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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Basketball game photos by SunkenBranch: Oswayo Valley, Galeton, Port Allegany & Coudersport

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12/22/16 Oswayo Valley vs Galeton Girls Basketball
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12/19/16 Port Allegany vs Coudersport Boys Basketball
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Unknown Actors Tampered With Construction Equipment Near Emporium

Trooper Tyler Skelly investigated a complaint on Waldy Run Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County where an unknown individual tampered with equipment owned by James Duffy of Smethport by turning on switches etc causing batteries to go dead. Nothing was taken from the site.

Cuba Dispatched For Traffic Control At Crash On County Road 20

At 10:00 PM on Saturday, Cuba Fire Dept. has been dispatched to  County Road 20 for traffic control at a no injury rollover accident.

Coudersport Ambulance To North Ayers Hill Road

At 10:02 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to North Ayers Hill Road for a woman with a partial airway obstruction.

Towanda Police Officer Helps Save Family Of Five In 4 AM House Fire

Fox Township Dispatched For 3 Vehicle Accident On Million Dollar Highway

At 8:10 PM on Saturday, Fox Township Fire Dept & EMS have been dispatched to a possible 3 vehicle accident on Million Dollar Highway. Reporting no injuries.

David F. Howey ,69, of Wellsboro, PA

David F. Howey

Vietnam Vet
David F. Howey ,69, of Wellsboro, PA passed away in his home, comforted by many, many loving family members and friends, Friday December 23, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. 

 He was the son of Frederick and Annie Jo (Chapman) Howey, born February 12, 1947. David graduated from Wellsboro High School and served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. 

He owned and operated two local businesses, Howey’s Carpet Installation, and, later The Steak House on Main Street in Wellsboro. Dave fulfilled a boyhood dream of being a bus driver, working as a coach driver for Benedict’s Bus Service in his retirement from The Steak House. He was very active in his community over the years and served in many capacities, but his service as Past President on the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Charleston Twp. Municipal Board, and Chairman of the Laurel Health Golf Tournament was especially important. 

David was an accomplished competitor in several disciplines, he was an excellent pool player and a member of two 8-Ball leagues, belonged to the Pro Bowling Tour and had several 300 games to his credit, and was an avid golfer with three hole-in-ones. He enjoyed his woodworking shop and loved hunting and hiking.

David is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Goodwin Howey, a sister: Kay Hickman (Jerry), a brother: Dale Howey (Joyce). He was the proud father of three daughters: Christina Coffee (Geoff) of Wellsboro, Jennifer Showers (Jack) of Brenham, TX, and Sarah Taylor (Wayne) of Bolivar, NY. Dave was especially proud of his 10 grandchildren: Wayne, Morgan, Ashley, Paige and Trey Taylor; Jordyn and Aidan Coffee; Dustin, Charlotte, and Noah Worthington

The family has entrusted the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA to handle David’s services. The Howey family invites friends and family to the funeral home for a visitation on Wednesday December 28 from 5-7pm in the funeral home. His family will provide flowers, so in lieu of flowers those interested in doing so are encouraged to donate in David’s name to the American Cancer Society. To share your fondest memories of David and to sign his guestbook, visit

Pennsylvania State Police Welcomes 62 New Troopers

Pennsylvania State Police Welcomes 62 New Troopers

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Pennsylvania State Police

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced today that 62 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey, PA and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth. The men and women represent the 147th graduating cadet class.

Blocker spoke during the ceremony at Bishop McDevitt High School, along with Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Christie and Major William White. Anthony Mazzone, from Montgomery County, spoke on behalf of the graduating cadet class.

