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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Full replays of the two day girls basketball holiday tournament held at the Wolves Den.

Bradford DUI Charge Pending Toxicology Report

Kane House Fire Caused By Unattended Candle Caused $75,000. Damage


Texas Firm Recalls Pork Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
Garcia Foods, Inc., a San Antonio, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 190,450 pounds of pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
Texas Firm Recalls Pork Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
HEB Meat Center, a San Antonio, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 83,666  pounds of pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
Texas Firm Recalls Pork Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
J & B Sausage Co., a Dallas, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 45,904 pounds of chicken and beef products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Ulysses Bank Honors Barb Heimel With This Year's Christmas House Danation

Barbara Heimel
Each of the last several years, the Ulysses Branch of First Citizens Community Bank has donated to the generous work of the Christmas House in Coudersport. 

This year the donation was made in honor of Barbara Heimel who has given countless hours over the last 25 years toward the work of the Christmas House. Special thanks to Barbara, one of Potter County’s great citizens.

Pictured are Phillip Vaughn, Manager of the Ulysses Branch, and volunteers Georgia Merrick, Judy Mottershead, and Billie Haskins.

Eldred Township Dispatched To West Eldred Road For One Car Accident

Eldred Township Dispatched To West Eldred Road For One Car Accident

At 9:48 PM on Saturday, Eldred Township Fire Dept. dispatched to a one car accident at the intersection of West Eldred Road and Beers Hollow. Caller reports hitting deer, fluids on the roadway, no injuries.
9:54 PM--recalled by chief 18-40

Duane A. Hurlburt, 44, Andover, NY

Duane A. Hurlburt
Duane A. Hurlburt, 44,  Andover, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 24, 2014 at home.

Mr. Hurlburt was born on March 22, 1970 in Coudersport, Pa. to Duane J. and Gloria J. (Hamilton) Hurlburt.

Duane hunted and sold naturally growing ginseng and ran a small engine repair shop. He previously worked for Larry’s Sport Center in Galeton, Pa. and Howard’s Inc. in Coudersport, Pa.

Duane is survived by one daughter, Krystle (Nathan Higley) Hurlburt of Millersburg, Pa.; three sisters, Sue Ann (Donald) Hutton of Colesport, Pa. and Gloria Jean (Ray Button) Hurlburt and Rose (Dave) Slater, both of Wellsville; three brothers, James L. (Lisa A. Webb) Hurlburt and Ronald L. (Leigha) Hurlburt, both of Andover and John W. Hurlburt of Bolivar; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Additionally, he leaves behind his dog and “best friend”, Bam Bam.

In addition to his mother, he was recently predeceased by his father, Duane J. Hurlburt on Dec. 12, 2014 and one sister, Marian Vansicle.

Duane was known as a man with a big heart. He loved anything outdoors. He liked four wheel riding, hiking, fishing, ginseng hunting and snowmobiling. He enjoyed jamming on his bass guitar, working on anything mechanical or just plain helping people.

There will be no prior visitation. A memorial service will be held on Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Andover Fire Hall.

Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.

Albert "Clink" Streich, Jr., 91, of 418 Spring St., Emporium, PA

Albert "Clink" Streich, Jr.
Albert "Clink" Streich, Jr., 91, of 418 Spring St., Emporium, PA died at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA on Saturday (December 27, 2014) morning.

He was born February 21, 1923 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Albert and Margaret Zurflue Streich.

On July 5, 1947 in Reynoldsville, PA he married the late Regis Halowell Streich.
WWII Veteran

Mr. Streich served with the US Army, Company B 350th infantry, during WW II. He received a Purple Heart medal and also campaign medal with 2 bronze stars. 

Clink retired after over 43 years as a truck driver for Sylvania. 

He was a member of the First Presbyterian church, VFW, where he served as a past commander, member of th Moose, Bucktail Rod & Gun Club and the Sinnamahoning Sportsman Club. 

He enjoyed hunting, viewing the elk and collecting antler sheds. He likes the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philies and most of all spending time with his family.

Daughter: Cheryl Taylor and her husband Bill, Middleway, WVa
Daughter: Jean House and her husband Tom Coldiron, Taneytown, MD Son: Gary Streich and his wife Peg, Emporium
8 Grandchildren
12 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Virginia Stebick, Keating Summit
Sister: Lois Gribble, Emporium
Sister: Judy Farren, Emporium
Several nieces and nephews

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Albert and Margaret Zurflue Streich
Wife: Regis Halowell Streich
5 Sisters: Dorothy Streich, Kay Quigley, Charmain Donovan, Evelyn Benedict & Mabel Gennocro
Brother: Herbert "Chub" Streich

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (December 30, 2014) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Philip W. Sanders, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 6-8 PM.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA Memorial Contributions may be made to American Heart Assoc., PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL, 60693

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Jackson Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2014-12-22 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site TOLBERT 263 1X in Jackson Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Chatham Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2014-12-22 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site SHOWALTER 822 24H in Chatham Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Roulette Ambulance To Main Street

At 1:05 AM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance dispatched to Main Street for a medical emergency.

