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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Galeton December 2016 Weather Report

December 2016 was another very nice month. December 1st is the unofficial start of winter. For the first winter month of the season, it was fairly typical.

December was a cool month, however not overly cold. By mid month the mornings were in the high teens and low twenties. On the 16th it did drop to 3 degrees however, in the suburb of West Pike Mike reported a reading of 1.3 below zero. Pine Creek and the Berger Lake did freeze over for a few days and then warmer days put an end to that. The last week of the month it was a mild period with sunshine and temperatures in the low 40's.

We received 19.7" of snow and 3.84 " of rain and melted precipitation. in 2015 we received 1.3" of snow and 4.39" of precipitation.

For 2016 we received 37.73" of rainfall and melted precipitation. This is 4.56" below the average. This is the 5th straight year with below average rainfall. We received 36.27" of snow which is 18" below the average.

We had 8 days with 1" of snow or more on the ground. We had a white Christmas. We had an average of 1.7" of snow on the ground for the month. We only had 5 foggy mornings. Ice pellets were noted on the 22nd.


Henry W. Lush, NWS Observer

Final Winner Of "To Fill A Backpack" Christmas Raffle

Fire Departments Pay Respects To Slain PA Trooper As Motorcade Returns Him To Huntington County

Swatara Fire-Rescue was live.
5 hrs ·
This afternoon all 5 Swatara Fire-Rescue Companies along with multiple other fire departments from Dauphin County showed respect to Trooper Weaver. Trooper Weaver was killed in the line of duty on 12/30/2016. His motorcade passed through Dauphin County to return him home to Huntington County. Fire and Police personnel lined multiple overpasses throughout Dauphin County.

Houghton Deals Men's Basketball Third Straight Loss

By Scott Elliott
HOUGHTON, N.Y. - Houghton handed the Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball team its third straight loss Saturday afternoon, edging the Panthers 72-67.

Playing for the first time since Dec. 19, Pitt-Bradford struggled from the field, connecting on just 38 percent of its attempts against the Highlanders. The Panthers were also careless with the basketball, committing 20 turnovers.

The first half was a tight affair as the game was tied or the lead exchanged hands 10 times. Pitt-Bradford never led by more than two, its last lead coming at the 9:39 mark of the opening period with the score 14-12.

Houghton tied the game on the next possession, and following a Fateem Brockington miss, the Highlanders’ Dylan Lambert scored to push the home team ahead 16-14. The lead would stretch to six before the Panthers trimmed it to 28-26 on Jon Haenel’s basket. The Highlanders hit a three-pointer in the final minute of the half to lead 31-27 at the break.

Twice Pitt-Bradford cut the Houghton advantage to a basket early in the second half and each time the Highlanders responded with a three. A 10-3 scoring run midway through the frame pushed the advantage to nine and it hit double-digits on Samuel Ortega’s layup at the 8:23 mark.

Pitt-Bradford rallied, scoring nine straight, capped by Manny Welch’s three, to whittle the deficit to 60-57 with 3:26 remaining. The Highlanders answered by converting two free throws to make it a two-possession game again. Welch would connect from long-range twice in the final minute to pull the Panthers within three, yet Houghton went a perfect 8-8 from the line to foil the Panthers’ comeback attempt.

Houghton finished the game 15 of 17 from the line and scored 22 points off of Pitt-Bradford’s 20 turnovers. The Highlanders didn’t fare much better from the field than the Panthers, hitting only 44 percent of their attempts, but they outscored Pitt-Bradford by 12 in the paint.

The Blue and Gold hit eight threes as a team, led by six from Welch, and was 13 of 18 from the charity stripe. Pitt-Bradford outrebounded Houghton 40-37 and totaled 16 second-chance points.

Welch netted a season-high 21 points, and Evan Greening added 20 points and 18 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Sahlil Harris chipped in with eight points and five steals off the bench, and Christian Kelly-Perkins pulled in eight boards.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 3-6 on the season and resumes AMCC play Wednesday at home against Penn State Altoona.