Five cadets received special awards and recognition:

The American Legion Award, presented to the most outstanding cadet in recognition of all around academic, physical, ethical, and moral qualifications: Kelly Chambers

The Colonel John K. Schafer Award, presented to the cadet who achieved the highest combined score on a series of physical skills test: Cody Simcox

The Commissioner Daniel F. Dunn Award, presented to the cadet who earned the highest level of academic achievement in the class: Justin Leri

The Sergeant Charles B. Gesford Award, presented to the cadet who scored the highest on the department's pistol qualification course: Tyler Kalnik

The Colonel Paul J. Chylak Award, presented to the cadet who demonstrated the highest proficiency in driver safety training: Josh Stratton

The graduates have been assigned to the following troops:

Troop C, Clarion
Jared Beilman
Zachary Huffman
Aaron Shaprio
Corre Sommers

Troop C, Clearfield
Andres Made

Troop C, DuBois
Joseph Caputo
Caleb Diaz
Seth Hari

Troop C, Kane
Brandon Collett
Scott Emeigh
Daniel Nestler
Quinton O'Rourke
Josh Sheppeck

Troop C, Marienville
Chanse Davy
Tyler Kalnik
Nicholas Wissinger

Troop C, Punxsutawney
Daniel Jackson
Antonio Suprano

Troop C, Ridgway
Joseph Burke
Michael Cook
Eric Neidrick

Troop D, Butler
Clayton Duvall
Matthew Kephart
Nathan Spangler
Philip Treadway

Troop D, Kittanning
Jordan Eckman

Troop D, Mercer
Kelly Chambers

Troop E, Franklin
Daniel Kephart

Troop E, Warren
James Andrews
Steven Peters
Joshua Russo
Shea Sedler

Troop F, Coudersport
Andrew Book
Brandon Henne
Matthew Lesher
Nicholas Smith

Troop F, Emporium
Jake Wallace

Troop F, Lamar
Andrew Adams
Andrew Bishop
Lauren Pohlig
Zachary Yetter

Troop F, Mansfield
George Aguirre
Anthony Mazzone

Troop F, Stonington
Allen Wolff

Troop G, Bedford
Josh Stratton

Troop G, Huntingdon
Brooke King

Troop G, McConnellsburg
Davey Miller

Troop N, Bloomsburg
Nicolas Lakkis
Mark Malshefski
John Waida

Troop N, Swiftwater
Jasmine Berrocal
Justin Leri
Melodee Shuman
Cody Simcox
Dustin Spangler

Troop P, Towanda
Robert Borkowski
James Gaizick
Michael Mogish
Michael Novak
Anthony Oliveri
Michael Prendergast
Mohamad Saloukha

For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit

Thresa M. Scalfaro, 95, formerly of Canfield Hollow, Eldred, PA

Thresa Scalfaro

Thresa M. Scalfaro, 95, formerly of Canfield Hollow, Eldred, PA, passed away Thursday (Dec. 22, 2016) at the Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital.

Born April 9, 1921, in Coudersport, she was a daughter of George and Emma Dibble Nicklaus. On Feb. 13, 1971, in Duke Center, she married Philip B. “Pat” Scalfaro, who passed away on Feb. 5, 1992.

Thresa was a 1940 graduate of Roulette High School. She had resided at Sartwell Creek prior to moving to Eldred in 1971.

She had been employed at the Cameo Doll Factory in Port Allegany for eight years prior to being employed by Viko Furniture in Eldred for 32 years until her retirement in 1983.

Mrs. Scalfaro was a member of the Eldred Senior Center and enjoyed making ceramics, as well as playing the piano and singing.

Surviving are one stepson, Dean Scalfaro of Grand Junction, Iowa; two stepdaughters, Patricia “Patty” Barton of Rixford and Mary L. “Robin” Frederick of Duke Center; 16 stepgrandchildren and numerous step-great and great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Helen Pransky of Smethport, Mary (Joe) Marinik of Smethport, June (Roland) Kio of Eldred and Patricia (Dick) Baker in Florida; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by two stepsons, Jerry Scalfaro in 1941 and Bruce Scalfaro in 2013; a son-in-law, H. Frank Barton in 2013, and two daughters-in-law, Sally Scalfaro and Shirley Scalfaro; four sisters, Edna Minster, Ruth Roboski, Aurelia Reese and Hilda Buczkowski.

