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Plant Sale

Pollinator Plant Sale - Perennials Annuals, Vegetables, and Herbs. Saturday, May 28 from 9 am to 1 pm at Penn State Extension, 17129 Rt 6, Smethport, PA. Sponsored by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Lawn Damaged By Truck & Trailer In Ulysses Township

Known Male Suspected To Be DUI

Eldred Dispatched To Natural Gas Leak In A House

At 8:24 PM on Saturday, Eldred Fire Department has been dispatched to 58 King Street for a natural gas leak inside a house. UGI is also responding.

Margery Jean Howe BELL, 71, Ulysses and Mansfield, PA Native

Margery Jean Howe BELL

Margery Jean Howe BELL, 71, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, at McKay-Dee Hospital in South Ogden, Utah on July 20, 2017.


Local arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Margery was born to Richard and Jean Howe, on June 8, 1946 in Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. She was lovingly raised in the small towns of Ulysses and Mansfield. After graduating from Mansfield High School, Marge received a degree in Nursing from the Bellevue School of Nursing in NYC. She met her lifelong sweetheart when she was just a baby, but did not realize it until after her first year at Bellevue. After many motorcycle rides together, she married Enoch on July 23, 1966. She often said that they decided to get married, just so their parents would let them go camping together.

After marriage, Enoch and Marge, moved to Syracuse, NY into student housing at Syracuse University where Enoch finished his degrees. Marge worked nights in Pediatric Intensive Care. The next several years took them to Blacksburg, VA, Portland, OR, Missoula, MT, and Springfield, VA. Finally, they struck gold in a move to sunny and beautiful Moraga, CA in 1983.

Throughout her life, Marge’s love of Family History work deepened. She served as the director of The Annandale Virginia Genealogy Library, and Deputy Director at the Oakland Family Search Library. She organized, cataloged, and indexed, while also teaching classes, giving seminars, and lighting fires under any leaders she didn’t think were hopping fast enough or high enough. Marge also found time to raise two stunningly amazing children, while keeping her loving husband blissfully happy, and serving in various positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Marge loved her dear friends, loved craft projects (especially starting new ones) and she loved gathering with her sisters each year to quilt, sew, and laugh deeply. Marge loved life, and fought for years to enjoy each possible day of it.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Jean Howe; and is survived by her lifelong friend and husband, Enoch F. Bell, her two children, Jonathan, and Catherine, and her eight, beloved grand-children: Braden, Jordan, Keegan, Paxton, Anne, Daniel, Jeremiah, and Ella. She is also survived by her three dear sisters and cohorts in quilting: Joanne Horne, Carolyn Barrett, and Laurie Corbett.

Services were held in Moraga, CA at the LDS Chapel at 3776 Via Granada on Aug. 12 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Oakland California FamilySearch Library, c/o Ralph Severson. 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602

9/28/17 Oswayo Valley vs Coudersport Volleyball Photos

9/28/17 Oswayo Valley vs Coudersport Volleyball Photos
*** Huge gallery - Find your special ones ***
Link to photos for review and purchase:

Roulette Ambulance To Port Allegany

At 6:38 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 7 dispatched to South Brooklynside Road for a patient with difficulty breathing.

No Injuries In Elm Street Crash

At 4:59 PM on Saturday, Bradford Police report no injuries in a crash on Elm Street.

Soccer Practice

St. Marys Dispatched To 2 Vehicle crash On State Street In St. Marys

At 4:22 PM on Saturday, St. Marys dispatched to a vehicle crash near 967 State Street by the reservoir. Ambulances have been dispatched.

Eldred Dispatched For Rollover 2 vehicle crash

At 4:22 PM on Saturday, Eldred Township, Eldred Ambulance dispatched to the intersection of the West Eldred Road and Barnum Road for a 2 vehicle accident with one rollover.
A medical helicopter to landing zone at Station 18.

Falling Leaves Outdoor Show Parade In Coudersport, PA Is Saturday, Oct. 7th

The annual Falling Leaves Outdoor Show parade in Coudersport sponsored by Habitat for Humanity is shaping up. There is still time to sign up to be in the parade.

2014 Falling Leaves photos by Leo Szczesny
The following are the categories for judging.

  • Mayors choice
  • Band
  • Costume
  • Float
  • Club/group
  • Equine
  • Vehicle. (Auto, ATV, UTV, Tractors)
  • Fire/Ambulance
There will be a 1st and 2nd place cash prize in each category for the best determined by the judges.

