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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pre-Orders Being Taken For Steak Bake On Oct. 26 by Potter County Christian School

LEEK Hosting Community Event Wednesday To Celebrate Polaris Selecting Us To Be Part of "Ranger Country"

LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve is an 100% volunteer organization in Oswayo, PA that provides outdoor experiences to disabled veterans. (

We are so excited to be hosting a community event next Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 5PM to celebrate the announcement that Polaris has selected our organization to be a part of "Ranger Country!" 

We would love to invite you and your families out to see the preserve, meet our warriors and volunteers, learn about our programs, and grab some BBQ, burgers, and dogs. 

Come help us celebrate and welcome Polaris to the LEEK family!

Portville Dispatched For Possible Structure Fire On Wolf Creek Road

At 10:30 PM on Saturday, Portville Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 1704 Wolf Creek Road in the Town of Genesee for a possible structure fire. Caller reports cellar is full of smoke.
Allegany, Town of Olean & Westons Mills are on standby for Portville if needed for this call.

Old Shovel Road Will Be Closed Wednesday & Thursday For Road Work

Smethport , Hilltop Dispatched To Head-On Crash In Ormsby With Entrapment

At 8:17 PM on Saturday, Smethport, Hilltop, and Smethport Ambulance have been dispatched to a head-on motor vehicle accident at the Ormsby Y on Rt. 59 with entrapment. One person unresponsive.
Lafayette Township dispatched to scene. 
Mercyflight dispatched to Ormsby Y. 

Smethport Fire Department Inc.

SFD dispatched earlier tonight for a 2 car MVA with injuries and entrapment. Engine 24 responded and began extrication once on scene. Priority Care Ambulance and Bradford City Ambulances were on scene for patient care. Station 21 units responded along with Chief 21. 

Mercyflight transported 1 patient via helicopter to a trauma center. Station 2 and 21 Fire Police provided traffic control. Chief 2 called command and later Chief 210 assumed command. Also on scene was PSP and McKeirnans towing. Station 12 stood by at station 2. 

Thank you to the dispatchers at the McKean County Department of Emergency Services for helping orchestrate each incident, the dispatchers are overlooked too often, but are absolutely one of our keys to success.

Thank you to all individuals and departments involved.

Kane Dispatched For Natural Gas Leak At Lobo Inn Reception Hall

At 7:45 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the Lobo Inn Reception Hall for a natural gas leak.

Firefighters Dispatched To House Fire On Lockwood Road in Caneadea

At 6:18 PM on Saturday, Several northern Allegany County fire companies have been dispatched to 8370 Lockwood Road in the Town of Caneadea for a working structure fire.

City of Bradford Police Department Arrest Bradford Man For Indecent Assault (F3) and 4 additional charges

Joshua Green
Sergeant Erickson of the City of Bradford Police Department met with a 14 year old victim and her mother at the station and conducted a detailed investigation. During this interview, officers learned that the victim wanted to speak with the police because she wanted to report alleged sexual contact that Joshua Green had been having with her during the summer months of 2016. Green had been residing with the victim and her mother during this time at two different addresses within the City of Bradford.

Read more.......

Arrest Date:
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Case Number:

3126(a)(7) Indecent Assault (F3)
6301 (a)(1)(ii) Corruption of Minors (F3)
3127(a) Indecent Exposure (M1)
(18)2706(A)(1)Terroristic Threats
(18)2701(A)(1)Simple assault

City of Bradford Police Department

Items of interest from Potter County Today

Commissioners Renew Reverse-911 ‘Code Red’ Contract

Earlier this year, the Potter County Emergency Management Agency launched a new community notification system to provide important alerts and time-sensitive messages using phone calls, email, social media sites and text messaging. It’s a “reverse-911” concept that can help people prepare for imminent weather emergencies or other risks to public safety. This week, Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover renewed a contract with OnSolve, the company that provides the service, referred to as CodeRED.

“This system can deliver critical information to thousands of individuals within minutes,” explained Glenn Dunn, the county’s emergency management coordinator. “Alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods, or regions.” OnSolve provides the Potter County DES a database of residential and business telephone numbers. However, all residents living within Potter County limits are encouraged to visit and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. No one should automatically assume he is in the emergency contact database. Additional information is also available at 274-8900, extension 501.

