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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Coudersport, Port Allegany Dispatched For House Fire On Ice Mine Road

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At 9:02 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched to 158 Ice Mine Road in Sweden Township for a house fire. Smoke is reported in the structure.
Port Allegany has been dispatched for a RIT assignment at this fire.
9:12 PM--Report Working structure fire in the basement. Report everyone out of the residence. 
9:18 PM--Second Alarm. Ulysses, Galeton, Roulette & Austin to scene. 
10:09 PM--Firefighters having difficulty establishing and maintaining a water supply due to the elevation of the house on the hill.  Responders are moving contents from the garage as it is about to burn as well as the house.
Red Cross has been notified. 
12:20 AM--Fire reported out. 
12:45 AM--Command Terminated, units returning to stations.
This fire was at the home of Dick & Georgeann Chapell. They literally lost everything but the clothes on their backs. 

Let us know when something is set up for donations for them so we can post it.

Wellsville Dispatched for Possible Electical Fire in a Wall

At 8:45 PM on Saturday, Wellsville Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 37 South Main Street for a possible electrical fire in a wall. Reported to be at the ambulance station.

Theresa Tumas of Odin is a Winner in the "To Fill A Backpack" Christmas Raffle

Lloyd Miller, 89, of 324 W. 4th St., Apt. 314, Emporium, PA

Lloyd Miller

Lloyd Miller, 89, of 324 W. 4th St., Apt. 314, Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA on Saturday night (December 30, 2017) following a lengthy illness.

He was born June 7, 1928 in Webster, PA a son of the late Lloyd and Olive Mae Huff Miller. On June 26, 1948 in Sinnamahoning United Methodist Church he married Cora Helen Goss Miller, who survives.
Korean War  Veteran

Mr. Miller served for 4 years with the US Navy during the Korean War. He was retired from Hyster where he was a mechanic for many years. He was volunteer for Cameron County Ambulance Assoc. as a driver for many years, volunteered with Salvation Army and the Food Pantry.

In addition to Cora Helen Goss Miller he is survived by a sister, Helen Thurston, Orem, UT;

He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Olive Mae Huff Miller, a brother, William Miller and two sisters, Margaret Martin and Betty Dunka.

At his request there will be No Service.

Burial will be in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Middlebury Dispatched For Crash On Norris Brook Road

At 6:40 PM on Saturday, Middlebury has been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Norris Brook Road about 1 1/2 miles from Rt. 287.
Report one BLS injury on scene.

Remaining speed restrictions on I-80 have been lifted in District 2 region.

Speeds returned back to normal from the 161/Bellefonte exit in Centre County through Clinton County.

WEllsboro, Galeton Dispatched For Waterflow Alarm At US Geological Survey Building

At 6:20 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro & Galeton Fire Departments have been dispatched to the US Geological Survey building in Shippen Township at 176 Straight Run Road in Asaph for an automatic waterflow alarm.


Cameron County Fire Wire


HAZARDS...A snow squall accompanied by winds of 20 MPH which can
rapidly reduce visibility to less than a quarter of a mile.

LOCATION AND MOVEMENT...At 344 PM EST, a snow squall was along a
line extending from the New York border near Genesee to Kane and
moving east at 25 MPH. This squall will make travel difficult along
Route 219, Route 6 and Route 120.

Ridgway, Kane, St. Marys, Johnsonburg, Emporium, Elkland, Galeton,
Smethport, Roulette, and Port Allegany.

Use extra caution if you must travel into or through this squall.
Rapid changes in visibility and potentially slick roads are likely to
lead to accidents. Consider delaying travel until this squall passes
your location.

Conditions can deteriorate rapidly in winter weather situations. Be
prepared for snow or ice covered roads. Slow down and allow extra
time to reach your destination.

McKean County Fugitive From Justice Arrested In South Carolina

Man being held for extradition

Union Daily Times
Kruze Jordan Carpenter-Stewart, 24, 125 Marvin Street, Smethport, Pa., is being held at the Union County Jail while he awaits extradition following his arrest by a deputy with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident report states that the deputy received a tip that Carpenter-Stewart, who is wanted in Pennsylvania, was at a residence on Jones Ford Road. The report states the deputy went to the residence and spoke with the residents who said their friend was in the bathroom. When the deputy asked for Carpenter-Stewart by name, however, the residents said they did not know anyone by that name. The deputy then showed them a picture of Carpenter-Stewart, the report states the occupants said that was their friend and he was in the home.

The report states the deputy then made contact with Carpenter-Stewart, detained him, and then had dispatch run a check with the National Crime Information Center to see if Carpenter-Stewart was wanted. It states that there was a warrant for Carpenter-Stewart’s arrest showing out of Pennsylvania. The deputy also called the Pennsylvania State Police and confirmed the warrant while dispatch sent a hit confirmation.

