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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Youth robbed at gunpoint in St. Marys

By RUTH BOGDAN Era Reporter
Bradford Era

ST. MARYS — At least two teens were arrested after a juvenile was robbed at gunpoint Thursday in a St. Marys residence.

According to St. Marys City Police, at 5 p.m. Thursday, three juveniles entered a South St. Marys Street home and committed the robbery.

Police did not say if anyone was injured in the alleged incident, or what, if anything, was stolen.

Charges were filed against two of the juvenile suspects, and police plan to file charges against the third, too. Police stated all three would be charged as adults.Read more...

Coudersport Ambulance To Maple View Lane

At 8:41 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Maple View Lane for a medical alarm activation.

Middlebury Dispatched To Unknown Fire On Norris Brook Road

At 6:45 PM on Saturday, Middlebury Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Norris Brook Road for an unknown type fire.

Jay Township Dispatched For 4 Wheeler Accident With Injuries
At 4:42 PM on Saturday, Jay Township and St. Marys Medic and Fox Township Medic have been dispatched to Mt. Zion Road 1/4 mile past Burkes Road for a 4 wheeler accident with 2 patients with head injuries. A helicopter has been requested to be placed on standby.
5:00 PM--2 medical helicopters have been dispatched to a landing zone at Burkes Road & Mt. Zion Road.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To North Union Street

At 4:40 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to North Union Street for a patient with difficulty breathing.

1-30-2016 Recalls

The Noble Spoon Recalls Chicken and Beef Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection
The Noble Spoon, a Santa Rosa, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 289 pounds of beef and chicken entree products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and do not have a federal mark of inspection.

Judy M. Miles, 63, of Bullis Mills, PA

Judy M. (Smith) Miles

Beloved wife, mother and grandmother

Eldred, Pa. --Judy M. Miles, 63, of Bullis Mills, passed away on Friday (January 29, 2016) at the Bradford Regional Medical Center following a long battle with cancer.

Born June 27th, 1952 in Olean, she was a daughter of William Henry and Gladys Mae Unverdorben Smith. On October 20th, 1983 in Smethport, she married Kenneth T. Miles, who survives.

Mrs. Miles had resided in Bullis Mills since 1985. She had been employed at Fibercel Corporation in Portville for 15 years.

When she was younger Judy enjoyed raising and training horses; as well as fishing and hunting. 

 She enjoyed family vacations and loved attending children and grandchildren’s activities.

Surviving in addition to her husband are one son, Brian Miles of Eldred; two daughters, Laura A. (Shannon) Hackett of Eldred and Kelly (Andrew) Grimes of Eldred; four grandchildren, Tylar Grimes, Logan silvis, Zane Grimes and Gavin Grimes; two brothers, Donald Smith of Florida and Daniel (Karen) Smith of Newell Creek; five sisters, Becky Brown of Ormand Beach, Florida, Kathy Moyer of Eldred, Pam (Rick) Henderson of Eldred, Patty Grimes of Eldred and Robin (Roger) Hartzell of Eldred.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Vincent Silvis in 2012; and one infant brother.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2-4 and from 7-9 P.M at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred where funeral services will be held on Monday (February 1, 2016) at 11:00 am with the Rev. Jim Kazimer, Pastor of the First Church of God in Eldred, officiating. Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be made at

Morris & Cogan House Dispatched To Wildfire On Oregon Hill Road

At 3:13 PM on Saturday, Morris Fire Department and Cogan House Substation have been dispatched to a wildfire in Pine Township on the Oregon Hill Road.

Tioga County Firefighters Dispatched To Wildfire With Farm Equipment Involved

At 2:40 PM on Saturday, Tioga County firefighters have been dispatched to the Gorwood Road at the Gorwood farm for a wildfire with farm equipment involved. It is believed stations 2, 13 and 12 have been dispatched.
2:56 PM--Recall all units except 13-2.

Buffalo News To Feature Grassroots Effort To Have John Rigas Released

The push to bring John Rigas home

Adelphia’s 91-year-old founder is dying. He’s served more than 8 years for fraud and conspiracy. Supporters say that’s long enough.
Here's the story:
on January 30, 2016 - 1:22 PM

Click here to read the Buffalo News story.

Wellsboro & Galeton Dispatched For Crash On Rt. 6

At 1:50 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro & Galeton Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 6 near the Ansonia Church for a vehicle over the embankment.
Report from scene indicates one patient is self-extricated.

Seminar On Organic Farming Scheduled Feb. 20

Potter County Today

Rob Thompson
January 29th, 2016

An organic agriculture seminar will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Genesee Environmental Center. 

