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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Swain Ski Resort To Add 25 Houses

County discusses future ski resort grant funding

By Brian Quinn
Daily Reporter
BELMONT — County officials say a Swain Ski Resort project to add more than 25 houses is underway. At Wednesday’s Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting, one legislator asked whether the county could help to find funding to help Swain with future projects.

Committee member Philip Curran said Swain will need help if it expands its capacity and builds more — beyond these 25-plus houses. More...

Brockway Mould closing permanently

Brockway Mould closing permanently

DuBois Courier Express
Brockway Mould will close permanently by Oct. 13, idling what has been a mainstay of the community and a cog in the glass container industry for 40 years.

Jeff Taylor, president of Local 71 of the United Steel Workers, said foreign competition and outsourcing conspired to shut down the operation. The union was formerly the American Flint Glass Workers union. More...

Carley Gilliland, 77, of Academy Street, Shinglehouse, PA

Carley Gilliland

Carley Gilliland, 77, of Academy Street, Shinglehouse, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Wellsville Manor, Wellsville, NY following a brief illness.

In keeping with Carley’s wishes there will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

A complete obituary will be posted on Sunday.

Lost in Irons Hollow

Lost in Irons Hollow 
 She's been found, 
she's safe!

Smoke/Fire Investigation In Coudersport

A possible structure fire at the Coudersport water treatment plant was recalled by Chief 48-10.

Traffic Accident In Driftwood

Address: 8177 BRIDGE ST
7/21/2012         2:13:26 PM

Port Fire Dept. Dispatched For Lifting Assistance

At 11:24 am on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Broad Street to assist ambulance 3 with a patient with a leg fracture.

Approved Minutes of McKean County Commissioners Meeting of June 26, 2012

McKean County Commissioners in regular session assembled on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the Commissioners meeting room. Present were Commissioners Joseph DeMott, Al Pingie, and Clifford Lane, Chief Clerk, Audrey Irons, County Solicitor, Dan Hartle. Also present were Angelia Tennies, Ted Lutz, and Martha Knight.

The meeting was called to order by Mr. DeMott, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.

Moved by Mr. Pingie, seconded by Mr. Lane, to approve the minutes of the June 12, 2012 meeting.

Vote on the above resolution, DeMott – yes. Pingie – yes. Lane – yes. Three – yeas. No – nays.

Mr. DeMott – Opened the meeting for public comment. More....

Found Silky Terrier

Found Silky Terrier
Dog has been found and returned to owner. THANKS!

Elk County Humane Society turns finance issues over to police

Elk County Humane Society turns finance issues over to police

By Victoria Stanish
Ridgway Record
ST. MARYS – The Elk County Humane Society is turning over the effort to retrieve its missing records and assets to the St. Marys City Police Department, the organization said in a press release issued Tuesday. The Humane Society's financial records and assets have been out of the organization's control since June 24.  More...

Four Hurt in Two-Car Crash

Four Hurt in Two-Car Crash

A Kersey man was hurt in a two-car crash Friday night on Route 219 near Wilcox.

Police say a car driven by 23-year-old Danielle Winiecki of Gasport, New York, was stop in traffic for a vehicle turning left when a car driven by 82-year-old Leander Ginther that was behind Winiecki did not stop and crashed into her car.

Ginther suffered a major injury, but police did not say which hospital he was taken to. He will be cited for following too closely.

A passenger in Winieck’s car, 40-year-old Amy Allison of Clarence, New York, suffered moderate injuries. Two other passengers, 28-year-old Tristan Lambright of Tonawanda, New York, and 24-year-old Lauren Picciano of Liverpool, New York, suffered minor injuries.
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Coudersport Ambulance To Cole Manor

At 9:14 am on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Cole Manor for a medical emergency.


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For those who can, come on out Saturday and support this.

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Man Charged With DUI After Emporium Crash

An Emporium driver wasn't hurt when his 2008 Ford Ranger went off the road and rolled into a tree after swerving to miss deer in the roadway on Thursday, but State Police found he was Under the Influence.

Edmund M. Stuart, 65, Emporium, PA, was traveling east on Pine Tree Road in Shippen Township at 5:49 PM , when three deer entered the roadway in front of him. He turned to the left to avoid striking the deer, and the rear end of his vehicle began to slide, spun counter-clockwise and slid across the roadway. The vehicle then traveled onto the north shoulder and down a small embankment and rolled onto it's right side against a tree.

Trooper John Whitcomb said Stuart was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the crash. Upon further investigation and an interview with Stuart, it was determined that he was DUI. He was taken into custody without incident and charges are pending in District Court 59-3-01.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Coudersport Ambulance To East 2nd Street

At 11:51 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to E. 2nd Street for a woman fallen with a hip injury.

Woman Hurt In Rollover Crash

A Port Allegany woman was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital by Priority Care Ambulance Thursday night after her van crashed on Route 6 near Pierce Brook Road in Keating Township at 10:45 PM.

Sandra Kaziska, 66, of Port Allegany, PA, was traveling east on SR 6 when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed over into the westbound lane and exited the north berm of the roadway, striking the embankment.  After initial impact, the vehicle rolled over and came to final rest in the westbound lane of travel.

Trooper Matthew J. Petrof, who investigated, said upon arrival at the scene and further investigation, it was determined that Kaziska was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He said charges will be filed in District Court 48-3-02 upon receipt of NMS Lab results.

2 Vehicle Crash Reported Near Wellsboro

Wellsboro Fire Rescue, Ambulance & Medic 1 are responding to a two car crash at the above location.
On scene unit recalled Medic 1.