Oswayo Valley School Super In Top 3 For North East Position

Oswayo Valley School Super In Top 3 For North East Position

 Erie Times-News
NORTH EAST -- The North East School Board has narrowed its pool of candidates vying to become the district's next superintendent to three.

The finalists for the district's top job are Bea Habursky, the Erie School District's executive director of human resources; Jarrin Sperry, superintendent of the Conneaut School District; and Frank McClard, superintendent of the Oswayo Valley School District in Oswayo, a small, rural district in northwestern Potter County.  Read more...

Estate Coin Auction Saturday, January 3rd at Carter Auction & Event Center in Allegany, NY

Friday, December 26, 2014

Dogs Missing From Sartwell Creek Road Are Home

They were just brought home. Thank you for everyone's efforts.


Photo courtesy of  Glenn Rees



9:36 PM Fire C4420 FIRE OUT

Reliable sources say the fire was an arson and one suspect is in custody. The house was reported to be condemned and not lived in for several years. Reported to have been up for tax sale with no takers. No information has been released by State Police at Coudersport at this point and no charges listed yet on online court dockets. State Police had issued a BOLO earlier in the evening for a car with WVA plates in connection with the fire. Austin Fire & Ambulance units were back in the hall at 12:50 AM on Saturday.

Charles L. Payne, 68, of Peachtree City, GA, Port Allegany, PA, Native

Charles L. Payne, 68, of Peachtree City, GA, passed away on December 16, 2014.

He was born on August 9, 1946 in Turtlepoint, Pa. to Cecile and Wayne Payne. He graduated from Port Allegany High School in Port Allegany, Pa. and then from Williamsport Community College in Williamsport, Pa.
US Air Force

He married his wife, Jan Y. Healy Payne on December 5, 1970. 

He retired from the US Air Force in 1989 and the FAA in 2013. 

Charles is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth Payne and John Payne; and one sister, Connie McAfee.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jan Y. Payne, of Peachtree City, Ga.; two sons, Nathan Stewart-Payne (James) and Aaron Payne; grandchildren, Kalob, August, and Tyler Payne all of Glenville, N.C. and grandson, Mason Payne-Faillo of Peachtree City, Ga.; his sister, Vesta Rossette of Port Allegany, Pa.; and brother, Milton Payne of Eldred, Pa.

A Celebration of Life Memorial was held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the chapel at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, Peachtree City, Ga. with Military Honors. 

A visitation with a small reception was held following the service.

Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc Engine 1 is back in service

Roy F. Healy, 89, of 405 Maple Ave., Ridgway, PA; Ridgway Postal Carrier For 35 Years

Roy F. Healy, 89, of 405 Maple Ave., Ridgway, PA, died Wednesday evening, Dec. 24, 2014 at Pinecrest Manor following a brief illness.

He was born Nov. 2, 1925 in Ridgway, son of the late Claude and Mae (Hawk) Healy.

He married Rita M. Frank on June 14, 1952, she survives.

WWII Veteran
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life, and he was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, the church choir, the Ridgway Fire Department - Second Ward for 52 years, and the American Legion.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, and he was a veteran of WWII.

He had been employed by the Ridgway Post Office as a letter carrier for 35 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Michael D. Healy of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Daniel J. (Lisa) Healy of Ridgway; seven grandchildren, Michael Jr., Debra, Jason, Nichole, Christopher, Tyler, Danielle; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth Poyner.

A Memorial Mass for Roy F. Healy will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. with military honors accorded by the Ridgway Servicemen's Burial Detail.

Officiating will be Fr. Brian Vossler, pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church.

Burial will be in St. Leo Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ridgway Fire Department, St. Leo Catholic Church or to Pinecrest Manor.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home, 136 Center St., Ridgway.

Sadie is home

Sadie is home - she came to the door at 5:30 this morning.

If you received a new cell phone for Christmas.........

It's that time of year! If you received a new cell phone for Christmas, and you are giving your old phone to your children as a toy, remember that the phone can still call 911. Please remove the battery before giving the phone to the little darlings. Thanks.

Structure Fire Reported at 4019 County Road 12

Structure Fire Reported at 4019 
County Road 12

At 3:00 PM on Friday, Several Allegany County Fire Departments are responding to a structure fire at 4019 County Road 12 (Elm Valley Road). Mentioned are Andover, Alfred, Alfred Station, Almond, Whitesville. Volume is too low on online scanner to hear details.


