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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Park Avenue

At 9:13 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance to Park Avenue for a man to go to hospital.

Elkland Dispatched To Automatic Alarm At Moose

At 8:09 PM on Saturday, Elkland Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the Moose Lodge for an automatic fire alarm.

Kane Dispatched For Vehicle Crash Into Building

At 7:56 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire Rescue & Ambulance have been dispatched to the intersection of Biddle & Hacker Streets nest to the Old Kane Handle building for a vehicle into a building crash.
8:02 PM--Report occupants of vehicle attempting to flee the scene.

Arlene S. Norman, 86, of 2 High Point Drive, Kane, PA

Arlene S. Norman

Arlene S. Norman, 86, of 2 High Point Drive, Kane, PA, formerly of Burning Well Road, died Friday evening, January 19, 2018 at The Lutheran Home at Kane, where she recently resided.

Born September 13, 1931 in Dunkirk, N.Y., she was the daughter of Swan and Ruth Linn Swanson. On June 24, 1950 in Kanesholm, she married Paul E. Norman, who died in 1994.

A graduate of Kane Area Schools in 1949, Arlene had been a dental receptionist for Dr. Gardner in Kane and secretary of the local American Red Cross.

She was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Mt. Jewett, where she belonged to the Altar Guild and the Ruth Circle. She also belonged to the former Order of the Eastern Star and the Mountain Grange, both in Kane, and the Kane Quilters, Thimbelinas, Seneca Squares and the Shasta Traveling Trailer Club.

Surviving are two daughters, Victoria (Christopher) Woods of Pittsburgh and Brenda (Scott) Hetrick of Kane; a brother Carl Swanson in North Carolina; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death, besides her husband and parents, by a daughter Paula Larson, a sister Lois Hagman and a great grandson Bentley Scott Luchs.

Friends may call at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc. on Tuesday from 4:00 until 7:00, and may attend a funeral service at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Mt. Jewett at 11:00 on Wednesday with the rev. David Pflieger, chaplain of The Lutheran Home at Kane, officiating. Interment will follow in Lebanon Cemetery, Kanesholm.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 11 E. Main St., Mt. Jewett, PA 16740.

Coudersport Ambulance to Elk Street

At 6:45 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Elk Street for a fall victim.

Bradford Dispatched For ATV Accident Near Marilla Reservoir

At 6:12 PM on Saturday, Bradford Township Fire Dept. & City Ambulance dispatched to West Washington Street near the Marilla Reservoir for an ATV accident with a male, appears to be in 40's,  unresponsive. A helicopter has been requested.
6:23 PM--Patient left scene and was located at a West Washington Street residence. Ambulance going there to assess patient.
6:49 PM--Command Terminated. Fire units returning.

Radium again found in Allegheny River and tributaries

Pittsburgh Post-GazetteJan 19, 2018

Sediment from the Allegheny River and two Indiana County creeks contain high levels of radioactivity downstream from where treated wastewater from conventional gas well drilling operations is discharged, according to a new study.

The peer-reviewed research at Duke University found that, over the past six years, levels of radium in river and stream sediment are about 650 times higher below water treatment plants than at sampling sites upstream.

In some cases the sediment exceeded levels that would require disposal at federally designated radioactive waste disposal sites.  Read more.....

Timothy S. WARD, 57, of Scio, NY

Timothy S. WARD

Timothy S. WARD, 57, of Scio, NY, died Friday, January 19, 2018 in his home after a seven-month battle with cancer. 

Born September 30, 1960, in Wellsville, he was the son of Lewis Wilson and Anna Elizabeth Cummins Ward. On July 16, 1988, in the Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church, Scio, NY, he married the former Dollie Rahr, who survives. 

Tim owned and operated Ward Construction in Scio and was employed by TPS Propane, starting their business in Allegany County. 

He was a social member of the American Legion and VFW in Wellsville and a former member of the Moose. Tim was captain of the Mahogany Ridge Pool League and president of the Budweiser Pool League. 

He served as caretaker of the Knights Creek Cemetery for many years. 

