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Saturday, June 2, 2018

M. Eileen Welch, 88, Eldred, PA

M. Eileen Welch
 Loving Mother, Grandmother and Sister

M. Eileen Welch, 88, Eldred, PA, passed away on May 30, 2018 at the Buffalo General Hospital following an apparent stroke.

Born October 3. 1929 in Olean she was a daughter and the youngest of five children of Patrick J. and Katherine E. Prendergast Cronin. On October 12, 1963 in the St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean she married Ronald E. Welch Sr., who passed away on May 10, 2018.

Eileen was a 1947 graduate of Olean High School where she was on the Honor Society. At the age of eleven she began working as a nanny to many families in the Olean area and later was employed by the F.W. Woolworth 5 and 10 in Olean. For eighteen years she worked at Clark Brothers, Division of Dresser Industries, which later became Dresser Rand as a secretary retiring in 1965 to raise their children. Later Eileen went to work for the First National Bank in Eldred, which later became the Hamlin Bank and Trust Co. for eighteen years, retiring from there in 1993.

While living in Olean she was a member of the St. Mary of the Angels Church, where she was a member of the choir and the Alter Rosary Society, she was also a member of the Bona-Tom, a social and service society, the St. Raphael Church in Eldred and it’s Alter Rosary Society, treasurer and served as a offertory counter, a member of the Red Hat Rebels, the Barden Brook Lunch Bunch, the Eldred Senior Center and AARP. Eileen loved watching birds in their yard and the Television program “Jeopardy”.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald F. (Michelle) Welch Jr. of Lancaster, California and Dr. Mark J. Welch of Eldred, three grandchildren, Ronald F. Welch lll and twin granddaughters, Margaret Grace and Victoria Jean Welch all of Lancaster, CA, also her sister and best friend, Mildred (Dr. Gerard) Diesfeld of Arcade, N.Y. and many loving nieces and nephews living throughout the world who were very near and dear to her, a Sister-In-Law, Bernice Welch of Eldred. 

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by brothers, William and Harold Cronin and a sister, Lillian Woods and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred on Sunday from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 A.M. at the St. Raphael Church with the Rev. Thomas Brown as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the St Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, N.Y.

The Rosary will be recited on Sunday at the funeral home at 6:45 P.M.

Memorials can be made to the St. Raphael Church or to the donors choice.

State Police Withdraw Charges Against Woman Falsely Accused Of Slashing Tires

Burkhouse On-Site Public Auction With Real Estate, Thursday, June 7th At Marshburg, PA

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Fox Townshiip Dispatched For ATV Accident On Toby Road

At 1:25 PM on Saturday, Fox Township Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched to a side by side accident with 2 patients, a 63 year old male and a 29 year old male, at 290 Toby Road. 
1:38 PM--Request Helicopter to Penn Highlands Elk.
1:43 PM--Request second helicopter to PHE.

An open letter to the ATV community in and visiting Potter County

As an avid ATV rider I appreciate all the hard work being done by clubs, land owners and townships to open riding opportunities in the county. The days of township roads that you can’t go anywhere on are coming to an end. I believe this will increase tourism and bring much needed economic benefit to the smaller communities throughout Potter County. Hopefully this allows small stores to remain in business and serve not only ATVs but the local community. I am no longer a full time resident of Potter County butas a camp owner in Oswayo I think how nice it would be to run up the street and get fuel or milk. 

As you visit our local communities please remember the following things:
Respect the property owners and residents. Use some common sense this is by no means an all inclusive list.

Yes many of us are on dirt roads and expect a little dust when it’s dry. The speed limit might be 20 or 30 mph but when it is dry slowing to 10-15 goes a long way to showing your respect. If you see families out enjoying the day, livestock along a fence, a car parked in a remote area or kids playing slow down! Wave to them and go on your way.

Get over as far as you safely can when on a township road and traffic is approaching. Some will fly by and scowl at you others will smile and wave but do the right thing.
Treat everyone you come across like a friend. In small communities everyone knows each other. That family you dusted out, or scowling driver most likely goes to church with, or drinks coffee with, went to school with, etc. a township councilman, police officer or mayor. 

Just because it’s not posted doesn’t make it a free for all, know where you can ride and get permission on private property.

Join an ATV club. Maybe you don’t agree with all they are trying to do but if you want riding opportunities your voice needs to be heard. They can also show you legal riding areas.
Snowmobile trails cross private property and most are not open to ATVs. Don’t make an enemy out of the snowmobile clubs. Join them, lend a hand when you can. But don’t join them and demand ATV access to their trails. If we support them then they will support us. I think the going rate is about $10.00 a year.

