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Saturday, February 7, 2015

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James T. McNinch Sr. 98, of 44 Milton Street, Belmont, NY

James T. McNinch Sr.

Belmont, NY - James T. McNinch Sr. 98, of 44 Milton Street passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Manor Hills in Wellsville. He was born March 16, 1916 in Bayonne, NJ the son of Harry T. and Florence (Hall) McNinch.

Jim graduated from Belmont Central School and was the first Eagle Scout in Belmont. After graduating he became the chauffeur for the Thorton family in Wellsville. He loved playing baseball and was honored in the late 1980’s at Dreams Park in Cooperstown for being the sole survivor of the 1930’s Belmont Town Team. He briefly worked at the Department of Motor to help out his Dad. He was a long time dairy farmer. 

He began his career as a real estate broker with Leo Ludden Realty of Wellsville. He later owned and operated McNinch Realty in Belmont. He was the developer of McNinch Lane; a sub division in Belmont and he and his wife Arlene, maintained many apartments and houses county wide. He also owned and operated McNinch Pools in Belmont. He and Arlene loved to entertain friends and family at their home in Ft. Myers in Florida. He was the foundation of his loving family and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by one son, James (Mary Jo) McNinch of Belmont, two daughters, Gale (Andy) Hall- Walldorff of Atlanta, GA and Barbara (Jim) Fleischman of Belmont, one brother, Robert (Elizabeth) McNinch of Wellsville, 12 grandchildren, Chris (Lisa) McNinch of Branchport, Jeffery (Lindsey) McNinch of Belmont, Abby (Sam) Conzone of Albany, Casey McNinch of Arizona, Mark (Yvonne) Fleischman of Germany, Erica (Emory) Fleischman-Roethel of Belmont, Stephen (Beth) Fleischman of Belmont, Nicholas (Michelle) Walldorff of Atlanta, GA, Rebecca Walldorff of Atlanta, GA, John (Shawna) Fullington of Colorado, Bridgette Fullington of Colorado and Josh (Karen) Shapiro of Brazil, 22 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Arlene, daughter, Priscilla, sisters, Mary Rhodes and Louise Morris and brothers, Louis, John and Harry McNinch II.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will follow visitation Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. 

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Amity Rescue Squad or the Belmont Free Library. To leave online condolences, please visit

Port Allegany 51 - Coudersport 48

Port Allegany 51 - Coudersport 48

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Public Meeting Wednesday On Drinking Water Protection

Potter County Today

Feb7TripledividelogoSeveral projects geared toward protecting public drinking water sources in Potter County will be aired during the next meeting Triple Divide Watershed Coalition (TDWC), scheduled for 9 am on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Gunzburger Building auditorium in Coudersport. 

The meeting is open to the public. Those attending are asked to use the Water Street entrance. 

All public water system operators in Potter County have signed on to form the TDWC and partner with the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection, county agencies and their counterparts elsewhere in Pennsylvania. 

The Feb. 11 meeting will include updates on an effort to acquire 24/7 monitoring equipment for all public water sources and a plan to create detailed maps of local watersheds. 

Other agenda items include updates on each system’s source water protection plan and an emergency notification system.


Address: 126 OLD PORTAGE RD

Agency: CAMERON CO 14 FD
2/7/2015 7:58:00 PM


Port Allegany Dispatched To Possible Vehicle Fire

At 6:13 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. dispatched to a possible vehicle fire on the top of Lynn Hall Hill on Rt. 6 west of Port Allegany.

Wellsboro Fire Department Reports Chimney Fire

Thursday, Feb 5th, 2015 9:55:00 am Wellsboro Fire Department dispatched box 1-06 Delmar township Route 660 for a structure fire reported house. C1-20, C1 , E 1-3, T1-5, R1-8, L1-9 w/ C1-10, S1-18 respond. C1 request a second alarm. 

C1-20 on scene establishing Wellsboro command reports working chimney fire. 

Command request 2nd alarm units to stand by at their stations. C1 on scene assuming Command. E1-3, T1-5, and S1-18 continued into the scene. L1-9 and R1-8 to stand by at staging. 

Command request a recall of 2nd alarm. Crews were able to remove the blockage in two locations in the chimney. command was terminated all units returned available.

People Say A PSP Trooper Went Above & Beyond At Accident Scene

BUTLER COUNTY--A Pennsylvania State Trooper, native to the Clarion area, is being hailed as a hero after he responded within 50 seconds to the scene of an accident on Wednesday in Summit Township after a school bus slammed into the back of a tanker truck.

Roulette Chemical Engine #1 Says Thank you Ethan!!

Westons Mills Pumper Has New Home In Otto Township


Address: 2082 OLD STATE RD
2/7/2015 2:46:44 PM


Coudersport Ambulance To East 6th Street

At 2:47 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to East 6th Street for a medical emergency.

