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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Roulette Woman Charged With Assault

Roulette Woman Charged With Assault

A Roulette woman was arraigned before on call District Judge David Engman at 9:15 PM and released on $2,500. unsecured bail Saturday night. 

Monica R. Musser, 36, of Roulette, PA was arraigned on charges for an incident that occurred in Port Allegany Boro:

According to court records, Officer Kyle Day, of the Port Allegany Boro Police Department, arrested Musser. 

Musser is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 27 in District Court. No other details were available.

Eldred Man Jailed For Assault & Resisting Arrest

Eldred Man Jailed For Assault & Resisting Arrest

An Eldred man is in McKean County Prison tonight in lieu of $10,000. cash bail after he was arrested by Troopers following an argument with a known male that turned physical at 2:30 PM on Prentisvale Road in Eldred Township.

Tyler Lee Prescott, 21, of Eldred, PA, was arrested by Trooper Frederick W. Burns II of the Kane barracks and arraigned before on call District Judge David Engman on charges of:

Trooper Burns said, "The known male victim and Prescott engaged in a verbal altercation that turned physical when Prescott shoved the victim into a desk and grabbed him by the neck, throwing him to the ground. Prescott then punched the victim repeatedly in the ribs, causing three broken ribs."

Upon further investigation, it was discovered Prescott had an open bench warrant out for his arrest and upon PSP arrival, he fled the residence through the back door initiating a foot pursuit. Prescott ran across Prentisvale Road and was placed into custody at the edge of Knapp Creek.

Prescott was arraigned at 9:20 PM and sent to McKean County Prison when he was unable to post $10,000. cash bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 27, 2014 in 48-3-02..

Preston World Down Syndrome Day 2014 A Father's Tribute


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Getting Ready For Spring At Leona's Greenhouse In Coudersport

Leona's Greenhouse
Everyone hard at work transplanting all the babies.


City: FOX
Cross Streets: MAIN ST * UHL RD

3/22/2014 5:31:56 PM

Jeanne Finn Morris, 76, of 86 Hills Street, Wellsville, NY

Jeanne Finn Morris
Jeanne Finn Morris, 76, of 86 Hills Street, Wellsville, NY,  passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Highland Hospital in Rochester, following a brief illness. She was born January 31, 1938 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Louis and Mary (Bianco) Scarlato. She was first married on June 16, 1962 in Wellsville to Michael P. Finn who predeceased her on June 20, 1988. On October 20, 1992 in Wellsville she married Thomas Morris who survives.

Jeanne was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and was a 1956 graduate of Wellsville High School. She earned a nursing degree from Highland Hospital School of Nursing. She was formerly employed at Jones Memorial Hospital, Mary's Nursing Home, Dr. Mohamed Youssef MD and The Style Shoppe. In 1982 Jeanne and Judy Brush purchased and were the proprietors of Silvers Mens Shop in Wellsville for many years.

She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, a life member of Gamma Pi Sorority and a former member of the Lady Elks. She enjoyed going to Curves, playing euchre and was an avid reader. She loved going on mother-daughter trips with her daughter Michele and her good friend, Judy Brush and her daughter, Mary Beth Brush.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two children, Michele A. Finn of Penfield and Mark L. (Monica) Finn of Wellsville, 3 step-children, Mark (Clair) Morris of Cuba, Timothy Morris of Houston, TX and Elizabeth (Peter) Albertine of Loma Linda, CA, two grandchildren, Patrick and Connor Finn, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband, by two step-sons, Thomas and Robert Morris.

Friends are invited to call on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm and Tuesday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The Rosary will be recited on Monday at 3:45 pm. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. 

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the David A. Howe Public Library or the Wellsville Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund. 

To leave online condolences, please visit

Phyllis M. Close, 91, of Galeton, PA

Phyllis M. Close, 91, of Galeton, PA, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. 

Born September 24, 1922 in DuBois, PA, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Josephine Vizzo. Phyllis was a 1940 Graduate of DuBois Central High School. She was married to Albert A. “Jabby” Close who preceded her in death. 

She worked at Galeton Production for 21 years, was a member of St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church in Galeton, a member of the St. Bibiana’s Catholic Women’s League, and a member of the Galeton VFW Ladies’ Aux. 

She greatly enjoyed going to the Senior Center, babysitting, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Surviving are a son, James (Sharleen) Close, Coudersport; a daughter, Angeline (Nicholas) Felegy, Orefield, PA; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents and husband, Phyllis was predeceased by a brother, Joe Vizzo, and two sisters, Mary Pennington and Mildred Schmidt. 

Friends may call on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton, and on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 10:00 to 11:00am at St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church in Galeton with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00am. The Rev. Joseph Dougherty will be the Celebrant. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

James L. Williams, 60, of Sabinsville, PA

James L. Williams, 60, of Sabinsville, PA, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Charles Cole Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

US Army
Born August 9, 1953 in Blossburg, PA, he was a son of Pauline (Seeley) Williams of Genesee, PA.

 Jim was a Veteran having served in the United States Army. 

He worked for many years at Larimer & Norton in Galeton, PA. 

He was a member of the Galeton Moose and the Galeton VFW and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cutting wood. 

Surviving are longtime girlfriend, Brenda J. Mann; a son, Matthew (Heather) Williams, Blossburg; two daughters, Melissa and Jessica Williams, both of Galeton; three brothers, George, Bob and Tom Williams; three sisters, Beverly, Janet Tubbs, and Essie; two step-children, Derrick Mann and BobbiJo White; grandchildren, Vinessa Marie Colucci, Blake Levi and Jacob Allen Williams, Seth, Owen, Brea and Ethan White, Keana, Jordan and Kyleigh Mann; and several nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 10:00 to 11:00am at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton. A Memorial Service will follow at 11:00am with the Rev. John Prouty officiating. Military Rites will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.

