Wildfire Danger Today

Wildfire Danger Today

Stoltz Of Coudersport

51St Annual Potter-Tioga Maple Festival

51St Annual Potter-Tioga Maple Festival

Howard's Inc.

Howard's Kubota, Coudersport, PA

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Habitat For Humanity

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Alen Renn Updates Work To Restore Old Hickory In Coudersport, PA

Wellsboro Dispatched to Wildfire

At 10:49AM on Saturday, Wellsboro Firefighters have been dispatched to a wildfire at 5440 Rt. 6.

Wellsville Police arrested Michael A. Maisonet, age 34 of Belfast, NY

Michael A. Maisonet
Wellsville Police Blotter

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Wellsville Police arrested Michael A. Maisonet, age 34 of Belfast, charging him with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (Class C Felony) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th (Class D Felony).

The charges stem from an investigation into the illegal sale of narcotics in the Village of Wellsville. Maisonet was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor. Maisonet was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000.00 cash bail or $20,000.00 property bond. Maisonet is due back in Wellsville Village Court on May 16th at 4:30 pm.

Wellsville Police were assisted by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (C-NET). (Photo Provided)

Wellsville Police arrested Mavrick A. Glover, age 19 of Wellsville, NY

Wellsville Police Blotter

Sunday April 23, 2017

Wellsville Police arrested Mavrick A. Glover, age 19 of Wellsville, charging him with Menacing a Police Officer or Peace Officer (Class D Felony), Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th (Class E Felony) and Resisting Arrest. The charges stem from an incident that took place on East Hanover Street in the Village. Glover was processed and arraigned before Town of Willing Judge Guiney. Glover was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000.00 cash bail or $20,000.00 property bond. Glover is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on April 25th at 4:30 pm. (photo provided)

Wellsville Police Blotter

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Wellsville Police arrested Mavrick A. Glover, age 19 of Wellsville, charging him with Making a Terroristic Threat (Class D Felony). The charge stems from an ongoing investigation of an incident that took place on E. Hanover Street on April 23rd. Glover who was currently incarcerated in the Allegany County Jail was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor. Glover was returned to the Allegany County Jail on an additional $5,000.00 cash bail or $10,000.00 property bond. Glover is due back in Wellsville Village Court on May 16th at 4:30 pm. (Photo Provided)

David J. Paul Retiring As McKean County 911 Dispatcher

If you happen to speak to or see "Dispatcher Dave" today, wish him a happy retirement from the Department of Emergency Services! Dave has been serving the citizens of Mckean County since August of 2011. We thank you for your service and hope you enjoy retirement (the second one)!

Water Rescue Of Paddlers In Distress On Allegheny River Prompts Caution Warning

Allegheny Outfitters

Last night there was a water rescue near Tidioute on the Allegheny River for paddlers in distress. Everyone is safe without injuries thanks to our local Glade VFD Swiftwater Rescue team.

This time of year always makes us a bit nervous as an outfitter, as the sun starts to shine and air temperature rises, people are antsy to get on the water and find themselves taking chances because of it. Please folks, check water levels and water temperature. 9,000 cubic feet per second is high water, and 45 degree water is still very, very cold. Talk to local outfitters, USACE or PA Fish and Boat Commission about whether or not it's safe. If any of these organizations say it's dangerous, please take it seriously. The decision to paddle in these conditions not only puts yourself at risk, but rescue personnel as well.

Respect the river. Immersion in water colder than 60 degrees can lead to the rapid development of hypothermia and put you in dire straits in short order. (A good rule of thumb to follow is the "120 degree rule." This means you should wear a wet suit or dry suit whenever the sum of air and water temperature is equal to or less than 120 degrees.) Appreciate the importance of wearing a PFD (and remember, it's the law through April to have it on at all times). Let someone know where you're going and when you plan to return.

We're looking forward to a fun, safe paddling season. Let's all work together to make this the last time our Glade Swiftwater Rescue team has to get that call.

Homeless Man Jailed In Lieu Of Bail On Weapons/Trespassing Charges In Potter County

Sweden Township Police Department

When officers were checking permits of CVM on Irish Farm Rd, they were summoned to a man along the highway on the East side of Denton hill. Upon arrival found a w/male that PSP-CDSPT had made contact with near Big Phil Hollow due to them also receiving complaints.

