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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bradford Dispatched To Possible Structure Fire

At 11:14 PM on Saturday, Bradford City Fire Dept. dispatched to 29 Abbott Road for a possible structure fire. 

Winter Storm Warning issued January 31 at 10: 39PM EST until February 02 at 1:00PM EST by NWS


PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued in Lafayette Twp Township

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Lafayette Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2015-01-26 00:00:00 to TRIANA ENERGY LLC for site MROC PAD A 4H in Lafayette Twp township, McKean county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Lafayette Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2015-01-26 00:00:00 to TRIANA ENERGY LLC for site MROC PAD A 3H in Lafayette Twp township, McKean county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Lafayette Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2015-01-26 00:00:00 to TRIANA ENERGY LLC for site MROC PAD A 2H in Lafayette Twp township, McKean county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

State Land Tax Fairness Coalition Message Strikes Chord

scales-of-justice-tippedAustin Area School District in rural Potter County is a poster child for the Pa. State Land Tax Fairness Coalition (the coalition’s new website can be found here), with about 90 percent of its real estate tax-exempt due to state ownership. On Thursday, Jerry Sasala testified about the inequities during an appearance before the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Commission in Greenville. It’s comprised of 12 Senators and Representatives, as well as the State Education Secretary, State Budget Secretary and State Deputy Secretary of Administration. The hearing was video-recorded and will be posted here in the coming days. 

Superintendent Sasala advanced the coalition’s mission to persuade the legislature to increase the in-lieu-of-taxes payments on state-owned land, and provide a cut of the revenue the state derives from gas/oil leases and timber sales for counties, school districts and municipalities. “Our school district is severely stressed by the high proportion of real estate that is owned by the state and is thus tax-exempt,” Sasala told the commission. “By law, school districts, municipalities and county governments depend on the real estate tax for the bulk of their necessary operating revenue. The system is unfair, since property owners face a burden that is clearly disproportional and unfair.”

senpatbrowneagainHis presentation was well-received by State Senator Pat Browne (right), Republican chair of the commission, who assured Salala he understood the coalition’s argument about the tax implications of state-owned land. His message also resonated with Acting State Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, who was unable to attend in person but reviewed Sasala’s written comments and supporting documentation, including maps that are shown on the Pa. State Land Tax Fairness Coalition website linked above.

Gambling Proceeds Fuel Local Fire, Ambulance Grants

emergservLocal emergency response organizations been awarded grants from the state, using money generated from state-licensed gambling operations. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or debt reduction. 

In Potter County, $7,445 grants were awarded to Gale Hose Fire Company of Galeton, Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Assn. and Kettle Creek Ambulance Assn. Austin Volunteer Fire Department received $7,445 for EMS operations and $14,008 for fire company operations. Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department and Tri-Town Fire Company of Ulysses each got $14,285. Genesee Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $7,445 for EMS operations and $11,792 for fire company operations; Germania Fire Company, $11,792; Goodyear Hose Company of Galeton, $11,515; Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, $13,731; Kettle Creek Hose Company of Cross Fork, $11,792; and Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, $7,445 for EMS operations and $12,346 for fire company operations.

‘Save Denton Hill State Park’ Campaign Galvanized

savedentonSupporters of Denton Hill State Park, led by the Potter County Commissioners, are pulling out all the stops to have the park revitalized and its ski resort resurrected. They’re using personal appeals to politicians, an aggressive marketing and public relations campaign heavily reliant on social media, and other tools. The commissioners met recently with State Senator Joe Scarnati, a leading advocate for Denton Hill State Park, and have assembled a coalition to galvanize local support.

One of the coalition partners, the Potter County Visitors Assn. (PCVA), launched a Save Denton Hill State Park site on the Facebook social media platform and signed up about 1,400 supporters in less than two weeks. PCVA is also soliciting support for the park on its own website,, and through personal appeals. Among other coalition members are the Chambers of Commerce in Coudersport, Galeton and Wellsboro and the Pennsylvania Route 6 Alliance.

There is a lot at stake. A recent study of the Ski Denton resort’s impact found that visitors spent more than $2.74 million on their trips in a single year. Coalition leaders see the park in bigger terms, suggesting that it could complement local hiking trails, Cherry Springs and Lyman Run state parks, hiking trails, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum and other local attractions. The lobbying campaign is aimed at the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and other state officials. The commissioners have personally contacted incoming DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn, other members of Governor Tom Wolf’s cabinet and state legislators asking them to follow through on a state commitment to invest in the park. The partners would like to see not only restoration of ski operations, but development of the park as a year-round asset. DCNR has contracted with a consulting firm to study the facility and make recommendations.

Denton Hill State Park was opened as a ski area in 1958 and operated by the commonwealth until 1979, but has been under a concession lease agreement since that time. In November, the concessionaires informed DCNR that they were terminating the lease and would be unable to open for the season. DCNR has acknowledged that there are a number of critical infrastructure projects that require funding, including replacing at least one ski lift and rehabilitating the main park road and lodge. “The park’s closure for the season is certainly disadvantageous to our community and our local economy in the short term,” said PCVA executive director David Brooks. “However, it also presents a great opportunity for long-needed improvements to be made and for the park to become a year-round attraction. Now, there’s a heightened sense of urgency.” Meanwhile, DCNR is discussing arrangements to allow two popular archery events to continue at the park this summer.