The report states that Pennsylvania authorities advised that they would extradite Carpenter-Stewart back to their state. Carpenter-Stewart was placed under arrest and transported to the Union County Jail.

Stewart is wanted on a warrant from McKean County, PA, for child sexual assault offenses. He is accused of aggravated indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age, corruption of minors and indecent assault of a person less than 16, The crimes allegedly took place this past September in Mt. Jewett.

Town of Olean Dispatched To Crash On Rt. 16

At 3:53 PM on Saturday, Town of Olean has been dispatched to 617 Rt. 16 for a 2 vehicle crash with injuries.

Morris & Cogan House Substation Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash On Rt. 287

At 3:49 PM on Saturday, Morris & Cogan House Substation have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash in the 1200 block of Rt. 287. One vehicle is reported over an embankment.

Knoxville & Westfield Dispatched To Crash In Knoxville

At 3:10 PM on Saturday, Knoxville & Westfield Fire & Valley ambulance have been dispatched to South Water Street for a 2 vehicle crash with one vehicle into a pole in Knoxville.

Speed Limit Updates for I-80 and I-99 in Region

Clearfield, PA –The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is updating information on reduced speed limits on I-80 and I-99 in the north central region. As of 1 P.M. today, the following is in effect:

Speed limits are restored on I-80 in Clearfield County and up to Exit 161/Bellefonte in Centre County.

Speed limits are restored on I-99 in Centre County.

A reduced speed limit of 45 mph remains in effect on I-80 from exit 161/Bellefonte in Centre County through Clinton County.

PennDOT urges motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must drive should adjust their speeds and following distances in relation to road and weather conditions.

Although PennDOT crews have been treating roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Bradford Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Crash On Rt. 219 Northbound

At 12:15 PM on Saturday, Bradford Township Fire Dept. & City Ambulance dispatched to Rt. 219 at Owens Way in the northbound lane for a 2 vehicle crash with injuries.

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Inflection Energy (Pa) Llc in Eldred Twp, Lycoming County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-12-20 to Inflection Energy (Pa) Llc in Eldred Twp, Lycoming county. CSL 401 - PROHIBITION AGAINST OTHER POLLUTIONS - Discharged substance of any kind or character resulting in pollution of Waters of the Commonwealth.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Bradford Township Fire Police Dispatched To Mirard Run Hill

At 11:23 AM on Saturday, Bradford Township Fire Police dispatched to assist Township Police to CLOSE MINARD RUN ROAD at a minor motor vehicle accident on Minard Run Hill while vehicle is towed.

Scammer Cons Tioga County Woman Out Of Over $21,000.

Man Charged With Retail Theft At Mansfield Walmart

Clearfield, PA Driver Died As A Result Of Tractor-Trailer Crash on Route 6 In Delmar Township

Speed Limit Reduced on I-80 and I-99 in Region

Clearfield, PA – Due to winter weather conditions, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has temporarily reduced the speed limits on I-80 and I-99 in the north central region.

PennDOT urges motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must drive should expect reduced speed limits of 45 mph on I-80 in Clearfield, Centre, and Clinton counties and on I-99 in Centre County. These speed restrictions will be in place until later today. PennDOT will issue an update when the restrictions are lifted.

Although PennDOT crews have been treating roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

I-80 WB Closed at Danville, Montour County

12/30/2017---Montoursville, PA – Motorists in Montour County are advised Interstate 80
westbound is closed at Exit 224 (Danville/Route 54) due to a multi-vehicle crash.

A detour is in place using Route 54 west to Route 254 west to I-80 westbound at Exit 215 (Limestoneville).

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.

Edith Y. Weinhold, 95, of 113 Country Dr., Denver, PA

Edith Y. Weinhold

Edith Y. Weinhold, 95, of 113 Country Dr., Denver, PA, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde E. Weinhold in 1998.

Born in Fivepointville, she was the daughter of the late Allan and Frances (Lorah) Youndt.

She was a homemaker and the oldest and longest member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ. Early in her life, she worked at Armstrong and RCA.

Her greatest joy was being surrounded by her circle of friends and family. She was a loving wife who took care of her husband during his battle with Alzheimer's. She was a wonderful cook and made many pies for family, church functions and for the Fivepointville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a Phillies fan.

Surviving are three children: Curtis married to Penny (Lutz) Weinhold, Coudersport; Karen married to Kenneth Smith, Leesport; Terry married to Betty (Braley) Weinhold, Shillington; three grandsons: Keith married to Rosanel Weinhold, B. Eric Weinhold fiancé of Tamra Milner, Mark A. Weinhold; three step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three sisters: Mae Henly, Honey Brook, Fern Oberholtzer, Wellsboro, Grace Hirneisen, Sinking Spring.

