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51St Annual Potter-Tioga Maple Festival

51St Annual Potter-Tioga Maple Festival

Howard's Inc.

Howard's Kubota, Coudersport, PA

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

New In House Air Cascade System Delivered To Roulette Firefighters

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Coudersport Ambulance To North East Street

At 10:19 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to North East Street for a fall victim.

Coudersport Ambulance To Maple View Drive

At 7:33 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 were dispatched to Maple View Drive for a medical emergency.

Patches came home tonight all by himself!!!

Patches came home tonight all by himself!!!  Very tired and a little dirty but he is home safe with his family tonight!!!

Nature Photographer & Borough Manager Conspire To Clean Up Coudersport


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Coudersport Ambulance To Vader Hill Road

At 3:23 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Vader Hill Road for a victim of a dog bite.

Coudersport Falcon / Elk County Catholic Crusaders Broadcast Information

BROADCAST INFORMATION FOR TONIGHT'S DISTRICT 9 CLASS A BOYS TITLE GAME BETWEEN THE (3) COUDERSPORT FALCONS AND THE (1) ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC CRUSADERS

BROADCAST START - 7:45 P.M.
TIPOFF - 8 P.M.

Tonight's game will be aired on WFRM 600 AM AND streamed live through www.exploreclarion.com

To listen online: Go to exploreclarion.com, on the right side of the home page there will be a list of games to choose from.

Christian Sevinsky will be calling the game with broadcast partners, Steve Sevinsky, and Dustin Kifer.

Thank you for listening!

Danni's Ripple Effect, A Story of Heroin Addiction and Subsequent Death of a Local Young Woman at Age 22

It’s an epidemic – and one being tackled on many fronts.

Turn on the radio, pick up a newspaper or click on your computer. Chances are you have seen a story about drugs in our region. It could be a police-related story on an arrest for drug trafficking, the struggle of someone overdosing and in the hospital or someone who has become the ultimate victim of drugs. Danni Fitzsimmons is that person.

This is the start of a series on the epidemic of heroin use in our area. Today, you will be introduced to Danni, whose death at the age of 22, inspired this series. Subsequent stories will discuss why heroin has become the drug of choice, how those struggling with addiction can be helped, what law enforcement agencies are doing to curtail its use and trafficking and what Danni’s family is doing to make sure she is not just another statistic. That her life and death counts.

In the end, we hope to show you, the reader, this problem which is hitting too close to home. And, perhaps, provide some insight on stopping this prevalent problem in its tracks.

We are calling it Danni’s Ripple Effect – our way of keeping the conversation going.


- the story follows

By SANDY RHODES


Danielle Fitzsimmons drew her last breath on Oct. 23, but to her family, she died nine days earlier when she took a lethal dose of heroin.

This bright, beautiful 22-year-old lived and worked in Bradford. She also bought her heroin there – a scenario that highlights a deadly problem that is increasingly prevalent in rural Northcentral Pennsylvania.

While her family still mourns her death, they are intent on letting others know about Danni, her addiction, and her untimely death. Their plight is a mere stone’s throw away from other families struggling.

“Shame is what keeps addicts and their families silent,” her mom Paula Thompson said. “I am not ashamed of my daughter and I need people to know that it's OK to talk about this epidemic. Only by discussing it can we find a cure.”
Danni’s ripple effect on the world she left way too soon.

Before drugs

The bright promise of Danni’s early life did not foreshadow what was to come. The Coudersport Area High School graduate had a lot to offer, but never got a chance to show the world.

Thompson describes a dream daughter – “very intelligent, very funny, and witty as hell.”

“Her laugh made me laugh. She was fiercely independent. She was like that her entire life. She never asked me for anything,” says Thompson. “She was a little quirky. She was so smart. Math and science were her way of life. She was so good at that stuff. She was taking college courses in high school.”

Danni studied engineering at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, before switching to computer science.

“I should have known then that something was wrong,” Thompson says about that switch. “She talked to me about all the pressure people (family and friends) were putting on her about school. She didn't want to let people down. She just wanted to work for a while - to have money. I told her ‘Danielle, you're 21 years old. You have to decide what is right for you, not other people.’"

Thompson recalls telling her daughter, “You're young. You have your whole life ahead of you. If you don't want to go to school right now, then don't. You have plenty of time.”

Danni took her mother’s advice and started working in the bakery of the Walmart in Bradford. She was trying to find her own path, but little did she or her family know that the road before her would come to an abrupt end.

“If only I had known she would be gone in a year,” says Thompson.

Danni’s life made an impact on another family member.

Danni and her older brother, Ryan Bodecker, were very close throughout her life – so close that they did drugs together. Bodecker remembers a little sister who he thought he would grow old with, but never had the chance.

“She was an amazing person. Danielle and I had a great relationship,” he said. “We were very close … when she needed something, she would come to me. When she was sad, angry, sick or ever happy, she would come to me.”

But in the end, the pressure of living up to what people expected of her took its toll on Danni.

“That became overwhelming to her. I think that’s why she started using,” Thompson said.

Regardless of how or when she started using heroin, Danni, like countless of others, ended up losing her life as the result of one bad decision.

“She was an amazing, brilliant, beautiful girl who made bad choices,” Thompson said. “I will not hide my head in the sand and pretend that drug addiction isn't real or it only happens to ‘bad’ people.”

And it is happening in rural Pennsylvania more and more (see sidebar). Thompson and Bodecker want to make sure no other families go through the pain of the loss they are experiencing.

The highs and lows of addiction

Thompson is realistic about the pressures of being young – whether in the 1980s or now. But times have changed. Now, each decision to experiment with drugs can be a fatal one.

“In my teen years, I experimented. We all did. Back then it was alcohol, weed, and maybe a little cocaine. I had never even heard of heroin or opiates,” Thompson said. “I experimented, I didn't like it. I didn't continue to do it. Our kids are doing the same thing. They are experimenting. The huge difference is heroin sticks its claws in from the very first time. Society is criticizing our youths for doing the same exact things we did.”

Bodecker knows very well what his sister went through before her death from an overdose. He is also an addict, and would frequently use drugs with Danni.

“Yes, I knew Danielle had a drug problem,” he said matter-of-factly. “I used to get high with Danielle so I guess I have known for about a year.”

Like at other times in her life, Danni would go to her brother for help. And rather than see his sister resort to crime to help get her high, he would give her the money.

“… If she needed money, I would send it to her. I knew what it was for, but I also know what it is like to be sick and not be able to get money,” he said. “I never wanted my sister out robbing people or selling herself, so I would send her money.”

“Not smart on my end, but I was able to justify it. I knew Danielle was using heroin as I have used it with her. I’m not proud of this either.”

According to Bodecker, Danni felt comfortable approaching and talking with him because she knew he would be sympathetic and non-judgmental.

“I, myself, am an addict so she knew I would never judge her,” Bodecker said. “She could tell me things that other people would find shameful, but I completely understood.”

Bodecker says that his own drug use came out of his desire to mask feelings of anxiety, guilt and shame.

“… which is funny because when you use, those are the exact feelings you get,” he said. “You feel shameful for what you are doing so you are stuck in this continuous cycle.

“It’s awful. Not only do you physically withdraw, without it, even after the physical symptoms, your mind is never the same.”

