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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Lafayette Dispatched To One Vehicle Crash On West Warren Road

At 10:42 PM on Saturday, Lafayette Township Fire Department & Bradford Ambulance dispatched to a one vehicle crash in the area of 1396 West Warren Road. The vehicle is reported off the roadway.

Johnsonburg & Ridgway Dispatched To Report of Crash On Long Level Road

At 6:30 PM on Saturday, Johnsonburg & Ridgway ambulance dispatched for a 2 vehicle accident in the area of 994 Long Level Road near the s curves.

Derrick City Fire Department Dispatched For Pickup Over Embankment On Rt. 219

At 6:32 PM on Saturday, Derrick City Fire Department has been dispatched to Rt. 219 Southbound near the NY Line for a pickup truck over the embankment.
RECALLED--Crash is in NY State. No injuries.

Rew Dispatched For Disabled Vehicle On Rew Hill

At 5:50 PM on Saturday, Rew Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a disabled vehicle blocking Rew Hill near Summit Road.

Lafayette & Bradford Dispatched To Rollover Crash On Rt. 219 near Kennedy Springs

At 5:40 PM on Saturday, Lafayette Township Fire Department & Bradford Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of Kennedy Springs on Rt. 219 for a truck rollover with a female occupant in and out of consciousness.

Roulette Dispatched To Vehicle Crash On Bilek's Curve on Rt. 6

At 5:30 PM on Saturday, Roulette Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash at Bilek's Curve on Route 6.

ST. Marys Dispatched For Crash With Entrapment On Million Dollar Highway

At 5:27 PM on Saturday, St. Marys Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Million Dollar Highway & Frey Road for a vehicle into a tree with a person entrapped.

Fox Township Dispatched For Vehicle On Its Side On Toby Road

At 5:22 PM on Saturday, Fox Township & St. Marys medic dispatched to 123 Toby Road for a vehicle on its side.

Fox Township Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash On Million Dollar Highway Near Fairview

At 5:02 PM on Saturday, Fox Township Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash on Million Dollar Highway in the parking lot of the Old Station Inn. Report 2 BLS patients and one ALS patient.

St. Marys Dispatchd To Rollover Crash On Windfall Road

At 4:40 PM on Saturday, St. Marys Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 1138 Windfall Road Road for a one vehicle rollover crash. Report roads are hazardous in the area.

Coudersport Ambulance To Mapleview Lane

At 3:02 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Mapleview Lane for a woman ill.

Port Allegany Fire Rescue, Ambulance Dispatched For Male Run Over By Tractor Trailer

At 2:03 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. & Ambulance have been dispatched to 812 Upper Grimes Road for a 54 year old male run over by a tractor trailer left in gear. Reporting a leg injury. A medical helicopter has been dispatched.

MableLee E. RUNZO, 98, of Wellsville, NY

MableLee E. RUNZO

MableLee E. RUNZO, 98, of Wellsville, NY, went to be with her Lord Jesus on Friday, February 16, 2018. 

Born October 22, 1919, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Alfred S. and Grace Hull McClure. On December 8, 1939, in the Christian Temple, Wellsville, she married Arthur D. Runzo, who predeceased her on July 30, 2006. 

A graduate of Wellsville High School, she and her husband owned and operated the Fred D. Rice Music House on Main Street in Wellsville for 36 years. She owned and operated her Jody Ann Doll Hospital for several years in the Wellsville area. 

She was a member of the Crosstown Christian and Missionary Alliance in Wellsville and a past president of the Monday Club. 

MableLee was a dedicated homemaker to her beloved husband and their family. 

Surviving are: three children, Ann (Tom) Koch of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, J. Donald (Jane) Runzo of McGaheysville, VA, and Teresa “Bunny” (Don) Davis of Amherst, NY; a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Runzo of Monroe, LA; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and four nieces. 

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by, a son, Arthur D. Runzo, II; a brother, Kenneth R. McClure; a sister, Lois M. Gent; and a nephew, Robert J. McClure. 

Friends may call Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY, where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Gene Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville. 

Memorials may be made to Salvation Army of Wellsville, 25 E. Pearl St., Wellsville, NY 14895 or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Lillian Pauline McPHAIL, 101, of Harrison Valley, PA

Lillian Pauline McPHAIL

Lillian Pauline McPHAIL, 101, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Thursday, February 15, 2018 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. 

Born July 25, 1916, in Westfield, PA, she was the daughter of G. Gordon and Cleva Luce Walters. On June 13, 1945, in Detroit, MI, she married Charles McPhail, who predeceased her on September 24, 1984. 

She was employed by Sears in Detroit, MI for 18 years. Pauline attended the Federated Church in Harrison Valley. 

Surviving are nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four brothers, Merritt L. “Pete” Walters, Harold Walters, Clyde Walters, and Robert F. Walters; and three sisters, Bernice Clark, Arlene Steadman, and Doris Van Pelt. 

Friends may call Monday, February 19, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM. Her nephew, the Rev. Robert Walters, will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the Federated Church, Harrison Valley, PA 16927. Online condolences may be expressed at

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Eaton Twp Township
Gas permit issued on 2018-02-12 00:00:00 to SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC for site WEST 4H in Eaton Twp township, Wyoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2018-02-12 00:00:00 to SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC for site FALL CREEK B 5H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2018-02-12 00:00:00 to SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC for site FALL CREEK B 4H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2018-02-12 00:00:00 to SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC for site FALL CREEK B 3H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

EMS Dispatched For Johnsonburg Child Who Fell From Window

At 12:53 PM on Saturday, Johnsonburg EMS has been dispatched to Duffy Apartments on Water Street for a 10 year old male who fell out out of a window.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Canada Hollow Road

At 12:37 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Coudersport Medic dispatched to Canada Hollow Road road for a child unresponsive.

WCCA Gibson Brothers Concert is Saturday, Feb. 24

The Gibson Brothers will perform Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Deane Center.
The Gibson Brothers, a prominent bluegrass band formed in Upstate New York in 1984, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. This is he fourth concert of the Wellsboro Community Concert Association's 2017-2018 season.