She was preceded in death by nine brothers: Luke, Clarence, Robert, Lester, Ray, Reverend Mark, Jim, Bill, Richard.

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 133 Church St., Bowmansville with Rev. Dr. Robert B. Peiffer and Rev. Robert Witmyer officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday from 10 – 11 a.m. Interment will be in Bowmansville Union Cemetery. 

If desired, memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603 or St. Paul's U.C.C., P. O. Box 177, Bowmansville, PA 17507. 

The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be posted at

Day 482, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 482, Living life on my terms.

The cold weather finally started catching up with me a little today. I awoke feeling very dizzy combined with a deep and productive cough. My oxygen levels are still good so I am pushing all the juice and vitamin C that I can get my hands on. Pneumonia is a real scary potential for me and I do not want to go down that road again.

So if anyone is making any chicken noodle soup out there, please think of me! Just kidding, I will be fine.

Not feeling so well made me think about when I was younger and would stay home from school. Mom would make sure I was warm with plenty to drink. I would get to watch some game shows, The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie, and all of the other daytime television I would normally miss.

Normally when I was home from school, I would end up with tonsillitis. After a couple of days of penicillin I would be fine and back to normal. In fact, all I ever caught was tonsillitis. I never got regular colds or the flu, just inflamed tonsils and glands.

For this reason, Dr. George Mosch would not remove my tonsils. He would just say that since I only get tonsillitis, they are doing their job and didn't want to mess with them. He also advised that as I got older, the tonsillitis would not happen as often. Funny enough, he was absolutely right and my tonsils are still where they belong.

I used to enjoy the trip to Dr. George's office. they had the television mounted in the corner of the waiting room and a box of blocks and other toys for kids to play with while waiting to see the doctor. Also, back then they were able to "prescribe" candy pills for kids as we left. They would put them in a little medicine envelope just like the regular pills, just these were much more tasty.

And that was the way it went for me until I turned 13 and developed an allergy to penicillin. By that time, my bouts with the illness were already slowing down and by the time I went to IUP, I never got tonsillitis again. That Dr. George was one smart doctor!

Today I am dedicating my progress to the late Dr. George Mosch. Thank you for seeing me through my childhood and being such a treasure to our community.

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Hospitality Services Associate Candidates Needed For Part Time/Call-In Positions At Cole Memorial In Coudersport, PA

Mountaineer Search and Rescue Activated To Search For Hikers

Mountaineer Search and Rescue

Team was called out tonight at 1850hrs for 5 missing hikers in the Brooks Run area, They were to return by 1430 hrs. It was unknown to which trail they may have decided to hike, Team members were deployed to different trail heads and trail ending areas in hopes of first locating their car so a search area could be set up. While team members were still in-route to these locations the hikers made their return to camp. Which was good as temps. were in the 10 to 15 degree area, Not a good night to spend out..... Every one was in good shape upon their return

Otto Township Dispatched To Crash On Main Street

At 12:06 AM on Saturday, Otto Township Fire Rescue & Ambulance dispatched to the area of 1049 Main Street for a motor vehicle crash with unknown details.
Report one vehicle off road in woods with heavy front end damage. Patient still in vehicle with head injury.

Cole Memorial Hospital Seeking An Operating Room Tech

Cole Memorial Seeking Direct Care Workers To Work In Client's Homes In Potter, McKean, Cameron & Tioga Counties

New Business In Coudersport To Offer Coal Stone & Mulch

New Year's Eve Bingo December 31st At Eldred Township Fire Hall, $2,000. Jackpot

Full-Time First Deputy Position Opening In Potter County Register & Recorder's Office

Card Shower For Mary Y. Mitchell, 95 Years Young.

Bring In 2018 At The Friendly Inn In Roulette, PA With Prime Rib Dinner & Live Band From 9 PM to 1 AM

Friday, December 29, 2017

Craigslisters beware: Unregistered moving services face fines, impound in 2018


A new law signed by Gov. Tom Wolf late last week makes it illegal to offer moving services without registering with the Public Utility Commission--and the state could seize the truck or van being used by the movers.

Moving furniture was one way for young people, college students and the unemployed to make extra cash.

A new law signed by Gov. Tom Wolf late last week makes it illegal to offer moving services without registering with the Public Utility Commission--and the state could seize the truck or van being used by the movers.  Read more...

A dozen ways lawmakers changed the rules on Pennsylvanians in 2017


You bring 253 state lawmakers to the Capitol for more than 20 weeks a year and you are sure to get a few new laws that make living in Pennsylvania a little different somehow.

In that regard, 2017 didn’t disappoint.

From buying fireworks to visiting loved ones’ gravesites, new laws were enacted that change the way many Pennsylvanians will go about their daily lives in 2018 and/or after.