Willing Dispatched For Structure Fire On Graves Road

At 2:06 PM on Saturday, Willing Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 3405 Graves Road in Willing.

Mary F. McQUOWN, 89, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Bloomsburg, PA

Mary F. McQUOWN, 89, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Bloomsburg, PA, died Friday, February 6, 2015 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. 

Born July 13, 1925, in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Thomas Holzman. She was married Harold E. McQuown, who predeceased her in 2005. 

 A 1943 graduate of Southmont High School and a 1946 graduate of the Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing, she was employed as a registered nurse. 

She was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, Thomas Jefferson Nurses Alumni, and Eulalia Chapter No. 148, Order of the Eastern Star in Coudersport. 

Surviving are: four children, Karen (Bruce) Robbins of Coudersport, Lt. Com. David (Doreen) McQuown, Retired of Woodland, NC, Mark (Cheryle) McQuown of Hesston, PA, and Dawn (Erik) Tate of Chesapeake, VA; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

 In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Scott McQuown. 

A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn, Shickshinny, PA. 

Memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 E. Maple St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or Sweden Valley Manor Activity Fund, 1028 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915. 

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

Online condolences may be expressed at

Coudersport Troopers Report Statistics For January

Troopers Investigating Shooting Of Horse In Hebron Township, Potter County

Amy Thompson
So many of you are asking.

We had to put down Sharia Gold, my very best friend, one of the lights of my life. my rock, my strength, my shoulder to cry on, my confidence, the only being who ever really saw me in my weak times. She was so much more to me than just a horse.

Lori Hansen and I found her 21 years ago. a chestnut copper colored spitfire and lovey horse.

Star arrived at the barn yesterday morning to feed Seri, Blondie and the minis and found Seri bleeding profusely and blood everywhere.

Seri was shot by someone. The police were called and are investigating.

From what we can piece together Seri was by the creek getting a drink when she was shot.

Star VH called Sally Fowler (vet) and Dan and I headed to Coudersport. The police were called. came took statements and photographs. The shot was determined to be intentional. I don't understand this, She doesn't look like a deer. She was in the pasture, getting a drink, and was the best horse. She loved people.

The bullet entered through her cheek, Her cheek and jaw were shattered and her esophagus was damaged. She would not be able to eat or drink. There was very little probability she would make the trip to Cornell, be able to be saved or survive a surgery. She was 28 years old.

I had to make the heartbreaking decision to put her down.

She passed on about 7:30 last night.

I am shattered and heartbroken. Everyone in my family is devastated. My Dad and Star are beside themselves, They have been taking awesome care of her while we are here in Western New York. They spoiled her almost as much as I did. We have no idea or understanding how someone can do this. Blondie is at a loss about her pasture mate.

The State Police are investigating and will be keeping us up to date.

If you hear of anything or know who could have done this to my Seri,  please call the Pennsylvania State Police. 814-274-8690

Smethport Ambulance and Rew Fire Department Dispatched To Bordell Rd. For a Sledding Accident

At 12:05 PM on Saturday Smethport Ambulance, and Rew Fire Department were  dispatched to 2420 Bordell Rd for a sledding accident.

Moon's Farm-Yard Center's 4th Annual Chili, Cheese & Chocolate Open House February 13th & 14th

EMS Responding To Assist Female Injured In Snowmobile Crash

A is Cross Fork. The latitude/long marker is approximate location on Francis Road.
At 9:57 AM on Saturday, Kettle Creek Fire Dept. EMS & Medic 6 has been dispatched to a snowmobile accident in Stewardson Township on the Francis Road. A 56 year old female is reported injured when a snowmobile struck a tree. Air medical has been dispatched.

Derrick City FD Dispatched For Traffic Control

At 9:55 AM on Saturday, Derrick City Fire Dept. dispatched to Bolivar Drive for a non-injury crash for traffic control.

Bradford Township Dispatched For Vehicle Fire

At 9:07 Am on Saturday, Bradford Township Fire Dept. was dispatched to the area of 787 West Warren Road for a vehicle fire.

Cole Memorial Seeking Candidates For Manager Of Information Technology

Cole Memorial Seeking Candidates For Nothern Potter Rural Health Center Environmental Services Tech

Friday, February 6, 2015

Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department was Dispatched For Chimney Fire

#31-2/6/15 - at 1753hrs tonight Station 11 was dispatched on Box 1141 by MCC 911 for a Chimney fire on McFadden Road in Derrick City. Chief 11-20 (J.Taylor) first arrived on scene and reported nothing showing. Homeowner stated he the had a malfunctioning wood stove and quickly extinguished the fire inside the stove. Engine 113, Uitlity 115 and Chief 11 arrived on scene, conducted an investigation of the chimney and checked the house for any extension and deemed everything was ok. Engine 112 stood by on Derrick Road. All units returned without incident.