Latest Potter County Veterans Newsletter Available

Potter County Today

Veterans-Choice-CardLatest edition of the quarterly newsletter, Potter County Veterans News, is now available. Among the more timely stories in the January-March 2015 edition is a summary of the VA’s new Veterans Choice Card program. It is being distributed to all veterans enrolled for health care with the VA. The card can be used to access health care from local providers if a veteran cannot be seen by the VA in 30 days, and/or the VA’s closest medical facility is challenging to reach. It’s important for veterans interested in using the Choice Card to call the VA’s toll-free phone line at 1-866-606-8198 to confirm eligibility. The January-March 2015 edition and all past issues are available on the county website,, or by contacting Dawn Swatsworth, executive secretary for the Potter County Commissioners, at 814-274-8290, extension 207. Among other stories in January-March 2015 edition:
  • Battlefield heroics revealed in Private Edwin Tubbs Memorial Bridge dedication.
  • ‘Call To arms’ to help vets during Post 192 Veterans Day program.
  • LEEK Preserve hosts hunting experience for wounded veterans.
  • Local VA clinic continues service through 2018.
  • TU Healing Waters event to honor Vietnam veterans.
  • Specialist Donald Stiles Memorial Bridge to be dedicated.
  • Disabled veterans may qualify for tax exemption.
  • PTSD ruling will help some Vietnam veterans.
  • Pennsylvania Veterans Trust Fund off and running.

Local Drinking Water Protection Efforts Lauded

Potter County Today

MarcusKohlPix1Public officials in Potter and Tioga counties are getting high marks for their commitment to protecting drinking water resources. Marcus Kohl, director of the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection regional office in Williamsport, commended the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition (TDWC) and a similar organization in Tioga County as guest speaker during a joint meeting of the two coalitions in Mansfield. Kohl (right) expressed his support for vigilant protection of drinking water supplies from any adverse impacts of earth disturbances and industrial activity.

JohnMcLaughlinOn a related note, TDWC chairman John McLaughlin (below) of Potter County reported on the ongoing efforts to acquire equipment that will monitor public water sources 24/7 for changes in conductivity and other characteristics. Erica Tomlinson from the Tioga County Conservation District noted that she’s working on an educational video emphasizing the importance of protecting public drinking water sources. The units could be tied into an emergency services dispatch center to trigger quick response in the event of a pollution episode.

Tioga County Planning Director Jim Weaver updated members on the mapping of sourcewater areas with GPS technology and site visits. Penn State Extension water specialist Jim Clark announced that he is involved in a project to detect blue-green algae in ponds, lakes or other impoundments. Certain species of these algae can release a toxin into the water.
Next TDWC meeting will be held at 9 am on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Gunzburger Building auditorium in Coudersport. Those attending should use the Water Street entrance.

2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT Sport Utility For Sale

Northern Potter School District Athletics for the week of February 2, 2015

Riverside United Methodist Church is cancelled for tomorrow

Can you please post that 
Riverside United Methodist Church is cancelled for tomorrow.  
David Shalkowski

Angelica Dispatched For Working Structure On Route 19

At 6:46 PM on Saturday, Angelica Fire Dept. dispatched to 6525 Route 19 in the Town of Angelica for a working structure fire.

6:51 PM--Tankers from Oramel, Friendship & Belmont to scene. 2nd caller reports house heavily involved. 

State Route 19 is closed  in the area of the fire. Police are detouring traffic on other routes. If you are heading that way, best check if the road has reopened or take a different route.

George E. Locke, 67, of Coudersport, PA

George Locke

George E. Locke, 67, of Coudersport, PA, passed away with his loving family by his side on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.


Address: 1696 RIVER RD
City: JAY
Cross Streets: CROCCO LN * GUMBY LN
1/31/2015 5:19:16 PM

Vehicle Crash On Honeoye Road In Shinglehouse

At 5:32 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Fire Rescue & Ambulance dispatched to a vehicle crash into the green bridge on the Honeoye Road.

Garage Fire Spreading To House In Village of Fillmore

At 5:07 PM on Saturday, Fillmore & Wiscoy Rossburg have been dispatched to 16 North Genesee Street for a fully involved garage fire spreading to the adjoining house. A tanker from Centerville also dispatched. Houghton dispatched for full company response. Tankers from Oramel & Belfast to scene.


Dog Found Aong Route 6 Near Brooklynside Road In Port Allegany

 Owners found....
Thank You!

Winter Storm Warning issued January 31 at 2: 57PM EST until February 02 at 12:00PM EST by NWS


Harold Francis Lindsey, 79, of Port Allegany, PA

 Navy Vet
Harold Francis Lindsey, 79, of Port Allegany, PA died Friday (January 30, 2015) at his residence in Port Allegany.

He was born Aug 3, 1935 in Port Allegany, a son of Herman and Ruth Falk Lindsey.

Mr. Lindsey was a graduate of Port Allegany High School and served in the U.S. Navy for 20 Years including three tours of duty in Vietnam.

He was employed by Ball Incon of Port Allegany for many years, before his retirement.

Harold was a member of the Port Allegany VFW Post #6391 and Street Classics Car Club of Olean, NY. Harold enjoyed anything outdoors. He especially enjoyed taking his 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 to car shows.

He is survived by:

One son: Patrick (Nicole Wilder) Lindsey of Shinglehouse, PA
One daughter: Megan (John) Baker of Scio, NY
3 grandchildren
2 brothers: Kenneth Lindsey of Reno, NV and Russell Lindsey of Midway, FL
And several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service and remembrance gathering will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at the Port Allegany Veteran’s Memorial Home, Rt. 155, Port Allegany, at 11 A.M. Military Honors will be accorded by the Port Allegany Honor Guard.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Online condolences may be made at

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

Walter F. Emerson, 95, formerly of Eldred, Pa

Walter F. Emerson
beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather

LEICESTER, Mass. — Walter F. Emerson, 95, formerly of Eldred, Pa.,
died peacefully Thursday (Jan. 29, 2015) at home with family in

Walter was born on Aug. 13, 1919, in Eldred.
He graduated from Eldred High School in 1937. He served in the U.S.
Army during World War II in the European Theater from April 1942 to
August 1945. He was attached to Allied Headquarters in a commando unit
and was stationed in Ireland, Scotland, North Africa, Sicily and Italy.
He was a technical sergeant and earned several medals and citations,
including the Purple Heart.