After investigating it was determined that the out of state homeless man had trespassed with his Motor vehicle, that he had a loaded firearm in the vehicle ( 12 ga. Shotgun ) and became locked in on the private Ln.

Officers transported him to the local barracks were he was checked for wants/warrants - None Found.

He was arrested ( Ptlm White ) and arraigned in front of Judge Annette Easton on the Weapons/Trespassing Charges and remanded to the Potter County Jail after he was unable to post the $20,000 bail. A hearing has been set in May.

Cuba Dispatched For Accidents On I-86

At 12:20 AM on Saturday, there are a couple of accidents on I-86 in the Cuba area. One is Eastbound and the other is near the Cuba/Ischua town line.

West End Trailblazers Chicken BBQ Saturday, 4-29 in Roulette

Public Pig Roast Set For April 29, 2017 At The Burtville Bridge In Roulette

Check Out The Kubota Zero Turn Mowers At Howard's, Inc. In Coudersport, PA


Let James Young Show You More Ways To Save On Auto Insurance, Call For Free Quote!!

See Cub Cadet All-Around Strength At Moon's Farm Yard Center In Ulysses & Wellsboro


Annual Riverside Methodist Church Rummage Sale Saturday In Roulette

Zito Media Seeking NOC Manager At Coudersport Facility

Come & See The Creek Side Barn Venue At Open House On Saturday, April 29, 2017


Spring Fling Craft Show At Northern Potter Children's School Cafeteria Saturday 10 to 2

Whispering Evergreens Food Plots, Supplies & Services For You

West Branch Township Residents Spring Clean Up Friday & Saturday, May 5 & 6

Friday, April 28, 2017

Ridgway Dispatched To Vehicle Into Pole On Brusselles Street

At 10:49 PM on Friday, Ridgway is responding to a vehicle into a pole near the Union Hall on Brusselles Street. Police on scene report no injuries, one occupant. 
At 11:13  PM--EMS was dispatched to a 3 vehicle crash  near 1000 Brusselles Street with at least two occupants complaining of injuries.

Lucille D. “Lucy” Stangl, 81, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, PA

Lucille D. “Lucy” Stangl

Lucille D. “Lucy” Stangl, 81, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, PA passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

Ridgway Dispatched For ATV Accident With Injury

At 9:10 PM on Ridgway Fire Dept. & EMS has been dispatched to an ATV accident near 1594 Marilyn Lane. One person is reported injured.

Johnsonburg Dispatched To Porch Fire At Maple & Elk Avenue

At 9:09 PM on Friday, Johnsonburg Fire Department has been dispatched to a porch fire at Maple & Elk Avenue.
10:07 PM--Fire Under Control.

Eldred Driver Swerves To Miss Pothole, Jeep Strikes Mailbox, Goes In Ditch, Strikes Culvert & Rolls Over On Roof

Maple Cooking Contest Saturdy, May 6th At Potter-Tioga Maple Festival in Coudersport, PA

Sign Up By May 1st For Seneca Allegany Casino Bus Trip On May 13th

Port Allegany Ambulance Dispatched For Assault Victim

At 6:38 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Ambulance has been dispatched to Chestnut Street for a 12 year old female assault victim with a head injury. Port Allegany police are on scene.

Bradford City Firefighters Dispatched To Unknown Fire

At 6:31 PM on Friday, Bradford Firefighters have been dispatched to the area of Leland Avenue & Jefferson Street for an unknown fire. Residents report a large column of black smoke.

Major Addition To Potter County Historical Society's Museum To Be Dedicated Sunday In Coudersport

A major addition to the Potter County Historical Society’s museum on North Main Street in Coudersport will be dedicated at 2 pm Sunday, April 30. The new Farm Equipment Shed is the culmination of a multi-year effort to establish a permanent collection that traces the history of local agriculture dating back to Native American practices. 

Bill Roberts
Many of the vintage pieces, including farm equipment and implements, could not be practically exhibited in the museum, so directors embarked on a plan to establish a shed on museum grounds. Even the shed itself has been constructed as a historical exhibit.

Society officials will dedicate the exhibit to the late William L. Roberts of Coudersport, a dedicated and respected agriculturalist, archaeologist and artist/craftsman. He died last October at age 102. 

Bill was associated with Barnett Brothers Headwater Potatoes of Ulysses for more than 60 years. In 1988, at age 73, he received a master’s degree in anthropology from Penn State University. Part of his studies was an archaeological investigation into the agricultural practices of Native Americans in the high altitude, cold climate areas of Potter County. 