Address: 621 E CENTER ST
Cross Streets: BRIDGE ST * GRANT ST

2/6/2015 9:40:41 PM

Diane McChesney Kondak, 76, of Warren, PA

Diane McChesney Kondak
Diane McChesney Kondak, 76, of Warren, PA died Thursday, February 5, 2015 at St. Mary’s Home in Erie, PA. 

Born on October 26, 1938 in Warren, PA she was the daughter of the late Richard D. and Blanche Barlow McChesney. 

Diane lived in Warren her entire life and was a 1956 graduate of Warren High School. 

She owned and operated City Ice and Beverage in Warren for many years until her retirement in 2005. She also worked for 8 years with the former Warren National Bank and Marine Bank. Diane was a Malt Beverage representative on the state and local level. 

She enjoyed learning, gardening and loved animals.

Diane is survived by three children, Michael Kondak and his fiancĂ©, Pam Sosinski, of Erie, PA, Amy Quaker and her husband, James, of Jamestown, NY, and Jill Kondak of Bemus Point, NY, 2 grandchildren, Zachary and Robin Quaker of Jamestown, NY, 1 brother, Tom Barlow and his wife, Pat, of Bradenton, FL, and her godson, Kelly Jones and his wife, Lisa, of Kansas, Montana. 

In addition to her parents, Diane was preceded in death by her step-mother, Carolyn Timmis-McChesney and a step-brother, Dr. John Timmis.

At Diane’s request, there will be a private celebration of her life with her family and close friends at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA.  

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through The Sight Center of Northwestern PA, 2545 West 26th Street, Erie, PA, 16505-3261 or to the PA Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, 4200 Lovell Place, Erie, PA 16503. 

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Cuba, NY, American Legion Post Breakfast Saturday From 7:30 To 10:30 AM

On Saturday 2-7-15 The Cuba NY American Legion Post 655 on Main Street in Cuba is having their monthly breakfast from 0730 to 1030 AM.  

It is all you can eat buffet with sausage, gravy and biscuits.  Also scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, ham, home fries and a fruit  Drinks available are orange juice, coffee, milk and tomato juice.  Price is $7.00 for adults and $3.50 for kids under 12.  

Come support your American Legion Post 655.

Anna M. DeLucia, 90, of Bradford, PA

Anna M. DeLucia
Anna M. DeLucia, 90, of Bradford, PA passed away on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

She was born on February 3, 1925 in Driftwood, a daughter of the late Nicola and Maria LaMonica Pellicani.

She was a 1944 graduate of the Wellsville High School, Wellsville, NY.

On April 12, 1947 in the St. Bernard Catholic Church she married Elmer F. DeLucia who survives.

She was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church, the Catholic Women’s Club and a former member of the St. Bernard Resurrection Choir and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Choir. She was a former vice president of the Festa Italiana committee and former president of the Marcatarese club. She volunteered at the Bradford Area Public Library, the Bradford Landmark Society, a Literacy volunteer and she was a longtime Girl Scout troop leader.

In addition to her husband of sixty seven years, Elmer F. DeLucia of Bradford, she is also survived by one son, Nick (Patricia) DeLucia of Preston Park, PA; three daughters, Joanne DeLucia of Placitas, NM, Lisa (Lee Johnson) DeLucia of Leominster, MA and Christina DeLucia of Hamden CT; two grandsons, Peter (Lori) DeLucia of Endwell, NY and Paul Kruse of Chapel Hill, NC; one granddaughter, Maria (Peter) Evans of Knox, NY; one great grandson, Nicholas DeLucia of Endwell, NY; two great granddaughters, Myla Evans and Cora Evans both of Knox, NY and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by one brother, Alfonso Pellicani and one sister, Theresa Willits.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 AM at the St. Bernard Catholic Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant.

Entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Bradford Area Public Library, 67 West Washington St., Bradford, PA 16701 or the Bradford Landmark Society, 45 East Corydon St., Bradford, PA 16701.

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

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Business Students Learn From Experiences of Local Entrepreneurs

Business student Ray Serafini interviews Jilynn Hess, the owner of Mint Condition Sports Medicine and Chiropractic Wellness in Grampian, about her experiences as an entrepreneur.

DuBOIS – Some students at Penn State DuBois are getting first-hand accounts of what it takes to succeed as a business owner this semester. An assignment for the Business 250 class requires each student to invite a small business owner to campus, and interview that that person about their experiences as an entrepreneur.