Here's a look at a few of those changes:

Coudersport Lady Falcons Win At Maple Leaf Tournament

photo by Sunken Branch Photography
Maple Leaf Tournament at Coudersport -

Winners: Coudersport Lady Falcons
2nd Place: Bradford Lady Owls

Winners: Coudersport Falcons
2nd Place: Austin


Mary Kelley is a Winner in the "To Fill A Backpack" Christmas Raffle

The Galeton Borough Police Make Arrests

The Galeton Borough Police have arrested the following for incidents that took place in Galeton Borough.

Amy Orr
Amy Orr was arrested for an incident that took place in Galeton. She was arrested for Theft by unlawful taking and Receiving stolen property. A preliminary hearing has been set for 1-19-2018

Amber Potter
Amber Potter was arrested for an incident that took place in Galeton. She was arrested for Acquisition or Obtained a Controlled Substance Misrepresentations, Theft by unlawful taking, Endangering Welfare of children, Receiving stolen property and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. Preliminary hearing is set for 1-8-2018

Clayton Arthur Shreiner
Clayton Shreiner was arrested for incident that took place in Galeton Borough. He was charged with DUI High Rate, DUI General impairment of safe Driving, and Duties at stop sign. A preliminary hearing is set for 1-19-2018

For anyone charged with crimes, they are all innocent until proven guilty. The Galeton Borough Police hold the right to monitor and remove any and all comments, subject but not limited to the following types of comments: demeaning, derogatory, harmful, misleading, or any other comments considered damaging.

Russell E. “Rusty” Rhoads, Jr., 30, of 6113 Rich Valley Road, Emporium, PA

Russell E. “Rusty” Rhoads, Jr.

Russell E. “Rusty” Rhoads, Jr., 30, of 6113 Rich Valley Road, Emporium, PA
died at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys, PA on Thursday evening following an automobile accident. (December 28, 2017).

He was born September 5, 1987 in Coudersport, PA a son of Russell E. and Deanna Joy Rhoads, Sr. of Emporium.

Rusty graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 2006 where he enjoyed playing football and basketball. After graduating he worked in the woods as a logger and for the past eight years he worked for Shippen Township. 

He was a member of Bobby Run, Turkey Track and Woodland Hunt Clubs. Rusty loved hunting, fishing and going to camp.

In addition to his parents he is survived by a brother, Dale (Shelly) Peters, Emporium.

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (January 2, 2018) at 1:00 PM with Mr. Bob Spaeth, officiating.

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Burial will be in the Rich Valley Cemetery, Emporium, PA

If desired, Memorials may be made to Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities, c/o: Donald Bickford, 174 Nickler Rd., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Collaborative Continues To Fill Local Jobs

Potter County Today
Bob Wicker

Bridging the gap between local schools and employers in the region who are seeking certain skills is one of the top priorities for the Northern Tier Educational Collaborative, which will continue into the new year. Area school administrators and other collaborative members who are involved in local education and job training meet regularly at the Potter County Education Center to implement the program. Bob Wicker, former Oswayo Valley School District superintendent, has been spearheading the program. Among partners are the Potter County Education Council, Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center, 10 public school district affiliates, and local employers seeking to benefit from an influx of trained job applicants.

An adult education element is also part of the plan, as is an outreach to workforce development agencies in the region. Projects that have been implemented so far include an industry advisory council, career fairs in local schools, and “educator in the workplace” programs. A related program uses career mentors to work directly with students at area schools.

Wicker welcomes input from the public, particularly local employers and educators, guidance counselors or administrators. He can be reached at the Potter County Education Center on Water Street in Coudersport, telephone 274-4877.

An economic/employment profile of Potter and six other counties in the region reinforced the need for improvements. North Central Workforce Investment Board conducted the study, which showed that employers prefer to hire locally, but have been frustrated by the lack of qualified job applicants. It calls for improvements in the use of government resources to address the opportunities for job growth locally in the oil and gas industries, finance, administrative support, waste management, real estate, tourism, health care and social assistance sectors.

2 Rescued From Pickup Truck That Rolled On Slippery Denton Hill

Flatbed tow truck prepares to load pickup truck that rolled on its side.
Coudersport Vol FireDept

As of 12/29/17 11:51:07 2017-00043267 MVA 1800 E SECOND ST, SWEDEN TWP BOX 48-07.



Sweden Township Police Department

As of 12/29/17 11:51:11 2017-00043267 MVA 1800 E SECOND ST, SWEDEN TWP - COUDERSPORT SIDE OF DENTON HILL





Coudersport Ambulance To Station

At 5:15 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic have been  dispatched to station. Call center for details.