Friends may call Wednesday at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred from 2 to 5 p.m., at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Sue Roboski, Thresa’s niece, officiating. Burial will be in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Fox Township Dispatched for 2 Vehicle Crash At Entrance To Walmart

At 2:03 PM on Saturday, Fox Township Fire Dept. & EMS has been dispatched to the entrance to Walmart off Million Dollar Highway for a 2 vehicle crash. Caller reports a van and a car with 3 injuries. 2 ambulances from Fox Township have been dispatched.
2:12 PM--Ambulance dispatched from St. Marys.

Jay Township Dispatched To Crash With 2 Injuries On Bennetts Valley Highway

At 1:14 PM on Saturday, Jay township fire dept. has been requested to send an engine to 13879 Bennetts Valley Highway to assist Clearfield County at a motor vehicle accident.

Walt Foust Is A Winner in the "To Fill A Backpack" Christmas Raffle

Christmas Eve Remembrance Service At Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home In Shinglehouse

Bill Pekarski: Day 116, Living life on my terms.

Bill Pekarski

Day 116, Living life on my terms.

Close your eyes, hold your breath, and make a wish, for Christmas is a day of profound love where dreams come true; all you need to do is believe.

Sometimes, all it really takes for wonderful things to happen is to believe, and I am not talking about believing in one man delivering presents. What I am talking about is believing unconditionally in the spirit and true meaning of Christmas. You see, that is the difference between children and adults, at a time when grown-ups question; children just simply believe and display an unparalleled faith.

Believe in yourself, believe in your family, believe in your friends and community, but most of all; believe in God for through him, all things are possible.

Much like I believe that I am alive today because I have a purpose. If nothing else, I have the purpose of continuing to write these daily stories. I strive to inspire and help people appreciate everything that we have, while at the same time honoring people and things that we have experienced along the way. In some way, I am fast becoming a caretaker of our history and I feel responsible for not letting it fade or perish.

Believe in your family for they will always be there to support you. From the time when you are born until the time when you pass, your family will always be there for you; through good times and bad.

Believe in your friends and community. By working together for the common good, everyone can prosper and the community can only strengthen.

Last, but certainly not least, believe in God as his love for us is everlasting and unconditional.

As everyone celebrates over the coming days, I hope all of you take the time to pause and really cherish every moment. Take lots of pictures, eat that piece of fudge, sing along with all of the songs, and be there for those around you. You do have the power to make the holiday extraordinary.

Pick up the phone and call old friends. Even if you have not talked in years, say hello and let them know that you are thinking of them this day.

Go ahead and stand under the mistletoe, and if you dare, close your eyes until someone kisses you for what is life without surprises.

Turn off the television, the radio, the computer, and other electronic forms of entertainment and enjoy the people around you. Play cards and board games with your family and friends creating your own entertainment. Don’t forget to put the big tray of cookies within reach of the table.

Raise your glass and toast to the fellowship of those around you, then toast to memory of those who are no longer with you.

Today I dedicate my progress to us, all of us. May God continue to bless us all today and every day.

First Citizens Bank Of Ulysses Donates To Christmas House

For the last 3 years, First Citizens Community Bank, in Ulysses, has made $100 annual donations to the Christmas House in Coudersport in honor of Barbara Heimel.

She volunteered at the Christmas House for over 30 years. Receiving the check this year from Phil Vaughn, Ulysses Office Manager, are volunteers from left to right:

Dawn Newton, Billie Haskins, Georgia Halloran Merrick, and Georgianna Leete.


