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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lafayette Dispatched to Rollover Crash With Ejection

At 11:46 PM on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Rescue & Bradford Ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 59, a mile or two west of Tack's Inn for a rollover crash with ejection. Report a male patient in 40's unconscious but breathing.
12:04 AM--Ambulance returning to station.

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Coudersport Ambulance To North Main Street

At 9:51 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to North Main Street for a man ill.

Sandra L. “Sandy” Ford, 68, of Shinglehouse, PA

Sandra L. “Sandy” Ford
“beloved wife, mother and grandmother”

Sandra L. “Sandy” Ford, 68, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016 in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY, after a long illness.

Born on May 25, 1947 in Wellsville, NY, she was a daughter of Burton L. and Ruth B. Perkins Daily. On August 7, 1965 in the Bell Run Union Church, Shinglehouse, she married Dennis “Sam” Ford, who survives.

Sandy attended Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. 

She attended the Bell Run Union Church. For several years, Sandy and her husband were volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program in Potter County. She enjoyed knitting, plastic canvas crafts, collecting knickknacks, and going to the Bedford Fall Foliage Festival. She loved to cook and also loved her cat, Princess.

Surviving besides her husband are a son, Gregory A. Ford of Breezewood; two grandsons, Matthew G. Ford and Joshua G. Ford; and a brother, Darrell Daily of Florida.

In addition to her parents, Sandy was predeceased by an infant daughter, Amy Ann Ford.

In keeping with Sandy’s wishes there will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to attend graveside funeral services at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 7, 2016 in the Bell Run Cemetery, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Chad E. Shaffer, pastor of Bell Run Union Church, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Bell Run Community Club, c/o Jane Austin, 308 Austin Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Sandy’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

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

Frank D. Lush, 87, of Coudersport, PA

Frank D. Lush
Frank D. Lush

Frank D. Lush passed away on March 5th, 2016 at his home in Coudersport, Pa, surrounded by his family, following a short illness. He had previously resided in Galeton, PA and Yachats, OR.

Born Nov. 13th, 1928 in Galeton, PA, he was a son of R. Otto and Edna Lush. On Aug. 20th, 1950 he married Inez Asher, who survives.

USAF Veteran
Frank graduated from Wellsboro High School in 1946, attended Valley Forge Military Academy, and graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Business Administration in 1950.

Frank served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years, from 1952 – 1956. He was stationed in Waco, TX and Denver, CO. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sgt.

Following his military service, Frank and his wife moved to Galeton, PA, where Frank joined the family firm of Lush Brothers, Inc., a retail furniture and flooring business started by his Grandfather, Henry W. Lush. Frank managed the family firm along with his cousins, Henry Lush, Stanley Lush, and Charles Lush. He was later joined in the business by his sons, Steven Lush and David Lush, representing the 4th generation of Lush Brothers, Inc.

Frank was active in the community. He was a member and Elder of the 1st Presbyterian Church, where he also sang in the choir. He was a Rotarian for many years. He served as club President and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. Frank also served on the Board of Directors for the Northern Tier Children’s Home, Board of Directors for the Potter Co. unit of the American Cancer Society, and Board of Directors for Valley Forge Military Academy.

Frank enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, golfing, camping, hiking, photography, and family vacations.

Following his retirement from Lush Brothers in 1990, Frank & Inez moved to the seaside community of Yachats, OR. After building his home overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Frank spent the next 13 years salmon and steelhead fishing, crabbing, clamming, and exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Frank was active in Yachats and the nearby community of Newport, OR. He volunteered at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The activity that Frank put the most time & energy into was the Yachats Big Band. As Manager of the 17 piece band, Frank also enjoyed playing trumpet and flugelhorn in the band. The Yachats Big Band became very popular, and the Band played at venues up & down the Oregon Coast.

In 2003, Frank & Inez moved to Coudersport, PA to be closer to family. In the following years Frank was active as a volunteer at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport and sang in the 1st Presbyterian Church choir in Galeton. He enjoyed fishing, walking, bird watching, and spending time with family.

Over the decades, Frank & Inez traveled to many places around the world.

Frank was active in the Presbyterian Church all his life, holding various positions and singing in the choir in both Galeton & Yachats.

Surviving besides his wife of 65 years are 2 sons, David (Sue) Lush of Coudersport, PA and Steven (Nanette) Lush of Bonita Springs, FL, one granddaughter, Danielle Lush of Bonita Springs, a sister, Laura Mae King of Lancaster, PA., one niece, Marilyn (Dennis) Gehringer of Lancaster, PA, one nephew, William (Lisa) King of Skaneateles, NY, and cousins Henry (Jean) Lush of Galeton, PA and Stanley (Karen) Lush of Wheatridge, CO.
The family will receive visitors at Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport, PA, 16915 on Tuesday, March 8th, from 2p.m. to 4p.m. and from 6p.m. to 8p.m. Funeral services will be held at the 1st Presbyterian Church, Galeton, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9th. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: 1st Presbyterian Church of Galeton, PA; Park United Methodist Church of Coudersport, PA; Potter County Home Health & Hospice; or the resident activity fund of Sweden Valley Manor.

Please share your memories of Frank at

The Lush Family has entrusted The Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home with preparing the arrangements for Frank’s Life Celebration.

