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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Robert A. Hackett, 58 of 7396 Rt. 417 East, Bolivar, NY

Robert A. Hackett

BOLIVAR - Robert A. Hackett, 58 of 7396 Rt. 417 East, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, December 29, 2015 shortly after admission to Jones Memorial Hospital Wellsville. 

He was born on May 12, 1957 in Cuba, NY. Bob was the son of Kenneth and Carolyn Childs Hackett.
US Army Veteran

He was a graduate of the Bolivar Central School class of 1975 and was a graduate of Bryant & Stratton College Buffalo. 

Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1975-1981. 

Following his discharge from military service, Bob moved to Buffalo and established his business R.A. Hackett Painting Inc., which he operated until 2008. In 2008 Bob relocated back to Bolivar where he continued operating his painting company until the time of his death. 

Bob was a member of the Kenyon Andrus Post 772 American Legion Bolivar and was a volunteer at the Hart Comfort House Wellsville.

He is survived by two children: Nicole (Bob) Casell of Tonawanda NY, Christopher Hackett of Buffalo and his mother Carolyn Hackett Bolivar. Also surviving are three brothers: James Murray from Georgia, Carl (Alice) Hackett of Bolivar, Kenny (Sue) Hackett of Stannards, NY; four sisters: Vickie Simard Bolivar, Jody (John) McLaughlin Bolivar, Judy (Reggie) Faulkner Scio, Karen Jordan Florida. 

He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Hackett in 2010.

Friends may call at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. Bolivar on Monday January 4, 2016 4-7 PM. Funeral and committal services will be held from the funeral home on Tuesday January 5, 2016 at 11 AM. Rev David Herne of the Heritage AFlame Ministries, Bolivar will officiate. Burial will be in Bowler Memorial Cemetery, Little Genesee, NY.

Memorials may be made to the Hart Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Coudersport Ambulance To Tennessee Avenue

At 9:12 PM on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Tennessee Avenue in Hebron Township for difficulty breathing.


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Roulette Ambulance Dispatched To Main St In Port Allegany.

At 8:10 PM on Thursday Roulette Ambulance was dispatched to Port Allegany, North Main St. for a medical emergency.

EMS Dispatched For Head-On Crash On Rt. 16 In Olean

At 7:19 PM on Thursday, Olean 10 has been dispatched to assist at a head-on collision on the bridge on Rt. 16 just north of the Chuckwagon Restaurant.

RT. 287 South of Cogan House Closed in Lycoming County

At 6:28 PM on Thursday, Cogan House Substation has been requested to shut down Rt. 287 Southbound due to a motor vehicle accident in Lycoming County..

Multi-Vehicle Accident With Injuries On Veterans Bridge On I-86

At 6:05 PM on Thursday, Allegany Fire Department has called for assistance from Westons Mills Fire Dept. while they are working a multi-vehicle accident on the Veterans Bridge on Route 86.

Roulette Ambulance To Fishing Creek Road

At 6:11 PM on Thursday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Fishing Creek Road for difficulty breathing.

Firefighters Take On Massive Fire At Marks Brothers Restaurant & Lounge In Mansfiaeld

Marks Brothers Restaurant in Mansfield.Wellsboro Fire Dept. photo.  See more by clicking here.

Wiscoy-Rossburg, Fillmore Dispatched To MVA With Fire

At 5:46 PM on Thursday, Wiscoy-Rossburg and Fillmore Fire Dept. have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash with fire on County Road 23 near Centerville road. One occupant is reported out of the vehicle with no injuries.



(By Mike Leone)

(Ransomville, NY)...For the first time in its near 60-year storied history, Ransomville Speedway will host a Crate Late Model event at the 3/8-mile oval located in western New York. The Friday, July 15 race will not only be sanctioned by the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series powered by Pace Performance, but will be a $2,000 to-win "Marquee" Touring Series event!

Long known for its open wheel Northeast-style Modified racing under the Friesen Family for the past 42 years, the Ransomville, New York facility was recently sold to the Atwal Family, who will continue ownership of the popular Friday night facility in 2016. With the growing number of RUSH Crate Late Model events in western New York and Ontario, Ransomville becomes the latest track to schedule a RUSH event.

The July 15 date will be an open event for racers as RUSH weekly-sanctioned Friday night track, Freedom Motorsports Park, will give the RUSH Late Models the night off to compete at Ransomville- a track 70 miles to the north. RUSH will now appear on a weekly basis for the first time at Genesee Speedway on Saturday nights in Batavia, New York, which is 45 miles to the southeast of Ransomville. Then of course Humberstone Speedway features the RUSH Late Models on a weekly basis on Sunday nights in Port Colborne, Ontario, which is 40 miles to the southwest. RUSH will also return to Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ontario for a $2,000 Touring Series race on Monday, May 23.

"We were thrilled when Ransomville contacted us about hosting a Touring Series event," acknowledged RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. "Ransomville is definitely one of those tracks that everyone has heard of and is very well-known throughout the Northeast. I know a lot of our racers were excited when the news broke of an event at Ransomville. It's great to continue to be able to add more and more well-known speedways to our RUSH participating track list. The total number of tracks that will be hosting either a weekly or touring event throughout the Northeast in 2016 is fast approaching 30 and we can't thank these promoters enough for giving our racers, regardless of what part of the region they are from, the ability to earn valuable championship points at their facilities."

"We are very excited to host the RUSH Late Model Series," commented General Manager Tana Robinson. "We are always looking to add something new and exciting to our schedule - the RUSH Late Models Series will allow us to do just that. Early interactions with the folks at RUSH along with positive feedback from some of the Late Model drivers and our fans has been a plus. We look forward to working with everyone at RUSH in 2016 and hopefully beyond."

