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Monday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 51 no rain

TUE-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, HIGH IN THE LOW 70s

TUE NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOWIN THE LOW 50s

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Tuesday July 5, 2017

Out of the area, somewhat but some local residents may have been affected by this. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has announced that Floyd Benko, age 62, of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty today before United States District Court Judge Yvette Kane to false statement charges in connection with his performance of flawed genetic diagnostic tests for 124 cancer patients.

 According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Benko, a former Research Technologist at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, performed gene mutation tests (known as Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR), KRAS gene mutation (KRAS), and BRAF gene mutation (BRAF) assays) for 124 advanced stage cancer patients at the Hershey Medical Center in 2013 and 2014. These genetic tests help physicians diagnose a patient’s particular type of cancer so specifically tailored treatments can be administered to the patient.

Benko failed to perform the assays in the manner called for by Hershey’s standard operating procedures. Subsequent retesting of the patients revealed that 60 of the 124 patients had results discordant with results obtained by two outside laboratories.

Benko admitted to making a false statement to administrators at the Hershey Medical Center on April 11, 2014, about the manner by which he performed the genetic assays. Benko admitted he lied and concealed the fact that he did not follow standard Hershey operating procedures by failing to use a device known as a NanoDrop 2000 photo spectrometer in performing the assays and by failing to preserve the patients’ leftover tissue and DNA samples.

 The Hershey Medical Center incurred out of pocket expenses totaling $69,906 for outside laboratory re-testing of all of the affected patients. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Benko agreed to make full restitution to the Medical Center in his amount. No date has yet been scheduled for Benko’s sentencing pending preparation of a pre-sentence report.

The maximum penalty for False Statements in Health Care Matters is five years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Injuries were reported for a Mansfield couple involved in a collision last Tuesday night in Rutland Township, Tioga County. Sate police report Travis Scott was going south when his Subaru Forester ran into a farm tractor on Route 549 being driven by a 14 year old boy. Scott was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of serious injuries. His wife, Melanie was treated for minor injuries. The teenage tractor operator was not hurt in the 9:30 pm accident.

 

 

 

 

 

The 9th Annual Endless Mountain Music Festival Charity Golf Tournament will be on Monday, July 31 at the Tyoga Country Club in Delmar Township, near Wellsboro.

Among the golfers in the four-person scramble tournament will be festival musicians who love to play, according to Tom Rudy chairman. The tournament is limited to 120 players. “We are asking golfers to register by Friday, July 28," he said. 

Registration on July 31 is at 10 a.m. There is an optional chipping contest with three mulligans for $10. The shotgun start will be at 11 a.m.  

At 4:30 p.m., there will be a cash bar, entertainment, a picnic dinner and a reception and award presentations with prizes to be given to the top three teams and to individuals for closest to the pin, long drives and putting excellence. Entertainment will be provided by some of the world-renowned musicians who are performing during the July 21-Aug. 5 Endless Mountain Music Festival.

The tournament fee of $100 per golfer includes: a goodies bag, box lunch, on-course beverages, green fee, cart fee, event prizes, reception and awards and musical entertainment. 

Golfers can choose to enter their own foursome or can be placed in a group. Also available are $125 hole sponsorship. 

All proceeds raised through this tournament will benefit Endless Mountain Music Festival student activities. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the festival is a regional event, made possible through the efforts of countless community volunteers, sponsors and festival partners.

Golf tournament checks must be made payable to: Endless Mountain Music Festival. For a registration form or more information, call Tom Rudy at 1-717-364-4748, email 
tom1rud2@icloud.com or visit www.endlessmountain.net.

 

 

The Coudersport Chamber board of directors has cancelled today’s membership meeting. Since there is usually no meeting in August, the next membership meeting will be Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at noon at Kaytee's Family Restaurant, Rt. 6 West in Coudersport.

 

In the meantime, members will be updated through email in the near future according to a spokesperson.

 

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                                                                  Monday July 24, 2017

Sunday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 63; 1.53” rain (3.32” weekend total on Fishing Creek)

Downstate man accused of choking Ulysses resident now faces witness intimidation charges….Troopers arrest Shinglehouse man for threatening another with gun and ball bat…..Port Allegany man accused of leading police on chase….camp burglaries in West Branch Township apparently solved….

 

The state police trooper investigating a strangulation and assault  on Rocky Lane in Ulysses Township earlier this month, has once again refused to name the suspect who is now charged with witness intimidation. Nicholas Sanderson,35, allegedly  failed to leave the property of a 63 year old Ulysses resident when a disagreement escalated on July 2   and is is accused of choking the victim during the physical altercation which ensued. Trooper Brandon Henne now claims Sanderson sent messages to the victim asking him if he would take $1,000 to drop the previous charges of criminal trespass, harassment and strangulation.

 

Coudersport-based state police have arrested 66 year old John Cyran of Shinglehouse on charges of terroristic threats and illegal possession of a firearm. Troopers say they went to a home on Butter Creek Road in Oswayo township on July 4 when 44 year old Josh Howard of Shinglehouse told them Cyran had threatened him three separate times that day and then threatened him with an aluminum baseball bat. Police claim when they arrived, Cyran was not home but they allegedly saw a gun on his property. Upon further investigation, they claim they found as a convicted felon  Cyran is  therefore prohibited from having a gun and they claim they found several other firearms on the property.

 

A Port Allegany man has been arrested in connection to a police chase last Thursday night in Roulette Township in Potter County and Liberty Township, Kane based state police claim 53 year old Patrick Chastain took off when they tried to stop him on Route 6 but his vehicle came to a quick stop. Chastain was released on $5,000 unsecured bail after being arraigned on charges of fleeing or attempting to eluded police, DUI and a host of traffic violations.

 

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision last Friday afternoon in Keating Township, McKean County. According to Kane-based state police Dixie Gay of Port Allegany swerved her Chevrolet Cruze while going east was going east to avoid  a Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Nicole Tanner legally stopped while turning north onto the Pierce Brook Road. Gay’s car went off the road and collided with a guardrail and then hit the Tanner SUV before stopping. Christian Eaton, 13, of Smethport riding in the Tanner vehicle also was not hurt.

 

Injuries were reported for a passenger following a car/deer collision early Saturday morning in Richmond Township. Marcinah Carter of Windsor Mill, MD was unable to avoid hitting the deer on Route 15 while going south. Carter was not hurt but her passenger, Nikea Haynie of Gwynn Oak, MD was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

 

An elderly Canton, PA woman was hurt in a one-vehicle accident last Friday night. Troopers say 72 year old Mary Spencer was going  east on Route 414 when she became distracted and allowed her Cadillac Deville to go off the road, collided with an embankment and roll over onto its roof. Spencer was treated at Troy Community Hospital for unknown injuries.

 

DUI charges have been filed against 36 year old Randy Ciminio of Lanninger Creek  Road, Roulette. State police allege when they pulled Cimino over at the intersection of Kim Hill Road and Route 6 in Roulette Township last Wednesday night, they discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia in  his vehicle. They also claim they determined Cimino was driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

 

Nevan Reed, 31, of Shinglehouse has also been charged with DUI. The arrest came after patrol officers stopped in on the Horse Run Road in Sharon Township during the early morning on July 9. Police claim he was under the influence of alcohol

 

A 17 year old .Potter County teen has been arrested for  DUI. Troopers say the youth was driving under the influence of a controlled substance when they stopped in during the early morning, July 4 at the intersection of W. Main Street and Route 6 in Pike township.

 

Burglary charges have been filed against 57 year old Ray Shreiner of Leola, PA Troopers at Coudersport assert Shreiner burglarized eight sheds at camps on the W. Branch road and Sugar Bush Lane in West Branch Township between March 5 and 2 of this year.

 

A theft on Putnam Township, Tioga County is being probed by state police at Mansfield. Four batteries were taken from a fenced in parking lot on the North Williamson Road owned by John Pino III of Covington. The crime occurred between July 6 and 10.

 

Unknown vandals moved two road signs from the Bark Shanty Road between 6:00 pm last Wednesday and &;00 am Thursday.

 

Police are seeking a trespasser who was on land owned by Bradley Prentice along Main Street in Genesee last Tuesday.

 

The Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous will be held this weekend at Denton Hill Sate Park and Sinnemahoning State park is inviting those who “get the bug” to attend an introductory archery program on Sunday, July 30, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, at Sinnemahoning State Park. The introductory course, led by a certified USA Archery Level 1 instructor, will cover the basics of archery including safety and use of Genesis compound bows.For adults and teens, ages 13 and up.  Program is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please visit the online DCNR Calendar of Events at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/ or call Sinnemahoning State Park at 814-647-8401.

 Carol A. HURLER, 75, formerly of Westfield, PA, died Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born October 1, 1941, in North Fork, PA, she was the daughter of Fred and Hava Saxton Hart. A graduate of Harrison Valley High School, Carol was a homemaker and a lifelong area resident.  She was a member of the Red Hat Society. Surviving are:  three children, Diane Hurler of Westfield, Russell (Laura) Hurler of Chicopee, MA, and Heather (Keith) Chase of Ulysses, PA;  eight grandchildren;  and four great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Hurler, Jr. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in the Hallsport Christian Church, Hallsport, NY. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service,Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.                                                      

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                                                                                           Friday July 21, 2017

                                                                              THURSDAY’S high, 83; Overnight low, 63; .06” rain

              

 Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover & Human Services Executive Director Jim Kockler @ 2009 news conference about government regulations

 

Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover carried her message of obsessive government regulations to the White House last week. Kefover was among a group of County Commissioners from all over Pennsylvania attending the Keystone County Commissioner Convention in Washington, DC. Kefover said the conference was very effective and bi-partisan. She said fellow commissioners did not stick to the agenda provided by the national organization, but rather brought up issues they are facing back home. Kefover  said she tried several times to address the speakers but was largely ignored until Kelly Ann Conway, Counselor to the President,  asked her for her comments. Kefover presented Conway with a large print of a picture taken of her and Potter County Human Services Executive Director in 2009 with copies of the state and federal regulations for the department. Kefover told Conway, “these are just for the human services department alone, no others.” She was enthusiastically applauded by those attending and added it was the only presentation to be applauded. Conway said “this is what we want. It fits the president’s chart of how long it takes to get something through the government.

 

Coudersport borough council tabled action on the  arboretum question at Wednesday’s meeting. Solicitor Dan Glassmire reported he had received information about a lawsuit and needed to review it before making a recommendation to members.

 

The Upper Tioga River Regional Authority was awarded a grant/loan combination for the construction of a new regional community water system in Convington, Putman and Richmond townships.  The new system will include 56,000 feet of water main and a 400,000-gallon concrete finish water storage tank.

 

“Funding will help ensure residents and businesses have access to clean water,” said Baker. “Currently, a significant number of private wells in the vicinity of the Business Route 15 corridor have tested positive for contaminants. The new regional water system will purchase bulk water from Blossburg Municipal Authority.”

 

The grant portion of the award is $2,455,336.  The loan portion is in the amount of $6,463,664 with a term of 360 months and an interest rate of 1 percent. 

A guide rail project on multiple routes in Tioga County is set to begin Monday, July 24.

 

This project includes guide rail upgrades on Route 4035 (Catlin Hollow Road) in Middlebury Township and Route 4017 (Holden Road) in Osceola Township. 

 

There will be single lane closures under daylight flagging. Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zones.

 

Penn Line Services, Inc. is the prime contractor on this $360,000 project.

 

Two Buffalo area men escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning in Summit Township, Potter County. State police report Dengxin Ji  of Buffalo was going north on the Cherry Springs Road when he over compensated while going downhill on a right hand curve. theCar skidded of the road and collided with a tree. He and his passenger, Qincgchuan Lai of Williamasville were using seatbelts.

DUI charges are pending against a teen driver from Ulysses in connection to a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Harrison Township. Troopers claim the 17 year old boy was driving an RZRS 800 in the middle of the Harrison Fox Hill Road when it spun off the road and struck a ditch and mailbox with the rear passenger side tire while continuing westbound. The ATV rolled over onto the passenger side. Neither the operator nor his 14 year old female passenger from Wellsville were using seatbelts or helmet. The girl was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital by a friend for treatment of an arm injury. Police claim the teenager was operating the machine while impaired due to a controlled substance.  

 

Troopers at Coudersport are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged property on Route 6 in Eulalia Township Monday morning. The unknown unit went off the pavement and collided  with a pole holding three mailboxes and continued on the berm for about 20 feet before hitting a white reflective pole. The vehicle continue for another 40 feet before re-entering the  highway and continuing west. The driver failed to stop and notify the property owner of the collision which happened at about 7:45 am. The pole and three mail boxes will have to be replaced. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at 814.274.8690.

A Smethport man was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail following arraignment on drug charges. Kane Based state police allege 27year old Robert Pearsall was found in possession of a controlled substance while being under the influence of the drug on Skunk Lane in Keating Township Wednesday afternoon.

Coudersport -based state police have arrested 28 year old Cody Kibbe of Mansfield  for harassment in connection to a domestic violence incident last Friday afternoon. A 28year old Wellsville woman told troopers Kibbe touched her nose with his nose during a heated argument at a home on River Road  somewhere in Potter County although the name of the community was not released by the investigating officer.

Troopers at Mansfield are investigating a criminal mischief taking place recently in Clymer Township, Tioga County. Vandals damaged a window, satellite dish and post on the porch of a camp on Stiles Road. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570.662.2151.

                                                              

Thirteen children participated in the Rock Painting Party at the Roulette Library July 18. The library will have a rock painting table at Family Fun Day at the Roulette park on August 19.

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                                               Thursday July 20, 2017

          Wednesday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 59

Elderly Brookville driver hurt while avoiding bear on highway…..Elkland woman nabbed for shoplifting…..Theft of $5500 worth of equipment and rifle investigated by trooper in Kane…Trespassers damage land in Cameron County….Endless Mountain Music Festival begins this weekend as music interns attend two week academy……

An elderly Brookville driver suffered a minor injury Tuesday afternoon when he swerved to avoid a black bear on Route 66 in Highland Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police report 68 year old Robert Allegeier was going north when the bruin crossed the road near the Route 948 intersection. Police said Allgeier slowed down to avoid contact and then tried to accelerate but his  Mercury Cyclone went out of control because of a flat rear tire. The car went off the road and overturned before stopping. The driver did not require treatment at a medical facility for his slight injury.

An Elkland woman was nabbed by Walmart security personnel Tueday afternoon when she allegedly tried to steal $123 worth of merchandise. Brittany Boles, 21 will now answer retrial theft charges in district court.

Kane based state police are continuing their investigation into a couple of recent burglaries. An unknown thief was observed stealing about $5500 worth of equipment from a location at 242 Pithole Road in Cyclone Sunday morning at around 10:30 am. The suspect was seen leaving the area in a colg Buick Century with PA Registration KCH3454.  A Marlin .22  cal. lever action rifle was stolen from the home of 79 year old Martin Howard on Route 46 n Keating Township between July 3 and this past Tuesday. The gun has a gold trigger, gray barrel wood stock and a broken butt plate. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call troopers at 814.778.5555.

Thieves helped themselves to three landscape lights on Meadow Road in Emporium between 9:30 Tuesday night and 7:30 Wednesday morning. The lights are owned by Cheryl Ann Malize and anyone with information that theft is asked to call troopers at the Emporium barracks. 814.486.3321

State police at Emporium are also looking for trespassers who damaged property on the Sizer Run Road in Shippen Township sometime since the first of this month. Vandals drove an ATV onto land owned by James Alderson III of Cannonsburg, PA and had a campfire on the property.

The Endless Mountain Music Festival opens this Friday and Saturday with performances by the 62-member Festival Symphony Orchestra and on Sunday, the first chamber concert.

 

The first orchestra concert will be Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Steadman Theater at Mansfield University with the MU Concert Choir, Festival Chorus and Choral Academy students and violin soloist Diana Seitz. Peggy Dettwiler, MU director of Choral Activities, and Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser will each conduct the orchestra.

 

The second will be Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium in Corning, New York with the maestro conducting the orchestra and Israeli pianist Yevgeny Yontov as the featured soloist.

 

This Sunday at 7:30 p.m., the four members of the Endless Mountain Music Festival Percussion Ensemble will perform a musical concert in Steadman Theater on the Mansfield University campus.

 

Xueqing Wu, principal percussionist with the Festival Symphony Orchestra will open with a snare drum solo titled “The Whimsical Nature of Small Particle Physics” by Ben Wahlund. Musically, this 2006 composition was inspired by the contributions of Askell Masson and Jacques Delécluse while respecting John S. Pratt and Charles Wilcoxon,” Wu said. “All four are great percussionists and snare drum composers. The piece incorporates classical music snare drumming to marching band drumming,” she added.

 

“Stop Speaking” by Andy Akihol, commissioned in 2011 for the Modern Snare Drum Competition, will feature Brian Smith as snare drum soloist.

 

Wu and Smith will then perform “2300 Degrees” by Ivan Trevino on marimbas and small tuned cymbals called crotales. “In the glassblowing art world, 2300 degrees is the temperature at which glass gets interesting,” Wu said. “The composer learned this at the Corning Museum of Glass where he participated in a music and glass event.” The museum is one of the two places where the Festival Symphony Orchestra is performing this summer and also where the composer was inspired to write “2300 Degrees.” “Quite a coincidence,” Wu said.

 

Two ragtime pieces, “Rainbow Ripples” and “Triplets,” both written by George Hamilton Green and arranged by Bob Becker, will follow. For “Rainbow Ripples,” Wu will solo on the xylophone with Smith, Joe Turner and Simon Bjarning on marimbas. For “Triplets,” Smith will be the xylophone soloist with Wu, Turner and Bjarning on marimbas. “Ragtimes are fun music that make everyone want to dance,” Wu said.

 

Marimba soloist Nancy Zeltsman arranged “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber into a marimba duo, which Smith and Wu will perform.

 

The exciting “Dance of the Drums” by Gene Koshinski has rhythms and grooves and loud primal drumming. Two percussionists will play a bass drum, five tom-toms, two China cymbals, a pair of bongos, a pair of congas, a conch shell (used as a single-pitch melodic instrument), a gong and two pairs of claves (hardwood sticks).

 

Available is a $150 flex pass to attend any six of the Endless Mountain Music Festival concerts, including the six symphony orchestra concerts on Fridays and Saturdays, the chamber concerts Sundays through Thursdays or a mix of both for a $30 to $84 savings.  

 

Also available is a $225 season pass to see 14 concerts for a $249 savings. 

 

Youth 20 and under are admitted free to all concerts. 

 

For a flex or season pass or $39 symphony orchestra tickets or $30 chamber concert tickets, call the box office at 570-787-7800 or visit www.endlessmountain.net.

 

 

In a related note,the Endless Mountain Music Festival’s two-week Internship Program began Monday, July 17 and will end on Sunday, Aug. 6.

 

This year, 15 music performance students who are in college or in a master's degree program, are festival interns. An intern is accepted into this program based on his or her teacher’s recommendation and submission of an audition video. 

 

The Endless Mountain Music Chamber Academy offers the opportunity for interns to perform and study with world-renowned musicians in violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, horn, trumpet, percussion, and piano.

 

Students take two private lessons per week for two weeks with principal players from the Festival Orchestra, participate in coached chamber music ensembles for strings, woodwinds or brass and perform with professional musicians as members of the Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser.

 

As part of their internship, the students collaborate on producing and performing five free Inspiration Concerts for children and senior citizens.

 

The Free Inspiration Concerts will be presented as follows:

  1. Monday, July 24, at 10 a.m. at Memorial Library, 307 Main Street in Blossburg
  2. Monday, July 24, at 1 p.m. at the Tioga County Branch of the YMCA at 40-42 Besanceney Drive in Mansfield
  3.  Sunday, July 30, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. during brunch at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street in Wellsboro. For brunch reservations call the hotel at 570-724-2111. 
  4. Monday, July 31, 11 a.m. at the Knoxville Public Library at 112 East Main Street in Knoxville
  5. Monday, July 31 at 2 p.m. in the Southeast Steuben County Library at 300 Center Way #101 in Corning, New York. 

 For more information about the July 21-Aug. 5 Endless Mountain Music Festival, flex and season passes and tickets, call 1-570-787-7800 or visit www.endlessmountain.net.

 

Lindsay Michael LOWE, 25, of Ulysses, PA, died Monday, July 17, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born March 25, 1992, in Coudersport, he was the son of Michael Lowe and Gwen D. Schmidt. A graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, he was employed by Forest View Evergreen Tree Farm in Germania. Surviving are:  a son, Zavier Lowe;  his father, Michael Lowe of Ulysses;  his mother, Gwen Schmidt of Rochester, NY;  paternal grandparents, Charlene (Gordon) Surdam of Ulysses and James (Kathy) Lowe of Sabinsville;  maternal grandmother, Marian Connolly of Wyoming;  six siblings, Ryan Guthrie, Marcia Grapevine, Brandi Hildebrandt, Trisha Lowe, Desirae Lowe, and Cheyanne Lowe;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  The Rev. David Brelo will officiate.  Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com. 

G. Roy ACKLEY, 87, of Westfield, PA, died Monday, July 17, 2017. Born March 6, 1930, in Westfield, he was the son of Wallace M. and Nellie King Ackley. On June 7, 1952, in Wellsboro, PA, he married the former June Roby, who survives. A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Air Force from 1950 -- 1953. He and his wife owned and operated Beech Lake Farm for 45 years. Surviving besides his wife, June, of 65 years, are:  three sons, Michael Ackley of Westfield, Phillip (Melanie) Ackley of Sabinsville, and Steven (Marie) Ackley of Wellsville, NY;  seven grandchildren;  and nine great-grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Wallace Ackley, Jr.;  and a sister, Elizabeth Hollenbaugh. Friends may call Friday, July 21, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  A graveside service will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday in Ackley Cemetery.  The Rev. Kyle Horton will officiate.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Tioga County Honor Guard. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 82; Overnight low, 54; no rain

Two Potter County communities were spruced up this summer by young adults serving with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). Eight NCCC members and a team leader were in the area June 10- 24.

In Ulysses, working under the supervision of a committee headed by Pastor Marty Zdrojewski, corps members worked at the former fire hall, cleaned cemetery monuments, painted welcome signs, stained benches, and worked on landscaping at Northern Potter schools. 

In Austin, the team painted the gazebo on the town square and helped borough employees with several small projects. They worked at the Austin Dam Memorial Park, inventorying and restoring more than 20 campsites, preparing the Welcome Center/Gift Shop for the summer season, sprucing up the pavilion and grounds, and planting landscaping. Crew members also traveled to the Odin Cemetery to clean grave markers.

Businesses, community organizations, churches and individuals supported the NCCC team through financial donations and other contributions. Obtaining the AmeriCorps NCCC services was a project of downtown revitalization consultant John Bry, who was retained by the Potter County Board of Commissioners  and worked with local governments and community leaders.

NCCC is a community service program for 18- to 24-year-olds. College students and other volunteers receive modest compensation as well as help with college expenses and/or student loan relief. Drawn from the models of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the U.S. military, NCCC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens.

The 18.9 mile trail connecting St Marys and Emporium will be officially opened by the West Creek Recreational Trail Association on Monday August 7 at 11am.  The 13 year project provides four seasons of recreational opportunities.  Walking, cycling, cross country skiing and snowmobiling permitted on the trail which was funded by public and private funds. 

Users obtain a glimpse of the PA Wilds through animals and plants found along the span.  Recently an electronic counter installed measuring the usage.  Since June 17 a daily average of 130 people has enjoyed the flat level surface.  Bird houses serve as mileage posts, signs designate amenities like restaurants and shopping areas, while benches provide a respite for users.

 The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting which will take place near the Cameron/Elk County line at the Rathburn Trailhead.

 Free clinical breast exams, mammograms and follow-up exams for qualifying women are available through the state’s HealthyWoman Program, according to  Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter).

 The HealthyWoman Program provides services to women between the ages of 40 and 64 who do not have health insurance, have limited health insurance or have a gross family household income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level. 

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.

 “When breast cancer is found at its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is reported to be more than 98 percent,” said Baker. “Simply put, early detection saves lives, so don’t wait to get your exam.”

 To learn more about the HealthyWoman Program, visit Baker’s website at www.RepBaker.com or call 1-800-215-7494. 

A St. Marys couple have been arrested for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart o the night of June 29.Ridgway based state police alle 29 year old Craig Holterback and 26 year old Lyn Holterback stole multiple pieces of baby clothing and hid them in a baby car seat while Craig Holterback fled the store and his wife went through the checkout line with other items.

A New York State driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on the Four Mile Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County. Troopers at Emporium report Bryan Smith of East Auroa was going east when he went into shock after being stung by a bee. His Ford F-150XLT went off the road and crashed into a nearby pole.  He was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment related to the bee sting.

State police at the Mansfield barracks cited two out of the area drivers with DUI this past spring. Jessica Plankenhorn was arrested on the night of April 15 while driving on R287 in Middlebury Center. Zachary Dennis of Avoca, NY was arrested on the night of May 26 along Route 249 inI Knoxville. Both arrests were made following traffic stops.

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Tuesday July 18, 2017

  Monday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 55; no rain

CWD  found in wild deer in nearby Clearfield County…..One bridge on Route 155 in McKean County re-opens and another closes…..Wellsboro man jailed for harassment….State police arrest Austin resident for following another while arguing….Two Johnstown woman suspected of ID theft in Tioga County….Bradford bar fined for not cleaning draft system…..Elderly Galeton woman hurt in antique car accident……

Hunting licenses are now on sale….and it’s getting closer. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has announced a free-ranging whitetail buck in Bell Township, Clearfield County, has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).Previously, the disease had been detected only in captive deer in that area. The CWD-positive buck was shot by a wildlife conservation officer June 7 on State Game Lands 87 because it showed signs of being diseased. Preliminary tests indicated the buck was CWD-positive, and the final results confirm the buck was infected with CWD, which always is fatal to deer and elk.

The buck was within Disease Management Area 3 (DMA 3), which was established in 2014 after surveillance by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture detected CWD at two captive deer facilities in Jefferson County.

Because this buck was located near the center of the 350-square-mile DMA 3, the DMA will not need to expand.

However, the Game Commission says it is  immediately taking steps to increase CWD surveillance within DMA 3.

The Game Commission will be allocating Deer Management Assistance Program permits within DMA 3. Each hunter can purchase up to two of the 2,800 DMAP permits anywhere hunting licenses are sold by requesting permits for Unit 3045.

The permits will become available very soon, likely by July 13.

These DMAP permits can be used to take antlerless deer on public and private lands within DMA 3 during any established deer season. Hunters must acquire permission from private landowners prior to hunting.

Harvest data from DMAP permits will augment CWD surveillance.

All known road-killed deer within DMA 3, and a portion of the deer harvested by hunters, already are tested each year for the disease. The Game Commission is looking to increase this sampling effort and obtain more-precise harvest-location information. Cooperation from hunters will be an important first step to make this happen.

The Game Commission also plans to use sharpshooters in DMA 3, in a small, focal area where the CWD-positive deer was found, in hopes of stopping the disease before it has a chance to grow and spread.

In Pennsylvania, CWD has been an increasing threat. The disease also exists among wild deer in the area of southcentral Pennsylvania defined as Disease Management Area 2. Twenty-five free-ranging deer tested positive for CWD during 2016. And an additional four CWD-positive deer have been detected since, raising to 51 the total of CWD-positives detected within the DMA 2 since 2012.

While the spread of CWD within Pennsylvania is a concern statewide and a threat to the state’s deer and its deer-hunting tradition, this latest CWD-positive within DMA 3 is a concern also because of its proximity to Pennsylvania’s elk range, which abuts DMA 3. More than 100 elk are tested for CWD each year and, thus far, the disease has not been detected among the state’s elk.

There is no vaccine to prevent deer or elk from contracting CWD, and there’s no treatment to cure infected animals according to biologists. However, if  infected animals can be removed from the  area so they are no longer coming in contact with healthy deer or shedding the prion that causes the disease, it may be possible to slow its spread and minimize its effects on deer and elk, and the people who enjoy them.

While CWD poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s deer and elk, there is no strong evidence it can be transmitted to humans. As a precaution, however, hunters are advised not to eat the meat from animals known to be infected with CWD, or believed to be diseased.

There already is a prohibition on removing the high-risk parts of harvested deer from any DMA. Hunters who harvest deer and take it to a meat processor or taxidermist within a DMA are making certain that deer are available to the Game Commission for CWD surveillance.

Officials say cooperating deer hunters within DMA 3 will play a key role in the CWD surveillance to take place there. If the harvest locations of sampled deer are known, it will be possible to more precisely target management actions.It doesn’t cost anything to drop deer heads off for sampling, and if a sample tests positive, the hunter will be notified.

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting News the discovery is particularly worrisome due to the proximity of the state’s elk herd.

 The first of two bridges being replaced on Route 155 (Turtle Point-Larabee Road) bridge in Eldred Township, McKean County, has  reopened to traffic The bridge spans Newell Creek, about two miles southeast of the Village of Larabee, and was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Project.

 The second bridge on Route 155 (Turtle Point-Larabee Road) in Annin Township (JV-63) is now closed to traffic after the opening of the first one. Motorist will utilize the same detour of Route 6, Route 46 and Route 446 until construction is complete in August.

 With the bridge reopened, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.

 The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. An alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by flaggers when the PPC overlay is applied in August 2017. 

 To find out when the overlay will be applied to this structure, visitwww.parapidbridges.com/polyesterpolymerconcreteoverlay.html. In the event of unfavorable weather, this schedule may change. Any such changes will be posted on the website.   

 his bridge is referred to as JV-64 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project. Replacement work for this bridge was performed by Walsh Construction II.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP finances, designs, replaces, and maintains the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists. To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or emailinfo@parapidbridges.com

 Mansfield based state police have arrested 28 year old Sean Parker of Wellsboro for assault and reckless endangerment for an incident allegedly taking place last Saturday afternoon on the New Road in Charleston Township. Troopers claim park intentionally rammed, multiple times  a van owned by Rachel Preble also of Wellsboro while a 26 year old woman was seated inside. She was not hurt but damage to the van is reported to be extensive. Preble was committed to the Tioga County prison after arraignment in lieu of $7500 bail….

An Austin man has been arrested for harassment after allegedly “stalking” another Austin resident last Friday afternoon. Coudersport based state police assert 44 year old Herbert Watson III followed 55 year old David Allman into a public place while engaged in an argument.

Troopers at Mansfield have two suspects in an ID theft. Two Johnstown women, ages 23 and 27 are suspected of using an account belonging to Amy and David Cooper of Wellsboro between July 4 and 7 to make several on-line purchases.

DUI charges have been filed against a Coudersport woman. State police allege 37 year old Crystal Taylor of 213 W. Chestnut Street was found to be in possession and  a suspected controlled substance after being encountered at the Laurelwood Inn during the afternoon of March 4.

The state liquor control board has fined Kabob’s at the Option House on Main Street in Bradford $200. Authorities report the bar failed bo clean its malt or brewed dispensing system at least once a week between September 9, 2016 and April 27, 2017.

An elderly Galeton woman was hurt in a mechanical related accident last Saturday afternoon on Route 6 in Pike Township. State police say 70 year old Michael Callahan was going east when the left rear wheel on his 1954 MG TF came off and cause the car to become uncontrollable. The antique auto crossed the road, and came to rest in a ditch after rolling onto the passenger side. Callahan was not hurt but his wife, Karen, 69 was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of a  hand injury and head lacerations. 

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                                             Monday July 17,  2017

Sunday’s high, 77; Overnight low, 57; No rain

 

Accidental fire causes $50,000 in damage to St. Marys plant…..Kersey man cited for dangerous burning…. ….19 year old Clearfield resident accused of harassment …Tioga PA man charged with harassment and public drunkenness…. NY state driver killed in Tioga County collision early today….Troopers at Ridgway investigate two check thefts……..Legislation to increase penalties for child endangerment signed by governor….

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The local band, RSVP provided music at the Arboretum Rally Sunday in Coudersport. Those attending also enjoyed free hot dogs, lemonade and a warm sunny afternoon.

The state police fire marshal has determined  that a fire which caused $50,000 in damage at the St. Marys Carbon Company  on Eberly St. Sunday morning was caused by a furnace stack malfunction. Flames were discovered just after 10:00 am by a passing motorist who called 911. Arriving firefighters discovered flames were burring across the roof but were able to keep the fire contained to the roof. However, the interior of the building sustained some water damage. There were no injuries.

A Kekrsey man has been cited for dangerous burning. The state police fire marshal claims when he responded to a complaint on the Badeau Road in Fox township Sunday afternoon, he found a smolder but contained fire on the property of Robert Harvey Sr. His neighbors, Anujuit Siong and Jaspreet Singh told authorities the smoke has been an on-going problem and has caused medical issues for them.

Troopers at Ridgway have charged 19 year old Reilly Brown of Houtzdale, PA with harassment for an alleged assault on the afternoon of July 7 on Mefferets Run Road in  Johnsonburg. Officers claim Brown bit 21 year old Thomas Roberts, scratched his arm, destroyed some of the victim’s property and admitted to underage drinking.

Mansfield-based state police have arrested 35 year old Michael Cragg Jr. of Tioga for harassment and public drunkenness. Authorities assert Cragg assaulted a  37 year old female companion on Church Street in that town last Thursday evening and ran around the area, screaming and knocking on doors while under the influence of a controlled substance.

A New York State man died in collision early today in Tioga County. According to Mansfield-based state police, 65 year old James Vitale drove  his Chevrolet Aveo off the road and onto the right shoulder of Route 15 N near the Welcome Center in Tioga Township and collided with a flatbed trailer attached to a Peterbilt tractor which was parked on the shoulder. Vitale was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, Norbert Rodriguez, Jr. of Vienna, VA was not hurt.

Injuries were reported for one driver after a collision last Friday afternoon. Troopers in Mansfield say Beverly Stocum of Mansfield, while going north on S. Schodac Road tried to cross Route 6 in front of a Lincoln Town Car driven by Alan Stefani of Kane. Stefani was taken to Soldiers and Sailors hospital while his wife, Dawn, and Stocum were not hurt.

DUI charges are pending against a Smethport man involved in a collision last Wednesday night on East Main Street in Mt. Jewett. Kane-based state police claim 32 year old Joseph Irons was driving his Chevrolet Blazer under the influence of a controlled substance when the SUV left the road and collided with a  legally parked Dodge Stratus driven by Samantha Allegretto of Kane. After impact, the Irons unit continued on for about a half mile before stopping tin the Shur Save parking lot. Both drivers escaped injury as did two children, a 6 year old Mt. Jewett girl and a 7 year old Smethport girl riding in the backseat of the Irons vehicle.

A Reynoldsville motorist escaped injury last Thursday morning when his GMC Sierra burst into flames after hitting a tractor trailer on Main Street in Fox Township. Authorities said Bradley Thompson was speeding when is pick up slid through a stop sign on the Irish Town road and hit a  Freightliner on Route 948 operated by Troy Ehrensberger  of St. Mary. The rig operator also was unhurt.

Troopers at Ridgway also report an Arlington, Va driver and his passenger escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on the Ridgway-Johnsonburg Road in Ridgway Township. Venkata Akula was going north when he swerved his Toyota Camry to avoid and unknown animal on the highway. The qr went off the pavement and struck a road sign. He and his passenger, Priyanka Kavali were using seatbelts.

Coudersport-based state police have charged a 15 year old Galeton boy with drug prossession. Cops say they found the youth to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the Nittany Mart on Bridge Street in that  town on the afternoon of July 4th. The defendant is being prosecuted through Juvenile Court.

Elk County authorities are continuing to probe two thefts at the CNB Bank last week involving checks. Police say a known suspect had a friend cash a checklast Monday  from a Kane woman which was not theirs to cash. And, a known suspect reportedly  cashed checks from a cane man and a Ridgway man at the same bank the next day. Troopers did not say if the two crimes are related.