(Delayed Post) 3/22/2014 3:17 PM FIRE / WILDFIRE 21755 ROUTE 6 SULLIVAN TWP


4-H Show Pig Auction Saturday, April 12 At Carter Auctions in Allegany, NY

The Maple Story: Butler Family Maple, Tioga, Tioga County

Butler Family Maple, Tioga, Tioga County

Owned by: Jody and Jennifer Butler; Daughters Jaylin and Jana

 When Jody and Jennifer Butler heard about Maple Knoll, a century farm located three miles from Jennifer’s parents’ home, being offered for sale, they jumped at the opportunity.

The previous owners helped found the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Association, and syrup had been produced on the farm beginning in the 1800’s.

It seemed like a perfect fit to the Butlers. Jennifer grew up on a dairy farm, producing maple syrup for farm use. Jody tapped trees throughout high school and early adulthood, using the proceeds from the 300 taps he harvested to put himself through college.

The parcel they purchased includes the historic farmhouse that the Butler’s live in, built in the 1880’s, and the farm’s Sugar House, which they have repaired and use for their own operation.
“We wanted to keep the same kind of tradition that we grew up on, and this is the best thing we can do to keep that value system going,” Jennifer said. “We try to incorporate anything we can to keep our histories and the story going. Everything we use is as much as possible a piece of history. When we’re in the sugar house, it’s stories that entertain us, not electronics.”

Though the Butlers use some modern technology, such as tubing systems and a steam-away, they still use a wood-fired evaporator and go without a reverse osmosis machine.

Anything else that can be reused or recycled is put to good use. Some of the glass-lined dairy tubes used on Jennifer’s parents’ farm are utilized at Butler’s, as are some galvanized steel tanks and other sterile equipment.

Jody maintains thirteen antique tractors on the farm, the newest of them built in 1967. They are used in day-to-day operations and put on display during the annual Maple Weekend held in March, along with over twenty others belonging to family and friends.

When the couple purchased the farm, the sugar house had not been used in over ten years. Jen and Jody cleaned up the equipment and used it, producing enough syrup for the use of themselves and their extended family.

The following year, what equipment could be used in commercial production was kept, while anything unsafe or hard to keep clean was discarded, and new equipment purchased to replace it.
Bryan and Donna Ianson, owners of Potter County’s Brydonson Farms and members of the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers, helped Jody and Jennifer procure the right equipment and get off to a good start.

Jody and Jen maintain approximately 1000 taps on their 70-acre farm on a picturesque hillside near the village of Farmington Hill in northern Tioga County. Most of these are on a tubing system, as are the 1500 maintained on the land of family members and neighbors. Between 100 and 200 of the taps drain into buckets that hang from the trees in the manner used traditionally on the Butler Farm.
The Butlers do not have any immediate plans for expansion. Jody and Jennifer each work full-time jobs and are raising two young daughters, Jaylin and Jana, who love to work on the farm.
“We want this to be something that we love to do, not something that our girls dread,” Jennifer said. “Ultimately, we’re really hopeful one or both of the girls will take it over when we’re ready to retire, so we just try to add something to the operation every year but not necessarily expand.”

Jaylin, the official Butler Family Maple Tour Guide, is excited about her role in the family business. Her younger sister Jana, a toddler, seems happy just to follow her sister’s lead, and parrot what Jaylin says as she talks about the farm.
“My job is to tour all the people and show them the outside,” Jaylin said proudly. “You can eat some good cupcakes my mom makes and drink some lemonade, and there are three different types of soups. I love mom-mom’s maple brownies. I always eat them all. Be careful because it might be a little hard to walk in the yard because we have lots of tractors.”

Boiling demonstrations and tours accompany all the goodies and tractors during the annual Maple Weekend. To reach Butler’s Family Maple, take PA-287 North from Route 6 past Hammond Lake. Turn left onto Elkhorn Road. Drive 2.5 miles and then turn left onto Elkhorn Creek Road. Drive one mile and the farm will be on the left.

For more information on the farm call Jody and Jennifer Butler at (570) 835-4983 or email

 The Stories were written by Amanda Jones for the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers and PA Route 6 Alliance
Photos are by Curt Weinhold

Gary L. Eaton, 59, formerly of Eldred and Lewis Run, PA

Vietnam Vet
Gary L. Eaton, 59, formerly of Eldred and Lewis Run, PA passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with lymphoma.

Born February 19, 1955, in Olean, NY, he was the son of Fred R. and Eva I. Freeman Eaton.

Gary was a 1974 graduate of Friendship, NY, Central High School and later attended BOCES in Belmont, NY, and graduated with a degree in auto mechanics. 

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U.S. Navy from 1974-1981 where he was a cook on surface ships and submarines. He had graduated from the Sub School in New London, Conn. He later was employed at the Olean Tile Plant.

He was a lifetime member of the Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. Gary really appreciated the staff of Sena Kean Manor for their professional attention.

He is survived by a daughter Jennifer (David) Dilley of Kane, three grandsons, Austin Eaton of Kane, and Ryan Cuoco and Andrew Cuoco of Enfield, Conn. He is also survived by his stepmother, June Ferguson Eaton of Friendship, NY. He is also survived by two brothers, Chester Eaton of Ceres, and Fred (Diane) Eaton of Smethport and two sisters, Elda “Cookie” (Milford) Green of Eldred, and Lynn (Doug) Church of Enfield, Conn. He had two stepbrothers, Joseph Elliott of Alabama, and Sonny Elliott of Rochester, NY. and two stepsisters, Penny Elliott of Alabama, and Linda Stuck of Friendship, NY. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father in 1987 and his mother in 1965.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Frame Funeral Home where memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Reverend Daniel Mong officiating. Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery in Eldred.

The family requests memorials be made to the Eldred Township Fire Department, or the Sena Kean Manor of Smethport.

The Veteran’s Flag will be presented by his cousin Patrick “Pepper” Eaton of Lantz Corners.

Helping Norma Cobb-Nichols

Helping Norma Cobb-Nichols

There will be a update meeting Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Sweden Valley UM Church to discuss how we can help Norma Cobb Nichols repair her home after a recent fire.

Norma is very active in our community and helps with many local programs that benefit others. This is a time when we as a community can come together to help a special person who has given so much of herself for others.