JV Basketball Photos 3/4/16 Oswayo Valley vs Cameron County

JV Basketball Photos 3/4/16 Oswayo Valley vs Cameron County

Girls 11-28
Boys 22-49 

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(By Mike Leone)

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance is excited to announce a partnership with Classic Ink USA Screenprinting & Embroidery of Butler, Pa. for the upcoming 2016 season. Classic Ink will be the "Official Apparel" of RUSH and will provide the opportunity for RUSH-sanctioned speedways to purchase apparel for resale, as well as have RUSH apparel available to fans and racers at numerous RUSH-sanctioned events throughout the season. Classic Ink will also develop a website apparel store for RUSH and be a contributor to the 2016 RUSH "Manufacturers Nights".

"We're looking forward to working with Classic Ink for the upcoming season," acknowledged RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. "We've worked with Brian Ellenberger and his staff in the past with our apparel, but took a year off to focus our efforts on more on the Series due to the great expansion last year. We're excited to have a new line of apparel available for our fans and racers along with the exciting opportunity for our speedways to be able to purchase RUSH apparel for resale at their facilities. "Having Classis Ink as the "Official Apparel" is going to be a very positive addition to our Series!"

"We are all very excited for this opportunity to finally take shape...couldn't be more thrilled to work with RUSH in 2016," said Classic Ink USA owner Brian Ellenberger. "I've been a gearhead all my life; growing up at local motocross facilities and eventually touring the country with the World of Outlaws. I wanted to stay active in motorsports and give something back. This relationship allows that to happen. I want these tracks to have a great quality product that they can offer their fans and supporters. We are willing to work with every track on the schedule, not just with RUSH apparel, but apparel products of their own, as well. I hope to ignite some wonderful relationships in 2016."

Classic Ink USA mixes superior design, skill, and state-of-the-art screenprinting technology to guarantee the highest quality product. No job is too big nor too small for the personnel at Classic Ink USA; printing requests with quantities ranging from 24 pieces (standard minimum) to thousands. The embroidery department at Classic Ink USA keeps ahead of the competition with exceptional logo digitizing and modern machinery. Classic Ink's embroidery personnel has the experience and capability to stitch on nearly any surface or garment style.

Those interested in purchasing the all new "RUSH In Its Entirety" design can do so by contacting Classic Ink USA by email or by phone. Call the office today at 724-482-6224 and lock yourself an order to display at your next event. Orders can also be requested via email at .

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, High Gear Speed Shop,, B.R.A.K.E.S.,, and Valley Fashions.

RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bicknell Racing Products, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Velocita-USA, Precise Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, K&N Filters, TBM Brakes, Lincoln Electric, Classic Ink USA.,, and B.R.A.K.E.S.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is Like our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Approved Minutes of Potter County Commissioners Meeting of February 18, 2016

Agenda of Potter County Commissioners Meeting of March 3, 2016

A drug addict will likely wind up in three places – rehab, jail or cemetery

(Editor’s note: What follows is a story – another installment of Danni’s Ripple Effect series – on how one local man started his drug use and eventually started to live drug-free. At his request, we changed his name for privacy reasons. It is not easy to speak out as someone addicted to drugs, but he wanted to share his story in the hopes of helping at least one person. Another stone thrown in the pond known as Danni’s Ripple Effect: Keep the Conversation Going.)


A drug addict will likely wind up in three places – rehab, jail or cemetery.

Alex George has been to rehab and jail. And it was his incarceration that saved his life. Sadly, that is not always the case with addicts. Seven of George’s friends lost their lives to drugs. Pennsylvania is near the top of the national statistics for drug overdose deaths, according to a report published last year by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

One of those who fell victim was Danielle Fitzsimmons, who died in October of a heroin overdose. Danni’s death and her family’s response was the inspiration for this series. Danni, who died while George was in jail, may be seen as his inspiration to kick his heroin habit.

“Every time I would lose somebody, I’d say it was my time to quit, but drugs have a strong hold on you.”

After years of being addicted to painkillers and heroin, George was sent to jail on a probation violation.

“Thank God. Jail saved my life.”

Read the rest  of the story.......


Perdue Foods LLC, Recalls Chicken Nugget Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
Perdue Foods LLC, a Gainesville, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,530 pounds of chicken nugget products (produced for Applegate Farms) that may be contaminated with extraneous plastic materials.


WELLSBORO—Only a dozen seats remain for those interested in going on Hamilton-Gibson’s 12th annual Shaw Festival Day Trip on Saturday, May 7.

See a world-class repertory theater company perform Thornton Wilder's compelling drama "Our Town" in the resplendent Royal George Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Spend Saturday afternoon in the “loveliest town in Ontario,” Canada and be inspired to begin “thinking spring” while experiencing this historic village's floral parks and walkways, period homes, and fine shops and restaurants.

The cost of this year’s trip is $125 per person, $30 less than last year. The price includes hearing devices for those who request them. Meals are not included.

The Shaw Festival Day Trip is open to adults and children accompanied by adults, all with valid passports. It can take 4-6 weeks to get a passport. To renew or apply for a passport, contact the Prothonotary’s office at the Tioga County Courthouse in Wellsboro at 570-724-9281.

Benedict’s bus will leave the Whitneyville terminal at 6:30 a.m. May 7 and return by 10 p.m. that night. Other boarding sites are available en route to Canada.

