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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Record Turnout For Black Forest Star Party At Cherry Springs State Park

Duke Center House Fire Determined Accidental, $100,000. Damage Estimate

Volleyball Splits a Pair of Matches at Moravian Invite

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday at the Moravian Greyhound Premiere Invitational, sweeping Centenary before falling to the host school.

Pitt-Bradford swept Centenary 25-7, 25-17, 25-13 to open the second day of tournament play. Kirsten Platz led the Panthers with 12 kills, Mandy Finch added seven and Rose Thacker finished with five. Emily Reitz totaled a team-high 10 digs and Gesica Ferrar collected 12 assists, three aces and two kills.

Moravian handed the Panthers their first loss of the season by a score of 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 20-15. Platz tallied 10 kills and four blocks, and Alma Turpin and Finch had five kills apiece. Christina Rauh recorded 27 assists and 16 digs and Reitz, who was named to the all-tournament team, had 21 digs.

Head coach Tom Roof was pleased the Panthers’ start to the season.

“It was a great opening weekend and we saw some good competition,” Roof said. “Moravian was tough. It was disappointing to lose but we fought and some balls just didn’t go our way.

I loved the energy we brought this weekend and how we played together…we showed a lot of promise.”

Pitt-Bradford finishes the weekend 3-1 and will travel to Elmira Wednesday.

Men's Golf Host Pitt-Bradford Invitational, Finishes Fourth

BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford men’s golf team hosted its annual Fall Invitational Saturday at Pine Acres Country Club, finishing in a tie for fourth.

Penn State Behrend’s “A” team won the event with a team-score of 312. Behrend’s “B” team was the runner-up, shooting 317, and Penn State Altoona placed third with a score of 328. The Panthers and La Roche finished tied for fourth, firing a 330.

Pitt-Bradford’s Matt Noonan finished in a three-way tie for first, shooting a 74, two shots over par. Brett Gardner finished seventh with a 78, Jamie Rook shot an 85 and John Bedford recorded an 88. Aaron Vansickles and Tom Morlock each logged a round of 89.

Pitt-Bradford will have some time off before competing in the Penn State Altoona Invitational Sept. 17.

Women's Tennis Drops Season Opener to Pitt-Greensburg

BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford women’s tennis team dropped its season opener Saturday to Pitt-Greensburg, 6-3.

The Bobcats swept doubles yet all three matches were close with Pitt-Greensburg prevailing by scores of 9-7, 8-6 and 8-6. Ashley Stoltz, Amy Thomas and Aaliya Smith all won their singles matches for Pitt-Bradford. Stoltz won 6-1, 6-2, Thomas rallied to win in three sets 4-6, 7-0, 10-6 and Smith won 6-1-, 6-2.

Pitt-Bradford will travel to Houghton Friday for a non-conference match.

Waynesburg Defeats Men's Soccer 1-0

WAYNESBURG, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford men’s soccer team fell to Waynesburg 1-0 in its season opener Saturday.

The game was scoreless until midway through the second half before Waynesburg connected for the game winner. Zach Mitschke slipped a ball pass Pitt-Bradford’s Colin Frownfelter in the 67th minute for the game’s only tally.

The Jackets outshot the Panthers 22-3 and attempted 14 corner kicks to Pitt-Bradford’s one. Frownfelter recorded 10 saves in net despite the loss.

Pitt-Bradford travels to Juniata Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. tilt.

Wellsboro Dispatched To Crash On Central Avenue

At 10:12 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire & EMS has been dispatched to Central Avenue for a vehicle into a building with one injury.

Sunday Races At Old Bradford Speedway To Host First Seasons Points Championships

Clover Patch Kids 4-H Club Participated In District Show Today

Bradford Woman Jailed

By Anne Holliday
WESB Local News

An alleged retail theft led to drug-related charges against a Bradford woman.

Court papers say 30-year-old Tristan Mackey shoplifted toothpaste, Orajel, a toothbrush and body wash from Tops on Monday. The total cost of the items is $13.62. When police checked Mackey’s bags for weapons they found a pill bottle with a straw used for snorting drugs, along with residue, in it, and three pills, one of which did not belong in the bottle, according to the label. It was Adderall, which Mackey does not have a prescription for.

She also had her 1-year-old child with her at the time of the incident.

The retail theft is a felony because Mackey has two prior retail theft convictions. She was sent to McKean County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Beautiful Weather For Activities In Coudersport & Galeton

Wellsville Dispatched To Small Outside Fire

Wellsville Fire responding to the Smith Hollow Road for a reported small outside fire.

Coudersport Ambulance Dispatched To Cherry Springs State Park

At 8:20 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Cherry Springs State Park for a possible cardiac emergency.
Recalled Coudersport Ambulance.

Angelica Dispatched To 4 Wheeler Accident On Old State Road

At 7:10 PM on Saturday, Angelica Ambulance has been dispatched to a location in front of 9115 Old State Road for a 4 wheeler accident with two persons injured.

Cuba Woman Charged With Petit Larceny

Following an incident that took place in the village of Cuba, Brittany Hampshire (27) of Cuba was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny. Hampshire was processed and released to appear at a later date. Hampshire is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Brit Hampshire: Just so you all know this is from something i was tricked and entrapped in to saying and then twisted it and used it against me to try and get information and when I refused and called a lawyer after a week of straight harassment this one certain person brought the charge against me. It was something I said i did from 3 YEARS AGO that was twisted and used as a scare tactic to use me. Just to clarify. Also...I wasn't physically arrested I turned myself in and was processed and mind you that happened a month ago. I cooperated fully over a charge I received on something I "incriminated" myself in technically.

Cuba Man Arrested For Alleged Child Abuse

Following a report of alleged child abuse in the village, Nicholas Clark (30) of Cuba was arrested and charged with Endangering the welfare of a child and Unlawful imprisonment 2nd. Clark was processed and sent to the Allegany County Jail. Clark is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Kersey Dispatched To One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 153

At 3:48 PM on Saturday, Kersey Fire Dept has been dispatched to a one vehicle crash at 5295 Rt. 153, 3.3 miles south of Rt. 219.

Rushford Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash With Injuries

At 2:04 PM on Saturday, Rushford Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 243 & Upper Street for a 2 vehicle crash with reported serious injuries.

Olean Woman Arrested For Selling Drugs, Posssessing Crack Cocaine

The Olean Police Departments Street Crimes unit arrested a 37 year old Olean resident for selling drugs in the City. 

