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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Northern Potter School District Seeking Applicants For Jr/Sr High School Principal Vacancy

Licensed Registered Nurse Needed By Rural Health Clinic As QA/QI Program Coordinator

Teen Attempted To Hit Man With Bolt Cutters & Baseball Bat

A Mt. Jewett teen will be charged with Harassment after State Police were called to a residence in Norwich Township Saturday at 4:30 PM after a verbal argument.

Richard Colton Anderson, 18, of Mt. Jewett, PA, attempted to strike a known 54 year old Smethport man with a pair of bolt cutters and a baseball bat at a residence at 8950 SR 46, according to Trooper David A. Surra of  PSP Kane who investigated. Charges will be filed in District Court.

Sheila J. Flynn-Buchsenschutz, 64, of Harrison Valley, PA

Sheila J. Flynn-Buchsenschutz, 64, of Harrison Valley, PA,  passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013 at ECMC in Buffalo, NY.

She was born October 21, 1948 in Blossburg, PA to Carlton Flynn and June (Stevens) Flynn.

She was a homemaker; she enjoyed gardening, crocheting, spending time with her dog, cat, and birds, and was NASCAR enthusiast.

She is survived by three sons; Timothy (Carrie) Pesock of Wharton, PA, Lonnie Pesock of Trexlertown, PA, Dennis (Trista) Loucks of Knoxville, PA, and two daughters Amanda (Pesock) Hatton of North Carolina, and Sheila Pesock of Knoxville, PA, a brother, Ed (Bonnie) Stevens of Ulysses, PA a sister, Kimberlie (FiancĂ©, Jim Bliss) Flynn of North Bingham, PA, 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. 

She is predeceased by her father Carlton Flynn, her mother June (Stevens) Flynn, her daughter Tamera Buchsenschutz, sisters Sandra (Flynn) Allen, Sherry Flynn, brothers Gary and Roger Flynn.

Calling hours are 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, PA.

Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

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Shinglehouse Ambulance To Rt. 44 South

At 6:17 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Rt. 44 South for a medical emergency.

House Fire Reported On Jackson Center Road

Structure Fire On Jackson Center Road--Millerton & Big Elm dispatched
Responder on scene reports house fire, smoke showing, called for 2nd alarm.
5:57 PM--Lawrenceville & Erway dispatched. 
6:09 PM-Lawrenceville recalled

WNY & NPA Regional Equipment Consignment Auction Saturday, April 20, 2013 At Carter Auction Center, Allegany, NY

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Kermit M. McLarren, 86, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of 1462 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA

Kermit M. McLarren, 86, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of 1462 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA,  died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium on Saturday (April 13, 2013) morning.

He was born February 2, 1927 in Philipsburg, PA a son of the late Paul and Grace Reams McLarren.

On November 29, 1946 in Christian Alliance Church Parsonage, Oceala Mills, PA he married the late Grace Smith McLarren.

Mr. McLarren and his wife Grace were married over 60 years. He had retired in 1989 from GKN where he had worked for many years. He was a member of the Emporium Lodge #382, F.and A.M. and enjoyed woodworking. He and his wife Grace were crowned King and Queen of Guy & Mary Felt Manor in February 2007.

Daughter: Sarah Jane, Mrs. William Reish, Castnea, PA
Daughter: Grace "Arlene", Mrs. Kevin Kriner, MD
Daughter: Catherine McIsaac, Emporium
7 Grandchildren: Billie Jo Miller, Lynn Gray, Skipper Kriner, Deejay Kriner, Amanda Kriner, Shawn McIsaac & Kristie McIsaac
15 Great Grandchildren Joey, Nicky, Taylor, Bennett, Joshua Kristian, Anthony, Mikayla, Catherine, Christopher, Mark, Kaylee, Kaya, Dylan, and Kaitlyn

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Paul Reams and Grace Reams McLarren Wife: Grace McIntrye McLarren 7 Brothers: Marion, John, Jacob, George, Paul & Maynard McLarren and one in infancy. 5 Sisters: Mary, Venna, Margaret, Vivian McGee and one in infancy.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, Inc. on Monday from 5-8 PM where the Masonic Service will be held at 7:00

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday (April 16, 2013) at 11:00 AM with Associate Pastor Sherri Pifer, Free Methodist Chruch, officiating. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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FEMA Approves County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan

FEMA Approves County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan

hazardmitigAn update of Potter County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with a “satisfactory” rating. 

Next step is for all townships and boroughs in Potter County to adopt the plan. Members of a planning team have been immersed in a comprehensive effort to draft a plan that will reduce the impact and/or likelihood of disasters, ranging from floods, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and earthquakes, to hazardous material spills and dam failures. Cost of the plan is covered by the federal government. GMR Consulting of Coudersport is the overseer.

Among the common mitigation actions are enforcement of building and flood plain management codes and environmental regulations; maintenance of roads, culverts, dams and bridges; standards for retrofitting of structures and new construction; protection of critical facilities; planning and public education. More information is available at the website, A copy of the draft plan is posted on the website.

