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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Emporium Firefighters Called Back To Hotel Fire Scene
Photo Courtesy Marilyn Erickson
Cameron Company 14 was called back to the Homestead Hotel on Plank Road Hollow at 9:32 PM to quell some hot spots.

Pittsfield, PA, Man's ID/Personal Items Found In Eldred

Personal items, including ID, belonging to Joseph Thom, of Pittsfield, PA were found on Route 446, in front of 110 South Main Street, in Eldred, PA on September 22, 2010.

Joseph Thom is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at Kane, 814-778-5555, to claim his items.

$250,000. Damage In Old Homestead Hotel Fire In Emporium

Investigation Ongoing In Hotel Fire
The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and the Emporium Fire Chiefs investigated a structure fire at 659 Plank Road Hollow in Shippen Township, Cameron County.

The fire, reported at 6:58 am on Saturday caused severe damage to the old Homestead Hotel building owned by John L. Price, 53, of New Bethlehem, PA. The vacant structure sustained fire damage and collapse of the upper floors. Estimated damages are $250,000.00.

No injuries were reported.

Multiple fire departments from Cameron, Elk, McKean, and Potter Counties responded to the alarm.

Fire Marshal David Surra said the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at Emporium.

Photos shared by Marilyn Erickson, Emporium

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Charlotte A. Wylie, 75, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Philadelphia, PA

Charlotte A. Wylie
“beloved mother and grandmother”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Charlotte A. Wylie, 75, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Philadelphia, died unexpectedly, Saturday, September 25, 2010 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a brief illness.

Born July 8, 1935 in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of William and Charlotte Sullivan Gehring. On May 14, 1952 in Philadelphia, she married John W. Wylie, Sr., who died on April 4, 1983.

Mrs. Wylie attended Olney High School in Philadelphia. She was employed for 11 years by Prudential Insurance Company as a customer service representative.

She loved breeding and showing dogs. Mrs. Wylie very much enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.

Surviving are four children, John W. (Mary Ann) Wylie, Jr. of Shinglehouse, Linda A. (Lynn) Wise of Fallsington, Robert W. Wylie of Shinglehouse, and Lori M. Serina of Coudersport; eleven grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Wylie was predeceased by her parents and husband.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 12 noon to 1p.m. at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse. Burial will be in the William Penn Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Memorials may be made to a S.P.C.A. of the donor’s choice.

Emporium Toned Out For 2nd Fire On Plank Road Hollow

Another Fire On Plank Road Hollow
At 4:20 PM on Saturday, Emporium Company 14 is headed back to Plank Road Hollow, this time for a brush/grass fire at 467 Plank Road Hollow.

This fire is at a different location than the structure fire that fire crews were called to about 7:00 am this morning. The latest fire is reported out at about 4:45.

Football - Kane Wolves over the Smethport Hubbers 19-15

Football - Kane Wolves over the Smethport Hubbers 19-15 on a delightfully warm Friday night.

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Smethport had their homecoming, and the bands put on a wonderful show at halftime.

Photos courtesy of Leo Szczesny
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Found Horse Accessories

Several horse accessories were found along Baker Creek Road, Coudersport, on September 23rd. The owner can claim them by properly identifying their missing items.

Call Linda at 274-8887

Shailyn Furman Says Thanks..............

"I would like to thank everyone who contributed to my trip to Australia.

I had a great time in Australia! I really enjoyed all the fun activities; especially swimming in the Great Barrier Reef! Also, my all time favorite thing that I did in Australia was going to the Aboriginal home because that is where I ate my first and last piece of kangaroo tail.

The layout of the the picture has 7 pictures total. (on the top left going down); I love Sidney- taken in down town Sydney, the Sydney Opera House, and the entrance to the shark tank at the Sydney Aquarium. (on the top right going down) some of the coral reef-taken on the great barrier reef tour, new south wales rugby team- taken in the locker room while touring the ANZ stadium, and a group photo of my delegation- taken along side the Sydney Habor. In the center is the first picture I took in Australia."

If you have any questions please call me at (814)- 466-6955.

~Shailyn Furman

Thomas L. (Hiney Brock) Snyder of Roulette, formerly of Coudersport, PA

Thomas L. (Hiney Brock) Snyder of Roulette, formerly of Coudersport passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2010 at his home in Roulette. Born on September 28, 1949 he was the son of the late Donald L. (Stub) Snyder, Sr and Jean Toles Snyder of Coudersport.

On April 10, 1977 in Coudersport he married Shirley Stebbins who survives. Besides his wife he is survived by a brother, Donald L. Snyder, Jr of Roulette. He is also survived by his nephew, Donald L. (Kelli) Snyder, III of Roulette and a niece, Shelby L Snyder of Shinglehouse. A great nephew, Zackary Snyder and a great niece, Mia Snyder of Roulette. A step great nephew, Vincent Langworthy and a step great niece, Ashli Langworthy and a step great, great niece Harli J. Heller. He is also survived by his closest friends Joe and Brenda Renko, John and Susan Russell, and Romayne Palmer.

He was am avid sports fan and when he was younger he played softball in Coudersport and Port Allegany. He also played basketball, hunted and fished. He loved his family very much and was also an animal lover.

Memorial arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be added later. passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2010 at his home in Roulette. Born on September 28, 1949 he was the son of the late Donald L. (Stub) Snyder, Sr and Jean Toles Snyder of Coudersport.

On April 10, 1977 in Coudersport he married Shirley Stebbins who survives. Besides his wife he is survived by a brother, Donald L. Snyder, Jr of Roulette. He is also survived by his nephew, Donald L. (Kelli) Snyder, III of Roulette and a niece, Shelby L Snyder of Shinglehouse. A great nephew, Zackary Snyder and a great niece, Mia Snyder of Roulette. A step great nephew, Vincent Langworthy and a step great niece, Ashli Langworthy and a step great, great niece Harli J. Heller. He is also survived by his closest friends Joe and Brenda Renko, John and Susan Russell, and Romayne Palmer.

He was am avid sports fan and when he was younger he played softball in Coudersport and Port Allegany. He also played basketball, hunted and fished. He loved his family very much and was also an animal lover.

Memorial arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be added later.