After returning from the war, he married Dorothy Drabant in 1946 and
began working for the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1954, he joined
Wirthmore Feeds Company in Olean, N.Y., and held positions of traffic
manager, assistant plant manager and treasurer until being promoted and
transferred to the company's headquarters in Waltham in 1967.

He was an active member of the Eldred community, serving on the Eldred
Township Board and Otto-Eldred Board of Education for more than 15

He was an active member of the St. Raphael's Catholic Parish, the
Eldred Rotary and the Olean City Club. From 1967 until his retirement in
1981, he worked for Wirthmore Feeds and Agway Inc. as a plant manager in
Brattleboro, Vt., and Binghamton, N.Y.

Upon his retirement, Walter and Dorothy moved to Monroe, N.C., where
they enjoyed years of many lasting friendships and community
involvement. In recent years, they moved to Leicester to be closer to

Walter is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children and their
spouses, Thomas (Mary Ann) Emerson of Rochester, N.Y., Deborah (James)
Dalton of Leicester, and James (Joan) Emerson of Biddeford, Maine; eight
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Walter was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Violet Emerson; his
younger siblings, Ronald, Richard, Philip (Stanley), Juanita Gross and
Kenneth; and his granddaughter, Ann.

Friends and family may call for visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Monday at Frame Funeral Home, Eldred. A Mass of Christian burial will be
held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 3, 2015) at St. Raphael's Catholic
Church, with the Rev. Thomas Brown as celebrant. All are welcome. Burial
will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport, with full military
honors being presented by the Smethport American Legion Bucktail Post
138 Memorial Team. A Christian Scriptural wake service will be held at
3:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either the American
Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; or your
local hospice organization.

Kane Dispatched To Structure Fire In Sheffield

At 11:31 AM on Saturday, Kane Fire Department has been dispatched mutual aid for an engine & crew to 20 1st Mill Street in Sheffield, Warren County to assist with a structure fire.

11:48 AM--Ludlow Engine & Crew to Sheffield for standby assignment

Galeton January Weather Report

Last Fall I asked my friend and NWS "boss", Paul if he thought we would have as cold and snowy winter as we did in 2014. He said "no" and gave me several weather reasons why. Paul is not known for making mistakes,, however, judging by what has happened in January, I think he was wrong. I actually gave this information to all of those who asked me that same question.

January 2015 has been a very cold and snowy month. It has been the start of yet another"old fashioned winter".

We hit 54 degrees on the 4th which caused some rain which then actually froze. There were some typical January days, however, it was a cold, snowy, windy month. We did have some nice sunny afternoons which did help somewhat. We recorded zero or below on five mornings.

We received 1.20" of melted precipitation and 16.1" of snow. Last year we recorded 1.32" of melted precipitation and 14.2" of snow.

This year we had 1" or more of snow on the ground for 24 days with the greatest snow depth of 8" on the 31st.

The average high for the month is 36 degrees and average low 20 degrees. The record is 65 degrees in 2008 and minus 20 is the record in 1994.

Better get up to Lyman Lake today for the "Shark" Ice O Rama" It may be the last chance to get out since the NWS is saying we will be hit with a significant winter storm Sunday and Monday.

Henry W. Lush NWS Observer

Winter Storm Watch issued January 31 at 9:33AM EST until February 02 at 12 :00PM EST by NWS


Winter Storm Watch issued January 31 at 8:49AM EST until February 02 at 12 :00PM EST by NWS


Winter Storm Watch issued January 31 at 8:48AM EST until January 31 at 11: 00AM EST by NWS


Wind Chill Advisory issued January 31 at 7:15AM EST until January 31 at 11 :00AM EST by NWS


Winter Storm Watch issued January 31 at 7:15AM EST until January 31 at 11: 00AM EST by NWS


Otto / Eldred Townships Dispatched For Crash On Looker Mouontain Trail

At 2:08 AM on Saturday, Otto Township Fire & Ambulance and Eldred Township for rescue dispatched to the area of 1656 Looker Mountain Trail near Prentisvale Y for a motor vehicle accident. Medic 1 also dispatched. Caller reported vehicle hit a couple of mailboxes & ended up in ditch.

RECALLED--Medic 1, Ambulance 9, & Station 18. No one around the vehicle.

Treasurer McCord admits threatening potential donors, resigns immediately

Treasurer McCord admits threatening potential donors, resigns immediately

Sweden Valley Manor In Coudersport, PA, Seeking LPN's For Our Growing Needs

Lots of Snow For 13th Annual Winterfest In Roulette

Lots of New 2015 & Good Pre Owned Snowmobiles At Howards, Inc. In Coudersport

Cole Memorial Seeking Candidates For More Positions

No Injuries In Tuesday Morning Crash On Route 6 In Roulette Township

Friday, January 30, 2015

Thomas Coast Ball, 64, of Wellsville, NY

Thomas Coast Ball
 Wellsville, NY - 

Thomas Coast Ball, 64, of Wellsville passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. He was born December 5, 1950 in Wellsville, the son of the late Richard C. and Patricia (Temple) Ball.

Thomas was a 1968 graduate of Wellsville High School; he attended Oklahoma State University and served in the U.S. Army between 1971-‘77. He worked on the Alyeska Pipeline and as an air traffic controller on Alaska’s North Slope. Tom found his position as cook/manager of the soup kitchen at the Immaculate Conception Church in Fairbanks between 1991-1995 to be very rewarding. Between 1996 – 2004, he owned Park’s Highway Express, a seasonal shuttle service for tourists between Anchorage, Fairbanks and Denali State Park. He was a former resident of Fairbanks, AK and Seattle, WA. Tom returned to Wellsville in 2007 and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.