The Ransomville event will be one of the 12 RUSH "Marquee" Touring Series events paying a minimum of $2,000 to-win part of the Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat" program. The complete Touring Series schedule that also includes six "Platinum" events paying a minimum of $1,500 to-win will be released later this winter.

In addition to being part of the Touring Series program, the Ransomville event will also allow member racers to accumulate Sweeney Weekly Series and Pace Performance "Summer Chase" points in addition to those racers eligible for the "Bilstein Bandits and "Futures Cup" programs.

Ransomville Speedway is located at 2315 Braley Road, Ransomville, NY 14131. For information, check out their website at, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @Ransomville.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop,, B.R.A.K.E.S.,, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is Like our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.


We're offering a $200.00 reward for someone willing to come forward , with information about who shot our dog in the face. This was in Cyclone PA on a 21 of December . Contact either Carol 8145984736..or Rob at 8145980705. We would like to put a stop to this cruelty.


12/31/2015 03:18 PM EST
Thomas Produce Company of Boca Raton, FL is recalling 174 bulk-packed containers of Cucumbers. This product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Du Monde Gourmet Recalls Jafflz Sandwich Products Due To Possible Cooling/Process Deviation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2015 – Du Monde Gourmet, a Park City, UT establishment, is recalling approximately 235 pounds of ready-to-eat pocket sandwich products, which may have experienced temperature deviation and may contain Clostridium perfringens, Bacillus cereus, and/or Clostridium botulinum.

Galeton Weather report for December 2015

by Henry Lush
The best way to describe December 2015 is by saying it was warm and wet. Finally after two bitter, record breaking winters global warming has arrived in Galeton. It is about time. We had above normal temperature readings for many days, however, I don't think any records were broken. The month started out warm after a warm Thanksgiving and then it stayed that way for the remainder of the month. High 50's and low 60 degree readings were common throughout the month. On the 24th it was 65 degrees at 7am. Even early morning temperatures were mild for December in, the high 20's and low 30's.

We had 16 days with measureable rainfall. The greatest snowfall was 1" on the 29th. It really was a mixture of ice pellets and snow. Everyone with snow plows enjoyed the opportunity to get them out and plow. We recorded 16 morning with fog. Some of the fog was very heavy until mid morning.

This year we received 4.39" of rain and melted snow. We received 1.4" of snow. 1" was the greatest snow depth. Last year we received 2.66" of rain and melted snow with 7.3" of snow.

For December the average high temperature is 35 degrees and the average low is 22 degrees. The record is 68 degrees in 2012 and the record low is minus 9 in 2004.

For 2015 we received 39.52" of rainfall which is 2.77" below normal and 42.50" of snow which is 11.5" below normal.

Pine Creek looks great, fast moving and beautiful. The Canada geese like it and in fact they may be staying for the winter.

Bradford Dispatched For Rollover Crash On West Washington Street

At 4:06 PM on Thursday, Bradford Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to West Washington Street near the upper sharp curve for a rollover accident involving a truck with 2 occupants.

Police Investigating Criminal Mischief Incident On Flickerwood Road

Four Charged With Cruelty To Animals At Kane Area Farm

Click here to read the rest of Marcie's story

Cyclone Man Charged With Disorderly Conduct

Pennsylvania State Police Urges Drivers To Use Caution & Common Sense


Joseph Lashway
Juniata Valley Financial Corp. (OTC- BB: JUVF.OB), parent company of The Juniata Valley Bank, announces the appointment of Joseph Lashway as Senior Vice President, JVB Northern Tier Division Manager.

Mr. Lashway joined FNBPA (First National Bank of Port Allegany) on September 1, 1998. Prior to joining FNBPA, Mr. Lashway was a FDIC Bank Examiner for seven years.

Mr. Lashway has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Western New England College where he graduated Magna cum laude. Mr. Lashway is also a graduate from the School of Banking at Georgetown University.

Mr. Lashway is a former Rotarian and Port Allegany Club Secretary for 15 years and past President and Member of the Port Allegany Area Economic Development Corporation.

Mr. Lashway and his wife Mary, reside in Port Allegany with their two boys, Christopher and Tyler. Joe enjoys camping and has actively coached the Olean, NY Youth Hockey Association for 15 years. He is also a longtime travel coach for the Port Allegany Youth Baseball Association and Potter/McKean Little League All Stars.

The Juniata Valley Bank, the principal subsidiary of Juniata Valley Financial Corp., is headquartered in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, with fifteen community offices located in Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Huntingdon, McKean and Potter Counties. Since 1867, the Bank has been committed to customer service and customer satisfaction. The Bank offers a broad variety of retail and commercial banking services, including consumer and commercial online banking, consumer mobile banking, trust services and the opportunity to obtain investment products and services through Financial Network Investment Corporation. More information regarding The Juniata Valley Bank can be found online at

The Friends of Lyman Run will be lighting up the dam once again this year.

The Friends of Lyman Run will be lighting up the dam once again this year..this time without the interference from a full moon! The event will be held on Saturday, January 9th at 7 pm.

Over 300 luminaries will be set up along the dam walkway to help celebrate making a 2016 resolution to spend time exploring nature in the outdoors. Last year the event was held on January 1st and was called "First Night, First Light" but the luminaries were out-shined by an extremely bright full moon, so this year's date is during a dark of the moon period and the number of chem-stix per luminary bag will be doubled, so we are going to give it another try and cross our fingers that it will be spectacular. 

Visitors are invited to stroll the length of the dam to experience walking through through the luminaries...dress warmly as there is usually a breeze on the top of the dam. This program is free and is sponsored by the Friends of Lyman Run, a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation which is dedicated to being the voice of the people for PA Parks and Forests. 