Rosanna R. Rivera who resides at 886 North 4th St., Olean was taken into custody after investigators stopped the vehicle she was in on the one hundred block of S. 3rd St. yesterday at approximately 3:00 p.m. Rivera was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Olean Police Department for booking. 

Rivera was also found to be in possession of 12 individual bags of Crack Cocaine with a street value of approximately $1200.00. Rivera was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd. degree and Criminal Possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree (both are B Felonies) from a previous investigation conducted by the Street Crimes unit and Cattaraugus County District Attorney’s office. 

A grand jury indicted Rivera for these charges and an arrest warrant was issued. Rivera also faces a B Felony charge of Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree for possessing Crack Cocaine at the time of her arrest. 

Rivera was taken to the Cattaraugus County Jail where she is awaiting arraignment.

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Franklin Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2016-08-29 00:00:00 to EXCO RESOURCES PA LLC for site ARTHUR UNIT 4H in Franklin Twp township, Lycoming county
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Pitt-Bradford Volleyball and Women's Soccer Recaps

Pitt-Bradford Volleyball Opens Season with a Pair of Wins

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford volleyball team opened the 2016 season with a pair of wins at the Moravian Greyhound Premiere Invitational Friday, sweeping Ursinus and beating Alvernia in four sets.

The Panthers knocked off Ursinus in their opening match 25-20, 25-20, 25-16. Kirsten Platz led the way with 13 kills and three blocks, Alma Turpin chipped in six kills, and Erin Fagan had four kills and two blocks. Christina Rauh recorded 24 assists and Emily Reitz sparked the defensive effort with 16 digs.

Pitt-Bradford closed out the day by defeating Alvernia 25-14, 14-25, 25-17, 25-21. Platz paced the Panthers with 10 kills and Mandy Finch added seven. Reitz had a team-high 24 digs, Finch collected 19 and Brianna Majot tallied 18. Reitz followed up her strong performance in the first match with 26 assists in the nightcap.

Pitt-Bradford will wrap up tournament play Saturday with matches against the host school and Centenary. ​

Panthers, Saint Vincent Play to a Scoreless Draw

LATROBE, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford women’s soccer team and Saint Vincent played to a scoreless draw after two overtimes Friday in the teams’ season opener.

The Panthers and Bearcats each recorded 14 shots on goal in what proved to be a defensive battle. Sarah Dailey collected six saves for Pitt-Bradford, including two keys saves in the second overtime. Pitt-Bradford’s Courtney Shade and Kaitlyn Williams each had a chance at a potential game-winner in the final moments of regulation but failed to connect.

Pitt-Bradford was wide on its three attempts in the first overtime, and Dailey persevered the tie by turning back Saint Vincent’s only attempts of overtime in the second extra frame.

Pitt-Bradford will search for its first win of the season Sunday at Lycoming.

Coudy Football Overtime Win

9/2/16 Football: Coudersport 36 Bradford 34

Check here in a week for photos:
Sunken Branch Photography

Public Meeting Scheduled for Update on Minsi Lake

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Sept. 2) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it will host a public meeting in Bangor, Northampton County, on October 3 to provide an update on reconstruction of the Minsi Lake dam.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Bangor Area High School, located at 123 Five Points Richmond Road, Bangor, PA 18013. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Also today, the PFBC announced it was lifting all seasons, sizes and creel limits at the lake for warmwater species, effective Sept. 3.

The lifting of the regulations does not apply to trout. The lake is scheduled to receive a fall trout stocking on Oct. 5 and will be stocked with trout for the opening day of the 2017 season. Therefore, anglers must follow inland regulations when fishing for trout.

The lake holds bass, white perch, walleye and trout.

“We have temporarily lifted the regulations in order to reduce the number of warmwater fish in the lake in advance of the drawdown and fish salvage,” said Jason Detar, Chief of the PFBC Division of Fisheries Management. “We want anglers to fish the water and make good use of as many warmwater fish as they can.”

Last month, Governor Tom Wolf announced that he was releasing $25.7 million in capital budget funding for the repair of five high-hazard, unsafe dams, including Minsi Lake, and the design of two other dams. High-hazard, unsafe dams have deficiencies of such a nature that if not corrected and the dams were to fail, substantial property damage and a probable loss of human life could occur.

During the public meeting, PFBC engineering and fisheries staff will discuss the timeline and details for draining the lake, conducting a fish salvage and rebuilding the dam. The water level at the lake was lowered by approximately three feet in May 2013 and has remained at that level since.

The 117-acre lake is expected to be fully drained early next summer. A fish salvage will then be conducted to move as many fish as possible to other waters.

The construction project is expected to start in summer 2017 and last through 2018. The lake is expected to be refilled and open again for public use in spring 2019. Stocked trout angling should also return to Minsi Lake in 2019.

Veteran Group to Lead Women's Soccer in 2016

BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford women’s soccer team kicks off the 2016 season Friday on the road against Saint Vincent.

A lot has changed for the program since losing in overtime of the AMCC Championship match last fall. Marquis Walker has stepped into the role of head coach, replacing Mike Idland, who left in the offseason for the same position at SUNY-Brockport. In eight years at the helm, Idland steered the program to new heights and established Pitt-Bradford as one of the top teams in the conference. Walker will be tasked with taking the Panthers even further.

Walker comes from Hudson (Ohio) High School and previously coached at Malone University (Ohio). In his final year at Hudson, Walker led the girls’ soccer team to a 15-2-2 record and finished the season ranked seventh in the state among Division I programs.

An AMCC championship continues to elude the Panthers, who have finished runner-up to Penn State Behrend four straight years. Pitt-Bradford has won the regular season crown the last two years but would gladly trade either title for the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance. Behrend was selected to repeat in the preseason coach’s poll, followed by the Panthers, so much of the same is expected in 2016 between the league’s top two teams.

Walker will be inheriting a team with plenty of experience as only three seniors departed from a year ago and he’s grateful for the opportunity.

“The leadership of the captains and upperclassmen is a luxury that I am thankful of,” Walker said. “It is a rare occurrence that a new coach gets the opportunity to take the reins of a contender.”

Junior goalkeeper Sarah Dailey returns to anchor the defense. The reigning AMCC Defensive Player of the Year led the league in shutouts a year ago and ranked second overall in save percentage. More impressively, she conceded only four goals in conference play.

