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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Troop A- Allegany County Stop DWI award recipients

Troop A- Allegany County Stop DWI award recipients Troopers Jose Mojica, Michael Machniak, Andrew Tevens, Jeramie Helmer and Thomas Eggert. These Troopers showed exemplary service in traffic safety helping to keep road safe for you and your families!

Coudersport Man Stopped For Violation; Trooper Finds Him To Be DUI

Fluorescent Yellow Huffy Bike Found Under Bridge In Emporium

Fillmore & Short Tract Dispatched To Possible Structure Fire

At 11:31 PM on Saturday, Fillmore & Short Tract have been dispatched to a possible structure fire at 9411 West Hill Road.

Female Found Sleeping In Tioga Boro Truck Loaded With Goodies

TIOGA, PA Borough Office
March 28 at 11:48am · Tioga ·

At approximately 10:30 this morning an unknown person was found asleep in a borough truck with the doors locked. The truck was located in our borough garage. The overhead doors were jammed shut with metal bars. 

Multiple items including tarps, clothing, gasoline, propane and tools were found loaded into the truck. At this time we believe they intended to steal the truck and items loaded into it. Fortunately she needed a nap first and was discovered. She was taken into custody by PSP who is investigating to determine her identity and intentions.

At this time this is all the information that can be released. Everyone is well and safe here at the borough and business is as usual.

Jesse D. RINEHART, 21, of Scio, NY


Jesse D. RINEHART, 21, of Scio, NY, died Thursday, March 15, 2018. 

He was born December 5, 1996 in Wellsville. 

A graduate of Randolph High School, he was employed in the construction field. 

Surviving are: his mother, Beverly J. (Mitchell) Allen of Wellsville; his father, Eric F. Rinehart of Wellsville; three siblings, Rochelle Rinehart of Scio, Christopher W. Densmore of LaGrange, OH, and Marsha J. Lance of Lorain, OH; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Calvin Densmore will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to the SPCA serving Allegany County, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895. Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuba Man Charged With Felony Sexual Abuse

Cuba Police Department

*** Press Release ***

In continuation of a previous investigation, on March 29th at approximately 8:20am Cuba Police with the assistance of Child Protective Services arrested Jorge T. Tufino (63) of Cuba. 

Tufino was processed and charged with 2 counts of sexual abuse 1st degree (felony). Tufino was placed in front of a Cuba Town Justice and sent to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000.00 bail. 

These charges stem from Tufino allegedly having sexual contact with two victims under the age of 11. Tufino is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Roulette Ambulance To Main Street

At 9:45 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to the 100 block of Main Street for a fall victim.

Michael E. HOFFMAN, 36, of Friendship NY

Michael E. HOFFMAN

Michael E. HOFFMAN, 36, of Friendship NY, passed away unexpectedly on March 27, 2018. 

Born September 13, 1981, in Wellsville, he was the son of Ronald Hoffman Jr. and Bonnie Barber Cross. 

The love of Mike’s life was his son, Jaice Michael Hoffman, who he adored so deeply. 

Also surviving are his step-brothers, Keith (Ashley) Hoffman and Kyle Cross; step-father, Dennis Cross; grandparents, Genevieve Patterson and Ronald (Eleanor) Hoffman Sr.; uncles, Brad Barber and Chris (Becky) Hoffman; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Albert and Elizabeth Barber. Mike was a loving, caring young man who will be deeply missed by so many family and friends. 

Private services will be held at a later date. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. Online condolences may be expressed at

Bradford Dispatched For Trees Down On High Street

At 8:52 PM on Saturday, Bradford Township Fire Department has been dispatched to High Street for multiple trees down in the roadway.

Austin Dispatched To Wildfire On South Woods Road

At 8:48 PM on Saturday, Austin Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a grass fire near 421 South Woods Road in Sylvania Township. Warning responders that there may be lines down.

Firefighters Dispatched to Tractor Fire

At 7:10 PM on Saturday, Mansfield & Blossburg Fire Depts. have been dispatched to 2514 Canoe Camp Creek Road for a fully involved tractor portion of a tractor-trailer.

Austin Dispatched For Wires Down on East Fork Road

At 6:05 PM on Saturday, Austin Fire Dept. has been dispatched to wires down near 4447 East Fork Road.

Genesee Dispatched to A Wildfire

At 6:04 PM on Saturday, Genesee Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a wildfire in a field.

Shinglehouse dispatched for unresponsive individual in Sharon Township

At 5:04 pm on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance and Medic 7 have been dispatched to the 2300 block of Route 44S for an individual in a vehicle unresponsive.

Arthur W. THORNE, 77, of Westfield, PA

Arthur W. THORNE

Arthur W. THORNE, 77, of Westfield, PA, died Friday, March 30, 2018 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

Born July 18, 1940, in Wana, WV, he was the son of Addison and Ruby E. Jones Thorne. He was married to the former Patricia Funk, who survives. 

Art was employed by Breeden School of Welding in Genesee, PA for 23 years, retiring as assistant director. 

Surviving besides his wife, Pat, are: two sons, Wayne A. (Cheryl) Thorne of Whites Corners, PA and Ricky L. (Dina) Thorne of Nunda, NY; six grandsons; seven great-grandchildren; three step-daughters, Martie (Joel) Wheeler of Harrison Valley, Mary (Kenneth) Ransom of Sabinsville, PA, and Peggy (Scot) Short of Westfield; six step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, James (Crystle) Thorne of Wellsboro, PA and Aaron Thorne of Galeton, PA; two sisters, Barbara McNeill of Osceola, PA and Betty Inghram of Haines City, FL; nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 4:00 PM. The Rev. Gene N. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Mills Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915. Online condolences may be expressed at

3/28/18 Coudersport vs Cameron County JH Girls/Boys Basketball

Boys: Coudy 42, Camco 22
Girls: Coudy 35, Camco 17
Photos for sale at

Car vs. Pedestrian accident in Bradford

At 3:45 pm on Saturday, Bradford City Ambulance and Fire Dept has been dispatched to Foreman and Davis Streets for a car vs. pedestrian accident. 

Reported to be a 12 yr old on a bicycle hit by a car.

Bradford Little Theatre to Perform "Bye Bye Birdie"

Bradford Little Theatre (BLT) is pleased to announce its upcoming musical production of Bye Bye Birdie. The show, directed by Dani Newman and David Merwine, with musical direction by Shane Oschman, has a cast of almost fifty people and features a mix of old and new faces to the BLT stage. It will run April 13-15 at Bradford Area High School Auditorium.

