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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Pre-K Registration Set For March 21 At Galeton School District

Branch Manager Needed For Coudersport, PA Office

Freedomist Posts Saga Of Mother/Child Held Hostage By Burglary Suspect

Burglary Suspect Kidnaps Wellsboro Mom, Daughter, Before Being Caught

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DRAMATIC END TO BURGLAR’S FLIGHT FROM WELLSBORO- A reader sent us a stunning news tip on what happened with the female burglary suspect who was being hunted in Wellsboro last night. All of this must be prefaced with the word “ALLEGED”, all suspects are innocent until proven guilty, but according to reports, this is what happened when an alleged burglar allegedly escaped custody and allegedly kidnapped a local woman and her daughter- We have been investigating this and can report the following:

A woman who police were looking for in Wellsboro on the evening of Friday, March 1, 2013, is now in custody in Corning, New York, but her flight from Wellsboro resulted in a local mother and her child being terrorized and held hostage. Read more...

Pitt Posts Info On Missing Bradford Student


Man Taken Into Custody In Theft Of Automobile From St. Marys

State Police at Coudersport report they took a person into custody at 253 Deering Run Road in Summit Township, Potter County on Friday at 6:44 PM.

Isiah Taylor, 20, will be charged with stealing an automobile from Nicole Farmer of 302 Washington Street in St. Marys, PA.

Charges will be filed by St. Marys Police Department according to a news release by Trooper Kyle Butler. 

Woman Unhurt In Harrison Township Crash

A Knoxville woman was unhurt when her 2002 Dodge Caravan went off the road and struck a tree on Thursday in Harrison Township.

Karen M. Vasco, 45, of Knoxville, PA,  was westbound on Rt. 49 at Kibbe's Concrete when her van slid and went off the road and struck a tree with the rear driver's side. Trooper Jonathan Wooster investigated.

Roulette Ambulance Standby At Station

At 10:59 PM on Saturday, Roulette is requested to stand by at their own station for Port Allegany.

George Ronald “Ron” BLAIR, 70, of Coudersport, PA

George Ronald “Ron” BLAIR, 70, of Coudersport, PA, died Saturday, March 2, 2013 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Amanda Missing From Bradford, PA


Clarion Over Port Allegany 56-41 Girls Class A

Cats Oust Port Allegany to Win District 9 Class A Championship

Saturday, March 2, 2013 @ 07:03 PM
Posted by Jake Bauer Explore Clarion

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) - Ashley Hummell scored 19 points to lead Clarion to a 56-41 victory over Port Allegany on Saturday in the District 9 Girls Class A high school basketball championship game at Clarion University .

The win propelled Clarion (23-3) to their first District 9 championship since the 1991-92 season.
Both teams will advance to the PIAA playoffs.

For more in-depth coverage, visit

Ambulances Dispatched To Ski Slopes

At 5:00 PM on Saturday, 
Ambulance has been dispatched to Ski Sawmill from Morris, PA for a 24 year old female with a possible femur fracture.

at the same time, 
An ambulance from Canaseraga has been dispatched to Ski Denton at Swain for a 14 year old male with head and back injuries.

Potter County Pushing To Collect Overdue Fines, Restitution

County Pushing To Collect Overdue Fines, Restitution

courtfinesIndividuals who owe Potter County long-ignored fines and other court-related expenses are being contacted with reminders of their obligations and the consequences they will face if they fail to pay up. 

The Potter County Board of Commissioners contracted with Capital Recovery Systems Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, for collection services. There is no cost to the county. Using technology-based search services and other tools, the company has a solid track record of finding those who have escaped previous collection efforts dating back many months or several years. 

 In those cases where Capital is able to locate a debtor and collect what’s due, Potter County receives the entire amount due. The contractor tacks on a collection fee, as permitted by Pennsylvania law. Capital Recovery has tempered county officials’ expectations by pointing out that some of the past-due fines and costs are uncollectible because those who owe cannot be located.

Pennsylvania should be more aggressive in collecting unpaid fines and court costs from criminal defendants, according to a task force that recently issued its report. More than $780 million – and rising – has not been paid. 

Much of it is owed as restitution to crime victims. 

The committee listed 47 ways to improve collections, including devoting more government workers to collections and more effectively using state-issued licenses as leverage. Most of the measures would require action by the legislature, county judges or the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. 

Task force members called on the state to be more aggressive in seizing overdue fines, costs and restitution sums from paychecks, tax refunds and lottery winnings. From 2009-11, Pennsylvania courts ordered payments of $434 in restitution. Victims actually received about $50 million.

Coudersport Vol Fire Dept Responses

Feb.28th. 06:28 box 48-76(bus. District) 208 S Main St. Hazmat Incident w/approx. 4-5 gal. of fuel, Potter Co. EMA notified and responded to assist with the containment and cleanup. Chief Phelps, Assistant Chief Haskins, Engine and crew, EMA director Glenn Dunn and Hazmat response vehicle. All units IQ at 08:10

At 17:32 Box 39-02 Shinglehouse Boro...Aerial Task Force response to a SFD 2 1/2 WFD on Honeoye St. assisted as requested, Ulysses Dept. 47 stood by at our station.

The month of February members responded to a total of 15 alarms:
Box 48-02 Coudersport Boro- 3
Box 48-03 Eulalia Twp - 1
Box 48-04 Allegany Twp - 1
Box 48-05 Sweden Twp - 1
Box 48-06 Summit Twp - 4
Box 48-07 Hebron Twp - 1
Box 48-76 Cdspt Boro Bus. District. - 1.Hazmat
Three calls to other departments 1- Station 10(Galeton), 1- Fire in Roulette station 46, 1- Fire in Shinglehouse Station 39
Members logged 280 hrs of state and Dept. training.

Teenagers Injured When Pickup Truck HIts School Bus Last Monday

Four teenagers suffered minor injuries when a 1999 Ranger pickup truck struck a 1992 School Bus as it attempted to turn left into the Odin Road in Keating Township last Monday at 3:32 PM.

Trooper Jonathan Wooster said the crash occurred as both vehicles were northbound on Rt. 872. The schoool bus driven by Daniel W. Bollhorst, 53, of Coudersport, PA, attempted to turn the bus into the odin Road when the 17 year old male driver of the Ranger was unable to avoid striking  the left rear quarter panel of the bus. The Ranger came to rest across the northbound lane. The bus continued onto the Odin Road where it stopped.

