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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wanda Lentz of Roulette, PA, Is A Winner!!

Potter County Court: Charges dismissed in alleged infant-for-cash case

Charges dismissed in alleged infant-for-cash case

By MARCIE SCHELLHAMMER Era Associate Editor 
The Bradford Era 

All charges in the alleged infant-for-cash scheme in Potter County have been dismissed on “speedy trial” grounds.

The case has been ongoing since May 2011, when charges were filed against Coudersport attorney Jarett Rand Smith, his former wife Donna Albright-Smith, his brother Jerome Smith and sister-in-law Eileen Rifka Smith, along with the child’s mother, Krista Eveland.

On Dec. 8, an order was filed in Potter County Court by Senior Judge Robert Sacavage dismissing the charges against all parties, saying the prosecution did not “act with due diligence” in bringing the case to trial within a one-year period from when the charges were filed.

The case originated with Coudersport-based state police, who had alleged Jarett Smith and Albright-Smith offered Eveland money in 2009 if she’d allow Jerome and Eileen Smith to adopt her baby, according to court records. Read more...

Police Report Theft Of Painkillers From Roulette Residence In October


Address: 95 HOSPITAL ST
Cross Streets: EUCLID AVE

12/13/2014 6:51:40 PM

Meldin “Duane” Whiteman, 71, of 3030 Graves Road, Wellsville, NY

Meldin “Duane” Whiteman, 71, of 3030 Graves Road, Wellsville, NY,  passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born November 15, 1943 in Hornell the son of the late Bert and Bernadine (Brownell) Whiteman. On April 3, 2003 he married Lois (Nolan) Worden who survives.

Duane was a carny for many years and later was an over the road truck driver. Most recently he was employed at Vesuvius Hi-Tech Ceramics in Alfred Station.

Surviving in addition to his wife is one son, William (Susan) Whiteman, two brothers, Steven D. Whiteman of Florida and Bert Leroy (Sherry) Whiteman of Georgia, a stepson, Dan (Sharon) Worden of Wellsville, three stepdaughters, Cindy Lou (Danny) Hachtel of Avoca, Connie Marie Worden of Ithaca and Shannon Mary Sutherland of Madisonville, KY, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend Duane’s funeral on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville with Pastor Rich Bendelewski presiding. Burial will be in Hallsport Union Cemetery. 

The family requests memorial donations are made to the Hallsport Christian Church, 2182 Stout Road, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit

Heavy Damage In Towanda Block Fire Saturday Morning

Bolivar/Richburg Dispatched To Working Structure Fire

Bolivar/Richburg Dispatched To Working Structure Fire

At 5:59 PM on Saturday, Bolivar & Richburg Fire Dept. dispatched to a working structure fire at the Little Genesee Town Hall.







Gandolph the Wizzard, A Creation of Local Stained Glass Artisans, Is Up For Adoption


'Gandolf the Wizzard'

Commissioned and built in 1978 by Lumin=Essence Stained glass in Port Allegany Pa.
This is a design collaboration of Jeffrey Speeth, Dany Head and Martha Speeth. I still have fond memories of watching the process develop from idea to design to completion. Their desire to build a Tolkien themed window and my love of his writings made it an easy subject choice. One week later 'Gandolf the Wizzard' was agreed upon. A one of a kind 36 x 45 inch window was made mostly of hand cast opalescent glass, both domestic and German. His hat was cut from a bullseye iridescent glass and his eyes from dichroic mirror (they always seem to be looking at you). The elvish writing at top and bottom was etched in a flashed ruby red French glass, and quotes two lines of JRR Tolkien's one ring poem in the Hobbit 'One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them.

Built 20+ years prior to the movies, it amazed me the character likeness created by Martha's design and Jeff and Dany's use of glass, texture, color and caning to bring life to this window. Though no longer in business, I understood Jeff to be well known in the 1960-70's in the LA area. Dany working in the Oakland area in the 70's came east to team with Jeffrey and Martha. I found Dany (Daniel Head) on line with what surely is a very high-end west coast studio - Savoy Studios.

'Gandolf the Wizzard' is glazed in a hinged metal frame from which he could be removed if need be. The frame is a two-piece metal frame, one attaches to structure and window mounted in the second. It can swing open and be lifted and removed from first frame. If you are building, adding an addition or remodeling, 'Gandolf the Wizzard' has and can be a centerpiece of any room. I have enjoyed him for 35+ years and it is now time for someone else to enjoy his company for many years to come.

(The Artisan's did the spelling of Gandolf with an O and Wizzard with double Zee's, so I have continued to use it.)

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Fire Rescue Dispatched For Man Fallen In Woods

Fire Rescue Dispatched For Man Fallen In Woods

At 4:20 PM--Fire rescue units from Almond, Andover & South Hornell are enroute to a land rescue of a 57 year old male fall victim in the woods off 9095 Bert Harvey Road. Snowmobiles have been dispatched.

William L. “Bill” PIERCE, 63, of Elmer, PA

William L. “Bill” PIERCE, 63, of Elmer, PA, died Friday, December 12, 2014 in his home. 

Friends may call Monday, December 15, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. A graveside service will be in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield, PA at a later date. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection eNotice for Draft Technical Guidance

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
eNotice for Draft Technical Guidance

On 12/13/2014 the PA Department of Environmental Protection released the document(s) listed below for public comment.