For information about the H-G trip or for reservation forms, contact Larry Biddison at 570-724-4586 or A seat will be guaranteed with payment in full before March 28. To learn more about the Shaw Festival, visit

Fish and Boat Commission Joins with Energy, Business and Conservation Leaders in Call for $1.3 Billion Annual Investment for States

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Fish and Boat Commission Joins with Energy, Business
and Conservation Leaders in Call for $1.3 Billion Annual Investment for States
A 21st Century Vision for Investing in and Connecting People to Nature
HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 4) – A group of energy, business and conservation leaders this week released their recommendations on how to avert the growing endangered species crisis in this country.Click here for full story on page 2 of Solomon's Words

Wanda I. Hemphill, 90, a resident of Coudersport, PA

Wanda I. Hemphill

Wanda I. Hemphill, 90, a resident of Coudersport, PA passed away March 3, 2016 at Cole Memorial Hospital.

Born on March 22, 1925 in Toledo, Ohio, she was the daughter of Marshall P. and Bessie E. Denson Matzinger. On December 24, 1943 at the Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport she married W. Robert Hemphill who preceded her in death January 17, 2011.

Wanda attended high school in Coudersport and graduated in 1942. Early in her life she was a proud stay at home mom. 

Wanda worked with the kitchen staff at the Consistory and also worked at Mary’s Fabric Shop. Later in years, she worked on the Potato harvester and volunteered at the Cole Memorial gift shop. 

She was a member at the Park United Methodist Church and the Coleburg Grange. 

Aside from being with her family, Wanda enjoyed bowling, canning, playing cards, and being a seamstress.

Wanda is survived by her children; Garry W. (Lorraine) Hemphill, Coudersport, PA, Richard (Judy) Hemphill, Coudersport, PA, Karen Robinson, Coudersport, PA, Mary K. (Jeff) Freeman, Coudersport, PA and Lori (Steve) Watson, Coudersport, PA, daughter in-law; Linda Hemphill, Coudersport, PA, brothers; David (Mary) Matzinger, Coudersport, PA and Kenneth (Shirley) Matzinger, Vacaville, CA, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-Michael Hemphill and sisters-Phyllis Matzinger and Annette McCann, and a grandson-Brian Robinson.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation Monday, March 7th, 2016 from 6-8 pm at the Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport, PA, 16915 and Tuesday 10am -12pm at the Park United Methodist Church. Wanda’s Life Celebration service will follow the visitation on Tuesday with Rev. Scott Ogdon officiating. 

Memorials can to be made in honor of Wanda to the Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third St., Coudersport, PA, 16915, and Volunteers that Care, P.O. Box 750, Coudersport, PA, 16915.

To share your fondest memories of Wanda visit

The Hemphill family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home with preparing the arrangements for Wanda’s Life Celebration Service.

Bradford Dispatched To Commercial Fire Alarm At 2 Bushnell Street

At 1:57 PM on Saturday, Bradford City & Township Fire Departments have been dispatched to 2 Bushnell Street for a commercial fire alarm.

2:00 PM--Nothing showing from exterior. 
2:07 PM--RECALL, burned toast.

Spaghetti Dinner Sunday At Coudersport American Legion Benefits To Fill A Backpack


Federal initiative would redirect oil, gas and other royalties to fish and wildlife agencies nationwide.

A new initiative unveiled in Washington, D.C., Wednesday would dedicate $1.3 billion in funding to help states address the needs for thousands of species in trouble across America.

Patterned after the Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 2000, which narrowly failed to clear Congress, the new initiative proposes the reallocation of existing royalties from on- and offshore oil and gas development and mineral extraction to fish and wildlife conservation. It is being advanced by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources, a think-tank of 26 energy, business and conservation leaders assembled in 2014 by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), which serves North America’s state and provincial wildlife-management agencies.

This initiative aims to redirect and dedicate $1.3 billion annually from more than $10 billion in revenues from traditional and renewable energy development and mineral development on federal lands and waters.

“It is our responsibility to lead the way so our state fish and wildlife agencies have the resources they need to conserve species and manage our natural resources – the future of our industry and the outdoor sports we love depend on this investment,” said panel co-chairman John L. Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops.

“Redirecting revenues from energy and mineral development to state-based conservation is a simple, logical solution, and it is now up to our leaders in Congress to move this concept forward,” Morris said.

This emerging enterprise is attractive immediately to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which increasingly is being forced to pare from its wildlife-diversity and other core programs to keep itself solvent and capable of funding game conservation, which, through the sale of hunting licenses, has paid for the majority of the Commonwealth’s management of all wildlife since 1913.

“If Pennsylvanians no longer hunted and we couldn’t sell hunting licenses, wildlife would fall on incredibly hard times,” explained agency Executive Director R. Matthew Hough. “That’s why it’s so critically important to establish other revenue streams to support the 480 species for which we are responsible.

“The Game Commission cares about all wildlife, but without sufficient funding, we’re forced to make management sacrifices that keep us up at night,” Hough said. “We need funding like this and a license-fee increase to uphold our legislative mandate to manage the Commonwealth’s wild birds and mammals for this and future generations.”

The Game Commission has worked diligently over the past year to increase focus on the agency’s need for a hunting license-fee increase. Its last fee increase occurred in 1999. That growing need has led to deep cuts in the agency’s seasonal staff for nongame species, ranging from bald eagles to northern flying squirrels, and threatens successful implementation of Pennsylvania’s Wildlife Action Plan, a blueprint for managing and protecting imperiled species and their habitats.

