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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Coudersport Ambulance To Sheetz

At 10:45 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 were dispatched to assist Coudersport Police at Sheetz for an unknown medical.

Hilltop Dispatched For Possible Hazmat On Fairground Road

At 10:28 PM on Saturday, Hilltop Fire Department was dispatched to the tank farm on Fairground Road for a possible hazmat situation.

Coudersport Police Arrest Man For 28 Bags Of Heroin With Year Old Baby In Car

 Coudersport Police have released details of a February 20, 2016 drug arrest when heroin was found in his car.

Daniel Thomas Moore, 24,  was stopped at North Main & Seventh Streets in Coudersport Borough for a traffic violation. In the investigation, it was discovered that Moore had 28 bags of heroin and a syringe in his vehicle. He also had a one year old baby in a car seat in the car.

Moore was placed under arrest. He was transported to Cole Memorial for a blood draw which was positive for THC and Heroin. Criminal charges were placed by officer William Wenzel for:

Moore was arraigned before District Judge Annette Easton and committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is set for March 21, 2016.

Coudersport Police was assisted at the scene of the traffic stop by officers of the Eastern Drug Task Force.

UPDATE: Moore waived all charges over to criminal court. He is represented by Potter County Public Defender, Walter Stenach. Court documents indicate Moore remains in jail in lieu of bail.

Police Say Driver Was DUI After Crash Avoiding Deer

Pistol Stolen From Fayette County Found In McKean County Woods

Belfast Dispatched To Vehicle Crash With Entrapment

At 7:12 PM on Saturday, Belfast Fire Rescue & Ambulance have been dispatched to a vehicle crash on Baragon Hill Road with entrapment and injury.
Medic 700 dispatched.

Horton Township Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash

At 6:10 PM on Saturday, Horton Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a 2 vehicle accident at 3911 Shawmut Road in Horton Township. 

Report initially denies any injuries on scene. Subsequently requesting EMS to evaluate an adult female & 2 children in this head-on crash.

Coudersport Ambulance To Allegany Avenue

At 5:00 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Allegany Avenue for a fall victim.

Two jailed for insurance fraud relating to November blaze

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JOHNSONBURG — Two Elk County men are in Elk County Jail for allegedly conspiring to commit insurance fraud in regards to a November fire at 2130 Montmorenci Road in Ridgway.

Cody James Miller, 20, of 37 E. Cardott St., Ridgway, and James Allen Stafford, 28, of 59 Jefferson St., Byrnedale, were arraigned before District Judge James Martin in Johnsonburg Friday.

The fire took place around 11 p.m. Nov. 16 at the unoccupied home, which was owned by Miller. Police estimate the damage at the home at more than $100,000.

Police said Friday that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Police also indicated “additional arrests are possible.” Read more......

Electrical Malfunction Caused Blaze At Residence On West Shore Road In Cuba

Friday, March 18, 2016 at 21:25, CFD was dispatched to a structure fire at a residence on West Shore Road in Cuba. Thirty-four CFD members including all three CFD chiefs responded upon dispatch as members were already at the hall for a fundraising event. Units included Cuba 1, 6, 7, and 9. Cuba 501 arrived on location reporting a working fire in a 20x30' cottage. Crews found a fire going up an exterior wall and extending into the attic of the structure. Other agencies on location included Friendship Fire, New Hudson Fire, Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc, Cuba Ambulance, Cuba PD, DC 2, FI 5, FI 13, and District 1 FAST Team. Clarksville Fire and Belfast Fire departments also established standby crews. No injuries were reported and the fire's cause has been ruled an electrical malfunction. All CFD units reported back in service around 23:45.

Easter Egg Hunt Starts At 2 PM in Coudersport

3-19 Easter Egg Hunt, Coudersport

SWEPI LP Reports Drilling Started

SWEPI LP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Delmar Twp Township

SWEPI LP reports drilling started on 2016-03-15 00:00:00 at site WILLARD 419 26H in Delmar Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

PA Permit Violation Issued to Enervest Opr Llc in Lafayette Twp

PA Permit Violation Issued to Enervest Opr Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-03-15 to Enervest Opr Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean county. 78.54 - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS - Operator failed to control and dispose of fluids, residual waste and drill cuttings, including tophole water, brines, drilling fluids, drilling muds, stimulation fluids, well servicing fluids, oil, and production fluids in a manner that prevents pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Ham & Turkey Party Tonight At Roulette Fire Hall

3-19 Ham & Turkey Party Roulette Firehall

George Kirk Diem, Sr., 91, of Gaines, PA

George Kirk Diem, Sr.
George Kirk Diem, Sr.