Among its sponsors is the Potter County Conservation District  (PCCD). 

Attendees will learn about topics such as organic no-till crop production, nutrient management, reduction of pollution, organic certification requirements, marketing opportunities and others. 

Lessons will help growers to diversify their operations and increase income with food that’s in demand due to the way it is grown. Rob Thompson, agriculture conservation technician at PCCD, said the seminar is part of an increased focus on organic farming by the district. 

In addition to running workshops and holding roundtable discussions dealing with organics, PCCD offers assistance with management plans for manure, agricultural tillage and nutrients to help reduce the impact of farming on natural resources. Anyone interested in learning more should call 814-274-8411, extension 4.

Genesee & Ulysses Dispatched to Barn Fire In Town of Independence

At 12:52 PM on Saturday, Genesee & Ulysses Fire Departments have been dispatched mutual aid to a barn fire at 371 Saunders Road in the Town of Independence.
Full company response and ambulance from Genesee and one tanker from Ulysses were specified. 
105 PM--Ulysses requested to stand by at Genesee.

17 Roulette Volunteers Complete Annual CPR Refresher

Eminent Domain: Court Authorizes Right Of Way Cutting Thru Maple Syrup Farm


Cameras will help protect hibernating bats from human intrusions at caves.

As part of its Core Values & Beliefs program, the Williams Company recently donated $2,400 to the Pennsylvania Game Commission to be used for camera-aided enforcement to protect bat caves from intrusions. The funds will go toward adding six new cameras in two new sites. Currently, the Northeast Region has two and the other five regions have one camera up and running in caves.

Williams is an energy infrastructure company and provider of large-scale infrastructure connecting the growing supply of North American natural gas and natural-gas products to growing global demand for clean fuels and feedstocks. Williams owns, manages and operates natural gas pipelines within Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1908, Williams employs more than 6,700 people with a regional presence and a local office in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.

The Problem

Cave bats in Pennsylvania have experienced dramatic losses since the onset of white-nose syndrome, a condition that causes bats to rouse during hibernation, burning the fat reserves they depend on to make it through winter and, ultimately, killing them.

Protecting bats where they are most vulnerable – the caves and mines where they hibernate – increases their chances of recovery, said Greg Turner, a bat biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission who is among those leading research into the disease.

White-nose syndrome is caused by a cold-loving fungus that contaminates the caves and abandoned mines where many bats hibernate and reproduce. At present, all of Pennsylvania's bat-hibernation sites are presumed to be contaminated with the fungus, and some bat species have experienced a 99-percent population decline, Turner said.

Although the disease has had devastating impacts, survivors remain, and continue to hibernate at these infected sites year after year.

Eliminating the chance these survivors are disturbed by people entering caves and mines for recreation could be the difference between life and death for bats, Turner said. Any disturbance that causes bats to rouse decreases their chances of surviving through the winter, he said.

The Solution

The Game Commission for years has gone to lengths to keep people out of caves and mines that are important to hibernating bats.

Gates that are friendly to bats but restrict people from entering have been placed at cave entrances. Areas leading to caves have been posted "No Trespassing." And law-enforcement patrols near cave sites have been stepped up in an effort to catch trespassers.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent.

Yet, intrusions continued, and in some areas, they still do.

More recently, however, a new tool became available to the Game Commission in addressing these continuing problems: Cameras, that not only can capture visual evidence of trespassing crimes at sensitive bat caves, but that send text messages to alert on-duty officers and radio dispatchers an intrusion is taking place.

David J. Putnam, president of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, said people have gone to extraordinary lengths to breach sites that have been fortified to protect bats. They have broken through locked gates, tunneled around them, cut through fences and ignored numerous signs instructing them to keep out of caves and mines.

The cameras work to address all of these problems, Putnam said, and increase the chances of survival for hibernating bats and their young. Most white-nose syndrome mortality occurs during hibernation, and disturbances can lead to higher mortality.

"Protecting Pennsylvania’s bats is a critical agency priority. Due to White Nose Syndrome, our bat populations have plummeted. We have undertaken many different tactics to help us protect bats, from increased law enforcement to protect bat hibernacula, to intensive research focused on helping us battle this disease. The use of high-tech remote cameras is another tool in our toolbox to protect our bat populations,” Putnam said.

Greg Turner said he was really happy with the additional cameras the donation will provide.

“Due to the severe declines in hibernating bats from the disease white-nose syndrome, and with the knowledge that the disease greatly reduces the fat supply the bats need to overwinter in caves, these cameras will help to enhance our agency’s ability to protect these vulnerable species from additional disturbances,” said Greg Turner.

