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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Clarion University: The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business

Clarion University First Step Seminars

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan.  Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools and what to expect in financing your business.  See below for dates, times and locations.

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The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: DuBois: 10/18/2017

Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites
2219 Bee Line Highway
DuBois PA 15801-6319
Class Time: 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant

Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: Kittanning: 10/20/2017

Location: Armstrong Center for Community Learning
81 Glade Drive
Kittanning PA 16201-7140
Class Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: Emporium: 10/25/2017

Location: Cameron County Chamber of Commerce
34 East 4th Street
Emporium PA 15834-1412
Class Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: Clarion: 11/4/2017

Location: Clarion University SBDC (Barnes Center)
330 North Point Drive Suite 100
Clarion PA 16214-3873
Class Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: Smethport: 11/10/2017

Location: McKean County Redevelopment & Housing Authority
415 West Main St.
Smethport PA 16214-3873
Class Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: Coudersport: 11/15/2017

Location: Potter County Education Council
5 Water Street
Coudersport PA 16915-1119
Class Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: DuBois: 11/15/2017

Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites
2219 Bee Line Highway
DuBois PA 15801-6319
Class Time: 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: Kittanning: 11/17/2017

Location: Armstrong Center for Community Learning
81 Glade Drive
Kittanning PA 16201-7140
Class Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

Welcoming Alonna Lea Lampman Green Born at Cole Memorial

Welcoming Titan James Buchholz Born at Cole Memorial

Oswayo Valley (homecoming) vs Galeton Volleyball

10/12/17 Oswayo Valley (homecoming) vs Galeton Volleyball
Enjoy and purchase, link below. School spirit!

Welcoming Kennedy Reese Mitchell Born at Cole Memorial

Proposed Bill Would Prohibit Fire & EMS Personnel From Taking Pictures Or Posting On Social Media

  • HB 1835 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Requires fire and EMS companies to establish a social media policy that would apply to all members, volunteers and employees as a condition to receive grant funds.
This proposed bill would prohibit volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel from posting pictures from emergency events on their personal or station websites, Facebook, blogs etc. This also prohibits posting the name of the fire chief on social media. 

Jim says:
"Having been a firefighter and EMS volunteer in my youth, emergency scenes were always hindered by traffic from people who wanted to see what was happening. Fire Departments sharing their images online has eliminated the need for people to go to the scene. Press people at an emergency scene are usually in the way and a safety concern. I've been very happy to post pictures from emergency scenes that show firefighters and EMS people doing their job. In the past, few people other than the personnel themselves knew what  these volunteers did besides holding Bingo to raise money. If this legislation passes, be prepared to see no more pictures from emergency scenes as we return to the dark ages."

Here is a link to the proposed bill in its entirety.

Below are 2 sections of the proposed law.
(5) The act of taking pictures or making video or voice
recordings when on duty and responding to an emergency is
prohibited unless authorized by the chief of a fire company
or the supervisor or chief of an EMS company for an official
purpose that directly relates to a training or investigative
(6) The act of posting, uploading, downloading or
sharing images, recordings or videos taken when on duty and
responding to an emergency is prohibited.

House Action for the Week of October 16, 2017

View The Weekly Schedule by Clicking Here

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.

Welcoming Dean James Monroe Born at Cole Memorial

Welcoming Riley May Van Elten Born at Cole Memorial

9th Annual BookFest is Saturday, Oct. 21

Bill Robertson (shown) will be dressed in his Bucktail uniform and have copies of the many books he has written, including the one he is holding,  "Lurking in Pennsylvania," a collection of three decades of his best horror stories.
The Ninth Annual Wellsboro BookFest, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. The focus of BookFest is to encourage community interest in literacy, reading and writing.

Spearheading the event are Tammy Knowlton, Wellsboro Area High School librarian and Kasey Cox Coolidge, manager of From My Shelf Books & Gifts.
Attending BookFest will be 20 visiting authors. The author portion of the event is free and open to the public.

“This year's used book sale promises to be our best, with the widest selection of genres and the greatest number of books from which to choose," said Knowlton. The used book sale has a $5 entry fee for people ages 10 and older. To reduce the fee to zero, attendees can get signatures from five visiting authors: $1 will be taken off the entry fee for each author's signature up to $5 total.
Bags and author signature sheets will be provided.

All books at the used book sale will be $5 a bag. The sale is being held to raise money to support the Wellsboro Area School District's four public school libraries. All money from the sale will be given to the libraries to purchase new and used books.

Local and regional authors attending this year's BookFest will have copies of their books for sale and be available to talk to anyone interested in learning more about the writing and publishing process. They represent a variety of genres and publishing venues. Among them are writers of Christian and children's books, local history, poetry and mysteries.

"Our authors are coming from as far away as River Edge, New Jersey and Philadelphia and locally," said Coolidge.