The five-member band includes brothers Eric Gibson, a writer, banjoist and vocalist and Leigh Gibson, a writer, guitarist and vocalist. Eric Barber, sometimes called "the third brother," joined the band in 1993. In addition to playing bass, Barber has co-produced the band's last six CDs, including "Help My Brother" winner of the 2011 IBMA Album of the Year. Clayton Campbell plays fiddle. He joined the band in 2004 in time to record two tracks on "Red Letter Day," and the four Gibson CDs since then. Jesse Brock on mandolin is the newest member. He has been with the band for four years or so.

Currently, the band is on tour for their most recent CD, "In The Ground" released in Feb. 17, 2017. "This is the first CD that Eric and I have pretty much written the whole thing," Leigh told Fred Smith of the "Country Standard Time." "I think there's more of us in this record than any other" referring to the fact that they have included more songs about life experiences learned as they grew up on the family dairy farm.

Steve Leftridge of PopMatters described the band this way: "Eric and Leigh Gibson might have, pound-for-pound, the most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene…The reason these guys can't lose is that, quite simply, they sound so great. Eric and Leigh sing bluegrass' tightest harmony blend and, instrumentally, the group plays with unmatched alacrity and taste."

"The New York Times" has called them "bluegrass superstars." They have received numerous awards including the International Bluegrass Association's Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year.

Tickets at the door are $25 for adults and $5 for students and children. For tickets, visit or call 570-724-6220.

Canyon Sled Dog Challenge is Saturday, Feb. 24

Mary Beth Logue hugs Bonanza, one of her Alaskan husky sled dogs.
The first Canyon Sled Dog Challenge will be on Saturday, Feb. 24. Organizers are the Pennsylvania Sled Dog Club, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry and the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce.

The challenge is an out and back 18-mile mid distance run on the Pine Creek Rail Trail from Ansonia to Tiadaghton.

In this challenge, pro and registered breed teams of six and eight dogs each will pull dogsleds under the direction of their mushers to test their skills. The pro dog teams will be Alaskan huskies. The registered breed teams will include purebreds like the Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Samoyed and Chinook.

The teams will leave at 9 a.m. in two-minute intervals from the start at the Marsh Creek Access in Ansonia, run nine miles to Tiadaghton, turn around at a small teardrop loop and run nine miles back to the Marsh Creek Access on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. At the start there will only be room for the teams and officials, not spectators.

The only spectator area for this event is the Darling Run Access on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. Spectators can park there to get great views of the fast-paced down and back action.

Spectators are asked to stay off of the trail until the challenge ends and leave their own dogs at home.

To get to the Darling Run Access, take Route 6 to Shippen Township, turn onto Route 362, drive about 1.5 miles, turn right, enter the access area slowly and park.
Mary Beth Logue's dog team is shown during a training run. 

“When the dog teams pass by, spectators will find that they are pretty quiet," said Mary Beth Logue, organizer of the Canyon Sled Dog Challenge. "They might hear the mushers giving some commands but rarely do you hear the dogs bark. The dogs are happy and smiling when they are pulling the sled. One of my dogs will bark because she’s excited and does a little hop as she runs to show her sheer enjoyment. All of these dogs are born to run,” said Logue who lives in Trout Run, Pa.

“What is neat is that within sled dog classes, there are no age or gender breakdowns,” explained Logue. The human and dog competitors in all four classes will be males and females of all ages.

If the challenge is a go, the public is also invited to a Meet The Mushers event to meet them and their dogs from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday night, Feb. 23, at the Burnin’ Barrel at the Ansonia Valley Inn in Shippen Township (GPS Address: 5440 Route 6, Wellsboro, PA 16901). At 7:30 p.m. there will be a mushers meeting. The starting order for the teams will be announced and mushers’ questions answered.

“Most teams will wait until the last minute to register because they want to know the Canyon Sled Dog Challenge will be held,” Logue noted. “That will depend on how much snow or ice there is on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. I’ve talked to mushers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, New Hampshire and New Jersey who are planning to come. We will let them know on Feb. 21 if the challenge is a go,” Logue said.

“If we can’t hold the challenge, then the Friday night Meet the Mushers will be cancelled. On Saturday, Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Darling Run Access, I will have some of my sled dogs with me and display harnesses, a sled and supplies carried in a race. Spectators will be able to meet my dogs and talk with me about this sport." There will also be a photo opportunity. "Visitors are welcome to put on a parka, stand like a musher on the back runners behind the sled's basket and have someone take their picture," she said. Other fun displays, demonstrations and activities are also being planned.

Whether the Challenge or different activities will be at the Darling Run Access on Feb. 24, Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries will be there with hot chocolate, coffee and snacks available for purchase with all proceeds to benefit the animals in their care.

For more information, call the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926 or email

Coudersport Snow Fest is Saturday, Feb. 24

The Fourth Annual Snow Fest will be in the Coudersport Area Recreation Park at 7 Woodlawn Avenue off Seventh Street on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 12 to 3 p.m. Activities are free for adults and children of all ages.

If there is enough snow, there will be sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. If it is cold enough to allow borough employees to create a rink in the park, there will also be ice-skating. Children and adults are asked to bring their own equipment. A limited number of snowshoes, cross-country skis and ice skates will be available to borrow and use at the park during Snow Fest.

New this year is the Snow Fest 5K Run/Hike. Entry and waiver forms can be picked up, completed and dropped off at the Coudersport Elementary School at 802 Vine Street and at the Coudersport Borough Office at 201 South West Street through Friday, Feb. 23. “Registration will also be in the main pavilion beginning at 12 p.m. on the day of the event,” said Adam Clinger, organizer. There is no entry fee. Everyone will participate for free. The 5K will start at 1 p.m. near the main pavilion. The 3.1-mile out-and-back course will be well marked and easy to follow plus people will be stationed along the 5K to ensure no one gets lost. The runners and hikers will follow a trail that starts in the park, pass the Coudersport Mobile Home Park and Coudersport Reservoir where they will turn around and head for the finish line near the main pavilion. Prizes will be awarded in two categories, children 12 and younger and adults, 13 and older.

