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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Zito Media Has Opening For A Director Of Customer Operations In Coudersport Office

Genesee Township Soliciting Bids For Diesel & Gasoline Fuel & Equipment

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

Bill Pekarski: Day 174, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 174, Living life on my terms.

I have dedicated so many of my stories to things in Coudersport so I thought I would move my focus a little to the west; to a family in Roulette that are an integral part of the fabric that makes that community.

Between this husband and wife duo, they have raised three sons who have grown to know the importance of helping others. Al and Judy Lacher have every reason to be proud; and it is easy to see where the influence originates.

I could start with Al, but I have to look at a generation beyond him to his father Ed Lacher or “Eppy” as he is called by his friends. Eppy is the oldest living active volunteer currently in the Roulette Volunteer Fire Department. Eppy had also followed in his fathers’ footsteps into the Department as well.

Eppy used to operate Lacher’s Plumbing and Heating in downtown Coudersport with his wife Betty. Interestingly, he was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan while she rooted for the Philadelphia Phillies, passing her love for the Phillies down to their son Al. Al is probably the biggest Philly fan I know besides the Deacon, Robert “Smitty” Smith, but he also has a healthy appreciation for the Bucco’s (much to his father’s delight).

Even with the Coudersport based business, Eppy found time to dedicate to the fire department throughout his life. He also introduced his son into the fire service many years ago. Both Eppy and Al have served in various leadership roles within the department; Chief, Assistant Chief, Rescue Captain/Lieutenant, and truck operator to name a few. Currently, Al serves as the Safety Officer for station 46, ensuring that everyone working at emergency scenes is operating safely.

Of course Al has been a good friend of mine for many years. I always remembered his as the guy with the world’s thickest glasses ever. Then, a few years ago, he had lasix surgery and no longer requires glasses. It is still kind of funny to see him without his coke-bottle spectacles.

At 61 years old, he is still playing slow-pitch softball in the summer as well as working as an umpire for youth baseball. He has been the lone radio broadcast man for Port Allegany Gators Athletics for many years. It was amazing to peek into the booth as he broadcast the game while keeping score and stat sheets to write articles for the newspaper after the game. Al is a truly dedicated sports fan.

He has been a regular member of the “Dream Team” baseball trip to see the Pirates play each summer. The first Dream team trip, Al shared the third seat in my Dodge Caravan with Tom Gordineir and the late Irvin Duell.

I have also had the pleasure of being in several fantasy sports leagues with Al as well. I have learned to truly appreciate his draft strategy. One year for a football draft he only drafted players with criminal records. The later rounds saw everyone trying to remember player indiscretions so he could add them to his team. He actually managed to win the league that year. More recently, he drafted only players from teams with bird names. That plan was not as successful.

Now there is a third active generation within the department as Al and Judy’s oldest son, 27 year old David, has been a member for the past 14 years; and is currently serving his first term as an Assistant Fire Chief. David has also served on the Rescue Squad and as a Lieutenant and Captain.

David has chosen to settle in Roulette with his wife Hannah and he supports the family by working as an emergency dispatcher for the 911 center; further demonstrating his commitment to service.

The next brother is the 25 year old, Patrick. Although he was never a member of the fire department, he has spent the last four years as a Field Medic in the United States Army. He is also currently training to certify as a flight medic. Patrick loves what he does and his parents are very proud of him as well. Hopefully they give me a heads up when he is coming home again as I think I owe him a few golumpkie (he is a big fan of them).

The youngest of the three boys, coming in at the tender age of 24, never joined the fire department either, but that is not to say that fire-fighting is not in his blood too. He makes his home in Oklahoma where he works installing fire alarm systems, also an important tool in the fire service industry.

It is kind of amazing how all apples may not fall directly below the tree, but they all taste the same!

All in all, the entire Lacher family is a pretty good group of people. They are always there to lend a hand when needed and Roulette is lucky to have them represent their community.

Today I am dedicating my progress to the entire Lacher Family. God bless you guys and keep it up, you are appreciated by those around you.

James Smoker Announces Candidacy For Genesee Township Supervisor

Hi I'm, James I. Smoker, of Genesee, I am announcing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 2 year term of Genesee Township Supervisor in the upcoming primary election.

I was born and raised in Genesee, and have recently retired from National Fuel Gas where I was employed for several years. 

I am the owner/operator of Smoke's Truck Repair with over 40 years of mechanical experience on heavy equipment and trucks. 

I feel that I would be a valuable asset to help resolve some of the issues Genesee Township is facing. I am also seeking write-in votes for this position on the Democratic ticket as well. 

I would appreciate your vote, for this position on May 16th, 2017.

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Furman Announces Candidacy For Genesee Township Supervisor

I, David L. Furman of Genesee, Pa. would like to announce that I will be seeking the Republican nomination for the 6 year term, for Genesee Township Supervisor in the upcoming Primary election. 

I was born and raised in Genesee and have resided here for the past 56 years. I am currently employed with National Fuel Gas, with 29 years of service. 

I feel that I would be a valuable asset to the township taxpayer, and would greatly appreciate your vote on May 16th, 2017. I am also seeking votes from the democratic party as a write-in candidate. 

Thank you for your support.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Hannah Launches Bid for Kane Magisterial District Judge

Tyler R. Hannah has announced his candidacy for magisterial district judge in Kane. A native and resident of the Kane area, Hannah is a licensed attorney and associate at the law firm of Woods Baker & Ross.

Hannah graduated with his law degree in 2009. The same year he obtained employment with the Court of Common Pleas for McKean County in Smethport and served as a law clerk for four years to both President Judge John H. Pavlock and Judge Christopher G. Hauser. Hannah then entered private practice in 2014. Hannah represents clients in transactional matters as well as before the Court of Common Pleas.