Bye Bye Birdie, which opened on Broadway in 1960, features many well-known songs, such as “Put on A Happy Face” and “Kids.” It tells the fictional story of Conrad Birdie (Dwain Graham), a famous teen heartthrob who is drafted into the Army. His manager, Albert Peterson (Skyler Schapp), is devastated by the news, but for different reasons than every teenage girl in America. Peterson has a $50,000 guarantee on Birdie and his business depends on the success of his singer. Peterson’s girlfriend, Rose Alvarez (Gretchen Hennemen), is pleased because now she and Albert can settle down. Alvarez develops a plan that will allow Birdie to deliver “One Last Kiss” to a random adoring fan: Kim MacAfee (Aline Wintermantel), president of the Sweet Apple, Ohio chapter of the Conrad Birdie Fan Club

Peterson, Alvarez, and Birdie travel to Sweet Apple and the townspeople have no idea what hit them! Ursula Merkle (Emma Dwailebee), Kim’s best friend, welcomes Birdie to town; Mr. and Mrs. MacAfee (Andy Dutko and Beckie Confer) allow Birdie and his entourage to stay in their home. To make matters more complicated, Kim was just pinned by Hugo Peabody (Nathan Morris), who does not like the idea of his “steady” kissing Birdie. And poor Harvey Johnson (Devon Moore) just wants to find a date to the prom. Other important characters in Sweet Apple include the Mayor (Alan Bernstein) and his wife, Edna (Kristin Asinger); Mrs. Merkle (Sarita Schwindler); Randolph MacAfee (Joey Thacker); Albert’s mother, Mrs. Peterson (Bonnie Leposa); and Harvey’s father, Fred Johnson (Tim Asinger).

The Sweet Apple teen girls--Kim’s best friends--are Helen (Melody Campbell), Margie (Ellen Collins), Penelope (Anna Yaworsky), Alice (Bella Mager) and Deborah Sue (Karley Orner, making her theatre debut). The teen boys are played by Denzil Beatty, Tristan Duhan, Shazz Gillette, Kisun Peters, Austin Schapp, and Jeffrey Thacker, Jr. The older New York and Sweet Apple teen girls are played by Shelley Greene, Michaela Hatcher, and Brie Lara. Many young performers are also in the show, including Samaria Campbell, Leyna Easton, Addie Haviland, Lily Schena, Khadejah Thomas, Rnejah Thomas, and Caleigh Wolosewicz. Campbell and Schena are featured soloists.

A special quartet of men, all veterans of many local theatre stages, will be featured (John Kearns, Dick Marcott, Shane Oschman, and Eric Van Druff). Other adult ensemble members are Jessica Bailey, Devon Baumgardner, Anne Holliday, Lewis Keller, Chris Lathrop, Barb Pedersen, Connie Shanks, Ronda Skoken (also making her theatre debut), and Marcia Wymer.

Bye Bye Birdie features a full orchestra, conducted by Ruth Fuller. Choreography was created by Brie Lara, and a special movement coach, Bridgette Martin-Oschman, was brought in to assist Hennemen. The show is being produced by Tiffany Mager. Jessica Ann Coder will manage the stage crew. The extensive set, which features a two-story house, was engineered and built by Darrin Newman.

Bye Bye Birdie is presented in conjunction with a sponsorship by Kessel Construction, Inc. The show will be performed at 7:30pm on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, with a 2pm performance on Sunday, April 15. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased from any cast member, online at, by calling JessAnn at (814) 331-9903, or at one of BLT’s ticket outlets: Graham Florist or Togi’s Family Restaurant.


Archery, extended season harvests help to make up for poor weather on firearms opener.
Despite one of the worst opening days in more than three decades of bear hunting, Pennsylvania charted yet another Top 10 bear harvest in 2017.

Hunters harvested 3,438 bears in the 2017 seasons, with the archery harvest of 493 bears and the extended season harvest of 1,083 bears setting records for those seasons.

Forty-eight bears weighing 500 pounds or more, including 14 weighing 600 pounds or more and two weighing 700 pounds or more, were part of the 2017 harvest.

Bears were taken in 57 counties and 22 of Pennsylvania’s 23 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs).

The totals represent a rebound from what was a rough start to the firearms bear season, when widespread wind and rain noticeably reduced hunter participation on opening day – traditionally the top day for bear hunters.

Only 694 hunters were successful on opening day, compared to the usual 1,500 hunters that typically harvest a bear, said Game Commission bear biologist Mark Ternent.

“In fact, the last time opening-day harvest dipped below 700 bears was in 1982, when bear season was only two days and the statewide bear population numbered less than 5,000 animals,” Ternent said.

Participation returned to normal by the second day, and hunters proceeded to take 1,852 bears in the general season, which is just over 70 percent of the average, Ternent said.

But new bear-hunting opportunities – including an earlier bear archery season that overlaps with a week of the archery deer season, and expanded extended bear seasons – paved the way for new records in those seasons, making up for some of the opening-day loss.

“The net result is that 2017 ranks as the ninth best all-time bear harvest, and hunters will have the same season opportunities and a strong bear population again in 2018,” Ternent said.

The all-time bear harvest high was recorded in 2011, when 4,350 bears were harvested. Hunters harvested 4,164 in 2005. All other bear harvests have been under 4,000.

While the 2017 harvest was down compared to 2016’s harvest of 3,529, harvest totals increased within the Game Commission’s Northeast and Southeast Regions.

The largest bear harvested in 2017 weighed an estimated 707 pounds. It was taken in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County, during the extended bear season in WMU 3D by Holly F. Scott, of Steelton, Pa. It was one of two 700-pound bears in the 2017 harvest.

Chad A. Wagner, of Titusville, took a bear estimated at 700 pounds in Oil Creek Township, Venango County, during the firearms bear season. Other large bears included a 691-pound bear taken during the firearms season in Cherry Grove Township, Warren County by James M. Langdon, of Wattsburg; a 661-pound bear taken during the extended season in Elkland Township, Sullivan County, by Timothy M. Smith, of New Albany; a 648-pound bear taken during the firearms season in Dreher Township, Wayne County, by Joseph D. Simon, of Newfoundland; a 648-pound bear taken during the extended season in Lehman Township, Pike County, by Jared R. Kipp, of Bethlehem; a 638-pound bear taken during the archery season in Tamaqua Township, Schuylkill County, by Jason R. Strohl, of Nesquehoning; a 632-pound bear taken during the extended season in Zerbe Township, Northumberland County, by Timothy I. Lenig Jr., of Shamokin; a 625-pound bear taken during the extended season in Harrison Township, Bedford County, by Mark C. Kunkle, of Sinking Spring; and a 616-pound bear taken during the extended season in Tremont Township, Schuylkill County, by Paul H. Neidlinger, of Pine Grove.

Lycoming County finished with 252 bears to take the top county bear harvest. It was followed by Tioga County with 214. Other top counties for bear harvests in 2017 were: Pike, 193; Potter, 161; Sullivan, 156; Wayne, 156; Clinton, 153; Bradford, 112; Warren, 109; and Luzerne, 108.

Final county harvests by region (with 2016 figures in parentheses) are:

Northwest – 388 (522): Warren, 109 (131); Venango, 61 (94); Jefferson, 55 (68); Clarion, 51 (50); Crawford, 40 (57); Forest, 35 (74); Butler, 18 (11); Erie, 13 (28); and Mercer, 6 (9).

Southwest – 237 (313): Somerset, 75 (116); Fayette, 66 (77); Armstrong, 36 (24); Westmoreland, 26 (36); Cambria, 21 (23); Indiana, 11 (35); Allegheny, 1 (2); and Greene, 1 (0).

