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Thursday’s high, 79; Overnight low, 60; 1.40” of rain







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Obituaries Mary Caldwell Jamestown (Coudersport) and John Owens, Costello

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Elk Expo is this weekend in Benezette, Last night’s thunderstorms caused flooding and other damage…Ridgway man jailed for illegal gun possession….Both drivers escape injury in road rage collision….Hit and run driver sought by state police in Coudersport…..

Just before the popular elk rut gets into full swing, the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau host the largest elk celebration in the northeast during the annual Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo, held on the grounds of the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette every August. The Elk Expo will feature antler scoring experts, a presentation by Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist Jeremy Banfield, calling contests, and more than 100 vendors to help ensure great entertainment, food, souvenirs, and a good time for the whole family. Other featured programing includes the Pennsylvania Game Commission elk tag drawing, Keystone Elk Country Alliance bull tag raffle, live music from Mis’ B Havin, The Wrangler Band, and Nick Forsyth.


The Pennsylvania Game Commission will hold their annual elk tag drawing live at the Elk Expo in the ECCO Building on Saturday, August 17th. To be entered into the 2019 elk license lottery drawing, you must apply through the PA Game Commission website.  pa.wildlifelicense.com

The KECA bull elk tag raffle drawing will be held on Sunday, August 18th. 100% of KECA’s raffle proceeds directly benefit Pennsylvania’s Elk Country.

The Elk Expo is held on the grounds of the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette

GPS address: 950 Winslow Hill Rd, Benezette, PA..

Entrance to the Elk Expo and parking is free, however, there is a $3/car fee  to cover the expense of shuttle service.  See the map below for parking Elk Expo weekend. Last Shuttle to lots is Saturday 7:30 and Sunday 4:00.

Several intense thunderstorms pummeled region Thursday night. The National Weather Service posted severe thunderstorm warnings and extended their expiration time. Also Flash flood warnings were issued for parts of Potter and McKean Counties as meteorologists reported  three inches of rain had fallen within a short amount of time in some locations. Flooding was reported in Port Allegany. The Star hose Company posted an account of their evening on Facebook.

“Last night was a very busy evening for the Star Hose Company, as a severe thunderstorm rolled through Port Allegany. In addition to numerous reports of trees down on roadways, PAFD responded to a partial building collapse, two incidents for trees into a house, a vehicle vs. fallen tree car accident, several outside fires, and two Box Alarm assignments, one of them a working house fire in Liberty Township. PAFD was assisted with the deluge of calls by Roulette Chemical Engine Company No. 1, Port Allegany Borough Police and Street Department, and Allegany and Weston Mills (NY) Water Rescue Team. Just as members were regrouping from the storm, Box 3-7 was dispatched for the house fire. The Squad Company was first arriving and found fire in the crawl space and kitchen of the home. A MAYDAY was declared when a firefighter fell into a pond near the residence and required assistance getting back out. The firefighter was not injured. Units from Port Allegany, Roulette, Coudersport, Austin, and Smethport operated for about an hour before returning to service.” Several residents lost power. An outage began at about 6:00 pm Thursday in Port Allegany during the storm’s peak, and many customers were still in the dark by mid-day Friday.  Fortunately there were no injuries.

A Ridgway man has been jailed in lieu of $25,000 straight bail for illegally possessing a gun. Troopers at the Ridgway barracks were summoned when shots were heard coming from a vehicle near Sandy Beach Recreation Areas just after 8pm Wednesday evening. The driver of a white Cadillac CTS was ordered by three state police officers to stop but he fled the area and a pursuit followed. After allegedly committing several traffic violations Jones stopped his car and took off on foot but was apprehended a short time later. During the investigation, police learned that Jones had thrown a handgun out of the window. Having been  previously convicted of felonies, Adam Jones, 40, is not allowed to be in possession of a firearm. After being arraigned on felony and other charges, Jones was arraigned before a District Judge and was taken to jail.

Neither St. Marys driver was hurt in a road rage collision Wednesday afternoon on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, the collision occurred when a 16 year old male driver passed 22 year old Nathan Damon at a high rate speed as both were headed both towards St.Marys. The teen driver spiked the brakes and Damon could not stop in time and rear-ended the  Ford Escape with his Chevrolet Silverado. Both drivers are being cited for careless driving .