12/24/2016 09:49 AM EST
Southeastern Mills, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of certain quantities of food ingredients and branded food mixes (Southeastern Mills Biscuit Gravy Mix, Southeastern Mills Country Biscuit Mix, Southeastern Mills Buttermilk Drop Biscuit Mix, Southeastern Mills Easy Drop Cheddar Garlic Drop Biscuit Mix, Shore Lunch Original Breading and Shore Lunch Cajun Style Breading) because these ingredients and food mixes contain milk or buttermilk powder purchased from Valley Milk Products, Inc. that is potentially contaminated with Salmonella.
12/22/2016 06:19 PM EST
Herrs Foods Inc. has announced a voluntary recall of some chipotle-flavored potato chips due to possible salmonella contamination. The recall covers Herr's smoked chipotle-flavored kettle cooked potato chips and Peddler's Pantry smoke-dried chipotle-flavored kettle cooked potato chips.
Texas Best Proteins Recalls Cajun Style Dirty Rice Containing Chicken Products and Turkey Cajun Dinner Kits Containing Dirty Rice Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
Texas Best Proteins (Farm to Market Foods), a Santo, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 25,332 pounds of Cajun Style Dirty Rice containing chicken products and Turkey Cajun Dinner Kits containing Dirty Rice due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swn Production Co Llc in Silver Lake Twp, Susquehanna County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2016-12-21 to Swn Production Co Llc in Silver Lake Twp, Susquehanna county. CSL 402(b) - POTENTIAL POLLUTION - Conducting an activity regulated by a permit issued pursuant to Section 402 of The Clean Streams Law to prevent the potential of pollution to waters of the Commonwealth without a permit or contrary to a permit issued under that authority by the Department.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Congratulations to the members of the 147th Cadet Class on becoming the newest PA State Police Troopers.

How the feds are fueling America’s opioid disaster

By Josh Bloom
New York Post

December 19, 2016-- Federal policy is unquestionably making the nation’s opioid problem worse — while also inflicting collateral damage on Americans in genuine need of pain medication.

And this disaster is being further driven by a myth that has gained additional credence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidelines for prescribing opioids.

The myth: that lax prescription of opioid drugs, such as oxycodone, is a primary driver of addiction. This notion has triggered a nationwide crackdown on these prescriptions in the name of preventing addiction and saving lives, an action that has been a catastrophe by almost any measure.

Dissenting opinions do exist. Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, a group that promotes strict control of prescriptions, admits that chronic pain patients have a “very legitimate fear” of restrictions. Yet the group, which was involved in formulating the CDC guidelines, nonetheless recommends a one-size-fits-all daily cap on the permissible opioid dose, regardless of the patient.

Reviewers have rightly criticized PROP for using shoddy evidence in support of its findings. In the past decade, more than a dozen professional papers — including a systematic analysis known as a “Cochrane Review” of 26 other studies, and a 38-study review in the journal Pain — have debunked the idea that addiction routinely starts with legal use. In most cases, it doesn’t; people who use prescription opioids properly and legally rarely become addicts. Overwhelmingly, the ones who become addicted are those who start off using opioids for recreational purposes. The next stop is street drugs.

Paradoxically, the CDC guidelines managed to harm both addicts and patients with legitimate needs in one fell swoop. Consider OxyContin — a major drug of choice for addicts that in 2010 was reformulated to make it far harder to abuse.

Illegal OxyContin use did indeed plummet immediately — but abusers then switched in droves to heroin, which is far more dangerous, and deaths from heroin overdose soared from 3,000 in 2009 to 13,000 in 2015.

Worse still, black-marketeers are now blending fentanyl — a highly potent, synthetic version of heroin — with heroin itself, or substituting it outright for the “natural” drug. That’s responsible for much of the soaring ODs.

The Department of Health in Ohio — which has the highest number of opioid deaths in the nation — reported in 2015 that more than 80 percent of opioid deaths arose from heroin or fentanyl, up from 20 percent in 2010. Health agencies in Florida and Massachusetts report similar trends. It’s now indisputable that most recent opioid deaths result from heroin/fentanyl, not pain pills.

Another side of the equation is the cruel and needless suffering inflicted on blameless Americans who can no longer easily get pain medications. Just as addicts will do almost anything to feed their addiction, people in severe pain will do what is needed to escape it — even suicide.Indeed, escaping pain is becoming increasingly difficult. People who have been treated appropriately and responsibly for years are now finding it difficult to obtain the relief they need, even from the same doctors. And you can’t blame the doctors.