"Our area is filled with entrepreneurs who want to give back to their communities, and one way of doing that is to share their business experience with young people," said Penn State DuBois Senior Instructor in Business Administration Annett Muth. "Each student in my BA 250 class, Problems of Small Business, was given the task of interviewing a local small business owner who could choose to come to campus to share his or her story with the entire class. Students benefit by hearing first-hand accounts of real business life that they will remember long after they have forgotten what they read in a book."

For the semester's first interview, Jilynn Hess, the owner of Mint Condition Sports Medicine and Chiropractic Wellness in Grampian, PA, visited the class. She was interviewed by Business Management and Marketing major Ray Serafini of Brockway.

Hess explained to the class that she has had a life-long passion for health and wellness, and considered becoming a doctor until she ended up taking an athletic training position while in college. It was here that she found her true calling, helping others to feel and be their best through natural treatment. Finding that true calling is something that Hess credits with her drive to find success.

"The number one thing is passion for what you're doing," Hess told the class. "You have to believe in what you do. If you have that passion, every day you wake up and you want to go to work. I don't want to take a day off from what I do. I want to drive that passion."

She next stressed the importance of hard work, sacrifice and motivation in establishing a business. She said, "You can't relax. You have to go all out and give up some fun. Give up vacations, make sacrifices, but it is what you put into it."

Noting that her father worked long hours at his own masonry business, calling on her to help him at work beginning at a young age, Hess said entrepreneurship is in her blood. Her parents served as role models for the aspiring business owner, and their experiences made it natural for them to understand and support her goals. They continue to assist her to this day at her own business, maintaining her facilities and helping to keep up the books.

"My family was a huge help," Hess said. "They supported me; I didn't do it alone. They've always offered such a great support network."

Rounding out her presentation on successful entrepreneurship, Hess even offered tips for keeping a business in the public eye. She said, "I wanted to build a brand. I'm more than just chiropractic, I offer sports medicine. So, I didn't go with 'Hess Chiropractic', I went with a name, Mint Condition. We developed a logo; a brand.

"Also, besides advertising in newspapers and radio, word of mouth in this area is huge. Getting out to community events and showing people what you do is important."

Hess said she attends such community events such as festivals, 5K runs, and more.

After conducting the interview, Serafini said it has given him a great deal of insight that will help with his own future plans of starting up a small business in manufacturing. He said, "This really exemplified how much hard work it will be and helped me anticipate what will come. Hearing it from someone who experienced it first-hand really makes those things clear."

Tests Find Asian Carp eDNA in Sections of Ohio River

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 6) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has confirmed that environmental DNA (eDNA) from the invasive Asian Silver Carp and Bighead Carp has been found in six water samples collected from the Ohio River last year. Sampling has been performed in Pennsylvania in response to the documented spread of Asian carp in the middle and lower Ohio River.

As part of a cooperative effort, biologists from the PFBC, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collected 595 water samples from the Ohio River basin in July 2014. The tests found one positive result for Silver Carp eDNA in each of the Montgomery and New Cumberland pools of the Ohio River’s locks and dams systems. Each pool also showed two positive results for Bighead Carp eDNA. A total of 92 water samples were taken from each pool.

Researchers use eDNA analysis as a tool for the early detection of Asian carp. The findings indicate the presence of genetic material left behind by the species, such as scales, excrement or mucous. But eDNA does not provide physical proof of the presence of live or dead Asian carp. No Asian carp, alive or dead, have been reported from Pennsylvania’s portion of the Ohio River.

“Unfortunately, the 2014 test results provide a little more evidence that this invasive species could be in the upper Ohio River in Pennsylvania,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “This is an early warning sign, since we don’t know for certain the origin of the genetic material. We don’t know if the eDNA came from live or dead fish or if it was transported from other sources, like bilge water or storm sewers, or even waterfowl visiting the basin.”

None of the 175 water samples from the Ohio River’s Dashfields and Emsworth pools, Beaver River, Little Beaver Creek, Raccoon Creek, Chartiers Creek, Monongahela River and Allegheny River tested positive for Silver or Bighead carp eDNA.

This marks the second year that eDNA was found. In 2013, the USFWS tested 184 water samples collected from the upper Ohio River between Wheeling, W.V., and Pittsburgh and found eDNA in one sample from the Montgomery Pool near Aliquippa, Beaver County, and one sample from the backchannel of Babbs Island near East Liverpool, OH. More information about the testing is available on the USFWS website at:

More information about the effort by the Ohio River Basin states to try to stop the spread of Asian carp is available at:

Asian carp are an invasive species which pose a serious threat because of their voracious appetite and ability to quickly reproduce. Once in a waterway, they devour much of the microscopic algae and animals that other species rely on for food, effectively decimating other species and disrupting the aquatic ecosystem. This, in turn, can harm local economies which rely on the revenue generated from sport fishing and boating.