For instructions on how to submit comments, or for contact information, please see the Pennsylvania Bulletin notice for the item.

DEP ID: 253-2112-228
Title: Guidelines for the Beneficial Use of Coal Ash at Coal Mines
PA Bulletin Notice: Please see
Draft Document: Link not available
Comment Deadline: 1/13/2015

DEP ID: 563-2112-228
Title: Guidelines for the Beneficial Use of Coal Ash at Coal Mines
PA Bulletin Notice:
Draft Document:
Comment Deadline: 1/13/2015

A list of all documents currently open for comment is also maintained on the Department's Public Participation Center.

Coudersport Fire Department Extinguishes Working Kitchen Fire Today

Coudersport Fire Department was dispatched at 10:43 to Box 48-02 Cdspt Boro. - 501 S Main st/upstairs apt. for a reported stove fire. 

Chief 48 Phelps arrived, confirmed all occupants were out of structure (upstairs), and personnel on scene were removing the down stairs tenant. FF's on scene attempted to extinguish the fire w/extinguishers. Chief 48 received report from those FF's of a working kitchen fire. 

Eng 48-1 arrived on scene w/minutes, crews quickly went to work and 10:58 Chief 48 reported fire under control w/overhaul operations. 

The upstairs tenants were transported to CCMH to be checked out for previous asthma condition/exposure to the smoke while evacuating. The Red Cross was notified to assist with the families needs. 

In all 2 Engines and Tower, 18 personnel responded. Assisted at the scene by CVAA & Cdspt Boro Police. 

The two unit rental is owned by Shane Wilson, damage is estimated at over $12,000, it is insured. Cause of the fire was determined to be materials left on the kitchen stove - accidental. All units were placed IQ @ 12:16.

Doris Nielsen Rigas, 87, Of Coudersport, PA

Doris Nielsen Rigas
Doris Nielsen Rigas died on December 10, 2014 at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Pennsylvania following a lengthy illness.

Doris Rigas was born on February 25, 1927, the fifth of nine children, in Penn Yan, New York, in humble circumstances. Her parents were Danish immigrants, her father, Christian, a tombstone engraver, her mother, Charlotte, a housekeeper.

Doris attended the Penn Yan school system, where she graduated in 1945. She was a bright and conscientious student, finishing second in her class and achieving recognition for her excellent performances in plays.

Extremely hard-working her entire life, Doris was determined to be the first in her family to attend college. She paid for her education at Albany State Teacher's College (now the University of Albany) by baby-sitting, waiting on table, picking blueberries, and cleaning homes. Graduating in 1949 with honors in English, Doris carried with her a lifelong belief in the importance of education, which she imparted to her children and grandchildren.

After graduating from Albany State, Doris accepted a teaching position at Wellsville Jr.-Sr. High School, teaching English in the seventh and tenth grades. She was widely respected by her students and colleagues for her enthusiasm, diligence, and caring attitude. She helped produce school plays and advised the junior high cheerleaders. She was also active in the Nancy Howe Players, a community theater group, and played several prominent roles in its productions.

While at Albany State, Doris met John Rigas on a blind date arranged by one of John's fraternity brothers. After dating a few times at school, they renewed their relationship in Wellsville, John's hometown, and on February 1, 1953, they were married at St. John's Episcopal Church in Wellsville in a Greek Orthodox ceremony. Soon after, they moved to Coudersport, Pennsylvania, where they raised their four children and operated their business enterprises. They were married for nearly sixty-two years.

While Doris preferred to remain in the background, she nevertheless played important roles in the family's business ventures. Shortly after marrying, she worked at the Coudersport Theatre selling tickets and candy. As the member of a select group---the wife of a cable television pioneer---she participated in many cable industry events over the years. Although shy by nature, she had a vibrant personality, a beautiful smile, and a robust sense of humor, which made her very popular with fellow cable operators and their families.

In later years, Doris found a niche in helping to design, decorate, and supervise the construction of company buildings. Lacking formal training in architecture or design—but ever the perfectionist—she possessed a keen eye for detail, an innate aesthetic sensibility, and a deep appreciation for superior craftsmanship. She had a large hand in creating many of the most attractive new and restored buildings in Coudersport—including the old public school on Main Street, the old Rexall Drug Store on the corner of Main and Second Streets, and the old Silk Mill on North Main Street—as well as numerous other buildings throughout the country. Doris, along with her husband, also owned and operated Eleni Interiors in Olean, New York.

Doris’s overriding love was her family. She devoted her life to her husband, her children, and her grandchildren. She spared no effort or measure of creativity to ensure that each of her children enjoyed a secure, comfortable, and special childhood. Coupling prodigious energy and stamina with high standards, she was often the force behind the family's accomplishments. It was her determined spirit aligned with that of her husband that shaped the family’s foundation. Her work behind the scenes at home took large burdens off John and the children, enabling them to pursue their own ambitions and projects. In a crisis you could unfailingly depend on Doris to be brave and strong. Her love for the family was unconditional and profound, in good times and bad.

Doris’s devotion to academic excellence led her to take a special interest in her children's education, and she spent countless hours supplementing what they learned in school. Her children's academic achievements—each attended an Ivy League college—were the source of tremendous pride throughout her life.