PA Dept. of Agriculture News

Message from George Greig
Secretary of Agriculture
December is a month of major changes, where long nights and freezing temperatures arrive and stay, winter officially arrives, and when 2015 PA dog licenses are ready to be placed on your best friend’s collar. We officially kicked off the 2015 dog licensing campaign last Friday with a stop at Scotland Elementary to congratulate fifth grader Madison Ogden as our grand prize winner of the PA Dog Licensing Poster Contest. Her winning artwork does a nice, clear and colorful job of pointing out the importance of licensing your dog, since the license is his ticket home. We transformed it into the cover of The PA Dog License Coloring Book, which will be distributed to youth statewide. Other finalists’ posters are featured inside the book. They carry the simple message – license your dog, because not only is it the law, it’s the best way to ensure he makes it back home. A license is easy. The application is simple and only requests owner contact info and details about the dog being licensed like name, age, breed and color. An annual dog license is $8.50, or $6.50 if the animal is spayed or neutered, which is cheap insurance of a homecoming if he gets lost. Lifetime licenses are available for dogs with a permanent ID like a microchip or tattoo. Older adults and people with disabilities may be eligible for discounts. When I head home this weekend, I’m swinging by our county treasurer’s office to pick a license up for Max. There’s no reason not to.

Careful language, equal standards and sound science should be applied to four Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) draft rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sec. Greig submitted comments on Monday after FDA released its second revisions of the proposed rules. He requested they carefully revise the definition of 'farm,' cover produce auctions and markets under the produce safety rule, conduct more ag water research before setting a standard, reduce the burden on agribusinesses, apply all rules equally, and ensure equality in standards for foreign and domestic producers alike.

Young Detectives Can Investigate New FS Stations
Three new learning stations strengthen the 2015 PA Farm Show's Farm Show Detectives program, which helps young explorers investigate PA ag. Visitors can get maps stamped at each station and turn in the maps for the chance to win a year's worth of Turkey Hill ice cream and other treats. The 29 stations feature 4-H, alpacas, apples, beef and veal, bees and honey, beetles and bugs, the butter sculpture, dairy, dogs, edible nuts, the env't, farm eqpm't, goats, horses, local food, logging horses, maple, mushrooms, pigs, poultry, rabbits, sheep, vegetables, vet medicine and the WoodMobile. 

Bring Antique Tractors for Wed. of 2015 PA Farm Show
Farm equipment enthusiasts can display their vintage iron in the ninth Antique Tractor and Engine Show at the Farm Show. Entries are open to any restored wheel and crawler tractors built before 1975 as well as antique farm trucks and stationary gas engines and original tractors in good condition. Space is limited to 100 entries, on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry and parking is free for all exhibitors. Call 717-738-2573.

Nearly $232,000 in Grants Help PA Farm-to-School Food
Three recipients will use a combined $232,000 in federal grant funding to expand farm to school programs that source local products for school lunches. The Northern York Co. School District received $99,940 to connect producers with 42 schools and nearly 25,000 students across three counties, Common Market Philadelphia Inc. received $93,600 to provide more than whole and sliced and packaged local apples to 14,700 students at 18 Philadelphia public charter schools, and The Food Trust received $38,443 to convene a Mid-Atlantic regional farm to school conference.
Lumberjacks, Lumberjills Demo Logging Events at FS
Watch a new exhibition of lumberjacking events like axe throwing; crosscut sawing; springboard, standing and underhand chops; and the hot saw by the PA Professional Lumberjack Organization at the 2015 PA Farm Show. They’ll demonstrate multiple wood harvesting techniques and horse-drawn logging on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Large Arena. Horse-drawn logging demos will also be held through the week.

Did You Know?
PA is home to 1,360 Christmas tree farms – second-most in the nation – growing trees spread across 31,577 acres.

Rollover Crash with Ejection On Rt. 646

Rollover Crash with Ejection On Rt. 646

At 1:35 PM on Friday, Hilltop Fire Dept. and Smethport Ambulance dispatched to a one vehicle rollover accident in the area of 3134 RT. 646. Caller reports one unconscious patient with possible head injuries who was ejected from the vehicle.. A helicopter is being placed on standby.
1:44 PM--Lafayette Dispatched mutual aid.
The crash is in front of Glick's service station in Gifford. There was at least one other occupant in the vehicle.


Magazine Smethport PA Boy's Life Bicycle Cover

Rear-End Crash On South Avenue In Bradford

Rear-End Crash On South Avenue In Bradford

At 12:52 PM on Friday, Bradford Township Fire Dept & Bradford City Ambulance dispatched to the area of 700 South Avenue in Bradford Township for a 2 vehicle rear-end collision. Unknown if injuries.  Now reporting possibly one injury.

