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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Bradford Fire Tower Requested To Salamanca For Vehicle Fire At Casino

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At 11:04 PM on Saturday, Bradford City Fire Department Tower 1 has been requested mutual aid to the Casino in Salamanca for a vehicle fire on the 5th floor of the parking garage.
 11:17 PM--Killbuck Fire Dept. requested for full response to Salamanca for vehicle fire at Casino parking garage. 
11:20 PM--SEneca Nation Fire Dept. requested to send ambulance to scene of fire and stand by fire station.
 11:21 PM--Limestone requested full response to Salamanca Fire Station for standby.

Otto Township Dispatched To Rollover Crash On Rock City Road

At 10:43 PM on Saturday, Otto Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a rollover accident on Rock City Road at the PA Line. Report no injuries, but vehicle is in the roadway. Use caution until traffic control arrives on scene.

10:50 PM--Knapps Creek Fire Company and Olean 10 have been dispatched by Cattaraugus County.

Bradford Ambulance Dispatched For Assault Victim

At 8:25 PM on Saturday, Bradford Ambulance has been dispatched to Beacon Light at 800 East Main Street to assist Foster Township Police with a victim of an assault at that location.

Livonia, NY Man Dies In Accident At Andover ATV Park

SP Amity- Fatal ATV Accident

On November 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm, Troopers and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) responded to an ATV collision at Tall Pines ATV Park on Jones Road in the Town of Andover. 

The operator of the 2016 Kymco MXU45I ATV, Charles E. Rienhart, 64 of Livonia, NY was performing jumps at the obstacle course on his ATV. Rienhart jumped a five foot dirt ramp and traveled approximately 25 feet before landing on his head. 

Rienhart was transported to Jones Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Rienhart was wearing a full facial helmet. No foul play involved.

Bradford City Police Arrest Fugitive From Texas

City of Bradford Police
25 mins ·

On 11/05/16 at 0442 hrs. officers were dispatched to the area of Jefferson Street for a disturbance. On arrival officers located Jacob Daugherty (27). 

On investigation it was learned that Mr. Daugherty had an outstanding warrant from Wise County Sheriff's Office, in the State of Texas. He was subsequently taken into custody on the warrant and charged as a fugitive from justice.

Mr. Daugherty was arraigned before District Judge Luther on the charge and was remanded to McKean County Jail (no bail) awaiting extradition.

Thomas R. Abbey, 74, of Smethport, PA

Thomas R. Abbey

Thomas R. Abbey, 74, of Smethport, PA, passed away Saturday (November 5, 2016) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

He was born April 5, 1942 in Bradford, a son of Lynn and Jessie Graham Abbey. On May 14, 1966, in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, he married Judith A. Berne, who survives.

Mr. Abbey was a 1960 graduate of Smethport Area Jr.-Sr. High School and attended Lehigh University, where he received his Bachelors in Business.

Tom worked for GKN, Pure Carbon, Quaker State, and lastly, for G.E. Thermoelectrics of St. Marys in human resources, retiring in 2004. He also worked for H& R Block after he retired for a period of time.

Tom was a member of St. Elizabeth Church of Smethport, was a past member of the Smethport School Board, and was a past Sam Benedict Football official.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by:

one daughter: Amy (Paul) Arnett of Annandale, VA

two sons: Tim Abbey of Elizabethtown, PA and Brian (Deborah) Abbey of Mars, PA

four grandchildren: Abbey Arnett and Liam, Declan and Alexis Abbey

two sisters: Shirley Abbey of Smethport and Virginia Stoneking of Mechanicsburg, PA

and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 7, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Vincent Cieslewicz, Pastor, as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport. A Christian Wake services will be held at 3:30 PM on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Elizabeth Church, Norwich Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept., Sena Kean Manor Activities Fund, or the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Ctr., UPMC Montefiore, 4 West, 3459 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. 

Online condolences may be made at

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

Babby R. Vantassel, 54, of Clarendon, PA

Babby Vantassel

Babby R. Vantassel, 54, of Clarendon, PA, died Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Warren General Hospital. 

Born on September 24, 1962 in Hopkinsville, KY, she was the daughter of Edgar William and Maybelle Burgess Vantassel.

Babby is survived by her 3 children – Jonathan Vantassel of Warren, PA, Nathan Brown and Taj Brown, both of Clarendon, PA, 1 sister – Tammy Eaves of Florida, 1 brother – Michael Vantassel of Warren, PA, and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Warren State Hospital Interfaith Chapel with Rev. Nancy Schwanke, Chaplain, officiating. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., Warren, PA.

Highmark Drops All But McKean County From Obamacare In North Central PA

Highmark pulls out of ACA marketplace in 27 Pennsylvania counties for 2017

By Wes Venteicher
Trib Live
Highmark Inc. is canceling individual health plans in more than half of the Pennsylvania counties in which it has sold the plans on the Affordable Care Act's marketplace, reducing the competition that some experts say is necessary to make the market sustainable.

The Pittsburgh-based insurer is no longer selling the plans in 27 of the 49 counties in which it sold them for 2016, according to a Tribune-Review analysis of federal marketplace data. About 70 percent of the insurer's individual marketplace members in Pennsylvania will lose their plans, according to a Highmark spokesman.

The plans expire at the end of the year. Those with canceled plans will have to choose another plan if they want to stay insured and might have to find new doctors. Read more...