He also serves as solicitor for Hamlin and Wetmore Townships, the McKean County Prothonotary’s Office and the McKean County Controller’s Office. 

His experience in the public legal system, as well as serving private sector clients, makes Hannah uniquely qualified with a broad depth of experience and knowledge to successfully serve as magisterial district judge.

“I have great respect for our legal system and value the boundaries and structure of the law. My career has been dedicated to serving the community in both public and private capacities, and I truly welcome the opportunity to serve,” said Hannah.

 Outside of his professional background, Hannah has been an active volunteer and community advocate. He currently serves as President-Elect of the Kane Rotary Club, and is on the Board of Directors for various organizations, including CARE for Children, the Lutheran Home at Kane, the Kane High School Alumni Memorial Award, the Kane Historic Preservation Society, and the Friendship Table in Bradford. 

Hannah is currently the Secretary of the McKean County Historical Society and immediate past Secretary of the McKean County Bar Association. Hannah is an active member of the Kane Elks Lodge, Wilcox Sportsman’s Club, Kane Fish and Game Club and a social member of the Kane VFW. A lifelong resident of Wetmore Township, Hannah is the son of Robert D. and Katherine A. Hannah.

Hannah stated, “Our citizens deserve a judge that is invested in the community, both professionally and personally. I pledge to serve the public and justice system by wholeheartedly committing my attention, efforts and knowledge to the office,” he said in a news release. “Above all, I will uphold the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in a fair, straightforward and respectful manner.”

Hannah will file petitions for both the Republican and Democratic nominations for the May 16, 2017 primary election.

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Two Cited For Trespassing On Private Property

Port Allegany Man Unhurt When Vehicle Flips

Unknown Actor(s) Damaged Vehicle On Main Street In Eldred Borough

Troopers Investigating Burglary On Ridge Road In Hector Township

2 Vehicle Crash On Route 144 Results In Injury


Driver & Passenger Charged With Possession Of A Large Amount Of Controlled Substance

Two Charged With Disorderly Conduct In Genesee

Jones Township Dispatched To Fully Involved Vehicle Fire Off Glenn Hazel Road

At 10:29 PM on Monday, Jones Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a vehicle fire and a wild fire in the woods near 5800 Glenn Hazel Road.


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Micheal Houseweart, formerly of Canton, blamed his actions on a drug binge, which supposedly lead him to murder his girlfriend, Michelle Inch and played a role in the attempted murder of her parents last year.

Houseweart was already serving a life sentence for killing his girlfriend, had plead guilty in the last set of charges against him, which included robbery, arson and the attempted murder of the Inch's parents. The charges stemmed from a violent home invasion, where Gary and Linda Inch were robbed, tied up and their home was set on fire to cover up the evidence of the crime. That home invasion occurred in the early morning hours of January 27, 2016, in Lycoming County, PA.

Houseweart recently received a sentence of another 61 ½ to 153 years in state prison. This news was bittersweet for family and friends of the late Michelle Inch.

Houseweart had not acted alone in the home invasion or the attempted murder of the Inch couple. Houseweart's best friend, Brian Vroman, also of Canton, entered the Montoursville home of the Inch family back in late January of last year, duct taped the couple, stole items and then set the house on fire.

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Bradford EMS Dispatched For Assault Victim

At 8:29 PM on Monday, Bradford EMS has been dispatched to Walker Avenue for an assault victim with a head injury. Police are on scene.

Record-Setting Week Earns Greening AMCC Player of the Week Honors

BRADFORD, Pa. - Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball player Evan Greening was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

It highlights a record-setting week for the senior forward and represents the third time this season he has received the league’s weekly honor.

Against Penn State Altoona last week, Greening broke the AMCC record for total rebounds in a season (328) held by former Panther Matt Beacom (2002-03). Greening finished the regular season with 349 rebounds and has a chance to add to that total Wednesday versus La Roche in the first-round of the conference tournament. For the game, he scored 26 points, going 10-15 from the field and 6-8 from the line, and reeled in 14 rebounds.

On Senior Day Saturday, the Fredericksburg, Va., native registered 23 points and 17 rebounds in a blowout win over Pitt-Greensburg. It marked the 10th time this season he has logged 17 or more rebounds and was his 20th double-double of the year. He finished the week shooting 65 percent from the field (20-31) and 75 percent from the stripe (9-12).

Greening, who has been named the AMCC Player of the Week seven times in his career, and the Panthers will square off with the Redhawks Wednesday in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m.

DuBois Makes Record Contribution to $10 Million THON Total

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Penn State DuBois' THON committee has once again broken its own record in raising funds to support the university-wide efforts of THON, which was held this past Friday through Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park. DuBois raised $27,616.47 this year, and ranked number nine among the Commonwealth Campus locations for funds raised. The university-wide THON total raised this year was $10,045,478.44.

Each year THON challenges dancers to stay on their feet for 46 hours to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund. The event's sole beneficiary, and a leader in the fight against pediatric cancer, the Four Diamonds Fund fills in the funding gaps that insurance leaves for the patients it serves, enabling families to focus on caring for their child. Because of large donors like THON, Penn State Hershey Hospital recruits world-class talent to continue innovative research, and to maintain and expand the state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital.

Jake Coalmer, Chanice Britten, and Jacob Skubisz were the designated THON dancers representing Penn State DuBois this year. They each made it through the entire 46 hour stretch.