Physicians rightly view the CDC “advice” as anything but voluntary. With the DEA looking over their shoulders, they fear losing their licenses for overprescribing. This creates just another wall between doctors and patients, many of whom are now forced to cope with their pain by using non-opioid, over-the-counter drugs such as Advil and Tylenol. These drugs are less effective and also carry their own risks, chiefly liver, kidney, stomach and heart toxicity.

But perhaps nothing illustrates the folly of government policies better than the rising number of pain sufferers who turn to street heroin because they can no longer get legal medication. What a travesty.

As a nation, we now find ourselves in a worse place than before this simple-minded crackdown began. While the most vulnerable suffer, rivers of the real killer drugs pour into our country illegally unabated.

“First, do no harm” is the essence of the Hippocratic Oath. Federal policymakers should honor that principle — and abandon their cruel and unconscionable war on pain medication.

Josh Bloom is director of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the American Council on Science and Health.


We have so many great things coming up!

Be sure to remember that we will have a closed DINING ROOM on Christmas Eve, but the Crittenden TapRoom will be OPEN from 5pm - whenever on Christmas Eve.

For New Year's Eve, we have an amazing menu planned. This is in addition to our regular fantastic menu!

And, we have DJ Brandon to spin music and bring in the new year with us.

Won't you come on out?

We'd love to see you.

--reservations encouraged... seating is limited.

Thank you!

Check Out The Selection Of Christmas Gifts At Frosty Hollow Bed & Breakfast On Route 44 In Sweden Valley

Happy Holidays From JVB Bank Northern Tier

Potter County Wilds Gift Shop Closing For The Season December 24th At Noon

Everyone Is Invited To The Hebron Seventh Day Baptist Church Christmas Eve Service

New Year's Eve DAY Auction At Daniel A. Carter Inc. Auction Center Saturday, Dec. 31

Friday, December 23, 2016

Troopers Investigating Theft Of Storm Door From Mt. Jewett Rental Property

Snowmobile trail from Roulette to the ABC in Burtville is now open

Notice The trail from Roulette to the ABC in Burtville is now open and waiting for snow. 

There is a new trail in place so please use caution. 

Also there is fuel available at Rinker Oil in Burtville, credit cards only.

Hotel Crittenden Dining Room Closed Christmas Eve; Crittenden TapRoom Open 5 PM Until ???

Bill Pekarski Day 115, Living life on my terms.

Day 115, Living life on my terms.

Bill Pekarski
Well, I am sad to say that nobody took me up on my offer for some coffee and a sample of pierogi yesterday. I did have one person, my cousin John, try to make it but other obligations got in his way. He is planning on stopping today so I can hook him up with a plate to take home.

Today, my wife and I will be heading out to a Christmas Party for Coudersport Sheetz employees. It is the first time they have tried to have a party and it should be a pretty good time. Who knows, maybe we can find a few brave souls to play a new game I received a few days ago.

A truly great friend sent me a game called “Cards Against Humanity.” I had never heard of the game before, but after reading the instructions, I find that it may appeal to my impish side.

The person who sent the game has been a friend of mine since way back when we first met at IUP back in 1990. Her name is Linda Voegler-Granite, and she is an elementary band teacher at North Allegany in the Pittsburgh area.

I would be hard pressed to find a college memory that did not involve Linda in some way. She was a trombone player in the marching band, majored on the clarinet, and also was a talented vocalist in the IUP Chorale.

Linda was a model low brass player in the marching band. She fit right in with our special sense of humor and was an active participant in just about all of our antics and shenanigans. She was also probably the most quoted female on our infamous wall of quotes back at our old apartment, 320 Carriage House. Decorum prevents me from listing many of the quotes here, but one involved never telling a girl her credit card is maxed out.

My roommate Jamie, who was actually dating Linda at the time, and I were the stage crew for her senior clarinet recital. She mentioned to us that toward the end of the recital she needed a little extra time to warm up a different clarinet for one of the pieces she would be performing. She wondered if there was something we could do to give her a little extra time. We came up with something.

Gorell recital hall is where most recitals are held. It is a beautifully constructed auditorium designed specifically for musical recitals. It has a large stage equipped with two-nine foot long grand pianos. When the pianos are not being used, they are pushed off to the side with a protective cover.

