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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Port Allegany Varsity Soccer Booster's "Turkey Trot" 5K Run/Walk Thursday, Nov. 23rd

Police: Man wounded in officer-involved shooting in Elk County

JOHNSONBURG – State police were on scene of an officer-involved shooting early this morning in Elk County.

The incident happened along Center Street, near the Domtar Johnsonburg facility around 12:30 a.m.

State police said a Johnsonburg officer tried to arrest the man with "less than lethal force" but was unsuccessful after the man resisted.

Police said that the officer fired one round, striking the man. The man was taken to Penn Highlands Elk Hospital in St. Marys.

State police are investigating.

Troop C Public Information Officer @PSPTroopCPIO

Troop C is in the Boro of Johnsonburg, Elk County investigating an OIS. A Johnsonburg Boro P O attempted to arrest a male early this AM and the subject physically resisted. Less lethal used without success. Officer wounded the suspect with a single discharge of his gun.

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Jones Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-11-16 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CORP for site SGL 25 WT 2587 219HU 52953 in Jones Twp township, Elk county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Girard Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-11-16 00:00:00 to ENERGY CORP OF AMER for site COP TR 324 A 1UV in Girard Twp township, Clearfield county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

USDA Provides Tips and Resources for a Bacteria-Free Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2017 — More than 45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving Day, with a never-ending list of side dishes and desserts. The Thanksgiving meal is by far the largest and most stressful meal many consumers prepare all year, leaving room for mistakes that can make guests sick. But never fear, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is available with tips and resources to make this Thanksgiving safe and stress-free.

“Turkey and other meat and poultry may contain Salmonella and Campylobacter that can lead to serious foodborne illness,” said acting FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker. “By properly handling and cooking your turkey, you can avoid these harmful pathogens and ensure your family has a safe and healthy Thanksgiving feast.”

Begin by following these five steps:

Wash your hands, but not your turkey

Washing your hands before cooking is the simplest way to stop the spread of bacteria, while washing your turkey is the easiest way to spread bacteria all over your kitchen. According to the 2016 Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Survey, 68 percent of consumers wash poultry in the kitchen sink, which is not recommended by the USDA. Research shows that washing meat or poultry can splash bacteria around your kitchen by up to 3 feet, contaminating countertops, towels and other food. Washing doesn’t remove bacteria from the bird. Only cooking the turkey to the correct internal temperature will ensure all bacteria are killed.

The exception to this rule is brining. When rinsing brine off of a turkey, be sure to remove all other food or objects from the sink, layer the area with paper towels and use a slow stream of water to avoid splashing.

To stuff or not to stuff

For optimal food safety, do not stuff the turkey. Even if the turkey is cooked to the correct internal temperature, the stuffing inside may not have reached a temperature high enough to kill the bacteria. It is best to cook the stuffing in a separate dish.

Take the temperature of the bird

Although there are various ways to cook a turkey, the only way to avoid foodborne illness is to make sure it is cooked to the correct internal temperature as measured by a food thermometer. Take the bird’s temperature in three areas — the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the wing and the innermost part of the thigh — make sure all three locations reach 165ºF. If one of those locations does not register at 165ºF, then continue cooking until all three locations reach the correct internal temperature.

Follow the two-hour rule

Perishable foods should not be left on the table or countertops for longer than two hours. After two hours, food falls into the Danger Zone, temperatures between 40-140ºF, where bacteria can rapidly multiply. If that food is then eaten, your guests could get sick. Cut turkey into smaller slices and refrigerate along with other perishable items, such as potatoes, gravy and vegetables. Leftovers should stay safe in the refrigerator for four days.

When in doubt call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline

If you have questions about your Thanksgiving dinner, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert. You can also chat live at, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish.

If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, the Meat and Poultry Hotline is available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.

Jeffrey C. “Jeff” Ness, 70, a longtime resident of Coudersport, PA

Jeffrey C. “Jeff” Ness 
“beloved husband, father and Poppy”

Jeffrey C. “Jeff” Ness, 70, a longtime resident of Coudersport, PA, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017, in UPMC Hamot, Erie, after a short illness.

Born on June 21, 1947 in York, he was a son of Charles and Dorothy Gladfelter Ness. On April 11, 1972 in Newberry Township, he married Jacqueline E. “Jackie” Stoner, who survives.