Authors returning to BookFest are: Wellsboro residents Kevin Coolidge (children's books), Bob Cox, Jr. (New England pre-colonial and colonial history), Frank Deter (a memoir about his hunting dog) and Linda Stager (local nature guide); Shirley Brosius of Millersburg (Christian women's devotional); Cheryl Edgcomb of Knoxville (Christian memoir); V. L. Locey of Middlebury Center (GLBT; romance); Dawn Lubertowicz of Tunkhannock (romance, urban fantasy); and"Bucktail" William P. Robertson of Duke Center, (young adult historical fiction, horror and poetry).

Newcomers include: Daril Bentley of Elmira, N.Y. (poetry); Anne Bishop of Liberty (children's books); Joseph Brought of Wellsboro (fantasy); Beth Brubaker of Philadelphia (journals; puzzle books); Nick Fidler of Williamsport (fantasy); Kellse T. Krick of Wellsboro (poetry); Samantha Lienhard of Blossburg (horror); Christy Nicholas of Corning, N.Y. (fantasy); Louis Romano of River Edge, N.J. (thriller; noir fiction); Bruce Taneski of Philadelphia (Vietnam memoir; historical fiction); and Lannie Zimmer of Troy (children's books).

Those who have books they would like to donate to the sale are asked to drop them off at the high school or at From My Shelf Books during school and bookstore hours between now and Monday, Oct. 16. Magazines, encyclopedias or Time Life book sets will not be accepted.

For information about the used book sale, call the bookstore at 570-724-5793 or like the Wellsboro BookFest Facebook page.

Sinnemahoning, Jay Township Dispatched To Motorcycle/Deer Crash

At 9:24 PM on Saturday, Sinnemahoning and Jay Township have been dispatched to the area of 15888 Route 555 in Benezette Township for a motorcycle/deer accident. A motorcyclist is reported unconscious in the roadway.

New Hudson Dispatched To Vehicle Fire On Cloverleaf Road

At 9:10 PM on Saturday, New Hudson Fire Department has been dispatched to a vehicle fire across from the Mill on Cloverleaf Road. Cuba ambulance has been dispatched on this call.

Manley G. HARRIS, 95, formerly of East Main Street, Angelica, NY,

Manley G. HARRIS

Manley G. HARRIS, 95, formerly of East Main Street, Angelica, NY, died Friday, October 13, 2017 in Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Wellsville, NY following a long illness. 

Born September 18, 1922, in Centerville, NY, he was the son of Ralph W. and Clara Austin Harris. On August 20, 1943, in Wellsville, NY, he married the former Virginia L. Wood, who predeceased him on May 8, 2003. 
WWII Veteran

A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army. 

Manley resided in Angelica for 49 years, operating the Harris Grocery Store with his wife from 1949 – 1987.

 He was a member and past master of Melrose Lodge F&AM in Angelica, Corning Consistory, past patron of Angelica Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Angelica Conservation Club. While a member of the Angelica Hose Co., he was instrumental in establishing the Angelica Fire Co. Rescue Squad. 

Most of all he was known as the “town’s practical joker.” 

 Surviving are: a daughter, Judy Harris of Belfast, NY; granddaughter, Jackie (Tom Caruso) Greene of Angelica; great-granddaughters, Genevieve Greene and Lealah Greene, both of Angelica; a sister, Shirley Moore of Clarence, NY; nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

 In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, Harold Harris and Kenneth Harris. 

Friends may call Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 3:00 – 8:00 PM at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY, where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Steven Crowell, Pastor of the Angelica United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Until the Day Dawn Cemetery, Angelica. Masonic services will be rendered 7:30 PM Tuesday evening in the funeral home by members of Melrose Lodge F&AM. 

Following the service on Wednesday, friends are invited to gather at the American Legion Post in Angelica to reminisce and share their favorite memories of Manley. Refreshments will be served. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Angelica Hose Co. or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Coudersport Dispatched For Tree Down on Rt. 49

At 5:47 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. dispatched to area of 842 Rt. 49 for a tree down blocking the roadway.

Ethel E. STAMBAUGH, 91, of Whitesville, NY


Ethel E. STAMBAUGH, 91, of Whitesville, NY, died Thursday, October 12, 2017 surrounded by many of her twelve children. 

Ethel was born the seventh child of John and Ethel Small on September 19, 1926. She had many fond memories of her early life on the family farm near Hanover, PA. The lessons she learned there about working hard and taking care of your family served her well for the rest of her life. 

On February 10, 1945, in McSherrystown, PA, she married Curvin Stambaugh, who predeceased her on May 4, 1992. Ethel was a graduate of Delone Catholic High School. Soon after her marriage, she followed her husband to Potter County. They spent the next 40 years raising their large family in Northern PA and Southern NY.

 Ethel enjoyed traveling, her flowers, baseball games, but most of all spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. 

