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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Lafayette, Bradford Dispatched For Victim Of ATV Crash On Droney Road

At 9:19 PM on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Rescue & Bradford Ambulance have been dispatched to 1295 Droney Road for the victim of a side by side ATV crash. Caller reports a male in his 20's with no helmet that struck a tree and has a head injury. A medical helicopter is airborne in the area if needed.

Karen L. Bricker, 59, of N. Main St., Port Allegany, PA

Karen L. Bricker

Karen L. Bricker, 59, of N. Main St., Port Allegany, PA, passed away Saturday (June 3, 2017) in her home, surrounded by her family.

Born Nov. 7, 1957, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of John A. and Beverly J. Turner Riale. On July 21, 1979, in Port Allegany, she married Jeffrey W. Bricker, who survives.

Karen was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1975.

Mrs. Bricker was employed by the Port Allegany School District as a teacher’s aide for many years. 

She attended the United Methodist Church of Port Allegany. She was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, and enjoyed working with the children at school. Karen was an avid gardener & outside holiday decorator. She loved the ocean and beach, but most of all she was a devoted mother to her children.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Jeffrey, are a daughter, Abbie A. Bricker and a son, Brock (Megan Race) Bricker both of Port Allegany; a twin sister, Sharon L. (Martin) Rosenswie of Port Allegany; two brothers, Randy J. “Wally” (Lorrie) Riale of Port Allegany, Todd M. (Lynn) Riale of Pittsburgh; ten nieces and nephews: Josh Rosenswie, Lacey Riale, Joshua and Molly Hardes, Brian Bricker, Elizabeth Zettlemoyer, Stella Riale, Wyatt, Luke and Zane Travis; and her beloved household companion, Gizmo.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Jun. 6, 2017) with the Rev. Randall Headley and Rev. Rusty Horning co-officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials can be made to the Port Area Ambulance Service or the S.W. Smith Library.

Condolences can be made to: 

Jeffrey W. Bricker
825 N. Main St.
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Mark A. Tronetti, 60, of High Point Dr., Kane, PA

Mark A. Tronetti

Mark A. Tronetti, 60, of High Point Dr., Kane, PA, passed away Thursday (June 1, 2017) in the Lutheran Home at Kane.

Born Sept. 23, 1956, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Dominic A. and Eleanor Dann Tronetti.

Mark was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1974. He was very active in athletics, and played football, basketball, and track. He enjoyed playing baseball on both the Little League and Babe Ruth teams during the summers. He also liked bowling, at the local bowling alley. 

Surviving are a sister, Linda L. (Thomas) Lyman of Galeton, PA; a brother, Gary F. (Mary) Tronetti of Port Allegany; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Donald L. and James L. Tronetti.

At Mark’s request there will be no visitation or funeral service.

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

Condolences can be made to:
Linda Lyman                                   Gary Tronetti
96 Snowshoe Ln.                             Katherine St. Ext.
Galeton, PA 16922                          Port Allegany, PA 16743

Daniel R. Kightlinger, Sr., 83, of Port Allegany, formerly of Coudersport, PA

Daniel R. Kightlinger, Sr.
“the Ole Boy”

Daniel R. Kightlinger, Sr., 83, of Port Allegany, formerly of Coudersport, PA, passed away at home on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, after a short illness.

Born on July 3, 1933 in Meadville, he was a son of Paul and Marion Roae Kightlinger. On November 29, 1952 in St. Hippolyte Church, Frenchtown, he married Mary Lou “Sis” Dunn, who passed away on January 6, 1997.

Korean War Veteran
He was a graduate of Meadville High School. 

Dan served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army Airborne Division. 

After the war he was employed as a cement truck driver. He then was a gas station operator and later was a Chevy dealer in Cochranton along with being a farmer. 

In 1978, Dan along with his family, purchased the former Robbins Chevrolet Garage in Coudersport, changing the name to Kightlinger Motors, which he operated until his retirement. The business continues to be proudly owned and operated by his family. 

During his lifetime, he also was an equipment operator and a race car driver.

Dan was a member and board member of the Heritage Hall of the Coudersport Golf Club for many years. He was a member of the Coudersport Rotary Club for many years. He was an avid golfer, hunter, Buffalo Bills fan, and Pittsburgh Pirates fan. He enjoyed playing NASCAR euchre at lunch with the techs at the shop and also enjoyed mowing grass. 