"I had an amazing time at THON 2017. Seeing the Bryce Jordan Center filled with dancers, Greek organizations, special organizations, and supporters come together for a common cause was very moving," said Skubisz. "I was glad to get the chance to play with some of the Four Diamonds children as these are the children that THON supports. The Four Diamonds children are the kids that need to have fun the most while they are fighting cancer, and to see the their smiles and laughter was great to see. I am proud of all members of THON for taking out their time to raise money for Four Diamonds and for raising over $10,000,000 dollars for THON2017. I am also proud of my fellow THON dancers and members from DuBois for breaking our fundraising record for a second year in a row."

Britten said, "I will never forget my experience with THON weekend. THON has forever changed my life. I met families who have had cancer impact them. I did this for my grandma, and for a friend who passed away in December from cancer. I encourage anyone to try and be a dancer, you will not regret it, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I am overwhelmed with love and support from this weekend. As always, FTK & Kayla."

Coalmer credited all of the THON volunteers at DuBois, and their hard work, with making the record breaking total possible.

"To me, each and every one of our few, but very proud and dedicated members deserved to be on the floor to experience those 46 hours just like I did. To describe how I feel about being so lucky and honored to represent all of them, it just cannot be described," Coalmer said. THON has inspired me in so many ways and this weekend just added to that tenfold. While we had several very rough physically and emotionally times I think when it comes down to it we absolutely killed it. We absolutely couldn't have done it without the love and support of our organization and THON family. I want to personally thank my fellow Co-chair Greg Myers and Advisor Marly Doty for helping us through the entire weekend and fundraising year, their never ending support for me was beyond measurable and I could never possibly thank them for it. Another huge shout out would go to our Four Diamonds family, the Setlocks. While I didn't know them very much leading up to THON weekend, they came to support us nevertheless."

Penn State DuBois THON Committee Chair Greg Myers is also a former THON dancer. He knows what it takes to make it the whole way through this event.

"I just wanted to say how proud I am of our three dancers. Dancing at THON is not an easy task; it is physically, mentally and emotionally draining," Myers said. "Despite this, all three of them stuck it out and were great the whole weekend. With this being my last year with THON as a student, it was very special. I am also incredibly proud of our entire organization for breaking our record for the second year in a row. This total put us in the Top 10 for Commonwealth Campuses for the second year in a row as well. I couldn't have asked for a better way to cap off my THON experience as a student."

Assistant Director of Student Affairs Marly Doty is advisor to the THON committee and volunteered with THON as a student. She said, "THON becomes part of who you are. The Four Diamonds stand for wisdom, courage, honesty, and strength. Our students in THON work to embody those characteristics and selflessness in raising money so families of children with pediatric cancer never see a bill.

"Pride doesn’t seem like a strong enough word for how I feel for this team. They have been tireless in their efforts to make THON better and find ways to generate more funds for this cause. Greg Myers and Jake Coalmer did a good job leading the efforts this year and I’m incredibly proud of our dancers in representing DuBois at THON. There were several current and former DuBois students in the stands this weekend as well standing and supporting the dancers and we are grateful for them and their support."

Students raise funds for THON over the course of several months each year, holding dinners and Bingo fundraisers, soliciting donations, and organizing a hair auction where volunteers get their hair cut if bidders reach an established reserve. This year, the hair auction raised $11,000 alone.

THON began in 1973, when dancers raised just over $2,000. Today, it is the largest student-run philanthropy effort in the nation.

The Penn State DuBois THON Dancers, left to right, Jacob Skubisz, Chanice Britten, and Jake Coalmer, on the floor during THON 2017.

Ronald B. “Bub” Arzner, Sr., 80, of Pleasant Twp., Warren, PA.

Ronald B. Arzner, Sr.

Ronald B. “Bub” Arzner, Sr., 80, of Pleasant Twp., Warren, PA., died Sunday evening, February 19, 2017 at his residence with his family at his side. 

He was born at Warren, PA., to the late Burton F. and Edna Swavey Arzner. Ron was a Warren area resident most of his entire life. 

He was employed as a salesman and in management with the former Stuart Meyers Inc. for over 30 years and retired in 2002, from Warren County School District after 13 years employment. 

He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. Ron’s greatest love in his life was his wife and family. He was a great hunting and fishing enthusiast whom taught himself to hunt and fish and passed this love on to his sons, daughters and grandchildren. Ron enjoyed telling a good joke and was telling them right up to the end of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ann Liberty Arzner whom he married February 16, 1955 in Frewsburg, N.Y., 5 Children – Ronald Arzner, Jr. and wife, Lisa, Scott W. Arzner and wife, Suzi all of Warren, PA., Laurie Becker and husband, Clint of Frederick, MD., Kimberlee Arzner Shine of Warren, PA., Julieann Hasler and husband, Brad of Westfield, IN., 1 Sister – Mary Bearce of Erie, PA., 12 Grandchildren – Bradley and Luke Arzner, Jamie and Spencer Becker, Maranna Hakes, Maccoy Shine, Maguire and Malone Arzner, Liberty, Lincoln, Alayna and Corbin Hasler, 2 Great Grandchildren – Jaylen Arzner, Reilly Font, several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Ronald Arzner, III and his sister, Joan Darr. 

A private funeral service will be conducted at the convenience of the family at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. with Rev. J. Maier, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Warren County Sports Boosters, Inc., P.O. Box 304, Warren, PA., 16365-0304.

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BRADFORD, Pa. – A new gift has allowed the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Wrestling Club to improve its stance by competing against other collegiate teams.

Bradford wrestling supporters Kevin and Cindy Keane made the gift, which will cover the cost of new practice and competition wrestling mats and other one-time gear, rent for practice space at St. Bernard Elementary School, association dues, tournament entry fees, and transportation and lodging for the club’s meets.

