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Saturday, January 7, 2017

JV Basketball - Otto-Eldred @ Port Allegany

Patrick Crants Sports Photography added 46 new photos to the album: JV Basketball - Otto-Eldred @ Port.

Varsity Basketball - Otto-Eldred @ Port Allegany

Patrick Crants Sports Photography added 81 new photos to the album: Varsity Basketball - Otto-Eldred @ Port.

Coudersport Ambulance To North West Street

At 9:51 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to North West Street for chest pain.

Roulette Ambulance To Port Allegany

At 9:13 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Penney Lane in Port Allegany for a maternity emergency.

Penn State DuBois Lady Lions Defeat Central Penn College

By Patrick Lewis
The PSUD Lady Lions hit the road and picked up another non-conference win to improve to 9-3 against an improving Central Penn team. Final score of the contest was 64-35. Melody Young (Otto Eldred) led all scorers with 17 points and 9 rebounds. 
Melody Young (Otto Eldred)

She was joined in double figures by Kristen Williams (Eisenhower) 12 points and Hope Bridge (Punxsutawney) 11 points and 9 rebounds. Kaelyn Gruver (Redbank Valley) hauled in 8 rebounds while Grace Earle (Cowanesque Valley) and Ashley Brown (Otto Eldred) pulled down 7 and 6 boards.

Kristy Hanes (Elk County) hit for 7 points while handing out a career high 9 assists. Juli Vokes (Brockway) contributed 6 points and 3 rebounds while Kashius Harris (Beaver Falls) led the defense with a team high 5 steals and 4 rebounds.

PSUD will host Pitt-Titusville on Monday night, January 9, 2017 for another non-conference clash. Game time 5:00.

Cuba Man Charged With Assault After Domestic Incident

Cuba Police Department

Following a domestic violence incident in the Town of Cuba Jeffrey M. Koehler, (42), of Cuba was arrested and charged with Assault 3rd and Criminal Mischief. Koehler was processed and released to a third party by a Cuba Town Justice. 

A no contact order of protection was issued. 

This incident was a result of an alleged domestic dispute in which Koehler allegedly attempted to barricade himself inside a home and not exit. 

Members of the Cuba Police Department and New York State Police were able to make contact and take Koehler into custody without any additional injuries. Koehler is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


At 6:34 PM on Saturday, Eldred Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the intersection of Barnum Road and Artline Road to close Barnum Road due to lines down across the roadway near the state line.

Pitt-Bradford 79, Penn State Behrend 74

By Scott Elliott
Pitt-Bradford Men Knock off Penn State Behrend

BRADFORD, Pa. - Evan Greening scored a game-high 20 points, including two late offensive putbacks, Christian Kelly-Perkins hit a game-sealing three, and the Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball team knocked off Penn State Behrend, 79-74, Saturday afternoon.

It was the Panthers’ first win over the team from Erie since 2010 and snapped a 12-game streak losing to the Lions.

The first half mostly played out like many of the previous meetings between the two rivals. Penn State Behrend methodically built an 11-point lead, using high-ball screens to put pressure on the Panther defense and force mismatches that led to easy baskets inside.

Sahlil Harris never got the memo that the Panthers were supposed to roll over after falling behind to the Lions. He made several plays on both ends of the court to ignite a 13-0 Pitt-Bradford run.

Harris forced a pair of steals and hit a three, bookended by a pair of long triples from teammate John Haenel, to give the Panthers a 40-38 advantage with 2:24 left in the half. The teams would trade baskets, Harris connected for another three, and Pitt-Bradford led 45-44 at the break.

The Panthers extended their lead to double-digits in the second half, going up 62-51 on Manny Welch’s jumper in the paint midway through the period. Penn State Behrend rallied, scoring nine consecutive points to close the gap at 65-64 with 5:02 remaining.

Conner McLaughlin’s long three moments later tied the game at 67. Pitt-Bradford’s Dylan Niedermeyer, who has attempted just seven threes all year, answered with a triple of his own to put the Panthers back in front for good.

The Lions pulled within one on three separate occasions over the final 3:34, but Greening and Kelly-Perkins delivered big plays down the stretch to secure the win. Greening’s putback at the 2:22 mark made it 74-72, and two possessions later, his basket following another Panther miss made it 76-73.