Because of the destructive nature of the Asian carp species, officials urge anglers and boaters to help slow the spread. Anglers and boaters should thoroughly clean gear and boats before entering new waters and learn how to identify Asian carp. A video teaching people how to identify Bighead and Silver carp is available from the USFWS on YouTube at

Anglers and boaters are urged to contact the PFBC if they suspect the presence of Asian carp. Information can be easily submitted through the PFBC website at:

Additional information is available on the national Asian carp website at:

More information about the Clean Your Gear educational campaign is available at:

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Veronica H. O'Rourke, formerly of 28 Rochester Street, Bradford, PA

Veronica H. O'Rourke, formerly of 28 Rochester Street, Bradford, PA, passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late John and Victoria (Detman) Kornacki.

On July 7, 1951 in Bradford she married Martin O'Rourke, who died, December 12, 1979.

Mrs. O'Rourke was a graduate of Bradford HIgh School. She had formerly worked in the office at City Creamery for 10 years.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church.

Surviving are five children, three daughters, Nancy (Mike) Cercone, Dianne (Tom) DeLoe, and Colleen (Kevin) Huff all of Bradford, two sons Robert (Susan) O'Rourke, of Bradford, and Kevin (Patricia) O'Rourke, of Ft. Edward, NY, 8 grandchildren Shannon Madore, Jason Cercone, Megan Mittleider, Brian DeLoe, Christopher Haight, Rachel Huff, Michael O'Rourke, and Erinn O'Rourke, 2 great grandchildren Mackenna Cercone and Chelsea Madore and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter, Mary Elizabeth O'Rourke and two brothers Leo Kornacki and Paul Kornacki.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, February 9, 2015, from 2pm to 4pm & 6pm to 8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave., where a prayer service will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9:30am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Bernard Church Building Fund or a charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Northern Potter High School Athletics for the week of February 9, 2015

Northern Potter High School Athletics for the week of February 9, 2015
Monday, February, 09 5:30PM Boys Var/JV Basketball Away Bucktail High School Departs: 3:15PM

Wednesday, February, 11 6:00PM Boys Var/JV Basketball Home Oswayo Valley High School

Thursday, February, 12 6:00PM Girls Var/JV Basketball Away Oswayo Valley High School Departs: 4:30PM

Friday, February, 13 6:00PM Girls Var/JV Basketball Home Otto Eldred High School

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Station

At 4:02 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance dispatched to station, Call center for details.

Marian A. STILSON, 89, of Gold, PA

Marian A. STILSON, 89, of Gold, PA, died Thursday, February 5, 2015 in her home. 

Born March 21, 1925, in Genesee, PA, she was the daughter of Robert and Blanche M. Woodcock Storey. On September 6, 1941, in Ellisburg, PA, she married James Holden “Brownie” Stilson, who predeceased her on April 30, 2001. 

Marian worked for many years as a waitress and cook in area restaurants and also as a machine operator, nurse’s aide, store clerk, and home companion for the elderly. 

She helped with the annual American Cancer Society daffodil sale and delivery for many years. 

Surviving are: two sons, James R. (Eileen) Stilson and John R. (Debera) Stilson, both of Gold; three daughters, Linda (Richard) Knoebel of Collegeville, PA, Sue (Lyle) Hyde of Ulysses, and Joan Leach of Fairmont, WV; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Edith Gill of Pittsburgh, PA; nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Sally Ann Stilson, in 1943; and three sisters, Betty Lathrop, Phyllis Flynn, and infant Shirley Storey; and family friend, Bob Gibson. 

A private graveside service will be held in Ulysses Cemetery at a later date. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Potter County Hospice, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915. 

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

Condolences may be expressed at

Paternos, Penn State, NCAA face off in Centre County court

By Lori Falce

— A judge will render an opinion on the next steps in a lawsuit brought by the estate of late former football coach Joe Paterno against Penn State and the NCAA. 

The estate, along with trustee Al Clemens and former assistant coaches Jay Paterno and Bill Kenney, are suing the university, the college sports organization, NCAA President Mark Emmert and former executive committee chairman Ed Ray for breach of contract. The NCAA is also accused of conspiracy, defamation, disparagement and contractual interference. 

Attorneys for all the parties gathered Friday in Centre County for Potter County Senior Judge John Leete to hear arguments on several issues. 

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John H. Currie, 61, formerly of 598 East Main St., Bradford, PA

John H. Currie, 61, formerly of 598 East Main St., Bradford, PA, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born March 31, 1953 in Kane he was a son of John H. and Virginia (Hoyt) Currie.

John was a very dedicated employee at Futures for over 40 years and never missed a day of work.