Lots Of Events Going On This Weekend

Lots Of Events Going On This Weekend

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Benjamin L. Keech, 36, of Roulette, PA

Benjamin L. Keech

Roulette – Benjamin L. Keech, 36, of Roulette died Thursday (Sep. 23, 2010) in Port Allegany. Memorial services will be held at a later date and will be announced.

Firefighters Battling Structure Fire Near Emporium

Structure Fire On Plank Road Hollow
At 6:59 am on Saturday, Emporium Company 14 was dispatched to a structure fire at the old Homestead Hotel, at 659 Plank Road Hollow in Shippen Township, Cameron County.

Company 3, Company 1, Company 16, Austin Dept. 44, and Port Allegany were subsequently dispatched to this fire. Tankers are carrying water from a water supply to the scene. Coudersport moved a company to Austin.

Firefighters, assisted by an excavator, worked well into the day to extinguish the fire. Damages are estimated at $250,000.00.

Knapps Creek Responding To Crash On Duke Center Road

Motor Vehicle Crash On Duke Center Road
At 12:01am on Saturday, EMS from Olean area is responding to a vehicle accident with injuries on the Duke Center Road, between the Barse Track Road and the PA State Line. Injuries are reported in this crash.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rotary Fundraiser Was Fun/Raised Money For Projects

Rotary Dinner Auction a Success!!!

The Coudersport Rotary Club members reported today that $8,153.00 was raised at the Club’s annual fundraising Dinner Auction held on September 18th at the Coudersport American Legion. Out of the money raised, the Club paid $1,330.00 to the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary for providing the meals and cash bar, and approximately $463.00 for advertising, supplies and entertainment; leaving the Club with $6,360.00 to be allocated toward the Club’s local projects, various youth leadership and humanitarian programs.

According to Fr. Elaine Silverstrim, Rotary Club Treasurer, 128 meals were served by the women’s auxiliary and over 115 items were available for bid during the “Tri-Auction” portion of the event (Chinese, Silent and Live Auctions). “We were blessed by the generosity of approximately 76 of the area’s local businesses and residents who donated items for the event, ranging from baseball caps and t-shirts to a Penn York Camp Scholarship, Coudersport Golf Club Membership and various pieces of furniture; including a dresser hand-built by a county inmate as partial performance of his community service requirement,” added Silverstrim.

The Club also received local support from the various co-sponsors of the event including the American Legion, Morgan AM & T, Twin Tier Linen and Amy Thompson, Rotary member and local website designer.

According to Senior Judge John Leete, “The auction turned out to be a good community event where people got out, had a nice dinner had fun and they got to associate with people they might not get to see that often.”

The Club is currently in the process of revising its budget based on the revenues raised at the auction, and anticipates allocating funds for certain enhancements to Mitchell park and CARP park, to the Coudersport foreign exchange program and for various youth leadership scholarships.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the Coudersport Rotary Club or wishing to participate in the Club’s projects and/or programs, can do so in person through any Rotary member or by calling Karen at (814) 203-3933 and by going online at

Swain Ski Center/ Area To Get Cell Phone Service Next Week

Swain cell tower going live in a week

Will be a great benefit for nearby Swain Resort

By Justin Head

According to Verizon Wireless, a recently constructed 250-foot cell phone tower in the Town of Grove will be active within a week, a welcoming sign to locals and the operators of Swain Resort.

“At this point, Verizon’s committed to service at the end of September and they’re right on track,” said Supervisor Mike Johnsen, who spoke to Verizon officials last week to confirm service was expected as planned.

“We’ve been trying to get cell service in here for more than three years and we’re just happy that Verizon found a need for it. With 100,000 visitors annually at Swain, plus the presence of town residents, clearly demonstrates there’s a need for it,” said Johnsen, adding, “Anything positive for the ski center is good for the town ... We need to let skiers know they’ll have cell service here.” More...

Chesapeake To Buy Property In Sayre For $ 3 Million

Is Your Home Safe From This Type Of Tragedy?

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Grace Button, 83, of Galeton, PA, formerly of Addison, NY

Grace Button, 83, of Galeton, PA, formerly of Addison, NY, passed away Thursday, September 23, 2010 at home.

Born December 20, 1926, in Ulysses, PA, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Bessie Mae (Dailey) Carlin. On September 6, 1947, in Nunda, NY, she married Edward A. Button, Sr., who preceded her in death.

Grace was a homemaker who was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Galeton. She had been an active member of the Corning Assembly of God Church for 37 years. She also greatly enjoyed quilting, cooking, fishing, reading, painting, gardening and playing the piano.

Surviving are a son, Edward A. (Priscilla) Button, Jr., Galeton, PA; four daughters, Marilyn (Randall) Sutton, Dover, PA, Sharon (Raymond) Hall, The Villages, FL, Rhonda Oyler, Painted Post, NY, and Robin Corby, Corning, NY; 14 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; three sisters, Sally Kludt, Faith Piraino, and Bessie Dougherty; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Grace was predeceased by a great granddaughter, Adriona Button; three brothers; and two sisters.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Monday, September 27, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00pm and on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, Gaines, from 10:00 to 11:00am with Funeral Services following at 11:00am. The Rev. David Brelo will officiate. Interment will be made in the Button Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Assembly of God Church in Galeton.

John H. Yerdon, 65, of 648 East Main Street, Bradford, PA

John H. Yerdon, 65, of 648 East Main Street, passed away Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Born September 27, 1944, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Harold J. and Dorothy (Sprout) Yerdon.

On August 20, 1988 in the First Presbyterian Church in Bradford he married Valerie Kilhofer who survives.

He was a1962 graduate of Bradford High School. He worked at various businesses in the Bradford area, including Kendall Refining Company and also worked for Prudential Insurance Company. For the last 25 years, he worked in the sales department at Fairway Ford.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, The Jaycees, The Fraternal Order of the Eagles and The Italian American Progressive Club. He also volunteered his time with Special Olympics, the Disabled Veterans Triathlon and was a member and past president of the Don Raabe Big 30 All Star Charities Classic.