Minor Injury For Oswayo Man In Rollover Crash On Rt. 44

An Oswayo man suffered only a minor injury, according to police, when his vehicle went off Rt. 44 and rolled over Friday morning at 4:20 am in Sharon Township.

Edward W. Lundy IV, 41, of Oswayo, PA,  was driving a 2011 Dodge Avenger northbound on SR 44 when he failed to maintain control on the rain covered roadway. The vehicle began to rotate counter-clockwise, crossing into the southbound lane of travel, going off the west side of the roadway, down an embankment, rolling over, coming to rest on it's roof. Trooper Kocher said the investigation is continuing.

Port Allegany Woman Hurt In Coudersport Crash

A Port Allegany woman suffered moderate injuries when her 2012 Chevrolet Equinox struck a guard rail end Thursday morning at 6:27 am on US 6, west of North Hollow Road in Coudersport Boro.

Nicole E. Keane, 22 of Port Allegany, PA, was transported by Coudersport Ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

Trooper Neil Fausey, who investigated, said Keane was traveling west on US 6, when for unknown reasons, the unit traveled off the roadway onto the south berm, where it struck the end of a guardrail, causing moderate damage to the vehicle.

Coudersport Fire Rescue and Ambulance responded to the scene. The vehicle was towed by Kightlinger's.

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Beatrice “Bea” Springer, 92, of Coudersport, PA

Beatrice Springer

Beatrice “Bea” Springer, 92, of Coudersport, PA, passed away Friday, July 20, 2012 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport with her loving family at her side.

Born June 5, 1920 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Reva and Florence Eaton Buchanan. On August 20, 1945 in Philadelphia, she married A. Glenn Springer, who died on April 12, 2001.

Mrs. Springer was a graduate of Coudersport High School, class of 1938. She was a waitress at the Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport and later Bea worked at the former Eldred Munitions Factory during World War II, was formerly employed at Westinghouse in Philadelphia, and later for many years was employed as a nurse’s aide at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. She retired from the former Pure Carbon Company in Coudersport after 10 years of service, retiring in 1983.

After her retirement, Mrs. Springer and her husband traveled extensively. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She loved to knit, read, garden and watch birds. Bea was a very helpful person to anyone in need. Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are two sons, Glenn A. (Susan) Springer, Jr. of Williamsport and Carl A. (Kim) Springer of York; two daughters, Glenda J. (Larry) Sippel of Pittsburgh and Sally M. Lodge of Coudersport; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Hasting of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Springer was predeceased by three sisters, Hazel Yentzer, Wilma Hurd, and Alice Toombs.

In keeping with Bea’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. Burial will be in the Ulysses Cemetery, Ulysses.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Public Library, Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915; the Potter County Hospice, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.
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James H. Campbell, 82, of Coudersport, PA

James H. Campbell

James H. Campbell, 82, of Coudersport, PA, passed away in his home with his loving wife by his side on Friday, July 20, 2012, after a long illness.

Born January 8, 1930 in Coudersport, he was a son of James P. and Lula J. Thompson Campbell. On March 24, 1951 in Hebron, he married Ellamay Stearns, who survives.

He was a graduate of Coudersport High School, class of 1949. After graduation, he was employed by the former Brownhill and Kramer Hosiery Company in Coudersport. Mr. Campbell then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, having been stationed in Germany. He was then employed by Latex Construction Company being involved in the building of the Tennessee Gas Company pump station buildings. In 1954 he was employed by Tennessee Gas Company working in the engine room, continuing there for 16 years. In 1964, he and his wife, purchased the Coudersport Tastee Freeze. He also worked construction for several contractors in Coudersport until 1973. In 1973, Mr. Campbell went to work for Pine Creek Real Estate Company (which was purchased by Stevens Associates) in Coudersport, where he was the office manager. He then worked for the Department of Forestry in the maintenance department, retiring in 1995. After retirement, he drove for Adelphia Communications in Coudersport.

Mr. Campbell attended Coudersport Free Methodist Church and was a former member of the Coudersport Jaycee’s. He was a member of Potter Post 192 American Legion in Coudersport. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cruises, and traveling, having gone to Germany.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Curtis J. (Christine) Campbell of Frederick, MD; a grandson, Dennis J. Campbell; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Campbell was predeceased by three sisters, Ione L. Marvin, Thelma H. Stout, and Marge L. Goodman.

At Mr. Campbell’s request, there will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 2 pm in the Coudersport Free Methodist Church, South Main Street, Coudersport, with the Rev. Pete Tremblay, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery, Crandall Hill, Coudersport.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Christmas House, 1 Water Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Public Library, Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.
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Some of your readers may find this interesting

Our state is spending a quarter million dollars to educate people on the new voter ID laws.

Conflict of interest is, the people running it work for Republican officials.

Taxpayer payout to buddies? Attempt to further stifle the vote with misinformation? Who knows, but worth voters knowing about.

PA To Issue New Photo Voter ID For Voters Without Documentation

Secretary of Commonwealth Announces New Voter ID Card

Harrisburg – Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele today announced the
creation of a new card that can be issued to voters who need photo identification
under Pennsylvania’s voter ID law.

The Department of State voter cards, which will be issued by the Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation, will be available to registered voters who are not
able to provide all of the documents they would normally need to obtain a photo ID
from PennDOT, such as a birth certificate.

“As we work to ensure that Pennsylvanians have the identification they need to
vote this fall, this new card will provide another photo ID option for voters,” Aichele

“We believe these new cards will be a safety net for those who may not currently
possess all of the documents they need for a standard photo ID from PennDOT.
Our goals are to continue making voters aware of the new voter ID law and helping
those who may not have proper identification obtain it,” she added.