The 17 year old driver,  a 16 year old female passenger, and a 15 year old female passenger suffered minor injuries in the crash. None of them were wearing seat belts according to Trooper Wooster.

A 17 year old female on the bus suffered a minor injury. All four teens were transported to Charles Cole hospital.

The bus driver and a 6 year old female passenger were not injured according to the report.

Austin EMS, Austin Volunteer Fire Dept., and Austin Police Department assisted at the scene.

Minor Injury In Rollover Crash On Brookland Road

A Coudersport man suffered only a minor injury when his 1992 Dodge overturned on the Brookland Road, west of Sweden Hill Road, at 11:15 AM on February 20, 2013.

Alex R. Swords, 19, of Coudersport, PA, was traveling west on Brookland Road in Sweden Township when he lost control of the vehicle, left the north side of the roadway and struck an embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn onto it's roof. 

Trooper Gerg said Swords was wearing a seat belt in the crash. He was transported to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport Ambulance for treatment.

Coudersport Fire Department assisted at the scene. The vehicle was towed by Chuck Chapell.

Minor Injuries In Rt. 49 Crash Near Gold Recently

A Westfield woman was transported to Charles Cole Hospital by Tri-Town Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries after an accident  on February 19, 2013 on Route 49, 2/10 mile northeast of Gold Road in Ulysses Township.

Amanda R. Moore, 33, of Westfield, PA, was wearing a seat belt in the crash.

Trooper Gerg, who investigated, said the crash occurred as Moore was traveling east on SR49 in a 2010 Dodge Avenger. She was attempting to negotiate a right curve in the roadway when she lost control of the vehicle which left the southern side of the roadway and struck an embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn once and come to rest on it's wheels.

The vehicle was towed by Kightlinger's of Coudersport. Tri-Town Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Sharon D. Goss, 64, of Shinglehouse, PA

Sharon D. Goss 
“beloved wife, mother and grandmother”

Sharon D. Goss, 64, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY, after a long illness.

Born October 7, 1948 in Lewistown, she was a daughter of Lester T. and Ernestine P. Aumiller Goss. On September 8, 1998 in Shinglehouse, she married Earl W. Dickerson, who survives.

Sharon attended Lewistown Elementary School and was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, class of 1967.

She was employed at K-Bar Knives in Olean, then as a supervisor at the former King Windows in Coudersport, later worked at Professional Answering Service in Olean, and lastly was employed as a secretary at Dresser-Rand in Olean until retiring due to ill health.

In times of her own personal troubles, Sharon was always more concerned for others than herself. In her younger years Sharon loved to play softball. She loved to go to yard sales, especially knowing that she was helping someone else by her purchase. She loved her family, her friends, and her “little girls”, Lacy and Sneakers, her beloved dogs. She loved collecting angels, enjoyed the mystery of “Big Foot” and mountain lions. Sharon loved attending her family’s sporting events. She enjoyed camping with her family and friends. She was a generous supporter of the American Cancer Society and local animal shelters.

Surviving besides her husband are a son, Brady A. Goss of Shinglehouse; a daughter, Miranda B. (Mike) Mesler of Shinglehouse; four grandchildren, Nick A. Goss, Adrianna E. Mesler, Dawson J. Mesler, and Asher B. H. Mesler, all of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Sharon was predeceased by two brothers, Kennard E. “Shorty” Goss and Ted Goss. 

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915; to the American Cancer Society; or to the Wounded Veteran’s Association.

A fond memory of Sharon may be expressed at

Board Preparing To Purchase Easement To Prevent Development Of Farm Property In Potter County

Farmland Preservation Program Still In Place

Potter County TodayfarmlandpreservationMembers of the Potter County Farmland Preservation Board are preparing to purchase another easement that will keep agricultural property in its current use and make it off-limits to development. Three property owners have applied to have their development rights purchased by the board, which operates with limited funds. At the board’s February meeting, members agreed to study the three applications and rank them according to purchase criteria.

In other business, members voted to recommend that Sara Gilliland be appointed by the Potter County Commissioners as board chairman, succeeding Roy Thompson. Bill Grandin was nominated as vice chairman and Larry Hamilton as treasurer. Other members are Leroy White, Alan Acker and Jim Lane. One board seat is vacant.

Almost 1,000 acres of prime agricultural property in Potter County have been added to the Farmland Preservation Program since its inception. Most recent farm to come under the program was the Peet property in Hebron Township, consisting of almost 200 acres, for a purchase price of $710 per acre. Payments are being made to the Peets incrementally. State funds for the program have been drastically reduced, with the vast majority being committed to counties in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania where development pressures are strongest.

Potter County Farmland Preservation program has been in existence for more than 14 years and the Peet property was its sixth purchase. Development rights on 985 acres have been acquired for a total purchase price of $670,000. It took three years of state and county allocations to accumulate enough money to purchase the Peet easement in early 2010. Other Potter County properties in the program include the farms of Albert and Erma Mitchell and Frank and Shirley Mitchell, both in West Branch Township; Charles and Bernita Douglass in Hector Township; Allen and Ruth Ann Long in Pleasant Valley and Roulette townships, and Galen and Helen Snowman in Sweden and Homer townships.

Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program was developed in the 1980s. It enables state, county and local governments to purchase easements from owners of farmland, chosen on the basis of quality as well as stewardship – use of conservation practices and best management practices of nutrient management, as well as erosion and sedimentation control. Potter County Conservation District assists the board in administering the program. For more information, contact Colleen Frank at 814-274-8411, ext 114.

2 Dead In Friday Night Crash In Millerton

Two confirmed Dead in S.R. 328 Crash

(WETM-TV) -- A Williamsport, Pa. husband and wife are dead after a fatal accident on S.R. 328 in Millerton Friday night.

Ryan English, 35, and wife Karen English, 32, were pronounced dead by the Bradford County Coroner from sustained injuries.

The couple was traveling eastbound when Roegester Grays, 46, of, Lawrencville, crossed over the center lane and into the path of English’s Chevy Suburban.

Three children were also passengers in the English vehicle, and they were taken to Arnot Ogden Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Read more...