He was active with the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology and the Potter County Historical Society. Bill not only built his own house, he also enjoyed making copper weather vanes, iron railings and multiple woodshop items, many of which were donated to non-profit organizations.

Delays on Route 11/15 in Monroe Township

Montoursville, PA – Motorists in Snyder County are advised there is a backlog of traffic on Route 11/15 in Shamokin Dam Borough due to an overturned tractor trailer.

More details will be issued as they become available

Motorists should avoid the area and seek alternate routes.

Roulette · Has anyone seen our cat?

Has anyone seen our cat? Her name is Duchess. She is a long haired grey cat with a white chest and feet. She also has a tipped ear from being fixed. She is like the community cat but we have checked all the usual places and no one has seen her in a few days. We live on 2nd street. If you know where she is or what happened to her please let me know...I have a very upset little girl that her cat is gone.

Raymond A. “Rusty” Hetrick, 79, of 36 Jefferson Street Bradford, PA

 Raymond A. “Rusty” Hetrick

Raymond A. “Rusty” Hetrick, 79, of 36 Jefferson Street Bradford, PA passed away, Friday, April 28, 2017, at Bradford Manor.

Born in Sigel, on February 7, 1938,he was a son of the late Gertrude (Asel ) Hetrick-Songer and Howard Hetrick.

Rusty was a 1956 graduate of Bradford High School.

He worked for the US Forest Service and construction in the Bradford area before moving to California. He owned & operated a small grocery store in Olhone, CA and retired and returned to Bradford.

Rusty was a lifetime member of the Bradford YMCA, and a member of the Pine Acre's Country Club. He was an avid sports fan, he especially enjoyed gong to the Bonnie's basketball games.

Surviving are two brothers, Ronald (Bertha) Hetrick of Ormsby, and Dale (Barbara) Songer of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his step father Robert Songer and a brother Donald L. Hetrick.

At Rusty’s request there will be no public services. Burial will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Sigel. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Bradford Family YMCA 59 Boylston Street Bradford, PA 16701 or Western PA/West VA Leukemia/ Lymphoma Society, River Walk Corp. CT. 333E, Carson St. 441, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Joyce I. Cercone, 84, of 276 East Main Street, Bradford, PA

Joyce I. Cercone

Joyce I. Cercone, 84, of 276 East Main Street, Bradford, PA passed away, Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born December 22, 1932, in Ludlow, she was a daughter of the late John B. and Mary Jeannette (Korb) Carll.

Joyce was a 1951 graduate of Bradford High School.

On September 24, 1955, in St. Bernard Church, she married Angelo D. Cercone who died July 14, 2007.

Mrs. Cercone had been employed at Dresser Manufacturing as a switchboard operator for over 30 years. She enjoyed reading and traveling around the country with her family.

She is survived by a son, Michael J. (Nancy) Cercone of Bradford, a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Cercone of Bradford, two brothers, Albert E. "Gene" (Donna) Carll, of Bradford, and Duane E. (Betty) Carll, of North Tonawanda, five grandchildren, Jason M. Cercone, Megan M. (Greg) Mittleider, Brandon J. Cercone, Rachel L. Cercone and Amber Reed, one great grandchild, Mackenna Cercone, and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one son, Mark J. Cercone.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, May 1, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00pm, and again Tuesday 10:00am to 11:00am in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St. where funeral and committal services will be held on Tuesday, at 11:00am, with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, retired Presbyterian minister officiating. Burial will be in St.Bernard Mausoleum.

Memorials if desired may be made to the charity of the donor's choice

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Robert E. VanHoutte , 81, of 659 West Washington Street, Bradford, PA

Robert E. VanHoutte

Robert E. VanHoutte, a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather, 81, of 659 West Washington Street, Bradford, PA passed away, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Bradford Manor.

Born July 22, 1935, in Olean, NY, he was a son of the late Amos V. and Helen M. (Siffrinn) VanHoutte.

Mr. VanHoutte was a 1955 graduate of Bradford High School. He had been employed at Dresser Manufacturing for 38 years working in every department. He retired as head of the shipping department. While working at Dresser's he also worked nights at Ray's Sunoco gas station.

On April 28, 1962 in Bradford, he married Lois Jean (Morey) VanHoutte, who survives.

