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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Galeton Dispatched To Structure Fire On Telescope Road

At 9:33 PM on Saturday, Galeton Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a structure fire, reported chimney, at 178 Telescope Road in Ulysses Township.

10:36--Command terminated, units returning. 

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On Saturday evening, January 23, 2016, Wellsboro fire crews were put on stand-by around 9:53PM for Galeton Hose Company.

FNN was able to learn that Galeton fire crews had been dispatched to a chimney fire in Ulysses Township around 9:30PM. The fire was reported at a residence located on Telescope Road.

The fire was reported out by fire personnel from Galeton around 10:20PM. Galton fire units were back in quarters by 10:50PM.

FNN has no other informaton on this incident, however FNN extends thanks to readers from Galeton and to the operator of Potter-Tioga County Firewire for their assistance, as well.

As always a giant thanks to all the volunteer firefighters, First Responders and ambulance personnel, who brave all kinds weather to respond to the aid of others who need them.

Temple University Gymnastics team still stuck on the Pa. Turnpike

Members of the Temple University Gymnastics team still stuck on the Pa. Turnpike more than 24 hours later -->
Posted by NBC10 Philadelphia on Saturday, January 23, 2016

Jay Township Fire Dept. Dispatched To Mutual Aid Structure Fire

At 7:22 PM on Saturday, Jay Township Fire  Department has been dispatched mutual aid to a structure fire at a camp on Little Medix Road in Clearfield County.

Tioga Dispatched To Tree Fire In Tioga Borough

At 5:49 PM on Saturday, Tioga Fire Department has been dispatched to North Main Street just past the bank for a tree fire. Electric wares are running thru the tree branches. Penelec notified.


Home Maid Ravioli Company, Inc. Recalls Beef Ravioli Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens and Produced Without Benefit of Inspection
Home Maid Ravioli Company, Inc., a San Francisco, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 34,200 pounds of beef ravioli products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

7th annual Gospel Jubilee on Saturday, January 30 In Eldred, PA

The First Church of God, located on Main Street, Eldred, PA, will be holding their annual Gospel Jubilee on Saturday, January 30. The jubilee features musicians from Kane, Emporium, Bradford, Mt Jewett, Erie, Port Allegany, and Dansville, NY. The jubilee starts at 12 noon till evening.

There will be music, singing, praising, food and fellowship. There is no admission charge for the jubilee.  There is plenty of parking in the church parking lot, with additional parking at the Head Start building, doctors office, and the Hamlin Bank parking lot all located on Main Street. Please do not park at the hardware store during business hours. The public is invited to attend.


Lane Closures Next Week on Route 220 in Lycoming County

Montoursville – Motorists in Lycoming County are advised that there will be lane closures in effect next week on Route 220 west of Williamsport for pipe flushing work.

On Monday, the contractor will be accessing pipe on side roads and there will be no impacts to Route 220. However, on Tuesday one lane of Route 220 northbound will be closed between Pine Run Road in Woodward Township and Martins Road in Piatt Township.

On Wednesday, work will continue on the northbound side of the highway before the contractor moves to the southbound side to work.

The scope of work on Thursday and Friday will depend on progress made during the previous days’ work. This advisory will be updated at that time.

Potter County Commissioners Meeting For January 7,2016

Potter County Commissioners Agenda For January 21,2016

Judith Myers Kistler, 76 of East Haven, CT, formerly of Dillsburg; Northern Potter Alumni

Judith Myers Kistler
Judith Myers Kistler

Judith Myers Kistler, 76 of East Haven, CT, formerly of Dillsburg, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in The Connecticut Hospice, Branford, CT.

She was a former English teacher and speech/communication (Forensic) director with Northern York County School District. She was alumni of Northern Potter High School, Grove City College, and Bowling Green State University (Toledo, OH). She was a member of Baughman United Methodist Church, New Cumberland. Her interests included attending theater performances, raising and showing her beloved Kerry Blue Terriers, and spending the last several years sharing the interests of her Connecticut grandchildren.

Mrs. Kistler was born in Coudersport, Potter County, PA to the late Samuel H. and Blanche (Walter) Myers. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ned Fortenbaugh Kistler and two step-children, Gary S. Kistler and Marjorie “Joey” L.K. Shoemaker.

