Thursday January 18, 2018


Wednesday’s high, 19; Overnight low -2; no snow

THU-A FEW CLOUDS, HIGH 24

THU NIGHT-SOME CLOUDS, BREEZY, LOW 15

FRI-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 36

FRI NIGHT LOW 27

SAT-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 34

SAT NIGHT-INCREASING CLOUDS, LOW 31

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Winterfest at Hills Creek Still a “go”…..DCNR has tools available to check winter conditions at state parks…Both Wellsboro women involved in scuffle, charged….. Texas woman accused of sending worthless check to Potter County address…State police look for thief who stole another customer’s cash at Mansfield Walmart… Pair of Canadian women unhurt in motor home accident in Elk County…..

Obituary: Marjorie Schott, Coudersport

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“Based on the amount of snow and ice at Hills Creek State Park, Winterfest 2018 will be the best event the park has had in years,” qccording to organizer  Tim MoreyTeh event will be held. his Saturday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

Winterfest will offer free, fun, family friendly activities around the park’s beach parking area at
“The snow at the park is perfect for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding down Beach Front Hill,” Morey said.
One-hour, easy, slow-paced, family friendly guided snowshoe hikes will be on Tauschers Trail at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Between 1 and 3 p.m. will be introductions to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing mini-clinics. Adults and kids of all ages can sign out snowshoes and skis to use in the park free until 3 p.m.

“The ice on Hills Creek Lake is more than 12 inches thick, safe for large groups of people,” said Morey. Experienced anglers with the required license can fish on the lake during the day. Bill Carey will share tips and tricks with those who want to get started, hold ice fishing demonstrations on the lake and give out ice fishing equipment to use free on Saturday.

The park  plan s to clear the snow from a portion of the lake to create an area for ice skaters
“The current forecast for Saturday shows the temperatures in the 40s–, warm enough for people to go  out and enjoy winter activitiesThose who have their own cross-country skis, snowshoes, sleds, tubes, toboggans, saucers and snowboards are encouraged to bring them.

Free hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available to everyone from 11 a.m. until gone. Fire rings and burn barrels will help visitors stay warm.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. bird feeders with information on winter bird feeding will be on display. Youngsters can make pine cone bird feeders and paper snowflakes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A program on eagles in the area and the best locations to view them will be at 11:30 a.m. and a 45-minute program on Snowy Owls at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Mel Stafford as an 18th century explorer and hunter will do pioneer-style outdoor cooking in a Dutch oven over an open fire. He will give out free samples of his freshly made donuts from 11 a.m. until they are gone.

Tom Gibson, a mechanical engineer, will demonstrate his invention, the Track Skishoe, a combination ski and snowshoe with a built-in traction device, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and let people try them out at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. “It’s snowshoeing with a glide to it,” he said.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tom Oswald will demonstrate and talk about e-bikes and snow bikes, also known as fat tire bikes. Snow bikes in different sizes will be available for adults to try and one e-bike, an electric pedal-assisted bicycle.

For snow and ice updates visit Facebook at Step Outdoors Tioga County PA and at http://www.stepoutdoors.org or call the park at 570-724-4246.

The North Central PA Landlord Association will meet on January 18th @ 6:00pm dinner at Casali’s Restaurant in St. Marys. 7:00 Tax Talk – Padraic McGrath CPA, CGMA. The NCPLA is dedicated to the education of landlords in the region.  As always, we welcome new members.  Please email Amy Auman –amy@sdhp.org with questions.

 

 

Does the park you want to visit have enough snow for cross country skiing or snowmobiling?  Check conditions ONLINE before you go.  See information below:

 

Winter Report: To find out if your favorite PA State Park has favorable conditions for winter activities, please check the State Parks Winter Report at http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/WinterReport/Pages/default.aspx.  The Pennsylvania state parks Winter Report allows winter outdoor recreation enthusiasts to monitor snow and ice conditions with state parks.  The Winter Report is updated weekly (at a minimum) by state parks during the winter season. The report lists the ice thickness and what ice activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have ice, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available. The report also lists the snow depth and what snow activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have snow, but if it is not deep enough, then the activities are not available. This easy-to-use website allows you to search either by park or by specific winter recreation activity.