 Surviving are: three sisters, Elsie Neiderer and Rita Neiderer, both of Hanover, and Jean Southard of Owing Mills, MD; two sons, Wayne P. Stambaugh of Port Allegany, PA and Daniel I. (Angie) Stambaugh of York, PA; eight daughters, Linda M. Blow of Atlanta, GA, Ellen E. (Jim) Rimel of Coudersport, PA, Jean M. (Charles) Cutler of Whitesville, Ann E. (Brody) Payne of Rome, NY, Peggy A. Gilliams (Curtis Hopson) of Rochester, NY, Julia F. (Don) Lewis of Rexville, NY, Fay L. (Steve) Hunt of Wellsville, NY, and Amy J. (Don) Meehan of Rexville; 30 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a large extended family which includes Burdett and Lois Cowburn of Ulysses, PA, Terry Blow of Murrieta, CA, Lora Stickles of Port Allegany, Virginia Meehan of Rexville, Bev Close of Roulette, PA, and all the lovely ladies who provided loving care and companionship for her in her last years. 

 In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sons, Charles J. Stambaugh and Bruce E. Stambaugh; an adored grandson, Tyler E. Hunt; a beloved grandson-in-law, Dean E. Vemacotola; and beloved granddaughter-in-law, Kristin Hunt. 

Friends may call Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM, Monday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Genesee, PA. The Rev. Joseph V. Dougherty will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in North Bingham Cemetery with a celebration of her life to follow immediately after in the church hall. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Independence Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 309, Whitesville, NY 14897. Online condolences may be expressed at

Coudersport Ambulance To Alliance Avenue

At 5:05 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic dispatched to Alliance Avenue for a medical emergency.

The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) eComment has a new open comment period starting today:

Document Title: DRAFT: Advisory Committee Guidelines
Start date: 10/14/2017
End date: 12/13/2017 11:59:59 PM
Category: Policy
Program Area: General
PA Bulletin: (published 10/14/2017)  To provide your comments, please visit eComment.

Document Title: DRAFT: Policy for the Development and Review of Regulations (012-0820-001)
Start date: 10/14/2017
End date: 12/13/2017 11:59:59 PM
Category: Policy
Program Area: General
PA Bulletin: (published 10/14/2017) To provide your comments, please visit eComment.

Document Title: DRAFT: Policy for the Development and Publication of Technical Guidance (012-0900-001)
Start date: 10/14/2017
End date: 12/13/2017 11:59:59 PM
Category: Policy
Program Area: General
PA Bulletin: (published 10/14/2017) To provide your comments, please visit eComment.

Message From Ulysses, Genesee & Harrison Township Fire Companies

Coudersport Ambulance To Mosch's Tavern

At 2:05 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic has been dispatched to Mosch's Tavern for a patient with chest pains.

Dawn H. Shymansky, 79, of Millport, PA

Dawn H. Shymansky

Dawn H. Shymansky, 79, of Millport, PA, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

Country Moving Auction Saturday, October 21st, On Summit Road In Bradford, PA

Full or Part Time Positions in Therapeutic Staff Support Available Thru Sagewood, Inc. In Port Allegany, Shinglehouse & Coudersport Areas

Mansfield, Daggett Dispatched To ATV/Car Crash With Serious Injury

At 9:49 AM on Saturday, Mansfield & Daggett Fire Depts. & Erway ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 2317 Bailey Creek Road for a car/ATV accident with one serious injury. Guthrie Air has been requested.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Teachers: Farmers Insurance Offers A Preferred Discount For Going The Extra Mile

Christine Fink Hosting Global Youth Seminar Saturday At Gospel Tabernacle Upper Sanctuary


Oswayo Borough Seeking Sealed Bids For Winter Road Maintenance

Full & Part Time Yard Jockey Work Available In Bradford

Harvest Celebration Saturday At God's Adventure Camp In Roulette, PA

Eldred Township VFD Bingo Saturday; New Merchandise Auction On Sunday

Hamilton 's Pumpkin Patch In Ulysses, PA, Open Every Saturday & Sunday Noon Until Dark

Bradford Township Police Warn Violators At Recycling Station

Bradford Township Police Department

Please Recycle Responsibly
These pictures are from the Recycling Site at Bradford Township.
An Employee at Bradford Township cleaned up this mess on their own time. If that person did not clean up the items they would have been cleaned up by the garbage crew and taken to the landfill. This is not the first time this site has been cleaned up. If the containers are full then we ask that you bring it back another time. We ask that you not stockpile and bring a pickup truck full of items. This is not fair to those who recycle responsibly.

Bradford Township Police and Employees will be monitoring the site. Those caught littering will be charged a fine not less than $50.00 and a maximum of $300.00.


The containers are switched out 3 times a week – usually Monday/ Wednesday/Friday
Please empty and rinse all containers as well as flatten and break down cardboard boxes.