He is survived by four siblings, R. Michael (April) Ball of Placerville, CA, Dr. Barbara E. (Edward) Teter of Elma, NY, Stephen T. (Joan) Ball of Wellsville, and Teresa A. (Ron) Vida of Wellington NV, 9 nieces & nephews and will be fondly remembered by several great nieces & nephews. His friends, Aultman Cook of Seattle, WA, Margaret Kerton, Albert Kerton and Amy Wilcox of Wellsville were also considered family to our cherished brother. He was predeceased by a beloved nephew, James Michael Taylor. Tom was happiest when friends and family were gathered in his dining room, waiting for yet another of his fantastic home-cooked meals.

Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Mass for Tom and his mother Patricia, who passed away on December 25, 2014, on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s Church in Scio with Rev. Dennis Mancuso as Celebrant. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, Attn: Beautification Fund, 17 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895 or The American Legion, c/o Brent Roberts, 23 Jefferson St, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit

Barbara Aquinas Lynch McCormick, age 83, of 70 Chestnut Street, Andover, NY

Barbara Aquinas Lynch McCormick

Andover, NY - Barbara Aquinas Lynch McCormick, age 83, of 70 Chestnut Street passed thru the Gates of Heaven on Thursday January 29, 2015. She was born on December 11, 1931at St. James Hospital in Hornell to Charles C. and Catherine Lynch Lynch. On May 16 1953 in Andover Aquinas married Francis E. "Frank" McCormick who predeceased her on November 7, 2005.

While her given name was Barbara, she was known to all as Aquinas. Aquinas was named after the Nun who stayed to help deliver her so long ago. Aquinas graduated from Andover Central High School in 1950 and then attended a beauty school in Buffalo while living with the Nuns. On a blind date in North Java she met Frank and were married at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. For a short time Aquinas worked as a beautician in Andover and later for the State of New York as a Crop Surveyor. She had been a lifelong member of the Blessed Sacrament Church and a proud member of the Democratic Party who enjoyed election season. Aquinas loved to read, solve puzzles and tell a good story or two.

Survivors include a daughter Charlene [Keith Crossman] McCormick of Fresno, CA.; 2 sons Shawn [Beth] McCormick of Boston, MA., and Terrance [Anne] McCormick of Andover; a daughter in law Bonnie McCormick of Andover; 6 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Aquinas was predeceased by her parents; her husband Frank; her son James "Jamie" McCormick on February 14, 2010. Aquinas was the youngest child and was predeceased by all of her 11 siblings. They are Charles, Norbert, James, Rita, Mary, Catherine, Martina, Kevin, Geraldine and the twins Henry and Anna.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 5, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Friday at 9:30 am a prayer service will be held in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to Celebrated at 11 am at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. Burial will take place on the family farm and memorials may be made to either the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, the Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover or to the Andover Free Library. To leave online condolences please visit

James R. Gross, 80, of Shinglehouse, PA

James R. Gross
“beloved husband, father and grandfather”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---James R. Gross, 80, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away at home on Friday, January 30, 2015, after a short illness.

US Navy Veteran
Born May 23, 1934 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of George and Della Brown Gross. He married Esther R. Lloyd who predeceased him. He later married Charlotte Tanner who survives.

He was a graduate of Shinglehouse High school where he was a standout basketball player. Mr. Gross honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy he was a golden glove boxer.

Jim was employed for 31 years by National Fuel Gas in Hebron, PA as a sub foreman retiring on April 1, 1996.

He was a life member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife are three children, Gary C. Gross of Erie, Tim L. Gross of Shinglehouse, and Sam M. (Randy) Williams of Shinglehouse; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Cheryl (Dick) Bryant of Clara; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and first wife, Jim was predeceased by a daughter, Debra North; a son, Gordon Gross; and two brothers, Robert Gross and Jerry Gross.

In keeping with Jim’s wishes, funeral services are being held privately with burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530, PO Box 25, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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

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


Delayed Post --
Address: 686 PONTZER AVE
Cross Streets: THERESIA ST
1/30/2015 8:07:42 PM

Coudersport Musician / Photographer Tim Walck Is Rotary Speaker

*Rotarian Todd Brown on left - Guest Speaker, Tim Walck on right*
by Cathy Bowers

*Tim Walck was *Todd Brown’s guest at the 1/26-15 meeting. Mr. Brown introduced Mr. Walck as a great musician who also has a photography business based in Coudersport. 

Mr. Walck graduated High School in 2002 and attended Mansfield University for Music. 

In 2007, he signed on with Celebrity Cruise Line and played for them for a couple of years.  Celebrity contacted him when they were building a new fleet and asked him to put together the music for them. 

Later on, he went back to Mansfield University to get his Masters Degree in Education and is
certified to teach music.  He is married to the former Megan Setzer.

In 2009, Mr. Walck opened his photography studio and it is located on N. West Street in Coudersport. He likes to perform with music and doing photography at weddings. 

He stated that it is similar to the way he does music gigs. In both endeavors you create a moment in time. But in music concerts, unless you make an album, once it is done it is over. In photography, you record the event and can see it over and over again.

While living on the cruise ship, his cabin was small and on level 5, above water level. He had to share a bathroom with the room next to his. On the Solstice ship, they set the entertainment up like the Broadway show “Wicked”. They had flying equipment for the actors and singers. They
would fly 60’ above the crowd. 

When asked if he gave music lessons he stated he has a few guitar students and also teaches woodwinds and brass. 

He also just got hired to play with the Great Lakes Symphony and will play in a concert in Rochester, NY. He also plays with Josh Wolf and Steve Russell in a Jazz Trio. 

Some neat and unique photo shoots he has done are, a Jamaican wedding and an Aviation wedding in Hartford, Connecticut.

