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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pitt-Bradford Saturday Athletic News By Scott Elliott

Panthers Win Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament Championship

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - Evan Greening poured in a game-high 32 points, Jaewon Mitchell added a double-double and the Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball team pulled away late in the second half against Geneva Saturday to win the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament championship, 87-74.

Greening went 14-of-20 from the field and pulled down 14 rebounds en route to capturing tournament MVP honors. It was the senior forward’s third straight double-double to open the season.

Pitt-Bradford trailed 39-32 late in the first half, but closed the frame by scoring the final eight points to take a one-point lead into the break. Christian Kelly-Perkins had a pair of baskets to fuel the closing run.

Greening’s basket two minutes into the second half stretched the Panthers’ advantage to six yet the Golden Tornadoes rallied, ripping off a 10-3 run to take a 51-50 lead. However, the lead would be short-lived.

Greening scored on five of Pitt-Bradford’s next six possessions to push the Panthers ahead 60-51. After Geneva cut the lead to six with three minutes remaining, Greening connected from the field to extend the advantage to eight, and Kelly-Perkins hit back-to-back three pointers a minute later to help the Blue and Gold pull away for good.

Pitt-Bradford shot 46 percent from the field and connected on a season-high seven three-pointers. The Panthers went 16-20 from the free throw line, scored 13 points off 12 Geneva turnovers and totaled 20 second-chance points. Geneva hit 44 percent of its attempt but was 5-19 from long distance.

Mitchell finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, Kelly-Perkins scored 14 points, and Manny Welch and Fateem Brockington each had 10 apiece.

“This was a great weekend for the team,” head coach Britt Moore said. “I thought we had some glimpses of being good defensively and that has to keep up. We shot it pretty well today which is tough on the second day of a tournament.

Our assistant, David Menzies, did a great job of scouting all three teams, and we were really prepared.”

Mitchell was named to the all-tournament team in addition to Greening.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 2-1 on the season and will be off until Nov. 30 when it opens AMCC play at Hilbert.

Colebert, Pitt-Bradford Women Thump York

FROSTBURG, Md. - Anna Colebert scored a career-high 28 points, Ali Rinfrette chipped in with 22 and the Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team thumped York (N.Y.) 95-50 Saturday in the consolation game of the Jim Crawley Tournament.

Colebert finished 11-of-18 from the floor, including connecting on six three-pointers to lead the Panther offense. She added a team-high seven assists and pulled down six rebounds.

Pitt-Bradford led by 12 after the opening quarter and outscored the Cardinals 32-9 in the second quarter to pull away for good.

The Panthers hit 11 three-pointers in all and held a 42-16 scoring advantage in the paint. Pitt-Bradford forced a season-high 26 turnovers, which led to 33 points, and shot 47 percent from the field one day after struggling to generate offense in its loss to Rutgers-Camden.

All nine Panthers scored in the victory, and Brittany Watts (12) and Shirleah Ragin (10) both finished in double-figures. Rinfrette hit nine total field goals and was named to the all-tourney team.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 1-1 on the season and returns to action next Saturday at home against Fredonia.

Cerchiaro, Wright Lead Panthers Against Washington & Jefferson

BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford men’s and women’s swimming teams hosted Washington & Jefferson Saturday at the Paul C. Duke III Aquatic Center. The men fell 134-118, and the women lost 79-47.

On the men’s side, the Panthers won a total of a total of eight events, led by Lucas Cerchiaro, who had individual victories in the 200-yard free, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard individual medley.

Carey Behm took first in the 1,000-yard free, Noah Frederick won the 100-yard breaststroke race, and Nicholas Boyd had a pair of wins, finishing first in the 100-yard free and 100-yard butterfly.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Corey Koss, Frederick, Cerchiaro and Boyd won in 1:41.96

In other results, Koss was second in the 100-yard backstroke, Frederick was runner-up in the 200-yard breaststroke and Behm took second in the 500-yard free.

Julian Wright led the Panther women, finishing first in the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley. Pitt-Bradford’s other wins included Wenjing Miao in the 100-yard breaststroke and Rebecca Avery in the 100-yard butterfly.

Abbie Bradshaw finished second in the 100-yard back and Wright was also fourth in the 200-yard free.

The Pitt-Bradford swim teams will be off until Dec. 2 when they compete in the Fredonia Blue Devil Invitational.