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting News that will place stronger penalties on individuals who endanger children in their care, has been signed into law by the governor. The legislation was drafted following the tragic death of 11-month-old Heath Ryder in Franklin County. Heath was killed by a 9-year-old girl while in the care of an adult caregiver. The girl was left unsupervised with the infant when the incident occurred. Although the girl was charged and went through the juvenile court system, the adult faced lesser charges, due to limitations in the law at that time. Causer says the new law makes the crime a misdemeanor rather than a summary offense.

 

 Obituary

Barry L. WENTZELL, 67, of Mills, PA, formerly of Wind Gap, PA, died Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA after being stricken at home on his tractor. Born September 20, 1949, in Wind Gap, PA, he was the son of Paul and Emma Irene Schoeneberger Wentzell. On September 21, 1985, in Wind Gap, he married the former Marlana A. Gerhart, who survives. He was employed by PennDOT for 17 years, retiring in 2012.   Barry was a lifelong farmer and resided in Potter County for the last 30 years. Surviving besides his wife, Marlana, are:  three children, Robin Lynn Fagan of Philadelphia, PA, Kathy Ann Wentzell of Bethlehem, PA, and Irene Emma (Mark Strawbridge) Wentzell of Whitehall, PA;  two grandchildren, Rose Catherine Fagan and Jake James Williams;  six siblings, Stanley (Eleanor) Wentzell, Carol (Edward, Sr.) Reid, Sandra (Agidio “Pat”) Poloni, Helen (Ronald) Fox, Linfort (Judi) Wentzell, and Alvin (Barbara) Wentzell; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins;  best friends, Terry and Sue Plumstead;  canine companion, Mitzi.  He was predeceased by his parents;  and a sister, Dorothey Schreck. Friends and family may call Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Dennis Munro will officiate.  Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.    

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Friday, July 14, 2017

 

Thursday’s high , 75; Overnight low, 63; .63” rain (1.32” on Fishing Creek)

 

FRI-SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HUMID, HIGH 77

FRI NIGHT-PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 57

SAT-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, LESS HUMID HIGH 78

SAT NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY LOW IN THE MID 50s

SUN-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN HIGH 80

 

Friday July 14, 2017

Causer says work is progressing on budget without governor’s help…,Local group plans rally for arboretum Sunday…..Detours in placement week for bridge Replacement near Pitt-Bradford…Coudersport man arrested for failing to comply with Megan’s law……Teen driver unhurt in Cameron County crash….details finally  released about motorcycle accident in Potter County….16 year old arrested for shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart.

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting  the $32 billion budget passed by the General Assembly in late June became law earlier this week, again without the signature of Gov. Tom Wolf. This is the third consecutive fiscal year budget to become law without the governor’s signature. 

With the governor largely absent from negotiations, House and Senate Republicans have been working in good faith with his staff to reach an agreement on revenues to support the spending plan. 

Presented with a variety of options, including proposed reforms to our state’s liquor sales system and gaming expansion, the administration has rejected each proposal, instead calling for new and increased taxes on hard-working Pennsylvania families or small employers. 

The Lawmaker says yalks will continue until an agreement is reached. 

 

Local citizens calling themselves “Friends of the Coudersport Arboretum” are rallying the troops in an effort to save the park. They’ll be holding their inaugural event on Sunday, July 16, at 2 pm.

It’s billed as a community get-together titled Gala in the Garden. There will be live music as well as free hot dogs and lemonade.

 

Purpose of the gathering is to galvanize support for the arboretum as Coudersport Borough Council moves forward on a proposal to sell a portion of the park to allow the adjacent Sheetz convenience store to expand.

 

At its May meeting, Borough Council voted not to sell. However, with one member missing and another changing his vote, that action was reversed at Council’s June meeting.

Arboretum supporters are now asking Council members to reconsider when they convene for their next public meeting at6:30 pm Wednesday, July 19, at the borough maintenance building on Damascus Street.

 

They cite petitions circulated last year that garnered hundreds of signatures urging Council to keep the arboretum where it is.

 

Coudersport Area Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Zito Media American Legion Post 192 and Sons of the American Legion, and the Arboretum Committee, as well as many volunteers, have worked together over the years to establish the park as an aesthetically pleasing venue that’s also a heritage area recalling the Coudersport & Port Allegany Railroad.

 

Among the historical elements are the C&PA Railroad Depot, now the Coudersport Borough Office; the restored C&PA caboose; and a Pullman rail car similar to those that carried passengers on the local railway.

 

Replacement work has started on a bridge near the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

 

Starting the week of July 17, Route 4004 (Dorothy Lane) from Route 346 to Campus Drive will be closed, which will limit access to the Pitt Bradford campus During the road closure the Pitt Bradford campus will remain accessible from Campus Drive or Campus Road. This closure will be in effect until August 14.

 

The state-owned bridge spans the west branch of Tunungwant Creek on Dorothy Lane at Pitt Bradford. The existing bridge is weight-limit posted for 27-tons for single vehicle and 32-tons for combination vehicles. It carries an average of almost 1,200 vehicles each day. Replacing the bridge will eliminate the weight posting and allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient list.

 

Overall project work will include replacement of the old bridge, approach paving, guide-rail upgrades, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

 

All work is weather and schedule dependent. The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $3 million project. PennDOT expects the bridge to be complete and open to traffic in early November.

 

A Coudersport man has been arrested for violating Megan’s Law. State police claim 25 year old Duane John Williams of 5 Carpenter Hill Road failed to update vehicle information  and phone number as required of convicted sex offenders.  Authorities say Williams owned a vehicle for nearly seven months and has been using it as his primary vehicle and has a new phone number which has been active for two weeks but failed to report the changes to state police. He is now facing charges in District Court.

 

A Sinnemahoning teenager escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Gibson Township, Cameron County. State police say 18 year old Javen Martin lost control of his Toyota Corolla while making a left curve. The car went off of Route 120, struck a utility pole and slide down an embankment before stopping. Martin was cited for speeding.

 

Coudersport based state police overnight released details about a motorcycle accident taking place in Southern Potter County last month. Louis Laguna of Palmyra, PA lost control of his DRZ400 while  headed north on Pine Hill road  on June 24 after he went onto the gravel berm to avoid an oncoming vehicle. The bike collided with an adjacent embankment before stopping. Laguna was transported from the scene for treatment of an ankle injury.

 

DUI charges are pending against An Emporium man after he was pulled over last Saturday night on the  Sizerville Road in Portage Township. State police said 45 year old Edwin Welch was observed making several traffic violations.

 

Additional charges have been filed against a Genesee driver who was cited for DUI back on June 3 after being stopped early June 3 on Route 49 in Harrison Township.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks have since charged 25 year old Justin Outman with DUI from a controlled substance, DUI from a controlled substance with impaired ability, driving with suspended or revoked license, and various summary offenses.

 

A 16 year old St. Marys boy has been arrested for shoplifting at the Walmart in that town on Thursday afternoon. State police claim the boy tried to remove multiple items from the store without paying for the merchandise.

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                                             Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday’s high, 79; Overnight low, 66; .06” rain

 

 Four people arrested after drug overdose Monday in Coudersport…..Underage drinking party in Ulysses investigated…Two Emporium motorcyclists were  hurt in separate accidents earlier this month…..Criminal mischief at gas company building in Mt. Jewett investigated….opioid epidemic adds to Potter County expenses….Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers announces competitive grant applications….. 

 

Four people have been arrested on drug charges after a raid at a Coudersport area home earlier this week. Coudersport based state police say they were called to 208 S. Main Street in Coudersport Tuesday morning for an unresponsive 25 year old Cyclone man. Narcan was administered and the man was transported for medical treatment. Volunteer emergency services personnel assisted state police. A search warrant was executed and police claim they found drugs and drug paraphernalia at that location. Tyree Littlejohn, 23 of Buffalo, 29 year old Matthew Jordan of Bradford, 25 year old Dominique Waterman of Dutch Hill Road and 25 year old Chase Rice of Cyclone were all taken into custody and are facing charges in district court. Police did not reveal if Rice was the “victim” but he is reported to be 25 years old from Cyclone.

State police say they are also continuing their investigation into an underage drinking party taking place last month in  Ulysses. Troopers responded to a call at 191 Emmel Road just after 10:00 pm June 11.

Troopers at the Emporium barracks are getting caught up on their paperwork, releasing details last night about two motorcycle accidents last week. Gifford Carns of Emporium hit a deer with his Honda CBR on the Rich Valley Road late July 5. Carns lost control of the bike and flipped over the handlebars. He was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment. Nathanial Williams also of Emporium was hurt on the night of July 6 when he tried to do a “Wheelie” on the Rich Valley Road and lost control of his Honda XR 650L.

A criminal mischief occurring on 5th Street in Mt. Jewett between June 30 and this past Tuesday is being investigated by state police at Kane. Vandals spray painted graffiti on the back of a gas regulator building owned by a utility pipeline.

Earlier today, we reported on a drug overdose near Coudersport.  Lest you think the epidemic is not happening here, Potter County Commissioner Chairman Doug Morley explained two “over runs” at last week’s board meeting. Morley said that twice within the previous two weeks, additional expenses were incurred to make sure law enforcement and emergency services personnel  had enough Narcan to counteract overdoses because of the high incidence of “bad” heroine coming from Williamsport. He said 26 overdoses occurred in Lycoming County alone. Meanwhile, the state house has adopted legislation designed to help slow down the epidemic. Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer/Butler), author of the measure explained, “Under current state law, opioids must be prescribed by hand, which lends itself to fraudulent use and theft,” said Nesbit. Opioid abuse crisis led to more than 5,000 deaths in 2016 Nesbit’s House Bill 353 would require opioids to be prescribed electronically, allowing doctors to send their orders directly to the patient’s pharmacy and preventing handwritten prescriptions from being used fraudulently or stolen.

Nesbit emphasized this would not have any adverse impact upon prescriptions for legitimate purposes and may even provide greater convenience for patients, who would not have to pick up a prescription, deliver it to the pharmacy and wait for it to be filled. It can be prescribed and transmitted like all other prescriptions. House Bill 353 would dramatically update a state law from the 1990s that required opioids prescriptions to be written out by hand – then the most secure means. Another benefit of e-prescribing is that the tracking of the prescription can go directly to the prescription drug monitoring database, implemented last year, to ensure that only those who have a legitimate medical need for these prescriptions can access them.The measure now moves to the state Senate for its review.

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, through its Northeastern Potter Economic Development Association (NEPEDA) Fund, seeks proposals from non-profit 501 ( c )3 organizations or charitable programs in the Northeastern region of Potter County. This includes Allegany Township; Bingham Township; Harrison Township; Hector Township; Genesee Township; and Ulysses Borough and Township.Applications will be judged for enhancing the quality of life in Northeast Potter County. The total amount available to grant is $1,200.For more information about NEPEDA, please visit www.NEPEDA.org.

To apply for this competitive grant you can pick up an application from:

            Northern Potter School District Administrative Office

            Genesee Library

            Ulysses Library

            Post Offices in Genesee, Harrison Valley, and Ulysses

            First Citizens Community Bank in Ulysses and Genesee

 

Applications are due Thursday, August 10, 2016. Please email your application to info@twintierscf.org or mail them (postmarked August 10th) to Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, 104 W. Lockhart Street, Sayre, PA 18840.

For more information, contact Suzanne Lee at 570.888.4759.

And, the foundation announces the addition of two new board members to the Board of Directors: Frank Comfort and Tom Shoemaker. The Board provides leadership for carrying out the Foundation’s mission to promote philanthropy across Bradford, Sullivan Potter and Tioga PA counties and Tioga County NY. Benjamin R. Olney will serve as Chairman of the 2018 Board of Directors, Frank Comfort as Vice Chair, Marty Borko as Treasurer and Wanda Shirk as Secretary.

Founded in 2003, the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers serves 5 counties, Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga Counties, PA and Tioga County, New York. The Foundation is committed to building philanthropic resources that will sustain healthy and vital communities now and into the future. The Foundation currently manages over 90 funds valued at over $5 million dollars and has awarded over $850,000 in grants and scholarships since inception, positively impacting hundreds of lives in the region. For more information on its work in the community contact Suzanne Lee at 570.888.4759.

   

Motorists traveling through Genesee Township, Potter County will be reminded to obey the posted speed limit on Route 449 (Main Street). The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently placed a radar-controlled speed display sign along the northbound lane of Route 449 between Ellisburg Road and Cemetery Road. The speed display board is to aid in curbing speeding, a common type of aggressive driving.                           

The sign faces northbound traffic and utilizes radar to determine the speeds of oncoming traffic.  Vehicle speeds are then posted on the lighted section of the sign. The posted speed limit in this area of Route 449 is 35 miles per hour. 

The speed display sign was placed on Friday, July 7 and will remain on location for up to four weeks. The sign was placed in response to a request from Genesee Township Supervisors.Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of crashes and fatalities in Pennsylvania. Other aggressive driving behaviors include running stop signs or red lights, passing illegally and tailgating. Aggressive driving behaviors were listed as a crash cause in 54 percent of Potter County crashes in 2016.

 

Obituaries

  

Beverly J. “Bev” Phillips, 84, of Lockport, formerly of Bolivar, passed away with her loving family by her side on Monday, July 10, 2017, in Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, after a short illness.Born on December 28, 1932 in Little Genesee, she was a daughter of Malon L. and Alta L. Torrey Wilson. Bev was a graduate of Bolivar High School.  She was employed for over 30 years at Harrison Radiator in Lockport,retiring as a floor inspector.She was an avid golfer, a member of the Harrison Chorus group, and loved to play Bingo. She enjoyed her cats.  Bev’s greatest love was her family to whom she devoted her life.Surviving are four children, Brad A. Phillips of Buffalo, Lorrie R. Rigby of Cottage Grove, Oregon, Karen J. (Shannon) Vineyard of Whiteville, NC, and Rodney S. (Karen DiNatale) Phillips of North Tonawanda; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Bev was predeceased by two brothers, Raymond Wilson and Richard L. “Dick” Wilson; and a sister, Marie L. Kellogg.Friends are invited to attend a graveside burial service at 2:30pm on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in the East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse.  The Rev. Thomas E. Brown, pastor of St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.Bev’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Bev, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Donald Richard “Dick” HASKINS, 83, of Cordes Junction, AZ, formerly of Wellsville, NY, died Thursday, June 1, 2017. Born July 14, 1933, in Genesee, PA, he was the son of George A. and H. Ione Easton Haskins. He attended Genesee High School and achieved his G.E.D. in Phoenix, AZ in 1953.  He enlisted in the US Air Force on September 7, 1951 and served honorably at Luke AFB, AZ, Elmendorf AFB, AK, King Salmon AFB, AK, and Charleston AFB, SC. In October of 1952, he married Annie Gertrude Pelham, who predeceased him.  In October of 1990, he married Christina Griffin Rombough, who predeceased him.  In February of 2004, he married Betty Jean Kemp, who predeceased him. Surviving are:  a daughter, Debra Ann Gomez of Cordes Junction, AZ, four grandchildren, Richard Eugene Beeson of Anchorage, AK, Roxanna Leighann Wynn of El Mirage, AZ, April Mills of Springfield, CO, and John Harris of Monroe, MI;  eleven great grandchildren;  a sister Daisy M. Elliott of Genesee, PA;  two brothers, James A. (Pauline) Haskins of Parker FL, William I. (Mary Jane) Haskins of Ulysses, PA;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents and wives, he was predeceased by his stepmother, Rosetta Haskins;  a daughter Bridgett Lynn Harris;  and a brother, George Lee Haskins. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in the church that he attended, Spring Valley Community Church, Spring Valley, AZ. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.      

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Wednesday July 12, 2017

 

 Tuesday’s high, 75; low 67; .35” rain (.15 on Fishing Creek)

 

The Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA) invites all legally constituted snowmobile clubs in Pennsylvania to submit applications for available mini-grants. Applications can be downloaded from PSSA's website (www.pasnow.org) or requested by emailing grants@pasnow.org or by calling 717-236-2050, ext. 127.

 

Applications will be accepted until August 11, 2017

 

Projects are to be used for grooming, trail maintenance and construction, and trailheads, on any trail considered open for public use.  Clubs should apply to DCNR for groomers. Funded projects that meet these eligibility requirementsmust be completed by June 15, 2018.

 

Eligible activities include:

Before making application for a mini-grant, all expenditures and volunteer labor hours from all previous PSSA mini-grant awards (except current mini-grants that have not yet ended) must be documented and final reports must be submitted and approved by PSSA.  If a club needs assistance in the application process, the club's regional director or the PSSA Grants Administrator may be contacted for assistance.   

 

This project was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Snowmobile/ATV Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and through the efforts of the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association.

 

Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover and McKean County Commissioner Carol Duffy are among those attending the County Commissioners’ White House conference in Washington, DC this week. Commissioner Kefover who has long advocated sending  block grants to counties to allow them to decide how to spend  Human Services funds rather than sending with strings attached and into specific programs, said at last week’s meeting, that is one of the issues she will bring up. Kefover, a Democrat, who opposes strangling regulations also said she will bring that subject as well. She said the regulations  “are out of control” and beyond the comprehension of state and federal lawmakers.             

 

 

 Beginning July 17, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be working to replace a bridge in Clara Township, Potter County. The state-owned bridge spans Bradley Run on Clara Road (Township Road 531), about a mile south of the village of Clara. The current 27-foot bridge dates from 1952 and carries an average of 200 vehicles daily. Replacement will allow PennDOT to remove the bridge from Potter County’s structurally deficient list.

 

Replacement work will require closing the bridge, with an official detour in place for the duration of the project, which is expected to last until August 25. Detour signing will direct drivers to use  Township Road 336, Township Road 306, Township Road 343, and Township Road 531. Drivers familiar with the area may choose alternate routes.

 

PennDOT will open the new box culvert and roadway ahead of schedule if work progress allows. Local residents will be able to access their homes during the replacement work.

 

PennDOT Potter County Maintenance will perform all the work, including excavation of the old box culvert, back-filling of the new box culvert, installing the new box, paving of approaches and roadway, and installation of guide rail. All work is weather dependent,

 

DUI charges are pending against a driver following a one-vehicle crash early this morning in Eldred Township, McKean County. State police at Kane say William Heaven, 59, no address provided fled the scene on foot after his vehicle went into a ditch on Route 446 just after 2:30 am. He was apprehended following a foot chase and was taken into custody.

A Maryland driver has been arrested for DUI  in connection to a crash on the afternoon of June 23 in Joes Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police claim 47 year old Gordon Maginnis of Bethesda was DUI when  his vehicle went off of Route 219 south of the Johnsonburg School and collided with a guard rail.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks have charged 25 year old Michael Wheeler of Morris for  criminal mischief. Authorities claim Wheeler deliberately ran his vehicle into units owned by Aliary Blackwell and Paul Karns on the night of June 11 while they were parked on the Bob Road in Morris.

Vandals bent the steel gate hinge on a fence leading to a hunting camp Chatham Township, Tioga County. sometime over the past two months The camp is owned by David Smith of Collingdale, PA.

Unknown  criminals used a pellet gun to cause $2,000 in damage to the .windows and siding on a camp located on Johnson Avenue in Westline McKean County since April 1. That camp is owned by Chad Kilmer of Rockbridge, Ohio.

Obituary

Michael D. “Mike” Gerhart, 64, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, July 3, 2017, at the Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle, Washington, after a long illness.

Born on August 7, 1952 in Sellersville, he was a son of Paul A. and Emma R. Buehrle Gerhart.  On December 15, 1990 in Rew, he married Margaret J. “Peg” Burkhouse, who survives.

Mike was a graduate of Quakertown High School, Class of 1970.  A U.S. Air Force veteran, Mike proudly served during the Vietnam War.

He was employed by the former Pure Carbon Company in Coudersport as a machinist for 27 years prior to retiring due to ill health.

Mike was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church.  He was a member and past master of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M., Shinglehouse, where he was especially involved with the fish fry fundraiser, a member of the Coudersport Consistory, a member of the Potter Commandery #69 in Coudersport, a member of Royal Arch Chapter #227 in Port Allegany, a member of the McKean County Shrine Club in Bradford, a member of the Orak Grotto in Bradford, and a member of the Zem Zem Shrine in Erie.  He was a teacher for the school of instruction for the Masonic work.  He was also a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530 and a member of the Potter County Honor Guard.  He loved woodworking, and along with his father, rebuilt and remodeled his home.  In his younger years, he enjoyed playing softball and hunting.

Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Karolyn (Victor) Lee of Rushville, Missouri and Patricia R. “Patty” Gerhart of Shinglehouse; a son, Michael D. (Sara) Gerhart, Jr. of Gower, Missouri; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; ten siblings, Robert (Peg) Gerhart of Quakertown, Nancy Trumbauer of Ft. Meyers, FL, Albert “Butch” (Cathy Flook) Gerhart of Coudersport, Alice Sames of Birdsboro, Pamela (Ron) Andruss of Wharton, Jeff (Judy) Gerhart of Coopersburg, Melody (Dennis) Moses of Port Allegany, Debra (Kevin) Cline of Coudersport, James (Laura) Gerhart of Coudersport, and Tina (Bob) Rees of Roulette; a former sister-in-law, Ruth Novisher of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mike was predeceased by a son, Jason Gerhart; and two brothers-in-law, Jesse Trumbauer and Michael Sames, Sr.

Friends may call from 4 to 8pm on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 8pm with the Rev. Cecelia Dickerson, of Shinglehouse, officiating. 

Members of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. will conduct a memorial service at 7:45pm on Friday in the funeral home.

Family and friends are invited to attend military graveside honors and burial at 10:30am on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in the Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1645 W 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505.

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

 

 

 

                                          Tuesday July 10, 2017

Monday’s high, 73; Overnight low, 62 .11” rain (.14 on Fishing Creek   

 

Federal  grant awarded to Lewis Run Borough….First of Causer’s Senior Expos will be held next month in Bradford….Minor accidents investigated in Tioga County…..DUI  check points scheduled for August throughout McKean County……Money stolen from Tioga County bar and large amount of fuel oil taken from camp…..

   

 U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson has  announced a $500,000 federal grant for the Lewis Run Main Street project, which will strengthen the existing infrastructure and accommodate additional heavy truck traffic.

 

The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded the grant to the Lewis Run Borough. The application was prepared by North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission and McKean County Economic Development.

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Lewis Run Main Street project will focus on improving the road, installing new sidewalks, rehabilitating the drainage structure and replacing the storm sewer on Main Street in the Lewis Run Borough. The project area covers Main Street from the bridge over the E. Branch of Tuna Creek to Hanley Street as well as the area between Hanley and High streets.

 

The project aims to strengthen existing infrastructure to accommodate additional heavy truck traffic related to the Keystone Powdered Metals plan expansion. The proposed expansion includes the construction of a more than 20,000 square-foot facility on the Keystone Powdered Metals property. Expanding manufacturing will bring increased traffic to Main Street, which is the main thoroughfare in and out of the borough.

 

ABOUT THE ARC

The Appalachian Regional Commission awards grants and contracts from funds appropriated to the Commission annually by Congress. Program grants are awarded to state and local agencies and governmental entities (such as economic development authorities), local governing boards (such as county councils), and nonprofit organizations (such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing). Contracts are awarded for research on topics that directly impact economic development in the Appalachian Region.

 

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) will host the 15th Annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Aug. 4, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sports and Fitness Building gymnasium. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be provided.  

 State, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded. Additional expos are scheduled on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Kane Community Center, and on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Roulette Fire Hall.For more information about the senior expos, contact Causer’s Bradford office at (814) 362-4400. Information is also available at RepCauser.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/RepCauser.

 

Two minor accidents were investigated by state police at Mansfield late last week. Erin Ackerman of Orangeville, PA was going west on Wellsboro Street in Mansfield Friday afternoon when she swerved her Chevrolet Sonic to avoid two cars ahead of her which had slowed down. The compact went off the road but was not damaged and could be driven from the scene. A 53 year old woman, whose name and town were not released also escaped injury Saturday evening at the intersection of Route 6 and Gas Company Road  in Charleston Township,  Tioga County. The driver also swerved to avoid impact with a unit ahead of hers and the car crashed into an embankment of Gas Company road but could be driven from that location.

 

State police at Coudersport have charged Robert Hallock of Genesee with DUI after pulling him over on the night of June 19 on Genesee Township. Troopers claim they pulled Hallock over when he failed to stop at a stop sign in the village and found he was driving under the influence.

 

Troopers in Kane area advising motorists that they will be conducting DUI Checkpoints o McKean County roads during August where there have been high incidences of alcohol related crashes.

 

A theft occurring between May 16 and June 30 on Forest Road in Elk township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Thieves made off with 400 gallons of fuel oil from a tank at a camp owned by James Kneasel of Lebanon, PA.

 

Thieves stole a large amount of money from a register and safe at “That Damn Bar” on Route 287 in Tioga Township at around 4:30 am November 16. Anyone with new information is asked to call state police at the Mansfield Barracks 570.66.2151.

                           


 

 

                                                            July 10, 2017

 

 Anterless Deer licenses went on sale this morning for Pennsylvania residents. Applications must be mailed to county treasurers in the official pink envelope, available at any issuing agent. The schedule appears below:

By Mail Only:

Antlerless License (residents)

Monday, July 10

Antlerless License (nonresidents)

Monday, July 17

Unsold License, 1st Round

Monday, August 7

Unsold License, 2nd Round

Monday, August 21

 Over-the-Counter sales

WMUs 2B, 5C, and 5D

Monday, August 28

All other WMUs

Monday, October 2

Doe license allocations for Wild Life Management Units in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service are as follows:

2F (includes Western McKean & Elk County) -24,000

2G Parts of Potter, McKean, Elk, Cameron, & Tioga 25,5000

2H (Eastern Elk, To Lycoming)-7,000

3A (Northern McKean, Potter & Tioga) 20,000

 

Kane based state police are looking for a Rixford man accused of domestic violence and terroristic threats. Troopers claim 51 year old Robert Albney assaulted his 37 year old wife early Saturday morning at the home on the Looker Mountain Trail and then fled the scene on foot. Despite a search of the surrounding area, Albney has not been located and anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call state police at 778-5555.

A Reinholds, PA couple was hurt in an accident Saturday afternoon   in Tioga County. State police at Mansfield report Robert Ludwig lost control of his pickup truck while going east on Route 6 when his dog became ill and jumped onto his lap. The truck spun off the road, traveled down an embankment and rolled over before coming to rest on the driver’s side. Ludwig and his wife, Danette, were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of undetermined injuries.

An elderly Austin  motorist escaped injury in a car/deer collision early Saturday morning. Troopers in Emporium  say 74 year old Gerald Jacobson was unable to avoid hitting the whitetail which came onto Route 872 in front of his northouthbound Chrysler Town and Country.

Several suspects have been charged with shoplifting at Walmart stores in two counties. Troopers at the Ridgeway barracks claim 29 year old Amanda Nussbaum of St. Marys stole $12 worth of merchandise from the St. Marys store last Thursday night. Treavus Seawright of Ridgway is accused of trying to leave the the building Saturday afternoon with two items valued at nearly $43 without paying for them. State police did not release the name, but also say theft and trespass charges are pending against a 28 year old St. Marys woman who is believed to have stolen $77 worth of products Friday afternoon and the name of a 24 year old Erie woman was also withheld but authorizes claim she took $132 worth of merchandise last evening.

State police at Mansfield claim 28year old Nicole Auer of Tioga concealed $39 worth of items in her person while trying to leave the Mansfield Walmart Friday afternoon.

A burglary in Keating Township McKean County is being probed by troopers at Kane. Sometime between June 15 and this past weekend, burglar’s forced their way into a shed on Route 6 near Smethport and stole a set of Zane Gray Books, a bullet loading machine and various dies for different calibers. The shed is owned by a 46 year old Girard, PA resident.

And, a criminal mischief Sunday afternoon in St. Marys is under investigation by state police  at Ridgway. Vandals damaged a 2014 GMC Terrain owned by Barbara Johnson of St. Marys while it was parked on the Million Dollar Highway.

Richard W. “Steve” Chapell, 93, a lifelong resident of Sweden Valley, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, July 6, 2017, after a period of declining health.

Obituaries

Debra A. “Deb” Lentz, 61, of Roulette, formerly of Austin, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.Born on April 9, 1956 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Clayton P. and Naomi F. Johnson DeLill.  Deb was graduate of Coudersport High School.  She was employed for several years as a caregiver at Cole Manor in Coudersport, retiring due to ill health.She enjoyed reading, playing Bingo, and going to many home games of the Buffalo Bills.Surviving are a son, Alan L. (April Green) Lentz of Roulette; a brother, Don P. (Jan) DeLill of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Deb was predeceased by a brother, Ron DeLill.In keeping with Deb’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alan L. Lentz, 42 Railroad Avenue, Roulette, PA 16746.Deb’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Deb, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com 

Richard W. “Steve” Chapell, 93, a lifelong resident of Sweden Valley, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, July 6, 2017, after a period of declining health.Born on September 1, 1923 in Blackwell, he was a son of Claytey and Bertha Brown Chapell.  In 1947 in Sweden Valley, he married Gloria J. Osborne, who passed away on August 29, 2010.Richard attended Coudersport High School.  He was a U.S. Army veteran,having proudly served during World War II, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.  He was a long time employee of the former Pittsburgh-Corning Corporation in Port Allegany, retiring after 40 years of service.Richard was a life member of Potter Post 192 American Legion in Coudersport.  He loved to fish.  His greatest love was his family and enjoying a few beers.Surviving are three children, Richard E. “Dick” (Georgeanna) Chapell, Jean C. (Ron “Fezz”) Linden, and Roger W. (Jessie) Chapell, all of Sweden Valley; fifteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild to be born soon; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents and wife, Richard was predeceased by a son, Ronald E. Chapell; two brothers; and a sister.In keeping with Richard’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 beginning at 3pm at “the Flats” in Sweden Valley.  Friends are invited to bring a dish to pass. Meat will be provided.Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Potter Post 192 American Legion, 3 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Richard’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Richard, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

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 Friday July 7, 2017

                                                                                                   Thursday’s high, 70: Overnight low, 62; no rain

 

 A man wanted in New York State was nabbed in Potter County and jailed awaiting extraditions. State police at Coudersport say when they were called to a home at 620 Center Street in Ulysses late  last Sunday night to check on the welfare of an individual, they found that 36 year old Thomas Walsh II is a fugitive from New York. Following arraignment, Walsh was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

The state police fire marshal reports a blaze which heavily damaged a Bradford business Wednesday night was caused by an electrical short. Flames broke out just  before 9:00 pm at Amanda’s Car Care on Seward Avenue when the business was closed and the building, owned by Christopher Magee of Bradford, was unoccupied. Damage is estimated to be $100,000. There were no injuries.

A Wellsboro man escaped injury in a car/deer collision early Thursday in Charleston Township, Tioga County. Mansfield-based state police say Mark Copp was going east on Route 6 and was unable le to avoid hitting the whitetail.

Coudersport-based state police have belatedly released details about a couple of accidents. Almost two weeks later, troopers report a Coudersport woman was slightly hurt in a collision on the Port Allegany Road  in Coudersport on the morning of June 24. Authorities say the collision occurred when 18 year old Garret Morey, also of Coudersport, while going west, made a left turn in front of a Chevrolet Colorado driven by Elizabeth Dyer which was headed east. After impact, Dyer’s SUV and Morey’s Cadillac Deville came to rest in the CarQuest parking lot. Dyer was treated at the scene for a minor hand injury.  Morey was not hurt.

A Ulysses truck driver  escaped injury in an accident occurring more than a week a go in Eulalia Township. Troopers report Jason Greiss was driving towing a car trailer and car southbound on the Steer Brook road when the brakes on his Chevrolet Silverado failed. Greiss  tried to downshift to slow the vehicle but the clutch failed and the truck went onto the berm where it collided with a stop sign then continued through the intersection with Route 44 for about 400 feet before s topping in yard at 23 Jims Drive.  Greiss told police  the property owner gave him permission to park his truck in the driveway until he could arrange a tow. But, allegedly hitched a ride with a friend and failed to notify authorities of damage to the traffic sign.

Troopers in Mansfield arrested Philip Brooks, no address or age provided, for violating drug and gun laws.  Authorities claim Brooks was found in possession of a stolen firearm and numerous d rugs and drug paraphernalia at the Liberty Festival Grounds on Tyler Run Road in Liberty Sunday mornig.

DUI charges have been filed against 53 year old Michael Hugic, no address given and 57 year old Tina Roe, also no address given, by state police at Mansfield. The arrests were made recently following traffic stops in Tioga County

The theft of some medicine and money from a home on Route 6 West in Ulysses Township is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. The prescription medication and about $62 in cash and change were taken between May 25 and June 8.

Police did not report if anything was taken from a camp on the Loucks Mills Road during a  recent break-in Burglars forced their way into the camp owned by a 47 year old Galeton man between June 14 and July 1

An unknown thief took a yellow umbrellas from porch furniture on a pool deck at the home of Jeanne Hickey on Gibbs Hill Road in Kane early Thursday.

Vandalism taking place between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm June   29 was investigated by state police at the Ridgway barracks. Vandals damaged a vehile owned by a St. Marys woman while it was parked along the Million Dollar Highway.

Criminals smashed the windows in a Delmar Township over the past few months. Entry was made3 sometime since the first of the year and walls and light fixtures in the camp owned by 83 year old Robert Beckett  of Harleysville were also damaged.

  

We’ve heard it said, Pennsylvania has two seasons—winter and PennDot. We are clearing in the PennDot season.

Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris tells Black Forest Braodcasting as of yesterday  all side streets off Main in the construction zone (Maple, Oak, Alleg., & First will be closed as company is preparing to pave the east side of Main and will remain closed until paving on that side is complete. After paving the east side work will begin on the west side. All current detours will remain the same.

On Monday, July 10, (PennDOT)will begin a mill and fill roadwayimprovement projecton Dingman Run Road(Route 4007) in Potter County.

Work will take place along the roadway outside of Coudersportin Eulalia Township and into Hebron Township. Activity will include roadway milling and fill work to widen and repair the edges of the road.PennDOT Potter County Maintenance will perform the work, with all work weatherdependent.

An alternating traffic pattern will be in effect with flaggersin the roadway to control an alternating traffic pattern. Drivers should expect short delays. PennDOT expects this work to last through July 21, with work taking place during daylight hours.

An approximately 3.5-mile resurfacing project on Route 6 in Tioga County is set to begin Monday, July 10.

 This project extends from the Potter County line to about one mile east of Route 349 in Gaines Township.

 Work will be from 7 AM to 7 PM each day and includes resurfacing, base repairs, pavement markings, guide rail and rumble strip installation and preservation work on bridges spanning Phoenix Run and Long Run.

 There will be alternating lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

 Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., of State College is the prime contractor on this $1.3 million project.

 Weather permitting, work is expected to be completed by the end of August.

  

Speaking of roads..eheyr’e everywahere. Motorcyclists from throughout the commonwealth are invited to attend the free Live Free Ride Alive Safety Day at the Farm Show Complex on Cameron Street on Saturday, July 8 from 1 – 5 PM to help spread awareness of the importance of motorcycle safety to riders and motorists alike.The first of its kind, the Live Free Ride Alive Safety Day features an afternoon of activities designed to challenge riders’ skills on and off the motorcycle with a focus on safety.  Riders will be invited to test their motorcycle operating skills through four challenges.

For riders and riding enthusiasts not interested in head-to-head competition, personnel from the PAMSP will present a series of motorcycle safety seminars and local merchants will echo the safety theme with mini education clinics. The Pennsylvania State Police and PAMSP will provide riding and braking demonstrations, as well as a demonstration of the capabilities of one of PAMSP’s valued training tools – the SKIDBIKE™.

    

 


 

Wednesday’s high, 77; Overnight ,low 63; no rain

 

Thursday July 6, 2017

BFB Headlines (Thursday, July 6, 2017) Governor signs bill to combat stolen valor…Construction to begin week of July 17 in McKean and Cameron counties….Wellsboro  accused of woman harassment…guns stolen from camp near Coudersport….Theft of Ulysses dog under investigation…one driver hurt in Tioga County rear-end collision

Legislation that will prohibit anyone to economically benefit from lying about military service or receiving decorations without merit bill was passed unanimously in the House and Senate has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. Rep. Martin Causer told Black Forest Broadcasting  the legislation will become law in 60 days.