NCAA DIII MBB Score: Houghton 72, Pitt-Bradford 67

Welch 7-1-2-21, Greening 8-4-4-20, Harris 3-1-2-8, Brockington 0-6-8-6, Perkins 2-1-2-4, Kinsey 1-0-0-3, Niedermeyer 1-0-0-2, Haenel 1-0-0-2, Tennies 0-0-0-0, Sutton 0-0-0-0. 23-13-18-67.
Stowe 6-4-4-16, Lambert 3-7-8-13, Clark 5-0-0-11, Ortega 3-2-2-9, Pellegrino 2-2-2-7, Scott 3-0-0-7, Holmes 2-0-0-5, Nelson 2-0-1-4, Brown 0-0-0-0. 26-15-17-72.
Halftime: Houghton 31-27
3-Point FG’s: Pitt-Bradford – Welch 6, Harris 1, Kinsey 1; Houghton – Pellegrino 1, Scott 1, Holmes 1, Clark 1, Ortega.

Bradford Dispatched For Vehicle Into A House On Hobson Place

At 7:1`7 PM on Saturday, Bradford City Fire Dept. & EMS have been dispatched to 21 Hobson Place for a report of a vehicle into a house with an unresponsive patient.

Anthony Road in The City of St. Marys is shut down

Anthony Road in The City of St. Marys is shut down because of slippery road conditions. If you're traveling to this area, expect delays or find an alternate route.

Bill Pekarski: Day 123, Living life on my terms.

Bill Pekarski:

Day 123, Living life on my terms.

A recent slow drive through downtown Coudersport was a bittersweet experience. I decided it would be interesting to pretend that I was passing through town as a stranger, or possibly somebody looking for a place to live. What impression would I have?

On the bright side, the colorfully decorated Christmas trees lining the courthouse square and some bright displays in a couple of storefronts sent a welcoming message. There were plenty of empty parking spaces. The Victorian architecture of the downtown business district was striking. Overall, the town did seem welcoming.

But there was no denying a deepening problem that appears to reaching the crisis stage – and it’s not restricted to Coudersport. All you have to do is talk to others in similar areas; small towns in America are in big trouble.

What can we do to turn it around? If you ask 10 people, you would probably get 10 or more different responses. But where does it go from there?

I know there has been a lot of chatter about this over the past few years. It was nice to see some of the empty storefronts staged with examples of what a business might look like if an investor would be interested in taking a chance. That was an excellent idea and it was worth a try. I’m just not so sure it will work without much more work and collaboration.

As I’ve written before, we can all help in our own small way by patronizing our local family-owned businesses whenever possible. When they thrive, their employees thrive and then the business is able to help other area groups. That is something to think about when you go to the local business seeking donations.

This idea of reinvigorating our tourist promotion with a new region made up of Potter and Tioga counties combined seems to have some potential. They’re discussing getting the state parks and other outdoor attractions tied into it and developing a new image as an area for family-based tourism with a heavy emphasis on what nature has to offer. The eventual redevelopment of Denton Hill making it a four season tourist attraction will potentially have a major impact on our local economy and survival.

These plans have worked well for decades in Vermont and Virginia. Considering that we are truly the Pennsylvania Wilds and located right into the middle of the donut, less than a day’s drive from population centers with millions of people, there is some opportunity there if we market ourselves effectively.

Canada and Vermont are famous for their maple syrup. Those who understand the industry will tell you that Potter County’s maple products are every bit as tasty and usually less expensive.
Farm tourism is starting to catch on, too, from corn mazes in the fall to “weekends at the farm” for families to experience that kind of lifestyle.

Another industry that could be developed locally is wood products. Raw materials are all around us.

If you look beyond the empty storefronts, we have so much going for us. Clean air and water, low crime rates, an excellent hospital, lots of activities for younger children (but we sure could use more for our teens). Perhaps the greatest asset of them all is the population of friendly, caring people who have chosen to live in Potter County because they want to. That loyalty can be infectious.

I’m sure every one of you knows people who emerged from high school and could not wait to get out of town. But have you noticed that, one by one, many of them have either found a way to return home or they are wishing that they could if they had a chance to make the economics work?

I know there are rays of hope out there and they’re not found in government programs or window dressing. They’re found by good people coming together, sharing their ideas and making a commitment to work on realistic plans with measurable stages to be accomplished. Because a new year is upon us, maybe we could all resolve to take our heads out of the sand and start addressing this crisis head-on.

