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Monday, December 11, 2017

Radio Outage At McKean County 911 Has Been Resolved

Tri County Fire Alerts
9 mins · Wilcox, PA ·

**Radio outage fixed**
@1157 hours McKean County radios are back to normal operations. All manned stations can stand down.

Tri County Fire Alerts
3 hrs · Johnsonburg, PA ·

(RADIO OUTAGE) McKean 911 is experiencing a radio software outage currently. All stations need manned at this point until further notice. Stations(Outage) McKean 911 Radio System is currently down due to a problem with our software vendor. Please man your stations.

Routes 104 and 522 Closed Near Middleburg, Snyder County

12/11/2017---Montoursville, PA – Motorists in Snyder County are advised to avoid Middleburg
Borough due to an emergency situation.

Routes 104 and 522 are currently closed in the area. Updates will follow as they come across.

Upper Allegany Watershed Association 2018 Calendar Photo Contest Winners

First Prize $50.00 by Garrett Talkington
Second Prize $25.00 by Cathy Straub
Third Prize $15.00 by Tom Royce

All UAWA members will receive a calendar. We thank our many contestants and our contest judge Curt Weinhold for making this project a success. For more information contact UAWA at or call Frank Weeks 814-544-7365.

Underwater Insects Aid DEP in Water Quality Checks

What Benthic Macroinvertebrates tell DEP researchers about water pollution and stream health

Harrisburg, PA – They’re creepy. They’re crawly. They’re also an excellent indicator of water quality– they’re the aquatic insects and animals that live in Pennsylvania’s rivers, lakes, and streams. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is for the first time visualizing benthic macroinvertebrate sampling results from across the state. The data is now publicly available in a GIS viewer with downloadable data sets for the first time as well.

Benthic macroinvertebrates are the insects and animals that spend most, if not all, of their lives underwater. They can be mayflies or midges, crayfish or clams, or one of many other underwater species, and are one of the most important parts of the food chain that fish, birds, and other animals depend on.

“Because they spend almost their entire lives in the water, benthic macroinvertebrates are especially attuned to water quality,” said Dustin Shull, Water Program Specialist for DEP. “They are an excellent way to gauge how healthy a particular section of stream or river is, and help DEP meet our obligations for monitoring water quality. This kind of biological assessment helps DEP see and assess long-term, cumulative effects of stressing factors on an ecosystem.”

Not all streams and rivers are created equal, and DEP has developed unique macroinvertebrate collection methods for freestone streams, limestone streams, and low-gradient streams. DEP uses these differing methods to get a complete picture of how many, what type, and how healthy the invertebrates are in any given habitat.

“DEP and partners have collected thousands of samples, and collect hundreds more every year to continue to deepen our knowledge base on the health of Pennsylvania’s waters,” said Shull.

See examples of the different streams types, the methods used to sample them, and results of the sampling by visiting Looking Below the Surface, DEP’s interactive story map on benthic macroinvertebrates.

“This type of research is vital to decision-making that goes on at DEP,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “We use the data collected and analyzed by program staff when we’re looking at how to clean up watersheds and improve water quality in backyards and communities across Pennsylvania. And we want to make sure that Pennsylvania residents can see the data we’re collecting, so they can know more about what is happening in their own area.”

To learn more about benthic macroinvertebrates, sampling, and water quality, please visit

