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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Open House Thursday At Sena Kean Manor For Opening Of New Transitional Care Unit

Coudersport Ambulance Dispatched to Rt. 6 West

At 10:33 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Rt. 6 west for a medical emergency.

Lina L. Mesler, 87, of Shinglehouse, PA

Lina L. Mesler
“beloved mother and grandmother”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA----Lina L. Mesler, 87, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away unexpectedly Friday, September 4, 2015 in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, NY.

Born February 13, 1928 in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Rogers C. and Norma Maxson Bump. On September 26, 1948 in Shinglehouse, she married William R. “Bill” Mesler, who passed away on October 2, 2014.

Lina was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, class of 1947. She was employed at the former Montgomery Ward Store in Olean and then by AVX Corporation in Olean. She later worked at the Oswayo Valley High School cafeteria in Shinglehouse. Lina also ran a ceramics shop in her home for several years.

Lina was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. She enjoyed ceramics and she loved to cross stitch. Her greatest love was her family. Lina, along with her husband Bill, raised several foster children, making a loving home for them.

Surviving are two daughters, Pam J. (Keith) Learn of Shinglehouse and Gena (Tony) Main of Friendship; four sons, Rogers F. (Royee Niles) Mesler, Mike W. (Tina) Mesler, and Scott E. (Jackie) Mesler, all of Shinglehouse, and Gene (Laurie) Dreier of North Tonawanda, NY; seventeen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Kenny and Debbie Lehman.

In addition to her parents and husband of 66 years, Lina was predeceased by a sister, Mary Bump; and a great-grandson, Kaleb Haynes.

Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will follow at 5 p.m. with the Rev. Fred Kemp, pastor of the Potter County Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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


Game Commission explains need for fee increase.
Quit your job.
Pack up all your worldly possessions and ship them off to Hawaii.
Make a home for yourself there.
And then, and only then, will you be able to purchase a resident hunting license that costs less than Pennsylvania’s.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission last week unveiled a proposal to increase fees for hunting and furtaker licenses for the first time in 16 years. It is a step toward establishing sustainable funding for the agency, which in recent years has seen skyrocketing employee-benefit costs that are beyond its control. Any license-fee increase must be authorized by legislative action.

The Game Commission has managed Pennsylvania’s wildlife resources for more than 120 years. And since 1913, when the state began selling hunting licenses to finance wildlife management, license revenue has been used to rebuild wildlife populations, protect wildlife through law enforcement, and assemble a 1.5 million-acre state game lands system to provide wildlife habitat and public hunting opportunities.

All of it has made Pennsylvania one of the best states in the country to hunt deer, bear, wild turkeys and elk, not to mention small game and furbearers. The Game Commission’s ring-necked pheasant program – which in recent years has produced more than 220,000 pheasants annually for release on public lands – provides some of the best pheasant action on the continent.

While most of Pennsylvania’s hunters and trappers likely agree they get a lot for their license dollar, many might not realize just how little licenses cost here, in comparison to other states.
And even if the Game Commission’s proposal is adopted as drafted, and fees for hunting and furtaker licenses are increased to $39 over a five-year period, Pennsylvania still would have the eighth-cheapest license in the nation, based on the existing fees in other states.

Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said it’s important hunters and trappers understand why an increase is needed.

“License-fee increases have not come about very often in Pennsylvania,” Hough said. “In fact, this 16-year span is the second-longest period the Game Commission ever has gone without an increase. The longest span was from the Great Depression through World War II.
“Seeking an increase is not something we take lightly,” Hough said. “We understand families often have tight budgets, and everyone needs to live within their means. That’s some of the reason why our license fees are among the lowest in the nation.

“But we also want our hunters and trappers to realize we, as an agency, are facing overwhelming financial challenges, many of which are beyond our control and are certain to continue into the future. Without a license-fee increase we soon will not be able to provide the same level of service. We will have to make cuts. And, to me, that would be much more costly for hunters and trappers than the increase we’ve proposed.”
How is wildlife management funded?
State wildlife agencies like the Game Commission typically get most of their funding from license-buying hunters and trappers.

Today in Pennsylvania, almost 40 percent of the Game Commission’s revenue comes from the sale of hunting and furtaker licenses. Other primary sources of income include federal Pittman-Robertson funds collected from an excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition, and revenue derived from the sale of natural resources like timber, oil and gas on lands owned by the Game Commission.

With these revenues, largely generated by hunters and trappers, the Game Commission manages 480 species of wild birds and mammals, most of which aren’t hunted.
Unlike a number of other states, the Game Commission does not receive tax money from the state’s general fund to help pay for staff and operations.
Why is more money needed?
In Pennsylvania, fees for hunting and furtaker licenses can’t be changed without approval from the state General Assembly through legislative action.

It’s been 16 years since the last increase took effect in 1999, raising the cost of resident adult hunting and furtaker licenses from $11.75 to $19.

While just about everyone understands how most costs have risen sharply over the past 16 years due to inflation, the Game Commission – as an employer – has seen its employee-benefit costs more than double over that time. In the fiscal year the last increase was approved, the agency’s overall personnel costs totaled $40.4 million. In the current fiscal year, they total $82.1 million.

And there are fewer Game Commission employees today than there were 16 years ago.
Most of the increase in personnel costs is due to rising benefit costs, which have doubled in the past decade. Salaries have remained relatively flat during that period. 