Hurry and get signed up.

For more information call Carol Jackson at 814-274-0219 or email me at

The date is Saturday October 7th at 3:00 line up at Carp Park at 2:00.
Rain date is Sunday same time and place.


MANSFIELD—On Saturday, Oct. 28, the start and finish of the Run Past Cancer 5K and One Mile Fun Walk/Run will be in Smythe Park in Mansfield. The One Mile will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 10 a.m. Registration for both will open at 8:30 a.m. and remain open until the start of each race.

Event T-shirts are only given to participants in the 5K who register by Tuesday, Oct. 10 either online, by mail or at Wild Asaph Outfitters or Oswald Cycle Works. Sizes are: small, medium and large for youth and small, medium, large, extra large, 2XL and 3XL for adults.

Register online for the 5K and One Mile at Online registration ends on Oct. 10.

Between now and Oct. 20, completed 5K and One Mile registration forms can be mailed to Terry Borneman, 136 Mount Zion Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

Or, between now and Friday, Oct. 27, registration forms for the 5K and One Mile can be picked up at Wild Asaph Outfitters at 71 Main Street in Wellsboro or Oswald Cycle Works at 7 North Main Street in Mansfield, completed and returned to Wild Asaph or Oswald's with a check made payable to the American Cancer Society.

The entry fee for those who register by Oct. 10 is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the One Mile. The entry fee for those who register between Oct. 11 and 28 is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the One Mile. The maximum fee immediate family members will be asked to pay to enter the One Mile is $30.

The 5K’s 3.2-mile course will take runners and walkers from the Smythe Park pavilion around the elementary school, by the pavilion to the high school, across the Route 6 bridge with a left turn by Sheetz, around the housing area and back to the finish line in the park.

Those entering the 5K are also encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. One prize will be awarded for Best Dressed. The overall male and female 5K winners will each receive a medal. First, second and third place medals will be awarded to the top three male and/or female finishers in the following age categories: 19 and under, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60 and up.

One Mile Fun Walk/Run participants will travel from the Smythe Park pavilion to the Miller Elementary School and back to the park. Participating families and individuals are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed, Funniest, Scariest, Most Unusual, Cutest, Best Fictional Character, Best Group and Coolest Celebrity. The first, second and third place runners will each receive an award.

All participants in the 5K and One Mile will each receive a goodie bag, which will include a coupon for free ice cream at Peggy's Candies & Gifts in Wellsboro.

“Every dollar raised will be put toward the fight to eradicate cancer,” said organizer Terry Borneman, an American Cancer Society volunteer. “Last year we raised $2,000 and are hoping to raise $3,000 this year,” he said.

"I have had many family members and friends affected by cancer,” Borneman said. “My mother died of lymphoma and my father from leukemia. My brother was treated for prostate cancer and my mother-in-law for breast cancer. One of my best friends, a fellow teacher, died of cancer just after he retired. Other teachers I have worked with have also died of cancer. I have skin cancer. It is time for us to find a cure.”

For more information about participating in the 5K or One Mile Fun Walk/Run or sponsorships, call Terry Borneman at 1-410-428-8615.

Racing Tonight At McKean County Raceway

Northeast GOP House Delegation Works with Unified Voice to Benefit Region

HARRISBURG – To ensure that Northeast Pennsylvania has a strong and effective voice in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the 12 members representing parts of 13 counties in this region of the state have banded together as a delegation to fight for the issues that matter most to the area. The delegation is being chaired by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming).

“We know that strength does lie in numbers, and that’s why we felt it best to join collective forces and use our delegation as an agent of change that will ultimately benefit our region,” the members of the delegation said.

“We are blessed to live and work in Northeastern Pennsylvania – a diverse cross-section of rural and urban communities rich in natural resources,” said Boback. “Our entrepreneurial spirit and incredibly hard-working and resilient labor force make us special. I am extremely proud to lead this group of legislators as we work to stand up for the great people of Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

Since its founding at the beginning of the 2017-18 legislative session, the group is actively fighting against any new tax increases but is also working toward lessening regulations that suppress jobs and commerce, reform property taxes, enhance educational opportunities, improve health care access and affordability, support responsible development of natural gas opportunities with an emphasis on environmental protection, further enhance agriculture development, and improve technical and vocational education that creates job readiness.

“Northeastern Pennsylvania is a vibrant region whose needs can sometimes be overshadowed by Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, and with a dynamic group of legislators working together, we can make impactful changes that stand to benefit our region,” the group of legislators said.