She is survived by her daughter Christina K. Purnell and husband Blake of East Haven, CT; step-children, Cherie L. Bowen and husband Ronald of Winder, GA, Ned F. “Bud” Kistler, Jr. of Camp Hill, and Kathleen M. Wynn and husband Ron of Killeen, TX; a step-daughter-in-law Sharon Kistler of Waynesboro; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, January 25, 2016 in Parthemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Cumberland. Viewings will be from 6-8 pm Sunday and again from 9:30 – 10:30 am Monday, both in the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Lower Paxton Twp.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are respectfully requested to either Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or First
Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06511 (please designate to the music fund).

To send messages of condolence to Mrs. Kistler’s family or for driving directions, please visit .

Bradford Police & School District Investigating Assault At School

The City of Bradford Police along with the Bradford Area School District Administration are investigating an assault that occurred earlier in the week. 

We have been working closely with the district administration and are confident that appropriate protocols are being followed to ensure the safety of all students and faculty. 

We are following social media posts and are aware of the allegations being made many of which are untrue. It is important that the public understand that many investigations are not made public due to local, state, and federal laws. 

This release is being made to advise the public that we are fully aware and quite comfortable there is not a risk to the students or faculty due to this isolated incident.

City of Bradford Police
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We would like to inform the public that the outcry is heard. However, we would like to remind people that this case involves juveniles and the laws governing them are far drastically different than those for adults. 

We must also remember that the victim in this case is highly affected by those who misrepresent the facts. The other students in the school are affected as well as this wrong information comes out and negative comments are posted. 

We fully support the legal process as those accused in this shall face all the same rights as given by the Constitution.

The officer was notified of an incident after school concluded and responded immediately. He took statements from the victim and also interviewed witnesses and suspects. From the onset the district attorney has been involved and consulted about the investigation. 

At this time, we want to dispel the rumors of a violent gang rape that many of you are referring to. THIS DID NOT ever take place and we are confident in that. We will continue to follow the laws and unfortunately releases as governed by juvenile law. We will not deviate and ask that the public for that understanding

Olive V. Ingraham, 95, of Ceres, PA, formerly of Hickox and Shinglehouse

Olive V. Ingraham
“beloved mother and grandmother”

Olive V. Ingraham, 95, of Ceres, PA, formerly of Hickox and Shinglehouse, passed away at home with her loving daughter by her side on Friday, January 22, 2016, after a long illness.

Born on July 10, 1920 in Genesee, she was a daughter of William and Maude Butler Williams. She was raised by her grandparents, Alpheus and Minnie VanPelt Williams. On July 10, 1940 in Genesee, she married Dan Williams, who passed away on January 1, 1978. On February 14, 1979 in Stannards, NY, she married Victor Ingraham, who passed away in September of 1986.

She attended school in Genesee. 

Mrs. Ingraham loved spending time and working on her daughter and son-in-law’s farm in Hebron. She enjoyed collecting dolls and owls. 

Surviving are four daughters, Lenai B. J. Cole of Ceres, Lowanna F. (Glen) Taylor of Shinglehouse, Leanna S. Carpenter of Hebron, and Linda M. (Warren Palmer) Williams of Coneville; twelve grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Mrs. Ingraham was predeceased by two sons, Leonard “Darwin” Williams and Loren I. Williams; and two brothers, Charles Williams and Paul Williams.

Friends may call from 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1 pm with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family. Memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mrs. Ingraham, please visit

Liberty Dispatched For Wildfire, Electric Lines Down, Rt 15 Southbound CLOSED

At 2:02 PM on Saturday, Liberty Fire Department has been dispatched to Rt. 15 at the on-off ramp for Rt. 414 intersection for a wild fire with lines down blocking the roadway. Smoke is causing hazardous conditions on highway.
2:12--Report fire contained. Fire out.
2:16 PM--Request Blossburg Fire Dept. shut down Rt. 15 Southbound at Sebring exit. 
2:33 PM--Liberty Fire Police set up traffic control at Schoolhouse road.