To retrieve sampling data, please visit

PA Permit Violations Issued to Swn Production Co Llc

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swn Production Co Llc in Lenox Twp, Susquehanna County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-12-07 to Swn Production Co Llc in Lenox Twp, Susquehanna county. 78.91(a) - PLUGGING - GENERAL PROVISIONS - Upon abandoning a well, the owner or operator failed to plug the well to stop the vertical flow of fluids or gas within the well bore under 25 Pa. Code §§ 78.92—78.98 or an approved alternate method.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swn Production Co Llc in Lenox Twp, Susquehanna County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-12-05 to Swn Production Co Llc in Lenox Twp, Susquehanna county. 78.91(a) - PLUGGING - GENERAL PROVISIONS - Upon abandoning a well, the owner or operator failed to plug the well to stop the vertical flow of fluids or gas within the well bore under 25 Pa. Code §§ 78.92—78.98 or an approved alternate method.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swn Production Co Llc in Lenox Twp, Susquehanna County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-11-30 to Swn Production Co Llc in Lenox Twp, Susquehanna county. 78.91(a) - PLUGGING - GENERAL PROVISIONS - Upon abandoning a well, the owner or operator failed to plug the well to stop the vertical flow of fluids or gas within the well bore under 25 Pa. Code §§ 78.92—78.98 or an approved alternate method.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling


Winter Weather Advisory

* WHAT...Lake effect snow expected. Plan on difficult travel
conditions. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches, with
localized higher amounts possible. Other Northern PA counties can expect from an inch to 24 inches closer to Lake Erie.

* WHERE...McKean and Elk Counties.

* WHEN...From 7 PM this evening to 4 PM EST Wednesday. The snow
will be light most of the time. However, occasional bursts of
heavier snow are possible Tuesday into Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause
areas of blowing and drifting snow late Tuesday into Wednesday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission remind motorists to adjust speeds based on
driving conditions as winter weather impacts Pennsylvania
roadways. Visit for the latest travel, roadway and
traffic conditions.

Target Area:

US National Weather Service State College PA

12-11-2017 @630am: Low pressure will track north of Pa tonight, bringing a period of light snow to mainly the northern part of the state. An arctic cold front will sweep in behind this system on Tuesday, bringing the coldest air of the season for midweek and causing additional lake effect snow across northwest PA Tuesday into Wednesday. Here is the expected total snowfall from tonight through Wednesday.

Santa In the Shay At PA Lumber Museum

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

(Western PA) – Many areas in Western Pennsylvania are expecting snow this week, with some areas in northwestern Pennsylvania predicted to possibly receive upwards of a foot or more! The Red Cross reminds you to pay attention to the weather forecast in your area and follow any safety advice that is given.
Here are a few tips to help you weather (and even enjoy) the storm:

• Have at least a three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food.
• Check the batteries in your flashlights and radios.
• As temperatures dip closer to zero, drip your faucets to help prevent pipes from freezing.
• Keep all heating exhaust vents clear of snow at all times and follow proper safety precautions when using any sort of portable or alternate heating sources. Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or any type of gas-powered device inside your home!
• If you need to go outside, dress in several layers of lightweight clothing and be sure to wear mittens and a hat that can cover your ears. Wearing waterproof and well-insulated boots will help to keep your feet warm.
• Keep sand, rock salt, or non-clumping kitty litter on hand to treat walkways and steps.
• While it is most advisable to stay off the road during a storm, make sure your car is properly winterized and contains emergency supplies that includes a first-aid kit, blankets, and other disaster relief items to keep you save when traveling.
• Don’t forget your pets! Be sure to bring them inside, providing a warm and safe place to stay during the storm.

Finally, check on family, friends, and neighbors who may require special assistance - such as the elderly, people living alone, and people with disabilities.

To learn more about what you should do before, during, and after a winter storm, visit our Red Cross Winter Storm Safety webpage at

Roulette Community Library Holds Christmas story and craft event

 On Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00, the Roulette Community Library hosted a Christmas story and craft event. 

Children from 2 to 11 enjoyed listening to stories, learning to decorate gingerbread men, and finishing up by riding the Polar Express. 

A very good time was had by all. The Library Friends Committee would like to say thank you so much to everyone that participated.


BRADFORD, Pa. – For the ninth year, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for embracing military students and dedicating resources to ensure their success.

Pitt-Bradford was named a silver-level recipient in the small public school category. More than 1,300 schools participated in the 2018 survey; 879 were awarded with the designation.

Now in its 16th year, the Military Friendly Schools list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families, using data sources from veteran students and survey information from participating organizations. For the first time this year, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation.