 

Snowmobile Information:  When snow conditions allow, snowmobile riding is permitted on designated trails and joint-use roads on DCNR lands.  The public can access maps and trail conditions through the DCNR web page athttp://www.apps.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/snowmobile/snowindex.aspx. To see information on current trail conditions by county, just scroll down. For trail maps, click on the icon of the specific map you need.  Trail information will be updated by 12:00 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the snowmobile riding season.  The snowmobile trail conditions can also be access by telephone, toll free, at 1-877-766-6253.

 

 

Kimberley Lott at Sinnemahoning State Park says  We have a real winter this year and encourages to  Find some time to explore the great white outdoors.

 

In  other news both  Wellsboro women involved in a scuffle Monday night at a Delmar Township home have been charged with harassment. State police claim 44 year old Benita Long of Wellsboro and 20 year old Bailey Corse  got into a physical  fight during an argument at a house on Horse Thief Run Road just before 9:00 pm.

A Tuscola, TX woman has been arrested for writing a bad check to a Wellsboro man in late November. Coudersport based state police allege 18 year old Sierra Lepold sent a worthless check in the amount of $750 to  Christopher Neal at an address on the Eleven Mile Road in Oswayo Township and has not made the check good.

Troopers in Mansfield are looking for a robber who allegedly stole money at the self Checkout machine at the Mansfield Walmaar y vt the on December 14. The white male, about 30 to 40 yars old was captured on camera picking up $100 left by the customer ahead of him in line and did not turn it over to store personnel or try to summon the victim. Anyone  with information  is asked to call state policed at 570.662.215

Two Elderly Ontario omen escaped injury when their motor home hit a tree in Horton Township, Wednesday afternoon. Ridgeay based stste police roper 70 year old Beverly Rilett lost control of her Dodge Motor home while going east on Mt. Church Road. Rillett was unable to turn the vehicle while making a left curve due to the ice and snow on the surface. She and her passenger 69 yarold Barbaras Rilletrte were using seat belts.

 

1 Port Allegany – Marjorie L. Schott, 93, of Coudersport, died Monday (January 15, 2018) at her son’s home in Port Allegany.

 

She was born Dec 30, 1924 in Galeton, a daughter of Morris and Mary Hotelling Richar, On September 25 1945 in Galeton PA; she married Edwin D. Schott, who died July 31, 2015.

 

Mrs. Schott was a 1945 graduate of Galeton High School. She worked for Sylvania Corporation in Willow Grove, Pa to enable her husband to get his doctoral degree. Marge was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her family, having a special love for her grand and great grandchildren.

She was office manager for her husband’s optometry practice. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Eulalia Chapter 148.

 

She is survived by

One daughter: Linda (Tom) Osborne of Meadville, PA

One son: Edwin M. (Helen) Schott of Port Allegany, PA

Five grandchildren, Dr. Daniel (Christa) Schott, Michael (Emma) Schott, Eric, Amy and Kelly Osborne

Two great grandchildren: Olivia and Alex Schott

 

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by 2 brothers Harold and Frederick Richar

 

Friends will be receiving on Saturday January 27, 2018 from 10AM till 12 Noon at which time a memorial service will be held with the Rev. James Campbell, Pastor of St. Eulalia’s and St. Gabriel’s Catholic Churches, officiating.

Burial will be in the West Hill Cemetery, Galeton, PA.

 

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice

Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday January 17, 2018

Tri-County REC has announced a planned power outage for Thursday Janaury 18, 2018 from 9:00 am to noon affecting both the East Branch and West Branch of Fishing Creek which will cause an interruption in our stream and webiste updates.

 

Winter Contrasts by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 30; overnight low 4; .75” of snow

 WED-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 17

WED NIGHT-CLOUDS, LOW 7

THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY HIGH 24

THU NIGHT-LOW 16

FRI-CLEARING, HIGH 31

FRI NIGHT-LOW 25

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 Obituary: Jonathon Kio , Ulysses

 Ulysses man killed in Saturday night ATV crash……Numerous weather related crashes investigated in Tioga County…Heavy set female burglar sought in Tioga County……Theft of safe, coins and currency from Elkland home probed…..Brockport man arrested for hurting woman during domestic violence assault in Elk County….vandalism at Ulysses bank investigated….Red Mill Bridge re-opened in MccKean C0unty….Business consultant will be on duty Thursday in Coudersport…. Next on-air report after 12:06 pm on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

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A Ulysses man was killed in an ATV crash Saturday night in Bingham Township, Potter County. According to Coudersport based state police 47 year old Jonathan  Kio was a passenger on a Polaris Ranger 570 EFI operated by 27 year old Tyler Lawrence which went off Cinder Hill Road while making a right uphill curve at around 9:30p and went4 down into a ditch before collided with an embankment. Kio was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsvillle were he was pronounced dead. A second passenger, Cale Kio, 35, was treated at the same hospital for serious injuries and Lawrence was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre with serious injuries. Police have charged Lawrence was speeding at the time of the crash.

