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Teenagers Unhurt In Crash On Scott Hollow Road In Sharon Township

Hit & Run Crash Damaged Steps In Austin Borough

Solar Panel Stolen From Residence On Southwoods Road

Troopers Investigating Trespassing Incident In West Branch Township

NY Health Department enhances medical marijuana program

Ken Cobb Painting Classes at the Gmeiner

Kenneth Cobb of Mansfield, artist-in-residence at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, is offering painting classes this summer at the Gmeiner at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro.
The painting classes are open to adults and young adults ages 14 and up. Participants will walk through the basics of acrylic painting materials and use. Concepts discussed will include artistic practice, seeing color and shape, color theory, color mixing, composition, tonal value, and texture. Watercolor and drawing materials will also be used and discussed periodically throughout the sessions.

Cobb will provide participants with three hours of direct instruction per session. They will also have access to the Gmeiner’s studio to paint independently on Saturday afternoons from 12-5 p.m. as well as at designated times during the sessions.

Session Three—Landscape will be on Saturdays, July 29 and Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to noon.

Session Four—Figurative (working from a live, clothed model) will be on Thursday, July 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Aug. 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Sessions One and Two are already underway.

There is a $25 supply fee per enrollee per session to provide the participant with access to painting materials, including: canvas boards, panels, acrylic paint, palettes, brushes, image resources, smocks, towels and cleaning supplies; and drawing materials, including: paper, charcoal, ink, pencils, drawing boards, erasers and image resources.

An artist and educator, Cobb received his BFA in painting and computer art from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his MFA in studio art from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Specializing in traditional based oil painting techniques, Cobb offers his services as a portrait artist in the mediums of oil, charcoal and pastels. In his personal studio work, he explores still life, landscape, and the portrait narrative genres. He has taught courses in art at Mansfield University and Corning Community College.

Email Cobb at to enroll in a painting class. Visit the Gmeiner's Facebook page and website for more information about art classes and exhibits.

Ken Cobb is offering painting classes at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center in Wellsboro.

Hinsdale & Westons Mills Dispatched To Shed Fire On Main Street

At 8:54 PM on Saturday, Hinsdale & Westons Mills Fire Departments have been dispatched to a shed fire next to a residence at 3796 Main Street in Hinsdale.
9:03 PM--Fire is out. Checking for extensions.


On Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m., the hands of time will turn back 200 years as the History Comes Alive series continues at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

The audience will enter the world of Thomas Jefferson. The stage will either become Swann’s Tavern in Albermarle County in Virginia or, if there are too many visitors from northern Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York, the Court House in the nearby village of Charlottesville since it is spacious enough to accommodate a large crowd.

On June 30, 1817, Mr. Jefferson will address his visitors and reminisce about the attitudes that prevailed 41 years prior and the events that led up to the 1776 adoption of a document that he describes as “pregnant with the fate of our country.”

Following his remarks, Mr. Jefferson will hope his visitors from a very different society will have enough interest and curiosity about his perspective of those long past days, his relationships with other "Founding Fathers," his role as chief executive, and his current "hobby" of establishing a university in the upland country of Virginia to offer questions and commentary of their own.

Thomas Pitz of Orange, Virginia has been portraying Jefferson for 30 years. He does not memorize lines. Instead, this oral historian becomes Jefferson, the principal author of America's Declaration of Independence who also served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809 and was a Founding Father of this country.

Pitz's love of history began when he was a third grader. His main interest is the American Revolutionary War era from the 1750s on.

A high school guidance counselor in Orange for 32 years, from 1973 to 2005, Pitz remembers when he first became Jefferson. “In 1987, I was in a summer stock theater production playing Jefferson. “I got a call from the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville asking if I would portray Mr. Jefferson for a group of their guests. I’ve been Jefferson ever since.”

Born in Virginia in 1743, Jefferson was 83 when he died on July 4, 1826, in Monticello, the plantation home he designed when he was 26.

Pitz has researched him and his contemporaries and is well versed in Jefferson’s own writings – specifically his letters. “They give you a sense of the language he uses. It’s beyond the scope of history books.”

