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Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

Blood Drive Today At Austin School Gymnasium From 1 to 5

John R. Stilson Announces Candidacy For Allegany Tiownship Supervisor In Potter County

Zito Media Seeking NOC Manager At Coudersport Facility

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

Summer Hours Have Started At The Hotel Crittenden Dining Room & Crittenden TapRoom

Chicken & Biscuits Dinner Saturday, April 29 At Ellisburg Church Fellowship Hall

Large Garage Sale Friday & Saturday On Fessenden Drive, Roulette, PA

Helpmates, Inc. Is Now Hiring In Potter & McKean Counties


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


Township Officers Arrest Man On NY Bench Warrant; Investigate Near Drowning Of Elderly Fisherman In Allegheny River

Sweden Township Police Department
While officers had a Fugitive from Justice in custody at the Roulette office, officers received a call along with Roulette Fire/Ambulance for a possible drowning at the Allegany Family Campground.

Officers were able to secure the proper Bench Warrant from NYSP-Amity and went en route to Potter County Jail, Chief Phelps Dropped off Ptlm White at the campground to conduct the investigation.

The individual was placed in the custody of the PCJ and Chief Phelps went onto CCMH. The elderly gentleman that fell into the Allegany River while fishing, had to be rescued by others, transported to CCMH and the flown to trauma ctr. 

Assisted at the scene by Roulette Fire/Ambulance, PSP-CDSPT, Medics.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bill Pekarski: Day 234, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:
Day 234, Living life on my terms.

People who read my stories know that the empty storefronts downtown are a common source of my concern. Today I would like to look at it from a completely different angle.

There are two women who last summer, even with the knowledge of the Route 6 reconstruction, decided to open a new business downtown. It was a gamble to say the least, but the reality is they have one of the most charming stores in Coudersport.

The business in called “Cream ‘n Sugar,” and the two brave ladies who willed it to fruition are Patti Gianotti and Mary Jo Stuckey.

They took a giant leap of faith by opening Cream ‘n Sugar at the former Empson Hair Care on North Main Street, next to Hauber’s Jewelers.

The business offers the smooth and delicious ice cream from Penn State Creamery, coffee and specialty drinks, confections and other treats. Locally produced candles and honey are also part of the product line.

There are tables for patrons inside the shop, a small lounge for a more relaxing stay. Cream ‘n Sugar also has a bench outside and the operators even offer a water dish for passing canines (and dog-sized ice cream servings).

Patty and Mary Jo were well aware that the U.S. Rt. 6 reconstruction project would be disruptive but they had enough confidence that local customer and passers-by would support the business. The owners are supportive of local community causes and recently donated to the Coudersport Swimming Pool rehabilitation project.

For those who don’t know this already, even though Main Street traffic is currently one-way (eastbound), the parking spaces in front of Cream ‘n Sugar, Hauber’s, Subway and Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy are open during the project.

Together, Patty and Mary Jo are proof positive that small businesses in Coudersport can and will survive. Form the looks of things; people have really taken a liking to their shop. With continued patronage, their establishment will endure and grow.

Today I am dedicating my progress to Patty Gianotti, Mary Jo Stuckey, and the staff at Cream ‘n Sugar. Make sure to stop down and support these local ladies making a difference in our community.

Scarnati Leading Effort to Advocate for Mansfield University in Harrisburg

(HARRISBURG) – Today, Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25), emphasized his continued support for ensuring the future success of Mansfield University.

Scarnati explained that he has been actively engaged in conversations with University President Fran Hendricks, PASSHE Chancellor Frank Brogan, Mansfield Students, Trustees, Alumni and Faculty regarding the challenges facing the University.

“Mansfield University has undoubtedly had a positive impact upon our region and the many past and present students who have called the campus home,” Scarnati said. “Providing quality educational opportunities within our region continues to be a top priority of mine. It is important that as we move forward we provide Mansfield and the other PASSHE schools with the flexibility they need to make positive changes to ensure their success for years to come.”

According to Scarnati, Chancellor Brogan has assured him that at this time, closures of the universities will not take place. While PASSHE is not looking at immediate closures, a great deal of attention has been drawn to the struggles facing many of the institutions.

“Mansfield must be given the tools they need to evolve with our changing times,” Scarnati stated. “I have asked that Mansfield show the Legislature a plan to turn the situation around, and I am pleased that the University is putting a plan into action. President Hendricks has already been extremely proactive in his approach and is moving forward with consolidation of functions. He has also made it clear that incremental funding to attract students is a necessary part of Mansfield’s future success plan, which is something I will be fighting for in Harrisburg.”

Mansfield University President Fran Hendricks ’79, expressed gratitude for Senator Scarnati’s support of the University.