Doris engaged in a number of hobbies and activities. She worked on March of Dime campaigns, taught Sunday school at Christ Episcopal Church, and participated in the ECW at the Church. A lifetime resident of small towns, she was fortunate to have traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, both with her family and with members of the cable television industry. She liked to cook and bake, often for her neighbors and friends, and to can a variety of fruits and vegetables. Her baked goods—especially her pecan pies---earned a reputation far and wide. She also loved to decorate for Christmas and other holidays, just one example being the extraordinary effort she put into adorning the Coudersport Consistory for the Adelphia Christmas concerts. Doris was an avid reader of novels and loved films of all sorts. Due to the influence of her husband and children, she became an enthusiastic sports fan, adopting their teams---especially St. Bonaventure basketball, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Buffalo Sabres---as her own. In later years, her grandchildren's sporting events became a passion, and in fair weather or foul, even as her health declined, she could be counted on to be there.

Doris is survived by her husband John; three sons, Michael, Timothy, and James, all of Coudersport; one daughter, Ellen, of New York, New York; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann (James) Rigas of Coudersport; a son-in-law Peter (Ellen) Venetis of New York; two siblings, Jean Nielsen Daiker and John Nielsen, both of Rochester, New York; and six grandchildren, Christopher Rigas, John Michael Rigas, Andrew Rigas, and David Rigas, all of Coudersport, Elias Venetis of New York, New York, and Hallie Rigas of Odin, Pennsylvania: and many nieces and nephews.

Doris was predeceased by six siblings, Helen Nielsen Fox of Penn Yan, New York, Fred Nielsen of Penn Yan, Anna Nielsen Porter of Syracuse, New York, Karen Nielsen Cleveland of Rochester, New York, Bob Nielsen of Penn Yan, and Herman Nielsen of Poplar Ridge, New York.

There will be a private funeral service for family members. At a date yet to be determined, there will be a memorial celebration for the public. The Rigas Family intends to honor Doris by establishing a foundation in her name. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Doris may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements being coordinated by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA 16915, "A Life Celebration Home". To share your fondest memories of Doris, please visit either, or John Rigas's Facebook page.

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Charis Energy Inc in Keating Twp, McKean County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2014-12-05 to Charis Energy Inc in Keating Twp, McKean county. 78.54* - Failure to properly control or dispose of industrial or residual waste to prevent pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Reports Drilling Started

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

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2014-12-13 00:00:00 at site SRC WT 2720 121H 51465 in Norwich Twp township, McKean county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

ANADARKO E&P ONSHORE LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cogan House Twp Township

ANADARKO E&P ONSHORE LLC reports drilling started on 2014-12-13 00:00:00 at site KENMAR HC A-2H in Cogan House Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

Ulysses Tree Lighting Ceremony Tonight Was Postponed From Last Week

Rev. Richard (Dick) Knox, 86, Greenville, SC; Little Genesee, NY, Native

Rev. Richard (Dick) Knox, 86, died on Friday (Dec. 5, 2014) at Rolling Green Nursing Home in Greenville, S.C., after a battle with cancer. 

He was born in Allentown, N.Y., in the town of Alma on July 13, 1928, the son of Fred and Genevieve Billings Knox. He grew up in Little Genesee and graduated from Bolivar Central School, Class of 1946. He attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., where he prepared for Christian ministry. 

In 1955, he married Martha Newland, of Kingsport, Tenn.

After spending several years in evangelistic ministry, Dick served from 1958 to 1962 as program director at Gull Lake Bible Conference and pastored Gull Lake Bible Church in Michigan. In 1963, Dick and Martha, with their three young children, went as missionaries to the Middle East, serving for 30 years in Lebanon and Cyprus. His ministry included preaching, Bible teaching, music instruction, directing choirs in local churches and directing summer camp programs. He later planted a church in Nicosia, Cyprus. 

After returning to the USA in 1993, Dick and Martha lived in Greenville, S.C., but traveled extensively, representing their mission board, Biblical Ministries Worldwide. In 2004, he received an honorary doctorate from Bob Jones University.

Dick is survived by son, John (Becky) Knox of Japan, and their four sons: Brian (Julie, and son Derrick), Andrew, Daniel, and Philip; daughter, Janice (Kevin) Buttram of Taylors, S.C., and their four sons: Caleb, Jonathan, Peter, and Timothy; son, Steven (Ann) Knox of Vanderwagen, N.M., and their two children: Matthew and Holly; sister, Louella Vincent of Canandaigua, N.Y.; and brother, John (Norma) Knox of Grand Rapids, Mich. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Genevieve Knox, of Wellsville, N.Y.; Martha, his wife of 57 years; and a sister, Shirley Colley, of Bolivar, N.Y.

Following a funeral service at Hampton Park Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C., on Dec. 16, a private family burial will be at the Newland Cemetery in Arcadia, Tenn. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hampton Park Baptist Church, 875 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609 (designated for missions), or Biblical Ministries Worldwide, 1595 Herrington Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043.

