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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Blossburg, Liberty Dispatched For Car/Bear Crash

At 11:13 PM on Saturday, Blossburg & Liberty Fire Departments have been dispatched to a car versus bear crash on Rt. 15 Southbound on Bloss Mountain. Report possibly one injury.

Bradford, Derrick City Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash

At 8:40 PM on Saturday, Bradford & Derrick City Fire Dept & Ambulance have been dispatched to Bolivar Drive & Seaward Avenue, for a 2 vehicle rear end crash.

Samantha J. “Sami Jo” Deiter, 25, of Coudersport, PA

Samantha J. “Sami Jo” Deiter

Samantha J. “Sami Jo” Deiter, 25, of Coudersport, PA passed away surrounded by her loving family on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.
Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

Wellsboro Dispatched To Motorcycle/Car Crash In Delmar Township

At 6:`19 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire Dept. & ambulance have been dispatched to the intersection of Route 287 & Marsh Creek Road for a motorcycle versus vehicle crash. Motorcyclist is injured.

Bradford Dispatched For Vehicle Into Pole On East Main Street

At 6:12 PM on Saturday, Bradford Fire & Ambulance dispatched to a vehicle into a pole crash near 571 East Main Street. Pole is sheared off. One injury is reported.

Ludlow Dispatched For ATV Accident

At 6:05 PM on Saturday, Ludlow fire Department has been dispatched to station for a response to an ATV accident on Rt. 321, near West Chappel Fork Road.

Health & Exercise Coaching

Cole Memorial Wellness Center May 2016 Exercise Class Schedule

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2016-04-18 00:00:00 to SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC for site MILLER 2H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Hamilton Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2016-04-18 00:00:00 to TALISMAN ENERGY USA INC for site DORN 02 180 01 A 1H in Hamilton Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Hamilton Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2016-04-18 00:00:00 to TALISMAN ENERGY USA INC for site DORN (02-180-09) A 9H in Hamilton Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Walter Lee Newton, 70, of Shinglehouse, PA

Walter Lee Newton
Walter L. Newton  “beloved husband, father and grandfather”
Army Vet

Walter Lee Newton, 70, of Shinglehouse, PA a beloved patriarch of the Newton family, passed away at home in “his chair” Friday, April 22, 2016 from an apparent heart attack.

Born June 24, 1945 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of Lyle and Freda M. Webster Newton. On September 14, 1968 in Shinglehouse, he married Sherryl Smith, who survives.

Walt was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. He served his country in the U.S. Army having been deployed to Germany in 1966. He was very proud of our country and all servicemen and women.

He was always surrounded by his family and you would find him in “his chair” watching a Pirates game or ready to discuss the latest news on politics or the military. He was a master of trivia, chess, euchre, or anything related to sports or the military that you could name. He could always be counted on for a very witty conversation.

Walt loved baseball. He was a member and managed the Shinglehouse town baseball team for years. He had also managed the Legion team in Shinglehouse. He was a hard-core Pittsburgh Pirates fan.

He fiercely loved his children and grandchildren, spending a great amount of time with them. He taught his grandchildren chess, crazy trivia, and his witty sense of humor. He rarely missed their sporting events despite his illness. He will be sorely missed.

Surviving besides his amazing wife of 47 years are two sons, Lance (Jody) Newton and Thomas Newton, both of Shinglehouse; two grandsons, Tyler Newton of Shinglehouse and Garrett Newton of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; two step-granddaughters, Lorin Torrey and Sydney Torrey, both of Shinglehouse; a brother, Lawrence “Cub” (Yolanda) Newton; a sister, Barbara Troup; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Walt was predeceased by a sister, Gail Hancock.
There will be no public visitation or funeral services. Please remember Walt “Newt” in a way that will make you smile.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Walt’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Walt, please visit

Eugene Lester Gross, 73, of N. Ft Myers, FL

Eugene Lester Gross

Eugene Lester Gross, 73, of N. Ft Myers, FL went home to be with Our Lord on April 21, 2016.

US Army veteran
Born, February 5, 1943, in Niagara Falls, NY, to Howard C. Gross and Blanche P. Gross ,who preceded him in death.

Eugene served 7 years in US Army, 2 tours in Germany and 1 tour in Vietnam.

He retired from pipeline construction and moved to Florida in 2003 when he married Verna K. Crawford Russell. 

Surviving besides his loving wife, Verna, are stepsons: James Russell, Sr., Joseph Russell (Tina), grandchildren, Alyssa N. Grant (David), Victoria Kay Hall (Jon), Greg Russell, Sr.; great-grand children Greg Russell Jr and Braiden Grant all of Ft. Myers, FL..; Brothers: James W. Gross, Sr., Monroeville, PA, Richard A. Gross, Roswell, NM, Ronald L. Gross (Kathy), Shinglehouse, PA, Robert D. Gross, Sr., (Judy), Lee A. Gross, all of Coudersport, PA and one sister Sandra L. Bajsec (Michael), Leetsdale, PA and many loving nieces and nephews

Services will be held, Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Coral Ridge Funeral Home,1630 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, FL . Viewing 10 am, service at 12 noon. Pastor Gavin Croft will officiate.
Following the services a luncheon will be served at the NFM First Baptist Church, 75 Evergreen Road where Gene was a member.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions for Gene to Hope Hospice.



