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Saturday, March 18, 2017

15 Year Old Charged For Having Black Marijuana Pipe At School

Jay Township Dispatched To Crash On Bennetts Valley Highway

At 8:46 PM on Saturday, Jay Township Fire Dept. was dispatched to the area of 24716 Bennetts Valley Highway for a SUV off the roadway on the embankment. Caller did not stop to see if anyone was injured. 
Roads are reported to be slick in that area. Reporting whiteout conditions & hazardous roadways at top of hill.
Responders have not been able to find the vehicle in or near the area reported. Recalled.

Trump's Budget Does Not Cut All Funding For "Meals On Wheels," It Eliminates The Community Development Block Grant Program



*$20,000 for development of a water well in Ulysses;

*$20,000 for property acquisition in Galeton Borough to support construction of the next Potter County Habitat for Humanity home;

* $20,000 for a water line replacement project on Coudersport’s East Second Street, between Mill Street and Park Avenue.

*Additionally, a $70,000 allotment previously targeted to improve handicapped accessibility to the Coudersport Community Swimming Pool would be reallocated to the East Second Street water project in the borough.

*3-2016--$215,136 to be used in Potter County to construct a new water storage tank and develop a back-up well in Genesee Township.

*Feb. 1, 2016-- $638,000 to be used in Potter County for major upgrades to the Genesee Township public water system to provide safe water and meet water storage requirements.

The Community Development Block Grant program is federally funded and provides funding for the smaller communities and rural areas of the commonwealth for community development including but not limited to housing rehabilitation, public services, community facilities, infrastructure improvement, development, and planning.

Rep. Thompson Will Not Vote For Proposed GOP Healthcare Bill

Coudersport Ambulance To Tauscher Hill Road

At 4:05 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Fire Department for lifting assistance dispatched to Tauscher Hill Road for a man ill.

Emporium State Police Investigate Hit & Run In Borough

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The family of Lewis "Sonny" Smith says Thank You

The family of Lewis "Sonny" Smith. We would like to thank everyone for the wonderful cards, phone calls, messages, food. Everyone was so helpful during our time of loss. A special thanks to John and Dave for being there for us. Also to Susan, Amanda, Sharon and Hayley for getting us through a hard time getting things returned, phone calls that was needed. There is so many that reached out. Thank you all.

Loretta and Melvin Smith, Sheila and Gary Foust

Turzai Applauds Broad Bipartisan Support to Expand Tax Credit Programs for Student Opportunity Scholarships

Legislation now heads to Senate

HARRISBURG – By a broad bipartisan vote of 147-39, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation that would expand the state’s successful tax credit educational opportunity scholarships. House Bill 250, sponsored by Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), takes a vital step in improving the lives of thousands of young people.

“Families who want educational opportunities – to attend non-public schools or to participate in afterschool educational enhancement activities – but cannot afford them have found the educational improvement and opportunity scholarships to be positively life-changing,” Turzai said.

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) provide children from low- and middle-income families with access to non-public schools and afterschool educational enhancement activities. As part of the programs, businesses get tax credits in exchange for voluntary contributions to organizations that fund various educational scholarship opportunities or innovative educational activities.

More than 40,000 students benefit from EITC and OSTC each year through educational scholarship organizations, which provide scholarships for students to attend these non-public schools. Additionally, EITC assists countless Pennsylvania students in traditional public schools through the Educational Improvement Organizations portion of the tax credits, which support innovative educational programs that enhance the regular school curriculum.

House Bill 250 would provide tax credits in the total amount of $250 million for EITC and OSTC combined, up from $175 million. EITC would now provide $175 million in tax credits, up from $125 million. EITC’s $175 million in total tax credits would include $105 million for kindergarten through 12th grade scholarship organizations, $17.5 million for pre-K scholarship organizations and $52.5 million for educational improvement organizations which provide educational enhancement activities at public schools. OSTC would now provide $75 million in tax credits, up from $50 million.

“Every child deserves a high-quality education, and this legislation will help make that a reality for children across Philadelphia and the state,” Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) said. “The EITC and OSTC programs help families, who otherwise would have little choice in their child’s schooling, ensure their kids have a quality education – regardless of zip code.”

“The EITC and OSTC programs are perfect examples of successful private-public partnerships,” Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) said. “Companies participating in this program provide exciting educational options for Pennsylvania families and make it possible for students to attend the schools that best meet their needs. Without question, the EITC and OSTC programs have had profoundly positive impacts on countless students’ lives. This expansion will empower even more students to achieve their full potential.”

“As we work to ensure every Pennsylvanian has access to high-quality educational opportunities, supporting programs like the EITC and OSTC opens the door for students that may otherwise be closed,” Rep. Bill Keller (D-Philadelphia) said. “I'm glad we can begin this effort in a bipartisan manner and look forward to working together across the aisle and around the state.”

