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Saturday, December 23, 2017

To Fill A Backpack 25 Days Of Christmas


Coudersport Rotary's Lottery Calendar Makes A Great Gift


Inspection Finds Potter County Jail In Full Compliance

Potter County Today
A state inspection of the Potter County Jail conducted in mid-November found the facility to be in full compliance with standards for operations and facilities. Christopher Oppman, deputy secretary of administration for the Pa. Dept. of Corrections, reported, “Warden Glenn C. Drake II, Deputy Warden Angela Milford and the Potter County Jail staff deserve credit for their efforts in operating this facility in accordance with statewide correctional standards, with no deficiencies or citations to report.” Inspector Stephen V. Noll had reviewed policies and procedures prior to his visit and advised jail administrators of deficiencies which were corrected prior to the inspection. He also acknowledged that the administration had addressed all non-compliance citations and deficiencies identified in the 2016.

Noll’s evaluation on Nov. 14 focused on personnel, admission/release, orientation, inmate rules, staff procedure, classification, housing, clothing, bedding, food services, personal hygiene, medical/health services, visiting, telephone communications, mail, work programs, access to legal services, religion, recreation, commissary/other funds, inmate discipline, security, statistical information reporting, treatment services, incoming publications, deaths, sexual assaults, notifications, and sanitation/maintenance/safety.

The jail was built in 1869. It underwent extensive renovation and expansion in 1995. Its exterior facade of stone masonry was left intact for historical preservation. The jail has an approved capacity of 73 inmates. There were 25 being held there on the day of the inspection. The jail is not equipped, nor is it staffed, to accommodate female inmates.

Cuba Dispatched To Vehicle Into A Barn Crash On Co. Road 20

At 4:56 PM on Saturday, Cuba Fire & Ambulance dispatched to 8123 County Road 20 for a vehicle on its side into a barn.

Elizabeth K. “Betty” AHN, 100, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Lansdale

Elizabeth K. “Betty” AHN

Elizabeth K. “Betty” AHN, 100, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Lansdale, died Thursday, December 21, 2017 in her home. 

Born January 3, 1917, in Norristown, she was the daughter of Harry Fredrick and Sarah Kulp Schwenk. 

Wil and Betty owned Susquehannock Lodge for more than 30 years where they enjoyed entertaining their many friends and guests and developed lifelong friendships. Many of their friends have assisted with Betty’s care in the last few months and have been a wonderful support for Wil. 

Betty was a volunteer at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, where she gave more than 5000 hours in their offices. She served as secretary of the Susquehannock Trail Club for more than 30 years, where again, she and Wil shared many wonderful memories. 

Surviving are: her husband, Wilbur P. Ahn, Sr.; a daughter, Kathleen L. Greger; a stepson, Wilbur P. (Gina) Ahn Jr.; grandchildren, Larry P. (Katherine) Ahn and Bill (Anita) Ahn; great-grandchildren, Larry Ahn, Jr., Sean Ahn, and Ryan Ahn; nieces and nephews, Diane (Dr. David) Gillon, Cheryl (Mark Esq.) Dischell, James (Barbara) Guenst, Norman (Elizabeth) Ahn, Robert Ahn; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. 

She was predeceased by her first husband, Rev. George D. Greger; sisters, Sara Guenst and Catherine Pillie; and brother-in-law Harry Guenst. 

Friends may call at the Galeton First Baptist Church on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon. The Rev. Richard Tintle, Pastor, will officiate. A graveside committal service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler, PA. 

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 234 W. Main St., Galeton, PA 16922. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Corydon, Lafayette Dispatched To Crash On Rt. 59

At 4:03 PM on Saturday, Corydon, Lafayette Fire rescue & Bradford city ambulance dispatched to a one vehicle accident on Rt. 59 west of the ranger station.

Coudersport Ambulance To River Lane

At 4:05 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to River Lane.

Centerville, Fillmore Dispatched To Crash On North Hill Road

At 2:59 PM on Saturday, Centerville Fire Rescue & Fillmore Ambulance have been dispatched to North Hill Road for a car hanging off the bridge.