The problems faced by America’s fish and wildlife resources continue to grow. Some are the result of habitat losses, both here and abroad. Others stem from pollution, nutrient-loading, viruses, fungi, invasive species and even human intrusions. Now, more than ever, managers need to keep a finger on the pulse of the thousands of species for which they are responsible. But with each passing year, the job gets tougher.

Essential wildlife conservation has been a national challenge for some time. In less than a decade, the number of species petitioned for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act has increased by 1,000 percent, according to AFWA. When species become federally endangered, taxpayers help foot the bill to reverse their deteriorating populations. Additionally, more than 12,000 species have been identified by states as species in greatest conservation need.

It’s hard to see this news as anything but unsettling if you care about wild America and Penn’s Woods. That’s why this new initiative is so timely and unquestionably vital to all wildlife species in decline. With legislative support, this initiative could fund proactive management to keep wildlife species from becoming uncommon, in need of expensive emergency treatments.

The initiative intends to establish dedicated funding – eliminating increases in taxpayer costs and regulatory oversight – to help keep troubled species from reaching state and federal endangered species lists. The need is obvious. But without adequate support from Americans and the legislators who represent them, this latest effort to help this continent’s beleaguered diversity species will again fall short of the finish line.

Given the chance to use federal dollars through the State Wildlife Grants Program to support Pennsylvania’s diversity causes, the Game Commission has stepped up to the plate and accomplished much for wildlife. Through this federal program, the agency has brokered projects with partners to develop a second Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas to continue monitoring the status of nesting birds; conduct research into the troubles facing barn owls and Allegheny woodrat; and troubleshoot for ways to reverse the tragic consequences of white-nose syndrome on cave bats.

“No one believes we shouldn’t manage all wildlife,” explained Hough. “I sincerely believe that. But with gridlock in our capitols it seems we currently cannot move wildlife conservation forward without Pennsylvanians pouring some of that same devotion and energy into our cause that they did in the 1960s and ’70s, when they rallied for environmental reform.

“In so many ways, the clock is ticking for so many species. It’s easy to miss, because so many of us have commitments and pursuits that tend to keep us focused elsewhere. But the shortages wildlife conservation faces here are real. So if you can find the time to get involved, please do. Wildlife will never have too many advocates.”

To get involved, contact your legislator in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and ask them to get behind the initiative, which is hoped to be formally introduced in coming weeks. Tell them funding for America’s conservation of imperiled wildlife is inadequate, and this initiative would accomplish much good for nongame wildlife. Remind them proactive wildlife management ultimately saves taxpayer dollars by ensuring species in trouble won’t become federally endangered species.

To get involved with the campaign for our hunting license-fee increase, simply call or write your state House or Senate representative and ask him or her to support finding a way to get the Game Commission a fee-increase to maintain and advance Pennsylvania’s proud conservation heritage.

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Mead Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2016-02-29 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site HOOK RUN 1417 6HM in Mead Twp township, Warren county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Allegany Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2016-02-29 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site ALLEGANY 900 2H in Allegany Twp township, Potter county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Next week, I’ll travel to Austin, Texas, to visit South by Southwest

"Next week, I’ll travel to Austin, Texas, to visit South by Southwest. It’s an annual gathering of some of our most...
Posted by The White House on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Let the sawdust fly — Chainsaw Rendezvous takes over Ridgway

 By Bob Batz Jr. / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A small town deep in the woods of Pennsylvania is being taken over by 200 chainsaw-wielding fanatics.

That sounds like a horror movie, but it’s an accurate description of what’s happening right now in Ridgway, on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest, about a 2½-hour drive northeast of Pittsburgh.

Through next weekend, for the 17th year, this seat of Elk County hosts the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, the largest gathering of chainsaw artists in the world. They’re coming from as far away as Australia and several other countries — Canada, the Czech Republic, Egypt (if a visa comes through), Germany, Honduras, Paraguay, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

All this week, they’ll be revving their chainsaws along the town’s Main and other streets, transforming several tri-axle truckloads of local white pine into statues of every imaginable animal and more.

Especially as next weekend nears, the town’s population of just more than 3,000 will swell up to 10 times that much, as chainsaw art aficionados and spectators from all over arrive to watch the sawdust fly. Starting at noon next Saturday, they’ll bid on the artists’ creations in a daylong auction. Artworks can be had for much less than they are worth for those willing to brave the weather, as the auction is held outdoors, too. Read more....

US Marshals Arrest Elk County Fugitive In Limestone, NY

The U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force on Friday arrested fugitive John Raspatello, 62, in Limestone, N.Y.,

Raspatello was found hiding in a camper near Route 219 at about 2 p.m. He was wanted by the Elk County Sheriff's Office on a bench warrant for failure to appear for sentencing on charges of four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, accidents involving death or personal injury, and reckless driving.

He was turned over to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office to be arraigned as a fugitive in New York and will await extradition to Pennsylvania.

