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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Singer & Songwriter Larry Herbstritt Hosting "Writer's in the Round" Event with Aaron Barker at The Hotel Crittenden On May 25th


Friday, May 25th, 2018
At The Hotel Crittenden, Coudersport

Here in the very hotel where Elliot Ness penned his memoirs, local singer and songwriter Larry Herbstritt is hosting a 
“Writer’s in the Round” event.

Owner of Tone Poet Music, and graduate of the Berklee College of Music; he is best known for his hit songs “I Just Fall in Love Again”, “Pirate”, and “Fire in the Morning,” as well as his lead role in the band “Ollie and the Go-Gos”.

Joining him, is Aaron Barker.

Barker has written number one songs for George Strait ("Baby Blue", "Love Without End, Amen", "Easy Come, Easy Go") and Lonestar ("What About Now"). His songs have also been recorded by Doug Supernaw, Clay Walker, Neal McCoy, Aaron Tippin and others. Barker turned "Love Without End, Amen" into a book in 2002. He was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 2007.

Barker's debut album, The Taste of Freedom, was released by Atlantic Records in August 1992, and the title track peaked at number 73 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Barker also writes and performs commercials for Blue Bell Ice Cream. Barker was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016.

You can see more about Aaron Barker here:

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2 Adults, 3 Children Transported To Penn Highlands Elk After Rollover Crash

East Fork Sportsmen's Club Kids Fishing Derby & Chicken BBQ Fundraiser Sunday

The East Fork Sportsmen's Club will hold the annual Kid's Fishing Derby and Chicken BBQ on Sunday May 27. The derby is free and open to children 12 and under. The BBQ is our principle fund raising event of the year. The event is at the EFSC grounds in Wharton Township, 2 miles north of Wharton on the East Fork Rd. The event starts with registration at 11 AM, the Derby is 12 to 3 PM. The specially stocked area is restricted to Children and Disabled anglers only.

EFSC promotes fishing and hunting in Potter County. Our principle contribution is raising trout for the PA Fish Commission. We raise 12,000 trout each year and stock them in the First Fork, East Fork and their tributaries. Please attend our event and support our Trout Nursery operation.

Please visit us on FaceBook and view our web site

Corydon Twp. Volunteer Fire Department serving up chicken barbecue Saturday

There is no need to feel cooped up on Saturday when there is a chicken barbecue nearby.

The Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, 2472 W. Washington St. Bradford, is holding its annual chicken barbecue starting at noon.

The meal includes chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad and a roll for $9. Desserts and drinks are extra.

Meals are available for eating in or taking out.

All proceeds benefit the fire department.

3 known individuals stole Bradford man's truck

Tioga woman arrested after leaving scratch marks on the victim's arm

Bomb Threat closes Truck-Lite Co.

Another break in at a Keating Township home

PSP Kane investigating a burglary in Keating Township

Basket Making Class June 23

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center teaming up with Catherine Snyder from Coudersport to offer a basket making class next month. Students will construct a 12 inch round basket using a weaving technique with a decorative trim at the top and wood base.

The six hour class will be held Saturday June 23 at the artisan center in Emporium. Students are encouraged to bring lunch or purchase from a local restaurant. The fee is $39 and the class is limited to eight students. Registration is accepted at the artisan center in person, online at Eventbrite or Facebook or by phone at 814-486-4314.

Saturday June, 2nd National Trails Day

The weather has turned a corner and it is time to enjoy the PA Wilds. On Saturday June 2 outdoor enthusiasts will be hiking trails celebrating National Trails Day.

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce again organizing a hike for that day. Nelson Haas will lead individuals on a trek to see the longest beaver ponds in Cameron County. Haas describes the 3 miles as a “trip back 100 years”. The trail is flat but one half of it is called “over country” by Haas. The area in May Hollow offers bird watchers the opportunity to see numerous species.

The free event begins at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office at 10am. Participants should pack a lunch and wear appropriate clothing.

Historical Scavenger Hunt

Times flying by and you don't want to forget to sign up for The Cameron County Historical Society "Historical Scavenger Hunt."
Most of the hunt you'll be looking for answers to the 20 witty questions about historical places for you to discover and take pictures.