Cuba, Friendship Dispatched To Crash On I-86 Eastbound

At 3:52 PM on Saturday, Cuba & Friendship Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to I-86 Eastbound for a one vehicle crash.
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Salamanca Dispatched For Rollover Crash On I-86

At 3:20 PM on Saturday, Salamanca has been dispatched to a rollover crash on I-86 Eastbound. Vehicle is on its roof in the middle of the roadway.

Olean Dispatched To Crash At Rt. 16 & Barnum Road

At 2:52 PM on Saturday, Olean City & Town of Olean Fire Dept. ha e been dispatched to Rt. 16 & the Barnum Road for a motor vehicle crash with injuries.

Almond Dispatched To Rollover Crash On County Road 11

At 2:38 PM on Saturday, Almond Fire & Ambulance have dispatched to County Road 11 about 5 miles from Rt. 244 for a one vehicle rollover crash.

Cuba Dispatched To One Vehicle Crash On County Road 20

At 2:33 PM on Saturday, Cuba Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to 8468 County Road 20 for a one vehicle crash with one person injured.
RESPONDERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED ROADS ARE HAZARDOUS.

James L. “Jim” Shields, 83, of Alma, NY

James L. Shields
“beloved husband, father and grandfather”

ALMA, N.Y.---James L. “Jim” Shields, 83, of Alma, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 23, 2017 in the Olean General Hospital, Olean with his loving family by his side.

Born on February 18, 1934 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of Clyde L. and Iva M. Mesler Shields. On March 7, 1953 in Shinglehouse, he married Roberta A. “Bobbie” Cone, who survives.

Jim was a graduate of Wellsville High School, Class of 1952. He was employed for forty years by the former Dresser Clark in Olean, retiring in 1996.

Jim attended Faith Bible Church in Little Genesee. 

He was an avid hunter. He loved farming, the outdoors, camping, gardening, canning, crossword puzzles and Sudoku. His greatest love was being with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife whom he adored are four children, Cindie D. (Christopher) Capito of Cuba, James J. “Jay” (Carolyn) Shields of Shinglehouse, Mary Beth (Steven) Eaton of Shinglehouse, and Laura Lee Fuller of Cuba; seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Francis “Baine” Shields of Portville and Robert Shields of Alma; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a son, William L. “Billy” Shields; a sister, Phyllis Dickerson; and two brothers, Lawrence “Larry” Shields and Richard “Dick” Shields.

Friends may call from 10am to 12:30pm on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 12:30pm with Pastor Ben Ramirez, of Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alma Fire Department, County Road 18, Alma, NY 14708.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Wellsboro Dispatched To Structure Fire On Bodine Street

At 1:05 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire Department has been dispatched to Bodine Street for a structure fire.

Coudersport Ambulance To South West Street

At 12:59 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic dispatched to South West Street for a person ill.

Kersey Dispatched To Pole Fire

At 12:18 PM on Saturday, Kersey Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a transformer/pole fire at 291 Coal Hollow Road.

LATE HOLLYWOOD LEGEND MAKES GIFT TO MARILYN HORNE MUSEUM

BRADFORD, PA – The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center recently received a significant monetary donation from late Hollywood actor and comedian Jim Nabors. Nabors, a life-long friend of Marilyn Horne, was best known for his iconic role as Gomer Pyle, the goofy and beloved resident of the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina.

Nabors, who died on Nov. 30 at his home in Honolulu, met Marilyn Horne in the 1960s.

The pair were attending the same vocal studio in Los Angeles where, Horne would see “a tall, shy Alabama boy” who she thought was studying to be an opera singer. It wasn’t until she turned on the television one evening that she discovered that Nabors had his own series. Horne said that Nabors was “a far cry from the doltish Gomer Pyle he portrayed on the screen.”

As his stardom began to rise, the public was surprised to learn that the actor possessed a rich baritone voice. Nabors was a frequent guest and sang on popular variety shows such as “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Julie Andrews Hour,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,” “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show.”

“Gifts to the museum from Hollywood legends shine a spotlight on our community and bring international attention to the museum and its mission,” said museum manager, Matthew Hileman. “We were so sorry to hear that Jim Nabors had passed away. We are truly grateful that he gave us his support during his lifetime.”