The new voter photo identification cards are scheduled to be available at PennDOT’s
Drivers License Centers beginning the last week of August. The identification cards
can be issued to registered voters who may not have all of the documents
necessary to obtain a non-driver’s license photo ID from PennDOT, primarily a birth

The IDs, which are free, will be issued to voters for a 10-year period and can only
be used for voting purposes. For Pennsylvania-born voters, PennDOT will still use
the process of confirming birth records electronically with the Pennsylvania
Department of Health to issue non-driver’s license photo IDs for voting.

When requesting these IDs, voters will need to affirm they do not possess any
other approved identification for voting purposes. They will be asked to provide two
proofs of residence, such as a utility bill, along with their date of birth and Social
Security number, if the customer has an assigned number. PennDOT will validate
the voter registration status with the Department of State while the voter is in the
PennDOT office. Upon confirmation of this information, the voter will be issued the
voter card before leaving the PennDOT facility.

These cards will be issued by PennDOT up to and through Election Day, Nov. 6,
2012, and thereafter.

“The creation of these voter cards is an important step in the implementation of the
voter ID law,” Aichele said. “Everyone who needs ID to vote will be able to get it
months before the election,” she added.

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Roulette Ambulance To Oak Street

At 8:08 pm on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Oak Street for a woman ill.

Mary Catherine Doud, 69, of 275 Telescope Rd., Ulysses, PA formerly of Emporium, PA

Mary Catherine Doud, 69, of 275 Telescope Rd., Ulysses, PA formerly of Emporium
died at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport on Thursday (July 19, 2012) afternoon.

Mary Catherine Doud
She was born September 30, 1942 in Painted Post, New York a daughter of the late George and Clara McFall Bobinko.

On December 16, 1989 in Galeton, she married the late James LeRoy Doud.

Mrs. Doud graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1960. She worked as a cook for many local restaurants but mostly the Coffe Shop "Duby's" and the Homestead Hotel. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Chapter #264

Daughter: Becky, Mrs. Garth Clark, Coudersport
Daughter: Jen Lyon, Emporium
Daughter: Molly Cowley, Emporium
Step-daughter: Rhonda, Mrs. Norman Reed, Emporium
Step-daughter: Rita, Mrs. Bruce Stuckey, Emporium
Step-son: Craig Doud and his wife Kelly, Emporium
Step-son: Glenn Doud and his wife Kari, Emporium
Numerous Grandchildren
Numerous Great Grandchildren

Preceded in Death By
Parents: George and Clara McFall Bobinko
Husband: James LeRoy Doud
Step-son: Les Doud :

There will be No Visitation. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Gathering at the Emporium Fire Hall, 419 North Broad Street on Sunday (July 22, 2012) at 1:00 PM. A procession will start at 1:00 PM in front of the Barnett Funeral Home and continue to the fire hall for a time of memory sharing.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium

In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, P.O. BOX 132, Emporium, PA 15834 or to Make-a-Wish Foundation, 707 Grant Street, 37th Floor! Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1916

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Successful Inaugural ‘Clear Water Convention’

Successful Inaugural ‘Clear Water Convention’

july21clearwaterirvbrowncardboard1Representatives from the watershed associations serving Potter County and many others interested in environmental stewardship in the county’s headwater streams attended the God’s Country Clear Water Picnic Convention last week at the Genesee Environmental Center. Local elected officials joined clean water advocates for an event that mixed public education and fun. Potter County Conservation District and long-time environmental consultant Irvan Brown (shown) assisted with educational displays, including water testing demonstrations. A highlight was the comical cardboard boat races on the center’s pond. Genesee Headwaters Watershed Association hosted the Clear Water Picnic Convention.

Long Promoted to Senior Instructor of IST

Senior Instructor of IST Jason Long guides students on troubleshooting techniques on a server in the campus IST Lab.
Long Promoted to Senior Instructor of IST

DuBois – Penn State DuBois' Jason Long has been promoted to the rank of senior instructor within the campus Information Sciences and Technology (IST) Program.
Students who earn an IST degree are prepared to enter careers in computer programing, networking, information system administration, and more.

Long has been an instructor of IST at Penn State DuBois since 2001. He also serves as the IST program leader. In 2010, Long won the DuBois Educational Foundation Educator of the Year Award, which is given each year to an educator that students feel is the most deserving. He was also named the College of IST Statewide Faculty Member of the Year for all of Penn State for 2011-2012. Additionally, he was honored as Tech Prep Educator of the Year from the North Central Pennsylvania Tech Prep Consortium in 2006, and Penn State DuBois’ Penn Stater of the Quarter in the Spring of 2006. Long has also been recognized by DELL for his innovative approach to teaching IST, using DELL’s servers.

Long is the founder of the Video Game Day events on campus. These events are held each semester, and bring Penn State students, high school students, and other members of the community together in a fun, safe environment to play videogames. Long also uses the events as an educational tool, with his students setting up the computer networks used during Video Game Day.

"Mr. Long has been an exemplary faculty member. He is an excellent instructor who has made continuous and significant contributions to the IST Program," said Co-Director of Academic Affairs Mary Mino. He creates instructional opportunities that engage students in ways that allow them to transfer their classroom experiences into practical application in professional settings. He sets high standards in the areas of learning, scholarship, and conduct and his students value his expertise as a teacher and role model. He is very devoted to his students and our campus. In all, we are very pleased to have Mr. Long as a faculty member and a colleague. We are delighted that he has received acknowledgement for his outstanding academic accomplishments."