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Lots Of Chicken BBQ's Today In The Area

Austin Fire Dept Chicken BBQ Today on Main Street at the Fire Station. Dinners are $8.00 and include 1/2 chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans & dinner roll. Chicken halves available for $5.00. Take outs or eat at the station.
Lots Of Chicken BBQ's Today In The Area

Coudersport Fire Dept. Chicken BBQ cooking this morning

Austin Fire Dept. getting the fire ready for Chicken BBQ early this morning

Friday, April 12, 2013

Smokey Needs A Forever Home.

Smokey has found a new home.

All You Can Eat Pancake Supper At Sartwell Creek Saturday

5th Annual Spring Antique Show and Sale At Pine Creek Inn Saturday

Licensed Registered Nurse Needed By Rural Health Clinic As QA/QI Program Coordinator

Restorative Aide Position Available At Sweden Valley Manor In Coudersport, PA

Northern Potter School District Seeking Applicants For Jr/Sr High School Principal Vacancy

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Manda Packing Company, a Baker, La., establishment, is expanding its recall to include approximately 468,000 pounds of roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef, and pastrami due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

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DUI Charges Filed In Galeton Borough

Galeton Borough Police have filed charges against two men in District Court for Driving Under the Influence.

Kenneth James  McCullough, 41, of Gaines, PA, was charged by Galeton Chief Christopher Brackman with:

McCullough is scheduled for a Preliminary Hearing before District Judge Delores Weiss on May 14, 2013.

Michael A. Kline, 33, of Middleburg, PA, was charged by Galeton Police Officer Andrew Adams with:
Kline is scheduled for a Preliminary Hearing on May 14, 2013 in Judge Weiss's Courtroom.

St. Marys Fire Dept. Dispatched To Small Outside Fire

Address: 675 FILLMORE RD

4/12/2013 9:35:02 PM

Woman Charged For Selling Pills To Confidential Informant In Coudersport Last Year

A Coudersport woman is facing a Preliminary Hearing on felony drug sale charges for an incident that occurred in Coudersport Borough a little over a year ago.

Amy K. Proctor, 39, of Coudersport, PA, was arrested on a Criminal Complaint filed in District Court by Trooper Nicholas J. Madigan of PSP Montoursville on April 5, 2013 and arraigned before District Court Judge Annette L. Easton on the following charges:

Judge Easton set bail at $10,000. unsecured and released Proctor pending a Preliminary Hearing set for April 23, 2013 in District Court 55-3-01.

Trooper Madigan, in his Affidavit of Probable Cause filed with the court said, 

"On 03/29/12, I spoke by phone with State Police Confidential Informant (CI) 2410-11-0336, who advised that in a conversation with the accused, the accused related that she had suboxone to sell. According to the CI, the accused had three tablets that she wanted $60 for. I told the CI to arrange the deal for that afternoon and the CI later called me back, advising we could do it at the Sheetz around 1700 hrs."

"After picking up the CI. we drove to Sheetz In Coudersport Borough, Potter County, PA, and observed the accused's silver Jeep Cherokee there, parked on the east side. As there was no available parking there, we parked on the west side, and the CI texted the accused, telling her to come over to that side of the parking lot."

"At 1700 hrs,  the accused pulled over next to us, on my driver's side, and slightly ahead of us. I observed her license plate, It being FLX-80S1 (Pa.). The accused got out of her vehicle and walked past our car, greeting the CI as she went past and stood talking to a woman in car to the right of us."
"I turned my car around and backed in next to the accused's car, with my passenger door next to her driver's door. The accused ended her conversation and walked over to our car, coming to the passenger window. She began to berate the CI, telling the CI how dumb it was to do a drug deal in the middle of the Sheetz parking lot. She reached into the window with her left hand, almost to the floor of the car, and opened her hand, revealing four orange hexagonal tablets. The CI in tum handed the accused $70 in pre-recorded currency that I had provided the CI earlier. The accused handed three of the pills to the CI, saying she would hold on to the fourth until we had the additional $10. I told the accused I could cover the other $10. I reached into my pocket, took out $10 and handed It to the accused. The accused then handed the fourth pill to the CI. After brief small talk, we all departed the scene."

"The pills were subsequently submitted to the Erie Regional Laboratory, where they were determined to contain buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance."

Woman Arrested After Argument Turned Physical/Destructive

A Lewis Run woman was arrested by State Police after she kicked and struck a Bradford man several times and smashed the windows of the man's vehicle.

Chelsea Elizabeth Coldren, 22, of Lewis Run, PA, was charges after police were called to a domestic at a residence on Lincoln Drive in Lewis Run Borough Friday morning at 1:40 AM.

Troooer Matthew J. Cornetti said the crime occurred as the 28 year old male victim and Coldren got into an argument and Coldren kicked and struck the victim several times. The accused then also smashed windows and did other damage to the man's vehicle.

Coldren was taken into custody and arraigned before on call District Judge William Todd on Charges of Simple Assault, Harassment, and Criminal Mischief. Bail was set at $5,000 cash. Coldren was unable to post bail and was remanded to the McKean County Jail.

