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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Former Area Resident James Quinn & Family Homeless After Fire Destroys Their House Today

Today (March 4th) my friend lost his house and everything in it due to an electrical fire on the first floor. Not to mention it was his daughters birthday. The family lost everything from clothing to beds to a place to call home. He is a veteran and has worked hard all his life. Although we can't replace the memories they had, we can help them to build new ones. I would like to raise as much as possible so that they can start rebuiilding their lives. Any donation, big or small, will be incredibly appreciated as this family is staying strong and coping with this loss. Jim Quinn formerly lived in Shinglehouse and Emporium areas before relocating to Schafferstown, near Lancaster, PA where he manages a farm.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up if you'd like to help this family.

Bowmansville Fire Company station 33 added 48 new photos to the album: Dwelling Terre Hill Road 3/4/17 — with Alan Hurst.

Lewis A. “Sonny” SMITH, 76, of Coudersport, PA

Lewis A. “Sonny” SMITH

Lewis A. “Sonny” SMITH, 76, of Coudersport, PA, died Saturday, March 4, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. 

Born June 3, 1940, in Blossburg, PA, he was the son of Dorr and Margie M. Snay Smith. He was married to the former Loretta Button, who survives. 

Sonny was employed by Damascus Tannery in Coudersport, Snyder Tank in Galeton, PennDOT, and the PA Dept. of Forestry. 

He was a member of the NRA. 

Surviving besides his wife, Loretta, are: four children, Sheila (Gary) Foust, Linda (Duane) Davis, both of Coudersport, Lewis (Tina) Smith, Jr. of Cyclone, PA, and Melvin Smith of Coudersport; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three siblings, Duane (Donna) Smith of Galeton, PA, Basil (Janet) Tubbs of Ulysses, PA, and Brenda (Albert) Schweigart of Mills, PA; and nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by a daughter, Shelly K. Kelligan; his parents; and his step-mother, Mary Smith. 

Friends will be received at the family home. 

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

Online condolences may be expressed at

Basketball Scores

District IX Tournament

Class 2A
Coudersport 47, Kane Area 38
Class 1A
North Clarion 53, Otto-Eldred 40

Smethport Dispatched To Pole Fire In Farmers Valley

At 10:13 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Department has been dispatched to the Valley Crossroad near international Wax for a pole fire.

St. Marys Fire Dept. Investigating Source Of Heavy Black Smoke

At 6:40 PM on Saturday, St. Marys Fire Department are investigating the source of a large amount of black smoke emanating from a location on Paradise Valley.

State Police Investigate Pennies In The Oil Fill Area

Eldred Woman Charged With Possession Of Paraphenalia

Burglar(s) Enter Norwich Township Property & Take Items

State Police Seeking Jokers Who Filled Kane LL Concession Stand Locks With Super Glue

Robert D. Mosher, 68, of 420 E Allegany Ave., Emporium, PA

Robert D. Mosher

Robert D. Mosher, 68, of 420 E Allegany Ave., Emporium, PA died at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA on Friday (March 3, 2017) morning.

He was born April 25, 1948 in Coudersport, PA a son of the late Robert and Monabelle Logue Mosher.

He married Judith Sprague, who survives.

Mr. Mosher graduated from Bradford Area High School. He retired from Pro America in Emporium where he worked for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and woodworking. He loved spending time with his family and his dog "Bear."

He is survived by his wife Judith Mosher, one daughter, Bobbie Sue (Forrest) Loar, Ft. Riley, Kansas; three sons, Charles "Chuck" (Beth) Hepfner, Emporium; Joseph (Cristal) Hepfner, Port Allegany; Michael (Christie) Hepfner, Aberdeen, NC; a daughter-in-law, Tristan Dax, Gifford, PA; twenty grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Mosher and Monabelle Logue Mosher Hudson, his step father, Richard Hudson and a son, Robert L. Mosher.

At his request there will be No visitation or Service.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Karen Sue Larson, 51, of Port Allegany, formerly of Smethport, PA

Karen Sue Larson

Karen Sue Larson, 51, of Port Allegany, formerly of Smethport, PA, passed away Saturday (March 4, 2017), at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Oct 25, 1965 in Bradford, a daughter of Henry and Joan L. Johnson Harvell, Jr. On November 5, 1983, in Smethport, she married Stephen K. Larson, who survives. They were married 33 years.

Mrs. Larson was a 1983 graduate of the Smethport Calvary Academy, and was a homemaker tending to the needs of her family. She had recently worked for Truck-Lite of Coudersport.

Karen loved the Lord Jesus Christ wholeheartedly, and attended the Chestnut St. Baptist Church in Port Allegany. She raised her two sons totally dedicated to making them the best they could be. She was loved by everyone.