Long expressed his excitement over attaining the senior instructor position, but said that he will retain the same passion for his work no matter what level he reaches. He said, "I'm very happy about this achievement. But, it won't stop me from continuing to build the IST program. I want to make it bigger, and bigger, and keep improving. I like to look at something, and see how I can build upon it, or if there are new ways of doing things. I never like to be stagnant." He added, "I love doing my job."

Outside of Penn State, Long volunteers his time to St. John's Elementary School in Bellefonte by serving as the IT director. He also coaches soccer and baseball for local youth leagues. Long lives in Bellefonte with his wife, Vicki, and their children, Abagail, CJ, and Lauren.

US Senator Bob Casey Introduces Bill To Protect US Call Center Jobs

Casey: Businesses that Outsource Jobs
Shouldn’t Be Eligible for Federal Funds

Legislation Would Protect Call Center Jobs in Pennsylvania 
US Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) on Wednesday introduced legislation to make businesses that move call center jobs overseas ineligible for federal funding such as grants or loans to protect nearly 200,000 jobs in Pennsylvania. 

Thousands of call center jobs have been relocated overseas. Senator Casey’s legislation will fight this trend by preventing companies from taking taxpayer money only to turn around and cut jobs in the United States.

“Companies that outsource their call centers overseas shouldn’t see the benefits of government grants and loans,” Senator Casey said. “Keeping call center jobs in Pennsylvania is good for our workers and our economy, and my bill will send a clear signal that outsourcing jobs will not be rewarded.”

Specifically, Senator Casey’s bill would:

Make businesses that move call center jobs overseas ineligible for federal grants or loans;

Direct the Department of Labor to make a public list of such companies; Employers remain on list for three years after each relocation; and,

Require agencies, including Department of Defense, to give preference to U.S. employers that do not appear on the list. 

Call centers are an important source of jobs all across Pennsylvania, and the legislation that Senator Casey introduced today adds to his long record of fighting against the outsourcing of American jobs. He opposed recent free trade agreements that could put Pennsylvania manufacturing jobs at risk, pushed legislation that has passed the Senate to crack down on Chinese currency manipulation that puts American businesses at a disadvantage, and championed Trade Adjustment Assistance to help workers who lost their jobs due to unfair foreign trade gain skills to find new work.

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Consumer Alert-Colombian Style Cheese Recall Due To Improper Pasteurization

07/20/2012 02:46 PM EDT
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine today alerted consumers that Productos Tita Corp, (Trade Name of Tita Products), located in Glendale, New York, is voluntarily recalling certain fresh cheese products due to the improper pasteurization of the milk used to make the cheese. Proper pasteurization heats milk in order to effectively eliminate all pathogenic bacteria, such as Listeria and Salmonella.

2 Vehicle Accident On Main Street In Smethport

2 Vehicle Crash In Smethport
At 3:24 pm on Friday, Smethport Fire Rescue & Priority Care Ambulance have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle accident in front of the Kwik Fill on Main Street in Smethport.

Vacation Bible School At The SPOT on August 10 & 11

Louise C. Fuller TOMB, 66, of Elkland, PA

Louise C. Fuller TOMB, 66, of Elkland, PA, died Thursday, July 19, 2012 in her home. 

Born May 11, 1946, in Olean, NY, she was the daughter of Fred M. and Marion Cooper Manning.

She was employed by Electri-Cord in Westfield, Galeton Production, and the Penn Wells in Wellsboro. She was a member and Sunday School teacher at the Abundant Life Fellowship in Knoxville. 

Surviving are: a son, Michael (Peggy) Fuller of Elkland; a daughter, Charlotte French of Galeton; a son-in-law, Lee Colvin of Galeton; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lena Manning of Towanda, PA. 

She was predeceased by her first husband, Bert Fuller; her second husband, Paul Tomb; two daughters, Diane L. Colvin and Darlene Fuller; and a son, Terry Manning. 

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, July 23, 2012 in the Abundant Life Fellowship, Alba Street, Knoxville, PA. The Rev. Terry Spencer will officiate. 

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Belltown Bridge in Elk County Opens to Two-Way Traffic Monday

Elk County

Belltown Bridge in Elk County Opens to Two-Way Traffic Monday
 Ridgway – Work to repair and resurface the deck on the Belltown Bridge in Elk County will be complete on Monday, July 23 and the bridge will again carry two-way traffic. The repairs will prolong the serviceable life of the bridge for years.

The bridge spans the Clarion River on Route 3001 (Belltown Road) in Millstone Township. Crews have been working to repair the bridge since late March. With those repairs complete, PennDOT will remove the temporary traffic signal that had controlled an alternating traffic pattern.

The work was part of a $1.7 million contract to repair and preserve three bridges in Elk County and two in Cameron County. L.C. Whitford Company, Inc., of Wellsville, New York was the contractor for the overall project.

Property Tax, Rent Rebate Program Extended to December 31

Senator Hughes An informational update for you!
This publication is your opportunity to receive regular updates on the work and the issues that I have been involved with, both in Harrisburg and throughout our community.
Please visit my website, where you will find a comprehensive overview of our work, various phone numbers and contact information to assist you in solving problems, opportunities to volunteer and assist us in our programs and opportunities to give your feedback.