Marilyn Horne appeared twice with Nabors on “The Jim Nabors Hour” in 1970. It was through Nabors that she was introduced to Carol Burnett and appeared twice on “The Carol Burnett Show” in 1968 and 1971. Horne and Nabors sang together on a recording of “Man of La Mancha” released in 1972, a copy of which is on display in the Marilyn Horne Museum. In 1981, while Nabors was filming an episode of “The Love Boat,” he loaned his Honolulu home to Horne where she began work on her first autobiography, “My Life.”

Nabors moved to Hawaii in 1976 where he owned a macadamia nut plantation for 25 years. In 2013, he married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader. Following his death last month, the United States Marine Corps issued an official statement: "Semper Fi, Gomer Pyle. Rest in peace Jim Nabors, one of the few to ever be named an Honorary Marine."


About the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center

The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center is a division of the University of Pittsburgh. The museum's mission is to further interest in the art of opera and to inspire and educate new generations on the importance of art, culture and philanthropy through the life, achievements, and personal archives of renowned mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne. The 3,400 square-foot exhibition space features 19 interactive exhibits, a documentary film, costumes, and artifacts from the personal archives of Marilyn Horne. Open daily. Admission is free.

Actor Jim Nabors during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii April 22nd, 2010. Photo by Orlando Perez, U.S. Marine Corps.



Shinglehouse Ambulance dispatched to Oswayo

At 12:04 pm on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to School Street in Oswayo for a medical emergency.

Laura Gerhart of Coudersport, PA is a Winner in the "To Fill A Backpack" Christmas Raffle


Westfield, Harrison Valley & Ulysses Dispatched To Possible Structure Fire

At 10:23 AM on Saturday, Westfield, Harrison Valley, Ulysses Fire Depts. dispatched to 288 Dodge Hollow Road for a possible structure fire.

White Christmas Expected Across the Northern Tier Area

US National Weather Service State College PA

12-23-2017 @527am: Despite the rainy and mild weather today, much of central Pa is likely to get a white Christmas. An area of low pressure will track across the region Christmas Eve, bringing an overnight period of snow to Pennsylvania. The images below show the most likely, as well as the high and low end potential amounts. If you live across the Allegheny Mountains or northwest Pa, your white Christmas is virtually guaranteed, while it's not nearly so certain across southeast Pa.

Living Nativity Presentation Saturday, Dec. 23. At First Baptist Church In Roulette


Union Township Fire Company 2018 and 2019 Officers

Union Township Fire Company

Our 2018 and 2019 Officers

Chief- Keith Bailey
Deputy- Cody Bailey
Asst.- Jason Valentine
Safety- Rhonda Bailey
FP Capt- Gary Marshall
FP LT- Jessica Perry-Bailey
FP- Kim Marshall
FP- Bernie Wells
Truck Foreman- Mark Sprague
Asst. Truck- Sean McKee

We are looking forward to a year!!!

Wellsboro Dispatched For Vehicle Into Tree Crash With Ejection

At 13:33 AM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire Dept. & EMS have been dispatched to a vehicle into a tree with ejection at 1362 Charleston Road.

Oswayo Valley School Board Has A Vacancy For A Representative From Shinglehouse Borough

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11th annual Memorial Candlelight Ceremony at Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Set For Christmas Eve


The Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Kevin J. Dusenbury Funeral Director/Owner, in Shinglehouse is pleased to announce their 11th annual Memorial Candlelight Ceremony to be held at 5pm Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the funeral home located at 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse.


This tradition, started by Funeral Director Kevin J. Dusenbury Jr., “offers families a way to remember and honor their loved one”, the elder Dusenbury said.

Kevin Sr. said, “we are proud to remember and honor our families we have been privileged to serve this past year, we know their hearts are heavy this first Christmas without their loved one”. If we can further lighten their burden we have achieved our goal of “our continuing to care forever”.

Each family we have served will be represented by a white luminaria. The name of each loved one will be read and a representative of the family, if present, is invited to light their loved ones luminaria. If a family member is not present, a member of our family or staff will light that candle. After the last candle is lit, a final candle will be lit in remembrance of every family we have been honored to have served.

The Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home is proud to be locally owned by the Dusenbury family.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Dr. Howard R. Ferguson, Jr., 74, of Warren, PA.

