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Saturday, July 16, 2016

St. Eulalia Community Festival Photos By Sunken Branch Photography

Woman Swerves To Miss Deer, Hits Oncoming Vehicle

Troopers Investigate Alleged Assault At Idlewood Campground In Lafayette Township

St. Marys Fire Units Locating Wildfire Above Bucktail Plaza

At 10:20 PM on Saturday, St. Marys fire units are attempting to locate a fire that is visible from the Bucktail Road above the Bucktail Plaza along the power line. Smoke and a glow were seen by a passing motorist.

Smethport Ambulance Dispatched To Victim Of ATV Accident

At 10:17 PM on Saturday, Smethport Ambulance has been dispatched to the 5800 block of Rt. 46 for a victim of an ATV accident with a chest injury.
10:30 PM--Dispatch Smethport Fire Units To Petrowax for a landing zone.

Edith M. Howard, 88, of Sartwell Creek Rd., Port Allegany, PA

Edith M. Howard

PORT ALLEGANY- Edith M. Howard, 88, of Sartwell Creek Rd., passed away Friday (July 15, 2016) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Born January 12, 1928, in Alma, NY, she was a daughter of William A. and Lola James Howden. She married Harold L. Howard on Sept. 22, 1945.

Edith graduated from Wellsville High School, class of 1944.

She was employed by Potter County Board of Assistance as a caseworker, before her retirement.

Mrs. Howard was a member of the Sartwell Creek Union Church of Burtville, past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Eulalia Chapter 148, Coudersport. She was a former member of the local, state, and national grange.

Surviving are three sons, H. Ray (Janet) Howard of Roulette, Christian J. (Carol) Howard and Rodney W. (Judy) Howard both of Port Allegany; a daughter, Tamara E. Lorenzo of New Stanton, PA; seven grandchildren: Corinne, Ross, & Chase Howard, Nathaniel and Nicholas Howard, Angelina Lorenzo and Cara Jo Dawson; a great-grandson, Maxon Howard; a sister, Helen H. Young of Belmont, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Timothy Howard, a sister, Gertrude Dickson, and two brothers, William and James Howden.

Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. Monday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday (July 19, 2016) with Rev. LaVerne Howard and Rev. Allen Long, pastors of the Sartwell Creek Union Church, co-officiating. Burial will be in Sartwell Creek Cemetery.

An Eastern Star service will be conducted in the funeral home, Monday at 7:30 p.m by Eulalia Chapter 148, Coudersport.

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Sartwell Creek Union Church, Port Allegany Senior Center, or S.W. Smith Library. 

Condolences can be made to:

Rodney W. Howard                            Christian J. Howard
338 Sartwell Creek Rd.                    198 Sartwell Creek Rd.
Port Allegany, PA 16743                  Port Allegany, PA 16743

H. Ray Howard                                   Tamara E. Lorenzo
94 Trout Brook Rd.                            109 Pine Dr.
Roulette, PA 16746                            New Stanton, PA 15672

Otto Township Dispatched To ATV Accident At Majestic Trails

At 5:54 PM on Saturday, Otto Township Fire Dept., Ambulance & Medic 1 have been dispatched to Majestic Trails at the old Quaker State tank yard for an ATV accident.

Dale A. “Ponch” Pinney, 56, a lifelong resident of the Bolivar, NY area

Dale A. “Ponch” Pinney  “beloved father, brother, uncle and friend”

Dale A. “Ponch” Pinney, 56, a lifelong resident of the Bolivar, NY area, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, July 15, 2016.

Born on September 9, 1959 in Olean, he was a son of Arthur L. and Joyce A. Hawkes Pinney.

Ponch was a graduate of Bolivar High School, Class of 1977. During high school he completed 1000 hours of machinist training through the BOCES program.

Ponch, since age 19, was employed at the Bolivar High School (now Bolivar-Richburg Central School) as a custodian where he enjoyed a special connection to the students. He had also been employed by the former Al Glintz Convenience Store and Gas Station in Bolivar. In his youth, he delivered the Olean Times Herald in Little Genesee.

Ponch was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Kenyon Andrus Post 772 in Bolivar. He was a member of the Genesee Valley Antique Tractor Club. In his younger years he enjoyed stock car racing. He enjoyed horseshoe pitching tournaments and bean bag tournaments. He would weld and tinker for his family and friends.

Surviving are four children, Michelle (Clint) Burdick of Richburg, Michael (Jamie) Learn of Scio, Steve (Tamera) Learn and Brian Learn, both of Richburg; several grandchildren; three brothers, William A. “Bill” (Janice”) Pinney of Galeton, PA, Mark D. (Betty) Pinney of Almond, and Russell A. (Lynn) Pinney of Bolivar; a sister, Jody A. Allen of Bolivar; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ponch was predeceased by a sister, Sandra “Sandy” Knowlton.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 with the Rev. David Herne, pastor of Heritage AFlame Ministries, Bolivar, officiating. Burial will be in Wells Cemetery, Little Genesee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sons of the American Legion Kenyon Andrus Post 772, 387 Main Street, Bolivar NY 14715 or to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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

Nancy W. Chitester, 67, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, PA

Nancy W. Chitester 

Nancy W. Chitester, 67, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, PA, passed away unexpectedly with her loving family by her side on Friday, July 15, 2016 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

Morris Dispatched To Vehicle Crash On Rt. 287

At 3:40 PM on Saturday, Morris Fire Department has been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident On Rt. 287. Report no injuries.