Who’s in?

Today I am dedicating my progress to all the residents of Potter County. Together we can, and we will, make a difference and save our community.



By Monica Thomas

On Thursday Dec. 29 at 5:00 p.m., Kaleb Keech a junior and member of the OV National Honor Society hosted a dinner to honor OV Senior Center participants.

Kaleb and his mom Kelly Keech-Rice chose the OV Senior Center for their good works within the communities of the Oswayo Valley School District. In hosting this event Kaleb demonstrated NHS values that he aspires to.

Thirty seniors citizens attended the dinner of meatball sandwiches, macraroni salad, white bean soup, chocolate chip cookies, and a variety finger foods he and his family prepared and served to each and every participate.

Kaleb learned about respect and honoring his elders by rewarding the seniors who have dedicated so much to the community. The smiling faces and thank you'd from their hearts he will cherish as he continues on with his studies.

State Police Provides Update on Manhunt for Jason Robison

PA State Police
State Police Provides Update on Manhunt for Jason Robison

Juniata Twp. – Thirty-two year-old Jason Robison, wanted for the homicide of Trooper Landon Weaver, was located this morning and is deceased. 

Troopers encountered Robison at an unoccupied mobile home not far from his residence. Robison refused commands to surrender, made threats to harm additional law enforcement personnel, and was shot and killed in the ensuing confrontation. 

Trooper Weaver was investigating a Protection from Abuse (PFA) violation on Bakers Hollow Road in Juniata Township, Huntingdon County, when he was shot and killed on December 30, 2016 at approximately 6:30 p.m. 

Trooper Weaver is the 97th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to be killed in the line of duty and make the ultimate sacrifice since the department’s inception in 1905. He was 23 years old.

Rew Dispatched For Tree Down

At 2:26 PM on Saturday, Rew Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Rt. 46 in the area of Vincent Hollow for a tree down blocking both lanes of traffic.

Helen J. LAMPMAN, 93, of Ulysses, PA


Helen J. LAMPMAN, 93, of Ulysses, PA, died Saturday, December 31, 2016 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

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

Online condolences may be expressed at

Kathryn T. Green, 77, of, Roulette, PA

Kathryn T. Green

Kathryn T. Green, 77, of, Roulette, PA, died Friday (December 30, 2016) in the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

She was born Aug 28, 1939 in Port Allegany, a daughter of Benjamin H. and Irene J. Kester VanSickles, Sr. On April 2, 1960 in Roulette, PA, she married Richard P. Green, who died Oct. 20, 2006.

Mrs. Green graduated from Roulette High School

Mrs. Green was a Homemaker looking after the needs of her children, grandchildren and great grand children.

She is survived by

two daughters: Robin (Michael) Fessenden and Monica Shumac both of Roulette, PA

two sons: George (Kimberly) Green and Richard (Leslie) Green, both of Roulette, PA

18 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild

two sisters: Jennie Lee (Victor) Marvin of Ceres NY and Elaine (Ricky) L. Shavalier of Port Allegany, PA

two brothers: Albert A. VanSickles of Coudersport, PA and Darrell (Donna) F. VanSickles of Port Allegany, PA

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother, Benjamin H. VanSickles, Jr.

There will be no visitation. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 3:00PM in the Riverside Methodist Church, Roulette with the Rev. Randall Headley, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Hill Cemetery, Roulette

Memorial may be made to Roulette Fire Department, the Roulette Ambulance Association, The Riverside Methodist Church or Hill Cemetery association, all in Roulette, PA

Online condolences may be made at

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


By Monica Thomas

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will be having a safe New Years. As I look back on the many posts from this year I can only say we've had a busy year and Daisey Mae and me are very tired. 

Its with mixed emotions that I make this decision but due to ill health and the increased number of  doctor visits, that I am curtailing the writing of this column. 

Unfortunately the new medications don't enhance my writing skills. If you would like something special covered give me a call and I'll see how I'm feeling. I've enjoyed this opportunity and appreciate all my readers.

American Legion Post 580 is hosting a New Years Party with festivities starting at 8:00 p.m. December 31st.