Surviving besides his wife, Dollie, are: three siblings, Donna Layman of Scio, Nancy Borden of Belfast, and Lewis (Nancy) Ward, Jr. of Brush Prairie, WA; father-in-law, Lyle Rahr of Wellsville; brother-in-law, Charles McAhon of FL; special friends, Fran and Carol Slocum of Wellsville and Mark “Jitterbug” Wardak of Scio; many nieces and nephews; and feline friend, Jasmine. 

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Ralph Ward and Harold Ward; and his mother-in-law, Mary Rahr; sisters-in-law, Sandy Ward and Dodie McAhon. 

Friends may call Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY, where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Carl Kemp will officiate. Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery, Scio. 

Memorials may be made to SPCA serving Allegany County, Scio Volunteer Fire Department, or Scio Library. Online condolences may be expressed at

Carolyn E. O'Donnell, 69, of Smethport, PA

Carolyn E. O'Donnell

Carolyn E. O'Donnell, 69, of Smethport, PA, passed away on Friday (January 19, 2018) in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

She was born May 31, 1948 in Irondequoit, NY, a daughter of John and Josephine Fagen Berry. On July 13, 1968, in Rochester, NY, she married Gary W. O'Donnell, who survives.

Mrs. O'Donnell was a graduate of Irondequoit High School and had attended Geneseo College in Geneseo, NY. Carolyn and Gary moved to the area after retiring, and she enjoyed her life with her family and friends in the Marvindale and Smethport community.

Carolyn was a former secretary for the Livonia Sportsmen’s Club.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by:

Four daughters: Heather (Jon) Peterson of Smethport, Lori O’Donnell of Myrtle Beach, SC, Suzanne (Ian) Scott of England, and Kristin (Bill) Mering of Honeoye Falls, NY.

Grandchildren: Daniel, Adam, Lydia, Noah, Samuel, Kylie, Madeline, Thomas and Tyler.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

There will be no visitation. A service will be held with the family at a later date. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Nelson, Osceola Dispatched For Vehicle Into A House Crash

At 3:30 PM on Saturday, Nelson, Osceola Fire Rescue and Valley ambulance dispatched to 9151 Route 49 for a vehicle that has hit a house.

Beatrice Minnie “Tootie” Tucker Clark, 98, of Coudersport, PA

Beatrice Minnie “Tootie” Clark
“beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother”

Beatrice Minnie “Tootie” Tucker Clark, 98, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away with her loving family at her side on Friday, January 19, 2018, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after suffering a stroke on January 13, 2018.

Born on September 1, 1919 in Colesburg, PA, she was a daughter of Edgar Harvey “EH” and Katherine “Katie” Mosch Tucker and granddaughter of Emil and Wilhelmina Kortz Mosch. On May 16, 1942 in Colesburg, she married the love of her life, Milford L. Clark, who survives.

Tootie was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1937. She was employed at the former Hamlin’s 5 & 10 in Coudersport. She and her husband were the owners and operators of the Milbea Guernsey Dairy Farm in Coudersport.

She was a member of the former Hebron Grange 1251. Tootie was a devoted wife, and was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandma. She was a friend and neighbor to all and was always tending to others. Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving besides her devoted husband of over 75 years are a daughter, Linda Lee Clark (Terry) Sturdevant of Coudersport; four grandchildren, Christopher Clark of Germany, Jay (Christy) Baird of Franklin, NC, and Krista Sturdevant (Rodney) Doran and Kimberly Sturdevant (John) Dailey, both of Coudersport; seven great-grandchildren, Noah Baird, Myah Baird, Sarah Baird, Gabby Doran, Rodney Doran, Jr., Emilee Dailey, and Jacob Dailey; a sister, Ruth Tucker Thompson of Colesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Tootie was predeceased by a son, James L. Clark; a daughter, Catherine Marie “Cathy” Clark Baird; two brothers, Franklin “Bub” Tucker and Edgar “Sonny” Tucker; and a sister, Marjory “Sis” Tucker Butz.

Friends may call from noon to 4pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a celebration of Tootie’s life will follow at 4pm with the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus of Hebron Union Church, officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Potter County Historical Society, 308 North Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Showstoppers 4H Club, c/o Sheila Gabreski, 7 Water Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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

Coudersport Ambulance To Maple View Lane

At 3:00 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Maple View Lane for a patient with chest pain and difficulty breathing.