Jeff was employed as a cook at his family’s business, the former Sam’s Motel, now the Laurelwood Inn, in Coudersport. He was also a cook at the former Northern Restaurant in Coudersport and the former Kay’s Restaurant, also in Coudersport. He retired from Twin Tier Linen in Coudersport.

He was an avid golfer, belonging to the Coudersport Golf Club and also enjoyed bowling.

Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Wendy S. Stevens of Coudersport and Jennifer L. Ness of Bradford; four grandchildren, Karissa Ness, Bretton Harris, Hannah Larry and Derek Stevens; two sisters, Bonnie (Jervis) Lentz of Dover, Delaware and Peggy Slawson of Tampa, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Jeff was predeceased by his parents.

In keeping with Jeff’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. There are no other services planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Jeff’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, Funeral Director/Owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jeff, please visit

Derrick City Dispatched For Leaking Propane Gas Tank

At 11:02 AM on Tuesday, Derrick City Fire Department has been dispatched to the rear of Walmart in Foster Township for a leaking propane gas tank.

DEP to Help Increase K-12 Students’ Watershed Knowledge and Stewardship Agency Plays Lead Role in New Pennsylvania Watershed Education Task Force

Harrisburg, PA – More Pennsylvania students will know the watershed they live in and take action to protect freshwater resources. This is the goal of a new statewide K-12 environmental education task force in which the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) plays a lead role.

“Many people don’t know what a watershed is,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “We’re excited to collaborate with environmental education leaders statewide to help change that, starting with young students.

“The earlier people learn how human actions affect their local network of streams and rivers, the better our chances of preventing and reducing water pollution.”

The 20-member Pennsylvania Watershed Education Task Force is funded by a $300,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Program Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Stroud Water Research Center heads the task force. DEP is joined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators, Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, and Millersville University on the leadership team.

DEP Environmental Education staff will help ensure that Pennsylvania work plans developed by the task force meet the educational requirements of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement signed by the Commonwealth, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, and the District of Columbia.

The task force will work to improve students’ watershed education and stewardship, and increase environmental literacy in general, by
• training approximately 400 traditional and non-traditional educators;
• developing environmental literacy-focused partnerships and a network of watershed education providers;
• increasing the number of NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training grant proposals; and
• supporting and delivering Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience programming, providing local, hands-on watershed learning experiences.

The task force held its first meeting November 17 at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, State College, PA.

Coudersport Fire Department Dispatched To Natural Gas Leak

At 10:33 AM on Tuesday, Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched to a natural gas leak located one mile off the Ridge Road in Hebron Township. UGI requested fire department response.

Accused Cop Killer Is In Custody


The Rotary Club of Galeton is holding a FREE turkey raffle. Three winners each week. Drawing at noon on Nov. 22, December 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd. 

Stop by Shop and Save in Galeton to enter the drawing. No purchase necessary. Details in store. One free entry per visit. 

Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas from the members of Galeton Rotary International

Coudersport Ambulance To Mapleview Lane

At 8:41 AM on Tuesday, Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to Mapleview Lane for a woman ill.

Coudersport Ambulance To Potter County Jail

At 12:00 AM on Tuesday, Coudersport Ambulance & ALS have been dispatched to the Potter County Jail for a patient with seizures.

11-23 Eldred Township VFD Thanksgiving Auction

J-Squared In Roulette Offers Transmission, Drive Line Rebuilds & Other Automotive Repair

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

Quality Estate Auction Saturday, November 25th At Pine Creek Inn Banquet Hall Near Galeton, PA

Austin Volunteer Fire Dept. Christmas Auction

Monday, November 20, 2017

Duane F. Dow, 65, a lifelong resident of Austin, PA

Duane F. Dow

Duane F. Dow, 65, a lifelong resident of Austin, PA, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, November 20, 2017, in UPMC Hamot, Erie, after a long illness.

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

Reserve By December 6; Roulette Library Rvent

Friendship Dispatched To Vehicle/Pedestrian Accident At Crosby's

At 10:28 PM on Monday, Friendship EMS & Medic 701 have been dispatched to Crosby's in Friendship for a vehicle/pedestrian accident.