Dr. Howard Ferguson, Jr.

Dr. Howard R. Ferguson, Jr., 74, of Warren, PA., died Wednesday morning, December 20, 2017 at U.P.M.C. Hamot, Erie, PA., after a brief illness. 

He was born September 3, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA., to the late Howard R. and Anna Weisbecker Ferguson, Sr.
Howard has resided in Warren, PA., for the past 51 years. He was a 1961 graduate of the former Swissville High School and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from Clarion State Teachers’ College. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in English Literature from Gannon University and a Master of Science Degree in School Administration from Edinboro University. He also earned an Educational Doctorate Degree from The University of Pittsburgh. 

He was employed with the Warren County School District as an English Teacher and Assistant Principal at Warren Area High School, as a Principal at the former Tidioute High School, as Assistant Superintendent and as Acting Superintendent of Warren County School District. In 1991 he became Superintendent of the Forest Area School District until 2000. He then became Superintendent of the Sherman, N.Y. School District until 2006, at which time he retired until 2008. He was Principal of the St. Joseph Elementary School from 2008 until 2015. Education was his true life passion.

Howard was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for 51 years, where he served as a church Deacon, Elder, and Youth Director. He was active in the latest church building fund drive. He was a member of the Warren City Council for 10 years. Howard served on the board of directors of Warren Higher Education Council, A SAFE Place where he was past president, Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems and was Chairman of the board of directors of the Defrees Foundation. He was a member of the Warren Shakespeare Club where he had served as President. He, along with his wife, was active with the Struthers Library Theatre. Howard was a member of numerous State Educational Associations. 

He was an automotive enthusiast, enjoyed playing tennis, golf, skiing, fishing, especially fly fishing, boating, flower gardening, bicycling, and spending time on Chautauqua Lake. Howard was a real sports aficionado.

Howard enjoyed his life, especially spending time with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. He and his family enjoyed traveling together, this past summer in the Canadian Rockies and and the summer before to Normandy with his wife, Ann and to Costa Rica with his wife, son, and family.

Howard is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann M. Westerberg Ferguson whom he married June 11, 1966 in Kane, PA., 1 son – William “Bill” H. Ferguson and wife, Jeanne M. Ferguson, 2 Grandchildren – William “Andy” Ferguson and Coryn Marie Ferguson all of Seven Fields, PA., Sister-in-law & Brother-in-law, Jean and James Morrow of Windham, N.H. and 2 Nephews – Eric and Jamie Morrow.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 P.M.

A funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market Street, Warren, PA., with Rev. Lee Beckus, Presbyterian Minister and Fr. Richard Toohey, Pastor of Our Lady of Peace R.C. Church, Erie, PA., and former Pastor of St. Joseph R.C. Church, Officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market Street, Warren, PA. 16365 or St. Joseph Elementary School, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA., 16365, A SAFE Place, 210 North Drive, Ste C, North Warren, PA. 16365, or Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, 585 E. Main Street, Youngsville, PA. 16371. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

State Police Warn Heroin Users Over Multiple Overdoses/Death In Last 48 Hours

MORE INFORMATION ON THE WAY--THIS STUFF WILL KILL YOU!!
The Pennsylvania State Police Troop Headquarters in Punxsutawney want to inform residents of recent drug overdoses occurring within the last 48 hours.

Four overdoses have occurred within Clearfield and Clarion Counties. Three of the overdoses were in Clearfield County and one in Clarion County.

One overdose resulted in death and the other 3 were revived.

These overdoses are a result of suspected fentanyl being sold as heroin or as an additive to heroin.

This information as well as photographs are being released in an attempt to save future overdose deaths. We are letting the public know, as well as the drug user, to be aware that our area is being flooded with a deadly cocktail that will cause an overdose that most likely will lead to death. The stamp baggies pictured above were associated with the recent overdoses, but others are likely to be discovered.

If anyone has information regarding the source of these and/or other dangerous drugs, please contact you local police.

First Citizens Community Bank Opens State College Office

MANSFIELD, PA (December 2017) On December 11, 2017, First Citizens Community Bank officially opened their newest office at 141 West Beaver Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania. S&T Bank previously operated the office and all customers became part of the First Citizens family following the acquisition.