This hunt is designed so that very little walking would be necessary just grab your camera or cell phone w/camera and get ready to snap some historical photos.

ALL participants will receive one FREE membership from the Society for a year. Three lucky winners will receive monetary prizes and a historical deck of cards.

All participants must register at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce by May 31, no exceptions! At this time you will receive the hunt guidelines and details so you can begin your hunt. The hunt will last for the entire month of June.

Clues will be revealed weekly starting the first week of June. The clues will be available at the Chamber of Commerce for participants to pick up and will be advertised through the local news media.

Come on everyone it's time to learn some of your county's history and have fun with your family and friends while doing it.

Lost: Male gray and white cat in Roulette

Lost: Male gray and white cat vicinity of Conable Ave. and Burleson Ave., Roulette, Pa. Monday, May20 2018. Please call
814-598-5021. Thank you.

Kane Dispatched For Possible Natural Gas Leak On Field Street

At 7:33 PM on Tuesday, Kane Firefighters have been called for a report of the odor of Natural Gas on Field Street in the vicinity of the Texas Hot.

Rotary Outstanding Vocational Awards 2018

Back Row(Left to Right): Mr.Jeff Stuckey, Math Support, SHCTC; Zarek Price,Building Construction, Port Allegany; Kolby Hosterman, Networking, Port Allegany; Isaac Fuller, Heavy Equipment, Smethport; Emma Wright, Health Assistant, Smethport

Front Row(Left to Right): Judith Hughes, ROVA District Governor; Kelly Eschrich,Culinary, Kane; Honey Brown, Heavy Equipment, Kane; Macayla Smith, Networking, Oswayo Valley; Candyce Lloyd, Health Assistants, Port Allegany; Ashley Renninger, Health Assistants, Otto-Eldred; Emily Kelley, Early Childhood, Kane; Mrs. Kim Mooney, Early Childhood Instructor, SHCTC

Rotary Outstanding Vocational Awards (ROVA) is an intensive educational program for vocational youth leaders. Young people chosen for their leadership potential will attend a "Leadership Camp" to learn and enhance skills through effective practice. They are sponsored by local Rotaries in our surrounding area. The camp has been held at McKeaver for 10+ years, but it has recently closed. This year’s camp was held at Camp Nazareth in Mercer, PA on April 22-23. Ten students and two chaperones attended from the Seneca Highlands CTC this year.

Reprint “Story of the Sinnamahone” -

Seventy six years have passed since George William Huntley Jr. wrote the “Story of the Sinnamahone” in 1936.

The book was written to record the unwritten history of the old white pine days on the Sinnamahoning from 1865-1885, when white pine lumbering was at its best. Over one hundred fifty people were interviewed ranging from the age of 70-95.

It is their testimony of what they ascertain from memory about famous locals such as noted pioneer lumbermen; John Brooks, George Huntley Andrew Kaul and Karl Walker Sterling Run Mayo & Russell Bros. Cameron, J. S. Wiley, Four Mile, Russell Bros George Huntley and Miles Dent only man to put in spars on the Bennetts Branch- Includes: amazing death defying lumbering methods of the time and how these SUPERMAN of the woods lived.

Six years ago we did a reprint and the book sold out. Since then we have had endless requests to offer it up again with pre-orders already underway. The book is softbound with all 568 pages including numerous photos of that period of time. The book includes an "index referencing all the surnames” most of local families who have descendants that still reside here today, for the price of $35.

You can obtain one by sending us a donation for $35 to the “Cameron County Historical Society," P O Box 433, Emporium, Pa. 15834. Please include your full address and phone number with your order. Don’t miss this opportunity final acceptance date of orders is the end of June. Delivery date from publisher should be mid July.

It’s a “Great Gift” for all history buffs plus a treasure to pass on to your family. We are committed to a minimum quantity so don’t miss out on your chance get it now.
We will ship anywhere in the US for an additional $5 per book.

Anthony J. Werts, 38, of Church St., Port Allegany, PA

Anthony J. Werts

Anthony J. Werts, 38, of Church St., Port Allegany, PA, passed away unexpectedly, Monday (May 21, 2018), at his residence.

Born December 17, 1979, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Dewayne L. and Elva D. Fallecker Werts.