Personnel costs largely are outside the agency’s control. Game Commission employees are state employees. Many work under negotiated contracts, and all of them are entitled to the same benefits as other state workers.

The only way the Game Commission could reduce personnel costs significantly would be to cut the number of employees. But without a sufficient workforce, the agency would compromise its ability to carry out its mission of managing and protecting the state’s wildlife and its habitats.
In recent budget years, the Game Commission’s expenses have been outpacing its revenues, and this trend not only is projected to continue, but the funding gap is expected to widen.

Many planned projects already have been put on hold because of funding shortfalls. The Game Commission cut its operations budget by $11 million in 2015-16 to cover the rising personnel costs that make up the bulk of its $106 million budget total.

But even if the Game Commission maintains personnel and operations at current levels, expenses will outweigh revenues by a whopping $35.5 million by 2019-20, based on projections. And that would be only to continue the services provided now, and wouldn’t include implementing the objectives in the strategic plan that carries the agency into 2020.
The Game Commission’s strategic plan identifies the need for sustainable agency funding to continue carrying out its mission.
Hunting license fees
Pennsylvania’s hunting license fees are among the lowest in the nation.
Only Hawaii has a lower fee for resident adults seeking opportunities similar to those a Pennsylvania hunter gets for the cost of his or her general license and state migratory game bird license.

In many states, those opportunities cost resident hunters four times as much, if not more.
In New Jersey, for example, the cost to hunt antlered deer, spring and fall turkeys, pheasants and other small game and waterfowl (not including the cost of a federal duck stamp) costs adult residents $122. In other top hunting states like Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan, residents pay $116, $106 and $73, respectively, for those same opportunities.

Compare that to Pennsylvania, where residents pay less than $25 for otherwise identical licenses. Additionally, many other wildlife agencies receive appropriations from their state’s general fund, or revenue from state sales or income taxes to supplement the revenue generated through their higher license fees. The Game Commission currently receives no funding from the state general fund.
Proposed increases 
The Game Commission’s proposal to increase fees for hunting and furtaker licenses would not affect junior hunting licenses, junior combination licenses or senior hunting licenses.
Those licenses would remain at $5, $8 and $12, respectively, plus $1.70 in fees that are split between the issuing agent and license processor.

Most other resident and nonresident license fees would increase three times in five years under the proposal. The cost of a resident adult hunting or furtaker license would increase by $10 in the first year fees are changed, then would increase by $5 in the third year, and another $5 in the fifth year of the plan.

Fees for bear, antlerless deer, archery, muzzleloader, migratory game bird and special wild turkey (second spring gobbler) licenses also would see increases as part of the proposal. A chart showing the proposed increases is included with this news release. More information about the proposal for an increase also can be found at the Game Commission’s website.
But as part of its proposal, the Game Commission also seeks to create a new license that could be used to participate in just about all hunting and trapping opportunities in Pennsylvania, and at a significant discount for those who purchase it.
New license
The Ultimate Outdoorsman license would include a general hunting license, furtaker license, special wild turkey license, and licenses for bear, archery, muzzleloader and migratory game bird.

If approved, the resident Ultimate Outdoorsman license would be available initially for $125. That’s only $25 more than residents pay now for those licenses combined. And if license fees increase as proposed, the Ultimate Outdoorsman license would save hunters $23 compared to buying the licenses individually.

Fees for the Ultimate Outdoorsman license would increase incrementally by $25 in the third year, and another $25 in the fifth year, based on the proposal. In the fifth year, the $175 license would result in a savings of $33.

Antlerless deer hunters with an Ultimate Outdoorsman license still would need a valid antlerless deer license, DMAP permit or DMA 2 Antlerless Deer Permit for each deer they harvest, except during the flintlock muzzleloader season, when an antlerless deer may be taken with an unused antlered deer tag. Those participating in the seasons for bobcats, fishers and river otters also would need valid permits in addition to their licenses. Elk applications and licenses also would continue to be sold separately.
Where did all the gas money go?
While the financial projections that are driving the need for a license-fee increase speak for themselves, some have asked about the revenue the Game Commission receives from timber sales and energy leases on game lands, and why they can’t be used to make up funding shortfalls.

The answer is, they have been used in that manner.

About 17 percent of the revenues generated by the oil, gas and mineral program since 2005 have been used to purchase an additional 43,731 acres of state game lands. But the bulk of oil, gas and mineral revenues has been used as stopgap funding that has allowed the Game Commission’s operations to continue, even as its total expenses began to outweigh its total revenues.

Because gas and timber revenues are market-driven, they are unpredictable and therefore unreliable sources of income. In recent years, both timber sales and energy leases have generated less money. And industry analysts predict market prices will remain depressed for the foreseeable future.

The top year for timber revenue was 2005, when markets were high and the program netted about $12 million. In 2014, timber sales resulted in only about $550,000 in actual profits. Revenue related to Marcellus shale leases and other elements of the agency’s oil, gas and mineral program peaked in 2013, when $24 million was raised. In the current fiscal year, profits are projected at $22.5 million.

While Marcellus shale leases continue to be an important source of agency revenue, there is minimal opportunity remaining for further Marcellus shale development on game lands.
Financial present and future
As expenses began outpacing revenues in recent years, the Game Commission responded with major project and program cuts.