In addition to his wife of 22 years, he is survived by a daughter, Tammy (Eric) Mersing of Oakdale; a son,Eric (Renae) Yerdon of Monaca; a sister, Martha A. Vecellio of Bradford; three grandchildren, Dylan Mersing of Oakdale, Noah Yerdon and Taylor Yerdon, both of Monaca; three nieces, Tina (Chip) Zimmerman of Camp Hill, Tracy Vecellio of Bradford and Madison Marasco, of Bradford; two nephews, Isaac and Cole Zimmerman of Camp Hill and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 AM, Saturday, October 23, 2010 in the First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, Pastor officiating. An informal reception will follow in the church library.

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Bob Wheeler Schoarship fund, c/o The Bradford Area School District, 150 Lorana Avenue, Bradford, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

American Eagles Chicken BBQ At Ulysses Fall Festival Saturday

Fire Rescue & EMS Responding To Land Rescue

ATV Accident/Land Rescue
At 4:10 pm on Friday, Ulysses Dept. 47 and Medic 6 are responding for a land rescue for an ATV accident. The accident is off the Bailey Hill Road in Hector Township.

A male estimated to be in his 40's is reported to have possible arm & leg fractures.

At 4:27 pm Life Net 7-7 is responding to a landing zone set up by 47-2.

At 4:48 pm, Life Net 7-7 is at the landing zone

At 5:05 pm Tri-Town Ambulance 47-7 & Medic 6 are transporting the patient to the helicopter.

At 5:32 pm, Life Net 7-7 went airborne.

Units Returning & Available at 5:51pm.

Galeton Man Jailed After Incident At Soldiers & Sailors

Galeton Man Charged
Sun Gazette
Paul E. Runyan, 25, of 35 E. Main St., Galeton, charged by Wellsboro police with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and criminal mischief, following an incident at the emergency room of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital Sept. 14, during which he allegedly was verbally abusive and yelled obscenities.

He was jailed at Tioga County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail and waived his Sept. 21 preliminary hearing. His county court arraignment was set for Oct. 18.

Freshman Republicans Say Thanks For Sending GT To Congress

Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson Honored by
Freshman Republicans with Service Award
for the 111th Congress

WASHINGTON, DC – Led by U.S. Representative Steve Austria (R-OH), members of the
House Republican Freshman Class unanimously voted Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson
the “Servant Heart Award” for his efforts to place the interests of his constituents, community
and colleagues before those of himself.

“In our opinion, you have come to exemplify the spirit of service and volunteerism that so many
Americans have come to expect from their Representative,” said Freshman Republicans in a letter to Representative Thompson. “We applaud your constituents for sending a Representativeto Congress with the ability to put the needs of others before the needs of yourself.”

“Since day one, GT has been a true friend to me and many others here in Congress,” said Representative Bill Posey (R-FL), a fellow freshman who nominated Representative Thompson for the award. “You know that when Congress recesses, GT spends his spare time volunteering for the public good – as a volunteer firefighter, an emergency medical technician and regularly working with the Boy Scouts of America.”

“GT is very much a hands-on servant and it’s just so refreshing to know that there are Members of Congress who are not above that sort of thing.”

Car Fit Clinic To Help Seniors Fit Their Cars

CarFit to Ensure Seniors are Ready for the Road

Clearfield – Driving safer for life is the goal of a CarFit clinic to be held Tuesday at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford. PennDOT announces a free CarFit clinic will be held from 10 a.m. until noon in the Fitness Center parking lot on the campus. The event is sponsored by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association Inc., and is being carried out with cooperation from the Bradford Senior Center, Rehab Today and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“Our goal at the CarFit event is to help older drivers fit better in their cars,” said Andrea Bierer, coordinator of the Central PA Highway Safety Program. “If a mature driver can fit in their car better and use the safety features in the car more accurately and consistently, then we can help them drive safer longer.”

Drivers attending the CarFit clinic will benefit from the expertise of trained technicians from the Pitt-Bradford physical and occupational therapy department. There will also be a licensed occupational therapist on hand to discuss any equipment that may be available to assist drivers with specific physical problems they may be experiencing.

Clinic appointments can be made by calling the Bradford Senior Center at 368-4412.
Drivers can expect technicians to suggest improvements in the areas of:
• steering wheel position
• seat position
• seat belt fit and usage
• mirror position
Organizers note that the event is only to assist drivers in “fitting” their cars to them. Participants do not take part in any kind of driving test or evaluation.

Check Out These Less-Adoptable-Pets At Teacher's Pet Rescue

Moments To Remember Tonite At Port Allegany High School

Martha M. Ceperko, 93, of Water St., Smethport, PA

SMETHPORT- Martha M. Ceperko, 93, of Water St., died Monday (Sept. 20, 2010) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born January 17, 1917, in Braddock, PA, she was a daughter of Andrew G. and Mary V. Bohnovic Wargo. On February 18, 1950, in Braddock, PA, she married Stephen Ceperko, who died December 1992.

Mrs. Ceperko graduated from the Braddock High School and began working for Sach’s Dept. Store in Braddock, and later with the Philadelphia Co. of Pittsburgh. She resided in the Pittsburgh area most of her life. She moved to Smethport in 1998, to be near her daughter.

She was an avid volunteer. She was an historian for the Davidson Elementary School PTA, school secretary for St. John the Baptist School, Plum Boro, PA, and a member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. While living in Smethport, she volunteered for Port Allegany Elementary School Library and Art Department, Hamlin Memorial Library, Office of the Aging, and stamp ministry for the Christian Missionary and Alliance Church.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Plum Boro, PA, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Smethport. Martha was a life member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.

Surviving is a daughter, Mary Martha (Terry) Palmer of Smethport; a nephew, Andrew A. Wargo of Scottsdale, AZ; five nieces, Patricia Clark of Scottsdale, AZ, Mary Anne (Francis) Pendola of Mystic, CT, Margaret (Jeffrey) Fischbeck of San Diego, CA, Christine Sheppard of Richmond, VA, and Elizabeth (Dennis) Davis of Kane, PA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Stephen, two brothers, Leo and Andrew Wargo; and two sisters, Agnes Wargo and Cecilia Burye.

Friends will be received from 3-6 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 26, 2010) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 28, 2010) in St. John the Baptist Church, Plum Boro, PA, with Rev. Leo Gallina, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Plum Boro.