On April 13, 2016 the Pastoral Planning Process announced that St. Augustine Church in Austin PA, formerly a mission of St. Bibiana, Galeton will no longer be a “mission church”. St. Augustine will become a “secondary church” of St. Eulalia Parish of Coudersport. Parishioners will still have “access” to their original church buildings for weddings, funerals, and select liturgies – such as their annual feast day. No weekend masses will be held. Over time, after their parishes merge, they may decide it no longer makes sense to maintain additional church buildings. They may find they don’t have resources to keep it up. At that point St. Eulalia of Coudersport can request that the bishop consider closing/selling St. Augustine.

The Erie diocese is allowing for feedback in the form of a survey until May 20th. We encourage all of you who use this church to participate in the survey at: Click Strategic Pastoral Planning. Then, under Feedback Forms – click INDIVIDUAL SURVEY FORM.

The decision will be rendered by September with final implementation by February 13, 2017.

President Obama: It's Time For Criminal Justice Reform

Richard E. "Rich" Crowe, 55, Eldred, PA

Richard E. "Rich" Crowe

Eldred- Richard E. "Rich" Crowe, 55, passed away Thursday (April 21st, 2016) at the Bradford Regional Medical Center following a long courageous battle with kidney cancer.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. A full obituary will follow in Monday's edition.

Dog Missing From North Hollow rd Coudersport

Rocky was found early this morning.

PA Permit Violation Issued

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

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-04-19 to Swepi Lp in Shippen Twp, Tioga county. OGA3218.2(A) - Failure to design and construct unconventional well site to prevent spills to the ground surface and off well site.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Register Now For Skywarn Class May 4th In Emporium; Be A Weather Spotter

What's Happening At Howards Inc. In Coudersport

Lloyd Burkhouse Liquidation Auction of Southside Truck & Tractor Repair, Lewis Run, PA Saturday, April 23

Roulette Chamber Of Commerce Accepting Bids For 2016 Lawn Care

IU#9 Positions Available In Cameron, Elk, McKean and Potter County

Zito Has An Opening For A Senior Tax Accountant In Coudersport, PA

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Spring Vendor / Craft Show At Harrison Valley Community Building Saturday, April 23

8th Annual Spring Antique And Collectible Show & Sale At PA Lumber Museum April 23 & 24th

Join The Fun At Cutting Edge Gymnastics In Coudersport; New Session Starts Saturday

Seeking Applicants For Coudersport Office Girls Club Scholarship

Friday, April 22, 2016



Jerri Buchanan, of DuBois, Clearfield County, announced she is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 25th State Senate seat in the primary election April 26th. Buchanan, a teacher, mother, grandmother and invested community member challenges long-time incumbent Joe Scarnati, President Pro Temp of the State Senate, holding him largely responsible for the gridlock in Harrisburg.

“Just like many of my friends and neighbors, I have become more and more irritated with state government and how ineffective it has become” said Buchanan. “We simply have to make this about people and compromise, not politics.”

A teacher in the DuBois School District for the last decade, Jerri sees the effect on children and our communities resulting from cuts to education and the legislature’s inability to pass an honest balanced budget in a timely manner. As senator, Buchanan will fight for our children, families, workers, educators, and the integrity of the public school system as a whole.

“Our kids are our most precious resource and politicians in Harrisburg use them as pawns in their political game. We need to send Harrisburg a message, enough is enough", she said. “Harrisburg, in not doing their jobs, continues to hurt all Pennsylvanians, from our children to our seniors—having no budget impaired vital services to our communities. Their lack of productivity also meant that other important pieces of legislation were not being discussed.” As our State Senator, she will bring a new face with an open mind to issues plaguing citizens and the political process as a whole to Harrisburg.

Jerri is a graduate of Clarion University. She and her husband Larry, a local restaurant manager, have three children. The oldest daughter and son-in-law reside in St. Mary’s, Elk County.

Jerri asks all Democrats to write in JERRI BUCHANAN for Senator of the General Assembly, 25th District so that we have a choice in the general election. The 25th District covers all of Jefferson, McKean, Elk, Cameron, Clinton, Potter and Tioga counties, as well as the DuBois Area School District portion of Clearfield County.

Andrew J. “Andy” Brunner, Sr., 87, formerly of Warren, PA.

 Andrew J. “Andy” Brunner,

Andrew J. “Andy” Brunner, Sr., 87, formerly of Warren, PA., died Friday morning, April 22, 2016 at the Suites of the Rouse, Youngsville, PA.

The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.


National Wild Turkey Federation approves nearly $150K in improvements across Pennsylvania in 2016.

With Pennsylvania’s spring gobbler season about to kick off, the state’s turkeys are benefiting –now and in the future – from habitat work performed in partnership with National Wild Turkey Federation.

More than 70 habitat-enhancement projects impacting more than 2,600 acres, mostly on state game lands and state forests, are taking place in 2016 through a nearly $150,000 allocation by Pennsylvania National Wild Turkey Federation State Chapter Habitat Committee.

The projects are the result of proposals that more than 60 local chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) submitted to the committee. All of the projects are being conducted on parcels open to public hunting, and the projects will impact land ranging from one to 546 acres.