Whitesville's Waters Takes First At Expo Speedway

(Cortland, OH)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance had another doubleheader event on Wednesday evening as the Sweeney Late Model Touring Series and the Bicknell Sportsman Modified Touring Series made its annual stop at the big 5/8-mile at Expo Speedway part of the 170th annual Trumbull County Fair. Sunshine, high humidity and temps in the low 90s were present as the severe storms held off until well after the event.  
John Waters will tell you Expo isn't one of his favorite tracks, but 2016 has been a different season for the Whitesville, New Yorker. Waters is focused on winning his first career Sweeney Late Model Touring Series Championship, and on Wednesday night became the Series' top 2016 winner with his third victory. The 450-mile roundtrip paid off for Waters as earned the $1,500 top prize along with being named the Maxima Racing Oil "Maximum Performance" award winner, and closed within two points of Bryce Davis. Waters became the fifth different winner in the nine years the event has been at the fair.
"The guys did a great job on the track with what they had to work with, with this weather," stated the 35-year-old winner. "This is the third time I've been here and I was nervous. We haven't had any luck before between motor problems and hitting a yuke tire. I guess we got the bad luck out of the way as we had a flat tire on the hauler coming here, which got us here late. I was nervous about Will (Thomas) alongside me. He's a wheelman and can drive anything so I just wanted to hit my marks. I appreciate all my guys coming down here and helping on a weekday. My car owner Dale LeBarron is at home working, while we're here playing. I can't do it without everyone and my sponsors for making it possible."
Waters drew the important pole position and won the drag race over Will Thomas III down the long frontstretch at Expo, while Davis made a nice move to pass both Dave Lyon and Alan Dellinger for third on the opening lap. Mike Pegher, Jr. meanwhile went from seventh to fourth on lap one. Eighth starting Jason Knowles cracked the top five on lap three when he passed Dellinger.
On lap 11, Waters caught Tony White at the back, which allowed Thomas to close in; however, once by White, Waters stretched his lead back out by lap 13. Waters had negotiate traffic again on lap 16, but made the right moves as he continued to lead, while Pegher began to challenge Davis for third. Pegher and Davis ran side-by-side on lap 17 and Pegher had the preferred inside line to make the pass as the two got around the lapped car of Ed Bolyard III racing down the frontstretch.
Waters had to negotiate traffic once again on lap 19- this time with newcomer Duane Stiers and Brian Knowles. Pegher's night ended when he slowed on the final lap bringing out the caution. Pegher was awarded the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night".
The caution set up a one-lap shootout to the finish and gave Thomas one more shot at Waters on the double file restart. Waters chose the preferred inside line and made it work as he raced on to his fifth career Sweeney Tour win, but ironically first ever in the United States as his four prior have come in Canada at Humberstone and Merrittville Speedways! The victory for Waters was his fourth overall of the season in RUSH-sanctioned events and came in the Dale LeBarron-owned, Troups Creek Heating/Fox Shocks/Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuel/Fastline Performance/Troups Creek Auto Parks/Renegade Forestry Management/Close Racing Supply/Atkins Appraisal-sponsored #11.
Davis, who was making his first ever Expo start, was able to slip by Thomas on the final lap for second, but had no chance of running down Waters as his bid for three straight Series wins ended. Thomas, who won the event in 2012, had to settle for third. It was Thomas' second podium finish in the last three events.
Jason Knowles and Dellinger swapped fourth and fifth on several occasions throughout the event with Knowles taking the fourth spot, which earned him the $100 Precise "Pedal Down" Hard Charger gift card. Dellinger was fifth for the second time in the last three events. Lyon and Bruce Hordusky, Jr. were sixth and seventh in their first ever Expo starts as Brian Knowles, Bolyard, and White completed the top 10. White's first career Sweeney Tour top 10 came in his first career Expo start and earned the $25 gift certificate for being the final car on the lead lap.
Waters and Thomas won the heat races. Pegher won his third K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash of the season to earn a $100 K&N certificate and also extended his dash championship point lead. Wilson picked up a $50 K&N certificate for his second place dash finish, while Jason Knowles and Bolyard received an extra $25 cash for finishing third and fourth.
The 5/8-mile Expo Speedway can be an intimidating place. Last season though Chelsie Kriegisch finished fifth in her first race at the track, which turned out to be her season's best Bicknell Tour finish. Kriegisch was looking forward to returning to one of her favorite tracks on Wednesday. And return she did. Kriegisch made history in several ways after her first career victory in the 15-lap feature event. Kriegisch became the first ever female to win in the 46-year history of Expo; became the first female to win a crate engine Tour event in the 10-year history of the Northeast; and became the first female winner in the three-year history of the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds!
"This is incredible and I'm speechless right now," expressed the 22-year-old Ellwood City driver. "My dad (Randy Kriegisch) and Darin Gallagher set the car up for me tonight- I can't thank them enough, and if it wasn't for my car owner Jerry Schaffer I wouldn't be here. I also have to thank my sponsors and the guys that help week in and week out."
Kriegisch earned $600 for the Bicknell Tour victory and was named the Maxima Racing Oil "Maximum Performance" award winner. She was congratulated by many of her fellow competitors including her sister Jessica and car owner Jerry Schaffer, who joined her in the victory lane celebration.
"I've known these two girls their entire life- I've watched them grow up and race go-karts," explained Schaffer. "We were all sitting at Lernerville (Speedway) one night watching and I said to them 'well girls are you ready to race your first big cars?' Chelsie said 'what do you mean?' I said 'I'm going to put you in one of those RUSH Modifieds' and she said 'let's do it!' It's been great and I love it!"
Kriegisch took off in the lead, while Brandon Ritchey passed Kyle Martell for second on the opening lap. Jeremy Weaver and Kole Holden dropped Martell back two more spots as they took over third and fourth on lap two. The sixth starting Holden continued to move forward as he passed Weaver for third on lap four.
By lap six, the top three of Kriegisch, Ritchey, and Holden distanced themselves from the field. One lap later, Holden closed in on Ritchey in the battle for second, while Kriegisch began to pull away at the halfway point. Further on back, a good battle was taking place for fourth with Weaver trying to fend off Martell and Chas Wolbert.
As Kriegisch continued to lead and knock off laps, Holden was all over Ritchey on lap 11. He got alongside on a couple occasions, but Ritchey had the momentum to maintain second. Rookie racer Preston Cope lost the handle with 12 laps scored to bring out the event's only caution.
The caution wasn't what Kriegisch wanted to see as her lead was erased and forced a double file restart with two-time Sharon Speedway Bicknell Weekly Series winner, Brandon Ritchey, alongside and Holden, who has wins at Sharon and Lernerville this season right behind. Kriegisch though had a good restart as she was able to withstand Ritchey's bid for the lead as action resumed. Ritchey had his hands full with Holden as the two resumed their side-by-side battle this time with Holden prevailing on lap 13.
Holden closed the gap on Kriegisch in the final laps, but would run out of time to mount a challenge as Kriegisch became the amazing 11th different winner in 15 RUSH Sportsman Modified events this season in herFombell General Store, My Buddy's Outdoor Store, My Buddy's Pet Wash & Car Wash-sponsored #10.
Holden earned the $100 Precise "Pedal Down" hard charger gift card for improving four positions. Ritchey's third gave him the Sherwood Wheels "Man of Steel" honor for rebounding from a tough pill draw to a podium finish. Weaver was fourth over Martell. Completing the top 10 were Tiffany Williams, Wolbert, who is the Bicknell Tour point leader, Steve Slater, Brian Schaffer, and Josh Seippel.
Chelsie's sister Jessica Kriegisch was chosen as the TMB "Tough Brake of the Night" recipient, while Cope was the final car on the lead lap and received a $25 certificate. Wolbert and Weaver won the heat races. Williams won her first K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash for a $100 K&N certificate over Slater, who received a $50 K&N certificate, and Seippel and Brian Schaffer, who both earned an extra $25 cash.
The Sweeney RUSH Late Model Tour resumes action this Friday night (July 15) for the first ever appearance at New York's Ransomville Speedway in a $2,000 to-win "Marquee" Event. Warm-ups are slated for 6:45 p.m. The Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will have a Bicknell Weekly Series event this Saturday at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway.
Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series Race #8 (20 laps, $1,500 to-win): 1. JOHN WATERS (LeBarron 11) 2. Bryce Davis (94) 3. Will Thomas III (9) 4. Jason Knowles (4) 5. Alan Dellinger (Williams 8) 6. Dave Lyon (14L) 7. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. (3) 8. Brian Knowles (7) 9. Ed Bolyard III (Patrick 05) 10. Tony White (27) 11. Mike Pegher, Jr. (Haseleu RJ1) 12. Duane Stiers (10) 13. Jamie Wrightsman (21J) 14. Eric Wilson (27W).
Car Count: 14
Feature Lap Leaders: John Waters (1-20)
Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down Hard Charger": Jason Knowles (+4)
Maxima Oil "Maximum Performance": John Waters
TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night":Mike Pegher, Jr. "Last Car on Lead Lap": Tony White
RUSH Late Model Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Thomas 2. Dellinger 3. Lyon 4. Pegher 5. Wilson 6. B. Knowles 7. White.
RUSH Late Model Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Waters 2. Davis 3. Hordusky 4. J. Knowles 5. Bolyard 6. Wrightsman 7. Stiers.
RUSH Late Model K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash (4 laps, $100 K&N certificate to-win): 1. Pegher 2. Wilson 3. J. Knowles 4. Bolyard.
Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series Race #4 (15 laps, $600 to-win): 1. CHELSIE KRIEGISCH (10) 2. Kole Holden (2) 3. Brandon Ritchey (17) 4. Jeremy Weaver (35W) 5. Kyle Martell (8) 6. Tiffany Williams (58) 7. Chas Wolbert (c3) 8. Steve Slater (35) 9. Brian Schaffer (41) 10. Josh Seippel (84) 11. Jerry Schaffer (14) 12. Mike Sparks (Smith 3G) 13. Jessica Kriegisch (63) 14. Preston Cope (24P) 15. Will Schaffer (4) 16. Jordan Ehrenberg (JD57)-DSQ.
Car Count: 16
Feature Lap Leaders: Chelsie Kriegisch (1-15)
Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down Hard Charger": Kole Holden (+4)
Maxima Oil "Maximum Performance: Chelsie Kriegisch
Sherwood Wheels "Man of Steel":Brandon Ritchey
TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night": Jessica Kriegisch "Last Car on Lead Lap": Preston Cope
RUSH Sportsman Modified Heat 1 (6 laps): 1. Wolbert 2. Martell 3. Ritchey 4. B. Schaffer 5. Seippel 6. Sparks 7. J. Schaffer 8. W. Schaffer.
RUSH Sportsman Modified Heat 2 (6 laps): 1. Weaver 2. C. Kriegisch 3. Holden 4. Williams 5. Slater 6. Cope 7. J. Kriegisch 8. Ehrenberg-DSQ.
RUSH Sportsman Modified K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash (4 laps, $100 K&N certificate to-win): 1. Williams 2. Slater 3. Seippel 4. B. Schaffer.
RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, FK Rod Ends, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Rocket Chassis, Bobby Lake Motorsports High Gear Speed Shop,, B.R.A.K.E.S.,, and Valley Fashions.
RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bicknell Racing Products, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Velocita-USA, Precise Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, K&N Filters, TBM Brakes, Lincoln Electric, Classic Ink USA.,, and B.R.A.K.E.S.
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is Like our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Smethport Ambulance Dispatched To Skate Park