In addition to her husband, Steve, she is survived by:

her mother: Joan Harvell of Smethport

two sons: Mark Larson of Smethport and Scott Larson of Port Allegany

one sister: Leslie (David) Hoffman of Bradford

many nieces and nephews, and lots of Harvell family members from Florida and Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Harvell, Jr. on January 30, 2017.

In keeping with Karen’s and her family’s wishes, all services will be private. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

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

RUSH Series providing opportunities for youth throughout region


(By Doug Kennedy)

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance is now in its 11th year of existence and for many young drivers, there would not be an opportunity for them to race if it wasn't for this Series. In short, RUSH continues to influence the youth and their racing programs in regional racing.

"It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since Mike (Leone) and I introduced the concept of crate racing throughout our region," stated RUSH Series Director Vicki Emig. "Time always gives us a better perspective and looking back now there is not a better feeling than knowing that we had the opportunity to watch some of today's most talented young racers come up through our ranks. It's definitely a continuous cycle and perhaps more so today as all our the RUSH divisions are loaded with phenomenal young racers who have already started to make their mark."

Two of western Pennsylvania's best and nationally recognized for that matter, Mike Pegher, Jr. and Max Blair, cut their teeth racing Crate Late Models. And while both are focusing on Super Late Model competition, the two still race a crate in the RUSH Late Model Series with much success. Pegher recently returned from East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa, FL where he won the Crate Late Model Championship at the 41st annual Winter Nationals by winning two of the three features. Pegher actually finished in the top six of all six features in FL including the three run at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala. His longtime rival, Max Blair, finished third at East Bay.

Blair has numerous RUSH championships (2013, 2015 and 2016 Weekly, 2015 Northern and Southern Tours, and 2013 & 2016 Summer Chase) while Pegher has one, the Tour title, that he captured in 2013. Pegher plans on again racing the Lynn Geisler-owned Super Late Model and a RUSH Crate Late Model for car owner, Jerry Haseleu. This will be the second season that Pegher and Haseleu have hooked up.

"The RUSH Crate Late Model Series is good for someone who wants to jump into a Super Late Model," said Pegher. "You do that and get the seat time in the crate. If you want to move up, all it takes is a motor because the cars are pretty much the same. With RUSH and Vicki and all the things that she does, it gives the driver a chance to move up and afford it. I would highly suggest for the younger kids to do RUSH for a few years to get their feet wet."

Blair has been involved with a Crate Late Model and directors Emig and Leone since 2008. "If it wasn't for crate racing, I probably wouldn't have been racing today," said Blair, whose team, Blair Racing, is owned by Max and his dad, Rob. "It's a really good thing and gives somebody an affordable way to go racing. For me, it opened up a lot of doors by meeting some good people and getting me to where I am now."

Blair won last year's $5,000 Sweeney Weekly Series and $3,000 Pace "Summer Chase" titles even though it wasn't his intention at the beginning of the season. "It kind of came to me," said Blair. "We ran Eriez each week and some of the bigger races, and it put us in contention to win the Series."

Each year, longtime racing historian, Walt Wimer, heads up the prestigious Western Pennsylvania "Rookie-of-the-Year" voted on by members of the media and track officials; and for four of the last seven seasons, it's been a driver from the RUSH Series. In 2009, it was Joe Martin, then Billy Stile III in 2010, Ryan Montgomery took the award in 2011, and finally it was Kole Holden in 2015. Twelve of the 22 2016 nominees are RUSH racers.

To further the development of young racing talent, RUSH instituted the "Futures Cup" program back in 2011. The program showcases the extremely large base of talented racers that compete in RUSH by giving them their own championship to achieve. RUSH currently has the Futures Cup Program in three of its divisions: Late Models, Sportsman Mods, and Pro Mods, and will debut in the new Sprint Car division in 2018.

The "Futures Cup" has become a major stepping stone for a number of drivers. 2011 winner Ryan Montgomery went onto become the 2014 RUSH Late Model Series Touring champion. Michael Lake, who also won a Super Late Model feature at Roaring Knob when he was 14, was the 2014 "Futures Cup" champion, while Eric Wilson, the 2013 champion, was the youngest, at the age of 14, to win a feature at Sharon Speedway.

Bobby Lake is the car owner for his grandson, Michael, who began racing Late Models at the age of 11. He is nothing short of being a racing protégé. On June 15, 2013, Michael became the youngest driver in Pennsylvania to ever win a Late Model feature. He would win five more times that season.

"The crate stuff is a great stepping stone for drivers who want to further their career," said Bobby Lake. "He learned so much in the years he raced with RUSH. I would suggest that anybody who has the desire to get to a Late Model start with the RUSH Series. You have a smaller motor and you can better keep your car under control and when you get that additional horsepower, it will be easier to adapt. Overall, the RUSH Series gave him the chance to adapt to the Super Late Model. Learning car control really helped him a lot."

Longtime driver and now car owner, Dave Scott likes the "Futures Cup" Series. His son Wyatt was the most recent Late Model Champion. "I think the Futures Cup program is great. We have to get the kids into the sport because that is the future of racing."