First Citizens, the $1.2 billion subsidiary of Citizens Financial Services, Inc. (OTC BB: CZFS) headquartered in Mansfield, PA, has been growing their presence in Pennsylvania over the last two years. The expansion began in December 2015 with the acquisition of The First National Bank of Fredericksburg, who operated 7 offices in Lebanon, Berks, and Schuylkill counties. Following was the opening of a Commercial Loan Production office in Winfield, Union County, and the opening of their first Lancaster County full-service office in Mount Joy. Prior to the acquisition of the State College branch of S&T Bank, First Citizens opened their second Loan Production Office in Narvon, Lancaster County.

“Our expansion strategy has always been directly related to where we believe we can best deliver on our areas of expertise and attract quality talent to the organization,” stated Randall E. Black, CEO and President. “As such, we seek markets where our extensive knowledge in Agriculture, small business and mortgage lending will be a resource to the community.”

The Bank has been fortunate to retain the three Private Bankers from the previous S&T branch whose knowledge and experience of the State College market are truly unique. Dave Richards, Jessica Chobody, and Jennifer Cadman will serve the State College market.

Dave Richards, who has been a highly successful and respected banker for many years, will be responsible for market growth and brand awareness in the State College market. He has also joined the First Citizens Management Team and its Corporate Board of Directors. Richards banking career includes founder and CEO of Nittany Bank in State College and President of Mifflinburg Bank. Prior to joining First Citizens, he was Executive Vice President of S&T Bank, responsible for the opening and growth of their State College branch. Richards earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Susquehanna University, and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Jessica Chobody is an experienced Private Client Banker who will specialize in Cash Management and Retail Banking services. She has worked in banking over 17 years’ serving the State College Market. Chobody is involved with her local United Way and the Day of Caring Program. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State University.

Jennifer Cadman joins First Citizens as a Private Client Banker and Mortgage Originator. She brings 15 years’ experience to the team in lending and account management. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Pheonix, and her Bachelor’s degree from Malone University. Cadman is the Benner Elementary PTA Treasurer, Bridge of Hope Centre County Treasurer, and a graduate of Leadership of Centre County.

First Citizens has ranked one of the top community banks in the nation for over ten years. They attribute this to a variety of strengths but according to Black, “We believe we’ve found our niche by being large enough to serve a variety of consumer and business needs, but small enough to give the personalized service many still desire from a community bank. We’re confident this advantage, along with the seasoned staff who’ve joined our team, will help us succeed in the State College market.”

With the acquisition of the State College branch, First Citizens will serve the counties of Centre, Lebanon, Lancaster, Berks, Schuylkill, Clinton, Tioga, Bradford, Potter, and Union in Pennsylvania and Allegany County, New York. For more information about First Citizens Community Bank, please visit FirstCitizensBank.com or find them on Facebook.

Ronald W. McDonald, 82, of Marienville, PA

Ronald W. McDonald

Ronald W. McDonald, 82, of Marienville, PA, died Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Snyder Memorial Health Care Center in Marienville.

Born February 25, 1935 in Kane, PA, he was the son of the Cecil L. and Katherine E. Peterson Walter. As a child he went to live with and was later adopted by his uncle and aunt, Nate and Kay Walter McDonald.

Mr. McDonald graduated from Marienville Schools in 1953. He went on to attend Clarion State Teachers College (now Clarion University of Pennsylvania). He then attended and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Mr. McDonald spent 62 years as a funeral director. He did an internship at the Morrison Funeral Home in Oil City. He then owned and operated the Ronald McDonald Funeral Home in Big Run for eight years. He returned to Marienville in 1967 to take over the family funeral business. In 1972, he built the new Ronald McDonald Funeral Home in Marienville. He was known as a most gentle man, especially suited for the profession he grew into.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Marienville.

On September 18, 1954, he married the former Molly Stewart; she preceded in death in 2004. He married the former Linda Shartle Swartz on February 17, 2007 at the Marienville United Methodist Church; she survives and lives in Marienville.