Potter County Gearing Up For 2020 Census

With the U.S. Census Bureau moving closer to launching its 2020 count, the agency is beginning to add staff all across the country. There will be part-time job opportunities in many rural areas to conduct fieldwork and door-to-door assessments once the census is underway. Anyone interested in potential employment as a manager, crew leader, clerk, census representative or field agent can find information as well as apply for positions online at More information is also by calling toll-free 1-855-562-2020.

As the county’s population continues to fall, local officials say it is important that everyone complete the census survey when it is received. Census numbers have a direct effect on grants as well as government representation. Data are used to distribute more than 50 programs, including support for education, transportation, health and human services, housing, criminal justice, employment services, farming and environmental protection. For each uncounted citizen, a county loses about $10,000 in federal benefits during the decade.

“Our county’s population began falling from a modern-day high in 2002 and the mid-term census reports confirm additional declines,” said Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel, who has volunteered as a U.S. Census Partner. “The economic impact of an undercount in 2020 would hit us even harder. The best we can do is to try to cut our losses by getting everyone counted.”

At the same time, the county has seen its median age increase as young people move away and retirees move in. Northcentral Pennsylvania counties face major fiscal challenges in the coming years, including a burgeoning need for social services tied to the aging of the baby boomer population. Residents need to realize that there’s no ulterior motive or hidden agenda by the federal government, local officials point out. By law, the census is just a population count and demographic analysis.

The Potter County Planning Department works with township and borough officials to support an accurate result from the census. Planning staff has also drawn in the county Emergency Management and Assessment offices to identify new homes. Administrative assistant Debbie Ostrom, the Planning Department’s point person, recently completed a verification process for Potter County addresses. “Deb has done an excellent job,” said Planning Director Will Hunt. “It is all done electronically now, so it is much easier and less time-consuming than in past years, when they would use paper maps and spreadsheets.”

Questionnaires have been reduced from 10 pages to 10 questions. Forms will be mailed to area residents in early 2020, beginning a long process to assure an accurate count. That’s why having accurate street addresses is important. Those who did not receive a form still will be counted and can expect to receive an official visit from a census taker when non-response follow-ups begin in May 2020.

Emergency Responders Offer Input On New 911 System

Emergency responders from across the county convened on Thursday at the Gunzburger Building to provide input on the new 911 emergency communications system that Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover have approved. The system upgrade will expand coverage to “dark spots” and make the service more reliable. A state grant for about $580,000 has been obtained and other funding is being pursued. The commissioners have also arranged for a long-term loan to help cover the costs, which are estimated at $3.8 million. Commissioner Morley (right), who also serves as the county’s director of emergency services, said the board has been conferring with technical experts and local emergency responders for some time. He added that much of the equipment across the county has become obsolete and could pose a major risk to public safety. “The truth is that we are working with ‘end-of-life’ equipment and technology throughout our network,” said Morley.

Potter’s current system was installed in 2002. Comparable systems typically have had a 10- to 12-year lifespan. Consultant Mitch Smith (left) estimated that the upgraded system would have a life expectancy of approximately 15 years. In addition to equipment improvements, there will be new communication towers built to provide isolated areas of the county with wireless service. Dispatching will continue to be provided from the Tioga County 911 Center. The commissioners expect to have more information available on the specifics and timetable for 911 system upgrade in the coming weeks.

Potter County Panel Establishes Criminal Justice Goals

Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) members approved the basic elements of their 2019 strategic plan last week, setting the stage for formal adoption at the panel’s next meeting. It’s a detailed document that identifies the issues, challenges, priorities and steps that will be taken as the many elements of the county’s criminal justice system work together to improve outcomes. CJAB officers, re-elected at last week’s meeting, are: Judge Stephen Minor, chairman; Commissioner Paul Heimel, vice chairman; and Colleen Wilber, Potter County Human Services, administrator. Overall goals in the CJAB action plan for the new year include:

Continued work on a Pretrial Diversion Program for Potter County and development of more comprehensive re-entry services for inmates being released from the county jail.
Partnering with the National Data-Driven Justice Initiative to measure effectiveness and outcomes of criminal justice strategies, better inform decision-makers, and improve information sharing.

Continued collaboration for early education programs to identify and address the rise in juvenile anti-social behavior/mental health and criminal activity.

Transitional/half-way housing for offenders along with an increased focus on skills training and employment needs.

Partnering with the National Stepping Up Initiative for criminal offenders with identified mental health issues.