US Army Veteran
He was a graduate of Conemaugh High School, Davidsville, PA.

Anthony was a veteran, having served with the US Army.

Surviving in addition to his parents, are a son, Jesse J. Werts of Port Allegany; two brothers, Dewayne L. (Tristan) Werts of Duke Center, PA, Travis E. Werts of Port Allegany; and a sister, Samantha R. Werts of Port Allegany.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Hestina R. Werts.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be sent to: 
Dewayne L. Werts
1 Marks Dr.
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Roulette Ambulance Dispatched To Port Allegany Call

At 6:44 PM on Tuesday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to South Main Street in Port Allegany for a mutual aid call for a woman ill.
6:53 PM--Roulette ambulance recalled.

Wellsville Dispatched To Structure Fire With Entrapment

At 6:23 PM on Tuesday, Wellsville Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 352 North Main Street for a structure with entrapment. Andover air truck dispatched mutual aid.
Police on scene report smoke showing, everyone is now out of the house.
6:29 PM--First floor completely involved. Request pumper from Andover & Scio. Alfred Station Fast Team 4 responding.
7:20 PM--Andover mask men to scene. Willing Fire to stand by in Wellsville. 
7:41 PM--Allentown fire requested for interior firefighters to scene. 
8:33 PM ---Genesee Ladder Truck requested mutual aid to scene. 
9:53 PM---Belmont engine to standby in Scio. Cancelled.
11:10 PM--Fire reported UNDER CONTROL.

Joseph R. Spader, Sr., memorial service slated for Saturday

Joseph R. Spader, Sr.,
 memorial service slated

Turtlepoint, PA – Friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Joseph R. Spader, Sr., of Turtlepoint, PA to be held Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 1:00 pm in the Open Arms Community Church, Corner Of Smith and Church Street, Port Allegany.

Mr. Spader died May 11, 2018

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

Joyce Ann (Stambaugh) Stitely, 77, of Arnot, PA, formerly of Union Bridge, MD

Joyce Ann (Stambaugh) Stitely
 Joyce Ann (Stambaugh) Stitely, 77, of Arnot, PA, formerly of Union Bridge, MD, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018 at home while surrounded by loved ones.

Joyce Ann was born August 29, 1940 in Gettysburg, PA, one of 11 children of the late Samuel and Ida (Long) Stambaugh. On June 6, 1959, she married LeRoy Stitely at St. Lukes Lutheran Church in New Windsor, MD. 

They shared nearly 45 years together before his passing on Apr. 22, 2004. Times shared with family were most important in Joyce Ann’s life. Her favorite hobbies included crocheting and gardening. In later years, she also enjoyed working at Walmart.

Surviving are her children; Terri Sandstrom and Tony Stitely (Amanda LeLong) all of Arnot, Teresa Stitely of Westminster, Tabutha (Marty) Norwood of Manchester and Tina (Bob) Meredith of Union Bridge, 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, four brothers; Sterling, Rodney, Richard and Bill Stambaugh, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her husband LeRoy, she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Melissa Sandstrom, siblings; Betty Garber, Violet Smith, Carlene Buffington, an infant girl Dolly, Virgil Lee and Harold Stambaugh.

Visitation is from 2 – 4 P.M. and 6 – 8 P.M. Thursday, May 24, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 6 E. Broadway in Union Bridge. There will be no funeral service. Burial will be held Friday at 2 P.M. in Creagerstown Lutheran Cemetery. 

 In lieu of flowers, consider memorials to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church c/o P. Bassler, 1401 New Windsor Rd. New Windsor, MD 21776 or to Alzheimer’s Assoc. of NE PA, 57 N. Franklin St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. 

Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility Blossburg Chapel, 314 Granger St. is in care of local arrangements.

David H. BARNEY, 76, a lifelong resident of Hallsport, NY


David H. BARNEY, 76, a lifelong resident of Hallsport, NY, died Monday, May 21, 2018 in Wellsville Manor Care Center, Wellsville, NY.

Born May 25, 1941, in Wellsville, he was the son of Harold C. and Marian E. Foster Barney.

David was a dairy farmer and produced maple syrup with his father and his brothers on the family farm. He was an avid arrowhead collector and enjoyed local history.

