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Thursday’s high, 70; Overnight low 50; 1” of rain







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Obituary: Joseph “Joe” Formoso, Port Allegany

Gun stolen from McKean County home…….Minor collision involving passenger car and tractor trailer Thursday in Lafayette Township….Five out of six McKean County establishments flag undercover teen customer…..Penn Dot announces traffic deaths have increased…..Full slate of activities through Sunday during the state Laurel Festival in Wellsboro….

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State police at Lewis Run are looking for a gun which was stolen from a Turtlepoint residence last week. A 64 year old man told police the their  replaced the  Mosin-Naganrussian Military Rifle 1891 with silver butt plate and a barrel  engraved “Rem. Arms 1951 was replaced with a different rifle between June 3 and 8. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 368-9230.

Both New York State  drivers escaped injury in a minor collision Thursday afternoon on Route 219 in Lafayette Township, McKean County. Troopers say the fender bender occurred when Daniel Bowman of Rochester  tried to change lanes while headed  north and his Ford Explorer clipped the driver side front tire on a 2017 Navista International ProStar. The tractor trailer operator was identified as Kenneth Lowe of Alden.

The state liquor control board reports an age compliance check conducted Wednesday in McKean County found five out of six establishments refused to sell booze to a minor. Offers supervised an underage buyer who tried to buy alcohol at Bosers Beer,  the Hotel Holley, Bradford City Beers Westline Inn and Table 105. Authorities did not release the name of the alleged violator.


PennDOT has announced that in 2018, statewide traffic deaths increased to 1,190 from the record low of 1,137 in 2017. Last year was the third-lowest number of highway fatalities recorded and overall fatalities continue to trend downward.

While the overall number of highway deaths increased last year, decreases were noted in single vehicle run-off-the-road crashes, crashes involving motorcyclists, and heavy truck crashes. Fatalities in single vehicle run-off-the-road crashes dropped from 506 in 2017 to 478 in 2018. Motorcyclist fatalities also decreased from 185 in 2017 to 164 last year. There were 136 fatalities in 2018 crashes involving heavy trucks compared to 155 in 2017.

In addition to the year-to-year decline, longer-term trends also continue to decrease. For example, compared to 2014, there were five fewer total traffic deaths, 15 fewer deaths in crashes involving impaired drivers, and 56 fewer fatalities in single vehicle run-off-the-road crashes.

The following crash types saw fatality increases in 2018:

Crashes involving drug- or alcohol-impaired drivers – 355 fatalities, up from 335 in 2017;

Crashes involving pedestrians – 201 fatalities, up from 150 in 2017; and

Crashes involving drivers aged 65-74 – 188 fatalities, up from 124 in 2017.

According to national data, over 90 percent of crashes are caused by driver behavior. For this reason, PennDOT focuses on data trends to drive enforcement and education improvements and invests $18 million annually in federal grant funds statewide to support these behavioral safety programs.


In addition to behavioral safety, PennDOT focuses on infrastructure improvements to roadways in an effort to further reduce fatalities and serious injuries. More than $470 million in Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds has been invested on 356 unique safety projects from 2014 to 2018. During that same timeframe, another $50 million of state funds was invested in low-cost safety improvements at approximately 3,000 locations. Examples of low-cost safety countermeasures include centerline and edge-line rumble strips and signing and pavement markings.

For more information on reportable crash data, visit PennDOT’s Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool (PCIT) website, or for additional information on the department’s highway safety initiatives, visit


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Jerry Brown (shown) and Django, his capuchin monkey will be on The Green performing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15. Their show is a recreation of turn-of-the-century theatrical corn. Brown eats fire, does magic tricks, juggles and tells stories with Django, the world’s only psychic monkey.


The 78th Annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival continues through Sunday in Wellsboro. The family-friendly event includes the Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen competition. While in Wellsboro, the 28 queen candidates will enjoy a full weekend of activities. At noon this Friday, June 14, they will gather on the Tioga County Courthouse steps for the official welcome. The candidates will go to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon for a picnic lunch and tour.

Friday at 4:30 p.m. on the Deane Center’s outdoor stage, the band 3D will open the Queen’s Preview. At 5 p.m., 2018 Pennsylvania Laurel Queen Katelyn Loss and the queen candidates will be introduced to the public and 3D will close the event with live The rain location is the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre.