“The enthusiasm for wrestling is growing in leaps and bounds on our campus, and this generous gift from Kevin and Cindy Keane will go a long way in establishing a foundation for a sport,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “We’re deeply grateful to Kevin and Cindy for their generous support.”

The club has joined the National Collegiate Wrestling Association, the only collegiate athletic governing body devoted exclusively to the sport of wrestling.

While Pitt-Bradford wrestlers will compete only at away matches this year, by the 2017-18 year, the club should be ready to host some home matches.

Students who are wrestling this year are Frederic Agou, a criminal justice major from Whitehall (125 lbs.); Kendric Moore, a chemistry and pre-medicine student from Verona, and Aaron Smith, an engineering major from New Bethlehem (both 133 lbs.); Kegen Hoopes, an environmental studies major from Cortland, Ohio, (149 lbs.); Jake Chamberlain, an environmental studies major from Andover, New York, (157 lbs.); Daniel Shields, a biology and pre-medicine student from Waynesboro (165 lbs.);

Mitchell Dowd, a criminal justice major from Pottstown, and Garrett Timko, an exercise science major from Clearfield (both 174 lbs.); Andrew McRandal, a biology and pre-medicine student from Pittsburgh (184 lbs.); and Bryce Whitman, a computer information systems and technology major from Bradford (197 lbs.); Joseph Blanco, a CIS&T major from Hewitt, New Jersey (235 lbs.); Benjamin Cochran, a petroleum technology major from Coudersport (heavyweight).

The club competed at the USCAA Wrestling Invitational Feb. 11 in State College and at a dual match at Penn State Mont Alto Feb. 12. Members will take part in the NCWA Mid-East Conference Championship Feb. 25.

Kevin and Cindy Keane would like to see the sport take hold at Pitt-Bradford and give local athletes a chance to attend college near home while pursuing their sport.

Kevin Keane grew up as one of five wrestling brothers. His youngest brother, Kyle, wrestled for Division II Pitt-Johnstown, and now the Keanes’ two sons, Dillon and Colby, wrestle for Bradford Area High School.

Cindy Keane said she did not know a lot about wrestling until her own boys began wrestling with the Bradford Junior Wrestling Club. “I didn’t realize what the sport can do for children as far as self-confidence,” she said.

Kevin Keane said the sport attracts and develops students with self-discipline and a good work ethic. “It’s one of the toughest sports out there,” he said.

It was on the sidelines of junior wrestling that the Keanes met and became friends with another wrestling parent, Kathy Moonan.

Moonan is the manager of accounts payable at Pitt-Bradford and is now the wrestling club advisor. Like the Keanes, she wanted to see local athletes have a chance to attend college and continue competing near home.

Cindy Keane said, “It will be one more aspect to bring students in to the university.”

Athletic Director Bret Butler agreed. As a former admissions counselor, he has seen high school students turn away when they found out the university did not offer competitive wrestling.

“High school wrestling is huge in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Western New York,” Butler said. “Having a competitive club will appeal to a lot of students.”

The Keanes, who already spend time on campus walking their dogs and attending events, certainly hope so.

“I’d love to be able to walk down to the campus and watch wrestling,” Cindy Keane said.

In the attached photo, Mitchell Dowd, a criminal justice major from Pottstown (174 lbs.) squares off against Dan Shields, a biology and pre-medicine student from Waynesboro (165 lbs.) during practice for the Pitt-Bradford Wrestling Club. A recent gift from wrestling supporters Kevin and Cindy Keane has allowed the club to expand and begin competing against college teams. (Photo by Ashley Young)

Coudersport Ambulance To Gross Hollow Road

At 4:36 PM on Monday, Coudersport Ambulance & ALS have been dispatched to Gross Hollow Road for a medical emergency.

Smethport-Mt Jewett Little League sign-ups Tuesday, Feb. 21 & Tuesday, March 7

Smethport-Mt Jewett Little League sign-ups will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21 and Tuesday, March 7 from 6-8 in the Smethport Elementary School lobby. 

Sign-ups will include T-Ball, Minor League, Little League, and Senior Little League Baseball and Softball. 

Please bring proof of health insurance and a copy of birth certificate to signups.

Coudersport Area Chamber Membership Meeting Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 21st is our monthly membership meeting at noon at Kaytee's Family Restaurant in Coudersport. Our speaker will be Joe Lashway of JVB who will talk about the direction of the bank. We hope you can join us.

The Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce last met on January 17, 2017 at Kaytee’s Restaurant in Coudersport.

The following people were in attendance:

Dick Buchanan Buchanan Bros. Pharmacy Britta Hooftallen Endeavor Media
Sandra Kenyon Hauber’s Jewelers Genny Tilton Wagner Ace
Lora Cope Community Blood Bank Gerri Miller Black Forest Broadcasting
Terry Cole PA Careerlink - Administrator Loretta Haskins PA Careerlink – IU9 Adult Education
Stan Swank Shop N Save Thomas Werstler PA Careerlink – Rapid Response Svcs.
Wayne Wentzel Aboretum Alex Fish CACOC, PCAC, Administrative Asst.
Megan Simms Colonial Media

Call to Order: Stan Swank, President, 12:16pm

Speakers this month included Terry Cole, Administrator of PA Careerlink in Coudersport, Loretta Haskins, Adult Education Teacher for Seneca Highlands IU9, and Thomas Werstler, Regional Representative for Rapid Response Services for the PA Department of Labor & Industry.

Terry, with Careerlink, serves as a gateway to five different agencies with thirty-six programs. She spoke about these services, which included adult basic education, job search assistance, job preparation services, resume writing, skills assessment, and veteran services.