Farmersville, Franklinville Dispatched To 4 Wheeler Accident

At 6:05 PM on Monday, Farmersville Fire Rescue & Franklinville Ambulance with Olean 10 have been dispatched to a male with head and leg injuries from a 4 wheeler accident in the woods near 9195 Route 98.

Brodhun's Power House Grand Opening has been moved up to Saturday, November 25, 2017

Grand Opening
Saturday November 25th!

Family owned and operated.
24/7 access workout facility offering a wide variety of cardio and strength training equipment.
Staffed hours 9am-6pm.

      *** Offering ***
  • health coaching
  • personal training
  • meal planning

Come check us out and get your Membership

Located at 125 North Main Street, Coudersport Pa
(in the old JCPENNY building)

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Health Center

At 4:38 PM on Monday, Shinglehouse Ambulance dispatched to the Health Center for patient to go to OGH.

Traffic Stop in Portage Township results in charges for both Driver and Passenger

Unkown Person dents Emporium woman's car

Minor Injuries in Accident in West Branch Township

Man driving with 13 yr old in car charged with DUI

No Injuries in Vehicle Accident on Sizerville Road

Cindy L. JEFFERDS, of Scio, NY

"Loving Wife, Mother, & Grandmother"

Cindy L. JEFFERDS, of Scio, NY, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017 shortly after arrival in Jones Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving husband and family, following a lengthy illness.

Born January 1, 1956, in Cuba, she was the daughter of Maurice and Barb Fuller Middaugh. On July 4, 2012, she married Phillip D. "Ooggie" Middaugh, Jr., who survives.

Cindy started working as a waitress at the Texas Hot in 1981 and continued to work there for 35 years, retiring in 2016 due to her illness. She was a very dedicated mother and grandmother, and enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren and going to family gatherings.

Along with her loving husband, Cindy is survived by: her mother, Barb Taylor of Wellsville; four children, Robert G. "Bob" (Sheryl) Jefferds and Brian D. (Tina) Jefferds both of Wellsville, Andrew D. (Christine) Jefferds of Stannards, and Jennifer L. (Jacob) Fonseca of Raceland, LA; 13 grandchildren, Damian, Miranda, Shelvy, Bailey, Dakota, Isaiah, Nathan, Trenton, Logan, Megan, Hailey, Hanna, and Dacora; and four siblings, Darlene (Rocky) Ford of Greenwood, Tammy of Scio, Jimmy Middaugh of Belmont, and John Taylor of Wellsville.

A Gathering will be held at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, 296 North Main Street, Wellsville on Wednesday, November 22nd from 3:00 -- 7:00 PM. There will be no funeral services. Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, c/o Pulmonary Cardio Arterial Hypertension, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.


The Flamingo Flock of Galeton have completed their meeting to determine when they will be roosting for the winter. The birds have decided to celebrate Christmas early with a final appearance at the GLOW Parade this Saturday, Nov. 25th at 3:00 pm. See the special reindeer birds led by Fludolph! They will enjoy a gathering in the park to see Santa, eat some delicious food, and say goodbye to their friends at the Galeton Library. The flock will return to Galeton in the spring to continue to spread joy to the residents.

If you would like the flock to visit a friend or family member in 2018, please check at the library and reserve your special day.

The Friends of the Library would like to thank those who helped raise funds for the Library this year by purchasing a "Flocking". We hope you enjoyed your special day as much as we enjoyed bring our feathered friends into your life.

Shop Local Keep the Money Local

This Saturday Cameron County businesses will offer sales during Shop Small Saturday. The event sponsored by American Express promotes locally owned businesses and products available for gift giving. “To encourage people to keep the purchases local, shoppers will receive a ticket into a drawing from each participating business where they spend a minimum of $10,” explains Cameron County Chamber of Commerce executive director Tina Johns Solak. A drawing for prizes will be held at 2:30 at the chamber.

Participating businesses will display a Shop Small blue and white heart. They include: Wine and Spirits Store, Fox’s Pizza Den Emporium, Floor Masters, Paw N Claws, Aroma Café, Flowers N Things, Pink Zebra, Pizza Palace, L&M Lumber, Randy’s Penny Pincher, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center, Reid’s Hometown Emporium and Sheetz.

New this year will be a live radio remote. Gary Mitchell from TheRiver 98.9FM will promote businesses in the county. The station encourages folks to stop by and share their shopping stories.