Brian D. Zock, 60, of Warren, PA

Brian Zock

Brian D. Zock, 60, of Warren, PA, died Friday afternoon, November 4, 2016 at UPMC Hamot after suffering from surgical complications. 

He was born January 21, 1956 in Warren, PA. He is the son of James and Velma Beary Zock of Warren, PA.

Brian was a 1974 graduate of Bradford High School and resided most of his life in the Warren area. He was employed as a mechanic for 40+ years with Crossett Trucking. 

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and an avid Oakland Raiders fan. 

Brian’s greatest joy and accomplishment in his life, was the honor and privilege of being a dad and best friend, to his son, Nick.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Brenda Leichtenberger Zock whom he married October 23, 1999 in Pittsfield, PA., his son, Nicodemus “Nick” B. Zock of Warren, PA., 2 Brothers – Jimmy Zock and his spouse, Tom Kurtzhals of New Smyrna Beach, FL., Vaughn Zock of Jamestown, N.Y., 2 Sisters – Barb Leichtenberger of Bear Lake, PA., Cindy Cox and companion, Dan Keller of New Castle, PA., Mother-in-law, Peggy (Gobs) Leichtenberger of Bear Lake, PA., several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews. 

Brian was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandparents – Steven and Mabel Zock, Maternal Grandparents – Vaughn and Emma Beary, Maternal Step Grandmother – Wilda Beary, father-in-law, Albert Leichtenberger.

Brian’s final requests were that no service or visitation hours be observed. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Warren Area High School Food Pantry, 345 E. 5th Avenue, Warren, PA. 16365. 

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting 

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

Revival Services At Eldred First Church of God November 10 to 13th

Tioga & Middlebury Dispatched To Tioga Containers For Automatic Fire Alarm

At 3:45 PM on Saturday, Tioga & Middlebury Fire Departments have been dispatched to Tioga Containers for an Automatic Fire Alarm.

There is no fire. False Alarm.

Friendship Dispatched To ATV Rollover Crash

At 3:21 PM on Saturday, Friendship Ambulance has been dispatched to the area of 5549 Pigtail Road for a side by side ATV rollover crash with 2 males in their 50's injured. A second ambulance has been requested. Medic 10 also dispatched. Helicopters have been placed on standby.
Amity Rescue Ambulance to scene.

Bill Pekarski: "Living Life On My Terms"