Roulette Ambulance To Burleson Avenue

At 12:04 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Burleson Avenue for a medical emergency.



MARCH 15, 16, & 17 FROM 1 TIL 6 PM


FMI 570-662-5601 GOODIES@PTD.NET

JOSH COCHENOUR posted on Facebook: “I got quite a package today from a lot of very wonderful people back home. Once I managed to get everything unwrapped and laid out on my bunk I was overwhelmed by it all. This wasn't my first box from Goodies I had a few during the 05-06 deployment. I think it was definitely the largest. I’ve got enough to share with my section as well as the mechanics I work with. So on behalf of all of us I want to thank all of you for your support and donating your time to put these packages together for us.”

MATHEW BRYANT emailed: “I want to say thank you for everything you are doing for Goodies for our troops. This program really helped me over the last 2 years. It can be overwhelming at times being deployed to Afghanistan, but I look forward to those care packages every month. My whole section really loves it. Thank you again for volunteering your time and I hope I can repay what you have done for us to those who need it. I look forward to coming home to Tioga, Pa again and hopefully seeing everyone that has volunteered.”

TJ FARR posted on Facebook: “thank you for the care package! i wish i could write everyone that wrote letters and especially the ones who donate their time and money to send us things. The gum, jerky, and chewy bars were the first things to go. I’m sure the guys would love some coffee. we are still in transit housing and move into our permanent rooms within a week or so. Things are going pretty good. I’m adjusted to the time change by now. i hope you can share this with others that help make it possible and tell them we say thank you.”

CH (CPT) GLEN W. THOMPSON emailed: “Greetings, the Soldiers from TF HHC 1-38 INFANTRY BATTALION / 4 - 2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team want to send a HUGE THANK YOU for all your care and support. We enjoyed all the videos, cd's, personal hygiene items, snacks, candy, blankets, pens, cross-word puzzle books, books, bibles and all the
other items. Our three operation bases do not have a place where we can buy these items so we are very grateful for your hard work and donations. May the Lord bless you abundantly?”

CH CHRISTOPHER SCHAFER posted on Facebook: “I'm simply elated... packages from Goodies For our Troops arrived today. Include were homemade goodies from God's country! Thanks be to God! If I personally enjoyed every last item I would be so fat and sick it wouldn't be funny... we are talking about homemade church lady goodies (that’s why I gained 15 pounds while I was pastor up there) I'll pass the wealth, there are after all Goodies For our Troops not goodies for the Chaplain.”
JOE REGEL posted on Facebook: “We recently received a HUGE care package from you all. It was awesome. We opened it at work and a bunch of the guys in my section all helped open everything up. It was like a bunch of kids on Christmas morning... with everyone yelling out when they found something great. The time and energy all of you put into these care packages means so much to all of us. Thanks you all for everything you do and from all of us over here, we hope you have a fantastic new year."



On what should we blame our lack of wealth in 2013. Pick one, pick some, or pick all. Rather than believing we must find something to blame, perhaps striving to understand the reason(s) things happen or don’t happen would serve us better.

Point of focus doesn’t have to be Marcellus/Utica shale. It could just as well be a business. A day, a week, a lifetime could be spent pointing fingers in multiple directions for life’s ills as long as the vital direction doesn’t end up in our own backyard. Control of one’s life can be “the luck of the draw”, but not too often. It’s just easier to think that.

Making good use of our time here on Earth means we each seek answers … educate ourselves. How much progress would there be in any field (if we could even find the field!) without forward-thinking people willing to step out of their comfort zone? How many times do folks let their ideas die of loneliness due to lack of initiative, fear of failure, or simply not taking the time to share innovative thoughts. Sometimes it is just sharing that’s needed.

One person can have a good idea. May-be 2-3 people can have 2-3 good ideas. But put these folks and more together all focused on the same subject then many questions and answers, and certainly expanded ideas will shed new light on whatever understanding, whatever solution is being sought.

How much success do we want to achieve … as individuals, as businesses, as various communities? Can it all be spelled out in dollars and cents? NO … but they help. Would brainstorming for ideas to overcome problem areas help? Not unless we move beyond that stage and take action. 

The same is true for individuals in all kinds of groups in all kinds of settings.
The next generation is counting on you.

Janice L. Hancharick

Northwest Region tournament wrestling results

Friday's Northwest Region tournament wrestling results, March 1

  Erie Times-News
 Class AA

Results from Friday's Northwest Region Class AA tournament at Sharon High School. The top three wrestlers in each division will advance to the PIAA AA tournament, scheduled March 7-9 at the Giant Center in Hershey:

Team standings: 1. Reynolds (Rey) 42, 2. Brookville (Bv) 33, 3. Saegertown (Sae) 29, 4. (tie) Fort LeBoeuf (FL) and Redbank Valley (RV) 24, 6. Cochranton (Coc) 23, 7. Port Allegany (PA) 16, 8. (tie) Coudersport (Coud) and Seneca (Sen) 14, 10. Conneaut (Conn) 13, 11. Smethport (Semth) 121/2, 12. (tie) Kane (K) and Sharon (Sh) 111/2, 14. (tie) Franklin (Fr), Grove City (GC), Slippery Rock (SR) and Union City (UC) 11, 18. (tie) Corry (Cy) and Greenville (Gv) 9.

Other schools: Brockway (Bway), Cameron County (CC), Clarion (Clar), Cranberry (Cran), Curwensville (Cur), Fort LeBoeuf (FL), Franklin (Fr), Hickory (H), Jamestown (J), Johnsonburg (John), Kane (K), Keystone (Key), Lakeview (Lv), Maplewood (Mw), Mercer (M), North East (NE), Northwestern (Nw), Oswayo Valley (OV), Port Allegany (PA), Ridgway (Rid), Sharpsville (Sv), Sheffield (Sheff), West Middlesex (WM), Youngsville (Y). 

Individual Stats....

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Blair and Bedford Counties; Game Commission to Hold CWD News Conference Monday, March 4

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Blair and Bedford Counties; Game Commission to Hold CWD News Conference Monday, March 4

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission today confirmed three hunter-killed deer taken in the 2012 general firearms deer season have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Two were from Blair County; the other was from Bedford County.