House Bill 168 bans anyone from economically benefiting when lying about their service or decorations. Those convicted of violating this law could be charged with a third-degree misdemeanor.

In 2013 the Federal Stolen Valor Act was passed by Congress. This legislation only addressed those who might lie about having military decorations and not those who benefit economically.

Construction for a second bridge on Route 155 (Turtle Point-Larabee Road) in McKean County is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

The bridge spans Rock Run, about three miles southeast of the village of Larabee on Route 155. The existing 33-foot bridge dates from 1924 and carries an average of almost 2,400 vehicles each day.

Construction is expected to begin during the week of July 17 and be complete in mid-August. The contractor will finish another bridge (JV-64) at the intersection of Sartwell Road on Route 155 prior to moving operations to the southern bridge. During replacement of the second bridge, drivers will continue to follow a detour along Route 6, Route 46(Smethport-Farmers Valley Road), and Route 446 (Farmers Valley-Eldred Road).

This bridge is referred to as JV-63 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

Construction for a Route 120 (St. Marys/Emporium Road) bridge, spanning Big Run near the village of Truman, Cameron County, is scheduled to begin later this month as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

The existing 21-foot bridge dates from 1925 and carries an average of       almost 2,100 vehicles each day.

Construction is expected to begin during the week of July 17and be complete in mid-October. During this time, an alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.

This bridge is referred to as JV-25. The bridges are two out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com.

A Wellsboro woman has been arrested for harassment and making false reports to law enforcement for crimes allegedly taking place in early June. Mansfield based state police claim 40 year old Nicole Nichols lied to police on June 9 and during their investigation, authorities discovered Nichols had been harassing 48 year old Loren Walbridge, also of Wellsboro by calling and texting him numerous times at all hours of the day.

State police in Coudersport investigated two Fourth of July thefts. Troopers were summoned just after 3:00 am to a camp on Route 6 in Sweden Township  for a reported burglary in progress. Burglars entered the occupied house and stole five guns: a  Ruger Blackhawk 44 Magnum revolver, a Winchester Model 12 16 gauge shotgun, Mosin Nagant 1943 rifle, Bucklwacka 50 cal. Inline Muzzleloader and a Remington Model 788 243 cal. bolt action rifle. The guns belonged to a 75 year old Annville, PA man.

A dog was stolen from a home in Ulysses between 8:30 and midnight Tuesday. The canine is described as being a light brown boxer was wearing a pink collar. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

One driver was hurt in a  rear  end collision Wednesday morning in Middlebury  Township, Tioga County. State police report the collision occurred when David Hartman of Wellsboro was trying to turn left off of Route 287 onto Hills Creek Road and his Chevrolet Silverado was struck in the rear by another Silverado driven by Joshua Unrue of Lawrenceville. Hartman was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of undetermined injuries. Unrue was not hurt.

No one was a hurt in a collision Monday afternoon in Middlebury Township, Tioga County Involving three vehicles.  Police said the collision occurred when Angela Keyser of Wellsboro, while traveling south on Route 287 turned her Toyota Rav 4 across the opposite lane in front of a Toyota Camry driven by Tyler Evans of Tioga. Evans swerved his car to avoid impact but it veered off the road and struck a Dodge Ram pickup located in a parking area along the eastern berm, driven by Kristina Thomas of Holland, PA All drivers were using seatbelts and I year old Kennedy Thomas was riding in a child safety seat and also escaped injury.

Troopers at Mansfield also investigated a car/bear collision Monday night in Tioga Township. A Kia Optima while headed north on Route 15 hit a  bear crossing the road. The driver was unable to avoid the collision but escaped injury. Since there were no injuries and  the car could be driven from the scene, the accident is considered non-reportable and the driver’s name was not released. Police did not indicate the fate of the bruin.

Obituary

Kenneth A. Rinamon, 54, of Smethport, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday (July 4, 2017) after a four month battle with cancer.He was born April 15, 1963 in Olean, NY, a son of James A. Rinamon and Dorothy A. Haynes Shunk. On Aug. 11, 1984 in Lickingville, PA, he married Margie J. Nicewonger, who survives.Ken was a 1981 graduate of Smethport Area High School and then went to work for Pittsburgh Corning in Port Allegany for 34 and one half years. While employed at PC, he ran his own business as a very talented wood carver for over 25 years.Ken was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed spending time outdoors with his family and serving the Lord. He was a devoted member of the Regular Baptist Church of Smethport, where he was the AWANA Club Commander for 20 years.In addition to his wife, he is survived by:one daughter: Kari R. (Clinton) Compton of Smethport,two sons: Karl A. (Jordan) Rinamon and Kurt D. Rinamon, both of Smethport;two grandchildren: Russell and Opal Compton, along with 2 others on the way,two sisters: Janet (Jerry) Russell of Smethport and Laurie (Kevin) Burford of Port Allegany,one brother: Henry W. Rinamon of Smethport,stepfather: Donald "Gene" Shunk of Smethport,and several nieces and nephews.Ken was preceded in death by his parents.Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 7, at 11 AM in the Regular Baptist Church of Smethport, with the Rev. Jack Gregg, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Moody Hollow Cemetery.In keeping with Ken's wishes, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Regular Baptist Church AWANA program. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

 


 

                                                      Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

 Tuesday’s High, 77; Overnight low, 57; no rain

NY State man killed in collision with milk truck……minor injuries reported for two Emporium motorcyclists….Downstate man jailed in Potter County after allegedly strangling another during argument…..Both men involved in a fight last week in Oswayo cited…..Merger of Potter and Tioga County tourist promotion agencies now complete…

A New York State man died in a collision Sunday night in Deerfield Township, Tioga County. Mansfield based state police report the accident happened when Tommy Causer of Osceola was backing a milk truck into a farm and Timothy Rollins, 62,  of Canisteo was going west on Route 49 and failed to notice the milk truck, and his Dodge Ram 1500 struck the side of the rig and continued underneath  the trailer and came to rest in a field on the other side. Rollins was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma.

A sleepy teen driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap early Monday morning in Liberty Township, Tioga County. Edward McGowan, 19, of Towanda  was going west on Route 414 just before 7:00 am when he nodded off causing his Honda Civic to go off the road and collide with two road signs.

Minor injuries were reported for two  Emporium motorcyclists following a  three-vehicle collision in Cameron County Sunday afternoon. Troopers said the collision occurred when a Honda 850 XL ridden  by Joshua Summers went out of control after hitting an unknown object o the CCC highway. Jeffrey Lane  who was following, was unable to avoid hitting the other bike’s rear tie and lost control of his Honda CRF250L. Glen Doud, also from Emporium,  who was third in line was able to avoid the Summers motorcycle but struck Doud’s machine with his Ford Expedition.

One driver was hurt in  a collision last Thursday on Route 49  in Allegany Township, Potter County. Troopers at the Coudersport barracks have just released details saying the collision occurred when Melissa Tracy of Harrison Valley tried to pass a Ford Fusion driven by Anthony Herring of Genesee even though he had activated the left turn signal on his Ford Fusion. Tracy’s Buick Century struck the rear bumper of Herring’s car causing it to spin off the road. Herring was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of a head injury. Tracy was cited for passing in a no-passig zone and careless driving.

A Seven Springs man has been jailed $3,000 percentage bail on charges of strangulation, criminal trespass and harassment in connection to a scuffle last Tuesday night on Rocky Lane in Ulysses Township. State police did not release the suspect’s name for some unknown reason but court records indicate 35 year old Nicholas Sanderson failed to leave the property of a 63 year old Ulysses resident when a disagreement escalated. Sanderson is accused of choking the victim during the physical altercation which ensued.

Both Oswayo  men involved in a fight o Main Street in Oswayo back on June 21 have been charged with various crimes. Coudersport based state police say during the fight, Daniel Johnson, 39, inflicted multiple injuries on 41 Christopher Theurer requiring hospital treatment. He was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault reckless endangerment, harassment and disorderly conduct while Theurer was charged with one count of harassment.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks charged two Tioga, PA men with harassment for a melee taking place early Sunday morning at that “Damn Bar” on Route 287.authorities claim 27 year old Douglas Silvernail  and 50 year old Robert Silvernail hit 50 year old Chad Potter in the face during an argument.

A celebration was held  Thursday, June 29 to thank those who played a key role in the successful start-up of Visit Potter-Tioga to promote Pennsylvania's newest tourism region as a destination. About 60 people attended.

The event began at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Ulysses with remarks by five speakers: Visit Potter Tioga Executive Director Lori Copp; Tioga County Commissioner Mark Hamilton, Potter County Commissioner Doug Morley; Chuck Dillon, spokesman for Senator Joe Scarnati; and Carrie Fischer-Lepore, deputy secretary of Marketing, Tourism & Film, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Tim McBride was master of ceremonies.

 

Copp welcomed those to the "celebration of our new joint visitors bureau: Visit Potter-Tioga. We're excited to move forward with this partnership starting July 1 and for the opportunities it will provide for visitors and members," she said.

 

During her talk, Copp unveiled the bureau’s new marketing campaign: Night and Day. Visit Potter-Tioga By Night, includes the dark skies at Cherry Springs State Park & By Day, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and Pine Creek Rail Trail and all other attractions. The message is on the new Potter-Tioga website that went live on June 29 and in a marketing and advertising campaign that will be rolled out in phases between now and June 30, 2018. 

 

The campaign will begin on backpacker.com and target people in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Ohio, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Copp explained. "All portions of the campaign, whether digital, print or television will direct visitors to our new website," she said. In addition, visitors bureau staff will attend a variety of trade shows in Harrisburg, Buffalo and Toronto to promote the region and the Potter-Tioga website. She then introduced members of her staff.

 

Copp thanked the merger committee, including Chairman Kevin Abrams, Ken VanSant, Curt Schramm, Mark Hamilton, Doug Morley, Gail Ayers, Josh Roth, Joe Ayers and Carol Jackson for their efforts since Sept. 5, 2016, the first time they met to discuss the proposed merger.

 

Commissioner Hamilton structured his remarks around three different quotes to show how and why combining the two counties’ assets and resources could guarantee success for both.

 

Following a brief history about the merger, Commissioner Morley said, "This has been a 50/50 partnership from day one. It’s been a good process. I'm hoping that anybody who is or has ever been a part of the Potter County Visitors Association as well as Tioga County's gets behind this and supports it. The strength that has come out of this merger is going to change Potter County.”

 

The deputy secretary pointed out that a new tourist promotion region like Potter-Tioga has not been established in Pennsylvania since she was named to her current post two years ago. “That’s what makes this so exciting,” Fischer-Lepore said. “This is a wonderful day for everyone in this room and for the state in general. This (merger) makes sense. The timing is right, the synergy is right and the partnership is right. She noted that (Chuck) Dillon was correct when he said, “County lines do not factor into whether visitors choose a particular destination." "Visitors travel for experiences, memories and connections," she said. "The experiences in this region are truly world-class and second to none.”

 

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At the end of the program at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Visit Potter Tioga Executive Director Lori Copp (left) is shown with Michael Chapaloney, executive director of the State Tourism Office, and Carrie Fischer-Lepore, deputy secretary of Marketing, Tourism & Film, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

 

The celebration ended with lunch at the Old Antlers Inn in Gaines and an opportunity for attendees to view the new website. Currently, it can only be viewed at https://www.visitpottertioga.com. On Monday, July 10, the new website will be accessible via online search engines. That also means that visitors who connect to the original Potter or Tioga websites will be electronically transferred to the new website.

It is expected that Visit Potter Tioga will soon announce the names of new board of directors and between the end of July and early August will schedule a celebration during which the membership will witness the signing of the official agreement by the Tioga and Potter County Commissioners to create the Potter-Tioga Visitors Bureau. During the celebration, the membership will also have an opportunity to learn more about the marketing campaign and see the new promotional video developed for the region.

Visit Potter Tioga is partnering with the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum to provide a point-of-contact in Potter County where visitors can obtain area information.  All office operations will flow from the office located on Route 660 west of Wellsboro.

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in becoming members are welcome to call 570-724-0635 or toll-free 1-888-846-4228. There are two membership fees, one for-profits and the other for nonprofits.  A multitude of benefits are available for members to market their businesses.

Obituary

Neil Roy Austin, 61, of Coudersport, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Beloved husband of Marcia (Gates) Austin, they married October 13, 1979.

Neil was born on September 10, 1955, in Kane, PA, he was the son of the late Neil G. and Eunice (Brown) Austin.

Neil worked as a dispatcher with Arvos for nearly 30 years, retiring in February of 2017. He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved trapping, fly fishing, and appreciated the natural beauty around him.  He was an excellent fly tyer.  He was also a charter member of the Coudersport Trout Unlimited.  Neil will be remembered conversing, joking, and laughing with family and friends. He also enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. 

In addition to his parents, Neil was preceded in death by his brother, John Austin.

Left to cherish his memory are, his loving wife, Marcia Austin of Coudersport; sons, Ben Austin of Newark, DE and Brad (Sarah) Austin of Camp Hill, PA; one granddaughter on the way; a brother, Peter Austin of Illinois;  sisters, Deb Bussard of North Rose, NY and Chris (Andy) Conway of Farmington, NY; several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either, the Alliance Church of Coudersport, 7 Alliance Ave. Coudersport, PA 16915 or the Genesis Bible Church, 4193 State Route 19 South, Belmont, NY 14813.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Local arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd., Coudersport. To share your fondest memories of Neil, visit www.thomasfickinger.com.


 

 

 


                                                  Monday July 3, 2017

Sunday’s high 77, Overnight low, 52; 1.29” rain weekend total

 

Wilcox man killed in crash early Saturday….Employees credited with safely evacuating everyone during weekend fire at Westfield Dollar General….Kane woman accused of shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart….suspected fireworks residue found in Tioga County……

 

The state House overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan budget agreement, based on the original House Republican “smart budget,” which answers the challenge to deal with a potential $3 billion shortfall and begins the process of reinventing Pennsylvania government. Without raising the income or sales taxes, the budget provides additional funding for key education and public safety programs. House Bill 218 passed the House today by a vote of 173-27, House Republican leaders said.

 

According to the leaders, the bipartisan budget supports additional funding for schools, pension obligations and services for the intellectually disabled, but demands additional savings across state government agencies and programs, including Medicaid. The budget also shows savings from the shrinking prison population.

 

 

The spending plan in House Bill 218 is based on the original House Republican budget  passed in April, but is the result of tough negotiations with the Senate Republicans, House and Senate Democrats, and Gov. Tom Wolf.

 

Total General Fund spending is $31.996 billion. The April 4 House Republican budget totaled approximately $31.8 billion and the governor’s proposal would have spent $32.6 billion.

 

While acknowledging more needs to be done, this budget, the leaders said, begins the process of eliminating duplicative services and reducing overall costs to encourage reform and innovation, while ensuring funds are available for core government services.

 

 

The bipartisan budget agreement reflects the merger of the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health into a combined Department of Health and Human Services. The merger of the Department of Corrections with the Board of Probation and Parole is also included in House Bill 218. Legislation to officially combine these agencies will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

 

 

Reaffirming the House Republican commitment to education at all levels, House Bill 218 would help provide Pennsylvania’s students with a quality education from the youngest ages through college:

  

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) was among those voting  in support of a $32 billion state budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The proposal includes no new or increased taxes and represents a spending increase of less than 1 percent over the current fiscal year.

 

“In another challenging budget year, we were able to find common ground in our efforts to fund the core functions of government, including education and public safety, while also keeping spending in check,” Causer said. “While there are always things I might do differently, this plan includes a number of things that are positive for our region and the Commonwealth as a whole.

 

House Bill 218 increases funding for basic and special education, as well as for early childhood education programs, such as Pre-K Counts and Head Start. While higher education institutions are primarily funded at the same level as the 2016-17 budget, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will see a 7.8 percent increase in its direct appropriation to $2.76 million.

 

The measure also provides continued support of nearly $7 million for Critical Access Hospitals, which supports access to health care in rural areas.

 

Another important element of the budget is that it includes funding for increased payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) on Department of Conservation and Natural Resources forest land. The increase from $3.60 per acre to $6 per acre was approved as part of last year’s budget negotiations but was not scheduled to take effect until July 1.

 

“The funding to support the PILT increase is vital to ensuring more appropriate compensation to our municipalities, school district and counties for state-owned lands, which are not subject to property taxes,” Causer said. “This is very good for our rural communities and the taxpayers who live here.”

 

The bill adopted by the House and Senate on Friday is a key component of the annual budget process, but work remains on a number of budget-related bills that lawmakers hope to take up next week.

 

 

A Wilcox man died in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Jones Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police report  a 2004 Chevrolet truck driven by 21 year old Marshall Northrop went off the Rasselas Road, s truck a pole and camp to rest in a swampy area. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Assistant Elk County Coroner Frank Ferragine

It’s too early to tell if Dollar General will rebuild the store in Westfield, PA which was destroyed by fire over the weekend. The Crary Hose fire department is crediting store personnel for safely evacuating  about a dozen customers and employees when flames broke out. There were no injuries. Mutual aid was provided by the Clymer Hose, Knoxville-Deerfield, Harrison Valley, Goodyear Hose, Chatham, Osceola, Middlebury, Troupsburg, fire departments, Valley Ambulance and Sabinsville Ambulance. Blossburg Fire Dept. providing the rehab unit.

Retail theft charges are pending against a 33 year old Kane woman. Troopers at the Ridgway barracks allege the suspect stole $187.03 worth of merchandise from the St.Marys Walmart Friday afternoon.

Vandalism occurring Friday night or Saturday morning on the Robbins Road in Sullivan Township is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. About a quarter inch of yellow ribbon was found in mailboxes owned by 70 year old Elizabeth Baker and 67 year old Robert Curasco. Police suspect the substance is residue from smoke bomb fireworks.

Mansfield-based state police are reporting the results of a sobriety checkpoint conducted between June 19 and July 1 on Route 287 near the intersection with Bradshaw Road in Lawrence Township. No motorists were found to be DUI, but officers issued 11 summary traffic violations and gave 34 warning notices.

                                                                              Obituary

Leonard J. FERGUSON, 90, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Born July 25, 1926, in Osawatomie, KS, he was the son of Leonard and Dessie Bell Hadsall Ferguson. A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army in the Pacific Theatre. On March 4, 1950, in Bentonville, AR, he married the former Geraldine Marie Kline, who predeceased him on October 19, 1980. On April 7, 1984, in West Pike, PA, he married the former Joanne “Joni” Herbert, who predeceased him on April 9, 2006. He was employed by H.E. Salzberg Co., Inc. as a machinist and later as general superintendent for the Wellsville Addison Galeton railroad. Leonard served as president of the Galeton School Board.  He attended the West Pike Baptist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Osawatomie, KS, the VFW, and Galeton Rotary. Surviving are:  a son, Randy (Tammi) Ferguson of Gaines, PA;  two grandchildren, Craig Ferguson and Amanda Golec;  three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Erika, and Aiden;  a step-daughter, Lorraine “Lorrie” Sharp;  two step-grandchildren, Christopher Misechok and Kathryn Misechok;  a sister, Thelma Landers of Osawatomie, KS;  nieces and nephews;  and a host of friends.  In addition to his first wife and his second wife, he was predeceased by three brothers, William, Thomas, and Donald. Friends may call Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the West Pike Baptist Church, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. John Prouty will officiate. A graveside service with military rites will be held in Osawatomie Cemetery, Osawatomie, KS. Memorials may be made to Honor Flight, Inc., Attn: Diane Gresse, 175 South Tuttle Road, Springfield, OH 45505 or online at www.honorflight.org. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expresses at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

  


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Friday June 30, 2017

 

Thursday’ high, 78; low 63; .08” rain (.12” on Fishing Creek)

Game commission says last hunting season was one of the safest ever….Potter County DA Watson is warning residents of extremely dangerous drug being distributed in the area… 3 Medical marijuana dispensaries will be located in district….Semi pulls down electric wire in McKean County…..Gaines man accused of disorderly conduct……

 

Pennsylvania hunters had one of their safest years on record in 2016 , according to a newly released report from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

 

The number of hunting related shooting incidents statewide was the second-lowest ever, and for only the second time on record, a year passed without a single fatality related to gun handling while hunting or trapping in Pennsylvania There were 25 hunting-related shooting incidents statewide during 2016. Only 2015 had a lower number of incidents with 23. And the only other year without a hunting-related fatality in Pennsylvania was 2012. Decades ago, hundreds of incidents occurred annually, year after year in Pennsylvania.

 

 Potter County District Attorney, Andy J. Watson, advises the public that a potentially lethal batch of Fentanyl laced Heroin has entered into our area from Williamsport, PA.  So far, there have been twenty (20) overdoses from this batch in Williamsport and eight  (8) in Tioga County.  The unmarked baggies are blue in color and the substance is tan in color.  There is also another type of bag that is being circulated.  It is a white bag with a black scorpion. The public is cautioned and reminded to not come in contact with this substance.  Please immediately report to Law Enforcement any knowledge concerning illicit drug activity. 

 

 

The Dubois Wellness Center has been awarded a medical marijuana dispensary permit by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, to operate at three locations in the 25th Senatorial District, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).        Scarnati. a supporter of medical marijuana, explained that last year legislation was signed into law as Act 16 of 2016 and established a program for use of medical marijuana by patients with serious medical conditions. Under the law, patients can take the medicine by pill, oil, vapor, ointment or liquid, but not in the form that can be smoked.  In addition to providing needed medical treatment, the program is expected to create local processing and dispensing jobs.  

Dubois Wellness Center will operate dispensaries at the following locations:

 

This permit was issued after a competitive and thorough process in which the Department received hundreds of applications.The Dubois Wellness Center was one of 27 dispensary permits granted by the Department of Health out of 280 dispensary permit applications.  The permittees will now have six months in which to become operational, before they can begin dispensing medical marijuana.

Motorists traveling near Wilcox, Elk County, will be reminded to obey the posted speed limit on Route 219. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently placed a radar-controlled speed display sign along the northbound lane between Route 321 and Jarrett Street, near Finn’s Family Restaurant. The speed display board is to aid in curbing speeding, a common type of aggressive driving. The sign faces northbound traffic and utilizes radar to determine the speeds of oncoming traffic.  Vehicle speeds are then posted on the lighted section of the sign. The posted speed limit in this area of Route 219 is 35 miles per hour.The speed display sign was placed on June 27 and will remain on location, facing northbound traffic for up to four weeks. The sign was placed in response to a request from State Representative Matt Gabler.  Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of crashes and fatalities in Pennsylvania. Other aggressive driving behaviors include running stop signs or red lights, passing illegally and tailgating.  Aggressive driving behaviors were listed as a crash cause in 58 percent of Elk County crashes in 2016.Learn more about aggressive driving at PennDOT’s highway safety website, www.penndot.gov/safety.

A New York State truck driver was not hurt Thursday afternoon in a minor mishap in Otto Township, McKean County.  According to Kane-based state police, Benjamin Pennington was trying to turn his Peterbilt around in a poll off just off  of Route 246 when the rig pulled down a low hanging electrical wire. The wire got caught between the cxab and trailer and had to be freed by Penelec workers.

No injuries were reported for a Mansfield motorist in a car/deer encounter Wednesday night. Troopers report Anthony Davis was headed east on the Balsam Road when he swerved his Nissan Murano to avoid a deer which came onto the highway into his path. The SUV went off the pavement and hit a tree.

Disorderly conduct charges have been filed against a Gaines man for an incident allegedly taking place Sunday on Beach Lane in Gaines Township. Authorities claim 48 year old Russell Young made indirect verbal threats to a wedding party after being asked to leave several times. 

Elaine S. POLEN, 87, of Genesee, PA, died Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in her home. Born March 31, 1930, in Trenton, NJ, she was the daughter of Michael John and Myrtle Vickers Schwab. A registered nurse, she earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing and Nursing Education in Psychology from Georgetown University.  Elaine was a member of the Georgetown Alumni Association. Surviving are:  a son, John T. (Pam) Polen of Harrison Valley, PA;  a daughter, Linda Ann (Richard) Hahn of Hamilton, NJ;  three grandsons, Karl Kunz, Justin Kunz, and John T. Polen;  and one great-grandson, Justin D. Kunz. There will be no visitation or service.  Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com. 

Leonard J. FERGUSON, 90, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.  A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army in the Pacific Theatre. Friends may call Wednesday, July 6, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the West Pike Baptist Church, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 PM.  The Rev. John Prouty will officiate. A graveside service with military rites will be held in Osawatomie, KS. Memorials may be made to Honor Flight, Inc., Attn: Diane Gresse, 175 South Tuttle Road, Springfield, OH 45505 or online at www.honorflight.org. A complete obituary will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expresses at www.olneyfuneralhome.com. 

Lefa L. Hennigh, 94, of Palmyra, formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away with her daughter by her side on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Spang Crest Nursing Home, Lebanon, Born January 7, 1923 in Spring Mills, she was a daughter of Samuel H. and Gladys D. Leister Bitner.  On March 18, 1944 in Mazeppa, she married Spurgeon W. Hennigh, who passed away on May 21, 2005.Lefa was a graduate of Centre Hall Potter High School, Class of 1940, in Centre Hall.  During World War II, Lefa was employed by Sylvania in Mill Hall and later worked at Titan Metal in Bellefonte.  After moving to Shinglehouse, Mrs. Hennigh owned and operated Lefa’s Shoppe, a ladies clothing store, from 1962 to 1968. She, along with her husband, owned and operated Hennigh’s Trailer Sales until 2004.Lefa was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church and was a member of the Mary Martha’s group of the church, serving as secretary of the group for many years.  She was a 50 year plus life member and a past matron of Eureka Chapter #52 Order of the Eastern Star in Shinglehouse, also having served as treasurer for 21 years. She was also a member of the formerMonitor Roamers Trailer Club in Shinglehouse and was a charter member of the former Oswayo Valley Lion’s Club in Shinglehouse.Surviving are a daughter, Yvonne A. (Greg) Bump of Annville; a son, Gary L. (Debbie) Hennigh of Wasilla, Alaska; two granddaughters, Babette A. “Babs” (Jack) Rudick of Middletown and Crysta (Charlie Camp)Svendsen-Camp of Anchorage, Alaska; and twogreat-grandchildren, Kaitlyn M. Kellogg of Middletownand Ezekiel “Zeke” Camp of Anchorage, Alaska.Mrs. Hennigh was predeceased by her parents and her husband.  Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse. A memorial service will be held on a date and place to be announced.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Mrs. Hennigh’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Lefa, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

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Thursday June 29, 2017

 

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn yesterday announced that a strategic plan for Pennsylvania’s state parks of the future will kick off this holiday weekend with surveys being made available to park visitors and other interested parties

 

Beginning with the Fourth of July weekend, DCNR will launch its initiative, “Penn’s Parks for All – Planning for the State Parks of Tomorrow.” Input from these surveys, offered at all 121 state parks across the state,. The public also can take the survey online at www.PennsParksForAll.com. Pennsylvania’s national award-winning system of 121 state parks is now well into its second century of service. There is a state park within 25 miles of nearly every Pennsylvanian, there are a variety of types and sizes of parks located throughout the commonwealth. During the last 25 years, DCNR has made improvements in most state parks such as modernizing facilities, adding comfortable cabins, and expanding recreation opportunities. The department also has worked to better conserve and manage the parks’ natural resources, and expand the number of education staff and programs Survey questions will include:

 • Should current outdoor recreation opportunities or experiences be changed?

• Should park overnight accommodations be changed?

• How should state parks be financed?

• How can state parks best be protected?

• Should state parks offer modern conveniences?

• Are you satisfied with park services, facilities and activities? “

 

Bureau of State Parks officials say their goal will be to have a preliminary report, influenced by the information gathered this year, available in the fall of 2018, with a final report in 2019. Public opportunities to offer input will include:

• A paper survey and an accompanying state park information booklet to distributed to park visitors this summer and fall;

• The online survey, being conducted by the Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. This survey, available to everyone, will include a PDF version of the information booklet and also will be offered in Spanish.

• A phone survey of a statistically-significant sampling of Pennsylvanians that can be extrapolated to represent the state’s population;

• A targeted, on-line survey for minority and young adult audiences; and a series of stakeholder input meetings to focus on specific selected topics. Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks total almost 300,000 acres. Together with DCNR’s state forest system, they are one of the largest expanses of public lands in the eastern United States. DCNR manages state parks for sound ecosystems; retaining wild character; maintaining biological diversity; providing clean water and healthy habitats for plants and animals; and emphasizing outdoor recreational opportunities. For details on Pennsylvania’s state parks, visit www.dcnr.pa.gov.

 

We are just two days away from the completion of the merger of Potter and Tioga Counties Tourist Promotion Agencies.  Potter County Commissioner  chairman Doug Morley who has been a proponent of the consolidation has often said the combination of State Parks within the two counties is a big calling card for visitors. Tioga has three state parks: Lenard Harrison, Hills Creek and Colton Point. Potter hs five: Cherry Springs, Patterson, Ole Bull, Lyman Run, Denton Hill, Sizerville and Sinnemahoning.

 

The Roulette Township supervisors report  the recycle dumpsters have had a lot of stuff dumped in them lately that does not belong in there. If the issue continues then you may be asked to put your items in one by one instead of just dumping them in. Residents are reminded of acceptable items:

 

Cardboard almost any cardboard but pizza boxes must be clean.

Paper includes newspapers, junk mail, envelopes, magazines, egg cartons (not foam egg cartons), soft covered books (no hard back books), etc.

Plastics containers #1 - #7 anything with a triangle, i.e., milk jugs, detergent bottles, shampoo , etc. It does not include anything like PVC pipe is made of, including kayaks cut in half. All plastics must have a recycle triangle on them or they do not go in.

Glass is bottles and containers such as pickle jars, mayonnaise jars, etc. It does not include window glass, mirrors, dishes of any sorts, pyrex, ceramics, foam packaging, any kind of kind of Styrofoam, pots and pans of any sorts.

There is to be no plastic bags with the exception of shredded paper and that must be in a clear bag. All recycles must be dumped of food waste and rinsed.

 

Mansfield based state police report an at-risk Tioga County senior citizens has been safely located. Charles Holzwarth, 65, of Wellsboro was reported missing by his wife when she returned home after Tuesday afternoon and he was not at home. Since Holzwarth has a breathing difficulty, he was entered into NCIC as a missing person.

A Coudersport woman is accused of harassment for an assault allegedly taking place Sunday afternoon at a  home on Route 44 in Hebron Township. State police claim 42 year old  Patricia Jones shoved a chair and a 55 year old man and then slapped him in the face during an heated argument.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks have charged 36 year old Joshua Young of Middlebury Center with simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment for an incident reportedly occurring last Friday evening on Old Tioga Street in Tioga County. Authorities claim Young assaulted 35 year old Eli Sanderlin of Wellsboro with a wooden club, causing minor injuries.

Emporium-based state police did not release the name of a thirsty suspect but say they know who took two bottles of Ocean Spray juice out of a refrigerator at the Fuel On store on W.4th Street in that town early Sunday morning. Troopers say the suspect took the beverage into the restroom where it was consumed and then left the store without paying for the merchandise.

A Ulysses woman escaped injury in a car/deer collision Monday morning in Hector Township. Troopers said Robin Freeman was going south on the Loucks Mills Road when the whitetail entered her path from the west. Freeman was unable to avoid the collision but was able to pull her Dodge Caliber off the road safely after impact. Freeman was using a seatbelt.

  


 

Wednesday June 28, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 41; .11’ rain (.06 on Fishing Creek)

 

Unemployment goes up and down in region….West Penn announces it’s offering training for potential employees…..Natural Gas Resource Center is being revitalized….Police look for at risk  Wellsboro man……5 year old Kersey bicyclist hurt when hit by car…Texas man suspected deceiving Tioga County business out of thousands of dollars….

 

The unemployment rate went up and down in the region between April and May according to figures just released by the state department of Labor and Industry. The jobless rate in Potter County sent down from 7.1 to 6.8%. Cameron County saw a decrease from 8.1-7.3%. The rate in two counties held steady—McKean, 6.5 and Elk at 5.1%. Unemployment went up in Tioga County from 5.9%. Adams County had the best rate in the commonwealth, 3.9% while Forest had the worst at 7.5%. Meanwhile the  jobless figure in Pennsylvania was 5.0% for the period and the national rate was 4.3%

 

The Trump Administration recently announced plans to encourage vocational training and there are some developments in the region which could help  reverse unemployment over the next few years. West Penn Power a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE),  says with it’s industry continues to “gray” and more and more power crews in the field reach retirement age, it is looking to mint new linemen and substation electricians. New linemen earn about $25 an hour after two years training, and some earn well over $100,000 per year as they gain more experience.  Plus, for those who make the cut, West Penn Power pays tuition and books to attend PSI…and, those who graduate are assured a job with the utility.   

 

West Penn hired 29 new line and substation employees from the Power Systems Institute (PSI) training program as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance service reliability for customers in Pennsylvania.The new employees include 19 line workers who are recent graduates of the company's Power Systems

Institute (PSI), a utility training partnership established with Westmoreland County CommunityCollege in Youngwood, Pa. in 2012.  Three additional new line workers graduated from a partnering college outside the state.

 

The seven new substation electricians graduated from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College in

Johnstown, Pa., and another partnering college outside the state.

 

"The PSI program is an effective pipeline for adding well-trained, highly skilled employees to our workforce," said David W. McDonald, president of West Penn Power. "By teaming with our veteranlinemen and substation personnel, these new employees will help ensure reliable service for our

customers, now and in the future."

 

Since the program was developed in 2000, FirstEnergy has hired nearly 1,500 line and substation personnel who completed PSI programs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia.For information about how to enroll in the PSI program, call 1-800-829-6801, or go to

www.firstenergycorp.com/psi.West Penn Power serves about 720,000 customers in 24 Pennsylvania counties.  Connect with West Penn

Power on Twitter @W_Penn_Power and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WestPennPower.

 

There also appears to be an uptick in natural gas well drilling in the region. The Potter County Commissioners announced last week that the Resource Center (NGRC) is being revitalized, primarily because of an increase in permits.  The Center will be jointly administered by the county’s Planning and Community Development departments and supported by the Potter County Board of Commissioners. An advisory committee comprised of environmental, educational, energy industry and government representatives has been reassembled. Members are Will Hunt, Potter County Planning Director; Jason Childs, manager of the Potter County Conservation District and chairman of the Potter County Water Quality Work Group; Kim Rees, executive director of the Potter County Education Council; Bryan Phelps, police/emergency services; Commissioners Susan Kefover, Doug Morley and Paul Heimel; Jennifer Rossman, Potter County Community Development Director; Terry Cole, Pennsylvania CareerLink; Curt Weinhold, Potter County Planning Commission; and industry representatives Scott Blauvelt from JKLM Energy and Al Haney from Gas Field Specialists Inc. A seat on the committee is also being held open for the new water resources educator to be hired soon by Penn State Extension.

The NGRC leadership will confer with the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection, the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition, Penn State University Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, and other resources. A new website, recently launched atnaturalgasresourcecenter.com, is being built  incrementally.

Potter County Education Council oversaw the NGRC for several years. It was recognized as a model by the County Commissioners Assn. of Pa. and the National Assn. of Counties. The center is designed as a one-stop shop for all kinds of information about the region’s gas industry. At its peak, NGRC had about 560 businesses and agencies signed on to be listed on the center’s website. Public education, as well as development of business liaisons, will remain high priorities. The advisory committee will be reviewing possible topics to be covered when NGRC resumes its public meetings about gas drilling issues, opportunities and concerns later this year.

Mansfield based state police are looking for an elderly at-risk Wellsboro resident. Charles Holzwarth of Goldfinch Lane was last seen by his wife at 12:30 pm Tuesday when she left the house. Holzwarth has a breathing difficulty and as a result has been entered as a “Missing Person” in NCIC. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call state police at 570.66.2151.