NO PLASTIC BAGS or wrapping, window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, dishes, pyrex, ceramics, paper towels, facial tissue, Styrofoam, recyclables containing food waste, paints, oils, hazardous material, needles, syringes, VCR tapes, CDs/DVDs, scrap metal, pots, pans, batteries, hard-cover books, Clothing/textiles, wood/lumber, yard trimmings, 3-ring/spiral notebooks.

Corrugated Cardboard must be flattened, dry food boxes, cores, paper bags, and egg, milk, and juice cartons. File folders and office paper all colors. Newpaper all sections and inserts. Mail and greeting cards junk mail and envelopes. Magazines and phone books catalogs and soft cover books.
#1 - #7
It must have the number on the item to be recyleable.
Empty metal and aerosol cans, aluminium, tin, and foil
Food jars and beverage

Phillip H. “Phil” Buttermore, 77, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Chambersburg

Phillip H. Buttermore
“beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother”

Phillip H. “Phil” Buttermore, 77, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Chambersburg, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, in UPMC Hamot, Erie, after a lengthy illness.

Born on May 12, 1940, in Meadville, he was a son of Harrison R. and Edith A. Brown Buttermore. In November 2014, he married Mary C. Smith, who survives.

Vietnam War Veteran
Phil was a graduate of Meadville High School and Pennsylvania State University, receiving Masters in both Art and Special Education. 

He served his country during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. 

A lifelong educator and a practicing artist and cartoonist, he will be remembered by those who knew him for his kindness, generosity and sense of humor. 

He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Civil Liberties Union. 

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Robert D. Buttermore; two daughters, Ana Robinson and Mary Pham; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert C. (Kathleen) Buttermore; a sister, Carol (Donald Hobson) DeGrange; four nieces; and a great nephew. 

In addition to his parents, Phil was predeceased by a son, Andrew “Santo”.

A private celebration of Phil’s life will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, with his brother-in-law, the Reverend Dr. Donald Hobson, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Phil’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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

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


Battistoni Italian Specialty Meats, LLC, Recalls Salami and Capocollo Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
Battistoni Italian Specialty Meats, LLC, a Buffalo, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 22,630 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) Genoa Salami and Capocollo products that may have been contaminated with foreign matter, specifically aluminum.

Youth Seminar Saturday At Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle

There will be a John Maxwell Seminar held Sat., Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm in the Upper Room Sanctuary at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle hosted by Christine Fink.

This is a seminar geared toward our Youth about turning your failure into success! During this event, youth will be equipped, inspired and empowered to have a positive self image, respect themselves and others, be a positive influence, and fail forward toward success!! 

The goal is to spark an intentional and lifelong leadership interest in today's youth!! This is a free event open to the community!! Please encourage our future leaders of tomorrow to come! Hope to see you all there!

 Gina Minor‎

Calvin Campfield “Gus” Rossman, 91, of Warren, PA

Calvin Rossman

Calvin Campfield “Gus” Rossman, 91, of Warren, PA, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at U.P.M.C. Hamot in Erie, PA.

Born on September 7, 1926 in Warren, PA, he was the son of the late Elmer and Gertrude Haise Rossman. 

WWII Navy Veteran
Gus was employed for many years at GTE Sylvania. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Struthers Hose and was a veteran of World War II having served with the U.S. Navy. Gus was a simple man, enjoyed taking care of his yard, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Gus is survived by his wife of 67 years, Emilie Andersen Rossman, whom he married on May 27, 1950 in Warren, PA; 2 children – Andrea Atkins of Warren, PA, and Mark Rossman and companion, Catherine Phillips, of Warren, PA; 6 grandchildren – Aaron, Mynda, Taylor, Jenna, Bayli, and Rachel; 5 great-grandchildren – Ella, Pacen, Piper, Calvin and Leland, and one niece – Dianne Seymour Brown. 

In addition to his parents, Gus was preceded in death by 1 son – Geoffrey “Jody” Rossman, 1 grandson – Brooks Rossman, 1 brother – Harrison “Sam” Rossman, and 1 sister – June Seymour.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA, on Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 2pm until 4pm at which time a funeral service will be held with Rev. Susan M. Scofield, interim pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. 

Those wishing to place a memorial may do so through Paws Along The River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA, 16365, or to a charity of one’s choice.

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Another New Business On Coudersport's Main Street

Coudersport Main Street

On this Feel Good Friday, we feel good about new Main Street businesses!
Improvements are evident in the JC Penney building on Main Street, Coudersport, as Brodhun's Power House prepares to open Saturday, December 2 at 9:00 am. 

Among the services offered at the family-owned facility are Saturday Crossfit, Customized Meal Plans, Youth Training, Online Health and Fitness Coaching, Personal Training, Discounts, Family Rates, and 24/7 Facility Rates. 

Visit their Facebook page,, for membership fees, early sign up specials, and updates. Call 814-558-5502 for more information.

