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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Ernest H. Johnson, Jr., 94, Youngstown, Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN – Ernest H. Johnson, Jr., a longtime Youngstown area general contractor, passed away peacefully at Hospice House on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.

He was born in Akron on Oct. 3, 1923, oldest son of the late Ernest H. Johnson Sr. and his late wife, Ellen, and beloved brother of the late Jack Grover Johnson, killed in the World War II invasion of Leyte in 1944.

Ernie grew up on the family farm in Ravenna and enjoyed tending to the land and animals. In 1939, the family moved to Youngstown. He graduated from Fitch High School in 1942 and later attended the Youngstown State University.

He worked alongside his father, learning the building trade. He became a very skilled carpenter and loved his work. He had an incredible work ethic and liked to stay active. Ernie built many homes in the Youngstown area and was known as a very knowledgeable, hardworking and reliable contractor. No matter how challenging a task, Ernie would come up with a creative solution for his customers. He worked with his backhoe and dump truck till the very end.

Every spring he planted a huge vegetable garden and shared its bounty with friends. He was watering his garden when he fell ill.

Ernie leaves many relatives around the country and in Sweden to mourn his passing, especially his close cousins, Margaretha Palmer of Toledo, Raymond Larson of Bismarck, N.D., Betty Redington of Jamestown, N.Y., Donna Jewart of Pooler, Ga., Carlton Larson of Port Allegany, Pa., Lois Howe of McCormick, S.C., Marjorie Burr of Smethport, Pa., Ted Larson of Jamestown, Tom Larson of Shamong, N.J., and Doris Landy of Ashville, N.Y.; lifelong friends, James Foster of Youngstown and Bob Sprague of Canton; and countless friends and colleagues. He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

Ernie will be laid to rest with his family at Lake Park Cemetery, 1459 E. Midlothian Blvd. in Youngstown, in Sec. B, Lot No. 15, Grave 4.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at 10 a.m. at The Chapel, Lake Park Cemetery.

Luncheon follows the service.

Galeton & Wellsboro Dispatched To Automatic Alarm At Coach Stop Inn

At 11:02 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro & Galeton Firefighters were dispatched to the Coach Stop Inn on Route 6 for an automatic fire alarm.

Ssssshhhhh...It's a SURPRISE!

Blossburg Fire Dispatched To Crash

At 10:30 PM on  Saturday, Blossburg Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to 4 Maple avenue for a vehicle crash with lines down.

Marilyn Horne Museum to Present Free Classical Concert Series

A free concert, “An Evening of Baroque and Beyond,” will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center, the first in a new chamber concert series.

The concert will feature violinist Kim Whitney and harpsichordist Mark Lungershausen playing a selection of works by Hayden, Mozart, J.S. Bach, and Handel.

“We’re excited to offer this concert series to the community,” said Matthew Hileman, the museum’s manager. “In keeping with Marilyn Horne’s vision to support the art of recital and classical performance, it was one of my first priorities to create a chamber concert series that would feature regional musicians at no charge to our local community.”

“An Evening of Baroque and Beyond” is the first of six chamber concerts that will take place monthly at Marilyn Horne Hall. Each concert will have its own repertoire and will vary in size and scope from duets to quintets and vocalists. The Nov. 8 performance will be held in the intimate setting of the museum’s theater, which was created to resemble the Baroque elegance of Venice’s famed Teatro la Fenice.

Whitney and Lungershausen are both residents of Olean, N.Y. Whitney has performed numerous solo recitals throughout her career. As a freelance instrumentalist in the Central Florida area, she performed with many artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Liberace, Henry Mancini, Andy Williams and Ray Charles. She has served as concertmaster and principal with orchestras from Central Florida to Western New York and is the executive director of the Southern Tier Symphony.

Lungershausen is in his 14th year of teaching music at Hinsdale (N.Y.) Central School. He holds a Master of Music Education from Boston University. Specializing in keyboard instruments, Lungershausen plays both piano and harpsichord with the Southern Tier Symphony and Southern Tier Swing Band. On Nov. 8 he will be bringing his John Challis single-manual harpsichord to play in the museum’s theater.

The Marilyn Horne Museum Chamber Concert Series is provided in part by a grant from The Year of Healthy U. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Scientific studies have shown that classical music can have a positive impact on adults and children suffering from stress, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and even epilepsy. This concert series is designed to offer classical music experiences to both newcomers to the genre and seasoned patrons.

Space is for this event is very limited. Reservations are required. More information can be found on the museum’s website,

The Seneca Chapter of Trout Unlimited is pleased to announce we have received a grant for a habitat project on Kinzua Creek.