A geocaching trail with five hidden caches will provide fun and excitement for adults and children who want to give geocaching a try or are already hooked. Bill Daly, a geocaching enthusiast, will be in the main pavilion with sample caches (containers) and pamphlets on geocaching. He will also have global positioning system (GPS) units available for people to use at the park. Those who own GPS units are encouraged to bring them. A PowerPoint program will walk beginners through geocaching. It will be running continuously on a television set indoors in a building next to the main pavilion. "It should take between 30 minutes and an hour for participants to find all five caches," Daly said. Participants will be within walking distance of the pavilion. "Find out how easy and fun it is to not only use a GPS unit, but to also go geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunt for all ages," said Daly.

Returning to demonstrate his trebuchet will be Coudersport Borough Councilman Brian Ruane who is also the president of Potter County’s Habitat for Humanity.

The trebuchet will be set up in the baseball field next to the main pavilion with announcements made as to when and in what direction it will be fired.

Ruane and four of his employees at Northern Tier Trading Company at 239 Route 6 in Coudersport built the trebuchet to use during the first Snow Fest held on Feb. 14, 2015. He has demonstrated it at every Snow Fest since. “My trebuchet is 16 feet long and about 12 feet high,” he said. “It takes three people to operate it. One person sets the trigger, another holds the boom and the third loads the potato. A counterweight is used to fling the potato we put on the trebuchet’s swinging arm,” he said.

“We realized pretty quickly that we could not use the trebuchet to throw snowballs because it fires with so much velocity that the centrifugal force blows the snowball apart,” Ruane said.

“So instead of snowballs, the first year we filled balloons with water and tried shooting them. The water froze so we were actually shooting ice balls. One of them almost hit the scoreboard. We were asked if we could shoot something else that would not damage anything it happened to hit,” he said.

“That's when we went to Plan B and first used potatoes. We continue to use them today,” he said noting that the trebuchet is a machine designed in the Middle Ages to destroy castles. “When we shot the first potato, we forgot to recalibrate the counterweight. It was set at three pounds because of the ice balls. The potato we used was the size of a softball and probably weighed about six ounces. It sailed about half a mile. We now shoot each potato a distance of 100 yards, about the length of a football field," he said.

Mary and Larry Hirst and other members of the Potter County Bird Club will be at the interactive Winter Bird Feeding display to introduce interested youngsters and adults to the basics of identifying birds that visit backyard feeders. They will talk about the different types of bird feeders and birdseed and show youngsters how to make a treat using peanut butter and a pine cone that they can take home for the birds in their backyards.

Andy Kulp, Andy's mom Betty Jean Kulp and Dawn Mahon will be selling hot dogs, chili, hot cocoa, coffee and water with the proceeds to benefit the To Fill a Backpack program “to send elementary and high school students to school with the supplies they need.”

Anyone is welcome to set up an outside booth or to do a demonstration. For more information, call the borough office at (814) 274-9776.

The Step Outdoors Winter Outings series will conclude with free events in Tioga and Potter counties Feb. 24 through 26.

These youngsters enjoy sledding at Hills Creek State Park, near Wellsboro.
The Step Outdoors Winter Outings series will conclude with free events in Tioga and Potter counties Feb. 24 through 26. The Canyon Dog Sled Challenge on the Pine Creek Rail Trail, near Wellsboro and Snow Fest at the Coudersport Area Recreation Park in Coudersport will both be held on Saturday, Feb. 24. Other activities include boot or snowshoe hikes on Feb. 24 and 26 and mountain bike or snow bike riding Feb. 25.

Canyon Sled Dog Challenge is Feb. 24
The Canyon Sled Dog Challenge will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. Teams of six and eight Pro and Registered Breed dogs will compete in four classes on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. The only spectator area is the Darling Run Access. For more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926, email or at the chamber website ( under “Annual Events” click on the graphic Canyon Sled Dog Challenge, February 24.

Coudersport Snow Fest is Feb. 24
Snow Fest will be from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the Coudersport Area Recreation Park at 7 Woodlawn Avenue. Activities are free for adults and children of all ages. There will be snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice skating if there is enough snow and ice, a no entry fee 5K run/hike, a geocaching trail with hidden caches, trebuchet demonstrations, an interactive Winter Bird Feeding display and take home craft and hot dogs, chili and beverages for sale. Those who have them are encouraged to bring their own snowshoes, skis and ice skates. There will be limited equipment available. For information, call the Coudersport Borough office at (814) 274-9776.

Weekly Hikes are Feb. 24 & 26
Daryl Warren is leading free, guided boot or snowshoe hikes on Saturdays and Mondays during the 2018 Winter Outings series.

Saturday, Feb. 24 meet Daryl Warren at 12 p.m. at the Pine Creek Rail Trail Darling Run parking lot for a strenuous trek on the Mt. Tom Trail. Hikers must be in good, physical shape to do this 3.5-mile, 2-hour lollipop loop that includes a 1.5-mile 1100-foot climb with most of the elevation gain in less than one mile. This hike is rated 4.5 on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (hard).

Monday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. meet Daryl Warren in the Packer Park parking lot behind the Wellsboro Senior Center at 3 Queen Street in Wellsboro to carpool to the Bull Run Trailhead for a 4-mile, 3.5-hour hike on the Bull Run, Woodhouse and Pine Creek Trail loop. This is a very rocky trail with a fairly steep ascent and descent. This hike is rated 4 on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (hard).

FMI: To receive detailed information about the hikes and to sign up for weekly updates, email Daryl at or call him at 570-724-7721 or 570-439-3739. For information about other Winter Outings, call 570-724-0635 or visit

Mountain or Snow Bike Ride on Sunday, Feb. 25
On Sunday, Feb. 25 those going on a free mountain or snow bike ride will leave at 9 a.m. from the USGS Northern Appalachian Research Branch at 176 Straight Run Road, just off Route 6 in Asaph, near Wellsboro. Each two to three-hour Sunday ride explores a different route. For weekly updates, visit or call Tom Oswald at 570-662-3097.

For updates, trail conditions, directions and more, visit any time or call 570-724-0635 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Snow and ice updates are also posted on Facebook at Step Outdoors Tioga County PA.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Brizzee Hollow Road

At 12:22 AM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance  & Olean 10 dispatched to Brizzee Hollow Road for a medical emergency.

