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Sunday, August 9, 2020

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 7/27/2020 to SWN PROD CO LLC for site HOFFMAN 5H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Incident Date/Time: 2020-07-27 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 7/27/2020 to SWN PROD CO LLC for site HOFFMAN 4H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Incident Date/Time: 2020-07-27 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 7/27/2020 to SWN PROD CO LLC for site HOFFMAN 1H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Incident Date/Time: 2020-07-27 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 7/27/2020 to SWN PROD CO LLC for site HOFFMAN 3H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Incident Date/Time: 2020-07-27 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Dorothy B. SHERWOOD, 94, of Wellsville, NY


Dorothy B. SHERWOOD, 94, of Wellsville, NY, died Sunday, August 9, 2020 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville. 

Arrangements are incomplete with Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville. Online condolences may be expressed at

Coudersport Ambulance to Sweden Valley Manor

At 3:49 PM on Sunday, Coudersport Ambulance has been called to Sweden Valley Manor for a person to go to hospital.
4:02 PM--Austin & Roulette ambulances dispatched & RECALLED.

Eldred Dispatched To Dirt Bike Accident

At 3:25 PM on Sunday, Eldred Township Fire & Eldred Borough Ambulance have been dispatched to a dirt bike accident in the area of 159 Windfall Road.
A helicopter is requested airborne.

Shinglehouse Ambulance to Rt. 44 South

At 3:25 PM on Sunday, Shinglehouse ambulance dispatched to Route 44 South for a cardiac emergency.

Theresa Hammersley, 89, of 345 E. Allegany Ave., Emporium, PA

Theresa Hammersley

Theresa Hammersley, 89, of 345 E. Allegany Ave., Emporium, PA died at her residence on Wednesday morning (August 8, 2020)

She was born February 20, 1931 in DuBois, PA a daughter of the late Merle M. and Ann Masisak Ivonowski
On July 15, 1950 in First Presbyterian Church, Emporium, she married the late James Hammersley.

Theresa retired from Cameron County School District where she was cafeteria manager for many years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Cameron County Republican Committee and the Junior Womans Club. She enjoyed working at the Buttonwood, camping, playing cards and sewing. She was a loving mother and grandmother

Theresa is survived by son, James I. (Susan) Hammersley, Jr., Ennice, NC; son, Michael L. (Teresa) Hammersley, Carrboro, NC; son, Thomas D. Hammersley, Emporium; daughter, Leanne (Randy) Cooney, Emporium; daughter, Kathleen J. (David) Osti, Emporium; son, Ronald G. (Cathy) Hammersley, Emporium; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and special friends including the Bauer family.

In addition to her parents and husband Theresa was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Ivonowski.

Visitation will be at the First Presbyterian Church, 205 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday from 6-8 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the Church on Wednesday (August 12, 2020) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, officiating.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 205 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Emporium Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Ridgway Woman Cited For Trespass

Mansfield PSP Seeking Information In A Criminal Trespass Investigation In Rutland TWP.

Passenger Transported To UPMC Susquehanna In Motorcycle VS Deer Accident On Round Top RD. In Charleston TWP.

Mansfield Seeking Information For Scattered Rubbish On RT. 6 In Richmond TWP.

Investigation Ongoing For Recovered Stolen Truck In Roseville Boro

PSp Mansfield Seeking Information For Hit And Run In Jackson TWP.

Emporium Dispatched For Victim of ATV Accident Near Sizerville Park

At 1:02 PM on Sunday, Emporium Ambulance & medics have been dispatched to an ATV accident with a 71 year old male with a possible leg injury at the end of a dead end road near Sizerville Park.

No Injuries In One Car Crash On RT. 15 In Tioga TWP.

PSP Detain Suspect For Out Of State Warrant Following Traffic Stop In Sweden TWP.

Two cited for Harassment After Physical Altercation In The Car In Keating TWP.

Investigation Is Ongoing For Harassment In Sweden TWP.

Carolyn S. Hackett, 85, of 117 South St., Bolivar, NY

Carolyn S. Hacket

Carolyn S. Hackett, 85, of 117 South St., Bolivar, NY, passed away on Friday August 7, 2020 shortly after admission to Jones Memorial Hospital Wellsville. 