Seneca Chapter Receives $2,300 Embrace A Stream Grant Funds will be used to restore Kinzua Creek near Westline

The Seneca Chapter of Trout Unlimited has received a grant of $2,300 through the Trout Unlimited national Embrace A Stream grant program for its Kinzua Creek Habitat Restoration Project. Volunteers from the chapter will use the funds to restore Kinzua Creek near Westline in order to enhance spawning habitat for wild native brook trout.

“We’re excited to be able to do more great work restoring and improving Kinzua Creek thanks to this Embrace A Stream grant,” said Chase Howard, Seneca Chapter President. “With this grant, we will engage volunteers from our local community to work on a creek we all know and love as local residents and anglers.”

The Kinzua Creek Habitat Restoration Project will improve in-stream habitat, restore native riparian plant species, and stabilize the banks of the area. In the process, we will reach out to hundreds, if not thousands, of community members through press releases, social media posts, and a site tour after the project is completed. Once the project is completed, the 600-foot section of stream will be ideal living and spawning habitat for native brook trout, while also decreasing erosion that impacts downstream sections.

Embrace A Stream is a matching grant program administered by Trout Unlimited that provides funds to local chapters and councils for coldwater fisheries conservation. Since its inception in 1975, the grant program has funded more than 1,000 individual projects for a total of $4.4 million in direct cash grants. Local chapters and councils contributed an additional $13 million in cash and in-kind services to EAS funded projects, for a total investment of more than $17 million.

“We’re thrilled to support the Seneca Chapter in its efforts to improve such an important local trout stream,” said Russ Meyer, chair of the Embrace A Stream grants committee, a group of Trout Unlimited volunteer leaders from across the country. “This year’s grant applications were extremely competitive, but the proposal for Kinzua Creek stood out in our committee.”

Along with the $2,300 grant, the Seneca Chapter will also be entered in the Embrace A Stream Challenge, a week-long online fundraising contest running Nov. 6-12 and sponsored by Orvis and Trout Unlimited to provide an additional $50,000 in cash prizes to these important conservation and education projects. To help the Seneca Chapter win additional funds for the Kinzua Creek Habitat Restoration Project visit from Nov. 6-12 and make a donation of as little as $10 to help unlock prizes ranging from $250 to $5,000.

About Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited is the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization, with more than 300,000 members and supporters dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Visit us online at

About the Seneca Chapter of Trout Unlimited
The Seneca Chapter of Trout Unlimited serves more than 100 members in the towns surrounding McKean County. The chapter works with partners to restore local rivers and engage area youth in outdoor education.

Lane Restriction Begins Sunday on I-80 EB in Montour County

Motorists in Montour County are advised a lane restriction will go into effect Sunday night on Interstate 80 eastbound so a contractor can perform repairs to the concrete roadway.

The right (driving) lane of I-80 eastbound will be closed from mile 219.5 to mile 221 from 7 PM Sunday, October 22, to 7 AM Friday, October 27.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.


Fall season begins Oct. 28 in most parts of the state; season lengths vary by WMU.

One of Pennsylvania’s most exciting seasons will begin Oct. 28 as hunters head afield in pursuit of a most-coveted game animal – the wild turkey. Hunting season lengths vary according to Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) from closed season to three-plus weeks.

While season lengths in most WMUs remain unchanged from last year, the first season segment has been shortened from three weeks to two in WMU 4E, and from two weeks to one in WMUs 4A and 4B – to help those populations rebound from declining trends, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

A big change this year is the opening of WMU 5B to a three-day Tuesday through Thursday season (Oct. 31 – Nov. 2) because population trends have rebounded sufficient enough to allow for some fall hunting pressure, according to Game Commission wild turkey biologist Mary Jo Casalena.

The three-day Thursday through Saturday season remains intact in WMU 5A to provide greater opportunity for hunters whose schedules do not allow for a weekday hunt. And, as usual, fall turkey hunting remains closed in WMUs 5C and 5D in southern Pennsylvania.

“Now is the time to check the dates of when seasons open and close,” Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans said.

“As is typically the case for the fall turkey season, different season lengths apply in different units, and the seasons in a handful of WMUs have changed this year,” Burhans said.

Hunters who didn’t participate in the fall turkey season during the last few years might be unaware of season length changes in some other WMUs, due to declining population trends and the results of an agency study that showed the longer the fall season the higher the female turkey harvest.