Roland Mann of Chaptico, MD, supplies the RUSH Late Model for his 18-year-old daughter, Megan, who finished third in the "Future's Cup" this past season. Mann also co-owns a Super Late Model for Jason Covert. Mann's plans for Megan in 2017 is to run the full 22-race schedule at Potomac.

"I think RUSH has helped the younger drivers by giving them the chance to come up from the lower ranks instead of jumping into a Limited Late or Super Late from the beginning," said Mann. "There are a lot of young drivers that can get in at a decent price and not break the bank, and there are some big money races."

Tim Martell, the father of the 2016 RUSH Sportsman Modified "Futures Cup" champion, Kyle, is a believer in the RUSH Series. "I think it offers a very good opportunity for drivers coming out of other classes," said Martell, who lives in Rootstown, OH. "It gives a good platform for kids moving out of the smaller car classes to move into a large car series and be competitive in the first few years without the parents spending a ton on equipment."

Tim, who works as the Director of Programs and Business Management at NMG Aerospace, knows what it's like to try and race in the open motor series. "We started out in a 358 Small-Block Modified and quickly realized that it was going to be very expensive to race against guys who have been doing it for quite some time. Moving to RUSH has allowed us to be competitive at a reasonable cost."

Preston Cope of Warren, OH finished fourth in the RUSH Sportsman Modified "Futures Cup" this past season. The team is owned by Preston's dad, Tim. "RUSH has done an excellent job of making it affordable and making things equal for all the drivers," said Tim, who calls Sharon Speedway their home track. "It was a great experience for us to start with a novice driver who is 15 years old. It is doubtful if we would have had my son racing if it wasn't for the class that they (RUSH) offered. I'm very thrilled with the Series and how they promote it and the scheduling. It was the best experience I could ask for in my first year of owning a race car."

"I like how everyone has equal motors and shocks," said Preston. "The Series shows off how the young drivers can come in and compete on an equal playing field with the veteran drivers. We get to go to different tracks at an affordable cost. It gives the young driver the opportunity to be in a real series and to give them the adrenalin rush to be in a race car."

Fifteen year-old Zach Johnson of Busti, NY won the 2016 RUSH Pro Mod "Futures Cup". The runner-up by a mere two points was Gowanda, NY's Brian Mohawk. Johnson and Mohawk plan to race at Stateline, McKean, and Bradford in 2017.

"If it weren't for RUSH, we couldn't own two race cars," said Zach's father, Greg, who has been racing himself for the past 25 years. Greg's dad, Mick, owns Zach's Pro Mod, while Greg owns his open Modified. "If we only had the finances for one car, I would probably retire and let Zach race," said Greg.

"We love it," said Greg of RUSH. "I've been doing the open Modifieds for quite a while and that's got out of hand. It's nice to have an economical class we can race in; hopefully, it will stay that way."

"It's been a pretty good Series," said Brian, who is 18 years old. "It's opening doors for me. I've only raced for three years, but my skills as a driver has been helped out by the Pro Mod Series. The Series really takes care of their drivers." The car owner for Brian is his dad, Wade.

A number of other RUSH racers have also captured the "Rookie-of-the-Year" honors with the Twin-State Auto Racing Club, an organization that concentrates on speedways in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Besides the "ROY" award, Twin-State recognizes various other accomplishments with awards.

Chelsie Kriegisch, whose been competing in RUSH for three seasons, won Twin-State's "Most Improved Driver" award this past season. She, along with her sister, Jessica, races in the RUSH Sportsman Modified Series. The Kriegischs make Ellwood City, Pa. their home. This year, Randy Kriegisch will field a car for his younger daughter, Jessica, while older daughter, Chelsea, will have her own car.

"Everything is falling into place and it's what we can afford to do," said Randy. "I doubt if I could have done this if it wasn't for RUSH," said Randy regarding being a car owner. "If it weren't for the motors and the limitations, I wouldn't be able to do this. I'm retired and my wife had a stroke, so this is affordable."

Both girls intend to run the Sportsman Modifieds Bicknell Racing Products Weekly and Touring Series. "I really like the RUSH Series," said Randy. "It's a good division. It's competitive because everyone is so equal."

Noah Brunell of New Alexandria, Pa. and Sadie Siegel of Saxonburg, Pa., both raced in the RUSH Pro Stock Division at Lernerville Speedway in 2016.

"The crates are a great stepping stone that help open up a lot of doors," said Sadie's father Bobby Siegel. "If it wasn't for the crate motors with RUSH, we probably would still be racing Go-Karts. If we don't run the 410 Sprints this year then we plan on racing in the new RUSH Sprint Car Series next year. I've been a RUSH supporter from the beginning."

In the case of the Brunell family, 18 year old Noah owns his Stock. His dad, Dave, raced for 23 years in a Charger and a Truck at both Motordrome and Jennerstown Speedways.