Plans to build a new visitor center at Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area have been put on hold, as have plans to build a central office for the agency’s biologists. Habitat projects have been scaled back, and some wildlife-research projects might be eliminated. Further infrastructure improvements within the state’s elk range are being put off. And positions have been eliminated or left unfilled.

Still, further cuts will be needed without a timely increase in funding to the agency, Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said. Even the popular pheasant-stocking program is vulnerable in the current financial climate.

Hough said, however, he anticipates better days ahead. Many of the state’s hunters and trappers already have stepped up to support a license-fee increase, and if history is any guide, a clear majority quickly will become evident. It’s been that way for 100 years, he said.
“Hunting and trapping tradition runs deep here in Pennsylvania, and for generations, our hunters and trappers have been important partners in conservation who, not only have recognized the need for timely funding increases to the agency, but have stepped up to provide that funding by paying higher license fees,” Hough said. 

“I would expect nothing different this time around. Our hunters and trappers care about wildlife, and they understand their license dollars go well beyond allowing them time in the field; those dollars help to protect and sustain wildlife and wildlife habitat. And given that it’s been 16 years since the last increase, and our license fees currently are among the absolute lowest in the country, I expect support for an increase will be overwhelmingly clear.”

The Game Commission already has met with a number of sportsmen’s organizations to discuss a license-fee increase. And Hough said most the comments he’s heard initially have been supportive.

“No one wants to pay more,” Hough said. “But many of the hunters I’ve spoken with have told me they’re willing to pay more. They recognize the cost of just about everything has gone up, and sympathize with us, as an agency, in having to deal with ever-growing expenses.

“They want us to continue to provide the same or increased levels of service,” Hough said. “In fact, many hunters seem to react to news of the proposed increase in the same way. They say, ‘It’s about time.’”

Coudersport Ambulance To Mockingbird Lane

At 4:22 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Mockingbird Lane in Eulalia Township for a man ill.

Ambulance To Miles Mountain For A Back Injury

At 3:18 PM on Saturday, Valley Ambulance has been dispatched to Miles Mountain in Nelson Township for a motorcycle accident. A 25 year old male has suffered a back injury. Lawrenceville has been dispatched as well.

Eileen M. SCOTT, 72, of Ulysses, PA

Eileen M. SCOTT

Eileen M. SCOTT, 72, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, September 4, 2015 in her home. 

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

 Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948 or Mills Union Church, P.O. Box 11, Mills, PA 16937. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Need Tires? Route 19 Tire, Inc. Can Help. Call, Write or Stop In!!

Roulette Fireworks Time Has Been Changed To 9:00 PM Saturday

Valley Ambulance Dispatched To Motorcycle Accident

At 12:33 PM on Saturday, Valley Ambulance has been dispatched to a motorcycle accident at Miles Mountain at 8802 Route 49 in Nelson Township. A 23 year old male has suffered a chest injury.
Middlebury Ambulance has responded to this call after no response from Valley. They are transporting to a landing zone set up by Elkland Fire Dept. at the high school. Guthrie Air is en route.

Schaffer Waives Charges In Shooting Death Of Girlfriend

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Shinglehouse Ambulance to Ceres Township

At 10:42 AM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 1 have been dispatched to 12 Saeger Court in Ceres Township for an unknown medical.

Port Allegany Alumni Football Association Wishes Gators Good Luck This Season

Sept. 4th--The Port Allegany Alumni Football Association wants to wish the Port Allegany Gators players, coaches, and cheerleaders GOOD LUCK on the upcoming season. They open up tonight at Curwensville, and will play their home opener against Elk County Catholic next Friday night at 7 pm.

Thanks to money raised from our Charity Alumni Game, the Alumni Association wanted to say thanks to our school administration, coaches, and players. We were able to donate the money for them to purchase new orange pants for this season. By my count, they have 6 different color combinations that they can wear this season. Come out and support them and see what combination they will be wearing that week!

Thank you to the coaching staff for their hard work and dedication, and to the players for upholding the tradition of Gator Pride! Good luck Gators!

From your brothers of the Port Allegany Alumni Football Association

Two Unbelted Occupants Flown After Vehicle Hits Tree Off Route 219 Friday Morning

Helicopter Summoned For Victim Of Rollover Crash Off Robin Road

At 12:37 AM on Saturday, St. Marys Ambulance was dispatched to meet a vehicle traveling inbound on Robin Road with a patient from a rollover crash in the woods. The patient is reported to be an approximately 19 year old male with a head injury. A Stat helicopter has been placed airborne to the Penn Highlands Elk Hospital.
1:02 AM--St. Marys Ambulance has been dispatched to Robin Road for a second patient with an arm injury from this accident.