NWTF Regional Biologist Mitch Blake said general food-plot maintenance accounts for 49 percent of the project proposals, impacting 956 acres.

“While projects related to prescribed fire account for just 7 percent of the total projects, they will improve more than 1,100 acres,” Blake said.

Game Commission Habitat Division Chief Ben Jones said that prescribed burning improves habitat for many game species, not just wild turkeys. Prescribed burning invigorates plant growth, increases berry production, and has been shown to increase available deer browse by up to 400 percent.

“The Game Commission plans to improve nearly 10,000 acres of habitat through prescribed burning in 2016,” Jones said.

Other habitat improvement projects focus on removing exotic and invasive plant species and restoring native species, planting of trees and shrubs beneficial to wildlife and timber-stand improvements.

In addition to the habitat projects, the committee allocated $25,000 for future land acquisition, possibly adding acreage to the state game lands system.

Game Commission turkey biologist Mary Jo Casalena said, “These projects are yet another example of the PANWTF’s commitment to the wild turkey resource and the great partnership the local chapters have with the state agencies.”

To date, the PANWTF has spent more than $6 million in Pennsylvania for habitat enhancement and a variety of other hunter-related activities.

DCED's Fischer Lepore Keynote Speaker at PA Route 6 Annual Meeting

The PA Route 6 Alliance has announced that Deputy Secretary for Marketing, Tourism, and Film at the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), Carrie Fischer Lepore, will be the Keynote Speaker at their Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 12th in Conneaut Lake, Crawford County, Pa. The meeting will highlight the organization's second Management Action Plan which takes the Alliance into its next ten years as a designated State Heritage Area.

“We are excited to have Deputy Secretary Fischer Lepore as our speaker,” PA Route 6 Alliance executive Director Terri Dennison said. “Her commitment to the on-going progress of economic development and tourism within the State along with her charisma, make her and excellent speaker who we are fortunate to have join us on this special day.”

Fischer Lepore is responsible for marketing the entire commonwealth as a top tourism destination for both domestic and international travelers. In addition, she promotes DCED programs and incentives to encourage business attraction, relocation, and expansion in the state while also administering the Film Production Tax Credit, which provides incentives to film companies to base their productions in Pennsylvania. 

Fischer Lepore brings more than 15 years of experience in communications, marketing, and tourism to the department. In 2003, she joined the Rendell Administration as the Director of Communications for the Pennsylvania Tourism Office at DCED. In her role, she developed award-winning tourism campaigns, promoted Pennsylvania as a travel destination to media outlets across the globe, and won the Society of American Travel Writers' Phoenix Award for encouraging the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide. After serving under the Rendell Administration, Fischer Lepore served as the Director of Communications and Outreach for the PA 529 College Savings Program for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department. Fischer Lepore returned to DCED in her current role under the Wolf Administration last year.

The Annual Meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12th at the Iroquois Boating and Fishing Club in Conneaut Lake and will include a period of networking with sponsors and exhibitors followed by the PA Route 6 Annual Business Meeting. Keynote speaker, Deputy Secretary of Marketing, Tourism, and Film, Carrie Fischer Lepore, will discuss the State's new branding campaign "Pursue Your Happiness," and other projects aimed at increasing travel and tourism in Pennsylvania.

The meeting will conclude with a ceremony awarding this year's "DO 6" Winners in the categories of: Heritage Partnership Award; Leadership Award; Heritage Community of the Year Award; Heritage Tourism Award; Artisan of the Year Award; and Lifetime Achievement Award.

The cost of the program, which includes a sit-down lunch is $30. Registrations are due by May 2nd. Registration forms can be downloaded from

General Fire Alarm At Wellsville Manor Was False Alarm

At 6:31 PM on Friday, a general alarm of fire at Wellsville Manor sent Wellsville firefighters scrambling to respond. It was quickly deemed to be a false alarm and the response was cancelled.

Mike D. Polinick, 79, of 63 Trailer Court Dr., Emporium, PA

Mike D. Polinick
Mike D. Polinick

Mike D. Polinick, 79, of 63 Trailer Court Dr., Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Friday (April 22, 2016) morning. 

He was born December 18, 1936 in Rasselas, PA, a son of the late Michael D. and Barbara Minnich Polinick. On November 29, 1958 in First Baptist Church, Emporium he married Ethel Uplinger Polinick, who survives. 

Mr. Polinick retired from Cameron Manufacuring where he worked for many years. He enjoyed the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Steelers, cars, Reese Cups and Pepsi and daily visits from his dog Miss Muffy. He loved spending time with his family. 

Surviving in addition to Ethel Uplinger Polinick, are a son, Donald Polinick and his wife Sue, Emporium; daughter, Melinda Ackman and her husband Kevin, Emporium; son, Ronald Polinick and his wife Jonie, Emporium; 5 Grandchildren: Donna, Brandy, Natasha, Charles & Matraca; 3 Great Grandchildren: Tristan, Nathan & Aubrey. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael D. and Barbara Minnich Polinick. 

A Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (April 26, 2016) at 12:00 PM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Deeper Waters Ministries, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Service. Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Anna V. Michelitsch, 96, of S. Brooklynside Rd., Port Allegany, PA

Anna V. Michelitsch
Anna V. Michelitsch
Air Force Vet

Anna V. Michelitsch, 96, of S. Brooklynside Rd., Port Allegany, PA passed away Thursday (Apr. 21, 2016) in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.