“Mansfield University is a difference maker,” Hendricks said. “It changes lives through its array of high quality academic programs, affording its graduates opportunities previously unimagined. Senator Scarnati is a champion of public higher education for the State of Pennsylvania. His support of Mansfield University has ensured this institution which is strategically located in Pennsylvania’s northern tier continues to serve as a center of educational excellence and workforce provider for the region it serves and the Commonwealth. I salute the Senator’s efforts in helping us prepare Mansfield University for its next 160 years of making a difference in the lives of our students, their families and our great state.”

Scarnati also noted that the Senate recently approved a resolution that requires an independent study of the future of the State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to be completed by the end of the year. Senate Resolution 34 requires the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to study the future and sustainability of the 14 state-owned universities across the state.

“The LBFC study will take place following the study that PASSHE is currently engaged in and will help us understand, from an unbiased perspective, why enrollment at certain universities is declining, what the urgent needs are and how we best move forward to ensure the students of Pennsylvania can receive a quality and affordable degree,” Scarnati said. “Mansfield is certainly an important part of our community and an institution that we want to see thrive for generations to come.”

Carolyn A. BERFIELD, 63, of Coudersport, PA Memorial Service


Carolyn A. BERFIELD, 63, of Coudersport, PA, died Saturday, April 8, 2017 in her home. 

A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport. The Rev. Scott R. Ogden and family friend, Rev. Jonathan Colton Chesney, will co-officiate. 

A luncheon will follow the service in the church social room. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport. Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers “CFTT” (for Robert B. Merten Circle of Fifths Music Award Scholarship), 104 W. Lockhart St., Unit 2, Sayre, PA 18840 or using the make a donation tab at twintierscf.org

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Is Your Green Thumb Not So Green?

You are not alone when it comes to growing a garden or planting shrubs in your lawn. Many homeowners are disappointed when they buy the seeds or plants, stick them in the ground, and have nothing to show for it at the end of the season. Some may think…I just do not have that “green thumb” to be a gardener. There is good news for you and others that have tried before.

The Master Gardeners of Potter County are pleased to help you with all of your gardening and landscaping questions. We are a group of people who have a passion and knowledge of plants. Please let us know what gardening issues you are having and we will be more than happy to help you! Email your questions to Tom Murphy at tpm12@psu.edu and someone from the Master Gardener group will be in touch with you.

If planning a garden, stop by the Penn State Extension Office to pick up your Soil Sample Testing Kit for only $9.00!

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Bill to Protect Second Amendment Rights Passes House, Causer Says

HARRISBURG – Working to ensure the gun rights of law-abiding citizens are protected, the state House today approved legislation to combat illegal efforts by local governments to enact their own gun regulations, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

“Our nation’s Constitution guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms, and the state Constitution does so as well,” Causer said. “When local governments try to pass their own gun regulations contrary to the laws of the Commonwealth, they are infringing on those rights.

“Having different rules in different communities also puts law abiding citizens at risk of unknowingly breaking a locally established law as they travel throughout the state. Uniform laws are a must,” he added.

While Pennsylvania law already prohibits the passage of gun or ammunition regulations by local governments, an increasing number of communities have done so anyway. To address this, House Bill 671 aims to deter these illegal ordinances by requiring local governments that enact them to reimburse reasonable attorneys fees and costs related to any successful lawsuit challenging the illegal ordinance. The bill requires fair notice to the local jurisdiction, requiring 60 days written notice so it has time to voluntarily repeal its offending ordinance.

The measure, which was originally enacted in 2014, directly responds to a state court decision which ruled the law unconstitutional. That ruling was based on technical grounds, and the substance of the legislation was never called into question.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Speaker Turzai Attends White House Executive Order Signing

HARRISBURG - Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) today attended an executive order signing with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the White House Roosevelt Room. The event highlighted the concept of federalism, returning powers to states and local communities, especially in the area of education.

Trump signed an executive order which called on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to review and reduce or eliminate federal regulations and directives that limit local control of K-12 education. The president stressed that the federal government has overreached in many areas, especially in the area of education.

The speaker was invited to represent Pennsylvania and attended the event with six governors, DeVos and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

“I was honored to represent Pennsylvania at the White House today and to support President Trump’s efforts to reduce federal regulations and return control to the states and local school districts,” said Turzai. “It is truly refreshing to have a president that is so respectful of federalism, which the founders valued, by working with state and local leaders.”

Turzai has long advocated for educational options for Pennsylvania students and parents. As the son of a public school teacher, he recognizes that one size does not fit all.

“The focus of our education system should be on the students and families. We need great public schools, but we also need to support other options including charters, opportunity scholarships and quality vocational technical education,” he said.

Trump’s action today builds upon previous actions which have reduced federal control and emphasized state and local power. These include:

Taking action to repeal the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which would have vastly expanded the EPA’s jurisdiction and subjected farmers, small businesses, landowners and local governments to federal permits which, on average, cost in excess of $200,000 and subject them to potential penalties of as much as $37,500 per day.