Meeting Planned Oct. 15 On Regional ATV Initiative

A meeting on the Northcentral Pa. ATV Initiative will be held at 10 am Monday, Oct. 15, at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. It’s being hosted by the Potter County Planning Department. Among participants will be representatives of PennDOT, the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), police, emergency services, conservation interests, ATV rider organizations, tourist promotion agencies, county and local government, and others.

For decades, riders of all-terrain vehicles have been pressuring state leaders to open up additional sections of publicly owned forest, park and game lands for their use. ATV partisans scored a major victory recently when the state legislature amended the Fiscal Code with an order that directs two state agencies to work together to expand the trail system in northcentral Pennsylvania. DCNR is now required to work with PennDOT to connect Clinton County to the New York State border through state forest land and highways by April 2024. This network will link several trails that are already developed in different regions between the counties. Those trails are Haneyville, Bloody Skillet, Snowshoe Rail Trail, Denton Hill and Whiskey Springs.

Proponents say the plan will expand riding opportunities, boost the tourist-based economy, and curtail illegal riding on state roads and forests. Opponents cite traffic safety concerns, maintenance responsibilities that could drain public resources, conflicts with other users of public lands, impacts on wildlife, as well as erosion issues.

Medicare Help Available From Qualified Counselors

Help is available for Medicare recipients from Potter County Human Services. Trained counselors will be able to answer questions and share information on Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance. Open enrollment events are scheduled from Oct. 17 to Dec. 5, at sites in Coudersport, Roulette, Ulysses, Galeton and Shinglehouse. To schedule an appointment or learn more, call Barbara Busch at Potter County Human Services, telephone 1-800-800-2560.

Cameron County Veterans Resource Fair October 26, Cameron County Veterans Club, Emporium

Nelson, Elkland Dispatched To Structure Fire In Tuscorora

At 4:02 PM on Saturday, Nelson & Elkland Fire Departments have been dispatched to assist at a structure fire at 183 County Road 86 in the Town of Tuscorora.
4:23PM--Lawrenceville dispatched to assist.

House Action for the Week of October 15, 2018

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

The Weekly Schedule

Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.


The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will welcome Buffalo’s premier Javanese gamelan orchestra on Oct. 18.

The Buffalo Gamelan Ensemble will present its talents at noon in the Studio Theater of Blaisdell Hall. The program will feature spirited rhythms inspired by nature’s beauty and performed on handmade instruments. The event is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be served.

Gamelan — a word meaning “orchestra” — is an ancient art form historically cultivated in Indonesia. A gamelan ensemble features unique and exciting sounds, including giant ringing gongs, drums and mesmerizing rhythmic textures. Because of the large number of instruments needed to form a gamelan ensemble, the opportunity to see it performed live is a rare and special opportunity.

Matt Dunning, founder of the Buffalo Gamelan Ensemble, began the group’s journey in Indonesia without knowing it. He lived in Indonesia for several years practicing the traditional gamelan while simultaneously making documentaries. Eventually he left Indonesia to return to Buffalo with the passion for the gamelan that he hoped to continue playing. However, he could not afford to bring his beloved instruments back with him.

In 2015, while raising money to unite his instrument collection in the United States, Dunning began to establish a gamelan group in Buffalo with the desire to practice, teach, and share his passion for the music of Java. The group has flourished since, wowing audiences at Kleinhans Music Hall, festivals, and other venues.

As part of their residency at Pitt-Bradford, ensemble members will work with students studying global music traditions, who will have the chance to play and experience the music for themselves. The concert and workshop are sponsored in part by a grant from the Year of PittGlobal program.

For disability needs related to the concert, contact the Office of Disability Resources at 814-362-7609 or

Honor Society inducts new members

The Delta Mu Sigma Honor Society at Penn State DuBois has inducted new members for the Fall 2018 semester.
In order to qualify for membership students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above, and be involved in campus or community service.

Delta Mu Sigma reaches out to DuBois and the surrounding area by offering community service. Members have volunteered with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, and organize a haunted house on campus each Halloween and donate proceeds to local charities and THON.

Pictured standing are new inductees, left to right: Nick Troisi, Taylor Helpler, Summer Stephenson, John Mark Miller, and Scot Coble.

Seated, left to right, is Tony Vallone, faculty advisor; Jamie Turner, chair; AddesonMcAninch; co-chair; Tyler Garthwaite, board member; Zachary Pameroy; board member; and Mandy Snyder, board member.