Follow the laws and be safe. PA makes no distinction between ATVs and SXSs. Helmets registration and liability insurance are required.

Put a mirror on your machine. When you turn around to see if your buddy is still back there and drift to the wrong side of the road bad things can happen quickly.

Ride with your lights on so others can see you coming.

No one wants to hear your loud exhaust. It’s not cool, it’s annoying and will turn people against us.

Don’t harass wildlife.

Pack out what you pack in. This should go without saying. If you see some trash pick it up. If a branch is down move it if you can.

Being in a rural area doesn’t mean no one can hear or see you. Don’t act like a jerk, you are representing all ATV riders. Police yourself and your riding buddies.

Set up or attend a benefit ride for a worthy cause in the local areas you visit.

Spend a few bucks at the local businesses. Help them keep the lights on and the fuel pumps running. Take time to eat a meal or grab a sandwich. It will be appreciated.

There is no need to rush things here. Take time and enjoy it, you won’t see it all so plan to come back.

Above all be safe, courteous and enjoy your time in God’s Country.

These view are mine solely, I am not acting on behalf of any club or organization.

Brad Smith
Sierra Oscar Lima Hunting Camp and Riding Retreat
Oswayo PA.

PennDOT, State College Police Department Urge Continued Motorcycle Safety Throughout Riding Season

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the State College Police Department today held a media event to urge continued motorcycle safety throughout the riding season at #1 Cycle Center Harley-Davidson in Centre Hall.

Lieutenant Barret Smith of the 
State College Police Department 
operates his motorcycle at a media 
event urging continued motorcycle 
safety throughout the riding season.
“As weather improves in our area, we find ourselves sharing our roads with more users including motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians,” said Lieutenant Barrett Smith of the State College Police Department. “We want to remind everyone to respect each groups’ rights and know their own responsibilities when using our roadways, paths and crossings.”

As part of the event, which wrapped up Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month,Lieutenant Smith reminded participants that Pennsylvania law mandates riders to wear a helmet unless they are at least 21 years old, and have been licensed to operate a motorcycle for two calendar years. The law also requires riders and passengers to wear eye protection unless operating a motorized pedal cycle or three-wheeled motorcycle equipped with an enclosed cab.

According to PennDOT 2017 data, there were 3,275total crashes involving motorcyclists statewide, with185 fatalities and 3,052 injuries in those crashes. Motorcyclists made up the largest percentage of drinking drivers (9.1 percent) to total drivers last year, so riders are urged to drive sober or be prepared to get pulled over.

Officer Kevin Winkelblech of the 
State College Police Department 
addresses the crowd at a media event 
urging continued motorcycle safety 
throughout the riding season.
Additionally, PennDOT reminds all vehicles to share the road, and consider the following safety tips throughout the riding season:

• Know your motorcycle and conduct a pre-ride check.
• Use common sense. Ride sober, obey posted speed limits and allow enough time to react to dangerous situations.
• Practice safe riding techniques and know how to your motorcycle in adverse conditions.
• Potholes, gravel, wet surfaces and other conditions that are a minor nuisance to motorists pose a significant threat to motorcyclists.
• Be cautious of gravel buildup from winter road maintenance on the edges of the roadways or near intersections. If gravel buildup is causing a hazard, report the condition by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD.
• Be on the lookout for motorcyclists. They are smaller and can be more difficult to spot. Check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes and at intersections.
• Larger vehicles can block a motorcycle from view.
• Allow at least four seconds following distance when behind motorcycle.
• Always signal your intent to change lanes or merge with traffic.
• Respect motorcycles as full-size vehicles and allow a full lane width for the motorcyclist to maneuver safely in all road conditions.
Motorcycle safety is everyone’s responsibility, for more information visit,, or sign up for a motorcycle safety course at

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Community Foundation to honor Joe and Cecily Higgins, 2018 scholarship recipients

The best of friends are the ones that remain a constant over the test of time.

Joseph and Cecily Higgins have long been exactly those kind of friends to the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

From the days when the Foundation was little more than an idea to make the Allegany River Trail possible, the Higginses were there and ready to make it a reality, to the present where the two have established a major scholarship fund.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation will honor the Higginses for their long-standing support and advocacy by naming them the 2018 Friends of the Foundation honorees at the Friends of the Foundation Luncheon on July 19.

CRCF’s Friend of the Foundation award is the organization’s most prestigious. It honors a person or persons who have established a fund or funds there and given generously and consistently over the years; an individual who has donated generously to existing funds; and/or someone who continues the Foundation’s mission through giving and volunteerism.