By sharing Jefferson's ideas, personality and contradictions, Pitz gives his audiences a sense of the man's remarkable intelligence. “Even today, Mr. Jefferson is the most referred to person I’ve ever seen because he was influential and yet controversial,” Pitz said.

“None of the Founding Fathers evokes a stronger feeling in people than Thomas Jefferson. They may love him or hate him, but few people can ignore him if they wish to understand America,” Pitz concluded.

Tickets are $15. For tickets, call 570-724-6220 or visit

Photo by Ed Wesley
Tom Pitz as Thomas Jefferson works on the Declaration of Independence. He has entertained audiences around the United States, including his annual July 4 appearance at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. That's where he will be heading following his visit to Wellsboro.

Joyce E. EMPSON, 82, of Scio, NY


Joyce E. EMPSON, 82, of Scio, NY, was lifted into the arms of Jesus on Friday, June 23, 2017 with her daughters by her side. 

Born August 13, 1934, she was the daughter of William and Jennie Lorrow Spicer. On August 23, 1952, in Andover, NY, she married Martin D. Empson, who predeceased her on June 2, 1990. Together they had four children, raising them up on a small farm on Wolf Spring Road in Scio. 

She was a graduate of Andover Central School. Her banking career started in 1964 with First Trust National Bank in Wellsville, where she worked for 25 years, retiring in 1989 from the successor North Star Bank. Later, she worked for several years in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. 

Joyce enjoyed camping, dancing, crossword puzzles, reading, and time spent with her family and many friends. 

Surviving are: three loving daughters, Cheryl (David) Slocum, Marianne (Ken) Harris, and Kris (Paul) Nickerson; a son, David Empson; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and loving fur babies, Vinnie and Bootsie. 

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Martin Downey; and a special friend, Donald Carl. 

Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY on Monday, June 26, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 5:00 – 7:00 PM, with a Celebration of Life service following at 7:00 PM. Pastor Bill Sylor, of the Genesis Bible Church in Scio, will officiate. Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery, Scio. 

Memorials may be made to the Scio Volunteer Fire Department or the SPCA serving Allegany County. Online condolences may be expressed at

Kelly D. (Bennett) Kvalkauskas, 50, of Elm Street, Eldred, PA

Kelly D. (Bennett) Kvalkauskas

Kelly D. (Bennett) Kvalkauskas, 50, of Elm Street, Eldred, PA passed away on Thursday (June 22, 2017) at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, following a lengthy illness.

Born July 17, 1966, in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Paul and Dorothy Stuck Bennett.

She was a graduate of the Otto Eldred High School and went on to school in Williamsport, where she met and married her husband, Terry Kvalkauskas, who preceded her in death on March 10, 1998.

She was “The Lady at the Smith Hometown Store, who knows where everything is...”
She was a member of the Eldred United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, crafting, participating in the local Zumba classes, harassing all the customers at the hardware store and shopping.

She is survived by her daughter, Yasmine (Titus) Griffith of Allegany, N.Y.; a stepson, Terry Kvalkauskas Jr. of Williamsport; three sisters, Debbie Bird of Eldred, Barbara (Rickey) Briel of Biloxi, Miss. and Sarah (Phil) Hall of East Aurora, N.Y.; special nieces and nephews, Karen Frank, Katie Dynda, Andy, Greg and Jason Bird, Ricky Lord, all of whom she was very close to; many special grandnieces and grandnephews; and her special partner, Stephen Troupe of Eldred.

A celebration of Kelly’s life was held on Saturday (June 17, 2017). Burial will be in Mountain Cemetery in Brockway. Arrangements are under the direction of Frame Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the Eldred Area Free Library and Historical Society or the Eldred Ambulance Service.

Online condolences may be made at

New Design Guide features local places, projects that serve as regional models on how to enhance community character

Ed McMahon
A new edition of the PA Wilds Design Guide for Community Character Stewardship, a popular free tool for communities in the Pennsylvania Wilds, is now available for download, and a national expert on sustainable development called it and the work it relates to one of the best rural development effort in the nation.

Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute and a national expert on sustainable community design, says the effort to grow the place-based tourism industry in the Pennsylvania Wilds is "one of the single greatest rural, natural resource-based, economic development programs in the United States of America.”