“During the fall season, any turkey can be harvested because jakes, young males, are difficult to distinguish from females,” Casalena said. “Our research shows females (both juvenile and adult) comprise a larger portion of the fall harvest than males. Our management and research also have shown that we shouldn't overharvest females, so we shorten the fall season length when turkey populations decline to allow them to rebound.”

In most of the state, the fall turkey season opens Saturday, Oct. 28. The seasons are as follows: WMU 1B – Oct. 28-Nov. 4; WMU 2B (Shotgun and bow and arrow) – Oct. 28-Nov. 17 and Nov. 23-25; WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A and 4B, – Oct. 28-Nov. 4 and Nov. 23-25; WMUs 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4D and 4E – Oct. 28-Nov. 11 and Nov. 23-25; WMU 2C – Oct. 28-Nov. 17 and Nov. 23-25; WMU 5A – Nov. 2-4; WMU 5B – Oct. 31-Nov. 2; WMUs 5C and 5D – CLOSED TO FALL TURKEY HUNTING.

Fall turkey forecast
Last year’s fall harvest of 10,844 was 35 percent below the previous 3-year average of 16,688, likely due to a combination of a decrease in fall hunting participation, shorter fall season lengths in many WMUs, below average turkey reproduction (translating to smaller sized turkey flocks) and abundant acorn crops in much of the state, which tended to scatter flocks making them more difficult to locate, Casalena said.

“Turkey reproduction this summer varied across the state with above average recruitment in some Wildlife Management Units, but below average in neighboring WMUs, so it’s best to get out and see for yourself what the reproduction was like in your area,” Casalena said.

Casalena said acorn, beech and cherry production also varied across the state, with beech nut, white-oak acorn and soft mast production, such as apples and grapes, seeing average to above-average production in many areas, but below average food production elsewhere. Areas with abundant food sources tend to make the flocks more nomadic and, therefore harder for hunters to find. Whereas lack of food tends to keep flocks congregated where the food exists and, therefore easier for hunters to find, she said.

Casalena said the fall season is a great time to introduce a novice turkey hunter to the sport. “It’s not only a great time to be in the woods, but novice turkey callers can be just as successful as a pro when mimicking a lost turkey poult,” she said. “And once a flock is located, I remind hunters that turkeys are tipped off more by movement and a hunter’s outline than fluorescent orange.”

The relatively new Thanksgiving three-day season provides additional opportunities for participation, and is also a very successful season with about 18 percent of the harvest occurring during those three days.

Last year’s fall hunter success rate of 9 percent was similar to the previous three-year average. Fall hunter success varies considerably depending on summer reproduction, food availability, weather during the season, and hunter participation. Hunter success was as high as 21 percent in 2001, a year with excellent recruitment, and as low as 4 percent in 1979.

Hopefully hunter success isn’t measured only by whether or not a turkey is harvested. Enjoying time afield with family, friends, a hunting dog, and/or mentoring a hunter also qualifies as a successful hunt.

Spring harvest

Casalena said the 2017 spring-season harvests (including youth, mentored youth and harvests from the special turkey license that allows hunters to harvest a second bird) totaled 38,101, which was 6 percent above 2016 (35,966) and similar to the previous long-term average. Hunter success for the first bird, 19 percent, also increased from 2016 (15 percent) and was 18 percent above the long-term average of 16 percent.

Pennsylvania hunters have consistently maintained spring harvests above 30,000 bearded turkeys since 1995, exceeding most other states in the nation.

Leg-banded turkeys

Casalena also reminds hunters to report any leg-banded turkeys they harvest or find.

Leg bands are stamped with a toll-free number to call. Although the agency’s research project is completed and rewards are no longer valid, the information provided is still beneficial and hunters can learn the history of the bird.

Fluorescent orange requirements

In most parts of the state, hunters participating in the fall turkey season are required, while moving, to wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back combined. Orange must be visible from 360 degrees.

Hunters may remove their orange once in a stationary location, providing that a minimum of 100 square inches of fluorescent orange is posted within 15 feet of the location and is visible from 360 degrees.

In WMU 2B, which is open to shotgun and archery hunting only during the fall turkey season, turkey hunters, while moving, must wear a hat containing at least 100 square inches of solid fluorescent orange material, visible from 360 degrees. While fluorescent orange is not required at stationary locations in WMU 2B, it is strongly recommended.

Archery hunters who are hunting either deer or bear during the overlap with fall turkey season also must wear a fluorescent orange hat at all times when moving. The hat must contain at least 100 square inches of solid, fluorescent orange, visible from 360 degrees, and may be removed once in a stationary location.