Today & Sunday At Brydonson Maple Farm!! Pure Maple Syrup!! All You Can Eat Pancakes!!,-77.9659877,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89cde2485e8fcd05:0x8de7beb712a62f3d

Certified Nurses Aide Positions Available At Cole Memorial Hospital In Coudersport

Certified Nurses Aide Positions Available At Cole Memorial Hospital In Coudersport

Clara Township Supervisors Accepting Bids For Gravel

The Hunters Gun Show Saturday & Sunday, March 5 & 6 At Mead's Auction In Wellsboro, PA

Join Hamilton's Maple Products For Breakfast This Saturday & Sundays From 8 to 2

Friday, March 4, 2016

Bolivar, Richburg Dispatched For Crash On Rt. 275 With Entrapment

At 11:50 PM on Friday, Bolivar & Richburg Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 275 & the Pangburn Road for a one vehicle crash with injuries and entrapment.

This cat was found in Roulette

This cat was found in Roulette near Lanninger Creek. Very friendly. If this cat belongs to you, please contact Lonnie Jo at 814-274-3679.

One Bedroom Apt. For Rent In Port Allegany

One bedroom apartment for rent in Port Allegany. Semi-furnished. Just outside the borough. Hardwood floors. Fresh paint. $500. a month. First month rent & security deposit. Call Eric at 814-598-5037. Apt. will be available on or around March 20th. Includes everything, even cable but no internet.

Thieves Take Copper Wiring On Kinney Road In Genesee Township

Boar Semen Missing From Eleven Mile Road In Oswayo Township

Vehicle Hit Sign & Pole In Ulysses Boro Before Fleeing Scene

No Serious Injuries When Pickup Slides Off Road Into A Tree In Pike Township

Statistics For Emporium PSP Station For February

Register Now For Potter County High School Job Fair April 7th At Northern Potter


Harrisburg, PA - A new study released today shows that Pennsylvania’s 12 state-designated Heritage Areas generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits and support thousands of jobs in addition to building awareness of the state’s history and culture.

The study found that in 2014, tourists spent an estimated 7.5 million days/nights in Pennsylvania’s Heritage Areas, purchasing $2 billion worth of goods and services. This spending supported 25,708 jobs and generated $798 million in labor income and nearly $1.3 billion in value-added effects.

In addition, 70 percent of visitor spending and associated economic effects would be lost to these areas if heritage anchor attractions were not available, according to the study.

“By investing in our Heritage Areas, we are investing in our economy, supporting jobs and preserving our history and culture for future generations,” said Jane Sheffield, president of HeritagePA. “If we let funding for these historic and culturally significant areas run out, we risk losing them – and the economic benefits they bring – forever.”

The Heritage Areas rely on state funding through the Heritage Areas Program to administer programs and oversee projects. As the 2015-2016 budget impasse continues in Harrisburg, funding for the Heritage Areas remains at an all-time low, and an increasing number of services and projects are in danger of being cut.

Without an immediate infusion of funds, a number of Heritage Areas will begin making cuts by the end of March 2016.

Heritage Areas are geographic regions or corridors that span two or more counties that contain historic, recreational, natural and scenic resources that collectively exemplify the heritage of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s 12 Heritage Areas are: Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Lackawanna Heritage Valley, Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, Lumber Heritage Region, National Road Heritage Corridor, Oil Region National Heritage Area, PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area, and Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area.

“Pennsylvania has one of the richest collections of heritage attractions in the nation, and this study helped confirm that these attractions not only showcase our commonwealth’s history, heritage and culture, but also generate real dollars and jobs for our commonwealth,” said Barry Denk, director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. “These heritage areas contribute to a quality of life and sense of place that truly set the Keystone State apart.”

The “Economic Impact of Pennsylvania Heritage Areas” study was co-sponsored by The Center for Rural Pennsylvania and HeritagePA. The research team was led by John M. McGrath, Ph.D., a member of the business faculty at University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.

About the Heritage Areas Program

Pennsylvania’s Heritage Areas Program is a well-established, national model operating in 57 counties across the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania’s Heritage Areas encompass almost every major historical site, population center, and tourist attraction the Commonwealth has to offer.

Established in 1989, the Heritage Areas Program is a comprehensive, multi-faceted regional strategic initiative to conserve and enhance key resources and promote a region’s heritage for tourism development. The 12 Heritage Areas are managed separately and are as unique as the history, resources, and the communities they work to preserve, enhance, and grow. Through partnerships (regional, businesses, communities, etc.) and grass-roots planning, historic, cultural, natural, scenic, and recreation resources are preserved and developed to strengthen regional economies with a goal of increasing tourism, creating new jobs, and developing investment opportunities.

Celebration of Life for Andrea Beth Irons (AKA Dro/rainbow) Set For Sunday At Crosby Legion

There will be Celebration of Life held for Andrea Beth Irons (AKA Dro/rainbow) on Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m. at the Crosby Legion. 

All friends and family are welcome to attend. Any food donations may be dropped off at the Crosby Legion on Saturday or Sunday morning in care of Celebration of Life.

St. Marys Dispatched To Crash

At 9:24 PM on Friday, St. Marys Fire Rescue & Ambulance have been dispatched to Vine Road Extension & Cherry Hill Road for a crash.

No persons found on scene. Units held at station.

Roulette Fire Dept. Gets In Some Training Time

Octane 18s Take Gold In Buffalo


WELLSBORO—Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., Jeff Thomas and his All-Volunteer Army bandsmen will perform a mix of Thomas’ rock and roll originals and tunes written by 19th and 20th century American songwriters from Stephen Foster, Scott Joplin and George Gershwin to Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and others.

The concert will be in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. This is the first Hamilton-Gibson One Night Stand concert in 2016.