Leading by one, Fateem Brockington found Kelly-Perkins on the wing with 34 seconds left and the junior guard drilled his second three-pointer of the game to deal the knockout blow.

Penn State Behrend entered the contest leading the AMCC in scoring defense at 63 points a game, yet Pitt-Bradford shot 49 percent from the field and hit 11 threes. The Panthers were 12-17 from the line and limited the visitors to 45 percent shooting.

Greening was 9-14 from the field and pulled down 17 rebounds to register his 11th double-double of the season. Brockington, who battled foul-trouble, still managed to score 15 points, and Kelly-Perkins had 12. Welch and Haenel each had nine points apiece, and Harris had eight points, three steals and a block off the bench.

“Good team win,” head coach Britt Moore said. “A bunch of guys stepped up off the bench and played great. I thought we did a good job defensively down the stretch.”

For Moore, it was his first win over Penn State Behrend since taking over the program in 2011.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 5-6 on the year and 3-3 in the AMCC. The Panthers have won two straight and host D’Youville Monday at 8 p.m.

McLaughlin 6-3-4-18, Fischer 5-4-6-16, Wanker 6-1-2-15, Gorny 3-6-8-12, Colpoys 2-1-2-5, Brinson 1-3-5-5, Pullium 1-0-0-2, Scuilli 0-1-2-1, Conners 0-0-0-0. 24-19-29-74.
Greening 9-2-2-20, Brockington 4-5-6-15, Perkins 5-0-0-12, Welch 2-4-6-9, Haenel 3-0-0-9, Harris 3-0-1-8, Niedermeyer 2-1-2-6, Tennies 0-0-0-0, Kinsey 0-0-0-0, Sutton 0-0-0-0. 28-12-17-79.
Halftime: Pitt-Bradford 45-44
3 Point FG's: Penn St-Behrend - McLaughlin 3, Fischer 2, Wanker 2; Pitt-Bradford - Haenel 3, Harris 2, Perkins 2, Brockington 2, Welch 1, Niedermeyer 1.

Bradford, Derrick City Dispatched To Commercial Fire Alarm

At 6:22 PM on Saturday, Bradford & Derrick City Fire Depts. have been dispatched to 574 East Main Street at Beacon Light for a commercial Fire Alarm.
6:26 PM--Derrick City recalled.

Police Say Olean Man Sold Cocaine & Oxycodone Pills

City of Olean, NY Police Department

The Olean Police Departments Street Crimes Unit arrested 21 year old Akiel E. Martin of 836 Garden Ave., Olean yesterday at 1:00 p.m. for two counts of Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree. 

All charges are B Felonies and are a result of a grand jury indictment handed up by a Cattaraugus County Grand jury after presentation of the case by District Attorney Lori P. Rieman. 

According to the charges, Martin sold Cocaine and Oxycodone pills .

Galeton Library hosts first Children's reading for 2017

The Galeton Library hosted their first Children's reading for 2017 today. 

The children enjoyed "Little Mouse", by local resident Phyllis Conable. 

Each child received a copy of the book to take home. 

They also created a mouse magnet. It was a fun morning. 

Please join us next month, on Saturday February 4th at 10am in the library.

NCAA DIII WBB Score: Pitt-Bradford 68, Penn State Behrend 51

By Scott Elliott
Panther Women Pull Away for Fifth Straight Win

BRADFORD, Pa. - Pitt-Bradford’s Ali Rinfrette was relatively held in check for the first three quarters of Saturday’s contest against Penn State Behrend. She more than made up for it in the fourth quarter.

Rinfrette scored 13 points in the final frame, sparking a 24-point quarter for the Panthers, and Pitt-Bradford pulled way to defeat Penn State Behrend, 68-51, Saturday afternoon at the KOA Arena.

It was the team’s fifth straight win overall and ninth consecutive victory against the team from Erie.

Early on appeared the Panthers were going to run away from the Lions before fans even had a chance to settle into their seats.

Pitt-Bradford led 19-4 after the first seven minutes and stretched the lead to 17 midway through the second quarter on Rinfrette’s layup. However, the Panthers went cold from the field and were held scoreless the rest of the half. The Lions capitalized, scoring 12 unanswered points, including a basket at the buzzer, to trail 28-23 at the break.