George Kirk Diem, Sr., 91, of Gaines, PA, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

Born October 12, 1924 in Coatesville, PA, he was a son of the late Charles and Nellie (Kirk) Diem. Mr. Diem was a 1942 graduate of Coatesville High School. He was married to the former Pearl Godra, who survives. 

Mr. Diem was a Veteran having served in the United States Army during WWII. He served in Europe with the 504 Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. He received the following medals: the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the Presidential Unit Emblem, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Battle Stars, the WWII Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the Combat Infantry Medal, the Parachute Badge, and the Belgian Fourragere. 

After the war, Mr. Diem worked as a General Foreman for Lukens Steel Company in Coatesville for 35 years, retiring in 1977. He was a Township Commissioner in Caln, a member of F & AM Lodge #383, a Life member of the V.F.W. Lodge #287, a member of the Moose Lodge #826, a Lifetime member of both the Thorndale Fire Company and the West End Fire Company in Coatesville. He greatly enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fly fishing and doing yard work. 

Surviving in addition to his wife, Pearl Diem, are several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Mr. Diem was predeceased by a son, George Kirk Diem, Jr., 2 brothers, Temple and Norman Diem, and 3 sisters, Rhoda Roussey, Louisa Wilgis, and Minnie Roussey-Hallman.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10:00-11:00am with a Memorial Service following at 11:00am. The Rev. Richard Tintle will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Coatesville, PA. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Navajo Nation: Students Discover Service, Culture and Themselves on Alternative Spring Break

DuBOIS – With her hand extended before her, fingers outstretched and spread apart, Melissa Woody asked a group of students from Penn State DuBois to replicate her gesture with their own hands.

"We are all five-fingered people," Woody said, demonstrating the equality in all people, regardless of ethnic background, religion, or financial status. "In Navajo tradition, we learn that we are all the same. We are all five-fingered people."

Woody, a Navajo woman with a passion for educating others about her culture, is the Navajo Nation site director for Amizade Global Service Learning. Amizade, based in Pittsburgh, is an organization dedicated to service learning and cultural education that brings volunteers together with opportunities such as those on the Navajo Nation. She accompanied students throughout the week during service and cultural learning experiences, and guided them on visits to landmarks such as the Grand Canyon and Newspaper Rock, and helped to organize educational lectures on Navajo culture, language and government.

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The Penn State DuBois Alternative Spring Break Team for 2016 at Slide Rock State Park near Sedona, Arizona.

In front, left to right: Julianne Inzana, Emily Gerew, Alaina Shaffer, Courtney Patterson, Sarah Snyder, Juliana Vokes, Linsey Mizic, Aaron Angstadt, Josh Sanko, Zach Wood, and Ryan Lingle.

In back, left to right: Staff Group Leader Steve Harmic, Staff Group Leader and ASB Organizer Marly Doty, Amber Siverling, Amanda Butler, Kristy Hanes, Sadie Viglione, Emi Brown, Jacob Skubisz, Tamera Anthony, Alaina Stiles, Lauren Johnson, Colleen Mulhollan, and Justin Heasley.

Richard F. Soules, 82, of Route 446, Eldred, PA

Korean War Vet
Richard F. Soules

Richard F. Soules, 82, of Route 446, Eldred, PA passed away Thursday (March 17, 2016) at Sena Kean Manor following a brief illness.

Born Jan. 11, 1934, in Eldred, Pa., he was the son of John and Hazel Lamb Soules. On Oct. 28, 1989, he married Rose M. Vandermark, who survives.

Mr. Soules attended Eldred area schools and later joined the Navy in 1950. He served on the U.S.S. Missouri during the Korean War. 

He lived in Colorado for 10 years before returning to the Eldred area in 1970. He owned and operated Dick’s Body and Fender Shop until August 2015.

He was a life member of VFW Post 2092 of Eldred, American Legion Post 887 of Eldred, and Northern Star Lodge No. 555 of Duke Center.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one daughter, Kathy (Greg) Bucher of Savona, N.Y.; one sister, Erma (Perry) Vandixon of Siloam Springs, Ark.; one grandson, one granddaughter, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debra Soules; four brothers, and three sisters.

At Mr. Soules’ request there will be no services held.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Fish and Boat to be Featured on PCN Live Call-in Show

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Fish and Boat to be Featured on PCN Live Call-in Show
HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 18) – Anglers, boaters and others interested in conservation and outdoor recreational issues are invited to tune in to their local Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) station on Wednesday evening, March 23, for a live discussion with Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Executive Director John Arway.
Director Arway will appear from 7-8 p.m. on the live call-in show. He will be joined by Jason Detar, Chief of the PFBC Division of Fisheries Management. PCN host Larry Kaspar will moderate the discussion and take questions from viewers.
Viewers are invited to call 1-877-726-5001 with their questions or comments. The show can also be viewed live from PCN’s website as part of a paid subscriber service.
A variety of issues will be discussed on the show, including Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Days; opening days of trout season; high-hazard dams; summer boating; bass season; PFBC funding issues; the health of the Susquehanna River’s smallmouth bass population; and the PFBC's 150th Anniversary.
The hour-long interactive call-in program airs Monday – Thursday evenings and allows PCN viewers to speak directly with government officials, newsmakers and other parties on current Commonwealth issues. Viewers are encouraged to call the live show with questions for the show’s guests.
Channel designations can be found at:

Northwinds 4-H Summer Camp

As summer approaches, millions of youth across the country will head off to a week or week(s) at summer camps, even youth here in Potter County. How do you make a meaningful and impactful difference in the lives of today’s youth? Try residential camp where teens and youth are immersed in positive activities and relationships and provide a great environment for building character, self-esteem and healthy life habits. 

 Like no other youth activity, camp has the ability to shape a young person’s future and to transform their life. Participants have the opportunity to take risks, learn to accept challenges, and to utilize their own untapped potential- skills that will help them succeed throughout the rest of their lives. Northwinds is a program youth want to attend because it is fun and it includes experiences not otherwise available to them.

Northwinds 4-H Camp is open to all youth ages 8-13 as of January 1. The camp is staffed by Extension Educators, volunteer leaders, and teen camp counselors. Camp week is June 28-July 1 and camp will be held at Denton Hill State Park here in Potter County. If interested please call the Potter County Extension at 814-274-8540. 4-H is an experience that needs to be shared with all! 

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Popular Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Days Return on March 26, April 9

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Popular Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Days
Return on March 26, April 9
HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 17) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) popular Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Days return again this season, with the first special day taking place on Saturday, March 26, in the 18-county southeast region.
Participants can fish in any PFBC stocked trout water in that region from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. But in a new change implemented this year, only kids will be allowed to keep trout.
“Without a doubt, the mentored youth program has been a huge success, growing each year as we listen to anglers and make changes to improve the experience,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “This year we are refining it again by allowing only kids to keep two trout. Mentors can fish but cannot keep any trout.”
“This is a very popular program designed to encourage kids to take adults fishing,” he added. “Mentors can show kids that fishing is fun, and at the same time promote active, outdoor recreation. Adult mentors are encouraged to fish with the children and provide encouragement and tips, but we’re asking them to release their catch to the water unharmed.”
The 18 southeastern counties include: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York.
To participate, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid fishing license and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit, or a voluntary $1 youth fishing license.
Kids can keep two trout, which must measure at least seven inches. Mentors can fish, but must practice catch and release.
Participation in the program has grown every year since it was first launched in 2013 and drew 5,110 kids. Last year, more than 28,000 kids signed up to participate.
The mentored youth event precedes the April 2 Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in the same 18 southeastern counties.
A second Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day will be held on April 9 in the remaining 49 counties. This is the Saturday before the April 16 Statewide Opening Day of Trout Season.
A majority of the trout waters will be stocked in advance of the mentored youth days. But some of the waters may not be stocked in time due to weather, water conditions and scheduling logistics. Also, special regulation areas, like Catch and Release Fly-Fishing Only or Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only, are not included in the mentored youth program.
“Trout season is a great cure for cabin fever and an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the Commonwealth’s abundant natural resources,” Arway added. “It’s also a perfect time to share your excitement with others by ‘Paying it Forward,’ and doing a good deed.”
“Maybe you help bait someone’s hook, offer to take a shore angler out on your boat, or even buy someone a fishing license,” he said. “The idea is that we all benefit when we do good deeds for others.”
The PFBC annually stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout in more than 700 streams and 120 lakes open to public angling. These figures include approximately 2 million rainbow trout; 642,000 brown trout; and 522,000 brook trout. Anglers are encouraged to visit the PFBC stocking page for an updated list so they know exactly what waters are being stocked.
More than 9,200 voluntary youth fishing licenses were sold last year, and another 18,858 mentored youth permits were issued.
For every voluntary youth license sold, the PFBC will receive approximately $5 in federal revenue from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish Restoration Act program, which provides funds to states based on a formula that includes the number of licenses a state sells. All revenues earned from a voluntary youth fishing license will be dedicated to youth fishing programs.
Both the free permit and voluntary youth license are available through or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.