But the draw of the next high is a powerful, magnetic one.

“Your memory always remembers that ‘high’ feeling and you trick yourself into wanting it more and more,” Bodecker said. “You’re feeding yourself
terrible thoughts and before you know it, you are acting on them.”

And unlike some other drugs, heroin is instantly addictive.

“The ‘high’ is never going to be worth all that you will lose. It will destroy your life,” Thompson said. “I cannot wrap my head around that. Remember when we were young and people were smoking cigarettes? Someone would say ‘come on, just take one hit.’ Oh my God, that is happening with heroin. I cannot believe that!”

For Danni, that ‘one more hit’ – her last – came one day in October in Bradford. Nine days later, on Oct. 23 at 9:36 a.m., she would die. Cause of death: heroin overdose.

“I remember those nine days at the Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital,” Thompson said. “It was awful. Her eyes were open, but rolled up so you could only see the whites. Tears would roll down her cheeks like she could hear me.”

For days, Danni’s family stayed by her side, struggling to make peace with her medical situation and what the future would hold for her.
“She would shake really bad sometimes. I swear she could hear me and knew I was there. I finally got her eyes to move down and I swear she saw me.

I told her how so, so sorry I am that this happened to her,” Thompson said. “I told her I know you're probably scared and don't understand what is going on but it's OK, you're safe, I'm right here and I'm not going anywhere.

“She seemed like she was fighting it for a long time.... I watched her fight it for days.”

Danni’s family watched as her temperature hovered around 102 degrees. Doctors were forced to keep her on ice as they tried to stabilize her.

One day during this time, Thompson walked into the room and told Danni she was there. Danni started to shake and try to sit up. Thompson realized then that the fight was too much for Danni.

“I told her I love her so much and I wanted to take her home. My face was inches from her face and I know she was looking at me. I told her how much I wanted her to stay but I knew she must be tired. I told her if it's too hard to fight it, then it's OK. I told her it was OK to leave us.

“I was rubbing her forehead, like petting her. I told her how much I love her but she didn't have to stay if she wanted to go. She was shaking the entire time but when I was rubbing her forehead, I said ‘just relax baby girl, it's OK, I'm right here’ and she closed her eyes and stopped shaking. She never responded to me again, or anyone else. It was the next day we took away all life-saving measures.”

The next few days were horrifying to witness, Thompson said, as Danni was eventually given “massive amounts” of morphine and Ativan every 15 minutes to keep her as comfortable as possible. Thompson knew the end was near.

“I cried and squeezed her hand and listened to her breathe. I knew every breath might be the last. Finally, she breathed in, then out, and that was the end. She didn't take any more breaths. That was so horrible.”

“To actually see my baby take her very last breath; to know that she is gone forever. But her heart remained beating. See, just like the heroin overdose, it stopped her breathing. Eventually her heart stopped. So she died in the hospital, exactly how she died in that house from the heroin.”

Thompson wants everyone to know that while it may appear the person who overdosed is peacefully that is not how it happens.

“It's horrible and gut wrenching to watch and I wouldn't wish that on any parent or loved one,” she said. “Maybe for the person that overdosed, it was like going to sleep, but for the family, it's a horrible nightmare. So you go from praying for a miracle to planning a funeral. To going to visitations and then watching as the casket closes. You feel like screaming because you know that's the last time you'll ever see their face. And now? Now it's terrible sadness, guilt, anger, all kinds of emotions on a daily basis.

“So please, if you are addicted, try to get help. If you aren't, then I'm begging you, do not try it. Do not even go near it. It is evil.”
Ripple Effect

Even now, just three months after her death, Danni’s family is focusing on keeping her memory alive and raising their voices in the hopes of helping others.

“I want her death to have some sort of reason behind it because I just can't understand why she had to go at only 22 years old. I struggle with that. She was so young. I think this will give me what I need. What we all need. Her voice needs to be heard,” Thompson said of telling Danni’s story.

For Danni’s dad, Charlie Fitzsimmons, each day is a reminder of the daughter he lost.

“I think about (her) every day and cannot tell you how much we all miss (her). Time goes on but the thought of not being able to see, talk, or even message each other hurts to the point where time doesn't seem to exist,” he wrote yesterday – the three-month anniversary of Danni’s death.

Bodecker is committed to helping others as well as coping with the death of his little sister.

“I am not doing well with Danni’s passing,” he said. “I struggle with it every day. I have her ashes in a pendant around my neck that I never take off. I cry most days and the other days, I am OK.

“Then, out of nowhere, I’ll remember she is gone and I just lose it. I have never lost someone so close. I don’t even know how to grieve.”

He said counseling is helping, but he also wants to help others in similar situations.

“I would like Danielle’s passing to not be in vain. I want people to hear her story, not just young adults, adolescents, children in school. If we talk to these children while they are young and can instill fear of heroin, they will never want to touch it. I want them to understand the pain my family continues to feel.

“I want them to know, while Danielle was one of the best people I have ever met - her story is not unique. You can get online and find 10,000 other stories of people passing in exactly almost the same fashion. It is so sad.”
However, even after enduring this loss, addiction is hard to live with and a struggle Bodecker must face every day.

“I have not overcome addiction. I don't believe anyone who is an addict ever does - you simply learn to cope. The desire to use is always there. But through NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings, having a sponsor and working the 12-step program, it is very helpful and your odds of staying clean are much higher.”

Counseling also helps; it allows addicts to recognize why they started using drugs in the first place, to see patterns of behavior, and to find other ways to cope.

In the midst of his managing his recovery and coping with a range of difficult emotions, Bodecker wants his sister to be remembered as he saw her.

“Danni was the best, most kind-hearted person I have ever met. She would do anything for anyone. She would give up her coat in freezing weather for a complete stranger.”

It is clear that she learned this empathic trait from her mother.

Just weeks after Danni’s death, Thompson helped bring home the body of a boy – another addict – who died while fleeing from police.

“He got scared because he was on probation, he had a crack pipe, and he ran. The police shot him. He wasn't armed and didn't hurt anyone. It was the drugs that led him to that path. Regardless, he deserved to come home to his family. My heart broke for his mother.”

No one would help the family because of the way he died, but Thompson made sure the boy eventually came home by setting up a fund to pay for his body to be released to his family.

This was the first of many ripple effects set in motion by Danni’s tragic death. Because of the openness and generous spirits of her brother and her mother, there will be many more to come.

“My goal here was to make this heroin epidemic, in our area, real. This is the reality that our children are facing and they are dying, at a rapid rate, because of it. The path of addiction is not good and never will be. It's an entire cycle. My daughter didn't live long enough to start lying, stealing, robbing. That is exactly where heroin addiction leads.”

Bodecker has offered to share his experiences and insights with anyone who could benefit from hearing them. He encourages anyone suffering from addiction or anyone with a family member struggling with addiction to contact him at mailingrcb@gmail.com.

The fight has just begun and is not over – not by a long shot, according to Thompson.

“I am fighting the fight so she will never be forgotten.”

Grace A. Scott, 87, of 418 E Allegany Ave., Emporium, PA

Grace A. Scott
Grace A. Scott

Grace A. Scott, 87, of 418 E Allegany Ave., Emporium, PA died at her residence Friday (February 26, 2016) evening following a brief illness.