Injuries were reported for a Galeton driver after a car/deer collision last Wednesday morning in Ulysses Township. State police explained Kenneth Loiacono was going east on Route 6 and was unable to avoid impact.

Neither driver was hurt in a fender bender Tuesday afternoon in Wetmore Towship McKean County. State police reported a driver in a Dodge Stratus failed to yield the right of way  to a tractor trailer before turning off of Old State Road onto Route 6 . The rig operator braked but was unable to hitting the rear left quarter panel of the passenger  car. Since both units could be driven from the location and neither driver was hurt, the accident is technically “non-reportable” and the names were not released.

Mansfield based state police investigated several weather-related accidents over the past few days. Jacob Lesure of Rochester, NY was treated at Corning Hospital after his Nissan Pathfinder crashed into a barrier on an ice-covered bridge on Route 15 in Tioga  Township Saturday afternoon. A Coudersport driver and her passenger escaped injury Sunday morning in a Covington Township accident.  Rosemary Wargo lost control of her Honda Accord slid sideways when it encountered ice. Both Wargo and Taylor Lomison of Montoursville were using seat belts. Zachary Giovannini of Tioga was not hurt whenhis Dodge Nitro spun off of Rute 15 in Mansfield an hour later when it went over a patch of ice. Troopers said Megan Tice was speeding Sunday afternoon when her Ford Focus came across an icy spot on Route 6 in Richmond Township and skidded into a concrete sewer drain. Just a couple of minutes later, Larry Route of Liberty slid off of the Upper Arnot Road in Bloss Township and hit two trees before stopping. Minor injuries were reported for Chelsea Osborne of Penn Yann, NY early Monday morning after her Jeep Liberty zig zagged on the Tioga River Bridge after hitting a patch of ice. Osborne did not require treatment at a medical facility for her injuries. Laura Bugaj also escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident a few hours later on Route 15 in Tioga Township. The front driver’s side tire blew when the car hit a concrete barrier.

 

Authorities believe a one-vehicle crash last Thursday in Morris Township was caused by DUI. Troopers remarked 72 year old Edward Lawrence of Doylestown lost control of his Chevrolet Silverado on a left curve while going west on Route 414. The pickup hit a utility pole, travelled down an embankment and hit a tree head on; spun around and collided with another tree before coming to rest.

 

Tioga County law enforcement personnel are looking for a woman is suspected of stealing money from Houghtaling’s Garage on Locey Creek Road in Middlebury Township early last Tuesday morning, January 9. The burglar forced her way through a back door and shined a flashlight at the comers and put her hood on to conceal her identity. She went directly to the secretary’s office and stole a container full of money before going out the back door and leaving in a vehicle. Police say the criminal is 5-9” to 6-1” tall and based on her fait andn body appearance/composition is heavy set. Anyone with information about the suspect or break-in is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

 

Troopers are also investigating a burglary and an Elkland home between January 4 and 14. A small brown safe, collectable coins, 2 dollar bills and silver dollars were taken from the home of 70 year old Patricia Derr.

 

Ridgway based state police arrested 31 year old Texas Feely of Brockport for simple assault during a domestic violence attack at a home on Shawmut Road in Brockport Tuesday morning. Feeley alleged attacked 35 year old Krystal Tami of Brockport by grabbing her hand and bending it backwards resulting n swelling and bruising.

 

Vandalism at First Citizens National Bank in Ulysses early New Year’s Day was investigated by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Someone damaged the bank’s door by kicking it in an unsuccessful attempt to enter.

 

The  Red Mill Road bridge in McKean County was reopened Tuesday  after an inspection. PennDOT closed the bridge spanning Red Mill Brook near the intersection of Creekside Drive in Norwich Township Friday after flood waters crested.

The bridge was originally constructed in 1934. It is 28 feet long and carries an average of more than 200 vehicles daily.