Members of the delegation include Chairwoman Boback, along with Reps. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike), Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union), Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne), Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne), David Millard (R-Columbia), Michael Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), Jack Rader (R-Monroe), Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming).

The delegation reflects a variety of seniority, with three of its members being chairmen of House standing committees: Baker chairs Health Committee, Millard chairs the Tourism and Recreational Development Committee; and Pickett chairs the Insurance Committee.

Alfred Station At Scene Of Gas Leak Caused By Backhoe

At 2:55 PM on Saturday, Alfred Station Fire Dept. is on scene of a natural gas line ruptured by a backhoe reporting very loud leak.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Rt. 44 South

At 2:40 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to Rt. 44 South for a patient with seizures.

Bradford Police Searching For Armed Robber

At 2:15 PM on Saturday, Bradford Police are searching for a suspect involved in an attempted armed robbery.

They're looking for a roughly 40 year old male with a maroon hoodie and a beanie in the State Street area. Pulled a knife on a cashier at Choice and fled when the cashier would not give him anything.

Freeze Warning Tonight

Freeze Warning
Issued: 1:58 PM EDT Sep. 30, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Freeze warning in effect from midnight tonight to 9 am EDT

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a freeze
warning, which is in effect from midnight tonight to 9 am EDT
Sunday. The freeze watch is no longer in effect.

* Minimum temperatures... around 30.

* Impacts... unprotected sensitive vegetation may be damaged or

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Those with agricultural or gardening interests should protect
sensitive vegetation.

INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC Reports Drilling Started

INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Hepburn Twp Township

INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC reports drilling started on 2017-09-28 00:00:00 at site HENSLER 7 in Hepburn Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

Edna Mae GIGEE, 99, of Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY

Edna Mae GIGEE

Edna Mae GIGEE, 99, of Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY, died Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Wellsville, NY. 

Born January 24, 1918, in Friendship, NY, she was the daughter of Eugene Talbert and Veronica Mae Hall Bidwell. On May 4, 1940, in Belmont, NY, she married Wayne Francis Gigee, who predeceased her in 1994. 

A graduate of Friendship High School, she was employed by Moore Turbine during World War II as a lathe operator. 

She and her husband operated a dairy farm on Fords Brook in the 1940’s and 1950’s and later owned and operated Gigee’s Store on Bolivar Road for 24 years. 

She was a dedicated volunteer at Jones Memorial Hospital for more than 20 years and delivered Meals on Wheels after her retirement. She was a member of the Scio Senior Citizens and the Richburg Senior Citizens Club. 

Surviving are: two daughters, Phyllis Jean (Lewis) Brandes of Campbell, NY and Mary Ann (Frederick) Muhleisen of Arkport, NY; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Wayne Bidwell of Belmont, NY; and 13 nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four brothers, Clifford, Merritt, Lyle, and Joseph; a sister, Opal; and six nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 3:00 PM. The Rev. Richard C. Hurd, Pastor of the Allentown United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, Belmont, NY. 

Following the services, friends are invited to join the family at the Allentown United Methodist Church for a time of sharing memories and refreshments. 

Memorials may be made to the Allentown United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Judy Margaret Hull Virkus, 73, Wellsville, NY

On September 26, 2017, Judy Margaret Hull Virkus was called home to be with her heavenly father.

Judy was born November 30, 1943 in Buffalo to the late Russell and Betty Scott Hull. She graduated from West Seneca and attended Buffalo State for Art.

She married the love of her life Harley C. “Tim” Virkus on August 18, 1962. They had a wonderful 52 years together until his death in 2014.

Judy was a 48-year resident of Wellsville and in that time, she belonged to many organizations. She was President of the Lioness Club and Business and Professional Women and was a large part of Freeborn, Music Boosters, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little League and Secretary of YFC.

For the past 25 years, she had worked at the Alfred State Wellsville Campus Bookstore, where she was lovingly called “the Blue Shirt Lady.” She was known to purchase books and uniforms for students needing funds and guiding those who needed a loving ear.

Never a lady to sit and do nothing, Judy was interested in gardening, baking, cooking and traveling. She taught tole painting and owned a craft business, Peanut Butter Farm.

She loved rain on a tin roof, white wine, Makers Mark, summer nights in the gazebo, time with friends and celebrating Thanksgiving when her entire family would come together around the table.