If you have any questions please call Pastor Steven Small at 414-7505 or Individuals and organizations are all welcome to give input and ideas of how best to help.

Reader Warns Of Scams

Reader Warns Of Scams

Dear Solomon’s Word
I just wanted to pass on some scams I recently learned about and 1 I nearly opened. The first one is an email about appearing in court and when you go to download the information it’s a trogan horse and the header only give you enough information to be scared and there's a download tab at the bottom. The other is people pretending to be IRS agents calling for an immediate payment over the phone or you will be penalized, and they ask you to pay through a CC or bank transfer of funds. They also said in some cases they’ll come to your door, I hope they come to my door... These may not be new but just wanted to pass them along.

 Thanks Roy

Wildfire Reported In Liberty Township, Tioga County

Liberty Dispatched.  Morris dispatched mutual aid. Blossburg dispatched mutual aid.


Austin Dispatched To Rt. 607 For A Tree Down

Austin Dispatched To Rt. 607 For A Tree Down
At 12:33 PM on Saturday, Austin To Rt. 607, 3 miles from Austin, for a tree down in the roadway.

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Wetmore Twp

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Wetmore Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2014-03-17 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site SOUTH BRANCH 1408 1V in Wetmore Twp township, McKean county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Maple Weekend "All You Can Eat" Pancake Breakfast Saturday & Sunday From 8 AM To 4 PM At Brydonson's Farm,+1st+Fork+Road,+Coudersport,+PA&daddr=Coudersport,+PA+16915&hl=en&sll=41.721362,-77.941132&sspn=0.166308,0.363579&geocode=FYZZfAId8F1a-yE9L6YSt77njSkFzY9eSOLNiTE9L6YSt77njQ%3BFcRufQIdMIBZ-ylNWGysu_zNiTHLkb6GOSENWg&oq=Brydonson&mra=ls&t=m&z=13

PSA Healthcare Seeking LPN's & RN's In Bradford & Smethport Areas

Country Store & Consignments Auction Saturday, March 29th At Carter Auctions, Allegany, NY

Personal Care Aides & CNA's Needed In Shinglehouse & Ulysses Area

Full-Time LPN Needed At Sweden Valley Manor In Coudersport, PA

Friday, March 21, 2014

Mansfield Responding To One Vehicle Crash

One vehicle crash. State Police, Mansfield Fire and Medic 1 dispatched.

Hearing On Forced Pooling For Gas Wells is Postponed By Hillcorp & DEP

DEP Announces Hearing on Application for Gas Well Spacing Units is Postponed

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it, along with Hilcorp Energy Co., requested a delay in the hearing process on Hilcorp’s Application for Gas Well Spacing Units, or spacing order, in order to provide more complete notice to potentially affected people.

The assigned hearing officer accepted this joint request, delaying the hearing process until further notice.

“DEP has made it clear that we intend to properly inform the public of the hearing process in order to garner necessary public input on this this important matter,” DEP Deputy Secretary Scott Perry said.

“As soon as we discovered that some of the residents within the proposed spacing units had not been identified by Hilcorp in its application, we began pursuing a delay to ensure that all potentially impacted residents would have ample time to be informed and prepared for the hearing. Hilcorp agreed to request a delay so that we could provide notice that goes above and beyond what the law requires.”

DEP recently discovered that certain property owners within the area of the requested order were not included in the application materials submitted to the department. While Hilcorp identified over 200 of the property owners in the area subject to the requested order in its application materials, the company did not provide information for those property owners who have not entered lease agreements or for the other operator that has property interests in the area subject to the requested order.

“It has been our position that all potentially impacted homeowners and other operators deserve to receive personal notification well in advance of the hearing proceedings,” Perry said. “Postponing the hearing ensures that all property owners, operators and interested persons will be given proper notice.”

Based on a list provided by Hilcorp, DEP sent two rounds of letters detailing the hearing process to more than 200 property owners in the area covered by the application. When DEP learned that certain property owners and operators had not been previously identified or provided notice, DEP immediately mailed them notice.

The dates, times and locations of the postponed hearing sessions will be determined at a later date. A public notice about the postponed hearings has been submitted to local newspapers. DEP will be directly notifying all royalty owners and operators within the area subject to the requested order and submitting a revised public notice when the hearing sessions have been rescheduled.

Hilcorp Energy Co. is applying for a well spacing order that establishes four gas well drilling units on 3,267 acres to drill into the Utica Shale Formation in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County and Shenango Township, Mercer County.

Under the Oil and Gas Conservation Law of 1961, when a spacing order application is submitted, an administrative hearing must be held prior to entering an order establishing well spacing and drilling units.

Pennsylvanians looking for more information should call 717-772-2199.

Minutes For The Potter County Commissioners Meeting March 6, 2014

Agenda For Potter County Commissioners Meeting March 20, 2014

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Maple Producers Welcome Visitors This Weekend

Maple Producers Welcome Visitors This Weekend

March 17th, 2014
Maple producers across Potter and Tioga counties are holding open houses Saturday and Sunday (March 22-23) during the 10th annual Maple Weekend. Visitors to some of the businesses will be able to witness tree-tapping and production. A few of the sugarhouses will be serving breakfast. Goal is to promote the potential of maple syruping and increase public awareness. Details can be found on the website, Among operations on the tour are:
  • Sons of Dunn Family Farm, 106 N. Ayers Hill Road, Coudersport; 274-7247.
  • Hamilton’s Maple Products, 19 Bunnell Road, Ulysses; 848-9853.
  • Rathbun Farms, Pinneo Hill Road, Shinglehouse; 698-2421.
  • Brydonson Farm, 592 N. Ayers Hill Road, Coudersport, 274-9680.
  • Charles Nelson and Sons, 214 Grover Hollow Road, Genesee; 848-7950.
  • Sticky Bucket Maple, 1145 Parker Hill Road, Sabinsville; 814-628-2230.
  • Brookfield Maple Products, 111 Plank Road, Westfield; 570-724-3628.
  • Patterson Farms, Gurnee Road, Sabinsville; 814-628-3751.
Fewer than one in 15 Pennsylvania maple trees is tapped for sap, which leaves behind a resource with vast potential to lift the region’s economy and its national profile. A strategic plan designed to boost the local syruping industry, especially in Potter and Tioga counties, has been developed and is now available online at The plan includes:
  1. strategies to help maple producers tell their individual stories better;
  2. suggestions for strategic regional marketing of products;
  3. ideas for developing a brand identity for syrup and other maple-based products from northcentral Pennsylvania.
Other regions, particularly Vermont, have built their own reputations for high-quality maple syrup. Local products are arguably better, or at least on par, with New England’s, but the marketing and brand-building has not been as effective. Cheryl Hargrove, a prominent food artisan and cultural heritage authority, partnered with the Pa. Lumber Heritage Region, Potter County Visitors Assn., Tioga County Visitors Bureau and the Pa. Route 6 Alliance to compile the plan.