Northcentral – 1,187 (1,287): Lycoming, 252 (243); Tioga, 214 (169); Potter 161 (149); Clinton, 153 (220); Centre, 93 (114); McKean, 86 (106); Elk, 72 (74); Clearfield, 66 (99); Cameron, 52 (79); and Union, 38 (34).

Southcentral – 383 (436): Huntingdon, 91 (90); Bedford, 57 (73); Perry, 44 (66); Mifflin, 43 (40); Juniata, 41 (51); Fulton, 29 (33); Blair, 27 (32); Franklin, 24 (22); Snyder, 13 (24); Cumberland, 8 (5); and Adams, 6 (0).

Northeast – 1,112 (858): Pike, 193 (109); Sullivan, 156 (77); Wayne, 156 (104); Bradford, 112 (82); Luzerne, 108 (114); Monroe, 82 (94); Wyoming, 70 (49); Susquehanna, 66 (73); Lackawanna, 65 (51); Carbon, 57 (60); Columbia, 29 (39); Northumberland, 16 (5); and Montour, 2 (1).

Southeast – 131 (113): Dauphin, 49 (47); Schuylkill, 47 (44); Northampton, 19 (8); Lebanon, 8 (7); Berks, 7 (2); Lehigh 1 (1); and Bucks, 0 (4).

The final bear harvests by Wildlife Management Unit (with final 2016 figures in parentheses) were: WMU 1A, 17 (34); WMU 1B, 103 (156); WMU 2A, 3 (2) WMU 2B, 4 (4); WMU 2C, 207 (282); WMU 2D, 131 (101); WMU 2E, 39 (60); WMU 2F, 232 (323); WMU 2G, 474 (603); WMU 2H, 87 (108); WMU 3A, 213 (168); WMU 3B, 457 (321); WMU 3C, 262 (170); WMU 3D, 417 (355); WMU 4A, 96 (123); WMU 4B, 130 (153); WMU 4C, 157 (144); WMU 4D, 296 (324); WMU 4E, 94 (85); WMU 5A, 7 (1); WMU 5B, 1 (1); and WMU 5C, 11 (11).

While the overall harvest was down in 2017 due to tough hunting on opening day, it could equate to an excellent year for bear hunting in 2018, Ternent said. Prior to the start of the 2017 hunting seasons, the statewide bear population was estimated at 20,000.

The fact a lower-than-expected 2017 harvest still ranked among the best on record shows how special bear hunting in Pennsylvania has become, said Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans.

“There’s no place like Pennsylvania for hunting bears, and there’s never been a time when hunters’ chances have been better,” Burhans said.

Marian J. “Jean” Buchanan, 87, of Shinglehouse, PA

Marian J. Buchanan
“beloved mother and grandmother”

Marian J. “Jean” Buchanan, 87, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 30, 2018, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Born on August 22, 1930 in Hebron, she was a daughter of Lorne and Aleta Fisk Hawkes. On March 17, 1951 in Genesee, she married Robert E. “Bob” Buchanan, who passed away on June 14, 1991.

Jean was employed at the former Westons City Shopper’s Center in Weston Mills, N.Y. and later worked for the former Acme Electric in Cuba, N.Y.

Jean was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse and was a member of the former Shinglehouse Volunteer Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, word search puzzles, and doing crafts. Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are a daughter, Donna L. Warner of Richburg, N.Y.; a son, Richard L. Buchanan of Crosby; four granddaughters; fourteen great-grandchildren; twelve great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Gordon (Doris) Hawkes of Lecanto, Florida; a sister, Caroline Mitchell of Farmers Valley; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Jean was predeceased by her son-in-law, Gary Warner; a grandson, Dean Warner; and three brothers and three sisters.

Friends may call from 10am to noon on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at noon with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Chrystal Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Jean’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

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Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans today presented the agency’s annual report to the General Assembly, and delivered testimony before the House Game and Fisheries Committee.

To view a copy of the agency’s annual report, please visit the Game Commission’s website,, put your cursor on “Information & Resources” in the menu bar under the banner on the homepage, then select “Media & Reports & Surveys” in the drop-down menu, then click on the 2017 Annual Legislative Report.

Burhans’ testimony before the House Game and Fisheries Committee follows:

“Good morning, Chairman Gillespie, Chairman Barbin, and members of the House Game & Fisheries Committee. I am Bryan Burhans, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. On a personal note, this is my first report before this committee. I am honored to be here.

“The Pennsylvania Game Commission is the Commonwealth’s state wildlife agency.

“We live by our mission to manage Pennsylvania’s wild birds, wild mammals, and their habitats for current and future generations. That entails managing 480 wild birds and mammals, including 20 endangered species, seven threatened species and 109 species of greatest conservation need.

“The agency also manages over 1.5 million acres of state game lands in 65 of the state’s 67 counties. These lands were purchased primarily with hunting and trapping license revenues, and with help from many conservation partners.

“State game lands are purchased and managed primarily for hunters, trappers, and wildlife’s well-being. No other state-owned lands in the Commonwealth are managed with such directness for Pennsylvania’s conservationists and the creatures that put the “wild” in wildlife.

“Wildlife’s future is tied directly to habitat. Without it, neither wildlife nor hunters will have places to go. That’s why game lands are so important; they ensure game and wildlife will always have places to live and hunters will have places to hunt.

“In the past fiscal year, almost 2,000 acres were added to the game lands system. The Game Commission also used controlled burns on nearly 15,000 acres, and timber harvests on 8,500 acres to improve habitat for a myriad species on game lands.

“The agency’s infrastructure on games lands in tremendous. For example, our habitat management crews are responsible for maintaining 3,871 miles of roads – long enough to stretch from Harrisburg to California, and then halfway back across the country. We maintain 368 buildings, 29 shooting ranges, 38,000 bridges and culverts, and 1,500 ponds and dams. The intensity of our wildlife habitat-management efforts on game lands and the upkeep of infrastructure needed to support management efforts is reflected in our budget; 43 percent of our budget is invested in habitat-management activities.

“In addition, the Game Commission paid out $1,798,320 to local governments, counties, school districts, and townships in lieu of taxes on state game lands during the fiscal year.

“However, it is important to note that 1.5 million acres of games lands only represents 5 percent of the state’s land area.

“Pennsylvania is also blessed to have 2.5 million acres enrolled in our Hunter Access Program. Participating private landowners enroll their properties and agree to allow hunting, by permission. Agency staff continued to work with these private landowners to improve habitat using funding secured through federal Farm Bill conservation programs.

“The Pennsylvania Game Commission is blessed to have a hard-charging workforce of full-time and part-time employees, and volunteers. Compared to other Commonwealth agencies, the Game Commission is small. But when you count the number of Commonwealth citizens who volunteer their time to support the agency’s mission, the head count is impressive.

“For example, the agency has 2,217 Hunter-Trapper Education Program instructors spread across the state who receive no compensation for their services. These volunteers provide $1,071,811 in volunteered time that we match with federal dollars. Countless others participate in habitat improvements on state game lands, or in surveys to document changes in wildlife populations.