4 Alarm Block Fire In Towanda Saturday Morning

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Address: ROUTE 66 and TRUSSEL RD

12/13/2014 1:04:49 AM


Address: ROUTE 948 and ROUTE 66
Cross Streets: ROUTES 66 948
12/13/2014 12:26:26 AM

Police In High Speed Chase

Police In High Speed Chase

At 12:17 AM on Saturday, Police are engaged in a high speed chase on the top of the mountain near Rew heading on Rt. 646 toward Minard Run Road. Speeds of 85 to 90 MPH are reported.
Vehicle has been stopped, on side road, passenger is there, known driver fled on foot into the woods.

Jury: Weidow guilty in vehicular homicide

Friday, December 12, 2014

Streich's Pawfessional Boarding Kennels In Coudersport Open For Christmas

10% to 50% Off Storewide At Ulysses Mercantile & The Old Bank Shop Friday & Saturday

Howard's Has Snowblowers In Stock & Ready To Go!!

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swepi Lp in Chatham Twp, Tioga County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2014-12-08 to Swepi Lp in Chatham Twp, Tioga county. SWMA301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Icy Patch On Road Puts Emporium Man Into Ditch

Emporium Woman uninjured In Crash Into Guard Rail

Bradford Fire And Ambulance Dispatched to Main St For A MVA

Bradford Fire And Ambulance Dispatched to Main St For A MVA.

At 11:07 PM on Friday Bradford Fire and Ambulance dispatched to Main St. for an MVA. Ambulance Recalled.

Westfield Man Arrested For DUI In Addison

Westfield Man Arrested For DUI In Addison

On Dec. 3, state police at Painted Post were dispatched to a one-car property damage accident on Hardscrabble Road in the Town of Addison. 

Following an investigation, Thomas V. Oswalt Jr., 30, of Westfield, Pa., was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of 0.20 percent, felony driving while intoxicated for a previous DWI, breath test refusal, driving without a license, and several other traffic infractions.  Star Gazette




Paul E. Wennin, 86, a former resident of 32 Elk St., Coudersport, PA

Paul E. Wennin
Paul E. Wennin, 86, a former resident of 32 Elk St., Coudersport, PA passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Washington Health Center in Washington, PA. 

He was born January 21, 1928 in Johnsonburg, PA, the son of the late Benjamin and Mary (Nestlerode) Wennin who were residents of Sinnemahoning, PA. On September 21, 1981, he married Gilda Elliott who predeceased him on August 23, 2013.
WWII Veteran

Currently residing in Bentleyville, PA, Paul was a veteran of WW II serving with the U. S. Army infantry in the Pacific Theater of Operation. He received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation of Japan Medal. For 45 years he was employed as a Lineman for Tri-County Electric in Coudersport, PA. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in Potter County.

He is survived by one son, Kevin Wennin of Perry, OK, two stepchildren, Randy Metz of Bentleyville, PA and Cindy Reed of Means, KY, four grandchildren, Lawrence Chamberlain, Savannah Chamberlain, Randy Metz Jr. and Phillip Metz, one great-grandson, Jake Perla, one brother, Richard Wennin, two sisters, Nancy Kowalski and Mary Wood, as well as several nieces & nephews. 

He was predeceased in addition to his wife by one brother, Benjamin Wennin and one sister, Margaret Housler.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville, NY. The funeral will be Monday, December 15, 2014 at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Eulalia Cemetery in Coudersport. 

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Fountain of Life Church at 2101 Old National Pike Washington, PA 15301. 724-239-2974.

To leave online condolences, please visit

Coudersport Ambulance To Main Street

At 8:35 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Main Street for a 19 month old child fall victim with a head injury.

Nancy Lent of Coudersport is a Winner!!

Wolf - full speed ahead on Medicaid expansion after swearing-in

Wolf - full speed ahead on Medicaid expansion after swearing-in

By John L. Micek |

NEW YORK _ Gov.-elect Tom Wolf said Friday that he plans to move Pennsylvania into the expanded Medicaid coverage offered by Obamacare when he takes office next January, sounding the likely death knell for outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett's "Healthy PA" program.

"I want to make sure people have access," to coverage, Democrat Wolf told reporters during a brief interview Friday afternoon as this weekend's Pennsylvania Society festivities at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Midtown Manhattan moved into their second day.

Wolf said he's spoken to Washington about what it will take to move roughly 500,000 state residents currently without health coverage into the joint state/federal program. Read more...

Lucy V. Scalise Notoro, 92, of Warren, PA.

Lucy V. Scalise Notoro
Lucy V. Scalise Notoro, 92, of Warren, PA. passed away peacefully, Thursday evening, December 11, 2014 at her residence. 

She was born at home in Warren, PA. on May 22, 1922 to the late Guiseppe F. and Maria Josephine Scalise Scalise. 

She was a Warren area resident her entire life. She was a 1939 graduate of Warren High School. Lucy was employed her entire life in various office positions and loved interacting with the public.

She was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church and former Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed attending the Warren Concert Association series for many years with her longtime friend, Florence Scalise of Warren, PA. She was an avid reader, reading thousands of books, enjoyed traveling and crossword puzzles. Her happiest years were spending time with her grandchildren.

Lucy was the beloved favorite Aunt and Matriarch of the family, who opened up her home for all family members to gather. She was the heart of the family.