Port Allegany Varsity Soccer Booster's "Turkey Trot" 5K Run/Walk" Thanksgiving Day

Eldred Dispatched For Vehicle Crash On Newell creek In Ceres Township

At 10:28 PM on Saturday, Eldred Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 1685 Newell Creek Road in Ceres Township for a vehicle in the ditch with a patient with a head injury.

NCAA Division III WBB: Pitt-Bradford 95, York (N.Y.) 50

York (50)
Redwood 3-7-8-15, Jackson 4-1-4-9, Rosado 2-1-2-6, Jacome 3-0-0-6, Cadogan 2-1-1-5, Savya 2-0-2-4, Charles 1-1-2-3, Baldonado 0-2-3-2, Roscher 0-0-0-0, Vivar 0-0-0-0. 17-13-22-50.
Pitt-Bradford (95)
Colebert 11-0-1-28, Rinfrette 9-4-5-22, Watts 5-2-3-12, Ragin 4-0-3-10, Lantz 2-1-2-6, Guengerich 2-0-0-6, Maciag 2-1-2-5, Stringer 1-1-2-3, Collins 1-1-2-3. 37-10-20-95.
Halftime: Pitt-Bradford 58-23
Three-Point FG’s: York – Redwood 2, Rosado 1; Pitt-Bradford Colebert 6, Guengerich 2, Ragin 2, Lantz 1.

NCAA Division III MBB: Pitt-Bradford 87, Geneva 74

Pitt-Bradford (87)
Greening 14-4-6-32, Perkins 5-1-2-14, Mitchell 6-0-0-12, Brockington 1-7-8-10, Welch 3-2-2-10, Harris 2-0-0-5, Haenel 1-0-0-2, Severino 0-2-2-2, Niedermeyer 0-0-0-0, Tennies 0-0-0-0, Kinsey 0-0-0-0, Reigel 0-0-0-0, Dahlstrand 0-0-0-0, Blose 0-0-0-0, Ferguson 0-0-0-0. 32-16-20-87.
Geneva (74)
Moose 9-6-7-24, Leichliter 3-5-6-14, Vaudrin 4-4-6-12, Dragan 4-1-2-9, Torok 2-0-0-6, Oliver 2-0-0-4, Burns 1-2-2-4, Crenshaw 0-1-2-1, Damazo 0-0-0-0, Jou 0-0-0-0, Rusyn 0-0-0-0. 25-19-25-74.
Halftime: Pitt-Bradford 40-39
Three-Point FG’s: Pitt-Bradford – Perkins 3, Welch 2, Brockington 1, Harris 1; Geneva – Leichliter 3, Torok 2.

State Police Identify Man Who Was Killed In Ridgway Crash

RIDGWAY -- State police reported a man died in a sport utility vehicle crash on Johnsonburg Road in Elk County.

Police said 72-year-old John Blessing died Thursday evening when his Chevrolet Tahoe traveled off the right side of Johnsonburg Road, also known as State Route 219, and went into a ditch.

The SUV became airborne and rolled over multiple times.

Police said Blessing was ejected from the SUV and pronounced dead at the scene.

Port Allegany Ambulance Dispatched To Scene Of Prior Accident Call

At 9:12 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Police have requested the ambulance return to the scene of the prior car crash to evaluate an occupant.

Eldred Woman Hurt In Crash On Route 46 Near Majestic Trails

Coudersport Man Injured IN Crash On Rt. 607 In Keating Township

4 Wheels & Tires Stolen From Vehicle At Roadside Restaurant

Minor Injury In Rt. 144 Crash In Stewardson Township

PA State Police Detail Last Month's Arrests On Klein Road In Pike Township

Port Allegany Dispatched To Crash On Lower Grimes Road

At 8:10 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Rescue & EMS have been dispatched to 936 Lower Grimes Road for a vehicle into a tree with a male person injured.
Fire & Ambulance have returned to station. Scene turned over to State Police.

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Sunset Nov. 19th, 2016 taken from Seldom Seen Acres

Sunset Nov. 19th, 2016 taken from Seldom Seen Acres, just outside of Shinglehouse.

Kane Dispatched To Crash On Hemlock Avenue

At 7:56 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to 108 Hemlock Avenue for a motor vehicle crash.

Dorothy Jean LaPolt, 77, of West Fourth Street, Emporium, PA

Dorothy Jean LaPolt

Dorothy Jean LaPolt, 77, of West Fourth Street, Emporium, PA, died Monday, November 14, 2016 in her home.