At 2:41 PM on Saturday, Smethport Ambulance has been dispatched to the skate park off Washington Street for a victim of a bicycle accident.

City of Olean, NY Police Department Makes Arrest For Selling Crack Cocaine


A 35 year old Olean resident was arrested yesterday, July 15th at 5:00 p.m. for selling Crack Cocaine in the City of Olean. 

Samuel “Poo” McKenney of 135 N. 6th St Olean was taken into custody on the 100 block of N. 6th St. by members of the Police Departments Street Crimes Unit for an outstanding arrest warrant signed by the Honorable Judge Ploetz charging him with one count each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd. degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled substance in the 3rd. degree which are both B Felonies. 

At the time of his arrest, McKinney was found to be in possession of Crack Cocaine and Marijuana and he was also charged with a separate charge of Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree and unlawful possession of Marijuana. 

The arrest warrant was a result of an investigation conducted by the Olean Police Departments Street Crimes unit along with the Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Rieman. Mckenney was arraigned on the possession of drug charges placed at the time of his arrest and bail in the amount of $25,000 cash or $50,000 Bond was placed on McKinney and he was transported to the Cattaraugus County Jail pending arraignment on the drug charges on the original indictment warrant.

Bolivar Dispatched For ATV Accident Victim In Woods Off Bells Brook Road

At 207 PM on Saturday, Bolivar Fire Dept. & Ambulance have been dispatched to Bells Brook Road for a victim of an ATV accident in the woods. Patient has a head injury.
Mercyflight 7 is on ground standby. 
2:14 PM--Patient is at Bells Brook Road & Rt. 417. 
2:27 PM--Bolivar ambulance en route to landing zone.

Everything changed for the Hockhousen family in 15 minutes.

Willow Creek Triathlon set for Aug. 6

Audie Murphy once said, “Bravery is just determination to do a job you know has to be done.”

And Murphy knew what he was talking about – he was the most decorated American veteran of World War II.

U.S. veterans have done their job, now it is our turn to make sure they are taken care of and that is where the Willow Creek Triathlon comes in.