For Linda’s recital, she needed one piano for accompaniment, a chair for the page turner, and a stand for her music. When it came time for her to warm up her second clarinet, Jamie and I went to the stage and completely struck everything. I carried the chair and placed it behind a decorative blind on the left side of the stage. Jamie followed behind me with the music stand. Then I grabbed the cover for the piano. We carefully closed the lid on the piano, put the cover in place, smoothed it out and pushed the piano over to the left side of the stage where it was out of the way.

Now that the stage was empty, we walked over to the right side and Jamie grabbed another stand and I found another chair. We placed them exactly where the first ones were located. By the time we went back to the right side and uncovered the second piano, everyone in the audience was finally in on the joke that we were resetting the stage exactly the way it was when we started. I remember taking a look behind the center blind where Linda had been warming up her instrument and her face was beet red due to her laughter.

Linda’s parents, who were always extremely proud of their daughter, were in attendance at the concert. In fact, they were regular attendants at all our concerts and performances. They were some of the greatest people I ever met. Her father, whom she called Pookie, had been a firefighter for many years. That night, he was wearing a Maltese Cross of St. Florian pin as a tie tack. When I complimented him on the tie tack, he said Linda told him I was a fireman as well. He gave me that tie tack right then and there. I still have and treasure it to this day.

A couple of years ago, Pookie unfortunately passed away. I felt it was only proper that I drive down and at least attend his viewing. Linda was so surprised to see me there that I think it might have even brought a slight tear to her eye as well as mine.

Linda has always been very important to me. One of her first jobs after college was teaching instrumental music at Port Allegany high school. This was great because she was so close. Unfortunately, we could not get together as much as I would have liked, but we always stayed in touch. I even went down to help her with her band camp in the summer.

After a couple of years, she accepted a job that brought her closer to her home. It was a great opportunity and you could not blame her for leaving. She was however greatly missed by the people of Port Allegany. Sometime soon after, she met and married her husband, Evan Granite and together they are raising two beautiful daughters.

Another reason I had to attend the service for her father was that while I was laid up in Pittsburgh following my spinal surgery, Linda was the only person, beside my niece, that came to the hospital to visit me. She was there to witness the first time I stood and walked in over six weeks. I did not look my best, but she did not care, and I was thankful to have her there. Like I said, she is a true friend.

I was reminded the other day about another fond memory of Linda that I had forgotten. It happened during the Chorale tour in 1991 to Toronto. Someone had started a rumor on the bus that you were not allowed to carry more than a liter of liquor across the border into Canada. For this reason, several bottles needed to be drained in the back of the bus. Believe me, by the time we arrived at the border station, everyone in the back of the bus was, well, let’s just say happy.

I can still picture Linda with a glazed look and smile on her face, tightly clinching her driver’s license in her hands; ready to be inspected if necessary. Border Patrol barely even looked at the bus, we were welcomed into Canada. Everyone started singing one of our songs substituting one of the lines with the phrase; “we have less than a liter left, we have less than a liter left…” and so on. I hope Linda doesn’t mind me telling that story as her daughters may read this. Sorry!

Today I am dedicating my progress to Mrs. Linda Voegler-Granite. I want to wish her and her family a Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years!

Joseph A. Dugan, 62, of Old Shovel Rd., Coudersport, PA

Joseph A. Dugan

Joseph A. Dugan, 62, of Old Shovel Rd., Coudersport, PA, passed away Thursday (Dec. 22, 2016) in UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.

Born August 11, 1954, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Richard D. and Marlene L. Fuller Dugan. On Oct. 31, 1996, in Perryton, TX, he married Jackie L. Sprague, who survives.

Joe was a longtime resident of the area and attended the Port Allegany High School.

He was a former member of the Roulette Fire Department.

Mr. Dugan had been employed in several manufacturing jobs, the two most recent being: Phillips Petroleum and CRS of Perryton, TX, before having to retire.

