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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Update On Raymond Nagel, Sr., Coudersport Trucker Injured In Crash Near Williamsport

A friend of  Raymond Nagel Sr., 81, the Coudersport trucker who was seriously injured in a truck accident near Williamsport, reports he will be out of ICU tomorrow. He is eating and talking. He is gonna be OK. Prayers work!

Fox Township Dispatched To Car Crash With Ejection

At 8:32 PM on Sunday, Fox Township Fire Rescue & EMS dispatched to the area of 624 Shelvey Summit Road for a motor vehicle accident. A 26 year old male is reported to have been ejected in the crash. He is reported to be the only occupant. A helicopter was dispatched.
Engine 33 is setting up for a landing zone at the park.

John Waters, Whitesville, NY driver, earns the $5,000 Sweeney Tour championship






SWEENEY RUSH SERIES HONORS CHAMPIONS & TOP RACERS IN LM, SPORTSMAN MOD, PRO MOD & STOCK DIVISIONS AS $115,000 IN CASH & THOUSANDS IN CONTINGENCIES DOLED OUT AT 2016 AWARDS BANQUET
January 21, 2017(By Mike Leone)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




(Edinburg, PA)...While the 2017 racing season is only a few months away, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone put a final wrap on the 2016 racing season with the annual awards banquet and dinner on Saturday night at the Gatherings Banquet & Event Center in Edinburg, Pa.  Spring like conditions in the 60s prevailed as a record number of attendees filled the beautiful banquet hall as over $115,000 in cash and thousands in contingencies were distributed to Sweeney RUSH Late Model, Sportsman Modified, Pro Mod, and Pro Stock racers.  