North Pole Added to Cameron County Holiday Tour

The Holiday Tour returns to Cameron County this year! On Friday December 8, groups of ten will make six stops, enjoying decorations, architecture and food! “A stop added this year is the North Pole,” says Tina Johns Solak. The former Dr. Schott Eye Care office has been transformed into the North Pole and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will host the groups.

Tickets can be reserved at the chamber office and will be available for pickup December 8 from 5:30-6:00pm at Flowers N Things during an open house. The event ends with a get together at Aroma Café at 8:00pm. Appetizers, desserts and drinks are included in the $15 ticket price.

Tickets are limited to 40 people.

Free Parking in Downtown Emporium

Emporium Borough Council giving Santa’s shoppers a gift with free parking starting this week through the end of the year. All meters will be covered with hand painted burlap bags. Employers and downtown residents are asked to remind workers to keep the parking spaces open for shoppers.

Dr. Gerald L. "Jerry" Hull, 76, of 297 Congress Street, Bradford, PA

Dr. Gerald L. "Jerry" Hull

Dr. Gerald L. "Jerry" Hull, 76, of 297 Congress Street, Bradford, PA, passed away, Monday, November 20, 2017, at his residence with his loving and devoted wife by his side.

Born November 17, 1941, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Merle and Jennie (Gross) Hull.

On April 16, 1966 in Moline, IL, he married Beverly J. "Bev" (VanLancker) who survives.

Jerry attended two years of high school at Bradford, and was a 1960 graduate of Perkiomen Prep School. He attended Marietta College in Ohio and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa in 1965.
US Navy Veteran

He enlisted in the United States Navy, served as a Corpsman during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1967 in Beaufort, SC.

Jerry returned to Bradford and started his chiropractic practice, which he retired from after 48 years.

Dr. Hull was a member of the Peoples Christian Fellowship Church, Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association, Kiwanis Club, and went on 3 or 4 Missionary trips to Peru, and Honduras with Message Ministries and Missions.

Jerry loved to go antiquing, traveling, ocean cruises, playing cards (and winning), plus deep sea fishing.

Surviving is his wife, Bev, of 51 years, one sister, Phyllis Hubbell, of Winter Park, FL, four sister-in-laws, Babs Hull, Barbara Michalek, Mary Beth (Patrick) Murphy and Julie Dailey, one brother-in-law, Steven (Chris) VanLancker, five nieces and nephews and eight grand nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Arlene Zidar, one brother, Jack E. Hull, Sr. and one nephew Jack E. Hull Jr.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 3:00 to 7:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St. Private funeral services will be held for the family with Rev. Robert Gorton officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to People's Christian Fellowship, 10 Harding Avenue Bradford, PA 16701 or BRMC Oncology Department, or Message Ministries & Missions, PO Box 7158 in St. Petersburg Florida, 33734.

On line condolences may be made at

Port Allegany, Roulette Dispatched To Rollover Crash On Two Mile Road

At 3:41 PM on Monday, Port Allegany Fire & Ambulance with Roulette Ambulance & Medic 7 dispatched to Two Mile Road at Yost Drive for a one vehicle rollover crash with 4 occupants.

St. Marys Dispatched To 2 vehicle Crash On State Street

At 3:40 PM on Monday, St. Marys Fire & Ambulance dispatched to 251 State Street in front of  Keystone for a 2 vehicle crash.

Jeffrey C. “Jeff” Ness, 70, a longtime resident of Coudersport, PA

Jeffrey C. “Jeff” Ness

Jeffrey C. “Jeff” Ness, 70, a longtime resident of Coudersport, PA, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017, in UPMC Hamot, Erie, after a short illness.

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

Rollover Crash Reported On California Road In Brookfield Township

Bradford Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash On Minard Run & High Streets

At 3:03 PM on Monday, Bradford Township Fire Rescue & City ambulance with 2 units dispatched to High Street & Minard Run Road for a 2 vehicle crash with multiple patients. Report 4 patients.

386 Christmas Shoe Boxes Collected For OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

The Coudersport area Drop-Off location for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD (The Coudersport Free Methodist Church) would like to report that 386 shoe-boxes of Christmas gifts (donated by Churches, Community organizations and individuals from our area)  were delivered this morning to Pleasant Community Church - our Warren, Pa. Relay Center . These love gifts are delivered to children around the world with the prayers of God's people and the Good-news of Jesus Christ. To date over 140 million shoe-box Christmas gifts have been sent through the ministry of Operation Christmas Child (an arm of Samaritan's Purse). 