The sprint triathlon will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, and starts with a 300-yard swim at Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park, N.Y. It is followed by a 15-mile bicycle ride on Route 28 (which turns into Route 346) to the Corydon Hotel. The last leg of the triathlon is a three-mile run to the Willows Restaurant.

The event also includes a duathlon, where participants do the bicycle and running portions. People can participate individually or on a team.

The triathlon will forge ahead despite the fact that the two main stops – The Corydon Hotel and Willows Restaurant – are closed. The parking lot at Willows will still be the venue of food, music and awards ceremony after the race.

Money raised from the triathlon benefits the Transportation Funds for the Disabled American Veterans of Warren and McKean counties. The Transportation Fund ensures rides for veterans to VA hospitals and clinics out of town.

Registration is now open and can be made at or Preregistration will last until July 18. The cost is $40 per person and $80 per team. After July 18, the price increases to $50 per individual and $90 per team.

To date, the triathlon, now in its 11th year, has raised more than $190,000; last year, $40,200 was raised.

The veterans are not the only ones who walk away from the triathlon winners.

The top male and female finishers will receive the Thom Maholic Award, named in memory of a Bradford soldier who died in Afghanistan in 2006.

Unique wooden medals – with this year’s logo – are given to the top finishers in various age groups.

There is also a Clydesdale Division for men who weigh 200 lbs. or more; the Athena Division is open for women 150 lbs. or more.

Braveheart awards are given to those who have overcome odds to participate in the event.

People may also register in person from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Bradford Family YMCA and at Quaker Beach Aug. 6 from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Race packets can be picked up on Aug. 5 at the YMCA during the same times as registration.

A rules meeting will be held at 9 a.m. and the race will start at 9:30 a.m.


Corky Siegel (front left) and Bram Wijnands (front right) are shown during a spontaneous jamming session during one of last year's Festival Symphony Orchestra concerts. The audience and orchestra joined in the fun.

For 16 days, from opening night on Friday, July 22 until the closing concert on August 6, high-energy music for every taste will be offered at 10 different venues in New York and Pennsylvania.

Among the 16 concerts featuring world-class musicians will be a blues and jazz jam session with blues harmonica player Corky Siegel and jazz pianist Bram Wijnands in Towanda, Bradford County, Pa.; the Festival Brass Quintet giving an outdoor under the stars performance at Cherry Springs State Park near Galeton in Potter County, Pa.; 

Russian and Chinese pianists playing at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, Steuben County, N.Y.; the Max Buckholtz Ensemble performing music from the Middle East through Eastern and Western Europe to the United States on traditional and unique instruments in the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, Chemung County, N.Y.; and in Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pa., a concert by Across the Pond, an award-winning Celtic band at the Penn Wells Hotel and straight from Kansas City, Missouri, the Bram Wijnands Swingtet giving their first performance at the festival at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre.

There will be three Festival Symphony Orchestra concerts in Steadman Theater on the Mansfield University campus in Mansfield, Pa. on Fridays, July 22, July 29 and August 5 and three in the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium in Corning, N.Y. on Saturdays, July 23, July 30 and August 6. Each will be different.

For opening night on July 22, children dressed in costume as their favorite hero or villain will be admitted free and receive a small gift. Their parents, if not dressed in costume, will be admitted for half price. All adults who dress in costume will also be admitted free. During the concert, original Hollywood movie footage from six famous musical films will be shown on the big screen in Steadman as the 62-member orchestra performs music from each one at Mansfield University’s Steadman Theater. The films are: “Frozen,” “Batman,” “Star Wars,” “The Mission,” “Evita” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

At the July 29 concert at Mansfield, 9th through 12th grade students in the MU Choral Academy joined by members of the Concert Choir and Festival Chorus and the Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peggy Dettwiler, MU Choral Activities director, will perform Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy in C Major.” Maestro Gunzenhauser will conduct the orchestra and Russian pianist Asiya Korepanova in a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto #2 in F Minor.” The orchestra will then perform Beethoven’s “Symphony #7.”

On Aug. 5 in Steadman, the orchestra will perform Crusell’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with soloists Doris Hall-Gulati on clarinet, Rebecca Dodson-Webster on French horn; and Robin Plant on bassoon. Also played will be selections by Verdi and Elgar.

At the Corning Museum of Glass, the Saturday, July 23 concert will feature guest artist Diana Seitz on violin and the orchestra performing Khatchaturian’s “Violin Concerto.” The orchestra will also play pieces by Handel, Smetana and Liszt.

Guest artist on July 30 will be Xixi Zhou, silver medalist at the 61st Wideman International Piano Competition. He and the orchestra will perform Rachmaninov’s “Piano Concerto #2.” The orchestra will also play Wagner’s “Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8.”

The last concert of the festival will be on August 6. Featured will be the Festival Symphony Orchestra joined by composer and blues harmonica player Corky Siegel performing the world premiere of his “Symphonic Blues No. 7” in the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium in Corning, Steuben County, N.Y.

For information about flex passes or tickets, call 570-787-7800 or visit


July 22:
Heroes and Villains — 7:30 p.m., Steadman Theater on the Mansfield University campus. The Festival Symphony Orchestra will play exciting music for all ages from six movies “Frozen,” “Batman,” “Star Wars,” etc. as Hollywood film footage rolls on the big screen. Children and adults in costume admitted free; parents with children in costume, half price.

July 23:
Let the Music Begin — 7:30 p.m., Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning, N.Y. The Festival Symphony Orchestra performs Handel, Smetana, Liszt and Khachaturian with violinist Diana Seitz.

July 24:
Piano Classics — 7:30 p.m., Rockwell Museum, 111 Cedar Street, Corning, N.Y. with Russian pianist Asiya Korepanova, Chinese pianist Xixi Zhou, violist Justin Eichler.

July 25:
Historic Masters — 7:30 p.m., Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main Street, Wellsboro with Alla Wijnands, violin; Nina Vieru, violin, Sally McLain, violin, Gita Ladd, cello; Asiya Korepanova, piano. BYOB.

July 26:
Rhythms Alive — 7:30 p.m., Deane Center, 104 Main Street, Wellsboro with the Festival Percussion Ensemble. BYOB.

July 27:
Baroque to Classic Rock —7:30 p.m., Troy High School, 250 High Street, Troy with the Festival Brass Ensemble playing songs by William Byrd, Giovanni Gabrieli, Scott Joplin, Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, the Beetles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Blood, Sweat and Tears and Jimi Hendrix.