Born on January 8, 1935 in Clarksville N.Y. she was the daughter of Rudolph and Leora "Odie” Jordan.
Carolyn married Kenneth Hackett on March 27, 1965. Mr. Hackett preceded her in death on June 27, 2010.

Carolyn was employed by A.V.X. Co. Olean for fifteen years, and later by Acme Electric Co. Allegany for seventeen years prior to her retirement. Carolyn returned to the work, employed by the Allegany Co. Office of the Aging doing nutrition dinners at the Bolivar Fire Hall for fifteen years retiring in 2012.

She was an avid fan of the Bolivar-Richburg Wolverines Football & Baseball teams watching her grandsons play. She also enjoyed watching her granddaughters in Track and Soccer.

Along with her husband Ken were active in the Bolivar Little League. Carolyn was a life member of the N.A. 40+motorcycle club. Carolyn and Ken traveled all over the United States on their motorcycle.

Surviving are two daughters, Victoria Simard, Bolivar, Jody (John) McLaughlin, Bolivar; two sons, James Murray of Savannah, GA. and Karl (Alice) Hackett of Bolivar; Seventeen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren. two sisters, Shirley Hackett of Bolivar and Patricia Learn of Bolivar; A sister-in-law Phyllis Burch Yorkshire; A brother-in-law, Ralph Best of Bolivar; One aunt, Rita Childs of Wellsville. 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son Robert Hackett on December 29, 2015, a daughter and Son-in-Law Karen and Doug Jordan; three sisters, Beverly Brown, Constance “Connie” Best, Phyllis Neu.

Friends may call at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. Bolivar on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held from the Funeral Home on Wednesday August 12, at 11 A.M. Pastor Tim Taylor of the Crosstown Alliance Church Shinglehouse PA. Officiating. Burial in Bowler Memorial Cemetery Little Genesee N.Y.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions social distancing and face masks will be required.

Austin Fire & EMS Respond to ATV Rollover Crash in Wharton Township

Austin Firefighter watches at Landing Zone as Stat Medevac lands under moonlit sky.
Austin Volunteer Fire Department

Last night at 23:57 Station 44 & Medic 7 were dispatched to Wharton Township for a reported ATV Accident. 

Chief 44 (J.Rooney), Chief 44-10 (J.Burgett) Chief 44-60 (T.Orlowski) and Chief 44-71 (S.Orlowski) responded immediately. Chief 44-60 (T.Orlowski) requested a helicopter airborne to National Fuel LZ. Ambulance 44-6, followed shortly after by Engine 44-2 and Rescue 44-8. Chief 44-10 (J.Burgett) was first on scene establishing Austin Command, confirming one patient and requesting Ambulance 44-6 and Medic 7 expedite. 

Engine 44-2 arrived at and secured Landing Zone at National Fuel. Chief 44 (J.Rooney) acting LZO. Ambulance and Rescue crews arrived and went to work. All units then proceeded to LZ. Upon arrival at LZ Stat Medevac requested relocation due to changing weather. 

All units went en route to the Austin School LZ. Engine & Rescue Crew secured Landing Zone. Stat landed safely. A short time later Stat went airborne, all units returned. All units were back in service and available at 02:21.

Coudersport Rotary Club President, Sharon Fitzgerald, presents visiting Rotary District Governor, Irvin Wright, with a maple gift basket from Brydonson Farm during their August 3, 2020 meeting at A&W West End Grill.

Hon. James E. EUKEN, 74, of Belmont, NY

 Hon. James E. EUKEN

Hon. James E. EUKEN, 74, of Belmont, NY, died Saturday, August 8, 2020 in his home. Arrangements will be announced by the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville. Online condolences may be expressed at

PennDOT Cameron/Potter County Maintenance work schedule for the week of August 10 – August 14, 2020

Emporium/Coudersport, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Cameron/Potter County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of August 10 – August 14, weather permitting. Motorists should travel with extra caution in these and all work areas. Motorists should be aware that due to the nature of highway maintenance and emergency work, crews could be working on any highway at any time of the day or night.