Memorials can be made to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Memorial Fund or the Hamlin Memorial Library Building Fund, both of Smethport.

Tammy Unverdorben Corry, 46, formerly of Eldred, Pa.

WARRENTON, Va. — Tammy Unverdorben Corry, 46, formerly of Eldred, Pa., died Wednesday (Sept. 22, 2010) in the Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton following a brief illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

Live Wires Down On Bark Shanty Road W/Possible Fire

Live Wires Down On Bark Shanty Road
At 1:45 pm on Friday, Austin Dept. 44 has been dispatched to 361 Bark Shanty Road for live wires down with wildfire now being reported.

At 1:56 pm on Friday, Coudersport Dept. 48 with Patrol dispatched mutual aid to Austin call.


Josh Hatcher Band and Ariel Campbell will be performing LIVE Saturday Night At Olga In Coudersport

The Josh Hatcher Band and Ariel Campbell will be performing LIVE at Olga's Cafe and Bistro Saturday September 25th from 8:30-10:30

"This is the first time I've performed in Coudersport in about 8 or 9 years!" says Hatcher, who used to perform at "The Daily Grind" on Main Street, "We're really quite pumped about this performance. The music has come a long way, and I'm really excited to get to play for the hometown crowd."

The Josh Hatcher Band will perform their unique blend of rock, folk, and blues at Olga's. "The band is quite diverse. We've got punk, metal, folk, jazz, and blues influences, but it all comes together in a very accessible sound," says Hatcher. The group plays mostly original music, which can be heard at

Ariel Campbell will perform as well, both singing back-up for the Josh Hatcher Band, and performing her own original set of acoustic pop music. Hatcher calls Campbell a rising star. "This girl is amazing. Her voice is phenomenal, and she's got a real knack for songwriting. I feel honored that I get to perform with her while she's on her way to the top. Someday, I'll get to say 'I knew her when'." Ariel Campbell's music is available at

The music will start at 8:30PM at Olga's Cafe on East Second Street in Coudersport. There is a $5 cover charge for the event.

Josh Hatcher - American Sand

Ariel Campbell - Tomorrow

Update On PennDot Accepting Puerto Rican Issued Birth Certificates

PennDOT Announces Latest Change in Accepting Puerto Rican-Issued Birth Certificates as Credentials for Driver’s Licenses/ID Cards

Harrisburg – Due to an announcement by the Puerto Rican government yesterday extending the validity of birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010 by 30 days, PennDOT will continue to accept those birth certificates as acceptable proof of identity when applying for a driver’s license or photo identification card through Oct. 30, 2010.

Previously, Puerto Rico birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010, would have been invalid as of Sept. 30, 2010, due to a law passed by the Puerto Rican government last year, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The law aims to strengthen the birth certificate issuance process to combat the fraudulent use of Puerto Rico-issued birth certificates to unlawfully obtain U.S. passports, Social Security benefits and other federal services.

The 30-day extension allows individuals born in Puerto Rico who were issued a birth certificate prior to July 1, 2010, additional time to obtain a new, valid birth certificate from the Puerto Rico Vital Statistics Record Office. Puerto Rico’s government advises Puerto Rican-born individuals living stateside that only those who need a birth certificate for a transaction or official purpose need apply as soon as possible; those who want to obtain a copy for their records can do so at a later date.

For more information about the law, the extension and instructions on how to apply for a new, valid birth certificate by mail, visit In addition, to assist the Puerto Rican-born community living in the U.S., the Puerto Rican government has launched an online process for individuals to apply for the new birth certificates available via

For additional information on the identity and residency documentation needed to obtain a Pennsylvania driver’s license or photo ID card, visit the Identity/Security Information Center on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

Tree Down On Rt. 219 North Of PSP Barracks

Tree Down On Rt. 219
At 1:28 pm on Friday, Mt. Jewett Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Rt. 219, 1 mile north of State Police Barracks for a tree down blocking one lane of the highway.

No Injuries In Water Truck/Car Crash On Route 59 Wednesday

No one was injured in a crash with a car and a water truck Wednesday at 10:54 am on Route 59 in Lafayette Township.

Michael J. Griffin, 59, of Lewis Run, PA, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Astro Van east on Route 59.

Herman L. Burrows, 45, of Eldred, PA, was driving a 2001 Mack EZ-427 truck east following the Astro Van.

As Burrows started to pass Griffin in a legal passing zone, Griffin attempted to make a left turn into a driveway. The right front of the truck impacted with the left front of the van.

After the initial impact, the truck traveled off the left side of the road and impacted a tree head on.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and were not injured.

Griffin was charged with not using his turn signal. Lafayette Township Fire Department assisted troopers at the accident scene.

Rotary Cleans Up In Coudersport Area
Left to Right: Julian Smith and Shelton Willow, Community Volunteers, John Abplanalp and Mark Benson, Rotary Members, Aristotle Smith, Volunteer and Melissa Gee, Rotary Vice-President. to Right: Melissa Gee, Rotary Vice-President, Julian Smith, Volunteer, Karen Cahilly, Rotary President, Mark Benson, Rotary Member, and Shelton Willow and Aristotle Smith, Community Volunteers. Photo taken by Paul Herzig, Rotary Sergeant-at-Arms.

Rotary Club Performs Litter Removal

Members of the Coudersport Rotary Club joined together earlier this week to perform litter removal services along the 2-mile stretch of State Route 6 East between the Coudersport Area High School and the Laurelwood Inn.

In just 1.5 hours, the Club was able to remove approximately (8) bags of litter and other debris.

According to Mark Benson, Rotary Member, “The most prevalent form of litter along that stretch of Route 6 is usually cigarette butts and plastic soda bottles, however this time we also found a substantial amount of carriage bolts and nuts and other construction debris.”

The litter removal program, better known as Adopt-a-Highway, a Potter County PennDOT Maintenance program, is one of the means by which the Rotary Club provides community service each year. Those interested in volunteering can call the Coudersport Rotary Club at 203-3933 or the Adopt-a-Highway program coordinator directly at 274-9181.