"I told him if he was going to learn how to race he had to learn things about the car," said his dad. "Originally we weren't wild about running a crate motor, but now RUSH has made it very decent to race."

Noah's first win came last year at Marion Center. Noah estimates that it costs him around $20,000 to $25,000 to put his current Stock together. Nearly half of that came from sponsor money, the rest from Noah's savings and what he made from work. "I work on it and do the maintenance," said Noah. "Very few times have I asked for help except from sponsors."

What Noah likes about RUSH is bringing the crate motor to the Stocks to keep things level and preventing one car from running away from the field. "I also like what RUSH is doing to keeping things affordable." For 2017, Noah plans on racing the RUSH Pro Stock Series at Lernerville and do some other races when there are open dates.

Colton Ledingham of Port Colborne, Ontario, races RUSH Late Models for his dad, Rob, at Humberstone Speedway, where he finished fourth in points in 2016. "I think that RUSH is the best series for racing right now because we don't have any affordable sanctioning bodies around here," said 19-year-old Colton. "I will definitely stay in this class for this year. The only other move I would make would be to move to a Super Late. Right now the RUSH Series is affordable and it's great for us."

"I think it's a phenomenal stepping stone," said Colton's car owner, Rob, his dad. "It's very reasonable to run and that's why I love the class. You can still compete with the bigger budget guys. The cars are low maintenance. It brought the fun back into the sport for us."

Mike Lutz was a standout Sprint Car driver from the western Pennsylvania area for 30 years, winning 96 features. He is also the promoter of the Young Guns Series. "I started it up because my son was racing in the Junior Sprint Class in Ohio," said Lutz. "I tried to make a traveling series for the kids. They now have the opportunity to go to the RUSH Series. Now we have a system." Lutz says that last year they were averaging 10 to 12 cars per show and sees as many as 16 for 2017. This season, the Young Guns will have six races at Mercer, four at Sharon, one at Tri-City, and the chance for a few more. The age bracket for the Young Guns is 7 to 15.

Now being a car owner, Lutz sees the advantage of the RUSH Series. "Without the RUSH Series, that third generation driver wouldn't be able to race because of the affordability." Lutz is referring to his dad, Andy, who won 200 features during his racing career, himself, and now his son, Mike, Jr. "It's a great racing opportunity for the kids to move to the RUSH Series. Moving to RUSH is an affordable way to race."

Last year, the Young Gun Co-Champs were Mike's son and Alstan Randall. Both will now get the opportunity to test a Jerry Schaffer RUSH Sportsman Modified at Sharon Speedway. Lutz plans on buying a Sprint Car from his old car owner, Jim Chappel, and perhaps give his son the chance to race it this year, but either way, he plans on racing in the newly formed RUSH Sprint Car Series for 2018. Emig involved Lutz when discussions were ongoing regarding this new RUSH Sprint Series.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is

Quentin A. GAMBLE, 69, of Brookland, Ulysses, PA

Quentin A. GAMBLE

Quentin A. GAMBLE, 69, of Brookland, Ulysses, PA, died Friday, March 3, 2017 in the Bath VA Medical Center, Bath, NY. 

Vietnam War Veteran
Born May 16, 1947, in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Edward L. and Ruth A. French Gamble. On June 8, 1968, in Mayville, NY, he married the former Bonnie Seekings, who survives. 

A Vietnam Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army from 1967 – 1970. 

A Northern Potter High School graduate, he attended Olean Business Institute and Jamestown Community College. After serving his country, he graduated with high honors from Alfred State College with a degree in animal husbandry. 

He operated a dairy farm in Mayville for five years and owned and operated a dairy farm in Forestville, NY for 17 years. 

Toward the end of his farming career, he attended BOCES to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked in Westfield, NY, Dunkirk, NY, and Gerry, NY. 

During his nursing career, he took a year off to work as an over the road truck driver. 

Quentin and Bonnie moved to Brookland in 1997 and built their retirement home. 

He was last employed by PennDOT for five years. 

 He was a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Harrison Valley and supportive of All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookland. 

Surviving besides his wife, Bonnie, are: his mother, Ruth Gamble of Brookland; a sister, Phyllis (Alan) Scardina of Winston-Salem, NC; a brother, Darrell (Patti) Gamble of Brookland; and two generations of nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his father. 

 Friends may call Monday, March 6, 2017 from 6:00 – 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. Timothy H. Miller and the Rev. Janis Yskamp will co-officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Brookland. 

 Memorials may be made to Christian & Missionary Alliance Church Missions Fund, 217 E. Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927. 

Online condolences may be expressed at


By Mike Leone

(Pulaski, PA)...The recently announced new Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sprint Car Series powered by Pace Performance will hold an informational seminar this Saturday, March 4 at noon at Gatherings Banquet & Event Center at 2552 Benjamin Franklin Highway, Edinburg, PA 16116. Gatherings is located just west of New Castle, Pa. on Route 422. The seminar is open to the general public and is free of charge. Doors will open at 11 a.m.