Surviving are two sons, Daniel R. “Dan” (Kim) Kightlinger, Jr. of Coudersport and Joseph R. “Joe” (Lisa) Kightlinger of Port Allegany; a daughter, Kay A. Bohn of Coudersport; twelve grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; four brothers, Mark (Sherry) Kightlinger of Meadville, Tom (Carol) Kightlinger of Conneaut Lake, Ben (Sandy) Kightlinger of Meadville, and Paul (Sherry) Kightlinger of Marion, NC; a sister, Debbie (Dave) Wade of Cambridge Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Dan was predeceased by a son-in-law, Joseph M. “Joe” Bohn.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 6pm on Friday, July 7, 2017 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, with the Rev. James C. Campbell, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport.

Family and friends are also invited to a celebration of Dan’s life which will be held at 1pm on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Coudersport Golf Club.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Dan’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Dan, please visit

Ridgway Ambulance Dispatched For Victim Of ATV Crash

At 7:25 PM on Saturday, Ridgway Ambulance has been dispatched to 763 Mt. Morenci Road for a 51 year old female victim of an ATV accident.

Bryan Morseman of Bath, NY Wins 2017 God's Country Marathon

Sinnemahoning & Jay Township Dispatched For Morotcycle Accident Victim

At 5:16 PM on Saturday, Fire rescue from Jay Township, Sinnemahoning Fire & and EMS have been dispatched to 187 Low Grade Road near the intersection of Rt. 555 & Hick's Run Road for a 48 year old male injured in a motorcycle accident.
5:29 PM--Victim has left the scene and is reported ok. He apparently hit an animal. All units recalled.

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 5:03 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & ALS dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for altered mental status.


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Otto Township Dispatched For ATV Crash On Rock City Road

At 3:50 PM on Saturday, Otto Township Fire Dept. & Ambulance with Bradford Medic dispatched to a rollover ATV accident on the Rock City Road near the New York State Line. Reported to be a side by side with possibly 2 persons injured. Air medical is being put on standby.  41 year old male reported with a head injury. Air medical has been released from standby. Patient being transported to Bradford hospital. A second victim is also being transported.

Bass Season Kicks Off June 17 across the Commonwealth.

Bass Season Kicks Off June 17
HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 1) – With the warmer weather and longer days of summer moving in, anglers are geared up for the start of bass season, which kicks off on Saturday, June 17 across the Commonwealth.
The black bass is one of the most popular sportfish targeted by Pennsylvania anglers, second only to trout, says Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Executive Director John Arway, who expects a large turnout on the most popular lakes and streams, including PA’s Best Bass Fishing Waters.
“One of the main reasons bass is popular is because the Commonwealth has so many fantastic spots for anglers to catch smallmouth and largemouth bass, from creeks and rivers to large ponds and lakes,” he said. “Our Commonwealth has over 86,000 miles of streams and rivers to fish and more than 4,000 lakes and reservoirs, most which contain bass.”
Arway adds that many anglers fish for bass while visiting Pennsylvania state parks, where families and kids can enjoy fishing along with other amenities, including camping, hiking and biking, and canoeing and kayaking.
“State parks are great family-friendly places to fish, particularly if you have young kids,” he said. “And this year the start of bass season falls on Father’s Day weekend. I can’t think of a better way for grandfathers and fathers to spend their weekend than outside fishing with their sons, daughters and grandkids.”
In most waters during bass season, anglers can keep a daily limit of six bass, which must be at least 12 inches in length. There are also lakes and rivers managed with higher length limits and lower creel limits. Anglers can consult the Summary of Fishing Regulations for more specific information.
Arway added that “another option is to practice voluntary catch and release which provides another angler the opportunity to enjoy the same experience that you had catching that lunker bass!”
The PFBC reminds anglers that “catch and immediate release” no harvest regulations apply to smallmouth and largemouth bass on the lower sections of the Susquehanna River (below Sunbury) and Juniata River (below Port Royal) and into the rivers’ tributaries to points one-half river-mile upstream from the confluence.
As it’s done the last several years, the PFBC will again have a presence at the NASCAR Axalta Presents Pocono 400 race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., from June 9-11.
“This is an opportunity for us to promote fishing and boating opportunities to outdoor enthusiasts,” said Steve Kralik, PFBC’s Director of the Bureau of Outreach, Education and Marketing. “It also gives us a chance to remind people that there are still a lot of good fishing and outdoor activities coming up as the opening of bass season approaches.”
To make the most of your bass season experiences, check out these online resources from the PFBC:
  • Summary of Fishing Regulations
  • Best Fishing Waters Program
  • PFBC Fish/Boat FREE mobile app
  • All about PA bass
  • Smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River.
Fishing licenses are available at or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.