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

20% to 50% OFF At The Right Stuff''s Annual Valentine's & President's Day Sale

Health Ride Plus, Inc. Has Openings For Van Drivers In Potter County, PA

Vintage Studebaker Dealership Contents & Real Estate Auction Feb. 24th In Cambridge Springs, PA

Join Us For Breakfast Saturday & Sundays At Hamilton's Pancake House In Ulysses

Cole Memorial Seeking Dental Assistant

Cole Memorial Medical Group Seeking LPN's, CMA's & RMA's For Various Positions

Friday, February 16, 2018


Pilgrim's Pride Corporation Recalls Ready-to-Eat Chicken Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 101,310 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber.

Stanley E. Parsells, 87, Wellsboro, PA

Stanley E. Parsells

Stanley E. Parsells, 87, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018, at his residence, surrounding by his loving family. 

He was born on February 4, 1931, in Osceola, PA the son of the late Waldo H. Parsells and Hazel M. (Bishop) Christ. 
Korean War Veteran

Stanley was a graduate of Charleston High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a very proud veteran.

Stanley married Mary Jane Hammond on July 22, 1952, at Brooks AFB in San Antonio, TX, they enjoyed over 65 years together, as husband and wife. 

 He attended Dexter Baptist Church, in Wellsboro. Stanley was also a member of the American Legion Post 84, Wellsboro VFW Post 4907, and the Loyal Order of the Moose. 

Stanley enjoyed woodworking and took great pride in his work. He made many commemorative plaques for military and State officials. He loved to do paper tolling also known as three-dimensional decoupage, which is the art of handcrafting three-dimensional pictures from flat prints. Stanley loved camping at Ives Run, with his wife and spending time with his family. Stanley, along with his father, Waldo and brother, Clifford operated Parsells Potato Farm for several years. 

In addition to his wife, Mary Jane, Stanley is survived by his daughter, Kim D. Weidler (Robert) of Loganton, PA; five grandchildren, Brad Wynn, Brian Wynn (Courtney), Jody Parsells, Tori Gushea, Jessica Luisi (Todd); six great-grandchildren, William Parsells, Ethan, Emily, Addison Gushea, E. Jaxon Wynn, Lennon Luisi.; step-sisters, Connie Bliss (Lyle), Anne Heffentreyer (Charles), Helen Altemus (Chris); sister-in-law, Mary Ann Parsells; several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Stanley was preceded in death by is son, Fay W. Parsells; brother, Clifford Parsells, sister-in-law, Betty Mae Borden; step-sisters, Marilyn Hockman and Linda Pletcher.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 23, 2018 at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro, PA from 6-8 PM. Funeral service will be Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Dexter Baptist Church, Rt. 660 Wellsboro, PA, with a visitation from 10-11 AM, prior to the service at 11:00 AM, with Pastor James Truax officiating. Burial will be in West Branch Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dexter Baptist Church, 1215 Rt. 660 West, Wellsboro, PA 16901 or Wellsboro VFW Post 4907, 465 Kelsey St., Wellsboro, PA 16901.

To share your fondest memories and sign Stanley’s guestbook, visit
Local arrangements are entrusted to Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home.

Anna J. Pollock, 97, of Sheffield, PA

Anna Pollock

Anna J. Pollock, 97, of Sheffield, PA. died at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Home on Thursday evening, February 15, 2018 after an brief illness. 

 She was born in Sheffield, Pa. on June 8, 1920. She was the daughter of Albert and Anna Wodziak Howaniec. 

She was raised in Ludlow, PA. and was a lifelong Sheffield resident. Anna was employed with the former Blackstone Ultra Sonic for 22 years retiring from there in 1985. She had previously worked with former Warren Components and McMillan Lumber Company. 

She was a member of St. Anthony’s R.C. Church and a former member of St. Michaels Byzantine Church where she was a member of the Ladies Guild, Sheffield Senior Center. S

he was an avid reader, enjoyed going to the Casino, playing cards and bingo. She especially enjoyed and loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter – Marilyn J. Edmiston of Tiona, PA., her daughter-in-law, Joyce Pollock of Sheffield, PA., 1 Brother – Edward Howaniec and wife, Linda of Terre Haute, Indiana, Helen H. Glotz and husband, Harry of Warren, PA., 5 Grandchildren – Scott Pollock of Sheffield, PA., Tracy Pollock and wife, Barb of Warren, Pa., Christopher Pollock of Cherry Grove, PA., Kurt Edmiston and wife, Jennifer of Colorado Springs, CO., Sara Edmiston of Gettysburg, PA., 7 Great Grandchildren – Samantha Pollock, Sabrina Pollock, Olivia Hill-Pollock, Devyn Pollock, Danny Edmiston, Katarina Edmiston, Landlin Edmiston and several nieces and nephews. 

Anna was married on July 6, 1940 to Michael Pollock at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Sheffield. After 55 years of marriage, he preceded her in death in 1995. 

In addition Anna was preceded in death by 1 Son – Ronald Pollock in 2002, 2 Sisters – Stella Dulan and Mary Morelli, 1 Brother – Joseph Howaniec, an infant brother – Stanley Howaniec, son-in-law, Danny G. Edmiston, 1 Great Grandson – Scott Pollock, 1 Great Granddaughter-Brittany Pollock, both in infancy.

Friends may call at St. Anthony’s R.C. Church on Monday, February 19, 2018 one hour prior to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M., with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Sheffield, PA. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St. Anthony’s Church or Sheffield Fire Department or Hospice of Warren County. 

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting
Family has entrusted the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., with final arrangements.


US Route 6 in Pennsylvania has a solution for cabin fever – get out and taste some of the handiwork of our local brewmasters and vintners. 

An increasing number of wine and craft beer trails are using Route 6 to link their members; while a few new breweries and wineries are popping up along the historic highway.

Here are 6 new tasting adventures from west to east on Route 6:

1. Brokenstraw Wine Cellars, 3 North Main St., Youngsville. A small winery, established in 2017, that makes a large selection of dry and sweet wines, specializing in sweet fruit wines.

2. Twisted Vine Winery, 13106 Route 948, Kane. Located in the beautiful Allegheny National Forest, the winery specializes in fruit wines and special flavors. The two story tasting room invites you to linger and enjoy your time at the winery. Be sure to browse the gift shop.