Mr. McDonald and his wife, Molly, ran their bed and breakfast, Pioneer Lodge, for ten years. His family hosted a number of international exchange students for many years. He was a founding board member and later a member of MACA. He and his wife, Molly, were the founders of the Marienville Minstrel Show. He was a member of the North Forest Cemetery Board and a former member of the Tourism Board for Forest and Clarion counties. He also was a former member of the National Funeral Directors Association and Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. For a time, he served as Deputy Coroner for Forest County.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Ronald "Biff" McDonald II of Kane; his two daughters, Shelley K. McDonald and Rebecca R. "Reba" McDonald, both of Marienville; his two step-daughters, Tricia McMillan and her husband, George, of Cranesville, PA and Bethany Blicha and her husband, Matt, of Marienville; and his grandson, George McMillan of Cranesville. Also surviving are his two brothers, Charles G. Walter of Pigeon, PA and David "Tim" Walter of Norwich, CT, one sister Eleanor Blummer of Brownsville, TX, and his mother-in-law, Martha Shartle of Marienville.

Along with his first wife, Molly, and his parents, Mr. McDonald is preceded in death by one son, William N. "Bill" McDonald; two brothers, Jim Walter and Jon Walter; and a sister, Jean Larson.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the Furlong Funeral Home (formerly Ronald McDonald Funeral Home), 140 Cherry Street, Marienville, PA.

There will be a visitation from 1-2 PM on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM at the funeral home with the Reverend Dan Richter officiating.

Interment will be in the St. Anns Cemetery, Jenks Twp., Forest County.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Anns Cemetery, P.O. Box 627, Marienville, PA 16239 or North Forest Cemetery, P.O. Box 522, Marienville, PA 16239.

Larry W. Cozad, 70, Wellsboro, PA

Larry W. Cozad

Larry W. Cozad, 70, passed away in Wellsboro at his residence on Monday, December 18, 2017. 

Vietnam War Veteran
He was born August 15, 1947, in Hammond, IN, the son of the late Charles W. and Julia (Mc Affee) Cozad.

Larry was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served his country during the Vietnam War. 

He was a machinist and had worked for Grizzly Tools, in Williamsport. 

He enjoyed motorcycle riding and was very involved with A.B.A.T.E. 

Memorials may be made in Larry’s name to A.B.A.T.E of Pennsylvania, www.abateofpa.org or the American Cancer Society.

To share your fondest memories and sign Larry’s guestbook, visit www.tusseymosher.com.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2017, 2:00 pm at Perma Stone Inn, 247 Route 6, Galeton, PA 16922.

Coudersport Ambulance To Gunzburger Building

At 1:57 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 7 dispatched to the Gunzburger Building for a person who has fallen at Dickinson Mental Health with a head injury.

Stephen C. Chilson, 67, of Center St.,Roulette, PA

Stephen C. Chilson

Stephen C. Chilson, 67, of Center St., Roulette, PA passed away Thursday (Dec. 21, 2017) unexpectedly in his home.

Born April 8, 1950, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Woodrow W. and Dorothy McGuirk Chilson.

Stephen was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of the Port Allegany High School, class of 1968.

Mr. Chilson was employed with Saint-Gobain Containers (now Ardagh Glass, Inc.) for 36 years, retiring Oct. 2005.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching NFL Football with his sister; but his true passion was touring in his Porsche convertible.

Surviving are two sons, Shaun C. Chilson of Kure Beach, NC, Christopher M. (Amber) Chilson of Leland, NC; a granddaughter, Ashtyn Chilson of Leland, NC; two sisters, Kathleen “Janice” (Duane) Prince of Auburn, NY, Shirleen E. Vanocker of Ulysses, PA; a brother, William R. (Ida Mae) Chilson of Foley, AL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant brother, Roger Lee Chilson.

Friends will be received Saturday (Dec. 23, 2017) from 1-2 p.m. in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with Rev. J.T. Madison, pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials can be made to the Roulette Ambulance.

Condolences can be made to: 

Shirleen Vanocker
3741 US Route 6 W
Ulysses, PA 16948

Galeton Rotary gave a total of fifteen turkeys to families in the Galeton and surrounding communities.