July 28:
Journey West: A Migration of Melody – 7:30 p.m., Arnot Art Museum, 235 Lake Street, Elmira, N.Y. with the Max Buckholtz Ensemble playing music from the Middle East through Eastern and Western Europe and the United States.

July 29:
Crescendo — 7 p.m., Steadman Theatre on the Mansfield University campus. Featured will be the Festival Symphony Orchestra, the MU Choral Academy conducted by Peggy Dettwiler and pianist Asiya Korepanova performing Beethoven and Chopin.

July 30:
Monumental — 7:30 p.m., Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning, N.Y. The Festival Symphony Orchestra with Xixi Zhou, the 2011 Wideman International Piano Competition silver medalist, will perform Wagner, Rachmaninov and Dvorak.

July 31:
Wish Upon A Star— 7:30 p.m., Cherry Springs State Park, 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport. Festival Brass Quintet with percussion will play “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Moon River,” “Clair de lune,” “Tonight,” “Climb Every Mountain” and music from “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.” This is a free concert. Pre-registration is required. (814) 435-5010.

August 1:
Across the Pond — 7:30 p.m., Deane Center, 104 Main Street, Wellsboro. This band performs Celtic music. BYOB.

August 2:
All Jazzed Up — 7:30 p.m., Penn Wells Hotel, 62 Main Street, Wellsboro with the Bram Wijnands Swingtet straight from Kansas City, Missouri performing swing cabaret-style.

August 3:
Classical Sax — 7:30 p.m., Knoxville Yoked Church, 110 Alba Street, Knoxville
with Asiya Korepanova, piano and Joseph Murphy, saxophone. This is a free concert.

August 4:
Jazz n’ Blues — 7:30 p.m., Keystone Theatre, 601 Main Street, Towanda featuring a jam session with master blues harmonica player Corky Siegel and jazz pianist Bram Wijnands.

August 5:
Classical World — 7:30 p.m., Steadman Theater, Mansfield University with the Festival Symphony Orchestra featuring Robin Plant, bassoon, Doris Hall Gulati, clarinet; Rebecca Dodson-Webster, horn.

August 6:
Celebrate the Music — 7:30 p.m., Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning, N.Y. with the Festival Symphony Orchestra and Corky Siegel, blues harmonica master presenting the world premiere of Siegel’s work “Symphonic Blues No. 7.” The concert and the 2016 festival will end with the orchestra performing Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 1.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 570-787-7800 or visit


Free Inspirations Concerts designed and presented by the Endless Mountain Music Festival Interns especially for children and senior citizens. They are free and open to the public. The Inspirations Concerts are:

July 25:
10 a.m., Blossburg Memorial Library, 307 Main Street, Blossburg.

1 p.m., Tioga County YMCA, 40 Besanceney Drive, Mansfield.

July 31:
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Penn Wells Hotel Brunch, 62 Main Street, Wellsboro.

August 1:
11 a.m., Westfield Child Development Center, 602 E Main Street, Westfield.

2 p.m., Southeast Steuben County Library, 300 Center Way, Corning, N.Y.

Photo Courtesy Of  Heather Mee


By: Monica Thomas

How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful spot and to be having such great weather. As we see others on the world scene not as lucky. Stop a minute and smell the roses folks, before we know it snow will be falling. I want the thank our borough councilmen and women for the wonderful paving job done on the side streets and the street cleaning. We appreciate everything you do for our town.

AT THE SCHOOL: Baseball field closed work is continuing on the T.R.A.C.K. Project. There will be no school board meetings in July, they will resume on Monday, August 1st.

At the Senior Center: Monday, July 18 Taco Salad with blood pressure checks with Becky Malone R.N. Tuesday, July 19: chicken Parmesan Sandwich, its" National Ice Cream Day" and Quilting. Wednesday, July 20: Roast Beef and Gravy, "Vegetable Day" and BINGO. Please call the day before to make your reservation 814-697-7178. Just found out: OV SR Center is hosting a trip to Lockport,NY to the locks!! We take a two hour tour of the locks, eat dinner and then go to Dave's Christmasland!! $ 65.00 a person. October 6th. Leaving Shinglehouse @ 9AM, returning 8PM. Contact me or the center to reserve your seat!!!! Dinner and tour included in the price. We are using Bradford Travel Service. Awesome group to work with. Fun day for everyone!!!

The Library has several summer reading programs July 18 on Monday at 1:00 p.m. Junk Drawer Robotics. Wednesdays, Children's Reading Program 11:00 a.m., Young Adult 1:00 p.m. Adult Summer Reading Program “Exercise Your Mind" at 6:30 p.m. The Stitch Together Group meets at 6:00 in the Library also on Wednesday evening. And the St. Bonaventure Artmobile will be offering a program on August 19, 2016. 

The Book Club will be meeting Monday, July 18th at 1:30 p.m., they will be reading “Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,"books are available at the front desk. That evening Home Herbal Spa at 6:30 p.m., To learn more about what the Library has available see their website at If you are interested in any of the summer reading groups or the St. Bonaventure Art mobile please contact Rhonda or Penn at the library immediately to register 814-697-6691.

Valley Writers Guild meets Wednesday night July 20 at the Library they will be discussing writing blogs and developing your own.

Its time to start thinking about it, SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS planning meeting Thursday, July 21 at 6:30p.m. OV Senior Center. All organizations, businesses, churches and generally interested like minded folks for this fun event are invited. Come help us issue in the Holiday Season. We especially need representatives from businesses and organizations willing to help out or sponsor events to attend. Let's make the 2016 celebration even better than last year!

Saturday, July 16: Wellsville Balloon Rally is going on, Christmas in July in Coudersport, Genesee County Village and Museum is hosting a Civil War Re-enactment In Munford, NY., OV Wrestlers are hosting a Chicken BBQ at the Millport Fairgrounds. 11:00 a.m., McKean County Pearl Harbor Pig Roast & Auction Fund Raiser: VFW 94 Barbour St. Bradford, Pa. Doors open at 2:30. $10.00 donation.

Craft and Refreshment Event hosted by Richburg Firemens Clubhouse, 143 Griffins St. Richburg, N.Y. 2:00-4:00 p.m. On Sunday, July 17th.

Allegany County Fair starts on Monday July 18 fair season is here!

Thursday, July 21 7:00-9:00 p.m. Music on the Lawn at Howe Library Mountain Run Bluegrass Band with Doug Yeomans. 