Williamsport Bureau of Police **TAX SCAM ALERT**

January 23, 2016

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is urging taxpayers to remain on "High Alert." The TIGTA continues to receive reports of thousands of contacts every month in which individuals fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials make unsolicited calls and “robocalls” to taxpayers and demanding that they send them cash. It is critical that all taxpayers continue to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls and emails from individuals claiming to be IRS or Treasury employees. 

Here is what you need to know. The IRS generally first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes and the IRS will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, a money order or wire a transfer. The IRS also will not ask for a credit card number over the phone. The callers who commit this fraud often:
• Utilize an automated robocall machine.
• Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
• May know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.
• Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.
• Aggressively demand immediate payment to avoid being criminally charged or arrested.
• Claim that hanging up the telephone will cause the immediate issuance of an arrest warrant for unpaid taxes.
• Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.
• Call a second or third time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do:
• If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
• If you do not owe taxes, fill out the “IRS Impersonation scam” form on TIGTA’s website,, or call TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
• You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at Add “IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swepi Lp in Osceola Twp, Tioga County

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swepi Lp in Osceola Twp, Tioga County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-01-21 to Swepi Lp in Osceola Twp, Tioga county. SWMA301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

1-22/23 Daniel A. Carter Antiques Extravaganza & Auction; Antique Road Show Appraisal

Applications Accepted For JV / Varsity Baseball Coach At Galeton Area School District

UGI Utilities, Inc. Seeking Natural Gas Apprentice In Port Allegany / Coudersport Areas

The Weather Outside Is Frightful But My Car Is So Delightful Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Potter County--Hershey Farms Market For Sale In Coudersport, PA

Top Agents Are Making Over $12. an Hour! Open Interviews Monday At Empereon Marketing In Coudersport

Sagewood Seeking Candidates For Therapeutic Staff Support In Potter & McKean Counties

Roulette Ambulance To Gordon Lane

At 11:35 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Gordon Lane for a medical alarm activation.
11:50 PM--False activation--Recalled

Missing Child Located By Police In Lawrenceville

At 7:59 PM on Friday, Lawrenceville Fire Department was dispatched to search for a lost child. The child was subsequently located minutes later by police and the firefighters were recalled.

John K. Volz, Jr., 71, of Shinglehouse, PA

John K. Volz, Jr.
John K. Volz, Jr.
“loving husband, father, and grandfather”

John K. Volz, Jr., 71, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, January 21, 2016, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on November 9, 1944 in Olean, NY, he was a son of John K. Sr. and Betty Jean Bisnett Volz. On April 5, 1969 in Olean, he married Melanie L. Lunn, who survives.
Vietnam War Veteran

He graduated from Portville (NY) High School, Class of 1965. John served in the U.S. Army having served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He retired from the service in 1995. He was employed by the former American Olean Tile Company in Olean, retiring in 2004 due to ill health.

John was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. He was a life member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, a member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530, a member of the Potter County Honor Guard, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. 

John formerly served as a cubmaster in Shinglehouse. 

 In his younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball, softball, and football. He enjoyed flower gardening, latch hooking, and was an avid sports fan. His greatest love was his family.

Surviving besides his loving wife of 46 years are two sons, Dan (Gerri) Davis of Olympia, Washington and Shawn (Tricia) Volz of Edinboro; a daughter, Heather (Kevin) Youndt of Coudersport; ten grandchildren, Kyle, Courtney, Ryan, Tyler, Dakota, Austin, Kailyn, Tristan, Karlie, and Jason; two sisters, Barbara (Tom) Franke and Bonnie (John) Stevens, both of Florida; two brothers, Jan (Mary Ann) Volz of North Carolina and James Volz of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his maternal grandmother with whom he resided, Rachel Bisnett; and a brother, Jerry Volz.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 25, 2016 at the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor, officiating. Committal services and burial will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard and active duty service members will accord full military honors on Monday.

Memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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

Congressman Glenn Thompson Visits Penn State DuBois

Congressman Glenn Thompson is welcomed to Penn State DuBois by Chancellor Melanie Hatch.
DuBOIS – Congressman Glenn Thompson (R) visited Penn State DuBois on Friday as part of his Listening and Leading Tour. The tour, making 36 stops in 16 counties over a five-day period, kicks off Thompson's campaign for reelection to Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District, spanning North Central Pennsylvania. At Penn State DuBois, Thompson learned about some of the educational opportunities the campus offers the region.

