Bee Balm in Hebron Township                                                           Gerri Miller

                                          Scenes from Eliot Ness Fest 2019

Madame Maisie(Ruth Sallade)  helps herself to candy thrown on the street by “hoods” trying to extort

money from a candy shop owner.

Eliot Ness (Jared Empson) testifies during Al Capone trial.

Al Capone (Dennis Bloss) vows to supporters he will fight the sentence handed down Judge James H. Wilkerson.

Even though she testified against Al Capone, Madame Maisie (Ruth Sallade) seems upset

seeing Capone escorted to the paddy wagon by some of the “Untouchables”.

Monday’s high , 88; Overnight low, 66; .90 “ of rain







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 Causer’s Senior Expos will provide info about Real ID…..Sinnemahoning State Park invites vendors for annual First Fork Festival….Route 321 re-opened in McKean County but bridge replacement scheduled to begin next week….

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Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) will once again host a series of Senior Citizens Expos to provide area seniors and their family members and caregivers convenient access to a wide range of information in one convenient location. “There are so many programs and services available to support our senior citizens, but it still can be difficult for people to find the help they need,” Causer said. “Over the last 17 years, these events have helped to bridge that gap. I encourage everyone to take advantage of what the expos have to offer.”

The events will be held as follows:

  • Bradford: Friday, Aug. 2, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Sports and Fitness Gymnasium, Campus Drive, Bradford.
  • Kane: Friday, Sept. 13, at the Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley St., Kane.
  • Roulette: Friday, Oct. 11, at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 River St., Roulette.

Each event is free to attend and will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch will be provided at each location. 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. In addition, PennDot representatives will be on hand to explain REAL ID.

For more information about the senior expos, contact Causer’s Bradford office at (814) 362-4400. Information is also available at or on Facebook at

Sinnemahoning State Park is now accepting applications for vendors and exhibitors for the 7th annual First Fork Festival, which will be held at the Wildlife Center on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The First Fork Festival celebrates the history and culture of the First Fork Sinnemahoning Valley, highlighting local authors, artists, craft makers and artisans.  Surrounded by glorious fall color at Sinnemahoning State Park, this event drew over 1200 visitors last year.

A limited number of vendor spaces are available.  Vendor spaces will be granted based on criteria, including, but not limited to past participation in the First Fork Festival, proximity to and relationship with the First Fork Valley and the PA Wilds, hand-made or personally crafted products, uniqueness and quality of product, and relevance of product to history and culture theme of the festival.

The vendor fee is $20.00 per exhibit space for early-bird registration paid by August 31, 2019.  Fee is $30.00 per space if paid on or after September 1.  All applications and payments must be received no later than Sunday, September 15, 2019.

For more information about the First Fork Festival, or to request a vendor application, please email the park office at or call  814-647-8401.

PennDOT has reopened Route 321 as improvement work continues in McKean County. Route 321 between Route 59 and Sugar Bay has been closed since late May. This section re-opened this morning and the 32-mile detour around the closure has been lifted.  Through project completion in early August, work will continue under roadway flagging operations, with short delays and alternating traffic patterns possible through the work zone.  PennDOT is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service on this project– to the benefit of both agencies, as well as roadway users. Upgrades to Route 321 will make removal and hauling of pest-infested and at-risk trees easier and more convenient for the U.S. Forest Service. In turn, the Forest Service will provide tree trimming and tree removal along State Routes in the Allegheny National Forest—allowing for “daylighting” of roadways. “Daylighting” makes it easier for sunlight to hit roadway surfaces, which helps ice and snow melt more quickly. Overall work will include drainage improvements, roadway milling, asphalt paving, guiderail upgrades, and miscellaneous construction. IA Construction of Franklin, PA is the contractor on this $4.3 million job.

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Meanwhile  work to replace a metal arch pipe on Route 321 in Wetmore Township will get underway late this month PennDOT. The structure will be closed on July 29 and a lengthy detour will be in place. Replacing the bridge will eliminate it from the list of McKean County bridges in poor condition. The 13-foot bridge spans Five Mile Run about three miles north of Kane. This structure dates from 1966 and carries an average of almost 900 vehicles each day.

The official 40-mile detour will direct drivers to use Route 6, Route 219, and Route 59. Motorists familiar with the area may choose alternate routes.

The metal arch pipe will be replaced with a new precast reinforced concrete box culvert, with an expected completion date of August 22. Should work progress allow, PennDOT will open the new bridge and lift the detour earlier.

Overall work on the project includes removal of the existing metal arch pipe, placement of the new box culvert, approach paving, guide rail updates, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

Francis J. Palo, Inc. of Clarion, PA is the contractor on this $542,000 project.