The Public Safety & Second Amendment Rights Protection Act

Pat Toomey | U.S. Senator For Pennsylvania
The Public Safety & Second Amendment Rights Protection Act

This week, I worked with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to forge a common sense bill to help protect our communities from criminals and the mentally ill while at the same time protecting our cherished Second Amendment rights.
Pennsylvania has a long, bipartisan tradition of supporting gun rights. I am a proud part of that tradition. I am a gun owner. I revere the rights enshrined in our Second Amendment. My record shows this.
Criminal background checks are common sense. If you pass a criminal background check, you can buy a gun. It's the people who fail a criminal or mental health background check that we don't want having guns. This can be done without infringing on law-abiding people's gun rights.
This bill will not take away anyone's guns. It will not ban any type of firearm. It does not ban or restrict the use of any kind of bullet or any size clip or magazine. The bill will not create a national registry; in fact, it specifically makes it illegal to establish any such registry. I invite you to read a summary of my proposed amendment here as well as the full text here.
I thank everyone who took time to share their thoughts with me and my staff on this issue. As always, I appreciate hearing from you. I will continue to listen to your thoughts and concerns on this, and on every issue.

Sheila J. Buchsenschutz, 64, of Harrison Valley, PA

Sheila J. Buchsenschutz, 64, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, N.Y.

Calling hours are 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, Pa.

Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

Plastic Toy Causes House Fire In Ridgway

Firefighters Called To Check Out Extinguished Chimney Fire In St. Marys

Address: 121 EMMERT RD

4/12/2013 6:12:57 PM

Thompson to Address McKean County Republican Committee Annual Spring Dinner

US Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson
Thompson to Address McKean County Republican Committee Annual Spring Dinner

BRADFORD – Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson will be the keynote speaker at the McKean County Republican Committee’s annual spring dinner on Tuesday, April 30, at the Pennhills Club, Rep. Marty Causer, chairman of the committee, announced today.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktails; dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Thompson is serving his third term in Congress representing Pennsylvania’s most rural district. As a member of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Education and Workforce Committees, Thompson brings his expertise and knowledge to bear on the issues facing rural businesses, communities, and families in order to improve the lives of the citizens of the Fifth District. He is again serving as chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry.

A forum featuring GOP candidates for the offices of county sheriff and treasurer is also planned.

Tickets cost $25 per person. For additional information or to RSVP, call 814-368-7534 or email Checks should be made out to the McKean County Republican Committee and mailed to PO Box 573, Bradford, PA 16701.

DEA: “Bath Salts” Added To Most Restrictive Drug List, Action Taken on “Fake Pot”

DEA Continues to Act Against Synthetic Drugs

Agency Targets Four Substances Used to Make So-Called “Fake Pot” and “Bath Salts”

APRIL 12 — WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a Final Rule to permanently control 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylcathinone (methylone) and a Notice of Intent to temporarily schedule three synthetic cannabinoids.

The first of two notices published in the Federal Register this morning is a Final Rule permanently placing methylone, a synthetic stimulant drug that has been encountered in falsely marketed “bath salt” products, into Schedule I under the Controlled Substances Act, the most restrictive category that is reserved for unsafe, highly abused substances with no accepted medical use. Methylone is abused by individuals for its psychoactive effects, and this abuse has had an adverse effect on public health and safety, including death. DEA temporarily scheduled methylone on October 21, 2011 upon finding it posed an imminent hazard to public safety. In addition the United States Department of Health and Human Services concluded that it should be controlled. On October 17, 2012, DEA proposed to make its Schedule I status permanent, taking steps that conclude with today’s Final Rule.

Over the past two years, synthetic stimulants sold under the guise of “bath salts” or “plant food” has become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults, and is sold at a variety of retail outlets and over the Internet. However, they have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption or for medical use. Marketed under names such as “Ivory Wave”, “Purple Wave”, “Vanilla Sky” or “Bliss,” these products are comprised of substances perceived as mimics of cocaine, LSD, MDMA, and/or methamphetamine. Users have reported impaired perception, reduced motor control, disorientation, extreme paranoia, and violent episodes. The long-term physical and psychological effects of these substances and their associated products are unknown but potentially severe.

The second Federal Register Notice published today is a Notice of Intent to temporarily control three synthetic cannabinoids (UR-144, XLR11, and AKB48) often seen in falsely marketed “herbal incense” products. DEA has taken action upon finding these three substances pose an imminent hazard to public safety. This action will become effective upon publishing a Final Order to temporarily control these substances as Schedule I substances for up to two years, with the possibility of a one-year extension.

Over the past three years, smoke-able herbal blends are marketed under the guise of being “legal” and have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults. These products consist of plant material that has been laced with a substance that mimics THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops and over the Internet. These substances have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption or for medical use. The long-term physical and psychological effects of these substances and their associated products are unknown but potentially severe.

Michael W. “Bucky” Blanchard, 58, of Shinglehouse, PA

Michael W. “Bucky” Blanchard
“beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother & uncle”

Michael W. “Bucky” Blanchard, 58, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away with his loving family at his side, Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long battle with lung cancer.

Born September 1, 1954 in Olean, NY, he was a son of Kenneth W. and Betty J. Gillmer Blanchard. He married Diane S. Torok, who survives.

Mike attended Oswayo Valley High School. He was employed as a pipeliner for many years.
An avid outdoorsman, Mike loved to hunt, fish, trap and dig ginseng. He also enjoyed coin collecting.