Juniors Kaitlyn Donnelly and Kaitlyn Williams, a pair of all-conference selections, return as the top goal scorers. Williams, along with sophomore Meghan Stuck, will solidify the midfield, and sophomore Grace Dadzaa will join Donnelly up front to form a formidable attack. Ashley Parks and Kelsea Robbins are the lone seniors on the team and hope to finish their careers in grand fashion.

Despite last year’s disappointing finish, Walker has praised the Panthers for their focus during the preseason.

“The players have a tremendous work ethic and are extremely competitive,” Walker said. “While there are no guarantees based on past performances, I like the chances of our team competing at a high level this season in the conference.”

The Panthers will be tested early, playing their first five games of the year away from Bradford, before hosting Allegheny on Sept. 17 for their home opener. AMCC plays starts a week later at Penn State Altoona and plays out through October. One note, Pitt-Bradford travels to Penn State Behrend Oct. 19, for a midweek match that could go a long ways in determining a regular season champ and home-field advantage for the playoffs.

That matchup comes with only three games remaining on the schedule, so by then Walker should have a fairly good idea of this team’s ceiling. If anything, the Panthers will be looking to break through and clear that final hurdle setting the stage for a magical season.

Panthers Look to Build Upon Strong Finish to 2015

BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford volleyball team is set to open the 2016 season at the Moravian Greyhound Premiere Invitational Friday against Ursinus and Alvernia.

The Panthers will play a total of four matches this weekend and look to set the tone for a better start than a year ago. Pitt-Bradford lost 12 of its first 16 matches in 2015 before ripping off seven wins in the final 11 contests. Much of that can be attributed to experience as the Panthers were working to replace six starters. Second-year head coach Tom Roof believes this year’s squad is better prepared.

"I really like the makeup of this year's team,” Roof said. “We return nine players from last year and with the six new players we have in, I think we're deeper than we've ever been. Not only that, but we're quicker and more athletic.”

Sophomore Kirsten Platz, the reigning AMCC Newcomer of the Year, returns to lead the Panthers in 2016. The middle hitter ranked among the league’s leaders in blocks and kills last season. Platz, along with sophomores Alexis Dhayer and Courtney Holzwarth, are expected to show improvement from a promising rookie campaign.

The senior class of Christina Rauh, Megan Geary and Mandy Finch provide experience at key positions. Rauh, a setter, led the AMCC in service aces a year ago and will be tasked with engineering the attack. Geary provides depth at the same position, and Finch, an outside hitter, was among the team leaders in kills in 2015.

Juniors Alma Turpin, Erin Fagan and Emily Reitz all played significant roles last season, and much of the same will be expected this year.

The freshman class of Sydney Shepherd, Katie Sedon, Meagan Welsh and Gesica Ferrar will push for playing time as well. Roof has praised their athleticism throughout the preseason and is excited about their potential. Transfers Rose Thacker (Northeast Mercyhurst) and Brianna Majot (Lock Haven) round out the team.

The Panthers will play 13 of their first 14 matches on the road, including tournament stops at the Vassar Invitational and Wooster’s Ginny Hunt Kilt Classic. Pitt-Bradford opens the home slate Sept. 15 against Houghton and kicks off AMCC play at home against Penn State Behrend Sept. 28. The Panthers missed out on the league playoffs a year ago, snapping a streak of eight-straight appearances. Roof hopes the experience from last year will better serve the Panthers in 2016.

"Last year I thought we didn't really play well in the big AMCC games,” Roof said. “And I think that was a product of being such a young team. Hopefully, now, that won't be the case.

“We have to play with confidence and that's how we're going to have to play this weekend if we want to get the start we're looking for.”

Franciscan was tabbed to repeat as conference champs, edging out regular-season champ Penn State Altoona. Pitt-Bradford was picked seventh, but Roof believes this team is capable of much more.

“Our conference is loaded this year again and it's going to be a fight for everyone just to get to the playoffs, but I'd be disappointed if this team doesn't challenge for a conference title,” Roof said.​


Sites to be hunted this fall need to be clear of attractants for at least 30 days.

Fifty-pound sacks of shelled corn sit stacked at the end of the aisle.

On the bottom shelf, an assortment 25-pound salt blocks, some of them apple-flavored or advertised as high-protein varieties, are wrapped in plastic, next to gallon jugs of liquefied mineral attractants.

Any or all of these products are perfectly legal to purchase. And depending on where in Pennsylvania you’re standing, and the time of year, they might or might not be lawful to use outdoors to attract deer or other wildlife.

But at least 30 days prior to hunting an area where baits like these are used, all such products must be removed from it completely. Even their residues must be gone. And if the requirement isn’t met, any hunter in that area is considered to be hunting illegally over bait.

Aside from a few, very narrow exceptions, hunting through the use of bait is illegal in Pennsylvania.

Yet, each year, it remains one of the top violations for which Game Commission wildlife conservation officers file charges. And the prevalence of baiting seems to have grown in recent years.

In the 2015-16 license year, which ended June 30, charges were filed for hunting over bait in 503 cases statewide. That’s up from 468 hunting-over-bait prosecutions in 2014-15 and 422 in 2013-14.

While many cases investigated by the Game Commission reveal a clear intent to break the law – such as piling corn or apples or placing deer-attracting minerals on the ground in a hunting area – other times the case specifics are a little more complex.

But any question about what’s legal and what isn’t always can be answered by the law.

What is Baiting?

Under Pennsylvania law, it generally is unlawful to hunt in or around any area where artificial or natural bait, hay, grain, fruit, nut, salt, chemical, mineral or other food – including their residues – are used or have been used within the past 30 days as an enticement to lure game or wildlife.

It doesn’t matter how much or how little of a product is being used or has been used in an area. If it’s been used there within the past 30 days, or if residue remains, hunting there is off limits.

The requirement for residue to be removed is deserving of deeper examination, said Thomas P. Grohol, who heads up the Game Commission’s law-enforcement bureau.

Some hunters in the summertime will place apples or salt blocks in their fall hunting areas in attempt to bring deer in front of their trail cameras and inventory what lives there, Grohol said. Such a practice is lawful, as long as the bait isn’t placed within a Disease Management Area, where it’s illegal to feed deer intentionally, or it’s not attracting bears or elk, the feeding of which is prohibited statewide.