“The EITC program is a win-win opportunity for students across Pennsylvania who, thanks to the program, are able to attend schools their parents otherwise would not be able to afford,” Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) said. “Providing scholarships directly to students has benefited families and produced great results in Philadelphia, Delaware County and across the state.”

“EITC and OSTC are great programs for students, and benefit both nonpublic and public schools. They allow children to attend the school of their choice,” Rep. James Santora (R-Delaware) said. “Public schools receive benefits in multiple ways. Programs they cannot offer can be offered with EITC funds and students attending nonpublic schools because they are receiving EITC/OSTC scholarships are alleviating some of the issues of overcrowding in public school classrooms and schools.”

“These scholarships help low- and middle-income families choose the best educational setting for their children while also providing critical funding for innovative programs in our public schools that might otherwise not be funded,” Rep. Dan Deasy (D-Allegheny) said. “Through EITC/OSTC, Pennsylvania’s corporate community has shown itself to be a willing partner in supporting the state’s educational system and our greatest asset – our children.”

“The dollars have brought a great deal of education opportunities into communities all across our Commonwealth,” Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) said. “EITC has been a truly successful scholarship program, and its expansion would create greater opportunities for our children.”

“Each and every child deserves the opportunity to obtain a quality education that fits him or her. The EITC and OSTC scholarships provide families with such opportunities,” said Turzai. “We spend well over $11 billion annually in state tax dollars alone for K-12 public education, a record amount. Providing $250 million in these scholarships, up from $175 million, is only fair as a supplement to our record investment in public education. House Bill 250 moves us in the right direction to fulfill our commitment to offer families educational opportunities that best suit their children’s needs.”

The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.


Harvests increased statewide in 2016-17, report shows.

Pennsylvania’s buck harvest increased 9 percent, and the overall deer harvest was up 6 percent, in the 2016-17 seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported today.

Hunters harvested an estimated 333,254 deer in 2016-17 – an increase of about 6 percent compared to the 2015-16 harvest of 315,813.

Of those, 149,460 were antlered deer – an increase of about 9 percent compared to the previous license year, when an estimated 137,580 bucks were taken. It’s the largest harvest of antlered deer since 2002.

Hunters also harvested an estimated 183,794 antlerless deer in 2016-17, which represents an about 3 percent increase compared to the 178,233 antlerless deer taken in 2015-16.

Bowhunters accounted for nearly 33 percent of the overall deer harvest, taking 109,250 deer (59,550 bucks and 49,700 does) with archery tackle. Meanwhile, 20,409 deer (1,350 bucks and 19,059 does) were harvested during muzzleloader seasons.

The percentage of older bucks in the harvest remained high, with 56 percent of bucks taken by Pennsylvania hunters during the 2016-17 deer seasons being 2½ years old or older. In 2015-16, 59 percent of bucks in the harvest were 2 ½ years old or older.

Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough congratulated deer hunters on their successes afield during the 2016-17 seasons.

“This has been quite a year for Pennsylvania deer hunting,” Hough said. “Not only was there an increased deer harvest and a significantly higher buck harvest, I saw hundreds of photos from hunters who took their buck-of-a-lifetime this past season. Among them was a hunter whose Clearfield County harvest shattered the state record for nontypical bucks taken with archery tackle.

“To all of those hunters, and to everybody who made memories afield during the 2016-17 deer seasons, congratulations,” Hough said. “I couldn’t be happier for you and wish you the best of luck in the 2017-18 seasons, when hundreds more bucks-of-a-lifetime will be taken.”

Harvest estimates are based on more than 24,000 deer checked by Game Commission personnel and more than 100,000 harvest reports submitted by successful hunters. Because some harvests go unreported, estimates provide a more accurate picture of hunter success.

The antlerless harvest included about 64 percent adult females, about 20 percent button bucks and about 16 percent doe fawns. The rates are similar to long-term averages.

Agency staff currently is working to develop 2017-18 antlerless deer license allocation recommendations, which will be considered at the March 28 meeting of the Board of Game Commissioners.

Wayne Laroche, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management director, said that in addition to harvest data, staff will be looking at deer health measures, forest regeneration and deer-human conflicts for each WMU as antlerless allocations are considered for 2017-18.

