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Friday, November 15, 2019

Blossburg fire and ambulance personnel responded to a fully involved shed fire

FIRST News Now
11 mins ·
FNN Article © 2019.

BLOSSBURG, PA - Blossburg fire and ambulance personnel responded to a fully involved shed fire in Bloss Township late Thursday evening, November 14, 2019.

The fire was reported at the Mays residence located in 890 block of the Arnot Road around 11:30PM.

The homeowner and a neighbor called the 911 Center and reported that the fire.

Pennsylvania State Police were on scene as fire units arrived.

Although Liberty fire crews were dispatched, they were recalled, as Blossburg fire crews were able to quickly handle the situation. Fire personnel found the smoking and burning remains of an 8x10 shed in the backyard of the residence. Firefighters extinguished the flames and checked over the area to make sure there were no hot spots.

Cinders were requested for the driveway of the residence by Blossburg Command.

Temperatures were just below the freezing point as firefighters dealt with the incident.

Blossburg Fire Police assisted at the scene.

No injuries were reported.

All units were cleared by 12:17AM on Friday morning, November 15, 2019.


Pumpkin Roll Fundraiser, St. Eulalia

Pumpkin Roll Fundraiser, St. Eulalia

11-15 Keim's Auction, Genesee, PA

11-15 Keim's Auction, Genesee, PA

11-15/22 Fish Fry, Shinglehouse

11-15/22 Fish Fry, Shinglehouse

11-16 Lumber Museum "3rd Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza"

11-16 Lumber Museum "3rd Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza"

11-16 Fall Bazaar, Star Hose, Port Allegany

11-16 Fall Bazaar, Star Hose, Port Allegany

Dominion Energy Accepting Applications For Supervisor-Gas Transmission Operations Position

Public Auction Sunday, November 17th at Lloyd Burkhouse Auction House in Bradford, PA

Think About It, Avoiding Problems

Avoiding Problems

by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a problem and wonder how you ever got there? Now I will agree that some problems can’t be avoided but there are some, well let’s just say if we had kept our mouth shut we could have avoided a lot of drama. That’s right, one of the best ways to avoid problems is to keep our mouth shut. Sounds simple enough so why don’t we do it?

I suppose that one of the problems associated with a flapping tongue is that the tongue starts to move before the mind is engaged. Abraham Lincoln said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool then to speak out and remove all doubt”. Have you ever considered how much drama and problems could be avoided if only one had learned how to tame the tongue?

It has been said that the most powerful weapon in the human body is the tongue. It is able to praise in one breath and curse in the next. In one moment it can be kind and gentle and in the next wicked, cutting and destructive. Nobody likes a tongue lashing, and no one likes lying lips.

You’ve heard it said that if you don’t have anything good to say then stay quiet. Good advise? I think so, but why don’t we follow it. We certainly want others to follow it when it comes to them, but what about ourselves? Is it possible that we feel that important and that our voice matters so much that we think we need to be heard? How’s that worked for you?

So how do you best avoid problems? Perhaps it is through learning the value of a gentle spirit. Why? Because a gentle spirit brings peace in the midst of conflict and strife. How do you get a gentle spirit? The answer to this is found it I Corinthians 13. We call this the love chapter. Take some time to read this and let its words sink in. Love is a verb, it’s about an action, it’s not about feelings. To love is to be gentle, caring, peaceful and it is always a choice. Think about it.

Hotel Crittenden hosting local Breweries and Blues Bands on Saturday, November 16th

Clarion University First Step Seminars

Logo for the Clarion University First Steps Seminars

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan.  Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools and what to expect in financing your business.  See below for dates, times and locations.   

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: Smethport: 11/08/2019

Location: McKean County Housing Authority
415 W Main Street
Smethport PA 16749
Class Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: DuBois: 11/16/2019

Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites
2219 Bee Line Highway
DuBois PA 15801
Class Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: Clarion: 12/07/2019

Location: Clarion University SBDC
330 North Point Drive
Clarion, PA 16214
Class Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)


The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: Smethport: 12/13/2019

Location: McKean County Housing Authority
415 W Main Street
Smethport PA 16749
Class Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

New Moon Power Equipment – Let Us Shovel For You!!

Excellent Service Doesn't Cost More At Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home

North Central Supply has all your Needs and More! Nobody Beats Our Prices!!