Surviving besides his wife are five children, Christopher A. Gilkey of McKeesport, Melissa J. (Eric Campbell) Blanchard of Shinglehouse, Jennifer S. Blanchard of Oswayo, Joshua W. Blanchard of Shinglehouse, and Megan D. (Jason) Tilley of Millport; four grandsons, Colton Michael Blanchard, Blake Matthew Grim, George Andrew Tilley, and Emmett Mitchell Campbell; a sister, Kay A. Stubbs of Shinglehouse; a nephew, Ryan Inches; and four nieces, Mandy Inches, Beth Inches, Kari Stubbs, and Katie Voye.

In addition to his parents, Mike was predeceased by a sister, Judy Inches.

In keeping with Mike’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A celebration of his life will be held at a date and place to be announced.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Mike’s name may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

A fond memory of Mike may be expressed at

Margaret L. Kellogg, 89, of Shinglehouse, PA

Margaret L. Kellogg 
“Loving mother, grandmother, sister & aunt”

Margaret L. Kellogg, 89, of Shinglehouse, PA, surrendered quietly to the Lord at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in the Bradford Manor, Bradford.

Born March 18, 1924 in Burtville, she was a daughter of Clarence and Vivian Peters Peterson. On June 14, 1941 in Port Allegany, she married James P. Kellogg, Sr., who passed away June 7, 2008.

She attended Custer City School and earned her GED at the age of 60. Margaret was employed at the former Wilson’s Fruit Market in Portville, NY and then was employed at the former Viko Furniture Company in Eldred. She later was employed at the former Acme Electric Company in Allegany and then as a nurse’s aide at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in Allegany.

Mrs. Kellogg was a devoted member of the Portville Baptist Church. She enjoyed studying the Bible, spending time with her family and friends, shopping, and going to Red’s and Trudy’s.

Surviving are three sons, James P. (Gertie) Kellogg of Shinglehouse, Gregory D. (Linda) Kellogg of Fredonia, NY, and Gale T. (Kim) Kellogg of Bradford; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Kellogg was predeceased by a son, Robert J. Kellogg, who was taken tragically at age 15; two brothers, Norman Peterson and Jack Peterson; and three sisters, Catherine Carter, Emma Clark, and Elaine “Betty” Miller.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013 with Fred E. Kemp, pastor of the Potter County Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

A fond memory of Margaret may be expressed at



BRADFORD, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will celebrate Earth Day with a film festival on April 21 at the Bromeley Family Theater. Short films from the National Wild and Scenic Film Festival will be featured at the event.

Wild and Scenic focuses on films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of the planet.

The film festival is free and open to the public.

To kick off the Earth Day celebration, participants can join in several hikes. Interested hikers should gather at the Marilla Reservoir parking lot at 9 a.m.

Doors to at the Bromeley Family Theater will open at 12:30 p.m. for the film festival. Twenty-eight films are on the schedule for this year’s event, beginning at 1:10 p.m. Several breaks throughout the day will allow time for discussion, food and live music from regional musicians, Stony and Company, Jim Ronan and Norman Folk.

Each attendant will receive a free raffle ticket giving him or her a chance to win the grand prize, a Trek 820 mountain bike, which is donated by sponsor Just Riding Along. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased to win other great prizes from national partners and area sponsors including Stoneman Guitars, the Sportsman’s Outlet and Zippo.

Three of the event’s highlight films are:

“The Water Tower” documents filmmaker Pete McBride and his climb to the top of Mount Kenya. Along with McBride, Challenge21 climber Jake Norton, and a team of local Kenyans and athletes make the journey. The mountain provides 70 percent of Kenya’s water supply, but that is changing due to retreating and vanishing glaciers. The goal of the expedition is to understand the 17,057-foot “Water Tower,” and to explore the transformation taking place. This film will be starting at 6 p.m., which leads up to the closing sequence of films.

Brower Youth Awards films are shown to honor the winners of The Earth Island Institute’s 2012 Brower Youth Awards, which is an award that recognizes the short films produced by young environmentalists who have dedicated their time to advocate for issues such as water conservation, health and well-being, and environmental awareness. This includes a series of four films beginning at 2:15 p.m.

In “Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution,” Janine Benyus, Time magazine’s “Hero of the Environment,” takes the audience on a journey to South Africa. She explores how organisms in nature can provide answers to promote sustainability for both scientists and business leaders. This film will begin at 5 p.m., and it is followed by a discussion and intermission break.

The event is made possible through the efforts of the hosting organization: Allegheny Defense Project; and co-hosts Pitt Bradford Environmental Studies Club, Bradford Earth Day, and the Pitt-Bradford Sustainability Committee. National partners include The South Yuba River Citizens League, Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Osprey Packs, Sierra Nevada Brewing, and Mother Jones and regional sponsors and participants include the Allegheny National Firefly Festival Partnership, Just Riding Along, Zippo, the Sportsman’s Outlet, the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, Conscious Corner, Tuna Valley Trails Association, and many more.

For more information contact Steve Robar at or Cathy Pedler at

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

Drug Abuse Awareness Programs Monday, Tuesday

Drug Abuse Awareness Programs Monday, Tuesday

drugs1Police and medical professionals have expressed growing concern about the deepening drug problem in the region. 