Out of everything that was held dear, Judy’s family came first. Judy is survived by her brother, Scott (Cheryl) Hull; her six children, Timothy (Laurie) Virkus, Jennifer (Dave) Bentley, Steven (Donna) Virkus, Maggie (Clyde) Langan, Josie Virkus, and Dr. Annie (Nelson Estrada) Virkus; her grandchildren, Aaron, Alex, Andy, Aidan Virkus, and Jillian (Justin) Way; Nathan, Adam Bentley and Molly (Adam) Kellogg; Justin Virkus; Mackenzie Covel and Rebekah Langan; Isaiah and Xavier Scott; four great-grandchildren, Riley and Bryannah Bentley; Tobias Langan and Griffin Kellogg; many nieces, nephews and many endless friends.

Judy was the mother and friend that rejoiced in your happiness and held you in your sorrow. She loved Jesus with all her heart and because of that she was a true example of how to love others.

A celebration of Judy's life will be Saturday, October 7, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM
at Alfred State College Wellsville Campus Culinary Arts Building, 2530 River Road, Wellsville, NY 14895. Wear your flip flops, casual clothes and bring your Judy stories to share.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to: Roscoe Snell; checks made payable to: Pioneer Christian Fellowship, 303 Route 39 W, Arcade, NY 14009 or The National Tay-SACHS & Allied Diseases Association (NTSAD) @ the following: NTSAD, in memory of Judy Virkus, 2001 Beacon St., Suite 204, Boston, MA 02135.

Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.

Online condolences may be expressed at

September Galeton Weather Report

September was another beautiful month. There was a little bit of something for everyone. The month started out cool and wet. The first ten days was very cool and wet. 1.20" of rain fell. We enjoyed a 40 degree morning on the first. The remainder of the next ten days it was cool, windy and rainy. 

Then a big change took place. For the most part the month was sunny, rain free and much like July. We did receive .92" of rain on the 14th in the form of rather brief showers thanks to hurricane Irma. The nights and mornings were cool and the afternoons were very warm with readings most days in the 80's. On the 27th and 28th the temperatures were in the high 80's and low 90's. 

Then on the 29th a cold front came in with high winds for a short time and .15" of rain. The temperature dropped and it seemed more like Fall. On the 30th the temperature would struggle to reach 50. 

Frost and freeze advisories have been posted for October 1st. We had 26 foggy mornings with several mornings with very heavy, long lasting fog. We had one thunderstorm.

Unfortunately the Fall colors are not very attractive. The hills are mostly tan and brown as opposed to the reds and yellows. Perhaps the oaks will do better in October. Pine Creek is very low.

This September we had 2.27" of rain and last year we recorded 2.95" Average monthly rainfall is 4.13" The average high temperature for the month is 69 degrees and the average low is 47 degrees.

Henry W. Lush
NWS Observer

Police Announce Arrest Of Olean Man On Drug & Weapons Charges

Kevin A. Auman
City of Olean, NY Police Department

09/30/2017--The Olean Police Departments Street Crimes Unit executed a Search Warrant yesterday at approximately 3:25 p.m. at 206 North 19th. St Olean and one person was arrested.

38 year old Kevin A. Auman, who is the sole occupant of the residence, was charged with several crimes for possessing Drugs and a stolen hand gun. Investigators seized over one Pound of Marijuana, over three ounces of Cocaine, Suboxone strips, several items of drug paraphernalia and cash. 

Investigators place the value of the drugs seized as having a street value of approximately $15,000. Additional charges on Auman are possible in this case as well as other arrests. 

Listed below are the charges placed on Auman. Auman was transported to the Olean Police Station for booking procedures and is awaiting arraignment at this time.

Criminal possession of controlled substance 3rd. degree (B Felony)
Criminal possession of a controlled substance 5th. degree ( D Felony
Criminal possession of Marijuana 2nd. degree ( D Felony)
Criminal possession of a weapon 4th degree ( A Misdemeanor)
Criminal possession of stolen property 4th degree (D Felony)


Event: Frost Advisory

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Frost
Advisory, which is in effect from midnight tonight to 9 AM EDT

* MINIMUM TEMPERATURES...Low to mid 30s.

* IMPACTS...Unprotected sensitive vegetation may be damaged.

Instructions: Those with agricultural or gardening interests should protect sensitive vegetation. Potted plants should be brought indoors.
Target Area:
Northern Clinton
Northern Lycoming

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services, Inc. Seeking Candidates For Community-Based Treatment Specialist

36th Annual Antique & Collectible Show & Sale Oct. 7 & 8, 2017 At PA Lumber Museum

Let James Young Show You More Ways To Save On Auto Insurance, Call For Free Quote!!