Surviving are: four brothers, Walter Barney of Hallsport, Wallace (Connie) Barney of Andover, William (Cheryl) Barney and Lavant (Carol) Barney, both of Wellsville; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, Janet Ruth Barney.

Services will be private.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Norwich, Smethport Dispatched For Rollover Crash With Entrapment

At 4:45 PM on Tuesday, Norwich Township, Smethport Rescue & Smethport Ambulance dispatched to Rt. 46 south near the base of the hill south of Crosby for pickup truck rollover with entrapment. Roadway is blocked.
On Scene--2 adults, 3 children, no entrapment. Port A, Smethport & Emporium ambulances are enroute.

Bradford Dispatched To Possible Structure Fire

At 4:35 PM on Tuesday, Bradford Township Fire Department has been dispatched to UPB Campus for smoke in a building.

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RUSH LM Tour announces new dates for rained out May 19-20 Stateline & Eriez events

May 22, 2018
(By Mike Leone)
(Pulaski, PA)...Mother Nature certainly hasn't been kind to many of the speedways under the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance banner in 2018. Two in particular, Stateline and Eriez Speedways, each suffered another rainout this past weekend as neither have been able to complete an event thus far in 2018. Those rainouts included the Sweeney Late Model Tour events on Saturday (May 19) at Stateline and Sunday (May 20) at Eriez.

Thanks to both speedways, the events have been rescheduled with the Sweeney Tour making their first of two appearances at Eriez now on Sunday, June 10. Stateline's "Bill Law Memorial" has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 28 and will now create the back-to-back weekend with Eriez like this past weekend as Eriez will hold their second Sweeney Tour event the following night on Sunday, July 29. All three shows are $2,000 to-win "Marquee" events.

"We have to thank the Scott and Rohrer Families for both allowing us to reschedule these shows," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "It's been a challenging season thus far, and has really forced everyone to juggle their schedules around. The June 10 and July 28 make-up dates worked well with both the tracks' schedules and ours. We also felt both of these dates should be conducive for our race teams as well."

The Sweeney Tour will now resume action on June 1-2 with Friday night's event at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY for the second annual "Gary Montgomery Memorial" followed by Saturday night at Genesee Speedway in Batavia, NY. Both events will be $2,000 to-win "Marquee" events.


Whether in their backyards or high on a mountain, it’s almost certain Pennsylvanians will encounter young wildlife this time of year.

While some young animals might appear to be abandoned, usually they are not. It’s likely their mothers are watching over them from somewhere nearby.

So when encountering young deer, birds, raccoons or other young wildlife, the best thing people can do is leave the animals alone.

“People want to help wildlife that appears to be in trouble, but what they often don’t realize is that when they encounter a young wild animal by itself in the spring, it’s usually not alone nor in need of rescue; its mother is nearby,” said Matthew Schnupp, the Game Commission’s wildlife management director. “Leaving such an animal alone so it can reunite with its mother is the best, most-caring thing you can do for it. It ensures the young animal has the chance to grow up as intended.”

Adult animals often leave their young while they forage for food, but they don’t go far and they do return. Wildlife also often relies on a natural defensive tactic called the “hider strategy,” where young animals will remain motionless and “hide” in surrounding cover while adults draw the attention of potential predators or other intruders away from their young.

Deer employ this strategy, and deer fawns sometimes are assumed to be abandoned when, in fact, their mothers are nearby.

The Game Commission urges Pennsylvanians to resist the urge to interfere with young wildlife or remove any wild animal from its natural setting.

Such contact can be harmful to both people and wildlife. Wild animals can lose their natural fear of humans, making it difficult, even impossible, for them to ever again live normally in the wild. And anytime wildlife is handled, there’s always a risk people could contract diseases or parasites such as fleas, ticks and lice.

Wildlife that becomes habituated to humans also can pose a public-safety risk. A few years ago, a yearling, six-point buck attacked and severely injured two people. The investigation into the incident revealed that a neighboring family had illegally taken the deer into their home and fed it as a fawn, and they continued to feed the deer right up until the time of the attack.

It is illegal to take or possess wildlife from the wild. Under state law, the penalty for such a violation is a fine of up to $1,500 per animal.