Lucy is survived by her two daughters – Pamela M. Good and her husband, Clarence Good, III, of Doylestown, PA., Diane F. Hayes and her husband, Chuck Hayes of Warren, PA., 3 Grandchildren – Brian G. Good, and Daniel C. Good of Doylestown, PA., Ann Elaine Good of Seattle, WA., several nieces, nephews, cousins and 15 Godchildren. 

 Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph R. Notoro, whom she married August 25, 1942 in Warren, PA., who died September 6, 1984, 3 Brothers - Anthony J. "Mooney" Scalise, Peter P. Scalise and infant - Frank Scalise. 3 Sisters - Ellen E. Manno, Rose M. Falvo, Sylvia M. Yeskey, a Nephew – Dr. Joseph E. Manno.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 4 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 3:45 P.M. members of the church Altar Rosary Society will recite the parish rosary at 5:45 P.M.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA. with Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St. Joseph Church Educational Center, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA. 16365 or Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Street, Warren, PA. 16365 or Warren Public Library Association, 205 Market Street, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Michael A. Rooke, 64, of 56 Shonts Road, Bradford, PA

Michael A. Rooke
Michael A. Rooke, 64, of 56 Shonts Road, Bradford, PA passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014, at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born September 6, 1950 in Southampton, United Kingdom, he was a son of the late Edwin Arthur Rooke and Maureen (Stickland) Caughhey, who survives.

He was a 1968 graduate of Palatine, Illinois High School and studied at Northern Illinois University.

He was married to Dianne L. (Frick) Rooke, who survives.

He moved to Bradford in 1976 and worked for Bradco Milk Company. He worked for South Penn Service for a time and also worked for Blue Bird Coach Lines as a coach driver for a number of years. He then owned and operated M&D Trucking Company until his retirement in 2007.

At the time of his death, he was employed by St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

He enjoyed golf, bowling and riding his Harley Davidson.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three daughters, Melanie Little, and her children, Seth and Sarah Little, of Altenburg, MO; Tiffany (Jason Babcock) Rooke, and their children Mason, Garrett, Gage, Gavin and Mya Babcock and Bridgette (James, Jr.) Copeland, and their children, Jack and Lily Wells and Owen Copeland, all of Bradford; two brothers, Shaun Rooke, of Port Allegany; Phil Rooke, of Denver, CO and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Rooke.

Friends are invited to call from 4-6 PM, Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Avenue, where funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 with Rev. Steven Collins, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church, officiating. Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Office of Admissions will host an open house on Jan. 24 for prospective students.

The open house is designed to give prospective students and their families the opportunity to visit and tour the campus and learn more about academic programs, student life and various co-curricular activities Pitt-Bradford has to offer.

The open house will also include a student-run panel to discuss student and campus life with participants.

Registration begins at 12:30p.m. in the lobby of the Frame-Westerberg Commons where faculty will meet with participants to talk about various academic programs.

The Pitt-Bradford Office of Admissions will also host a first Friday event on Feb. 6. First Friday will include an admissions presentation, a campus tour by one of the current Student Ambassadors and lunch in the university dining room.

Those who visit the campus will have their $45 application fee waived.

For more information or to register for the open house or first Friday, contact the office of admissions at or call 1-800-872-1787. Online registration forms are also available at

For disability needs for any of the admissions’ events, please contact the Pitt-Bradford Office of Disability Services at 814-362-7609 or



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Office of International Services and Study Abroad will host its third annual photography exhibition “Passion.”

The exhibition will be held from Jan. 16-30 in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall and is open to students, faculty, staff and community members.

An opening reception will be held Jan. 16 from noon until 3p.m. in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall.

Submissions for the exhibition will be accepted from Jan. 5 through 13. Participants are asked to drop off submissions between 12:30 and 4:30p.m. at the box office in Blaisdell Hall. Photographers may submit up to three pieces sized 5 inches by 7 inches or larger. All submissions must be matted, and/or framed.

Amateur photographers may submit photos for the following categories: Passion, Open, Funniest Shot, Black and White, Let’s Eat, Nature’s Gifts, Scary Travel Photos, I Can’t Believe I Caught That Shot, Best Student Shot and Best Amateur Shot.

Professional photographers will be considered for Best Professional Shot and People’s Choice Categories. Visitors at the opening of the exhibition will vote for the People’s Choice Award photos. All student submissions will be considered for the Best Student Shot.

For entry forms and more information, contact Kristin Asinger at or call (814) 362-5154.

Doreen Galeotti, 92, of Austin, PA; Owned & Operated Galeotti's Restaurant For 43 Years

Doreen Galeotti
Doreen Galeotti
“longtime Austin, PA resident”

Doreen Galeotti, 92, of Austin, PA, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a brief illness.

Born June 15, 1922 in Leicester, England, she was a daughter of Walter and Dorothy Robinson Harding. On July 15, 1974 in Austin, she married Danta L. “Dan” Galeotti, who passed away on April 16, 2011.

Doreen served in the Women’s Royal Air Force in England during World War II, attaining the rank of Corporal. She immigrated to the United States in 1948. 

Doreen, along with her husband, owned and operated Galeotti’s Restaurant in Austin for 43 years. After Dan’s death, she continued to operate the business until March of 2014.

She loved to cook and enjoyed reading.