Event will be cancelled if the weather is awful. Please direct question to the Lyman Run State Park office at (814) 435-5010. Event volunteers are reminded to be at the park to help make up the luminaries at 3:30 pm. Meet at the Park Maintenance building. A chili and cornbread supper will be provided to helpers.

Centerville Dispatched For Vehicle Crash On Mink Road

At 2:15 PM on Thursday, Centerville Fire & Houghton & Rushford Ambulance have been dispatched to 10080 Mink Hollow Road for a one vehicle accident with possibly no injuries.


Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers Potter County Advisory Board held its annual dinner at Tri-Town Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. in Ulysses, PA. Over 100 people attended to cele-brate CFTT’s 2015 accomplishments in Potter County, as well as to learn more about how CFTT works in the community.

The Potter County-based endowment funds of CFTT grew in number from nine at the end of 2014 to twenty-four by the end of 2015. Many of these 15 new endowment funds were created by people who had something in their hearts they wanted to build into a legacy, something that would reach far into the future, and they recognized that by establishing an endowment fund with CFTT, they would have a vehicle to do that.

Some of these new funds include: The Patrick W. Ryan Creative Writing and English Scholar-ship, Austin Dam Memorial Fund, Susquehannock Trail Club Fund, Ruth Agar Memorial Scholarship, Rose Marie Tubbs Memorial Scholarship, Northern Potter Athlete of the Year Award, Gerald F. Duffee, Sr. Scholarship, and Northern Potter Athletic Endowment Fund.

Also notable is that in the summer of 2015, CFTT was given an anonymous donation of $242,000, with instructions to divide $20,000 among the existing Potter County funds. In many cases this contribution boosting these funds to endowment status. With the remaining $222,000, seven new endowment funds were created to benefit already established Potter County nonprofits that did not already have endowment funds in place.

These seven organizations are:
* Austin Volunteer Fire Department * Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department
* Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association * Eulalia Cemetery
* Hearts Response, Inc. * Potter County Historical Society
* Teacher’s Pet Rescue

A popular feature of the Potter County’s annual dinner is the drawings for six $500 grants. This year these grants were made possible by the CFTT Community Impact Fund, the CFTT Potter County Community Impact Fund, Coudersport Lions Club, First National Bank of Port Allegany, Kightlinger Motors, Inc., and Northwest Savings Bank. The winners of the draw-ings then chose a Potter County nonprofit to receive a $500 grant. These drawing winners and the organizations they chose were:

* Michelle Mather chose Coudersport Vol. Ambulance
* Ron Ebbert chose E.O. Austin Home/Historical Society
* Gene Kosa chose Barbara Joy Olney Community Harmony Fund
* Cathy Bowers chose Patrick W. Ryan Creative Writing and English Scholarship
* Donna Lehman chose Eulalia Cemetery
* Nancy Smail chose Gale Hose Ambulance


Roulette Ambulance Dispatched To Brophy Avenue

At 1:55 PM on Thursday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Brophy Avenue for a child with seizures.

Alfred, Allfred Station Dispatched to Rolloover Crash with entrapment

At 1:45 PM on Thursday, Alfred & Alfred Station have been dispatched to to E. Valley Road near the intersection of Lynch Road for a rollover accident with entrapment.
Requesting a helicopter on standby. The patient has been extricated.

Lucinda M. “Cindy” LANE, 54, of Harrison Valley PA

Lucinda M. “Cindy” LANE

Lucinda M. “Cindy” LANE, 54, of Harrison Valley PA, died Thursday, December 31, 2015. 

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Barefoot Child Comes To Dollar General To Buy Star Wars Figure

First thing this morning, officers responded to a found child at the Dollar General store. Store employees had found a young child wearing light clothes but no shoes and socks standing at the front door when they arrived. The employees did not recognize the child and called the Police. 

Police arrived quickly and found employees getting the child socks. Moments later two adults arrived and identified the child and were attempting to contact a parent. The young child was able to tell officers that he had wanted to buy a Star Wars action figure and wanted to get there early. The father arrived promptly and advised everyone had been out looking for the child. 

They had seen police responding and hoped we had located the child. Our very own Sgt. Erickson obtained permission to purchase the toy for the child out of his own money, making the best out of the incident. The Dollar General employees also bought the child socks for his cold feet.

Far too many times these type of calls have different outcomes. We want to recognize Sgt. Erickson for unselfishness and compassionate response.

Liberty, Morris, and Cogan House Dispatched To A Fully Involved Vehicle Fire.

At 1:06 PM on Thursday, Liberty, Morris, and Cogan House have been dispatched to a fully involved vehicle fire in the north bound lane of Rt. 15 around the 900 block. Caller indicated it was a truck on fire.


Meeting called to order by Chairman Joseph Neal at 4:00 PM

Minutes from previous meetings of 1 December 2015 REVIEWED
Motion made by Joe Neal, 2nd by Mitch Gross, third by Jeffery Moyer to accept as read – Yea vote


An update on the Jander Run sluice replacement

A big “THANK YOU” to most of the residents of Jander Run for their cooperation during the sluice replacement. A special “THANK YOU” to Ms. Payne, Mr. and Mrs. Williams, and Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer on Dug Road.

A very special “THANKS” to LaForge’s employees. These were some of the hardest dedicated workers we have seen. They were a very professional and dedicated crew, with never an employee idle. This was a job “well done”, and as a supervisor who was involved in the whole process, we want to give all of the employees for LaForge Construction, a very “special thanks”.