Editors note: Coudersport resident, Bill Pekarski, has been writing on his Facebook page since August 29, 2016 while recovering from a life threatening illness. He has shared his writings with friends on Facebook. As I read each day, I realize that what Bill has to say needs to be shared with everyone and today I asked Bill and received permission to repost his Facebook posts for our readers. We'll post his current post and a couple of the previous posts to catch up. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have. If you have something negative to comment, save your energy cause it won't get posted. Jim
Day 68, Living life on my terms.
First things first, I want to thank everyone for the great responses to my last few posts. Your positive remarks continue to fuel me to keep writing something every day. It is tough sometimes because I might have trouble developing my thoughts or pulling them together into a cohesive story. Tonight it took a quick suggestion from my wife to spark my creative instinct.
In 2005 I graduated from nursing school and accepted a position at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. It was my hometown and I was excited to start putting all of my knowledge to work in the real world.
I had been recruited to work in the Operating Room but during my first day of orientation, actually my first 15 minutes, the Emergency Room manager Tina Hite came and removed me from my class. She knew that I had a history of being an EMT and fireman which would predispose me to fitting comfortably into an open ER position. I jumped at the opportunity as it sounded more interesting to me than the OR.
Tina whisked me away from that orientation class and took me immediately to the ER. She said there was not much of a need to go to that class and it would be better for me to hit the ground running and learn working beside my preceptor, Gail Faulstick.
Tina gave me an orientation packet which was about 50 pages long. It listed pretty much all of the skills an ER nurse should experience, learn, demonstrate, and utilize in their practice. I took the list and kept it with me in a green folder which I would ideally go through each day and check off skills with my preceptor.
Well it did not take long to get things started. I watched Gail as she interviewed and examined patients, picking up on little tricks she had accumulated over years of experience. She was amazing as she never lost her cool and managed to maintain a smile, even during some tense interactions.
She allowed me to examine patients at the same time and after we would leave the room she would explain to me what I did right or where I could improve. The most important point she drilled into my head is to never pretend you know an answer or how to do something if you have never done it. It was the old; “Don’t bullshit a Bullshitter!” She also had a real knack for telling me anecdotal stories that related to something we may have seen or done.
Well, when the first day was done my head wasn’t quite spinning off of my shoulders, but I was amazed by the way she would shift gears to deal with different patients. We would go from dealing with an elderly patient from the nursing home, to a child with an arm injury, to a patient who was having severe trouble breathing. You really had to stay on your toes.
At the end of that day we sat down and I brought out the green folder. Gail leafed through the pages and we discussed some things that we were likely to see in the near future as well as some things that I may not get to see during orientation. Specifically that day, we discussed what to do if someone presented to the ER by private vehicle with a traumatic injury to the head, neck, or back. She explained where the backboards were kept and how we would have to establish immobilization and take the patient down right there in the waiting room.
The next day at about 9 a.m., a man walked in the front door holding a blood soaked towel to his head stating that he had wrecked a four wheeler. It was like some mystical force knew we discussed the trauma take down and now we were going to execute the procedure. We ended up having to do it again about an hour later for a similar incident.
At lunch I pulled out the green folder so Gail could check off my newly demonstrated skills. During lunch we also discussed what my role would be if there was a cardiac arrest or “code” situation. I had quite a bit of experience actually doing CPR as an EMT for many years so I had some knowledge, but now I would be working as a nurse with a whole new skill set.
This is the point where fate stepped in again. About 2 p.m. on my second day an ambulance comes in with CPR in progress. We took over for the ambulance crew and started going through the Advanced Cardiac Life Support protocols. The doctor announced that a shock was due and needed. She looked at me and asked if I knew how. I replied yes and she gave me the command. Only my second day and I am working a code and shocking a patient. I was certainly getting one hell of an orientation.
At the end of the day I got out my green folder once again as Gail and I discussed everything that I had seen. We saw over 20 patients that shift and I was really making my way through the orientation packet. We were running short on time so Gail said she would finish filling out my checklist in the morning.
The next morning I brought out my folder first thing as at the time the ER was empty. Gail checked off all of the skills related to working an actual code while we discussed some other emergency interventions done in the ER to prevent a code situation from developing.
Specifically, we discussed what would be done for a patient who comes in with a heart rate over 150 without any reason or exertion. It is a critical situation as the body is not meant to maintain that kind of resting heart rate. We discussed different sorts of non-invasive treatments that I learned during school as well as the use of a drug called Adenosine.
Now for those of you that don’t know, Adenosine has only one real specific use and can only be administered a very certain way. It is designed to stop the heart for about six seconds so it can restart at a regular rate and rhythm. The drug has a half-life of only a couple of seconds once it enters the blood stream so it has to be pushed through an IV line extremely fast followed by a rapid flush of saline to make sure the medicine reaches the heart before it is wasted.
If you are successful with the administration of the drug, you will be able to observe the heart stoppage on a monitor as evidenced by a “flat line”. I always referred to it as the six seconds of peril because while you watch and wait, in your mind you are saying “c’mon heart, pick up the beat!”
Once again fate decided to rear its ugly head and we were presented with a patient who fit the above description. The fast heart rate is referred to as Super Ventricular Tachycardia or SVT and I was actually seeing it on only my third working day as a graduate nurse. Gail looked at me and told me to go ahead and get the adenosine ready, this is what we discussed. The ER doctor agreed and before you knew it, I was pushing a lifesaving drug for the first time. Wow, what a rush!
Once we were done I was sitting at the desk tapping a pen lightly on my folder. Gail turned to me and said in not to many words; “put that God blessed thing in your locker and get it away from me!” It seems like every time we discuss something in the packet, it had a way of just coming in the door and that is how it continued for about the first two weeks.
The orientation period was designed to stretch over 6 weeks, but I had actually completed just about all of the skills in just 2 weeks. At least we were pretty sure that all of the skills were met because at that point, Gail would not allow me to take the green folder out of my locker.
When I completed the 6 weeks of training, Gail confided in me that she had never experienced any trainee having an orientation like mine. She wanted to replay my orientation for all of her future new ER nurses because those first ten days were loaded with just about everything you would ever see.
Personally, I look forward to the point where I am healthy enough to get back to work as a nurse. Today I am dedicating my progress to Tina Hite for pulling me from a standard hospital orientation and to Gail Faulstick who taught me so much. I am forever grateful to Gail and Tina for redirecting me to a career in Emergency Medicine.
Bill Pekarski at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.
Day 1-Living according my terms now!
Thanks to everyone who has helped, prayed, or supporrted me through what has been the most challenging year of my life. although i have had to come into the hospital again i feel progress being made and that we are trying some things that will work.
As a Coudersport resident and a nurse myself, I have heard people talk about Cole Memorial as the band aid station, etc. THAT IS WRONG! it is soo much more, the care i am getting is personal and thoughtful and involving my opinion. IT comes down to dignity and i get it here. From ER, ICU, to the floor, these are the best damn nurses and staff for which you could ask.
For me, I am getting reenergized to kick this fight into another gear and get my life back. I want to get back to my job as nurse, volunteer as an active fireman and ambulance member, go to games and shows, perform on stage,and see my friends!
I just ask you to continue to pray and walk beside me!

Day 2, Living life according to my terms now!
"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams" Willy Wonka. RIP Gene Wilder.

Feeling better today. I continued to be impressed by staff here at Cole Memorial. There is a true sense of teamwork and communtiy that exists and is strengthening. The communication across all levels of the hospital is positve and productive. I am proud of what we have here.
As for me, I feel stronger and better. Rome wasn't built in a day and my recovery will take time. Just me being positive (little Bill!) and letting others know I am on my terms!

Bradford Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash

At 1:27 PM on Saturday, Bradford Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Boylston Street & Davis Street for a 2 vehicle crash.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To West Main Street In Oswayo

At  1:23 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to West Main Street in Oswayo.

Ilene Jewel Payne, 85, of 780 Bolivar Drive, Bradford, PA

Ilene Jewel Payne

Ilene Jewel Payne, 85, of 780 Bolivar Drive, Bradford, PA, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Friday November 4, 2016, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer and heart disease.

Born December 23, 1930, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late William P. and Louella M. (Benjamin) Stidd. She attended Bradford High School.

On May 14, 1948 in the Church of Ascension, she married Donald I. Payne who survives.

She formerly worked at Clarks Department Store and was a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting blankets, babysitting, camping, cooking, and making her famous buckeyes. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family and friends.