He enjoyed sitting on the porch watching birds, camping, boating and having picnics with the family and neighborhood friends. He loved traveling, out west to California, and points north, his last trip was to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island.

He was a member of St. Bernard Church, and a member of the Quarter Century Club at Dresser.

Surviving in addition to his wife Lois Jean, of 55 years, are three daughters, Diane M. VanHoutte-Wingold, of Pittsburgh, Rebecca J. Gould, of McAdoo, and Julie L. LeTrent, of Grapevine, TX, one sister, June M. (Larry) Brown, of Bradford, sister-in-laws Mary Sue VanHoutte, of Gettsyburg, Joyce VanHoutte, of TN ,and Judy VanHoutte, of Olean, a brother-in-law, Roger (Connie) Morey, of Fayettville, NY, 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews with whom he always enjoyed telling stories about growing up.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Mary Jane Williams, four brothers, Amos, Richard, James and Raymond VanHoutte, one sister-in-law, Mary VanHoutte and one brother-in-law, James Williams.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 2 to 4 pm & 6 to 8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St. where a prayer service will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017, at 9:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Rev. Seth McClymonds, pastor of the First United Methodist Church will be the Lector. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Bernard Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

C&N Donates to River Valley Regional YMCA's “Colin Flynn’s Share Your Heart” Program

TOWANDA, PA – Citizens & Northern Bank donated $1,000 to the River Valley Regional YMCA support their “Colin Flynn Share Your Heart Program.” This program helps to offer scholarships to underprivileged children and seniors in the area.

In 2015, Colin Flynn began the “Share Your Heart” program for his senior project because he wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the programs offered at the YMCA, regardless of their ability to pay. After Colin passed in late 2015, his friends picked up the program and continued his legacy.

Citizens & Northern Bank is proud to partner with Colin and the River Valley Regional YMCA to offer these programs to everyone.

Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices throughout Cameron, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania, in Canisteo and Hornell, NY and a loan production office in Elmira, NY. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at www.cnbankpa.com. The Company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

Melanie Sparbanie (left), C&N Regional Community Office Manager presented Charity Field (left-center) YMCA Executive Director, Kelly Flynn (right-center), Colin's Mother and Annie Young (center), Share Your Heart Program Campaigner a check for $1,000 to support the “Colin Flynn’s Share Your Heart Program.”


BRADFORD, Pa. – University of Pittsburgh at Bradford nursing majors will head to hospitals from Cleveland to Philadelphia after commencement exercises Sunday.

The nursing students are among 286 students who will earn their associate or bachelor’s degrees from Pitt-Bradford. Many of those students will be employed or further studying health fields.

Nursing majors Rilan Galicic of Hughesville and Zachary Hadfield of Kane will both be emergency room nurses at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh.

Working nearby will be Jamie Vanalstine of Bynedale, who will be a nurse in the cardiac telemetry unit at Allegheny General Hospital. Ashley Bowes of Horseheads, N.Y., will be a nurse at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Across the state in Philadelphia, Kellie Nugent of Glen Mills will be a nurse in the cardiac intensive care unit of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

In Cleveland, Katelyn Nedz of Butler will work as a nurse in the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.

Nicole Sicher of Kane will also be a nurse with UPMC.

Close to campus at Bradford Regional Medical Center, look for Nahdirah Barber of Landsowne, who will be a medical surgical nurse at the hospital. Richard Brand of Bethlehem will be a nurse there as well.

Billijo Kriner of Bradford will work as a nurse at Penn Highland Hospital in St. Marys while pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Pitt-Bradford.

Kelly Helton of Bradford will take on new duties as a registered nurse at Bradford Manor, where she had worked as a licensed practical nurse. Similarly, BSN graduate David Demers of Warren will take on new responsibilities as an emergency room nurse at Corry Memorial Hospital.

Outside of nursing, a handful of exercise science graduates will be working and studying health.

Cassandra Slagle of New Bethlehem will pursue a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology at East Stroudsburg University.

Amanda Sandroni of Seneca Falls, N.Y., and Miranda Ruffner of Smethport will both attend Marywood University in Scranton, where Sandroni has a graduate assistantship and will pursue a master’s degree in nutrition, and Ruffner will study for a Master of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science.

Justine Fox of Clarendon and Abarhan Frech-Reyes of Linden, N.J., will both work toward a master’s degree in exercise science -- Fox at Bloomsburg University and Frech-Reyes at Liberty University.