Governor Tom Wolf Issues Statement On Federal Government Shutdown

Chatham, Middlebury, Knoxville & Clymer Dispatched For Rollover Crash

At 1:12 PM on Saturday, Chatham, Middlebury, Knoxville & Clymer have been dispatched to a rollover crash near 1513 Losey Creek Road. Patient is reported self-extricated.

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swn Production Co Llc in Lenox Twp, Susquehanna County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-01-16 to Swn Production Co Llc in Lenox Twp, Susquehanna county. 78.91(a) - PLUGGING - GENERAL PROVISIONS - Upon abandoning a well, the owner or operator failed to plug the well to stop the vertical flow of fluids or gas within the well bore under 25 Pa. Code §§ 78.92—78.98 or an approved alternate method.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Smethport, Port Allegany Dispatched To Industrial Fire Alarm

At 12:46 PM on Saturday, Smethport & Port Allegany Fire Departments have been dispatched to 51 Magnetic Avenue in Smethport for an industrial Fire Alarm.

Thompson Issues Statement on Failure of Senate to Keep Federal Government Open

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate failed to approve a short-term funding measure:

“I find it troubling that a majority of the Senate Democrats have chosen to severely jeopardize our military readiness, shut down essential government operations, and eliminate health care coverage for low-income children, while setting an arbitrary deadline to address the DACA issue.

“I maintain that we must achieve comprehensive immigration reform, which includes providing certainty on the status of those brought here as children, but a government shutdown is not the way to achieve this policy goal. I have been working toward a bipartisan agreement to protect the fate of the ‘Dreamers’ and to ensure our borders are secure for the safety of all Americans.

“In accordance with the law, my Bellefonte and Titusville district offices will be closed and many of my staff members will be furloughed for the duration of any budget impasse. I will remain in Washington working to get this impasse resolved. It is my hope that cooler heads will prevail and we can quickly find a resolution to reopen the federal government.”

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Giant Sportsman's Raffle At Coudersport Consistory, Tickets Available Now!!

Come watch the Eagles play on Sunday at The Crittenden Taproom!

Fox's Pizza Den Grand Opening In Shinglehouse on Monday, January 22nd

Coudersport High School Presents Falcon Follies Saturday, January 20th

PM Milker & Barn Help Needed In Ulysses, PA

Antiques Roadshow Appraisal & Purchasing Days Friday, January 26 & Saturday, January 27th At Daniel A. Carter In

Consignments Sought For Annual Extravaganza Consignment Auction At Carter Auctions on Saturday, February 10th

Friday, January 19, 2018

Bill Pekarski: Day 502, Living life on my terms.

Bill Pekarski:

Day 502, Living life on my terms.

I was downtown today and as I drove along, I thought about all of the stories I wrote about businesses throughout town. At about the same time, I found myself driving by Empson's Craft Supplies/Poppy's Attic and noticed the open sign was out front. I decided to pull over and take a look.

What a great little shop! There were beautiful antiques and elegant glassware predominantly displayed just about everywhere. Just standing there, you could feel the history and nostalgia from all of the pieces on display.

Craft supplies were neatly assembled in their own area as well. The first thing I noticed was the paints and supplies that could be used to paint rocks to get ready for "Coudersport Rocks 2018."

Behind the counter was a friend who had not seen since high school, but she recognized me right away. I had trouble at first then she gave in to my poor memory, it was Leslie Empson, or as I always knew her, Leslie Fourness.

She and her sister-in-law Rhonda Empson combined forces to open their main street shop and they are doing a fantastic job.

Leslie apologized that she felt the shelves were a little barren, but I did not see what she meant. A stack of beautiful old hat boxes were neatly positioned around tables of glassware and other interesting items. She also had a wonderful display of necklaces of many varying materials and lengths.

"I haven't had the time to attend many estate auctions lately so my stock is a little low," Leslie said. I could not tell, everything was beautiful.

We talked a little about the history of their location a little bit as she asked if I remembered the old shoe store that used to be there. I told her I did remember that as well as when it housed "Smitty's Record Cellar" before he retired.

Leslie explained how the Poppy's Attic side of the business was hers and Rhonda did everything with the craft supplies. Rhonda convinced her to combine the two businesses, bringing the "Attic" downtown from Sweden Valley.