She was a former member of the Bolivar Drive Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, attended Sunday School and helped with the nursery and Vacation Bible School. She more recently attended the First Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband Don of 68 years, is one daughter, Ann (Alex) Nuzzo, of Bradford, and one son, Jerry (Ann) Payne of Bradford, one brother, Thomas Stidd, of OH, six grandchildren, Jason Freer, Lindsey Steinberg, Cody Nuzzo, Kyle Payne, Lexandria Pascarella, Tyler Nuzzo, two great grandchildren, Hailey Payne and Benjamin Steinberg, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters, Donna Freer and Deborah Payne, one son, Thomas Payne, four brothers, William, Robert, Daniel and James Stidd, five sisters, Ida Chirenza, Ila Buckley, Ina Black, Inez Boon and Irene Tassone.

At the family's request there will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of family. Burial will be in Bridgeview Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

In lieu of flowers, Ilene asks you extend an act of kindness to another person, or a memorial to the Hospice program at Community Nurses.

On line condolences may be made at

Louise Godding McCormack, 77, of Summerfield, FL, formerly of Derrick City and Bradford, PA

Louise Godding McCormack

Louise Godding McCormack, loving mom and grandma, 77, of Summerfield, FL, formerly of Derrick City and Bradford, PA, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016, in Florida, after a brief illness.

Born February 9, 1939, she was a daughter of Grant and Velma Godding.

She married Francis 'Skip' McCormack, who preceded her in death. She was formerly married for nearly 17 years to Russ Berkhouse, who survives.

She was a former bartender and waitress at Casey's Restaurant in Limestone and at the original Model T Bar in Derrick City. She also did home health care for many senior citizens in need of help.

She enjoyed crafting, drawing, painting, bird watching and identifying bird calls just by hearing them, family gatherings, baking and cooking, especially for family holidays and enjoyed the song, 'Green, Green Grass of Home.'

She is survived by three children, Randy Berkhouse, Luanne (Lewis, Sr.) Keller, all of Bradford and Holly Berkhouse, with whom she resided, in Florida with her puppy dog, Susu; nine grandchildren, Janell Berkhouse, Alyssa Berkhouse, Curt Berkhouse, Lewis P. Keller, Jr., Jim Autieri, Casie Antonese, Craig (Jessica) Berkhouse, Jennifer Autieri and Bill Autieri and several great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two children, Ron Berkhouse and Nancy McCormack and four siblings, Pearl Merritt, Bill Godding, Nancy Godding and Larry Godding.

Friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life at 12:00 Noon, Monday, November 7, 2016 in Asbury Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, The Humane Society of Marion County, FL or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences can be expressed at

Port Allegany United Methodist Church bazaar TODAY from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Port Allegany United Methodist Church is holding their annual bazaar TODAY, November 5 at the church from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

The church is located at 307 North Main Street. The event will feature a bake sale, hoagie sale, Chinese Auction, raffles, and gift baskets as well as handmade crafts. 

Pictured is Sierra Keck with some of the Christmas items that can be found at the bazaar.

McKean County Senior Judge John Cleland Hearing Sandusky Post Conviction Appeal For New Trial

2016 PAHS Football Banquet Photos

PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Wyant Assoc Ll Partnership in Union Twp, Jefferson County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-11-02 to Wyant Assoc Ll Partnership in Union Twp, Jefferson county. OGA 3216(C) - Failure to fill all pits used to contain produced fluids or industrial wastes and remove unnecessary drilling supplies/equipment not needed for production within 9 months from completion of drilling of well.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Devonian Resources Inc in Henderson Twp, Jefferson County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-11-01 to Devonian Resources Inc in Henderson Twp, Jefferson county. 78.66(b) - REPORTING RELEASES - Owner or operator failed to report a reportable release of brine on or into the ground at the well site within 2 hours after detecting or discovering the releases.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to De Ltd Family Partnership in Perry Twp, Jefferson County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-11-01 to De Ltd Family Partnership in Perry Twp, Jefferson county. OGA 3220(A) - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Annual Turkey Biscuit Dinner, Bazaar & Bake Sale Sunday, November 6th At Crandall Hill Community Building

Opportunities For RN's & LPN's Available At Sweden Valley Manor In Coudersport And At Bradford Manor In Bradford

Click On Ad To See Details Of Jelliff's ONLINE AUCTIONS ; PREVIEW NOV. 6th

Public Auction Sunday, Nov. 6th At Lloyd Burkhouse Auction House In Bradford, PA

Cole Memorial Hospital Seeking Candidates For Pharmacist

Craft & Antique Show November 5th & 6th At Portville Central School

Holiday Open House At Heart's Desire In Galeton This Saturday, November 5th

Estate Auction Saturday, November 5th, At 835 Baker Creek Road, Coudersport, PA

Sagewood Seeking Candidates For Therapeutic Staff Support

Cinco C's Alpacas Holiday Event November 5 & 6 At The Farm On Sartwell Creek Road,Port Allegany

Alpaca from Ty Foster on Vimeo.

Doll Maker From Ohio Will Be At Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes Saturday November 5

Shinglehouse Borough Seeking Public Works Operator

Mailbox Struck On Wildcat Road

Friday, November 4, 2016

Window Broken In Genesee Residence

Pennsylvania State Police, Coudersport, Statistics For October

McKean County Conservation District Award Luncheon

Pictured are Kerry Fetter- Conservation District Board Chairman, Carol Duffy- Commissioner, Dave Stratton- USDA Farm Service Agency, Ken Kane- Conservation District Associate Director and Recipient of Conservation Partner Award, Steve Sherk- Conservation District Board, and Don Tanner- Penn State Extension.