He said the comments to a crowded room of more than 250 people from across the region who had gathered at the DuBois Country Club this spring to unveil the Second Edition of the Design Guide and celebrate other milestones in the Pennsylvania Wilds effort.

"People in the world that I work in… talk about this initiative all over the country, because it's about taking what's special and making it valuable,” McMahon said.

The Design Guide is a core program of the larger Wilds movement, which also includes regional marketing, growing and connecting unique place-based businesses, youth outreach, regional planning and inspiring stewardship of natural and community assets. Many local stakeholders from the public and private-sectors are involved in the Wilds work. State and federal partners are also at the table. PA Wilds Center, a regional nonprofit, is the coordinating entity of the landscape-level effort.

The nonprofit on Friday released the free download link to the Design Guide Second Edition, as well as a link to McMahon’s presentation.

“A lot of people have asked us for a link to his talk because they wanted to share it with their city or borough councils, local townships and other partners,” said PA Wilds Center Executive Director Ta Enos. “So many of our communities in rural PA are dealing with the same development issues. Ed has a way of inspiring people to action.”

A former TED Talk speaker, McMahon is well known for his passion and humor and his ability to use common sense and before and after photos to transcend political and other lines. He told the crowd in April:

“I am one of those people who think we spend way too much time in this country fighting about what we disagree on and not nearly enough time sitting down community by community and figuring out what we do agree about. And I tell you when you do do that -- you can reach consensus about place. Because most Americans care more about the place they live than the political party they belong to.”

He went on to say that communities have two choices, to shape development or to let development shape them. “There is no place in the world today that will stay special by accident,” he said.

McMahon helped inspire the original Design Guide, which rolled off the presses in 2007, just as the Wilds effort was starting to gain steam. It was a product of the PA Wilds Planning Team, a grassroots stakeholder group that includes the region’s 12 county governments and dozens of other nonprofit and economic development stakeholders from across the Wilds. The document provided tips and illustrations on how communities, developers, architects, business owners and others could be good stewards of their community character as they grew.

Several counties in the Pennsylvania Wilds amended their comprehensive plans to include the Design Guide, and other organizations voluntarily made its use a requirement for accessing mini grants and other similar types of programs. Over the last few years it has been used by a variety of partners to guide development projects of all types and sizes, from chains looking to do something less cookie cutter to communities looking to better reflect their history or connection to nearby natural assets.

The new Design Guide includes new chapters, is far more visual than its predecessor, and also highlights more local examples of its practices in action, said Clearfield County Planning Director Jodi Brennan, whose committee spearheaded the overhaul.

“What's the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words?” Brennan said. “These visuals are more inspiring than any words could do justice … They reflect not what's happening somewhere else USA but here in our own home towns. Folks will recognize places from their own communities in this Second Edition or those they have visited or travelled through.”

An award-winning resource unto its own, the Design Guide has proved seminal to the Wilds partnership being able to compete for additional resources for the region, including two rounds of signage mini grants, one round of design assistance grants, and most recently, $183,000 for a regional fa├žade grant pilot program targeting Route 6 communities in the Wilds, all of which have or will leverage tens of thousands of dollars in private-sector investment toward strategic revitalization efforts.

“During the development of the 1st Edition I didn't dream of the possibilities that are now before us,” Brennan said. “The recent award of regional facade dollars for Route 6 Alliance was SO exciting and has opened the door for other communities to follow in their footsteps.”

Community leaders, business or property owners, architects, developers, government partners and others on the front lines of shaping growth in communities in the Wilds are encouraged to check out the new Design Guide and McMahon’s presentation.

The Design Guide Second Edition can be downloaded at:

McMahon’s full presentation can be viewed at:

A new video promoting the Design Guide is also available at:

The Pennsylvania Wilds includes the counties of Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Lycoming, Clinton, Elk, Cameron, Forest, Clearfield, Clarion, Jefferson and northern Centre.

Kane Dispatched To Garage Fire On Biddle Street

At 2:17 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire Department has been dispatched to 625 Biddle Street for a garage fire with exposures.
Report working fire in the garage roof.