Liberty, Blossburg & Morris Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Crash With Ejection

At 2:40 PM on Saturday, Liberty & Blossburg and Morris have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle accident on Rt. 414 near the East Raker Road with possibly 4 injuries. One child reported ejected, another possibly entrapped.
Report 4 or 5 injuries. 3 are ALS. 2 helicopters are enroute.

Moving Wall At Blossburg

FNN is sharing this unique video with our thanks to all those who served in this war and to those who made this event possible and so special.
Thanks Blossburg Coal Festival Committtee and to those who sponsored this event.

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Gamble Twp Township

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2017-06-03 00:00:00 at site EASTON 101H 52655 in Gamble Twp township, Lycoming county
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Derrick City, Bradford, Limestone Dispatched To Commercial Fire

At 11:25 AM on Saturday, Derrick City Fire Dept., Bradford & Limestone, NY, dispatched to 6 Foster View Drive for a commercial structure fire, electrical in nature.

Lowell K. BAUMGARNER, 81, of Ulysses, PA


Lowell K. BAUMGARNER, 81, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, June 2, 2017 at his home. 

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

Online condolences may be expressed at

William Michael Kriner, 48, of, Port Allegany, PA

William Michael Kriner

William Michael Kriner, 48, of, Port Allegany, PA, died Friday (June 2, 2017) at his home in Port Allegany.

He was born May 18, 1969 in Olean, a son of Paul J. and Sue Hopkins Kriner.

Mr. Kriner was a 1987 graduate of Otto Eldred High School and attended Olean Business Institute, graduating in1989.

Mr. Kriner worked for the Olean Times Herald; Ethan Allen in Eldred and was employed by Port Freeze in many capacities. He was a past member of the Free Methodist Church.

He is survived by his Parents of Eldred

one sister: Paula (Floyd) Oathout of Burgaw, NC

three brothers: Jeffrey L. Kriner of Newark, NY, Robert A. (Cheryl) Kriner of Eldred, PA, and Steven P. (Annie) Kriner of Duke Center, PA

many nieces and nephews

There will be no visitation or funeral services at this time. Burial will be in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.

Memorials may be made to the charity if the donor’s choice

Online condolence may be made at

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


P&S Bakery, Inc. Recalls Pepperoni Product due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
P&S Bakery, Inc., a Poland, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 2,959 pounds of pepperoni product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically clear meat casing utilized in food production.

Serenity Glass Park construction plans for 2017 announced

Port Allegany Main Street

Serenity Glass Park construction plans for 2017 are announced. With the grant award from the George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation the park committee will soon begin construction in the park, including walkways, benches lighting and more.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Wellsboro Dispatched For Victim Of ATV Crash

At 11:50 PM on Friday, Wellsboro EMS has been dispatched to 157 Hidden Acres Lane for an ATV accident.

Oswayo Valley Scores Three in Eighth to Win D9 1A Baseball Title

In what was a game that nobody deserved to lose, Oswayo Valley plated three runs in the top of the eighth inning to win its second District 9 Class 1A baseball title in the last three years with a 4-1 victory over Clarion Thursday afternoon at Berwind Park in St. Marys.

The Green Wave (19-2), who were making their third straight trip to the finals, beat Clarion for the title for the second year having also downed the Bobcats in 2015 before losing to DuBois Central Catholic a year ago.

“It’s been a heck of a run,” Oswayo Valley manager Brad Buchholz said of his team’s three straight trips to the title game. “I don’t know what title you give it, but it’s been a heck of a sure and it sure has been a lot of fun. I’ve been with these kids since T-ball, which makes it a lot of extra special.”

With the game tied at one going to the eight, Camden Graves, the ninth man in the order, led off with a single to center. Gage Babcock then tried to bunt him over, but after fouling off two pitches he swung away and grounded a singel to left putting runners at first and second with no out. After a fly out, Garren Black singled to right, and Buchholz looked like he was going to hold Camden Graves at third. But right fielder Skylar Rhoades bobbled the ball, and Graves scored the go-ahead run with Babcock going to third and Black to second.

That ended the day for Clarion starter Reed Anthony, who was the tough-luck loser allowing four runs, all earned – he came into the day having allowed one earned run – on 10 hits and a walk while striking out four.

“Reed must have gotten a little tired toward the end,” Clarion manager Rob Jewett said. “He’s been throwing a ton of inning for me. But he was hitting his spots and keeping them off balanced. He did enough to win the game.”

Jewett summoned Sterling Conner out of center field to pitch, and Conner had trouble finding the zone walking Grant West to load the bases.