PFBC Celebrates 150th Anniversary

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PFBC Celebrates 150th Anniversary
HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 18) - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will commemorate and celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding as one of the nation’s oldest conservation agencies during this month’s quarterly business meeting and at a special public event at the State Museum in Harrisburg.
The PFBC’s quarterly business meeting will be held on March 30-31 at the Harrisburg headquarters. The meeting was specifically scheduled to coincide with the agency’s founding on March 30, 1866. Following committee meetings on March 30, Commissioners and staff will join invited guests, members of the public, legislators, and Gov. Tom Wolf at the State Museum for presentations about the agency’s celebrated history and discussions about its future.
The evening event will be held on Wednesday, March 30, from 6-8 p.m. at the State Museum, located at 300 North Street. It is free and the public is encouraged to attend and meet past and present Commissioners and learn more about the agency’s history.
Over the course of the next year, I invite fellow anglers and boaters to join in our commemoration of the last 150 years,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway, who was named the Commission’s 10th executive director on March 2, 2010, and has worked for the agency for 36 years. “It will be a great time to learn about our agency’s contribution to the health of Penn’s woods and waters and celebrate the fact that our 86,000 miles of streams, nearly 4,000 lakes and reservoirs, over 404,000 acres of wetlands and 63 miles of Lake Erie shoreline are still home to more than 25,000 species of known plants and animals, and perhaps, many thousands more yet to be identified.”
“These facts demonstrate the enormity and complexity of the challenges that face the PFBC as we strive to fulfill our legislative and Constitutional duties to protect, conserve and enhance our Commonwealth’s aquatic resources,” he added.
“Pennsylvania’s abundance of waterways, from mountain streams and lakes, to mighty rivers like the Susquehanna and Allegheny, to the Great Lake Erie, provide endless recreational opportunities to the Commonwealth’s anglers and boaters,” added PFBC Board President Edward Mascharka, III. “These opportunities wouldn’t be here without the hard work and dedication over the last 150 years by this agency to protect and conserve our natural resources. I’m proud to be a part of this rich history and look forward to carrying forth our mission into the future.”
Over the last 150 years, the Commission has evolved from a one-man operation funded solely by the general fund to an agency with a complement of 432 staff funded by anglers and boaters through license and registration fees and federal excise taxes on fishing and boating equipment.
The origins of the PFBC date to 1866 when a convention was held in Harrisburg to investigate water pollution being caused by the wholesale logging of Pennsylvania’s forests and the impacts caused by sedimentation of mountain lakes and streams. There were also serious concerns about the reduction of American Shad runs in the Susquehanna River. This discussion resulted in Governor Andrew Curtin signing into law Act of March 30, 1866 (P.L. 370, No. 336), which named James Worrall Pennsylvania’s first Commissioner of Fisheries.
In 1925, Act 1925-263 established the Board of Fish Commissioners. Then, in 1949, Act 1949-180 officially established the Pennsylvania Fish Commission as an agency and described its powers and duties. The Commission appointed Charles A. French as its first executive director in 1949, and in 1991 under Act 1991-39, the Pennsylvania Fish Commission became the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
“Our future is bright but not without challenges,” added Arway. “We have made substantial progress over the last generation by cleaning up our waters so that we can now say that we have more waters to fish today than when we were children. However, yesterday’s challenges were simple compared to the environmental and natural resource challenges that we face in the future.”
“Our new challenges will no longer be at the local scale but will require much different solutions at the watershed, regional, national and even global scales,” he added. “We will have to work across disciplines and use the appropriate science to diagnose the problems, apply the engineering skills to develop the solutions and have the political will to create the laws and provide the funding for the solutions.”
For more information about the 150th Anniversary, including a chronology of events and historic photographs, please visit

Woman's Body Found Near Monroeton In Bradford County May Be Missing Woman

White Cat Found in Downtown Coudersport

Frosty's owner has been found.

PSA Health Care Seeking RN's, LPN's & CNA's in Bradford, Eldred, Emporium, Johnsonburg, Kane, Roulette, Smethport & St. Marys

Join Hamilton's Maple Products For Breakfast And A Tour This Saturday & Sunday From 8 to 4

Easter Egg Hunt By Shinglehouse Fire & Ambulance Set For Friday, March 25th At Noon

Brydonson Maple Farm!! Pure Maple Syrup!! All You Can Eat Pancakes!! 8 AM to 4 PM

PA Game Commission will also be at the farm on the 19th & 20th with exhibits as well.,-77.9659877,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89cde2485e8fcd05:0x8de7beb712a62f3d

Entertainers Wanted For Sweden Valley Manor Summer Concert Series

Part Time LPN Supervisor Wanted At Lakeview Health Care and Rehabilitation Center

Our Best Paint, Buy One, Get One Free, 6 Days Only At Wagner Ace Hardware In Coudersport

Friday, March 18, 2016

Roulette Ambulance To Sartwell Creek Road

At 11:46 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been called to Sartwell Creek Road for a link to life call for a lift assist.

Carolyn J. Staresina Burdick, 74, Ceres, NY

 Carolyn J. Staresina Burdick

CERES - Carolyn J. Staresina Burdick, of 9118 Route 417, Ceres, passed away Wednesday, (March 16, 2016) at her home after a short illness. 