Music in the Parks: Has returned for the season, our own here in Shinglehouse is called “Tunes on Tuesday” returning on July 19th with music by "Generations" Hot dogs, chips, coffee, & drinks for $1 each. Come on folks come on out & enjoy a 2 hour show from 6 to 8 pm. Free will offering. Portville, N.Y. also has one in the Park at 6:30 on Wednesday evenings along with Port Alleghany on Thursdays. No reason not to get out and enjoy the great weather, neighbors and so toe tapping music.

At the Palmer Opera House in Cuba, N.Y., Saturday July 16, 6:00-10:00 p.m. Emma Tyme & Friends $5:00 Adult, Children $3.00. Also for the month of July will be hosting Silent Movie Series with Dennis James 2:00 p.m. on July 24thand on Sunday July 31st Guitarist Paul Santa Maria 6:00 p.m.They have an Acoustic Open Mic Night weekly on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. Check out their Facebook page Palmer Opera House for more details with information and photos.

Also on Thursday nights from now until August 6, 2016 they will be hosting Street Classic Cruise Night from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Olean Center Mall parking lot.

Rachel Lundy Kellogg sent me a reminder that they are still looking for teams for the 8th Annual Joe Lundy Memorial COED Mushball Tournament on July 30th at Foreness Park in Olean, NY. Information available on their Facebook page deadline for registering teams is Sunday, July 17. Captains Meeting, July 27,2016 at 6:30 p.m., Dons Tavern.

I've had an invitation to David Lee's Prayer for America Event for Friday, July 22,2016 at 12:00 noon to take a minute in silent prayer folks our country sure needs it....

Shinglehouse First Baptist Church Invites Children to Cave Quest VBS: Following Jesus, the Light of the World . A summer kids' event called Cave Quest will be held this summer from Tuesday, July 26th to Thursday, July 28th from 6-8 pm. Cave Quest is for kids from preschool to 6th grade. The First Baptist Church is located at 120 W. Academy Street in Shinglehouse, Pa. For more information, call Sue Geiger at 814-697-6031.

Coming up is the Capes and Crowns 5K Run and Field day on July 30, at Good Times in Olean, N.Y. Sponsored by the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center.

Shinglehouse Cub Scout Pack 557 Recyclable Bottle Collection will continue as a community event. To help fund the Units yearly expenses and help our scout attend summer camp each year. All collections can be dropped at Jenny and Dick Clark's residence. For pick up call Bill Shelp at 698-2005. Year round All recyclable cans and bottles, no glass bottles unless they have a deposit on them.

Feel free to drop in and set a spell on the porch with me and Daisy Mae or we can be reached at 814-697-7625, or my face book page to report information about what your organization is planning or news of the Oswayo Basin.


Nathan Whitehurst
BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named Nathan Whitehurst as the Panthers’ new head men’s soccer coach.

Whitehurst arrives at Pitt-Bradford from Allegheny College, where he has served as an assistant coach since 2012.

At Allegheny, Whitehurst helped coach 11 NCAC All-Conference players and was responsible for much of the recruiting. While specializing with the goalkeepers, his duties also included game-film analysis, travel arrangements, and assisting with team fitness and training sessions. This past season the Gators finished with a 4-11-2 record and were 3-5-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

“I am very pleased to announce the hiring of new men’s soccer coach, Nathan Whitehurst,” said Bret Butler, Pitt-Bradford’s athletic director. “Coach Whitehurst had an excellent playing career at Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He also earned a master’s degree from East Tennessee State, preparing himself for a career in collegiate athletics. We are excited to have him aboard and believe he will do a great job leading our men’s soccer program.”

Whitehurst graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He earned a master’s degree in sport management and kinesiology from East Tennessee State University in 2011.

Prior to his arrival in Meadville, Whitehurst served as the assistant coach at Emory & Henry College, an NCAA Division III institution in Emory, Va. His role included assisting with the day-to-day operations of the program along with scouting opponents and providing training for the athletes on the team.

Whitehurst was named the head varsity boys coach at Abingdon High School in Feb. 2010, leading the squad to three consecutive district championships and a 41-8-2 record. Whitehurst was named the 2011 District Coach of the Year and Co-Regional Coach of the Year. He also has held positions with Fusion FC in Bristol, Tenn., and Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Va.

While at Lenoir-Rhyne, Whitehurst was a four-year athlete on the men’s soccer team and was named co-captain his senior year. He helped the Bears to the 2006 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament championship, completing a 19-1-1 season with a run to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16.

Whitehurst holds a Tennessee Youth E Coaching License. He has also attended the NSCAA Advanced National and Goalkeeping II courses.

At Pitt-Bradford, Whitehurst replaces Derek Panol, who stepped down following the 2015 season after nine years as head coach. Whitehurst inherits a team that finished 1-14-1 overall and 0-9 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Shinglehouse Man Unhurt In Dauphin County Crash

James Barke, 72, of Shinglehouse, Pa., was pulling out of a parking lot and onto Route 322 East in Reed Twp., Dauphin County, when his 2010 Subaru Impreza was struck by a westbound 2001 Volkswagen Jetta at 9:25 p.m., June 26.

Barke was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. He was charged with vehicles enter/cross roadway.

The other driver and a passenger were using seat belts. The driver had minor injuries.

Duncannon fire and EMS and Fuller's Towing assisted at the scene. Both vehicles were disabled.

Round & Square Dancing Tonight From 7 to 10 PM At Odin Grange

St. Eulalia Community Festival Today In Coudersport, PA

Kid's Fishing Derby Today 10:30 AM To 1:00 PM At Frank Weeks Pond On Fishing Creek Road


The Roulette Fish & Game Club Annual Fishing Derby is today at Frank Weeks Pond on the West Branch of Fishing Creek Road in Roulette Township


Kids 12 and under compete for CASH PRIZES. Hours are 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

10:30 TO 1:00--ROULETTE

Port Allegany Dispatched To Commercial Fire Alarm At Community Health Center

At 12:46 AM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Department has been dispatched to a commercial fire alarm at the Port Allegany Community Health facility on North Pine Street.

Neighbor reports smelling smoke as well.

6th Annual Season Of Music On The Lawn Ulysses Library

Cy Denmark Inventory Reduction Auction Saturday, July 23 in Port Allegany

C.A. Elliott Lumber Company Inc. is seeking a log hauler

C.A. Elliott Lumber Company Inc. is seeking a log hauler with their own truck. Local hauling. 

