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Wednesday’s high 75; Overnight low, 36







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Obituaries: Andrew “Andy” Dwyer, Coudersport and George A. “Al” Miller III, Coudersport

Farm tractor destroyed by fire while in a Potter County field….Shinglehouse woman victim of ID theft….$6000  Stewardson Township cooler damaged by vandals …Levittown driver escapes injury in car/deer collision in Potter County…No injuries reported for Tioga County woman whose SUV rolled over Tuesday evening…

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A farm tractor was destroyed by fire yesterday in Allegany Township, Potter County. Coudersport volunteer firefighters were dispatched shortly after 2:00 pm to a location about a mile and a half off of The Tauscher Road.  Chief Bryan Phelps told Black Forest Broadcasting News, the Ford/New Holland tractor hauling a Brush Hog was completely enveloped when the first responders arrived on the scene. The tractor was owned by a contractor who was clearing a right of way for Kinder Morgan.  Despite using several extinguishers, workers were unable to quell the fire. Chief Phelps said some grass adjacent to the equipment had caught fire and the department was able to douse those flames by using water and Class B Foam. There were no injuries. Roulette Volunteer Ambulance assisted at the scene. Damage is estimated to be in excess of $85,000.

A Shinglehouse woman is the latest ID theft victim. According to Coudersport based state police, criminals gained access to Trisha Sebastian’s debit information and used it to buy two gift cards totaling $160 in valued September 5 or 6.

Troopers at Coudersport are also investigating a criminal mischief taking place on the morning of September 11 in Abbott Township. A cooler owned by Daniel Elliot of Galeton was damaged by unknown culprits. The cooler is valued at $6,000.

A Levittown, PA driver and his passenger escaped injury in a car/deer collision Wednesday morning in Stewardson Township, Potter County .State plice report Dominic Delmont was going south on Pine Hill Raod when the whitetail came onto the highway in front of his 2014 Subaru Impreza.  Delmont and his passenger Kelcie Waslenko also of Levittown were using lap and shoulder belts. The car was disabled and had to be towed from the scene.

No injuries were reported for a Wellsboro woman whose car rolled over on Route 287 in Delmar Township Tuesday evening. According to state police in Mansfield,  Sarah Wisniewski  over compensated when her  Ford Explorer went onto the berm while headed south. The SUV traveled back its  lane, then crossed to the other side and hit an embankment before rolling over and colliding with a guardrail.

State Police at Lewis Run report Angela Mae Newton,  who had been missing since Sunday, returned home Tuesday night.

The House Health Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) that would improve the credentialing process in Pennsylvania for health care practitioners and address unwarranted delays by health insurers in credentialing applicants for inclusion in their networks.

“When talking with those in the health care field about what barriers they face when seeking employment, the amount of time in the credentialing process has been identified again and again,” said Owlett. “If we want to attract talented physicians to Pennsylvania and save our smaller rural hospitals money, then we need to make the transition of new physicians as smooth and as quick as possible. Right now some doctors are waiting up to six months to be credentialed.”

Hospitals, physician practices and community health centers across the state routinely face the situation where a newly hired health care professional who is fully licensed and qualified to provide care is not reimbursed by insurers for months while the insurers work their way through an unnecessarily long and cumbersome credentialing process. Not only does this cost these facilities money, but it also limits access to care by keeping fully licensed and qualified providers on the sidelines until they are credentialed by insurers.

Owlett’s bill, House Bill 533, would require all health insurers in Pennsylvania to accept The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare’s credentialing application or another nationally recognized credentialing application designated by the Insurance Department in order to streamline the process. Health insurers would then have 45 days to complete the credentialing process after receiving the credentialing application.

“This is all about improving the process in order to put skilled practitioners to work quicker,” said Owlett. “I am pleased members of the Health Committee recognize this as an area in the system that needs to be improved upon, and I look forward to a vote by the full House in the near future.”