Austin Station 44 Takes Delivery Of Second Stryker Power Stretcher

Yesterday Station 44 took delivery of our second Stryker Power Stretcher. The battery powered hydraulic system raises and lowers patients with the touch of a button. Purchase of the stretcher was made possible with the assistance of the EMSOF Grant.

Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund (EMSOF) is monies that are used to provide funding to maintain, improve, and develop the quality of the EMS System within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The grant payed 60% of the costs, while the department was responsible for the remaining 40%.

A huge thank you goes out to past Ambulance Chief Dawn Bacon for completing the 2013 grant process to make this purchase possible, and to Fred House for assembling the stretcher!

Pictured with the new stretcher (L to R) - Chief 44-71 Sheryl Orlowski, Chief 44-60 Tracy Orlowski, EMT Fred House, Chief 44-70 Danielle Bennett, and EMT Paige McLaughlin.

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit For Fire Victim Norma Cobb Nichols Saturday At Coudersport Legion

niormainparade1Spaghetti dinner and Tribute Social on 

Saturday, March 22, from 4-11 

at American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport

To Benefit Fire Victim Norma Cobb Nichols

cookbookcoverOrders are now being taken for the Taste of Potter County Cookbook, a fundraiser to benefit Norma Cobb Nichols, whose home was severely damaged by a Christmas Eve fire. The cookbook is a project of the Potter County Employees Community Service Committee and it’s far more than a collection of recipes. Committee members have produced a booklet that emphasizes local food traditions, local agriculture, local history and local attractions to complement an eclectic collection of yummy and time-tested recipes.
Norma (right) has been active in community affairs for several decades. A partial list of her volunteer work includes Christmas House, Order of Eastern Star, Post 192 American Legion Auxiliary, Allegewi Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Potter County Democratic Committee and others. When the Potter County Employees Community Service Committee learned of fundraisers to help Norma by the Coudersport Rotary Club and American Legion Post 192 Auxiliary, members decided to support the cause by producing a limited-edition, collectors’ item. Copies will be available for sale at the spaghetti dinner and tribute social on Saturday, March 22, from 4-11 at American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport. Cost is $7.00 per book. For cookbook ordering information, call 814-274-0517.

Pedestrian Struck In Bradford City

Pedestrian Struck In Bradford City
At 7:56 PM on Friday, Bradford Ambulance is responding to a Vehicle/Pedestrian accident on Mechanic Street by the Lighter Side. A male is reported injured.

Coroner's conference highlights death investigations

Coroner's conference highlights death investigations 
By: WJAC Web Staff 

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Law enforcement officials from throughout the area gathered for a special conference geared toward helping them better handle crime scenes that involve death investigations. 

The Cambria County Coroner's Office hosted the conference at Penn Highlands Community College in Richland Township. Police officers and those who work in investigation labs were on hand for training in new techniques on how to better handle crime scenes. 

Cambria County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Lees said a big part of the event is about understanding the latest technology needed to work with death investigations. 

Lees said the focus was dealing with crime-related deaths, drug-related deaths and using dentistry in helping coroners make positive identifications of victims.

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Watercolor Class for Beginners

Watercolor Class for Beginners

This 12-hour Watercolor Class for Beginner’s will introduce participants to materials, basic color theory and several watercolor techniques. Juried PA Wilds Artist Julie Mader will lead students through projects introducing wet-on wet washes, glazing and charging, as well as teaching the use of frisket, salt and bruising paper fibers, among other fun techniques. Previous experience is not required.

This class is part of a series of workshops being taught by regional artists including: Jessie Vaughn, Curt Weinhold, Julie Mader, and Rick and Zoe Boni. Thanks to a PPA Grant provided by the PA Council on the Arts, these workshops are being offered at a reduced rate with the goals of raising awareness of the arts in Potter and McKean Counties, and providing those interested in developing or improving their artistic skills with opportunities to do so. These workshops are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

This class is being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 10 – April 29, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany office. The cost is $50.00 per person, which covers the cost of materials. To register, visit or call (814) 545-1333.

Trail Town Study Results

Trail Town Study Results

One year ago more than a dozen residents of Cameron County met at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office and discussed the future of Emporium, Driftwood, Sterling Run and Sinnemahoning. Cathy McCollom a well known trail town developer led the group on a tour of Emporium discussing amenities sought by trail users.

McCollom will be back in Emporium Wednesday night to present her findings and suggestions for the populated areas of the county. The meeting is open to the public and will start at 7pm at the chamber office at 34 East Fourth Street. Executive Director Tina Johns Solak encourages business owners, residents and municipal officials to attend the meeting.

A Greenways Plan developed by North Central Regional Planning and Development identified Driftwood and Sinnemahoning as trail hubs and Emporium as a trail town. The funding for the trail town study was provided by a DCNR grant administered by North Central Regional and Planning.

“The planned work on the West Creek Rails to Trails has the potential to bring hundreds of visitors to Emporium“, says Johns Solak. “Having a study focusing on trail amenities will be a helpful tool to our existing businesses. Owners may find ways to expand and of course the document and planning will help recruit new businesses.”

Sandra K. Richards, 61, of 140 W. 5th St., Emporium, PA

Sandra K. Richards, 61, of 140 W. 5th St., Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands-Elk, St. Marys, PA on Wednesday (March 19, 2014) night.