Born May 26, 1939 in Emporium, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Edna Lattin LaPolt.

A lifelong resident of Emporium, she attended Emporium High School and spent her life working as a babysitter and care giver.

Dorothy had attended the First Baptist Church of Emporium and very much enjoyed arts and crafts.

Survivors include: two sisters, Etta Gee of Dunkirk, NY and Doris Brittin of Emporium; and many nieces and nephews including a favorite niece, Linda LaPolt, who was also her care giver.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three brothers, Albert LaPolt, William LaPolt and Sanford LaPolt, and one sister, Edith Smith.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2016 in the Recreation Room of the Emporium Arms Apartments with Pastor Clair Slawson and Rev. Chris Groeger officiating.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Prayer & Share Fellowship at the Emporium Arms Apartments, 324 West Fourth St., Emporium.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Searching For Lost Hunter In West Almond, NY

At 6:59 PM, In Almond, NY area, State Police and rescuers there are seeking a hunter who is lost in an area about a mile northeast of Schuyler Road. The hunter's cell phone has been pinged giving rescuers there a pretty precise area to find the man.

Renovo / Sinnemahoning Fire Dept. Called To Investigate Call For Help

At 6:20 PM on Saturday, Sinnemahoning Fire Dept. has been called out to assist Renovo to locate a person calling for help across the river from 23051 Renovo Road, Westport, PA.
Rescuers have made voice contact with the lost hunter right at the Cameron/Clinton County line and units on the other side of the river are proceeding to that location. The hunter reports he is wet and cold but not injured. 
At 6:58 PM--Rescuers report they have located the hunter. He is being transported out of the woods by personal vehicle to meet with Renovo Ambulance.

Phyllis N. Holden, 73, of Rixford, PA

Phyllis N. Holden

Phyllis N. Holden, 73, a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, of Rixford, PA, passed away, Friday, November 18, 2016, peacefully, at her daughters residence in Portville.

Born January 9, 1943, in Bradford, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Doris (Becker) Volentine.

She was married for 42 years to Arthur D. Holden Sr. who died, February 19, 2010.

Phyllis attended Limestone High School. Some of her favorite hobbies were knitting, bowling, bingo, playing games on the computer, and Facebook. She loved to go camping and sit around the campfires at night, but her most enjoyable times were spent with family and friends especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are four daughters, Dori Carlson, of Westline, Shelley (Ron) Pollock, of Portville, Donna Lyons, of Boston, MA, and Neldora (Heath) Lawrence, of Port Allegany, three sons Arthur D. Holden, Jr., of Rixford, Ralph Holden, and Michael Holden, both of Bradford. 20 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and infant son and a daughter Colleen Hannahs.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, from 2 to 4pm & 6 to 8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, with Rev. Marilyn Hale, of the First Presbyterian Church in Portville, officiating. Burial will be in Rixford Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to American Cancer Society, 2115 West 38th St., Erie, PA 16508 or American Legion of Portville, NY.

Online condolences may be made at

Millerton & Erway Dispatched For Crash On Rt. 328

At 6:05 PM on Saturday, Millerton Fire Rescue & Erway Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash in the area of 3071 Rt. 328. Caller reports one vehicle and one person possibly injured.
Erway Ambulance recalled. Husband coming to transport.

Coudersport Ambulance To St. Eulalia Church

At 6:02 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to St. Eulalia Church for a medical emergency.

David L. HERSHOUR, 85, of Lakeland, FL, formerly of Port Allegany, PA


David L. HERSHOUR, 85, of Lakeland, FL, formerly of Port Allegany, PA, died Saturday, November 19, 2016 in his home. 

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

Online condolences may be expressed at

Charles J. GERNER, 84, of Coudersport, PA

Charles J. GERNER

Charles J. GERNER, 84, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. 

Born September 5, 1932, in Boyers, PA, he was the son of Ernest and Margaret Hovis Gerner. On November 24, 1951, in Woodstock, VA, he married the former Ruth Rodgers, who survives. 

A graduate of Bruin High School, he was employed by West Penn Power Co. for 17 years. 

He owned and operated Gerner Electric and Coudersport Precast for many years. 