"These are the first positive cases of CWD in free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania," confirmed Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe . "The disease was first documented in early October, 2012, by the state Department of Agriculture in a captive deer on an Adams County deer farm."

The three hunter-killed deer tissue samples were collected by Game Commission personnel during annual deer aging field checks during the general firearms season for deer. The samples were tested and identified as suspect positive by the Department of Agriculture as part of an ongoing annual statewide CWD surveillance program. The tissue samples were confirmed to be positive for CWD by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, as part of an established verification process.

"The three CWD-positives were part of 2,945 deer sampled for the disease statewide," explained Roe. "To date, we have received test results from 1,500 samples, including these three positive samples. Results from the remaining samples should be available in the next few weeks."

An additional 2,089 deer were sampled and tested from within the designated Disease Management Area in Adams and York counties; CWD was not detected in any of those deer samples. Since 1998, the Game Commission has gathered and submitted more than 43,000 samples from wild deer and elk for CWD testing. The three CWD-positives announced today are the first to be confirmed in 15 years of testing.

"Pennsylvania has an active Interagency CWD Task Force and a dynamic CWD surveillance program," Roe noted, "and we will continue to be vigilant and initiate steps included in the Commonwealth's CWD Response Plan. We will continue to work diligently with the Department of Agriculture and other members of the task force to better manage the threat of this disease to the state's captive and wild deer populations."

The Game Commission is working to identify and engage the hunters who harvested these CWD-positive deer to confirm where the whitetails were killed. A meeting of the Interagency CWD Task Force is being convened this afternoon to discuss the new CWD-positive deer and possible additional actions to determine the prevalence and distribution of the disease within Pennsylvania, as well as to contain its spread.

The latest information and updates to existing CWD information can be accessed on the Game Commission's website ( Public meetings will be held in the Blair-Bedford County area in coming weeks to share what we know about these CWD-positive deer and CWD in Pennsylvania, and to answer questions the public might have about this disease. How these latest developments may influence hunting regulations and other deer policies are at this time still contingent upon the results of ongoing testing of samples from hunter-killed deer, additional surveillance and fieldwork, and Game Commission and task force deliberations.

CWD is a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. It is transmitted by direct animal-to-animal contact through saliva, feces and urine. CWD is fatal in deer and elk, but there is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The World Health Organization.

Signs of the disease include weight loss, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination, and abnormal behavior such as stumbling, trembling and depression. Infected deer and elk also may allow unusually close approach by humans or natural predators. There is no known treatment or vaccine.

CWD was first discovered in Colorado captive mule deer in 1967, and has since been detected in 22 states and Canadian provinces, including Pennsylvania's neighboring states of New York, West Virginia and Maryland.


Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe and other Commonwealth officials will hold a press conference to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease 2 p.m., Monday, March 4, in the auditorium of the Game Commission's Harrisburg Headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Avenue. To keep Pennsylvania hunters and other residents informed on this breaking story, the press conference also will be webcast through the agency's website ( beginning at 2 p.m. Background on CWD and its limited history in Pennsylvania can be found on the Game Commission's CWD Info Page.

Teen killed in Bradford County crash

Teen killed in Bradford County crash

By Matt Hicks

Canton Twp., Pa. (WBNG Binghamton) A crash Friday morning in Canton Twp. leaves a 17-year-old dead and two young children injured.

Pennsylvania State Police said Brandon Robert McNett was traveling south on State Route 14 when he lost control and cross into the northbound lane. His vehicle struck another being driven by Theresa Allen, 44, from Roaring Branch, Pa., who also had a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy in the car at the time. Read more...

Friday, March 1, 2013

Branch Manager Needed For Coudersport, PA Office

Witness Intimidation Under Investigation

State Police are investigating a witness intimidation incident that occurred during a hearing in the Potter County Courthouse on February 26, 2013.

A Known Male who was seated in the gallery of the main courtroom of the Potter County Courthouse exchanged words with  Demontric Donnell Doddles of Harrison Valley, PA, after Doddles had finished testifying, according to a news release by Trooper David A. Surra.

Pre-K Registration Set For March 21 At Galeton School District

20 Year Old To Be Cited For Underage Drinking

State Police investigated an expired registration plate during a traffic stop at the McDonald's parking lot in Coudersport Boro on February 23 at 12:20 AM.

Daniel Thomas Moore, 20, of 220 W. 4th Street, Emporium, PA, was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages being under the age of 21. 

Moore will be cited in District Court 55-3-01 by Trooper Brian Ladick with Purchase, Consumption, Possession, or Transportation of Liqupr or Malt or Brewed Beverages.

Daytime Burglar In Abbott Township Heists Jewelry

A daytime Burglary at a residence on Germania Road on February 25th resulted in missing jewelry.

Cynthia Gitchell, 47, of 1446 Germania Road, Galeton, PA, told Trooper Kyle Butler that unknown actor(s) entered her residence without permission and stole jewelry from the home between 5:45 AM and 4:30 PM.

Anyone with any information is asked to call PSP Coudersport. 814-274-8690.

Luger 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol Missing From Austin Residence

Police are looking for information about a Burglary at 586 Bush Hill Road, Austin, PA, that occurred between 9-1-2012 and 2-26-2013.

Charlie Marino of the above address told Trooper Bryan Uhl that unknown actor(s) removed a Luger 9mm semi-automatic pistol from that address.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact Trooper Uhl at PSP Coudersport 814-274-8690.

Galeton Man Charged By State Police In 2012 Incident

Troopers charged a Galeton man with Corruption of Minors and Selling or Furnishing Liquor or Brewed Beverages to a Minor as a result of a DUI crash that occurred on October 2, 2012 at 1:00 AM involving a known 17 year old female from Galeton.

Zachary Joseph Lancaster, 22, of Galeton, PA, was charged by Trooper Mike Delp in District Court 55-4-03. The incident occurred on Little Phoenix Road in Hector Township, Potter County.

Troopers Cite Man For Harassment

A Roulette man was charged with Harassment after an incident at 8 Brophy Avenue in Roulette Township on February 24 at 6:50 PM.

David Carl Ahearn, 42, of 8 Brophy Avenue, Roulette, PA, was charged by Trooper Justin M. Lemaire with Harassment after an incident in which Ahearn pushed a known 14 year old male juvenile and juvenile fell down.