 

A 5 year old Kersey girl was hurt last night when she was struck by a car on Main Street in Fox Township. State police said the youngster failed to yield to on-coming traffic while crossing in a non-desginated cross walk area and rode into the pth of a car driven by a 17 year old male driver also from Kersey. The victim was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries. Troopers say charges may be filed pending further investigation.

A couple of more  Tioga County thefts are being investigated by state police. A man with an alias of “John Iverson” of Texas ssent two vehicles to Stager Vehicle Sales in  Covington Township in early May without titles. He also received a wire transfer in the amount of $14,200 for two vehicles which he never delivered but for which he kept the money.

Thieves stole two chainsaws from the front deck at the home of 79 year old Elaine Mosher of Tioga on Route 287 between June 8 and 12.

   


 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

                                              Monday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 43; .15” rain (.11” on Fishing Creek)

Causer is hopeful  budget will be in place by Friday’s deadline…Rural Community College is “up and running”…..Another  animal cruelty investigated in Tioga County…..Another internet scam investigated by state police at Mansfield…..vandalism in Elk County probed…

 

Potter County Commissioner Chairman Doug Morley reported at the June 22 meeting that that the Rural Regional Community College is “up and running.” Morley said the headquarters are in Warren and a president has been hired. He added that the college will probably be able to offer accredited two-year associate degrees in about a year. In 2012, the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA) began delivering Associate Degree programs throughout an 11-county region in North Central and Northwest Pennsylvania. The courses are delivered to up to 14 different communities, simultaneously, using live interactive distance education technology.  Gannon University provides the coursework and curriculum, and awards credits and degrees. ECUA partners with Community Education Councils, school districts, libraries, Career and Technical Centers and other community agencies to facilitate the delivery of courses at a community college rate. 

 After several years of planning with the input of educators and industry leaders across the northern tier of Pennsylvania, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21) worked with the House of Representatives, particularly Representatives Martin Causer and Kathy Rapp who introduced legislation which sought to establish this rural community college. With passage of Act 126 of the 2014 PA Fiscal Code, the Rural, Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania was created and funding was appropriated. ECUA will continue to provide these affordable associate degrees through Gannon University until the new Rural, Regional College opens.

Throughout the fall of 2014, ECUA and the PA Department of Education designated the counties within Pennsylvania to be served by the new college. Those counties are: Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren. In December of 2014, a Board of Trustees for the RRC was sworn in by the acting Secretary of the PA Department of Education.

It is almost June 30 and Rep. Martin Causer reports the legislature continues to work on a 2017-2018 budget. The deadline is this coming Friday and the lawmaker told Black Forest Broadcasting he is hopeful the spending plan can be adopted on time.

The Roulette Township Supervisors would like to inform the Roulette Township residents that the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is now available for you to view. You may go to www.goh2o.net/roulettetownship/ccr , email the office, call the office, or come to the office at 80 Railroad Ave., Roulette, PA 16746 to obtain a copy.

Mansfield based state police are investigating yet another animal cruelty case. A dead male reddish/brown Boxer/Dull dog was found Saturday along the Ogedensburg Road. The dog had a collar but no identifying tags. Police said the nature of the dog’s injuries did not readily reveal how it had died. Last week we reported two  dogs, after being stolen were returned to the owner, deceased.

And troopers there are investigating another internet crime. Mellany King of Farmington Township fell victim to an online scam between early February and yesterday. State police remind residents that online scams are rampant and warn about giving out personal information to unknown individuals online or over the phone.

A Nelson motorist escaped injury in a car/deer accident Monday afternoon on Lakeview Drive. Charles Stone was going west when he swerved to avoid a deer on the road and his Hyundai went off the pavement and crashed into a ditch where it became disabled.

A Wellsboro driver has been cited for DUI after being pulled over   on Waln Street in Wellsboro May 28 for a traffic violation. State police allege when they interviewed 28 year old Zachary Brown they found he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

Without releasing his name, State police in Ridgway say they are charging a 23 year old Ridgway man with DUI after a one-vehicle crash early last Friday morning. Troopers say when they investigated a crash on the Ridgway-St. Marys Road just before 1:30 am, they found the suspect had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

A criminal mischief on the Jojo Road in Wetmore Township Monday was investigated by state police at Kane. Vandals deliberately knocked a mailbox loose from its post and dented the mailbox owned by a 41 year old Kane man.

 


 

Monday June 26, 2017

Sunday’s high, 76; Overnight low, 46; .08” rain

  A McKean County defendant has been jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail after being arraigned on charges of Aggravated Assault/Strangulation. State police claim 41 yearold Steven Holley struck a 39 year old woman in the eye, pushed her to the ground and strangled her rendering her unable to breathe during an assault on June 17 and 19 at a home on Lang Maid Lane in Lewis Run. Holly could face prosecution under a new state law which makes strangulation a stand alone crime.

No one was hurt in a car/bus collision early Sunday morning in Jay Township, Elk County. Troopers say Beth Cameron was speeding when her Hyundai Elantra collided  with a Ford Bus driven by Faith McGuire of Phillipsburg as the  bus was turning north onto Route 255. There were 13 passengers from the Clearfield area  in the bus at the time of impact.

Minor injuries were reported for a St. Marys driver and his passenger after a one-vehicle crash in Fox Township, Elk County Friday night. A Jeep Wrangler driven by Tyler Anzinger went off of the Dagus Mines Road whelk making a right hand curve, struck a mailbox, utility pole and a second mailbox before rolling over onto the drivers side. Anzinger and his passenger Luke Schieber of Kersey were seat belted at the time. The driver is facing a variety of summary traffic violations including speeding.

Mansfield based state police have charged Sarah Davis of Mount Morris, NY with speeding for a one-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Richmond Township. Sate police said Davis was going north on Route 15 when her Mazda 5 hydroplaned and slid across the road where it collided with a guard rail. The car continued for about 50 feet before stopping.

A Wellsboro woman avoided injury Saturday night when her car hit a parked unit on the Williamson Road in Blossburg, Monika Moser’s south bound Ford Fusion ran into a For F Series truck legally parked on the shoulder.

A hit and run last Thursday morning  in Middlebury Township was investigated by state police at Mansfield. The unknown unit caused minor damage when the driver backed out of a parking lot in Middlebury Township.

Troopers at the Kane barracks arrested James  Clyde Jr., no address given, for DUI in connection to a one-vehicle mishap Friday afternoon on Route 6 miles east of Mt. Jewett.. Authorities say when they interviewed James Clyde Jr. after finding his Jeep Patriot in a ditch. Clyde was not hurt.

A hit and run in Austin last Thursday afternoon is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. An unknown vehicle went off of Rukgaber Avenue. The offending unit struck a set of stairs at a house owned by Michael Majot and the driver did not stop to provide required information.

State police at Mansfield are investigating a couple  of internet scams and an ID theft. Amber Carson, 70 of Wellsboro, told authorities that she purchased a “lifetime protection against everything” on line for $3000 on April 14, 2017.But while accessing Face Book last Thursday, a red screen came up on her computer and instructed her to call a telephone number. A man answering her call claimed to be a Microsoft Technician and informed her that her computer had been hacked and he could fix it for $500. She provide her bank with information for payment over the phone. A similar crime occurred last Tuesday victimizing a Millerton resident. John Knapp III, 68 was using Face Book when an orange screen popped up on his computer alleging his computer was infected and  screen was locked.  He was told he  would need to buy virus protection software to correct the problem and was given several options. Knapp purchased a $300 option and his choice was installed remotely. Later it was discovered that it was not Microsoft or the real anti-virus software company for the program Knapp thought he had bought that was installed. Unknown thieves used credit cards belonging to Max Johnson, 63,  of Wellsboro to rack up $73 in purchases from various Tioga County businesses between June 3 and 8.

Kane-based state police recently investigated a couple of tangible thefts in McKean County. Burglars forced their way into a camp on Hutchins Drive in Sergeant Township between June 11 and 22 and stole numerous items belonging to a Monroeville man. A Cannon downrigger was taken off a boat owned by Joseph Hooper while it was parked at his home on the Big Shanty Road in Lafayette Township sometime last Thursday.

The theft of a solar panel is being probed by state police at Coudersport. The property was taken from a camp on the Southwoods Road in Sylvania Township between May 31 and last Monday. The camp is owned by Samuel Wian of Greensburg.

The investigation into a criminal trespass is continuing by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Roy Kunkle of Mohnton told troopers known individuals set up a camp on his property on Mothers Lane in West Branch Township on the weekend of June 17.

 Oswayo Valley Memorial Library offersSTEM Backpacksthat offer hands-on learning for young children and their families. Oswayo Valley Memorial Library received four backpacks from The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Librariest o provide STEMmaterials and books for young children and their adultsto enjoy.  The funds that provided the backpacks were made available through the Cruise into Kindergarten initiative.  Each backpack focuses on a STEM topic—measuring, nighttime, nature and simple machines.

 The simple machines backpack includes three books, materials such as a balance, balls and some foam shapes that can be used in reconstructing some of the scenes in the book, try other activities in the accompanying guide and those that the children think up on their own.  The adults not only read the books, but act as co-players and help the children think about and articulate what they are

 Playing is no idle pastime for children. In fact, research shows that play helps children develop many skills: social-emotional (cooperation, self-confidence, initiative, perseverance); physical development (eye-hand coordination, hand manipulation); mathematics (shape, measurement, classification, size, space); science (weight, balance, trial and error, observation); language arts (writing and telling  stories about what they are doing); and art (patterns, symmetry, drawing).

                                                                                               Obituaries

James L. “Jim” Pratt, Sr., 64, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Bolivar, NY, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Noyes Hospital, Dansville, NY, after suffering an apparent heart attack while returning  home with his wife  from a family gathering.

Born on May 28, 1953 in Olean, NY, he was a son of Charles and Lorena Ford Pratt, Sr.  On November 6, 1981 in Coudersport, he married Teresa L. “Terry” Miller, who survives.

Jim was a graduate of Eldred High School.  He was employed at the former Faulkner Fruit Market in Ceres, NY, by Blue Bird Bus Lines in Olean, and for 29 years Jim was the director of the Portville Central School bus system.  He was also the owner/operator of the former Ceres Auto Repair.

Jim was a social member of the Brockton (NY) American Legion.  He loved to fish and cherished his yearly trip to Black Lake, NY.  His greatest love was his family and his beloved dog, Rascal.

Surviving besides his wife are six children, Sheila L. Spears of Olean, NY, Tami R. (Matthew) Peters of Olean,NY, Wendy (Jeff Baldwin) Gilliland of Bolivar, NY, Douglas A. Hardes of Portville, NY, Carla A. Pratt of Rochester, NY, and James L. “Jimbo” (Tina) Pratt, Jr. of Bolivar, NY; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Linda (Mike) Lewis of Smethport, Judy (Jerry) Walters of Hope Mills, NC, and Debra Moyer of Olean, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his second mother, Agnes Pratt, Jim was predeceased by a son, Kenneth Smith, Jr.; a daughter, Laurie Beth Pratt; and two brothers, Charles Pratt, Jr. and Joseph Pratt.

Friends may call from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm on Wednesday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, June 29, 2017 with the Revs. Robert M. and Sandra D. Howles, pastors of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, 219 Bryant Street, Buffalo, NY 14222.

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

 

Helen M. ABBOTT, 91, formerly of Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA, died Friday, June 23, 2017 in Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, PA. Born May 2, 1926, in Westfield, PA, she was the daughter of Llewellyn and Rose Bollock Witter. She was married to Lewis B. Abbott, who predeceased her in 2005. Helen was a member of the Potter Brook Happy Hour Club and the Harrison Valley Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Surviving are:  two daughters, Kathryn Ann Abbott of Rochester, NY and Margot Abbott of Bradford, PA;  two sisters, Joann Clark of Knoxville, PA and Jane Bianchi of San Jose, CA;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Ochsenhirt;  and three brothers, Richard G. Witter, Donald Witter, and Lee Witter. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, June 26, 2017 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA. Memorials may be made to Riverview Cemetery Association, c/o Garry Abbott, 134 Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA 16950. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com. 

 

Kathryn L. “Kay” Stuckey, 94, of Odin, passed away with her loving family by her side on Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.Born December 25, 1922 in DuBois, she was a daughter of Lee and Cordie English Neff. On April 2, 1941 in Emporium, she married Clifford S. Stuckey, who passed away on March 27, 1985.Kay was a graduate of Renovo High School.  She, along with her husband, owned and operated the former Stuckey’s General Store and Gas Station in Keating Summit, then ran Stuckey’s Tavern in Austin, and later they owned Stuckey’s Store in Austin.  For many years she was a driver for the IU9 program.  Kay was a lifetime member of the Austin United Methodist Church, a member of the former Mecca Chapter #217 Order of the Eastern Star in Austin, and a member of the Birthday Club. She was an avid bowler.  Her greatest love was being a loving wife, mother and grandmother.Surviving are three daughters, Donna D. Campbell of Eldred, Thelma L. (Jim) Emigh of Morrisdale, and Sandra K. (John) Fowler of Austin; two sons, Clifford S. (Jeannie) Stuckey, Jr. of Costello and Ron L. (Robin) Stuckey, Sr. of Austin; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Kay was predeceased by a daughter, Dixie L. Ripple; two grandsons, Todd M. Stuckey and Tony J.Emigh; two sons-in-law, Michael Campbell and William Ripple; and five sisters.Friends may call from 11am to 12 noon on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the Austin United Methodist Church, Turner Street, Austin, where funeral services will follow at noon with the Rev. Steven D. Small, pastor of the Southern Potter United Methodist Charge, officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Activity Fund of Cole Manor, 101 East Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Kathryn’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Kay, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 


 

Friday June 23, 2017

Thursday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 65; .02” rain

State police warn of kidnapping scam…..Authorities look for 17 year old McKean County runaway..stolen dogs returned deceased  to Tioga County man …DUI charges pending against Ridgway driver after early morning crash…..Police Chief and Potter County DA address opioid epidemic at public meeting…

State police are advising residents that they have received multiple reports of citizens getting phone calls from an unknown male informing them that he has abducted a loved  one  (son or daughter) and will harm them unless that person wires money. A “child” can be heard screaming/crying in the background. Police say DO NOT send money as it is a SCAM. The numbers that appear on the victim’s caller ID are not legitimate numbers. The criminals are using some type of spoofing soft war to generate false numbers. Authorities day if you receive such a call, hang up immediately and notify state police in your area. Anyone with more information is asked to contact their local state police barracks.

Kane based state police are looking for a 17 year old runaway, Tyler Jamal Newsman is described as being a black male but no further details were provided. However, anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Kane barracks at 814.778.5555.

Troopers at Mansfield are investigating a cruelty to animals crime taking place between June 14 and21 in Tioga Township. Someone stole dogs belonging to a 42 year old Tioga man and then returned them, deceased to his home of Sunset Circle.

A Mansfield woman has been arrested for shoplifting at the Mansfield Walmart. Authorities claim 31 year old Samantha Strange tried to leave the store on the night of June 10 with concealed items for which she did not pay.

DUI charges are pending against a Ridgway driver following a one-vehicle crash early this morning in Ridgway Township. State police report 23 year old Shawn Shakle was going west on Route 120 when his Buick LeSabre crossed the road and traveled in the opposite lane for about 158 feet before hitting some guardrails where it continued for another 15 feet before re-entering the highway. The sedan continued again crossed both lanes of the highway and hit another section of guardrails before finally coming to rest partially in the eastbound lane. Shankle was not hurt but was taken to Penn Highland Elk for a blood draw and is facing numerous related charges.

Area state police have made several DUI arrests recently. Coudersport based sate police charged 55 year old Raymond Legerlotz of Galeton after stopping him on 4Th Street in Galeton early June 8. State police at Mansfield have charged several drivers who were allegedly found driving under the influence this past April. Collin Roe 22, of Elkland; Randy Pearson of Pennsburg, PA ; 25 year old Amanda Maloney of Blossburg and 70 year old Linda Erb of Wellsboro will all now answer charges in District Court.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has announced that United States District Judge A. Richard Caputo sentenced Jared S. Miller, age 28, of Sayre, Pennsylvania, to 84 months of imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty to transporting47 stolen firearms and to conspiring to distribute heroin. According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Miller admitted to conspiring with Aaron Vanderpool to transport 47 firearms from Pennsylvania to New York, after Vanderpool burglarized Fulmer’s Sporting Goods, a federally licensed firearms dealer in Wysox, Pennsylvania, on May 24, 2015. Miller admitted that he and Vanderpool traded the firearms in New York for heroin and cash, and distributed the heroin in Pennsylvania. Only three of the 48 total firearms stolen from Fulmer’s Sporting Goods have been recovered by law enforcement. Miller also admitted to trafficking heroin in Pennsylvania from June 2012 through June 2015. In his plea agreement, he stipulated to trafficking between 400 and 700 grams of heroin, which is the equivalent of 16,000 to 28,000 potentially fatal doses of heroin. As part of his sentence, Miller was ordered to pay $27,383.75 to the victims of his crimes. Miller’s co-conspirator, Vanderpool, previously was sentenced to 77 months of incarceration for his role in the offenses. Two other individuals have been charged in relation to the Fulmer’s Sporting Goods burglary. Luis Mercado was charged in April 2017 and has entered a plea agreement to firearms and heroin trafficking offenses. Jose Espinosa was charged in April 2017 with firearms and heroin trafficking offenses, and awaits arraignment. The matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and by the Pennsylvania State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo. This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VCRP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VCRP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes with firearms. This case also was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin Initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses.

 

Police Chief Bryan Phelps(L) and DA Andy Watson(r) address meeting in Roulette about opioid epidemic

Potter County DA Andy Watson and Sweden/Roulette Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps hosted a meeting last Friday at the Roulette fire hall plaguing the region. The presenters told those attending about the number of drug overdoses occurring in the area and explained that they are concerned about the societal problems associated with addiction.

The DA explained the C.L.E.A.N. program he initiated in Potter County to increase cooperation between drug and alcohol abusers to obtain professional help in addressing addiction. Watson says the program is designed for addicts to get help without fear of criminal prosecution. Individuals who approach a law enforcement officer or official requesting professional  rehabilitative drug and alcohol services will be given information on how to get that help without being arrested, providing they are not already charged with criminal activity related to drug addiction. Watson explained that addicts become “drug dealers to support their habit—which was discussed by State Trooper Michael Delp at a recent meeting of the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce…..Trooper
Delp works closely with DA Watson in handling the epidemic and explained it all began innocently with doctor’s prescribing pain killers….

                                                               

 

 The Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is pleased to announce it has joined Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Penn Wells Hotel is one of more than 295 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture, and ambiance.

“We are delighted to induct the Penn Wells Hotel, a Victorian style hotel built in 1869 to Historic Hotels of America.” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We welcome the Penn Wells Hotel, Shawn and Ellen Bryant, and the Penn Wells staff into Historic Hotels of America.”

To be selected for membership in Historic Hotels of America, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance.

“We view the inclusion of the Penn Wells Hotel in the Historic Hotels of America as a wonderful tribute to generations of individuals who have maintained the Hotel’s historic value,” said Shawn Bryant, CEO of the Wellsboro Hotel Company. “We like to say that the Hotel is ‘a step back in time’ and preservation of that history is central to our mission. We are grateful to be included with other fine hotels that similarly represent and respect America’s history while actively meeting the current needs of travelers and communities.”

The Penn Wells Hotel is rich in history and architectural integrity, sitting as the centerpiece of activity and events  in Tioga County.


 

                                 Thursday June 22, 2017

                                                   Wednesday’s high, 73; Overnight low, 46;,10” rain (.04” on Fishing Creek)

Lane changes coming next week in downtown Coudersport….Box culvert work delayed in Oswayo Township delayed….both drivers escape injury in Rear-end collision….Troopers in Tioga and Cameron counties investigate hit and runs….$400 in cash stolen from Tioga County home…. 

Late June will bring a traffic change on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Route 6 project in Coudersport. Begun in 2016, this two-year project will result in an improved roadway surface through downtown Coudersport as well as sidewalk improvements and bridge repairs.

On Thursday, June 29, PennDOT will implement a new phase of traffic control on the project, with traffic switching to the completed lanes of Main Street and Chestnut Street. Construction will then begin on the remaining lanes.

 

Traffic control will consist of one direction/one lane of travel maintained on Route 6, with local detours used for the opposite direction of traffic. Availability of parking in the downtown area will be reduced. Drivers should also be prepared for travel delays in and around Coudersport.  

This stage of construction is expected to be completed in early September at which time construction will be started on Second Street. All work is weather dependent.

 The work zone stretches along Route 6 from West Street to Ludwig Lane. Overall work includes roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, bridge rehabilitation, traffic signal upgrades, water line relocation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $4.8 million project, which will continue through November.

This spring’s weather  has caused a delay in the completion of a road project in Oswayo Township. On June 15 PennDot)began replacement work for a box culvert on Eleven Mile Road (Route 4023) PennDOT closed the road and removed the culvert but wet, rainy weather has since hampered progress on the project according to officials.

 An official detour using Routes 4023 (Eleven Mile Creek Road), 4025 (Brizzie Hollow Road), 244, and 44will now be in place through July 14—one week later than originally announced.

PennDOT  says it will re-open the box culvert and roadway before July 14 if work progress allows.

 The box culvert spans Eleven Mile Creek near the village of Chrystal. Replacement will allow PennDOT to remove the bridge from Potter County’s structurally deficient list and remove the weight postings of 27-tons for single vehicles and 28-tons for combination vehicles. An average of 250 vehicles moves through this area daily.

 The project is a cooperative effort between PennDOT Potter County Maintenance and contractor L. C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York. Work items include excavation, removal of the existing box culvert, placement of the new box culvert, back-filling for the new box culvert, concrete work, and paving.  All work is weather dependent.

 Both drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision Tuesday afternoon in Bloss Townsihp. Mansfield based state police say the fender bender occurred when Gordan Kinat of Blossburg stopped his 1972 Chevrolet Nova in the Southbound land on Bloss Mountain Road and was struck by a Subaru Impreza driven by Kevin Foulkrod of Trout Run. Police said both men were using seatbelts.

 Troopers at Mansfield are looking for a hit and run driver whose vehicle sideswiped another Tuesday morning in Delmar Township. A Dodge 1500 hit the driver’s side mirror on a Dodge Heavy Duty truck driven by Justin Spangler of Landisvlle, PA  and kept going north on the Balsam Road. Both Spangler and his passenger Kevin Stough of Seven Valleys PA were seat belted..

 State police at Emporium are investigating a hit and run occurring last Saturday in Shippen Township. An unknown vehicle went off Nicklar Road and collided with a vehicle owned by Ruth Crisp of Austin between 2:00 and 10:30 pm.

 A burglary at an Elkland home earlier this month remains under investigation by state police at Mansfield. $400 in cash was stolen from an upstairs bedroom at the home of Phillip Egleston on Route 49 between June 7 and 13.

 State police also investigated a criminal mischief taking place between noon and 4:45 pm June 1 in a parking area by Routes 549 and Route 6. Vandals egged a truck owned by Logan Adams of Covington while it was parked at that location.

  


 

                                       Wednesday June 21, 2017

                                                                                           Tuesday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 51; .15” rain

 PennDot announces updated driver’s license….public/private partnership will repair two Potter County roads this summer…Two companies in senatorial district selected to grow medical marijuana…..Medical condition causes Eldred accident….Minor injuries reported for teen driver and passengers in Elk County…Phony $100 bill passed at St. Marys business…Vandals damage tractor tire in Shinglehouse…

 

  

As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver license and identification card products.

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PennDOT entered a new contract with MorphoTrust USA in August of 2015 for the design and issuance of Driver License (DL) and Identification (ID) cards. Over the last 22 months, PennDOT has worked with MorphoTrust USA on planning, design and deployment of this major new security enhancement initiative.

 

PennDOT began a pilot of the new products this Monday  in Harrisburg. All Driver and Photo centers will transition to the new products by the end of October 2017. The new products will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle and will replace existing products. Both current and new card designs will be in circulation during the transition period.

 

The new cards are not related to the federal REAL ID Act and are not  REAL ID-compliant. System, building infrastructure and process changes will be necessary for Pennsylvania to issue REAL ID-compliant products. PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at customer’s option in 2019.

 

 

The cards look very different, but they also have additional enhanced security features, which improve fraud prevention and protect from counterfeiting and alteration.

 

Some of the enhanced features include:

·         For more information and to see an image of the new card design, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

 

In addition to the above changes, the magnetic strip has been eliminated on the back of the newly designed driver’s license and identification cards.

 

 

The Wolf Administration has announced that a new public-private partnership will rehabilitate 9.2 miles of weight restricted roadway in Potter County and include drainage improvements and full-depth reclamation of Route 1001 (Brookland Road/South Main Street/Fox Hill Road) and Route 4013 (North Hollow Road).

JKLM Energy, LLC of Sewickley, PA, has financed $3.2 million of the $6.75 million needed for the work on both routes with the balance of the work to be completed utilizing Act 89 funding dedicated to upgrading weight restricted highways.

The work zone on Route 1001 stretches from the village of Brookland to Ulysses. As of yesterday, that section of the road will be closed for full-depth reclamation work. A detour utilizing Route 449 and Route 49 will be in place until mid-September.

The work zone on Route 4013 stretches from the borough of Coudersport towards Seven Bridges. Starting July 24, this section of the road will be closed for full-depth reclamation work.   A detour using  Route 6 and Route 49 will be in place until early October.I n both cases,  Drivers familiar with the area can use alternate routes

PennDot reminds motorists a Tioga County Maintenance crew will be replace a cross pipe today on Route 549 in Rutland Township. The pipe is located between Roseville Borough and Route 1012 (Sopertown Road).Work will take up to two days to complete, weather permitting. 

The road will be closed during thie project. A detour will be in place using Route 1011 (Bailey Creek Road).

 

Two businesses in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded medical marijuana grower/processor permits by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, according to Senator Joe Scarnati.

 Scarnati, a supporter of medical marijuana, says  legislation was signed into law last year as Act 16 of 2016 establishing  a program for use of medical marijuana by patients with serious medical conditions.  Under the law, patients can take the medicine by pill, oil, vapor, ointment or liquid, but not in a form that can be smoked.

 

Two area  businesses, Terrapin Investment Fund 1, LLC, in Jersey Shore, Clinton County, and Cresco Yeltrah, LLC, Brookville, Jefferson County, will be receiving permits.   Across the state, a total of 12 firms are being awarded permits.  The Department of Health received 457 applications, including 177 prospective grower/processors and 280 for dispensaries.  Dispensary permits are expected to be announced later this month.  In addition to providing needed medical treatment, the program is expected to create local processing and dispensing jobs. 

 

Those with grower/processor permits will have six months to meet standards that show they are operational, after which they can begin growing.

 

A pre-existing medical condition is blamed for a one-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Eldred. Kane Based state police say Heidi Ray of Eldred was going east on Cris drive when her Jeep Compass went over a curb and struck a utility pole, then re-entered the street and continued for about 70 feet before turning rig hint a private driveway where it came to rest. Ray was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and her previous medical condition.

Minor injuries were also reported for a Ridgway teen driver and some of his passengers after a one-vehicle crash Monday night in Ridgway Township. Troopers report the 17 year old boy was speeding when his northbound Nissan Maxima failed  to make a right hand curve and traveled into the  opposite lane. When he tried to regain control, the vehicle slid sideways off the road, became airborne and rolled over three or four times before stopping on the right side of the Portland Mills Road. Police said the driver and his passengers a 17ytear old boy and a 14 year old boy along with 18year old Lars Johnstone, all of Ridgway declined treatment.

Troopers in Ridgway are still looking for a man who passed a phony $100 bill at a St. Marys business. Between 8:00 and 9:00 pm on June 14, the unknown male requested change for a $100 bill at the Get Go Gas Station but it wasn’t until he left the store, that employees realized the bill was a fake.

A criminal mischief in Shinglehouse was investigated by state police at Coudersport. Vandals used an unknown object to flatten the  front right side tire on a tractor owned by Rodney Aikey while it was parked on the Trails End Road Monday afternoon.


 

                                                                      Tuesday June 20, 2017

Monday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 56; 1.21” rain, (.61” on Fishing Creek)

Re-opening of Sinnemahoning State Park delayed….chain saw, cash, prescription medication, delivered packages and stored property stolen in Tioga County…..Both drivers hurt in Elk County collision…three drivers escape injury in Tioga County collision…Emporium man arrested for littering….Laurel Festival Queen and parade awards announced….

Sinnemahoning State Park has announced that sediment removal from the George B. Stevenson reservoir has been completed but weather conditions have slowed progress of paving and modifications being made to mooring and launch area.

Park officials have extended the opening of the lake from July 4th to August 4th, 2017. The project has been hampered by heavy rains, muddy conditions and limited access. This was a large earth moving project and delays are likely when grading, seeding and paving are dependent upon the weather.

“If the weather cooperates and we are able to stay on track, we are hoping to open sooner than the projected date of August 4th’ stated Bainey.

The lower portion of the lake will remain open for fishing near the dam breast on the north side of the trash booms and Short Bend Run along the eastern lake shoreline.  Fishing will not be permitted near the mooring/boat launch area.

The boat launch area will remain closed to vehicles and pedestrian traffic until all upgrades have been completed.

More information will be posted as it becomes available. For more details or to be put on the Sinnemahoning State Park’s email list for current updates, please call the Park Office & Wildlife Center at 814-647-8401, email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov or Like Us on FaceBook at Sinnemahoning-State-Park.

Mansfield based state police are investigating several thefts and burglaries occurring in Tioga County over the past couple of weeks. Burglars helped themselves to a Stihl 310 Chain saw from a garage on Bear Creek Road in Tioga Township between June 8 and 10. The saw belongs to William Mosher. Property belonging to Heather Brown of Greensburg, PA and Eric Abernathy of Wellsboro was stolen between 2:00 pm June 10 and 8:00 pm June 13 from  Butters Storage Units in Charleston Township. Several packages delivered to the home of Lacey Cole on Route 328 in Millerton were stolen between June 1 and 3. The items had been left on the front door step. Criminals took $200 in cash and a bottle of prescription medication from an unlocked  vehicle owned by Garret Fairbanks of Wellsboro between 4:00 and 5:00 pm last Thursday, June 15,  while it was parked in a pull off area on the Stony Fork Road in Delmar Township.

 

Both drivers and an adult passenger were hurt in a collision Monday morning in Jay Township, Elk County. Troopers said the collision occurred when Mandi Catlin of Force, PA pulled her GMC Yukon  out from a stop sign at the intersection of Pine Avenue and The Bennetts Valley Highway in front of a Toyota Corolla driven by John Deutsch of Weedville. Both drivers and Denise Deutsch were taken to the DuBois Hospital. A young girl riding tin Catlin’s SUV escaped injury.

 

A Reynoldsville driver was not hurt Sunday night in a car/deer collision  also  on the Bennetts Valley Highway in Jay Township. Matthew Fassnacht was headed north when the whitetail entered the highway in front of Fassnacht’s Dodge Journey.

 

No injuries were reported for a North Bergen, NJ motorist involved in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning in Middlebury Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, Glenn Betancourt’s Jeep Compass rolled over several times on the Hills Creek Road when he overcompensated when the vehicle went off the pavement and onto  a grass berm  while headed west.

 

All three drivers avoided injuries in a collision Sunday afternoon on Route 6 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Troopers said Michael Alexander of Ulster, PA was speeding when his Honda Civic went into the opposite lane on curve and hit a Jeep Wrangler driven by Connie West of Granville Summit, PA. When Matthew Smith of Onalaska, TX who was following West, swerved to avoid a collision, his Dodge Ram went off the road and struck an embankment.

 

Emporium-based state police have arrested 29 year old Keith Nadji of that town for littering. Troopers claim Nadji threw a small bag of trash on Route 120- in Shippen Township last Saturday.

 

Miss Williamson Abbey Carleton was crowned the 2017 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen during the Saturday, June 17 coronation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. She was presented with a $1,500 scholarship to the college of her choice.

 

Named first runner-up was Miss Montoursville Caroline Hernandez who received a $750 scholarship and also a $250 scholarship for being named Miss Congeniality by the other queen candidates. Second runner-up was Miss Athens Sarah Montrose who was awarded a $500 scholarship.

 

“We were unanimous on the top three,” said Oliver Richard Bartlett of Hughesville, a former Tioga County Commissioner who serves as Laurel Queen judge coordinator. “Each candidate’s answer to her question always plays a role in our final decision,” Bartlett added. Other judges included: Renata Stiehl, news director and anchor with WENY-TV, Horseheads, N.Y.; Jacob Michaels with 93.3 WBZD-FM, Muncy; and David Cohick, director of Tioga County Emergency Services in Charleston Township. All four have served as judges for over five years. Lisa Mazzarella with 89.9 WVIA-FM, Pittston, Pa. was a first-time judge.  

 

There was a larger crowd than last year,” commented Bartlett about the Saturday afternoon Laurel Parade. “People were sitting six or seven deep in some places.”

 

“I was completely shocked and very humbled by the entire experience,” said the newly crowned Laurel Queen. “I am proud that I was able to represent my school in such a good way.”

 

The 10 semi-finalists were each asked one question during the coronation ceremony. “I was asked about spending cuts in education and what programs should be kept and which high school programs helped me, said Miss Carleton. She pointed to two areas of study that helped her, shop and art. “When you start cutting out shop classes for students that learn that way, you are taking away their quality of education. Once you take out art classes, you are trying to put students in the same box and that’s not how education works,” she noted.  

 

“What I enjoyed most about the weekend was definitely meeting all of the other Laurel Queen candidates. Two of the girls, Miss Warrior Run Lanie Urbanski and Miss Millville Ariana Bish are also going to Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. Move-in day is Aug. 24,” Miss Carleton said. She is planning to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology secondary education and become an elementary guidance counselor.

 

At 4 a.m. Sunday morning, the newly crowned Laurel Queen and her family left for vacation in North Carolina. She will go back to work upon her return.

 

The 2017 Laurel Queen is the daughter of Raquel and Mark Gee of Tioga Township and Carrie and James Carleton Jr. of Charleston Township.

 

She was on honor roll all four years at Williamson Junior-Senior High School in Tioga Junction, was secretary of the Williamson Chapter of the National Honor Society, served as Class of 2017 president as a sophomore, junior and senior and was a member of the Williamson Environmental Service Organization as a freshman and an executive committee member as a sophomore, junior and senior.

 

Representing Montoursville Area High School was Miss Caroline Hernandez, a daughter of Marta and Carlos Hernandez of Montoursville. "I was shocked and proud to be named Miss Congeniality by my peers," she said. "I wasn't expecting it. All of the girls were so sweet. Extreme happiness was my first reaction and then lots of tears. I was even more shocked when I was named first runner-up. I was acknowledged by my peers and by the judges. It was amazing. I can't even put it into words," she added. "All of us (Laurel Queen candidates) became really close in a short time. The activity I enjoyed the most was the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. That was the first time I had ever seen it. My experience as a Laurel Queen candidate will always be something I cherish," she added. 

 

Miss Hernandez will attend classes at American University in Washington, D.C. beginning on Aug. 21. She is majoring in international affairs with a minor in Spanish. Her goal is to enroll in law school and eventually work for the U.S. federal government. As a high school junior and senior, she was secretary of the Class of 2017 and recorded running event times and finishes for the track and field team coach and announcers. As a senior, she was secretary of the National Art Honor Society and a member of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. Miss Hernandez was a three-year member of the National Spanish Honor Society (vice president as a junior; president as a senior) and a two-year member of the National English Honor Society as a sophomore and senior.

 

Her question as a Laurel Queen semi-finalist was which is better, year-round schooling with shorter breaks as is done in European countries or a shorter school year with a longer break in the summer as is done in America and why. Miss Hernandez said she favors year-round schooling because students going on to college would be better prepared for rigorous course work and their futures. She noted that year-round schooling may not work for students who have to work in the summertime to earn money to go to college.