This work will be done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and State Department of Health guidance as well as COVID-19 safety guidance, including protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols.

Cameron County 0240
Roadway Repairs:
● State Route: 2001 (Wykoff Run Road) daylight road closure from 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM from August 10 thru August 28. Local residents and camp owners will have access to their properties during work hours. Detour will be in place for through traffic.

Potter County 0260

Sign Upgrades:
● Various locations on U. S. Route 0006 and State Route 0044

Bridge Repairs:
● Bridge inspections at various locations throughout the county

● State Route: 1010 (Genesee to North Bingham)

Pipe Replacement Preparation:
● Various locations throughout the county

Crack Sealing:
● State Route: 0607 (Austin to Keating Summit) Monday - Wednesday
● State Route: 0872 (Austin to Coudersport) Thursday & Friday

Spray Patching:
● State Route: 1010 (North Bingham to Mills)

Side Dozing:
● State Route: 2002 (Cherry Springs to Germania Station)

● State Route: 0006 (Denton Hill to Sweden Valley) Monday
● State Route: 1001 (Brookland Road) Tuesday
● State Route: 1002 (Sweden Hill Road) Wednesday
● State Route: 4013 (North Hollow Road) Thursday & Friday

The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:

● Glenn O Hawbaker, Inc: bridge replacement on State Route 44 in Hebron Township, four miles north of Coudersport, will begin on July 1. There will be a one lane temporary roadway and traffic signals in place. Target end date is early September. Covid-19 protocols will be followed.

● Glenn O Hawbaker, Inc: guiderail installation on SR 3003 (First Fork Road) with flaggers in place. Covid-19 protocols will be followed.

PennDOT Elk/McKean County Maintenance work schedule for the week of August 10– August 14

Ridgway/Cyclone, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Elk/McKean County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of August 10- August 14, weather permitting. Motorists should travel with extra caution in these and all work areas. Motorists should be aware that due to the nature of highway maintenance and emergency work, crews could be working on any highway at any time of the day or night.

This work will be done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well COVID-19 safety guidance, including protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols.

Elk County 0280
Turf Cutting:
● State Route: 219 Brandy Camp area

Bridge Repair:
● State Route: 1005 Theresia Street, St. Mary’s
● State Route: 555m River Road, Bennezette

Ditch Cleaning:
● State Route: 1001,1002 Glen Hazel Rd. & Taft Rd. St. Mary’s

Painting Railroad Crossings:
● State Route: 1001, Glen Hazel Road, St. Mary’s
● State Route: 66, Highland area

Mill/Fill, Paving:
● State Route: 1003, 2007,949, & 219 Washington St., Irishtown Rd., Lake City, & bottom of Boot Jack

McKean County 0250

Sign Upgrade:
● State Route: 346 Bradford thru Eldred Twp.

Spray Patching:
● State Route: 3011 Kinzua Bridge Road

Drainage and Shoulder Work:
● State Route: 2001 Clermont
McKean County cont.

● State Route: 59 Cyclone

Bridge Replacement:
● State Route: 246 Rixford

● State Route: 4001 Big Shanty

The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:

Kinzua Creek Bridge/SR-3006-A01/McKean County: Clearwater Construction Co.:

Overall Project Description:
ECMS 4460 - On State Route 3006 (Westline Road) from Segment 0010/Offset 0189 to Segment 0010/Offset 1314. For the removal of the existing Two-Span Steel I-Beam bridge and construction of its replacement Two-Span Composite P/S Bulb-Tee Beam Bridge, a temporary roadway including temporary bridge are to be used for traffic control. Approach work consisting of super pave asphalt mixture designs for the base, binder, and wearing course, guide rail, pavement markings, management and disposal of potential hazardous materials, and miscellaneous construction for a construction length of approximately 735 feet (0.139 miles) as indicated on the approved drawings.

Next Week:
Contractor is scheduled to set up crane on Monday. Beam set Tuesday for abutment #1, Wednesday for abutment #2. Placement of fabricated steel for deck and diaphragms the remainder of the week.
Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals until completion of the new structure this fall.
Drivers are reminded to watch for stopped vehicles and to obey the posted speed limits and construction signing.
Work to be performed Monday through Friday during daylight hours, weather permitting.