Total deer harvest estimates by WMU for 2016-17 (with 2015-16 figures in parentheses) are as follows:

WMU 1A: 6,500 (6,000) antlered, 10,400 (9,100) antlerless;

WMU 1B: 7,900 (6,900) antlered, 8,200 (7,700) antlerless;

WMU 2A: 7,000 (6,500) antlered, 9,200 (10,500) antlerless;

WMU 2B: 5,800 (5,200) antlered, 14,000 (15,000) antlerless;

WMU 2C: 8,300 (9,100) antlered, 8,335 (8,490) antlerless;

WMU 2D: 12,800 (12,300) antlered, 16,400 (15,700) antlerless;

WMU 2E: 5,200 (4,700) antlered, 5,341 (5,300) antlerless;

WMU 2F: 7,700 (7,000) antlered, 6,700 (5,400) antlerless;

WMU 2G: 6,200 (6,100) antlered, 4,000 (4,100) antlerless;

WMU 2H: 1,900 (1,400) antlered, 1,900 (1,100) antlerless;

WMU 3A: 5,400 (4,300) antlered, 3,800 (4,000) antlerless;

WMU 3B: 7,500 (6,800) antlered, 7,300 (7,400) antlerless;

WMU 3C: 8,600 (7,600) antlered, 11,000 (10,500) antlerless;

WMU 3D: 4,300 (3,500) antlered, 4,200 (3,700) antlerless;

WMU 4A: 4,400 (5,100) antlered, 7,913 (8,670) antlerless;

WMU 4B: 5,200 (5,700) antlered, 6,200 (7,000) antlerless;

WMU 4C: 6,400 (5,400) antlered, 5,300 (5,000) antlerless;

WMU 4D: 7,900 (7,200) antlered, 7,533 (7,443) antlerless;

WMU 4E: 7,300 (6,200) antlered, 7,500 (6,900) antlerless;

WMU 5A: 3,000 (2,900) antlered, 4,000 (4,600) antlerless;

WMU 5B: 8,900 (8,000) antlered, 12,400 (11,500) antlerless;

WMU 5C: 8,300 (7,400) antlered, 15,600 (13,600) antlerless;

WMU 5D: 2,900 (2,200) antlered, 6,500 (5,200) antlerless; and

Unknown WMU: 60 (80) antlered, 70 (30) antlerless.

Season-specific 2016-17 deer harvest estimates (with 2015-16 harvest estimates in parentheses) are as follows:

WMU 1A: archery, 3,030 (2,610) antlered, 2,950 (2,480) antlerless; and muzzleloader, 70 (90) antlered, 1,250 (1,120) antlerless.

WMU 1B: archery, 3,230 (2,560) antlered, 1,820 (1,480) antlerless; muzzleloader, 70 (40) antlered, 1,080 (720) antlerless.

WMU 2A: archery, 2,440 (2,160) antlered, 1,900 (2,110) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (40) antlered, 1,100 (1,390) antlerless.

WMU 2B: archery, 4,260 (3,750) antlered, 6,750 (7,880) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (50) antlered, 750 (920) antlerless.

WMU 2C: archery, 3,320 (3,130) antlered, 1,789 (1,687) antlerless; muzzleloader, 80 (70) antlered, 1,006 (1,066) antlerless.

WMU 2D: archery, 5,350 (4,780) antlered, 2,590 (2,330) antlerless; muzzleloader, 150 (120) antlered, 1,910 (1,970) antlerless.

WMU 2E: archery, 1,760 (1,460) antlered, 908 (800) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (40) antlered, 626 (700) antlerless.

WMU 2F: archery, 2,530 (1,860) antlered, 1,100 (780) antlerless; muzzleloader, 70 (40) antlered, 800 (720) antlerless.

WMU 2G: archery, 1,620 (1,340) antlered, 830 (800) antlerless; muzzleloader, 80 (60) antlered, 670 (700) antlerless.

WMU 2H: archery, 480 (290) antlered, 310 (250) antlerless; muzzleloader, 20 (10) antlered, 290 (250) antlerless.

WMU 3A: archery, 1,470 (1,180) antlered, 700 (760) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (20) antlered, 500 (640) antlerless.

WMU 3B: archery, 2,440 (2,320) antlered, 1,380 (1,620) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (80) antlered, 1,020 (1,180) antlerless.

WMU 3C: archery, 2,340 (2,060) antlered, 1,880 (1,940) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (40) antlered, 1,220 (1,460) antlerless.

WMU 3D: archery, 1,470 (1,060) antlered, 1,060 (980) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (40) antlered, 440 (520) antlerless.

WMU 4A: archery, 940 (960) antlered, 1,374 (1,401) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (40) antlered, 1,031 (1,285) antlerless.

WMU 4B: archery, 1,850 (1,660) antlered, 1,400 (1,400) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (40) antlered, 600 (800) antlerless.

WMU 4C: archery, 2,570 (2,150) antlered, 1,380 (1,380) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (50) antlered, 620 (620) antlerless.

WMU 4D: archery, 2,420 (1,840) antlered, 1,629 (1,714) antlerless; muzzleloader, 80 (60) antlered, 876 (968) antlerless.

WMU 4E: archery, 2,750 (2,150) antlered, 1,570 (1,340) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (50) antlered, 730 (760) antlerless.