Together, the couple established the Joseph and Cecily Higgins Scholarships at the Foundation, a multi-year scholarship that supports Allegany-Limestone Central School and Archbishop Walsh Academy graduates pursing a degree in a STEM-related field.

The endowed fund will perpetually support four $2500 scholarships each year.

Joe is a charter CRCF board member and was instrumental in the formation of a Community Foundation for the Cattaraugus region. Because of his early leadership, he is also an honorary board member.

Joe spearheaded the construction of the Allegheny River Valley Trail, without which the Foundation may not have come into being.

Joe saw the early benefits of having a Community Foundation to manage funds in the greater Olean area. The Allegheny River Trail Fund was the Foundation’s very first fund, allowing people to make tax-deductible contributions to support the building of the 5.6 mile trail.

“Joe Higgins was instrumental in helping to establish the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation because of his leadership for the Allegheny Valley River Trail,” said Carol Stitt, who served as the Foundation’s first executive director. “Joe was a board member for nine years and is now an honorary board member. He and Cecily have always been advocates and supporters of CRCF.”

Joe, the former owner of Abbot Welding Supply (now Airgas) and two-time past president of the local chapter of The American Welding society, remains a dedicated community servant. He continues to lead the Allegheny River Valley Trail.

He is the first vice chairmen of the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency board. He is an active member of the Olean Rotary Club as well.

Formerly, he was president of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and the Allegany school board. He was also a member of the Ski Wing ski patrol, HoliMont board of directors and Cuba Lake District board of commissioners.

Cecily worked as an RN in the OR, ER, ICU and doctors’ offices in Chicago (Illinois), New York City, New Jersey, Media (PA) and Buffalo at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Erie County Public Health.

Upon arrival in Olean in 1975, Cecily studied accounting at St. Bonaventure University to help in accounting at Abbott Welding Supply.

A champion for the community as well, she was a member of the Welcome Wagon, which helped welcome new families to the Greater Olean area while also being involved in the Allegany High School PTA, Ski Wing Ski Club and ski swaps and Enchanted Mountains Garden Club.

Cecily also is an avid reader and an active member of two book clubs.

Together, Joe and Cecily generously support many community organizations with both time and money, including Canticle Farm, Olean General Hospital, the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Pfeiffer Nature Center and the YMCA of the Twin Tiers, just to name a few.

Both are actively involved in demonstrating the value of whole-food, plant-based diets and exercise.

Joe and Cecily enjoy walking, skiing, fishing and playing tennis. They are also active members of the Cattaraugus County Bird Club.

Joe and Cecily have three children (Mike, Karen and Bryan) and eight grandchildren (Elizabeth, Kathryn, Ryan, Abigail, Megan, Emily, Ryan and Frances).

Their son, Mike, has followed in Joe’s footsteps and currently serves as a member of the CRCF board of directors.

“This community is so blessed to have people like Joe and Cecily, who give so much to the community and teach their children and grandchildren to do the same,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “The Foundation quite literally may not have been founded without efforts from Joe and Cecily, which makes it all the more special to honor them as this year’s Friends of the Foundation honorees.”

The Foundation will also honor 79 scholarship recipients who together received over 98 awards and over $130,000.

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

PA Drilling Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Seneca Resources Corp in Shippen Twp, Tioga County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-05-31 to Seneca Resources Corp in Shippen Twp, Tioga county. 78.96 - PLUGGING – MARKING THE LOCATION OF A PLUGGED WELL – Upon completion of plugging or replugging a well, the operator failed to erect a permanent marker with permit or registration number.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

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

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-05-31 to Inflection Energy (Pa) Llc in Eldred Twp, Lycoming county. SWMA 301 - MANAGEMENT OF RESIDUAL WASTE - Person operated a residual waste processing or disposal facility without obtaining a permit for such facility from DEP. Person stored, transported, processed, or disposed of residual waste inconsistent with or..
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Autumn Ridge Energy Llc in Mead Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-06-01 to Autumn Ridge Energy Llc in Mead Twp, Warren county. OGA 3216(A) - Failure to restore disturbed land surface of a well site.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Autumn Ridge Energy Llc in Mead Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-06-01 to Autumn Ridge Energy Llc in Mead Twp, Warren county. OGA 3216(A) - Failure to restore disturbed land surface of a well site.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Autumn Ridge Energy Llc in Mead Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-06-01 to Autumn Ridge Energy Llc in Mead Twp, Warren county. OGA 3216(A) - Failure to restore disturbed land surface of a well site.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Autumn Ridge Energy Llc in Mead Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-06-01 to Autumn Ridge Energy Llc in Mead Twp, Warren county. OGA 3216(A) - Failure to restore disturbed land surface of a well site.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Autumn Ridge Energy Llc in Mead Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-06-01 to Autumn Ridge Energy Llc in Mead Twp, Warren county. OGA 3216(A) - Failure to restore disturbed land surface of a well site.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Roulette woman facing multiple charges

Troopers perform traffic stop in Liberty Township and determine driver is DUI

Mansfield, Blossburg Dispatched For Structure Fire On West Creek Road

At 11:59 AM on Saturday, Mansfield & Blossburg Fire Departments have been dispatched to a report of a structure fire on West Creek Road.