St. Eulalia Pumpkin Roll Sale Benefits Annual Free Community Christmas Dinner

Bid Online Now Thru Nov. 27th on Costa's Food Mart Liquidation in Coudersport, PA

Sweden Valley Manor is Now Hiring Nursing Assistants in Coudersport, PA

Aveanna Health Care Is Hiring Exceptional RNs,LPNs,HHAs, & DCWs to Work in Area Communities

Thursday, November 14, 2019


FIRST News Now
3 hrs ·

FNN Article © 2019. Fire image by Marty Hyler, other 2 images sent to FNN.

SABINSVILLE, PA - During the early morning hours of Thursday, November 14, 2019, a chimney fire broke out at the home of Edward and Eva Baer in Clymer Township.

Around 1:00AM Clymer Hose (Sabinsville) and Crary Hose (Westfield), were dispatched to a possible chimney fire at 4932 Route 349 in Sabinsville. However, as fire personnel arrived on scene, heavy smoke was coming from the home as flames were seen coming from one side of the two story home. A second alarm was issued as the chimney fire was upgraded to a working structure fire.

Fire crews from Knoxville/Deerfield, Chatham and Galeton Hose were dispatched for mutual aide. Also Blossburg Fire Department's Rehab trailer was requested to the scene.

The fire was hard to fight as there was a short water supply in the beginning. Fire crews brought more hoses to the scene as firefighters worked to get enough hose to reach a creek and run a fill station. Fire personnel were finally able to establish a 5” line and draw from the fire pond that was set up so they had enough water to continue to battle the house fire.

Each time the fire was believed to have been contained, flames were rekindled and the fire would take off again.

While fire crews battled the blaze they also battled the freezing temperatures as ice formed on hoses, equipment and even on the firefighters themselves. Firefighters worked in the wicked conditions for hours and all found themselves walking on ice as they continued to fight hard to extinguish the fire.

FNN was told this was a very stubborn fire with weather working against the firefighters as pushed on through the morning.

No one was injured in fire, as the occupants were able to escape unharmed. There were no reports of any injuries to firefighters either.

It was noted by a neighbor that fire crews started leaving the fire scene around 5:35AM and the last units left by 5:49AM.

The home is believed to be a total loss, as it sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage.

If there are any fundraisers being planed for the Baer family, please let FNN know, so we can share it with our readers.

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Liberty Township, McKean County, November 12, 2019

Liberty Township

Liberty Township, McKean County
Route 155 Building
November 12, 2019

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Liberty Township was called to order at 6:00 P.M. by Chairman Dick Brown. Supervisor Fred Ernst, III., Supervisor Neil Shepard and Secretary Cindy Speeth, were present. Also attending was Gary Evens, Buck McGarvey, Jeff Evens and Sgt. Mary Gausman of the PA. State Police.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was recited by all.

1. Ambulance Report for October had 12 calls for Liberty Township.
2. There were 6 fire calls for Liberty Township in October, 2019.
3. Secretary’s Report for October 8, 2019 was presented and unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard.
4. Treasurer’s Report for the month of November, 2019 was presented and unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by
Supervisor Ernst. Chairman Brown stated that the General Fund bills for the month totaled $130,541.06 which includes spending $28,000 for a new-to-us Loader(updated our old one by 50 years)and the General Fund balance is $99,248.81; the State Fund bills for the month were $10,931.88 and the State Fund balance is $80,643.50 and the Sewer Fund balance is $5,476.89. Chairman Brown said that shortly we will be receiving a check from the Commissioners in the amount of $100,000. This will pay us back for the bills we already have paid to redo the Upper Portage Bridge. That will put the General Fund balance at $199,248.81.

1. PSATS News Bulletin was presented by Chairman Brown.
2. Upper Pine Creek meeting minutes were presented by Chairman Brown.
3. Letter dated October 16, 2019 from PA Public Utility Commission regarding installation of new traffic control devices at RR Crossings was presented by Chairman Brown.
4. Chairman Brown presented a letter Renewal of Allegany Resources Well Drilling Operation in Keating Township – for our info only.
5. Thank you from Dale and Debbie Chastain to Liberty Township was read by Chairman Brown.

All correspondence was made available to the public.