WMU 5A: archery, 970 (880) antlered, 870 (1,010) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (20) antlered, 330 (590) antlerless.

WMU 5B: archery, 4,730 (4,430) antlered, 4,330 (3,790) antlerless; muzzleloader, 70 (70) antlered, 970 (1,010) antlerless.

WMU 5C: archery, 5,300 (4,880) antlered, 6,990 (6,310) antlerless; muzzleloader, 100 (120) antlered, 1,010 (1,090) antlerless.

WMU 5D: archery, 2,280 (1,770) antlered, 4,180 (3,440) antlerless; muzzleloader, 20 (30) antlered, 220 (160) antlerless.

Unknown WMU: archery, 0 (0) antlered, 10 (10) antlerless; muzzleloader, 0 (0) antlered, 10 (0) antlerless.

For additional information on Pennsylvania’s 2016-17 deer harvest, please go to the agency’s website – – and go to the “White-Tailed Deer” page, then select 2016-17 Deer Harvest Estimates.


Pennsylvania proposes mandatory vaccinations bill

Blood Drive Monday, March 20 At Cole Memorial Hospital - IMAC Connector

  • Monday, March 20 from Noon to 5:00 PM at Cole Memorial Hospital – IMAC Connector.


March 15, 2017
By Mike Leone &
Jay Pees - Historical Perspective

(Busti, NY)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance is proud to announce that not only will the RUSH Late Models and Pro Mods will be returning under the Weekly Series banner at Stateline Speedway on Saturday nights in 2017, but have also signed a three-year contract for both divisions! The Scott and Horner Families are set to begin their second full season of track ownership beginning on April 8, and have also scheduled a first ever Sweeney Tour event for the Late Models on Saturday, May 20.

The 2017 season will mark the third under the RUSH banner for Stateline. Bill Catania operated a partial season in 2015 featuring the RUSH Late Models for the first time ever before the Scott Family and partner Brian Horner took over later that season and ran two events. Last year's first full season of RUSH Late Model competition at Stateline saw eight different drivers capture wins.

For the first time in the history of Stateline and since Crate Late Models were introduced to the Northeast in 2007, the Busti, New York oval will host a Touring Series events. On Saturday, May 20, Stateline will hold the "Bill Law Memorial"- a $2,000 to-win Sweeney Marquee Tour event. Law was the first person in the Northeast to have a Crate Late Model even before the division was formed. Law was a big supporter of the concept and fielded cars for numerous drivers over the years including Jim and Jean Scott's grandson Kyle Scott. Law was a great supporter of his grandson Kyle Murray's go-kart efforts, who will now debut in the RUSH Late Model class in 2017.

In 2016, the new Sweeney RUSH Pro Mod division was brought on featuring GM 604 or 602 crate engines in E-Mod type cars on the $135 sealed, spec Bilstein Shocks and the RUSH 91 pump gas. The Pro Mod division is expected to have substantial growth in 2017 with several new drivers participating including some well-known veterans. The division also got a boost when nearby Bradford Speedway added the class weekly on Sunday nights along with special events at McKean County Raceway in 2017. The second annual "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance will be held at Stateline on Saturday, July 29.

"We cannot thank the Scott Family enough for their support of RUSH," stated Director Vicki Emig. "They were good enough to sanction their last two Late Model events in 2015 with us, and we were appreciative they not only brought on the Late Models with us in 2016, but helped us form and develop the Pro Mods, which is really taking off now. We were thrilled last week when we got the call they were signing a three-year contract for both classes and also wanted to make their Bill Law Memorial a Sweeney Marquee Tour event. Bill was a pioneer in the development of Crate Late Model racing in the Northeast and continually promoted the concept from the very beginning. I can't imagine how proud Bill would be to know his grandson Kyle will be joining the division in 2017 and carry on his legacy.

In the spring of 1956, five young Sugar Grove, Pa. natives (Leonard Briggs, Lloyd Williams, Don Frank, Jerry Frank, and Marv Thorpe) drove through the night to New York City to complete a deal to purchase 77 acres of land. They told the seller they wanted to "cut some fence posts". The selling price was reputed to be $1,200. The trees on the land were indeed felled and fence posts were indeed cut, albeit in the form of guardrail posts and light poles!

By early July, the five had a 1/3-mile clay oval formed. The track featured 400' straightaways with 125' radius turns at each end. Bleachers were constructed on both sides of the speedway, only three rows high on the "New York" side and all but the center section on the Pennsylvania side. The center section was five rows with a "judge's stand", a 10' square platform built behind it. The "judge's stand" was open to the elements, a very real problem with weather.