Taking action to proactively work with states to provide flexibility in the management of their Medicaid programs.

Empowering states to make decisions on Title X family planning funding.

Nullifying federal regulations governing the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, providing states with more flexibility.

Nullifying federal regulations imposing new standards on teacher education and preparation, giving states more flexibility.

Regional 4-H Shooting Sports Competition

The annual North Central Regional 4-H Air Rifle Shooting Sports competition was held Saturday, April 22 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Brookville, PA. Fifty three shooters from 6 counties (Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, and Potter) participated. The participants shot in three relays, and shot in the prone, standing, and kneeling positions.
Potter County sent 7 shooters from the Bullseye Blasters 4-H Club lead by Buck Jackson, Pat Jackson and Roger Chapell. 4-Hers have been practicing every Sunday night since October for this competition.

In the 8 to 10 year division Mason Roessner took first place with a score of 134 1X with Hunter Furman taking honorable mention. In the 13-15 year old division Gabe Wargo took second place with a 214 2X and the team of Andy Anderson, Mason Roessner, Hunter Furman and Logan Benninger placed third. In the 16-18 division the team of Gabe Wargo, Blaise Chapell, and Josh Anderson placed second.

Congratulations to all Potter County shooters and coaches! The Bullseye Blasters 4-H club is wrapping up it year at the end of April but will be back in action in the fall of 2017. If interested in participating call the Extension Office at 274-8540. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Shinglehouse Dispatched To Bells Run Road

At 5:59 PM on Wednesday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & ALS have been dispatched to the 2400 block of Bells Run Road for a medical emergency.

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Roulette Dispatched For Possible Drowning Near Allegheny River Campground

At 5:33 PM on Wednesday, Roulette Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Allegheny River Campground for a report of a body floating in the water.

Air medical has been requested to the airport off Reed Run Road.  Reporting that the patient is breathing.

Genesee, Wellsville Dispatched For Vehicle Crashed Into A Building

At 5:30 PM on Wednesday, Genesee Ambulance, Wellsville Fire, dispatched to a vehicle into a building at 406 Main Street in Genesee. Reporting possibly one injury.

Wellsville Dispatched To Crash With Entrapment

At 4:30 PM on Wednesday, Wellsville has been dispatched to a 2 vehicle accident at Madison Street & the Expressway. Vehicle is on its side with entrapment. 2 ambulances & 2 rescue trucks needed at scene.


My Gobbler
Winners in the Game Commission’s Turkey Harvest Photo Contest to receive engraved box calls.

A beautiful gobbler might not be the only prize a successful turkey hunter brings home this spring.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is sponsoring its inaugural Turkey Harvest Photo Contest, and hunters submitting photos of themselves with their 2017 Pennsylvania gobblers are eligible to win
one of two personalized, engraved box calls from Top Calls, of Renovo, Pa.

Pennsylvania’s one-day youth season for spring gobblers was held on Saturday, April 22. And photos of successful youth hunters with their
spring gobblers already have begun to come in.

All entries received will be entered in either the adult hunter or youth hunter category and narrowed to a field of finalists, with one winner in each category then selected by voters on the Game Commission’s Facebook page.

But you have to enter to win. Hunters should be sure to submit photos of their 2017 Pennsylvania harvests by email to pgc-contest@pa.gov. Submissions should include the first and last name of anyone in the photo, the hunter’s hometown and the county the turkey was harvested.

The contest is scheduled to run through Monday, June 5, with the winners selected shortly thereafter.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To West Academy Street

At 3:59 PM on Wednesday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & ALS have been dispatched to West Academy Street for a medical emergency.

Zito Media Seeking NOC Manager At Coudersport Facility

Lawrenceville Dispatched for Mutual Aid at Wildfire In Lindley, NY

At 2:49 pm on Wednesday 4-26, Lawrenceville Fire Dept has been dispatched to 10013 Steamtown Rd. in Lindley, Ny for Mutual Aide at the scene of a wildfire.

Pipe Work set for Early May in Potter County

Daylight closure will be in effect May 1 through 10

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will perform pipe replacement work in early May along Phoenix Run Road (Route 1005) in Pike and Hector Townships.

From May 1 to May 10, crews from Potter County PennDOT Maintenance will be working to replace pipes and improve drainage from the southern end of Phoenix Run Road at the Potter/Tioga County line to the northern end of the road at the Potter/Tioga County line.

The roadway will be closed during daylight hours of 7 A.M. to 4 P.M. each work day. A detour using Loucks Mills Road (Route 1003) will be in place during closure hours. Drivers familiar with the area may choose to use other, alternate routes.

School buses will be able to travel the during the closure and emergency vehicles will be accommodated as necessary. PennDOT will re-open the road before May 10 if work progress allows.

The pipe work is being done in preparation for roadway surface improvement work, which is expected to take place during the 2017 construction season. PennDOT will issue an update prior to the resurfacing work.