Surviving in addition to his mother Marlene Dugan of Eldred, and his wife, Jackie, are two sons. Joseph A. (Renee) Dugan of Barnesville, GA, T.J. (Cheryl) Dugan of Newport, VA; and a stepson, Chris M. (Vicki) Estes of Houston, TX; a daughter, Tanner L. (James) Bosworth of Kyle, TX; seven grandchildren, and a brother, Richard W. Dugan of Roulette.

He was preceded in death by his father, a granddaughter, and sister-in-law, Jane S. Dugan.

A celebration of life service will be held at a date and place to be announced.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to: 

Jackie L. Dugan
35 Old Shovel Rd.
Coudersport, PA 16915

Whitesville, NY, Man Accused Of Harassment & Criminal Trespass In North Bingham

Troopers Say Investigation Of Austin Borough Man's Death Is Ongoing

Unknown Actors Cut Lock On Gate To Greensburg Man's Camp In Sylvania Township

Bolivar, Richburg Dispatched To Structure Fire On Mead Hollow Road

At 5:31 PM on Friday, Bolivar & Richburg have been dispatched to a report of  a structure fire at 7482 Mead Hollow Road.
Tankers from Alma, Clarksville, Friendship & Portville dispatched mutual aid for tankers to the scene.
Shinglehouse dispatched full response mutual aid to the scene. Roulette to Shinglehouse for standby.

Arlie J. Wood, 61, a resident of the Warren Manor Nursing Home, Warren, Pa

Arlie Wood

Arlie J. Wood, 61, a resident of the Warren Manor Nursing Home, Warren, Pa., died at his residence, suddenly Friday morning, December 23, 2016, after battling a long fight with Parkinson’s Disease. 

He was born April 22, 1955 in Warren, PA. Arlie was the son of the late Donald E. and Ethel A. Sherwood Wood, Sr. 

He was a lifelong Warren area resident. Arlie was a 1972 graduate of Warren Area High School. 

He was employed with Bollinger Enterprises Inc. for 30 years. 

He was an avid participator with the Warren Special Olympics program, competing in bowling and softball. 

He was a former member of Jackson Run Baptist Church. Arlie is remembered for his intense sense of humor, a man of no complaints, loved life to the fullest. He enjoyed all kinds of food, the outdoors, loved animals, his family, especially his son. 

He was a great sports enthusiast, especially enjoyed the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs football teams.

He is survived by his son – Jonathan E. Wood, his sisters – Ethel A. Hennessy and husband, Joe, Louise Stewart all of Warren, PA., a brother – Walter Wood of Grand Saline, TX., several nieces and nephews. 

 In addition to his parents, Arlie was preceded in death by a brother – Donald E. Wood, Jr.

Friends may call at First Church of the Nazarene, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA. on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 from 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon when a funeral and committal service will be conducted by Arlie’s nephew, Rev. Matthew Slater, Pastor of Champion Nazarene Church, Champion, OH., officiating. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Warren Special Olympics %Dean Huya, P.O. Box 752, Warren, PA, 16365, or Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 575 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA., 15202. 

E-mail condolences can be sent by visiting

Willing, Whitesville Dispatched For Structure Fire On Route 248

At 4:47 PM on Friday, Willing Fire Department has been dispatched to 2137 SR248 for a report of a structure fire in the area of the chimney.

Whitesville Fire Dept dispatched mutual aid.

4:58 PM--FIRE OUT. Waiting for camera to make sure there are no hot spots.

Wellsboro EMS Dispatched For Man Who Fell From Log Truck

At 4:23 PM on Friday, Wellsboro Ambulance & Medic have been dispatched to the area of 669 Balsalm Road for a man who has fallen from a log truck with head, neck & back injuries.

Middlebury Township Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. 2017 Line Officers

Middlebury Township Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.