“In addition, the agency has over 350 deputy game wardens who are appointed and work side-by-side with state game wardens to protect wildlife and serve Pennsylvanians. Our team represents an amazing and effective workforce dedicated to wildlife conservation.

“In the past fiscal year, the agency’s law-enforcement officers logged 195,160 contacts, which resulted in about 7,500 prosecutions and approximately 12,000 warnings. Our law-enforcement contacts were down more than 17,000 from the previous fiscal year because currently 20 percent of the agency’s officer districts are vacant. A projected 40 percent of the districts will be vacant before a new class, that started this month, graduates next spring.

“On a final law-enforcement note, the agency has changed the title of wildlife conservation officer to game warden to more fully identify the unique and diverse responsibilities of these officers. As one of the most familiar faces of our agency, it is critical that game wardens are recognized for who they are and what they do. Anything less is unacceptable.

“The decision to launch the new game warden change in January was deliberate. Inventories of uniforms, patches, and vehicle decals were nearly depleted. And with a current class of game wardens in training right now, these supplies had to be purchased anyway. The net cost of this change is about $25,000. Now was the most prudent and financially responsible time to roll out this change. We are already seeing a great response from the public.

“The challenges before us are immense. Chronic Wasting Disease threatens our hunting heritage, and the state’s $1.6 billion industry tied to hunting. Like the loss of the American chestnut tree from chestnut blight, the introduction of CWD into Pennsylvania is an ecological disaster unfolding before our eyes.

“A new captive deer turned up positive for CWD on a Lancaster County deer farm recently, requiring the agency to establish a new Disease Management Area in parts of Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties. It will take time to assess what, if any, biological consequences this deer farm poses to the state whitetail population, and deer hunters. At the very least, local hunters will be inconvenienced for years to come. However, deer processors and taxidermists will be affected by CWD as movement of high-risk deer parts are prohibited from the Disease Management Area.

“Speaking of hunters, I should point out that hunter numbers continue to decline. It’s a trend that isn’t unique to Pennsylvania. Most states face this challenge. This trend is driven by complex cultural changes and aging populations of hunters. Declines in hunter numbers started in 1981 and continues today, although at a rate much slower than 20 to 30 years ago.

“The loss of hunters who buy licenses is a threat to wildlife conservation as we know it. We simply cannot maintain effective and responsive wildlife programs with less income.

“In addition, there is a new proposed federal regulation, 80 CFR section 50, that will require a minimum license revenue of $2 instead of the current $1. Ten of our licenses only net the agency $1, including disabled vet licenses, certain military licenses, mentored youth, and senior lifetime license holders. This will result in a $750,000 loss of annual revenue to the agency due to the loss of federal match, which is $37 for every license sold. We would like to work with you and the Senate on a fix to this issue.

“Other challenges such as West Nile virus threaten our state bird, the ruffed grouse. PGC wildlife biologist Lisa Williams was the first scientist in North American to affirm that WNV was playing a role in grouse population declines. Now, Ms. Williams and her research colleagues are launching a project to evaluate where habitat improvements will be most successful in light of WNV infections.

“White nose syndrome also has eliminated 99 percent of some species of cave bats. And invasive plant species continue to damage quality wildlife habitats across the state.

“Some of these threats continue to grow. Others smother wildlife populations. That Pennsylvania has more than 100 species of greatest conservation need speaks volumes about the tough times wildlife endures.

“Remember, for every bald eagle success story, there are a dozen others about struggling species, such as the cerulean warbler, the northern flying squirrel and the American bittern.

“Pennsylvanians, however, should know our employees, volunteers, and our partners are committed to reversing these trends. It won’t be easy and it won’t happen overnight. But know that we won’t throw in the towel.

“Wildlife is too important to too many Pennsylvanians.

“On a more positive note, our hunters are enjoying some of the best big-game hunting Pennsylvania has provided in decades, likely even in the agency’s history. Here are just a few highlights:

· Highest turkey harvest in the nation

· Highest number of turkey hunters in the nation

· Most fall turkey hunters in the nation

· Most bear hunters in the nation

· Highest number of furtakers in the nation

“And our most popular game species, the white-tailed deer, further demonstrates the effectiveness of the state’s deer-management program. In fact, researchers from Simon Fraser University, University of Wisconsin, University of Victoria, Hakai Institute, and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation released a study last week and reported that the Game Commission’s deer-management plan was in a four-way tie for No. 1 in North America with Montana’s bighorn sheep plan, Washington’s mountain goat and bighorn sheep plan and Wisconsin’s deer-management plan for the highest-scoring species plan in North America. A total of 667 species plans were evaluated. These plans were evaluated based on four criteria: measurable objectives, evidence, transparency, and independent scientific review. These findings further recognize the quality of our agency’s wildlife biologists and the validity of our deer-management program.

“And the effectiveness of our deer-management plan translates to great deer hunting. The following facts were reported in the Quality Deer Management Association’s 2018 Whitetail report:

· Top 5 in the nation for total antlered buck harvest

· No. 2 in the nation for antlered buck harvest per square mile (only 0.3 deer away from No. 1)

· No. 3 in nation for antlerless harvest

· No. 3 in nation for antlerless harvest per square mile

· Top 5 for greatest increase in buck harvest

“Huge bucks are being taken everywhere.

“Black bear hunting has never been better.

“Turkey hunting also packs plenty of excitement, and, if you’re lucky enough to be drawn for an elk tag, you’ll be on the hunt of a lifetime.

“Speaking of the elk tag, thank you again for reauthorizing the conservation tag for the Keystone Elk Country Alliance. Last year, the raffle for that tag raised $179,849 for elk conservation. This funding was used by KECA to purchase land, provide conservation education, and enhance elk habitat.

“In addition, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation auctioned off their special elk tag and raised $85,000. This funding was used to purchase additional land for elk conservation adjacent to State Game Lands 311.

“In all, last year, these two organizations raised over a quarter of a million dollars for elk conservation here in Pennsylvania.

“It’s hard to imagine so much opportunity coming from our resource at a time when Pennsylvania’s human population is so large; as more and more wild acres continue to be consumed by development.

“It’s a credit to sound management and the resiliency of these big-game species. But it’s also closely related to habitat. Remember, no species thrives on bad habitat. That’s why state game lands and sound wildlife management matter so much in Penn’s Woods.

“The importance of quality wildlife habitat was again demonstrated this year with our first wild pheasant hunt in decades. Working with our partners at Pheasants Forever, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Farm Service Agency, we hosted our first wild pheasant hunt for youth on our Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area. This success clearly demonstrates that providing quality habitat is the key to supporting wildlife and the importance of partnerships.

“Speaking of pheasants, our changes to the pheasant-propagation program were very successful. We underwent complete restructuring of the production model of our pheasant-propagation program by cutting our propagation farms from four to two and furloughing half of the pheasant-propagation staff. A major change in our production model was purchasing day-old pheasant chicks from a local Pennsylvania producer instead of holding over our own laying hens and incubating the eggs.