Jeffrey Edward Dynda, 51, Martinsburg, West Virginia

Jeffrey Dynda

Jeffrey Edward Dynda, 51, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

He was born on October 24, 1966 in Coudersport, PA and the son of the late Stephen E. Dynda and Patricia A. Mosch.

Jeffrey is a graduate of Coudersport Jr./Sr. High School class of 1984. He was a diehard Ravens fan.

He is survived by his loving companion, Linda Hewitt; one daughter Amanda Shenberger; two sisters, Lori Andruchowsky and Nancy Gullar. 

Brown Funeral Home, 327 West King St., Martinsburg, West Virginia

2018 God's Country Marathon highlights.

Emporium, Sinnemahoning & Jay Township Dispatched To Crash On Wykoff Run Road

At 10:56 AM on Saturday, Emporium, Sinnemahoning & Jay Township have been dispatched to a  one vehicle crash located 9 miles up Wykoff Run Road. One person is reported injured. The vehicle is on its side.

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, June 1, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol
Resolution Calls for Audit of PENNVEST Transactions

Responding to concerns about PENNVEST awarding two low-interest loans totaling nearly $51 million to a private company to purchase private forest land in our region, I am calling on Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to conduct a thorough audit of some of the agency’s transactions.

Late last year and again in January, PENNVEST approved financing at an interest rate of 1 percent for New Hampshire-based Lyme Timber Company, which will use the funding to purchase more than 60,000 acres of private forest land in Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties.

There is a great deal of concern about whether this type of transaction is appropriate and if it is permissible under current law. When most of us think of PENNVEST – its full name is the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority – we think of an agency that provides funding to help boroughs, townships and municipal authorities update the water and sewer infrastructure our citizens rely upon. Using agency funds as a means to help finance the private purchase of private land – rather than using it to address our crumbling infrastructure – has raised a lot of questions among lawmakers and citizens alike.

Read more here.
Save Our Ambulance Services

With ambulance companies in our communities and across the state continuing to struggle, I am joining with fellow lawmakers and ambulance personnel for a press conference and rally to save our ambulance services at the state Capitol next week.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, in the Main Capitol Rotunda. Anyone and everyone who supports our emergency services is welcome to attend!

The event will include a call for action on legislation to help address some of the financial challenges plaguing ambulance companies. Specifically, the focus will be on House Bill 699, which I sponsored, to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rates for both Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services. These rates have not been increased since 2004 and are more than 200 percent below Medicare and commercial insurance reimbursements. We will also urge action on legislation (there are bills in both the House and Senate) to provide reimbursement for treatment provided by ambulance personnel, even if transport does not take place.

If you can’t attend the press conference/rally but are interested in watching, it will be streamed live at
Celebrating the Hardwoods Industry

I was honored to take part in a tour at St. Marys Lumber (a division of Bingaman & Son Lumber Inc.) yesterday afternoon, followed by the annual AHUG (Allegheny Hardwoods Utilization Group) dinner last night. Pictured above at St. Marys Lumber (left to right): Amy Shields, controller of sawmill operations, Bingaman Lumber; Bob Shields, vice president of sawmill operations, Bingaman Lumber; Sue Swanson, AHUG executive director; Johnathan Geyer, hardwood specialist, PA Hardwoods Development Council; Wayne Bender, executive director, PA Hardwoods Development Council; Fritz Lecker, district office manager for Rep. Matt Gabler; me; Jill Grosch of my Kane district office; Fred Strathmeyer, deputy secretary in the PA Department of Agriculture; and Dave Gustafson, forestry division chief for the PA Game Commission.

At the AHUG dinner: Sen. Scott Hutchinson; Dave Trimpy, AHUG president; me; Rep. Kathy Rapp; Rep. Donna Oberlander; Sue Swanson, AHUG executive director; and Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson.
Outreach Hours Set for June 7

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, June 7:
  • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
  • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.
Services available include assistance with any state-related issues or concerns, driver license and vehicle registration applications, and applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug assistance programs.