 

"It was such a great feeling to be named third runner-up,” said Sarah Montrose, daughter of Deborah and Vincent Montrose of Columbia Cross Roads. She represented Athens Area High School as a Laurel Queen candidate. I was honestly surprised that the judges thought so highly of me and that I made that much of an impact. I wasn't shocked to learn Caroline was first runner-up and Miss Congeniality and Abbey was queen. Both of them deserved it," she said. 

 

"I enjoyed everything, from walking around to see the different vendors to every little kid who asked me if I was a real princess and wanted to have their picture taken with me, to the queen candidates I met and connections I made…It's all so wonderful. When I was a little girl, I visited the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon but appreciated it much more now. Being in the Laurel Parade was a new experience for me. Every single person you drive by cheers for you," said Miss Montrose.

 

She has been invited by Lockheed Martin to shadow someone working with computers. There is also the possibility of a future internship with the company. "Within the last 24 hours, I have also been offered a part-time job as an interviewer at a new radio station that is opening in New York, near where I live," Miss Montrose said. 

 

As a semi-finalist, Miss Montrose was asked what she was passionate about in terms of world culture and how she would use it. In response, she said in terms of world culture she was passionate about art and would use it in her community to paint children’s faces and do paintings for people.

 

Miss Montrose was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America all four years of high school; was a three-year member of the National Honor Society as a sophomore, junior and senior and of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society as a junior and senior. 

 

Aug. 14, will be her first day at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. She plans to earn a bachelor's degree in computer science and then work before earning her master's in computer science. "My dream job is still to be on an analytical team at a major company such as Google or Amazon," Miss Montrose said.    

 

The 10 semi-finalists included the 2017 Laurel Queen and her court plus Miss Bucktail Emalea Jo Mills, Miss Central Mountain McCartney Register, Miss Millville Ariana Bish, Miss Montgomery Mackenzie Day, Miss South Williamsport Rebecca Nash, Miss St. John Neumann Sarah Harbach and Miss Troy Rebecca Case.

 

The weeklong Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival began Saturday, June 10 with Family Day and the Children's Health Fair ended Sunday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. with the outdoor Union Church Service.

 

For information about the 2018 festival scheduled for Saturday, June 9 through Sunday, June 16, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926.

 

LAUREL PARADE WINNERS:

Parade Marshal Award:

This was earned by Skip and Carol Cavanaugh of Wellsboro and Blake Maxson of Northwest Bank of Wellsboro.  "They graciously gave up their time to help out," said Julie VanNess, executive director of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce. "Skip and Carol were going to drive an official in their convertible during the Laurel Parade. When we realized we had an extra convertible, the Cavanaughs decided to participate in the parade and throw candy to parade watchers along the route." Blake Maxson had volunteered to use his vehicle to haul a float but the group involved brought their own truck. He then "saved the day" for the queen candidate judges who were stranded at the Deane Center with no transportation to get them to their next stop.  

 

High School Bands (60 musicians and under):

First, Wellsboro Area High School Band of Wellsboro, Pa.

Second, Canaseraga High School Marching Band, Canaseraga, New York

Third, Wellsville Marching Lions, Wellsville, N.Y.

 

High School Bands (61 musicians and over):

First, Corning-Painted Post High School Marching Band of Corning, N.Y.

 

Professional Bands:

First, Penn York Highlanders, a Scottish pipe band of Athens, Pa.

Second, Blue Eagles Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps of Wind Gap, Pa.

Third, Edward P. Maloney Memorial Pipe Band of Vestal, N.Y.

 

Community Float Division:

First, Broad Acres Health & Rehabilitation Center & Country Terrace in Charleston Township with their float "Fairy Tale Land."

Second, the Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital Auxiliary of Wellsboro with their float.

 

Special Unit Award:

Pennsylvania Bucktails Civil War Living History Unit of Mansfield, Pa. 

 

Specialty Music Unit Award:

The Hit Men Brass Band of Rochester, N.Y.

 

Antique/Classic Car Award

1937 Oldsmobile originally bought in Wellsboro at a garage where the Warehouse Theatre is located. Owned by Bob Dunham of Wellsboro, it was driven by Bud Boyce.

 

 


Monday June 19, 2017

Sunday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 64; .58” rain (1.00” on Fishing Creek

 

PA Hunting licenses went on sale today and Causer reminds first time hunters they must take a course…..One driver hurt in a rear-end work zone collision……..Kersey motorcyclist charged with DUI following weekend crash….. Three NY  state residents arrested for stealing multiple times from Mansfield Walmart….Coudersport woman accused of stealing dog…..$1900 worth of tools and equipment stolen from house near Coudersport……prescription medication and cash taken from Ulysses Township home….

Saturday June 17, 2017 was "|Sock Puppet Day" during story hour at the Roulette Library. Stephanie Prindle, Alaynna McKervy & Maddy Andreano (seated) made their own puppets after learning more from Volutneer Pat Miller (Standing)

 

Pennsylvania Hunting licenses for 2017-18 went on sale earlier today. The licenses become valid July 1 and, after that date, all who hunt, trap or who want to apply for an antlerless deer license must have an up-to-date 2017-18 license to do so. As we reported last week, the Game Commission says there is one noticeable change for 2017-18 license buyers is that the full regulations digest typically given out when licenses are purchased is not being provided for free this year. Instead, all license buyers will receive a complimentary “pocket-guide” that contains general hunting regulations, hunting hours, fluorescent orange requirements, a map of the Wildlife Management Units, and season dates and bag limits.License buyers who wish to view the full digest can do so online at the www.pgc.pa.gov, or they can opt to purchase a printed digest for $6. Digests will be sold over-the-counter at Game Commission Region Offices and Harrisburg Headquarters. When purchased elsewhere, the digests will be mailed directly to license buyers.

By no longer giving free digests to all license buyers, the Game Commission says it  will save significantly on the cost of printing and mailing hundreds of thousands of digests.

 

Meanwhile, Representative Martin Causer reminds hunters of an important requirement. All first time hunters and trappers, regardless of a age must successfully complete a hunter/trapper Education Course before buying a license. The lawmaker says a list of courses is available on the Game Commission’s website www.pgc.pa.gov

 

One driver was slightly hurt in a rear-end work zone collision Friday morning in Charleston Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, the chain reaction pile-up occurred at 8:20 on Route 6 near Gas Company Road when Dustin Price of Gaines failed to brake soon enough and allowed his Jeep Grand Cherokee to run into the back of a Ford Escape driven by Linda Blasz of Blossburg which was shoved into the back of a second Je4ep Grand Cherokee driven by Ann Marie Crowley of Wellsboro. Blasz did not require treatment at a medical facility for her minor injury. Both Price and Crowley were unhurt but Price has been cited for following too closely.

 

Both drivers and a young passenger escaped injury in another rear-end  collision last Thursday afternoon in Delmar Township, Tioga County. Troopers said that collision occurred when Bradley Dunham of Wellsboro had stopped on Route 287 to enter the Acorn Market Parking lot and Amber Shoemaker of Trout Run failed to notice the stopped unit allowing her Chevrolet Trailblazer to hit the back of Dunham’s Chevrolet Silverado. A young child riding ti Shoemaker’s vehicle was properly restrained in a child safety seat.

State police in Ridgway are looking for a hit and run vehicle which caused minor damage last Monday morning in the St. Marys Walmart parking lot. Authorities say an unknown vehicle hit the left side of the back bumper on a Dodge Durang0 owned by Heather Vargas of Ridgway. The driver was observed getting out of her car, and then getting back in before leaving without giving notification.

DUI charges are pending against a Kersey man after a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. Troopers at Ridgway report 40 year old Brian Viglione was going west when his motorcycle went off the Toby Road and collided with a mailbox. Police said when they investigated, they determined Viglione had been operating the bike while under the influence.

A Coudersport woman is being charged for stealing a dog. State police allege 62 year old Susan Ann Pernick took a dog belonging to William Fish III from his home  on the Toles Hollow Road late last week after becoming aware the dog belonged to the victim. The canine has been returned to Fish.

Troopers at Coudersport are probing several recent thefts and burglaries. Sometime since May 25, burglars entered a house on Vader Hill Road in Eulalia Township owned by Barry Bradley of Mansfield and made off with a gray Holbart mig welder and tank, cutting torches  with tanks, miscellaneous tolls and tool box valued at a total of $1900.  Thieves stole a prescription medication and $62.75 cents in cash and change from a home on Route 6 West in Ulysses Township on the morning of  Friday June 9. Criminals caused $50 in damage when breaking into a camp on the Notch Road in West Branch township last week. The camp is owned by William Blaney of Orangeville, Oho. Police did not indicate if anything was stolen. A theft at Sweden Valley Manor between last week  is being investigated by state police. $50 in cash belonging to Carol Whitesell was taken between last Tuesday and Friday. And an alleged theft turned out to be lawful at the Black Forest Trading Post on Route 6 in Ulysses Township. A woman used a gift certificate to buy a pair of moccasins and at first it was believed to be a phony certificate but was later found to be valid.

Three New York State residents have been arrested for stealing merchandise from the Mansfield Walmart. Authorities claim 38 year old Candy Horton of Cohocton, 38 year old Beth Ann Meade of Woodhull and 35 year old Roger Watson of Addison were caught taking items from the store three different times during a one-week period and  uave also been charged in two other incidents.

Burglars damaged a door while trying to break into a home in Fox Township between 1:00 am and midnight Saturday night. Gouge marks were left on an exterior door at the home of Nicole Snyder on Ruffner Lane. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

Vandals damaged six windshields on vehicles parked behind Matt’s Auto on Bloss Mountain Road in Liberty, PA sometime June 10 or 11 and state police are continuing to look for those responsible.

Obituary

Sandra Jeanne Majot, 83, of Ceres, NY, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Wellsville, NY..Born on February 10, 1934 in Olean, she was a daughter of Paul and Jean Schmidt Miller.  On September 28, 1957 in Sacred Heart Church in Portville, she married Michael D. Majot, who survives.Sandy was a graduate of Bolivar High School, Class of 1952.  For a short period of time, she was employed by the former Clark Brothers in Olean.  Her most cherished time was being a wife, mother, and raising their six children.  Sandy enjoyed cooking, gardening, music, her beloved pets, a dish of ice cream at night, and in her earlier years, doing pottery. Along with her husband, she enjoyed going to yard sales. Together, they also took great pleasure in experiencing the outdoors and nature.  Her greatest love was spending time with her expanding family.

Surviving besides her husband are six children, Sophia J. Majot of Ballston Spa, Sarah A. Majot of Burnt Hills, Edward E. (Betty) Majot of Little Genesee, Douglas A. Majot of Wellsville, Paul D. (Shari) Majot of Ceres, and Kevin M. (Kimberly) Majot of Little Genesee; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Rebecca (Clark) Jacques of Little Genesee; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Sandy was predeceased by two sisters, Marilyn Cradduck and Paula Faulkner.Friends may call from 10am to noon on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA, where funeral services will follow at noon with Pastor Ben Ramirez of the Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bolivar.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Sandy, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

  


                                                Friday June 16, 2017

Thursday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 63; 1.68” rain (1.36” on Fishing Creek)

 

PA Hunting licenses go on sale Monday and Game Commission advises of changes…..Program tonight in Roulette on opiod epidemic….Williamsport drug dealer sentenced….details about ATV accident finally released by troopers @ Coudersport…Theft of money and property marker investigated by state police locally…Mansfield police look for thieves who took money from a donation jar…wallet, cash and credit cards …

 

HUNTING LICENSES TO GO ON SALE JUNE 19 and the Game Commission is  

advising Pennsylvania hunters and trappers soon of some important changes implemented since this time last year.

 

Hunting licenses for 2017-18 go on sale June 19. The licenses become valid July 1 and, after that date, all who hunt, trap or who want to apply for an antlerless deer license must have an up-to-date 2017-18 license to do so.

 

One noticeable change for 2017-18 license buyers is that the full regulations digest typically given out when licenses are purchased is not being provided for free this year.

 

Instead, all license buyers will receive a complimentary “pocket-guide” that contains general hunting regulations, hunting hours, fluorescent orange requirements, a map of the Wildlife Management Units, and season dates and bag limits.

 

License buyers who wish to view the full digest can do so online at thewww.pgc.pa.gov, or they can opt to purchase a printed digest for $6. Digests will be sold over-the-counter at Game Commission Region Offices and Harrisburg Headquarters. When purchased elsewhere, the digests will be mailed directly to license buyers.

 

By no longer giving free digests to all license buyers, the Game Commission will save significantly on the cost of printing and mailing hundreds of thousands of digests.

 

Officials say the  decision is motivated by the agency’s financial situation, which already has caused the Game Commission to eliminate programs and reduce personnel.

 

Unlike most state agencies, the Game Commission doesn’t get a share of tax money from the state’s general fund. Instead, funding comes primarily from the sale of licenses, the fees for which are set by the General Assembly.

 

A challenging fiscal climate also is behind another significant change in 2017-18 – the requirement for all adult and senior pheasant hunters to purchase a permit.

 

In recent decades, pheasant hunting in Pennsylvania has been possible only through the release of farm-raised pheasants, and the Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program annually has raised and released about 200,000 pheasants or more for hunting statewide. While the program is a popular one, it doesn’t come cheap, costing about $4.7 million annually in recent years.

 

Steps have been taken to curtail the cost of the program. The Game Commission last year closed two of its four pheasant farms, and the statewide pheasant allocation for 2017-18 has been reduced to 170,000.

By creating a pheasant permit, the Game Commission has established a mechanism to help fund the pheasant program – giving hunters a chance to help sustain the program rather than see it vanish.

 

Pheasant permits are required for all adult and senior hunters, including senior lifetime license buyers, who pursue or harvest pheasants. Junior hunters do not need a pheasant permit to hunt or harvest pheasants. Each pheasant permit costs $26.90, and the permit is required in addition to a general hunting license.

 

General hunting licenses and furtaker licenses each continue to cost $20.90 for Pennsylvania residents and $101.90 for nonresidents.

 

Resident senior hunters and furtakers, ages 65 and older, can purchase one-year licenses for $13.90, or lifetime licenses for $51.90. For $101.90, resident seniors can purchase lifetime combination licenses that afford them hunting and furtaking privileges. Like other hunters and trappers, seniors still need to purchase archery licenses before participating in the archery deer season, bear licenses to pursue bruins, and permits to harvest pheasants, bobcats, fishers or river otters.

 

A complete list of licensing requirements can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov.

Burhans thanked hunters and trappers for their enduring support of Pennsylvania wildlife through their annual license purchases.

 

The Sweden Township Police Department, Potter County District Attorney, Potter County Drug Task Force, and Potter County Drug & Alcohol will be sponsoring a Town Hall Meeting regarding Heroin and the Opioid Epidemic.  This meeting is being held to educate the public on this epidemic that is plaguing Potter County.  6:00 pm Roulette Fire Hall.

 

In a related note, The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Troy Brown, age 40 of Williamsport was sentenced on June 12, 2017 by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann to serve 17 years’ imprisonment for his leadership role in a large-scale heroin distribution network operating between Williamsport and Bloomsburg. According to United States Attorney, Bruce D. Brandler, Brown was responsible for the distribution of between 700 and 1,000 grams of heroin, or between 28,000 and 40,000 individual doses of heroin. In sentencing Brown, Judge Brann considered his multiple prior convictions for drug distribution felonies, his possession of firearms during the commission of the offense, and his position as a manager of criminal activity involving five or more participants. Brown and 26 co-conspirators have been charged in connection with this drug trafficking organization. This case was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin Initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to AUSA George Rocktashel for prosecution.

Next week, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County will replace a cross pipe on Route 549 in Rutland Township.The pipe is located between Roseville Borough and Route 1012 (Sopertown Road).Work will begin Wednesday, June 21, and take up to two days to complete, weather permitting.The road will be closed during this project. A detour will be in place using Route 1011 (Bailey Creek Road).511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. 

 

 An Emporium man escaped injury in a car/deer collision Thursday afternoon on the Keating Summit Road in Portage Township, Cameron County. State police said Davide Hockey ws going north about a mile and half north oft Sizerville State plark when the white tail bounded onto the highway in front of his Buick LeSabre. The car had to be towed from the scene.

 

Coudersport based state police last night released details about an at ATV accident taking place Sunday afternoon in Allegany Township. Troopers report the mishap ocoured when a 13 year old Coudersport girl moved her Yamaha YFM45 to the right to avoid a truck towing a trailer headed in the opposite direction. The machine went into a ditch and continued for nearly 150 feet before going out of control and hitting the right shoulder of the ditch before rolling over. The gril was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment o fminor injuries.

Troopers at Coudersport apparently have adopted a policy of withholding names for various incidents. They say they are continuing to investigate the interference with custody of children alleging that a caregiver failed to return a child to a 64 year old Coudersport woman on the evening of May 24 claiming abuse took place at the Route 6 residence. A known suspect whose name also has not been released allegedly became belligerent and refused to leave E & G Auto on Route 6 in Coudersport on May 19. State police are also investigating a theft by deception victimizing an 83 year old Coudersport resident earlier this week.

An unknown thief took an amount of cash from Sweden Valley Manor sometime last weekend. Police did, however, reported that a property marker owned by Bradley Prentice from Main Street Genesee between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm May 22.

 

Troopers in Mansfield are investigating a theft taking place between 10:30 pm last Sunday and 6:30 am Monday in Sullivan Township. A wallet containing $127 in cash, two debit cards and two credit cards were taken from an unlocked vehicle owned by Kassandra Mitchell of Mainsburg while it was parked on Roaring Branch Road. Criminals also threw papers around inside the vehicle.

State police there are also seeking help from the public in locating those responsible for stealing money out of a donation jar at Eddie’s Restaurant on S. Main Street in Richmond Township. The money, which was being collected for the Bump family who lost their home to a fire, was stolen sometime this past Sunday. One suspect has been identified but police say their may be more and any additional information will be appreciated.

 


 

Thursday June 15, 2017

Wednesday’s high, 81; Overnight low 58; no rain

Ridgway state police investigate two ID thefts…..Lawrenceville man accused of deceiving Mansfield Walmart…Theft of mounted tires from Tioga County dealership investigated…Kersey resident charged with writing bad checks to drug store….monitoring of public water systems will begin soon in Potter County..

 State police in Ridgway are investigating two recent ID thefts…An unknown criminal used a credit card made from a Kersey woman’s debit card to charge $413.90 at a Giant Eagle store in  Pittsburgh Tuesday night. And, someone used the identity of 57 year old Harrison Markert of Wilcox to open a JC Penney account and purchase $483.56 worth of merchandise online from the  store yesterday.

A theft taking place June 3 or 4 in Richmond Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Thieves stole four wheels and tires from the bed of Wellsboro resident Steve Worden’s pick up truck while it was at the Cole and Burd dealership.

Christopher Deboy, 40 of Lawrenceville  has been arrested for retail theft after deceiving the Walmart Super Center in Mansfield Tuesday evening. Sate police claim Deboy found a discarded receipt for a futon on the ground or in an outside trash can at the store. He entered the store, according to authorities, grabbed a futon and then returned it with the receipt to obtain a cash refund.

A Kersey resident has been charged with writing three bad checks to the Bennetts Valley Pharmacy in late April. State police say the checks, totaling $169.49 were all returned due to insufficient funds and 20 year old Aaron Johnson has failed to make them good.

Water monitoring projects continue to move forward. Potter County’s official website , Potter County Today is reporting that monitoring equipment will be installed on nearly every source of public drinking water in Potter County no later than mid-July. At Wednesday’s meeting of the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition, chair Charlie Tuttle announced that equipment will be arriving no later than June 19. A representative of Campbell Scientific, the company that supplied the monitors, will be available at 9 am Wednesday, June 21, at the county planning office to meet with operators and discuss the equipment. Shinglehouse Borough is the only TDWC affiliate not participating. Sixteen monitors are available for installation on wells, springs and surface water sources feeding the other 10 public water systems in the county. The monitors will capture and archive data on water temperature, flow, and contents to create a baseline and sound an early warning in the event of contamination. The state’s settlement with JKLM Energy for its 2015 environmental violation at a shale gas drilling site off North Hollow Road has yielded $100,000 for the monitoring systems.

On a related note, coalition members discussed the need to update each system’s certified Sourcewater Protection Zone Plan. Mark Stephens, geologist with the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) regional office in Williamsport, said most of the elements in the current plans will not change and updating them should not pose a stiff challenge. 

Yesterday we reported that a state grant has been approved to cover the bulk of expenses in a detailed study that will document where much of the county’s groundwater comes from, its characteristics, and its movement patterns. The information will be invaluable for public policy-makers, industries, regulatory agencies and many others. Through the testing of between 45 and 50 private  wells in strategic locations, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will be able to amass and share detailed data. with the identity of individual well owners protected. Confidential findings from the analysis will be provided to each owner.

And, despite a reorganization of Penn State Co-operative Extension services in the region, officials say  the university does plan to hire a new water resources educator/assistant to succeed recent retiree, Jim Clark, who was active with several Potter County organizations, including the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition, Water Quality Work Group and Natural Gas Resource Center. Under the  re-organization plan, taking place later this summer, two administrators will be responsible for the new nine-county PSU Extension Area 2. Counties of Cameron, McKean, Elk, Clearfield, Jefferson, Clarion, Warren and Elk are also in the new region.

 

Evalee K. Ostrom, 73, of Langmaid Lane, Bradford, formerly of Port Allegany, passed away Monday (June 12, 2017) in Bradford Manor.   Born December 14, 1943, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Andrew and Lora B. Carlson Pinchock.  She married Robert H. Ostrom.   Evalee was a longtime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1961.  She worked as a nurse’s aide at Sweden Valley Manor and later with Cole Manor, both of Coudersport, before she retired.  She attended Sartwell Creek Union Church, Port Allegany, where she enjoyed singing in the choir.  Evalee enjoyed gardening, home crafts, and drawing. Surviving are two sons, Robert J. Ostrom of Emporium, Michael N. Ostrom of Greensburg, PA, and a granddaughter, Jessica Perkins of Atlanta, GA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Edward and Richard Pinchock.      Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.   
Condolences can be made to:  Robert J. Ostrom 
                                                       751 Old West Creek Rd. 
                                                       Emporium, PA  15834
  
 


                                                   Wednesday June 14, 2017

Tuesday’s high 86; low 61; no rain

 

An Eldred man has been jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail after being arraigned on charges of simple assault and burglary. Kane-based state police claim 29 year old Zachary Johnston pushed his vehicle into one owned by a 28 year old woman parked at 37 Beers Hollow Road  and then into a  house owned by a 36 year old male victim before forcing his way into the home of a 50 year old man  where a shouting match erupted. The altercation made its way outside into the driveway where Johnston allegedly hit the home owner in the face with a closed fist.

Equipment failure has been found to be the cause of a fire Monday night which destroyed a log skidder in the woods near Route 46 in Norwich Township, McKean County. The investigation revealed a starter wire was damaged by the vehicle’s steering pistons, apparently over time  and arced welding itself to the frame of the machine. The master switch was found to be inoperable and was bypassed allowing constant power to the starter wire. The fire was discovered by a forester checking on logging operations. Norwich volunteers answered the 9-1-1 call. No injuries were reported. The skidder was owned by Matthew Gustafson.

No one was hurt in a fender bender Monday afternoon in Keating Township, McKean County. Troopers at Kane say the minor collision occurred when Hope McCracken of Smethport while headed east on Route 6, entered the wrong side of  the road planning on turning left into her driveway failed to yield to a westbound Chevrolet Silverado driven by Eric Ditzler of Coudersport. Both drivers swerved into the eastbound lane where McCracken’s Nissan Pathfinder hit the pick up truck’s bumper. Both drivers and a passenger in the truck, Eric Culver of Port Allegany were using seatbelts. Summer Hewitt, 3, was in a child safety seat.

A burglary taking place over the past few months on the Jemison Road in Clymer Township in Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Sometime between October 21 and late May, thieves stole a Toro Weedwacker, assorted automotive tools and a car battery from a shed owned by Robin Schmale. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.Potter County’s official website is  reporting a research project of historic proportions is now underway in Potter County. Details were reported at Monday’s meeting of the county’s Water Quality Work Group. A state grant has been approved to cover the bulk of expenses in a detailed study that will document where much of the county’s groundwater comes from, its characteristics, and its movement patterns. The information will be invaluable for public policy-makers, industries, regulatory agencies and many others. Through the testing of between 45 and 50 wells in strategic locations, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will be able to amass and share detailed data. This will be a valuable tool for protecting water when sites are chosen for certain types of development. Well data will be assembled and analyzed in a cumulative fashion, with the identity of individual well owners protected. Confidential findings from the analysis will be provided to each owner. Groundwater can contain a variety of suspended and dissolved substances such as bacteria, minerals and gases. These substances are often naturally occurring, but can also be influenced by activities occurring on the land surface. A comprehensive list of water quality parameters will be analyzed for each well.

 Starting Monday, June 19, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will perform pipe replacement work in Pike Township, Potter County.Through June 23, crews from PennDOT Potter County Maintenance will be working to replace three pipes along Phoenix Run Road (Route 1005) and a daylight closure will be in effect from 7 A.M. to 4 P.M. each work day.PennDOT will accommodate emergency vehicles as necessary. All other drivers should use alternate routes during the day. The pipe work is being done in preparation for roadway surface improvement work, which is expected to take place during the 2017 construction season. PennDOT will issue an update prior to the resurfacing work. PennDOT says it will lift the daylight closure before June 23 if work progress allows.  


                                                      Tuesday June 13, 2017

 

Monday’s high, 86; Overnight low, 54; no rain

 

Identity of fatal crash victim released….teen  driver cited for speeding after Sweden Township  crash ….Westfield man arrested for Walmart theft…..Troopers investigate theft of a saw blade and young trees in Potter County….car vandalized in Ulysses…bag of clothes dumped on Tioga County property…..

 

Mansfield-based state police have released the name of the victim in a fatal collision Sunday night. Amber Wood, 28 of Mansfield was going west on Route 6 in Richmond Township when her Ford Taurus crossed the center line and hit a Kenworth driven by Scott Tobin of Unityville, PA. Wood was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tioga County Coroner. Tobin was treated at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for minor injuries.

 

A teen driver has been cited for speeding for a one-vehicle crash Sunday night on the Mitchell Hollow Road in Sweden Township. Troopers said the female driver was going north when her Toyota Yaris went off the road on a left hand curve, hit an embankment , spun around and hit the embankment a second time before traveling across the road and stopping on the left berm.

 

DUI charges have been filed against 21 year old William Johns of Port Allegany. Coudersport based state police say when they stopped Johns on the Gardeau Road in Keating Township just after 2:00 am May 29, they found he was driving under the influence. He has also been cited for resisting arrest.

 

State police at Mansfield have arrested 23 year old Lawrenceville woman for violating drug laws. Authorities claim Jenna Boykin was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia when she was pulled over while driving on Route 15 North in Lawrence Township on the evening of May 30.

 

A Westfield man has been arrested for retail theft. Troopers at Mansfield assert 26 year old John Campbell, Jr. from the Mansfield Walmart Sunday evening.

 

Two thefts and a criminal mischief are being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Thieves took seven newly planted Norway Spruce trees from Stephen Piaquadio’s property line in West Branch Township between June 1 and 7. A 36” saw blade was stolen from the front yard at the home of Gary Foust on Rose Lake Road in Allegany Township last Wednesday afternoon. Vandals damaged a vehicle owned by Bessie McPherson and Shirley Beam while it was parked on Academy Street in Ulysses between April 4 and this past Sunday.

 

State police at Emporium investigated vandalism at the home of Heather Nellis in ShippenTownship between 4:00 pm and 11:45 am Monday. Culprits damaged a mailbox located along Old West Creek Road.

 

Unknown persons threw a bag of assorted clothing onto property owned by Ernest Waltz of Mansfield between May 19 and24.

 

Rep. Martin Causer announces the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously approved legislation yesterday designed to enhance forest management and maximize the benefits of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF

 

House Bill 1494 authorizes the Commonwealth to enter into a Good Neighbor Agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow the state to help manage the forest through timber harvesting, promoting forest regeneration, and restoring or improving habitats. The bill is jointly sponsored by Reps. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest), Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) and Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest).

 

 Good Neighbor Agreements were first used in Colorado and Utah and were authorized nationwide as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. Recognizing the potential benefits offered by such agreements, the members of the Governor’s Green Ribbon Task Force on Forest Products, Conservation and Jobs listed the agreement among its top recommendations.

 

“The ANF is a valuable asset to our region, and I look forward to having the state play a greater role in the management of the forest,” Rapp said. “We all stand to benefit by working together to maximize the opportunities it offers.”

 

Causer, who serves as chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, agreed. “Many of our communities rely on the financial support that comes from harvesting timber on the ANF, as well as the jobs the industry supports. That’s why it is important to properly manage these resources to ensure the long-term health and productivity of the forest.”

 

“The task force spent eight months looking at ways to grow more good jobs in the forest products industry while also working to conserve and improve our forests,” Gabler said. “This recommendation was right on the mark, and I am happy to see the bill advancing in the House.”

 

Oberlander added, “Proper forest management is important from both economic and environmental standpoints. Entering into an agreement like this is a win-win for the Commonwealth and our communities.”

 

 

 

 

The ANF is approximately 517,000 acres in size and includes land in Elk, Forest, McKean and Warren counties.

 

House Bill 1494 now goes to the full House for consideration.

 

 Beginning June 15, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(PennDOT) will be working to replace a box culvert on Eleven Mile Road (Route 4023) inOswayo Township, Potter County. The box culvert spans Eleven Mile Creek near the village of Chrystal. Replacement work will require closing the bridge and a detour will be in effect for the duration of the project, June 15 through July 7.

Official detour signing will direct drivers to use Routes 4023 (Eleven Mile Creek Road), 4025 (Brizzie Hollow Road), 244, and 44.PennDOT will re-open the box culvert and roadway before July 7  if work progress allows.

Replacement will allow PennDOT to remove the bridge from Potter County’s structurally deficient list and remove the weight postings of 27-tons for single vehicles and 28-tons for combination vehicles. The current 25-foot box culvertdates from 1931 and carries an average of 250 vehicles daily.

The project will be a cooperative effort between PennDOT Potter County Maintenance and contractor L. C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York. Work items will include excavation, removal of the existing box culvert, placement of the new box culvert, back-filling for the new box culvert, concrete work, and paving.  All work is weather dependent.

Obituaries

 Gary L. Chilson, 72, of Coudersport, PA passed away in his home on Sunday, June 11, 2017 after a lengthy illness. At the request of Gary and his family there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements held by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915 To share your fondest memories of Gary, visit www.thomasfickinger.com

 


Gloria J. Puller, 86, of Smethport, formerly of Rew, passed away Sunday (June 11, 2017) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.She was born Jan. 1, 1931 in Rew, a daughter of Ralph and Almena Woodring Means. She married Francis R. Puller in Olean, NY, who survives. Fran and Gloria were married 68 years.Mrs. Puller was a 1949 graduate of Bradford High School and first worked in the cafeteria and as a custodian at the Cyclone School. She then worked at the Bradford Hospital in the medical records department for eight years. After her employment there, she went to work as receptionist for Dr. Danny in Bradford. Her final employment was at Corning in Bradford, where she was a line loader, retiring in 1986.She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star; Phoenix Chapter No. 15 and was a former member of North East Harley-Davidson Dresser & Touring Association with her husband for many years. She enjoyed riding motorcycle, traveling, cooking and dining out.In addition to her husband, she is survived by:three sons: Blaine (Donna) Puller of Smethport, Raymond (Gail) Puller of Brookville, and Roy (Jodi) Puller of Williamsport;five grandchildren: Jessica Ward, Justin Puller, Brent Puller, Ethan and Kaycee Puller: six great-grandchildren: Wynn Puller, Eva Ward, Alanna Puller, Ainsley Puller, Rachel Ward and Silas Puller and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: two grandsons: Kurt Puller in 1980 and Clint Puller in 2006, and one sister: Geraldine Means in 1986.Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 13, in the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, from 11 AM to 1 PM, where funeral and committal services will begin at 1 PM with the Rev. Max Simms, Pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Hinsdale Cemetery, Hinsdale, NY. A service will be conducted at 1 PM by the Order of the Eastern Star Phoenix Chapter No. 15.Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Clint Puller Memorial Scholarship, S&T Bank, Rt. 36, Brookville, PA 15825. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.int   


                                               Monday June 12, 2017

 Sunday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 58; no rain

  

There were two fatal crashes in the region over the weekend. Corry Gaberseck, 24 of Coudersport died Saturday night in a motorcycle accident on the First Fork Road in Sylvania Township. Sate po9lice said Gaberseck’s northbound 2009 KTM 454 went off the road on a curve and slid off the road after  laying  down on its left side, Gaberseck and the bike collided with the guard rail. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Potter County Coroner  Kevin Dusenbury.

 

Troopers at Mansfield have not released the name yet of a 28 year old Mansfield resident who died in a collision  crash last night on Route 6 in Richmond Township. Authorities report the man’s westbound  vehicle crossed into the opposite lane at about 8:00 pm and collided head on with a vehicle driven by a 52 year old man from Unityville, PA. The first driver was pronounced dead at the scene while the second motorist was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro.

 

No injuries were reported for a Coudersport man following a one-vehicle crash last Wednesday evening on Buffalo Street in Eulalia Township. Sate police report Richard Snyder’s Honda CRC went off of the road on a left hand curve and traveled down an embankment before stopping.

 

A car/deer collision in Lawrence Township early last Wednesday morning was investigated by state police at Mansfield. Troopers said Donald Darrin of Pulteney, N was going south on Route 287 when the whitetail entered the highway in front of of Darrin’s Nissan Altima. The driver was not hurt.

 

Troopers in Ridgway investigated several mishaps Saturday in Elk County. Authorities say charges are pending against Rian Nklas of Kane for a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning on Route 66 in Highland Township. His Ford F50 went off the wet pavement while speeding, almost collided with another unit, then struck an embankment on the western berm before rolling over onto its roof.  According to police, Niklas and his passenger left the scene of the 4:13 am crash before officers arrived. Minor injuries were reported for a Ridgway motorist after his Ford F-150 wrecked on Evergreen Drive in Ridgway Township Saturday evening. John Miller was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment. Charges are also pending against Miller. Authorities claim he tried  unsuccessfully to leave the scene after his truck hit a driveway culvert. Police say he appeared to be intoxicated. A few hours later, Russell Transue of Hazel Hurst was transported to Kane Community hospital for treatment of minor injuries after his Chevrolet Silverado jumped a curb on the left side of Marvin Street in  Jones Township, traveled through a yard and ran into a house.

 

Coudersport-based state police have arrested two drivers for DUI. David Brobst, 61, of Quakertown was cited after being pulled over early May 28 on the West Branch Road in West Branch Township. Robert Yentzer of Port Allegany was arrested after being stopped by patrol officers on North Street in the village of Roulette on the night of May 26.

 

Jimmy Whittle of Lawrenceville was charged with DUI after Mansfield-based state police conducted a traffic stop on Route 287 in Lawrenceville during the early moring, Sunday June 5, 2017.

 

Andrew Miller, no address given, has been arrested for violating a standing PFA order. Troopers in Mansfield allege he  illegally entered the home of Nicole Butler on Mystic Lane in Lawrencew Township on the afternoon of May 30.

 

A criminal trespass and vandalism on Raven Hill Road in Clara Township is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Criminals destroyed some of a hay crop belonging to Blaise Alackness and Tnni Scigliano of Roulette on the night of May 27, 2017.

 

 

Members of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), will consider the following bills:

The bills are the subject of a hearing this afternoon in Harrisburg.

Obituaries

Rayola A. “Ray” Appleby, 69, of Shinglehouse, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, June 10, 2017, after a long illness.

Born on January 18, 1948 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Keith “Whitey” and Essie Newton Washburn.  She was married to Paul G. Appleby, who passed away on May 12, 1989.