A new Resolution needed from Ceres Township in order to file PennDot’s annual reports on-line. An Electronic Access Licensing Agreement (EALA) must be submitted to the state. Motion made by Joe Neal to make a resolution to PennDot to accept the agreement, 2nd by Mitchell Gross, 3rd by Jeffery Moyer. The resolution will be number 12312015.
SPCA donation – letter read – no action taken

A big “THANK YOU” to the McKean County Conservation District for their financial contribution of approximately $55,000.00 for the Jander Run Project.
2016 Budget – motion made by Joseph Neal to accept the budget, 2nd by Mitchell Gross, 3rd by Jeffery Moyer

First scheduled regular meeting for 2016 will be on Monday, 4 January 2016 at 4:00 PM – the meeting will be the regular meeting for January. The Reorganizational Meeting for 2016 will be held at 3:30 PM on Monday, 4 January 2016.

Auditors’ first meeting for 2016 scheduled for Tuesday, 5 January 2016, at 4:00 PM
All building and sewage permits need to be filed with Ceres Township before project is started.

Whoever cleaned up the trash at the top of Barden Brook Road, a big “THANK YOU” for your community service.

THANKS to Kenneth Bell for reporting a downed tree in the road.

BILLS REVIEWED Motion by Joseph Neal, 2nd by Mitch Gross, third by Jeffery Moyer to pay bills – motion carried

The next scheduled meeting will be the Organizational Meeting held on 4 January 2016, at 3:30 PM, with the regular monthly meeting to follow. The meeting will be held at 12 Barbertown Road in Ceres Township.

Motion to adjourn by Joe Neal, 2nd by Mitch Gross, 3rd by Jeffery Moyer

Those Present:
Supervisors – 3 Joseph Neal, Mitchell Gross, and Jeff Moyer
Secretary/Treasurer -1 Larry Miller
Residents – Chere Carpenter and Barbara Wildner

Respectfully Submitted,

Larry Miller, Secretary/Treasurer

Mansfield, Lawrenceville, Tioga Dispatched To Structure Fire At Marks Brothers Restaurant

At 11:19 AM on Thursday, Mansfield, Lawrenceville and Tioga Fire Departments have been dispatched to a working structure fire at Marks Brothers Restaurant on College Avenue in Mansfield, PA.

Huge thank you to young MaKenzie! A private citizen handing out hot coffee to responders on scene of a structure fire in Mansfield! We need more like her!
Posted by Lawrenceville Fire Department And Ambulance Association on Thursday, December 31, 2015

Michael Sauers Alumni of the Month

Michael Sauers
We are very pleased to showcase noteworthy individuals who have left a fine legacy and defined the very essence of what and who we are - those who have made us better simply because they were here.

Sauers recent Alumni of the Month - Michael Sauers

Michael Sauers

Year of Graduation

What have you done since graduating from Port Allegany High School?

After graduating high school I enlisted in the military where I spent the next thirteen years on active duty as a navy SEAL operator and instructor. I served with SEAL teams two, eight, five, and naval special warfare command.

I completed four deployments, conducted numerous combat missions, and was awarded for valor multiple times. One of my more memorable moments as a SEAL instructor was putting fellow Port Allegany alumni (Claude Haskins) through SEAL training. Don’t worry Claude, I won’t tell anybody you got lost on the first land navigation course.

Upon completion of my active service I was called back to duty as a civilian contracted instructor. I spent the next seven years instructing BUD/s (Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL), VBSS (Visit Board Search and Seizure), and anti-piracy training.

In late 2007 a fellow teammate and I co-founded the apparel brand Forged®. Today Forged® is a nationally recognized brand headquartered in San Diego, California.

In the summer of 2014 Forged® raised over $1,000,000 in eleven and a half days to support the widow of fellow teammate and friend Chris Kyle. Forged® has partnered with several military affiliated non-profit organizations and has helped raise millions of dollars to support veterans and families of the fallen.

Where do you currently live?
San Diego, California

Who was your favorite teacher in high school? Why were they your favorite?
Several teachers had a positive impact on me. Mr. Kriner was an outstanding coach and mentor. He taught me how to face adversity, and never give up.

Mr. Daisley always took the time to tell you about his life experiences and the choices he made. His advice is still some of the best I've ever received.

Mr. Finn and Mr Caskey were both good at relaying what you were learning to real world application.

Last but not least, the late Jerry Stayer. He was old school and hard as nails, and he definitely taught us discipline from a young age.

What is your fondest memory of Port Allegany High School?
My fondest memories are all the high school football games and wrestling matches I was a part of. We had a great class with some really talented individuals who are doing amazing things still to this day.

Port Allegany is a wonderful town and great place to grow up. I'd like to thank everyone who has supported our military troops and veterans over the years.

Damon Albert Sykes, 78, Wellsboro, PA

Damon Albert Sykes
Damon Albert Sykes

Damon Albert Sykes, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went home to be with the Lord on December 30, 2015 after a brief illness. 

Damon was born December 28, 1937, in Elmira, NY to Arthur and Rosemond David Sykes, who predeceased him. 

He was also predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Sykes Lease. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Angela Fiore Sykes; his daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Shawn Resue of Endicott, NY; his son, Damon Sykes of Buffalo, NY; grandsons and their wives, Archie and Stephanie Resue and great-grandson, Jack, of Endicott, NY; and Brett and Heather Resue and great-grandson, Jameson, of Norfolk VA; granddaughter, Katherine Sykes of Buffalo, NY; numerous dear cousins, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

A graduate of Mansfield University and Elmira College, Damon was an educator and coach for 30 years. His early teaching and coaching career began at Elkland High School, and continued for over 26 years at Addison Central High School, where he taught American History and Social Studies. 

A student of history and politics himself, Damon served in local government on the Elkland Borough Council for many years, including a term as Borough Council President. 