Potter County Tax Sale Monday

Continuance Phase Of County Tax Sale Scheduled Monday

gavel1A concerted effort by the Potter County Tax Claim Bureau (TCB) whittled the list of properties being put up for bid at the annual upset sale to just nine — and there were no buyers for any of them. Next phase of the state-mandated effort to get the properties back on the tax rolls is a continuance sale, scheduled for 10 am on Monday, Sept. 27, at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. TCB Director Todd Brown said an estimated nine properties will be put up for public bids at Monday’s sale.

Owners of the properties still owe their 2008 school district, municipal and/or county taxes and can prevent a sale by making payment prior to Monday’s sale. The TCB staff has made repeated efforts to collect the taxes on each property. Potential bidders on Monday are forewarned that the county does not guarantee clear title — mortgages, liens and other encumbrances may apply.

Eventually the properties could be designated for a judicial sale. In that procedure, the county sets a minimum bid in an attempt to recover outstanding taxes, interest and costs, while all mortgages, liens and encumbrances are wiped clean.

More information on Monday’s continuance sale is available by calling the Tax Claim Bureau at 274-0488.

Huge Box Sale in Port Allegany!!!!!

9-23/24/25/26 Huge Box Sale--Port Allegany

Huge Box Sale in Port Allegany!!!!!
September 23 through September 26

111 Birch Run Rd keep an eye out for the signs.
Everything in the box for a $1
We have almost everything from kids clothes to adult clothes. Many sizes.
You don't want to miss out on this sale

Snowmobile Grass Drags Saturday At Bailey Hill Lodge


Red Lotus Bakery Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Eggs In "Butter Cup Cakes"

General Mills Issues Voluntary Class One Recall of One Day's Production of Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Cured Uncooked Sausage Products Due To Mislabeling and an Undeclared Allergen

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of Sept. 27

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of Sept. 27

Clearfield – Work is winding down on PennDOT’s Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. PennDOT issues the following travel update for the
week of Sept. 27. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

• Bridge painting is scheduled for Bolivar Drive/State Route 346 on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3. State Route 346 westbound will be closed under Route 219. Traffic is to follow the posted detour using East Main Street to Kendall Avenue to Seaward Avenue and back to Bolivar Drive.

• Work on the Route 219 southbound ON-ramp at Elm Street continues. Traffic is using the existing shoulder. Contractor crew will be working close to the roadway placing bituminous pavement for a new barrier wall. Expect delays during work hours.

• Northbound traffic is sharing a lane with southbound traffic, separated by temporary concrete barrier from Mill Street to north of Hillside Drive.

• Northbound ramps at Foster Brook Interchange are closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.

• The Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive is closed due to bridgework. Trail access is still available at Crook Farms and Seward Avenue side of Tuna Crossroads.

• Northbound access at Kendall Avenue remains open.

• Access at Hillside Drive is restricted from Route 219 south to Hillside Drive and from Hillside Drive to Route 219 south. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.

• The contractor continues to perform bituminous paving, bridge repairs and highway lighting.

• Drivers should use extra caution while entering the construction area from the on-ramp areas. Watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone and obey posted speed limits.

Happy Birthday "Spanky"

Lordy, Lordy, Look Who's 40

from your Camping Buddies

Oldies Night At Mosch's Tavern on Sept. 24th

Thursday, September 23, 2010

2 Men Found Unconscious In Creek Are OK

ATV wreck in Swain hurts 2

Driver flown to Strong for treatment, released

By Tyler Briggs

Trooper Michael Hamilton of the Fillmore state police barracks reported that the driver, Steve Lewandowski, 37, of Spencerport was taken by MercyFlight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester at around 2 p.m. Wednesday after striking a guardrail with an ATV.

Lewandowski was knocked unconscious with a large contusion across his head and was in guarded condition as late as last night, Hamilton said, but a patient service representative at Strong reported that he has been released as of this morning.

Richard Miller, 39, of Rochester, a passenger on the ATV, was taken to Noyes Memorial Hospital after being knocked unconscious and suffering a shoulder injury, but Hamilton indicated he was not as badly injured. More...

Former Bolivar Fire District Treasurer Jailed For Missing $119,000.

Charge in Bolivar

Former fire district treasurer arrested Wednesday

Daily Reporter The Daily Reporter first reported on this story on Aug. 2, but did not identify Mooney as the investigation was ongoing and an arrest had not been made. More...

Teenager Was Victim Of Fatal Crash In Byrnedale

Teenager Dies in Elk County Crash

A 17-year-old Weedville boy is dead after an accident at 3:20 this afternoon on Route 255 at Grant Street in Byrnedale.

St. Marys High School senior, Jacob Hutton, 17, was killed when he lost control of his car along Route 255.

They say his 1994 Cadillac went off the road, up an embankment and went airborne before rolling twice, which threw the boy out of the car. The car landed on its roof.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene by Chief Deputy Coroner Robert Sorg.

Josh Hatcher Band & Ariel Campbell To Entertain At Olga Saturday Night

October 4th Last Day To Register To Vote/Change Party

Voter Registration Deadline For Nov. 2 Election Is Oct. 4

voterreg1An important deadline is nearing as the county prepares for the Nov. 2 general election. Director of Elections Sandra Lewis advises eligible residents in Potter County that the deadline to register to vote, to change party affiliation, or to report a change of address is Monday, Oct. 4. Among the races on the ballot are Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and seats in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

A state-operated website,, offers voter education resources that can help residents prepare for registration or for voting on Nov. 2. To be eligible to vote, a Pennsylvanian must have residency for at least one month before the election, and must be at least 18 years old on Nov. 2, 2010. Printable voter registration applications and county contact information are among resources found at the state’s website.

More information is also available from Director Lewis at 274-8467.

Rapist Pleads Guilty To Charges In Canada

Beaulieu Pleads Guilty in Canada

The man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman in the Allegheny National Forest has pleaded guilty to weapons and other charges in Canada.

35-year-old Mike Beaulieu of Anson, Maine, is charged with illegally possessing a firearm, illegally crossing the border and possession of a controlled substance in that country. He’s scheduled for sentencing on October 27.

While Beaulieu remains jailed in Canada, the U.S. Marshals Service is acting as a liaison between Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Pennsylvania State Police and other law enforcement agencies involved in the case that started August 3 at the Kinzua Point Information Center.

Beaulieu is accused of tying up a man with rope and duct tape, kidnapping his girlfriend at gunpoint, then taking her to the Red Bridge area of McKean County and sexually assaulting her.