Brittany Watts’ layup at the 7:58 mark of the third quarter snapped a scoreless drought of 8:38 and momentarily breathed new life into the Panthers. Penn State Behrend continued to mount its charge, ripping off nine straight points to take its first lead of the game at 36-34 late in the period.

The Panthers went back ahead on Rinfrette’s basket moments later, but the Lions remained close. Penn State Behrend hit consecutive threes, the latter on the first play of the fourth quarter, to tie the score at 44.

Colebert countered on the other end with a triple of her own, igniting a 22-2 scoring burst that delivered a resounding knockout. Rinfrette accounted for 11 of the 22 points, connecting for three three-pointers during a two-minute stretch, to finish with a game-high 24 points. After registering just eight made baskets during the middle periods, the Panthers hit 8-14 shots over the final 10 minutes.

Pitt-Bradford forced the Lions into 29 turnovers and scored 16 fast-break points. In all, the Panthers netted 35 points off Penn State Behrend turnovers. Kaserra Owens and Rinfrette collected 13 of the team’s 19 steals.

Pitt-Bradford only shot 39 percent from the field but limited the Lions to 31 percent shooting. Penn State Behrend outrebounded the Panthers 49-35 yet managed just eight second-chance points.

Colebert totaled 11 points off the bench for the Panthers, and Darien Lantz added 10 points, four assists and three steals. Brittany Watts and Shirleah Ragin each had seven points apiece, and Watts pulled down rebounds.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 7-5 on the season and 5-1 in the AMCC. The Panthers will seek their sixth straight win when they host D’Youville Monday at 6 p.m. 

Langhorst 5-6-7-16, Goetz 4-2-4-11, Chess 1-4-4-6, Zielinski 2-0-0-5, Kinecki 1-3-4-5, Boyer 2-0-0-4, Razzano 1-0-0-2, Woll 1-0-2-2, Glenn 0-0-2-0, Rider 0-0-0-0, Thomas 0-0-0-0. 17-15-23-51.
Rinfrette 9-2-4-24, Colebert 4-1-1-11, Lantz 4-0-0-10, Ragin 3-1-3-7, Watts 3-1-2-7, Maciag 0-5-8-5, Owens 1-0-0-2, Isenberg 1-0-1-2, Guengerich 0-0-0-0, Stringer 0-0-0-0, Collins 0-0-0-0. 25-10-19-68.
Halftime: Pitt-Bradford 28-23
3-Point FG's: Penn St.-Behrend - Zielinski 1, Goetz 1; Pitt-Bradford - Rinfrette 4, Lantz 2, Colebert 2.

Potter County Trail Busters Snowmobile Club Inc. is cancelling the swap meet fund raiser.

Due to a lack of interest and no Vendors booking tables, the Potter County Trail Busters Snowmobile Club Inc. is cancelling the swap meet fund raiser that we had scheduled for next Saturday, January 14th at the Roadside Restaurant.

We hope folks will support our next raffle (a 5 cubic foot freezer and gift card for food at Shop n Save valued at over $350 to be drawn in April right around Easter) or we will be unable to put on fall grass drags or pay next year's trail insurance.

Richard J. “Bo” Close, 62, of Bradford, PA

Richard J. “Bo” Close

Richard J. “Bo” Close, 62, of Bradford, PA passed away peacefully on Friday, January 6, 2017 at UPMC Hamot, Erie, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on June 26, 1954 in Bradford, a son of the late Charles and Patricia Hannon Close.

He was a 1972 graduate of the Bradford Area High School.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 108 and the Lt John C Roche Post 212 VFW. He enjoyed his retirement by spending time with his close friends and his grandchildren.

He was employed by the former Dresser Manufacturing for many years until his retirement in 2016.