Surviving besides his wife, Ruth, are: six children, Terance (Anne) Gerner, Paul (Nancy) Gerner, Kathleen (Mark) Jackson, Richard (Diane) Gerner, Steven (Nila) Gerner, and George (Debbie) Gerner; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Leroy Gerner of Butler, PA; two sisters, Dolores Burlett of Fair Oaks, PA and Loretta (Russell) Slater of Butler, PA; nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call at the Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, PA on Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Scott Ogden will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to Potter County Hospice, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915, Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 651, Coudersport, PA 16915 or Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 161, Coudersport, PA 16915. 

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Smethport, Otto & Rew Dispatched To Rt. 46 North For Camper Fire With Exposure

At 3:24 PM on Saturday, Smethport, Otto Township & Rew Fire Departments have been dispatched to the area of 3457 Route 46 North for a camper fire endangering a structure.

Fae V. Beam, 98, of Sharon Center, PA

Fae V. Beam  
“former owner of Knotty Pine Tavern”

Fae V. Beam, 98, of Sharon Center, PA passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the home of her friend and caregiver, Lanna Kellert in Oswayo, PA

Born October 19, 1918 in Frederick, Maryland, a daughter of Joseph and Minnie Ridenhour Artz Sr. On October 4, 1947, she married Thomas R. Beam, who passed away on May 26, 2000.

Mrs. Beam was a graduate of Williamsport High School in Maryland. She and her husband owned and operated the former Knotty Pine Tavern in Sharon Center for 16 years. She retired from the former Hewitt Manor Nursing Home in Shinglehouse.

Mrs. Beam was a member of the First Christian Church in Downsville, MD. Fae enjoyed her vegetable garden and spending time with her family.

Surviving are three sisters, Margaret Smith of Abington, Barbara Bricehner of Hagerstown, MD, and Bonnie Lou Grenier of New Hampshire; a brother, James Artz of Boonsboro, MD; three step-children, John (Judy) Beam of Conway, South Carolina, Dorothy Baeder of East Earl, and Richard Beam of Virginia; several step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Beam was predeceased by three brothers; three sisters; and a step-daughter, Anna Alligood.

At Mrs. Beam’s request, there will be no public visitation. Graveside burial services will be held in Hatboro Cemetery, Hatboro.

Mrs. Beam’s care has been entrusted to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mrs. Beam, please visit


WELLSBORO—The Nessmuk Rod & Gun Club is hosting a Civilian Marksmanship Program-sanctioned John C. Garand (M1), Springfield, Vintage and Modern Military Rifle Match on Friday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. The match will be outdoors at the club's range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 3 miles south of Wellsboro.

Registration will be from 9-9:55 a.m. on Nov. 25. The match fee is $10 per entry.

Rifles eligible to compete for awards will be between 63 and 102 years old and must be in "as issued" condition; in other words, look just as they would have when issued to troops in either World War I (1914-1918), World War II (1939-1945) or the Korean War (1950-53). They include: the M1 Garand (Rule 4.2.2 and 5.2.1), M1903 and M1903A Springfield rifles (Rule 4.2.3), vintage military rifles (Rule 4.2.4 and 4.2.5) and modern military rifles (Rule 5.2.3, 5.2.4 and 5.2.5). For the rules, visit

Those who want to compete but do not have a rifle that meets the rules, including attached optics, are welcome to bring any "safe rifle" capable of holding a minimum of five rounds (for rapid fire stages) to fire in this match. In accordance with CMP rules, those who use a "safe rifle" will not be eligible for awards. All competitors must supply their own ammunition.

Match competitors are permitted to use slings, ground mats, shooting jackets, gloves, spotting scopes and shooting kits or stools in accordance with Rule 5.3.

Every competitor must be capable of safely completing the course of fire for that match and for following all safety rules. A safety brief will be provided prior to the first shot.

Match competitors and spectators are expected to provide suitable eye and ear protection. Limited quantities may be available.

This CMP event will be run as a "no alibi" match on the club's 100-yard walk-up range using the SR-1 target. The match is a 30-round or A" course of fire with all competitors getting 30 scoring shots with 5 sighting shots. Multiple match entries are permitted.The SR-1 target or 200-yard reduced target is used for all stages of firing The stages are prone slow fire, prone rapid fire and standing. Slings are permitted in the prone positions. Shooters must be over 18 but under 60 years of age. All shooters are expected to start the prone rapid fire position standing. move to prone, charge the rifle, fire 2 or 5 rounds, complete a reload and resume firing within the 80-second time limit. In the standing position no slings may be used for added support.