Galeton Rotary gave a total of fifteen turkeys to families in the Galeton and surrounding communities. This weeks winners were: Breana Simonetti, Amy Smith and Betty Hujsa. Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year, from the members of Galeton Rotary International.


Rotarian John Ziegler and Shop’n Save’s Shaleigh Proctor, at the final drawing for free turkeys before Christmas.

Max V. Dunshie, 96, of Shinglehouse, PA

Max V. Dunshie “Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather”

Max V. Dunshie, 96, of Shinglehouse, PA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.

Born on January 2, 1921 at the family farmhouse in Shinglehouse, he was a son of Bert M. and Jessie C. Jones Dunshie. On December 21, 1940 in Sweden Valley, he married Joan A. Maynard, who preceded him in death on December 12, 2017.

Max graduated from Shinglehouse High School. He was a dairy farmer and then worked for the former Clark Brothers Industries of Olean. He also worked for Sharon Township as a roadmaster and served 24 years as a Sharon township supervisor. He then worked for many years as an engineering technician with PennDOT.

Max took great pride in his family and spent many hours working on the family ancestry. He was a sought after resource to help others with their genealogical research. He was also sought after for his historical knowledge of Potter County. He was a member of the Oswayo Valley Historical Society in Shinglehouse. He enjoyed playing his guitar and was an avid hunter in his younger years with friends from across Pennsylvania who had camp residences in the area.

Surviving are two daughters, Wanda C. (Michael) Derry of Utica, N.Y. and Pat E. McCormick of Hornell, N.Y.; a son, Dale A. (Nadine Pollock) Dunshie of Warren; he was also blessed with eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, now living in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Colorado and New York; several nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Lynn Kemp.

In addition to his parents and his beloved wife of 77 years, Max was predeceased by a daughter, Carla S. (Martin James) Mesler; two sisters, Margaret Hyde and Eleanor Nelson; and a son-in-law, Dr. Joseph McCormick.

There will be no public visitation. A private celebration of Max’s life will be held at the convenience of the family. Private graveside burial services were held in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville with Pastor Fred Kemp of the Potter County Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Cole Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit for the compassionate care given to Max during his stay there.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Historical Society, PO Box 603, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Max’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Max, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com


Robert L. “Bob” Still, 92, of Warren, PA

Robert L. Still

WWII Vet
Robert L. “Bob” Still, 92, of Warren, PA., died Friday morning, December 22, 2017 at Kinzua Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Warren, PA., after an extended illness. 

He was born August 29, 1925 in Warren, PA., to the late Raymond and Edith Sickstrow Still. Bob was a Warren area resident his entire life and a 1944 graduate of Warren High School. 

He had served with the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Seaman 1st Class. Bob was employed for 38 years with the former New Process Company as credit manager, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. He was a former member of the Warren Elks Lodge and their band, and the Warren Eagles Club.

His daughters and his grandchildren were a great joy in his life. He is remembered as being a great father, who loved his walks outdoors and dog.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Gladys Sorensen Still whom he married January 4, 1947 in Warren, PA., 2 Daughters – Cathy Berryhill, Karen Turner and husband, Tim all of Warren, PA., 7 Grandsons and 4 Great Grandsons, several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 Sisters – Dorothy Bimber, Adalade Genberg, Lois Rudolph, Raya Nelson, 1 Brother – Clifford Still.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. A funeral and committal service will be conducted Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 907 Pennsylvania Avenue East, Warren, PA., with Rev. J. Maier, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through First Church of the Nazarene Building Fund, 907 Pennsylvania Avenue East, Warren, PA., 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com


Ronald Schwartz Named Regional Director for Southwest Regional Office

Pittsburgh, PA – Ronald Schwartz, P.E., BCEE will become the Southwest Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), effective December 23, 2017. He will manage field operations for Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, Westmoreland, and Somerset Counties.

“Ron exemplifies the role of public servant with his track record of improving efficiency and problem solving,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “I have every confidence in Ron’s leadership of the DEP team in the Southwest Region.”

Schwartz served DEP for nearly 32 years and as the Assistant Regional Director since 2004. In this position, he oversaw Energy and Emergency Response programs, was involved in much of the day-to-day field operations, served periodically as acting manager for various programs, and represented DEP to the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) from 2004 to 2016. In July, he took on the additional role of Acting Regional Director.