Live Demonstration, Hot Dogs & Pulled Pork Sandwiches At Coudersport Ice Mine Saturday From 10 AM To 6 PM

Austin Alumni Reunion Sept. 26, 2015 At Austin VFW

Open House To Celebrate Joe and Gail Ayers 50th Anniversary

Mega Sale Saturday Only At The Right Stuff Antique Mart In Coudersport

Online Auction: Genesee Wood Working Shop Bidding Ends 9-9-2015

Truckloads Of Kubotas In Stock With Zero Percent Financing At Howard's Inc. In Coudersport, PA

40th Annual Germania Old Home Day Sunday, September 6, 2015

Caregivers---Accepting Applications For All Shifts In Cameron, Elk, Potter & McKean

4 Family Yard Sale, Today, Friday & Saturday In Coudersport

You're Invited To Help Celebrate Katie Green's 76th Birthday On September 19th

34th Annual Penn-York Camp Auction, Farmer's Market & Flea Market Saturday, September 5th

Emporium Volunteer Fire Dept. 8th Annual Gun Bash September 19th

Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 814-486-1595, 814-486-3075, or 814-486-3821.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Vehicle Into Tree With Injuries & Entrapment On Hills Creek Lake Road

At 11:14 PM on  Friday, Middlebury, Wellsboro & Tioga Fire Departments have been dispatched to the area of 2766 Hills Creek Lake Road for a one vehicle crash into a tree with injuries.
Chief requests 2 helicopters airborne. 
Third helicopter requested. 
Chief reports no entrapment.

Mt. Jewett Man Killed In Headon Crash On Rt. 219 Near Kennedy Springs

#3 Departments Dispatched To Motor Vehicle Accident On Rt. 249

At 9:00 PM on Friday, Middlebury, Clymer and Chatham Township have been dispatched to the area of 3090 Rt. 249 for a motor vehicle accident. Unknown details.
9:08 PM--Middlebury recalled by command. Patient refusal.

Two Steal ATV’s; Damage Golf Course

By Frank Williams on September 4, 2015 
WESB Local News

A Bradford man has been charged with stealing three ATV’s and causing damage to the Pines Acres Country Club late Wednesday night. 

 Police say that 20 year-old Christopher Haight, along with another man, 
Garret Coader, broke into a shed on Forest Road 268 off Route 59 in Lafayette Township and stole two four wheelers. The two then drove to the golf course on Route 770 and caused extensive damage to the greens and fairways at Pine Acres. They later stole a third ATV from the same location on Forest Road 268 and fled to Bradford where Haight was apprehended. 

Coader fled the scene and remains on the loose. Haight is free on $20,000 bail.

Kitten Lost On North Ayers Hill Road

My 3 month old kitten got outside this afternoon .

 Jim, I found my kitty hiding in my garage. She is safe now!! Thank you!!

Kersey & Horton Fire Depts.Dispatched To Outside Fire

At 7:40 PM on Friday, Ridgway, Kersey & Horton Fire Depts. were dispatched to an outside fire near 338 Glendale Road. A power pole is reported on fire.

Solomon's words can not guarantee accuracy of dispatches in Elk & Cameron counties since we were removed from the email alerts for those counties. 

To Fill A Backpack Selling Food On The Square For Coudersport Townwide Yard Sales Saturday

The To Fill A Backpack program will be on the square selling food tomorrow during the Coudersport Town Wide Yard Sales...we hope to be up and running and ready to serve by 10 am so stop on over to the Courthouse across from OIP and pick up some delicious food. We will be there from 10am to 1pm unless we run out of food prior to that. Thank you for your support

Shinglehouse Dispatched For Rekindle Of House Fire

At 7:16 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Fire Department has been dispatched to 405 East Academy Street for a rekindle of this morning's house fire.
7:28 PM--Shinglehouse command reports fire under control. 

Michael A. Hostovich, age 70,

Michael A. Hostovich
Michael A. Hostovich 

The world is better for knowing him, but a little more grey for losing him. Mike brightened and touched so many lives. His smile was contagious, his personality was endearing and his love for his family and friends was enduring.

Michael A. Hostovich, age 70, was welcomed to this world on January 27, 1945 and was given his angel wings on September 04, 2015. Mike developed esophageal cancer and fought a tough battle to try to beat it. He kept telling us that he still had things to do. How we prayed he'd get his wish. It was not meant to be. 

He was the son of the late Michael and Irene (Hajnos) Hostovich of Library Pa. and then Peters Township. 

Left to treasure his memory, is his wife of 47 years, Elaine (Kucan) Hostovich, his beloved son Brandon Michael Hostovich, his sister Georgiann Stegenga of Eighty-four. PA., nephews, Ronald Dane Hostovich (Shannon) of Charleroi, PA and their two sons, Dane and Zachary, Robin Dean Hostovich, his companion Kathy Ratroci both of Peters Township, PA, Gary Stegenga (Karen) and children of Eighty-four, PA. And nephew Roy Dale Hostovich, South Park, PA .. Also survived by many cousins living in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. Mike also leaves behind many good and lasting friends. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, George E. and Rita F. Kucan, along with his brother Ronald and his wife, Ann (Dolly) of Monongahela, and his brother-in-law Gary Stegenga. 

Michael attended school in Peters Township. He began working in the family business, Brookwood Nursery and Landscaping, while in Jr. High and through college. He then graduated from California State College. He was a self-made man. Michael paved and paid his own way through life. He was determined to build the type of life for his family that he wished he had growing up. He succeeded quite nicely. He met Elaine when they were both in their later teens. It was a chance meeting that resulted in four years of dating until he was through with college. He was a beautiful person and a wonderful husband, they were happy and best friends in their marriage. He was a caring and devoted father. He was Brandon's "rock" who was always there to support, encourage and to pray. He loved him so very much. 
Vietnam War Veteran

He was accepted into the Army National Guard Reserves during the time of the Vietnam War. As fate would have it, he was recruited the day before he was to be drafted. He felt honored to have served his country. 