Under no circumstances will anyone who illegally takes wildlife into captivity be allowed to keep that animal, and under a working agreement with state health officials, any “high risk” rabies vector species confiscated after human contact must be euthanized and tested; it cannot be returned to the wild because the risk of spreading disease is too high.

Animals infected with rabies might not show obvious symptoms, but still might be able to transmit the disease. Though any mammal might carry rabies, the rabies vector species identified in the agreement are: skunks, raccoons, foxes, bats, coyotes and groundhogs.

People can get rabies from the saliva of a rabid animal if they are bitten or scratched, or if the saliva gets into the person’s eyes, mouth or a fresh wound.

Only wildlife rehabilitators, who are licensed by the Game Commission, are permitted to care for injured or orphaned wildlife for the purposes of eventual release back into the wild. For those who find wildlife that truly is in need of assistance, a listing of licensed wildlife rehabilitators can be found on the Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators website,

If you are unable to identify a wildlife rehabilitator in your area, contact the Game Commission region office that serves the county in which the animal is found so that you can be referred to the appropriate licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Region office contact information can be found under the title “Connect with Us” at the bottom of the homepage.


Katies Koncrete in Middlebury Center pours concrete for the foundation of the new pavilion at the Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club in Delmar Township, near Wellsboro.
Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club members are installing a new pavilion on their property to enhance the use of the facility for non-profit organizations. The club is located at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 6.5 miles south of Wellsboro.

"Boy Scouts, church groups and others have camped overnight or used Nessmuk for day trips," said club member Charlie Messina. "The new pavilion will provide them with shelter for training, games and other activities," he added.

The cost of the pavilion is approximately $8,000. "We were able to start this project thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Friends of the NRA and a donation from Katies Koncrete of Middebury Center," Messina explained. Additional funds are needed.

"We are trying to complete this project by the end of June but need some help," Messina said. People interested in giving a donation of any size are asked to email Messina at

Construction to Begin on Wilcox Clermont Road (Route 2001) Bridge in Sergeant Township McKean County Bridge to be replaced as part of Public-Private Partnership

Clearfield, PA – Construction for a Wilcox-Clermont Road (Route 2001) bridge in McKean County, is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. 

The bridge spans Seven Mile Run in Sergeant Township, just south of the village of Williamsville. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient bridge list. 

Construction is expected to begin the week of June 4 and be complete in mid-September. 

During this time, an alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.

This bridge is referred to as JV-71 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at

 Residents who live near these projects should be advised to block off their driveways so the big trucks delivering to the project don't destroy your driveway like they did mine.
They will deny responsibility and refuse to fix the damages they caused because you didn't tell them not to turn around in your driveway. The picture shows how they left my blacktop driveway after a bridge project in Roulette Township. Both Walsh & PennDOT deny responsibility as it was caused by contractors delivering to the bridge site. Don't be a nice guy!!


Photo by John Eaton
Ralph Wolstenholme (left) and Jim Hoopes of the Canyon Pilots Association, Ada Johnston and her son Dick Jr. (far right) are shown during the dedication of the Redbird TD2 Flight Simulator in memory of Richard C. Johnston, Sr. at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport. They are holding the oak plaque that now hangs on the door of the simulator room in the terminal building.

The Wellsboro Johnston Airport now has a general aviation flight simulator.

This Sunday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to noon, people who attend the All-You-Can-Eat Canyon Pilots Association Memorial Weekend Breakfast can sign up to see the new Redbird TD2 flight simulator or take an introductory flight on it. A certified flight instructor will be on hand to demonstrate how the simulator works, to discuss flight instruction and answer questions about flying and to schedule the simulator for future use.

Installed on the Redbird TD2 is software for all public airports in the United States, including the Wellsboro airport.

The flight simulator was purchased with the money from the Richard Johnston, Sr. Memorial Fund. When Johnston passed away on July 31, 2010, people gave money in his memory to establish it.

The Redbird TD2 was officially dedicated on Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in memory of Richard A. Johnson, Sr. Attending the dedication were Canyon Pilots Association President Jim Hoopes and Ralph Wolstenholme, a member of the subcommittee responsible for purchasing and setting up the simulator, along with Johnston’s wife Ada and their son, Dick, Jr.