Wolf Administration Launches Multi-Agency Social Media Campaign to Educate All Drivers on Teen Driver Challenges

Harrisburg, PA –The Wolf Administration announced today a combined effort, led by PennDOT and supported by other state agencies and safety partners, to educate motorists on challenges facing teen drivers through a social media campaign during Teen Driver Safety Week.

The Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, along with the Pennsylvania DUI Association, Pennsylvania Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and several school bus safety partners will join PennDOT in presenting information for and about teen drivers through Facebook posts and Facebook Live segments Monday through Friday next week. Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed October 15-21 as Teen Driver Safety Week in Pennsylvania to coincide with the national observance.

PennDOT data shows that from 2012 to 2016, there were 87,433 crashes involving at least one 16- to 19-year old driver in Pennsylvania, resulting in 592 fatalities. Over 71 percent of those crashes involved the teen driver driving too fast for conditions (32,466 crashes), driver inexperience (9,959), driver distraction (14,621) or improper/careless turning (13,255). There was a total of 62,413 crashes involving one or more of these teen driver factors.

“Parents, students and all drivers need to work together to help new drivers gain the valuable experience and knowledge to help make our highways safer for everyone,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Social media offer us a platform to reach a wide range of audiences with this important safety message.”

The awareness campaign starts Monday with a video message from Richards, reminding all drivers to share the road and recognize that it is Teen Driver Safety Week. Teen driver safety advocate Maria Goldman of SADD later shares her motivation behind championing safe driving efforts at her school.

On Tuesday, Shawn McGlinchey of Krapf Bus Company and two of his award-winning drivers will focus on challenges teen drivers face relative to bus stop awareness at schools and school bus stops during a Facebook Live segment from School Bus Safety Week recognition ceremonies at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

Wednesday starts with a Pennsylvania State Police Facebook Live segment. PSP representatives will discuss the importance of driver training in providing a sound basis for good driving habits with a driver’s education instructor, and how that training can help drivers avoid problems with law enforcement. Parents join in the discussion later in the day and express what they feel is important to remember as a teen driver or teen driver mentor.

Experienced drivers join the discussion on Thursday, sharing advice they would give a teen who is learning to drive. Teens then join the forum, sharing information on how they would like to be treated on the road and the challenges they face learning to drive.

The campaign wraps up Friday as the Pennsylvania Insurance Department hosts a Facebook Live segment, outlining questions and concerns from young drivers and their parents on insurance requirements. The Pennsylvania Insurance Department, in conjunction with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, developed a lesson for high school students, called Insurance 101 For Teen Drivers. The lesson is available for teachers at, on the Auto Insurance page.

“This interactive lesson teaches new drivers and soon-to-be drivers the basics of auto insurance, and shows them how being careful behind the wheel is not only important for everyone’s safety, but can also save the students and their parents money on car insurance,” said Acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman.

Join us in this important conversation by using the hashtag #PATeenDriver. Like the Department on Facebook at and Instagram at Follow PennDOT on Twitter at

ServSafe Food Safety Course

ServSafe is a certification program developed by the Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The course meets certification requirements for individuals who are responsible for the safe handling of food in restaurants, schools, elder care facilities, lodges, bed & breakfasts, community centers, and other food concessions (organizations or businesses that sell or prepare food on a regular basis).

This class is being held on Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday October 26, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Education Council’s Coudersport office. The cost is $185 and includes book, study guide and exam. The registration deadline is October 17. For more information or to register, call 877-489-7398 or go to .

Allenbaugh Receives Outstanding Alumnus Award at Penn State DuBois

Allenbaugh Alumni Award
Outstanding Alumni Award Winner Bill Allenbaugh, center, was presented with his award by Chancellor M. Scott McBride, right, and Alumni Society President Kris Cryster.
DuBOIS – Bill Allenbaugh, an alumnus and retired faculty member of Penn State DuBois, has received the 2017 Penn State DuBois Alumni Society Outstanding Alumni Award.

Allenbaugh graduated in from Penn State in 1973 with a BS in Law Enforcement and Corrections. He then went on to earn his master's from Slippery Rock in 1990, and became a licensed psychologist in 1994. Bill and his wife, Nancy, opened a private practice together in 1995, with Nancy serving as financial director. The practice was dedicated to treatment of sex offenders, victims of sexual abuse, and drug and alcohol treatment.

Beginning in 1994, Allenbaugh taught classes on human behavior related to drug use and sexuality at Penn State DuBois since. Both Bill and Nancy have demonstrated strong support of the campus and students over the years. They have volunteered for alternative spring break service trips to such places as Washington D.C. and Arizona, where they joined students in community service projects. They have also sponsored scholarships for summer youth programs on campus. He retired from teaching in 2015.

In 2014, Bill and Nancy established the William and Nancy Allenbaugh Scholarship at Penn State DuBois. The fund provides recognition and financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate students who are enrolled, or plan to enroll in the Human Development and Family Studies program at Penn State DuBois, who also have a need for funds to help cover college expenses.