At the Senior Center, January 2, Monday closed to celebrate New Year Day, Tuesday, Jan. 3: Taco salad w/cheese National Bird Day, Wii and Quilting. Wednesday, Jan 4: Chicken Marsala. W/ Mushrooms, Wii, Bingo and Elvis Birthday. R.V.S.P. With Mary Jones at 697-7681.

Clara Township of Supervisors will hold their 2017 reorganizational meeting on Tuesday Jan. 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Township Building. A regular meeting will follow directly, the 2017 budget has been passed and will be available for preview. Residents are encouraged to attend.

Summer in January, Jan 13 & 14th from 2:00-8:00 p.m. At NANI-POPS in Shinglehouse, PA. Come in for a cone of your favorite kind.

Also on Jan. 13-14, The Great American Trailer Park Musical a fundraiser for Olean Community Theater and the Pink Pumpkin Project. To be held at Premium Banquet Center Dinner at 6:00 with the show beginning at 7:30. Tickets are $30 and available at or phone: 716-375-1628.

Saturday, Jan 14, Snowmobile and ATV Swap Meet at the Roadside Restaurant at 418 Ceres Road in Shinglehouse, Pa. from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sponsored by PCTB Snowmobile Inc.

At the Library they will be closed Saturday, Dec. 31st for the New Year Holiday. They will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3rd at noon and begin their new days/hours. This new schedule is: Sunday closed, Monday closed, Tuesday 12-7, Wed. 10-5, Thurs., 10-5, Fri. 8-3 and Sat., 8-3. The Stitch Together Group will be meeting at 1:00-3:00 on every Tuesday.

The OV historical Society will have their monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 9 at 7:00 p.m. The program will be "Austin Dam Story." They are open for the public each Friday from 11:00-2:00 weekly. The Genealogy group and OV History Group will meet on the 13th of January from 11-2 p.m.

The Wednesday Afternoon book club will be reading "Speaking in Tungs: by Karla M. Jay. Copies are available at the libraries front desk, the meeting will be on Jan. 18th at 1:30 p.m.

The Writer's Guild meets Wed. Jan. 18th at 6:30 p.m. They will be workshopping local authors work. Also one of the authors from this group is having a "Reading of : The Misadventures of Mickey and Bea by Michelle Singer, Deidrah Shutt & Thalia Finegold on Saturday, Jan. 21st at 1:00 p.m.

January 29 Winterfest at Pollywogg Holler 6240 South Road, Belmont, N.Y. 1:00 p.m.-6:00p.m.


Ugly Sweater Contest:First place is Sue Taylor, Second place is Madge Lydic,
Third place is OV Senior Center, Honorable Mention is Monica Thomas.

Library Coloring Contest: Charlotte Austin-Keech, Isaac Benner, Amberdale Burks.

Christmas Tree Wars: Shinglehouse Girl Scouts

Lighting Contest: Spirit of the Season: Logan Milliken residence, Religous theme:
Barry & Janette Church, Children's Entry: Monica Thomas Business Entry:
Victorias Hair & Nails. I Spy Mice Game had five winners: Caren Austin, Jordan Swarthout, Hannah Metcalf, Renee White and Julie Dingman.

Parade Winners: The category winners of the Parade which hosted the theme “ Country Christmas” were: Walking/Marching- Shinglehouse Girl Scouts “ Winter Camping Out,” Car/ Truck- The Phil and Caren Austin Family “Gingerbread House,” Float/Trailer-Potter County Trail Blazers “ Hillbilly Sled Ride,” ATVS- Steve Matthews “Country Christmas Buggy Ride,” Fire/Emergency Vehicle- Bolivar Fire Department.

Feel free to drop in and set a spell and visit with Daisy Mae, Boots, Baby and I on the front porch. You can contact us at or 814-697-7625.

Editors note: Thank you Monica for contributing this column to Solomon's words. Our readers have greatly appreciated your work in bringing the local information to them. May the new year bring you better health and well being.
Jim & Cynthia Jones @ Solomon's words for the wise

Loretta Forsythe, 89, of 1730 Bucktail Rd., St. Marys, PA

Loretta Forsythe

Loretta Forsythe, 89, of 1730 Bucktail Rd., St. Marys, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA Friday (December 30, 2016) morning following a lengthy illness.