The Sweeney RUSH Late Models scheduled events at 22 different speedways in 2016 with over 350 different racers participating in either a weekly-sanctioned and/or touring series event!  Year three for the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified season saw six different speedways hold events with a record 43 different drivers competing in 36 different cars with a record turnout of 29 cars at the season ending "Steel City Stampede".  The Sweeney Pro Stocks continued in year two of their Weekly Series, while the new Sweeney Pro Mods debuted with weekly competition at Stateline.
Crowned 2016 Late Model champions were John Waters-Sweeney Touring Series, Max Blair-Sweeney Weekly Series and Pace "Summer Chase", Kris Eaton-"Bilstein Bandits", Wyatt Scott-"Futures Cup", and Greg Beach-Wheelman Bonus Event Challenge Series.  In the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, it was Brian Schaffer-Bicknell Racing Products Weekly & Touring Series and Kyle Martell-Bicknell "Futures Cup".  Corey McPherson captured the Sweeney Pro Stock title.  Justin Carlson won the inaugural Sweeney Pro Mod Weekly Series crown, while Zach Johnson earned the "Futures Cup".  All of the champions received their point fund monies, laser etched championship marble awards, inscribed RUSH championship leather jackets, and Hoosier championship jackets
For the first time in his career, John Waters is a RUSH Champion.  After waging a battle with good friend and fellow New Yorker Bryce Davis throughout the season, the Whitesville, NY driver would earn the $5,000 Sweeney Tour championship by just seven points.  Waters started the year off red hot winning the opening two events at Humberstone and Merrittville Speedway, added another win at Expo Speedway, and ended the season with just one finish outside the top 10.  Waters ironically tied for sixth with Davis in Sweeney Weekly Series.  Overall, Waters earned $6,350 in RUSH point fund monies to Davis' $4,900.  Waters also received a special marble award inscribed for his amazing accomplishment of winning four of the last five Touring Series events in Canada including three straight at Humberstone!       
Max Blair left Saturday's banquet as RUSH's top point fund earner once again by garnering $8,150- much in part from his third Sweeney Weekly Series Championship ($5,000) in four years and his second Pace Summer Chase title ($3,000).  The Centerville, Pa. 27-year-old focused more on Super Late Model racing in 2016 rather than following the Sweeney Tour, but did win in both starts in addition to his father Rob winning in his car.
The third top earner was Kris Eaton at $5,700.  The Winchester, Virginia racer won year two of the "Bilstein Bandits" program for the $5,000 paycheck.  Eaton won twice at newly-sanctioned Path Valley Speedway Park and added a win at his home track, Winchester, but impressively recorded 22 top 10 finishes in 24 starts.  Eaton won't look to defend his title as he plans to get his daughter started in go-kart racing.
Third generation racer Wyatt Scott became the latest to enshrine his name as a "Futures Cup" Champion.  The recently-turned 18-year-old won two feature events at his home track, Stateline, which is owned by grandparents, and ended the year with seven top 5s and 24 top 10s in 33 races.  Scott earned $1,000 joining past champs Ryan Montgomery, Nico Dabecco, Michael Lake, Eric Wilson, and Clinton Hersh.
Greg Beach ended Tony White's run at two consecutive "Wheelman" Bonus Event Challenge Series titles.  The Chicora, Pa. driver won the non-qualifier at Lernerville, the track he grew up racing Stocks at, and had two other top 5s.  Beach received $200 cash and $200 in K&N gift cards in addition to his championship jacket and hardware. 
The top five in RUSH member points at each RUSH Late Model weekly-sanctioned track shared in $800 cash ($300,200,100,50) with positions six through eight receiving contingencies that will be mailed out as part of the new "Track Pack" Weekly Bonus Program.
Brian Schaffer had a stellar first season competing in the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds joining his cousin Will and uncle Jerry Schaffer in competition.  The Boyers, Pa. driver competed in all 27 events and finished the year with only two finishes outside the top 10!  He won twice at Sharon and once each at Lernerville and Thunder Mountain, which propelled him to the $3,000 Bicknell Weekly Series championship.  Though he failed to win a Bicknell Tour event, his consistency led him to the $800 title beating Chas Wolbert by a mere three points.
Second year RUSH racer Kyle Martell had a tremendous season.  The 16-year-old Rootstown, Ohio driver finished in the top five 17 times including at least one at all six tracks the RUSH Sportsman Mods raced at.  His first career win came at Sharon on June 18 that started a strong of an impressive seven straight top four finishes.  Martell finished in the top five in all three of the Bicknell RUSH Sportsman Modified point funds including the "Futures Cup" title, a tie for third in Weekly, and fourth in Touring.  All six "Futures Cup" racers were in attendance at the banquet that also included Jeremy Weaver, 12-year-old Blaze Myers, Preston Cope, Amelia Clay, and Jacob Jordan.  Fourteen-year-old David Kalb, Jr., who took in the banquet, will be a new racer becoming part of the 2017 "Futures Cup".   
Justin Carlson will go down in the history books as the inaugural champion of the Sweeney RUSH Pro Mods.  The Sherman, New York veteran E-Mod racer was attracted to the affordable class due to the point fund that he capitalized on taking the $3,500 Weekly Series crown by winning eight features.  During the homestretch he failed to finish worse than third after July 2 including a run of four straight wins!  Carlson beat out veteran Scott Gurdak, who won the Stateline track championship, by 15 points.  Gurdak did double duty and also collected point fund monies from the RUSH Late Models.  Fourteen-year-old Zach Johnson of Busti, NY finished eighth in Weekly Series points, but more importantly captured the first ever "Futures Cup" honors and earned $300.
After finishing runner-up to inaugural Canadian champion Justin Ramsay in 2015, Corey McPherson left little doubt about his $1,000 Sweeney RUSH Pro Stock Championship.  The Tarentum, Pa. driver won seven features at Lernerville and after a season worst sixth on April 23, McPherson rattled off 16 straight top five finishes in route to his fourth track championship in five years
The highlight of the program was the special awards ceremony.  The Series' major sponsor, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC/Pace Performance, was recognized with a special appreciation plaque for their continued support of the Series as was Bicknell Racing Products for their second year presenting the Touring, Weekly, and "Futures Cup" programs in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.
The new "Legacy" Award was started to honor historical significance as RUSH directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have completed their 10th year of directing crate engine racing in the Northeast.  The inaugural award winners were the former promoters of Raceway 7 (Ron Nielson) and McKean County Raceway (Rich Yeager, Ken Leet, Tom Gleason & Rod Biehler) as they were two of the first four tracks to commit to running Crate Late Models in the 2007 season.
Tony White was presented the prestigious Gary Knollinger Memorial "Golden Award".  The Aliquippa, Pa. driver reminded Series Officials much like the Knollinger Family with the late Gary, Jr.  White completed his first season Touring finishing ninth in points and did it much like Knollinger did- with a limited crew featuring just his father and wife, and in a quiet and unassuming way. 
The "Majestic" was awarded to RUSH's pit steward and point keeper, Rich Yeager.  The Little Valley, NY resident was coming off his run at promoting McKean County Raceway and joined the staff in 2013.  His duties have increased becoming point keeper in 2014 and that task has grown year with the addition of new divisions and championship programs.
The "Car Owner of the Year" Award was won by Dale LeBarron.  The Troupsburg, NY resident rarely attended those races run by his driver John Waters as he was back home working, but gave Waters everything he needed to have a tremendous season highlighted by the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series Championship along with several other wins and accomplishments.  LeBarron joked, "If you need a tax deduction, hire John Waters!"
Chelsie Kriegisch was awarded the "Outstanding Achievement".  The Ellwood City, Pa. former go-kart racer completed her second full season behind the wheel of a full size car and made history in several facets on July 13.  She became the first female winner in the 46-year history of Expo Speedway; the first female to win a Crate Touring Series event in the 10-year history of the Northeast; and the first female to win a RUSH Sportsman Modified feature!
The "Miles Traveled" Award was given to driver Dave Lyon and his uncle and car owner, Gary Lyon.  The Spring Creek, Pa. duo ran more RUSH-sanctioned races (43) than any driver in the four divisions.  Not only did they race a lot, they traveled to do it as they completed their first season of following the RUSH Late Model Tour.  They were also successful winning a weekly race at Stateline and recorded 20 top 5 finishes.
Steve Damon of Steve's Auto & Truck Repair was awarded the second annual Bill Hendren Memorial RUSH Engine "Rebuilder of the Year".  The Little Valley, NY businessman has been part of crate engine rebuilding since the inception and has been a strong supporter of RUSH.
Top racers from the K&N "Air Induction" Dash Championship in both the RUSH Late Models and Sportsman Modifieds received K&N gift cards.  Champions were Bryce Davis in the Late Models and Josh Seippel in the Sportsman Mods.  Dash points were kept at all tour events.
Velocita-USA provided $100 gift cards to every "Futures Cup" racer in all four divisions.  A 50% off gift card for a custom driver's suit drawing was for all RUSH Pro Mod members, and the lucky recipient was Scott Gurdak. 
RUSH Series announcer, Brian Spaid, emceed the affair and also previewed the upcoming 2017 season.  The Touring Series schedules for both the Late Models and Sportsman Modifieds will be released on Monday night (January 23).  While no Touring Series programs will be held for the Pro Mods or Pro Stocks, the Pro Mods will see weekly competition added at Bradford Speedway on Sunday nights and special events at McKean County Raceway, while Lernerville Speedway becomes the first track to fully sanction their Pro Stock division under RUSH.  John and Christine Stivason photographed the event and the photo link will be posted as soon as it's available. 
2016 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series Top 12 Driver Points: 1. John Waters 1052  2. Bryce Davis 1045  3. Jason Knowles 979  4. Brian Knowles 959  5. Dave Lyon 957  6. Will Thomas III 948  7. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. 903  8. Alan Dellinger 869  9. Tony White 780  10. Eric Wilson 771  11. Mike Pegher, Jr. 742  12. Clinton Hersh 690.
2016 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Weekly Series Top 40 Points: 1. Max Blair 1341  2. Damian Bidwell 1332  3. Logan Roberson 1328  4. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 1319  5. Darrell Bossard 1317  6. Bryce Davis & John Waters 1316  8. Jason Genco 1314  9. Dave Lyon 1310  10. Chris Fleming & Rob Pietz 1298  12. Darin Henderson 1297  13. Kris Eaton 1294  14. Brad Mesler 1293  15. Andy Boozel & Mike Pegher, Jr. 1286  17. Brad McGinnis 1285  18. Kevan Cook 1282  19. Eric Wilson 1279  20. John Imler 1278  21. Jason Knowles 1276  22. Daryl Charlier 1275  23. Charlie Duncan 1271  24. Jeff Dayman 1269  25. Matt Latta 1266  26. Alan Dellinger & Brandon Ford 1265  28. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. & Justin Lamb 1264  30. Wyatt Scott 1262  31. Brian Knowles 1259  32. Mike Franklin 1251  33. Randy Hall 1249  34. Steve Lowery 1246  35. Tim Snare 1243  36. Kyle Zimmerman 1241  37. Jimmy Johnson, Jr. 1238  38. Scott Gurdak 1237  39. Timmy Booth 1234  40. Jennae Piper 1230.
2016 Pace Performance "Summer Chase" Late Model Top 10 Points: 1. Max Blair 110.67  2. Darrell Bossard 110.00  3. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 108.36  4. Brad McGinnis 108  5. Chris Fleming 106.89  6. Bryce Davis 106.57  7. Rob Pietz 106.36  8. Damian Bidwell 106.06  9. Logan Roberson 105.17  10. Daryl Charlier 104.75.
2016 "Bilstein Bandits" Late Model Points: 1. Kris Eaton 1294  2. Alan Dellinger 1265  3. Justin Lamb 1264  4. Mike Franklin 1246  5. Joe Chamberlain 1229  6. Randy Ralyea 1173  7. Jared Kane 1106  8. Tony White 1103  9. Megan Mann 964  10. W.L. Stile 642  11. Jim Nicely 395  12. Charlie Sandercock 386  13. Bobby Pifer III 285  14. Chuck Recker 177.
2016 Late Model "Futures Cup" Points: 1. Wyatt Scott 1262  2. Hunter Hulley 1105  3. Megan Mann 864.
2016 K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash Late Model Champion: Bryce Davis
2016 "Wheelman" Bonus Event Challenge Series Late Model Champion: Greg Beach
2016 Bicknell Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified Weekly Series Top 15 Points: 1. Brian Schaffer 1318  2. Nick Ritchey 1301  3. Kyle Martell & Chas Wolbert 1299  5. Kole Holden 1294  6. Brandon Ritchey 1282  7. Chelsie Kriegisch 1278  8. Rocky Kugel 1263  9. Jeremy Weaver 1254  10. Jerry Schaffer 1247  11. Josh Deems 1235  12. Tiffany Williams 1205  13. Justin Shea 1195  14. Steve Slater 1189  15. Michael Sparks 1162.
2016 Bicknell Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series Top 10 Driver Points: 1. Brian Schaffer 539  2. Chas Wolbert 536  3. Kole Holden 529  4. Kyle Martell 527  5. Brandon Ritchey & Jeremy Weaver 510  7. Tiffany Williams 507  8. Chelsie Kriegisch 504  9. Steve Slater 477  10. Michael Sparks 466.
2016 Bicknell Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified "Futures Cup" Points: 1. Kyle Martell 1299  2. Jeremy Weaver 1254  3. Blaze Myers 1101  4. Preston Cope 1085  5. Amelia Clay 1080  6. Jacob Jordan 1009.
2016 K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash RUSH Sportsman Modified Champion: Josh Seippel
2016 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Pro Mod Weekly Series Points: 1. Justin Carlson 1327  2. Scott Gurdak 1312  3. Kelly Frederes 1308  4. Jason Covey 1291  5. Jeramy Williams 1248  6. Dennis Asel & Bill Silvis 1221  8. Zach Johnson 1184  9. Brian Mohawk 1182.
2016 RUSH Pro Mod "Futures Cup" Points: 1. Zach Johnson 1184  2. Brian Mohawk 1182.
2016 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Pro Stock Weekly Series Points: 1. Corey McPherson 1332  2. Joey Zambotti 1296  3. Aaron Easler 1280  4. Terry Young 1278  5. Bob Egley 1272  6. Joe Kelley 1245  7. Jim Fosnaught 1242  8. Brett McDonald 1206  9. Brandon Wearing 1189  10. Jeff Miller 1188  11. Steve D'Apolito 1186  12. Scott Byers 1167  13. Noah Brunell 1159  14. Sadie Siegel 1134  15. Dave McManus 91. 