Drivers are reminded to follow detour signing, use caution in and around work zones, and always buckle up.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles 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 updates on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL.

Bradford City Fire Dept. Dispatched to Vehicle Fire

At 1:46 pm on Wednesday, Bradford City Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 156 Seaward Ave. for a vehicle Fire.

Couple Vehicles on Fire in 40 Car lot at Tuna Valley Towing.
Tow Truck still attached to car that is on fire. 
Reporting Explosions 

Seaward Ave CLOSED

Seaward Ave is now open 

Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center Preparing for the Workforce of America

(The SkillsUSA Team for 2017 State Competition)

SkillsUSA is a national organization for students that has become a fundamental aspect of career and technical education programs approved by the organization. 

Each year, the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center sends students from each shop to demonstrate their abilities and compete amongst others in their trade during the District Level competition. 

The students gain insight of the high standards required within each occupation, gain skills needed for today’s workforce, and develop leadership abilities within their individual trades.

This year, the SHCTC had 2 students that competed at districts place first in their individual areas: Danny Eschrich-Culinary and Derick Butler-Networking. 

These students would now move on to the State Competition in hopes to refine their talents for another win at states, which could send them to Nationals. 

The SHCTC also had students from the welding program, Brayden Southard, Julian Watson, Payton Tilley, and Robert Gamet, begin their journey directly at States. Although they didn’t place at states, the experience of the leadership conference contributes to career preparation for all attendees. 

We, at the SHCTC, are EXTREMELY proud of these young men. The students, themselves, had the chance to experience a competition of this sort and demonstrate their abilities at a higher degree. Those not graduating this year, may have the opportunity to refine their skill set, in hopes to attend SkillsUSA in 2018.

Eldred Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash On Prentisvale Road

At 1:21 PM on Wednesday, Eldred Township Fire Dept, Eldred Ambulance & Smethport Medic dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash at the intersection of Prentisvale Road & Windfall Road. Two persons could possibly be injured.

Schools, Church Benefit from CRCF Spring Grants of $4,000+

Three funds at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation made possible $4,738 in grants this Spring to support scholarships, student study aboard programs, a local Catholic school system, and an area church.

The JCC Foundation received an annual $1,000 grant from the Kaleigh Wilday Endowment Fund to continue a scholarship in Kaleigh’s memory for a Cuba-Rushford Central School graduate attending Jamestown Community College.

CRCF’s board of directors also approved a $1,000 grant to the CRCS Outdoors program from the Kaleigh Wilday Endowment Fund. This grant is an addition to the fund’s annual November contribution to the program, which sends local students on trips across the globe to hunt fish and explore the outdoors.

The additional $1,000 will help accommodate a growing number of students attending the trip.

Scott Jordan, director of the CRCS Outdoors program, said that he has plans for student trips to New Zealand and Australia in 2017.

For Jordan, the opportunity to help students travel the world and experience the outdoors is a meaningful way to carry on the spirit of a vibrant young girl.

“It means a lot to these kids from such rural places,” Jordan said. “They come back from these trips totally different people.”

CRCF’s board of directors also recently approved an annual grant from the Luella Potter Fund to Southern Tier Catholic School in Olean, this year totaling $2,046.

Friends of longtime teacher Luella Potter established the fund in 2004 to support Catholic education in the Southern Tier at STCS.

The fund has made possible $21,260 in grants to support catholic education at STCS since its establishment.

The Rev. Leo J. Gallina Endowment Fund for St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church made possible a $692 grant to St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church in Bradford, Pa.

Grants made from the fund support both church outreach to help the community and also parishioners in need.

Donations can be made to any and all of these funds at CRCF, 301 North Union Street, Suite 203 or online at cattfoundation.org.

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

Suspect in Shooting at Local Bar Taken into Custody in Texas

Emporium Mother Jailed In Lieu Of Bail After 2 Year Old Overdosed On Illegal Narcotic Drug

Coudersport Ambulance To Gunzburger Building

At 12:5 PM on Wednesday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic have been dispatched to the Gunzburger Building for a patient with chest pains.

Grants help Environment

Two local organizations have received grants from the Dominion/Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Mini-grant Program. On the left, Heather McKean accepts a $1400.00 grant to Seneca Chapter Trout Unlimited for water temperature monitoring on Skinner Creek, Potato Creek and Marvin Creek. Right, Frank Weeks accepts a $1000.00 grant to the Upper Allegheny Watershed Association for organizational promotion and outreach. Altogether 20 grants totaling $30,000 were awarded to Pennsylvania non-profits from a field of 32 applicants.

Financial support for this project is provided by the Dominion Foundation which is dedicated to the economic, physical and social health of the communities served by Dominion Companies.

This grant program was administered by Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in commitment to its core mission of conserving Pennsylvania’s diverse ecosystems through science-based technology, leadership and collaboration.