Andrew J. “Andy” Dwyer, 86, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Monday, September 16, 2019, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after an aggressive battle with cancer.Born on Sunday, May 7, 1933 in Eganville, Ontario, Canada, he was a son of John and Mary Jennings Dwyer. He is survived by the love of his life, Roxanna L. Brewer Dwyer, who he met on Valentine’s Day 1970 and married on May 5, 1970.Andy was a graduate of St. Paul Catholic School in Sheenboro, Quebec, Canada. Andy at a young age was a logger in Canada. Later he became a diesel mechanic and transitioned to a long haul truck driver, having worked for many firms, including Buckler Transport in Roulette. He most recently was employed for Kaytee’s Restaurant in Coudersport. He, along with his wife, were owner/operators of their own truck. He proudly logged over 4 million miles of driving. He also served as a CDL licensing examiner.Andy was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport and was a member of Coudersport Knights of Columbus Council 1355, where he served as Grand Knight for 19 years. He was very involved in the free throw basketball tournament, an activity sponsored by the Knights for area youth. He was a passionate supporter of the Knights 350 Club fundraiser, which benefits the educational fund. His genuine charm and charisma made saying no to his fundraising activities an impossibility. He loved hockey, playing as a child and young adult. He never missed watching a Stanley Cup playoff. Andy was an avid Dodger’s fan. He always enjoyed a “robust” debate with his nephew, Danny, who is a Yankee’s fan, much to the chagrin of his uncle. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Roxanna, who he lovingly called “Q-Tip”; two daughters, Jalyn D. (Jarrod) Tezik of Coudersport and Amy S. (Edward Kelly) Dwyer-Kelly of Copley, Ohio; three granddaughters, Torie S. Tezik, Karlee J. Kelly, and Kylee S. Kelly; a sister, Mary Dwyer Hunt of Ottawa, Canada; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Penny and William Bollhorst of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents at an early age. He and his sister were raised by their maternal grandparents, aunts, and uncles on the family farm in Sheenboro.Family and friends may call on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9am to 12 noon at the gathering space at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Coudersport Knights of Columbus Council 1355, 6 East Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Andy’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, share a fond memory, or view a video tribute, please visit or visit our Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

George A. “Al” Miller III, 76, of Coudersport, formerly of Galeton, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, after a long illness.Born on Wednesday, January 27, 1943 in Mt. Holly, N.J., he was a son of George A. Miller, Jr. and Mary Isabelle Davis Miller Harris.  On November 28, 1970 in Burlington, N.J., he married Linda F. Githens Miller, who survives.Al was a graduate of Bordentown High School in Bordentown, N.J.  Al, for many years, was the owner/operator of Allen’s Exxon in Wrightstown, N.J.  In 1986, he and his family moved to Galeton where he established a saw mill, Miller Lumber Company, which he ran for several years.  He later was employed at Kightlinger Motors in Coudersport, first as a salesman, then a service advisor, and lastly as the manager of the body shop.  He was a Township supervisor and roadmaster in Pike Township for many years.  He was a former mayor, fire chief, member of the Municipal Utility Authority, the Planning Board, and a former president of the Town council, all in Wrightstown, N.J.In his younger years, Al enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He loved to camp and travel, having made annual trips to Ocean City, Maryland.  His greatest love was his family.Left to cherish his memory are his wife of nearly 49 years; a son, Michael J. (Krista) Miller of Coudersport; a daughter, Melissa A. (Ed) Stanley of Cumberland, Maryland; three grandchildren, Michael J. (Sarah Furman and her son, Camden) Miller, Tori R. Miller, and Mason A. Salvadge; two brothers, Warren O. Harris, Jr. of Lilburn, Georgia and Richard D. (Missie) Harris of Loganville, Georgia; a sister, JoAnn Smith of Miami, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.In keeping with Al’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 651, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Al’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Al, please visit or visit our Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.