The Sweeney RUSH Sprint Cars will debut in 2018 throughout the western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio region with the ability of its technical rules package to be adopted throughout the country. The RUSH Sprints will feature traditional, non-wing cars utilizing the cost-effective Pace Performance GM 602 Crate Sprint Car engine package developed by the team at Pace Performance, on $135 RUSH Bilstein Bandits Shocks, and an affordable spec Hoosier Tire. The program will be kicked off with the Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series point fund of more than $20,000 with $5,000 going to the inaugural champion!

"The response and excitement for this class has been staggering," explained RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "As soon as the press release went out a few weeks ago, we started getting bombarded with messages, calls, and posts on social media from all over the Northeast along with positive feedback from industry leaders throughout the country. We really have to thank the team at Pace Performance, who have developed the RUSH Sprint Car Engine package and Scott Bonnell, who immediately stepped up to be the presenting sponsor of the division, along with our other great marketing partners and so many others that have gotten behind this concept. The response for this class has been bigger than any of our other recent classes, and in fact we decided to move the meeting to a bigger venue at Gatherings where we hold our annual awards banquet."

Throughout the past several weeks, several former and current stellar "410" Sprint Car drivers have been consulted to discuss their thoughts and gather their input on the Series and its place in the future of regional Sprint Car racing. Their response, support and endorsements have been tremendous.

On Saturday, attendees will receive a considerable amount of handouts including a detailed informational sheet on the division, a Pace Performance RUSH Sprint Car engine package sheet, and a tentative set of rules. RUSH will discuss various aspects of the division along with the other specific components of the program that have been so successful in the past with its other divisions that have continued to grow and thrive. Pace's Don Blackshear will answer all questions concerning the RUSH Sprint Car Engine package, which will also be on hand for attendees to see first-hand.

Since the initial press release was posted, the Series' website has been launched at with more information being posted soon. If you've yet to "like" the Facebook page at or "follow" the Twitter page @RUSHSprints please do so. If you'd like added to the potential driver list or press release list, send an e-mail to

RUSH Sprint Car marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Maxima Racing Oils.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is

Cuba Police Department Warns Of Toxic Batch Of Illegal Opiates In Area

Cuba Police Department

*** Public Safety Announcement ***

The Cuba Police Department does not condone illegal narcotic use or abuse. That being said, we would like to inform the public that if you are using illegal opiates please be aware that Cuba Police Officers and Ambulance personnel have revived 3 different individuals in a 5 day period for overdoses

Again, we do not condone drug use. Our goal is to keep the public safe. If you are using these illegal opiates outside of a physicians prescription or care there is a potentially toxic batch circulating

Anyone who knows of any illegal narcotic activity is urged to contact their local police agency, the Allegany County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit or the New York State Police and report such activity so we can help get it off the streets.

Carlene A Gleason, 68, of 653 Salt Rising Rd., Little Genesee, NY

Carlene A. Gleason

Carlene A. Gleason, 68, of 653 Salt Rising Rd., Little Genesee, NY,  passed away on Tuesday February 28, 2017 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville following a brief illness. 

She was born on February 23, 1949 in Olean. She was the daughter of Carl and Letha Crandall Polen. Carlene married Dean F. Gleason on February 20, 1968 in Little Genesee, Mr. Gleason preceded her in death on July 23, 2008.

Carlene was a graduate of the Bolivar Central School class of 1967. Carlene was employed as a counselor for the Allegany County Counsel on Alcohol and Substance Abuse in Wellsville for twenty-four years prior to her retirement. 

She was a member of the Little Genesee First Seventh Day Baptist Church. 

Carlene enjoyed tole painting and painting floral designs.

Surviving are two children, Marti (Scott) Card, Cuba and Marc Gleason, Little Genesee. Also surviving are five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; one brother Douglas (Eleanor) Polen, Wilmington, DE and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by a brother Duane Polen.

A memorial Service will be held on Saturday March 11, 2017 at 2P.M. in the Little Genesee First Seventh Day Baptist Church. Rev. Kevin Palmitier, Rev. Patricia Bancroft and Rev. James Kazimer will officiate. Burial will be in Wells Cemetery Little Genesee N.Y.

Memorials may be made to the Hart Comfort House 141 East State St. Wellsville N.Y. 14895.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar.

Bolivar & Richburg Dispatched For Crash On County Road 5 A With Entrapment

At 4:10 PM on Saturday, Bolivar & Richburg Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 7968 County Road 5A (Salt Rising Road) for a one vehicle crash with entrapment & injury. 
Reported to be a vehicle on its roof with an unresponsive female. 
ALS will be needed. Medic 700 dispatched.
4:20 PM--Salt Rising Road CLOSED at bottom of hill on Bolivar side.