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

James Baldwin, vice president of enrollment management at Pitt-Bradford, said, “The Military Friendly School designation is a reflection of the hard work and dedication made by so many different offices and people at Pitt-Bradford who actively help returning veterans and their dependents to be successful in their pursuit of higher education.”

Support at Pitt-Bradford for veterans includes academic coaching and tutoring, disability resources, an academic advising center, writing center and mathematics center as well as career and counseling services.

Pitt-Bradford is showcased along with other 2018 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs Magazine, and on

For more information on Pitt-Bradford or an eligibility consultation, contact Bob Dilks Jr., assistant vice president of enrollment management, at or visit www.upb.pitt/veterans.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at 814-362-7609 or


Photo providedPenny Eckman will take the 
Coolidge Theatre stage at the
 Deane Center Thursday, Dec. 21.
WELLSBORO—On Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m., the Deane Center for the Performing Arts and KC101.5 will present Penny Eckman, “The voice of Patsy Cline" in concert at the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

This popular entertainer will sing holiday favorites. Among them will be "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "White Christmas" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. She will also perform Patsy Cline songs such as "Sweet Dreams," "Crazy" and Walkin' After Midnight."

Eckman started singing at an early age. A professional singer with over 35 years of experience, she has been performing country rock to classic rock from the late 1970s through today. She formed the rock band Shylock Foxx in 1990 and in 2013 created her blues band, Penny and the Shylocks. She also performs blues and classic rock with keyboardist Mick Collins.

"Penny is great in front of an audience and can sing like nobody else in this area," said Hamilton-Gibson Artistic Director Thomas Putnam. "Our relationship with Penny began when she auditioned for the lead role in 'Always, Patsy Cline,' an H-G musical production. She won that role over 20 singers. She knew how to dig into Patsy’s style and yet make the songs her own,” said Putnam.

Eckman went on to develop her own one woman show “Penny Sings Patsy” and has since performed Cline’s music at well over 200 concerts in multiple venues up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest.

"We've done other musicals with Penny since then," Putnam said. "She has played Mama Rose in 'Gypsy,' Sophie Tucker and Mame. She's also performed in our Leading Ladies concerts, singing the signature songs of many top-notch vocalists. Penny is versatile. People are amazed by the wide range of styles she can handle," Putnam concluded.

Audience members are welcome to bring beverages and snacks. Seating will be cabaret-style. Tickets are $15. For tickets and to reserve a table, call 570-724-6220 or visit

First Citizens Community Bank Opens State College Office

MANSFIELD, PA (December 2017) On December 11, 2107, First Citizens Community Bank officially opened their newest office at 141 West Beaver Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania. S&T Bank previously operated the office and all customers became part of the First Citizens family through the acquisition.

First Citizens, the $1.2 billion subsidiary of Citizens Financial Services, Inc. (OTC BB: CZFS) headquartered in Mansfield PA, has been growing their presence in Pennsylvania over the last two years. The expansion began in December 2015 with the acquisition of The First National Bank of Fredericksburg, who operated 7 offices in Lebanon, Berks and Schuylkill counties. The opening of a Commercial Loan Production office in Winfield, Union County and the opening of their first Lancaster County full-service office in Mount Joy followed. Prior to the acquisition of the State College Branch of S&T Bank, Citizens opened their second Loan Production Office in Narvon, Lancaster County.

“Our expansion strategy has always been directly related to where we believe we can best deliver our areas of expertise and attract quality talent to the organization,” stated Randall E. Black, CEO and President. “As such, we seek markets where our extensive knowledge in Agriculture, small business and mortgage lending will be a resource to the community.”

The Bank has been fortunate to retain the three Private Bankers from the previous S&T branch whose knowledge and experience of the market are truly unique. Dave Richards, Jessica Chobody and Jennifer Cadman have served State College for a combined total of over 48 years.

First Citizens has ranked one of the top community banks in the nation over ten consecutive years. They attribute this to a variety of strengths, but according to Black, “We believe we’ve found our niche by being large enough to serve a variety of consumer and business needs, but small enough to give the personalized service many still desire from a community bank. We’re confident this advantage, along with the seasoned staff who’ve joined our team, will help us succeed in the State College market.”