Born January 20, 1920, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Karl and Lena Heath Michelitsch.

Anna was a longtime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1937, and of Geisinger School of Nursing, Class of 1940. She later earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She worked as an Operating Room Supervisor at Geisinger until 1945.

In 1945, she entered the Army Nurse Corps and later in 1947 transferred to the US Air Force where she remained until her retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1973. While in the Air Force, Anna earned numerous commendations including the Meritorious Service Medal.
From 1973 to 1983, Anna was employed as the Director of Nursing at the Port Allegany Community Hospital, before her retirement.

She was a member of the St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Catholic Women’s Club and former member of the Parish Council. She was a member of the Military Officers Association, Air Force Nurses Association, and the Geisinger Alumni Nurses Association.

Anna was an avid bridge player, enjoyed reading, watching golf and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball and closely followed national and international news throughout her life. Her principal interest, however, was her family who will always remember her kindness and generous spirit.

Surviving are three nephews, D. Joseph (Diane) Michelitsch of Port Allegany, Kirk (Jackie) Michelitsch of Brookville, PA, John (Cindy) Noren of Tuckasegee, NC; two nieces, Mary Lena (Duane) Gregg of Port Allegany, Karen (Greg) Kirkindall of Middlebury Center, PA; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Hubert Michelitsch, died in infancy, Charles, Edward, and Donald Michelitsch; a sister, Helena Noren; a nephew, Karl Michelitsch; and three nieces, Margie A. Kostkas, JoAnn McCloskey, and Carol A. Morgan.

Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany. A scriptural wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday (Apr. 25, 2016) in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Port Allegany, with Rev. Charles Schmitt as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, Port Allegany.

A military service will be conducted by the Port Allegany Honor Guard following the funeral service.

Memorials can be made to the St. Gabriel’s Church Memorial Fund or the Port Area Ambulance Service.

Coudersport Ambulance To Oswayo

At 5:42 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance and Medic 6 have been dispatched to West Main Street in Oswayo for a link to life activation.

St. Marys Man Arrested By US Marshals In Limestone, NY, Sentenced To 25 to 35 Years In State Prison

St. Marys man sentenced to at least 15 years in state prison for repo assault

By Katie Weidenboerner
Courier Express

RIDGWAY – A St. Marys man was sentenced Thursday to 15 to 35 years in state prison for assaulting a two-person repossession team while they tried to collect his girlfriend’s car.

Sixty-two-year-old John Anthony Raspatello was charged by St. Marys police with four felony counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanors of simple assault, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury or death, and a summary offense of reckless driving, following an incident in the parking lot of Nic’s Tobacco Outlet in St. Marys on Dec. 30, 2013.

Following a two-day trial, Raspatello was convicted on all counts by a jury. After several continuances, he did not appear in court on January 27 for sentencing, at which point a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

After nearly two months on the run, the U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force on March 4 arrested Raspatello in Limestone, N.Y., where he was found hiding in a camper near Route 219.

What's Happening At Howards Inc. In Coudersport

Ridgway Dispatched For Vehicle Fire On Maple View Drive

At 3:59 PM on Friday, Ridgway Fire Department has been dispatched to 75 Maple View Drive in Ridgway Township for a vehicle fire.

Area Fire, Ambulance Companies Awarded $338,255, Says Baker

Area Fire, Ambulance Companies Awarded $338,255

HARRISBURG – Fire and ambulance companies spread across all three counties that make up the 68th Legislative District received $338,225.56 in state grants under the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter).

“This grant program has delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars to our volunteer emergency service organizations over the years and truly makes it possible for some of these companies to continue their operations,” said Baker. “Fire and ambulance services are expensive when one considers the training, equipment and facilities needed, and these grants are vital in meeting their financial obligations.”

Funding from the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program can be used for construction or renovation of a company’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.

The following Bradford County fire and EMS companies in the 68th District received grants:

Oscouluwa Engine and Hose Company Inc.: $11,967.12.
Ridgebury Volunteer Fire Company Inc.: $11,967.12.
Smithfield Township Volunteer Fire Department: $12,194.96.
South Creek Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,201.70.
South Creek Volunteer Fire Company Inc.: $11,739.29.
Tri Township Ambulance Association: $7,201.70.

Grants were awarded to the following fire and EMS companies in the 68th District in Potter County:

Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc.: $7,201.70.
Germania Fire Company: $11,511.46.
Goodyear Hose Company No. 1 Inc.: $11,739.29.