She was born January 6, 1927 in Caledonia, PA a daughter of the late Albert R. and Rose Lutterotti Hixon. On December 18, 1941 in Penfield she married the late Fred Forsythe, Sr.

Loretta worked, for over 33 years, at Sylvania in Emporium. 

She was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle in Coudersport for over 40 years. 

She loved spending time with her family, friends and enjoyed fishing, hunting and doing things for others.

She is survived by two daughters, Rose (Lonnie) Whitt, Opp, Alabama and Midge (Tim) Houghtaling, Coudersport; son, Fred (Darlene) Forsythe, Jr., Coudersport; longtime friend & caregiver, Judy Pearsall, St. Marys; ten grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren; one sister, Evelyn Kephart, Penfield.

Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, Albert R. and Rose Lutterotti Hixon, husband, Fred Forsythe, Sr. who died in 1973, daughter, Gloria Forsythe, granddaughter, Gloria Whitt; three brothers, George Hixon, Sr., Thomas Hixon and one brother in infancy; two sisters, Marie Viola and Carrie Wendell.

Funeral Service will be held at the Gospel Tabernacle, 420 Route 6, West, Coudersport, PA on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 1:00 PM with Rev. John Minor, Pastor, officiating.

Visitation will be at the Gospel Tabernacle, on Friday, two hours prior to the Service.

Burial will be in the St. Marys Protestant Cemetery, St. Marys, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Andover Dispatched To Crash On County Road 12

At 12:18 PM on Saturday, Andover Fire Rescue & Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 4256 County Road 12 for a report of a crash with a car hanging off the bridge.
12:27 PM--2 occupants of pickup truck denying injuries. Andover 2nd ambulance & Wellsville ambulance cancelled.

Trooper Landon Weaver was tragically shot and killed in Juniata Township, Huntingdon County

PA State Police
LINE OF DUTY DEATH: PSP regrets to announce that Trooper Landon Weaver was tragically shot and killed while investigating a domestic-related incident at a home on Bakers Hollow Road in Juniata Township, Huntingdon County around 6:30 p.m. on December 30th.

Tpr. Weaver enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in December of 2015 and was assigned to the Patrol Unit at Troop G, Huntingdon. He becomes the 97th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to be killed in the line of duty.

BREAKING NEWS: Man Who Killed PA State Trooper Is Dead

Jason Robison Wanted For Fatal Shooting Of Pennsylvania State Trooper

Governor Tom Wolf Statement on Trooper Shot and Killed in Huntingdon County December 30, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf Statement on Trooper Shot and Killed in Huntingdon County
December 30, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Landon Weaver, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in Huntingdon County:

“On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Trooper Weaver and all members of the State Police across Pennsylvania in this moment of tragedy. Landon will always be remembered for his bravery, his sacrifice, and his willingness to serve.

“The State Police are our best and bravest Pennsylvanians, who risk their lives to keep all of our families safe. I just spoke with Commissioner Tyree Blocker and have full confidence that the person who committed this senseless act of violence will be captured and brought to justice. As the search continues, all of our law enforcement officers involved are in the thoughts of all Pennsylvanians.”

New Year's Eve DAY Auction At Daniel A. Carter Inc. Auction Center Saturday, Dec. 31

Happy New Year From JVB Northern Tier

Full Time Registered Nurses & Part Time LPN's Needed At Lakeview Health & Rehab Center In Smethport, PA

RN's & LPN's Needed By PSA Healthcare In Bradford, Emporiuim, Eldred and Wellsboro

IU9 Seeking Full Time Graphic Designer At CTC In Port Allegany

Cole Memorial Hospital Seeking Candidates For A Quality Intake Analyst

Cole Memorial Hospital Seeking Candidates For A RNAC (RN Assessment Coordinator)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Kathryn T. Green, 77, of Roulette, PA

Kathryn T. Green

Kathryn T. Green, 77,  of Roulette, PA, died Friday (Dec. 30, 2016) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany and will be announced with a full obituary.

Theresa Kisiel Is A Winner in the "To Fill A Backpack" Christmas Raffle

Dorothy M. Milliken-Clark, 91, of 17 Windsor Street, Cuba, NY

Dorothy M. Milliken Clark
Mother of Five Generations

Dorothy M. Milliken-Clark, 91, of 17 Windsor Street, Cuba, NY, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Olean General Hospital.