Framk J. Mitchell, 84, of Galeton, PA

Framk J. Mitchell, 84, of Galeton, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport. 

Born April 30, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Miklitsch) Mitchell. On June 18, 1955 in Galeton, he married the late Shirley Paul, who preceded him in death on February 22, 2014. 

Frank worked at Galeton Production for many years as a mechanic, owned and operated his own farm, and was an original co-owner of Mitchell’s Twin Valley Farms in Germania. 

Frank was a member of St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church in Galeton, a member of the Galeton Moose, a member of the Black Forest Snowmobile Club, and sat on the Board of Elections for West Branch Twp. 

He greatly enjoyed polka and feeding the wild birds. 

Surviving are; two sons Stephen (Vickie Hurst) Mitchell and Brian (Charlotte) Mitchell, both of Galeton; four grandchildren, Jason Mitchell, Alicia Mitchell, Aimee (Robert) Fisher and Brandy Mitchell; three great grandchildren, Breanna Fillmore, Chad Fisher and Macie Casher; a brother-in-law, Bravo Button; a sister-in-law, Erma Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, Frank was predeceased by a brother, Albert Mitchell, and a sister, Helen Button. 

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Galeton, on Monday, December, 29, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00pm and at St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church, Galeton on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 from 10:00 to 11:00am 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 charity of the donor’s choice.

Mona L. Resig, 84, of Shinglehouse, PA

Mona L. Resig
“beloved Christian, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister”

Mona L. Resig, 84, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY, after a brief illness.

Born September 7, 1930 in Hollidaysburg, she was a daughter of Henry C. and Ova N. Redden Adams. On September 10, 1949 in Duncansville, she married George W. Resig, who passed away March 4, 2003.

She was a graduate of Hollidaysburg High School. Mrs. Resig was employed as a secretary at the former Clark Brothers in Olean and later as a secretary at the former Clair Manufacturing in Olean. She was then employed as a secretary at CONAP, which is now Cytec Industries in Olean, from where she retired.

Mrs. Resig was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and a Communion steward. She was a member of the Circle One women’s group of the church. 

She enjoyed knitting and was a great cook.

Surviving are a daughter, Cathy E. (Gregory) Cone of Shinglehouse; a son, Steven D. (Deborah) Resig of Shinglehouse; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; a brother, Bernard E. (Barbara) Adams of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Resig was predeceased by a daughter, Kelly J. Little; and a sister, Vivian E. Bess.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 28, 2014 with the Rev. Becky L. Edwards, pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mona, please visit

Estate Coin Auction Saturday, January 3rd at Carter Auction & Event Center in Allegany, NY

Think About It

The Enemy Within
Pastor B.J. Knefley

There is a saying that goes like this, “I have seen the enemy and it is me”. The sad reality is that regardless of what is happening in our life the greatest enemy to our happiness and joy is me. We may not like to admit that, but it is true. It has been said that life happens while we are making other plans. What does that mean? It means that while we are expecting one thing to happen something else does. When life comes at you in this manner, it takes the wind out of our sails. Instead of being in control, we are out of control because the events in our lives are disrupting our equilibrium or sense of well being. So what or how do we deal with life then?

First, we need to understand, realize, comprehend, and every other adjective that you can think of to express the point that nothing that you are experiencing is new to man. You are not unique, you are not being punished, you do not have a dark cloud over your head, it is life, and regardless of any other reasons, God is allowing it. The second thing is that we need to talk about it. David, on numerous occasions in the Psalms, wrote about what he was experiencing. Some might call it complaining, but what he was doing was laying it out there. He was simply stating that he did not have the answers and that he was being overwhelmed by the problems that he was facing. Third, we need to get our mind off the problem. That does not mean that we attempt to forget about it, that will not work anyway, and attempting to forget about it only drives it deeper. No, we need to focus on something else, redirect our thinking, go for a walk, read a book, music, anything that works for you. For me, music is the best way to redirect my thoughts when I am being overwhelmed by a problem. Ultimately, it is a heart issue. Proverbs 4:23 gives this warning, “Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life”.

Lastly, do not let others tell you what you should not, or should be thinking. Instead, you need to learn to tell God, that is what David did. Remember, God is allowing whatever is happening. He sees the beginning and the end, and has you in the plan. Think about it.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Mona L. Resig, 84, of Shinglehouse, PA,

Mona L. Resig

Mona L. Resig, 84, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY, after a brief illness.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

Smethport Man Charged With DUI After Truck Overturns On Rt. 46

Port Allegany Man Jailed After Troopers Discover Irregularities In Documents

Will Seneca Resources Violate Local Ban On Disposal Wells In Highland Township?