But the type of bait used in an area outside of hunting season might also dictate when the area can be hunted, Grohol said.

“If you’re dealing with apples, deer will eat them completely and there’s not going to be any remaining residue,” he said. “So as long as they were gone from an area at least 30 days prior to someone hunting there, no law has been broken.

“But if a salt or mineral block was placed out, it undoubtedly was rained upon and that salt or mineral seeped into the soil,” Grohol said. “Evidence that residue remains might very well be obvious to investigating officers, too, because such areas often continue to draw deer and other wildlife that will root and dig for that residue in the ground. In such a case, the hunter would need excavate that ground and haul all of it out of the area, and then after 30 days, hunting could take place there.”

Of course, none of that is an option on state game lands, where the feeding of wildlife is prohibited.

But on private lands, it’s something hunters must consider. Less than a month remains until the start of the archery deer season. The statewide archery deer season opens Oct. 1, and in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5C and 5D, the Sept. 17 archery opener is only weeks away.

Grohol said that, under the law, it doesn’t matter if a hunter caught in a baited area placed the bait or not. Each hunter is responsible for ensuring an area has not been baited prior to hunting there.

“In addition to physically inspecting their hunting areas to make sure they’re free of bait, hunters are encouraged to question the owners or caretakers of properties where they hunt to drill down deeper into the possibility the area has been baited,” Grohol said.

Nothing in the law that prohibits baiting pertains to normal or accepted farming, habitat-management practices, oil-and-gas drilling, mining, forest-management activities or other legitimate commercial or industrial practices.

Hunters may hunt in areas with agricultural crops or where treetops have been felled by loggers. If they have permission, they can even plant their own crops, food plots and trees, and hunt there lawfully, Grohol said.

“What is illegal are those baits that are brought into an area and placed out, then not cleaned up in their entirety within 30 days prior to hunting there,” he said.

Baiting Penalties

Hunting over bait is a summary offense punishable by a $150 to $300 fine.

But like many violations of the state’s Game and Wildlife Code, one violation might mean others are present, too, Grohol said.

For instance, if someone hunting illegally through the use of bait kills a deer in that area, he or she not only would be charged with hunting over bait, but for unlawfully taking the deer – a charge punishable by up to an $800 fine and a month in jail, he said. There would also be a minimum $800 replacement cost for the deer, and if the deer was classified a trophy buck, the replacement cost would be $5,000, he said. If other violations are present, additional charges might result, as well, Grohol said.

Each case is different, Grohol said. Investigating officers always strive to be fair, and in cases where it’s apparent a hunter unknowingly was hunting in an area baited by another, it’s more likely a warning would be issued, he said.

But if bait is found on the ground, the law requires the area be closed to hunting for 30 days after the bait and all residue was removed.

“So the illegal actions of the person who placed the bait can result in fairly long-term consequences against all hunters in that area,” Grohol said. “Even with the archery season, which at six weeks long is one of our longer deer seasons, if 30 days are taken out of it due to baiting, it’s essentially been shut down. Law-abiding hunters in that area probably aren’t going to be very happy about that.”

Southeast Special Regulations Area

Baiting by deer hunters in the Southeast Special Regulations Area is permitted, but only if certain guidelines are followed.

The Southeast Special Regulations Area includes all of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and also includes Ridley Creek and Tyler state parks during special controlled hunts.

Baiting is not permitted in the Southwest Special Regulations Area, which includes all of Allegheny County, and it can be used in the Southeast Special Regulations Area only on private land for which the landowner or authorized land agent has secured a Deer Attractant Permit.

Deer Attractant Permits are issued by the Game Commission. The free permits allow for bait – limited to shelled corn and protein pellet supplements – to be dispensed up to three times a day during legal hunting hours through automatic, mechanical feeders. The bait dispensed cannot exceed five gallons per site, and the feeder must be labeled with either the permit number or the name and address of the landowner.

Deer Attractant Permits serve to increase deer harvests in an area of the state where the deer population is high, but hunting opportunities are limited.

For more information on this program, visit


Any natural or manmade nonliving bait can be used to attract coyotes for hunting or trapping.

However, when trapping coyotes, the bait may not be visible from the air.

In Pennsylvania, the prohibition on bait visible from the air applies to trappers of all species. It serves among other things to protect bald eagles and other birds of prey from becoming caught in traps.

Feeding of Wildlife

The feeding of wildlife in areas where hunting occurs could be considered baiting, depending from how far away animals are being drawn to feeding sites, and many other factors.

“If animals are clearly being drawn to feed that’s placed out near homes or elsewhere, and someone is hunting them along that travel route, hunting over bait charges might be appropriate,” Grohol said. “The facts of each case are considered individually, but the feeding of wildlife near a hunting area is something hunters need to take into account and evaluate to make sure they’re complying with the law.”

Additionally, the feeding of wildlife is prohibited in several circumstances.

It is unlawful to feed wildlife anywhere on state game lands.

And on all lands public or private in Pennsylvania, it’s unlawful to intentionally feed bears or elk, or to place any food, fruit, hay, grain, chemicals, salt or other materials that cause bears or elk to congregate or habituate in an area.

If bears or elk are being attracted to an area because of other wildlife feeding, wildlife conservation officers can issue written notices to temporarily halt feeding activity, Grohol said.

The prohibition on the feeding of bears and elk decreases the possibility these often-large and powerful wild animals will lose their fear of humans, creating potentially dangerous situations.

The prohibition also helps protect bears against the spread of mange – an increasingly prevalent threat that often is fatal for bears – by removing congregation areas where healthy bears might encounter infected bears, or pick up the mange-causing mites infected bears leave behind at feeders.

Likewise, the prohibition on feeding gives elk an additional layer of protection against chronic wasting disease (CWD), which can be passed directly or indirectly among members of the deer family.

In areas of the state where the Game Commission has established Disease Management Areas (DMAs) in response to CWD being detected, the feeding of deer is prohibited. Any feeding of other wildlife that is attracting deer is considered feeding deer, and unlawful.

Feeding causes deer to congregate in unnaturally high densities, and by prohibiting feeding, this requirement serves to slow the spread and decrease the prevalence of CWD in areas where it’s been detected. The use or field possession of urine-based deer attractants are prohibited within DMAs for the same reason.

Grohol said feeding and baiting need to be considered together because of the link they share in attracting wildlife.