Born on May 8, 1925, in New Albion, she was a daughter of Theodore and Anna Ellison Milliken. On October 31, 1941, in Belmont, she married Lyle "Harry" Clark who predeceased her on May 11, 2000.

Dorothy was a 1970 graduate of Hornell School of Practical Nursing. She worked as a LPN for Cuba Memorial and Jones Memorial Hospitals, as well as for Highland Healthcare of Wellsville prior to her retirement.

Together with her beloved husband, they owned and operated Clark's Grocery and Service Station in Bolivar, and the Keystone Service Station and Quaker State Service Station in Cuba. They also had a successful paper delivery route for the Buffalo Courier Express and the Buffalo News delivering throughout Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties.

She enjoyed crocheting, genealogy, and word search puzzles.

Surviving are her children, Barbara (Louie) Schiralli of Bolivar, Donald (Donna) Clark of Cuba, Diana (Paul) Young of Black Creek, Bonnie (Larry) Barber of Belmont, Gary (Darlene) Clark of Ocala, FL, and Kelly (Elroy Jr.) Brickey of Cuba; 21 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; a sister in law, Yvonne Milliken of Shinglehouse, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by 3 brothers Francis, Richard, and Harold Milliken.

The family will receive friends at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull St, Cuba on Sunday, January 1, 2017 from 2-4 &7-9 P.M. where funeral services will be held on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. The Rev. Richard Keel will officiate.

Burial will be in Black Creek Cemetery, Town of New Hudson.

Memorials in Dorothy's name may be made to the Cuba Circulating Library, 39 E. Main Street, Cuba, New York 14727.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by clicking here.

Edward Cowan, 67, of Columbus, PA, formerly of Hillcrest Development, Warren, PA

Edward Cowan

Edward Cowan, 67, of Columbus, PA, formerly of Hillcrest Development, Warren, PA. died Friday afternoon, December 30, 2016 after suffering an apparent heart attack.

A complete obituary will be announced when available through the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.

It's Nice To Be Appreciated!!

Hi Jim,

Just wanted to wish you and your wife a Happy New Year. Many thanks for all the postings you have done for Big Brothers Big Sisters. You've helped our cause tremendously by showing the local area the good work our volunteers, parents, community members and presenters, and donors are doing to support McKean County kids. Best wishes for 2017 and God Bless.


Annie Wolfe

Annie Wolfe
Big Brothers Big Sisters
415 West Main Street
Smethport, PA 16749
(814) 887-5591 Ext. 2116

Potter County Commissioners Agenda For December 22, 2016

Potter County Commissioners Meeting December 8, 2016

Lynda H. Hazelton, 76, of Wellsboro, PA

Lynda H. Hazelton

Lynda H. Hazelton, 76, of Wellsboro, PA, passed away at her residence after an extended illness, Thursday, December 29, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. 

She was the wife of Elwood L. Hazelton, whom she married on August 2, 1958. 

Lynda was born October 19, 1940 in Wellsboro, the daughter of the late Robert D. and Waneta A. (Dartt) Withrow.

Lynda was a graduate of Wellsboro High School with the Class of 1958. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Lynda worked as a medical secretary for Dr. Robert Bair and Dr. Edward Hess. 

She was a member of the Canyon Squares and Endless Mt. Ballroom Dance Clubs in Wellsboro. Lynda loved gardening, square dancing, ballroom dancing, and traveling. 

She loved her children and grandchildren; and her two cherished cats, Chloe and Maddie.

Lynda is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, Elwood; daughters and sons-in-law , Teresa (Steve) Towne, Dover, DE and Sally (David) James, Norfolk, VA; son and daughter-in-law, Michael (Jill) Hazelton, Chambersburg, PA; seven grandchildren, Erik (Victoria)Towne, Matthew Towne, Alyssa James, Austin James, Donovan Hazelton, Karlyn Hazelton and Bryton Hazelton; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia (Ronald) Chilson, Lakeland, FL; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to Lynda’s Life Celebration on Monday, January 2, 2017 from 6-8 PM at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro. Funeral service will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Canon Gregory P. Hinton officiating. Burial in Wellsboro Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Lynda’s name to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pearl St., Wellsboro, Pa 16901. 