Thank You and God's Blessings. 
Pastor Pete Tremblay

PennDOT, Local Law Enforcement Partner to Raise Seat-Belt Awareness

Appearing in the photo, from left to right, are Officer Mike Mamolen of the State College Police Department, Sergeant Shawn Morrison of the Fergusson Township Police Department, Officer Adam Salyards of the SCPD, Officer Tony Roefaro of the Spring Township Police Department, Chief Mike Danneker of STPD, Corporal Tom Granville of the Pennsylvania State Police at Rockview, Operations Manager Dean Risser with ARC Restaurants, and Officer Kevin Winkelblech of the SCPD.

Event Kicks off Click It or Ticket Seat Belt Mobilization

State College, PA – In anticipation of the increased traffic that typically occurs during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and law enforcement agencies in Centre County kicked off a statewide Click It or Ticket (CIOT) seat-belt enforcement mobilization today by holding a media event at Pizza Hut in State College.

During the enforcement initiative, which begins today and continues through December 3, Pizza Hut representatives will hand out seat belt safety information for adults and children. The information given is vital for motorists and passengers year-round, and during increased travel periods such as the Thanksgiving holiday, Black Friday, and deer season.

The Pizza Hut locations participating include: Bellefonte, Brookville, Clarion, Clearfield, DuBois, Grove City, Mill Hall, Philipsburg, State College and St. Marys. All are owned by ARC Restaurant LLC.

As part of the national CIOT mobilization, 250 Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies across the state will participate in an effort to increase seat-belt use and reduce the number of unrestrained injuries and fatalities.

PennDOT data for 2016 shows that statewide, 410 of the 1,188 people who were killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts.

This enforcement is made possible by part of PennDOT’s statewide distribution of federal enforcement funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
For more information on seat belt safety, visit

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10:01 am, 20 November, 2017 


Oswayo Valley sports boosters is selling $15 wreaths

The Oswayo Valley sports boosters is selling $15 wreaths.

We will have a stand at Academy & Mill streets Saturday 11/25 from 12-5pm.

Cash 5 lottery ticket worth $325K sold in Elk County

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A winning ticket worth $325,000 from a Pennsylvania Lottery jackpot drawing was sold in Elk County over the weekend. (Photo: PA Lottery). AA. MIDDLETOWN -- A winning ticket worth $325,000 from a Pennsylvania Lottery jackpot drawing was sold in Elk County over the weekend. Read more...

Robert E. Moore, Sr., 72, of 1835 Clear Creek Rd., Emporium, PA

Robert E. Moore, Sr.

Robert E. Moore, Sr., 72, of 1835 Clear Creek Rd., Emporium, PA died peacefully at Penn Highlands DuBois, DuBois, PA on Saturday morning with his family at his side.(November 18, 2017)

He was born July 30, 1945 in Emporium, PA to the late Dorman M. and Margaret K. Swoyer Moore, Sr. He married Cynthia Miglicio Moore, who survives.

Robert was a retired truck driver working for several local companies in Cameron County. He later worked at Mallory Lumber as a night watchman. His greatest joy was his family, especially his grandchildren. 

He was the family photographer, and was alway seen with a camera always hanging around his neck. His favorite hobby was woodworking and he was known as everybody’s “Mr. fix it”

In addition to his wife Cynthia he is survived by three daughters, Robin (John Uber) Moore, Emporium; Gina (Tracy) Roberts, Staunton, Virginia and Tracy (Mark Rogers) Erickson, Emporium; three sons, Scott (Lisa) Moore, York, PA; Robert (Jen) Moore, Emporium; Ron (Karen) Long, Douglasville, PA; fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren, brother, Dorman "Rip" (Mary Grasser) Moore, Jr., Emporium and a sister Grace (Ed) LaBrozzi, Emporium; Sister-in-law Joanne Moore, Emporium, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Cyril "Sonny" Moore.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (November 25, 2017) at 1:00 PM with Roberts nephew Mr. DeWayne Moore, officiating.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home one hour prior to the service. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

600 Pound Bear Taken In Potter County; Total Harvest Down From First Day Last Year

Coudersport Vol FireDept added 7 new photos 
609-pound male taken in Abbott Township, Potter County, by Michael R. Neimeyer, of Spring City, Pa. 