She was born June 13, 1952 in Corning, New York a daughter of Felicia Viselli Patterson, Hammondsport, NY and the late Max A. Patterson.

Years ago Sandy worked in the carnival business before returning and settling in Emporium. She worked for over 14 years at Motor Coils in Emporium.

In addition to her mother
Son: Eric Filmore, Atlantic City, NJ
Son: John Paul Richards, Emporium
Son: Thomas Richards, Emporium
Son: Michael Richards, State College
Daughter: Kathryn Burger, Austin
Son: Jeffery Burger, Emporium
3 Grandchildren: Kendall, John Paul Richards, Jr. and Angelina Earle
Sister: Martha Berry, Emlenton, PA
Half brother: Emery Cummings, Hammondsport, NY
Half sister: Deborah Cummings,
Half brother: Thomas Cummings, Brookville, FL

Preceded in Death By:
Father: Max A. Patterson, Sr.
Brother: Max Patterson, Jr.
Sister: Virginia Saltsman

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (March 24, 2014) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

There will be No Visitation.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Emporium Garden Club Kicks Off Spring

Emporium Garden Club Kicks Off Spring

Emporium Garden Club will kick off the 2014 season with a dinner Monday April 28. The theme has members buzzing! The World of Bees will be presented by Dave Smith. Smith will discuss the benefits of bees on the environment, the economy and health.

The dinner will be catered by Pizza Palace Plus. The price for the dinner/program is $15.00 for garden club members and $20.00 for guests. Reservations are required by April 16. Call Pat English at 814-594-0842.

Robert W. Bugbee, 59, of Corry, PA. and formerly of Warren, PA.

Robert W. Bugbee
Robert W. Bugbee, 59, of Corry, PA. and formerly of Warren, PA. died Friday morning, March 21, 2014 at the residence of his son in Warren, PA., 

He was born September 15, 1954 in Corry, PA. He was the son of the late Robert W. Bugbee and Bernice Black Bugbee Flasher. He has resided most of his life in the Corry, PA. area. He was employed as an over the road truck driver for P.I.N.I.

Robert is survived by his 4 children – Jim L. Bugbee and his companion, Natasha Rader of Warren, PA., Robert W. Bugbee, Jr. of Oklahoma City, OK., Matthew J. Bugbee and Lacy J. Bugbee both of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Stepson – Mike Morrison and wife, Tracy of Youngsville, PA., 1 Sister – Sylvia M. Proctor of Corry, PA., 2 Grandchildren – Lorali Rader and Donovan Bugbee both of Warren, PA., 2 Step Grandchildren – Nathan Morrison of Youngsville, PA., Jacob Jordan of San Diego, CA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 Brothers – Kelvin and Charles Huff. 

There will be no visitation hours observed. A celebration of his life will be conducted at Family Acres Campgrounds, Youngsville, PA. at a date and time to be announced. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA., 16365. 

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., Warren, PA. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.



BRADFORD, Pa. -- One Book Bradford and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Women’s History Committee are sponsoring the “Gift from the Sea” Literary Luncheon March 29 at Pitt-Bradford

The luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Tickets are $10 for the public and free for Pitt-Bradford students and may be obtained at the Bradford Area Public Library or the Office of Student Affairs at Pitt-Bradford. Proceeds benefit One Book Bradford.

Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal, visit with friends and learn about Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s thoughts on youth and age, love and marriage, and solitude and contentment, as revealed through her beloved classic, “Gift from the Sea.” Leading a brief program will be Carol Newman, a faculty member in the writing program at Pitt-Bradford, and Cheryl Bazzoui and Patricia Shinaberger, co-chairwomen of the One Book Bradford Committee.

“A Gift from the Sea” was a groundbreaking work when it was originally published in 1955, and new generations of readers continue to discover it. The presenters will share a few excerpts from this beloved book and provide fresh insights into Lindbergh’s reflections on life, love, relationships and the enduring importance of finding a space for self-reflection and contemplation.

The luncheon is one in a series of One Book Bradford events leading up to the May 13 visit of Melanie Benjamin, the author of “The Aviator’s Wife, One Book Bradford’s selected book for 2013-2014.


Richard Johnson

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Alumni Association will honor Richard Johnson ’88-’90 as the recipient of the Alumni Award of Distinction.

The award will be presented Friday, April 25, by Dr. Livingston Alexander, university president, and Chris Napoleon, PBAA president and president and chief engineer of Napoleon Engineering Services.

“Rich Johnson’s extraordinary commitment to Pitt-Bradford and his longstanding dedication to serving our larger community are truly exceptional. The PBAA has made an excellent choice,” Alexander said. “As a devoted champion for the arts and for excellence in cultural programming, here on our campus and across the region, Rich has inspired countless community members of all ages. He truly exemplifies the meaning of the Alumni Award of Distinction. ”

Johnson was nominated by Terri Leven ’69-’71, who has worked with Johnson on the Pitt-Bradford Arts Council, of which he is chairman.

“His support to the university is endless,” Leven wrote in her nomination. “His loyalty to the university shines above many and is remarkable.”

A patron of the arts, he is a past member of the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center’s board of directors. Johnson has also given generously of his time and talent to a variety of organizations and boards. He is a member of the Bradford Rotary Club, of which he is a former treasurer and to which he has made donations to contribute to the eradication of polio. He is the chairman of the board of directors of Futures Rehabilitation Inc. and serves on the boards of CARE for Children and the Bradford Salvation Army.

In addition to his work as chairman of the Pitt-Bradford Arts Council, he is a member of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board and its executive and buildings and grounds committees.

In 2005, he created the Richard S. Johnson Endowment Fund for the arts to provide enjoyment and cultural enrichment for the campus community as well as the public from the surrounding region, by providing funds for a wide range of arts-related events in the region. He has also endowed the Richard S. Johnson Arts Scholarship Fund.

He is a member of the Brackenridge Circle at the University of Pittsburgh, which was established in 2010 to honor the inspiring generosity and vision of donors whose planned gifts and pledges to the university total $1 million or more.

Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and his Master of Business Administration degree from Farleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, N.J. In the late 1980s, he took courses in computer science at Pitt-Bradford.

He spent his professional life working in the petroleum industry as an engineer and manager for Exxon and Quaker State, which brought him to Farmers Valley, where he became plant manager of what would become the Petrowax refinery there.

Candidates for the Alumni Award of Distinction must have attended Pitt-Bradford, but may have graduated from other institutions. Candidates are evaluated based on their level of professional achievement and service to the community. Any member of the Pitt-Bradford community, including alumni, faculty, staff, administration, students and advisory board members, may submit nominations.

Previous honorees have been Tamra Minnier ’81, Dr. Lee Colosimo ’65-’67 and Dr. Jill Owens ’93.

Seeking Information On Prevalence Of Diseases Locally



By MizMonica

You know spring is here when Chris Hobson is set up in front of his house and the men's coffee klatch is standing around in local parking lots talking.

The maple sap is running and you can see telltale signs of those plain galvanized buckets and connecting lines throughout town on some of our most majestic sugar maples in the area. Rathburn's Farm in Crystal will be one of the featured Maple business's this coming weekend on the Maple Tour sponsored by the Pennsylvania Maple Association. See an article on a new community blog developed by Tim Gieger. They list as a site to find locations of pancake breakfasts and information on Maple Weekend activities.

I want to congratulate Reece Osgood for winning an Art Award from the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University for her Clay Giraffe Bank. Reece is in the 6th grade and this was a Juried Art Show for Middle School Students. At the Elementary and Middle School, PSSA Math and Reading Assessments grades 3-8 will be going on for the next two weeks, get lots of rest kids.

There is a benefit for the family of Scott "Schultzy" Shultz at the Roadside on Saturday the 22nd from 2-7 pm. Presale tickets are $12 and $15 at the door. Cover charge is $3 single/ & $5 a couple. There will be a Chinese auction, silent auction, penny raffles, 50/50's and a live band. There are two raffles currently being offered one being a Potter County Party Cooler and a classic Bud-Light Lime Bicycle donated by Chris Thomas. Stop in and buy a ticket.

Tickets are available for the musical "Grease' the High School Version, with a live band (OV Jazz band will be part of the orchestra along with our music teacher Ben smith as the conductor) contact Cheri Maxson on facebook or they are available at the door for $5.00, March 21 and 22 at 7.00 pm and Sunday the 23rd at 2:00.

The much awaited Prince & Princess Party will be opening its doors on Sunday the 23rd at the fire hall beginning at 1:00. The event will go until 4 pm. Tickets are $20.00 and available through the OV Sr. Center contact Mary Jones by March 20th at 698-2471.

Also this weekend at the Dan Carter Event Center in Alleghany is the Olean Rod & Gun Club Sportsman Show. 

Did you know that every 8 seconds a baby boomer is retiring? There are 77 million of them and they are our new volunteers. And on that note two of my favorite baby boomers Ed & Nani Bell are reopening Nani-Pops on March 31st. I intend to be in line will you?

And though Mother Nature can't make her mind up the first day of spring is Thursday have a happy and safe week.

The path to my porch is clear, drop in or you can reach me at 814-697-7625, or my facebook page to report information about what your organization is planning or news of the Oswayo Basin.

Governor Corbett Awards 25 Grants for Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion

Governor Corbett Awards 25 Grants for Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion

HARRISBURG -- Governor Tom Corbett today awarded $7.7 million in Act 13 funding to 25 companies and organizations making the switch to natural gas for their heavy-duty fleet vehicles.

“Act 13 not only strengthened oversight of the drilling industry, it allows us to continue growing jobs while cleaning the air at the same time,” Corbett said. “Natural gas, particularly from the shale formations here in Pennsylvania, is an abundant, affordable, domestic fuel that is putting this country on a path to energy independence.”

Act 13 of 2012 was the single largest step in modernizing the state’s Oil and Gas Law in nearly three decades. It increased protections for private water supplies, empowered the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue larger fines and included one of the most progressive hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure laws in the nation.

The Act also authorized DEP to develop and implement the Natural Gas Energy Development program, funded by impact fees paid by natural gas operators. The program distributes up to $20 million in grants over three years, to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles.

For this second round of the program, DEP received applications from 37 applicants requesting more than $10 million in grants. A portion of funding was reserved for local transportation organizations, as required by the Act.

The first round awarded $6.3 million to 19 companies and organizations making the switch to natural gas. The third and final round is slated to open in late summer.

Eligible vehicles for all three rounds of the Natural Gas Energy Development program include those fueled with compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) or bi-fuel vehicles weighing 14,000 pounds or more.

Grant requests cannot exceed 50 percent of the incremental purchase or retrofit cost per vehicle or a maximum total of $25,000 per vehicle.

Gov. Corbett recently announced the March 1 opening of the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) program, providing an estimated $8 million to help companies and organizations purchase or convert CNG, LNG or bi-fuel vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or less, as well as electric, propane or other alternative fuel vehicles of any weight. Applications are also being accepted for innovation technology projects that include research, training, development and demonstration of new applications or next phase technology related to alternative transportation fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.

To learn more about AFIG and Act 13 grant programs, visit and click on the “Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program” button on the homepage.

Editor’s note: The 25 companies and organizations that were awarded grants are listed below, alphabetically by county, with a brief project description and funding amount.