Middlebury Dispatched for Traffic Control

At 3:51 PM on Saturday, Middlebury Fire Department has been dispatched for traffic control for a crash at Rt. 287 & Cemetery Road.

Mr. Jewett, Hamlin & Kane Dispatched For Land Rescue

At 3:45 PM on Saturday, Mt. Jewett Fire & Ambulance along with Kane and Hamlin Township for a land rescue at the Kinzua Bridge Visitor Center for a land rescue for a patient who is suffering a diabetic emergency on a hiking trail in that area.


The heart of Pennsylvania’s fall seasons is nearly here.

Through 80-degree temperatures, mid-October might have snuck up on many Pennsylvanians.

But prime time for Pennsylvania hunting is upon us.

While hunting opportunities exist throughout the year in Pennsylvania, and some fall hunting seasons already are underway, the majority of seasons are entering their stretch runs toward opening day.

This weekend hosts five awaited openers – the first day of the regular squirrel and rabbit hunting seasons, the opening day of the one-week muzzleloader season for antlerless deer, and the first day of ruffed grouse and woodcock season. Saturday also is the first day of duck season in southern portions of Pennsylvania.

These openers lead the way for the Oct. 20 opening day of the pheasant season, as well as the opening days for foxes and other species. Several big-game seasons lie just beyond.

All of this means hunters will become a more common sight throughout the Commonwealth.

Statewide, hunters are reminded that hunting with a firearm is not permitted within 150 yards of any occupied structure, school, farm building or playground unless prior permission is obtained from the building’s occupants or property owners. This perimeter is known as a “safety zone,” and possessing a loaded firearm within a safety zone is considered hunting and a violation of the law. Trapping furbearers, and chasing or disturbing wildlife also are prohibited within a safety zone, unless permission is given.

A similar law applies to hunters using bows or crossbows, but the safety-zone perimeter is smaller in most circumstances. Archers and hunters using crossbows must remain at least 50 yards from any occupied structure or farm building unless they receive permission from the building occupants or property owners to hunt at closer distances. The safety zone around schools and playgrounds remains 150 yards for archers, however.

Hunters also are reminded that fluorescent orange requirements vary depending on the species being hunted. Illustrations depicting the requirements that apply in different seasons can be found in the 2018-19 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest available online at

Each hunter taking part in the upcoming early muzzleloader season for antlerless deer needs to wear a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back, combined. The orange each hunter wears must be visible from all directions (360 degrees) and must be worn at all times while hunting. This requirement applies to hunters who participate simultaneously in the muzzleloader and archery deer seasons.

During the one-week early muzzleloader season, properly licensed hunters are permitted to carry both a muzzleloader and a bow or crossbow. A hunter would need both archery and muzzleloader stamps, plus a general hunting and an appropriate antlerless deer license or Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) permit.

While hunters who are taking part strictly in the archery season are required during the early muzzleloader overlap to wear 250 square inches of fluorescent orange while moving, they are permitted to remove their orange once settled into a stationary position. Archery hunters who remove orange clothing are required to post 100 square inches of orange within 15 feet of their locations, and the posted orange must be visible from all directions.

Archery hunters who are simultaneously participating in the early muzzleloader season, however, must follow the orange requirements for early muzzleloader.

Hunters during the early muzzleloader season may use in-line, percussion and flintlock muzzleloaders, and sporting arms may be equipped with scopes, peep-sights and other lawful sighting devices.

The one-week early muzzleloader season includes a three-day overlap with a special firearms season for antlerless deer.

During that season, which runs from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, junior hunters (ages 12 to 16), senior hunters (ages 65 and older), mentored youth (hunters who are younger than 12, but who obtain a permit to hunt), hunters who are on active military duty, and certain disabled hunters are able to use a variety of sporting arms to harvest antlerless deer.

Permitted sporting arms include manually operated centerfire rifles, handguns and shotguns; .44-caliber or larger muzzleloading long guns; semiautomatic centerfire shotguns that propel single-projectile ammunition; .50-caliber or larger muzzleloading handguns; long, recurve or compound bows; and crossbows.

To take part in the special firearms season, hunters must meet participation criteria and possess a general hunting license and valid antlerless deer license or DMAP permit. Hunters also must wear a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange at all times.