Since fluorescent orange requirements have been in place for the fall-turkey season, fall turkey hunting shooting incidents have decreased from 38, three of them fatal, in 1990, to none in 2012 and 2016, and one each year from 2013-2015.

Mentored Hunters

Pennsylvania’s fall turkey season is among those open to Mentored Youth and Mentored Adult hunters. During the fall turkey season, a mentor may transfer his or her fall turkey tag to a Mentored Youth or Mentored Adult hunter.

The Mentored Youth Hunting Program sets out to introduce those under the age of 12 to hunting. Mentored Youth must obtain a $2.90 permit, and must be accompanied at all times by a licensed mentor 21 years or older.

The Mentored Adult Hunting Program seeks to remove obstacles for adults who have an interest in hunting and the opportunity to go hunting with a licensed mentor. The cost of a resident Mentored Adult permit is $20.90 – the same as the cost of a resident hunting license.

Mentored Youth and Mentored Adults can participate in only approved hunting seasons, and the seasons that have been approved for Mentored Youth are different from those for Mentored Adults. Different sets of regulations apply to Mentored Youth and Mentored Adults, as well.

Work Next Week on I-80 at Mile Run in Union County

Next week, a contractor will be performing work on Interstate 80 eastbound at Mile Run in Union County.

Milling, paving and deck repairs will be performed during daylight hours on
 I-80 eastbound at mile 199, which is the overpass at the Mile Run Exit.

There will be alternating lane closures from Monday, October 23, through Friday, October 27.

This work is weather permitting.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

Work Continues Next Week on I-80 in Northumberland County

A 5.5-mile microsurfacing project on Interstate 80 continues next week with work at the Limestoneville Exit in Northumberland County.

A contractor will install seals at the expansion dams on the I-80 eastbound structure at the exit.

Lane restrictions will be in place each day from 7 AM to 3 PM.

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

This work is weather permitting.

Frankilinville Dispatched For Truck Into Tree Crash On East Hill Road

At 9:27 PM on Saturday, Franklinville Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a truck into a tree near 2518 East Hill Road. Caller reports unable to locate driver. Mercyflight-Olean is on ground standby.

Wellsville Dispatched For Smoke Smell In A Residence

At 8:44 PM on Saturday, Wellsville Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 4462 SR 417 for the smell of smoke in a structure.

Cameron County Democrats Schedule Informational Meeting November 1st

We are planning a informational meeting on November 1, 2017, at Memorial Hall on south Chestnut Street in Emporium from 6 to 8 PM.

We will have hand outs for the election on November 7, 2017.
There are a lot of judges up for election this year, and we need to get our friends and neighbors out to vote.  So, please plan on visiting us that night.

More information will be sent as we know more.

Please, when you vote, be sure to vote to retain Debra Todd to the
Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  It separate from the other candidates on the

Thanks so much for your interest, and let us know if you have any
information or ideas for our Cameron County Democrats.

George Sowers, Chairman
Margaret Harris, Vice Chairman
Rich Balizet, Treasurer
Linda Slyder, Secretary

Yvonne A. Fox, 77, of Austin, PA

Yvonne A. Fox

Yvonne A. Fox, 77, of Austin, PA, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Mead’s Personal Care Home, Little Marsh, PA. 

Born November 19, 1939, in York, PA, she was the daughter of the late Charles M. and Ruth T. (Klinedinst) Emswiler Sr. 

She was a graduate of Central High School in York, PA and a member of the Methodist Faith. On July 9, 1960, in York she married John Fox, who survives.

Yvonne worked at Dentsply in York for many years as a Unit Leader. 

She and her husband greatly enjoyed travelling, motorcycle trips, snowmobiling, camping and deep sea fishing. During a fishing trip in Alaska, she survived the capsizing of a 47 foot boat and was back on the water the next day excited to land the big one. 

Surviving in addition to her husband, John, is a son, Brian, and his friend, JC, of York. 

In addition to her parents, Yvonne was predeceased by two brothers, Charles M. Emswiler Jr., and Ronald L. Emswiler, Sr. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer or to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

 Services have been entrusted to Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton, PA.

Both Drivers Facing Charges After Crash On Charleston Road

Troy Woman Charged After Crash On Route 6 With Tractor Trailer

No Injuries In Route 6 Crash In Richmond Township

Elmira Woman Suffers Minor Injuries In Bailey Creek Road Rollover Crash

Houghton Dispatched To Camper Fire On Rt. 19

At 6:20 PM on Saturday, Houghton Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a camper fire at 9189 State Route 19.