To share your fondest memories and sign Lynda’s guestbook, visit

Edward Alton Maxson, 80, of Shinglehouse, PA

Edward Alton Maxson
“devoted husband, father and grandfather”

Edward Alton Maxson, 80, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY, after a lengthy illness.

Born October 26, 1936 in Westfield, he was a son of Alton Keith and Agnes Thompson Maxson. On October 6, 1956 in the Bell Run Union Church, he married Dorothy J. Austin, who survives.

He was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1955. Mr. Maxson was employed as a pipe welder at Dresser Rand in Wellsville, retiring in 1998.

He was a member and past deacon of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed bird watching.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Beverly D. Maxson and a son, Gregory Alton (Pamela) Maxson, both of Shinglehouse; two grandsons, Kyle W. (Shauna) Maxson of Shinglehouse and Blake Edward-Alton Maxson of Wellsboro; three sisters, Eileen (James) Paddison of Shinglehouse, Marilyn (Richard) Bennett of Shinglehouse, and Carolyn (Robert) Houben of Wellsville; a brother, Dale (Roxanne) Maxson of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Neil W. Paddison.

Mr. Maxson was predeceased by his parents.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017 at the Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas Isaacson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church Building Fund, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Mr. Maxson’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mr. Maxson, please visit

Registration for Spring Story Hour at the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library is now open

Registration for Spring Story Hour at the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library for children birth to five years old is now open and will close on January 31, 2017. 

An adult must complete the necessary paperwork for each child by January 31 in order for registration to be complete. Children must check out books on an adult patron’s library account. 

Story Hour will meet on Wednesdays from 10-11am and will begin on February 8 and end on April 12, 2017.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To First Street

At 2:26 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 have been dispatched to First Street for a medical emergency.

Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement

HAZARDS...A dangerous snow squall accompanied by winds of 30 MPH
which can rapidly reduce visibility to less than a quarter of a mile.
LOCATION AND MOVEMENT...At 106 PM EST, a dangerous snow squall was
near Mansfield. The band of snow squalls extended back to the
northwest into southern New York state. This band was dropping
snowfall at a rate of over 2 inches per hour.
THIS DANGEROUS SQUALL this dangerous squall will remain over mainly
rural areas of northern Tioga and northeastern Potter Counties
through 2 PM. Persons traveling north on route 15 should be prepared
for winter weather conditions near Mansfield.
Use extra caution if you must travel into or through this dangerous
squall. Rapid changes in visibility and potentially slick roads are
likely to lead to accidents. Consider delaying travel until this
dangerous squall passes your location.

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Port Allegany Dispatched For Traffic Control On Lynn Hall Hill

At 12:51 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Lynn Hall Hill on Route 6 west of town for a disabled tractor trailer. Traffic control is needed.

Bill Pekarski: Day 122, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 122, Living life on my terms.

Days like today would have been a childhood dream. All of those big, puffy snowflakes filling the air and accumulating on the ground; they are just the right consistency for packing into snowballs and making snowmen. The hill sides are in perfect condition for sled riding and there still isn’t any school for a few more days!

It really was the simple things that made us happy as children. As adults we tend to look out and only see that the plow hasn’t touched our road yet, or we think that there is so much snow that it won’t melt until mid-June. It can be hard for adults to recognize the beauty and majesty of a winter snow.

For me, I enjoy looking outside at the snow, even though I am kind of stuck inside for the most part. It can be relaxing to just watch the flakes flit around as they fall to the ground.

In my younger years, down on Elk Street with the other tannery kids, we would be outside all day enjoying this stuff. We would all take our shovels and walk down the road to see who needed help with their sidewalks and driveways. Then, if we got a little money in our pocket, we continued walking to Erway’s where we could get a good cup of hot chocolate and a giant chocolate chip cookie.

On the days when there was a significant snowfall, we couldn’t wait for the plow to come down the road and make huge piles of snow along the edge. We could go out and dig tunnels and hiding spots in the mounds.

I remember watching the snow collect on my mother’s clothes line in the back lawn, knowing that as soon as I got the chance I was going to go out and shake it all off. All I had to do was strum it like a guitar string and the snow would break free all the way to the other end.