Chancellor Melanie Hatch welcomed Thompson to campus, saying, "Congressman, you are a great supporter of Penn State and we appreciate all that you do for us. Your assistance helps us deliver an amazing educational experience to students, excel in scholarly activities and be an economic engine across the commonwealth."

Hatch highlighted ways in which that support helps campus students give back to local communities. She said, "Every year, our incoming class of students participate in Outreach Day where they volunteer their time for local organizations. Last fall, 140 students served at 18 different community groups such as the Red Cross, Special Olympics and the Free Medical Clinic. Last year, our campus clubs completed approximately 6,000 services hours for our regional community. We also raised over $19,000 for charitable organizations."

Hatch also noted that outside support enables Penn State DuBois to offer $350,000 in scholarships each year.

Thompson also heard presentations from faculty and staff at Penn State DuBois outlining the campus' educational initiatives including wildlife and environmental conservation education, career services, internships, and partnerships with community and industry, as well as cooperate training programs and educational offerings available to the general public through campus Outreach. Such programs are offered in a variety of ways to fit the needs of an induvial, or can be tailored to the needs of a company in educating its entire workforce.

Thompson serves on the House Agricultural Committee, including the Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee, the House Natural Resources Committee, and the House Education and Workforce Committee.

"You did well on zeroing in on what my personal interests are with things like your Wildlife program," Thompson said.

However, looking further, Thompson applauded efforts of local educators for providing a variety of opportunities for people of all ages, educational needs and backgrounds. He said, "To me, education should be a system, across the board, that you can access at any time in your life and get what you need to get."


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Wellsville Dispatched For Traffic Control Due To Power Outage

At 5:57 PM on Friday, Wellsville Police have requested fire police to assist with traffic control due to the second power outage today.
Power back just after 7:45.

Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Voluntary Withdrawal for Salads

01/22/2016 03:40 PM EST
Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., is temporarily suspending operations at its Springfield, Ohio production facility, and is voluntarily withdrawing from the market all Dole-branded and private label packaged salads processed at that location

House Action for the Week of January 25, 2016

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 

The Weekly 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.



01/22/2016 02:07 PM EST
Carnivore Meat Company is recalling a single lot of Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entree for Dogs, due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
Pinnacle Foods, Inc. Recalls Chili Products Due To Misbranding
Pinnacle Foods, Inc., a Fort Madison, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 549,539 pounds of chili products due to misbranding.

Harold M. McElwee, 69, of Coudersport, PA

Harold M. McElwee

Harold M. McElwee, 69, of Coudersport, PA, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Freeman House in Coudersport.

Harold was born December 27th, 1946, the son of Herbert and Elizabeth Jane Stewart McElwee.

Harold was a laborer all his life and enjoyed the Steelers, Pirates, and Penns State sports.

Harold is survived by his daughter Amy Mullen of Canton, Pa; two brothers- Herbert of Coudersport and Robert of Rossville, GA, a sister Joy Rupert of Blanchard, PA. Harold also has one grandchild, five nieces and one nephew, along with several great nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Harold’s wishes there will be no services.

Memories can be made in honor of Harold by visiting

The McElwee family has entrusted the care of their father, brother and uncle to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport, Pa, 16915

Welcoming Connor Alan Lee Wambold Born At Cole Memorial Hospital

Camilla ‘Carm’ Rouse, 82, of Middleburg, FL, formerly of Limestone, NY

Camilla ‘Carm’ Rouse
Camilla Rouse

Camilla ‘Carm’ Rouse, 82, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, of 3488 Rustic Oak Trail, Middleburg, FL, formerly of Limestone, NY, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Middleburg, FL.

Born April 23, 1933 in Limestone, NY, shje was the daughter of the late Antonio and Vetta (Policastro) Barrile.

She married James L. Rouse, Sr., who passed away March 21, 2007.

She attended Limestone High School.