Ray was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse and then received an associate’s degree from Jamestown Community College in Olean.  She earned her Master’s degree in Library Science from Clarion University.  She was employed as a librarian at St. Bonaventure University for many years and had also been employed as a librarian at Jamestown Community College in Olean.

Ray was a lifetime member of the former Shinglehouse Volunteer Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary.  She was a volunteer at the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse, where she made many crocheted and knitted items for fundraising events and also did their bookkeeping.  She loved going on trips with the Senior Center.  She enjoyed doing crafts, including quilting, cross stitching, and sewing.  She very much enjoyed teaching others to do crafts.  Each of her children “were required” to knit their own Christmas stockings.  Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are four children, Pamela G. Lamb of Shinglehouse, Catrina M. (John) Powley of Hinsdale, NY, Mark J. Appleby of Fabius, NY, and Loren K. Appleby of Freedom, NY; seven grandchildren, Tory Appleby, Nathanial Appleby, Thomas Lamb, Alex Lamb, Keith Lamb, Seth Appleby, and Leesa Appleby; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl Washburn of Hornell, NY; a half-brother, Neil Washburn of Olean, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ray was predeceased by a sister, Sherril Stubbs; and a son-in-law, Jerry Lamb.

Friends may call from 10am to 12 noon on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at noon with Mr. Howard Wheeler of Ashville, NY, Ray’s cousin, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Potter County Hospice, North Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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

 

Corry W. Gaberseck, 24, of Coudersport, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017, after injuries sustained in an Enduro accident in Sylvania Township.

Born on November 12, 1992, he was a son of Larry D. and Mona F. Wright Gaberseck.

Corry was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 2011.  A hard worker, Corry was employed in the family business, Gaberseck Brothers.  Hewas also employed by Glenn O. Hawbaker Construction, Wood Group Pipeline Company and at the time of his passing, he was employed by H & P Drilling Company.

Since a young boy, Corry had a passion for dirt bike riding.  He was a member of the Black Forest Conservation Club and a lifetime member of the NRA. He was an avid hunter. His greatest love was spending time with his family.  Corry always had a smile and would give you the shirt off his back. 

Surviving besides his parents of Coudersport are two brothers, Timothy L. Gaberseck and L. Ryan (Jacey) Gaberseck, both of Coudersport; his beloved girlfriend, Erika K. Easton of Coudersport; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Corry was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Bill and Phyllis Gaberseck; and his maternal grandmother, Donita Empson.

There will be no public visitation.  Burial will be in Odin Cemetery. 

Friends are invited to attend a memorial visitationon Friday, June 16, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm at the Coudersport American Legion Post 192,where a celebration of Corry’s life will follow at 7pm with Pastor Joe Gerhart of the Coudersport Alliance Church, officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials, in Corry’s name, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Corry’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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

“Keep calm and chive on”.

 

 

 


 

Friday June 9, 2017

Thursday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 45; no rain 

 

Property Tax/rent rebate deadline extended….Potter County Commissioners approve reapplying for Shinglehouse sewer project….State police probe animal cruelty in Genesee Township…..Troopers in three counties investigate burglaries and thefts….Juvenile accused of burglar y and criminal mischief at Genesee ball field…Vandals damage another ball field in Cameron County….


Rep. Martin Causer reports the deadline to apply for the state’s 2016 Property Tax/Rent
Rebate program is being extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. As always, assistance with filing the necessary forms is available from my local offices at no charge. 

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2016. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. 
Complete eligibility information is available here. 

Rebate checks will begin to be mailed on July 3. Claimants who already applied for their rebates may check the status of claims online at
www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES. 

For more information, copies of the application forms or assistance, please visit
www.RepCauser.com or contact one of my offices: 

Upon the recommendation of Bill Siegel from the SEDA Cog block grant program, the Potter County Commissioners voted yesterday to re-apply for funds to upgrade the Shinglehouse Sewer System. Siegel took the blame for the application being turned down by the Department of Community and Economic Development because he said he focused the application on the plant’s discharge into public waters while the permitting process was underway. The federal agency said that since the permitting was underway or may have already been approved, the plant was cleared for another three years. Siegel said instead he should have applied based on the outdated headworks which cannot be retrofitted and must be replaced to function properly. The equipment must be flushed every day to keep flushable materials out of the system while similar plants need only flush once a year. Siegel also reported on the progress of the Genesee Water Project which was approved in a competitive grant process is moving ahead and bids are currently being solicited for the near $1 million project. Bid opening should take place in fa few days according to Siegel.

 

Coudersport-based state police are seeking the public's  help in solving a cruelty to animals incident discovered Monday morning near the intersection of Route 449 and the Whitney Hill Road in Genesee Township. Three dead kittens,one gray and two calico,were found in a box. The kittens appeared to have died from exposure to the elements about two days prior.Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call State Police at 814.274.8690.

 

A Nichols, NY driver was not hurt Monday morning when his Cheverole Silverado wrecked on Route 6 in Ulysses Township, Potter County. Troopers said Richard Smith was going east when the pick up travled off the road on a right hand curve, crossed to the other side, struck a guardrail and continued for about 225 feet before  stopping. Smith was reportedly using a seatbelt.

 

A Coudersport teenager escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident early Saturday morning on Route 6 in Eulalia Township. Troopers at Coudersport say 18 year old Garret Morey fell asleep at the wheel of his Cadillac Deville while going east. The sedan cross the road and hit an embankment and PennDot sign before coming to an uncontrolled stop. Details about the crash were just rleased overnight.

   

Car/deer encounters continue to plague area drivers. Noel Beck of Emporium and her young passenger escaped injury Tuesday morning when    her Mercury Sable became disabled after she swerved to avoid two deer entering the CCC Highway while she was going west.  The car went off the northern edge of the road and collided with an embankment. Beck was using a seatbelt and one  year old Ema-Lynn Beck was in a child safety seat.

 

According to Mansfield based state police,  Samer Domat of Pittsburgh, PA also escaped injury when his westbound Ford F-150 hit a deer on Route 6 in Richmond Township early Sunday morning. \\

 

Burlgary charges are being filed with Potter County juvenile probation against a known suspect who  police say,  stole two 50 count boxes of Doritos and two bottles of Gatorade and damaged a storage shed at the  baseball field located on the north side of the Grover Hollow Road in Genesee Township. Authorities claim the youth also  damaged two sets of bleachers, a plywood serving window cover, a doorknob and Gatorade machine. The crimes allegedly took place last weekend.

 

Troopers at Coudersport are investigating a burglary occurring between May 6 and 10 at 528 Grove Street in Ulysses. Burglars stole a cutting  torch  head and 100 feet of connecting hose from a garage owned by Terrance Mills of Ulysses.

 

And, a 15 year old student at Northern Potter told police someone stole her cell phone while she was returning home on a schoool bus last Thursday afternoon.

 

Thieves stole numerous items from property owned by Edward Ward Jr. on the Whetstone Road in St. Marys Wednesday afternoon.

 

State police in Mansfield investigated an on-going burglary and criminal mischief at a Charleston Township home. a 72 year old woman reported that a "peeping tom" gas been shining lights in her windows since early October and she found items moved inside her house and a drawing on her carpet.

 

A criminal mischief at the Cameron County Little League field in Shippen Township is being investigated by troopers at Emporium Vandals spray painted a trash can and the concession building Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. Yesterday we reported similar vandalism was reported that the Sizerville softball field.

 

Obituary

 

Tucker James Dodd, infant son of Kandice Mae Drake and Ryan James Dodd of Shinglehouse, passed away shortly after birth on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Sophie Mae Wilson, at home; a brother, Caine Timothy Dodd, at home; his paternal grandparents, Dawn (Dan) Palmer of Olean, NY and James Dodd of Falls Creek; his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Phoebe Drake of Shinglehouse; seven great-grandparents; five aunts; three uncles; and fourteen cousins.Private graveside services will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, with Pastor Dale Argot of McCrea Brook Wesleyan Church, Eldred, officiating.The Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, has been entrusted to care for Tucker.

To express condolences, visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com   

 


 

                                              Thursday June 8, 2017 

Wednesday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 41; no rain (.02” on Fishing Creek)

 

Week-long Laurel Festival begins Saturday in Wellsboro…..five people hurt in Tioga County crash….teen driver’s car hits parked police unit…..Deer collisions on uptick….Gillett man faces theft charges for separate Tioga County incidents….Criminal mischief at Sizerville softball field investigated……….

 

Wellsboro’s 76th Annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival gets underway with activities for all ages beginning this Saturday, June 10 and continuing through Sunday, June 18.
 
Kicking off the festival this Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is Family Day and the Children's Health Fair on The Green, a park located in the heart of downtown Wellsboro. Over 30 businesses and organizations will have booths with information, activities for youngsters and giveaways from pinwheels to gift cards and free bike helmets in sizes toddler to large. Sadie Green Sales and Stitches the Clown will provide entertainment and there will be a bounce house, a 15-foot inflatable slide and slack lines to try. 

 
Those interested in seeing the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and mountain laurel (the state flower and the festival’s namesake) are invited to meet at 2 p.m. this Saturday in front of the Penn Wells Hotel for a Laurel Festival Hike.  After a 10-minute drive, hikers will walk along the Bear Run and West Rim trails to Barbour Rock and see awesome views. The path is level. No climbing is required. Bring a camera. 
 
This Sunday, June 11 is the Pet Parade. Children with decorated bicycles and pets of all types from dogs to ducks will gather at 12:25 p.m. at Packer Park behind the Wellsboro Senior Center parking lot on Queen Street for judging. At 1:30 p.m., they will parade from the park up Main Street to the Green where awards will be presented. 
 
Every night, Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16, will be a free concert with different entertainers.
 
For the annual Arts & Crafts Fair 98 artisans will be on The Green Friday, June 16 with unique, handcrafted items. The International Street of Foods along Pearl Street will offer a host of delectable delights from strawberry shortcake to Greek gyros.

 

At noon, the official welcome for the Laurel Queen candidates will be on the steps at the Tioga County Courthouse on Main Street. 
 
Friday night at 5 p.m., the Queen's Preview & Concert will be on the Deane Center's outdoor stage. The 27 Laurel Queen candidates will be introduced with a free concert by Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants performing electric blues and R&B tunes. 
 
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. 
 
At 2 p.m., the Laurel Festival Parade, themed “Through the Eyes of a Child” will reach Main Street.  Waving to the crowd will be the Laurel Queen candidates from floats crafted by community organizations. Top-notch drum and bugle corps, bagpipers and high school marching bands, the Bucktails Civil War Living History Unit and the Jaffa Shrine Lil Vettes will perform.
 
Immediately following the parade, Downbeat Percussion, the official drumline of  the Buffalo Bills, will give a free concert on The Green.
 
Jerry Brown and his monkey will do magic and animal tricks free on The Green.
 
Capping off the day will be the coronation ceremonies during which the 2017 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen will be crowned.
 
On Sunday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m., the festival will end with the Union Church Service on The Green.
 
For more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce by stopping in at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro, by calling 570-724-1926, emailing info@wellsboropa.com or visiting wellsboropa.com.
 
Five people, including two young children, were seriously  hurt in a grinding collision last Saturday afternoon in Liberty Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, the impact occurred when a southbound Volkswagen Jetta driven by Danielle page  of Liberty drifted into the opposite lane and hit a Jeep Wrangler driven by Drake Schmouder of Roaring Branch head on. The VW’s rear end became airborne and spun off the road. The jeep was rammed off the roa and came to rest in a grassy area. Page and a three year old girl were taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. A 7 year old girl in the Jeep was not using a seatbelt and was thrown out of the vehicle. She unconscious and unresponsive at the scene and was life lighted to Geisinger. Scmouder and a 17 year old female passenger were using seatbelts but were also taken to Geisinger.

A Mansfield teenager has been cited for careless driving for a fender bender at the state police barracks Monday afternoon. Troopers say 18 year old  Patricia Weddleton while leaving a parking space backed her Ford Focus  into a parked Ford Police Interceptor.

Deer collisions are on the uptick across the region. Christian Schmidt,74, of St. Marys unable to avoid hitting a deer while headed north on Route 255 Sunday night. Kelvin Flynn of Westfield was treated  Soldiers and Sailors Hospital after his  Triumph Tiger 800 motorcycle went off the road and hit a boulder when he swerved to avoid a deer while going north on the Davis Hill Road. Flynn’s wife took him to the hospital A couple of hours later, Michael Basinski of Lancaster, NY was going north on Route 15 in Jackson Township when a whitetail ran onto the road and into his path. Both Baskinski and his passenger Mary Obrien also of Lancaster, were using seatbelts and were not hurt.

State police at Mansfield have charged a Wellsboro woman for violating gun laws. Troopers claim 45 year old Susan West lied when filling out an ATF form at the Mansfield Walmart on November 25, 2016.

Theft charges have been filed against 39 year old Shane Burdick of Gillett, PA by troopers at the Mansfield barracks. Authorities allege Burdick was hired by Jim Conoscenti of Wellsboro to do construction work; cashed the victim’s check but did not perform any services and has failed to return the money and they also claim Burdick took out an ad in the Penny Saver and failed to give them any sort of payment plan. Police say the publication gave him ample time to make payment.

An Emporium woman has been arrested for disorderly conduct for an incident allegedly occurring last night on Old West Creek Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County. Troopers claim Nancy Umbenhauer used obscene language in the presence of Kiley Morton.

State police at Emporium are investigating a criminal mischief at the Sizerville soft ball field. Vandals used white spray paint to write graffiti inside a dugout between last Friday and this past Tuesday.

Obituary

Rev. Glenn A. Hamilton, 97, formerly of Duke Center, Pa., went to be with the Lord on Sunday (June 4, 2017) at the Arbor Manor Rehab Center, following a brief illness. 
Born Jan. 20, 1920, in Bradford, Pa., he was a son of Arthur T. and Mabel Barkas Hamilton. On March 3, 1942, in the home of the bride, he married Helen M. Null, who preceded him in death on June 21, 2015. 
He was a 1938 graduate of Bradford High School and later attended Houghton (N.Y.) College and Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y. He completed a four-year course of study, as prescribed by the Free Methodist Church, was ordained a deacon of the Oil City (Pa.) Conference of the Free Methodist Church in 1943 and was ordained as an elder in 1945.   
Rev. Hamilton served as a pastor in the Free Methodist Church since 1940, beginning in Ridgeway, then Ulysses, Sheffield and Cherry Grove, Renovo, Penfield, Mill Run, Gardner Hill, Galeton, Coudersport, Duke Center and Cyclone, all in Pennsylvania. Most recently he had been pastor emeritus at the Lighthouse Community Free Methodist Church in Prentisvale, Pa., prior to its closing. 
As a teenager, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 47 in Sawyer City, Pa. He was a past Sunday School teacher, treasurer of the conference Board of Christian Education, a trustee of the Highlander Christian Camp in Kane, Pa., and, along with his wife, served on the Otto-Eldred (Pa.) Food Mission for many years. He was a past Bradford District Director of Christian Education. He served faithfully as a chaplain in area hospitals and officiated at hundreds of funerals in the community. 
Surviving are two daughters, Ruth (Burt) Jones of North Chili, N.Y., and Darlene (Mel) O’Connor of Rogers, Ark.; a son, David (Carolee) Hamilton of Concord, Mich.; three grandchildren, Mark (Amy) Hamilton, Laura (Pete) Wagner and Kevin O’Connor; and seven great-grandchildren, Ian, Elena, Skylar, Justin, Oscar, Owen and Lucas. In 1965, Glenn and Helen added five more children to their family, surviving are Gary Lohiser of Duke Center, Pa., Bryan and Linda Lohiser of Spring Arbor, and Loretta (Don) Christopherson of Chelsea, Mich. He is also survived by four “adopted” granddaughters, Mariela (Ivan) Rodriguez Cordero and their children Eric, Adam and Javier; Jeri-Ann (John) Simora and their children Justin, Jacob, Josie and Jonas; Tracey (David) Schrems and their son Cody; and Linda Wasson. 
In addition to his wife of 73 years, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Lohiser in 2012; a grandson, Matthew Jones in 2005; a brother, Thomas Hamilton in 2010; and a sister, Hazel Newton in 2006. 
Friends may call Friday at the First Church of God, Eldred, Pa., from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday (June 10, 2017) from 10  to 11 a.m., after which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Chris Hill officiating. Other ministers participating are Rev. Beth Rosler, Rev. Robert Brest and Rev. Jim Kazimer, pastor of the First Church of God, Eldred.  Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery in Eldred. 
A memorial service will also be held in the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor, with visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (June 20, 2017.) 
Those who wish to contribute to memorials should direct their gifts to Highlander Christian Camp, Kane, PA. or Hope Africa University in Burundi, Africa.


 

Wednesday June 7, 2017

Causer supports strengthening DUI laws….Volunteers coming to Potter County to “spruce up” two communities…..Former Port Allegany man sentenced to jail time for violating federal gun laws… 

The Roulette Public Library is having a  free summer reading program for children, Saturdays at 1:00 pm during June. Author Dawn Bacon(l)  provided the program on June 3, 2017 and inspired Stephanie Prindle (r) who will be writing her own book this summer.For information about the program, call the library at 814.544.4033.

Area residents, businesses, churches, or organizations  are encouraged to show Potter County hospitality to a group of young people who will be here later this month to spruce up two communities. . Nine volunteers from the Americorpos national Civilityll community corps..NCCC members and a supervisor will be in Potter County June 10-24. Week one will be spent working on projects identified by a local community task force in Ulysses. In their second week, the NCCC laborers will work in areas of Austin Borough and the Austin Dam Memorial Park. Each community has in place volunteers to supervise the crew and provide materials.The students had originally been slotted for a two-week stint last fall, but were reassigned to emergency disaster relief in Louisiana. NCCC is a community service program for 18- to 24-year-olds. College students and other volunteers receive modest compensation as well as help with college expenses and/or student loan relief. Each team member gets a small living allowance. But the contributions from area residents will  help.

 

Donations of  bottled water or other beverages; gift certificates to local grocery stores and restaurants; sunscreen and bug repellant; access to activities for off-work times such as movie tickets or attraction tours; and sponsored/hosted meals will be appreciated and can be taken to the borough offices in Ulysses and Austin, or the Potter County Community Development Office in the Gunzburger Building.

The program is modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) of the 1930s and the US military.

 

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting News   Legislation authored by state Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Bushkill Township) that would strengthen penalties for DUI offenders now sits with the state Senate after a near unanimous vote of support today in the House.

“Anyone convicted of a DUI who then operates a vehicle despite their license being suspended currently faces the same penalty no matter how many times they get behind the wheel,” Hahn said. “House Bill 1049 would create a tiered system that increases the fines and sentences with each subsequent offense.”

Under current law, anyone who operates a vehicle on a suspended license resulting from a DUI faces a $500 fine and 60-90 day jail sentence. Hahn’s legislation grades subsequent offenses as follows:

•Second offense - $1,000 fine and a minimum 90-day jail sentence.

•Third offense - $2,500 fine and no less than three months in jail. The penalty also graduates from a summary offense to a misdemeanor.

•Fourth offense – Misdemeanor with a $5,000 fine and no less than two years in jail.

The bill was amended in committee  to allow a judge to impose a maximum five-year jail sentence if the offender is also convicted of homicide by vehicle.

A former resident of Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 21 months in jail, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, according to  Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song. United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on James William McMichael, 72.According to information presented to the court, McMichael possessed a machinegun not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. McMichael, who was a former federally licensed firearms dealer, ordered various firearm parts which were then fully assembled into a functioning machinegun. The machinegun was then hidden in the ceiling of McMichael’s Port Allegany home.Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Song commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Port Allegany Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of McMichael.


Todd M. Riale, 51, of Pittsburgh, PA, formerly of Port Allegany, passed away Sunday (June 4, 2017) unexpectedly.      Born October 1, 1965, in Port Allegany, he was a son of John A. and Beverly J. Turner Riale.  On Oct. 19, 2002, he married Lynn Nixon who survives.      Todd was a longtime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1984.   
      He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Aleppo, PA.  He was an avid gardener and chef.  He enjoyed basketball and tinkering with his car, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.       Surviving in addition to his wife, Lynn, are two daughters, Stella R. Riale of Pittsburgh, Lacey L. Riale of Port Allegany; three stepsons, Zane H., Luke T. and Wyatt O. Travis all of Pittsburgh;  two grandchildren, Molly and Joshua Hardes; a brother, Randy J. “Wally” (Lorrie) Riale of Port Allegany; a sister, Sharon L. (Martin) Rosenswie of Port Allegany; a brother-in-law, Jeffrey W. Bricker of Port Allegany, and a sister-in-law, Susan N. McGinnity of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews.      He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Karen Bricker.      Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (June 8, 2017) with Rev. Charles Schmitt, officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.      Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. 
     
Condolences can be made to:  Sharon Rosenswie 
                                                        218 Catlin Ave. 
                                                        Port Allegany, PA 16743

 

Eloise I. MORRIS, 84, of Westfield, PA, died Monday, June 5, 2017 in her home. Born January 21, 1933, in Ulysses, PA, she was the daughter of Harry L. and Viva M. Abbey Young. On April 19, 1948, in Genesee, PA, she married Ernest L. Morris, who survives. Eloise was a self-employed beautician for nine years.  She was a member of the People’s Church of Potter Brook. Surviving besides her husband, Ernest, are:  three sons, Steven D. (Dorothy) Morris of Virginia Beach, VA, Stanley D. Morris of New Iberia, LA, and Ernest J. (Nicole) Morris of Portsmouth, VA;  a daughter, Vicki D. Braley of Spring Hill, FL;  five grandchildren;  eight great- grandchildren;  one great-great-granddaughter;  a brother, Marvin (Lois) Young of Lock Haven, PA;  three sisters, Eleanor I. Hurler and Elaine Thorne, both of Westfield, and Ellen Kibbe of Mills, PA;  and nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, Vance Morris. Friends may call Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, June 9, 2017 in the People’s Church of Potter Brook.  Interim Pastor E. Matthew Zehr will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the People’s Church of Potter Brook, 62 Rte. 49, Westfield, PA 16950. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com

Lowell K. BAUMGARNER, 81, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, June 2, 2017 at his home. Born December 21, 1935, in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Obed M. and Edith O. Plemmons Baumgarner. On April 7, 1954, in Toccoa, GA, he married the former Ann Burnette, who predeceased him on September 8, 2010. He was employed by PennDOT for 30 years.  Lowell and his son, Mike, operated L&M Auto Body in Ulysses.  He was a member of the Ulysses First Baptist Church. Surviving are:  two sons, Steve L. Baumgarner of Sabinsville, PA and Michael L. Baumgarner of Ulysses;  two daughters, Karen A. (Thomas) Breckley of McKean, PA and Nancy J. (Scott) Bice of Ulysses;  eleven grandchildren;  and ten great-grandchildren. Friends may call Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Jason K. Reed will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 153, Ulysses, PA 16948. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 


 

Tuesday June 6, 2017

 

                                             Monday’s high, 72; Overnight low, 52; .36” rain (.24) on Fishing Creek

 

Wellsboro man jailed for making terroristic threats in Potter County…Coudersport woman scammed on internet…..Money stolen from Johnsonburg business…bag of pot left in Mansfield Walmart…Farmers Market checks being distributed in Potter County…State senate approves pension reform pushed by Scarnati…..

A Galeton man has been jailed after being arrested for terroristic threats. State police claim 20 year old Tristan Gerow threatened Jenn Allen of Galeton last Thursday afternoon on Route 5 in Galeton. Gerow was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail after being arraigned on a charge of terroristic threats.

A Coudersport woman has apparently been victimized by an internet scam. Tammy Rice told police she believed she was purchasing a 2011 Mercury 60 hp outboard boat engine for $1,000 and sent two Amazon Gift Cards valued at $500 each to the “seller” but has not received the engine.

State police are looking for the thief or thieves who stole some money from a Johnsonburg business this past weekend. $240 was removed from an envelope belonging to the business owner.

Troopers there are also investigating the theft of a misplaced package. The item was delivered to the wrong address last Thursday morning and the person receiving it, has failed to return the package to the intended delivery location.

Coudersport State police have charged 54 year old William Kevin Burrier of Coudersport with criminal trespass. Authorities claim Burrier, without permission, went onto property on the West Branch Road in West Branch Township Friday morning owned by a 52 year old Galeton woman.

Not that they expect the “owner” to come forward, but troopers in Mansfield are looking for the person who left a small bag of “pot” on the floor in the  Walmart pasta aisle between 4:00 and 4:15 am last Wednesday.

It is June and that means Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging is distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for Potter County senior citizens.  These checks are through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.   Each senior citizen receives one set of (4) $5 checks per year.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible senior citizens with checks to use at approved farmers markets to purchase qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables through November 30, 2017.  The checks will be issued through September 30, 2017, at Potter County Senior Centers and the Potter County Human Services AAA.

Select fruits and vegetables approved for purchase must be grown or growable in Pennsylvania.  Some of the produce that qualifies under the program includes beans, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini. No citrus fruits or tropical fruits are eligible under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Processed foods, such as jam, honey, cider and baked goods are also ineligible to be purchased through the program.

Potter County senior citizens, age sixty or older, whose income is $22,311 or less for a single person or $30,044 or less for a couple, or $37,777 or less for 3 people or $45,510 or less for four people are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Income is based on the total income for 2016.  These guidelines are subject to change.  The federal guidelines that are in place the day of distribution will be those that are used.    Proof of income is not required. However, the senior citizen must sign a register verifying that their income meets the income guidelines.  You must show proof of age and address.  Driver’s license will work for proof of both.  They will be issued four (4), $5.00 checks. 

Vendors that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for this program display a sign indicating that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted.  A list of local farmers markets can be obtained at check distribution sites.

According to the Potter County Area Agency on Aging, this is a very beneficial program that will benefit eligible seniors in Potter County by providing fresh, nutritious home grown produce.  This program also benefits the farmers who raise these items.  It is hoped that seniors will take full advantage of this program.  If you know anyone who is eligible, please have them contact us at the numbers below.

Senior citizens will be able to sign up for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks at the following locations:

Ulysses Senior Center                                                       Mon. – Wed.

Ulysses Community Bldg.                                                9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

522 Main Street

Ulysses, PA  16948

848-9880

 

Oswayo Valley Senior Center                                          Mon. – Wed.

106 S. Oswayo Street                                                        9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Shinglehouse, PA  16748

697-7178

 

Galeton Senior Center                                                      Wed. – Fri.

St. Bibiana Parish Hall                                                     9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

111 Germania Street

Galeton, PA  16922

435-2864

 

Coudersport Senior Center                                              Wed. – Fri.

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept. Training  Ctr.         9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

171 Rt. 6 West

Coudersport, PA  16915

274-7887

 

Potter County Human Services AAA

62 North Street

Roulette, PA  16746

814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560

Ask for Barb Kiel – Appt. Only

 

ADDITIONAL FARM MARKET CHECK DISTRIBUTION SITES

Austin United Methodist Church                                    Monday, June 19, 2017

Turner Street                                                           10 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Austin, PA  16720

 

Harrison Valley Township Bldg.                                              Thursday, June 22, 2017

205 E. Main Street                                                    10 A.M. – Noon

Harrison Valley, PA  16927

 

Genesee United Methodist Church                                Thursday, June 22, 2017

306 Main Street                                                        2 P.M. – 4 P.M.

Genesee, PA  16923

 

 

For more information, please contact Barb Kiel, Potter County Area Agency on Aging at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

 

The State Senate approved a historic pension reform bill Monday  that will transform public employee retirement benefits for the 21st Century and limit future financial risks for taxpayers, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

 

Scarnati, who was instrumental in passage of Senate Bill 1, explained that the bill passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 40-9.  The bill is projected to save more than $5 billion and shield taxpayers from $20 billion or more in additional liabilities if state investments fail to meet projections. In addition, the bill creates a new Pension Management and Asset Investment Review Commission to study ways to reduce investment costs with the goal of saving an additional $3 billion.

 

“Today we have made historic changes to Pennsylvania’s pension systems,” Scarnati said.  “Senate Bill 1 provides excellent structural reform and many outside experts have been quick to proclaim that this bill goes directly to the head of its class in the nation.” 

 

Scarnati highlighted the fact that pension benefits already earned by current employees and retirees will not be affected by this legislation.  The bill offers all new public-sector employees one of three different retirement planning options – a defined contribution plan similar to the 401(k) system offered by most employers in the private sector, or one of two hybrid plans that combine a 401(k)-style system with the defined benefit system that state employees and school employees have.  While the new system would only apply to new hires, current employees and all current members of the Legislature could voluntarily opt into the new system if they so choose upon the plans’ start dates.

  

The new options would provide greater flexibility for employees who do not spend their entire career in public service while still providing good retirement security for career workers. Most employees who leave service with 20 years or less of service time would see a better benefit under the new system than they would have earned under the current system due to the portability of the 401(k)-style plan.

 

Obituaries

 Daniel R. Kightlinger, Sr., 83, of Port Allegany, formerly of Coudersport, passed away at home on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, after a short illness.

Born on July 3, 1933 in Meadville, he was a son of Paul and Marion Roae Kightlinger.  On November 29, 1952 in St. Hippolyte Church, Frenchtown, he married Mary Lou “Sis” Dunn, who passed away on January 6, 1997.

He was a graduate of Meadville High School.  Dan served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army Airborne Division.  After the war he was employed as a cement truck driver.  He then was a gas station operator and later was a Chevy dealer in Cochranton along with being a farmer.  In 1978, Dan along with his family, purchased the former Robbins Chevrolet Garage in Coudersport, changing the name to Kightlinger Motors, which he operated until his retirement. The business continues to be proudly owned and operated by his family.  During his lifetime, he also was an equipment operator and a race car driver.

Dan was a member and board member of the Heritage Hall of the Coudersport Golf Club for many years.  He was a member of the Coudersport Rotary Club for many years.  He was an avid golfer, hunter, Buffalo Bills fan, and Pittsburgh Pirates fan.  He enjoyed playing NASCAR euchre at lunch with the techs at the shop and also enjoyed mowing grass. 

Surviving are two sons, Daniel R. “Dan” (Kim) Kightlinger, Jr. of Coudersport and Joseph R. “Joe” (Lisa) Kightlinger of Port Allegany; a daughter, Kay A. Bohn of Coudersport; twelve grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; four brothers, Mark (Sherry) Kightlinger of Meadville, Tom (Carol) Kightlinger of Conneaut Lake, Ben (Sandy) Kightlinger of Meadville, and Paul (Sherry) Kightlinger of Marion, NC; a sister, Debbie (Dave) Wade of Cambridge Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Dan was predeceased by a son-in-law, Joseph M. “Joe” Bohn.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 6pm on Friday, July 7, 2017 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, with the Rev. James C. Campbell, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport.

Family and friends are also invited to a celebration of Dan’s life which will be held at 1pm on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Coudersport Golf Club.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Dan’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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

 

Karen L. Bricker, 59, of N. Main St., passed away Saturday (June 3, 2017) in her home, surrounded by her family. 
    Born Nov. 7, 1957, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of John A. and Beverly J. Turner Riale.  On July 21, 1979, in Port Allegany, she married Jeffrey W. Bricker, who survives.   
     Karen was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1975. 
     Mrs. Bricker was employed by the Port Allegany School District as a teacher’s aide for many years.   
     She attended the United Methodist Church of Port Allegany.  She was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, and enjoyed working with the children at school. Karen was an avid gardener & outside holiday decorator. She loved the ocean and beach, but most of all she was a devoted mother to her children..   
     Surviving in addition to her husband, Jeffrey, are a daughter, Abbie A. Bricker and a son, Brock (Megan Race) Bricker both of Port Allegany; a twin sister, Sharon L. (Martin) Rosenswie of Port Allegany; two brothers, Randy J. “Wally” (Lorrie) Riale of Port Allegany, Todd M. (Lynn) Riale of Pittsburgh; ten nieces and nephews: Josh Rosenswie, Lacey Riale, Joshua and Molly Hardes, Brian Bricker, Elizabeth Zettlemoyer, Stella Riale, Wyatt, Luke and Zane Travis; and her beloved household companion, Gizmo. 
     She was preceded in death by her parents. 
     Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Jun. 6, 2017) with the Rev. Randall Headley and Rev. Rusty Horning co-officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany. 
     Memorials can be made to the Port Area Ambulance Service or the S.W. Smith Library. 
     
Condolences can be made to:  Jeffrey W. Bricker 
                                                       825 N. Main St. 
                                                       Port Allegany, PA 16743 
 


Monday June 5, 2017

Sunday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 38; .38” rain (weekend total)

 

 

Causer comments on Regional Community College…Tioga boy hit by pick up truck….passenger hurt in Elk County accident…state police cite Austin driver for a collision in Cameron  County…..police investigate shots fired toward camps….tomato plants yanked out of Kersey garden….vandals smash truck windows in Tioga County…..

More educational opportunities are on their way to the area now that the state Department of Education has given final approval to the Rural Regional College (RRC) of Northern Pennsylvania. Rep. Martin Causer who worked with Senator Joe Scarnati to establish a community college in the region says “This is great news for high school graduates looking to further their education and for people who want to enhance their job skills or are considering a career change.

RRC expects to enroll its first students in the fall, through a partnership with Gannon University. The cost will be $180 per credit and $60 per credit for dual enrollment students. 

The college will serve Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren counties, providing affordable and accessible community college-type services not currently available in the region. 

After working toward this goal with the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny and officials from throughout the region, it is exciting to see it become a reality for our students and communities. 

In 2012, a newly established non-profit, the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA) began delivering Associate Degree programs throughout an 11-county region in North Central and Northwest Pennsylvania. The courses are delivered to up to 14 different communities, simultaneously, using live interactive distance education technology.  Gannon University provides the coursework and curriculum, and awards credits and degrees. ECUA partners with Community Education Councils, school districts, libraries, Career and Technical Centers and other community agencies to facilitate the delivery of courses at a community college rate. 

 
As ECUA began piloting this unique delivery model, and after several years of planning with the input of educators and industry leaders across the northern tier of Pennsylvania, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21) worked with the House of Representatives, particularly Representatives Martin Causer and Kathy Rapp who introduced legislation which sought to establish this rural community college. With passage of Act 126 of the 2014 PA Fiscal Code, the Rural, Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania was created and funding was appropriated. ECUA will continue to provide these affordable associate degrees through Gannon University until the new Rural, Regional College opens.

A Tioga, PA boy is being treated at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for injuries he received when his bicycle collided with a pick up truck last Tuesday night in that community. Mansfield based state police did not release the boy\s name or age but say he crossed Main Street directly into the path of a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Anthony Davis of Elkland. Authorities say Davis did not have enough time to avoid hitting the bike. The victim was not wearing a helmet according to troopers.

No injuries were reported for a Canadian motorist whose vehicle struck a deer on Route 15 in Richmond Township Friday night. Nycum Rismay-Verneuil of Milton, Ontario was going north when the whitetail crossed in front of his van.

Injuries were reported for a passenger following a one-vehicle crash Friday evening in Ridgway Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police Kesha Clements of Ridgway was riding in a Mazda B3000 driven by 19 year old John Crespo of Johnsonburg which failed to make a right hand curve on The Ridgway Johnsonburg Road, went off the left hand side of the road, and struck a culvert before stopping some 150 feet later in the ditch. Clements was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment while Crespo was not hurt.

An Austin driver has been cited for careless driving following a no-injury collision in Cameron County Friday. State police say impact occurred when Travis McKerinan of Austin failed to stop and allowed his car to strike a minivan driven by Jim Narby of Emporium which was turning left on Route 115 while both were headed north.

Troopers at Emporium are continuing to investigate reports of gun shots being fired toward several camps in Gibson township between May 19 and June 2. Victims were identified as Richard Smith of New Bloomfield, PA; Linda Jester of Middletown, PA; Eugene Stefanko of Latrobe, PA; Richard Murphy of Clarksburg, PA; and Daniel Dennim of Lockport, NY.