Hamilton 's Pumpkin Patch In Ulysses, PA, Open Every Saturday & Sunday Starting September 30th

Zito Media Has An Opening For A Residential Project & Outage Management Director

Vendors Wanted For Sweden Valley Manor's Holiday Bazaar On November 18th

Zito Media Has An Opening For A Customer Service Manager For Inbound Call Center

Immediate Part-Time Administrative Assistant needed at C.A. Elliott Lumber Company

Immediate Part-Time Administrative Assistant needed at C.A. Elliott Lumber Company in Roulette, PA. 

 We are manufacturers of hardwood furniture parts that are shipped throughout the country. 

Applicant will be working directly with the President of the company. 

 Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Microsoft Office, QuickBooks and Payroll experience preferred. 

Applicants may submit resume to C.A. Elliott Lumber Co., Inc., P.O. Box 272, Roulette, PA 16746 or hand deliver to 200 Main Street, Roulette, PA 16746. Applicants may call with any questions: (814) 544-7523.

Country Farm Estate Auction Sunday, October 8th On Zoerb Hollow Road, Galeton, PA

Friday, September 29, 2017

Chicken & Biscuits Funddraiser At the Old Tannery Inn, Costello

10-1 Chicken & Biscuits, Old Tannery Inn, Costello

Punt, Pass & Kick Competition Saturday At CARP in Coudersport

Coudersport Borough Says No Sale To Sheetz; Chamber of Commerce Sells Historic Caboose

Master Gardener Basic Training Class Starts Thursday At Potter County Extension Office

Bill Pekarski: Day 389, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 389, Living life on my terms.

So for a week or more, we had temps up in the 80's and plenty of sunshine. Then on Friday, just in time for Coudersport's Homecoming football game the weather turns to nasty enough to keep me from going to the game. Some times life just isn't fair.

All in all, I really can't complain. It was a fantastic summer and fall colors are starting to shine. However, I do fear that it will be a short fall and a long winter. A long, cold, and snowy winter with me stuck in my house for the most part. I may have to plan on hosting a few poker games with the boys so I get a little interaction and some occasional visitors.

There is one person who has been anxiously awaiting winter and copious amounts of snowfall; my friend Andy Kulp. He has been posting photos of snow covered roads and cars for weeks now and praying everyday for the temperature to drop down to freezing. Well Andy, I am sure you will be getting your wish.

There are times that I really do enjoy the snow. Like when it is not to cold and it starts to fall kind of heavy. As the snow starts to measure in the inches you can appreciate the silence as the fluffy white blanket covers the landscape; lulling everything into a peaceful winter slumber.

I especially like the days when Beth doesn't have to work and we can stay home all day and watch romantic comedies (my guilty pleasure) and NCIS episodes that are backed up on the DVR. I get to pull a roast out of the freezer the night before and have it slow roasting in the oven with potatoes and carrots. Once the roast is done, I can turn the juices into a hearty beef gravy. I might even bake a pumpkin or apple pie in the morning so we have dessert as well.

Of course we will have plenty of food just incase anybody wants to stop by and the coffee pot is always at the ready. Vicki Gooch had a great post this week about always having her home open, food in the fridge, and hot coffee only minutes away if someone needs to come and sit a spell. I feel exactly the same way. We aren't rich and my house is not a mansion, but I can always offer a comfortable seat, a sympathetic ear, a tasty treat, and a cup of warmth.

Last winter, Beth and I were humbled by all of the cards and well wishes that we received. It was wonderful to be thought of by so many people, both young and old. My favorite was a batch of handmade cards I was sent by the children of a high school classmate of mine. Shannon Johnson Payne and her children took the time to make me very special cards to let me know that I was in their prayers. Those cards sit on my dresser where I can see them every day.

This year should be better as I do anticipate getting out a little more often; that is as long as the weather permits me. I just wish there was an outdoor winter activity for the children of our area like this years very successful Coudersport Rocks campaign. One of my favorite joys this summer was cruising through town watching kids on the hunt for rocks. Seeing children get out of the house and away from the play-stations and computers so they can get some exercise and have some fun was spectacular. I must duff my cap to Heather Page for getting that ball, or rock as it were, rolling.