Shooters with appropriate rifles and scores can earn CMP achievement pins in gold, silver or bronze.

For match information, visit or call Match Director David Graham at 1-269-330-4183 or email him at

Coudersport Fire Dept. Dispatched To Assist With Major Wildfire In Shippen Township, Tioga County

At 3:06 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched mutual aid with an engine and a patrol to the scene of the wildfire off Route 362 near the Rails to Trails off Route 6. Galeton & many of Tioga County's Fire Departments are fighting this fire.

December Events at the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library:

**info on 12/20 Holiday Craft Workshop for kids by PAHS will come at a later date from PAHS**

· 12/1 Star Wars Trivia 6-7pm: This is a family event open to ages 8-adult; 1 adult per team. Patrons may enter in teams of 4-6 players. Teams with less than four may be combined with other players to create a team of 4-6. Seating is limited to 4 teams so please RSVP your team by November 28 before 4pm: 642-9210. A Star Wars Tote Bag filled with items will be raffled!
12/3 Friends Book Sale 9-4pm: A bag of books for $2 can help you with your holiday shopping!

· 12/4-12/10 Food for Fine$: $1 will be deducted from your library fine for each nonperishable food item that is donated. Patrons without fines may also donate food to help a child patron pay down his/her fine. All food collected will be donated to local food pantries.

· 12/10 Cookie Decorating for Kids with Friends of the Library 10-11am

· 12/13 Closing Early at 6pm for Board/Staff/Friends Holiday Party

· 12/15 Lunch & Learn 11:30-12:30pm: Cole Care Representative Pat Northeimer will have free foot scans for Lynco Orthotics and will showcase items such as folding canes with handy accessories, fancy bibs, special pillows, grabbers, diabetic shoes, and much more for your holiday wish list.

· 12/20 Holiday Craft Workshop for kids by PAHS Gifted Students 5-6:30pm

· Library Closed for the Holidays 12/24/16, 12/26/16, 1/2/17

Monday, November 21st Blood Drive Cole Memorial


Commissioner Eric Hussar Elected as Board Vice President

Commissioner Eric Hussar Elected
as Board Vice President
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Nov. 18) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Board of Commissioners elected Eric Hussar (right, top) as vice president during a special meeting held today at the Harrisburg headquarters.
Commissioner Hussar represents the Fifth District, which covers Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union counties.
The position became vacant last month after President Glade Squires resigned from the board and Vice President Rocco Ali (right, bottom) assumed the presidency. Ali represents the Second District, which covers Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.
“I am proud to serve as interim president for this outstanding Commission,” President Ali said in opening the meeting. “I will give 110 percent to achieve the goals of our Commission, thus allowing us to continue to serve the anglers and boaters of this Commonwealth. I hope we as a Commission will meet and exceed the expectations of our license buyers.”
President Ali said he would pursue the following goals during his term as interim president:
  • Continue to work on legislation to allow the agency to set its own fees;
  • Continue to evaluate the infrastructure and condition of hatcheries;
  • Encourage the Governor’s Sportsmen’s Advisor and Sportsmen’s Advisory Board to fill vacancies on the Commission board;
  • Encourage continued discussion of the Steelhead Program, and include Ohio and New York in those discussions;
  • Seek out and implement creative ways to increase license sales, being cognizant of return on investment; and
  • Continue to have all PFBC-owned high-hazard dams fixed.
President Ali and Vice President Hussar will serve until new officers are elected at the Commission’s July 10-11, 2017, quarterly business meeting.

Get Smart about Antibiotics

Paul T. Green
By: Paul T. Green, Pharm.D., MHA, BCPS
Clinical Manager, Pharmacy, Upper Allegheny Health System, Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared this past week, November 14 – 18, 2016, as Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, a national annual observance to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. While antibiotics are life-saving mediations that treat bacterial infections, they are not without risks. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of those infections. 

Antibiotics are also the most common cause of emergency department visits for side effects in children under 18 years of age. This is why it is so important to use antibiotics only when needed, and if needed, to use the right drug at the right dose, and for the right amount of time.