Jillian Fleming, an exercise science major from Hamburg, N.Y., will study for a master’s degree in community and school health at Canisius College.

Hunter Kline of Portersville has been accepted to medical school at the Lake Erie College of Medicine.

Carly Kriner of Titusville will work as an athletic trainer for Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Two students will be pursuing a Master of Science in athletic administration at California University of Pennsylvania: Charles Norman, a sport and recreation management major from Philadelphia, and Katelynn Saulter, an athletic training major from Shinglehouse.

Michelle Harvey, a biology major from Philadelphia, will be a medical scribe at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia.

Bhavya Jagadeesh, an economics major from Morrisville, will be an insurance representative with Mass Mutual.

In other areas, Levi Wasielewski, a criminal justice major from Waterford, will be a Pennsylvania State Trooper.

Criminal justice major Travis Young of Titusville will be an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol in Laredo, Texas.

Criminal justice major Josh Sourbeer of Pittsburgh will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He will be stationed this summer at Fort Knox, Ky., where he will assist with cadet summer training programs, then attend the infantry basic officer leadership course at Fort Benning, Ga., before going to U.S. Army Ranger School.

Justin Conley, a computer information systems and technology major from North East, accepted a position as an associate systems analyst with Bechtel Plant Machinery in Monroeville. Bechtel is the largest construction and civil engineering company in the United States.

Another CIS&T major, Laura McKibbin of Warren, will be a human resources analyst with Northwest Savings Bank.

Some other students headed for graduate school include second-team basketball NCAA Division III All-American and double major Evan Greening, who will be a graduate assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., which will cover the cost of his Master of Education degree. At Pitt-Bradford, he majored in history-political science and social studies education 7-12 while becoming the most-decorated basketball player in Pitt-Bradford history.

Alyssa Gregg, a business management and economics major from Kane, also received a graduate assistantship to help her earn her master’s degree. She will attend the University of Akron for a master’s degree in applied economics.

Amanda Stady, an accounting major from Allegany, N.Y., has been accepted to law school at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

Evelynn Maze, an environmental studies major from James City, is pursuing a Master of Science degree in environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School.

A handful of graduates will travel to St. Bonaventure University to earn a Master of Business Administration degree: Brock Blovsky, a business management major from Olean, N.Y.; Luke Muye, an accounting and business management major from Waterford; Kayti Toplovich, an accounting and business management major from Centerville; and Alyssa Warner, an accounting and business management major from Warren.

Finally, other students headed straight into the workforce include Chelsea Dechow, a hospitality management major from Cattaraugus, N.Y., a manager for Hutchinson Foods; Amber Wagner, an accounting and business management major from Tionesta, office manager for Shamrock Solutions Inc. in Clarion; Katelynn Langhans, a public relations major from Springville, N.Y., public relations representative and media consultant for Pioneer Camp and Retreat in Angola, N.Y.; Rubie Nelson, an early level education major from Shrewsbury, a teacher in Seattle; and Patricia Blakesslee, an early level education major from Salamanca, N.Y., teacher with the Salamanca School District.

Photo shows 2017 Pitt-Bradford graduates (from left) Katelyn Nedz, a nursing major from Butler, and exercise science majors Miranda Ruffner of Smethport, Casey Slagle of New Bethlehem and Kayla Taylor of Bradford.

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 5:10 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & ALS have been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a medical emergency.

Bolivar & Richburg Dispatched To Fire On Anderson Hollow Road

At 5:10 PM on Friday, Bolivar & Richburg have been dispatched to a fire in the woods along Anderson Hollow Road.
Richburg Recalled. Fire under control.

Mayfred Russell Family Donation to CASD Smart Labs

The family of Mayfred Russell contacted the Coudersport Area School District at the time of her passing in January to inquire about the possibility of setting up a memorial fund to honor Mrs. Russell’s long term commitment to the district that she served for many years as a board member and as the first business manager. The fund was established with the understanding that at some point her daughters would meet with the school administration to determine the best use of the funds by the district.

At a meeting held earlier this month, the family learned of the district’s plans to purchase a Smart Lab for each of the schools. The labs are customized learning environments designed specifically for each school to focus on 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication and project management through the use of module-based programs. Learners explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through applied technology while building connections to social studies, language, arts and other academic subject areas. After several board members, along with school staff members, visited a number of these labs at area elementary and high schools and were extremely impressed by the attributes of the labs, a decision was made at the April 19th school board meeting to invest in these labs for the benefit of the students in the Coudersport District. 