Governor Wolf, PennDOT Announce $195 million in Roadway Improvements in North Central Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced over $195 million in highway and bridge improvements that will come to fruition across the north central region during the 2017 construction season.

“It’s exciting to note the many improvements Pennsylvanians will see this year across this rural, nine-county region,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Travel, along with the delivery of goods and services in our more rural areas, is vital to our residents and these improvements will make that travel more convenient, efficient, and safe.”

Overall highlights in the 2017 construction season for District 2 (Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties) include:

approximately 210 miles of paving;
approximately 54 bridges will be repaired or replaced; and
approximately 276 miles of roadway will see seal coating or micro-surfacing to extend pavement life.

District 2 Executive Karen Michael said, “In a PennDOT region that stretches from the Juniata River Valley to our northern state line, we strive to involve our planning partners, municipalities, legislators, and other customers as we prioritize projects across such a large area.”

Notable projects that have been bid include:

the Route 155 Cowley Run bridge replacement project in Portage Township, Cameron County, for $1.6 million; the continuation of the Route 3045 (Waddle Road) bridge and roadway project in State College, Centre County for $14.7 million;

· the Route 322 intersection safety improvement project in Bradford Township, Clearfield County at $3 million;

· the Route 255 highway restoration project from Sabula to Penfield in Clearfield County estimated at $6.2 million;

· the Route 120 (Paul Mack Boulevard) in Clinton County featuring concrete patching and resurfacing, along with pavement restoration and drainage in downtown Lock Haven at $5.4 million;

· safety improvements at the intersection of Route 66 and Route 948 in Elk County at $1.8 million. Project includes a partnership with Federal Forest Service;

· the Route 35 bridge preservation project to address repairs and preservation of five structures in Spruce Hill, Walker, Delaware, and Milford Townships, Juniata County at $3.9 million;

· the Route 4004 bridge replacement over Tunungwant Creek in Bradford Township, McKean County at $3 million, a partnership with the Pitt/Bradford campus;

· a Route 3002 bridge preservation project for three structures in Armagh Township and Lewistown Borough in Mifflin County at $3.6 million; and

· continuation of the Route 6 betterment project in downtown Coudersport, Potter County including a new bridge superstructure at $4.8 million.

Notable projects that are expected to be bid this year include:

the Interstate 80 restoration project of 14 miles in Centre County from mile-marker 138 to mile-marker 152 including preservation of two bridges, estimated at $35 million;

· the Route 44 highway restoration project from Coneville to Shinglehouse in Potter County, including preservation of three structures at an estimated cost of $10.5 million.

The investments complement the department’s Road Maintenance and Preservation, or Road MaP, program, which Governor Wolf recently announced will invest $2.1 billion in maintenance and highway and bridge capital projects over the next 10 years. Of the investments, $1 billion will go to roadway maintenance and $1.1 billion will go to highway and bridge capital projects. Of the capital projects, $500 million will be allocated to an Interstate preservation and reconstruction program, bringing that total program, begun in 2016, to $1 billion over the next 10 years. Another $600 million will go toward rehabilitation and reconstruction needs identified through the department's district and regional planning efforts.

More information on Road MaP is available at www.penndot.gov on the “Act 89 Transportation Plan” page.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by 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.

Debra Ann Weatherby, 63, of Wellsboro, PA

Debra Ann Weatherby

Debra Ann Weatherby, 63, of Wellsboro, PA, passed away at The Green Home on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Debra was born March 17, 1954, in St. Louis, Missouri, she was the daughter of David and Rose (Dimon) Weatherby.

Debra worked at Broad Acres, as a Nurse’s Aide. She was a member of Wellsboro First Baptist Church. She loved reading the scriptures and sharing with anyone who would listen; she went on a mission’s trip to the Dominican Republic. Debra was a strong- willed woman and very selfless, willing to do anything for anyone. She loved children, and knitted hats for babies, colored pictures and gave to the residents at The Green Home. She loved doing puzzles and playing games. Debra enjoyed the outdoors; her greatest love with spending time with her family.

Surviving are her mother, Rose Weatherby of Wellsboro; her son, Sebastian Greenfield, Florida; three daughters, Ann Greenfield, Bath, NY, Amy Haskins (Jamie) Wellsboro and Amanda Rachiele (Louis) Wellsboro; eight grandchildren; five brothers, Daniel Weatherby, Florida, Michael Weatherby (Lucinda), Wellsboro, Joseph Weatherby, Wellsboro, David Weatherby, Jr. (Kimberly) Florida and Randy Weatherby, PA; three sisters, Sharon White, Blossburg, Bernice Berrittini, Wellsboro and Charlene Odell, Savona, NY; many nieces and nephews. Debra was preceded in death by her father, David, Grandmother, Dahlia and her Aunt Evelyn.