As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor), Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) or Kane (55 Fraley St.) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at or my Facebook page at for the latest news from state government.
Veterans Assistance Available

Veterans service officers with the American Legion will be available at my local offices in June to assist veterans and their family members with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits.

The schedule is as follows:
  • Kane: Monday, June 4, from 1-4 p.m. The Kane office is located at 55 Fraley St. Please call 814-837-0880 to schedule an appointment with Melissa Davis.
  • Coudersport: Thursday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Coudersport office is located at 107 S. Main St. Please call 814-274-9769 to schedule an appointment with Dan Falls.
  • Bradford: Monday, June 11, from 1-4 p.m. The Bradford office is located at 78 Main St. Please call 814-362-4400 to schedule an appointment with Melissa Davis.
Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to take advantage of the services.

Coudersport Ambulance To Cherry Springs Road

At 10:32 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Cherry Springs Road for seizures.

Man charged for raping an eight-year-old girl

Warren Times Observer

A Youngsville man has been arrested and charged with raping an 8-year-old girl.

Richard M. Bailey, 36, of 17 Frontier Drive, was arraigned before District Justice Laura Bauer who set bail at $100,000.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the alleged victim told her mother on Wednesday that Bailey had made her touch his penis the night before.  Read more....

At 9:19 AM on Saturday, Brian Morseman Leads In God's Country Marathon

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Brian Morseman far ahead of the pack @ God's Country Marathon.

Papalia New President at UPMC Kane

By Andy Paulsen on June 2, 2018 
WESB Local News

There’s a new man in charge at UPMC Kane.

Mark Papalia of Warren was named President of the Medical Center effective Friday.

Papalia has been with UPMC Kane since 2005, when he was hired as a financial analyst. He became director of finance in 2009, and most recently served as director of operations.

He succeeds J. Gary Rose, who retired as President last month after 21 years.

Man Charged with Homicide After Mother’s Body was Discovered in Creek


WYALUSING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man from Bradford County has been charged with homicide after police say he killed his mother.

According to police, Matthew Haverly, 38 of Wyalusing, killed his mother, Patricia Haverly, 60.

Patricia’s body was found in Wyalusing Creek around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, under the Route 706 bridge in Wyalusing Township.

Matthew Haverly is facing homicide and other related charges in Bradford County


FIRST News Now
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FNN Article © 2018.

Although one person was arrested in connection to four previous bomb threat messages, on Thursday, however, on Friday, June 1, 2018, another note was found at the Truck-Lite Co., in Wellsboro, PA.

FNN was told that Truck-Lite Co., employees were evacuated Friday afternoon from the Charleston Township business around 2:30PM.

At this time FNN was told that it is believed the note may be an old one, but for safety issues everyone was evacuated. It was also reported to FNN that a canine was brought in to clear the building as a safety precaution.

Again nothing was found, and state police are checking to see if the same person is responsible for the latest note found.

It is to early to know if the latest threat is just an old message left behind by the accused Brandon L. Andrews, who was placed behind bars Thursday afternoon, May 31, or if it is a new note left behind by another disgruntled worker.

Some employees have made claims that Andrews is innocent and had nothing to do with the bomb threats. Although Pennsylvania State Police have charged Andrews of allegedly writing all four previous messages.

Residents are being asked to remember that a suspect is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

FNN encourages employees or any other individuals to step up and talk with state police if you have information about the bomb threats at Truck-Lite. Pennsylvania State Police Barracks can be reached by calling (570) 662-2151.

Part-Time Corrections Officer Needed For The Potter County Jail

Olson & Tenglund, Inc. in Port Allegany Taking Applications For Parts Clerk

Ulysses, Coudersport, Galeton, Shinglehouse, Austin & Roulette Residents Can Save Hundreds With Multi-Policy Discounts

Massive Summer Sale, Up To 80% Off Storewide At Eleni Interiors in Olean

LEEK 10th Annual Open House Fundraiser & Benefit Motorcycle Run June 15/16/17

M & W Estate Auction, Saturday, June 2, 2018 In Coudersport, PA

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$5. Rabies Clinic This Saturday At Galeton Park Gazebo

Friday, June 1, 2018

Wellsville Dispatched To Possible Structure Fire On Bolivar Road

At 10:14 PM on Friday, Wellsville Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 4185 State Route 17, across from McDonalds, for a possible structure fire.

PA Supreme Court Issues Victory for Residents in Fracking Case

June 1, 2018 (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) –The PA State Supreme Court announced today a long-awaited victory for two families in Lycoming County who challenged a decision that allowed an industrial shale gas development to be located in their residential zoned neighborhood.