Property Tax/Rent RebateProperty Tax, Rent Rebate Program Extended to December 31

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to December 31. Because statewide general property tax relief for all Pennsylvania homeowners is being funded by slots gaming, supplemental property tax rebates are available to homeowners through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. These supplemental rebates are automatically calculated by The PA Department of Revenue and are awarded to qualifying low-income seniors who live in Philadelphia, Scranton, Pittsburgh and other parts of the state with particularly high tax burdens.
These rebates are based on property taxes or rent paid the previous calendar year.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.
Homeowners now receive:
Income Maximum Rebate
$0 to $8,000 $650
$8,001 to $15,000 $500
$15,001 to $18,000 $300
$18,001 to $35,000 $250

Renters now receive:
Income Maximum Rebate
$0 to $8,000 $650
$8,001 to $15,000 $500
To qualify:
You or your spouse must have been at least 65 years old as of Dec. 31 of the claim year.
You were a widow or widower during all or part of the claim year and must have been 50 years or older as of Dec. 31.
You were permanently disabled during all or part of the claim year, 18 years or older during the claim year and were unable to work because of a medically determined physical or mental disability. If you applied for Social Security Disability and were denied benefits, you are not eligible for a rebate as a disabled claimant.
You must have owned and occupied a home or rented and occupied a home, apartment, nursing home, boarding home or similar residence in Pennsylvania during the period for which you claim the rebate.
Homeowners must have paid property taxes prior to applying. Renters must verify their landlords were required to pay property taxes or made payments in lieu of property taxes on rental properties.
The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
It costs nothing to apply for a rebate. Brochure Applications, including instructions, are available by clicking here or by calling 1-888-222-9190. Applicants can also visit my district office or the Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging and local senior centers for applications.
Property TaxPlease share this information with friends and loved ones. Many folks who are eligible do not apply and miss out on this valuable program. Eligible individuals must reapply for rebates every year because rebates are based on property taxes or rent paid each year and annual income.
Click here for more information.
You can provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

EAS Local Area Emergency

Motorists in the city of Pittsburgh are advised to avoid the area of State Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) at Whited Street and the intersection of Route 51 and Route 88 due to major flooding occurring at this time. This has been the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency with an Emergency Alert Activation for Allegheny County.

Route 287 In Middlebury Township To Close For Several Days For Fuel Cleanup

Route 287 To Close Monday For Hazmat Cleanup in Tioga County--Detour Set--Anticipate Several Days Closure

Motorists in Tioga County are advised that a section of Route 287 in Middlebury Township will be closed for the hazardous-material (hazmat) cleanup needed following this week’s fuel tanker truck crash, about 1.5 miles north of Route 249.

Traffic for the Route 287 closure will have a signed detour using Routes 249 and 49. In addition, dynamic message signs will be placed at the intersections of Routes 287 and 6, and Routes 287 and 15, in order to alert traffic well ahead of the closure.

The cleanup will involve deep excavation adjacent to and beneath the highway, necessitating the closure for the safety of the traveling public. The roadway will be restored once the spilled fuel is recovered.

The hazmat cleanup contractor plans to work around-the-clock.

It is anticipated the work may take several days to complete.

Acting McKean County Treasurer To Accept County Tax Payments At Bradford Senior Center July 30th

County Acting Treasurer Mary Jo Sherwood has announced that she will be accepting payments for BRADFORD CITY COUNTY taxes at the Bradford Senior Center located at 60 Campus Drive, Bradford PA on July 30, 2012 from 10:00am until 2:00 pm.

Acting Treasurer Sherwood will be at the Bradford Senior Center on the first Monday of every month starting in August 2012. 

For anyone who is making installment payments, the final payment is due no later than July 31st. Bradford City taxpayers who have not yet paid their 2012 county real estate and per capita taxes may pay them on-line by going to the county web site at . Taxes may also be paid by mail.

 The 2012 taxes must be paid by December 31 or they will be delinquent and turned over to the county tax claim bureau. Payments of 2012 taxes postmarked by December 31 will not be considered delinquent.

Family Fishing Day held recently at Hills Creek State Park

Park manager, Ben Stone accepting the donation from Dave Miller of winning fish from the 2011 event.

Family Fishing Day held recently at Hills Creek State Park

The 30th annual Family Fishing Day was held recently at Hills Creek Lake at Hills Creek State Park. The contest is held to promote the family sport of fishing and to highlight the excellent warm water fishery that is well known amongst anglers.

Medallions were awarded for the largest perch, bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, and heaviest stringer of game fish. Although large prizes are not part of this event, it generates lots of interest and friendly family competition. A number of families take their vacation at contest time for the sole purpose of participating in this event.

This year’s winners included Colton Bathurst with the largest bluegill at a little over half of a pound. Daniel Guisewite (a contest regular) won the award for the largest black crappie. His fish weighed in at nearly ¾ of a pound.

Although none of the male members of the Miller family (from Loganton, PA) won, Alexa Miller won with the largest perch taken during the event. Her perch weighed in at over half of a pound to claim that award.

The big winner of the contest, though, was Brett Shirk. His largemouth bass of 4 pounds, 10 ounces anchored the largest stringer of game fish of 12 pounds, 4 ounces, allowing him to claim both awards for the contest.

Lake conditions for the event were more challenging than in years past owing to an early spring growth of aquatic weeds. Treatment for the weeds has occurred since the contest, making the fishing a lot less challenging.

Prior to this year’s event, Dave Miller of Sugar Valley Taxidermy honored and thanked the park by presenting mounts of last year’s winning fish caught by him and his brother, Rick. Dave won the 2011 Family Fishing Day contest for the largest black crappie and yellow perch, while his brother won for the largest bass by weight. The mounts were gratefully accepted on behalf of the park by Assistant Park Manager, Ben Stone and Park Naturalist, Jim Mucci. The mounts are on display in the park office for all to see. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, and again a special thanks to Dave Miller for the fish display.