Grants were awarded to the following fire and EMS companies in Tioga County:

Blossburg Fireman’s Ambulance Association: $7,201.70.
Blossburg Volunteer Fire Department: $11,511.46.
Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Company: $12,194.96.
Clymer Township Volunteer Hose Company: $11,967.12.
Crary Hose Company: $12,194.96.
Elkland Borough Volunteer Fire Department: $11,511.46.
Knoxville-Deerfield Volunteer Fire Company: $11,967.12.
Lawrenceville Fire Department: $12,878.46.
Lawrenceville Fireman’s Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,201.70.
Liberty Volunteer Fire Company Inc.: $12,422.79.
Mansfield Hose Company: $13,106.29.
Middlebury Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,201.70.
Middlebury Township Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $11,967.12.
Millerton Volunteer Fire Department: $13,789.79.
Morris Fireman’s Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,201.70.
Morris Township Fire Company: $11,511.46.
Nelson Volunteer Fire Company Inc.: $11,739.29.
Osceola Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $11,739.29.
Tioga Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $11,511.46.
Tioga Volunteer Firemen’s Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,201.70.
Valley Community Ambulance Association: $7,201.70.
Wellsboro Firemen’s Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,201.70.
Wellsboro Volunteer Fire Department: $13,106.29

Rep. Martin Causer Announces Local Fire, Ambulance Grants

Local Fire, Ambulance Grants

BRADFORD – Fire and emergency response organizations in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have been awarded nearly $385,000 in grants from the state, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

“These grants are a great help to our fire and ambulance companies that are struggling with finances and volunteer recruitment and training,” Causer said. “I appreciate the hard work and dedication of our emergency responders and am pleased so many of them took advantage of the opportunity to obtain these valuable grants.”

The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner. All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not general fund tax revenue.

Since its inception, the program has provided nearly $4.5 million in funding to fire and ambulance companies in the three-county area. Every emergency service organization that completes the application process receives funding. Projects eligible for funding include: construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards:

Cameron County

Cameron County Ambulance Service – $7,201.70.
Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $11,511.46.
Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $10,675.
Sinnamahoning Volunteer Fire Department, Sinnamahoning – $11,511.46.

McKean County

Bradford City Fire Department, Bradford – $12,133.
Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $13,789.79.
Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $12,422.79.
Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $11,739.29.
Eldred Borough Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Eldred –$11,511.46.
Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $11,739.29.
Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $11,739.29.
Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,967.12
Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,967.12
Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association – $7,201.70.
Mount Jewett Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $11,739.29.
Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $7,201.70 for EMS operations; $11,739.29 for fire company operations.
Port Allegany Fire Department-Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $13,789.79.
Port Area Ambulance Service Inc., Port Allegany – $4,221.62.
Rew Volunteer Fire Department, Rew – $11,967.12.
Smethport Fire Department Inc., Smethport – $12,194.96.

Potter County

Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $7,201.70 for EMS operations; $13,789.79 for fire company operations.
Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $13,789.79.
Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $7,201.70 for EMS operations.
Genesee Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Genesee – $7,201.70 for EMS operations; $11,739.29 for fire company operations.
Germania Fire Company, Galeton – $11,511.46.
Goodyear Hose Company No. 1, Galeton – $11,739.29.
Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Harrison Valley – $13,789.79.
Kettle Creek Ambulance Association, Cross Fork – $7,201.70.
Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $11,511.46.
Roulette Chemical Engine No. 1 Inc., Roulette -- $7,201.70 for EMS operations; $11,511.46 for fire company operations.
Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Shinglehouse – $7,201.70 for EMS operations; $12,194.96 for fire company operations.

PennDOT Re-opens Right Lane of I-80 Eastbound at Woodland Exit

Clearfield, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has re-opened the right/travel lane of eastbound Interstate 80, at the Woodland/123 exit. PennDOT re-opened the lane around 1 P.M. today.

The lane has been closed since March so that repairs could be made to the I-80 eastbound bridge spanning Route 970 at the Woodland exit. The bridge was damaged February 24 after being struck by a vehicle.

During the repairs, I-80 traffic crossed the bridge using the left/passing lane. Traffic can now move through the area using both eastbound lanes.

​Night Work Continues Next Week on I-80 in Montour County

Montoursville – A multi-year, $30 million project continues next week on Interstate 80 in Montour County with work in the westbound lanes on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights.
Work on I-80 westbound will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights and be completed at 7 a.m. each of the following mornings.

The westbound passing lane will be closed from mile 226 to mile 229 while the contractor places subbase stone.

Both lanes will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 p.m. Thursday, and from 7 a.m. Friday through the weekend.

This work is part of reconstruction project on I-80 eastbound from Danville to the Columbia County line. The project includes 3.6 miles of reconstruction and bridge work in the eastbound lanes. The project also will include shoulder construction and bridge work in the westbound lanes in order to maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction for the majority of the time during construction.

Other parts of the project include concrete patching in the eastbound and westbound lanes from the Northumberland County line to the Danville interchange. Construction began in late 2015 and will be completed in the fall of 2018.

Motorists should expect delays, be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

Forest Management/Habitat Tour

On Sunday May 1st, 2016 the Susquehannock State Forest will be hosting its annual forest management/habitat tour. Each year we try to highlight a different region of the district and the forest/wildlife management practices that are taking place. This year the tour will be in the Oleona and Cross Fork areas of the County. 

Representatives of the Bureau of Forestry, PA Game Commission and Black Forest Conservation Association will be leading the tour. Topics this year include; the history of the Pennsylvania Civilian Conservation Corp, turn of the century logging and settlement, local equine camping and trail riding opportunities and district timber and wildlife management program. We will be traveling to multiple sites on State Forest Land to look at and discuss the topics mentioned above.

The goal of the tour is to exchange information, build a better relationship with those that use the state forest, and provide participants with a better understanding of the complexity and improvements that we are seeing, in terms of sustainable forest management in North Central Pennsylvania. We hope that all involved leave with a better understanding of how and why our State Forests are managed and are able to adopt some of these same forest and wildlife management techniques on their own properties.