US Navy Veteran
After retiring from teaching, Damon and Angela traveled extensively, and he was able to stand on the D-Day beaches in Normandy, followed Patton’s path through Sicily and Italy, reflected at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, and rode a camel in the desert while gazing at the Egyptian Pyramids; however, he always felt there was no place as beautiful as the Twin Tiers he called home. 

Damon honorably served in the United States Navy, and was a member of the American Legion.

Damon always wanted to know what his children and grandchildren were doing, and enjoyed spending time with his family. His early years in Elmira were full of fond memories of running around with his numerous cousins and trying to hide from his grandmothers all of the trouble they all got into. 

Damon loved watching college football, especially his beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Navy, and he could tell you the stats on any team on any given Saturday. He also enjoyed watching the New York Yankees.

A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Wellsboro, at 10:00 AM Saturday, January 2, 2016, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira at the convenience of the family. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Samaritan House, 3 Morgan Terrace, Wellsboro, PA 16901 or to the charity of one’s choice. 

A special thank you to the hospice unit at The Green Home for their care and compassion of Damon in his last days. 

Local arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd. 139 Main St. Wellsboro. To share your fondest memories and sign the guest book, visit

Coudersport Ambulance To Dwight Street

At 10:42 AM on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Dwight Street for a fall victim.
10:54 AM--Roulette Ambulance dispatched. 
10:57 AM--Roulette recalled.

Coudersport Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Accident In Sweden Valley

At 10:08 AM on Thursday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to East Second Street & Cherry Springs Road for a 2 vehicle accident.

J Squared In Roulette Offers Transmission, Drive Line Rebuilds & Other Automotive Repairs

Lakeview Health Care & Rehabilitation Center Seeking Part Time LPN

Ring In The New Year At The Seneca Inn In Port Allegany

Start The New Year With A Warm and Toasty Car.

Register Online Now For Cutting Edge Gymnastics Next 5 Week Session!registration/ckOw

$1.00 Off All Cases New Years Eve Day At Port Beverage


Sweden Valley Manor Seeking Experienced LPN To Join Our Team

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

John Pisone Promptly Fired After Racist Rant At Rex Energy Well Site Protest

Daily KOS
A Pennsylvania man identified by Butler News as "John Pisone" (he’s now deleted his Facebook page) took time out of his busy day to stop and harass a group people protesting against fracking in Pennsylvania. 
As the video starts, Pisone is chastising the protesters, questioning if they’ve ever had a job. Only seconds later, he turns to cameraman Tom Jefferson (who is black) and let’s loose a vulgar string of obscenities:

Pisone: This chimp right here (pointing at the camera). 
Unidentified protester: What did you say?
Pisone: Yeah, chimp. This fucking nigger right here with a mop on his head.
Protestors: You better get out of here!
Pisone: I don’t give a fuck. He’s milking my fucking tax dollars. 
Protestors: You better leave! You better get out now!
Pisone: I don’t give a fuck what you have to say.
He repeatedly made monkey noises at the cameraman and continued his racist rant (seen in the video below).
Tom Jefferson uploaded to the video to YouTube and it didn’t take long for outraged internet sleuths to contact his employer, MMC Land Management, who promptly fired John Pisone, releasing the following statement:
MMC Land Management
Today, we were disgusted to learn that one of MMC’s former employees used racial slurs and made racially charged comments during a peaceful protest in Mars, Pennsylvania, outside of work hours at a location with which we have no affiliation. We are sorry that this incident occurred. Whether at work or not, we do not condone hate speech - EVER. Inclusion and diversity are among MMC’s core values. We believe in equality for everyone, regardless of race, age, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. MMC has terminated this employee and will never do business with him again in the future.

Oil & Gas Industry / Farming / Lumbering Not So Different

For roughly a decade this region of PA has been riding a roller coaster with the gas and oil industry. 

 Before the public understood what industry geologists were predicting for our counties, our townships, the scramble was on to lease the unseen from the unwary. Landowners were ready for their “ship to come in” thanks to underground wealth. 

THEN … life happened. All matter of politics within our state, our country, and the world began having a detrimental effect on individual and country-wide plans. 

Add to that “OOPS” moments, when it became obvious not all industry players knew what they were doing with the new technology needed to be successful. 

 Keep going and understand that Mother Nature has always played a major role in determining the public’s immediate needs. Whether it’s too hot or too cold energy needs everywhere are in constant flux. Too dry or too wet … needs change. Storms, landslides and even earthquakes that devastate entire regions, drive immense demand for life’s necessities i.e. energy, food, housing. 

We don’t control, we deal with…

Just as a farmer’s best year is not likely to be the most profitable, the prettiest stand of timber can have no market, the O&G industry has had to contend with havoc for many reasons. 

 That’s life. It happens. Make plans but don’t expect the outcome to be written in cement.
The title of this article is meant to ensure awareness that in the end we are all in the same boat. We do as best we can with what Earth, Mother Nature, and the good Lord provide us and move on. We strive to make the best of what we have as wisely as we can by recognizing that circumstances change.

The public isn’t practicing the same farming and lumbering techniques of a century ago, nor are leases being written using the same terms as those even a decade or two ago. It’s a different world and a New Year is upon us. 

The wise are a patient bunch that continues to learn whatever their vocation. The quote
“Live long and prosper” doesn’t just refer to $$$. 

2016 will see us all facing challenges and rewards. Hang on!

Janice L. Hancharick

Coudersport Ambulance To Station

At 10:37 PM on Wednesday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to station for a walk in patient to go to Cole Memorial.

Coudersport Ambulance To Maple View Lane

At 9:10 PM on Wednesday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Maple View Lane for a patient with difficulty breathing.


Participants in the National Archery in the Schools Program can begin registering Feb. 1.

A huge opportunity is “nocking” for Pennsylvania’s student archers.