One of Williams Company’s Core Values & Beliefs concepts is to serve as an exceptional neighbor in communities where employees live and their businesses operate.

“Williams has a dedicated team of Environmental and Compliance professionals who conduct extensive studies and work carefully to preserve and strengthen local habitats and ecosystems during the planning, construction, operational and maintenance phases of the energy infrastructure we build and own,” said Kristy Grigas, environmental regulatory specialist for Williams. “We regularly work with state and federal agencies as well as conservation partners to ensure that we are planning our projects with care.

“With this donation, Williams is helping to secure more of Pennsylvania's important habitat areas to ensure that caves and mines have 24-hour surveillance to protect hibernating bats against nuisance activity,” she said.

With existing cameras paid for by the Game Commission and donations from other conservation agencies, and the additional cameras this generous contribution from Williams will provide, important bat sites statewide can be monitored in the same manner, and trespassing problems erased, said R. Matthew Hough, executive director for the Game Commission.

The biggest benefit will be experienced by the state's bats, and the millions of Pennsylvanians, some of whom might not even realize all of what bats provide in controlling mosquitoes and other insects.

“The use of remote cameras has proven to work very well in protecting bat hibernacula during this critical time of the year. The donation from Williams Company will allow us to expand the use of remote cameras to give adequate protection to all regions of the state, and will provide additional protection to bat populations. It is always a pleasure to see partners, like Williams, step up to the plate to do their part to protect Pennsylvania’s wildlife resources,” said Hough.

The Shinglehouse Community Choir will begin rehearsing for their summer concert.

The Shinglehouse Community Choir will begin rehearsing for their summer concert on Tuesday, February 2. Anyone living in the area and over the age of 18 is welcome to join! You do not have to be able to read music! Come sing with us! The choir meets the first and last Tuesdays of each month. Rehearsals are from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at the OV Senior Center in Shinglehouse. The free summer concert titled "Summer, Sun & Fun," will be part of the entertainment at the Summer FunFest on June 25 at Assembly Park sponsored by the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Association.

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Norwich Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2016-01-25 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CORP for site SGL 30 WT 2716 122H 51468 in Norwich Twp township, McKean county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Norwich Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2016-01-25 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CORP for site SGL 30 WT 2716 195H 51903 in Norwich Twp township, McKean county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Fat Tuesday Celebration Planned

Austin United Methodist Church has announced that their Annual Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) Celebration will be held on Tuesday, February 9th from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the basement of the Austin UM Church on Turner Street. 

There will be a variety of home cooked foods available. Cost is $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 6 and up, children under 4 eat free. This will be the last hurrah before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. 

According to a spokesperson, “Fat Tuesday” ties to our ordinary time in the Christian calendar and we are going to celebrate with a “Fat Tuesday Feed.” 

All are welcome. Take-out orders will be available. Additional information can be viewed on the Austin UMC Facebook page.

Not buying it: Residents continue to report suspicious salesmen

By Stella Dupree

Posted Jan. 29, 2016 at 7:28 PM

One asked to use an upstairs bathroom.

Another said he wanted to talk about religion but then asked to demonstrate cleaning products once he was allowed inside.

Others have been pushy, rude or even threatening when they’ve knocked on the doors of Southern Tier homes.

“There are some strange people in this area,” Capt. Eric Tyner of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

He’s been busy this week investigating dozens of reports that a group of suspicious salesmen are attempting to gain entry into homes.

The “salesmen” often ask to inspect rugs and offer a free cleaning to promote a product. However, they do not have cleaning supplies or samples in hand and leave abruptly when asked for identification or other information, according to police reports.

They’re very aggressive when residents balk at letting them in.

“We’ve had 25 people come in and say that they’ve had to threaten to call the police to get them to leave,” Tyner said. Read more...

Kane Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash On Route 6 East of Kane

At 10:47 AM on Saturday, Kane Fire Rescue & EMS have been dispatched to  a 2 car crash on Route 6 East near the old Avenelli's Garage.
11:02--Mt. Jewett Ambulance to scene to help evaluate 6 patients for injuries.

Dogs found on Eleven Mile Road

Owners have been found! Thank you!

Experienced Cook Wanted

West End Trail Blazers 14th Annual Winterfest Saturday at Kaple Farm in Roulette, PA

Moon's Farm-Yard Center Open House Coming Soon

Register Now For ALPACAS A-Z SEMINAR At Cinco C's Alpacas near Port Allegany February 27th

Grocery & New Merchandise Auction Saturday, February 6 At Daniel A. Carter In Allegany,

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

1-30 Olean Estate Sale Saturday, January 30th

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

Friday, January 29, 2016

HELP!!! Our dog Bubba got loose In Custer City

HELP!!! Our dog Bubba got loose and has been gone for about an hour! 