The Penn State DuBois Alumni Society Outstanding Alumni Award is given annually to an individual who graduated from, or attended campus 11 to 40 years ago, and demonstrates professional leadership with an impact on society, leadership within their professional field, citizenship in their community, and engagement with a campus or alumni group.

Sandy L. Spehar, 74, of 158 West Warren Road, Bradford, PA

Sandy L. Spehar

Sandy L. Spehar, 74, of 158 West Warren Road, Bradford, PA, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 at her residence. 

 Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., with a full obituary. 

 Online condolences can be expressed at

Cheryl L. Perry, 70, of 1912 Petrolia Road, Wellsville, NY

Cheryl L. Perry

Cheryl L. Perry, 70, of 1912 Petrolia Road, Wellsville, NY, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday (Oct. 9, 2017) shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 16, 1947, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Robert Harold and Elizabeth Jean (Erwin) Perry.

Cheryl was a 1965 graduate of Scio Central School. She was currently employed as the church administrator for the Wellsville Full Gospel Church. 

She was the founder and former owner of the ""Daily Grind"" a coffee and gift shop in Coudersport, Pa. She was formerly employed as a graphic artist for the Potter Leader-Enterprise Newspaper in Coudersport, and was a commercial graphic artist for the Burroughs Corporation in Rochester. 

She was an active member of the Wellsville Full Gospel Church. She enjoyed art, reading, photography and watching the birds and wildlife on her property.

She is survived by a sister, Nancy L. Nygard and her husband Gary of Carlisle, Pa., and a brother, Dean R. Perry and his wife Cheryl of Wellsville; two nephews, Brent L. Nygard and his wife Pam and Adam L. Nygard and his wife Jennifer; as well as several great nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday (Oct. 13, 2017) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. Friends may also call on Saturday (Oct. 14, 2017) from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Wellsville Full Gospel Church, 2221 Hanover Hill Road. The funeral will follow visitation on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Jessie Tanner presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Full Gospel Church, in memory of Cheryl Perry. 

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Jon D. Williams, age 78 of Westfield, PA

Jon D. Williams

Jon D. Williams, age 78, of Westfield, PA,  passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Elderwood at Hornell, NY. Born October 30, 1938 in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of the late Roy and Esther (Sandell) Williams.

Jon worked as a heavy equipment operator for Consolidated Natural Gas for 35 years. He was a member of the Jemison Valley Brethren in Christ Church, NRA, Trout Unlimited and the Tioga County Historical Society. 

He was an avid outdoorsman; loved hunting and fishing. Most of all he loved spending time with family and grandchildren; never missing a ballgame or event that his kids or grandkids were in.

Jon is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Beverly (Treat) Williams; two sons, Adam and Peggy Williams and Boyd and Denice Williams of Westfield; grandchildren, Katie (Tyler) Ackley, Blair (Levi) Eck, Sabrina (Matt) Gardner, Kasey (Brian) Robinson, Trevor (Jennifer Sherman) Williams and Brynn Williams and great grandchildren, Jacob, Chase and Luke Ackley, Lincoln Eck and Bentley and Madelyn Gardner. 

 He was preceded in death by a son, Eric Williams in 1966.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, 12:00 – 2:00 PM at the Jemison Valley Brethren in Christ Church. A memorial service will be held immediately following at 2:00 PM with Pastor Gary Wolfe officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jemison Valley Church, 5870 PA-249, Westfield, PA 16950 or to the Tioga County Historical Society, 120 Main St., Wellsboro, PA 16901. 

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Lane Closure Next Week on I-80 EB in Montour County

10/13/2017---Montoursville, PA – Motorists in Montour County are advised there will be a lane closure in place next week on Interstate 80 eastbound in Montour

Beginning Monday, October 16, the right (driving) lane of I-80 eastbound will be closed from mile 216.5 to mile 218.5 for concrete repairs.

The lane will be closed from 6:30 AM Monday to 9 AM Friday, October 20.

Delays are expected, especially during peak hours. Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.


Roulette Eagle
Hunters can help keep eagles safe by burying entrails of harvested game.

An increasing number of bald eagles have been admitted to wildlife-rehabilitation centers across Pennsylvania exhibiting signs of illness such as weakness, lethargy, emaciation, labored respiration and drooping wings. Blood tests often reveal that the eagles are suffering from lead toxicity.

Lead poisoning occurs when toxic levels of lead are absorbed into the body.

Raptors are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning because when they ingest lead particles, the acidic nature of their stomach causes rapid absorption of the metal, said Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Veterinarian Justin Brown.

“Lead poisoning is a debilitating disease in bald eagles,” said Brown. “You have this powerful bird and you find it in the field – limp and weak. You can pick it up and it doesn’t even know you are there. “

After a blood test reveals that a bald eagle has lead toxicity, intensive treatments can begin. Drugs treatments can take the metal out of the body’s tissue and blood. And if metal is detected in an eagle’s digestive system, it can be flushed out and removed. But treatment often is unsuccessful because the eagles have already absorbed too much lead.