The McKean County Conservation District recently held its inaugural Award Luncheon on Nov. 3rd in Bradford. Staff Members, Board Directors, the 2016 Winning ‘Wild’ Envirothon Team, and the recipient of the annual Conservation Partner Award were recognized.

This year, the Conservation District celebrates 10 years as a full time staffed District. Two staff members, District Manager Sandy Thompson and Watershed Conservationist Heather McKean have been on staff since the District office opened. Board Director Kerry Fetter shared the history of the Conservation District in the county with those in attendance.

The Conservation Partner of the Year award, sponsored by the District, Penn State Extension, and the USDA Farm Service Agency, was presented to Ken Kane. Ken is a graduate of the Penn State Forestry School with a BS in Forest Science. He has a career in Forest Management and Forest Products Marketing with a long working tenure with Keith Horn Forestry including serving as Vice-President. Currently he is President of Generations Forestry in Kane.

Ken has had a lifelong concern for conservation issues and a strong land ethic. He is a member of the SAF (Society of American Foresters) and ACF (Association of Consulting Foresters) and had held administrative offices with both organizations. He is very involved in local issues and has served for a very long time on the Kane School Board including being President. He is also an Associate Director of the McKean County Conservation District, a member of the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG) as well as a member of the Hamlin Bank Board. He has been very involved in forest health research in partnering with Penn State, Allegheny National Forest and the PA DCNR, Bureau of Forestry. Ken has been involved with the Forest 

Stewardship Council of FSC Certified Forests (a rigorous set of standards regarding long term sustainable forest practices). He served on an advisory committee for Penn State Extension in the recruitment of a new Forester for Penn State Extension. Ken continues to work with industry, large landowners and small landowners in emphasizing the importance of forest regeneration and overall forest health. He has also testified before Congress and legislative committees on many forest related issues.

Also recognized was the 2016 ‘Wild’ Envirothon overall winning team- the ‘Bradford Bees Plus Wasp’ advised by Jan Russell. This team went on to represent McKean County at the State Envirothon, placing an impressive 17th out of 65 teams. Team members and their advisor were in attendance at the luncheon.

Other award recipients included ten year staff members Sandy Thompson, District Manager and Heather McKean, Watershed Conservationist; and five year staff members Sherry Dumire and Lindsay Shine, both Resource Conservationists. Six board members received service awards for their years of volunteer work. Kerry Fetter, Board Chairman, has been a Director for 15 years. Cliff Lane and Blaine Puller were recipients of 10 year awards. Chase Miles, Frank Tanner, and Steve Sherk have been Directors for 5 years. All directors and staff received engraved coasters made of local black cherry wood.

PennDOT Reviews Preparations for Coming Winter

Visit to Check Road Conditions before Leaving Home

Norristown, PA – With snow already visiting some areas of Pennsylvania, PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards today outlined the agency’s plans for winter services and encouraged drivers to be prepared as well.

“Our residents count on PennDOT to keep them moving regardless of the weather and we take that mission very seriously,” Richards said during a news conference at the PennDOT maintenance facility in Norristown, Montgomery County. “We have our materials and equipment in place and our staff of dedicated equipment operators, district-level staff and staff in Maintenance and Operations are ready to go.”

This winter, all of the more than 2,200 PennDOT-owned and rented plow trucks will be equipped with AVL technology — meaning the public can view the trucks on interstates and expressways this winter at PennDOT started the AVL program in 2014 in 119 plow trucks and expanded it to more than 700 trucks last winter. The AVL unit in each truck sends a cellular signal through the system showing where a truck is located and whether or how much material is being spread from the truck.
The AVL system is part of Governor Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative that leverages inter-agency coordination and collaboration to maximize efficiency, modernize state government operations, and provide the highest quality services.

The Secretary noted that PennDOT has compiled all of its information about winter series into a special page on the web site at:

The site also has a complete winter guide with detailed information about winter services in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts.

With $205 million budgeted for statewide winter operations, PennDOT deploys about 4,800 on-the road workers and has more than 768,000 tons of salt on hand across the state.

The state’s snow plow trucks are equipped with computerized salt spreaders that allow operators to calibrate the exact amount of salt to be distributed regardless of the speed of the truck.

“Our equipment operators have an enormous amount of responsibility during a storm as they plow snow, monitor computers that control the flow of salt, monitor pavement temperatures, and keep their eyes on traffic and possible roadside obstacles,” Richards said. “We urge drivers to allow plenty of space to snow plow operators so they can perform their jobs effectively and safely.”

When winter weather hits, PennDOT’s primary focus is on interstates and expressways, and equipment may be redirected to those routes during significant winter events. The more traffic a roadway has, the more attention it will receive from plows, so motorists may find deeper accumulations on less-traveled routes and should adjust their driving for those conditions.

In addition to planning for traffic impacts, Richards noted that vehicle preparation is critical to safe winter travel.

If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 224 crashes resulting in 103 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.