With the acquisition of the State College branch, First Citizens will serve the counties of Centre, Lebanon, Lancaster, Berks, Schuylkill, Clinton, Tioga, Bradford, Potter, and Union in Pennsylvania and Allegany County, New York. For more information about First Citizens Community Bank, please visit or find them on Facebook.


EMPORIUM, PA— Give the precious gift of a blood donation in memory of Kendyl Shaffer, who was loved by so many. Join her family and friends on Friday, Dec. 15, at the Community Blood Bank’s (CBB) blood drive held from 1-5:30 at the Emporium Fire Department, located 419 Broad Street.

“The family of Kendyl Shaffer would like to thank the many members of the community who have supported Kendyl’s Memorial Blood Drive over the past 6 years,” says the Shaffer family. “These donations stay in our surrounding communities and help local people. Please continue to support this worthy cause.”

The drive is open to the community. Eligible donors should be healthy, over 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years of age. In addition, a 56-day time period is required from previous donations. Appointments are not necessary, but can be made if preferred.

Donors are encouraged to eat a nutritious meal within approximately four hours prior to the drive. Free snacks and beverages to replenish a donor’s energy will be available following a donation. A holiday heart-shaped candy treat adorned with Kendyl’s initials will be given to all screened donors.

“You can feel the love that Kendyl’s family and friends continue to have for her. They are dedicated to keeping her memory alive by helping others,” says Lora Cope, CBB mobile drive coordinator. “The blood drive is a true heart to heart event.”

For more information regarding the drive or to schedule a blood donation appointment, call 570-789-4026 or visit

About Community Blood Bank
As a non-profit organization, Community Blood Bank has been providing a safe, reliable supply of volunteer blood to hospitals through regional partnerships since 1966. Community Blood Bank is regulated by the Food & Drug Administration and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The organization is an independent blood center and is a current member of multiple nationally recognized blood banking associations such as the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and America’s Blood Centers (ABC).

Big Elm Dispatched For Rollover Crash On Bailey Creek Road

At 8:52 AM on Monday, Big Elm Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a one vehicle rollover crash near 353 Bailey Creek Road. One injury is reported.

Rew Volunteer Fire Department 2018 elected officers

The Rew Volunteer Fire Department
 Bradford, PA ·

The Rew Volunteer Fire Department proudly presents the 2018 elected officers! Congratulations to all!!

Line Officers

Chief--* Todd Burkhouse*
1st Asst Chief- Mike Mcconnell
2nd Asst Chief- Kevin Jackson
Fire Police Capt.--*Jim Karnes*
EMS Captain-- Judy Gates

Executive Officers
President --* Amanda Jackson *
Vice Pres-- *Robert Perrine*
Treasurer-- *Cheri Sera*
Secretary -- *Chelsea Burkhouse*
Asst Secretary -- Ted Zelko
*-- denotes also on the Board of directors

Elected Board of Directors:
Mike McConnell, Don Tracy, Brent Sera

Relief Association :
President-- Mike Burgoon
Treasurer-- Don Tracy
Secretary -- Carol Tracy

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Quality Antiques & Country Accent Auction Sunday, Dec. 17th In Port Allegany, PA

Gleason's Sevice Center Now Offering PA State Inspections And Affordable Used Cars.

Curt Weinhold & Coudy Santa Will Be At Cream n Sugar In Coudersport For Santa Pictures From 5 to 7 PM Monday December 11th

Super Christmas Auction At Shinglehouse Fire Department On Saturday, December 16th

Monday Morning Insights

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rifle, Crossbow & Chainsaw Stolen From Camp On Copp Hollow Road

Mansfield Man Charged With Possession Of Controlled Substance

Pancake Dinner With Santa Tuesday, December 12th At Roulette Fire Hall

Dolores Avita Leavitt, 87, of Beechwood Rd., Emporium, PA

Dolores Avita Leavitt

Dolores Avita Leavitt, 87, of Beechwood Rd., Emporium, PA died at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, PA on Saturday (December 9, 2017) evening following a brief illness.