HARRISBURG, PA - The first day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season resulted in a harvest of 659 black bears, according to preliminary totals released Monday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Archery-bear and other early-bear season harvest data are not included in this preliminary harvest for the statewide four-day bear season, which runs from Nov. 18 to Nov. 22.

Bears have been harvested in 49 counties during the statewide season so far.

The top 10 bears processed at check stations by Monday were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 535 pounds or more.

The largest of those bears – a male estimated at 700 pounds – was taken in Oil Creek Township, Venango County, by Chad A. Wagner, of Titusville, Pa. He took it with a rifle at about 8 a.m. on Nov. 18, the season’s opening day.

Other large bears taken in the season’s opening day – all taken with a rifle – include: a 648-pound male taken in Dreher Township, Wayne County, by Joseph D. Simon, of Newfoundland, Pa.; a 609-pound male taken in Abbott Township, Potter County, by Michael R. Neimeyer, of Spring City, Pa.; a 595-pound male taken in St. Marys Township, Elk County, by Stephanie A. Siford, of North East, Pa.; a 595-pound male taken in Charleston Township, Tioga County, by Zachery L. Martin, of Wellsboro, Pa.; a 586-pound male taken in Oil Creek Township, Crawford County, by Brian K. Baker, Titusville, Pa.; a 576-pound male taken in Homer Township, Potter County, by Kirby R. Kornhaus, of Jonestown, Pa.; a 561-pound male taken in Ross Township, Luzerne County, by Richard B. Kollar, of Shickshinny, Pa.; a 536-pound male taken in Dean Township, Cambria County, by Matthew J. Lidwell, of Dysart, Pa.; and a 535-pound male taken in Blooming Grove Township, Pike County, by Bradley S. Delikat, of Telford, Pa.

The 2017 first-day preliminary harvest is a decrease compared to 1,297 bears taken during the 2016 opener. Hunters in 2015 harvested 1,508 bears on the opening day.

The overall 2016 bear harvest was 3,529, the fifth largest is state history. In 2015, hunters took a total of 3,745 bears – the fifth-largest harvest all time. The largest harvest – 4,350 bears – happened in 2011, when preliminary first-day totals numbered 1,936.

Other previous first-day statewide bear harvest totals were 1,623 in 2014; 1,320 in 2013; 1,751 in 2010; 1,897 in 2009; 1,725 in 2008; 1,005 in 2007; 1,461 in 2007; and 1,461 in 2006.

The preliminary first-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 1 (9 in 2016); WMU 1B, 11 (24); WMU 2C, 18 (90); WMU 2D, 32 (37); WMU 2E, 5 (27); WMU 2F, 65 (145); WMU 2G, 129 (303); WMU 2H, 31 (45); WMU 3A, 43 (7); WMU 3B, 74 (95); WMU 3C, 44 (39); WMU 3D, 101 (105); WMU 4A, 29 (83); WMU 4B, 14 (51); WMU 4C, 20 (44); WMU 4D, 26 (102); WMU 4E, 14 (25); and WMU 5A, 2 (1).

The top bear-hunting county in the state on the first day of the season was Tioga County, with 58. It was followed by Pike County with 55.

Opening-day harvests by county and region are:

Northwest (90): Warren, 22 (41); Clarion, 17 (19); Venango, 16 (35); Jefferson, 14 (29); Forest, 12 (38); Crawford, 7 (8); Butler, 2 (5);.

Southwest (23): Somerset, 8 (40); Fayette, 6 (21); Armstrong, 4 (6); Cambria, 4 (10); and Indiana, 1 (10).

Northcentral (263): Tioga, 58 (76); Lycoming, 47 (106); Clinton, 41 (97); Potter, 31 (65); Elk, 28 (43); Cameron, 20 (43); McKean, 16 (39); Clearfield, 12 (46); Centre, 5 (34); and Union, 5 (9).

Southcentral (57): Huntingdon, 16 (37); Bedford, 12 (42); Fulton, 9 (25); Mifflin, 5 (14); Franklin, 4 (10); Juniata, 3 (22); Perry, 3 (17); Adams, 2 (0); Cumberland, 2 (3); and Blair, 1 (15).