Police Dispatched To No Injury Accident In Scio

At 3:25 PM on Saturday, Police have been dispatched to a vehicle crash on Rt. 19 in Scio. Report wheel from on e vehicle came off and struck another vehicle. Report no injuries.

26th annual "Kids Without Toys" benefit concert November 5 at First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, Pa

On Sunday, November 5 at 6:30pm the Oswayo Valley Ministerium will present their 26th annual "Kids Without Toys" benefit concert, to be held at the First Baptist Church on Academy Street in Shinglehouse, Pa. 

Funds raised will be given to the Christmas House in Coudersport, Pa. who will then purchase toys for children of Potter County. Last year's concert raised $1600 plus and we would like to surpass that this year so we can help even more families.

The concert will feature performers from the Oswayo Valley area and will include solos, duets, trios, choirs and family musical groups. 

We still have room on the program for a few more performers. If you would like to be included please contact Rev. Cecelia Dickerson at 814-697-7442 or by Saturday October 28.

There will be refreshments and a time of fellowship following the concert in the church dining room. We look forward to see you there!

Keystone Powdered Metal Company Job Fair At Bradford PA Career Link On Tuesday From 10 to 6

Middlebury Dispatched For Vehicle Into A Pole Crash

At 1:51 PM on Saturday, Middlebury Fire & Ambulance dispatched to 155 Norris Brook Road for a pickup truck into a pole with one person possibly injured. The pole was sheared off.

Otto Township Ambulance To Majestic Trails For ATV Crash

At 1:47 PM on Saturday, Otto Township Ambulance & Medic 1 dispatched to the trail head at Majestic Trails for an ATV accident with a 28 year old male with a shoulder injury. A helicopter has been placed on ground standby

Cyclone Driver Unhurt In Rt. 6 Crash In Keating Township

Troopers File DUI Charges After Traffic Stop

State Police Investigating Identity Theft/Forgery

Route 155 In Cameron County Rehab Starting Now & Continuing In 2018

Kane Dispatched For Possible Wildfire In Area of Greendale Road

At 1:20 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Rt. 6 in the area of Greendale Road for a possible wildfire.
1:33 PM--RECALLED by Chief 5.

Epiphany Fracking Waste Plant Application At DEP Progressing

Bolivar & Richburg Dispatched To Wildfire In Woods Off Bartlett Road

At 12:51 PM on Saturday, Bolivar & Richburg Fire Departments have been dispatched to the Bartlett Road for a wildfire in the woods. Report this fire is only accessible with UTV.
12:58 PM--Shinglehouse on standby with UTV at station pending possible deployment to Bolivar woods fire. 
1:05 PM--Richburg hold in station. Shinglehouse RECALLED. Report fire is in a tree only. 
1:18 PM--Richburg ambulance requested to scene for rehab along with Bolivar ambulance. 
1:23 PM--Bolivar 2nd ambulance to scene.
3:15 PM--Bolivar Ambulance transporting a male with chest pains from fire scene. A second ambulance is transporting another patient. Olean 10 Medics covering both patients.
3:21 PM--Shinglehouse Ambulance to Bolivar for standby.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Wheeler Hill Road

At 12:37 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & ALS have been dispatched to Wheeler Hill Road for a patient with chest pains.

Rushford Dispatched For Structure Fire On Gordonville Road

At 12:34 PM on Saturday, Rushford Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to 9106 Gordonville Road for a report of a structure fire. Centerville to respond with a pumper.

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Hepburn Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-10-16 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CORP for site WALTERS GAMBLE 41H 51713 in Hepburn Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Hepburn Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-10-16 00:00:00 to INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC for site HANNAN 1 in Hepburn Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas


Photo by John EatonIn this scene from "Commedia Robin Hood" are: (from left) Aidan Locke as Arlequin, Gary Siegfried as Columbine and Jeanne Ziemak as Punchin.
Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “Commedia Robin Hood” will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. It is appropriate for children of all ages and adults, too.

Playwright Lane Riosley used the Italian tradition of “commedia dell’ arte,” also known as slapstick comedy, to create this hilarious play to retell the story of the famous archer Robin Hood and his Merry Men who steal from the rich to give to the poor.

The audience will be taken for a fast-paced ride with the merry troupe - Columbine played by Gary Siegfried, Arlequin by Aidan Locke, Punchin by Jeanne Ziemak, and Rosetta by Yolie Canales - as they tackle, tumble, trick and trip their way through the tale of Robin Hood with fantastic abandon.