"Plan on a fun-filled evening full of music, good stories and as many other musical guests from around the local area that I can bring on stage to play with us. It’s going to be a party," Thomas said.

Jeff Thomas and his All-Volunteer Army band will be on stage at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre for a Hamilton-Gibson One Night Stand concert on March 12.WELLSBORO—A Wellsboro native is returning to his hometown and bringing his band with him.
He will be singing and playing guitar and piano with his fellow musicians who will be on baritone and tenor sax, upright bass and drums. Also joining them on stage will be the Hamilton-Gibson Young Men and Young Women’s choirs.

The last time Thomas performed in Wellsboro was in 2005 when he and pianist Luis Prado of Puerto Rico played original classical pieces that Thomas had composed.

"I count myself lucky to have been Hamilton-Gibson's very first music director back in 1994," he said. The 1989 Wellsboro High School graduate is the son of Peggy and Ardell Thomas who are residents of Charleston Township. Jeff and his wife Tania live outside Philadelphia. In 2012, they refurbished his parents' barn and started the Red Barn Arts Center with weekend art classes for adults led by artisans from around the United States.

A full-time musician, composer and music teacher, Thomas is also the music director and composer for Yes And…Collaborative Arts, a theater company in Philadelphia. His newest project involves writing a musical with the head of Villanova University’s Department of Theatre; the musical is based on Thomas' original songs.

Thomas’ All-Volunteer Army is a band composed of a group of rotating musicians that play throughout the year in various concert halls across Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware.

Admission to the March 12 concert is Pay-What-You-Can. For information, call 570-724-2079 or email


WELLSBORO—The Nessmuk Rod & Gun Club is hosting a Civilian Marksmanship Program-sanctioned John C. Garand (M1), Springfield, Vintage and Modern Military Rifle Match on Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m. The match will be outdoors at the club's range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 3 miles south of Wellsboro.

Registration will be from 9 to 9:55 a.m. on April 9. The match fee is $10 per entry.

Rifles eligible to compete for awards will be between 63 and 102 years old and must be in "as issued" condition; in other words, look just as they would have when issued to troops in either World War I (1914-1918), World War II (1939-1945) or the Korean War (1950-53). Those rifles include: the M1 Garand (Rule 4.2.2 and 5.2.1), M1903 and M1903A Springfield rifles (Rule 4.2.3), vintage military rifles (Rule 4.2.4 and 4.2.5) and modern military rifles (Rule 5.2.3, 5.2.4 and 5.2.5). For the rules, visit

Those who want to compete but do not have a rifle that meets the rules, including attached optics, are welcome to bring any "safe rifle" capable of holding a minimum of five rounds (for rapid fire stages) to fire in this match. In accordance with CMP rules, those who use a "safe rifle" will not be eligible for awards.

All competitors must supply their own ammunition.

Match competitors are permitted to use slings, ground mats, shooting jackets, gloves, spotting scopes and shooting kits or stools in accordance with Rule 5.3.

Every competitor must be capable of safely completing the course of fire for that match and for following all safety rules. A safety brief will be provided prior to the first shot. Match competitors and spectators are expected to provide suitable eye and ear protection. Limited quantities may be available.

This CMP event will be run as a "no alibi" match on the club's 100-yard walk-up range using the SR-1 target. The match is a 30-round or A" course of fire with all competitors getting 30 scoring shots with 5 sighting shots. Multiple match entries are permitted.

The SR-1 target or 200-yard reduced target is used for all stages of firing. The stages are prone slow fire, prone rapid fire and standing. Slings are permitted in the prone positions. Shooters must be over 18 but under 60 years of age. All shooters are expected to start the prone rapid fire position standing. move to prone, charge the rifle, fire 2 or 5 rounds, complete a reload and resume firing within the 80-second time limit. In the standing position no slings may be used for added support.

Shooters with appropriate rifles and scores can earn CMP achievement pins in gold, silver or bronze.

For match information, visit or call Match Director David Graham at 1-269-330-4183 or email him at

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Friday, March 04, 2016
The latest news from the State Capitol 
Know Your Second Amendment Rights – State Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria) and I are hosting a concealed carry seminar on Saturday, March 19, at 9 a.m., at the Clearfield Driving Park in Expo Building 1 of the Clearfield County Fairgrounds. The seminar, which is free to attend, will be held during the Central PA Outdoor and Sports Show being held at the fairgrounds that weekend.

Speakers include Clearfield County Sheriff Wes Thurston, Clearfield County District Attorney Bill Shaw and United States Concealed Carry Association Instructor Jerry Schickling.

If you already have a concealed carry permit, or are thinking of obtaining one, please consider attending this seminar. There are misconceptions about concealed carry laws in Pennsylvania and we’re hosting this event in an effort to lay out the facts for gun owners.

Budget Hearings Continue – The House Appropriations Committee wraps up its annual review of the budget proposal with hearings this coming week as follows:

Monday, March 7:

10 a.m. - Public School Employees’ and State Employees’ Retirement Systems
1:30 p.m. - Department of Banking and Securities
2:30 p.m. - Department of Insurance

Tuesday, March 8:
9:30 a.m. - Department of Health/Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
11:30 a.m. - Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency/Fire Commissioner
1:30 p.m. - Department of Education

Wednesday, March 9:
9:30 a.m. - Department of Human Services
1:30 p.m. - Department of Agriculture
3 p.m. - Department of General Services

Thursday, March 10:
9:30 a.m. - Budget Secretary - Office of the Governor/Executive Offices
1 p.m. - Member Testimony

You can watch the hearings live on my website,

Injection Well Hearing – This Monday, March 7, at 6 p.m., a public hearing on Windfall Gas and Oil’s application to drill a new injection-disposal well in Brady Township will be held on the Penn State-DuBois campus. The hearing will take place in Hiller Auditorium.