The 2016 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament is set to be held March 11 in State College. It’s shaping up to be the biggest student archery tournament ever in Pennsylvania. And the Pennsylvania Game Commission is encouraging all schools participating in the program, commonly referred to as NASP, to register to compete.

There is an $11 fee per archer to register, and the first day for registration is Monday, Feb 1. Registration remains open through Friday, Feb. 19.

The NASP state tournament has been growing each year since its inception in 2011, and the March 11 tournament to be held at the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility figures to include close to 1,100 participants from more than 45 schools across Pennsylvania.

The program has been growing in Pennsylvania and worldwide.

NASP, which started in Kentucky in 2002, came to Pennsylvania in 2005. The Game Commission began coordinating the program in 2010 and, so far, the program has expanded to 210 schools.

The tournament always is a sight to see. Ninety-five lanes, each with two archers, will be operating at once. About 9,000 arrows will fly each hour. And somewhere near 46,000 arrows will be fired on the day.

This year, more than $5,000 in scholarships will be handed out to the state’s top performing student archers, helping them pay for college.

Registration can be completed online through the Game Commission’s website,, or directly through the NASP Tournament website, To use the Game Commission’s website to register, place your cursor over the “Education” tab, then click “National Archery in the Schools Program.” Registration is just a few more clicks away.

Teams are encouraged to register early this year as space is limited.

NASP helps school districts in Pennsylvania meet physical-education curriculum requirements set by the state Department of Education, and at the same time introduces students to the world of competitive archery.

Tournaments are held at the state, national and international levels, and Pennsylvania sent over 100 students to the 2015 national competition, which was held in Louisville, Ky.

To get NASP started in a Pennsylvania school, contact Todd Holmes, at the Game Commission headquarters, at 717-787-4250, ext. 3330. Also, “PA NASP” can be found on Facebook at

Mt. Jewett Dispatched To Rt. 219 For Boxes In The Roadway

At 6:40 PM on Wednesday, Mt. Jewett Fire Dept. requested for traffic control on Rt. 219 at Hamlin Township line for boxes in the roadway.

Renovo man admits killing the wife he reported missing

By John Beauge | Special to PennLive

LOCK HAVEN — William J. Snyder, 35, pleaded guilty in Clinton County Court to third-degree murder, abuse of corpse, tampering with evidence and making false statements to law enforcement. He faces a possible maximum prison term of up to 40 years.

He remained in the county jail without bail to await sentencing.

Snyder admitted killing his wife Kelley Jo, 34, the mother of three, during a fight in their Renovo home on April 5 and disposing of her body adjacent to Halls Run.

Kelley Jo Snyder's apparent disappearance sparked an extensive search in and around Renovo that included her husband making a televised plea for her safe return.

He claimed she took only a small wallet, bank card and money to walk a few blocks to a store to get sweet potatoes for Easter dinner. Store surveillance did not show her being in the store.  


Gerald B. Rhoades, 86, of Bradford, PA

Gerald B. Rhoades
Gerald B. Rhoades

Gerald B. Rhoades, 86, of Bradford, PA, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

He was born on March 17, 1929 in Waterson, a son of the late Vernon and Mary McCleary Rhoades.

He was a 1947 graduate of the Clarion-Limestone High School; while in school he was a star basketball player.

On August 21, 1971 in the First Presbyterian Church he married Ann Ives Phillips, who survives.

He began working at J.C. Penney in Clarion as a stock handler. He was promoted and began working in Hanover. Within three years he was promoted to assistant manager in Stanton, VA; he then was promoted to manager at the Silverspring, MD store. At the time he was the youngest store manager employed by J.C. Penney. He was then transferred to Altoona as a store manager. In 1967 he moved to Bradford; opening the new J.C. Penney store at the Bradford Mall as manager in 1969. He retired from J.C. Penney in Bradford. He started working for Control Chief as their Vice President of Sales until his retirement in 1994.

He was a member of the Bradford Masonic Lodge #749 F& AM, the Pennhills Club, the Bradford club; where he was a past president and he was a jester with the Zem-Zem Shriners.

In addition to his wife of 44 years, Ann I. Rhoades of Bradford, he is also survived by one son, John (Lynn) Rhoades of Amherst, OH; three daughters, Amy Malara of Carlsbad, NM, Marsha Phillips of Erie and Susan (Ralph) Pearce of Bradford; five grandchildren, Jennifer Malara, Stephanie Vorse, Jodi Phelan, Kim McDaniel and David Rhoades; four great grandchildren, Anna Phelan, Cole Phelan, Adam McDaniel and Megan McDaniel; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Amanda Pearce and four brothers, Ralph Rhoades, Frank Rhoades, Howard Rhoades and Richard Rhoades.

At the family’s request there will be no visitation. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701 or the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Olean Man Accused Of Posessing Heroin & Crack Cocaine

25 year old Adam K. Gerland of 216 N. 6th St., Olean was arrested for drug charges after a traffic stop was conducted by the Olean Police Patrol Unit on December 25th at approximately 3:40 a.m. on Prospect Ave. 

Patrol Officers found Gerland to be in possession of over 14 grams of Heroin, over 7 grams of Crack Cocaine and a small bag of Marihuana. Combined street value of the confiscated drugs is over $6000.00. 

Bail was set on Gerland and he is currently being held at the Cattaraugus County Jail until further court proceedings.

Rosalie J. Demus, 79, of Riley Road, Bradford, PA

Rosalie J. Demus

Rosalie J. Demus, 79, of Riley Road, Bradford, PA, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Born January 30, 1936, in Olean NY, she was the daughter of the late Arniel Wymer and Marion (Widrig) Wymer Matto.