Jacob Karr then hit a ground to shortstop Spencer Miller, who was playing in. Miller fired to catcher Kyle Patterson beating the runner Gage Babcock by three or four feet. But the home plate umpire called Babcock safe to the disbelief of Patterson and Jewett as well as many in the crowd.

“I don’t know (what the explanation was),” Jewett said. “I got two. The catcher said (the umpire told him) the guy beat him to the plate. I definitely did not see that. And the umpire told me he (Patterson) pulled his foot before he caught it. I didn’t see that either. But that’s a judgment call. You can’t do much with it.

“I can blame some things. I was hoping it would be 2-1 going to the bottom of the eight, but things didn’t go our way. We battled and made it interesting in the end there but came up short again.”

After the fielder’s choice, Conner walked Ryan Graves to force home another run making it 4-1, and Jewett went to Miller, who got Theo Henry to bounce into a 1-2-3 double play with the umpire this time getting the call right at home plate.

“I wanted a few more (runs),” Buchholz joked. “But (getting three) was huge. I thought if we could get through the seventh and get to extra innings, we had the top of our order coming up. I thought we could put a run up. Those runs were nice. It would have possibly taken four to six hits to score three runs, so I felt pretty comfortable.”

Through seven innings it was a classic pitcher’s duel, which came as no surprise since top-seeded Clarion (18-3) entered the game with a team ERA of 1.07 including a minuscule 0.15 from Reed Anthony, and Oswayo Valley had an even lower team ERA of 0.92, including a 0.87 from starter Ryan Graves.

And both pitcher’s were on top of their game with Anthony giving up a run in the fifth on a two-out single to center by Gage Babcock, and Clarion earning the run back in the sixth on a two-out single to center by Spencer Miller, which was the first hit of the game by the Bobcats off Graves, who had allowed just two base runners prior to the Miller single.

Graves finished with a gem going eight innings and allowing one unearned run on three hits and a walk needing just 80 pitches.

“I haven’t been this kind of pitcher before,” Graves said. “It’s really nice to be able to do that this year.”

Clarion manager Rob Jewett said the key to Graves’ success was his ability to throw strikes.

“He was just feeding the zone,” Jewett said. “We got some good pitches and some of them weren’t so good, but I think he trusts his defense. He throws strikes. That’s what you have to do: pitch, throw strikes and play defense. That’s exactly what they did.”

After four scoreless innings, Oswayo Valley used some small ball to break through in the fifth.

Henry led off the inning with a single to center, and after Justice Rees popped up a bunt, Camden Graves put down a two-strike bunt to move Henry to second, and Gage Babcock came up with a single to center to make it 1-0.

Clarion used the same method to tie the game in the sixth.

Rhoades led off by reaching on an error by Gage Babcock, one of the few miscues on defense by the Green Wave, who flashed the leather most of the day.

Patterson sacrificed Rhoades to second, and Rhoades got a bit lucky when he took off for third on a ball hit in front of him to shortstop Garret Babcock, who wanted to throw to third but juggled the ball and had to go to first for the sure out.

Miller then singled to center just passed a diving Gage Babcock to tie the score.

“It was set up nicely with Kyle’s bunt,” Jewett said. “That’s how you manufacture a run. It was old school, kind of like what they did to get their run a little bit, too. That’s what is going to split the difference between a champion team and not. I was proud of how they manufactured.”

Ryan Anthony followed with a single to right to moved Miller to third and then stole second putting runners on second and third for Nate Datko.

But Datko hit a slow chopper to third, and Henry was able to throw him out to end the threat.

“That has kind of been the Achille’s heel for us the entire season, getting those clutch hit,” Jewett said. “We’ve been able to get away with it here and there but it finally caught up with us a little bit. Nate was struggling today hitting off his front foot and just chopped it to third. I was hoping for something different. It was almost like a safety squeeze, but it just didn’t work out that way.”

Both teams move into the PIAA playoffs.

Oswayo Valley plays the WPIAL third-place team, Union-New Castle, while Clarion plays the runner-up out District 5, Berlin Brothers Valley.


It marked only the second time since the PIAA started playing Class 1A in 1999 that a District 9 1A game went to extra innings. The other time was in 2002 when Clarion-Limestone beat DuBois Central Catholic, 3-2.
The game was quite different than the last time the two teams met in the title game in 2015 and Oswayo won 10-0 in six innings
Each of Oswayo Valley’s last four District 9 playoff games have been decided by three runs or less. Last year, the Green Wave lost to DCC 2-1 in the title game and this year they beat DCC 2-1 in the quarterfinals and Elk County Catholic 3-1 in the semifinals.