Come ready to enjoy an action-packed hour of clowning featuring puppets, stilts, singing, patter verse and mock combat.

Gabe Hakvaag is the director of this unforgettable adaptation. Erin Baldwin is responsible for costumes and Sarah Knight created the props.

In November, this production is also being performed for first through sixth graders at schools throughout Tioga County.

Admission to the Nov. 5 and 12 performances is Pay-What-You-Can. For tickets call 570-724-2079, email or visit


At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, Larry and Barbara Biddison will host the Dickens of a Christmas Costume Workshop in the Penn Wells Hotel lobby at 62 Main Street in Wellsboro. It's free!

The workshop is for first-time Dickens vendors, people who plan to participate in the 10 a.m. and/or 2 p.m. Victorian Strolls on Saturday, Dec. 2, enter the Second Annual Dickens of a Christmas Best Dressed Contest that day with a chance to win a basket of prizes valued at $1,000 and/or stroll up and down Main Street any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Dressing Victorian-style is a way to spread the spirit of Dickens Saturday. At the workshop, people will model their Dickens clothing, explain how they made the costumes they are wearing and how they stay warm while strolling outdoors.

The staff of the Northern Tier Children's Home (NTCH) thrift shop and others will attend the workshop with many items of clothing that can be purchased on the spot for reasonable prices.

Learn how to put together a costume using items on hand or that can be easily and inexpensively procured and where to go to find them. Leftover Halloween costumes, wedding or prom attire, curtains, tablecloths, old coats and hats, and all kinds of items that might be found in grandma's attic can add to the Victorian look and to Dickens festival fun on Saturday, Dec. 2.

For more information, call the Wellsboro Chamber at 570-724-1926.

Over 250 Attend Spooktacular, A Halloween Trick or Treat Program at Lyman Run State Park

Spooktacular - a Halloween Trick or Treat program for young children- was met with great success last night at Lyman Run State Park. 

The illuminated Haunted Picnic Grove with plenty of spooky candy stations was combined with great weather to make the evening fun for all. Over 250 attended. 

The event was sponsored by the Friends of Lyman Run who had met earlier in the afternoon to decorate the picnic grove with hanging ghosts and spider webs and hundreds to luminaries and glow sticks in the trees which looked like fireflies. Small flashlights in the ground lit up the candy stations and made them easy to find in the dark, even under a star-filled sky. 

The volunteers also had their annual Member Appreciation picnic from 5 - 6, then got into costume for Spooktacular.

This event would not have happened without the fantastic volunteers who are members of the Friends of Lyman Run (FOLR). The group is a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, one of 40 Friends groups in the Commonwealth. 

FOLR provides family programs all year round at the park, including Nature Kayak Tours and Dutch Oven Cooking classes. Coming up in 2018, there will be a First Day Hike on January 1 and several other winter hikes are planned. A Familly Ice-fishing clinic and sledding day are planned in January or February (weather dependent), in May the Annual Kid's Fishing Derby will be held and during the summer several Kit Flying days are scheduled for on the top of the dam. 

FOLR will be doing a membership campaign in March and anyone may join. Memberships run from $10 for an individual to $250 for a lifetime membership. Supporting memberships at $50. and Business memberships at $100 help to provide funds for free family programs at the park. 

The PA. Parks and Forests Foundation is also a 501 (c) 3 charity. that is dedicated to being the voice of Pennsylvania's Parks and Forests Foundation. They recently advocated to local politicians to vote against using Conservation Funds to balance the budget, as those funds are earmarked for environmental stewardship only. 

Friends groups also raise money for projects in parks and forests, such as the installation of electricity at the Schott Pavilion and amphitheater at Lyman Run. Membership applications are available at the Lyman Run State Park office.

Again...many thanks to the volunteers who participated in Spooktacular and also to everyone who came out to enjoy the evening. See you next year!

Wellsboro Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash On Main Street

At 10:44 AM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire & EMS dispatched to 2 vehicle accident on Main Street by Wellsboro Diner with possibly one injury. One vehicle reported to be a motorcycle.
10:47 AM--Fire Dept. Recalled

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IU#9 Positions Available

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

Sweden Valley Manor In Coudersport Seeking An Experienced STNA

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

Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, PA Is Seeking An Experienced Dietary Aide To Join Our Team

Eldred Township Fire Department Ham & Turkey Party Saturday, Oct. 21st

Friday, October 20, 2017

Rew Dispatched To Vehicle Crash On Rt. 46

At 10:00 PM on Friday, Rew Fire Dept. & Bradford Ambulance dispatched to Route 46 near the intersection with Garlock Hollow for a vehicle into the guard rails.