State police at Coudersport are looking for a hit and run vehicle which caused  damage  in the east entrance parking lot at UPMC Dole between 6”50 a, amd 3”00 [, Wednesday. The unknown unit fled the scene in an unknown direction after hitting a  legally parked 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe.


Mary Catherine Caldwell completed her life’s journey on Aug. 5, 2019, with her daughter. Kimberly by her side at UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown, N.Y.She was born Jan, 27,1937, in Charleston, W. Va. Her adopted parents were Burton and Clementine Crowell of Ulysses and Coudersport, Pa.On Oct. 12, 1957, she married James O. Caldwell, who in 2004 preceded her in death. They lived in Coudersport for many years. In 2005, Mary moved to Bemus Point, N.Y., to reside near her daughter and family.Mary and O’dell had one daughter, Kimberly (Bradley) Walters of Bemus Point, N.Y.; three granddaughters: Amy (Andrew) Walters-Flagg of Las Vegas, Emily Walters of Bemus Point and Lindsey Walters of Las Vegas, who loved their YaYa dearly; four brothers: Robert (Mary) Broyles, Frank (Sarah) Broyles, James (Kay) Broyles and Jack Broyles who preceded her in death; three sisters: Elaine Adams, Linda Kukura and Pam (Ken) Darroch; one brother-in- law, Ralph (Margaret) Caldwell; and one aunt, Rachel Broyles. Mary also had many nieces and nephews as well as great- nieces and nephews whom she enjoyed.For many years, Mary served her community of Coudersport, the most noted was becoming the first women Mayor. She also took a vision of restoring the old train depot in Coudersport into a reality to become the current borough offices which she great pride in. Mary was also a member of the Potter County OEDP board, Coudersport Borough Planning Commission and council women. Mary was known for her let’s get it done attitude and unique personality she brought to everything she did. After retiring, she enjoyed traveling, creating quilts and was passionate about her family genealogy. She penned several family (Caldwell, Broyles, Harvey) compiles which have been donated to libraries in the South to be shared with others who had her passion. While in Bemus Point, she enjoyed buzzing around the village on her scooter and riding the Bemus Point-Stow ferry.Mary was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the Confederacy which she was very proud to be a member of each.Mary, something about her was truly unforgettable once you met her. She loved chatting with people, was as they say “quite a character” and a very unique person. Her last written thoughts to be shared were “May God Bless all of my family and also my many friends I bid you all adieu”.A gathering will be held from 1-3pm Saturday August 17 at the Coudersport Arborretum.Any memorials can be given in love to any historical society, library or the Bemus Point -Stow Ferry. Arrangements entrusted to Hubert Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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John R. Owens, 72, of Costello, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 at his residence. John was born on February 27, 1947 in Coudersport, the son of the late Lewis & Erma (Berglund) Owens.   He married the former Denise Butler, who survives, on May 15, 2004, in Costello, and they have celebrated 15 beautiful years of marriage.John retired from Austin High School in 1999 after 30 years of service as a Special Education Teacher.  He was a graduate of Austin High School, Class of 1965 and graduated from Mansfield State College in 1969.  John attended the former Costello United Methodist Church and was a member of E.O. Austin Home Historical Society.  He was also a regular contributor to the A.S.P.C.A.  John was an avid genealogist and enjoyed collecting coins, fly fishing and teaching fly tying.Surviving, in addition to his wife, Denise, are two step-daughters, Jennifer L. Majot of North Tonawanda, NY and Amanda M. and her husband Norm Stuckey of Austin; grandchildren, Syarra E. Vossler and River, Collin and Leila Stuckey, special cousins, Anita Owens of Costello and Maria Svensson of Kinna, Sweden, his two cats, Ellie and Cleo, and many cousins both in the US and Sweden.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Austin United Methodist Church, 26 Turner St., Austin, with Pastor Todd Lamer officiating.  Burial will be private.The family suggest memorial contributions in John’s name be made to the E.O. Austin Home Historical Society, P.O. Box 412, Austin, PA 16720 or the A.S.P.C.A., 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804 or at aspca.org.Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport is in charge of arrangements.