Born on Dec. 22, 1941, in Euclid, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Robinson Staresina. 

On Feb. 5, 1995, in Ceres, she married Donald R. Burdick, who passed away Oct. 26, 2004. 

A lifetime resident of Ceres, she was a graduate of Bolivar High School. Carolyn worked as a teacher’s aide in the Children’s Learning Center at The Rehabilitation Center in Olean, until her retirement. 

Her passion was quilting. 

Survivors include two daughters, Anita Marie Taylor of Olean and Diane (Terry) Bean of Shinglehouse, Pa.; a son, James (Gloria Ish) Taylor of Portage, Pa.; a stepson, Scott (Brenda) Burdick of Warsaw; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, a brother, Stephen Staresina of Rochester, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews.

 She was predeceased by her husband; a son, Stephen Eric Taylor; a stepson, Michael Burdick; and a grandson, Scott Allen Burdick. 

Family will receive friends Saturday (March 19, 2016) at Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 51 S. Main St., Portville, from noon to 1 p.m., at which time funeral services will be held in the funeral home. Pastor Curt McDonald will officiate. Burial will be in Annin Creek Cemetery, Turtlepoint, Pa. 

Memorials may be made to Kevin Guest House in Buffalo.

George D. Cimino, 94, of Galeton, PA

George D. Cimino

George D. Cimino, 94, of Galeton, PA, died on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. 
WWII Veteran

 Born February 28, 1922 in Galeton, he was a son of the late Joseph and Rose (Cardman) Cimino.

George was a Veteran having served in the United States Army during WWII. 

On May 8, 1948, in Galeton, he married the former Mamie Condino, who survives. 

George worked for the Galeton Foundry, the B&O and W.A.G. Railroads, and was an inspector for PennDot. 

He was a member of St. Bibiana Catholic Church in Galeton, a Lifetime member and a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, a Lifetime member and past Commander of the Galeton V.F.W. Post 6611, and a member of the Galeton Drill Team. 

George enjoyed hunting, fishing, and tending to his vegetable garden. 

When George was not to be found spending time with his family, they knew that he would most likely be at his second home, Longview Camp. 

Surviving in addition to his wife, Mamie, are a son, Joseph (Sandra) Cimino, Galeton; a daughter, Rosemary (Lonnie) Bunch, Coudersport; a brother, Edward (Janice) Cimino, Galeton; three sisters, Margaret Collins, Patricia (Lloyd) Dugan and Cathy (Hugh) Smith, all of Galeton; a grandson, Joey Cimino; three granddaughters, Annemarie Bunch, Adriane Pierce, and Sarah Bunch; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by six brothers, Joseph, Rocco, William, Paul and John Cimino; and four sisters, Mary Vanhoutte, Anita Karhan, Virginia Cowburn and Elizabeth Breunig. 

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Monday, March 21, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm and on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 10:00-11:00am at the St. Bibiana Catholic Church, Galeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00am with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. 

Military Rites will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sweden Valley Manor or to the Goodyear Hose Company


Meeting on Bridge Replacement Projects on Rt. 155 In McKean County Cancelled

(Clearfield, PA) A public meeting that was scheduled for March 24 at the Port Allegany Fire Department Banquet Hall to discuss bridge reconstruction on SR 155 has been cancelled. 

The construction company that will do the work wants to take more time to develop and evaluate alternative plans for handling emergency vehicle traffic during the five weeks the bridges are scheduled to be closed.

Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), the company that will be replacing 17 McKean County bridges over the next two years, scheduled the meeting to provide information and get public input on three bridges planned for 2017 and one scheduled for this summer. 

Organizers have now decided to postpone the meeting until a solution to getting emergency vehicles around the closure could be developed and explained to local residents and emergency responders.

All four of the bridges planned for discussion are along SR 155 from the Potter County line to north of Turtlepoint.

The bridge replacements are part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. 

As part of PWKP, Walsh/Granite JV will oversee construction. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit Additional information on the project, the team and how to bid on the project can be found at

Repair Work to Start Next Week on I-80 Bridge over Route 970

Repair Work to Start Next Week on I-80 Bridge over Route 970
Clearfield, PA – Work will get underway early next week to repair an eastbound I-80 bridge that spans Route 970 in Clearfield County at the Woodland/123 interchange, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The bridge was damaged in February after being struck by a vehicle.
During daylight hours (7 A.M. to 5 P.M.) crews will perform preliminary work Monday through Wednesday, March 21 through 23. Drivers could encounter flaggers along Route 970 near the bridge and should be prepared to stop. Short travel delays are possible.
On Thursday, March 24, new beams will be set on the bridge and a closure of Route 970 at the interchange will be necessary that day from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.  Drivers wishing to access
I-80 during this work should make use of the Clearfield/120 interchange. Message boards will be in place to alert drivers of the temporary closure.
Work on this emergency repair contract will continue through April. Intermittent flagging along Route 970 is possible throughout the project time-frame.
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $200,000 project.
PennDOT reminds drivers to use caution in and around all work zones, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

House Action for the Week of March 21, 2016

Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at  Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting 

The Weekly Schedule

Potter County Commissioners Meeting For March 3, 2016

Potter County Commissioners Agenda For March 17, 2016


WELLSBORO—Hamilton-Gibson Productions is looking for more people to participate in its summer musical “Oliver!”