She was born October 9, 1930 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Lee C. and Rachel Hickok Skillman. On March 3, 1949 in Moore Hill United Methodist Church she married the late Charles Leavitt.

Mrs. Leavitt enjoyed her family, playing the piano and organ. She played piano for the Abundant Life Tabernacle for many years and also for the Moore Hill Homecomings. She was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Emporium. She worked for Philips for many years and also for Helpmates.

Survived by two sons, Joseph Leavitt and Richard (Linda) Leavitt, Truman; her dog Lucky whom she loved very much; three grandchildren, Mike (Allison) Leavitt, Harrisburg; Carrie (Mark) Palmerchuck, Virginia & David Leavitt, Truman. four great grandchildren, Nathan and Rachel Palmerchuck, Aiden & Owen Leavitt.; one brother, Robert Skillman, Gaffney, SC; sister-in-law, Pauline Kelly, Williamsport, PA whom she talked to every day and referred to her as her sister; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee C. and Rachel Hickok Skillman; and her husband, Charles Leavitt who died Jan 9, 2012.

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at the Barnett Funeral Home 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Lionel Owen, Pastor, Christian Missionary & Alliance Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Moore Hill Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

William Robert Smith, 80, of 54 Huckleberry Circle, Emporium, PA

William Robert Smith

William Robert Smith, 80, of 54 Huckleberry Circle, Emporium, PA died Thursday, December 7, 2018 at his home under hospice care. 

US Army Reserve Veteran
He was born February 25, 1936 in Sterling Run, PA the second of three children born to the late Abner and Alma (Peg) Smith. He graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1955. 

He enlisted in the United States Army ready reserve on July 12, 1955, receiving a good conduct medal, commendations as a sharpshooter rifle (M-1) and marksman (carbine) and given an honorable discharge on 7th of August 1962. 

He then made his way to Bellflower, California and on August 17, 1963 he married Mary M. Camillone who preceded him in death on February 24, 1993. He then married his wife of 23 years, Delores Austin Smith on January 8, 1994.

In addition to his wife Delores Smith he is survived by one daughter, Christina (Mike) Briggs, Anaheim, CA; one son, Steve M. (Lisa) Smith, Bellflower, CA; two grandchildren Kyle & Mary Michael Briggs. one brother, David (Carol) Smith, Missouri and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Mary M. Camillone (2-24-1993), one sister, Ellen Slocum whom he loved very dearly.

There will be No Visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at the Kersey Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witness, 339 Main Street, Kersey, PA on Sunday (December 17, 2017) at 2:00 PM with Mr. Zane Keniston, Elder, officiating.

Burial will be in the Huntley Cemetery, Driftwood, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Santa visits Pa lumber Museum

Don Morey is a Winner in the "To Fill A Backpack" Christmas Raffle

Goldie M. Meacham, 89, of Olean, NY

Goldie M. Meacham

Goldie M. Meacham, 89, of Olean, NY, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Olean, after a long illness.

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

First Presbyterian and Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Galeton, 12-10-17

by Martha Pennell,

Germania Luncheon club meets Wednesday, December 13th, at noon at Saint Paul’s Lutheran church. 

Galeton Food Pantry opens there Friday, December 15th, at 10 am.

Session of First Presbyterian church meets Sunday, December 17th, following worship.

In Isaiah 40: 1-11, God comforts and forgives Israel and tells them there is one who would come for the entire world. Today many believe God is nowhere to be found. Yet there is a yearning to believe and to hope, a hunger and longing only Jesus can fulfill. 

Pastor Roger explained we need to feel good about ourselves emotionally; without exception perpetrators and killers have low self-esteem and loath themselves. 

If only they could have come into contact with Isaiah 40! 

He believes our nation has come to the state we are in because of the faulty foundation upon which we have chosen to build our lives. If we would build our house on a rock (Matthew 7: 24-27) we will not fall, but we have labored to build upon a foundation of sand. 