The case, Gorsline et al. v. Board of Supervisors of Fairfield Township v. Inflection Energy LLC et al., completes a multi-year journey by PennFuture, Brian and Dawn Gorsline, and their neighbors, Paul and Michele Batkowski. 

PennFuture began representing the two families in January 2014, when it filed an appeal on their behalf of the Township’s issuance of a conditional use permit for the proposed well pad, which was to be located within a few thousand feet of their homes. 

Judge Marc Lovecchio of Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas sided with the local residents and overturned the Township’s decision, but the Township and Inflection sought review of that Court’s decision before Commonwealth Court. After the Commonwealth Court issued its decision, PennFuture sought review of the case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

“The Court’s decision makes clear that shale gas development is an industrial land use, and that local government must rigorously consider what other land uses it is compatible with before allowing it to occur in districts designed for incompatible uses, such as a district designed to foster a quiet residential environment,” said PennFuture Vice President of Legal Affairs George Jugovic, Jr., who argued the case before the PA State Supreme Court in March 2017.

“My family, neighbors and I are so very thankful that the court made the right decision for the health of our community,” said Dawn Gorsline. “I’m grateful that PennFuture continues to fight the good fight.”

The ruling overturns a Commonwealth Court decision that had held that industrial shale gas development was similar to a “public service facility,” and therefore could be located in virtually any zoned district that allowed for public services, such as sewage water facilities, including in the R-A District at issue in this case.

The Court today squarely rejected that analysis, stating that industrial shale gas development was not “in any material respect” similar to any of the uses allowed in Fairfield Township’s R-A District.

“We were so very pleased to have been able to represent and obtain a victory for the Gorsline and Batkowski families,” said Jugovic. “We believe that this victory will provide hope and guidance to other residents who choose to rely on local government zoning to protect expectations they had when they purchased property.”

PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations. For more information, visit

Edward S. and Della M. Nasuti Support Open Doors Scholarship Program

Ed and Della Nasuti
DuBOIS - Edward S. and Della M. Nasuti have established an Open Doors scholarship by pledging $30,000 in support of Penn State DuBois students.

The Open Doors Scholarship Program, with donor contributions and university matching funds, has generated nearly $2 million for student scholarship endowments at Penn State DuBois so far. This unprecedented giving opportunity runs in its current form through June 30, 2018, offering the 2:1 match to donors who make a minimum $30,000 pledge, payable over five years, to establish a scholarship. Donors can also choose to donate any amount above $30,000, which the University will also match at 2:1. After June 30, the University will provide a 1:1 match to gifts of $50,000 or more to create Open Doors Scholarships.

Edward is a Penn State DuBois alumnus and past president of the DuBois-based engineering firm, Lee-Simpson Associates, now retired. He is also a past president of the DuBois Educational Foundation, which provides financial and administrative support to the campus. He served as commencement speaker in 2010.

Ed and Della, along with Lee-Simpson Associates, also established a Trustee Scholarship for Penn State DuBois engineering students in 2010.

This gift from Edward and Della Nasuti will advance "A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence," a focused campaign that seeks to elevate Penn State’s position as a leading public university in a world defined by rapid change and global connections. With the support of alumni and friends, “A Greater Penn State” seeks to fulfill the three key imperatives of a twenty-first-century public university: keeping the doors to higher education open to hardworking students regardless of financial well-being; creating transformative experiences that go beyond the classroom; and impacting the world by fueling discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more about “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” visit

Flood Warning issued June 01 at 6:39PM EDT until June 01 at 7:00PM EDT by NWS Buffalo

Issued By: NWS Buffalo (Western New York)
Affected Jurisdictions: Chautauqua County

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a
* Flood Warning for...West central Cattaraugus County in western New York...Southeastern Chautauqua County in western New York...
* Until 1230 AM EDT Saturday.
* At 627 PM EDT, local law enforcement, trained spotters, and the Department of Transportation have reported flooding in the towns of Cherry Creek, Ellington, Poland, and Randolph. Radar estimates indicate 2 to 5 inches of rain have fallen across the warned area.While the heavy rain has ended across the warned area, water levels will remain high this evening before slowly subsiding.Numerous road closures remain in effect, including parts of I-86,US 62 and Route 394, and numerous local roads.
* Some locations that will experience flooding include...Falconer, Conewango, Ellington, Leon, Randolph, East Randolph,Cherry Creek and Kennedy.This includes Interstate 86 between exits 13 and 16.

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

Randol E. HACKETT, 71, of Scio, NY


Randol E. HACKETT, 71, of Scio, NY, died Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in the Bath VA Medical Center, Bath, NY. 