“We are excited to announce that we’re presenting the show in the newly renovated Straughn Auditorium on the Mansfield University campus. It’s a huge space so we are able to cast a larger number of people than we usually can in smaller venues,” said Thomas Putnam, artistic director.

“Oliver!” features a large number of boys who are generally in the fourth through eighth grades. “We are looking for up to 40 boys for this show. They will play a wily band of pickpockets with Fagin as their ‘protector,” said Putnam.

In addition to the band of boys, there will be two major roles for boys who are fourth through eighth graders. One is Oliver, the title character, and the other is the mischievous Artful Dodger. All of the boys will sing and dance. Dodger is the most demanding role in terms of singing and dancing.

Auditions for the boys will be Friday, April 1 from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. or Tuesday, April 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro, right next to the Native Bagel.

For the audition, all boys are expected to learn a dance routine and the song “Consider Yourself.” This can be found via a YouTube link at

Auditions for all other roles, including the adult chorus composed of high school students and older men and women and the principals will be at the Warehouse Theatre in Wellsboro on Sunday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The main speaking and singing roles include Nancy, Bill Sykes, Fagin, Mr. Bumble, Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry, Widow Corney, Bet (teenage girl) and Mrs. Bedwin. There are other speaking roles.

Performances for "Oliver!" are Fridays and Saturdays, July 15 and 16 and July 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Straughn Auditorium. Rehearsals in May and June will be in Wellsboro and in July will be in Mansfield.

For more information, call 570-724-2079 or visit or Hamilton-Gibson Productions' Facebook page.


Kevin McKrell will perform March 26 in Wellsboro.
WELLSBORO—Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m., folksinger and songwriter Kevin McKrell will perform Celtic folk and Celtic bluegrass music at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. This will be the last Wellsboro Community Concert Association show of the 2015-2016 season.
Audiences warm up to McKrell right away. He has a devilish sense of humor, loves to tell stories about the songs he plays and invites the audience to sing along.

Joining McKrell on stage for the Deane Center concert will be renowned recording artist and percussionist Brian Melick and Adirondack fiddler Doug Moody. “I have been performing with these two for 25 years or more,” McKrell said.

Both Melick and Moody performed as members of The McKrells and are among the musicians featured on McKrell’s latest CD titled “I Wish I Had a Boat,” released on February 20, 2015. Melick is the percussionist on many of the songs and Moody plays fiddle on “Dublin Town.”

One of McKrell’s best-known songs, “All of the Hard Days are Gone” has been recorded by the Kingston Trio, Hair of the Dog and Wood’s Tea Company. Among the many others who have recorded or performed a McKrell song are The Furey Brothers and Davy Arthur, Seamus Kennedy, North Sea Gas, Bob Shane, and the Dublin City Ramblers.

McKrell, Davy McDonnell and Jeff Strange were the founding members of Donnybrook Fair, a Celtic folk trio that got its start in the 1980s in Albany, N.Y. Their 1982 album “Tunnel Tigers” remains a classic.

There had been many personnel changes by the time banjoist Chris Leske joined the group in 1991. It was briefly rechristened Hard Times and then became known as The McKrells, the first Celtic bluegrass band ever with McKrell and Craig Vance on guitar, Leske on banjo and Rick Bedrosian on bass. For 15 years, the band performed everywhere – in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, all over Ireland and Canada and at bluegrass festivals across the United States. Then, in 2006, the McKrells disbanded. “Everybody had a different idea about what they wanted to do in the future so we decided to call it quits,” McKrell said.

In 2011, both bands reunited. The McKrells, including McKrell, Leske, Vance, Doug Moody on fiddle and Johnny Cribs on bass performed in April in New York State at The Egg in Albany and The Towne Crier in Pawling. Donnybrook Fair with McKrell, McDonnell and Strange performed that August at the Irish Music Festival in Bennington, Vermont.

Tickets at the door for the March 26 concert will be $20 for adults and $5 for students with student ID cards. Children 12 and under accompanying a paying adult will be admitted free.