He is survived by two sons, Sean Close of Bradford and Beau Close of Bradford; one daughter, Kara Close of Portland, OR; six siblings, Katherine “Becky” Yunkun of Laurel, MD, John C. Close of Bradford, Mark D. Close of Olean, NY, Michael P. Close of Bradford, Laurie Bjorlykke of Poolesville, MD and Mary Wagoner of Reedsville, PA; one grandson, Dylan Close of Bradford; two granddaughters, Rachel Close and Grace Close both of Bradford and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one brother, Daniel J. “Moon” Close and one sister, Molly P. Brown.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Private burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Recalls 1-7-2017

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Chicken Strips Products Due To Possible Listeria Contamination
FSIS is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that ready-to-eat chicken strips products produced by House of Raeford, a Mocksville, N.C. establishment, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. A recall was not requested because it is believed that all products have now been consumed.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Station

At 4:12 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to station. Standby for details.

Friendship Dispatched To Rollover Crash On County Road 17

At 3:33 PM on Saturday, Friendship Fire Rescue & Ambulance with Medic 700 dispatched to County Road 17 near the Pigtail Road for a rollover accident with confirmed entrapment. Car is upside down in the ditch.

Thank You For All The Wonderful Birthday Wishes.

Beverly Bacon
Thank you for making my 86 th birthday so special.  Thanks to everyone who mailed a card, made a phone call or sent birthday wishes over Facebook or stopped in to wish me happy 86 th birthday. 

It sure has brightened my days and I've enjoyed each and everyone. 

Thank you , Beverly Bacon & Cindy Bacon Nelson

Leonard Jerald “Jerry” PALMATIER, 80, of Genesee, PA

Leonard Jerald “Jerry” PALMATIER

Leonard Jerald “Jerry” PALMATIER, 80, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, January 6, 2017. 

Born July 7, 1936, in Genesee Township, he was the son of Noel D. and Martha J. Currier Palmatier. 

He attended the country school in Ellisburg and Genesee High School. 
Korean War Veteran

A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1955 – 1957, with service in Korea.

On March 23, 1957, in North Bingham, he married the former Ada Mae Dunbar, who survives. 

Jerry and his wife owned and operated a dairy farm for several years. He was employed by Bud Perkins as a milk hauler and by Air Preheater in Wellsville, NY. 

Surviving besides his wife, Ada, are: three children, Len (Melonie) Palmatier of Genesee, Amy (Bob) Ellison of Whitesville, NY, and Abby (Frank) Dunning of Lawrenceville, PA; five grandchildren, Jim (Megan) Palmatier, Julie (Kris) Copp, Amanda (Dusty) Wheeler, Rob Ellison, and Rikki Ellison; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Daub of Oswayo, PA; nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Mike Palmatier. 

Friends may call Monday, January 9, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Roy Ward will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Andrews Settlement Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Fox Township Dispatched For Structure Fire

At 2:07 PM on Saturday, Fox Township has been dispatched to a structure fire. Reported chimney.

Hebron Union Church Awana Club Meets Every Wednesday Night For Kids 4 to 11

No Injuries In Early Morning Crash On Rew Hill

Foster Township Police Department added 7 new photos.

At 06:15 this morning Foster Township Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Rew Hill in regards to a motor vehicle accident involving 1 vehicle over the embankment with 3 passengers. 

No injuries were reported and the vehicle sustained minor damage. 

Vehicle was pulled back onto the roadway by Schine Towing while The Rew Volunteer Fire Department assisted with traffic control.

Coudersport Ambulance To North Main Street

At 11:58 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to North Main Street for a man fallen with a shoulder injury.

Roulette & Coudersport Respond To Fire In the Wall At Johnson Trucking Shop Overnight

Roulette Chemical Engine #1 added 11 new photos.

This morning around 1:22 am, Roulette Chemical Engine Co #1 was dispatched to Box 46-02 on Fishing Creek Extension for a working structure fire.

Chief 46-30 (Lacher) responded at dispatch and requested the full first alarm be dispatched.

Chief 46-20 (Tucker) and Chief 46 (Fillhart) responded with Chief 46-20 arriving on scene with nothing showing. Chief 46 arrived and established Roulette Command. Upon investigation it was found that the insulation in the wall was smoldering and causing a significant smoke condition. 

Engine 46-2 with 5 (OIC-Chief 46-30), and Rescue 46-8 (OIC- Lt 46-81 Pelchy) responded shortly after dispatch and arrived splitting crews with engine crew stretching a line and the rescue crew assisting Chief 46-20 and Chief 46-30 with opening the wall to expose the smoldering insulation.