Born November 27, 1946, in Wellsville, he was the son of Stanley and Bernice Singer Hackett. 
Vietnam War Veteran

A Vietnam Veteran, he served honorably with the US Navy as a corpsman from 1964 – 1970. 

A graduate of Haverling High School in Bath, he was employed Rolscreen, Pella, IA, Vermeer Manufacturing Co., Pella, IA, and the foundry in Friendship, NY. 

He was a member of Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church, the DAV, and former member of the American Legion. 

Surviving are: two brothers, Rex Hackett of Scio and Stanley Singer of Caneadea, NY; nieces, Rebecca Hackett of NC, Brenda Singer of KY, and Laurie Greeson of Little Genesee; and several cousins including, James R. (Lynda) Stuck of Bolivar, NY and Ken (Carol) Stonemetz of Houghton, NY. 

 Friends may call Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. A graveside service will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, June 8, 2018 in Bath National Cemetery. The Rev. Carl Kemp will officiate. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any veteran’s service organization. 

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

Robert J. “John” Bonadio, 86, of Warren, PA

Robert Bonadio

Robert J. “John” Bonadio, 86, of Warren, PA., died Thursday morning at 11:15 A.M. surrounded by his family at Kinzua Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Warren, PA. 

He was born in Kane, PA., on April 18, 1932 to the late Gerolamo “Jim” and Rose Montour Bonadio. John was a Warren area resident for the past 57 years and a 1959 graduate of Kane High School, Kane, PA.
Korean War Veteran

He had served with the U.S. Army as a Sergeant during the Korean War. John was employed for many years with Loranger’s as a foreman/inspector and retired in 1993 from TruckLite Corporation. 

 He was a member of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, where he was a former usher and lector. He was a 3rd degree member with Warren Knights of Columbus and former member of their bowling league.

John is survived his loving wife of 59 years, Patricia Hesch Bonadio whom he married August 10, 1957 at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, Warren, PA., 5 Daughters – Julie Danielson, husband, Mark of Warren, PA., Pammie Dore, husband, Tom of Cranberry Twp., PA., Nancy Bonadio, Becky Gnage, husband, Rick, Christi Gignac, husband, Rick all of Warren, PA., 11 Grandchildren who affectionately called him Papa, Lauren Zoldan (Josh), Aaren Danielson, Megan Curren (Scottie), Elishia Wurst (Marshall), Caleb Gnage (Kim Hunter), Patrick Dore (Sarah Pokita), Jonathan Dore (Krista), Alexander Zaffino, Katie Potter (John) Andrew Gignac, Peyton Gignac, 7 Great Grandchildren – Caroline Curren, Audrey Wurst, Ella Zoldan, Quintyn Zaffino, Xenia Potter, Avery Wurst, Jaden Potter, several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 Sister – Jean Carlson.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 4 to 7 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 6:45 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 4, 2018, at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA, with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery, Warren, PA. 

Full military honors will be conducted by members of the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. Funeral Detail and U.S. Army personnel. 

Those wishing to place a memorial may do so through Holy Redeemer Church Building Fund, or to the Disabled American Veterans 75 Warren Company, 116 Redwood Street, Warren, PA, 16365, or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA, 15233. 

Email condolences may be sent by visiting

Claude L. Kirkwood, 94, a resident of Cambridge Warren,

Claude Kirkwood

Claude L. Kirkwood, 94, a resident of Cambridge Warren, who died there on Friday morning, June 1, 2018.

He was born January 24, 1924 in Halton, PA. He was the son of John and Mary Covel Kirkwood. Claude was a former resident of Reynoldsville, Dubois and Ridgway, PA. 

WWII & Korean War Veteran
He was a veteran serving with U.S. Navy as a Boilermaker 3rd Class during World War II and the Korean War. In World War II he served on the U.S. Skagit A.K.A. 105, was in Tokyo harbor the day the peace treaty was signed, serving both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres. In the Korean War, he served on a repair ship AR, 12, U.S.S. Briareus in the Atlantic Theatre.