This is timely information as we move into cold and flu season. It is very important for patients to understand that not all infections can be treated with antibiotics. For example, both the common cold and flu are caused by viruses not bacteria therefore making antibiotics completely ineffective against them. Understanding that, patients can go to their health care provider with more realistic expectations when they are not feeling well and know that getting an antibiotic is not always the right answer. In fact, studies have shown that up to 50% of all antibiotics prescribed are unnecessary and inappropriate. Overuse of antibiotics can cause a wide variety of unintended problems including increased costs and unnecessary side-effects including potentially life-threatening infections such as Clostridium difficle (C. dif.).

The Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS), which includes both Olean General Hospital (OGH) and Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC), is committed to providing the highest quality of care for our patients which includes the appropriate use of antibiotics for those with infections. In order to best achieve this goal, UAHS has implemented an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program which allows pharmacists, doctors, nurses, laboratory staff, and a wide variety of other members of the health care team to work cooperatively to ensure that patients who are ordered antibiotics receive appropriate care.

The UAHS Antimicrobial Stewardship Program aims to optimize antibiotic use for patients with infections and reduce unnecessary antibiotic use. The program has been successful in reducing overall antibiotic use and C. dif. cases while improving patient outcomes and decreasing overall health care costs, though cost savings is a secondary consideration to patient care.

In addition to these important benefits, The Joint Commission, an organization that accredits more than 21,000 healthcare organizations around the country including both OGH and BRMC, has issued a requirement to include an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in the standards for hospital accreditation starting in 2017. The UAHS Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is well ahead of the curve there and has been recognized by The Joint Commission and Health Care Association of New York State (HANYS) as being a prime example of the type of program that all hospitals should strive for regardless of size or location. In fact, the UAHS Antimicrobial Stewardship Program recently presented New York state-wide lecture alongside the program from Duke University and will be featured on the national level at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Midyear Meeting, the world’s largest gathering of pharmacists, in December 2016.

Smethport “Run Run Rudolph” 5K Walk/Run Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Shinglehouse Ambulance Dispatched To Shale Road For Fall Victim

At 2:34 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Shale Road for a victim of a fall from a ladder.

Record number of hunters expected for firearms season for black bear

Voters Choose Brown Trout Pattern for 2017 Fishing License Button

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Nov. 17) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) popular fishing license button will continue the trout theme in the upcoming year, with anglers selecting the Brown Trout pattern for the 2017 fishing season.
As it’s done each fall, the PFBC turned to anglers and asked them to cast their vote online for their favorite button. When the votes were counted, 30 percent picked the Brown Trout pattern. The Rainbow Trout pattern was close behind with 23 percent of votes, followed by pink camo with 18 percent of the votes. In all, more than 2,100 votes were cast.

“The online survey continues to be a fun way for anglers to stay engaged,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Last year we introduced the Brook Trout pattern as a selection and anglers clearly liked it, with about 70 percent voting for it. This year we added two more trout patterns and the pink camo option. As the votes showed, it was a pretty tight race between the three.”

Buttons go on sale December 1 and are available for $5 each. They can be purchased through the PFBC's online store (The Outdoor Shop), PFBC regional offices, and through the network of more than 900 license issuing agents.

Individuals must purchase an annual or multi-year resident, non-resident, senior resident, or senior lifetime fishing license in order to purchase a license button.
Children 15 and younger can also purchase a button if they first buy a voluntary youth license for $1.

Brought back by popular demand in 2014, the buttons resemble ones offered by the PFBC in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and again in 1974 and 1975. Each custom button measures 1 3/4 inches with a high-quality, pin-back design and features the angler's customer identification number, the same number displayed on a paper license. As long as an angler is carrying a valid paper license, a valid button is the only display requirement.

C&N Hosts Luncheon for 2017 Calendar Contest Winners

From left: Robert Haefner, Bob Stoffregen, Bernadette Chiaramonte Brown, Marilyn Wood, Jeff Hoodak , Molly Kinsey, Susan Bohnert Phillips and Donald Biresch

WELLSBORO, PA – Citizens & Northern Bank hosted their annual calendar photo contest luncheon at the Tyoga Country Club. The event is held each year to celebrate the local amateur photographers whose winning photographs are featured on C&N’s 2017 calendar. During this event, the winners are awarded a copy of the new calendar containing their winning photo, $100 cash prize and served lunch. The grand prize winner is given a large framed copy of their photo and a $300 cash prize.