Community Invited To 2 Christmas Eve Services At Coudersport’s First Presbyterian Church

Coudersport’s First Presbyterian Church invites members of the community to attend two Christmas Eve services this year. Rev. Carl Greene, worship/pastoral care minister, will lead the Advent Season worship service at 11 am on Sunday, Dec. 24. 

/Then, at 8 pm, Rev. Warren Cederholm will lead a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with special choral music. Please join us for these joyous celebrations of the true “reason for the season!” The church, which has served the community since 1832, is at the corner of Main and Fourth streets. Parking and handicapped accessibility are available.

GAME COMMISSION SUSPENDS SEEDLING SALES TO PUBLIC

Seedling for Schools, Hunter Access programs will continue to receive seedlings.

Tree and shrub seedlings from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery will not be offered for sale to the public in 2018 due to drastically low inventories.

Seedlings will continue to be supplied to participants in the Seedlings for Schools Program, as well as to landowners who open their lands to public hunting through the Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program, but there are too few seedlings to offer for public sale.

The Game Commission hopes to resume seedling sales to the public in 2019.

The existing seedling shortage is due to germination failure in a couple of conifer species.

The Game Commission’s annual seedling sale – a way to benefit wildlife statewide by improving habitat – has been popular with the public. Sales typically open in mid-January, and the variety of seedling offered varies from year to year.

Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans acknowledged many will be disappointed with the suspension of seedling sales to the public, but staff is working to build inventory in hopes the existing shortage will result only in a one-year layoff.

“And in 2018, Pennsylvania’s state game lands as well as the Seedlings for Schools and Hunter Access programs will continue to receive seedlings that make for better wildlife habitat statewide,” Burhans said.

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer



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Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year! 
                
         
Outreach Hours Set for Jan. 4

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Jan. 4:
  • 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.

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 www.RepCauser.com or my Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RepCauser for the latest news from state government.
                  
         
102nd Farm Show Kicks off Jan. 6

Celebrating the Commonwealth’s top industry, the Pennsylvania Farm Show near Harrisburg will kick off Saturday, Jan. 6. The show will run through Saturday, Jan. 13.

The Farm Show, which features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors, emphasizes the importance of agriculture in daily life, highlights the latest in ag technology and advancements, and offers attractions for all ages.

Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided.

More information is available at www.farmshow.pa.gov.
                  
         
Veterans Assistance Available

Veterans service officers will be available in my Bradford and Coudersport offices in January to assist veterans and their family members with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. The schedule is as follows:
  • Thursday, Jan. 4, 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.

  • Monday, Jan. 8, 1-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Bradford office, 78 Main St. No appointments are necessary.
Service hours in the Kane office are canceled in January due to the New Year’s Day holiday.
                  
         
Applications for 2018 Pennsylvania House Scholarships Now Available

High school seniors interested in receiving financial assistance to help pay for college can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship.

Each year the program awards four-year scholarships to two students preparing for post-secondary education. The scholarship is privately funded by individual and corporate donors; no tax or other public funds are used, and it is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for a scholarship. Other factors taken into consideration for the awards are a student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need.

The application is available through the foundation’s website by clicking here. The application deadline is March 1, 2018.
           
         
Helping Seniors Stay in Their Homes

Recently, the House approved legislation that would make it easier for seniors to maintain their independence and receive care in their homes.

Under current law, when an individual applies for Medicaid, he or she can be “presumed eligible” for nursing home services and receive those services immediately while their Medicaid application is being fully reviewed. However, if the individual wishes to receive in-home care, he or she must wait until the application is fully approved, which sometimes takes months. This can force some seniors into nursing homes when home care would have been more appropriate, preferred and less expensive.

House Bill 1829 would extend “presumptive eligibility” to those who meet the qualifications for Medicaid and wish to remain in their own homes instead of in a more costly and restrictive setting. Home care has been shown to promote more rapid recovery, greater mobility and an overall better quality of life.

According to the Pennsylvania Homecare Association, Pennsylvania saves an estimated $34,000 annually for every person who is served at home instead of in a long-term care facility.

House Bill 1829 now moves to the Senate for consideration.