Tires should also be checked often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow. A quick way to check tread depth is to insert a penny in the tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see the entire head, the tires are worn and traction will suffer. If you live in an area prone to heavy snow, drivers may want to consider using dedicated snow tires or carrying a set of tire chains. At a minimum, all-season tires should be rated for use in mud and snow.

Once vehicles are travel-ready, drivers should be prepared for winter or vehicle emergencies especially if long-distance travel is planned. PennDOT urges motorists to carry an emergency kit.

An emergency kit should include items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. However, motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families may have. Consider adding such items as baby supplies, extra medication, pet supplies, or even children's games.

For more information on PennDOT's winter preparations and additional winter-driving resources for motorists, visit the department's winter Web page,

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 800 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Scarnati Announces State Grant for DuBois Area School District Pilot Program

(HARRISBURG) – A $200,000 state grant has been awarded for DuBois Area School District for an educational pilot program, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati, who was instrumental in securing this funding, explained that the grant will be used for the creation of a pilot project where the school district becomes actively involved in its ongoing local economic stabilization and expansion, through the development of a local business and governmental Advisory Board. The Board will assist in the integration of a new curriculum philosophy aimed at promoting the exploration of local business employment opportunities, local community benefits and resources, career skills, local entrepreneurial opportunities, and general lifelong skills for success. The $200,000 grant is being administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

“This grant is a wonderful development, which will provide substantial support for this exciting new pilot program,” Scarnati said. “Investing in our children and their education must always be one of our top priorities. It is important that we continuously seek to embrace new and innovative learning opportunities and I am confident that this pilot program will be an asset to the school district.”

Robert Wachob, Member of the DuBois Area School District Board of Directors, has been engaged with this project from the start and explained that the Board has signed an agreement with the Department of Education to move forward with the program.

“The DuBois Area School Board, Administration and Staff are all very grateful to Senator Scarnati for his assistance in securing this grant opportunity,” Wachob said. “This grant will allow the district to begin steps to integrate Career and Post-Secondary exploration in to our curriculum, adding even more relevant life-long skills. The READY initiative will assist students to graduate with a clear vision of the career goals they want to accomplish in their life and to have the skills necessary to achieve those goals. The initiative will also strengthen the DuBois Area School District’s role in local economic development as we educate our youth on the many opportunities that exist in their own community and the outstanding quality of life the area has to offer.”

The program will consist of various initiatives, including:

Developing marketing materials to promote the creation of an Economic Advisory Board to the school district.
Contracting with a curriculum development consultant to work with area businesses in developing curriculum standards specific to the regional job opportunities.
Purchasing and creating materials and resources, such as video field trips, to be included in the curriculum which supports the local needs of the economy.
Providing professional development to the various instructors that will be teaching the new curriculum.
Funding transportation costs for student field trips to regional companies and businesses.

“I commend the DuBois Area School District Board, academic leaders and teachers for their desire to grow the local economy through their already strong educational program,” Scarnati stated. “This pilot program will go a long way toward helping both our community and helping prepare our students for their future careers.”



By Monica Thomas

WOW! I really enjoyed Halloween the children were adorable and Daisy Mae sat on my lap to be petted and give out candy. I want to thank our police department and fire, ambulance and auxiliary for patrolling the streets for a safe night for everyone. Remember the set your clocks back Saturday night as we get an extra hour of sleep. I took a trip to Holland, NY., on Friday and the gold and rust leaves and limbs of dark brown made for a beautiful ride home.

At the OV Senior Center November 7, Chipped Beef w/ gravy: Walking Club and Marooned Without a Compass, " can I still read the tiny writing on it? ". Tuesday November 8: THEY ARE CLOSED, VOTING will be conducted in our building from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. There are several polling places in the valley. GET OUT AND VOTE. Wednesday November 9 : Spaghetti & Meatballs: walking Club, Blood Pressure Checks w/ Becky Malone, RN, "World Kindness Day." ( I think we'll need it after the election......Friday Nov. 12 they will be honoring their Veterans at Sprague's in Portville, N.Y., beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Shinglehouse Community Choir practice Saturday, November 5, 11:00-1:00, OV Senior Center

Tuesday nights at the OV Senior Center the Grief Recovery Support Group meets at 7:00, from now until the first week of November. Beginning November 15th they will be offering a special group called: Surviving the Holidays. contact June Buchanan for more information at 697-6985.

TOYS FOR TOTS CONCERT Sunday November 6 at 6:30 p.m. It will be at the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse on Academy Street. There will be many church choirs, special acts and local groups like the Matthews family, the Soundwaves, and the Community Choir is performing also. It should be a wonderful night of music to raise money for a great cause the Christmas House in Coudersport.

If you didn't notice the Cider Mill is changing their hours beginning Nov. 7 to 7:00 a.m to 6:30 p.m.

The Ministerium Luncheon is this Thursday at noon, Shinglehouse United Methodist Church. I went last month and enjoyed talking with folks I haven't seen all summer.

Free Veterans Dinner with guest or active duty warriors hosted by American Legion #530. Friday Nov. 11, 2016 from 11:00-2:00 p.m. Shinglehouse, PA.

Women's Prayer Breakfast will be September 12 at Ceres United Methodist Church. 9:00 a.m.

WILD GAME DINNER: Saturday, November 12 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. American Legion Post #530: Shinglehouse, PA. sounds good!

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library Stitch Together Group meet on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6:00 p.m., O.V. Family History will meet at the OV Historical Society at 1:00 p.m., on Friday Nov. 11. The annual Health Fair will be held on Saturday, November 12th, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Call Cole Memorial Hospital at 274-8200 or register online at It's the Comprehensive Blood Analysis, Cost is $45.00.