2017 winners and the month their photographs represent include:

• Bob Stoffregen of Williamsport, PA - Milky Way and a shooting star - Grand Prize
• Robert Haefner of Winfield, PA, a snow-covered waterfall - January
• Patrick Greenabaum of Cogan Station, PA, a robin in a frozen tree - February
• Donald Biresch of Ottsville, PA, a fox kit - March
• Marilyn Wood of Tioga, PA, a Purple Finch in a flowering Dogwood tree- April
• Susan Bohnert Phillips of Morris, PA, a field of wild flowers - May
• Ann Kamzelski of Wellsboro, PA, miniature horses in a field of buttercups - June
• Molly Kinsey of Dushore, PA, humming bird with Hibiscus - July
• Bernadette Chiaramonte Brown of Wellsboro, PA, barn with chicory flowers - August
• Donna Sherwood of Dushore, PA, barn on the hill - September
• George Martin of Stevens, PA, house in the forest - October
• Jeff Hoodak of Dushore, PA, first snow fall - November
• Mia Lisa Anderson of Wellsboro, PA, Wellsboro Christmas - December

“This is the 14th year that we’ve produced our calendar. We believe it’s a unique way to involve our local community members and to celebrate the beautiful area that we’re lucky to call home. It’s also important to thank everyone who submitted a photo for consideration so that we can keep the calendar going year after year,” said Charity Frantz, Marketing Director at C&N.

The 2017 C&N Photo Calendars are now available free of charge in all Citizens & Northern Bank offices.

Tioga County Fire Units Dispatched To Wildfire In Tuscorora

2:00 PM--Some Tioga County Fire Units have been dispatched to a wildfire in Tuscorora.

Wellsboro, Mansfield & Blossburg Dispatched To Wildfire On Fish Road

At 2:10 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro, Mansfield & Blossburg Fire Departments have been dispatched to a wildfire off the Cherry Flats Road at 81 Fish Road.


Wellsboro & Galeton Dispatched For Wildfire

At 1:27 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro and Galeton Fire Departments have been dispatched to Rt. 362 across from the entrance to the Rail Trail for a possible wildfire.

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Morris Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2016-11-14 00:00:00 to SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC for site LONG RUN TIMBER A 4H in Morris Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2016-11-14 00:00:00 to SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC for site CONNOLLY A 7H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Lake Effect Snow Warnings* for...

Chautauqua, Cattaraugus & southern Erie Counties from 4pm Sat to 10am Mon. 

Storm totals 8-15" in the most persistent bands. 

2-4" tonight, 3-6" Sun, 3-5" Sun night, and up to 1" Mon. 

Wind gusts to 45 mph will produce significant blowing and drifting snow.

New Pennsylvania law hides some criminal records from prying eyes

by Laurie Mason Schroeder and Riley Yates
Contact Reporters
Of The Morning Call

Putting the folly of your misspent youth behind you just got easier in Pennsylvania as a new law designed to hide old, minor criminal records from public view went into effect in the last week.

The state's limited access law allows people convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes to ask a court to have their records sealed. While law enforcement will still have access to the records, they'll disappear from public online databases — like the ones most employers use while conducting background checks on potential hires.

Lawyers say the change will remove a roadblock for clients who have been haunted by a minor conviction that they've had to explain over and over again while searching for a job or housing.

"We have clients who have completely turned their lives around, but they are being turned down from jobs and graduate programs over minor offenses," Allentown criminal defense attorney Thomas Joachim said.

The law applies to most second- and third-degree misdemeanors — such as drunken driving and most retail thefts — that are punishable by no more than two years in prison. Applicants must have completed their sentence at least 10 years ago, without getting into any further trouble with the law.

The district attorney of the county where the crime occurred can challenge the petition, but the ultimate decision rests with a judge. There's a $132 filing fee and no court hearing is required.

Bear Station At Coudersport Fire Department

Coudersport Dispatched To One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 44 South In Summit Township

Check Out The Hundreds Of Jackets, Sweat Shirts, Tee Shirts & Hunting Hats In Stock At Potter County Wilds

You're Invited To A Crandall Hill Thanksgiving Service Saturday, Nov. 19th In Hebron

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Round & Square Dancing At Odin Grange Saturday, Nov. 19th

11-26 Estate Auction At Pine Creek Inn Banquet Hall, Galeton, PA

Santa Claus Is Coming To Walck Portraits In Coudersport This Sunday

Clara Township Seeking Part Time General Laborers & An Auditor To Fill Openings

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

Howard's Inc. Is Ready For Snow!! Are You??