1. Resolution No. 2-19 adopting the 2020 budget was presented and unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard. Chairman Brown said some people were wondering how the township was able to both work on the roads and buy equipment. One way we have been able to save money for equipment is because the secretary is able to get all of her work done in 2 days instead of 5. If she was working 5 days a week, 7 hours a day at $16 per hour we would be paying her $29,120 a year instead of $11,648 for 2 days. Chairman Brown said that originally the township had planned to grind Skinner Creek Road next year but now have found out that National Fuel is planning on using that road for travel when building their pipeline so now we will wait. There is no point in fixing it twice.
2. .Resolution No. 3-19 regarding millage/per capita was presented and unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard. The millage remains the same at 2.06 mills for the Township, 1.0 mills for the fire department and .5 mills for the ambulance. The Per Capita Tax will be $10.00.
3. Chairman Brown said that the Township was awarded $121,980.00 from the Conservation District to make road and environmental improvements on unpaved and low-volume paved roads - Button Road ($47,170.00) and Pleasant Drive($74,810.00).




Sgt. Mary Gausman of the Pennsylvania State Police attended the meeting to introduce herself and let township residents know that they could contact her if they needed to.

Chairman Brown said that while he had everyone together he wanted to make a statement that both the Township Supervisors and the DEP were not interested in getting in the middle of any more disagreements between families and there was nothing more that they could do.

As no further business was brought before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 6:18 p.m. on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst.

Respectfully Submitted,

Lucinda Speeth, Sec./Treas.

Wellsville man sentenced to 12 years in prison for rape

Wellsville Daily
BELMONT — A Wellsville man was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in state prison following a conviction of first-degree rape, a class-B felony, reported the office of Allegany County District Attorney Keith Slep.

Jeffrey Howell, Jr., 27, was also sentenced to 20 years of post-release supervision and handed an Order of Protection issued until June 2024. Howell was ordered to pay a $325 surcharge, a $1,000 sex offender surcharge and a $50 DNA fee.

The charges against Howell initially included first-degree rape, predatory sexual assault against a child under 13, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act. Read more....

Coudersport Dispatched For A Search

At 7:50 PM on Thursday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to assemble at station for  a search.

Webelos Scouts will be collecting canned goods Port Allegany on Saturday

Pack 561 in Port Allegany. The Webelos Scouts will be collecting canned goods to donate to the local food pantry on Saturday, November 16 from 11am to noon. They will be walking up and down Arnold Ave., Broad St., and Chestnut St.

Scarnati Applauds State Board of Education’s Decision on Erie’s Community College Application

Senator Joe Scarnati·Thursday, November 14, 2019·2 minutes

(HARRISBURG) – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) issued the following statement today regarding the Pennsylvania State Board of Education’s decision on Erie’s Community College application.

“I applaud the decision today by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education to require that a hearing by the full Board be held on Empower Erie’s proposal to have a community college. While the vote today was positive, the upcoming hearing must be a full examination of all pertinent information, rather than simply relying on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) jaded and one-sided findings.

“Make no mistake that much of what transpired today at the Board hearing should be troubling to anyone who claims to support transparency. For example, during the meeting the paid lobbyist for the proposed Erie community college was in constant whispering communication with Board staff and several select Board members. This communication alone taints the whole process.

“Erie County’s application is unsustainable and built on financial assumptions that are pixie dust. Clearly if there was a majority of Board support then an approval of the application would have been rammed through today. Regardless of fanciful spin, a majority of members of the State Board will not endorse the Erie community college proposal.

“I care greatly about providing diverse educational options to students across the Commonwealth. I also feel strongly that approval of the pending Erie application would be an act to duplicate educational services. If the proposed Erie County community college were approved, Erie County taxpayers would be responsible for providing millions of dollars. Taxpayers should not have to put their money towards a college that would duplicate programs that are already in existence. It is immensely unfortunate that prospective students in Erie are being sold a bill of goods about this proposal.

“I strongly encourage the proponents of this application to restart meaningful conversations with Northern Pennsylvania Regional College officials in order to reach a compromise that both sides can publicly defend and that allows a positive pathway forward. This matter needs to come to a final conclusion that is in the best interest of providing educational opportunities and creating a stronger workforce in Erie and the northern region of Pennsylvania.”

Open Arms hosting ‘Surviving the Holidays’ in December

Open Arms Church is hosting free sessions next month in Port Allegany and Bradford on dealing with grief during the holidays.