For more information on other fishing opportunities at Hills Creek State Park, contact the Park Office at 570-724-4246.

C&N Declares Dividend

C&N Declares Dividend

 WELLSBORO, PA - Directors of Citizens & Northern Corporation, parent company of Citizens & Northern Bank, have declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share. The record date is August 1, 2012 and it is payable on August 13, 2012 to shareholders of record. The amount is increased from the previous dividend of $0.20 per share, which was paid in May, 2012, and is the tenth consecutive quarterly increase in the dividend.

Declaration of the dividend was made at the July 19, 2012 meeting of the C&N Board of Directors.

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 throughout Bradford, Cameron, Lycoming, Potter, McKean, Steuben, Sullivan and Tioga Counties. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at The Corporation’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

Motor Vehicle Accident On Route 6 East of Mansfield

Mansfield has been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident east of Mansfield on Route 6 near Mainesburg.
Tioga Fire Dept. dispatched mutual aid.


Great Grandson Born


Causer’s ‘Office’ at Potter County Fair

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)
Causer’s ‘Office’ at Potter County Fair

COUDERSPORT – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) will offer information on a variety of state programs and services during this year’s Potter County Fair.

“As state representative, one of my primary goals is making state government more accessible to people,” Causer said. “A lot of people come out to the fair every year, and I hope they will stop by with their questions, comments, or just to say ‘hello.’”

Causer will have a table set up at the fair from Monday, July 30, through Friday, Aug. 3. The table will include state maps, as well as brochures and booklets on state programs and services.

The table will be staffed during the late afternoon and evening.

People are also welcome to contact Causer’s full-time offices in Bradford (78 Main St., 1st floor; telephone 814-362-4400) and Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1; telephone 814-274-9769), or by visiting him online at or








House Fire Reported In Richmond Township

Mansfield Fire Department has been dispatched to a house fire at the location above.
Wellsboro & Blossburg dispatched mutual aid

Welcoming Chelsea Morgan Slater who was born on July 18th at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

It’s a Girl!!

Sheri Kibbe and Matthew Slater from Harrison Valley, Pa is pleased to announce the arrival of Chelsea Morgan Slater who was born on July 18th at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Chelsea weighed 5lbs 15.6oz.  She joins her brothers Zack, Ben, and Dakota along with her sister Maleah.

Maternal Grandparents: Don and Deb Kibbe of Harrison Valley, Pa.

Maternal Great-Grandparents: Edwin and Betty Kibbe of Harrison Valley, Pa; Paul and Donna Lewis of Westfield, Pa.

Paternal Grandparents: Clifford and Mary Slater of Mansfield, Pa. 

Live Powerline Down In Roadway In Whitesville

Traffic Control For Live Powerline
At 10:48 am on Friday, Whitesville, NY Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Main Street & County Road 19 for traffic control for a live power line that has been knocked down in the roadway.

Family Caregiver Picnic August 14 at Coudersport Area Recreation Park

Potter County Human Services, Area Agency on Aging (PCAAA) is hosting the annual Family Caregiver Picnic on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 starting at 11:00 a.m., at the pavilion at Coudersport Area Recreation Park (CARP), off E. 7th Street.

The picnic is intended to provide some much-needed rest and relaxation for those who are caring for older relatives or friends. Caregivers can spend a couple of hours just being outside, eating a summer meal and talking with other caregivers and PCAAA staff members. A picnic lunch will be provided.

Events like these help to provide respite from a job that can be very time-consuming and energy-consuming. Spending time with others with similar concerns tends to make people realize they are not alone in a task that can sometimes become lonely and isolating. Caregivers can come on their own, or bring the person for whom they provide care. (Care receivers also enjoy this time out, if they are able.)

The picnic is free of charge for persons caring for older adults, as well as the older adult requiring care. In order to have sufficient food, reservations need to be called in to Rhoda or Donna at the Potter County Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-800-2560 or 544-7315 no later than August 7, 2012.

Roulettte Ambulance To River Street

At 10:13 am on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to River Street for a medical call.

The Potter County Farmers' Market every Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Mckeone nursery will be bringing raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, fruit trees, bushes and vines as well as plums, summer squash, and peppers

Wooleylot Farms will be bringing lovely heirloom zucchini and new garlic from this week harvest

Card Creek Trading Post will be bringing brown eggs, fresh picked lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, cut dill-parsley-basil, artisan bread, angel food loaf cakes with blueberry sauce, Michigan cherry and almond biscotti, Rich shortbread and Blueberry scones.

Hazel's Auto Sales In Hebron Center Offers Great Deals On Used Vehicles


Nurse Aide Training Class Starts In July At Sweden Valley Manor

Food Service Worker Position Open At Sweden Valley Manor

Sagewood Has Full & Part Time Openings

Garden Specials At BG's Engine Clinic In Roulette

Former Adelphia Attorneys To Pay $60 Million Settlement

Law firm with local ties to pay $60 million settlement linked to Adelphia fraud case

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 4:18 PM     Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 4:46 PM
MATT MILLER, The Patriot-News
A federal bankruptcy judge approved a settlement Wednesday that requires Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, a major law firm with midstate ties, to pay $60 million to resolve claims related to the Adelphia Communications Corp. scandal.

The deal sanctioned by Judge Robert E. Gerber in the U.S. Southern District Court of New York requires the Pittsburgh-based law firm to pay $20 million of the settlement immediately.