Surviving are a son, Carl (Anita) Benedict of Sioux Falls, SD; a grandson, Derek Benedict of Hugo, MN; a granddaughter, Linnea (John) Foreman of Gilbert, AZ; a great-granddaughter, Alexis Koller of Maplewood, MN; two stepdaughters, Laurie Galeotti of Phoenix, AZ and Lettie R. (Darryl) Zwolinski of Alden, NY; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins in England.

In addition to her parents and husband, Doreen was predeceased by two brothers, Alec and Maurice Harding.

Friends may call on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Austin Free Methodist Church, Costello Avenue, Austin, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at which time funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. Roger Laktash, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Austin Area High School, Austin, PA 16720 for Vo-Tech students pursuing a career in the culinary arts.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

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News From PA Dept. of Agriculture

Dec. 11, 2014
Message from George Greig
Secretary of Agriculture
It’s hard to believe that we’re finishing the final week of deer season and less than two weeks from Christmas. Holidays with my family are at the front of my mind, but I had the privilege to accompany Gov. and Mrs. Corbett to the Central PA Food Bank on Tuesday. We dropped off nearly 500 pounds of food donated by ourselves and the staff who work for us. It’s enough to provide 500 meals, food bank staff estimated. They’ll get the food to where it’s needed the most. They deserve our gratitude. And while we personally give back, the staff of PDA’s Bureau of Food Distribution provide support to food banks through three programs: the State Food Purchase Program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. Each has its own purpose and set of guidelines. All use the innovations forged by passionate, conscientious staff to provide PA with the most bang for the bucks we allocate to helping those in our communities who need a hand. PA’s food distribution system is hailed as a national model. Still, for all we can offer as the state and federal gov’t, I encourage you to help by giving yourself. Whether by donating venison or money or by assisting your friends and neighbors in other ways, the actions are welcomed. You make a difference. You help keep PA growing.

Scotland Elementary fifth-grader Madison Ogden of Chambersburg was named the grand prize winner of PDA’s Dog Licensing Poster Contest today during an assembly at the school in Franklin County. Sec. Greig recognized 11-year-old Madison for her winning artwork is featured as the cover of the next PA Dog License Coloring Book, which will be distributed statewide.

Farmland Pres. Meeting Caps Successful Program Year
PA's farmland preservation program had its most successful year of preserving both farms and acres of farmland since 2009. Yesterday's meeting preserved 28 farms and 2,678 acres in 16 counties across the state. Since the program began in 1988, federal, state, county and local gov'ts have invested nearly $1.3 billion to preserve 502,757 acres on 4,732 farms in 57 counties for future ag production.

15-Day Crop Insurance Window Ends Dec. 25
Dec. 10 was the insurance period end date for corn insured as grain, soybeans and grain sorghum. If you think there is a probability of a yield or revenue loss on your covered acres, file within 15 days or you forfeit the opportunity to file a claim. Producers are personally responsible for developing their risk mgm't plans before enrollment deadlines. 

New Attractions, Returning Favorites Set for Farm Show
PA's diverse ag industry will again be on display at the 2015 PA Farm Show. The 99th edition adds a new high-tech Woodmobile, Food Network celebrity chef Aaron McCargo Jr., a lumberjacking events exhibition, family-friendly Farm Show Ag Olympics, a new healthier and kitchen appliance-friendly soybean oil for fryers at the Farm Show Food Court, and the Fill a Glass with Hope fresh milk food drive. Returning favorites include celebrity contests, the Today's Ag display, the Parade of Ag, and Farm Show Detectives stations.

Organic Farms Conference Brings Together Six States
More than 100 producers from six states gathered in Harrisburg for the inaugural Growing PA's Organic Farms conference Tuesday and Wednesday, which focused on advanced organic production practices with in-depth, extended-length programs on current organic farming issues. The conference was developed by PA Farmlink through requests in the Path to Organic program and featured as speakers USDA, university and industry reps and successful farmers.

Did You Know?
PA's State Food Purchase Program distributed nearly 34.4 million pounds of food to approximately 1.9 million Pennsylvanians between July 2013 and June 2014. The SFPP is the largest program of its kind in the nation.


Cross Streets: GLEN HAZEL RD * RUSH RD

12/12/2014 3:39:21 PM

Shinglehouse Ambulance and Medic 6 Dispatched To Old Ceres Rd.

At 3:41 Friday Shinglehouse Ambulance and Medic 6 were dispatched to Old Ceres Rd for a child fallen with a head injury.

Hamlin Township Fire Dept. Dispatched To Vehicle Crash

Hamlin Township Fire Dept. Dispatched To Vehicle Crash

At 2:23 PM on Friday, Hamlin Township Fire Dept. & EMS from Mt. Jewett & Smethport dispatched to a vehicle into a pole crash on Rt. 6 near Bloomster Hollow Road. Caller reported a black truck passed a white car. White car hit pole. Airbags deployed.

University of Pennsylvania President Under Fire For Participation In Student Die-In Protest

Robert J. Lloyd, Jr., 69, of, Port Allegany , PA

Vietnam Vet
Robert J. Lloyd, Jr., 69, of, Port Allegany , PA died Thursday (December 11, 2014) at his home surrounded be his family.

He was born Oct 27, 1945 in Buffalo, a son of Robert J. and Doris Schultz Lloyd, Sr..