SR-219/539 Elk Co. Line to Halsey Resurfacing/Jones Township in Elk County and Hamlin & Sergeant Township in McKean County: IA Construction Corp.

Overall Project Description:

The work to be performed will include resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation of roadway using Superpave Asphalt Mixture Designs for the base, binder and wearing courses, installation drainage and guide rail upgrades, repairs to concrete arch structures at Segment 0030/Offset 0000 and Segment 0040/Offset 1090, pavement markings and miscellaneous construction. The expected completion date of the project is 9/03/2020. The Project is for upgrading the existing pavement structure and guide rail, as well as repair work to drainage structures including rehabilitation work on two concrete arch culverts along the 5.6 Mile Section of Roadway.

Next Week:

Work will begin Monday at 7:00 AM and will continue through Friday afternoon. All work will be done during the daylight hours.
The work zone is located near the Elk/McKean county line north towards Lantz Corners and will feature an alternating pattern controlled by flaggers.
The contractor will begin placing Shoulder back up.
The Contractor will begin structure repairs at the SR219 over Sicily Run Bridge.
All work is weather and schedule dependent. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving and stopped vehicles when approaching the work zone.
Motorists are advised to be cautious when approaching the work zone and should obey the posted speed limit.

Rev Hoopes Trucking Is Seeking Experienced Class A CDL Drivers

Westfield, Harrison Dispatched To Trailer Fire With Possible Entrapment

At 3:00 AM on Sunday, Westfield & Harrison Fire Departments along with RIT from Elkland dispatched to a trailer fire in Brookfield Township at North Fork Road & Dillon Lane with possible entrapment. Trailer is reported fully involved. Other trailers are reported in danger of catching fire.

Westfield Chief reports everyone is out of the trailer. The fire is under control, no injuries RIT cancelled.

Mansfield ambulance was dispatched to a a car vs deer on RT. 15

On August 9 at 12:13 pm Mansfield ambulance was dispatched to a a car vs deer on RT. 15
one of the occupants wants to be evaluated.

Austin Fire Department and Ambulance was dispatched for an atv roll over accident on Wharton Rd CPR is in progress.

At 12.03 AM on Sunday August 9th Austin Fire Department and Ambulance was dispatched for an atv roll over accident on Wharton Rd CPR is in progress. A helicopter is requested. This is a 47 year old male with obvious head injuries

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Genesee, Wellsville Dispatched To One Vehicle Crash

At 9:05 PM on Saturday, Genesee Fire & EMS along with Wellsville Fire dispatched to Rt. 244 near Nelson Run Road in Genesee Township for a one vehicle crash with one person suffering a head injury.
Wellsville rescue cancelled, patient is self extricated.

Sweden Township Police Department*** BOLO FOR A BEAR***

Sweden Township Police Department
2h ·
Once again in the Sweden Twp Area of Promise Ln. The local destructive bear broke into and entered several vehicles....PLEASE KEEP YOUR VEHICLES LOCKED.

The PGC has placed traps once again in the area to attempt to catch this particular bear a.k.a RUFUS after weeks of non-activity or sightings reported to the Game Commission in the Sweden Township area. 

The Game Warden that is charge of this incident is requesting any sighting of this bear that occur on a regular basis and may be a productive site for a trap to report that to the North Central Regional Office at 570-398-4744 as soon as possible. 

If anyone is aware of someone feeding this bear please also make contact and report it. We have seen an uptick in the area of people from out of town frequenting seasonal camps and outdoor spaces more often this year because of Covid-19.

Incidentally that has also increased the amount of people feeding wildlife and in turn increases the amount of conflicts by habituating bears to these artificial feeding stations and abnormally attracting them to camps, homes, and vehicles. Please refrain from wildlife feeding in the area, be careful not to leave food stuffs or anything that may smell like food in your vehicles, and keep your garbage secure. At the very least make sure vehicles and sheds are locked up if at all possible.”