A memorial service will be held at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd. On Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 4:00 PM with Rev. Eugene Charsky officiating; there will be a visitation from 2-4 PM preceding the service.

To share your fondest memories and sign Debra’s guestbook, visit, www.tusseymosher.com.
Local arrangements are entrusted to Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd. 139 Main St., Wellsboro, PA.

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Exotic Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Brush Valley Twp, Indiana County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-04-21 to Exotic Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Brush Valley Twp, Indiana county. 102.4(b)1 - EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL REQUIREMENTS - Person conducting earth disturbance activity failed to implement and maintain E & S BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
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PA Permit Violation Issued to Exotic Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Brush Valley Twp, Indiana County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-04-21 to Exotic Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Brush Valley Twp, Indiana county. 78.53 - EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL - Operator failed to design, implement and maintain best management practices and an erosion and sediment control plan in accordance with 25 Pa. Code Chapter 102, during and after earthmoving or soil disturbing acti..
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PA Permit Violation Issued to Exotic Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Center Twp, Indiana County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-04-21 to Exotic Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Center Twp, Indiana county. 102.11(a)1 - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS – BMP AND DESIGN STANDARDS - Person failed to design, implement and maintain E & S BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation to protect, maintain, reclaim and restore water quality and ex..
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PA Permit Violation Issued to Exotic Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Brush Valley Twp, Indiana County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-04-21 to Exotic Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Brush Valley Twp, Indiana county. 102.4(b)1 - EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL REQUIREMENTS - Person conducting earth disturbance activity failed to implement and maintain E & S BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
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Shinglehouse Ambulance Dispatched To Oswayo For Cold Exposure

At 12:04 PM on Wednesday, Shinglehouse Ambulance  & Coudersport ALS have been dispatched to East Main Street in Oswayo for a 3 year old male with cold exposure from falling into a pond.
12:18--Coudersport ambulance dispatched.

Moondance: the Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert live Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Wellsboro, PA

"If Van Morrison isn't coming to your town, Moondance is the next best thing!" writes the Dallas News.

Moondance: the Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert will be performed live on stage on Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Deane Center's Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

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Ed Moran (center) portrays Van Morrison on stage. He is shown with two members of the five-piece band that perform with him. Dana Welts on guitar is on the left and Vinnie Brandi on drums is on the right. Not shown are Joseph Torra on keyboards, Dan Broad on bass guitar and Aaron Dean on saxophone.

"We put this show together four years ago because Van Morrison is a popular singer, songwriter who rarely performs in this country," said Vinnie Brandi of Galaxy Entertainment, producer of the Moondance tribute concert. "When he does, it's usually a short run," Brandi added. "People don't get to see 'Van the Man' in person much anymore compared to other performers who are constantly on tour."

Born on Aug. 31, 1945 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the 71-year-old Grammy Award-winning Morrison released "Keep Me Singing," his 36th studio album on Sept. 30, 2016.

A professional musician since the late 1950s, he plays guitar, harmonica, keyboards, drums and saxophone. Before going solo, Morrison first gained national attention as the lead singer for the band Them.

This Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has never failed to impress music lovers around the globe. "Rock and roll doesn't get any better than Van Morrison," said Brandi.

During the May 6 tribute band concert, the audience will hear Morrison's classic rock songs like "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Domino," legendary tunes like "Tupelo Honey" and "Into The Mystic" and others, such as "Moondance," "It Stoned Me," "Wild Night," and "Caravan." Also included will be "Bright Side of the Road" from Morrison's 1979 album "Into the Music" and "Days Like This" from his 23rd same titled 1995 album, Brandi explained.

"Don't expect a lot of talking during this show," Brandi said. "Van isn't much of a talker and neither is Ed," referring to Ed Moran who portrays Morrison and is the lead vocalist in the show. "The audience can count on hearing little tidbits during the performance, such as the stories behind some of the songs," Brandi noted. "A very impressive and realistic portrayal of Van Morrison…a must see," according to the Hawaii Reporter."

Moran, "An incredible recreation of the Irish legend," says the LA Times, is backed by a five-piece band who play the same five instruments as Morrison. Members are: Joseph Torra on keyboards; Dana Welts on guitar; Vinnie Brandi on drums; Dan Broad on bass guitar and Aaron Dean on saxophone. Welts and Broad are Moran's backing vocalists.

Concert only tickets are $20 and $17 for senior citizens.

Available for those who want to enjoy a pre-concert dinner at the Steak House at 29 Main Street in Wellsboro, is a dinner and show package for $39. Offered is a choice of one of three different entrées, including 8-ounce prime rib, crab stuffed haddock or veal francaise. Each entrée will be served with three sides. Coffee or soda is included; dessert is not. The pre-concert dinner will be served between 5 and 5:30 p.m.

For tickets or information, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 or visit deanecenter.com.

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


The Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs are leaving Thursday, May 4 for a four-day performance tour. Going on the trip will be 38 choir members and eleven adults, including six parents.