Helen M. ABBOTT, 91, formerly of Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA


Helen M. ABBOTT, 91, formerly of Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA, died Friday, June 23, 2017 in Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, PA. 

Born May 2, 1926, in Westfield, PA, she was the daughter of Llewellyn and Rose Bollock Witter. She was married to Lewis B. Abbott, who predeceased her in 2005. 

Helen was a member of the Potter Brook Happy Hour Club and the Harrison Valley Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. 

Surviving are: two daughters, Kathryn Ann Abbott of Rochester, NY and Margot Abbott of Bradford, PA; two sisters, Joann Clark of Knoxville, PA and Jane Bianchi of San Jose, CA; and nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Ochsenhirt; and three brothers, Richard G. Witter, Donald Witter, and Lee Witter. 

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, June 26, 2017 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA. 

Memorials may be made to Riverview Cemetery Association, c/o Garry Abbott, 134 Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA 16950. Online condolences may be expressed at

Cannon Downriggers Taken From Boat Parked At Big Shanty Road Residence

Numerous Items Stolen In Burglary On Hutchins Drive

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Bradford Dispatched To Pole Fire

At 12:55 PM on Saturday, Bradford City Fire Department has been dispatched to the intersection of Constitution Avenue & Spring Street for a pole fire.

St. Marys Dispatched To Rollover Accident

At 11:48 AM on Saturday, St. Marys Fire & EMS have been dispatched to a one vehicle rollover accident near 723 North St. Marys Street. Occupants are now out of the vehicle.


Maxi Canada, Inc. Recalls Breaded Chicken Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
Maxi Canada, Inc., a Quebec, Canada establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of breaded chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products may contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.
Overhill Farms, Inc. Recalls Chicken Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
Overhill Farms, Inc., a Vernon, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 54,630 pounds of chicken bites products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically bone.

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All Invited to Celebrate Gordon and Tillie Baker's 70th Wedding Anniversary!

Help May Be Available To Pay For Your Medicare Premiums & Copays

Seneca Highlands IU#9 Seeking Full-Time Computer Systems Networking Instructor

Robert H. Sage Estate Auction Saturday, June 24 At Lloyd Burkhouse Auction House In Bradford, PA

Jim Williams Fireworks Memorial & Complete Race Show At Woodhull Raceway Saturday, June 24th

St. Paul Lutheran and First Presbyterian Churches will be sponsoring the popular "Traveling Day Camp"

Homer Township Clean Up Days Are Friday & Saturday at Township Building

Do You Have Medicare? Call Apprise For Information To Lower Co-Pays Or Part B Premiums

Howard's Offers 0% Financing For 84 Months On Select New Kubota Tractors

Coudersport Ice Mine Listed As One Of Top 10 Places To Visit In Pennsylvania

Pulled Pork Sandwich Or Dinner By Roulette Fish & Game Club Saturday, June 24th

Whispering Evergreens Food Plots, Supplies & Services For You

Friday, June 23, 2017

Foreign Currency Found During Clean Up Day

Westons Mills Dispatched For Head On Crash On Rt. 417

At 10:37 PM on Friday, Westons Mills Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Route 417 and the Dugan Road for a 2 vehicle head-on crash.

Fox Township Dispatched To One Vehicle Crash On Dagas Mines Road

At 9:00 PM on Friday, Fox Township Fire Dept., ambulance and St. Marys medic have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the area of 206 Dagas Mines Road. All occupants are out of the vehicle. Apparently a pole has been sheared off.

Scio, Allentown, Wellsville Dispatched To Car Into Tree Crash

At 8:20 PM on Friday, Scio, Wellsville and Allentown have been dispatched to a car into a tree crash. A second ambulance was requested.

Coudersport Councilman Comments On Decision To Offer Part Of Arboretum For Sale

Bryan Welsh

So in a 3 to 2 vote the Boro council is putting the portion of the arboretum out for bids. I can't say that I'm happy about it but it's how democracy works. I can't speak for any of the other council members. All I van do is explain why I opposed the motion.

First an foremost, I listened to the people who put me in the chair on council. As an elected representative that is my main purpose, to carry the Will of he people to council. It is as simple as that.