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, March 01, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol
Outreach Office Hours Set for March 7

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, March 7:
  • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
  • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.
  • McKean County Courthouse, commissioner’s conference room – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
It was a pleasure to speak to nursing students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford this week about health care issues facing our region.
House Approves Bill to Extend Health Insurance Coverage for Uninsured Children

The House recently approved a measure to extend the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2015. CHIP provides health insurance to uninsured children and teens not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. Free CHIP coverage is available to eligible children in households with incomes no greater than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL); low-cost CHIP coverage is available for those with incomes greater than 200 percent but no greater than 300 percent of the FPL; and families with incomes greater than 300 percent of the FPL have the opportunity to purchase coverage by paying the full rate negotiated by the state. Currently, 188,317 children are enrolled in CHIP across the Commonwealth, including more than 1,000 in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties. House Bill 108 now heads to the Senate for consideration. For more information about local CHIP coverage, click here.
‘Honoring Our Veterans’ License Plates Now Available

Pennsylvanians can demonstrate their support for the state’s servicemen and women with an “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate now available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Authorized by Act 194 of 2012, the plate features an American flag and a bald eagle with the words “Honoring Our Veterans.” The cost of the license plate is $35, with $15 from the sale of each plate dedicated to the Veterans Trust Fund.  The trust fund is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to provide grants to veterans service organizations and other charitable organizations. More information about obtaining the “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate or any other special license plate is available here

Kane Area Development Center announces Third Annual K.A.R.E. for Kane!

Kane Area Development Center announces Third Annual K.A.R.E. for Kane!
The Kane Area Development Center, comprised of the Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise (K.A.R.E), Kane Chamber of Commerce and the Kane Area Industrial Development Corporation, announces the third annual K.A.R.E. for Kane!  

The event, scheduled for Friday, May 10th from 9 AM-7:00 PM and Saturday, May 11th from 9AM-1:00PM, will match volunteers from the Kane community with beautification, restoration and other community-based projects.

Some of the projects include landscaping and the planting of flowers, painting tennis courts and playground maintenance in Evergreen Park; sidewalk sweeping, window washing, and liter pick up along the Fraley Street business district;  renovations and clean-up at the skate park in Glenwood; manicuring community sports fields; landscaping the Kane entrance signs; and much more!  In 2012, nearly 400 volunteers completed over 40 community projects.

Project organizers are in the process of collecting groups and individuals for volunteer efforts, project ideas from local churches and non-profit organizations, as well as sponsorships from businesses for project expenses.  

To submit a project, register as a volunteer or donate to K.A.R.E. for Kane, please visit the Kane Area Development Center at 54 Fraley Street, Kane, PA or call 814-837-6565 or e-mail  Interested parties can also find event updates on K.A.R.E’s Facebook page. 

Sen. Pat Toomey Speaks On The Sequester

Sen. Pat Toomey Speaks On The Sequester

David C. Meacham, 60, of Fishing Creek Rd., Roulette, PA

David C. Meacham
David C. Meacham, 60, of Fishing Creek Rd., Roulette, PA,  passed away Thursday (Feb. 28, 2013) peacefully in his home, with his family by his side.

Born July 30, 1952, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Corwin R. and Lorna J. Simar Meacham. On Feb. 19, 1977, in Port Allegany, he married Adah F. Miles, who survives.

David was employed by Port TV Cable Co., Adelphia Cable Co., and most recently Zito Media, before his illness.

He was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of the Port Allegany High School, Class of 1970.

Mr. Meacham was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Port Allegany. He loved his Lord, family, friends, camping, swimming & weight lifting. 

Surviving in addition to his wife, Adah, are a son, Todd D. (Linda) Meacham of Wellsboro, PA; two daughters, Amy L. (Daniel) Thompson of Elma, NY, Tami S. (Adam) Muntain of Surprise, AZ; seven grandchildren, David and Steven Meacham, Nathan and Benjamin Thompson, Kayla and Hayley Robins, and Gabriella Muntain; and two sisters, Candace J. (Scott) Cornell and Nancy J. (Dallas) Kio both of Port Allegany; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, John D. Meacham.

Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany. A celebration of David’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Mar. 4, 2013) in the First Baptist Church, with Rev. Michael Culver, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church or Potter County Hospice.

Condolences can be made to: Adah F. Meacham
1350 Fishing Creek Rd.
Roulette, PA 16746



BRADFORD, Pa. – The Southern Tier Symphony will perform “Favorites with Flute,” featuring soloist Mary Kay Robinson, at 3 p.m. March 10 in the Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall.

Tickets for the event are $20 for the public and free for all students. The program will include works by Schubert, Vivaldi, Foss and an encore performance of the original commissioned work by local artist Jacob Pleakis.

Robinson founded PanorĂ¡micos, a prize-winning mixed chamber ensemble that is the ensemble in residence at Case Western Reserve University.

She has risen to national prominence as a versatile flutist who has performed with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo and Kansas City, the Cleveland Opera, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Robinson teaches flute and coaches chamber music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University and Ithaca College. She founded the Greater Cleveland Flute Society and has commissioned, premiered and recorded many new solo and chamber works for flute, piccolo and alto flute.

The symphony is directed by John Whitney, who has led orchestras on three continents, including those in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Venezuela. He has performed with or conducted a host of platinum artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, Cab Calloway, Liberace and Doc Severinson.

More information on the Southern Tier Symphony may be found at

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or

Swift, Kennedy and Co. Supports Students through Scholarship

Swift, Kennedy and Co. Supports Students through Scholarship

DuBOIS – Penn State DuBois announces that Swift, Kennedy and Company has generously pledged $100,000 to the campus that will support students and programs. Through a planned gift of life insurance, the company will provide that support in two different ways. With $50,000, the Swift, Kennedy and Company Endowed Scholarship at Penn State DuBois will be established. The additional $50,000 will benefit the Anita D. McDonald Endowment for the Support of Children and Youth.

Consideration for the Swift, Kennedy and Company Endowed Scholarship will be given to all undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State DuBois who have superior academic records and a financial need.

The Anita D. McDonald Endowment for the Support of Children and Youth was established by the Fairman Family in the former campus chancellor's honor. It is intended to provide scholarship support for Kids in College (KIC), The Art, Science and Technology Institute (AST), athletic camps, and other Penn State DuBois programs for children and youth between the ages of 4 and 15.