Disputed injection well moving forward in Highland Township

By CHUCK ABRAHAM Era Correspondent
Bradford Era

Seneca Resources Corp. is preparing to move forward with the next step of constructing a wastewater injection well in Highland Township, Elk County, but the township’s residents say they’re ready to fight.

In a letter dated Nov. 3, the Texas-based company gives formal notice of plans to convert a working well in Highland Township into a Class-II injection well, at a site roughly 2,200 feet from the local water source. Read more...

Hispanic Male Jailed For DUI & Being Illegally In The US

Hispanic Male Jailed For DUI & Being Illegally In The US After Coneville Crash

When Trooper Kyle Butler arrived on the scene of a motor vehicle accident in the Village of Coneville in Hebron Township at 1:24 AM on Christmas morning, he found a hispanic male who was driving under the influence.

Subsequent investigation found that Noel Ventura Cortes, 36, with no known address was in the country illegally. Cortes had driven over the embankment at the intersection of Route 44 and Route 244.

After arresting Cortes, Immigration Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security were both notified. Cortes was arraigned by video before District Judge Kari McClef\aft who set bail at $10,000.

In addition, a federal detainer was issued and Cortes was committed to the Potter County prison on the detainer and failure to post bail.

Cortes also was cited for several traffic violations:




Kane Volunteer Fire Dept. Called Out For House Fire Overnight

Welcoming Elmer Chauncey Knauer, Born December 7 at Geisinger Hospital

Welcoming Elmer Chauncey Knauer 
Son of Duke& Shana (Miller) Knauer of Port Allegany, PA.   Baby Elmer arrived 2 months early on 12-7-14 at Geisinger Hospital in Danville, Pa. weighing in at 3lbs 4oz and 17in long. Elmer is doing well and has recently been transferred to Dubois Regional Medical Center where he continues to grow and develop. He currently weighs 3lbs 13oz.  Thank you to all that have sent thoughts and prayers!!!

Paternal Grandparent: Elmer Knauer of Port Allegany, Pa

Maternal Grandparents: Bruce and Kimberly Miller of Smethport, PA

Maternal Great-Grandparents: Rex and Jane Bennett of Eldred, Pa

A baby shower will be held Sunday 12-28-14 at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church on the corner of  Pine and Water Street in Smethport. 2:00pm-4:30pm. All are welcome.


Westfield & Clymer dispatched. Report one vehicle over embankment into water 1/2 mi South of Rt. 49. Medic 3 also dispatched. POSSIBLE CONFINEMENT.


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City: FOX

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PA Wilds: Craft distilleries cook up success

PA Wilds: Craft distilleries cook up success

Jennifer Black behind the bar at Blackbird
 Jennifer Black behind the bar at Blackbird
When Jennifer Black and her husband opened Blackbird Distillery in Brookville, she bought a large vintage scrapbook and used a ruler to make lines on the blank pages so customers could write their addresses.

"We didn't think we'd fill this in a year," Black explains as she flips through the pages, filled with names. She estimates the business has seen 40,000 customers in the 146 days it has been open.

"We're awestruck," she says. "We never in a million years thought we'd have this kind of response."

Blackbird is one of at least three craft distilleries that have opened in the Pennsylvania Wilds in recent years, creating jobs and adding momentum to tourism efforts in this rural 12-and-a-half county region.

Before this mini booze boom, the area had already seen the launch of close to a dozen craft wineries. Like many of those, the region's new distilleries focus on small batches, locally-sourced products and a unique customer experience that sets them apart from the competition. 


When the Blacks got their craft distillery license two years ago, they had no building or business plan in place, just a strong work ethic, a small business background and a desire to do something new.

"My husband and I, we're workers," explains Black from behind the bar at her business.

Before starting Blackbird, her husband was a welder in a power plant -- hot, hard work. She ran several small newspapers in rural towns. In 2012, when Pennsylvania created a Limited Distillery License, the Blacks applied.

From the start, the vision was to focus on moonshine and create a "hillbilly" experience around it. They built a barn-style building to house the distillery, sided with wood and decorated inside with corrugated tin. They positioned themselves at the end of a long country driveway; at the other end they parked a rusty vintage Ford flatbed with whiskey barrels in the back and the business' name on the side.

Inside, Johnny Cash plays on the radio, the bathroom is called the "Shit House" and employees, Black especially, often wear bib overalls held up by one shoulder strap. Jars of canned peppers and packages of homemade smoked meats and cheeses line the shelves.

"You come here for an experience," Black says in her best hick accent.

The Blackbird has quickly grown into "a major tourism attraction," explains John Straitiff, executive director of the Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau. "They are even attracting buses on day trips just to sample their moonshine. When Jennifer is in character as a hillbilly, you can always count on being entertained."