New Fire Chief In Austin After Burgett Moves From District

Austin Volunteer Fire Department
2h ·

Recently AVFD accepted the resignation of Nathan Burgett as Fire Chief & Vice Chairman of the Board. Nathan and his family moved from our district; and he was no longer able to fulfill the position. With Nathan’s absence, multiple positions were left open and needed to be filled.

As of Thursday, August 6th Jamie Rooney has accepted the position of Fire Chief. Prior to this move Chief Rooney was serving as our Second Assistant Fire Chief.

With Jamie accepting Chief 44, his position as Second Assistant Fire Chief was vacant. Third Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Brooks is moving up to fulfill this position.

Ambulance Chief Tracy Orlowski has been appointed to the position of Vice Chairman of the Board.

We would like to take this time to congratulate those stepping up into new positions, and also to thank outgoing Chief and Vice Chairman Nathan Burgett for his years of dedication and service to AVFD.

Austin, Coudrrsport Dispatched To Grill Fire On Porch

At 7:33 PM on Saturday, Austin & Coudersport Fire Dept. dispatched to a grill fire on the porch at 56 Main Street, next to the Fire Department.
Coudersport RECALLED.

Eliza J. Bundy, 85, a longtime resident of Austin, PA

Eliza J. Bundy CAPTION 
“beloved mother and grandmother”

Eliza J. Bundy, 85, a longtime resident of Austin, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 6, 2020, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born on Sunday, December 23, 1934 in Hartsville, N.Y., she was a daughter of Otto J. and Hattie Hale Woodworth. 

On April 16, 1977 in Austin, she married Leon R. Bundy, who passed away on October 14, 2014.

Eliza was a graduate of Canisteo Central High School, Class of 1952. After graduation from high school, Eliza was employed by First State Bank in Canisteo and later as a cook in many area restaurants.

Eliza was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher while she attended the church; she was a member of the Austin Free Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer; and was a member of the Coudersport Senior Center. Eliza was a member of TOPS. She was a Girl Scout leader in Austin. She enjoyed plastic canvas crafts. She loved to play bingo, but her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are four children, Garry M. (Dawn) Bacon of Austin, Vicki L. (Mark) Mahon of Danville, Indiana, Sandy K. (Bill) Witwer of Melville, Montana, and Randy S. Bacon of Chesapeake, Virginia; three step-children, Keith Bundy of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Leon Robert “Bobby” (Lee) Bundy of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Sheryl Johnson of Michigan; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; eight brothers and sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Eliza was predeceased by a son, Danny Bacon; and a sister and two brothers.

A celebration of Eliza’s life will be held on a date, time and place to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Eliza’s name may be made to the Austin Free Methodist Church, Costello Avenue, Austin, PA 16720.

Eliza entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Eliza, please visit or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

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Little Valley and Gowanda land rescue crew have been dispatched to Zoar valley on the deer lick trails

On August 8 at 3:49 pm Little Valley and Gowanda land rescue crew have been dispatched to Zoar valley on the deer lick trails. For 2 people lost at a high elevation

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Crash in Borough

At 3:13 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance dispatched to Stevens Street & East Academy Street for a victim of an automobile accident. Shinglehouse fire police were dispatched earlier.

US Senator Toomey Urges You To "Wear a Mask"


Combat COVID-19: Please Wear a Mask
Since March, I've urged Americans to wear masks to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
This week, Lancaster Online highlighted these efforts and encouraged readers to "mask up." Multiple studies have shown that masks can greatly reduce the spread of coronavirus. Wearing a homemade mask or facial cover when you venture out is not about protecting yourself, rather it is about protecting those around you. My mask protects you and your mask protects me.
As our economy continues to reopen and until a vaccine is available, wearing a face mask is the most practical and cost-effective manner in which we, as Americans, can do our part to protect one another. Please, for the benefit of your neighbors, friends, and those who live in your community, wear a mask.
Read the entire editorial here.


EMS Called For Motorcycle Rider Who Fell Off

At 1:32 PM on Saturday, EMS has been called to 346 East Main Street in front of Dollar General in Westfield for a 57 year old female who fell from the passenger seat of a motorcycle due to a possible medical event.