“As with any other matter, if a hunter has a question over whether activity occurring on or near a property he or she hunts might be considered baiting and make hunting there illegal, they’re always free to contact us for an answer,” Grohol said. “And for hunters who have placed or otherwise are aware of bait in their fall hunting areas, they need to make sure they remove it completely 30 days before hunting there.”

Questions can be sent to the Game Commission by e-mail to and calls can be directed either to the appropriate Game Commission region office or the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters at 717-787-4250.

And if you find bait on public land, especially from September through November, please report it to the Game Commission. Take a photo and record the coordinates if you can.

Fully Involved House Fire Brings Out Firefighters Early This Morning In Otto Township

***Mutual aid Structure Fire***
At 0617 hrs this morning Derrick City VFD (Station 11) assisted Otto Township (Station 9) on box 0941 for a residential structure fire on Oil Valley Road. 

Command on scene reported a vacant Structure fully involved. 

Derrick City responded with Engine 113 and Rescue 111and assisted with attack and overhaul while a crew stood by at Station 11-2. Station 11 was released by Oil Valley Command and was back in quarters at 0823hrs,

Otto Eldred, Eldred Township responded mutual aid. 

*************************STRUCTURE FIRE*****************************
9/3/2016 This morning at 06:16 hours Station 9 was dispatched on Box 0941 to 71 Oil Valley Rd for a working house fire. Station 18 (Eldred Twp) and Station 11 (Derrick City) were dispatched on 1st alarm for mutual aid. E-93 and T-92 arrived on scene to find a single story abandoned structure well involved with roof collapse. E-93, E-182 and E-113 took the address, crews stretched 2 hand lines for an exterior attack. E-91 established a water supply for tanker shuttles. Crews battled the blaze for approximately an hour before command reported the fire out. Station 11 and Station 18 were released by command while Station 9 crews remained on scene for mop up and overhaul. Command was terminated and Station 9 units returned in service three hours later.

Speed Display Sign in Keating Township

Smethport, PA – Motorists traveling through Ormsby, McKean County, will be reminded to obey the posted speed limit on Route 59. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently placed a radar-controlled speed display sign to aid in curbing speeding, a common type of aggressive driving.

The sign faces westbound traffic and utilizes radar to determine the speeds of oncoming traffic. Vehicle speeds are then posted on the lighted section of the sign. The posted speed limit in this area of Route 59 is 45 miles per hour.

The speed display sign is located east of Route 59 and Route 646 intersection and will remain on location, facing westbound traffic for up to two weeks. After that time the speed display sign will face eastbound traffic, and will be located west of Route 59 and Route 646 intersection for an additional two weeks.

PennDOT placed the sign in response to a request from Representative Martin Causer’s Office.

Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of crashes and fatalities in Pennsylvania. Other aggressive driving behaviors include running stop signs or red lights, passing illegally and tailgating.

Aggressive driving behaviors were listed as a crash cause in 49 percent of McKean County crashes in 2015.

John "Ted" Theodore Babola, 83, of Fort Pierce, FL, formerly of Port Allegany, PA

John "Ted" Theodore Babola

John "Ted" Theodore Babola, 83, of Fort Pierce, FL, formerly of Port Allegany, PA, died Thursday (September 1, 2016) at The Lynmoore in Fort Pierce, FL, with his Daugherty by his side.

He was born June 18, 1933 in Port Allegany, a son of John and Lillian Chapin Babola, On Jan. 10, 1966 in Olean NY, he married Linda K. VanGorder, who died Sept. 21, 2006.
Korean War Veteran

Mr. Babola was a graduate of Port Allegany High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956.

Mr. Babola was a employed by Pittsburgh Corning Corp, of Port Allegany.

He was a hometown favorite, famous for his vegetable gardening. He loved hunting and fishing. He moved to Ft. Pierce, FL in 2010 and lived with his daughter, Peggy.

He is survived by

two daughters: Peggy Babola Donohue of Melbourne Beach, FL, and Kimberly Babola of Olean, NY

one son: Jason (Bridget) "Rocky" Babola of Bradford, PA

three Grandchildren, five great-grandchildren

one sister: Joyce Kelley of Port Allegany, PA

and several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Patricia Fiem

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, from 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 105 N. Main St., Port Allegany, PA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 10:00 am from St. Mary's Church, Newell Creek, with the Rev. Philip Pinczewski, Pastor of St. Callistus Church, Kane, as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Port Allegany Honor Guard. A Christian Wake service will be conducted at 7:30 P.M. on Wed. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Port Allegany VFW. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

About Potter County Animal Assistance Project

Start Date
Founded in 2012

Short Description
The purpose of the organization known as Potter County Animal Assistance Project (PCAAP) is to advance the cause of animal welfare and prevention of animal cruelty in Potter County.

Company Overview
PCAAP was formed by volunteers and is governed by an elected board of seven members. We are an incorporated non-profit 501(c... See More

General Information
PCAAP currently has 6 programs available:

1. TRAP/SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAM: The purpose of this program is to reduce the free roaming cat population and the spread of rabies in Potter County. over the last four years, we spayed/neutered 1,068 cats, all of which also received their rabies vaccines.. If you have or know of a free roaming cat problem, please call 274-9773 for an application.

2. SUBSIDIZED LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAM: The purpose of this program is to help low-income individuals with spaying and neutering of their cats or dogs to help reduce the homeless animal population. In 2014, we spayed/neutered 181 pets. For more information or to obtain an application, please call 274-9773.

3. Horse Rescue: The purpose of this program is to take in horses that are in need of being rescued. For more information, you can email

4. ANIMAL CRUELTY HOTLINE:The purpose of the Hotline is to provide a confidential way of communication for individuals to report abuse or neglect of animals in Potter County. We work with the PSPCA Animal Cruelty Officer and State and Local Police to investigate complaints. If you suspect animal cruelty in potter county, please call 814-203-4504.

5. PET FOOD BANK! The Pet Food Bank provides pet food for low-income families, fostered animals and for families who find themselves in temporary financial hardship. We ask for the public’s assistance by placing donated animal food (dry or canned) in drop boxes located in Coudersport at Costa’s, Shop N Save, Dollar General and Kaytee’s Market along with Perry’s Country Store in Austin. Helping to provide for these animals will help keep them out of shelters! Anyone looking for help with pet food should contact their local food bank for distribution or send us an email at

PCAAP currently has a small number of foster homes established for cat and kitten adoptions. To date we have found homes for over 60 cats. To inquire about adopting a cat or kitten, please contact: Sharon Kio: 585-610-9860 ~or~ Lonnie Jo Hynds: 814-274-3679



Barbara Ann Hansen Lacney, 91, Port Allegany, PA

Barbara Ann Hansen Lacney

Port Allegany - Barbara Ann Hansen Lacney, 91, died on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the Sweden Valley Manor, surrounded by her daughters.