Mrs. Demus attended Olean and Bradford Schools. She was a member of the First Free Methodist Church and a member of the Church's Bible Study Group. She worked as a cashier for Wal-Mart in Jamestown and after her retirement she moved to the Bradford Area.

Surviving are five children, four daughters, Michelle Covey, of Bradford, Kim (Jeff) Pollock, of Bradford, Dianna (Gary) Reed, of Elizabethtown and Valerie (Alex) Jones, of Orange Park, FL, one son, Darryl Pequeen, of Derrick City, a sister, Nancy Wymer, of Jamestown, two brothers, Nolan (Mickey) Wymer, Sr., of Hinsdale, and Timothy (Sue) Wymer, of Limestone, 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, January 2, 2016, from 10:00am to Noon in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St., where funeral and committal services will be held at Noon, with Rev. Robert Brest, pastor of the First Free Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Little Valley Rural Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the First Free Methodist Church, 18 Boylston Street Bradford, PA 16701.

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$41.5 Million Project To Be Funded Entirely by Private and Foundation Donations

The Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees today voted to move forward with its Amphitheater renewal project and authorized the Institution staff to award the construction contract to LPCiminelli, Inc., of Buffalo, New York. LPCiminelli will serve as the project’s construction manager.

“We are incredibly excited to be moving forward with a renewed Amphitheater. This is one of the most significant projects in our 142-year history and a commitment to the future of this institution,” said Chautauqua Institution President Tom Becker. “We are grateful to the 58 private donors and foundations who have made this a reality and we are ready to begin work.”

The project cost will be $41.5 million, which includes contingency funds for changes that may arise during the construction process. Since early October, Institution staff and external consultants have thoroughly reviewed all elements of the project and are confident that the total project cost is appropriate. “The board has reviewed the bid packages and the changes made to them in achieving our project cost target,” said Board Chairman James A. Pardo Jr. “We will deliver an Amphitheater that meets all of the goals and objectives that were set for this facility.”

The Board also approved the final design of the renewed Amphitheater, a state-of-the-art facility that honors the look and feel of the original structure, a requirement Chautauquans emphasized throughout the four years of community input to the project. Included in the project are: an expanded bowl and roof structure secured to bedrock, ADA-compliant accessibility, enlarged stage area, 100-musician orchestra pit and a new, 21,000-square-foot back-of-house facility for artists, guests and production crews.

Construction will begin in early February and continue in the months prior to the 2016 Chautauqua season. Initial work will include site preparation, infrastructure development, caisson installation, groundwater diversion and partial Massey Organ underpinning. This work will require tree and bleacher removal and the removal of a substantial portion of the current back-of-house. Temporary facilities will be installed prior to the season start. Construction will pause for the 2016 season, then resume in the fall, followed by the grand opening of the renewed Amp for the start of Chautauqua’s 2017 season.

The choice of LPCiminelli as construction manager and the start of construction is the culmination of a process that began in 2013. LPCiminelli is a top-echelon construction group for institutional and commercial clients in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to the $41.5 million investment in Chautauqua County, the project is expected to employ over 250 tradesmen from the region and add $3 million to the local economy.

The renewed Amphitheater harmonizes seamlessly with its setting, and retains vital connectivity to the other significant community gathering places at the heart of the Chautauqua Institution grounds, including Bestor Plaza, Smith Memorial Library and the Athenaeum Hotel. Chautauquans will enjoy a facility that is safe and accessible to people with disabilities or physical limitations; that respects audiences, performers and presenters; and that gives the Institution the flexibility to welcome new ideas and performances over the next century.

Becker also emphasized that a full 2016 schedule of speakers and events is taking shape, with the season theme of “What Does It Mean To Be Human?” Scheduled lecturers and performers include: author Roger Rosenblatt; magazine editor Steve Forbes; David Simon, creator of HBO series “The Wire”; and musicians The Temptations, The Four Tops and Wynton Marsalis.

June L. Becker, 86, of Bellefonte, PA

June L. Becker
June L. Becker

BELLEFONTE - June L. Becker, 86, of Bellefonte, passed away on Sunday (Dec. 27, 2015) at Mount Nittany Medical Center in College Township. 

Born on June 3, 1929, in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Walter P. and Martha J. Carter. On May 31, 1953 she was married to Charles W. Becker, who preceded her in death May 19, 1997. 

June was retired from Pierce Glass in Port Allegany, where she was a laborer. 

She is a graduate of Langhorn High School. 

She was a member of Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church. 

Some of her hobbies were traveling, sewing, crocheting, art, writing and always being there to support anyone in the community that needed help, a smile or a good laugh. She enjoyed volunteering at church and in the community and especially spending time with her family.

Surviving are one daughter, Sandra L. (Alex) Day of Bellefonte and two sons, Charles W. (Rose) Becker Jr. of Roulette and David P. Becker of Martinsburg, W.Va.; six grandchildren, Michael D. Taubert, Sherry R. Gismondi, Nicole F. Perkinson, Tiffani J. Becker, Melinda M. Roach and Camron Becker; and six great-grandchildren; her niece, Janice (Jack) Jakobik and family.

Along with her parents and husband, June was preceded in death by her brother, Walter P. Carter Jr.; sister-in-law, Winnie Carter; nephew, James Carter, and nephew Walter P. Carter III.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church in Sweden Valley on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11am. A luncheon and gathering will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church in Coudersport, Pa. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wetzler Funeral Service Inc. in Bellefonte.

Lakeview Health Care & Rehabilitation Center Seeking Part Time LPN

Bradford woman accused of taking over $270K from employer

By RUTH BOGDAN Era Reporter
Bradford Era

A Bradford woman is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars over a period of 10 years from her employer, Worth W. Smith Hardware.