After his initial service training, he went to work for the JCPenney Company where he had a 33 year career. During his employment he worked a large portion of his career in the Pittsburgh area including north, south and in the eastern suburbs. He also worked in Niles, Ohio. He served on the District Staff as District Operations Manager and then again as District Sales Manager. For the last step of his career with the company he was transferred to Warren where he served as Store Manager. 

He enjoyed his outstanding staff of employees and was so disappointed when the company chose to close the Warren store. It was at that time he decided for himself to take an early retirement. Mike being the caring person he was, had been devastated by the closing and was concerned for his employees needing to find work. Alone, he found a job for every single employee that needed to continue to work feeling honored to be able to vouch for their commitment to the company. He was proud of the dedication those employees gave to the company and thought that was the least he could do for his great employees. He always thought the people from this county were very special. 

After his retirement, he was no longer content to just sit around fishing all the best known creeks. Although he probably would have stayed in retirement if the Steelers would have played every day! Yes, everyone was aware he was a die-hard, devoted fan. 

Michael went on to do some substitute teaching in the Warren Area School District. He missed his calling. He came home on days he subbed just bubbling as he talked about the students he had that day. He loved them all but especially loved teasing and joking with those in the senior high schools. To this day, young people would come up to one of us while we were just around town and praise him for how special he made them feel. It was always so nice to hear especially since we heard it from so many different young people. They not only had an effect on him,'but he had a lasting effect on them. 

Mike decided it was time to come out of retirement as he was itching to do something more meaningful with his life on a full-time basis. He was hired as the Executive Director of the United Fund of Warren County. What a great fit for all involved. Through the fund he met such wonderful people who loved their town and believed so much in the people of this county. He was gratified seeing how people wanted to help each other through volunteering, the agencies, or by contributing funds to assure those who were unable were made able. 

Michael made many good friends in this town who were there for his family at a time he could not be. He was grateful. He was an honest man and sincere with anyone he met, and his love was unconditional. He loved to joke with everyone. Warren wasn't where he was born, but it WAS the town he called HOME. 

"Remember kid, there's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die." - Babe Ruth, "The Sandlot"

At his request, there will be no public visitation. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date in which the family would welcome anyone who would like to help us celebrate or by sharing a favorite memory. Arrangements are entrusted to Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. Please visit to send condolences or view a tribute honoring his life ..
At the family request, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice. Taking your family out for dinner and enjoying their company is also a great option!

Bradford Man Jailed In Lieu Of Bail On Narcotics Charges

City of Bradford Police

Arnold G. "Butch" Thomas, 70, of 48 S. Cherry St., Emporium, PA

Arnold G. "Butch" Thomas,
Navy Vet

Arnold G. "Butch" Thomas, 70, of 48 S. Cherry St., Emporium, PA died at Shadyside-UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday (September 3, 2015) afternoon.

He was born May 22, 1945 in Sagamore, Armstrong County, PA a son of the late Harry and Ethel Lingenfelter Thomas. On February 14, 2015 in Cameron he married Carol Stuart Thomas, who survives.

Butch Thomas graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1963. He joined the US Navy in 1964, retiring as chief Boatswain's mate in 1993. After retiring from the Navy he returned to Emporium and worked for several Powder Metal Companies before retiring in 2012. He was a member of the Miller-Raffaele Post 6221, VFW and was an avid bowler bowling at Mountain View Lanes.

In addition to Carol Stuart Thomas
Daughter: Renee Stuart, Portsmouth, VA
Son: Michael (Carol) Groff, Clearfield
Son: Michael (Seann) Thomas, Emporium
Daughter: Denise (David) Kritschgau, Frisco, TX
Son: Matthew Thomas, Pittsburgh
Daughter: Alicia Thomas, Pittsburgh
Son: Cameron (Cora) Thomas, San Diego, CA
7 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren
Brother: Harry "Jim" Thomas and Beth Legersky, Emporium
Sister: Becky (Lowell) Fryxell, Emporium
Brother: Tim (Ginger) Thomas, Pasadena, MD
Father-in-law: George Stuart, Emporium
Several: Nieces and nephews,

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Harry and Ethel Lingenfelter Thomas
Mother-in-law: Arlene Hudsick Stuart

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (September 7, 2015) at 11:00 AM with Pastor Daniel S. Blust, officiating.

Burial will be in the Thomas-Ryan Family Cemetery, Emporium, PA

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Memorial Detail, c/o VFW, 427 E. 3rd St., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

Friendship Dispatched For Tractor-Trailer / Passenger Vehicle Crtash On I-86 On Ramp

At 5:16 PM on Friday, Friendship is responding to a tractor-trailer & a passenger vehicle crash on the I-86 Westbound on-ramp.
5:21 PM--Belmont dispatched for traffic control.

Campus to Host Manufacturing Day Event October 2

DuBOIS – In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2015, Penn State DuBois will open its doors from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on October 2, to provide a look into today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide. Students will have an opportunity to tour the Penn State DuBois engineering labs, learn how to get a head start on a successful career in manufacturing, and complete a hands-on manufacturing project.