Northeast (211): Pike, 55 (34); Wayne, 32 (27); Sullivan, 24 (19); Monroe, 18 (27); Luzerne, 15 (37); Wyoming, 15 (8); Lackawanna, 14 (16); Susquehanna, 13 (20); Bradford, 10 (28); Carbon, 9 (12); Columbia, 4 (12); Montour, 1 (0); and Northumberland, 1 (1).

Southeast (15): Dauphin, 9 (16); Berks, 3 (1); Schuylkill, 2 (12); and Northampton, 1 (1).

Galeton Borough To Close Office For Thanksgiving

Trixie Blass

The Borough Office will close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday to observe the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will re-open on Tuesday the 28th at our regular business hours. Please have a safe Holiday!

Blood Drive Today At Cole Memorial IMAC Link From Noon To 5 PM

Dickinson Center, Inc. Seeking Part-Time Employment Specialist In Potter County

John C. Major, 45, a lifelong resident of Emporium, PA

John C. Major 
“beloved family man”

John C. Major, 45, a lifelong resident of Emporium, PA, passed away with his loving family by his side on Friday, November 17, 2017, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a lengthy illness.

Born on August 26, 1972 in Coudersport, he was a son of James L. and Sandy M. Nelson Major. On May 15, 2010 on “Top of the World” in Driftwood, he married Juneann C. Butson, who survives.

John was a graduate of Cameron County High School in Emporium. He was employed as a machinist at the former Graftech of Emporium until retiring due to ill health.

John was very active in Boy Scouting. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was a proud member of the Order of the Arrow. He continued his love for scouting in his adult years as a scout leader and a volunteer at Camp Elk Lick. He was an avid hunter, hiker, and fisherman, having enjoyed tying his own flies. He enjoyed everything about the outdoors. 

He was an EMT serving with Cameron County Ambulance and was a volunteer with Mountaineer Search and Rescue in Emporium. John loved metal detecting, a hobby which helped him fight his battle with cancer, but his greatest love was his family.

Surviving besides his wife of Emporium, are his parents of Kersey; four children, Jaecey M. Major, Crissy J. Major, Lilli C. Major, and Brice L. Major, all of Emporium; a sister, Heather L. (Brenda) Major of Roseto; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

John was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, John and Arlene Nelson; and his paternal grandparents, LaVerne and Ruth Major.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11am on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 1284 Sizerville Road, Emporium, with the Rev. Lionel Owen, pastor, officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in John’s name may be made to Warren Semmel, Calumet Chairman, Boy Scouts of America, 307 South Mechanic Street, Smethport, PA 16749.
John’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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LIHEAP Program Now Open, Causer Says

HARRISBURG – The state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications for home heating assistance grants, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said today.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing their heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,090; for a couple, the limit is $24,360; and for a family of four, it is $36,900.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence as follows:

Cameron County, 411 Chestnut St., Emporium, 1-877-855-1824.
McKean County, 68 Chestnut St., Suite B, Bradford, 1-800-822-1108.
Potter County, 269 Route 6 West, Room 1, Coudersport, 1-800-446-9896.

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Expanded Voluntary Recall for Casa Sanchez Foods "Real Guacamole" and to also Include “Spicy Guacamole” Because of Possible Health Risk
Casa Sanchez Foods of Hayward, CA, is voluntarily recalling all "Real Guacamole" and “Spicy Guacamole” products out of an abundance of caution in keeping with the company’s commitment to protect the public health. The recall was necessitated by positive test results for Listeria monocytogenes on two packages out of many samples collected for the U. S. Food and Drug Administration random sample testing program.
Some of this product is beyond the expiration date and is no longer available for salein stores. No illnesses are reported to date in association with the product recall. No consumer complaints have been received about the product. No other Casa Sanchez Foods products are being recalled. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea.

Willing, Wellsville Dispatched To Possible Rollover Crash On County Road 29

At 9:10 AM on Monday, Willing Fire Dept. & Wellsville Ambulance have been dispatched to County Road 29 near the Graves Road for a possible rollover over down a 15 foot embankment. Caller reports 3 occupants including an infant and a toddler. Responder reports occupants are out of the vehicle.