Giant Eagle, purchase 20 CNG vehicles - $300,000
Freight Equipment Leasing LLC, purchase six CNG tractor trailers - $150,000

Beemac Trucking LLC, purchase 20 CNG tractor trailer trucks - $500,000

Burgmeiers Hauling, purchase six CNG refuse trucks - $138,955

Constructural Dynamics, purchase 20 CNG concrete mixer trucks - $500,000

Butler Area School District, purchase 30 CNG school buses - $300,000

Centre County Commissioners, Centre Area Transportation Authority, State College Borough and Penn State University, purchase 10 CNG vehicles - $165,872

“O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems LP, Paris Companies and Advanced Disposal, convert five trucks to dual fuel and purchase 20 CNG waste hauling trucks - $498,220

Clinton County Solid Waste Authority and Wayne Township, convert 14 CNG vehicles for use at the Wayne Township Landfill - $299,974

PreFlight LLC, purchase 10 CNG shuttle buses - $122,500
Rose Tree Media School District, purchase 12 CNG school buses - $300,000
Aqua Pennsylvania, purchase nine CNG dump trucks - $225,000

Giant Food Stores LLC, purchase five LNG trucks - $125,000

L.T. Verrastro, purchase 20 CNG trucks - $416,110

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, City of Lancaster and Goods Disposal Service, convert five trucks to CNG, and purchase five CNG vehicles - $213,995

Schneider Resources, purchase six CNG trucks - $150,000

Advanced Disposal Services Solid Waste of PA, convert 20 waste hauling vehicles to CNG - $472,115

Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities and United Parcel Service, convert 20 long haul trucks to LNG - $500,000
Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities, Pennsylvania American Water and Pennsylvania Turnpike, convert 23 vehicles to CNG - $418,650
Neapolitan Express Operating LLC, purchase 20 CNG mobile food trucks - $250,000

Penske Truck Leasing, purchase 23 CNG vehicles - $499,997

Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority, purchase five CNG commuter buses - $125,000

Kane Freight Lines, purchase 10 CNG trucks - $250,000

Hogan Transports, purchase 20 CNG transport trucks - $500,000

Multiple locations
Waste Management of Pennsylvania, purchase seven CNG solid waste collection vehicles for its Erie County location, with an additional 13 CNG solid waste collection vehicles for its Washington County location - $300,000

Eagles, Bobcat, and Coyote In Elk State Forest

Elk State Forest added 5 new photos.
Unless the Foresters are holding out on me, these are the last of the trail cam pics from the Golden Eagle Project. It is pretty cool we are ending with the only appearance of a Bobcat all season. . .

Elk State Forest's photo.

Elk State Forest's photo.

Elk State Forest's photo.


The Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, Elk State Forest will be providing annual refresher training April 8th and 12th at the District Office. Work capacity testing will be administered April 15th and 19th. All interested parties are asked to contact Greg Burkhouse at 814-486-2432 or stop by the District Office at 258 Sizerville Road, Emporium, PA 15834, Monday through Friday 8 am to 3 pm, before March 26th to pre-register

Only 10 Days Left For Early Bird Registration For God's Country Marathon

10 days left for the Early Bird registration! $55 for the Full and $40 for the half! Save some money and it helps us make better preparations. Thanks!
God's Country Marathon Interactive Brochure

I-180 Work-Zone Traffic Impacts for March 24-29

I-180 Work-Zone Traffic Impacts for March 24-29

Weather permitting; the contractor working on Interstate 180 in Northumberland and Lycoming counties will have daylight work-zone traffic patterns in place next week, March 24-29.

Lane restrictions (using traffic cones) will be in effect in both directions from approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, from just east of Exit 5 (Turbotville) to just west of Exit 10 (Muncy – Main Street).

The traffic patterns will be changing within the daytime hours to accommodate the varying work activities.

The contractor will be hauling rock into the median area to stockpile, installing erosion and sedimentation control measures, removing trees, placing poles for electric services and illuminating lights. Also, the contractor will be installing rock construction entrances and beginning to place pipe and rock in the temporary crossovers.

Motorists are advised to stay alert to the changing work-zone traffic patterns between Exits 5 and 10 on I-180 next week.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 680 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available by calling 5-1-1, and regional Twitter alerts are available on the 511PA website.

Paul E. WATSON, 88, of Sweden Valley, PA

Paul E. WATSON, 88, of Sweden Valley, PA, died Thursday, March 20, 2014 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. 

Born January 27, 1926, in Prouty, PA, he was the son of Evan H. and Marion E. Hamilton Watson. On March 30, 1947, in Prouty, he married the former Lena G. Ludwig, who predeceased him on April 16, 2012. 

A farmer until 1965, he owned and operated Ulysses Lumber for many years, then operated heavy equipment building logging roads. 

He was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle in Coudersport. 

Surviving are: four sons, Craig (Judy) Watson of West Bingham, PA, Dennis Watson of Belmont, NY, Timothy (Susan) Watson of Sweden Valley, and Douglas (Julie) Watson of Coudersport; 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph D. (Priscilla) Watson of Prouty and Clayton E. (Shirley) Watson of Sweden Valley; a sister, Helen C. Reed of Mt. Holly, NJ; and nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, Lawrence and James; two sisters, Virginia M. Harvey and Lena G. Ludwig; a great-grandson, Tucker Watson; and a great-great-granddaughter, Jaycee Morehouse. 

Friends may call Monday, March 24, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Gospel Tabernacle, Coudersport, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM. Rev. David Minor will officiate. Burial will be in Summit (Watson—Reed) Cemetery, Coudersport.

Memorials may be made to the Gospel Tabernacle, Coudersport, PA 16915 or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Harriet C. Winseck, 89, Roulette, PA

Harriet C. Winseck, 89, Roulette, PA, went to be with her Lord and many loved ones, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, PA.

She was born February 2, 1925, in Hobart, NY. She was the daughter of Percy and Florence Brockway Weeks. On October 5, 1946 she married Carroll M. “Zip” Winseck, Sr., who preceded her in death February 17, 1998.

Harriet was a tax collector for Clara Township for 44 years. She was a member of the Fishing Creek United Methodist Church. Harriet loved playing card games, doing puzzles, gardening and doing things for others. She was active in the Ladie’s Aid Society at the church. She also enjoyed the personal relationships that developed as she collected the taxes of Clara Township.

Surviving are her daughters, Eileen (Charles) Waltz of Pharr, TX, and Catherine (Paul) Snyder of Coudersport, PA., her daughter in-law, Rovetta J. Winseck of Roulette, PA, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, her sister Hazel Freeley of Long Island, NY, close friends Dennis Zink of Clara Township, PA and Jessica Wiley of Roulette, PA.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, Carroll M. “Dude” Winseck, Jr., a brother, and three sisters.