Red Cross to Hold Coudersport Fire Safety Event; Call now For FREE SMOKE ALARM

 Installation of free smoke alarms and education of local residents on the importance of having and practicing home fire escape plans

 Saturday, March 18, from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. (Group to gather for training presentation at 8:30 a.m. Installation event to run from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Group to assemble at St. Eulalia Church on East Maple Street at 8:30 a.m. before dispersing into the community at 9:00.

Red Cross and Coudersport Knights of Columbus volunteers

To help reduce the number of home fire related deaths and injuries

American Red Cross, in partnership with the Coudersport Knights of Columbus, will host a Home Fire Campaign Smoke Alarm Install Event in Coudersport Borough on Saturday, March 18, 2017. As part of its Prepare Western Pennsylvania Initiative, roughly 30 volunteers will go door-to-door in the community, educating the residents on the importance of having and practicing home fire escape plans and installing free smoke alarms as needed.

“All too often we hear of people who perish in home fires,” noted Dan Tobin, Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Region Director of Marketing and Communications. “Having a working smoke alarm can increase your chances of making it to safety by over 50%. The service our volunteers provide during the Coudersport event  throughout the year across in our 28-county area have the potential to save a life.”

Volunteers will gather at St. Eulalia Church on East Maple Street, where they will be trained and split into teams that will canvass the neighborhood. 

Residents wishing to have an alarm installed must call 814-817-4043 in advance of the event to secure an alarm. Volunteer teams will only be visiting homes that have requested alarms in advance.

Tobin added, “We are so very fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers, such as those from the Coudersport Knights of Columbus, who are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to improve the lives of others in our communities. Due to their efforts, the Red Cross is able to help people to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters big and small.”

Coudersport Ambulance to West Chestnut Street

At 2:32 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & ALS dispatched to West Chestnut Street for a cardiac emergency.

St. Marys Dispatched For 3 Vehicle Crash

At 1:51 PM on Saturday, Fire Rescue & Ambulance has been dispatched to South St. Marys Street near McDonalds for a 3 vehicle crash with one possible injury.

Thea’s Thrifty Princess Formal Dress Resale Shop

Thea’s Thrifty Princess Formal Dress Resale Shop will be open for business on Thursday, March 16 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. for Port Allegany High School students only. The shop will be open to everyone on Friday, March 17 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

 The shop will be located at the Port Allegany Evangelical Covenant Church located at 67 Church Street in Port Allegany. Over 120 dresses in all sizes will be available as well as shoes, jewelry and purses at great prices. Dresses are priced from $5 - $25. Customers will be limited to 2 dresses during the first three days of the sale. 

All money earned will be donated to Camp JJ. Thea’s Thrifty Princess Formal Dress Resale Shop is the Sixth Grade Project for Thea Petruzzi. She is pictured here with Emma Fox and McKenna Corneilus who are modeling two of the dresses available.

Reading Across America

District 9 Class AA Girls/Boys Finals

Class AA Boys and Girls District 9 Finals will be played this evening at Clarion University's Tippin Gymnasium.

Girls AA Final is scheduled to tipoff at 5:30 with the #1 Coudersport Lady Falcons versus the #2 Kane Wolves. The Lady Falcons are looking for their first title since 2011.

Boys AA Final is scheduled to follow the Girls AA Final with the #1 Coudersport Falcons versus the #6 Brockway Rovers. The Falcon boys are seeking their first title since 2008.

Both games will be broadcast on WFRM 600 AM and streamed online at Broadcast is scheduled to start at 5.

PennDOT Urges Drivers to Use Caution during Winter Weather

Snow Squalls Expected through Today

Clearfield, PA – Cold weather and the potential for snow squalls are in the forecast for areas of northcentral Pennsylvania through today.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recommends motorists avoid traveling during winter storms if possible, but motorists who must be on the road are urged to use caution while driving.

Sudden and heavy snow squalls are one of the biggest challenges that motorists, including PennDOT plow truck drivers, face during the winter. Motorists need to be alert for sudden squalls that can quickly cause roads to become snow covered.

Heavy squalls can also cause whiteout conditions that can greatly restrict or virtually eliminate a driver’s visibility.

If motorists do encounter snow squalls while traveling, PennDOT offers this advice:
  • Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
  • Turn on your headlights.
  • Stay in your lane.
  • Increase your following distance.
  • Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.
  • Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.
  • Use defroster and wipers.
  • Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.
  • During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so.
  • Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision.
  • Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely.
  • Always buckle up and never drink and drive.

PennDOT is prepared for the expected storm, with plow trucks and other equipment ready. Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep roads safe and passable.

Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths --- when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.

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

should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA. Citizens can find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the Web site or the toll-free line.

For more information on winter driving and PennDOT operations, visit

For PennDOT regional information on Twitter, follow

I-80 WB Open in Clinton County; Detour Lifted


Montoursville, PA – Interstate 80 westbound is now open between Route 880/Jersey Shore (Exit 192) and Route 477/Loganton (Exit 185) in Clinton County. The closure was the result of a crash yesterday involving multiple vehicles.