Loretta, with the IU9, serves to help with adult education by keeping young adults in high school and prevent dropouts, helping with getting young adults to earn their GED, improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math, and to help those who want to pursue post-secondary education. She spoke in extended detail about these services and additional services she provides, and stated that she has a perfect success rate with helping young adults get their GEDs.

Thomas, as a representative for the Rapid Response Program, is tasked with providing early intervention services for workers and employers affected by layoffs, plant closures, or natural disasters. The program seeks to assist those affected individuals by making them aware of services provided to help them prepare for new jobs or receive training for new careers.

All three of these speakers may be contacted for more information regarding the services they provide.

Approval of Minutes: Motion to approve by Dick Buchanan, Sandra Kenyon seconded.

Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer’s report was not presented directly at the meeting, however the report was later emailed to the entire Membership and was reported as follows:

In regards to the general account for the month of December, the beginning balance was $5450.86. Total debits were $2359.49, and total credits were $2135.00. This resulted in an ending balance in the amount of $5226.37.

In regards to the Artisan Center account for the month of December, the beginning balance was $3050.96. Total debits were $141.96, and total credits were $180.00. This resulted in an ending balance in the amount of $3089.00.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report: Report not presented at the meeting, no objections were presented either verbally or by email response.


It was reported that the current membership that has paid their yearly dues at this time totaled 55.

Wayne Wentzel reported that all is well with the project and informed those present that in April of 2017 the EPA would be present to perform oil testing on soil samples.

Public Relations:
Britta Hooftallen reported that the Christmas Craft Show netted the Chamber a profit of $375.00. She noted that while the event was successful, she is hoping for improvement next year. She also asked those members present, as well as those members not present, for businesses, new and existing, to volunteer for ribbon cuttings this year, as well as the Cash Mob event.

Welcoming Committee:
Britta noted only that they were working on procuring a brochure about membership into the Chamber of Commerce for the Welcome Bags.

Route 6 Project / Downtown Development:
It was noted that the project will resume in April, weather permitting.

PCVA / Artisan Center / Chamber Partnership:
Alex Fish reported that the Artisans have hired Deb Plummer as a part-time sales person to cover vacant shifts and to add her retail sales experience to the daily operations of the Artisan Center. Alex additionally reported that gross sales in 2017, compared to gross sales in 2016, were up by 20%. In conclusion, Britta reported that the budget for 2017 was in its final stages of formation.

Old Business:
The 501c6 application for the Chamber (non-profit status) is being progressed by Suzan Paisley.

New Business:
Stan reported that the meetings to be held in February will comprise of brainstorming sessions for signature Chamber of Commerce events. Loretta added to this the idea of an “adult prom”, being held in Cameron County to benefit various organizations each year.

Member News:
Lora Cope with the Community Blood Bank stated that there will be a blood drive on Monday, January 23 from 12pm to 5pm at the IMAC at CCMH.

Gerri Miller expressed thanks for the card she received from the Chamber of Commerce.

Meeting Adjourned: 12:54pm. Motion to adjourn by Sandy Kenyon, Stan Swank seconded.

Fundraiser for Coudersport Public Library

In January, I donated a bunch of scarves to the local Coudersport Public Library to use as a fundraiser. I made each of these scarves from remnant bits of yarn I had, and named each one after books I loved as a kid. So far, 10 of them have sold!
Last week I added 2 more very special scarves, made with Alpaca blend yarns. Today, 5 more have been added to the basket at the front of the library.

These will be the last of the scarves for this fundraiser, bringing the total of scarves donated to 20.

It is my hope that the remaining 10 will sell, for the suggested donation of $10 each... and the library will have some extra funds to put to good use. I love our library
You can see more about all the scarves here:

Thank you SO very much for looking, and THANK YOU for helping support your local library.

Murdered Former Warren County Resident Remembered By Friends

Eleanor K. Maze, 77, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, formerly of Richardson Ave, Lewis Run, PA

Eleanor K. Maze

Eleanor K. Maze, 77, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, formerly of Richardson Ave, Lewis Run, PA passed away, Friday, February 17, 2017, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.

Born August 3, 1939, in Lewis Run, she was the daughter of the Late Andy and Agnes Kopelack.

On November 30, 1963, in St. Francis Church she married John D. "Jack" Maze, who died on June 17, 2013.

Mrs. Maze was a 1957 graduate of St. Bernard High School.

She was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, and the Bradford Senior Center.

Eleanor loved to cook and bake for family and friends. She loved spending time with her family and especially enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren.

Surviving are three children, one daughter, Lori (Samuel) Donahue, of DuBois, two sons John J. (Deborah Beal) Maze and James M. (Jody) Maze all of Bradford, five grandchildren, Samuel Maze, Michael Maze, Conner Maze, Hailey Donahue, and Sabrina Donahue.

Friends are invited to attend a Vigil Wake Service on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 10:00am at Christ the King Manor in DuBois with Rev. Mark Mastrian, Pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Force officiating.

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, family will be receiving friends from 10:00 to 11:00am at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, at 11:00am a Mass of Christian Burial will be held with Rev. Leo Gallina, retired pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Christ the King Manor Activities Fund in DuBois, or the Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA 16701.

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Coudersport Ambulance To Elk Street

At 2:09 PM on Monday, Coudersport Ambulance & ALS have been dispatched to the Health Center on Elk Street for a patient with difficulty breathing.

EPD Warns of a Potential Lethal Drug in the Area



ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - The Elmira Police Department is warning heroin and opiate users that there is a lethal product that may be being distributed in Elmira.

This comes after Elmira Police responded to five heroin and opiate overdose incidents over the weekend.

All five patients were revived through medical intervention.