Score by Innings

Oswayo 000 010 03 – 4
Clarion 000 001 00 – 1


Gage Babcock 2b 4121, Garret Babcock 2b 4010, Garren Black 1b 4120, Colton Gietler pr 0000, Grant West cf 3000, Jacob Karr c 2011, Ryan Graves p 2011, Theo Henry 4120, Justice Rees dh 3000, Noah Wichert rf 3000, Camden Graves lf 2110. Totals 31-4-10-3.


Spencer Miller ss/p 3011, Ryan Anthony 2b 3010, Nate Datko lf/rf 3000, Reed Anthony p/lf 3000, Sterling Conner cf/p/ss 3000, Cam Craig 3b 3000, Skylar Rhoades rf/cf 3110, Kyle Patterson c 2000, Dominic Fleming 1b 3000. Totals 26-1-3-1.

LOB: Oswayo Valley 6. Clarion 3. Errors: Oswayo Valley 1. Clarion 1. SAC: Camden Graves, Ryan Graves, Patterson. SB: Ryan Graves, Henry, Ryan Anthony. CS: Garret Babcock. DP Turned: Oswayo Valley 1 (Gage Babcock-Garret Babcock-Black). Clarion 2 (Miller-Ryan Anthony-Fleming; Miller-Patterson-Fleming).


Oswayo Valley

Ryan Graves – 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K


Reed Anthony – 7 ⅓ IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Sterling Conner – 0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Spencer Miller – ⅔ IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
TOTALS – 8 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Winning pitcher – Ryan Graves
Losing pitcher – Reed Anthony

“Conquer the Grill” running Friday through Saturday at Coudersport Jr. Sr. High School

Bill Pekarski added 3 new photos.

Day 269, Living life on my terms.

I want to thank Donell, a long-time friend for pointing out an accidental omission in my story yesterday. I realized I did not acknowledge the mountain of work that has been done by young Joe Ayers in making sure that this year’s events runs smoothly. He has put in countless volunteer hours and definitely deserves our appreciation.

It also occurred to me that actually, I barely mentioned “Conquer the Grill” which is running Friday through Saturday at Coudersport Jr. Sr. High School. Not only are runners conquering the hill this weekend; Bar-b-que Pit Masters from across the region are descending on the finish line area for their own competition.

This is the second year for Conquer the Grill and it has been sanctioned by the nationally recognized Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) as an official event.

As of now, there are 12 teams registered to take part in the grilling including home town favorites; Mort’s Meat Mafia and Potter County Smoke Eaters. Teams have assembled from as far away as Buffalo, NY to Waynesboro, PA and Middleburgh Heights, OH.

Last year’s overall grand champion, Behind BBQ from Spencerport, NY has returned to defend their title once again this year.

Teams will be competing to collect points in four different food arenas; chicken, pork ribs, pork butt, and beef brisket. As part of the KCBS competition, teams collect points at various sanctioned competitions throughout the year that accumulate towards their national rankings. Awards are given in each category as well as an overall award for Grand Champion.

I should clarify that Potter County Smoke Eaters is the competition name for the Ostroski Brothers, Tadd and Joe. They are the guys who had the successful soft opening of the “Bones and Banter” food trailer last weekend.

The grills and smokers will be running throughout the night, making it tough for neighbors to sleep with the windows open with all of the wonderful, mouth-watering aromas circulating. The primary focus of all of the teams is the competition so they generally will not be preparing foods for public sale, but there are numerous other food vendors on site to keep your stomach satisfied.

Today I am going to dedicate my progress to our Coudersport grilling competitors; Mort’s Meat Mafia and Potter County Smoke Eaters. I hope everyone in the county comes out to cheer on the runners and cookers as they conquer the hill and the grill!

The Port Allegany Neighborhood School of Dance Recital Coming!

Pictured is Madison Mahon as she practices a ballet number “Sweet Child of Mine”. 

The Port Allegany Neighborhood School of Dance will present Rock History Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at Port Allegany High School. Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of $10. The program will feature ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and more.

House Action for the Week of June 5, 2017

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Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.

News from State Representative Matt Gabler

Headline Harrisburg

Friday, June 02, 2017
The latest news from the State Capitol 
Strengthening Penalties - To help keep repeat offenders of driving under the influence off the road, the House passed legislation recently to strengthen penalties for those who have been convicted of DUI and continue to operate a vehicle under a suspended driver’s license.

Currently, anyone convicted of a DUI who then operates a vehicle despite their driver’s license suspension currently faces the same penalty – a $500 fine and 60-90 days in jail -- no matter how many times they get behind the wheel.