The tour will begin at 9:00 am at Ole Bull State Park. The park is located off state route 144. Habitat Tour signs will be posted at the entrance to the park. The tour will conclude at 2:00 pm. The tour is free of charge. Transportation and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register for the tour call the district office at 814-274-3600 or email at .

Barb Peterson Retiring From McKean County Jail

Our department would like to send out a big congratulations to Ms. Barb Peterson as she is retiring from the Mckean County Jail after more than 25 years of service. Many don't know but she was the first female hired as a corrections officer and will be retiring as the records clerk who for years has kept everything straight including the corrections officers and deputy's. 

Ms. Peterson both Chief Warnick and Officer Seipp would like to send a special thank you for you help guidance and constant friendship both while we were employed at the Sheriffs dept/ jail and now after as we have both chosen different paths. You will be missed greatly enjoy retirement!!!!!!

Chief Warnick
Officer Seipp


Wellsboro, PA – The Board of Directors of Citizens & Northern Corporation (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: CZNC), parent company of Citizens & Northern Bank, has declared a dividend on the Company’s common stock and approved a new treasury stock repurchase program.

Declaration of the regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.26 per share was made at the April 21, 2016 meeting of the Company's Board of Directors. The dividend is payable on May 13, 2016 to shareholders of record as of May 2, 2016.

Announcement of a new treasury stock repurchase program follows the recent completion of a common stock repurchase plan authorized by the Board of Directors in July 2014. In total, 622,500 shares, or 5% of the total shares outstanding on July 16, 2014, were repurchased under the previous program for a total cost of $12,140,000, at an average price of $19.50 per share.
Under the newly approved stock repurchase program, the Company is authorized to repurchase up to 600,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, or slightly less than 5% of the Company’s issued and outstanding shares at April 19, 2016. As permitted by securities laws and other legal requirements and subject to market conditions and other factors, purchases under the program may be made from time to time in the open market at prevailing prices, or through privately negotiated transactions.

Consistent with the previous program, the Board of Directors’ April 21, 2016 authorization provides that: (1) the new treasury stock repurchase program shall be effective when publicly announced and shall continue thereafter until suspended or terminated by the Board of Directors, in its sole discretion; and (2) all shares of common stock repurchased pursuant to the new program shall be held as treasury shares and be available for use and reissuance for purposes as and when determined by the Board of Directors including, without limitation, pursuant to the Company’s Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan and its equity compensation program.

Citizens & Northern Corporation is the parent company of Citizens & Northern Bank, a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices throughout Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan, Lycoming, Potter, Cameron and McKean counties in Pennsylvania and in Canisteo and South Hornell, NY. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at

The Company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.
Safe Harbor Statement: Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this release are forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty, including without limitation, the following: changes in monetary and fiscal policies of the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Government, particularly related to changes in interest rates; changes in general economic conditions; legislative or regulatory changes; downturn in demand for loan, deposit and other financial services in the Company’s market area; increased competition from other banks and non-bank providers of financial services; technological changes and increased technology-related costs; changes in management’s assessment of realization of securities and other assets; and changes in accounting principles, or the application of generally accepted accounting principles. 

The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

QuickBooks 2015 Level II

Now that you’re familiar with the basics, come and see what else this amazing accounting program can do for you. Learn how to run professional looking reports, personalize your forms, send letters through Microsoft Word, export to Excel and more. The Clarion University SBDC, in partnership with the Clarion University Center for Accounting Education and Research, is offering QuickBooks Level II as an approved CPE 8 credit course. This seminar will include: Tracking and paying sales tax; Inventory: tracking and adjusting; Payroll: processing/reports; Reports: balance sheets/income statement (profit/loss), and customizing forms and reports.

This course is being taught by Corry Riley, Clarion University SBDC Business Consultant and QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor. It will be offered at the Coudersport office of the Education Council on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $199. Registration is required, and the registration deadline is April 21. To register, call 877-292-1843.

Man steals and sells father's guns for cash

By Katie Weidenboerner
Courier Express

JOHNSONBURG – A St. Marys man has been jailed for stealing and selling his father’s guns, police say.

Scotty Robert Fidler, 22, 352 Spruce St., St. Marys, is charged by Johnsonburg police with theft by unlawful taking and burglary. Charges were filed Monday with District Judge James Martin of Johnsonburg.

According to an affidavit of probable cause obtained from Martin’s office Wednesday, police say a man residing at an apartment at 1058 E. Center St. in Johnsonburg contacted them about stolen firearms, including a Fox model B shotgun and Topper model 58 30/30 cal.

The man told police he believed his son, Scotty Fidler, had taken the guns and sold them at Elk County Ammo & Arms in St. Marys.  Read more...

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Chapman Brook Road

At 1:55 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 have been dispatched to Chapman Brook Road in Ceres Township for a medical emergency. Olean 10 on scene.
2:18 PM--Portville dispatched to this call.
2:25 PM--Bolivar dispatched
2:29 PM--Bolivar responding.
2:31 PM--Bolivar response cancelled.