Swift, Kennedy and Company has been dedicated to the success of Penn State DuBois students for decades, as company president George Heigel explained. He said, "This gift is simply a continuation of our company’s support of higher education at the DuBois Campus of Penn State University. Our company’s founding father, Mr. Patrick Swift served as the first president of the DuBois Educational Foundation (DEF) back in 1944 and Swift, Kennedy and Company's leadership has since continued to serve in leadership roles on the advisory board of the DuBois campus." Additionally, Patrick Swift had such an impact that a building on campus bears his name.

Heigel, himself, currently serves as president of the DEF. Both he and his wife, Deborah, also attended Penn State DuBois and are 1981 graduates of Penn State. Their oldest son, George III also graduated from Penn State in 2009.

Heigel said leadership at his company has always contributed to the success of higher education in the area because they feel it's such a worthwhile cause.

"To maintain enrollment and facilities, the DuBois community has, and must continue to financially support the campus," Heigel said. "Our gift will allow the campus to continue running the successful Kids in College program and provide an endowed scholarship to a deserving student attending our campus. Our gift is just one of many made by local individuals and businesses over the years, who recognize the importance of having the presence of Penn State University in our community. We are, and we always will be, Penn State."

Chancellor Melanie Hatch expressed her gratitude for Swift, Kennedy and Company's commitment to the campus, and the enthusiasm company leaders have for education.

"We deeply appreciate the generosity of Swift, Kennedy and Company in making this gift to our campus," said Hatch. "Scholarship opportunities funded by gifts like this make higher education possible for so many students who otherwise may not have the means to go to college. Swift, Kennedy and Company has a long history of support for our campus and our community, and this is just the latest in a long list of contributions they’ve made that help to improve the lives of people in our area."

Photo: Swift, Kennedy and Company president George Heigel with Chancellor Melanie Hatch.

Applications Accepted For Tax/Rent Rebates

Applications Accepted For Tax/Rent Rebates

proptax_blockApplications for the 2012 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are now available. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2012. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities. Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels (excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits):
  • $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).
  • $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30. Claim forms are available at Rep. Martin Causer’s website,, or by contacting his office at 107 South Main Street in Coudersport; phone 814-274-9769.

Rollover Crash On West Warren Road

Rollover Crash On West Warren Road
At 5:40 PM on Friday, Bradford Township and Bradford City Ambulance are responding to West Warren Road for a one vehicle rollover crash. Patient is reported self-extricated.

2 Vehicle Crash With Injuries On Rt. 417 In Little Genesee

2 Vehicle Crash On Rt. 417
At 5:39 PM on Friday, Bolivar and Richburg Fire Rescue and ambulance have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash on Route 417 in Little Genesee in front of the Faith Bible Church.

Rt. 6 Crash With Tractor Trailer Claims Biker's Life

Some Forecast Models Showing 12 to 20 Inch Snowfall For MIddle Of Next Week

Captured Twin Tiers Most Wanted - Big Thank You to the Pennsylvania State Police

Captured Twin Tiers Most Wanted - Big Thank You to the Pennsylvania State Police

Victims of Fatal Rt. 153 Crash Released

 Victims of Fatal Rt. 153 Crash Released
Police have released the names of the people involved in the fatal crash Thursday morning in Elk County.

26-year-old Desiree Smith of Falls Creek died after the two-vehicle crash on Route 153 near Cristini’s Auto Wrecking.

Troopers say a car driven by 25-year-old Diedre Butler of Brockway crossed the center line and hit a vehicle driven by 61-year-old Linda Jensen of Warren.

Smith was a passenger in Butler’s car and was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Butler suffered major injuries, and was first taken to DuBois Regional Medical Center for treatment, but was later transferred to Altoona Hospital. Police say she was not wearing a seatbelt. She was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

Jensen was taken to the DuBois Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

2 Vehicle Crash With Entrapment & Injuries

Erway, Millerton and Daggett have been disatched. Reporting 2 vehicles, 6 injuries with entrapment.

Two Vehicle Crash With Injury On E. Honeoye Street

Two Vehicle Crash In Shinglehouse
At 4:41 PM on Friday, A two vehicle crash in Shinglehouse in front of 963 E. Honeoye Street. One person is reported injured.
Shinglehouse Fire Rescue and Ambulance has been dispatched.

Preview Of Whats Coming To the Sinnemahoning State Park Visitor Center

Coming to the Sinnemahoning State Park Visitor Center

State Reps. Meet With Fish & Boat Commission In Emporium Friday

Met with Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway and our District Three Fish Commissioner, Bill Sabatose, in Emporium today to discuss the PFBC's proposed closing of trout hatcheries in Oswayo and Bellefonte, as well as other issues. Pictured left to right are: Rep. Matt Gabler, Rep. Martin Causer, Mr. Arway, Mr. Sabatose and Mark Adams of Sen. Joe Scarnati's office.

Clearance Sale Saturday At Mills Country Store

Shinglehouse Ambulance To E. Academy Street

At 3:55 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Wellsville 700 have been dispatched to East Academy Street for a patien in a vehicle with a medical emergency.

Angela Dawn Ford, 43, 93 Red Rock Rd, Derrick City, PA

Angela Dawn Ford
Angela Dawn Ford, 43, a loving mother and daughter of 93 Red Rock Rd, Derrick City, PA, passed away, Thursday, February 28, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Born July 21, 1969, in Kane, she was a daughter of Mick and Judy A. (Schlopy) McGuire.

Ms. Ford was a 1988 graduate of Bradford High School. She was employed as a Administrative Assitant at Minard Run Oil Company. She had previously been employed at Smith's Accounting, McGuire Trucking and Control Chief.

She was a member of the Desk & Derrick Club, Eagles Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Vets Club, the Italian Club and a former member of the Bradford Moose Lodge.

