stole $5,000 in cash. Entry was gained through the back door.
A possible road rage incident is also being investigated by state police at Mansfield. A white 2015 Nissan Frontier hit a red Chevrolet Impala on Route 49 at Stepherd Creek Road in Lawrence Township at about 2:15 pm last Sunday. Police have listed the incident as an “assault with serious bodily injury.”
Paul L. Woodard, 74, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in the Buffalo VA Medical Center, Buffalo, N.Y., after a short battle with cancer.
Born on August 30, 1944 in Blossburg, he was a son of Paul O. and Virginia M. Wilson Woodard. On July 2, 1973 in Middlebury Center, he married Deborah J. “Deb” Wood, who survives.
Paul was a graduate of North Penn High School in Blossburg. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Paul was employed by the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y. in the maintenance department, retiring in 2006 after 25 years of service.
He was a member of the Bolivar Golf Club, a member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530, a member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport, a life member of the VFW in Three Forks, Montana, and was a member of the Maple Grove Cemetery Association Board of Directors in Shinglehouse. He was a former member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department.
Paul was a car enthusiast, having restored a number of antique and classic cars. His 1970 convertible Chevelle was his “baby”. He was an avid hunter and golfer. He also enjoyed bowling.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years; three children, Mark Woodard of New Columbia, Keith Woodard of Dewart, and Jennifer (Karl Tietz) Woodard of Farmington, Minnesota; a grandson, Keegan Tietz of Farmington; eight brothers and sisters, Clarence (Marilyn) Woodard of Columbia Crossroads, Leonard (Lois) Woodard of Middlebury, Pearl Smith of Liberty, Theresa (Charles) Ellison of Maryland, Clifford (Jan) Woodard of Cadiz, Kentucky, Isa (Dan Weatherford) Woodard of Mesa, Arizona, Ida Woodard of Elmira, N.Y., and Pamela Woodard of Blossburg; and many nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Frank (Theresa) Woodard of Millerstown and a special niece, Sue (Tom) Hancock of Middlebury.
In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by four siblings, Connie Breeding, Robert Woodard, Frank Woodard, and Penny Monk.
In keeping with Paul’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. A celebration of his life will be held on a date and place to be announced. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Paul’s name may be made to the LEEK Preserve, 497 SR 244E, Oswayo, PA 16915.
Paul’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
Thomas Arthur Bean, Sr., 72, of Shinglehouse, passed away in his home with his loving wife by his side on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Born on October 25, 1946 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Arthur and Harriett Barrett Bean. On May 12, 1968 in Prentisvale, he married Betty Sue Kriner, who survives.
Tom was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1966, in Shinglehouse. He entered the U.S. Army in August of 1966 and was honorably discharged in August of 1969, having served in Vietnam from 1966 to August of 1968.
Tom was employed at several jobs before being employed at Cooper Industries in Olean, retiring after 30 years of service. During those years, he was also the owner/operator of Tom Bean’s Repair Shop in Shinglehouse, where he worked on farm equipment, closing the business a few years after his retirement from Cooper Industries.
He was a member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530, a life member of the Eldred Conservation Club, and a member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport. Tom loved the outdoors, hunting, trapping, fishing and boating.
Surviving besides his wife of 51 years, are a son, Thomas A. (Christa) Bean, Jr. of West Clarksville, N.Y.; a daughter, Bobbie Jo (David) Gray of Middleburg; three grandsons, Tyler (Amy) Bean-Dowell, Greyson Bean, and Caleb Gray; a granddaughter, Megan Kaye (Adam) Knepp; three step-grandchildren, Ariel Schadt, Austin Carson, and Velvet Carson; two great-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dale Bean of Ceres and Chuck Bean of Eldred; two sisters, Linda (Phil) Skiver of Shinglehouse and Monica (Chris) O’Brien of Salamanca, N.Y.; and many nieces of nephews.
In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by a sister Donna Jordan.
In keeping with Tom’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at place and date to be announced.
Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the L.E.E.K. Preserve, 497 SR 244E, Oswayo, PA 16915 or to God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited-Project Healing Waters, PO Box 702, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Tom’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.