 

The Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides entrepreneurs and business owners with education, information, tools and resources to start and grow businesses. The consulting services focus on providing guidance, information, advice and resources that are needed to manage and grow a business. Services include: financial analysis, QuickBooks assistance, market research, business plan development, compliance, and SEO review. Through the SBDC you will have access to information from industry leading databases and research tools to help entrepreneurs  develop and maintain a competitive edge. In addition, the center offers a variety of online resources matched with a strong referral and partner network to help businesses thrive.Aleshia Marshall, SBDC business consultant, will be available on January 18, 2018 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Coudersport office of the Education Council. Walk-ins are welcome, however, appointments are recommended. Contact the Clarion SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or via email to amarshall@clarion.edu.

Obiturary

Jonathan E. KIO, 47, of Ulysses, PA, died Saturday, January 13, 2018 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.  Born August 23, 1970, in Wellsville, he was the son of Donald F. and Audrey L. Flynn Kio. On September 5, 1998, in Ellisburg, he married the former Kimberly Ann Matteson, who survives. Surviving besides his wife, Kimberly, are:  his mother, Audrey Kio;  four children, Jonathan (Nicole Wright) Lampman, Katelynn (Tyler Lawrence) Kio, Levi (Kendra Cavagna) Kio, and Trevor Kio;  five grandchildren, Dominic, Kollin, Michael, Brayson, and Ryan;  four brothers, Michael Kio, Darrwin “Duke” (Sally) Kio, Thomas (Donna) Kio, and Steve (Sharon) Kio;  a sister, Donna (Durell, Jr.) Houghtaling;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his father.

 

Friends may call Friday, January 19, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Ulysses United Methodist Church, where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

 

Online condolences may be expressed atwww.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Winter Contrasts by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 23; low 16; 1.5” new snow

TUE-MOSTLY CLOUDY, PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW HIGH 28

TUE NIGHT-SNOW SHOWERS CLEAR OUT, MOSTLY CLEAR, LOW 7

WED-PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY, COOLER, HIGH 18

THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, BREEZY HIGH 23

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The new Tioga County Lyme Disease support group will meet Thursday night in Wellsboro….NY Gov. Cuomo announces news steps to curb Lyme Disease…Area women encouraged to sign up for Winter Women in the Wilds at Sinnemahoning State Park next  month….St. Marys resident accused of stealing leased equipment and two area men arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia…. 

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Obituaries: David “Dve”Cutler, Bolivar (Smethport)

Doyle Cleveland Roulette (Olean)

 

Photo by John Eaton

 Luke Dunham (left) and Thomas Putnam prepare to distribute posters and information about the documentary “Under Our Skin,” the untold story of Lyme disease. The film will be shown during the Tioga County Lyme Disease Support Group meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Wellsboro.

Wellsboro area residents Luke Dunham and Thomas Putnam are leading the newly formed Tioga County Lyme Disease Support Group to help people in Tioga County and surrounding areas who think they may have a tick-borne illness as well as those who have been diagnosed and are seeking support and information.

Dunham and Putnam recently formed the support group under the auspices of the PA Lyme Resource Network. Both men are regional co-leaders with the network, a statewide organization that is a registered 501c3 nonprofit corporation.

The Tioga County Lyme Disease Support Group is meeting for the first time on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Tokishi Training Center at 124 Nypum Drive in Wellsboro. To be shown at that meeting will be the documentary “Under Our Skin,” the untold story of Lyme disease. A question and answer session will follow, led by Linda Wales of Millerton, founder of A Hope for Lyme in Horseheads, New York.  The meeting is free and open to the public.

“Looking back, I know I had symptoms starting in 2009,” said Dunham. Between 2012 and 2013, he did not feel well. “My worst symptoms started in 2014.”

Dunham was suffering from severe fatigue, migrating joint pain, heart palpitations, neurological problems, difficulty with short-term memory called “brain fog” and “air hunger,” the feeling that he was not getting enough oxygen.

The experiences of a colleague in the Tioga County Probation Department who had late-stage Lyme disease symptoms led Dunham to be tested. In 2013, he had the ELISA test, used to measure antibodies in the blood to identify certain infectious diseases, such as Lyme. It was negative. He had a positive Western blot test and was diagnosed on Sept. 11, 2014.

“This disease has impacted every part of my life, from physical to mental,” Dunham said. “Initially I was put on the antibiotic Doxycycline. After that failed, I was put on multiple classes of antibiotics.” To get well, he has been undergoing treatment much longer than standard protocols.