3. Staggering Unicorn Winery, 10952 North Rome Rd., Athens. Winery making fruit and specialty wines including Cherry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Strawberry-Pineapple, Cinnamon, Orange Spice, Cranberry, Honeysuckle and many more.

4. 2 Dogz and a Guy Brewery, 228 Church St, Montrose. Opened in September 2017, offering fresh locally brewed beer, ale and lagers in Montrose.

5. Marilake Winery, 209 Main St., Childs. Continuing the Old World tradition of winemaking, this restaurant and winery offer a variety of wines.

6. Wallenpaupack Brewing Company, 73 Welwood Avenue, Hawley. Wallenpaupack Brewing Company is a craft brewery and brewpub featuring our craft beers on tap, a menu of locally sourced, in-house prepared food, and merchandise. Food and beverages are available through counter service.

Ellen Mae Oglesby Hornburg, 89, Rouse Warren County Home, Youngsville, PA

Ellen Hornburg

Ellen Mae Oglesby Hornburg, left this world quietly Thursday evening, February 15, 2018 at the Rouse Warren County Home, Youngsville, PA. 

She was so close to being 90 years old, as June 30th was her birthday. Born in Scrubgrass twp., Venango County, PA, to Samuel Purviance and Arena Mae Lawrence Oglesby. Ellen was one of eight children. All but two have gone on ahead.

Ellen graduated Emlenton High School and Olive Branch Training School in Chicago, IL. She worked hand in hand in the ministry with her husband, Norman Hornburg, Sr…he preached to adults and she to women and children in many ways. 

This team work took place in approximately eight churches in Western PA (Free Methodist Church). Norman currently lives at the Rouse Home, Youngsville, PA., April 14, 2018 would have been their 61st Wedding Anniversary. 

61 years of marriage produced seven children; Tim (Debbie), Dan (Carrie), Florence, Joy, Anna (Jack), Norman (Dawn)…as well as 14 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grands!! 2 Siblings Don Oglesby and Ann Oglesby Winkler are currently still living in their home near Emlenton, PA.

Ellen loved life by planting flowers, ministering, giving what she could, time with children and grands, quilting and reading MANY books. Her richness of time, energy, patience, giving and caring will live on in all of us.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, Pa., on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a funeral and committal service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Monday by Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Rouse Warren County Home, officiating. Interment will be in Cherry Grove Cemetery, Cherry Grove, PA. 

Those wishing to submit e-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Cole Memorial Medical Group Seeking LPN's, CMA's & RMA's For Various Positions

Roulette Ambulance To Laninger Creek Road

At 7:55 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance & Coudersport Medic have been dispatched to Laninger Creek Road for a patient with chest pain.

Roulette Ambulance Dispatched for Call In Port Allegany

At 7:45 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Port Allegany on South Main Street for a female fall victim with seizures.
7:50 PM--Roulette recalled.

FBI Admits Tip On School Shooter Received In January Was Not Followed Up On

Learn About Maple Program at PA Lumber Museum Sunday

MableLee RUNZO, 98, of Wellsville, NY

MableLee RUNZO

MableLee RUNZO, 98, of Wellsville, NY, died Friday, February 16, 2018 in Highland Park Care Center, Wellsville, NY. 

 Friends may call Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY, where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Gene Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville. 

Memorials may be made to Salvation Army of Wellsville, 25 E. Pearl St., Wellsville, NY 14895, or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

EMS Dispatched For Injured Oil Field Worker On Big Shanty Road

Medvac arrival for oil field worker. Photo by Santana Romero
At 2:43 PM on Friday, Bradford Ambulance has been dispatched to Big Shanty Road for a male oil field worker with a traumatic injury. 
Mercy flight has been dispatched to Lewis Run Fire Hall.

Potter County Snowmobile Club Fish Fry Friday at Clubhouse off North Hollow Road in Coudersport

Darryell D. Connelly, 56, of Roulette, Pa

Darryell D. Connelly

Darryell D. Connelly, 56, of Second St., passed away Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2018) in UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.

Born October 5, 1961, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Dale C. and Judy Day Connelly.

Darryell was a lifetime resident of the area and attended Port Allegany High School.

He had been employed with John Brown, Gary Fessenden, Pave-N-Save, and most recently worked in local stone quarries.

He was avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, but most of all, he loved his dogs. He was also a car show enthusiast.

He is survived by his longtime companion and former wife, Sandra Pekarski, five brothers, Donald D. (Kimberly) Connelly of Eldred, Drexel T. Connelly of Coudersport, Dale C. "Rusty" (Cindy) Connelly, Jr. of Olean, NY, Darren L. Connelly of Port Allegany, and Dana A. Connelly of Pageland, SC; a sister, Darlene F. Connelly of Erie, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Stacie L. Connelly.

A memorial service will be held at a later date, time and place to be announced by his family.

In lieu of memorials, donations can be made in memory of Darryell and condolences can be sent to: 

Sandra Pekarski
P.O. Box 79
Roulette, PA 16746.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

PennDOT, State Police Raise Awareness of Lesser-Known Highway Safety Laws

To encourage safer driving in the state, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards and State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker today urged drivers to review and obey driver safety laws that may not be well known among the public.

“Highway Safety Law Awareness week is an opportunity to raise public awareness on various ways to increase public safety,” Richards said. “This year, we’re raising awareness through education, social media, and outreach with our safety partners, like the Pennsylvania State Police, in hope that it creates behavioral change.”

Ahead of the state’s Highway Safety Law Awareness week, which runs from February 18-25, the agencies advised drivers of the following updates and safety reminders:

• Pennsylvania’s “Blind Pedestrians” law mandates that the driver of a vehicle yield the right of way to any totally or partially blind pedestrian carrying a visible white cane or accompanied by a guide dog. The driver of the vehicle shall take any precaution necessary, including bringing the vehicle to a stop, to avoid injuring or endangering the pedestrian. This is a summary offense and in punishable by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $150.

• “Prohibiting Use of Hearing Impairment Devices” law prohibits any driver from wearing headphones while behind the wheel. This section does not prohibit the use of a headset in conjunction with a cell phone which provides sound through one ear and allows surrounding sounds to be heard with the other. Wearing headphones while behind the wheel limits the driver’s ability to hear sirens belonging to emergency responders.