Buchanan, which has two offices in Harrisburg, once represented Adelphia, the now-bankrupt cable television giant that was the focus of a $2.3 billion accounting fraud scandal which erupted a decade ago. Several lawsuits were filed against Buchanan, accusing it of helping prepare documents that misled Adelphia investors.

In agreeing to the settlement approved by Gerber, Buchanan officials denied any liability or wrongdoing in connection with their firm’s work for Adelphia, court documents show. The law firm has more than 400 attorneys in offices in Pennsylvania, California, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Adelphia founder and CEO John Rigas and his son, Timothy, the firm’s chief financial officer, are in federal prison on securities fraud convictions for concealing debt of the Potter County-based company. Federal prosecutors said the Rigases used Adelphia’s corporate funds like a personal piggy-bank, draining the company’s resources through frivolous personal spending. Father and son were convicted by a federal jury in New York in July 2004.

The Buchanan settlement is the latest secured by the Adelphia Recovery Trust, which is representing Adelphia creditors and investors in bankruptcy proceedings. The trust secured a $175 million settlement with more than 20 banks in the Adelphia case in 2010. In 2007, Deloitte & Touche, Adelphia’s accounting firm, reached a $167.5 million settlement with the trust, also without an admission of liability. 

Two points of clarification: $40 million of the $60 is coming from Buchanan's insurance companies, according to the court filings... and to date, the Adelphia Trust has distributed approximately $245 million to claimants.

DA doesn't probe violent arrest in Bradford County

DA doesn't probe violent arrest
None of officers in videotaped Pa. incident have been charged

Written by Steve Reilly
Star Gazette
TOWANDA — Public outrage over a video showing the violent arrest of a Vestal resident by Pennsylvania State Police in 2010 has not persuaded Bradford County’s prosecutor to investigate.

In dashboard surveillance footage released a month ago, Pennsylvania State Police troopers are recorded as they punch, Tase, jump on and verbally harass Robert Leone of Vestal at the conclusion of a 15-mile, low-speed chase through Bradford County.

While Leone is 2½ years into a a 16-to-48-month jail sentence, none of the officers have faced criminal prosecution.

The video sparked coverage by national and international media in recent weeks and weekly protests on the steps of the Bradford County Courthouse. A Facebook group called “Freedom and Justice for Robert Leone” has more than 9,000 members, and the edited clip of the surveillance video has been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube.

However, Bradford County District Attorney Daniel Barrett said no new evidence has emerged since the release of the video that would cause him to look into the incident further. More...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pole Fire In Port Allegany

Pole Fire In Port Allegany
At 11:44 pm on Thursday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. is responding to a report of a utility pole on fire near the intersection of Rt. 155 & Rt. 6  at the south end of Port Allegany.

Penelec indicates 1 to 2 hour response time. Firefighters say wires will fall & cause power failure if not fixed soon.

Tree Fell On House In Bolivar

Tree Fell On House In Bolivar
At 11:23 PM on Thursday, Bolivar Fire Dept. was dispatched to 60 Wellsville Street for a tree that has fallen on a house.

Dona Jane Snow, 88, Yreka, Calif, Duke Center Native

Dona Jane Snow
Yreka, Calif. —Dona Jane Snow, 88, passed away on July 18, 2012. 

Dona was born in Eldred, Pa. to Ward and Mildred Campbell. She graduated from Otto Township High School in 1942 and from Bradford Nursing School as an RN in May 1945.

Donna married Walter E. Snow in Rixford, Pa. in 1945 and they resided in Duke Center, Pa. until 1963, when they moved to Colton, Calif. 

Dona worked at the San Bernardino Community Hospital until 1985, when she retired to care for her husband who was in poor health. In 1991, they moved to Yreka to be closer to their daughters and Walter passed away shortly thereafter.

Dona took piano lessons as a young girl and she and Walt played in a small dance band in Pennsylvania. She continued to play in Yreka, where she delighted the residents of Beverly Manor and Grenada Inn.

Survivors include her daughters Patricia Mills and Marcia Setzer and her son-in-law Dave Setzer, all of Yreka; and a son and daughter-in-law, Walt and Sheila Snow of Harrison, Ark. She also has three sisters, Eleanor Carlson and brother-in-law Arnold Carlson, Glenna Hughes and Sherma Womer, all of Florida. Dona is also survived by eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Dona was dearly loved by all who knew her.

Private family services are planned. Memorial contributions can be made to Madrone Hospice, 255 Collier Circle, Yreka, CA 96097.

Ulysses Library Hosts "Music On The Lawn"

Ulysses Library Hosts "Music On The Lawn"

The 2012 season of "Music on the Lawn" at the Ulysses Library continues on Monday, July 23rd at 7:00 PM.

The evening will feature the brass ensemble Kevin Roessner and Friends playing a variety of musical genre.

Please bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held across the street in the Ulysses United Methodist Church.

Vehicle Accident On Route 6 On Bush Hill

Van Crashed On Rt. 6 On Bush Hill
At 10:39 pm on Thursday, Smethport Fire Rescue and Priority Care Ambuylance have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on the Smethport side of Bush Hill where a van is reported off the roadway with possible ejection.
Smethport Police reporting one patient with minor injuries.

New Jersey Firm Recalls Various Frozen, Ready-To-Eat Meat and Poultry Products Due To Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

07/19/2012 08:40 PM EDT
Buona Vita, Inc., a Bridgeton, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 72,510 pounds of various frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Burned Food Fills Structure With Smoke In St. Marys

Address: 22 SONNY DR

7/19/2012    9:57:16 PM

Dog Found In Genesee, PA, Last Night

This dog showed up at my house on Main St. in Genesee last night, any information call 814-203-9598

Landing Zone Assist For Stat Medivac At CCMH

At 5:59 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Dept. 48 has been dispatched to assist Stat Medivac with a landing zone at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. ETA 30 minutes.