Intoxicated State Trooper Accused Of Assaulting Wife; Jailed On $1,000,000. Bail

Read the whole story on Gant News HERE

Cuba Dispatched To Rollover Crash On North Branch Road

At 1:22 PM on Friday, Cuba Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to North Branch Road near the intersection with Hubbell Hill Road and Jackson Road for a one car rollover crash. Report one patient our of vehicle complaining of a back injury.

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, April 22, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol

I had a great time reading to kids at the Bradford Family Center this week as part of the "One Book, Every Young Child" literacy initiative. This year, we read "Kite Day, A Bear and Mole Story" by Will Hillenbrand.

New Law to Improve Contract Transparency

All proposed collective bargaining agreements under the governor’s jurisdiction will now be subject to a cost analysis by the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) under a new state law.

Act 15 of 2016 requires the governor’s Office of Administration and the Office of the Budget to provide the IFO with copies of proposed public employee collective bargaining agreements with their own cost analysis of the agreement 20 business days prior to the execution date of the agreement.

This is part of an ongoing effort to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used wisely and to improve state government transparency.

New Savings Account to Help People with Disabilities, Caregivers
A new law signed this week will help families better afford expenses associated with caring for a loved one with a disability.

Act 17 of 2016, formerly Senate Bill 879, creates the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (PA ABLE) so that families can establish tax-exempt savings accounts specifically for people with qualified disabilities. The accounts can be used for a wide range of disability-related expenses including health care, housing, and transportation without jeopardizing eligibility for important programs on which individuals with disabilities must often depend.

The tax-exempt savings accounts are modeled on section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which recognizes state-established savings programs to meet future college expenses. The Pennsylvania Treasury has been administering the Pennsylvania 529 program since 1993 and will administer the ABLE Program.

For more information about program benefits, click here.

Prescription Drug Take Back Set for April 30
Next Saturday, April 30, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The day is designed to ensure proper disposal of unused prescription drugs and to keep the drugs from being misused and abused. According to a 2011 survey in Pennsylvania, 14 percent of youth surveyed admitted to taking prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them and 18 percent felt that prescription drugs were not harmful.

Prescription drugs may be dropped off at the following locations in our area. Drop-off hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • McKean County Sheriff’s Department, 17129 Route 6, Smethport.
  • Pennsylvania State Police Coudersport Barracks, 3140 E. Second St., Coudersport.
  • Potter County Sheriff’s Department, Potter County Courthouse, 1 E. Second St., Room 24, Coudersport.
  • Coudersport Borough Police Department, 201 S. West St., Coudersport.
  • Pennsylvania State Police Emporium Barracks, 12921 Route 120, Emporium.

The Emporium Police Department also has a permanent drop-off box at 421 N. Broad St., Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here for more information about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Veterans Assistance Hours in May
If you are a veteran in need of assistance with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care or death benefits, help will be available at each of my local offices during the month of May. The schedule is as follows:
  • Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Kane office, 55 Fraley St., on Monday, May 2, from 1-3 p.m. She will be at the Bradford office on Monday, May 9, also from 1-3 p.m. No appointments are necessary.
  • Dan Falls of the American Legion will be at the Coudersport office, 107 S. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Appointments are required and should be made by calling 814-274-9769.

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

Conservation District Welcomes New Watershed Technician

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April16NewPCWaterSpeclistPotter County Conservation District has welcomed Jared Dickerson (left) as its new watershed/nutrient management technician. He fills the post vacated by Jason Childs (right), who was appointed district manager earlier this year. 

A graduate of Otto-Eldred High School, Dickerson holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lycoming College. He also minored in environmental science and served an internship with the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection’s water quality division. 

Among his duties are helping area organizations, farmers and landowners with conservation practices. Dickerson will also be closely involved with district’s nutrient management programs for agriculturalists.

Preparations Continue For Next Tuesday’s Election

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election2016Potter County Elections/Voter Registration Director Sandy Lewis is gearing up for the Tuesday, April 26, Primary Election. 

Voters seeking to prepare themselves are encouraged to view sample ballots for each precinct on the Elections/Voter Registration section of the county website (click on Departments tab),

Of local interest, registered Republicans will be choosing a County Chairman as well as a committeeman and committeewoman for each voting district. The chairmanship and all committee seats have been vacant for some time. There is just one candidate running for chairman and no candidates for the committee seats. No local offices will appear on the Democratic ballot.

Both Republicans and Democrats in Potter County will have a voice in deciding party nominations for President, U.S. Senator, State Senator, U.S. Congress Member, Representative in the Pa. General Assembly, and several statewide offices. Delegates for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions will also be chosen. 

A statewide voter referendum that raises the mandatory retirement age of judges from the current 70 to 75 will be presented to voters. However, a recent court ruling declares that the results will be invalid and the issue will likely appear again on the November ballot. A separate referendum calls for a vote on whether the Philadelphia Traffic Court should be eliminated.

Polls will be open on April 26 from 7 am to 8 pm. Voters who are not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties will only be able to cast ballots on the statewide referendums. Anyone with questions should call 814-274-8467.

Daniel George Warriner, 55, of Wellsboro, PA

Daniel George Warriner

Daniel George Warriner, 55, of Wellsboro, PA,  died on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at his residence. 

He was born July 24, 1960 in Niagara Falls, NY, the son of the late Donald R. and Carolyn Ida (Gee) Warriner.

Daniel loved tinkering with and repairing equipment. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was employed by Ward Foundry in Blossburg.