Wind Chill Advisory issued January 30 at 10: 13PM EST until January 31 at 11:00AM EST by NWS


Winter Storm Watch issued January 30 at 10:13PM EST until January 31 at 11 :00AM EST by NWS



Illinois Firm Recalls Chicken Products Produced Without Adequate Ready-To-Eat HACCP Plan and a Listeria Monocytogenes ProgramLa Guadalupana Wholesale, Inc., a Chicago, Ill., establishment, is recalling approximately 8,856 pounds of chicken tamales because they were not produced under a fully implemented Ready-To-Eat (RTE) Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan; a Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) program; and a hazard analysis.

The recall is being edited to include an additional 1,248 pounds of chicken tamales produced from Dec. 1, 2014, through Jan. 5, 2015 with the establishment number “P-6794” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Lots of Snow For 13th Annual Winterfest In Roulette


Severe Winter Conditions Expected Super Bowl Sunday

Travel Advisory

PennDOT Asks Motorists to Drive Sober and Use Caution on Area Roads

With the possibility of heavy snow throughout north central Pennsylvania on Sunday, PennDOT is advising drivers attending Super Bowl parties not only to drive sober, but also to slow down and use extra caution on area roadways.

Snow is expected to move into the western part of the state early Sunday morning and move eastward through the day. The heaviest snowfall is expected Sunday night, according to the AccuWeather forecast. Motorists should be alert to the potential for rapidly changing conditions.

The department asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. For their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 700 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Shinglehouse Dispatched For Crash On Park Avenue

At 4:04 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Fire Rescue & Ambulance dispatched to Park Avenue for a vehicle into a pole. Unknown if injuries or entrapment.

Kane Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash

At 3:44 PM on Friday, Kane was dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash at Rt. 321 & Biddle Street. Caller said there were no injuries. One vehicle remains in the roadway. Use caution if you are driving in the area as emergency personnel are en route for traffic control.

Winter Storm Watch issued January 30 at 3:42PM EST until February 02 at 12 :00PM EST by NWS


Wind Chill Advisory issued January 30 at 3: 42PM EST until February 02 at 12:00PM EST by NWS


Motorists Urged to Heed Weather Forecasts for Super Bowl Sunday, Change Travel Plans if Necessary

Harrisburg – With the potential for several inches to a foot of snow in Pennsylvania on Super Bowl Sunday, PennDOT today urged drivers to watch weather forecasts and be prepared to change any travel plans.

The department also reminded motorists that if they do travel on Sunday they should designate a sober driver ahead of time.

“Many people celebrate with friends and family for the Super Bowl, but no matter the day we need to think safety first,” Acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Drivers should be prepared to stay home if conditions warrant, but regardless of what weather comes, people should never drive impaired by drugs or alcohol.”

PennDOT data shows that last year in Pennsylvania on Super Bowl Sunday there were 287 crashes, with two fatalities in those crashes. Seventeen of the crashes were alcohol-related.

In the event of winter weather, PennDOT crews will be out before and throughout the storm but roads will not be bare while snow is falling. During storms, interstates and expressways are PennDOT's primary focus and equipment may be redirected to these routes during significant winter events. Plow trucks will also be slowed when facing heavy precipitation or when many other vehicles are also on roadways. This means that during heavier storms, motorists may find deeper accumulations on less-traveled routes and should adjust their driving for those conditions.

To help decide whether to travel, motorists can “Know Before You Go” with 511PA, the state’s free traveler information service. Conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, are available at 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 700 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Welcoming Mason Michael Born To Lieutenant Colonel Michael and Madison Schoonover

Mason Michael
Mason Michael born January 27th,2015 to Lieutenant Colonel Michael and Madison Schoonover of Springfield, VA. 

He weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparent is Bong In Lee of Paju,South Korea.

Paternal grandparent is Jacqueline Schoonover, Genesee , PA.

Autumn Marie Doherty, 92, of Warren, PA

Autumn Marie Doherty
Autumn Marie Doherty, 92, of Warren, PA died Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Warren General Hospital after an extended illness. 

She was born November 15, 1922 in Warren, PA. She was the daughter of the late William O. and Esther C. Lawson Ettinger.
WWII Veteran

 Autumn was a lifelong Warren area resident. She had served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II as a Yeoman Second Class. 

 She was formerly employed with New Process Company in the mailing dept. before World War II and with the former G.T.E. Sylvania and with Dr. Larry Krespan Dentist Office as a secretary retiring January of 1983 after 16 ½ years of service. 

She was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church, where she served as a greeter and Eucharistic minister. She was also a former member of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church. She was a member of the church Altar Rosary Society, former Catholic Daughters of America, Warren Lioness Club, and Warren Senior Center.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Daniel J. Doherty whom she married April 29, 1945 in Portland, Maine,
3 Sons – Daniel J. Doherty, II and his wife, Leona, of Pittsburgh, PA., Michael A. Doherty and his wife, Laurann, of Warren, PA., Thomas J. Doherty and his wife, Karen, of Strongsville, Ohio, 1 Daughter – Cheryl Doherty of Warren, PA., 1 Sister – JoAnn L. Fitch Dorrion, and her husband, Jerry, of Tiona, PA, 9 Grandchildren - Wendy Olson, Christopher Shine, Dan J. Doherty III, Donna Adams, Michelle Doherty, Kyle Doherty, Matt Doherty, Megan Doherty and Mallory Doherty, 6 Great Grandchildren - Colt Olson, Dalton Olson, Jayden Semelka Hayden Shine, Claire Adams and McKenzie Doherty, and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Adelaide L. Welsh and E. Joyce York.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA on Monday, February 2, 2015 from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 7:45 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA on Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St. Joseph Church Educational Center Fund or the Warren Lioness Club. 

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting


DeAndre Simmons
BRADFORD, Pa. – Fresh from a performance at Carnegie Hall in honor of Marilyn Horne’s 81st birthday, American bass DeAndre Simmons will return to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Feb. 6 for a recital in Bromeley Family Theater.