The Blackbird's sign-in books -- there are now several -- include entries by people visiting from Pennsylvania, California, Ohio, Delaware, Massachusetts and Kentucky.

"Loved the history that was shared with us on the making of the moonshine," a woman from Canada wrote online at Trip Advisor.

Black says that, as far as she knows, Blackbird is the only distillery in the country making moonshine without machinery.

"My husband does it all by hand," she insists. "It's hand-crafted on site from grain to bottle. We are trying to show people how they made moonshine back in the day when they made it in the woods. It's an art."

All the corn Blackbird uses is grown locally. The spent mash is given to a local farmer to feed his cows, pigs and horses.

When each batch is done, the bottles are hand-labeled and corked; the top is dipped in copper-colored wax kept warm in a crock pot. In fact, one crock pot has already melted through the bottom from overuse -- Black keeps it handy behind the counter to demonstrate just how crazy business has been.

The Blacks have no plans to sell to local bars and restaurants. If anything, their long-term vision is to build a "Blackbird Village" of artisan shops nearby. For now, Black's happy just keeping busy and making people laugh.

"We are overwhelmed by business," she says. "We're just so thankful to the Lord."


On the eastern side of the Pennsylvania Wilds, in Lycoming County, Shawn Zimmerman has opened Mountain Top Distillery, focusing on clear corn whiskey, flavored moonshine and brandy. The distillery is on the same Williamsport property as his other business, Bastress Mountain Winery, which includes a large banquet hall.

Zimmerman, 53, was working at a prison when he decided to turn his wine-making hobby into a business.

"I've been making wine since I was 20 years old," he explains.

Bastress Mountain opened in 2001 and grew every year, achieving record sales in 2014. That success led Zimmerman to try his hand at making spirits. Mountain Top opened in 2013 with a bull-riding theme: they offer Bucked Off Shine, Rode Hard Shine and Jacked Up Shine, for example.

Shortly after launching, the distillery opened an outlet in the tiny town of Benezette, epicenter of the area's growing elk tourism industry. Hundreds of thousands of people flock there each year to experience the largest wild elk herd in the Northeast.

Zimmerman, who hails from Elk County, knew first-hand the impact elk tourism was having. He had a stake in Elk Mountain Winery, which launched in nearby St. Marys as the Elk Country Visitor Center was being built. The winery opened an outlet in Benezette that did well, so the distillery followed suit. According to Zimmerman, this year Mountain Top's Benezette outlet outsold its main branch in Williamsport nearly two to one.

"We sell a lot of product out of there because of tourism," he explains. "It's been outstanding. People just love it."

Going forward, Zimmerman's focus is on building Mountain Top's retail business, which may involve acquiring a bigger still to better meet demand.

"Another guy wants to do an outlet store in Pittsburgh," he adds.


In Kane, in the northwest corner of the PA Wilds, CJ Spirit's Rocksov Rye Vodka and Wilds Gin are making headlines.

Distillery co-owners Sam Cummings and Tom Jones, buddies since grade school, have long tossed around the idea of starting a business together. When the craft spirits industry started to percolate, they knew they'd found their thing.

"We knew we would in be on the ground floor," recalls Cummings. "Our state license number is 11, and nationwide, when we started, there were only about 400 or 500 distilleries."

Cummings traveled around the country, taking classes on how to make spirits. He and Jones bought a piece of property and built a distilling operation attached to a small restaurant and bar. They installed a large glass window between the two sides so customers could see CJ's 300-gallon Artisan Hybrid Still at work.

Sourcing things locally was important from the earliest stages.

"We feel that if more people did this, the region would be much more viable," explains Cummings. "We used local contractors to construct the building and all materials were bought locally. We bought a load of hemlock logs for our siding from a local forester. We had a local guy with a small mill [turn] the logs into siding. We bought our wood for our bar from Kane Hardwood, which is right across the street -- several friends built it for us. We used McCourt Label to make our labels. All of our grains come from a local farmer when they are available and we give our spent mash to a local pig farmer to feed his livestock. Our coasters and business cards were purchased from Laughing Owl Press in Kane."

In June 2014, CJ Spirits held a grand opening celebration, stretching a green ribbon across the laps of more than a dozen family and friends posing for pictures in front of the shiny new still. Jones cut the ribbon.

"Tom and I brought two different skill sets to the equation," says Cummings. "Tom has always been a people person. I've known the guy my whole life and I don't know anybody who doesn't like him."

While Jones worked the front of the business, Cummings worked the back, tackling accounting, distilling and the thorny world of regulations – skills he picked up running his family's business, Cummings Funeral Home, for over two decades.

Now let's talk about the booze. The duo started out making Rocksov, a rye-based vodka. Next it released the corn-based Wilds Vodka and Wilds Gin. Then this fall, they released Graveyard Sam's White Whiskey to satisfy the current moonshine craze.