Special Award Winners:
"Legacy": Raceway 7 (Ron Nielson) & McKean County Raceway (Rich Yeager, Ken Leet, Tom Gleason & Rod Biehler)
Gary Knollinger Memorial "Golden Award": Tony White
"Majestic": Rich Yeager
"Car Owner of the Year": Dale LeBarron
"Outstanding Achievement": Chelsie Kriegisch
"Miles Traveled" Special Appreciation: Gary & Dave Lyons
Bill Hendren Memorial "Engine Rebuilder of the Year": Steve's Auto & Truck Repair
2016 RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.
2016 RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bicknell Racing Products, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, VP Racing Fuels, FK Rod Ends, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Velocita-USA, Precise Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, K&N Filters, TBM Brakes, Lincoln Electric, CrateInsider.com, Rocket Racing, and B.R.A.K.E.S.
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Clarksville Reports Last Night's Car Crash On County Road 1

Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc added 6 new photos.

Call #03
01/21/17

Last night at 21:16 hrs CVFC and CVAS were dispatched to the 8300 block of CR 1 for a one car accident with ejection and unknown number of patients. 

Within 3 minutes of dispatch, Engine 2, Mini 4, and all 3 chiefs were on the street along with 11 personnel. 

Cuba Ambulance was requested to the scene but later diverted to stand by at our station while Friendship Fire was brought in to close CR 1 from the East end. 

After EMS assessment, Mercy Flight was requested to the lz at Fireman's park. Crew worked together to package, transport, and transfer the patient to Mercy Flight medics who transported to ECMC trauma center.

Agencies assisting NYSP, Cuba PD, Four Seasons towing, and Allegany County DPW.

Beebe R. Confer 92, of 394 West Washington St., Bradford, PA

Beebe R. Confer

Beebe R. Confer, 92, of 394 West Washington St., Bradford, PA, passed away, Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the residence of her daughter in Barboursville, VA.

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

online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Wellsboro Dispatched To Automatic Fire Alarm At Acorn Market

At 4:44 PM on Sunday, Wellsboro Fire Department has been dispatched to the Stokesdale Acorn Market on Route 6 in Delmar Township, for an automatic Fire Alarm.

First Presbyterian and Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Galeton, 1-22-17

by Martha Pennell, 
mpennell@northernpottersd.org

Galeton Food Pantry opens Friday, January 27th, at 10 am at Saint Paul’s Lutheran church. 

First Presbyterian’s congregational meeting follows worship January 29th. 

These snacks and supplies are welcomed in either church kitchen for the GalePride after school program: drink boxes, snack items, paper plates, napkins, Clorox wipes, peanut butter and jelly, fruit and veggies. Thanks to all those who have given! 

“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death, light has dawned." 

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4: 16, 17). 

In his sermon, “From Gloom to Glory,” Pastor Tom said Jesus told the fishermen Simon (Peter) and Andrew he would teach them to catch people. 

They left their nets and followed him; so did James and John. 

Jesus preached about the Kingdom and healed people with diseases and illnesses. He walked on water and calmed the storm waves. He started forming his people, his body, and his church. 

Pastor Tom told us fishing is exhilarating to the senses and it is good to go with a master—let’s go fishing with Jesus! He is always on the move, pushing, pulling, and reaching out to the world. 

 Come and see, follow me. 

The kingdom of heaven has begun. Jesus is the great inviter. He never throws anything back! There is a purpose to life, new direction. 

Listen and respond with witness of how Jesus takes things from gloom to glory. 

Gloom does not last. Invite and witness beyond comfort to caring. 

The more we know him the more we serve him and the sweeter he grows!

Arthur D. Heiny, 85, of Wellsboro, PA

Arthur D. Heiny

Arthur D. Heiny, 85, of Wellsboro, PA, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 at The Green Home after an extended battle with cancer. 

 He was born August 5, 1931 in Williamsport, PA to Howard R. and Kathryn McCormick Heiny. On December 4, 1999 he married his wife of the last seventeen years, Christine.

After graduating high school (Williamsport High School class of ’49) Mr. Heiny worked in the family business Heiny Tire. Later he developed a career in corporate sales, his last employer being the Hughes Aircraft Company. After retiring, he moved to the Wellsboro area and pursued his hobbies of fly-fishing and photography. 

Art was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro, the Wellsboro Men’s Chorus, a Life Member and Co-Founder of the Wellsboro Photography Club, and the American Cancer Society Survivors’ Club. He enjoyed traveling domestically and internationally. 