On their way to Cleveland, Ohio, the choirs will sing at three Pennsylvania public schools and a retirement home in Erie. They will stay in a hotel in downtown Cleveland on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, and head home Sunday morning, May 7.

On May 5, the youth will perform at a school in Cleveland with students of music teacher Meghan Galloway, daughter of former Wellsboroans Mike and Kay Galloway; will sing at the Cleveland Clinic, a multispecialty academic hospital and sing at and tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum located in downtown Cleveland. The museum recognizes and archives the history of the best-known artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures that have had a major influence on the development of rock and roll.

The choirs will sing at and tour the Trinity Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, an historic church in Cleveland on May 6. That afternoon, they will see “Something Rotten,” a Broadway show in Cleveland's theater district.

On Friday and Saturday, the group will create flash mobs by spontaneously singing at several different places in Cleveland.

The choirs will visit the Kinzua Sky Walk Bridge on the return trip home on Sunday.

The majority of singers in the three H-G choirs are from public schools in all three school districts in Tioga County. Others are homeschooled and from the Galeton Area School District in Potter County.

Thomas Putnam directs the fifth through eighth graders in the Children's Concert Choir and ninth through twelfth graders in the Young Men's Choir. Directing the ninth through twelfth graders in the Young Women’s Choir is Melissa Netzband a Mansfield University senior music student. Marian Miller is piano accompanist.

Through music, the HG choirs are exploring the theme “Noteworthy Persons.” “Each song we sing this year has the name of a person in the title,” Putnam said. “It’s been fun to find songs with names, whether fictional like 'Old Dan Tucker,' some of the first name only titles found in rounds, like 'Are You Sleeping Brother John,' or, historical like Harriet Tubman and William Tell, or Biblical like Jeremiah, Mary and Moses." One of the showstoppers is “Light One Candle,” originally sung by Peter, Paul and Mary.

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m. in Mansfield University's Steadman Theater, all four Hamilton-Gibson choirs, including Choir, Too, directed by Kersten Harnely, will present their Spring Concert. The theme is “First Person Sing-ular.” “It continues with the idea of a name in every song title,” said Putnam. Each mother attending will receive a small gift.

The David G. Patterson Foundation is sponsoring the May 4-7 performance tour and Dr. Richard and Kate Black, the Spring Concert.

Tickets at the door on May 14 will be $8 for adults and $4 for children and students. For more information, call 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.

Earth Day Cleanup on Rte. 6 by Volunteers from Upper Allegheny Watershed Association

UAWA volunteers performed our semi-annual rte. 6 highway cleanup on April 14th. We collected 39 bags of litter on a two mile stretch between Roulette and Burtville. Thanks to our hardy volunteers, we are keeping Pennsylvania beautiful! Shown left to right: Frank Weeks, Stub Wirtz, Tim Bizarro, Ken Gross, Mick Greeley, Gary Falk, Pete Ryan and Janie Weeks. Not pictured: Mike Greene, Mark and Patty Miller

The UAWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection, improvement and preservation of a healthy watershed for present and future generations.


Part-Time Evening Clerk Wanted For Port Allegany Office

Immediate Vacancy Notice
Potter County Education Council
5 Water Street, PO Box 5
Coudersport, PA 16915

The Potter County Education Council has an opening for a part-time evening clerk for our Port Allegany office. The position will be available early May through mid-August (about 5 hours per week). Additional hours may be available periodically when coverage is needed. A job description may be reviewed at the Potter County Education Council Offices at 5 Water Street in Coudersport or 219 Edison Bates Drive in Port Allegany or may be requested by calling 814-274-4877 or 814-545-1333.

Applicants must have a minimum of a high school diploma and preferably, appropriate work experience with Microsoft Office applications. 

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three current (less than one-year-old) letters of reference to Executive Director, Potter County Education Council, P.O. Box 5, Coudersport, PA 16915. 

Deadline for applications: Noon, Monday, May 1, 2017, E.O.E.

Gannon classes available locally at reduced rates

Through an innovative partnership with Gannon University and the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA), the Education Council is offering residents of Potter and McKean Counties access to general education college courses, as well as two reduced tuition associated degree programs.

Full time students can complete their degrees in as little as two years and can choose from an Associate of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies or an Associate of Science in Business Administration. If you are not interested in an associate degree at this time, you can choose the course or courses you need for personal or professional development, or take courses to transfer towards a degree program at another regional college or university.

Courses available for the Summer Semester at the Coudersport and Port Allegany offices of PCEC, as well as 12 additional locations, include: Introduction to Philosophy, Management Theory & Practice, Introduction to Music, Business Technology II, Principles of Microeconomics, History Without Borders, US Government and Politics, Philosophy of Ethical Responsibility, and Introduction to Literature.