Photo by John Eaton
Dick Johnston, Jr. tries out the new flight simulator as his mother Ada, 94, looks on.
Wolstenholme and the other Johnston fund advisors thought it made sense to invest the money in a simulator to help train pilots. The Johnstons agreed. The Canyon Pilots Association provided the remaining money for the simulator.

The oak plaque now hangs on the simulator room door. It is engraved with these words: "Flight Simulator * In Memory of Richard C. Johnston Sr. * Continuing his many years training pilots."

"The plaque is beautiful," said Ada Johnston. "It has Dick's Cessna on it." "I think it's great the association honored him," Dick Jr. said. "My dad loved to fly. He would do anything to promote the airport and flying. I am hopeful the simulator will help the association attract new pilots," he said.

"My father taught many people how to fly, including me," Dick Jr. said. "I soloed on my16th birthday in 1968 and this August will celebrate my 50th year of flying."

For more than 50 years, from 1948 until February 2000, Dick Sr. was the fixed base operator at the airport. He handled routine maintenance, taught student pilots how to fly, was the instructor for pilots renewing their licenses and took visitors for airplane rides to see the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon," Dick Jr. said.

Use of the flight simulator will be free to Canyon Pilot Association members who also help with both all-you-can-eat breakfasts, the one this Sunday and the Labor Day weekend breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 2. The fee to be a pilot association member is $10. Because it costs more than $500 a year to keep the software updated on a quarterly basis, the general public is asked to pay a $20 per hour fee to use the simulator and student pilots, $10 per hour.

Experienced pilots can use the simulator to meet recurring training requirements without the expense of flying a full-size airplane. Student pilots can use the simulator to get the feel of flying a full-size plane before they actually take to the sky. "The use of this simulator to demonstrate procedures and training scenarios at a cost of $20 per hour or less is more economical when compared to more than $100 per hour for a real aircraft," said Wolstenholme.

The Redbird TD2 has three flat liquid-crystal display screens. The LCD screen directly in front of the pilot replicates what he would see through the windshield and the two side screens what he would see when looking out of an airplane's side windows during takeoff and landing at an airport and while in flight. The simulator comes with a control wheel, rudder foot pedals and all gauges and switches. It can be configured as a simple single engine up to a complex high performance aircraft along with weather conditions such as wind, rain and clouds.


WELLSBORO— Sunday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Canyon Pilots Association’s All-You-Can-Eat Memorial Day Fly-In Breakfast will be indoors at the commercial corporate hangar at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport, just west of Wellsboro on Airport Road in Delmar Township. This event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

On the menu are ham, eggs, buckwheat pancakes, coffee and orange juice. Requested is a donation of $7 each for adults and $3 each for youngsters ages 3 to 8 years old. Children 2 and under are admitted free

Handicapped parking will be along Airport Road near the hangar. Others can park along the roadway and in the parking area near the main gate.

Weather permitting, pilots in various types of full-size aircraft will fly to the airport for the breakfast. The public is welcome to watch them land and take off and talk to pilots about their "flying machines." In addition, airplane and helicopter rides will be available for a fee, weather permitting.

Members of the Canyon Country Ultralight Club will assist with the breakfast and have a display of ultralight aircraft.

The Mountain Modelaires, a group of individuals who fly radio controlled airplanes, quadcopters and helicopters, will display RC aircraft in an area next to the terminal. They will also have a computer set up with an R/C flight simulator program for children and adults to try.


Photo by John Eaton
Non-baker Chris (Lilace Guignard) and her husband Rod (Brian Delp) share a laugh when she shows him what she is entering in the cake baking competition at the Knapely Women's Institute Spring FĂȘte. Ruth (Yolie Canales, left) dressed as a rabbit looks on. 

The last two performances of Hamilton-Gibson's production of the heart-warming comedy "Calendar Girls" will be presented this Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. 

Based on a true story, this play celebrates the gift of friendship and sacrifice. Described as hilarious and touching, it is about a group of women who pose tastefully nude for their annual calendar to raise money for charity. 

Admission is $12 per adult and $6 per youth, 18 and under. A FlexPass is $60. For tickets or a FlexPass, call 570-724-2079, email or visit