We just moved to Custer City & this area is new to him. We followed his tracks to the intersection of the tastee freeze and then lost them. 

Please if your driving on 219 BE CAREFUL!! and if you see him please contact us immediately!! He will come to anybody by just calling him bubba. He is an extremly friendly dog! 

Please help us find him- he's like another child to us!! Share this please! 

Tyler- 8145984021 

Kyle- 8145580007

Cuba Police Report Charges Of Illegal Narcotics Activity After Overdose

Brockway Fire Department Battling Structure Fire At 717 East Main Street

At 9:57 PM on Friday, An Elk County engine has been dispatched to assist Brockway at a structure fire at 717 East Main Street in Brockway. An engine and manpower has been requested mutual aid from Horton Township.


Wellsville Police Blotter

Wellsville N.Y. Police Department
Wellsville Police Blotter

Thursday January 28, 2016

Wellsville Police arrested Allan R. Irwin, age 22 of Genesee, PA, charging him with a Violation of Probation. Irwin was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor. Irwin was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $5,000.00 cash bail. Irwin is due back in Wellsville Village Court on February 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm.

Wellsville Police arrested Michael J. Wood, age 41 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Mischief 4th. The charge stems from an incident that took place on East Dyke Street in the Village. Wood was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released. Wood is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on February 9th at 4:30 pm.

Bradford Dispatched To Vehicle Crash On Rt. 219 Southbound Before Forman Street Bridge

At 9:36 PM on Friday, Bradford Police, Fire & EMS have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Rt. 219 Southbound just prior to the Forman Street Bridge. Report no entrapment. Please use caution if driving that area.
9:40 PM--Occupant claims no injury.

Coudersport Dispatched For Unknown Type Fire In Area Of Mitchell Hollow

At 8:55 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched to a unknown type fire in the area of Mitchell Hollow in Sweden Township. Fire is visible from Route 6.
9:04 PM--Recalled. Controlled burn.

Five charged in mailbox-smashing spree

Bradford Era

Five young Bradford men are being charged with more than 70 counts each of criminal mischief for an overnight mailbox-smashing spree last September that caused more than $4,000 in damage in four area municipalities.

Eric Brandon Mackey, 19, of 834 Bolivar Drive; Dylan M. Defilippo, 19, of 38 Homestead Ave.; Zachary McAndrew Bartlebaugh, 18, of 93 Gates Hollow; Brandon Stoltz, 19, of 160 Totten Hollow; and Dakota James Sera, 20, of 590 S. Kendall Ave., are each charged with the following: 79 counts of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief, second-degree misdemeanors; three counts of criminal mischief, second-degree misdemeanors; one count of disorderly conduct, a third-degree misdemeanor; and one count of scattering rubbish, a summary offense.

Court records said between 11:30 p.m. Sept. 21 to 7 a.m. Sept. 22, the five men took part in a “crime spree” encompassing areas of Eldred Township, Otto Township, Foster Township and Bradford Township. Read more...

Shinglehouse, Genesee, Ulysses & Coudersport Dispatched To Structure Fire In AlleganyTownship

At 5:41 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse, Genesee, Ulyssses & Coudersport have been dispatched to a structure fire at 264 Haskell Road in Allegany Township at the Lydek Residence.
6:15 PM--All units except Genesee Units RECALLED.

Carns, Neal Named THON Dancers for DuBois

Penn State DuBois THON Dancers for 2016, Braden Neal (left) and Stephen Carns.

DuBOIS – Steve Carns, of Clearfield, and Braden Neal, of Punxsutawney, have been chosen to represent Penn State DuBois at THON 2016 as campus' official THON Dancers for this year. The honor will place the pair in the middle of the action of THON, as they attempt to dance and stay on their feet for 46 consecutive hours to support the battle against childhood cancer. THON 2016 is planned for Friday February 19, until Sunday, February 21 at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park.

"THON, to me, means hope," said Neal, sharing the reasons he has devoted time and hard work to the cause. "Seeing thousands of people coming together, pouring their heart and souls into such a noble cause reminds me of the amount of compassion and altruism the human race is capable of. Knowing that people like that are still in abundance on Earth gives me hope for a better tomorrow."

Carns revealed personal reasons that bring the philanthropic dance marathon close to his heart. He said, "THON conveys a sense of family. As a family, my THON worked tirelessly in order to achieve one selfless goal, to raise money in order to fight an invisible enemy despite many apparent obstacles. Personally I have a very close relation with cancer in my family and I'm aware of what a detriment it can be towards happiness. I don't want another child to worry about going outside and playing with their friends because of an incurable disease."