“And it worked. Prior to the restructuring, pheasant propagation cost the agency approximately $4.4 million resulting in a production cost of $19.87 per bird. For the fiscal year 2018-19, propagation costs are projected to be $2.3 million resulting in a production cost of $10.23 per bird. In addition, the Game Commission’s new pheasant permit provided over $1.1 million (42,844 permits) in new revenue to help support costs. This brings the overall net expense for pheasant propagation to less than $1.2 million for the fiscal year 2018-19 season.

“And more good news; the Game Commission has applied for a grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to bring our total number of birds released back to 220,000 birds. Pheasant hunters should look forward to an outstanding season.

“The Pennsylvania Game Commission distinguishes its statutory responsibility to protect wildlife as its most critical role in conservation. We roll up our sleeves every day and work diligently to meet wildlife’s challenges head-on. After all, the future of hunting, trapping, and wildlife conservation is at stake.

“To offer you a closer look at the agency’s operations, I have brought along hard-copy annual reports to acquaint you with our diverse responsibilities and accomplishments. It provides those additional details you might seek. I also have a short video to share with you. It’s a fast-moving tour about what we do and what we’re all about.

“I’d like to thank the committee for this opportunity to outline our accomplishments and challenges. The agency stands ready to assist and work with this committee to sustain and improve our Great Outdoors. Together, we have made this happen for countless generations of Pennsylvania hunters, trappers and wildlife enthusiasts. I am confident there is much more we will accomplish together.

“Now, I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.”

Belfast Dispatched To Crash On Rt. 305

At  2:57 PM on Saturday, Belfast Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to a car into a tree crash on Rt. 305 & Little John Road in Belfast.

Jay Township Dispatched To Wildfire Along Rt. 555

At 1:55 PM on Saturday, Jay Township Fire Department has been dispatched to Rt. 555 at Gray Hill for a report of a wildfire headed into the woods.

Part-Time Help Wanted At West Branch & Abbott Township Joint Dumpster Facility

Bradford, Derrick City, Limestone Dispatched To Commercial Fire Alarm At State Line Supply

At 12:48 PM on Saturday, Bradford Fire, Derrick City & Limestone have been dispatched to 1338 Main Street at State Line Supply for a commercial fire alarm.
Fire official on scene reports nothing showing. A keyholder is en route.

Shirley W. BREEDLOVE, 82, of Wellsville, NY


Shirley W. BREEDLOVE, 82, of Wellsville, NY, died Friday, March 30, 2018 in Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Wellsville, NY. 

Born February 12, 1936, in Chaffee, MO, she was the daughter of John W. and Betty Bolden Riley. She was married to Bobbie L. Breedlove of Danville, VA, who predeceased her on February 7, 1988. 

Surviving are: four children, Kelly (Maureen) Breedlove of Barboursville, WV, Dixie (Paul) Carroll of Scio, Donald (Charlene) Breedlove of Salamanca, NY, and Matthew (Kathy) Breedlove of Bowling Green, KY; a son-in-law, Jay Deveau; ninegrandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

 In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Katie Deveau. 

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, April 2, 2018 in the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. The Rev. Carl Kemp will officiate. Burial will be in Morley Cemetery, Chaffee, MO on a later date. Due to allergies, the family respectfully declines flowers. 

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

Fire & EMS Dispatched To Car/Motorcycle Crash with Injury

At 12:05 PM on Saturday, Nelson Fire Dept. & EMS has been dispatched to a vehicle versus motorcycle crash on Rt. 49 at the intersection with Gee Hollow Road. One injury is reported.

Coudersport Ambulance To Cherry Springs Road

At 11:08 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Cherry Springs Road for a cardiac arrest.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt At Coudersport Fire Department Today At 2 PM

Galeton Weather report for March 2018

March 2018 came in like a lion and stayed that way. I will repeat what I was told many times by a dear friend many years ago. "March is like a Model T Ford, just enough spring to make your butt ache". That old quote applied once again to March, except this year there was no spring at all. It was a cold and windy month. I understand from Penn State weather March was colder than February. This is the third time this has happened since weather records were kept. Also, this is the first time this has happened for the east coast down through the southern states. I know I need not tell those of you who live in Potter Co.

Throughout the month we had morning lows anywhere from 10 degrees up to the 20 degree range. With a persistent breeze (wind) blowing it felt much colder. There was often a light coating of ice on Berger lake. The Robins, Red Wing Blackbirds, geese and buzzards all returned on schedule but I am sure they all wondered what happened to "spring" weather. Well that is just the way it was this year and now looking at the first half of April it doesn't look like there will be much of a change. No need to get the lawn mowers cranked up just yet. We don't live in Potter Co. for the weather.

This year we received 2.95" of rain and melted precipitation. Last year we received 2.89" This year we recorded 4.3" of snow and last year 7.5". This year we had 1" or more of snow on the ground 2 days and 1" was the greatest snow depth. We had 4 foggy mornings.

The average high temperature for March is 48 degrees and the average low is 27 degrees.

April showers brings May flowers.

Henry W. Lush
National Weather Service Observer

UPMC Cole: Volunteer Spotlight: Philip Smith


Another Volunteer Spotlight -- Thanks Phil for sharing your time & talents over the past 10 years!

Leslie R. Watkins, 84, Wellsboro, Pa

Leslie R. Watkins

Leslie R. Watkins passed away Thursday, March 29th at Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, Pa.

Born July 14, 1933, in Chatham Township, to the late Ellery and Addie (Skinner) Watkins, Leslie was the youngest of their six children and was predeceased by his sisters Viola Houghtaling and Winifred Brugger, and by his brothers Forrest and Vernard Watkins. He is survived by the lone remaining sibling, Clesta Raker of Liberty, PA.

Leslie graduated valedictorian of the seven members of the Little Marsh High School class of 1951. From there he earned his bachelor’s degree, from his beloved Penn State, in Agriculture. He later earned an education certificate from Millersburg University and a Master's degree from Alfred. Les was a teacher with brief tenures at Port Allegany and Elmira, but most proudly served 36 years at Cowanesque Valley High School, Westfield, PA. He was at various times a teacher, guidance counselor, and athletic director.

On November 19, 1955, in a terrible snow storm, he married the love of his life, Janet Vandegrift, of Wellsboro, whom he had met on a blind date two years earlier. After a short stint in Port Allegany, the newlyweds bought a little farm back in Chatham Township and remained there together for the next 60 plus years.

Along with Janet, Leslie is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Craig Evans of Little Marsh; his son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Joann Watkins, of Watsontown; six grandchildren: Christopher, Caleb(Nicole), Curtis, Corrine Evans, and John and Katherine Watkins; one great-grand-daughter, Quinn Evans; a sister-in-law, Jean Vandegrift, and several nephews and nieces of whom he was very fond.

Les was a lifetime member of PSEA and the Penn State Alumni Association. He was a charter member of the Chatham Volunteer Fire Company. He was a long time Boy Scout leader, earning the distinguished Silver Beaver award in 1979 for outstanding service. He served as trustee of the Little Marsh United Methodist Church, served over 50 years as a member of the Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F), served for years as the president of the CV Alumni Association, and was a longtime volunteer at the Tioga County Fair. He was also a lifetime champion of going to meetings, making a speech (if invited), and, of course, eating dinner.