I have consistently expressed my opposition to the siting of this well in a residential neighborhood, and I have already submitted written comments to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in support of the neighboring residents’ concerns, a number of whom live within 1,000 feet of the proposed site. It is my hope the public feedback at this hearing will assist DEP in gathering the information the agency needs to make an appropriate decision that protects the neighboring residents of the area.

Anyone wishing to testify needs to sign up at the door to the auditorium Monday night before the start of the meeting.  


BRADFORD, Pa. – Again this year, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford accounting students under the direction of Ernie Kallenbach, assistant professor of accounting, will prepare and electronically file Federal and State income taxes.

This service is free of charge for low income individuals through VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Residents can call for additional information and to schedule an appointment, which will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Accounting students who have been certified by the IRS will prepare 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and Pennsylvania returns for individuals.

Those participating are asked to bring all supporting paperwork, proof of identity and Social Security cards for themselves and any dependents, hard copies of 2015 W-2 and 1099 forms, and proof of account (such as a voided check) for direct deposit of funds as well as a copy of their 2014 tax return.

To schedule an appointment, please call Nancy Kloss in the Division of Management and Education between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 814-362-7561.

Roulette Ambulance To Oak Lane

At 8:00 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Oak Lane for a burn victim. The victim was reported to be cooking chicken. A helicopter was cancelled.  Medic 6 Recalled.

St. Marys Dispatched to Crash On South St. Marys Street

At 7:08 PM on Friday, St. Marys ambulance has been dispatched to Vine & South St. Marys Street for a one vehicle crash with injury. A 20 year old female is self extricated.

Spring Ladies Conference At Emporium Alliance Church On Saturday, March 19th

Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 19 In Coudersport

Laurie C. Kuhn, 30, of Clara, formerly of Redmond, Washington and Olean, NY

Laurie C. Kuhn
Laurie C. Kuhn

CLARA, PA---Laurie C. Kuhn, 30, of Clara, formerly of Redmond, Washington and Olean, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 3, 2016 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on March 6, 1985 in Taft, California, she was a daughter of William D. and Jeri W. Sather Kuhn.

Laurie was a graduate of Olean High School and a graduate of Jamestown Community College in Olean, NY. She was employed in tech support for a computer company in Redmond.

She loved to knit. She enjoyed photography. Laurie thoroughly enjoyed her friends and had touched many people’s lives. 

Surviving are her parents of Clara; a brother, Donald R. (Jaclyn Appleby) Kuhn of Cuba, NY; a sister, Tara N. Hnat of Lakeland, Florida; a niece; two nephews; her paternal grandmother, Dorothy Kuhn of Bradford; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

There will be no public visitation. A celebration of Laurie’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Potter County Hospice, 269 Route 6 West, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Laurie’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

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

Certified Nurses Aide Positions Available At Cole Memorial Hospital In Coudersport

DEP GO-TIME Initiative Makes Bidding Process Electronic, Saves Money

HARRISBURG, PA -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today launched the first phase of a new electronic bidding process for DEP construction contracts that, when fully implemented, is projected to save the agency $37,000 per year. Bid opportunities for construction contracts will now be posted and available for download free of charge here.

DEP’s electronic bidding process is one of the agency’s initiatives developed through the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME).

“Moving DEP away from its antiquated reliance on paper documents is a top priority for the agency and the Wolf Administration,” DEP Secretary John Quigley said. “Modernizing our business processes reduces DEP’s costs and improves service to citizens, businesses, and the regulated community.”

DEP regularly issues bids for construction projects for abandoned mine reclamation, acid mine drainage, surface mine reclamation, cleaning and plugging of oil and gas wells, waterways engineering, hazardous site remediation, removal and disposal of underground storage tanks, and wetland restoration. Previously, DEP staff would prepare paper copies of bid specifications, duplicate them, and mail them to vendors. The new webpage will allow contractors to easily navigate and download information on projects that are currently available for bid. Project information will be posted in PDF format. Project maps will be available both PDF and Auto-Cad format.

For contractors who lack downloading capability, bid opportunities will still be available by calling DEP’s Construction Contracts Section at 717-787-7820.

DEP plans to further enhance the electronic bidding process by allowing bids and bid bonds to be submitted online when it implements Phase 2 of the project later this year.

To learn more about state agency GO-TIME initiatives, visit


About 5,500 stocked ringnecks wore “jewelry” during the past hunting season to assess harvest rates.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is finalizing a study to assess harvest rates of ring-necked pheasants raised on game farms, then released to provide hunting opportunities in Pennsylvania.

Game Commission wildlife biometrician Josh Johnson said about 5,500 pheasants were banded before release on public lands last fall.

It’s crucial for the success of this study that hunters report leg band information from harvested birds, or even from those found dead from other causes, by March 31, 2016, by calling the toll-free number on the band.

Johnson said he’s pleased with the reporting response so far, as more than 2,000 bands have been reported.