In the past year, Red Creek Wildlife Center has treated 12 bald eagles with lead toxicity and only one of those eagles survived, said center director Peggy Hentz.

“As there are more eagles in the wild, we are getting more eagles in the wildlife-rehabilitation centers and the problem has become evident,” Hentz said.

Since 2006, the Game Commission has been conducting necropsies on bald eagles that die to monitor causes of death and potential diseases. The data from 2006 to 2016 reveals that approximately one-third of the state’s known bald-eagle mortalities are associated with a toxin, with lead being the most common. In fact, lead toxicity is a significant cause of death in all raptors, not just eagles.

Lead is a heavy, relatively inexpensive, malleable metal, which often is used in fishing lures, ammunition and other materials. Research has shown that fragments of lead can be found as far as 18 inches from a bullet’s point of impact. In addition, 30 to 40 percent of the lead can remain in the target after the bullet has passed through. Small-game carcasses and big-game entrails that remain in the field could contain lead that might be ingested by opportunistic scavenging eagles and other wildlife.

The main source of ingested lead has not been clearly identified. However, hunters can help to reduce the potential that bald eagles ingest lead fragments from the remains of harvested game animals by burying the carcasses and gutpiles, or by covering them with branches. Doing so will make it less likely that aerial scavengers will find and consume the remains, which might contain lead particles. Hunters also could consider eliminating lead from their harvests by using non-lead ammunition.

Although lead toxicity has been identified as a leading cause of mortality among the state’s eagles, the eagle population continues to thrive and increase in number. In the early 1980s, there were only three active bald eagle nests in Pennsylvania. Today, thanks to the restoration efforts of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and partners, there are more than 250 active bald eagle nests in the state. Bald eagles met the requirements for removal from the state threatened species list in 2014 and are now classified as a protected species.


Vermont Livestock Slaughter And Processing LLC, Recalls Ground Beef Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination
Vermont Livestock Slaughter and Processing, LLC, a Ferrisburg, Vt., establishment, is recalling approximately 133 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

DEP Accepting Feedback on Enhancing Public Engagement

Harrisburg, PA – In order to enhance public engagement, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced its proposed improvements to three policy documents, and is seeking comments on the proposed updates. The policies focus on development and review of regulations, interaction with Advisory Committees, and development and publication of technical guidance.

Originally developed in the 1990s, these policies provide an overview of how DEP implements the Commonwealth’s regulatory review process, the function of its advisory committees, boards and councils, and DEP’s Technical Guidance Document development process, respectively.

The Policy for the Development and Review of Regulations illustrates the avenues an individual can take to engage with DEP during the regulatory process. Additional clarity was added to specify what, why and how DEP carries out its regulatory obligations under the Regulatory Review Act.

The Advisory Committee Guidelines reflect the integration of technology in advisory meetings, providing additional flexibility and transparency to the public and stakeholders. The policy will help provide consistency regarding expectations for DEP staff, committee members, and the public for all meetings.

The Policy for the Development and Publication of Technical Guidance improves readability, outlines DEP’s key considerations for the development of TGDs, and provides direction to individuals interested in providing or reviewing comments submitted to DEP during a public comment period.

“These updated policies will provide a clearer path for the public to engage with DEP during the development of regulations and technical guidance documents,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “It’s essential that we have the best possible process to receive feedback from Pennsylvania’s residents and businesses in the development of policies that protect the environment.”

DEP will accept comments on all three policies from October 14 through December 13. To view the draft policies and submit comments electronically using DEP’s eComment system, visit:

Written comments on the draft policies should be sent to Abbey Cadden, Technical Guidance Coordinator, Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Policy, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.

Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. All comments, including those submitted by email, must include the originator’s name and address.

DEP to Cover Cost of at Least 800 Agricultural Plans for Clean Water in Pennsylvania’s Part of Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will reimburse farmers in Pennsylvania’s part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for the cost of preparing hundreds of agricultural plans for clean water.

“We know it can be a challenge, especially for small operations, to afford fees for technical help on plans for pollutant reduction in local streams and rivers,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Through reimbursements to farmers, our Agricultural Plan Reimbursement Program will cover the cost of preparation of at least 800 and as many as 2,200 plans.”

The program is part of a commitment that Governor Wolf, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in 2016 to make state and federal funding available to improve water quality in Pennsylvania’s 43 counties in the Bay watershed for local benefit and, ultimately, all partner states in the watershed.

“Farmers recognize the importance of conservation stewardship because they depend on clean water and healthy soil,” said Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Throughout the watershed—and throughout the state—there are countless farmers who want to do the right thing when it comes to protecting our natural resources. This reimbursement plan is part of Governor Wolf’s commitment to investing in Pennsylvania farmers, the viability of their operations, and the health of our waterways.”