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers and educators as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

“There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said Dr. Daudi Waryoba, Assistant Professor of Engineering. “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”

Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM). Media partners include the Edge Factor and the Science Channel and the national movie partner is American Made Movie.

For more information about this event, or to register, contact Sueann Doran at 814-375-4716, or go to and register on the Penn State DuBois event page.

2 Vehicle Crash With Multiple Patients, Possible Entrapment & Fire Rt. 219 CLOSED

At 5:05 PM on Friday, Lafayette Fire Rescue & 2 Bradford ambulances dispatched to a 2 vehicle accident in the area of Kennedy Springs & Sand Road. Multiple patients reported with possible entrapment and fire.
5:12 PM--Request Kane & Mt. Jewett Ambulances on standby if needed.  
5:13 PM--On scene reports 2 patients entrapped. 
5:14 PM--Mt. Jewett & Lewis Run requested to close Rt. 219 at Lafayette Avenue & at Lantz Corners. 
5:23 PM-- Air medical response has been cancelled.

Student Wins $500 Bookstore Gift Card Sweepstakes

Pictured, left to right, are DuBois Blue and White Society co-advisors Julie Frank and Stefanie Penvose; Morello, and Chancellor Melanie Hatch.

DuBOIS – Wildlife Technology student Donna Morello, of Brookville, has received a $500 gift card to Penn State Bookstores as the winner of the Blue and White Society Bookstore Sweepstakes.

Blue and White society members who renewed their membership this year were automatically entered in the drawing. Three $500 gift cards were awarded university-wide.

The Blue and White Society is the student membership of the Penn State Alumni Association. Members support the Penn State Alumni Association's service to the University and to its communities through Penn State pride and civic leadership.

Emporium Traffic Stop Yields Suspected DUI With Children In Car

4:30 P.M.: Vehicle Crash Closes Route 54 in Montour County

Travel Advisory


4:30 P.M.: Vehicle Crash Closes Route 54 in Montour County

Montoursville – Motorists in Montour County are advised that Route 54 is closed between Route 254 and Hillside Road in Derry Township due to a vehicle crash.

The road is expected to be closed several hours.

ServSafe Food Safety Certification Course Coming On Sept. 16th & 23rd

The ServSafe Food Safety Certification Course is a 15-hour certification program developed by the Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The course meets certification requirements for individuals who are responsible for the safe handling of food in restaurants, schools, elder care facilities, lodges, bed & breakfasts, community centers, and other food concessions (organizations or businesses that sell or prepare food on a regular basis.)

This 2-day class is being held on Wednesdays, September 16 and September 23, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the PCEC’s Coudersport office. The cost is $175 and includes a book, study guide and exam. For more information or to register, call 877-489-7398 or go to

Save the Rails: Mt. Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge

Save the Rails: Mt. Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge

To be delivered to Janie French, Executive Director, Headwaters Charitable Trust
We believe the last few miles of the historic rails in the Knox-Kane Corridor from Mount Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge should be preserved as part of the proposed multiuse rail-trail conversion, with the trail development adjacent to the rails, so that the rails can be used for light rail transport, with the possibility in the future of establishing seasonal steam engine transport on this short line. If the rails are removed, however, rail traffic will never again travel to the Kinzua Bridge.
There are currently 167 signatures. NEW goal - We need 200 signatures!

Petition Background

The Mount Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge (MJ2KB) T[RAIL] Group believes the last few miles of the historic rails in the Knox-Kane Corridor from Mount Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge (aka the Kinzua Viaduct) should be preserved as part of the proposed multiuse rail-trail conversion, with the trail development adjacent to the rails, so that the rails can be used for light rail transport, with the possibility in the future of establishing seasonal steam engine transport on this short line. Preservation of the rails as part of the multi-use rail-trail project is supported by our local communities, Mount Jewett and Hamlin Township. If the rails are removed, however, rail traffic will never again travel to the Kinzua Bridge.

The Kinzua Bridge is a historic landmark. It was originally built from iron in 1882, rebuilt from steel in 1900, and stayed in commercial service until 1959. The bridge was 301 feet (92 m) tall and 2,052 feet (625 m) long, and was once considered the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. In 1963 it became a part of the Pennsylvania State Park system. After nearly three decades of inactivity, Sloan Cornel’s Knox and Kane Railroad operated excursion passenger sight-seeing train trips from Marienville and Kane through the Allegheny National Forest and over the Kinzua Bridge; this service continued from 1987 until the bridge was closed in 2002. These steam driven trains were the last trains to ever cross the bridge.

Restoration of the bridge began in 2002, but before it was finished, a tornado struck the bridge in 2003, causing a large portion of the bridge to collapse. The excursion trains continued for approximately one year, and ceased in 2004. Since that time, no trains have operated on this corridor. For several years there was some effort to revitalize the train service, but tourism to the bridge had decreased and the project was deemed “non-profitable”.

With the building of the Kinzua Bridge Sky Walk, which includes a pedestrian walkway to an observation deck with a glass floor at the end of the bridge that allows views of the bridge and the valley directly below, and with the current building of the Kinzua Bridge Visitor’s Center at the Kinzua Bridge State Park, tourism is on the rise and there is renewed interest in re-establishing tourism rail traffic on the small intact section of rails from Mount Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge. If the rails are removed, however, light rail and/or a train will never run in this corridor again.