Julie A. Gorrell, 53, of 183 Pithole Road, Cyclone, PA

Julie A. Gorrell

Julie A. Gorrell, 53, of 183 Pithole Road, Cyclone, PA, passed away, Wednesday, December 27, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at Buffalo General Hospital.

Born March 30, 1964 in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Ralph E. Barger and Twila J. (Newhouse) Barger of Bradford, who survives.

On April 4, 2001, in Smethport, she married Scott Gregory Gorrell who survives.

Julie was a graduate of Bradford Area High School, and had attended the University of Pittsburgh. She had been employed as a cook at the Pine Acres Country Club and later she worked at W.R. Case Cutlery.

She loved cooking for family and friends, going camping and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her mother and husband she is survived by a daughter, Megan R. (Andy Stiable) South, three sons, Matt Simonds, Brian (Katie) Simonds, Kyle South all of Bradford, nine grandchildren, Austin and Matthew Simonds, Peyton, Isaac, Isaiah, and Elijah Simonds, Aaliyah Stiable, Maela and Bowen South, two sisters, Marjorie (David) Schoonover and Donna (Dan) Green, two brothers, Ralph (Amy) Barger, and Kenneth "Fluff" Barger,

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave., at 6:00pm funeral services will be held with Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Oishei Children’s Hospital for Pediatric Cancer, 818 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203.

Online condolences may be made at

Coudersport Ambulance To Freeman House

At 4:40 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Freeman House for a female fallen with a hip injury.

Winter Weather Advisory for Warren and McKean Counties


* WHAT...Lake effect snow expected. Plan on slippery road
conditions. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are
expected, with locally higher amounts likely in northwest Warren

* WHERE...Warren and McKean Counties.

* WHEN...From 10 PM this evening to 6 PM EST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission remind motorists to adjust speeds based on
driving conditions as winter weather impacts Pennsylvania
roadways. Visit for the latest travel, roadway and
traffic conditions.

Lake Effect Snow Warning issued until Sunday, December 31 at 4:00AM EST by NWS Buffalo

Issued By: NWS Buffalo (Western New York)
Affected Jurisdictions: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie Counties


* WHAT...Heavy lake effect snow expected. Travel will be verydifficult at times. Total snow accumulations of 15 to 20 inchesare expected in the most persistent lake snows.

* WHERE...Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Southern Erie counties. Thegreatest accumulations are expected along the Lake Erie shoreand the Chautauqua Ridge.

* WHEN...1 PM Friday to 4 AM Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Heavy lake effect snow will result in verydifficult travel conditions at times with deep snow cover onroads and very low visibility

Heavy snow will fall in relatively narrow bands. If traveling, beprepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.Submit snow reports through our website or social media.

Thompson to Host Agriculture Listening Session at 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show

BELLEFONTE, Pa. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson will host a public forum at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg on Saturday, January 6, 2018. This event will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Delaware Room at the Farm Show Complex.

Rep. Thompson will be joined by Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans and other Members of Congress for the listening session. The event allows lawmakers and the Secretary to hear directly from farmers and others involved in the agriculture industry about the Farm Bill and agriculture policy.

The group will also tour the Farm Show Complex, learning more about new technology and innovations assisting our nation’s agriculture community.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits every year. The event showcases the quality and breadth of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and the people who make it thrive. The show offers visitors a tiny slice of the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $185 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year.

2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show Listening Session

WHO: U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA)
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding
U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA)
additional Members of Congress

TIME: 1:30 p.m.

DATE: Saturday, January 6, 2018

LOCATION: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex
Delaware Room
2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110

January Events at the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library in Port Allegany, PA:

January 2-February 3: Registration for Winter Story Hour: Winter Story Hour for children ages birth to five years old will meet from 10-11am every Wednesday from February 14 through March 21, 2018. Story Hour library materials must be checked out on an adult patron's library account in good standing. Registration will end on February 3, 2018. Please come into the library to fill out the necessary registration paperwork. Our Story Hour program is funded through a Port Allegany Campaign for the United Way grant.

January 2-February 6: Construction Club, 5-6:30: Children and their adults are invited to Construction Club at the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library Tuesday evenings from 5-6:30 from January 2-February 6. Build with all of our Block Party Kits: Legos, Wooden Blocks, Lincoln Logs, Magna-Tiles, Vehicles and Road Signs, Multi-cultural Community People, Animals: Ocean, Woodlands, Jungle, Farm, and Prehistoric. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

January 9: Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 7pm

January 11: E-Reader class, 5:30-6:30: Do you have a Kindle, Nook, tablet, Smart Phone, or computer? Learn how to download FREE e-books and audio books from the library using OverDrive. Bring your E-Reader to the library on January 11. This class will be taught by Library Director, Mary Grace Collier-Kisler.