For information or tickets, call 570-724-6220 or visit
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DEP Releases Sample Results of Drinking Water Served by Berks County Vendor

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today released its own results from a water sample taken March 8 at Crystal Spring Water, a company that sells well water through vending machines in Adamstown, Berks County. The Department’s testing indicated a lead level of 1.8 parts per billion, within the acceptable maximum contaminant level of 5 ppb.

A routine test sample collected by Crystal Spring owner Lynn Rannels in September 2015 contained a lead level of 16 ppb. According to the Safe Drinking Water Act, DEP should have been notified DEP within 24 hours of receiving this test result and customers should have been notified within 30 days. Neither notification was given.

“There is no question that the initial water sample taken from the facility contained an elevated lead level,” said Lynn Langer, DEP South-central regional director. “DEP has verified the results of that initial test with the lab M. J. Reider Associates, Inc., which was chosen by the owner.”

“Crystal Spring has a permit to operate as a public water supply, and is bound by the same regulations by which all similar water supplies operate,” said Langer. “DEP took the proactive step of taking its own sample to protect the health and safety of the consumer.”

There are a total of 12 regulated vended public water supplies in Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon counties. There are no monitoring compliance issues at the other 11 locations.

A Notice of Violation was issued on February 19, asking Crystal Spring to take and submit to the department additional samples. On March 8, DEP issued an Order to Crystal Spring which required additional samples and results reported to DEP.

Certified lab results are considered valid until the next set of results are obtained. Crystal Springs will still be required to take quarterly samples for the next year to ensure the water is below actionable lead levels.

Infants and children who drink water containing lead in excess of the standard could experience delays in their physical or mental development. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure. Customers with specific health concerns should speak with their doctors.

Pave Plank Road & Dodge Road In Shinglehouse

I have been trying to get Penndot to get Plank & Dodge Road in Shinglehouse resurfaced. Have emailed Senator Scarnati's office they told me to have anyone interested to email them at they will collect the names and send it Senator Scarnati.
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Second Super Load Transport Set for Thursday near Port Allegany

Temporary closures of Route 155 and Route 6 will be necessary for 2nd Superload Thursday

Port Allegany, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting area motorists that Mammoet USA NE Corp. will transport a second transformer super load on Thursday, March 24 along Route 155 and Route 6 in the Port Allegany area.

The transformer will follow the same route as the first transport of March 17, traveling from a rail siding about two miles north of the SR 155 and SR 6 intersection near Port Allegany to the Pierce Brook Substation, located at 983 Pierce Brook Road in Keating Township. Weather permitting, the transport is expected to start around 9 A.M. and last as late as 5 P.M.

The transformer will travel south on Route 155 to Route 6, turning right onto Route 6 and then travel west on Route 6 until it reaches Pierce Brook Road. It will then travel north to the Pierce Brook Substation site. Route 155 will be closed from the rail siding to the Route 6 intersection. Once the super load is on Route 6, Route 155 will be opened and Route 6 will then be closed from Port Allegany to Pierce Brook Road. Routes 155 and 6 will not be closed at the same time.

The transformer will be transported on a dual-lane trailer that will take up both lanes of Route 155 and Route 6, requiring consecutive, full closures on Route 155 and Route 6.

Drivers should expect significant delays during the transport and are encouraged to find alternate routes through this area.

Roadway message boards will be in place prior to this activity to alert drivers of the coming closures and traffic delays. Pennsylvania State Police will accompany the transport to enhance safety.

RacerMate Recalls CompuTrainer Blue Flywheels Due to Risk of Injury

RacerMate Recalls CompuTrainer Blue Flywheels Due to Risk of Injury The blue flywheel can shatter while in use and throw metal pieces into the air.

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PA House Passes Bill To Restore Funding Wolf Cut From Last Year's Budget

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House Votes to Keep Schools, Ag Programs Running in PA

I joined a majority in the General Assembly on Wednesday in voting to bring the 2015-16 state budget to a close by restoring funding for schools, higher education institutions, hospitals, agriculture programs and more. The funding was vetoed from the budget by Gov. Tom Wolf late last year.

Because of the governor’s vetoes, schools across Pennsylvania are facing the very real possibility of closing their doors; Penn State’s agriculture research, extension and 4-H programs could be forced to close down; and rural health care is being placed at risk.

It is time for the governor to put an end to the crisis he manufactured and sign this budget. Holding people hostage to leverage support for higher spending and higher taxes – which taxpayers across the state have said they don’t want and can’t afford – is wrong, and it has to stop.

To read more about the budget passed this week, click here.

Celebrate Maple Weekend!