Martin Thurst Memorial Car Show & BBQ cancelled

Police Called On Couple Who Refused To Wear Masks In Store In Elk County

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, August 7, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol
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You are welcome to contact me through this link.

Wolf ‘Recommendation’ Puts Fall Sports in Jeopardy

Earlier this week, I joined more than five dozen fellow House members in calling on Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) to change recent policy prohibiting spectators at PIAA events, including parents of athletes.

The letter to the governor is available to read here.

The letter to PIAA officials is available to read here.

Understandably, parents want to watch their student athletes perform and they want to be on hand should their child be injured to make sure he or she is getting the appropriate care and attention. Many parents who have contacted my office about this issue question why they cannot social distance at an outdoor sporting event but can still shop at big box retail stores. I couldn’t agree more.

When questioned by the media yesterday about the issue of spectators at school sporting events, the governor chose to answer by saying he is recommending against all school sports until Jan. 1. This response came as a shock to everyone, including PIAA officials who had already made the determination to move forward with school sports in the fall.

This is NOT leadership. The governor keeps moving the goalposts without explaining why. It’s unfair to PIAA officials who are working hard to prepare for fall sports and it is especially unfair to the student athletes who want to compete, as well as their parents.

As of this moment, the PIAA is discussing its options. I will continue to advocate for LOCAL CONTROL over these types of decisions!                                    

Reminder: Veterans Assistance Available

Working to ensure area veterans receive the services and support they need, a representative of the American Legion will be available at my offices to discuss issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits.

The schedule is as follows:
  •   Kane office: Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Kane office is located at 55 Fraley St. Please call 814-837-0880 to schedule an appointment.
  •   Bradford office: Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Bradford office is located at 78 Main St., first floor. Please call 814-362-4400 to schedule an appointment.

You need not be a member of the American Legion to participate.

House Education Committee Hears Testimony on School Reopening

With students soon due to head back to school, the House Education Committee convened a two-day hearing this week to gather testimony from a variety of education advocates and organizations about the challenges of safely reopening schools this fall.

Among the many issues discussed during the hearing were access to sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment for teachers and staff to change frequently throughout the day; availability of school nurses; liability protections; increased demand for cyber schooling; and ensuring the safety and quality of education for students with special needs.

The committee also heard suggestions for policies to support public schools and students, such as permanent mandate waivers, improved broadband internet access, increased funding for transportation, postponing new state graduation requirements, and requiring clear and detailed quarantine protocols and contact tracing in the event a student or staff member tests positive.

The hearing featured testifiers from the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, Alliance of Approved Private Schools, PA Cyber Charter School, Agora Cyber Charter School, the ARC of PA and the Association of School Nurses and Practitioners on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the panel of testifiers included representatives invited from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, PA Association of School Administrators, PA Association of School Business Officials and PA State Education Association.

The hearing can be watched in its entirety here.


New Law to Boost COVID-19 Testing, Transparency

Legislation to ensure transparency and accountability with the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response on broad-based coronavirus testing has been signed into law.

Act 70 of 2020 requires the governor to submit comprehensive, federally required state-level COVID-19 testing plans to the General Assembly for review. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Health must provide biweekly reporting on technology and testing supplies procured by the state, the number of positive and negative tests processed by the state laboratory in Exton, demographic data on test results, and limitations experienced by the state lab, including lack of chemical reagents or other testing components.

Improved testing is an important step toward helping our Commonwealth and communities move past the pandemic. The law is effective immediately.

Don’t Be Victim of Unemployment Benefits Scam

The state Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) is reminding Pennsylvanians of the warning signs associated with the widespread identity theft fraud ring targeting COVID-19 unemployment compensation (UC) benefits programs across the nation. The federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program is the primary target of this sophisticated scam and victims are urged to report instances of fraud to L&I and local police.

The nationwide scam was first identified in May with fraudsters using personal information previously stolen from sources outside of Commonwealth agencies to file for PUA benefits. Many Pennsylvanians are not even aware their identities were stolen in the past until they receive correspondence or a debit card from the state UC office.