She was born October 27, 1928 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Domenico and Rose Policastro Tartaglia.


She married the late Sam Scott.


Grace enjoyed playing bingo and cards at the senior center, going to the casino, relaxing on her porch, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.


Surviving
2 Daughters: Susan (Glenn) Anderson, St. Marys and Samina Scott, Emporium, 2 Grandchildren Brent (Karen) Anderson, Charlotte, NC & Paige Scott, Emporium, 1 Sister Roseann (Jack) Taylor, Lady Lake, FL, 2 Brothers Edward "Junior" Tartaglia, Emporium and Robert (Letty) Tartaglia, Lady Lake, FL
 

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Domenico and Rose Policastro Tartaglia, Husband Sam Scott, 4 Sisters: Jane York, Caroline Tartaglia, Helen House & Sylvia Ives and 3 Brothers: Joseph, Daniel and Lawrence Tartaglia


Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church
235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.


Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 4-7 PM.


Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA


Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Senior Center, 213-1/2 South Maple Street, Emporium, PA 15834


Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net
 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Coudersport Ambulance To North Main Street

At 12:30 on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to assist a fall victim on North Main Street.

Jack R. THOMAS, 85, of Ulysses, PA

Jack R. THOMAS
Jack R. THOMAS

Jack R. THOMAS, 85, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, February 26, 2016 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 
US Navy Veteran

Born August 26, 1930, in Mansfield, OH, he was the son of Clyde and Helen Paige Thomas.

 A US Navy Veteran, he served honorable from 1952 – 1955. 

 On February 21, 1959, in Doylestown, PA, he married the former Donna M. Rockwell Achberger, who survives. Mr. Thomas and his wife owned and operated a dairy farm in Ulysses for many years. 

He was a member of the Ulysses United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee, the PA Holstein Association, the Tin Can Sailors, Northern Potter School Board, and was one of the founders of Dairy Wide 4-H Club. 

Surviving besides his wife, Donna, are: two sons, Jack R. (Kathy) Thomas, Jr. of Ulysses and Tracy (Bobbie Jo) Thomas of Osceola, PA; four step-children, Eldon (Linda) Achberger of Lantana, FL, Katherine (Rod) Fontanella of Wellsboro, PA, Curt (Ann) Achberger of Montoursville, PA, and Eric (Pam) Achberger of Baton Rouge, LA; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a niece and three nephews. 

He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Riley Thomas; a great-grandson, Ty Finkele; and a brother, Clyde Thomas, Jr. 

Friends may call Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held on 11:00 AM, Wednesday in the Ulysses United Methodist Church. The Rev. Christine Mastin will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County

Administrative violation issued on 2016-02-25 to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. 78.83a.(a)2 - CASING AND CEMENTING PLAN - Operator's casing and cementing plan failed to include information on diameter of the borehole.
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PA Permit Violation Issued to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County

Administrative violation issued on 2016-02-25 to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA 3211(G) - Failure to post the well permit number and the operator's name, address and phone number at the well site during construction of the access road, site preparation and during drilling, operating or alteration of well.
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PA Permit Violation Issued to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County

Administrative violation issued on 2016-02-25 to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA 3211(G) - Failure to post the well permit number and the operator's name, address and phone number at the well site during construction of the access road, site preparation and during drilling, operating or alteration of well.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County

Administrative violation issued on 2016-02-25 to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA 3211(G) - Failure to post the well permit number and the operator's name, address and phone number at the well site during construction of the access road, site preparation and during drilling, operating or alteration of well.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County

Administrative violation issued on 2016-02-25 to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA 3211(G) - Failure to post the well permit number and the operator's name, address and phone number at the well site during construction of the access road, site preparation and during drilling, operating or alteration of well.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-02-25 to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA 3220(A) - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-02-25 to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA 3220(A) - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-02-25 to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA 3220(A) - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-02-25 to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. 78.86 - CASING AND CEMENTING - DEFECTIVE CASING OR CEMENTING - Operator failed to report defect in a well that has defective, insufficient or improperly cemented casing to the Department within 24 hours of discovery. Operator failed to correct defect or failed to submit a plan to correct the defect for approval by the Department within 30 days.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-02-25 to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA 3220(A) - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County

Administrative violation issued on 2016-02-25 to Tachoir Resources Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA 3211(H) - Failure to install, in a permanent manner, the permit number on a completed well.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Wellsboro Dispatched For House Fire

At 11:10 AM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a report of a house fire at 15 Charleston Street in Wellsboro. Report active chimney fire.
11:44 AM--Report fire out.

Coudersport Ambulance To North Main Street

At 12:41 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to North Main Street for a link to life call for difficulty breathing.

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SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MODIFIED SERIES RELEASES 2016 BICKNELL TOURING SERIES SCHEDULE


SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MODIFIED SERIES RELEASES 2016 BICKNELL TOURING SERIES SCHEDULE; ADDITIONAL EVENTS SCHEDULED OVER 2015
February 26, 2016
(By Mike Leone)

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance is set to begin its third year of existence heading into the 2016 season. Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to release an expanded 2016 Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series schedule, which will feature seven events at four different speedways in addition to the 2015 "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up.

"We're excited to continue to see new interest in the RUSH Sportsman Modified division," explained RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. "With Sharon expanding the class from specials only in 2014 to weekly in 2015 the class grew to 15 cars per night and we expect that to grow even more for 2016. And with that said we'll continue to build on our Touring program, which will begin its second year with Bicknell again presenting the program."

Larry Kugel is the defending Bicknell Tour Champion. The competition is expected to get tougher as just about all of the 2015 racers are expected to return with more experience. In addition, racers from all over eastern Ohio and western Pa. have acknowledged they will be joining the divisions. This includes several racers that will be moving up from lower divisions, rookie racers, and a couple Modified crew members moving behind the wheel.

The season will actually kickoff unofficially with the 2015 make-up "Apple Festival Nationals" at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, April 16. The twice rained out night two show will see Greg Martin lead the field to green for the $800 to-win feature. This will be a non-point tour event; however, will offer Bicknell Weekly Series points. New cars are permitted to tag the feature or run a B main depending on car count.

This year, Tri-City Raceway Park in Franklin, Pa. will host two Bicknell Touring Series events. The first will be the opener on Sunday, June 19 paying $600 to-win in a RUSH Tour doubleheader with the Late Models in the "Bill Emig Memorial". The Bicknell Tour for the Sportsman returns to Tri-City on Sunday, September 18 as part of their "Apple Fest".

"Manufacturers Night" will come to Sharon Speedway for the first time for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds on Saturday, June 25. This will be the third "Manufacturers Night" for the division and is expected to grow once again in product for all competing racers. The inaugural event in 2014 was held at Lernerville Speedway where over $5,000 of product was given away. Last year, the event more than doubled to over $11,000 in contingency prizes at Sportsman's Speedway. In addition, $600 will be on the line for the Bicknell Tour event.

The Bicknell Tour then returns to Sharon for the next event on Friday and Saturday, September 16-17 for the annual "Apple Festival Nationals" with $800 on the line.