The track took its name from the proximity of the New York/Pennsylvania state line, located one-half mile south of the track. In the beginning a rumor had it that the track was bisected lengthwise by the state line, a rumor put to good use for crowd control by the speedway. Beer was sold only on the "New York" side of the track and a fence was placed in the walkway to the New York grandstands. In order to gain entrance to the New York side, a fan had to prove he/she was 18, the age required to purchase beer at that time.

Late Models were the only class in the beginning and have been the featured class throughout the track's history. A "Novice" class was tried in 1960 without success but a six-cylinder "Sportsmen" pre-war coupe class was added in 1962 as a result of a series of special 100-lap 'jalopy' races starting in 1957. "Hooligans" were added in 1968 with the "Spectator" class added in 1975. The Sportsman coupes were dropped in 1985 when Francis and Lynn Seamens took over from the original owners. Limited Late Models were added in '85, then the unique rear engine V-6 Sportsmen in 1997. E-Mods were added by 2000. Front wheel drive compacts came along in the early 2000s. Crate Late Models, unsanctioned, were run in a special in 2010 then added to the weekly card in 2011.

Of the original owners, only Jerry Frank and Thorpe are still living. Both Seamens have passed away, Lynn in 2006 and Franny in 2010. The track was them operated by Seamen's second wife, Jenifer, who leased the track to Bill and Lynne Catania in 2014. They operated the speedway until current owners Jim and Jean Scott and Brian Horner purchased it in the summer of 2015.

In 2015, Catania added RUSH sanctioning to the class, giving added importance to the class at the now 61-year old facility. When the Scotts and Horner purchased the speedway, it was continued, offering extra incentives for local competitors, extra prestige in belonging to the largest regional sanctioning body for the class, and more fan appeal with some of the top drivers in the class towing great distances to compete. The opportunity to win thousands of dollars through the Series' various point funds in addition to thousands of dollars' worth of prizes on the annual Manufacturers Night is an added draw for competitors. The Scott and Horner Families then of course brought on the Pro Mods last season under RUSH.

Of the RUSH sanctioning the track owners stated, "Racing needs rules and regulations. RUSH brings these rules and regulations. With Crates Late Models, they can have the latest up dated chassis and suspension, but they all have the same engines and tires. This puts the success in the driver's hands. With the rules being standard, drivers can race at any track and know they are legal. With equal drivers and rules, this can make for great racing, and competition brings excitement! Right now small dirt tracks need competition, great racing, and excitement."

The future of RUSH Late Model racing indeed looks bright at Stateline Speedway with usually 20-25 cars competing weekly. The purse is among the highest in the area. Competition is always fierce with a total of 39 different teams competing. Stateline has always been a leader in Late Model racing. With RUSH sanctioning, Stateline strengthens its stance in the top echelon of dirt track. The opener for the RUSH Late Models will be on Saturday, April 8.

Stateline Speedway is located nine miles southwest of Jamestown, NY, south of Busti, NY at 4150 Kortwright Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701. For more information, check out their website at Like their Facebook page at and follow them on Twitter @NewStateline

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, FK Rod Ends, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Rocket Chassis, Landrum Performance Spring,,, and Valley Fashions.

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 Like our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Cnx Gas Co Llc in Brady Twp, Clearfield County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-03-17 to Cnx Gas Co Llc in Brady Twp, Clearfield county. 78.85(a)5 - CASING AND CEMENTING - CEMENT STANDARDS - Operator failed prevent gas flow in the annulus and use gas block additives and low fluid loss slurries in areas of known shallow gas producing zones.
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“Due to unprecedented attendance and public interest, we have decided to extend the exhibit featuring functional and artistic pieces created from wood by more than 20 Tioga County artisans,” announced Anna Wales, director of the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro. "This is the first time ever the Gmeiner has hosted this type of display," she added. Included are wood carvings, wood turned vessels, wood furniture and specialty pieces.
The show was to close on Sunday, March 12. It will now end at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. Admission to the gallery is free. Gallery hours for this exhibit are: from 2-5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, March 15-17 and March 22-24 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, March 18 and 19 and March 25 and 26.

The wood exhibit change has led to two other date changes for the upcoming 2017 Youth Art Exhibit. First, the deadline for the youth exhibit has been extended. Teachers have until Friday, March 24 to submit artwork electronically on behalf of their seventh through twelfth grade students who are homeschooled or attend public or private schools within a 150-mile radius of Wellsboro. Second, the 2017 Youth Art Exhibit will open on Friday, April 2 with a 2-4 p.m. reception for students' families and friends rather than on Sunday, March 19. The exhibit will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 as originally announced.

For more information, contact Anna Wales
 at or call 1-570-439-9388.

Photo by John Eaton
Ross Shourds is shown with some of the shore birds he carved. They will be on display at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro through Sunday, March 26.