Warning signs of the scam include, but are not limited to, receiving a check or direct deposit from the Pennsylvania Treasury Department or a ReliaCard debit card issued by U.S. Bank, despite not having filed for unemployment assistance; someone you don’t know comes to your home and tells you that their unemployment assistance check or debit card was mailed to you by mistake; or someone offers to help you file for unemployment benefits for a fee.

For a full list of scam warning signs, as well as information about how to report the fraud and return any improper benefits payment, click here.

Grants to Help Higher Education Resume Operations

Postsecondary institutions and adult basic education providers will collectively receive $28 million in federal CARES Act funding to assist in implementing public health and safety plans to resume operations in the fall while keeping students, faculty and staff safe from COVID-19.

Grant amounts were determined by the state Department of Education based on both the shares of total enrollments by each postsecondary sector and the number of socio-economically disadvantaged students served by institutions. Additionally, $500,000 of the total funds were set aside to provide relief to adult basic education providers.

Grant funds may be used for a variety of initiatives to aid in the safe reopening of schools, including the purchase of protective equipment, hand sanitizer and cleaning products; equipment or technology to take classrooms online; installation of barriers or other protective devices in building structures; or to purchase health apps to assist in contact tracing and monitoring of students.

More information is available here.
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DEP eNOTICE: PA Bulletin document published as final for eComment period: Interim Final: Policy for the Replacement or Restoration of Private Water Supplies Impacted by Unconventional Operations

The PA Bulletin document for the following comment period in the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) eComment has been published as final.

Document Title: Interim Final: Policy for the Replacement or Restoration of Private Water Supplies Impacted by Unconventional Operations
Category: Policy
Program Area: General
PA Bulletin: (published 8/8/2020)

Margaret Kelchner, 91, of Wellsboro, PA

Margaret Kelchner

Margaret Kelchner, 91, of Wellsboro, formerly of Galeton, Shinglehouse, and Media, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020 in UPMC Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro.
Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

McKean County GOP Hosts Chicken Barbecue

SMETHPORT -- The McKean County Republican Committee will host a chicken barbecue to rally support for President Trump and other federal and state GOP candidates on Thursday, Aug. 20, starting at 4 p.m. at Hamlin Lake Park in Smethport.

Each dinner costs $10 and includes a half chicken, salad, beans, roll, drink and cupcake. Meals are available to go or to eat on-site.

Free Trump signs will be available while supplies last. Hats, flags and other merchandise will also be available for purchase.

Several area GOP candidates are scheduled to be on hand, including Rep. Marty Causer, state senate candidate Rep. Cris Dush and Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson.

Visit for updates.

Media contact: County Chairman Ken Kane 814-598-0205

Coudersport Area Lions Club Ice Holding Ice Cream Social Lions Club will only be serving Sundaes not cones.

Clinton County commissioners meet; Approve Broadband Agreement, Bald Eagle Trail


— Approved Resolution 15 of 2020 authorizing the execution of an agreement with PennDOT for acceptance of funds in the amount of $2,505,992 for Phase 4 of the Bald Eagle Valley Trail.

— Approved easements and right of ways related to the Bald Eagle Valley Trail with Wayne Township, Wayne Township Landfill, SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority ad South Avis Realty. This action will allow the trail to cross the river in Wayne Township.

— Approved an agreement with Tioga, Potter and Lycoming counties regarding the environmental review for an ARC-funded broadband fiber project that will benefit Leidy Township in Clinton County. There is not cost to the county.

Bills in the amount of $1,274,057 were approved for payment, as was net payroll in the amount of $271,651 for the two-week period ending Aug. 7.

During the comment portion of the meeting Commissioner Angela Harding thanked Katie deSilva and the rest of the planning department for all the work on the Bald Eagle Valley Trail. “You have so much on your plate and you are doing a fantastic job. The Bald Eagle Valley Trail is so important to our community,” Harding said, adding the planners have also been instrumental in securing money from the CARES Act and CDBG programs. Read more...

Delmar Township Home Catches Fire After 2 Vehicle Crash

FIRST News Now
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FNN Article with Images © Friday, August 7, 2020.