Surviving the Holidays, presented through GriefShare, is a program that will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Open Arms Port Allegany at 105 Smith Ave. and from noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Open Arms Bradford at 1289 East Main St., about a mile past Walmart in Foster Township.

"It's very difficult for people during the holidays,” said GriefShare leader Sue Palz. “They're missing their loved ones. This is just an opportunity to see hope through Jesus.”

The program will include a video and a discussion, along with refreshments. The session will cover why the holidays are so difficult; how to plan for the season; how to deal with holiday invitations; surviving alone time; dealing with emotional ambushes; managing strong emotions; and creating new traditions while honoring your loved one’s legacy.

“You can heal through grief. This session will help prepare you for those hard moments,” Palz said.

For questions, call Palz at 814 368-9970, Donna Ekas at 814-598-0011, Charlie Sherman at 814-225-4572 or Debbie Pingie at 814-331-9513.

Clara Township Supervisors Meeting Rescheduled For November 19th


Nature’s Rx Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Silver Bullet 10 Male Enhancement Capsules
Nature’s Rx is voluntarily recalling lot: 01251ZX1, Expiry Date: 11/2022 of Silver Bullet (10 Male Enhancement Capsules). This recall has been initiated after an FDA laboratory analysis found the product to contain undeclared sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, which is a PDE-5 inhibitor. The undeclared PDE-5 inhibitor in the product may pose serious health risks to consumers with underlying medical issues. For example, PDE-5 inhibitors may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) lowering blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease often take nitrates.

To date, Nature’s Rx has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

The product, Silver Bullet (10 Male Enhancement Capsules), is used as a male enhancement nutritional supplement contained in blister foil sheets and packaged in small boxes containing 10 capsules with an expiry date: 11/2022 and lot number: 01251ZX1. Silver Bullet (10 Male Enhancement Capsules) was sold on an online website:

DCI’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program will celebrate 10 years of serving Potter & McKean counties.

DCI’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program will celebrate 10 years of serving Potter & McKean counties.

Join us Monday, November 18, 2019


Gunzburger Bldg., 3rd floor, Coudersport, PA

Questions? Call 814-274-0977.

Joseph L. Marinik, 93, of Smethport, PA

Joseph L. Marinik

Joseph L. Marinik, 93, of Smethport, PA, passed away Thursday (November 14, 2019) in the Lakeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Smethport.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Richard C. VanEtten, Sr., age 62, of Hornby, NY

Richard C. VanEtten, Sr.

Richard C. VanEtten, Sr., age 62 of Hornby, NY passed away at home on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. 

Born April 13, 1957 in Corning, NY, he was the son of the late Richard L. and Helen P. (Worrell) VanEtten. Rick worked for Corning Natural Gas, he loved working on cars and tinkering on all things. He was a jack of all trades. 

He is survived by his wife, Pamela K. (VanZile); his children, Richard (Gwen) VanEtten, Jr. of Hornby and Deborah VanEtten of Bath; his step children, Paul (Jen) Dalton of VA, Kiley Hogue and Steve Hogue of Las Vegas; his father and mother in law, Ronald and Ceil VanZile and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by a son, Clark. 

A Celebration of Rick’s Life will be held at the Hornby Fire Hall on Saturday, November 23rd at 2:00 PM. 

Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home.

Genevieve M. Weiss, 105, of Coudersport, PA

Genevieve M. Weiss

Genevieve M. Weiss, 105, of Coudersport, PA, passed away Wednesday (Nov. 13, 2019) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Born February 18, 1914, in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Michael and Stella Sostak Mulauski. On Apr. 9, 1932, in Coudersport, she married Leopold C. Weiss, who died May 8, 2001. They were married 59 years.

Genevieve was a wife and homemaker, tending to her family needs.

She was a lifetime resident of the area and a member of St. Eulalia’s Catholic Church, Coudersport, Catholic Daughters of America, Historical Society of Potter County, former lecture of Odin Grange, secretary/treasurer of the Ladona Club, and member of the Jolly Homemakers.

Surviving are a son, Martin D. (Jennifer) Weiss of Coudersport; two daughters, Arlene Y. Payne of Port Allegany, Ann Marie Spring of San Diego, CA; 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Leopold, three brothers, Edward, Stanley and Sigmond Mulauski; a sister, Alberta Broslet; a granddaughter, Christine Payne; two son-in-laws, William Payne and James Spring.

Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 16, 2019) in St. Eulalia’s Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. with Rev. James Campbell, as celebrant. Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.

Memorials can be made to Father Griffin Memorial Fund or Coudersport Library.

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

Condolences can be made

Potter County extends outreach to social media

Ellen Russell
COUDERSPORT -- With a new countywide comprehensive plan nearing the launching pad, one county department is gearing up to make that vision of the 2020-29 decade become a reality.

Ellen Russell, who joined the county as community development director in September, has harnessed the power of social media to begin spreading information and building support for the plan's objectives.

It calls for partnerships to create jobs, improve cultural attractions, support agriculture and tourism, and achieve many other objectives.

An overriding mission is to reverse two troubling trends -- outmigration by young people and a steady decrease in the county's overall population.

Russell recently launched an online service through the Facebook social media platform as a common reference point for the campaign. She is working with the county commissioners on a long-term strategy -- to be formalized in the comprehensive plan -- with a goal of achieving some of the objectives by a target date of 2025.

While less than a week old, the Facebook page has been growing. One post reached more than 2,000 people in less than 24 hours. 

“Social media has become a huge part of our lives,” Russell said. “The idea was to capitalize on that and try to reach different citizens for their opinions, input and suggestions.”

“We would like to see more public engagement and try to get residents more involved in their community,” she continued. “The ultimate goal is to meet mold our county’s future, and who best to help us lead and develop that path than those who will actually be affected?”

The Facebook page features information on community activities, best practices in rural community development, and other features. It will be complemented by additional content on the Community Development Department’s website at

Remote Car Starters Professionally Installed On Sale Now at Thumpin' N Bumpin in Coudersport

Roulette Township Supervisors To Meet Tonight at 6 PM

Roulette Township
November 12 at 12:43 PM ·

***REMINDER*** The Roulette Township Supervisors will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, November 14 at 6 pm in the Township Office. Please consider attending. Agenda is posted below: 



•Pledge of Allegiance
•Public Comment
•Police Report
•RVFD Call Statistics Report -
•Water/Sewer Report
•Oct. 10, 2019 Meeting Minutes
•Unpaid Bills for Nov. 14, 2019
•October 2019 Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, and Ledger

•Current Road Bonds – 08-2019 – Ram Forest Products – From SR 6 to T-308 to Keating Twp. line, , 10-2019 – Patterson’s Lumber – From SR 4003 to T-530 to Clara Township line
•Closed Road Bonds – 03-2019 – Three Rivers Forest Products – T334 from SR 4005 to Clara Twp. line, 05-2018 - Three Rivers Forest Products – T530 from SR4003 to Clara Twp. line, 06-2017 – Ram Forest Products – T400 from SR 6 to T407 and T407 from T400 to the gate, 09- 2019 –Elliott’s Lumber – From SR 6 to T-308 to T-327 to Seymour property line

E & M Engineers proposal for helping secure grant money for Well 4
AT & T cell phone tower

•Resolution 05-2019 Fixing Real Estate Tax Rate for 2020
•2020 Proposed Budget
2020 Roulette Township Service Contract with the fire dept. and their expenses
•Water/Sewer Audit for 2018 and other correspondence from Haines & Co.
•Rob Rittburg ditching

•Any other business that the supervisors would like to discuss

•Real Estate Taxes received for September
•USDA review letter of the 2018 audit
•Notice of violation from DEP
•Notice of payment of State Police fines & penalties
•DBA Goodwin & Sons small noncoal suface mining permit
•National Fuel Land Use Notification Letter
•Bridge Inspection Report for Atkins Rd. East & West Branch Fishing Creek Rd.
•PSATS NewsBulletin

Derrick City Dispatched For Possible House Fire

At 3:02 PM on Thursday, Derrick City Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 53 Bolivar Drive for a possible residential structure fire.
3:17 PM--Chief 11 reports fire knocked down. Fire in garage attached to a residence. Bradford Township engine to scene. Limestone & Otto on standby.

Bolivar woman sentenced to 5 years in state prison

Wellsville Daily Reporter
BELMONT — A Bolivar woman was sentenced to five years in state prison in Allegany County Court Wednesday, reported the office of District Attorney Keith Slep.