Art loved dogs. He bred and trained champion Irish Water Spaniels, but his favorite was his English Springer Spaniel Whitney.

Arthur is survived by his wife Christine of Wellsboro; one son: Kip Heiny of New Jersey; one daughter: Karen Taniguchi of New Jersey; two grandchildren: Stephen Taniguchi of Long Island, NY and Mark Taniguchi of New Jersey; three nieces: Christina, Kimberly and Marcia; one nephew: H. Robert “Chip” Heiny of Williamsport, two step-children: Stephanie Hubbard of Los Angeles, CA, and John Hubbard of Union Springs, NY; and the mother of his children: Norma Boatman Heiny of New Jersey. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: H. Robert Heiny.

Friends and family are invited to Art’s Life Celebration on Thursday January 26, 2017 at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street, Wellsboro from 5-7pm, with a memorial service Friday January 27 at the First Presbyterian Church at 11am Rev. Michael Birbeck and Rev. Roger Wagner officiating.

Memorials in Art’s name may be made to: The House of Care at Geisinger Medical Center, 100 Academia Street, Danville, PA 17821 

To share your fondest memories and sign Art’s guestbook, visit www.tusseymosher.com.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
158 PM EST SUN JAN 22 2017

MCKEAN-POTTER-TIOGA-NORTHERN LYCOMING-SULLIVAN-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF BRADFORD, COUDERSPORT, MANSFIELD,
WELLSBORO, TROUT RUN, AND LAPORTE
158 PM EST SUN JAN 22 2017

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

* POTENTIAL FOR 6 INCHES OR MORE OF HEAVY WET SNOW.

* GREATEST RISK FOR HEAVY SNOW IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

IMPACTS...

* HAZARDOUS TRAVEL ON SNOW COVERED ROADS.

* LONGER COMMUTE TIMES MONDAY EVENING.

* HEAVY WET SNOW MAY PRODUCE LOCALIZED UTILITY INTERRUPTIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REVIEW WINTER WEATHER SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION AT WEATHER.GOV/WINTER.

NYSP Arrests

Wellsville Area News 
 NY State Police arrested Jessica Seamans, 22 of Wellsville after a traffic stop on Trapping Brook Rd in Wellsville. Seamans was charged with DWI and Driving with a BAC above .08%. She was processed and released on appearance tickets for court at a later date.
After a disturbance in Bolivar, NY State Police arrested Jessica Sprague, 29 of Bolivar and Chasity Gaines, 32 of Richburg charging both with Harassment 2nd with Physical Contact. They were each issued appearance tickets for court at a later date.

NYSP Amity - Man arrested for Assault, Criminal Mischief

On January 20, 2017, Troopers arrested Robert A. Frost, 40 of Centerville, NY, for Assault 3rd, Criminal Mischief 4th.

Subsequent to an investigation into a domestic incident, Frost was arrested for Assault 3rd, Criminal Mischief 4th for damaging property, and an additional charge of Criminal Mischief 4th for preventing a 911 call. 

He was transported to SP Amity for processing and was arraigned at the Town of Rushford Court. He was released and is scheduled to appear before the Town of Centerville Court on 2/2/17.

Bill Pekarski: Day 144, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:
Day 144, Living life on my terms.

Today I was able to spend time outside, take in some fresh air, and even cooked some steaks on the grill to celebrate this January thaw. It is amazing how a little bit of natural vitamin D can make you feel so much better. Hopefully spring is not too far away!

While outside, I started to make mental notes about things that need to be accomplished once the weather breaks for good. There are a ton of leaves that need to be picked up, my flower beds need to have some dirt replenished, I have about 20 divots in the yard that need to be filled, and my mailbox post looks as if it will snap in a stiff breeze; and that is just what I can see right now. 

But isn’t that what spring is all about, getting out and doing those jobs to beautify your home and property. If you think about it, it is not a job rather it is more of a celebration of the season.

When I think about spring, I always find myself remembering my days at Erway’s working in the greenhouse. It was really my favorite time to work there.

Before the snow would completely melt, Dana would have me outside starting to put together tables and shelves for all of the displays. The rose bushes were always delivered around March and they were the first thing put out in the greenhouse. I would stack them in tiers so people could easily see the picture on the box because the root balls all looked exactly the same.

Now when I started working there, the green house was basically a plastic covered shelter built off of the end of the produce section. It was not uncommon for small animals to crawl under the fence and plastic to surprise us in the morning. My biggest surprise however came in the shape of a huge snapping turtle that found its way underneath the rose display. 

The shell on this thing was about 18 inches long and he did not appear to like me very much. His neck seemed to have an incredible reach as I tried to pick him up. I thought for sure he would take a chunk out of my arm so I quickly placed him in a box and sent him to the turtle relocation project, otherwise known as the swampy land across the river. I had never seen a turtle that big, much less seen a turtle like that in town.

So, along with providing a variety of flowers, bushes, shrubs and trees, we also had to provide bags of soil, manure, fertilizer, and my “favorite”, peat moss. You see, everything else I mentioned would get delivered on pallets that could be moved with a fork lift and hand cart. Peat moss came from Canada on a 48 foot tractor trailer that was packed as tightly as possible, without any pallets. The entire thing had to be unloaded by hand.
It was sort of an all hands on deck for produce workers when that truck arrived. The driver would park in the vicinity of where we would stack and store the product and we had to unload it. 

The bags ranged in size from one cubic foot to six cubic feet; however the majority of our shipment was of the 4 cubic foot variety. I would usually be on the truck handing the bags out to several of my coworkers who would then go and stack it. In the beginning, I had the good end of the deal, but in the end I paid for it by having to carry each individual bag from the front to the back where they would take it from me. 

At the time, I was fairly strong and in pretty good shape. I could carry the bags and toss them around without much effort. My coworkers however were about half of my size and did have some difficulty. That difficulty was compounded even more by the fact that some of the bags were saturated with water. 

A dry four cubic foot bag is not to heavy, maybe around 50 pounds. A wet bag would be three to four times that weight and almost impossible to pick up, well, impossible for some of them that is.

A good friend a coworker of mine at the time was Nevin Lehman. He used to hang out at the rink and he was a pretty good kid. Every time I felt a bag was going to be wet, I would make sure to give it to Nevin. The first time he tried to take one from the truck, it put him down to the ground and landed on top of him. Luckily he wasn’t crushed. 

By the end of the day, he looked like he was wearing blackface for a role in a movie. Even his eyelids were covered in dirt. In all honesty, we all kind of looked like that as it was the dirtiest job of the year. When I got home, my mother would throw me a bar of soap and I would take a makeshift shower with the garden hose before I even tried to enter the house. 

Once all of the displays were built and the stock was in place, it was wonderful getting to help people with their gardening needs. I really enjoyed helping them select flowers that were appropriate for full sun or part shade, whatever they needed. I was able to develop great customer relations and I made many new friends. 