Mr. Lloyd attended school in Coudersport and he was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Vietnam War

Mr. Lloyd delivered auto parts for Greeley Auto Parts of Coudersport

Surviving in addition to his father of Coudersport are:

Three daughters: Somer Williams of Mountville, PA, Amber Lloyd of Port Allegany and Ashley Dotson of Lewisburg, W Va.

8 grandchildren

One brother Dennis Lloyd of Munson, PA

Three sister Linda Bretz of Coudersport, Janet Diamond of Milton, PA and Gloria Rhineholtz of State College, PA

Following Roberts’ wishes there will be no visitation or funeral services

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

Smethport Dispatched To Dump Truck Rollover Crash

Smethport Dispatched To Dump Truck Rollover Crash

At 1:48 PM on Friday, Smethport Fire Rescue and Ambulance dispatched to a dump truck rollover off the roadway at the intersection of Bordell Crossroad & Rt. 46 in Keating Township. Caller reports no entrapment.

Gary D. Calhoun, 76, of Shinglehouse, PA,

Gary D. Calhoun
“beloved father, grandfather, and brother”

Gary D. Calhoun, 76, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.

Born December 9, 1938 in Port Allegany, PA, he was a son of Golden R. and Marjorie F. Stonemetz Calhoun.
US Navy

Gary enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1956 and served for over 20 years, attaining the rank of E6 (First Class Petty Officer). During his military career, he traveled extensively throughout the world. He also was a driver in the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. 

After retiring from the Navy, Gary was employed at the Olean General Hospital in Olean, NY as the department head for Central Supply. While employed there, he attended Jamestown Community College in Olean earning his associates degree in business. He was then employed by the North Carolina Prison System where he retired as a corrections officer.

He attended the former Evangelical United Brethren Church in Coneville and then later the Ceres United Methodist Church. He was a member of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. in Shinglehouse, a member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530, and faithfully served with the Potter County Honor Guard. 

He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, golfing, and watching westerns. He loved his dog Pugsley, but his greatest love was his family.

Surviving are a son, John G. (Lisa) Calhoun of Kernersville, NC; a daughter, Heidi (Ricky Nudd) Calhoun-Nudd of Shinglehouse; four grandchildren, Joel G. Calhoun, John T. Calhoun, Madison I. Nudd, and Holly B. Calhoun; two sisters, Maxine L. Rice of Shinglehouse and Gayle L. (Bernard) Zawrotny of Bath, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Gary was predeceased by two brothers, Dennis D. Calhoun and an infant brother.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 15, 2014, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

Members of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. will conduct a memorial service at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Monday.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse American Legion, PO Box 25. Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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Doris L. Kriner, 85, formerly of 2 South Avenue,Bradford, PA

Doris L. Kriner, 85, formerly of 2 South Avenue,Bradford, PA passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born December 13, 1928 in Smethport, she was a daughter of the late Albert Lloyd and Jessie Lillian (Young) Reed.

On September 9, 1946 in Smethport, she married Robert L. Kriner, Jr., who passed away July 1, 2004.

She was a 1946 graduate of Smethport High School.

She worked for a time at The Smethport Diner. After she married her husband, she raised her family. She then worked for Corning Glass Works for a number of years and also worked at Zippo Manufacturing for a few years. Also, she and her husband owned and operated The B&O News and Record Store in Bradford.

She moved south with her husband and worked for Kemet and Union Carbide. Upon returning to Bradford after retirement, she worked for Bradford Pharmacy for a number of years.

She enjoyed playing golf in several leagues at Pine Acres Country Club as well as bowling in local bowling leagues.

She was a member of West Branch United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son, Dennis Kriner, of Kingston, OK; two daughters, Candy Smith, of Surry, OK and Penny (Mark) Caswell, of Bradford; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

At Mrs. Kriner's request, there will be no public visitation and funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Smethport. Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, December 12, 2014

Kane Open House – Thank You for Coming! 

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Kane office on Thursday for the open house. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and look forward to working with all of you in the year ahead. Pictured with me, left to right, are Kane Borough Manager Don Payne, Kane Borough Councilman Gary Schul, Kane Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tim Holt, and Kane Area School District Vice President Maj. Thomas Kerek (retired).

An Early Lesson in Government

Bradford Mayor Tom Riel and I talked with third-graders at School Street Elementary School about state and local government recently. The session was organized by teacher Rebecca Ward and is designed to get the kids interested in their government from an early age. They asked some really great questions!

New Law Takes Effect to Battle Heroin Epidemic 
A new law to help in the battle against heroin overdoses is now in effect. Act 139 of 2014 enables first responders, including law enforcement, firefighters and all emergency medical services personnel, to administer naloxone to individuals experiencing an opioid overdose.

Additionally, the legislation allows friends or family members of a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to receive a prescription for naloxone and administer it. The drug counters the effects of drugs like heroin and can save lives.

Finally, the law offers Good Samaritan and other immunity protections in certain situations for those responding to and reporting an opioid overdose. For more information about this new law, click here.

Mixed Review on November Revenue Collections

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue recently released its total calculations for revenue collections for the month of November. While some collections are significantly above estimate for the month and the year, the overall budget deficit still looms large.