OV Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the 7:00 p.m., at the Red Schoolhouse in Sharon Center.

Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes and Schoolhouse Health Foods on Indian Creek Road outside of Eldred, Pa., are hosting Friday, November 4th,and Saturday, November 5, Long time doll maker from Ohio will be on site with an open chest sale. Nancy is a well known and sought after doll maker, and has attended many of the best Country Craft shows in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. Nancy is greatly known for her unique one of a kind original designs. At very reasonable prices, stop by and meet Nancy also on Saturday, November 5, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm. Oily Pet Clinic. Oils are for more than just yourself. They are also great for your pets. Bring your dog, cat or other pet, and learn how oils can help them live a healthier life. Workshop $5.00 Pet Raindrop $20.00.
 Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 10:00am - 3:00pm Wellness Seminar with Pastor Rovi. Tickets for this event are available at the Village, and not online. Because pastor Rovics is in the ministry work he wants to offer a free lunch to any pastor. During his preaching Pastor Rovics has noticed more and more people becoming sick, and his concern initiated him to do research on health. He had studied to be a veterinarian to help animals heal. Now he helps people heal. He will be sharing his experiences and thoughts from several decades of research and hands on experience. He has seen people heal from Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Lyme's. He wants people to know their numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, PH, blood sugar, etc,) but then to see them in the big picture and how all the systems of the body are interconnected and work together for the whole body heal. The price is $15, which includes lunch. After November 2, call the Schoolhouse Health Food Store at 814-225-2233 to purchase tickets.

Southern Tier Country Dance Society Saturday, November 12, at 6:00 potluck optional and Contra Dance at 7:00 p.m., Cuba Grange, Cuba, N.Y. Even though I am restricted from dancing, I'm going to listen to some great

Country Heat Live Exercise Class Perfect for any age group. It meets Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 at the G2 Gymnastics & Fitness Shinglehouse PA., $5.00 an evening, $20.00 a month.
Come out and join instructor Misty Reed every Tuesday from 5:00 - 6:00 at the G2 Gym (across from Shop and Save) for a fun workout designed to dance away calories.
Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring a friend and don't worry about 'being uncoordinated, not a dancer, or out of shape.' Just have fun! Next class is Tuesday, November 8th. Visit and like my Facebook page at

Potter County Trail Busters Snowmobile Club next meeting is Sunday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m., at the Roadside Restaurant. They are holding a Gun Raffle for Ruger American .243 Caliber w/Scope. Contact me or a club member for tickets. Club members turn in your tickets at this meeting. Their fundraising goes to pay trail insurance for 148 miles of trails throughout the area. They are having open membership see their Facebook page.

Christmas Village will be on display at Howard's Home Furnishings as of Nov. 13
Food Cupboard Nov. 18
Small Business Saturday. Nov. 26
Small Town Christmas Parade Nov. 27 at 5:00 p.m. See Facebook page for more details. Shinglehouse Small Town Christmas. Scheduled events will be posted online as of Nov. 13.

Feel free to drop in and set a spell and visit with Daisy Mae and I on the front porch it's all decorated for fall. You can contact us at or 814-697-7625.

Brian Zock, 60, of Warren, PA

Brian Zock

Brian Zock, 60, of Warren, PA, died Friday afternoon, November 4, 2016 at UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.

A complete obituary will be announced when available through the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.

Don't Forget To Fall Back Saturday Night

Port Allegany Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Crash On Rt. 155 North

At 5:59 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Rescue & EMS has been dispatched to Rt. 155 North at Intersection of Champlin Hill Road for a 2 vehicle crash. Possible one pediatric injury.
6:09 PM--Additional ambulance to scene. 
6:15 PM--Eldred Ambulance dispatched mutual aid

Wellsville Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Crash On Rt. 417

At 5:05 PM on Friday, Wellsville Fire & EMS have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash in front of Castaways on Rt. 417. Initial report indicates 3 people are injured.

Fire Police Dispatched For Disabled Vehicle

At 4:30 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Police have been dispatched to 19857 Rt. 6 for a disabled vehicle in the roadway. The location is between Open Brook Road and North Open Brook Road.

Use Caution if traveling that way!!

Welcoming Levy Theodore Hill Born At Cole Memorial Hospital

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed For Veterans Day

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2016 is available on the website by clicking on PennDOT Service Center Holiday Closings under the “Pressroom” tab at the bottom of the page.

Growing Greener Plus Program Now Accepting Grant Applications for Water Quality Improvement Projects

Grants available for watershed protection and restoration and surface mining reclamation and conservation

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting applications for projects under the Growing Greener Plus Program. Up to $18 million in grants will be available for eligible projects that restore and protect Pennsylvania watersheds and reclaim and conserve surface mining lands.

“Protecting and restoring Pennsylvania’s waters and watersheds is one of the most important things we can do for the environment,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Growing Greener is a program with a long history of success in restoring Pennsylvania’s waters, and we are looking forward to continuing that success with this next round of grants.”

Examples of eligible projects include streambank fencing, streamside forest buffers, mine land reclamation and reforestation, and other projects designed to reduce non-point sources of water pollution.

DEP is placing special focus on projects in the 43 counties that make up the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, particularly projects that implement Best Management Practices to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment runoff.