The detour in place for the closure has been lifted. The I-80 westbound ramp at Route 15 in White Deer, Union County, is open.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.


At 1:30 AM on Saturday, Ridgway Police Department has issued a BOLO for a tan or gold older Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a man about 50 years old standing 5 foot 10 inches to 6 foot tall.  Overweight. Has thin wispy hair. 5 o'clock shadow.

The vehicle is missing a mirror cover. It was involved in a hit & run in on Broad Street in Ridgway. A man was struck and reportedly run over by the vehicle after an assault on Friday night. 

Anyone with information should contact Ridgway Police at Elk County 911.

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Lpr Energy Llc in Middlecreek Twp, Somerset County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-02-23 to Lpr Energy Llc in Middlecreek Twp, Somerset county. 78a54 - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS - Operator failed to control and dispose of fluids, residual waste and drill cuttings, including tophole water, brines, drilling fluids, drilling muds, stimulation fluids, well servicing fluids, oil, and production fluids in a manner that prevents pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth and in accordance with 25 Pa. Code §§ 78a.55 – 78a.58 and 78a.60 – 78a.63.
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Alfred, Alfred Station, Scio Dispatched To Crash On County Road 12

At 1:35 AM on Saturday, Fire & Ambulance from Alfred, Alfred Station & Scio dispatched to a one vehicle crash near 4693 County Road 12 in the Town of Ward. Unknown injury. Out of vehicle. Vehicle is smoking.

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"Understanding The Difference Between Hospice & Palliative Care" at Sweden Valley Manor Tuesday, March 14th

Cole Memorial Hospital Seeking Candidates For Homemakers

Winter March Madness Sale Starts Saturday At Port Allegany Shop 'n Save

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

Shinglehoue Ambulance Annual Chicken BBQ Fundraiser This Sunday Starting At 11 AM

Cole Foundation Selling 22 Acres Of Land Near Coudersport By Bid

Saturday March 11th TrashinForFashion 4th Annual Fashion Show

First Citizens Community Bank's 5th Annual Ag Forum Tuesday, March 7th At Tioga County Fairgrounds

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Smethport Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Crash On East Main Street

At 12:01 AM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to East Main Street in Smethport for a 2 vehicle accident. No injuries are reported. One vehicle is still in the roadway. Smethport Chief reports street is very icy. The crash is in the area of the Gulf Station.

Friday, March 3, 2017

I-80 WB Remains Closed in Clinton County

11:20 p.m. update: I-80 WB Remains Closed in Clinton County


Montoursville, PA – Interstate 80 westbound remains closed between Route 880/Jersey Shore (Exit 192) and Route 477/Loganton (Exit 185) in Clinton County due to a crash involving multiple vehicles.

Motorists should continue to use the detour: Interstate 180 westbound at
Milton in Northumberland County to Route 220 southbound to I-80 westbound in
Clinton County.

The closure is expected to last several more hours.

Coudersport Ambulance To Cherry Springs Road

At 11:33 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic have been dispatched to Cherry Springs Road for difficulty breathing and cardiac emergency. Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched for lifting assistance.

Man Struck & Run Over In Ridgway Hit & Run

At 11:28 PM on Friday, Ridgway Fire Dept. & EMS have been dispatched to the area of  438 North Broad Street where a 26 year old male has been struck and reportedly run over by a vehicle which fled the scene. The male was reportedly assaulted before being run over. Police are seeking a tan/gold Chevy Silverado pickup truck.

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Log Truck Crash On Rt. 44 In Summit Township, Potter County

Video by Coudersport Fire Chief, Bryan Phelps.

Cuba Man Charged With Assault After Domestic Incident

On Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 Jeffrey Koehler (40) of Cuba was arrested and charged with Assault 3rd ( Misdemeanor) . 

The charges stem from an alleged domestic dispute that took place in the Town of Cuba. Koehler was placed in the Allegany County Jail on $1500.00 bail. 

Koehler is innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.


BRADFORD, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer a basic calligraphy class for youth and adults March 15.

The class will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the fourth floor art room of Marilyn Horne Hall at 2 Marilyn Horne Way.

Students will have the opportunity to learn calligraphy basics for letters and numbers, pen angle, letter slant, size and spacing. With these skills, students will discover how to use this art form in practical ways.

The introductory class will be taught by Confucius Scholars from China. All materials are included in the $15 fee.

For more information or to register, contact the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development at 814-362-5078 or

For disability needs related to the class, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or

I-80 WB Remains Closed in Clinton County

7:15 p.m. update: I-80 WB Remains Closed in Clinton County


Montoursville, PA – Interstate 80 westbound remains closed between Route
880/Jersey Shore (Exit 192) and Route 477/Loganton (Exit 185) in Clinton
County due to a crash involving multiple vehicles.