Though not a weekly track, Lernerville Speedway continues to support the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds with numerous Bicknell Weekly and Tour events. July 1 will another RUSH Tour doubleheader with the Late Models. The Sportsman Mod portion will pay $600 to-win event. The season will again conclude at the Sarver, Pa. oval as part of the popular "Steel City Stampede" paying $800 to-win.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds are set to join up with the RUSH Late Models once again as part of the Trumbull County Fair race at Expo Speedway on Wednesday, July 13 for $600 to-win. The big 5/8-mile oval held not only the first ever Bicknell Tour race for the Sportsman in 2015, but the first ever race for the division at the Cortland, Ohio oval which was won by Greg Martin.

Membership is $125 or $225 for both Touring and Weekly. Membership includes $100,000 of excess participant accident insurance over and above one's personal health insurance and track's insurance.

2016 Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Touring Series Schedule*

Sat, April 16 Sharon Speedway - 2015 Apple Fest Make-up - $800 to-win (non-point)

Sun, June 19 Tri-City Raceway Park - "Bill Emig Memorial" - $600 to-win

Sat, June 25 Sharon Speedway - "Manufacturers Night" - $600 to-win

Fri, July 1 Lernerville Speedway - $600 to-win

Wed, July 13 Expo Speedway - "Trumbull County Fair" - $600 to-win

Fri-Sat, Sept 16-17 Sharon Speedway - "Apple Festival Nationals" - $800 to-win

Sun, Sept 18 Tri-City Raceway Park - "Apple Fest" - $600 to-win

Fri-Sat, Oct 14-15 Lernerville Speedway - "Steel City Stampede" - $800 to-win


*Schedule is subject to change. Additional date(s) may be added.

RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bicknell Racing Products, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, 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.

Friday, February 26, 2016

GAME COMMISSION PLANTS SEED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING

Beginning Monday, schools can order tree seedlings through the Seedlings for Schools program.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission once again is helping students learn about the vital role trees play in the environment.

The “Seedlings for Schools” program provides tree seedlings to classrooms so students can plant them as part of projects to improve wildlife habitat.

Orders placed as part of the “Seedlings for Schools” program are being accepted from Feb. 29 through March 25. To order, visit the agency’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us, and click on the “Seedlings for Schools” icon.

There is no charge to schools that participate in this program. The seedlings are provided by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery and shipping costs are offset by donations.

The program provides two levels of involvement based on the grade levels. 

“Seedlings for Your Class” is primarily for pre-K and elementary students. As part of this program, the Game Commission provides a classroom or one grade level with enough seedlings for each student to take a seedling home to plant. Seedling choices are white spruce and assorted flowering crabapple. A teachers’ guide and planting instructions come with the seedlings and can also be accessed through the website. 

“Seedlings to Develop Habitats” is primarily for middle- and high-school students. As part of this program, the Game Commission provides a variety of seedlings to students who might use them to improve habitat on school or community grounds or along streams, or to create tree nurseries or environmental areas. 

Seedlings come in bundles of 25, and will be shipped directly to schools by UPS in April, as soon as they are available.

Once seedlings arrive, it is important to keep them moist, said Annetta Ayers, superintendent of the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery.

Seedlings should be handed out to students with their roots in plastic bags with moist shredded newspaper, or with the seedlings planted in juice or milk cartons for transplanting at home, Ayers said.

More information about the program can be found on the Game Commission’s website, or by contacting RA-SchoolSeedlings@pa.gov.

The “Seedlings for Schools” program is made possible through generous donations by the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation, Mealey’s Furniture, the Pennsylvania Forestry Association and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Individuals and groups wishing to donate to the program can send checks to the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Fund, which maintains the account for donations. Be sure to indicate the donation is for the Game Commission’s “Seedlings for Schools” program. Donations can be mailed to the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation, 341 Science Park Road, State College, PA 16803.

New Truck and Turn Restrictions in Monroe Township

02/26/2016

​Montoursville, PA – Motorists who travel Routes 15, 1022 (County Line Road) and 1017 (Park Road) in the Monroe Township, Snyder County are advised of new truck and turn restrictions that will be in effect once signs are installed over the next few days.

Trucks over 50 feet in length will be restricted from traveling on County Line Road due to insufficient turning radii at the intersection with Park Road.

As a result of this restriction, trucks over 50’ in length traveling on U.S. 15 northbound will be restricted from turning left onto County Line Road and trucks over 50’ in length traveling on U.S. 15 southbound will be restricted from turning right onto County Line Road. Also, trucks over 50’ in length traveling on Park Road northbound will be restricted from turning right onto County Line Road and trucks over 50’ in length traveling on Park Road southbound will be restricted from turning left onto County Line Road.

The restrictions are a result of an engineering and traffic study performed by PennDOT.

​Work on Access Road for CSVT Project Begins Next Week

02/26/2016

Montoursville – On Monday, February 29, a contractor will begin building an access road off Route 147 in Northumberland County to begin clearing work for the new Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) project river bridge crossing.
The access road will connect to Route 147 just south of Ridge Road between Northumberland Borough and Montandon.

Route 147 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently over the next several weeks for shoulder work and the delivery of large tree clearing equipment.

Traffic will be controlled using daylight signing and flaggers. Minor delays are expected during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the area.

OTTER SEASON EXTENDED UNTIL SUNDAY

Harvest quotas still unmet, early call made on season extension.

Pennsylvania’s first river-otter season in more than 50 years is being extended until Sunday, Feb. 28 because harvest quotas have not yet been met.

This will be the final extension, meaning this trapping season, which is open only in Wildlife Management Units 3C and 3D in northeastern Pennsylvania, will close at sunset on Sunday, Feb. 28.

While previous decisions to extend the season, which initially was scheduled for Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, have been announced nightly at 8 p.m., the Game Commission made an early announcement for this final season because it was clear Friday afternoon the quote would remain unmet.

More information on the season can be found on the Game Commission’s Facebook page, which can be viewed at www.facebook/PennsylvaniaGameCommission, and also can be accessed through a link at the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us.

Roulette Troop Has Extra Girl Scout Cookies For Sale


Little Nippers Meeting Announcement

The Little Nippers will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, February 28, at 6:00pm, at the Duke Center Superette. All prospective baseball, softball, and tee ball coaches are encouraged to attend. The meeting is open to the general public.

Thomas “Tom” DAVENPORT, 53, of Pottstown, PA; A North Bingham Native

Thomas “Tom” DAVENPORT
Thomas “Tom” DAVENPORT

Thomas “Tom” DAVENPORT, 53, of Pottstown, PA, died Saturday, February 20, 2015 at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. 

He is survived by his wife, Nadean of Pottstown; his mother, Shirlee Leete of Coudersport; his father, Lewis Davenport of Florida and Maine; a brother, Tim Davenport of Mainesburg, PA; three sisters, Nancy Pautz of Knoxville, PA, Anne Leete Seager of Coudersport and Bath, NY, and Sherrie Rank of Mechanicsburg, PA; a daughter, Jennifer Ingerick of Middlebury Center, PA; several cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. 

He was predeceased by a brother, Lewis Davenport, Jr., in 1975. 

Tom was born September 12, 1962, in Coudersport and raised in North Bingham. He attended Northern Potter High School in Ulysses. 

Tom worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator and welder in Texas for several years before returning to Pennsylvania. He was employed by B&W Construction Co. and worked in several states building schools, hospitals, and high rise buildings. 