"My dad used to love going to auctions and collecting antiques so we already had a presence in Sweden Valley," she explained. "I really loved it out there, but excited the idea of having a Main Street presence was exciting."

I told her that their store is just the thing that tourists will love, especially everyone coming into Coudersport for the Eliot Ness Festival. She said they were looking forward to it as well.

Unfortunately, I was running out of oxygen so I couldn't browse more, but I definitely plan to check it out again as soon as I can. In fact, everyone reading this should make a note to try and stop by and take a look. So many things there are absolutely fascinating.

Today I am dedicating my progress to Leslie and Rhonda Empson. I wish you well with your endeavors.

Roulette Ambulance To Oak Lane

At 11:42 PM on Friday, Roulette has been dispatched to Oak Lane for lifting assistance.

Known Actor Had Suspected Marijuana & Paraphernalia

Hit & Run Driver Struck Parked Vehicle In Rutland Township

Rochester Man Wrote Check On Closed Account

Tioga County Man Charged With Furnishing Alcohol To Minor

16th Annual West End Trailblazers Winterfest Saturday, Jan. 27th In Roulette, PA


Potter County Commissioners Meeting For January 4, 2018

Potter County Commissioners Agenda For January 17, 2018


Were You In Mrs. Knight's Kindergarten Class At Port Allegany School, You're Invited...

If you were in this Kindergarten class, attended PAHS from 1970 - 1979, taught or worked at PAHS during that time…you’re invited to the 70s Reunion to be held July 14 at the Veterans Memorial. For further information, contact Pam Fischer at or go to the 70s Reunion page on Facebook. Anyone wishing to help with the reunion, let Pam know.

House Action for the Week of January 22, 2018

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

The Weekly Schedule


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will present a class on alcohol ink technique Jan. 24.

Instructor Courtney Mealy will guide participants through the proper techniques for using alcohol ink on various surfaces. Alcohol ink is fast drying and used on non-porous surfaces to create marbling and faux stone effects.

Learn basic alcohol ink application techniques and materials and explore the versatility of the medium. Cost for the workshop is $35 and includes materials. The class will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the fourth floor art room of Marilyn Horne Hall at 2 Marilyn Horne Way.

For more information or to sign up, contact the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development at 814-362-5078 or

Bradford Little Theatre Announce Audition Dates For "Bye Bye Birdie"

Bradford Little Theatre is holding open auditions for their upcoming production of the beloved musical comedy “Bye, Bye Birdie.” The show which was written by Michael Stewart features music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. It won four Tony awards, including Best Musical.

BLT’s production will be co-directed by Dani Newman and David Merwine with music direction by Shane Oschman.

Auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, January 24 6:30pm-9pm; Saturday, January 27 10am - 1pm; Thursday, February 1 6:30pm-9pm; and Saturday, February 3 10am-1pm. All auditions will be held at Togi’s Playhouse, 18 Welch Ave, Bradford. The show will be held April 13-15 at BAHS auditorium.

Rock star Conrad Birdie is the biggest thing to top the charts. Women love him, men want to be him, and teenage girls scream at the mere mention of his name. But when the United States Army drafts Birdie, manager Albert Peterson and his longtime love Rose Alvarez hatch a plan: send Conrad to small-town America to plant a goodbye kiss on one lucky fan to be televised on live TV. Their selection of Kim MacAfee sends wholesome Sweet Apple, Ohio, into chaos. Kim’s boyfriend, Hugo, can’t take the humiliation, Rose can’t take another minute of Albert’s devotion to the music business, and Sweet Apple can’t take its teens' riotous “Rock-n-Roll” rebellion. Will Sweet Apple ever be the same?

“Bye Bye Birdie is a family show through and through,” Newman said. “Colorful, cute, and sweet, this classic includes some of the most famous songs in musical theater, including ‘Put On a Happy Face,’ ‘Kids’ and the lively number ‘A Lot of Livin’ to Do.’”

“It’s important that we don’t lose the history of some of the older shows. ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ is filled with fun music for adults and teenagers alike. It has a 50’s/60’s style which, musically, is well accepted and appreciated by most of the population. This show has wit, charm and a ton of great music,” Oschman said. “I’m excited to help bring this score to life in Bradford.”