Motorists should continue to use the detour: Interstate 180 westbound at
Milton in Northumberland County to Route 220 southbound to I-80 westbound in
Clinton County.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by
visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides
traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and
access to more than 770 traffic cameras.
Maxine Bzdak Bucior

Maxine Bzdak Bucior, 77, of Warren, PA., died Friday morning, March 3, 2017 at Warren General Hospital Emergency Room after suffering an apparent heart attack. 

She was born August 21, 1939 in Salamanca, NY. Maxine was the daughter of Stanley and Rose Smith Bzdak. 

She has resided in Warren, PA, for the past 17 years and was formerly of Lakewood, N.Y. 

 Maxine operated a child’s day care center from her home for a short time. She enjoyed completing jigsaw puzzles, and embroidering. She was a loving mother, who wasn’t perfect but did her best.

She is survived by her 3 children – Lou Ann Bucior of Jamestown, N.Y., Betty Conn of Warren, PA., Barb Farrell and husband, Mike of Orlando, FL., 4 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 Brothers – Joseph and Stanley Bzdak, 2 Sisters – Jeanette Ball and Marian Bzdak. 

A funeral and committal service will be conducted Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., with Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Warren General Hospital, officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Jamestown, N.Y.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, N.Y. 14701. 

 E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Norwich Township Dispatched To One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 46

At 7:24 PM on Friday, Norwich Township Fire Dept. and Smethport EMS dispatched to Rt. 46 for a one vehicle crash. Vehicle is off road on it's side into a tree just north of the Bucktail Lodge.

Two individuals traveling from the Emporium area deny injury, but want checked over by EMS.


BRADFORD, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer a two-night watercolor painting course March 20 and 21.

Classes will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the fourth floor art room of Marilyn Horne Hall at 2 Marilyn Horne Way.

The watercolor painting course for beginners will give students the opportunity to explore the use of color and technique.

The instructor will share her process of selecting the proper palette. The class will get students started applying watercolor to different surfaces using various techniques.

No experience is necessary. All supplies are included in the $45 fee.

For more information or to register, contact the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development at 814-362-5078 or

For disability needs related to the class, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or

Pitt-Bradford Softball Set to Open 2017 Season in Florida

By Scott Elliott
BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford softball team officially opens the season Monday at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Ft. Myers, Florida, with games against Swarthmore and Kenyon.

Pitt-Bradford will play a total of 12 games in nine days while in the Sunshine State, with contests scheduled against schools from Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

For all intent and purposes, the trip will also serve as a formal meet-and-greet for the Panthers. They do not have a senior on the roster and feature only two upperclassmen in juniors Natalie Harding and Cassidy Lewis. Head coach Tina Phillips is also welcoming 12 newcomers to the mix, including 10 freshmen.

“Being so young, it is going to be a teaching experience,” Phillips said. “There are times when we will be starting six to seven freshmen. It will be a great measuring stick to see what we are all about.”

Despite the team’s youth, Phillips is encouraged by the infusion of talent, citing this group as among the best she has brought into the program.

“On a whole, maybe the strongest class I have had here at Pitt-Bradford,” Phillips said. “They will all play a big part in our success. We just need some of them to step up sooner rather than later.”

Phillips will lean on her six returners to lead the newcomers and navigate the rigorous schedule in Florida.

Lewis led the Panthers in innings pitched last year while accounting for six wins, and her experience in the circle will be necessary, as Phillips works three freshmen arms into the picture. Lewis also saw time in the outfield and is a threat on the base paths.

Sophomores Liz Dzurisin, Maddy Hillery and Nicole Nolte are Pitt-Bradford’s top returning hitters. Dzurisin and Hillery each drove in 18 runs last year, and Nolte was a third-team all-conference performer behind the plate.

Harding can play several different positions, including catcher, and sophomore Grace Dadzaa was second on the team in stolen bases in 2016.

Phillips mentions the team’s speed—Pitt-Bradford ranked second in the league in stolen bases last year—and defensive prowess as the top strengths heading into the season.

“Fundamentally, we are pretty sound defensively, just that we will be young with freshmen starting in many spots,” Phillips said.

The unseasonable February weather has afforded the Panthers eight outdoor practices leading up to Monday’s opener and a chance to refine their defensive approach to game situations, a luxury that cannot be understated.

“In all my years of coaching softball, I have never had an opportunity to be on a field this early,” Phillips said. “To practice your game on the field, and not the in gym, is what we need heading into playing 12 games in nine days.

“I think it will pay dividends for the trip since we will only have one practice there.”

Pitt-Bradford was picked eighth in the AMCC preseason coaches’ poll, which was released Wednesday, but the Panthers rival many other schools in the league experiencing youth movements.

With this year’s team further along than previous Panther squads due to the weather, look for Pitt-Bradford to outperform its projections and snap a two-year postseason drought.