House Bill 1049 would create a tiered system that increases the fines and sentences with each subsequent offense. Those sentence enhancements would range from a $1,000 fine and a minimum 90-day jail term for a second offense, to a $5,000 fine and no less than two years in jail for a fourth offense. In addition, the legislation would allow a judge to impose a maximum five-year jail sentence if the offender is also convicted of homicide by vehicle.

The bill is now with the state Senate.
Federal government questions? - A representative from Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson's office will visit my DuBois district office this Wednesday, June 7, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The office is located in Suite 10 of the DuBois Area Plaza, 1221 East DuBois Ave.

If you have questions about Medicare or Social Security, this is your opportunity to have them answered.
Attention Veterans - A representative from the Pennsylvania American Legion will visit my DuBois district office this Tuesday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity for the men and women who serve or have served our country to check out programs and benefits that may be available to them.

You do not need to be an American Legion member to take advantage of this service.
On Monday, I was privileged to take part in the Memorial Day remembrance ceremony in St. Marys. While I was honored to serve as grand marshal, I needed all the help I could get and my daughter, Caroline, was happy to oblige.

Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging will be distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for Potter County senior citizens.

These checks are through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Each senior citizen receives one set of (4) $5 checks per year.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible senior citizens with checks to use at approved farmers markets to purchase qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables through November 30, 2017. The checks will be issued through September 30, 2017, at Potter County Senior Centers and the Potter County Human Services AAA.

Select fruits and vegetables approved for purchase must be grown or growable in Pennsylvania. Some of the produce that qualifies under the program includes beans, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini. No citrus fruits or tropical fruits are eligible under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Processed foods, such as jam, honey, cider and baked goods are also ineligible to be purchased through this program.

Potter County senior citizens, age sixty or older, whose income is $22,311 or less for a single person or $30,044 or less for a couple, or $37,777 or less for 3 people or $45,510 or less for four people are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Income is based on the total income for 2016. These guidelines are subject to change. The federal guidelines that are in place the day of distribution will be those that are used. Proof of income is not required. However, the senior citizen must sign a register verifying that their income meets the income guidelines. You must show proof of age and address. Driver’s license will work for proof of both. They will be issued four (4), $5.00 checks.


Seniors who reside in nursing homes, personal care homes or other residential facilities where meals are provided are not eligible for this program.

Vendors that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for this program display a sign indicating that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted. A list of local farmers markets can be obtained at check distribution sites.

According to the Potter County Area Agency on Aging, this is a very beneficial program that will benefit eligible seniors in Potter County by providing fresh, nutritious home grown produce. This program also benefits the farmers who raise these items. It is hoped that seniors will take full advantage of this program. If you know anyone who is eligible, please have them contact us at the numbers below.

Senior citizens will be able to sign up for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks at the following locations:

Ulysses Senior Center 
Mon. – Wed.  9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
Ulysses Community Bldg.
522 Main Street
Ulysses, PA 16948

Oswayo Valley Senior Center 
Mon. – Wed.  9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
106 S. Oswayo Street
Shinglehouse, PA 16748

Galeton Senior Center 
Wed. – Fri.  9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
St. Bibiana Parish Hall
111 Germania Street
Galeton, PA 16922

Coudersport Senior Center 
Wed. – Fri.  9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept. Training Ctr.
171 Rt. 6 West
Coudersport, PA 16915

Potter County Human Services AAA
62 North Street
Roulette, PA 16746
814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560
Ask for Barb Kiel – Appt. Only

Austin United Methodist Church 
Monday, June 19, 2017  10 A.M. – 1 P.M. 
Turner Street
Austin, PA 16720

Harrison Valley Township Bldg. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017  10 A.M. – Noon 
205 E. Main Street
Harrison Valley, PA 16927

Genesee United Methodist Church 

Thursday, June 22, 2017 2 P.M. – 4 P.M.
306 Main Street
Genesee, PA 16923

For more information, please contact Barb Kiel, Potter County Area Agency on Aging at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

Community Foundation to honor Skip and Greta Wilday, 2017 Scholarship Recipients

The strongest among us turn tragedy into a force for good.

Ward “Skip” and Greta Wilday did exactly that when they established the Kaleigh Wilday Endowment Fund after the tragic passing of their eight-year-old daughter in 2002.

Because of the Wildays’ resolve to preserve Kaleigh’s memory and spirit, countless area youth have been provided incredible opportunities, through the fund’s support of various local organizations involved with youth activity and development.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation will honor the Wildays’ strength and resolve by presenting them the 2017 Friend of the Foundation Award at the July 13 Friends of the Foundation Luncheon.