The funding for this project is coming from the Capital Reserve Fund managed by the district for the purpose of investing in maintaining and improving the physical facilities as well as the education programs offered to students.

After learning more about the Smart Labs and the plans for their use, the family of Mrs. Russell along with the school’s administration representatives, felt that the $3,000 in the Mayfred Russell Memorial Fund would be best utilized to assist in offsetting some of the lab costs. Mrs. Russell’s daughters felt that their mom would most appreciate the funds going towards the elementary lab, as she was particularly fond of sparking the interest of young students who were just beginning their educational journey.

The Coudersport Area School District is very appreciative of this gift and believes that this investment in her name will ensure that Mayfred Russell’s tireless dedication to our students will continue on well into the future.

Sean Reams (Elementary Principal) accepts a donation check from Janet Russell Chalfant, Linda Russell Klingaman, Carol Russell Carts and Mary Russell Lilja (Daughters of Mayfred Russell) in the back row along with Steve Mongillo (High School Principal), Micki Brown (School Board Member – Curriculum Committee Chairperson) and Russ Streich (School Board President).

Take Your Kids to Congress Day

In Case You Missed It…

Take Your Kids to Congress Day
U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson has three grown sons, but he had a special visitor Thursday as the nation marked “Take Your Daughters and Sons To Work Day.”
Seth Parish, 7, of Maryland shadowed Thompson for the day. Seth’s dad was serving in the U.S. Army when he lost his life in 2009 about a month before Seth was born.
The nonprofit Tuesday’s Children, who works with military families that have suffered loss, brought Thompson and Seth together.
CNN’s Kristen Holmes shares their story:

Firefighters Dispatched To Brush Fire Out Of Control In Gibson Township

At 4:57 PM on Friday, Firefighters have been dispatched to a brush fire that is out of control in Gibson Township, Cameron County. The address is 5759 Mason Hill Road.  It's about 5 miles up from Rt. 555.

Kersey man charged with raping young girl

By Katie Weidenboerner katiew@thecourierexpress.com
DuBois Courier Express

KERSEY — A 67-year-old Kersey man has been jailed on charges that allege he had sexually assaulted a young girl on multiple occasions.

Robert William Keech, 67, 122 Thompson Road, Kersey, is charged by state police with five counts each of: Child rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years old, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old.

Charges were filed Tuesday at District Judge Mark Jacob’s office in St. Marys. Read more...

St. Marys man charged with strangling pregnant woman

By Katie Weidenboerner katiew@thecourierexpress.com
DuBois Courier Express

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys man was jailed on his birthday for allegedly strangling a pregnant woman.

Ryan Robert Roidt, 25, 438 High Ave., St. Marys, is charged by St. Marys police with strangulation, terroristic threats, assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. The charges were filed with District Judge James L. Martin of Johnsonburg early Sunday morning.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, around 11:33 p.m. April 22 police were called to Roidt’s residence on High Avenue for a domestic dispute. It was Roidt’s birthday.

When police talked to the victim, who is nine-months pregnant, she said Roidt was drinking for several hours and was violent toward her.

She told police that she was sitting on the couch when he stood in front of her and placed both hands around her neck and squeezed until she had trouble breathing and “thought she was going to die,” according to the affidavit.

The woman said he was also yelling at her that he was going to kill her and punched her in the face two times. Read more...

Westfield Dispatched To Crash Along Rt. 49

At 4:42 PM on Friday, Westfield Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a vehicle into a dumpster along Rt. 49.

Bradford Dispatched To Commercial Fire Alarm At Group Home On Potter Street

At 3:50 PM on Friday, Bradford Firefighters have been dispatched to the Beacon Light Group Home at 11 Potter Street for a commercial fire alarm. The facility has been evacuated. Nothing is showing from the outside. Occupants report possible burned food. Firefighters are investigating and have now confirmed burned food. 

Shinglehouse Dispatched For Wires Down On Horse Run Road

At 3:35 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Fire Department has been dispatched to Horse Run Road at Low Street for a tree down on wires. State Police are on scene.
3:41 PM--Recalled by Chief 39-10.

Potter County DA Warns Of Hazards In Spring Cleanup Activities

District Attorney Watson
With the arrival of spring, many responsible members of the community are volunteering their time to pick up litter along roadways and hiking trails. 