Residents are urged to call 911 immediately if they believe someone is suffering from an overdose. They are also asked to leave all signs of drug use as they are found; items may help identify a certain product that the public can be alerted to.

Touching some of the items can be dangerous as many of the substances can be absorbed through the skin. Read more...

Teenager In Fatal Sheffield ATV Crash Identified

Roulette Dispatched For Rocks In The Roadway On Rt. 6 At Burtville Cut

At 1:39 PM on Monday, Roulette Fire Department has been dispatched to the Burtville Cut to assist Roulette Police in cleanup of rocks in the roadway. Patrol requested.

Waste Management Winter RallySprint Feb. 18 Results

2017 Waste Management Winter RallySprint Transformed from Winter Wonderland to Mud Fest with Spring Temperatures; Wellsboro Team Wins ClassWELLSBORO, Penn. – February 20 - The Waste Management Winter RallySprint, run in February to give competition rally teams the sensation of driving fast on ice and snow, turned into a sloppy, slushy mess on Saturday, Feb. 18 as temperatures here rose to 60 degrees F.

Kevin Turner from Newark, Del., and Matt Rhoades, from Oxford, Pa., won the rally overall in a 1994 Subaru Impreza, completing the five-stage, 44.38-mile course in one hour, 22 minutes and 44 seconds. The winning pair also won the R2U class. While they were the fastest car on only one of the five stages, Turner declared that consistency won them the rally.

“The sloppy conditions, mixed with some frozen spots where the forest roads did not see much sun, resulted in many of the competitors sliding off the road and breaking components on their cars. We had five good stages – winning stage three – and scored a one minute, 22-second victory,” Turner said.

Other class winners included Matt Chmielewski, from Harveys Lake, Pa., and Pete Sandy, from Moosic, Pa., in a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX (3rd overall and winner of the R40 class); Alex Jagger from Oak Ridge, N.J. and Ryan Symancek, from Brodheadsville, Pa. in a Nissan 240SX (11th overall and winner/only finisher in the R20 class); and Jeremy Keck and Chris Wimbrough, both of Wellsboro, Pa. in a 1999 Subaru Impreza (4th overall and first in R4U).

For Wellsboro locals Keck and Wimbrough, they were happy with their finish, especially after going off the road a couple of times and putting the car in a snow bank on the Waste Management facility roads.

“If we didn’t have some of those incidents, we could have won this thing overall,” said Keck “On the other hand, I stretched the envelope by driving more aggressively, so we had faster times on most of the stages than I did in the past. It was the first time for Chris, my co-driver, and he was great.”

Keck plans on entering the Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) in Wellsboro June 2 and 3 in his Subaru, and will spend the time between now and then preparing his car.

For the 2017 Waste Management Winter RallySprint, 15 rally cars started the event from The Green in downtown Wellsboro, and 11 finished the rally at the end of stage five on the Waste Management property in Duncan Township. Unlike its big brother event – the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally, this RallySprint allows competitors to rejoin the rally even if they miss a stage due to mechanical problems, and that upped the number of competitors that completed the event.

The Sports Car Club of America, which sanctions the rally, will hold similar events around the country to help competitors, workers, and organizers alike train for national performance events like STPR.

A crowd of several hundred people came to Duncan Township to watch the event. The rally was held as part of the Wellsboro Winter Celebration.

Complete results and stage times can be found at:

Photos and video from the event are on the rally’s Facebook page:

Photo by Lori Lass
For the second year in a row, RallySprint was a mud fest. This photo of the BMW driven by Josh Hickey of Burke, Va. with co-driver James Spoth, of Frederick, Md. who finished eighth overall and sixth in class, shows just how muddy this year’s event was.

Overall rally winner Kevin Turner of Newark, Delaware, and Matt Rhoades, of Oxford, Pa. in car #7, a 1994 Subaru Impreza, also won the R2U class.

Local team driver Jeremy Keck and co-driver Chris Wimbrough, both of Wellsboro, finished fourth overall and first in the R4U class in Keck’s 1999 Subaru Impreza.

Gmeiner Show is Underway

A welder by trade, Anne Lugg Alexander of Nelson Township is shown with her first and only wood project, a coffee table made of a slab of sycamore and reclaimed steel, specifically barn hinges and cultivator teeth. For the first time, functional and artistic pieces made from wood by more than 20 furniture and cabinetmakers, woodturners and woodcarvers from across Tioga County are on display at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro. Gallery hours are 2-5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays now through March 12. Admission is free.
Photo by John Eaton

Mamie Cimino, 90, of Galeton, PA

Mamie Cimino

Mamie Cimino, 90, of Galeton, PA, died on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

 Born February 17, 1927 in Galeton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Vincenza (Tuenuto) Condino. On May 8, 1948, in Galeton, she married George Cimino who preceded her in death on March 17, 2016. 

She was a member of St. Bibiana Catholic Church in Galeton, a 1944 graduate of Galeton High School and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. 

Mamie was a Cub Scouts Den Mother, a supervisor at Galeton Production for many years, worked at St. Mary’s Carbon, and Martin’s General Store. 

Mamie enjoyed crocheting, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and her grandchildren were her pride and joy. 

Surviving are a son, Joseph (Sandra) Cimino, Galeton; a daughter, Rosemary (Lonnie) Bunch, Coudersport; a grandson, Joey (Brooke) Cimino; three granddaughters, Annemarie Bunch, Adriane (Clyde) Pierce, and Sarah (Matthew) Marter; a great grandson, Jackson Pierce; and several nieces and nephews. 