She enjoyed shopping at Wal-Mart, working on circle puzzles, listening to country music and the company of her family.

She is survived by one daughter, Bonnie (Robert) Delgudices of Middleburg, Fl.; two sons, Gail (Pamela) Raught of Coudersport and James (Jackie) Baldwin of Bradford; two grandchildren; several great grandchildren; one sister, Vickie (Jim) Champlin and one Brother, Joseph Barrile, all of Limestone, NY and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, William J. Raught who passed away May 3, 2010; five sisters, Rose Updegrove, Grace Barrile, Mary Merritt, Jenny Reed, Angelina Whiteman; six brothers, John, Anthony, Dominic, John II, Patrick and Frank Barile.

Funeral services will be held at the discretion of the family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Online condolences can be expressed at

Applications Now Available for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, Says Causer

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today announced that forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for 2015 are now available.

Participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2015. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

$0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (Homeowners and renters).
$8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (Homeowners and renters).
$15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (Homeowners only).
$18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (Homeowners only).

Causer reminds residents that they need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at Causer’s office at no cost. A series of Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics are being planned at senior centers across the 67th Legislative District in February and March. Dates will be announced in the near future.

Applicants for the program should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.

For additional information or assistance, visit or contact one of Causer’s offices:

78 Main St., First Floor, Bradford – 814-362-4400.
107 S. Main St., Room 1, Coudersport – 814-274-9769.
55 Fraley St., Kane – 814-837-0880.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, $5.6 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.

Bradford Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Accident On Minard Run Road

At 2:13 PM on Friday, Bradford Township Fire Rescue and Bradford City Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 292 Minard Run Road for a 2 vehicle accident with multiple occupants.

Roulette Ambulance To Hester Avenue

At 1:05 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Hester Avenue for difficulty breathing.

Todd A. Crain, 46, of Coudersport, PA

Todd A. Crain

Todd A. Crain, 46, of Coudersport, PA passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA with his loving family by his side.

Born on November 2, 1969, in Coudersport he was the son of Elvernon and Evelyn Snyder Crain.

Todd was a graduate of Coudersport High School, the class of 1987. He was employed as a surveyor’s assistant for Menard Surveying. Todd enjoyed hunting, fishing, stock car racing, gardening, watching football, music and his dog Diesel.

Todd is survived by his father, Elvernon who lives in Bradford, three sisters: Kim (Robert) Hanes of Waterloo, NY, Christine (Fred) Ackley of Brackney, Pa, Brenda(Henry Watson) Crain of Sweden Valley, two brothers, Kevin L. Crain of Rochester, NY and his twin brother Terry W. (Paula) Crain of Shinglehouse, PA, and his life companion Dawn Peangatelli. Todd also had several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his mother Evelyn.

Todd’s friends and family are invited to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915 on Monday, January 25, 2016 from 2-5pm with the funeral service to follow at 5pm and Rev. Michael Reeves officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in honor of Todd to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

To share your fondest memories of Todd visit

The Crain Family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral home with Todd’s funeral arrangements.

Public Notice--water leak on Ross Street in Coudersport Borough

There is a water leak on Ross Street in Coudersport Borough.

Ross Street will be closed from Gordnier St. to Dodge St. until leak has been repaired.

Residents on Ross Street may experience low water pressure until repaired.

The water department is working on having the leak repaired as soon as possible.

DCNR Committed to Restoring Denton Hill

COUDERSPORT, PA - Over 150 attendees heard from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) officials regarding the future of Denton Hill State Park at a public meeting held in Potter County on January 20. 

Although the process will take some time, the message was clear that DCNR supports the revitalization and long-term sustainability of Denton Hill State Park and its ski operations. 

The results of a feasibility study funded by DCNR and conducted by consultant Moshier Studio of Pittsburgh showed that, due mainly to outdated infrastructure, a $12.5 million investment would be required to return basic ski operations to industry standards.

Denton Hill State Park is one of 29 state parks located within the Pennsylvania Wilds region. The park was opened as a downhill ski area in 1958, but was closed in November 2014 when the private operator determined it was no longer able to continue the concession.

