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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





May 21 11:00 am Kaytees

. Feeding for cats: Patti/Randi/Kris Arbogast (Food Chairperson)

  1. Trapping Plans
  2. Low Income Services, Trap/Spay/Neuter/Release: updates Patti/Randi


  1. Social Media Update (Lori) and website update
  2. New Business:
  3. Fundraising

AmazonSmile, Donation button on Facebook page, Raffle, SGC License

  1. Marketing/Promotions – Any ideas?
  2. Feeding of colony cats – ideas to raise funds
  3. Contact from Linda Swift that she misses the public meetings