All of them confirm growing abuse of heroin, prescription medications and other drugs, including synthetics marketed under deceptive names, such as “bath salts.” 

Parents, community leaders, students and all others interested in trends and issues with drug abuse in rural Pennsylvania are encouraged to attend two upcoming meetings in Potter County. 

Elaine Surma, senior supervisory special agent for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, will share her insights. 

She’ll be at the Lighthouse Community Church in Galeton on Monday, April 15, starting at 4 pm. 

On Tuesday, April 16, Surma will present a program at Potter County CareerLink in Coudersport at two separate times, 3 pm and 6 pm.

Surma is knowledgeable on drug abuse trends, particularly among teenagers and young adults, and will offer practical advice on detecting drug abuse and responding in ways that could save young lives. 

For more information or to reserve a seat for Tuesday’s program, contact Terry Cole at Potter County CareerLink, at 814-274-9330.

Open House Saturday At Austin Park Visitor Center

Open House Saturday At Austin Park Visitor Center

Step by step, the Austin Dam Memorial Park is developing into the kind of “heritage tourism” attraction its founders envisioned. Most recent developments include a rough road that connects the park to the town of Austin and the establishment of a small gift shop/visitors center. 

An open house is being held Saturday, April 13, at the park to give the public a chance to tour the new visitor center and learn about the unique history of the Freeman Run valley. From 9 am to 3 pm, the welcome center and gift shop will be open for tours. Free coffee, cocoa and cookies will be available. 

Visitors can purchase gift shop merchandise and purchase chili, frankfurters and baked goods to support the park. For details, see the website,

austinother1Austin Dam Memorial Association (ADMA) is a small group of volunteers that aims to preserve the ruins of the Austin Dam and suitably develop the surrounding 76-acre park as a memorial to the upwards of 80 people who perished when the dam collapsed in 1911. Among the group’s major achievements is completion of a master site plan to boost the facility’s access, recreational appeal and historical elements. The plan is posted at ADMA has established a kitchen at its pavilion near the dam ruins and is hoping to install public restrooms. Previous initiatives brought electrical and water service to the site.

ADMA has launched its 2013 membership drive. The organization relies on membership dues, fundraisers and grants. Membership is $5.00 per year or lifetime at $100. Forms can be downloaded from the website. Members receive a card, an Austin Dam bookmark and copies of the ADMA newsletter. ADMA meets publicly at 7 pm on the third Tuesday at the E.O. Austin Historical Museum.

St. Marys Fire Dept. Confirms False Alarm

Cross Streets: SHERRY RD * POPE RD

4/12/2013 4:32:17 PM



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer a

GPS and Geocaching workshop from 10a.m. to 1p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The course will be held in Kinzua Bridge State Park, four miles north of U.S. Route 6 in Mount Jewett on SR 3011. The cost is $25.

Participants will meet at the park pavilion and enjoy a gentle 1.5-mile geocaching treasure hunt on Kinzua Park’s trails. On the hike, participants will learn to navigate through appropriate GPS screens, use the GPS unit to find a geocache, and all about geocaching etiquette.

Participants should dress comfortably and pack a lunch. GPS equipment will be provided for use, as well as water.

For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education at (814) 0362-5078 or

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

Voting Nearly Tied At 4:24 PM on Friday

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2 Vehicle Crash In Smethport

2 Vehicle Crash In Smethport
At 4:05 PM on Friday, Smethport Fire Dept and Ambulance are responding to a 2 vehicle accident at the intersection of  East Street and Water Street. Caller reports possible a minor injury.

Tractor Trailer Blocking Roadway North Of Gold

Tractor Trailer Blocking Roadway North Of Gold
At 3:58 PM on Friday, Ulysses Fire Dept. Fire Police have been dispatched to Rt. 449, 1/2 mile north of Gold for a tractor trailer blocking the roadway.

I-80 Columbia County work zone restrictions for next week

Travel Advisory
I-80 Columbia County work zone restrictions for next week

Here are the scheduled traffic impacts in the I-80 work zone near Mifflinville in Columbia County for next week.

Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18, there will be rolling roadblocks eastbound to slow traffic in order to set new concrete bridge beams on the eastbound bridge being reconstructed. This will affect traffic traveling eastbound on I-80 from mile 236 (Lightstreet Exit) to mile 241 (Berwick Exit) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

As a reminder, the I-80 westbound Mifflinville on-ramp remains closed. This is due to merging-traffic safety concerns in the narrowed two-lane area. The signed ramp detour remains in effect.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check interstate traffic conditions before heading out.

Work Starts Monday at the Intersection of Routes 119 and 322 in Sandy Township

Clearfield County
Work Starts Monday at the Intersection of Routes 119 and 322 in Sandy Township

DuBois – On behalf of Governor Tom Corbett, PennDOT today announced that work to improve the Route 119/322 “Blinker Parkway” intersection in Sandy Township will begin on Monday, April 15. When work completes late this year, area drivers will be able to travel through a wider intersection with improved visibility and enhanced safety.

Work will include construction of turning lanes, roadway widening, slight roadway re-alignment, drainage improvements, new curbing and sidewalk, curb ramps, and traffic signal upgrades.