In addition to her mother and father, Angela is survived by a son, Dylan Ray Michael Irons, a sister, Tina Marie (Shawn) Sayers of Marion IL, two brothers, Darin (Kimmers) Ford of Bradford, and Eric Ray (Dawn) McGuire of Erie, two half brothers, Brian Blankenship of Warren and Matthew McGuire of Holtzdale, her companion, Keith Bradford and her former companion Mark Irons, and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her biological father James Franco.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main Street, where funeral services will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 with Rev. Max Miller, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish officiating. Committal services and burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made for the benefit of her son Dylan, % Anna Lombardo, 1252 S. Kendall Ave., Bradford, PA 16701

Online condolences may be made at

First-Ever State Transportation Performance Report Rates Pa.’s System

First-Ever State Transportation Performance Report Rates Pa.’s System

Emphasizes Need for Additional Investment

Harrisburg – PennDOT today announced Pennsylvania’s first-ever Transportation Performance Report, a detailed rating of the state’s efforts in safety, mobility, system preservation and accountability, with the results underscoring the need for additional transportation investment.

The report, a combined effort of the State Transportation Commission (STC), the State Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and PennDOT, reviews the system’s status, performance within current resources, and opportunities for progress.

“This performance report shows that PennDOT has made great strides in traffic safety and modernizing its operations, but we still have significant needs that we can’t address with the resources we have,” said PennDOT Secretary and STC Chairman Barry J. Schoch. “I invite the public, our customers, to review the findings to see our progress and challenges in the system they use every day.”

In the categories of system capacity enhancements, local bridge conditions, pavement reconstruction and transit infrastructure, the state’s performance is rated as “low” due to limited resources and magnitude of need.

Many mobility areas are improving due to increased focus on traveler information, traffic signal modernization and freight movement. While measures like state bridge conditions and project delivery are also improving, additional resources are needed to keep pace with demands.

The state’s performance in most highway safety focus areas, transit ridership, and accountability through initiatives like Next Generation are rated as “good.”

The report was developed over three months and will be updated every two years. The 15-member STC includes the Transportation Secretary, 10 private citizens appointed by the governor, and the majority and minority chairs of the state Senate and House Transportation Committees. The TAC is a 30-member body that assists the state Transportation Secretary and STC.

To view the Transportation Performance Report, visit

Workshop For DNCR Grant Program Scheduled

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, is offering a workshop to prepare applicants to meet the requirements of our Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2). 

The 2013 grant program opened January 9th and will close on April 10th. 

This workshop will assist community leaders, consultants, board members, and park and recreation professionals interested in learning about resources available to plan, acquire, and construct public recreation and conservation areas in their communities.

At this free workshop, you will learn about DCNR’s Greening Emphasis, learn about changes to the 2013 Grant Program, gain a better understanding of how to develop a competitive and ready-to-go project, and meet and discuss your project with Regional Advisers (Live Locations).

This workshop is being offered on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at two live locations: Coudersport and St. Marys, and four interactive TV locations: Port Allegany, Wellsboro, Warren, and Bradford. 

 Pre-registration is required. To register, call (814) 274-4877 or email .

Chimney Fire On Indian Creek Road

Chimney Fire On Indian Creek Road
At 2:52 PM on Friday, Eldred Township, Eldred Boro dispatched to a chimney fire at 1617 Indian Creek Road in Eldred Township.

Mary Ann Levis Lyons former Bradford Era Social Page Editor dies at age 92.

Mary Ann Levis Lyons
Mary Ann Levis Lyons, 92 of 48 Sherman Street, Bradford, PA, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Pavilion at BRMC.

Born on November 16, 1920, in Erie, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Lewis and Ann (Rich) Levis. She was a 1938 graduate of St. Bernard High School.

Free spirited, Mary Ann left Bradford to join USO and served for a time in St. Mary’s. Later she began a successful career with Kaiser Frazer Automobile distributorship in New York City and worked her way up to become the first female general director for the distributorship. She was greatly admired in the industry.

Mary Ann enjoyed a spirited life in New York City where she met and married Gerry Lyons and they resided for 25 years. Mary Ann spoke often of her apartment life on Madison Ave. "Everything was dazzling", she would say. "I had no time to learn how to cook'. During that time, she and her husband also lived in Florida where Mary Ann became a skilled dog trainer and a lifelong supporter of the SPCA.

Together Mary Ann and Gerry also enjoyed traveling and Mexico was a favorite destination. Unfortunately, Gerry became ill on one of their trips to Mexico and Mary Ann became his care giver until he passed away. Gerry is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. After his death in 1962, Mary Ann returned to Bradford to help care for her brother Sonny and her mother until they passed away.

She worked as a Receptionist at the new Bradford Holiday Inn and shortly afterwards joined the Bradford Era as the Social Page editor. Mary Ann was widely admired for all the stories and human interest features she wrote for the Bradford Era. Specifically, she sought out people who loved animals. She was a skilled reporter who always got to the heart of the matter. She often teamed up with the late W. Forres Stewart covering freelance and human interest photo stories. During her newspaper career Mary Ann also worked for the Olean Times Herald, retiring in 1975. She was instrumental in working with former University of Pittsburgh at Bradford President, Dr. Richard McDowell, in setting up the W. Forres Stewart Photo Archive Collection.

Mary Ann was a great lover of animals and over a long period of time had many dogs, cats and birds. She was most recently seen accompanied by her faithful companion Richie. Mary Ann was also a supporter of many local and national causes including the St. Anthony Guild and the Capuchin Franciscan Friars. Mary Ann was known for her unique and stylish attire, and she believed strongly in maintaining an excellent diet and exercise program which kept her active and free of illness for her entire life.

In her later years, she greatly appreciated the support she received from numerous local friends who took an active interest in her well being.

Surviving is a stepson Ronald (Susan) Stewart of Bedford, MA, 3 step-grandchildren, 4 step-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, her long-time companion W. Forres Stewart, and one brother, Sonny Levis.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 11 AM until noon in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Home at 372 E. Main Street followed by a prayer service at noon with Rev. Raymond Gramatta, pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at

Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) Awarded over $65,000 in Grants

Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) Awarded over $65,000 in Grants

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) continues to put money back into communities. In 2012 a total of $65,333 was put back into the five counties CFTT serves. This includes Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Tioga County in New York State.

CFTT started giving out grants in 2005 with $500 in grant funds to $22,291 in 2009 and now to $65,333 in 2012. The amount put back into the communities continues to grow. CFTT just celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Ten years have been spent in successfully carrying out its mission “to continuously improve the present and future quality of life in the counties served by the foundation”. CFTT’s Board of Directors, County Advisory Board Members, and Committees consist of 42 volunteers that have worked diligently to build stronger communities in the counties it serves.