January 18: Stuffed Animal Sleepover 5:30-6:30: Please join us for a stuffed animal sleepover! Wear your PJs (optional) and bring a stuffed animal friend for a bedtime story, snack, and craft. Stuffed animals will spend the night at the library and can be picked up on January 19 after 12pm. The library staff will post photos of what the stuffed animals did in the library during their sleepover! Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

· January 25: Book Buddies, 6pm: Book Buddies Book Club meets the last Thursday of each month at the library to discuss the monthly book selection. Join us on the Book Buddies Blog at if you can't make it to the live meeting! The selection for January 2018 is The Master Butcher’s Singing Club by Louise Erdrich.

New PUC Report Shows Continued Improvement in PA Households Starting Winter Without Heat-Related Utilities

Struggling Consumers Urged to Call About Heating Aid

December 29, 2017

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today released the results of its annual Cold Weather Survey, which showed that more than 19,000 households across the state who had their utility service terminated this year are entering the winter season without heat-related utility service or using unsafe heating sources. 

That figure is approximately 12-percent lower than last year’s survey (2,730 fewer households starting the winter without heat), and 20-percent lower (4,880 fewer households) than the winter of 2015 – with improvements noted by nearly all the state’s major electric and natural gas distribution companies.

The annual Cold Weather Survey, along with a mid-winter resurvey, serve as “snapshots” to help gauge utility and PUC outreach about heating assistance programs. The survey tracks the number of households whose heat-related utility service was terminated during the year, and who remain without service at the start of the winter and at the mid-way point of the heating season. More extensive data about utility service – including terminations; reconnections; the number of low-income and payment-troubled customers; and the size and scope of various customer assistance programs is available in the PUC’s annual Universal Service Report.

“For the third year in a row, we have seen a notable decrease in the number of Pennsylvania families who had their utility service terminated this year and are starting the winter without heat-related electric or natural gas service, or depending on potentially unsafe heating sources,” said PUC Chairman Gladys M. Brown. “Additionally, the direct contact that occurs between utilities and consumers during the survey process resulted in over 33,000 households receiving payment arrangements and being reconnected to service while the survey was still underway – which is the driving purpose of this effort.”

Despite the results of the Cold Weather Survey and the number of pre-winter reconnections, the PUC remains concerned about the thousands of households who struggle stay warm and safe during the winter. Residents experiencing financial difficulties are encouraged to contact their utilities and/or the PUC for information about numerous programs available to help them restore and maintain their utility service.

The 2017 Cold Weather Survey showed the following (as of Dec. 15):

6,351 residences whose utility service was terminated this year are without safe electric heating, including 6,057 households without electric service and 294 households that are heating with potentially unsafe heating sources.
12,944 residences whose utility service was terminated this year are without safe natural gas heating, including 12,125 households without natural gas service and 819 households that are heating with potentially unsafe heating sources.
Additionally, 11,173 residences where electric service was terminated this year and 4,096 residences where natural gas service was terminated this year now appear to be vacant.
Note: Some households may be without both electric and natural gas service, resulting in a double-counting of some households.

According to the survey data, the number of families whose electric utility service was terminated this year and remain without service is 9-percent lower than last winter. Further, the number of homes where electric utility service was terminated this year, and who are now depending on potentially unsafe heating sources, dropped by 23-percent compared to last winter – while the number of natural gas customers whose utility service was terminated this year and are now depending on potentially unsafe heating sources, dropped by 28-percent.

Across the state, six of Pennsylvania’s eight major electric distribution companies reported improvements in their Cold Weather Survey data, as did eight of the state’s nine natural gas distribution companies. The utilities conducting the Cold Weather Survey provide service to more than 5-million residential electric customers and nearly 2.3-million residential natural gas customers. As part of the Cold Weather Service process, utility representatives attempted to contact approximately 31,000 households using electric heating and approximately 39,000 households using natural gas heating, whose service was terminated this year.

“There are a variety of options available to low-income households who are struggling to maintain their heat-related service,” said Chairman Brown. “We encourage anyone experiencing difficulties to call their utilities as soon as possible about a variety of PUC-required assistance programs to help heat their homes or pay their energy bills – such as Customer Assistance Programs (CAPs) and Low-Income Usage Reduction Programs (LIURP).”

According to the PUC’s most recent Universal Service Report, those assistance programs impact more than 474,500 households and are valued at over $397 million per year.

Additionally, as part of the annual “Prepare Now” campaign, the Commission continues to appeal to utilities to increase their efforts to educate consumers about other available resources that may be available, such as grants under the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) – with information available through local County Assistance Offices or via the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095.

The PUC emphasized that consumers without utility service should understand their rights and responsibilities, including additional options that may be available for those who are seriously ill or are facing other unique circumstances, such as a protection from abuse order. 