He lived life to the fullest and was an avid Harley Davidson motorcyclist and member of the Reading (PA) Motorcycle Club. 

He and Nadean were married at the Cancer Treatment Center just hours before his death. The event was coordinated by staff at the hospital, including a meeting with a judge in Philadelphia who issued a court order waiving the three-day waiting period. 

A memorial service was held in Pottstown. Burial will be held at a later date in the North Bingham Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Ave., Coudersport, PA 16915 or the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Volunteers Needed for Statewide Cleanup, Beautification Effort

The Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation (PennDOT) and Environmental Protection (DEP) are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania that begins March 1 and runs through May 31.

The cleanup is sponsored each year by PennDOT, DEP, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and other partners. Groups participating in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup.

“Pennsylvania is a beautiful state, and it’s imperative that we work together to keep it that way,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “I urge individuals to join the thousands of volunteers in their communities to participate in the cleanup this year to keep Pennsylvania not only esthetically beautiful, but environmentally safe.”

Interested individuals can find a listing of cleanup events, resources for organizing a cleanup, and other information about the effort online at www.gacofpa.org. Groups interested in adopting a section of highway are encouraged to contact their local PennDOT County Maintenance office and ask for the AAH coordinator, or visit www.penndot.gov under “About us.” Groups interested in adopting a locally maintained road, contact Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, www.keeppabeautiful.org under “Keep It.”

“In addition to litter pick-up events, volunteers also organize recycling events for hard to dispose of items, helping to reduce illegal dumping that threatens public health and damages the environment,” DEP Secretary John Quigley said. “Volunteers can also take part by planting bulbs and trees that not only beautify our green spaces but helps to prevent run off pollution to our waterways.”

Also as part of this year’s cleanup, the PA Route 6 Alliance encourages residents near the Route 6 Heritage Corridor to register at www.gacofpa.org for their “Route 6 Round-up” beautification efforts.

During last year’s Great American Cleanup, 6 million pounds of litter was collected from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails and shorelines by more than 128,000 volunteers. PennDOT’s AAH program contributed nearly 71,000 volunteers who cleaned up nearly 40 percent of the collected litter on 8,757 miles of cleaned-up roadway.

Through PennDOT’s AAH program, volunteers collect litter on a two-mile section of state highway at least two times a year. The program currently has over 6,000 participating groups, more than 111,000 volunteers and 13,973 miles of adopted state-maintained roadways.

Gloves, trash bags and safety vests are provided by PennDOT, DEP, and the GLAD Products Company, a national sponsor of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. In addition, during “Pick it Up PA Days” from April 16 to May 9, registered events have access to reduced or free disposal at participating landfills sponsored by PA DEP and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association.

Coudersport Dispatched For 3 Children In The Channel

At 3:55 PM on Friday, Coudersport Police are attempting to retrieve a child from the channel. One individual is reported in the water near the Mill Street bridge. 

Coudersport Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched.

4:02 PM--Police have the child at the Main Street Bridge. 2 other children were in the channel and were brought out by police.

Coudersport Vol FireDept
Yet another day of agencies working together. I would like to take this time and thank the CVAA, Medic 6 personnel, Coudersport Boro Police, and the Pennsylvania State Police, and of course our members from 48.

A young man was pulled from the cold/raging channel at the Main St. bridge after Boro Police spotted 3 individuals in the flood control area some distance up stream.


This young man was then removed and rushed to the waiting Ambulance, warmed and transported to CCMH.


Words cannot express my thanks for the great team work of all involved.


GREAT JOB


Chief Phelps


Coudersport police Department
25 mins ·
Thank you to Coudersport Fire and Ambulance for the quick work on pulling kid out of the channel today. He was a little cold but otherwise ok. Special thanks to the bystanders and Trooper Butler for helping out. Great work!

G2 Gymnastics – Snowflake Classic Results

Pictured L-R
Front Row: Irelyn Rounsville, Mia Shaffer, Jaden Dunbar, Abbey Kellogg, Ellyana Johnson
2nd Row (seated): Kaylee Oswald, Maddison Gietler, Natalie McDowell, Joey Danaher, Danica Yates, Anna Schuessler, Meghan Lyle, Brielle Fidurko, Teigan White, Emily Shultz-Cone
3rd row: Madison Errick, Genecis Easton, Ashley Oswald, Charlie Austin-Keech, Katilin Yowell, Hanna Wysocki
4th Row: Addison Bechelli, Lily Stedman, Kara Longo, Victoria Smith, Cheyne Pitcher, Aila Shoup
Back Row: Emma Saulter, Madison Miller, Laci Miller, Selin Sumer, Amy Mahaney
Missing from photo: Bryar Childs
Recently, G2 Gymnastics of Shinglehouse, PA traveled to Flyers Gymnastics of Falconer, NY for their 2nd Annual Snowflake Classic. Thirty-three members represented G2 Gymnastics at the competition. Three gymnasts received State qualifying scores at the event: Level 3-Anna Schuessler, Level 5-Kara Longo, XCEL Gold-Amy Mahaney. Next G2 will be traveling to the USA Gymnastics Level 6 State Championships held in Bernville, PA.

G2 offers classes starting at 3 years old including preschool, progressive, and competitive programs. No experience necessary! We also offer sibling and bring a friend discounts. Next session begins this Saturday, February 27th – Register ASAP at www.g2gymandfitness.com or email g2gymandfitness@gmail.com for more information.

Top 3 All Around Winners:
Level 2: Irelyn Rounsville-1st, Teigan White-1st, Mia Shaffer-2nd, Maddison Gietler-2nd, Danica Yates-2nd, Jaden Dunbar-3rd, Natalie McDowell-3rd; Level 3: Abbey Kellogg-2nd, Level 6: Emma Saulter-2nd, Laci Miller-3rd, Bryar Childs-3rd; XCEL Gold: Amy Mahaney-2nd.

Top 3 Event Winners:
VAULT: Irelyn Rounsville-1st, Danica Yates-1st, Kara Longo-1st, Selin Sumer-1st, Madison Miller-1st, Mia Shaffer-2nd, Amy Mahaney-2nd, Ellyana Johnson-3rd, Teigan White-3rd, Meghan Lyle-3rd, Maddison Gietler-3rd, Natalie McDowell-3rd, Victoria Smith-3rd, Charlie Austin-Keech-3rd, Anna Shuessler-3rd, Emma Saulter-3rd, Bryar Childs-3rd.
BARS: Teigan White-1st, Emma Saulter-1st, Ellyana Johnson-2nd, Addison Bechelli-2nd, Danica Yates-2nd, Abbey Kellogg-2nd, Bryar Childs-2nd, Irelyn Rounsville-3rd, Maddison Gietler-3rd, Natalie McDowell-3rd, Laci Miller-3rd, Madison Miller-3rd, Amy Mahaney-3rd.
BEAM: Irelyn Rounsville-1st, Jaden Dunbar-2nd, Genecis Easton-2nd, Danica Yates-2nd, Abbey Kellogg-2nd, Emma Saulter-2nd, Mia Shaffer-3rd, Maddison Gietler-3rd, Victoria Smith-3rd, Madison Errick-3rd, Lily Stedman-3rd, Ashley Oswald-3rd, Laci Miller-3rd, Amy Mahaney-3rd.
FLOOR: Irelyn Rounsville-1st, Maddison Gietler-1st, Emma Saulter-1st, Amy Mahaney-1st, Genecis Easton-2nd Danica Yates-2nd, Bryar Childs-2nd, Mia Shaffer-3rd, Emily Shultz-Cone-3rd, Natalie McDowell-3rd, Madison Errick-3rd, Charlie Austin-Keech-3rd, Abbey Kellogg-3rd, Laci Miller-3rd.