 In addition to her parents and husband, Mamie was preceded in death by four brothers, Frank, Anthony, Dominic and Floyd Stamilio, and three sisters, Mary Gangeme, Anne Pagano, and Caroline Leonard. 

Friends may call on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 10:00-11:00am at the St. Bibiana Catholic Church, Galeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00am with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Bibiana Catholic Church in Galeton or to the Goodyear Hose Company. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton.

March events S.W. Smith Library

Story Hour every Wednesday from 10-11am for registered patrons.

· 3/11 Luck O’ the Library Teddy Bear Fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of the Library, 10am-12pm: The S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library is hosting a Noah’s Ark Stuffed Animal Workshop Fundraiser for your library. Patrons are invited to participate for $20 per bear with a St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt. The first 10 patrons receive an extra free t-shirt for their bear! No registration is required, bears are available while supplies last. Money due upon arrival (cash or check), bears will not be put on reserve prior to March 11. Bears are 15 inches. Love your library by stuffing a St. Patrick’s Day bear!

· 3/16 Senior Lunch & Learn 11:30-12:30: Seniors 60+ are invited to the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library for a light lunch and a presentation. Jody Groshek from McKean County Conservation District will present a program on Invasive vs. Native Plants in Your Yard & Garden. Seating is limited to 15 so please call and reserve your seat by March 15.

· 3/30 Book Buddies Meeting 6-7pm. Vote for the March Book Buddies book club selection on : Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaram or The Hollow Ground by Natalie Harnett. Voting ends on March 4.

Coudersport Elementary School will be holding Kindergarten Registration 3-28/29

Coudersport Elementary School will be holding Kindergarten Registration on Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28 & 29, 2017.

All potential kindergarten students MUST be present. At the time of registration screenings will include vision, speech/language and readiness. Be sure you know your child’s transportation needs at the time of registration.

Parents must phone the Elementary School at 814/260-4043 or 260-4033 to schedule an appointment for registration. Registration will be held in the Elementary School. Please use the main door entrance.

Please be reminded that children must be 5 years of age by September 1, to be age-eligible for kindergarten in the fall. Additionally, you must reside in the Coudersport School District.

• Proof of Birth – birth certificate, birth record, or passport
• Immunization Records
• Custody Papers – if applicable
• Proof of Residency (lease agreement, utility bill with your name and physical address on it).
• Your child!

The Salvation Army Needs Help.

My name is Stacy Skaggs I work at the Bradford salvation army. The reason I am writing to you is we are in dire need of some help with donations for mainly baby items such as formula, diapers, and baby food. 

I get several calls a week asking me if we help with such items and I feel so bad when I have to tell these parents of babies that we do but we don't have any to help them. If you would please get the word out that we are in need of these items. 

They can drop off any donations at the Salvation Army 111Jackson Ave Bradford PA 16701 or can call me at 814-368-7012. This would be greatly appreciated.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Health Center

At 12:06 PM on Monday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 dispatched to the Health Center for a patient to go to Olean Hospital.

Shinglehoue Ambulance To Health Center

At 11:57 AM on Monday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Coudersport ALS dispatched to the Health Center for a medical emergency.

17 Year Old Killed in ATV Accident in Sheffield Township

Erie news Now 
An ATV crash over the weekend has claimed the life of a 17 year old in Warren County.

Pennsylvania State Police say it happened Sunday night between 7 p.m. and midnight on the Buffalo-Pittsburgh railroad bed about .1 mile west of Dickey Lane in Sheffield Township.

Investigators say a juvenile operating a red Honda three-wheeled ATV lost control of the vehicle on the railroad bed and rolled it over.

He suffered fatal injuries from the crash, troopers say.

Austin VFW Donates $600. For Austin Scouts Youth Leadership Camp

Shown : Ethan Gola, Christian Seibert, Noah Leightley, Miles Moate, and VFW President, Don Lathrop  Photo by Barb Coons-Purdy

Emporium Dispatched To Outside Fire

At 11:02 AM on Monday, Emporium Fire Department has been dispatched to a outside fire behind 354 East 5th Street Extension.

NYSP Amity - Woman arrested for Identity Theft

On February 16, 2017 Troopers arrested Gladness D. Jackson, 53 of Wellsville, NY, for Identity Theft 3rd.

Troopers, investigating a complaint of Identity Theft, arrested Jackson for fraudulently opening an account with Seneca Gaming and Entertainment at the Oil Springs Casino with another person's information and without permission. She was processed at SP Amity and issued an Appearance Ticket and is scheduled to appear before the Town of Ischua Court on 2/21/17 at 4:00PM.

NYSP Amity - Man arrested for Driving While Intoxicated

On February 17, 2017, Troopers arrested Billy J. Roberts, 42 of Ceres, NY for Driving While Intoxicated.

Troopers stopped Roberts on Bells Brook Road in the Town of Genesee for a vehicle equipment violation. While being interviewed, the odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected. SFSTs were conducted which Roberts subsequently failed. He was arrested and transported to SP Amity for processing where he recorded a 0.10% BAC. He was released on tickets and is scheduled to appear before the Town of Genesee Court on 3/1/2017 at 5:00PM.

NYSP Amity - Man arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation

On February 18, 2017, Troopers arrested Frederick R. McDonald, 56 of Bolivar, NY, for Driving While Intoxicated and Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st.

Troopers stopped McDonald on Salt Rising Road in the Town of Bolivar for an equipment violation. While interviewing McDonald, the odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected. SFSTs were conducted which McDonald subsequently failed. He was arrested and transported to SP Amity for processing where he refused to submit to a chemical test. 

 McDonald's license was revoked for a previous DWI conviction, resulting in the current Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation charge. He was arraigned before the Town of Bolivar Court and remanded to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail/$1500 bond. He is scheduled to appear before the Village of Bolivar Court on April 5th, 2017 at 6:00PM.