“I’m probably 75 percent better than I was early on,” said Dunham. “I experience many of the same symptoms but to a much lesser degree and more sporadically. About six months ago, I stopped taking antibiotics and relapsed. Long-term antibiotics, supplements and diet are the main treatment options today.”

“It’s a tricky disease,” said Putnam who is Hamilton-Gibson Productions artistic director. “The kind of test, the lab that analyzes it, the timing of the test, and the current unreliability of tests especially in being able to identify the multiple co-infections, all create a kind of crapshoot, at best.”

In March of 2017, Putnam was tested at two different hospitals. Both tests were negative. He then went to an infectious disease specialist, tested positive and was diagnosed in May of 2017.

“I had no reason to believe I had been bitten by a tick,” said Putnam. “The symptoms hit me hard this past March. I had extreme lightheadedness and had to hang onto walls or crawl just to move from room to room.” His white blood cell count was low. He had roving joint pain, strange headaches “not really pain but pressure and heat,” a 103-degree temperature at times and “horrendous” fatigue so he was barely able to get up in the morning and needed to nap during the day. “Brain fog was the most alarming. I couldn’t focus or concentrate or remember what I had just done,” Putnam said.

“I took Doxycycline. an antibiotic,” It was prescribed for only one month. Putnam’s symptoms lessened considerably but all reappeared about a month after he stopped taking the drug. That’s when he began a more rigorous treatment plan. “I am still on it and am much better today,” he said.

Dunham was the first person Putnam spoke to about his symptoms. “It was quite by accident,” Putnam said. “We shared symptoms and I told him about my treatment,” said Dunham.

“Not long after that, we became interested in forming a Tioga County Lyme Disease Support Group because of our experiences, which are unfortunately common,” Dunham said. “Lyme can be much more complex than an acute bacterial infection that can be diagnosed and easily cured. People can be infected by Lyme and one or more co-infections. Tick-borne disease would be a better name since there are many possible infections that can result from ticks and other vector-borne transmitters.” Co-infections can be caused by multiple strains of Borelia or other organisms such as Bartonella, Ehrlichiosis, Babeiosis and Powassan Virus.

“Thinking of Lyme as a complex set of medical problems that can manifest in a variety of ways depending on the infectious organism and the response a person has to it is the new way of looking at this disease,” said Dunham.

“If caught early, there is a much higher treatment success rate. Unfortunately there is still controversy among scientists and researchers involving testing, diagnosis, definitions and treatment. Right now, peer-reviewed science is happening and I believe good news will come from it eventually,” Dunham said.

“In the meantime, Thomas and I think it is important to have a place where we can offer some support and guidance to those who are suffering. While there may not always be clear answers, there will be people who are experiencing what we have. The best words someone in this situation can hear are ‘I believe you.'”

Lyme disease has been confirmed in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth has the dubious distinction of leading the nation in the number of cases diagnosed annually.

A 501c3 nonprofit, the network provides education, patient advocacy, support and resources to help others navigate Lyme and tick-borne illnesses in the Commonwealth and also supports regional and independent Lyme groups across the state that hold local meetings to give support, education, and resources to their local communities.

The  Tioga County Lyme Disease Support Group will meet regularly on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. The next meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Tokishi Training Center in Wellsboro.

For more information, contact Dunham and Putnam by email at tiogacountylyme@palyme.org or by calling Putnam at 570-439-2000.

 

Meanwhile, the website lymedisease.org reports Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York this week laid out a wide-ranging agenda that included specific provisions related to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

 

In August 2017, the New York State Department of Health launched a multi-faceted initiative to safeguard New Yorkers from tick-borne diseases with expanded tick surveillance and an aggressive awareness and outreach campaign in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Conservation.

However, in some parts of New York State, tick-borne diseases are on the rise, posing a threat to both individual New Yorkers and our regional economies that rely on outdoor recreation. Each year, there are approximately 8,000 cases of Lyme disease, 700 cases of 266 anaplasmosis, 400 cases of babesiosis, 100 cases of ehrlichiosis, and 30 cases of other tick-borne illnesses reported to the Department of Health—with many other cases going unreported. And 2017 also brought deadly cases of the rare tick-borne disease Powassan.

In 2018, Governor Cuomo will launch an aggressive initiative to reduce the incidence of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses in New York State, by controlling tick populations on public lands, advancing research on diagnostics and treatment, and further increasing public awareness.