She lived in Keating Summit, PA for more than 40 years. Barbara was born in Roslyn, NY on June 12, 1925, a daughter of Edwin G. and Ingeborg Sten Sorenson Hansen, and was raised on Long Island, NY. On Feb. 8, 1946, in Roslyn, NY, she married Andrew Lacney, who preceded her in death.

Barbara possessed tremendous intellectual curiosity and reading and travel were her passions, along with Pepsi-Cola and chocolate. She loved doing the most difficult New York Times crossword puzzles, knitting, embroidery, sitting on her porch during thunder storms, New York City, and Christmas. She had a great sense of humor and a deep religious faith. She was a prodigious baker of pies, cakes, brownies, and cookies, and loved cooking. Barbara was an excellent swimmer who was training to try out for the Olympics, but WWII interfered with that dream. She never stopped missing the ocean and Long Island Sound.

Mrs. Lacney worked for Long Island Lighting Co, GTE Sylvania in Emporium, PA and was a homemaker tending to her family's needs

She is survived by daughters, Linda Lacney of Keating Summit; Carolyn Lacney Mountain of Olean, NY; son, John Lacney (Kim) of Bradford, PA; granddaughter Susan Lacney (Tobias Fricke) of Raleigh, NC; sister Martha Brooks of Rew, PA; brother-in-law Harold "Punk" Harrier of Keating Summit, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Harrier, and brothers Gordon Hansen and David Hansen; mother Ingeborg Paulsen.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at 11 A.M. in the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 105 N. Main Street, Port Allegany, PA, with the Rev. Ralph Brooks, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Contributions in Barbara’s memory may be made to the S. W. Smith Library, Port Allegany, PA or the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. 

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.


By Monica Thomas
Labor Day Weekend is upon us, where has the summer gone. It heralds in "school is in session". Growing up my father and the men of his age appreciated this holiday as their fathers toiled under long hours of work and little or no benefits for them or their families. With the concept of unions and friendlier attitudes towards workers safety practices, laws where passed that took a seven day work day to five, the 40 hour week and the concept of paid overtime into being. Let's take a moment and reflect on what our father's, grandfathers and great grandfathers went through to bring us to where we are today. Happy Labor Day enjoy!

At the School: No school Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day, school resumes Tuesday, September 6. Girls Basketball Team selling tickets for Chicken BBCue. Music students and Music Boosters will be holding Zap-a-snack fund raiser. OV School Board Work Session 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 7: School Pictures and Instrumental Rental Meeting for Band students.
Shinglehouse Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are holding open enrollment now, see their Facebook pages for more information. Great programs for our kids!

At the OV Senior Center September 5 CLOSED LABOR DAY, Tuesday, Sept 6: Meatloaf &Gravy; Newspaper Carrier Day, Quilting and Exercise. Wednesday Sept7: Chicken Breast Supreme; "Bring A Bear" Bingo. RIte Aide FLU SHOTS- 9AM-NOON OV SR CENTER.PLEASE BRING YOUR INSURANCE CARDS!!!

Coudersport Town-wide Yard Sales September 3. 9:00-5:00.

Shinglehouse Community Choir Christmas Concert sign-ups Tuesday, September 6, at 6:00 p.m. Oswayo Valley Senior Center. Contact Cheri Maxson at 814-697-7527 for information. 

Also Tuesday night: Shinglehouse Borough Council Meeting 7:00 p.m. OV Memorial Library. Sharon Township Supervisors meeting 6:00 p.m., Millport Supervisors Building.

Women's Prayer Breakfast will be September 10 at Shinglehouse United Methodist Church. 9:00 a.m. This change is due to a Bell Run Union Church offering a course on
Strengthing skills: An Invitation to Guiding Others to the Savior and Counseling for Growth. Welda & Nancy will be conducting the course on Saturday, September 17 and Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 open to everyone in the valley. Contact them at 697-7884. Or email them

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library Fall Festival on Pleasant Street, Saturday, September 10 beginning at 11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. For a day of community activities! This year’s Pleasant Street Fall Festival will feature many local vendors and charities selling handmade items, children's face painting, multiple raffles, Chinese auctions, and baked goods. A local DJ will be playing music and there will be a performance of the Shinglehouse Community choir at 12:30. Beef on wick, applesauce, chips, and hot dogs will be available for purchase. Inside the library at 2:00 p.m. there will be a presentation by Lauralee Bliss about her experiences on the Appalachian Trail. Please plan on joining us for a day full of activities, fun and learning! The Bookclub is reading " The Year Of The Hare" by Arto Paasilinna. Pick up a copy at the front desk. Sept. 14th, there will be a Drug & Addiction Forum 6:00 p.m. A Discussion of the C.L.E.A.N. Program, Addiction Process and Family Support will be covered. Presenters are Andy Watson, Brad Buchholz and Colleen Wilber.

Rabies Clinic at Assembly Park from 1 to 4 pm also on Saturday, September 10th.

Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes and Schoolhouse Health Foods are celebrating their 4th year anniversary and Fall Open House on Saturday, September 10th from 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. stop in and celebrate with them on Indian Creek Road outside of Eldred, Pa., follow their in-house farmer at; seed saver exchange seeds will be 50% off.

Contra Dance at Farmers Market in Olean, N.Y. Saturday, September 10 at 10:30- noon. Located at the REAP Farmers Market at the Olean Center Mall.
Southern Tier Country Dance Society starts their 15th year with a 6:00 potluck optional and Contra Dance at 7:00 p.m., Cuba Grange, Cuba, N.Y. That same night even though I am restricted from dancing, I'm going to listen to some great live music!

Palmer Opera House. Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2:00 p.m Salute to Classic Country donation. Country Legends Jamboree. $5- Music by the Saddle Tramps Friday, September 23rd at 6 PM. Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2:00 p.m. Voices From the Past.