The immediate family will have a private viewing and burial next week. On Sunday, July 8, a life celebration is planned in Little Marsh. The family will provide details as the date approaches.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to one of the following organizations: The CV Alumni Association, c/o Donna Platz, 250 Race Street, Apt. 315, Westfield, PA, 16950; The Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Company, 1575 Blair Creek Road, Little Marsh PA, 16950; or The Tioga County Fair Association, c/o Lori Hamblin, 21 Gee Road, Middlebury Center, PA, 16935.

To share your memories and sign Leslie's guest book, visit

Local arrangements are entrusted to Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd, 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA.

Sew Much More Grand Opening At New Location In Downtown Coudersport April 6 & 7

Dr. Jobe Martin Explains The Wonderful Creation Around Us At First Baptist Church In Roulette Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

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

"Sew Much More" Now Open At New Coudersport Main Street Location

Herbert Cooper Company in Genesee, PA, Seeking Production Laborers

Auction, Saturday, April 14th at Galeton, PA

Part-Time Employment Opportunities At Sweden Valley Manor In Coudersport, PA

Rev Hoopes Trucking Is Hiring Experienced Mechanics & Greasers

Crooked Creek Campground Opens April 1 Along Pine Creek

North Central PA's Largest Selection Of Surplus Doors Now Open In Galeton, PA

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

Job Fair Thursday, April 5th At Empereon/Constar In Coudersport, PA

Friday, March 30, 2018

Marian J. “Jean” Buchanan, 87, of Shinglehouse, PA

Marian J. Buchanan

Marian J. “Jean” Buchanan, 87, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 30, 2018, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

Otto Township Dispatched For Rockslide

At 7:03 PM on Friday, Otto Township Fire Dept. dispatched for a rockslide blocking the roadway.

Arthur W. THORNE, 77, of Westfield, PA

Arthur W. THORNE

Arthur W. THORNE, 77, of Westfield, PA, died Friday, March 30, 2018 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Roulette Fish & Game Club To Stock Streams with Trout On Saturday; Can You Help?

The Roulette Fish & Game Club will be stocking trout in area streams on Saturday, March 31st. Volunteers who are able to help with the stocking are invited to meet at the hatchery on at the intersection of West Branch of Fishing Creek and White Chopin Road at 9 AM.

Live Music At The Hotel Crittenden Starting At 8 PM

Easter Sunday Worship At Coudersport Free Methodist Church

Middlebury Dispatched To 3 Vehicle Crash

At 2:40 PM on Friday, Middlebury Fire & Ambulance With Wellsboro ALS dispatched to a 3 vehicle crash at the intersection of Rt. 287 and Catlin Hollow Road. Caller reporting possibly 2 injuries. Wellsboro ambulance requested to  scene.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To South Oswayo Street

At 1:57 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 Medic dispatched to South Oswayo Street for a woman fallen with a possible head injury.

Port Allegany Ambulance dispatched for a person fallen

At 1:06pm on Friday, Port Allegany Ambulance has been dispatched to South Main St. for a person fallen.

G2 Gymnastics – Jamestown Results

Pictured L-R:
Front Row: Catence Taylor, Addison Amidon, Irelyn Rounsville, Kendra Niver, Madison Errick, Kaylee Oswald
2nd Row: Mia Shaffer, Brynn Cygan, Emma Sisson, Skyler Cooper, Carly Reed, Adelaide Jeffers, Aeralyn Salada
3rd Row: Jenna Wylie, Ava Caramia, Brielle Fidurko, Morgan Mattison, Adelyn Walker, Genecis Easton, Kate Mitchell, Ava Peterson, Sara DeLong, Jasmine Miller, Ella Austin, Reese Thompson
Back Row: Lynzee Nolder, Anna Schuessler, Selin Sumer, Austin Lawton, Michaella Rhodes, Laci Miller, Ashley Oswald, Kyla Andreano, Sophia Komenda
Missing from photo: Danica Yates, Melissa Diegel
Recently, G2 Gymnastics of Shinglehouse, traveled to Jamestown, NY to participate in the Lucky Stars Gymnastics Invitationalhosted by Stroup’s Gymnastics. Almost 600 athletes represented USA Gymnastics clubs from PA, NY, and Canada. Thirty-eightteam members represented G2 at the large event. Judging was difficult and the competition was tough but G2turned in a solid performance as the Level 2’s took 3rd place in the Large Team Division. G2 also brought home 100 individual awards including event champions: Level 2: AeralynSalada-vault (9.35), Addison Amidon-vault (9.55); Level 3: Kendra Niver-floor (9.55); and Level 6: Melissa Diegel-floor (9.475). Top 3 All Arounds included: Level 2: Addison Amidon-2nd place (37.40) and Catence Taylor - 3rd place (37.20); Level 3: Madison Errick-3rd place (36.125) and Kendra Niver-3rd place (35.775); Level 4: Irelyn Rounsville-3rd place (34.70); and XCEL Silver: Kaylee Oswald-3rd place (35.95). Receiving the Lucky Star Coach’s Awards were: Carly Reed, Ava Peterson, Laci Miller, Lily Stedman, Anna Schuessler, Ava Caramia, and Emma Sisson. A special congratulations goes to Lily Stedman for qualifying to the XCEL SilverPA USAG State Competition held in May. 

G2 Gymnastics will continue to train for the remainder of their season at their new facility located at 2748 State Route 44 Shinglehouse, PA. G2 Gymnastics offers programs for all children, starting at age 3. We accept new students at any time during our 5 week session, as space permits. For more information, please visit: or email

9.0 CLUB
VAULT: Kate Mitchell-9.025, Aeralyn Salada-9.35, Catence Taylor-9.50, Addison Amidon-9.55, Emma Sisson-9.25, Ava Caramia-9.25, Morgan Mattison-9.125, Carly Reed-9.0, Madison Errick-9.55, Sara DeLong-9.35, Kendra Niver-9.425, Genecis Easton-9.575, Kaylee Oswald-9.10, Ashley Oswald-9.25, Anna Schuessler-9.20, Laci Miller-9.0
BARS: Kate Mitchell-9.50, Catence Taylor-9.15, Addison Amidon-9.25, Mia Shaffer-9.40, Morgan Mattison-9.20, Sophia Komenda-9.55, Carly Reed-9.0, Kendra Niver-9.50, Adelyn Walker-9.05, Ashley Oswald-9.20, Anna Schuessler-9.15
BEAM: Aeralyn Salada-9.225, Catence Taylor-9.15, Addison Amidon-9.225, Adelaide Jeffers-9.375, Mia Shaffer-9.20, Morgan Mattison-9.55, Irelyn Rounsville-9.0, Lily Stedman-9.125, Anna Schuessler-9.05, Austin Lawton-9.10, Melissa Diegel-9.10
FLOOR: Kate Mitchell-9.35, Aeralyn Salada-9.375, Catence Taylor-9.40, Addison Amidon-9.375, Adelaide Jeffers-9.275, Jenna Wylie-9.35, Mia Shaffer-9.20, Morgan Mattison-9.175, Sophia Komenda-9.225, Madison Errick-9.25, Kendra Niver-9.55, Genecis Easton-9.0, Kaylee Oswald-9.15, Lily Stedman-9.10, Ashley Oswald-9.25, Anna Schuessler-9.05, Melissa Diegel-9.475