Tickets for the concert, which will begin at 8 p.m., are $12 and $16 for the public and $5 for all students. Included in the ticket price is a Valentine’s Day-themed pre-show reception that will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature hors d’oeuvres and chocolates.

Simmons last sang at Pitt-Bradford’s 50th anniversary gala in 2013, when he wowed the audience with his velvety voice and captivating stage presence. A frequent recitalist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, with the Music Academy of the West orchestra and for opera “Cyrano” with the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

New York Times critic Vivien Schweitzer said of his performance for Horne’s birthday, “Mr. Simmons used his elegant voice to fine effect.”

Simmons will sing classical selections by Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss as well as “Shadow of the Blues” by John Musto and songs by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Stephen Sondheim.

He is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Simmons will be accompanied by Brent Funderburk, whose recent appearances include recitals at Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space and the Krannert Performing Arts Center, as well as performances with singers as part of Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues program at Carnegie Hall.

For more information or tickets, contact the Bromeley Family Theater Box Office at 814-362-5113 or

For disability-related needs for the event, contact the Office of Disabilities Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Walnut Street

At 2:40 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 to Walnut Street for a medical emergency.

Free Penn State Home Water and Septic System Workshops Offered

Jim Clark
Local Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, is offering free Home Water and Septic System Workshops in Cameron and Elk Counties this February 2015. 

In Elk County the workshop is being held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, at the St Marys Educational Council Building at 4 Erie Avenue on the ground floor in room G2. 

In Cameron County, the workshop will be held on Thursday, February 26, at the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library in Emporium, PA. 

The workshops are free to participants, but pre-registration is required by calling 814-887-5613, emailing to, or going on line to 

Parking is available behind the St Marys Educational Council Building or the Emporium Library.

Clark will instruct the class and will cover private water supplies and how they should be maintained, tested, and treated. Best management practices for homeowners to use to protect and maintain their on-lot septic system will also be discussed. Penn State Extension educational resources will be shared and questions answered. 

Jim Clark is a Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator based in McKean County, Pennsylvania, since July 1, of 1989. He is Co-Chair of the statewide Penn State Extension Water Resources Team. He delivers educational programs related to the water resources of Pennsylvania and assists private water supply owners in assuring safe drinking water.

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Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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You’re Invited to a Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar 

Join me for a discussion about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws at one of three upcoming Firearms Safety and Rights Seminars:

 • Thursday, March 12, 6-8 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, 5660 U.S. Route 6 West, Ulysses. Speakers: Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson and Chief Deputy Sheriff Glenn Drake. Co-hosted with Rep. Matt Baker.  
 • Thursday, March 26, 6-8 p.m. at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium. Speakers: Cameron County District Attorney Paul Malizia, Sheriff Allen Neyman, Emporium Police Department Officer in Charge David Merritt and Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Darren Burford.
 • Tuesday, April 7, 6-8 p.m. at the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, 46-48 Main St., Lewis Run. Speakers: McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn and Deputy Sheriff and Firearms Instructor Roger Sager.

Registration is required due to a limited amount of seating available. Click here to register online, or call the office at 1-866-437-8181.

PGC to Offer Online Option for Hunter Education Program

At its meeting this week, the Pennsylvania Game Commission voted to allow for the development and implementation of a new Hunter-Trapper Education course to be offered wholly online.

Hunter-Trapper Education is a requirement for first-time buyers of hunting or furtaker licenses in Pennsylvania. Those who pass the course are then eligible to buy a license to hunt or trap. The courses are currently taught by a team of volunteers at a variety of locations across the Commonwealth. Those courses will continue to be offered in addition to the online option.

There will be a cost associated with the online course, which will be routed to the company that makes the course available online. All traditional courses would continue to be offered free of charge.

Stay tuned for more information about when the online courses will become available.

Helping Veterans, Active Duty Personnel and their Families

This week, the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee considered two bills aimed at helping veterans, active duty military and their dependents overcome unique obstacles they face when applying for college and professional credentials in Pennsylvania.

House Bill 131 would waive traditional residency requirements for in-state tuition rates at state-owned and state-related universities, as well as community colleges, for veterans, active duty personnel, their spouses and dependents, including those who are currently residing out-of-state. The bill makes it a requirement that any veteran, military personnel or their dependents who qualify for GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill, and other federal education tuition benefits due to military service be charged the in-state tuition rate.

House Bill 157 would require all Commonwealth agencies and professional licensing boards to consider a veteran’s military education, training or experience for the purpose of waiving any requirements for the issuance of a professional license or certification within Pennsylvania.

Both pieces of legislation passed the committee unanimously. To learn more about this legislation, you can watch the full committee meeting here.

PennDOT Assistance, Senior Benefit Information and More Available at Legislative Offices

To best serve you and maintain open lines of communication, I operate three full-time district offices in Bradford, Coudersport and Kane, and host office hours periodically in Emporium and Port Allegany.

My staff and I are ready to help answer your questions about state government issues, as well as to provide information and applications for a variety of state programs. Office services include:
 • Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals.
 • Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates, and temporary placards for persons with physical disabilities).  
 • Information and applications for senior citizen benefit programs, including Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug programs.
 • Information and applications for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
 • Help with securing birth and death certificates (photo identification required). 
 • Information about legislation.  
 • Assistance with resolving matters relating to state agencies, such as Veterans Affairs, Human Services, Labor and Industry, Insurance, Environmental Protection or Conservation and Natural Resources.  

Shirley J. Ruffner, 75, loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, of 155 Summer St.,Bradford, PA

Shirley J. Ruffner

Shirley J. Ruffner, 75, loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, of 155 Summer St.,Bradford, PA went to be with her Lord and Savior, Friday, January 30, 2015, at the Bradford Manor.

Born August 8, 1939 in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Louis E. and Burles (Glady) Valerius.