REGISTER NOW! Online registration is now open for their fall session that begins September 10th! G2 offers preschool, developmental, and non competitive programs for boys and girls along with a successful girls competitive program! Whether you are looking for your child's first class with friends or the competitive track, we have something for you! G2 is family owned and operated along with fun, experienced staff and we would love for you to join our gym family! Pre-Register ASAP to reserve your spot in class at Any questions email

Pire Appliance will be celebrating their grand opening on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at their new store on Academy Street in Shinglehouse, PA. The celebration will begin at noon and end at 2 PM. All are welcome. Enter for a chance to win a prize!

Potter County Trail Busters Snowmobile Club next meeting is Sunday, September 11 at 5:00 p.m., at the Roadside Restaurant. They are holding their first Grass Drag on Saturday, September 17, 2016; with registration at 8 a.m. See their Facebook page for more information. They are holding a Gun Raffle for Ruger American .243Caliber w/Scope. Contact me or a club member for tickets. Their fundraising goes to pay trail insurance for 148 miles of trails throughout the area. They are having open membership see their Facebook page.

OV Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., in the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library basement.

The Patriots Guard Riders will be in town Sunday, September 18, 2016 to honor John Volz.

14th Annual Senior Forum October 7, 9:00-1:00 Roulette, Pa.

Friendship Cheese Festival & Car Show October 8th.

PA Lumber Museum Collectibles Show Oct. 8-9th.

The Potter County Fair is planning a “Haunted Barns at the Fairgrounds” and need your help! This event is being held on October 21 and 22 at the fairgrounds in Millport. They are looking for businesses, organizations, groups, family and friends to decorate and man stations at the event. You would be responsible for providing your own props and actors to operate your station. The space would be approximately 10 feet by 10 feet. If you are interested in joining the fun or would like more information, contact Judi Turton at 848-7204 or Krista Doran at 320-0529. Please help us make this a fun, scary event! Next meeting Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Plan to bring your project idea and commitment.

Taste of Home coming to Olean in October tickets are available at the Olean Times Herald and Bradford Era. October 11, 2016 3:00-6:45 p.m., Good Times of Olean, N.Y.

Next week big doings in Wellsville, N.Y.

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.


09/02/2016 05:00 PM EDT
Kinetic Technologies and Kinetic Vet located in Lexington, KY has voluntarily recalled Hy-Optic – lot # 10092015, OptiVet – lot # 12032015 and Optimend – lot # 01122015. This voluntary recall is the result of deficiencies in sterility, which may lead to deteriorating eye conditions, irritation and/or infection.
09/02/2016 04:59 PM EDT
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is voluntarily recalling one date code of Wegmans Italian Classics Striped Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli, 9 oz. (UPC # 0-77890-38934), sold between Tuesday, Aug. 2 and Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 because the product may contain pieces of white plastic.
09/02/2016 09:32 PM EDT
Asher's Chocolates/Lewistown, Inc., an affiliated partner of Chester A. Asher Inc. ("Asher's") is initiating a voluntary recall of multiple chocolates, chocolate bars, cellophane wrapped chocolates, and individually wrapped chocolates, etc. under the Asher's brand due to possible Salmonella contamination of items produced in their Lewistown, PA facility distributed nationwide.

Multiple Departments Fight Structure Fire In Town of Cuba

Cole Memorial Seeking Experienced Registered Nurses

Vacancy Notice: Long-Term Substitute Teacher Needed At Northern Potter School District

Last Weekend To See Coudersport Ice Mine Before 2017; Don't Miss It!!

41st Annual Germania Old Home Day Is Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Multi Family Sale Sept. 1/2/3 At Sandy's Country Cottage In Ulysses

Sweden Valley Manor Seeking Experienced RN Or LPN To Join Our Team

Cole Memorial Seeking Candidates For The Cole Manor Homemaker Program

Cole Memorial Seeking Candidates For Exercise Leader/ Personal Trainer

Penn-York Camp Auction, Farmers Market & Flea Market Is Saturday, September 3rd In Ulysses, PA

SMC Looking For Qualified People With Powder Metal Experience For Positions In Galeton & St. Marys

Abbott Township Supervisors Meeting Rescheduled For Wednesday, September 7, 2016 At 7 PM

9-2/3/4 Estate Sale, Roulette, PA

9-10/11 Estate Sale Shinglehouse, PA

Estate Sale, September 10 and 11
2482 Eleven Mile Road, Shinglehouse PA

Contents of House, Barns, Farm Equipment

Cash Only

Items include:

Electric Turkey Roaster, Dishes, Canning Supplies, Pressure Cooker, Cabinets, Upright Freezer, Dryer, Beds, Lamps, Metal Closets, Knick Knacks, Old Gas Heating Stoves, Old Wood/Coal stoves, old sweepers, antique living room chairs, 48 inch Sanjo flatscreen TV, Lift Chair, Desks, Kitchen Scales, Antiques, Stands, Sewing baskets, tackle, lures, claw foot tub, Drop Leaf Table, Book Cases, Hospital Bed, Pictures, Bench, grill, 2 bottom plow, disks, Drags, Sickle Bar Mower, Back Blade Plow, Old Farm Carts, Cement Mixer, Walk Behind Tiller, Washboard, Antique Bicycle, Shovels, Hand Tools, Sap Buckets, Milk Cans, Bottles, Wood Barn Pulleys, Hand seed planters/spreaders, Cross cut saw, Cowbells, Milk Stools, Sap Pan, Old Traps, Old Tools, Old Chairs, Runner Sled, Reel Mower, Tool Boxes, Sheep Sheers, Power Tools, Log Grabs, Old Sythes, Garden Tools, Old post cards, and much more. Pickers Delight.

Coudersport Town Wide Yard Sale Saturday, September 3, Starts At 9 AM

Mike Is Back! Let Him Show You Why You Should Be Working At Empereon In Coudersport, Open Interviews Friday

Friday, September 2, 2016

Galeton Library Sponsors Galeton Outdoor Day Today, Free Admission

11 Year Old Struck Crossing Road At Bus Stop Flown To Pittsburgh Hospital

Police Investigating Reports Of Individual Trapping Cats In Roulette Township

Sweden Township Police Department
12 hrs ·

In recent weeks our agency has had numerous reports of an individual trapping cats within the Roulette area, and trespassing on private property.

Charges have been filed against her in situations where she has committed arrestable acts.

In contacting PCCAP - Mildred " Millie" Williams is NOT associated with their agency. Anyone seeing her on private property or committing arrestable acts are asked to contact 911.