Friends and family are invited to Harriet’s Life Celebration, Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 2pm at the Fishing Creek Methodist Church, Roulette, PA. 

Memorials may be made to the Hebron Center Christian School, 1149 SR 44 North, Coudersport, PA 16915 or the Fishing Creek United Methodist Church, Fishing Creek Rd, Roulette, PA 16746.

Arrangements by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd. “A Life Celebration Home”, 210 North East St, Coudersport, PA 16915.

To share your fondest memories of Harriet, visit

Welcoming Jolene Elizabeth Meade who was born on March 18th at Cole Memorial

It’s a Girl!

Krystal (Burford) and Johnathan Meade from Port Allegany, PA are pleased to announce the arrival of Jolene Elizabeth Meade who was born on March 18th at Cole Memorial. Jolene weighed 7 pounds and 8.8 ounces.  She joins her sister Kendra, 5.

Maternal Grandparents: Dean and Alita Burford Jr. of Port Allegany, PA.

Maternal Great-Grandparents: Dean and Bev Burford Sr. of Port Allegany, PA; Ralph and Florence Crowe of Port Allegany, PA.

Paternal Grandparents: Ken and Polly Lannager of Port Allegany, PA; Rodney Meade of Akron, CO.

Paternal Great-Grandparents: Keith Caulkins of Hugo, CO; Jerry and Patricia Bosworth of FL.

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Inflection Energy Llc in Upper Fairfield Twp, Lycoming County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2014-03-18 to Inflection Energy Llc in Upper Fairfield Twp, Lycoming county. SWMA301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Twp Township

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2014-03-21 00:00:00 at site SRC WT 5041 32H 50725 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

The Maple Story: Patterson Maple Farms, Sabinsville, Tioga County

Patterson Maple Farms, Sabinsville, Tioga County
Owned by: Richard Patterson

Patterson Maple Farm, nestled in the hills near the town of Sabinsville in western Tioga County, is the largest Maple Producer in the state, with 83,000 taps.

Owner Richard Patterson got his love of sugaring from his grandfather, who began tapping trees on the property during the 1920’s.

Grandpa Patterson, as Richard calls him, began making maple products in the same traditional manner as the first maple producers, the Native Americans. He employed wooden whittled spiles carved from pithy trees like sumac, wooden buckets to collect the sap, and a horse named Dobbin who pulled a cart through the sugarbush while the Patterson family collected the sap.                 
While Grandpa Patterson made only enough syrup and sugar for use on the farm, Richard’s parents added 2500. Eventually, they were able to use it for trade at the General Store, where they received seeds for the coming year’s farm crops and shoes for the children in exchange for their excess product. What could not be sold locally was packaged into plain metal tins that bore a Patterson tag, taken to the Sabinsville Train Depot and shipped to New York City.

When Richard took over the farm, demand was increasing for pure maple syrup, and Richard expanded the business.

Richard’s sister, Mary Lee Patterson-Zechman, a retired school teacher who lives in Lancaster County, took over the job of sales, and the farm received a USDA contract to sell their wares at farmers markets in Washington, DC.

Local and state politicians who used Patterson syrup at home wrote letters of recommendation to the USDA to help the Patterson’s secure the contract. “The USDA said they’d never seen that before,” Richard said. “We got the contract right away.”

The business took off from there. “Mary Lee should’ve been a salesman,” Richard stated. He said she sells their syrup wherever she goes; out of the trunk of her car at gas stations, at farmers markets and by phone. She even sold to the White House Chef one time, waiting as his bodyguards escorted him from a long, black limousine.

Much of Patterson’s Maple Products are sold in the major cities on the east coast—Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. Richard stated that in Philadelphia alone, the farm sells about 400 gallons of pure Pennsylvania Maple Syrup each month. As with most other modern businesses, Patterson Farm’s website claims an increasing share of the orders.

Linda Neal, who has worked at the farm for 22 years and handles tours along with her other duties, stated that the farm has sent syrup to 35 different countries, and has given tours to people from across the world. In the back of the sugar house, Linda keeps a map with pins placed to mark all the places their syrup has gone.

Though Linda gives tours to school groups, private individuals, tourists both foreign and domestic, and anyone else who wants to learn about the history of maple, she said her favorite groups are made up of third graders.

“They come ready to learn, and they’re so excited!” Linda said. “Third graders ask the best questions, and you can tell they really enjoy learning.”

Linda’s a big part of Patterson Farm’s success. She’s kind and patient, and very knowledgeable about the history of the farm, and both traditional and modern sugaring. Part of her tour explains how the Native Americans began tapping Maple Trees for sap, the calendar they developed and how it was used to mark the year.

“We still use the calendar. The third full moon of the year is the Indian’s ‘Sugar Moon,’ and that’s when it’s sugaring time,” Linda explained.

Linda is known for her bears as much as her maple. Living in the forest near Little Marsh, her property is frequented by wildlife, and she had had a number of cubs winter over on the property, some even sleeping on her porch. The photos she takes are a popular attraction at the year-round Maple Store operated just off Patterson Farm’s sugar house.

Every day, Richard, or occasionally a crew member, makes a long, slow four-hour round trip to check all the tubes in all the sugar bushes leased or owned by Patterson Farms. Linda says that, although the farm has all the modern equipment for high-tech sugaring, Richard still prefers to check each batch himself in the traditional way just to be sure.

Patterson Farms is open year-round, selling a wide variety of Maple Products at their store. Tours are available by appointment. The farm can be reached by calling 814-628-3751, or call 717-872-8233 for sales. Orders can also be taken via

To reach the farm from US Route 6, take PA-349 North in Gaines. Drive approximately 10 miles, and then take a right onto Beechwood Lake Road. Stay on the paved portion of the road until taking the first dirt road on the right, Gurnee Road. Continue for approximately 1 mile, and then take a right onto Patterson Road.

The Stories were written by Amanda Jones for the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers and PA Route 6 Alliance
Photos are by Curt Weinhold