The Office of the Budget confirmed earlier this week that the Commonwealth will have a projected $2 billion budget gap next year.

For the month of November, Pennsylvania collected $1.7 billion in General Fund revenue, which was $5.6 million, or 0.3 percent, above estimates. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $10.6 billion, which is $109 million, or 1 percent, above estimate. Sales tax collection, personal income tax collection, corporate tax revenue and inheritance tax are all above initial projections for both the month and the year to date. Those increased collections could be a sign of a growing economy.
The realty transfer tax was down roughly 13.4 percent for the year, as were taxes on cigarettes, beer, liquor and table games, but only by 0.4 percent for the year. Non-tax revenue is down 19.5 percent for the year.
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Are You Prepared for the Winter Travel Season?

While we all get plenty of opportunities to drive in cold, snowy weather here, it is still important to ensure you are prepared for winter weather emergencies.
According to State Police and PennDOT, motorists should make sure their vehicle is in proper working order, particularly batteries and tires. Every vehicle should have an emergency preparedness kit on hand which includes a cell phone with charger, heavy blanket(s), gloves, salt or sand, flashlights, snow shovels, water, non-perishable food items, ice scraper, snow brushes, tow chain, jumper cables, extra batteries, road flares and an emergency cash supply.
If you do become stranded, it's better to stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Run the engine every hour or so, but make sure the tailpipe is clear to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, and keep the downwind window cracked open.
For more winter driving safety tips, click here.

Minita C. Henderson, 81, of 8 Howard Street, Bradford, PA

Minita C. Henderson
Minita C. Henderson, 81, of 8 Howard Street, Bradford, PA passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at her residence.

Born March 25, 1933 in Cambridge Springs, she was a daughter of the late Parker and Vera (Arter) Brown.

In 1960 in Cleveland, OH, she married Robert L. Henderson, who passed away September 27, 2012.

She did secretarial work throughout her life in the Cleveland, OH area, retiring in 1989.

She was an avid reader, enjoyed writing short stories, playing bingo, playing and inventing board games and traveling.

She is survived by three daughters, Robin Henderson, of Louisville, KY, Donita Bryant, of Cleveland, OH and Christine Davis, of Gary, IN; four sons Norman Davis, of Northeast, Randy Davis, of Erie, Martin Davis, of Meadville and Scott Henderson, of Bradford; a sister, Nancy Seawright, of Cleveland, OH; two brothers, Jack Brown, of Staten Island, NY and David Brown, of Cleveland, OH; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and dear friends, Vel Litt and Beverly Henderson.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Vera Brown and Elizabeth Pope and two brothers, Donald Brown and Bill Arter.

At Mrs. Henderson's request there will be no visitation and funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Enroll Now In Healthy PA For Health Insurance Coverage Starting Jan. 1, 2015

Welcoming Mason Carter Smith Born December 8 at Cole Memorial Hospital


12/12/2014 11:50 AM EST
Giant Eagle has issued a recall of Giant Eagle Apple Pistachio Salad and Apple Pistachio Salad with Chicken because the salads may contain fresh cut Gala red apples currently recalled by Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. To date, Giant Eagle has received no reports of customer illnesses associated with this recall.

John G. Hastings, Jr., 82, Frederick, MD; Blossburg Native Drove for Kennedy, Johnson & Nixon Families

John G. Hastings, Jr.
John G. Hastings, Jr., 82, died on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Somerford Place Assisted Living, Frederick, MD. 

He was born May 25, 1932 in Blossburg, PA, the son of the late John G. and Rachel (Brown) Hastings, Sr.

US Marines
John was a US Marine, having served in the Korean War from 1951-1954. In John’s case he enlisted in the US Army in 1956. One year later he was transferred to Paris, France and became a chauffeur for the Chiefs of Staff at SHAPE. In 1961, John was transferred to Washington, D.C. and assigned to the White House. John spent the next 12 years driving for Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and their respective families. Of the three White House families he worked for, John enjoyed the Kennedys most. He had many fond memories and mementos of all the families he served. John became an OTR truck driver for McLean and Yellow, after leaving the White House in 1973, when he retired from the US Army.

Surviving are his son, Gregg A. Hastings of Ashburn, VA; three daughters, Patricia A. Larrivee and Dawn M. Hastings, both of Wellsboro, PA; Kathleen R. Hoffman (Christopher) of Cedar Grove, NC; three brothers, Stanley Hastings, Emporium, PA; William Hastings, Syracuse, NY and Richard Hastings, Wellsboro, PA; two sisters, Margaret Hastings and Marjorie Freeman, both of Wellsboro, PA; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Friends and family are invited to John’s Life Celebration on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 12-2 PM, at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd. , ”A Life Celebration Home”, 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. Funeral service to follow at 2:00 PM, with the Rev. Dr. Roger Wagner officiating. Burial in West Branch Cemetery, with full military honors. 

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Reports Drilling Started

ANADARKO E&P ONSHORE LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cogan House Twp Township

ANADARKO E&P ONSHORE LLC reports drilling started on 2014-12-12 00:00:00 at site KENMAR HC A-1H in Cogan House Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

Dog found in Hector Township

Dog found in 
Hector Township. 
Male, well behaved. 
Call 814-367-2710 
if belongs to you.