Vandalism at a home on the Dagus Mines Road in Kersey is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Culprits yanked 15 tomato plants out of a garden owned by Paul Parmigiania between 3:00 pm last Wednesday and 1:00 pm Thursday.

State police in Mansfield investigated a criminal mischief occurring back on April 7 along the West Branch Road in Delmar Township. Sometime between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm vandals smashed out the glass in a pick up truck cap owned by 82 year old Don Dibble of Wellsboro.

 

 

Obituary

Nancy L. Reed, 57, of Coudersport, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Friday, June 2, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, following a courageous 22 year battle with cancer.

Born on October 5, 1959 in West Grove, she was a daughter of Theodore and Clara Boyle Troupe.  On July 27, 1991 in Portville, NY, she married Jeffery W. Reed, who survives.

Nancy was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1978.  She held numerous positions in the area, however her most cherished position was being a mother and grandmother and caring for her family.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and grandchildren, documenting these events through her talent of scrapbooking.  Nancy was known by all who met her for her sweet and gentle spirit.

Surviving in addition to her husband Jeff, are four beloved daughters, Christina L. (Rob Raymond) Renko of Browns Summit, NC, Jessica M. (Rob) Giebel of Coudersport, Samantha J. (Shaun McGory) Reed of Coudersport, and Sierra E. Reed of Rochester, NY; her cherished grandchildren, Hunter, Madison, and Alyson; five brothers, Theodore (Yolonda) Troupe of Shinglehouse, Thomas (Leslie) Troupe of Coudersport, Timothy (Laura Kemp) Troupe of Charlevoix, Michigan, Terry (Jamie Standridge) Troupe of Coudersport, and Nicholas (Carol) Troupe of Coudersport; her mother-in-law, Sharon Reed of Coudersport; a brother-in-law, Danny (Riva Avelar) Reed of San Antonio, TX; many extended family members; her honorary father, Chris Cress of Coudersport; and her beloved “sister”, Lora Cope of Coudersport.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents.

Family and friends may call from 10am to 12 noon on Monday, June 5, 2017 at the Coudersport Free Methodist Church, 507 Main Street, Coudersport, where a memorial service will follow at 12 noon with Pastor Pete J. Trembly, officiating.  Burial will follow in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson CancerCare Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to Volunteers That Care, PO Box 750, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Nancy’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

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

 

 


 

 Friday June 2,2017

Thursday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 33; no rain

 

More Than 200 runners are registered for the 43 annual God’s Country  marathon being held Saturday between Galeton And Coudersport. The event includes a half marathon and team relay. There will also be a grilling competition at the finish line. The runners will leave the Galeton School at 7:00 am and the winners will be crossing the finish line  at the Coudersport Area High School a little more than two  hours later. The finish line has been moved from the courthouse square to Dwight Street because of the Main Street reconstruction project underway in downtown Coudersport.

Water Stations will be set up about every mile  locations are coordinated based on the mile markers; some stations may not be located exactly at a mile marker due to available roadside space that allows volunteers to stay safe.

"GU" Energy Gel: There will be "GU" stations at the 5-10-15-20-25 mile marks and at some other water stations along the way.
 Cash prizes will be  awarded to top 3 male and female finishers. The top 3 placers in each age division will also receive prizes. Awards Ceremony will be held at 1:30 PM at the Finish Line.

The Pre-Race Pasta Dinner will be held tonight. from 5:30. until 8p at American Legion Post 192, Coudersport. Cost of dinner is $10.00/adult; $5.00 for children ages 3 - 12; free for 2 and under.

Residents are encouraged to Show up at the finish line, or stop along the way to encourage the runners/

Replacement work will start in earnest next week on a bridge near the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

The bridge will be closed on Wednesday, June 7, and a detour around the project will be in place. The official detour will direct drivers to use West Corydon Street, South Avenue, Mechanic Street, and West Washington Street.The detour will be in effect through the length of the project.The Pitt Bradford campus remains accessible from West Washington Street down to Campus Drive.

The state-owned bridge spans the west branch of Tunungwant Creek on Dorothy Lane at Pitt Bradford. The existing bridge is weight-limit posted for 27-tons for single vehicle and 32-tons for combination vehicles. It carries an average of almost 1,200 vehicles each day.

Overall project work will include replacement of the old bridge, approach paving, guide-rail upgrades, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $3 million project. PennDOT expects the bridge to be complete and open to traffic in early November.

State police in Ridgway are continuing their investigation into the death of a Fox Township man. A state trooper, acting upon a request to check on the welfare of 69 year old Jesse Beers found him deceased in his home Thurday night. Authorities have listed the death as "natural" but report they are continuing their investigation.

Without releasing the suspect's name, troopers at Mansfield say a 28 year old Granville Summit,
PA woman is believed to  have stolen merchandise from the Mansfield Walmart on the afternoon of May 15. Police also say they have two female suspects in connection to the theft of agun from a Delmar Township home between February 1 and May 8. The Mossbert M500E 410 shotgun with brown stock and black barrel belonged to Dustin Smith Mansfield. The firearmhas been entered into NCIC as stolen.

A burglary at a vacant house in Wilcox is being probed by state police in Ridgway. Criminals broke several windows to gain entry int the house located at 66 Oak Street in Wilcox sometime since last November 1. The house is owned by Barbara Johnson.

Talk about a "cold case" The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop F, Mansfield, continue their search for Barry Keith Douglas who was last seen on the morning of July 3, 1988, walking East on Route 6, towards Wellsboro, just below his home at the Pine Creek Village Trailer Park in Galeton, Tioga County. Barry had stopped to talk to some acquaintances along the way. The was the last time anyone saw or hear from him. Barry had been under treatment for schizophrenia. Doctors at the time of his disappearance suggested that he may be suffering from amnesia.
Barry Keith Douglas DOB: 09/09/1956 Age: 60
White/Male Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
Height: 5’6” – 6’0” Weight: 200 lbs.
Barry was last seen wearing a bright yellow t-shirt with “thousand island river rate” printed in black letters on the front, blue jeans, white socks, and sneakers.


WHAT YOU CAN DO: If you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.

                                                                                Obituary

James L. “Jim” Cobado, 50, of West Clarksville, formerly of Oswayo, PA, passed away unexpectedly while at work in his semi in Washington County, PA, on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
Born on May 25, 1966 in Olean, he was a son of Kent and Sandra V. “Sandi” Grom Cobado. On April 8, 2012 in Shinglehouse, he married Bonnie R. Williams, who survives.
He attended Coudersport High School.  Jim was a self-employed owner/operator trucker.
He enjoyed dirt track racing for many years and also enjoyed boating.  His greatest love was his family.
Surviving besides his wife are his parents, Kent Cobado of Allegany and Sandi (David) Coletti of Portville; three children, Travis L. (Jenifer Low) Cobado of Coudersport, Michelle L. (Jared Preston) Cobado of Oswayo, and Robert J. Cobado, at home; and two grandchildren, Launah Cobado and Leightan Preston.
Jim was predeceased by his stepmother, Barb Cobado.
Friends may call from 1 pm to 2pm on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will follow at 2 pm with Pastor Karmon M. Wood of the Coryville Church of Faith, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McKean County Raceway, 7172 PA-46, Smethport, PA 16749, to establish a memorial event in Jim’s name.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit
www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 


 

 Thursday June 1, 2017

Wednesday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 47; 09” rain (.04 on Fishing Creek)

 

Rural community college advances…..Clara Township bridge to be replaced starting later this month….quick-thinking tenant helps minimize damage in Coudersport house fire….theft of top soil, cast iron burner and cash investigated by Ridgway state police….Troopers @ Coudersport investigate damage to saplings….

Rural community college advances…..Clara Township bridge to be replaced starting later this month….quick-thinking tenant helps minimize damage in Coudersport house fire….theft of top soil, cast iron burner and cash investigated by Ridgway state police….Troopers @ Coudersport investigate damage to saplings

The Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania has moved a step closer to reality. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently approved h plan to enroll students this fall in a partnership with Gannon University. Gannon has been offering credit courses for several years at various locations including the Potter County Ed Council. The college, which is the first to be set-up above Interstate 80 will be neither an online school or traditional brick and mortar college but instead will use videoconferencing linking faculty and students at libraries and education centers. It will require only a high school diploma or GED and will charge $180 per credit and $60 per credit for dual-enrollment students currently in high school.

Construction for a Route 44 bridge near the village of Clara in Potter County is scheduled to begin as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

The bridge spans Clara Creek and carries an average of almost 1,500 vehicles each day. Construction is expected to begin during the week of June 12 and be complete in early November. During this time, an alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change. 

This bridge is referred to as JV-82 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

A quick-thinking tenant alerted by a smoke detector prevented significant damage to a Coudersport home Wednesday afternoon. According to Fire Chief Bryan Phelps, local firefighters were dispatched just after 3:00 pm to a house located at 104 Allegany Avenue. Responders found that the blaze had originated in an outlet on the first  and moved up the exterior wall. Everyone was safely evacuated. Volunteers opened the wall and ventilated the residence. All units were back in serviced a short time later. Damage is estimated to be about $250.

A Whitesville driver and his passengers escaped injury in a car/deer collision Sunday morning in Ulysses Township. State police report Cullen Linza was headed west on Route 49 when the whitetail walked onto the road in front of his Mitsubishi Lancer. Linza was unable to avoid contact but drove the car safely to the berm after hitting the deer. He and Kimberly Tombs of Westfield were using seatbelts and a two year old girl was properly restrained in a child safety seat.

 

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating a theft and a burglary taking place in Elk County recently. Thieves stole 25 white bags filled with top soil and a black cast iron wood burner from a location along Laurel Estates Road between May 19 and 30. The items belonged to Randal Kurtz of Clearfield. Burglars stole $400 in cash from the home of Kenneth Haupricht on the Ridgway-Johnsonburg Road in Ridgway Township Tuesday between 4:25 and 9:30 pm Tuesday.

A criminal mischief occurring on the Fox Hill Road in Ulysses Township is being probed by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Vandals transferred dirt from a pile at a neighbor’s residence and used it to crush six planted samplings belonging to Dean Mellish of Cowans, PA.

Obituary

Eva Irene Robinson, 94 of Coudersport passed away peacefully May 26, 2017 at Cole Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.  Born April 30, 1923 in Sunderlinville, PA to Frank and Viva Stiles Ruter, Eva grew up and lived her life in the Coudersport area.  She married Earlist “Early” Robinson and with him raised her family in Coudersport.  Eva was a lifelong and active member of the Coudersport Christian and Missionary Alliance Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, served on the Women’s Missionary Fellowship committee, and as a Deaconess.  A vigorous woman, she worked various jobs on farms, in manufacturing and at the Alliance Church day care.  Eva was very active, loved picking blackberries, working puzzles and listening to polkas, was an avid cook and baker who was well-known for her Christmas cookies and cinnamon rolls.   Eva volunteered at her church’s food pantry, and at the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.  Eva was well-known and loved in her community and was known as “Grandma Eva” by many.  She was kind, compassionate and selfless in her extravagant love which she poured out on her family and friends.  She will be deeply missed.   

Eva is survived by two grandchildren:  Tina Ling of Lebanon, and Tim Snyder of Coudersport; 1 great-grandson:  Noah Ling of Lebanon; 2 sisters:  Betty Spong of Coudersport and Jane Kniffen of Corning, NY; and a very large extended family.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Gary Robinson, daughter Carolyn Snyder, grandson Brian Robinson, and 3 brothers:  Frank, Ed and Chet Ruter.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 11am to 1pm Saturday June 3, at the Coudersport Christian and Missionary Alliance Church with a memorial service to follow.  Memorial contributions may be made in her name to a charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA.   To sign her guestbook and share a memory, visit www.thomasfickinger.com.    


 

Wednesday May 31, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 67; Overnight low, 53; .41” rain

 

The unemployment rate in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area worsened in four out of five counties between March and April according to the state department of Labor and Industry. Tioga County was the only one with improvement and it was miniscule going down from 6.1% to 6.0%. Cameron County, which is once again 67th in the state, saw an increase from 7.5%  to 8.1%. Potter County’s rate went from 6.6% to 7.1%; McKean’s went up from 6.2% to 6.5% and Elk’s increased from 4.9% to 5.2%. The national rate for the period was 4.4% while Pennsylvania’s was slightly higher at 4.9%. Adams County had the best rate in Pennsylvania at 3.8%.

 

An Emporium woman has been cited for harassment in connection to a disagreement taking place Monday afternoon on W. 6th Street in that town. State police claim 22 year old Alexys Narby, of S. Cherry Street, harassed a 24 year old male victim at his home.

 

Troopers there also arrested 26 year old Jesse Flament of Monongahela, PA for public drunkenness. Authorities allege Flament was under the influence of heroine last Friday night while at the Stevenson Dam on the First Fork Road in Grove Township.

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A theft in Benezette Township Elk County remains under investigation by Ridgway-based state police. Thieves stole a trail camera from property along Buffalo Road owned by Kevin Eckman sometime last week.

 

State police at the Mansfield barracks are looking for vandals who damaged a mailbox on Hills Creek Road in Middlebury Township last Friday. Someone used a vehicle to intentionally damage the mailbox owned by Jessica Snyder of Mansfield.

 

  

Ronald H. “Geez” Geiser, 81, of Coudersport, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, May 27, 2017, after a brief illness.Born on March 21, 1936 in Upper Black Eddy, he was a son of Herman and Alice High Geiser.  In 1992 in Coudersport, he married Priscilla A. Sigafoos, who survives.Ron honorably served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Iowa, attaining the rank of FP3.  He was employed as a pipefitter for Hoffman LaRoche Pharmaceutical Company in Belvidere, NJ, retiring at age 55.

Ron was a founding member of the Bridgeton Athletic Association in Upper Black Eddy, where he served as a baseball coach for over 20 years.  In 1989, Ron had the honor of having a baseball field named after him.  He was also a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and a member and former treasurer of the Sweden Feedin Club.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He loved spending his winters in Florida with his loving wife and his beloved dog, Molly, where they spent many hours fishing, clamming, shrimping and crabbing.  His greatest love was his family.

Surviving besides his wife are four children, Teresa L. (Amos) Lefler of Wind Gap, Anjanette (Brian) Lukhard of Kernersville, NC, Nicholas J. Zangli of Upper Black Eddy, and Suzanne Sturn of Horsham; seven grandchildren, AJ (Audrey) Lefler, Krista (fiancée Billy Kasebier) Lefler, Jamie Lukhard, Logan Lukhard, CaleZangli, Emma Zangli, and Leo Sturn; two sisters, Nancy Schaefer of Upper Black Eddy and Carolene (Tom) Cegielski of Inverness, Florida; several nieces and nephews; and his dear friend, Ken “Opie” Rogers of Coudersport, whom he considered a son.Ron was predeceased by his parents.Family and friends are invited to attend committal services with full military honors at 1pm on Friday, June 16, 2017 in the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trout Unlimited, God’s Country Chapter, Project Healing Waters,PO Box 702, Coudersport, PA 16915.Ron’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ron, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com


Beverly J. Burroughs, 75, of Card Creek Rd., passed away Sunday (May 28, 2017) in UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.     Born January 23, 1942, in Gowanda, NY, she was the eldest daughter of Clifford R. and Bette M. Maneval Burroughs.   

     Beverly graduated from Hadley-Luzerne High School, NY, and from Houghton College, class of 1965, with a BA degree in psychology, and graduate work at University of Buffalo. 
     After teaching briefly in New York public schools, Ms. Burroughs moved to Lost Creek, KY, where she taught at Riverside Christian Training School for 42 years. Mainly a kindergarten teacher, she served for a time as assistant principal and was involved in many aspects of the school program, including cheerleading and the cross country program.  She was a founding staff member of the Victorious Women, a ladies retreat ministry.  She was a member of the Sartwell Creek Union Church, Port Allegany, where she taught in the children’s program. 
    Surviving are her long-time friend, Marilyn Jestes of Roulette; two sisters, Bonnie J. Howard of Combs, KY, and Beth J. (Howard) Hughes of South Glenn Falls, NY; a nephew, Daniel Hughes, two nieces, Michelle Brown and Amy Slone; three great-nephews, and a great niece; two foster sons, Ronald and Raymond Ash; and two generations of staff and students at Riverside School.   
     She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, and brother-in-law, Eugene Howard. 
     Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday (May 31, 2017) in the Sartwell Creek Union Church, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at noon, with Rev. Allen Long and Rev. LaVerne Howard, co-officiating. 
     Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday (June 1, 2017) in the Valley View Church, Little Valley, NY, where a funeral service will be held at noon, with Rev. Don Reese officiating. Burial will be in Little Valley Rural Cemetery. 
    Memorials can be made to Riverside Christian School,114 Riverside School Rd., Lost Creek, KY  41348. 
      Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.        
Condolences can be made to:  Marilyn G. Jestes      Bonnie Howard      Beth & Howard Hughes 
                                                       317 Card Creek Rd.   P.O. Box 199            6 Avon Place 
                                                       Roulette. PA  16746   Combs, KY  41729   S.. Glens Falls, NY 

                                                                                                                               

 

 


 

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Monday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 52; .37” rain (.24” on Fishing Creek_

 

An electrical short is blamed for a fire which caused some $150,000 in damage to aa home on the Windfall Road in  Eldred Township home Saturday night. Investigators found the blaze originated in an outlet behind the dishwasher in the kitchen of the home of Michael and Theresa Cramer and ignited surrounding cabinets before moving into the ceiling. Firefighters from several area departments battled the fire which erupted just after 9:00 pm. There were no injuries and the loss is covered by insurance.

 Coudersport-based state police are investigating an assault of a Galeton resident by several men Friday night at a dirt pull-off on Route 6 near the Potter/Tioga County line. Troopers say the 27 year old victim went to that location to talk to another man and was punched and kicked by nine assailants who left in two different vehicles in unknown directions.

 

A Shinglehouse woman has been cited for harassment following a scuffle in the parking lot at Sweden Valley Manor. Authorities claim 44 year old Tracey Damon committed the crime against a 25 year old Port Allegany woman Saturday night.

 

Troopers at the Ridgway barracks have arrested 59 year old Todd Hayes of Wilcox on a harassment charge. Police claim Hayes entered the home of 64 year old Darlene Fuenffinger on the Markert Road in Wilcox on the night of May 22 and  shoved the victim.

 

State police at Emporium have cited 19 year old Wesley Baney of Emporium for failing to notify their department of a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning on Straight Creek Road in Jones Township, Elk County. Baney swerved his northbound For F150 to on a right curve avoid a deer and caused the truck to travel over a curb and go into a driveway where it slightly tipped. Baney over compensated causing the pick up to goo the opposite side of the road, before going down an embankment and hitting a tree. Baney and his passenger, Brian Boleen also of Emporium, were reportedly using seatbelts and were not hurt.The crash as reported by the towing company.

 

Minor injuries were reported for a Ridgway driver  Saturday night after a mishap on the Shelvey Summit Road in Fox Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, the crash occurred when 77 year old Walter Beimel of Kersey was trying to merge onto route 948 but stopped to allow Timothy Rhoads to pass. Police said a Pontiac G6 driven by Rhoads left the road due to excessive speed, came back onto the highway stuck an embankment. Beimel remained in his Saturday SL1 in his driveway.

 

A Johnstown driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on the Port-Emporium Road in :Liberty Township, McKean County. John Popovich, 74,  while headed north, swerved his Toyota Camry to miss a dog and the car went off the road, hit a ditch and fire hydrant before stopping.

 

Both drivers escaped injury Saturday night when their vehicles hit the same deer on Route 446 in Eldred Township. Troopers report Norman Brewer of Eldred was going north on Route 446 in Annin Township when his Chevrolet Cavalier hit the whitetail and sent it rolling across the road into the opposite lane where it was hit by a Honda Civic driven by Ashley Woodruff of Port Allegany.  Woodruff’s passenger, Nicholas Woodruff of Smethport also escaped injury.

 

State police at Kane did not release the driver’s name but say a 59 year old Corry man was hurt in a one-vehicle crash last night on Route 321 in Corydon Township. The man’s Ford F250 went off the road and collided with a tree when he fell asleep while headed south. The victim was taken by helicopter to Hamot Medical Center in Erie with undetermined injuries.

 

A criminal mischief occurring over the weekend is being investigated by state poice at Ridgway. Vandals used mechanical grease to write a message on a garage on Grant Street in Weedville owned by Tonya Schlimm.

 

Signs are being set in anticipation of bridge replacement work that will start in June near the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient list.

 

The state-owned bridge spans the west branch of Tunungwant Creek on Dorothy Lane at Pitt Bradford. The bridge is currently weight-limit posted for 27-tons for single vehicle and 32-tons for combination vehicles. It carries an average of almost 1,200 vehicles each day.

 

PennDOT expects work to begin in early June, with a detour in effect to move traffic around the work zone. The official detour will make use of West Corydon Street, South Avenue, Mechanic Street, and West Washington Street.

 

Overall project work will include replacement of the old bridge, approach paving, guide-rail upgrades, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

 

All work is weather and schedule dependent. The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $3 million project. PennDOT expects the bridge to be complete and open to traffic in early November.

 

 

Bicycle racks now installed in downtown Emporium.  Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, Emporium Borough and Cameron County School District joined forces in the project. 

Two racks donated for the project needed to be retrofitted for installation.  Cameron County High School students Michael Clingan, Ebon Jackson, Josh Lane and Ryan Chilcote under the direction of Cameron County High School teacher,  Tom Gelnett shortened the racks and welded installation brackets.  Members of the Emporium Borough Streets Department installed the racks near the intersection of East Fourth and Chestnut Streets on the south side and near the intersection of Cherry and East Fourth Streets on the north side of the Fourth Street.

Making the downtown easily assessable to those using the West Creek Rails Trails continues to be a focus of the chamber.  “It is important to invite trail users into the downtown, so they can relax on a bench and stroll into our restaurants and shops while knowing that their bike is secure,” says Tina Johns Solak, chamber executive director.  This month the chamber fielded several phone calls from people living out of the region inquiring about the trail.  “It is hoped that the trail use will pick up this season which means more customers for our locally owned businesses on Fourth Street,” Johns Solak continued

Thomas H. “Tom” ENGLE, 74, of Ulysses, PA, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born February 6, 1943, in Detroit, MI, he was the son of Francis E. and Gertrude “Trudy” Witkop Engle. A Vietnam War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Marine Corps from 1960 – 1965. On November 26, 1965, in Traverse City, MI, he married the former Kay F. Kear, who survives. He owned and operated Master Clean from 1966 – 2001 and Engle’s Burger Hut from 1974 – 1979.  Tom was a member of the Ulysses Free Methodist Church and the Ulysses Area Improvement Association.  He loved his canine companion, Biggie. Surviving besides his wife, Kay, are:  three children, Brian Engle of Stuarts Draft, VA, a daughter, Michele (Daryl) Wright of Coudersport, PA, and Stephen (Alicia) Engle of Marstons Mills, MA;  seven grandchildren, Rachele (Jermaine) Morris, Ashley (Zack) Dotson, Gage Wright, Christian Engle, Katie Wright, Carmeron Engle, and Gracen Engle;  one great-grandson, Eli Martin;  and a sister, Joyce E. Kovalcik of Albany, NY;  nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday, May 29, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday in the Ulysses Free Methodist Church.  The Rev. Marty Zdrojewski will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Free Methodist Church, P.O. Box 295, Ulysses, PA 16948. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.  

  


 

                                                                    Friday May 26, 2017

Thursday’s high, 61; Overnight low, 53; .67” rain (1.30” on Fishing Creek)

 

Potter County’s Veterans  Gravestone Restoration project will be featured on NPR Memorial Day Program….Motorists can use new PennDot app to check on highway conditions and traffic conditions this weekend….Work will begin next week replace bridge west of Smethport….Two suspects arrested for stealing dirt bikes in Tioga County….Trio of drivers nabbed for DUI…

Potter County’s official website “Potter County Today”  reports a feature about the Potter County Veterans Gravestone Restoration Program is scheduled to air Monday on National Public Radio, as part of special Memorial Day programming produced by NPR affiliate WUSF of Tampa, Fla. The program will also be archived on the WUSF website, along with pictures from a recent kickoff event at the Eulalia Cemetery in Coudersport. Reporter Cathleen Carter interviewed the Potter County Veterans Service Committee. Her primary focus is on the work of Floridian Andrew Lumish, known as the “good cemeterian,” who began restoring military veterans’ gravestones as a hobby. Potter County’s committee reached out to Lumish and he agreed to serve as an advisor for what is apparently the first countywide veterans’ grave marker restoration project in the country. For more information on the local program, visit the Facebook page, Military Veterans of Potter County.

With many Pennsylvanians expected to travel for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is encouraging the public to visit the “Historic Holiday Traffic” page at www.511PA.com so they can plan optimal travel times on major roadways across the state this weekend.

 

The site allows users to see how traffic speeds on the Friday before and day of Memorial Day in 2015 and 2016 compare to traffic conditions during a typical, non-holiday week. Users can choose their region and view an hour-by-hour, color-coded visual of traffic speeds to help them decide the best times to travel during the holiday. 511PA also offers real-time, traffic speed information for thousands of roadway miles throughout Pennsylvania.

  

PennDOT will also remove lane restrictions and suspend construction projects wherever possible through the holiday period. Motorists can see remaining construction projects at www.511PA.com before they travel.

 

The public can use 511PA to check conditions on nearly 40,000 roadway miles in Pennsylvania. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

 

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices. Information can also be accessed by calling 5-1-1 or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

 

 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)will begin work next week to replace a Route 6 bridge in Hamlin Township, McKean County.

The bridge spans Bloomster Hollow near the village of Kasson, about 6 miles west of Smethport. The existing 33-foot bridge dates from 1921 and carries an average of almost 2,700 vehicles each day.

Temporary traffic signals will be placed on Tuesday, May 30. The signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern while the current concrete bridge is replaced with a composite spread box beam bridge. Work will take place in a half-width configuration.

Overall project work will include removal of the old bridge, construction of the new bridge, roadway reconstruction, drainage upgrades, and guard rail replacement. PennDOT expects the new bridge to be fully open to traffic this fall. A final epoxy wearing surface will be applied to the bridge in 2018.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Palo Construction, Inc. of Clarion, PAis the contractor on this $1.6 million project. Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For PennDOT regional information on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL

 Mansfield based state police have arrested two men suspected of stealing dirt bikes from Miles Motocross in Nelson Township on the weekend of May 12, 2017. Troopers say after receiving a tip, they executed a search warrant at the home of  27 Joseph Rhoads-Shore in Roaring Branch and found a pit bike matching the description and VIN of one of the bikes. Upon further investigation, they allegedly found a second bike in a shed at the Ogdensburg home of 25 year old Tallis Roberts fitting the description of the second bike with a matching VIN. Since the suspects were found in possession stolen vehicles they have been charged with receiving stolen property. The bikes belonged to  James Disalvo of Dansville, NY and Michael Hepler of Brockport, PA.

 Three motorists have been charged by State Police in two counties for DUI. Edward Baer III of Coudersport was cited after being stopped on the Brookland Road in Sweden Township on the night of May 13. Troopers at Mansfield arrested 46 year old David Kemp of Woodhull, NY after pulling him over on Route 49 at the Elkland Dollar General back on March 1. And, Lance Gleason of Elkland was nabbed after being stopped on the Over Hill Road in Tioga, PA last Sunday.

 


 

 Thursday May 25, 2017

Wednesday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 51; .38” rain  (.31” on Fishing Creek)

Walking Trail established in Emporium….both people involved in a fight in Brynedale have been cited…Ridgway  teen arrested for “huffing,”……..Probation officer finds drug paraphernalia  in possession by Westfield teen…..Liberty teen arrested for stealing money from home of a relative….Troopers in Coudersport probe burglaries and criminal mischief….

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and University of Pittsburgh to create a 1.67 mile walking loop through Emporium.  The route is marked with green circles featuring an arrow.

The WalkWorks trail will be highlighted during National Trails Day on Saturday June 3.  Participants are encouraged to meet at the starting point which is the gravel parking lot off of Chestnut Street near West Creek Rails Trail.  Maps and a personal walking journal can be picked up at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce.

“This program gives added exposure to the community through the WalkWorks web site, while benefitting residents,” says Tina Johns Solak, executive director of the chamber.   Emporium Borough workers installed the signage.  The route was selected by representatives of Sylvan Heritage Council, Lumber Heritage, the chamber, and the borough. 

Across the state there are WalkWork trails in 14 counties.  The closest to Cameron is McKean County which hosts 6 trails through communities: Bradford (Pitt Campus) Eldred, Kane, Mt. Jewett, Port Allegany, and Smethport, WalkWorks identifies and promotes safe walking routes, and supports walking groups.

Both people involved in a domestic violence incident Sunday afternoon on Kennedy Street in Brynedale have been charged with harassment. State police say 37year old Joshua Maines and 35 year old Tiffany Sue Maines got into a verbal argument which escalated to the point where each shoved and hit the other.

A Ridgway teenager has been arrested for disorderly conduct by troopers in that town. Authorities claim 19 year old James Bullers was discovered huffing Ultra Duster in the Walmart Restroom Sunday evening.

Troopers in Mansfield arrested 19 year old Brian Meise of Westfield for possessing drug paraphernalia. Police claim Meise’s probation officer found him in possession of an open shoe box containing  drug paraphernalia during a visit on the morning of May 7 on  Mill Street in Westfield.

Tanner Kolb, 18 of Liberty was arrested for burglary. State police allege Kolb, on several occasions between April 1 and May 20, stole a total of $500 in cash and silver certificates from the home of 60 year old Daniel Kolb. The suspect was also charged with criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Authorities did not indicate how the defendant and victim are related.

State police at the Coudersport barracks are investigating a theft taking place last week  on Grove Street in Ulysses. A yellow and black Dewalt ¾ impact wrench belonging to Jason Greiss was stolen between noon Monday May 15 and 2:00 pm May 16. The tool is valued at $30. Thieves took a tree stand and an aluminum table top from a camp on North Baker Hollow Road in Sweden Township. A burglary at a house on Route 49 West in Ulysses Township, between February 26 and April 10 is also being probed.                                                                Burglars apparently took nothing from the house owned by an elderly Elizabethtown.PA but ransacked the interior.

A criminal mischief this past Sunday or Monday is also being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Vandals damaged an electric fence on Jackson Road in Ulysses Township surrounding 12 bee hives owned by Derek Hamilton. Anyone with information about any of the Potter County crimes is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

A tractor-trailer operator received minor injuries  Tuesday afternoon in a mishap  taking place on the Rich Valley Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County.  According to state police at Emporium, The rig driven by Christopher Sayers caught a phone wire and pulled it down while headed west. The semi went out of control, struck an embankment and came back onto the highway before stopping. The semi had to be towed from the scene. Sayers did not require treatment at a medical facility.

 


 

Wednesday May 24, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 49; no rain

 

Causer’s EMS bill moves ahead….Driller and high school student add to Coudersport pool fund….Kersey man arrested for bar incident….Kane man facing DUI charges after going to state police barracks….Minor injuries reported in Tioga County car/deer collision…

Critical legislation to increase Medicaid reimbursements paid to emergency

medical service organizations was approved by the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Tuesday in Harrisburg. Bill sponsor Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean, Potter, Cameron) said the measure will help to address the serious financial challenges plaguing volunteer emergency medical service companies across the state, particularly in rural areas.

 

 “We made an important step forward in moving House Bill 699 through the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. This is a bill that I’ve sponsored to help EMS services across the Commonwealth. One of their number one issues is Medicaid reimbursement. As we’ve seen across the Commonwealth and certainly in rural areas, EMS services are in a state of crisis. And it’s vitally important that we increase the Medicaid reimbursement for these services. They’re paid at rates that were last established in 2004, so it’s desperately needed. Now the bill can move on to the House floor for consideration and I’m hopeful that we can accomplish this very soon.”

 

 

 

JKLM Energy makes a big splash for the Coudersport Area Pool with a $40,000.00 donation allowing the committee  to meet and surpass the funds needed to match the Full DCNR grant that the borough applied for in April. 

 

The committee is praising Coudersport High School Senor Kalie Cobb who  collected over 6 thousand pounds of donations at the Coudersport Goodwill to raise money

for the town pool. Her senior project raised $1072.50.

 

Fundraising will continue until word comes in September if DCNR has granted the Coudersport Borough with the C2 P2 development grant that will provide the matching funds needed to sustain the only community swimming pool in Potter County.  

 

Those still interested in donating can do so at the recycling center on Damascus road in Coudersport this Saturday.  All donations made this month at the Lions Club recycling center will be donated to the Coudersport area pool restoration fund.

 

A charitable donation via check can be made to:

 

Coudersport Borough

Pool Fund

201 South West St

Coudersport Pa 16915

 

 

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Ridgway based state police have arrested a Kersey man on various charges following an incident at a bar on Skyline Drive in Fox township late Monday night. Authorities claim Brian Viglione threatened  a Kersey man and St. Marys woman while refusing to leave the bar and allegedly caused a physically offensive nature inside and out while manifestly under the influence of alcohols. Charges of harassment, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct are pending in district court.

DUI charges are pending a Kane resident. Troopers in that town claim 49 year old Ronald Jordan Jr showed up at the barracks Monday afternoon to report a crime.  While talking to Jordan, authorities allege they determined he had driven to the station while under the influence.

A Covington woman was slightly hurt in a car/deer collision Sunday night on the North Williamson Road. Mansfield based state police report Leslie Belawaski was a passenger in a Nissan Pathfinder driven by her husband, James when it struck a deer while headed north. Belawski was able to drive the SUV about 50 yards before pulling off the road and into a driveway.

  

 


 

Tuesday May 23, 2017

Monday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 35; .07” rain

 

Cause of fire which leveled vacant house in Sharon Township investigated….Kane man jailed for allegedly assaulting his neighbor……downstate man accused of punching another in Tioga County…..Port Allegany driver cited for rear-end collision……Vets arriving for three-day visit in Potter County…Volunteers needed to run water stations for marathon…..

 

The state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of a blaze which destroyed a vacant house in Sharon Township Monday afternoon. According to Shinglehouse Fire Chief Doug Estes, his department was dispatched at around 2:00 pm to the house on Camp Road off of Scot Hollow. They were quickly joined by  some 35 firefighters from Alma, Bolivar, Westons Mills and Portville. Coudersport volunteers stood by at the Shinglehouse hall under the mutual aid system. There were no injuries and all units were back in service about three  hours later. The house was owned John Harvey and his son, Sean Harvey and had been under renovation earlier this year but no work had been done recently.

 

A Kane man has been jailed on assault and related charges following an altercation with his neighbor Monday afternoon in Hamlin Township. Kane based state police report 38 year old Robert Duck of 106 Clay Street and Ronald Jordan, 49, of 101 Clay Street became involved in a heated argument on a forestry road about three miles east of Route 321 when Duck allegedly punched Jordan in the right side of his face and temple with a closed fist and then grabbed Jordan by the throat and started choking him. Both men went to the state police barracks to report the fight and while being questioned Duck fled on foot but was quickly stopped by troopers on Route 219. He was taken back to the station for more questioning and then was committed to the McKean County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail after being arraigned before a district judge.

 

Troopers in Mansfield have charged 25 year old Nicholas Swartz of Dunmore, PA with harassment following a dust up last Thursday morning at the intersection of Walnut Street and Center Street in Tioga, PA. Authorities claim Swartz punched 26 year old Sean Carrill of Archibald, PA above his left eye.

 

About a dozen wounded military veterans arrived  in Potter County earlier today  for the tenth annual Project Healing Waters.

A motorcycle escort met the veterans at the Pennsylvania/New York border and brought them through Shinglehouse, Coudersport and Austin. The guests were joined by Potter County veterans from multiple wars Project Healing Waters 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 from Pennsylvania VA hospitals in Pittsburgh and Erie, as well as New York hospitals in Bath, Buffalo and Batavia. They will be headquartered at Moores Run Fish and Game Preserve.