NYSP Amity - Man arrested for Driving While Intoxicated

On February 18, 2017, Troopers arrested Anthony A. Cutler, 19 of Bolivar, NY, for Driving While Intoxicated.

Troopers stopped Cutler on Niles Hill in the Village of Wellsville after observing a vehicle fail to stop at two separate stop signs. While interviewing Cutler the odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected. SFSTs were conducted which Cutler subsequently failed. He was arrested and transported to SP Fillmore processing where he recorded a 0.11% BAC. He was released on tickets and is scheduled to appear before the Village of Wellsville Court on 3/7/2017 at 5:00PM.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Saturday February 18, 2017
Kyle Ritter, age 27, of Wellsville was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent, Passing a Flashing Red Light, Moving From Lane Unsafely, Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury Accident and Uninspected Motor Vehicle, following an early morning crash on Feb 18. According to police and witnesses, at about 1:30am Ritter was traveling eastbound at an unsafe speed on Madison St. He failed to stop for the traffic signal at the Main St. intersection, lost control of his vehicle and struck a building located at 20 Madison St. This caused the vehicle to roll over and come to rest near the entrance of the municipal parking lot. Upon police arrival, Ritter had freed himself from the vehicle and was fleeing the accident scene. Ritter and his passenger were transported to UR Jones Memorial Hospital by Wellsville Ambulance and treated for minor injuries. Ritter was issued traffic tickets to appear in Village Court on Feb 28th and released to a third party. Additional charges are pending.
Update: Ritter was also charged with Reckless Driving. Ritter is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on February 28th at 4:30 pm. Additional Charges are still pending.

Sunday February 19, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested Barbara A. Bailey, age 52 of Wellsville, charging her with DWI (Felony), DWI w/BAC of .08% or more (Felony) and Leaving the scene of a Property Damage Auto Accident. The charges stem from an incident that took place at Park Plaza Liquor Store in Wellsville. Police report that a vehicle being operated by Bailey struck the front of the store causing damage and left the scene. Bailey was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor. Bailey was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1,500.00 cash bail. Bailey is due back in Wellsville Village Court on February 21st at 4:30 pm. (photo provided)
Sunday February 19, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested Timothy S. Lewis, age 31 of Wellsville, charging him with Petit Larceny and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 2nd. The charges stem from an incident that took place on South Brooklyn Avenue in the Village. Lewis was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released. Lewis is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on March 14th at 4:30 pm.

Bill Pekarski: Day 173, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 173, Living life on my terms.

Well, it seems to me that yesterday’s story raised many questions about the community pool so today I went out and tracked down some more information. There are so many rumors and stories spreading around and it really is in everyone’s best interest to learn everything that you can concerning the various issues.

First and foremost, the Coudersport town pool is the sole property of the Coudersport Borough, not the county or any individuals or businesses. All monies for needed for the operation of the pool are the responsibility of the Borough.

That being said, they are off to a great start toward raising the necessary $250,000 dollars that would be matched by a grant. Once that money is raised, the plan is to build a completely new pool on the site. Plans are already drawn up for construction and include eliminating the nine foot deep end of the pool and making it range from three feet to six feet in depth. That would make the pool qualify for competition standards in length and depth.

With the construction of the new pool, the members of the committee are satisfied that the pool should be able to last for at least 15 to 20 years without needing any other major investments.

I do agree with the idea that our area would benefit from a YMCA type facility with an indoor pool for year round use, but I still feel that there is an important need for an outdoor facility. Like I said yesterday, there is nothing like working hard and then jumping in an outdoor pool to cool off and relax. Additionally, those people who worship the sun would be unable to get quality tanning time inside a building. It is fun, just not the same.

I also fear that the construction of an indoor facility would cost much more than the just $500,000. I am not sure if it has been researched lately, but I remember at other times seven figure numbers were tossed around for that kind of a facility.

I am only playing a little bit of devil’s advocate when I say that, I also understand that a year round facility has the potential to raise more revenue. In all honesty, I would like to see a YMCA type operation in the near future, but it will definitely take more planning and a much larger checkbook. Our area could really benefit from both facilities.

I did suggest that it might be nice to operate a van/bus service to run daily during the summer to pick up kids from other communities and bring them to the Coudersport pool for the day. An organized transportation/pickup at places like the community center in Ulysses; as well as the locations in Austin, Shinglehouse, Ulysses, Galeton, and Roulette would increase usage of the pool. It would also be of a great benefit for children and families from those outlying areas that don’t otherwise have access or transportation to come to the Coudersport Pool. A small bus fee could be combined with pool admission during pickup.

Hey, it is only a thought, and I think we need as many ideas as we can gather. Keeping our town pool would go a long way in supporting and developing real community pride!

I do want to send a special thank you out to Greg Gooch for pledging $1,000 to the project and suggesting that I get more involved with it. I do consider it very worthwhile, and I pledge to do everything I can to assist with this endeavor.

I do encourage everyone to ask questions and get involved. Together, we can make really great things happen.

Yesterday I dedicated my progress to the Borough Council so today I want to dedicate my progress to the children that will benefit from a new, up-to-date community swimming pool.

Sweden Valley Manor Seeking Experienced Dietary Aide To Join Our Team In Coudersport, PA

Right Stuff Antique Mart's Annual Presidents Weekend Sale Ends Today In Coudersport

Abbott & West Branch Townships Annual Dump Facility Meeting Set For Monday, Feb. 20th

Zito Media Has Opening For A Director Of Customer Operations In Coudersport Office