Each mentored youth taking part in the special firearms season must possess a valid permit, and the mentor who accompanies a mentored youth afield must possess a valid antlerless deer license or DMAP permit. The antlerless deer license or permit can be transferred upon harvest by a mentored youth, and each mentored youth hunter may receive only one antlerless deer license and one DMAP permit by transfer during a license year.

For a more detailed look at the regulations pertaining to these and other seasons, or to view hunting season start and end dates, as well as bag limits, visit the Game Commission’s website.

Venison care

While hunting in October often offers pleasant days afield, the often-warm weather also presents challenges for successful deer hunters in assuring harvests result in high-quality venison.

Especially in warm weather, harvested deer should be field dressed quickly, then taken from the field and cooled down as soon as possible. While hanging a deer carcass in a shady area might be fine in cooler temperatures, if the air temperature is above 50 degrees, hunters should refrigerate the carcass as soon as possible.

Information on warm-weather venison care, as well as instructions on deer processing and other tips, are available on the white-tailed deer page on the Game Commission’s website,

Reporting harvests

Hunters must report deer harvests, and they are encouraged to do so soon after their successful hunts, so they don’t forget.

There are three ways to report harvests. Harvests can be reported online at the Game Commission’s website by clicking on the “Report a Harvest” button on the homepage. Reports also can be phoned in to 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681), or mailed in using the harvest report cards that are supplied to hunters when they purchase their licenses.

Hunters who call should have their hunting license numbers handy, as well as additional information that’s required to be reported.

Mistake kills

Hunters participating in the early muzzleloader season to begin Saturday or the special firearms season to begin Oct. 18 only may harvest antlerless deer.

Any hunter in any season who, by accident or mistake, kills an illegal deer is required to deliver the carcass – entrails removed – within 24 hours to any Game Commission officer in the county where the deer was killed.

A written statement must be provided to the officer, explaining when, where and how the accident or mistake occurred. The deer must be tagged with the appropriate deer harvest tag.

Rifle deer season

As it has traditionally, the two-week firearms season for deer will open statewide on the Monday following Thanksgiving.

The statewide season this year runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 8.

Hunters in different parts of the state are required to observe different rules regarding the number of points an antlered deer must have and when during the season hunters may harvest antlerless deer.

Information is available at the Game Commission’s website.

PSP Kane investigating a Burglary

Minor injuries for Turtlepoint driver in one vehicle accident

Minor injuries for Oreland, Pa woman after losing control of her car

PSP Coudersport investigating a Burglary

Myrtle L. SMITH, 85, of Wellsville, NY

Myrtle L. SMITH

Myrtle L. SMITH, 85, of Wellsville, NY, died Friday, October 12, 2018 in Highland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Wellsville, NY. 

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

No injuries in 2 vehicle crash

State Departments of Agriculture, Health Warn Consumers to Discard Tainted Raw Milk from Warren County Dairy

Harrisburg, PA - Consumers who purchased raw whole milk from Pot ‘O Gold Dairy Specialties in Bear Lake, Warren County from September 10 to present should immediately discard the milk. Milk was sold in glass half gallon containers with the Pot O’ Gold label at 16 stores in Crawford, Erie, McKean, Venango, and Warren counties. The milk is linked to confirmed illnesses of salmonella.

Nine cases of salmonella have been confirmed at this time. Salmonella foodborne illness (Salmonellosis) causes diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, and vomiting. Most people recover within four to seven days, but the illness can be more serious in older adults, infants, and those with chronic illnesses. People who consumed the milk should consult their physicians if they become ill.

Anyone with questions can also contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH for more information.

The milk was sold at the following locations: 

Crawford County
Buck and Kathy, Titusville
D&J Bakery, Cambridge Springs
Miller’s Country Store, Cochranton

Erie County
Corry Lumber, Corry
Duran’s Farm Fresh Products, Waterford
Edinboro Market, Edinboro
Orton’s Fruit Market, North East
Sander’s Market, Corry

McKean County
Circle K Feeds, Kane

Venango County
Farmer’s Daughter’s Country Market

Warren County
Kondak’s Market, Clarendon
Lottsville Milling, Lottsville
Scandia General Store, Scandia
Shell Service Center, Warren
Town and Country Store, Sugar Grove
Youngsville Hardware, Youngsville

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s food safety inspection services help to ensure that food sold in Pennsylvania is safe. For more information about food safety in Pennsylvania, visit

Juvenile makes prank call to 911

PSP Coudersport investigating a Trespass by a woman and her dog

Rixford man arrested for Strangulation

PSP Kane investigating a Burglary

Minor injuries for Sabinsville woman after losing control of her vehicle

Austin & Coudersport Fire Depts. Dispatched To Pole Fire

At 2:11 PM on Saturday, Austin & Coudersport Fire Dept. have been dispatched to Cemetery Lane in Sylvania Township for a pole fire..