Kerri R. Cobb, 31, was convicted on one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance following incidents Aug. 27-28 in the Town of Amity and the Village of Bolivar.

Police said Cobb knowingly and unlawfully possessed 16 individually packaged containers of cocaine, a narcotic drug, with the intent to sell it. Authorities said Cobb also knowingly and unlawfully possessed 12 glassine envelopes of heroin, a narcotic drug, with the intent to sell it. Read more...

PUC Makes Management Recommendations to UGI Utilities, Inc.; Releases Audit and Implementation Plan

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has released a Management and Operations Audit Report of UGI Utilities, Inc. that could provide a combined estimated annual savings of approximately $336,000 to $713,000 and one-time savings of approximately $3.360 million to $7.130 million.

To view this press release in its entirety, select the following link:

DEP, PennDOT, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Announce Statewide Initiative to Reduce Littering, High Cleanup Costs

Harrisburg, PA – Today the Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Transportation (PennDOT), in partnership with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, announced an initiative to reduce littering and presented results of the first statewide litter study in over 20 years at a meeting attended by more than 125 local government, legislative, business, and community organization partners.

“Pennsylvania has a littering problem. Trash lines many of our roads and neighborhood streets. Hillsides and streambanks are strewn with tires and other garbage illegally dumped,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This presents health hazards, it contaminates the soil and water, and cleaning it up is costly to the Commonwealth and taxpayers.

“DEP has funded annual community and illegal dump site clean-ups around the state for over two decades. Thanks to these volunteer events, millions of pounds of litter have been removed from our land and water, but trash is accumulating faster than anyone can keep up with,” said McDonnell. “DEP is committed to achieving an even greater impact, working with PennDOT, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, and other partners to develop and implement a framework of litter reduction measures that, for the first time, will be guided by state-specific litter data and a nationally recognized model of behavior change.”

The Pennsylvania Litter Research Study was conducted in 2018-2019 with funding from DEP, PennDOT, Keep America Beautiful, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. A phone survey collected 500 residents’ views on litter and littering. Field teams performed on-the-ground litter counts in 180 locations statewide, including state and local roads and urban and rural areas.

Over 96 percent of survey respondents said littering is a problem in Pennsylvania. Field results indicate an estimated 500 million pieces of litter on Pennsylvania roads. The most common items are cigarette butts and plastics, such as plastic food packaging, bottles, and bags. Motorists and pedestrians are leading litterers, followed by improperly secured truck loads.

“PennDOT spends upwards of $13.9 million yearly to pick up trash along state-owned roadways,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “This enormous amount of resources spent on clean-up means there’s less funding available for improving our roads and bridges. Clean-up is not a sustainable strategy. PennDOT is proud to join forces with DEP, DCNR, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to take action to shift the focus to changing behavior to prevent littering.”

“Thankfully, environmental education programs and organized clean-ups help curtail littering at our 121 state parks, but illegal dumping remains a chronic problem in some state forests throughout the state,” said DCNR Deputy Secretary Michael Walsh. “Managers of Michaux State Forest, in the south central section of the state, are actively deploying surveillance cameras in an attempt to deter roadside dumping, which often leaves the district facing high disposal costs.”

City government leaders from Allentown, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh detailed the high costs of addressing litter and illegal dumping in their cities. Wayne Bowen, senior recycling program manager at the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, discussed recycling infrastructure and markets in the state. Anne Johnson, principal and vice president at Global Corporate Sustainability, demonstrated the economic, environmental, and reputational costs of plastics.

California State University social psychologist Wesley Schultz presented his research on why people litter and a nationally recognized five-step process for behavior change. In an open discussion, meeting participants shared their views on priority areas and next steps in the development of a statewide framework for litter reduction.

DEP, PennDOT, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will release a report presenting conclusions and complete data from the study and open discussion early in the new year. At that time the agencies will use the data to begin the task of strategizing a framework of measures to reduce specific littering behaviors.

“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has been leading clean-ups for nearly thirty years,” said Director Shannon Reiter. “While clean-ups are critical, clean-ups alone are not going to solve Pennsylvania’s litter and illegal dumping problem. We need to change behavior.”

The meeting was held at the Hilton Harrisburg and organized by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, in coordination with DEP and PennDOT.