2017 Line Officers remain the same for both the Fire and Ambulance
Fire Department

President - Carl Butler
Vice President - Derek Smith
Secretary - Erin Swetland
Treasurer - Rick Butler
Chief - Gary Cooper I I
1asst - Doyle Swetland
2nd Asst - Austin Cooper
3rd Asst - Dan Rice

President - Dan Rice
Vice President - Carl Butler
Secretary - Juanita Jelliff
Treasurer - Scott Perry
Chief - Scott Perry
Asst Chief - Juanita Jelliff

Germania, Galeton Dispatched For ATV Crash In Abbott Township

At 4:12 PM on Friday, Germania, Galeton Fire Depts, Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to an ATV accident with confinement near 73 Bach Hollow Road. Caller reports he has been trapped since 11 AM today.

Lloyd Tarr, 93, of Galeton, PA

Lloyd Tarr

Lloyd Tarr, 93, of Galeton, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 201 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. 

WWII Veteran
On May 30, 1942, in Olean, NY, Lloyd married the former Dorothy June Starks, who preceded him in death in 2015. 

He was a Veteran having served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. 

After returning from the war, Lloyd worked as an operator for Tennessee Gas Transmission and later co-owned the D&L Tavern with his wife, Dorothy. 

He was a Lifetime and founding member of the Galeton V.F.W. and was a member of the Galeton Moose. 

Lloyd enjoyed hunting, collecting rifles and coins, and especially loved helping children and the elderly. 

Surviving are a son, Lee (Diane) Tarr, Mayville, NY; two daughters, Patty (Kenneth) Adams, Galeton and Cheryl (Jim) McCarey, Sweeny, TX; nine grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Lloyd was predeceased by two sons, Lloyd “Skip” Tarr Jr. and Luther Tarr, a grandson, Brian W. Adams, six brothers, and three sisters. 

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Galeton, on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:00pm with a Funeral Service following at 4:00pm. Pastor Skeet Keaton will officiate. Burial will be in the Bradford County Memorial Park, Towanda, PA. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Galeton V.F.W..

Cornell Nicholas 'Pete' Pfohl, III, 90, of 169 Derrick Road, Bradford, PA

Cornell Pfohl

Cornell Nicholas 'Pete' Pfohl, III, 90, of 169 Derrick Road, Bradford, PA, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Donna Jean Dickinson, 81, of Wellsboro, PA

Donna Jean Dickinson, 81, of Wellsboro, PA passed away Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. 

She was the widow of Don R. Dickinson. Donna was born April 29, 1935 in Blossburg, PA, the daughter of the late Richard and Beatrice (Fuller) Wilson.

Donna was a member of the Middlebury Baptist Church, she was a devout Christian. She loved her African violets and Christmas cactuses; she was an acclaimed cook who was especially known for her chili and spaghetti sauce. She liked crocheting and house plants.

Donna loved her family, a devoted grandmother who loved having her grandchildren over to stay and the annual birthday celebrations for her children. She had a big heart and the warmest hug on earth.

Surviving is her son Mike Dickinson (Kris) of Wellsboro; daughters, Joan E. Nelson (James A.) of Ulysses and Jean A. Dibble (Thomas) of Wellsboro; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her Aunt Jean Fish of Wellsboro; sister, Catherine Banker (Edward) of Wellsboro. 

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her grandson, John S. Davis, Jr.; brothers, Neil and Bill Wilson and her sister, Judy Horton.

Services will be held at Middlebury Baptist Church on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Stan Gill officiating. Burial will be in West Branch Cemetery.

To share your fondest memories of Donna and sign her guestbook, visit Local arrangements are entrusted to Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro.

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Friday, December 23, 2016
The latest news from the State Capitol 
Saturday, Dec. 31….is the deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for the 2015 tax year. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2015. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.
Income eligibility limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:
  • $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).
  • $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).
You do not need to pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. My district office staff will be happy to help you at no cost. Please be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.
Attention Dog Owners – Obtaining a license for your dog is the right thing to do…and it’s the law. In Pennsylvania, all dogs three months and older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog.

The fee for an annual dog license is $6.50, or $8.50 if the animal is not spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are available for dogs that have permanent identification such as a microchip or tattoo. Older adults and persons with disabilities may be eligible for discounts.

Click here to find out how easy it is to purchase your dog license.
PennDOT's driver license and photo centers….will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24, through Monday, Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday. 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.