“We thank all the dedicated hunters who have taken the time to report their pheasant bands. Reporting bands provides important information that will be used to assess future stocking strategies, and it shows support for the pheasant stocking program,” he said.

A similar study on pheasant harvest rates was conducted in the fall of 1998. That study found about 50 percent of pheasants stocked by the Game Commission were harvested.

Since then, however, many changes to pheasant-stocking strategies have been implemented. These changes aim for higher harvest rates, but harvest rates have not been evaluated since the changes took place.

Results from this current study will shed further light to redefine the pheasant-stocking program.

A report summarizing the analyzed data from the leg bands should be available this fall.

Welcoming Karen Isabelle Green Born At Cole Memorial Hospital

Welcoming Hunter Remington Brownell Born At Cole Memorial Hospital

A Skywarn Training Class is Coming To Your Area

Emporium Fire & EMS Respond To Injured Logger; Helicopter Summoned

At 2:30 PM on Friday, Emporium Fire Rescue & EMS have responded to a person injured in a logging accident in Lumber Township. A medical helicopter has been summoned. 

A 27 year old male is reported to have been hit by a falling limb. Personnel are in the process of removing the victim from the woods to the landing zone.

3:00 PM--Stat medevac has landed near the scene of the ioncident.

Coudersport Dispatched To Town Line Road for Wires Down On Roadway

At 1:27 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched for lines down on the roadway on Town Line Road.

Letter: When A Spill Is Not A Spill

Potter County residents will likely recall that back in September a serious pollution incident occurred when JKLM Energy was drilling at its Reese Hollow 118 well pad in Sweden Township.

As reported in The Leader Enterprise, JKLM representatives called a meeting with local and county officials to inform them that the company had been notified by several private well owners that their water showed impacts. 

Some of these complaints indicated that the recharge zone for both the hospital and Coudersport Borough’s east wells might also be impacted. Since the hospital and borough consume a great deal of water, shutting down the wells would prevent the contamination from being sucked into these critical water supplies. After meeting with JKLM, both hospital and borough officials agreed to turn off the wells as a precaution.

JKLM spokesmen at the September meeting took full responsibility for the contamination and apologized. They admitted that 98 gallons of surfactant, 35 gallons of rock oil, and approximately 21,500 gallons of water had been injected into an uncased well bore, which was still within the aquifer through which they were drilling. The operator in charge was trying to retrieve a drill bit that had become stuck in fractured rock 570 feet beneath the surface.They acknowledged that this action was in direct violation of DEP regulations intended to protect groundwater supplies.
Earlier this week DEP issued a press release stating that they had determined, after months of testing and a 72-hour “water draw” followed by additional testing, that the two public water supplies are safe to use. That’s a good thing.

But I am disappointed that the press release described the incident that led to the preventive measure to cut off those water supplies as a “spill at the wellpad.” There was no “spill,” and the contamination was certainly not confined to the well pad. 

“Spill at the well pad” was the same wording that JKLM had used repeatedly in their press releases after the September meeting. I expected as much from a company trying to protect its image, but not from the regulatory agency charged with protecting the environment and the welfare of our citizens.

At the county's Natural Gas Resource Center's meeting held in Coudersport in December, JKLM representatives and DEP officials spoke at length about their actions in response to this incident. DEP revealed that six private well owners had been “positively impacted.” They also asserted that their investigation was ongoing and would likely take time. So those of us who had been concerned about the lack of information in the months following the incident have been awaiting the Department’s findings and enforcement action with interest.

Does DEP’S use of the phrase “spill at the well pad” signal the Department’s own effort to downplay this incident? Has JKLM efectively earned forgiveness for their cooperation in the aftermath of the incident?
Does anyone care? In October and again in December, I had been told by county officials that very few people had contacted them with complaints or concerns about the incident. JKLM representatives also said that very few people had visited the office they had opened in town to receive complaints and note concerns.

I get that “accidents happen.” I get that there will be human error. But I don’t accept an incident being misrepresented five months later by the investigating agency. An intentional action is not an accident (or a “spill”), and, unfortunately, poor decision-making usually does have unintended consequences. The bigger the operation, the more damaging the consequences are likely to be. That’s why we have regulations.

Furthermore, if an operator chooses to ignore the regulations, there should be real penalties. Otherwise, what’s to prevent another operator in a similarly stressful situation from making the same poor choice?

Mary Anne Heston

CCNGD readers who are interested in learning more about this incident should refer to Laurie Barr's posts since September and also visit Public Herald's website and read their "Invisible Hand" articles by Melissa Troutman.

Roulette Ambulance To Hester Avenue

At 12:15 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Hester Avenue for a medical emergency.

Clara Township Supervisors Accepting Bids For Gravel

Port Allegany School District Music Department Presents Showcase Tonight & Saturday

Elementary Ensemble in rehearsal
Rylie Lawton (middle) and the Junior High Show Choir practice a number for SHOWCASE 2016.

members of the Senior High Show Choir strike a pose
Production week for SHOWCASE 2016 began Monday night at Port Allegany High School.  The Port Allegany School District Music Department will present the annual program Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m.  

The show will feature the Senior High Show Choir, Junior Show Choir and Elementary Ensemble.   Tickets are $4 - adults / $3 - students and may be purchased in advance at the Port Allegany School District Office or at the door on the evening of the performances.  

Photos by Pam Fischer.