Consumers should call their utility first to make arrangements to pay their bill. If they are unable to reach an agreement with the utility, the PUC may be able to provide assistance. The PUC can be reached toll-free at 1-800-692-7380.

Coudersport Ambulance To Cancer Center

At 12:23 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to the Cancer Center for a woman to go to Cole Hospital.
12:37 PM--Roulette & Shinglehouse ambulance dispatched mutual aid for this call.

G2 takes 1st Place – Uzelac Results

Pictured L-R:
Front Row: Irelyn Rounsville, Adelaide Jeffers, Jasmine Miller, Jenna Wylie, Carly Reed, Ella Austin, Catence Taylor, Kate Mitchell, Skyler Cooper
Middle Row: Madison Errick, Ava Peterson, Adelyn Walker, Kaylee Oswald, Sara DeLong, Morgan Mattison, Genecis Easton, Kendra Niver
Back Row: Ashley Oswald, Brielle Fidurko, Hannah Fleniken, Michaella Rhodes, Selin Sumer, Danica Yates, Kyla Andreano, Laci Miller
Missing from photo: Aeralyn Salada, Alyssa Wilson, Addison Bechelli, Skylar Waid, Natalie McDowell, Melissa Diegel
G2 takes 1st Place – Uzelac Results

G2 Gymnastics of Shinglehouse recently traveled to Johnstown, PA for the Kristal Uzelac Invitational. Thirty-one members represented G2 Gymnastics at the USAG sanctioned event. G2 turned in a strong showing as the Level 2’s defended their 1st place title in the team division. Also taking team awards were Level 3, Level 4, and Level 6’s all placing 2nd in the team division against many other teams. G2 Gymnastics brought home 115 individual awards including all around champions: Level 2-Aeralyn Salada, Catence Taylor and Morgan Mattison; Level 3-Genecis Easton; and Level 6-Melissa Diegel. Event champions included: Level 2: Aeralyn Salada (beam, floor), Catence Taylor (beam, floor), Morgan Mattison (vault, bars, beam, floor); Level 3: Madison Errick (floor), Skylar Waid (bars), Kendra Niver (beam), Genecis Easton (vault, floor); Level 4: Kyla Andreano (floor); XCEL Silver: Natalie McDowell (bars); XCEL Gold: Ashley Oswald (floor); Level 6: Laci Miller (vault), Selin Sumer (bars), Melissa Diegel (beam,floor). G2 also had 5 more gymnasts qualify to the State Championships which totals to 14 State Qualifiers for the club thus far.

G2 will continue to train in preparation for their largest competition of the season as they will soon travel to Erie, PA for the Stars & Stripes Invitational that hosts approximately 1,800 competing athletes from Pennsylvania and the surrounding States and Canada.

G2 Gymnastics offers programs for all children, starting at age 3. We accept new students at any time during our 5 week session, as space permits. The next session will begin January 6th. You must pre-register ASAP to reserve your spot as classes are filling quickly. For more information, please visit: or email

Level 3: Carly Reed, Skylar Waid, Sara DeLong, Hannah Fleniken
Level 6: Melissa Diegel

9.0 CLUB
VAULT: Morgan Mattison-9.25, Addison Bechelli-9.10, Carly Reed-9.075, Madison Errick-9.25, Skylar Waid-9.075, Hannah Fleniken-9.30, Genecis Easton-9.35, Melissa Diegel-9.05, Laci Miller-9.35
BARS: Skylar Waid-9.05
BEAM: Catence Taylor-9.15, Adelaide Jeffers-9.10, Madison Errick-9.20
FLOOR: Aeralyn Salada-9.0, Catence Taylor-9.05, Jenna Wylie-9.0, Morgan Mattison-9.10, Madison Errick-9.30, Genecis Easton-9.40, Irelyn Rounsville-9.0, Ashley Oswald-9.15, Selin Sumer-9.0, Laci Miller-9.075, Michaella Rhodes-9.25, Melissa Diegel-9.55

34.00: Aeralyn Salada-34.75, Hannah Fleniken-34.30, Ashley Oswald-34.20, Selin Sumer-34.05, Michaella Rhodes-34.80
35.00: Catence Taylor-35.35, Morgan Mattison-35.725, Kendra Niver-35.55, Laci Miller-35.175, Melissa Diegel-35.35
36.00: Madison Errick-36.70, Genecis Easton-36.45

Skyler Cooper: vault-8.25-4th, bars-5.40-6th, beam-8.10-5th, floor-7.30-6th, AA-29.05-6th

Kate Mitchell: vault-8.65-3rd, bars-7.85-3rd, beam-8.70-2nd, floor-8.15-3rd, AA-33.35-2nd

Ella Austin: vault-8.30-9th, bars-7.40-7th, beam-8.55-5th, floor-8.0-6th, AA-32.25-7th