He participated in Special Olympics, he loved bowling, softball and baseball. He was a avid baseball fan, listening to music and spending time with his dog "Jake".

Surviving is one brother, Steve D. Currie, of Bradford.

John was preceded in death by his longtime companion Sharon A. Petitt who died November 8, 2014.

There will be no public services. Private services will be held at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave with the Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, retired pastor officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Futures Rehabilitation, Inc. 1 Future's Way Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at

Increasing Transparency and Accountability in Pennsylvania Public Schools on House Agenda

The House returns to session on Monday, Feb. 9. Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at  Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting 

On the agenda this week is legislation to establish a searchable database detailing the revenues and expenditures of Pennsylvania school districts. 

House Bill 224 (Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver County), which passed the House last session by a vote of 119-81, will codify the new Department of Education (PDE) database for school districts known as SchoolWATCH. PDE based its development of the database on the House legislation.

Modeled after the successful PennWATCH Act, which established a searchable database providing detailed information concerning the budgets and expenditures of state agencies, the SchoolWATCH database will provide taxpayers with thorough information concerning the amount of funding received by school districts from federal, state, local and private sources, payments to outside entities, and employee compensation. Records that are not subject to disclosure under the Right-to-Know Law will not be included on the website.  School districts failing to report information to PDE as required under the bill will be subject to withholding of state appropriations.

Under SchoolWATCH, implementation of the website and reporting requirements for school districts would be phased in over time to prevent additional cost and administrative burden to school districts. The bill also uses existing public school reports where possible to avoid duplicative reporting.

The Weekly Schedule Click for complete schedule

Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.

Coudersport Ambulance To Person Down On Dwight Street

At 2:53 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to a report of a person down on Dwight Street near the school. Exact location is not known.

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Lake Effect Snow Causes Massive Pileup On I-81 North Of Syracuse

Potter County Joins In Statewide 911 Funding Lobby

Current Funding For 911 is unrealistic to meet needs

91111The Potter County Commissioners have joined many of their counterparts from across Pennsylvania in renewing a push for reform in the outdated funding system for 911 emergency communications systems that counties are legally required to operate and staff. A funding mechanism involving monthly surcharges on telephone bills has failed to generate enough revenue to cover those costs and counties have been forced to turn to local taxpayers to cover the gap. 

Goal of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP)  is to urge the General Assembly to address the shortcomings in the coming months.

Lawmakers are split on which remedies are best, while counties are left having to bear greater responsibility for rising costs  in providing the state-mandated 911 service. County officials have been working with the Pa. Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), legislative committees, emergency management professionals and others to forge solutions. 

Objectives include an ability to accommodate all current and emerging communication technologies (including texting and social networking platforms) and consolidation of 911 dispatching services and communications networks where practical. Three separate fees in the current law – wireline, wireless, and VoIP – would be blended into a unified system for planning, funding, establishment of allowable costs and auditing.

Current structure is a monthly surcharge ranging from $1.00 to $1.50 per month for wireline, and $1.00 per month for wireless and VoIP. Wireline fees have not changed since 1990 and the wireless and VoIP fees were keyed to the 1990 wireline rates. 

Intent of the original law was to fully fund counties’ eligible 911 costs so local taxpayers would not be forced to subsidize the service. This presumed counties would have an initial capital cost to install the systems, and then the funds would be used for system operation and periodic equipment replacement. 

That expectation was unrealistic. 

The onslaught of technological change was unforeseen and dramatically altered the ability of the funding structure to meet county needs. The need to address the funding stream is immediate, due to the June 30 expiration of the wireless telephone subscriber surcharge.




Potter County Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled

Potter County Planning Commission Meeting that was scheduled for February 10, 2015 has been canceled due to “No New Business”. 

The next Potter County Planning Commission Meeting is scheduled for March 10, 2015 ( always the 2nd Tuesday of the month) at 6:00 p.m. in the Planning Office.

Automatic Structure Fire Alarm At Former Northern Tier Childrens Home

Harrison Township, Ulysses, and Westfield dispatched.


Judge Leete Hearing Testimony In NCAA vs Paterno Estate Lawsuit

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Stage Set For Port Allegany School District Centerstage Performance Friday & Saturday


Everything is ready to go for this evening's and Saturday's Centerstage performances.

The show begins at 7:30pm both evenings.

Potter County Women’s Rehabilitation Center Opens This Month In Harrison Valley

Open House Thursday Features Tour and Introduction of Administrators & Staff of New Potter County Rehab Center

ntchildhomeAn open house on Thursday, Feb. 12, will introduce the public to the new Potter County Women’s Residential Rehabilitation Center, which is scheduled to open later this month in the former Northern Tier Children’s Home in Harrison Valley. 