Drug Task Force Arrests Olean Couple For Heroin Laced With Fentanyl Sales

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Ridgway Fire Department Dispatched

At 8:32 PM on Friday, Ridgway Fire Dept. has responded to a fire behind a sign.

Construction for Route 59 Bridge Complete

Bridge replaced as part of Public-Private Partnership Project

Clearfield, PA – The Route 59 (Mount Alton Ormsby Road) bridge that’s been under construction as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project has opened to traffic. The bridge spans a tributary to Kinzua Creek in Keating Township, about a mile west of the village of Ormsby. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient list.

The bridge reopened to traffic in late August. Once the bridge opened, the detour using Route 646 (Ridge Road) and Route 4003 (Bingham Road) was lifted.

Replacement work was performed by Horizon Construction. The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan.

This bridge is referred to as JV-60 out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.

Cambria County Fair Starts Sunday

Allegany Dispatched For Structure Fire

At 6:39 PM on Friday, Allegany Fire Department has been called to 3206 Cranberry Road for a report of a structure fire.

Joseph M. “Joe” Bohn, 62, of Coudersport, PA

Joseph M. “Joe” Bohn

Joseph M. “Joe” Bohn, 62, of Coudersport, PA passed away with his loving family by his side on Friday, September 2, 2016, at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a courageous battle with cancer.

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


Danielle Miller, of Mifflin in Juniata County, grew up in a hunting family and always loved the outdoors,
then got her first hunting license at age 22. Females continue to join the P
ennsylvania’s hunter ranks in record numbers, with 96,555 females buying
licenses or permits in 2015-16.
Females continued buying licenses in record numbers in 2015-16.

You might say Jillian Katchko was born to hunt.

“Hunting was all around me from the time I was born – literally,” the 13-year-old from New Freedom, York County, said. “Dad shot a wide-racked 9-point buck when I was 5 months old, and he took a photo of the buck next to me in my baby carrier.

“My Grandma Anna said my grandfather took the same kind of photos of my dad and his brothers when they were kids,” she said.

Naturally enough, Jillian wanted to take part in this family tradition. When she turned 12, she became certified through a Hunter-Trapper Education course, then got her first license and headed afield with her dad.

She was quick to make memories, too, taking her first squirrel with her .22 rifle at 22 yards, then encountering a 4-point buck in deer season that didn’t quite offer a good enough shot.

But she can’t wait for the new season to kick off.

“Hunting is just plain fun,” Jillian said.

Each year, more and more females of all ages are finding that statement to be true.

During the 2015-16 season, 96,555 females purchased Pennsylvania hunting licenses or mentored permits. That’s more than 10 percent of all license buyers, and yet another increase for this rapidly growing demographic.

Since the 2009-10 license year, when 67,165 females bought licenses, participation by females has grown by more than 44 percent.

It’s not all due to teens like Jillian. In fact, the fastest-growing age range among all Pennsylvania hunters is women ages 26 through 30 – a segment that’s grown by nearly 26 percent in the past three years.

Danielle Miller, 29, is part of that group.

A resident of Mifflin, Juniata County, Miller also grew up in a family of passionate hunters – all of them men. She loved the outdoors, but it took a while for her to realize she was a hunter at heart.

“I guess, growing up, I assumed that hunting was just something that men did,” she said. “My brother was always my dad’s sidekick, and it was a given that he’d hunt. I don’t ever recall being asked if it was something I wanted to do,” she added.

As she grew older, Miller realized what defined her as a person, and decided that hunting was something she wanted to do.

At 22, she took the Hunter-Trapper Education course and got her first hunting license. Today, she enjoys hunting not only with her dad and brother, but also her boyfriend and his daughter.

“I enjoy being out in the woods,” Miller said. “It’s my happy place!”

Considering the growing numbers, that must be a sentiment shared not only by female hunters in Pennsylvania, but across the country.

Southwick Associates, a fish and wildlife statistics firm based in Florida, says females are the fastest-growing segment among all outdoors users in the United States, and there now are about half a million female hunters nationally.

The natural question is why, but it’s a difficult one to answer, said Game Commission human-dimensions specialist Coren Jagnow.

Survey responses have hinted at possible explanations, Jagnow said. Females have demonstrated different reasons for wanting to hunt. They’re much more likely than men to take to the field to harvest game for meat as their No. 1 motivation.

The question could be explored through further research.

But there’s still no clear answer as to why the number of women hunters is growing so rapidly, Jagnow said.

But there’s no mistaking they’ve taken to hunting, and not only have joined the ranks, but stayed.

And the enthusiasm they’ve demonstrated is great for hunting in Pennsylvania, said Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough.

“Pennsylvania hunters usually don’t have to look too far to find reasons to get excited about hunting,” Hough said. “And I couldn’t be happier for the girls and women who now are experiencing that excitement for themselves, and enjoying all the rewards that come from spending time in the field and hunting and harvesting game.”

Mary Ann Zdarko, of Warren, in Warren County, wasn’t raised in a hunting family.

But when she remarried at 47, her husband, Dan, encouraged her to come along and learn what hunting was all about.

They often hiked in the woods together already, and she took the Hunter-Trapper Education course and began making frequent trips to the range to practice with her rifle.

Now 69, she has taken 10 deer over several seasons. Then, six years ago, she was drawn for a bull-elk license and harvested a nice bull.

“The elk hunt was an amazing experience, especially because I was 63 – no spring chicken – at the time,” she said.

But Zdarko said she’ll continue to hunt as long as she can walk in and out of the woods.

“What I love most about hunting is spending time with my husband, son and grandson, the challenges, and being outdoors.”

Potter County Artisan Center Open House Friday, September 9th In Coudersport

The Potter County Artisan Center hosts an open house on September 9 from 5-8p which will feature author Rabbit Jensen signing her book of short stories: "A Woman's Angle" celebrating 20 years of women fly fishing. Rabbit's book is available at

Card Creek Trading Post & Winery will be on site providing wine tasting and sales of the very same delicious, locally made and crafted wine. 

Any purchase at the Artisan Center gets you a coupon for a single ice cream at Cream 'n Sugar at 111 N. Main St. that evening should you decide to stroll down to visit that newly opened shop. 

It will be a really pleasant night and we hope to see you then. 

Contact the Chamber of Commerce with any questions at 814-274-8165