Many customers would come down and get an ice cream cone and then wander through the green house as they ate it. Every night around eight, I could count on Ferd and Dave Gunzberger coming in to see if anything was new. They were two of the most jovial fellows and a pure pleasure to see every time.

One Saturday morning I was working when a sort of frazzled looking woman wearing an old sweatshirt and pants came in to select her flowers. She was sweet and nice, although a little demanding and strangely intimidating. At the time, I did not know who she was, but I should have. It turned out to be Doris Rigas, something I never would have guessed in a million years. What can I say? She was ready to plant her flowers.

All in all, spring was wonderful at Erway’s. I made great friends and I like to think we had some good times. 

Today I am going to dedicate my progress to Nevin Lehman, Ferd and Dave Gunzburger, and Doris Rigas. Thank you for the springtime memories.



Sharon K. Vossler, 70, of 500 East Main Street Bradford, PA

Sharon K. Vossler

Sharon K. Vossler, 70, of 500 East Main Street Bradford, PA, passed away, peacefully on Friday, January 20, 2017, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Soup & Pie Fundraiser At Kane Community Center Today

1-22 Soup & Pie Fundraiser For Kane Musical

Blood Drive Monday At Cole Memorial IMAC Connector Sponsored By Coudersport Area Chamber Of Commerce

WINTERFEST AT LYMAN RUN STATE PARK CANCELLED -

Due to the lack of snow and ice, the Winterfest activities that were planned for Saturday, January 28 at Lyman Run State Park, has been canceled.  


However, there was a hike planned for the event and that will still happen for those people who are interested in a more extensive hike than was offered during the First Day Hike on January 1.  A  3 hour 5- mile hike is planned to be led by Daryl Warren. 

Please call the park office at Lyman Run (814) 435-5010 for information and details.

Cole Memorial Hospital Seeking Candidates For RNAC.


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West End Trailblazers Snowmobile Club 15th Annual Winterfest Set For January 28th In Roulette, PA .


Concern Seeking Applicants For Positions In Wellsboro, Mansfield & Towanda

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mansfield & Big Elm Dispatched To Crash In Rutland Township

At 10:31 PM on Saturday, Mansfield and Big Elm Fire Depts. have been dispatched to Rutland Township at the intersection of Reynolds Road & Big Elk Run Road for a motor vehicle crash. Unknown if injuries.

With 11 place winners, Coudy takes second at the Mercer Wrestling Tournament.

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Clarksville Dispatched To Vehicle Crash With Ejection

At 9:15 PM on Saturday, Clarksville has been dispatched to County Road 1 near the Roberts Road for a vehicle accident with ejection of one patient.
Request ambulance from Cuba & Olean 10 to scene.
Cuba ambulance diverted to stand by at Clarksville.

Friendship requested to shut road down at Roberts Road intersection. Mercy Flight requested to firemen's park for ejected victim with head injury. 

There is only one patient, en route to LZ. Mercy Flight landed at 9:48. Airborne at 10:04 PM to ECMC in Buffalo.

Swim Teams Host Alfred State on Senior Day

By Scott Elliott
BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford men’s swimming team won its third straight dual Saturday, defeating Alfred State 149-112, while the women were edged 176-57.

The Panther men won a total of 11 events and set a Pitt-Bradford pool record in the 400-yard medley relay.

Carey Behm was a double-winner, taking first in the 500-yard and 1,000-yard free swims. Nicholas Boyd won three events, finishing tops in the 50-yard free, 100-yard free and 100-yard back races. Lucas Cerchiaro took first in the 200-yard free and butterfly events, and Corey Koss won the 100-yard back race. Koss and Cerchiaro tied for first in the 200-yard back, finishing in an identical time of 2:05.64.

The 400-yard medley relay of Cerchiaro, Behm, Koss and Boyd finished in 3:22.49, besting the pool record held previously by Buffalo State. The 200-yard medley relay of Koss, Noah Frederick, Devyn Condon and Mitchell Smith was also victorious.

In other results, Condon took second in the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard free and 200-yard butterfly, and Frederick was second in the 100-yard breast and 400-yard individual medley.

The women were led by senior Elizabeth Prager, who was honored prior to the start of the dual for her four-year career at Pitt-Bradford. It was the teams’ final home dual of the season.

Prager won the 100-yard back and 200-yard back, and Rebecca Avery took first in the 100-yard butterfly.

Jillian Wright was runner-up in the 100-yard breast and 200-yard breast, Avery placed third in the 50-yard free and 100-yard free, and Wenjing Miao took fourth in the 100-yard breast and 100-yard back.

The 200-yard medley relay of Prager, Wright, Avery and Miao finished second.

The Pitt-Bradford swim teams wrap up the regular season next Saturday at Penn State Behrend.

NCAA DIII MBB Score: Pitt-Bradford 75, La Roche 74

By Scott Elliott
Pitt-Bradford Men Survive Wild Finish to Stun La Roche

BRADFORD, Pa. - Fateem Brockington hit the game-winning shot with five seconds remaining and the Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball team survived a frantic finish to edge La Roche, 75-74, Saturday afternoon.

The Redhawks entered the contest atop the league standings with a mark of 8-1, yet the Panthers led for nearly 37 minutes and overcame poor outside shooting to knock off the visitors.

La Roche erased a nine-point deficit over the final 3:22 to tie game at 73 with 15 seconds left on Arnes Bajgora’s three from the wing. Pitt-Bradford aided the Redhawks’ comeback attempt by missing a pair of shots and turning the ball over three times.

Following Bajgora’s three, Fateem Brockington drove the lane and hit a pull-up jumper, giving the Panthers a 75-73 lead, and then chaos ensued.

Out of a La Roche timeout, Pitt-Bradford’s Dylan Niedermeyer stole Dion Etheridge’s inbounds pass near half-court. The Redhawks immediately fouled, and Niedermeyer lost his balance, crashing to the floor. His momentum from making the steal carried him underneath the Panthers’ basket.

Pitt-Bradford was assessed a Class B technical foul when Tim Atkinson rushed over from the bench to help Niedermeyer up. La Roche was awarded one free throw and converted, and Niedermeyer went to the line at the other end with a chance to ice the game. He missed the front-end of the one-and-one and was whistled for a foul as La Roche’s Ray Quan Phifer attempted to push the ball up the court with two seconds remaining.

With the student section at a fever-pitch, Phifer missed his free throw shot with 0.6 seconds left on the clock, and Evan Greening tipped the ball into the corner to preserve the win.

Pitt-Bradford built a 13-point first-half lead, ignited by the play of Sahlil Harris off the bench. His and-one play fueled a stretch of nine-straight points by the Panthers midway through the half, and his jumper shortly before the buzzer gave the home team a 38-31 lead at the break.

La Roche tied the game on four separate occasions in the second half, yet could never jump ahead as the Panthers answered each time. Brockington’s and-one play with 3:22 remaining pushed Pitt-Bradford’s deficit to nine, setting the stage for a wild finish.