He was employed as a welder with PennDOT for 19 ½ years, where he retired on January 31, 1987 and formerly with Pittsburgh DeMoine Steel Company. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his 6 Children – Richard “Rick” Kirkwood, wife, Kelly of Tiona, PA.,Cheryl A. Costion, husband, Gary of Warren, PA., Terry Kirkwood of Youngsville, PA., Patrice E. VanCise, husband, Steve of Russell, PA., Carol C. McClellan, husband, Steven of Warren, PA., Donald C. Kirkwood, Youngsville, PA., 1 Sister – Dorothy Schnepp of Sigel, PA., 13 Grandchildren, several Great Grandchildren, 3 Great Great Grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Rhines Kirkwood, 3 Sisters – Mary Yeagle, Sarah Heffern, Betty Mays, 3 Brothers – William, Paul and Donald Kirkwood, Grandson – Brian Costion, and an infant grandson.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 4 to 6 P.M. where a funeral service will be conducted Monday, June 4, 2018 with Rev. Frank Lanza, Pastor of First Assembly of God Church , officiating. Full Military Honors will be conducted by members of the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. Honor Guard and U.S. Navy. Interment will be in Donaheny Cemetery, Sigel, PA. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Donaheny Cemetery, %Evelyn Parrett, 3237 Route 3001, Sigel, PA. 15860

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CLOSED:I-86 EB Clsd at Exit 14 to Exit 15 because of Flooding. Reported at 4:45 pm for up to 4hrs. Cattaraugus Co.


Issued By: NYS - DOT
Affected Jurisdictions: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua Counties

CLOSED:I-86 EB Clsd at Exit 14 to Exit 15 because of Flooding. Reported at 4:45 pm for up to 4hrs. Cattaraugus Co.

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Wellsboro Dispatched For Wires Down On House & Roadway

At 5:31 PM on Friday, Wellsboro Fire Dept. dispatched for wires down on a house and roadway at 589 New Road.

Port Allegany Dispatched To Unknown Fire

At 5:28 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Department has been dispatched to an unknown type fire at 138 Comes Creek Road. Report black smoke in the valley coming into house.
5:38 PM--Chief 310 Hold units in quarters.

Coudersport Kindergarteners Explore Careers On Wheels

Pictured from left to right are Kent Kenyon, Rebecca Kenyon, Tadd Ostroski, Kay Hefner, Harvey Sell, Kendra Osborne, Margaret Crosby, Jim Collins, Sean James, Mark Jackson, Danny Weidner, Joe Ostroski.

Careers on Wheels was held in the Coudersport Area Elementary School Bus Zone Friday, May 18th. It was a beautiful, sunny day as over 50 kindergarten students filed outside to learn from people who drive vehicles as part of their jobs.

  • Students and adults alike enjoyed a hayride from Kent Kenyon from Jersey Hill Farms and petted the newest addition to their Jersey cow herd. 
  • Mark Jackson taught the students about school bus safety and Mrs. Kay Hefner, retired teacher, gave out ice cream sandwiches from her freezer on wheels. 
  • Penn DOT was represented by Sean James who explained the many uses of his dump truck/snow plow and the important job of maintaining our roads. 
  • Joe Ostroski and Danny Weidner from the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department demonstrated how the many parts of the fire truck work and discussed the need for safety when fighting fires. 
  • The students enjoyed sitting in Officer Jim Collins’ police car and hearing about being a Coudersport Police Officer. 
  • Harvey Sell demonstrated how the flatbed tow truck from Kightlinger Motors is used to transport disabled vehicles. 
  • Volunteer ambulance EMTs Kendra Osborne and Margaret Crosby showed the students how to safely use each piece of life saving equipment. 
  • All participants gobbled Bones ‘n Banter owner Tadd Ostroski’s homemade macaroni and cheese. It was delicious!
A big thank you goes out from Mrs. Terri Shaffer, Elementary School Counselor, to the presenters who took time out of their busy work schedules to teach our young children about their careers.

2018 marks twenty plus years that kindergarteners have enjoyed Careers on Wheels at Coudersport Elementary School.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued June 01 at 3:35PM EDT until June 01 at 4:00PM EDT by NWS Buffalo

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

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a
* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
Southwestern Cattaraugus County in western New York...
Southeastern Chautauqua County in western New York...
* Until 400 PM EDT..
* At 334 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Falconer, or 9 miles east of Jamestown, moving east at 15 mph.HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE...Radar indicated.
IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.
* Locations impacted include...Allegany State Park, Frewsburg, Ellington, Randolph, Napoli, East Randolph, Allegheny Reservoir and Onoville. #This includes Interstate 86 between exits 14 and 18.
For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. 

Flash Flood Warning issued June 01 at 3:58PM EDT until June 01 at 7:00PM EDT by NWS Buffalo

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a* Flash Flood Warning for...Southwestern Cattaraugus County in western New York...Southeastern Chautauqua County in western New York...* Until 700 PM EDT.* At 357 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producingheavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain havealready fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.* Some locations that will experience flooding include...Falconer, Ellington, Randolph, East Randolph and Kennedy.This includes Interstate 86 between exits 13 and 16.

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flooddeaths occur in vehicles.