The 10th Annual Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Member Mixer and Brochure Swap is next week on Thursday, March 23, from 5-7 p.m. in the Gallery at the Warehouse Theater at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. The event is free and open to the public.
Charlie Messina, chairman of the Chamber’s Tourism Committee, said, “The Mixer gives the public an opportunity to participate in the live and silent auctions, enjoy refreshments, pick up brochures and other information about events being held in the area and to learn more about the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce and its members. It also gives members an opportunity to network and learn more about each other and how our business community can grow."

Peter Herres, director of the Wellsboro Department of Parks and Recreation, will talk about work to be done at Wellsboro’s Woodland Park based on the Woodland Park Master Plan and about funding for the various phases of the project. A $330,000 grant request for phase 1 work will be submitted to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this April.

There will be light refreshments and items will be auctioned off “live” at various times during the event. There will also be a silent auction. Among the auction items are: an Emerge Healing Arts & Spa 60-minute stone massage valued at $75; Dos Rios strategy board game valued at $50 with a free in-store teaching session at Pop’s Culture Shoppe; $90 adult flex pass to see community theatre productions presented by Hamilton-Gibson; a $99 weekend mini-plan to see the Williamsport Crosscutters, a minor league baseball team in the New York-Penn League, play at the BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport; a wood carving of a blue jay valued at $75; a $100 photograph of a winter scene; a $55 gift certificate for a round of golf at the Tyoga Country Club, a hand-painted wood-shaped angel wall hanging valued at $55; and $20 in Native Bagel Bucks. 

Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Chamber-sponsored Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival Children’s Health and Family Fun Day, which will provide free, healthy activities and information for children and their parents on Saturday, June 10.

Chamber and community members who are contributing items to the auctions are asked to contact Julie VanNess, Chamber executive director, on or before this Friday, March 17, by calling 570-724-1926 or emailing her at

For information about the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce or the Chamber Mixer and Brochure Swap, call 570-724-1926 or visit

Photo by John Eaton
Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Sharon Hazelton displays two of the items that will be auctioned off during the "live" or silent auctions at the Thursday, March 23 Wellsboro Chamber Mixer & Brochure Swap. On the left, Hazelton holds a photograph of a winter scene taken by professional photographer Bruce Dart of Mansfield and on the right, a blue jay carved by Bob and Becky Werner of Werner’s Carvings of Milton.

Bradford Township Dispatched For Lines Down

At 1:07 PM on Saturday, Bradford Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to West Washington Street for lines down in the roadway.

Register Now For Coudersport Rotary's Maple Festival Parade On May 6, 2017

Wellsville Dispatched To Fire Alarm At Jones Memorial Hospital

At 11:55 AM on Saturday, Wellsville Fire Department has been dispatched to Jones Memorial Hospital for a fire alarm activation.

Is Your Dog Missing?

This friendly fellow was at our house when we got up this morning...we are on the Dug road in Millport 698 2645

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit & Basket Raffle Sunday March 19th At Shinglehouse Fire Hall

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 44 North

At 10:16 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 7 dispatched to Rt. 44 North for a medical emergency.

Last day of "Thea's Thrifty Princess Dress Sale in Port Allegany

Today is the last day of "Thea's Thrifty Princess Dress Sale" at the Covenant Church in Port Allegany from 9-3. Still Many dresses available from $5-$25.

Norwich Township, Smethport Dispatched To Rollover Crash With Entrapment

At 1:18 AM on Saturday, Norwich Township Fire Dept. & Smethport Rescue along with Priority Care Ambulance dispatched to Rt. 46 South near Fry Drive for a rollover crash. One male patient is trapped inside the vehicle. An electric pole is damaged. Responders report they believe vehicle rolled multiple times.
1:39 AM--Extrication complete. Helicopter en route to Ball Field.

SMC Powder Metallurgy, Inc. In Galeton, PA, Seeking Quality Engineer

Lakeview Health Care & Rehabilitation Seeking Full Time RN Supervisor & Part Time RN's & LPN's

Potter-Tioga Maple Producers 13th Annual Maple Weekend March 18 & 19, 2017

Plan To Visit Miller's Purely Maple On Hills Creek Lake Road Maple Weekend For Breakfast Starting At 9 AM

Milker Wanted For PM Shift At Four Winds Farm In Ulysses

Lakeview Health Care & Rehabilitation Center Seeking Part-Time Cook / Housekeeper

This Saturday & Sunday, All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast, 8 AM to 4 PM At Brydonson's Maple Farm Near Coudersport,-77.9659877,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89cde2485e8fcd05:0x8de7beb712a62f3d!8m2!3d41.7038137!4d-77.963799
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March 18th Spaghetti Dinner Roulette United Methodist Church

Sagewood, Inc. Seeking Therapeutic Staff Support Personnel In Port Allegany & Shinglehouse Areas

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

Join Potter-Tioga Maple Producers This Weekend For Show And Tell At Their Sugar Bushes
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SMC Powder Metallurgy, Inc. Has An Immediate Opening For A Process Engineer