This program is perfect for adults interested in earning a college degree, residents who feel college is too expensive to be an option, individuals who want a second chance at college, and high school students who want to earn college credits at a reduced rate. It’s an affordable, convenient way to earn an associate degree or take general education courses close to home.

Tuition for this program is heavily reduced: $33 per credit for eligible high school students and $180 per credit for adult students. The registration deadline is May 1, 2017 and classes start May 8th. To request an application or for more information, contact Janine Morley at (814) 274-4877 or janine@pottercountyedcouncil.org or Jocelyn Hamilton.Bash at (814) 603-1229 or jhamilton.bash@ecuapa.org.

1872 Pre-Prohibition-Style Lager Becomes Straub Brewery’s Newest Year-round Beer

St. Marys, PA – Celebrating its 145-year history as one of the country’s oldest craft brewers, Straub Brewery is debuting its popular 1872 Pre-Prohibition Lager as the company’s newest year-round offering. The German-style craft beer is available throughout Pennsylvania in 12-packs, as well as limited draft at your local tavern.

Inspired by Straub Brewery Founder Peter Straub—who began brewing in St. Marys, PA, in 1872 at a time when pale lagers had more color, a more pronounced malt flavor, and were a touch hoppier than they are these days—1872 is a classic pre-Prohibition-style lager. Straub Brewery first started producing 1872 as a seasonal in 2012.

Pouring a light tan with a lingering head of small tight bubbles, 1872 has a mild spice-and-floral hop aroma balanced with a slight malty sweetness and some light toasty notes, and is punctuated by a clean, crisp finish.

“Ever since we first brewed 1872 in 2012, people have been asking us to make it available throughout the year,” said Straub Brewmaster Vince Assetta. “So, I am especially happy that 1872 Pre-Prohibition Lager will indeed now be available year-round as part of the new Peter Straub Signature Brew lineup. This classic American beer is crisp and full-bodied, but yet has a drinkability that makes it go well with just about any occasion.”

For meals and parties, 1872 pairs well with a variety of dishes, including cheesy party dips; brunch dishes, such as omelets and French toast; marinated chicken, steak, or tofu; jerky; pizza; stuffed pork chops; chili and vegetable soup; and baked hams and turkeys.

1872 will also be available as part of the “Peter Straub Signature Brews” Adventure Series 3 sampler, which will be released later this year. Adventure Series 1—featuring Wild*Boy Hopped Lager , Tight Lines Ale, Boulder, and Ridge Top Runner—is currently available.

Liquor Reform Bills Head to Senate, Turzai Says

Four-bill package will allow more consumer convenience and choices, remove government from interference with business, pricing

HARRISBURG - House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has positioned four historic liquor reform bills that will add consumer convenience and further remove Pennsylvania state government from the business of selling wine and liquor.

House Bill 975 will “free the wine” in Pennsylvania, by allowing all grocery stores — not just those with seating capacity — the opportunity to obtain a permit to sell wine. The bill, sponsored by Turzai, also permits retailers to buy their wine from private sector wholesalers, brokers and makers of wine, not from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.It also eliminates the artificial floor pricing requirements which increase costs to consumers.
 House Bill 991, sponsored by Rep. Adam Harris (R-Franklin/Juniata/ Mifflin), would create and make available wine and spirit retail store licenses. This measure would let private entrepreneurs sell wine and liquor through a new class of state-awarded retail licenses designed to boost customer convenience and choices.

House Bill 438, sponsored by Rep. Mike Reese (R-Somerset/Westmoreland), would permit businesses with “restaurant” or “hotel” licenses already selling up to four bottles of wine to go to also be permitted to do the same with spirits.

House Bill 1075, sponsored by Turzai, will provide for the divestiture of the wholesale system for both wine and spirits. Similar legislation has passed the House in the past two legislative sessions.

“Pennsylvania should be out of the business of selling wine and spirits,” Turzai said. “Our willingness to move Act 39 was a vote of faith that, once everyone saw the benefits of grocery store wine sales and direct shipment firsthand, the governor and others would be ready to finish the journey to privatization. These bills passed today move Pennsylvania further into the 21st century, providing customer convenience, better product selection and competitive pricing.”

Act 39 of 2016, the law that ended more than 80 years of total government control by allowing some grocery stores to sell wine as well as direct shipment to consumers, has proven to be very popular, responsible and much more convenient for consumers.

Before Act 39, Pennsylvania was one of only two states, Utah the other, where government controlled every aspect of wine and spirits sales.

Chicken & Biscuits Dinner Saturday, April 29 At Ellisburg Church Fellowship Hall

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swepi Lp in Hamilton Twp, McKean County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-04-20 to Swepi Lp in Hamilton Twp, McKean county. 78.54 - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS - Operator failed to control and dispose of fluids, residual waste and drill cuttings, including tophole water, brines, drilling fluids, drilling muds, stimulation fluids, well servicing fluids, oil, and production fluids i..
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