Sinnemahoning State Park is now accepting registrations for the 2018 Winter Women in the Wilds event, which will be held at the park during the weekend of February 16-18, 2018.

(L) Park Manager Lisa Bainey teaches a cross country skiing class

(R) Lin Kline, a program participant learns to cross country ski

The Women in the Wilds event at Sinnemahoning State Park is a ladies-only weekend of outdoor recreation and environmental education. The 2018 Winter WITW event offers women the opportunity to participate in activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, fly tying, nature painting, essential oils, animal tracking, open hearth cooking, winter bird walk and indoor yoga.

 

Program fee is $70 per person. Fee includes choice of seven outdoor recreation and interpretive classes, Friday evening snacks, lunch and dinner on Saturday, lunch on Sunday, plus all program materials and supplies. Equipment for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating will be provided. Sizes are limited. Program fee does not include overnight accommodations or breakfast either day.  A list of local cabins, B&Bs, and motels will be provided upon request.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required by Saturday, February 3rd. Limit 30 people.

For more information about Women in the Wilds or other programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, please call the park office at 814-647-8401.  Additional details can be found on the DCNR Calendar of Events at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov

 

Winter Women in the Wilds event offers ladies an opportunity to learn winter outdoor skills. Photo 1: Park Manager, Lisa Bainey, on left, teaches an introductory cross country class.  Photo 2: Program participant, Lin Kline, learns to cross country ski at the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park.

 

Ridgway based state police have arrested Matthew Cunningham of St.Marys for theft of leased property. Authorities claim Cunningham was found to have re3nted equipment from Burkes Home Center in Fox Township and has not paid for it.

 

Two area men have been charged with possession drug paraphernalia. According to troopers at the Kane barracks both David Wolfe (23) and Mark Chittester (24) no addresses provided  were found in possession of glass pipes used for smoking pot and when their vehicle was pulled over on Clay Street in Kane last Friday night for a turn signal violation.

 

Obituaries

 Doyle L. Cleveland, 60, of Roulette, formerly of Olean, N.Y., passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a prolonged illness.

Born on October 9, 1957 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Edward and Ruth Cole Cleveland.  On April 20, 2003 in Roulette, he married Denice M. Moore, who survives.

Doyle attended Olean High School.  He was employed by Cattaraugus County Meals on Wheels and later worked for Morgan A M & T in Coudersport, retiring due to ill health.

Doyle enjoyed technology and loved raising big dogs.

Surviving besides his wife are six children, Jason Nobles, Kyle Cleveland, Brandon Cleveland, Renae Rich, Brandon Rich, and Roy Rich; fourteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four siblings, Marion Black, Edward Cleveland, George Cleveland, and Sharon Hanigan; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Doyle was predeceased by six brothers and sisters.

A celebration of Doyle’s life will be held at 1pm on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Calvary Baptist Church, Coudersport, with Pastor William Moore, Doyle’s father-in-law, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Doyle and his brother, Clifford.

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

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Doyle, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

David E. “Dave” Cutler, 64, of Bolivar, N.Y., formerly of Smethport, Pa., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 12, 2018, in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.

Born on January 20, 1953 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of Ed W. and Rocelia Lawton Cutler.

Dave was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.  He was formerly employed by the Smethport Borough Water Treatment Plant.

He was a former member of the Smethport Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, wood carving, metal working—especially making knives, and reading.  His greatest love was his family.

Surviving are two sons, Aaron D. Cutler of Bolivar and Todd W. (Andrea) Cutler of York, Pa.; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Bess Cooper of California and Helen Cutler of Friendship; a brother, Joel Cutler of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

In addition to his parents, Dave was predeceased by three brothers, Ed Cutler, Jr., Donald Cutler, and Newton Cutler; and three sisters, Nancy Cutler, Nellie Stone, and EdraUmbaugh.

In keeping with Dave’s wishes there will be no public visitation.  A celebration of Dave’s life will be held on a date and place to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a local library in Dave’s memory.

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

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Dave, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tioga County Region for the Pennsylvania Lyme Resource Network will present “Under Our Skin,” the untold story of Lyme disease, an exceedingly complex and often misunderstood disease.

 

This documentary film will be shown during the first meeting of the Tioga County Lyme Disease Support Group at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Tokishi Training Center at 124 Nypum Drive in Wellsboro. A question and answer session will follow, led by Linda Wales of Millerton, founder of A Hope for Lyme in Horseheads, New York.