Today I am dedicating my progress to Andy Kulp, Vicki Gooch, Shannon Johnson Payne (and family), and Heather Page. Andy for his dreams of winter, Vicki for her open heart, and Heather for her love of our community and it's children.

Herbert L. HANES, 88, of Sunderlinville, PA

Herbert L. HANES

Herbert L. HANES, 88, of Sunderlinville, PA, died Thursday, September 28, 2017 in his home. 

Born June 5, 1929, in Pike Township, PA, he was the son of Leon C. and Vera Morgan Hanes. On June 5, 1951, in Sunderlinville, he married the former Naomi Johnson, who survives. 

 He was employed by the Elkland Leather Company, Eberle Tanning Co. in Westfield, and retired from Patterson Lumber in Galeton. 

Surviving besides his wife, Naomi, are: six children, Rosemary (C. Earl) Kinter of Middlebury Center, PA, Wilma (Larry) Riley of Elmira, NY, Betty (Bob) Schurer of Oval, PA, Stuart Hanes of Scottsville, VA, Sandra (Sam) Fay of Lawrenceville, PA, and Ronald (Deborah) Hanes of Tioga, PA; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harry (Lucy) Hanes of Lawrenceville, PA, Robert Hanes of New Smyrna, FL, and Joseph (Judy) Hanes of Mills, PA; a sister, Harriett (Frank) Arreola of Magna, UT; nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his step-father, Ross Young; a son, Michael Herbert Hanes; a grandson, Nathan Hanes; and a brother, William Hanes. 

Friends may call Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Dorothy Densmore will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA. 

 Memorials may be made to Susquehanna Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901. Online condolences may be expressed at

Jay I. McGee, Sr., 88, of Burleson Ave., Roulette, PA

Jay I. McGee, Sr.

Jay I. McGee, Sr., 88, of Burleson Ave., Roulette, PA, passed away Monday (Sept. 25, 2017) in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

Born June 15, 1929, in Betula, PA, he was a son of Gerald G. and Anna B. Leonard McGee. On Jan. 11, 1956, in Frederick, MD, he married Lorraine E. Henry, who died 9/23/2003. On Feb. 7, 2008, in Coudersport, he married Marion “June” Wright, who died 11/5/2013.

Mr. McGee had worked for North Penn Gas Co., Port Allegany, for many years, retiring in 1995.

Jay was a veteran of WWII, having served in the US Navy.

He was a lifetime resident of the area and attended Smethport High School. 

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting & fishing. He enjoyed visiting the girls at Drabee’s, but most of all he enjoyed his family. 

Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Julie K. McGee of Roulette, two granddaughters, Amanda Edler and Jaden McGee, and a grandson, Jason McGee; 8 great-grandchildren: Brie, Rylee, Olivia, Emileigh, Kaitlyn, Drayden, Jayce, and Rennie; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, Lorraine and Marion, a son, Jay I. McGee, Jr, who died Jan. 26, 2016, four brothers, Francis, Kenneth, Harold, and Gerald McGee; five sisters, Kathryn Prosser, Margaret Kinney, Helen Campbell, Lenora Laschesky, and Maude Murphy.

Friends will be received from 10- 11 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 7, 2017) in the Switzer Funeral Home, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Randall Headley, officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Roulette Ambulance or Roulette Fire Department.

Condolences can be made to: 

Julie K. McGee
P.O. Box 545
Wellsboro, PA 16901

Roulette Ambulance To Third Street

At 6:50 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 7 dispatched to Third Street for a person with difficulty breathing.

Kingston P. Olinger, 77, of Summit Road, Bradford, PA

Kingston P. Olinger

Kingston P. Olinger, 77, of Summit Road, Bradford, PA, passed away Friday September 29, 2017, at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at

Coudersport Fire Dept. Dispatched & Recalled

At 5:11 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched to Potato City in Sweden Township for a smoke investigation at this morning's structure fire.

Wellsville Ambulance To Rauber Street To Evaluate Patients in Crash

At 4:27 PM on Friday, Wellsville Ambulance has been dispatched to Rauber Street to evaluate five patients involved in a property damage accident.

House Action for the Week of October 2, 2017

Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at  Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting 

The Weekly Schedule

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.