• Title 75, Section 3112 under“Traffic Control Signals,” dictates laws surrounding traffic lights. As part of a 2016 amendment, the law includes instruction on what can be done if a driver believes the traffic light is not functioning properly. This includes when the light’s “sensor” does not detect the vehicle. In this case, drivers are instructed to stop in the same manner as a stop sign and can proceed when it is safe to do so. 

• The “Unattended Motor Vehicle” law limits where a vehicle can be left running and unattended. The law states that a person cannot leave a vehicle unattended while the engine is running or while the key is in the ignition. The law, however, does not apply to private property such as private driveways.

“Traffic laws are enforced with the goal of keeping the public safe on the road,” said Colonel Blocker. “Law Safety Awareness Week offers an excellent opportunity to educate drivers about some lesser-known regulations. It also serves as a reminder that the most important safety steps we can take are to wear a seatbelt – every trip, every time – and to never drive impaired.”

Join the conversation on social media using #PATrafficLaw on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information on highway safety,

March Events at the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library

3/1: 11am-6:30pm Color the day away to celebrate Holi! The Hindu festival of Holi starts the evening of March 1 and ends the evening of March 2. Holi celebrates the arrival of Spring by decorating everything, even people, with bright color! Wear bright colors and come into the library to color with our child and adult art materials to bring Spring!

3/13: Library Board Meeting 7pm

3/15: Senior Lunch & Learn (ages 60+) 11:30-12:30: Judy Evens will host a presentation on the history of the Coudersport-Port Allegany Doodlebug Rail Car. A free light lunch will be served. Space is limited to 12 participants. Please reserve your seat by March 14. Senior Lunch & Learn is open to patrons 60+.
3/22: Book Buddies meets at 6pm to discuss the March book club selection. Title TBA.

3/26-3/30: The Port Allegany Branch of Citizens & Northern Bank will host a book sale to benefit the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library. Patrons can visit the bank during operating hours and purchase books from their “Giving Back, Giving Together” quarterly event.

Individual Seeking Experienced Elder Care Worker In Coudersport


The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold its popular annual One World Cultural Festival Feb. 24.
The festival celebrates the many different cultures represented by the Pitt-Bradford student body, faculty and staff and the surrounding community. This year’s celebration will feature the band Erie-based band One World Tribe and the theme “We are one.”

Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Food from four regions (Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America) will be served at tasting stations with authentic recipes coming from student members of the Cultural Festival planning committee.

Between bites, festival goers can visit international displays and booths with activities for all ages, including creating dream catchers with Pitt-Bradford Habitat for Humanity; “Be a Traveler, not a Tourist” with the Hospitality Organization of Students at Pitt-Bradford; henna designs and bubble tea with the Asian Culture Association; drum circle sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford Staff Association; sushi station with Dr. Don Ulin, associate professor of English; basket weaving with the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences; African cultural artifacts; Chinese crafts such as paper cutting and calligraphy with Pitt-Bradford’s Confucius Institute scholars.

At 8 p.m., entertainment will begin with Pitt-Bradford’s Diamond Steppers, Basic Pitches a capella group, and the Allegheny Mountain Cloggers.

A 8:30 p.m., the award-winning One World Tribe will take the stage with a variety of hip hop, reggae, funk, Latin and world music with central themes of unity and justice.

A committee of more than 20 students, faculty and staff coordinates the annual festival, which is co-sponsored by the Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, Office of the President, Pitt-Bradford’s five academic divisions, academic affairs, student affairs, Metz Culinary Management and the Nontraditional Student Association.

For disability needs related to the festival, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or

Hair Auction Nets Thousands for THON

THON Dancer Julie Test, left, and nine year old Kendall Lashinsky both committed to donating the hair they had cut at the THON Hair Auction to organizations that make real-hair wigs for those dealing with illness related hair loss.
A total of $7,013 was raised for THON on Thursday evening at the Penn State DuBois THON Dancer Sendoff Dinner. A silent auction, and the main event, a hair auction, brought in these funds that top off the campus total to date of $22,567 raised towards THON's university wide effort for this year.

This event is held each year to give the campus THON Dancers a fitting sendoff as they depart for the Byrce Jordan Center for THON. Students representing DuBois as the official campus dancers this year are Alaina Shaffer of Clearfield, Brynn Morgan of Grampian, and Julia Test of Curwensville. They'll attempt to stay on their feet for 46 hours straight with dancers from all of Penn State's locations, from Friday until Sunday

THON is Penn State's dance marathon, and the world's largest student-run philanthropic event. It raises millions of dollars each year benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund. A leader in the fight against pediatric cancer, the Four Diamonds Fund fills in the funding gaps that insurance leaves for the patients it serves, enabling families to focus on caring for their child. Additionally, THON's support allows Penn State Hershey Hospital to recruit world-class talent to continue innovative research, and to maintain and expand the state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital.

Volunteers for the THON Hair Auction this year were Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Tolle, student Tristan Bressler, THON Dancer Julie Test, and nine year old Kendall Lashinsky, daughter of Assistant Director of Enrollment Services Holli Lashinsky. Both Test and Lashinsky also committed to donating their hair to organizations that produce wigs from real hair for people who suffer hair loss due to cancer treatments or other illnesses.

"I just want to make other kids happy. I don’t want them to be sad because they don’t have hair," said Kendall Lashinsky, an advocate who stands out in supporting THON's slogan "For the Kids", being a kid herself. Besides raising $1,300 for the cause, she is also donating the eight inches of hair she had cut to the Pantene Company's Beautiful Lengths program. The program provides real-hair wigs, free of charge, for women experiencing hair loss while battling cancer.

"The children who have cancer have enough to deal with. I’m not sad to cut my hair only because I know it will go to someone who needs it more than I do," Kendall continued. "It will be a big change and something new for me, but a child who has no hair because of cancer has a bigger change than what I will have. My hair will grow back, but it may take a long time for theirs to grow back. I hope I can make other children happy."

Kendall's mother, Holli, said, "My heart is just so full over this. I am overwhelmed with emotion when I see Kendall’s compassion and empathy for others. She can see someone who has cancer and might lose their hair, and she just wants to find a way to help in any capacity she can. She makes me so proud to be her mother."