Bradford Man Jailed for Attempted Robbery

By Anne Holliday on WESB Local News

A Bradford man is accused of trying to rob a Cornen Street house early this morning.

Court papers say Lee Gourley and another man went into the house at just before 3 a.m., and Gourley had a gun with him. After trying to get money and drugs Gourley and the man went to a Pearl Street home where Gourley tried to hide from police.

Officers surrounded the house, but Gourley tried to get away through the back door. Police were able to quickly pick him up.

Gourley is charged with attempted robbery, flight to avoid apprehension and prohibited possession of a firearm. He’s in McKean County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Governor Wolf Announces Department of Homeland Security Grants Pennsylvania REAL ID Enforcement Extension

Applies to Residents’ Access to Federal Facilities through October 10, 2018

Harrisburg, PA– Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted Pennsylvania a REAL ID enforcement extension through October 10, 2018. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding commercial aircraft through that date.

“I am thankful that DHS has recognized Pennsylvania’s efforts in becoming compliant with the REAL ID Act,” said Governor Wolf. “REAL ID is a priority for PennDOT, and we look forward to being able to offer REAL ID-compliant products as an option for our customers.”

PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses will be available at the customer’s option in March 2019. Customers are encouraged to begin gathering the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website.

More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions, can be found at

William R. “Bill” Dalton, 77, of Sheffield, PA

William Dalton

William R. “Bill” Dalton, 77, of Sheffield, PA., died Friday morning, October 20, 2017 at UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA., after a brief battle with lung cancer. 

He was born July 8, 1940 in the old homestead in Sheffield, PA., moving one house down where he resided his entire life. He was the son of William C. and A. Leona Nelson Dalton. 

Bill was a 1959 graduate of Sheffield High School and the White Brothers Lumber School of Memphis, TN. He was employed as a sawer with McMillen Lumber Company of Sheffield, PA. Bill then went to work with the former G.T.E. Sylvania for 35 years as a machinist, retiring in January 2000. He was a former member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Sheffield, PA.

He served as a Past Chief of the Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department, enjoyed being a volunteer for many years on Thanksgiving Day, providing meals to the Sheffield homebound residents. He was loved by all and enjoyed socializing, drinking coffee with his friends. Bill was a huge supporter, lover and proud member of his hometown Sheffield.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Carol Snyder Dalton whom he married December 13, 1969, 1 Son – Greg Dalton and wife, Julie of Sheffield, PA., 1 Grandson – Jaime Vizciano-Bellod of Valladolid, Spain, and his 4 legged best friend, Gator, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly J. Dalton Bimber. 

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Monday, October 23, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Terry L. Hurlbutt, Pastor of Sheffield United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Sheffield Cemetery, Sheffield, PA. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department, 318 South Main Street, Sheffield, PA. 16347 or Warren Cancer Center, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365 

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Frank C. Cochran, 84, of McCrea Brook Rd., Eldred, PA

Frank C. Cochran

Frank C. Cochran, 84, of McCrea Brook Rd., Eldred, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday (October 18, 2017).

Born January 10, 1933, in Coryville, he was a son of Henry Leonard and Nora Rhodes Cochran. On April 7, 1956, in Port Allegany he married Shirley A. Bigley. Frank was a 1950 graduate of Port Allegany High School and was a lifelong resident of the Eldred Area.
Korean War Veteran

Mr. Cochran was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in Japan during the Korean War as a corporal in the Army Signal Corps from 1953-1955.

In 1995 he retired from Dexter Corp. in Olean after more than 30 years as maintenance supervisor.

Frank was a very active member of American Legion Post #887 of Eldred and at the time of his death was Post #887 Adjutant Commander as well as the Bi-County Deputy Commander. Previously he held the positions of Post #887 Commander and Bi-County Commander. He was awarded the honor of 2016 Adjutant of the Year for the 23rd District. He was also a volunteer and past board member at the Eldred WWII Museum.

He loved puttering in the garage and loved working on tractors. He was always there to help and supervise family projects.