CRCF’s Friend of the Foundation Award is the most prestigious award of the organization. It honors a person or persons who have established a fund or funds there and given generously and consistently over the years; an individual who has donated generously to existing funds; and/or someone who continues the Foundation’s mission through giving and volunteerism.

The couple’s kind service to the Foundation and the community extends even beyond the establishment of the Kaleigh Wilday Endowment Fund.

Skip sat on the CRCF board of directors from its earliest days, serving from 1994 to 2016. He remains active as a member of the Foundation’s marketing and donor development committee. He has been instrumental in helping others establish their own funds at the Foundation.

He is also currently a board member of the Cuba Lake Yacht Club, JCC Foundation, Cuba First Baptist Church, Olean Food Pantry and the Gow School in South Wales.

He is past president of the Holimont Ski Club, where he also served the board of directors. He is a past board member of the Olean General Hospital Foundation and Olean YMCA Board of Directors, where he was instrumental in the merger with the Bradford YMCA.

Skip is the Executive Director at Morgan Stanley.

Greta has taught special education in Cincinnati, OH; Belmont; Scio; and Cuba-Rushford for 33 years. Greta works with kindergarten and first grade students in reading and math. She is also an instructor for dyslexic students in grades two through five.

In 2008 the Cuba Chamber of Commerce recognized her as the Educator of the Year.

An active volunteer, Greta teaches vacation Bible school at Cuba First Baptist Church and guides activities for children as a member of the board of Christian education at the church.

She regularly volunteers to chaperone youth at Camp JYC in Franklinville and the Living Waters Canoe Retreat as well as the summer Special Olympics.

She served as a local Girl Scout troop leader for four years as well.

CRCF Board President Wendy Brand shared her pleasure in the board’s decision to honor the Wildays.

"It is certainly fitting that the board of directors chose to honor Skip and Greta with this year's Friends of the Foundation award,” she remarked. “Skip and Greta have been strong supporters from the beginning of the Foundation in 1994, and their endowment fund, established in memory of their daughter, Kaleigh, continues to "grow good" in our community today."

Past recipients of the Friends of the Foundation award include: Ben and Rose Schwabenbauer, the Anastasia/Bihler families (family of Tyler Bihler), Erick and Marianne Laine, Peter Laine, Steve and Donna Teuscher and Jonathan Teuscher Scholarship Committee members, Mildred “Millie” Milliman, John “Jack” and Louise Murphy, Carroll and Dolores Anstaett, Betty Pappas and Russell Hurlburt.

The Foundation will also honor 74 scholarship recipients who together received over 93 awards and almost $130,000.

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

Children can continue AR Reading and Testing throughout the summer

Volunteer Alexis Reed is pictured with librarian Keith Koehler as they review the summer reading program.

The PAES Library will be open this summer for AR testing on Thursdays- June 15 and 29; July 13 and 27; and August 3.

State Representative Martin Causer Capitol Update

Capitol Update

Friday, June 02, 2017 The latest news from the State Capitol
Emporium Leaders Honored for Service, Dedication

Congratulations to Emporium Borough Mayor Bruno Carnovale and Council President LuAnn Reed, who were recently recognized by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs for their hard work and dedication to their community! Mr. Carnovale earned the “Mayor of the Year” award for his more than 50 years of service to the people of Emporium, while Mrs. Reed earned the “Distinguished Service Award” for her outstanding work on behalf of the borough while serving on council, the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department and several other community organizations. It was a pleasure to present certificates of recognition to both of them in honor of their achievements!
Rural Regional College Earns Final State Approval

More educational opportunities are on their way to our area now that the state Department of Education has given final approval to the Rural Regional College (RRC) of Northern Pennsylvania. This is great news for high school graduates looking to further their education and for people who want to enhance their job skills or are considering a career change.

RRC expects to enroll its first students in the fall, through a partnership with Gannon University. The cost will be $180 per credit and $60 per credit for dual enrollment students.

The college will serve Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren counties, providing affordable and accessible community college-type services not currently available in the region.

After working toward this goal with the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny and officials from throughout the region, it is exciting to see it become a reality for our students and communities.

Learn more here.
Strengthening Penalties for DUI

People who have had their driver’s license suspended after a DUI conviction would face higher penalties if they choose to drive during the suspension under legislation recently approved by the state House.

Currently, anyone convicted of a DUI who then operates a vehicle despite their driver’s license suspension faces the same penalty – a $500 fine and 60-90 days in jail -- no matter how many times they get behind the wheel. House Bill 1049 would create a tiered system that increases the penalties with each subsequent offense, up to a $5,000 fine and no less than two years in jail for a fourth offense. In addition, the legislation would allow a judge to impose a maximum five-year jail sentence if the offender is also convicted of homicide by vehicle.