Call Kurt Elliott at (814) 544-7523. 

Please leave message.

Cole Memorial Seeking Candidates For Executive Assistant Position



Full Time & Part Time Registered Nurses & Part Time LPN's Needed At Lakeview In Smethport

Friday, July 15, 2016

Gloria D. HOPPE, 89, of Buffalo, MN, formerly of Genesee, PA

Gloria D. HOPPE

Gloria D. HOPPE, 89, of Buffalo, MN, formerly of Genesee, PA, died Friday, July 15, 2016 in Buffalo Hospital, Buffalo, MN. 

Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

 Online condolences may be expressed at

Ulysses Man Charged With Terroristic Threats After Incident With ATV & Handgun

Sampson Is Missing Tonight In Coudersport

My cat Sampson got out tonight and is nowhere to be found. Please keep an eye out for him around town and please contact me immediately if you see him. 

He's not very friendly and has never gotten out before so is probably very scared. He's the best cat ever and I really need him home with me. Sampson has been found!

Husqvarna Chain Saws & Industrial Weedeater Stolen From Asplundh Truck In Bingham Township

Gold Craftsman Lawnmower & 16 Foot Aluminum Ladder Stolen In Keating Township Burglary

Attempted Burglary In Harrison Valley

Items Stolen From Shed On White Knoll Road

Woman Injured In Crash On Rose Lake Road


ConAgra Foods Recalls Frozen Chicken and Beef Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
ConAgra Foods, a Russellville, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 195,597 pounds of frozen chicken and beef entrée products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal.

No Balloon Launch Tonight In Wellsville

Due to the breezy conditions there will be no balloon launch, tethered balloons or after glow tonight. There are still plenty of vendors and activities ongoing in the Island Park area.
We hope to see you at tomorrow's launches. The same traffic pattern will be in effect tomorrow, so plan accordingly.

Route 305 Blocked By Downed Wires Near North Shore Road

At 6:50 PM on Friday, Cuba Fire Dept. has been dispatched to lines down blocking Rt. 305 just north of the North Shore intersection.

York to serve 30 to 60 years for hours-long assault

By RUTH BOGDAN Era Reporter
Bradford Era

SMETHPORT — A history of violent behavior has led to a lengthy prison sentence for a Smethport man accused of assaulting a woman in a remote area for several hours.

The 30- to 60-year prison term also encompasses a conviction of weapon possession in a separate criminal case against Dennis E. York, 56, of Smethport.  Read more...

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 6 West

At 5:25 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Rt. 6 West for a patient with chest pain.

Public Invited to Meeting for Dingman Run Bridge

Bridge to be replaced as Part of Public-Private Partnership Project

Coudersport – Potter County residents are invited to a public meeting on Monday, August 1, to provide information and answer questions about upcoming work to replace the Dingman Run Bridge on Route 6 near Coudersport, Potter County. The replacement project is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) public-private partnership to replace 558 bridges.

A brief presentation about the project will be made and then representatives of the contractor team will be available to answer questions. Project plans will also be displayed. The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gunzberger Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport. Residents, business owners and motorists are encouraged to attend.

The facility is accessible to persons with disabilities. For special accommodations or for further information please contact McKenzi Loid at 412-475-5164.

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 design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. 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

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Karr Hollow Road For Victim Of ATV Accident

At 4:00 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to 831 Karr Hollow Road to assist State Police with 2 victims of an ATV accident.

Warren A. Henninger, Jr., 90, Of Carleton Nursing Home, in Wellsboro PA

Warren A. Henninger, Jr., 90, died on July 14, 2016 at Carleton Nursing Home, in Wellsboro PA.

He was the husband of Patricia (Tregua) Henninger who preceded him in death, July 1, 2000. 

Warren was born August 26, 1926 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of the late Warren A. and Margaret (Jackson) Henninger.

During his life, Warren was employed as an engineering tech. for the Defense Dept. He was a member of Omega PSI PHI Fraternity.

There will be no services. Warren will be interred in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Columbarium.

Local arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd. To share your fondest memories and sign the guestbook, visit

Belmont, Scio Dispatched To Structure Fire

At 3:50 PM on Friday, Belmont, Scio and Amity Rescue have been dispatched to a structure fire in the village of Belmont. Responders indicate a fire in the basement.

Salamanca Dispatched To Structure Fire

At 3:46 PM on Friday, Salamanca Fire Department has been dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 15 Great Valley Street.

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Friday, July 15, 2016
The latest news from the State Capitol 
State Budget Update
– On Wednesday, I joined the majority of state House members in passing the final pieces of legislation to implement the 2016-17 state budget. The package, which will put the state’s spending plan into balance for the fiscal year, protects taxpayers by not including the broad-based sales and income tax increases originally demanded by Gov. Tom Wolf.

I believe the product we delivered, while not perfect, is a taxpayer-friendly package that enables us to balance our budget and pay our bills. While additional work is needed to control costs and seek savings in the coming year, it is important that we start with a budget that leaves the Commonwealth on solid financial footing.

As part of the package of legislation, House Bill 1198 lays out some of the revenue sources associated with the budget. Most of the new revenue generated comes from sources that do not require additional taxes or fees, such as increased collections from delinquent taxpayers and additional receipts from our recently enacted liquor reform law. While some compromises were necessary to achieve consensus on spending items, most new spending reflects a recognition of paying bills that are due rather than creation of new programs. Continuing increases in mandatory pension contributions and increased Medicaid costs are paid for in this budget without passing the debt on to our children and grandchildren.

A key feature of this legislation is something I have fought for since being approached by members of the Elk County Farm Bureau five years ago – a leveling of the playing field for our timber harvesters. House Bill 1198 would exclude from sales tax the purchase of machinery, equipment and parts used in timbering. This initiative recognizes that the timber industry belongs in the same category with farming, dairy and manufacturing in receiving this exclusion, since sales tax is collected when the final product is sold at retail. This provision I fought to include in our budget package will make a positive impact on the jobs climate in our area.

For the second year in a row, our governor has taken a pass and refused to sign the budget that became law. In the absence of his leadership, I am honored to succeed in fighting for the timely enactment of a taxpayer-friendly state budget without broad-based tax increases that will provide stability, predictability and a favorable environment for jobs in the coming year.
On the Road Again
- PennDOT is continuing work on the Route 255 bridge in Clearfield County, with a traffic pattern change set to begin next week.