Gymnasts added to the 9.0 Club:
VAULT: Irelyn Rounsville-9.30, Teigan White-9.05, Meghan Lyle-9.05, Maddison Gietler-9.05, Danica Yates-9.10, Madison Errick-9.0, Hanna Wysocki-9.10, Charlie Austin-Keech-9.20, Abbey Kellogg-9.25, Anna Schuessler-9.35, Cheyne Pitcher-9.30, Kara Longo-9.075, Selin Sumer-9.25, Bryar Childs-9.05, Madison Miller-9.45
BARS: Addison Bechelli-9.025, Teigan White-9.25, Maddison Gietler-9.10, Abbey Kellogg-9.15
BEAM: Genecis Easton-9.125, Maddison Gietler-9.175, Danica Yates-9.15
FLOOR: Irelyn Rounsville-9.225, Genecis Easton-9.10, Emily Shultz-Cone-9.0, Maddison Gietler-9.25, Natalie McDowell-9.0, Danica Yates-9.05, Kaylee Oswald-9.025, Abbey Kellogg-9.0, Anna Schuessler-9.10, Laci Miller-9.05, Emma Saulter-9.375, Bryar Childs-9.25, Amy Mahaney-9.0

Gymnasts added to the All Around Club:
34.00: Addison Bechelli-34.75, Joey Danaher-34. 40, Natalie McDowell-34.925, Victoria Smith-34.025, Kaylee Oswald-34.175, Cheyne Pitcher-34.525, Laci Miller-34.70
35.00: Irelyn Rounsville-35.25, Genecis Easton-35.45, Emma Saulter-35.60, Bryar Childs-35.50, Madison Miller-35. 375
36.00: Teigan White-36.025, Maddison Gietler-36.575, Danica Yates-36.175, Abbey Kellogg-36.325, Anna Schuessler-36.00

Full Meet Results:
LEVEL 2
Irelyn Rounsville: vault-9.30-1st, bars-7.90-3rd, beam-8.825-1st, floor-9.225-1st, AA-35.25-1st
Ellyana Johnson: vault: 8.20-3rd, bars-7.975-2nd, beam-7.675-4th, floor-8.15, AA-32.00-5th
Mia Shaffer: vault-8.65-2nd, bars-7.875-4th, beam-8.225-3rd, floor-8.45-3rd, AA-33.20-2nd
Jaden Dunbar: vault-7.80-4th, bars-7.85, beam-8.60-2nd, floor-8.30-4th, AA-32.55-3rd
Addison Bechelli: vault-8.95-5th, bars-9.025-2nd, beam-8.175, floor-8.60-6th, AA-34.75-6th
Joey Danaher: vault-8.65-7th, bars-8.10, beam-8.90-6th, floor-8.75-5th, AA-34.40-8th
Kaitlin Yowell: vault-7.65, bars-7.075, beam-7.875, floor-7.50, AA-30.10-11th
Genecis Easton: vault-8.975-4th, bars-8.25-7th, beam-9.125-2nd, floor-9.10-2nd, AA-35.45-5th
Emily Shultz-Cone: vault-7.75, bars-8.30-6th, beam-8.925-5th, floor-9.0-3rd, AA-33.975-10th
Teigan White: vault-9.05-3rd, bars-9.25-1st, beam-8.875-7th, floor-8.85-4th, AA-36.025-1st
Meghan Lyle: vault-9.05-3rd, bars-6.75, beam-8.475-4th, floor-8.10-4th, AA-32.375-5th
Maddison Gietler: vault-9.05-3rd, bars-9.10-3rd, beam-9.175-3rd, floor-9.25-1st, AA-36.575-2nd
Natalie McDowell: vault-8.75-3rd, bars-8.525-3rd, beam-8.65, floor-9.0-3rd, AA-34.925-3rd
Danica Yates: vault-9.10-1st, bars-8.875-2nd, beam-9.15-2nd, floor-9.05-2nd, AA-36.175-2nd
Victoria Smith: vault-8.75-3rd, bars-8.05, beam-8.90-3rd, floor-8.35, AA-34.05-4th
LEVEL 3
Madison Errick: vault-9.0-4th, bars-6.10, beam-8.40-3rd, floor-8.80-3rd, AA-32.30-7th
Brielle Fidurko: vault-8.95, bars-7.50, beam-8.05, floor-8.0, AA-32.50-8th
Hanna Wysocki: vault-9.10, bars-6.80, beam-8.125-4th, floor-8.15, AA-32.175-7th
Kaylee Oswald: vault-8.90, bars-7.60, beam-8.65, floor-9.025, AA-34.175-5th
Charlie Austin-Keech: vault-9.20-3rd, bars-7.35, beam-8.05, floor-8.25-3rd, AA-32.85-6th
Aila Shoup: vault-8.85, bars-7.175, beam-8.45, floor-8.15, AA-32.625-6th
Abbey Kellogg: vault-9.25, bars-9.15-2nd, beam-8.925-2nd, floor-9.0-3rd, AA-36.325-2nd
Lily Stedman: vault-8.95, bars-6.95, beam-8.725-3rd, floor-8.90, AA-33.525-10th
Anna Schuessler: vault-9.35-3rd, bars-8.925-4th, beam-8.625-4th, floor-9.10, AA-36.00-7th
Cheyne Pitcher: vault-9.30-4th, bars-8.425, beam-8.30, floor-8.50, AA-34.525-5th
LEVEL 4
Ashley Oswald: vault-8.45-6th, bars-5.875, beam-8.875-3rd, floor-8.65-5th, AA-31.85-8th
LEVEL 5
Kara Longo: vault-9.075-1st, bars-7.075, beam-8.45-4th, floor-7.775, AA-32.375-4th
LEVEL 6
Laci Miller: vault-8.85, bars-8.35-3rd, beam-8.45-3rd, floor-9.05-3rd, AA-34.70-3rd
Selin Sumer: vault-9.25-1st, bars-7.95, beam-7.875, floor-8.825, AA-33.90-4th
Emma Saulter: vault-8.95-3rd, bars-8.70-1st, beam-8.575-2nd, floor-9.375-1st, AA-35.60-2nd
Bryar Childs: vault-9.05-3rd, bars-8.70-2nd, beam-8.50, floor-9.25-2nd, AA-35.50-3rd
Madison Miller: vault-9.45-1st, bars-8.675-3rd, beam-8.30, floor-8.95-4th, AA-35.375-4th
XCEL GOLD
Amy Mahaney: vault-8.80-2nd, bars-8.10-3rd, beam-7.825-3rd, floor-9.0-1st, AA-33.725-2nd

ServSafe Food Safety Course

ServSafe is a 15-hour certification program developed by the Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The course meets certification requirements for individuals who are responsible for the safe handling of food in restaurants, schools, elder care facilities, lodges, bed & breakfasts, community centers, and other food concessions (organizations or businesses that sell or prepare food on a regular basis).