The Potter-Tioga Maple Syrup Producers Association will hold its 12th Annual Maple Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20, with more than a dozen area maple producers offering a variety of activities, samples and more. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to present a House resolution recognizing the week of March 14-20 as Maple Producers Week in Pennsylvania to Larry Hamilton and Glenn Dunn II. For more information about Maple Weekend, visit

Hearing Underscores Need to Fund PA Agriculture Initiatives

Earlier this week, I helped chair a joint hearing of the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees to further examine the impact of the lack of state budget funding on the industry.

During the hearing, I had the opportunity to question Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding about the Wolf administration’s decision to veto more than $50 million for Penn State’s agriculture research and extension programs. To watch that exchange, click here.

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In addition to the impact of cuts on Penn State, the committees also heard from officials from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine about how the lack of state funding is impacting animal health and food safety initiatives.
To read more about the hearing, or to access video footage and links to written testimony, click here.

Clean and Green Measure Advances in Senate

The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee this week approved my legislation that aims to ensure the state’s Clean and Green program works as intended.

Clean and Green was created in 1974 to give preferential assessment to farm and forest lands to encourage the protection of those lands. In counties that have not conducted a reassessment in quite some time, the use values suggested by the Department of Agriculture for Clean and Green properties are, in some cases, exceeding fair market value of the land.

That has resulted in some Clean and Green properties being taxed at a rate higher than a normal assessment, and that is counter to the purpose of the law. So House Bill 806 specifically prohibits counties from taxing Clean and Green properties at a rate greater than fair market value.

The bill was amended in committee to also clarify that land in a public right-of-way or easement should be included in determining whether the property meets the program’s minimum contiguous area requirements.

The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Reminder: Veterans Assistance Hours in Coudersport Thursday

If you are a veteran in need of assistance with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care or death benefits, Dan Falls of the American Legion will be available at the Coudersport office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24. To make an appointment, please call the office at 814-274-9769.

For information about future veterans outreach dates and locations, click here

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics Conclude Next Week

The last in our series of Property Tax/Rent Rebate clinics will be held on Wednesday, March 23, as follows:

 • Eldred Senior Center, 169 Main St., from 9-11 a.m.
 • Smethport Senior Center, 119 W. Main St., from 1-2:30 p.m.

If you were unable to attend any of the clinics, assistance is still available at any of the offices listed below. More information and claim forms are also available at

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

Roulette bicentennial meeting at the fire hall, on Monday, March 21, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Roulette Township Residents

Just a friendly reminder that we will be holding our first bicentennial meeting at the fire hall, on Monday, March 21, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

USDA Consolidates and Streamlines Regulations

USDA Consolidates and Streamlines Regulations for Pork and Thermally Processed, Commercially Sterile Meat and Poultry Products

FSIS is announcing a proposed rule that would consolidate and streamline existing regulations for meat and poultry products. The rule would eliminate redundant trichinae control requirements for pork and pork products and consolidate regulations for thermally processed, commercially sterile meat and poultry products.

Spring Bird Walk scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, March 19, has been cancelled.

Due to unexpected circumstances, the Spring Bird Walk scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, March 19, has been cancelled. The Bird Walk will be rescheduled for Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Please meet in the Lake Day Use Area of Sinnemahoning State Park. Experienced birders and beginners are all welcome to join us! No pre-registration required. Call the park office at 814-647-8401 for more information.

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Friday, March 18, 2016
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Will Gov. Wolf Force Schools to Close?

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On Wednesday, I joined the majority of my colleagues in voting for and asking Gov. Tom Wolf to sign key budget-related legislation into law for the 2015-16 fiscal year. That day, the state House approved and sent to the governor’s desk House Bill 1801, House Bill 1327 and a series of state-related university appropriation bills, which would restore the Dec. 29 cuts made by the governor to the currently enacted budget.

House Bill 1801, which passed with bipartisan support, is the fourth 2015-16 budget bill that the Legislature has sent to Gov. Wolf. It would increase basic education funding by $200 million and restore support for agriculture – Pennsylvania’s No. 1 industry – and correctional facilities across the state without requiring tax increases:

I call on Gov. Wolf to sign this legislation that would fund the core functions of government and restore the cuts he made in December. Without immediate release of state funds, a number of school districts across Pennsylvania are at serious risk of closing. We cannot allow that to happen. It is beyond time to release the tax dollars that Pennsylvanians have faithfully paid into the state treasury.

The governor’s signature on this budget would enable us to provide funding for critical access hospitals, which are essential to rural health care. It would allow the Penn State Extension to continue operating the great programs that benefit our local communities, and it would finally fund agricultural programs and restore funding for hardwood development and research on which our economy depends and many local jobs rely.

The practice of “governing by crisis” is no way for state government to operate. Gov. Wolf needs to end the threats, release the hostages he took with his veto pen and close the budget gap he created on Dec. 29.

Know Your Second Amendment Rights -
State Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria) and I are hosting a concealed carry seminar this 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.