For the annual juried Arts & Crafts Fair more than 97 artisans, 20 of them new, will be on The Green with unique, handcrafted items today  from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The International Street of Foods with 28 vendors on Pearl Street along The Green will offer delectable delights from strawberry shortcake to crepes and Greek gyros those same hours both days.

The Laurel Festival 10K at 9 a.m. and Two-Mile Fun Run at 9:05 a.m. will start Saturday’s events. Both will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street. Packet pick-up and registration for both the 10K and Fun Run will be from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on race day, June 15. The 10K entry fee is $25 and Fun Run, $5.

Featured during the Laurel Parade this Saturday will be top-notch drum and bugle corps, bagpipers, string bands, high school marching bands, vintage cars and more. Riding aboard floats themed “Find Your Adventure” will be the 2018 Laurel Queen and the queen candidates. The parade will leave the Wellsboro Area High School parking lot at 1:45 p.m. and reach Main Street by 2 p.m. The units will perform in front of the judges’ stand near the courthouse and then turn onto King and Walnut streets and disband at Central Avenue.


The coronation of the 2019 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen will be on stage at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre Saturday at 6:30 p.m.,  Tickets are available at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro. Admission is $10 at the door.The festival concludes Sunday morning, June 16 with the 10:30 a.m. Union Church service on The Green.


For more information about Laurel Festival activities, call the chamber at 570-724-1926, email, visit or stop in at 114 Main Street.



Friday, June 14

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Arts & Crafts Fair &

International Street of Foods

The Green


10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jerry Brown & Django (capuchin monkey)

The Green


12 p.m.

Queen Candidates Welcome

Tioga County Courthouse Steps


4:30 p.m.

Queen’s Preview & Laurel Concert

with Band 3D

Deane Center Outdoor Stage

Rain location: Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center

$5 Donation Appreciated


7:30 p.m.

Gathering Time Salutes

Peter, Paul & Mary and Crosby, Stills & Nash

Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center

For ticket prices, call 570-724-6220

or visit


Saturday, June 15

9 a.m.

10K Foot Race & 2-Mile Fun Run

Entry fee: 10K $25; Fun Run $5

Packer Park on Queen Street


9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Arts & Crafts Fair &

International Street of Foods

The Green


10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jerry Brown & Django (capuchin monkey)

The Green


12 p.m.

Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps

Chamber Office Lawn


1 p.m.

Mansfield University SaxAlums

The Green


2 p.m.

Laurel Festival Parade

Nichols, Queen, Main, King, Walnut Streets


3 p.m.

Downbeat Percussion

The Green


6:30 p.m.

Coronation of 2019 Laurel Queen

Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center

Admission: $10


Sunday, June 16

10:30 a.m.

Union Church Service

The Green

Rain location: First Baptist Church

Freewill Offering


For more information about these events, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce by stopping in at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro, calling 570-724-1926, emailing or visiting



Joseph M. “Joe” Formoso, 59, of Port Allegany, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, N.Y.Born on Monday, January 25, 1960 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was a son of Anthony John and Ella Mae Henderson Formoso.  On May 19, 2001 in the Veteran’s Hospital Chapel, Cincinnati, Ohio, he married Robin G. Brundage, who survives.Joe attended Mt. Healthy High School in Cincinnati and took several college courses through Cincinnati State.Joseph was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 50th Caliber Gunnery Infantry, honorably serving from 1977 to 1979.He loved his family, his pets, computers, anything with electronics.Left to cherish his memory are his wife; his mother, Ella Mae Formoso of Mesa, Arizona; five sons, Keith Robertson and Josh (Rose) Formoso, both of Tucson, Arizona, Michael Formoso of Cincinnati, Christopher Petteys of Pittsburgh, and Cody Petteys of Eldred; two daughters, Sonja (Fortino) Abeja of Greer, SC and Tasha Formoso of Las Vegas, Nevada; several grandchildren;  two sisters, Tina (Tommy) Stanley of Harrison, Ohio and Cindy (Barry) Ziegler of Mesa, Arizona; a brother, Anthony Formoso of Mesa, Arizona; several nieces and nephews; and his loving companion and support beagle, Molly Mae.A celebration of Joseph’s life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church, 314 Chestnut Street, Port Allegany with the Rev. Douglas Cameron, pastor, officiating. Members of the Veterans Memorial Home Honor Guard, Port Allegany, will accord military honors on Saturday at the church. The Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home proudly flies the American flag in honor of Mr. Formoso’s service from 1977 to 1979.Burial will be in Grimes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Avenue, Bradford, PA 16701.Joseph’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Joseph, please visit