The Panthers shot 46 percent from the floor, but struggled from long-range going 4-16. They were 15-19 from the charity stripe and outscored the Redhawks by 12 in the paint. La Roche hit 44 percent of its attempts and connected for nine threes to claw back.

Harris finished with a career-high 25 points on 9-13 shooting, and Greening collected his 14th double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and pulling down 14 boards. His rebound shortly before halftime gave him 1,000 for his career. Brockington added 15 points, and Jon Haenel netted four steals.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 8-8 on the year and 6-5 in the AMCC. The Panthers travel to Alfred State Wednesday for a mid-week contest.

LA ROCHE (74)
Bonnaure 6-7-7-21, Gould 5-1-2-14, Philfer 6-0-2-12, Bajgora 3-0-0-8, Etheridge 3-0-0-7, Abreu 1-2-4-5, Thomas 2-0-0-4, Norkus 1-0-3-2, Darius 0-1-2-1. 27-11-20-74.
PITT_BRADFORD(75)
Harris 9-5-5-25, Greening 7-2-3-16, Brockington 5-4-5-15, Welch 1-4-4-7, Niedermeyer 3-0-1-6, Perkins 2-0-0-4, Haenel 1-0-0-2, Atkinson 0-0-0-0, Kinsey 0-0-1-0, Sutton 0-0-0-0. 28-15-19-75.
Halftime: Pitt-Bradford 38-31
3-Point FG's: La Roche - Gould 3, Bonnaure 2, Bajgora 2, Abreu 1, Etheridge 1; Pitt-Bradford - Harris 2, Brockington 1, Welch 1

Cat Found On Rt. 6 In Roulette

Cat found on Rt 6 Roulette.  If it
belongs to you please call 814-544-8078.

Pancake Breakfast At Shinglehouse American Legion Benefits Habitat For Humanity


N. Joan Stephen, 89, of Portville, NY

N. Joan Stephen
“local poet”

PORTVILLE, NY---N. Joan Stephen, 89, of Portville, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017 in the Bradford Manor, Bradford, PA.

Born on October 15, 1927 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Howard and Marion Holcomb Brundage. In 1948 in Westons Mills, she married William N. “Bill” Stephen, who passed away on October 10, 2004.

Joan was a graduate of Olean High School, Class of 1945. She also attended the Pittsburgh Art Institute. 

Joan had been employed in the offices of the former Haseloff Motors in Olean and the Portville Central School. Along with her husband, she owned and operated the Portside Motel and Portville Storage, both in Portville, until they were sold. She was employed by her son at Wayne Paving in Shinglehouse until retiring in 1992. She also enjoyed helping her daughter, Jan, at Jan’s Restaurant in Portville.

Joan loved to write and paint. Over the years, her writings and poems appeared in many publications including the Buffalo News, the Olean Times Herald, Grit Magazine, and the Patriot and Free Press in Cuba.

Surviving are two sons, William H. (Marlene) Stephen of Ceres, NY and Wayne A. (Lisa) Stephen of Cuba, NY; two daughters, Jan M. Jadlowski of Portville and Julie Bonhoff of Fort Myers, Florida; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Stephen of Garner, NC and Martha Barlet of Underwood, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Joan was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Brundage.

Friends may call from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

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


To express condolences or share a fond memory of Joan, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Hamlin Township, Mt. Jewett Dispatched To Crash On Shawmutt Grade Road

At 5:32 PM on Saturday, Hamlin Township Fire, QRS, and Mt. Jewett Ambulance dispatched to the 1000 block of Shawmutt Grade Road in Sargeant Township, for a vehicle over the embankment. Possible one injury.
5:44 PM--Recall  by Chief 20.

Bradford Dispatched For Motorcycle Accident On Interstate Parkway

At 4:17 PM on Saturday, Bradford Township Fire Dept. and Bradford Ambulance have been dispatched to Interstate Parkway near the New York line for a victim of a motorcycle accident. Unknown if in NY or PA.

NCAA DIII WBB Score: La Roche 57, Pitt-Bradford 56

by Scott Elliott
Panther Women Can't Complete Upset of La Roche

BRADFORD, Pa. - La Roche scored the game-winning basket with one minute remaining and held on to beat the Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team, 57-56, Saturday afternoon at the KOA Arena.

Billed the AMCC Game of the Week, the matchup of the league’s top two teams lived up to the hype and then some. The game was tied at 44 after three quarters and the lead exchanged hands 10 times over the final 10 minutes.

Trailing 52-49, La Roche scored four straight points to go ahead by one with 3:07 remaining. Following a Pitt-Bradford timeout, Darien Lantz found Brittany Watts free in the lane, and she scored to push the Panthers in front 54-53.

The Redhawks scored on the ensuing possession, but Pitt-Bradford retook the lead on Watts’ second straight basket with 2:15 remaining. The teams traded empty possessions, and off an offensive rebound, the Redhawks’ Mackenzie O’Donnell knocked down a 15-foot jumper to make it 57-56.

Ali Rinfrette was whistled for traveling on the subsequent play, yet the Panthers forced a turnover of their own with 20 seconds left.

Watts had the ball poked away underneath with three seconds remaining, and the Panthers called a timeout to set-up one final play. Rinfrette got free for a shot from the right wing, but it grazed off the front-end of the basket, and the Redhawks escaped with their perfect conference record intact.

Pitt-Bradford trailed much of the first half before closing the period on a 10-4 run, capped by Anna Colebert’s jumper in the paint with 56 seconds left, to lead 29-28 at halftime.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well from the field, nor forced the volume of turnovers they generally do. Pitt-Bradford hit at a 36 percent clip, the Redhawks shot 34 percent, and they combined for just seven made threes. The Panthers outrebounded the Redhawks 47-39 and held a 32-28 scoring edge in the paint.

Watts led Pitt-Bradford with 12 points on 6-10 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double. Kaserra Owens finished with 11 points, five rebounds, and four steals while holding the Redhawks’ TiChina Mitchell relatively in check all game. Mitchell entered the contest averaging more than 27 points per game and was held six points below her season-average.

Colebert totaled 10 points, and Lantz added nine points and three assists. Rinfrette, the team’s leading scorer, battled foul trouble and was limited to a season-low six points.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 9-8 on the season and 7-4 in the AMCC. The Panthers travel to Alfred State Wednesday for a late-season non-conference matchup. 

LA ROCHE(57)
Mitchell 7-4-6-21, Harris 6-3-3-15, O'Donnell 6-2-5-14, Johnson 2-0-0-5, Schifino 1-0-0-2, Regan 0-0-0-0, Brown 0-0-0-0. 22-9-14-57.
PITT-BRADFORD(56)
Watts 6-0-0-12, Owens 5-1-1-11, Colebert 4-0-0-10, Lantz 3-2-2-9, Rinfrette 2-2-4-6, Maciag 2-0-0-4, Isenberg 2-0-0-4, Guengerich 0-0-0-0, Stringer 0-0-0-0. 24-5-7-56.
Halftime: Pitt-Bradford 29-28
3 Point FG's: La Roche - Mitchell 3, Johnson 1; Pitt-Bradford - Colebert 2, Lantz 1.