34.00: Reese Thompson-34.075, Jasmine Miller-34.0, Carly Reed-34.175, Brynn Cygan-34.775, Irelyn Rounsville-34.70, Adelyn Walker-34.75, Kyla Andreano-34.075, Laci Miller-34.20
35.00: Jenna Wylie-35.875, Emma Sisson-35.275, Ava Caramia-35.60, Sara DeLong-35.0, Kendra Niver-35.775, Genecis Easton-35.425, Kaylee Oswald-35.95, Lily Stedman-35.825, Michaella Rhodes35.15, Melissa Diegel-35.425
36.00:Kate Mitchell-36.775, Aeralyn Salada-36.25, Adelaide Jeffers-36.05, Mia Shaffer-36.70, Sophia Komenda-36.475, Madison Errick-36.125, Ashley Oswald-36.225, Anna Schuessler-36.45
37.00:Catence Taylor-37.20, Addison Amidon-37.40, Morgan Mattison-37.05

Full Meet Results:
Skyler Cooper: vault-8.80, bars-7.90, beam-8.80, floor-8.475, AA-33.975-23
Kate Mitchell: vault-9.025, bars-9.50-6th, beam-8.90, floor-9.35-6th, AA-36.775-8th
Ella Austin: vault-8.35, bars-7.05, beam-8.725, floor-8.45, AA-32.575-12th
AeralynSalada: vault-9.35-1st, bars-8.30, beam-9.225-4th, floor-9.375-2nd, AA-36.25-4th
Catence Taylor: vault-9.50-2nd, bars-9.15-7th, beam-9.15-6th, floor-9.40-2nd, AA-37.20-3rd
Reese Thompson: vault-8.90-8th, bars-7.55, beam-8.925, floor-8.70, AA-34.05-14th
Jasmine Miller: vault-8.60, bars-7.85, beam-8.80, floor-8.75, AA-34.00-15th
Addison Amidon: vault-9.55-1st, bars-9.25-4th, beam-9.225-4th, floor-9.375-3rd, AA-37.40-2nd
Adelaide Jeffers: vault-8.95-7th, bars, 8.45, beam-9.375-3rd, floor-9.275-4th, AA-36.05-5th
Jenna Wylie: vault-8.90, bars-8.70, beam-8.925, floor-9.35-4th, AA-35.875-10th
Emma Sisson: vault-9.25-8th, bars-8.90, beam-8.375, floor-8.75, AA-35.275-14th
Mia Shaffer: vault-8.85, bars-9.40-4th, beam-9.20-5th, floor-9.20-6th, AA-36.70-5th
Ava Caramia: vault-9.25-4th, bars-8.65, beam-8.85, floor-8.85, AA-35.60-12th
Morgan Mattison: vault-9.125, bars-9.20, beam-9.55-2nd, floor-9.175-7th, AA-37.05-4th
Sophia Komenda: vault-8.85, bars-9.55-4th, beam-8.85, floor-9.225-5th, AA-36.475-8th

Carly Reed: vault-9.0, bars-9.0-7th, beam-8.075, floor-8.10, AA-34.175-12th
Madison Errick: vault-9.55-3rd, bars-8.45, beam-8.875-4th, floor-9.25-3rd, AA-36.125-3rd
Brynn Cygan: vault-8.85, bars-8.60-7th, beam-8.675, floor-8.65, AA-34.775-12th
Sara DeLong: vault-9.35-9th, bars-8.75-5th, beam-8.15, floor-8.75, AA-35.00-10th
Kendra Niver: vault-9.425-5th, bars-9.50-2nd, beam-8.30, floor-9.55-1st, AA-35.775-3rd
Genecis Easton: vault-9.575-3rd, bars-8.50, beam-8.35, floor-9.0-5th, AA-35.425-8th

IrelynRounsville: vault-8.30-2nd, bars-8.65-2nd, beam-9.0-2nd, floor-8.75-2nd, AA-34.70-3rd
Adelyn Walker: vault-8.50, bars-9.05-6th, beam-8.40, floor-8.80, AA-34.75-7th
Brielle Fidurko: vault-7.90, bars-7.45, beam-8.125, floor-8.45, AA-31.925-10th
Ava Peterson: vault-7.80, bars-8.30, beam-8.825, floor-8.75, AA-33.675-9th
Kyla Andreano: vault-8.35, bars-8.30, beam-8.525, floor-8.90, AA-34.075-11th
Danica Yates: vault-8.20, bars-7.45, beam-8.05, floor-8.50, AA-32.20-15th
Lynzee Nolder: vault-8.20, bars-8.20, beam-8.30, floor-8.45, AA-33.15-13th

Kaylee Oswald: vault-9.10-5th, bars-8.85-7th, beam-8.85-9th, floor-9.15-3rd, AA-35.95-3rd
Lily Stedman: vault-8.95-6th, bars-8.65, beam-9.125-5th, floor-9.10-4th, AA-35.825-5th

Ashley Oswald: vault-9.25-4th, bars-9.20-6th, beam-8.525, floor-9.25-5th, AA-36.225-4th
Anna Schuessler: vault-9.20-6th, bars-9.15-7th, beam-9.05-6th, floor-9.05-7th, AA-36.45-6th

Michaella Rhodes: vault-8.95, bars-8.50, beam-8.75, floor-8.95, AA-35.15-11th
Laci Miller: vault-9.0, bars-7.70, beam-8.60, floor-8.90, AA-34.20-12th
Selin Sumer: vault-8.90, bars-8.55, beam-7.60, floor-8.725, AA-33.775-12th
Austin Lawton: vault-8.40, bars-7.65, beam-9.10-9th, floor-8.625, AA-33.775-17th
Melissa Diegel: vault-8.60, bars-8.25, beam-9.10-8th, floor-9.475-1st, AA-35.425-9th

PennDOT Completes Implementation of Technology Improving Shared-Ride Transit Services

Better Customer Service, Efficiencies Gained at 42 Providers

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has completed a project installing standardized technology at 42 shared-ride transit providers statewide, improving efficiency and service for the Pennsylvanians who use the door-to-door service in the 65 covered counties.

“Shared-ride transportation is vital to Pennsylvanians connecting to medical appointments, jobs, and their community,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Their time is valuable, and this technology helps maximize the riders and drivers’ routes so we have the best use of time and resources possible.”

The service scheduling and dispatch software, called Ecolane, helps providers improve on-time performance, collect data, and maximize the number of trips provided. In 22 counties, the public can view available travel options as well as reserve or cancel shared-ride trips at

To further increase customer service, the partnership is rolling out interactive voice response technology which automatically call riders the night before their service informing them of their scheduled trips, call before the driver arrives at their location, and allow cancellation through the system without having to call transit providers.