On April 26, 1958, in Bradford she married Merle E. Ruffner who survives.

Mrs. Ruffner attended Bradford High School. She was a stay at home mom and enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was a member of Foursquare Gospel Church. She also enjoyed going to the Seneca Allegany Casino, camping and attending yard sales.

In addition to her husband of 56 years, she is survived by two sons Randy Ruffner and Ronald Ruffner, both of Bradford; eight grandchildren, Tristan Mackey, Hope Sherk, Alyssa Connolly, Randy Ruffner, Rhonda Moore, Heather Ruffner, Jennifer Ruffner and Jeana Ruffner, 7 great grandchildren, Garrett Moore, Lindsay Moore, Landon Ruffner, MacKenzee Ruffner, Owen Fries, Ezra Mackey, and Luca Connolly; three sisters, Gladys Miller, Nancy Teribery. and Cathy Darrin,all of Bradford and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Donald Valerius.

There will be no public visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM, Monday, February 2, 2015 at Foursquare Gospel Church, with Rev. Janie McDonald, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

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

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

Online condolences may be made at

Timothy Mercer Retires with 27 Years of Service to the State Police

Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Mercer
Harrisburg – The state police today announced the retirement of Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Mercer, a 27-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police. Mercer, 48, a native of Bellwood, Blair County, most recently served as the department's deputy commissioner of administration and professional responsibility.

As deputy commissioner of administration and professional responsibility, Mercer held the rank of lieutenant colonel. In that position, his focus has always been on the troopers in the field and how he could make their job safer and more efficient.

Mercer enlisted in the state police in 1988. Following his training at the State Police Academy in Hershey, he was assigned to Troop S, Harrisburg. In addition, he served at stations in Bedford, Hollidaysburg, Carlisle and McConnellsburg.

Mercer was promoted to corporal in 1995, to sergeant in 1999, to lieutenant in 2005, to captain in 2008, to major in 2012 and lieutenant colonel in 2013.

Mercer received a bachelor's degree in administration of justice from the Pennsylvania State University in 1988. He is also a 2008 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

He is married to the former Sally L. Kirkpatrick – she is a native of Tyrone, Blair County, and they have three children: Morgan, Lindsey and Kamryn.

Mercer's retirement is effective today.


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CLEARED:I-86 EB is OPEN at Exit 4 (Route 426) because of Accident at 12:50 pm, Town of Sherman, Chautauqua County.

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Sarafine A. Albertson, 83, of Galeton, PA

Sarafine A. Albertson, 83, of Galeton, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. 

Born July 18, 1931 in Galeton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph A. and Virginia M. (Colosimo) Close. 

Sara was a member of St. Bibiana Catholic Church and a 1949 Graduate of the Galeton High School. 

After attending Empire Beauty School in Williamsport, Pa she owned and operated the beauty salon, Close Cut & Curl for 20 years in Galeton. She then worked at Wundies in Williamsport, from 1974 thru 1979, and then moved to Gaines, Pa and worked at the Galeton Glove Factory, retiring in 1998. 

The love of her life, “Bud” Albertson, passed away in 1990 after an extended illness. 

Sara was a member of the Raymond R. Richar, V.F.W. Post 6611 Ladies Auxiliary in Galeton. 

She was an avid craft maker she also enjoyed crocheting, knitting and reading books upon books. Her television was a constant friend to her. She loved company and hosted many birthday parties, anniversary parties, and parties for any reason at her home, with her making her famous peanut butter fudge topping. 

Surviving are a brother, Thomas F. (Rose Marie) Close, Kittanning, PA; two sisters, Rosalyn (Joseph) Holenchik, Houtzdale, PA; and Kathryn (Stephen) Macensky, Galeton; 13 nieces and nephews; 20 great nieces and nephews; and 3 great great nieces. 

In addition to her parents and husband, Sara was predeceased by a sister, Angeline “Chickie” Meshula and a brother-in-law, Steve Meshula. 

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Galeton, on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and Monday February 2, 2015 at St. Bibiana Catholic Church, from 10:00am to 11:00am with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am. . The Rev. Joseph Dougherty will be the Celebrant. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Galeton Library.

Canaseraga Dispaatched For Vehicle Fire

At Noon on Friday, Canaseraga Fire Department dispatched to a vehicle fire at 10403 State Route 961F.

Donald K. Horton, 88, Wellsboro, PA

 Donald K. Horton, 88, a Wellsboro native, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at The Green Home. 

He was the son of the late Cleave and Lucille (Wilcox) Horton. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Ruth (Dartt) Horton; his 3 children, Donna (Blaine) Bush, David (Janet) Horton, Dianne (Mike) Hawk; his 2 grandsons, Sean (Kelly) Bush and Todd (Andrea) Bush; great- grandchildren, Nick, Bella, Claire, Brady and Leah; 2 sisters, Norma Gill and Barbara (Gayle) Shaw; sisters-in-law, Helen Putman, Dorothy Stevens and Phyllis Sims; brother-in-law, Richard Dartt; several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Gerald and Gene and a son Donald, Jr.
WWII Veteran

Don served in the US Navy on the USS Randolph during WW II.

He was a well-known business man having opened and managed the Sherwin-Williams Store for 30 years. Don was involved in the community in many ways. He was a member and past president of the Wellsboro Rotary Club, a member and past president of the Tyoga Country Club, and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro. Many also remember him as a Small Fry football coach.

Don leaves behind many extended family members and friends. He will be greatly missed as the “Head of the Horton Herd”.

There will be no visitation, a memorial service will be held Wednesday, February 4, 2015 11:00 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church, 130 Main St., Wellsboro, with Rev. Dr. Roger Wagner officiating. Burial will be in Wellsboro Cemetery.

Local arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home”, 139 Main St., Wellsboro. 