WELLSBORO, PA - Fire and ambulance crews rushed to a two-vehicle accident in which a pickup truck ended up smashing into a home and catching on fire.

The accident occurred on Friday, August 7, 2020, around 1:30PM at the intersection of Balsam Road and Stony Fork Road in Delmar Township.

According to the Heath family, a car and a pickup collided into each other at the intersection. The impact was so hard it sent the car carrying a family of four into a tractor sitting in front of a garage. After hitting the tractor the car bounced back into the roadway facing the opposite direction in which it was traveling.

The pickup involved in the crash just went over the knoll and directly smashed head-on into the side of the home. The impact was so hard that the entire 2017 three bedroom home shuddered. The truck split the home open and shoved a bed inside the home four feet away from the wall where it had sat prior to the crash. The truck then caught fire and flames spread from the front of the vehicle to the home.

Jeff Heath told FNN, that his brother grabbed a rug off the ramp to the home and started beating on the flames. As his brother fought the flames, complete strangers drove in and pulled out fire extinguishers they had in their trucks and joined in to help battle the stubborn flames.

While everyone was working on getting the flames out, Jeff Heath was able to use his own truck to pull the burning pickup away from the house. This allowed everyone to focus on knocking down the flames of the burning home.

"It was amazing that total strangers stopped to help us fight the fire," Jeff Heath stated. "It is nice to know there are still good people out there who care enough to stop and help," Heath noted to FNN. "They deserved to be recognized in the news," he said with a smile.

Wellsboro fire crews arrived on scene at 1:42PM and reported that the pickup truck involved in the crash was well involved. Firefighters quickly grabbed the hoses and went to work battling both fires.

The house was the first fire that was brought under control, and minutes later it was reported out, as crews continued to work on extinguishing the burning truck.

"I'm not sure I would be here now had I been laying in my bed when that truck hit the home," Jeff Heath pointed out to FNN.

The Heath family agreed that it was a miracle that there were no injuries to those involved in the two-vehicle accident and that no one was injured in the home at the time it was hit by the pickup truck.

The Heath family will be staying with their daughter, as the electric and gas to the home was shut off due to the accident. The home may have been moved by the impact, so the home has to be inspected, as does the gas line running into the home.

The Heath family does have insurance on the three old-year-old home, which is owned by Julia Heath.

Pennsylvania State Police are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

Both vehicles were towed to the Gaines Garage.

Cuba Police Department reports arrest after domestic incident

Cuba Police Department
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*** Press Release ***

On Thursday August 6th, 2020, at approximately 12:29PM, following a domestic dispute, Cuba Police arrested Chaiquan P. Williams (26) of Cuba. Williams was charged with harassment 2nd(violation) and endangering the welfare of a child (misdemeanor). 

Williams was processed and released to appear at the Cuba Town Court at a later date. Williams is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Memories of Oil Field Days in the Bolivar, NY Area

Bolivar New York Fan Page added a new photo.
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"WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE, Saturdays in the summer could be special because that's when I'd get in my dad's greasy old Jeep with him and we'd ride up to the lease -- the oil lease -- 'cause he needed to shut down the power. He'd already been up there about seven o'clock to start things up. And I just loved watching all that old machinery at work, squeaking and squawking and clanking and rattling as the big engine in the power house went 'THUMP! - thump - thump - thump - thump - THUMP! - thump - thump...' and made the rod lines go back and forth and the pump jacks go up and down....

"But it was a dangerous place and I had to stick by his side until everything came to a stop and the engine stopped whirring with a real long 'hisssssss...' Then he'd hand me a beat-up yellow oil can with a tall, skinny snout and a big spring under the thumb squeezer, and he'd watch while we walked some rod lines and I used both thumbs to squeeze some oil where the rods hung from the tripods. Then I'd squirt some where they rested and rubbed on the big beams where they first came out of the power house....

"After Dad looked into a tank or two and studied a few pump jacks, he'd do some stuff in the power house then lock it back up. And we'd bounce down the lease road to the paved one and putt back home in the Jeep. And my mom would declare I was a greasy mess and make me change my T-shirt. But she was used to that sort of thing."


Animal Cruelty Charges Pending In Ridgway TWP.