Advent is preparation to make room for the Christ child, the rock and foundation upon which life can be built. From our prayer of confession: Holy God, help us to keep alert in this Advent season. Help us to be ready to see you in the midst of ordinary tasks. Help us be ready to slow down for prayer—for children, for our family and friends. 

Help us to be ready to stand up for peace and justice, for Jesus comes to bring new life to us and our world. O God, help us to be ready to receive you once more. Amen.

Middlebury & Chatham Dispatched to Rollover Crash On Rt. 249 In Keeneyville

At 7:17 PM on Sunday, Middlebury & Chatham Fire Departments have been dispatched to a rollover crash on Rt. 249.

James F. “Jim” Terrette, 78, a lifelong resident of Shinglehouse, PA

James F. Terrette

James F. “Jim” Terrette, 78, a lifelong resident of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away at home with his loving wife by his side on Saturday, December 9, 2017, after a brief illness.

Born on September 1, 1939 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Henry M. and Anah B. Taylor Terrette. On March 26, 1964 in Ansbach, Germany, he married Carole E. Sutton, who survives.

Jim attended Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. He was employed by Dresser-Rand in Olean for many years, retiring in 2002.

Jim was a 64 year plus life member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Wellsville. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. His greatest love was his family.

Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Timm C. (Susan) Terrette of Shinglehouse and Gair C. (Pamela) Terrette of Port Allegany; four grandchildren; two brothers, Gorden (Bonnie) Terrette of Acworth, Georgia and Garold “Jerry” (Betty) Terrette of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; three sisters, Peggy Leilous, Patricia Danforth, and Pudge (Don) Sturdevant, all of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by three sisters, Eva Simons, Marian Kemp, and Rebecca Stonemetz; and a brother, Henry M. “Bud” Terrette, Jr.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8pm on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse.

Private burial services will be held on Monday, December 11, 2017 in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

A memorial service will be held at 3pm on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 115 Chamberlain Street, Wellsville, NY with Jack Cairns, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 115 Chamberlain Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Melissa TRACY, 57, of Harrison Valley, PA

Melissa TRACY

Melissa TRACY, 57, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Saturday, December 9, 2017. 

Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

 Online condolences may be expressed at

Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department 2018 Officers

Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department

DCVFD 2018 Officers - Congratulations to those that have accepted positions for the upcoming year and Thank You to those that have served in 2017.

Lawrenceville Dispatched To Crash On I-99 At State Line

At 4:18 PM on Sunday, Lawrenceville Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched to I-99 for a crash at the State Line with injuries. NYSP on scene. Lindley is also on scene. Vehicle is into guard rails. 2 people reporting injuries.

William 'Billy" Michael Emig, 30, of York, PA

William 'Billy" Michael Emig

William 'Billy" Michael Emig, 30, of York, PA, entered into the Presence of God on Sunday, December 3, 2017.

Born on December 4,1986 in York, he was the son of Tammie J. (Emig) Gross and David B. Nickol.

Billy was employed as a painter for Orwigs Fine Finishing.

Billy will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He leaves to cherish his memory, daughters, Hayley Noel Emig and Aniya B. Emig; a companion, Katie Trembly; parents, Tammie Gross and step-dad Bo Gross, David B. Nickol; siblings, Trisha M. Nickol, David B. Nickol, Jr., Cody A. Nickol, Richard
A. Waltemyer, Jr.; paternal grandparents, Charles and Carlyn Strack, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends

Celebration of Life Services will be on Saturday, December 16th 2017 at 1:00 pm at Gladfelter Funeral Home, Inc., 822 East Market Street, York PA. Pastor Bernie Seigman officiating.

Gladfelter Funeral Home, Inc. is entrusted with the arrangements.

Ridgway Fire Department Votes No change in officers for 2018

Ridgway Fire Department

No change in officers for 2018

Chief--Scott Pontious
Deputy Chief--Joe Gasbarre
Assistant Chief--Ray Imhof
President--Curt Dahler
1st Vice President--Sam Plyler
2nd Vice President--Rich Decker
Secretary--Dan Halpin
Treasurer--Dave Parsons

Thanks to all those that came out and voted last night.