To share your fondest memories of Donald, visit

Computer Literacy with Windows 8 and 8.1

In this 8-session (1 hour each) course, Brent Bryant, Director of Technology for a local school district, will address the basics of computer literacy and maintenance while ensuring that participants are comfortable with the Windows 8.1 operating system. Participants will conclude the session with the ability to set up, navigate, customize, connect, and maintain their Windows 8 and / or 8.1 device.

Topics include: Using tile screens and gestures; organizing files and folders; managing apps; working with photos and movie editing; controlling system sounds, volume, and accessibility options; getting connected to other PCs, storage devices, and printers; keeping your PC secure with Windows 8.1; fixing issues and reverting to older configurations; keeping file backups with File History; preventing system instability and infection; and participant questions and concerns.

This course will be held at the Education Council’s Coudersport office on Thursdays, from March 5 – April 23, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The cost is $80 per person. For more information or to register, call (814) 274-4877 or go to .


Ade Adu
BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is marking February as Black History Month with series of discussions, entertainment and other events.

Events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.

The “Real Talk” series will take place from 9 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays during the month of February in Dining Rooms A/B off the Commons CafĂ© in the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

The discussions began last year as a way to raise consciousness about controversial and timely issues. Each discussion has a leader who will set the stage for the discussion and keep it going.

Discussion topics will be “What is Being Black” led by Julian Joyner, a criminal justice and history-political science major from Bronx, N.Y., on Feb. 3; “The N-Word” led by Dr. Tracee Howell, executive associate to the president, on Feb. 10; “Race, Justice and Law Enforcement” led by Mike Taylor ’89 and Campus Police Chief Dan Songer on Feb. 17; and “Dear White People” led by Ashley Young, a broadcast communications major from Philadelphia, Akire Hoots, a nursing major from Columbia, S.C., and Brianna Ferguson, a business management major from Philadelphia, on Feb. 24.

Comedian Arvin Mitchell will take the stage in the University Room at 9 p.m. Feb. 5. He is known for his clean style and hilarious impressions and has been featured on Black Entertainment Television’s “Coming to the Stage” and “Club Comic View.”

At 8 p.m. Feb. 6, bass DeAndre Simmons will give a recital in Bromeley Family Theater as part of Pitt-Bradford’s premier arts series, Prism. Tickets are $12 and $16 for the public and $5 for all students. Included in the ticket price is a Valentine’s Day-themed pre-show reception that will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature hors d’oeuvres, chocolates and drawings of the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center proposed for the Seneca Building in downtown Bradford.

On Feb. 10, at noon in the Studio Theater of Blaisdell Hall, popular Buffalo singer-songwriter Ade Adu will perform. Adu lived in West and South Africa before relocating to Western New York. His travels are reflected in the range of genres he plays, which include dance, hip-hop, reggae and rock.

On Feb. 12, the movie “Dear White People,” which explores the African American student experience at a predominantly white college campus, will play at 6:30 p.m. at the Bradford Main Street Movie House. The 2014 release written and directed by Justin Simien was winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent. The film is rated R.

On Feb. 14, an “I Love My Hair” program will offer free haircuts and styling for hair of all types from noon to 3 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

In addition to serving as facilitator for the Feb. 17 Real Talk session, on Feb. 18, alumnus Mike Taylor will give a talk at 8:30 p.m. in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel. Taylor is an executive and event security manager with Intel Corp. in Chandler, Ariz. He is responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment for Intel employees worldwide, including the chairman of the board, chief executive officer, president, senior vice presidents and others.

Before going to Intel, he was the global security manager for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Bentonville, Ark., and security manager for the Washington Redskins.

The annual African American Student Union-sponsored Miss and Mr. Blue and Gold Pageant will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Bromeley Family Theater.

Black History Month Jeopardy will test participants’ knowledge of Black history from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Mukaiyama University Room. Later that night, Midnight Breakfast will feature the Diamond Steppers beginning at 11 p.m. in the KOA Dining Hall in the Commons.

The last event of the month will be the One World Cultural Festival, a campus-wide celebration of diversity taking place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Commons.

Events are coordinated by the Black History Month Committee and sponsored by the AASU, Student Activity Council, Spectrum and Prism arts series, the One World Cultural Festival Committee, Residence Life, the Alumni Office and other student groups.

For disability needs relating to any of the events, contact the Office of Disability Resources at (814)362-7609 or

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Friday, January 30, 2015
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This Tuesday, Feb. 3, Brian Morris from the American Legion’s Erie office will be in my DuBois district office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located in the DuBois Area Plaza, 1221 East DuBois Ave., Suite 10, DuBois. This is a great opportunity for veterans from Clearfield and Elk counties to ask individual questions and check out services that may be available to them.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, I will be Joe Taylor's guest on News Talk Radio WCED's Contact program, beginning at 8:35 a.m. I hope you'll tune in on 1420 AM, 96.7 FM, or 107.9 FM to get the latest state government news from Harrisburg.

If you live in the Luthersburg area....
a member of my staff will be in Luthersburg at the Brady Township fire hall, at the corner of Shamokin Trail and Community Center Drive, this Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 1-3 p.m. Please feel free to stop by and check out the various state government services that are available to you.

Help with Heating

Pennsylvania is about to receive an additional $18 million in funds through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This is not new money, but rather the remainder of funding already budgeted for LIHEAP in 2014-15.

For more information on the program, please visit my website,, and go to “Shopping for Energy” on the left navigation bar.

Scholarship Opportunity

Eligible students are reminded about the availability of a scholarship to Valley Forge Military College through the Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative (LAI). The LAI currently allows each of Pennsylvania’s 203 representatives, and 50 senators, to appoint a student from his or her district as the Commonwealth Scholar for guaranteed admission and a guaranteed partial scholarship to Valley Forge Military College.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, Feb. 15. For more information, please visit my website,, and go to “Education Information” on the left navigation bar.