Franklinville & Lyndon Dispatched for Victim of ATV Crash

At 3:18 PM on Saturday, Franklinville  and Lyndon Fire Depts, EMS & Olean 10 have been dispatched to the area of 7027 Town Line Road for a 60 year old male with a throat laceration at the scene of an ATV accident 1 mile into the woods.
Mercy Flight is en route.

David P. Wolz, 64, of Gaines, PA

David P. Wolz

David P. Wolz, 64, of Gaines, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. 

US Air Force
Born December 23, 1952 in Alexandria, VA, he was a son of the late David and Jean (Chase) Wolz. 

He was a Veteran having served in the United States Air Force. 

On November 10, 1979, in Gaines, he married the former Diane Shelley, who survives. 

Dave was the warehouse manager at Lush Brothers in Galeton and then retired from Denny Electric in Wellsboro. 

 He greatly enjoyed playing computer games, playing in pinochle tournaments, mowing, and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan. 

Surviving in addition to his wife, Diane Wolz are a son, David Wolz, Gaines; a daughter, Christie (Glenn Sweeley) Wolz, Galeton; a sister, Lynda (Jerry) Hinkle, Pinson, AL; was Pappy to four grandchildren, Spencer Allen Sweeley, Lanie Jean Sweeley, Courtney Rae Watkins, and Madalinn Audrey Wolz; and his dog, Duke. I

n addition to his parents, Dave was predeceased by a granddaughter, Maddison Lynn Sweeley and a sister, Sharon Bridgeman. 

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm with Funeral Services following at 7:00pm. The Rev. Brent Baker will officiate. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Corning Guthrie Cancer Center.

Free Spaghetti dinner from 4-6pm today at Sweden Valley UM Church.

Free Spaghetti dinner from 4-6pm today at Sweden Valley UM Church.

Edna I Dutton, 84, formerly of Pierce Brook, East Smethport, PA

Edna Dutton

NEW CASTLE — Edna I Dutton, 84, formerly of Pierce Brook, East Smethport, PA passed away Thursday (Jan. 19, 2017) in The Grove at New Castle following a lengthy illness.

Born June 26, 1932, in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Charles A. and Irene L. Hunt Wandover.

Edna was a graduate of Otto High School, attended Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, and received her degree in education from Mansfield University. She spent most of her life on Pierce Brook in East Smethport prior to moving to be closer to her children.

Mrs. Dutton was employed by several McKean County Schools as an art teacher. She also served several years in children’s ministry for the Free Methodist Church Campground in Kane, as well as teaching Sunday School for many years in the Free Methodist Church. She played piano and organ for the Free Methodist Church, too. Edna served on the church board and as delegate for the Free Methodist Church many times.

Surviving are three sons, Theodore (Denise) Dutton of Centreville,Va., Nathan (Cynthia) Dutton of Gahanna, Ohio , and Jonathan Dutton of Erie; one daughter, Patricia (James) Dutton-Moose; five grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Wandover in South Carolina and Charles Thomas “Tom” Wandover in Florida; a sister, Lydia (Thomas) Brockway of Eldred; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Sunday at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred from 2 to 4 p.m., at which time funeral services will be held. Burial will follow in Annin Creek Cemetery, Turtlepoint.

Memorial contributions may be made to International Child Care Ministries, 770 N. High School St., Indianapolis, IN 46214.

Cutting Edge Gymnastics

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Shinglehouse Ambulance Dispatched To ATV Crash With Injury

At 12:33 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to Honeoye Road, 1 mile from the borough, for an ATV accident with one person with a head injury. Pennsylvania State Police are on scene.

Genesee Twp. sees leadership shuffle for new year

By Sharon Corderman

Genesee Township is going into the new year with some change in
leadership and some carryover of old issues, including a civil suit
involving an alleged Sunshine Law violation and a grievance regarding
the community garbage policy. The board of supervisors, chaired last
year by Dann Thompson, will be led in 2017 by Scot Miller.

Miller was nominated for chairman by Supervisor Scott Luce, with a
second by Miller. The action was opposed by Thompson. Miller then
nominated Luce for vice-chair, with a second by Luce and a nay vote
from Thompson.

Secretary Kristine Smith will continue in her position, at her current
wage, but supervisors agreed to discontinue the vacation benefit,
while retaining the six sick days. Smith has served as secretary since
March 2016 and recently received a pay increase. Thompson, who said he
was unaware of the wage adjustment, voted against it and said he
considers it “atrocious” to provide benefits to a part-time employee.

Colby Cooney, who has served as temporary roadmaster since Aug. 2015
except for a short period last winter when Thompson filled the role,
was named roadmaster upon the resignation of Tim Elliott, who had held
the position and has been on leave due to injury. No changes were made
to Cooney’s wages and he will continue to be allowed six sick days per
year. The position includes two weeks vacation after a year. Milller
and Luce voted for these actions, while Thompson voted against
changing the position from a temporary status, but in favor of the
benefits.

The other full-time road crew position was also changed from a
temporary status, with Miller noting that the employee in this
position has worked for the township full-time for more than a year.
Wages for the position remain the same. Thompson voted against the
decision.

Billy Braun was reappointed as building permit officer, at the same
compensation as last year. Braun noted that he will continue to
decline any payment for his service. “You can put it in the budget,”
he told supervisors, “but I don’t want anything.” Braun will also
serve as vacancy board chairman.

Briana Calcote was chosen to fill a auditor’s seat made vacant by the
resignation of Sarah Miller.

After some contentious discussion, supervisors voted unanimously to
continue with the $50 annual garbage fee and a $2 per bag sticker fee,
with the option to revisit both decisions. All permit fees and tax
allotments will remain the same, as well.

At the conclusion of the organizational meeting, Miller opened the
regular monthly meeting by saying he believes the township has a lot
to offer. “We have a nice park, a nice little downtown area, and we
have great employees,” he said, adding that everyone should count
their blessings and work together, instead of against one another.

A resident said that while that sounds good, it didn’t appear to him
that Miller and Luce were trying very hard to work with Thompson.
Miller replied that when someone has filed a lawsuit against another
it makes it difficult to work together, referring to the suit against
the township and supervisors Miller and Luce in which Thompson is a
plaintiff, along with residents Rance Baxter and Dennis Matteson.

Baxter and Matteson once again asked supervisors to eliminate the $50
annual garbage fee but, after discussion and a year-end report by the
secretary showing the solid waste fund with a financial deficit if the
FEMA-approved rate for truck usage and other apportioned costs are
included in the calculation, Miller said he has no intention of
changing the program at this time. Matteson said he wants it put in
the minutes that Miller refused to consider an alternate plan. Miller
said options have been discussed and considered and he doesn’t think
any change is warranted.