Galeton Borough Authority Regular Meeting on November 5, 2019

Galeton Borough Council Regular Meeting on Nov. 13, 2019

Dominion Energy Accepting Applications For Supervisor-Gas Transmission Operations Position

Emporium Garden Club News - John Sidelinger Guest Speaker

The Emporium Garden Club will meet on Monday, November 25, at 6:30 pm at the Episcopal Church Hall. There will be a business meeting and a guest speaker at this meeting. The guest speaker will be John Sidelinger whose topic will be Painting: Start to Finish.
John is a retired Forester from the PA Bureau of Forestry and a local artist and photographer. John will display many of his wildlife paintings as he shares his love of art which has been published in many publications. These publications include Pennsylvania Magazine, Pennsylvania Game News as well as the following books: The Seventh Symposium of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Wildlife of Southern Forests and The Wild Turkey. His pen and ink drawings have been used by Penn State Ag Extension and The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Emporium Garden Club members look forward to John’s presentation and hearing about and seeing his beautiful paintings. They welcome others in the community to join them at this interesting meeting. Refreshments are served by member hostesses.

The Thought of the Month for November was written by Marjolein Bastin: Those who look with their eyes and heart discover there is so much natural beauty around us to enjoy and admire.

Posted by Cameron County at November 13, 2019

PA Permit Violations Issued to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp

PA Permit Violation Issued to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp in Forest Lake Twp, Susquehanna County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-11-13 to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp in Forest Lake Twp, Susquehanna 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.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-11-13 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp in Forest Lake Twp, Susquehanna County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-11-13 to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp in Forest Lake Twp, Susquehanna 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.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-11-13 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Owlett Reminds Area Businesses, Organizations of Disaster Loan Deadline

HARRISBURG – Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that Dec. 10 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Pennsylvania as a result of excessive precipitation that began on July 23, 2018.

“Operations in all three counties within the 68th Legislative District – Bradford, Potter and Tioga – are eligible for funding to aid in recovery from any economic injury they suffered during this disaster,” Owlett said. “I encourage them to explore this option before time runs out.”

The loans are provided through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). They must be for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 3.61% for eligible small businesses and 2.5% for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to 30 years. The funding is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA said it cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Additional Pennsylvania counties eligible for funding include McKean, Pike, Susquehanna, Warren and Wayne counties. The counties are eligible for funding because they are contiguous to one or more of the primary impacted counties in New York.

Coudersport Dispatched To Shed Fire On Buffalo Street

At 10:14 AM on Thursday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a shed fire behind the American Legion Post on Buffalo Street. Report camper fire fully involved. Units advised to respond via Crandall Street.
10:33 AM--Fire under control. Police requested to scene.

Austin Pride Upcoming Winter Events

Farmersville, Franklinville Dispatched For Rollover Crash

At 9:27 AM on Thursday, Franklinville & Farmersville have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle rollover crash on Hardy's Corners Road near Stebbibs Road in Farmersville. 
At 9:58 AM extrication was still in progress.
10:02 AM-Machias to set up LZ at Franklinville Fire Hall for Mercyflight.
10:06 AM--Extrication complete.
10:44 AM--Mercyflight enroute to ECMC.

Multi-Vehicle Crash Closes Route 6 in Burlington Township, Bradford County

​Montoursville, PA – Motorists in Bradford County are advised Route 6 is closed between Covered Bridge Road and Luther Mills Road in Burlington Township due to a multi-vehicle crash.

A detour is in place using Routes 4013 (Berwick Turnpike), 4011 (Rolling Hill Road) and 4001 (Ulster Road/Saco Road).

The road is expected to be closed for several hours.

Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2019 in Port Allegany, PA

Brews and Blues at the Hotel Crittenden hosting local Breweries and Blues Bands on Saturday, November 16th

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

2020 Proposed Budget For Summit Township Open For Inspection

Aveanna Health Care Is Hiring Exceptional RNs,LPNs,HHAs, & DCWs to Work in Area Communities

Sweden Valley Manor is Now Hiring Nursing Assistants in Coudersport, PA

Bid Online Now Thru Nov. 27th on Costa's Food Mart Liquidation in Coudersport, PA

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Coudersport Ambulance To South Main Street

At 10:30 PM on Wednesday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to South Main Street for a female fall victim down a flight of stairs with a head injury.