State regulations require all farmers to implement manure management, nutrient management, or agriculture erosion and sediment control plans and, in some cases, more than one of these plans. The regulations are a key component of Pennsylvania’s effort to meet its EPA-mandated water pollution reduction targets for the Chesapeake Bay.
To prepare their plans, many farmers enlist technical experts, whose services generally cost from $500 to $1,500 per plan, depending on the size of the farm.

Farmers can now be reimbursed for plans developed after January 1, 2017.

Consultants are coordinating the reimbursement program, conducting extensive outreach to farmers, and supplying potential options for farmers who are seeking technical experts.

The deadline to register to participate in the program is April 1, 2018, and plans must be submitted to the appropriate consultant by May 30.

Farmers in the Bay watershed in Bradford, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Elk, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties should contact:

Coordinator: Sara Bolton, Larson Design Group, Inc
1000 Commerce Park Dr.
Williamsport, PA 17701

Update on Coudersport Main Street Bridge closing

Because of equipment issues the bridge pour will be Tuesday and Wednesday.
Main Street should be closed Tuesday and Wednesday instead of Monday.

Whitesville Dispatched To Central School For Fire Alarm

At 1:19 PM on Friday, Whitesville Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a fire alarm at Whitesville Central School.

Work Continues Next Week on I-80 in Northumberland County

10/13/2017---Montoursville, PA – A 5.5-mile microsurfacing project on Interstate 80 in Northumberland and Montour Counties continues next week.

The contractor will complete an epoxy based surface treatment on the eastbound bridge just west of the Limestoneville exit in Northumberland County.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the contractor will work on the westbound structure at the Limestoneville exit.

Lane restrictions will be in place each day from 8 AM to 3 PM.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution through the work area.

This work is weather permitting.

Trump’s Tax Plan Only Benefits the Wealthy;Turns His Back on Working Families

This week, President Trump visited Pennsylvania to tout his new tax plan. As expected, it’s a plan that lines the pockets of the wealthy while providing little relief
to the rest of us. In fact, it will hurt most American families.

It’s estimated that the plan will add as much as $1 trillion over 10 years to our budget deficit.

The wealthiest 1 percent of Pennsylvanians, who have an average income of $1.7 million, would receive a whopping 49.7 percent of the total tax cut in the state with an average reduction of $1,307 a week.

Meanwhile, the 20 percent of Pennsylvania families in the middle, who have an average income of $51,600, would receive 7.4 percent of the total tax cut in the state with an average reduction of $8.46 a week.

And, the 20 percent of Pennsylvania families with the lowest incomes, who have an average income of $13,700, would only receive 1.1 percent of the total tax cut in the state with an average reduction of just $1.35 a week.

Because Trump’s plan eliminates the state and local tax deduction from federal income taxes, 17.5 percent of Pennsylvanians will see their taxes go up.

Our state is still grappling with its own unresolved budget and a $2 billion deficit. This tax plan will deepen our budget hole and devastate individuals and families across Pennsylvania, especially those who rely on important programs and services.

We have seen enormous increase in economic inequality in this country in the last 40 years.

We should be working reduce that inequality by raising taxes on the top 1 percent and providing better services, especially health care for the working people and the middle class.

Instead, the Trump program goes exactly in the wrong direction by providing an enormous, unfair, unnecessary and irresponsible tax cut for those whose incomes have been going skyrocketing.

To help pay for the tax cuts, the Trump-GOP budget plan calls for huge cuts in federal programs and services on which our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians rely: $1.3 trillion cut from Medicaid $470 million from Medicare $650 billion from income security programs including SNAP (food stamps), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSDI) earned income (EITC) and child care tax (ACTC) credits for working families $100 billion from Pell grants

If enacted, the following pain will result in the next decade:

  • 20 million or more people would lose their health insurance
  • Housing assistance would be eliminated for more than 1 million families
  • Heating assistance (LIHEAP) would be eliminated for nearly 700,000 seniors on fixed incomes, people with disabilities and families with children
  • Nutrition assistance would be eliminated for 1.25 million women, infants and children
  • After-school and summer programs would be eliminated for almost 2 million students.
  • Job training and employment services would be cut, depriving 570,000 people of help
  • Funding for Special Olympics education would be eliminated
  • Support would be cut for child care, Head Start, and other early childhood education services
  • Head Start services would be eliminated for 25,000 children
  • Pell Grant funding would be slashed by more than $100 billion
  • Funding for the National Institutes of Health would be cut by $37 billion over the next decade, which would cut funding for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and other critical medical research

Although Trump’s plan is just an outline right now, we must all continue to pay attention as Republican-led Congress attempts to implement this plan as legislation.

Learn more about the issues and provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Agenda of Potter County Commissioners Meeting of October 12, 2017