Local McKean County Rain Garden Demonstration Project Complete

Local Rain Garden Demonstration Project Complete

The McKean County Conservation District completed a rain garden demonstration project near the office located on Route 6 in Smethport.

The garden utilizes native shrubs, trees, and perennials to absorb stormwater runoff that gathers in the natural depression. The garden was built and planted with the support of local master gardener volunteers, the McKean County Recycling Department, and the McKean County Commissioners.

The first rain gardens were our native ecosystems. Before lands were settled, rain was filtered through soils, roots, and plants in our native forests, wetlands, and meadows. Most of the water that entered our surface waters was cool, clean groundwater. Our wealth of streams, rivers and lakes was naturally clean.

When land is cleared and communities developed, the natural water-cleaning systems are removed. Our streams and rivers become more and more degraded as water ran off the land instead of being taken up by plants, soaking into the soil, and filtered by soils and wetlands. Rain gardens were invented as a way of imitating the function of these natural filtering systems that development removed.

There are certain qualities that make a rain garden unique. The garden absorbs and filters rain that would otherwise run off developed land and down the storm drain or into a stream. This stormwater runoff usually comes from an impervious surface that rain cannot soak into, such as a roof or parking lot, or even a lawn.

Many of the plants in the garden are native to the region that help the garden absorb rain and do not need special attention once they are established. There is a bowl-shaped dip in the garden holds the rain while it soaks into the soil. The garden bed is prepared by adding compost and sand to the soil in order to de-compact the soils and make the garden able to absorb water.

A rain garden will enhance curb appeal and help absorb rain much better than a traditional landscape. Rain gardens offer many other benefits that include: increasing wildlife habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife; requiring less maintenance than fertilized lawns; improving water quality by absorbing rain and removing common pollutants from stormwater; protecting streams and rivers; recharging groundwater; helping prevent combined sewer overflows, reducing flooding potential around homes and buildings; and offering a valuable educational tool to educate the public about stormwater problems.

For more information on the local project, please contact the McKean County Conservation District.

Photo--McKean County Conservation District Staff, (l-r) Heather McKean, Carol Riedmiller and Sandy Thompson complete the plantings at the rain garden demonstration project.

Thompson Supports GOP Proposal

Thompson Supports GOP
“Pledge to America” Proposal

Washington, D.C.—“I traveled more than 4000 miles throughout the 17 counties of the Fifth Congressional District during the month of August. I listened to my friends and neighbors about their concerns with the direction of the government, soaring unemployment rates, a government takeover of healthcare, and the overwhelming debt for the country,” said U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard. “Republicans have been paying attention and the Pledge to America is a culmination of something Washington had long forgotten: how to listen to the American people.

These ideas have come from the ground up, through comments on the websites: America Speaking Out and YouCut.”

The document, A Pledge to America, can be read online at
“The Pledge to America is a grassroots blueprint that originated with the people. While the majority party may not want to support our efforts, we have already put these ideas forth during weekly votes and will continue to do so,” said Thompson.

The Pledge includes a plan to jump start the economy by ending the cloud of uncertainty that has fallen over the country. “It is time this Congress promotes policies that will assist in job creation. The Pledge to America includes an appropriate quote from John F. Kennedy: ‘An economy constrained by high tax rates will never produce enough revenue to balance the budget, just as it will never create enough jobs.’ That is why we favor extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone while the economy remains in distress.” Thompson continued, “We will give small businesses tax deductions, rein in the red tape that hampers job creation, and repeal small business mandates such as the 1099 reporting requirement in the health care bill, which requires all small businesses to fill out an IRS form every time they spend $600 or more.”

The Pledge includes a promise to stop out-of-control spending and reduce the size of government. Here is a line taken from the Pledge: “Within three years, our government will spend more than $1 billion a day just to pay the interest on our debt. That money won’t build roads, fight terrorism, secure our borders, or support Medicare for seniors.

It is simply the cost of Congress’ failure to control spending.”
“We will cut government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels and establish a hard cap on new discretionary spending, American families have tightened their belts during these hard times, the government should do the same.” Thompson explained. Thompson has co-sponsored a measure to repeal the new health care law and replace it with solutions to bring down costs.

The Pledge offers a commitment to national and border security and will implement Congressional reforms such as requiring that there be three days to read a bill before it is voted on.
“Since coming to Washington, I have advocated for real transparency and accountability and I believe the Pledge to America will hold us to these goals and will get America back on track,” added Thompson.

You're Invited To The Spot Coffee House Friday




I'VE INVITED GARY MORLEY, BEAR DALRYMPLE, (& I'll bring a couple songs)

Thanks, Pastor Pete

Linda Burdick, 69, of Port Allegany, PA.

Port Allegany- Linda Burdick, 69, of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (September 22, 2010) in the Hamot Medical Center, Erie.

She was born Sept. 8, 1941 in Coudersport, a daughter of Ervin and Judith Carlson Manning. On July 5, 1968, in Port Allegany, she married Jack L. Burdick, who died November 21, 2005.

Mrs. Burdick was a 1959 graduate of Port Allegany High School and attended Alderson Broaddus College, where she graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Mrs. Burdick was employed as a staff nurse at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA, and ultimately by the Port Allegany Community Hospital until its closure.

She was a member of the Port Allegany Nurse’s Club and the Northern Tier Chapter of Penn State Alumni.

She is survived by:
Daughter: Bonnie L. Burdick of Port Allegany
Son: Paul A. (Michelle) Burdick of Coudersport
Two grandchildren: Derek and Nicole Burdick and numerous cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother Charles Manning, on March 14, 2005.

There will be no visitation. A Memorial service will be announced at a later date and time.

Memorials may be made to the Port Ambulance Service or the Port Allegany Library Building Fund. Online condolences can be made at

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

Emergency Responders To Hear Natural Gas Representative Tuesday

Gas Company Spokesman To Address Emergency Planning Group

Potter County Today


Next meeting of the Potter County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will feature a presentation by a representative of Range Resources on natural gas well site emergency management issues and related topics.

Range is an independent oil and gas company operating in the Appalachian, Southwestern and Gulf Coast regions. Range holds the gas rights to a considerable amount of acreage in the Marcellus Shale region.