Vehicle Into A Tree On Rt. 120 In Shippen Township

Address: 15420 ROUTE 120

7/19/2012 6:48:39 PM

DEP Declares Drought Watch for Western Pennsylvania Counties

DEP Declares Drought Watch for Western Pennsylvania Counties
HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection today issued a drought watch for 15 Western Pennsylvania counties.
“A hot, dry summer made it necessary to take this first step of declaring a drought watch in the affected counties,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “This measure will alert the public and water suppliers that there are voluntary, common-sense ways to conserve.”

A drought watch declaration is the first and least severe level of the state’s three drought classifications. It calls for a voluntary five percent reduction in nonessential water use and puts large water consumers on notice to begin planning for the possibility of reduced water supplies.

The 15 counties under the drought watch issued today are Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren and Washington.

Precipitation deficits over the past 90 days are as great as 5.5 inches below normal in Beaver County and 4.9 inches below normal in Lawrence and Mercer counties.

DEP is notifying all water suppliers in the affected areas of the need to monitor their supplies and update their drought contingency plans as necessary.

Recorded live on July 19, 2012 12:38pm ET Marty Causer -- Welfare Reform and more

Video streaming by Ustream  Recorded live on July 19, 2012 12:38pm ET

Marty Causer -- Welfare Reform and more

Rep. Marty Causer on Welfare Reform on WESB With Anne Holliday

State Representative Marty Causer was on today's LiveLine and one of the issues we discussed was welfare reform.


Route 53 Irvona Bridge Officially Dedicated as Mary Ellen Tiesi Memorial 9-11 Bridge

Route 53 Irvona Bridge Officially Dedicated as Mary Ellen Tiesi Memorial 9-11 Bridge

Clearfield –PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch today joined other state and local officials to officially name the Route 53 bridge in Irvona as the Mary Ellen Tiesi Memorial 9-11 Bridge in honor of Ms. Tiesi, who perished in the South Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, while helping others exit the building.

“The tales of heroism from the tragic events that unfolded on that horrific day in 2001 have left their mark on all of us,” Schoch said. “Ms. Tiesi is not just a Pennsylvania hero but also a national hero, and by dedicating this bridge in her honor and memory, her name will forever stand as a testament to courage and bravery.”

Ms. Tiesi was the only person from Clearfield County lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Her uncle had worked on the construction of the previous bridge, which PennDOT replaced late last year with the current structure.

Governor Corbett signed the legislation, which authorized the renaming of the bridge early this year. Rep. Camille “Bud” George sponsored the original legislation, which authorized the bridge renaming.

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company was the contractor on the $3.9 million bridge reconstruction project. The Mary Ellen Tiesi Memorial 9-11 Bridge is located approximately 70 feet upstream from where the previous bridge stood. PennDOT opened the new bridge to traffic in late 2011.

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Fire Departments dispatched to Automatic Alarm of Fire in Hector Township

Fire Departments dispatched to Automatic Alarm of Fire in Hector Township.
Dept 5 & 47 Recalled. Caller reports cancel fire dept.

24 Year Old Killed In Bradford Crash

Pa. man, 24, dies in two-vehicle crash
Star Gazette
TOWANDA, PA. — A 24-year-old Pennsylvania man is dead after a two-vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Bradford County.

State police said Colby M. Swartley, of Perkasie, died at Troy Community Hospital from injuries suffered in the crash at 6:13 p.m. on Route 14 near Newell Road in Canton Township.

Police said Swartley was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse south on Route 14 when his car went off the road, spun into the northbound lane and struck a guardrail. At this point, a northbound tractor-trailer driven by David E. Boyer, 34, of Millmont, struck Swartley’s car.  More...

Louise J. "Peg" Summerfield, 91, of Weeden Road, Randolph,NY

Louise J. "Peg" Summerfield, 91, of Weeden Road, Randolph,NY, and a resident of Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing in Jamestown, passed away Wednesday (July 18, 2012), in WCA Hospital.

She was born Jan. 20, 1921, in Austin, Pa., the daughter of the late Guy and Lillian Peterson Nolan.

Peg attended Shinglehouse High School in Shinglehouse, Pa., and was a homemaker.

She was a waitress for 35 years at the Musky Lounge in Lakewood, and had also worked in the Eldred, Pa., bomb factory and at the Red House Inn in Allegany State Park.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren and having them to her house for special family dinners. Peg was a great candy maker and created cakes for special family occasions. She also enjoyed knitting.

She is survived by a daughter, Peggy (Don) Steward of Conewango Valley; three sons: Robert Bruce (Pam Penhollow) Summerfield Jr. of Jamestown, Donald Summerfield of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Jerry Lee (Nancy) Summerfield of Oklahoma City; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Virginia Hamilton and Genevieve Gleason, both of Inverness, Fla.; and a brother, William Nolan of Wellsville, N.Y.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Bruce "Red" Summerfield Sr. on May 25, 1996; infant daughter Geraldine in 1953; two sisters: Amelia Johnson and Luella Kemp; and a brother, Howard Nolan.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (July 21, 2012), in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Thomas Maynard, pastor of the Celebration Fellowship Church in Leon will officiate. Burial will follow in the Randolph Cemetery.

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In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be sent to Randolph Rescue Squad or to the WCA Dialysis Unit, 207 Foote Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701.