America New York RI Wang Food Group, a Maspeth, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 63,823 pounds of Heat Treated but Not Fully Cooked-Not Shelf Stable pork sausage products and beef products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.
The scope of this recall has been expanded to include an additional 9,850 pounds of Heat Treated but Not Fully Cooked-Not Shelf Stable beef and pork products that were produced on various dates from Jan. 5, 2016 through June 29, 2017.
The following additional products are subject to recall
Belmont Sausage Co. Recalls Smoked Turkey Drumstick Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
Belmont Sausage Co., an Elk Grove Village, Ill. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of smoked turkey products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
Blossom Foods, LLC Recalls Frozen Meat Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens (Aug 26, 2017)
German Sausage Haus, LLC, Recalls Meat Products Due To Possible Processing Deviation and Staphylococcal Enterotoxin Contamination (Sep 17, 2017)

Update for Duke Street Reconstruction Project in Northumberland Borough

The second construction phase of the $13.7 million Duke Street Reconstruction Project in Northumberland Borough, Northumberland County, continues next week with utility work.

Gas and overhead utility work will continue on Duke Street between 3rd Street and Pond Avenue.

A detour is in place around the construction zone. Northbound traffic will take 4th Street to King Street to 8th Street back to PA 147 North. Southbound traffic will take 8th Street to Queen Street to 5th Street back to Duke Street (PA 147 South).

Water lines continue to be relocated on Front Street.

Gas line relocation will begin on Front Street between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM. Traffic will be controlled with lane closures and flaggers for this portion of the project.

A truck detour remains in place for all trucks over 36 feet in length.

Those not making local deliveries are being ticketed by local police departments.

Roulette Ambulance To Main Street

At 4:18 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance & Coudersport Medic have been dispatched to Main Street for a male with head pain. 

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CSVT Update for Upcoming Week

Work is progressing on the Northern Section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) project in Northumberland, Union and Snyder counties as follows:
Winfield Interchange:
The contractor will be setting beams for the temporary bridge over existing Route 15 near County Line Road. Work will be done during night time hours of 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

Complete traffic stoppages of 20 minutes will be needed to set the beams across both lanes of Route 15. Work is planned for Monday evening into Tuesday morning, October 2-3, Wednesday evening into Thursday morning, October 4-5, and Friday evening into Saturday morning, October 6-7.

The temporary bridge is needed for construction equipment to haul material over existing Route 15.

The contractor will be paving South Bound lanes next week during daylight hours. Impacts to traffic will be short delays due to trucks delivering material.

Northumberland County:
There are no major impacts for traffic anticipated for the week of October

The contractor will be working on structures throughout the project. Earthwork will concentrate on filling the box culvert at Ridge Run and excavation at Acorn Drive.

River Bridge:
Construction of the river bridge piers on the west side of the river continues.

Most notably cap reinforcement was installed on Pier 4 with concrete placement scheduled for October 4.

The project is currently about 45% complete with the bridge itself currently 33% complete.

For more information on the CSVT project, please visit

Emporium Dispatched To Emporium Arms For Possible Structure Fire

At 3:50 PM on Friday, Emporium Fire Department has been dispatched to Emporium  Arms on W. Fourth Street for a report of smoke coming from Apartment 113.

Suspect Who Made Threats At Bradford Hospital Is In Police Custody


At 3:39 PM on Friday, Bradford Police have a male in custody that made threats in the Pediatric unit and caused a lockdown of the 4th floor of the Bradford Hospital. 

Area police had immediately converged on the hospital after the initial dispatch. Good job by the police in defusing a potential serious situation.

Wellsboro Community Concert Association Tusk Concert is Oct. 6 and 7

Tusk, will perform songs by Fleetwood Mac at the Deane Center in Wellsboro on Oct. 6 and 7. Shown are the members of Tusk: (from left to right) Randy Artiglere, Kim Williams, Tom Nelson, Kathy Phillips and Scott McDonald.
At 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, the Wellsboro Community Concert Association will open its 2017-2018 season with Tusk, the "Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute.” Tusk will perform in the Deane Center's Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro both nights.

"We are holding our Friday seats for our season ticket holders," said Kevin Connelly, Deane Center executive director and WCCA board vice president. "The Saturday concert is for the general public. This is a great show. In order to meet expected demand, we opted to have two performances over two days, a first for the Deane Center and WCCA.”

Tusk will take audiences on a ride down memory lane, performing the hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. Among those chart-toppers are "The Chain," "Dreams," "Go Your Own Way" and "Tusk."