Cathy Bowers Highlights John & Doris Rigas Holiday Concert In Coudersport

Heavy lake effect snow to bring difficult travel on area roads

Helen Sylvia Gregory HASKINS, 87, of Walworth, NY, formerly of Wellsville, NY

Helen Sylvia Gregory HASKINS

Helen Sylvia Gregory HASKINS, 87, of Walworth, NY, formerly of Wellsville, NY, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2017. 

Born January 11, 1930, in Shickshinny, PA, she was the daughter of Silas R. and Ellen J. Moss Gregory. 

 In addition to her parents, she was predeceased a brother, Myron S. Gregory, Sr.; two sisters, Sarah A. Hassay and May E. Gregory; and a sister-in-law, Kathryn R. Gregory. 

Surviving are: her loving husband of over 61 years, W. Neil Haskins; four children, Sue (Daniel) DeGraff of Walworth; Betsey (Patrick) Haskins-Piccioli of East Rochester, Laurie (Bradley) Mitchell of Dansville, and David (Sujee) Haskins of Ellicott City, MD; eight grandchildren, Emily DeGraff, Thomas DeGraff, Sarah Mitchell, Scott Mitchell, Jordan Mitchell, Christopher Haskins, Nicholas Haskins, and Zachary Haskins; brother-in-law, William F. Hassay, Sr. of Hollywood, MD; and several nieces and nephews. 

A graduate of Shickshinny High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education and home economics from Penn State University, State College, PA. She taught in Florda, Pennsylvania, and New York, retiring in 1992. 

Helen was a loving sister, wife, mother, grandma, aunt, and friend. 

She and Neil enjoyed traveling together visiting family and friends. As a Girl Scout leader, she was very active and creative, encouraging her troops to put on dinners and shows, and teaching them many songs. 

She was an exceptional Home Economics teacher in several schools throughout her many years of teaching. She taught her students about nutrition and personal finance, and even wedding planning, in addition to the basic skills of sewing and cooking. 

She also worked as a real estate agent. 

 Helen was a member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, Penfield United Methodist Church, UMW, DAR, and AAUW. She also enjoyed genealogy, oil painting, card playing, family gatherings, and was an avid Penn State football fan. 

She is missed greatly by all who knew and loved her. 

Friends may call Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY, and on Saturday, December 16th at Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Hunlock Creek, PA from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM. Burial will be in Bloomingdale Cemetery, Shickshinny, PA. 

Memorials in Helen’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Ilean R. Battles, 97, formerly of 111 Williams St., Bradford, PA

Ilean R. Battles

Ilean R. Battles, 97, formerly of 111 Williams St., Bradford, PA, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017, peacefully, at the Bradford Manor.

Born June 24, 1920 in Bakerton, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Elizabeth (Flickinger) Short.

In 1940 in Bradford, she married Raymond L Battles, who passed away May 12, 1986.

Ilean was a dedicated homemaker and belonged to the St. Bernard Church. She was an accomplished artist and excelled at pencil drawings.

Surviving is one son, Larry L (Carole) Battles of Bradford, one sister-in-law, Gloria Battles of Bradford, one granddaughter, Danyelle Battles, four great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, six brothers and four sisters.

There will be no public visitation. Private funeral and committal services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to St. Bernard Church, or the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Rowena M. Holsinger, 85, formerly of Gifford, PA

Rowena M. Holsinger

Rowena M. Holsinger, 85, formerly of Gifford, PA, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the Pavilion @ BRMC, surrounded by her loving family.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Mt. Jewett Dispatched To Truck Crash On Rt. 219

At 12:11 PM on Sunday, Mt. Jewett Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched to Rt. 219, just south of Lantz Corners, for a truck accident. Truck is jackknifed with possible entrapment & injury. A second vehicle is reported to be involved.

Belfast Dispatched to Crash On County Road 17

At 11:31 AM on Sunday, Belfast Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to County Road 17 Near County Road 41 for a one vehicle crash. Caller reports no entrapment, possibly no injuries. Vehicle is over an embankment.
2 other accidents have been reported on that road.