Meetings will continue to be held the first Tuesday of each month
(with the exception of November) at 7 p.m. at the firehall.

Portville Dispatched To Crash On Olean-Portville Road

At 10:53 AM on Saturday, Portville Fire & Ambulance with Olean 10, have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash in front of Pizza Land on the Olean-Portville Road. One female is reported injured.

Jessica Ann Hanchett, 27, formerly of 3293 Proctor Road, Wellsville, NY

Jessica Ann Hanchet

Wellsville, NY - Jessica Ann Hanchett, 27, formerly of 3293 Proctor Road died on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in Buffalo. 

She was born October 18, 1989 in Wellsville the daughter of Michael and Lisa (Forness) Ainsworth.

Jessica was a 2007 graduate of Whitesville High School and attended Finger Lakes Community College. 

She was employed as a private duty healthcare aide in the Wellsville and Whitesville area for several years; until she moved to Buffalo a year ago. She loved playing softball, Basketball and Soccer for Whitesville while in high school and soccer for Fingerlakes. For the past several years she played with the Wellsville Women’s Slow Pitch Softball League. She enjoyed spending time with her family who will miss her wonderful sense of humor.

Surviving in addition to her parents of Whitesville, are two sisters, Courtney Ainsworth and Serena Ainsworth both of Whitesville, one brother, Joshua Hanchett of Wellsville, maternal grandparents, Tom and Marilyn Forness of Wellsville, paternal grandparents, Bonnie and Terry Timmerman of Whitesville, aunts and uncles, Kelly and Dan Goodridge, Chris and Jamie Forness, Kara and Michael Bowers, and Kim Forness, two great grandmothers, Dot Lerch of Ulysses, PA and Ruth (Lemar) Solley of Zephyrhills, FL, as well several beloved cousins. 

She was predeceased by two uncles, Pat Forness and Dan Ainsworth.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 24th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral follow visitation at 7:00 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Women’s Slow Pitch Softball League. 

To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Bill Pekarski: Day 143, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 143, Living life on my terms.

How blessed can one person be? I have to keep asking myself that question these days. First, I am blessed that God has provided me with a path to make myself well and, mainly through my writing, touch the lives of others. Second, I have a wonderful wife and family who support me when needed. Third, I have some of the best friends any person could ever hope to have.

I am starting to get off of the oxygen a little bit at home each day. Today I went off for a small period while I cleaned up myself to start my day. At first when I sat back down, my oxygen was down to around 85%, but after 2 deep breathes I was right back up to 94%. This should improve as I drop more weight and increase my stamina. Still, having a quick recovery like that is progress.

My family has been wonderful through all of my trials and turmoils over the past couple of years. My sister Anne and I try to communicate every day, even though I tend to be a little lazy about calling her. If Joe doesn’t hear anything from me for three days, he will call to make sure I am “among the living” and that things are alright. Lucia is always there when I need her as well. Her mantra for me is “you just gotta get up and do it!”

Get up and do it; that is exactly what it is time to do. I have too many things that I need to do and so many things that I want to do. Additionally, as of this week, I have something else to strive toward; an IUP friend gathering in Potter County this summer!

It was all the idea of my great friend Linda Voegler-Granite and her partners in crime; Jennifer Meliton and Jennifer Buchanan-Rapatch. These three put their minds together and decided that if Muhammed (I guess that is me) can’t come off of the mountain (referring to Potter County), maybe they should all ascend up the mountain to him!

You see, my health has prevented me from traveling to several recent alumni events and reunions that took place down state. While I was able to enjoy videos and pictures from those who did attend, I missed out on the personal interactions. I missed out on being a part of the memories and as everyone has realized by now, I am all about the memories.

It was after my story that had the photo of 15 friends huddled around a couch outside in a courtyard at IUP. Like the story said, we were living for the moment and each other. That single story started to spark ideas and inspire others in many different ways.

Having taught for a couple of years in Port Allegany, Linda was familiar with our area and she started looking into some vacation rentals and realized our area has much to offer. She found countless rentals that were available and suited the need of a “small” group.

Luckily, the property she has more or less reserved can also handle a large group, because the idea of a God’s Country Get Together took flight and has generated a great deal of interest and support. If things continue, this will not be just a small group, and I could not be happier.

The string of comments has been astonishing. Friends who have moved to even far away states are trying to make arrangements so that they can attend. They are taking ideas and running with them.

Much like the story I wrote about how a small town could survive and flourish, they have all realized that Mother Nature provides a bounty of activities available in our humble little area. Hiking, fishing, stargazing, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, the Austin Dam and the Ice Mine are just a few of the highlights that are being considered.

All of those activities are great, but all of us are mostly looking forward to sitting around the campfire and picking up on conversations that started over 20 years ago.

I have to keep from getting too excited about all of this as things are still in the planning and development stages, but it is very hard. I have not been this eager since the IUP Marching Band came to Coudersport back in 2000.

As a group, my IUP friends and I tend to be spontaneous, down to earth, and fun loving. When I mentioned that I was related to the people who own Mort’s Meat Mafia and we might be able to contract him to provide us with some real barbeque for our gathering, they were all on board.

In fact, they really loved the name and the logo. One of the first questions was wondering if Mort had t-shirts with his logo. Now a bunch of them want to get his t-shirts for a group photo. That is just the kind of people they are, and how I miss and love them.

While at school, I often lamented on the greatness of my hometown, which before meeting me most of them had never even heard of Coudersport. After looking over things that have been posted, many of them are wondering why they never vacationed up here before.

Today I want to dedicate my progress to the three ladies who are trying to make this the best summer ever (at least for me, it would be the best summer ever!!!); Linda Voegler Granite, Jennifer Ann Meliton, and Jennifer Buchanan Rapatch. I really hope we are able to pull this off and spend time together in my mountains.

Also, before I end this story, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both Jennifer’s today, January 21. I love you girls and can’t wait to see you!

Patrick Crants Sports Photography: Girls Basketball Senior Night.

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Patrick Crants Sports Photography: Girls Basketball - Smethport @ Port.

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RECALLS

Hans Kissle Company, LLC. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Products Due To Potential Processing Deviation
Hans Kissle Company, LLC., a Haverhill, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,348 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products due to a potential process defect, resulting in the potential survival of bacterial pathogens in the products.

Morris Dispatched To One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 287

At 12:42 AM on Saturday, Morris Fire & Ambulance & Wellsboro ALS have been dispatched to a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Road and Rt. 287.

Seneca Highlands IU #9 Has Several Positions Available

Experienced Snow Plow Driver / Equipment Operator Wanted

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Public Library in Port Allegany, PA seeking Part-Time Circulation Desk Staff

www.swsmithlibrary.org

Antiques Extravaganza Auction, Saturday, January 21st At Daniel A. Carter Auctions, Allegany, NY


No Snow, But Hills Creek State Park Is Still A Go For This Saturday's Winterfest

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Concern Seeking Applicants For Positions In Wellsboro, Mansfield & Towanda

www.concern4kids.org

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