Despite the projected cost, DCNR officials confirmed that Denton Hill is a top priority. The numbers and concepts presented at the meeting represent the results of the feasibility study and were not reflective of a more detailed, master site plan, the next step in the process. 

The public will have an opportunity to participate in that process. DCNR will be posting the complete feasibility study on its website once it is finalized.

Rapid Bridge Project Tioga County Public Meeting

​(Montoursville) Upcoming bridge replacement projects Tioga County.
WHEN: Winter/Spring 2016
WHERE: Three different locations around the county, including Elk Run Road (SR3001) over Elk Run, Gaines Township.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project continues in Tioga County in 2016. A total of five bridges are due for replacement, including the Elk Run Road (SR 3001) bridge over Elk Run in Gaines Township (JV131).

The project contractor, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) invites the public to a meeting at the Penn Wells Hotel, 62 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 on Tuesday, February 2 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for local officials, and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the general public. There will be a brief presentation about the project and then members of the construction team and PennDOT will be available to answer your questions.

If you are unable to attend but still have questions, please call our hotline at (877) 444-9990 or email us at with any comments or concerns. Visit our website,, for a project overview, detour maps, and other project related details.

Questions can be directed to:

Dan Galvin
Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners
2000 Cliff Mine Road, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Phone: (412) 923-3898

The meeting facility is ADA accessible; however, requests for special needs or accommodations to facilitate public participation should be directed to Dan Galvin, 412-923-3898.

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Friday, January 22, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol
Discussing the Future of Denton Hill State Park    
It was great to see so many people come out to an open house hosted by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week to discuss the future of Denton Hill State Park.
The feasibility study conducted over the last several months simply reinforces what many of us already know. Denton Hill is a great asset to our area and it has substantial support across the community and the region.

I am hopeful that, as officials move forward with a master plan, we can get funding released to make the necessary improvements. As I stated at the meeting last night, our state land generates a great deal of money for the Commonwealth through oil, gas and timber development. It’s reasonable to expect some of that money come back here and be invested in our state park.

Ceremony to Recognize Cold War-Era Veterans
Over the years, I have had the honor of hosting events to recognize groups of veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

At a ceremony this spring, I will recognize Cold War-era veterans who served between Sept. 2, 1945, and Dec. 26, 1991.

To participate in the event, please register by calling my offices in Bradford (814-362-4400), Coudersport (814-274-9769) or Kane (814-837-0880), or go online at Everyone who registers will be contacted with information about the ceremony when it is scheduled.

The event is open to all veterans residing in the 67th Legislative District, which includes Cameron, McKean and Potter counties, as well as their family members.

To veterans who served in the Persian Gulf conflict or subsequent operations, please know that I wish to recognize your service as well and will plan to do so at a future event.

Reminder: Veterans Service Officer in Coudersport

A veterans field service officer with the American Legion will be available to assist veterans at my Coudersport office (107 S. Main St.) on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Assistance with services such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits is available by appointment only. To schedule, please call the office at 814-274-9769. Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to use the service.

For additional service hours scheduled at my offices in Bradford, Coudersport and Kane, click here

PennDOT Assistance, Senior Benefit Information and More Available at Legislative Offices
To best serve you and maintain open lines of communication, I operate three full-time district offices in Bradford, Coudersport and Kane, and host office hours periodically in Emporium and Port Allegany.

My staff and I are ready to help answer your questions about state government issues, as well as to provide information and applications for a variety of state programs. Office services include:

•    Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals.
•    Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates, and temporary placards for persons with physical disabilities).
•    Information and applications for senior citizen benefit programs, including Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug programs.
•    Information and applications for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
•    Help with securing birth and death certificates (photo identification required).
•    Information about legislation.
•    Assistance with resolving matters relating to state agencies, such as Veterans Affairs, Human Services, Labor and Industry, Insurance, Environmental Protection or Conservation and Natural Resources.

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Benefit Spaghetti Dinner Planned For February 20th In Coudersport

We would love for you to join us for a spaghetti dinner that is being held in honor of Samantha Deiter, daughter of Taffy Chitester and Randy Deiter. Samantha was diagnosed with GSS (Gerstmann-Straussler-Sheinker Syndrome), a very rare, hereditary neuro degenerative disease, in 2015.

Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink. Adults $8.00. Children under 12 $6.00 and children 3 and under eat free.

We will be holding a Chinese Auction, so if anyone would like to donate, please PM me or Marianne Kio.

There will also be a dj for your entertainment.

Event is on February 20th at the Coudersport Fire Hall from 4pm to 8pm.

Watch for further information.

If anyone would like to send a cash donation you can mail to Stacy Boyd - 2311 Gold Rd., Genesee PA 16923

Chinese Auction Items can be dropped off at 15 Middle Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915 - if anyone needs directions - you can text my cell at 814-203-8753 or they can be given to Marianne Kio.

St. Marys Dispatched For Fully Involved Structure Fire

At 9:37 AM on Friday, St. Marys Fire Department has been dispatched to South Michael for a fully involved garage fire.
10:07 AM--Chief reports fire under control. 
11:06 AM--Command terminated--fire out.

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USDA Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Severe Weather
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Bradford Dispatched For House Fire On Gates Hollow

At 8:24 AM on Friday, Bradford Township Firefighters have been dispatched to Gates Hollow for a house fire.
8:45 AM--Lewis Run, Derrick City & Corydon have been requested by Chief 15 to remain at your stations on standby for Bradford Township while they are at a working structure fire on Gates Hollow.
9:15 AM--Chief 15 released companies from standby.

Coudersport Firefighters Extinguish Chimney Fire & Fire InThe Wall

At 1436 this afternoon was dispatched to a chimney Fire at 683 SR 49 east - Eulalia Twp.

Upon arrival of chief 48, found that the proper address to be 704 Sr 49 and active chimney Fire and established command. 

Chief 48 entered and found that the owner had shut down the stove and the house was filling up with smoke and had active Fire around the stove pipe are where it entered the wall.

Chief 48 requested a full first Alarm for a working Fire at the address. First arriving Engine laid 5" supply line into the residence while Tanker 5 tied into the 5" and supplied the Engine, upon arrival of second Engine they prepared to lay supply line to a near by pond if needed.

Two Engines and Tanker, and support vehicles responded, upon arrival opened up the wall and extinguished Fire and contained it to the chimney area with overhaul operations.

Roulette dept 46 was placed on stand by at their station. Assisted at the scene by CVAA. 

The residence was insured, and approx. $1000 in damages to the residence caused by the fire but the residents had auxiliary heat and the owners were able to stay at the residence.

In all 5 pieces of apparatus, 24 personnel answered the alarm and returning to the station and placed all units back in service at 4:30pm

Think About It

I’m tired, I’m worn
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Life, if you haven’t noticed can really drain you. I’m not referring to the tired or worn out feelings from work, but rather the tired and worn out feelings from life itself. The emotional drain, the sometimes never-ending drama that goes on in and around your life, some of which you have no control over.

I’m one of those people that won’t ask for help. I know, you think well that’s just a man thing. Perhaps it is, but I take it further and have come to understand that it’s really a pride thing. I don’t like to admit that but deep inside I know it’s true. I suppose it comes from being told as a child that I could do anything, and that to ask for help was a sign of weakness. I also know that it was said to encourage, but instead it resulted in a stubbornness that works against me. Consequently, I can become tired and worn. Not because of what’s going on around me, but because I’m trying to handle it all by myself.

I have a habit of opening my mouth. How do I mean that? People ask me to do things and my mouth says “Sure I’d love to”, while my insides are screaming, “NO”. I’ve put myself in situations that I never should have gotten involved in. I’ve over extended myself and then wonder why I’m so tired and worn out. I’ve sacrificed myself for others at the expense of my family because I didn’t know how to say no. I’ve always prided myself on my loyalty, but have also come to understand that sometimes my “loyalty” is actually my stubbornness.

So what’s the point? The point is that we were not designed to be so worn and tired that we can’t function. When we get to that place it’s a clear sign that we trying to do it ourselves. Jesus said to come to him and he would give us rest, (Matthew 11:28). When I remember to do this, it saves me much anxiety and stress. My problem? I don’t always remember because my programmed nature overrides my wisdom. Think about it.

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