Friday, March 17, 2017

Wilcox Man Charged With Theft By Deception

Minor Injuries In Head On Crash On Route 120

Bradford Driver Unhurt When His Vehicle Struck A Pole Along Rt. 46

Port Allegany Woman Injured When Vehicle Slides Into Ditch In Eldred Township

Galeton Woman Unhurt When Pickup Strikes Downed Tree In Roadway

Man Charged With DUI After Coudersport Traffic Stop

Bradford Ambulance Dispatched For Assault Victim

At 10:00 PM on Friday, Bradford City Ambulance has been dispatched to the 200 block of East Main Street for a female assault victim. Police are on scene.


Auditions for Hamilton-Gibson's summer production of the musical "Mame" will be on Saturday, March 25 at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro, according to Thomas Putnam, artistic director.

"No experience is necessary," Putnam said. "We are looking for a large, strong-singing chorus composed of mature high school students to adults, as well as a core of dancers. There are singing and speaking roles for two females, two young men in their 20s, one of them of Japanese descent and one boy around 10. There are also a number of non-singing roles for both men and women."

The title character, Mame will be played by Penny Eckman.

Driving "Mame" is "Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flair for life and a razor-sharp wit.," according to a synopsis written by John Deming, "Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the guardian of her late brother's only child, Patrick. Her adventures take the audience from the speakeasies of the roaring 20's to the depression following the great Stock Market crash. Mame is rescued by a wealthy Southern plantation owner, marries and is widowed suddenly, and through it all, with some help from her dearest friend, Vera Charles, keeps things at 3 Beekman Place a rousing free-for-all."

Performances will be in Straughn Auditorium on the Mansfield University Campus Thursday through Sunday, June 22, 23, 24 and 25.

Contact Hamilton-Gibson with questions or concerns by calling 570-724-2079 or emailing


 WELLSBORO—Shades of Gold, a newly forming club for golden retriever enthusiasts, is holding a get together this coming Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room on the second floor at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. It is free and open to anyone who has golden retrievers and/or loves this breed. Refreshments will be available.

“Our purpose in having a club is to get to know people who share our love for this special breed,” said Jean La Croce of Middlebury Township. “We are not planning to hold regular meetings but to keep everyone updated about topics and events through a Shades of Gold newsletter and information on Facebook and by email."

Those who attend on March 20 are invited to discuss the type of information, events and activities they are interested in learning more about and/or participating in from scheduling play or walk dates with fellow golden retriever owners to participating in statewide agility contests with their dogs, finding out what is involved in a golden retriever becoming a therapy dog and sharing "golden moment" stories and photographs.

Please RSVP by calling Jean at 570-787-0447 to guarantee there will be enough refreshments on hand. Anyone who would like more information about Shades of Gold is also welcome to call.

Jean La Croce is shown with her nine-month old golden retriever, Hawken.

St. Marys Dispatched To Unknown Fire

At 8:15 PM on Friday, St. Marys Fire Dept. have been dispatched to 250 State Street for an unknown fire.

Paul E. Groce, a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, 94, of 680 South Kendall Avenue, Bradford, PA

Paul E. Groce

Paul E. Groce, a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, 94, of 680 South Kendall Avenue, Bradford, PA passed away, Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Bradford Manor.

Born May 16, 1922 in Shippenville, he was the son of the Eugene C. and Twila Mae (Black) Groce.

On February 6, 1944 in Asbury United Methodist Church, he married Dorothy L. (Coburn) Groce, who passed away November 3, 2006.

Mr. Groce was a 1940 graduate of Bradford High School and worked at Butter Krust Bakery from 1940 until 1942.

On September 8, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp, he served in the Pacific Theatre as well as in Japan during the occupation. He was honorably discharged on March 26, 1946.

After his military service, he returned to Bradford and began working for Dresser Manufacturing until his retirement in 1982, as Production Supervisor.

He was a member of Sawyer Evangelical Church and Rew United Methodist Church, and held many offices at both churches.

He was a member of Bradford Lodge #334 F&AM and served as Worshipful Master, Treasurer and Secretary; Bradford Royal Arch Chapter 260, serving as Past High Priest and Past District Deputy; Council of Royal and Select Master Masons #43, serving as Past Thricel Ilustrius Master; Thrist Elestin King Council of Arantry Knights of PA; Trinity College Commandry #58 Knights Templar, serving as Past Eminent Commander and the Orak Grotto. He was a 32 degree Mason of the Coudersport Consistory and a member of the American Legion in Smethport. He was also an avid bowler.