Surviving are two daughters, Vicky Cochran of Eldred and Karen (Dan) Smith of Eldred; two sons, William (Julie) Cochran of Duke Center, Douglas (Paula) Cochran of Coudersport; seven grandchildren, Matthew (Brandy) Smith, Williamsport, PA, Michael Smith, Eldred, Cody (Nikki) Cochran, Duke Center, Chelsea (Nathan) Thomas, Eldred, Jocelyn Cochran, JeJu Island, South Korea, Cassie Cochran, Lawton, OK, Benjamin and Sarah Cochran, Coudersport; four great grandchildren; Kayden and Kameron Smith, Williamsport, Conner and Wyatt Thomas, Eldred; and one brother, Calvin Cochran, of Turtlepoint.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and his wife of 61 years, Shirley A. Cochran, who died April 16, 2017.

Friends may call on Saturday, October21, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred where funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 22, with the Rev. Jay Tennies officiating. Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.

American Legion Memorial Service will be conducted by the Eldred American Legion Post #887 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at the funeral home and full military honors will be presented by the Eldred American Legion Post #887 Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Frank and Shirley Cochran American Legion Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 134, Eldred, PA 16731, or to the American Legion Post #887 Eldred.

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Kane Dispatched For Vehicle Into Tree On Westwind Road

At 8:09 PM on Friday, Kane fire & ambulance have been dispatched to a vehicle into a tree off Westwind Road with heavy front end damage & airbag deployment.

Michael W. Wheeler, 69, of Bradford, PA

Michael W. Wheeler

Michael W. Wheeler, 69, of Bradford, PA, passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

He was born on September 11, 1948 in Bradford, the son of the late Walter and Mary Chiarilli Wheeler.

He was a 1966 graduate of Bradford Central Christian.

He was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church. Mike loved hiking, camping and being outdoors; he was also a devoted lover of animals.

He was currently employed by BT Janitorial Services, Bradford.

He is survived by two sisters, Marsha (Kurt) Keller of Bradford and Moira Wheeler of West Seneca, NY; one nephew, Benjamin Keller of Austin, TX; one niece, Elizabeth Keller of Fort Worth, TX and many cousins and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the St. Bernard Catholic Church with the Rev. Stanley Swacha as celebrant.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701

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Sandra K. Garthwaite, 70, formerly of Bradford, PA

Sandra K. Garthwaite

Sandra K. Garthwaite, 70, formerly of Bradford, PA, went to be with the Angels, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at The Pines in Olean, NY.

Born July 31, 1947, in Bradford she was the daughter of the late Earl R. and Dorothy (Hanna) Garthwaite.

She was a 1965 graduate of Bradford High School, and a 1968 graduate of Olean Business Institute

She worked as a bookkeeper at Ott & McHenry Pharmacy for her father for many years.

She loved playing board games, puzzles, knitting, ceramics, coloring, word games and was a huge Elvis fan. She also loved spending time with her nieces, nephews and her cats.

Surviving are three three brothers, Roger A. (Maureen) Garthwaite, of St. College, Greg E. Garthwaite, of Mt Jewett, and Bruce L. (Sandy) Garthwaite of Great Valley, NY; nine nieces and nephews, Sean Garthwaite, Kelly Garthwaite, Jeremy Garthwaite, Zachary Garthwaite, Jennifer Myers, Amanda Jacks, Jason Garthwaite, Josh Garthwaite and Jacob Garthwaite.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Gary Garthwaite, and one niece, Jodi Garthwaite.

Private graveside services and burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired may be made to the Pines Healthcare and Rehab Center, Olean, NY, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Homecare and Hospice in Olean, NY, SPCA in Cattaraugus County in Olean and Empire Animal Rescue Society in Salamanca, NY.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

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Marie E. Coronati, 101, formerly of Roberts St., Bradford, PA

Marie E. Coronati

Marie E. Coronati, 101, formerly of Roberts St., Bradford, PA, passed away Friday October 20, 2017 in Greensburg, surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Holenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes inc.

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Coudersport Ambulance to North Main for Male Fall Victim

At 3:44 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to North Main & 8th for a person fallen.

Pam Redmond, Owner of Hershey's Farm Market, Guest Speaker at Coudersport Rotary

On October 9, 2017, Coudersport Rotary Club was pleased to host Pamela Redmond from Hershey’s Farm Market as our guest speaker.

Hershey's Farm Market has been in existence for over 30 years founded by Phil
Hershey who passed away in 2015. Pamela (Postlewait) Redmond of Port Allegany
purchased the market in June of 2016. 

Located on E. Second Street in Coudersport it offers a large variety of plants in the spring, bulk and bagged landscape materials, seasonal produce, coal and wood pellets for your home heating needs, deer corn and locally made crafts. 

The market is open year around, Monday thru Friday 8:00 - 5:30 and Saturday 8:00 - 4:00.

Thank you for being our guest Pam!