Engine 46-1(OIC-Chief 46-70 Reilly), Tanker 46-5 (OIC-FF J.Fessenden), Ambulance 46-6 (OIC-Chief 46-60 D.Kent) Coudersport Engine 48-2 with 5 and Coudersport Tanker 48-5 with 2 assisted on scene. 

Engine 48-2's crew assisted with interior operations with overhaul while Tanker 48-5 was released to Standby at Department 46. 

The fire was declared under control around 2:10 am with some overhaul taking place.
Crews were on scene 1 hour before being released.

Assisted on scene by
Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department

***Photos courtesy of Dawn Kent***

Galeton Man Charged With Possession Of Cocaine On Interstate 80

Traffic stop leads to drug charge

A traffic stop Dec. 29 on Interstate 80 in Foster Township led state police to charge a Potter County man with possession of cocaine.

John R. Malaczewski, 26, of Galeton was charged after troopers found a bag of cocaine in the compartment beneath the radio of the car, which they stopped for traveling at 75 mph in a 65-mph zone, an affidavit states.

Malczewski was driving the car in which Donald Diehl Jr. was a passenger, but Malaczewski said the cocaine was his, according to the affidavit.

He was released after posting 10 percent of $25,000 bail and awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled with District Judge Daniel O’Donnell on Monday at 9 a.m. in Sugarloaf Township.

Working Structure Fire At Johnson Logging Shop On Fishing Creek Extension

At 1:22 AM on Saturday, Roulette Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Johnson's shop on Fishing Creek Extension. Reported to be a working fire.
1:25 AM--Chief on scene reports nothing showing from exterior. 
2:10 AM--Units returning to hall. Fire in wall extinguished.

Elizabeth A. "Betty" Richter, a former Little Genesee, NY

Elizabeth A. "Betty" Richter

CLARENCE - Elizabeth A. "Betty" Richter of 4520 Ransom Road, and a former Little Genesee resident, passed away on Saturday (Dec. 31, 2016) in the Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home following a brief illness.

Betty was born on April 26, 1931, in Buffalo, and was the daughter of Frank and Florence Cyman Wojtczak. She married Edward J. Richter in October 1950, in Cheektowaga. Mr. Richter preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 1994.

She owned and operated the Herb Basket in Little Genesee for many years prior to her retirement. Betty was an active volunteer at the Bolivar Food Pantry and the Little Genesee Library. She was a member of St. Mary's Church Bolivar and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving are two sons, Edward (Diane) Richter of Marilla and James F. Richter of Little Genesee; a daughter, Billie M. (Steven) Price of Lockport; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Marie (Richard) Schmitt of Little Genesee; a brother, Thomas Wojtczak of Angola; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Michael, John, Frank and Joseph Wojtczak.

A memorial Mass of Christian burial be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 14, 2017) at St. Mary's Church Bolivar. Burial is in St. Mary's Cemetery Bolivar.

Memorials can be made to St. Mary's Church 111 Wellsville St., Bolivar, NY 14715; or to the Bolivar Community Food Pantry, Box 180, Little Genesee, NY 14754. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. in Bolivar

Tioga Fire Department Welcomes New Fire Engine 7-2

Experienced Snow Plow Driver / Equipment Operator Wanted

Join Hamilton's Maple Products For Breakfast Saturdays & Sundays Starting This Saturday In Ulysses

Still Time To Register For Next Session Of Cutting Edge Gymnastics, Starts Saturday!!

50 inch Hitachi-Roku TV Raffle To Benefit "To Fill A Backpack"

The To Fill A Backpack is holding a mini raffle for a Hitachi Model 50R5 50” Class 1080p LED TV with Roku built in. Tickets are $1.00 each and the drawing will be held February 1st, 2017. If you would like to buy tickets you can mail a check, cash or money order to To Fill A Backpack – Attn: TV raffle – 81 Burleson Avenue – Roulette, PA 16746. 

All proceeds will the benefit the Backpack program for their upcoming 2017 backpack distribution. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at the address shown above, email us at or give us a call at (814) 544-2612.