Asked what sets their products apart, Cummings explains that small batch distilling allows you to isolate the middle run or "hearts cut" during distillation -- the pure alcohol portion of the run. Large companies do continuous distillation, which makes it almost impossible to isolate the hearts portion.

"Many people are of the mindset that bigger is better," he says. "They feel that the big companies' products are better, simply for the fact that they are worldwide. I always tell people that thinking we can't make a better vodka than Grey Goose is like saying that you can't make a better hamburger at home than at McDonald's."

Validating his point, last week the CJ team learned that its Rocksov had earned a "90 - Excellent, Highly Recommended" score at the prestigious International Ultimate Spirits Challenge held in New York City, where it went head-to-head in a blind tasting against vodkas from around the world. Rocksov was also evaluated in a gimlet cocktail, where it earned the highest rating: "Drop Dead Delicious."

"We were very happy," recalls Cummings. "We were going against the biggest vodkas in the world."

As a startup, CJ has focused on its own retail and getting area establishments to carry its product. So far, about 50 have signed on. Rocksov is the best seller, followed closely by Wilds Gin.

"We market the old fashioned way," he explains. "We call them and try to set up an appointment. Then we go and do a tasting with them. Most establishments have been very receptive."

Getting into bars is easier than getting bars to move your product, but word is getting around.

"We've recently been contacted by a new farm-to-table restaurant that is opening in Harrisburg," says Cummings. "It is going to be a huge establishment and they want to create drinks around our products."

The company is also researching how to get into state stores and distribute to other states.

"It is a very complicated process," says Cummings. "It will take time. Hopefully within the next two years, we are in the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits stores as well as distributing to a couple other states. In 10 years, we would like to have a large distribution network set up."

Rocksov's top rating in the international competition "will be very beneficial when approaching distributors," he adds. "They only rate you if you score 80 or above, so going in, we were just hoping to get rated. The 90 rating puts us in very nice company. We always knew our vodka was good, but this offers some validity from a neutral source."

TATABOLINE ENOS travels the Pennsylvania Wilds working with small business owners, artisans, entrepreneurs and residents who are helping grow the region's nature and heritage tourism industry. She lives in a small farming town in the northwest corner of the PA Wilds with her husband and two young sons. Follow Ta's work at or on Twitter at @pawildsTreps. To explore the PA Wilds region, check out

Sorry For No Coverage Today For Allegany, Tioga & Cameron Counties

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2014 - 3075212/25/201411:52 AMFIRE / STRUCTURE2415 ROUTE 6GAINES TWP

Solomon's words is working today to bring you the latest news, however our online scanner sources for Tioga County and Cameron County are turned down so low that I can't hear them even if I was able to put my ears in the computer. This had been a constant problem for these two sources. Allegany County that also covers Potter County was apparently knocked off line due to power failures last night, so we have very little coverage of those areas. If you know the people who provide this great service, ask them if they can turn them up so we can hear them.

The web cad seems to be working today, so we've posted the dispatches.

SunkenBranch - Recent game photos (1647 total) To View or Buy

SunkenBranch - Recent game photos (1647 total)
Santa's money saving helper, SunkenBranch.
The gift you forgot about is waiting.
Happy Holidays

Frank J. Mitchell, 84, of Galeton, PA

Frank J. Mitchell, 84, of Galeton, PA, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. 

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton on Monday, December 29, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm and on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 from 10:00-11:00am at St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church, Galeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00am. 

Full obituary will follow.

Some Photos From Eldred's Christmas Parade

Photos of Eldred's Christmas Parade shared by Dan Causer.

Samuel DeMark, 90, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA

Samuel DeMark, 90, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA died at the Manor on Tuesday (December 23, 2014) evening following a lengthy illness. 

He was born October 6, 1924 in Austin, PA a son of the late Dominic and Lena Perry DeMark. He married the late Mary Zelenz DeMark. Mr. DeMark graduated from Austin High School. 
WWII Veteran
He served with the US Army during WW II as a mechanic stationed mainly in Alberta, Canada. He retired from Motor Coil in Emporium where he worked as a truck driver for many years. 
He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church. Sam enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed all wildlife.

Surviving Sister: Arlene DeMark, Portville, NY 
Sister: Marie Anastasia and her husband Ralph, Olean, NY 
Several Nieces and nephews

Preceded in Death By Parents: Dominic and Lena Perry DeMark
Wife: Mary Zelenz DeMark who died June 20, 1991 
2 Sisters: Frances Spong and Madeline DeMark 
Brother: Dominic DeMark

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (December 27, 2014) at 1:00 PM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. 
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Saturday, two hours prior to the Service. 