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-12-05 00:00:00 to SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC for site CONNOLLY B 8H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-12-05 00:00:00 to SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC for site CONNOLLY B 5H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-12-05 00:00:00 to SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC for site CONNOLLY B 2H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-12-05 00:00:00 to SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC for site CONNOLLY B 1H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

They said Philly cops tried to stop them from photographing officers. Now the city is paying them $250,000
The City of Philadelphia has agreed to pay $250,000 to two people who claimed that police officers violated their First Amendment rights by blocking them from taking photos of police activity.

The settlements, announced Tuesday, ended years of legal wrangling over civil suits filed on behalf of Amanda Geraci, a local activist, and Richard Fields, formerly a Temple University student. The ACLU of Pennsylvania, which brought the claims for the pair, said it hoped their cases served as a “warning sign” against those who would seek to prevent recordings of cops.

“The best tool for police accountability available today is the smartphone in someone’s pocket,” Molly Tack-Hooper, an ACLU staff attorney, said in a statement. “We’re grateful to our clients for enduring years of litigation to protect this vital First Amendment freedom.” Read more...

Austin Dispatched For One Vehicle Crash With Confinement

At 9:08 Am on Sunday, Austin Fire Department & Ambulance have been dispatched to a Ford Ranger on its side between Keating Summit & Emporium on Rt. 155. The occupants are reported to be confined to the vehicle.

Bill Pekarski: Day 461, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 461, Living life on my terms.

There are some things in life that are so special, that it is hard to put into words. I went to the John and Doris Rigas Holiday Concert featuring the string ensemble Shattered Glass and had one of those exact experiences.

A friend of mine had made arrangements to ensure that I had a good parking spot as well as a comfortable seat down front, which made it much easier for me to get around and enjoy the show.

Mr. Rigas spoke to welcome everyone in attendance and made all feel welcome with his humble words and anecdotes. For a man who said so many times that he is not a public speaker, he has such a natural ability to speak warmly from the heart; it is a pleasure to have him home in our town.

Once the ensemble was in place, we began a musical ride that brought back memories of Christmas' past and excitement for the days which lay ahead. I closed my eyes as the violins and violas put forth heavenly sounds that resonated throughout the auditorium. They employed the entire range of dynamic interpretation and moved swiftly between the passages. At some points, they were playing gleefully and forcefully that you had to move your head and tap your feet to the sound. At other times, they played so softly and delicately that it was amazing how silent an audience of over 1,000 could be; they never made a sound.

If I did not know better, I would have thought I was listening to heaven's angels brought down to Coudersport to instill the Christmas Spirit into all of us. The only sad thing for me was that with my trache still in place, I was unable to join in with the sing-a-long.

I thought for a while as Mr. Rigas spoke about his belated wife, Doris. It is so evident that the family holds her memory very dearly and they are honored to hold this concert in her name. She always loved the holiday season and worked tirelessly in the past to make certain that everything for the Adelphia Holiday Celebrations was perfect. The family has done well to carry on the traditions that she instilled upon them.

Throughout the night I was able to see many friends, both old and new. Some of them I had not seen since my days in high school (Greg Gunzburger for one) and the old Adelphia days. It was wonderful to see everyone together enjoying a night of amazing music and great fellowship.

Today I am dedicating my progress to the Rigas family, especially John and Doris. Thank you for caring so much for everyone in our community and giving us all this incredible gift. May God bless you.

Motor Vehicle Accident In the area of Keating Summit

Cameron 14
Sizerville Road
In the area of Keating Summit
Motor Vehicle Accident
Determined to be in department 44s territory. Cameron units available.

Coudersport Ambulance To Freeman House

At 8:43 AM on Sunday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to transport a woman from Freeman House to Cole Memorial.

Teachers: Farmers Insurance Offers A Preferred Discount For Going The Extra Mile

Cole Memorial Seeking Candidates For Patient Accounts Representative Position