Depending on the work involved, drivers may encounter roadway flaggers in the work zone and temporary traffic signals. Temporary lane closures can be expected and short travel delays are possible. PennDOT reminds drivers to remain alert and proceed through the work zone with caution.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Work is scheduled to end by early December of this year. H.R. I. Inc of State College is the contractor on this $1.3 million project.

Detour Planned for Pipe Work in Clearfield County

Detour Planned for Pipe Work in Clearfield County

Clearfield –Work to replace a pipe on Route 4014 (DuBois-Rockton Road) in Clearfield County is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, and a detour will be in place. The work zone is located in Brady Township just south of the border with Sandy Township.

In order to replace the current pipe, Route 4014 will be closed April 16, starting at approximately 6 a.m. Work is expected to be complete in one day, however, work progress and weather could necessitate a second day for the project. If a second day of work is needed to replace the pipe, the detour will remain in place overnight.

The official detour will direct westbound Route 4014 motorists to use Route 4014 (Maple Avenue), to Route 219 south and back to Route 4014 (DuBois-Rockton Road). Drivers on Route 4014 eastbound will use the detour in reverse.

Drivers are reminded to follow official detour signs, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

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Irene M. Bevacqua, 89, formerly of 18 Laurel Drive, Bradford, PA

Irene M. Bevacqua, 89, formerly of 18 Laurel Drive, Bradford, PA, passed away, Thursday, April 11, 2013, surrounded by her loving family, at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born April 15, 1923 in Motta S. Lucia, Italy, she was a daughter of Frank and Maria Annina (Notarianni) Chirillo.

On October 8, 1942 she married Luigino Bevacqua, who died on September 18, 1982. Irene and Luigino came to Bradford in the early 70's, and for over 15 years, owned and operated the Mall Cleaners and Tailors, located in the Bradford Mall.

Surviving are two sons, Antonio "Tony" Bevacqua, Francesco "Frank" (Debi) Bevacqua, all of Bradford, one daughter, Maria Theresa Bevacqua of New York City, NY, a brother, Victor Chirillo of Johnsonburg, four grandchildren, Teri Anne (Russell) White, Luigino Richard (Marci) Bevacqua, Anthony Bevacqua, Joseph Bevacqua, two great grandchildren, Richie French and Brayden French. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister, Luisa Serianni, three brothers, Anthony Chirillo, Armand Chirillo and Egidio "Gino" Chirillo.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 E. Main St., where a prayer service will be held on Wednesday at 11:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon, in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as celebrant. Entombment will be in the St Bernard Mausoleum.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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Work on Route 219 in Ridgway to Move Ahead Monday

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Work on Route 219 in Ridgway to Move Ahead Monday

Ridgway – Beginning Monday, PennDOT will move ahead with roadway and intersection improvement work on Route 219 in Ridgway. When work completes this fall, area drivers will enjoy smoother, more efficient travel through the Route 219/Route 948 (Main Street) intersection in downtown Ridgway.

Work will begin with excavation and paving in front of the Ridgway Welcome Center to improve the turning radius for trucks traveling southbound on Route 219. Other work will include new curb, curb ramps, traffic signal upgrades, milling, and roadway paving.

Depending on the work being performed, drivers may encounter short delays and roadway flaggers in the work zone. PennDOT reminds drivers to remain alert and proceed through the work zone with caution.

These intersection improvements are the final piece of PennDOT’s Osterhout Street project. Osterhout Street opened to truck traffic late last year, allowing trucks to travel directly from the bottom of the Boot Jack Hill Bypass at Route 120 to Route 219 north, avoiding downtown Ridgway.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Work is scheduled to end by Oct. 9 of this year. New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. Inc. is the contractor on this $2.75 million project.

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Drabee's has LIVE BAIT for fishing season

Drabee's has LIVE BAIT for fishing season. 

Stop in - get bait, a cup of hot coffee - and then try one of out lunch 
specials to warm you up if the fish aren't biting. 

Good Luck to those brave enough to venture out in the weather!
Drabee's has a new menu. Stop over and get our updated version. In addition to our pizza, grill and fryer items, we are now offering a full line of breakfast choices as well. Eggs, French Toast, Pancakes and a line of breakfast sandwiches made fresh on-site - and made to your specs.

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Friday, April 12, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

Deer Management Public Hearing Set for Coudersport

As chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, I am hosting a public hearing about Pennsylvania’s deer management policies on Thursday, April 25, at the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department.

I know many sportsmen are concerned about the deer population, so this is a good opportunity to hear firsthand from the Pennsylvania Game Commission about the details of the program and its impact. Other organizations scheduled to appear before the committee include the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association.

The Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department is located at 171 Route 6 West in Coudersport. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m.
Spring Newsletter Hot Off the Press!
Check out my spring newsletter now available at my website. In it, you may read about key legislative issues this spring, including the state budget, transportation funding and privatization of the state’s liquor stores. News of interest to sportsmen, the upcoming Senior Citizens Expo and my bill to expand eligibility for reduced fee vehicle registrations to retirees is also featured.  
Protect Your Rights

Join the effort to protect your Second Amendment rights at a Second Amendment Action Day rally on Tuesday, April 23, at 10 a.m. in the Main Capitol Rotunda.
Bridge-Naming Bill Advances to Senate

The House this week unanimously approved my legislation to name three Potter County bridges in honor of area Vietnam veterans. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 293 names the following bridges:
 • State Route 49 over the Cowanesque Creek in Harrison Valley will be designated the Specialist Kenneth Wayne Lampman Sr. Memorial Bridge. 
 • State Route 44 over the Oswayo Creek in Shinglehouse Borough will be named the Specialist Gerald Duane Stonemetz Memorial Bridge.  
 • State Route 1022 over Pine Creek in Galeton Borough will be designated the Private First Class Clark Robert Douglas Memorial Bridge.  
I am hopeful the Senate will act quickly on this bill so it can become law and formally honor these dedicated servicemen who sacrificed their lives for our country. 
Trout Season Opens Tomorrow – Good Luck Anglers! 

Coudersport Rotary Seeking Host Families For Spanish Exchange Student

Coudersport Rotary Seeking Host Families For Spanish Exchange Student

As part of our club’s long history of involvement with youth exchange programs, we are pleased to announce that Victoria Garcia, a resident of Spain, will be joining us for the 2103-2114 school year.

Victoria is 15 years old and is an accomplished musician. She also likes sports and science. Her parents are chemists. She is from Sabinanigo, a town of 10,000 located in the Pyrenees Mountains near the French border. She is an animal lover and has a dog. Her background indicates that she is both an intelligent and reliable young woman.

Coudersport Rotary is seeking two host families for Victoria. She would be with the first family until January and with the second family until June. Victoria will be attending Coudersport Area Jr. Sr. High School.

While she speaks English, she is anxious to sharpen her language skills, and to see small town American life, she is also wants to be part of an American family and learn about our country.
Being a host family has many benefits as well. Here is a unique opportunity to learn about Spain, its culture, and language through Victoria. The host family provides room and board for the student, and is expected to include the student in family and community activities. Rotary furnishes health insurance, spending money, as well as ongoing guidance and advice. A Rotary counselor is available to provide assistance as needed to both the student and host family.
Coudersport Rotary is also sponsoring CHS student Michaela Keating as an outbound exchange student to Germany. She will be leaving Coudersport in August to meet her first German host family.

The Rotary Exchange Student Program is one of the largest and least expensive programs of its type in the world. We have sent local students to Germany, France, Italy, and Thailand in recent years, and we have hosted students from the Dominican Republic, Peru, Germany, Thailand, Poland, and France, among other countries.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to share your family, community, and country with this young visitor. Here is a special chance to show Victoria what we are all about, and to learn a great deal in the process. Many times a family-like relationship between foreign students and host families goes on for years after the exchange is over. Interested parties should contact John Leete at 274-7878 or Melissa Gee at 544-7315

Coudersport High School Interact Club Soup Lunch Sunday

Coudersport High School Interact Club Soup Lunch

Interact stands for INTERnational ACTions.  It is a high school club sponsored by the local Rotary.  Today there are Interact Clubs in over 120 countries.  Interact Clubs carry out a minimum of two community service projects a year, including one that furthers international understanding and goodwill.  The Coudersport Interact Club is in its third year and one of the initiatives we are supporting is a literacy and education project in India for young girls.

One of our major fundraisers is our Annual Soup Lunch.  It will be held this Sunday, April 14th from 11:00-1:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church.   

The lunch includes soup, roll/crackers, dessert and beverage.  The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students and children 5 and under are free.  All are welcome!

Triple Divide Premieres Online for 13 Days

Triple Divide Premieres Online for 13 Days
Investigative fracking documentary available April 8 thru 20

The filmmakers of Triple Divide, a new investigative documentary co-narrated by actor Mark Ruffalo, will host an Online Premiere between April 8th and 20th. For a $5 donation, online users can watch the film for 48 hours at This 18-month, cradle-to-grave investigation by Public Herald, an investigative news nonprofit co-founded by journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, features uncovered state documents, never before seen interviews with industry giants and advocates, exclusive reports with impacted landowners, and expert testimonies.
With stunning cinematography, the film reveals how Pennsylvania state regulators, mostly the Department of Environmental Protection, are using compliance as a means of “regulating” without enforcing the law, abandoning the public and environment in the wake of shale gas development.
Triple Divide’s title represents one of only four Triple Continental Divides in North America, a place that provides drinking water to millions of Americans and feeds rivers that reach three separate sides of the continent. It signals to the audience that everything, and everyone, is downstream from shale gas extraction.
Organizations United for The Environment call it the “best documentary on fracking, ever!” Writer Elizabeth Hoffman said, “Troutman and Pribanic document several cases of people sickened by fracking...violations with no consequences...drillers proceeding without authorization...drillers with violations nevertheless getting new permits...[and] scientists raising serious questions about the whole mess.” 
Judy Bear, a water well driller and the first female director of Pennsylvania Groundwater Association, provides her insight in Triple Divide and asks what should concern every citizen: “Who is protecting the residents of this state if our own state is not willing to do it?”

(Melissa Troutman is also Outreach Coordinator for Mountain Watershed Association’s Marcellus Citizen Stewardship Project.)