At the auditions, participants will be asked to read lines and sing a short vocal selection. If auditioning for a singing role, please come with a prepared number of your choosing on a media device. If auditioning for a specific principal character, please also prepare a musical number sung by that character. Please wear comfortable clothing, as you will be asked to learn a small dance routine.

All persons wishing to audition must be at least 14 years old, unless auditioning for the role of Randolph which is open to boys age 10 and older.

“We have male and female lead roles, supporting and featured roles for adults and teens. There are spoken-only roles, dancing-only roles, comic roles, ensemble chorus roles that don’t require dancing, and more. If you don’t have time to rehearse more than once a week until close to show, we can still use you!” Merwine said.

A huge cast of over 30 members are needed for the show. The principal characters are:

Albert Peterson: The central character of the story, he is the president of Almaelou Music Corp. He is nervous and high-strung, in his 30’s and a tenor.

Rose Alvarez: She is Albert's secretary and girlfriend but dreams of the day when she can adjust his title from “employer” to “hubby.” The role requires a woman who can display a truly strong spirit and a spicy personality. She is 25-30 years old and an alto.

Conrad Birdie: He’s kind of a undesirable sorta’ fellow, rude and arrogant, but he is the rock star and the iconic role of the show. Loosely based on Elvis, this character requires very strong vocals. He is 25-35 years old and a baritone.

Kim MacAfee: She is a 15 teen year old soprano. She’s the president of Sweet Apple’s Conrad Birdie Fan Club. Through random chance, she is selected to delivery Conrad Birdie his final kiss goodbye before leaving to join the army. She is a typical all-American teenage girl of the 1950’s.

Ursula Merkle: She is Kim’s best friend and on an excitement scale of ten, Ursula hits twelve. She is a supporting character, but she has some wonderful moments. She’s a little quirky 15 year old, mezzo soprano with a ton of energy.

Randolph MacAfee: Kim younger brother between 10-14 years old. It’s not a huge role, but it is a visible one. He is a tenor.

Mr. Harry MacAfee: The father of Kim and Randolph, he is a tenor in his 40’s. He’s also a great source of comedy in the production.

Mrs. Doris MacAfee: The mother of Kim and Randolph, she is an alto in her late 30’s or early 40’s.

Hugo Peabody: Kim’s boyfriend, a typical male teen in from the 50’s. This is a speaking role.

Mrs. Mae Peterson: She is Albert’s mother and in her 50’s or 60’s. This is a speaking role.

A full list of characters and more information about the show can be found on BLT’s website or on the groups Facebook page.

Elk County Democrats Petition Signing Lunch

The Elk Co. Democratic Committee will be hosting its annual Petition Signing Lunch on Sat. Feb. 17th, 2018 as part of the Northwest Weekend V Series. 

Voters will be able to meet with State and Federal candidates and sign petitions. 

A soup and sandwich lunch will be served and donations to the committee are requested to help us cover costs.

Time: Saturday, February 17, 2018 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Host: Rich Schweikart
Ridgway American Legion (Ridgway, PA)
330 Main St.
Ridgway, PA 15853

Julia C. Woodford, 90, of 5205 Highland Road, Kane, PA

Julia C. Woodford

Julia C. Woodford, 90, of 5205 Highland Road, Kane, PA, died Friday afternoon at The Lutheran Home at Kane.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be listed here when they are available.

Karen R. Sidman, 72, of 115 Crestline Road(PO Box 23), Sinnemahoning, PA

Karen R. Sidman

Karen R. Sidman, 72, of 115 Crestline Road(PO Box 23), Sinnemahoning, PA died at DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois, PA on Thursday afternoon, January 18, 2018.

She was born November 8, 1945 in Erie, PA a daughter of the late William A. and Ellen Bertges Sidman.

Karen graduated from McDowell High School in Erie, PA. She retired from St. Marys Carbon where she worked for many years. She was a member of the Sinnemahoning and May Hollow Sportsmans Clubs and the Driftwood Senior Center.