The entire Knox-Kane rail corridor from Clarion, PA to the Kinzua Bridge State Park is now in the process of being sold to Headwaters PA, which plans to convert it to a multi-use rails-to-trails project. In the meantime, the rails are being removed. While this process has begun, and all of the crossings have been removed, along with several other sections, the rails from Center Street in Mount Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge are intact and in good condition. We believe that without the rails it will be far harder to put the Bridge into the proper perspective it deserves, as an essential part of the industrial development of this area, than if we preserve the last few short miles from Mount Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge and continue to use the rails. We believe that these historical rails are essential to the interpretation and the understanding of the full story of the Kinzua Bridge. We are petitioning for these rails to remain intact. This is the first step necessary for re-establishing rail traffic from Mount Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge. Our plans are to first save the rails, then establish light rail use (handcars and motorized rail maintenance cars) on these few short miles of this corridor. Eventually, we may begin occasional tourist train service, which would likely begin with a diesel engine pulling a couple of passenger cars, and ultimately, with a steam engine, in all its glory, once again traveling these rails. These plans are not incompatible with a multi-use rails-with-trails project.

The MJ2KB T[RAIL] Group deeply appreciates the Kovalchick families' legendary contributions in railroad history by not only preserving the East Broad Top Railroad as one of the most original railroad sites in the United States, but also of their important part in preserving the Kinzua Bridge itself. We firmly believe that the few miles of important historic rail line that remains between Mount Jewett and the Kinzua Bridge, that brought about the construction of this phenomenal architectural structural - the Kinzua Bridge, can become one of the longest and most important four miles in the Kinzua Bridge experience if not in American excursion rail history itself.

Please help us Save the Rails. 


Stephen Clad
BRADFORD, Pa. -- For a soccer lover like Stephen Clad, there really couldn’t have been a better summer internship. The junior sport and recreation major at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford spent his summer as a marketing intern for West Ham United in the English Premier League.

Manchester United, Aresenal and Chelsea are probably the most famous of the English teams here in the United States, but the league has 20 teams, with about half of them – including West Ham – concentrated around London.

That makes for a competitive marketing environment, where each team is trying to define, capture and shore up its market. “It’s real dog-eat-dog marketing,” Clad said. There was extra pressure and opportunity at West Ham this summer because the team will be moving into a new stadium at the beginning of the 2016-17 season – London’s Olympic stadium.

The new stadium will be twice as large and need twice as many fans to fill it.

“I was thrown into the deep end,” Clad said of the internship that got off to a fast start. After performing an analysis of the team’s social media presence, he was asked to gather data for an important project related to the stadium move.

Most fans in London get to their weekend soccer match by subway or train, so Clad gathered information about the populations along various rail lines and stops, examining demographics as well as raw numbers, to see which stops might be the best places to look for new fans. In addition, he examined “heat maps” of where Twitter users were having conversations about West Ham.

On match days, he jumped from marketing to communications, helping with press conferences and even using his fluency in Spanish to serve as an impromptu interpreter for a player media interview.

Despite playing soccer in high school, his dream to play top level soccer fell through, but his love and passion for the game has never diminished or faded.

“I believe if you understand the business aspect of your sport, it makes you an even more involved fan,” Clad said.

He learned about West Ham’s unusual strategy of keeping its ticket prices low to be true to its roots as a team favored by the working class. He attended meetings to plan the move to the new stadium. And he observed the public relations department handling flak from the Olympic stadium deal (which some thought gave West Ham an overly favorable rental agreement).

“Just listening to them deal with the media on the phone taught me a lot,” he said.

After seeing not just the good (treat mom to a match as a VIP), but also the difficult, Clad is as eager as ever to work with a professional soccer team.

“I didn’t even feel like I was working. It was so much fun,” he said. “It reassured me that I have chosen the right major at Pitt-Bradford and career path.”

Local Church to Honor Law Enforcement

In the wake of several police slayings nationwide, one area church is taking a stand, and honoring the men and women of the local police forces.

Open Arms Community Church in Bradford and Port Allegany is hoping to inspire their congregation and their community to make a difference, and to be a hero, by using their local police force as an example.

“We decided to do this series because we have a false perception that you have to have superpowers and dress in spandex to make a difference in the lives of people, but the truth is it just takes the willingness and the action,” says McAvoy, “Everybody is a hero to somebody. Everyone can make a difference in their family, work place, school, community, and beyond.”

McAvoy says that the Real Life Heroes theme will be a recurring one, focusing on different community heroes each year. “We chose Law Enforcement this year for several reasons, 1) because we feel that of all the public servants, these men and women put their life on the line every time they put on that uniform and 2) with all the attention on the bad examples of Law Enforcement, we wanted to draw attention the the majority who are doing it right and show our gratitude, appreciation, and support for them, their families, and what they do.”

Real Life Heroes start at Open Arms this Sunday, with service times at the Bradford Campus at 1289 East Main Street at 9:15 and 11:00 AM and in Port Allegany at 105 Smith Avenue at 9:45AM and 11:30AM. More information can be found at the church’s website at


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development will offer a class in “Mountain Biking for Fun and Fitness” later this month.

The two-part class will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 28. The first class will take place in the Fifth Floor Ballroom of the Seneca Building at 2 Main St. in Bradford, where Pete Dzirkalis, owner of Just Riding Along bike store in Bradford, will teach participants about the different types of mountain bikes and how to get the most out of them. Dzirkalis will also explain how to negotiate different types of obstacles on the trail and safety precautions.