Note: Screeners of the film are available for journalists or bloggers wishing to write a review. For more information contact:
            Editor-in-chief and Triple Divide filmmaker
 Joshua B. Pribanic  

Coudersport Ambulance To Route 6 West

At 12:54 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Rt. 6 West for a medical emergency.

Reps. Thompson, Loebsack Introduce Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act

Reps. Thompson, Loebsack Introduce Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) today introduced H.R. 1488, the Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act, a bill to exempt disabled service members from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) mandatory 5-month benefit waiting period.

“When combat ends, we must realize that often the struggle continues for our brave soldiers as they return home. We owe our soldiers a great debt of gratitude, and we must ensure they are not burdened while transitioning back into day to day life,” stated Rep. Thompson. “The Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act will exempt combat injured service members from the Social Security Disability Insurance program’s 5-month waiting period. This will help our wounded warriors and their families avoid undue financial and emotional distress.”

“It is unacceptable for our service members who have been wounded defending our country to have to wait for benefits or face financial hardship. Instead of worrying about if they will be getting their benefits, they should be focusing on getting better,” said Rep. Loebsack. "Our veterans are already waiting far too long to receive VA benefits. They should not also be subjected to delays in their Social Security benefits. This bill honors the sacrifices our wounded service members and their families have made for our country. We owe it to those who have put their lives on the line protecting our freedoms to ensure that they are able to quickly access the benefits they need.”

H.R. 1488 amends title II of the Social Security Act to provide that the waiting period for disability insurance benefits shall not be applicable in the case of a disabled service member recovering from an injury or illness incurred in a combat zone.

The Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act does not expand eligibility for SSDI benefits or automatically approve individual requests, and all of the same protections used to prevent fraud and abuse of the program remain as defined under current law.

C&N Announces First Quarter Financial Results

C&N Announces First Quarter Financial Results

Citizens & Northern Corporation (C&N) has announced its unaudited, consolidated financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2013.

Net income was $4,706,000, or $0.38 per basic and diluted share in the first quarter 2013, representing an annualized return on average assets of 1.50% and an annualized return on average equity of 10.31%. Net income in the first quarter 2013 was down from $0.48 per share in the fourth quarter 2012 and $0.46 per share in the first quarter 2012.

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Spring Photography Field Trip to Lyman Run State Park

Spring Photography Field Trip to Lyman Run State Park

Camera in hand, we will explore the area for landscapes, wildflowers and moving water. Learn
to "see," compose and expose for wallhanger photographs. Instructor Curt Weinhold will explain depth-of-field as well as how to minimize or maximize it. Also, learn how and when to use the most important filter, lens selection and best focal length for the subject.

What to bring: photo gear (tripod is optional but encouraged) and carry bag or backpack, memory card and fully-charged camera battery, comfy clothing and footwear suitable for the weather, and food and water for lunch at noon. We will meet in the parking lot of the Foodland Grocery Store in Galeton and travel to Lyman Run State Park.

This field trip is being held Saturday, May 18, 2013 for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $55 per person. To register, call (814) 274-4877 or register online at

The To Fill A Backpack program will be selling food 4-13

To Fill A Backpack

The To Fill A Backpack program will be selling food on the first day of fishing season (April 13th). We will be located at Gustin’s Auto & Truck Service at the corner of Route 6 and Fishing Creek extension from 10 am until 2pm. We will have a full menu (see below) and take outs will be available if you want to stop by and take your lunch home with you. Please stop in and support the Backpack program as we head in to our 6th year of “Helping send children to school with the supplies they need”.

4th Annual "Night at the Races" on Saturday, April 20th at 5:00pm at the Shinglehouse fire hall

Support the 2013 Shinglehouse Fireworks by attending the fourth annual "Night at the Races" on Saturday, April 20th at 5:00pm at the Shinglehouse fire hall. You can pay $5 at the door to attend the event or you can pre-purchase a horse for $20

As much food and beverage as you can handle, plus the excitement of horse track betting! There are 10 races with 10 horses in each race (all on sealed DVDs which are only opened for the race). 

If you buy a horse and he wins his race, you win $100! Money can also be won by betting on the horses in each race! The horse betting is truly a blast, especially with colorful live coverage by our race commentators. If you'd like to buy a horse, please contact any TRACK member, or just show up at the door ready to have some fun and support the fireworks!

Route 287 resurfacing project in Tioga County Set To Start Late Next Week

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Route 287 resurfacing project in Tioga County updated

Here’s a brief update on the Route 287 resurfacing project under way in Morris Township, Tioga County.

Prime contractor HRI, Inc. will begin the roadway rehabilitation portion of the project starting with drainage work late next week.

A 10-foot width restriction for vehicles will be in effect starting April 22 and will last through the duration of the project.

Traffic will be restricted to a single lane through the work zone with flaggers and daylight signing controlling traffic flow.

Motorists are asked to stay alert and drive with added caution.

HRI, Inc. will be working along 4.3 miles of Route 287 from the Lycoming/Tioga County line to just north of the intersection with Route 414 in the town of Morris.

Work will include road shoulder upgrades, roadway base replacement, drainage upgrades, bridge preservation work, two new layers of blacktop and guiderail upgrades.

All work under this $ 1,733,513 contract is scheduled for completion in mid-August.