Governor Wolf Signs Domestic Abuser Gun Ban, Urges Legislature to Close Gun Show Loophole

Harrisburg, PA –October 12-- Governor Tom Wolf today made it harder for domestic abusers to use firearms to kill, terrorize, and control their victims and others by signing Act 79 of 2018, which includes a reform long-sought by domestic violence and gun safety advocates. Governor Wolf thanked the hundreds of citizen advocates that kept pressure on the General Assembly to finally advance these reforms, which also include expanded protections and services for victims of domestic violence.

“Today Pennsylvania is taking a long-overdue step forward to keep guns from abusers and honor all the victims of domestic violence that have lost their lives at the hands of their abuser with a firearm,” Governor Wolf said. “Domestic violence is a scourge on our society and these reforms will go a long way to protect victims, hold abusers accountable and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. I want to personally thank the hundreds of advocates and everyday citizens that made their voices heard and got this bill to my desk.”

Governor Wolf long-championed this reform but today insisted that the work to improve firearms laws to protect Pennsylvanians from mass shootings and gun violence should not end with this bill. He urged Republicans in control of the General Assembly to continue advancing gun safety proposals, including closing the ‘Gun Show Loophole’ that allows long guns, including AR-15s, to be sold in private sales without a background check by the Pennsylvania State Police.

“Many other states have acted in a bipartisan way to protect victims of all sorts from gun violence and mass shootings by enacting commonsense gun safety reforms,” Governor Wolf said. “The Pennsylvania State Police and I have called on the legislature to close the gun show loophole and ensure powerful weapons are not legally getting into the hands of dangerous individuals because a background check was not required. The legislature’s work on gun safety remains incomplete.”

According to recent research, from 2009 to 2016 in the U.S., there have been 156 mass shootings — incidents in which four or more people were shot and killed, not including the shooter. These incidents resulted in 1,187 victims shot: 848 people were shot and killed, and 339 people were shot and injured. The majority of mass shootings — 54 percent of cases — were related to domestic or family violence.

The new law includes additional safeguards to help protect victims of domestic violence, including:
  • New requirements around prohibiting abusers who have been issued a final protection from abuse orders issued after a contested hearing or conviction for misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence from possessing firearms and requires them to turn in their guns to law enforcement agencies immediately while the order is in effect;
  • Eliminates the concern about simply relinquishing a firearm to a family member or friend;
  • Requires that the PFA be served by the sheriff or duly authorized deputy sheriff, unless the plaintiff chooses an alternative method of service;
  • Allows for the time that an individual is incarcerated not to be counted for the 90 days of a temporary PFA.
Many of the advocates and supporters of the bill championed the legislation being signed into law:
“Today, on behalf of victims and survivors of domestic violence, we celebrate the signing of HB 2060 into law,” said Susan Higginbotham of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “The Coalition has actively advocated for this legislation for the last ten years, as domestic violence homicide prevention has been, and continues to be, a top priority. We thank the General Assembly and Governor Wolf for standing with victims of domestic violence. To finally see this life-saving legislation signed into law is nothing short of historic. It’s an extraordinary way to honor victims and survivors during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”

“Today’s bill signing is a momentous occasion and a huge step forward for gun safety in Pennsylvania,” said Deb Marteslo of the PA Chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We could not be more proud of our lawmakers and Governor Wolf for protecting domestic violence survivors, their loved ones and all Pennsylvania families. This new law will help save lives.”

“I am pleased that both the House and the Senate were able to get this much-needed and life-saving legislation to the governor for his signature,” said Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks), sponsor of the bill. “A broad coalition of supporters and advocacy groups came together to ensure we were able to get this bill over the goal line and onto the governor’s desk prior to the end of this legislative session. I want to thank Governor Wolf and everyone who fought for this bill, most especially those who speak up on behalf of domestic violence victims all over this state and help ensure their safety each and every day.”