Surviving are his wife, Regina Warriner, Mansfield; son, Dustin Warriner, Wellsboro; daughter, Dawn Warriner, New York and his grandchildren, Morgan, Andrea, Marcus Giltner of Idaho; his sister, Constance Rose Paderano, Buffalo, NY; step-son, Martin Sherwood, Galeton and step-daughters, Desiree Sherwood and Tiffany Sherwood, both of Blossburg.

Family and friends are invited to Daniel’s Memorial Service on Monday, April 25, 2016, 12:00 PM at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd. 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, with Pastor Debbie Button officiating. Interment will be in the Niles Valley Cemetery.

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

Causer to Host Veterans Services Representatives

BRADFORD – In an effort to ensure area veterans receive the services and support they need, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is hosting veterans service representatives at each of his three offices in the coming weeks.

Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Kane office, 55 Fraley St., on Monday, May 2, from 1-3 p.m. She will be at the Bradford office on Monday, May 9, also from 1-3 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

Dan Falls of the American Legion will be at the Coudersport office, 107 S. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Appointments are required and should be made by calling 814-274-9769.

The representatives will offer veterans assistance with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits.

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Friday, April 22, 2016
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Helping Families Cope With Disability Expenses 

A new law signed this week will help families better afford expenses associated with caring for a loved one with a disability.

Act 17 of 2016, formerly Senate Bill 879, creates the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (PA ABLE) so that families can establish tax-exempt savings accounts specifically for people with qualified disabilities. The accounts can be used for a wide range of disability-related expenses including health care, housing and transportation without jeopardizing eligibility for important programs on which individuals with disabilities must often depend.

The tax-exempt savings accounts are modeled on section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which recognizes state-established savings programs to meet future college expenses. The Pennsylvania Treasury has been administering the Pennsylvania 529 program since 1993 and will administer the ABLE Program.

For more information about program benefits, click here.

Thank you….
to everyone who attended Wednesday’s Senior Active Living Expo at the Treasure Lake Church Family Life Center. I enjoyed spending time with everyone, and need to thank the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Care Unlimited, DuBois Continuum of Care and Today’s Senior for partnering with my staff and me to hold this event.

Thanks also to Fullington Bus for providing transportation.

Good luck…..
to all the young hunters taking part in this Saturday's annual youth spring turkey hunt. Please remember all participants must be accompanied by an adult. Hunting hours during the youth hunt end at noon.

Junior hunters and mentored youth may also participate in the statewide spring gobbler season, which takes place next Saturday, April 30

Milliard claims notification snafu, sentencing continued

By Katie Weidenboerner
Courier Express 

RIDGWAY – A family who has awaited justice for nearly five years did not receive it Thursday afternoon in Elk County Court.

Francis Anthony Milliard, 58, Ridgway, was scheduled to be sentenced yesterday for the June 2011 beating of Todd Asti. All was proceeding as planned until Milliard rose to speak, saying, “First of all, I’m sorry about Todd Asti.”

A graying and frazzled Milliard, clad in an orange jumpsuit emblazoned with the words “Jefferson County Jail,” went on to say that earlier in the day he was pulled from his jail cell and told he was being taken to Ridgway. Milliard claims until then he had never been notified of Thursday’s sentencing.

“I would sure like to have my family and friends here,” Milliard told President Judge Richard Masson. Read more...

Annual covered dish/pot luck dinner on Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 PM at the Kettle Creek Hose Company # 1 fire hall in Cross Fork

Friends of Kettle Creek and friends of military veterans,

The KCWA hopes you can attend our annual covered dish/pot luck dinner on Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 PM at the Kettle Creek Hose Company # 1 fire hall in Cross Fork.  Ham and beef roasts will be furnished.  Please bring a covered dish to pass or deli items, bread/rolls, sodas, desserts, etc., for those of you who do not cook.  We will have outlets for your crock pots containing meatballs, goulash, vegetables, potatoes, etc.  You can bring your own dinner plates, metal utensils, etc., if you do not like Styrofoam and plastic.

This year's dinner is very special because it will held in conjunction with our first 3 day Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing weekend event for disabled/recovering military veterans.  Go to our website  where there is more information about this PHWFF event with links to websites.  We welcome all veterans & supporters of veterans, local and at camps, to this dinner, especially KCWA members.  Memberships and KCWA t-shirts will be available at the dinner.

We always have a silent auction at the annual dinner with many useful and interesting/unique items.  Please come early around 6 PM to choose the auction items you want to win.  Please email Ralonda Austin at if anyone would like to donate an auction item, indicate your item and your name so she can put those on the auction ticket containers well before the dinner.  Put KCWA in the 'subject' line of your email to her.  Come early with your item around 5:30 PM so the auction items can be arranged.  Try not to spend over $25.00 on an auction item. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

Certainly anything red, white and blue will be popular for the auction such as a USA-made flag kit or red, white and blue umbrella.  Items involved with outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, hunting, geocaching & bird watching are good.  Postage stamps, first aid kits or gift cards to Sheetz, Walmart or a grocery store are always very popular.  If you have a business, anything related to your business would be good advertising.  Bring business cards to put with your donated item.

We hope to see you at the banquet.

Carol  Hyde
PHWFF Local Outreach