Many women who would otherwise be sent to jails in Lock Haven, Wellsboro or other towns will serve their time at the center, where they’ll receive a host of services designed to reduce the likelihood that they’ll be back in court. 

Thursday’s open house, scheduled for 10 am to 2 pm, will include a tour of the center and introduction of administrators and staff.

Jim Kockler, PCHS Administrator
It’s a project of the Potter County Board of Commissioners and has been spearheaded by Human Services Administrator Jim Kockler (left), who said there’s no center like it in Pennsylvania and few others in the nation. The facility will house non-violent female inmates, many of whom are in need of substance abuse and/or mental health treatment, employability support, educational assistance and other services. 

The county pays an average of $70 per day to rent jail cells in other counties, since the Potter County Jail is not equipped to house women. Cost savings from keeping those inmates in Potter County are expected to offset expenses at the new center. A state grant has been secured to subsidize the operations for the first two years. 

Discussions are underway with officials from neighboring counties about sending their female offenders to the center.

Judge Stephen Minor and District Attorney Andy Watson will have to approve each defendant who’s sentenced to the facility. Potter County Probation Department will also be involved. The program complements the county’s “specialty courts” project, providing special handling of criminal cases involving alcoholics and other drug addicts. The women will be housed in a residential setting, where families will able to visit and participate in structured counseling sessions with the detainee. A complementary effort is underway to improve re-entry services for men who are nearing their release at the Potter County Jail.

Approved Minutes of Potter County Commissioners Meeting of January 22, 2015

Agenda of Potter County Commissioners Meeting of February 5, 2015

Public Invited to 'Send Off' for THON Dancers

The 2015 Penn State DuBois THON Dancers, Greg Myers and Darcie Grenier.
DuBOIS - A sendoff event for this year's designated Penn State DuBois THON Dancers, Darcie Grenier and Greg Myers, has been announced, and members of the public are encouraged to come out and show their support.

The doors will open for the Penn State DuBois THON Dancer Sendoff Dinner at 5:30 p.m., with a kickoff at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, in the Hiller Building Student Union. There will be a silent auction, a hair auction, and dinner. Reservations are required, and can be made by contacting the Office of Student Engagement at 814-375-4764, or online at

Students Grenier and Myers have been chosen to represent Penn State DuBois as the official campus dancers at THON 2015, slated for February 20, through February 22, at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park. The honor will place the pair in the middle of the action of THON, as they attempt to dance and stay on their feet for 46 consecutive hours to support the battle against childhood cancer.

The largest student-run philanthropy in the world, engaging more than 15,000 students across Pennsylvania, THON raised a record $13,343,517 last year. Since its inception in 1977, THON has raised $114 Million for the Four Diamonds Fund, the event's sole beneficiary, and a leader in the fight against pediatric cancer. The Four Diamonds Fund fills in the funding gaps that insurance leaves for the patients it serves, enabling families to focus on caring for their child. Because of large donors like THON, Penn State Hershey Hospital recruits world-class talent to continue innovative research, and to maintain and expand the state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital.

"I chose to get involved with THON because I love helping people," said Myers. "I watched the live-stream during my junior year in high school and was instantly hooked. Just from the video, I could feel the energy and the passion that the people there felt. I knew right away that I wanted to get involved as soon as possible."

Students from across all of Penn State work in numerous ways to raise money for the cause, holding the 46 hour dance marathon at the end of a long fundraising season. The Penn State DuBois THON Committee supports the university-wide efforts of THON by holding can drives, hair auctions, and a number of other fundraising activities.

Students who are chosen as dancers for THON have worked hard for the privilege. At Penn State DuBois, a student must raise a minimum of $1,000 for the cause all on their own before even being considered for the position. In addition, they must also organize a fundraising event, participate in canning weekends, and more. For those who want to support the children touched by the Four Diamonds Fund, however, the reward is well worth the work.

"THON really has a special place in my heart. It's not like any other club at Penn State, it's the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. I've always been the person to step in and help people out when they are in need. THON means changing kids' lives, not just now, but in the future." Myers remarked. "I've always dreamed of dancing at THON for the 46 hours since I watched that live stream in high school. I can't wait to experience this and to represent Penn State DuBois at THON weekend in a few weeks. It's coming very quickly! It's really hard to describe how excited I am to join all the other dancers in standing for 46 hours For the Kids."

For up-to-date information leading up to, and during THON 2015, visit

Otto-Eldred Elementary to hold UGI-RIF Book Distribution to First-Grade Students

The Otto-Eldred Elementary School is pleased and excited to announce that a UGI-Reading is Fundamental book distribution is scheduled for February 10th and 2:00pm in our cafeteria followed by two more distributions this school year.

During the distribution, children will be given a book at no cost to their families!!!