Recruitment Event For LPN's, RN's, CNA's & HHA's To Work In Coudersport, Emporium & Surrounding Areas

Zito Media Seeking Ambitiious Individual For Position Of Marketing Coordinator In Coudersport, PA

12 Week Science Based Weight Loss Program Available Now At Dr. Bruce Fink's Office In Coudersport

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Bill Pekarski: Day 129, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 129, Living life on my terms.

I have a habit of talking about how great things were or how great they could be, so today I wanted to write about at what we actually do have. Did you ever stop and think about all of the facilities and opportunities available to the young people of our communities?

Just in our little town we have two well-equipped and conveniently located community parks. They each have picnic tables and cookout spaces, pavilions for public use, restroom facilities, and a variety of well-maintained playground apparatus.

Coudersport Rotary Club, whose mission statement is “Service above self,” has worked hard to repair and maintain the pavilion and facilities at Mitchell Park. Rotary has held work bees where members get together and make needed improvements. They have helped to create a beautiful and scenic park that can be enjoyed by the entire family, even our four-legged and furry family members.

Another advantage to Mitchell Park is its location right next to the public library. A person could go to the library, select a book to borrow, and then walk over and sit on a bench overlooking Mill Creek. It’s one of the most picturesque settings offered anywhere. Not a bad way to spend a lazy day.

On the northern end of town we have CARP. Please note that I did not say “CARP Park.” The reason for this is that CARP is short for Coudersport Area Recreation Park. One mention of the work “park” in that title is enough, wouldn’t you agree?

Anyway, CARP is great place for all ages. There are outdoor basketball and tennis courts along with a myriad of baseball fields, sand volleyball courts and other facilities for group activities. There’s trout-fishing on the park’s border and a looping trail for hikers on the hillside. Years ago, I used to enjoy just watching local guys get together on the basketball court and playing a pick-up game. And many of you probably remember the glory days of the slow-pitch softball leagues. The players and sponsors got together to raise money for lights and night games that were a source of great entertainment for many years. It’s a shame that the softball tradition died off over the years.

And, despite its aging condition, we still have a community swimming pool. Many people have expressed concern over the cost involved with maintaining that facility, but I could not even imagine my youth without it. I learned to swim there and spent many summer days hanging out there with my friends. It is hard to put a price tag on something like that. I really hope we find a way to continue to keep the pool operational. It is a shame there isn’t a way we could enclose the pool to make it operational in all seasons. There was a plan for an indoor pool on the drawing board 10 or 15 years ago, but for some reason or another it never became a reality.

What else do we have? There are two different gymnastics programs for local kids. There are also 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Boys and Girls Club and all kinds of youth sports programs for all ages and skill levels.

We can only hope that the parents of today recognize the many assets and options that are available for their children’s recreation and healthy development. Pediatricians worry about the impact of too much exposure to electronics and passive entertainment options on our children. There’s even a name for it – “Nature Deficit Disorder.”

Facilities and programs are great, but I would be remiss if I did not mention that almost all of these options rely heavily on volunteers and, generally speaking, we need more of them. Many of the sports programs have volunteer coaches and referees. Coudersport Service Club and Rotary are both in need of new members to lighten the load on those who now serve. Then there are the countless parents who volunteer their time whenever and however they can.

So, today I am dedicating my progress to the volunteers. They’ve had a tremendous impact on my life and countless others. Let it be known that you all have a vital role in our community and your efforts do not go unnoticed.

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Friday, January 06, 2017
The latest news from the State Capitol 
The 2017-18 Session Is Underway 
Tuesday was swearing-in day at the state Capitol. It was great having my wife, Lisa, and daughter, Caroline, in Harrisburg for the ceremony.

My fifth term of service in the General Assembly has now begun, and I look forward to working for and with you in the 2017-18 session.
The Numbers Through December - Pennsylvania collected $2.6 billion in General Fund revenue in December, which was $105.2 million less than anticipated. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $13.5 billion, which is $367 million below estimate.

Sales tax receipts totaled $11.1 million below estimate and are $133.3 million less than anticipated year-to-date. Personal Income Tax revenue in December was $44.7 million below estimate and is $125.9 million below estimate with six months remaining in the fiscal year.
Attention High School Seniors – You can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.

Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration.

To apply, interested students should visit my website,, and go to “Education Information” on the left navigation bar for more information and an application.

No tax money or other public funds are used.
Congratulations….to Matthew Kephart of Philipsburg, Eric Neidrick of Morrisdale and Quinton O’Rourke of Wilcox, who are among the latest graduates of the State Police Academy in Hershey. Trooper Kephart has been assigned to Troop D, Butler, while Troopers Neidrick and O’Rourke will be working out of Troop C, Punxsutawney. 


BRADFORD, Pa. -- Richard Harsen, a veteran Bradford City Police officer with 34 years of law enforcement experience, will succeed Dan Songer as chief of police at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Harsen served 32 years with the Bradford City Police, many of those as a juvenile officer and school resource officer, before joining the Pitt-Bradford police force as a full-time officer in 2015.

“I’m delighted that Officer Harsen emerged as the finalist for the position of police chief on our campus,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford.

“His extensive law enforcement experience, calm and pleasant demeanor, and demonstrated ability to build positive relationships between law enforcement and the various student groups served by police officers make him the ideal choice for the position.”

Harsen’s record with Pitt-Bradford extends back to 2005, however, when he began working as a part-time officer with the campus police.

Harsen said he has long hoped he might have the opportunity to lead the department because he enjoys working with young people.

In addition to his work as the juvenile officer and middle school resource officer, he coached youth softball, baseball, football and basketball for 18 years. While with the city police, he and then-colleague Dominic Cercone began the city’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

“Teaching in the DARE program recharged me as a police officer,” Harsen said. “Students met me in a position that wasn’t threatening.” That was in direct contrast to the circumstances under which he often met children while working the night shift for 23 years.

Harsen said he worked to build rapport with students through the DARE program so that they would see police officers as people who could help if they had trouble, not people to be afraid of.

That is at the heart of what he hopes to continue on campus, following in Songer’s footsteps.

“I’ve observed Chief Songer’s policing methods over several years. When he shows up, students see him as someone who can help.

“For many students, it is their first time away from home. At times poor decisions will be made. My objective is to get them through it and back on track.”

Harsen plans to work closely with the campus’s resident assistants, who are often the first point of contact for students who need help. He also has been trained in interviewing techniques for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

“I can’t think of a situation that I haven’t been in during 34 years of police work,” he said.

Harsen will supervise eight full-time and eight part-time commissioned police officers as well as two communications room personnel.

He and his wife, Deborah, live in Bradford and have three grown children.

Songer retires today (Jan. 6) after 20 years as chief at Pitt-Bradford.

Deborah Harsen pins chief’s collar insignia on her husband, Richard, who is the new chief of campus police at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. At right is Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. (Photo by Ashley Young)

Mansfiled Dispatched To One Vehicle Accident On Route 6

At 11:30 PM on Friday, Mansfield Fire Rescue & Ambulance has been dispatched to the area of 18150 Route 6 in Richmond Township for a one vehicle accident down over embankment.

Coudersport Ambulance To North West Street

At 10:37 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to North West Street for an unknown medical alert call.

Lawrenceville Dispatched To Rollover Crash With Entrapment

At 10:35 PM on Friday, Lawrenceville Fire Dept. & Ambulance has been dispatched mutual aid to Steuben County I-99 near exit 6 for a 2 vehicle rollover crash with entrapment.

Friendship Dispatched to Vehicle Into Pole On County Road 31 With Injuries & Entrapment

At 9:42 PM on Friday, Friendship Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to County Road 31 near Foster Road for a car into a pole over an embankment. Two people are injured. One is entrapped.
9:49 PM--Friendship 2nd ambulance to scene. 
9:55 PM--County Road 31 Closed. Power lines are down over roadway. Mercyflight requested to scene.

Coudersport Ambulance Dispatched To Station

At 9:30 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to station. Call center for details.

Leonard Jerald “Jerry” PALMATIER, 80, of Genesee, PA

Leonard Jerald “Jerry” PALMATIER

Leonard Jerald “Jerry” PALMATIER, 80, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, January 6, 2017. 

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

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Bonnie Knecht,   HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY
rest in peace you are missed.

Mike & Sandy Bennett