As CFTT continues to grow, you can expect to see hundreds of thousands in grant dollars given out yearly to support local charities. It establishes endowment funds from contributions of many individual citizens, corporations, other foundations, other charitable organizations and government agencies and uses the interest earned from these funds to make grants to the community. The impact is not only immediate, but an impact that will benefit the communities forever. Donors personalized visions through long-term fund building that provides long term support.

The Foundation encourages community philanthropy to enhance the quality of life for those who reside in Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Tioga County in New York State. CFTT is one of over 700 community foundations in the United States. Anyone interested in learning more about the CFTT, in contributing to a present fund or in establishing a new fund can call 570-888-4759; fax - 570-888-2179; email - or website - .

Waldo J. Cox, 89, of Comes Creek Rd., Port Allegany, PA

Waldo J. Cox
Waldo J. Cox, 89, of Comes Creek Rd., Port Allegany, PA, passed away Monday (Feb. 18, 2013) in his home.

Born Sept. 9, 1923, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Zera A. and Esther Rifle Cox. On Oct. 15, 1949, in Roulette, he married Caroline C. Hill, who died Jan. 28, 2011. They were married for 61 years.

Mr. Cox was co-owner of Cox Busing and a self-employed farmer for many years. He also was a former Liberty Township supervisor, before his retirement.

He was a lifetime resident of the area and a 64 year member of Liberty Lodge 505, F. & A.M., Port Allegany. He was also an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are three sons, Thomas D. Cox of St. Mary’s, PA, Charles M. (Lynn) Cox of Port Allegany, Timothy J. Cox of Alfred, NY; two daughters, Jean E. (Steve) Stamilio of Charlotte, NC, and Martha J. Cox of Port Allegany; two grandsons, Anthony and Stephen Stamilio both of Charlotte, NC, a granddaughter, Rebecca (Jeremy) Ehret of Greenville, NC; a brother, Robert F. Cox of Port Allegany; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Caroline, and two brothers, Zera Cox and Herbert Cox.

Friends called at  the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service was  held with Rev. Michael Culver, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

Memorials can be made to the Port Area Ambulance Service or Star Hose Fire Department.

Ed. Note: This obituary was not received prior to the visitation & funeral services. 

A free lecture on American Gun Control will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm Tuesday, March 5 at Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethport

Lecture on gun control slated in Smethport, PA

A free lecture on American Gun Control will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm Tuesday, March 5 at Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethport. Library is located on Mechanic St, near Hamlin Lake Dam.

The lecture will be presented by Keating Township resident Art Vulgamore, a retired Naval special warfare operator with more than 20 years of military service.

A certified pistol and rifle instructor for the National Rifle Association, Vulgamore is a firearms instructor for the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Department, the Joint Special Operations Command and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

As an executive protection specialist, he has provided protection services to various members of Congress and Embassy personnel throughout the world. He has been a federal firearms licensee for more than 20 years.

Tom Leete's Gun Auction Saturday, March 2nd. At Carter Auction, Allegany, NY


Address: 203 MAIN ST
Cross Streets: S MILL AVE * COURT ST

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Local Officials Confer On Possible Level 3 Job Losses

Local Officials Confer On Possible Level 3 Job Losses

lev3Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce directors held a brainstorming session with county and borough officials this week to discuss the future of Level 3 Communications and strategies to adjust to that company’s elimination of jobs at the county seat. 

While emphasizing that concrete information on Level 3’s plans has been lacking for several months, there are signs that the county’s fifth-leading employer will be cutting its local workforce from the current 225 as part of a worldwide consolidation. 

The local group formed a steering committee to contact Level 3 management and the Governor’s Action Team for more concrete information, and to develop strategies to lessen the economic impact of any job losses.

Falls Creek Woman Dead In Horton Township Crash

Woman Killed in SR 153 Accident

March 1, 2013 at 9:34 AM by ·
 HORTON TOWNSHIP – A 26-year-old Falls Creek woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident at 10:47 a.m. Thursday on state Route 153 in Horton Township, reported the Ridgway-based state police.

The woman was not identified by state police. She was the passenger of a vehicle operated by a 25-year-old Brockway woman who sustained major injuries in the accident. The operator also was not identified by state police. Read more...

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News February 2013

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News
February 2013

Computer classes for beginners are starting on Wednesday, March 6th, at 4:00 p.m. The first class will be on Microsoft Word. Other classes will cover email, creating a resume, etc. We still have room for one more participant. If interested please stop in or call the library at 814-697-6691.

Are you interested in tracing your family history but don’t know where to start? Would you like to get together regularly with a group of others and share tips and information? We have a family history group that meets at the library regularly to do just that! The group will be meeting March 8th and April 12th at 3:00 p.m. Call the library at 814-697-6691 to register or if you have any questions.

Story Time is taking place TWICE every Wednesday throughout the school year at 11 and 4. Come out for some great stories and songs with Pen!

The library’s book discussion group is reading The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd for discussion this month. Book discussion will be on March 27th at 1:30 p.m. They would love to have you join them!

The Stitch Together Knit and Crochet group meets every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. They are always happy to add new members! Just bring along your current project and join in. Having problems with a pattern? Bring it in and they’ll help you through it. If you don’t knit or crochet, there’s always someone available and willing to teach.

Memorials were received this month for the following: Pat Fuller from Nelson & Priscilla Griffith, Georgia Donovan from Eileen Ahl & family; Georgia Donovan from Level 3 Co-Workers; Georgia Donovan from Gary, Kathy, Britney & Chris Kwolek; Patty Fuller from Tim & Natalie Harvey, Dan & Janet Glogouski and Matt & Diana Maille; Georgia Donovan from Cathy & Mark Surra; Howard Bean from Jack & Loretta Johnson; and Georgia Donovan from Bea Sonnekalb.

A donation was received from Cynthia Bell.

You can search our card catalog by visiting our website at You can also log into your account and renew books you have out or put a book on reserve. You can also see what new books are available by clicking on the “New on the Shelves” tab.

“Like” our Facebook page ( to keep informed of events happening at the library.

The Oswayo Valley Memorial Library’s board of directors monthly meeting will be held on March 25th at 6:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.