Test raised $1,550. In addition to that contribution for THON, she chose to donate her hair to the group Children with Hair Loss, which makes one free wig per year for each child they serve until the child turns 21. She said, "I am participating in the hair auction because I set a goal last summer to dance. I said that if I reached that goal, I would donate my hair if I could find an organization that would like the length I wanted to donate. I decided that I would donate 10 inches to this amazing organization because I know that there are so many children out there who need it more than I do."

As a dancer, volunteer, and hair donor, Test summed up her experience saying, "To me, THON is the most incredible union of people to join forces to fight pediatric cancer. THON becomes a prominent aspect of thousands of lives; those fighting, the families, friends, and medical staffs all supporting the children. From the help of THON and Four Diamonds, we are able to help those families focus on their children, defeat cancer, and live the life they are meant to live. THON is life changing to everyone involved; volunteers, club members, dancers, the families. Knowing that I have changed someone's life by raising money, donating my hair, and dancing for 46 hours will always be one of the greatest accomplishments of my life."

Bressler and Tolle both ended up completely bald at the end of the hair auction, losing all hair, as well as their beards. Bressler's effort netted $700 for THON, and Tolle's shave brought in an additional $1,700. As a faculty member who has participated in the hair auction numerous times, John Tolle added, "If you go to YouTube and type 'Why We Dance', you'll find a documentary that explains the work of THON and the Four Diamonds Fund, and I dare you not to cry. This is our students' pride and joy, and rightly so. Every year I'm thrilled to see how dedicated our students are to this cause, and the example they set, in terms of service, for all young people. As for me, I'm really good at growing hair, so this is the least I can do to help."

DuBois raised $27,616.47 last year, ranking number nine among the Commonwealth Campus locations for funds raised, and contributing to the university-wide THON total of $10,045,478.44.THON began in 1973, when dancers raised just over $2,000.

Donations to Penn State DuBois' THON fundraising effort will still be accepted throughout the weekend. 

To make a contribution 'For the Kids' visit

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Wilmoth Interests Inc in Mead Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-02-15 to Wilmoth Interests Inc in Mead Twp, Warren county. SWMA 301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chief Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Overton Twp, Bradford County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-02-14 to Chief Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Overton Twp, Bradford county. CSL 402(b) - POTENTIAL POLLUTION - Conducting an activity regulated by a permit issued pursuant to Section 402 of The Clean Streams Law to prevent the potential of pollution to waters of the Commonwealth without a permit or contrary to a permit issued ..
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PUC Seeks Comments on Corporate Federal Income Tax Rate Changes and the Effects on Commission-Regulated Public Utilities, Ratepayers

February 16, 2018--HARRISBURG – In response to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) signed into law by the President on Dec. 22, 2017, and effective Jan. 1, 2018, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is seeking comments from utilities and interested parties on how reductions in utilities’ federal taxable income may affect ratepayers.

In a Secretarial Letter, the PUC is commencing the process by which the Commission will seek to determine the effects of the TCJA on the tax liabilities of Commission-regulated public utilities for 2018 and future years, and the feasibility of reflecting such effects in the rates charged to Pennsylvania utility ratepayers.

One of the many modifications to the Tax Reform Act of 1986 (TRA) resulting from the passage of the TCJA is a reduction in the corporate Federal Income Tax (FIT) rate. Specifically, the TCJA reduces the corporate FIT rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

The rates charged by Commission-regulated public utilities to their ratepayers reflect, among other things, annual taxes paid both to the federal and state governments. Those utilities currently pay a state Corporate Net Income (CNI) tax rate of 9.99 percent based on their federal taxable income. If implementation of the TCJA results in lower federal taxable income amounts, it is the PUC’s intention to ascertain how the reduced annual tax obligations may be addressed in rates charged to ratepayers by public utilities.

Specific utilities in the electric, gas and water industries are asked to respond to data requests per the Secretarial Letter, and interested parties are asked to submit comments on the effect on accumulated deferred income taxes of Commission-regulated public utilities to the federal government resulting from implementation of the TCJA, and how reduced annual tax obligations may be addressed in rates charged to Pennsylvania’s utility customers by public utilities. The PUC also will examine the effect of the TCJA on telecommunications utilities and smaller public utilities not listed on the initial request for comments.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.

Allegany-Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Fund for Women Grant Application Open

Announcing the open period for grant applications through the Allegany-Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Fund for Women (ACC FFW). Grant applications, for individual grants, are being accepted February 15th through April 15th, 2018. A thorough review of applications will precede an award announcement on April 30th 2018.

Grants are awarded based on demonstration of need and applicant explanation on how the money will be used toward continued betterment. The amount awarded may vary from year-to-year, based on number of applications and funds available, but will not be less than $200 per grant.

Grant applications are being accepted online,, or by emailing to request an alternative application vehicle (paper application or individual interview).

The vision of the Allegany-Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Fund for Women is to be a resource that will provide financial assistance and open doors for women who seek continued betterment. The Fund for Women exists to invest in the lives of women in our communities in order to promote sustained self-sufficiency. The goals of the Fund for Women are:

To establish an endowed fund that will support the vision and mission of ACC FFW.

To award individual and agency grants, on an annual basis, in direct proportion to our endowment, through a thorough review of applications.

To promote philanthropy by and for women.

About ACC FFW:

The ACC FFW was established in 2017 to combat poverty in the tri-county area by providing women the opportunity to seek financial assistance for long-term self-improvement, and by promoting philanthropy by and for women. The ACC FFW is a component fund of the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, a 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to this fund are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.


Across the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, several sites can be found that have a link to a few US Presidents. As we say on the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor – “DO 6” to discover the following places:

1. George Washington Trail: Celebrating its 265th Anniversary, the Washington’s Trail 1753 is a driving route through western PA (Crawford and Erie Counties) commemorating George Washington’s first military and diplomatic mission in the fall and winter of 1753-1754. One key site is the statue of George Washington, wearing the uniform of an officer in the Virginia Militia in Waterford, Erie County.

2. Lincoln House Door: In Wellsboro's downtown Historic District, the 1850 Italianate residence at 140 Main Street is known as the "Lincoln Door House". When Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Shearer purchased the house in 1858, the front door was given to the Shearers by close friends from Springfield, Illinois, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. This door has become a popular stop for history buffs traveling along Pennsylvania Route 6.