Studies show that RIF activities strongly enhance a child’s love and enjoyment of reading.
 Consequently, youngsters become better readers and improve in their overall school performance.

Employees from UGI Utilities, Inc. will be in attendance during the event to assist children in the book distribution. Since 1991, UGI and RIF have been involved in a unique motivational-reading partnership designed to help first grade students improve their reading skills and become lifelong learners.

Throughout its 20-plus years, UGI and RIF’s partnership has contributed more than $2 million and provided more than 1 million books to 300,000 first grade students in 200 schools in more than 50 school districts. UGI funds 100 percent of local RIF program needs in elementary schools throughout the Company service territory, spanning 45 counties in Pennsylvania and a small section of Maryland.

We at Otto-Eldred Elementary appreciate the experience that this RIF event provides our 1st graders.

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Capitol Update State Representative Martin Causer

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Tax Fairness Measures Reintroduced

Recognizing the strain that state-owned lands can place on local governments and taxpayers, I have reintroduced two bills aimed at ensuring rural areas like ours get fair compensation from the state.
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House Bill 344 would increase the state’s payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) on state-owned forest and game lands from $3.60 per acre to $6 per acre. The PILT is divided equally among the municipalities, school districts and counties in which the land is located and applies to lands under the control of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).

House Bill 343 would call for 20 percent of total revenue collected from the sale of timber, oil and natural gas on most state-owned lands to be deposited into a restricted fund for disbursement to local governments across the Commonwealth, proportionally based on the number of acres of state land in each municipality, school district and county.

The bills will be referred to a legislative committee for further review.

FAFSA Completion Session Scheduled

Is your son or daughter headed off to college in the fall? If so, your first step in obtaining financial aid should be to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for most forms of need and income-based financial assistance, including the Pennsylvania State Grant, the Federal Pell Grant, various scholarships, work-study programs and federal student loans. To help make the process a little easier, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is holding a free FAFSA completion event on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in Room 158 of the Sports Complex. Pre-registration is preferred and may be made by calling 814-362-7550.

Judiciary Committee Moves Legislation to Stop Cyber Bullying

With the growth of email and social networking, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the ability to harass a child by repeatedly emailing or spreading disparaging comments has become all too prevalent. The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation this week to make cyber harassment of a child a criminally punishable offense.

According to the bill, cyber harassment, more commonly recognized as cyber bullying, is repeatedly using electronic communications to make statements or offer opinions about a child’s sexuality or sexual activity, physical characteristics and/or mental health that are intended to and would cause serious emotional distress to a child.

House Bill 229 would allow intervention by law enforcement and juvenile probation officers to initially review the case if it involves a juvenile offender. If appropriate, a juvenile offender could be placed in a diversionary program rather than formally adjudicated as a delinquent.

An adult who engages in such conduct would be prosecuted in court rather than be issued a summary citation, reflecting the seriousness of this form of child abuse.
The legislation will now go to the full House for further consideration.  

Headline Harrisburg State Representative Matt Gabler

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Working For You

State Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield) and I are teaming up to more effectively and efficiently serve the interests of our constituents by sharing a district office in Clearfield. The office is located at 315 East Market St., Clearfield.

As a result of redistricting, all or part of nine townships in Clearfield County have been added to the 75th District, which I serve. Clearfield Borough is part of Rep. Sankey’s 73rd District, but is on the border between the districts we represent. This office is an ideal location for constituents in the surrounding municipalities, so we decided to share the responsibility.

Sharing the office in Clearfield was an easy decision for us and an example of the way state government should operate by putting what’s best for our constituents first. Rep. Sankey and I have also shared a staff member in our Harrisburg offices for the past two years. With the new district boundaries around Clearfield, we are both excited to team up to serve the community as effectively and efficiently as possible.

To speak with a member of my staff in Clearfield, please stop by, or call (814) 765-0593 between 9 am and 4:30 pm. My offices in DuBois and St. Marys continue to be available to serve you as always.

Economic Update

Seven months into the fiscal year, General Fund revenue collections for the month of January were $2.4 billion, which is $90 million more than expected, bringing year-to-date General Fund collections $360 million above the official estimate.

Collections of corporate taxes and Personal Income Taxes came in slightly below Department of Revenue projections. Sales tax collections for the month were higher than expected.

The Future of Fishing

The Mentored Youth Trout Days program is being expanded to include all trout waters stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and managed under Commonwealth inland regulations. Click here for more information on this great way to get our youth involved in the sports of fishing. Andrew R. Peters, of Rockton (Clearfield County), on being promoted to corporal and assigned to Troop F, Montoursville. Corporal Peters, who was previously assigned to Troop C, Punxsutawney, enlisted in the state police in 2005.