This Tuesday morning, all traffic will be re-routed onto a single-lane, temporary roadway at the construction site, controlled by temporary traffic signals. This temporary roadway will remain in place until the new bridge is completed.

PennDOT expects the new bridge to be open to traffic by mid-October.
Support Our Emergency Responders – Come out to the Ridgway Firemen’s Carnival, which begins Monday. Click here for more information.
Help For Cancer Patients - Legislation has been signed into law that would require cancer patients in Pennsylvania to get the same insurance coverage for certain oral drugs as for intravenous (IV) medications. The costs for patients who cannot tolerate IV cancer treatment and must be treated orally can run in the thousands of dollars.

Act 73 lessens the financial burden on users of oral anti-cancer drugs.
Property Tax Update - Property tax and rent rebate checks should have arrive in claimants’ mail and all homeowners and renters who have chosen direct deposit should have seen their rebates in their bank accounts.

Additional information on the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is available on my website, , or by calling one of my district offices. More than 448,000 older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities have already applied to the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.


On Thursday, I had the pleasure of recognizing Craig Ball, who received the Silver Ribbon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dubois Area Chamber of Business and Industry.

Baker Says 2016-17 State Budget Invests in Schools, Health Care Historic investments in education require NO broad-based tax increases

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania General Assembly this week approved several budget-related bills that were signed into law to finalize implementation of the 2016-17 state budget, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter).

“The 2016-17 budget, which spends $31.6 billion, makes an historic investment in education,” said Baker. “I am pleased we were able to do this while still bringing down the governor’s original budget spending plan by $2 billion and getting him to take off the table any broad-based taxes on working men and women in the form of a Personal Income Tax or Sales and Use Tax increase.”

The final budget invests $250 million more in PreK-12 education, which includes $200 million more for basic education, $25 million more for Pre-K Counts, $5 million more for Head Start and $20 million more for special education.

Schools within the 68th Legislative District will see the following basic education increases:

Canton Area School District – $123,516
Troy Area School District – $ 137,929
Northern Tioga School District – $247,842
Southern Tioga School District – $176,148
Wellsboro Area School District – $172,546
Galeton Area School District – $57,698

Baker noted that in addition to significant increases in education funding, health care also benefits under the new state budget.

The budget allocates $15 million to combat heroin and opioid addiction, including funds for emergency addiction treatment and behavioral health services.

“In order to further address the state’s growing opioid addiction problem, the governor has also agreed with our call to hold a special session of the Legislature when we can deal exclusively with this matter through new legislation,” said Baker, chairman of the House Health Committee. “This special session, which is rarely done, will allow us to focus our efforts on legislation to address this singular issue.”

Another important health care initiative which will receive funding is West Nile Virus and Zika Virus Control, which will receive increased funding of $1.4 million, for a total of $5.3 million.

The budget also restores funding that was eliminated by the governor for a number of key health programs, including regional cancer institutes, Lupus, trauma prevention, Epilepsy support services, bio-technology research, Tourette Syndrome and ALS support services.

Critical access hospitals will also benefit under the new budget by receiving an additional $1.3 million in funding, which includes money for the newest facility to join the group – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro.

“Critical access hospitals serve some of the state’s most rural areas,” said Baker. “In our area of the state, we already have two such facilities that serve residents – Troy Community Hospital and Charles Cole Memorial Hospital – and now Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital will join the list of critical access hospitals.

“I am pleased health care-related programs and services were prioritized within the 2016-17 state budget,” concluded Baker.

For more information on the budget, go to

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Health Center

At 3:20 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to the Health Center for a patient with a medical emergency.

Middlebury Dispatched To Rollover Crash

At 2:48 PM on Friday, Middlebury Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to a vehicle rollover crash. Report pickup truck rolled over.

DEP Revokes Storage Tank Certification of Mott Tank Inspection, Inc.

Harrisburg, PA -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has revoked the storage tank certification of Mott Tank Inspection, Inc., of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.

A statewide DEP investigation found that two employees of Mott Tank Inspection, Inc.—Alden Ayers and Roger Hardy—falsified documents from October 2014 to May 2015, including inspection reports completed by uncertified individuals. As a result of the investigation, both employees agreed to the revocation of their individual DEP-issued tank handling and inspection certifications. Ayers also agreed to revocation of the company certification of D&A Environmental, Inc., as Ayers is president of that firm.

“We take the falsification of records very seriously, especially when it comes to safeguarding the environment,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Our staff works diligently to ensure that record-keeping is conducted appropriately and inspections are performed by certified individuals.”

Documents were found to be falsified from six storage tank facilities in Allegheny, Chester, McKean, Montgomery, and Northumberland Counties. DEP has contacted the impacted businesses and is currently working with them to develop a timeline for re-inspection to ensure compliance with the Storage Tanks Regulations.

Robert E. “Bob” Carlson, 81, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Anita

Robert E. Carlson
“beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather”

Robert E. “Bob” Carlson, 81, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Anita, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, July 14, 2016, after a short illness.

Born on June 29, 1935 in Punxsutawney, he was a son of Gilbert E. and Catherine M. Carlson. On March 28, 1953 in DuBois, he married Charlotte C. Bailey, who survives.

In his younger years, Bob was employed by Bethlehem Steel in Buffalo, NY and later was employed as a heavy equipment operator. For many years, he and his son Ron, owned and operated Carlson’s Cleaning Service in Punxsutawney. 

Bob was an avid fisherman, hunter and member of the Tri-County Coon Hunters Association in Punxsutawney. 

He was a gifted woodworker, having made many items for his family and friends.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Deborah L. “Deb” Bryant of Shinglehouse; two sons, Ronald E. “Ron” (Rose) Carlson and Jeffrey R. “Jeff” (Sharon) Carlson, both of Anita; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Mark (Kim) Carlson of Punxsutawney; four sisters, Beverly (Richard “Whitey”) Hudson of DuBois, Loreen “Reenie” Good of Punxsutawney, Cathy (Ken) Cahill of Waterbury, CT, and Carla (Larry) Lunger of Rossiter; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a brother, Larry Carlson; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Evelyn Bailey; and a son-in-law, Carl “Abe” Bryant.

At Bob’s request there will be no public visitation. A celebration of his life will be held privately by his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Potter County Hospice, 269 Route 6 West, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Bob’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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