Survived by her companion, Robert "Cork" Bushor, Sinnemahoning; son, Jeffrey Kerstetter, Mountain Home, ID; two brothers, William Sidman, Emporium and David Sidman, Erie, PA.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

There will be No Visitation. Funeral will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Mark A. Lentz, 64, of Coudersport, PA

Mark A. Lentz
“beloved son, father and brother”

Mark A. Lentz, 64, of Coudersport, PA, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Born on January 20, 1953 in Coudersport, he was a son of Lawrence M. and Erika Frank Lentz. 

US Army Veteran
Mark was a graduate of Austin High School, Class of 1971. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was employed for several years at Bendigo State Park in Johnsonburg until retiring due to ill health.

He loved hunting, fishing and anything outdoors. He was a proud member of the NRA. His greatest love was his family.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother of Coudersport; three sons, Ealion Worrall, Mark Worrall of Beaver Falls, and Samuel Lentz; a daughter, Kristen Schooley of Butler; three grandsons, Landin Richard Schooley, Noah Lawrence Schooley, and Kyle Worrall; five siblings, Katherine A. (Irvin) Saler of Coudersport, Lawrence K. Lentz of Coudersport, Vera E. Pesock of Austin, Brenda L. (Steve) Erway of Coudersport, and Melinda Y. (Michael) Monroe of Galeton; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, Mark was predeceased by a sister, Liesa Joy Lentz.

In keeping with Mark’s wishes, there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Mark’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 Mark, please visit

Bernice Owens Clark, 103, a resident of the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA

Bernice Owens Clark

Bernice Owens Clark, resident of the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the age of 103. 

She was born in Salisbury Center, NY on January 5, 1915. She moved to Austin, PA in her teens and later to Emporium and was employed by Sylvania. 

On June 30, 1934, she married Clifford W. Clark who preceded her in death in 2013 at the age of 99. 

She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Emporium. 

She is survived by one son - Gary (Barbara) Clark, two grandchildren - Christine (Brian) Slusarick, and Clifford (Eugenia) Clark, and four great-grandchildren - Molly and Chloe Slusarick, and Clara and Andrew Clark. 

Friends will be received at the Barnett Funeral Home in Emporium on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Emporium on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11am. Burial will be at the Newton Cemetery in Emporium.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


So far, 51 deer from the 2017-18 hunting seasons have tested positive.

Pennsylvania’s statewide deer seasons have come to a close, and within the next several weeks, final chronic wasting disease test results will return from deer harvested by hunters in the 2017-18 seasons.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission collects samples from deer harvested across the state and tests them for chronic wasting disease (CWD), as part of the agency’s ongoing CWD surveillance.

Within the state’s Disease Management Areas – where the disease has been detected in captive and free-ranging deer – intensified sampling occurs.

This past hunting season, the Game Commission offered free CWD testing for hunters harvesting deer within Disease Management Areas (DMAs). Free testing offered hunters a way to have their deer tested prior to consuming it, and it provided the Game Commission with additional samples to better pinpoint areas where the disease exists, so specific problem spots might be addressed.

Successful hunters within DMAs dropped off heads from more than 1,500 deer in the boxes. About 1,000 of these samples already have been tested for CWD, with the results reported to hunters.

Additionally, Game Commission staff collected more than 3,000 other samples within DMAs to test for CWD. In total, nearly 8,000 samples were collected statewide. Slightly more than 5,700 whitetails were tested for CWD in 2016; 25 tested positive, all were in or near DMA 2, the only area of the state where CWD has been detected in the wild.

At this time, 51 deer from the 2017-18 hunting seasons have tested positive for CWD. All have been within the DMAs. Forty-eight were within DMA 2, in southcentral Pennsylvania; and three were within DMA 3 in northcentral Pennsylvania.

But the majority of samples collected still are being analyzed.

Wayne Laroche, the Game Commission’s special assistant for CWD response, said the agency will continue to assess the incoming test results to evaluate the best response to confront CWD where it exists. DMA boundaries regularly have been adjusted in relation to newly detected CWD-positive animals. And last year, the Game Commission teamed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on a CWD surveillance effort where 30 deer were removed by sharpshooters and one CWD-positive deer was detected.

“By developing a control program where we go into these hotspots and remove the animals with a greater likelihood of carrying the disease, we might stand our best chance of controlling CWD on a larger scale, while minimizing the impact on the larger deer population or diminishing deer hunting opportunities,” Laroche said.