PennDOT will soon begin formal evaluations on effectiveness and cost savings associated with the technology, but it has already facilitated efficiencies. The common software ensures that service cooperation or consolidation is seamless for riders.

One example of a consolidation facilitated by the technology is rabbittransit’s consolidation of shared-ride service for 10 counties in south central Pennsylvania by centralizing call taking, dispatching, and scheduling. Another example of operational benefits is Blair Senior Services, Inc. in Blair County. After implementing Ecolane, Blair used the data to reduce the number of vehicles it needed to provide their service while increasing the number of trips provided per service hour. Those changes help to control costs and delay fare increases.

Shared-ride service provides on-demand community transportation service and is available in all 67 counties. The Ecolane software is in use in all counties except Philadelphia and Allegheny, where the shared-ride service providers have their own software in use. Information on public transit options in Pennsylvania is available on that page at under “Travel In PA.”

PA Drilling Permit Violation Issued

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

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-03-29 to Chief Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Elkland Twp, Sullivan county. SWMA 301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

DEP Seeks Public Comment on Draft Final Methane General Permits

New and updated general permits for well sites, midstream processing and transmission of natural gas

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting public comments on the draft final general permits (GP) that address methane emissions and other air pollutants from unconventional well sites and from midstream and natural gas transmission facilities. The additional comment period is opening to provide the opportunity for public comment on the updated documents and to comply with the publication and notice requirements in DEP’s regulations.

The 45-day public comment period, which closes May 15, 2018, is to receive comment on the updated draft final versions of GP-5, which is applicable to midstream and natural gas transmission facilities, and the proposed GP-5A, for unconventional well sites and pigging stations. Both general permits incorporate the most current state and federal requirements.

DEP received more than 10,000 comments on the proposed general permits during the initial comment period in 2017. Based on these comments, DEP made several changes to the general permits and the Air Quality Permit Exemptions List, which can be found here:

Interested persons may submit written comments on the Draft General Permits and Air Quality Permit Exemption List by Tuesday May 15, 2018. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the originator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to review the proposed General Permits and Air Quality Permit Exemption List and submit comments using DEP’s online eComment system at or by e-mail to Written comments should be submitted to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.


Shown are members of Driftwood in the studio (from left) Joey Arcuri on upright bass, Claire Byrne on violin, Dan Forsyth on acoustic guitar and Joe Kollar on banjo.
Driftwood will perform Americana and folk-rock music at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 in the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

Called a band with a rock n’ roll soul and a folk art mind, Driftwood has been carving out a name for itself since its start in Binghamton, N.Y. in 2005. The band members began by playing rock and roll in high school, studying jazz and classical music in college and then driving headfirst into folk and bluegrass music.

On stage will be Driftwood's three founding members Joe Kollar on banjo, Dan Forsyth on acoustic guitar and Claire Byrne on violin along with Joey Arcuri on upright bass. Kollar, Forsyth and Byrne write original songs for the group and share the role of lead vocalist. Arcuri also sings.

The group has released five CDs, including: “Rally Day” in 2009, “A Rock and Roll Heart” in 2011, “Driftwood” in 2013, “Live at Grassroots 2014” in 2014 and their most recent "City Lights" released on Nov. 3, 2016.

They enjoy playing together as evidenced on "City Lights." It is replete with folk, old-time, country, punk and rock. "It wasn't until this last album that we took some time off the road to learn more about being in the studio," said Forsyth. "We wanted to take our time and record on our own terms."

Both Forsyth and Byrne consider "Skin and Bone" the head of "City Lights." Kollar wrote it. "It came from a reflection I had of myself and my life on the road in general," Kollar said. "It touches on trying to keep perspective, forging ahead, and embracing the future."

The band differs on what song is the heart of the album. Forsyth chose the romance "Too Afraid." Byrne picked the nostalgia of "The Waves" and Kollar tapped into the excitement of the title track.

"Generally speaking, there's a maturity to us now," Kollar said. ""We have a bit of experience doing what we do and the music reflects that point of view. The song subjects, our playing, singing and recording abilities and our relationships have all matured."

That's what's heard in their music - a sharpened band, skilled songwriters and masterful instrumentalists.

The band is planning to release a new album this spring.

Tickets are $20. Bring your favorite snacks and beverages. For tickets and to reserve a table at no extra charge, call 570-724-6220 or visit

Hamilton-Gibson's Production of Blithe Spirit is April 13, 14, 15, 20 & 21

Performances of Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward, a classic theatre comedy, are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, April 13 & 14 and 20 & 21 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. Co-sponsoring this play are Wellsboro Electric and Citizens and Northern Bank.

In the play, writer Charles Condomine and his wife Ruth live in the lovely countryside where they are friends with their neighbors Dr. and Mrs. Bradman. Charles loves Ruth but finds the memory of his first wife Elvira is never far away. While researching his next book, Charles and Ruth decide to host a little dinner party and light-heartedly invite Madame Arcati, the village medium, to give a séance. Craziness ensues.

Clare Marie Ritter of Blossburg is directing "Blithe Spirit." She has been a volunteer with Hamilton-Gibson since 1997. During that time, Ritter has been involved in every aspect of production. "In the past, I directed several 10-minute plays that were part of HG's short play festivals." Last year, she was the managing producer of the Hamilton-Gibson Women's Project program "What She Wrote."

"I first saw 'Blithe Spirit' when I was 10 years old," said Ritter. "I remember being entranced by the story and the banter of the characters. I was also captivated by what could be created on stage. I love the 'older' classic plays and when given a chance to pick something to direct, this was the first play that came to mind," she said.

"This play was written in 1941 in England," Ritter pointed out. "We don't think about it but language has really changed over time. There is also a difference in the way the English speak English. Words and phrases are unfamiliar or sound awkward. Through constant practice, the cast has mastered them. That is important because these words and phrases form the essence of the play as it as originally written and intended," she noted.

"I am in love with the way Noel Coward weaves this tale," Ritter said. "Twists of phrases, double meanings and foreshadowing abound throughout the show. I am still finding new ways that Noel Coward built things into his characters through their conversations. The actors bring them to light as they rehearse their lines."

"Because of scheduling, we have been able to be in the Warehouse Theatre since January," said Ritter. "That has allowed us a lot of time to build our set." "Blithe Spirit" has what is often referred to as a "kitchen sink" set meaning everything happens in one room. "My set designer Linda Young is new to HG," Ritter continued. "She first joined us last year painting for 'Wedding Belles' and then helped with the Women's Project. This year, Linda has created my vision for the Condomines' English living room. We have built a lot of details into the set to add interest for audience members."

Costumes are also important. "Visually, costumes affect how the audience sees things. Hair, hats, shoes and color all help identify the time period and create the right mood for the show. My costumer Cindy Evans is working to ensure that each actor has a great set of costumes to help portray his or her character,” said Ritter.

"My cast is an awesome group of people," Ritter said. "Six are HG alumni and one is a brand new actor. Each character makes me smile. Each scene takes me into the characters' lives and story. I can't wait to share this show with our audience."

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