This 2-day class is being held on Mondays, March 21 and March 28, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the PCEC’s Coudersport office. The cost is $175 and includes book, study guide and exam. For more information or to register, call 877-489-7398 or go to http://extension.psu.edu/food-safety/serv-safe.

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 6 West

At 3:05 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Rt. 6 west for a patient with difficulty breathing.

Eva M Rutherford, 96, formerly of 283 East Main Street, Bradford, PA

Eva M Rutherford
Eva M Rutherford

Eva M Rutherford, 96, formerly of 283 East Main Street, Bradford, PA, passed away Friday, February 26, 2016 at Golden Living Nursing Home in Warren.

Born August 20, 1919, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Nestor and Anna Marie (Johnson) Iverson. She was a 1937 graduate of Bradford High School.

Eva married Jasper Morris who preceded her in death. In June of 1977 she married John M. Rutherford, who died on April 28, 2013.

Mrs. Rutherford had been employed in the Lab at Kendall Refining Company during WWII, and later as the officer manager at Dr. George Still's office for 25 years.

She was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, DORCAS and served on many committees, she was a former member of the Kendall Club and Current Events.

Surviving is one son, William (Susan) Morris, of Irvine, two grandchildren, David (Tina) Morris of Gordonsville VA and Lisa (Michael) Fitzsimmons of Warren, four great grandchildren, Brian Morris, Chris Fluent, Anna Fitzsimmons and Bayleigh Morris, one sister, Laura Miller of Bradford and, two nephews Tom Miller of Bradford and Jim (Nancy) Miller of Olean, cousin and goddaughter Jan (Bruce) Burkness of Warren and cousin Nan Nelson of Bradford.

She was preceded in death by one granddaughter Shelley Morris Fluent.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 3, 2016, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St., where funeral and committal services will be held at 4:00pm with Rev Tom Pierotti, pastor of the Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Mausoleum entombment will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 152 Seaward Ave., Bradford, PA 16701 or church of the donor's choice.

On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Alice L. Michael, 86, of Route 155, Port Allegany, PA

Alice L. Michael
Alice L. Michael

PORT ALLEGANY-Alice L. Michael, 86, of Route 155, passed away Thursday (Feb. 25, 2016) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Born July 25, 1929, in Keating Township, Potter County, she was a daughter of J. Lavern and Daphne Card Mantz. On July 23, 1948, in Rich Valley, PA, she married Joseph B. Michael, who died July 21, 1980.

Alice had been employed with Ball-Foster Container Co. of Port Allegany, for 17 years, retiring in 1999.

She was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1947.

Mrs. Michael was a member of the Keating Summit United Methodist Church.

Surviving are four daughters, Karen M. Michael and Barbara A. (Gene) Glasgow both of Port Allegany, Gail L. Michael of Statesville, NC, and B. Jane Michael of Wicomico Church, VA; 14 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren; a brother, Ralph “Sye” (Carol) Mantz of Ontario, NY, three sisters, Ellen R. Butler and A. Connie (Ted) Boyer both of Port Allegany, and Virginia M. Meyers of Austin; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joseph, two sons, Joseph B. Michael and Richard L. “Slim” Michael, a daughter, Judy L. Michael; a grandson, and two infant brothers.

Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Feb. 29, 2016) with Rev. Randall Headley, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials can be made to the Keating Summit United Methodist Church.

Condolences can be made to:
 Shawn Bidwell                 Karen M. Michael         Barbara Glasgow
165 Laurelwood Dr.         120 E. Mill St.                24 E. Ransom St.
Emporium, PA 15834       Port Allegany, PA          Port Allegany, PA 16743

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Sunnyside Road

At 2:22 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to Sunnyside Road for a transport to Olean Hospital.

PennDOT Issues Update on Status of Route 970 in Clearfield County

Clearfield, PA – Route 970 in Clearfield County at the Interstate 80, Woodland/123 interchange remains closed at this time and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is offering the following update:

A contractor will begin work tomorrow, February 26 that will lead to the full re-opening of Route 970 at the I-80 interchange area. PennDOT anticipates that the closure on Route 970 will be lifted sometime next week. The road was closed yesterday when the I-80 eastbound bridge spanning Route 970 was damaged after being struck by a vehicle.

Additionally, the right/travel lane of the bridge on I-80 eastbound remains closed, with traffic using the bridge’s left/passing lane. Long-term traffic control for this lane restriction will be set tomorrow, February 26.

Area drivers needing to access I-80 should use the Clearfield/120 interchange. Drivers needing to travel to the Shawville area or to Route 970 north of I-80 can reach those destinations via Route 879.

Message boards along I-80 and Route 970 are alerting motorists to the closure on Route 970 and to the restriction on eastbound I-80.

Ag, Environmental Resources Committees to Discuss Clean Up of Chesapeake Bay Watershed

WHAT: The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), and the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, chaired by Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny), will hold a joint informational meeting to discuss the Wolf Administration’s strategy to reduce pollutants entering the Chesapeake Bay, as required by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The administration recently announced its strategy in anticipation of the state missing its 2017 reduction targets for nitrogen and sediment.

WHO: Causer, Maher, members of both committees, and the following speakers: Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley; Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding; Richard Roush, Dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences; Chris Thompson of the Lancaster County Conservation District, on behalf of the Pennsylvania Association of County Conservation Districts; and Denise Coleman, state conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 29, at noon

WHERE: Room 60 East Wing at the State Capitol

WEBSTREAMING: Will be available beginning at noon at www.RepCauser.com (barring technical difficulties).

Bolivar, Richburg Dispatched To Crash On Allentown Road

At 12:09 PM on Friday, Bolivar & Richburg Fire Departments have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash on the Allentown Road in the Town of Wirt. Two occupants are reported uninjured, but trapped in the vehicle.

12:25 PM--Now requesting Wellsville Ambulance To evaluate 2 patients.

Potter County District Attorney Watson Announces C.L.E.A.N. Program For Narcotic Addiction

Potter County Law Enforcement, by and through the District Attorney Andy J. Watson, in association with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and Potter County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Services, are pleased to announce the creation of the C.L.E.A.N. Protocol. 

C.L.E.A.N. is an acronym for Concerned Law Enforcement Against Narcotics. 

With the overwhelming support of the Pennsylvania State Police, Coudersport Borough Police Department, Shinglehouse Borough Police Department, the Sweden Township Police Department (Sweden/ Roulette Townships), Galeton Borough Police Department, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Services through Colleen Wilbur and Crystal Thomas, the District Attorney has initiated the C.L.E.A.N. Protocol to encourage individuals addicted to drugs and or alcohol to seek out Law Enforcement for assistance in obtaining rehabilitative services for their addiction. 

This Protocol is unique in that any individual that approaches a Law Enforcement Officer or Official who requests help will not be prosecuted for reporting their addiction, possible crimes, or being in possession of controlled substances or paraphernalia that may be turned over to a Police Officer voluntarily. 