All fire departments, ambulance services, fire police and other emergency responders are welcome to attend the meeting, which will start at 11 am on Tuesday, Sept. 28, and be held in the Emergency Operations Center at Maple View.

The gas well presentation is scheduled for 1 pm. Those planning to attend should confirm by calling 274-8900.

Gardening Program This Evening At Emporium

Attention All Gardeners! Interesting Program Set Thursday

mastergardenerrrrAnyone with an interest in gardening is encouraged to attend a special program scheduled for Thursday night (Sept. 23) from 6:30 to 8:30 in the Forestry Bureau building at Emporium. Penn State Cooperative Extension offices in Potter, Cameron, McKean and Elk counties are combining forces for the comprehensive workshop, entitled “Preparing the Garden for the Next Growing Season.” It’s an opportunity for hobby gardeners or those with a stronger interest to benefit from recent lessons that have been learned. Among the topics to be covered will be:

  • What worked and didn’t work this past growing season
  • A recap of the growing season — weather and diseases
  • Effective composting
  • Use of raised beds
  • Cover crops and rotations
  • Soil testing
  • Planning for the 2011 growing season

The cost of $5.00 per participant will cover refreshments and handouts. Those enrolled in the master gardener program will be eligible for update credits. The Forestry Bureau is located at 258 Sizerville Road (Rt. 155) on the eastern outskirts of Emporium.

Frances D. Taubert, 93, of Coudersport, PA

Frances D. Taubert, 93, of Coudersport, PA died Thursday, September 23, 2010 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

Born on December 8, 1916 in Coudersport, she was the daughter of James V. and Catherine Golden DiPietro. On January 20, 1946 in Harrisburg, PA she married James G. “Bud” Taubert, who died on March 18, 1987.

Mrs. Taubert was a lifelong resident of Coudersport. She was a 1934 graduate of Coudersport High School and later graduated from the Westbrook Academy in Olean, NY. Following graduation she began working for the State government in Harrisburg until 1943. She then moved back to Coudersport and worked in the Potter County Commissioner’s office until 1956. She later became chief clerk with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, retiring in 1968.

Mrs. Taubert was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Eulalia Chapter #148 Order of Eastern Star, and the Coudersport Office Girls. In her early years she was an avid golfer and bowler.

Surviving are her son, J. Craig Taubert and his wife, Marjorie, of Roulette, PA, five grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, a sister, Katherine McClurkin and her husband, Michael, of Mechanicsburg, PA, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, two brothers, Louis DiPietro and Frank DiPietro, and a sister, Rose DiPietro.

There will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coudersport at a later date and will be announced by the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3 Borie Street, Coudersport, PA 16915, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Watch Live: Tightrope stunt 23 stories above downtown Buffalo



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold its annual Alumni and Family Weekend Oct. 1-3 with several events open to the general public.

Those include a career networking luncheon, nursing seminar and annual block party and vendor fair.

The weekend gets underway Friday, Oct. 1, with a nursing seminar presented by Tamra Minnier ’81, chief quality officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. For more information on the seminar, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater, contact the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development at (814)362-5078 or e-mail

Also on Friday, a career networking luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons, where a panel of professionals who are Pitt-Bradford alumni will share insights and advice on successful careers.

Panel members are Lorenzo Newsome ’84, president and chief investment officer for Xavier Capital Management LLC; Shannon Lugaila ’08, a senior research specialist in the health and physical activity department at the University of Pittsburgh campus in Pittsburgh; and Dr. Thad Urban ’00, principal of Iroquois Elementary School. The panel will be moderated by Chris Luke ’94, senior vice president and director of marketing for PNC investments.

The luncheon is sponsored by County National Bank, the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association and the Alumni Relations Office and the Career Services Office. Reservations are requested. There is a cost for non-college students.

The Friends of the Hanley Library annual used book sale begins at 11 a.m. and will run until 3 p.m. in the lobby of Hanley Library.

A block party and vendor fair will run from noon to 4 p.m. in the Campus Drive loop in front of the Campus Police station featuring dozens of local and student vendors. In the event of rain, the block party will be held in the field house of the Sport and Fitness Center.

The Pitt-Bradford women’s tennis team will face off against Fredonia State University at 1 p.m. at the Kessel Athletic Complex.

From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the public can tour the new Harriett B. Wick Chapel.

Those who don’t want to miss Pitt play Florida International can watch the game on the big screen in Swarts Hall 162. Kick-off time is 3:30 p.m. The game will not be televised, but can be seen here.

At 2 p.m., those who enjoy walking the Richard E. McDowell Community Trail will enjoy it even more with the commentary of Pitt-Bradford’s master gardener, Bob Harris. Harris will conduct a nature walk beginning at the George’s Crossing bridge behind Blaisdell Hall. He will identify plants and trees and share stories, including the real story of Johnny Appleseed.

Also at 2 p.m., current members of the Panther baseball team will take on former players in the annual alumni baseball game at the Kessel Athletic Complex.

Saturday evening, the Bradford Family YMCA will sponsor a Kids’ Night Out from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sport and Fitness Center that will include inflatables, games and activities.

From 7 to 8 p.m., children age 4 to 10 can learn how to play Quick Start Tennis with members of the Pitt-Bradford men’s and women’s tennis team.

QST is a new play format for learning tennis designed to bring kids into the game by using special equipment, smaller courts and modified scoring, explained Susan Schenfield, head tennis coach. “QST is designed for children to start playing points immediately.”

The QST program is free.

Finally, Saturday will end with a bang with fireworks around 9:30 p.m. visible from the Commons patio.

Photo shows Mark Burns, assistant director of campus police and safety, with a rescued basset hound. Burns and his wife, Diane, have a ‘booth’ each year at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Alumni and Family Weekend block party to raise awareness about the rescue animals. In addition to vendors, the block party has family-friendly entertainment and activities for all.

RV On Fire At Hemlock Camp Ground South of Austin

Vehicle Fire

At 4:23 pm on Thursday, Austin Dept. 44 and Coudersport Dept. 48 have beeen dispatched to a RV fire at the Hemlock Camp Ground south of Austin off Route 872.