According to court records, Laurie A. Recny, 36, of 52 Amm St., took $273,118.09 between Jan. 1, 2006, and Sept. 1, 2015, by making cash voids on the register, then pocketing the money. Read more...

Capitol Update

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

Here’s the Latest on the State Budget

Last week, the General Assembly sent a $30.3 billion budget to the governor’s desk for his consideration. On Tuesday, he chose to veto portions of it but FINALLY saw the light and

did what he could have done back in June…he released some of the funding owed to our schools and human service agencies so they can keep their doors open. School children and people in need of support services should never have been held hostage by the governor’s actions in the first place, and I am pleased they are finally getting at least some of the funding owed to them.

That said, I remain disappointed by the governor’s actions. Some of the items he chose to veto are truly important to the Commonwealth and specifically our region, including funding for critical access hospitals and a variety of agriculture-related programs, including hardwoods research and promotion.

Also, in his press conference Tuesday announcing the line-item vetoes, he claims our budget cut $95 million in funding for public education. The reality is it actually increases overall education funding by more than $400 million over last year.

The governor needs to be honest with the taxpayers about what is in this budget, and he needs to be honest about how he plans to pay for the alternative budget he is advocating. His $30.8 billion plan will require significant increases in the state income tax or sales tax, or both. It’s easy to advocate for higher spending, but it’s irresponsible to do so without explaining how you plan to pay for it.

While I remain as frustrated as anyone with the lack of a full-year budget, I recognize the final plan must be responsible and affordable for the people who have to foot the bill and will continue to fight for that.

Stay tuned.

Outreach Office Hours Set for Jan. 7

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Jan. 7:

 • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
 • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.

As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor), Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) or Kane (55 Fraley St.) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at or my Facebook page at for the latest news from state government.

100th PA Farm Show Kicks Off Jan. 9

Celebrate the state’s top industry at this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show!
The show is the largest indoor agriculture exposition along the East Coast and features thousands of commercial and agricultural exhibits. While it gives farmers the opportunity to see the latest equipment and farming practices, it also offers people of all ages the opportunity to learn more about farming and the hard work that goes into producing the foods we eat.

The show will be held from Jan. 9-16, 2016, at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Admission is free; however, there is a $15 fee for parking and shuttle service to the complex.

Get the details here.

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2016!


Local composer and arranger Larry Herbstritt and Tom Shaffer, both now living in Coudersport, have co written a new song called "I Wanna Be A Tree." A music video for the song is being released on YouTube. You can hear the song and watch the video for free by clicking this link or by searching in YouTube for "thosshaffer." Please like and share this video with your friends on Facebook and other social media.

There are many tracks, instruments, harmonies and other musical surprises in the song so it is recommended that you listen with headphones or on good speakers and that you crank up the volume a bit so you can hear all the many treats Larry has included in the song. You can hear the influences of artists such as Randy Newman, The Beatles and The Beach Boys all in one song performed by Tom, Larry and Anne Acker.

Larry and Tom are using this release as a mini fundraiser for The Robert B. Merten Circle of Fifths Music Award Scholarship, administered by the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers. This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors pursuing a higher education in music. For a limited time, as a special gift to anyone who agrees to donate any amount to the fund (which donations are tax deductible) a link to a high quality digital audio file of this song will be made available to you for a for free download. To request your copy, please send an email to with "Tree" in the subject and the statement "I will donate" and a link will be sent to you where you can download the song.

You can make your donation online by visiting and after clicking Make a Donation just select the Robert B. Merten Circle of Fifths Music Award. If you prefer to donate by check, please make your check payable to "Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers" with "Robert B. Merten Music Award" in the memo field and send to:

Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers
104 W. Lockhart St.
Sayre, PA 18840

We hope you enjoy the song and video and that you will consider making a donation to the fund!

My Take on the Governor’s Partial Budget Veto

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Partial Budget Veto

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On Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf partially vetoed House Bill 1460, the budget legislation passed last week by the General Assembly. I attended a news conference in Harrisburg shortly after he announced his decision.
You can watch a recording of that event by clicking here.

I am glad Gov. Wolf has finally recognized what we have been saying for six months – it is wrong to hold the citizens of Pennsylvania hostage for an increase in taxes on hard-working people. Whether it is a sales tax hike or an income tax increase, these are taxes that will take money out of every families’ pockets.

This Monday, Jan. 4, schools across Pennsylvania will be open. Human service providers will receive their critical funding. That being said, Tuesday’s line-item veto represents where we should have been in June or July – not December. The legislature is not six months behind – our governor is.

We all know it would be unacceptable to force schools to close. That is why both the House and Senate ensured that a budget arrived on the governor’s desk, despite ongoing disagreements among the various parties. We recognized the importance of releasing funds to schools and human service providers. We applaud the governor for recognizing this fact and finally allowing funds to start flowing. He now acknowledges the merits of our arguments and the problems he created with his unilateral and indiscriminate full budget veto on June 30.

Now, it is important to address the real issue that has been at the core of this six-month impasse – tax increases. Multiple proposals to raise taxes on hard-working Pennsylvanians – proposals that would be necessary to fund the governor’s spending proposals – have failed by wide, bipartisan margins over the past six months.

The most recent vote on Senate Bill 1073, the $30.8 billion spending plan that required broad-based tax increases to balance, received only 100 votes in the House. It takes 102 votes to pass, so Senate Bill 1073 was not a viable bill to provide immediate funding.

As a result, the $30.3 billion plan contained in House Bill 1460 is the prudent, responsible and immediate way to provide necessary, critical funding to Pennsylvania’s schools, human service providers and government agencies. It earned my vote because of my commitment to working and getting the job done in a way that respects the taxpayers of our great Commonwealth.