With an abundance of passion for the mission and spirit of THON, both young men are eager to meet the challenge of the marathon weekend.

"I want to represent THON as a dancer because I want to be a part of something greater than myself. I love serving others and when I got asked to try and be a dancer I knew that this was my opportunity to serve like never before," Neal said.

Carns added, "I'm familiar with many of the past dancers and we all seem to share something, and that is that we love to get crazy about helping people. I wanted to be a part of a team that dedicated their time to others. I love the positive environment established by THON and my only desire is to one day find cures for the incurable."

The largest student-run philanthropy in the world, engaging more than 15,000 students across Pennsylvania, THON raised $13,026,653 last year. Since its inception in 1977, THON has raised $130 Million for the Four Diamonds Fund, the event's sole beneficiary, and a leader in the fight against pediatric cancer. The Four Diamonds Fund fills in the funding gaps that insurance leaves for the patients it serves, enabling families to focus on caring for their child. Because of large donors like THON, Penn State Hershey Hospital recruits world-class talent to continue innovative research, and to maintain and expand the state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital.


01/29/2016 02:58 PM EST
Lucy's Weight Loss System is voluntarily recalling all lots of Pink Bikini and Shorts on the Beach Capsules in all colors, 30 count (750MG per capsule) to the consumer level. Pink Bikini and Shorts on the Beach may contain an undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredient.

Sabinsville Man Fatally Pinned By His Own Pickup Truck In Potter County

State Police Release Details Of Accidental Shooting

PennDOT Announces Bridge Replacement Projects Starting This Year In Potter County; Public Meeting Feb. 4th

WHEN: Summer 2016 and Spring/Summer 2017

WHERE: S.R. 6 over Dingmans Run (JV079); S.R. 44 over Little Kettle Creek(JV080); S.R. 44 over Clara Creek (JV082); S.R. 449 over Buckseller Run (JV086); S.R. 2002 over Lyman Run (JV087); TSR 404 over Fishing Creek (JV088)

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project will begin later this year in Potter County. A total of ten bridges are due for replacement under the project, with five being reconstructed in 2016. 

The project contractor, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) invites the public to a meeting at the Borough Maintenance building, 48 Damascus Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 on Thursday, February 4th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 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.

Police Investigating Criminal MIschief To Vehicle At Austin-Costello Sportemen's Club

DUI Charges Pending For Coudersport Woman

Port Allegany Man Not Hurt In Crash On Wildwood Drive

Port Allegany School District Alumni Of The Month Valerie Jackson Returns To Port Allegany

Port Allegany School District Alumni Of The Month

We are proud of our alumni legacy. Over the past 180 years, many remarkable individuals have walked through the halls of Port Allegany schools. We think these people have fascinating stories to tell, and we want to share some those stories here with you. May all of our alumni know how honored we are to know you; you are always welcome here at “home.”

Leaving a Legacy

We are very pleased to showcase noteworthy individuals who have left a fine legacy and defined the very essence of what and who we are - those who have made us better simply because they were here.

Valarie Jackson
Alumni of the Month - Valarie Jackson

Valerie Jackson

Valarie Jackson

Year of Graduation

What have you done since graduating from Port Allegany High School?

Following graduation, I earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation from East Stroudsburg University and a bachelor’s of science degree in exercise science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

I started my career in cardiac rehabilitation and gradually moved to various facets of management. Prior to returning to Cole Memorial as the executive director of clinical services, I was the director of regional operations at UPMC Hamot with responsibilities for the development and maintenance of affiliated hospital relationships, operational leadership, and the strategic direction of regional hospital and physician business initiatives as well as providing transitional executive leadership.

Outside of work, I am part of a 12-member blues/rock band in Erie and enjoy home renovation projects.

Where do you currently live?
I have just returned to Port Allegany after residing in Fairview, Pennsylvania.

Who was your favorite teacher in high school? Why were they your favorite?
It is difficult to pick just one. Each left an impression. Mrs. Gregg - her kind and caring demeanor caused me to think more introspectively. Mr. Daisley taught me that it was possible to work hard and enjoy it. He was quick with a joke and had an extraordinarily warm personality, making it conducive to learning and exploring new journeys. And, Mr. Caskey - as my teacher and basketball coach, he created an environment which fostered high standards of ethics and personal integrity while instilling self-confidence. I have carried these with me throughout my career.

What is your fondest memory of Port Allegany High School?
1987 was the "Year of the Gator" as all of our sports teams had extremely successful seasons, finishing the year with a total of something like seven losses. The school, community, and even some of our rivals embraced the success. The athletes of the various sports traveled to support each other throughout the year.