Solo artist Kathy Phillips (vocals) fronts Tusk and is supported by Scott McDonald (guitar, vocals), Kim Williams (keys, vocals), Randy Artiglere (bass) and Tom Nelson (drums). Nelson is local. He is an instrumental music teacher at North Penn-Liberty High School in Liberty, Pa. and an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. They leave no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world's best-loved, top-selling bands.

In 2008, these five seasoned, well-respected musicians formed Tusk. For over 25 years, they have been making music together in various combinations and styles, performing originals and covers. It is only fitting they pay homage to Fleetwood Mac, a group that dominated the charts when Tusk band members were in their formative years.

In addition to Tusk on Oct. 6 and 7, the Wellsboro Community Concert Association is presenting the Sultans of String on Saturday, Nov. 4, the River City Brass Quintet on Saturday, Dec. 16, the Gibson Brothers on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley on Saturday, March 24, 2018 and the April Verch Band on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

To reserve tickets for a specific concert or to purchase a season ticket ($70 per adult and $30 per student, 13 and over) for all six WCCA concerts, call 570-724-6220 or visit Tickets at the door for Tusk are $25 per adult and $5 per student or child and will be sold on a first come, first served, space available basis.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 The latest news from the State Capitol
Fish Commission Playing Politics With Proposed Oswayo Hatchery Closure

Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted 6-4 to authorize Executive Director John Arway to cut $2 million from the agency’s budget by closing the Oswayo trout hatchery in Potter County, as well as two warm water facilities in Erie and Juniata counties.

According to the announcement, the hatchery would not close until late next year…or not at all if the House would approve legislation giving the commission the sole authority to increase its license fees (this is currently done through legislative action). It’s clear Director Arway and his supporters are playing politics and undermining their own mission to serve the state’s boaters and anglers. I was encouraged that our local fish commissioner, Bill Brock, voted against the decision, knowing threats are not the best way to work toward a solution to the agency’s financial stability.

The agency is currently sitting on more than $60 million in uncommitted reserve funds, which amounts to more than 100 percent of the agency’s annual budget. It is certainly more than enough money to keep these vital hatcheries open in the short term while lawmakers, who are genuinely interested in ensuring quality fishing and boating opportunities for our residents, continue to engage in reasonable, cooperative negotiations to address the fiscal situation.

According to the PFBC, closing the Oswayo hatchery alone would result in the elimination of 240,000 adult stocked trout in four lakes and 61 streams, including many in McKean, Potter, Cameron and Clinton counties. Of all the trout hatcheries in the state, Oswayo is the only one targeted for closure. This is just another example of how Harrisburg bureaucrats treat our rural communities like second-class citizens.

Click her to view a map of the waterways that would be impacted by the closure of the Oswayo hatchery.

Or click here to view a list of the waterways that would be affected
Outreach Hours Set for Oct. 5

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Oct. 5:
  • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
  • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.
Services available include assistance with any state-related issues or concerns, driver license and vehicle registration applications, and applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug assistance programs.

As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor), Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) or Kane (55 Fraley St.) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at or my Facebook page at for the latest news from state government.
Earlier this year, I was honored to sponsor House Resolution 369, which designates September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. This week, the front of the state Capitol is shining in teal in recognition of all who have been touched by this horrible cancer. I am especially sharing this photo for ovarian cancer survivor Susan Evans of Bradford, who has made it her mission to educate people about this deadly disease, which claims an average of 14,000 lives a year in the United States and 140,000 worldwide.
Reminder: Veterans Assistance Available

Veterans service officers will be available in my Bradford and Coudersport offices in October to assist veterans and their family members with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. The schedule is as follows:
  • Monday, Oct. 2, 1-3 p.m.Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Kane office, 55 Fraley St. No appointments are necessary.
  • Thursday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dan Falls of the American Legion will be at the Coudersport office, 107 S. Main St. Appointments are required and should be made by calling 814-274-9769.
Hours for the Bradford office are canceled in October due to the Columbus Day holiday and will resume in November.

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

To help prevent the fraudulent use of public assistance benefits, the House passed legislation this week to further crack down on welfare fraud by requiring proper documentation of citizenship and residency when applying for local and state benefits.

Under House Bill 1095, individuals who apply for benefits directly must provide an acceptable form of identification, or an affidavit certifying their citizenship. The bill would not change any eligibility criteria for the receipt of public benefits. It merely would update Pennsylvania law to ensure compliance with federal law.

The bill would also prohibit individuals from possessing multiple ACCESS cards. Any person who violates this prohibition would be charged with a third-degree felony. House Bill 1095 now goes to the state Senate.