Secondly, I believe that Coudersports future is tourism. We have so much to offer to tourists. And tourist dollars don't come with any strings except make people feel welcome and they will return again to spend more tourist dollars. I feel that our arboretum is an integral part of that industry. I would love to see it expand and grow. Community gardens and maybe even a community orchard would go far as to getting us noticed.

If you look at any small town with a strong, healthy economy they share one thing in common, tourism and a sense of cooperation and community. We can choose the path that has worked for so many other small towns or or continue the boom and bust economics that is killing rural America.

As I sat at the arboretum his evening, I counted 27 tanker trucks roaring up our quiet little towns main street at 11 o'clock. It's money I guess. But at what cost in the long run?

Tourism is sustainable. But trading our character and assets that would attract folks who just want to get away from the noise and hassles of city life is not a progressive or wise decision.

Coudersport Fire Department Gets $56,290. Gtrant For Upgrades Of Rescue Equipment

Coudersport Vol Fire Dept

CONGRATULATIONS ... To the Membership, Once again we have been awarded a AFG - In the amount of $56,290 to up replace and upgrade or existing Jaws of Life(32+ years old), Air Bags, Cribbing, And New E-Draulics​ to better serve our community.

Congratulations to 48-10 Tim Haskins , FF of the month May 2017. Tim has held many positions within the dept, and is a Life Member.
Thanks 10 your dedication and leadership is greatly appreciated.

Reminder to FF Joe Ayers, Garret Morey of the PUMP I Class in Ulysses this weekend.
Anyone wanting to purchase one of our annual 300 Club Tickets, see most members or PM on Here...Thank you for Helping us to Protect You and your Family.
Also there is a sign up sheet at the station for Polo's, Hoodies as well as for and Engine Company to Standby at Dept 10 on July 1st.
Anyone wishing to take apparatus to Shinglehouse, Or to Galeton for the parades...Contact the Chief.

Congratulations to all of our members and thanks to our Great Community...Have a safe weekend

Chief Phelps

Coudersport Dispatched For Fire Behind Cole Memorial

At 5:37 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched to Cole Memorial Hospital for a wildfire involving a power pole.

Potter County Commissioners Meeting For June 8, 2017

Potter County Commissioners Agenda For June 22, 2017

Headline Harrisburg By Rep. Matt Gabler

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Friday, June 23, 2017
The latest news from the State Capitol 
Supporting Our Veterans – This Monday, I will be co-hosting a news conference at the state Capitol to promote legislation that would benefit the men and women who serve our country. I am proud to work across the aisle in support of House Bill 1231, whose author is Rep. Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia), a fellow member of the United States Army Reserve.

You can watch the news conference on my website,, beginning at 11 a.m.
On the Road Again – Starting Wednesday, July 5, PennDOT will begin replacement of the Route 53 bridge over Maplepole Run in Bigler Township. The existing structure dates back to 1928 and carries an average of more than 1,600 vehicles each day.

The bridge will be need to be closed and the recommended detour uses Routes 53, 453 and 729. The detour will remain in place through July 31.
That same day….PennDOT will start replacing the Nicholson Road bridge over Hartshorn Run in Pike Township. This will require closing the bridge and creating a detour that will be in place until early September.

The project includes excavation, removal of the existing bridge, construction of the new bridge, back-filling, guide rail installation, and paving. The recommended detour will access Routes 3015, 879, 1001, and 2014.

PennDOT will open the new bridge before September 1 if work progress allows.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate - The Pennsylvania Treasury is expected to process 590,000 Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) payments providing almost $191 million in relief to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities across the state.

For individuals that applied for relief, Treasury will be mailing 390,000 paper checks on July 3, and the remaining 200,000 payments will be processed electronically through direct deposit. Payments processed are applicable to the 2016 calendar year.

Applicants can confirm the status of their rebate application and receive the rebate amount online, or by calling 1-888-PATAXES. Eligible Pennsylvanians may obtain a rebate application form online, or by calling one of my district offices.

Administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, PTRR has provided more than $5.9 billion in property tax and rent relief since its inception in 1971. The program is supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery and gaming funds.

Treasury processes 20 million payments per year. The PTRR program accounts for three percent of the 2016 calendar year.