The bill is now with the state Senate.
Attention Parents: New Immunization Requirements for PA Schools This Fall

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has revised Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements for the 2017-18 school year. The new rules require parents to get their children fully immunized prior to the fifth day of school or the students will be excluded from school. Previously, parents had eight months to meet school immunization requirements.

If a student is in the middle of an immunization series and it is too soon for the next dose, the parents must provide the school nurse with a written plan, signed by their health care provider, within the first five days of school.

For more information, contact your health care provider, visit or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
Veterans Assistance Available

Just a reminder a veterans service officer will be available in my Bradford and Kane offices this month to assist veterans and their family members with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. The schedule is as follows:

Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Bradford office, 78 Main St., on Monday, June 5, and at the Kane office, 55 Fraley St., on Monday, June 12. Davis will be available from 1-3 p.m.; no appointments are necessary, and you need not be a member of the VFW to receive assistance.

For information about future veterans outreach dates and locations, click here.

Work Continues on I-80 in Union County

There will be microsurfacing today and tomorrow on Interstate 80 westbound in Union County.
This work will be performed during daylight hours between the Route 15 and Mile Run interchanges.

There will be lane closures with cones and flaggers providing traffic control.

There will be work on the Route 15 eastbound ramp during the night on Monday, June 5. Then, during the night on Tuesday, June 6, the contractor will move to the westbound ramp. Any unfinished work will be completed on Wednesday night. This work will be performed each night between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

This project is expected to be completed by the end of June, weather permitting.

Suit-Kote Corp. is the prime contractor on this $1.4 million project.
Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.
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.

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.

Welcoming Rutledge Jon Hand born at Cole Memorial Hospital

S. W. Smith Memorial Public Library Presenting "ScienceTellers" Sat, June 3

On Saturday June 3 at 1pm join us for a FREE Sciencetellers Show to kick off Summer Reading at the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library! This special event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Ahoy! People don’t just build on land. They build on water, too! Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to build a new ship before all hope is lost … at sea! Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the incredible science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure and more. Do not miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist!

PennDOT Cameron/Potter County Maintenance work schedule for the week of June 5 – June 9

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Cameron/Potter County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of June 5 to June 9, weather permitting. Motorists should travel with extra caution in these and all work areas. Motorists should be aware that due to the nature of highway maintenance and emergency work, crews could be working on any highway at any time of the day or night

Potter County 0260

Sign Crew:
● State Route: sign repairs in Cameron County

● State Route: Austin area

Bridge Repair:
● State Route: 4007 (Dingman Run Road)

● State Route: 0044 (Coudersport Borough to SR 49 intersection)
● State Route: 3006 (Ice Mine Road)
● State Route: 4019 (Horse Run Road)
● State Route: 4007 (Dingman Run Road)

● State Route: 1001 (Brookland Road)

Crack Sealing:
● State Route: 3015 (Dutch Hill Road)

Cameron County 0240

Slide Repairs:
● State Route: 0120

Crack Sealing:
● State Route: 0872

The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:

● Glenn O Hawbaker: paving on SR 49 from Harrison Valley to Tioga County line.

● Glenn O Hawbaker: grinding the road on SR 4009 (Baker Creek Road) in preparation for paving.

● Glenn O Hawbaker: roadway reconstruction is being done on Route 6 in Coudersport Borough with detours in place. There will be short term lane closures and alternating traffic patterns. Expect delays.

● IA Construction: drainage work on Route 155 from Potter County line (near Sizerville State Park) to the McKean County line. Alternating traffic patterns with temporary traffic signals will be in place with short delays possible.

● L C Whitford Company, Inc: bridge replacement on SR 155 in Cameron County near Sizerville State Park entrance. Alternating traffic patterns with temporary traffic signals.

● Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: bridge replacement on SR 44, a mile southeast of the village of Hebron Center. Alternating traffic pattern with temporary traffic signals.

● Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: bridge replacement on SR 44 near village of Sharon Center in Potter County. Alternating traffic pattern with temporary traffic signals.

● Palo Construction, Inc: bridge replacement on Route 120 in Cameron County, 5 miles west of the village of Driftwood. Alternating traffic pattern with temporary traffic signals.

● LTT Trucking: bridge replacement on SR 449 in the village of Brookland, Ulysses Township. Temporary roadway will be in place.

● LTT Trucking: bridge replacement on SR 449 in the village of Gold, Ulysses Township. Temporary roadway will be in place.

For more information, visit or call 814-274-9181

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 825 traffic cameras.
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