Potter County Law Enforcement appreciates the citizens of Potter County taking on this responsibility. However, the District Attorney's Office and the Potter County Law Enforcement Association wants to remind the public to be cautious. 

Drug abusers can deposit along roadways and trails used and unused needles, waste used in the production of methamphetamine, and empty baggies of heroin which could have been laced with fentanyl. 

The existence of such items should not be a deterrent to volunteering time to keep our beautiful County clean and safe, however, it is highly recommended that volunteers wear heavy poke resistant gloves. 

Additionally, if anyone who is picking up litter sees any items that are possibly related to drug activity or paraphernalia, the items should not be touched and local law enforcement through 911 should be contacted immediately.

Potter County Law Enforcement sincerely thanks those who have donated their time to pick up litter and extends this message in the interest of public safety.

Eldred Township Dispatched To Tree On Wires Blocking Artline Road

At 3:10 PM on Friday, Eldred Township Fire Department has been dispatched to a tree down on wires on the Artline Road, one mile from the Barnum Road. The roadway is blocked.

Shiglehouse Ambulance To Health Center

At 3:06 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 have been dispatched to the Shinglehouse Health Center for a patient with difficulty breathing.

Portville Dispatched To Vehicle Crash On Rt. 417

At 2:25 PM on Friday, Portville Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched to a vehicle crash near 413 Portville-Ceres Road with injuries.

John Robert “Bob” Trahnstrom, 89, of Wellsboro, PA

US Army Vet
John Robert “Bob” Trahnstrom

John Robert “Bob” Trahnstrom, 89, of Wellsboro, PA passed away peacefully April 26, 2017. His final days were spent surrounded by his loving wife of 65 years and family, a true testament to his faithful and memorable life.

Bob, born November 10, 1927, grew up in Mount Vernon, NY with his parents and two brothers. Upon high school graduation, he proudly enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1947 as a corporal. 

He then attended Champlain College and Teterboro School of Aeronautics. After marrying his wife Millie in 1951, he moved to Miller Place, NY to raise his family and enjoy a 29-year engineering career at Grumman Aerospace. Bob was a founding member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Rocky Point, NY where he and Millie were active members.

Bob and Millie retired to Wellsboro PA in 1989 to enjoy their new homestead and join the local Trinity Lutheran Church. They soon became active community members and continued the practice of their faith at the First Presbyterian Church.

Bob is survived by his wife, Millie; brother and sister-in-law Peter and Darla Trahnstrom; sister-in-law Bobbie Trahnstrom; daughters and sons-in-law, Jean Enderle, Ellen and Greg Pelletier, Jennifer and Ed Testa, Barbara and Doug St. Hilaire; and 14 grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his brother Walter Trahnstrom.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Bob’s life and legacy on Friday, May 12 at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m., with memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church, 130 Main St, Wellsboro, PA 16901, Saturday. May 13, 2017 at 11 a.m., Rev. Michael Birbeck and Rev. Roger Wagner officiating. Memorial gifts in Bob’s name may be given to the Susquehanna Health, Home Care and Hospice Program, 24 Walnut Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901, or The Green Home, 37 Central Avenue, Wellsboro, PA 16901. To share your fond memories and sign Bob’s guestbook, visit www.tusseymosher.com.

President Trump has signed an executive order to begin opening the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific to offshore drilling.

President Trump just signed an executive order that exposes our coasts to disaster. The order opens up the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans to offshore drilling -- putting wildlife and coastal communities in jeopardy.

But this decision isn't set in stone yet. Congress could still prevent the president from moving forward with these plans. The time to step up and defend our coasts is right now.

Tell your members of Congress to prevent President Trump's reckless plans for our oceans.

Opening these areas to oil and gas drilling would put countless wildlife, like dolphins, whales and sea turtles, at risk. It would also threaten our coastal communities that depend upon healthy oceans and beaches. Why would we risk all this, just for a little more oil?

We've seen what happens when we drill off our coasts. When BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010, it triggered one of the worst environmental disasters in history. It spewed over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, and killed or injured tens of thousands of dolphins, whales and sea turtles.1

It's no wonder people have been working for decades to keep our coasts free of drilling -- and winning. No oil has ever been successfully drilled in the Atlantic, the Pacific has been free of oil rigs since 1984, and late last year 98 percent of the U.S. Arctic was protected from offshore drilling.2,3,4

Our oceans need our protection once again. Tell your members of Congress to stand up for our coasts now.