 

Luke Dunham and Thomas Putnam, both from the Wellsboro area, are regional co-leaders with the network and both have been diagnosed with and are being treated for Lyme disease and/or co-infections. They recently formed the Tioga County support group under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Lyme Resource Network, an all-volunteer statewide organization founded in 2012 by individuals with personal experiences with Lyme, Lyme co-infections and other tick-borne diseases, which can be contracted at the same time as Lyme from a tick bite.

 

Lyme disease has been confirmed in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth leads the nation in the number of cases diagnosed annually.

 

A 501c3 nonprofit, the network provides education, patient advocacy, support and resources to help others navigate Lyme and tick-borne illnesses in the Commonwealth and also supports regional and independent Lyme groups across the state that hold local meetings to give support, education, and resources to their local communities.

 

The  Tioga County Lyme Disease Support Group will meet regularly on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. The next meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Tokishi Training Center in Wellsboro.

 

For more information, contact Dunham and Putnam by email at tiogacountylyme@palyme.org or by calling Putnam at 570-439-2000.

 

 

The website Lymediseas.org reports

ew York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week laid out a wide-ranging agenda that included specific provisions related to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

Here’s the text of what he proposed in hisState of the State book:

Proposal: Implement a Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Control Plan

In August 2017, the New York State Department of Health launched a multi-faceted initiative to safeguard New Yorkers from tick-borne diseases with expanded tick surveillance and an aggressive awareness and outreach campaign in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Conservation.

However, in some part of New York State, tick-borne diseases are on the rise, posing a threat to both individual New Yorkers and our regional economies that rely on outdoor recreation. Each year, there are approximately 8,000 cases of Lyme disease, 700 cases of 266 anaplasmosis, 400 cases of babesiosis, 100 cases of ehrlichiosis, and 30 cases of other tick-borne illnesses reported to the Department of Health—with many other cases going unreported. And 2017 also brought deadly cases of the rare tick-borne disease Powassan.

In 2018, Governor Cuomo will launch an aggressive initiative to reduce the incidence of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses in New York State, by controlling tick populations on public lands, advancing research on diagnostics and treatment, and further increasing public awareness.

First, the Governor will direct the Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation, and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to launch a tick reduction strategy targeting priority counties and public lands with the highest risk of tick exposure and Lyme disease. Tick control methods will include strategic application of ecofriendly tick control treatments to high traffic trails and facilities, as well the expanded use of 4-poster tickicide stations to treat deer and traps to treat rodents.

Second, the Governor will direct the Commissioner of Health to establish a new working group on Lyme and other tickborne diseases to review current strategies and improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases in New York State.

The DOH Wadsworth Center will work with private partners to explore ways to improve diagnostic testing and treatment for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, as better solutions are needed to protect New Yorkers. Third, the Department of Health will continue its robust public outreach campaigns and also convene a tick-borne disease summit this spring, bringing together national experts, members of the new working group and local health departments to review New York’s existing initiatives, and to make recommendations for future policy actions.

 

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Registration Now Open for Winter Women in the Wilds

 

Sinnemahoning State Park is now accepting registrations for the 2018 Winter Women in the Wilds event, which will be held at the park during the weekend of February 16-18, 2018.

 

The Women in the Wilds event at Sinnemahoning State Park is a ladies-only weekend of outdoor recreation and environmental education. The 2018 Winter WITW event offers women the opportunity to participate in activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, fly tying, nature painting, essential oils, animal tracking, open hearth cooking, winter bird walk and indoor yoga.

 

Program fee is $70 per person. Fee includes choice of seven outdoor recreation and interpretive classes, Friday evening snacks, lunch and dinner on Saturday, lunch on Sunday, plus all program materials and supplies. Equipment for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating will be provided. Sizes are limited. Program fee does not include overnight accommodations or breakfast either day.  A list of local cabins, B&Bs, and motels will be provided upon request.

 

Pre-registration and pre-payment required by Saturday, February 3rd. Limit 30 people.

 

For more information about Women in the Wilds or other programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, please call the park office at 814-647-8401.  Additional details can be found on the DCNR Calendar of Events at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov

 

 

 

Winter Women in the Wilds event offers ladies an opportunity to learn winter outdoor skills. Photo 1: Park Manager, Lisa Bainey, on left, teaches an introductory cross country class.  Photo 2: Program participant, Lin Kline, learns to cross country ski at the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State