Aeralyn Salada: vault-8.85-5th, bars-8.10-3rd, beam-8.80-1st, floor-9.0-1st, AA-34.75-1st

Catence Taylor: vault-8.40-5th, bars-8.75-2nd, beam-9.15-1st, floor-9.05-1st, AA-35.35-1st

Jasmine Miller: vault-7.90-8th, bars-4.90-8th, beam-8.0-7th, floor-7.30-7th, AA-28.10-8th
Adelaide Jeffers: vault-8.60-3rd, bars-5.45-7th, beam-9.10-2nd, floor-8.575-2nd, AA-31.725-5th

Jenna Wylie: vault-8.65-6th, bars-6.45-7th, beam-8.75-2nd, floor-9.0-2nd, AA-32.85-6th

Alyssa Wilson: vault-6.25-8th, bars-5.50-8th, beam-8.0-7th, floor-6.80-8th, AA-26.55-8th

Morgan Mattison: vault-9.25-1st, bars-8.40-1st, beam-8.975-1st, floor-9.10-1st, AA-35.725-1st

Addison Bechelli: vault-9.10-2nd, bars-7.90-5th, beam-8.10-6th, floor-8.35-6th, AA-33.45-5th


Carly Reed: vault-9.075-4th, bars-8.50-4th, beam-8.05-5th, floor-8.075, AA-33.70-4th

Madison Errick: vault-9.25-4th, bars-8.95-4th, beam-9.20-4th, floor-9.30-1st, AA-36.70-2nd

Skylar Waid: vault-9.075-4th, bars-9.05-1st, beam-6.75, floor-8.525, AA-33.40-8th

Sara DeLong: vault-8.90, bars-8.10, beam-8.50, floor-8.40, AA-33.90-7th

Hannah Fleniken: vault-9.30-2nd, bars-7.90, beam-8.40, floor-8.70-4th, AA-34.30-3rd

Kendra Niver: vault-8.90, bars-8.95-2nd, beam-8.90-1st, floor-8.80-3rd, AA-35.55-2nd

Genecis Easton: vault-9.35-1st, bars-8.95-2nd, beam-8.75-3rd, floor-9.40-1st, AA-36.45-1st


Irelyn Rounsville: vault-7.90-2nd, bars-8.10-4th, beam-8.15, floor-9.0-2nd, AA-33.70-3rd

Adelyn Walker: vault-7.55, bars-7.10, beam-8.25, floor-8.425-4th, AA-31.325-6th

Brielle Fidurko: vault-7.10, bars-6.35, beam-8.40, floor-8.425-4th, AA-30.275-6th

Kaylee Oswald: vault-7.45, bars-5.65, beam-7.70, floor-8.05, AA-28.85-8th

Ava Peterson: vault-7.20, bars-7.60, beam-8.40, floor-8.525-3rd, AA-31.725-5th

Kyla Andreano: vault-7.70-2nd, bars-7.40-4th, beam-8.15, floor-8.80-1st, AA-32.05-4th

Danica Yates: vault-7.40-4th, bars-6.90, beam-6.55, floor-7.45, AA-28.30-7th


Natalie McDowell: vault-8.10, bars-8.90-1st, beam-8.05, floor-8.40, AA-33.45-4th


Ashley Oswald: vault-8.60-2nd, bars-7.90, beam-8.55, floor-9.15-1st, AA-34.20-3rd


Michaella Rhodes: vault-8.80, bars-7.85, beam-8.90-2nd, floor-9.25-3rd, AA-34.80-3rd

Laci Miller: vault-9.35-1st, bars-8.20-2nd, beam-8.55, floor-9.075, AA-35.175-2nd

Selin Sumer: vault-8.90-3rd, bars-8.25-1st, beam-7.90, floor-9.0, AA-34.05-5th

Melissa Diegel: vault-9.05-2nd, bars-7.80, beam8.95-1st, floor-9.55-1st, AA-35.35-1st

Potter County Historical Society Exhibit Features Local Wood Carvers Creations

The Potter County Historical Society presents an exhibit of folk carving produced in Potter County over the past century.

“The Woodcarver’s Ball” features unique creations by Leonard “Tiny” Treat, Herb Bartoo, Anton Zelnik, Frank Rytell, Wayne Borrous, Arlie Skinner, Stan Kolat and R.B.Green.

This eclectic exhibit includes highly detailed animal carvings, hand cranked mechanicals, complex wagon and oxen assemblies, relief carving and chain carving. Many of these pieces are exhibited publicly for the first time.

The museum exhibit will run currently through the month of April, 2018. Museum hours are 10:30 am- 4:00 pm Mondays and Fridays at our location at 308 Main St., Coudersport, PA 16915. The Historical can be reached at and 814-274-4410.

State Police Investigating Alleged Assault of Child