Over 1,000 coastal businesses, 120 coastal communities, hundreds of scientists, and millions of people across the country agree that offshore drilling is a bad idea. A recent survey showed a majority of Americans generally oppose expanding oil and gas development on public waters and lands.5

With such strong opposition to offshore drilling, it is clear that President Trump's plans are not what Americans want for the future of our oceans. We can't sit back and let him undo the progress we've made.

Tell your members of Congress to oppose the president's efforts to expand oil drilling off our shores.

Thank you,

David Masur
PennEnvironment Director

G2 Gymnastics – Level 4 States Results

Recently, G2 Gymnastics of Shinglehouse, PA traveled to Cranberry, PA for the USA Gymnastics Level 4 State Championships hosted by X-Cel Gymnastics. Gymnasts had to receive a specific all around score to qualify to the event. Over 300 Level 4 athletes represented over 40 USAG Clubs from PA. All 4 members of the G2 Level 4 team qualified to the State meet.

Level 4 members included: Ashley Oswald, Anna Schuessler, Corinne Waid, and Samantha Proctor. Judging was tough as usual though G2 claimed 5 State medals. Congratulations to Anna Schuessler earning the bronze on vault and Corinne Waid with a silver on beam and bronze on bars, floor, and All Around. All gymnasts had a great performance and we are very proud of their accomplishments this season. G2 continues to prepare for the remainder of their State meets. 

Good luck to the Level 3 State team this weekend as they travel to Washington, PA.
G2 offers classes starting at 3 years old including preschool, progressive, and competitive programs. No experience necessary! We also offer sibling and bring a friend discounts. We offer an open registration – Register at any time during our session at www.g2gymandfitness.com or email g2gymandfitness@gmail.com for more information.

9.0 CLUB:
Vault: Anna Schuessler-9.0
Floor: Corinne Waid-9.025
34.00: Corinne Waid-34.975

Full Meet Results:
Ashley Oswald: vault-8.30, bars-8.10, beam-8.45, floor-8.70, AA-33.55
Anna Schuessler: vault-9.0-3rd, bars-6.10, beam-8.525, floor-8.00, AA-31.625
Corinne Waid: vault-8.45, bars-8.70-3rd, beam-8.80-2nd, floor-9.025-3rd, AA-34.975-3rd
Samantha Proctor: vault-7.95, bars-7.00, beam-8.70, floor-8.15, AA-31.75

Pictured L-R
Ashley Oswald, Corinne Waid, Samantha Proctor, Anna Schuessler

May 6th Community Clean Up

Replacement of Two McKean County Bridges Starts Monday

Bradford, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin work on Monday, May 1 to replace two bridges on Route 59 in Keating Township, McKean County. Replacing the bridges will allow PennDOT to remove them from McKean County’s structurally deficient list. One bridge will be replaced in 2017, with the other replaced in 2018.

This year, replacement work will concentrate on a bridge just west of Smethport, spanning Blacksmith Run. The bridge dates from 1928 and carries an average of more than 2,400 vehicles each day. The existing bridge will be replaced with a new spread box beam bridge. Work will take place in a half-width configuration.

Initial project work will get underway Monday, with daylight flagging in place to control an alternating traffic pattern. Temporary traffic signals are expected to be in place May 11. The temporary signals will control traffic in an alternating pattern through the completion of the first bridge, which is expected this fall. Other project work includes drainage improvements, roadway reconstruction, paving, and guide rail updates.

In 2018, crews will work to replace the second bridge, which spans Blacksmith Run about

1 ½ miles west of Smethport. It dates from 1930 and also carries an average of more than 2,400 vehicles daily. It will be replaced with concrete box culvert.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Thomas Construction, Inc. of Grove City, PA is the contractor on this $2.6 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

Invasive plant Threatens Mill Creek

Invasive plants are threatening the Mill Creek basin above Coudersport. Landowners are urged to protect their property from the out-break of Japanese Knotweed in the area. 

There will be a public meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 PM at the Sweden Valley Grange. Information will be provided on effective control measures, help available and landowner support. Question and answer session to follow.

Sponsored by the Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, God’s Country Chapter Trout Unlimited, and the First Fork Watershed Association, this meeting is being held pursuant to a grant from the Coldwater Heritage Partnership.

For more information e-mail: uawa@mckeancountypa.org