"Clip" Smith (WKBW -TV) came to town and interviewed the coaches and community members. The fire department met us just outside of town to parade us through town in the early morning hours. The support from, and pride of the community was outstanding. It was great to be part of the small town success.

‘Downton Abbey Tea’ Sunday at Library

Coudersport Public Library will host a Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea on Sunday, January 31 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the library.

This will be an informal afternoon of English tea and goodies such as scones with clotted cream and lemon curd, and other Downton-themed baked goods. Fans of the most watched series in PBS history will have the opportunity to socialize and discuss their favorite Downton moments and characters. Trivia questions from all six seasons will be featured, with prizes and door prizes to be awarded. Examples of Edwardian and Flapper era clothing and other memorabilia from the Potter County Historical Society and local residents will be on display, and a number of new Downton-themed books will be introduced and available for checkout or reserve.

“This will give local Downton Abbey fans the opportunity to talk about the series before its final episodes,” remarked Teri McDowell, library director. “This is an entirely informal, fun event. Dress is costume or casual – whichever feels comfortable.”

Sign-up is not required, but those planning to attend are encouraged to let the library staff know, either by phone at 274-9382, in person or on the library’s Facebook page. Watch the Facebook page and local media for updates in the case of inclement weather. This free event is offered in conjunction with the PA Forward Initiative.

Thompson Hosting Forum on the Effect of Invasive Species to Pennsylvania Forests

Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05)
Penn State University Faculty and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to Present

Bellefonte, PA – Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05), Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, today announced plans to host a forum on Friday, Feb. 5, from 8-9:30 a.m. at Penn State University’s Forest Resources Building. The event, entitled “The Threat of Invasive Species to Penn’s Woods,” will focus on the impact of these species to forests across the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District includes the Allegheny National Forest, which spans four counties and more than 500,000 acres.

“The threat posed by invasive species, including the Emerald Ash Borer, the Spotted Lanternfly and Gypsy Moths continue to be a great concern, especially since some of our Commonwealth’s oldest and most prevalent trees are threatened by these pests,” Thompson said. “This forum can also serve as a resource for private landowners and the community – since good forest management leads to the promotion of clean water and clean air, in addition to support for our rural communities through the creation of jobs.”

Among the presenters at the forum are:

· Richard Roush, Ph.D., Dean, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

· Tom Baker, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Chemical Ecology, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

· Gregory Hoover, Ornamental Entomologist, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

· Don Eggen, Chief of the Forest Pest Management Division, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources (DCNR).

"Invasive species are serious threats to our agricultural, aquatic, urban and forest ecosystems and our health and our economy, causing millions of dollars in losses each year,” Roush said. “It's important that we provide information to the community about how to avoid these threats and, when necessary, how to manage these species when they become established. We’re very grateful to Congressman Thompson for calling attention to the issue and giving us the opportunity to share our advice and impacts on these problems."

Vivian Doris Rawson, 72, of Wellsboro, PA

Vivian Doris Rawson

Vivian Doris Rawson, 72, of Wellsboro, PA, passed away at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, on Thursday, January 28, 2016. 

She was the wife of Harold R. Rawson, who survives. Vivian was born January 27, 1944 in Morris, the daughter of the late William and Ruth Blackwell.

During her lifetime Vivian was employed by Tioga County Human Services as a social worker. 

She was a member of Wellsboro UMC; where she was involved in Bible study and discipleship groups.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her sons, Ricky (Janette) Rawson of England, William (Brooke) Rawson and Richard (Mary) Rawson, all of Wellsboro; her daughter, Ruth Rawson, Wellsboro; grandchildren, Adam, Darius, Sidney and Jordan Rawson; Hannah and Caleb Gile.

Service will be private and held at the convenience of the family. 

Local arrangements are by Tussey-Mosher Funeral, 139 Main St., Wellsboro, PA. 

To share your fondest memories of Vivian and sign the guestbook, visit

The World Awaits Punxsutawney Phil's Appearance On February 2nd

Services for Royce A. McCrabb

Services for Royce A. McCrabb, who passed away on January 23, 2016, will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Pine Street, Galeton, PA. Friends may call from 7:00-8:00pm and a Memorial Service will follow at 8:00pm. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton.

Priscilla M. “Pat” Cady, age 67 of Westfield, PA

Priscilla M. “Pat” Cady

Priscilla M. “Pat” Cady, age 67 of Westfield, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. 

Born November 22, 1948 in Bath, NY, she was the daughter of the late Harold L. and Edith M. (Tobias) Dusenberry. Pat married David M. Cady, Sr.