The second session will be a beginning-to-intermediate trail ride, which will require a helmet and bike.

Cost is $29. For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education at 814-362-5078 or

Mill & Fill On Main Street in Roulette on Tuesday


Glenn O. Hawbaker will be doing the Mill & Fill Project on Main Street of Roulette on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 (weather permitting). They will be there most of the day so please use caution as you travel.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Thank you,

Nita Spencer
Secretary / Treasurer
Roulette Township Supervisors

Shale Gas Monitoring Workshop

Otto Township Dispatched To Utility Pole Fire

At 3:22 PM on Friday, Otto Township Fire Department has been dispatched to the area of 1382 Looker Mountain Trail for a utility pole fire.

Applications for the 2015-16 Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today announced applications for the 2015-16 Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program (FCVASGP) will be available to area emergency response organizations starting on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The program is funded through state gaming proceeds.

“Since its inception, the grant program has provided approximately $4 million in funding to fire and ambulance companies in the three-county area,” Causer said. “This program is an important investment in the safety of our citizens and our communities.”

Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program.

Grants to eligible fire companies will be contingent on their agreeing to participate in and report information using the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting System (PennFIRS).

The application period will close on Oct. 22.

For more information, visit Causer’s website at and click on “Fire, Ambulance Service Grants.”

Coudersport Firefighters To Receive Second Grant This Year For Protective Equipment

William “Bill” Alan Lake, 72, of Smethport, PA

William “Bill” Alan Lake
William “Bill” Alan Lake

Smethport - William “Bill” Alan Lake, 72, of Smethport, PA, died Thursday (September 3, 2015) in the UPMC-Shadyside, Pittsburgh.

He was born April 15, 1943 in Doylestown, PA, a son of Watson D. and Ida Wismer Lake. On May 26, 1979, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Smethport, he married Linda Donovan, who survives.

Vietnam War Veteran
Mr. Lake was a 1961 graduate of Central Bucks High School, where he was an outstanding baseball player. He then attended Penn State University and received an Associate Degree in Forest Technology in 1964.

Bill also served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, as a Combat Engineer.

Mr. Lake moved to Smethport in 1973, opening a real estate office for Stevens Real Estate. In 1980, he and his wife Linda, bought the business and changed the name to Bill Lake Real Estate. They operated the business until 2011. He then opened Bill Lake Appraisals in 2011 and operated the business up to his death. His commitment to the Smethport Area has long been appreciated and will be missed.

Bill was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church of Smethport, was a Rotary member for 42 years, where he was also a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member and former Chief of the Smethport Fire Department for 42 years, a member of the Midway Fire Company of Lahaska, PA for 14 years, a member of the McKean County Association of Realtors for 27 years, a member of the Pennsylvania & National Association of Realtors for 42 years earning Realtor Emeritus, McKean County Planning Commissioner, on the Smethport Borough Water and Sewer Authorities and the Smethport Borough Park Authority, a Life Member of the Keating Sportsman’s Club, NRA Life Member, member of The Second Amendment Association, a hunter education instructor for 35 years, a member of the Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce, and a Life Member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Bill was an avid hunter taking many hunting trips out West with friends. His trip in 2014 included sons Jory and Adam. His favorite place to hunt and frequent was his camp in Potter County. Bill and his wife enjoyed traveling together and spending time with family and friends. He was a husband, Dad and grandfather who was greatly loved and respected and will be missed.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by:

two daughters: Lori (George) Rapp and Rachel (Gary) Howes of Smethport, PA

three sons: Scott (Jill) Burdick of Aldie, VA, William J. "Jory" (Maureen) Lake of Emmaus, PA, and Adam Lake of Sterling, VA

eight grandchildren: Michael Miles, James & Gloria Rapp, Zachary & Brandon Burdick, Tyler Howes, Griffin & Austin Lake

and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a brother, David W. Lake.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 7 at 11:00 am from the Hilltop Baptist Church, Gifford, with the Rev. Thomas Beam, pastor of the Hope Lutheran Church of Smethport, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Smethport Fire Department, the Hamlin Memorial Library, Hope Lutheran Church of Smethport, or the Smethport Rotary Club Polio Plus Fund.

Online condolences may be made at


BRADFORD, Pa. – Guest Rabbi Norman Lipson will lead high holiday services at Temple Beth El, beginning with Erev Rosh Hashanah at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

New Year services will continue at the temple at 144-146 Clarence St. in Bradford at 10 a.m. Sept. 14. Taschlich will take place immediately following at Willow Dale Cemetery.

Services for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will begin with Kol Nidre at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and continue at 10 a.m. Sept. 23. Yizkor services will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 23, followed by a potluck break fast meal.

Lipson is rabbi emeritus of Temple Dor Dorim in Weston, Fla., which he founded in 1996.

A native of Oklahoma City, Lipson settled in south Florida in 1955. He was ordained by the Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1972.

Lipson has served on the national staff of the Anti-Defamation League and served on the national staff of the Anti-Defamation League and as the spiritual leader of congregations in Mississippi, Texas and Hollywood, Fla.

For more information, visit

God's Country Barrel Racers' 2015 Fall Series