CWD is not a new disease, and other states have decades of experience dealing with CWD in the wild. It first was detected in Pennsylvania in 2012 at a captive deer facility, and it was detected in free-ranging deer soon after. To date in Pennsylvania, CWD has been detected in 98 free-ranging deer.

CWD is spread from deer to deer through direct and indirect contact. The disease attacks the brains of infected deer, elk and moose, and will eventually result in the death of the infected animal. There is no live test for CWD and no known cure. There also is no evidence CWD can be transmitted to humans, however, it is recommended the meat of infected deer – or deer thought to be sick – not be consumed.

For more information on CWD, the rules applying within DMAs or what hunters can do to have harvested deer tested for CWD, visit the Game Commission’s website, Information can be found by clicking on the button titled “CWD Information” near the top of the homepage.

Final CWD test results from the 2017-18 deer seasons will be released when available.


BRADFORD, Pa. – The 2018 edition of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s award-winning literary magazine will feature online components, such as musical compositions or audio renditions of performance poems.

The staff of Baily’s Beads will unveil this year’s issue at the Annual Literary Magazine Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons at Pitt-Bradford.

Edited by three writing majors, Isaac Payne, a sophomore from Kane, Jayden Pire, a senior from Oswayo, and Shahada Thomas, a sophomore from Chester, the 2018 volume incorporates a variety of work. That work included an immersion journalism piece, a play, a screenplay, poetry, literary fiction and genre fiction.

Readers will also be able to use web links or QR codes to hear original musical compositions and performance poetry read by the artist. In addition, the issue contains original digital photography and winners of a Seven Word Contest, for which authors wrote selections incorporating seven words selected by the staff – lurched, chortle, attic, incite icepack, beeswax and orifice.

Winners were Aaron Smith, a sophomore engineering student from New Bethlethem, for his poem “Remember”; Dan Jones, a senior applied mathematics major from Woodlyn, for his poem “Delilah and the Hopeless Romantic”; and Maya Bingaman, a junior international affairs major from Stevens, for her short story “Symptoms of a Different Reality.”

Additional staff members are Brianna Henry, a junior writing major from Smethport, art and layout; Amy Gaberseck, an interdisciplinary arts graduate from Smethport, design; former student Tyler Elias, Tabitha Gee-Battle, a freshman business management major from Philadelphia, and Shaun Stack, a senior psychology major from Jacksonville, Fla., assistant editors;

Former student Sidney Peralta of Bradford, publicity consultant; Patty Blakeslee ’17, former student Krizia Isamar Bruno, and Tricia Wright, a senior writing major from Meadville, general staff.

Advisors are Dr. Nancy McCabe, professor of writing and director of the writing program, and Anna Lemnitzer, assistant professor of art and director of interdisciplinary arts.

Dr. Joshua Groffman, assistant professor of music, was music and performance coordinator.

Anxiety’ by Jordan Darrow ’17. It is one of the digital photographs featured in the 2018 volume of Baily’s Beads.

Andrew M. Berg, 29, of 29 Prendergast Ave., Bradford, PA

Andrew M. Berg

Andrew M. Berg, 29, of 29 Prendergast Ave., Bradford, PA, passed away Friday, January 12, 2018 at his residence.

Born March 1, 1988 in Bradford, he was the son of Judith A. (Polucci) Berg and Paul J. Berg, who both survive.

He was a 2007 graduate of Bradford Area High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and J.C.C. in Olean.

He worked part time at the Marche Club and Seneca Junction.

He was an avid poker player and an NFL fan. He was a kind soul and a friend to all.

In addtion to his parents, both of Bradford, he is survived by two sisters, Nicole M. (Steve) Bernhard, of Mt. Jewett; Heather L. (Ed Ryan) Berg, of Bradford; two aunts, Susan M. Polucci of Erving, MA and Mary (David) Goodman of Grenada Hills, CA; two uncles, Anthony (Jenny) Polucci of Bradford and John (Nancy) Polucci, Jr. of Overland Park, KS; three nieces, Julia Coy, Charlotte Bernhard and Kayleigh Ryan; one nephew, Brayden Ryan and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John and Veronica Polucci and paternal grandparents, Robert and Leona Berg.