Pat enjoyed reading, sewing, crafts, embroidery, baking, watching Dr. Phil and Survivor and spending time with her family.

She is survived by the love of her life, David; her son, Gregory Stocum of Las Vegas, NV; two daughters, Stephanie and Patrick Stone of Lawrenceville and Jennifer and Michael West of Westfield; her fur baby, Emory; grandchildren, Rachel, Briana, Nova, David, Mathew, Christopher, Nicholas and Chase; sisters, Darlene (Robert) Gentils of Dundee, NY, Jacquelyn (James) Morrison of FL and Naomi (James) Flemal of Wisconsin; brothers, Neil of OK, Lavern of Columbia, SC and Leroy Dusenberry of Cameron, NY; sister in law, Diane Cady of Westfield and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Pat was preceded in death by a son, David M. Cady, Jr and grandsons, Alex and Austin Cady.

Family will receive friends at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield on Monday, 6:00 – 8:00 PM and on Tuesday, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. A funeral service will be held immediately following on Tuesday, 1:00 PM with Ed Heyler officiating. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

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Friday, January 29, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol

Working to Restore Critical Funding for Rural Hospitals

Among the items Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed from the state budget passed late last year is more than $5 million for critical access hospitals, including Cole Memorial in Coudersport.

This funding is vital to the health and well-being of area residents, as well as to the operation of our hospitals, and it must be restored as soon as possible. To that end, I recently signed on as a cosponsor of legislation, sponsored by Rep. Matt Baker, to provide nearly $5.7 million for the hospitals.

The governor’s decision to veto money that supports providing health care to people in need was clearly another attempt to leverage support for higher spending and higher taxes, and that is unacceptable. I hope to have the opportunity to vote on this bill and send it to the governor’s desk in the very near future.

Applications Available for 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

Forms for the 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are now available at my offices in Bradford, Coudersport and Kane. If you need assistance filling out the forms, that help is available through my offices free of charge. You do NOT need to pay a private company a fee to get the benefits from this program.

Eligible 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).
Click here for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate form or contact my offices for assistance:

  • Bradford – 78 Main St., first floor. Telephone 814-362-4400.
  • Coudersport – 107 S. Main St., Room 1. Telephone 814-274-9769.
  • Kane – 55 Fraley St. Telephone 814-837-0880.

Mark Your Calendar!

To further assist area senior citizens in obtaining this benefit, I will be hosting a series of Property Tax/Rent Rebate clinics in late February and March. The schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 1-2:30 p.m. – Bradford Senior Center
  • Tuesday, March 1, 10 a.m. to noon – Emporium Senior Center
  • Tuesday, March 1, 1:30-3 p.m. – Port Allegany Senior Center
  • Wednesday, March 2, 9-11 a.m. – Coudersport Senior Center
  • Wednesday, March 2, 1-3 p.m. – Oswayo Valley Senior Center
  • Thursday, March 10, 1-3 p.m. -- Kane Senior Center
  • Wednesday, March 23, 9-11 a.m. – Eldred Senior Center
  • Wednesday, March 23, 1-2:30 p.m. – Smethport Senior Center 

Outreach Office Hours Set for Feb. 4

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Jan. 7:

  • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
  • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.
As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor), Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) or Kane (55 Fraley St.) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at or my Facebook page at for the latest news from state government.

Assistance for Veterans Available at Local Offices

Veterans in need of assistance with issues such as compensation, education, pension and health care may receive help at my local offices as follows:

  • Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Dan Falls of the American Legion will be at the Coudersport office, 107 S. Main St. Appointments are required and should be made by calling 814-274-9769.
  • Monday, Feb. 1, 1-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Kane office, 55 Fraley St. No appointment necessary.
  • Monday, Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Kane office, 55 Fraley St. No appointment necessary.
  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Dan Falls of the American Legion will be at the Coudersport office, 107 S. Main St. Appointments are required and should be made by calling 814-274-9769.
Can’t make it? Additional service hours are posted on my website

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Friday, January 29, 2016
The latest news from the State Capitol 

Keystone Exams Update -
The Senate has sent to Gov. Tom Wolf legislation that would delay for two years the use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement.

The bill, which will give the state Department of Education and lawmakers more time (until the 2018-19 school year) to consider the future of the assessments, contains a provision directing the Education Department to submit recommendations to the General Assembly within six months on whether to reinstate the graduation requirement.

Attention Sportsmen -
On Wednesday, the House Game and Fisheries Committee, of which I am a member, unanimously passed legislation that would create a discounted hunting license for volunteer Hunter Trapper Education instructors (House Bill 1452) and allow the use of leashed blood-tracking dogs to recover white-tailed deer and black bear (House Bill 1722).