3. Lake Winola: In Wyoming County, this popular destination for boating, fishing, and seasonal events was the summer residence of the Rodham family. Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of the family’s most known members, served not only as a First Lady during the 1990's but also has the distinction of being the first woman to head the ticket for a political party as the 2016 Democratic candidate for President.

4. Dorflinger Glass Museum: In White Mills, Wayne County, the Dorflinger Glass Museum features one display case dedicated to examples of Presidential glass and also items made on order to the Tiffany silver company for the wedding of William Vanderbilt to Virginia Fair. The first Dorflinger glass for the White House was ordered by Mary Todd Lincoln. In 1891, a new Dorflinger design was selected by Caroline Harrison, wife of President Benjamin Harrison. Dorflinger glass was ordered for the White House through the presidency of Woodrow Wilson

5. Lincoln Flag: The Column’s Museum in Milford, Pike County, is home to the bloodstained, 36 star, American flag which played an important role in the events at Ford’s Theatre on the night President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.

6. Hotel Fauchere: The historic hotel, also in Milford, has hosted or fed a number of presidents, including both Roosevelts, JFK and Warren Harding. Gifford Pinchot and Teddy Roosevelt sketched out the plan for the National Park Service (as part of the Interior Department) and US Forest Service (as part of the Agriculture Department) on a linen napkin at the hotel. A few days later, Pinchot's chauffeur returned the napkin, freshly-cleaned and pressed.

DEP Extends and Opens Comment Periods for Permit Applications Related to Falcon Ethane Pipeline

Comments on Chapter 102 and 105 applications will be accepted through April 17, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has extended the comment period on water obstruction and encroachment (Chapter 105) permit applications related to the Falcon Ethane Pipeline. DEP will also open a comment period on February 17, 2018 on earth disturbance (Chapter 102) permit applications. Both comment periods will end on April 17, 2018.

“After receiving a significant number of requests for a comment period extension, we believe it to be in the best interest of community participation to provide additional time for the public to provide thoughtful and constructive input on the proposed project,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

The proposed pipeline by Shell Pipeline Company would begin at the MarkWest Houston Processing and Fractionation Facility in Washington County and travel through Washington, Allegheny and Beaver Counties before ending at the Shell Chemical Appalachia Petrochemical Complex in Potter Township, Beaver County.

A separate segment of the pipeline will connect a MarkWest facility in Cadiz, Ohio and the Utica East Ohio plant in Scio, Ohio to the petrochemical complex in Beaver County. In total, approximately 45.5 miles of pipeline will be located in Pennsylvania and the pipeline will cross portions of southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and the West Virginia panhandle.

A technical review is being conducted by DEP engineers and biologists and county conservation districts to ensure the applications meet all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

DEP has also elected to hold a public hearing in each of the counties on the pipeline route: Allegheny, Beaver, and Washington. Details are being confirmed and will be posted, noticed in newspapers and the Pennsylvania Bulletin, and conveyed in a press release once finalized.

“As DEP conducts a thorough review of the permit applications and associated documents, we believe the addition of public hearings and the comment period extension will provide greater opportunities for the public to review the project materials and weigh in,” added McDonnell.

The notices for the Chapter 105 comment period extension and Chapter 102 Notice of Intent (NOI) will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday, February 17. DEP will accept written comments through Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

DEP has posted a copy of the application materials on its webpage,, which is updated regularly.

Comments must pertain to the applications under consideration and should be emailed or mailed to the following address:

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Southwest Regional Office
Waterways & Wetlands Program
400 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, February 16, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics to Begin Next Week

Several events designed to help eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities file for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program will get underway next week. There is no fee to participate, and no appointments are required. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 21: Thursday, Feb. 22
  • Harrison Valley Community Building, 205 E. Main St., Harrison Valley – 9-10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 27 Wednesday, Feb. 28
  • Emporium Senior Center, 213 ½ S. Maple St., Emporium9:30-11 a.m.
  • Port Allegany Senior Center, 216 N. Main St., Port Allegany – 1-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6 The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Eligibility income limits are set at $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

Free assistance with filing the forms is also available at my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor, phone 814-362-4400); Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1, phone 814-274-9769); or Kane (55 Fraley St., phone 814-837-0880). Forms and additional information are available at
Protecting the Public from Dangerous Sex Offenders

Legislation is on its way to the governor that would strengthen existing laws to protect Pennsylvanians from dangerous sex offenders.

House Bill 631 would require the court to impose a mandatory three-year probation period consecutive to any term of total confinement for a person convicted of a Tier III sex offense under Pennsylvania’s Adam Walsh Act, commonly known as Megan’s Law.

Under existing law, the court has the flexibility to order supervision by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, or county probation. If a person is paroled and adequately adjusts to freedom under parole supervision, current law permits the court to modify or even terminate probation supervision.

Additionally, this bill would ensure sexual offenders remain registered under Megan’s Law. Its language addresses the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Commonwealth v. Muniz, when the court ruled that Megan’s Law provisions could not be applied to defendants who committed their crimes before the enactment of the Adam Walsh Act in 2012. Without the enactment of this legislation, up to 17,000 sexual offenders could be removed from the state sexual offender registry.
Half-Million PA Veterans Opt for ID Card Designation

More than a half-million Pennsylvania veterans have opted to have a “veterans” designation added to their driver’s license or photo ID card, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The designation – an American flag with the word “VETERAN” beneath it – began in 2014.

Qualified applicants for a veterans designation must have served in the United States Armed Forces and/or the reserve component, and have been discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable. There is no fee for the veterans designation; however, regular renewal or duplicate fees still apply.

Forms for driver’s license or ID renewals and duplicates have a box for applicants to certify that they are a veteran, and to have the designation added. Once the veterans designation has been added to a driver’s license or identification card, it will automatically appear each time it is renewed. For more information, visit and click on the American flag/veterans designation icon.

The veterans designation does not entitle a veteran to any special consideration or discount but rather identifies the bearer as a veteran. Any other recognition, such as a discount, complementary meal or other token of appreciation is completely and solely determined by the organization, business or entity providing a service.
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