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as Celebrant.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Wolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve Nine Airports

Harrisburg, PA – Nine airports will make safety and equipment upgrades with the assistance of nearly $2.4 million in state investments, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced today.

“Supporting our roughly 400 airports not only keeps goods and people moving, but also supports hundreds of thousands of jobs,” Richards said. “These investments ensure safe operations and assist with key upgrades.”

The funds are distributed through the Aviation Development Program, which is funded by the state’s jet fuel tax, and leverage $665,125 in local matching funds. Public-use airports in the state are eligible for the program.

The program complements the state Multimodal Fund, which dedicates $6.2 million to aviation in this fiscal year alone. The fund was created by Act 89, a far-reaching transportation funding program that clears the way for significant investments in all transportation modes.

For more information on aviation in Pennsylvania visit

Following is a by-county list of approved aviation projects with the state share:

Armstrong County: McVille Airport -- $45,000 state investment to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield.

Bucks County: Pennridge Airport -- $600,000 state investment to reconstruct a taxiway.

Crawford County: Port Meadville Airport -- $337,500 to rehabilitate an existing fuel facility.

Lackawanna County: Seamans Airport -- $73,500 state investment to rehabilitate the existing runway.

Lancaster County: Donegal Springs Airport -- $292,500 state investment to rehabilitate the existing aircraft parking apron and expand an existing taxiway.

Lackawanna/Luzerne County: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport -- $279,375 state investment to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield and terminal area.

McKean County: Bradford Regional Airport -- $112,500 state investment to acquire airfield maintenance equipment such as mowers, painting machines to apply pavement markings that are needed by airport personnel to operate and maintain the airport.

Somerset County: Somerset County Airport -- $75,000 state investment to design a new above-ground fuel facility.

Washington County: Finleyville Airport -- $540,000 state investment to rehabilitate the existing runway.


The New York and Pennsylvania Railroad, affectionately called the “NIP”, was a 57-mile shortline railroad that spanned the border region from Ceres to Canisteo from 1895 to 1935. The origins and heart of the NYP was the Oswayo Valley. 

Unlike many shortlines of that era that only served coal or lumber interests, the NYP freighted a wide variety of goods and products in and out of its rail line.

Hear about the heroics of such brave engineers as Carl Flohr and Fred Kemp. Learn the true story of the NYP’s wreck with an airplane, and a trolley car war fought in the streets of Shinglehouse. Take an historical ride back to an era when the shrill steam whistle and the chuff of engines echoed through The Oswayo’s towns, villages, & farmlands.

Join us on February 13th at 6 p.m. at the Oswayo Valley Library for a program presented by David Castano, Potter County’s historian. Please stop by or call the library at 814-697-6691 to register.

This program is free and open to the public.

Elk County Council on the Arts Announces Winners of Regional Poetry Out Loud Contest

The Elk County Council on the Arts announces the winners of the school contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The student winners are Katie Dybowski from Ridgway Area High School, who will advance to the state competition, second runner-up Kayla Shutters and third runner-up Abigail Mosier both from St. Marys Area High School.

The competition, presented in partnership with the Elk County Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On Thursday, January 18th, students from St. Marys Area High School and Ridgway Area High School participated in the Poetry Out Loud regional contest at the Elk County Council on the Arts.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a region-wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

During the competition students recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. Judges evaluated student performances on criteria including voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, and accuracy. Teachers introduced poetry recitation in the classroom using free, standards-based curriculum materials created by the NEA and the Poetry Foundation, including a teacher’s guide, lesson plans, an online anthology, posters, and video and audio on the art of recitation. Schools are welcome to download these resources at

Dybowski will advance to the Pennsylvania state contest in March at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Each champion at the state level will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship in April. The school of the state champion will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry books.

To learn more about the local Poetry Out Loud contest contact Matt Frank, the Regional POL Coordinator for Cameron, Elk, Forest, McKean and Potter counties at or call ECCOTA at 814-772-7051.

2018 Poetry Out Loud regional winner Katie Dybowski

L-R, Kayla Shutters, Katie Dybowski, Abigail Mosier