“Focusing Growing Greener projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will lead to better water quality here in Pennsylvania for hundreds of communities and millions of people,” said McDonnell. “Every drop of water that is cleaner through these projects is a benefit to local communities and helps us reach our goals for the watershed.”

Projects outside the Chesapeake Bay watershed are also eligible for grants, especially those that are in regional priority watersheds. Grants are available for county and municipal governments, county conservation districts, watershed organizations, and other organizations involved in the protection and restoration of Pennsylvania’s environment. Additional details on eligible organizations can be found on the DEP website at

The Growing Greener Plus program covers grants eligible under four separate grant programs: Growing Greener, 319 Nonpoint Source (NPS), Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) Bond Forfeiture, and Abandoned Mine Drainage Set-Aside grants. All grants can be applied for with the same forms, found on the DEP website.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 13, 2017.

For more information, please see and the PA Bulletin.

McKean County 4-H Members Compete at State Horse Show

Submitted by: Samantha Sessamen, McKean County 4-H Extension Educator

McKean County 4-H Program had 12 members and 13 horses qualify to compete at the State Horse Show on October 28-30th at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Over 950 horses were entered in competition from across the state. Five of the McKean County 4-H members placed in the top 10 in their respective classes. Results are as follows:

- Hailley Edgreen
o 10th Place- Raised Box Keyhole Ponies, Junior Rider
- Grace Finn
o 8th Place- Beginner Trail
- Makayla Gould
o 5th Place- Cutback Horses, Junior Rider
- Cassy Platko
o 6th Place- Western Horsemanship, Senior Rider
- Jordyn Rice
o 7th Place- Barrel Race Ponies, Senior Rider

We would like to congratulate all members who participated in this state event. For anyone who is interested in joining the 4-H program is encouraged to contact the Extension Office in Smethport at (814)-887-5613 or .

Penn State Extension encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the McKean County Extension Office in advance of your participation. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups.
- From Left- Front Row: Grace Finn, Makayla Gould
- From Left- Middle Row: Hailley Edgreen and Cassy Platko
- Top Row: Jordyn Rice

Andover Dispatched To Jones Road For ATV Accident

At 3:51 PM on Friday, Andover Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Tall Pines ATV obstacle course at 1812 Jones Road for an ATV accident with a male patient with critical injuries. Medic 700 has also been dispatched. Medical helicopter requested.

Bradford Dispatched For House Fire

At 3:40 PM on Friday, Bradford City Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a structure fire. Firefighter on scene reports no one in the house. Light smoke showing from eaves.

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Friday, November 04, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol
I am happy to help celebrate the opening of a new business in Bradford! The Fluffy Baby Boutique offers cloth diapers, clothing and other products for babies and their mothers. Owners Michele and Shaun Panek worked with the Clarion University Small Business Development Center on their business plan and received funding through the Bradford Office of Economic and Community Development. Pictured left to right at this week’s ribbon cutting are me; Michele Panek, holding daughter Ellie; Shaun Panek, holding daughter Alice; Kara Kennedy, executive director of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce; and Miranda Mease, business consultant at the Clarion University Small Business Development Center. The shop is located at 17 Kennedy St. and can also be found on Facebook at
New Laws to Help Fight Against Heroin, Opioid Abuse
To help save lives by preventing opioid and heroin-related overdoses and abuse, the House sent to the governor several bills, which were signed into law earlier this week.

Under the new laws, physicians must limit prescriptions of opioids to minors to no more than seven days and meet other requirements before writing a first opioid prescription to a minor, and hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers may not prescribe opioids in quantities that last more than seven days and may not write refills for opioid prescriptions.

Physicians and dispensers must also receive continuing education in pain management, addiction and dispensing practices, and must consult the new prescription drug monitoring database within 24 hours every time they prescribe an opioid or benzodiazepine.

Additionally, medical colleges and other medical training facilities offering or desiring to offer medical training must establish a safe opioid prescribing curriculum. Another new law allows for the safe disposal of opioids and other medications.

Last year more than 3,500 people died in Pennsylvania as a result of opioid or heroin overdoses. Often, people who are addicted to opioids and are unable to acquire them resort to cheaper and more accessible heroin.
House OKs Changes to Beer Sales in PA

In a second step to reform the way alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania this year, the House and Senate sent to the governor landmark legislation that allows beer distributors to sell lesser quantities of beer, such as six-packs and growlers.

The legislation also allows for the direct shipment of up to 192 ounces of beer (about the same size as a 12-pack) per month from wholesalers and retailers to consumers, such as those enrolled in Beer of the Month clubs. Mixed drinks will also be permitted to be consumed at stadiums in the same areas as beer, and licensees with Sunday sales permits can begin sales at 9 a.m., rather than 11 a.m.

House Bill 1196 now awaits the governor’s signature.
Reminder: Veterans Assistance Available
Veterans service officers will be available in my Kane and Bradford offices in November to assist veterans and their family members with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. The schedule is as follows:
  • Monday, Nov. 7, 1-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Kane office, 55 Fraley St. No appointments are necessary.
  • Monday, Nov. 14, 1-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Bradford office, 78 Main St. No appointments are necessary.
For information about future veterans outreach dates and locations, click here.
Turn Your Clocks Back This Weekend
Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 6, so be sure to turn your clocks back on hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

This is also a good time to check or change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 10 years, and located near bedrooms and on each level of the residence.