 

The Route 872 bridge over Bailey Run in Wharton Township, Potter County, was officially dedicated as the Sgt. Paul M. Brown Memorial Bridge on Saturday, May 20. Brown lost his life during combat operations in South Korea on March 2, 1951, during his second tour of duty in service to his country. He had also served in World War II. Pictured left to right are: Rep. Martin Causer; Burton Wilson, nephew; Sandra Bissman, great niece; Gloria Bailey, great niece; David Wilson, nephew; John Wilson, nephew; Ted Parsell, American Legion; and William Simpson, Potter County Veterans Affairs. 

 

The Potter County Visitors Association is looking for volunteers to run water stations during the event on June 3.

 

Water station sign-up information is at 227 N. Main St. in Coudersport. Contact the PCVA with any questions about becoming a water station volunteer: 814-274-3365 or potter@penn.com.

 

Construction for a Route 155 (Turtle Point-Larabee Road) bridge, in Eldred Township, McKean County, is scheduled to begin next month as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient bridge list.

The bridge spans Newell Creek about two miles southeast of the village of Larabee.

The existing bridge dates from 1924 and carries an average of more than 2,300 vehicles daily.

 

Construction is expected to begin during the week of June 5 and be complete in mid-July. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Route 6, Route 46 (Smethport-Farmers Valley Road), and Route 446 (Farmers Valley-Eldred Road). 

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change. 

This bridge is referred to as JV-64 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com.

Both drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision Monday afternoon in Hamlin Township, McKean County. Kane based state police say impact occurred when Daniel Kysor of Port Allegany failed to stop his Ford Focus for a Chevrolet Express driven by Darrell Metcalf of Harrisville, PA which had stopped on Main Street while waiting for another unit to make a left turn onto School Street. Kysor was cited forfollowing too closely. Police said both men were using seatbelts.

 


 

                                             Monday, May 22, 2017

                                                                      Sunday’s high, 61; overnight low, 48; .12” rain

 Roulette man jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail on assault and related charges….Kansas fugitive nabbed in Potter County….Two motorcyclists  hurt in separate weekend accidents….theft of gun and iPhone investigated by Troopers in Mansfield…..”Click it or Ticket” campaign now underway in Pennsylvania…

Bruce Tucker, 45 of Roulette has been arrested by Coudersport-based state police on charges of theft, terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment, endangering the welfare of children, resisting arrest and criminal mischief in connection to an alleged assault Friday night on the Loucks Mills Road in Pike Township. Authorities claim Tucker struck a 29 year old Roulette woman in the face several times while she was driving with her two young children in the back seat; smashed the rear window on the vehicle with a rock, stole the woman’s wallet and phone before hiding from state police. Following arraignment before District Judge Kari McCleaft, Tucker was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

A man wanted in Kansas was apprehended May 12 in Sharon Township, Potter County. State police found 44 year old Daniel Winkler of Topeka, KS hiding behind a washer and dryer in a first floor bedroom on Route 44 at around 8:30 pm. Winkler was taken into custody without incident and detained at the Potter County Jail awaiting extradition to Kansas. Authorities did not indicate why Winkler was in the Shinglehouse area.

A fire which damaged an abandoned house on Glen Mayo Road in Johnsonburg Friday was intentionally set according to the state police fire marshal. The house has been vacant since a blaze damaged it in December 2015. A number of arsons have occurred in Elk County over the past several tears and some suspects have been successfully prosecuted.

A Mississippi motorcyclist was seriously injured Saturday night when his Harley Davidson Road King collided with a deer on Route 872 in Grove Township, Tioga County. State police report 53 year old Gregory Rice was going south when the whitetail jumped into his path. Rice was flown by medical helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

Troopers at Emporium are probing a hit and run taking place early last Tuesday morning in that town. An unknown vehicle hit a Dodge Caravan owned by Linda Andrews while it was parked on  West Sixth Street. The driver did not notify Andrews or police of the collision.

Minor injuries were reported for a Renfrew, PA man whose Harley Davidson Road King wrecked Saturday night on Pine Hill road in Stewardson Township Potter County. Police say Larry Peth was going west on Route 44 when his bike failed to make a left curve, went off the road and struck an embankment. The machine continued along the embankment for 27 feet , re-entered the road and laid down on its side before stopping. Peth was treated at Charles Cole Hospital.

A Coudersport driver and his young passenger were  in a collision Sunday morning in Coudersport. State police say impact occurred when Dominic Petruzzi suffered a medical condition and lost control of his Subaru Crosstrek which traveled across both lanes of West Chestnut Street and struck a CMC Sierra driven by Richard Sheehy also of Coudersport which was stopped on South West Street. Petruzzi and his 12 year old passenger from Bradford were taken to Charles Cole Hospital. Sheehy was not hurt.

No injuries were reported for a Mt. Jewett woman following a one-vehicle accident early Saturday morning in Hamlin Township, McKean County. According to Kane based state police, a Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Jessica Howard went off of Route 219 on a left hand curve and  traveled for about 100 feet along the embankment  before hitting a tree.

Ridgway based state police arrested 59 year old Rita Dickant of  Greensburg for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart. Authorities claim Dickant took $28.88 worth of merchandise from the store without paying for the items Saturday afternoon.

A theft at Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse on S. Main Street in Mansfield last Thursday afternoon is under investigation by state police there. An iPhone 7 owned by Angie Lacoe was stolen at  around 2:15pm. Troopers are also probing a burglary taking place in Westfield earlier this month. A Savage Semi-automatic .22cal rifle owned by David Clark Jr. of Westfield was stolen from Clark’s garage between May 3 and 6 on Y and C Lane

Coudersport based state police say they suspect a Bolivar, NY man of scattering rubbish in Sharon Township. The man’s name was no released but authorities claim he dumped about 10 bags of dry wall, glass and household trash  at the intersection of Karr Hollow Road and Wapsena Road owned by 84 year old Joseph Slemmer of Bensalem between May 10 and 17.                                 

The national "Click It or Ticket" campaign is being held now through  June 4, 2017.Pennsylvania State will be conducting high visibility enforcement and, as part of this campaign, Department members certified as Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians will be conducting free car seat fitting stations. At these fitting stations, caregivers can have their car seats checked for suitability and can receive instruction in the proper installation of car seats and harnessing of children in those seats. Check points are being held at these locations in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area:

May 22

Emporium-based state police will have a  free child passenger safety seat check point from 3:00 to 6:30 pm Emporium Volunteer Fire Department. 

 

 

 May 23 Ridgway-based state police will have a one from 3:00 to 7:00p @ the PennDot Building on St. Leo Street.

May 23

Coudersport-based state police and the Volunteer Ambulance Association will have a free child passenger safety seat check point from 1:00 to 7:00 pm at the hall on East Second Street

 

June 2

Kane-based state police will have a  free child passenger safety seat check point from noon  to 4:00  Zook Motors on Willow Drive in Kane. Take your child safety seat vehicle manual and child safety seat instructions.  The check should take about 30 minutes per seat. 

 

Obituary

 

Donald L. Drabert, 76, of Roulette, died Thursday (May 18, 2017) in the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland. He was born Dec. 13, 1940 in Roulette Twp., a son of John and Alta Dingman Drabert. On June 23, 1962 in the Fishing Creek Methodist Church, he married Patricia Ruth Bigley, who died in 2009.Mr. Drabert was a 1958 graduate of Port Allegany High School and a 1985 graduate of Alfred University.He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1958 to 1961.Mr. Drabert worked for Pure Carbon in Coudersport, Dresser Rand in Olean, NY and Gould Pumps in Seneca Falls, NY in Computer Aided Drafting. He retired in 2002.He was a member of Riverside Methodist Church and the Roulette Alumni Association.He is survived by: one daughter: Carla (Toby Dexter) Drabert of Roulette, PA, one son: Brian (Lisa) Drabert of Roulette, PA,Three grandchildren: Jessica (Josh) Hendershot, Kari (Alex) Johnson and Brittany (Levi Perry) Drabert, one great-granddaughter: Alaina Hendershot, and  longtime companion, Sharon Baker of Roulette.He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one brother Jack Drabert.Visitation will be held on Monday May 22, 2017 from 2 - 4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 105 N. Main St., Port Allegany, PA, where funeral and committal services will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 11:00 am with the Rev. Randall Headley, Pastor of the Riverside Methodist Church, officiating.Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.Burial will be in the Fishing Creek Cemetery, Roulette.Memorials, if desired, may be made to Potter County Hospice or the Roulette Ambulance Association.Online Condolence may be made at, www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com,Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.   

Friday May 19, 2017

Thursday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 59; .23” (.12” on Fishing Creek from Thunderstorm) 

Work to replace bridge on Route 44 to begin later this month…Temporary detour begins next week in Hamlin Township, McKean County….Bradford awarded two state grants….Theft of kayak paddle in Roulette investigated….thieves steal items from building at Tioga County Fairgrounds…Millerton woman accused of hitting another during argument….

 Construction for a Route 44 bridge near the village of Sharon Center in Potter County is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

The bridge spans Wildcat Creek and carries an average of almost 2,400 vehicles each day. Construction is expected to begin during the week of May 29and be complete in late August. During this time, an alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change. 

This bridge is referred to as JV-83 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com.

A 2-day detour will be in place next week as work continues a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)bridge projectinHamlin Township, McKean County.

The bridge spans Kinzua Creek on Township Road 602 in the village of Kushequa and a detour will be in place on the project Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 and 24. From T-602, the detour will direct drivers to use Route 6, Route 219, and Route 59. Drivers familiar with the area may choose to use alternate routes.

The 63-foot bridge dates from 1949 and is currently weight limit posted for 32 tons for single vehicles and 37 tons for combination vehicles. It carries an average of 60 vehicles each day. Replacing the bridge will remove it from the structurally deficient bridge list.

Outside of the 2-day closure, most work on the project is being done in a half-width configuration, with a temporary traffic signal controlling an alternating traffic pattern. PennDOT expects one or two more short-term detours on the project later this summer and will issue notices about those closures prior to implementation.

Overall project work includes removal of the current bridge, construction of the new single-span composite beam bridge, paving, guide rail installation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

The new bridge should be open to traffic by the end of October. In 2018, the contractor will return to the job site to apply an epoxy treatment to the bridge deck.

The City of Bradford has been awarded more than a half million dollars for two community revitalization projects, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

 

 A $500,000 grant was awarded to help support construction of new single-story homes, commercial rehabilitation and restoration, and key infrastructure upgrades in a second ward neighborhood.

 

An additional $50,000 was awarded to implement a façade improvement program in the city’s downtown area. Specifically, the funding will provide matching grants, up to $5,000, for exterior building improvements.

 

The grants were awarded by the Department of Community and Economic Development through its Keystone Communities program, which is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities; ensure social and economic diversity; and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.

 

Coudersport-based state police say they have a suspect in the theft of a kayak paddle from a Roulette location at around 1:30 pm Wednesday. Authorities claim the Port Allegany man had three male companions with him when he took a diamond “C” Carlisle Day Tripper paddle from the intersection of Burleson Avenue and the Pomeroy Bridge belonging to Mark and Patricia Miller of Roulette.

 

A burglary at the Tioga County Fairgrounds is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Several items belonging to Jess Lawton of Middlebury Center were taken from a maintenance shed between April 28 and May 1.

 

State police there have cited 34 year old Sarah Prince-Tull of Millerton for harassment. Troopers allege She struck 32 year old Angel Tull during an argument at a home on Route 328 last Saturday night. Police did not release the relationship between the women.

 Obituary

 

Marilyn Jane JACKSON, 79, of Borie, Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport. Born October 6, 1937, in Olean, NY, she was the daughter of Thomas and Mildred Harris Hurrle. She was a 1955 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School. On July 9, 1957, in Alma, NY, she married Dale Andrew Jackson, who predeceased her on April 8, 2012. 

Jane served as Summit Township Tax Collector, Summit Township Judge of Election, Summit Township Republican Committeewoman, and a Brownie and Girl Scout leader.  She and her husband were foster parents after their children were grown.  She was a member of North Eulalia Baptist Church for many years and attended Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church in recent years. 

Surviving are:  five children, Patrick Jackson of Coudersport, Judith (Alan) Lacher of Roulette, PA, Sandra (Michael) Engiles of Homosassa, FL, Kathleen (Brian) Rademacher of Beaver, PA, and Victoria (Daniel) Clarke of Warsaw, VA;  nine grandchildren, Alyssa Engiles, David Lacher, Patrick Lacher, John Engiles, Bryan Lacher, Joshua Rademacher, Emily Rademacher, Margaret Joy Clarke, and Dale Clarke;  two great-grandchildren, Kendall Whitman and Louis Lacher;  a sister, Mary Lou Latten of Olean, NY;  a brother, James Hurrle of Eldred, PA;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Robert Hurrle and Richard Hurrle. 

Friends may call at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 2:00 PM.  The Rev. Scott R. Ogden and the Rev. Thomas Shatto will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Summit Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Potter County Hospice, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

 

 


 

Thursday May 18, 2017

                                                                                                 Wednesday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 59; no rain

House approves Baker’s Lyme Disease legislation….PennDot will begin pipe replacement on Dingman Run next week….Police look for hit and run  unit causing damage in Gaines…..DUI charges pending against Port Allegany driver after crash…..theft of power washer investigated in Tioga County…. 

Earlier this week, Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) had two legislative proposals move forward in the legislative process and draw added attention to the increased prevalence of the disease in our state. “Over the course of the past six years, Pennsylvania has ranked highest in the country among states in the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease,” said Baker. “In 2016, Pennsylvania reported 12,200 cases of Lyme disease, which is a significant increase from the prior year at 10,817 cases. Further, a 2015 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection study confirmed a high risk of Lyme disease in every county of the Commonwealth.” To raise awareness of the disease, Baker authored a House resolution that passed the House of Representatives designating May 2017 as “Lyme Disease Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.  Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted primarily by ticks and is caused by the spirochete Borreliaburgdorferi. Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, such as Babesiosis, Bartonellosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis and others, pose a serious threat to the quality of life of many Pennsylvanians, with the frequency of diagnosed and reported Lyme disease cases increasing dramatically over the past several years.

As chairman of the House Health Committee, Baker drafted House Bill 174, which the committee unanimously passed, that would require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment.

“We are already hearing that this year will be one of the worst years for ticks in the state, so the time to act is now.”

For more information on Lyme disease, go to www.health.pa.gov and click on “Lyme Disease” under Hot Topics. 

 

PennDOT announces it  will begin pipe replacement work along Dingman Run Road (Route 4007) in Eulalia and Hebron Townships. Work is expected to last through June 22. A daylight closure will be in effect for through traffic from 7 A.M. to 4 P.M. each work day. PennDOT will allow school buses to run their morning and afternoon routes. PennDOT will also accommodate emergency and postal vehicles. All other drivers should use alternate routes during the day. The pipe work is being done in preparation for roadway surface improvement work, which is expected to take place during the 2017 construction season. PennDOT says it  will issue an update prior to the resurfacing work.

Mansfield based state police are looking for a dark red or maroon Dodge truck with front end damage which nay have been involved in a hit and run occurring at around 10:30 Tuesday night at the intersection of Route 349 and 6 In Gaines. An unknown vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign on Route 349 and crossed Route 6 collided with a U-Haul trailer in a parking lot of a storage unit on the south side of Route 6. The U-Haul trailer then struck another parked vehicle causing damage. The driver of the offending unit failed to notify police of the collision and left the scene.

DUI charges are pending against a Port Allegany man following a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night near Smethport. Kane-based state police say  when they investigated a cash on Route 46 near the Bordell Road at about 8:30 pm they found 31 year old Kyle Milliron  had been driving under the influence.

Coudersport based state police have charged a Bolivar, NY driver with DUI. Troopers claim when they stopped 33 year old Derrick Peterson on the Horse Run Road in Sharon Township on the night of April 26, they found he had been driving under the influence.

The theft of a power washer from property on the California Road in Brookfield Township, Tioga County is being investigated by troopers at the Mansfield barracks. The equipment was taken between midnight and 5:00 pm Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

Mansfield based state police are looking for a dark red or maroon Dodge truck with front end damage which nay have been involved in a hit and run occurring at around 10:30 Tuesday night at the intersection of Route 349 and 6 In Gaines. An unknown vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign on Route 349 and crossed Route 6 collided with a U-Haul trailer in a parking lot of a storage unit on the south side of Route 6. The U-Haul trailer then struck another parked vehicle causing damage. The driver of the offending unit failed to notify police of the collision and left the scene.

DUI charges are pending against a Port Allegany man following a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night near Smethport. Kane-based state police say  when they investigated a cash on Route 46 near the Bordell Road at about 8:30 pm they found 31 year old Kyle Milliron  had been driving under the influence.

Coudersport based state police have charged a Bolivar, NY driver with DUI. Troopers claim when they stopped 33 year old Derrick Peterson on the Horse Run Road in Sharon Township on the night of April 26, they found he had been driving under the influence.

The theft of a power washer from property on the California Road in Brookfield Township, Tioga County is being investigated by troopers at the Mansfield barracks. The equipment was taken between midnight and 5:00 pm Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

 


 

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 71; Overnight low, 54; a few sprinkles

 

 

Voter turnout was reported light across the region for yesterday’s Primary Election. A couple of District Magistrate races were decided yesterday here in Potter County. Coudersport District Judge Annette Easton won both the Republican and Democrat nominations defeating challenger Brenda Whitman (Coudersport Mayor. Republican: Easton, 606; Whitman, 152. Democrat: Easton, 243; Whitman, 74. In the contest to replace retiring District Judge Delores Weiss in the Galeton/Ulysses District Chris Kalacinksi defeated Michael Murray on the Republican ballot 448 to 214 and on the Democrat ballot, 180 to 73. (Vote totals are unofficial).

 

 

The Community Pool Committee  reports the pool  fundraiser held at the American Legion on May 13 was a huge success! We raised $22,788.00, thanks to the generosity of the large crowd who attended. Current Pool Fund Donations/Pledges total $166,717.32. 

 

Kane-based state police are investigating a burglary Monday at a home on the Old Mill Road in Wetmore Township. Criminals forced their way into the home of 82 year old Edward Polinski between noon and 9:00 pm and made off with two jewelry boxes containing gold and silver coins. The door frame on the back door was damaged during the break-in,

The theft of some tools from a construction site on Route 6 in Charleston Township Tioga County is being probed by troopers at the Mansfield barracks. Thieves gook a chainsaw, circuit breaker, torches, gloves, sunglasses and various other tools owned by Glenn O. Hawbaker Construction between 3:20 pm Monday and 6:15 am Tuesday. We reported earlier this week that Coudersport based state police have charged 39 year old Melissa Knauer of Westfield for making false reports. Troopers allege Knauer reported an attempted robbery at her home on the Rowley Road at 10:14 pm April 25. But, police say their investigation revealed that she had falsely reported the incident and will now answer one charge of unsworn falsification to authorities in District Court.

An undisclosed sum of money was stolen from a locked filing cabinet at the Royal Inn on Boot Jack Road in Ridgway Township late Sunday night.

State police at Ridgway say charges  are pending against a 28 year old Kersey man for lying to authorities. Troopers claim the, as yet unnamed,  suspect told police on multiple occasions that he had been the victim of an attempted armed robbery. However, The investigation revealed that was not the case.

A Tioga, PA man escaped injury in a car/deer collision Monday night in Richmond Township, Tioga County. Troopers report Adam Stickler was going north on the Route 15 ramp when the whitetail came onto the road and into the patch of his Subaru Legacy.

Obituary

Jonathan D. POLLOCK, 31, of Louisville, KY, formerly of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, May 12, 2017 in Louisville. Born December 29, 1985, in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Dennis and Angela Hand Pollock. A graduate of Northern Potter High School, he was employed by Semper Blue Professionals in Louisville. Surviving are:  six children, Alex Pollock Butler, Gage Pollock, Alyssa Pollock, Kayden Lash, Silas Pollock, and Ethan Lang;  his mother, Angela (Timothy) Shaffer of Ulysses;  his former fiance of eleven years, Audra Lash;  his father, Dennis (Erika) Pollock of Coudersport, PA;  two siblings, Desiree (Chase Dinkins) Pollock and Scott Pollock, both of Louisville;  step-siblings, William Ice, Eric Shaffer, Timothy Shawn Shaffer, Cody Heck, and Dawn Shaffer;  maternal grandparents, Frank and Evelyne Hand of Louisville;  paternal grandmother, Mary Ann Pollock of Mills, PA;  step-grandmother, Myra Shaffer of Genesee, PA;  a niece, Kayleigh Pollock;  aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was predeceased by paternal grandfather, Clifford Pollock, Jr.;  and paternal uncle, Randy Pollock. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday in the Ulysses Free Methodist Church.  The Rev. Marty Zdrojewski and the Rev. David Michel will co-officiate. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Tuesday May 16, 2017

Monday’s high, 63; Overnight low, 38; No rain

Polls are open from 7a-8p today for Pennsylvania’s Primary Election. Registered Republicans and Democrats will be choosing their candidates for numerous local positions   including borough council member, township supervisor and municipal tax collector  and seats on every school board in the region.  They will also be choosing candidates for statewide offices: Justice of the Supreme Court; Judges of the Superior Court, and Commonwealth court.  . More information is available on official county websites and the Pennsylvania Department of State website: http://www.dos.pa.gov/

 

The Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania Inc.(LHR) and the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) have  announced the region’s 2017 Mini-Grant Program. pleased to announce the region's 2017 Mini-Grant Program. LHR and PA Wilds Center in partnership with  the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), coudersrphas funding available to support projects totaling $60,000 with a maximum award of $5,000 per application. The grant amount must be matched dollar for dollar with funds from other sources. Read more for grant guidelines and application process

The Lumber Heritage Region is one of Pennsylvania’s 12 Heritage Areas covering 15 Counties.

LHR provides:

·         Technical, educational, and financial assistance to communities, local governments, business institutions, and the general public.

·         Coordinates programs which interpret the region’s unique lumber history, celebrates its living heritage, and fosters a greater understanding of the contemporary lumber and forest products industry.

·         Works to enhance the region’s economy by providing forest management education; conserving and interpreting historic, natural, and recreational resources; and enhancing tourism in cooperation with local communities to make the region a better place to live, work, and visit.

LHR and PA Wilds Center in partnership with  the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), has funding available to support projects totaling $60,000 with a maximum award of $5,000 per application. The grant amount must be matched dollar for dollar with funds from other sources. Projects must be completed and funds must be expended by May 1, 2018.

The type of grants considered will be projects that implement recommendations of the LHR Management Action Plan, PA Wilds Planning Team Strategic Plan, and Pennsylvania Wilds Design Guide and strategic priorities as outlined below. Highest priority will be given to projects focusing on the use of technology in promoting the heritage of the area, eligible project activities would include but not limited to:

·         Educational pieces that promote the forest products industry and the heritage of the region.

·         Media pieces that highlight the history, heritage, and/or recreational opportunities in the Region.

·         Packaged itineraries and products associated with those itineraries.

·         Elements from existing plans including but not limited to trails, watershed, greenway or heritage community plans.

·         Projects that lead to more woods-related craftspeople joining The Wilds Cooperative of PA network (artisan wood workers, maple producers – learn more at pawildsartisans.com);

·         Projects that create short high-quality videos (up to 2 minutes) about one or more lumber assets in the region that can be used on the regional visitor site pawilds.com and LHR’s website (as well as for the applicant’s uses); or short videos that help tell the story that the Wilds is a working forest and highlights the high performance sustainable forestry practices being done here.

·         Projects that create high-quality digital stories (pictures and copy) about the region’s lumber assets (brick and mortar, events, history, artisan woodworkers in The Wilds Cooperative of PA) that can be used for pawilds.com, LHR’s website, both organization’s social media channels, as well as for the applicant’s uses.

·         Projects that promote use of or principles in the PA Wilds Design Guide for Community Character Stewardship.

Eligible applicants for the program would include non-profit 501(c)3 organizations, Municipalities, Conservation Districts, Educational Institutions, Housing and Development Authorities. The project must be located within the boundaries of the Lumber Heritage Region/Pennsylvania Wilds Region.

Details and application packets are available on the LHR Website at www.lumberheritage.org or by calling the LHR at 814-486-0213.

Funding for the Lumber Heritage Region/ PA Wilds Center 2017 Mini-Grant Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC).

The Pennsylvania Wilds region includes the counties of: Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Forest, Elk, Cameron, Clinton, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield, Lycoming and northern Centre. Lumber Heritage Region includes all those counties plus Indiana and Cambria.

             

The First Presbyterian Church of Coudersport has donated  $10,000.00 to the Coudersport Pool Fund in memory of Darlene Sitler. Most people knew Darlene Sitler as a musician. She taught music at Northern Potter Children’s School for 30 years. She was organist and choir director at Coudersport’s First Presbyterian Church and played French Horn in community bands and in the Wellsville, N.Y. Performing Arts Orchestra. Others knew Darlene as a gardener. She took great pride in the flowers she tended at her home and at
her beloved Presbyterian Church. She added vegetable gardening to her repertoire and delighted insharing the bounty with the congregation through the summer.
Darlene also enjoyed walking for exercise and began to compete in area 5K races, happy to continue to improve with each outing.It was that same kind of drive that led her to the Coudersport Swimming Pool to conquer her fear of
water. She signed up for adult swimming lessons shortly after her 50th birthday and worked with the
instructors to overcome her apprehension and learn to swim. It was among her proudest
accomplishments.
It is in memory of Darlene, who gave credit to her Lord for all she accomplished, that her church
family donates $10,000.00 to the Coudersport Swimming Pool fund.
Sent from my iPhone

 

PennDot advises a  contractor began  a microsurfacing project in Wellsboro Borough, Tioga County Monday. The project is  on Route 287 from Lake Nessmuk to the intersection with Route 660, and on Route 660 from Route 287 to Balsam Road. Work will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be alternating lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.Work is expected to be completed within a month. Suite Kote Corp. is the contractor on this $141,000 project.

 

Mansfield based state police have arrested an Addison NY couple for retail theft. Authorities claim 38 year old Beth Ann Mead and 35 year old Roger Watson, Jr. stole miscellaneous items from the Mansfield Walmart on April 28 and then Mead allegedly returned the merchandise and received a refund of more than $665 on a gift card.

Troopers there are also investigating the theft of two motor bikes from Miles Mountain Motocross in Nelson Township this past weekend. The bikes belonged to James Disalvo of Dansville, NY and Michael Hepler of Brockport, PA.

A theft at a Middlebury Center home over the past several weeks is also under state police investigation. Thieves took a main breaker box, copper wiring, copper pipe and a Kalamazoo furnace from a house owned by Richard Wheeler between March 1 and yesterday. They also stole an auger saw and tool box from Wheeler’s garage and a chain link dog kennel from the yard. Value of the stolen items is estimated to be $1465.

And, criminals stole an Advantek Live Animal Trap from a residence on Trout Ally in Covington over the weekend of May 6 & 7.

State police at the Ridgway barracks are looking for the thief who took a Red Honda ATV from a home on Portland Mills Road between April 24 and yesterday. The machine was owned by Ridgway resident Richard Marzella.

 

Coudersport state police have not released information yet about a one-vehicle accident Monday morning on Fishing Creek Road in Roulette Township. A truck reportedly ran off the road and collided with a pole. Roulette Emergency Services personnel responded to the scene.

Details about a couple of car/deer collisions Friday have been released by troopers in Mansfield. Joan Burrows  of Pine City, NY hit a whitetail just after 7 am on Roseville Road while headed south and later that night, Mark Rossettie of Baltimore collided with a deer on Route 15 in Richmond Township. Both drivers escaped injury.

DUI charges are pending against a Westfield driver after his Jeep Grand Cherokee wrecked Sunday morning in Westfield Township. State police say Hazen Gardner’s Jeep went off of Route 49 twice, spun around in some grass and rolled over one time before coming to rest upright. Gardner was not hurt.

Two  other drivers have been arrested for DUI by troopers in Mansfield. Nathan Hemme30 of Mansfield ,was allegedly found to be driving under the influence of alcohol when he was pulled over on Route 15 S in Richmond Township on the evening of May 5.   Jose Cuevas  of Giddings, TX was arrested early Sunday morning after his vehicle got stuck in a ditch on the Sawmill Road in Covington Township.

Coudersport state police arrested 43 year old Timothy Clark of Bolivar, NY after they stopped him on the Honeoye Road in Sharon township on the evening of April 23.  They also charged 67 year old Andrew Harley Jr. of Philadelphia when they pulled him over on Route 144 in Stewardson Township on the night of April 28. 

A Ridgway man has been cited for trespassing by state police in that town. Authorities claim 38 year old Nicholas Jordan entered property on Route 120 owned by Hollie Schneider  Monday between 5:20 pm and 8:30 pm even after being advised he was now welcome to do so. 

                                       


  Monday May 15, 2017

Sunday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 43; trace of rain

 

 Brockway man killed in motorcycle accident….pack of stray dogs being sought by Mansfield based state policed after calves are killed….theft of rings from Kersey home investigated…St.Marys man caught by Walmart security after allegedly shoplifting Sunday…mountain bike stolen from Emporium home…Tuesday is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania….

A Brockway man died in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning in Fox Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police say 49 year old James Park’s 1984 Honda failed to make a left curve at the inters3ection of Toby Road and Ridge Road at about5 2:30 am. The bike went off the road, over a ditch and collided with a tree.

Injuries were reported for an East Liverpool, Ohio driver and his passenger after a one-vehicle crash last Friday morning in Hamlin Township, McKean County. Troopers at Kane report William Wright was speeding when his Chevrolet Blazer went off of Route 6 outside of Mt. Jewett just before 10:00 am. Rolled across the opposite lane, and came to rest in an adjacent ditch.  Both Wright and his passenger, Danny Brandle Jr. also of East Liverpool were taken to Kane Community Hospital for evaluation.

Two Smethport men escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning in Liberty Township, McKean County. According to Kane-based state police claim 34 year old Larry Mitchell and his passenger, 52 year old Dean Fitzsimmons left the scene after Mitchell’s utility truck went onto the west berm on The North Open Brook Road near Pump Station Road  and struck a bridge before rolling onto its roof in a creek.

State police in Mansfield are asking Tioga County residents to contact them if they see a pack of stray dogs. The marauding canines killed a calf near the Valley Road  and Mulberry Hill Road in Richmond Township Friday afternoon. Residents of that area told authorities they have seen four dogs, two Rottweillers and two red labs chasing deer in that area recently.

A St. Marys resident has been arrested for trying to shop lift at the St. Marys Walmart Sunday afternoon. State police say 37 year old Nicholas Amacher was grabbed by store security when he tired to leave the store without paying for an item, valued at $19 which was allegedly found concealed on his person.

A burglary at a Kersey home is being investigated by state police in Ridgway. Burglars stole three rings from the home of Lorraine Holjencin sometime last week.

Troopers there are also investigating an attempted ID theft. An unknown criminal tried to open a Sears account in Orlando , Florida  on April 21, using personal information of a Weedville woman.

Troopers at Emporium are probing a theft taking place Sunday on West 6th Street in that town. A black and green mountain bike was stolen from the front porch of Cassidy Casper’s account between 11:00 am and noon.

Pennsylvania’s Primary Election will be held tomorrow, Tuesday May 16. It’s been a rather quiet season as many nominations are uncontested.   Republicans and Democrats will be choosing their candidates for numerous local positions   including borough council member, township supervisor and municipal tax collector  and seats on every school board in the region.  They will also be choosing candidates for statewide offices: Justice of the Supreme Court; Judges of the Superior Court, and Commonwealth court.  Registered Republicans and Democrats may cast ballots from 7 am to 8 pm. More information is available on official county websites and the Pennsylvania Department of State website: http://www.dos.pa.gov/ 


Friday May 12, 2017

Thursday’s high, 48; Overnight low, 43; .11” rain

 

The Potter County Veterans Gravestone Restoration Project will launch at 9 am Saturday, May 13, at Coudersport’s Eulalia Cemetery with a veterans’ memorial ceremony, open to the public. Due to forecasts for rain and cooler temperatures, the ceremony will be held in chapel area and limited to about 20 minutes.

Keynote speaker will be Robert Leete, former U.S. Navy officer and veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Rev. Janis Yskamp will deliver the invocation and benediction. Potter County Honor Guard members will present the colors and accord military honors as departed veterans are recalled. “Taps” will be performed by Arthur Metzger. After the ceremony, volunteers will fan out across the cemetery and begin scrubbing veterans’ grave markers under the supervision of Eulalia Cemetery caretakers.

This pilot program at Eulalia Cemetery will be followed by a concerted outreach by the county committee to other cemetery managers across Potter County to expand the restoration work. According to Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel who is part of the local committee, the project is receiving national recognition as it is the only such effort in the United States. Heimel reported at yesterday’s commissioners’ meeting, that a representative of NPR contacted him this week advising that she is planning featuring the project in an upcoming program.

A tractor trailer operator has been cited for following too closely after his rig rear-ended a sedan Wednesday morning on East Avenue in Wellsboro. Ray Weber was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of serious injuries while his wife, Donna, was treated for minor injuries. The truck d river 23 year old Weston Martin of Trout Run was not hurt. State police say his Mack truck ran into the back of Weber’s Cadillac which had stopped to make a left turn.

Another tractor trailer operator was slightly injured in a mishap Thursday morning in Middlebury Township Troopers said Robert Snyder was going north on Route 287 when his Peterbilt went onto the berm, struck a mailbox; continued on for about 20 yards; collided with another mailbox and a  residential fence before going into a ditch.

Both  Wellsboro drivers escaped injury in a collision Monday morning in Charleston Township, Tioga County. Mansfield based state police over night released details saying the collision occurred when 65 yer old Terry Carleton who was traveling south on the Whitneyville Road accelerated through the four way intersection after stopping and his Buick Lucerne CXS struck a Dodge Ram driven by 86 year old William Coolidge on the side.

A New York state man has been arrested for violating drug laws after a traffic stop late last month in Liberty Township, Tioga County. Troopers report 38 year old Damien McInnis was arrested after they allegedly found him in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia when he was pulled over on the afternoon of April 27 on Route 15 South.

State police at Coudersport are investigating a burglary occurring between April 29 and this past Wednesday on Grove Street in Ulysses. Thieves stole a cutting torch  head and 100 feet of connecting hose from a garage owned by Terrance Mills. Anyone with information is asked to call troopers at 814.274.8690.

A criminal mischief in Bingham Township is also being probed by Coudersport based state police. Vandals punctured the  passenger side tires on a truck owned by Zechariah Turner of Ulysses between 4:30 and 8:00 pm Wednesday while it was parked at 20 Cinder Hill Road.

Obituaries

Christopher A. “Chris” Thomas, 51, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.Born December 21, 1965 in Olean, he was a son of Kenneth C. and Carol L. Gross Thomas.Chris was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1984, in Shinglehouse. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 530 in Shinglehouse.  He loved to hunt, fish, trap, and spend time with friends and family.  He loved his Chihuahua, “Jethro”.Surviving are two sisters, Monica J. Thomas of Shinglehouse and Mare R. “Beckie” Thomas of Kingston, Tennessee; a brother, Kenneth C. “Buck” Thomas of Dayton, Ohio; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grand nephews.In addition to his parents, Chris was predeceased by his companion, Bobbie Jo Kellogg.At Chris’ request, there will be no public visitation.  A graveside memorial service will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, on a date and time to be announced.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sons of the American Legion Post 530, PO Box 25, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Chris’ family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Chris, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

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Marjorie J. Myers, 80, of Valley Crossroads, Smethport passed away Tuesday (May 9, 2017) in her home, surrounded by her family.      Born June 29, 1936, in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Arthur E. and Ruth Garthwaite Murphy.  On May 21, 1960, in Bradford, she married William J. Myers, who died Sept. 17, 2016.         Marjorie was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Allegany Valley Joint High School, Eldred, class of 1954.       She had worked as a secretary for Glenn Mencer, attorney, Eldred, bank teller for the First National Bank of Port Allegany, and most recent with the former Nobles Greenhouse of Smethport, before retiring.   
     She was a member of the Seneca Highlands Snowmobile C