A report from the scene indicated heavy smoke showing.

Complete Report with PHOTOS

Police Catch Burglars In Bradford Residence

Bradford Couple Jailed After Breaking and Entering

Bradford PA News & Info

Both have very long criminal histories.

Micheal Schoonover, 24, and Amanda Ayers, 23, both of Bradford, PA, are in McKean County Jail after facing burglary charges, and neither were able to post their $20,000 monetary bail.

Schoonover and Ayers are accused of breaking into a house at 246 South Avenue.

A witness called to report that the pair had forced their way into the house. When police arrived, Schoonover was trying to barricade the front door. Police then entered through another door, and took Schoonover into custody. More...

Citizens & Northern Board Names Updegraff Chairman

Citizens & Northern Board Names Updegraff Chairman

WELLSBORO, PA – The Citizens & Northern Corporation Board of Directors today elected Charles H. Updegraff, Jr. as chairman. Updegraff, 57, has been serving as president and chief executive officer since January, 2010. The board has been operating without a chairman since December.

Updegraff began his banking career in 1972 with Citizens Trust Company, headquartered in Coudersport. He served as Chairman, President and CEO of Citizens Trust until its merger with Citizens & Northern in 2007. From 2007 until January 2010, he served as Citizens & Northern’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

The new chairman is a graduate of Coudersport Area High School, Bloomsburg University and numerous banking schools. He is active in his community serving as Charles Cole Memorial Hospital board president and board member of the Coudersport Golf Club. He previously served as a member of the council of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Bankers Associations and has served in numerous offices within those organizations.

Updegraff, his wife, Kimberly, and their daughter, Jillian, live in Coudersport.

“Mr. Updegraff has led Citizens & Northern through a challenging economic period, not only for Citizens & Northern, but for all financial institutions. We are grateful for his expertise and commitment to C&N. He has been an outstanding president and CEO and will make an excellent chairman,” said Lead Director James E. Towner.

With approximately $1.3 billion in assets, Citizens & Northern Corporation is the parent company of Citizens & Northern Bank. Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices located throughout Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan, Lycoming, Potter, Cameron and McKean Counties in Pennsylvania and in Canisteo and Hornell in Steuben County, NY. Citizens & Northern Bank can be found on the web at The company’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol CZNC.

Matilda M. "Tillie" Padasak Engel, 88, formerly of 63 Patterson Lane, Bradford, PA

Matilda M. "Tillie" Padasak Engel, 88, formerly of 63 Patterson Lane, passed away Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born April 13, 1922, in Johnsonburg, PA, a daughter of the late William and Maria (Kreigisch) Groegr.

On February 16, 1942 in Johnsonburg, she married Andrew J. Padasak who passed away, February 20 1974. On June 28, 1986, she married Harold A. Engel who passed away December 5th, 2008.

She attended Johnsonburg schools. On December, 7 1941, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as an Aviation Machinists' Mate Third Class during World War II. She was honorably discharged on March 2,1946.

Mrs. Engel worked for Airco Speer, retiring August 1, 1979. After retirement she worked for Corning until her permanent retirement.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, where she served as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, delivered communion to homes of parishoners who were shut-ins and held offices in the Rosary Altar Society and the 50+ Group.

She was an avid bowler, and bowled in three women's bowling leagues. She enjoyed the NY Yankees, spending time with her granddaughter, great grandchildren and her kitties and puppy dog.

She is survived by a daughter, Darlene (Lowell) MacDonald of Bradford, a granddaughter, Heidi (Bob) Bilz, a great granddauughter, Kylea Stewart, a great grandson, Andrew Allen, all of Buffalo; a sister, Mary Luchs of Johnsonburg, two sisters in law, Mary Groeger of Kane and Lillian Engel of Bradford, a step son, James (Paula Elias) Engel of St. Petersburg Fl., her caregivers, Tom and Pat Hart of Bradford and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and both husbands, she was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

Friends are invited to call from 4-6 PM Friday September 24, 2010 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main St., where a prayer service will be held at 8:30 AM Saturday, September 25, 2010, followed by a 9 AM Mass of Christian Burial in St. Francis of Assisi Church with Father Samuel B. Slocum as Celebrant.

Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired can be made to the McKean County SPCA or the Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department.

On line condolences may be made at


BRADFORD, Pa. – University of Pittsburgh at Bradford nursing alumna and UPMC executive Tami Minnier will return to her alma mater to present a conference on “Fixing Healthcare the Nursing Way.”

Minnier’s presentation, which can be counted for six continuing education units, is part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Pitt-Bradford nursing program during Alumni and Family Weekend.

The program will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. The cost is $25 for the public and $15 for alumni. Lunch is included.

Minnier, who is the chief quality officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, will give an overview of quality in healthcare and a review of innovative nurse-driven changes.

During the afternoon session, Minnier will introduce the Toyota Production System and its lessons that can be translated to a health care setting through an interactive production exercise using teams to build with Legos.

Minnier is a member of Pitt-Bradford’s first nursing class, graduating with her Associate of Science in Nursing in 1981. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh campus.

She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has studied the Toyota Production System, Lean Manufacturing and other business improvement applications to health care.

A nationally known speaker, Minnier has been published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, Modern Health Care, Healthcare Leaders, Reflections on Nursing Leadership by Sigma Theta Tau and Newsweek.

This workshop was approved by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association and sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development, the Pitt-Bradford nursing program and the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association.

For more information or to register, call Continuing Education at 814-362-5078 or e-mail

Rollover Crash W/Entrapment On Bennetts Valley Highway

Roll Over Crash At Bottom Of Byrnedale Hill
At 3:20 pm on Thursday, Elk Company 5, Bennetts Valley Ambulance, and St. Marys Medics have responded to a motor vehicle roll over accident at the bottom of Byrnedale Hill at 20370 Bennett's Valley Highway.

On scene report indicated entrapment with gasoline leaking from engine compartment.

A stat helicopter enroute to the scene has been cancelled. The coroner is responding.

Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen outlines the USDA's vision on modernizing the Department's food safety efforts on behalf of consumers

USDA's Vision For Food Safety
On September 23, 2010, at the National Food Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen outlined the USDA's vision on modernizing the Department's food safety efforts on behalf of consumers. More...