The Protocol was drafted by District Attorney Andy J. Watson in light of the increasing abuse of controlled substances and alcohol throughout the nation, noting that many of Potter County’s citizens do not know where to turn for help. Although the Drug Task Force that was initiated in 2010 by DA Watson has been and continues to be very successful in removing many of the County’s main drug dealers from our community, “there is always more as law enforcement that we can do to help people,” said DA Watson. Through the legal system, many addicts are incarcerated and receive rehabilitative services, however the C.L.E.A.N. Protocol is designed to encourage addicted individuals to work with Law Enforcement before they are caught and arrested.

The C.L.E.A.N. Protocol is modeled after a similar initiative that was created in Gloucester, Massachusetts to bridge the gap between Law Enforcement and addicts who are interested in recovery. 

“Even if one life can be saved through this type of cooperation, the Protocol is worthwhile,” said DA Watson. The District Attorney, local law enforcement, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Services are excited to work together regarding this new Protocol and look forward to working with the public towards a more sober and law abiding community. 

Any individual seeking rehabilitative services may contact the District Attorney at 814-274-9450, the Pennsylvania State Police at 814-274-8690, Coudersport Borough Police Department at 814-274-8970, Galeton Borough Police Department at 814- 435-2600, Shinglehouse Borough Police Department at 814-697-6206, Sweden Township Police Department (Sweden/Roulette Townships) at 814-274-0654, or Drug and Alcohol Abuse Services representative Crystal Thomas at 814-544-7315.

Roulette Ambulance To Oak Lane

At 11:48 AM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Oak Lane for a fall victim. Possible only a lift assist.

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Timberline Energy Inc in Porter Twp, Clarion County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-02-17 to Timberline Energy Inc in Porter Twp, Clarion county. 78.86 - CASING AND CEMENTING - DEFECTIVE CASING OR CEMENTING - Operator failed to report defect in a well that has defective, insufficient or improperly cemented casing to the Department within 24 hours of discovery. Operator failed to correct defect or failed to submit a plan to correct the defect for approval by the Department within 30 days.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Health Center

At 11:05 AM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to the Health Center for a diabetic emergency.

Susan Williams Resigns As Secretary/Treasurer of Genesee Township

February 24, 2016

Dear Genesee Township Supervisors & Residents,

It is with much regret that I am informing you of my immediate resignation as Secretary/Treasurer of Genesee Township. 

Not only is it unconscionable for me to work in such a hostile environment, it is also physically and mentally debilitating to work under such stressful circumstances. In addition to the ongoing ridicule and harassment, the most recent disregard to principal, ethic, law, and employee safety, has encouraged me to remove myself from this toxic arena.

This decision has proven to be most difficult. With it, I am relinquishing so many things that I have treasured. For example: I have always gotten great satisfaction from assisting our residents and building relationships with them. I absolutely loved developing and sharing the Genesee Community Newsletter. 

I was proud to represent Genesee Township and Potter County on the PSATS Secretary/Manager Committee. My presence on this committee gave a voice to our rural area north of Interstate 80.

I have felt honored to be the President of the Potter County Township Officials Association for the last several years. I was gratified to sit on Potter County's committees when they needed insight from the municipal level. My position at Genesee Township has always been a matter of heart.
Perhaps that is why resigning grieves me so.

In closing, I have left behind a handbook for multiple processes. I have developed a guide for the time sensitive things such as reports, advertising, budget preparing, etc.---They can be found in the top left drawer of the desk. I built a file for the necessary steps to take in replacing the secretary—it can be found in the Personnel drawer of the filing cabinet.

Best Regards,

Susan Williams

OTTER SEASON EXTENDED UNTIL SATURDAY

One last extension is possible; update to appear on the Game Commission’s Facebook page at 8 p.m.

Pennsylvania’s first river-otter season in more than 50 years is being extended at least until Saturday, Feb. 27 because harvest quotas have not yet been met.

This trapping season, which is open only in Wildlife Management Units 3C and 3D in northeastern Pennsylvania, began Sunday, Feb. 21 and had been scheduled to close today.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, a decision was made to extend the season until Saturday, Feb. 27.

At 8 p.m. today, a decision will be made on whether to extend the season until Sunday, Feb. 28, and the information will be included as part of a nightly update on the river-otter season posted on the Game Commission’s Facebook page.

The season is not expected to be extended beyond Sunday, Feb. 28.

The Game Commission’s Facebook page can be viewed at www.facebook/PennsylvaniaGameCommission, and also can be accessed through a link at the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us.

Public Plans Display for McKean County Transportation Projects

US 6 Bridges to be replaced as part of Public-Private Partnership Project

(Clearfield, PA) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project includes Sixteen PennDOT bridges in McKean county that are due for replacement under the program, with most scheduled to be constructed in 2017. 

The project contractor, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) invites the public to a public plans display, to review information and provide input on two of the bridges planned for reconstruction:
BRIDGES: US Route 6 over Marvin Creek at Hazel Hurst and
US Route 6 over Warren Brook at Marvindale
WHERE: Hamlin Township Office, 22 Park Road, Hazel Hurst PA 16733
WHEN: February 29 through March 14, 2016; 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Design is still very preliminary, but conceptual traffic control for both structures is for staged construction, maintaining traffic on one alternating lane (possibly signal-controlled) during construction which should last about 23 weeks for each project, tentatively scheduled to begin May 2017.

These bridge replacements are part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between PennDOT and PWKP under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach allows PennDOT to replace the bridges quickly while achieving savings and minimizing impact 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 www.P3forPA.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team and how to bid on the project can be found at www.PARapidBridges.com.

Education Specialist II Position Opening In Coudersport


Burkhouse Public Auction Sunday, February 28th in Bradford, PA

http://www.auctionzip.com/PA-Auctioneers/47592.html

The Hunters Gun Show Saturday & Sunday, March 5 & 6 At Mead's Auction In Wellsboro, PA

thehuntersgunshow.com

Register Now For ALPACAS A-Z SEMINAR At Cinco C's Alpacas near Port Allegany February 27th

carol@cincocsalpacas.com

Winter Open House At Potter County Artisan Center Friday, February 26th In Coudersport

Think About It

Where Is God In Your Decisions?
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

We are making decisions every day. Some are simple decisions, while others are more involved. Some we seek counsel for while others we don’t. How do we determine which decisions need the involvement of God and which don’t? Or do we even need to seek God’s involvement in any decision?

It has been my experience that we often seek God for the things that we want his involvement in when the answer is going to be in our favor. But when he might say no, we’re really not interested in hearing his answer. Or the other scenario is that after we’ve made a decision that turns out badly, we seek God to rescue us. Unfortunately we often make decisions and then ask God to bless them.

In Isaiah 30:1-5, God scolds his people who seek counsel, but not from him. They develop plans but don’t seek his spiritual direction. They ask for advice, and get their strength from others. Consequently their behavior will bring shame upon them. Isaiah speaks clearly that it is only God that knows the future and to not consult him is foolishness. Yet, we like the leaders of Israel, are constantly making plans without consulting God. Who we should marry, where we should live, what we should buy or not buy, or even what career we should pursue are decided without any thought that there may be one who has a greater plan for us. We made decisions that in hindsight we realize we shouldn’t have made, and we probably know someone who has done the same thing.

What do you suppose would happen if we started to ask God before we did something? For some, the first thing that would happen is that they wouldn’t get into debt. For others, they would never get into a relationship that would produce heart ache later on. Overall, we all would probably live happier and healthier lives; we just wouldn’t always get what we want. Think about it.

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