Coudersport Ambulance to North Main Street

At 9:59 PM on Wednesday, Coudersport ambulance has been dispatched to North Main Street for a  seizure.

Employees Stop Fire At Georgia Pacific in Bradford

Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department

This morning at 1110 hours BTVFD was dispatched to Georgia Pacific on Owens Way for a report of a commercial fire. Engines 151 and 153 responded and once on scene we learned the employee’s made quick work of extinguishing the fire on their own. 

Members from BTVFD performed an inspection of the machine and dust collection system, to ensure the fire was entirely out. Great job by all involved. Members were on scene for 45 minutes.

Austin Volunteer Fire Department

Tonight we held our annual elections the results are as follows for two year terms :

Fire Chief : Nathan Burgett

1st Assistant Fire Chief : Joseph Burgett

2nd Assistant Fire Chief : Jamie Rooney

Ambulance Chief : Tracy Orlowski

1st Assistant Ambulance Chief : Alfred Stahl

Corporation Board Position : Joe Burgett

Corporation Board Position : Scott Crumrine

Tri-County Delegate : Jamie Rooney

Tri-Counry Delegate : Alfred Stahl

Congratulations to all of our new & returning officers, and thank you to our outgoing officers for their service!

Marjorie M. Cochran, 94, TURTLEPOINT, PA

Marjorie M. Cochran, 
loving mother, grandmother, great- and great-great-grandmother

Marjorie M. Cochran, 94, TURTLEPOINT, PA, passed away Monday (Nov. 11, 2019) at her residence.

Born Jan. 24, 1925, she was a daughter of Archie and Pearl Swartz Austin. On Sept. 6, 1941, in Smethport, she married Lloyd R. “PeeWee” Cochran, who passed away May 21, 1991.

She had attended Smethport area schools and had resided in Turtlepoint since 1957.

For 23 years, Marge and her husband had owned and operated the Cochran Service Station in Turtlepoint,. She was later employed at Carlson’s Store and at the Robbin's Nest Restaurant as a cook.

She had attended the Episcopal churches in Smethport and Port Allegany. She was a past member of bowling leagues in Smethport.

Marg loved to sing, dance and yodel. She enjoyed canning, baking, hosting parties and camping.

Surviving are one son, Ted (Norman Black) Cochran of Smethport; and two daughters, Kay O’Connor and Bonnie Russell, both of Turtlepoint; six granddaughters, Charity and Sunday, and Crystal, Tanya, Vanessa and Valerie; fourteen great- and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Herbert, Kenneth, Lowell Sr. and Walter; and three sisters, Ethel, June and Naomi.

Friends may call from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 15, 2019) at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred. The funeral service will be held at noon Saturday (Nov. 16, 2019) at the First Church of God in Eldred, with the Rev. James Kazimer officiating. Burial will be in the McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Online condolences may be made at

Marlin L. “Mo” Kellogg, 69, formerly of Taylor Brook, Shinglehouse, PA

Marlin L. 'Mo' Kellogg
beloved father and papa

Marlin L. “Mo” Kellogg, 69, formerly of Taylor Brook, Shinglehouse, PA, passed away Monday (Nov. 11, 2019) at the Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, following a lengthy illness.

Born Aug. 13, 1950, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Robert Earl and Marie Lou Wilson Kellogg.

Vietnam War Veteran
He was a 1969 graduate of Shinglehouse High School and later attended Olean Business Institute and Jamestown Community College, and had also taken other correspondence courses.

Mo had proudly served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He had been employed by the Alstom Preheater in Wellsville, N.Y., as a welder and fabricator prior to his retirement due to poor health.

He was a member of the Shinglehouse American legion Post 530, the American Welding Society, the Osweyo Valley Rod and Gun Club and PA Cleanways.

Mo loved being outdoors and especially trapping, hunting, fishing and gardening, but mostly his enjoyment was spending time with and teaching his grandchildren.

Surviving are one son, Vincent (Kendra) Kellogg of Portville, N.Y.; a daughter, Sadie (Brendon) Enty of Shinglehouse; and five grandchildren, Liberty, Layken and Landon Enty and Kenyan and Sawyer Kellogg.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bobbie Jolene Kellogg in 2009; a grandson, Wyatt Enty in 2002; and a sister, Diane Frost in 2016.

A private celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.
The family requests that memorials be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at the