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

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


David M. Croyle, Jr, 62, of 2615 Old West Creek Rd., Emporium, PA

David M. Croyle, Jr.

David M. Croyle, Jr, 62, of 2615 Old West Creek Rd., Emporium, PA died Sunday (December 21, 2014) morning while walking near his home. 

 There will be No Visitation. 

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be announced at a later date.

 Memorial Contributions may be made to the VFW Post 6221, 427 East 3rd Street, Emporium, PA 15834


Katie Green of Roulette is the Big Winner in the To Fill A Backpack Christmas Raffle

The final ticket has been drawn for the 12 Days of Christmas raffle and was worth $1,000. The winner was a little surprised and had to ask me the second time how much she had won because I don’t think that she believed me. Thanks again to all that have supported the To Fill A Backpack program…it is that support that helps keep the program going.

One Vehicle Crash At Coneville Overnight


OVERNIGHT--Coudersport Fire Dept. & Ambulance with Medic 6 dispatched. Reported one vehicle over embankment. No medical transport.



Address: 5880 ROUTE 66
City: wetmore

12/25/2014 1:34:29 AM

12/25/2014 1:45:59 AM 

From the 101.7 Newsroom, I'm news director Chuck Abraham with breaking news...

A structure fire in Wetmore Township in the early morning hours on Thursday severely damaged a house and displaced a family on Christmas morning.

The Kane Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Thursday morning to the residence of Lee Baum at 5880 State Road 66, according to chief Tim Holt. Holt said that Baum was home at the time the fire started. The homeowner told Holt that the fire started in a bathroom on the north side of the structure. No injuries were reported.  Read more...

Shinglehouse Ambulance To South Stevens Street

At 11:29 AM on Thursday, Shinglehouse Ambulance dispatched to South Stevens Street for a transport to hospital.

Amador Garrote, age 76, of Galeton, PA

Amador Garrote, age 76, of Galeton, PA, died at home, unexpectedly, on Monday, December 22, 2014. 

Amador was born on February 3, 1938 in Argentina, a son of Santiago and Maria Garrote. He was the husband of Katherine (Smith) Garrote. 

He worked for PennDot before his retirement. Amador enjoyed playing Santa Claus for the town of Galeton. He was a soccer coach and very active in the community. Amador loved to travel and did so frequently with his many friends.

Armador is survived by his wife, Katherine; son, Michael (Maureen) Garrote of Brazil, daughter, Ada (Alan) Van Derweele of VA, stepdaughters, Lisa (Joe) Kightlinger of Port Allegeny, PA, and Lana (Mark) Beers of Cochranton, PA; stepson, Alan Flynn of Coudersport, PA; 5 grandchildren, Alan and Christopher Van Derweele and Sammy, Sophia, Zack Garrote; 5 step-grandchildren, Jessica Hurrie, Rorie Kightlinger, Katie Jo Kightlinger, Allison Kightlinger and Nora Custead; 6 great grandchildren, Andrew and Addison, Gabrielle and Gavin, Jayden, Mary Kate. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Hugh (Cathy) Smith, and a sister-in-law, Patricia Doud, and several nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by a brother, Adrian Garrote and a sister, Chona Marquez, and brother-in-law, Roger Smith.

Family and friend to attend a Memorial Mass at St. Bibianas Catholic Church, Germania St., Galeton, PA on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Noon with Rev. Joe Daugherty as Celebrant. 

Memorial donations may be made in Amador's memory to the Galeton Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton, PA 16922 and the Galeton Ambulance Assoc., West St., Galeton, PA 16922.

Wind Advisory issued December 25 at 4:31AM EST until December 25 at 12: 00PM EST by NWS


Merry Christmas From Gustin's Auto & Truck Service

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Andover Woman Charged With Shooting Duane A. Hurlburt To Death

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Washington County Gas Pipeline Fire; Evacuations In Progress

10:44 PM·

URGENT: Gas pipeline fire in Chartiers, Washington County, PA. Evacuations in progress. This is happening right outside of the Houston processing plant I am being told.

Mt. Jewett Dispatched To Tree Blocking Route 6

Mt. Jewett Dispatched To Tree Blocking Route 6

At 11:10 PM on Wednesday, Mt. Jewett Fire Dept. dispatched to a tree blocking Route 6 about 1 mile from Lindholm Road.

Joe Dubots of Coudersport is a Winner

Well everyone…we are down to the final draw of the 2014 12 Days of Christmas raffle….the final ticket will be drawn tomorrow, December 25th. We would like to take this time to Thank everyone that donated a prize for this year’s raffle which helped us convert it from 12 days of drawings to 25 days of drawings. Stay tuned for the big draw tomorrow…we will post as soon as the winner is notified…