He is survived by two daughters, LuAnn (Mark) Kloss, of Lewis Run and Margie (the late Doug) Wagner, of Bradford one son, Thomas (Bonnie) Groce, of Bradford; a son-in-law, Larry Trulick of Smethport, nine grandchildren, Barbara Trulick, Jeff (Michele Gomez) Trulick, Andrew (Brandy) Groce, Elizabeth (Faron) Meyer, Robert J. Kilpatrick, Justin Hancock, Alan Hancock, Jodie Wagner and Krystal (Chris Griffin) Wagner and six great grandchildren, Adam Trulick, Catarina Trulick, Trevor Gustafson, Hannah Schleicher, Blaze Schleicher and Delaney Groce.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Paula Trulick and an infant daughter.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, March 20, 2017, from 4pm to 8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main Street. The Bradford Masonic Lodge will hold a Masonic Service at 7:00pm on Monday in the funeral home. Friends are invited to attend funeral services in funeral home, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 10:00am with Rev. Beth Rosler, Pastor of the Rew United Methodist Church officiating. Military Honors by members of the American Legion Post #108 and committial services will follow in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the Rew United Methodist Church, The Masonic Lodge Building Fund or the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Shirley J Chamberlin, 73, of Smethport, PA

Shirley J Chamberlin

Shirley J Chamberlin, 73, of Smethport, PA passed away Friday, March 17, 2017, at Olean General Hospital.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at


The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will be offering an origami and paper cutting class on Wednesdays from March 29 through April 5.

Classes will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the 4th floor Art Room of Marilyn Horne Hall at 2 Marilyn Horne Way.

Students will learn the basics of origami and paper cutting from Confucius Scholars from China.

Fold and crease paper into many shapes and learn to use scissors to create paper art. The instructors will explain how the art form is part of the Chinese culture. All materials will be provided in the $29 fee.

For more information or to register, contact Pitt-Bradford 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

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Old Ceres Road

At 7:47 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & ALS dispatched to Old Ceres Road for a medical emergency.

Route 6 Project to Re-start Monday in Coudersport

Coudersport, PA – Winter shut-down will come to an end on Monday, March 20 for a Route 6 project in Coudersport, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). This two-year project will result in an improved roadway surface through downtown Coudersport as well as sidewalk improvements and bridge repairs.

Initial work in 2017 will feature the removal of existing storm drain lines. Traffic control will consist of short-term lane closures and alternating traffic patterns controlled by flaggers.

On April 4, long-term lane closures controlled by temporary traffic signals will be implemented.

The work zone stretches along Route 6 from West Street to Ludwig Lane. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times, with an alternating traffic pattern controlled by traffic signals. Opposing traffic will use short, local detours. Availability of parking in the downtown area will be reduced. Drivers should also be prepared for travel delays in and around Coudersport.

Overall work will include roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, bridge rehabilitation, traffic signal upgrades, water line relocation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $4.8 million project, which will continue through November.

Small Boy Found Wandering In Bradford Street

At 6:49 PM on Friday, Bradford police have been dispatched to take custody of a small boy found wandering alone in traffic.

House Action for the Week of March 20, 2017

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Friday, March 17, 2017
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Expanding Educational Choice - Two popular tax credit programs that have allowed thousands of families across Pennsylvania to choose the best education for their children would be expanded under legislation which passed the House on Monday.

House Bill 250, which I voted to support, would increase the amount of tax credits available under both the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs. Funds available for EITC would increase by $50 million to a record $175 million and funds available for the OSTC would increase by $25 million to $75 million.

The EITC program provides for tax credits in exchange for voluntary contributions to organizations that fund various educational opportunities including scholarships and innovative programming at both public and nonpublic schools. The OSTC program provides tax credits in exchange for contributions to organizations that provide scholarships to students who live within the attendance boundary of a low-achieving public school.

The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Inheritance Tax Elimination – On Tuesday, March 21, the House Finance Committee, of which I am a member, will consider legislation I support which would eliminate the inheritance tax rate for transfers of property to or for the use of a child aged 21 years or younger from a natural parent, adoptive parent or step-parent. Transactions like this are currently subject to an inheritance tax rate of 4.5 percent.

You can watch the vote on my website,, beginning at 9 a.m. Click here for more information on House Bill 291.
Honoring Our Veterans – On Wednesday, March 22, the House Transportation Committee will consider House Bill 269, which would rename the State Route 879 bridge over Trout Run in Goshen Township, Clearfield County, as the Private David Kyle McCracken Memorial Bridge. McCracken, a 1942 Clearfield High School graduate, was killed in action during World War II and received the Purple Heart.

You can watch the vote on my website,, beginning at 9 a.m.
Attention Hunters - The Pennsylvania Game Commission will host a hunter training course on Tuesday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 19, at the Moshannon State Forest, 3372 State Park Road, Penfield. This course is required by law for all first-time hunters and trappers before they can purchase a license.

If you are interested in registering for the class, please click here.