Both bills may now be taken up by the full House.

Attention Veterans -
A representative from the Pennsylvania American Legion will visit my DuBois district office this Tuesday morning, Feb. 2. This is a great opportunity for the men and women who serve or have served our country to check out programs and benefits that may be available to them.

You do not need to be an American Legion member to take advantage of this service.

Recognizing Our Future Leaders -
Congratulations to William Maines, whose Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held last Sunday in Clearfield. 

Environmental Quality Board to Review Updated Oil and Gas Drilling Regulations

HARRISBURG, PA -- On February 3, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB), an independent board responsible for adopting environmental regulations, will review the Department of Environmental Protection’s updates to the oil and gas regulations. The “Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites” (Chapters 78 and 78a) rulemaking modernizes and strengthens the environmental controls employed by both the conventional and unconventional industries to assure the protection of public health, safety, and the environment.

The regulatory language has been formulated with the input of more than 25,000 Pennsylvania residents. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in Room 105 of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg, PA at 9:00 A.M. It will also be broadcast live online.

“These updated regulations have been carefully crafted to both provide improved public health and environmental safeguards to the men, women, and children of Pennsylvania, and provide needed certainty for the industry. The changes are incremental and appropriate, protecting public health while enabling responsible drilling to proceed,” said DEP Secretary John Quigley.

In addressing surface activities at well sites, the amendments improve protection of water resources, add public resources considerations, protect public health and safety, address landowner concerns, enhance transparency, and improve data management.

To view the EQB meeting live online, please visit

“This meeting is an important step towards finalizing these regulations, which have been in the works for more than four years,” said Quigley.

The rules will be delivered to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committees following adoption by EQB.

Environmental Quality Board hearing to review Ch. 78/78a revisions

9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Room 105
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17105


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CANTON - Missing Lycoming County woman, Michele Inch's black 2001 Honda Accord was found empty along Agway road Thursday morning in Canton Township. Michelle Inch is the missing daughter of the Lycomng County couple who were left behind to die whenr their house was torched after a planned early Wednesday morning home invasion.

Gary and Linda Inch's daughter was last seen around 5PM Tuesday in Canton with Michael Houseweart. Houseweart is one of the men who was recently arrested in an early morning home invasion and arson case in which Michelle Inch's parents were victims.

State police stated that Michelle Inch's cell phone went dead on Tuesday. According to state police, Houseweart and Inch had been recently living together in her parents' house until they reportedly had a falling out, possibly over checks allegedly stolen by Houseweart. Shortly after that Houseweart moved back to Canton, PA.

Police consider Michelle Inch as a missing and endangered person and anyone with information about her should contact state police immediately at 570-368-5700.

Michael Jason Houseweart, 27, and Brian Matthew Vroman, 27, also of Canton, were jailed in the Lycoming County Prison without bail early Thursday after being arraigned on 43 counts each. Those charges include attempted homicide, arson and aggravated assault.

The state police arrest affidavit stated that Houseweart admitted that both men broke into the Inch couple's home in the 100 block of Sechler Drive about 3AM Wednesday. At which point a rifle was pointed at the couple. The men then restrained the couple with duct tape and proceeded to steal cash, a poker set, flatscreen television and two cell phones.

Just before leaving Houseweart and Vroman allegedly set fire to the couple's home with gasoline being used as an accelerant.

Linda Inch was able to break free and escape the burning home and run to a neighbor's to summon help. Her husband Gary, was rescued by Montoursville firefighters. The couple were transported to a hospital for treatment.

Police were able to quickly captured the two men after speaking with the Inch couple. Police have also been able to collect evidence found in Houseweart's residence and Vroman's vehicle which ties the two men to this heinious crime.

FNN was told that the inch family fears for their daughter's life since Houseweart was the last person seen with their daughter.

Suspect In Theft At Port Allegany Beverage Identified & Arrested

Port Allegany police arrested David A. Thomas, Jr., 30 of Roulette, PA, Thursday night and charged him with Theft & Receiving Stolen Property in connection with breaking into a cash register at Port Allegany Beverage in Port Allegany. 

He was arraigned and released on $5,000. unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing.

 Police were aided in the investigation by cameras at the business which showed the suspect. The images were posted on Solomon's words and shared on several Facebook pages and resulted in identification of the suspect.

Pam Davenport, of Port Allegany Beverage wrote Friday morning: "Thanks for all the help that everyone gave us in catching this individual. Dave Thomas, Jr. was arrested last night and released on unsecured bail."