Now in the Pekarski House, the snow was not just there for fun. My father would have me take the shovel and bank snow up against the house all the way around it. It actually kept the house warmer by insulating the underside and keeping the cold air from blowing underneath. This was important because none of the houses down there were built with solid foundations or basements. Sure some people added them later, but it was very costly and we just couldn’t afford the upgrade.

My dad also loved to work in his “shack” in the winter. On the backside of our property was an old shed. It was fairly large as shed go and it was built about the same time as the house. It even had the same asphalt type siding.

The shed itself had sunk to the front side making the floor anything but level. Inside was where my dad had his workbench and he kept all of his tools. My lawnmower was put away in the corner for the winter, ready to come back out when needed in the spring. All of our fishing poles and equipment was placed in the rafters where it would be safely out of the way.

My dad strung a heavy duty extension cord from the house to the shack so he could have electricity to run his power tools. What I loved best about the shack was how he kept it warm. He had a very old pot-belly stove that sat on the one side of the shack and he had collected enough stovepipe material to vent the smoke safely outside. Once he got a fire started, it was only a matter of minutes until you would have to take your coat off. After about an hour or so, the sides of the stove would glow red from the heat so you couldn’t sit to close. It was rustic to say the least, but it was cozy all the same.

Now my dad never made anything fancy but he loved to make wooden crates and boxes that could be used to hang plants or as decorative pieces around the house. He used to make and sell his half bushel crates to Erway’s for a little spending money.

One thing he did make me was a desk for my room. Stored away in the shack was an antique little wooden stand with two drawers and a door that opened to a larger compartment. He attached a nice sheet of plywood to the top and then shellacked it until it had a smooth surface. I still have that desk this very day.

It was sometime after my father passed away when I started working at Erway’s in the produce department. One day Dana had me cleaning stuff out of a storage area and I happened upon a few of my father’s crates and plant holders. Once I dusted them off, they looked pretty good so Dana had me put them out for sale. They were sold within a week. It kind of broke my heart to sell them since I knew exactly where they came from.

At least I still have the memories, and they are more precious to me than anything else. Just another reason why writing these stories down is so important to me, I have the opportunity to not only share my memory but to also preserve it for years to come.

Today I am dedicating my progress to my father as well as all of the kids who grew up in the tannery. I wouldn’t trade my childhood for anything.

Elkland Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash On Main Street

At 12:30 PM on Friday, Elkland Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a 2 vehicle accident on Main Street. Reported to be no injuries. Roadways reported to be very slippery.

Lafayette Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash on Rt. 219

At 12:26 PM on Friday, Lafayette Fire Dept has been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash on Rt. 219. Caller reports no injuries.

Tipper Cat Of The Week.

Lucinda (Cindy) Johns, 78, of The Villages, FL, formerly of Ulysses, PA and Newark, DE

Lucinda (Cindy) Johns

Lucinda (Cindy) Johns, age 78, of The Villages, FL, formerly of Ulysses, PA and Newark, DE, passed away on Wednesday December 28, 2016 peacefully at Cornerstone Hospice House surrounded by her family. 

She was born July 4, 1938 in Altoona, PA to the late Ethel & Glenn Baughman.

She loved her family and is survived by her husband of 57 years, David Johns; son Mark Johns, daughter Leigh Ann DeGirolano (Jim); grandchildren; Lewis, Brett, Cody Johns; David & Jimmy DeGirolano; great-grandchildren; Dominic, Savannah, Ashlyn & Abby Johns. She is also survived by her brother, Samuel Baughman and many nieces and nephews.

In keeping with the wishes of Cindy, there will be no funeral services. 

There will be a celebration of life with the immediate family at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to The Villages Hospice House, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Friday, December 30, 2016
The latest news from the State Capitol 
Swearing-In Day – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will begin its 201st legislative session for the 2017-18 term this Tuesday, Jan. 3, with members taking the oath of office. The oath will begin at noon and the ceremony will also include the adoption of House rules, election of the Speaker of the House and a joint session with the state Senate to certify election results.

You can watch the proceedings on my website,
The 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show….begins Saturday, Jan. 7 and runs through Saturday, Jan. 14. Click here for more information and a schedule of events.