Shira Goodman of CeaseFirePA thanked Governor Wolf, saying, “This is the most significant piece of gun-related legislation passed in years. It is a commonsense solution to the tragic problem caused by the deadly mix of domestic abuse and guns. This law — simply put — will save lives and make PA safer.”

“Kudos to all of the Moms Demand Action volunteers who spoke up for the survivors of domestic violence — and kudos to Governor Wolf for stepping up and taking action to keep guns away from abusers,” said John Feinblatt of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Commonsense gun laws like HB 2060 aren’t a matter of right-or-left — they’re a matter of life-or-death for the millions of American women who have been threatened with a gun by an intimate partner.”

“Victims of domestic violence are at heightened risk when they seek legal intervention, particularly when an abuser has access to firearms,” said Randi Teplitz, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “This bill serves as a major step forward in strengthening the Protection From Abuse Act and penalties for the commission of domestic violence crimes. We are proud to support Governor Wolf today as he signs this bill that will inevitably save the lives of our friends and neighbors across the commonwealth who are living in abusive relationships.”

Orin J. Dickerson, 83, of Millport, PA

Orin J. Dickerson
“beloved husband, father, and grandfather”

Orin J. Dickerson, 83, of Millport, PA, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, October 12, 2018.

Born on March 4, 1935 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Harold J. and Edith LaDue Dickerson. On July 11, 1953 in Wellsville, N.Y., he married Louella A. Geer, who passed away on September 3, 2017.

Orin attended Eleven Mile School. He was employed by the former Air-Preheater Factory in Wellsville, retiring in 1985 after 25 years of service. He, along with his wife, ran the family beef farm for many years until 2017.

Orin was an avid hunter. In his earlier years he enjoyed snowmobiling.

Surviving are four children, Sharon A. (Jeffrey) Putt of Allegany, N.Y., Pat K. (Ron) Sheppard of Clara, Peg A. (Ray Tombow) Harrier of Pittsburgh, and Alan W. (Melody) Dickerson of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bill (Theo) Dickerson and Tom (Cecelia) Dickerson, both of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife of 64 years, Orin was predeceased by a sister, Betty Linza; and three brothers, Gerald Dickerson, Bob Dickerson, and Ed Dickerson.

Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, October 15, 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 Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Orin’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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

SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Liberty Twp

SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Liberty Twp Township

SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC reports drilling started on 2018-10-13 00:00:00 at site CUPPER 5H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

Bolivar Ambulance Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash On Rt. 417

At 1:12 PM on Saturday, Bolivar Ambulance has been dispatched to Rt. 417 near Forman Hollow Road to evaluate a person in a two vehicle crash at that location. State Police are on scene there.

Message Frlom Mike Barnard At McKean County Recycling Center In Smethport

Key fobs can be purchased at the McKean County Planning Office for $10.

Frost Advisory issued October 13 at 3:32AM EDT until October 14 at 9:00AM EDT by NWS Binghamton

The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Frost
Advisory, which is in effect from 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Sunday.
* TEMPERATURES...Falling into the mid to upper 30s, with some
locations approaching freezing.
* TIMING...Late tonight into early Sunday morning.
* IMPACTS...Frost could harm sensitive outdoor vegetation.

INSTRUCTIONS: A Frost Advisory means that areas of frost are expected.
Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.

Issued By: NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)
also .Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties.

Big Elm Fire Dept. Dispatched To Possible Gas Leak

At 10:30 AM on Saturday, Big Elm Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 5322 Main Street in Jackson Township for a possible natural gas leak.

Coudersport Ambulance to North Hollow Road

At 10:19 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to North Hollow Road for syncope.

Austin VFD Gun Bash Tickets Now Available

God's Adventure Camp Holding "Harvest Celebration" on Saturday, October 13

Register For Free Citizen Science Workshop Saturday, Oct. 27th At PA Lumber Museum

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W. Elmo Mercer In Concert Sunday At Sartwell Creek Union Church

Harvest Fest, Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle, Saturday, Oct. 13th

10-13 Harvest Fest, Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle


PSA Helathcare and Aveanna Company Positions Available

Check out Howard's Kubota for payments as low as $129 a month, 0% financing for 84 months, and a 6 year limited powertrain warranty

Open Interviews Saturday For Full & Part Time Residential Workers at Maple Manor In Bradford, PA

Arthur DuBois Estate Offered By Jelliff Auctions; BID ONLINE Thru Oct. 17, 2018